Human rights activists prosecuted for “publishing illegally”

first_img March 8, 2021 Find out more September 16, 2002 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Human rights activists prosecuted for “publishing illegally” February 3, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders and the Syrian Human Rights Association (ADHS) called today on Syrian justice minister Nabil al-Khatib to immediately drop charges against four Syrian human rights activists, including the Association’s 72-year-old president, Haissam Maleh, for distributing an “illegal” publication.”The Syrian regime is not above the law, especially not where its association agreements with the European Union, which guarantee freedom of expression, are concerned,” said Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Robert Ménard. “Syrian civil society has many intellectuals, lawyers and human rights activists who must be allowed to join together to publish a magazine.” Lawyer Haissam Maleh, businessman Farouk al-Homsi (brother of opposition member of parliament Maamoun al-Homsi, who has been jailed for five years) and ADHS vice-president Mohammed Kheir Beik have been charged with “introducing and distributing within Syria an illegal publication,” the ADHS’s magazine, Tayyarat (“currents” in Arabic). Summonses were recently issued against the three, some of whom may be abroad. The fourth man charged, Ghassoud al-Malla, is the Syrian driver of the van that brought copies of the magazine into the country from neighbouring Lebanon. He is thought to have been jailed in Syria nearly four months ago.The ADHS, formed in July last year by several intellectuals and not officially authorised in Syria, distributed the first issue of its magazine this July. A copy was sent to President Bashar el-Assad and the ADHS is applying for the magazine’s publication in Syria to be authorised.Maleh, who is abroad having medical treatment, is accused of “spreading false information, belonging to a political association with ties to foreign parties and distributing publications inciting people to religious dissent and harming the nation,” the ADHS said.Maleh had legally defended 10 regime opponents arrested last year in what was seen as the end of the “Damascus spring” noted with the president’s succession to his late father two years ago. The 10, who include the well-known Riad Turk, have since been jailed for between two and 10 years each, some last month. News Help by sharing this information SyriaMiddle East – North Africa News to go further RSF_en Receive email alertscenter_img March 12, 2021 Find out more News News Wave of Kurdish arrests of Syrian journalists Follow the news on Syria Organisation SyriaMiddle East – North Africa Toll of ten years of civil war on journalists in Syria Damascus TV presenter arrested under cyber-crime lawlast_img read more

Remote Work Boosts Black Renters’ Ability to Buy Homes

first_img The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago November 25, 2020 905 Views Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Homeownership remote work Renting 2020-11-25 Cristin Espinosa Related Articles Remote Work Boosts Black Renters’ Ability to Buy Homes Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Share Save Tagged with: Homeownership remote work Renting Previous: The Best of DS5: Inside the Industry – Part 2 Next: Top 5 U.S. Cities Experiencing Drops in Affordable Homes  Print This Post Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily center_img in Daily Dose, Featured, News Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / Remote Work Boosts Black Renters’ Ability to Buy Homes Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago About Author: Andy Beth Miller Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Subscribe The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Andy Beth Miller is an experienced freelance editor and writer. Her main focus is travel writing, and when she is not typing away from her computer at her home in the Hawaiian Islands, she is regularly roaming the world as a digital nomad, and loving every minute of it. She has been published in myriad online and print magazines, is a fan of all things outdoors, and finds life (and all of its business, technological, and cultural facets) fascinating in their constant evolution. She is excited to spectate as the world changes, and have a job that allows her to bring a detailed account of those constant shifts to her readers at home and abroad. According to a recent report published by Zillow, the recent rise in remote work, which has resulted from COVID-19, has affected the housing industry in interesting ways. Zillow data shows that among American renters, Black renters are 29% more likely than other renters in large metro areas to “be able to buy their first home in a less expensive area,” thanks to the rise in remote work opportunities.Zillow arrived at this conclusion based on careful analysis, which was based on criteria including telling factors such as household income, the makeup of local industries, and geography, among others.The Zillow report showed that almost 2 million American renters who are able to take advantage of increased remote work opportunities could now afford the current monthly payments on homes in more affordable areas outside of their current cities. Among these 2 million telecommuting renters, Black renters appear to have more opportunities to purchase starter homes in affordable areas due to “having relatively low income levels, pricing them out of where they currently live,” yet still earning enough to afford homes in less expensive metros with the help of telecommuting jobs.However, the opportunities for remote work depends on the market. In Baltimore, Black households earning $30,000 to $40,000 annually have an edge because their primary breadwinners are more likely to work in industries that are considered to more remote-friendly, such as educational services and public administration.The Zillow report also states, however, that white and Asian renters are much more likely to work in more remote-friendly industries like finance, insurance, and technology. For these renters, their incomes usually allow them to purchase homes in their current metro areas. While remote work may create more opportunities for Black renters to purchase homes in affordable locations, there is still a huge housing affordability issue that people of color must face.Jonathon Holloway, a federal employee and Maryland renter who recently made an offer on a home in Louisiana, shared his own personal experience with this homebuying trend driven by greater remote work options: “Teleworking has opened up more options for my family. We’ve made a life here in Maryland, but with two small children being able to purchase a home back in Louisiana and be closer to my parents and our extended family is just what we need.”Holloway added, “With everything that has happened this year, it makes you stop and realize what is really important. And for us, that’s family. Without the ability to telework, we might not have been able to make this transition.” Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days agolast_img read more

US hospital ship USNS Comfort returns from Puerto Rico

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today US hospital ship USNS Comfort returns from Puerto Rico mission View post tag: Puerto Rico View post tag: USNS Comfort US hospital ship USNS Comfort returns from Puerto Rico mission The US Military Sealift Command-operated hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) entered its homeport of Naval Station Norfolk on November 20 after concluding its Puerto Rico medical care mission.Comfort departed Virginia Sept. 29, and had been in Puerto Rico for almost two months providing disaster relief support after Hurricane Maria devastated the island.Comfort worked with the Puerto Rico Department of Health and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to treat patients since the first day it arrived in Puerto Rico Oct 3.Since departing Norfolk to provide humanitarian relief, sailors aboard Comfort have treated 1,899 patients, performed 191 surgeries, provided 76-thousand liters of oxygen and 10 tons of food and water.“When we first got there, there was no electricity and everything was dark. We were a bright beacon that had power,” said Capt. Roger Gwinn, USNS Comfort’s master. “We met people that hadn’t showered in 8-9 days, hadn’t had a hot meal in the same amount of time, and that made the crew realize what we were dealing with.”The ship conducted nearly 200 total surgeries to include 44 general surgical procedures such as hernia repair, gallbladder removal and appendix removal; 25 major orthopedic surgical cases; 17 amputations and 15 urologic procedures.“What we saw were people with chronic conditions that had lost follow-up because either their clinics were gone or they hadn’t gotten their medications refilled,” said Capt. Kevin Buckley, USNS Comfort’s medical treatment facility commanding officer.Several notable surgeries included a modified radical mastectomy for an advanced case of breast cancer, a complex multi-organ abdominal cancer resection, an urgent drainage and exploration of a complicated neck infection, and an emergent open repair of a ruptured aortic aneurysm which comprised the largest, most complex surgery ever performed on a hospital ship. View post tag: US Navy November 22, 2017 Authorities Share this articlelast_img read more