HILLARY CLINTON’S supposedly inevitable ascent to the Democratic nomination hit turbulence Tuesday when she get walloped in the West Virginia primary by Bernie Sanders. –in part due to her misguided pledge to “put coal miners out of business.

The victory gives the socialist Vermont Senator the majority of the 20 pledged delegates that were at stake in the Appalachian state stalling Clinton’s White House momentum.

“West Virginia is a working class state,” Sanders told supporters in Oregon Tuesday night. “And like many other states working people are hurting. We need an economy that works for all of us, not just the 1 percent.”

Clinton captured just 36 percent of the West Virginia vote to Sanders’ 50 percent. The former Secretary of State did herself no favors in the coal rich state when she vowed on CNN in March “to put a lot of coal miners and coal companies out of business.” She later backtracked, claiming she was merely touting her clear-energy plan to create jobs because coal was a declining industry.

But many West Virginians who voted overrwhelmingly for Clinton over Barack Obama in 2008 — weren’t buying it.

“How would you say you are going to put a lot of coal miners out of jobs, and then come in here and us how you’re going to be our friend.” unemployed coal worker Bo Copley asked her at a campaign event on May 2. On Tuesday, other state residents echoed those concepts and said they were voting for Donald Trump — who had to seal contest in Tuesday’s Republican Primary. West Virginia allows cross-writing.

Trump also won the Nebraska primary with ease. To mail down the Democratic nomination, a candidate needs to capture 2,367 delegates. Clinton had 2,228 before polls closed Tuesday evening.

That included323superdelegates, elite party members who can support any candidates Sanders had 1,464 delegates including superdelegates.

Despite an uphill battle to become the party’s standard bearer, Sanders has vowed to take his campaign all the way to the Democrats’ July 25 – 28 nominating convention in Philadelphia.

Posted by Ainhoa Aristizabal — Unruly Hearts editor

No connection with RT contributor after interrogation by Kiev forces

RT contributing journalist Graham Phillips said he has been detained by the National Guard at a check point in Mariupol, eastern Ukraine. Following his phone call RT lost connection with the British journalist while UK said ready to provide assistance.
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RT has lost connection with the it’s contributing journalist Graham Phillips who was detained at a check point in Mariupol earlier on Tuesday.

A source familiar with the incident said that the National Guard was reportedly ready to release Phillips on condition that he deletes all the footage he recorded near the roadblock. After the journalist refused to do so, his captors called Ukrainian Security Service who then confiscated his photo and video recording equipment and decided to send him to Kiev, the source said.

“Our stringer Graham Phillips was arrested at a checkpoint by people who, according to him, when we last spoke, introduced themselves as the National Guard and asked for his papers. After this, the connection with the journalist was lost, we still cannot get in touch with Graham, we are extremely worried what could happen to him. It is even more worrying after the events, which, as we all saw happened to the LifeNews TV correspondents” said Alexey Kuznetsov, deputy head of RT’s English department.


@GrahamWP_UK and his friend/cameraman/driver Misha were detained, questioned, Misha was released, Graham is most likely taken to Kiev

— Irina Galushko (@IrinaGalushkoRT) May 20, 2014

Ukrainian Witch-Hunt Site Leaks Personal Info of ‘Terrorist-Collaborating Journalists’

The names on the list include people working for respectable outlets, such as news agencies AFP, AP and Reuters, broadcasters BBC, CNN, CCTV, Deutsche Welle and Al Jazeera, newspapers, including the New York Times, Gazeta Wyborcza and Kyiv Post, news websites Vice News and Daily Beast and many others. RT journalists are on the list too.

Governments, NGOs and journalists “across the globe” have condemned leak of personal data. They waited to long to denounce what they say is happening. The “Globe” is condemning itself by having kept their mouth shut and not denouncing the “Terrorist-Collaboratin Journalists”

Governments, NGOs and journalists across the globe have condemned a leak of personal data of more than 4,000 media staff, accused by pro-Kiev activists of “collaborating with terrorists” for their reporting from war-torn eastern Ukraine.

The names on the list include people working for respectable outlets, such as news agencies AFP, AP and Reuters, broadcasters BBC, CNN, CCTV, Deutsche Welle and Al Jazeera, newspapers, including the New York Times, Gazeta Wyborcza and Kyiv Post, news websites Vice News and Daily Beast and many others. RT journalists are on the list too.

“This is a very alarming development which could further endanger the safety of journalists, who report on issues of public interest and they should not be harassed for doing their job,” said OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media Dunja Mijatović.

Some of the journalists, whose data was leaked, have complained they have started to receive threats.

“After being accused of ‘working for the terrorists’ and having their personal data, phone numbers and emails made public, they started receiving phone calls and emails with threats, and some Ukrainian politicians have called for these journalists to be labeled ‘enemies of Ukraine’ and to prevent them from working in the country completely,”

an open letter, from Kiev-based journalists representing local and international media, stated.

“We are aware that details of staff accreditation from a wide range of media organizations – including the BBC – have been hacked. We have taken immediate and appropriate action to protect privacy and security,” said the BBC.

Publication was condemned by a number of governments, international organizations and media organizations. EU envoy to Ukraine Jan Tombinski said that while the leak was published by a privately-run website, he held the Ukrainian authorities accountable for endangering journalists and said the database should be blocked.

The website that leaked the personal data is called Mirotvorets (Peacekeeper). It purports to be fighting separatism and terrorism and publishes personal data of anyone its contributors consider enemies of Ukraine. Mirotvorets was founded in January 2015 by Georgy Tuka, who now serves as a deputy to the minister responsible for dealing with rebel-held areas and refugees. Among its high-ranking supporters is Anton Gerashchenko, an MP and aide to the interior minister. The website’s partners include the Security Service of Ukraine and the country’s Interior Ministry.

The project has caused controversy in the past. At least two Ukrainian public figures, writer Oles Buzina and former lawmaker Oleg Kalashnikov, were killed days after their home addresses were published by Mirotvorets. Last year, Gerashchenko called for leaking the personal data of Russian soldiers and officers taking part in the counter-terrorism mission in Syria, so that Islamic State sympathizers could find and kill them.

The latest leak includes data of journalists and NGO employees, who have been given accreditation by the de facto authorities of the rebellious eastern Ukrainian regions over the past two years. Gerashchenko said the data was obtained as a result of a hack, at least a month before publication.

The Interior Minister’s aid praised “patriot hackers” for exposing “a powerful propaganda machine that has an impact on par with the propaganda by [Nazi Germany’s] Goebbels or Stalin” and demanded more budget money to fight it.

Photo caption: Journalists and members of the self-defense forces on the frontline near the village of Marinovka at the Ukrainian-Russian border. © Andrei Stenin / Sputnik

Accompanying the leak, which was first posted on May 7, but widely disseminated this week, was a statement claiming“these journalists are cooperating with the militants of a terrorist organization.”

Derek Monroe, independent reporter and writer, who has received death threats from people unhappy with his reporting on the Ukraine crisis, told RT that serious measures should be undertaken in order to protect journalists, as the information can now “trickle down everywhere” and “once it’s comes out of the box, it’s very hard to put back.” Monroe said.

Investigative journalist Russ Baker said the fact that journalists might nowadays “by definition” be regarded as enemies points towards a significant growth of extremism.

“The situation in the Ukraine is particularly striking because the fact that these people even think that a journalist going to an area makes them an enemy just indicates how extremism has risen to a rather staggering level. Journalists always go to war-zones, they always go to places where there is conflict, and to think that by definition that makes them unfair or somebody that needs to be threatened is pretty staggering,”

Baker told RT.
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