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Ex-Davao Death Squad leader: Duterte ordered bombings
In a news briefing Monday morning, retired policeman Arturo Lascanas backed up 2016 allegations made by former hitman Edgar Matobato, including claims of a 300-member execution squad run out of the southern city of Davao.
"I was one of those who started it," he said. "We implemented the personal instructions of (then-Mayor) Duterte to us. All of the killings we did in Davao city, whether we buried or threw them out to sea."
Duterte, though a spokesman, dismissed the allegations as "nothing but vicious politics." "The Commission of Human Rights, the Office of the Ombudsman, the Senate Committee on Justice already cleared the President of extrajudicial killing and his involvement in the Davao Death Squad," Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar said in a statement. Lascanas gave testimony last year in a Senate probe in which he denied being a member of the squad and of having a close relationship with Duterte.
Retired Davao Senior Superintendent Dionisio Abude during the same inquiry denied the existence of death squads.
Business owners stand by decision to fire workers who protested
Serowski, founder of JVS Masonry in Commerce City, Colorado, said his message to them was clear and
"If you're going to stand up for what you believe in you have to be willing to pay the price."
As promised, when his foreman and some 30 brick layers failed to show up for work he fired them all with no regrets,
He insisted it had nothing to do with politics and everything to do with business.
"I stand by what I believe in.
I didn't do anything wrong," he said in a phone interview Sunday. "They were warned, 'if you do this you're hurting the company, and if you go against the team you're not a member of the team.'"
Gibraltar seizes Russian's superyacht over German debt claim
Gibraltar has impounded a Russian billionaire's superyacht - one of the world's biggest - because the German shipbuilder says he still owes 15.3m euros (£13.3m; $16.3m) in fees. The claim has kept Andrey Melnichenko's Sailing Yacht A stuck in Gibraltar, a British territory, since Wednesday. His spokesman voiced confidence that the order would be lifted soon. The Bermuda-registered vessel, built by Nobiskrug, left the Kiel shipyard in northern Germany two weeks ago. It is 143m (469ft) long and has three masts, the main one 100m high. The superyacht, boasting a gross tonnage of 12,600, is reported to have cost at least €400m.
'You don't get to tell us what to do': Fox News anchor confronts Reince Priebus over Trump's media criticism
NYC 'I Am A Muslim Too' rally protests travel ban
More than 1,000 people filled New York's Times Square on Sunday, waving American flags and holding signs saying "No Muslim Ban." The "I Am A Muslim Too" rally, designed to support Muslim Americans and protest President Trump's immigration policies, was organized by several groups, including the non-profit organization Foundation for Ethnic Understanding (FFEU). New York Mayor Bill de Blasio told the crowd that America is "a country founded to protect all faiths and all beliefs."
Hip-Hop mogul Russell Simmons said the Muslim community was being used as a scapegoat, but that "diversity will prevail." He headlined the event, joined by several religious leaders, including Imam Shamsi Ali of the Jamaica Muslim Center, who served as grand marshal of New York City's Muslim Day Parade last fall, ABC News reported. In a statement issued last week, Simmons said:
"We are living in a time when unity will make America great. This is a special moment for all Americans of goodwill to band together to promote the kind of compassion and equality for others that we want for ourselves."
Utah Republican argues against equal pay for women: It’s ‘bad for families’ and society
argued that things should stay that way.
James Green’s letter to the editor, published in two local publications earlier this week, immediately prompted such outrage that within two days,
Green had written an apology and resigned from his post as vice chair of the Wasatch County Republican Party.
Green said in his letter, published Wednesday by the Park Record and the Wasatch Wave,
that men make more than women because they’re “the primary breadwinners” of their families,
and paying women equally would somehow ruin the makeup of a traditional family where “the Mother” remains at home raising children.
Trump cites (fake) attack in Sweden
President Trump — ridiculed over the weekend for apparently denouncing a terrorist attack in Sweden that had never happened — said Sunday he was referring to a Fox News report on violence in Sweden allegedly perpetrated by refugees.
"My statement as to what's happening in Sweden was in reference to a story that was broadcast on @FoxNews concerning immigrants & Sweden," the president tweeted late Sunday.
Trump responded after criticism over a Saturday speech in which he listed Sweden along with Germany and Belgium during a discussion of terrorism. “We’ve got to keep our country safe," he said.
"You look at what’s happening in Germany, you look at what’s happening last night in Sweden.
Sweden, who would believe this?” "Sweden?
Terror attack? What has he been smoking? Questions abound," tweeted former Swedish prime minister Carl Bildt, a frequent social-media antagonist of the U.S. president.
