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U.S. scholar backs out of Israel trip after consulate assigns her 'subordinate' status due to birth in Pakistan

Professor Kavita Khory
More evidence if any were needed of the racially-discriminatory policies of Israeli border authorities. Last spring, Kavita Khory, a Professor of Political Science at Mount Holyoke College, signed up for a one-week, all expenses paid tour of Israel for scholars of international relations aimed at providing a "deeper understanding" of the politics of the area. The trip of a dozen scholars was sponsored by Combined Jewish Philanthropies.

Well Khory got a deeper understanding. She didn't end up going because of the way Israel treated her prospectively, on account of her having been born in Pakistan. And Congress is thinking of extending no-visa privileges to Israelis seeking to come to the U.S.?

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Elite hacker Barnaby Jack dies ahead of Black Hat event

An elite hacker who was due to demonstrate how heart implants could be hacked has died unexpectedly in San Francisco.

Barnaby Jack died on Thursday, the city's medical examiner's office told Reuters, but did not give more details.

He had been due to give a presentation into medical device vulnerabilities at the Black Hat security conference in Las Vegas taking place next week.

He had said one technique could kill a man from 30 feet (nine metres) away.

IOActive, the security firm at which Mr Jack was director of embedded devices, said it was preparing a statement.

In a tweet, the company said: "Lost but never forgotten our beloved pirate, Barnaby Jack has passed."

His sister Amberleigh Jack, who lives in New Zealand, told Reuters news agency he was 35.

Mr Jack became one of the most famous hackers on the planet after a 2010 demonstration in which he hacked a cashpoint, making it give out money. The technique was dubbed "Jackpotting".


Religion to disappear by 2041 claims new study

Religions To Disappear
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Author and noted biopsychologist Nigel Barber has completed a new study that shows Atheism is most prevalent in developed countries, and, according to his projections, religion will completely disappear by 2041. His findings are discussed in his new book Why Atheism Will Replace Religion. A new study that clarifies his earlier research will be published in August. His findings focus on studying trends within countries around the world and the fact that "Atheists are heavily concentrated in economically developed countries"-
In my new study of 137 countries (1), I also found that atheism increases for countries with a well-developed welfare state (as indexed by high taxation rates). Moreover, countries with a more equal distribution of income had more atheists. My study improved on earlier research by taking account of whether a country is mostly Moslem (where atheism is criminalized) or formerly Communist (where religion was suppressed) and accounted for three-quarters of country differences in atheism.
His main thesis stems from the phenomenon of religion declining as personal wealth increases. He cites the reason as people having less of a need for supernatural beliefs when the tangible, natural world is providing for their needs. He says the majority of the world will come to view religion as completely irrelevant by 2041.

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Over 100 killed and 1,000 injured in Egyptian clashes as deposed Morsi formally accused of murder and conspiracy with Hamas

Hundreds of thousands turned out across Egypt for pro-army demonstrations but clashed with counter protests

At least 70 people have died in clashes as supporters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi also lined the streets

Morsi has been formally accused of conspiring with Palestinian group Hamas and of murdering prison officers

More than 100 people are believed to have been killed at a protest in support of Egypt's ousted President Mohammed Morsi.

Security forces are reported to have started shooting demonstrators shortly before pre-dawn morning prayers at a round-the-clock vigil in Cairo being staged by backers of Morsi, who was removed from power by the army three weeks ago.

Makeshift field hospitals around the area near the Rabaa al-Adawiya mosque were overwhelmed, with one doctor telling the BBC that more than 1,000 had been injured.

The state health ministry said 20 people had died and 177 suffered injuries.

Followers: This image released by the Egyptian army of Friday evening's pro-army rally shows the strength of support for the security forces and against the ousted president Morsi

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'I'm sick of all this s**t': Middle-aged man in despair about bedroom tax, cuts his own throat in UK benefits advice office

Dragged a blade from his ear down to his throat on each side of his neck

Gory outburst happened at Halton Direct Link in Halton Lea shopping centre

Cheshire police officers have spoken to the man about his well-being

Middle-aged man suffered minor injuries in gory outburst

A man cut his throat with a knife in a benefits advice office in a protest about the controversial bedroom tax.

The middle-aged man said he was 'sick of all this s***' then dragged a blade through skin from his ear down to his throat on each side of his neck.

