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Top News Stories 2008-07-23 06:56:59

Front Page: Hurricane Dolly Hits Texas, China to Allow Protests, Iran Says No Concessions

  • Hurricane Dolly Hits Texas:
    Hurricane Dolly arrived on the Gulf Coast early Wednesday with heavy rain and winds ramping up before the center of the storm hits towns on the Texas-Mexico border later today. The hurricane will bring up to 15 inches of rain, threatening local levees that gave way 41 years ago in Hurricane Beulah. The National Hurricane Center said Dolly could approach Category 2 strength when it makes landfall today.
  • China to Allow Protests:
    China has announced that protests will be allowed in three specific city parks during the upcoming Olympics. To protest, one has to apply for permission from the city government and police, and stay within the parks. The director of the Beijing committee said the parks are "close to the city proper and the Olympic venues," but didn't know how the application process would work "at this time."
  • Iran Says No Concessions:
    The president of Iran says the country will not back down in its nuclear activities. The US, UN, and EU have instructed Iran to give an answer on the issue within two weeks or face sanctions. President Ahmadinejad responded in a televised speech, "the Iranian people are steadfast [they] will not retreat one iota in the face of oppressing powers."

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True-Song True-Song 7 years
I'm not sure how nonviolent protest inhibits public safety, but okay.
ladychaos ladychaos 7 years
Oh, so the Chinese will allow protesters...just not blacks. And Americans want to be friends with those pricks and hate Latin American Dictators that actually do things in an attempt to make society equal for the poor people (thats Marxist Communism - shared wealth and status).
Jude-C Jude-C 7 years
I wonder if anything less than savory will happen to those people who apply for permission to protest? Seems a bit dicey to give (I assume) your name and other identifying information to the Chinese government as someone declaring a desire and intent to protest.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 7 years
And maybe you don't recall it, rac, but it happened "free speech zones" have been set up at conventions as early as 1988.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 7 years
I wasn't referring specifically to this event, but in general.
MartiniLush MartiniLush 7 years
Where are these "protest zones" going to be? I am sure miles away from anything. No one will ever see them!
raciccarone raciccarone 7 years
I don't recall people being put in "speech zones" a mile away from people and events prior to the republican convention in 2004. That's not regulation, that's just censorship.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 7 years
Free speech has always been regulated in the interest of public safety.
raciccarone raciccarone 7 years
I am so glad we're learning from the Chinese. How to torture, using prison labor for production and now squashing the constitutional right to free assembly and speech. They don't even need to buy us, we're becoming their province on our own.
True-Song True-Song 7 years
denver is doing the same thing as China. "Protesting will be allowed in these designated zones..." Silly.
syako syako 7 years
um, honey, get out of the water.
UnDave35 UnDave35 7 years
It's better than - You are deployed to Iran...
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 7 years
*just waiting for that call "you are deployed to Texas" i know its coming*
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