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Over 20 killed and 140 injured in Kabul mass demonstration attack

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At least 29 people have been killed and 142 injured as a huge blast rocked a mass demonstration in the Afghan capital, Kabul, health officials said, as cited by Reuters. The attack was claimed by terrorist group Islamic State.

The number of casualties was confirmed by Mohammad Ismail Kawousi, a spokesman for the Ministry of Public Health, Reuters reports.

Interior Ministry officials told Reuters that the blast was caused by a suicide bomber. TOLOnews also reported that the suicide bomber detonated explosives right among demonstrators at Saturday's rally.

Officials have confirmed to TOLOnews that at least three suicide bombers were present at the rally. The first detonated an explosives vest, the second was killed by police, while the third had a defective explosives vest. The fate of the third attacker is unknown.

Comment: Footage of what appears to be the immediate aftermath of the blast was caught on video:

Update: At least 61 people were killed and 207 injured when a huge blast rocked a mass demonstration by members of the mainly Shia Hazara minority in the Afghan capital, Kabul, on Saturday. The attack was claimed by terrorist group Islamic State: "Two fighters from Islamic State detonated explosive belts at a gathering of Shi'ites in the city of Kabul in Afghanistan," said a brief statement on the group's Amaq news agency.


Ominous threats of civil war now being issued from cops across the U.S.

With increasing frequency, law enforcement personnel - including prominent sheriffs, police chiefs, and other command-level officers - are overtly stating that they are at war with the public they supposedly serve. Few have been as candid as a self-identified police officer and combat veteran named Brandon Obie.
"A lot [sic] of these thugs don't realize that a lot [sic] of us officers have spent a lot [sic] of our time downrange stepping in the sandbox and are ready for a righteous fight if they want to bring one," snarled Obie, his spelling reflecting the undemanding intellectual standards of his profession, in a comment posted on a law enforcement-oriented Facebook page. Identical sentiments were expressed by Major Travis Yates of the Tulsa, Oklahoma Police Department, who lectures nation-wide on officer safety issues and editor-in-chief of the publication Law Officer.


Munich shooting spree: Facts known so far

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A screen grab taken from video footage shows police officers near the Olympia shopping mall following a shooting rampage in Munich, Germany July 22, 2016.
Police are still trying to reconstruct the course of events as new information keeps emerging after a shooting spree at a busy mall left ten people dead and injured almost two dozen others. Here is what we know so far.


Breaking: Shooting at shopping mall in Munich, multiple deaths reported, shooter still at large

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Multiple casualties are reported in a shooting at the Olympia shopping mall in Munich, Germany. Police confirmed that shots have been fired in the mall but gave no information on casualties.

Reports on casualties differ. According to the local Muencher Abendzeitung, 15 might have been killed in the center, while German NTV channel puts the death toll at 10.

One person has been killed and 10 injured, according to police cited by AFP.

An assailant has shot people in a cafe located in the shopping center and at a railway station, German BR24 news reports, citing eye witnesses.

Comment: Update 1

Initially it was reported that one of the three shooters committed suicide. That has been countered by later statements from police that all three shooters fled on foot and are still on the run. Six people were killed, with injured in the double digits. The manhunt is reportedly their largest police operation in a decade.

Update 2

It appears as if the Germans are allowing the Americans to write their ongoing narrative. Police have announced a "cautious all-clear", claiming that they discovered a body near the scene of the attack, identified as the shooter. Their tweet says, "We found a man, who killed him himself [sic]. We assume, that he was the only shooter." Munich PD said there is a "high probability" he acted alone, and that he was identified "within the framework of Interpol". "Acting alone", especially when there were multiple reports of multiple shooters, tends to mean that the other suspects got away and the police have no intention of pursuing them (often because they are working for the police in the first place! or intel agencies). The death toll is now nine, plus the shooter. Sputnik adds:
On Friday, a shooter took aim at shoppers at a mall near the 1972 Olympic stadium, an attack that left at least ten dead and another 20 hospitalized leaving German officials to scramble to piece together the motive and the nature of the incident.

