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USDA to Mexico: Illegal Immigrants Can Have Food Stamps

Thursday, May 2nd, 2013

With food stamp spending in the United States skyrocketing since the beginning of the recession, the Department of Agriculture is paying to promote food stamp usage to illegal immigrants for the sake of their American children, according to documents obtained by a government watchdog.

“The promotion of the food stamp program, now known as “SNAP” (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program), includes a Spanish-language flyer provided to the Mexican Embassy by the USDA with a statement advising Mexicans in the U.S. that they do not need to declare their immigration status in order to receive financial assistance,” Judicial Watch announced today.  “Emphasized in bold and underlined, the statement reads, ‘You need not divulge information regarding your immigration status in seeking this benefit for your children.’”

{snip} “[The USDA Food and Nutrition Service] understands that mixed status households may be particularly vulnerable,” FNS’ Yibo Wood wrote to Mexican embassy officials in a January 2012 email. “Many of these households contain a non-citizen parent and a citizen child.”


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Tweet leads to disciplinary action at Fairfield Union

Wednesday, April 24th, 2013

A Fairfield Union baseball player was disciplined by the school district Monday after a social media post last week.

The player, who the Eagle-Gazette will not name, posted a tweet following the Falcons’ 8-7 loss to Licking Heights. It was directed at a Licking Heights player, who is African-American, and could be considered a racist remark.

Fairfield Union coach Scott Burke was notified of the post and told athletic director Matt McPhail, and the player was disciplined Monday.

“We’re very disappointed at what has occurred here,” McPhail said. “That is not something we believe in at Fairfield Union.”

McPhail said he could not go into detail about the disciplinary actions but alluded to a possible absence from the team for the player.


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Ben Shapiro Demolishes Ivy League Professor on Ethnic Studies

Friday, March 15th, 2013

Since a federal judge has upheld most of an Arizona law banning ethnic studies, Fox News Channel’s Megyn Kelly did a segment featuring Breitbart News’ Ben Shapiro and Camille Charles, a Professor at the University of Pennsylvania.


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Anti racist is a codeword for Anti White

Thursday, March 14th, 2013


Anti racist is a codeword for Anti White

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CPAC’s Tent Gets Smaller by the Day

Thursday, March 14th, 2013

After today’s editorial on CPAC’s exclusion of GOProud and Governor Christie was published, organizers of the annual conservative get-together sent an e-mail announcing more speakers:

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The American Conservative Union (ACU) today announced a number of conservative leaders who will participate on a panel entitled “Respecting Families and the Rule of Law: A Lasting Immigration Policy” at CPAC 2013, the 40th annual Conservative Political Action Conference. . . .

“We are thrilled to welcome these leaders to the CPAC stage, as they discuss immigration policy reform and its impact on families and the rule of law,” said ACU Chairman Al Cardenas. “I am excited to hear what will no doubt be a lively discussion about a very important policy challenge. Each of these participants will add much value to the larger immigration debate in Congress and throughout the United States.”

“Lively discussion,” huh? Sounds interesting. Let’s see who the the panelists are:

Featured speakers who will introduce what their respective organizations are doing to promote the conservative movement and agenda include:

Dr. Whit Ayers, President, North Star Opinion Research

Dan Garza, Executive Director, The LIBRE Initiative

Helen Krieble, Founder and President, The Vernon K. Krieble Foundation

Jenny Korn, Executive Director, American Action Network

Moderator: Helen Aguirre Ferré, Host, “Zona Politica” on Univision Radio

In case you’re keeping score, that’s five supporters of “comprehensive immigration reform” and zero (0) skeptics. Now, I certainly don’t need to be on this panel, but someone does who’s not on board with the Obama/Rubio/Schumer amnesty plan. And I love the intro: “will introduce what their respective organizations are doing to promote the conservative movement and agenda,” which actually means “what their respective organizations are doing to promote President Obama’s amnesty agenda.”


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Hamilton BBQ Restaurant Proudly Displaying Confederate Flag Vandalized

Friday, March 8th, 2013

The owners of Hillbilly Heaven are expecting its best Wednesday turnout despite the soon-to-be opened second-location of the restaurant being vandalized.

The southern-style BBQ joint made headlines earlier this week for proudly displaying a confederate flag in its window.

Cameron Bailey, one of the owners of the restaurant, said he had his best Tuesday in three years and is not at all worried about the vandalism.

“This is the tip of the iceberg. There’s going to be a lot more of this, but whatever,” Bailey said.

The restaurant’s infamous confederate flag had blotches of black paint splattered on it, and the side of the restaurant had “Antifa zone” sprayed onto the black wall. While Bailey insists the flag is not a representation of superiority. The words “Antifa” is a reference to anti-fascism and seems to be a response to the flag.

The destruction of the flag is what Bailey finds most absurd about the vandalism. He said he will not replace the flag because he wants the people of Hamilton, his customers, to see what happens when “certain people” don’t get their way.

Bailey said he will definitely be pressing charges if the police are able to find the person or group responsible for the attack. He turned over surveillance footage to Hamilton police who are currently investigating.

The grand opening of his second location will take place on Monday, March 11. Bailey plans to hire more staff to accommodate the anticipated crowds.

“I expected a nice quiet opening, but I may hire off duty cops just in case,” says Bailey.


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Asia For The Asians

Wednesday, March 6th, 2013


Asia For The Asians

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The Meaning of Minority

Wednesday, December 19th, 2012

America’s white majority just bought itself another year.

According to census figures released Wednesday, 2043 is now the year that whites will no longer make up the majority of Americans. That’s one year later than previous projections.

We as a society must begin to consider now what this change will mean for a nation mired in a majority/minority swamp of privilege, expectations, historical benefits and systematic discrimination.

The browning of America is very real and unrelenting. Our task is to find a way to move into this new Ecru Era with as much ease and grace as we can muster.

An April 2011 report from the Metropolitan Policy Program (M.P.P.) at the Brookings Institution found that all but two of the 10 largest metro areas in the country have child populations in which white children are a minority. (Boston and Philadelphia were the exceptions.) Of the remaining eight metro areas, Hispanic children are the largest demographic in six, and blacks are the largest in the other two.

As Hua Hsu, a professor at Vassar College, posited in The Atlantic in 2009: “What will the new mainstream of America look like, and what ideas or values might it rally around? What will it mean to be white after ‘whiteness’ no longer defines the mainstream? Will anyone mourn the end of white America? Will anyone try to preserve it?”

On election night, Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly said that ”the white establishment is now the minority.” The question is whether this should be a reason for lamentation or celebration. Or neither.

In September, a white student named Matthew Heimbach at Towson University caused a bit of an uproar when The Baltimore Sun reported that he was “gathering support” to start a white student union on campus. The newspaper pointed out: “His former group, Youth for Western Civilization, had sparked controversy with its public displays against Islam, same-sex marriage and multicultural education. That group disbanded after it lost the support of its faculty sponsor, but Heimbach said he hopes his new organization will promote white identity without disparaging other people.”

Now, putting Youth for Western Civilization’s intolerance aside for a moment (if that’s possible), we must ask: when will public displays of white pride become culturally acceptable? Will they forever be freighted with the weight of history—tantamount to gloating about privilege? Or should all racial and cultural pride be viewed more or less the same?

The Sun quoted Heimbach as saying, “It comes a point where we’re not directly involved in what happened centuries ago and our culture just perpetuates the guilt cycle.” He continued, “We want to provide a positive view of white identity.”

Is that offensive? Or fair play in light of where the country is heading?

There will most likely be a growing rub between traditional power structures and emerging ones, much of which will be visible along racial lines but also along gender and sexual identity lines. A great deal of that friction boils down to simple economics. As a July 2011 Pew Research Center report pointed out: “The median wealth of white households is 20 times that of black households and 18 times that of Hispanic households.”

This wealth disparity plays into the national debate about the role of government, appropriate spending levels and rates of taxation.

And on a worrisome note, a recent Associated Press poll showed that since Barack Obama was elected in 2008, prejudice toward blacks has increased. According to the report: “In all, 51 percent of Americans now express explicit anti-black attitudes, compared with 48 percent in a similar 2008 survey. When measured by an implicit racial attitudes test, the number of Americans with anti-black sentiments jumped to 56 percent, up from 49 percent during the last presidential election. In both tests, the share of Americans expressing pro-black attitudes fell.”

Furthermore, The A.P. found: “Most Americans expressed anti-Hispanic sentiments, too. In an A.P. survey done in 2011, 52 percent of non-Hispanic whites expressed anti-Hispanic attitudes. That figure rose to 57 percent in the implicit test. The survey on Hispanics had no past data for comparison.”

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Detroit’s Destiny

Friday, December 7th, 2012

Remember the time you were in class and knew the answer to a question posed by your teacher, but didn’t raise your hand out of fear you might be wrong? Or the time you had a crush on a beautiful girl, but were too afraid to ask her on a date because she might say ‘no’?

Well, we are reaching the political equivalent of that moment—where that self-induced fear and trepidation which precludes us from doing what is rational and natural because of the negative consequences we perceive could arise from such action—with the impending financial collapse of Detroit.

“Impending” is the wrong word. “Imminent” would be, too. “Inevitable” is the apt word.

Why the insolvency of Detroit has been an inevitability now must be stated, because others will raise their hand and supply the wrong answer. The American Thinker will try and blame Democrats and unions without mentioning that America’s most livable big city, Pittsburgh, is filled with both.

Free Republic won’t allow anyone to even mention the word “Black” in the strange color-blind world the owners of that site have cultivated (with a religious zeal and intensity normally seen in a cult).

Beloved conservative economist Thomas Sowell can state it is due to “liberal social policies,” without acknowledging these same policies are in place in cities that attract corporate investments, like Portland, Seattle, Boulder, and Denver. Others will state that a city under “total Democrat hegemony” for 50 years was bound to collapse, maintaining a desire to stay color-blind even in the face of economic Armageddon.

Michael Barone, famous for stating that Hispanics will save the Republican Party, was in Detroit during the Black riots of late July 1967, still the worst riots this nation has ever seen. He wrote an article for the American Enterprise Institute stating how his politics were shaped by this event. Considering that he advocates the continued mass immigration of a people who in 2006 marched in major American cities waving the Mexican flags defiantly, we have to wonder what exactly Barone learned.

The Weekly Standard published Matt Labash’s ode to Detroit’s collapse back in 2008, where he only in passing pointed out the racial significance of the city’s collapse. (In 1960, Detroit was 76 percent White. Though at the time Blacks represented only 24 percent of the population, they were responsible for 65 percent of the violence crime there):

Somewhere along the way, Detroit became our national ashtray, a safe place for everyone to stub out the butt of their jokes.

It happens, though, when you’re from Detroit. In the popular imagination, the Motor City has gone from being the Arsenal of Democracy, so named for their converting auto factories to make the weapons which helped us win World War II, and the incubator of the middle class (now leading the nation in foreclosure rates, Detroit once had the highest rate of home ownership in the country), to being Dysfunction Junction. To Detroit’s credit, they’ve earned it.

How bad is Detroit? It once gave the keys to the city to Saddam Hussein.

Over the last several years, it has ranked as the most murderous city, the poorest city, the most segregated city, as the city with the highest auto-insurance rates, with the bleakest outlook for workers in their 20s and 30s, and as the place with the most heart attacks, slowest income growth, and fewest sunny days. It is a city without a single national grocery store chain. It has been deemed the most stressful metropolitan area in America. Likewise, it has ranked last in numerous studies: in new employment growth, in environmental indicators, in the rate of immunization of 2-year-olds, and, among big cities, in the number of high school or college graduates.

Men’s Fitness magazine christened Detroit America’s fattest city, while Men’s Health called it America’s sexual disease capital. Should the editors of these two metrosexual magazines be concerned for their safety after slagging the citizens of a city which has won the “most dangerous” title for five of the last ten years? Probably not: 47 percent of Detroit adults are functionally illiterate.

Precisely what caused all this mess is perhaps best left to historians. Locals’ ideas for how it happened could keep one pinned to a barstool for weeks: auto companies failing or pushing out to the suburbs and beyond, white flight caused by the ’67 riots and busing orders, the 20-year reign of Mayor Coleman Young who scared additional middle-class whites off with statements such as “The only way to handle discrimination is to reverse it,” freeways destroying mass transit infrastructure, ineptitude, corruption, Japanese cars–take your pick.

We no longer have the luxury of such utopian dreams when it comes to placing the blame for Detroit’s monumental collapse; we must deal with the facts as they are and point out that Detroit has become the best friend of budding photographers hoping to publish the next best-selling coffee table book because it is a city that most resembles the dangerous foreign landscapes pictured in National Geographic. (For an actual coffee table book on modern Detroit, check out The Ruins of Detroit, by French photographers Yves Marchand and Romain Meffre .)

