A group of people can be seen getting off the bus, when suddenly one of them, for no apparent reason, punches the driver in the face and then goes down the bus steps and out the door.
The driver was seriously hurt.Share on Facebook
A group of people can be seen getting off the bus, when suddenly one of them, for no apparent reason, punches the driver in the face and then goes down the bus steps and out the door.
The driver was seriously hurt.Share on Facebook
In late August 2012, a video that briefly aired on YouTube showed a band of around 5 Albanians in a mountainous location near Kukes in Albania, firing against a Greek flag with AK-47 (Chinese type) and issuing threats for mass assassinations of Greek citizens, as well as arsons. Incidentally, there were several arson cases in Greek forests during the summer period, and also in FYROM and Serbia and a number of local pundits blamed -amongst other- Albanian extremist groups as responsible for such illicit actions.
The video where the Albanian group was firing rounds with Kalashnikov was clad in paramilitary summer uniforms, with the insignia of the “SS”, a reminder of the 21st Waffen – Gebirgs – Division der SS Skanderbeg that was established in April 1944. Forensic security analysts in Greece have assured that this video was made for the purposes of “psychological warfare” and should be related with the inner workings of Neo-Nazi Albanian tendencies of extremist groups that are scattered between Albania, Kosovo and FYROM.
In Greece, a group of Albanians residing in the Kalavryta region of North-Western Peloponnese and in the Menidi outskirt of Athens reposted the video through their Facebook accounts. Subsequent investigation by the Greek state security revealed that the group was in the process of evolving into an extremist one as well, by mimicking the Neo Nazi tendencies of those in the original video. Scores of photo material was confiscated and one person was deported for being without legal documentation in the country. What’s most important though is that a wide-scale mobilization in the security forces was enacted in order to disband other groups before they became a threat in terms of social stability.
It is interesting to note that the group in Greece had organized itself through their common passion for motorcycles and named it “Motorristat-Fierak-Albanian-Stunt”. The Albanian (Mr. V.Z) who was mostly interrogated concerning the involvement of his group with extremist action within the country was also frequently travelling across the country using a Red BMW AXI-..##.93 & Hyundai coupe YZT-…##09 and stayed in the expensive Hotel Mont Helmos in mid-August 2012. The ease of capital and the existence of photo material revealing weaponry such as berretta’s is a lead that is still been reviewed by the authorities in charge, as to whether it is related with the organization of a “sleeping cell” in the country.
On April 2007, a paramilitary ethnic nationalist group known as UCC has claimed on a video their military actions and objectives against the Greek State in the Epirus Region. According to Research Terrorism Center in Washington, UCC is a known terrorist group with its first military action in Himara Region on 2003, killing a person, while in Northern Greece there has been an explosion in an electric station which links Italy and Greece in Egoumenitsa, which by some accounts was blamed in that group. The combination of Albanian nationalistic plans for a Greater Albania along with the abundance of smuggled weaponry and paramilitary personnel is an alarming indicator for the security forces of the region in order to avoid any potential crisis.
UCC is a by-product of the well-known UCK which has now evolved into the government of Kosovo and controls also most of Northern Albania in a delicate balance of powers with the President’s Berisha’s own clan support group. UCC is based in loosely connected cells in Vlore and in theory it can mobilize up to 5,000 men, although the nucleus is not more than a couple of hundred people at any given moment, many of those had combat experience of some sort in Kosovo (1998-1999) and FYROM (2001).
The Greek security forces are monitoring a dozen people, all Albanian immigrants residing in Greece, as possible UCC collaborators and espionage instruments. In parallel since 2007 around 20 caches and depots of armaments have been discovered by the authorities , especially in the region of Epirus, Boeotia and Attica and some 1,000 AK-47′s, hundreds of pistols (Berettas and Makarovs), as well as, over 500 Chinese made hand grenades have been discovered.
Moreover, in several cases of narcotics contraband in Greece where Albanian smugglers were involved, links were established as for the ulterior motive of the smuggling which included raising capital for extremist purposes. In similar fashion, a leading Greek journalist and security expert, Manos Eliades has showcased in a recent book of his, links and case studies of direct cooperation between certain Albanian immigrants to Greece and the Turkish intelligence service MIT.
For the time being it has been established that UCC, although still in nascent form, is being kept as a potential destabilizer regarding Greece and it is being supplied with weaponry from the Albanian black market. There is also support from radical Albanian-American groups and the Turkish intelligence service and the focus has been shifted from propaganda purposes into recruiting Albanian immigrants in Greece by using as a pretext the economic distress many of those have felt due to the ongoing economic crisis in the country and the lack of employment opportunities. Lastly small-scale paramilitary training is taking place in Northern Albanian and UCC serves yet another role -this time regarding domestic Albanian politics- by having the ambition of be seen in the South of the country as the “Long arm of the Kosovo Albanians”, which do keep their aims of uniting the rest of Albania with Kosovo and not vice-versa.
The countermeasures implemented so far by the Greek state include a variety of intelligence and security actions. One of those that is on an training level and it is going to be fully operation by the end of 2012, is the creation of rapid and heavily armed Police mobilization units to intervene in cases both of heavy criminality (armed robberies with the use of AK-47) and any potential paramilitary actions, as the hypothetical threat by UCC.
