March 28, 2015

Day 87

Former Christian Brother jailed for abusing 20 boys at six schools over 14 years

by Mark Russell

As originally posted: The Age
March 27, 2015

A former Christian Brother who was part of a notorious paedophile ring involving the clergy in Ballarat has been jailed for a minimum of three years for abusing 20 young boys.

County Court judge Richard Smith said on Friday that Ted Dowlan, who changed his name by deed poll to Bales in 2011, had preyed on vulnerable boys as young as eight years old over a 14-year period at six different schools from the first year he became a Christian Brother in 1971.

Judge Smith said Dowlan had been in a position of authority and trust and believed he had "some right of entitlement" to abuse the boys in appalling circumstances because he had power over them and they were unable to resist him.

The judge described Dowlan's offending as brazen and said he did not believe he was remorseful.

Dowlan's victims had suffered an ongoing psychological reaction to the abuse that was still affecting them 30 to 40 years later.

Judge Smith said Dowlan was renowned as a strict disciplinarian who committed many of his offences at the back of the classroom under the guise of disciplining a student after telling the other boys not to turn around.

He said Dowlan was under no illusion that what he was doing was a serious breach of the law and would have a devastating impact on his victims.

The judge hoped jailing Dowlan for six years with a non-parole period of three years, and placing him on the sex offenders register for life, would help his victims get on with their lives.

Dowlan pleaded guilty to 33 counts of indecently assaulting boys under the age of 16 and one count of gross indecency between 1971 and 1986.

One victim claimed George Pell, the former Archbishop of Sydney, ignored his pleas to stop the abuse.

The victim said he was at a Ballarat swimming pool in 1973 when he told Dr Pell, who is now head of the Vatican's finances, something had to be done to stop Dowlan abusing young boys at St Patrick's College. Dr Pell allegedly replied: "Don't be ridiculous."

Dr Pell has consistently denied knowing children were being abused in Ballarat during the time he was there.

Dowlan was teaching at Ballarat's St Alipius primary school in 1971 with other paedophile brothers including Robert Best, Stephen Farrell and Gerald Fitzgerald. Gerald Ridsdale, Australia's most notorious paedophile priest, was the school's chaplain.

Dowlan admitted abusing boys at St Alipius in 1971; St Thomas More College in Forest Hills (1972); St Patrick's College in Ballarat (1973-74); Warrnambool Christian Brothers College (1975-76); Chanel College, Geelong (1980); and Cathedral College, East Melbourne (1982-1988).

Dowlan justified his behaviour to one victim by saying "everybody sins".

He whispered to another victim that he would fail in life because God would punish him for the acts they were committing.

The Crown claimed the Christian Brothers were aware of what Dowlan was doing and failed to act to stop him, instead moving him from school to school, which only "aggravated the problem".

Dowlan was eventually jailed in 1996 for six-and-a-half years with a four-year minimum for abusing 11 boys between 1971 and 1982. He was not thrown out of the Christian Brothers order until 2008.

Dowlan was arrested in 2014 by the Sano taskforce, set up to investigate claims arising from the Victorian parliamentary inquiry into child sex abuse, after more victims came forward.

Dowlan's colleague Ridsdale, who admitted abusing at least 53 children between 1961 to 1982, was jailed for an extra eight years in 2014 after new victims came forward.

When Ridsdale appeared for the first time in the Melbourne Magistrates Court in May 1993 to face sexual abuse charges, Cardinal Pell was by his side for support.

Ridsdale had shared a house with Dr Pell for about a year from early 1973 at Ballarat's St Alipius Presbytery, next door to the primary school.

Dr Pell, then an auxiliary bishop of Melbourne, claimed he had no idea what Ridsdale had been doing.

March 27, 2015

Day 86

HCSO: Babysitter sexually assaults kids with boyfriend; boasts in texts

by Nakia Cooper, Sr. and Joel Eisenbaum

As originally posted on:
March 25, 2015

HOUSTON - A woman is accused of sexually assaulting children with her boyfriend, and photographing the children for exploitation, according to the Harris County Sheriff's Office.

Ashley Virginia Dack, 29, was charged with sexual performance by a child and super aggravated sexual assault of a child. Her boyfriend, Patrick Schuneman, was also charged.

Court documents show that Dack and Schuneman were performing sex acts against innocent children, some as young as 11 months old, and would boast of their activities in sexually-explicit text messages to one another. Dack was a babysitter, giving her access to several victims.

"The defendants befriend women who have small children to gain access to the children," Tiffany Dupree, the chief prosecutor said.

Dack allegedly bragged about her exploits to a friend. The friend backed up text messages from Dack's phone after she asked him to charge it for her, then he contacted authorities on Oct. 14, 2014, and turned over the evidence, according to court documents.

Officers executed search warrants at Dack's and Schuneman's residences simultaneously. One item seized was an iPhone 4 and disturbingly graphic text messages were found.

A text message exchange between Dack and Schuneman on Aug. 30, 2012, read in part:

Dack: There is a little girl at lunch... Wanted you 2 to be hiding in my car and I could bring her 2 you.

According to court documents, Dack sent Schuneman multiple images of children engaging in sexual activity. One of the images showed Dack inappropriately touching an 11-month-old.

"The defendant and co-defendant shared text messages over time that suggest something more sadistic than your typical sexual abuse," Prosecutor Stephen Driver said.

Investigators tracked down the mother of the toddler and discovered that Dack babysat the child on May 10, 2013, the same day the pictures and text messages were sent.

Investigators said after reviewing the text messages, it was apparent the couple were conspiring and planning together to sexually abuse children and to photograph and video their exploits for their sexual gratification.

They moved forward with filing charges to get the couple off the streets and save other children from harm.

Dack's charges were filed Friday and her bond was raised Monday to $350,000.

Prosecutors believe Dack is a flight risk and a judge stipulated Monday that if she posted bail she would be required to surrender her passport and wear an ankle monitor.

