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  • Mexico City's Plan To Fight Sexual Assault: Whistles On The Subway

    10/22/2016 8:11:26 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 30 replies
    NPR Morning Edition ^ | October 21, 20164:35 AM ET | Carrie Kahn
    Mexico City’s Mayor Miguel Angel Mancera is handing out plastic whistles. A half-million of them. At three bucks a pop, he’s hoping that women will use the whistles to scare off harassers on the packed public transportation system. When the plan was announced this summer, it received a flurry of scathing criticism and mocking memes on social media. But city officials are moving forward and have been handing out the whistles by the thousands at subway and bus stops. […] So far, the critics of the whistle plan have been making the most noise. Since he began handing out the...
  • Remembering war, grateful Bosnians rally for Hillary Clinton

    10/22/2016 7:19:57 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 26 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 22, 2016 9:49 AM EDT | Aida Cerkez
    Residents of Sarajevo expressed Saturday their support for Hillary Clinton in the upcoming U.S. presidential election based in part on the role her husband’s administration had in ending Bosnia’s devastating war during the 1990s. Several hundred people turned out for the “Sarajevo Votes for Clinton” event organized by activists through social networks. Participants said supporting Clinton means supporting the values of a civilized society and showing resistance to hatred and segregation. …
  • In emotional new ad, Khizr Khan asks if his fallen son would have a place in Trump's America [barf]

    10/21/2016 4:44:05 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 58 replies
    Cable News Network ^ | 12:38 PM ET, Fri October 21, 2016 | Dan Merica
    An emotional Khizr Khan asks Donald Trump in a new Clinton campaign ad whether his son, a US solider who was killed in Iraq in 2004, would “have a place in your America?” The ad is part of Clinton’s closing message, one that her top aides hope will be uplifting and hopeful, offering an implicit contrast to the combativeness that the Trump campaign has turned to in recent weeks. […] The ad — titled “Captain Khan” — will air in key battleground states, a campaign aide said Friday, including Florida, Iowa, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Ohio and Pennsylvania. …
  • Germans Leaving Germany 'In Droves'

    10/21/2016 9:09:55 AM PDT · by Leaning Right · 85 replies
    Gatestone Institute ^ | October 20, 2016 | Soeren Kern
    More than 1.5 million Germans, many of them highly educated, left Germany during the past decade. — Die Welt. Germany is facing a spike in migrant crime, including an epidemic of rapes and sexual assaults. Mass migration is also accelerating the Islamization of Germany. Many Germans appear to be losing hope about the future direction of their country.
  • Ayatollah Weighs in on US Presidential Nominees: ‘Spirituality and Faith are Lacking’

    10/20/2016 12:03:18 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 28 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | October 19, 2016 | 5:50 PM EDT | Patrick Goodenough
    The U.S. presidential campaign and issues raised by nominees Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are evidence that “spirituality and faith are lacking among those in power” in America, Iranian supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei declared on Wednesday. Speaking to university students, Khamenei addressed what an official website paraphrased as “the difficulties and problems perplexing mankind today, and the dead-ends that materialistic thought patterns sustain.” He told his audience, “The campaigns held during presidential elections in the U.S. and the worries conveyed by the two candidates are a clear example that spirituality and faith are lacking among those in power.” …
  • Anti-Israel UNESCO resolution passes again

    10/18/2016 5:32:07 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    INN ^ | 10/18/16 14:29 | (Arutz Sheva Staff)
    Despite Israel’s undertaking of last-ditch diplomatic efforts, the revote at UNESCO today on a controversial resolution denying the Jewish connection to the Temple Mount and Western Wall yielded the same result as before. Earlier, Mexico relieved its UNESCO representative, Andres Roemer, from his position, after he refused to vote for the anti-Israel resolution — in opposition to Mexico’s official stance. …
  • UN chief rejects UNESCO resolution on Temple Mount

