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Paris mosque fail: Endorses Macron over Le Pen - "because fascism"?

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The election run off will take place on May 7.
Supporters of Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen wasted no time in canvassing support just a day after the opening round of the presidential election. The Grande Mosque in Paris put out a call to followers to vote "massively" for Macron in May's run-off.

"Respecting the republican values ​​and the strict application of the principles of secularism, embodies the path of hope and confidence in the spiritual and citizenship of the nation," read a statement from the mosque, one of the largest in France.

Supporters of Macron have called on the French public to embrace the candidate they believe has the ability to silence the views of the far-right, represented by presidential rival Le Pen and the National Front party.

Comment: "Path of hope"? Try path of "more war, more refugees, more anti-immigrant backlash, more dead Muslims, and more Islamophobia". That's what Macron will bring you.

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Political persecution: Filmmaker finally learns why she had to endure airport interrogation stops for years

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In this April 11, 2014 file photo, filmmaker Laura Poitras smiles after arriving at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York. Poitras’ travel nightmare began a decade ago when the award-winning documentary filmmaker started getting detained at airports every time she tried to step foot back in the United States. She would be stopped without explanation more than 50 times on foreign trips and dozens of times during domestic travel. Only now is Poitras beginning to unravel the mystery, which starts on a bloody day in Baghdad in 2004.
Laura Poitras' travel nightmare began more than a decade ago when the award-winning filmmaker started getting detained at airports every time she tried to set foot back in the United States.

She was stopped without explanation more than 50 times on foreign travel, and dozens more times on domestic trips, before the extra searches suddenly stopped in 2012. Only now is Poitras beginning to unravel the mystery, which goes back to a bloody day in Baghdad in 2004.

Time after time, airport authorities searched her baggage, rummaged through her electronics and quizzed her for hours about her trips.

In Germany, she was told her name lights up "like a Christmas tree" when security officials scan flight rosters. In Austria, she was told her threat score was "400 out of 400."

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Number of migrant criminal suspects jumps 53% in Germany

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The number of migrant criminal suspects in Germany surged by more than 50 percent last year, interior ministry data has revealed. The figures could potentially boost the anti-immigration Alternative for Germany (AfD) party ahead of the federal election.

According to the figures cited by Reuters, the number of suspects classed as immigrants rose to 174,438 last year, representing a jump of 52.7 percent from the previous year. Migrants accounted for 8.6 percent of all crime suspects in the country, up from 5.7 percent in 2015.

Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere said crimes committed by refugees "increased disproportionately" in 2016 and warned that "those who commit serious offenses here forfeit their right to stay here."

He went on to state that one reason for the high crime rate among migrants was likely their accommodation situation as many were living in makeshift shelters or sharing crowded rooms in 2016, following the refugee crisis which saw more than one million new arrivals in Germany over the past two years.


Inhuman! Officers deprive man water in solitary for 7 days — Dehydrate him to death

There's very little doubt among critics as to whether or not solitary confinement is torture. Nevertheless, the practice continues throughout many of the nation's prisons. But when solitary confinement is combined with deprivation of the basic necessities of life, like water, a murder can take place. That's what many people are calling what happened at the Milwaukee County Jail to Terrill Thomas.

According to the Journal Sentinel, "Thomas started the weeklong stretch at the Milwaukee County Jail belligerent and loud, the result of an untreated mental illness, prosecutors said. But as the days wore on, he grew weak and dehydrated. He lost nearly 35 pounds and turned quiet, never asking for or receiving medical attention."

After entering his eighth day without water, Thomas succumbed to his dehydration and passed away in his jail cell where personnel found him unresponsive. The incident took place in April of 2016, but today decisions are being made regarding who was culpable in his death.

Milwaukee prosecutors are conducting an inquest into whether or not charges should be filed against those government employees who were supposed to keep him safe, as well as healthy.


Clueless British MP's review 'two-tier' asylum system that leave refugees homeless and destitute

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A cross-party group of MPs is calling for a review of the 'two-tier' asylum system amid concerns that thousands of refugees face destitution and homelessness upon arriving in the UK.

