Putin enjoys early Christmas presents | Europe | DW.COM | 29.07.2016

‘Die for Danzig. No!’And Republican Trump ally and former House Speaker, Newt Gingrich, has explained exactly how this will happen – just as it did in Crimea. Speaking on the CBS This Morning programme he said “Estonia is in the suburbs of St Petersburg. The Russians aren’t going to necessarily come across the [Estonian] border militarily. The Russians will do what they did in Ukraine. 40 percent of Estonia is Russian. They’re suddenly going to say they’re being mistreated. They’re going to have a militia. I’m not sure I would risk a nuclear war over some place which is the suburbs of St Petersburg.”The comments are reminiscent of the French neo-socialist writer Marcel Déat, who wrote an article in 1939 urging further appeasement of Hilter by giving back to Germany the former Prussian region of Danzig, which was within Polish territory and administered by the League of Nations. Déat coined the phrase “Die for Danzig. No!”Shortly afterwards Hitler – followed by the Soviet Union which had been promised the territories of the Baltics, Finland and a swath of Poland under the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact – invaded Poland and all hell broke out in Europe for the second time. Let’s hope there won’t be a third.

Source: Putin enjoys early Christmas presents | Europe | DW.COM | 29.07.2016

Kashmir: Communications blockade exacerbates the human rights crisis – IFEX

The Indian-administered part of Kashmir has been in the grips of mass protests that erupted across the Himalayan region following the killing of a commander of a militant secessionist group in a firefight with Indian security forces on 8 July. While thousands initially came out to join the last rites of Burhan Wani, protests soon broke out calling for azadi (independence) from India. The protests, which have included throwing stones, met with a heavy handed response from security forces, with around 50 deaths reported since the protests started. There have been reports of several human rights violations due to excessive use of force by security forces and attacks on ambulances and medical facilities. The political and human rights crisis in Kashmir has undoubtedly deepened. However, what has exacerbated this crisis is the de-facto information and communications emergency that has been arbitrarily imposed in Kashmir. Authorities in Kashmir have indiscriminately clamped down on internet and telecommunications services, making it harder for people to access information, express dissent and maintain contact with friends and family during a very turbulent time.

Source: Kashmir: Communications blockade exacerbates the human rights crisis – IFEX

Texas Justice Initiative – More than 6900 people died in custody in Texas in 2005-2015

MORE THAN 6900 PEOPLE DIED IN CUSTODY IN TEXAS IN 2005-2015

Each time a person in Texas dies in police, jail or prison custody, or as the result of a police officer’s use of force, the death must be reported to the Texas Attorney General. Since 2005, the Attorney General’s office has been collecting the information contained in those reports into a single database.  That database was obtained using the Texas Public Information Act and provides the basis for this website’s content. Explore the data to learn more about who is dying in Texas state custody.

Source: Texas Justice Initiative – More than 6900 people died in custody in Texas in 2005-2015

Father of Muslim American soldier: ‘Donald Trump, you have sacrificed nothing’ – video | US news | The Guardian

Khizr Khan gave a stirring speech at the Democratic convention in honor of his son, Humayun, who was killed in Iraq when a suicide bomber attacked his unit. Khan said that under a Trump government, Humayun wouldn’t have even been allowed in the country. ‘Have you even read the United States constitution?’ he asked Trump, before offering up his own copy

Source: Father of Muslim American soldier: ‘Donald Trump, you have sacrificed nothing’ – video | US news | The Guardian