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Austrian president rebukes far-right leader over media jibe

VIENNA (Reuters) - Austria’s president rebuked the far-right deputy head of government on Friday for accusing the national broadcaster and one of its journalists of lying.

Heinz-Christian Strache, who led the anti-Islam Freedom Party (FPO) to third place in last year’s parliamentary election and into government as a junior coalition partner, has for years accused national broadcaster ORF of left-wing bias.

On Tuesday he went further, posting a picture on Facebook of leading ORF news presenter Armin Wolf with the inscription, “There is a place where lies become news. That place is ORF.” Wolf has threatened to sue Strache, saying it is the first time a politician has accused him of lying. ORF demanded an apology.

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Fresh Nazi songbook scandal hits Austrian far-right Freedom party

A weekly magazine in Austria has said it found an anti-Semitic fraternity songbook similar to the one found in January. The fraternity's chairman is reportedly an aide of the country's far-right transport minister.

A second student fraternity with ties to Austria's Freedom Party (FPÖ) — a partner in the ruling coalition — has a songbook that includes lyrics calling for the murder of Jews, an Austrian magazine reported on Tuesday.

The report comes after a senior FPÖ candidate resigned in early February after the same magazine found his former student fraternity had used a similar anti-Semitic songbook.

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Austria's far-right Freedom Party sets up panel to examine its past

VIENNA (Reuters) - Austria’s right-wing Freedom Party, which entered government in December, announced on Tuesday is was setting up a panel of people to investigate its history, a bid to distance itself from anti-Semitism and racism.

The opposition dismissed the plan as a whitewash by the FPO, which was formed in 1956 by a former officer in the SS -- the armed wing of the Nazi party -- and has struggled for years to rid itself of its radical-right image.

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Austria: Thousands sign up to scupper government's plans to stub out smoking ban

The Austrian government had scrapped a ban on smoking that was meant to come into force in May but will now have to discuss it. Austria is one of the few Western countries which allows smoking in bars and restaurants.

More than 100,000 Austrians have signed a petition against the government's scrapping of a complete ban on smoking in the country's bars and restaurants.

The high number of signatures means the issue will now have to be debated in parliament.

The ban, which was due to come into force in May this year, was imposed by the previous coalition government.

But the ban was scrapped by the new government at the behest of the leader of the far-right Freedom Party, Austria's Vice Chancellor Heinz-Christian Strache, himself a smoker, who said it impinged on "freedom of choice."

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The news are just so depressing and there is so much more and I can't even find articles about it because the media in other countries (and probably the people there) don't care.

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Latest Mueller target pleads guilty

Special counsel Robert Mueller's sprawling investigation's latest target pleaded guilty Tuesday to lying to investigators about communications with Trump campaign aide Rick Gates and others involved in a 2012 project related to Ukraine.

Alex van der Zwaan, 33, a Dutch citizen who worked in London for the law firm Skadden Arps, had been involved in preparing a report on Ukraine that was commissioned by Gates and Paul Manafort, President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman. The pair is facing charges from Mueller over their own work involving Ukraine.

Van der Zwaan entered a guilty plea to the felony false-statements charge during an hour-long hearing before U.S. District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson in Washington. Sentencing was set for April 3, after the defense asked to speed things up because van der Zwaan's wife, Eva, the daughter of a Russian oligarch, is pregnant in London.

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Black history month post: In Rio, the descendants of slaves try to hang on to their historic communities

A man greets Manoel Seabra, 94, the oldest man at the community of Quilombo Sao Jose, descendants of African slaves, during a Afro-Brazilian culture celebration marking the anniversary of the abolition of slavery, in Valenca, in Rio de Janeiro state May 17, 2014.
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Black history month post: Black Panther's Mythical Home May Not Be So Mythical After All

OP: I have no affiliation to Marvel, or the films, BTW. (LOL. I wish!!) ;-)

OP: Also, please note that this was originally published in May 2016.

OP: Finally, there may be some relatively minor spoilers for the movie behind the cut.
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PS: I haven't seen the film yet but am looking forward to it (i.e. I will see it next week).

Turkey jails 6 Turkish journalists for life, releases German reporter

(CNN)A Turkish court sentenced six journalists and other media professionals to life in prison Friday, Turkey's Anadolu state news agency reported, roughly an hour after another court freed a German-Turkish reporter who had been behind bars for a year.

The six were all sentenced for being associated with the movement of US-based Turkish cleric Fethullah Gulen, which Turkey accuses of being behind a failed coup attempt in July 2016.
Journalists Ahmet Altan, Mehmet Altan and Nazli Ilicak received life sentences on the charge of being informed about the coup attempt beforehand. Their sentence officially means they must serve 40 years.