The men selected to join these teams have served previously in the Greek special armed forces and receive an extra training by the already established Greek-antiterrorist and special crimes unit (EKAM). They will be equipped with heavy defense body armor and defense mechanisms for their off-the road vehicles, and will have for offence purposes P-90 submachine guns, UMP submachinesMP-5 with penetrating bullets and FN assault rifles, along with MAG machine guns. Lastly the units will also use AK-47 (7,62×39 mm) and G-3 (7,62×51 mm). The units will interact with all the security and intelligence establishment of Greece and will be joined on occasion by other Army or Police units and have access to helicopters, airplanes and high speed sea transport. The rising organized criminality in Greece and the resurgence of Albanian organized crime involved in armed robberies by using machine guns played a decisive role into speeding up the process for the creation of such forces in the country.
Lastly, all available information points out that a mass of light weaponry has entered Greece through Albanian lately, and in a more worrying trend, the same development has been observed in FYROM, which according to many independent experts is a potential hot spot of any paramilitary action that will involve offshoots of UCK. In addition the Albanian government in Tirana is also fully aware around the developments and NATO itself is paying close attention in order to avert any potential destabilization caused by extremist groups that primarily live off by contraband, extortion and organized illicit activities and have as a hub of operations the territory of Kosovo. The upcoming USA elections in November 2012, whatever the outcome is, will bring back the American (and Anglo-Saxon) policy circles into re-examining their place in Europe (which for the moment has been reduced in expense of the rise of the German-Central European one). In parallel the dramatic developments in the Middle East, already have started to affect the “contraband routes” of heroin smuggling and illegal immigration into Europe. In addition the fragile political balance of powers in Skopje and the shift in international policies of Turkey, Bulgaria and Serbia are re-focusing the objectives in the Balkans of all interested parties be it state or supranational entities, legal and illegal ones. For all the above reasons, the security alertness in the region is increasing both for the countries located into and for the international forces serving there.Share on Facebook
Broadcast live on the BBC, the youth lunged from the crowd to try to take the torch from the hands of its bearer Anna Skora, but was swiftly bundled away by officers.
In one video posted to YouTube he can be seen waiting behind a car and as Ms Skora gets closer he lunges towards the torch.
He managed to get through the line of police officers escorting the torch as it headed through the town.
One of the officers at the back of the group swiftly grabbed hold of Ms Skora and the torch, guiding them to the opposite side of the road.
Four or five of the other torch guards then bundled the man to the side of the road where he was then arrested.
Ms Skora managed to keep the torch upright throughout the ordeal and she continued to smile as she completed her stretch of the Olympic flame relay.
The incident happened as the torch was being taken into Gravesend on Friday morning.
Ms Skora was able to keep hold of the torch as the youth tried to wrestle it from her grasp, and security and police officers stepped in to protect the torch bearer and bundle away the youth.
The youth, from Gravesend, is currently being held in custody and the torch continued on its way without disruption, Kent Police said.
A Kent Police spokesman said: ‘At around 9.55am a man apparently attempted to take the Olympic Flame from a Torchbearer in Rochester Road.
‘The man, who is from Gravesend, was arrested within seconds and is now in the custody of Kent Police.
‘No one was injured in the incident and the Torch continued on its way without disruption.’Share on Facebook
One line in the four-minute clip, which is no longer online, focused on David Barton — a conservative historian and activist whom the board had consulted as an expert — as being “known for speaking at white supremacist rallies.”
Almost a year later, Barton, whose organization WallBuilders promotes what it calls “the forgotten Christian heritage of the United States,” filed suit, and his defamation case against Rebecca Bell-Metereau and Judy Jennings has become an early test of new tort reform legislation intended to protect free speech.
The law, which the Legislature passed in 2011 with bipartisan support, provides a process for the early dismissal of meritless legal claims filed to intimidate critics — so-called Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation, or SLAPPs. It is aimed at plaintiffs who use the court system to try and quiet their opponents by drowning them in legal fees and paperwork, often with no expectation of winning their cases.
A Parker County court denied a motion from the lawyers for Bell-Metereau and Jennings to dismiss the case under the new law, and they have appealed. Barton’s lawyers have argued that the statute does not contain a right for defendants to file such an appeal.
Robert Bozelli, a lawyer for Barton, said that the statute presented a “balanced approach” to dealing with meritless defamation cases, but if lawmakers had intended for defendants to be able to appeal a motion denying dismissal before a trial concluded, they would have explicitly included that right in the statute.
The video clip posted on YouTube referred to two appearances Barton made in 1991 at gatherings of groups linked with the Christian Identity movement, whose beliefs include that Jews are the “synagogue of Satan,” nonwhite races are “subhuman” and that “Northern European whites and their American descendants are the chosen people of scriptural prophecy,” according to the court filings.
In Barton’s court filings, he does not deny that he gave talks to the groups, but he said he was not aware of their ideology then and had not attended events linked to the movement since. He said that two decades and nearly 8,000 speeches later, those 1991 talks are not what he is known for. Bell-Metereau and Jennings state in court documents that Barton’s past connection to the white supremacist movement was discussed on Keith Olbermann‘s former show on MSNBC and in a Huffington Post article as recently as 2010.
The Barton case is one of about two dozen involving the new statute that have begun making their way through the courts in the past year, said Laura Prather, an Austin lawyer who led efforts to pass the statute.
Prather said that on the whole, the statute appears to be successful — with no trend toward courts either granting or denying motions.
“To me that says the statute works,” she said. “This isn’t supposed to be a statute intended to say you can never go forward in a case involving free speech.”
