Thursday, May 28, 2015
A rabbi is in trouble with the law, accused of molesting a child and now police are searching for more possible victims
Miami Beach Police have arrested Steve Karro, 55, who was a substitute Rabbi at Shaare Ezra Sephardic Synagogue Congregation. According to his arrest report, Karro “intentionally touched/grabbed the buttocks” of an 11-year old girl. The report also states that he kissed her along her neck after having her sit on his lap. Police said that the victim has known Karro for five years. Karro gave the girl candy and “told her not to tell her mother about what had happened.” Once he was arrested, police said, Karro denied the allegations but said that he touched the girl’s buttocks for a “‘cleansing’ as she was exhibiting negative energy.” Karro is charged with lewd and lascivious molestation of a child under 12 and lewd and lascivious conduct on a child under 16.
Although scientists are confident that all modern human populations can trace their ancestry back to Africa, the route taken out of Africa is still unclear. New genomic analyses of people currently living in Ethiopia and Egypt indicate that Egypt was the major gateway out of Africa and that migration followed a northern rather than a southern route. The findings add a crucial piece of information to help investigators reconstruct humans' evolutionary past. To uncover the migratory path that the ancestors of present-day Europeans and Asians (Eurasians) took when moving out of Africa around 60,000 years ago, Dr. Luca Pagani, of the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute and the University of Cambridge in Britain, and his colleagues analyzed the genetic information from six modern Northeast African populations (100 Egyptians and five Ethiopian populations each represented by 25 people). "Two geographically plausible routes have been proposed: an exit through the current Egypt and Sinai, which is the northern route, or one through Ethiopia, the Bab el Mandeb strait, and the Arabian Peninsula, which is the southern route," Dr. Pagani explains. "In our research, we generated the first comprehensive set of unbiased genomic data from Northeast Africans and observed, after controlling for recent migrations, a higher genetic similarity between Egyptians and Eurasians than between Ethiopians and Eurasians." This suggests that Egypt was most likely the last stop on the way out of Africa. In addition to providing insights on the evolutionary past of all Eurasians with their new findings, the researchers have also developed an extensive public catalog of the genomic diversity in Ethiopian and Egyptian populations. "This information will be of great value as a freely available reference panel for future medical and anthropological studies in these areas," says Dr. Pagani.
Men who masturbate have been given a dire warning by a Muslim televangelist who claimed live on TV that they will find their hands pregnant in the afterlife
Mucahid Cihad Han made the bizarre statement during an appearance on 2000 TV while taking part in a Q&A session with viewers. The self-styled Muslim televangelist was told by a questioner that he "kept masturbating even though he was married" and asked Han for advice. Urging viewers to "resist Satan’s temptations", he told the questioner: "Moreover, one hadith states that those who have sexual intercourse with their hands will find their hands pregnant in the afterlife, complaining against them to God over its rights. If our viewer was single, I could recommend he marry, but what can I say now?" But the bizarre claims invited nothing but ridicule when social media users came across the comments, which were made recently. Han has a large following however, boasting 12,500 followers on Twitter.
