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by Bjinse on Tue Aug 7th, 2018 at 11:54:23 AM EST
Judge: White Nationalist Can't Hide Identity
Taking names is kinda CHINESE TOTALITARIAN CORPORATIST TYRANNY, wouldn't you say? In spite of the 4th, 5th, and 14th Amd, "due process" and all that wtf.
The woman, who filed her motion to quash under the pseudonym Jane Doe, argued that revealing her identity would chill her First Amendment right of association and right to engage in anonymous political speech.

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Does a non-disclosure agreement apply to court hearings?

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by Cat on Tue Aug 7th, 2018 at 03:11:12 PM EST
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It may just be my ignorance (both general and legal), but I was not aware of a right to ANONYMOUS political speech, or of anonymity anywhere, really.  
by Zwackus on Thu Aug 9th, 2018 at 12:27:52 PM EST
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o, la-dee-da
Many Cameroonians skeptical as elections approach
In exactly two months, Cameroonians will be going to the polls to elect their president. 28 candidates are in the running, including 86-year-old incumbent Paul Biya, who has been in power for 36 years. He is Africa's second longest serving leader after his neighbor Teodoro Obiang Nguema of Equatorial Guinea.
Do you ever wonder how Cameroon came to be divided into anglo- and francophone constituencies? Of course you don't! It's an interesting story though, ripe for "post-colonial" mischief today.
But there are doubts inside and outside Cameroon that this election will be free and fair, especially in the Anglophone regions in the west, bordering Nigeria, which have been in turmoil for the past two years, when residents started to press their claims for more autonomy or even independence. According to the United Nations, 200,000 people have been internally displaced and 40,000 have sought refuge in neighboring countries.

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EU elections mission DENOUNCES Zimbabwe poll amid new delays
Lutte contre Boko Haram: le satisfecit des Etats-Unis

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by Cat on Tue Aug 7th, 2018 at 03:26:33 PM EST
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Do you ever wonder how Cameroon came to be divided into anglo- and francophone constituencies? Of course you don't!

Of course I do: the area initially covering 3 or 4 ancient kingdoms was colonized by the German Empire in the late 19th century under the name Kamerun. Following the German defeat in 1918, the League of Nations handed most of the colony over to France minus the two western provinces assigned to Britain (similarly, Togo was handed over to France, Tanganyika to Britain etc...).

In 1960, when several African colonies, including Cameroun became independent, a referendum was organized in the two British administered provinces: one voted for joining Nigeria and the other to be attached to Cameroon.

by Bernard on Wed Aug 8th, 2018 at 07:30:33 PM EST
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and ...

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by Cat on Thu Aug 9th, 2018 at 12:24:41 AM EST
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NEXT
The anticipated 2018 elections in Madagascar, poisoned chalice
There are protests by members of parliament against the new government announced on 11 June 2018. These protests are taking place in Place du 13 Mai, which is symbolic of the popular student uprising of 1972 against the colonial education system. The protests are coupled with demonstrations by public servants in the ministry of telecommunications and postal services. The protesters are alleging that the new government is not inclusive, as the judgement required. At the moment the matter has been referred, again, to the High Constitutional Court and Conseil d'état. [!] Le Conseil d'état is a government structure, acting as a tribunal that resolves internal differences in government. The antagonists of the current government are both former presidents of Madagascar, and former mayors of the capital Antananarivo. Marc Ravalomanana was president between 2002 and 2009. While Rajoelina was a coup leader and president of the Haute Autorité de la Transition [!], a transitional regime between 2009 and 2013.

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Françafrique, CFA, "civilizational challenges", [2013, 2018]
"civilizaitonal progress"

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by Cat on Thu Aug 9th, 2018 at 12:23:53 AM EST
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We are neither Assange nor Puigdemont undsoweiter.
Zimbabwe opposition leader charged after asylum bid fails
The court appearance followed dramatic events in which Mr [Tendai] Biti fled to Zambia, was denied asylum and was handed over to Zimbabwean security forces in defiance of a Zambian court order. Western diplomats, including the US and the UN refugee agency, quickly expressed concern.
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The letter [to Zimbabwean police by Biti's lawyer] says Mr Biti should be immediately returned to Zambian immigration authorities, and "due to the traditional torture that abductees are generally subjected to in Zimbabwe" it called for a medical team to check him before then.

Zambian border guards handed Mr Biti over despite a court order saying he should not be deported until his appeal for asylum was heard, Zambian lawyer Gilbert Phiri said. Zambia's foreign minister said Mr Biti's reasons for seeking asylum "did not have merit".
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The US State Department said the US had "convoked" the ambassadors of Zimbabwe and Zambia "to register our gravest concerns" and would review its cooperation with Zambia's government.

