Two journalists get prison sentences for libel in Dubai

first_img September 25, 2007 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Two journalists get prison sentences for libel in Dubai News News News Ganjadahran and Rashed were convicted yesterday of libelling an Iranian-born Dubai woman by reporting on 28 June last year that she had sued her husband, who had then been imprisoned. The journalists have lodged an appeal and have not yet been jailed. The case will be heard further on 25 OctoberRashed told Reporters Without Borders he was surprised by the excessive sentence but said it was not the only case in the Gulf states. He mentioned the trial four years ago of the editor of the Kuwaiti paper Al Seyassah and noted that Gulf journalists were increasingly exercising self-censorship. News Receive email alerts RSF_en RSF joins Middle East and North Africa coalition to combat digital surveillance Follow the news on United Arab Emirates April 28, 2021 Find out more to go further RSF joins other NGOs in amicus brief in WhatsApp suit against NSO Group Reporters Without Borders today deplored the handing down of two-month prison sentences for libel to the former editor of the English-language paper Khaleej Times, Shimba Kassiril Ganjadahran, and journalist Mohsen Rashed by a court in Dubai. The sentences came less than two weeks after five-month prison terms were given to two online journalists in the emirate of Ras al-Khaimah. “We are concerned by these sentences,” the worldwide press freedom organisation said. “Nothing justifies imprisonment for press offences. The relative freedom that UEA journalists seem to enjoy is threatened every time such trials take place.” United Arab EmiratesMiddle East – North Africa Help by sharing this information NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say United Arab EmiratesMiddle East – North Africa Organisation June 8, 2021 Find out more December 23, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

Journalist killed by culture of intolerance and impunity

first_imgNews AzerbaijanEurope – Central Asia June 8, 2021 Find out more Organisation Follow the news on Azerbaijan AzerbaijanEurope – Central Asia June 4, 2021 Find out more April 9, 2021 Find out more “We’ll hold Ilham Aliyev personally responsible if anything happens to this blogger in France” RSF says Help by sharing this information Russian peacekeepers deny foreign reporters access to Nagorno-Karabakhcenter_img Reporters Without Borders urges the Azerbaijani authorities to shed all possible light on freelance journalist Rasim Aliyev’s murder. Aliyev died in a Baku hospital yesterday from the injuries he received when he was lured into an ambush and beaten the day before.He is the fourth journalist to be murdered in the past ten years. The investigations into the deaths of Elmar Huseynov and Alim Kazimli in 2005 and Rafiq Tagi in 2011 have yet to yield any credible results.“Aliyev’s murder is the product of a culture of intolerance and impunity that the most senior officials have been fomenting for years,” said Johann Bihr, the head of the Reporters Without Borders Eastern Europe and Central Asia desk.“When government officials publicly identify outspoken journalists as enemies and as traitors, when physical attacks on journalists consistently go unpunished, we cannot be surprised that tragedies like this occur.”Deadly ambushAfter being badly beaten in Baku on the afternoon 8 August, Aliyev was hospitalized with broken ribs and loss of hearing in the left ear. Before dying of internal bleeding the next day, he said he had been the target of an ambush organized by a person identifying himself as Azerbaijani football star Javid Huseynov’s cousin.Aliyev had criticized Huseynov on Facebook on 6 August for responding with an insulting gesture to a Cypriot journalist who asked him why he had displayed a Turkish flag on the pitch.Two days later, a man who identified himself as Huseynov’s cousin telephoned Aliyev and began to insult and threaten him. But, when he called Aliyev a second time, he was conciliatory and invited him to come and have a tea with him. Huseynov himself had meanwhile called Aliyev and had a normal conversation with him.When Aliyev arrived at the rendez-vous with the self-described cousin, five or six individuals immediately began beating him. They also stole his wallet and mobile phone.Gabala, the club Huseynov plays for, is run by Taleh Heydarov, the son of Azerbaijan’s minister for emergency situations. It announced yesterday that it was suspending Huseynov until these events were clarified.After calling on the media to stick to the official version and not “politicize” the case, the authorities announced that they were investigating a case of “deliberate and aggravated assault resulting in death” (article 126.3 of the criminal code). The Azerbaijani media have reported that at least three suspect’s have been arrested include a cousin of Huseynov.Recurring threatsA video and photo reporter covering political and social issues for various Azerbaijani news websites, Aliyev was a member of the executive bureau of the Institute for Reporters’ Freedom and Safety (IRFS), a media defence NGO that was a Reporters Without Borders partner. It was forcibly closed in August 2014.When the head of the IRFS, Emin Huseynov, had to go into hiding to avoid arrest, it was Aliyev who was elected to replace him in October. Aliyev had been the target of several threats and attacks in recent years. According to Meydan TV, an independent TV station, he asked his Facebook contacts on 25 July: “Dear Friends, Do you know where I should submit a complaint if I receive threats and if I am intimidated on social networks?”Reporters Without Borders urges the authorities to consider all possibilities and not to limit themselves to prosecuting the murder’s perpetrators. Ali Hasanov, the head of the president’s office, who often threatens independent media openly, said today that the president regarded media freedom as “one of the state’s priorities.”“This new democratic proclamation would be good for a laugh if the subject were not so grave. If the president wants to be taken seriously, he should end the unprecedented crackdown on the media and civil society that has been going on for more than a year.”In Azerbaijan, ranked 162nd out of 180 countries in the 2015 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index, almost all independent media outlets have been reduced to silence and media freedom NGOs have been closed.Eight journalists and four bloggers are currently detained because of what they were reporting. They include well-known investigative journalist Khadija Ismayilova, whose trial continued today. Dozens of independent journalists and critical bloggers have been forced to flee abroad in recent months.(Photo: Camil Memmedov / Facebook) RSF_en to go further News RSF calls for a fully transparent investigation after mine kills two journalists in Azerbaijan News News Receive email alerts August 10, 2015 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Journalist killed by culture of intolerance and impunitylast_img read more