​Earlier in the day, the police believed that there were three shooters responsible citing eyewitness accounts from individuals on the scene. Conflicting reports came in as to the identity of the shooter and the motive for his attack. Some witnesses said that the shooter was cursing immigrants and Turks while yelling at victims that he was German. Another witness, however, claims that the shooter yelled "Allahu Akbar" before training his weapon on children.
It would be interesting to know the identities of these witnesses. Any guess why their accounts don't match up with each other?

Update 3

The gunman has been identified as Ali Sonboly, an 18-year-old German-Iranian born and raised in Germany who lived with his parents. (Picture of the boy here.) Just hours before the shooting, he allegedly hacked into the Facebook profile of "Selina Akim" to lure victims to the McDonald's near the shopping mall by offering them free food. Police say there is no evidence "whatsoever" linking him to ISIS. He had been receiving psychiatric and medical care for depression. Neighbors describe him as quiet, normal and shy.

At this point, his motives are unclear. Police reportedly found articles on killing sprees and the English book Why Kids Kill at his home. Police are saying there is an "obvious link" to the 2011 Norway massacre and Anders Breivik, and that he was "obsessed" with mass shootings. Classmates say he once used an image of Breivik on WhatsApp. He apparently had used the gaming network Stream to threaten to kill other gamers.

As for those earlier reports of multiple shooters, according to the Guardian, "the police chief said two people who fled the area quickly were investigated but had 'nothing to do with the incident'." Here are accounts of the witnesses mentioned in the last update:
A woman named Loretta has told CNN that she was in the McDonald's when a man with a gun came out of a bathroom and began shooting. "I come out of the toilet and I hear like an alarm, boom, boom, boom. He's killing the children. The children were sitting to eat. They can't run," she recalled. Loretta claimed that she heard the shooters yelling "Allahu Akbar!", a Muslim call to praise god, that is also shouted by Islamists during deadly attacks.

At the same time, a video that appeared online show a man shouting "I'm German, f*** foreigners" as he walks across the roof of the shopping mall's car parking.

According to locals, the shopping mall is located near the Hasenbergl district, an area densely populated with immigrants.


Terrifying moments Munich gunman opens fire on crowd caught on video

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The terrifying and dramatic moments one of the suspected shooters went on a rampage outside a shopping mall in Munich has been captured on video, leaving its viewers reeling.

At least nine people were killed and an unidentified number of people injured in the shooting, which occurred at the Olympia shopping mall in Munich, Germany, on Friday.

While police continue their hunt for those behind the attack, a shocking video has emerged showing one of the men involved opening fire on innocent bystanders during the attack.

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Israel's psychopathic Defense Minister compares beloved Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish to Hitler

Mahmoud Darwish, 1941-2008
Important news from the new Israel, whose former reputation as a democracy is giving way to that of an authoritarian bunker. Israeli army radio did a program on the late leading poet of Palestine, Mahmoud Darwish, earlier this week, and Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman said the broadcast should not have happened. He likened Darwish to Hitler, and his writing to Mein Kampf.

The New York Times headlines the story: "Israeli Defense Minister Compares Beloved Palestinian Poet to Hitler." James Glanz leads:
Israel's ultranationalist defense minister, Avigdor Lieberman, managed to offend both Palestinians and free-speech advocates on Thursday, comparing the Palestinians' national poet to Adolf Hitler and threatening the independence of Israel's Army Radio station.
The JTA report in the Forward says Lieberman made the comparison in a meeting with the head of the army radio:
"By that logic, the complete legacy of the Mufti al-Husseini or the literary merits of 'Mein Kampf' could also have been included," the defense chief said.
Al-Monitor's report rightly focuses on on the repressive Israeli political environment:
Zionist Camp Knesset member Shelly Yachimovich . . . slammed Liberman's reaction on Facebook, calling it "a step that can only be defined as characterizing fascist regimes."
The rightwingers inside the Netanyahu coalition found it outrageous that Darwish would ever be on Army radio.
The Darwish storm broke following a Facebook post by Culture and Sport Minister Miri Regev. Regev wrote that she was shocked that Army Radio had featured the work of the Palestinian national poet. "The IDF [Israel Defense Forces] radio station has gone off the rails," she said, and quoted a section of "Identity Card," which was featured on the program. In his famous poem, written in 1964, Darwish wrote, "I do not hate people. I steal from no one. However, if I am hungry I will eat the flesh of my usurper. Beware, beware of my hunger and of my anger . . ."

