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Dresden, Germany: Bomb attacks target mosque & international conference hall

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Two improvised explosive devices have gone off in the eastern German city of Dresden, targeting a mosque and an international conference center. No one was injured, according to police, although the mosque was severely damaged.

Both explosions took place on Monday evening. Police first responded to an emergency call informing them of an explosion at a mosque on Hühndorfer Street.

The authorities said that the imam and his family had been inside the mosque at the time of the detonation, but had managed to escape unharmed. The door of the mosque was pushed inward by the force of the blast and the building was heavily covered in soot.

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Michigan high school student suspended for whistleblowing disgusting school water

© Hazel Juco
Hazel Juco was suspended from school after posting a photo of discolored water coming from a sink at her school.
A concerned student at a Michigan school noticed nasty discolored water coming from the sink in her school, so she took a picture and shared it with social media. Hazel Juco was hoping that she could raise awareness about the potentially dangerous issue, and perhaps get the problem fixed.

Unfortunately, the school was not impressed with the student's whistleblowing and actually suspended her for violating the school's policy of taking photos in the bathroom.

Juco says that girls regularly take "selfie" pictures in the bathroom and are not reprimanded, but because her photo made the school look bad, she was quickly punished for her actions.

"They told me I was being suspended for three days, OSS [Out of School Suspension], for taking a picture. It is inappropriate use of electronics in the restroom. And everyone in my school, every girl takes, like, selfies in the bathroom and makes it their profile picture on Twitter or Facebook or whatever. No one has gotten in trouble," Juco told WXYZ.

Since the story has been reported by the local media, the backlash has pushed school administrators to backtrack on their decision


New Jersey lawmaker proposes bold law to treat pot like tobacco and expunge all records of marijuana 'crimes'

Bold legislation introduced in New Jersey last week would not only treat cannabis like tobacco — legalizing it — but would expunge records for individuals previously convicted of certain marijuana-related 'crimes.'

Should the bill, A4193, pass, convenience stores would be permitted to sell cannabis alongside cigarettes — available to anyone aged 19 and older.

"This bill would legalize marijuana by removing all criminal liability associated with marijuana from the New Jersey Code of Criminal Justice ... as well as its regulation as a controlled dangerous substance under the New Jersey Controlled Dangerous Substances Act," the proposed law states.

Sponsored by Assemblyman Michael Patrick Carroll — once deemed the state Legislature's "Most Conservative" member, as the Newark Patch pointed out — the legislation "[l]egalizes marijuana and provides for records expungement for certain past marijuana offenses; treats marijuana products similar to tobacco products, including the use of civil penalties for providing marijuana to persons under 19 years of age."

Carroll's bill audacious thumbs its nose at the DEA's vehemently criticized decision this year not to reschedule cannabis from its current inexplicable designation as a dangerous substance of no medical value, akin to heroin or cocaine.

"To me it's just not a big deal," Carroll told Politico. "It's already ubiquitous. Anybody who thinks this is somehow going to increase the availability of marijuana has never been 19. If that's the case, then what's the big deal about having it available at the local 7-Eleven?"

Alcohol, after all, is a standard fixture at convenience stores and gas stations, with store owners facing fines and other civil penalties for underage distribution.

"The whole point here is to get the government out of the business of treating at least marijuana use as a crime and treat it instead as a social problem," Carroll continued, adding he's never tried cannabis, personally.

Snakes in Suits

Houston cop beat unarmed man while his fellow officer tried to stop it but failed

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Captured on surveillance video using excessive force against a man for sitting on a bench, a Metro police officer resigned on Monday to avoid termination. Although the disgraced cop can still apply to other police departments, the district attorney is currently deciding whether to prosecute the violent ex-cop.

Around 7:30 a.m. on September 14, a surveillance camera recorded two Metro police officers confronting Darrell Giles at a train platform. Sitting on a bench, Giles remained seated while calmly talking to the cops.

For no apparent reason, Officer Jairus Warren suddenly pulled out his collapsible police baton as he continued speaking with Giles. Standing behind Giles, Officer Daniel Reynoso appeared to look inside a bag next to Giles without his knowledge or permission.


ACLU steps in to represent New Jersey bombing suspect Ahmad Rahami

Trenton, N.J. -- The American Civil Liberties Union on Monday began representing a man accused of setting off bombs in New York and New Jersey and injuring more than 30 people.

After judges in both states denied attempts by public defenders to represent Ahmed Khan Rahami, a lawyer for the organization's New Jersey chapter entered a notice of appearance in his case in federal court in Newark on Monday.

Rahami has been hospitalized since he was caught following a shootout with police in Linden last week. He has not made an initial court appearance.

Prosecutors said in a filing last week that he had been incapacitated and intubated since undergoing surgery for his wounds. A spokesman for the U.S. attorney's office did not have an updated condition available on Monday.

