A dispute over whether government can require Catholic schools to teach Wiccan and pagan rites as equal to the Ten Commandments and the resurrection of Jesus is heading to Canada’s highest court.
A dispute over whether government can require Catholic schools to teach Wiccan and pagan rites as equal to the Ten Commandments and the resurrection of Jesus is heading to Canada’s highest court.
The Chamber of the First Section of the European Court of Human Rights (the "ECHR") has recently handed down a controversial decision which has the potential to impose liability on internet portals for comments posted by third parties, despite effective take-down procedures being in place.
The ECHR found Estonia's most popular Internet news portal, Delfi AS ("Delfi"), liable in damages for defamatory and anonymous comments posted by third parties on its websites.
This decision also has the potential to seriously affect the future of online comment threads.
Delfi posted an article in 2006 covering route alterations by SLK, a ferry company which provided public transportation between mainland Estonia and two of the country's larger islands. The article also referred to how the company had "destroyed planned ice roads", which are public roads over the sea.
Whilst the article itself was not defamatory, it attracted 185 comments, about twenty of which were threatening and offensive posts against the company's owner and sole shareholder. The comments were taken down the same day following a request from SLK's lawyers, but Delfi refused an additional claim for non-pecuniary damages of €32,000. Estonia's County Court found against Delfi and awarded SLK's owner damages in the sum of €320 for "[violation] of his personality rights".
The matter ultimately came before the ECHR which handed down its decision in October 2013. This decision has yet to be finalised. The ECHR considered whether the Estonian Supreme Court had unjustifiably and disproportionately restricted Delfi's right to freedom of expression under Article 10 of the European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms...
From Grumpy Cat to Henri le Chat Noir, the cat video film festival will have all your favourite feline Internet stars, and the event will be hosted by noted Canadian cat lover Laureen Harper.
The Council of Islamic Ideology (CII) on Tuesday ruled that Pakistani laws prohibiting marriage of underage children are un-Islamic.
At the end of its two-day session on Tuesday, the CII said there is no minimum age of marriage according to Islam.
Islam does not forbid marriage of young children, the council said. However, the Rukhsati (consummation of marriage) is only allowed in the case that both husband and wife have reached puberty.
The CII’s ruling comes a day after its chairman Maulana Mohammad Khan Sheerani said laws regarding second marriage of a man in the presence of a first wife were against religious principles.
“Sharia allows men to have more than one wife and we demanded that the government should amend the law,” he told reporters after a CII meeting.
The laws require a man to have written approval from his existing wife or wives for another marriage.
Sheerani urged the government to formulate Sharia-compliant laws related to nikah, divorce, adulthood and ‘will’.
The CII is a constitutional recommendatory body that advises parliament in the law-making process, but cannot enact laws on its own.
According to Pakistani laws, the minimum age for marriage is 18 years for a male and 16 years for a female.
See here for story on Doughboy’s appoint to the Council. He is a real winner. He keeps turning up like a bad penny, saying things like DNA evidence should not be used at rape trials.
South Africa criticized Royal Dutch Shell's local unit on Tuesday for not refueling a jet carrying the visiting speaker of Iran's parliament, saying the action was an "embarrassment" to the government.
Ali Larijani met with South African President Jacob Zuma and South Africa's parliamentary speaker during an official visit to the country from March 4 to 7.
But Larijani was forced to cancel the next leg of a planned African tour because of a 24-hour delay when his plane was not refueled at Cape Town International Airport.
The South African Petroleum Industry Association (SAPIA), which groups suppliers such as Shell, said this was because of "company-specific global policies" its members follow in dealing with Iran, which has had international sanctions imposed on it over its nuclear program.
"In accordance with these company restrictions, the relevant SAPIA members were not able to sell fuel or provide refueling services to Dr Larijani's aircraft prior to its departure from Cape Town on 7 March 2014," SAPIA said in a statement.
The South African government said it did not think sanctions applied in this situation...
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Why was Larijani in South Africa? According to PressTV:
Iran and South Africa are working on bolstering their already strong ties, with the country’s Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani in Africa for a 5-day visit.
In his meetings with President Jacob Zuma and the South African speaker of parliament, the expansion of ties in industry, minerals and agriculture was discussed. But a key question remained around whether South Africa would resume imports of Iranian oil, now that US-led sanctions are being relaxed.
Larijani emphasized that SA and Iran are friendly nations and said that the history of these ties goes back to the days of the 1979 Iranian revolution...
From an email obtained
by PJ Media:
I anticipate that last week’s developments will prompt a period of reflection and discussion about civil rights in this country and how we can best achieve our sacred mission.
This is healthy, and I am confident that our work will emerge the stronger for it.
Division staff have always demonstrated both resilience and an enduring commitment to the principles of equality of opportunity that animate everything we do.
President Hassan Rouhani is very open to the idea of Islamic democracy and sees moderation as the path to solve conflicts, according to Iranian Vice President Masoumeh Ebtekar, an influential political figure.
Ebtekar, who is also the head of Iran’s Environmental Protection Organization, sat down with daily Hürriyet in Tehran over a number of issues including Iran’s nuclear deal with the West, the changes in Iran during Rouhani’s term and the Syrian crisis.
Ebtekar, an immunologist and former journalist who lived and studied in the U.S. in the past, was the spokeswoman for the group of Iranian students that seized the U.S. Embassy in Tehran at the beginning of the Islamic revolution 35 years ago.
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Sounds like a real liberal! Just what we need, a leader in the U.S. hostage crisis working for “Islamic democracy,” whatever that is. Read the interview--it gives no explanation.
The study, by HM Prisons Inspectorate, concluded that people from a Gypsy, Romany or Traveller background are ‘significantly overrepresented in prison’
No doubt this is all my fault.
François Hollande ‘vigilant’ after Islamist group calls for his assassination in response to France helping Central African Republic in its fight against Muslim rebels
A militant Islamist website has created a series of posters calling for attacks on France and for the assassination of President François Hollande in reprisal for the country's policies in Mali and the Central African Republic.
In addition to assisting Mali in its war against Islamists, France sent troops four months ago to the majority Christian Central African Republic, where predominantly Muslim Seleka rebels seized power a year ago.
The Seleka have since been pushed back by Christian anti-balaka - known as anti-machete in the local language - militia.
The al Minbar Jihadi Media Network, a well-known Islamist website, created six posters as part of a campaign it dubbed “We will not be silent, O France,” according to the SITE monitoring service.
The forum's “Media soldiers for the support of Islam” designed the posters, which can be downloaded and printed by visitors to the site.
The four were all affiliated with Hamas' al-Qassam Brigades, and they arrived dead at the hospital, a Ma’an reporter said.
Muslim families are begging anti-terror police to arrest their sons and prevent them from joining jihadists in Syria
Muslim families in Britain are reporting their sons and brothers to police if they fear they will leave to fight in Syria, it was revealed today.