Sunday, May 24, 2015
Scotland's coasts and beaches carry the genetic footprints of invaders from Ireland and Picts and Norse warriors, new DNA research has revealed
After compiling thousands of samples from across Britain over the past four years, researchers at Scotland’s DNA have apparently uncovered evidence on the differences between England and Scotland’s ancestral DNA. The team tested the genetic makeup of more than 5,000 men across Britain, tracing their past through markers on the Y-chromosome DNA passed from father to son. The researchers used men as women historically moved around more, often due to marriage. Alistair Moffat, historian and co-founder of the business, said: “We measured all of this DNA and started to realise there was a real difference between places in the UK. They are really quite striking. There is no doubt of the impact these invaders had on Scotland’s population.” Researchers found 12% of men in Argyll and south Scotland carried the M222 chromosome, which is believed to have been brought over from Ireland from the fifth century, when Irish invaders crossed the North Channel. These men are believed by the researchers to be direct descendants of the first Irish High King – Niall Noigiallach. This DNA is very rare in England, with no appearance in East Anglia, 1% in Yorkshire and central England, and 2% in the South-east and the South-west. Scots comedian Rory Bremner was among those who shared this DNA. One of Scotland’s lost tribes, the Picts, have also been traced after disappearing from their heartlands near the rivers Forth and Clyde following Viking attacks in the ninth century. In the heartland of the southern Pictish kingdoms, Tayside, Perthshire, Fife and Angus, nearly one-fifth of men carry the Pictish male lineage. This marker is barely present in England with an average of 1% of men carrying the genetic code. Vikings are still running rampant through Scotland as, according to the researchers, 29.2% of descendants in Shetland have the DNA, 25.2% in Orkney and 17.5% in Caithness. This compares with just with 5.6% of men in Yorkshire carrying Norse DNA. It was Germanic invaders who ravaged the English coast instead, leaving a trail of genetic footprints in their wake. The German Y chromosome R1b-S21 is found at a high frequency of 29% in the east, compared with a range of 19% - 24% across the rest of England. The percentage drops as low as 9% in the South-west of Scotland. Chief scientist Dr Jim Wilson said: “It actually tallies really well with what we learn in history but I was delighted to see these really fine patterns emerge across Britain – some of which are quite specific.” The team collated the information based on where participants’ grandparents were born, to remove the migratory patterns of more recent generations. Dr Wilson, also a reader in Population and Disease Genetics at Edinburgh University, said: “This data allows us to really look back into the past and make discoveries only DNA can show.” Scotland’s DNA now plans to conduct the same process in women, using mitochondrial DNA passed from mother to child.
Saturday, May 23, 2015
Jewish sex crime: An ultra-conservative one-time Brooklyn city council candidate — whose campaign slogan was “Our children are our future” — has been arrested for possessing and sharing child porn
Joseph Hayon, 37, has been arrested and admitted to police that he traded the sick pictures of children between the ages of 2 and 12 in December 2014 using his email account ArtModel@juno.com, according to a criminal complaint. At his arraignment in Brooklyn Criminal Court, prosecutors said that a tip led police to search Hayon’s Midwood home, where the stash of child porn was found. Police confiscated Hayon’s two laptops, five desktops, video camera, Samsung cellphone and one DVD, prosecutors said. He was also slapped with an order of protection barring him from coming in contact with his four children, ages 9, 7, 4 and 15 months. He was released on $50,000 bail. “I can’t comment, my lawyer told me not to talk,” a scruffy Hayon, clad in a yarmulke, button-down and khakis, said when he was released. The disgraced politician has three priors, including a 2014 assault charge for closing a door on someone’s hand and driving without a license in 2013, police sources said. Hayon, founder of the Brooklyn Tea Party, lost against Democratic incumbent David Greenfield in the 44th District council race in 2013. On his personal website, Hayon touts his work at Jewish nonprofit Pesach Tikvah, which helps children and adults with special needs.
