An 18-year-old Palestinian girl was shot by Israeli troops at a Hebron checkpoint for allegedly refusing to show her purse or face and “trying to attack” a soldier. She died of multiple wounds in a hospital after bleeding in the street for 30 minutes.
Hadil Hashlamoun was shot 10 times by Israeli Defense Forces at an Israeli checkpoint in Hebron near the entrance to Shuhada Street on Tuesday.
IDF soldiers did not let paramedics approach the teenager, who the Israelis claimed had tried to stab one of them. Photos posted online, however, appear to contradict the accusation.
Another worrying sign of the levels of paranoid anti-Muslim hysteria in the United States: Muslim teen arrested for bringing homemade clock to school
A 14-year-old Muslim boy who loves to invent things was handcuffed and arrested after bringing a homemade clock to his Texas high school. The arrest prompted speculations of Islamophobia, but police say they won’t charge him with creating a “hoax bomb.”
Ahmed Mohamed, a ninth grader from Irving, Texas, was eager to impress his teachers with his newest creation – a clock which he invented in just 20 minutes, consisting of a circuit board and a power supply wired to a digital display. The clock and its wirings were all strapped inside a case.
But when he showed his engineering teacher the clock, he didn’t receive the response he was hoping for.
Fortunately, it seems that a lot of people can see through such nonsense. The teachers at that particular school should feel incredibly ashamed that they reacted in such a knee-jerk, stupid way. RT also makes the important point that:
This isn’t the first time that Irving has been in the spotlight for alleged anti-Islamic discrimination.
This summer, Mayor Beth Van Duyne made headlines for her anti-Islamic rhetoric, expressing concern that a local Muslim group, which had set up a Sharia court of law, was trying to usurp American legislation.
The arrest, along with Van Duyne’s actions, has attracted the attention of the Council on American-Islamic Relations.
“This all raises a red flag for us: how Irving’s government entities are operating in the current climate,” said Alia Salem, who directs the Council’s North Texas chapter.
“We’re still investigating,” she said, “but it seems pretty egregious.”
The ninth grader’s father, Sudan-born Mohamed Elhassan Mohamed, said that “because his name is Mohamed and because of September 11, I think my son got mistreated.”
I think Mr Mohamed could abbreviate that further and simply say, “Because of September 11, my son got mistreated.” The “big lie” of the 9-11 attacks is the direct root cause of the Islamophobic hysteria currently infecting the United States and other Western countries. Anyone who takes the time to examine the problem of the 9-11 attacks with even a remotely critical point of view can easily see that much of the ‘official story’ is complete bupkis, and that there is a wealth of evidence to support the hypothesis that 9-11 was a false flag operation perpetrated by elements of the US government and the Israeli Mossad.
If you told even the most conservative US citizen in the weeks following the 9-11 attacks that just over a decade later an innocent 14-year-old Muslim boy would get reported to the police and arrested at his school due to a homemade clock, they probably would have called you a ‘conspiracy theorist’, or at best, ‘paranoid’. And yet, here we are.
For those capable of considering logically that such Islamophobic attitudes could still reach further extremes, I invite you to compare the current anti-Muslim hysteria in the US with anti-Jewish hysteria in Nazi Germany prior to WWII, and the possibility of a ‘Holocaust 2.0’.
I read with interest an article on RT.com today about a campaign a UK academic is launching to have sex robots banned. There are several reasons why this is a Bad Idea(tm):
1) Banning anything does not work because psychopaths, such as those running the UK government, do not give a single hoot about whether something is banned or not when it comes to their own self-gratification. If, as abundant recent evidence has shown, such psychopaths are willing to torture and rape little children in service of their own perverted impulses, then they won’t think twice (or possibly even once) about manufacturing or using sex robots to get their ‘thrills’. Such creatures constitute a far greater danger to the general public than what amount to slightly more sophisticated versions of sex dolls.
2) Banning things usually creates a black market, with the associated crime and corruption that goes with it, if there is any chance that a section of the population would be willing to pay for such ‘products’.
3) Telling people that they cannot have something can stimulate demand for exactly that thing – the ‘reverse psychology’ factor – even when there might not be much inclination towards such activities. The parallels with historical alcohol and drug prohibitions are fairly obvious, I would think.
4) Banning new technologies is historically ineffective, and there is no reason to think banning sex robots would be any different. It would be more effective to manage such technologies with an appropriate regulatory framework.
This does not mean that I think sex robots are a good thing however – far from it. The sponsor of the campaign – Dr Kathleen Richardson – makes a good point when she talks about how such things can contribute to the objectification and exploitation of women. It seems that she does not fully understand the context of the kind of society in which these technologies are being developed however, and is making some massive assumptions. I strongly suggest she read Andrew Lobaczewski’s Political Ponerology, to get an idea of why her efforts are doomed to fail.
And for all you drooling perverts looking forward to the day when the first ‘Cherry 2000‘ rolls off the assembly line – seriously, get a life!
Scumbags… assholes… these words don’t seem to do justice to an appropriate description of the hatemongers at Charlie Hebdo after their latest piece of filth masquerading as ‘free expression’. It seems that they didn’t take a cautionary lesson from what happened to them, and have decided to ‘double down’ on their xenophobic beliefs. I guess they like painting targets on their collective heads.
