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Young Muslim leader: 'Disillusion with political order' is fueling extremism

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Islamic state fighters (L), The English Defence League demonstrators.
Extremism among young people is fueled by discontent and social fragmentation, a young east Londoner working for the Kofi Annan Foundation claims.

Speaking to the Press Association ahead of her address at the One Young World Summit, 23-year-old Fatima Zaman shared her views on the causes of extremism in young people.

"Across the entire spectrum, from the far right, the far left and Islamist-inspired extremism, there exist certain commonalities," she argued.

"Irrespective of the type of terrorist organization, extremist ideology is fueled by discontent, social fragmentation and a disillusion with the political order of the day."

Society and the media should "drown out extremism by amplifying the voices of reason, using positive stories to defeat extremism and by offering a better alternative narrative."

Comment: Another example of how a Western government manages to fix a problem with "solutions" seemingly designed only to make matters worse.


Grieving man stopped for speeding but Ohio cop drives him 100 miles to family

© Mark E Ross / Facebook
A police officer pulling over a black man in Ohio could have been the precursor to another bout of protests. However, one Facebook post documenting such a happening had such a refreshingly positive outcome that it's gone viral.

When Mark Ross received a call in the middle of the night informing him that his 15-year-old sister had been killed, all he wanted was to be with his family. Since he didn't have a car, he asked a friend to drive him the 400km (250 miles) from Indiana to Detroit. However, his friend had a suspended license.

After being pulled over for speeding in Ohio, Ross explained what had happened, bursting into tears.

"I explained to the officer that my sister had died and that I needed to get to my mother ASAP" Ross said. "I broke down crying and he saw the sincerity in my cry."

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Police State America: Checkpoints are the new stop and frisk

Police and the Border Patrol are using 'general crime control checkpoints' to harass and detain motorists across the country. Below, is a list of nine different checkpoints police use, to ticket and arrest citizens. Last year, I warned everyone that multiple law enforcement partners, are conducting drug (heroin) checkpoints focused on vehicles and pedestrians!

Drug testing checkpoints are a lie...

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13-car train derailment prompts hazmat response in Eugene, Oregon

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Rail officials are investigating after 13 cars on a Union Pacific train derailed in Eugene.

Eugene police and Eugene Springfield Fire personnel were called when a black tanker car fell to its side Sunday in west Eugene on the Union Pacific tracks, The Register-Guard reported. Another 10 empty rail cars were behind the tanker, tilted at awkward angles. Two grain cars also derailed.

Union Pacific spokesman Justin Jacobs said the train was headed around a curve when the cars left the track. "The main line wasn't affected, and there was no release (of any hazardous material)," he said.

Emergency responders kept traffic and residents away from the tracks because of concerns about the flammable liquid that was in the tanker car. "We want to make sure we don't have a hazmat leak," said Battalion Chief Jeff Kronser of Eugene Springfield Fire.

Jacobs said Union Pacific will not know what caused the derailment until its investigation is completed. Despite not being on the main track, the derailment delayed passenger train service.

Some residents near the tracks saw the derailment. Debbie Holte said she and her mother were on a walk when they heard a train pass and then suddenly stop.

"We didn't even hear anything," Holte said. "So we were surprised (to see the derailment.)"


SOTT Exclusive: Candid App - The anatomy of censorship and the genesis of Big Brother

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Hall 9000 it is not but Candid sports a sleek and "infallible" AI that analyzes your messages to make sure they're nice, it also makes sure they're true. We wouldn't want to have the wrong opinions, now would we.
A curious thing happened on the way to losing my freedom of speech: A whole bunch of YouTube vloggers, normally known for their fanatical libertarian views, started shilling for Candid, a slick new smartphone app that purports to encourage free and anonymous speech. Of course, Candid is anything but candid - it should be renamed to Censorship.


Islamic cleric killed by unidentified assailants in Russia's North Caucasus region, seventh Imam murdered since 2012

The grand mufti of the Stavropol region, Mukhammad Rakhimov, said the deputy imam of a mosque in the village of Kara-Tyube was shot dead by unknown assailants on September 26.
A local deputy imam in Russia's southern Stavropol region in the North Caucasus has been slain.

The grand mufti of the Stavropol region, Mukhammad Rakhimov, said the deputy imam of a mosque in the village of Kara-Tyube, Ravil Kaibaliyev, was shot dead by unknown assailants on September 26.

In August 2015, Kaibaliyev's predecessor as deputy imam of the mosque, Zamirbek Makhmutov, was also shot dead by unknown assailants.

Kaibaliyev is the seventh imam killed by unidentified attackers in the Stavropol region since 2012.

Imams appointed by the officially registered Spiritual Directorate of Muslims of Russia usually support the government's policies and propagate moderate Islam.

They are often attacked by radical Islamist groups that call for separation from Russia and the establishment of an Islamic state in the region.


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

© Houston Metro police via AP
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.