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China delivers its most explicit threat to use military force in Hong Kong if protests get bigger and more violent

China delivers its most explicit threat to use military force in Hong Kong if protests get bigger and more violentSenior officials on Wednesday said China has "ample methods as well as sufficient strength" to quell protests that have rocked Hong Kong.



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Mass shootings and misogyny: The violent ideology we can't ignore

Mass shootings and misogyny: The violent ideology we can't ignoreRecent shootings in Ohio, Texas and California have led to widespread condemnation of white supremacy, but experts say misogyny must be addressed, too



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After weekend of violent clashes, Beijing to address Hong Kong unrest

After weekend of violent clashes, Beijing to address Hong Kong unrestHong Kong on Monday bore the scars of another night of violent protests with hard hats, umbrellas and water bottles littering some central streets, as Beijing was set to make an announcement on the Asian financial centre’s worst crisis since 1997. In a highly rare move, the Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office in Beijing, which has cabinet-level authority over the former British colony, is due to hold a press conference at 0700 GMT regarding the unrest gripping the former British colony. The move comes after another weekend of fierce clashes between protesters and police, who again fired rubber bullets and tear gas as the demonstrations grow increasingly violent.



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A Violent Turn in Hong Kong Protests Marks a Dangerous New Phase

A Violent Turn in Hong Kong Protests Marks a Dangerous New PhaseSparked by a proposed bill that would allow suspected criminals to face trial in China, protests in Hong Kong have turned violent.



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AOC confronts Trump administration official over 'images of my violent rape' on Facebook

AOC confronts Trump administration official over 'images of my violent rape' on FacebookAlexandria Ocasio-Cortez has powerfully confronted a Trump administration official over a secret Facebook group for border agents, that contained twisted jokes about migrant children and showed computer generated images of her being raped and sexually assaulted.The existence of the group, consisting of current and former members of the nation’s border patrol agency often referred to as CBP, was revealed earlier this month by an investigative journalism site.This week, the New York congresswoman, who recently visited migrant detention facilities overseen by the US authorities and spoke of her horror at what she saw, questioned the acting head of the department of homeland security about the Facebook group and its contents. It existence was detailed by ProPublica.“Did you see the posts planning physical harm to myself and congresswoman Escobar,” Ms Ocasio-Cortez asked Kevin McAleenan, referring to Veronica Escobar, another Democratic congresswoman who visited the facilities.Mr McAleenan, the acting homeland security secretary, replied: “Yes. And I directed an investigation within minutes of reading the article.”She continued: “Did you see the images of officers circulating photoshopped images of my violent rape?”Mr McAleenan replied: “Yes, I did.”Ms Ocasio-Cortez, who last year became the youngest women elected to Congress, asked if those people who made the posts were still working and responsible for the care of women and children. “We’ve already put individuals on administrative duties, I don’t know which ones correspond to which posts and we’ve issued cease and desist orders to dozens more,” he replied.Speaking at a hearing of the House of Representative’s overnight and reform committee, the congresswoman asked Mr McAleenan if the Trump administration’s controversial family separation policy had led to a “dehumanising culture” within the agency. “We do not have a dehumanising culture at CBP,” said Mr McAleenan. “This is an agency that rescues 4,000 people a year.”According to The Hill, Ms Ocasio-Cortez responded: “So you don’t think that having 10,000 officers in a violent, racist group sharing rape memes of members of Congress points to any concern of a dehumanised culture?”



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AOC to DHS chief: Border agents shared 'images of my violent rape' in secret Facebook group

AOC to DHS chief: Border agents shared 'images of my violent rape' in secret Facebook groupRep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez questioned Acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan about the whereabouts of Border Patrol agents who threatened her in a secret Facebook group.



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Could the Violent Protests in Hong Kong Backfire?

Could the Violent Protests in Hong Kong Backfire?A July 1 protest is nothing new for Hong Kong. That’s the anniversary of Britain’s handover of Hong Kong to China.But this year, the protest turned violent—a sharp contrast to the largely peaceful protests that had taken place in the weeks preceding, when millions of people took to the streets to oppose a proposed extradition law that would permit individuals to be sent to China at Beijing’s bidding.Those earlier, peaceful protests had delivered results. The proposed extradition law was tabled by Hong Kong’s chief executive, Carrie Lam.But things changed on July 1. Masked protestors broke into the LegCo building, graffitied the walls, and engaged in largely destructive and pointless behavior. Such actions undermine the original purpose of the June protests that sought to safeguard and uphold the rule of law.Martin Lee, one of the chief architects of Hong Kong’s Basic Law which governs the semi-autonomous region after its handover to Beijing, poignantly wrote in the Washington Post: There is no extradition law because there is no rule of law in China, where the Chinese Communist Party dictates who is innocent and who is guilty.Rule of law is, in fact, central to why protestors originally took to the streets, so to diverge from upholding it themselves, is to do their cause a major disservice.



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Trump fans in violent clashes with communists after American flag burned outside White House during 4th of July celebrations

Trump fans in violent clashes with communists after American flag burned outside White House during 4th of July celebrationsTwo people have been arrested after a violent clash between Trump supporters and a group of communists following a flag burning in front of the White House yesterday.Protesters wearing t-shirts of Bob Avakian, chairman of the Revolutionary Communist Party USA, burned the American flag while chanting “America was never great” before fighting with counter-protesters wearing MAGA hats, according to USA Today.The arrests came about two hours before Donald Trump paid tribute to the US military during a speech for his “Salute to America” event for Fourth of July.The US Secret Service said one person was arrested for felony assault on a police officer and malicious burning, while the other was arrested for hindering a police investigation and resisting arrest.Some of the pro-Trump counter-protesters identified themselves as members of the Proud Boys, a far-right group whose members describe themselves as “western chauvinists”.Two uniformed Secret Service officers also suffered minor injuries while attempting to make the arrests.Although it is not illegal to burn a US flag, the Secret Service said the burning occurred beyond the limits of a permit issued by the National Park Service.One of the arrested flag burners is believed to be Gregory “Joey” Johnson, a member of the Revolutionary Communist Party who won a court case in 1989 arguing that flag burning was protected speech under the First Amendment of the US Constitution.Speaking on 3 July outside the White House, Mr Johnson said: “[The US flag] is a symbol of empire, it’s a symbol of oppression, it’s a symbol of slavery, it’s a symbol of genocide, it’s a symbol of invasion, it’s a symbol of occupation, it’s a symbol of torture. This rag of empire deserves to be burned.”Mr Trump has been accused of wasting money with the Salute to America event and politicising the Fourth of July celebration ahead of his 2020 presidential campaign.The National Park Service diverted nearly $ 2.5m (£2m) in entrance and recreation fees intended for improving parks to cover costs for the event, according to the Washington Post.However, the full cost of the event, which was open to the public free of charge, has not been revealed.Despite the clashes earlier in the day, demonstrations at the Lincoln Memorial were largely peaceful.Protesters in Washington brought out the inflatable “Trump baby blimp”, last seen during Trump protests in London, and a 16-foot tall robot depicting Mr Trump sitting on golden toilet.



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Portland protesters arrested during violent demonstrations appear in court

Portland protesters arrested during violent demonstrations appear in courtOfficials work to identify additional suspects believe to be involved in crimes during protests that turned violent in downtown Portland.



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Hong Kong's Embattled Leader Appeals for Calm in the Wake of Violent Anti-Government Protests

Hong Kong's Embattled Leader Appeals for Calm in the Wake of Violent Anti-Government ProtestsCarrie Lam has deplored a day of violent protest that culminated in the storming and ransacking of the enclave's legislature.



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