March 26, 2015

Day 85

Police: Woman Threw Molotov Cocktail At Anti-Abortion Protesters Outside Of Planned Parenthood

March 24, 2015

A woman is facing charges after police say she threw a Molotov cocktail at anti-abortion protesters who were standing outside of Planned Parenthood.

Melanie Toney, 52, was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

According to the affidavit, the incident happened around 6:25 p.m. on Monday at the Planned Parenthood building on East Ben White Boulevard. Multiple witnesses told police that they witnessed Toney throw a flaming object out of the passenger side window of her BMW SUV near the protesters, the affidavit stated.

Police say witnesses reported that Toney had cardboard covering her license plate, in an effort to conceal it.

Police stopped Toney less than 3 miles from Planned Parenthood and she was taken into custody.

The Austin Fire Department and arson investigators inspected the item that was thrown from Toney's car, and determined it to be a

"gum out fuel additive" bottle and a burned piece of paper towel that had been rolled into a wick.

Toney remains in Travis County Jail.

March 25, 2015

Day 84

Dozens of Israeli settlers storm al-Aqsa, assault women

March 22, 2015

Occupied Jerusalem , ALRAY- A number of Palestinian worshipers and guards of Al Aqsa Holy Mosque confronted on Sunday morning dozens of extremist Israeli settlers, who climbed to the roof of the Dome of the Rock.

The Director of Al-Aqsa Mosque Omar Kiswani said to “ALRAY” that a group of Israeli settlers stepped up to the surface of the Dome of the Rock in provocative manner, but the worshiper and the guards of Aqsa Mosque confronted them and prevented them from entering it.

Kiswani pointed out that the Israeli occupation police confiscated the identities of women at the gates of Al-Aqsa Mosque.

A group of Israeli settlers assaulted the Palestinian women at al-selselah gates.

More than 127 settlers stormed Al-Aqsa mosque on the morning from al-Mughrabi Gate and toured its court yards.

Extremist Israeli settlers and politicians have lately been violating the sanctity of Al-Aqsa Mosque almost on a daily basis and always under the protection of armed occupation forces, which often attack Palestinian worshipers who try to protect their holy site.

March 24, 2015

Day 83

Zionist overlords finally admit they rigged the Israeli election

by "Laura Fillerup"

As originally posted on: The Israeli Daily
March 23, 2015

The Zionist overlords controlling the world’s economic, business and other institutions, finally admitted that they had rigged the Israeli election.

Speaking to the world’s press, Jewdah Cohenawitz-Bergstein explained and justified the conglomerate’s latest political interference: “We could foresee a bit of free will seeping into the Israeli electorate, and we didn’t like it one bit. Not ONE bit.”

“Without Bibi at the helm, we’re all fucked. Not you, obviously, I mean myself and the Conspiracy crew here – Motti Greenstein makes a fortune out of illegal weaponry and projectiles; Shloimy Katz needs the constant hatred towards Israel to give his writers something to put in their newspapers and keep him in gold-plated underwear.”

“No, it’s much better for everyone if Bibi stays on as Prime Minister. That way, we’re guaranteed war and international outrage. And regularly as fuck!”

In an exclusive with The Israeli Daily, we asked Mr Cohenawitz-Bergstein what the world might expect from the Conspiracy’s future interference: “That’s a silly question. Isn’t it obvious? We need to get things sorted in America. To be honest having a secret Muslim in office these last years hasn’t been as much fun as we thought. Damn our juvenile sense of humor.”

March 23, 2015

Day 82

FEMA’s First Concentration Camp Officially Opens In Arizona

by "Matt Rock"

As originally posted on: National Report
March 22, 2015

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has officially opened their first “Political Realignment Facility,” more famously known as a “concentration camp” or “death camp,” in an area southwest of Willcox, Arizona on Thursday, according to an official FEMA press release. The agency plans on opening another four such facilities in 2015, and plans to have twelve up and running before the 2016 elections.

The first facility, designated as “Camp Alpha,” is built on nearly 500 acres of Federal property near the Chiricahua national park in southwest Arizona. FEMA says the camp can hold as many as 10,000 Americans, with barracks-style living accommodations, a large cafeteria, and prison-like security perimeters and features, as well as facilities for FEMA personnel to “conduct the business of the facility” and both open-air and underground labor facilities to quote “keep inmates occupied and, when needed, separate.”

The facilities, which were ordered and authorized through two-dozen executive orders by President Barack Obama the day he took office on January 20th, 2009, will serve as special camps for conservative-leaning Americans who openly dissent against the Obama Administration and the Democratic party, through Facebook status updates, Tweets, blog posts, or in private conversations intercepted by FEMA.

Once conservatives have been rounded up, FEMA will use enhanced interrogation techniques and “Clockwork Orange”- style machinery to effectively brainwash the conservatism out of an inmate, after which they can be reentered into the population with a more liberal, progressive worldview.

In an email sent only to registered DCCC members in February, FEMA showcased the effectiveness of their political realignment program with a summary report of one “John-227,” a test subject from 2013. This individual, whose real name has not been released, was “as conservative as a person can be.” FEMA identified him as a man who “drives a pickup truck, only listens to country music, goes to church every Sunday, hates gays, and is convinced President Obama is a Muslim from Kenya.”

But after a mere four days of political realignment, John-227 “became everything the Obama administration wants an American citizen to be. He’s now lovingly engaged to his homosexual partner. He drives a Prius. He has two cats. His favorite show is `Girls’ on HBO. He’s developed a gluten allergy and he’s a full-blown vegetarian now. And most importantly, he’s quit his job and is fully dependent on the government for sustenance, which is exactly what we want for all Americans.”

It is unclear what FEMA will do with those inmates who do not take to their procedures, though they’ve made it a point of identifying Nazi Germany as “A source of inspiration” and

referring to the holocaust as “an eye-opening event in world history.”

FEMA says all twelve of their camps will be open and fully operational by September 1st, 2016. Their facilities in Wyoming, Texas, and Tennessee are set to be open before the end of the year, while the remaining eight facilities, in Georgia, Mississippi, Alaska, Iowa, New Hampshire, Minnesota, Nevada, and Florida, will have ground broken before January 1st as well.