Detroit is 82 percent Black. The Great Migration to Detroit of Blacks from the South (exacerbated by Henry Ford’s promise to hire 10 percent of his employees from the Black population) inexorably created White Flight from that city, turning the city once known as “The Paris of the West” into the American version of the Paris Suburbs. Much of the rest of the city been torn down due to neglect.

That Democrat hegemony bemoaned for ruining the city has been overwhelmingly Black for 40 years, starting with the election of Coleman Young, the first Black mayor in the history of Detroit. The mass exodus of people from the city was primarily White back in the 1960s and ’70s (which turned a majority White city into the majority Black mess you have now), but is currently a torrent of Black people fleeing in hopes of finding a place to live with a national grocery chain.

White people fled Black crime then; Black people flee Black crime now.

Mike Brownfield of The Heritage Foundation has said Detroit is “a liberal’s worst nightmare,” but fails to point out that it is Black people fleeing a liberal Black cityto the tune of a 25 percent population decline in 10 years.

What are you afraid of saying Mr. Brownfield? Why can’t you just say Detroit is in trouble because of its majority population (why doesn’t the Detroit Free Pressever run an article that asks, In changing world, Detroit remains overwhelming black?)? Why can’t Dr. Sowell? Why can’t The American Thinker? Why can’tNational Review?

The decline of Detroit (and America’s major cities such as Baltimore, Milwaukee, Memphis, Philadelphia, St. Louis, Cleveland, Newark, New Orleans, Atlanta, Birmingham, Chicago, etc.) is completely racial in nature. Michael Walsh of National Review laments that “some day, we’ll all live in Detroit” without mentioning the fact that Detroit’s lily-white suburbs–where the White descendants of the War of Detroit (the 1967 Black riot) retreated to–are perhaps the nicest in America.

Conservatives must understand that is the Black residents of Detroit who have helped depreciate what was once some of the highest property value in the country to the majority of zip codes in America with the lowest property value.

The Black press seems to understand understands this: The Atlanta Post published a story in 2010 stating that to Abandon Detroit = Abandoning Black America; Detroit post-1967 is a direct representation of Black America.

One mustn’t forget that every student in Detroit now eats for free (courtesy of the state) so that the stigma of being on the free lunch program won’t affect the self-esteem of Black children. As of 2009, more than 300,000 Black residents of Detroit were on food stamps, which equates to 38 percent of the citizenry. One can only guess what that number is now.

With news that Detroit could run out cash by December, Mayor Dave Bing has had to announce massive cuts to the city that contradict the USA Today’s triumphant, front-page, above the fold claim in October of 2011 that Detroit was back! from a few months ago. The Detroit Free Press reported:

Delivering on his pledge to avoid an emergency manager, Mayor Dave Bing said today he will lay off 1,000 employees, implement a hiring freeze and increase his demands on unions to accept 10% pay cuts and deep concessions in health care and pension benefits.

This follows an earlier proclamation from Bing that stopped garbage removal, police patrols and other government services in 20 percent of the city. Who can forget that more than 100 Detroit Department of Transportation bus drivers refused to work and stayed at the Rosa Parks Bus Terminal because of rampaging Black youth (who have helped earn Detroit the honor of America’s Most Dangerous City) attacking them.

That same bus system is so unreliable that LaWanda Flake, a disabled mother of six, recently bartered her home on Craigslist for a van to get her children to school on time. That house once belonged to one of the top Mo’ Town artists (The Supremes), but has since come to represent how quickly property depreciates once Black people assume control of a city.

If Detroit fails, then the unthinkable could happen: Michigan recently passed a “financial martial law” bill which allows the state to assume control of a bankrupt city. Once Detroit fails, an Emergency Manager will put in charge of the city and The American Interest warns us a 21st Century version of a “Plantation” will be created in America:

That’s not the only problem: if the review determines that the city is broke, white Republican officials could end up making decisions that change the fate of a predominantly African American city — imposing cuts in employment, pay, benefits and services that will affect almost everyone who lives in Detroit.

Detroit Free Press columnist Jeff Gerritt lays out what the governor will face if the takeover goes forward:

“Plantation” is a word he’ll hear a lot — in fact, Councilman Kwame Kenyatta already invoked it to describe what would happen if the state took control of the city’s finances in an effort to keep it from running out of money by spring…

Nothing happens in this region outside the context of race. Our often-painful history is the oxygen we breathe, even when we choke on it. We’re all finding it a little hard to breathe just now.

“Plantation” is the wrong word. On actual plantations, people worked. In the case of Detroit, the White Republican “owners” will labor away on behalf of their “slaves.”

As Black people flee Detroit and head into the prosperous lily-white suburbs surrounding the city, they ensure that the middle-class areas will continue to shrink.

The classic 1980s film Robocop teased at that truth when the CEO of OCP said, “Old Detroit has a cancer. That cancer is crime.” In Hollywood’s Detroit, multi-racial gangs, made up primarily of White males, prevailed.

Detroit faces a dual problem of spiking murder rates and a police force that is either incompetent or, increasingly, absent. This has led many residents to take the law into their own hands. The Daily reports, in an article entitled “911 is a Joke”:

Justifiable homicide in the city shot up 79 percent in 2011 from the previous year, as citizens in the long-suffering city armed themselves and took matters into their own hands. The local rate of self-defense killings now stands 2,200 percent above the national average. Residents, unable to rely on a dwindling police force to keep them safe, are fighting back against the criminal scourge on their own. And they’re offering no apologies.

Black dysfunction has, ironically, realized the dream of Reason magazine and Anarcho-Capitalists—a laissez-faire city with few government services. In Detroit, the dream is a nightmare.

In the span of only a few months, two of the former industrial giants that represented America’s once mighty manufacturing base will have become virtually insolvent. Sad that 72 percent Black Birmingham, Alabama, was responsible for the bankruptcy of Jefferson County.

Now, it is precisely those who comprise the 82 percent share of Detroit’s population that will be responsible for the financial ruin of that city, because they were incapable of sustaining the civilization that was left behind to them.

Only a few people will raise their hand and give the correct answer as to why “the Motor City” is finally out of gas.

To admit that Detroit is a failure because of its majority population is not possible in the political climate of 2012 America. To do so would undermine the political aim and drive of what this writer has dubbed “Black-Run America” (BRA).

This does not mean that Black people run actually America—far from it—but that America (corporate, religious, government, legal system, entertainment, etc.) is run for the advancement of Black people, and that to publicly say anything negative about Black people is, more or less, against the law of the land.

The National Question can’t be properly answered until we have the courage to proclaim the truth of Detroit’s demise. “Liberalism,” “socialism,” the “Democrat-controlled political class” are all partial, insufficient answers at best.

It’s about race, stupid.


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Israel and Palestine Hate and Business

Friday, November 30th, 2012

Together in Nazi/Zionist barbarism they are against Palestinians. The hatred with the biblical presumption of racial superiority and of a divine mission, their “business,” which is the looting and piracy against Palestinian lives and wealth. Worse. This hatred and this “business” spreads throughout the world in a cynicism that characterized Hitler’s successors.

“Let’s send Gaza back to the Middle Ages.”  It was the statement of one of the terrorist cabinet ministers in Tel Aviv. It was printed in every newspaper in the world. There was no hiding. The videos and photos of the bodies of children, women, and elderly people killed in feigned insanity, in the false indignation of those who occupy other people’s lands are universal and embody the history of cruelty through the ages.

Israel’s attacks on Gaza are crimes of genocide and have the support of nations like the United States and its main settlement in the European Union, Britain. The blood of Palestinians rushes worldwide, awakening the revolt of humans who still remain as such.

The extended bodies look distressed, in pain, anger, misunderstanding they are due to so much hatred, so much “business.”

The terrorist government of Israel has appropriated Palestinian land and water. In the case of water, a Zionist company operates the well on Palestinian land and charges Palestinians double.  They are habitual thieves throughout history. And interestingly, the Quran forbids the charging of interest.  There is a vast difference between hate and “business” and the simplicity of shepherds and farmers forced off their land, surrounded by a wall and frightened by battalions of men beasts, or beasts armed to the teeth and without the slightest sheen of a human eye.

In Gaza, Palestinians are making a living in the production of flowers and fruit, among other primary activities, but they are rich in spirit. The flowers are dead and are not “winning cannons.”

Stop this horror? Israel is no longer a right of a people – despite the protests of Jews around the world against their government – to become what Einstein, even in the late 40s and early 50s predicted. Criminals in government.

It is a fallacy to claim that Hamas rockets reach Jerusalem.  There are rockets near the chemical arsenal (white phosphorus) and nuclear terrorists in Tel-Aviv.

The silence of the governments of Egypt, Jordan, of Muslim countrie is inexplicable before the unacceptable massacres . It is a silence that sounds like stabbing.

Nicolas Sarkozy when he was  the French president, proposed to Parliament that his country, in the name of freedom, prohibit the use of the burqa in public.  There are close to two thousand women who wore the burqa in public throughout France. Two thousand women are now condemned to remain in their homes, locked up. There are millions that in their religion use religious habits in public.  There are thousands who hide in fantasies  and no law was brought up to ensure freedom, or “libertarian traditions,” and none came to speak like the former president.

A perfect analysis of prejudice is in the book Living in the End Times, by Marxist, Slavoj Zizek, one of the most respected thinkers of today.

The Palestinian struggle is for all the oppressed of the world.

Turn off the corporate media and the whole rotten media market that dominates information. To serve their bosses they do not mind getting their hands dirty with blood in the name of profit and show a face, just a face, that we call “terrorism.” They hide the true terror.

They are part of the  political and economic elites who stuffed themselves with Zionist money.

Note that Israel or Zionism comes with the bar code 7 29 (the first three numbers).

There is no limit to Zionist cruelty or expansionism and it is a reality.

It’s far, far away, where the girl Rebekah is saved by Ivanhoe and by Sir Templar Bois de Guilbert,  in the novel by Walter Scott. It does not happen anymore. The hatred was frozen, and is dumped on top of innocents in Palestine.

It is hatred and “business”

The ill-treatment imposed on the Palestinian people is matched only in the concentration camps of the Third Reich.

We live in the insane heyday of the Fourth Reich.

Winds of discontent begin to blow in the U.S.. Not even the Americans will put up with so much violence and so much cruelty.

Chavez did well in 2006, realizing the danger of the swastika, turned into the Star of David, when he  expelled from his country the entire Israeli diplomatic corps in Venezuela.

Do not just ask for peace. What peace? There has to be freedom for Palestine. The Palestinian state as decided by the UN.

We have to pass more than 50 UN resolutions that condemn Israel for terrorist practices, such as excessive use of force (euphemism for barbarism), chemical and biological war, torture, rape, killings.

Israel never wanted peace, and when he offered peace, Israel killed their own leader, Itzak Rabin. They attributed the crime to a  Jewish “fanatic.” Today you should know that was a MOSSAD agent paving the way for terrorists ahead Ariel Sharon.

The fury of barbaric and terrorist Israel wants land, either for business or interest in their banks. They use the bible as a shield, the bottom is convinced they are superior.

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Witchcraft and Execution: The Darker Side of Gambia

Friday, November 30th, 2012

Viewed from the comfort of the deckchairs on the vast, palm-lined beaches overlooking the Atlantic, life in Gambia can seem as unblinkingly bright as the guaranteed winter sunshine.

For the 65,000 Britons who flock here each year, the former colony has become a West African Costa Brava, offering super-cheap package deals, few lager louts, and nothing more hazardous than over-eager street hawkers touting voodoo masks and talismans.

Absent from the hawkers’ sales patter, however, is any mention of the very real witchcraft cult that has blighted this tiny nation of 1 million in recent years.

The story of Gambia’s darker side begins on the other side of the sleepy capital, Banjul, where a few miles from the luxury beach resorts, there is the rather more spartan accommodation of the “Mile 2 Hotel”. The nickname for the notorious Mile 2 prison, its mosquito-plagued cells are a likely destination for critics of Yahya Jammeh, Gambia’s eccentric faith healer-turned-president.

A modern-day version of Papa Doc Duvalier, the late voodoo-practising dictator of Haiti, Mr Jammeh has a reputation for jailing anyone who says things he doesn’t like. Such as questioning, for example, his declaration last year that he would rule for “a billion years” if necessary, or his claim in 2007 to have invented a herbal HIV cure.

Yahya Jammeh

Yet while some inmates of Mile 2 have languished for years without trial, others recently had their cases resolved with abrupt finality. In August, with little warning or chance for legal appeal, the president suspended a 27-year moratorium on the death penalty and executed nine prisoners by firing squad, lashing out at foreign governments who begged him to show mercy.

