Jay-Z penned a New York Times op-ed to ramp up his criticism of the criminal justice system on Friday after a judge sentenced the rapper Meek Mill to two to four years in prison for violating probation. “It’s time we highlight the random ways people trapped in the criminal justice system are punished every day,” Jay-Z writes. “The system treats them as a danger to society, consistently monitors and follows them for any minor infraction – with the goal of putting them back in prison.” A Philadelphia judge sentenced Mill on November 6th, ignoring advice from a prosecutor and probation officer who were not in favor of sending the rapper back to jail. “Probation ends up being a land mine, with a random misstep bringing consequences greater than the crime,” Jay-Z writes. “In March, [Mill] was arrested after an altercation in a St. Louis airport. After video of what had actually happened was released, all charges were dropped … In … [Read more...] about Jay-Z Pens Meek Mill Op-Ed Highlighting ‘Trap’ of Probation
Other News Can Tho University poised to become think tank in Mekong Delta: JICA By Huynh Kim Wednesday, Nov 20, 2019,19:13 (GMT+7) Can Tho University poised to become think tank in Mekong Delta: JICABy Huynh Kim Officials from the Can Tho University and the Japan International Cooperation Agency attend the ground-breaking ceremony for construction of the Can Tho University Improvement Project on November 20 – PHOTO: HUYNH KIM CAN THO – An official from the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has expressed the belief that Can Tho University could become a think tank in education, scientific research and technology transfer in the Mekong Delta region. Located in the center of the Mekong Delta, the university is expected to become an “excellent institution of education, scientific research and technology transfer,” according to Murooka Naomichi, deputy chief representative of JICA Vietnam, … [Read more...] about Can Tho University poised to become think tank in Mekong Delta: JICA
NEW DELHI: Security cooperation is an important element of the BIMSTEC and the member countries are looking at enhancing partnership in this sphere, a top official of the Ministry of External Affairs said on Wednesday. Speaking at its first coastal security workshop, Vijay Singh Thakur, Secretary (East) in the MEA said India attaches great importance to the grouping of South and Southeast Asian nations and it is a part of its neighbourhood first policy. "As we are providing and looking for unhindered sea lanes of communication and economic integration of the region, we have to be mindful of the security at sea," Thakur said. Highlighting threats like human trafficking, narcotics, exploitation of natural resources, piracy, sea-based terrorism, Thakur said cooperation in the security domain will have a special significance and importance for Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC) members states. "We have been looking at security … [Read more...] about BIMSTEC nations looking to enhance security cooperation: India
So once again, there will be the tricolour flag projected on buildings around the world, a hashtag expressing solidarity with France, and declarations of sympathy. There will also be the question: why is France suffering a wave of extremist violence that is more intense – certainly more lethal – than any other seen in the west since the 9/11 attacks almost 15 years ago? Though it is still unclear if the driver of the truck in Nice was linked to any broader network or organisation - prosecutors on Friday said only that his actions were in line with an Isis call to action - his attack is a grim reminder of the bloodshed on Paris just months ago. One reason that France is a particular target is down to a specific decision by Islamic State to target it. In September 2014, shortly after the beginning of airstrikes by a US-led coalition which includes France, the chief spokesman for Isis, Mohammad al-Adnani, singled out the “spiteful French” among a list of enemies … [Read more...] about Why does France keep getting attacked?
Israel has claimed the Israel Defence Forces’ operation in Gaza last summer was a moral, defensive war conducted in accordance with international law. The publication on Sunday of a report written in conjunction with Israeli government ministries was timed to occur days before the release of the findings of an investigation by the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) into possible war crimes by Israel and Hamas. The UNHRC report, with which Israel refused to cooperate, is expected to serve as the foundation for the Palestinian case against Israel in the international criminal court, which is due to be submitted on 25 June. Israel’s report highlights efforts by the IDF to avoid harm to civilians and presents the operation as an “imperative necessity” in response to incessant rocket fire from Gaza and the threat of Hamas infiltrating through its tunnels. It states that the goals were “restoring security to Israeli civilians living under Hamas rocket … [Read more...] about Israel defends Gaza conflict as ‘moral war’