May 22, 2016

Russia reportedly concerned about U.S. tanks on its border. “”We regard this ongoing ‘exploration’ of Georgia’s territory by NATO forces as a provocative step aimed at escalating the military and political situation in the South Caucasus,” the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement.”

Honolulu to pay settlement to lesbian couple arrested by police officer. “Two vacationing lesbians who accused a Honolulu police officer of harassing them for kissing at a grocery store have won an $80,000 settlement from the city, their attorney said on Friday.

U.S. corporations hording almost $1.7 trillion in cash, 2/3rds of it overseas. “An estimated $1.2tn of cash was held overseas at the end of 2015 – about 72% of the $1.68tn cash stockpile, Moody’s said.”

Chicago offers to admit there is a police department “code of silence” in whistle-blower case. “The lawsuit was brought by two officers who say the department retaliated against them for cooperating with the FBI in an investigation into a narcotics team that was demanding protection money from drug dealers.”

Deaths and injuries as protesters driven from Baghdad Green Zone, live ammunition reportedly used. “At least four anti-government protesters were killed and 90 injured when security forces ejected them from Baghdad’s heavily fortified Green Zone, hospital sources said on Saturday.”

After violent strike, Mexican farm workers in Baja have won pay raises, organized unions. “The agreement, which called for minimum daily wages of 150 to 180 pesos, or $8 to $10 (a day), was shaky from the start. Growers have long resisted boosting pay, saying salaries are higher than other parts of Mexico.”

Clinton may back out of California debate with Sanders. “There are issues of enormous importance facing the people of California and our nation and the people of our largest state deserve to hear the Democratic candidates opinions.”

Democratic Party establishment allegedly opposing single payer healthcare in Colorado. “Pro-Clinton Democrats join Big Pharma and state Republicans in fighting to defeat first-in-the-nation ballot measure for statewide single-payer plan.”

City of Tukwila, Washington reportedly settles lawsuit over violent arrest of dancing suspect. “The city will pay Linson Tara $100,000 to settle a civil-rights lawsuit filed after the officers used Tasers, their fists and then a police dog on him while he was being restrained.”

Turkey reportedly removes immunity protections for members of parliament, in prelude to suspected crackdown on dissent. “With 376 voting in favor in the Turkish parliament, a constitutional amendment which strips all members of parliament of their legal immunity has been passed without the need for a public referendum, setting the stage for promised crackdowns against opposition MPs by the Erdogan government.”

Long lines at airports due to mistaken assumption by TSA that Americans would pay to avoid intrusive searches. “… the inability to persuade large numbers of fliers to shell out $85 for five years of convenience is now cited as a major contributor to the monster security lines that have plagued travelers in recent weeks at many U.S. airports, causing hundreds — if not thousands — to miss their flights.”


May 22, 2016

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