And so it seems only logical that a larger brain would offer a higher survival potential. In the course of evolution, large brains should therefore win out over smaller ones. Previous tests of this hypothesis had relied on comparison studies looking at the intelligence and survival potential of species with large brains versus species with smaller brains. And species with larger brains do appear to have an advantage. But such studies are unable to show a causal relationship. Alexander Kotrschal, Sarah Zala, Séverine Büchel and Dustin Penn from the Konrad Lorenz Institute of Ethology at the Vetmeduni Vienna studied fish to answer why investing in a larger brain might provide an evolutionary advantage to compensate for the fact that brain mass is very expensive to develop and maintain. Guppies are a species of freshwater aquarium fish whose natural range is in the Caribbean region. Kotrschal and his colleagues previously conducted an artificial selection experiment and successfully generated large- and small-brained guppies. In this study, they aimed to test whether brain size influences survival. Therefore, they released 4,800 guppies from these selection lines into large semi-natural streams, which also contained a natural predator, the pike cichlid. About half a year later, significantly more guppies with large brains had survived. The researchers suggest that large-brained fish have an advantage that allows them to better evade predation. "We have provided the first experimental proof that a large brain offers an evolutionary advantage," explains first author Kotrschal, who has since moved on to Stockholm University. Large-brained females, whose brains were about 12% larger than that of the small-brained females, evaded their predators more often and so had a higher rate of survival. Larger brains did not provide any survival benefit for males. "Male guppies are more colorful and more conspicuous than females and are therefore more easily caught by a predator. A larger brain does not appear to compensate this disadvantage," said ethologist Sarah Zala. "Our findings support the hypothesis that large brains provide a survival benefit under predation pressure," says co-author Dustin Penn. The first results also suggest that groups of fish with large or small brains behave differently in the presence of the predatory cichlid. This behavior merits further study. The researchers also want to know whether surviving fish produce more offspring. Genetic analysis should help provide clarity in this regard.
Poll shows that Americans think 25% of the population are lesbians or gay men - the actual figure: less than 4%
Americans seem to have absolutely no idea just how many of their fellow citizens are lesbians or gay men. In fact, they think that 23% of Americans, or almost one in four, are are gays or lesbians, a Gallup survey found. That's way off: The polling organization most recently found that less than 4% self-identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender. A third of people surveyed believed that lesbians and gays made up more than 25% of the population. Just 9% of those in the survey correctly stated that they thought the group made up less than 5% of the population. It's unclear why people think there are six times as many lesbians and gays as there actually are. "Part of the explanation for the inaccurate estimates of the gay and lesbian population rests with Americans' general unfamiliarity with numbers and demography," Gallup ventured, noting that people also overestimate the size of the African-American and Hispanic populations in the United States, although usually only by a factor of two. "The overestimation [of the size of the gay and lesbian population] may also reflect prominent media portrayals of gay characters on television and in movies, even as far back as 2002, and perhaps the high visibility of activists who have pushed gay causes, particularly legalizing same-sex marriage."
New study suggests that metabolic syndrome may increase cardiovascular risk more in black women than in white women
"It appeared that the cardiovascular disease risk was elevated in black women by the presence of only two or three metabolic abnormalities to a degree that would require four or more metabolic abnormalities among white women," says Dr. Michelle Schmiegelow, author of the study and research fellow at University Hospital Gentofte, Denmark. Metabolic syndrome is a cluster of risk factors that occur together and increase the risk of stroke and diabetes. The risk factors are increased blood pressure, high triglyceride levels, low levels of "good" cholesterol, impaired glucose metabolism and abdominal obesity. Previous studies have indicated that obesity without metabolic syndrome (defined here as having at least three of the risk factors) is not associated with an increase in cardiovascular disease risk. However, these studies focused predominantly on white participants. Researchers analyzed a multi-ethnic group of postmenopausal women aged 50-79 recruited by the Women's Health Initiative, assessing cardiovascular disease risk according to weight and metabolic health status. Of the 14,364 participants, around 47% were white, 36% were black and 18% were Hispanic. Participants were classified as "overweight" if approximately 10% over their ideal body weight for size and "obese" if around 30 pounds over their ideal weight. Participants were followed up for 13 years. During this time, 1,101 women had either developed coronary heart disease or had an ischemic stroke for the first time. The researchers found that, among black women with 2-3 metabolic risk factors, the relative risk of cardiovascular disease increased by 117% in those that were obese and increased by 77% in women who were overweight. In comparison, white women with 2-3 metabolic risk factors who were obese or overweight experienced cardiovascular events as often as white women with normal weight and without any metabolic disorders. In the absence of metabolic syndrome, black women who were obese or overweight had a higher risk of cardiovascular disease compared with normal weight black women. In contrast, white women without metabolic syndrome had a similar risk of cardiovascular disease regardless of weight classification. Dr. Schmiegelow suggests the findings imply that metabolic syndrome may underestimate cardiovascular disease risk in black women and overestimate it in white women, at least in postmenopausal women.