Scotland Yard has announced a large increase in arrests of world-be jihadists this year as it embarks on a more ‘sensitive’ and ‘less macho’ approach to fighting terrorism.
The London force says families, officers and community leaders are working better together – and this is being partly put down to an all-female leadership in Britain’s anti-terrorist police team.
In a recently published study in Psychological Science, experimenters found out that children as young as three can evaluate trustworthiness accurately, and as well as adults can by the time they are seven. There have also been studies showing that babies as young as six months can tell which adults are more helpful, and some one-year-olds will try to help someone who is struggling.
This research that children can discriminate will not shock many parents. A baby will show a preference for a person who is familiar over someone who is a stranger, and not someone who appears awkward or fake around them. A baby who is also consistently shown empathy absorbs this and is more likely to show it in turn. If we teach our children to unlearn their talent for natural discrimination because, say, we are embarrassed by their lack of manners, we are endangering them.
Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish, authors of seminal child-rearing books such as How to Talk So Kids will Listen, would not be surprised at this new research. They have been talking about the accuracy of children's instincts for a while. When I was pregnant with my daughter (now 21) I turned to one of their books, Liberated Parents, Liberated Children, first published in 1974 which became important to me as I determined what my own parenting philosophy would be.
In it, they show why it is important to validate a baby's and a child's feelings. They put this in capital letters (it's an American book): “WHEN FEELINGS ARE IDENTIFIED AND ACCEPTED, CHILDREN BECOME MORE IN TOUCH WITH WHAT IT IS THEY FEEL.”
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I don’t agree. Pyschopaths can be very convincing. They can fool adults. Indeed, that is one of their traits.
More details and video here.
It is rare for a jetliner to crash without being found for lengthy periods, or ever. But it isn't unprecedented.
No wreckage of a lost Military Air Transport Service charter flight, operated in 1962 by Flying Tiger Line has ever been recovered. The Lockheed L-1049 Super Constellation, carrying 107 passengers, disappeared during a flight from Guam to the Philippines and was presumed to have crashed.
According to the Aviation Safety Network, the search covered 144,000 square miles using 48 aircraft and eight surface vessels.
The long hunt for the wreck of an Air France jetliner that slammed into the Atlantic Ocean in 2009 also illustrates the challenges of underwater recoveries. Some parts were found within a couple of days. But to recover more, there were three explorations of the suspected crash zone, each with progressively more sophisticated equipment.
After the first two searches proved fruitless, some Air France officials argued for giving up. But officials at the plane's manufacturer Airbus—notably current Chief Executive Tom Enders —persisted, hoping to find the plane's data recorders and clear any lingering questions. The third search, costing millions of dollars, found wreckage of the Airbus A330 in April 2011.
The search effort was bolstered by data gathered by the French air-crash investigation agency, which one year after the crash dropped buoys near the plane's last known position to measure currents. Analysis by specialists at the University of Massachusetts indicated that searches had been focused too far from the likely crash site.
One of the first big underwater searches of the modern jet occurred in 1987, after the crash of a South African Airways Boeing 747 jumbo jet off Mauritius. The plane crashed in deep water en route to Johannesburg from Taipei, but the rough location was known because the crew had been in radio contact with controllers due to an onboard fire.
Within weeks, much of the wreckage was discovered almost 15,000 feet down. Special undersea vehicles took hundreds of hours of video and examined much of the wreckage. Ultimately, only about two dozen objects were recovered, including the cockpit voice recorder. But investigators were able to establish a plausible scenario of an onboard fire that began in the plane's cargo area.
The BBC has not been sufficiently sceptical on the European Union or immigration, according to John Humphrys, who said staff had let liberal bias shape the corporation’s news coverage.
Humphrys, presenter of Radio 4’s Today programme, said the BBC had “bought into the European ideal”.
Critics have long accused the BBC of liberal bias and of failing to acknowledge public concerns about immigration or Britain’s membership of the EU. Humphrys is the first current affairs presenter to admit such bias existed, although he said the situation had much improved.
“We weren’t sufficiently sceptical – that’s the most accurate phrase – of the pro-European case. We bought into the European ideal,” he said.
“We weren’t sufficiently sceptical about the pro-immigration argument. We didn’t look at the potential negatives with sufficient rigour.
“I think we’re out of that now. I think we have changed.”
In an interview with Radio Times, Humphrys claimed that the bias was “understandable”.
“The BBC has tended over the years to be broadly liberal as opposed to broadly conservative for all sorts of perfectly understandable reasons.
“The sort of people we’ve recruited – the best and brightest – tended to come from universities and backgrounds where they’re more likely to hold broadly liberal views than conservative.”
Humphrys appears unconcerned by a BBC diktat banning high-profile stars from publicly criticising the corporation.
Danny Cohen, the BBC’s director of television, warned last year that he would crack down on “those who work for the BBC and are well-rewarded for it [but who] are quick to attack or criticise the organisation in public rather than deal with issues internally”.
However, Humphrys also used the interview to complain about unnecessary layers of management.
“There are too many of them,” he said. “Over the years we’ve been grotesquely over-managed, there’s no question. They’re now getting a grip on it. A lot of gone. I think more need to go.”
Humphrys also predicted that the next Today presenter will be a woman, following on from the most recent signing, Mishal Husain.
Last year, he was criticised by the BBC Trust over a television documentary he made in which he questioned whether benefits claimants were living in an "age of entitlement". The Trust said he had breached impartiality guidelines by failing to provide statistics to back up claims that there was "a healthy supply of jobs" in Britain.
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Hey! I am so tired of the stereotype of the uneducated, stupid conservative. I graduated from university too. And I bet a lot of our readers have as well.
BBC is not interested in hiring intelligent people who do not have the “correct” views. Neither is CBC or a lot of the MSM.
The 23-year-old man, known by friends as “The King of Nazeem Neighborhood,” appeared on YouTube videos drifting with his car and sometimes driving into oncoming traffic.
In one of the videos, he and two of his friends were holding machine guns and shooting in the air in broad daylight. He also caused the death of one of the young men riding with him while he was drifting.
Many residents in Riyadh expressed concern and fear about the man’s reckless behavior and disregard for public safety. The three-judge panel did not uphold the demand of the prosecutor-general to sentence the man to death, striking down his motion with a two to one majority.
The prosecutor-general objected to the court’s verdict and demanded the case be reviewed, insisting the defendant should be executed because of his actions that had killed a man.
Riyadh Police’s undercover officers arrested the man in November 2012 while he was hiding inside a house on the outskirts of the capital.
Inside, they confiscated 21 tires and different tools as well as license plates he used to divert police attention.
They also found false identification cards and other documents.
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For once, I can agree with 1,000 lashes. But if he killed someone through recklessness, he should get jail time. I guess the family of the man killed was not very high status.
Another thought: in the 7th century, it would be more difficult to kill someone through recklessness like this. So tribal justice of the time might not have seen enough cases for Mo to enshrine it in Sharia.
