The Daily Populous

Friday March 17th, 2023 evening edition

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A former detainee of the Guantanamo Bay prison camp has claimed that Florida governor and 2024 presidential contender Ron DeSantis witnessed him being tortured during the time he was stationed there.

Mr DeSantis was stationed at Guantanamo during a year marked by riots, hunger strikes and death.

Mr DeSantis emerged from his time at Guantanamo as an advocate for its continued use, and against the release of detainees.

✕ Former Guantanamo prisoner: Ron DeSantis watched me being tortured.

In 2006, the year Mr DeSantis arrived at Guantanamo, the camp was rocked by hunger strikes, violent riots and protests from prisoners over their conditions.

Following his time at Guantanamo, Mr DeSantis went on to serve as a JAG in Iraq.

At a congressional hearing chaired by Mr DeSantis in 2016, the then-congressman forcefully argued for Guantanamo to remain open. »

Russian defence minister decorates pilots for downing U.S. drone

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LONDON (Reuters) - Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu has presented awards to the pilots of two Su-27 fighter planes that intercepted a U.S. drone near the airspace around Russia's military campaign in Ukraine, his ministry said on Friday.

Announcing the awards, the ministry repeated Russia's version of events - disputed by Washington - that the Russian planes did not make physical contact with the drone.

The U.S. military had said the Russian fighter planes approached its MQ-9 Reaper drone during a reconnaissance mission over the Black Sea in international airspace. »

‘Hunting rifles’ — really? China ships assault weapons and body armor to Russia

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In addition to drones, Russia has for months relied on other countries, including China, for navigation equipment, satellite imagery, vehicle components and other raw materials to help prop up President Vladimir Putin’s year-old war on Ukraine.

Russia managed to import almost 80 tons of body armor worth around $10 million in December last year, according to the customs data from Import Genius.

“We do see [China] providing assistance to Russia in the context of the conflict. »

OnPolitics: Lawmaker push bill for a four day work week

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OnPolitics: Lawmaker push bill for a four day work week.

It would require overtime pay at a rate of time and half for any employee who works more than 32 hours in one week.

: While it's unlikely to pass through Congress, it does continue the pandemic influenced conversation about current work conditions and what work may look like in the future. »