Shaker Aamer: Last UK Guantanamo Bay detainee lands in Britain – BBC News

Media captionShaker Aamer has been held for 13 years, as Lucy Manning reports

The last British resident to be held in Guantanamo Bay has landed in the UK, having been detained for 13 years.

Shaker Aamer was held at the US military base in Cuba over allegations he had led a Taliban unit and had met Osama Bin Laden, but was never charged.

Downing Street said there were “no plans” to detain him after his arrival.

Mr Aamer said he felt “obliged” to everyone who fought for him to be released, and to “bring an end to Guantanamo”.

“My thanks go to Allah first, second to my wife, my family, to my kids and then to my lawyers who did everything they could to carry the word to the world,” he said.

“I am overwhelmed by what people have done by their actions, their thoughts and their prayers, and without their devotion to justice I would not be here in Britain now.”

Concern has been raised over the health of the Saudi national, 48, whose family live in London, and the BBC witnessed an ambulance arrive at the airport.

Number 10 said Prime Minister David Cameron “welcomes” the release of Mr Aamer, who has permission to live in the UK indefinitely because his wife is British.

It also said any necessary security measures “will be put in place”.

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Image caption The plane, believed to be carrying Shaker Aamer, touched down earlier

The father-of-four landed at London’s Biggin Hill Airport shortly before 13:00 GMT.

Mr Aamer’s father-in-law, Saeed Siddique, said his release was a “miracle”.

“It’s a delightful day,” he told BBC News while admitting it was also a “surprise”.

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Image caption An ambulance arrived at London’s Biggin Hill Airport ahead of Mr Aamer’s return
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Image caption Mr Aamer was detained at Guantanamo for 13 years

Mr Aamer, who was first held by US authorities in Afghanistan in 2001, maintains he was in the country doing charity work.

Since 2007 Mr Aamer, who claims he was tortured, has been cleared for release twice, by US presidents George W Bush and then Barack Obama.

It is understood Mr Aamer will go through standard immigration checks now he has arrived in the UK.

Mr Aamer’s legal representative Clive Stafford Smith told BBC News: “Shaker only wants the truth to come out he is not interested in persecuting anyone.

“His first priority is health – he really is in terrible shape.”

In letters sent to the BBC by his lawyers earlier this month, Mr Aamer described himself as “an old car that has not been to the garage for years”, saying the first thing he wanted once freed was a cup of coffee.


Analysis

Media captionCampaigner Joanne MacInnes says Shaker Aamer ‘needs TLC on return

By Dominic Casciani, BBC home affairs correspondent

When the business jet carrying Shaker Aamer landed in London he was met by British officials.

His lawyers say he will need urgent medical and mental assessments. He may, like others who have been held at Guantanamo, be suffering from post traumatic stress disorder.

While the PM has said Mr Aamer won’t be detained, it’s unlikely we will ever find out if MI5 separately decides to monitor him – by definition its work is secret.

Mr Aamer is said to be relaxed about such prospects and has asked his lawyers to make clear he believes he has a “contract” to honour with the people of Britain. Shaker Aamer’s return is the end of an astonishing and murky personal saga. But it’s by no means the end of the story.

The government’s long-promised investigation into substantial allegations that our agencies became mixed up in rendition and torture – unwittingly or otherwise – hasn’t happened.

Shaker Aamer and many others want to know the truth.

Who is Shaker Aamer?

What now for Guantanamo detainee?

Shaker Aamer in his own words


‘Falsely imprisoned’

Mr Aamer’s release has been welcomed by some human rights groups and a number of MPs – but others say serious questions remain unanswered.

Amnesty International said Mr Aamer’s alleged torture in front of British agents in Afghanistan was a very serious claim that required investigation.

Tory MP David Davis said he was keen to speak to Mr Aamer, saying: “When Mr Aamer is ready to talk, the Shaker Aamer All-Party Parliamentary Group, and I am sure many more MPs, look forward to seeing what he has to say about his detention.”

Media captionWho is Shaker Aamer and why was he held in Guantanamo Bay?

Shadow chancellor John McDonnell said: “Shaker was simply a man in the wrong place at the wrong time, a charity worker building wells in Afghanistan who was kidnapped, ransomed and falsely imprisoned.”

But Robin Simcox, a research fellow at the Henry Jackson Society – a think tank which supports liberal democracies and an interventionist approach to foreign affairs – said: “Any joy and relief at his release must be tempered by the fact that this is someone who has had very serious questions posed of his past connections and conduct.”

Lawyer and journalist Jonathan Foreman told the BBC Mr Aamer’s lack of a trial was “not so incredible” because he was “not detained in the same way as a criminal trial, he was detained on the battlefield as an unlawful combatant”.

‘Approved for transfer’

Mr Aamer was detained in Afghanistan by bounty hunters tracking down and handing over possible al-Qaeda suspects, shortly after the 9/11 attacks in the US.

He was detained on the same day his youngest son was born, and has never seen him.

Mr Aamer was first held by US forces at Bagram air base, near Kabul, where his lawyers say he was tortured. They say he made false confessions to end his torture.

In February 2002, Mr Aamer was transferred to Guantanamo Bay, where his lawyers say he suffered further abuse.

The US Department of Defense said on Friday a review had been conducted of Mr Aamer’s case.

“As a result of that review, which examined a number of factors, including security issues, Aamer was unanimously approved for transfer.” the statement said.

Some 112 people are still being held at Guantanamo, which President Obama has promised to close, the statement confirmed.

Guantanamo Bay is a US military prison in Cuba, set up during the “war on terror” in 2002 to detain what the US government called “enemy combatants”.

