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April 29, 2017

Mom pulls gun on Cleveland barber when son's haircut takes too long

The mother of a 7-year-old boy getting his haircut pulled a gun on the barber because she thought it was taking too long, according to a police report.

Investigators are still trying to identify the woman involved in the April 14 incident at the Allstate Barber College on Lorain Avenue near West 26th Street in Ohio City.

The woman complained several times before a manager came over to talk to the barber. The woman walked up and asked if he had something to say to her, according to a police report.

The woman pulled a handgun from her purse and pointed it at the barber, the report says.

"I got two clips. I'll pop you," she said, according to the report.


April 29, 2017

Turkey purges 4,000 civil servants, bans TV dating programs

Turkey has passed two new decrees — one that expelled more than 4,000 civil servants and another that banned television dating programs.

The country's Official Gazette published the decrees Saturday evening. The first named thousands of civil servants to be dismissed, including nearly 500 academics and more than 1,000 Turkish military personnel. The decree also reinstated 236 people to their jobs.

The second decree, among other things, bans radio and television programs for "finding friends and spouses."

The state of emergency that followed last summer's coup attempt has allowed the Turkish government to rule by decrees. Since then, more than 47,000 people have been arrested and 100,000 have been purged for alleged connections to terror organizations.


April 29, 2017

Chechnya is persecuting its gays: Here's what we can do to rise up against it.


There is absolute silence in our part of the world about what is happening in Chechnya. Myself included. I have been more bothered about the next call for help I receive, someone is bothered about his girlfriend’s new friend. Some are just busy and worried about catching the train, the bus, the metro on time to reach office at the perfect time. In all of this we seem to have forgotten what’s happening in Chechnya. We have turned so numb to it.

We need to create a rush of emails and calls to the Russian embassy against the killings of gays in Chechnya. We need to write them letters and demand that the killings stop.

There will be every attempt to tell us that nothing so dastardly is happening in Chechnya. It has already started. It's not like we were expecting them to admit to everything, were we? Reports as fresh as yesterday have emerged stating that the people behind this exposé of concentration camps in Chechnya are running for cover.


Contact the Embassy

Consular Section of the Russian Embassy
2641 Tunlaw Rd., N.W.
Washington, DC 20007
Phone: (202) 939-8907, (202) 939-8913
Fax: (202) 483-7579
Email: [email protected]

Main Entrance to the Russian Embassy
2650 Wisconsin Ave., N.W.
Washington, DC 20007
Phone: (202) 298-5700
Fax: (202) 298-5735
Email: [email protected]

April 29, 2017

Holocaust museum condemns 'torture and killing of gay men' in Chechnya

The Chechen and Russian governments must investigate claims of persecution of gay men and protect LGBT rights, the US Holocaust Memorial Museum has said, as it condemned an alleged campaign of repression reported in Chechnya in recent months.

The museum's director, Sara Bloomfield, said: "The Holocaust teaches us what can happen when state-sponsored, group-targeted violence is allowed to go unchecked. The reports about the targeting of LGBT persons in Chechnya combined with statements from Chechen officials seemingly endorsing violence are cause for great concern."

Reports suggest Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov wants to "eliminate" the republic's gay community by the start of Ramadan on 26 May, according to the UK Foreign Office minister Sir Alan Duncan.

"Human rights groups report that these anti-gay campaigns and killings are orchestrated by the head of the Chechen republic, Ramzan Kadyrov," Sir Alan told Parliament.



April 27, 2017

In Muslim Indonesia, tiny Jewish community lives on

In a remote corner of the Indonesian archipelago, a modest synagogue stands in a tiny Jewish community that has found acceptance despite rising intolerance in the world's most populous Muslim-majority country.

The red-roofed building on Sulawesi island is the only synagogue in the nation of 255 million people. Here, unlike other parts of the country, the Jewish community feel safe to practise their faith openly.

"We can wear the kippah (Jewish skullcap) in the mall or anywhere we want, it's not a problem," Yobby Hattie Ensel, a Jewish leader from the nearby city of Manado told AFP.

In Tondano, the "Shaar Hasyamayim" synagogue sits close to several churches and residents of different religions live, work, and worship alongside each other without incident.


April 27, 2017

Tim Farron sacks Lib Dem candidate for 'offensive and antisemitic' remarks

The Liberal Democrats have barred the former Bradford East MP David Ward from standing again for the party, after Tim Farron said his comments about Jews had been “deeply offensive, wrong and antisemitic”.

