Real nice interview Warren did with David Dissanayake from Bleeding Cool. Give it a read!
“SPX is the San Diego Comic-Con of small and indie publishers; the big daddy expo of alternative comics.”
Hey, we’ll take it! And you shouldn’t miss it!
Via Bleeding Cool
Just gonna let this one sit here.
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- Tunisian opposition is threatening further mass protest to force the ouster of the Islamist-led government.
- A special report in the Independent on “lawlessness and brutality” in post-war Libya.
- The daughter of former Libyan spy chief Abdullah al-Senussi has been kidnapped.
- Egypt’s Interior Minister, Mohamed Ibrahim, escaped an assassination attempt.
- The Somali president escaped an ambush on his motorcade.
- Kenya mulls leaving the ICC.
- The Senate Foreign Relations Committee passed a resolution on Wednesday backing President Obama’s request for use of force in Syria.
- Serious evidence of Syrian rebel brutality is a problem for Western plans and ideas for intervening.
- Rebels linked to Al Qaeda attacked a regime-held Christian village in the west.
- A graphic novella, “Why I Fight for a Free Syria,” created based on Al Jazeera journalist Fotini Christia’s interview with a rebel fighter on the Turkey-Syria border.
- The UN says more than 2 million have fled Syria.
- The Samir Kassir Foundation released a report on lessons on journalists’ security in war and conflict zones from the Syrian conflict.
- Steve Coll writes about crossing the line and the politics of chemical weapons.
- The origins and history of the term “red line.”
- Here is what weapons experts believe to be the design of the rockets used in chemical weapons attacks.
- Kenneth Cole weighs in (to much backlash) on “boots on the ground.”
- The stories of four Syrian refugees in Lebanon.
- A former Syrian soldier tells what life was like in Assad’s army.
- Where Congress stands on Syria.
- Polling shows most Americans (almost six in ten) are against intervention in Syria.
- A video interview with photojournalist Goran Tomasevic and a small collection of some of his stunning photos of Syria.
- Two years of photos of the Syrian war.
- Former Turkish Ismail Hakki Karadayi went on trial (along with 102 others) on Monday for the 1997 coup.
- In Iraq, 12 were killed in attacks that targeted security forces and 16 people died when a gunman attacked Shiite families on Wednesday. more than 56 were killed in shootings and car bombings on Tuesday. (Apologies for the fragmented way in which I record violence and body counts in Iraq. As of right now it’s a little difficult to keep track, given the volume and frequency of attacks and fluctuations in media coverage. There are undoubtedly gaps in what I put here.)
- These car bombings in Iraq have a familiarity to them.
- Violence has broken out in an Iraqi camp for dissident Iranians. The Mujahideen e-Khalq have accused Iraqi forces of attacking Camp Ashraf and killing 52, while Iraqi officials strongly deny this.
- A former British private testified in a public inquiry into atrocities in Iraq that he saw his platoon leader fire into the bodies of “twitching” Iraqi gunmen lying in a ditch in 2004, among other things.
- Iran’s new President Rouhani will address the UN at the yearly session.
- Bahrain’s justice minister has ordered that political groups must seek permission to meet with foreign diplomats or agencies.
- The Special Inspector General for Afghan Reconstruction’s quarterly report to Congress.
- The Taliban attacked a US base in eastern Afghanistan along a key supply route.
- In GQ, Matthieu Aikins tells the story of last year’s Battle of Bastion.
- The Atlantic's In Focus blog: The Women of the Afghanistan War.
- Human Rights Watch reports on abuse of women and girls through domestic violence and child marriage in Afghanistan.
- Pakistan’s supreme court rejected a bid to seek action against the US’s drone strike program.
- Top secret intelligence documents show an intense focus on Pakistan.
- North Korea has agreed to reopen the military hotline with Seoul.
- Soledad O’Brien interviews Baby Doc.
- Romanian prosecutors charged Communist-era prison commander Alexandru Visinescu with genocide.
- Documents obtained by the Washington Post through Snowden show Al Qaeda’s efforts to combat drones.
- New leak reports in The Guardian reveal that British and US national security agency are capable of breaking encryption on emails, banking and medical records. [The document]
- The NSA also seriously collaborates with tech companies, both covertly and overtly influencing their product design.
- Five tips on NSA-proofing your internet (not actually completely NSA-proof, unfortunately, that’s increasingly impossible).
- The author of the Patriot Act, Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner, is accusing the NSA of abusing the act’s authorities and has filed an amicus curiae brief in district court in support of the ACLU in their attempt to get the judicial system to halt surveillance.
- Ann Friedman writes on the wisdom (or lack thereof) of truly inexperienced foreign reporting with no institutional support inspired by Amanda Lindhout’s story.
- "It is essentially the woman who is on trial, and the trial can be worse than the rape," — on military sexual assault trials.
Photo: Gaza City. A young boy watches as members of the Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades parade. Mohammed Abed/AFP/Getty.
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Virginia is one of four states—along with Florida, Iowa, and Kentucky—that strip voting rights from felons for life. The U.S. is the world’s only democracy that permits permanent disenfranchisement. While most states have some restrictions on felons voting, it takes a decree from the governor or a clemency board to restore voting rights in the four states with lifetime bans. In Virginia alone, 450,000 residents are disenfranchised. In Florida, the total is an astonishing 1.5 million.
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