Six In The Morning Wednesday July 31
Julian Assange says Bradley Manning verdict is ‘dangerous precedent’ as whistleblower faces 136 years in prison despite aiding the enemy acquittal
Charge carried possible life sentence, although he will now be sentenced after convictions on lesser charges of espionage and theft
Bradley Manning, the former military intelligence analyst who gave classified information to the anti-secrecy site WikiLeaks in 2010, was acquitted of aiding the enemy, the gravest charge laid against him by the US government. He was, however, found guilty of 19 other charges including espionage, theft and computer fraud.
Delivered by Judge Denise Lind at the Fort Meade base, the acquittal on the aiding the enemy charge was a large if somewhat symbolic victory for the defence and to Manning supporters worldwide. All the other guilty verdicts – including six on charges of espionage – still mean that Manning faces spending the rest of his life in prison.
Afghan civilian casualty numbers jump by quarter in first half of 2013
UN records 1,319 killed and 2,533 injured, with landmines and battles between Afghan forces and insurgents mainly to blame
Turks harbour mixed feelings about Erdogan in wake of Gezi protests
The big rallies may be over but unease at the PM’s growing power still lingers
As the sun sets over Istanbul, hundreds sit cross-legged along Istiklal Caddesi, its busiest pedestrian street, preparing for iftar, the meal that breaks the Ramadan fast.
It is a rather incongruous picnic: plates of food are laid on the ground as curious tourists walk past. Just a few metres away, scores of riot police stand watching.
Now and then a chant goes up from those gathered for the makeshift iftar: usually references to the clashes that erupted on nearby Taksim Square in late May when police moved on demonstrators protesting plans to redevelop an adjoining park. “This is a symbolic iftar,” says Ahmet, a student who took part in the initial demonstrations. “We’re here to make a statement. Our protest continues despite everything.”
China airport bomber arrested: lawyer
July 31, 2013 – 12:54AM
Long lines and bated breath as Zim waits for Mugabe’s vote
Robert Mugabe is still to vote after Morgan Tsvangirai cast his ballot while Zimbabweans queue outside polling stations countrywide.
How socially inclusive is Latin America?
For the second year, Americas Quarterly has ranked Latin American countries and the United States based on social inclusion, sifting through multiple data sets for 16 nations, including variables like access to education, housing, and employment, as well as basic political, civil, and human rights. Here are some of the highest and lowest ranking countries and emerging trends:
1. Why ‘social inclusion?’
The social inclusion index – which ranks countries based on how they score on each of the 21 variables – seeks to provide a picture of progress that goes beyond economic growth and poverty figures. It evaluates how well countries provide opportunities for their citizens to “enjoy a safe, productive life as a fully integrated member of society – irrespective of race, ethnicity, gender, or sexual orientation.”