Amid international outcry he suspended future executions, and another 37 inmates remain on death row. But he remains unrepentant.

“Allah entrusted this position to Yahya Jammeh, and anybody who is averse to the decree of Allah can bite their nose,” snarled a spokesman for the president, whose worldview—as much as anyone can make out—is a bizarre fusion of traditional African beliefs and mainstream Gambian Islam.

Equally baffling, though, is the question of why he actually did it.

While most of the prisoners were accused of murder or treason, few buy Mr Jammeh’s claim that Gambia, which draws in the package tour crowd partly because of its safe reputation, was facing a crime wave.

Instead, the Banjul diplomatic circuit is abuzz with rather more lurid theories. The first, bad enough in itself, is that it was simply to remind everyone who was boss. The second, though, is that rumours of a coup were circulating, and a fortune teller warned the President that a “human sacrifice” was necessary.

“There is a strong rumour that a psychic told him that someone would overthrow him and that was why he carried the executions,” said one human rights worker, who asked not to be named. “Even some of the diplomats don’t discount it entirely, as Jammeh is a very bizarre individual.”

Outlandish though they may seem, such rumours have credibility because of Mr Jammeh’s previous track record of blending statecraft with witchcraft, whereby he alternates his Papa Doc persona with that of Witchfinder General.

In 2009, more than 1,000 “sorcerers” were rounded up at gunpoint by the president’s “Green Beret” special guards and forced to drink hallucinogenic potions to “exorcise” them.

“They came with some mystics of their own, who sacrificed a goat and a chicken in our cemetery,” said an elder in Jambur, a bush hamlet outside Banjul, where goats peck the red dirt and vultures soar above the mango trees. “They rounded up people up at random, saying ‘you are ill’, you must come with us’. At one point I issued a call through the mosque tower, saying: ‘Allah, help repel us, because Satan is here,’ but it did no good.”

Mixing a handful of weeds in a bowl of water, he demonstrated what happened next.

“They took about 50 of us to a house and forced us drink a liquid with plants in it. It didn’t affect me, but many reacted terribly, hallucinating, talking in tongues and wetting themselves. They let us go a day later, but some have not been the same to this day.”

Like the executions, the reasons for the witchhunt remain shrouded in mystery, although Amnesty International, which documented it in detail, cites claims that it was retribution for the death of one of the President’s aunts, allegedly from witchcraft.

True, Mr Jammeh, 48, who prefers the title of “His Excellency Sheikh Professor Doctor President”, has also cemented his grip on power by more conventional methods.

Since taking power in a bloodless coup in 1994, the US-trained former army lieutenant has won four straight elections via a strategy of brazen political patronage. As he puts it: “I will develop areas that vote for me, but if you don’t vote for me, don’t expect anything.”

True to his word, Gambia has seen development under his rule, with roads, schools and health services all improved, albeit it much of via foreign aid donors.

Tourism has also boomed, with a peculiar niche for elderly British women seeking Shirley Valentine-style romances with young male Gambians, known locally as “gigolos”.

Such unions have even created a small British expatriate community, running hotels and businesses, although most steer clear of any dealings with the president.

“You’d end up like that poor guy in ‘The Last King of Scotland’, said one drinker in an expat bar, referring to Giles Foden’s best-selling novel about the British medic who becomes the personal doctor to Uganda’s Idi Amin.

But while Gambia may be better off than war-ravaged near-neighbours like Sierra Leone, critics say Mr Jammeh has acquired all the traits of an old-school African “Big Man”.

Vast posters of him stare out even on the tourist strip, and he lives in a heavily-guarded presidential palace, where he keeps a fleet of luxury cars including a customised Hummer stretch limousine. His official convoy, a 30-strong caravan of SUVs guarded by pick-up trucks with anti-aircraft guns, will run anyone off the road that gets in their way—foreign diplomats included.

Friendships with the likes of Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez and the late Colonel Gaddafi have also made him a paid-up member of the international club of rogue statesmen, and he is never short of a choice quote for imperialist foes. For example, the British, he says, did nothing for Gambia in 300 years of colonialism, except “to tell us how to sing Baa Baa Black Sheep and God Save the Queen.’

Yet for a man who claimes to have been appointed by “the Almighty Allah” himself, Mr Jammeh shows a surprising degree of insecurity.

Several newspapers have been shut down for covering the row over the executions, while megaphones have been made illegal to stop them being used in anti-government protests. Cabinet ministers are reshuffled almost constantly to stop them plotting, with five interior ministers this year alone. And Mr Jammeh’s secret agents are said to pose as everything from street cleaners to gigolos, instilling acute paranoia in fellow Gambians.

“Even when they see us in private, they will speak with a lower voice as if someone is listening,” said one diplomat.

In the absence of any real opposition, it has been up to the outside world to make its displeasure known. Yet foreign governments are squeamish about cutting aid for fear of hurting ordinary Gambians, even though such development shores up the president’s support.

The European Union, through which Britain contributes, granted Gambia 78 million euros for the period 2008-2013, much of it, ironically, for projects to support the media and “access to justice”. In a mid-term review in 2010, it cut that amount by 20 per cent, partly to send a message about human rights concerns, but the move was largely symbolic as money was simply re-directed to other spending areas.

“The West should attach conditions to aid about ensuring human rights, or they will allow this dictator to enslave us,” said Omar Jallow, an opposoition politician who is one the few willing to speak out, having been jailed 20 times already. “I prefer liberty and poverty to riches and bondage.”

However, such demands are dismissed as bravado by diplomats, who say that drastic cuts in aid would only hurt the poor, and should be used only as a last-ditch resort.

“It’s easy to make that kind of demand, but we are talking about programmes that benefit children,” said Agnes Guillard, the EU’s charge d’affaires. “We are working hard to get our message across, but it is a very difficult situation.”

Britain is in a similar bind. While major direct aid to Gambia was stopped in 2011 on the grounds of being poor value for money, an estimated £8 million still goes via contributions to international donors such as the EU and World Bank. And while the British High Commissioner, David Morley, led the official diplomatic protests over the executions, protocal dictates that business otherwise continues as usual.

At last week’s Queen’s Birthday Party at his seaside residence, he led a toast to “His Excellency President Jammeh”, with only brief reference to the “bumps” in the relationship.

Such courtesy is rarely reciprocated by “His Excellency”, who delights in using official functions to denounce the UK, knowing full well that Mr Morley will be in the audience. But arguably a much more serious slap in the face for Britain is in Mr Jammeh’s continued practice of his controversial HIV “cure” programme, which hundreds of Gambians have now undergone.

The scheme has appalled health groups, who point out that it is potentially lethal because it requires patients to give up normal retro-viral treatments for up to a year.

Yet adding insult to injury, the programme is administered from a clinic just a short drive from the west African HQ of the Medical Research Council, a UK-funded body that conducts world-leading research into HIV. While the UK spends tens of millions of pounds a year here on advancing HIV treatments, President Jammeh is busy turning the clock back the other way.

Whether any of the HIV patients allegedly “cured” by Mr Jammeh have since passed away is yet another mystery.

Details of the scheme’s outcomes are kept under close wraps by the presidential doctors, and nobody therefore knows whether some “gigolo” might be passing HIV onto his British patroness.

Either way, though, it seems that Gambia’s voodoo “curse” may claim more victims yet—and might one day drift beyond its sun-kissed shores.

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IQ and Race

Wednesday, November 28th, 2012

Anyone who has followed the decades-long controversies over the role of genes in IQ scores will recognize the names of the two leading advocates of opposite conclusions on that subject—professor Arthur R. Jensen of the University of California at Berkeley and professor James R. Flynn, an American expatriate at the University of Otago in New Zealand.

What is so unusual in the academic world of today is that professor Flynn’s latest book, “Are We Getting Smarter?” is dedicated to Arthur Jensen, whose integrity he praises, even as he opposes his conclusions. That is what scholarship and science are supposed to be like, but so seldom are.

Professor Jensen, who died recently, is best-known for reopening the age-old controversy about heredity versus environment with his 1969 article titled, “How Much Can We Boost IQ and Scholastic Achievement?”

His answer—long since lost in the storms of controversy that followed—was that scholastic achievement could be much improved by different teaching methods, but that these different teaching methods were not likely to change IQ scores much.

But, regardless of what Arthur Jensen actually said, too many in the media, and even in academia, heard what they wanted to hear. He was lumped in with earlier writers who had promoted racial inferiority doctrines that depicted some races as being unable to rise above the level of “hewers of wood and drawers of water.”

These earlier writers from the Progressive era were saying, in effect, that there was a ceiling to the mental potential of some races, while Jensen argued that there was no ceiling but, by his reading of the evidence, a difference in average IQ, influenced by genes.

When I first read Arthur Jensen’s landmark article, back in 1969, I was struck by his careful and painstaking analysis of a wide range of complex data. It impressed me but did not convince me. What it did was cause me to dig up more data on my own.

A few years later, I headed a research project that, among other things, collected tens of thousands of past and present IQ scores from a wide range of racial and ethnic groups at schools across the United States. Despite serious limitations in these data, due to constraints of time and circumstances, these data nevertheless threw some additional light on the subject.

A feature article of mine in the Sunday New York Times Magazine of March 27, 1977, pointed out that any number of white groups, here and overseas, had at some point in time had IQs similar to, and in some cases lower than, the IQs of black Americans. During the First World War, for example, white soldiers from some Southern states scored lower on army mental tests than black soldiers from some Northern states.

Professor Jensen read this article and came over to Stanford University to meet with me and discuss the data. That is what a scholar should do when challenged. But the opposite approach was shown by professor Kenneth B. Clark, who earlier had sought to dissuade me from doing IQ research. He said it would “dignify” Jensen’s work, which Clark wanted ignored or discredited instead.

Unfortunately, professor Clark’s ideological approach became far more common in academia, so much so that Jensen’s attempts to speak on campuses around the country provoked dangerous disruptions, instead of reasoned arguments.

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Arsenal Manager Arsène Wenger Argues Against Quotas to Increase Number of Black Managers and Coaches

Wednesday, November 21st, 2012

The Professional Footballers’ Association took much of the English game by surprise on Wednesday by unveiling a six-point plan to tackle discrimination which included the implementation of a form of the ‘Rooney Rule’ in the American NFL.

The ‘Rooney Rule’ does not actually set any quota on the numbers of black managers within the NFL but does say that qualified black coaches should be on the interview list for vacancies.

Wenger, though, believes that football, and sport, can lead the way in anti-discrimination by definition of being a meritocracy.

“I feel that no matter what job you do in life, you should just do it because you deserve to do it and you have the quality to do it,” said the Arsenal manager.

“Just to put a quota out, for me, is exactly against what sport has to be. Sport is about competition and competence. That will have exactly the opposite effect to what it should have.”

“You can say as well then, ‘why do you leave him out?’ It’s again a kind of racism and what we have all to fight for is just competence.

“Put in people who are good, no matter what colour. I feel that sport can be a massive example for [the] fight against racism. Sport has one big advantage. You can measure the performances of people. If you’re good, you play.”

The PFA’s plan was also criticised yesterday for not being sufficiently far-reaching.

Peter Herbert, the chair of the Society of Black Lawyers, has been meeting some black players in recent weeks and believes that they should still set up an organisation within the PFA.

The SBL has published its own 10-point plan for football, which includes a 20 per cent target for all club staff, including managers, within three years, and an annual league table of those clubs who have made the most progress in addressing racism.

“The SBL welcomes the announcement of the six-point plan by the PFA, however this is too little too late given the pressure faced by the Ferdinand brothers and others for the stand they have taken against racism over the past year,” said Herbert.

“The PFA have rushed to issue a knee-jerk reaction. A fundamental shift is needed to address the segregated style glass ceiling that exists where black players are prevented from becoming coaches and managers.”

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CIA suddenly discovers entire stack of Hollywood/bin Laden files

Thursday, November 15th, 2012

The US Defense Department and the CIA say that they’ve accidently uncovered a lost stack of files that details their relationship with Hollywood movie makers in the midst of a planned film about the raid that killed Osama bin Laden.

Both the Pentagon and America’s top spy agency are now appealing to a United States District Court judge for anextension in their motion for summary judgment in a Freedom of Information Act case involving what materials Washington insiders could have handed over to Hollywood. The CIA and DoD were petitioned with a FOIA request for material pertaining to their relationship with movie makers on behalf of the conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch, but now say they need more time to consider their plea because their latest discovery has unturned as many as 30 new documents detailing the events on and leading up to the May 2, 2011 execution.

