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Putin Pulls Russia Out of Convention on War-Crime Probes

Source: Bloomberg

President Vladimir Putin is pulling Russia out of a key element of the Geneva Conventions that authorizes investigations into alleged war crimes against civilians.

Putin issued a decree dated Wednesday to withdraw from Protocol 1 of the 1949 convention “relating to the protection of victims of international armed conflicts,” citing “exceptional circumstances affecting the interests of the Russian Federation and requiring urgent action.”

The protocol authorizes the International Humanitarian Fact-Finding Commission to investigate alleged war crimes and other “grave breaches” against civilians caught up in armed conflicts. The commission, established in 1991, comprises 15 independent experts elected by the 77 states including Russia that have recognized the body, according to its website.

It carried out a 2017 probe into the death of a paramedic working for the Organization for Security and Cooperation’s monitoring mission in eastern Ukraine during the conflict between government forces and Russian-backed separatists. It also discussed the wars in Syria and Yemen at its annual meeting in Geneva in April.

Read more: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-10-17/putin-pulls-russia-out-of-convention-on-war-crime-probes


Today I was sitting on my porch, enjoying the sunshine and the rest of my day off after returning...

Today I was sitting on my porch, enjoying the sunshine and the rest of my day off after returning from the memorial service of a friend who died far too soon. A woman and her dog stopped at my yard, and the dog plopped down on my grass. 1/

The dog was cute, a brown pitty girl with white markings. All dogs are perfect but she was particular charming. Her owner was trying to get her rolling again but she was staying put. She called her.
“Winnie! Come on!”
Her name was Winnie! 2/

This immediately registered because last November, I fostered a dog for the first time over Thanksgiving. She was a soft wiggly baby puppy I named Winnie. I cried for three days after she was spayed and went up for adoption, worrying about whether she had found a good home. 3/

I asked the woman whether she adopted Winnie with that name. She said yes, as she didn’t want to change her name and confuse her. I asked when — she said last November. By then, I was practically leaping off the porch screaming. I FOSTERED THIS DOGGGGGG 4/

I told her I was so worried about whether she found a good home that I asked the shelter to put my name in her file in case she was ever brought back, an unfortunate but not uncommon outcome. “Oh, no,” she said. “I would NEVER bring her back!” She is a great, well-behaved pup. 5/

It turns out Winnie’s mom had recently lost a dog. When saw Winnie’s precious face on the Animal Services web site, she got to the adoption site EARLY, intent on making sure she was first in line to adopt her when she became available. 5/

Now, I just moved into this house a couple months ago. And it turns out this house is a block over from Winnie! I would have been at work, not on my porch, this afternoon if not for traveling from the memorial service of my friend Heidi, a tremendous lover of dogs. 6/

It was beyond comforting for my first foster dog to turn up on my front lawn today, her fur still soft and her ear still crooked and her tail still wagging. Here she is in all her grown-up glory and I hope she warms your heart too! #RescueDogs #AdoptDontShop 7/

I have heard from so many of you who have loved rescue dogs and fostered yourselves. Thank you! I was SO sad after I brought Winnie back that I wasn't sure if I was cut out for fostering, but seeing her yesterday made me think maybe I can give it another shot.

Her mama agreed to come by in the future so I can see her. Me and my pup Foxy aren’t doing much walking around the neighborhood because she’s been injured pretty much since we moved in. Get a load of this sweet baby.

Side note: Winnie loved foxy more than foxy loved Winnie 😂 Sorry, your browser doesn't support embedded videos

By the way, if we can talk about Heidi for a second: she was a journalist too, and she faced her diagnosis with incredible grace and bravery. She left this article when she died. It's worth your time.


Giuliani pressed Trump to eject Muslim cleric from U.S., a top priority of Turkish president, former

Source: WaPo

Rudolph W. Giuliani privately urged President Trump in 2017 to extradite a Turkish cleric living in exile in the United States, a top priority of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, according to multiple former administration officials familiar with the discussions.

Giuliani, a Trump ally who later became the president’s personal attorney, repeatedly argued to Trump that the U.S. government should eject Fethullah Gulen from the country, according to the former officials, who spoke on the condition on anonymity to describe private conversations.

Turkey has demanded that the United States turn over Gulen, a permanent U.S. resident who lives in Pennsylvania, to stand trial on charges of plotting a 2016 coup attempt against Erdogan. Gulen has denied involvement in the plot.

Giuliani is now under scrutiny for his efforts to pressure Ukraine to investigate Trump’s political rivals. His earlier attempts to persuade the president to turn over the Turkish cleric represent another instance in which he appears to have been pushing a shadow foreign policy from his perch outside government.

Read more: https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/giuliani-pressed-trump-to-eject-muslim-cleric-from-us-a-top-priority-of-turkish-president-former-officials-say/2019/10/15/bf43d1ec-ef68-11e9-b648-76bcf86eb67e_story.html

BREAKING: Erdogan... will not be meeting US @VP or @SecPompeo when they travel to Turkey (updated)

BREAKING: President Erdogan tells @SkyNews @AlexCrawfordSky he will not be meeting US @VP or @SecPompeo
when they travel to Turkey tomorrow. Instead they’ll be meeting their Turkish counterparts. “When @realDonaldTrump
comes here I will talk to him,” Turkey’s president said.



