The Daily Beat

Premiere DateAug 20, 2013
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Yesterday Reuters published an article titled “California gets OK to force-feed some hunger-striking inmates.”

The article’s author Sharon Bernstein writes:

California authorities won court approval on Monday to force-feed some prisoners on a hunger strike after officials voiced concerns that inmates may have been coerced into refusing food in a protest against the state’s solitary confinement policies.

U.S. District Court Judge Thelton E. Henderson, responding to a request by state authorities, ruled that California prison doctors may force-feed select inmates near death, even if they had previously signed orders asking not to be resuscitated.

Today AFP published an article titled “Partner of Snowden leaks journalist ‘sues UK over detention.'”

The article reads:

The partner of US journalist Glenn Greenwald is taking legal action over his detention by British authorities, the editor of The Guardian newspaper said on Tuesday.

“David Miranda is taking a civil action over his material and the way that he was treated,” editor Alan Rusbridger, whose newspaper has worked with Greenwald and Edward Snowden to expose US intelligence tactics, told the BBC.

Miranda, a Brazilian national, spent almost nine hours in detention under British anti-terror legislation on Sunday as he passed through London Heathrow Airport en route from Berlin to Rio de Janeiro.

Today The Associated Press published an article titled “As price of college rises, so does federal aid.

The article reads:

With college costs continuing to rise, more students are receiving federal financial aid, though state and institutional aid remains largely flat.

Data released Tuesday by the National Center for Education Statistics, a branch of the U.S. Department of Education, shows 71 percent of all undergraduate students received some type of financial aid in the 2011-12 school year, up from 66 percent four years earlier.

Forty-two percent of students received federal grants, up from 28 percent, and 40 percent received federal loans, an increase of 5 percentage points.

Meanwhile, 15 percent received state grants and 20 percent received a grant from the college or university they attend — figures that have remained essentially unchanged since the 2007-08 school year.

Among full-time, dependent students, access to state grants actually declined, from 29 percent to 26 percent.


Today The Associated Press published an article titled “Officials: Egyptian reporter killed at checkpoint.”

The article’s author Aya Batrawy:

Security officials say an Egyptian journalist working for a state-run daily has been shot dead by soldiers at a military checkpoint.

The officials say the incident took place early Tuesday near Cairo.

They say Tamer Abdel-Raouf from Al-Ahram newspaper and a colleague were on the road after finishing a late-night interview with the recently appointed governor of Beheira province.

They were stopped at a checkpoint and asked to show ID and press cards. After they complied, the soldiers told them they had broken a military-imposed nighttime curfew.

The officials say Abdel-Raouf and the other journalist then drove off without permission. A soldier from the checkpoint opened fire, killing Abdel-Raouf.

Today The Associated Press also published an article titled “Egypt arrests Brotherhood’s spiritual leader.”

The article’s author Hamza Hendawi writes:

Egypt’s military-backed authorities on Tuesday arrested the supreme leader of the country’s Muslim Brotherhood, dealing a serious blow to the Islamist group at a time when it is struggling to keep up its street protests against the ouster of President Mohammed Morsi in the face of a harsh government crackdown.

The Brotherhood’s spiritual guide, Mohammed Badie, was arrested in an apartment at the eastern Cairo district of Nasr City, close to the location of the six-week sit-in protest by supporters of Morsi, who also hails from the Islamist group. The encampment was cleared by security forces last Wednesday, along with another protest site in Giza, in a raid that killed hundreds of people.

And finally, AFP published an article titled “Egypt’s media line up behind state against Islamists.”

The article’s author Mohamad Ali Harissi writes:

Egypt’s media, both public and private, have lined up behind the government in portraying its fight against the Muslim Brotherhood as a “war on terror” and vilifying foreign journalists.

As police and troops chase down members of the Islamist group, from which ousted president Mohamed Morsi hails, the media have fanned the flames against the organisation.

And the foreign media have been accused of taking sides for covering the Islamists as well as the government, earning harsh criticism from the state and local press.

Egyptian media have taken part in a “campaign against the Muslim Brotherhood and other Islamist currents”, political commentator Hisham Kassem told AFP.

“In one year of Morsi’s presidency, more journalists were prosecuted than in the 185 years of the Egyptian press before,” he said.


Today Reuters published an article titled “Bangladesh charges U.S.-based rights group with contempt.”

The article reads:

Bangladesh prosecutors on Tuesday charged Human Right Watch with contempt of court after the New York-based rights group criticized the conviction of a top Islamist politician on war crimes charges.

But it was not immediately clear what the move will mean, as Human Rights Watch does not have a resident representative in Bangladesh to stand accused.

Ghulam Azam, 91, the former head of the Jamaat-e-Islami party, was jailed for 90 years last month for masterminding crimes against humanity, genocide and other offences during the country’s 1971 war of independence.

The rights group condemned the conviction as “deeply flawed” and said it failed to meet international standards of a fair trial.

Today AFP published an article titled “Men’s bonuses twice as big as women’s: study.”

The article reads:

The gender pay gap in Britain is widening as male managers earn more than twice as much in bonuses as their female counterparts, a study published Tuesday said.

The average bonus for male managers totalled £6,442 last year compared with £3,029 for women, while their basic salaries were almost 25 percent bigger, the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) said.

The study of 43,000 managers suggested that men in senior positions would earn £141,000 more in bonuses than women during their working life.

Yesterday Think Progress published an article titled “Domestic Violence Victims Face Choice Between Calling Police Or Staying In Housing.”

The article’s author Bryce Covert writes:

As cities and towns across the country adopt new “crime-free housing” ordinances, many domestic violence victims face the choice between calling the police on their abusers or getting evicted, as the New York Times reported over the weekend. That’s because landlords can kick out tenants who have a certain number of visits in many communities.

These communities began passing ordinances 25 years ago that license landlords or even force them to deal with “disruptive” tenants who get a lot of visits from the police. For instance, more than 100 municipalities in Illinois have adopted these rules, according to a new report from the Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law. One-third of nuisance citations issued to landlords in Milwaukee were generated by domestic violence.