Jun 02 2019

Six In The Morning Sunday 2 June 2019


Uncovering Pakistan’s secret human rights abuses

Tens of thousands of people have been killed in Pakistan’s long battle with militants as part of the post-9/11 “war on terror”. Evidence of murder and torture by soldiers and insurgents is emerging only now. The BBC has gained rare access to some of the victims.

It was early in 2014 when TV news networks trumpeted a major victory in the war against the Pakistani Taliban – the killing of one of the group’s most senior commanders in a night-time air raid.

Adnan Rasheed and up to five members of his family were reported to have died in the strikes in the North Waziristan tribal area, near the Afghan border.

China says Tiananmen crackdown was ‘correct’ policy

Defence minister Wei Fenghe dismisses criticism that the incident was not handled properly

China has defended the bloody Tiananmen crackdown on student protesters in a rare public acknowledgement of the event, days before its 30th anniversary, saying it was the “correct” policy.

After seven weeks of protests by students and workers demanding democratic change and the end of corruption, soldiers and tanks chased and killed demonstrators and onlookers in the streets leading to Beijing’s Tiananmen Square on 4 June, 1989.

Hundreds, possibly more than 1,000, were killed, although the precise number of deaths remains unknown.

Trump UK visit: Things to watch out for, from barely coherent rants to breaches of royal protocol

It’s your cut-out-and-keep guide to the unscheduled incidents which may just make the headlines…

Colin Drury @colin__drury

Whether you love him or loathe him, an overseas visit from Donald Trump is never anything less than eventful.

Whether he’s alienating allies, boasting of a “very special bond” with tyrants or just looking really sinister in front of a glowing orb, the US president’s trips abroad inevitably make headlines.

Handshake standoffs, throwing sweets at other world leaders and appearing to misplace our very own Queen have all been among his past repertoire.

An Inside JobThe Right-Wing Populist Plan to Destroy Europe

Europe’s right-wing populists haven’t been stopped by the scandal in Austria. They are working hard to destroy the European Union from within its own institutions and the European elections may show how close they are to success. By DER SPIEGEL Staff

After the Ibiza videos had made their way around the world, after Austria’s vice chancellor had resigned and the government appeared to be on the verge of collapse, as people found themselves wondering just how deep the abyss could be, the operatic aria “Nessun dorma” — “none shall sleep” — could be heard on the square in front of Milan’s Duomo cathedral. It’s Matteo Salvini’s entrance music.

It was last Saturday, one week before elections to the European Parliament. And Salvini, Italy’s interior minister, had assembled a pan-European festival of right-wing populists and radicals. Marine Le Pen had come in high spirits from France, Geert Wilders was there from the Netherlands, Jörg Meuthen from the Alternative for Germany party, along with Bulgarian, Slovak, Austrian, Flemish, Danish, Finnish and Estonian nationalists, 11 parties from Europe’s right-wing periphery who want to form a “super group” in the next European Parliament.

Israel attacks Syrian targets near occupied Golan Heights

Syrian media says three soldiers were killed and seven injured in attacks Israel says were a response to rocket fire.

Israel attacked Syrian military positions in the country’s south early on Sunday, killing three soldiers and wounding seven others, Syria’s state-run media reported.

The Israeli military confirmed the attack in a series of tweets saying it was in response to two rockets fired from Syria at Mount Hermon late on Saturday. One of the rockets landed in Israel, no damage or injuries were reported.

Tokyo Olympics to ban fans from posting photos, video of events on their social media accounts

By Casey Baseel, SoraNews24

The application period for the first round of 2020 Tokyo Olympics tickets just finished, and we’re sitting around anxiously waiting for the results to see which, if any, events we’ll get to go to in-person. As we were killing time, though, we took another look through the extensive fine print on the application form, and we came across something that’ll probably put a damper on a lot of fans’ enjoyment.

The various terms and clauses for the application include a section that states that ticket holders are allowed to take photos, as well as record video and audio, inside event venues, as long as it’s for personal use. That’s pretty standard, though the terms also state that intellectual property right ownership of said photos or recordings is to be held by the Olympic Organizing Committee. Again, though, many would say that’s not so terribly strict.