Cannabis on Trial, Fake Protesters and Arguments Against the Truth | Cannabis News Network

A report about the “Trial of the plant” in South Africa, doctors for life, fabricated protesters and excellent testimony of key witness professor David Nutt.

After seven years of preparing, the Trial of the plant is on its way.
Jules Stobbs and Myrtle Clarke are the driving force behind the Constitutional hearing to beat the cannabis prohibition in South Africa with facts.

This unprecedented hearing with expert witnesses in The Pretoria High Court lasts for a month and we are halfway. Their opposition is not only the state of South Africa but also from Doctors for Life, a pro- Christian alliance. A group of people who believe cannabis is as bad or even worse as heroin.

They tried everything to stall the hearing:
http://ewn.co.za/2017/08/03/state-wants-evidence-presented-by-dagga-couple-struck-off-record
https://www.timeslive.co.za/news/south-africa/2017-07-31-dagga-trial-stalled-over-live-streaming-rights/

On their website they urge for international support to fund their legal Battle against the Dagga couple. http://www.doctorsforlife.co.za/pg/

Because of the delays caused by the stalling‚ US oncology professor Donald Abrams‚ didn’t get a change to testify.
http://profiles.ucsf.edu/donald.abrams

Anti-dagga protesters from KwaZulu-Natal‚ who are staying in a Christian rehab Centre, stood outside court from day one. Their protest posters and transport being paid and arranged by The Gauteng Department of Social Development. https://www.timeslive.co.za/news/south-africa/2017-08-14-gauteng-pays-for-protesters-at-dagga-trial/

Inside the courthouse, key witness of the case, Professor David Nutt took to the stand. Nutt is a psychiatrist‚ neurologist and a world expert in the comparative harmful effects of drugs. He worked for the UK government‚ but was fired in 2007 for telling the truth. http://www.thelancet.com/pdfs/journals/lancet/PIIS0140-6736(07)60464-4.pdf

The Lancet is one of the world’s oldest and best known general medical journals.

Professor Nutt faced a cross-examination from the state and Doctors for Life advocate Reg Willis to show dagga was more harmful then Nutt had proven in his testimony. All Willis said and brought to the stand, Nutt cracked all his objections.

In the end of the hearing Willis called Nutt a moron (accidentally recorded). It seems that some people do NOT want to hear the TRUTH!

The trial of the plant continues until August the 25th.

Watch The trial of the plant live on Antfarm livestream: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCFuys8u8a0uSx8Xe9jyNhUQ
https://fieldsofgreenforall.org.za/

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The Volunteer Firefighters of Daraa (Excerpt from ‘The Battle for Syria’s South’)

Daraa is where Syria’s revolution began four years ago. Now it’s the scene of a forgotten war, in which largely secular Free Syrian Army (FSA) rebels — marginalized elsewhere in Syria — continue to lead the struggle against Bashar al-Assad’s regime.

The FSA are fighting a bitterly hard battle under a virtual media blackout to change the course of Syria’s civil war. If they can take Daraa, they will stand at the beginning of the road to Damascus, the seat of Assad’s government.

In this excerpt from ‘The Battle for Syria’s South,’ VICE News follows a group of volunteers tackling fires and rescuing civilians trapped in rubble, as barrel bombs and grad rockets rain down daily on neighborhoods.

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Cutting the Regime’s Supply Line (Extra Scene from ‘The Battle for Syria’s South’)

Daraa is where Syria’s revolution began four years ago. Now it’s the scene of a forgotten war, in which largely secular Free Syrian Army (FSA) rebels — marginalized elsewhere in Syria — continue to lead the struggle against Bashar al-Assad’s regime.

The FSA are fighting a bitterly hard battle under a virtual media blackout to change the course of Syria’s civil war. If they can take Daraa, they will stand at the beginning of the road to Damascus, the seat of Assad’s government.