    10/16/2016 10:08:08 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    Yedioth Ahronoth ^ | 10.16.16, 15:28
    UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon distanced himself on Sunday from a recent UNESCO resolution which failed to acknowledge the ties between the Jewish people and the Temple Mount. Israel suspended its cooperation with the United Nation Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), claiming the draft resolution it adopted on Thursday denies the deep, historic Jewish connection to the holy sites in Jerusalem. The resolution refers to the holiest site in Judaism—the Temple Mount—only by its Muslim name, Al-Haram Al Sharif. “The Secretary-General reaffirms the importance of the Old City of Jerusalem and its Walls for the three monotheistic religions and stresses...
  • Merkel: won't drop EU market-immigration link for Britain

    10/15/2016 7:28:42 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 17 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 15, 2016 7:37 AM EDT
    Chancellor Angela Merkel says Germany wants friendly ties with Britain but won’t drop its insistence that London can only enjoy full access to the European Union’s internal market if it allows free immigration of EU citizens. […] Merkel argues that making concessions on free labor movement would create a dangerous free-for-all in the EU. She said Saturday that, although Britain is dear to Europe and she regrets its decision to leave the bloc, “we cannot work toward ultimately putting into question the whole European Union.” …
  • Leaked Email: Israeli Officials See Obama as ‘Weak,’ ‘Pro-Muslim,’ ‘Anti-Israel’

    10/14/2016 10:17:27 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | October 14, 2016 | 4:28 AM EDT | Patrick Goodenough
    Weeks before the Iran nuclear deal was finalized last summer, a former U.S. ambassador reportedly told a senior Hillary Clinton campaign adviser he was struck by “the depth of antipathy and distrust of President Obama” he encountered among Israeli officials and former officials across the political spectrum, who viewed the president as “‘weak,’ ‘pro-Muslim,’ and ‘anti-Israel.’” The observation is contained in one of a series of emails purported sent by Ambassador Stuart Eizenstat to Clinton campaign adviser Jake Sullivan, among a batch of leaked Clinton campaign-related emails released by Wikileaks late last week and early this week. “I was struck...
  • Europe's prisoner suicide problem

    10/14/2016 10:02:07 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 24 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 10.13.2016 | Lewis Sanders IV
    Europe has one of the highest rates of prisoner suicides compared to other regions, according to the WHO. Prison reform advocates have called for alternative solutions for tackling the harrowing phenomenon. While questions over security and personal well-being have emerged in the wake of the Chemnitz explosives suspect Jafer Albakr’s death, figures show that prisoner suicides happen far too often. […] The UN Office for Drugs and Crime (UNODC) suggested in 2014 that suicide among prisoners appeared more frequently in Europe than other geographical regions, averaging 62 suicides per 100,000. …
  • Palestinians push for UN membership and against settlements

    10/13/2016 4:25:00 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 13, 2016 7:10 PM EDT
    The Palestinians say they are sounding out members of the U.N. Security Council on a new resolution demanding a halt to Israeli settlement building and about prospects for becoming a full member of the United Nations. Palestinian Ambassador Riyad Mansour said Thursday he has met about half the 15-member council in the last 10 days and expects to meet the rest in the next week. He said he will then report back to the Arab ministerial committee which will decide on next steps. …
  • Military Spokesman: ISIS Now Putting IEDs on Drones

    10/13/2016 4:03:41 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | October 13, 2016 | 8:04 AM EDT | Susan Jones
    ISIS previously has used commerical, off-the-shelf drones for surveillance and to deliver ordnance, and now it is is using drones to deliver explosives, Colonel John Dorrian, the spokesman for U.S. military operations in Iraq, told reporters on Wednesday. He confirmed that one enemy drone exploded after it was shot down: “We know that there was an improvised device on a — on a — a drone. And when that was brought back to the camp, it exploded. So, the reason or the way or the manner in which that happened — still digging into that.” Dorrian said the drones have...
  • Israel turns to Vatican for help at UN

    10/13/2016 8:34:29 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 27 replies
    INN ^ | 10/13/16 16:33 | Gary Willig
    The government of Israel has taken the unusual step of asking the Vatican for help in preventing a UNESCO vote denying any Jewish connection to the Temple Mount or the Western Wall. […] Israel’s Ambassador to the Vatican, Oren David, contacted Antoine Camilleri, the Vatican’s Undersecretary for Relations with States to ask that the Vatican work to convince UNESCO’s member states to vote against a Palestinian initiative which would refer to the Western Wall and Temple Mount by their Arabic names and only use the Hebrew terms for the sites in quotation marks. Israel has tried to make the point...
  • UNESCO says Jews have no connection to Temple Mount