Blair High School Students Create “No More” Public Service Announcements

first_img Blair High School’s Career Tech Education (CTE) student Evan Harper models for a PSA project about Sexual Assault Awareness for April 2017. Photo by student: Amara Young. April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) and students in Blair High School’s Career Technical Education (CTE) Photography, Film and Video classes are creating public service announcements (PSA) using photos and videos to educate their community of followers via social media about the epidemic of sexual assault and domestic violence.Steve Solis, the CTE digital arts teacher facilitating the project at Blair High School, stated, “One of my goals for this project is to engage students to participate in a cause outside of themselves while educating them about the seriousness of sexual assaults among their peers.”The students were instructed to emulate the campaign, which helps raise public awareness and engage bystanders in ending domestic violence and sexual assault. Mr. Solis’ photography students used the campaign as a template to create their own PSAs. Students were assigned to create a series of three photos to share via their Instagram or SnapChat Stories.“As an activist, sending a message of empathy and raising societal consciousness is extremely important to me,” said Yale University-bound senior Deon Brown. “As an artist, I find ways to share this message in the best way possible. This project has given me the outlet to do so.”Another student, senior Amara Young, who has not yet decided which college to attend, stated, “Through this project, I have learned about the stigma surrounding sexual assault and domestic violence victims. The No More Campaign has made it clear that we as a society should make the shift from blaming the victims to blaming the perpetrators.”In his classes, Mr. Solis showed news clips and testimonies from sexual assault victims along with segments of “The Hunting Ground,”, a groundbreaking documentary about the epidemic of sexual assaults on American college campuses.“Some of our seniors are headed to universities where sexual assault crimes may have been suppressed. I want to make sure my seniors, as prospective college students, do their homework about any safety concerns they may have about assaults on college campuses,” said Mr. Solis.Mr. Solis’ digital arts students have been working on their public service announcements for the past two weeks. Their photos and short video spots are scheduled to be completed by Friday, April 14, 2017. Videos will be posted at Viking Vision Blair High School.Blair High School, 1135 S. Euclid Avenue (temporary address), Pasadena, (626) 396-5820 or visit Blair SchoolBlair High School is one of five high schools in the Pasadena Unified School District, which also consists of three middle schools and 24 elementary schools. In 40 plus years of existence, the school has maintained an unwavering commitment to providing students with a firm, wide-ranging academic foundation on which to build a successful future. The school serves 1,090 students in grades 6-12.Blair is an International Baccalaureate (IB) Programme world school and hosts both the Middle Years Programme for 6-10th grades and the Diploma Programme for 11th and 12th grades. These provide the framework for an integrated and international philosophy that is supported by academic rigor and opportunities to explore and learn about the world outside their immediate community.About Career Technical Education (CTE)With over 70,000 registered educators, CTE Online is the California resource devoted to connecting educators and leaders within the unique field of Career and Technical Education to quality curriculum models, shared communities of practice, and professional development tools that emphasize the role that rigorous academic skills play in supporting students’ pursuit of industry and career-related coursework. Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. 4 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Community News Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Education Blair High School Students Create “No More” Public Service Announcements Blair High School Students Create Public Service Announcements for Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault Awareness Month Article and Photo courtesy of BLAIR HIGH SCHOOL Published on Friday, April 14, 2017 | 11:06 am Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Community News Make a commentcenter_img Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  HerbeautyThese Fashion Tips Are Making Tall Girls The Talk Of The TownHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Trends To Look Like An Eye-Candy And 6 To Forget AboutHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Most Influential Women In HistoryHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty9 Of The Best Family Friendly Dog BreedsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty7 Most Startling Movie Moments We Didn’t Realize Were InsensitiveHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty15 Countries Where Men Have Difficulties Finding A WifeHerbeautyHerbeauty faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,PCC – EducationVirtual Schools PasadenaDarrell Done EducationHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Business News First Heatwave Expected Next Week Subscribe More Cool Stuff Top of the News Your email address will not be published. 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Call to highlight our 1916 heroes