The outrage over Darwish's poem joins the ongoing perversion of anything rejected by the worldview of the right-wing regime in Israel, including educational and cultural issues and basic historical concepts.

There are many examples of this erosion, from the rewriting of the civics textbook for Israeli pupils by Naftali Bennett's Education Ministry, to Regev's brutal assaults on cultural and artistic institutions and her demand that these establishments declare their loyalty to Israel or face budgetary cutbacks and culminating in attacks by right-wing ministers on Israeli media outlets and their "encouragement" to adopt the Israeli narrative and work to strengthen Israel's Jewish heritage.

Comment: What a hypocrite.

Armageddon anyone? Netanyahu under fire after proposing psychopath Avigdor Lieberman head defense of Israel


Former jailer for Sandra Bland admits to falsifying prison logs - he never checked on her before her death

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Sandra Bland
Major new revelations in the Sandra Bland case broke on Friday, as the lawyer for Sandra Bland's mother says that a former jailer has admitted to falsifying prison logs.

According to lawyer Cannon Lambert, a former Waller County Jail guard admitted under oath that he never checked in on Bland roughly an hour before her death, despite the fact that he'd recorded having done so in prison logs.

"The jailer told him in the deposition he noted in the jail log he observed Bland in her cell at 8:01 a.m., less than an hour before she was found strangled by a noose made from a plastic trash bag," reports The Houston Chronicle. "In fact, jailers never checked on Bland or about a dozen other inmates that hour, Lambert said."

One of The Houston Chronicle's sources also claims that even though special prosecutors were informed of the falsified logs, a grand jury nonetheless didn't indict anyone from the sheriff's office over Bland's death. Similar violations in the past have resulted in criminal indictments, the Chronicle notes.

Comment: This lends just more credence to the likelihood that Sandra Bland did not commit suicide, but was murdered by law enforcement officers. The jailer was most likely told to stay away from her cell by higher-ups. That there have been no indictments in this brutal crminal act highlights the extreme travesty of justice in this case:

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'Keep history out of it': How Israel convinces Americans that Palestine is the aggressor

Following the Holocaust, the world community — led by the United States and Britain — sought to create a European Jewish-only state.

This humanitarian move, though, utterly failed in respecting the humanity of the land's indigenous inhabitants — Christian and Muslim Palestinians.

Starting in December of 1947, their land and property was seized and destroyed to make way for the state of Israel, where white only European Jews would live . Over 750,000 Palestinians were expelled and over 10,000 were killed by the British and US armed Zionist militias, and later Israeli forces, during the Nakba, an Arabic word meaning "catastrophe."

Those expelled by the Nakba and their Palestinian descendants who make up the world's largest refugee population in the world are not allowed to return to their land.

Comment: A window into the traumas of the Israeli Occupation of Palestine

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Colorado town warned against drinking water after tests reveal presence of THC

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Residents of a Colorado town have been warned against using their water for drinking or bathing as it may contain traces of marijuana.

THC, the psychoactive chemical found in marijuana, was discovered in the water supply in the town of Hugo, located less than 100 miles (160km) southeast of Denver.

The discovery was made by a local company following simple "field tests" which returned a 'positive' result for the presence of what health authorities have described as "marijuana THC-related," reported Reuters.

Police also carried out 10 other field tests, six of which returned a positive result, triggering the warning from officials.

"Investigators are assessing the situation with state and federal authorities," Lincoln County Sheriff's Office said in a Facebook post. "Bathroom usage is still safe, but until more information is known to us, out of an abundance of caution, avoid drinking Town of Hugo Water."

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Austin cops slam 112-pound teacher to ground for speeding, then blatantly lie about arrest procedure

Pulled over for driving 15 mph over the speed limit, an elementary school teacher was recorded on police dash cam video being slammed to the ground twice by an overly aggressive cop. After the woman was placed in the back of a patrol car, two separate videos caught the arresting officer making false statements regarding the arrest and another officer making racist comments to the restrained teacher.

At 12:30 p.m. on June 15, 2015, Austin Police Officer Bryan Richter pulled over 26-year-old Breaion King for driving 15 mph over the speed limit. According to Richter's dash cam video, the officer immediately ordered King to step back inside her car before informing the teacher that she had been stopped for speeding.