Tuesday, May 19, 2015
Obama's America: Suicide rates have fallen among young white children in the United States but they've gone up among black youngsters, according to a new study of suicides in kids under age 12
Suicide is rare among these very young children, but it does happen, lead author Jeffrey A. Bridge of The Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio said. The difference in suicide rates between young children of the two races is masked by the overall suicide rate for all young children, which remained stable during those 20 years. “When I initially looked at the results I thought we had made a mistake in the analyses because historically white youth in the United States have had higher suicide rates than black youth,” said Bridge. He and his colleagues examined U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) records on suicide among kids from five to 11 years old between 1993 and 2012. A total of 657 children died by suicide during that time - an average of 33 per year, the researchers found. About 84% of the deaths occurred among boys. Hanging and suffocation was the most common method. The overall suicide rate remained stable at about one suicide per one million children during the 20-year period. However, the suicide rate nearly doubled among black children during that time while it fell among white children, the researchers found. The increase in suicides among black children was isolated to boys, among whom the rate grew from about 1.8 to about 3.5 for every million children. For white boys, the suicide rate declined from about 2 to about 1.3 suicides per one million children over the 20 years. Suicide rates are also on the rise for black adolescents and adults, particularly among black males, said Stacey Freedenthal of the University of Denver, who was not part of the new study. “It’s possible that this increase in black children’s suicides is part of the same phenomenon.”
Israel continues to toughen its stance toward refugees, telling unwanted Africans that they must leave the Jewish state now or face an indefinite stay in prison
Israeli authorities have sent letters to the first of 45,000 Eritrean and Sudanese refugees, informing them that they have 30 days to accept Israel’s offer of $3,500 in cash and a one-way ticket home or to an unnamed third country in Africa, or face incarceration at Saharonim prison. Israeli leaders have proclaimed that their tough approach — building a fence along the country’s border, denying work permits for illegal migrants, forcing them into a detention center in the desert — may ultimately save lives by dissuading migrants from attempting a perilous journey. Critics of the Israeli policy counter that a country built by refugees should be more accepting of those fleeing war, poverty and oppression. The new measures to press the Africans to leave Israel come at a time of heightened fear among the refugees, who were stunned recently by a widely circulated video showing three Eritreans who left Israel killed by Islamic State militants in Libya. Migrants in Israel are being kept at the Holot detention facility, a compound of single-story cement-block dormitories housing 2,000 Africans, surrounded by a fence spooled with razor wire in the Negev desert. Before Israel began cracking down on African migrants a few years ago, the Africans were highly visible in bustling cities, working in kitchens and doing menial labor. There are still neighborhoods in south Tel Aviv filled with Africans. Many Israelis complained they were being “invaded.” Israel is a nation built by Jewish refugees, and those with Jewish ancestry are encouraged, even courted, to move here and provided wide-ranging assistance. A million Russian speakers came in the 1990s, and Jews from Ethiopia continue to arrive each month. But fearful that a wave of impoverished Africans, mostly Muslims from Sudan and Christians from Eritrea, would overwhelm the Jewish nature of the state, Israel spent more than $350 million to build a 140-mile fence along its entire border with Egypt. Undocumented migrants to Israel are called “infiltrators” by the Israeli government. The steel barrier, completed in 2013, stopped illegal entry cold: More than 10,000 Africans arrived in 2012; today almost no one attempts the trip. More than 300,000 Eritreans have been offered asylum around the world; more than 84% are recognized as refugees or offered complimentary protection in other host countries, according to the United Nations. In Israel, the recognition rate is less than 1% for the past six years. Only four Eritreans and no Sudanese have been accepted for asylum. Eritrean activists in Israel say that they are not welcomed at all, but find their documents seized upon arrival, are shaken down for bribes and are generally shunned.
