1. World from Michael_Novakhov (25 sites): World – TIME: Kashmir’s Main City is a Maze of Razor Wire and Steel Barriers as the Lockdown Continues

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(SRINAGAR, India) — The main city in the India-administered part of the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir has turned into a vast maze of razor wire coils and steel barricades as drones and helicopters hover overhead.

Wearing flak jackets and riot gear, paramilitary soldiers carry automatic rifles and shotguns to control the network of checkpoints and barricades across roads, lanes and intersections in Srinagar. The few vehicles and pedestrians allowed through are regulated through this maze.

Although the 4 million residents of the Kashmir Valley, where an insurgency has simmered for decades, are used to blockades, the one imposed after the Indian government’s surprise move last week to strip the region of constitutional privileges is something residents say they’ve never seen before. Amid the labyrinth whose entry and exit points are changed frequently, people find themselves disoriented in their own city, and struggle to memorize its frequently changing street map.

“This is so vast, so expansive,” resident Zameer Ahmed said as he prepared to enter one barbed passageway. “The entire Srinagar city has been knitted in razor wire to seek our silence and obedience.”

The lockdown in the Muslim-majority valley, the restive heart of the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir, has been in place since last week, when New Delhi scrapped the disputed Himalayan region’s special constitutional status, taking away the final vestige of the political autonomy and privileged rights to land ownership and public sector jobs it was granted when the region joined the newly formed republic of India after independence from the British in 1947.

Since then, India and Pakistan have fought two wars over rival claims to Kashmir, with each left controlling a part of the region.

The Indian side has seen several uprisings, including a bloody armed rebellion launched in 1989 to demand independence or a merger with Pakistan. About 70,000 people have been killed in that uprising and the subsequent Indian military crackdown that left Kashmiris exhausted, traumatized and broken.

Even before India’s Parliament voted Aug. 5 to strip Jammu and Kashmir’s statehood and split it into two union territories, the central government imposed a curfew, suspended telephone and internet services and deployed tens of thousands of additional soldiers to the region — already one of the world’s most militarized zones.

At checkpoints throughout Srinagar, police politely gave directions to a labyrinth whose entry and exit points are changed several times a day.

Mohammed Maqbool, an engineer, marveled at the blockade system, the most intricate he said he’s seen in 30 years in Srinagar.

“This time they’ve put in place the smartest blockade ever,” he said. “They aren’t aggressive compared to the public uprising of 2016. If you must, they also allow you to venture out of home, yet they’ve throttled our voice by such a sophisticated blockade.”

Razor wire divides neighborhoods, discouraging people from assembling. Some roads are blocked by perpendicularly parked armored vehicles or private buses. Because of the complexity of the security forces’ one-way system, it is impossible to use the same route and return home from any particular destination, even if it is within sight.

“They’ve changed the road map of our city, trying to make us like strangers in our own neighborhoods,” said Bashir Ahmed, a resident of downtown Srinagar.

“This is a drill about disciplining and regulating people’s movement. This is to psychologically break people and teach them that they’re not in control of their own bodies,” said Saiba Varma of the University of California, San Diego, who is in Srinagar for post-doctoral research in medical anthropology.

“In Palestine, the (Israeli) blockade has restricted food and medicine. But here it’s different. They’re letting people eat but trying to control Kashmiri bodies, minds and spirits,” Varma said.

Some of the restrictions have been lifted elsewhere in the region, such as the Hindu-majority area of Jammu, where people were seen cheering the move by the government in street celebrations last week.

Authorities have refused to share any details about the checkpoints or new methods used for the latest blockade. Government officials maintain that the situation is returning to normal, and that no one has died or been seriously injured in any of the sporadic protests that have broken out since the blockade began. Because of constraints on movement and communication, it was not possible to verify their claims.

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1. World from Michael_Novakhov (25 sites): FOX News: Hong Kong protests much like Boston Tea Party, former National Security Council official says

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Though China is demanding the U.S. stay out of the pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong, the demonstrators who’ve stormed one of the world’s busiest airports this week resemble those who dumped tea into Boston Harbor more than two centuries ago, according to retired Air Force Brig. Gen. Robert Spalding.