In this extra scene from ‘The Battle for Syria’s South,’ VICE News meets the commander of the Jisr al-Haran brigade and his men, where their mission is to attack all regime convoys and cut off the supply line to Daraa.

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A Year On From The Caliphate: The UK’s Fight Against The Islamic State

One year on since the Islamic State (IS) announced a so-called caliphate across swathes of Iraq and Syria, a 60-nation anti-IS coalition meets for a second time in Paris on Tuesday, against the backdrop of recent territorial gains and new reports of atrocities by the group.

On the eve of the conference, VICE News spoke to UK Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond to discuss the country’s contribution to the coalition and the progress in the fight against IS.

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Jihadists Battle the Assad Regime: Syria’s Rebel Advance (Trailer)

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In just a few short weeks, a newly-united rebel coalition has captured almost all of northwest Syria’s Idlib province from government forces, overturning assumptions over the war’s course, and threatening the regime’s ability to defend its heartland. VICE News filmmaker Salam Rizk secured rare access to the jihadist fighters at the tip of the battle for the strategic city of Jisr al-Shughour.

VICE News followed Syrian rebels, including the al Qaeda-affiliated faction Jabhat al Nusra, as they wrested control of the key town from government troops.

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Under Siege From The Islamic State In Ramadi

In early March, while the world was watching Iraqi government forces advance on the Islamic State (IS) in Tikrit, IS was launching a series of assaults on what little remains of the Government-held parts of the provincial capital, Ramadi, which has been under siege for over a year.

On the morning of 11 March alone — the first day VICE News spent in Ramadi — nearly two dozen IS car bombs were detonated, killing 10 and injuring 60.

In a series of interviews, Iraqi officials told VICE News that they fear Islamic State fighters will overrun what remains of Government-held Ramadi if the US did not intervene with air support. According to police in Ramadi, more than 2,000 officers have been killed since January 2014, when the Islamic State — then known mainly as ISIS or ISIL — first announced its presence in the city.

VICE News spent three days in Ramadi documenting civilian life and interviewing Iraqi officials, as the town remains under siege from the Islamic State.

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Under Siege in Ramadi (Teaser)

In early March, the world was watching Iraqi government forces advance on the Islamic State (IS) in Tikrit. Meanwhile, the militant group was launching a series of assaults on what little remains of the government-held parts of the provincial capital of Ramadi, which had then been under siege for over a year.

On the morning of March 11 — the first day VICE News spent in Ramadi — multiple IS car bombs were detonated, killing multiple people and injuring dozens.

In a series of interviews, Iraqi officials told VICE News that they fear IS fighters will overrun what remains of government-held Ramadi if the US does not intervene with air support. According to police in Ramadi, more than 2,000 officers have been killed since January 2014, when IS first announced its presence in the city.

VICE News spent three days in Ramadi documenting civilian life and interviewing Iraqi officials.

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Peshmerga Fighters Closing in on Mosul: The Battle for Iraq (Dispatch 9)

With the timeline unclear for a forthcoming US-led coalition assault on the Islamic State (IS) stronghold of Mosul, Kurdish peshmerga fighters continue to man the trenches at the strategic junction of Keske, just outside the northern Iraqi city.

VICE News traveled to Keske to meet with peshmerga fighters and to learn their thoughts on the coalition’s mulled offensive, as they continue to cut off IS’s vital supply lines from Syria.

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On The Line: Henry Langston discusses Iraq’s Shia Militias

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Henry Langston joined On The Line to answer your questions about his piece: “The Battle for Iraq: Shia Militias vs. the Islamic State” -http://bit.ly/1CJKHvI

Last summer, with Iraq’s army weakened, and the Islamic State advancing on Baghdad, the country’s Iran-backed Shia militias were called on halt the militants’ progress. While successful in combat, their growing influence has led many to fear that the militias threaten the country’s sectarian and political balance.

Henry Langston traveled to Iraq for VICE News to witness firsthand how Shia militias are taking the fight to the Islamic State, and to document the fallout of their rise to power.

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