Mon, 29 Jun 2015 15:10 UTC
Mon, 29 Jun 2015 15:10 UTC
The city has paired up with the local university to establish whether the concept of 'basic income' can work in real life, and plans to begin the experiment at the end of the summer holidays.
Basic income is a universal, unconditional form of payment to individuals, which covers their living costs. The concept is to allow people to choose to work more flexible hours in a less regimented society, allowing more time for care, volunteering and study.
University College Utrecht has paired with the city to place people on welfare on a living income, to see if a system of welfare without requirements will be successful.
The Netherlands as a country is no stranger to less traditional work environments - it has the highest proportion of part time workers in the EU, 46.1 per cent. However, Utrecht's experiment with welfare is expected to be the first of its kind in the country.
Tue, 30 Jun 2015 07:45 UTC
Death toll could rise, officials say, after Hercules aircraft crashed into hotel and houses in city of Medan on Sumatra island
At least 30 people have been killed after an Indonesian military transport plane crashed shortly after take-off into a city on Sumatra island, exploding in a ball of flames in a residential area.
The Hercules plane hit a hotel and houses in the northern Sumatra city of Medan on Tuesday, an official said.
"The latest information we have is that 30 have died.... The number could go up," Hisar Turnip, a spokesman for Indonesia's search and rescue agency, told Reuters.
It was not immediately clear how many of the victims were in the plane or on the ground.
The plane was on its way from an air force base in Medan to the remote Natuna islands and crashed a few minutes after takeoff.
Dramatic pictures on social media showed large crowds and emergency services gathering around the flaming wreckage, with the fuselage of the aircraft visible among thick plumes of black smoke. Buildings in the vicinity of the crash zone were also clearly damaged.
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Mon, 29 Jun 2015 00:07 UTC
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Mon, 29 Jun 2015 00:07 UTC
According to a recent study from the Brazilian Forum on Public Safety, police in Brazil have killed over 11,000 people between the years of 2009 and 2013. These numbers average out to roughly six killings per day, which is more than double the rate that is seen in the United States.
In one of the most recent and high-profile cases of police brutality, a police officer shot two teenage theft suspects in front of a television news crew. The shooting occurred just after a high-speed chase, where the officer was hunting down the teenagers under suspicion that they stole the motorcycle that they were traveling with. It has not yet been confirmed whether or not the teens were actually guilty of theft, but this is what was suspected by the officer.
In the video, one of the suspects can be seen throwing their helmet at the pursuing officer, as they attempted to evade him during their chase through the streets.
After a quick chase, the suspects ended up crashing the motorcycles and landing on the sidewalk. When the officer approached seconds later, it was obvious that they were not moving and were injured, but the officer fired several shots at close range anyway, even though they obviously posed no threat.
The two men ages of 16 and 17 were taken to nearby hospitals. And the police officer who shot them was arrested later that same night.
According to news reports, one of the men was wounded by three bullets, one in the buttock and two in the leg and is in stable condition in the hospital. The Secretary of Public Security, Alexandre de Moraes, said the police committed "serious irregularities." Internal Affairs immediately began an investigation.
Mon, 29 Jun 2015 21:16 UTC
The Prosecutor's Officer (OM) said in a statement that Mitch Henriquez began to feel unwell on the way to the police station, following his arrest at the "Night in the Park" music festival in The Hague, nltimes.nl reported. Video footage shows the man was left without medical aid, lying lifeless and handcuffed on the grass while two agents were sitting on him. Henriquez seemed already unconscious when he was dragged into the police bus.
Comment: And so it begins. People took to the streets today in The Hague to protest against police violence and to demand justice for the death of Mitch Henriquez. Police officers were present as well:
Mon, 29 Jun 2015 20:04 UTC
Last Wednesday, the Washington Post reported that since the 9/11 terror attacks, nearly twice as many people have been killed in the United States from attacks by white supremacists and anti-government radicals than by Muslim jihadis.
Since the horrific massacre at Mother Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in South Carolina less than two weeks ago, there have been fires in at least six predominantly African-American churches.
Now, even more alarming information has emerged via an op-ed published in the Guardian: white supremacists and extremists are joining the military to gain the training they need to attack US citizens.
According to estimates from the FBI, there are hundreds of white supremacists currently active in the US army or amongst the veteran community.
Mon, 29 Jun 2015 18:22 UTC
Aeromexico flight AM3 was scheduled to land at Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris at 17:35 GMT, according to Airlive.net. The Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner declared an emergency at 13:27 GMT.