A Swedish journalist was gunned down Tuesday in a brazen daytime attack in the heart of Kabul's high-security diplomatic district, as the country braced for a spate of insurgent activity ahead of presidential elections next month.
Swedish Radio identified the victim as Nils Horner, 51 years old, the broadcaster's Asia correspondent who had just arrived in Kabul to cover the April 5 election. Such assassinations of foreign civilians on the streets of Kabul are very rare.
The Taliban, who claimed responsibility for the January attack on a Lebanese restaurant just two blocks away, haven't issued any statements about Tuesday's killing.
Mr. Horner was shot in the head just as President Hamid Karzai and a huge cavalcade of Afghan officials moved amid tight security to the funeral of Vice President Mohammed Qasim Fahim, who died on Sunday.
Mr. Karzai isn't allowed to run again, and the Taliban have pledged to disrupt the election that would pick his successor.
While Kabul police said Mr. Horner was shot as he was being driven in a car, eyewitnesses said the Swedish reporter was on foot during the attack.
Kabul police spokesman Hashmat Stanekzai said two gunmen approached Mr. Horner and shot him in the head with a pistol equipped with a silencer. His body was left on the ground for some 10 minutes before police showed up, witnesses said, even though the killing occurred in a high-security neighborhood rife with police checkpoints. Mr. Horner arrived in a hospital without a pulse.
Kabul police said they detained Mr. Horner's interpreter and driver.
Afghanistan Deputy Foreign Minister Ershad Ahmadi said on his Twitter account that he expressed his condolences to Sweden's ambassador in Kabul, and assured Stockholm that the Afghan government "will do its utmost to bring perpetrators to justice."
Sweden's Foreign Minister Carl Bildt described Mr. Horner's death as "a true tragedy."
Mr. Horner, who also held British citizenship, had worked in the region for many years, according to his employer. During a news conference Tuesday in Stockholm, Swedish Radio's Director-General Cilla Benkö said Mr. Horner reported from Afghanistan in 2001 and from Iraq during in 2003. See also coverage at The Daily Mail.
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They’re idiots. He was likely far to the left and a sympathizer. Things are set to fall apart when NATO leaves.
One of my earliest articles for Taki‘s was called “The Week in Canadian Sex News!” It’s easier than you might think to wring 800 words (and even an exclamation point) out of such an unpromising premise. Then as now, the Canadian justice system supplies plenty of inspiration.
Our unelected robed masters seem to have boinking on the brain. Take Manitoba’s Madam Justice A. Lori Douglas, who was the subject of an ethics investigation after her husband took nude photographs of her engaged in various sex acts and uploaded them to the Internet.
Young blonde says missing Malaysia Airlines pilot invited her and her friend to ride in the cockpit with him for entire flight in 2011
A young woman claims she spent an entire flight in 2011 in the cockpit being entertained by one of the pilots who was flying the missing Malaysian Airlines plane.
Jonti Roos, who is who is currently living in Melbourne during a year-long stay in Australia, said she and a friend were waiting to board their flight from Phuket to Kuala Lumpur three years ago when two pilots plucked them out of the queue and asked them if they would like to ride in the cockpit.
The girls, who had just finished a two-week trip to Thailand, spent the entire flight including take-off and landing in the cockpit with the two pilots, which is strictly forbidden by the airline.
One of the pilots was Fariq Abdul Hamid, the 27-year-old first officer on board missing flight MH370, Ms Roos claims.
‘Throughout the whole flight they were talking to us, they were actually smoking throughout the flight, which I don’t think they’re allowed to be doing and they were taking photos with us in the cockpit while they were flying the plane,’ she told A Current Affair.
She also claimed that for much of the trip the co-pilots were not even facing the front of the plane.
Mr Hamid was one of 239 people on board the plane that disappeared en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing on Saturday.
Ms Roos says she was shocked when she saw that Mr Hamid was one of those missing.
‘When I realised that it was the exact same co-pilot… and that I had met him and been in the cockpit with him and have photos with him – that was quite shocking.’
See video here. h/t GR
See also this crazy story: Muslim group calls for Islamic standards on all Malaysian Airline flights amidst missing plane crisis.
The Muslim Lawyers Association of Malaysia has urged for Muslim prayer standards to be put into place before flights, as well as for all female flight attendants to be dressed according to Islamic law.h/t Martin
"Everything that happens on Earth and in the sky is Allah’s decision. We pray that Allah gives us signs and pointers so that the passengers can be found," said the group in a statement today.
The group has further urged the airline to cease serving alcohol aboard its flights.
Russia has said it is drafting counterproposals to a US plan for a negotiated solution to the Ukraine crisis. The Kremlin denounced the new western-backed government as an unacceptable “fait accompli” and claimed Russian-leaning parts of the country had been plunged into lawlessness.
The Kremlin moves came as Russian forces strengthened their control over Crimea, less than a week before the strategic region is to hold a contentious referendum on whether to split off and become part of Russia.
In a televised briefing with President Vladimir Putin, the Russian foreign minister, Sergey Lavrov, said proposals made by John Kerry, the US secretary of state, were “not suitable” because they took the situation created by the coup as a starting point, referring to the ouster of Ukraine’s pro-Kremlin president, Viktor Yanukovych.
Referring to a document he received from Kerry explaining the US view of the situation in Ukraine, Lavrov said: “To be frank it raises many questions on our side … Everything was stated in terms of allegedly having a conflict between Russia and Ukraine, and in terms of accepting the fait accompli.”
The recently released film Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit depicts a terrorist sleeper cell in Dearborn, Michigan which aims to detonate a nuclear bomb under Wall Street. Dearborn, which is home to the largest mosque in North America, has the highest concentration of Muslims per capita of any U.S. city. It is jokingly referred to as “Dearbornistan.” You would expect, therefore, that if there were a sleeper cell of terrorists in Dearborn, some of them might be Muslims. Uh-uh. In the film, the terrorists are Russian Orthodox Christians operating out of a Russian Orthodox Church. That may seem odd, but once you remember that Hollywood has the highest per capita concentration of politically correct panderers, it all makes sense.
A senior Dubai official accused this week former Arab-Israeli MK and academic Azmi Bishara, who has lived in self-imposed exile in Qatar since 2007, of being an Israeli agent who was sent to destabilize the Persian Gulf region.
In a series of recent statements, Dubai police chief Dhahi Khalfan alleged that Bishara, despite his rocky relations with his former country, was actually an agent of Israel and responsible for the recent deterioration of Qatar’s relations with its neighbors, according to a Monday Israel Radio report.
Bishara should be kicked out of the region, Khalfan added.
This is evidently not the first time Khalfan has made accusations against Bishara. In late January, Bishara posted on his Facebook page that Khalfan was part of a “coordinated defamation campaign” against him due to his “twin commitments to both patriotism and democracy.”