75 years later, Japanese Americans recall pain of internment camps
Joyce Nakamura Okazaki was 7 years old in 1942 when her familySeventy-five years ago on Sunday, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066 which authorized the imprisonment of Japanese Americans. Some 120,000 were held at 10 camps because of fears that Japanese Americans were enemy sympathizers.
The United States had entered World War Two after Japan's surprise attack on Pearl Harbor about three months earlier.
Photos from the era show their dislocation and loss of freedom: Neatly dressed men in jackets and ties queuing on city streets next to luggage and sacks on their way to camps.
A mother cradling a baby as she perches atop a bundle. Dusty and desolate barracks.
A detainee driving a tractor in a prison camp field.
To commemorate the period, a year-long exhibition of photos, many by famed photographers Ansel Adams and Dorothea Lange, and artifacts opened Friday at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C. Okazaki's experience is captured in a photograph of her and her sister in their mother's embrace at Manzanar, an image preserved in a Library of Congress archive. left their Los Angeles home and reported to a World War Two internment camp for Japanese Americans in California's remote desert.
She recalls crowded rooms filled with cots and embarrassment that the toilets at Manzanar War Relocation Center had no privacy. "Like Nazi Germany, we Japanese Americans were put into concentration camps," said Okazaki, now 82, while recognizing that detainees were not killed or tortured. "We were constantly under threat if we went near the barbed wire fences."
DHS memos describe aggressive new immigration, border enforcement policies
(CNN)The Department of Homeland Security is set to release guidance on President Donald Trump's immigration and border security executive orders that has sweeping implications for undocumented immigrants in the United States and those seeking to enter in the future.
The memos from Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly to agency chiefs, obtained by CNN, are the first step to
putting Trump's aggressive immigration policies in place, with provisions that could make substantial changes to how immigration laws are enforced.
The guidance will tighten immigration laws on asylum seekers and unaccompanied minors entering the country and could send individuals awaiting immigration proceedings in the United States back to Mexico.
Report: Israeli leader turned down regional peace initiative
JERUSALEM (AP) — An Israeli newspaper reported Sunday that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu turned down a regional peace initiative last year that was brokered by then-American Secretary of State John Kerry, in apparent contradiction to his stated goal of involving regional powers in resolving Israel's conflict with the Palestinians.
Haaretz reported that Netanyahu took part in a secret summit that Kerry organized in the southern Jordanian port city of Aqaba last February and included Jordan's King Abdullah II and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi. According to the report, which cited anonymous Obama administration officials, Kerry proposed regional recognition of Israel as a Jewish state — a key Netanyahu demand — alongside a renewal of peace talks with the Palestinians with the support of the Arab countries. Netanyahu reportedly rejected the offer, saying he would not be able to garner enough support for it in his hard-line coalition government.
The initiative was also reportedly the basis of short-lived talks with opposition leader Isaac Herzog to join the government, a plan that quickly unraveled when Netanyahu chose to bring in nationalist leader Avigdor Lieberman instead and appoint him defense minister.
At conference of world leaders, McCain blasts Trump's worldview
Arpaio successor pulls back on immigration holds in jails
It may violate a state law requiring law enforcement agencies to cooperate with ICE on immigration matters to the fullest extent of the law, opening the door for sanctions against the county if the move isn't rescinded,
The new rules come as President Donald Trump has issued executive orders demanding a tougher stance on immigration, carrying through on promises that were a centerpiece of the celebrity businessman's campaign.
Immigration officers have arrested hundreds of immigrants in the country illegally in the last week, including gang members, sex offenders and drug traffickers.
Immigrants say agents are also sweeping up people wanted on lesser offenses and tearing apart families.
The government says the actions are a continuation of policies during the presidency of Barack Obama, whose administration deported a record number of immigrants.
The actions and ensuing controversy are a replay of sorts from what happened in Phoenix over the last decade under Arpaio, who campaigned alongside Trump on several occasions.
Barcelona protest to support refugees draws thousands
the Catalan language - accused the Madrid government of dragging its feet over the issue.
They say it has not honoured its pledge made in 2015 to allow more than 17,000 refugees into Spain within two years.
Over that time, Spain has accepted only about 1,100 refugees.
Police gave the estimate of the turnout at Saturday's protest in the capital of Catalonia,
organised by the Our Home is Your Home group, with many denouncing the government for not living up to its promises. Protest organisers quoted
by local media said that as many as 300,000 people took part.
The route took them from the Barcelona city centre to the Mediterranean coast - an end-point seen as highly symbolic given the fact that about 5,000 refugees are estimated to have perished in the sea in 2016.
San Antonio area commander charged in the Navy’s worst bribery scandal in its history
Federal agents from California arrested Lt. Cmdr. Mario Herrera, 48, on Thursday at his Helotes home on a charge of conspiracy to commit bribery.