The wounds left him and the floor of the Runcorn office spattered with blood, a witness said.
The bedroom tax was widely protested across the country - and was apparently too much for one man who slit his throat in protest about it
The gory outburst happened at about 2pm on Monday, at Halton Direct Link in Halton Lea shopping centre.

Staff hit an emergency alarm during the incident.


Gunman kills six hostages before police fire fatal shot in south Florida shoot-out

Neighbours say the gunman lived in the apartment building

Six hostages lost their lives in a South Florida apartment during a stand off between a gunman and a police commando team in the early hours of Saturday morning.

The gunman was shot dead by police after refusing to co-operate.

Sgt. Eddie Rodriguez said police received a call at approximately 6.30pm on Friday evening over reports that shots had been fired in a five story apartment building complex in Hialeah, a suburb north of Miami.

Sgt. Rodriguez said upon arrival police discovered a gunman moving from floor to floor inside the building, before finally barricading himself in an apartment, holding two people hostage.

A crisis team was able to briefly establish communication with the man, whose identity is currently unknown. Sgt. Rodriguez said negotiators and a special weapons team attempted to communicate with him from the other side of the door of the apartment unit. However, talks "fell apart" and officers were forced to storm the building, fatally shooting the gunman after he engaged in gunfire. Both hostages survived.

There was no information available yet as to how long negotiations lasted.

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Cop who pepper-sprayed students at occupy protest wants worker's compensation for 'psychiatric injury'

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© AP/Wayne Tilcock/The EnterpriseIn this Friday, Nov. 18, 2011, photo University of California, Davis Police Lt. John Pike uses pepper spray to move Occupy UC Davis protesters while blocking their exit from the school's quad Friday in Davis, Calif. Two University of California, Davis police officers involved in pepper spraying seated protesters were placed on administrative leave Sunday, Nov. 20, 2011, as the chancellor of the school accelerates the investigation into the incident.
Davis, California - The former police officer who pepper-sprayed students during an Occupy protest at the University of California, Davis is appealing for worker's compensation, claiming he suffered psychiatric injury from the 2011 confrontation.

John Pike has a settlement conference set for Aug. 13 in Sacramento, according to the state Department of Industrial Relations' website.

Pike was fired in July 2012, eight months after a task force investigation found that his action was unwarranted.

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4 dead immigrants washed ashore on Greek island after smuggler abandoned them and boat sunk

kos immigrants

The dead bodies of four immigrants, a man, two women and a 10-year-old girl, were found on a coast on the Greek island of Kos. It is assumed that they are Syrian immigrants, who were aboard the boat that sank on July 25, between the islands of Kos and Pserimos.

The testimony of a Syrian that was collected on July 25 by a fishing boat, according to which he was aboard with 11 more individuals on a boat that began its journey from Turkey and headed to one of the Greek islands, caused the mobilization of the local port authorities.

The aforementioned Syrian managed to save himself because he hooked on a life jacket. He was transferred to the hospital, where he is being hospitalized. As he said, the Turkish smuggler abandoned them and the boat sank.

Two Port Authority vessels, a Navy boat, a Super Puma helicopter, as well as a Port Authority aircraft, are participating in the investigation that is held to locate the remaining seven missing immigrants.


Unexplained oil leak in Alberta, Canada causing uproar among first nations, activists

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A series of unexplained leaks in Alberta, Canada, have continued unabated for more than 2 months, leading to outrage among residents of surrounding areas and environmentalists.

The Primrose site uses a controversial method of extracting bitumen called "cyclic steam stimulation," or simply "huff and puff."

Because the spills have occurred on a military testing site, media and public access to the affected areas have been restricted.


Zimmerman juror comes forward and says he 'got away with murder'

Juror B29 spoke to Good Morning America and cited the lack of evidence as the reason George Zimmerman walked free.

A second juror in the trial of George Zimmerman has given a TV interview saying the former neighborhood watch volunteer "got away with murder" when he was acquitted earlier this month in the shooting death of black, unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin.

The woman, identified in court as juror B29, who is part Hispanic, said she would have liked to convict Zimmerman of murdering Martin but said her hands were tied by a lack of evidence.

"You can't put the man in jail even though in our hearts we felt he was guilty," she told ABC's Robin Roberts in an interview due to be aired on Friday morning. "But we had to grab our hearts and put it aside and look at the evidence," the woman said.