Jihadi group kills Iraqi cameraman in northern Syria

first_img RSF_en SyriaMiddle East – North Africa March 12, 2021 Find out more Organisation News Help by sharing this information March 8, 2021 Find out more SyriaMiddle East – North Africa Reporters Without Borders is appalled and saddened by Iraqi freelance cameraman Yasser Faysal Al-Joumaili’s abduction and murder yesterday in northern Syria by members of the Jihadi group Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS).“Joumaili is the first foreign journalist to be murdered by an armed ‘opposition’ group in northern Syria’s so-called ‘liberated’ areas,” Reporters Without Borders said.”“His death underscores the importance of a concerted effort by the international community, by Syrian and international media freedom organizations and by all news providers to combat those who want to gag the media and silence those who work for them.”Reporters Without Borders is a partner in the “Free Press for Syria” campaign that was launched on 2 December to denounce a “deliberate strategy (by ISIS) to suppress media freedom and impose new generalized censorship on the Syrian people.”According to the information obtained by Reporters Without Borders, Joumaili had been in northern Syria for the past ten days doing a report for a Spanish news outlet. Several sources said he was kidnapped yesterday by ISIS members near Idlib and then killed execution-style. The exact circumstances of his death are not yet known. An experienced cameraman, Joumaili often worked for Al-Jazeera International and Reuters. Aged 35, he was from the Iraqi city of Fallujah and had three children.He is the twenty-seventh professional journalist and eighth foreign journalist to be killed in Syria since the start of the conflict in March 2011. At least 91 Syrian citizen-journalists have also been killed in connection with the provision of news and information.As Reporters Without Borders said in the report “Journalism in Syria, impossible job,” published on 6 November, Syria is the world’s most dangerous country for journalists and ISIS now poses the biggest threat to both Syrian and foreign news providers there. The group has been added to the Reporters Without Borders list of “predators of freedom of information.” Receive email alerts to go furthercenter_img Wave of Kurdish arrests of Syrian journalists News News February 3, 2021 Find out more Damascus TV presenter arrested under cyber-crime law December 5, 2013 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Jihadi group kills Iraqi cameraman in northern Syria Toll of ten years of civil war on journalists in Syria News Follow the news on Syrialast_img read more

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Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats Announce 20+ Date Tour

first_imgNathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats have announced a lengthy North American tour that will take them across much of the United States and parts of Canada this May, June, and August. The Americana, soul and R&B outfit will be on the road in support of their forthcoming album, Tearing at the Seams, which is due out on March 9th via Stax Records. You can give the first single from that new record—”You Worry Me”—a listen below.Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats’ tour will kick off in St. Petersburg, FL on May 5th then head to parts of the Mid-Atlantic and Canada. The band will then make its way to the Midwest and Northeast before swinging through the West Coast. Finally, the outing will wrap up with a show at Colorado’s picturesque Red Rocks Amphitheater on August 22nd.A number of other acts will join Rateliff and Co. during some of their stops, including Lukas Nelson & The Promise of the Real, The Head and The Heart, Deer Tick, Hiss Golden Messenger, and Tank & The Bangas.In an effort to keep scalpers and bots from acquiring too many tickets for their upcoming tour, the band will sell its pre-sale tickets via a fan lottery. The lottery will be open from now until noon EST on Wednesday, January 24th, and fans will be notified about pre-sale tickets by 6 p.m. that day.Tickets will go on sale to the general public at noon EST on Friday, January 26th (11 a.m. EST for Forest Hills, NY tickets). Additionally, every ticket purchased on the tour will come with a digital download of Tearing at the Seams.“You Worry Me”Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats Tour DatesMay 5 – Saint Petersburg, FL @ Jannus Live*May 8 – Charlotte, NC @ Fillmore *May 9 – Raleigh, NC @ The Ritz *May 11 – Asheville, NC @ Highland Brewing Company *May 12 – Louisville, KY @ Iroquois Amphitheater *May 14 – Richmond, VA @ The NationalMay 16 – Washington, DC @ AnthemMay 18 – Toronto, ON @ Massey HallMay 19 – Montreal, QC @ MTelusMay 31 – Chicago, IL @ Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island ^June 2 – Lewiston, NY @ Artpark Amphitheater ^June 3 – Cleveland, OH @ Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica ^June 5 – Cooperstown, NY @ Brewery Ommegang ^June 6 – Philadelphia, PA @ Skyline Stage at the Mann ^June 8 – Boston, MA @ Blue Hills Bank Pavilion  %June 9 – Forest Hills, NY @ Forest Hills Stadium #August 3 – Kansas City, MO @ CrossroadsAugust 5 – Saint Paul, MN @ The Palace TheatreAugust 7 – Moorhead, MN @ Bluestem Center for the Arts AmphitheatreAugust 9 – Missoula, MT @ KettleHouse AmphitheaterAugust 10 – Troutdale, OR @ Edgefield AmphitheaterAugust 15 – Los Angeles, CA @ Greek TheatreAugust 18 – Oakland, CA @ Fox TheaterAugust 22 – Morrison, CO @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre***- with Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real^- with The Head and The Heart%- with Deer Tick# – with The Head and The Heart and Hiss Golden Messenger**- with Tank & The Bangas[Photo: Andrew Rios]last_img read more