They were also sentenced for attempting to disrupt constitutional order, as were Fevzi Yazıcı, Yakup Şimşek and Şükrü Tuğrul Özşengül, who worked at Gulen-linked newspapers and a television station.

"This is a dark day for press freedom and for justice in Turkey and sets a chilling precedent for scores of other journalists facing trials on similar trumped-up terrorism charges," said Gauri van Gulik, Europe director for Amnesty International, of the sentencing.

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Opinion: Deniz Yücel's release is no reason for complacency

Despite the celebrations over the release of German journalist Deniz Yücel, we must not forget that well over 100 journalists are still in prison in Turkey, writes DW's editor-in-chief Ines Pohl.

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Attacker tries to stab Honduran journalist during live broadcast

New  York, February 16, 2018--Honduran authorities should take swift action  to identify and bring to justice the man who attempted to stab  television reporter César Omar Silva during a live broadcast, the  Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

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Hungary's right-wing government plans law allowing it to ban organisations that help immigrants

Viktor Orban's government unveils policy ahead of country's general election

The right-wing populist Hungarian government of Viktor Orban has outlined plans for a new law that would give it the power to ban civil society groups that help immigrants and refugees.

The measure is one of the planks in Mr Orban’s drive against US financier George Soros, who has been the target of a state-backed national hate campaign because of his funding of liberal projects.

The law defines organisations that helps migrants as any NGOs that “sponsor, organise or otherwise support a third-country national’s entry or stay in Hungary via a safe third country in order to ensure international protection”.

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Mueller charges 13 Russians with 2016 election 'information warfare'

A new indictment from special counsel Robert Mueller charges that 13 Russian nationals and three Russian entities illegally mounted an "information warfare" scheme to influence the 2016 presidential election that favored then-candidate Donald Trump and involved "unwitting" U.S. citizens and Trump campaign officials.

The dramatic indictment reveals even bolder Russian interference than previously known — led by the Saint Petersburg-based Internet Research Agency, a notorious online misinformation operation with suspected Kremlin ties — that went beyond the previously understood use of "fake news" and social media misdirection.

It charges that as early as 2014, Russian nationals entered the U.S., and, without revealing their true identities, staged political rallies and even paid Americans to assist their alleged political sabotage. The Russians allegedly paid one American in Florida to dress up as Hillary Clinton in a prison uniform and another to build a cage to "imprison" the Clinton impersonator at a political rally. They also created a slew of false online accounts and Twitter hashtags meant to divide and incite American voters.

The indictment concludes that the Internet Research Agency "had a strategic goal to sow discord in the U.S. political system." While it notes that the operation undermined multiple presidential candidates, including Trump GOP rivals Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz, the document says that the shadowy Russian agency's operations "included supporting the presidential campaign of then-candidate Donald J. Trump ... and disparaging Hillary Clinton."

No Trump campaign officials or associates are named in the indictment, which does not address the Russian hacking and theft of Democratic emails during the 2016 campaign nor the many previously known contacts between Trump associates and Russians.

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Police recommend Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu be indicted on corruption, bribery charges

TEL AVIV — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed he would be vindicated Tuesday moments after police recommended that he be indicted on charges of corruption and bribery.

"This will end in nothing," a defiant Netanyahu declared after police made the announcement.

A police spokesman, however, said their case against the longtime Israeli leader is solid and based on — among other things — interviews with some 80 witnesses.

They charge that from 2007 to 2016 Netanyahu and his family received cigars, champagne and jewelry worth "hundreds of thousands of shekels" from Hollywood mogul Arnon Milchan and other supporters.

In return, Netanyahu pushed for the so-called Milchan Law, which ensures that Israelis who return to live in Israel from abroad are exempt from paying taxes for 10 years.

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Black history month post: When Jazz Age Superstar Josephine Baker Spied on the Nazis

The African-American singer and dancer was the toast of Paris when French intelligence asked her to spy on the Axis. It became one of her greatest performances.

(NB: Photo is from this reference.)

Josephine Baker was a dancer and singer who became wildly popular in France during the 1920s. She also devoted much of her life to fighting racism. (From this site.)
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OP: She was incredible.
Black history month post: Which Slave Sailed Himself to Freedom?

Robert Smalls, S.C. M.C. Born in Beaufort, SC, April 1839. (Library of Congress, prints and photographs division).
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OP: Wow.
Israel issues deportation notices to African migrants

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