    10/13/2016 8:30:08 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 42 replies
    INN ^ | 10/13/16 16:49 | Yoel Domb
    The UN passed a resolution Thursday denying the Jewish connection to the Temple Mount and the Western Wall. The resolution was supported by 24 states, including Russia and China. 6 countries opposed and 26 abstained. …
  • Saddam Hussein 'had secret torture chamber in New York'

    10/12/2016 8:51:54 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 38 replies
    Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 13 October 2016 4:44AM | (Our Foreign Staff)
    Saddam Hussein had a secret torture room built in the basement of the Iraqi mission to the United Nations in New York’s Upper East Side, it has been reported. The Iraqi dictator ordered the installation of the “detention room” inside the five-story building at 14 East 79th Street when he rose to power in 1979, two unnamed Iraqi officials told the New York Post. “It was a dark room. The doors were reinforced in a way that nobody could break in or out. You didn’t need to soundproof it,” one official said. The other official added: “You’re not going to...
  • Hollande: 'Muslim women could be symbol of France'

    10/12/2016 6:10:50 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 25 replies ^ | 12 Oct 2016 12:24 GMT+02:00
    A new book titled “A President Should Not Say That…” has revealed that François Hollande calls Nicolas Sarkozy “a Duracell bunny”, how his ex-partner was obsessed by another ex-partner, and how he believes a Muslim woman could one day be the symbol of France (if she feels free enough to ditch her veil). The new book was penned by journalists Gérard Davet and Fabrice Lhomme who met with the president 61 times since he has been president. They recorded their private conversations with him in which the president made several headline-making statements. Firstly the one that has caused the most...
  • Denmark unveils new anti-radicalization measures

    10/12/2016 5:56:12 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies ^ | 12 Oct 2016 08:25 GMT+02:00 | AFP
    The Danish government on Tuesday presented a list of measures to combat radicalization, including a “corps of digital voices of reason” to challenge extremist views on the internet. Part of the new plan was for the Danish Security and Intelligence Service (PET) to form a “national alliance against online radicalization” including authorities and people from civil society, to which the new “voices of reason” project would be linked. […] The group would “systematically be present in social media and engage critically in relevant forums, take part in dialogue and challenge extremist views,” it said. A new unit would also be...
  • UN "Human Rights" Boss Equates Trump, Farage With ISIS

    09/09/2016 6:24:00 AM PDT · by VitacoreVision · 12 replies
    The New American ^ | 09 September 2016 | Alex Newman
    United Nations “human rights” boss Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein appears to be cracking up as he violently  and erratically lashes out at free markets, Western voters, GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump, gun rights, the nation-state, British Brexit leader Nigel Farage (shown, right), Dutch lawmaker Geert Wilders, Czech President Milos Zeman, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, and other targets of what appears to be his deep-seated hatred. He also blasted Western voters concerned about open borders and security for their alleged “natural prejudice.”The controversial UN rights chief, a prince in the Islamic dictatorship ruling over Jordan, even equated mainstream Western politicians he...
  • UN human rights chief: Trump would be 'dangerous' if elected [Prince Zeid again]

    10/12/2016 5:16:25 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 22 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 12, 2016 7:15 AM EDT | Jamey Keaten
    U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump would be “dangerous from an international point of view” if he is elected, the U.N. human rights chief said Wednesday, defiantly doubling down on his recent expression of concerns about “populist demagogues” that prompted a rebuke from Russia’s ambassador to the United Nations. In a broad-ranging news conference touching on issues like violence in Yemen, Syria and sub-Saharan Africa, Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein said some remarks by Trump are “deeply unsettling and disturbing to me,” particularly on torture and about “vulnerable communities.” “If Donald Trump is elected, on the basis of what he has said...
  • Are there police no-go zones in France? The police say yes

