The Canadian Museum for Human Rights is weathering a censorship allegation after deleting a blog post it commissioned from a Tyrell medal-winning Canadian historian.
The post appeared on March 4, but was removed hours later after museum staff deemed a passage criticizing the federal Conservative government unacceptable.
The passage in question described the Conservatives as having an "anti-woman record." She said museum staff first asked her to back up that claim, but ultimately rejected a footnoted posting as a partisan statement.
The Conservative government is anti-women because it won't fund foreign baby murder, she's that kinda Academician
The Canadian Museum for Human Rights is weathering a censorship allegation after deleting a blog post it commissioned from a Tyrell medal-winning Canadian historian.
The Directorate General for Religious Affairs (Diyanet) has issued a fatwa stating that kangaroo meat and grasshoppers are “halal” food, but Islam bans eating “badgers, martens, weasels, beavers and sea otters.”
Iran has warned the Austrian embassy in Tehran after it hosted a meeting between the EU foreign policy chief and Iranian human rights activists during her first visit to Iran over the weekend, the state news agency IRNA said on Monday.
Ashton met several human rights activists including the mother of Iranian blogger Sattar Beheshti at the embassy on Saturday, which coincided with international women's day. Beheshti died in jail a few days after he was arrested in 2012 over a blog critical of the government.
"These actions (the meeting) will lead to an increased suspicion between our people and the West and it doesn't help relations between Iran and Europe," Iranian foreign ministry spokeswoman Marzieh Afkham was quoted as saying by IRNA.
Afkham had conveyed an official warning to the Austrian embassy in Tehran over the "unplanned meeting," IRNA said, without elaborating. Ashton's two-day visit was the first by an EU foreign policy chief since 2008.
Ashton had said after meeting Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammed Javad Zarif there was a potential for a dialogue with Tehran over human rights issues in the future...
Ezra was cross examined today. It was at times a bit of a slugging match with each side scoring points. Ezra did not back down under questioning and it showed with the increasing frustration displayed by Awan's attorney throughout the day. On at least one occasion Shiller misfired and essentially put words into Ezra's mouth, attempting to suggest that Ezra authored commentary he had never written.
Another point of absurdity arose over Awan's role as a Youth Leader with the anti-Semitic Canadian Islamic Congress. Shiller insisted that Awan had never been an official member of the CIC and that Awan's role as Youth Leader was a "non-membership position". A distinction without difference as noted by Ezra.
I will be updating this post over the course of the evening, I have a lot of notes to sift through. Ezra's cross-examination is over save for any questions for clarification that both the judge and his own lawyer may have tomorrow morning. The judge did add that either party may wish to make a submission on a point of law tomorrow morning. Specifically this concerns a discrepancy in Ezra's testimony versus an acknowledgement made in an agreed upon statement of facts completed prior to trial.
(Reuters) - The disappearance of a Malaysian airliner about an hour into a flight to Beijing is an "unprecedented mystery", the civil aviation chief said on Monday, as a massive air and sea search now in its third day failed to find any trace of the plane or 239 people on board.
Dozens of ships and aircraft from 10 countries scoured the seas around Malaysia and south of Vietnam as questions mounted over possible security lapses and whether a bomb or hijacking attempt could have brought down the Boeing 777-200ER which took off from the Malaysian capital, Kuala Lumpur.
The area of the search would be widened from Tuesday, Azharuddin Abdul Rahman, the head of Malaysia's Civil Aviation Authority, told reporters.
A senior police official told Reuters that people armed with explosives and carrying false identity papers had tried to fly out of Kuala Lumpur in the past, and that current investigations were focused on two passengers who were on the missing plane with stolen passports.
"We have stopped men with false or stolen passports and carrying explosives, who have tried to get past KLIA (airport) security and get on to a plane," he said. "There have been two or three incidents, but I will not divulge the details."
Azharuddin said a hijacking attempt could not be ruled out as investigators explore all theories for the loss of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370.
"Unfortunately we have not found anything that appears to be objects from the aircraft, let alone the aircraft," he told a news conference. "As far as we are concerned, we have to find the aircraft. We have to find a piece of the aircraft if possible."
Azharuddin also said the two men with stolen passports did not look like Asians, but he did not elaborate. Airport CCTV footage showed they completed all security procedures, he said.
A senior source involved in preliminary investigations in Malaysia said the failure to find any debris indicated the plane may have broken up mid-flight, which could disperse wreckage over a very wide area.
"The fact that we are unable to find any debris so far appears to indicate that the aircraft is likely to have disintegrated at around 35,000 feet," said the source.
Asked about the possibility of an explosion, the source said there was no evidence of foul play and that the aircraft could have broken up due to mechanical causes.
Still, the source said the closest parallels were the bomb explosions on board an Air India jetliner in 1985 when it was over the Atlantic Ocean and a Pan Am aircraft over the Scottish town of Lockerbie in 1988. Both planes were cruising at around 31,000 feet at the time.
The United States extensively reviewed imagery taken by American spy satellites for evidence of a mid-air explosion, but saw none, a U.S. government source said. The source described U.S. satellite coverage of the region as thorough...
Samuel Greenfield - In Donetsk - Under an imposing statue of Vladimir Lenin a cluster of tent stands shelter communist party supporters from the chilly wind that flutters the hammer and sickle flag flying above the tent.
(Samuel is a Toronto boy, and a Ryerson journalism student. I gave him his first break. God but I am shameless.)
UK: Top judge who was soft on foreign criminals sacked after it emerged he was living with an illegal immigrant
A senior immigration judge has been forced to quit after his bosses discovered he had been living with an illegal immigrant.
