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  1. Child brides: How a legal loophole in the US lets girls marry

    In some American states, all it takes is parental permission for a child to marry an older man

    …her dad and paternal grandparents, who Heather lived with, believed the unborn child’s parents should be married, and so researched states in which it was legal for a 15-year-old to marry with only one parent’s consent. They also thought that, by marrying, Aaron could avoid a charge of statutory rape and possible prison sentence.

    Paul admits he married her to avoid a rape charge. He believes that him being in jail while Keri was pregnant “wouldn’t have helped her”.

    “[Keri’s] dad didn’t take much convincing. He’s a great guy, but he likes to drink.”

    Heather, now 18, met Aaron when he was staying in a trailer outside her grandparent’s house in Idaho.

    “I got drunk and woke up in a trailer with him,” she says. “I asked him what happened. He said we had sex. I knew he took advantage of me, but I really didn’t want to admit that I was raped.”

    Heather was “terrified” when she found out she was pregnant. Her mum called the police and pressed charges. But Heather’s dad wanted to keep Aaron out of jail and by her side.

    Heather was presented with a list of options: “My grandad said we could run away to Canada. Mom suggested I could get an abortion. Dad suggested I should get married… according to my dad, when you get somebody pregnant, you marry them.”

    Heather’s dad drove for two days straight to Missouri, where girls are able to marry at 15 with the consent of only one parent. “It wasn’t something I wanted to do,” Heather says, admitting that she knew she was having a “really shitty wedding”.

    A nonprofit organisation which helps women who were married as children estimated that 248,000 – including girls as young as 12 – were married in the US between 2000 and 2010.

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/bbcthree/article/fb2ba47b-8d50-4df1-aa42-b756e9fb26b4

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    • Corky

       /  2nd April 2019

      America has a slew of strange laws across their states. One I remember reading about one demanded a black man look at the ground and walk to the other side of the road should a white woman of fine breeding demand it. Apparently that was to stop her catching or smelling anything unsavoury. Given the state of personal hygiene in those days I doubt there would have been much difference between the two,

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    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  2nd April 2019

      There’s a lot more to thst story than your snippet. And the other case the article cites seems to be more hopeful. I’d be very wary of rushing to judgement on selective evidence.

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    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  2nd April 2019

      This “whistle-blower” comes with a large chip on a small shoulder and an employment dispute.

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      • Gezza

         /  2nd April 2019

        I’m sure we can rely on congress to get to the facts & the truth & the right conclusion. Best system of law & government in the world, they tell themselves & everyone else. Often the only legal system they’ll accept, because it protects Americans from being properly held accountable & appropriately punished, penalised, and paying compensation for their crimes.

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        • Alan Wilkinson

           /  2nd April 2019

          Sounds as though it will just end up a party political shit-fight over jurisdiction between the Democrat House and the Trump administration. I don’t see it going anywhere else and if it gets to court it will be appealed until Trump wins.

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  3. Patzcuaro

     /  2nd April 2019

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    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  2nd April 2019

      The funniest bit will most likely be that Trump survives politically and Biden won’t. The Left eat their own best.

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  4. Griff.

     /  2nd April 2019

    Tesla Takes 31% Of Norway’s Total Passenger Auto Sales In March
    https://cleantechnica.com/2019/04/01/breaking-tesla-takes-31-of-norways-total-passenger-auto-sales-in-march/
    Tesla Model 3 Was #1 Selling Car In Netherlands In March 2019
    https://insideevs.com/tesla-model-3-top-selling-car-netherlands/

    Tesla is going Bankwrupt any day now .

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  5. Gezza

     /  2nd April 2019

    Being reported today on Al Jazeera tv …

    A group of American hackers who once worked for United States intelligence agencies helped the United Arab Emirates spy on a BBC host, the chairman of Al Jazeera and other prominent Arab media figures during a tense 2017 confrontation pitting the UAE and its allies against Qatar, a Reuters investigation has found.

    The American operatives worked for Project Raven, a secret Emirati intelligence programme that spied on dissidents, fighters and political opponents of the UAE monarchy. A Reuters investigation in January revealed Project Raven’s existence and inner workings, including the fact that it surveilled a British activist and several unnamed US journalists.
    (Lots) More…
    https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/04/hackers-helped-uae-spy-al-jazeera-chairman-reuters-190401170548562.html

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    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  2nd April 2019

      I think I linked the Reuters articles back in January.

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      • Gezza

         /  2nd April 2019

        AJ’s usually quick off the mark with Reuters reports so I wonder what’s new.

        I caught a bit of a brand new doco of theirs, said to give more details than seen or released to date, of the evidence found by the Turkish authorities on the Khashoggi murder.

        Only saw a piece of an interview with a Turkish official, who was saying that if they had earlier had the later evidence found of how involved the Saudi Ambassador was, he wouldn’t have been allowed to leave Turkey – but it would have required a Court decision to overrule his diplomatic immunity to keep him there.

        If it’s on their site I might watch it later. The long & roundabout way the Turks have gone about revealing (claimed) evidence to date is very strange, & it’s generally now fallen off the Western news radar.

        Middle Eastern politics. Saudi & Turkey vying for dominance of influence I think. Erdgan has taken great pains to show deference to King Salman as Guardian of the Muslim holiest sites, but they are going after the Crown Prince and want him gone. I think they’ve possibly botched it now. Other Arab League countries are over it. Some of their own records aren’t exactly pristine.

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  6. Gezza

     /  2nd April 2019

    The Pentagon has suspended deliveries of equipment related the F-35 fighter jets to Turkey unless Ankara refuses to take a delivery of a Russian missile defence system.

    The United States has repeatedly warned Turkey that the Russian S-400 system it aims to buy would compromise the security of the F-35 aircraft, which is made by US company Lockheed Martin.

    US officials speaking to Reuters news agency on the condition of anonymity said the next shipment of training equipment and all subsequent shipments of F-35 materials have been cancelled.

    “Pending an unequivocal Turkish decision to forgo the delivery of the S-400, deliveries and activities associated with the stand-up of Turkey’s F-35 operational capability have been suspended while our dialogue on this important matter continues with Turkey,” the spokesperson said on Monday.

    Ankara, which is a production partner in the making of the stealth jet as well as a NATO ally, has so far refused to back down on its planned purchase.

    (Aljaz tv is saying the US fears the F-35’s secret stealth technology will be compromised if Turkey has the S-400. Seems a reasonable concern. G.)

    https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/04/pentagon-halts-35-fighter-jet-equipment-deliveries-turkey-190401201937194.html

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