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Two Danish aid workers arrested in Greece for saving refugees from drowning, charged with human trafficking

Co-founders of Team Humanity were arrested on the island of Lesbos after helping refugees from a sinking boat

Two Danish aid workers from the non-profit organisation Team Humanity were on Wednesday arrested on human trafficking charges on the Greek island of Lesbos, reports Information.

According to the organisation's chairman Walle El Ghorba, the two men, aged 26 and 33, are now sitting in custody awaiting a trial that could possibly see them get four years in prison.

El Ghorba told Information the men were saving refugees from a sinking boat in the Aegean Sea.

Comment: Clearly the order from Brussels to 'let them all drown in the sea' is taking effect. And apparently anyone who defies this order will be charged with causing the crisis.


Cheeseburger

Ridiculous! Hungry Wisconsin high schooler fined $200 by law enforcement for 'stealing' second lunch

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Hayward High School
Officials in the Hayward school district are struggling to justify a $200 fine levied on a student who took a second lunch without asking that's ignited concern and outrage from parents.

A Circuit Court brief published in the Sawyer County Record Jan. 20 provided the spark. "The brief was regarding a student who was fined by law enforcement for taking a second lunch at the high school because he was not given permission to take it without paying, after being warned in the past not to do this," the Record reports.

"Comments on the news brief escalated quickly over the weekend via social media, with people voicing concern that students in the district are not getting fed enough." NNC Now reports the brief, headlined "THEFT," stated a 16-year-old boy forfeited $200.50 for the Dec. 14 incident. It claims the criminal charge was sought by the head cook, which school officials disputed.

"The student told the school resource officer that he receives one free lunch per day, but the one lunch was not enough and he is still hungry," the brief read. "The officer advised him that he understood, but instead of stealing a second lunch, he needs to speak with an administrator ..." The issue prompted inquiries from NNC Now, ABC 13, and other news outlets, and a defensive reaction from school officials.

"Whether it be our head cook, whether it be a teacher's aid, whether it be a teacher or a superintendent of a school. The process is when someone sees something going wrong with any sort of discipline issue the first thing is that's a sign to the administrator," Hayward superintendent Craig Olson said. "Then the administrator who is in charge of that element and goes through the investigation and there's some cases referrals to police happen and then police make decision off statutes and whatnot," he said.

Heart - Black

Five cops furiously beat an unarmed man; none of them sentenced

In August of 2014, multiple deputies with the Marion County Sheriff's office conducted a drug bust. During the bust, Derrick Price ran from deputies Jesse Terrell, Trevor Fitzgerald, James Amideo, Cody Hoppel and Adam Crawford. However, once he realized he could not outrun the pickup truck, he quickly stopped, put his hands up, and laid face down on the ground — completely surrendering.

Upon reaching the unarmed, nonviolent, completely compliant, and prostrate man, the deputies proceeded to unleash a furious beating composed of kicks to the head, knees to the body, and countless blows from fists.

Price was left severely beaten and bloodied in the parking lot after the assault. The deputies would go on to lie and claim that Price was combative and resisting. Luckily for Price, however, the entire gang beating was captured on video.

The court documents describe the beating:

Red Flag

US Naval officer pleads guilty in massive corruption scandal involving classified intelligence

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Michael Vannak Khem Misiewicz
Commander Michael Vannak Khem Misiewicz is the latest US Navy officer to plead guilty in a massive corruption scandal involving a defense contractor and dozens of naval personnel.

Standing before the in US District Court in San Diego on bribery charges, Misiewicz admitted providing classified information to businessman Leonard Francis in exchange for various treats, including paid travel, luxury hotel stays, sex with prostitutes and Lady Gaga concert tickets.

Francis, known as 'Fat Leonard' in the navy circles, was CEO of Singapore-based firm Glenn Davis Marine Asia, which overcharged for services rendered to the US Navy's warships deployed to Asia. He pled guilty to charges stemming from the same Justice Department investigation earlier in January.

The classified intelligence Francis received from Misiewicz included ship movements, which helped organize visits of American warships to ports where Glenn Davis Marine Asia operated.

USA

4 US cities among the most violent in the world in 2015

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Clouds of smoke and crowd control agents rise shortly after the deadline for a city-wide curfew passed in Baltimore, Maryland April 28, 2015, as crowds protest the death of Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old black man who died in police custody
Four American cities are among the 50 with highest murder rates worldwide in 2015, a new study revealed. St. Louis, with 188 homicides per 317,000 residents is the highest among them, made it to the 15th place on the list.

The study conducted by the Mexico-based group Council for Public Security and Criminal Justice focused on cities with population of at least 300,000. Excluded from the survey were the cities with no reliable crime statistic available as well as those in war zones.

America is the only developed nation on the list. Baltimore, Detroit and New Orleans, all of which have systematic violence problems, made the grade. Baltimore in 2015 attracted nationwide attention during the mass riots in April, triggered by the death of black man Freddie Gray in police custody. His death was one of 434 homicides that happened in the city of 624,000 residents in 2015.