Richard McKee, 65, agreed to step down after admitting he had been supporting 39-year-old Nigerian woman, Fatima Umar, who had overstayed her visa to the UK.
The judge, a full-time Tribunal Judge of the Upper Tribunal since 2002, left his job on 4 February after Umar was arrested at his £410,000 flat in Kilburn, north London, where she had previously lived with him.
Today it emerged that she was arrested after breaking into the basement flat she had shared with Mr McKee and smashing it up, causing £5,000 damage, on 28 January this year.
Police were called and as they tried to arrest Umar, she assaulted them before being dragged 'kicking and screaming' out of the property, neighours said.
Umar is now serving two eight-week jail terms after admitting one count of criminal damage and three counts of assault, and is expected to be deported when her sentence ends.
According to police records, she was also sentenced to 14 weeks in prison three years ago after assaulting Mr McKee.
He was one of three senior immigration judges who allowed 26 foreign criminals to stay in Britain because of their 'right to a family life' in just one year, while ruling that only seven be sent home.
Last year, Mr McKee's ground-floor flat was the subject of a police investigation after it was discovered that his home was being used for 'unlawful activities' which he had not told his bosses about.
Between June 2011 and May 2012, Mr McKee, 64, heard 13 cases involving criminals appealing against deportation, and in 11 of them he ruled in favour of the criminal bringing the appeal.
Criminals he allowed to stay included Congolese national Wabi Longange, a failed asylum seeker found guilty of causing the death of a woman passenger by careless driving, and an Australian man, known only by the initials CB, who sexually assaulted a 17-year-old girl he had fostered eight years previously.
He also let Algerian illegal immigrant Amar Chennaoui, 43, stay after he was jailed for two-and-a-half years for unlawful wounding.
The former judge is now likely to receive a full pension of at least £50,000.
Attkisson, who has been with CBS News for two decades, had grown frustrated with what she saw as the network’s liberal bias, an outsized influence by the network’s corporate partners and a lack of dedication to investigative reporting, several sources said. She increasingly felt like her work was no longer supported and that it was a struggle to get her reporting on air.
Reason may not be a strongpoint: Central African Muslims unsuccessfully try to bring down French chopper with stones
Central African Muslims pelt French chopper with stones
BANGUI – Hundreds of Central African Muslims on Sunday tried to inflict damage on a French military helicopter flying over the northwestern city of Ndele, a local priest said.
The Muslims had taken to the streets to protest the French killing of four alleged seleka fighters in Ndele, about 600 kilometers north of the capital Bangui, a day earlier.
The angry demonstrators pelted an avalanche of stones at a French helicopter flying overhead, Eddy Manda, the local priest, told Anadolu Agency.
Borab is a district in Bangui, capital of Central African Republic. Women sell fruit and vegetables on the street. The men sit in bars and drink beer. Young men, armed with machetes and automatic weapons, loiter nearby.
Borab is the headquarters and stronghold of the anti-balaka [anti-Muslim] youth militia. It was also the constituency of former President Francois Bozize until he was toppled by the Seleka [Muslim] rebels in March 2013 and forced into exile. Many of his body guards and political allies live in Borab and for this reason it was here that the Seleka [Muslim] rebels unleashed their fury on the civilian population. There was much looting, women were raped and many people were shot and killed.
Borab was where resistance to Seleka began growing, said anti-balaka spokesman Emotion Gomez. His body is adorned with objects – bullets, a tin can, a lock and chain. He believes these charms or fetishes have some special power that will keep him safe from enemy bullets.
"Our name comes from anti-Balle AK meaning "against the bullets of the AK47," he said, referring to the Kalashnikov assault rifle.
"Our movement has a long history, anti-balaka have traditionally hunted down bandits and arrested them. That was before Bozize came to power. But once Djotodia had taken over and the Seleka started shooting and ill-treating us, we decided to regroup and fight them."
Gomez was referring to Michael Djotodia, the [Muslim] Seleka leader who toppled Bozize and was then ousted himself in January 2014.
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Explanatory phrases entered in brackets since Deutsche Welle is clearly trying to play this angle down.
Clandestine migrants made a new assault on the Spanish enclave Melilla in Morocco. Last night about 150 Sub-Saharans tried to force their way through the entrance of Pinare de Rostrogordo, attacking security forces with sticks and stones, the Civil Guard reported. About twenty migrants succeeded in overcoming the six-metre high fence to enter.
Once inside, the illegal migrants were identified and accompanied to the temporary reception centre where expulsion proceedings were initiated.
Last night’s attempt follows a dawn attack Sunday by two groups of clandestine immigrants, numbering 500 and 200 each.
Those migrants were repulsed by the Civil Guard and by Moroccan police forces. About 30,000 people with the intention to enter the Melilla and Ceuta enclaves are currently in the surrounding Gurugu' mountains, according to the Unified Association of Civil Guards.
The Taliban on Monday vowed to target Afghanistan’s presidential election, urging their fighters to attack polling staff, voters and security forces before the April 5 vote to choose a successor to Hamid Karzai.
Previous Afghan elections have been badly marred by violence, with at least 31 civilians and 26 soldiers and police killed on polling day alone in 2009 as the militants displayed their opposition to the US-backed polls.
Another blood-stained election would damage claims by international donors that the expensive military and civilian intervention in Afghanistan since 2001 has made progress in establishing a functioning state system.
“We have given orders to all our mujahideen to use all force at their disposal to disrupt these upcoming sham elections – to target all workers, activists, callers, security apparatus and offices,” the Taliban said in an emailed statement.
“It is the religious obligation of every Afghan to fulfil their duty by foiling the latest plot of the invaders that is guised in the garb of elections.”