Comment: The recent spate of airline mishaps continues unabated as these incidences seem to be increasing globally:
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Fri, 26 Jun 2015 18:40 UTC
Iraqi Ministry of Defense confirmed the general's identity on Friday, after search-and-rescue teams found his remains. Hasan's F-16 Fighting Falcon went down Wednesday evening near the city of Douglas, about 120 miles southeast of Tucson.
The crash happened near a major gas line and caused a rupture, according to Cochise County officials. At least one home was reported to have been evacuated due to a rapidly spreading fire. Heavy storms further hampered rescue efforts.
Iraq's embassy in the US issued a statement Friday saying it "deeply mourns" the death of Hasan.
Comment: Is the US sending a message to Iraq? Former Iraqi PM thinks so. Nuri al-Maliki said:
"The F/16 aircraft crash dedicated to Iraq within the US arms deal is not a merely simple military accident but is an American message saying that Iraqi pilots are not qualified for such a type of aircraft."It's not clear whether some F-16's have already been actually delivered to Iraq, as RT claims. According to Air Force Times, "The Iraqi government has purchased 36 F-16s. The head of the Iraqi air force told the Associated Press in April that the first F-16s and Iraqi pilots are expected to arrive in Iraq on July 12."
Is the crash supposed to delay or cancel handing the jets over to Iraqi Forces? Tyler Rogoway asks the same question on his AlphaFoxtrot website:
All this adds up to the question: Will Iraq ever receive their F-16s and could they even sustain their use if they had them in the first place? This crash will only put the program into further doubt and disarray, and Iraq is already ordering robust, simpler, and available Russian aircraft in a desperate attempt to fulfill their aerial attack needs. A move that should have probably happened in the first place.It should be no surprise if the US are not very eager to provide Iraq with forces to fight ISIS. Once again, things seem not to be what they appear.
Fri, 01 May 2015 05:18 UTC
"This is a very troublesome phenomenon, and soldiers don't understand how grave it is," chief military prosecutor, Colonel Udi Ben-Eliezer, told the official military journal Bamahane, as cited by Reuters. "The telephone is easily available, and therefore the crime becomes very easy to do."
The vast majority of cases center around instant messaging apps. They go a long way toward facilitating privacy infringement - the unwarranted sharing of incriminating photographs alone comprising 35 percent of the transgressions, according to the journal.
More seriously, a soldier photoshopped a female comrade's face onto a nude body, and threatened to disseminate it unless she had sex with him. Another example involved a soldier, phone at the ready, snapping away at female soldiers taking showers.
Comment: Seriously? Compared to the horrors Israeli soldiers unleash on Palestinians, snapping nude selfies is quite irrelevant and the social media excuse does not justify sex crimes or "full-on sexual assault".
Not that female soldiers aren't up for a bit of fun as well: they've been posting semi-nude pictures of themselves, complete with combat gear.
Racism has also been an issue.
WhatsApp, one of the most popular messaging services, is also a big hit with the Israeli armed forces. Brigadier-General Sima Valnin-Gil said this had been a huge topic of discussion during last summer's Protective Edge operation in Gaza: soldiers texting was described as a grave security risk.
Comment: These sexual crimes are probably under-reported and look to be a part of the psychological landscape of most Israelis. See:
The main suspect told detectives he had killed Herve Cornara in a parking area before arriving at the plant in Saint Quentin-Fallavier, before he attempted to cause an explosion, a source told Reuters.
Salhi, 35, will now be transferred to Paris to be questioned further, AFP reports. His detention there could last up to 96 hours before further action is taken.
It transpired earlier that the suspect also took a selfie with his victim's severed head, before it was found dangling from a fence at the factory grounds. Additionally, the MMS was sent to a Canadian number whose owner the investigation is currently trying to determine, with help from the Canadians. The sender could also have reportedly been in Syria, which is being investigated at present.
Salhi's wife, sister and four others were earlier detained, but one of the group has since been released.
Comment: Could the actions of Western imperialists like the U.S. and their European lackeys bear some responsibility for this "Islamic extremism"?
Reporter on Meet the Press: U.S. foreign policy responsible for Islamic radicalization
Sun, 28 Jun 2015 22:23 UTC
Several firefighting crews responded to reports that the plane had crashed into the house at around 6:00pm local time, fire officials told Boston TV channel, WCVB.
BREAKING: Plane into house in Plainville. #wcvb pic.twitter.com/vJRaQKUOZhPhotos posted on social media by witnesses showed a house on fire, as well as what looked like debris from the tail part of a small plane.
— Sera Congi (@seracongi) June 28, 2015
The plane's pilot and passengers did not survive the crash, state police spokesman David Procopio said, according to the Boston Globe.