The presentation of what has been dubbed the “Islamic Nobel Prize” for science and technology was held on Monday in the Iranian capital's Pardis Technological Park.
The Mustafa Science and Technology Prize, in honor of one of the 201 names (“the chosen one”) of Prophet Mohamed, aims to encourage scholars from Muslim countries and those of the south-eastern Mediterranean to promote and elevate their works.
The prize intends to create a “platform” for scientists and specialists to present their latest works and to increase scientific and technological collaboration in the Islamic world.
The prize includes 500,000 dollars, a medal and a certificate, and will be given by Pardis in three sectors: life sciences and medicine, nanosciences and nanotechnology, and information and communication technologies.
A fourth prize, for the Best Muslim Scientist, will also be assigned. For the first three categories, the candidates will have to be citizens of a Muslim country, while to compete for the fourth the scientist must simply be a Muslim...
I will be attending Ezra's trial with my usual lack of enthusiasm save for the fact that today should be the last installment of this protracted nonsense. Cross examination should finish up followed by closing arguments.
I wish I could predict with confidence a positive outcome however the gap between what is normal and what is libel law in Canada is so vast, so ludicrously non-representative of this era that anything is possible. The silly parsing of language, the imagined grievances and alleged harms to "reputation" allowed to exploit this artifact of law is beyond parody. As it exists libel law in Canada is a danger to free society offering little beyond shackles and potential impoverishment for its victims.
Blogwrath writes on yesterday's festivities - The sixth day of the trial of Ezra Levant was marked by the “clash of the titans.” Khurrum Awan’s lawyer cross-examined Ezra Levant. The trial’s importance about the free speech in Canada continues to be underestimated even by the so-called conservative commentators.
This is insane, but it is also completely consistent with the way that the Obama Administration has operated from the beginning. It purged counter-terror trainers who spoke honestly about jihad terror (including me) from counter-terror training programs, while turning a blind eye to the unsavory connections of people like Mohammed Elibiary and Arif Alikhan.
Alleged al-Qaeda operative Suleiman Abu Ghaith warned of a "storm" of airplane attacks a month after Sept. 11, 2001, videos shown in his New York trial revealed on Monday.
Abu Ghaith, a 48-year-old Kuwaiti and son-in-law of Osama bin Laden, is on trial in Manhattan federal court for conspiring to kill Americans and providing material support to al-Qaeda.
During the session, prosecutors played two videos from October 2001.
"There are thousands of young Muslims who look forward to die for the sake of Allah," Abu Ghaith said in one video.
"The storm shall not lessen especially the storm of the airplanes," he shouted in one of the clips.
At one point, Abu Ghaith warns Muslims "not to board aircraft and we advise them not to live in high rises and tall buildings." Prosecutors allege that Abu Ghaith was a top-tier member of al-Qaeda and knew of various plots.
The drug qat is helping to create an environment for extremism in Yemen, Government sources have told Sky’s foreign affairs editor, Tim Marshall.
Chewing qat (khat) is a daily, legal ritual embedded in Yemeni culture. Users experience a euphoric sensation and become talkative and reflective.
But when people chew qat, work stops and this is having an enormous effect on the Yemen economy.
The individuals attached to the radicalization of the Woolwich killers were not unabashed advocates of terrorism, but so-called "soft Islamists" – afforded money and responsibility by the government in the vain hope that "non-violent" extremists would temper the more visible consequences of violent extremists. In truth, "moderate" Islamism seems to act as a "conveyor belt" to violent Islamism.
The greatest obstacle remains the failure of government, media and academia to accept that some "moderate" Islamists are frequently the cause, and Adebowale merely the symptom.
Separating violent Islam from its peaceful twin won’t be easy - Britain’s urging of moderation is hampered by ideology common to both
Britain seeks to conduct an interesting surgical procedure. Extremely difficult to perform, it is the equivalent of separating Siamese twins.
Success or failure rests on where the twins are connected. Britain is the surgeon; the patient is a major religion. While the proposed surgical approach seeks to eliminate one twin suffering from an affliction of violence, the surgeon seems unaware the surviving twin suffers from the same affliction.
Theresa May has leapt to the defence of James Brokenshire, her under-fire immigration minister, following his criticism of a “wealthy metropolitan elite” who use immigrants to provide “cheap labour”.
The Home Secretary defended Mr Brokenshire after he was accused in the House of Commons of relying on stereotypes and cliches and coming “dangerously close” to endorsing the “discredited slogan of ‘British jobs for British workers’”.
Mr Brokenshire said last week that the wealthy were the main winners of Britain’s openness to overseas labour as they had to pay less for tradesmen and services. Ordinary workers, whose wages had stagnated, had lost out.
The comments led to questions being raised about Cabinet members’ use of foreign domestic help, including Prime Minister David Cameron in his Downing Street flat, much to the frustration of his advisers.
Keith Vaz, the Labour chairman of the Home Affairs Select Committee, asked Mrs May in the House of Commons on Monday if she would return Mr Brokenshire to his “normal sensible demeanour” to ensure a “constructive debate on immigration”.
He said: “Last Thursday, [Mr Brokenshire] scolded the metropolitan elite, which of course included members of the Cabinet for employing people who were born outside this country.
“There are 4.4 million people who are born outside this country who are contributing to our economy.
“What (Mr Brokenshire) said came dangerously close to endorsing the discredited slogan of ‘British jobs for British workers’.”
Mrs May replied: “A constructive debate on immigration was exactly what [Mr Brokenshire] was contributing to.
“And I do not accept the description of the speech that [Mr Brokenshire] has given. As I have just said... what he was pointing out is that uncontrolled immigration has the greatest impact on those at the lower end of the income scale.
“I would have thought as a Labour MP, you should care about that.”
Earlier Mrs May also told Laurence Robertson, a Tory backbencher: “Uncontrolled gross immigration of course does put pressure on our public services and infrastructure.
“And as [Mr Brokenshire] has pointed out, the people who most suffer from the impact of uncontrolled immigration are those at the lower end of the income scale.”
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Time to change the name of the Labour Party to the Immigrant Vote-Importing Party. It is unrecognizable by past standards.
Here is a chart of youth unemployment rates in Europe as of January 2014: clearly more immigration is needed says the “Labour” Party member.
Gunbattles erupted late Monday when Libyan government forces attempted to seize back an oil tanker that rebellious militiamen were trying to use to independently sell crude, a Libyan official said.
Culture Minister Habib al-Amin said government forces had taken control of the tanker after the clashes. However, the militia controlling the As Sidra oil port denied it had lost control of the vessel.
The clashes were the most serious confrontation yet between militias that have paralyzed the country's oil industry by blocking major ports and a government too weak to confront them.
The minister said at a late-night news conference that the Libyan forces took over the North Korean-flagged Morning Glory at around 9 p.m. local time after two skirmishes—one in the morning and one in the evening—with militiamen on speedboats around the tanker.
He said there was a third exchange of gunfire after government forces seized the ship, but they had managed to secure it anyway.
