Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Top US News & World Headlines — July 19, 2017

US Slaps Iran with New Sanctions

The US is hitting Iran with new sanctions - this time over its suspected ballistic missile programme.

The move comes after the White House accused Tehran of not sticking to the “spirit” of the 2015 nuclear deal, despite formally complying with its conditions.

It says the extra measures are necessary because of Tehran's alleged support for the Syrian government, and armed groups in the Middle East.

Al Jazeera's Patty Culhane reports from Washington, DC.

Model im Minirock erzürnt die Sittenwächter in Saudi-Arabien

Das Video einer Frau im Minirock sorgt derzeit in den sozialen Netzwerken in Saudi-Arabien für Aufsehen. Der Clip zeigt ein Model namens „Khulood“ in freizügiger Kleidung in einer historischen Festung in der extrem konservativen Region Nadschd. Frauen in Saudi-Arabien müssen eigentlich eine Vollverschleierung aus Abaya und Niqab tragen.

Entsprechend heftig sind die Reaktionen, wie die britische „BBC“ berichtete. Kritiker forderten ein Einschreiten der Religionspolizei und eine Bestrafung der Frau. Wenn sie sich nicht an geltende Gesetze halte, habe sie es nicht verdient, in Saudi-Arabien zu leben, hieß es.

Befürworter hingegen feierten die mutige Aktion in einem Land, in dem Frauen immer noch kaum Rechte haben. Sie wiesen darauf hin, dass auch Melania und Ivanka Trump beim jüngsten Besuch des US-Präsidenten in Saudi-Arabien keine Verschleierung trugen.

Eine Twitter-Nutzerin kommentierte: „Wäre sie eine Ausländerin, würden sie von der Schönheit ihrer Hüften und dem Glanz in ihren Augen schwärmen… Aber weil sie eine Saudi ist, fordern sie ihre Verhaftung.“ Die saudische Religionspolizei, die „Behörde für die Verbreitung von Tugendhaftigkeit und Verhinderung von Lastern“, hat angekündigt, den Vorfall zu untersuchen.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

The Ultimate Hypocrisy? Trump Plan to Renegotiate NAFTA Resembles TPP Deal He Withdrew From

Guardian Investigation of Ivanka Trump Factory in Indonesia Reveals Worker Abuse, Deplorably Low Pay

A new investigation by the Guardian has revealed workplace abuse, grueling production targets and deplorably low pay at an Indonesian factory that makes clothing for Ivanka Trump’s clothing label. Many of the female workers at the factory in West Java say the pay is so low, they live in constant debt and can’t afford to live with their own children. In June, Democracy Now! spoke with the journalist who broke the story, Krithika Varagur, when she joined us from Indonesia to describe what she uncovered.

Exiled Cleric Fethullah Gülen: 'I'm Not Worried about Extradition to Turkey'

Democracy Now! Top US & World Headlines — July 18, 2017

Monday, July 17, 2017

Tony Blair on Corbyn and the Lessons of the 2017 General Election (Full Interview) - BBC Newsnight

Newsnight's editor Ian Katz speaks to former Prime Minister Tony Blair about Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, the future of the Labour party and the lessons of the 2017 general election.

Waking Up With Sam Harris - Is this the End of Europe? (with Douglas Murray)

In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Douglas Murray about his book The Strange Death of Europe: Immigration, Identity, Islam.

Douglas Murray is Associate Editor of the Spectator and writes frequently for a variety of other publications, including The Sunday Times, Standpoint and The Wall Street Journal. He has also given talks at both the British and European Parliaments and at the White House. He is the author of The Strange Death of Europe: Immigration, Identity, Islam.

Outrage Mounts as Saudi Arabia Plans Imminent Executions for 14 Accused Pro-Democracy Protesters

As President Trump vows not to let human rights concerns interfere with U.S. relations with Saudi Arabia, the country is set to execute 14 men, including Mujtaba’a al-Sweikat, who was only 17 when he was sentenced to death five years ago. He had planned to visit and attend Western Michigan University but was detained by airport authorities in Saudi Arabia for allegedly attending a pro-democracy rally earlier the same year. We speak with Maya Foa, director of the legal charity Reprieve. We also speak with Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers, which is speaking out against the planned execution.

From Pence to Price: How Big Tobacco Gained Massive Influence Under Trump, Plans to Expand in Africa

From Vice President Mike Pence to Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price, a new Guardian report exposes how Tobacco companies have gained unprecedented influence in Washington since the Trump administration came to power. Politicians with deep ties to the tobacco industry now head the U.S. Health Department, the top attorney’s office and the Senate, even as tobacco use remains the leading preventable cause of death. The series also looks at how U.S. and British tobacco giants are trying to expand their global market, especially across Africa. We are joined by Jessica Glenza, health journalist for The Guardian.

The Middle East's Cold War, Explained

How two feuding countries are tearing apart the Middle East.

President Emmanuel Macron Restates France’s Responsibility for WWII Roundup of Jews