Thu, 19 May 2016 15:23 UTC
"The idea of specialness, exceptionality and unique rights of the American state and American people has been used in US internal political rhetoric for quite a while, but in the recent years it is being actively and persistently offered in US foreign policy documents and public speeches on international politics delivered by US officials," Judge Valery Zorkin said at the St Petersburg international legal forum on Thursday.
"Any unbiased and educated person would see that this statement by Obama is an almost exact copy of leading politicians and propaganda specialists of the Third Reich, including Adolph Hitler... In essence, Obama is using the exact same thing that Nazi bosses said about the German exceptionalism when they started the world war," he added.
The judge also said that in his view the exceptionalism concept had direct influence on the modern US concepts of military planning and these concepts see the main objective of all activities as reaching such degree of military might that the United States remains out of reach of other nations, on land, sea, in air and in space.
World-renowned Pianist, Valentina Lisitsa interviewed in Donetsk: 'They have threatened me many times'
New Cold War
Mon, 16 May 2016 00:00 UTC
Musicians Alexander Kots and Dmitry Steshin spoke with the renowned international, classical pianist Valentina Lisitsa for Komsomolskaya Pravda prior to a recent concert in Donetsk. Lisitsa grew up in Ukraine and moved to the United States at the age of 18.
Comment: Here is a an Exclusive SoTT article back from August 2015. Valentina Lisitsa's strength and bravery should be shared with others. SOTT Exclusive: Ukrainian pianist Valentina Lisitsa condemns Kiev's atrocities, silenced by Dutch airline KLM
Thu, 19 May 2016 14:55 UTC
George Coty Wayman initially told police the boy was bouncing on the bed shortly before 3 p.m. Tuesday and accidentally landed on the gun, causing it to fire, reported KFDX-TV.
But investigators said the evidence did not match up with the 18-year-old Wayman's account, and they said he admitted to pointing the gun at the child and threatened to shoot if he did not stop jumping on the bed.
Wayman said the gun accidentally fired and struck the child, identified by authorities as Dominic Tra'Juan Castro, in the back of the head.
Fri, 20 May 2016 14:20 UTC
A body part, two seats and suitcases from the EgyptAir Airbus A320 have been found by Egyptian rescuers, Greece's defense minister, Panos Kammenos, said later on Friday. Greece has been notified about the discovery by the Egyptian authorities, he told journalists in Athens
"Regarding the outputs of the research, we have been briefed by the Egyptian JRCC (Joint Rescue Coordination Center) - and that was also announced to the media - about the discovery of a body part, two seats and luggage at the scene of the search, slightly to the south of where the plane's signal was lost. That is to the south and east of where the plane was lost, and further north of yesterday's sighting, that was not confirmed to be debris from the plane."
He also stressed that Greek radars detected that the aircraft had taken a normal course through Greece's airspace and did not deviate. The radars then spotted sharp turns in the aircraft's trajectory as it plunged from a cruising altitude to 15,000ft, then disappearing from radars.
Fri, 20 May 2016 12:48 UTC
All the characters are quite wonderful and very-very funny, but a particular favorite of mine is the gloomy undertaker Private Frazer — who's always forecasting doom and disaster. Recently, I've been wondering if Frazer has secretly been put in charge of the Remain campaign, because some of the claims are pure Dad's Army.
Fri, 20 May 2016 12:11 UTC
According to Kiev police, an estimated crowd of over 2,000 people have joined the protest, although organizers have said that at least 8,000 people are attending the event.
Fri, 20 May 2016 09:36 UTC
The CGT, FO, FSU, Solidaires, UNEF, UNL, FIDL said in a statement that a "national day of strikes, protests and actions" will be held on May 26," as quoted by La Voix du Nord newspaper on Thursday.
On June 14, the unions will "reinforce the move by a day of inter-profession strike with a national demonstration in Paris" as the Senate will be debating the issue.
The Free Thought Project
Fri, 20 May 2016 00:39 UTC
In a "legal enforcement guidance" issued under New York City Human Rights Law, "employers and converted entities" are now required "to use an individual's preferred name, pronoun and title (e.g., Ms./Mrs.) regardless of the individual's sex assigned at birth, anatomy, gender, medical history, appearance, or the sex indicated on the individual's identification," reported the Washington Times.
Comment: Ze? Hir? Newspeak, anyone?
San Francisco police chief forced to resign after officer shoots woman in wake of high-profile police killings
Thu, 19 May 2016 00:58 UTC
The police department and Suhr have faced mounting criticism and protests for months in the wake of several high-profile police killings and a racist text scandal.
"I have previously expressed confidence in Chief Suhr because I know he agrees with and understands the need for reform," Lee told reporters at a press conference in City Hall. "But following this morning's officer-involved shooting and my meeting with Chief Suhr this afternoon, today I have arrived at a different conclusion to the question of how best to move forward."
San Francisco Police spokeswoman Officer Grace Gatpandan said she could not comment on the resignation. "The statement was given by the mayor. That's all we have," she said.
Thu, 19 May 2016 20:59 UTC
Female genital mutilation, also known as "cutting" or FGM, involves the partial or total removal of a female's external genitalia. The procedure has been traditionally performed in the Middle East and Africa as a cultural custom, though it does not offer any medical or health benefit.
Despite being made illegal by Congress back in 1996, roughly 513,000 women and girls in the US were at risk of undergoing FGM as of 2012, according to a recent study from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That is more than three times higher than previous estimates based on data from 1990.
Notably, the CDC report said that the number of women and girls at risk below the age of 18 had increased by more than four times, making up about one-third of potential victims.
"We believe some of it is being conducted by medical practitioners - physicians, nurses, midwives - and some by female elders within the communities who have the distinction of being what is called a cutter," said Special Agent Kerry Sparks, who focuses on FGM cases as part of the FBI's International Human Rights Unit (IHRU), in a statement.