first_imgLinkedin Email Advertisement IN TIME for the centenary of the Easter Rising of 1916, steps should now be taken to locate and highlight the graves of those Limerick men and women who died in the rebellion and are buried in Mount St Lawrence Cemetery.Cllr Tom Shortt (Labour) has advised the Limerick City Council’ Environmental Department that in line with their plans to refurbish the cemetery and install information panels,Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up with guidelines to graves, etc, work should now get underway to identify and mark the graves, not only of those who were killed in the Rising, but also those who fell in the Great War of 1914 – ‘18, the centenary of which is also approaching.Referring to the media interest this week in a premises on Dublin’s Moore Street, to the rear of the General Post Office in O’Connell Street), in which terms of the Surrender were negotiated, Cllr Short said: “We are the custodians of the city and its heritage and with these two hugely significant historic events approaching, preparations will be underway in the capital but also throughout the country to commemorate the events in a very special way.“St Lawrence’s Cemetery is over 150 years old and has many noted people from all walks of life buried there, but how many people visiting the cemetery, would, I wonder, know where to find the grave of that hugely popular Limerick politician, Jim Kemmy or the Republican Plot or the Manchester Martyrs plot, the graves of the murdered Limerick mayors, Clancy and O’Callaghan or the Good Shepherd Plot, where so many of the Magdalen women were buried, and where will people in 2016 be able to find the graves of Limerick people who lost their lives in the bid for freedom, in 1916..“We should start our investigative work now and produce a user-friendly map that clearly indicates the locations of these and other graves – we should open up the cemetery to the public and make it more user friendly and a tourist attraction. There will be massive interest in both 1916 and the 1914-’18 War – it is growing already”.The cemetery church (now unused) could be converted into a records centre, with a caretaker, Cllr Kathleen Leddin recommended. Facebook Previous articleIMRO Live ShowcaseNext article‘Shannon without a voice’ – Brazil admin i WhatsApp Print NewsLocal NewsCall to highlight our 1916 heroesBy admin – April 8, 2010 532 Twitterlast_img read more

IBEC North West outlines priorities ahead of General Election 2016

first_img Nine Til Noon Show – Listen back to Wednesday’s Programme RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Google+ WhatsApp Three factors driving Donegal housing market – Robinson GAA decision not sitting well with Donegal – Mick McGrath Calls for maternity restrictions to be lifted at LUH Twitter IBEC North West outlines priorities ahead of General Election 2016 WhatsApp Guidelines for reopening of hospitality sector published center_img Pinterest Google+ By admin – November 20, 2015 Facebook Previous articleDerry security alert ongoing after suspicious object is found on Strand RoadNext articleHSE pledges to end “wage discrimination” against home helps in Donegal admin Twitter Homepage BannerNews Pinterest IBEC North West has launched its General Election campaign oulining its key priorities in the region for the next government.The business representative group says creating jobs and maintaining a positive business enviroment must be the priority for the next administration.Unemployement in the North West has fallen from 17.8% in 2012 to 9.3% in 2015 – IBEC’s Regional Director Terry MacNamara has been outlining what must be done to keep that downward trend going…………Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. LUH system challenged by however, work to reduce risk to patients ongoing – Dr Hamiltonlast_img read more

