Welcome to Sott.net
Tue, 21 Mar 2023
The World for People who Think

Society's Child

Eye 2

Man accused of threatening to eat judge's kids

Man threatens judge

A north Georgia man has been arrested after authorities say he mailed a letter to the wife of a Cobb County Superior Court judge saying he would cook the couple's children and eat them.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports 58-year-old James Edward Satterfield is accused of sending the threatening letter Dec. 20 to the home of Cobb County Superior Court Judge Reuben Green.

Green Light

Evangelical minister calls to embrace LGBT instead of 'condemn and exclude' policy

© Flickr user HowardLake
The Rev Steve Chalke says Christians need to find ways to support those in or seeking faithful same-sex partnerships

An influential evangelical minister has declared his support for monogamous and loving same-sex relationships, and called on the church to stop treating gay people as pariahs.

The Rev Steve Chalke, a Baptist minister who founded the Christian charity Oasis, says the time has come for the church to demonstrate its compassion and commitment to inclusivity.

His intervention comes amid the Church of England's continuing struggles with the highly divisive issues of celibacy for gay bishops and the introduction of female bishops.

In a long and passionately articulated piece for Christianity magazine, Chalke writes: "I believe that when we treat homosexual people as pariahs and push them outside our communities and churches; when we blame them for what they are; when we deny them our blessing on their commitment to lifelong, faithful relationships, we make them doubt whether they are children of God, made in his image."

Star of David

American-born Israeli settler convicted of murdering Palestinians

An Israeli court on Wednesday found a US-born Jewish settler guilty of murdering two Palestinians and convicted him on two counts of attempted murder.

Jack Teitel, a 41-year-old extreme right religious activist, was found guilty of the killings in 1997 of a bus driver and a shepherd, both Palestinians.

He was also found guilty of two attempted murders, making and illegally possessing weapons and incitement to violence, according to the Jerusalem district court decision, a copy of which was seen by AFP.

The court ruled that Teitel was mentally competent when the offences he was accused of were carried out, and rejected defence lawyers' arguments that their client had not been mentally stable and was therefore not guilty.


Satanists plan rally in support of Florida governor

The Satanic Temple is planning a rally outside of Florida Governor Rick Scott's office to support his bill allowing students to pray at school events.

Senate Bill 98 gives students "sole discretion in determining whether an inspirational message is to be delivered" at a school assembly - including religious prayers. Scott has long advocated for students to be able to pray at school events, but he wasn't expecting Satanists to jump on the opportunity.

To celebrate the governor's signing of the bill, Satanists will rally outside of his office on Jan. 25 to show their support for Scott's decision, as well as to promote their own beliefs.

"You don't build up your membership unless people know about you," Satanic Temple spokesman Lucien Greaves told the Palm Beach Post. "So this allows us to get our message out in public. We're hoping it will reduce the stigmatism."


Food prices may be catalyst for 2013 revolutions

© Reuters
Food prices around the world could soar this year if there’s a repeat of 2012’s drought in the American Midwest.
What is the trigger for a revolution? Sometimes it a brutal act of repression. Sometimes it a lost war, or a natural catastrophe, that exposes the failings of a regime.

But more often than not, it is soaring food prices.

The easiest prediction to make for 2013 is that everything we eat will once again rise sharply in price. So where will the revolutions start this year? Keep an eye on Algeria and Greece - and if you want to feel very nervous, Russia and China. And if you are smart, keep your money out of those countries as well.

The link between the cost of feeding your family and political turmoil is too well-established to be ignored. We saw it most recently with the Arab Spring of 2011. The uprisings that deposed the autocracies of the Middle East had their roots in food inflation. Most of the Middle East countries import 50% or more of their food, making them acutely vulnerable to rising commodity prices. In Egypt the food inflation rate hit 19% in early 2011. For President Hosni Mubarak that was game over. The regime was finished.


Will there be a global food crisis in 2013?

© Photo: Jaspreet Kindra/IRIN
Global supplies of staple grains are tight
Drought last year devastated much of the maize crop in the US, the world's biggest maize exporter, driving prices of the staple cereal to record levels.

While food experts did not anticipate the rising prices would trigger the kind of crises seen in 2008 and 2011 - when the world faced structural deficits in the more widely consumed staples wheat and rice - they are concerned about the ability of the world's poorest people to feed themselves.

Cereal prices have declined by a modest 2.4 percent, largely the result of lower demand as economies stagnate, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) reported last week. But we are already in an era of high prices. The price of wheat was more than 20 percent higher in October 2012 compared to the same period in 2011, according to FAO.

IRIN - with the help of food experts, the most recent reports from FAO and the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) - reflects on the global food situation in 2012 and the outlook for 2013.


We must focus on the working poor

In many respects the economy is healing, as both the unemployment rate and hiring statistics slowly improve. But there are growing numbers of Americans being left out.

These are not just the unemployed. Rather they are families that, despite having a working adult in the home, earn less than twice the federal poverty income threshold - a widely recognized measure of family self-sufficiency. They are working, but making too little to build economically secure lives. And their number has grown steadily over the past five years.

They are cashiers and clerks, nursing assistants and lab technicians, truck drivers and waiters. Either they are unable to find good, full-time jobs, or their incomes are inadequate and their prospects for advancement are poor.

New analysis of the most recent U.S. Census American Community Survey by the Working Poor Families Project shows that the number of low-income working families in the United States has increased to 10.4 million in 2011, up from 10.2 million a year earlier. In all, nearly one third of all working families - 32 percent - may not have enough money to meet basic needs.

Bad Guys

Wave of Iraq attacks kills 42

© AFP Photo
Local men inspect the site of an explosion in Kirkuk, Iraq, on January 16, 2013.
Attacks in Baghdad and north Iraq killed 42 people on Wednesday as hundreds attended the funeral of a Sunni MP who died in a suicide attack a day earlier, as a political crisis grips the country.

The violence, which struck mostly in disputed territory in the north and which officials also said wounded at least 245 people, was the deadliest this year.

It comes as Iraq grapples with a long-running political dispute, with Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki facing several protests in hardening opposition against his rule and calls from many of his erstwhile government partners for his ouster.

No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attacks, but Sunni militants often launch waves of violence in a bid to destabilise the government and push Iraq back towards the sectarian violence that blighted it from 2005 to 2008.


Some 22,000 children considered missing in Turkey

According to the Turkish statistics data, some 27,000 children were missing in the country from 2008 to 2011, CNN Turk TV channel said today. Some 16,200 of this number are girls.

According to the statistics, only 5700 children were found.

Red Flag

Pregnant? That might get you arrested

© Matthew Benoit/Shutterstock
Abortion continues to be a hot-button issue in the US, as dozens of states have passed measures to limit women's access to the procedure. But even women who want to be pregnant are not free of legal restraints on their bodies, as a new paper in the Journal of Health, Politics, Policy and Law demonstrates. In many instances, women have been arrested, institutionalized, or subjected to unwanted medical interventions due to their pregnancies.

The paper looks at 413 criminal and civil cases from 1973 to 2005 in which women were subject to legal action related to their unborn children. In all the cases, the women were deprived of their own civil liberties by legal authorities claiming to seek protection of the fetus. Many dealt with charges related to drug or alcohol use during pregnancy, refusing to follow doctor's orders, or for miscarriages that were blamed on their actions (even if there was little to no evidence to prove that those actions led to the miscarriage).