The first 20 detainees were transferred to the facility on 11 January of that year, and a total of 780 men have been held since then – the vast majority without charge or criminal trial.

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A tub of original McDonald’s Szechuan sauce sold for a stupid amount of money on Ebay

Ever since thesurprise season 3 premiere of Rick and Morty, fans have been jonesing for special edition Szechuan dipping sauce released by McDonald’s in 1998 to promote Disney’s Mulan. (If you have no idea what I’mtalking about, start here.)

Some fans tried making their own version of the sauce, while others made ovations to McDonald’s to re-release it. And at least one person with a bunch of money and very little patience apparently dropped $14,700 on a 20-year-old tub of original Mulan sauce on Ebay.

The seller wrote, “I just bought a really old car, while cleaning it I found a packet of this sauce. After watching the recent episode of Rick and Morty I went online to see if it was worth anything. Turns out it was.”

The buyer topped 186 other bids for the sauce,giving the seller enough cash to ditch that lucky20-year-old clunker and upgrade to something new or close to it. The seller’s only request was “I hope somebody who wants to eat some 20 year old gnarly sauce gets this. I would prefer not to sell it to a collector.”

Buddy, for that price it should be kept in a bank vault.

We think it’s only fair to point out that while it’s a cool stroke of luck for the seller, buying a packet of McNugget sauce for $14,700 is not a very Rick thing to do. Don’t get me wrong, Rick wants the sauce. But it’s more his style to win it in an intergalactic singing competition or gamblingwith some creepy-looking aliens. At the very least he’d use Jerry’s credit card.

He’d also definitely eat the sauce. So how about it, new owner of rare McDonald’s Mulan dipping sauce. Are you squanchy enough to be a Rick? Or are you gonna be a loser like Jerry. (P.S. Don’t sue us if you actually eat decades-old expired fast food.)

H/T Time

Read more: https://www.dailydot.com/parsec/mcdonads-szechuan-sauce-ebay/

Every Day I Am Carsick

Please help me. Every day I am dragged screaming from my home and stuffed into a gorgeous car that costs a million dollars and I am forced to drive forever in nauseating circles while one of my loud comedian friends screams at me. It is Hell. It is a true misery to be Jerry Seinfeld. Every day I am carsick.

I do not want to be in the cars. The cars are my prison. Every moment that I am in the beautiful fancy cars is nauseous agony for me. While I lie sleeping in my bed, strong hands grab me by the head and they shove me into the drivers seat of the most beautiful car I have ever seen and Im not allowed to leave. I am forced to drive all over the world and I become so dizzy and carsick that I cant help but blast the cars horn while puke rockets out of my mouth and breaks through he windshield like a geyser eruption. This is no way for Jerry Seinfeld to live.

When I am in the cars getting carsick, the producers force me to drive all across the globe to pick up my comedian friends. My comedian friends are an ordeal. They do not understand how to be quiet. Every day I need to shuttle some chatty clown to a place I hate and listen to them talk forever. They do not stop yelling and I do not stop feeling carsick. This is what my life has become.

Yesterday Roseanne Barr and I drove in circles for nine hours in a 1954 Rolls-Royce and I got sick 19 times.

There needs to be a way for this to stop. Every day is a horrifying new movement in the symphony of nausea that is my life. Last week I vomited all over the interior of a 1979 Porsche while Jay Leno sat in the passenger seat and cried. Then Leno started vomiting right along with me. It was me and Leno puking our minds out while we drove around Los Angeles. It seemed like things couldnt get any worse, but then while we were stopped at a traffic light, the backseat of the car opened up and in climbed my comedian friend Steve Harvey and without saying anything Steve Harvey started vomiting right along with me and Leno. The three of us filled the 1979 Porsche with vomit and then Steve Harvey opened the door and left the car as silently as he had entered it, leaving Leno and I alone in the ruined Porsche.

The car could not be salvaged and so they had to blow it up. I had to pay for it and it cost more money than a house. Since that horrible day I have only grown more carsick, which I did not think was even possible.

I have completely lost control of my horrendous carsick life. Yesterday Roseanne Barr and I drove in circles for nine hours in a 1954 Rolls-Royce and I got sick 19 times. Roseanne Barr offered to run me over in the fabulous antique car that had become my queasy prison but the producers would not let her do it. I got out of the car and tried to run into the Pacific Ocean, but my carsickness was so severe that I had to sit down on the sidewalk and I barfed into my own lap. Then they stuffed me back into the car and made me drive for 12 hours straight.

If you are reading this, please help me. I cant believe how carsick I always am. There must be peace for Jerry Seinfeld. Please help me not be carsick. I will do anything. Just dont make me get back into the cars with my comedian friends. My friends are so loud and I am so dizzy. Oh Christ, I am carsick even when I am asleep. Please help me.

Read more: http://www.clickhole.com/blogpost/every-day-i-am-carsick-3943

How To Make A Fire Pit BBQ Out of Car Wheels

Heres an awesome diy barbecue project where you can use old car wheels to do your grilling on!

No need for an expensive bbq grill to haul around, you can create this set up anywhere. You can probably even make a wintertime fire pit out of these.

Using old car rims to re-purpose as a barbie is a great concept as its shape and design are near perfect for grilling. Check out this video which reveals, from start to finish, how to transform used car wheels into barbecues.