March 22, 2015

Day 81

Terrorists: The US creates them, Turkey trains them, Qatar finances them

by Mohamed Elmasry

As originally posted on: The Canadian Charger
March 8, 2015

We used to believe it is a crime to organize, support and give political cover to terrorist organizations. Things have changed.

“If the (American) Joint Chiefs are liable to stand trial for crimes against humanity, so is the President – and of course those who fund, train, and collude with ISIS and its kind, including Turkey, Qatar, and the Muslim Brotherhood,” James Lewis wrote in the February 26, 2015 American Thinker.

Lewis added: “… the Obama administration’s embrace of the Muslim Brotherhood, with its penetration of essentially all our government agencies, including the Department of Defense, has had an adverse impact on our policies, particularly with regard to the Middle East and the global war on terrorism… The Joint Chiefs of Staff know that what we are doing today in Iraq and Syria to defeat the Islamic State is wrong. By their acquiescence to the administration’s half-hearted war policies, they cannot escape being held accountable for the genocide the Islamic State will inflict on the Syrian inhabitants of Kobani, the Kurds and other minorities.” (Italics by Lewis).

The terrorist army of the Islamic State (also called ISIS and ISIL) is made up of foreigners, mainly Muslims. But a good number of non-Muslims with military experience are also populating its higher ranks. A British woman was recently shamed to learn that her non-Muslim brother, an ex-British army officer, had joined IS forces. She isn’t alone.

Many people do not know or have forgotten (it’s been kept very quiet) that the IS army was created four years ago by the US to topple the regime of Syrian dictator Bashir Al-Assad.

Few are also aware that Turkey, Syria’s northern neighbor, is ruled by a Muslim Brotherhood majority government. As a NATO member, Turkey has long provided recruitment, intelligence, training and armaments (including a daily flow of ammunition and spare parts) on behalf of US interests.  Iraq, Lebanon and Jordan, which also border on Syria, did not offer these convenient services to the US.

Qatar, a tiny but wealthy Arab state with the largest naval American base in the region, was also very willing to provide generous financing.

Qatar provided another important “service” – propaganda – in the form of a recruitment campaign to convince Muslims that fighting in Syria is a “Jihad” against the infidels, meaning all Syrians. As a result, more than 10 million have fled that country during the past four years; numerous other citizens are internally displaced.

Egyptian-born Qatari Sheikh Youssef Qaradawi, spiritual leader of the Muslim Brotherhood, issued the necessary fatwa and on Qatari TV channel Al-Jazeera, where he not only publicly blessed the terrorist campaign against Syria, but also urged Muslims everywhere to join the Islamic State.

IS recruits began flowing in from as far north as Canada and as far south as Malaysia, passing easily into Turkey. There, they were greeted like friends by Turkish intelligence, received training and indoctrination, and were then handed over to Turkish officers in the field.

So this bizarre behind-the-scenes American terror campaign against Syria was going very well, with IS receiving committed and aggressive international recruits. With Qatari financing, American equipment and Turkish training, it was like a marriage made in heaven. Although the Syrian army and security forces were exhausted, however, they were still not defeated.

But then problems arose in this clever scheme.

IS militants started beheading Westerners and using the universal reach of social media to ensure that the whole world could see the grisly killings. And some of the terrorists recruited to the IS cause did not die as martyrs and go straight to Heaven; instead, they began returning to their home countries, some with major disillusionment.

At that point the US had to show the international community that it was against IS, yet it never moved to prevent Turkey and Qatar from continuing to recruit, train, arm and finance IS fighters.

On March 6 the Deputy Inspector General of Malaysia’s police said in the New Straits Times, “with the help of international enforcement agencies, we had identified more than 60 Malaysians who had joined IS militants in Syria.” He added that any Malaysians involved would be arrested and investigated on their return.

The case of IS terrorists going home to other countries, including Canada, is quite similar. It won’t be back to life-as-usual for anyone picked up through more vigilant screening at the borders.

After four years of primary involvement in organizing, recruiting, training, arming, financing, and providing the necessary religious and political cover for the IS terror campaign in Syria, the US continues to play its self-appointed role as a morally upright champion of justice on the international stage – even while operating similarly in Libya and Egypt.

But its innocence is wearing thin. The Obama administration looked downright disingenuous last month when the White House, after giving terrorism such generous undercover help, hosted a Feb. 18-19 Summit on Countering Violence and Extremism.

Something is very wrong with this picture.

Dr. Mohamed Elmasry, an Egyptian-born Canadian, is a Professor of Computer Engineering at the University of Waterloo. He can be reached at

March 21, 2015

Day 80

Sure, Listening to Them Cry for You Is Hard, but Not as Hard as Listening to Them Cry for You to Stop

by "Nveious Hart"

As originally posted on: Fifty Shades of Real
March 20, 2015

She used to think that because he never struck the kids, they were spared from the abuse. It wasn't until sometime after the separation that she realized that his abuse, his violence had affected their sons even if they hadn't experienced it first hand.

The more time passes, the more she remembers. The more she remembers, the more she realizes how wrong she was to think that way.

Their oldest son had a speech delay. Her son didn't formally start talking until he was two years old. So for the first two years of her first son's life she almost had an excuse. She could almost reason that since he couldn't voice the concern, he wasn't affected by it as bad. Looking back now she can see just how clearly he was affected by it.