The all-party parliamentary group on refugees said that while asylum seekers who arrive in Britain through resettlement schemes enjoy certain advantages, those who are given refugee status lack basic support.

Although both refugees and those under humanitarian protection have fled persecution in the same way, they are not given equal treatment. The MPs are calling on the government to appoint a minister to redress this imbalance.

Up to 50,000 refugees are thought to have arrived to the UK as refugees in 2012, while a mere 10,000 were granted protection through resettlement schemes in the same period.

Comment: Here's another solution: Stop imposing neoliberal economic shock therapy on the countries these people are coming from. And for goodness sake, stop supporting the so-called humanitarian war efforts at changing other countries' governments. In other words, stop supporting merry old England's policy of bombing their schools, hospitals, housing and infrastructure to kingdom come. Stop doing these things and you won't have to think about the injustice of a 'two tier' asylum system - you bunch of bureaucratic, technocratic, pathocratic nitwits!!


FakeNews: Jihadists mourn after Russians bomb their favorite underground bunker hospital

Our sources tell us the bunker hospital was treating 3,000 Syrian babies in incubators who were being treated for Sarin poisoning.
Russia accused of war crimes after bombing a cave from the Bible

Russia successfully vaporized an Al Qaeda training camp in Idlib Province, Syria, earlier this week.

This is of course completely unacceptable.

Now the 'moderate rebels' have harnessed the power of Twitter to spread stories about Russia barrel-bombing Idlib cat sanctuaries.

The latest allegation: Russia bombed an underground 'hospital', according to very unreliable sources.


Free speech?: Berkeley students file lawsuit over canceled Ann Coulter speaking engagement

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Political commentator Ann Coulter.
Two conservative groups have filed a lawsuit against the University of California Berkeley for an alleged 'secret policy' which discriminates against outspoken conservative speakers and infringes on First Amendment rights.

Berkeley College Republicans and the Young America's Foundation have filed a joint lawsuit Monday alleging that college and police authorities have failed to protect the constitutional rights of students and unfairly discriminated against conservative speakers appearing on campus.

The suit claims that voices that fall outside of the "campus orthodoxy" have been stifled and alleges that authorities in Berkeley have "systematically and intentionally suppressed constitutionally-protected expression by the plaintiffs... simply because that expression may anger or offend students, UC Berkeley administrators, and/or community members who do not share Plaintiffs' viewpoints."


Clashes at Venezuelan anti-govt protest, injuries reported

© Carlos Garcia Rawlins / Reuters
Riot police fire tear gas toward opposition supporters in Caracas, Venezuela April 24, 2017.
Anti-government protesters have shut down main roads and highways across the Venezuelan capital Caracas, leading to confrontations with security forces. Opposition activists claimed they were shot with pellets and have reported injuries.

A special police division, the DCDO, was dispatched to the La California area of the city on Monday, where protesters blocked the Francisco de Miranda Avenue with makeshift barriers of garbage and debris, according to El Nacional.

Tear gas was reportedly fired on protesters next to the Lider shopping center, and opposition activists on social media also claimed that demonstrators were shot at with pellets, leading to a number of injuries.

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Utter nonsense: Transgender students 'shouldn't have to declare sex for uni sports teams

© Jonathan Drake / Reuters
Transgender and intersex students should not have to declare their birth gender when applying to university sports teams, the National Union of Students (NUS) is expected to rule.

Students are currently only allowed to join university sports teams based on the sex they were born as rather than what gender they identify with now.

This can act as a "barrier" for trans students, according to a motion due to be debated by the NUS at its annual conference on Tuesday.

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Mexican drug lord 'El Chapo' complains about reruns, tap water, poor view at New York prison

© Edgard Garrido / Reuters
Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman.
Notorious Mexican drug lord Joaquín 'El Chapo' Guzmán has been protesting against the conditions of his incarceration that are so stressful defense lawyers claim he is hearing voices.

Since his extradition to the US from his native Mexico, 'El Chapo' has been housed in 10 South, the most secure wing of New York's Metropolitan Correctional Center, dubbed the 'Guantanamo in New York.'

Prisoners in 10 South aren't permitted to go outside, and spend 23 hours a day locked in a cell, constantly monitored by security cameras.