The government forces were trying to move the ship away from the port, which is controlled by militias seeking autonomy from the government in Tripoli. But they weren't able to move the ship for technical reasons the minister didn't explain.
A spokesman for a regional militia council holding the port denied the government statement. Ali al-Hassi told Libyan Television they still controlled the ship docked at the port east of Tripoli, one of the country's main oil export terminals.
Earlier on Monday, navy ships and smaller fishing vessels carrying rocket-propelled grenades ringed the North Korean-flagged tanker Morning Glory in an effort to block it as it began moving out of the port, Libyan officials said. Authorities demanded the militiamen on board surrender to avoid an armed escalation.
Prime Minister Ali Zeidan threatened Saturday to bomb the ship to prevent it from leaving the port. Justice Minister Salah Marghani said militiamen who boarded the ship had committed an act of piracy.
The standoff underscored what many Libyans see as the impotence of government bodies in Tripoli wrought with divisions and infighting. See also Reuters coverage here.
Hong Kong - A woman drugged her lover, cut off his penis and bludgeoned him to death with a hammer after he forcibly had sex with her, the High Court heard yesterday.
Yeung Ki, 41, fed Zhou Hui, 32, soup laced with sleeping pills before raining "almost uncountable" blows to his face and the back of his head, prosecutor Nicholas Adams said. "She also cut off his penis and flushed it down the toilet."
Yeung, a mainlander living in Hong Kong on a one-way permit, has admitted she killed Zhou - a two-way permit visitor - on Boxing Day 2012, but denied murder, saying she was provoked and suffered from depression.
Yeung told police in an interview shown in court yesterday that Zhou had beaten her and her four-year-old daughter because she refused to give him HK$200,000 to buy a car. He then stripped her and had forcible sex with her on the bed.
After the killing in a tiny public housing flat in Chai Wan, Yeung wrapped the body in a bed sheet and covered it with a mattress, the court heard.
Colorado made roughly $2 million in marijuana taxes in January, state revenue officials reported Monday in the world's first accounting of the recreational pot business.
The tax total reported by the state Department of Revenue indicates $14.02 million worth of recreational pot was sold.
The state collected roughly $2.01 million in taxes.
The pot taxes come from 12.9 percent sales taxes and 15 percent excise taxes. Voters approved the pot taxes last year. They declared that the first $40 million of the excise tax must go to school construction; the rest will be spent by state lawmakers.
Malaysia's national police chief Tuesday said one of the two passengers who boarded missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 with stolen passports is a 19-year-old Iranian who appeared to be attempting to migrate to Germany to reunite with his mother.
Inspector-General Khalid Abu Bakar told a news conference that Pouria Nour Mohammad Mehrdad's mother contacted Malaysian authorities after news of the flight's disappearance Saturday just an hour after take off from Kuala Lumpur en route to Beijing.
Mr. Mehrdad, who was traveling on a passport reported stolen in Thailand last year by 30-year-old, Austrian Christian Kozel, didn't appear to be connected with any terrorist groups, Inspector-General Khalid said, adding that he had been in contact with Iranian authorities over the matter. "We believe he was trying to migrate to Germany," he said. "His mother was expecting him to arrive. She contacted us here, so that's how we know he is the one."
Inspector-General Khalid said the identity of the other passenger who boarded using a foreign passport is still being investigated.
Swastikas were painted overnight on a Stockholm high school with a Jewish curriculum and on another one with many ethnic minority students, school authorities said Monday.
The Vasa Real school which offers classes in Jewish studies and Hebrew was emblazoned with pink and blue swastikas and anti-Semitic slogans, including “disgusting Jews” and the white supremacist insignia “1488,” school authorities said.
“During the night several walls were sprayed with racist markings,” police added in a statement.
“Horrible and unacceptable,” tweeted the local council’s school director Johanna Engman, as the graffiti was removed on Monday morning.
Swastikas were also painted on a nearby high school in Stockholm with a high proportion of ethnic minority students, school authorities said.
A group of local Muslims on Sunday razed an under construction church in Chak 3/4-L, Okara, allegedly over political rivalry, The Express Tribune has learnt.
The Christians of Chak 3/4-L, Okara, had started the construction of a church on, what they claimed was their own land. They had erected a wall and installed a cross on it and engraved some Biblical verses.
On Sunday, around 20 people, all of them Muslim, demolished the construction using a tractor. They pulled down the cross and ploughed the land.
Javed Iqbal Masih, a resident of the area, told The Express Tribune that the Christians had tried to convince the group, backed by Pakistan Peoples Party’s Mehar Abdul Sattar, not to disgrace the cross and interfere with the construction of the Church but they did not listen.
Iqbal said this was Sattar’s way of punishing the community for not voting for him in the May elections and preferring a Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz candidate over him. He said two months ago, Sattar had tried to stop them from constructing churches in Chak 4/4 and Chak 12/4 as well.
Sattar said they (the group of Muslims) had also built an Eid Gah (a place to offer Eid prayers) on another piece of disputed land so that no one could claim ownership to it.
When asked why the Muslims could build an Eid Gah on community land but Christians couldn’t, Sattar said, they could build a community centre if they wished, but could not construct a church.
Terror plotter employed at school targeted by radicals: Extremist was jailed for involvement in cell that planned to behead British soldier
A state school allegedly infiltrated by Muslim fundamentalists had on its staff an extremist who was jailed for his involvement in a terror cell which planned to behead a British soldier, it emerged yesterday.
Zahoor Iqbal, 36, was arrested while working for Saltley School, Birmingham, as an attendance officer and ‘achievement mentor’.
Saltley is one of several schools allegedly targeted for takeover by Islamic fanatics.
From day one of Russia’s assault on Ukraine (ongoing since February 27), Ukrainian government leaders, politicians and diplomats have continually invoked the 1994 Budapest Memorandum signed by Ukraine, the United States, Russia and the United Kingdom.
That Memorandum is widely believed to provide security “guarantees” to Ukraine and a mechanism to activate them by “guarantor” powers, in the event of Ukraine’s independence and territorial integrity being threatened.
International mass media are also widely referencing “guarantees” to Ukraine under the Budapest Memorandum; while Washington and London have feebly attempted to engage Moscow in some dialogue based on that document.
Russia’s unopposed seizure of Crimea, and open threats to extend the conflict deeper into Ukraine, have tested the Budapest Memorandum and proved it to be useless. By perpetuating an illusion of security guarantees, the Memorandum has contributed to distracting Ukraine from developing a common security agenda with the West while the opportunities existed.
Today rebels demonstrated, some of their new sophisticated weapons. Syrian Airforce is doomed.
About a dozen nuns held by rebels in Syria for more than three months were released on Sunday and arrived back in Syria after traveling through Lebanon, officials and witnesses said.
Witnesses at the Syrian border with Lebanon said the nuns arrived at the crossing late on Sunday night and headed toward Damascus in a minibus. One witness counted 13 nuns and three other workers from their convent.