    10/11/2016 8:43:34 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 21 replies ^ | 10 Oct 2016 17:26 GMT+02:00
    After a violent petrol bomb attack on four officers near Paris, France’s prime minister insisted there were no no-go zones in the country, but police unions themselves told The Local the reality is very different. Valls was paying a visit to the suburb of Paris where four police officers were injured on Saturday after coming under fire from a hail of Molotov cocktails. The incident, which left one officer in a critical condition, occurred near the notorious housing estate of La Grande Borne in Viry-Châtillon, to the south of Paris. […] “Of course there are no-go zones in France where...
  • Netanyahu asks Kerry not to promote anti-Israel resolutions

    10/11/2016 6:57:22 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    INN ^ | 10/11/16 06:15 | Ben Ariel
    Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu told U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry that Israel would expect that the Obama administration will not carry out a shift in policy and will not promote or support a United Nations Security Council resolution on the Israeli-Palestinian issue during the period following the U.S. presidential election until Obama leaves office, Haaretz reported Monday. According to the newspaper, Netanyahu made the comments in a telephone conversation with Kerry on Saturday night in which he explained to Kerry about the relocation plan for the community of Amona. The election is to be held on November 8 while...
  • Pentagon still unsure whether to link Islam & violent Jihad

    10/07/2016 8:31:58 AM PDT · by Mr. Mojo · 27 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | Oct. 7, 2016 | Hillel Fendel
    Staffers in various departments in the Pentagon (the U.S. Defense Department) are busy preparing a document known as the National Military Strategy – but have not yet come to an agreement on at least one critical point regarding the worldwide terror threat. The biennial document, intended for senior U.S. military commanders around the world, sets out big picture strategy guidance in light of the myriad threats they may face in the line of duty. This is the first one prepared under the guidance of Gen. Joseph Dunford, who took office as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff exactly a...
  • German Police Launch Massive Manhunt For Syrian Refugee Who Planned Airport Bomb Attack

    10/10/2016 7:15:45 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 8 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 08 October 2016 | Tyler Durden
    A massive manhunt was underway in the German city of Chemnitz, the third largest city in Saxony, and the town was on lock down as local police seek a terror suspect. German police said two people were detained on Saturday as part of the manhunt for a Syrian-born man suspected of planning an airport bomb attack, adding that they had found explosives in an apartment they raided earlier. BREAKING: German police: "Several hundred grams" of explosives found in raided apartment linked to alleged bomb plot. #chemnitz: Police found traces of explosives in his apartment, hasn't found 22-yr.-old Syrian "asylum seeker"...
  • UN chief says death penalty for terrorism often unfair (Barf Ki-Moon)

    10/10/2016 5:49:39 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 23 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 10, 2016 4:14 PM EDT | Michael Astor
    Death sentences for terrorism are often handed down after unfair trials by special courts that disrespect human rights and the rule of law, U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said Monday in remarks commemorating World Day Against the Death Penalty. While 65 countries retain the death penalty for terrorism-related offenses, experience shows that executing “terrorists” mostly fuels propaganda for their movements by creating perceived martyrs, Ban said. “The death penalty is a cruel and inhumane practice. It has no place in the 21st Century,” Ban said. “To be legitimate and effective, counter-terror measures, like all security operations, must be anchored in...
  • UK police seek help on 'racially motivated' attack on Muslim

    10/09/2016 9:31:07 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 28 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct. 9, 2016 7:11 AM EDT
    London police are asking for help finding two men who pulled off the headscarf of a Muslim woman in what is being called a racially-motivated attack. Police said Sunday the woman in her 20s was shocked and distressed after the Sept. 28 attack on a busy north London street. Police says she was not physically hurt. …
  • Germany: No Christmas for kindergarteners in Kassel