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A reflective Justice Breyer

first_imgNever let it be said that a U.S. Supreme Court justice doesn’t keep his work close to his heart. During a lunchtime question-and-answer session at Harvard Law School (HLS) on Tuesday, Associate Justice Stephen Breyer reached into his jacket pocket and pulled out a small white booklet.“This a great document, the Constitution of the United States,” said Breyer. “It’s a fabulous document. I don’t know they how they wrote it. It’s brief. It has general principles. Fabulous.”Breyer visited his alma mater and former employer for an informal chat with HLS Dean Martha Minow and to take a handful of questions from students. Back on campus to celebrate the 20th anniversary of his appointment to the high court, he also took part in a panel discussion later in the day with several HLS professors who examined his tenure and some of his most notable opinions.During the afternoon session, one young woman asked a question many students in the crowd were likely wondering: “What does it take to become a Supreme Court clerk?” The answer is: a lot of work.There are roughly 8,000 cases pointed toward the court each year, said Breyer, who broke down some of the court’s internal workings. Four law clerks for each justice review the cases and write detailed memos about each petition. The justices then review those memos and choose which ones to hear in a process that requires four votes to grant a writ of certiorari, or judicial review.The final list typically includes about 80 cases. Contrary to what some people think, the justices’ decisions on which cases to hear aren’t based on how much “fun” they think a case might be, said Breyer.“Our real object is to decide in those cases that require a uniform federal decision, which almost always is where the lower courts have come to different conclusions on the same question of federal law,” he said.“Mechanics play an important role” in the selection of cases and the decision process, said Breyer. “We’re not there to make some theory about something. We’re there to decide cases. That’s the job.”Throughout the hourlong talk, Breyer was as quick with an easy joke as he was with a complicated legal argument. When describing his job to his teenage son several years ago, Breyer said: “I read and I write. … So if you do your homework really well, you get a job, and you can do homework for the rest of your life.”During the discussion, Minow worried that without an explicit emergency clause in the U.S. Constitution addressing wartime and executive power cases, there’s “a risk of the executive powers just stretching and stretching and stretching and never going back to the size it was when it wasn’t an emergency.”“Yes, absolutely,” said Breyer, saying that the Roman statesman Cicero’s argument that in an emergency people “forget the law” is never the right approach. Instead, Breyer argued for using due process in this age of terrorism to address complicated cases involving enemy combatants. But with such cases, he added, the guiding principle should be the understanding that “the Constitution does not write the president a blank check.”Asked by one student what the judge’s job meant to him, Breyer responded that it was both a source of fear and enormous pride.“In the first three years, you are frightened to death. You think, ‘I don’t know what’s going to happen; how do I know I can do this?’ And then after three years, you think, ‘Well, maybe I can, maybe I can’t, but this is the best I can do.’ … It’s a very, very interesting job. But more than that, it matters to people, and that is a tremendous source of satisfaction if you can continuously recognize that and just do your best.”The dynamic on the nine-member court changes with each new justice, said Breyer, who has seen several new faces beside him on the bench since President Bill Clinton nominated him and the U.S. Senate confirmed his nomination in 1994. But the mood, he added, is always the same.“In that [weekly] conference, it’s still true, I have never heard a voice raised in anger, and I have never heard someone say something mean about somebody else, not even as a joke. It’s professional. We go around the table and we state our views and listen to the others.”last_img read more

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NFF Congress Ratifies Postponement of State FA Elections

first_imgAn extra-ordinary General Assembly of the Nigeria Football Federation yesterday ratified the decision of the NFF Executive Committee of 26thJanuary 2019 to postpone the elections into the Boards of the Football Associations in the 36 States and the FCT.At an emergency meeting (e-meeting), the NFF Excutive Committee had decided:“That given the various complaints that have been received and ventilated in several fora regarding the ongoing electoral processes geared towards the conduct of elections into the Football Associations of the 36 States and the FCT, and against the backdrop of the nationwide elections taking place between February and March 2019, the Executive Committee resolved that the current electoral processes in the States be suspended immediately. “Executive Committee has thus charged the NFF Football Reform Committee, which composition was approved by the NFF Congress at its Annual General Assembly in Asaba, Delta on 24th October 2018, to see the pattern, composition and electoral processes as one of its major assignments in the work of recommending a comprehensive reform of Nigerian Football.”In Lagos yesterday, with all 44 Members of the NFF present alongside the NFF Executive Committee, at the meeting held at the Eko Hotel and Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos, the decision was unanimously ratified after a motion moved to that effect by former NFF 1st Vice President and current Chairman of the Imo State Football Association, Mazi Amanze Uchegbulam. The motion was seconded by Mohammed Nasir Saidu, Chairman of the Sokoto State Football Association.The NFF Executive Committee had also asked each of the Football Associations of the 36 States and the FCT to hold an extra-ordinary Congress (before the expiration of its tenure) to pick a new date between 26th May and 30th June 2019 as the terminal date for its board and date for its Elective Congress, to be presided over by the current boards of respective State FAs recognized by the NFF.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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