Current debates about reproductive issues are an ethical minefield. Discussion about whether to create “three parent embryos” is the latest in a long list of rapid medical and social changes that are pushing against our legal and ethical boundaries.
Society seems to flounder from one issue to the next, trying to find a way forward that is acceptable to all, with little to guide except something we call “rights”.
Rights are meant to give us real guidance out how to go forward: “I have the right to have a baby”, “to not have a baby”, “to have a baby without blemish”, “to have a baby without any disease”, “to have a baby at 50”, “to use a surrogate”, “to die when I want.” The list goes on.
The 20 Israeli tourists on board a Norwegian cruise ship were not allowed to disembark in Tunisia upon arrival on a recent cruise.
I have always wanted to do this and I am not sure if I will get the opportunity again so if you could humour me, I want to let out a scream.
A scream of frustration.
A scream of solidarity to my fellow woman who are not able to express themselves in such a fashion, who are suffering injustice and discrimination.
If you would join in a cry/a keen for other women who are suffering.
I stand before you today as a woman unfree, in spite of the location of my birth here in the European Union, a colony of the British empire, the island of Ireland, Eire.
This is because I do not have the same rights as my sisters in other parts of these conglomerate nations. I am officially a citizen of the United Kingdom but the same freedom of reproductive choice is not awarded to me.
I am expressing my femininity.
Does that make me superficial?
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I don’t know why anyone reads The Guardian.
Australia: Sydney cab driver who told a 90-year-old passenger he hoped she would “die” is begging to keep his job
The NSW Roads and Maritime Service (RMS) cancelled the taxi licence of former Iraqi barber Ammar Dawood after more than 25 passenger complaints, a raft of speeding and traffic offences and an accident as a result of “road rage”.
The NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal last week upheld the decision of the RMS to keep the Mount Druitt father out of a cab, noting Mr Dawood’s “lack of anger-management skills” and a complaint file 58 pages long.
However, Mr Dawood told The Sunday Telegraph he wants to appeal against the decision, claiming most incidents were a result of “misunderstandings” or simply “made up”.
His unhappy customers included an elderly woman who Mr Dawood picked up from Chatswood in 2011. The tribunal heard that an argument began with the 90-year-old over the appropriate route to Lane Cove, with the woman asking to be taken to the police station instead.
The complaint log stated Mr Dawood had allegedly said he’d rather push her out first, before declaring: “All you old people are (deleted expletive) bitches” and “get out of my taxi you (deleted expletive) bitch”.
Russian activists attack pro-Kiev rally in Crimean port city of Sevastopol as Ukrainian prime minister vows ‘this is our land’
Demonstrators loyal to Ukraine were attacked with whips, baseball bats and clubs in Sevastopol yesterday as the mood in Crimea turned increasingly tense after the stealth invasion by Russia.
The assault by about 100 Cossacks and pro-Russian militiamen was described as ‘very savage’ by BBC reporter Ben Brown – who had to sprint to his hotel to escape the thugs.
The violence came after 200 people took part in a rally in Sevastopol to commemorate the anniversary of the birth of Ukrainian poet, Taras Shevchenko.
In Kiev, meanwhile, Arseniy Yatsenyuk told a crowd gathered at the statue to nationalist writer Shevchenko: 'This is our land... Our fathers and grandfathers have spilled their blood for this land. And we won't budge a single centimeter from Ukrainian land. Let Russia and its president know this.'
'We're one country, one family and we're here together with our kobzar (bard) Taras,' said acting President Oleksandr Turchynov.
Al-Qaeda is starting an English language magazine as part of a fresh effort to recruit and inspire Western jihadis to launch attacks in their own countries, according to security analysts.
A video posted on YouTube uses the words of Malcolm X to justify violent struggle, before announcing the name of the magazine, Resurgence.
It appears to be modelled on Inspire, an online publication produced by al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), which has carried messages from Osama bin Laden, bomb making directions and tactics for launching “lone wolf” attacks.
However, the new magazine appears to be the first English language magazine from the group’s core leadership and is advertised with a slick video from as-Sahab, its media production house. Analysts believe it marks a shift from al-Qaeda's recent focus on Syria.
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YouTube had removed the video last time I checked.
Guido makes it at least ten times that Ed Miliband has now pledged to spend the money he will raise from his bankers bonus tax:
From Guido Fawkes.
Homophobia and nationalism share a cynical root. They are both ways for demagogues to distract from real problems – be it a lack of democracy (Russia), an Islamist insurgency (Nigeria), or corruption (Uganda). In many of the 78 countries that currently ban homosexuality in some form, the demagogues even claim that decadent western societies created the vice that must now be eradicated. Come, let us save our nation by locking up the people who perform this threatening act!
It doesn't take a team of medical experts, such as that commissioned by Kampala, to establish that homosexuality predates western power in Africa, or to work out that far from encouraging homosexuality, the colonialists exported homophobia, in the form of anti-gay legislation then on European statute books. In the case of Buganda, the kingdom that formed the heart of present-day Uganda, the British deposed the male monarch on the pretext that he had a harem of page boys...
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Hmmm. The colonial powers have been gone for a long time. And they were never in Russia.
Malaysian authorities said Monday that no debris from a missing Malaysia Airlines jetliner had yet been recovered, despite a massive air and sea search under way for passengers and remains of the plane.
Rescuers at times on Monday gave seemingly conflicting reports on progress in a frustrating hunt for evidence that was punctuated with false leads in the open waters of the suspected crash zone.
A Vietnamese ship tracked down an object spotted from the air that resembled a life raft—only to confirm hours later that the object wasn't a raft and wasn't from the lost plane.