    10/07/2016 8:03:57 PM PDT · by Mr. Mojo · 20 replies
    Jihad Watch ^ | OCTOBER 7, 2016 | BLAIN TAMARIN
    The Sara-Nussbaum-Haus Kindergarten in Kassel has made it clear: no Christmas tree, no Christmas songs, no Christmas spirit. Kassel is a city in central Germany; approximately 12% of the population of 200,000 are foreign or have foreign roots. Teachers will forgo Christian rituals to accommodate the “diverse cultures” of their students. A city representative announced, “There will be no Christmas celebrations, in the strictest sense. Because the majority of children at this Kindergarten are not Christian, Christmas will not be celebrated in the way that it is at other schools.” The city of Kassel confirmed that there had not been...
  • Pink Floyd “Reunite” to Support Pro-Palestinian Activist Group

    10/07/2016 12:04:30 PM PDT · by ErikJohnsky · 57 replies ^ | Amanda Wicks
    It may not be the reunion fans were hoping for, but Pink Floyd have come together to support a pro-Palestinian activist group. The Women’s Boat to Gaza is part of the Freedom Flotilla Coalition. It contains 13 women, including the 1976 Nobel peace laureate from Northern Ireland, Mairead Maguire, and it journeyed from Barcelona to Gaza in September in order to bring attention to the Israeli’s naval blockade of the Gaza Strip. The organization posted on its website that they lost contact with the boat on October 5th, and presume that the Israeli Occupation Navy has surrounded it in international...
  • ICC probe to target both Israelis and Palestinians

    10/07/2016 11:36:14 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 7, 2016 12:18 PM EDT
    A senior official in the prosecutor’s office of the International Criminal Court says it is collecting information about alleged war crimes by both Israelis and Palestinians. Phakiso Mochochoko said Friday the court would “impartially investigate allegations from all sides.” The ICC launched its probe in January after the Palestinians joined the body and recognized its jurisdiction. …
  • Queen of Jordan calls on Europe to rethink refugee crisis

    10/06/2016 8:26:34 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 34 replies
    EurActiv ^ | 10/06/2016 9:34 | By | Translated By Samuel Morgan
    Queen Rania of Jordan has called on Europe to collaborate with her country and make the refugee crisis a “joint success” and insisted that it is about humanity’s “common future”. EurActiv Spain reports. Addressing the annual meeting of the Federation of German Industry (BDI) in Berlin today (6 October), Rania called on the business leaders in attendance to work together and face up to the challenge. […] At another event in London, she addressed concerns that terrorists could make their way across borders under the guise of seeking asylum, Rania said that “they are not extremists; in fact, they are...
  • ISIS Calls for Random Knife Attacks in Alleys, Forests, Beaches, 'Quiet Neighborhoods'

    10/06/2016 5:35:38 PM PDT · by Red in Blue PA · 46 replies
    Knife-wielding terrorists are advised to target smaller crowds or someone walking home from a night out or working the night shift, "or someone walking alone in a public park or rural forested area, or someone by himself in an alley close to a night club or another place of debauchery, or even someone out for a walk in a quiet neighborhood. One should consider canals, riversides, and beaches." They further advise jihadists to carry an object like a baseball bat to inflict blunt-force trauma on victims before stabbing. In gory detail, jihadists are encouraged to go for major organs, arteries...
  • White House accuses Israel of betraying trust

    10/06/2016 5:10:38 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    AFP via Yahoo News ^ | 10/06/2016 | Andrew Beatty and Dave Clark
    The White House accused Israel of a betrayal of trust, in an unusually sharp rebuke over its plans to build hundreds of new settlement homes deep in the West Bank. Days after President Barack Obama approved a $38 billion Israeli military aid package and attended former president Shimon Peres’s funeral in Jerusalem, the White House railed at the construction of 300 housing units on land “far closer to Jordan than Israel.” Warning that the decision jeopardizes the already distant prospect of Middle East peace as well as Israel’s own security, press secretary Josh Earnest said Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s word...
  • Brother tortured and forced to listen to sister, 17, being gang-raped after being kidnapped...

