- The trial of Private B. Manning, who downloaded and leaked hundreds of thousands of classified Army documents to Wikileaks from 2009 to 2010, is set to begin today. Manning faces 21 charges, the most serious of which is aiding the enemy, which carries the death penalty. While the Army says it will not pursue death in the case, Manning still faces life imprisonment with no chance of parole if convicted. Manning has already plead guilty to lesser charges, admitting the leaks.
- Protests continue around Turkey. After starting as a resistance in Istanbul against government efforts to destroy Taksim Gezi Park in favor of a shopping mall a week ago, the protests have become a more general revolt against the rule of Turkish prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Thousands fought riot police around the country over the weekend, with police using water cannons, plastic bullets and tear gas. Erdogan has vowed to put down the protests, which have reportedly occurred, in some form, in 67 of Turkey’s 81 provinces. Turkish anarchists released this open letter over the weekend. Protesters in San Francisco liberated a park in solidarity.
- The US Supreme Court has ruled that police taking DNA samples from arrestees is a “legitimate search.”
- Portland’s Metro Body Piercing on Southeast Hawthorne has reportedly been targeted repeatedly by clandestine animal rights activitsts, who have glued its locks on several occasions, over its sale of fox tails.
- A massive protest in Tokyo on Sunday saw 60,000 people come out against the Japanese government’s plans to restart their nuclear power program since the 2011 Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster.
- A fire at a Chinese poultry plant has killed 119 workers in Jilin province. Chinese media reports that the deaths are being attributed to inadequate fire exits in the factory, and that factory owners are being arrested.