The argument in the Barton case over a defendant’s right to appeal, she said, was “concerning because of the frivolity” and because, if Barton’s argument is successful, it would “take all of the teeth” out of the statute. If the law did not include the right for defendants to appeal a denial, as Barton’s lawyers argue, the constitutional concerns would be “grave,” she said.
Unfortunately, the Legislature was “a little sloppy” in how it worded the statute, said Jim George, a lawyer representing Bell-Metereau and Jennings. If they lose their appeal, the case will proceed to trial, with another opportunity for dismissal after what can often be an expensive and time-consuming discovery process. “The consequences of that is that media defendants and people like our clients spend a lot more money to get to the same place that the Legislature intended them to get to without spending all that money,” George said.Share on Facebook
Jacqueline Woodhouse, 42, directed a drunken, expletive-ridden rant at passengers on the Central Line between St Paul’s and Mile End stations on January 23.
The court was told that Woodhouse had drunk an ‘unknown’ quantity of champagne at a retirement party before getting on the Tube at 11pm.
She now faces jail, after police launched an investigation into a seven-minute long video of the verbal assault that was uploaded to YouTube.
t has since been viewed more than 200,000 times.
The video clip begins with Woodhouse shouting in a thick Essex accent about ‘foreign s*** heads’.
She turns to her passengers and asks: ‘Where do you come from? Where do you come from? Where do you come from?
‘I would like to know if any of you are illegal? I am sure like 30 per cent of you are.’
She then turns on the Pakistani man sitting next to her, who is singing his national anthem, and threatens to ‘punch him in the face.’
‘I wouldn’t mind if you loved our country,’ she adds.
She then turns to Mr Juttla’s camera, as he assures her he would rather be listening to his music than to her.
‘Oh look he’s filming, hello,’ she says. ‘Hello government.’
She goes on: ‘Why don’t you tell me where you’re from?’
He replies: ‘I am British.’
She gets her phone out of her black handbag and looks as if she is filming him too.
Mr Juttla warns her: ‘Watch what you are saying.’
She replies: ‘I used to live in England and now I live in the United Nations.’
As he tells her to keep her mouth shut, informing her that she has had too much to drink, she becomes extremely agitated and starts screaming.
‘It’s not your country anyway so what’s your problem?’ she yells. ‘It’s been overtaken by people like you.’
The court heard that Mr Juttla decided to film Woodhouse after she started berating an unidentified black female. She then sat down between two men and began another barrage of abuse.
Prosecutor Claire Campbell told the court: ‘She then leaned towards the gentleman sitting next to her and said ‘I will have you arrested because you do not live here’.
‘The male pushed her away and she fell on to the adjacent seat.
‘She stated: “I hope you are not claiming benefits and I hope you pay your taxes”.
‘Mr Juttla responded: “I pay more taxes than you, love”.
‘Mr Juttla pulled the emergency alarm fearing an escalation of events and to enable her to be removed from the train.’
Single father of two Mr Juttla, from Ilford, Essex, had been attending a funeral of a close family friend that day.
Ms Campbell said Woodhouse went to Mile End police station following a media campaign.
Woodhouse told police she could not remember the rant but recognised it was her in the video.
She attended court today wearing a black suit and white shirt. She sat in the court with her brow furrowed and her head bowed as the magistrate was shown the video clip.
Ms Campbell told the court that Woodhouse was fined following a similar offence on the Docklands Light Railway in December 2008.
Ms Campbell said Woodhouse verbally abused a male passenger while on a train to Stratford. She asked whether he had paid taxes, adding: ‘I have had enough of it, why don’t they go back to where they come from?’
Outside court Mr Juttla, who runs a print company, said: ‘I found it very distressing.
‘I uploaded it to YouTube because I thought that was the fast-track process to catching this person.
‘I also needed to show the public that kind of person is out there and not to put up with this kind of behaviour.
‘My kids have seen the video and they are disgusted by it. They don’t expect for someone to shout abuse at their dad.’
Before officers asked him to take the video down, it had been watched 21,000 times. Since duplicates have been made, it has been watched by hundreds of thousands of people.
Mr Juttla added: ‘She needs to be set an example of. People should look at what happens to her and say “we can’t behaviour like this in the public domain”.’
Woodhouse pleaded guilty to one count of causing racially aggravated ‘harassment, alarm or distress’ by using ‘threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour’.
The prosecution offered no evidence on one charge of racially aggravated common assault.
Adjourning sentence, District Judge Elizabeth Roscoe said: ‘Bearing in mind the level of abuse, the persistence of the abuse, the number of people on the train unable to leave without aborting their journey, and the children present, means that I think the court has to have a pre-sentence report.
‘I make it clear that all options are open to the sentencing court, including committal or immediate custody.’
The judge imposed stringent conditions banning her from the Tube network and she was ordered to keep to a daily curfew between 10pm and 6am, which will be monitored by electronic tag.
She will be sentenced at the same court on May 29.
The video emerged after a spate of similar clips were uploaded on to the internet. Emma West was charged with a racially aggravated public order offence in connection with an incident on a tram in December.
Another video called ‘Welcome to London‘ showed a woman holding a pink rose on the London Underground as she abused passengers.
Another was of a drunk woman who tried to punch a black passenger on a London bus, but ended up falling over herself then being thrown into the street.
Racism remains a very real problem in European soccer despite widespread campaigns to quash its presence from the world’s most popular sport.
But from former England national team captain John Terry to Liverpool striker Luis Suarez, instances of on-field racism remain while rabid fanbases too frequently resort to racist chants and taunts to degrade opposing players and their fans. It’s a troubling reality for a sport build on its global appeal — and its one organizers for the upcoming European Championships must be prepared to tackle.
