Bowe Bergdahl asks Obama for pardon before Donald Trump takes office | US news | The Guardian

Throughout his presidential campaign, Trump was Bergdahl’s most vocal critic, saying repeatedly the soldier is a traitor who would have been executed in the “old days”. In a July speech in Indiana, Trump lamented that Bergdahl could wind up with a light punishment.“Remember the old days? A deserter, what happened?” he said before pantomiming pulling a trigger and adding: “Bang.”Bergdahl’s lead defense lawyer, Eugene Fidell, declined to comment on the pardon request. But Fidell said he plans to file a motion seeking dismissal of the charges against Bergdahl shortly after the January inauguration, arguing Trump violated Bergdahl’s constitutional due-process rights.The defense has been noting Trump’s comments about Bergdahl in what they have called the “Trump Defamation Log”. A version included in the court record lists 40 such instances as of August.“All of these things put together and repeated rally upon rally for basically a year have a cumulative effect that I think is totally at odds with the right to a fair trial,” Fidell said in a phone interview.A spokeswoman for Trump did not respond to emails seeking comment.There is precedent for a military judge to decide a president’s comments have tainted a military prosecution.

Source: Bowe Bergdahl asks Obama for pardon before Donald Trump takes office | US news | The Guardian

Muslim Woman Attacked By Men Screaming ‘Donald Trump’ Says No One Intervened: Gothamist

“I was harassed on the subway last night and it was just so dehumanizing I can’t speak about it without getting emotional,” 18-year-old Yasmin Seweid wrote on Facebook. “It breaks my heart that so many individuals chose to be bystanders while watching me get harassed verbally and physically by these disgusting pigs.”According to police, the incident occurred around 10 p.m. on Wednesday while Seweid was waiting for an uptown-bound 6th train at the 23rd Street station. Three men, believed to be around 21 years old, approached her and started screaming Trump’s name at her. The three men also followed her on to the train, where they began to scream xenophobic insults at her.The men allegedly called her a “fucking terrorist” and told her to “get the hell out of the country.” Police say they ripped her purse off her shoulder, breaking the strap, and tried to remove her hijab from her head.

Source: Muslim Woman Attacked By Men Screaming ‘Donald Trump’ Says No One Intervened: Gothamist

Meet the Palestinian man arrested for being sarcastic on Facebook | +972 Magazine

Like Ludvik, the protagonist in Milan Kundera’s novel “The Joke,” Anas Abudaabes has discovered firsthand the problems that arise when a regime lacks a sense of humor or irony. Yet Abudaabes, unlike Ludvik, has not lost his own sense of humor, even following his Kafkaesque arrest last week for writing an ironic Facebook post lampooning those who celebrated the fires that were raging across Israel.

Source: Meet the Palestinian man arrested for being sarcastic on Facebook | +972 Magazine

Pakistan says Donald Trump called Nawaz Sharif ‘a terrific guy’ with ‘a very good reputation’ – Times of India

In ‘yuge’ news, US President-elect Donald Trump pressed on with his love for hyperbole and vague generalizations, and purportedly told beleaguered Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif yesterday that he’s a “terrific guy”, “has a very good reputation” and added that he is “ready and willing to play any role that you want me to play” to address outstanding problems.That is, Trump said this to Sharif according to a Pakistan government press release of a phone conversation between the two, after Sharif called the US President-elect to congratulate him.In his country, Sharif is under investigation for funnelling money abroad, after his and his family members’ names were mentioned in the Panama Papers.The US real estate magnate supposedly also told Sharif “it will be an honor” and that he will “personally” play any role to “find solutions to the outstanding problems” – problems that Trump didn’t specify.Trump also purportedly told Sharif that he feels like he’s “talking to a person I have known for long” and that Pakistanis “are one of the most intelligent people.” He apparently urged Sharif to “feel free” to call him at “any time even before 20th January that is before I assume my office.”

Source: Pakistan says Donald Trump called Nawaz Sharif ‘a terrific guy’ with ‘a very good reputation’ – Times of India

Blood and pain: Extreme performance artist Marina Abramovic turns 70 | Arts | DW.COM | 30.11.2016

