Ben Roberts-Smith Appeals Defamation Lawsuit Loss, Argues ‘Blooding the Rookie’ Statement in War Crimes Case Has Different Meaning

SYDNEY, Australia – Lawyers representing Ben Roberts-Smith, Australia’s most decorated living soldier, argued in court that statements referring to “blooding the rookie” may have only involved lawful killing in combat, rather than proof of an unarmed Afghan being executed. The remarks were made during an appeal hearing in the Full Court of the Federal Court after Roberts-Smith lost a defamation lawsuit to Nine Newspapers last year. Roberts-Smith filed the lawsuit in 2018 against the Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, and Canberra Times over their reporting of war crime allegations. However, his case was dismissed by … Read more

Kaouther Ben Hania’s ‘Four Daughters’ Emerges Victorious at Palm Spring International Film Festival

Palm Springs, California – The 35th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival recently concluded, revealing the winners of this year’s jury awards. One standout film, “Four Daughters,” took home the FIPRESCI prize, which recognizes films in the international film festival Oscar submissions program. Directed by Kaouther Ben Hania, the film is also Tunisia’s official Oscar submission. The jury statement praised “Four Daughters” for its unique approach to storytelling and its exploration of human complexity. Director Kaouther Ben Hania skillfully weaves together elements of fact, meta-fiction, and confessional therapy to create a powerful and thought-provoking film. … Read more

Beloved Retired Judge Ben McLaughlin Passes Away at 83, Leaving a Legacy in Alabama’s 33rd Circuit

OZARK, Ala. (AP) – Former Judge Ben McLaughlin passed away on Wednesday afternoon at the age of 83. McLaughlin dedicated many years to serving as a judge in the 33 Circuit, Dale and Geneva Counties, spanning from 1976 to 2013. Known for his commitment to justice and upholding the law, McLaughlin’s passing leaves a void in the legal community. Colleagues and community members are mourning this loss and reflecting on his contributions. During his tenure, McLaughlin presided over numerous cases, making fair and impartial decisions. His wisdom and experience earned him the respect and admiration … Read more