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2 toddlers found tied up in backyard as 8 children found abandoned in Texas home

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Two crying toddlers tied or chained down in the backyard of a home in San Antonio, Texas, were among the eight children, ranging from ages 10 months to 13 years old, found by police in what authorities have called a "horrific" case of child abuse.

Around 11:45pm on Thursday, Bexar County sheriff's deputies arrived at the home following a 911 notification in which the caller said she had heard children crying in the backyard for at least a couple of hours. Using a ladder, the deputies found a two-year-old boy chained to the ground and a 3-year-old girl tied to a door with a dog leash.

"Our deputies arrive to the house, they knock on the front door (and) no one answers. They go to the backyard, they get a ladder to look over the fence and that's where they see the two toddlers," Bexar County Sheriff's Office spokesman James Keith said, accordingto KSAT. "The little boy was chained to the ground. The little girl was tied up with a dog leash to a door. It was obvious they had both been there a while. There (were) obvious signs of abuse."

Inside the house, deputies found six more unsupervised children of varying ages. The toddlers were taken to Christus Santa Rosa Children's Hospital to be treated for injuries, the Sheriff's Office said. The girl had a broken arm, Keith added. All eight children are now in custody of Texas Child Protective Services.

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Civic minded Romans reclaim the city after years of neglect by corrupt officials

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© AP Photo/Alessandra TarantinoVolunteers clean the banks of the Tiber river, Rome, as part of the Retake Rome gathering, Sunday April 17, 2016. Tired of waiting years for the city to replace diseased trees and do other work, Romans are starting to take back their city.
Armed with shovels and sacks of cold asphalt, Rome's residents fill potholes. Defying rats, they yank weeds and bag trash along the Tiber's banks and in urban parks. Tired of waiting years for the city to replace diseased trees, neighbors dig into their own pockets to pay for new ones for their block.

Romans are starting to take back their city, which for years was plundered and neglected by City Hall officials and cronies so conniving that some of them are on trial as alleged mobsters.

In doing the work, Romans are experimenting with what for many Italians is a novel and alien concept: a sense of civic duty.

One windy recent Sunday morning, Manuela Di Santo slathered paint over graffiti defacing a wall on Via Ludovico di Monreale, a residential block in Rome's middle-class Monteverde neighborhood. Men, perched on ladders, used mechanical sanders to erase graffiti on another palazzo. Women and children swept up litter, filling black plastic trash bags provided by the city's sanitation service, which is only too glad to have someone do the job for free.

"Either I help the city, or we're all brought to our knees," said Di Santo.

Comment: Bravo to these Romans who have recognized that the quality of their lives is in their own hands and have begun the necessary steps to reclaim their power. If these types of movements could gain traction around the globe, perhaps we might collectively begin to hope for a better future for humanity.

Post imperialism: A Template for a New Social Order


Road-raging Chicago cops beat minister

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A woman with two small children in her car tried to pull into her driveway. That simple task ended with Chicago police officers pointing a gun to her head and charging her with attempted murder.

CBS 2's Dave Savini has police video, the 9-1-1 calls and complaints against these officers.

In 2013, Rev. Catherine Brown found herself in a violent struggle with Chicago police, which was caught on squad car cameras. It began when Brown was driving down her alley heading to her driveway. Around a bend she says she saw a squad car speeding towards her without lights or sirens.

"It's a blessing I did blow my horn," says Brown, who thought the police car could have hit her.


McCain staff member arrested for running meth lab and drug operation

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© Ralph Orlowski / Reuters
A meth lab in Arizona is standing out not because of the drugs or counterfeit cash police found inside, but rather the person behind the operation: the fundraiser for John McCain's Senate re-election bid.

Emily Pitha was arrested after the lab was found in her Maricopa County home on Tuesday. Pitha, 34, was a staff member for retired US Sen. Jon Kyl (R-Arizona) and was listed as the RSVP contact for Sen. John McCain's (R-Arizona) re-election fundraiser, Raw Story reported.

Comment: Considering McCain's psychopathic nature, it's not surprising that his coterie would contain those of like mind.


Russia proposing to give families unused agricultural land for family farms

russian family agricultural land
© Vitaliy Ankov / Sputnik
The new Russian law on impounding unused agricultural land could be amended with a clause allowing such plots to be given free to families with three or more children, the head of State Duma Committee for Agriculture has said.

"It is possible that we will write in this bill that land not used today could be used by families with many children. Plots of land confiscated because of improper use could be handed over to families of Russian citizens with three or more children who permanently reside in rural areas. Such families could then use the land for family farms of up to 50 hectares (123.5 acres)," MP Nikolai Pankov (United Russia) said in an interview with Izvestia daily.

The existing draft of the bill also stipulates that businessmen willing to launch their own agricultural enterprises can buy land from the state at prices fixed in state land registries. They would then be under an obligation to use it. If regional supervising bodies discover that the purchased land remains unused for a year, the owner would be fined (the proposed fines vary from 0.3 to 1.5 percent of the plot's registry price). If the situation continues for a second year, the land would be confiscated and passed to different owners either through an auction or by some other scheme.


IDF soldiers gun down pregnant mother and her brother at Israeli checkpoint; try to frame them as terrorists

Maram Saleh Abu Ismael and Ibrahim Taha
Maram Saleh Abu Ismael and her brother Ibrahim Taha
Palestinian medical sources confirmed that the Palestinian woman, who was killed by Israeli army fire, on Wednesday, did not carry an explosive belt as the army claimed, but was instead five months pregnant, and "her only fault was walking the wrong route and not understanding Hebrew."

