Monday, October 31, 2016
WATCH: Donald Trump kicks out black man from his rally and calls him a ‘thug.’ Turns out he is a supporter
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Nine days left to the presidential election day in the United States and most results of the polls show that the Democratic candidate is leading. The final days, however, is seemingly proving the most horrifying days for Hillary Clinton. It could be conceived that the G.O.P candidate is observing the new incidents and is laying confidence on the source of leaking information in Ecuador Embassy in London. The recent released emails about the new mail servers used by the former secretary and president Obama’s knowledge about it had its impact on Clinton.
Furthermore, the released emails of former husband of Huma Abedin, Clinton’s top aide, was an instigation for a reinvestigation of the case. FBI announced that they reopened the case on the email servers and this might be a crucial shake to the voters. The number of emails released so far passed 35000 and 15000 more is on the way.
WikiLeaks #PodestaEmails— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) October 28, 2016
-Started: October 7
-Releases to date: 21
-Emails published: 35,594
-Total emails to be published: 50,000+
Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks, promised new mails to be released in the coming days. He believes that the information in these mails will be enough to have the Democrat candidate arrested.
The first nails on Clinton’s Coffin was put in the primary election when the emails showed that Clinton won the contest by DNC officials Plotting against Bernie Sanders. Besides, WikiLeaks even proved that the former candidate’s support of Hillary Clinton is due to monetary transactions between the two. Now in the final run, the WikiLeaks is trying to put the final nails on the coffin. The fact that Clinton evades from answering questions about the recent mail server issue and FBI’s susceptivity towards it is truly indicative of the critical crisis:
Now in these final days, all people are expecting new surprises by WikiLeaks and new reports by FBI. The analyses show that these new movements in the political arena of American society could shake the election results even in conventional democrat states.
The election process will be over in nine days, but one main question will remain to be answered: Why are American people have to choose between two persons that are proved corrupted؟ Is there really no one else in the country with more commitment to the society and moral notes? Trump’s behavioral and sexual immorality and Clinton’s political, administrational, and financial corruptions dejects the voters and inspires them with hopelessness. The American society will not be able to answer the question unless the people rise against the present oppressing system. The system is forcing two parties to the people and the parties, in turn, introduce limited number of candidates to the public. It chooses those the people should choose in advance and the inherent essence of election and democracy is put under question. READ MORE.
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Hard Cases Make Bad Law, And Bad Arguments
Trying to Understand Why God Gave This Life
Consequently, the critical moral question remains: When does life begin, or, to put it more precisely, when does the zygote, embryo, or fetus achieve a status that deserves to be considered human life requiring protection? The simplest argument against abortion in all cases of rape at any stage or pregnancy begins with a fundamental moral premise: human life begins at conception.
‘Life Begins at Conception’ Is an Ethical Argument
Moral Traditions that Place a Value on Individual Agency
Some Lessons from Orthodox Judaism
When a Fetus Becomes a Person
Great Mental Anguish Can Be a Mitigating Factor
What This All Implies for the Public Discussion
From Ethics to Public Policy
Don’t Overlook the Tragedy for the Mother
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Sunday, October 30, 2016
A fake image depicting an immigration enforcement officer arresting an undocumented immigrant at a polling place made its way through Twitter.
But the Photoshopped picture stemmed from a pro-Trump bot account, and is aimed at discouraging Latino voters from making their ways to the ballot boxes during the final days of the election.
The tweet comes amid Donald Trump’s continued claims that the election is rigged, as he alleges countless cases of voter fraud, including voting by undocumented immigrants. Despite the actual unlikelihood of voter fraud – only 31 certified cases were identified in one billion votes between 2000 and 2014 – Mr Trump’s claims are widely embraced by his supporters, many of whom identify with the anti-immigrant, Alt-Right faction.