Genetic researchers estimate that three families in particular, which originated around 5,000 years ago, rapidly expanded across the continent. And the study suggests that the spread of modern populations across Europe occurred much later than had originally been thought. Rather than occurring during the Palaeolithic period as hunter-gatherers moved across the continent, it appears that most modern populations appear to have settled in Europe after the spread of farming during the Neolithic. Professor Mark Jobling, a geneticist at the University of Leicester who led the research, said it was likely the forefathers of the three main paternal lineages detected were powerful Early Bronze Age tribe leaders. He said: "The population expansion falls within the Bronze Age, which involved changes in burial practices, the spread of horse-riding and developments in weaponry. Dominant males linked with these cultures could be responsible for the Y chromosome patterns we see today." The researchers analyzed the DNA sequences from the Y chromosomes of 334 men from 17 populations across Europe and the Middle East. These included men from England, Bavaria, Orkney, Turkey, Greece, Norway, and Hungary. They searched for mutations on the Y chromosome that are only carried by men, and so can be used to trace paternal lines through families. By comparing the DNA from each of the populations they were able to trace key mutations in the genomes and work out when they may have occurred. They found one mutation appears to have originated around 4,750 to 7,340 years ago and is prevalent in Norwegian and Orkadian populations. Another mutation seems to have occurred between 3,700 and 6,500 years ago and has spread throughout Spain, Italy, France, England and Ireland. A third mutation seems to have occurred in a man who lived between 3,470 and 5,070 years ago and is prominent in the Sami in Lapland, Norwegian, Danish, Frisia populations in the Netherlands, but can also be found in France, Hungary, Serbia and Bavaria. Together, the scientists estimate from their findings, that these three paternal lines account for 63% of the European men currently living.
Saturday, May 16, 2015
A Jewish woman in France has been assaulted by three men in an apparent antisemitic attack in the Paris suburb Sarcelles
The three assailants were of African origin and shouted “Hitler did not finish his work” and “dirty race” while assaulting the woman, according to a French antisemitism watchdog. The victim said that she was attacked after the son of one of the assailants threw a ball in her direction. The three men approached the woman to retrieve the ball when they began attacking her, according to the report. The victim filed a complaint with local police shortly after the assault. Because the attack was so violent, it was recommended that the woman take a 15-day furlough from work to recuperate, said the National Bureau of Vigilance Against Antisemitism.
Friday, May 15, 2015
Crime and the black family in South Africa: Anti-apartheid icon Desmond Tutu and his wife, Leah, have pressed criminal charges against their granddaughter
Ziyanda Palesa Tutu, Mr Tutu's eldest grandchild, has been accused of property damage, according to South African police. Speaking to a local news station, Miss Tutu laid the blame at the feet of her grandmother, saying that they had never had a good relationship. The 30-year-old also took to Twitter to comment on the family dispute, adding that she would be handling herself in to police in Cape Town. In a statement released by the Desmond & Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation, the couple confirmed that they had brought charges and said that they had been left deeply saddened by the incident. Mr Tutu, the former Archbishop of Cape Town, received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984 for his role as a unifying leader in the campaign to resolve the problem of apartheid in South Africa. In an interview4, Miss Tutu would not confirm what she was being charged with, but said that she believed her grandparents could have handled the matter privately. She pointed out that they were the ones with the money and the power.
Now more than ever is the time for gentiles of European ancestry to unite together against our common enemies and yet Steve Sailer chooses to publish posts such as Where Germans Beat WASPS which seems designed to arouse hostility between white gentile groups. If you look at the comments to his post you can see that many are being written by Jews and other non-whites who are using the post as an opportunity to generate conflict between the various white groups that need to work together if they wish to survive into the 22nd century.