Rahami's family spoke with his doctors on Monday for the first time after numerous requests since the ACLU got involved, said Udi Ofer, the New Jersey chapter's executive director. Ofer didn't disclose Rahami's condition, but ACLU attorney Alexander Shalom said law enforcement officials have informed the ACLU he remains unconscious.

Comment: For SOTT.net's initial coverage of the Rahami case, see:

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Opinion poll: Europeans do not trust or want American occupation forces in their countries

Most Europeans: "Yankees, go home!!"
Translated by J. Arnoldski

According to an opinion survey published on September 27th by Sputnik Opinion, Europeans do not trust the foreign military bases stationed on their countries' territories to resolve national security problems. Only 4% of German respondents and 5% of Italians believe that foreign military bases can handle the defense of their countries' better than their own national armies.

This survey was commissioned by Sputnik International News Agency and Radio in cooperation with, among others, the oldest French research company, IFop, and conducted from June 28th to July 4th, 2016 in Germany (1004 respondents) and Italy (1002 respondents).

According to the report of the US Department of Defense, 587 US military facilities were stationed beyond the country's borders in 2015. According to the Pentagon, the highest number of US military sites in Europe are to be found in Germany and Italy.

Given the sheer number of US military bases on the territory of Europe, it follows that Europe should be recognized as a continent under American occupation. Such a state of affairs was formed as a result of the Second World War and the ensuing Cold War. The confrontation between two world systems headed by the US and USSR respectively was used to justify the stationing of US military bases in the countries of Western and Southern Europe.

Comment: The United States is an imperial mafia; shaking down, intimidating and manipulating Europeans (and much of the world for that matter) into allowing it to play a bogus role of "protector". But, just like a mafia - or global crime syndicate - it itself is the force that sovereign countries need protection from. When we accept the idea that the US is actually an occupying force that is scrambling ever forward to exert its dictates and influence, we come much closer to seeing things as they actually are.

For a shining example of insightfulness and courageous responsiveness to this aggression, see: NATO just attempted to invade Moldova, thwarted by people's resistance

Post-It Note

Possibly Britain's youngest rapist: 11yo boy pleads guilty to 15 sexual attacks and 3 assaults

© Stephanie Keith / Reuters
A boy aged 11 has pleaded guilty to a charge of rape against another child, aged nine. He is thought to be the youngest person charged with the offense in UK history.

The boy was allegedly discovered sexually attacking the nine-year-old after the victim's mother heard strange noises over a baby monitor.

The victim said the older boy, now aged 12, raped him every time they played together and told him to keep the attacks secret, the Daily Mail reports.

The single charge relates to 15 allegations of rape and three of sexually aggravated assault.

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Adjusting after sanctions: Iranian banks to issue credit cards for the first time

© Philippe Wojazer / Reuters
The Central Bank of Iran is allowing local financial institutions to issue credit cards for the first time in the Islamic Republic's history, reports the Iranian Students' News Agency (ISNA).

The full introduction of the cards could take some time as local banks will need to get used to the credit card system, according to the head of Iran's central bank Valiollah Seif.

"It would be wrong to think that these cards will be quickly adopted by the banking network," the news agency quotes Seif.


EU states could follow UK, leave union - French MP

Nearly every EU state could follow in the footsteps of the UK and vote to leave the bloc, French Member of Parliament responsible for European affairs in President Francois Hollande's party, Philip Cordery, has said.

Cordery was speaking at a Fabian Society fringe event at the UK Labour Party Annual Conference in Liverpool.

"I think what happened in the UK at the referendum could have happened [in] almost every other country in the European Union - except in the other countries no Prime Minister would have been as irresponsible as to ask for a referendum," Cordery, who is half English, said, as quoted by The Independent.

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What sanctions? Russia's Mir credit card goes European

© Alexey Filippov / Sputnik
The new Mir charge cards, which are part of Russia's national payment system (NSPK), could soon be used across Europe, the head of NSPK Vladimir Komlev said in an interview with Russian newspaper Izvestia.

According to Komlev, the international acceptance of Mir shows the system's maturity, and agreements have been signed with MasterCard, JCB, AmEX and the Union Pay payment systems.

"We are in talks with Visa. World payment systems already view us as an interesting partner because NSPK has managed to ensure a wide network for a functioning national card in the short period of a year," Komlev said.

Russia will be able to promote its produce and brands through co-badged international systems, according to the head of NSPK. Mir cards will soon be accepted by online payment platform Alipay, and there are plans to connect to eBay, he added.

"Three major West European processors (including from France and Germany), have expressed an interest to collaborating with NSPK. They have approached us themselves. European retailers want to motivate Russians via the Russian payment system," said Komlev.