Read more: http://damn.com/how-to-make-a-fire-pit-bbq-out-of-car-wheels/

President Trump fills world leaders with fear: ‘It’s gone from funny to really scary’

Most of the world seems to agree a Donald Trump presidency is a disturbing possibility that would inflict unthinkable damage, Guardian reporters found

Dangerous, foolish, irrational, scary, terrifying, irresponsible, a clown, a disaster. These are just some of the words used to describe the prospect of a Donald Trump presidency by politicians, diplomats and analysts around the world.

As the businessman gave his first major policy address since becoming frontrunner for the Republican presidential nomination on Wednesday, Guardian correspondents in Washington and around the globe asked the international community whether it was prepared for the swaggering billionaire to occupy the White House.

Many said they still cannot believe the nation that elected its first black president just eight years ago will now rush to embrace a man who has offended Mexicans, Muslims and others. The possibility that Trump might actually win fills great swaths of the planet with dread with the apparent and notable exception of Vladimir Putins Russia with concerns over everything from trade to the nuclear trigger.

While Trump was delivering his speech in Washington, outlining a doctrine of naked self-interest that would shake the rust off Americas foreign policy, the heads of all the major UN agencies gathered in Vienna, Austria, for a strategy session with secretary general Ban Ki-moon, now in his last eight months in office.

Read more: http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/apr/28/donald-trump-president-world-leaders-foreign-relations

This Mans Inspiring X-Factor Audition Left The Judges In Tears Simon Couldnt Even Speak

This is truly a rarity.

Simon from the X-Factor is speechless after 21-year-old car mechanic Josh Daniel performs a song in tribute to his best friend who died two years ago. When it is time to comment on the performance, there is one judge who simply cant speak and requests that they go straight for a vote. The speechless judge was none other than Simon, who could be seen throughout the performance rubbing his eyes as he tried to hold back the tears. A very moving performance which all three judges were emotionally blown away by.

Read more: http://damn.com/inspiring-x-factor/

Scream Recap: I Know What You Did Last Season

Welcome back to MTVs . If you were looking for a fun summer show to fill you with irrational anger and make you question the existence of man, youve come to the right place. In the time that has passed since last summer it would appear the residents of Lakewood have developed an even stronger and completely unfounded sense of invincibility. Were the majority of our friends brutally murdered by a serial killer three months ago? You bet! Will we perhaps lead more cautious lives as a result of it? Hell nah!

If you missed out on the premiere last week fear not, catching up his pretty easy. Heres how the Lakewood Six (thats right, Noah named them) were up to during the off season:

  • Emma spent three months in rehab after a full on public meltdown that people seem to be way less understanding about than they should be given the circumstances.
  • Noah co-opted Pipers podcast and turned it into , a weekly show in which he continues to dwell on the period of his life where he and his friends were stalked by a psychotic murderer. Jury is out on whether this is legal or ethical, but its probably cheaper than therapy so whatever.
  • Jake and Brooke became a secret couple. They had to keep it on the DL because of that one time Jake blackmailed Emmas dad and also because hes aggressively gay and a girlfriend would probably sabotage his Grindr game.
  • Audrey became a local hero for shooting Piper, but has had to deal with the internal guilt stemming from the fact that she was 100% an accomplice in that tiny murder spree that plagued the town for weeks.
  • Kieran has been living without a semblance of parental guidance since his father was killed and his shitty aunt cant be bothered to check in. He passes the time by throwing sad five-person parties and lets Jake and Brooke bang in his house. We all need a friend like Kieran.

Honestly the most offensive thing thats happened since last season ended is the introduction of that scraggly excuse for a mustache thats taken residence on Kierans upper lip.

This weeks episode opens directly where last weeks left off, with Emma rummaging around in the farmhouse of an abandoned pig barn that was at one point owned by her estranged uncle. You know, the kinds of activities that kids with raging PTSD typically engage in the second theyre out of rehab. Not pictured: Jake strung up in the barn outside with his organs spilling out of his stomach.

Thats right, the first death of the season befell the most entertaining and ridiculous character, so idk what Im supposed to focus on for three more months. RIP Jake, we will miss your unnecessary use of third person and twinkish good looks.

Inside, Emma discovers that whoever has been squatting in the barn house is completely obsessed with her. Whats fucking new in Lakewood. The walls were papered with photos of her ranging from childhood to present day, accompanied by newspaper clippings about her many brushes with dead. Honestly, you think shed be used to this shit by now, but maybe being stalked by a sociopath is something you dont ever really acclimate to.

She runs outside to tell Brooke, who at least has the self-preservation instincts to wait by the car, and her reaction is one that any sane person would have which is . Bless this tiny blonde doll for being the only rational person on this show.

Back at home, Emma tells her mom about what she just saw and her mom instantly reverts back into her face. You know, the only one she wore all last season.

Maggie fills Emma in on the details of the barn. It was, in fact, once occupied by the James family post-Brandon murders. They were virtually exiled from town due to the psycho relative thing and this desolate pig farm was the only place they could find peace. Definitely not murderers.

The reason Emma has been seeing the barn in her dreams is that she went a few times as a child when her mom would visit the family of the boy whose death she low-key caused. Im sure those were enjoyable interactions for everyone involved.

Emma: I cant believe you would keep something like this from me.
Emmas mom: Well its been a pretty common theme thus far, so I figured why not?

Like mother like daughter, Maggie suggests going right back to abandoned farm house in the middle of the night to get this all sorted out. How the FUCK are these people still alive.

Lo and behold, Emma and her mother find the walls completely clean and no masked murderer in sight. Emma begins to doubt herself. Is she crazy? Did she imagine it? Or did the cloaked figure she encountered come back and remove all the evidence before the police could get involved? One of these scenarios is clearly the answer, and its also the one that everyone ignores.