A “naval vessel has secured the object suspected to be a life raft and it turned out not to be a life raft and has no connection with the plane,” said Pham Viet Dung, chief of the administration of the Civil Aviation Authority and a coordinator of the search for the missing plane.
Later Monday, the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency said lab results of samples from an oil slick discovered over the weekend confirmed that the material wasn't jet fuel.
Related: The use of stolen passports by two passengers on Malaysia Airlines 3786.KU -4.00% Flight 370 raised concerns over possible weaknesses in immigration and aviation security.
Interpol, the international police coordinating agency, estimates that passengers were able to board aircraft more than a billion times last year without having their passports screened against the agency's databases.
"The world is speculating whether the stolen passport holders were terrorists, while Interpol is asking why only a handful of countries world-wide are taking care to make sure that persons possessing stolen passports are not boarding international flights," Ronald Noble, secretary-general of Interpol, said Sunday.
From The Daily Mail: Images have emerged of two plane tickets believed to have been purchased using stolen passports for the missing Malaysian Airlines flight.
Electronic booking records show that one-way tickets with those names were issued Thursday from a travel agency in the beach resort of Pattaya in eastern Thailand.
Thai police Col. Supachai Phuykaeokam said those reservations were placed with the agency by a second travel agency in Pattaya, which in turn made the bookings through a China Southern Airlines office in Bangkok.
The owners of the second Pattaya travel agency, which police said caters mostly to Iranian travelers, refused to talk to reporters. Thai police and Interpol officers went in to question the owners.
Malaysian Transport Minister Hishammuddin Hussein said on Sunday that officials have footage of the two men, and were examining it. He said local and international intelligence agencies were involved in the investigation.
More: One of two men who boarded doomed Air Malaysia flight on a stolen passport looked like Mario Balotelli': Authorities reveal key clue as they hunt Mr Ali, mystery Iranian businessman who booked their tickets.
h/t Tom Billesley
Pope Francis has suggested that the Vatican could support gay civil unions in the future, according to one of the church’s most senior cardinals.
Cardinal Timothy Dolan said that the pontiff wants the Catholic Church to study same-sex unions, ‘rather than condemn them’.
Cardinal Dolan told American television that Francis wants church leaders to 'look into it and see the reasons that have driven them.'
In an interview to mark his first year in the church’s top job, Pope Francis last week reaffirmed the Vatican’s opposition to gay marriage but indicated that some types of civil unions could be acceptable to the church.
Cardinal Dolan Meet The Press Interview On Pope Francis And Catholic Church.
Libyan Prime Minister Ali Zeidan told Al Arabiya News Channel on Sunday that his resignation is “out of the question” due to the violent struggle for security in the country.
“For the time being, [a resignation] is unlikely… not for love of the post, but because the current status of the country does not allow it,” Zeidan said, adding that if he got the chance to resign without putting the country at risk, he would certainly do so.
“Some blocs in the national congress are attempting to withdraw confidence from the government,” added Zeidan. The top official said he preferred that they succeed, rather than have him submit his resignation “during these critical circumstances.”
Anti-government armed rebels have gained control over some oil terminals in the country, and are attempting to start trading to gain lucrative oil revenues. The move has fumed the interim government which labeled the acts of rebels as “piracy.”
Despite various threatens, the government has lingered the use of force to clamp down on the rebels up till now.
“We’ve received pleads from a variety of notables, social figures, and members of the General National Congress, so we deferred the use force to preserve the safety of oil installations,” Zeidan said, warning that since rebels have come this far, measures will be taken against them.
Libya’s navy on Monday made a move to stop an oil-loaded North Korean ship from leaving a rebel-held port, as the defense ministry deployed an air force to “deal with the tanker,” Libya’s official news agency (LANA).
The U.S. accused Libyan separatists of theft after they loaded the “Morning Glory” tanker for the second consecutive day, warning that buyers would face liabilities and sanctions, AFP reported.
"The United States is deeply concerned by reports that a vessel sailing under the name 'Morning Glory' is loading a cargo of illicitly obtained oil at the Libyan port of As-Sidra," State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said in a statement.
The armed anti-government protesters threatened that any attack on the tanker would be “a declaration of war,” adding to the tense status of the country.
After a magnitude 6.9 earthquake struck off the coast of Northern California, Humboldt County Sheriff's Lt. Steve Knight said Monday the region "dodged a bullet."
"We had some alarms go off and other than that we dodged a bullet," Knight said. "This easily could have been a catastrophe that could have caused a lot of damage," he told the Times-Standard.
The earthquake is the largest to hit the West Coast since the magnitude 7.2 Baja California quake in 2010.
The temblor, which struck less than 55 miles from McKinleyville, Fortuna, Eureka and Ferndale, was followed by at least 13 aftershocks as large as magnitude 4.6, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.
Sgt. Brian Stephens of the Eureka Police Department said as of about 6:15 a.m. Monday that "we have not had one report of damage anywhere in the city."
"Definitely a change from the last one we had," Stephens said, referring to the magnitude 6.5 earthquake that rocked Eureka in January 2010. "This one was the exact same magnitude almost ... This was a roller and the other was more or less a violent shaking."
Prime Minister Benajmin Netanyahu, Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon and Israeli Navy Commander Vice Adm. Ram Rothberg were scheduled to hold a press conference Monday at the Eilat Port to present the Gaza-bound weaponry found aboard the Klos C ship, which was intercepted by the navy last week in the Red Sea.
The ship was carrying:
- 40 Syrian-made M-302 missiles with a 90-to-160 kilometer (60-to-100 mile) range
- 181 mortar shells, 120 mm caliber
- About 400,000 bullets, 7.62 mm caliber
Soldiers from Yahalom, the Israel Defense Forces combat engineering unit for special operations, began unpacking the ship's cargo on Saturday afternoon. After unloading and removing the weapons, the containers were returned to the ship's hold.
