Month: June 2014

Sudanese Woman Cleared of Death Sentence Arrested Again

TIME

A Sudanese woman was arrested once again a day after a court overturned her death sentence issued on charges of apostasy, her lawyer told Bloomberg News.

A Sudanese court sentenced Meriam Yehia Ibrahim to die after she refused to renounce her Christian faith. Ibrahim has said she was raised Christian by her Ethiopian mother, and she married a Christian man. Ibrahim, 27, gained national attention after she was arrested, beaten and forced to give birth in a jail cell.

A day after her release, Ibrahim was taken into custody by members of Sudan’s national intelligence and security services as she tried to board a flight leaving Sudan.

Ibrahim’s husband and two children were taken into custody as well.

“There is no legal basis for this, it is an arbitrary arrest,” her lawyer, Elshareef Ali, said.

[Bloomberg]

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The Judge – Trailer

Wow. Robert Downey Jr. exploded into mainstream fame thanks to the Iron Man franchise, but he’s been around the block for years, and has plenty of acting chops. This is less playboy billionaire and more tear-jerker stuff. I love his comedic roles (and that includes the Marvel films if we’re honest with ourselves), but it’s time for him to stand out in the global conscience in another way.

Also, Vera Farmiga who was fantastic in Up in the Air, and Robert Duvall, who’s one of the oldies you can never get sick of. Screw the Michael Bay films; this is where the good stuff’s at.

Naruto 681

“What…? What…? What…?”

That was all I managed to say as I read this chapter. I like it when authors manage to integrate grand master plans of evil villains into the plot, but this…this is just idiotic stuff.

Black Zetsu is a ‘child’ of Kaguya. Who basically wrote the entire book of ninja history with his ‘meddling’, changing the Uchiha tablet, monitoring and using the transmigrants, creating Akatsuki (that’s like the 4th character to have laid claim on that dubious honour now), and manipulating Madara into doing ALL the things he did. What…?

Also, Sharingan can now use its powers in death, just because a Mangekyō technique can activate whenever it it set to activate, like some timer on a cooker, or the alarm of a clock. What…?

And Kaguya is now apparently a part of the Jūbi that wanted to take back its chakra from her sons. What…?

This has gone beyond even the realms of my imagination. I’m blown away by the sheer stupidity of this constant escalation that changes the backstory every other chapter. You can’t just change the backstory over and over and over again, just to make your new, bigger, badder villain seem integrated into the plot. I know that creating new content is your prerogative, but surely there’s another way to do this? I can’t believe I’m saying this, but can we not just have a regular ol’ villain and a big fight without all this nonsensical expositions?

The Expendables 3 – Trailer

As much as I despise how stupid some action flicks can be, I’m probably going to watch this one, just like I watched the first two films, and just like I watched Transformers. Because everybody needs to chillax once in a while, and a stupid film with zero plot, paper characters and a shit-load of action and one-liners is one of the best ways to relax.

Just wish they would stop doing digital blood. It looks so damn fake.

These Aren’t Refugee Camps, They’re Concentration Camps, And People Are Dying in Them

TIME

Several days before he was born, Mohammad Johar’s family escaped the Buddhist mobs that attacked their Muslim neighborhood, leaving bodies and burnt homes in their wake. The threat of renewed violence has since kept the family and tens of thousands of fellow ethnic Rohingya confined to a wasteland of camps, ringed by armed guards, outside this coastal town in western Burma. But enforced confinement has spawned more insidious dangers. Last week, 2-year-old Mohammad Johar died of diarrhea and other complications, contracted in a camp that state authorities claim was made to safeguard him. The local medical clinic was empty and the nearest hospital too far — perhaps impossible to reach, given that his family would have to secure permission to go outside the wire. “Only in death will he be free,” sighed his 18-year-old brother, Nabih, moments after wrapping the toddler’s body in a cotton shroud.

Two years after the…

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What You Should Know About What’s Happening in Iraq Right Now

TIME

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The recent offensive launched by the Sunni insurgents of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) is the most significant threat to Iraq’s security since the American withdrawal in 2011. The al-Qaeda offshoot has united thousands of foreign fighters under its black flag and a desire to redraw Middle East borders in order to create an Islamic state—or Caliphate—governed by an extremist interpretation of Islamic law.

Militants seized a number of cities and small towns in a lightning assault south toward Baghdad over the past week, displacing hundreds of thousands of people and igniting a global debate about how to respond. They boasted of executing 1,700 soldiers, but the authenticity of that claim is in question. As concerns ramp up that one of the world’s top oil producers is again teetering on the brink of a sectarian civil war, here are the main things you need to know…

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