Kieran, the second sanest person on this show, suggests that Emma report this to the cops. Maybe now that his dad is dead, the police force will actually be capable of solving crimes. Probably not, but one can dream. Predictably, Emma is not down. Shes a masochist who prefers to suffer emotional and psychological trauma in silence.

Emma: The cops would think Im crazy!!
Kieran: I mean, yeah, but this would hardly rank amongst the many other reasons.

After shooting down that logical course of action, the lovebirds launch into a far too brief conversation about how maybe theyre all just going to be fucked up forever after the events of last season. No one seems to explore this train of thought enough. You should all be in rehab.

Kieran: You know when my dad first died I went through some weird shit too.
Emma: UM CAN WE TALK ABOUT ME FOR ONE SECOND PLEASE.

As Emma leaves we spot an old blue car slowly following her. Maybe this girl shouldnt be walking around town by herself at night, or ever??

At school the next day, Noah is updating Audrey with the latest news on her potential harasser. Shes been getting texts since last episode from an anonymous number who claims to know what she did last season. Noah thinks its Pipers accomplice come back to haunt them, and its getting comical how close this kid gets to being right without ever actually solving anything.

One of the commenters on claims to have seen the accomplice back when the first set of murders was going down. I would mock him for not reporting it to the police, but we all know that would have been about as effective as sealing his suspicions in a bottle and throwing it into the lake.

Actual footage of people trying to assist the Lakewood Police force last season:

In reality, this commenter is bad news for Audrey. In case you forgot, she was the actual accomplice and that kind of information would be grounds for kicking her out of the Lakewood Six. And probably also enough to send her to jail, but lets not get ahead of ourselves here.

Speaking of, the Lakewood Six (now five, not that they know that yet) have finally fucking realized that Jake is missing. Considering that just three months ago, being missing for five minutes was a resolute death sentence, youd think theyd all be a little more concerned. But everyone is just likeWho needs murderous enemies when you have friends like this?

Brooke: I havent heard from Jake in 24 hours. Do you think its because of our breakup, or could he actually be in danger?
Everyone else: \_()_/

Between the escalating text threats and looming fear of discovery, Audrey is starting to really lose it. She attacks Hayley, the girl who staged that movie theatre prank last episode, in the hallway at school and this bitch still has the audacity to act self-righteous.

Audrey: Are you still messing with me?
Hayley: Oh my god I recreate your traumatic near death experience ONE TIME and suddenly Im the asshole.

Noah, the one character on this show who is supposed to be eerily attuned to the behaviors and personalities of serial killers, cant seem to catch on to the supreme murder vibes his best friend is giving off. Like, you literally have ONE job.

Emma accidentally blew off a meeting her new tutor due to the events of the night before. Everyone knows shes not crying wolf, but this whole constant prey thing is still getting old.

I think Im going to peg this girl Zoe as my first official suspect based solely on the glare she laid on Emma that was far too intense for a missed study session. Her second strike: shes clearly got a crush on Noah. A red flag if Ive ever seen one.

Ignoring the blatant PTSD that the majority of the student body is probably suffering from, this new psych teacher has decided to delve into nightmare study the second her most traumatized student returns to school. Clearly Lakewoods only qualification for teachers is a well-thought-out answer to the question How badly can you fuck up our students?

Glaring negligence to her students psyche aside, Emma still takes the teacher up on her offer to talk. Yes, Emma. Continue to confide in and build relationships with strange women who show an interest in your personal life. Its always worked out for you in the past.

Emma meets a stranger in the completely empty school hallway who has zero qualms about coming off as a total creep to the girl who was very notoriously stalked just months before. At some point Emma might figure out that she should stop speaking to strangers, but I doubt that day will come any time soon.

The stranger admits to knowing Emmas name because everybody does. Uh, sure, but I wouldnt even address a major celebrity by their first name without introducing myself first. Its called fucking manners, new kid who looks like a backwater relative of Elijah Wood.

He cryptically tells Emma that he might be starting school there soon. Why are non-students allowed to roam the hallways in a school that just suffered a major murder epidemic? Where is the security? Why do I continue to have such high expectations for this incompetent town? We may never know the answer to these questions.

Speaking of a town doomed for failure, it would appear that everyone has just kind of let all of the mayors shady activities from last season slide. Hes at a coffee shop with his daughter (Brooke) planning out their next photo-op. Nothing solves a murder scandal like a well-timed PR stunt.

Brookes Dad: Youll be at Lakewood Days, yes?
Brooke: I suppose it wouldnt kill me. Haha. Get it? Because it might actually kill me.

After Brooke leaves we see that her dad is reading through his texts with Jake. Whatever chore Jake was off performing to win Brooke back was clearly at the request of the mayor, which will only give Brooke one more reason to resent her father once Jakes body shows up.

Kieran arrives home after school to find the new sheriff, who apparently knows how to do his job. He finds out that a minor, and member of the Lakewood Six no less, is living alone on the outskirts of town and actually goes out to do something about it. Can you imagine!

Sheriff Acosta has called in Kierans absent Aunt Tina, who promises to take care of things. In this case, taking care of things means moving Kieran home with her to Atlanta. I have no idea how far away Atlanta is from this fictional town, but the answer is probably not far enough. Why any of the almost victims still live here is beyond me. Literally the entire population of Lakewood should have relocated by now. Burn it down.

Brooke heads to the police station to file a missing persons report for Jake, something that his parents probably should have done by now, but sure. I get that theyre out of town, but this is 2016. If you cant get ahold of your teenager once over the course of four hours, hes probably dead.