The 17 crew members of the Klos C have been questioned by Military Intelligence personnel. It was expected that the ship, along with its crew, would be released and allowed to depart on Monday.
Military attaches, ambassadors and members of the press from around the world were expected to come to the presentation of the seized weapons on Monday.
During the presentation, the weapons Iran was trying to send to Gaza terror groups will be displayed and the means of hiding the weapons will be explained in an effort to show the world that Iran, which is in the midst of negotiations with the West, cannot be trusted. Netanyahu is also expected to reveal documents and testimonies from crew members that connect Iran to the arms shipment.
Video at link.
Between John Kerry babbling that this isn’t the 19th century anymore and the New York Times clinging to the popular leftist thesis that Putin was just angry at us, it’s time to ask whether anyone on the left should ever be allowed to discuss foreign policy again.
I’ve finally figured out why so many Canadians are confused about racism.
My clarity emerged during a conversation about multiculturalism with Ara Norenzayan, a social psychologist at the University of B.C., who was raised in Lebanon.
Norenzayan and a global team have received $3.8 million [!] from government bodies and the Templeton Foundation to explore moral and religious beliefs across the world...
To combat stereotyping, Norenzayan says students in most North American high schools are being trained to be “colour-blind,” or, more broadly, “culture blind.”
But when these teenagers start showing up on campuses, many of them remove their blinders. They recognize people of other colours and cultures are actually, in many cases, quite different.
At UBC and SFU, where so-called “visible minorities” predominate, many people hold different values in part because they belong to ethno-cultural groups and religions rooted in far regions of the planet.
Even in such a hyper-diverse context, however, some academics try to ignore reality. They convince themselves everyone is the same. Norenzayan doesn’t get it.
“I never understood why emphasizing our common humanity means ignoring cultural differences. It’s racist to assume that others are just like us, when they aren’t.”
At least 120 Hezbollah fighters have died in clashes between Syrian rebels and government forces near a town north of Damascus in recent days, an opposition group claimed late Sunday.
According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, some 120 fighters from the Shiite terror group were killed around the town of Yabroud, where government forces have been battling to retake the area from rebels near the border with Lebanon.
Syrian state TV reported that government forces killed 15 rebel fighters and injured at least 70.
The death toll for Hezbollah would be one of the highest for the Lebanese group since it entered the war over a year ago to bolster the forces of embattled Syrian President Bashar Assad, reportedly at the insistence of Iran, a patron state for both Syria and Hezbollah.
Tatars are warning Russia that Crimea could
become a second Chechnya:
Mustafa Jemilev, a member of the Ukrainian parliament, said a number of militant Tatars had approached him to say they would fight the Russians.The Russians have tried to be conciliatory:
“We have Islamists, Wahhabis, Salafis . . . groups who have fought [with the opposition] in Syria,” he said in an interview in Simferopol, the Crimean capital. “They say: ‘an enemy has entered our land and we are ready’.
“We can’t stop people who want to die with honour,” he said, making he clear he did not endorse a jihadist campaign.
There is also a danger for Russia that the Crimean crisis could become internationalised, with foreign jihadis taking up arms against Russia much as they did during the Chechen war in the early 2000s.
Links already exist between some Crimean Tatars and the global Islamist militant network, with a number of Tatars having fought with the armed opposition to President Bashar al-Assad in Syria. One of them, under the nom de guerre “Abu Khaled”, carried out a suicide bombing in Aleppo last year.
Analysts have noted that the hashtag #NafirforUkraine has appeared hundreds of times on Twitter in recent days. A term meaning a call to action, the word nafir circulated on social media in the early stages of the conflict in Syria, and is believed to have played a role in encouraging foreign fighters to join the opposition cause.
Jemilev, a former head of the Mejlis, the main Tatar communal organisation, said Crimea’s new pro-Russian leaders have tried to reassure Tatars that they have nothing to fear from Russian rule.But the Tatars have brushed this off, saying they do not trust Moscow.
He said they had offered a comprehensive deal, promising Tatars the post of deputy prime minister of a Russian-governed Crimea, three ministries and official recognition of their communal organisations. They have also pledged financial help for returning Tatars and even committed to reinstating the original Tatar names of some towns and villages.
"The dispute with Israel is not only over recognizing Israel as a Jewish state.The dispute is over Jerusalem, settlements, refugees and borders." — Mohamed Shtayyeh, Member of Fatah Central Committee.
Abbas is not authorized to make concessions on any of these issues.
Today it is clear that the Palestinian Authority is preparing to hold Israel responsible for the failure of the peace talks because of its refusal to comply with all of the Palestinians' demands.
Schiller is attempting to establish patterns on variety of fronts. Ezra is defending well and frustrating those efforts. Details to follow.
The Oscars can only end two ways, [Ellen DeGeneres] said: “Possibility No. 1: ‘12 Years a Slave’ wins best picture. Possibility No. 2: You’re all racists.”
The dark ages have returned to Raqqa, the northern Syrian city captured last year by the hardline rebels known as the Islamic State in Iraq and Sham [Syria], or ISIS.
Under the rebels’ draconian version of sharia, women are punished with the lash for the slightest transgressions of a strict dress code while those Christians who have not fled have been told to pay a tax in gold to buy their safety.
Since Isis drove other rebel fighters from the city in January, ruthlessly murdering members of rival militias, it has been intent on transforming the city into a mini Islamic caliphate, according to residents who have been secretly interviewed.
