De Blasio ‘grandstanding’ on police reform, so cop unions file lawsuit: reports

“I have not seen the lawsuit. I’m not speaking on a legal matter,” de Blasio told the station. “The NYPD has raised concerns, for sure, about that legislation and it was important to allow those concerns to be aired. But, in terms of how we follow through on it now, it is the law. Everyone […]

Nets fined $25K for injury-reporting violation

It’s unclear what specifically caused this violation. Caris LeVert, Joe Harris, Jarrett Allen, Jamal Crawford and Rodions Kurucs have all appeared on the Nets’ injury report during the resumption. As 19-point underdog, Brooklyn pulled a historic upset of the Bucks. Remember, public injury disclosures are primarily about preserving gambling integrity.

Black Lives Matter meets Animal Crossing: how protesters take their activism into video games

Whether or not game developers welcome these demonstrations is a different story. Ebonix says that The Sims creators supported her rally, even retweeting a post she made about the march. But as Robinson points out: “When developers have to make hard and fast decisions about what they do or don’t take down, it can enter […]

RBI Governor Shaktikanta Das expects economy to revive soon, feels slowdown cyclical, not structural

Shaktikanta Das Wednesday said the economy is in the midst of a cyclical slowdown and not a structural one, and exuded confidence of growth reviving soon on the back of cheaper money and likely more government measures.He expressed confidence that the government will come up with more measures to revive the sagging growth, which dipped […]

A bottom-up approach to conservation

The WGEEP called for a model of conservation and development compatible with each other; we sought a replacement of the prevailing ‘Develop Recklessly, Conserve Thoughtlessly’ pattern with one of ‘Develop Sustainably, Conserve Thoughtfully.’ This fine-tuning of development practices to the local context would have required the full involvement of local communities. It would have therefore […]

Afghan peace talks seen this month after U.S. shuttle diplomacy

FILE PHOTO: Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, the leader of the Taliban delegation, and Zalmay Khalilzad, U.S. envoy for peace in Afghanistan, shake hands after signing an agreement at a ceremony between members of Afghanistan’s Taliban and the U.S. in Doha, Qatar February 29, 2020. REUTERS/Ibraheem al Omari

Afghan government says ceasefire still in place even as skirmishes with Taliban resume

The prisoner exchange is a precursor to the peace talks, and the government said an extension in the ceasefire was important to furthering the peace process. The Taliban welcomed the prisoner release and said they would reciprocate soon, but said nothing about extending the ceasefire.

Afghan peace talks likely to start soon, reduced violence needed: Pakistan ambassador

“The rising violence is a concern for Pakistan as it is for other countries who want to see the U.S.-Taliban agreement implemented in letter and spirit and to reach the first milestone of the (intra-Afghan negotiations),” he said. “We have been persuading the Taliban to show that the violence level remains down; it’s very important.”

From the archive, 5 June 1972: My Lai: new leak

The My Lai massacre happened on March 16 1968, and the Peers Report concludes that between 190 and 230 civilians – including women and children – were killed, many of them very cruelly. But the massacre only came to light more than a year later, after one of the soldiers involved told his story to […]

India’s consumer confidence plummets to record low in July, all hopes pinned for next year

Consumer confidence fell to a record low in India last month as citizens grew more pessimistic about their jobs, incomes and spending, a survey from the central bank showed.Sentiment had been steadily falling since the government imposed the world’s biggest pandemic lockdown in late March and collapsed further in July to reach 53.8, the Reserve […]