Ward’s local party had chosen him to stand in Bradford East, the seat he held from 2010 until 2015 when he was ousted by Labour, but after criticism from Theresa May in the House of Commons and a meeting of senior Lib Dem officials, Farron said: “I believe in a politics that is open, tolerant and united. David Ward is unfit to represent the party and I have sacked him.”


April 26, 2017

US Navy fires warning flare at Iran vessel in Persian Gulf

A U.S. Navy guided-missile destroyer fired a warning flare toward an Iranian Revolutionary Guard vessel coming near it in the Persian Gulf, an American official said on Wednesday, the latest tense naval encounter between the two countries.

The incident happened Monday as the vessel attempted to draw closer to the USS Mahan despite the destroyer trying to turn away from it, said Lt. Ian McConnaughey, a spokesman for the Bahrain-based 5th Fleet.

The "Mahan made several attempts to contact the Iranian vessel by bridge-to-bridge radio, issuing warning messages and twice sounding the internationally recognized danger signal of five short blasts with the ship's whistle, as well as deploying a flare to determine the Iranian vessel's intentions," McConnaughey said in a statement to The Associated Press.

The Iranian vessel came within 1,000 meters (1,100 yards) of the Mahan during the incident, the lieutenant said. The vessel later turned and sailed away.


April 24, 2017

French Presidential election. How they differ from us.

Are there any rules on how to campaign?

French candidates are allowed to print posters, hold rallies and such, but they're not allowed to run the kind of TV ad campaigns you might see in the US and other countries.

Each candidate is allowed a small number of "statements" during the five-week official campaign period, which have to follow certain rules on editing and time.

What rules do the media have to follow?

The amount of time TV and radio stations dedicate to candidates and the amount of time they get to speak on air is fairly strictly controlled by France's audiovisual council.

What about opinion polls?

As always, it's forbidden to publish, broadcast or comment on any polls concerning voting intentions the day before or the day of the vote.


Much more at the link above. I only snipped portions of the article.

April 23, 2017

The anti-gay purge in Chechnya must be stopped

THE ADMINISTRATION of Russian President Vladimir Putin has never disguised its disdain for lesbians, gay men, and anyone else it deems to have a “nontraditional” sexual orientation. Yet in a nation with an open disregard for human rights, recent events have taken an even more disturbing turn. A Russian opposition newspaper is reporting that more than 100 men who are gay or perceived to be gay have been arrested and detained in the Russian republic of Chechnya in the past month. It is believed some have been tortured, and at least three men killed.

Antigay tensions intensified last month when GayRussia.ru, a gay rights group based in Moscow, applied for permits to hold rallies in the majority-Muslim North Caucasus region. Not surprisingly all were denied, but the requests alone fueled antigay protests. Shortly thereafter, male teenagers and adults began to disappear.

“In Chechnya, the command was given for a ‘prophylactic sweep,’ and it went as far as real murders,” the newspaper Novaya Gazeta reported.

Chechen authorities call these accounts “absolute lies and disinformation.” Bizarrely, Alvi Karimov, a spokesman for Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov, claimed the story is false because there are no gay men in the republic. “You cannot arrest or repress people who just don’t exist in the republic,” Karimov told the news agency Interfax. “If such people existed in Chechnya, law enforcement would not have to worry about them, as their own relatives would have sent them to where they could never return.”


April 23, 2017

Hillary Clinton Slams Trump In New Speech For Staying Silent On Chechnya

On Thursday, Hillary Clinton came out swinging against President Donald Trump and his silence over the alleged violence against LGBTQ people in Chechnya.

In early April, reports emerged claiming that hundreds of gay men may had been rounded up, arrested, and systematically tortured by local police in Chechnya, a federal subject of Russia.

“There has been a very strong outcry in recent days across the North Caucasus because a Russia LGBT group has applied for permission to hold a gay parade in the cities across the North Caucasus,” Natalia Antelava, editor in chief of Coda Story, told PRI. “They were denied, of course, because gay parades are not allowed in Russia. But it seems to have resulted in this witch hunt on gay men.”

While the reports have yet to be confirmed, as any information coming out of the region is shared secondhand, the U.S. State Department issued a stern statement on the matter on April 5, saying in part, “We condemn violence against any individuals based on their sexual orientation or any other basis.” However, President Trump has stayed silent on the matter, and Clinton called him out on it while on stage Thursday night as she received the LGBT Center’s Trailblazer award in New York City.


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