She runs into the sheriffs creepy-ass son Gustavo, her clear next love interest. The pros: this one might actually be straight. The cons: he seems pretty murdery. Take what you can get, Brooke. Gustavo reveals that hes ranked the Lakewood Six by level of importance, Jake coming in at six and Brooke at five.

Brooke: Um, I was stabbed and locked in a freezer.
Gustavo: Yeah, that Noah kid has a raging boner for murder.
Brooke: Fair enough.

Just as Brooke is about to walk into the Sheriffs office, Gustavo pulls out his phone and sends a message. Moments later, Brooke receives a text from Jake. Not suspicious at all. Fake Jake wants to meet up tonight for sexy times. There was no use of third person in the text, so idk how Brooke didnt catch on immediately. Before leaving, she has some parting words for Gustavo.

Brooke: You dont know anything about the Lakewood six.
New Kid: I know that you gave yourselves a pretty fucking douchey nickname.

Outside, she finds a large bouquet of roses and an apology note on her car. Dead Jake seems like a way better boyfriend than alive Jake, tbh.

Emma and her teacher rendezvous in the coffee shop Emma used to work at for their impromptu therapy sesh. It might be a nice gesture if the shady bitch wasnt recording their entire conversation. Luckily, she doesnt get much because Emma sees a girl who looks vaguely like Piper and has a full on meltdown.

Emma: I cant believe that I ever thought I could come back to this place again.
Teacher: Well to be fair, I think its the only coffee shop in town.

Emma goes on and on about how she confided in Piper, a near stranger, and almost died because of it. Glad to see youve learned you fucking lesson on that one.

Afterwards she heads to Kierans house and runs right into the stranger from the hallway. It turns out his name is Eli and hes Kierans cousin. Pretty unfairly stacked gene pool going on in this family if you ask me. Emma has come to say goodbye to Kieran but also to wrangle him into another dangerous situation because this girl clearly wants to die.

Emma: Before you leave theres something I want to do and I dont want to do it alone or with anyone else.
Kieran: Is this a sex thing?
Emma: The exact opposite of a sex thing.

She takes him to the dock where her final battle with Piper went down. Why Emma insists on confronting all of her fears at isolated locations in the dead of night is so fucking beyond my realm of comprehension. She sees the killer across the lake, but then closes her eyes because she assumes shes imagining it. Spoiler alert: shes not. When her eyes open, the killer is gone. Well, that solves it! All is well in Lakewood! End of Season 2!!

This brief triumph is a real mood booster apparently, because the two of them start passionately making out on the dock where Emma killed her sister. Ah, young love. They take the show to the car, where some tender teenage love-making occurs. Emma is super self-conscious about the tiny scar on her washboard abs. Im not a doctor, but I think that when you get slashed across the stomach with a butcher knife, theres a little more to show for it than that.

Inside, Eli is trying to convince his mom to move into Kierans, because apparently their life in Atlanta is pretty shitty. Im sure there are no creepy ulterior Emma-related motives there.

Meanwhile, Brooke is either getting ready for her faux-reunion with Jake or prepping for her audition. Either way, bring back this look. Her Dad walks in, thinking theyre heading to Lakewood Days, and honestly mad props to him for not keeling over on the spot.

In one fell swoop she tells her Dad that shes bailing on their plans and dating the kid who extorted money out of him. He takes it better than expected, but thats probably because the multiple strokes hes suffering from having to stare at his daughters laced up cleavage make it difficult to express any kind of emotion.

Sticking with the theme of lets rendezvous in questionable locales, Noah is waiting for Audrey in the parking lot of the seedy motel where his mystery commenter works. She never shows, presumably because it would make it pretty easy for the desk clerk to ID her as the accomplice, so Noah goes in by himself. Before he can get any real information, though, the witness receives a call from the murderer. Just kidding, its Audrey, calling from across the street using the voice modulator app that Im really hoping she deleted after Piper got caught. You think that maybe the police would have thought to check the download histories of potential suspects, huh? Well then, both yours and my expectations are far too high for this show.

Fresh from their romantic romp in the car, Kieran and Emma are greeted by Aunt Tina, who reveals that she and Eli will be moving in. Hurray, Kieran can stay! Double hurray, his questionable cousin will now have near constant access to Emma!

Freshly empowered from overcoming her trauma/sex with her crazy hot boyfriend, Emma decides to WALK HOME BY HERSELF IN THE DARK.

Kieran: You sure thats a good idea?
Emma: Im an independent woman.
Kieran: I mean, sure bu
Emma: INDEPENDENT. WOMAN.

She at least calls her mom on the way home, which serves to distract her from the slowly idling car behind her. I thought I had the worst survival instincts on the planet, but Emma honestly makes me look like Bear Grylls.

Shocking no one, the car begins to aggressively chase her and the circuitous escape route she takes leads to them facing each other chicken style in the middle of the road. No one in the main square of this town has noticed a beat up old car screeching around corners after a teenage girl. Lakewood out here making Westeros look like a safe place to live.

Emma screams at the car.

the driver hopefully screams back.

Turns out its not a serial killer, just her estranged father who thought the best way to overcome that awkward initial interaction was to chase her Christine style around town.

Mr. Duvall: I was just trying to figure out the best way to approach you.
Emma: Stalking me in a strange car at night was probably not the way to do it but ok.

As per usual, the episode closes with a creepy voiceover from Noah, this time detailing the recent advances in his search for Pipers accomplice.