‘Hero’ bystander with a gun shoots man suspected of killing wife at dentist’s office

first_imgJaysonPhotography/iStock(COLONIAL HEIGHTS, Tenn.) — A man who allegedly shot and killed his wife at a dentist’s office was stopped when he was shot by a bystander.The suspect, who has not been identified, reportedly entered Dr. David Guy Dentistry in Colonial Heights, Tennessee, on Wednesday morning.Sullivan County Sheriff Jeff Cassidy described the shooting as a workplace violence and domestic violence situation.Cassidy did not know what prompted the violence, but did confirm that the suspect and victim were husband and wife. The name of the victim has not been released.A man with a concealed gun who was at the dentist’s office then shot the suspect, according to authorities, and controlled him until police arrived on the scene.The suspect is now hospitalized with gunshot wounds, Cassidy said.The name of the bystander, who Cassidy called a “hero,” has not been released.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Protester with ax involved in clash at Michigan rally against stay-at-home orders

first_imgiStock/ChiccoDodiFC(LANSING, Michigan) — BY: IVAN PEREIRAPolice broke up a fight involving a man with an ax in the middle of a rally against Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s coronavirus emergency orders Thursday.A spokesman for the Michigan State Police Department said one of the attendees tried to take a sign out of another demonstrator’s hand and a fight ensued among the crowd outside the state Capitol in Lansing. One of those involved was carrying an ax and the entire incident was caught on video and posted to social media. “The ax was safely turned into law enforcement. There were no injuries,” the Michigan State Police department tweeted Thursday morning, adding that no arrests were made.A spokesman for the department said the investigation is ongoing and couldn’t provide more details about the skirmish.MLive reported that one of its photographers saw the fight and that the sign in question was an American flag that had a naked doll hanging from its neck in a noose.State Police reported there were 200 people in attendance in the rally. Some of the rally members said they were part of militias and had guns and rifles.Michigan is an open carry state, but state police issued a warning to rally members Wednesday that they would make arrests if anyone brandished a gun in a manner that “inflicts fear on a reasonable person.”“If you are caught doing such a thing, we will address that and you could be subject to an arrest immediately here on the grounds,” Lt. DuWayne Robinson said in a Twitter video.Two weeks ago, rally members spilled into the Capitol and crowded the hallways and stairs, demanding state leaders reopen the economy. Some state senators donned bullet-proof vests out of concern for their safety.The governor’s stay-at-home order is in effect until May 28, but she has eased back on some restrictions over the last few weeks. Manufacturing — particularly auto plants — as well as retail and some recreational services, like golf courses, have been allowed to reopen with precautions in place.As of Thursday morning, Michigan had more than 48,391 coronavirus cases and more than 4,714 deaths, according to data from the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University. This represents an increase of more than 8,000 cases and more than 1,100 deaths since the April 30 rally.Whitmer said the rallies are a potential health hazard as protesters gather in large groups and are not six feet apart.“While I respect people’s right to dissent, they need to do it in a way that is responsible and does not put others at risk,” she told ABC’s “The View” on Wednesday.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Interpretation of new aeromagnetic anomaly data from the central Antarctic Peninsula

first_imgNew high-resolution aeromagnetic anomaly data from the central Antarctic Peninsula reveal a magnetic signature typical of a magmatic arc system. Analysis of the new aeromagnetic map, together with susceptibility data and 2.5-dimensional modelling support the interpretation of the Pacific margin anomaly as reflecting a mid crustal batholithic province consisting of magnetite-rich plutons. Examination and analysis of the magnetic anomaly map shows variations in magnetic character along the Antarctic Peninsula. These variations, in conjunction with geological and other geophysical data sets, are interpreted as indicating distinct segments of continental crust. Of particular importance is the identification of three distinct areas of basement on the eastern side of the Antarctic Peninsula, of which the central area (66°S to ∼68°) appears to be gneissic basement at a relatively high crustal level. To the north of 66°S, the basement is formed of late Palaeozoic-?Triassic accretionary material, and to the south of ∼68°S the basement is unknown. Segmentation is a common feature of arcs worldwide, and previous studies of the Antarctic Peninsula have linked the continental segmentation to the arrival of a series of ridge crests at the subducting Pacific margin. This study indicates that the major segmentation of the continental crust is linked to the pre-Cretaceous crustal structure of the peninsula, which was subsequently modified by extension during the Cenozoic. It is suggested that this Cenozoic extension was caused by a reduction in plate convergence rates at two distinct times, rather than the arrival of ridge segments at the trench, as previously proposedlast_img read more