    10/06/2016 4:15:19 PM PDT · by rickmichaels · 24 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | Oct. 6, 2016 | Jenifer Newton
    A brother has been tortured and forced to listen to his 17-year-old sister being gang-raped after they were kidnapped by a Muslim gang in Pakistan after refusing to convert from Christianity. The British Pakistani Christian Association say they have been assisting the family in Kasur in the east of the country following their ordeal. According to the charity, the Muslim gang targeted the family home, which was a mud house in a small village, knowing that they were Christian and threatened them with guns, sticks and metal poles.
  • Future asylum center damaged in deliberate act [Giffers, Switzerland]

    10/05/2016 11:15:03 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies ^ | 05 Oct 2016 07:44 GMT+02:00
    Vandals have attacked a future federal asylum center in the canton of Fribourg, causing substantial water damage over seven floors. Police said the act of sabotage occurred over the weekend in the former boarding school in Giffers, Blick reported. The building was flooded after taps were turned on and sinks were damaged. The Guglera asylum center, which would house up to 250 rejected asylum seekers awaiting deportation, is due to open next year. …
  • Iran's space agency 'interested' in cooperating with NASA

    10/04/2016 7:40:24 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 4, 2016 2:26 PM EDT | Nasser Karimi
    The head of Iran’s space agency said Tuesday his country is interested in cooperating with NASA. Speaking to reporters at the start of World Space Week, Mohsen Bahrami said that “many in the world look at NASA’s programs. We are interested in having cooperation, naturally. When you are in orbit, there is no country and race.” It was the first time Iran had expressed such interest since signing last summer’s landmark nuclear deal with world powers. Bahrami said, however, that cooperation will only be possible with the agreement of leaders of both countries. He emphasized that Iran has a peaceful...
  • 'It's time to stop painting all Muslims with the same brush' (Swedish Defense U professor)

    10/04/2016 11:29:41 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 41 replies ^ | 04 Oct 2016 06:59 GMT+02:00 | (Magnus Ranstorp/SVT)
    We need to stop generalizing about Muslims, stop being afraid to touch on religion, and take off our blinkers so that we can have a factual debate, argues Magnus Ranstorp, an expert on radical Islamist movements at the Swedish Defense University. […] For over 10 years I have warned about the development of these jihadist environments. So let’s not ignore the reality any longer. There are many explanations for why a curtain has been drawn over the debate. A general lack of knowledge and a fear of touching on religion in social debates has been strengthened by activists, who have...
  • Queen Margrethe: Denmark 'not a multicultural country'

    10/04/2016 11:11:50 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies ^ | 04 Oct 2016 00:57 GMT+02:00
    With Denmark once again engaged in a national conversation about what makes one ‘Danish’, Queen Margrethe II told German newspaper Der Spiegel that she represents “all people who are citizens of the Danish nation”. […] Queen Margrethe was asked about the recent widely-praised speech by King Harald of Norway in which the Norwegian monarch talked about the changing face of his country. […] Queen Margrethe was asked if she looked at Denmark the same way. “I would not say we are a multicultural country, but more people live here now who have different roots, backgrounds and religions, more than 30...
  • Germany hospital fire started by patient's self-immolation

    10/04/2016 8:34:21 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 4, 2016 8:23 AM EDT
    Prosecutors say a fire at a hospital in western Germany last week in which two people died was caused by a patient pouring disinfectant over herself and setting it alight in an attempt to kill herself. The fire broke out in the 69-year-old woman’s 6th-floor room at the Bergmannsheil hospital in Bochum in the early hours of Friday. She died in the blaze, along with a bedridden 41-year-old man in a neighboring room. …
  • Man stabbed to death in Danish asylum center

    10/03/2016 9:28:13 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 1 replies ^ | 03 Oct 2016 17:38 GMT+02:00
    North Zealand Police said on Monday that a man who was found dead at Center Sandholm on Sunday had been killed in an apparent stabbing. “The man was stabbed several times with a knife, and the North Zealand Police are investigating it as a murder case,” a police press release said. Police said that the stabbing appeared to be the result of some sort of disagreement between residents at the Center Sandholm. Police said a 34-year-old man who until recently lived at the center was a person of interest. …
  • 'Get out' jeering crowds tell Merkel in Dresden

