Tue, 08 Dec 2015 16:14 UTC
"As a result of abominable acts by ISIS that included the killing of innocent people and dumping their corpses in streets, this is the leading factor behind the rapid spread of Leishmanisis disease," Dilqash Isa, the head of the Kurdish Red Crescent told the Kurdish Rudaw news.
Comment: Truly heart wrenching.
Dispelling the myth that Muslims aren't doing enough to fight terrorists groups: They are, in fact, on the front lines
Tue, 08 Dec 2015 14:01 UTC
In the wake of the San Bernardino shooting, they've ramped up their usual fearmongering about Muslims and Islam, a religion practiced by 1.6 billion people with a rich 1,500 year history of scholarship, art, and culture.
"Moderate" Muslims, Republican say, just aren't doing enough to fight radical groups like Daesh. This argument is so flat-out wrong and inaccurate it wouldn't be worth talking about if it weren't echoed everyday on cable news by right-wing stooge after right-wing stooge.
The fact is that every day Muslims ARE fighting Daesh.
They're fighting Daesh on the ground in Syria and Iraq, they're fighting Daesh as members of our armed forces, and they're fighting Daesh in their mosques and communities where they are doing their best to stop extremism before it starts. Everyday Muslims hate Daesh more than anyone, and that's not just because most of its victims are, you know, Muslim.
Mon, 07 Dec 2015 11:02 UTC
Head of Iran's cyber police Brigadier General Kamal Hadianfar said on Monday that some of those individuals who had backed the Daesh dogma out of negligence were released on their own recognizance while the rest remained in custody. Hadianfar said that the majority of the individuals had been arrested in Iran's border provinces.
During the same period, said the commander, FATA identified some 285 pro-Daesh websites and profiles, 108 of which were based overseas and countered through the Interpol. Some 132 websites that had promoted the Daesh dogma were identified and blocked during the past eight months, he added.
Comment: Whether the activities of Daesh have "links to Islam" or not, we should follow the breadcrumbs back to the founders, trainers and keepers of this group. The rest is blur and window dressing compared to the demon spawn itself, its hell-bent originators and their heinous agenda.
The Free Thought Project
Tue, 08 Dec 2015 02:58 UTC
The only casualty of an hours-long SWAT raid and hostage situation in Neenah, Wisconsin was a disabled veteran who had filed a $50 million civil rights suit after he survived a similar SWAT raid three years ago.
Michael Funk, a co-owner of Eagle Nation Cycles, was shot and killed by police after being held hostage for several hours on December 5. Police evacuated several buildings and closed down an entire street in the city, which is located about 40 miles south of Green Bay.
"Mike worked there," observed attorney Cole White, who had represented him in his lawsuit against the City of Neenah and its police department. "Mike was a hostage ... not a suspect, he was not involved criminally. He was a hostage that was taken at gunpoint by this maniac."
A suspect was taken into custody at about 1:00 PM. His name has not been released, nor has the name of the officer who killed Funk. The official story is that Funk, who had a concealed carry license, refused to drop his gun in response to police commands after he fled the building.According to the preliminary police account, the still-unidentified officer who killed Funk was shot and suffered trivial injuries. It isn't known how the hostage situation began.
U.S. Dept of Justice opens civil rights probe over Chicago police shooting; 409 shootings since 2007
Mon, 07 Dec 2015 18:04 UTC
The US Justice Department will launch a wide-ranging investigation into the Chicago Police Department following the release of a video showing the shooting of a black teenager.
The civil rights probe, which comes after similar investigations in Baltimore and Ferguson, follows intense scrutiny surrounding the police department and Mayor Rahm Emanuel over their handling of the death of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald.
Officer Jason Van Dyke was charged with first-degree murder on 24 November, more than a year after the teenager's death and hours before police dashboard camera footage showing the fatal shooting was released.
The video showed Mr McDonald moving away from officers when Van Dyke opened fire from close range. The officer continued shooting after the teenager fell to the ground and stopped moving.
Chicago City Council signed off on a $5m (£3.3m) settlement with Mr McDonald's family before they had filed a lawsuit and officials fought for months in court to prevent the video, which does not include sound, from being released publicly.
Sun, 06 Dec 2015 00:00 UTC
Today, Schiff continues to argue that the economy is on a downhill trajectory and this time there'll be no stopping it. All of the emergency measures implemented by the government following the Crash of 2008 were merely temporary stop-gaps. The light at the end of the tunnel being touted by officials as recovery, Schiff has famously said, is actually an oncoming train. And if the forecast he laid out in his latest interview is as accurate as those he shared in 2007, then the the train is about to derail.
Comment: For an excellent deconstruction of the house of cards on which our economy is built - as well as some ways in which to ameliorate the coming pain see: 2015, the BRICS checkmate Western finance? (This article is not just about BRICS.)
Mon, 07 Dec 2015 23:44 UTC
The woman was caught on surveillance camera turning around after a vehicle hit a trio of pedestrians. She looked at the victims before continuing to devour her pizza slice.
The footage from Sunday's crash at Fort Greene was obtained by DNAinfo.
Mon, 07 Dec 2015 19:33 UTC
Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera met the Saudi envoy to Colombo last week and raised the case of the woman and a man convicted alongside her, and asked to speak to his Saudi counterpart Adel al-Jubeir.
"We are still awaiting a response to have that conversation," said a foreign ministry official.
Mon, 07 Dec 2015 22:13 UTC
Massachusetts Representative Stephen Lynch stated that a congressional investigation has determined that the findings are the reason why the former DHS director had to resign.
"Back in August, we did an investigation - the inspector general did - of the Department of Homeland Security, and they had 72 individuals that were on the terrorist watch list that were actually working at the Department of Homeland Security," Lynch told Boston Public Radio.
"The [former DHS] director had to resign because of that," he continued.
Comment: Whether this report is true or not, it points to a possible doubling down on airport security making travel even more unpleasant.
Mon, 07 Dec 2015 11:29 UTC
The victim, 33-year-old Shin Seo Young, said the Friday night altercation at the Miami Beach Convention Center began after she accused her attacker, 24-year-old college student Siyuan Zhao, of following her around the Art Basel gallery and bumping into her numerous times.
Following the short confrontation, Zhao stabbed Young in the shoulder and neck with an X-Acto knife, according to The Miami Herald. "I had to kill her and two more," and "I had to watch her bleed!" Zhao said, according to her arrest report. She also confessed to the stabbing during questioning, according to police.
"[Zhao] without warning or provocation stabbed the victim in the right side of the neck and left shoulder, causing several lacerations," the police report said. Young told officers at the scene that she does not know Zhao and had never previously dealt with her. Despite Zhao's goal to kill Young and "two more," Young was the only person stabbed at the gallery, and was transported to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.