The U.S. Considered Declaring Russia a State Sponsor of Terror, Then Dropped It

first_imgIn 2008 Mumbai Attacks, Piles of Spy Data, But an Uncompleted PuzzleIndian and British intelligence agencies monitored the online activities of a key plotter but couldn’t connect the dots. “Russia much more neatly meets the definition of a state sponsor than North Korea does,” said a national security official familiar with the issue.The Trump administration cited a series of complaints against North Korea, including the mistreatment of an American college student who died after being released from North Korean custody. But the primary new evidence of repeated support for terrorism was an act that some officials and experts consider insufficient: the 2017 assassination of North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un’s half-brother at Kuala Lumpur International Airport.“I am delighted to see us get tough with North Korea,” said Daniel Byman, a professor at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service. “I’d rather we chose another label.”Pakistan, by contrast, has been spared from inclusion on the State Department list despite what U.S. officials say is a well-documented history of funding, training and protecting terrorist groups including the Taliban and Lashkar-e-Taiba. Even after U.S. counterterror agencies have directly implicated Pakistani intelligence officials in such flagrant activity as the 2008 terror attacks that killed 166 people — six of them Americans — in Mumbai, the U.S. government has continued to treat Pakistan as an indispensable if untrustworthy, partner.Russian leaders have bristled at the idea that they might qualify for inclusion on the terror-sponsors list. Particularly since the 9/11 attacks, the Putin government has cast Russia as a Christian bulwark against the threat of Islamist militancy. Putin was the first foreign leader to call President George W. Bush to express his sympathies after the attacks. As the Bush Administration scrambled to strike back against al-Qaida, the Kremlin provided diplomatic and logistical support for the U.S. military’s operations in Afghanistan.Russian security forces also worked with Western counterparts to track threats related to Chechnya. And Moscow avoided criticizing the Americans’ use of brutal interrogation methods and secret detentions, despite years of U.S. human rights criticism of Russia’s own counterterror operations.From the start, however, some U.S. intelligence experts warned that Moscow played by different rules. Sipher, the former deputy chief of Russian operations, recalled his reaction after learning that the then-CIA director, George Tenet, had told Bush that Russia would be a key ally in the new war on terrorism.“Tenet asked us to put together a paper on how the Russians were going to help us,” Sipher recalled. “We were dumbfounded. We said someone needs to tell the president they are NOT going to be an ally. They are not going to help on counterterrorism.”It was not long before signs of Russian duplicity began to surface, Sipher recalled. In the mid-2000s, the CIA learned that Russia had given its allies in Central Asia a database of suspected extremists that included the names of some CIA undercover officers.“When our officers showed up in certain countries at the airport, they were handcuffed because we popped up on the list as terrorists,” Sipher said.In what some U.S. intelligence veterans see as a reflection of Putin’s background as a career officer in the Soviet KGB, Russia has mixed fierce tactics against Islamist militants in Chechnya with cooptation and collusion, officials said.Russian opposition leaders and journalists have accused the Kremlin’s security forces of masterminding a string of mysterious bombings in Russia in 1999. About 300 civilians were killed in the explosions at apartment buildings. The attacks, which the government blamed on Chechen militants, helped then-Prime Minister Putin bolster his standing ahead of the presidential election he won in 2000.The U.S. case against Russia as a sponsor of terrorism has grown substantially over the past decade, national security officials said.As Islamist militants began moving into Syria in 2012 to join that country’s civil war, law enforcement agencies in Europe arrested scores of would-be jihadists. By contrast, U.S. officials have said, Russia’s principal internal security agency, the FSB, appeared to encourage militants from predominantly Muslim regions like Dagestan to go to Syria ahead of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. The FSB carried out this activity to reduce the threat at home during the Winter Games, according to U.S. officials, despite the fact that such militants were likely to join the Islamic State’s fight against the Syrian government, a close Russian ally.“There must have been senior approval,” said Michael Carpenter, who served as National Security Council director for Russia during the Obama administration. “There was facilitation, payment, passports. There were hundreds, at a minimum, who went to Syria during this period.”There have been more direct examples of state-sponsored violence in the pursuit of Chechen rebel leaders and other Kremlin enemies far beyond Russia’s borders, U.S. officials said. Russian spies have been convicted of or accused of murdering suspected Islamist extremists in Dubai, Qatar and Turkey, according to officials, court verdicts and published reports.Both the United States and Israel have often killed suspected terrorists overseas, notably in drone strikes conducted by the Pentagon or the CIA. But Russia has targeted its own exiled political dissidents with growing frequency — an action that would qualify as terrorism under U.S. law if there is an intent to intimidate a group of people.In the Skripal case in England, Carpenter said, the seemingly obvious signs of the nerve agent used to try to kill the exiled Russian spy on March 4 was integral to the plot. “I think