Noah: Ive had a few setbacks.
Noah: Its almost like someone is trying to stop me from discovering the truth.
Noah: Tbh, I have a feeling Im not going to like what I find.
Noah: If I was smart, Id probably just stop searching.
Noah: .
Noah: lol nah

While he continues to narrate, story lines are wrapped up all around town. Emma tells her mom about the ill-timed and completely inappropriately carried out return of her father. Gustavo watches from the bushes as Brooke waits outside Jakes clearly empty home. Most interestingly, Audrey breaks into a storage locker that looks to be filled with hanging car air fresheners. Tacky at best, severely ominous at worst.

Behind the air fresheners lies the source of the awful smell that apparently only 30 pine scented tree tags could cover: Jake. He was left there for Audrey to find with a note pinned to his chest, cut from her own letters, and organs spilled all over his lap. There goes our hope for a fake out.

Death Count: One. Deuces, Jake.

Current suspect: No one who looks guilty in the second episode is going to be the actual murderer, so Im skipping the obvious choices of Gustavo and Eli and sticking with my original prediction, Zoe. Dont trust anyone who claims to be that invested in dream analysis.

Read more: http://www.betches.com/scream-psycho-recap

Modern family: Greece with grown-up kids

A decade after a first family holiday in Greece, Martin Love heads to Paxos and finds it wonderfully unchanged

The five of us stretched out on yoga mats with our toes pointing towards the sea. Above us the breeze stirred the leaves of the ancient olive trees. Emai ed, intoned Sophie. In Greek that means, I am here. She continued in her gentle voice. I am here in Paxos. I have arrived. I have moored on this rock surrounded by sea

Sophie was training to be a mindfulness teacher. When we lay down Id have bet my favourite Speedos that wed soon be in fits of laughter, but not one of us so much as sniggered. We lay in still, neat rows, like sardines, as her soothing words washed over us. After a while, Sophie brought us up from the depths. I hope you are now at one with this island, she said. Wed been on Paxos for less than half a day yet I had the giddy sensation I might just chuck it all in and stay here forever.

Paxos map.

Thats what happened to Sophie. She has now been here for 30 years, moored in Paxos. Back then, she said, there was only one road and just three cars. There dont seem to be many more than that now. Aside from being a mindfulness teacher she is also the owner of Villa Zoe, the house we were staying in. It sits on a cliff overlooking the sea and was built by a captain more than 200 years ago. Today its all wooden shutters, high ceilings and shady terraces, with plenty of quirky features, like an outdoor kitchen and an open-air shower. Its greatest asset, however, is the astounding view an immense sweep of sea and sky. I must have spent half our week gazing towards the glittering horizon.

Greece holds a special place in the list of our favourite family holidays. More than 10 years ago we went there on our first proper trip. We rented a house in Lefkada with a cool pool and drove around in a knackered old car. The kids were 12, 10 and five. Every night we dined in a different taverna. With burnt shoulders and washed hair, wed sit at pretty tables, ordering grown-up food and then, when the children didnt like it, feed it to the stray cats. And here we were again a decade later, with the kids on the cusp of adulthood and almost off our hands. Wed bookended their childhood with holidays in Greece. Would this be the last time it would be just the five of us? Their boyfriends and girlfriends are waiting in the wings.

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The indoor kitchen at Villa Zoe

But what a bookend Paxos is. Its a craggy idyll garlanded with the bluest water youve ever seen. After much discussion we decided it was the exact aquamarine shade of Listerine. Its the smallest of the seven Ionian islands, 10km long and 4km wide. You cant fly there, you catch a ferry from Corfu, which takes about an hour. Its this last hop which has preserved Paxos from the excesses of mass tourism and, despite a few flash new villas erupting down its eastern flank, you get a sense that not much has changed in years, probably even decades.

To say the pace is unhurried would be an exaggeration even a gang of lethargic sloths would get fidgety here. But you soon adapt to the relaxed starts, long lunches and afternoon snoozes. Whats the rush, anyway? Other than the dazzling blue sea, the first thing that strikes you about the island are the olive trees. They are everywhere. The Venetians first planted them in the 13th century as a source of lamp oil, and now the trees cover 80% of the island. At the last count there were an estimated 250,000 thats about 100 trees for every member of the population.

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The villas terrace

Most people live in one of three small towns. Gaios is the capital a hilarious notion considering you can walk from one side of it to the other in five minutes. It unfurls itself along a natural anchorage with two tiny islands guarding the entrance, each with its own church. We strolled the length of the quay, ogled the posh yachts and ate ice creams (a fantastic peanut-butter flavour for one child and a disastrous lemon and chocolate combo for me). If you are into people watching this is the place to be. My daughter kept telling me to stop staring. The other two towns are Lakka, built around a horseshoe cove on the islands northern tip, and Loggos the smallest and, everyone agreed, prettiest. All three have quays bustling with traditional tavernas.

The towns are on the sheltered eastern side of the island. Villa Zoe, where we stayed, was on the more rugged west, near a beach called Erimitis. After our mindfulness session, the thing at the front of our minds was to have a first swim. There is little sand on Paxos most beaches are made up of sun-bleached pebbles and the effect, combined with the milky-blue water, is like swimming in a huge aquarium. We dived into the waves as the sun turned the cathedral-like cliffs of Erimitis a delicate pink. We bobbed about in the clear sea, marvelling that wed flown out of Gatwick that morning.