Euro 2012 kicks off in June in Ukraine and Poland — two countries whose soccer fanbases have a reputation for supporting neo-Nazi groups and engaging in blatant acts of hooliganism. And while the tournament’s governing body, UEFA, preaches its commitment to rooting out racism once and for all, it may have set a dangerous precedent with a pair of recent fines.
During a Eurpoa League match between Manchester City and FC Porto, home fans berated City’s Mario Balotelli, who is black, with monkey chants. Six weeks later, UEFA fined FC Porto €20,000 for the chants — which was €10,000 fewer than Manchester City was fined for returning to the pitch “less than 60 seconds late” for the second half.
The fine does nothing to help UEFA’s reputation in relation to how it tackles discrimination in football,” Herman Ousley, head of the anti-racism group Kick It Out, told CNN.
A recent Daily Telegraph story detailed the visible racism surrounding the stadium of Windzew Lodz, one of the country’s biggest domestic clubs. At a nearby outlet, patrons can purchase scarves and stickers with the motto “Jews forbidden” and T-shirts that read “Burn the Czechs” and “Beat the Greeks.” A store employee quoted in the newspaper Gazeta Wyborcza said they stock the items “because they sell well and they’re in demand.”
A video posted on YouTube in Novemeber titled “Polish Hooligans Waiting for You (Euro2012)!!!” shows Polish soccer fans clashing in violent brawls in streets, fields and even on fields. And during a 2011 European match against Hapoel Tel Aviv, Polish team Legia Warszawa unfurled a giant banner with “Jihad Legia” written in Arabic-style lettering.
A study conducted by a Warsaw-based anti-racism group in 2011 found 195 incidents of racism in Polish and Ukranian soccer from September 2009 through March 2011.
“There is a racist culture in many Polish football clubs,” Rafal Pankowski, coordinator in Poland for UEFA’s Respect Diversity Campaign, told the Telegraph. “Racist materials are quite common, and distributed through fan networks and through the internet.”
On Thursday, Polish deputy Interior Minister Michal Deskur said security preparations were moving along and that “complete readiness should be confirmed in mid-May, about three weeks before the first match.”
National police have said they will be cracking down on racism and violence in the lead up to Euro 2012, and all of Europe will be tracking their ability to do so when teams and fans from 16 countries descend on Poland and Ukraine this June.
That is, assuming fans can afford it. Earlier this week, UEFA President Michel Platini railed on “bandits and crooks” in Ukraine for the astronomical hotel room prices many in the country are charging during the tournament. Some hotels are charging 10 times their normal rates while others are canceling previously-made reservations to sell more expensive rooms to incoming tourists.Share on Facebook
Bishop Eddie Long has apologized for last Sunday’s service at New Birth Missionary Baptist Church that drew the ire of Jewish groups and religious scholars.
“The ceremony was not my suggestion, nor was it my intent, to participate in any ritual that is offensive in any manner to the Jewish community,” Long wrote in a letter sent Saturday to Bill Nigut, Southeast Regional Director of the Anti-Defamation League.
“He’s a king. God has blessed him,” said Colorado Rabbi Ralph Messer before covering Long in a scroll “[that] may still have the dust of Auschwitz and Birkenau.” Messer referred to the Nazi extermination camps in Poland where millions of Jews were murdered during the Holocaust.
In his letter to the Anti-Defamation League, Long “[denounced] any action that depicts me as a king, for I am merely just a servant of the Lord.”
Nigut, who said he was “horrified” by the service, told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution Sunday he appreciated the bishop’s apology.
“For the ADL it’s a real wake-up call that a lot of people do not understand our liturgies and practices,” Nigut said. “Guys like Messer are troubling to us because they appropriate real ritual or, in this case, make one up.”
Jamal-Dominique Hopkins, associate professor of Biblical studies at Interdenominational Theological Center, said the ceremony was “something I’ve never seen or read within the Judeo-Christian tradition.”
Messer, who has no formal rabbinical training, is active in the Messianic Judaism movement, which fuses evangelical Christian beliefs with elements of Jewish tradition.
On Sunday the New Birth service was played in its entirety for Messer’s congregation at Simchat Torah Beit Midrash in Parker, Colorado.
“You’d be incredibly, incredibly proud of your rabbi,” said Nicole Martin, a pastor at Simchat. “I’m so excited about what happened [at New Birth]. The spirit was so thick, so tangible.”
Messer’s sermon makes reference to recent troubles that have beset Long, sued in Sept. 2010 by four former church members who alleged he used his influence, trips, gifts and jobs to coerce them into sexual relationships. The suit was settled in May.
“God wants to get your focus,” said Messer, adding “crisis produces opportunity.”
“You have to go through a descent before an ascent,” he said.
In a statement released by New Birth on Thursday Messer contended his message “was about restoring a man and to encourage his walk in the Lord. It was not to make Bishop Eddie L. Long a king,” he said.Share on Facebook
NEW YORK (TheWrap.com) – Donald Trump took to YouTube to complain about Jon Stewart’s “Daily Show” routine about Herman Cain’s sexual harassment accusations, accusing Stewart of a “very, very racist rant” — and critics of a double standard.
“How come Jon Stewart gets away with a very, very racist rant about Herman Cain? Nobody else could pull that off. Where is Rev. Jesse Jackson? Where is Rev. Al Sharpton? Where are all the critics that if somebody else did it, it would be a disaster?” Trump asked in his video, viewed 18,000 times by Wednesday morning.