the Russians planned it as a hit that would lead everyone to think the Kremlin was behind it, and that would spread a chill among former spies,” he said. “Is it terrorism? Yes. It targets that population of former Russian spies and dissidents and sends a message to stop cooperating with the West.”Russia had convicted Skripal of working as a British double agent, but released him from prison and sent him to Britain in a spy swap in 2010. The former military intelligence officer, 66, had lived quietly for eight years in the riverfront town of Salisbury until, British officials say, suspected Russian agents smeared the nerve agent Novichok on the handle of his front door.Skripal was in critical condition for weeks before his health began to improve. On Friday, he was released from the hospital. Authorities moved him to a secret location to continue his recovery. The other two victims — his 33-year-old daughter and a British police officer — were released from the hospital weeks ago.Prime Minister Theresa May has said that only Russia had the weapon, motive and operational experience to carry out the plot, an assertion that U.S. intelligence officials have endorsed. Because the Russian state tightly controls access to Novichok, American intelligence officers think the order to use it had to have come from high-level officials, a U.S. intelligence official said.Russian leaders have denied any involvement in the case, and have even accused the British security services of staging the attack themselves in order to frame Russia. After the director of the MI5 domestic intelligence service said last week that the Kremlin was at risk of becoming an “isolated pariah,” the Russian embassy in London declared: “This shows to what lengths London is prepared to go in order to keep the Western bloc in the UK-led confrontation with Russia.”The Skripal attack recalled the 2006 assassination in London of Alexander Litvinenko, a former FSB officer who had also worked with Western intelligence services. After fleeing to London in 2000, Litvinenko had publicly accused Putin of plotting the 1999 bombings in Russia, among other crimes. He was killed by two Russian operatives who poisoned his tea with polonium-210, a rare radioactive substance produced by a Russian military laboratory. A British court convicted the two Russians in absentia, but one of them, Andrei Lugovoy, a retired KGB officer, received a medal from Putin and was elected to the Russian parliament.A dozen other suspicious deaths in Britain — the victims were Russian expatriates or Britons linked to them — drew less attention over the past 15 years. In the aftermath of the Skripal attack, however, British authorities said they would reexamine those cases, which prominently include the death of Boris Berezovsky, an exiled Russian oligarch, an enemy of Putin who was initially ruled to have committed suicide in 2013.When Tillerson ordered the review of Russia’s record on terrorism in March, State Department experts examined a history of Russian-sponsored violent activity in neighboring Ukraine as a key element of a case for designation.In 2004, an anti-Putin presidential candidate, Viktor Yushchenko, blamed Russian operatives for trying to kill him with dioxin. The poison badly disfigured Yushchenko, but he survived and won the Ukrainian election. In another case, last October, Ukraine’s attorney general accused the Russian FSB of teaming with a politically connected gangster to assassinate a fugitive Russian legislator in Kiev.One of the most serious elements of the case against Russia, U.S. officials said, may be the government’s alleged involvement in the shoot-down of a Malaysia Airlines flight by Russian-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine in 2014. A Russian-made missile killed all 298 people aboard and was part of a wave of separatist bombings and other violence against civilians blamed on Russia after its forces occupied the Crimea region.“It is the current Russian regime that provided the missiles, the launcher, the software, the training, and perhaps even the triggerman to shoot down Malaysia Airlines Flight 17,” Carpenter testified before a House Foreign Affairs subcommittee in November. ProPublica by SEBASTIAN ROTELLAMAY 21, 2018The attempt to kill a former Russian spy in England bore an ominous signature: The assailants used a lethal nerve agent of a type developed in the Soviet Union, and British investigators quickly concluded that only the Kremlin could have carried out such a sophisticated hit.Soon after the March attack, Rex Tillerson, then the U.S. secretary of state, ordered State Department officials to outline the case for designating Russia as a state sponsor of terrorism under U.S. law. Experts in the department’s Bureau of Counterterrorism began to assemble what they thought was a strong case.But almost as quickly as the review began — within about two days — the secretary of state’s office sent new instructions to drop the initiative, according to State Department officials familiar with the episode.“There are a lot of issues that we have to work on together with Russia,” a U.S. official said. “Designating them would interfere with our ability to do that.”The State Department’s reluctance to impose the terror designation was not a product of Trump administration sympathy for Russian President Vladimir Putin, U.S. officials say. Rather, it reflected an ambivalent and at times contradictory policy toward Russia on terrorism issues that stretches back more than a dozen years, American intelligence officials and foreign-policy experts said.Even as Washington has grown more concerned about an array of Russian security threats, it has continued to seek Moscow’s cooperation in combating terrorism. Although the approach has yielded few victories against the Islamist militants that the two countries vowed to fight after 9/11, advocates of the policy argue that it has been one of the few areas of common ground in which cooperation remains possible during a period of increasing confrontation.