ProPublica and Univision reported that the image, tweeted from the well known bot account “Neil Turner”, was a composite of two different photos. The background image is taken from an Associated Press photograph depicting Arizona voters waiting in line during the March primaries. The foreground image of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement officer making an arrest comes from Wikipedia Commons.
I've just got word that an illegal trying to vote has been arrested.— Neil Turner
ICE is watching voting places closely! Thank you ICE!
More to come! http://pic.twitter.com/TeNiWsMTSR
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As the presidential election campaign drags on, it may come as no surprise that corrupt government officials are one of the greatest fears many Americans have, according to a new study.
People are scared of a lot of things, ranging from terror attacks to identity theft and deaths within the family, according to the third annual Chapman University Survey of American Fears.
The 2016 survey data showed a shift from 2015, where many of the top fears were economic and “big brother type issues," Christopher Bader, a professor of sociology at Chapman University in Orange, Calif., said in a statement. Bader, who led the team effort, said this year the responses showed more of a focus on health and finance.
But while the overall focus of fear may have shifted, corruption of government officials remained the top fear for the second year in a row.
“People often fear what they cannot control, and we find continued evidence of that in our top fears,” Bader said.
The survey asked 1,511 people nationwide about fears and concerns across different categories, including crime, the government, natural disasters and personal fears and technology.
This year, the survey also focused on Islamophobia and Americans' belief in conspiracy theories surrounding 9/11, President Obama's birth certificate, and the assassination of John F. Kennedy. According to the survey, more than half of Americans believe the government is hiding information on 9/11.
Terrorist attacks ranked second on the list of top fears, and the recent uptick in homegrown attacks like the Pulse nightclub massacre and San Bernardino seem to have increased some Americans mistrust of Muslims, according to the study. Nearly half of those surveyed said they would not be comfortable with a Mosque being built in their neighborhood and one-third reported that Muslims are more likely to be terrorists.
The survey found that men are more likely to hold anti-Muslim sentiments than women. Political party also made a difference, with Republicans expressing the highest level of anti-Muslim views and Democrats the lowest.
Here are the top 10 fears of 2016:
- Corruption of government officials (same top fear as 2015) — 60.6%
- Terrorist attacks — 41%
- Not having enough money for the future — 39.9%
- Being a victim of terror — 38.5%
- Government restrictions on firearms and ammunition — 38.5%
- People I love dying — 38.1%
- Economic or financial collapse — 37.5%
- Identity theft — 37.1%
- People I love becoming seriously ill — 35.9%
- The Affordable Health Care Act/”Obamacare” — 35.5%
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Saturday, October 29, 2016
Video has emerged showing supporters of Israel being violent, aggressive and abusive during student protests against a speech by a former Israeli army officer at University College London (UCL) on Thursday evening.
At the start of one video, filmed by student journalists and published on The Independent newspaper’s website, pro-Israel organizer Elliot Miller can clearly be seen shoving another man into a peaceful pro-Palestinian demonstrator, whose arm is then grabbed by a security guard.
Student Rights published its own report on the event claiming that supporters of Israel had been “surrounded by assaults and racist chants” and had to be “escorted by the Metropolitan Police for our very physical safety.”
Miller himself claims protesters were “aggressive and violent.” A number of media outlets, including The Daily Telegraph and Jewish News, echoed this characterization and reported that police have received at least one allegation of assault.
But Miller’s portrayal of events may not be accurate. (It would not be the first time: the BBC previously upheld a complaint of inaccuracy about a story fed to it by Student Rights, which has a record of smearing Palestine solidarity activism).
There is no evidence of violence from pro-Palestinian demonstrators. In contrast, another video also documents aggression against Palestine solidarity activists:
In the footage, two young men can be seen lying down in protest inside the room where former Israeli army officer Hen Mazzig was due to speak.
A woman orders the pair to “stand up,” calling them “cowards.” She can then be seen stamping near one of the men’s heads before making a grab for his neck.