The first time she remembers, they were living in an apartment over 2 hours away from their family. She was supposed to be on bed rest, but was frustrated at the fact that nothing was getting done, and she couldn't even help her son. When he came home, he went straight to the computer ignoring both the people and the work that needed to be done. She got annoyed and walked over and started to do the dishes. Yes, she should have given him time to relax from school, but her toddler was hungry, and she needed to wash dishes so he could eat dinner. BIG MISTAKE. He yelled at her "What the **** do you think you're doing?" "Dishes " were her reply.. the argument quickly spiralled out of control. He threw her once, she grabbed her phone to call for help. He grabbed her phone and chucked it down the hall. Her toddler ran to retrieve part of the phone and give it to her, not old enough to realise she needed the whole thing to make a phone call. She took it from her son. He grabbed it again, and threw it. Toddler started to cry. They both told toddler to go back to his room. Toddler was scared. Toddler wanted them to stop. She eventually got him distracted in his room with something. Maybe it was their room, possibly watching something. She went back out, and started trying the dishes again. Again not her brightest move. They argued again. He struck her clear across the face. She was supposed to be on bed rest and was being rather stupid. She backed away and tried to grab their home phone. She needed serious help. He threw her to the ground she dropped the phone.. she tried to grab it but him being standing and not pregnant was able to get there quicker. He threw her only other line away. Causing the phone to loose its battery and fly in two separate directions. At that point she did the only thing she could think of which admittedly wasn't bright either and could have potentially pushed him over the edge. She purposefully pissed him off. She knew if she got him angry enough he would leave. Didn't take too long. All it took were the Braxton's to kick in, and he was gone. She packed a small bag, and scooped up toddler and left. She barely got registered at the women's shelter when she got scared, and called begging to be taken back.

Fast forward about a year. They are living back in their home town. The abuse has already started back up. He was angry that she didn't like the apartment. She hated being forced to live somewhere she couldn't take the kids anywhere to play. They never wound up seeing eye to eye. There was always something to argue about.

This time they were expecting company in less than half an hour. They had be snappy with each other all day. He was yet again at his trusty computer. Kids were napping. She had gotten up to get the table she had asked him to grab about a half hour ago. He told her he would. Baby wakes up from his nap. Baby needs nursing. She tries to nurse, but is anxious. Company should be coming very soon and their table wasn't set up yet. She knew her capabilities as a mother. She walked right passed him, baby nursing. He didn't even notice until she had made it to the back room what she was up to. Man he made it across the apartment in 5 seconds.She was holding baby, moving things around, trying to get to the table out. Well man oh man she should have known he was just about to get up and do it. Baby at this point wasn't dumb. He knew an argument was coming. Baby decided right there, with daddy blocking the exit was the perfect time to nurse. She latched baby on. The ways she nursed, she still had one free hand, which is exactly what was required for the table they needed that night. What a mistake. She didn't learn very easily you see. He hit her. He choked her. He slammed her head into the door. Or was it the wall? Yes while holding their baby. He wrestled the table from her, and demanded she go sit and nurse the "damn kid". She did. Once again her big mouth got her in trouble.. She mentioned it wouldn't have been an issue if he had just done the chore when she asked him over an hour ago. Oops. He heard that.. Baby was ripped from her. Luckily baby had no teeth. He was kicking her out. Baby was crying. She said no. She needed to nurse the baby. They argued more.

Eventually she got baby back, though she doesn't remember how. All she remember is her company came, and he was gone. The table had only made it to the hallway by this point. She was barely keeping calm. Company was mostly used to their arguments.

Fast forward another year, they had moved into a house. This house was large-ish, but shared with her family. She managed to convince him this would be better for them.

They were both working, and barely able to see each other. When they did, they argued mostly. SO specific details here are blurry. By now Older was talking. He would hear mommy and daddy arguing. He could somehow know just before mommy when she would get hit. He would always come running to stop daddy. Daddy would then snarl at him to go play. Mommy would beg him. Someone from downstairs would usually hear. They would come up, and grab the kids and take them as far as way as possible. Sometimes though, they wouldn't get there soon enough. The poor kids would see their mommy pinned. Sometimes to a wall, sometimes to the floor, sometimes to the couch. They would cry and sometimes shriek. Once, Older got in the way. It caused enough of a stutter for her to scoop him up and hold him. She should have known by then to stop it. She, like many others in her shoes was too scared of life without him to leave. Life for their kids was way worse than she ever dreamed. The silver lining in all this was that they were sleeping when daddy in the next room threatened mommy's life. She was even more grateful they were at home and didn't hear daddy threaten their life. Now this post is not an exhaustive listing of the times the children witnessed their mom's abuse, but was exhausting to write just the same. She just needs her readers to know that children don't have to experience the abuse to fall victim to it. All they need to do is know about it.

March 20, 2015

Day 79

Obama is the President of a Corporation called White House INC

by "cynthia"

As originally posted on: Scanned Retina Resource
March 19, 2015

technically Obama is the President of a Corporation called White House or WHITE HOUSE INC

think about it, “in the old days” there was the United States emblam or logo in the background

any time the President Spoke, and now for the first time instead of the United States of America

emblem you see what – The White House emblem or logo…


anything Obama does – only applies to you if you believe it…

Otherwise – technically Does Not Apply

and if you have no oath, promise or pledge, then you are not a “citizen” as such rather a

natural born American – self governing and self rulling… unless you in fact harm another

and or their property –

for which i say – if you read your own fraudulent property documentation you will find that you

are not an Owner but rather a Tenant – research that rabbit hole….


When ever people quit whining about it and act like responsible Americans.

March 19, 2015

Day 78

Prominent Yemeni journalist al-Khaiwani killed in Sanaa

Abdul Kareem al-Khaiwani, one of Yemen's top journalists close to the Houthi militia, killed in drive-by shooting.

March 18, 2015

One of Yemen's top journalists and activists close to the country's dominant Houthi militia, Abdul Kareem al-Khaiwani, has been killed, the group's official television channel al-Maseerah said.

The son al-Khewani, who is also a respected writer, said a pair of armed men riding on a motorbike opened fire and gunned down his father as he came out of his home on Wednesday morning.

Mohammed al-Khewani said the attackers left his father in a pool of blood and sped away. The elder al-Khewani was transferred to hospital but died of his wounds there.

Yemen is deeply polarised and engulfed in turmoil amid a power grab by the rebels known as the Houthis who last year seized Sanaa and several northern provinces.

