China Legalizes Detention Of “Religious Extremists” In “Re-Education Camps”

China’s restive far-western Xinjiang region has revised its legislation to allow local governments to “educate and transform” people influenced by extremism at “vocational training centres” – a term used by the government to describe a network of internment facilities known as “concentration re-education camps”, the…

Active Shooting Reported At Wisconsin Office Building; ATF, Local Police Responding

Local and federal authorities are responding to a reported active shooting situation at a building on the 1800 block of Deming Way in Middleton, Wisconsin, a small city on the western shore of Lake Mendota and about 6 miles from Madison. Local news reporters said…

Patriotism vs. Nationalism: Both Are Fake Tribalism

I was to the local Safeway on the Saturday morning of the Labor Day weekend, and I noticed a number of red, white, and blue “patriotic bouquets” in the floral department.  But what would it mean if instead Safeway had advertised the bouquets as “national holiday…

Lula Barred From Presidential Election By Brazilian Court

Traders who were bidding up the Brazilian real and local stocks on Friday on the expectation that Lula would be barred from running for president in Brazil’s upcoming presidential elections proved to be right: late on Friday, Brazil’s top electoral court banned jailed former president…

In Argentina “All Bets Are Off” As Peso Disintegrates

“All bets are off” in Argentina” – as Bloomberg puts it – where the value of the local peso has plummeted, falling 20% this week alone. It is now 50$ weaker on the year versus the USD, making it the worst performing currency of 2018 and…

Uber Driver Shoots Woman’s Enraged Boyfriend In “Stand Your Ground” Mixup

A Florida man with a lengthy criminal history was shot by an Uber driver in what the local sheriff called a “classic Stand Your Ground case” – a self-defense law which Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum opposes, and has called for Governor Rick Scott to suspend.  The deadly…

19% Say Police Tactics Are Too Harsh

Americans recognize the importance of police officers but one-in-five think their local cops need to dial down their tactics. A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 66% of American Adults agree that being a police officer is one of the most…

Indonesia’s Blasphemy Law Survives Court Challenge

Expand The Ahmadiyah mosque in Depok, West Java ordered sealed by local police to “protect” Ahmadiyah from attacks by militant Islamists, June 2017. © 2017 Phelim Kine/Human Rights Watch Indonesia’s Constitutional Court dealt a blow to Indonesia’s already fragile religious freedom when it dismissed a petition…