One young Raqqa woman was sentenced to 20 strokes of the whip after an ISIS morality patrol spotted her strolling hand in hand with her 25-year-old male cousin. Despite their pleas that the gesture was entirely innocent, they were both flogged.
Another woman aged 19 (their names cannot be used for their own safety) was given 40 strokes after an Isis commander saw her on Facebook wearing a short-sleeved blouse.
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Atheists are trying to oust the “Miracle Cross” from the 9/11 museum, arguing that its inclusion would violate the Constitution’s separation of church and state.
But Eric Baxster of the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty told MyFoxNY that the cross is part of the story of 9/11 and that museums don't censor history.
“They tell history as it happened,” Baxster said.
The 17-foot cross-shaped beam was discovered in the devastation at Ground Zero and became a symbol of comfort and hope after the horrific terrorist attack.
But the group American Atheists says the cross is a part of religious history and is challenging its inclusion in the new National Sept. 11 Memorial and Museum which opens in May. Video at link.
(I estimate this to mean that over a lifetime a Pakistani woman has an almost 1/1,000 chance of being honour murdered. Of course that doesn't include incidents like the mutilation of the girl above, who had her nose cut off.)
It was a fine performance.
I'll be heading to EZ's trial today. He'll face cross examination and I expect we'll witness a barn burner.
After Friday I believe his chances of victory much improved. The Mutually Acceptable Author Canard was effectively sidelined by Julian Porter's testimony. Mr. Awan has testified that he cannot be held to account for the series of press releases, Op-Eds, letters to the editor etc that promulgated the Mutually Acceptable Author fable despite the fact they bore his name and that he may have at the least reviewed and even contributed content to them.
The Canadian Islamic Congress was and remains, without question, an anti-semitic cabal whose public support of both Hamas and Hezbollah, organizations dedicated to the destruction of Israel, was well known both within and without that cesspit. Mr. Awan's contention that he was unaware of the CIC's positions on this and other matters caused more than a few raised eye-brows.
The socks narrative runs that they were mere babes in the woods, playing it by ear as it were and ultimately overwhelmed by Macleans response. Julian Porter recalls that they were well prepared, and perhaps most damaging, the notes he took at the Sock-puppet/Macleans meeting indicate that the Socks revealed their plan to file human rights complaints all along if their demands were not met.
Much doubt has been cast on Awan's role in the BCHRT hearing. Of note is that all 3 human rights complaints, filed in Ontario, British Columbia and with the CHRC, were essentially carbon copies of one another. Further Awan was chosen to testify at the BCHRT hearing and not Mohamed el Masry the registered complainant. Faisal Joseph's testimony that Awan was chosen as part of his grand strategy was less than convincing especially given that lawyer client privilege was invoked to halt questioning on certain matters. I recall also that Julian Porter testified that Joseph looked "like he needed the help" of the Socks despite Joseph's prior claim to be in full control and without need of their assistance on any level.
For all that, how it turns out is anybody's guess, today may make all the difference.
In a seven-page resolution at Arab League headquarters in Cairo, assembled foreign ministers called the issue of Palestinian refugees an integral part of a comprehensive and just peace.
The statement also offers strong backing to Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas, who said publicly last week that he would never recognize Israel as a Jewish state despite facing strong international pressure, though he did not identify who had pressured him.
The resolution rejects "the demand by Israel and some international parties to identify Israel as a Jewish state, which aims to annul the right of return and compensation for Palestinian refugees." The statement also calls for efforts to convene an international conference to address the issue, and a re-evaluation of the role of the mediators known as the Quartet (The United Nations, European Union, US and Russian) in light of their "failure to make any achievement in realizing just and comprehensive peace."
Forty-two illegal migrants drowned off Yemen's coast in the southern Shabwa province late Sunday, as a naval patrol saved at least 30 others in the Arabian Sea, the defense ministry said.
The African migrants’ boat “overturned off the coast of Beer Ali,” added the ministry in a brief statement posted on its website.
The migrants were being taken to a refugee camp in the town of Mayfaa, according to the ministry.
African migrants, especially from Ethiopia and Somalia are largely smuggled into southern Yemen by boat, before making their way towards the Saudi border, as they run away from poverty in their own countries.
Around 84,000 people from Horn of Africa countries have entered Yemen in 2012, in hopes of finding jobs in Saudi Arabia and other Gulf states, the International Organization for Migrationreported.
But the construction of a wall on the Saudi-Yemeni border, and newly enforced labor regulations in Saudi Arabia have reduced the influx of African migrants and refugees making their way to Yemen, reported the Yemen Times.
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A border wall! Call Amnesty and Human Rights Watch! Forty-two drowned! I expected a huge funeral, much hand-wringing about refugees rights and a special day marked on the calendar for future observance of this date.
Turkey: Ex-economy minister's ‘Jews, Zoroastrians or atheists attacked gov't’ remarks raise concerns
Representatives of Turkey’s Jewish Community have said former Economy Minister Zafer Çağlayan’s remarks concerning “Jews, Zoroastrians and atheists” were anti-Semitic in nature and therefore constituted a crime against humanity, in a statement.
“We have sadly learnt about Mersin Deputy Zafer Çağlayan’s remarks. We share with the public our concerns about the existence of such incidents and statements which attack our religion and causing such views to penetrate society whether intentionally or not,” said the chief rabbinate of Turkey in a statement yesterday. “We expect all to avoid such a situation at a time when we need peace in the world and in our country most and the anti-Semitism and similar statements are regarded as crimes against humanity by all of us,” said the chief rabbinate in the statement.
The statement came after Çağlayan said on March 8 that he would have understood if the government had been attacked by “Jews, Zoroastrians or atheists,” adding that he was unable to understand such a rift from the Islamic scholar Fethullah Gülen without naming him.