A planned movie detailing the assassination of the former al-Qaeda leader, currently being produced under the title “Zero Dark Thirty,” is still in the works, although it has garnered criticism from those on all ends of the political spectrum over what sort of sensitive or classified information the Obama administration may have handed over to movie makers, notwithstanding serious national security risks. Now pending the results of a decision on the latest stack of documents, more information could be made available on how Hollywood was handed information for financial gain that the American public wasn’t privy to.

“The CIA discovered a 4 to 5 inch stack of records potentially responsive to plaintiff’s FOIA request that had been inadvertently overlooked during the CIA’s search,” Civil Division attorney Marcia Berman writes in a second motion to extend briefing, dated July 24, 2012, published that same afternoon by POLITICO. “The CIA is continuing to look into the circumstances of the discovery of the new documents to ensure the adequacy of its search.” They are now asking for an extension in the deadline for their summary motion regarding to FOIA requests for information.

The agency has refrained from discussing the just uncovered files in detail, but Berman writes, ” From its initial review of the documents, the CIA has determined that the newly discovered documents are responsive to plaintiff’s request but contain some duplicates of produced records. The CIA estimates that there are approximately 30 new documents (primarily emails), with many documents containing multiple pages.”

Days before the CIA said they found the new documents, Senate Intelligence Committee head Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-California) suggested that a string of national security leaks have made it to the mainstream press as of late because the Obama administration was allowing sensitive material to seep through the White House. Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, the likely Republican Party candidate to challenge Mr. Obama this fall, jumped on her statements during a Tuesday afternoon address this week. Following up hours later, Sen. Feinstein said she was “disappointed” by Romney’s remarks in the wake of her own.

“I was asked whether the White House might be responsible for recent national security leaks. I stated that I did not believe the president leaked classified information. I shouldn’t have speculated beyond that because the fact of the matter is I don’t know the source of the leaks,” the senator said.

Romney had told a crowd in Reno, Nevada that “Whoever provided classified information to the media, seeking political advantage for the administration, must be exposed, dismissed and punished. The time for stonewalling is over.”

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Pro-lifers are just ‘trying to build up the’ white race

Wednesday, November 14th, 2012

WASHINGTON. D.C., November 12, 2012, (LifeSiteNews.com) – A commentator on MSNBC has said white people want to end abortion, because “they’re trying to build up the” white race.

On Saturday, MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry reviewed the declining portion of the electorate made up by white people and asked her panel about “ the demise of the white man.”

“It’s been weird to watch white people report on this,” said CBS contributor Nancy Giles.

“When you just showed that graph of the decline of the numbers, I thought maybe that’s why they’re trying to eliminate all these abortions and stuff. They’re trying to build up the race.”

White voters made up 81 percent of the U.S. electorate in 2000, but only 72 percent in 2012.  The percentage is expected to keep falling.

The demographic shift allowed Barack Obama to be elected president with only 39 percent of white voters.

Perry responded to Giles by saying, “There’s always eugenics associated with these questions.”

The comment seemed ironic, as Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger was an outspoken proponent of eugenicsspoke at a Ku Klux Klan rally, and referred to “dysgenic” populations as “human weeds.”

Abortion disproportionately affects the black population, a fact pointed out by Pastor Luke Robinson at the keynote speech at the 2011 March for Life. As much as 60 percent of unborn black babies are aborted in New York City.

Dr. Day Gardner told LifeSiteNews.com the decline in black population has hurt their political clout. In the 1960s, “everybody wanted to reach out to us and get our vote, especially the Democrats,” she said. “Now they are courting the Hispanics, because we are no longer the largest minority in the United States.”

“They’re saying we’re not as important, because we’re not that big voting bloc anymore,” she said.

The blogger William Teach wrote that it makes no sense for alleged racists “to make sure there are more Black, Latino, and other minority children not being aborted, so that the country will have more Black, Latino, and other minorities, because we hate Blacks, Latinos, and other minorities.”

Nevertheless, liberals frequently accuse the pro-life movement of sub rosa racism. Brian Fung wrotein The Atlantic that “an abortion ban” is really “an attack on women of a specific stripe: those from disadvantaged minorities and the poor.”

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Company owner fined for hiring illegals

Thursday, November 8th, 2012

KOTA KINABALU: An owner of a company was fined a total of RM40,000, in default, eight months’ jail by the Sessions Court here yesterday for allowing four illegal immigrants to enter and work at a construction site in Tamparuli.

Judge Azreena Aziz meted out the fine on Lee Jyh Yeong, 45, who was unrepresented, after the latter pleaded guilty to the offence.

Lee admitted to allowing four Filipinos aged between 19 and 38, who have no valid document or pass to enter and work at the proposed reconstruction of two-storey shophouses on Lots 8 to 14, in Jalan Bontoi, Tamparuli about 10.48am on October 24, this year.

The offence under Section 55E (1) of the Immigration Act 1959/63 punishable under Section 55E(2) of the same act carries a fine of between RM5,000 and RM30,000 or a jail term of up to 12 months, or both, for each illegal immigrant.

In this case, Azreena fined Lee RM10,000, in default, two months’ jail per illegal immigrant.

Earlier in mitigation, Lee applied for a minimum fine to be imposed on him.

Prosecuting officer Norlyah Stoh urged the court to impose a deterrent sentence taking into consideration the public interest, seriousness and rampancy of the case.

She also said that a deterrent sentence would serve as a lesson to the accused and would-be offenders.

The facts of the case stated that Immigration enforcement officers conducted an operation dubbed “Ops Mahir” at the construction site and detained four illegal immigrants who have no valid document or pass to be present in the State.

The accused was later arrested and further investigation revealed that he was the owner of Syarikat J.Y Enterprise dealing with marketing and operation of the company, and acting as supervisor for workers.

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West African Man Convicted of Keeping Four Boys as Slaves

Wednesday, November 7th, 2012

On Tuesday, a federal jury convicted a former janitor at the University of Michigan of enslaving and abusing four West African boys. He held the boys in his home for five years and pretended that they were his own children.

Jean-Claude Kodjo Toviave, a native of the West African nation of Togo, could face up to 20 years in prison after being convicted on four counts of forced labor. Toviave, 42, was originally arrested in May 2011 after three of the boys reported the abuse to counselors at a middle school.

Toviave, whose sentencing is set for Feb. 6, smuggled the four boys into the country from Togo by using fake passports with false names and birth dates. Claiming the boys were his own biological children, he went as far as enrolling the three youngest—ages 21, 20, and 15—in a public middle school.

During the trial, the boys testified that Toviave regularly beat them with broomsticks, a toilet plunger, sticks, ice scrapers, and cell phone chargers if they failed to obey orders to do their house chores—which included cooking, housecleaning, ironing his suits, shining his shoes, washing and vacuuming his car, and cleaning one of his friends’ houses.

Toviave also starved and sleep-deprived them as punishment. In February, Toviave pled guilty to mail fraud and harboring illegal aliens in connection with bringing the four boys to the United States.

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For Asians, School Tests Are Vital Steppingstones

Wednesday, October 31st, 2012

On Saturday, more than 15,000 students are expected to file into classrooms to take a grueling 95-question test for admission to New York City’s elite public high schools. (The exam on Sunday, for about 14,000 students, was postponed until Nov. 18 because of Hurricane Sandy.)

No one will be surprised if Asian students, who make up 14 percent of the city’s public school students, once again win most of the seats, and if black and Hispanic students win few. Last school year, of the 14,415 students enrolled in the eight specialized high schools that require a test for admissions, 8,549 were Asian.

Because of the disparity, some have begun calling for an end to the policy of using the test as the sole basis of admission to the schools, and last month, civil rights groups filed a complaint with the federal government, contending that the policy discriminated against students, many of whom are black or Hispanic, who cannot afford the score-raising tutoring that other students can.

Almost universally, the Asian students described themselves [in interviews as being] on one edge of a deep cultural chasm.

They cited their parents’ observance of ancient belief systems like Confucianism, a set of moral principles that emphasizes scholarship and reverence for elders, as well as their rejection of child-rearing philosophies more common in the United States that emphasize confidence and general well-being.

Several students said their parents did not shy away from corporal punishment as a means of motivating them. And they said that rigorous testing was generally an accepted practice in their home countries, with the tests viewed not so much as measures of intelligence, but of industriousness.

Complaints about the test and its effect on the racial makeup of the top schools date back at least to the civil rights era. When school officials began openly discussing changing the admissions policy in the early 1970s, white parents persuaded the State Legislature to pass a law cementing the test as the only basis of admission to the specialized high schools. At the time, according to an article in The New York Times in 1971, Stuyvesant High School was mostly white, 10 percent black, 4 percent Puerto Rican or “other Spanish surnamed,” and 6 percent Asian.

This year at Stuyvesant, 72 percent are Asian and less than 4 percent are black or Hispanic.

Melissa Potter, a spokeswoman for the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, one of the groups that filed the complaint with the United States Department of Education in September, said that though some of the city’s poorest Asian immigrants had found their way into these schools, many were still being left out, for the same reason that poor blacks and Hispanics were: they do not have access to the grueling, expensive and time-consuming test preparation for the exam. {snip}

City education officials, as well as Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, have rejected the idea that the one-test entry system should be rethought. “You pass the test,” the mayor said last month, “you get the highest score, you get into the school—no matter what your ethnicity, no matter what your economic background is.”

The city began offering a free test-prep program several years ago for black and Hispanic students, but after a legal challenge, other ethnic groups were granted the same access to the course. Today, 43 percent of the students in the program are Asian.

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Gap Forced to Pull T-Shirt After Backlash over ‘Manifest Destiny’ Slogan That ‘Normalizes Oppression’ of Native Americans

Saturday, October 20th, 2012

A Gap T-shirt emblazoned with the words ‘Manifest Destiny’ has been removed from sale, after consumers branded it racist towards Native Americans.

Shoppers complained that the slogan tee ’serves to normalize oppression’, as the term was used to justify American expansion into the west during the 19th century.

When the item of clothing went on sale as part of the Gap X GQ limited-edition collection on September 27, a Change.org petition quickly amassed almost 5,000 supporters.

Campaign groups emerged via Facebook and the retailer was also flooded with complaints.

Indian Country Today reprinted a letter sent to Gap by one of its customers, which read: ‘It is with great sadness that I notify you I will not be shopping at your store until you remove the Manifest Destiny T-shirts available at your stores.

‘Manifest Destiny was the catch phrase which led to the genocide of millions of my people, millions of Indigenous people throughout this country.’

‘I am also inviting the more than 1700 people on my Facebook page to boycott your stores and inviting them to shop with their conscience.’

While another angry shopper wrote: ‘Let me get this straight? The Gap wants to sell T-shirts that read; Manifest Destiny?

‘People, thousands of people, Native people, who were not even considered human beings, died during this arrogant and pompous proclamation.’

Gap has now removed the black and white tee from stores and its website.

A link to the product on its website currently displays a ‘product not found’ error.

The limited edition T-shirt was created in a collaboration with GQ magazine and designed by U.S. fashion designer Mark McNairy.

As shoppers made their distaste towards his design known, Mr McNairy caused further outrage by Tweeting: ’Manifest Destiny. Survival of the fittest’.

However the Tweet has since been deleted from his Twitter account, and yesterday he explained why he chose to use the ‘racist’ motto.

He Tweeted: ‘I first learned of Manifest Destiny in American history in junior high school.

‘To me it has always meant that one could set goals, work hard, and achieve their dreams.

‘Having the opportunity to design for the Gap was the realization of one of my dreams.

‘The phrase and the way I used it was in no way meant to be offensive or hurtful and I apologize to those who might have interpreted it in that manner.’

The designer is known for using offensive slogans.

His menswear collection, New Amsterdam, includes shirts printed with the words Be Nasty, F*** Ivy and Iowa Bumf***.

Gap confirmed that it will no longer be selling the item of clothing, and said in a statement: ‘Thank you for your feedback regarding the Manifest Destiny t-shirt.

‘Based on customer feedback, we will no longer offer the t-shirt in our stores or online.’

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U.S. AG’s Brother Appears to Employ Illegal Immigrants

Saturday, October 6th, 2012

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder’s brother, William Holder, apparently employs illegal foreign workers at one or more of the four McDonald’s restaurants he and his wife Deborah purchased last year in Wake County, a Carolina Journal investigation has found.

A CJ reporter made approximately 30 visits in September to observe and talk with workers at the restaurants, at least one of which has been visited by the attorney general. The reporter was present during a conversation at which some employees stated they did not have a Social Security number, a green card, or any other document that would give them the legal authority to work in the United States.

One employee said he was planning to go through the “deferred action” program announced in June by President Obama that would allow young-adult illegal immigrants to receive legal-resident status and work permits. CJ also has a document corroborating that one of the workers does not have a green card or Social Security number.