    10/03/2016 9:20:47 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 20 replies ^ | 03 Oct 2016 15:35 GMT+02:00 | AFP
    Angela Merkel was jeered and whistled as she arrived at German Reunification Day celebrations in Dresden on Monday. Shouts of “get out” were heard as the German chancellor arrived in Dresden — birthplace of xenophobic movement PEGIDA — for celebrations. The angry crowd in the east German city also waved signs saying “Merkel must go”. The German leader has been under pressure at home over her liberal refugee policy that saw an influx of nearly one million migrants last year. …
  • Turkey detains brother of cleric Gulen, issues arrest warrants for 115

    10/03/2016 6:16:29 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Reuters ^ | Mon Oct 3, 2016 | 6:19am EDT | Humeyra Panuk
    Turkish authorities have detained a brother of Fethullah Gülen, a U.S.-based cleric they accuse of orchestrating a coup attempt in July, and issued arrest warrants for 115 other people as part of nationwide investigations into the abortive putsch. Kudbettin Gülen was taken into custody on Sunday by Turkish counter-terrorism police in the Gaziemir district of the Aegean province of Izmir following intelligence that he was staying at a relative’s house, state-run Anadolu Agency said. […] Several of Gülen’s relatives, including a nephew, niece and cousins, have been arrested since the July 15 coup. …
  • Tensions in Srebrenica after Bosnia's local elections

    10/03/2016 6:10:28 AM PDT · by Olog-hai
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 3, 2016 8:23 AM EDT
    Tensions rose overnight in the east Bosnian town of Srebrenica after preliminary results of Sunday’s local elections showed a Serb candidate may win the mayor’s race. […] Results show Monday that Nikola Grujicic is far ahead the current Bosniak mayor Camil Durakovic, although absentee ballots are not yet counted. Dozens of Serbs swamped the town center overnight, chanting “victory” and “Serbia”. …
  • "I had to:" Inside the mind of an 'honor' killer in Pakistan

    10/03/2016 5:04:26 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 3, 2016 7:53 AM EDT | Kathy Gannon
    For two months, over the thunder of machines at the steel mill, the men taunted Mubeen Rajhu about his sister. Even now, they laugh at how easy it was to make him lose his temper. Some people had seen Tasleem in their Lahore slum with a Christian man. She was 18, a good Muslim girl, out in public with a man. Even though the man had converted to Islam out of love for her, this couldn’t be allowed. “Some guys got to know that his sister was having a relationship,” says Ali Raza, a co-worker at the mill. “They would...
  • Why Iran is more dangerous than Islamic State

    10/02/2016 8:13:25 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 140 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | September 29, 2016 4:00 AM | Moshe Ya’alon
    U.S. political leaders of both parties argue that destroying Islamic State is America’s top priority in the Middle East. In reality, that’s not nearly as important as confronting the challenge posed by Iran. The nuclear deal that went into effect a year ago may have postponed the danger of an Iranian nuclear bomb, but the multifaceted threat of a militaristic, messianic Iran — 80-million strong — is much more menacing to Western interests than the Sunni thugs and murderers of Raqqah and Mosul. […] From Tehran’s perspective, it gained much more than it gave up. In exchange for postponing its...
  • Germany's finance minister presses for a 'German Islam'

    10/02/2016 11:29:07 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 41 replies
    Reuters ^ | Sun Oct 2, 2016 | 11:24am EDT | Caroline Copley
    A veteran ally of Angela Merkel urged Muslims in Germany on Sunday to develop a “German Islam” based on liberalism and tolerance, saying the influx of people seeking refuge, many of them Muslims, is a challenge for mainstream society. Minister Wolfgang Schäuble, stepping out of his usual finance remit, urged tolerance, saying the arrival of hundreds of thousands of migrants required a better understanding among Germans of what is important to them and how they want to live. […] Schäuble, a stalwart of Merkel’s Christian Democrats (CDU), said: “Without a doubt, the growing number of Muslims in our country today...
  • Chess Players Forced to Wear Hijab at 2017 Championships (Or Face Arrest)

