The Russian Opposition Protests, Explained

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Drew Zirkle | @71RDrewZirkle
MOSCOW–RUSSIA

Riot police, tear gas, and arbitrary arrests. This scene sounds like its straight out of Hong Kong, where prolific protests erupted earlier this summer and have engulfed the city for months garnering worldwide attention. Although Hong Kong certainly is engaged in one of the most dangerous struggles for geopolitical sovereignty, they have overshadowed a band of freedom fighters that have endured a despotic regime in a land that has never tasted liberty.

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Is Alabama Embracing Private Police?

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Mason Mohon | @mohonofficial

Are private police on the rise down in the deep south? In Alabama, it’s a possibility. Alabama Governor Kay Ivey recently signed legislation allowing Briarwood Presbyterian Church to establish its own private police force. While this may not be a full embrace of non-government policing state-wide, it sets a substantial precedent for the state of Alabama and private security.

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Is Iran Being Baited by Another British Vessel?

James Sweet III | @jsweetIII

At approximately 11:14 PM on Thursday, a British flagged vessel, the Atlantic Pioneer, entered Iranian territorial waters. Shortly before the ship entered Iranian claimed waters, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo issued a tweet condemning the Iranian Revolutionary Guard’s Navy for its actions in the Strait of Hormuz. Specifically, he condemned actions taken against previous British vessels in the region.

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Thanos Trump Threatens China ahead of Trade Talks

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Kevin Doremus | @k_doremus

According to the Washington Post, Chinese internet users now refer to President Trump as Marvel villain Thanos.  President Trump has been negotiating a new trade deal that would attempt to reduce the US’s trade deficit with China. Similar to Thanos snapping his fingers, Trump threatened to increase tariffs to 25% on Chinese goods causing a sharp decline in the Chinese stock market on Monday.

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Trump Lifts Requirement to Report Civilian Victims of Drone Strikes

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Indri Schaelicke | @ISchaelicke

President Trump issued an executive order Wednesday that revoked a requirement for intelligence and military officials to declare certain unclassified information about foreign drone strikes.

Former President Barack Obama first established this policy via executive order. The order mandated that intelligence officials provide an “unclassified summary of the number of strikes” as well as “assessments of combatant and non-combatant deaths resulting from those strikes” each year.

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