The majority of the employees in each restaurant appear to be of Hispanic descent, and, when not interacting with customers, conversations between workers most often were in Spanish. In conversations with the reporter, some workers indicated they did not speak English.

William Holder has confirmed that his brother, the attorney general, visited the Knightdale location in January, or possibly December, soon after the Holders purchased the restaurants. While Eric was there, sources told CJ, he posed for pictures with employees and restaurant patrons.

After numerous unsuccessful attempts to speak with William Holder by phone, CJ contacted the McDonald’s regional corporate office in Raleigh on Sept. 25 and shared the observations about potential illegal hiring at the Holders’ McDonald’s locations. Spokeswoman Elizabeth Quenneville said she would respond to those observations, but by press time she had not responded.

The following day, after the conversation with McDonalds’ corporate office, CJ managed to reach William Holder by phone, and he said he did not employ illegal workers. “We have a process in place to make sure the paperwork is correct,” he said. He then suggested that CJ contact the McDonald’s corporate office and said he would have no further comment.

“All public information is released through the corporation,” he said.

However, on Sept. 27, CJ received an email, purportedly from Holder:

Mr Carrington, as a follow up on our conversation yesterday about my organization’s workforce, i wish to convey the following ; as a McDonalds franchisee, i take these matters seriously. My organization strives to comply with all local, state and federal employment and immigration laws. As an employer, i do not knowingly hire or employ undocumented or unauthorized workers. Our current job application process requires all individuals accepting employment to provide proof of their identity and authorization to work in the United States; they must also complete the federally mandated Form I-9 to document their authorization to be employed in this country. Every employee in my organization has done so and i have not received any credible evidence suggesting that any of my employees lack such employment authorization. If you have concrete and credible evidence to suggest otherwise, please share that information with me personally so that I can take appropriate action. We are an equal opportunity employer. We remain committed to diversity and will continue to hire, train, and promote a diverse workforce.

William Y. Holder
McDonald’s Owner / Operator

The email was sent from an address belonging to the NY/NJ Black McDonald’s Operators Association Inc. in Commack, N.Y.

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Illegal immigrant caught on his return from US

Tuesday, October 2nd, 2012

AHMEDABAD: A resident of Kadi was nabbed with passport of his lookalike at Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport on early Monday morning. Baldev Patel, 60, was coming back from the US and landed at the city airport from an Air India flight when he was intercepted by immigration officials.

The officials found that Patel was using passport of his lookalike as he had migrated to the US illegally. He was handed over to Sardarnagar police station officials.

“With the help of a visa agent, Patel had illegally migrated to the US seven years back and was doing odd jobs at different stores. Since he had no passport to come back, he took the help of infamous visa agent Babu Choksi to get back to Gujarat,” said an immigration official.

Sardarnagar police station officials said that Patel claims to have paid Rs 5 lakh to Choksi to help him return to Gujarat. Choksi has been earlier named by several illegal immigrants, said the officials.

“In the last one year, we have caught several illegal immigrants who have been helped to get back to Gujarat by Choksi. We are investigating all the cases against him and if required will take help of other agencies as well,” said an immigration official.

In the past few months, there has been an increase in number of people being caught for travelling on fake, bogus or lookalike’s passport.

Last week, immigration officials at the city airport caught a couple and two cousins in two different cases. It was the fourth case in the past two months where the airport officials lodged a police complaint for breach of immigration laws.

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Can GOP Survive Its ‘Minority Problem’?

Saturday, September 29th, 2012

Some Republican strategists are already preparing for the worst. The numbers, frankly, are dismal. Nearly 2 of every 3 Latinos favor President Obama to Mitt Romney. Voters in the gay and lesbian community favor Mr. Obama by the same margin. Women favor the president by 51 percent to 41 percent, according to an August NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll. And African-Americans? One poll suggested that Mr. Romney is being skunked: 94 percent to 0 percent.

Clearly, the GOP has a minority problem. But Republican strategists aren’t just worried about November—they’re worried about the Novembers after that.

If demographic trends continue to swell the country’s minority population, and the GOP continues to struggle to grow its white, Protestant base, the Republican Party risks going the way of the Whigs it replaced in the 1850s. Already, some experts say, minorities are likely to swing this presidential election to Obama. And going forward, the arithmetic (as a certain former centrist president from red state Arkansas recently pronounced) says it all: This year, for the first time, births of nonwhites outnumbered births of whites in America, putting the United States on the road to becoming a majority-minority nation in three decades, the US Census Bureau reported. For the GOP, the rubber is finally hitting the road.

If it wants to remain competitive for power in Congress and the White House, the GOP knows it must make serious inroads with minorities, and soon. That means it must begin to change the policies that have defined—and isolated—it for a generation. Of course, doing that without alienating its base is easier said than done.

The demographics are compelling. The country’s minority population grew by 30 percent during the past decade, according to data from the 2010 Census, while the white population grew just 1 percent. In 1992, the minority vote made up 12 percent of the electorate. This year, it’s expected to be 28 percent.

“The tectonic plates of American politics are shifting,” writes Ruy Teixeira, a political demographer and senior fellow at the Center for American Progress, in a paper prepared for a March 2010 “Future of the Parties” conference. “A powerful concatenation of demographic forces is transforming the American electorate and reshaping both major political parties.”

These changes have left “the GOP … on the wrong side of history, demographically speaking,” adds Allan Lichtman, a presidential historian at American University in Washington.

Not that the GOP isn’t trying to expand its appeal.

Its national convention in TampaFla., featured a string of speeches by so-called rising stars, including Cuban-American Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, Indian-American Gov. Nikki Haley of South Carolina, Cuban-American Senate nominee Ted Cruz, Haitian-American mayor and congressional nominee Mia Love, and Mexican-American New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez.

But the convention floor was notably short on minority delegates—as made obvious by the Democratic convention‘s technicolored rainbow of an audience a week later. It’s a portrait even conservative commentators have poked fun at, as when New York Times columnist David Brooks described the winter Olympics as “the second most Caucasian institution on earth, after the GOP.”

And that is at the core of why Romney and the GOP aren’t doing more to court minority voters for the November election. In short, say political watchers, they can’t.

“They have a substantive problem,” says Professor Lichtman. “To the extent they reach out substantively to minorities, they risk losing their base.”

This doesn’t mean the GOP can’t compete in November.

If the Romney campaign succeeds at framing the election as a referendum on Obama’s record and the lagging economy, the race could tip in Romney’s favor. And while Romney is struggling to attract the minority vote, he’s surging past Obama on the white vote—particularly the working-class white vote, where he beats Obama 59 to percent 37 percent, according to an August USA Today/Gallup poll.

“That’s why Romney’s hanging on,” says O’Connell. “The white working-class, blue-collar voters. That is essentially his base.”

In the future, a changing GOP will have to make strategic concessions to minorities, such as civil unions and comprehensive immigration reform—delicate moves that it must sell to its base in a tactical fashion, invoking states’ rights on civil unions and making an economic case for immigration reform, for example.

“The key for the GOP is to balance principle with practicality,” says O’Connell. “Whether it’s taxes, the Bible, we’ve got to be principled but practical . . . . A pivot away from pure ideology. We’re for limited government, we get it, but we can’t survive if we don’t change our tax code.”

In so doing, the party may lose some segments of its base, like “Teavangelicals” and others who vote strictly on social issues, but “there’s always going to be some trade-offs,” says O’Connell.

“It may take them a few elections, but the political logic of the situation will force them to change their tune,” says Teixeira. “Parties usually manage to adjust.”

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Poll: Distrust of Media Sets Record

Tuesday, September 25th, 2012

Three-fifths of Americans distrust the mass media—an all-time high, according to a poll released Thursday.

Sixty percent of Americans have little or no faith in the media to report the news accurately and fairly, according to a Gallup Poll, and 40 percent trust them a fair amount or a great deal. The percentage of Americans who distrust the media has been steadily rising since 2006, when 50 percent still trusted the press. In 2011, 55 percent of Americans were distrustful and 44 percent trusted the media.

There’s a sharp partisan divide as well: 58 percent of Democrats trust the press, compared with 26 percent of Republicans and 31 percent of independents.

Republicans typically see a sharp drop in media trust in election years. In 2008, their trust fell to 27 percent before rebounding over the past three years.

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The Battle of Cantigny, 1918

Sunday, September 23rd, 2012

The first sustained American offensive of the war, although a minor action in itself, the Battle of Cantigny was fought on 28 May 1918, the second day of the great German offensive comprising the Third Battle of the Aisne.

A regiment of the American 1st Division (some 4,000 troops), under Major-General Robert Lee Bullard, captured the village of Cantigny, held by the German Eighteenth Army commanded by von Hutier and the site of a German advance observation point, strongly fortified.

Aiding the attack, the French provided both air cover in addition to 368 heavy guns and trench mortars, plus flamethrower teams.  The advancing American infantry were preceded into the village by twelve French tanks following a two-hour advance artillery barrage.

In taking the village the Americans expanded their front by approximately a mile.  A minor success, its significance was entirely overshadowed by the battle underway along the Aisne, some fifty miles to the north-west.

In the face of seven fierce counter-attacks that day and the next the U.S. forces held their position with the loss of 1,067 casualties; they captured around 100 German prisoners.  The American success at Cantigny was followed by attacks at Chateau-Thierry and Belleau Wood in the first half of June.

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It isn’t a law that people have to mix.

Monday, September 17th, 2012

“It isn’t a law that people have to mix.” There are laws to enforce integration in White nations, by gunpoint if needed. If Hitler made every male Jew live in a west African nation and every female Jew live in an east African nation and they were allowed to mate with whomever they chose within those nations, would it have been genocide?

Genocide is genocide, whether accomplished by bullets ,mustard gas, or mass immigration and social engineering.

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Black Flag of Islam Flies over U.S. Embassy in Tunisia as America Is Targeted by Angry Mobs Across the Globe in Day of Chaos

Sunday, September 16th, 2012

A black Islamic flag is flying over the U.S. embassy in Tunisia after it was stormed by a mob of protesters today – as anger at an American-made anti-Islam film resulted in chaos across the world.

Symbols of America and U.S. embassies have been targeted around the globe in a fourth day of protest after Tuesday’s deadly raid on the American consulate in Libya.

In Tunisian capital Tunis, a mob overran the U.S. embassy compound, scaling the walls and setting fire to cars before tearing down the Stars and Stripes and replacing it with the symbol of Islam.

No U.S. staff were in the embassy in the city, where an American school has also been set on fire.

A large cloud of black smoke rose around the U.S. embassy as stone-throwing protesters and police waged a pitched battle.

Thousands of demonstrators massed outside the embassy and several were seen climbing the outer wall of the embassy grounds and raising a flag on which was written the Muslim profession of faith.

The protesters chanted ‘Obama, Obama, we are all Osamas’.

One protester was seen throwing a computer out of a window, while others walked away with telephones and computers.

Police responded by firing tear gas, live rounds killing two protesters and wounding 28.

A group of several dozen protesters briefly managed to enter the embassy compound and set fire to cars in an embassy parking lot. They were pushed back outside by police and special forces who continued to arrive on the scene.

It was the worst incident in clashes around the world – with angry protesters ransacking a KFC and Hardee’s restaurant in Lebanon, police firing on protesters in Yemen, and unrest in SyriaIraqPakistanTurkey and Jerusalem.

In London, an American flag was burned outside the U.S. embassy by protesters

One protester was killed  in Lebanon and twenty five wounded by police who opened fire as they cracked down on the mob who turned their anger on the American fast food chains.

A KFC in the northern city of Tripoli was set alight after the mob – many wearing face masks- ransacked the interior.

In Sudan, the American embassy was also attacked and smoke could be seen rising from the compound. Officials said a mob had been expelled from the compound with one protester killed.

A spokesman said protesters had been ejected from the embassay in Sudan, adding ‘they didn’t get far’.

Elsewhere, police have fired on protesters outside the US embassy in Yemen today as a group of 2,000 attempted to march on the compound.

It also emerged that Libya had closed its air space over Benghazi airport temporarily because of heavy anti-aircraft fire by Islamists aiming at U.S. reconnaissance drones flying over the city, after President Barack Obama vowed to bring the ambassador’s killers to justice.

It adds to unrest in Bangladesh where tens of thousands have taken to the streets, and India – where there are widespread protests in Muslim Kashmir.

In Egypt‘s contested Sinai region, a mob stormed an international peacekeeping base injuring two Colombian troops while troops fired on protesters in Nigeria.

Protesters clashed with police near the U.S. embassy in Cairo. Two Islamist preachers in Egypt told worshippers that those who made the movie deserved to die under Islamic law but they urged protesters not to take their anger out on diplomats.

Sudanese police were reportedly fighting back up to five thousand protesters who had gathered outside the building in the North African country’s capital Khartoum. It is unclear how many staff were inside the mission, or whether they are all accounted for.