Star of David

Israel punishing conscience: Woman who refused to serve in IDF over treatment of Palestinians thrown in jail

A 19-year-old Israeli woman, imprisoned for 20 days for refusing to serve in the army because of violence against Palestinians, has been set free, sparking a mixed reaction with some praising her courage and others labeling her a "traitor."

The young woman will have to report to the induction base on Sunday, where she again would be required to serve in the army. Should she refuse, Kaminer will be put back behind bars for another month, RT's Paula Slier reports.

"I think it is a stupid move by the government and the military authorities to force people to serve in contradiction to their beliefs. A girl declares that she has a conscience opposing the occupation and she wants to do an alternative service is being put in jail. That is just outrageous", Kaminer's father told RT.

Kaminer served a year of national service with the Israeli Scouts, where she volunteered with children who had suffered injuries in Israel's Gaza wars. The experience prompted her to disobey Israeli's orders of conscription.

Snakes in Suits

Anne Frank's stepsister: Donald Trump is acting like another Hitler by inciting racism

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Republican U.S. presidential candidate businessman Donald Trump (L) and Anne Frank
US presidential hopeful Donald Trump incites racism like fascist dictator Adolf Hitler, according to Anne Frank's stepsister and Auschwitz death camp survivor Eva Schloss.

Schloss, 86, who lives in London, told Newsweek magazine she sees similarities between Nazi leader Adolf Hitler and billionaire Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump.

She and Anne Frank played together as refugee children in Amsterdam before their families were forced into hiding. The diaries written by Frank from her hiding place are famous worldwide as an example of a teenage girl's poignant response to Nazi tyranny.

While Frank was one of the hundreds of thousands of people who died in the Holocaust, in the notorious Bergen-Belsen death camp, Schloss survived Auschwitz. After the war, Frank's father married Schloss's mother.

Bullseye

Automated license plate readers turn Texas cops into data miners and bill collectors

Texas police departments are conspiring with a private company called Vigilant Solutions in an outrageous scheme to maximize the extortion of citizens, while collecting reams of personal information to use for commercial profit.

In the deal—dubbed "warrant redemption"—Texas law enforcement agencies get free automated license plate readers (ALPRs) as well as access to Vigilant's massive database and analytical tools. In exchange for this, police departments give Vigilant all of the data they collect on drivers, along with access to information about all outstanding court fees. The cops don't pay a dime, and Vigilant uses this information for nearly unlimited commercial purposes.

ALPRs are becoming increasingly common in law enforcement, being a form of mass surveillance, collecting real-time information on people's whereabouts and feeding it into databases to access at any time. Regardless of whether you are suspected of a crime, these systems are tracking your movements, telling law enforcement things like what doctors you visit, what political activities you participate in, and where you sleep at night.

Comment: These license plate readers will certainly not be utilized in white, affluent communities. This is just another tactic that these tools of the state can employ to keep their boots on the necks of the common man and woman.


Attention

Using kids as lead detectors: Six cities in Michigan have higher levels of lead than Flint

As the nation rightly focuses on Flint's ongoing water crisis, other cities in the state of Michigan face even higher levels of lead contamination. The alarming pervasiveness of potentially toxic drinking water extends across the United States.

The Detroit News reports that "Elevated blood-lead levels are seen in a higher percentage of children in parts of Grand Rapids, Jackson, Detroit, Saginaw, Muskegon, Holland and several other cities, proof that the scourge of lead has not been eradicated despite decades of public health campaigns and hundreds of millions of dollars spent to find and eliminate it."

Of over 7,000 children tested in the Highland Park and Hamtramck areas of Detroit in 2014, 13.5 percent tested positive for lead. Among four zip codes in Grand Rapids, one in ten children had lead in their blood. In Adrian and south-central Michigan, more than 12 percent of 640 children tested had positive results.

Star of David

IDF soldiers who filmed their drive-by shooting of a camel sentenced to prison

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Two soldiers from an Israeli Defense Force (IDF) elite unit have been sentenced to several months in jail as well as demoted for shooting a camel in the West Bank and filming the attack.

A video of the incident surfaced online earlier sparking outrage on social media.

The footage shows one of the soldiers driving through the desert and shooting a camel, while the other one filmed the incident. As the first soldier pulls the trigger, the other one is heard hysterically laughing as they drive away. The camel later presumably died, according to the Haaretz newspaper.

The soldier with the gun was sentenced to four months in prison, while the second one was given a two-month jail sentence. Both were demoted in rank to private.


Comment: On the one hand, this is very disturbing behavior for anyone, bordering on psychopathic. On the other, it highlights the great disparity that the entire Israeli military shows between the Palestinian people and in animals. The Israeli authorities apparently see animals as more sacred than Palestinians. IDF officers can kill innocent Palestinian civilians with impunity, but they get jail sentences for shooting a camel. Something is seriously wrong with that. The comment above from the animal rights activist is interesting: ""Where did their compassion go, the mercy toward defenseless creatures?". If the activist was paying any attention at all, he would see that the IDF has long ago lost any compassion for defenseless people, so why would he expect any different behavior towards animals?