“This nation is aware what kind of a mentality we are struggling with. I have many things to tell you. But if Jews, Zoroastrians or atheists do this to us, I would understand it. But if the one who does these [against us] is passing himself off as a Muslim, shame on him,” said Zafer Çağlayan on March 8, at a rally was referring to the recent rift between Gülen and the ruling AKP.
"As we should all know, those who are politically-correct act from a lack of confidence in their own beliefs and values. As a result, they are forced to accept that the truth is as good as a lie. When militaries start equating truths and lies, disaster occurs. It has always been this way and it has been no different in Iraq and Afghanistan. Political correctness has cost lives on the battlefield and resulted in completely flawed campaign strategies."
"The White House has imposed visa restrictions on some Russian officials, and President Obama has issued an executive order enabling further sanctions. But Britain has already undermined any unified action by putting profit first.
It boils down to this: Britain is ready to betray the United States to protect the City of London’s hold on dirty Russian money. And forget about Ukraine.
Britain, open for business, no longer has a “mission.” Any moralizing remnant of the British Empire is gone; it has turned back to the pirate England of Sir Walter Raleigh. Britain’s ruling class has decayed to the point where its first priority is protecting its cut of Russian money — even as Russian armored personnel carriers rumble around the streets of Sevastopol. But the establishment understands that, in the 21st century, what matters are banks, not tanks."
UK: Assisted suicide could be legal in months as more MPs say they will vote in favour of a law change
MPs have expressed support for new legislation on assisted suicide which will be put before Parliament in months - bringing the act a step closer to becoming legal.
The Government is giving MPs a free vote on Lord Falconer's Bill, which would allow doctors to help terminally ill people to die to relieve their suffering.
Under current law, it is illegal to assist someone to take their own life - with a punishment of up to 14 years in jail.
Norman Lamb, the Liberal Democrat minister responsible for care of the elderly and disabled, told the Sunday Telegraph he would vote in favour of the move.
A Tory welfare minister is under fire for claiming it is ‘very hard to know why’ people go to food banks.
Lord Freud said nobody turned to charities for food parcels ‘willingly’ but could not understand what made them need help to feed their families.
Campaigners blame benefits cuts and the impact of the economic crisis for a sharp rise in the number of people using food banks in recent years.
More than half a million people across Britain have turned to food banks to stave off hunger, according to charities.
Ministers have previously argued that a surge in demand has in part been fuelled by jobcentre staff being allowed to refer the unemployed to food banks for help.
(Reuters) - Hundreds of detainees at an immigration holding center in Tacoma have gone on hunger strike to demand better conditions at the facility and an end to U.S. deportations, their attorney said on Saturday.
While advocates for the strikers put their numbers at 1,200, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) said in a statement that, on Friday evening, meals had been refused by 750 of a total 1,300 inmates at the Northwest Detention Center, operated by the GEO Group.
The hunger strike, in its second day on Saturday, will continue for at least five days and is likely to go longer, said Seattle-area attorney Sandy Restrepo, who represents several of the strikers and, in recent years, has represented hundreds of detainees at the privately run facility.
"People in detention can't wait any longer," Restrepo said. "They are human beings, not criminals, and they deserve better treatment."
Pro-Palestinian student groups at the University of Ottawa have launched a campaign to ban Sabra hummus from campus.
Sabra is partly owned by the Strauss Group, a foods manufacturer that the students allege financially supports the Golani Brigade of the Israeli Defense Forces, according to The New York Times. The students say the Golani Brigade has been accused of human rights violations by numerous organizations.
Solidarity for Palestinian Human Rights and the Palestinian Student Association are among the student groups involved in the campaign, according to the university newspaper, The Fulcrum, along with the community group Young Jews for Social Justice.
“We will be raising awareness amongst the student population, collecting signatures for a petition and encouraging students to individually boycott the product,” Assma Basmalah, a representative of Solidarity for Palestinian Human Rights, told the paper.
The friends and family of a Toronto photojournalist are holding a vigil in his hometown on Sunday evening, just hours after they learned that a bomb attack had claimed his life in Syria.
Ali Moustafa, 29, and seven others were killed Sunday when a pair of explosive devices were dropped in a rebel-held part of Aleppo, Syria.
The photographer’s sister, Justina Rosa Botelho, confirmed her brother’s death after viewing a photo of his corpse that was sent to her by activists.
Obama and Michelle are all smiles after returning from their weekend getaway at $2,500-a-night Florida resort
After vacationing at the $2,500 a night Ocean Reef Club in Key Largo this weekend, no wonder Barack and Michelle Obama look pleased with themselves as they returned to Washington on Sunday afternoon.
Appearing relaxed after his third vacation of the year, the president has been heavily criticized for his taxpayer-funded trip as the crisis in Ukraine rumbles on.
Squeezing in another round of golf on Sunday, the president's holiday coincided with his Vice President Joe Biden jetting off to the Virgin Islands for the weekend as the White House prepares to welcome Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk for critical talks after Russia's incursion into the Crimea.
Birmingham school dubbed ‘Trojan Horse’ for Islamist radicals ‘holdsassemblies promoting notorious Al Qaeda recruitment agent’
Park View Primary School in Birmingham, an “outstanding” school which has been a national flagship school for the state system has been the centre of an alleged extremist plot to promote positive views on jihad.
A senior teacher at the school, which also features almost 100% Muslim students, has repeatedly endorsed radical terrorist icon Anwar al-Awlaki, one of the most important al-Qaeda recruiters who was killed in a drone strike in 2011.
More: A Muslim headmistress told last night how she was driven out of her job by extremists bent on taking over state schools.