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Cocktail hour Martin and daughter Liberty at Bens Bar. Photograph: Martin Love

The best way to take in Paxos is to hire your own speedboat. All three town harbours offer boats, which cost from 35 (30) for the day (plus petrol). It takes about 90 minutes to blast round the island, but youll definitely want to take all day as there are so many coves, cliffs and beaches to explore. We bought a picnic from the bakery in Loggos, packed sun hats and goggles and headed out. The children took turns at the wheel, carving white wakes across the azure surface. We nudged the boat into a huge cave, scared ourselves by swimming through a dark rocky cleft, and finally anchored in our own cove for lunch. It was a perfect day despite the fact ice leaked over the spanakopita and we had to dry the soggy spinach pie on the deck before we could eat it.

Also be sure to head to Antipaxos, a smaller and even more idyllic island a mile south of Paxos. Its home to a few sheep, and two of the most beautiful beaches this side of the Caribbean Vrika and Voutoumi. Its also quite funny to say: Actually, Im quite Anti Paxos!

Everyone you meet on Paxos asks which is your favourite beach as if your choice will give them some vital clue to your personality. There are dozens to choose from. For us it was a toss up between Mamari, which is lined by olive trees, and the stunning half-crescent of Kipiadi.

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/travel/2017/aug/13/modern-family-paxos-with-the-grown-up-kids

Former Chilean military official found liable for killing of Victor Jara

Florida jury awards $28m in verdict that could lead to Pedro Pablo Barrientos Nuezs extradition to face criminal charges over 1973 killing of folk singer

A Florida jury on Monday found a former Chilean army officer liable for the 1973 torture and murder of the folk singer and political activist Victor Jara, awarding $28m in damages to his widow and daughters in one of the biggest and most significant legal human rights victories against a foreign war criminal in a US courtroom.

The verdict against Pedro Pablo Barrientos Nuez after a two-week civil trial in Orlandos federal court could now also pave the way for his extradition to face criminal murder charges in Chile related to his conduct during a CIA-backed coup that led to Augusto Pinochets 17-year military dictatorship and the deaths of almost 3,100 people.

Accusers said Barrientos, 67, who now lives in Deltona, Florida, shot dead Jara, 40, in September 1973 after three days of beatings while the socialist-leaning theatre director and university lecturer was among thousands of suspected communists and subversives detained in Santiagos soccer stadium.

Barrientos, who fled Chile in 1989 and became a US citizen through marriage, was one of nine retired army officers indicted for murder in his homeland four years ago but the US Department of Justice has not responded to a request by the Chilean government for his return.

Kathy Roberts, legal director of the Center for Justice and Accountability, the California-based human rights group that brought the civil action on behalf of Jaras British-born widow, Joan Turner Jara, and daughters Amanda Turner Jara and Manuela Bunster, believes the Florida jurys ruling could now increase the pressure on the DoJ.

Its a step on the path towards justice for our clients and for Victor but also for the many other families who lost someone at Chile Stadium so many years ago, she said after the verdict.

We presented evidence that started to shed light on what happened there, and we hope that process will continue in Chile and we hope that the United States will extradite Mr Barrientos to face justice in the country where he committed these crimes.

Joan Jara Turner, 88, testified during the trial that her husbands death in a stadium locker room had cut my life in two, and has previously spoken of the horror of having to identify his tortured and mutilated body in a morgue after he was dumped outside the stadium with 44 bullet wounds.

[Im] happy in a sense that what we were trying to do for more than 40 years, for Victor, has today come true, she said through tears on the steps if the Orlando courthouse.

Its the beginning of justice for all those people, those relatives in Chile who are waiting to learn the fate of their loved ones, who have been for years and years, just like us, seeking justice [and] knowledge.

Its been a long journey. For Victor, art and social justice were one and the same. His songs continue to be sung today and inspire both artists and those who seek social justice.

Daughter Amanda Turner Jara, who thanked lawyers from the CJA and pro bono counsel from New York legal firm Chadbourne & Parke, said it was crucial that Barrientos was extradited.

He ran away. Hes been hiding here for so long, and its time he faces that now in Chile, she said.

The jury of five women and one man deliberated for nine hours before determining that Barrientos, a Pinochet loyalist who commanded the Chilean armys notorious Tejas Verde brigade, should pay $6m in compensatory damages and a further $22m in punitive damages. The jury found him liable on both counts of the civil indictment, for torture and extrajudicial killing.

The Jara family, however, are unlikely to see any payment. Barrientos lawyer Luis Calderon painted a picture during the trial of a poor retiree who lives in a modest two-bedroom house and drives around in a decade-old car, and who was forced to work as a cook at a fast-food restaurant for years just to make ends meet.

Barrientos, who remained impassive as the verdicts were read, did not comment afterwards but Calderon said he was disappointed. We will explore all our options regarding an appeal, he said.

Dixon Osburn, executive director of the CJA, told the Guardian that one of the biggest challenges was proving that Barrientos, who also worked for a time as a landscaper during almost three decades in the US, was the same violent army officer who beat, tortured and shot Jara.

These cases are always difficult because a lot of time has passed and because of the silence that has encased this matter for so long, he said. Trying to break through that silence and lift the veil on what happened in those days was enormously difficult.

One of the things the Jara family has been pursuing for 43 years is just the truth. Barrientos said in deposition he knew nothing of Chile Stadium, he knew nothing of Victor Jara, but we had conscript after conscript saying he was there and he was responsible for what took place.

One of the conscripts, Jose Navarette Barra, said during the trial in video testimony from Chile that Barrientos boasted of what he had done. He said many times that he killed Victor Jara, Barra said. He talked about killing a communist, and he didnt want a communist in Chile.

