The death of millionaire sex offender Jeffrey Epstein behind bars should trigger “system-wide self-reflection” on how prisoners are treated. The Metropolitan Correctional Center “is sort of like an American gulag for people who have not been convicted of anything,” Epstein lawyer Marc Fernich said.
By the time the SNC-Lavalin affair first made the news in February, there were already several major developments, such as Attorney General Jody Wilson-Raybould’s testimony before a parliamentary committee that subsequently led to significant public perception changes regarding the federal government.
That could be one reason why the report by ethics commissioner Mario Dion on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s conduct in the affair may have less of an impact on which way people vote come election day in October, says John Soroski, an associate professor of political science at MacEwan University.
“I think it’s harmful to the Liberals, but I think the force of it has probably been blunted,” Soroski said....read more
New Englander or not, chances are you’ve never considered a visit to the tiny town of Bristol, Rhode Island. Located on a (fittingly) lobster claw-shaped peninsula jutting between Narragansett Bay and Mount Hope Bay, Bristol sits around half an hour north of its more popular counterpart, Newport.
The town flies under the radar on principle, but if Bristol has any claim to fame, it’s that it’s home to the oldest continuous Fourth of July celebration. Though there’s mention of a celebration as early as 1777, Bristol’s official Independence Day festivities began in 1785, and they haven’t stopped celebrating since—earning it the nickname “America’s Most Patriotic Town.” Proudly patriotic it is: Even the center stripe of the road is red, white, and blue to delineate the annual parade route along Hope Street.
A visit to Bristol, settled in 1680, will indeed stoke the flag-waving fire burning in every American’s heart. But despite our nation’s ethic of tireless dedication, innate to the American Dream, time slows down a bit in patriotic Bristol, home to around 22,000 residents. The hustle and bustle of our fast-paced, heavy-hitting world seems to be placed on pause, if only for a time. And for a restful getaway, you couldn’t ask for better surroundings....read more
Why is a free society vital to prosperity, in the view of American Congressman Mark Meadows?
This is American Thought Leaders , and I’m Jan Jekielek.
In this special episode of American Thought Leaders at CPAC Australia, the head of the Chinese edition of The Australian Epoch Times, John Xiao, hosts an interview with Congressman Mark Meadows, who represents North Carolina’s 11th district....read more
“It’s looking like the end game for the revolution in Syria as rebels lose another town,” reports the LA Times. Yet the Syrian Army has now gained control of not just any town — but Khan Sheikhoun — site of the April 2017 claimed “Assad chemical attack” which Trump used as a pretext to bomb Syria for the first time.
Starting Tuesday the AP reported that insurgents began abandoning the town in southern Idlib en masse amid a heavy pro-Assad forces onslaught. The city had first been wrested from government control by Jabhat al-Nusra (Syrian al-Qaeda) and FSA forces starting in 2014.
It’s been held since by current Nusra manifestation Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS), which in April 2017 claimed to have been victim of a sarin gas attack by Syrian jet airstrikes. In response to claims which until this day have never been investigated by an official international team on the ground, the White House unleashed its first, limited bombing campaign of Syria....read more
Apartments in the Wall Street area languished into late summer as a glut plagues the Manhattan real estate market, reported Bloomberg.
“There was so much new development in that neighborhood, and I think that many of the people who wanted to buy there did,” said Steven Gottlieb, a broker at Warburg Realty. “I don’t know that there is such a huge a demand for that neighborhood anymore.”
Lower Manhattan apartment inventory spiked 24% in 2Q19 YoY, led by a tidal wave of new supply, according to a report by Corcoran Group....read more
HUNTSVILLE, Texas—A Texas death row inmate who argued that his conviction was based on junk science was executed Wednesday for the abduction, rape and killing of a suburban Houston community college student more than 20 years ago.
Larry Swearingen, 48, received a lethal injection at the state penitentiary in Huntsville for the December 1998 killing of 19-year-old Melissa Trotter. She was last seen leaving her community college in Conroe, and her body was found nearly a month later in a forest near Huntsville, about 70 miles (110 kilometers) north of Houston.
Swearingen, who had always maintained his innocence in Trotter’s death, was the 12th inmate put to death this year in the U.S. and the fourth in Texas, the nation’s busiest capital punishment state. Eleven more executions are scheduled in Texas this year....read more
All attention is focused on the twists-and-turns of the very noisy US-Iran dispute in the Persian Gulf, but all the while the People’s Republic of China (PRC) is rapidly and quietly consolidating a dominant presence in the area with the active support of Russia.
Beijing, as a result, is fast acquiring immense influence over related key dynamics such as the price of oil in the world market and the relevance of the petrodollar. The PRC and the Russians are capitalizing on both the growing fears of Iran and the growing mistrust of the US. Hence, the US is already the main loser of the PRC’s gambit....read more