    10/02/2016 7:06:47 AM PDT · by brucedickinson · 38 replies
    The Post ^ | 10-02-2016 | Alice Green
    The 2017 World Chess Championships will be held in Tehran, and Iran has told Fide (the chess governing body) that all female participants must wear a hijab. Fide’s Commission for Women’s Chess submitted to Iran’s demand without question, instructing all participants to respect “cultural differences” and follow the rules. Needless to say, the Grandmasters are outraged. Many have flat out refused to attend the 64-player tournament scheduled for February 2017. “This violates all what sports means,” argues Woman Grandmaster (WGM) Carla Heredia. “Sports should be free of discrimination by sex, religion, and sexual orientation.” Chairwoman Susan Polgar of Fide’s Commission...
  • Muslim Screaming ‘Allahu Akbar’ Tries to Mow Down Pedestrians in Austria

    10/01/2016 4:11:11 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 31 replies ^ | September 30, 2016 | Cheryl Chumley
    A Muslim driver screaming “Allahu Akbar” tried to mow down people walking in the street in Vienna, Austria — and police, who’ve taken the 21-year-old into custody, are now investigating his motive, various media report. Investigating his motive? […] Nobody was injured and police nabbed him almost immediately. But to dither over motive at a time when terror attacks are sweeping across the globe does nothing to protect the innocent. After all, it seems pretty straightforward, with the call of “Allahu Akbar” followed quickly by an act of attempted murder that radical Islamism might have played a role, right? Right....
  • CIA Director: Terrorist Groups ‘Are Driven by This Ideology That Is Not Rooted in Islam’

    09/30/2016 5:10:15 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 63 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | September 29, 2016 | 6:20 PM EDT | Lauretta Brown
    CIA Director John Brennan said Wednesday “words or comments that taint a religion as being the source of the problem” are “detrimental to our interests” in dealing with the Muslim world. Brennan argued incendiary remarks about Islam do not help “to arrest this cancer that has taken over so many of the communities because of a lot of the underlying conditions that exist within the Middle East and Africa, South Asia areas because of economic deprivation, political disenfranchisement, lack of opportunity.” He said that “fanatics, extremists and terrorists … are driven by this ideology that is not rooted in Islam.”...
  • Sweden to ban masks but not burqas at football matches

    09/30/2016 9:45:17 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 2 replies ^ | 30 Sep 2016 12:23 GMT+02:00 | Lee Roden
    The Swedish government has proposed a ban on the wearing of masks by spectators at sporting events in an effort to stem fan violence, but exceptions will be made for religious garments like burqas. The proposal comes at a time where a number of high-profile violent incidents at Swedish football matches have made global headlines. In August, a match between Jönköpings Södra and Östersund was called off when a masked supporter ran onto the pitch and assaulted Östersund goalkeeper Aly Keita. […] A number of exceptions to the ban are mentioned in the proposal, including covering of the face due...
  • Malls, stores consider new ways to protect shoppers

    09/30/2016 7:38:56 AM PDT · by PROCON · 50 replies
    AP ^ | Sep. 30, 2016 | ANNE D'INNOCENZIO
    NEW YORK (AP) — More sophisticated cameras. Security robots. Customers feeling shaken by recent attacks at U.S. malls may not notice huge changes — but mall operators are testing and putting in place new technologies and other measures to offer people more protection without intruding too much on their shopping time. Mall executives say shoppers have been adamantly opposed to airport security tactics like metal detectors. So they're trying other things, and increasingly using mass notifications that let them send text and email alerts to tenants within seconds in case of a crisis.
  • 890,000 refugees arrived in Germany last year — not 1.1m

    09/30/2016 7:21:08 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 18 replies ^ | 30 Sep 2016 14:27 GMT+02:00 | (DPA/AFP/The Local)
    Previous reports had suggested that around 1.1 million people entered Germany to seek asylum last year. But now the German government has confirmed the number was actually lower. On Friday Interior Minister Thomas de Maizière confirmed in a press conference that around 890,000 asylum seekers came to Germany last year. […] De Maizière had previously explained that the first number reported was probably too high due to multiple registrations and the inclusion of people who did not stay in Germany, such as people who went back to their homelands or left for other EU states. “The number 890,000 is still...