A UN investigation into the killing of the Iranian General Soleimani in January was “unlawful” according to international law.
Agnes Callamard, the U.N.’s special rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, stated in her report, which was to be submitted to the to the Human Rights Council on Thursday, “To the extent that evidence points to the U.S. and Iranian strikes being retaliations or reprisals, each would be unlawful.”
State Department spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus asserted, “It takes a special kind of intellectual dishonesty to issue a report condemning the United States for acting in self-defense while whitewashing General Soleimani’s notorious past as one of the world’s deadliest terrorists. This tendentious and tedious report undermines human rights by giving a pass to terrorists and it proves once again why America was right to leave”
The report also saying the attack on Iraqi soil violated Iraq’s territorial integrity. However, the State Department argued that, “The strike in Iraq was necessary to achieve these purposes and, given its limited nature, proportionate to that aim,” The Wall Street Journal added.
The US has said they were acting on intelligence that said Soleimani was planning an attack on US diplomats and military personnel.
Actress Debra Messing has attracted criticism for saying Kayne West is trying to steal away black voters from Biden.
In a tweet from an account that has since been protected, @TheRickyDavila tweeted to Messing: “To be clear, Kanye West is a redhat [sic] wearing MAGA Lunatic, so if he’s wanting to run for the Presidency, it’s probably a plan between [T]rump and Kanye to strip whatever support they can away from Biden as a last ditch effort. That’s what I believe.”
Messing was in agreement and tweeted back, “Absolutely. He’s playing Jill Stein. He’s trying to take you g black voters from Biden. It’s disgusting.”
However, Nina Turner, national co-chair of socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders’ (I-VT) presidential campaign responded to Messing with:
“You just can’t stop dipping can you [Debra Messing]? Your connotation is racist,” said Turner, who is black.
“1. Black voters are not owned by anyone,” she continued. “Our vote should be earned every election cycle. 2. We can think for ourselves & don’t need your help. 3. Sometimes it’s best to stay out of family business.”
This is not the first time Messing has been accused of racism. Last year she tweeted that any black Trump supporter must be suffering from a “mental illness”.
In a discussion on his show with Chris Cuomo Don Lemon said that Jesus was not perfect when he was on earth:
“Jesus Christ, if that’s who you believe in, Jesus Christ, admittedly was not perfect when he was here on this earth….So why are we deifying the founders of this country, many of whom owned slaves?”
In his discussion about the founding fathers and slavery he argued that the founding fathers were imperfect, and owned slaves therefore why are they defied. He also seemed to be saying because the Christian founding fathers were imperfect then so was Jesus.
Responding the the comments Pastor Robert Jeffress, the pastor of 14,000-member First Baptist Church of Dallas, Texas, told Fox News, “Don Lemon’s comments are, first of all, heretical….and it contradicts the most basic tenet of the Christian faith and demonstrates how tone-deaf the left is to faith issues.”
The Supreme Court has ruled that the President does not have total immunity whilst in office. This paves the way for his tax returns to be presented to a court. Prosecutors have sought gain access the years of Donald Trump’s tax returns to decide if there are any conflicts of interest. The President has said the case is a “witch hunt”
The case has now been sent to a lower court. The case does not mean however, that the public or Congress automatically have access to the documents. Although Nancy Pelosi is campaigning for this to happen.
As the case is sent back to a lower court the legal wrangling continue. And it is unlikely they will be resolved before the election.
New York Mayor De Blasio’s $1 Billion cuts to the NYPD budget has been blasted as not enough by New York Democrat Ocasio-Cortez. She has said that the cuts have been made by “budget tricks and funny math”. Adding that de-fund the police should mean de-fund the police.
Already New York has seen a spike in dangerous crime since the move to end the plain clothed crime-unit.
Beijing has passed the new security legislation for Hong Kong this Tuesday. The move has led to widespread condemnation in the West as well as in Japan and Taiwan.
The law criminalizes any attempts at succession- the breaking away of Hong Kong to form an independent country; subversion- the undermining of the government or authority; terrorism- using violence or intimidation against the police; and collusion with foreign or external forces.
Billionaire Robert Johnston founder of Black Entertainment Television has called for white America to pay $14 Trillion dollars in slavery reparations to African Americans. He says this will close the economic inequality gap.
His proposal would see the 40 million African Americans in the US receiving $350,000 over 30 years (costing on average $2,900 per white household annually)
“You want a big idea: white America, what would happen if you said, ‘please forgive us and accept our apology. And by the way, we think we owe you what was taken from you for over 300 years of slavery, Jim Crow, segregation and denial of economic opportunity and rights,” Johnson said.
“I think that would be a huge emotional assuaging of guilt.”
Unilever has joined the growing list of major companies boycotting the social media site. The companies are called on Facebook and other social media platforms, like Twitter, to be more proactive in removing content deemed harmful.
Unilever has said that they will stop advertising on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, at least through 2020. In a statement they said: “Continuing to advertise on these platforms at this time would not add value to people and society,” the maker of Dove soap and Ben & Jerry’s ice cream, said.” We will revisit our current position if necessary.”
In response Facebook have announced they will add labels to posts that could be deemed harmful, but is also regarded newsworthy. They cited examples of a news piece that may directly quote a politician saying something that could be harmful, but taken in the context of a news article is regarded as news.
“A handful of times a year, we leave up content that would otherwise violate our policies if the public interest value outweighs the risk of harm,” Mark Zuckerberg said. “Often, seeing speech from politicians is in the public interest, and in the same way that news outlets will report what a politician says, we think people should generally be able to see it for themselves on our platforms.
“We will soon start labelling some of the content we leave up because it is deemed newsworthy, so people can know when this is the case,” he said.
Across China tens of millions of men and boys are being compelled to give blood samples for the government’s DNA mapping project. The Chinese government have been collecting samples since 2017, and the data will be paired with the country’s wider surveillance program.
The aim is to genetically map the countries 700 million males. With the database the authorities will be able to track down the male relatives of any citizen in the country.
A U.S. company, Thermo Fisher, has come under fire for selling the Chinese government the testing kits used in the program.
The genetic testing along with the extensive surveillance databases Beijing have created is an increasing worry to minority groups in the country. Christian and Muslim minorities have already been targeted by the government. As well as those who have criticised Beijing or who seek greater freedom in the country.
President Trump has signed an executive order for police reform, the order will include a ban on chokeholds, unless the police officers life is at risk.
The President voiced support for the police, saying it promoted “the highest professional standards.” He also said, “These standards will be as high and as strong as there is on Earth.”
“We’re united by our desire to ensure peace and dignity and equality for all Americans,” The President has met with the family of Ahmaud Arbery, who died at the hands of two white men earlier this year.
“These are incredible people … and it’s so sad. Many of these families lost their loved ones in deadly interactions with police … All Americans mourn by your side, your loved ones will not have died in vain,” Trump said. “I can promise to fight for justice for all of our people and I gave a commitment to all of those families … We are going to pursue what we said we will be pursuing it, and we will be pursuing it strongly.”