Thursday, May 14, 2015
Two black correctional officers who work at the Baltimore City jail have been suspended without pay after video emerged showing them looting a 7-11 store during the recent riots
Tamika Cobb and Kendra Richard have been charged with theft and two counts of burglary, according to a statement released by the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services (DPSCS). Investigators DPSCS and with the Intelligence and Investigative Division responded to a tip that the pair had joined in looting a closed 7-11 convenience store near downtown Baltimore on April 25, 2015. That was the first day of major unrest following the April 19, 2015 death of 25-year-old Freddie Gray. According to the statement, the women worked at a Division of Correction facility located in downtown Baltimore. They were placed on leave without pay since their charges include felonies. This is not the first scandal to rock the Baltimore city jailhouse. In April 2013, a federal indictment was unsealed which revealed a massive conspiracy between correctional officers and inmates. Twenty-four correctional officers have been convicted for various offenses related to their involvement with the notorious Black Guerilla Family gang. Many of the officers had sexual relations with the gang members and helped them smuggle drugs into the facility.
Tuesday, May 12, 2015
Police say that about four masked individuals armed with machetes attacked Ananta Bijoy Das on a busy street in Sylhet as he made his way to work at a bank. "They chased him down the street and first attacked his head with their machetes and then attacked him all over his body," a police commissioner says. The attackers fled; Das, 33, was declared dead at a hospital. He wrote for website Mukto-Mona, or Free Mind, which was once moderated by Bangladeshi-American Avijit Roy. Roy was killed in a machete attack in February 2015. An al-Qaeda affiliate has claimed responsibility; an Islamist has been arrested. Blogger Washiqur Rahman was hacked to death in the country in March 2015. Both Roy and Das were "on lists of identified targets," a human rights activist in Dhaka says. "They've always believed and written very vocally in support of free expression and they've very explicitly written about not following any religion themselves." A friend of Das says that the banker had received threats related to his writing and more appeared after Roy's death. Das wrote primarily about science and evolution, but had criticized elements of Islam and Hinduism. He won Mukto-Mona's rationalist award in 2006 for his "deep and courageous interest in spreading secular and humanist ideals," per the site. The head of a bloggers’ association in Bangladesh has now called on the government to step down. "One after another incident is happening and they are not able to do anything," he says.
Wednesday, May 6, 2015
Kenya's deputy president has said that there is no room for homosexuality in Kenyan society, a widely-shared view in African countries that puts their leaders at odds with Western aid donors who back gay rights
William Ruto made the remarks at a church service on the day that U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry arrived for talks. The United States has been at the forefront of calls for gay rights in Africa and criticizes anti-gay laws on the continent. "The Republic of Kenya is a republic that worships God. We have no room for gays and those others," Ruto told a Nairobi church congregation in the national Swahili language. Speaking at a news conference, Kerry said that he was not familiar with Ruto's remarks but said it was the U.S. position that "all people are created equal." Like most of sub-Saharan Africa, Kenyan society is strongly religious and socially conservative. Anti-gay remarks by African leaders often win public support but puts them at odds with Western donors who provide vital economic and other support. When neighboring Uganda passed a law in 2014 that toughened prison sentences against gays, Kerry described it as "atrocious" and compared it to anti-Semitic laws in Nazi Germany. The law was later struck down by a court. The United States is a valuable donor to Kenya, providing annual aid of almost $1 billion, some of it to help the security forces but much of it to support treatment of HIV/AIDS victims. Homosexuality is illegal in Kenya and has been so since colonial British rule, which ended in 1963. Kenyan activists condemned Ruto's remarks on social media. "Kenya's deputy president joins an important tradition by Africans in power to spread hate in church on a Sunday," Binyavanga Wainana, a prominent Kenyan writer who is openly gay, said on his Twitter account. Recently, Kenya's High Court ruled that a prominent gay rights group could register as a non-governmental organization after a board overseeing such applications refused its request. The attorney general has appealed. Ruto, who took office in 2013, is being tried on charges of crimes against humanity at the International Criminal Court for his role in stoking ethnic violence after Kenya's 2007 presidential election. He denies the accusations. President Uhuru Kenyatta had faced similar charges, but they were withdrawn in 2014.