Oh well. I suggest we all ignore them from now on. Karma, and all that…
Take a good look, Australia. We, more than nearly every other country in the world are responsible for what is happening in Europe at the moment, thanks to passive support of anti-immigration policies that attempt to demonise refugees fleeing from wars that were fully backed by Australian governments who cravenly kowtowed to the bloodthirsty anglo-American empire. The psychopaths in power in this country are marching in lockstep behind their psychopathic masters’ diktats that Middle-Eastern countries are to be laid waste for the purposes of gaining profit and power. And, like most of the other relatively-affluent ‘first-world’ countries of the West, the majority of the population of this country continues to believe the ‘reality’ that this is all being done in the name of keeping said populations ‘safe’ from bogus ‘terrorism’ that in real reality is being perpetrated by the same group of psychopaths.
Wake up to yourselves. The nauseating anti-immigration rhetoric that sequential Australian governments have pushed for decades now has done nothing but reinforce inhuman policies that are causing death and suffering on a massive scale. As Joe Quinn writes:
In the last 4 years, the ‘creatures’ in the American government and their European stooges deliberately destroyed the societies of Syria and Libya, partly for profit, partly for ‘fun’. So go ahead and be horrified at the images of Syrian (or Iraqi or Libyan) babies washed up on European beaches; just don’t be surprised. And don’t be surprised when your apathy-turned-compassion transforms into intolerant bigotry whenever some ‘terrorist’ among the ‘migrants’ kills some European(s) in another typical false-flag attack. That’s what false-flags are designed for – to manipulate you – and humans are so very easily manipulated.
Most self-satisfied ‘neo-liberal’ Westerners have swallowed (and are currently regurgitating) the ‘feel-good’ narrative that the ‘migrants’ are both a danger and a compliment to Europe’s ‘high democratic ideals’ and lifestyle. If I could offer such people one piece of advice, it would be that rather than fretting about the situation, they feel grateful that the only blow-back they must endure from their government’s actions is the odd ‘migrant’ child or family washed up on their pristine beaches. Because if this were some other universe where the truth was universally recognized, we all might be required to look at the thousands of Syrian babies killed in the US- and EU-inspired Syrian ‘revolution’ to overthrow Assad, and concede that behind the feel-good narrative of ‘freedom and democracy’, those babies were killed for ‘fun’, and in your name. Then we could move on to the tens of thousands of dead Iraqi babies…
Read the whole article in its entirety – it contains important information.
RT.com has posted an article about the emergency situation in Gaza due to water access restrictions:
More than 90 percent of the Gaza Strip’s water is undrinkable. The rest is quickly running out. A combination of factors is rapidly depriving the population of this most basic of needs. RT investigated day-to-day life under these conditions.
Just one fresh water source exists today, according to the locals – a coastal aquifer beneath the ground that is shared with Israel and Egypt. But Gaza is situated downstream from Israel, and Palestinians accuse the Jewish state of using the situation to its advantage, employing water deprivation as a tactic against the civilian population.
The grim water statistics are part of a recent UN report on Gaza, which says the strip will become uninhabitable by 2020. A number of reasons compound the problems, according to the document by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD). […]
The UN says that 500,000 people have been displaced in Gaza as a result of last year’s IDF operation alone. More than 20,000 Palestinian homes were destroyed, and 148 schools and 15 hospitals and 45 primary health-care centers were severely damaged. Gaza is one of the most densely populated areas in the world.
But worse still is when the populace is deprived of the prime source of life – water. Without it, no reconstruction and no rebuilding of lives can take place. Medicine, sanitation, hygiene and crucial facilities that depend on water all suffer. […]
“We can’t drink it, cook with it, or wash in the kitchen with it… we are forced to buy all the clean water separately,” said Umm Ibrahim Amna Abdel’al, as she stood in her kitchen, little more four bare cement walls and a sink. […]
The woman went on to describe how “tiny kids suffer from cramps and colic” – a syndrome commonly associated with stomach infections.
“See my hand?” she pointed to the irritated skin on her palm. “It is because of the salty water. I have a skin infection. The water is full of salt. It is like sewage.”
And salt isn’t the only problem. The water coming into homes is also full of nitrate – a carcinogenic. The levels rose even higher last year, during Israel’s bombardment of sewage pipes and clean water pipes. Now, the two chemicals have mixed.
But even though the water is filthy, Gazans pay an exorbitantly [high price] for it.
Elkhafif [Mahmoud Elkhafif, the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD)’s special coordinator for assistance to the Palestinian people] put it bluntly: “Gaza suffers a catastrophic issue with water quality and water supply. And it’s a shame on the world that they are still watching this.”
Unless the situation is resolved, the Strip stands on the brink of a full-scale humanitarian catastrophe much greater than any airstrikes can cause.
Bear witness, and weep. All this, because the Palestinian people will not capitulate to the psychopaths that run Israel and the other countries of the Western world.
Well, it’s been a tough month of August this year. Due to personal circumstances, I haven’t had as much time to keep up with the news, but today I noticed this ‘wonderful’ item (heavy sarcasm): Thousands call for action as Indian community council ‘orders’ rape and public humiliation of two sisters
Over 60,000 people signed an Amnesty International UK’s petition demanding the government intervene in the case of two Indian sisters sentenced to rape and humiliation for their brother’s deed by a local council dominated by a higher caste.
An unelected all-male council from a village in India’s Baghpat district handed down the ruling on July 30, ordering Meenakshi Kumari, 23, and her sister, 15, to be raped as well as paraded naked with blackened faces.The council deemed this an appropriate punishment for their brother’s elopement with a married woman from the higher Jat caste. The brother, known as Ravi, is reportedly from the Dalit caste, which is India’s lowest, formerly known as the “untouchables.” He ran away with his beloved despite fears of retribution.
“Nothing could justify this abhorrent punishment. It’s not fair. It’s not right. And it’s against the law. Demand that the local authorities intervene immediately,” Amnesty International said, calling on people worldwide to sign their petition to persuade the Indian government to intervene.
You can sign the petition here.