Monthly Archives: October 2016

Everything You Need To Know About The Latest Hillary Clinton Email Controversy

BY KALAHAN DENG It seemed the controversy over Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email serverreached a standstill in July after FBI Director James Comey said she should not be prosecuted. But a letter Comey sent to Congress Oct. 28 has thrust Clinton’s questionable email setup back into the headlines, with just over a week to go until Election Day. ...

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Think Iraq Looks Bad Now? You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet

BY KALAHAN DENH Already, the treatment of Sunnis in areas liberated from the so-called Islamic State is laying the groundwork for more hatred, violence, and terror to come. “This is payback for the Speicher massacre,” a Shia soldier said to a Sunni as he stomped all over him and some other helpless Sunni prisoners, his colleagues hitting them with whatever ...

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Iceland’s Pirate Party Loves Hackers, Drugs & Revolution

BY KALAHAN DENG Iceland’s anti-establishment Pirate Party—led by a “poetician” who worships Julian Assange—looks set to win the country’s national election. The currency would be Bitcoin. Edward Snowden would have a passport. Drugs would be legal, synth-pop plentiful, and the national leadership would have Julian Assange’s number on speed-dial, assuming his line hasn’t been disconnected by Ecuador. They’ve even got ...

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‘Jungle’ Kids Look Too Old to Stay in U.K., Some British Newspapers Claim

BY KALAHAN DENG Hundreds of children from one of Europe’s most squalid and desperate refugee camps, ‘The Jungle’ in Calais, are being resettled in the U.K. But the appearance of a few who seem to be over 18 is fueling ugly headlines. How do you assess the age of someone with no passport, no birth certificate, and no identity papers ...

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The Killa in Manila: Duterte’s War On Drugs Is Dirty—But Popular

BY KALAHAN DENG QUEZON CITY, Philippines—The area where squatters live on National Irrigation Authority land is a warren of narrow alleys, shacks improvised from corrugated zinc sheeting and found wood, and dimly lit sari-sari stores selling candy, chips, ice, and loose cigarettes. In “Area C” women wash clothes in metal bowls and too many teenage mothers heft babies on their ...

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Taliban Gain Ground in Afghanistan as Soldiers Surrender Their Posts

BY KALAHAN DENG   KANDAHAR, Afghanistan — Besieged Afghan officials in the southern province of Oruzgan said on Sunday that scores of regular Afghan soldiers had surrendered in the past week to the Taliban, a trend also occurring recently in other provinces. The latest case involved 41 Afghan National Army soldiers who surrendered and turned their base, the Mashal base ...

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Powerful Earthquake Hits an Already Rattled Italy

BY KALAHAN DENG ROME — An earthquake, believed to be the strongest to hit Italy since 1980, struck the center of the country on Sunday, four days after two back-to-back quakes severely damaged buildings and left thousands homeless in the area. The temblor on Sunday also caused fresh damage to the towns destroyed by a quake that killed nearly 300 ...

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Protests Erupt in Morocco Over Fish Vendor’s Death in Garbage Compactor

BY KALAHAN DENG MARRAKESH, Morocco — Protests erupted across Morocco over the weekend after the death of a fish vendor who, according to witnesses, was crushed by a compactor after he jumped into a garbage truck to retrieve his merchandise. Grainy images of the man, identified in news accounts as Mouhcine Fikri, 31, circulated after his death on Friday night, ...

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Seeking Clues to ISIS Strategy in Corpses and Cellphones Left in Kirkuk

BY KALAHAN DENG Kurdish security forces gathered around the body of an Islamic State militant in Kirkuk, Iraq, last weekend. The Islamic State attacked Kirkuk while trying to defend territory in Mosu KIRKUK, Iraq — Eighty-four bodies of Islamic State fighters were piled high at the Kirkuk hospital morgue, as the pathologists went through the gruesome work of gathering intelligence ...

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Bahraini protesters voice solidarity Sheikh Qassim

Hundreds of Bahrainis have held a fresh protest in support of senior Shia cleric Sheikh Isa Qassim and to condemn the Manama regime’s heavy-handed crackdown on dissent. Bahraini regime forces fired tear gas at the protesters who took to the streets of the northwestern village of Diraz, located about 12 kilometers west of the capital Manama, on Friday. They were carrying ...

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