“Russia is clearly a bad actor on the world stage,” said David McKean, a former director of policy planning at the State Department. “But terrorism is an area where we have to keep trying to talk to them. They can either play a negative role or not play a negative role — or occasionally play a positive role.”Yet, as Tillerson’s order for the review suggested, the calculus in Washington has begun to shift. Throughout the civil war in Syria, Russia has strengthened its backing for the regimes in Damascus and Teheran, which Washington has long accused of supporting terrorism, and their ally Hezbollah, an officially designated terrorist group. Russia has intervened more directly in Afghanistan, Pentagon officials have said, shipping arms to the Taliban with little apparent regard for the geopolitical consequences. And the Kremlin has methodically pursued its enemies overseas, ordering a series of assassination attempts in Europe, Turkey and the Middle East, national security officials said.As the evidence of Russian support for terrorism has grown, the Putin regime’s campaign of cyber attacks and another subversion in the United States, Europe and elsewhere has raised new questions about the utility and viability of narrow efforts at cooperation on issues such as counterterrorism.“We assume the Russians are like us, and if we would just do a better job of explaining ourselves, they would come around and be allies on counterterrorism,” said John Sipher, a former deputy chief of Russian operations at the CIA. “Russia has been more consistent. They have seen us, not terrorism, as the main enemy all along.”In the case of the former Russian spy poisoned in the English town of Salisbury, Sergei Skripal, the Trump administration eventually joined Britain and other allies in retaliating for the attack. Washington and its allies expelled scores of Russian diplomats and imposed financial sanctions on oligarchs and political leaders.To formally name Russia as a state sponsor of terrorism, however, would represent a more significant step. The State Department’s list, which now includes North Korea, Iran, Syria and Sudan, reflects a formal determination that a foreign government has repeatedly supported acts of international terrorism. (Secretary Tillerson was fired days after he ordered up the aborted review, apparently for reasons that were unrelated. His replacement, Mike Pompeo, has not commented publicly on the prospect of such a designation.)Under a process first implemented in 1979, the designation results in sanctions barring the country from U.S. foreign aid, arms sales and various forms of commerce. It also restricts U.S. trade and diplomatic contact with nations that do business with countries on the list.But both Republican and Democratic administrations have wielded the State Department’s terrorism sanctions primarily against countries where the United States has limited interests. Washington has used the tool far more sparingly against powerful nations like Russia, where U.S. relationships include substantial competing equities.In November, for example, the Trump administration aggressively pushed through the designation of North Korea as a sponsor of terrorism, despite what officials in the State Department and other experts considered a relatively weak evidentiary case.center_img U.S. military commanders have also accused Russia of increasing support for the Taliban. Although the Afghan insurgency originated with the Islamic militant fighters who battled the Soviets during their occupation of Afghanistan in the 1980s, Russian forces have provided funding and small arms to the Taliban as part of an effort to undermine U.S. policy in the region, Pentagon officials have said.Amid calls for stronger retaliation against Russia for the Skripal case and its meddling in the 2016 elections, some members of Congress have pushed the Trump administration to consider designating Russia as a state sponsor of terrorism. Even if the case seems strong, U.S. officials say the action would imperil remaining lines of communication with Moscow and create legal problems for the United States in dealing with nations that do business with Russia.The Trump administration recognizes Russia’s record, officials said, but senior intelligence officials have emphasized their continued support for a better counterterrorism partnership with the Putin regime.U.S. intelligence agencies went so far as to extend a highly unusual invitation to Russian spy chiefs, which resulted in a meeting between the sides in January to discuss counterterrorism cooperation. The directors of the FSB and the SVR, Russia’s foreign intelligence service, held talks in Washington with the then-CIA director, Pompeo, and the director of national intelligence, Dan Coats. The Americans reminded the spy chiefs that the CIA had relayed a lead that foiled a terrorist plot in Saint Petersburg in December, but the Russians have so far declined to share any comparable intelligence, a U.S. intelligence official said.“The intelligence agencies want to have a channel open to the Russians,” the official said. “Historically, at times of political tensions, the spy services have been able to de-escalate while presidents like Putin are playing to domestic audiences. It’s important to keep that back channel.”Critics of the meetings took a less optimistic view, saying the U.S. intelligence community sent a message that it is not serious about confronting Russia’s aggressive conduct. The Salisbury attack just weeks later underscored the futility of the outreach effort, those experts said.“These are the guys behind the interference campaign in the U.S. elections, the guys directing Russian operations in Syria and Ukraine and ordering hits like the one on Skripal,” Carpenter said of the meetings. “Words escape me to express how bad it was.”FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more