A UCL student involved in the protest told The Electronic Intifada: “The pro-Israel protesters were throwing all kinds of racial slurs at us, telling us to ‘go back to Syria’ and ‘go back to Gaza.’”
“Although the media are slating us as ‘violent,’ our protest was peaceful,” the student said. “If you look at the footage you can see who actually instigated violence.”
He categorically denied media claims that anyone was “trapped” and stated that “UCL students overwhelmingly protested the event while most of those supporting Israel were not students.”
In a third video posted on Facebook by Sussex Friends of Israel, Zionist activist Simon Cobb can be heard being abusive to students, calling one a “fascist” and telling another, “you heard your führer.”
Miller formerly studied at UCL and, according to his LinkedIn page, previously worked for the Israeli foreign ministry.
Another video appears to show him shouting at a person of color wearing a Palestine T-shirt and peacefully protesting: “the Home Office should lock you up! You’re are at risk of radicalization!”
On Saturday, Middle East Monitor published this video showing Miller in an anti-Muslim outburst:
Miller can be seen shouting in the faces of protestors, “You treat them like shit. You don’t respect women. You don’t respect gays … It’s a violent religion. It’s a violent religion.”
The Board of Deputies alleged that there had been “aggressive and intimidating” protests, by “a hate-filled mob supporting the worst kind of extremism,” but unlike Miller’s group Student Rights, it did not use the word “violence.”
The Board of Deputies vowed to raise the issue with the UK government.
A statement issued by some of the protesters said: “Yesterday evening, 70 students gathered on UCL campus in nonviolent protest of an event organized by the UCLU Friends of Israel society to host former Israeli soldier Hen Mazzig. This was a peaceful protest. Everything was documented and there is no evidence of any violence.”
Although UCL Friends of Palestine society did not organize the protest, it separately issued a statement pointing out that Mazzig worked for COGAT, the Israeli army body that controls the lives of millions of Palestinians under military occupation in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.
COGAT is responsible for “grave violations of international law” including coordinating “demolition of Palestinian homes, forced displacement [and] restrictions of movement,” Friends of Palestine said, adding that “it is reasonable for students to protest an event at which these crimes are whitewashed and defended.”
“We support the protest which took place for these reasons. We also believe that all groups reserve the right to free expression as long as they abide by the UCL code of practice on freedom of speech and remain within the law,” the group added. “UCL security and police, confirmed that the protest ended safely, and there are hours of footage live from the protest suggesting that it was peaceful.”
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On Twitter, the convenient lapse wasn’t forgiven. Promptly after WikiLeaks pointed out the omission, users began pressuring Al Jazeera to explain why the publication failed to link Qatar to ISIS and Clinton.
Al Jazeera's list of juiciest WikiLeaks forgets to mention the revelation that Qatar funds both ISIS & Bill Clinton: https://t.co/aBIuF861kk— Max Abrahms (@MaxAbrahms) October 25, 2016
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LEAKED: READ FBI DIRECTOR JAMES COMEY'S INTERNAL MEMO TO EMPLOYEES ABOUT THE HILLARY CLINTON INVESTIGATION (FULL LETTER)
This morning I sent a letter to Congress in connection with the Secretary Clinton email investigation. Yesterday, the investigative team briefed me on their recommendation with respect to seeking access to emails that have recently been found in an unrelated case. Because those emails appear to be pertinent to our investigation, I agreed that we should take appropriate steps to obtain and review them.
Of course, we don’t ordinarily tell Congress about ongoing investigations, but here I feel an obligation to do so given that I testified repeatedly in recent months that our investigation was completed. I also think it would be misleading to the American people were we not to supplement the record. At the same time, however, given that we don’t know the significance of this newly discovered collection of emails, I don’t want to create a misleading impression. In trying to strike that balance, in a brief letter and in the middle of an election season, there is significant risk of being misunderstood, but I wanted you to hear directly from me about it.
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A college humour magazine cunningly circumnavigated rules about non-partisanship to endorse Hillary Clinton, in order to keep its exemption from tax.