The same group have already stormed inside and set fire to the German embassy next door, before tearing down its national flag and hoisting the Islamic banner.

A spokesperson for the British Foreign Office said: ‘We can confirm that there is a protest outside the British embassy and Sudanese police are on scene.’

Since a 14-minute trailer for the movie, called The Innocence of Muslims, was posted on YouTube by its American producers, turmoil has spread across the Muslim world.

Protests have erupted in a string of countries across the Middle East and Africa, including Egypt, Lebanon, Qatar, Bangladesh, Kashmir, Pakistan, Bahrain, Palestine – as well as the Sudan.

Across the border, thousands of Egyptian protesters advanced on the US embassy near Tahrir Square in Cairo – in scenes potently reminiscent of the violent clashes that ravaged the city’s streets during the Arab uprising last year.

Hurling stones and shouting slogans at the phalanx of heavily-armed riot police that stood in their way, returning fire with volleys of tear gas and rubber bullets in a bid to keep the oncoming crowds at bay.

As the violence continued throughout the day, Egypt’s president Hosni Mubarak appealed for calm on live television, a day after Barack Obama issued a veiled warning to the region’s leaders to quell the violence and protect America’s embassies.

The Egyptian authorities had erected large concrete blocks to block the route to the embassy and deployed hundreds of police.

‘Before the police, we were attacked by Obama,’ shouted one demonstrator, blaming U.S. President Barack Obama and the U.S. government for insulting the Prophet.

One banner held aloft by demonstrators read: ‘It is the duty of all Muslims and Christians to kill Morris Sadek and Sam Bacile and everyone who participated in the film.’

Several demonstrators – some bearded Islamists wearing traditional gallabiya robes and others youths and young men in T-shirts and jeans – waved green and black flags with Koranic verses on them.

The unrest has raised serious questions over whether the US should cut the billions of dollars in aid it sends to Egypt.

Barack Obama has already issued a veiled warning of possible repercussions if those governments do not quell the unrest and protect America’s embassies.

On the subject of Egypt, which the US currently supplies over $1.5billion in aid, he told Telemundo: ‘I don’t think that we would consider them an ally, but we don’t consider them an enemy.

‘They’re a new government that is trying to find its way. They were democratically elected. I think that we are going to have to see how they respond to this incident.’

And in an ominous sign this morning, the Libyan government closed the air space above Benghazi ‘for security measures’.

In the Lebanese city of Tripoli, hundreds of protesters set fire to a branch of Kentucky Fried Chicken, while chanting: ‘No More insults to Islam.’

There, one demonstrator was killed and two others were wounded as they tried to storm a government building.

In Bangladeshi capital Dhaka, around 10,000 Muslims from half a dozen Islamist groups staged a noisy protest, burning and trampling American flags while chanting anti-US slogans.

Yesterday, thousands of demonstrators engaged in running street battles with police in Egyptian capital Cairo, burning cars and hurling stones while an angry mob stormed the American consulate in Sanaa, in Yemen.

In Libyan capital Benghazi, a similar demonstration was reportedly hijacked by heavily-armed Muslim extremists resulting in the deaths of several Libyan security guards.

America is still reeling from an attack on Tuesday that saw a hoard of protesters storm the US Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, killing the ambassador and three American security guards.

Despite the belief that the militants who hit the consulate did so separately from the protests over the film, US officials are deeply concerned that extremists may again take advantage of non-violent demonstrations to copycat the Benghazi raid.

Meanwhile, a top Israeli Arab Knesset official Talab el-Sana warned of ‘Armageddon’ if the United Nations does not intervene, telling The Times of Israel: ‘If the UN does not mobilize to stop this erosion, it will be Armageddon.’

Egypt’s ruling Muslim Brotherhood have called for demonstrations after Friday prayers as did authorities in Iran and the Gaza strip.

Large protests were also expected in Baghdad and Iraq’s second-largest city, Basra, as well as Amman, Jordan. Israel was stepping up security in anticipation of demonstrations after Muslim prayers.

‘It is important to note that as these protests are taking place in different countries around the world, responding to the movie, that Friday, tomorrow, has historically been a day when there are protests in the Muslim world,’ White House press secretary Jay Carney told reporters in Colorado.

‘And we are watching very closely for developments that could lead to more protests. We anticipate that they may continue.’

The offending short video behind the unrest was made by an American company and spoofs the life and times of the Prophet Muhammad.

But the White house was quick yesterday to condemn its content and its anonymous makers.

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton delivered an explicit denunciation of the video as the administration sought to pre-empt further turmoil at its embassies and consulates.

‘The United States government had absolutely nothing to do with this video,’ she said before a meeting with the foreign minister of Morocco at the State Department. ‘We absolutely reject its content and message.’

‘To us, to me personally, this video is disgusting and reprehensible,’ Clinton said. ‘It appears to have a deeply cynical purpose: to denigrate a great religion and to provoke rage.’

While rejecting the content of the video, Clinton stressed that no matter how offensive it is, the film cannot be used as an excuse for violence like that seen in Egypt, where a mob breached the walls of the US Embassy in Cairo on Wednesday, and in Yemen, where demonstrators tried to storm the embassy compound in Sanaa on Thursday.

‘There is no justification, none at all, for responding to this video with violence,’ Clinton said.

‘We condemn the violence that has resulted in the strongest terms. … It is especially wrong for violence to be directed against diplomatic missions. These are places whose very purpose is peaceful: to promote better understanding across countries and cultures.’

She then reminded foreign governments that they have a responsibility to protect embassies.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon followed suit, adding: ‘The hateful film that appears to have been deliberately designed to sow bigotry and bloodshed.’

The intelligence leading up to the attacks will be examined to ‘see if there was any way of forecasting this violence,’ as in any violent incident, House Intelligence Committee member Adam Schiff, D-Calif., said in an interview Thursday.

But he said the focus now ‘has to be on finding out who is responsible and bringing them to justice.’

US officials said they suspect that the attack at the Benghazi consulate, which had also been the target of an unsuccessful attack in June, may have been only tangentially related to the film.

They also stressed there had been no advance warning or intelligence to suggest a threat in Libya that would warrant boosting security, even on the 11th anniversary of the terror attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

‘As we did with all of our missions overseas, in advance of the September 11 anniversary and as we do every year, we did evaluate the threat stream and we determined that the security at Benghazi was appropriate for what we knew,’ State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said.

President Barack Obama, speaking a campaign event in Golden, Colorado, also vowed that the perpetrators would be punished.

‘I want people around the world to hear me,’ he said. ‘To all those who would do us harm: No act of terror will go unpunished. I will not dim the light of the values that we proudly present to the rest of the world. No act of violence shakes the resolve of the United States of America.’

As of Thursday morning, there was no intelligence indicating that what happened in Benghazi was planned, according to two U.S. officials briefed on the investigation into the attack. Intelligence officials said they believe it’s more likely that the attack was ‘opportunistic or spontaneous,’ with militants taking advantage of the demonstration to launch the assault.

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‘Death to America’ Chant Protestors as They Storm U.S. Embassy in Yemen Smashing Windows and Pelting Offices with Stones

Friday, September 14th, 2012

From Yemen to Egypt and Iraq to Indonesia, rising anger provoked by an anti-Islam film has seen protestors storm U.S. embassies in Muslim countries around the world.

Chanting ‘death to America’, hundreds of protestors marched on the U.S. Embassy compound in Yemen’s capital today, where they burned the American flag, used stones to smash windows, and set fire to cars, before breaking through the main gate of the heavily fortified compound in eastern Sana’a.

The attack followed Tuesday night’s storming of the United States Consulate in Benghazi, Libya – where the U.S. ambassador and three other staff were killed.

Security has been ramped up at U.S. embassies and consulates around the world, and at least one cemetery for American veterans, while President Obama called the leaders of Libya and Egypt to continue helping him to ensure the safety of diplomatic personnel.

One of those killed in Benghazi alongside U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens was 42-year-old Glen Doherty, a family friend told CBS Boston today.

There were protests in Tunisia, Sudan and Morocco overnight, and the demonstrations have reached Cairo and Baghdad.

Today riot police in Indonesia were standing guard outside the U.S. Ambassador’s Jakarta residence in anticipation of further action.

Once inside the compound in Sana’a, Yemeni protestors brought down the U.S. flag, burned it and replaced it with a black banner bearing Islam’s declaration of faith – ‘There is no God but Allah.’

Before storming the grounds, demonstrators removed the embassy’s sign on the outer wall, set tyres ablaze and pelted the compound with rocks.

Yemeni security forces who rushed to the scene fired in the air and used tear gas to disperse the demonstrators and were eventually able to drive them out of the compound. It was not immediately clear whether anyone was inside the embassy at the time of the attack.

Some protestors held aloft banners declaring ‘Allah is Greatest’. Tyres blazed outside the compound and protesters scaled the walls.

‘We can see a fire inside the compound and security forces are firing in the air. The demonstrators are fleeing and then charging back,’ one witness said.

It was similar to an attack on the US Embassy in the Egyptian capital of Cairo on Tuesday night.

Witnesses said there were some injuries on both sides but gave no exact figures.

Yemen, a key U.S. ally, is home of al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), which is viewed by Washington as the most dangerous branch of the militant network established by Osama bin Laden.

Yemen is fighting an al Qaeda-backed insurrection largely in the south of the country. Its embassy in Washington did not report any casualties.

An embassy statement said Yemen’s government condemned the attack by protesters angry at a film seen as insulting to Islam, adding security forces had restored order at the complex.

‘Fortunately no casualties were reported from this chaotic incident. The government of Yemen will honour international obligations to ensure the safety of diplomats and will step up security presence around all foreign missions,’ the statement read.

The violence has raised worries that further protests could break out around the Muslim world as anger spreads over the film.

Yemen is home to al Qaida’s most active branch and the United States is the main foreign supporter of the Yemeni government’s counter-terrorism campaign.

Overnight there were further clashes outside the U.S. embassy in Cairo, Egypt,  as well as protests in Tunisia, Sudan, and Morocco.
In Cairo, protests continued into early hours of this morning near Tahrir Square, the site of Egypt’s massive uprising last year.

With further street violence and demonstrations expected, Britain, the U.S. and their European allies stepped-up security at their embassies and consulates.

In Tunis, the Tunisian capital, police fired teargas and rubber bullets into the air to disperse a protest.

Around 200 protesters burned U.S. flags and chanted slogans such as ‘Obama, Obama, we are here for the triumph of Islam’.

The government on Tuesday announced that al Qaida’s No 2 leader in Yemen was killed in an apparent US airstrike, a major blow to the terror network.

The film Innocence of Muslims came to attention in Egypt after its trailer was dubbed into Arabic and posted on YouTube.

The video-sharing website blocked access to it yesterday.

The trailer depicts Mohammed as a fraud, a womaniser and a madman in an overtly ridiculing way, showing him having sex and calling for massacres.

As the scenes continued to spread to U.S. consulates in countries across the Middle East riot police were deployed to the U.S. ambassador’s residence in Indonesia.

The building in Jakarta was heavily guarded by riot police today, in anticipation of similar Muslim protests over the ‘blasphemous’ film.

In Germany the consular section of the U.S. embassy in Berlin was partially evacuated after an employee began struggling to breathe when he opened an envelope sent to the building.

Two other consular employees also felt unwell after touching the visa application papers contained in the envelope.

The three members of staff who handled the papers were sent to hospital, and dozens of other employees were evacuated from the embassy while police investigate.

U.S Ambassador Christopher Stevens was killed in a fire started when the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, was stormed on Tuesday.

In response to the attacks the U.S. has launched a major military manhunt to find the terrorists responsible, announcing it is to send warships to the coast of Libya.

American drone aircraft are also expected to join the apparent terrorist hunt.

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Anti-Muslim Group, Protesters Face Off Outside Hillsborough School District Offices

Friday, September 14th, 2012

A day of trying to keep a Muslim advocacy group out of Hillsborough County’s public schools didn’t go as planned.

After a prayer vigil Tuesday morning, opponents of radical Islam and about 30 supporters gathered for a news conference outside the school district’s downtown headquarters.

They were met by an equally sized and equally vocal group of demonstrators who objected to their message.

Carrying signs that said “Free Speech,” “No Hate Today” and “I love angry white people,” they shouted down the panel of speakers who had been invited by School Board candidate Terry Kemple, a conservative Christian leader in eastern Hillsborough.

“We are here because we don’t stand for religious intolerance,” said Charles Allen, 26, a University of South Florida graduate student who learned about the counter-protest on Facebook.

Estefania Galvis, a 21-year-old student from Colombia, said she is offended when immigrants are stereotyped.

