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The case against Dan Oakes exposes how dangerously fragile press freedom is in Australia | Peter Greste

The case against Dan Oakes exposes how dangerously fragile press freedom is in Australia | Peter Greste

03 Jul 2020 The Guardian The Guardian

Nobody is suggesting giving journalists blanket protection to publish classified information at will, but we need profound legislative reformFor any law to be effective, there needs to be clarity. Most legislation is so mind-numbingly formal and technical because it is drafted to avoid any confusion about exactly what the law allows, what it forbids, who it applies to and the consequences of breaching it.Yet, when it comes to the role of the media in Australia, legislated confusion abounds. Related: Australian federal police ask prosecutors to consider charges against ABC journalist Related: The raid on the ABC shows we need a law to protect journalists and their sources | Peter Greste Continue reading...

Australian Federal Police ask prosecutors to consider charges against ABC journalist

02 Jul 2020 The Guardian The Guardian

Prosecutors receive brief of evidence relating to the ABC’s reporting on alleged war crimes by Australian forces in Afghanistan The Australian Federal Police has referred a brief of evidence to prosecutors relating to the ABC’s investigation of alleged war crimes by Australian troops in Afghanistan.In a statement on Thursday, the AFP said it had forwarded documents to the commonwealth director of public prosecutions in relation to the case, which began in July 2017 and culminated in a raid on the ABC’s headquarters in June 2019. Related: Federal police raid on ABC over Afghan files ruled valid Would just like to point out at this moment that whether or not we are ever charged or convicted over our stories, the most important thing is that those who broke our laws and the laws of armed conflict are held to account. Our nation should be better https://t.co/dBYSXpn3z7 Continue reading...

Trump’s bond with veterans starts to fracture over Russian bounty plot

Trump’s bond with veterans starts to fracture over Russian bounty plot

02 Jul 2020 The Guardian The Guardian

A series of military figures are lining up to condemn the president over his reported inaction after being briefed on the plotMilitary veterans helped sweep Donald Trump to power in 2016, turning out in swing states like Ohio and Florida as Trump vowed to spend vast sums on defense. They have largely stuck with him ever since, even as Trump has repeatedly attacked venerated military leaders.But as Trump grapples with the scandal over his reported inaction after being briefed on a Russian plot to pay bounties for the killing of US troops, cracks in the relationship are starting to show, with a series of military figures lining up to condemn the president. Continue reading...

Donald Trump calls allegations of Russian bounty on US soldiers 'a hoax' – video

01 Jul 2020 The Guardian The Guardian

US president Donald Trump has played down allegations Russia paid bounties to the Taliban to kill coalition forces in Afghanistan, claiming it’s a hoax by ‘the newspapers and the Democrats’. Trump initially said he had not been told of the allegations, while the White House later claimed there was no consensus in the intelligence community over the reports’ veracityCIA official chose not to tell Trump of Russia bounty report, top adviser claims Continue reading...

Trump views US troops as disposable – the Russian bounty scandal makes that clear | Simon Tisdall

Trump views US troops as disposable – the Russian bounty scandal makes that clear | Simon Tisdall

30 Jun 2020 The Guardian The Guardian

Time and again, the president has failed to protect military personnel. For Trump, he always comes first, no matter who diesDonald Trump likes to suggest he has got the back of US soldiers battling America’s foes around the world. It was a big theme of his 2016 campaign and his West Point speech earlier this month. So great was his boundless care for America’s fighting men and women, he said, that he would halt the endless, costly foreign wars prosecuted by his predecessors – and bring them home. Related: Trump's ties to Putin under fresh scrutiny in wake of Russia bounty reports Continue reading...

White House: 'Dissenting opinions' from intelligence community on Russian bounty reports – video

29 Jun 2020 The Guardian The Guardian

White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany says there are dissenting opinions within the intelligence community on reports Russia offered a bounty for attacks on coalition forces in Afghanistan. US President Donald Trump denied being briefed on the alleged bounty program from Russia, later adding intelligence officials told him the threat was not ‘credible’. He has since by contradicted by McEnany, who said there was no consensus among the intelligence community in a media briefing on MondayWhite House briefs House Republicans on ‘Russian bounties’ intelligence Continue reading...