March 18, 2015

Day 77

Eight accused of 2013 murder of atheist blogger in Bangladesh

A Bangladeshi court has ordered seven university students and a Muslim cleric to stand trial for the 2013 machete death of an atheist blogger. The case has parallels to this year's killing of blogger Avijit Roy.

March 18, 2015

The court in Dhaka announced Wednesday the trial for the eight suspects over the hacking death of outspoken blogger Ahmed Rajib Haider is slated to open April 21.

"Seven of them including the cleric were present in the court when the judge read out the charges against them," prosecutor Saiful Islam told news agency AFP, adding that the students were inspired by the Friday sermons of the cleric and carried out the attack on Haider because he was an athiest and defamed Islam.

But the eighth suspect, 30-year-old Rezwanul Azad Rana, has evaded arrest and police announced a reward of $6,400 (about 6000 euros) for information leading to his capture.

Haider was killed outside his home in Dhaka in 2013. The blogger had called for the execution of Islamist figures convicted of war crimes during Bangladesh's violent secession from Pakistan in 1971. The body of Haider - known by his online persona Thaba Baba - was found with wounds on his head which police speculated was an attempt to behead him.

His murder was similar to that of American atheist blogger Avijit Roy whose killing earlier this year sparked international outrage.

Prosecutors said the seven students studied at North South University, an elite private school in Dhaka. The cleric is accused of being a figurehead for Ansarullah Bangla Team, a radical Islamist group that police suspect was also behind Roy's killing.

Earlier this month police arrested radical Islamist figure Shafiur Rahman Farabi at a bus station in connection with last month's killing killing of atheist blogger Avijit Roy. Police had also arrested Farabi for making threats against an imam who had delivered death rites at Haider's funeral. He was later released on bail.

Police say that Farabi, a physics student at a top university, has denied a role in the killings but says he approves of the deaths.

Experts say killings of outspoken bloggers and the role of religion in daily life remain a volatile flashpoint in Bangladesh society.

jar/se (AFP, AP, Reuters)

March 17, 2015

Day 76

Terrorism is “Made in the USA”. The Global War on Terrorism is a Fabrication, A Big Lie

by Michel Chossudovsky

As originally posted on: Global Research
March 11, 2015

Prominent academic and author Dr Michel Chossudovsky warned that the so-called war on terrorism is a front to propagate America’s global hegemony and create a New World Order.

Dr Chossudovsky said terrorism is made in the US and that terrorists are not the product of the Muslim world.

According to him, the US global war on terrorism was used to enact anti-terrorism laws that demonised Muslims in the Western world and created Islamophobia.

Elaborating on his argument, Dr Chossudovsky said that NATO was responsible for recruiting members of the Islamic state while Israel is funding “global jihad elements inside Syria”.

Dr Chossudovsky, who is also the founder of the Centre for Research and Globalisation, further emphasised that the global war on terrorism is a fabrication, a big lie and a crime against humanity.

Echoing Dr Chossudovsky’s arguments, Malaysia’s prominent political scientist, Islamic reformist and activist Dr Chandra Muzaffar said that the US has always manipulated religion to further its global hegemony on sovereign states.

March 16, 2015

Day 75


March 11, 2015

CHICAGO (WLS) -- A grandmother is now charged with killing her 7-month-old granddaughter.

Manuela Rodriguez, 52, is charged with first degree murder in the death of her granddaughter Rose Herrera in Chicago's Little Village neighborhood.

Rodriguez was babysitting Herrera on Monday morning when prosecutors say she made a phone call to her sister.

"The defendant admitted to her sister that she'd killed her 7-month-old granddaughter," said Barry Quinn, assistant state's attorney.

In court Wednesday, prosecutors recounted the gruesome details they say happened in Little Village apartment building. They say Rodriguez beat, suffocated and cut the throat of the infant because the baby would not stop crying.

They say she then tried to kill herself by cutting her own throat. Emergency responders found the little girl.

"Visible blunt force trauma to both sides of head, sock shoved into mouth. They also observed deep cuts to baby's neck, throat and chest," Quinn said.

Prosecutors say police retrieved a pipe wrench and power saw from the apartment.

Rodriguez's attorney said she had sought mental health treatment and calls what happened a tragedy.

"You have a child being cared for by someone who's trusted to the family, someone who's always been there for not just family but for everybody else," said Ignatius Villasenor, Rodriguez's attorney.

Rodriguez will be transferred to Cermak Hospital for mental health evaluation. She was ordered held without bail, the judge calling her a danger to society and a danger to herself.

March 15, 2015

Day 74

Nun, 70, raped by man during robbery in India, official says

by Harmeet Shah Singh and Ralph Ellis

March 15, 2015

New Delhi (CNN) - A gang of robbers struck a Christian school in eastern India on Saturday, and one of them raped a 70-year-old nun, a senior official said.

The man apparently did so, because she resisted the robbers, said West Bengal state spokesman P.B. Salim.

Previously, a church official had told CNN sister broadcaster CNN-IBN that three or four of the men had raped the woman.

A group of seven to eight men allegedly barged into the school and its attached staff residence during pre-dawn hours, and the elderly Sister Superior raised an alarm and resisted, Salim said. The rape was apparently punishment for it.

Later, the men tied her up along with two other nuns and the building guard. The robbers then made off with cash worth a few hundred thousand rupees (thousands of dollars), laptops and other articles, Salim said.

The attacked nun is under medical care. "Physically, she is better. But the mental trauma will take its own time to heal," Salim said.

'Shameful act'

"It is a very, very shameful act, first of all, to rape any woman, any female," Father Dominic Emmanuel of the Delhi Catholic Archdiocese said in televised comments. "But this one becomes even worse because, first of all, she is an old lady and then on top of it, she is a nun. She is a religious [and] has consecrated her life to God and all her life she has remained a virgin."

A series of rape cases involving girls, foreign tourists and a physiology student who died following a brutal gang rape in 2012 has hurt India's international reputation. Crowds have taken to Indian streets to protest against rape.