UPDATE: see kpete's post https://www.democraticunderground.com/100212587502#post16

Erdogan complains that he cannot understand what Trump really wants anymore:

Erdoğan asked Trump whether he would negotiate with ISIS. “Trump told me he would, if it is necessary”

So Trump basically told Erdogan that he would negotiate with terrorists.

Erdogan complains that he cannot understand what Trump really wants anymore:

“We can no longer follow Trump’s tweets. We cannot track them. There is a stark change in his stance compared to last night”


Former President Carter: We are now witnessing, on a global basis, almost in every area of the world


Why Trump's Tweets Aren't Going Anywhere

Some tweets that violate Twitter’s normal rules will stay on the site, according to the company's newly articulated policy.

Twitter will allow world leaders to post tweets that violate its terms of service, but will enforce new rules about sharing those tweets, the company announced Tuesday.

Twitter has previously come under fire for allowing politicians to post racist content or target individual people. Earlier this month, Sen. Kamala Harris called on Twitter to suspend President Donald Trump for tweets that specifically targeted a whistle-blower, in what Harris claimed was a violation of Twitter’s terms of service. Twitter did not suspend Trump—nor will it take action against other world leaders, according to a new company blog post. Instead, if Twitter decides a politician’s tweet broke the rules, it will leave it on the site, accompanied by a disclaimer.

“If a Tweet from a world leader does violate the Twitter Rules but there is a clear public interest value to keeping the Tweet on the service, we may place it behind a notice that provides context about the violation and allows people to click through should they wish to see the content,” Twitter’s announcement reads.

Twitter first hinted at the new policy in June, but did not unveil the plan’s specifics. The site will still bar leaders from promoting terrorism, making “clear and direct threats of violence against an individual,” posting a person’s private information, revenge porn, encouraging self-harm, or engaging in child sexual exploitation (which is illegal).

Twitter also announced a new policy for interacting with politicians’ tweets that break the site rules.

“We haven’t used this notice yet, but when we do, you will not be able to like, reply, share, or Retweet the Tweet in question,” the company tweeted.

Curiously, users will be able to quote-tweet the offending messages.

“You will still be able to express your opinion with Retweet with Comment,” Twitter continued.


Lara Trump Says the Average American Had to Google 'Who Are the Kurds' Before Getting Outraged

Senior 2020 campaign adviser Lara Trump said average Americans had to "Google" who the Kurds of northern Syria even are before they could be outraged about President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw troops from the region.

Trump, who is married to the president's younger son, Eric Trump, defended her father-in-law's decision to withdraw U.S. troops near the Turkish border in a move many have described as an abandonment of Kurdish allies. More than 440 Kurdish fighters have been killed since the pullout last week, but Lara Trump said such losses should be put in context because regular Americans would have no idea who the Kurds or why the U.S. has been involved in the northern Syrian region since 2015. (Relevant video portion begins at 3:00 mark).

Speaking with Trump Monday, Fox News at Night host Shannon Bream asked the president's daughter-in-law to react to a New York Times story, "Trump Followed His Gut on Syria, Calamity Came Fast," which went on to describe how the decision to abandon the Kurds lended an "unanticipated victory to four American adversaries: Russia, Rian, the Syrian government and the Islamic State."

"Well, Shannon, I think we should start with the fact that if you ask the average American out there, I think they would have to Google 'Who are the Kurds, and why is America even over there fighting this war?'" Trump responded.


Three Nursing Home Workers Were Arrested For Allegedly Running A Fight Club Of Dementia Patients

Three workers at a North Carolina assisted living home have been arrested following allegations that they were running a fight club-style operation made up of elderly dementia patients.

Tonacia Yvonne Tyson, 20, Taneshia Deshawn Jordan, 26, and Marilyn Latish McKey, 32, were arrested on assault charges earlier this month, a spokesperson for the Winston-Salem Police Department told BuzzFeed News.

The elder care facility, called Danby House, specializes in caring for Alzheimer's patients, according to their website.

Police said the three Danby House employees were allegedly encouraging the residents to physically fight each other. In at least one case, one of the employees allegedly assaulted a resident by shoving them.

The workers also allegedly filmed the fights and egged the residents on, police told BuzzFeed News.


In video footage of the fight between the two residents, one of the elderly women can be seen falling on a bed and yelling “let go, help me, help me, let go" as the other woman in the fight continues to hit her, according to the Winston-Salem Journal.

One or more of the workers can reportedly be heard saying “punch her in the face" and “stop screaming, (expletive)" in the video. Another reportedly asked if someone was filming the fight and if the video could be sent to her.

One of the elderly women reportedly choked the other, causing one of the workers to say “you’re making her turn red." The workers allegedly did not intervene.

In an interview with police, one of the arrested women reportedly said the woman who was pushed and choked in the fight was a “pain the butt" and that's why they filmed it.


Tucker Carlson sounds just like a white supremacist when talking about Indigenous Peoples Day

* IS a white supremacist.
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