“It’s not what he said, but the way he said it. The tone of his voice, the inflection. Unbelievable. Anybody else, deep deep trouble.”
In a segment Monday, Stewart mocked Cain’s response to the harassment allegations, first raised in a Politico article over the weekend. It said the National Restaurant Association paid two former staffers who accused him of inappropriate remarks when he was the organization’s president.
Asked by Fox News if he had ever had to pay anyone to resolve harassment claims, Cain responded, “outside of the Restaurant Association, absolutely not.”
Stewart ridiculed the response, saying it was like answering a question about whether you’ve ever kidnapped a baby by saying, “Well, other than the Lindbergh boy, no.” He made the joke in a voice Trump interpreted as an imitation of Cain’s.
Stewart is well-known for ethnic accents, and did an Italian one during the Cain segment when he joked about sexual innuendoes involving pizza.
“Imus got taken off the air,” Trump said. “Other people get taken off the air, and when he says it, people smile and they sort of say, ‘Wow, I can’t believe he gets away with that.”’
“Where is sleepy-eyed Chuck Todd?” he added, referring to the MSNBC commentator. “When somebody else says something, even a little bit non-politically correct, they go after ‘em. But when Jon Stewart does a horrible, horrible thing to the African-American community, they leave him alone.”
Trump, who has had infamous feuds with everyone from Rosie O’Donnell to President Obama, ended on a semi-conciliatory note.
“I like Jon Stewart. I hope they don’t take him off the air. But frankly, for this, they probably should, at least for a while,” he said.
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An illegal immigrant and sham marriage ringleader who left prison early with a huge pay-off has used the money to set up a new business in his homeland – offering UK passports.
Ashar Ali Rathore, 33, came to the UK with his wife Nadia Qadri, 34, on student visas then faked marriages to two Polish people to gain residency.
The fraudster was jailed for conspiring to breach immigration law, but was then handed £1,500 of taxpayers’ money – on condition of leaving Britain and returning to his native country – as part of a Government scheme for rehabilitating foreign nationals.
He had only served seven months of his two-year sentence.
Today, it emerged Rathore has used the money to set up Xpress Solutions – a company providing UK passports, visas and driving licences in Kotli, Pakistan, his home country.
Among its other services, it also bizarrely offers ‘any enquiry related to the laws of cricket’.
He is not currently under investigation by the Pakistani authorities.
Jonathan Isaby, political director of the TaxPayers’ Alliance, branded the payout a ‘sick golden goodbye’.
He said: ‘When all of us are having to tighten our belts and watch every penny, pay-offs for fraudsters like Rathore at British taxpayers‘ expense are an utter disgrace.
‘Ministers must urgently review the operation of the Facilitated Returns Scheme to ensure that we are not being taken for a ride.
‘At the same time, the British police should do all they can to assist the local authorities in Azad Kashmir in establishing the legitimacy of Rathore’s new enterprise.
‘Taxpayers will be appalled to learn that £1,500 of their hard-earned money was used to give a convicted prisoner this sick “golden goodbye” prior to his deportation.’
Under the Facilitated Returns Scheme, foreign criminals in British jails are being offered £1,500 each in cash if they agree to go home part of the way through their sentences.
When they leave, they receive a cash card loaded with £500.
A further £1,000 of British taxpayers’ cash is payable within the first three months of their arrival home.
The card is programmed to work in ATM machines around the world.
The offer is even available to criminals who have served their entire sentence in Britain – at a cost of £45,000 a year.
They will get a cash payment of £750.
In opposition, the Tories said the scheme was ‘simply outrageous’. Dominic Grieve, then Conservative justice spokesman, said: ‘The lesson is clear: under Labour, crime pays and the taxpayer foots the bill.’
Now the Coalition says the scheme will save money, because it is cheaper than forcibly removing foreign criminals or leaving them in jail.
Once the criminals return home they have to make a claim that they need cash for rent, private healthcare or help to establish a business before they can obtain the £1,000.
Officials have struggled for years to deport foreign convicts and more than 11,000 are currently taking up space in Britain’s packed jails.
Rathore and Qadri were jailed last March for their faked relationships with the two Poles.
The pair were arrested at their home in Luton, Bedfordshire, for conspiring to breach immigration law.
Police recovered around £16,300 in cash and bank receipts showing large amounts of money paid into the accounts of their fake partners, when the couple were arrested.
Rathore was deported last July and paid as part of the UK Border Agency Facilitated Returns Scheme for foreign nationals as an ‘incentive for prisoners to co-operate with returning at the earliest opportunity’.
But he used the payout to set up his new business in Azad Kashmir, providing UK passports, driving licences and National Insurance cards to Pakistan nationals.
A UK Border Agency spokesman said: ‘The scheme saves the taxpayer the cost of keeping foreign national prisoners in prison and denies them the opportunity to re-offend.
‘It should be noted that, as part of our investigation that resulted in Rathore’s conviction, more than £16,000 in cash was seized from his address under the Proceeds of Crime Act. This has subsequently been returned to the public purse.
‘Nadia Qadri voluntarily departed so did not receive any money under the scheme.
‘At the British High Commission in Islamabad, Pakistan, the UKBA subjects all applications for visas to come to the UK to the same rigorous checks, which include checks against international watchlists.
‘In addition, all visa applicants are required to give their biometrics (fingerprints).
‘Staff receive forgery and detection training and there are tough penalties for the submission of false documents and information.