The Israeli police and army tried to come up with various allegations, including the usual claim of "carrying a knife," and then tried to claim that she "was wearing an explosive belt," while the only thing she "carried" was her fetus.

The slain woman has been identified as Maram Saleh Abu Ismael, 24, a mother of two children; Sarah, 6, and Remas, 4. Her brother, Ibrahim Taha, only sixteen years of age, was also killed as he was walking with her, heading to Jerusalem, after she obtained for the first time, a permit to enter the city.

Comment: This is what U.S. military aid to Israel supports:
While these killing were taking place in Israel, in Washington, D.C. 83 sitting U.S. Senators were signatories of a letter calling on the White House to immediately increase military aid to Israel, currently the largest recipient of foreign military aid in the world by a significant margin — equaling 53% of all U.S. foreign military financing.

The current military aid package to Israel, set to expire in 2018, gives the Israelis $3 billion dollars annually. Israel is reportedly demanding an increase to at least $5 billion per year in military support, according to The Times of Israel.

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Cops stand around and do nothing while fellow officer beats handcuffed woman

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© Jacksonville Sheriff's OfficeSheriff's Officer Akinyemi Borisade beats a handcuffed Mayra Martinez
Mayra Martinez, 31, had a bad first day on the job at the local Scores Bar in Jacksonville. That afternoon, she became intoxicated, quit, and refused to leave, so police were called — this would turn her bad day into a horrifying one.

When police arrived at the bar around 5 p.m., they arrested Martinez and charged her with trespassing and resisting.

According to the police report, Martinez was drunk and belligerent when two officers showed up to remove her from the property. One of those officers was Akinyemi Borisade, 26. When police tried to place her in handcuffs, Martinez tried to kick and bite officers, according to the report. However, as Martinez is much smaller than the two officers who were taking her in, they were easily able to overpower her.


Gangs of the Bronx: Over 120 charged in largest bust in New York City's history

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© Eduardo Munoz/ReutersNYPD officers
More than a hundred people linked to gangs and multiple murders have been charged with crimes in the Bronx, New York by law enforcement, marking what is being called the biggest bust in the city's history. Many of them were arrested Wednesday morning.

About 120 gang members have been charged with crimes, according to US Attorney for the Southern District of New York Preet Bharara. Currently, about 100 people are in custody, WABC reported.

"My message to gang members is: Unless you want jail or death, don't do it," Bharara said at a press conference on Wednesday.

The alleged gang members and gang associates were arrested during a series of early morning raids on Wednesday that targeted five different housing complexes. WABC reported that "heavily armed" officers raided the buildings, and revealed that armored vehicles were also deployed.

Although the operation was led by the New York Police Department, federal law enforcement officials were involved as well, including more than 300 Homeland Security Investigation members, the New York Daily News stated. Officials from the Drug Enforcement Agency, the US Marshals, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives also took part.

Comment: Why governments are no better than street gangs

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Sadistic! Zebra beheaded, fed to tigers in front of children at zoo in Norway

Beheaded zebra
© NRK.coThe beheaded zebra was left in the enclosure for the tigers by staff.

Comment: As a part of the living system, human beings have a moral and social obligation to Mother Nature and these animals. We destroy the natural habitat of these beautiful creatures then throw them in cages allegedly for their welfare, killing them off on a whim. What a horrifying and sad commentary life on humanity and its relationship with this planet.

A Norwegian zoo has been criticized for euthanizing a zebra, cutting off its head, and feeding it to tigers in the view of the public, including children. Some visitors to Kristiansand Zoo and Amusement Park were outraged by the zoo's actions, which claimed it was done due to a surplus zebra population.

A parent visiting the zoo last week took a picture of the beheaded carcass and posted it to Facebook saying, "Took a look at the tigers today. What met me was a little macabre," according to NRK. Another visitor expressed their disgust saying, "A little too macabre for me. Animals eat animals, but I did not think I would see that at the zoo."

Park veterinarian Rolf-Arne Ølberg defended the park's decision, telling NRK, "There is no point hiding it away. I understand why people react, but it is quite normal that a tiger or lion eats a prey."

Asked why the carcass couldn't have been cut into sections to avoid the gruesome sight, Ølberg said the corpse stimulates the tiger's natural behavior, forcing them to use their claws and teeth to tear it apart. Technically, this would never actually happen in the wild since there are no tigers in Africa, where zebra roam.

Child psychologist Magne Raundalen disagreed with the park's decision, saying that while animals eating animals is natural, "adults beheading a zebra and adding it to an exhibit in front of unsuspecting children" is not.

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Mexico investigates top crime fighter Tomas Zeron over missing 43 students case

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© Reuters/Ginnette RiquelmeRelatives of the 43 missing students of the Ayotzinapa teacher training college march before receiving the final report on the disappearance of their sons by members of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) in Tixtla, Guerrero state, Mexico, April 27, 2016.
One of Mexico's top crime fighters is under investigation over a key incident in the probe into the apparent massacre of 43 trainee teachers in 2014, the attorney general's office said on Thursday, adding a twist to a case that has shaken the country.

The probe into officials including Tomas Zeron, head of the attorney general's criminal investigation agency, was triggered by a report by a panel of experts questioning the circumstances in which a charred bone fragment was discovered in a river.

The fragment belonged to the only one of the 43 whose remains have been definitively identified, evidence which has sustained the government's version the teachers were murdered by a drug gang, incinerated and dumped into the river.

Comment: See also: 'Where are our boys?' Thousands rally in Mexico 1 year after 43 students kidnapped in Iguala