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Not that Mugabe, the other one

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by Cat on Thu Aug 9th, 2018 at 08:28:56 PM EST
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annnd ... Mr Mnangagwa's inauguration is on hold
Chamisa tweeted: "Our legal team successfully filed our court papers. We have a good case and cause!"
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Chamisa, who is the leader of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC), claims the election was rigged and that he won 56 percent of the vote, making him president.
Quite a discrepancy!


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by Cat on Sat Aug 11th, 2018 at 01:35:35 PM EST
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VIPS Asks Twitter to Restore Van Buren's Account
We at Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS) are greatly disturbed by the recent decision of your management to permanently suspend the Twitter account @WeMeantWell of our colleague Peter Van Buren. Peter is a highly respected former Foreign Service Officer possessing impeccable credentials for critiquing current developments that might lead to a new war in Eastern Europe or Asia, something which we Americans presumably all would like to avoid.

In 2011 our colleague Peter published a book, We Meant Well: How I Helped Lose the Battle for the Hearts and Minds of the Iraqi People, about the poor [?] decision- making by both civilians and military

There still lingers a belief that government "policy" purposes, or intention, are good, yet their executions therefore are bad, or incompetent. Why? If indeed conclusion follow from premises, the evidence, which "decisions," or errors, are rewarded and which punished, is all around us.
that led to the disastrous occupation and faux-democracy development in Iraq. It is Peter's concern that our country may well be proceeding down that same path again -- possibly with Iran, Syria and other countries in the Middle East region. ...

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Who are you accusing of having good intentions?

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by Cat on Wed Aug 8th, 2018 at 01:29:22 PM EST
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by Cat on Wed Aug 8th, 2018 at 07:48:22 PM EST
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motherfuckers

There. I.said. it.

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by Cat on Wed Aug 8th, 2018 at 07:50:44 PM EST
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they're all over meanigless BS stuff, but standing up to Trump is usually something above their pay grade

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Wed Aug 8th, 2018 at 08:32:53 PM EST
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the US Constitution, such as it is, which they swore to defend when they put their fat asses in a senate office.

But I take your point.

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by Cat on Wed Aug 8th, 2018 at 08:59:03 PM EST
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Upside Down World
This Week: El Salvador, Honduras, Canada

(USD 72.99)

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by Cat on Wed Aug 8th, 2018 at 08:09:47 PM EST
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Argentine Senate Rejects Legalizing Elective Abortion
Lawmakers debated for more than 15 hours and voted 38-31 against the measure that would have legalized abortion in the first 14 weeks of pregnancy. The decision could echo across Latin America, where anti-abortion forces remains strong even if the Roman Catholic Church has lost influence and moral authority due to secularization, an out-of-touch clerical caste and an avalanche of sex abuse scandals.

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passed by the lower house Chamber of Deputies in June
It's not all particular bonds.
Many battles won but the war continues...

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by Cat on Thu Aug 9th, 2018 at 04:53:26 PM EST
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One story, two versions

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by Cat on Thu Aug 9th, 2018 at 05:04:29 PM EST
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Seattle Airport Security Failure ...

Update
Reports of the unauthorized/stolen plane has crash near Ketron island south of Seattle Sea-Tac Airport. Pierce County Sheriffs' Cessna 206 doing orbits over the island. Reports indicate it's a Horizon Dash 8 Q400 stolen by an employee.

Suicidal Mechanic Steals Plane In Seattle, Crashes | The Australian |

by Oui on Sat Aug 11th, 2018 at 06:22:28 AM EST
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Un avión robado sin pasajeros se estrella cerca de Seattle
Las autoridades locales han asegurado que el incidente no tiene ninguna conexión con el terrorismo y han señalado que el autor es un "suicida" que viajaba solo.

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Mystery Flight MH370 Remains. Any Thoughts?

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by Cat on Sat Aug 11th, 2018 at 12:50:25 PM EST
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What's news in the Koreas?
(despite anglophone press reporting on um comingled human remains in boxes, unverified nuclear facility decommission, effects of economic sanctions compliance, foreign military occupation, and rejected terms of peace)

South and North Korea agree to hold third inter-Korean summit in Pyongyang within Sept.

irony
text of Panmunjeom Declaration for Peace, Prosperity and Unification of the Korean Peninsula

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South Korean exports expected to take big hit as a result of tariff increases
S. Korea "annexes" DPRK as agreed by referendum of N. Korean constituents

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by Cat on Mon Aug 13th, 2018 at 12:09:22 PM EST
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