This is what protest sounds like

April 21, 2017

(CNN)Black Lives Matter activist Zellie Imani remembers the moment civil rights leader the Rev. Jesse Jackson came to Ferguson, Missouri, in the wake of Michael Brown’s 2014 death. Crowds had gathered to protest the fatal shooting of unarmed, 18-year-old Brown by a white police officer, and Imani remembers Jackson joining the demonstrators as they marched toward a church. But Jackson, it seems, had missed a crucial memo. “I think he tried to have us sing ‘We Shall …


Ann Coulter vows to speak at UC Berkeley after school calls off event

April 20, 2017

(CNN)Conservative commentator Ann Coulter vowed to proceed with a scheduled speaking event at the University of California, Berkeley, despite the school’s decision to call it off. In a letter to Berkeley College Republicans, who organized the event, Vice Chancellors Scott Biddy and Stephen Sutton said campus police were unable to find a “suitable venue” for the April 27 event. “Unfortunately, UCPD determined that, given currently active security threats, it is not …


Why some Brits are opting for Belgian citizenship – BBC News

April 16, 2017

… concerning paperwork to whether the police inspect bedrooms to check that couples are definitely married. To help expats navigate the system, the British Brussels Community Association is planning a series of workshops. But becoming Belgian is not an option for some of the UK nationals employed in the EU institutions, such as the bloc’s executive arm, the European Commission. Many of the Commission’s 1023 British staff pay their tax directly into the EU budget which means they may …


It’s plausible Trump incited violence, federal judge rules in OK’ing lawsuit

April 4, 2017

… student’s face and yelling. Another man in a military-style uniform then continues shoving her through the crowd. CNN affiliate WDRB in Louisville reported in July that the Louisville Metro police Department issued criminal summonses for Heimbach, Bamberger and Joseph Pryor of Indiana, charging them with misdemeanor harassment for making physical contact with Nwanguma. Nwanguma alleged she was the subject of racist and sexist slurs during the incident, WDRB reported. Four other protesters …


Is it foolish for a woman to cycle alone across the Middle East? – BBC News

April 2, 2017

… collapsed, vomiting and delirious, on their doorstep: the lowest point of the trip, and the only time I experienced true panic. Iranian hospitality felt like a soft protective cloak, omnipresent and ever-reliable. So much wonderful, impractical food was given to me by passers-by – watermelons, bread, bags of cucumbers – that much had to be discarded. Persian culture pulsed with contradictions. On my first day, the police admonished me for removing my headscarf in blazing heat under …