The nation's lawmakers introduced tougher laws and punishments for sexual crimes and harassment. Despite such action, India continues to see episodes of sexual violence.

Past high-profile rapes

For instance, five men were arrested in Kolkata in January and charged with raping a Japanese tourist. Police said the men operated as a gang and targeted single, Japanese tourists. In December, an Uber driver was charged with sexually assaulting a passenger.

The incident that grabbed the world's attention was the rape of a woman by five men on a bus in 2012. She later died of her injuries.

Anti-rape activists complained when the Indian government restricted the showing of a BBC documentary about rape that included comments from one of those men. He provoked outrage around the world by blaming the victim and saying the woman "should just be silent and allow the rape."

Official data in India show that rape cases have jumped almost 875% over the past 40 years -- from 2,487 in 1971 to 24,206 in 2011. But campaigners say sexual assaults are underreported because of stigma and cultural factors.

Experts say the causes of the high number of rapes include the nation's patriarchy, widespread poverty and lack of law enforcement in rural areas.

March 14, 2015

Day 73

Lawmakers much like rabid hyenas

by Kent McManigal

As originally posted: Clovis News Journal
March 12, 2015

Why does so much news revolve around the individuals who call themselves government?

It’s because they impose themselves in our lives. They make it necessary to know, in self defense, what they are up to. Through their actions they are a real and present danger to your life, liberty, pursuit of happiness, and property.

If a rabid hyena made its home under your porch you would think about it a lot; probably to the point of obsession. You couldn’t afford to ignore it.

It’s the same with those who believe they have the authority to interfere with your life. They are newsworthy only because of the damage and inconveniences they cause — although they fool some into believing they are helpful.

If they were no danger to your person or property, who would want to waste any time thinking about them, much less reading or hearing about them?

Without the media coverage those who fawn over them might suffer withdrawal, but the rest of us would be spared the constant parade of petty tyrants, their endless nannying, and their despicable deeds.

I would love to see a week where nothing done by government was reported in the news at all; just one week when they were all completely ignored.

Of course, that’s dangerous. They would use the opportunity to attack your life in secret. Laws don’t stop them. The only reason they restrain themselves as much as they do is because they know they are being watched. Not by everyone, but by enough people, and particularly by those who don’t like what they see; those who look beyond what the politicians and bureaucrats say, and see what they actually do and observe the consequences.

It doesn’t always work, as was frustratingly illustrated by the recent (and misnamed) “net neutrality” fiasco.

So watching them is necessary if you allow their make-work jobs to exist at all — which is the root of the problem.

During the heyday of America, a person could go about their business for a lifetime and, as long as they weren’t a thief or aggressor, never encounter government. It wasn’t a constant presence.

How many times have you been meddled with just today — through taxes, licenses, permits, laws, or by automatically altering your behavior to comply with some nonsensical rule to which you have become habituated?

As long as the popular addiction to allowing other people to control their lives exists, I’ll be glad there are people reporting on what those in government are doing — even if reporters often coddle them by pretending government jobs are helpful or even necessary.

I hunger for the day when they can be safely ignored.

Farwell’s Kent McManigal champions liberty. Contact him at:

March 13, 2015

Day 72

Politicians / thieves

by Kent McManigal

As originally posted on: Kent's "Hooligan Libertarian" Blog
January 1, 2011

I, and others, have frequently called politicians "thieves", which is an accurate statement. However, I think a much more accurate way to look at it is that all thieves are politicians.

There are only two ways to get something- either you earn it through consensual trade, or you steal it. This act of stealing what you want is known as "the political method". That means in order to be more accurate and honest when we speak of those who are committing theft, we should always refer to them by the name "politicians", since that is truly what they are. They have chosen the political method over consensual trade.

So, I will try to remember this and use the term appropriately whenever a theft occurs, for example "Two politicians held up a bank today..." or "A man was robbed in a parking lot by a politician..." Who knows, freelance thieves, oops- politicians might just be insulted enough to want to change.

March 12, 2015

Day 71


As originally posted: Reporters Without Borders
March 11, 2015

Yemen’s Shiite Houthi rebels are still persecuting journalists, media outlets and media support institutions eight months after seizing control of the capital, Sanaa, and a large swathe of the country. Their methods include death threats, abduction and looting.

The Yemeni Journalists’ Syndicate (YJS) has registered no fewer that 67 cases of such methods being used to prevent journalists from doing their work.

In one of the latest cases reported by the YJS, Houthi rebel militiamen kidnapped two journalists working for the daily Akhbar Al YaoumAbdelwahed Nejjar and layout editor Fouad Zoubayri – from the Ashoumwaa printing and publishing house on 5 March.

Printing equipment, tables and chairs were also looted and taken away in trucks that had been parked outside for 18 days or more. The YJS and other local NGOs have urged the Houthis to release the two journalists.

People who were staging a sit-in inside a camp to demand that the Houthi rebels withdraw from the Ashoumwaa centre were threatened at gunpoint and forcibly dispersed by rebels on 26 February.

Reporters Without Borders deplores the harassment of Yemen’s media by the Houthi rebels, which increased in August and again since their arrival in the capital in September.

We condemn these deliberate attacks on media and journalists, which pose a real danger for freedom of information and the political transition under way in Yemen,” Reporters Without Borders deputy programme director Virginie Dangles said.

The Houthi rebels have established themselves as Yemen’s new masters in a matter of months. After moving into the capital in September, they seized control of the main government buildings in January.

In another instance of Houthi harassment of the media, more than ten press photographers were badly beaten members of an armed group linked to the main Houthi rebel militia while covering a peaceful demonstration on 28 January.

Most of the victims worked for foreign media, including Reuters, Al-Aalam TV and France 24. Unidentified gunmen also threatened Al-Jazeera’s Sanaa bureau chief.

The Houthi advance on the centre and south of the country has led to an increase in clashes with Al-Islah, a Sunni party linked to the Muslim Brotherhood and run by the Al-Ahmar clan, as well as with Sunni tribesmen and with Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP).

