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Since Pokemon Go took over millions of users’ screens in July, there have been over 75 reports of violence, crime, and deaths connected with the gaming phenomenon.
People have gone to absurd lengths in their efforts to catch ’em all: A woman got stuck in a tree, two men fell off a cliff, and one man kept playing even after getting stabbed. Players have even uncovered dead bodies – not exactly the friendly Jigglypuffs they might have been after.
Read “Police body camera shows Pokemon Go player mistaken for bank robber” – http://bit.ly/2bCUvVJ
Our world shares today much of what would be inaccessible if not for our unprecedented interconnectedness. We share car rides using smartphone apps. We share our spare rooms with strangers who don’t simply want to be tourists in a new city. We share videos and photos of our good times and our bad — especially when our bad times include violent images and photos of people being attacked or killed.
Since Thursday night’s attack in Nice, France, during Bastille Day celebrations, social and mass media outlets have been saturated with the images and video clips of bodies and of people running in streets and with the sounds of screams and gunshots.
Many of these appear in feeds where a video may begin playing automatically, or the sound may activate by simply hovering your mouse over the video. While some of these posts contain disclaimers — “Warning graphic content” or “Warning: distressing” — for many these horrific images are too much.
DHAKA, Bangladesh—Twenty restaurant-goers were killed after suspected Islamic State militants seized a cafe popular with foreigners in the Bangladeshi capital, authorities said Saturday, marking a significant escalation by the terror group in South Asia.
Security forces backed by armored vehicles battled their way into the eatery after an hour-long firefight and rescued 13 people being held hostage. Brig. Gen. Naeem Ashfaq, the army’s director of military operations, said six terrorists were killed.
Assailants armed with guns and explosives stormed the Holey Artisan Café, located in an affluent neighborhood near several embassies, on Friday night, shouting “Allahu akbar,” police and witnesses said.
Two senior police officers who attempted to negotiate with the gunmen died when the militants detonated an explosive device, police said. Officials didn’t disclose the nationalities of the others killed.
Italy’s Prime Minister Matteo Renzi said Saturday that some Italians were among the victims of the attack.
Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack, according to the SITE intelligence group, which monitors the activity of Islamist extremists. Islamic State’s Amaq new service carried photos purportedly from inside the cafe that appeared to show dead bodies, overturned chairs and pools of blood.
A woman, who declined to be named, said her son, daughter-in-law and their two young children had come out of the restaurant shortly before police and soldiers moved in. “They let all the locals go before the police went in,” she said.
One of France’s largest and most hardline trade unions, the CGT, organized a mass demonstration in Paris on Tuesday. The protest was in reaction to a new labor reform law, which the government claims will make France’s economy more dynamic. Union leaders, however, describe the law as a sell-out to management that would encroach on the workplace rights of employees.
Tuesday’s events saw thousands of demonstrators storm the streets of the capital. Protesters hurled stones at police officers, smashed windows, and lobbed Molotov cocktails. Police officers, in turn, arrested over a dozen of activists, after firing volleys of teargas and using a water cannon to break up groups of rioters.
The protest comes at an exceedingly tense moment for France. The country has been under a state of emergency since the November 2015 terror attacks. Compounding the tension, hundreds of thousands of soccer fans have come to the country for the Euro 2016 Championships.
Watch “Quick Hit: Paris Labor Protests Turn Violent” – http://bit.ly/1UtjfPJ
Everyone has an opinion about how to legislate sex work (whether to legalize it, ban it or even tax it) … but what do workers themselves think would work best? Activist Toni Mac explains four legal models that are being used around the world and shows us the model that she believes will work best to keep sex workers safe and offer greater self-determination. “If you care about gender equality or poverty or migration or public health, then sex worker rights matter to you,” she says. “Make space for us in your movements.” (Adult themes)
Student protests in the French capital became tense on Thursday, following mass demonstrations that kicked off across the country last week. Thousands of youth are demonstrating against proposed labor reforms they claim would damage workers’ rights and diminish job security. The government has argued that the reforms are necessary to reduce the country’s unemployment rate.
In Photos: Students In France Close Down Schools and Clash With Police During Labor Protests – http://bit.ly/1TRAsD2
The armed standoff between anti-government militants and law enforcement in Oregon has lasted more than four weeks. After the arrest of 11 people last week, it was expected that the occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge would come to an end, but the killing of the group’s spokesman in an encounter with police has re-energized protesters.
We have been here before. Back in the 1990s, there were several showdowns between armed anti-government extremists and the federal government.
One of the longest standoffs involved the Freemen of Montana in 1996, who held out for 81 days before surrendering peacefully to law enforcement. It was a different story in 1993, when the standoff with the Branch Davidians near Waco, Texas, ended with the deaths of at least 75 people — many of whom were children — in a fire.
But it was the events at Ruby Ridge in Idaho that would become the symbol of government overreach. This week on For the Record: the lessons of Ruby Ridge.
“Ruby Ridge is a complex case,” says Jess Walter, author of the book Ruby Ridge: The Truth and Tragedy of the Randy Weaver Family. In 1992 he was a cub reporter for the Spokesman-Review in Spokane, Wash. “It’s one of the reasons when it first unfolded in 1992, it slipped beneath the radar of the national media and the public.”
As he tells NPR’s Rachel Martin, the story begins with Randy Weaver and his family.
“He lost his job at a tractor farm in Iowa, and they made their way west,” Walter says. “They were apocalyptic Christians who believed the world was about to end. And they began practicing a form of religion called Christian identity, which is the religion of skinheads and white supremacists.”
One summer, Weaver took his family to a camp run by the Aryan Nations. He sold two sawed-off shotguns to a man he met at that gathering, but that man turned out to be a federal informant. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms planned to use the illegal weapons sale to recruit Weaver as an informant, as well.
Police in the French capital fire tear gas at taxi drivers blocking a major intersection during the second major protest over wages and working conditions in recent months.