first_imgTROPICANA EVANSVILLE ANNOUNCES JOB FAIREvansville, IN (July 11, 2017) Tropicana Evansville is looking for fun, energetic and dedicated workers to add to their Team.On Monday, July 16, 2018, the Tropicana Evansville Human Resources Department will be hosting a Job Fair showcasing their variety of employment opportunities. The Job Fair will be held in the Tropicana Evansville Hotel in the Las Vegas & Atlantic City Conference Rooms from 3:30 PM to 6 PM CT.“This Job Fair will feature all open jobs at Tropicana Evansville,” explains Bill Plahn, Executive Director of Human Resources at Tropicana Evansville. “We have over 70 open and diverse positions including Food & Beverage, Hotel Front Desk, Housekeeping, Receiving, Valet Attendants, Casino Dealers, Casino Bartenders and Cocktail Servers, Security/EMT, and Groundskeeper, among others. Qualified applicants may receive an on-the-spot job offer.”Tropicana Evansville offers a Referral Bonus Program, an opportunity for Team Members and applicants to share a total of $1,150 over a one-year period.To be considered for an interview, visit and search Tropicana Evansville for current job openings.  Review the job listings and complete an online application.  Tropicana Entertainment is an equal opportunity employer and prescreens for illegal substances.About Tropicana EvansvilleTropicana Evansville is a multi-million dollar entertainment complex located on the scenic banks of the Ohio River in southwestern Indiana.  The single-level 24-hour casino encompasses 45,000 square feet of gaming space featuring over 1,100 slot games, over 30 table games, a dedicated Poker Room and a High Limit Room. Accommodations include a 243-room hotel tower and a 95-room boutique hotel. The property showcases an ultramodern entertainment lounge, four dining options, four bars, conference center, riverfront event center and a 1,660-vehicle attached parking garage. About Tropicana Entertainment Inc.Tropicana Entertainment Inc. is a publicly traded company that, through its subsidiaries, owns and operates eight casinos and resorts in Indiana, Louisiana, Mississippi, Nevada, Missouri, New Jersey and Aruba. Tropicana properties collectively have approximately 5,526 hotel rooms, 8,075 slot positions, and 277 table games. The company is based in Las Vegas, Nevada and is a majority-owned subsidiary of Icahn Enterprises, L.P. To learn more about Tropicana, visit FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more