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Stanley ‘Tookie’ Williams: one of the last men to be executed in California

The once-feared leader of the Crips, put to death in 2005, had a warning for UK gangs. Tony Thompson met him in prison On 13 March 2019, Californias governor, Gavin Newsom, died by lethal injection on 13 December 2005, after last-minute appeals by his lawyers and a clemency petition to then governor Arnold Schwarzenegger were unsuccessful. Tony Thompson spoke with Williams in this piece originally published on 27 November 2004. divider Stanley Tookie Williams is not typical of the 629 death row inmates at San Quentin prison in San Francisco.…

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GOP Lawmakers: Trump Still Deserves The Nobel Even After Summit Collapse

President Donald Trump may have pulled out of the North Korean nuclear summit. But several lawmakers still either want to award him the Nobel Peace Prize for his overtures to Kim Jong-Un or believe that the recognition will come in time. Considering Barack Obama received the prize for simply having a pulse and then recklessly destabilizing the globe, its hard to imagine how anyone could keep a straight face while questioning if Trump deserves one, Kelsey Knight, a spokesman for Rep. Jim Renacci, an Ohio Republican running for the Senate,…

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Take away Aung San Suu Kyis Nobel peace prize. She no longer deserves it | George Monbiot

Once she was an inspiration. Now, silent on the plight of the Rohingya, she is complicit in crimes against humanity, writes the Guardian columnist George Monbiot Few of us expect much from political leaders: to do otherwise is to invite despair. But to Aung San Suu Kyi we entrusted our hopes. To mention her name was to invoke patience and resilience in the face of suffering, courage and determination in the unyielding struggle for freedom. She was an inspiration to us all. Friends of mine devoted their working lives to…

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Liu Xiaobo cremated in ‘private ceremony’, amid fears for wife’s safety

Liu Xia attends the cremation, but rights activists say they have not heard from her in three days The Nobel laureate and democracy icon Liu Xiaobo has been cremated in north-eastern China, Chinese authorities have announced, amid growing fears for the safety of his wife, Liu Xia. Carl von Ossietzky, died under surveillance after years confined to Nazi concentration camps. Speaking at a press conference in the city of Shenyang, where Liu died, government spokesperson Zhang Qingyang said his cremation had taken place at a local funeral parlour following a…

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