The Reality in Prison Centers of the United States

Reports issued from the nation have the alleged “higher democracy of the world,” where the five percent of the world population lives, imprison the 25% of the inmates of all over the world. The alarming number shows that one out of four inmates is American.

The related statistics do not stop there because the 60 % of the prisoners is subjected to forced labor by the own prison system and the 44% of that nation’s incarcerated teenagers have been victims of the use of force by their jailers and that hard reality is admitted by the U.S. Department of Justice.

Other date show that more than two million of inmates in the United States, the 39% of them belongs to the black people, a rate even higher to the years of the inhuman racial segregation.

In the United States, which is a nation that has not ratified the International Convention of Human Rights on Children, all the states allow that the minors to be judged as adults under certain circumstances and there are thousands of children who are in prisons or detain centers for adults people.

The U.S. aberrant behavior is not only shown against its internal prison population but also its inmates who live in U.S. prisons out of the nation which are sadly famous for their embarrassing and terrifying history.

One of the most sinister chapters of the political history of the United States is the case of the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq where the most painful and humiliating tortures were carried out since 2003 by the U.S. military army.

The Reality in Prison Centers of the United States

In addition, the prison center that is located in the illegal naval station in Guantánamo, which the United States keeps against the will of the Cuban people, has experienced disgraceful horror histories.

Even the U.S. Press admits that nation’s prisons are mainly a business, taking into account that many ones were privatized. The penitentiary policy of the United States is a key mechanism of its economic system and their inmates work for corporations which make millionaire sums, besides, there are analysts who talk about the slavery in the XXI and a despicable exploitation.

Certainly and while the United States supports or conceals some of the biggest and scandalous outrages carried out against the human rights in its own territory and the world, that nation pretends cornering Cuba through the use of a deceptive campaign of slanders planned to justify an unfair and criminal policy that does not have any support.

That nation left the Human Rights Council to prevent that institution’s scrutiny on its violations inside and outside its territory. Therefore, it should never pretend trying to give lessons on human rights to Cuba.

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Millions of Americans Will Face Poverty in Retirement, Study Finds

Workers and their spouses are expected to sink into poverty in their old age.

Two out of five older middle-class citizens working in the United States are expected to slide into poverty in retirement, a recent study has found.

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“Public policy that relies on the hope that people can work longer to make up for eroding pensions is not realistic,” labor economist and co-author of the study, Teresa Ghilarducci said in a series of Twitter post. “Hope is not a plan.”

Roughly 8.5 million Americans are at risk of living in poverty in their old age, according to the Schwartz Center for Economic Policy Analysis at The New School (SCEPA).

The study states that “if workers ages 50 to 60 retire at age 62,” which is the average age of retirement, “8.5 million people are projected to fall below twice the Federal Poverty Level.”

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Around 2.6 million are expected to be hit the worst with retirement incomes well below the poverty line at $11,700.

While the cost of living depends greatly on the town (or city), state, and region, the national average is about $53,000 US dollars.

Poor health and lack of employment options are two areas of concerns laid out by SCEPA.

Older populations receive the most medical care out of any other demographic in the U.S.

In 2010, healthcare costs for a person aged 65 and older added up to about $18,500 US dollars. It’s anticipated that by 2050, 83.7 million people will be 65 and older according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

Around 2.6 million are expected to be hit the worst with retirement incomes well below the poverty line at $11,700.

While the cost of living depends greatly on the town (or city), state, and region, the national average is about $53,000 US dollars.

Poor health and lack of employment options are two areas of concerns laid out by SCEPA.

Older populations receive the most medical care out of any other demographic in the U.S.

In 2010, healthcare costs for a person aged 65 and older added up to about $18,500 US dollars. It’s anticipated that by 2050, 83.7 million people will be 65 and older according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

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International court of Justice Orders US to Ease Iran Sanctions

The court's decision is seen as a victory for Tehran who argues that sanctions imposed since May by the U.S. administration violate the terms of a 1955 Treaty of Amity between the two countries.

The World Court ordered the United States on Wednesday to ensure that sanctions against Iran do not impact humanitarian aid or civil aviation safety.

Judges at the International Court Of Justice handed a victory to Tehran, which had argued that sanctions imposed since May by the administration of U.S. President Donald Trump violate the terms of a 1955 Treaty of Amity between the two countries.

The ruling is likely to have at most limited practical impact on the implementation of sanctions, which Washington is reimposing and tightening after pulling out of a 2015 nuclear deal that Iran signed with world powers.

The court order issued on Wednesday is temporary pending a resolution of Iran's full lawsuit against Washington by the ICJ, something that could take years.

The ICJ is the United Nations' highest court for resolving disputes between nations. Its rulings are binding, but it has no power to enforce them, and both the United States and Iran have ignored them in the past.

