Fri, 27 Nov 2015 00:00 UTC
The accusation was made by the father of the six children, Muawiyya al-Amouri, who told the Middle East Eye that the U.S. government was trying to cover up the deaths of his family members as well as refugees who were staying at his home at the time. "A plane belonging to the alliance shelled my house with six missiles. They destroyed my house and my children died. I had some refugees in my home from Ariha [near Idlib city] who died as well," Amouri said.
Comment: The children died tragically, a massacre without warning and without reason. Excuses? Denial? Cover up? There was no ISIS, no Nusra Front. And, the US response was to say these killings never took place? How low. How callous. How despicable and self-serving to deny the deaths and therefore responsibility for them.
Sun, 29 Nov 2015 11:39 UTC
The findings are worrying animal rights groups as it is a problem that seems to be getting worse. The foundation, known as Tier im Recht (Animals in Law), said the amount of abuse cases reported was triple compared to a decade ago.
However, it seems as though horses are coming under particular threat, with almost 10 percent of cases maltreatment of the animals involving bestiality.
Austria's police intelligence agency (Bundesamtes für Verfassungsschutz und Terrorismusbekämpfung) received 1,201 criminal complaints about racist and xenophobic crimes between January and September, compared to 750 in the same period last year - a jump of 60 percent.
The ministry said that there were significant increases in the areas of incitement and neo-Nazi activities.
The number of xenophobic and racist crimes in the first three quarters of 2015 was equal to the number reported for the previous three years, police figures showed. The interior ministry confirmed that this represented a real increase in crime, and not just an increased willingness to report racist and xenophobic crimes.
Sat, 28 Nov 2015 16:38 UTC
The anonymous letter - printed out and full of spelling mistakes - said that "no mosque and none of your businesses will be safe" and threatened that "brothers [Muslims] will be slaughtered like pigs and crucified as our Lord converts their souls."
The document was found in the mosque's mailbox by Jamal Habbachich, one of the local Muslim leaders and the president of Molenbeek's mosque association, and he is set to address the government about the issue.
"We will turn to the authorities of our country and complain to the police, naturally. Because there are two situations when you receive this kind of letter: it is a document written by someone wacky unbalanced, or it's a very serious threat," Habbachich told the local media outlet RTBF.
"What also concerns me is the name of the author of the letter which we do not know, and who uses similar terminology to that of the Islamic state," he added.
Comment: How 'Christian' of them to threaten murder. It is telling that the spelling is poor, indicative of the lack of intelligence of the sender. Apparently racism is rife all over the world. This video went viral a few days ago about a proposed mosque in Virginia, USA.
Comment: The irony is that the folks who perpetrate these attacks aren't Muslim. Some of the attackers were reported as white, mercenary-looking types. Another has a history of being a homosexual rent-boy pothead... it seems as if the anti-Muslim sentiment is being generated via the mainstream media's propaganda.
A criminal investigation into the March poisoning at the Sirenusa Condominium Resort continues and the family from Wilmington, Delaware, is in settlement talks with Terminix, the company that used the chemical on insects in a vacation rental adjacent to theirs. A separate investigation by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and local officials into the broader use of methyl bromide in the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico also is still underway.
Officials have disclosed few details about what they've learned. But the federal government and the U.S. Virgin Islands recently held a conference for pesticide companies, resort operators and hospitality workers to warn them about the dangers of methyl bromide and other pesticides.
Comment: Bromide is highly toxic, and one of the main sources of bromide exposure in humans is through the abundant use of bromide-containing pesticides, like methylbromide and ethylene dibromide. Bromides are also used as fire retardants and can be found virtually everywhere - in food, clothes, mattresses, cars and consumer electronics. Bromines are common endocrine disruptors, and are part of the halide family, a group of elements that includes fluorine, chlorine and iodine. What makes it so dangerous is that it competes for the same receptors that are used to capture iodine. If you are exposed to a lot of bromine, your body will not hold on to the iodine that it needs. And iodine affects every tissue in your body -- not just your thyroid.
Supplementing with iodine is one of the best ways to detoxify bromides. For more information on the importance of iodine and how to use it properly, see:
- Living in a toxic world: Iodine to the rescue
- Iodine: An old life-saving medicine - rediscovered!
- Iodine treats breast cancer and more, overwhelming evidence
- Iodine: Why You Need It, Why You Can't Live Without It
Brazilian gov't demanding $5.2 billion in lawsuit against mining companies after collapse of waste water dam
Sat, 28 Nov 2015 14:50 UTC
The lawsuit will be filed on Monday, Attorney General Luis Inacio Adams announced at a Friday press conference in Brasilia.
The dam at the Samarco iron-ore mine collapsed on November 5, leading to the death of over a dozen people and reportedly causing major contamination of nearby land and the Doce River. At least 10 people remain missing.
The Brazilian government wants mining giants BHP Billiton and Vale, as well as mine operator Samarco, which they co-own, to create a fund to cover clean-up costs and provide compensation for the victims.
Ecologists estimate that full environmental recovery following the incident will take about 100 years.
Crimea ready to connect 'energy bridge' with Russia after Ukrainian nationalists sabotage power grid
Sun, 29 Nov 2015 13:09 UTC
Crimea was plunged into darkness last week after Ukrainian nationalists blew up pylons that support electricity lines from Ukraine. Kiev claims that "activists" have been obstructing repair works.
"Yesterday we concluded preparations that will allow the Crimean side to take in electricity [from southern Russia's Krasnodar region] via an energy bridge," chief controller Andrei Anokhin of Crimea's state-run Krymenergo company told Energy Minister Alexander Novak.
Comment: They're doing everything they can to sabotage Crimea. Check out:
Sun, 29 Nov 2015 13:49 UTC
Turkish national Sefa Buzgan runs four cafes in the Russian city of Chelyabinsk. Regretting the rift in relations between Moscow and Ankara following the incident, Buzgan told RT that his family is "deeply saddened by this military incident" and therefore would like to "provide all the possible assistance to the family of the killed pilot."
Comment: Good on this man - he's shown more respect for the fallen Russian pilot than the rest of NATO.
Also see: Putin makes an example of Turkey's back-stabbing: Why the US and West should pay close attention
American Airlines flight bound for JFK Airport forced to make emergency landing in London due to shattered windshield
The Telegraph, UK
Sun, 29 Nov 2015 08:15 UTC
The Telegraph, UK
Sun, 29 Nov 2015 08:15 UTC
An American Airlines flight from Milan to New York was forced to make an emergency landing at Heathrow after the windscreen shattered.
The Boeing 767-300, with 183 passengers and 12 crew on board, was due to arrive at JFK airport at 1.20 pm US time.
But it ran into difficulties shortly after take off from Milan Malpensa.
Comment: The phenomena of windscreen failure has mysteriously increased in the last decade.
- Cracked windscreen forces Virgin Atlantic flight to turn back to London
- Another cracked windshield? Russian plane to Dubai turns back due to windshield crack
- 13 Planes at DIA report cracked windshields within two hour period
Wed, 25 Nov 2015 00:00 UTC
Wed, 25 Nov 2015 00:00 UTC
Mohamed Fahmy has only been on Canadian soil for a matter of months, but he is already poised to fight for changes in how Canadian officials advocate for citizens imprisoned abroad.
Fahmy, the former Cairo bureau chief for Al-Jazeera, was arrested with two other colleagues on terror-related charges in 2013. While being detained, Fahmy feared he would lose his status as a Canadian due in part to a Conservative law that could strip citizenship for an individual convicted of espionage, treason and terrorism.