And she objects to Kemple’s vilification of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, a campaign that began after CAIR executive director Hassan Shibly visited Steinbrenner High School in Lutz last year.

Opponents of CAIR say the organization has terrorist ties. Local CAIR leaders say their mission is to promote tolerance and respect.

For a while, members of the opposing groups stood nose-to-nose, shouting each other down.

They included Richard Swier, a retired 23-year Army veteran involved in United West, an organization that seeks to defend Western civilization against what it calls the cultural onslaught of Islam.

Swier tried to convince the chanting protesters his group was not hateful. “We want to stop hate as well,” he said. “Hate is coming from those who want to kill us.”

Kelly Benjamin, 35, got into arguments with several anti-CAIR speakers, including radio host Roger Homefield.

“I am not hateful,” Homefield bellowed, pointing a finger at Benjamin’s chest. “My girlfriend is black. Am I a racist? … Who are you calling hateful?”

Benjamin countered: “You seem a little hateful right now, sir.”

Kemple, who spoke last, directed his comments to those gathered to oppose him.

“It’s always amazing to me that the people who talk about tolerance and freedom of speech are the most intolerant in keeping others from having their freedom of speech,” he said.

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US Ambassador Killed in ‘Coordinated Al Qaeda Revenge Attack by Terrorists Who Used Libyan Mohammed Movie Protest as Cover’

Thursday, September 13th, 2012

A bloody attack on the U.S. consulate in Libya that left American ambassador Christopher Stevens, two marines and a communications officer dead was a planned ambush by terrorists using a pro-Islam protest as cover, it has been claimed.

The victims died during a rocket attack when an armed mob set fire to the consulate in Benghazi after joining a protest over a ‘blasphemous’ film about the Prophet Mohammed.

It is believed a ‘small, vicious group’ of attackers used the protest as a diversion, although questions remain over whether the killers drummed up support for the march or simply took advantage of it, an official told CNN.

While it is not known exactly who was responsible for the rampage, a London think tank with strong ties to Libya said Stevens, who is not believed to have been targeted, could have been the victim of a revenge attack by al Qaeda.

The assault ‘came to avenge the death of Abu Yaya al-Libi, al Qaeda’s second in command killed a few months ago’ in Pakistan, think tank Quilliam told CNN, noting the rocket-propelled grenade launchers used in the attack do not normally appear at peaceful protests.

‘The military assault against the US Consulate in Benghazi should not be seen as part of a protest against a low budget film which was insulting Islam – there were just a few peaceful protesters present at the event,’ Quilliam said in a statement.

‘Indeed, there have been no other demonstrations regarding this film in Libya. We at Quilliam believe the attack on the US consulate in Benghazi was a well-planned terrorist attack that would have occurred regardless of the demonstration, to serve another purpose.’

Officials also reportedly voiced their concern that the attack was timed for the 11th anniversary of the September 11 attacks, which were commemorated across the U.S. on Tuesday.

‘We’ve been talking for years about the desire of Al Qaeda, radical jihadists to celebrate the anniversary of 9/11,’ Pete Hoekstra, former chairman of the House intelligence committee, told FoxNews.com. ‘All my background, all of the conversations that I’ve had over the last 18 hours lead many people to believe that this was just more than a mere coincidence.’

He added that Al Qaeda chief Ayman al-Zawahri recently released a video calling on militants to attacks Americans for revenge for the death in Pakistan – and that the anti-Mohammed film could have been a cover.

As speculations over what led to the attack intensify, President Barack Obama has deployed a team of 50 marines to the compound in Benghazi which was left ravaged by firebombs during the attack.

He could also command unmanned surveillance drones to fly over Benghazi in search of jihadi encampments possibly tied to the deadly attack, a U.S. official said. The drones, which would pass gathered information to Libyans, are expected to be approved by the Pentagon and White House shortly.

Christopher Stevens, 52, was at the compound evacuating staff when the building was stormed by 20 heavily-armed militants.

During a 20 minute fire fight, Libyan guards positioned inside the consulate managed to hold the attackers off as they sprayed the building with bullets before hurling a bomb inside. In the carnage, Sean Smith, a foreign service information management officer was shot dead.

Ambassador Stevens and his team made a desperate bid to flee by car to safety. But the vehicle came under heavy arms fire and was hit by a rocket, leaving it disabled and at the mercy of the mob.

Two marines attempted to aid Ambassador Stevens but were also shot dead, according to CBS.

Graphic images taken at the scene show civilians making desperate attempts to pull the diplomat to safety. But their efforts were futile.

Arab television station Al Jazeera today reported that Ambassador Stevens died of smoke inhalation, while the doctor who treated him said he died of severe asphyxiation, which caused stomach bleeding. He said Stevens had no other injuries.

The doctor, Ziad Abu Zeid, said Stevens was brought to the Benghazi Medical Center by Libyans on Tuesday night with no other Americans and that initially no one realized he was the ambassador. He tried for 90 minutes to revive him.

Stevens was a career diplomat who spoke Arabic and French and had already served two tours in Libya, including running the office in Benghazi during the revolt against Gaddafi. Five other US ambassadors have been killed in the line of duty, the last being Adolph Dubs in Afghanistan in 1979.

President Barack Obama today condemned the attack and paid tribute to the late Ambassador Stevens as he ordered increased security at diplomatic posts around the world.

‘It’s especially tragic that Chris Stevens died in Benghazi as it’s a city that he helped to save,’ Obama said outside the White House.

With ‘characteristic skill, courage and resolve, he built partnerships with Libyans… and he worked tirelessly to support this young democracy.

‘He was a role model to those who worked with him and to the young diplomats who strive to follow in his footsteps.

These four Americans stood up for freedom and human dignity. We grieve with their families but let us carry on their memory… I have no doubt that their legacy will live on.’

He added: ‘The United States condemns in the strongest possible terms this outrageous and shocking attack. There is no justification to this type of senseless violence. None.’

In a statement, Hillary Clinton added : ‘I had the privilege of swearing in Chris for his post in Libya only a few months ago. He risked his own life to lend the Libyan people a helping hand to build the foundation for a new, free nation.’

She said they were still trying to contact the next of kin for the other two men.

The deaths will put huge pressure on the Libyan administration which took over after the fall of Muammar Gaddafi. Despite the West taking a key role in his overthrow, the country remains unstable and Islamic militants have moved into the power vacuum.

There are also huge questions about the security surrounding both Ambassador Stevens, who was believed to be in Benghazi for the opening of an American building, and the US diplomatic buildings in such a volatile country.

The attack came amid violence in Libya and Cairo, which had been sparked by a 14-minute trailer for a film called The Innocence of Muslims posted on YouTube.

In an original English version and another dubbed into Egyptian Arabic, Mohammed is depicted as a fraud, a womaniser and a madman, showing him having sex and calling for massacres.

It was made by Sam Bacile, a 56-year-old California real estate developer who identifies himself as an Israeli Jew – but who has reportedly been using a pseudonym. ‘Bacile’ said he had produced, directed and written the two-hour film which had only been shown once to a mostly empty theater in Hollywood earlier this year.

‘Islam is a cancer, period,’ he said in an interview yesterday, speaking after the State Department confirmed the death of an American in Benghazi.

He was apologetic about the killing but blamed lax embassy security and the perpetrators of the violence. ‘I feel the security system (at the embassies) is no good,’ said Bacile. ‘America should do something to change it.’

Lebanon’s Shi’ite militant group Hezbollah claimed the film was an attack on religious belief, reflecting Western policy and branded it an ‘immoral act which represents the highest degree of aggression against the highest human right … for respect of beliefs and sanctities.’

In Afghanistan, President Hamid Karzai slammed the film and, fearing another anti-US backlash, ordered the YouTube site to be shut until the video is taken down and the US Embassy in the capital Kabul appealed for help in ‘maintaining calm.’YouTube pulled the film on Wednesday.

The movie featured on Egyptian media reports for several days with ultraconservative clerics going on air to denounce it and also to attack Sadek, who they blamed for the film.

Matters came to a head yesterday when hundreds of mainly ultraconservative Islamist protesters in Egypt marched to the US Embassy in downtown Cairo, gathering outside its walls and chanting against the movie and the US.

Most of the embassy staff had left the compound earlier because of warnings of the upcoming demonstration.

The crowd chanted, ‘Islamic, Islamic. The right of our prophet will not die.’ Some shouted, ‘We are all Osama,’ referring to al-Qaida leader bin Laden.

Young men, some in masks, sprayed graffiti on the walls. Some grumbled that Islamist President Mohammed Morsi had not spoken out about the movie.

A group of women in black veils and robes that left only their eyes exposed chanted, ‘Worshippers of the Cross, leave the Prophet Mohammed alone.’

Dozens of protesters then scaled the embassy walls, and several went into the courtyard and took down the American flag from a pole. They brought it back to the crowd outside, which tried to burn it, but failing that tore it apart.

The protesters on the wall then raised on the flagpole a black flag with a Muslim declaration of faith, ‘There is no god but God and Mohammed is his prophet.’  The flag is commonly used by ultraconservatives around the region.

The Cairo embassy is in a diplomatic area in Garden City, where the British and Italian embassies are located, only a few blocks away from Tahrir Square, the center of last year’s uprising that led to the ouster of Mubarak.

The U.S. Embassy is built like a fortress, with a wall several metres high. But security has been scaled back in recent months, with several roadblocks leading to the facility removed after legal court cases by residents.

Trouble quickly spread to Libya where a group identifiying itself as the ‘Islamic Law Supporters’ attacked the consulate on the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on American in protest at a film that they deemed blasphemous to the Prophet Mohammed.

A furious mob fired gunshots and then set the building alight as they clashed with Libyans hired to guard the facility. Outnumbered by the crowd, Libyan security forces did little to stop them, al-Sharef said.

Witnesses reported militants firing rocket-propelled grenades from a nearby farmhouse.

The situation rapidly deteriorated as the army tried to cordon off the area around the building and fought running battles with the attackers. But the crowd overwhelmed the facility, looting the contents.

‘I heard nearly 10 explosions and all kinds of weapons. It was a terrifying day,’ said a witness who refused to give his name because he feared retribution.

Order was eventually restored after three hours but there was very little of the consulate left. State Hillary Rodham Clinton strongly condemning the attack in a statement shortly after.

She said she had called Libyan President Mohammed el-Megarif ‘to coordinate additional support to protect Americans in Libya.’

‘Some have sought to justify this vicious behavior as a response to inflammatory material posted on the Internet,’ Clinton said in a statement released by the State Department.

‘The United States deplores any intentional effort to denigrate the religious beliefs of others. Our commitment to religious tolerance goes back to the very beginning of our nation. But let me be clear: There is never any justification for violent acts of this kind.’

It was some hours later that it emerged Ambassador Stevens and three of his team had been killed.

Mitt Romney used the event as an opportunity to take aim at Obama, accusing the administration of a ‘severe miscalculation’ and calling its handling of the incident ‘akin to an apology’.

‘I’m outraged by the attacks on American diplomatic missions in Libya and Egypt and by the death of an American consulate worker in Benghazi,’ Romney said in a statement, when a single death had been reported. ‘It’s disgraceful that the Obama administration’s first response was not to condemn attacks on our diplomatic missions, but to sympathize with those who waged the attacks.’

His comments referred to an earlier statement from the U.S. embassy in Cairo which condemned the anti-Islam film, which he said ‘reflects the mixed signals they’re sending to the world’ and which he likened to an apology of American values.

He added that Obama was responsible for the embassy statement – even though White House officials had distanced themselves from it on Tuesday.

‘We are shocked that, at a time when the United States of America is confronting the tragic death of one of our diplomatic officers in Libya, Governor Romney would choose to launch a political attack,’ Ben LaBolt, a spokesman for the Obama campaign, countered.

The brutal attacks on Tuesday night were the first such assaults on US diplomatic facilities in either country, at a time when both Libya and Egypt are struggling to overcome the turmoil following the ouster of their longtime leaders, Moammar Gadhafi and Hosni Mubarak, in uprisings last year.

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US Slips Down the Ranks of Global Competitiveness

Thursday, September 6th, 2012

The United States has slipped further down a global ranking of the world’s most competitive economies, according to a World Economic Forum (WEF) survey released on Wednesday.

The world’s largest economy, which was placed 5th last year, fell two positions to the 7th spot—marking its fourth year of decline.

A lack of macroeconomic stability, the business community’s continued mistrust of the government and concerns over its fiscal health were some of the reasons for the downgrade, according to the annual survey.

The survey, which has been conducted annually for over three decades, ranks the competitiveness of 144 countries based on 12 key indicators including infrastructure, macroeconomic environment, labor market efficiency and innovation.