"I'm in good health, thank God," one of the nuns said by phone, leaving before she could give her name or further details.
A Lebanese security source had said the nuns had been taken to the Lebanese town of Arsal earlier in the week and would head to the Syrian capital on Sunday accompanied by the head of a Lebanese security agency and a Qatari intelligence official.
The nuns went missing in December after Islamist fighters took the ancient quarter of the Christian town of Maaloula north of Damascus.
After being held in the Greek Orthodox monastery of Mar Thecla in Maaloula, they were reportedly moved to the rebel-held town of Yabroud, about 20 km (13 miles) to the north, which is now the focus of a government military operation.
Speaking to reporters at the border, Syrian Greek Orthodox Bishop Louka al-Khoury welcomed the reported release of the nuns. "What the Syrian army achieved in Yabroud facilitated this process," he said.
Shortly after the nuns disappeared, Islamist rebels said they had taken them as their "guests" and that they would release them soon.
The British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group identified the rebels who took the nuns as militants from the Nusra Front, al Qaeda's affiliate in Syria.
The Observatory and a rebel source in the area said the release of the nuns had been agreed as part of a swap in which the government would free scores of women prisoners.
"The deal is for the release of 138 women from Assad's prisons," the rebel source said, referring to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
Other reports by activists on social media said around 150 prisoners would be released.
The Canadian Museum for Human Rights is weathering a censorship allegation after deleting a blog post it commissioned from a Tyrell medal-winning Canadian historian.
The post appeared on March 4, but was removed hours later after museum staff deemed a passage criticizing the federal Conservative government unacceptable.
The passage in question described the Conservatives as having an "anti-woman record." She said museum staff first asked her to back up that claim, but ultimately rejected a footnoted posting as a partisan statement.
The Conservative government is anti-women because it won't fund foreign baby murder, she's that kinda Academician
The Directorate General for Religious Affairs (Diyanet) has issued a fatwa stating that kangaroo meat and grasshoppers are “halal” food, but Islam bans eating “badgers, martens, weasels, beavers and sea otters.”
Iran has warned the Austrian embassy in Tehran after it hosted a meeting between the EU foreign policy chief and Iranian human rights activists during her first visit to Iran over the weekend, the state news agency IRNA said on Monday.
Ashton met several human rights activists including the mother of Iranian blogger Sattar Beheshti at the embassy on Saturday, which coincided with international women's day. Beheshti died in jail a few days after he was arrested in 2012 over a blog critical of the government.
"These actions (the meeting) will lead to an increased suspicion between our people and the West and it doesn't help relations between Iran and Europe," Iranian foreign ministry spokeswoman Marzieh Afkham was quoted as saying by IRNA.
Afkham had conveyed an official warning to the Austrian embassy in Tehran over the "unplanned meeting," IRNA said, without elaborating. Ashton's two-day visit was the first by an EU foreign policy chief since 2008.
Ashton had said after meeting Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammed Javad Zarif there was a potential for a dialogue with Tehran over human rights issues in the future...
Ezra was cross examined today. It was at times a bit of a slugging match with each side scoring points. Ezra did not back down under questioning and it showed with the increasing frustration displayed by Awan's attorney throughout the day. On at least one occasion Shiller misfired and essentially put words into Ezra's mouth, attempting to suggest that Ezra authored commentary he had never written.
Another point of absurdity arose over Awan's role as a Youth Leader with the anti-Semitic Canadian Islamic Congress. Shiller insisted that Awan had never been an official member of the CIC and that Awan's role as Youth Leader was a "non-membership position". A distinction without difference as noted by Ezra.
Ezra's cross-examination is over save for any questions for clarification that both the judge and his own lawyer may have tomorrow morning. The judge did add that either party may wish to make a submission on a point of law in question. Specifically this concerns a discrepancy in Ezra's testimony versus an acknowledgement made in an agreed upon statement of facts completed prior to trial.
Eyecrazy has a good recounting of a specific incident from today's trial concerning Awan's funding: But a pivotal occurrence came when Shiller asked about claims Levant made that the plaintiff, Khurran Awan, was being bankrolled for the current lawsuit. Evidently thinking he had the smoking gun of an example of an outrageous, untrue accusation, Awan's attorney asked what the basis was for Levant making that claim.
In a moment of exceptional courtroom drama, Levant replied that he would answer the question, but wanted to make sure that Mr. Shiller understood that he was willing to answer the question, and how he knew the answer. Shiller repeated the question and Levant's response was a shock. Levant replied that Shiller himself had provided that information in a conversation with his lawyer.
Shiller became flustered, almost stuttering, and backed away from that line of question immediately, muttering about his unwillingness to be a witness in the case he was conducting as an attorney. But the damage was done.
(Reuters) - The disappearance of a Malaysian airliner about an hour into a flight to Beijing is an "unprecedented mystery", the civil aviation chief said on Monday, as a massive air and sea search now in its third day failed to find any trace of the plane or 239 people on board.
Dozens of ships and aircraft from 10 countries scoured the seas around Malaysia and south of Vietnam as questions mounted over possible security lapses and whether a bomb or hijacking attempt could have brought down the Boeing 777-200ER which took off from the Malaysian capital, Kuala Lumpur.
The area of the search would be widened from Tuesday, Azharuddin Abdul Rahman, the head of Malaysia's Civil Aviation Authority, told reporters.
A senior police official told Reuters that people armed with explosives and carrying false identity papers had tried to fly out of Kuala Lumpur in the past, and that current investigations were focused on two passengers who were on the missing plane with stolen passports.
"We have stopped men with false or stolen passports and carrying explosives, who have tried to get past KLIA (airport) security and get on to a plane," he said. "There have been two or three incidents, but I will not divulge the details."
Azharuddin said a hijacking attempt could not be ruled out as investigators explore all theories for the loss of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370.
"Unfortunately we have not found anything that appears to be objects from the aircraft, let alone the aircraft," he told a news conference. "As far as we are concerned, we have to find the aircraft. We have to find a piece of the aircraft if possible."
Azharuddin also said the two men with stolen passports did not look like Asians, but he did not elaborate. Airport CCTV footage showed they completed all security procedures, he said.
A senior source involved in preliminary investigations in Malaysia said the failure to find any debris indicated the plane may have broken up mid-flight, which could disperse wreckage over a very wide area.
"The fact that we are unable to find any debris so far appears to indicate that the aircraft is likely to have disintegrated at around 35,000 feet," said the source.
Asked about the possibility of an explosion, the source said there was no evidence of foul play and that the aircraft could have broken up due to mechanical causes.
Still, the source said the closest parallels were the bomb explosions on board an Air India jetliner in 1985 when it was over the Atlantic Ocean and a Pan Am aircraft over the Scottish town of Lockerbie in 1988. Both planes were cruising at around 31,000 feet at the time.
