USA | Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death is a terrible opportunity for Trump

"Sometimes it felt like she was America’s last hope. Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Supreme Court judge since 1993, achieved celebrity status during Trump’s four years. Affectionately given the nickname “Notorious R.B.G” by a slew of online followers, she was the subject of superhero memes and the inspiration for much light-hearted merchandise (Urban Outfitters stocks T-shirts emblazoned with her face and her famously blunt quotes, and I gifted a friend in Brooklyn a cuddly Ginsburg doll for her newborn last year.)
Beneath the jokes, the quotes and the well-designed tote bags, however, ran an undercurrent of anxiety and fear. The fact that Supreme Court judges have lifetime appointments meant that many were morbidly obsessed with Ginsburg — who battled cancer on numerous occasions, and died of its complications today — staying alive long enough to get to the election. She herself clearly felt the same way, if NPR’s reports about her dying wishes are to be believed: “My most fervent wish is …

Iran | Prisoner Executed in Urmia

Iran Human Rights (IHR); September 10, 2020: A prisoner sentenced to death on “drug-related” charges, was executed in Urmia Central Prison.

According to Iran Human Rights, a male prisoner was executed in Urmia Centra Prison this morning, 10th September. 

His identity has been established as Khezr Ghavidel, a native of Herman village in Rabat City.

An informed source told IHR: “ Khezr was arrested with two other people in Urmia 7 years ago, on charges of carrying methamphetamine.”

Yesterday IHR reported that according to sources, Khezr’s two co-defendents had also been transferred to solitary confinement for execution. 

However, according to the latest received information, Khezr Ghavidel was the only one of the group to have been transferred to solitary.

At the time of writing, Khezr Ghavidel’s execution has not been announced by domestic media or officials in Iran.

So far, at least 12 prisoners have been executed on drug-related charges in Iran since the beginning of the year.

According to Iran Human Rights’ annual report on the death penalty in Iran, at least 30 people were executed on drug-related charges in 2019.

Source: Iran Human Rights, Staff, September 10, 2020

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