Shared Grief After 9/11: Sister of WTC Victim Meets Afghan Who Lost 19 Family Members in U.S. Attack

On the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, we revisit a conversation we hosted in January of 2002 between Masuda Sultan, an Afghan American woman who lost 19 members of her family in a U.S. air raid, and Rita Lasar, a New Yorker who lost her brother in the World Trade Center attack. Lasar would become an active member of September 11th Families for Peaceful Tomorrows. Masuda later wrote the memoir, “My War at Home.” Source link

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Grandson of Notorious Warlord: My Family Is Celebrating the Taliban, But I Fear for My Friends' Lives

As the United States has begun the final phase of evacuations of U.S. citizens and Afghan allies from the Kabul airport, we speak with Obaidullah Baheer, an Afghan academic who has decided to stay in Kabul despite the risks. Baheer’s grandfather, Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, is a former mujahideen fighter once nicknamed the “Butcher of Kabul,” now among the senior political figures in the country attempting to shape a post-U.S. government with the Taliban. “This country needs more educated people,” says Baheer. “They’re not going to have enough technocrats for a functioning government to be in place. That’s why some of us have to stay behind.” Source link

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Paddy McGuinness calls to change ‘postcode lottery’ of autism family support

Support us and go ad-freeComedian Paddy McGuinness has said the “postcode lottery” of support for autistic families needs to change. Paddy McGuinness The TV presenter, who has three autistic children, also spoke of the importance of educating people on the condition, as he backed the launch of the UK’s largest study into autism. The work by Cambridge researchers is aiming to achieve better levels of support and understanding for autistic people. The Spectrum 10K project will recruit 10,000 autistic people from across the UK to boost understanding of how biological and environmental factors impact on them, organisers say. The project will be carried out by Cambridge’s Autism Research…

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‘Urgent intervention’ needed to secure release of Zaghari-Ratcliffe, says family

Support us and go ad-freeAn “urgent intervention” is needed to secure Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe’s release from prison, her husband and lawyers have said. Richard Ratcliffe also warned it was “inevitable” his wife would face an “autumn in court” unless the UK and other countries “called out” hostage-taking as a crime. Mr Ratcliffe has previously claimed that Iran is holding Ms Zaghari-Ratcliffe hostage to gain “leverage” over the UK regarding an unpaid debt of £400m. Warning The warning comes as Mr Ratcliffe and a legal team for his wife have filed a special request to the UN, asking for it to work with both the UK and Iran to see…

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Mexico Used Private Israeli Spyware Pegasus to Surveil President’s Family & a Murdered Journalist

This is a rush transcript. Copy may not be in its final form.AMY GOODMAN: This is Democracy Now!, democracynow.org, The War and Peace Report. I’m Amy Goodman, with Juan González, as we continue to look at the findings of The Pegasus Project, a collaboration of more than 80 journalists and 17 media organizations that’s investigating the Israeli cybersurveillance company NSO Group. Mexico appears to have submitted more phone numbers for potential surveillance to the NSO Group than any other client country — over 15,000 — including the numbers of teachers, journalists, judges, activists and politicians. Mexico is one of the deadliest countries for journalists and human rights defenders.…

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Dunn family take ‘giant step’ toward justice in damages claim after depositions

Support us and go ad-freeThe parents of teenage motorcyclist Harry Dunn have said they “stood up and spoke for him” after giving evidence under oath in a damages claim against their son’s alleged killer. Charlotte Charles and Tim Dunn gave legal testimony during their depositions on Thursday after flying out to Washington DC earlier this week. Mr Dunn’s parents faced lawyers acting on behalf of suspect Anne Sacoolas, who left the UK after diplomatic immunity was asserted on her behalf following the 19-year-old’s death in August 2019. Harry Dunn was killed in a road crash in August 2019 (Family handout/PA) Mrs Charles told the PA news agency her…

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NSA Whistleblower Reality Winner Released from Prison as Family Pushes Biden to Pardon Her

This is a rush transcript. Copy may not be in its final form.AMY GOODMAN: The former National Security Agency contractor Reality Winner was released from prison Monday. She was arrested in 2017, sentenced to five years in prison under the Espionage Act for leaking classified government information. She worked at Fort Gordon in Georgia as a contractor with Pluribus International, when federal law enforcement agents raided her house after determining she had given reporters at The Intercept a secret document about Russian interference in the 2016 election Prosecutors told The New York Times she got the longest sentence ever given by a federal court for unauthorized disclosure of…

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“Julian Is Suffering”: Family of WikiLeaks Founder Assange in U.S. to Demand His Release from Prison

The U.S. State Department is pushing to extradite WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange from Britain, where Biden is now meeting with leaders during the G7 summit. A U.K. judge blocked Assange’s extradition in January, citing serious mental health concerns. Assange faces up to 175 years in prison if brought to the U.S., where he was indicted for violations of the Espionage Act related to the publication of classified documents exposing U.S. war crimes. We speak with Assange’s father and half-brother, who are on a tour of the United States to advocate for his release. “The G7 meeting is based upon values, and yet they have, just a few kilometers…

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Christopher Kapessa’s family to seek a review of the decision not to prosecute

The family of a 13-year-old boy who died after being pushed into a river will appeal to the High Court on Thursday to review the decision not to prosecute the teenager accused of being responsible. Christopher Kapessa was pushed into the River Cynon in South Wales by a 14-year-old boy in July 2019, but the Crown Prosecution Service decided not to charge the teenager and described the incident as a “foolish prank”. Institutional racism? Lawyers representing Christopher’s mother, Alina Joseph, will appear at the High Court in London on Thursday morning to ask for a judicial review of the CPS decision. Joseph has previously said she believes the…

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"Brutal & Gratuitous": Family of Ronald Greene Demands Justice After Video Shows Deadly Traffic Stop

New bodycam footage is raising more questions about the deadly arrest of a Black man, Ronald Greene, in Louisiana during a 2019 traffic stop in the city of Monroe. Family members said police originally told them Greene died in a car accident, but the Associated Press obtained video of Louisiana state troopers electrocuting, beating and dragging Greene. Greene’s family has filed a federal wrongful death lawsuit, and Greene’s death is also being federally investigated. Lee Merritt, a civil rights attorney representing the family of Ronald Greene, says the family had to fight for a year and a half before being allowed to view police video of Greene’s death,…

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