White House briefs House Republicans on 'Russian bounties' intelligence

White House briefs House Republicans on 'Russian bounties' intelligence

29 Jun 2020 The Guardian The Guardian

Russia alleged to have offered money for killing US troopsTrump claimed advisers ‘did not find this info credible’The White House briefed Republican lawmakers on Monday on an intelligence assessment that Russian operatives had offered a bounty for attacks on coalition forces in Afghanistan, a day after Donald Trump said his intelligence advisers “did not find this info credible”. Related: Trump: I was not told about 'Russian bounties' plot because it was not credible Continue reading...

Trump denies knowledge of 'Russian bounties on US troops' as criticism mounts

28 Jun 2020 The Guardian The Guardian

Russian military intelligence unit secretly offered cash to Taliban militants for successful attacks on coalition troops in AfghanistanDonald Trump claimed on Sunday that no one had told him about a Russian plot to offer bounties to Taliban militants in exchange for fatal attacks on coalition troops in Afghanistan, though US security officials have been weighing a response to the plot since at least March.Top administration officials, including members of Trump’s national security council, have been discussing the Russian bounty offer for months, the New York Times first reported.Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden slammed President Trump after the New York Times reported that U.S. intelligence concluded that the Russian military offered bounties to Taliban-linked militants in Afghanistan to kill American troops https://t.co/izhdSre2Le pic.twitter.com/C4w9YgQGJ1 Continue reading...

Russia offered bounty to kill UK soldiers

Russia offered bounty to kill UK soldiers

27 Jun 2020 The Guardian The Guardian

Moscow accused of trying to give money to the Taliban as part of its campaign to destabilise America and its alliesThe Russian intelligence unit behind the attempted murder in Salisbury of the former double agent Sergei Skripal secretly offered to pay Taliban-linked fighters to kill British and American soldiers in Afghanistan, according to US reports.The revelation piles pressure on the UK to take robust action against the Kremlin amid continuing anger over the government’s delay in publishing a key report on Russian attempts to destabilise the UK.Britain is retreating from the world stage and the fear is that Boris Johnson is afraid to stand up to Vladimir Putin Continue reading...

Outrage mounts over report Russia offered bounties to Afghanistan militants for killing US soldiers

Outrage mounts over report Russia offered bounties to Afghanistan militants for killing US soldiers

27 Jun 2020 The Guardian The Guardian

Fierce response from top Democrats after US intelligence finding was reportedly briefed to Trump in March, but the White House has yet to actOutrage has greeted a bombshell New York Times story that says American intelligence officials believe a Russian military intelligence unit offered bounties to Taliban-linked militants for killing foreign soldiers in Afghanistan, including targeting Americans.The story, citing its sources as unnamed officials briefed on the matter, said that the US had come to the conclusion about the operation several months ago and and offered rewards for successful attacks last year.Trump knew Russia was paying bounties on the lives of American servicemen in Afghanistan. He took no action against Putin. Instead, @realDonaldTrump REWARDED Putin by trying to insert Russia back into the G-7. And, not enough, withdrawing 25,000 American troops from Germany. Continue reading...

Bomb attack kills two human rights workers in Kabul

Bomb attack kills two human rights workers in Kabul

27 Jun 2020 The Guardian The Guardian

Homemade device attached to vehicle caused explosion in Afghan capital, says employerTwo employees of Afghanistan’s human rights body were killed in a bomb attack in Kabul on Saturday.The Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission said the workers died when a homemade sticky bomb attached to their vehicle exploded. Continue reading...

Afghan government backtracks over rule forcing media to reveal sources

26 Jun 2020 The Guardian The Guardian

Amendments to country’s media law revoked after outcry from pressAn outcry by the Afghan press over amendments to the country’s media law has seen the government call off initially approved changes.The newly revoked amendments included a rule that would force media to reveal sources to the government without a court order. Related: 'There hasn't been rehabilitation': Afghanistan struggles with fate of 'Daesh wives' Related: How the free press worldwide is under threat Continue reading...

'There hasn't been rehabilitation': Afghanistan struggles with fate of 'Daesh wives'

26 Jun 2020 The Guardian The Guardian

The Afghan government is facing hard decisions over the futures of hundreds of detained radicalised women and their childrenThe “Daesh wives” from the Afghan branch of Islamic State look very young. Most are already mothers.Hundreds of them have fled combat, airstrikes and near-starvation in eastern Afghanistan where the faction of Isis known as Islamic State in Khorasan (ISK) has been under fierce bombardment from Afghan and US special forces, as well as involved in violent clashes with rival militants the Taliban. Continue reading...

