Mon, 30 May 2016 17:23 UTC
The incident took place on Friday when the 15-year-old girl went missing, with her body later found hanging from a tree outside the village on Saturday, AFP reported, citing local police superintendent Salik Ram Verma.
The 15-year-old allegedly left her home in the Bahraich district of India's Uttar Pradesh state at night when her family was fast asleep and went to meet one of the men. When she came to the meeting place three men were waiting and attacked her.
"When the girl resisted their bid, she was raped and later strangled. To make it look like a case of suicide, they hung her body from a tree and left the spot," superintendent Verma added.
Sat, 28 May 2016 03:38 UTC
Tar Heels are named as the defendant in two separate lawsuits, alleging that the so-called "transgender bathroom law" enacted by the state in March violated civil rights protections. One suit was filed by the federal government and the other by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).
The 'bathroom law' requires transgender people to use restrooms corresponding with the sex on their birth certificate in public schools, universities and many other public buildings. It also excluded gender identity and sexual orientation from statewide anti-discriminatory protections. That provision has since been revised.
Comment: See also: Skewed priorities: Oklahoma lawmakers move to impeach Obama...over bathrooms
The Free Thought Project
Mon, 30 May 2016 18:17 UTC
Because of the injuries Olivia sustained during the assault, Olivia says he's had to undergo two separate surgeries — one on his throat and one on his shoulder.
On February 16, as the elderly veteran attempted to walk through the metal detectors at the entrance to the VA clinic, the guards tell him to empty his pockets, and he does. That's when things go south.
The VA police officers then tell Olivia to put his ID in the bucket. He informs them that his ID is in the bucket, but they refused to let him through. For several minutes, Olivia exchanged words with the officers, explaining that his ID was indeed in the bucket.
The Free Thought Project
Mon, 30 May 2016 18:09 UTC
City officials consider the development a major accomplishment in the drive to create large-scale housing for the estimated 2,700 homeless veterans in Los Angeles County. The plan calls for developers to purchase crime ridden, often run down motels from private owners in an effort to convert them into efficiency apartments, according to the Los Angeles Times.
It's estimated that nationally between 529,000 and 840,000 veterans are homeless at some time during the year, and that on any given night, more than 300,000 veterans are living on the streets or in shelters in the U.S.
Comment: Does this mean that LA will be abandoning their previous policies regarding the homeless?
- LA's newest law: Homeless can only own a trashcan's worth of belongings
- California continues its crackdown on tiny houses for the homeless
Police State Roundup! What's with cops and sex crimes, killing dogs & terrorizing kids while they're at school?
Mon, 30 May 2016 19:40 UTC
In a move that is highly unusual for police officers accused of horrible crimes, he was sentenced to life in prison. His crimes were abominable: possession, distribution & production of child pornography, coercing a minor to engage in sexual activity - some of this while he was on midnight shifts in his patrol car. Court documents show Officer Harding spent time using an app called Kik messenger and frequented a chat room labeled #toddlerfuck.
When his home was raided, they found a thumb drive which contained such titles as "7yo girl fingered deep in both holes" and "6yo suck" both of which contained graphic sexual abuse of children by adults. That same thumb drive also contained pictures of Harding in his uniform, according to the criminal complaint.
Thankfully, he was arrested in September of 2015 and was sentenced last Monday to life in prison. However, it is pretty unusual for cops to get such appropriate sentences for their crimes. I wonder, did Officer Harding know too much? Were there other officers involved? There must be a reason for him to be sentenced to life, one can't help but wonder what it was. Especially when other officers receive a much lighter treatment for similar crimes.
The Free Thought Project
Mon, 30 May 2016 00:00 UTC
Before jumping to assert this would somehow disrespect those who have died, understand it is precisely because the lives of U.S. troops are precious that we should not allow anyone to die for less than the most noble cause. And the imperialist goals of a crumbling empire simply do not embody a laudable reason to put lives on the line. Exposing mendacious pro-war propaganda for what it is could swiftly change the minds of future soldiers considering devoting their lives to military service.
Plenty of past examples of unabashed pro-war propaganda can be found in narratives invariably regurgitated by mainstream media acting as the government's cheerleader.
When Russia delivered humanitarian aid to victims of ethnic cleansing in Ukraine, the United States attempted to present the move as an invasion. But its inept propaganda quickly became apparent when evidence to back up the claim never materialized — it was nonexistent because it wasn't true.
Ukrainian leader Petro Poroshenko's ultranationalist goals to clamp down on the people of Eastern Ukraine who wished to retain their Russian culture was quickly reinforced with military action. As thousands of civilians were killed and millions fled the violence, Russia sent a convoy of aid in medical supplies and food. But due to lingering Cold War resentment by the U.S. government, the aid convoy suddenly became a Russian invasion — properly touted as such by every corporate media outlet and, of course, by then-Secretary General of NATO, Anders Fogh Rasmussen, as well as John Kerry.
Thu, 26 May 2016 00:00 UTC
1. The Russian Orthodox Church demonstrates that it supports only the trends in modern international processes that aim to build a multi-polar world, and the dialogue of civilizations and cultures on the basis of traditional, non-liberal values:
Consolidation of mankind on the basis of the moral commandments of God is fully consistent with the Christian mission. This incarnation of globalization provides an opportunity for fraternal mutual assistance, free exchange of creative achievements and knowledge, respectful coexistence of different languages and cultures, the joint protection of nature - would be a reasonable and pious.
If the essence of globalization is only to overcome the division between the people, the content of its economic processes had to be overcome inequalities, the prudent use of earthly riches, equitable international cooperation.
ISIS jihadists sell sex slaves on Facebook, hundreds of women held captive and traded by the terror group
Mon, 30 May 2016 06:26 UTC
Photos of a young girl of about 18 were posted on Facebook by an Islamic State (IS, previously ISIS/ISIL) militant called Abu Assad Almani, which is Arabic for "German," the Washington Post reports.
"To all the brothers thinking about buying a slave, this one is $8,000," said Almani's post dated May 20. The same man reportedly posted a second image a few hours later, this time showing a pale young face with weepy red eyes.
"Another sabiyah [slave], also about $8,000. Yes or no?" he wrote in the posting.
Comment: See also: A photojournalist describes going undercover as a sex worker
It's not just photos: Russian women do not have to worry about being instructed by random men to "smile." It is Bitchy Resting Face Nation, seemingly forever responding "um, I guess?" to any question the universe might pose.
This does not mean we are all unhappy! Quite the opposite: The virile ruler, the vodka, the endless mounds of sour cream—they are pleasing to some. It's just that grinning without cause is not a skill Russians possess or feel compelled to cultivate. There's even a Russian proverb that translates, roughly, to "laughing for no reason is a sign of stupidity."
Mon, 30 May 2016 12:42 UTC
About one-quarter say they have hardly any confidence that their votes will be counted accurately, a poll by the AP-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research has revealed. As much as 55 percent, including majorities from Democrats and Republicans, say they feel totally helpless about the ongoing election.
Only eight percent of Americans say they have a great deal of confidence in the Republican Party, and 15 percent - in the Democratic Party. Similarly, just 29 percent of Democrats and 16 percent of Republicans have any confidence in their own political parties.