March 11, 2015

Day 70


As originally posted: Reporters Without Borders
March 9, 2015

Last week’s murder of Gerardo Servian Coronel, a radio journalist based in the Paraguayan border town of Zanja Pytá, in the eastern department of Amambay, has again highlighted the dangers for journalists working in Paraguay’s northeastern border region.

Servian, who worked for Radio Ciudad Nueva, a local station, was gunned down by two men on a motorcycle on 4 March while in the nearby Brazilian border city of Ponta Porã.

The Paraguayan Union of Journalists (SPP) said Servian was critical of the local government. Radio Ciudad Nueva owner Miguel Orlando said he did not know if Servian had received threats.

Servian’s brother, fellow journalist Gerardo Servian, received death threats after working with Santiago Leguizamón, a radio journalist whose April 1991 murder is still unpunished. Leguizamón ran Radio Mburucuyá, a station based in Pedro Juan Caballero (15 km northwest of Zanja Pytá).

“We urge the Brazilian authorities to conduct an exhaustive, independent and impartial investigation into Servian’s murder and to not rule out the possibility that it was linked to his journalistic work,” said Claire San Filippo, the head of the Reporters Without Borders America’s desk.

“His death must not join this border region’s long list of unpunished murders of journalists. We urge the Paraguayan and Brazilian authorities to establish effective protective measure for journalists in this region so that they can work without fearing for their lives.”

According to organizations that defend Paraguayan journalists, Servian is the 17th journalist to be murdered in Paraguay in the past two decades. Most of these murders have been reprisals for investigative reporting on the links between organized crime and politics.

Servian was murdered one day after Wilmar “Neneco” Acosta, the former mayor of Ypehú, a Paraguayan border town in the neighbouring department of Canindeyú, was arrested in the Brazilian city of Dourados for allegedly instigating the murders of ABC Color reporter Pablo Medina and his assistant, Antonia Ledesma, in Canindeyú in October 2014.

Medina had been threatened repeatedly in connection with his coverage of drug trafficking in the region.

Paraguay’s northeastern border region, including Amambay department, is a hub of trafficking of drugs to South America’s Southern Cone. It is extremely dangerous for journalists, who are the frequent victims of violence by traffickers and corrupt local authorities.

Two journalists were murdered in Paraguay in direct connection with their work in 2014. Impunity continues to be the rule and the country suffers from the lack of a national mechanism for protecting media personnel.

Paraguay is ranked 109th out of 180 countries in the 2015 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index.

March 10, 2015

Day 69


by "AC Del Angel"

As originally posted on: Breitbart
March 9, 2015

Breitbart Texas traveled to the Mexican border cities of Reynosa and Matamoros to recruit citizen journalists willing to risk their lives and expose the cartels silencing their communities. The writers would face certain death at the hands of the Gulf Cartel if a pseudonym were not used. Breitbart Texas’ Cartel Chronicles are published in both English and in their original Spanish. This article was written by Reynosa’s “AC Del Angel.”

REYNOSA, Tamaulipas – The non-stop cartel violence in this border city has led to death squads scouring the area looking for their targets. Their victims will likely face a slow and torturous death or if they are lucky a quick execution in front of their families.

While in other parts of the world groups of cartel members kidnapping and executing individuals would be a major story, on the border cities of Reynosa and Matamoros the practice of the “levanton” or the quick grab has become a daily occurrence that is never reported on the local news outlets

The nightmare took place earlier last month, on a late Sunday night in the residential neighborhood called Jardines Del Pedregal or Stony Gardens. At night the streets in this city are deserted since the violence ended any resemblance of a night life years ago. The silence of what had been a quiet night ended when an all too familiar scene took place.

A commando or armed cartel hitmen arrived at a private residence near the intersections of Paseo Colinas and Almendro Streets where they loudly banged on the door and then began to break it down.

The person the gunmen had been looking for had been nearby in a small plaza walking with a relative and when he got home the gunmen held him and the relative at gunpoint.

Screaming, pleading and scuffling woke up the neighbors who didn’t intervene upon seeing what was happening. The silent neighbors watch firsthand a “levanton” which has become even more common in the modern times of narco-violence. Becoming a silent witness is the only way to avoid being yet another victim.

The neighbors are able to see the victim’s wife and daughter run out of the house pleading with the gunmen to let their victims go. Suddenly the victim scuffles with the gunmen and makes a run for it getting into his truck to flee but he wasn’t able to start the vehicle in time. He is executed on the spot with nine shots that ended his existence.

The gunmen take the body down from the truck and drag it in one of their vehicles; they take the body and the man’s truck. The rest of the family was not hurt, but they fled from their home seeking refuge with their neighbors.

The following morning, the victim’s wife began the tortuous task for trying to locate her husband’s body by going to various courts and agencies to no avail. Days later the family received a phone call where someone told them to stop searching, they would not get the body back and that it would be best for the rest of the family to leave the city.

The house is now empty, but the story lives on thanks to the silent witnesses of that tragic night who have told the story of yet another of the many unknown victims that have disappeared during the past five years of narco-warfare. Some of the victims have criminal ties, others are completely innocent, their families have been torn apart and forced to migrate to other areas in a mass migration that will never be part of any official figures in a state where institutional information blackouts are common and even the norm.


March 09, 2015

Day 68

She Loved Him. Plain and Simple. She Loved Him She Just Loved Her Kids More.

by "Nveious Hart"

As originally posted on: Fifty Shades of Real
March 8, 2015

Funny how you can take so much, give so much. Funny how one day everything becomes just too much.