Tuesday, May 5, 2015
Obama's America: A new poll indicates that Americans believe race relations are at their worst in more than two decades
The CBS News/New York Times poll said that 61% of Americans characterize race relations in the United States as “bad,” including a majority of white and black respondents. The figure is the highest since 1992. A total of 79% of African-Americans believe that police are more likely to use deadly force against a black person than against a white person, while 53% of whites believe that race does not play a role, the survey said. Black respondents were also more likely than white respondents to believe that their local police make them feel anxious rather than safe, the poll said. This was the first time since 1997 that majorities of both white and black Americans believe that race relations in the United States are poor, the poll said. Opinions among white Americans have grown sharply more negative in the poll even compared with earlier in 2015 – with 62% of whites saying that race relations are bad compared with just 35% in February 2015. Black respondents have historically had a more negative view than white respondents about race relations, but the level of pessimism is now similar, according to the poll. Also, fewer than one in five white Americans think that race relations are getting better – with 44% responding that relations are getting worse and 37% saying that they’re staying about the same. Most respondents – 64% of whites and 57% of blacks – thought that the unrest in Baltimore following Freddie Gray’s death was not justified, the poll said. Six in 10 respondents had a lot or some confidence that the investigation into Gray’s death would be conducted fairly, but the figure was split along racial lines, the poll said. A total of 64% of whites say they have at least some confidence in a fair investigation, but 52% of blacks have little or no such confidence, the poll said. In terms of views of police officers in their community, three in four respondents said that the presence of officers makes them feel safe. But the figure is again split down racial lines – with eight in 10 white respondents saying that police officers mostly make them feel safe, compared with 51% for black respondents.
Sunday, May 3, 2015
Police on horseback charged hundreds of ethnic Ethiopian citizens in central Tel Aviv as an anti-racism protest descended into one of the most violent demonstrations in Israel's commercial capital in years
The protesters, Israeli Jews of Ethiopian origin, were demonstrating against police brutality after the emergence of a video clip that showed policemen shoving and punching a black soldier. Demonstrators overturned a police car and threw bottles and stones at officers in riot gear at Rabin Square in the heart of the city. At least 20 officers and a similar number of protesters were injured, some of whom required hospital treatment, police and an ambulance service official said. A number of arrests were made. Police used water canon and stun grenades to try to clear the crowds. Israeli television stations said that teargas was also used, something the police declined to confirm. "I've had enough of this behavior by the police, I just don't trust them any more ... when I see the police I spit on the ground," one female demonstrator who was not identified said before the mounted police charge. "Our parents were humiliated for years. We are not prepared to wait any longer to be recognised as equal citizens. It may take a few months, but it will happen," another demonstrator said. Tens of thousands of Ethiopian Jews were airlifted to Israel in dramatic, top-secret operations in the 1980s and 1990s after a rabbinical ruling that they were direct descendants of the biblical Jewish Dan tribe. The community, which now numbers around 135,500 out of Israel's population of over 8 million, has long complained of discrimination, racism and poverty. Tensions rose after an incident in a Tel Aviv suburb where a closed circuit video camera captured a scuffle between a policeman and a uniformed soldier of Ethiopian descent. Two policemen were suspended on suspicion of using excessive force. Israeli politicians, stung by community leaders' comparison of the incident to police violence against blacks in the United States, have tried to defuse tensions. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called for calm. Taking time out from the final days of negotiations to form a coalition government, he said that he would meet Ethiopian activists and the soldier. "All claims will be looked into but there is no place for violence and such disturbances," he said in a statement. Many demonstrators moved away from Rabin Square where most of the clashes took place but smaller pockets of protests continued into the night. Earlier, protesters halted rush hour traffic for over an hour by blocking a major Tel Aviv highway. Some protest organisers told Israeli media that sections of the crowd had been incited to violence despite their peaceful intentions. At a recent protest in Jerusalem, police used water cannon to keep angry crowds away from Netanyahu's residence, and at least 13 people were injured. Ethiopian Jews have joined the ranks of legislators and the officer corps in the country's melting pot military but official figures show that they lag behind other Israelis. Ethiopian households earn 35% less than the national average and only half of their youth receive high school diplomas, compared with 63% for the rest of the population.