The ruling marks the latest victory in the CJAs pursuit of overseas war criminals and human rights abusers living in Florida. In August 2015, El Salvadors former defence minister Carlos Eugenio Vides Casanova was extradited to El Salvador after a lengthy legal battle. Vides, an army general in the country during the bloody civil war in the 1980s, was accused of covering up a number of atrocities, including the rape and murder of four American churchwomen.

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/jun/27/victor-jara-pedro-pablo-barrientos-nunez-killing-chile

What fireworks? 12 wacky American festivals to celebrate Independence Day | Fox News

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Ready to eat a big slice of pie?  Maybe youd rather march in a paradewith your pooch–or time travel back to join the Continental Army.

If you think Independence Day (and weekend) celebrations are just about fireworks and beer, think again.  All around the country, youll find quirky and fun celebrations in big cities and small communities. Here are 12 that fans love:   

1.Dress your pet in her patriotic best for the Visionary Pets on Parade annual pet parade at the American Visionary Art Museum in Baltimore, MD.  Maybe youll win the prize for the owner and pet look alike.  Also check out Fort McHenry National Monument  on July 2 for the concert by the U.S. Army Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps and Continental Color Guard dressed in the uniforms of the Continental Army. On July 4, Frederick Douglas will deliver his famous The Meaning of July 4th for the Negro. Fort McHenry is where Francis Scott Key famously was inspired by the 1814 Battle of Baltimore to pen the Star Spangled Banner.

2. Watch lobsters race, a highpoint of Bar Harbor, MEs all-day festivities July 4  that include a July 4 parade,  a  big Seafood Festival starting at 11 a.m celebrating some of Maines freshest seafood ,  free evening concert with amateur musicians from around the region and of course, fireworks.

3. Join the Underwater Bike Race in Beaufort, SC that traditionally is held on July 4.  After a Bike-Decorating Bonanza, divers race bikes along the starboard side of the USS Indra, sunk in 1992 as an artificial reef. The race benefits pediatric cancer research.  Later,  listen to the Marine Band play at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot at Parris Island  nearby.

4. Boston Harborfest is celebrating its 35th anniversary this year with a four-day party  July 1-4 that is said to be the countrys largest Fourth of July celebration with hundreds of  activitieseverything from Freedom Trail walks to live entertainment, historical reenactments and even 18th century chocolate making.

5. Dust off your cowboy boots for Cody Wyomings five-day Cody Stampede  July 1st-4th where nearly every event celebrates horses. The nearly century-old event in a gateway town to Yellowstone National Park has it allbull riding, pro rodeo events, a  patriotic parade,  kids parade that celebrates Star Spangled Adventures ,  local musical performers, storytellers and more.

6. Celebrate everything peach and patriotic at the Lexington County Peach Festival   in Gilbert SC on July 4  with a peach pageant, peach recipe contest, peach delights (think peach cobbler and peach slushies) as well as a special reading of the Declaration of Independence, patriotic Peach Parade,   and an antique car and tractor show.

7. Sample extreme key lime pies at the Key West FL Key Lime Festival July 2-4 with a key lime pie eating contest, culinary tasting stroll, samplings of key lime rum, beer and specialty  cocktails, even a tour of the Key West First Legal Rum Distillery. Floridas official pie, Key Lime Pie is believed to have originated in Key West in the late 19th Century. The festival ends with a 4th of July Picnic & Fireworks  with live music, games and a Family Fun Zone.

8. Take in some speed-tree climbing, ax-throwing and log rolling contests at the Estacada Timber Festival July 3-4 in Estacada,  a historic logging town,30 miles outside of Portland, OR in the Mount Hood Territory where theres plenty of music and a carnival.     After the awards ceremony on July 4, stick around for live music and the Big Bang Fireworks Sky Show that celebrates Independence Day. 

9. Wawa Welcomes America in Philadelphia, PA with a festival that starts on June 27 and lasts through July 4  with free concerts, historical ceremonies, parades and the Historic Philadelphia Block Party that fills the streets around Independence Hall with live entertainment, including a performance by the U.S. Army Band and a reading of the Declaration of Independence by Leslie Odom, Jr. Philadelphia native and star of the Broadway blockbuster”Hamilton.”

10. Cheer on the racers in Seward, Alaska July 4  for the Mount Marathon Race. Its only 3.5 miles but has an elevation gain of 3,000 feet through cliffs, steep inclines and rocks and is one of the countrys oldest trail running events. You can also cheer on the racers from around the world along with thousands of others.  All are welcome to run  in  the event that is just one part of  festivities that include a parade and fireworks. 

11.  Climb up a greased pole at Tuolume County Californias  Gold Country Glorious July 4th Celebration  in Columbia State Park where the day starts with a black powder musket salute and  parade (a tradition since 1852) and continues with  1850s games, contests (want to pound a nail or join a tug of war?), street dance and pulled pork BBQ lunch.  While youre there, pan for gold!

12. Learn a secret military code at the re-created Continental Army encampment at Yorktown Victory Center in Virginia which tells the stories, including those of  local farmers and enslaved people, who sacrificed much for independence. Nearby at Colonial Williamsburg, experience  hearing the news of the Declaration of Independence and prepare to March to Victory, along with  the special July 4th events.

So where are you going to celebrate the Fourth? 

Eileen Ogintz is a nationally syndicated columnist and creator of TakingtheKids.com. Her new  Kids Guide to Boston is available online and from major booksellers, along with the Kids Guides to NYC, Washington, DC, Orlando,  LA and Chicago. Coming  later this year: San Diego, San Francisco and Denver.

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/travel/2016/06/29/what-fireworks-12-wacky-american-festivals-to-celebrate-independence-day.html