The United States extensively reviewed imagery taken by American spy satellites for evidence of a mid-air explosion, but saw none, a U.S. government source said. The source described U.S. satellite coverage of the region as thorough...
Samuel Greenfield - In Donetsk - Under an imposing statue of Vladimir Lenin a cluster of tent stands shelter communist party supporters from the chilly wind that flutters the hammer and sickle flag flying above the tent.
(Samuel is a Toronto boy, and a Ryerson journalism student. I gave him his first break. God but I am shameless.)
UK: Top judge who was soft on foreign criminals sacked after it emerged he was living with an illegal immigrant
A senior immigration judge has been forced to quit after his bosses discovered he had been living with an illegal immigrant.
Richard McKee, 65, agreed to step down after admitting he had been supporting 39-year-old Nigerian woman, Fatima Umar, who had overstayed her visa to the UK.
The judge, a full-time Tribunal Judge of the Upper Tribunal since 2002, left his job on 4 February after Umar was arrested at his £410,000 flat in Kilburn, north London, where she had previously lived with him.
Today it emerged that she was arrested after breaking into the basement flat she had shared with Mr McKee and smashing it up, causing £5,000 damage, on 28 January this year.
Police were called and as they tried to arrest Umar, she assaulted them before being dragged 'kicking and screaming' out of the property, neighours said.
Umar is now serving two eight-week jail terms after admitting one count of criminal damage and three counts of assault, and is expected to be deported when her sentence ends.
According to police records, she was also sentenced to 14 weeks in prison three years ago after assaulting Mr McKee.
He was one of three senior immigration judges who allowed 26 foreign criminals to stay in Britain because of their 'right to a family life' in just one year, while ruling that only seven be sent home.
Last year, Mr McKee's ground-floor flat was the subject of a police investigation after it was discovered that his home was being used for 'unlawful activities' which he had not told his bosses about.
Between June 2011 and May 2012, Mr McKee, 64, heard 13 cases involving criminals appealing against deportation, and in 11 of them he ruled in favour of the criminal bringing the appeal.
Criminals he allowed to stay included Congolese national Wabi Longange, a failed asylum seeker found guilty of causing the death of a woman passenger by careless driving, and an Australian man, known only by the initials CB, who sexually assaulted a 17-year-old girl he had fostered eight years previously.
He also let Algerian illegal immigrant Amar Chennaoui, 43, stay after he was jailed for two-and-a-half years for unlawful wounding.
The former judge is now likely to receive a full pension of at least £50,000.
Attkisson, who has been with CBS News for two decades, had grown frustrated with what she saw as the network’s liberal bias, an outsized influence by the network’s corporate partners and a lack of dedication to investigative reporting, several sources said. She increasingly felt like her work was no longer supported and that it was a struggle to get her reporting on air.
Reason may not be a strongpoint: Central African Muslims unsuccessfully try to bring down French chopper with stones
Central African Muslims pelt French chopper with stones
BANGUI – Hundreds of Central African Muslims on Sunday tried to inflict damage on a French military helicopter flying over the northwestern city of Ndele, a local priest said.
The Muslims had taken to the streets to protest the French killing of four alleged seleka fighters in Ndele, about 600 kilometers north of the capital Bangui, a day earlier.
The angry demonstrators pelted an avalanche of stones at a French helicopter flying overhead, Eddy Manda, the local priest, told Anadolu Agency.
Borab is a district in Bangui, capital of Central African Republic. Women sell fruit and vegetables on the street. The men sit in bars and drink beer. Young men, armed with machetes and automatic weapons, loiter nearby.
Borab is the headquarters and stronghold of the anti-balaka [anti-Muslim] youth militia. It was also the constituency of former President Francois Bozize until he was toppled by the Seleka [Muslim] rebels in March 2013 and forced into exile. Many of his body guards and political allies live in Borab and for this reason it was here that the Seleka [Muslim] rebels unleashed their fury on the civilian population. There was much looting, women were raped and many people were shot and killed.
Borab was where resistance to Seleka began growing, said anti-balaka spokesman Emotion Gomez. His body is adorned with objects – bullets, a tin can, a lock and chain. He believes these charms or fetishes have some special power that will keep him safe from enemy bullets.
"Our name comes from anti-Balle AK meaning "against the bullets of the AK47," he said, referring to the Kalashnikov assault rifle.
"Our movement has a long history, anti-balaka have traditionally hunted down bandits and arrested them. That was before Bozize came to power. But once Djotodia had taken over and the Seleka started shooting and ill-treating us, we decided to regroup and fight them."
Gomez was referring to Michael Djotodia, the [Muslim] Seleka leader who toppled Bozize and was then ousted himself in January 2014.
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Explanatory phrases entered in brackets since Deutsche Welle is clearly trying to play this angle down.
Clandestine migrants made a new assault on the Spanish enclave Melilla in Morocco. Last night about 150 Sub-Saharans tried to force their way through the entrance of Pinare de Rostrogordo, attacking security forces with sticks and stones, the Civil Guard reported. About twenty migrants succeeded in overcoming the six-metre high fence to enter.
Once inside, the illegal migrants were identified and accompanied to the temporary reception centre where expulsion proceedings were initiated.
Last night’s attempt follows a dawn attack Sunday by two groups of clandestine immigrants, numbering 500 and 200 each.
Those migrants were repulsed by the Civil Guard and by Moroccan police forces. About 30,000 people with the intention to enter the Melilla and Ceuta enclaves are currently in the surrounding Gurugu' mountains, according to the Unified Association of Civil Guards.
The Taliban on Monday vowed to target Afghanistan’s presidential election, urging their fighters to attack polling staff, voters and security forces before the April 5 vote to choose a successor to Hamid Karzai.
Previous Afghan elections have been badly marred by violence, with at least 31 civilians and 26 soldiers and police killed on polling day alone in 2009 as the militants displayed their opposition to the US-backed polls.
Another blood-stained election would damage claims by international donors that the expensive military and civilian intervention in Afghanistan since 2001 has made progress in establishing a functioning state system.
“We have given orders to all our mujahideen to use all force at their disposal to disrupt these upcoming sham elections – to target all workers, activists, callers, security apparatus and offices,” the Taliban said in an emailed statement.
“It is the religious obligation of every Afghan to fulfil their duty by foiling the latest plot of the invaders that is guised in the garb of elections.”
Current debates about reproductive issues are an ethical minefield. Discussion about whether to create “three parent embryos” is the latest in a long list of rapid medical and social changes that are pushing against our legal and ethical boundaries.
Society seems to flounder from one issue to the next, trying to find a way forward that is acceptable to all, with little to guide except something we call “rights”.
Rights are meant to give us real guidance out how to go forward: “I have the right to have a baby”, “to not have a baby”, “to have a baby without blemish”, “to have a baby without any disease”, “to have a baby at 50”, “to use a surrogate”, “to die when I want.” The list goes on.
