Wed, 30 Nov 2016 21:22 UTC
The new law more than doubles the required number of a religion's followers for it to qualify for state subsidies and run its own schools. At least 50,000 members, against the previous 20,000, has now been set as a threshold for gaining official status as a religion. Currently, 62 percent of Slovakia's 5.4 million population are declared Roman Catholics.
Slovakia's far-right People's Party-Our Slovakia wanted to raise the bar to 250,000, but their proposal was turned down by a majority of lawmakers.
"Islamization starts with a kebab and it's already under way in Bratislava, let's realize what we can face in five to 10 years," chairman of the Slovak National Party (SNS) Andrej Danko said, as cited by Reuters. "We must do everything we can so that no mosque is built in the future," the politician was quoted as adding.
According to the last census, Islam has some 2,000 followers in Slovakia, Reuters reported, adding that there are no recognized mosques in the central European country. The Islamic Foundation in Slovakia, which has not commented on the new legislation so far, puts the number at around 5,000.
Thu, 01 Dec 2016 00:40 UTC
Authors of the research, entitled "Globalization anxiety or value conflict? Who in Europe votes for the populist parties and why?" examined the opinions of nearly 11,000 people in all 28 EU countries. According to a key finding of the paper, globalization appears to be the crucial force behind the growing ranks of right-wing and populist parties' across Europe.
"The results of our study show that it is mainly the fear of globalization that drives some to go away from the political mainstream and turn to the populist parties," the research states. It adds that values are playing hereby a "subordinate role." According to the study, 78 percent of the German anti-immigrant Alternative for Germany party (AfD) are viewing globalization critically or have a fear of it.
Wed, 30 Nov 2016 22:52 UTC
Swedish national broadcaster SVT has in collaboration with the German TV-channel ARD gained access to over 4,000 names that have leaked directly from Daesh, revealing the identities of thousands of European citizens who traveled to Syria to join the terrorists, among them 12 Swedes.
Algerian-born Mohamed Aziz Belkaid reportedly co-masterminded the terrorist attacks in Paris and Brussels, in which 162 people died, and was himself shot dead by Belgian police before the bombings in the Belgian capital took place.
Wed, 30 Nov 2016 22:59 UTC
Non-Hispanic white deaths in states that represent 38 percent of the US population have surpassed white birth rates, according to new research by the Carsey School of Public Policy at the University of New Hampshire.
The states include Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Maine, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and West Virginia. The total population of these states is about 121 million.
Comment: Population decline is also a big problem in Europe (though we don't know if the pattern is the same vis a vis whites/ethnic minorities).
Wed, 30 Nov 2016 22:37 UTC
At present, thousands of people are fleeing Aleppo's rebel-controlled part. Aleppo, Syria's largest city and a major financial and industrial center, has been held by various rebel and terrorist groups ever since the outbreak of the Syrian war, many of them loyal and in fact supported by the US. As the terrorist groups are losing ground inch by inch, a moral defeat looms.
In areas where the Syrian government recently regained control together with loyal militia forces, the future of the former 'rebels,' as they are still being portrayed in some Western media, is rather bleak, as the Syrian special services will spare no effort to track down terrorists and insurgents. Many of them are expected to flee and try and seek asylum in Europe.
Comment: For more analysis on the refugee crises: Refugee Crisis: The Generators, Agents Provocateurs & Opportunists (VIDEO)
Wed, 30 Nov 2016 22:33 UTC
Special Prosecutor Randi McGinn filed a notice to dismiss the charge of second-degree murder against former Officer Dominique Perez on Monday.
The notice to dismiss comes more than a month after a three-week jury trial for Perez and the other officer ended with a judge declaring a mistrial because jurors could not agree on a verdict.
"Saying that Dominique Perez is relieved terribly understates the weight that has been lifted from his shoulders," said Luis Robles, the former officer's attorney, according to the Associated Press.
The 2014 shooting was the first time that Perez had opened fire.
The video on Perez's helmet cam showed a cop opening firing on Boyd while his back was turned to the police in March 2014. The clip was widely circulated online and led to protests, and caused the local police force to become the target of widespread condemnation.
Comment: Notice the military tone of the officers involved in James Boyd's murder. Police training has long abandoned the idea of 'protect and serve'. They are now for all intents and purposes a domestic army.
Wed, 30 Nov 2016 22:19 UTC
Sergeant Scott Blume is charged with assault and harassment after the majority of the September 24 incident was caught on video. Blume is accused of attacking an inmate - including pepper-spraying his genitals.
According to the affidavit, the incident began when an inmate was caught drinking alcohol and needed to be escorted to the restricted housing unit by Blume. Blume led the inmate to a holding cell where he ordered him to change into a different uniform for the corresponding housing unit.
While the inmate was disrobing, the two argued and Blume proceeded to enter the cell where he grabbed the inmate by the throat and pulled his hair. The inmate continued to refuse to change his uniform and Blume responded by pepper-spraying the inmate through a slot in the door.
Wed, 30 Nov 2016 22:16 UTC
To visit next year's edition of the popular Bråvalla Festival in the city of Norrköping, one will have to sign a document accepting the festival's set of values. Remarkably, the value system contract will be signed by festival-goers, personnel and even artists alike, to eliminate the very possibility of crime. This is part of the preventive work against rape and sex crimes, which flourished at summer festivals in 2016. By their own admission, the festivals' organizers FKP Scorpio were previously not specifically clear about their core values.
"What we want is for people to be able to visit this festival and feel safe and secure," SKP Scorpio marketing manager Niklas Westergren told Swedish national broadcaster SVT.
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Wed, 30 Nov 2016 20:37 UTC
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Wed, 30 Nov 2016 20:37 UTC
The pipeline, operated by Mid-America Pipeline Company, thankfully ruptured in an isolated area near the Kansas City International Airport, causing a massive explosion and fire - but no injuries.
According to a report by KCTV-5:
"Plumes of fire and heavy smoke were showing from the scene and lit up the sky from miles away. An hour after the fire started, it was still burning, but the flames had reduced significantly. The fire was burning itself out a short time later.
A crew from Mid-America Pipeline Company came to shut off the valves so the pipelines' mix of ethane and propane didn't fuel the fire."
WikiLeaks publishes new email batch in honor of whistleblower Barrett Brown - HBGary Federal discussed 'sniffers & taps on journalists'
Wed, 30 Nov 2016 18:17 UTC
Emails belonging to HBGary Federal were first obtained by hacktivist collective Anonymous in February 2011. WikiLeaks published them for the first time on Tuesday in the form of a searchable database comprised of some 60,000 emails.
The release was dedicated to Brown, a Texas journalist who spent almost two years in federal prison for his work in reporting on the HBGary leaks and the 2012 hack of the private intelligence company Stratfor. Some 5.5 million emails from that hack were published by WikiLeaks between 2013 and 2014.
In January 2014, Brown was sentenced to 63 months behind bars for obstruction of justice, threatening a federal officer and being an accessory after the fact. He was paroled Tuesday.
Among the revelations contained in the HBGary Federal emails was the company's proposal to spy on Russia using mobile telephony and wireless "sniffers," hinting at capabilities of the NSA before they were disclosed by whistleblower Edward Snowden in 2013.