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SummaryTurkish police fired water cannon and rubber bullets at people gathered for the annual gay pride parade in central Istanbul, Reuters reported, citing its journalists there. Images of the dispersed LGBT crowd also emerged on social media. The organizers of the annual event, the Istanbul LGBT Pride Committee said on Facebook, "The 13th Istanbul LGBTI Pride Parade scheduled to take... Read more
Tags: Protesting & Activism, Middle East
SummaryWednesday, 3 June, 2015: Three rockets fired at Southern Israel from GazaThursday, 4 June, 2015: A radical Islamist Salafist group called Omar Brigades, loyal to Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL), posted a statement on Twitter on Thursday claiming responsibility for firing three rockets at Israel from the Gaza StripThursday, 4 June, 2015: Israeli forces strike... Read more
Tags: Gaza 2015, Israel-Palestine, Palestine, Israel-Palestine
SummaryThe August 2014 ceasefire deal between Israel and the Palestinian factions stipulated that Israel would immediately ease the blockade imposed on the strip and expand the fishing zone off Gaza's coast, allowing fishermen to sail as far as six nautical miles from shore, and would continue to expand the area gradually. Israel has nevertheless failed to do so. Israeli naval boats... Read more
Tags: Gaza, Gaza 2015, Israel-Palestine, Palestine, Israel-Palestine
Pictured: Attorney General Eric Holder.According to the Daily Kos, law students from Syracuse University will accuse the United States Justice Department of failing to investigate hundreds of murders between the 1940s and 1960s. There is an unacknowledged irony in the Kos’s phrasing: it refers to murders “during the civil rights era.” While this refers to a time period, this use of language is... Read more
On January 26, a seventeen-year-old Latina named Jessica Hernández was fatally shot while driving by police officers in Denver, Colorado. Similar to many other recent cases, Jessica did not receive medical attention after being shot and, like many recent cases of excessive force, the location of bullet wounds on her body was disputed. Because police officers claimed that Jessica attempted to run... Read more
 In an ongoing investigation, 20-year-old Martese Johnson of the University of Virginia was apparently bloodied by State Alcohol Beverage Control agents nearly three blocks from where he attends school. The issue involves Martese having used and been denied access to Trinity Irish pub because of a fake license. After being very compliant with the bouncer and having no alcohol within his... Read more
Tags: #BlackLivesMatter, United States
Buzzfeed News reports on Jeremiah True, of Reed College, and his recent banning from his HUM 110 seminar, concerning his views on rape culture and how other perceived his views. Specifically, True has stated that "I am critical of the idea of rape culture because it does not exist", often citing the fact that colleges often cite a statistic claiming that 1 in 5 women experience sexual... Read more
Tags: academia, Freedom of Speech, rape culture, sexual assualt, United States
 " University of Virginia honor committee student Martese Johnson, 20, was arrested and bloodied by state Alcohol Beverage Control enforcement officers outside a bar near campus on Wednesday.Marcus L. Martin, University of Virginia’s vice president and chief officer for diversity and equity, said he spoke with Johnson, and that the 20-year-old was not intoxicated when he was arrested by... Read more
Tags: Police Brutality, United States
In an Al Jazeera America article, the publication interviews a number of constitutional and first amendment law experts who argue that the Univ. of Oklahoma expulsions infringe free speech rights. The two students expelled from the University did not have any court hearing, the experts further argue, so they did not have due process. The University's President Boren seems to rely on the... Read more
Tags: Constitution, Due Process, Free speech, Racism, United States