US Broadcasting Board of Governors Washington, D.C. headquarters examines in detail the function, structure and activities of the International Broadcasting Bureau. The IBB manages the transmission, distribution, digital media development, marketing, and support services for the U.S. international media networks. There has been an increase in the unwarranted and abusive attempt to intimidate US journalists & repress free media.
BBG condemns the raid and closure of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty’s Baku office by Azerbaijani authorities. Investigators from Azerbaijan’s state prosecutor’s office entered the RFE/RL bureau on the morning of December 26 accompanied by armed police officers. They searched the company safe, ransacked files and equipment, and ordered staff members to leave the building after holding them in a room for several hours without telephone or computer access. Several staff members later were summoned for questioning.
“This unwarranted action is an escalation of the Azeri government’s abusive attempt to intimidate independent journalists and repress free media,” said BBG Chairman Jeff Shell. “We call on the authorities to immediately allow RFE/RL to resume its important journalistic work from Baku, and to release investigative journalist Khadija Ismayilova.”
The government raid comes three weeks after the arrest and detention in Baku of prominent Azerbaijani investigative reporter Khadija Ismayilova, a contributor to RFE/RL’s Azerbaijani Service programming. Ismayilova was sentenced to two months of pre-trial detention, and if convicted could serve three to seven years in prison. Khadija’s arrest has been widely condemned, including by the BBG. Amnesty International has declared Ismayilova a prisoner of conscience, “detained solely for exercising her right to freedom of expression.”
Dozens of random slashing incidents have residents of The Big Apple seeing red. NYPD officials are losing the battle with a double digit spike in knife assaults so far this year, blaming copycats, gang initiations and hordes of mentally ill homeless people.
The latest victim was stabbed this morning and the medley includes a 71-year-old grandma riding a D train, a 16-year-old Chinese exchange student walking to school in Queens, and a 30-year-old bus commuter in Brooklyn.
It's time for City Islanders to go after the man who has made not one, not two, but quite a few mistakes, which have effected our safety and the quality of life of our children and family members.
I am sick of Mayor Bloomberg's continuing threats and increasing belligerent attitude. There should be an ethics investigation to look into how many people he has hired who were not qualified to fill important positions and who did not have the necessary experience. Let’s also investigate every one of his decisions and appointments.
This Week in History, Nov 17 - Nov 23
Nov 17, 1558
Elizabethan Age begins. Queen Mary I, the monarch of England and Ireland since 1553, dies and is succeeded by her 25-year-old half-sister, Elizabeth. The two half-sisters, both daughters of King Henry VIII, had a stormy relationship during Mary's five-year reign. Mary, who was brought up as a Catholic, enacted pro-Catholic legislation and made efforts to restore the pope to supremacy in England. A Protestant rebellion ensued, and Queen Mary imprisoned Elizabeth, a Protestant, in the Tower of London on suspicion of complicity. After Mary's death, Elizabeth survived several Catholic plots against her; though her ascension was greeted with approval by most of England's lords, who were largely Protestant and hoped for greater religious tolerance under a Protestant queen. Under the early guidance of Secretary of State Sir William Cecil, Elizabeth repealed Mary's pro-Catholic legislation, established a permanent Protestant Church of England, and encouraged the Calvinist reformers in Scotland.
Nov 18, 1991
Terry Waite released. Shiite Muslim kidnappers in Lebanon free Anglican Church envoy Terry Waite after more than four years of captivity. Waite, looking thinner and his hair grayer, was freed along with American educator Thomas M. Sutherland after intense negotiations by the United Nations. Waite was a special envoy of the archbishop of Canterbury, had secured the release of missionaries detained in Iran after the Islamic revolution. He also extracted British hostages from Libya and even succeeded in releasing American hostages from Lebanon in 1986.
Nov 19, 1863
Lincoln delivers Gettysburg Address. On November 19, 1863, at the dedication of a military cemetery at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, during the American Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln delivers one of the most memorable speeches in American history. In just 272 words, Lincoln brilliantly and movingly reminded a war-weary public why the Union had to fight, and win, the Civil War. The Battle of Gettysburg, fought some four months earlier, was the single bloodiest battle of the Civil War. Over the course of three days, more than 45,000 men were killed, injured, captured or went missing. The battle also proved to be the turning point of the war: General Robert E. Lee's defeat and retreat from Gettysburg marked the last Confederate invasion of Northern territory and the beginning of the Southern army's ultimate decline.
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Hundreds of Palestinians, including those at a UN shelter and dozen of Israelis have been killed so far during the during the two week conflict, including 147 children and 74 women.
United Nations human rights officials have warned both sides not indiscriminately attack civilians, and added that these violations may amount to war crimes.
U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said Wednesday around three-quarters of those killed in the Gaza Strip were civilians and thousands more have been injured.
EXTREMIST NETWORK GROWS
17K people from 90 countries in Syria and Iraq to wage holy war for the Islamic State of death and destruction.
CLEANING A MASSIVE OIL SPILL
Over 100K gallons of crude are raked, skimmed and vacuumed from a 9 mile spill off the California coast.
US AND CUBA OPENING EMBASSIES
American flag may soon be raised on Cuban soil and vice-versa as diplomats finalize a deal to reopen embassies.
QUESTIONING NSA SURVEILLANCE
US government's collection of Americans' phone records come with House-Senate disagreements and FBI warning.
MOTOWN LOSING FROWN
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It must be difficult to be a parent of young and impressionable kids during these difficult times. Like me, most of us are parents to adults, but some have been blessed with young grandkids.
We've taught our children ‘Don’t be a bully.’ Don’t be a bigot.’ ‘Study, be prepared.’ Respect your elders, the handicapped, and so many others... etc.
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New York Governor says he has made up his mind. Andrew M. Cuomo is expected to announce an executive action that would allow limited use of marijuana by residents with serious illnesses.
Governor Cuomo, who is a Democrat had resisted legalizing medical marijuana, but his change of mind comes as other states are taking increasingly liberal positions on it.
In Colorado, thousands have bought the drug for recreational use since it became legal on Jan. 1.