On Wednesday The Yale Record put a story about the US presidential race on the homepage of its website. It told the world who it *wasn't* endorsing.
Before Donald Trump supporters go wild with glee that an Ivy League publication is willing to Make American Great Again, they should read know that the Yale Record will not be endorsing anybody - although it does seem to give away a few hints.
The humour magazine prides itself on never having endorsed a presidential candidate during its entire history. Zilch endorsements, from the election of Ulysseys S Grant vs Horace Greeley in 1872 to Clinton vs Trump in 2016.
As the Yale Record explains, this non-partisanship is partly because endorsing a candidate would mean it forfeited its status as a tax exempt organisation.
The US Inland Revenue Service (IRS) notes that exempt organisations are often better known as charities.
So the Yale Record has explicitly not endorsed Hillary Clinton. Here's what they had to say about their non-endorsement:
In its 144-year history, The Yale Record has never endorsed a Democratic candidate for president. In fact, we have never endorsed any candidate for president. This is, in part, due to our strong commitment to being a tax-exempt 501(c)3 organization, which mandates that we are “absolutely prohibited from directly or indirectly participating in, or intervening in, any political campaign on behalf of (or in opposition to) any candidate for elective public office.”
This year’s presidential election is highly unusual, but ultimately no different: The Yale Record believes both candidates to be equally un-endorsable, due to our faithful compliance with the tax code.
In particular, we do not endorse Hillary Clinton’s exemplary leadership during her 30 years in the public eye. We do not support her impressive commitment to serving and improving this country—a commitment to which she has dedicated her entire professional career. Because of unambiguous tax law, we do not encourage you to support the most qualified presidential candidate in modern American history, nor do we encourage all citizens to shatter the glass ceiling once and for all by electing Secretary Clinton on November 8.
The Yale Record has no opinion whatsoever on Dr. Jill Stein.
—The Editorial Board of The Yale Record
Don't worry Yale Record, we gotcha.
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Few Israeli citizens have gone to fight with Islamic State, perhaps a total of 50 in four years. Far fewer still have made it back to Israel to tell their tale.
Among that handful is Sabareen Zbeidt, aged 30, and her husband, Wissam, aged 42, who flew back into Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion airport last month with their three children – aged between three and eight – in the knowledge they would face long sentences in jail.
Their return marked the end of a year-long journey through the brutalities and poverty of Isis’s self-proclaimed caliphate in both Syria and Iraq, where Wissam fought with the group while Sabareen monitored security cameras in a hospital.
Disillusioned, and with Wissam wounded in the leg in fighting against the Iraqi army, they were finally persuaded by their family to come home. At the 10th attempt to cross the dangerous border with Turkey, they finally made it out of Syria with people smugglers paid for by Sabareen’s father – and with the youngest daughter drugged to keep her quiet. On 22 September they flew back to Israel – and immediate arrest.
A housewife and a furniture upholsterer, Sabareen and Wissam both came from families that were Hebrew-speaking, professional and middle class – far, far removed from the world of the radical Islam espoused by Isis. Their decisions have come as a profound shock and source of shame to their families, which alerted Israeli security services to the fact that their relatives had gone to join the “caliphate”.
Even among Sabareen’s closest family members who worked so hard to bring them back, there was little sympathy for the jail time the couple are now facing.
“Every person with a head on his shoulders knows it is better to be in hell here, than in paradise [with Isis],” one close member of the family told the Guardian bitterly the day after the couple appeared in court in Haifa, charged with joining an “enemy organisation”.
The story that Israel’s “Isis family” told their interrogators has cast a light not only on their own radicalisation and harsh experiences with the jihadist group, but on the wider phenomenon of Isis jihadis with Israeli citizenship – one of the least represented groups in Isis. It has raised many questions too for their relatives, not least how it was possible for the Zbeidts to radicalise online and – undetected by Israel’s security services or close relatives – make the contacts necessary to arrange their passage to the Islamists’ Syrian capital, Raqqa.
