ICYMI: Yellow Vests’ anniversary marked with barricades, militarized police & furious protesters

17-11-19 04:43:00,

Exactly a year since the Yellow Vest protests first broke out in France and spread across the nation to become a regular weekend tradition, the anniversary was marked by clashes and tear gas.

The boutiques and brasseries of central Paris remained largely untouched, although there was a clear nervousness that protesters would make it to the center of the city, and streets were barricaded and traffic blocked off from any likely targets.

The main area of confrontation on Saturday was in Place d’Italie with angry protesters, now largely without their signature gilets jaunes, facing off against heavily armored police who have developed their tactics over the last 12 months to try and contain the confrontation.

ICYMI’s Polly Boiko traveled to Paris to chart the rise of the gilets jaunes, and see exactly how their anniversary would be marked.

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ICYMI: Julian Assange doesn’t need to be a great guy to be a free speech champion

19-04-19 04:26:00,

Now that Julian Assange has been unceremoniously removed from Ecuador’s London embassy, there’s no shortage of opinions on the founder of whistleblowing website WikiLeaks.

There are two very distinct tribes forming. His supporters see him as a champion of free speech for shining a light on the activities of spies, politicians and diplomats. His detractors tend to focus on his, shall we say, quirky personality. Oh, and the allegations of sexual assault in Sweden.

So, ICYMI asks, is it possible to be a freedom fighter and a flawed human?

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#ICYMI: US airstrikes increase in a secret, secret war in Somalia, and no one’s paying attention

15-03-19 08:01:00,

With so many little wars to keep track of, you probably haven’t noticed that the US has quietly been increasing its airstrikes against targets in Somalia. It seems few people in Washington have either.

In recent months, dozens of Al-Shabaab terrorist suspects have been killed by American drones and planes in Somalia, reportedly thanks to a surplus becoming available from Syria. However, in a familiar pattern, the US military has denied any civilians were harmed, while locals and aid agencies deny that denial.

A former US ambassador to Somalia told the New York Times: “It could be there is some well-thought-out strategy behind all of this, but I really doubt it.”

Another former US government official described Somalia as a “massive war on autopilot.”

ICYMI take a look at a secret secret war no one’s noticed.

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