‘Anyone doing so will not only have their visa application refused, but also face a ban of up to ten years on future visa applications.’
A video of the launch of Rathore’s new office, which has been removed from YouTube, shows a poster of UK driving licences, passports of various nationalities and a UK National Insurance Number card.
It also features an England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) logo, which has been used without permission.
Rathore’s office has signs in Urdu saying: ‘Immigration Appeals’, ‘Income Tax’, ‘Passports & ID Cards’, ‘Mortgages & Property’, ‘Registering Power of Attorney’, ‘Legal Paperwork/Statements’, ‘National and International College/University Admissions’, ‘Any Legal Disputes’ and, bizarrely, ‘Any Enquiry Related to the Laws of Cricket’.
Having been alerted to the misuse of its logo by Luton On Sunday newspaper, the ECB said in a statement: ‘He does not have our permission to use either the Association of Cricket Officials or ECB logos for commercial or business purposes and we thank Luton On Sunday for bringing this to our attention.
‘We will investigate whether the logos are being used improperly.’
The yearly Hammered Music Festival, already being advertised through white pride websites, will take place in a secret Brisbane location and feature race hate music from international and local bands, reported The Courier-Mail.
Federal Race Discrimination Commissioner Dr Helen Szoke this week labelled the event as “abhorrent to our community”.
The event is being organised by the Southern Cross Hammerskins, the Australian arm of a worldwide group whose members have been convicted of race-based assault and murder.
A website promoting the festival held on the Gold Coast features links to various white supremacist groups and an embedded YouTube video which praises the “achievements” of Adolf Hitler and the Third Reich before and during World War II.
The flyer for the event gives no location for the event, instead asking those interested in attending to email the organisers.
It also makes reference to the infamous Australian National Socialist party which was involved in violent racist attacks in the 1980s.Share on Facebook
Mall of America officials released a statement saying that around 4:20 p.m. 50 juveniles caused a large disturbance in the north food court.
Mall of America security arrested four other people for disorderly conduct as well, Mall officials said.
Police said as many as 200 were involved the fights. A YouTube video, which contains profanity, shows a fight break out and rage before a police officer interrupts it. The fight occurs at roughly 50 seconds in.
As the fights were popping up, the Mall of America inadvertently called for a lock down. But the lock down was called off minutes later, Mall officials said.
There were no reports of serious injuries, Mall official said.
Although the Mall kept its normal hours, some stores within the Mall closed early.
Some witnesses reported being evacuated from the Mall; but police said that shoppers were escorted toward the east exit to make room for the investigation.
According to Stehlik, no weapons were recovered, and there are no reports of burglary. However, there is YouTube video of chairs being thrown.
Video captured police officers walking with their guns drawn; but police said this was in response to rumors of gun shots having been fired.Share on Facebook
(Beirut) – There is an escalating pattern of physical attacks by Egyptian military and police officers against women and male protesters, journalists, and activists in Cairo, some of which are sexual in nature, Human Rights Watch said today. News reports and images of protesters in Cairo being stripped, beaten, and dragged through the street in the past several days are just the latest incidents.
The Supreme Council for the Armed Forces (SCAF) and the Interior Ministry should order an immediate halt to these attacks, Human Rights Watch said. The Office of the Public Prosecutor, the civilian judicial authority, should speedily, vigorously, and transparently investigate assaults on demonstrators by military and police officers and by civilians, and prosecute those responsible, to put an end to a climate of impunity for sexual crimes.
“Images of military and police who strip, grope, and beat protesters have horrified the world and brought into sharp focus the sexual brutality Egyptian women face in public life,” said Nadya Khalife, Middle East and North Africa women’s rights researcher at Human Rights Watch. “The military and civilian authorities need to put a halt to criminal attacks on demonstrators once and for all.”
On December 16, 2011, security forces attacked and beat demonstrators protesting in front of the Egyptian Cabinet. The Health Ministry said on December 19 that 500 protesters or bystanders had been injured since December 16, and 12 were killed. On the same day, news outlets broadcast footage of Egyptian military police beating, stomping on, and hitting protesters with bars, including a veiled woman whose clothes had been torn off, exposing her torso.
On December 19, Gen. Adel Emara commented on the attack of the veiled woman, telling journalists “yes this scene actually happened and we are investigating it. We will disclose the investigation results in full. We do not want to conceal anything.” The military cannot investigate itself with any independence, and only an investigation by Egypt’s civilian judicial authorities with full cooperation from the military can provide a remedy to all protesters, Human Rights Watch said.
Egyptian women’s rights groups, including the New Woman Foundation, that have been documenting attacks on women demonstrators, told Human Rights Watch that at least nine women were arrested during last weekend’s protests, and some of them said security forces had physically and verbally assaulted them.
Salma al Naqqash, coordinator of the Women Human Rights Defenders program at Nazra for Feminist Studies, a research group, told Human Rights Watch that there is a pattern of security forces and civilians preventing women from exercising their right to protest. Al Naqqash said that security forces and private individuals have subjected women demonstrators to verbal and physical assault, threatened them with rape in detention, and stripped them in the street to deter them from protesting.
Ghada Kamal Abdel Khaleq, 28, said in a video posted on YouTube that about 10 security forces beat her severely in the street adjacent to the Egyptian Cabinet on December 16 as she was taking part in a protest and rushed to help a wounded woman beaten to the ground. She said that she was detained, and at least one officer physically and verbally attacked her in detention, including making sexual threats against her. She said security forces beat her all over her body, pulled her hair, stepped on her face and chest, and verbally assaulted her. Abdel Khaleq said she saw other women who had been detained bleeding from head injuries and that the women told her security forces had also insulted and threatened them.