“If you look at competitiveness, what we are talking about is productivity. It’s countries that are productive that can support the sorts of rising living standards and high wages that everyone is looking for,” Blanke told CNBC.

Switzerland and Singapore retained their positions as the most competitive economies, coming in 1st and 2nd, respectively.

Switzerland’s top spot was achieved as a result of its strong performance across the board, according to WEF, with notable labor market efficiency, sophistication of its business sector and its innovative capacity. The country has among the highest rates of patents per capita globally.

Among the large emerging economies, China was ranked highest at 26, thanks to favorable macroeconomic conditions. This was significantly higher than Brazil, India and Russia which came in at 53, 56 and 66, respectively.

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Mexican Drug Cartels Fight Turf Battles in Chicago

Saturday, September 1st, 2012

A disturbing news report aired on CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley on August 23, 2012 began:

Gun violence is out of control in Chicago. Just last night, there were eight shootings, two of them deadly.

That pushes the total so far in 2012 to 351 shooting deaths—up 30 percent from last year. Drug gangs are a big reason.

Both President Obama and Director of Homeland Security, Janet Napolitano have often claimed that our borders are secure.  We have also heard Ms. Napolitano claim that “Spillover Violence” was not a problem.

Janet Napolitano herself has stated that more than two hundred American cities have been infested by Mexican drug cartels.  Additionally, other transnational gangs from Latin America as well as from Europe, Asia, Africa, the Caribbean and elsewhere have also set up shop in towns and cities in virtually every one of America’s 50 states. {snip}

Back in 1988 I was the first INS special agent to be assigned to the Unified Intelligence Division of the Drug Enforcement Administration’s New York Field Division, where I conducted an analysis of arrest records to determine who was being arrested by the DEA in New York as well as across the United States.  I found that 60% of the defendants arrested by the DEA Task Force in New York City were identified as being “foreign-born” while nationally 30% of all such defendants were so described.

The August 23rd CBS news report included an interview with Jack Riley, the Special Agent-in-Charge (SAC) of DEA’s Chicago Office:

Daily turf battles over drugs and distribution, he said, are turning parts of this Midwest city into a Mexican border town.

“One of the hardest jobs I’ve had in the past couple of years is to convince our law enforcement partners that we need an enforcement mentality as if we’re on the border,” Riley said.

Miles away, Riley says, Mexican cartels have a significant influence in Chicago’s gang violence problem.

“Let’s take the gloves off on that,” he said. “We know that the majority of the drugs here in Chicago, cartels are responsible for. We know that the majority of the murders are gang related. So it is very clear to see the connection and the role.”

As it stands now, at least three major Mexican cartels are battling over control of billions of dollars of marijuana, cocaine and—increasingly—heroin in this city. That includes the ultra-violent Zetas and the powerful Sinaloa cartel, run by its shadowy leader Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman.

Clearly “Spillover Violence” from Mexico is not only commonplace but endangers Americans and members of immigrant communities—not only along the US/Mexican border but across America.

The final sentence of the CBS report should get everyone’s attention:

More than ever, Chicago’s problem is turning into a Midwest problem. Cartel operations are also spreading to Milwaukee, St. Louis and Detroit.

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Mexicans See a Losing Battle in the War on Crooked Police

Friday, August 31st, 2012

In the midst of a violent drug war, President Felipe Calderon fired crooked cops by the hundreds, and hired new ones—rigorously vetted and college educated—by the thousands. Salaries were doubled, new standards imposed and officers were subjected to extensive background checks.

A trustworthy federal police force was to be one of the most important legacies of Calderon’s six-year term. And yet, just months before he is to leave office in December, the president found himself apologizing “profoundly” this week for an incident in which federal police allegedly opened fire on an SUV with diplomatic plates, injuring two Americans.

A dozen federal police officers are being detained while the Mexican attorney general’s office investigates the incident. Many of the details remain unclear, including what may have motivated officers to open fire on the vehicle, which was traveling through dangerous countryside south of Mexico City.

The CIA has declined to comment on reports in U.S. and Mexican media that the Americans were CIA agents. They were heading to a Mexican military installation where they were serving as trainers.

But since the incident, which occurred just two months after a shootout involving crooked federal officers that left three dead at the Mexico City airport, the denunciations of the police have been withering. For many here, whether the attackers turned out to be corrupt or just bumbling, Calderon’s new and improved federal police force is just more of the same.

In Chapultepec Park, a 19-year-old peanut vendor laughed when asked whether the force had changed for the better.

He laughed again when asked to give his name, as though anyone would be foolish enough to do so when the police were so crooked.

“Here, everything runs on money,” he said. “The drug cartels have enough money to give to the federal police, and everybody else, to control everything they do.”

Mexicans have long been wary of police at all levels. Officers are notorious not only for soliciting the little bribes known as mordidas, but for shaking down innocents, running kidnapping rings, and serving as security forces and death squads for the drug gangs. One 2010 poll found that only 8% of respondents felt strong confidence in the police.

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Man Settles Suit Over Immigration Snag

Wednesday, August 29th, 2012

An Allentown, Pa., man who was jailed for three days after police and federal agents mistook him for an undocumented immigrant has settled his lawsuit against the United States for $25,000, according to his lawyers.

The settlement for Ernesto Galarza, a U.S. citizen of Puerto Rican descent, is a victory against racial profiling and immigration procedures that have resulted in similar wrongful detentions around the country, said his attorney, Mary Catherine Roper of the American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania.

However, Galarza’s claims against the Allentown police officer who arrested him and reported him as a possible illegal immigrant have yet to be resolved. Attorney Andrew Adair, who represents the city, said he could not comment on the case and Jerry Snyder, the city solicitor, did not return a call.

Roper said Galarza’s case is one of a number that have prompted scrutiny of the procedures U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials use to instruct local law enforcement officials to hold individuals who are suspected of being in the country illegally.

While ICE has acted on its own to correct problems that led to Galarza’s detention, Roper said the system still places too much power in the hands of individual immigration agents without an opportunity for review by higher authorities.

“We generally don’t give police officers the power to put someone behind bars without it being reviewed by a magistrate,” Roper said. “Unfortunately, the immigration system is set up not to follow that pretty basic protection.”

A spokesman for the U.S. Department of Justice declined to comment on the case because claims are still pending against the city. A call to the public affairs office for ICE was not returned.

Galarza was arrested Nov. 19, 2008, after Allentown police detective Christie Correa bought cocaine from Galarza’s co-worker at an Allentown construction site. Galarza and three other men were charged with conspiracy to distribute cocaine, of which Galarza was later acquitted, and taken to Lehigh County Prison.

Although Galarza gave his place of birth as Perth Amboy, N.J., and had his Pennsylvania driver’s license, bank card, health insurance card and Social Security card in his wallet, Correa told ICE agents that she believed all four men had provided false information about their identities and were foreign nationals, court papers say.

Based on the information that Correa provided, ICE agent Mark Szalczyk sent a detainer to the Lehigh County Prison instructing officials not to release Galarza, even though he had posted bail on the drug charge.

As a result, court papers say, Galarza was held in Lehigh County Prison from Friday, Nov. 21, 2008, until the following Monday, Nov. 24, when he was interviewed by ICE agents and released after again providing his Social Security number and date of birth.

Galarza sued Szalczyk, fellow ICE agent Greg Marino, Correa, the city of Allentown and Lehigh County, alleging he was wrongly held in prison because he was arrested in the company of three other men who did not appear to be U.S. citizens.

The suit claimed that Correa reported Galarza to ICE because he appeared to be Hispanic and that if Szalczyk had bothered to verify the Social Security number Galarza provided, he would have seen that Galarza was a U.S. citizen.

In a March 30 decision, U.S. District Judge James Knoll Gardner dismissed Galarza’s claims against Marino, finding that he merely passed information from Correa to Szalczyk and had no reason to suspect it was inaccurate. He also dismissed Galarza’s claims against Lehigh County, finding that prison officials were simply complying with federal requirements.

Gardner also dismissed claims against Allentown and Correa that the city’s procedures for reporting undocumented immigrants to federal authorities violated his constitutional rights. However, Gardner allowed his claims that Correa violated his constitutional rights to protection against unreasonable search and seizure and equal protection under the law.

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investigate Palestinian police abuse

Tuesday, August 28th, 2012

An American rights group is calling on the Palestinian Authority to investigate incidents where police beat protesters in the West Bank.

The New York-based Human Rights Watch said in two incidents, Palestinian police beat Palestinian demonstrators in the West Bank city of Ramallah in June and July. The group said six people were hospitalized.

The group said Palestinian officials conducted four inquiries but did not prosecute any of the police involved.

Palestinian security spokesman Adnan Damiri said Monday that some police were punished by their superiors but declined to say how many or how they were punished. He said none of the protesters filed complaints.

Activists charge that beatings and torture by Palestinian security agencies are common.


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Exclusive Videos Show How One Texas County Fakes Crime Statistics to Make the Border Look Safe

Tuesday, August 21st, 2012

Every year, the federal government doles out roughly a billion taxpayer dollars to local law enforcement agencies in the form of grants

But is there a dark side to federalizing local law enforcement funding? PJ Media has obtained exclusive hidden camera video that shows federal grant money creates an incentive for local law enforcement to falsify their crime statistics. The fake stats tell a story that ends up benefiting the local agencies that clamor for the grants, while helping Washington sell its story that the border is safer than it really is.

Case in point: Hidalgo County, Texas. This border county is home to McAllen, one of the fastest-growing cities in the entire United States. Hidalgo County boasts the most border crossings of any county along the Texas-Mexico border. Property values are rising here despite the stagnant U.S. economy. The county is home both to gang-infested barrios and to a posh neighborhood that boasts fountains, manicured lawns, beautiful new custom homes, and many cars bearing Mexican license plates.

Hidalgo County sits across the border from Reynosa, Mexico, one of the most violent and troubled cities in the Mexican drug wars. But according to some local officials, Mexico’s drug war has not spilled over into their bustling Texas community. They say this even though U.S. forces engaged drug cartel members in a firefight at Chimney Park in Hidalgo County in 2011.

The federal government has granted Hidalgo County about $6 million to fight crime since 2004. That money has gone to the county’s anti-narcotics efforts and has funded the purchase of sophisticated video surveillance towers that are supposed to be used to monitor the border and watch over troubled neighborhoods. {snip}

The federal money is granted for the purpose of fighting crime, and the government monitors crime statistics via the Federal Bureau of InvestigationsNational Incident-Based Reporting System (NIBRS). Local law enforcement agencies report trends in crime in their communities through the NIBRS, and the NIBRS stats find their way into speeches and comments made by politicians to show that the money is being spent well and that crime is being defeated. {snip}


In May of 2011, President Obama went to the border at El Paso, Texas, and in his “alligators and moats” speech claimed the border is safe and mocked calls for more border security.

In March of 2011, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said, “There is a perception that the border is worse now than it ever has been. That is wrong. The border is better now than it ever has been.” Napolitano went on to say that violence from Mexico’s drug war has not spilled over into the U.S., citing statistics that show crime along the border has either stayed flat or even gone down.

But how accurate are the statistics that the local law enforcement agencies send their states and ultimately to the federal government? PJM/PJTV has obtained exclusive hidden camera video from inside the Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office. In this video, a crime analyst—the person responsible for entering official data into the Uniform Crime Reporting system from the Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office—admits that the Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office manipulates its crime statistics systematically.

Deputy: Hey what’s up? (unintelligible question)

Analyst: No, I can do it for you.

Deputy: Cool. (unintelligible, but he asks about changing a code)

Analyst: Huh?

Deputy: (unintelligible)

Analyst: I guess. Cause he’s the one changing everything.

Deputy: Changing the stats?

Analyst: (nods) He’s the one…

Deputy: Well how is he changing them?

Analyst: He reads the reports and fiddles with you if it’s not linking. Like, with a robbery, he redrizzles it down to a simple, like an, if it’s like uh, aggravated assault (looks away to see if anyone can hear), he orders a downgrade to assault. Or if…

Deputy: It’s real simple to do because most people are gonna, think you’re gonna have more.

(Analyst tilts head skeptically)

Deputy: You can justify it both ways.

Analyst:  Yeah, but some of them, no. (crosstalk) Like, as far as the standards go, from the UCR, yeah.

Deputy: So. You can get in trouble.

Analyst: Hm?

Deputy: You can get in trouble?

Analyst: Not us, but…yeah the sheriff.

Deputy: Him (points in the direction of the sheriff’s office).

Analyst: Yeah. Not me.

The federal crime reporting system relies on local law enforcement to accurately report the crimes taking place in their communities. But as we see on hidden camera video from the Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office, the federal crime statistics system is being manipulated in at least one strategic county that sits directly across the Rio Grande from Mexico’s drug war.

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