The Daily Beat

Premiere DateAug 21, 2013
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Today The Associated Press published an article titled “Manning sentenced to 35 years in WikiLeaks case.”

The article reads:

Army Pfc. Bradley Manning was sentenced Wednesday to 35 years in prison for giving hundreds of thousands of secret military and diplomatic documents to WikiLeaks in one of the nation’s biggest leak cases since the Pentagon Papers more than a generation ago.

Flanked by his lawyers, Manning, 25, stood at attention in his dress uniform and showed no reaction when military judge Col. Denise Lind announced the punishment without explanation during a brief hearing.

Today Amnesty International published an article titled “USA: Commute Bradley Manning’s sentence and investigate the abuses he exposed.”

The article reads:

President Obama should commute US Army Private Bradley Manning’s sentence to time already served to allow his immediate release, Amnesty International said today.

Military judge Col Denise Lind today sentenced the Wikileaks source to 35 years in military prison – out of a possible 90 – for leaking reams of classified information. He has already served more than three years in pre-trial detention, including 11 months in conditions described by the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture as cruel and inhumane.

“Bradley Manning acted on the belief that he could spark a meaningful public debate on the costs of war, and specifically on the conduct of the US military in Iraq and Afghanistan. His revelations included reports on battlefield detentions and previously unseen footage of journalists and other civilians being killed in US helicopter attacks, information which should always have been subject to public scrutiny,” said Widney Brown, Senior Director of International Law and Policy at Amnesty International.

“Instead of ‘sending a message’ by giving him a de facto life sentence the US government should turn its attention to investigating violations of human rights and humanitarian law in the context of the ill-conceived ‘war on terror’.”


Today Reuters published an article titled “Activists say more than 200 killed in gas attack near Damascus.”

The article reads:

Syrian activists accused President Bashar al-Assad’s forces of launching a nerve gas attack that killed at least 213 people on Wednesday, in what would, if confirmed, be by far the worst reported use of poison gas in the two-year-old civil war.

Reuters was not able to verify the accounts independently and they were denied by Syrian state television, which said they were disseminated deliberately to distract a team of United Nations chemical weapons experts which arrived three days ago.

The U.N. team is in Syria investigating allegations that both rebels and army forces used poison gas in the past, one of the main disputes in international diplomacy over Syria.

Today AFP published an article titled “EU to suspend sale of arms, security goods to Egypt.”

The article reads:

European Union foreign ministers agreed to suspend the sale of security equipment and arms to Egypt, the EU’s foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton said Wednesday.

Ministers of the 28-nation bloc holding emergency talks in response to the violence in Egypt also agreed to review aid to the country, she added.

“We strongly condemn all acts of violence and we do believe the recent actions of the military have been disproportionate,” Ashton told a news conference at the close of a four-hour meeting between the ministers.

Today The Raw Story published an AFP article titled “Schoolgirl virginity tests prompt outrage in Indonesia.”

The article reads:

The education chief of an Indonesian city sparked outrage Wednesday after proposing that teenage schoolgirls should undergo virginity tests to enter senior high school.

Activists accused Muhammad Rasyid of promoting “sexual violence against women” after he suggested the plan following the arrest of six high-school students for alleged prostitution.

“If it is possible, the virginity tests will be carried out next year,” said Rasyid, education head of Prabumulih city on Sumatra island.

The tests would affect students seeking to enter senior high school. In Muslim-majority Indonesia, senior high-school students are aged between 16 and 19.

“We will try to include the plan in our 2014 budget,” he said of the proposal, adding it still needed approval from the city mayor and local parliament. “We will carry it out every year.”

And finally today AFP published an article titled “New Zealand passes law allowing domestic spying.”

The article reads:

New Zealand passed legislation Wednesday allowing its main intelligence agency to spy on residents and citizens, despite opposition from rights groups, international technology giants and the legal fraternity.

The bill to expand the power of the Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB) passed by 61 votes to 59 after impassioned debate, with Prime Minister John Key acknowledging the move had left some people “agitated and alarmed”.

“This is not, and never will be, about wholesale spying on New Zealanders,” Key told parliament.

“There are threats our government needs to protect New Zealanders from, those threats are real and ever-present and we underestimate them at our peril.”


Today Think Progress published an article titled “Eric Holder Vows ‘Significant’ Financial Crisis Prosecutions Against Banks.”

The article reads:

Wall Street should brace for “significant” civil or criminal charges from the Department of Justice (DOJ), according to Attorney General Eric Holder. The promise comes amid intensifying criticism of the DOJ’s financial enforcement decisions.

In an interview with the Wall Street Journal on Tuesday, the nation’s top law enforcement official refused to give specifics about what sort of charges his department will be filing and would not discuss the number or type of cases he expects to pursue. He has announced that he will step down before the end of the year, meaning the charges could be one of his last major actions. “I expect to be here to announce a series of significant matters that we’ll be bringing,” Holder told the newspaper, and warned the finance world against “the belief that they are out of the woods because of the passage of time.”

Today The Associated Press published an article titled “GLAAD finds movies lag behind TV in LGBT roles.”

The article reads:

We may be seeing more prominent gay and lesbian characters on TV shows, but the movie industry lags well behind the small screen, an advocacy group reports.

In its first study of LGBT roles in major studio releases, the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation found that compared with TV, where there has been a significant shift over the past decade, “Major studios appear reluctant to include LGBT characters in significant roles or franchises.”

In its report released Wednesday, GLAAD found that of the 101 releases from Hollywood’s six major studios in 2012, just 14 included characters identified as lesbian, gay, or bisexual. Most were no more than cameos or minor roles, it said — and none of the films tracked had transgender characters.

Today Think Progress published an article titled “Rick Perry Quietly Lobbies The White House For $100 Million In Obamacare Funding.”

The article reads:

Politico reported Tuesday evening that Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s (R) administration is in negotiations with the Obama White House to accept about $100 million in federal money to implement an Obamacare Medicaid program to help elderly and disabled Americans.

Perry has been a heated opponent of the health law. He refused to accept $100 billion in federal funding to expand Texas’ Medicaid program under Obamacare, which could have helped 1.5 million poor Texans afford basic health benefits. As recently as April, Perry essentially called the expansion a joke. “Seems to me April Fool’s Day is the perfect day to discuss something as foolish as Medicaid expansion, and to remind everyone that Texas will not be held hostage by the Obama administration’s attempt to force us into the fool’s errand of adding more than a million Texans to a broken system,” said Perry.

Now, Perry is seeking federal dollars for Texas’ Medicaid program anyway.