Washington argued last month that Iran's request was an attempt to misuse the court and that the 1955 treaty specifically ruled out using courts to resolve disputes.

The treaty was signed long before Iran's 1979 Revolution which turned the two countries into arch foes.

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Whereabouts of Over 1,200 Missouri Sex Offenders Unknown

he state auditor serves as Missouri's independent watchdog agency. The audit found that at least 794 of the 1,259 offenders committed offenses including rape, sodomy or child molestation.

Local authorities in Missouri do not know the locations of more than 1,200 sex offenders, including nearly 800 who would be classified as the most dangerous, according to a report by the state auditor released on Monday.

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Missouri law requires those convicted or found guilty of sexual offenses to register their name, address and other information with local law enforcement, the auditor's office said. The information is made public through a database and website maintained by the Missouri State Highway Patrol.

But because of local officials' inadequate enforcement of registration requirements, 1,259 registered sex offenders failed to follow the law, Missouri State Auditor Nicole Galloway said.

"Law enforcement can't track the location of registered sex offenders if sex offender laws are not enforced," Galloway said in a statement. "This also takes away the ability of Missourians to effectively use the sex offender registry when making decisions to protect themselves and their families."

Failure to comply with registration requirements is a felony, but the audit showed that less than 10 percent of non-compliant offenders had an active arrest warrant.

The audit recommended that local authorities check the data in the registry. "The addition of these automated edits will help reduce but may never be able to identify all the 'human error' entries," Lieutenant Colonel Eric Olson, Missouri State Highway Patrol acting superintendent, said in a Sept. 5 letter to Galloway. The letter was included in the auditor's report.

Olson added that accuracy issues will be addressed in future training sessions for staff who register offenders.

The registry was implemented in 1995, the report said. Missouri was one of 18 states that initially required lifetime registration for all sex offenders, but the state later provided a process for certain registered offenders to petition for removal from the registry.

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Iran warns U.S., Israel of revenge after parade attack

LONDON (Reuters) - The deputy head of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards warned U.S. and Israeli leaders on Monday to expect a “devastating” response from Tehran, accusing them of involvement in an attack on a military parade in the city of Ahvaz.

Thousands of people packed the streets of the southwestern Iranian city of Ahvaz to mourn the victims of Saturday’s assault that killed 25 people, including 12 members of the elite Revolutionary Guards.

The assault, one of the worst against the most powerful military force of the Islamic Republic, struck a blow at its security establishment at a time when the United States and its Gulf allies are working to isolate Tehran.

“You have seen our revenge before ... You will see that our response will be crushing and devastating and you will regret what you have done,” Hossein Salami said in a speech before the funeral of the victims in Ahvaz, broadcast live on the state television.

Iran’s intelligence minister, Mahmoud Alavi, said a large network of suspects had already been arrested in connection with the attack, the judiciary’s news agency Mizan reported.

Iran has declared Monday a national day of mourning. Public offices, banks, schools and universities will be closed in Khuzestan province.

Four assailants fired on a viewing stand in Ahvaz where Iranian officials had gathered to watch an annual event marking the start of the Islamic Republic’s 1980-88 war with Iraq.

Islamic State’s Amaq agency posted a video of three men in a vehicle who it said were on their way to carry out the attack.

A man wearing a baseball cap emblazoned with what appears to be a Revolutionary Guard logo discussed the impending attack in Farsi in the video.

“We are Muslims, they are kafirs (non-believers),” the man says. He adds: “We will destroy them with a strong and guerrilla-style attack, inshallah (God willing).”

Ahvaz National Resistance, an Iranian ethnic Arab opposition movement which seeks a separate state in oil-rich Khuzestan province, also claimed responsibility.

Senior commanders of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) have said the Ahvaz attack was carried out by militants trained by Gulf states and Israel, and backed by America.

But it is unlikely the IRGC will strike any of these foes directly.

The Guards could put on a show of strength by firing missiles at opposition groups operating in Iraq or Syria that may be linked to the militants who staged the attack.

They are also likely to enforce a tight security policy in Khuzestan province, arresting any perceived domestic opponents including civil rights activists.

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Venezuela Rejects False News on 'Humanitarian Crisis,' Migration

The Venezuelan Vice president and the minister of communication presented data debunking the alarmist coverage of Venezuelan migration in the region.

The Vice President of Venezuela Delcy Rodriguez and the Minister of Communications and Information Jorge Rodriguez addressed the country Monday to denounce the coalition made by foreign countries and media about the "false humanitarian crisis" in the nation, that has been used to deepen the attacks against the government of Nicolas Maduro.

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The data presented by the Venezuelan officials argued Delcy Rodriguez, serve to "dismantle the fake news and diplomatic tools against the country," which are aimed at using “a political issue to turn the flow of migration into an international intervention."