White cop shot by black criminal: Police Officer Brian Moore from a Long Island police family was gunned down in Queens, New York and seriously wounded by a convicted felon
Moore, 25-years old from Massapequa, Long Island, was on plain clothes duty when he and his partner saw a suspect, Demetrius Blackwell acting suspiciously near Queens village. Blackwell had served a seven year sentence for attempted murder. They pulled their car in behind him but Blackwell opened fire before they had a chance to question him. A bullet went through Officer Moore’s cheek and exited through the back of his head. Police Chief WIlliam Bratton said that the downed officer did not have a chance. Bratton said that without warning, Blackwell whipped out a gun and squeezed off at least two rounds into Moore’s car. “He immediately opened fire on them before they had time to get out of the vehicle,” Bratton stated at a press conference. “They were gonna stop him and he just opened up on them,” a police source said. Officer Moore was rushed to Jamaica Hospital in critical but stable condition and a neurosurgeon praised local police at the scene who administered critical first aid. Dr. Elly Kleinman, the supervising chief surgeon of the Police Department, said quick work by the the first responding patrol car and a team of neurosurgeons had helped them confront a “life-threatening situation.” Mayor Bill de Blasio held a press conference and called the shooting an “unconscionable act of violence” and “a reminder of the dangers that all of our officers face every single day.” Officer Moore appeared to have been shot in the left cheek and the bullet went out the right side of his head, toward the back of the head. Moore’s father and uncle are both retired NYPD sergeants.
Friday, May 1, 2015
A Somali rapist who poses a high risk to children and adults in Britain has overturned a bid to deport him because he could face ill-treatment if returned to his homeland
The 31-year-old African sex offender served a five year sentence for two counts of rape and was ordered to sign the sex offenders register for the rest of his life. But an immigration court has allowed him to stay in Britain indefinitely because he could face torture or inhuman and degrading treatment if deported, possibly by the Islamist group al-Shabaab, in breach of Labour’s Human Rights Act. The rapist was granted anonymity by the immigration court and can only be identified by the initials AAS, even though his name was public at the time of his criminal trial. The Home Office believes AAS presents a high risk of harm to children and adults in the community following the 2008 rapes. It comes just days after it was revealed that a Libyan convicted of more than 70 offences in Britain was allowed to remain because he is an alcoholic, and could face physical punishment and imprisonment in his homeland where alcohol consumption is illegal. This is not the only case involving a Somali rapist in Britain.
Black-on-black crime in Baltimore: 3 of the 6 police officers charged in Freddie Gray's death are black
Three black and three white police officers have been charged in Freddie Gray's death from injuries he suffered while in police custody. State's Attorney Marilyn J. Mosby says that the officers repeatedly failed to get Gray medical treatment after his arrest. The police officers' union has said that they are not responsible for Gray's death. Officer Caesar Goodson was the driver of the van that transported Freddie Gray, and he faces the most serious charges. Mosby said that Goodson repeatedly failed - at least five times - to seat-belt Gray in the transport vehicle. Overall, Goodson faces six charges, including "second-degree depraved heart murder," which carries a potential 30-year sentence. Goodson, 45, has been on the force since 1999, and like two others charged in Gray's death is black. Let us all hope that Officer Goodson now realizes that black lives matter.