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U.S. voices ‘concern’ at violent end to Russian gay rights rally

WASHINGTON (AFP) – The United States voiced “concern” Sunday over the violent end to a gay rights rally in Moscow, and called on Russian authorities to better safeguard “fundamental freedoms” of assembly. “We note with concern… that a peaceable demonstration of Russians advocating for the rights of gays and lesbians,…

Under ‘emergency’ for decades, Egypt’s special powers mirrored in post-9/11 US

Indefinite detention. Ubiquitous torture. Secret courts. Special authority for police interventions. The complete absence of privacy, even in one’s own home. Astute followers of American politics might think those items a dog whistle, evoking the worst civil liberties abuses permitted by the USA PATRIOT Act and other “emergency” provisions passed…