Women in public in Egypt, whether demonstrators, journalists, activists, or simply passers-by going about their business, frequently experience sexual harassment and assaults, Human Rights Watch said. The ruling military council has continued the poor record of the ousted Mubarak administration by failing to prevent, investigate, or punish such attacks.
While the SCAF amended penal code provisions on sexual assault in March to increase penalties for rape and “indecency,” it has failed to enforce the existing law in cases that fall short of rape, allowing sexual harassment to go unpunished and creating a climate of impunity, Human Rights Watch said.
As party to the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) Egypt is under an obligation to act with due diligence to prevent, investigate, and prosecute cases of violence against women, and to take action to eliminate all forms of discrimination against women. The United Nations body that monitors implementation of this treaty has expressed serious concern about violence against women in Egypt, including the culture of silence and impunity for such crimes. Egypt remains one of only four members of the African Union not to have signed or ratified the Maputo Protocol on the Rights of Women in Africa, the key African treaty on women’s rights.
“At this crucial stage in Egypt’s history, women need to be able to take part in demonstrations and elections without fear,” Khalife said. “Security forces’ disgraceful attacks and the government’s broader failure to address sexual violence and harassment do not bode well for Egypt’s women.”
A Pattern of Attacks on Women by Security Forces
In late November 2011, Egypt’s Central Security Forces (CSF or riot police) arrested several female journalists and activists in Cairo’s Tahrir Square area, and sexually assaulted and beat at least two of them. Prosecutors have not opened an investigation into the attacks, nor have the security forces announced any disciplinary action against the attackers.
On November 19, riot police arrested Sanaa Youssef during a demonstration on Mohamed Mahmoud Street, near Tahrir Square, and took her behind police lines. Youssef wrote on her blog later:
I was in the midst of around 25 or 30 officers in CSF uniforms and plain clothes. One officer lifted his hand and said, “Don’t touch her.” It was as if this was a secret code to say, “Do whatever you want with her.” One of them hit me on the face and another kicked me while a third pulled me by my hair so that I couldn’t move my head to the right or left and this helped keep my head still so that they could slap me. I wish it had stopped there but unfortunately with great pain I have to confess that their hands did not have mercy on my body and they harassed me with all their filth and brutality and lack of conscience. What made it worse is that two of them grabbed the two ends of my scarf around my neck and pulled them in opposite directions. I felt like I was choking and tried to pull the scarf away from my throat while they were continuing to harass me.
A US-based Egyptian journalist, Mona Al Tahawy, told Human Rights Watch that on November 23, CSF agents arrested her on Mohamed Mahmoud Street and that at least four men then beat and sexually assaulted her. Al Tahawy told Human Rights Watch:
They were beating me with their sticks. I lifted my left arm to protect myself but they hit that too, which is when they broke it. While they were hitting me they were grabbing my breasts and my genital area, putting their hands into my trousers. I kept saying, Stop it! Stop it! All this time they were insulting me, saying, “You whore, You daughter of …” They then pulled me by my hair toward the Ministry of Interior, still groping me whenever they could. They were like a pack of wild animals.
The Egyptian military and civilian authorities have failed to respond to these incidents with appropriate seriousness, Human Rights Watch said. Col. Islam Jaffar of the Egyptian military was quoted in The New York Times as saying, when questioned about the attack on Al Tahawy:
She complained to me that she was beaten and sexually assaulted by Central Security Forces….But what did she expect would happen? She was in the middle of the streets, in the midst of clashes, with no press card or form of ID. The press center had not given her permission to be in the streets as a journalist. The country is in a sensitive situation. We are under threat. She could be a spy for all we know.
Military officers, including soldiers from the military police and other military units, have also attacked peaceful women demonstrators and in some cases sexually assaulted them. A woman who took part in a protest on October 9 told Human Rights Watch, “They (military officers) beat us with sticks and electric rods…they hit us on our backs… and as I fell I heard someone saying, ‘Let them go’…but someone [a member of the security forces] responded, ‘Those are dogs and whores.’”
For months, the Egyptian military refused to reveal whether it was conducting a genuine investigation into or prosecuting any of the military officers who conducted “virginity tests”– another form of sexual assault – on women being held in the military prison in Hikestep on March 10. It was only on December 20, after the latest incidents of sexual attacks on women that Adel Morsy said in a press release that “the virginity test incident has been referred to the High Military Court and is currently at the trial stage.”
Human rights lawyers representing one of the victims, Samira Ibrahim, filed a complaint on June 23 at the office of the military prosecutor. Ibrahim’s lawyers filed a civil complaint on her behalf before the Council of State, Egypt’s administrative court, to challenge the military’s lack of action. The case challenges the administrative decision to conduct the virginity tests in the military prison. A decision is expected on December 27.
“Security forces sexually assault women on the street, and the officials in charge shrug their shoulders and look the other way,” Khalife said. “The military cannot investigate itself with any independence, so the civilian Public Prosecutor should immediately order an investigation of the assaults on demonstrators, including on Al Tahawy and other women, and hold the attackers accountable.”