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1. World from Michael_Novakhov (25 sites): World – TIME: Flights Resume at Hong Kong Airport After a Violent Night of Protests

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Flights at Hong Kong International Airport mostly resumed on Wednesday morning, after violent clashes broke out between demonstrators and police on Tuesday night.

“We are trying to clear the backlog of passengers through flight rescheduling,” an Airport Authority representative told TIME. Around 50 flights remain cancelled according to the airport’s web site.

The partial resumption of operations follows several days of anti-government protests that culminated in the cancellation of hundreds of inbound and outbound flights at one of the world’s busiest aviation hubs.

A court order has been made ordering protesters to restrict future actions to designated areas, local media reports say. It is not yet clear if protesters plan to reassemble at the airport on Wednesday.

Hundreds of flights were grounded on Monday after thousands of protesters invaded the airport terminal, blocking access to check-in desks and security and immigration checkpoints. Check-in services were suspended again late on Tuesday afternoon after protesters returned to the building.

By Tuesday night, the demonstration took an ugly turn when protesters detained a man they believed to be an undercover Chinese police officer and another man who is reportedly a journalist for the Beijing-backed newspaper Global Times. Violent clashes with police broke out when officers arrived to assist the men, who were held for several hours.

In one video circulated online, protesters could be seen taking a baton from a police officer and using it to beat him. News video showed the officer drawing his weapon but no shots were fired.

Protesters “detained, harassed and assaulted a visitor and a journalist, inflicting physical and mental harm on them,” the police said in a statement.

Five people have been arrested for offenses including unlawful assembly, possession of offensive weapons, assaulting police officers and breaching of the peace, the police said. They added that two officers were injured and sent to the hospital.

Increasingly violent unrest has gripped Hong Kong since June. A series of peaceful marches against a now suspended bill that would have allowed extradition to China for the first time has spiraled into a wider campaign for political freedom. Many protesters are repudiating Chinese sovereignty and calling for self-determination for the former British colony.

What began as a peaceful weekend sit-in at the airport turned chaotic on Monday when thousands of people showed up at the terminal building to protest what they say was heavy handed police containment of protests in downtown Hong Kong on Sunday night.

Local media reports said that night police fired tear gas into confined spaces such as subway stations, and also opened fire on protesters with non-lethal projectiles at close range. A young woman was blinded in one eye when hit by a projectile that protesters accuse police of firing.

On Tuesday, the United Nations High Commissioner said through her spokesman that there was “credible evidence” of law enforcement officials in Hong Kong using some anti-riot measures “prohibited by international norms and standards.”

Beijing has meanwhile condemned the unrest, and on Monday accused “radical protesters” of committing serious crimes and “starting to plant the seeds of terrorism.”

Hong Kong’s airport is one of the world’s busiest, with almost 73 million passengers annually. One aviation industry expert told local media that flight disruptions this week might cost the aviation industry $76 million in losses.

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Global Security News from Michael_Novakhov (27 sites): 1. World from Michael_Novakhov (25 sites): FOX News: Hannity defends CNN’s Cuomo: ‘No person in this country should be taunted because of their political beliefs’

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Fox News’ Sean Hannity doubled down on his defense of CNN anchor Chris Cuomo on Tuesday, saying that he did not support the harassment of any public figure and that he “admired” Cuomo for standing up for himself.

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Global Security News from Michael_Novakhov (27 sites): 1. US Security from Michael_Novakhov (88 sites): Stars and Stripes: US health panel recommends doctors screen all adults for illicit drug use

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Global Security News from Michael_Novakhov (27 sites): 1. World from Michael_Novakhov (25 sites): FOX News: Rudy Giuliani: Jeffrey Epstein death ‘completely incredible’

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Speaking with intimate knowledge of the lockup where Jeffrey Epstein was held, ex-New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani says he considers the financier’s death perplexing.

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