According to the indictment, the couple told investigators that they left Israel on 16 June last year to visit relatives in Romania, then travelled to Turkey where, via social media, they had already made contact with another Israeli national from the town of Umm-al-Fahm who had joined Isis in 2013. Handing their Israeli passports to the Isis contact who met them at the Syrian border, they were taken to Raqqa first. There, Wissam was separated from Sabareen and his children and sent to a training camp in Iraq before being sent to Mosul where he was injured in the leg during a raid on an Iraqi military outpost.
Sabareen’s family, who live in a large village outside the Israeli-Arab city of Sakhnin which includes a retired Israeli police officer and a teacher – say they are ashamed and angry at what their relative has done. In interviews with the Guardian, they described how Sabareen made a night-time departure from Romania where she and her family were visiting her brother, who was then completing his medical studies.
“Two of her brothers were sleeping in a room,” the family member recalled asking for anonymity before speaking. “She shook him and told him she was leaving ‘for Iraq’.” Still half asleep, her family says, her brother did not fully understand what she was saying until it was too late.
Sabareen’s relatives do not, however, dispute most of what was in a statement from Shin Bet, Israel’s security service, or the indictment, describing the details alleged as “99% correct”. Furious and ashamed at the couple’s actions, they talked of their bafflement at how the couple’s online activities and contacts with Isis were missed by Israel’s famously attentive security services.
“We have so many questions about what happened,” explained the relative. “Why weren’t they noticed and stopped? We still don’t know what was on their minds, what they planned, or who sent them. It’s no secret but after they went missing, once we understood, we informed the authorities.”
One clue has been supplied in an interview that appeared on Israeli news website Ynet with another member of Sabareen’s family, who suggested that it was the older Wissam who pressured Sabareen to join Isis with her children. Declining to confirm this, the relative who spoke to the Guardian added only that the family would “shut the door” to Wissam should he ever be released.
“He is a furniture upholsterer,” he added. “He had a very good business. He always used to boast how he had clients who were [Israeli] security people.
But Sabareen also seemed an unlikely candidate for Isis, recalled family members – she was not overly religious, and shown little interest in events in Syria and Iraq. “When I saw her yesterday on television in the court, fully veiled, I thought: since when does she do that?” the family member said.
“Maybe they thought it would be an adventure. Maybe they wanted be famous or thought in 100 years they would be remembered by history. Who did she think she was going to free in Syria? Who was she going to free in Iraq?
“We are we are people who don’t make problems,” the relative added. “We are loyal to this country. They should be in prison for what they have done.”
Equally worrying for Israel’s authorities is the fact that the Zbeidt case is the third in a month to come to court following the arrest and indictment of six residents of east Jerusalem who had allegedly set up an Isis-inspired study group and planned to reach join Isis in Syria or Egypt.
But if the Zbeidt’s motivations for travelling to join Isis remain obscure, what is clear is their reasons for returning, described by the couple to their interrogators and recounted in the Shin Bet statement that accompanied their charging. “At the start of the current year,” the statement read, “the family members suffered a heavy bombardment that caused widespread destruction and heavy casualties in their area of residence. The children developed anxieties as a result.
“Many details were also learned about the harsh routine under Daesh [Isis] rule. For example, the administration enacted discriminatory laws against women and used brutal methods of punishment such as the amputation of limbs, lashings and beheadings. A “morality police” enforced dress codes for women and regarding the length of men’s beards. Daesh approved trafficking in Yazidi women for housework and for sex. Children as young as eight undergo military training.”
The Zbeidts children are being cared for by Sabareen’s parents. “We are so happy to have the children back and safe,” the relative added. “But as for the parents, it is almost as if we are in mourning. Not just the family, but the whole village. We don’t want this kind of people. If they had died there, it would have been less shameful for us.”
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