Her school is one of 12 apparently targeted by Islamic fundamentalists in a plot dating back two decades.
In a letter seen by the Mail, a fanatic brags about enlisting four radical parents to help oust her in 1993.
She said: ‘I was the victim of a pernicious, well-orchestrated smear campaign I have never been able to recover from.
‘People need to know this is a dangerous, well-organised and sinister group who have the capacity to destroy. They are producing fear in society and playing on paranoia. They are extremely powerful.’
The 69-year-old believes she was seen as an enemy because she was too moderate a Muslim. She was confronted with a number of allegations, including one of financial mismanagement.
Despite protesting her innocence her dismissal followed in 1994.
Gotta like this guy.
As Russians stream into Crimea to help wrestle it away from Ukraine, an unlikely group of Serbian war veterans, who have experience fighting in Bosnia, Croatia and Kosovo, are turning up at the checkpoints too. VICE News reporter Simon Ostrovsky follows Russian troops as they continue their occupation of Ukrainian military bases, and learns about unidentified men in masks attacking journalists reporting on the situation in the peninsula.
Too tasteful to be real cheesecake.
The most uplifting and affirmative action I've seen this year occurred in distressing circumstances in Glasgow's Sauchiehall Street. The event was filmed by BBC Scotland for their series, The Street, chronicling the reality of life on Scotland's liveliest boulevard.
In it we see Melo, a young African street musician, being racially abused by two white thugs. After one of the men approached him for the purposes of calling him a "black bastard", this is what we subsequently heard:
"What about the f*****g British or the homeless? You are taking the f*****g p**s. You are milking our country for thousands, ya f*****g black bastard.
"How much do you make sitting here busking every f*****g day? You're making thousands. I pay taxes every f*****g month; hundreds of pounds to keep you in the f*****g country.
"You are a black bastard, admit it."
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"GENERIC HOLLYWOOD MOVIE 1019" - the official trailer for the upcoming blockbuster. From Assembly Line Films, Bean Counter Pictures and Toe the Line Entertainment. Starring What's-His-Name. A thrilling tale of car chases, gunfire and blah blah blah. Created by Samuel Hawley because, hey, I felt like it.
Update: Galway Univ: Shout down of pro-Israel speaker “unacceptable” and “will be investigated immediately”
"Watch these BDS bullies try to break up an anti-boycott meeting on the campus of National University of Ireland Galway, 5 March 2014. Disgraceful, but typical. Defend free speech on campus! At the lectern is Professor Alan Johnson, editor of the pro-'two states for two peoples' journal 'Fathom: for a deeper understanding of Israel and the region'. The anti-Israel fanatic shouting vile abuse, threatening the students, and trying to break up the meeting is Joseph Loughnane.
Check out Fathom for a deeper understanding of Israel and the region."
h/t Del & WL
It has been a long ordeal for Manrajwinder Singh and his family. The latest victim of targeted attack on Indians in Melbourne was released from hospital over two months after he was admitted in intensive care for injuries he sustained in a brutal attack.
Police released CCTV footage which shows the 20-year-old being punched in the face and beaten with a stick by teenagers. Police say the attackers were a part of a gang 'KYR' or Kill Your Rivals.
Manrajwinder's shocked family doesn't know whether to stay back in Australia or move back to India. Doctors say it will take at least a year for him to recover. His younger brother Yadwinder Singh, also a citizen of Australia, says the attack has forced him to think if it is a safe country. "I will be staying here till the treatment of my brother, but after that, I may just decide to leave Australia," says Yadwinder.
But this is not an isolated case. Manrajwinder's attack was the latest in a series of attacks on Indians in 2009 and 2010 that triggered massive protests by the community. Australia - and Melbourne city in particular - was accused of being racist and unsafe.
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This article would leave one with the impression that Singh was attacked by white Australians. In fact, as the footage shows, they were black. I guess diversity is not our strength after all.
I only know this because it was posted on Gary Rumain‘s site in December, here.
"...Those scriptures also imbue a hostility toward non-Muslims, which in turn generates an assumption that non-Muslims harbor a like hostility toward Muslims.
In modern times, this projection has created a susceptibility to conspiracy theories, which have had many practical consequences: For example, because only Muslims worry that anti-polio vaccinations secretly render their children infertile, polio has effectively become a Muslim-only scourge in 26 countries."
The writer, Simon Kuper, lists
a number of items. I will simply include his bullet points. FT is based in London and is considered the nation’s premier financial paper.
- Build socialism
- Ban guns
- Believe in science
- Fight racism
- Make love not war
- Ditch macho patriotic posturing
- Cut military spending
- Embrace big government
The Palestinization of America’s southern border is nearly complete.
Call in the clown prosecution service - a spate of red-nosed crime has been reported across Greater Manchester.
Police dealt with 19 incidents involving people dressed as clowns last year, and most were no laughing matter.
Disguised with colourful wigs and white facepaint, smiling crooks carried out bogus charity collections, vandalised property and even carried out robberies, an FOI has revealed.
Saudi diary giant Almarai company last week bought farmland in the United States, in a deal worth $47.5m (178m Saudi riyals).
The land, purchased in the rural area of Vicksburg in the state of Arizona, covers an area of 40 square kilometres (9,880 acres), the kingdom’s state news agency reported.
In an advertisement published on Sunday, Almarai said that they intended to use the land to cultivate alfalfa and export it to the kingdom.
The transaction was made through a wholly-owned U.S.-based subsidiary of Almarai, and was funded through the company’s own resources.
Saudi Arabia recently decided to phase out domestic grain production in a bid to preserve the country's water supply, newspaper the Saudi Gazette reported in February.
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Saudi Arabia is making sure it will be able to feed its population.