‘The art of sitting still – Those who thought Abramovic had already broken all the rules of performance art were soon surprised. During “The Artist Is Present,” a retrospective in her honor at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, Abramovic took the title literally. For 75 days, seven hours a day, she sat on a wooden stool, neither eating nor using the restroom during that time. This was only possible by following a strict diet.An empty chair was set up across from her so that visitors could take a seat and observe the art icon. Stars like Sharon Stone, Tilda Swinton, Björk and Lady Gaga made use of the chair and participated in Abramovic’s performance.Even today, her works continue to be intense, but are characterized less by violence and more by asceticism and recollection. That’s what her “Abramovic Method” is based on – a mix of various esoteric and eastern relaxation and meditation exercises. She says she aims to communicate the techniques that she employs during her strenuous performances. Abramovic sat for days in MoMA for “The Artist is Present” in 2010Her critics say Abramovic reduces herself to a society shaman. Her crowdfunding project for the Marina Abramovic Institute was scoffed at and the building, designed by Rem Koolhaas, remains unfinished.’I’ve decided to be happy’Why does the artist want to bury three Marinas? Each one stands for a different part of her, she says: courage, spirituality and nonsense. She used to feel ashamed for these parts, but now accepts herself as she is, which is why she doesn’t have a problem with turning 70.”You need night to understand yourself. Getting older means getting wiser,” Abramovic told DW. “Seventy is a big number. You know that you’re going to the last part of your life and that you have to concentrate on the most important things. And I’ve decided to be happy.”

Source: Blood and pain: Extreme performance artist Marina Abramovic turns 70 | Arts | DW.COM | 30.11.2016

More than a quarter of Europeans say rape is ′okay′ sometimes | Europe | DW.COM | 30.11.2016 – “Sexism and delusional thinking are universal – much more work needed on the dense and those who delude themselves – thinking it could never happen to them.”

What the numbers sayAccording to the study, 27 percent of EU citizens – more than one in four – polled in the survey feel that “sexual intercourse without consent can be justifiable.” This means, women should not complain about sex without their consent if they happen to find themselves in certain situations, including being drunk or being on drugs, voluntarily going home with someone, wearing provocative or sexy clothes or not clearly saying no or not fighting back. The Eurobarometer poll shows women are more likely to be targets of gender-based violence compared to menIn 16 member states, respondents said being drunk or using drugs justified sexual intercourse without consent. The numbers were the highest in Romania (30 percent), Hungary (24 percent) and Bulgaria (21 percent). In Romania, over a quarter of respondents said rape was justified if a woman voluntarily decided to go home with someone. Only 3 percent of the poll participants in Spain and Sweden thought this way.For Germany, the figure was 7 percent, while 14 percent thought that sex without consent could be justified if the victim did not clearly say no or didn’t fight back. Altogether, in Spain and Sweden, only 6 percent of the respondents thought sexual intercourse without consent was justified. Some 55 percent of Romanians agreed that at least one situation justified sex without the partner’s approval, a view shared by 27 percent of German, 28 percent of Italian and 31 percent of French respondents.Differing attitudesEurope’s 27 percent figure is not very surprising, considering the differences between attitudes in Western and Eastern European nations. According to Kanchana Lanzet, gender advisor and former head of the UN Women’s national committee in Germany, “It is my observation that in Western Europe – I have also experienced this – children are brought up differently. Things are open here. The media also talks against violence against women and about responsible sex and they also say sexual intercourse should take place between two adults with their consent.”

Source: More than a quarter of Europeans say rape is ′okay′ sometimes | Europe | DW.COM | 30.11.2016

Donald Trump’s policies: Trump intervenes to prevent US company relocating to Mexico | In English | EL PAÍS – hoax

The state of Indiana also plans to give economic incentives to Carrier as part of the deal to stay, according to local officials. Translation: Indiana, where Pence is still governor, is bribing Carrier to keep factory open by making all Indiana tax payers co-conspirators and the ones who will pay by giving money to Carrier and taking away money from paving roads, addressing HIV explosion in SouthEastern Indiana. Just to they can look good.

Source: Donald Trump’s policies: Trump intervenes to prevent US company relocating to Mexico | In English | EL PAÍS

Humans of New York

“I grew up in the suburbs. I used to think that I could write a prescription for a poor man: ‘Get a job, save your money, pull yourself up by the bootstraps.’ I don’t believe that anymore. I was ignorant to the experiences of poor people. I’d invite anyone to come and meet the people who live in this neighborhood. Right now we are surrounded by working poor people. These are the people who sell your tools at Sears, and fix your roofs, and take care of your parents, and mow your lawns, and serve your meals. They’re not getting a living wage. There’s no money left to save. There’s nothing left if they get sick. Nothing left if their car breaks down. And God forbid they make a mistake, because there’s nothing left to pay fines or fees. When you’re down here, the system will continue to kick dirt in your face. You can’t pull yourself up when there’s nothing to grab onto. We aren’t paying our brothers and sisters enough to live. We want them to serve us, but we aren’t serving them.”

Source: Humans of New York

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