They had married in a church. It was a smaller wedding, planned in 6 weeks. She had gotten the dress she wanted, the church was available, the minister was available. Everything was falling into place. Sure her soon to be husband was already showing abusive tendencies, but they would go away when they were married. Right? Wrong. Not completely. I mean to an extent they had, but the emotional was there. It was there when he texted her threatening to leave her if she didn't quit her job. The same job that allowed them to pull off the 6 week wedding plan. That's 3 paydays.If she had to guess from memory the wedding in total was probably under five grand, which at the time was quite the bargain, and given her frugal nature quite the accomplishment. She gave in, quit her job. She didn't really like it anyways. That was in June, mere weeks after her wedding. Next they decided since he was up to a raise, they would try for baby. Well they were pregnant that September, baby due end of May. They were going to be a real family. Things were going to be ok.

The recession hit. On her 21st birthday, he called her at home, "I'm being cut back to part time". They lost their apartment, moved in with her parents. The hitting started up again.

January, he lost his dad. That was a hard loss to take. Everyone was in shock. In typical fashion, the bad just got worse. She urged him to speak to their minister. She also told him as sole provider he needed to do his best to continue working. That was a mistake. The abuse got worse. One day, while pregnant, they got into a huge argument, and she ran from him. He caught her and pushed her

down the landing. Baby was OK, She was shaken up a bit. Ok, a lot. They had a long talk, he would find the time for counselling. He would try for antidepressants. Instead, they took advantage of some funding and entered him in schooling, aiming for a better life. Baby was born June 7, a healthy little boy, like she had predicted. Now that baby was here, he would be ok, surely the abuse would stop.

No, he would demean her. Make her feel worthless when she would need help in the night, he was after all sole provider for the family. All she ever did in his eyes was sleep. She wanted the baby. He had just lost his father, and was expected to need extra grace.Extra patience. Where was his extra patience when she was so dog tired from caring for their newborn who he would brag only took cat naps. Right, it wasn't her dad who died. Her dad merely was suffering from a then undiagnosed illness. Her dad's failing health was only the reason they rushed their wedding. She was expected to just leave him alone. Let him work through his things. Work through his emotions. Let him be. He was kind enough to remind her of this. Constantly. It wasn't his fault you know, he was just too stressed. The house was over crowded. He lost his dad. They weren't doing well financially, and school was due to start.

Schooling started, the abuse continued. It was her fault he had to be up at ungodly hours during the weekends. It was her fault he had to find gas money to drive across town to the community college. Why couldn't she just leave well enough alone. How dare she expect or hope for a better life for their child than she had? The outrage to hope for a steady income.

The next stage of schooling took place in another city some 2.5 hours away. Yes, that meant they would be on their feet again. She would work to support him, they would get their own place. Life would be great. Right? Wrong again.

They found about baby number 2 the end of August, which was also their first month in the new city. Their precious 14 almost 15 month old was set to become a big brother the following May. Her brother was living with them to be childcare for their boy. He hated her brother. They clashed. Her brother was going to move back to their home town. She begged her brother to stay. Brother demanded a good reason. She cited her pregnancy. She got hit when he got home. They had agreed to keep it a surprise as long as possible. She should have never told her brother under any circumstances. Her brother moved out mid September, she was able to arrange her schedule so the two of them could balance the care of their child. She got ill. Not much of a surprise, she had terrible morning sickness with their first. The abuse got worse. Her kidneys got infected. He headed toward semester change. She got put on labour watch. He threw himself to his course. She got frustrated on bed rest, tried to help out. He thanked her by chucking her and both phones across the apartment. He left to cool down. Terrified, alone, and cramping, she packed up their first born, and walked to a hotel where she contacted and arranged transportation to the local women's shelter. He was never going to hit her again. Never. She was going to be safe.

She called him. Asked him to take her to be seen. He was worried about her. He picked them up, went straight to the hospital. Luckily this was just another false alarm. They went home. Things were OK again. She still had to be careful not to go into pre-term labour. They would be OK. That lasted until the last week of March, when he dropped out of his course. You know the one that was more important than half her medical concerns. The one that took priority over everything else, the one that meant he couldn't be there for her while she cried with fear that her baby would come too soon for the local hospital to handle. That course. He dropped out the week before final exams.

They went back to their home town as was scheduled, their son was looking forward to seeing their family, and it was spring break any ways, and it was Easter. Her labour started up again. Doctors told her the drive back would likely put her into labour and with her previous labour, a 2.5 hour drive was inadvisable. So, they talked to her parents and once again, they were granted a temporary place to stay. Baby managed to stick in to right around his due date (two days late by her counting but who was counting). They were blessed with another healthy baby boy. Now they just needed to secure their own place and things would be amazing, right?

Wrong again. He had a real rough time finding a job. She was still to sick from the pregnancy to work. He was jobless until the October after their second child was born. Abuse happening any time she got too involved with his job search. She started schooling that September, something for herself. Something she could be proud of. Finished her high school. He didn't think she could do it, but she graduated not with honours, but with the prestige that came with being the first student in the school's history to read the opening remarks at the graduation ceremony. She had the highest marks she ever achieved in her life. All while raising two kids, and being the victim of domestic abuse.

The March of her high school year,, they decided it was best to rent a house big enough for her side to live with them. They did.Thankfully they did. Her brother stood up for her and took blows for her. She started a job at a local dollar store. It came too much stress for too little hours. She begged and argued and fought for permission, but finally got it, and quit. That was December. She got hired with her city that May. She had her own income, rather stead, and was able to mostly work around his schedule. The abuse was still happening, but she was tolerating it.

That September, everything changed. That September he said something that made her know the definition of fear. They got into an argument when he picked her up from work. She asked him what he did while watching the kids. His reply chilled her to the bone. " I try not to ******* kill them" She asked him how serious he was, told him this was nothing to joke about. He told her he was serious, and that's just how unwell he was. She demanded he not be alone with the kids any more. He packed a bag and took off when they got home. She was left terrified. She was shaken. She wound up calling local law enforcement. He was charged and slapped with a restraining order. He still faces those charges.

She put up with his abuse for over 5 years. Thought about leaving him a few times. Knew her child. and then children deserved better. Begged pleaded, and demanded he got treatment. It wasn't until the lives of her children were at stake did she stand up and put an end to the abuse. This is her blog. This is her story.