Sexual Assault by Civilians
Over the past year, women have frequently reported verbal and physical sexual harassment by civilians in Tahrir Square. Human Rights Watch interviewed several women who took part in a rally in Tahrir Square on March 8 in celebration of International Women’s Day and who were sexually assaulted by men in civilian clothes. One woman said, “The group of men were getting closer to us, and [then they started] groping me in every part of my body….About 15 men ripped off my clothes…they ripped off my shirt and pants…. There were 20 of us…. No one bothered to help us.”
The Egyptian authorities have failed to condemn or investigate several well-publicized incidents of sexual assault by private actors, including the attack and sexual assault on the US journalist Lara Logan on February 11 by a mob of men in Tahrir square.On November 23, a mob assaulted the French journalist Caroline Sinz in the Tahrir square area. Human Rights Watch is unaware of any investigation into the attack. Sinz told Agence France-Presse:
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We were filming in Mohammed Mahmud Street when we were mobbed by young people who were about 14 or 15… We were then assaulted by a crowd of men. I was beaten by a group of youngsters and adults who tore my clothes [and molested me in a way that] would be considered rape…Some people tried to help me but failed….It lasted three quarters of an hour before I was taken out. I thought I was going to die.
“You want freedom? You’re gonna have to kill some crackers! You’re gonna have to kill some of their babies!”
Those were the words of Minister King Samir Shabazz, also known as Maurice Heath, the New Black Panther Party‘s Philadelphia leader.
Shabazz is the same man the Obama administration Department of Justice refused to prosecute after he was filmed on Election Day 2008 with Jerry Jackson wearing paramilitary uniforms, carrying a nightstick and blocking a doorway to a polling location to intimidate voters.
“I hate white people – all of them! Every last iota of a cracker, I hate ’em,” Shabazz shouts into a megaphone on a crowded sidewalk. “Through South Street with white, dirty, cracker whore [expletive] on our arms. And we call ourselves black men with African garb on.”
Then Shabazz spotted a black man embracing a white woman.
“What the hell is wrong with you, black man?” he shouted into his megaphone. “You [inaudible] with a white girl on your damn arm!
“You want freedom? You’re gonna have to kill some crackers! You’re gonna have to kill some of their babies!”
In a 2008 interview with the Philadelphia Inquirer, Sabazz said, “I’m about the total destruction of white people. I’m about the total liberation of black people. I hate white people. I hate my enemy. …”
National Geographic describes the New Black Panther Party as “a militant hate group headquartered in Washington, D.C., that seeks to redefine the black struggle for equality and demand liberation from what it sees as white supremacy.”
The party has marched on Independence Day, dragging American flags through the streets, trampling the flag on the ground and setting it on fire. The following video shows members of a New York chapter protesting celebration of Independence Day at an event called “4th of U-lie” on July 5, 2008. Members say the day is not a celebration of independence for blacks.
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A new RCMP report says extremist groups — from Muslim radicals to violent animal rights activists to white supremacists — are employing increasingly sophisticated multimedia tools to attract a young, computer-savvy generation of followers.
“Using bright colours and in some cases, illustrations stylized after children’s cartoons that seem inspired by Disney and other leading companies, the websites are visually appealing and in contrast to the malicious content they contain,” according to the report, Youth Online and at Risk: Radicalization Facilitated by the Internet.
The Internet allows groups’ messages, which often contain distorted views of current events or false rumours, to be sent in near real-time to disaffected youth without filtering, the report says. Any alternative viewpoints are blocked out.
These interactive tools, such as chat rooms and message boards, help to create a sense of community and belonging, and can be used to pass along operational knowledge — such as how to make a pipe bomb — to “newly inspired youth,” the report says.
Some sites with graphic images of suicide-bomb attacks have included comment boards to allow viewers to share thoughts and rate the images out of five stars.
The report says several groups have created interactive games online as another way to attract young people:
– A neo-Nazi group inserted racist clues and answers in simple crossword games aimed at children.
– A white-supremacist music label released an online game called “Ethnic Cleansing” where the goal is to kill “subhumans” while dressed as a member of the Ku Klux Klan or a skinhead.
– Other groups have created games where the objectives are to hunt down former U.S. President George Bush and other senior leaders and to kill U.S. soldiers or act as a member of Hezbollah attacking Israel.
“It comes down to knowing the target very well and playing those chords which resonate among that particular community,” said security expert Martin Rudner, a professor emeritus at Carleton University in Ottawa.
Rudner cited the case of Said Namouh, a Moroccan-born man convicted in late 2009 in Quebec of several terrorism-related charges, including facilitating the activities of the Global Islamic Media Front.
A witness for the prosecution told the court that the GIMF is one of the most prominent online jihadist media organizations, using a wide array of propaganda, including movies, video games, flash presentations and videos styled as news broadcasts.
The group uploads propaganda materials in multiple languages to different file-sharing websites, constantly creating new links to ensure the videos are perpetually available, the court heard.
The RCMP report is careful to point out that “radical thinking — even when accompanied by disturbing ideologies — is not problematic. In fact radical thoughts have contributed to many great advancements.”
“However,” the report goes on to say, “when radical thoughts lead to violence and other criminal behaviour, society can be put at risk.”
Sgt. Julie Gagnon, a spokeswoman for the RCMP, said Monday that some websites, such as YouTube, and Internet service providers have voluntarily removed violent or extreme content, but the material can be replicated very easily on other servers.
That’s why “building community resilience against radicalization to violence” is key, she said.
The RCMP report encourages parents to have “open and frank” dialogue with their children about radical views that can be found online.
“Where it is deemed appropriate, the brutality of violence should be confronted to remove any imagined glory that is put forward by violent extremists,” the report says.