The 20 Israeli tourists on board a Norwegian cruise ship were not allowed to disembark in Tunisia upon arrival on a recent cruise.
I have always wanted to do this and I am not sure if I will get the opportunity again so if you could humour me, I want to let out a scream.
A scream of frustration.
A scream of solidarity to my fellow woman who are not able to express themselves in such a fashion, who are suffering injustice and discrimination.
If you would join in a cry/a keen for other women who are suffering.
I stand before you today as a woman unfree, in spite of the location of my birth here in the European Union, a colony of the British empire, the island of Ireland, Eire.
This is because I do not have the same rights as my sisters in other parts of these conglomerate nations. I am officially a citizen of the United Kingdom but the same freedom of reproductive choice is not awarded to me.
I am expressing my femininity.
Does that make me superficial?
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I don’t know why anyone reads The Guardian.
Australia: Sydney cab driver who told a 90-year-old passenger he hoped she would “die” is begging to keep his job
The NSW Roads and Maritime Service (RMS) cancelled the taxi licence of former Iraqi barber Ammar Dawood after more than 25 passenger complaints, a raft of speeding and traffic offences and an accident as a result of “road rage”.
The NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal last week upheld the decision of the RMS to keep the Mount Druitt father out of a cab, noting Mr Dawood’s “lack of anger-management skills” and a complaint file 58 pages long.
However, Mr Dawood told The Sunday Telegraph he wants to appeal against the decision, claiming most incidents were a result of “misunderstandings” or simply “made up”.
His unhappy customers included an elderly woman who Mr Dawood picked up from Chatswood in 2011. The tribunal heard that an argument began with the 90-year-old over the appropriate route to Lane Cove, with the woman asking to be taken to the police station instead.
The complaint log stated Mr Dawood had allegedly said he’d rather push her out first, before declaring: “All you old people are (deleted expletive) bitches” and “get out of my taxi you (deleted expletive) bitch”.
Russian activists attack pro-Kiev rally in Crimean port city of Sevastopol as Ukrainian prime minister vows ‘this is our land’
Demonstrators loyal to Ukraine were attacked with whips, baseball bats and clubs in Sevastopol yesterday as the mood in Crimea turned increasingly tense after the stealth invasion by Russia.
The assault by about 100 Cossacks and pro-Russian militiamen was described as ‘very savage’ by BBC reporter Ben Brown – who had to sprint to his hotel to escape the thugs.
The violence came after 200 people took part in a rally in Sevastopol to commemorate the anniversary of the birth of Ukrainian poet, Taras Shevchenko.
In Kiev, meanwhile, Arseniy Yatsenyuk told a crowd gathered at the statue to nationalist writer Shevchenko: 'This is our land... Our fathers and grandfathers have spilled their blood for this land. And we won't budge a single centimeter from Ukrainian land. Let Russia and its president know this.'
'We're one country, one family and we're here together with our kobzar (bard) Taras,' said acting President Oleksandr Turchynov.
Al-Qaeda is starting an English language magazine as part of a fresh effort to recruit and inspire Western jihadis to launch attacks in their own countries, according to security analysts.
A video posted on YouTube uses the words of Malcolm X to justify violent struggle, before announcing the name of the magazine, Resurgence.
It appears to be modelled on Inspire, an online publication produced by al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), which has carried messages from Osama bin Laden, bomb making directions and tactics for launching “lone wolf” attacks.
However, the new magazine appears to be the first English language magazine from the group’s core leadership and is advertised with a slick video from as-Sahab, its media production house. Analysts believe it marks a shift from al-Qaeda's recent focus on Syria.
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YouTube had removed the video last time I checked.
Guido makes it at least ten times that Ed Miliband has now pledged to spend the money he will raise from his bankers bonus tax:
From Guido Fawkes.
Homophobia and nationalism share a cynical root. They are both ways for demagogues to distract from real problems – be it a lack of democracy (Russia), an Islamist insurgency (Nigeria), or corruption (Uganda). In many of the 78 countries that currently ban homosexuality in some form, the demagogues even claim that decadent western societies created the vice that must now be eradicated. Come, let us save our nation by locking up the people who perform this threatening act!
It doesn't take a team of medical experts, such as that commissioned by Kampala, to establish that homosexuality predates western power in Africa, or to work out that far from encouraging homosexuality, the colonialists exported homophobia, in the form of anti-gay legislation then on European statute books. In the case of Buganda, the kingdom that formed the heart of present-day Uganda, the British deposed the male monarch on the pretext that he had a harem of page boys...
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Hmmm. The colonial powers have been gone for a long time. And they were never in Russia.
Malaysian authorities said Monday that no debris from a missing Malaysia Airlines jetliner had yet been recovered, despite a massive air and sea search under way for passengers and remains of the plane.
Rescuers at times on Monday gave seemingly conflicting reports on progress in a frustrating hunt for evidence that was punctuated with false leads in the open waters of the suspected crash zone.
A Vietnamese ship tracked down an object spotted from the air that resembled a life raft—only to confirm hours later that the object wasn't a raft and wasn't from the lost plane.
A “naval vessel has secured the object suspected to be a life raft and it turned out not to be a life raft and has no connection with the plane,” said Pham Viet Dung, chief of the administration of the Civil Aviation Authority and a coordinator of the search for the missing plane.
Later Monday, the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency said lab results of samples from an oil slick discovered over the weekend confirmed that the material wasn't jet fuel.
Related: The use of stolen passports by two passengers on Malaysia Airlines 3786.KU -4.00% Flight 370 raised concerns over possible weaknesses in immigration and aviation security.
Interpol, the international police coordinating agency, estimates that passengers were able to board aircraft more than a billion times last year without having their passports screened against the agency's databases.
"The world is speculating whether the stolen passport holders were terrorists, while Interpol is asking why only a handful of countries world-wide are taking care to make sure that persons possessing stolen passports are not boarding international flights," Ronald Noble, secretary-general of Interpol, said Sunday.
From The Daily Mail: Images have emerged of two plane tickets believed to have been purchased using stolen passports for the missing Malaysian Airlines flight.
Electronic booking records show that one-way tickets with those names were issued Thursday from a travel agency in the beach resort of Pattaya in eastern Thailand.
Thai police Col. Supachai Phuykaeokam said those reservations were placed with the agency by a second travel agency in Pattaya, which in turn made the bookings through a China Southern Airlines office in Bangkok.
The owners of the second Pattaya travel agency, which police said caters mostly to Iranian travelers, refused to talk to reporters. Thai police and Interpol officers went in to question the owners.
Malaysian Transport Minister Hishammuddin Hussein said on Sunday that officials have footage of the two men, and were examining it. He said local and international intelligence agencies were involved in the investigation.
More: One of two men who boarded doomed Air Malaysia flight on a stolen passport looked like Mario Balotelli': Authorities reveal key clue as they hunt Mr Ali, mystery Iranian businessman who booked their tickets.
h/t Tom Billesley