He is accused of accepting gifts, travel, sex from hookers and expensive meals from a company run by a corrupt contractor that gouged the Navy — and ultimately
U.S. taxpayers — multi-millions of dollars.
Leonard Glenn Francis, a
350-pound Malaysian known as “Fat Leonard,”
ran Glenn Defense Marine Asia in Singapore and pleaded guilty last year to bribing several Navy commanders in exchange for classified information on ship schedules for the Seventh Fleet.
Migrants Choose Arrest In Canada Over Staying In The U.S.
Royal Canadian Mounted Police are reporting a flurry of illegal crossings into Canada in recent months. Officials say Quebec province has seen the highest influx of people seeking asylum, with many crossing in snowy,
remote areas in northern New York.
One illegal crossing area that has become particularly popular among immigrants is in Champlain, N.Y., in the northeast corner of the state. At the end of Roxham Road, there's a big dead end and a "Road Closed" sign — but there's also a very heavily trafficked, trodden route through the snow that goes over into Canada. From the ditch, the border is about 15 feet away, and the Mounties — the Canadian police — wait on their side for those who will cross the border next.
"When you look at what's happening in Germany, when you look at what's happening last night in Sweden - Sweden!" he said during the rally. "Who would believe this? Sweden! They took in large numbers, they're having problems like they never thought possible."
Why Trump wants you to hate the media
(CNN)If you watched President Trump's astonishing press conference on Thursday, you might be forgiven for concluding that the most urgent problem facing America is that the media "is out of control." Some media "is fantastic," the president allowed. But on the whole, journalism is plagued by "false, horrible, fake reporting."
China grants Trump a trademark he's been seeking for a decade 2/19/17
Proof: Rules & Laws don't matter,
before & after, when broken by the elected
Policing Used for Citizen Control
Undermining Civil Rights
Trump just got checked and balanced 2/5/17
The Snowball picks up speed, in the decent into American Destruction
Special Report: Across the U.S., police contracts shield officers from scrutiny 1/15/17
Good Old Boy Gang Style Loyalty
Who's really surprised by this "Debacle"?
Chaos, Chaotic, Fragmented, Unstable, Un-trust Worthy
promoted to the greatest and most powerful seat on earth by people who appreciate a man that is anything opposite of the stiffs that stink up the halls of the house of representatives with such a repugnant odor that even acts of treason has gone un punished by those who are supposed to charge members with treason when appropriate.
Citizens of clean conscious have been dragged kicking and screening, along a dark road of broken glass, leaving scraped off peaces of flesh along the way.
It now is to late to change this current direction because of the 500 plus years of systematically designed upper echelon corruption
that is so good that members of congress and the senate work 10 hours a week, while being paid better that 99% of Americans, with a health plan so good that Jesus would be jealous, while they demand that Obamacare be removed for millions.....
and believe it or not, some of the still working crooks, actually have written rules that allow them to collect "Retirement Pay"
while they are currently still working for the house.
Smile because we are all being raped.
Racist History, welcomed with Open Arms
act and actions by, not just those members of the many racist groups..., that have remained protected from view..., it is the supporting and cheering crowds of entire family members... in support of the beating or lynching of blacks, that were protected and hidden from public and media view.
In fact..., it wasn't until the mid 60s, via the use of the television camera's, capturing and broadcasting recordings of the civil rights marchers being beaten with clubs, attacked with police dogs, and the use of powerful water hoses used as projectiles against human flesh, did any sign of refuting of the racist America...
Today, Jeff Sessions, refused as a federal judge years ago, specifically due to his racist past, have been anointed as the top federal power wielder in these United States of America.
Perhaps a gift to the world, because now, every act and action by Jeff Sessions, provides a reasoning for all of those who publish their own perspective via a website, will begin to peal back the hidden racist acts of Jeff Session's past, thereby providing the world with the facts of his racist ways
that have been taking place for 60 plus years.
This is evidence of "Failed Parenting"
The responsibility as a parent, is to provide quality decision making, and continued guidance of conscientious awareness that would ensure that the children, are aware of their daily acts and actions, such that the child recognizes, how his/her words and actions, negatively, or positively, affects others.
A Failed Parent is validated by the decisions and the daily poor acts and actions of his/her child/children.
These children validate the failure of their parents in these actions of "racism" that has now been viewed by the entire world, yet, the weight of these children actions will negatively affect them more because they will be identified as
"the ones" who are racist and raised to be racist.
Perhaps these children maybe able to change for the good, but, one has to point the eye of judgment on the parents, more so than the children because it is the parents who have failed.
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