Head of international criminal court accuses US of acting unlawfully

Head of international criminal court accuses US of acting unlawfully

24 Jun 2020 The Guardian The Guardian

ICC president condemns US visa restrictions on officials in Afghan war investigation The president of the international criminal court has accused the US of acting unlawfully by threatening an economic and legal offensive against the institution following a decision by judges to open an investigation into war crimes in Afghanistan.Chile Eboe-Osuji said the punitive measures announced by the US secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, this month were an attempt at coercion that went against international law as well as domestic law in the US and elsewhere. Continue reading...

'Divorce isn't an option': Afghan women find hope in saffron scheme

'Divorce isn't an option': Afghan women find hope in saffron scheme

23 Jun 2020 The Guardian The Guardian

Drug addiction is common among men in many villages, leaving their wives to develop survival strategies for the familyAnita Zadid would divorce her husband if she could. Eight years into the marriage, her husband turned to opium and crystal meth because he couldn’t find work. He’s now addicted.As well as taking care of her three children, Zadid, who was married at 14, says she also has to support her spouse. “Divorcing him is not an option in rural Afghanistan, but I mentally left my marriage many years ago,” the 30-year-old tells the Guardian. Sadly, she’s not the only woman to do so. Related: Street snacks to sanitiser: the Afghan women fighting coronavirus in Kabul Continue reading...

The Guardian view on Trump and the ICC: an attack on human rights | Editorial

The Guardian view on Trump and the ICC: an attack on human rights | Editorial

21 Jun 2020 The Guardian The Guardian

US sanctions are an appalling attempt to thwart an ICC investigation into war crimes in AfghanistanThe assault that the US has launched on the international criminal court is not merely an attack on a valuable and necessary institution. It is an attack on human rights themselves, and on the victims who have endured horrific abuses.The Trump administration is imposing sanctions not on those who commit atrocities, but on those who investigate such crimes. The decision to target members of the international body charged with prosecuting individuals for war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide is motivated primarily by the ICC’s investigation into abuses by multiple actors, including the US, in the war in Afghanistan. Continue reading...

Why be shocked by John Bolton's book? Trump's disasters are always plain to see

Why be shocked by John Bolton's book? Trump's disasters are always plain to see

21 Jun 2020 The Guardian The Guardian

The former national security adviser has laid bare the president’s foreign policy failings. As election day looms, they will only grow worseDisgraceful though it is, the revelation that Donald Trump allegedly sought covert assistance for his re-election bid from Xi Jinping, his authoritarian alter ego in Beijing, should not surprise students of the Ukraine inquiry, Trump’s impeachment and the Mueller report into Russian efforts to interfere with the 2016 campaign. It has long been clear that this ever-unscrupulous US president is prepared to co-opt almost anyone, however objectionable, cut any deal, however shady, and tell any lie, however blatant, to win a second White House term.Unabashed by John Bolton’s account of how he manipulated and subverted US foreign policy for his own ends, Trump will surely plan more of the same ahead of November’s election, which (with good reason) he is desperately afraid of losing. Related: There are no heroes in the John Bolton v Donald Trump story | Andrew Gawthorpe Most of all, Trump wants to identify Joe Biden, his Democrat rival, with the new enemy: Beijing Continue reading...

Street snacks to sanitiser: the Afghan women fighting coronavirus in Kabul

Street snacks to sanitiser: the Afghan women fighting coronavirus in Kabul

10 Jun 2020 The Guardian The Guardian

When lockdown closed their businesses, food sellers adapted their carts into mini disinfection units to tackle the outbreakPhotographs by Stefanie GlinskiCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageFreshta had spent months building up a franchise business to help to feed her family – and break a few taboos on women at the same time – when coronavirus hit Afghanistan.In November, the engineering student, (who has asked to be identified by one name only) became one of a fleet of female drivers taking 40 Banu’s Kitchen food carts around Kabul, serving up burgers and rice to a predominantly male customer base. “At the beginning, men on the streets would be shocked to see us driving a motorbike and selling food, but after about two or three months, they are now used to it. They even support us,” she says. Related: 'Where are the women?' Outcry over all-male government meeting in Afghanistan We wanted to encourage more Afghan women to feel unrestricted while choosing their career paths Related: 'I lost consciousness': woman whipped by the Taliban over burqa without veil | Haroon Janjua Continue reading...


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