Obama announces new round of sanctions against Russia

President Barack Obama announced Tuesday a new round of economic sanctions on the Russian economy. Targeting three major financial institutions and a government owned shipbuilding company, the sanctions are meant to punish the country for its purported role in fueling the violence in eastern Ukraine. RT’s Meghan Lopez has more on the announcement.

Judge rules to allow bathroom cameras

Dennis Smith, the owner of Calabash Seafood Restaurant and Midway Lounge, installed a surveillance camera in his men’s bathroom, right above the stall, as a way to catch vandals. Smith maintained the cameras weren’t pointed right at the toilet or urinal, so it wasn’t an invasion of privacy. However, someone went to change his clothes in the bathroom, thinking it was a private area, and the whole thing was filmed by the camera. So Smith was arrested for unlawful videotaping. But the judge in the case just ruled in favor of Smith. The judge actually agreed with Smith’s reasoning that since the person changing was not in a stall, technically, if the bathroom door swung open, anyone could have seen him, so most of the bathroom is as good as a public space. So Smith got off, and the judge just set an insane precedent, lawfully allowing for cameras in bathrooms. The Resident discusses.

Homeless Man Cries Tears Of Joy Over Surprise Birthday Gift

This touching moment happened when we took to the streets of Chicago to deliver backpacks filled with food, sports drinks, socks, and toiletries to homeless people.

We are a bunch of grown men, but that didn’t stop the tears from flowing when we met Albert. It happened to be his birthday, and we were there just in time to answer his prayers. This was a beautiful experience for all of us, and luckily, we caught it on video!

Special thanks to CopyPress for throwing the Unconference in Chicago, where attendance was free as long as attendees donated a backpack for our charity event the next day. This generous gesture, along with the generosity of all who attended, created some magical moments, and helped dozens of homeless people in downtown Chicago! Here’s footage of the event, including a clip of Albert! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bNMR3…

Exclusive Tour Inside Guantanamo Bay Detention Camp

Guantanamo: Inside The Wire – A behind the scenes look at the state of the prison in 2009

As the filmmakers are chaperoned through the notorious Guantanamo Bay prison by a ‘tour-guide’ from the US Military Public Relations machine, we are given a rare insight into the conditions of the facility.

“I know what it is like to lose your liberty, to lose control, to have to submit to the will of your captors,” says journalist Yvonne Ridley about her experience as a captive of the Taliban in Afghanistan.

Catalysed by this experience, Yvonne joins forces with filmmaker David Miller to make a documentary about the detention of ‘enemy combatants’ in the most notorious prison in the world, Guantanamo Bay. A self-proclaimed ‘fierce critic of America’s War on Terror’, Yvonne is astonished when her request is granted and the Pentagon allows her exclusive access to the compound.

Guantanamo Bay was opened in Cuba in 2002 by the US Military shortly after America’s invasion of Afghanistan. Yvonne explains Guantanamo was “designed by the Bush administration and is symbolic of the Bush presidency.” George W. Bush describes his global assault on terror: “they must be found, they will be stopped and they will be punished.”

On arrival it is revealed that any ideas they had “about hard edge journalism or creative film making were looking increasingly ambitious” as they are watched over by a team of minders, given instructions about what they can and can’t film and are informed that their footage will eventually be censored.

The documentary interviews former inmates who give detailed accounts of the treatment they faced in the hands of the US Military. Ex-detainee Moazzam Begg and explains how he spent almost 2 years in solitary confinement in Guantanamo. He says “it’s effects can actually, literally, send someone crazy.”

In London a demonstration is held for Binyam Mohamed, an Ethiopian refugee previously living in London who has endured 6 years of detention at Guantanamo, to draw attention to the fact he was tortured into making a false confession of crimes he did not commit. Yvonne reports that “when the film was made only one man had been convicted of any offence – Osama Bin Laden’s driver.”

US President Barack Obama has signed an order to suspend its proceedings, but the detention camp still remains open. The extent of the West’s reputation in the Islamic world is hard to judge, and Yvonne poses the question ‘will the Muslim world ever trust America again?’

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