In this regard, the Minister of Communications Jorge Rodríguez said that in the last 30 days, 140,599 posts on Twitter were related to "Venezuela" and "humanitarian crisis", while only 29,989 tweets, related to terms like "Syria" and "crisis humanitarian," considering that, unlike Venezuela, the Arab country is in a deep war and a brutal destruction.

In that sense, Rodriguez denounced the media attack against Venezuela, revealing campaigns through social networks and media that seek to increase xenophobia and hatred of Venezuelan immigrants.

To back such assertions, he showed as an example, headlines from Colombian newspapers that affirmed the growth of infidelity in the country, supposedly a product of the arrival of Venezuelans.

Delcy Rodríguez used statistics from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) to affirm that Venezuela is the second country in South America to receive migration and the country with the fewest volunteer migrants in the continent.

"The Venezuelan policies are of integration to the migratory flow and, mainly, for the displaced as a result of internal conflicts in Colombia," she said, remembering that currently, 5 million 600 thousand Colombians live in Venezuela.

She indicated that Colombia, one of the main aggressor countries, is the top nation in the world with the largest number of internally displaced persons, a figure that increased after the signing of the Peace Accords.

"From 2014 to 2017, the production of cocaine increased, making Colombia the first producer of this drug in the world, according to UN figures and recognized by the Colombian government. (...) The Plan Colombia increased cocaine production and violence," said the Venezuelan vice president.

The ex-chancellor also said that the United States already has 46 million dollars contributed to the region to cover the expenses of the other countries in response to the "supposed humanitarian crisis", charging Washington as the main country responsible for the media war against Venezuela.

 

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Russia to stop ferrying US astronauts to ISS from April 2019

Russia’s contract with NASA to ferry astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS) will expire in April next year, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Yury Borisov has said.

Under the current contract, American astronauts avail of seats on Russian Soyuz spacecraft in order to reach the ISS and return home. The US lost its capacity for manned space missions after the retirement of the Space Shuttle program, and is about to finalize a replacement in the form of a manned SpaceX Dragon capsule.

The cost of the ISS ferry service has varied over the years, with NASA paying about $81 million per seat in 2018, up from the cheapest price of $21.8 million in 2007 and 2008.

 
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Reporting on the state of the Russian space industry on Friday, Yury Borisov, who is responsible for overseeing military and space matters in the Russian cabinet, said that the landing of a Soyuz-MS spaceship in April next year “will finalize the fulfillment of our obligation under a contract with NASA.”

The discontinuation of the Space Shuttle program seemed like a minor inconvenience in 2011, when the US and Russia were on relatively good terms. Today, however – amid a bitter political stand-off between the two nations – the fact that the US has to rely on Russia in some aspects of its space exploration is considered humiliating by some people in America.

The late Senator John McCain was among the most vocal critics of the situation, in which the US pays Russia millions of dollars each year in return for space engines and rides to the ISS. Vice-President Mike Pence last week pledged that the US will “very soon” be able to take people into space without Russia’s help and will return to the moon by 2024.

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US & allies can have missiles ready to strike Syria within 24 hours – Russian Foreign Ministry

It will take the US and its allies just 24 hours to ready its missile-strike group for an attack against Syria, the Russian Foreign Ministry said. The statement comes amid warnings of a possible false-flag chemical attack.

The coalition strike group has around 70 delivery vehicles deployed to the Middle East, the ministry’s spokesperson Maria Zakharova told reporters at her news briefing on Thursday. The arsenal includes nearly 380 cruise missiles, and US Navy missile destroyers ‘Karni’ and ‘Ross’ deployed to the region, each carrying 28 Tomahawk cruise missiles.

 
Earlier, the Pentagon denied Moscow’s claim that Washington was building up military forces in the region. One of the US warships, USS ‘The Sullivans,’ left the Persian Gulf after media reports about an increased American military presence in the area, according to Zakharova.

While rejecting news of its growing presence in the region, the “US military forgot to mention that they can build up missile capabilities to strike Syria in just 24 hours. The strike group of the United States, France and the UK currently consists of planes, strategic and tactical aircraft at bases in Jordan, Kuwait, Crete,” Zakharova said.

Moscow has repeatedly warned that a false flag chemical weapons attack is being planned in Syria's Idlib province to frame Damascus and use as a pretext for a new strike. Eight canisters of chlorine were delivered to a village near Jisr al-Shughur city, and a group of militants, trained in the handling of chemical weapons by the British private military contractor Olive Group, arrived in the area, according to Defense Ministry. 

On Wednesday, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said that the planned provocation is aimed only at preventing the expulsion of terrorists from the de-escalation zone in Idlib. He also accused the US of trying to get rid of another “dissident regime” in Syria, as was the case in Iraq and Libya.

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