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Egypt adjourns trials of prominent activists
Sana Seif and 22 others are accused of breaching the country’s anti-protest law, a crime that has imprisoned thousands.
Aljazeera, Dahlia Kholaif Last updated: 11 Oct 2014 07:30
An Egyptian court has adjourned the trial of 23 activists accused of breaching a bar on protests unauthorised by the government, a crime that has put thousands in prison.
The trial will resume on October 16. Among those activists is Sana Seif, a 20-year old who was arrested on July 21 while demonstrating against the arrest of her brother, renowned blogger and human rights defender Alaa Abdel Fattah.
Egypt’s anti-protest law, along with a decree allowing the endless extension of pre-trial detentions, have contributed to more than 41,000 people facing incarceration or prosecution.
Cyclone Hudhud: hundreds of thousands evacuated in India
Storm set to hit largest city in Andhra Pradesh while typhoon Vonfong is set make landfall in Japanese island of Kyushu
Chris Johnston and agencies theguardian.com, Saturday 11 October 2014 11.50 EDT
Hundreds of thousands of people have been evacuated from India’s east coast as a powerful storm swept across the Bay of Bengal.
Rescue workers were on standby ahead of cyclone Hudhud’s expected landfall near Visakhapatnam, the largest city in the state of Andhra Pradesh, at about midday on Sunday local time.
About 150,000 people have been evacuated in Andhra Pradesh and Orissa, with another 400,000 expected to be relocated by the end of the day.
The Indian meteorological department described Hudhud as a very severe storm with winds of up to 120mph (195kmh). It is expected to cause torrential rains when it makes landfall.
Simple vote on legalizing marijuana in D.C. is not so simple
The Washington Post, By Marc Fisher October 11 at 7:53 PM
D.C. voters will be asked Nov. 4 for a simple yes or no on legalizing marijuana, which the city decriminalized this year, replacing arrests and possible jail time with a $25 fine for possession of up to one ounce.
But in the hazy world of marijuana law – an alternate reality in which two U.S. states have declared the substance legal even as it remains banned under federal law – nothing is simple.
Whether a block on legalization would get through both houses of Congress probably depends on whether Republicans gain control of the Senate in next month’s elections.
“This fight doesn’t end with the vote,” Eidinger said. “It just becomes a democracy issue then.” If Congress were to let a Yes vote stand, even the legalization advocate wants to avoid the District becoming a marijuana mecca like Seattle or Denver, where open-air use has become common. “I have a 10-year-old, and I don’t want to see this turn into the pot festival capital,” he said. “That would blow people’s minds here. Congress would freak.”
Government’s Secretive “No-Fly List” Regime Crumbling, says ACLU
Published on Saturday, October 11, 2014 by Common Dreams, Jon Queally, staff writer
Marking the first major victory against the U.S. government’s secretive ‘No Fly List’ on Friday, seven people who challenged their inclusion on the list were finally cleared and told they can once again enjoy the right to board an aircraft and fly commercially over domestic airspace.
Responding to a federal court order that resulted from a challenge brought by the ACLU on behalf of thirteen American citizens placed on the list, Friday’s announcement by the Department of Homeland Security was described by one attorney involved with the case as the first ever significant blow to the “unfair and unnecessary secrecy regime” that surrounds the government list that now contains thousands upon thousands of names.
“This is a victory for transparency and fairness over untenable government secrecy and stonewalling,” said Hina Shamsi, director of the ACLU’s National Security Project. “After years of being blacklisted and denied due process, seven of our clients know they can fly again, and the rest will soon be able to fight back against their unjust flying ban.”
Breakfast Must Read Blogs
1300 Years of Islamic History in 3 Minutes
Gaius Publius, at Digbysblog
A Picture Worth 1000 Words: A Sighting from the McJobs Market
Yves Smith, naked capitalism
Wells Fargo Employee Emails CEO Asking For a Raise-Copies 200,000 Other Employees
Joanna Rothkopf, Salon
New Film Is Redemption for Gary Webb, Journalist Who Exposed CIA Ties to the Crack Trade
Alternet – Democracy Now! By Amy Goodman, Nermeen Shaikh
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