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Cairo – In the last hours, according to Egyptian sources consulted by Agenzia Fides, jihadist threats were directed in particular against the Coptic Orthodox Monastery of al Baramos, dedicated to the Virgin Mary. The threats have been accompanied by information about the location and structure of the monastery, already subjected to considerable protection measures by the Egyptian police.
In the light of recent developments, Yussif Malak, a lawyer and director of the Egyptian Center for Human Rights, called for measures in order to ensure exceptional protection for churches and Coptic monasteries under threat. Malak said that similar threats were common even before the terrorist attack carried out on New Year’s Eve 2011 at the Coptic Church of the Saints in Alexandria, Egypt, which caused 23 dead and hundreds injured.
Even Nader Shoukry, a spokesman for the “Copts for Egypt” Association, called on the Interior Ministry and the Egyptian security apparatuses to seriously take the threats released via the internet against Coptic targets.
That of al Baramos is one of four historic Coptic monasteries which were severely damaged in early November by the floods caused by heavy rainfalls in the Wadi Natrun region .
After three trials, Georgia is set to execute Brian Keith Terrell (pictured) on December 8, unless the Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles grants him clemency in a hearing at which he will present claims that he is innocent. Terrell’s lawyers say that no physical evidence links him to the murder and that this conviction and death sentence are a product of prosecutorial misconduct and false and misleading testimony. The key testimony against Terrell came from a witness whom defense investigators say now admits to having lied to save himself. Terrell’s first trial ended in a mistrial when jurors could not agree on whether he was guilty. The second resulted in a conviction that was later overturned by the Georgia Supreme Court. The third trial concluded with a conviction and death sentence. Physical evidence from the crime scene leaves substantial questions as to Terrell’s guilt: footprints found near the victim’s body were smaller than Terrell’s feet, and none of the 13 fingerprints found by investigators matched his fingerprints. Terrell was convicted primarily on the testimony of his cousin, Jermaine Johnson, who spent a year in jail facing the threat of the death penalty before he made a deal with prosecutors to testify against Terrell in exchange for a five-year sentence. Johnson has told defense investigators that police and prosecutors pressured him to give false testimony against his cousin. Terrell’s lawyers say that prosecutors also presented misleading testimony that a neighbor had said she had seen Terrell at the murder scene, when in fact she had told authorities that he was not the man she had seen. At Terrell’s trial, the prosecutor emphasized the importance of Johnson’s testimony, saying during his closing statement, “If you never heard anything about Jermaine Johnson in this case, if he had never testified, would you have enough information to make a decision in this case? You wouldn’t.”
Terrell’s lawyers are also seeking a stay of execution in federal court raising questions concerning defects in drugs supplied to Georgia for other executions and the secrecy surrounding the state’s execution process. (K. Brumback, “Georgia man set to die for killing of mom’s friend; defense attorneys say he’s innocent,” Associated Press, December 5, 2015; “Clemency Hearing to be Held for Georgia Death Row Inmate,” Associated Press, December 7, 2015; R. Cook, “Brian Keith Terrell appeals to federal court to stop execution,” Atlanta Journal-Constitution, December 7, 2015.) See Innocence.
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An Israeli military court on Sunday evening sentenced member of the Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC) Khalida Jarrar to 15 months in prison.The leftist PFLP member, feminist and human-rights activist, Khalida Jarrar was arrested by the Israeli occupation forces from her home in the West Bank town of al-Bireh, on 2 April 2015, for her political opinions.
According tho the Palestinian Information Center (PIC), the Israeli government charged her on 12 accounts, and after 25 court hearings, the prosecution and the court settled on three main charges: Providing assistance to the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), incitement against Israel, and membership in the PFLP.
A coalition opposing Venezuela’s ruling Socialists have claimed 99 of 167 seats in the country’s parliament, according to election officials. President Nicolas Maduro said he recognized the “adverse” results.
Nugent when speaking of American liberals:I don’t care why he’s foaming at the mouth, I don’t care how he got rabies, he’s rabid, get rid of the damn dog. When Old Yeller brings us slippers, give him a biscuit; when he foams at the mouth, you shoot him between the eyes. Any questions? You got to do it. America, you got to cleanse this country.
Slavery still matters.I mentioned tracing my mother’s family history through ancestry.com. It’s as easy as clicking a button. There are always records, remnants of a life once lived, to be explored. Some came from Germany in the 1850s, others from England in 1610. My father’s side of the tree ends with a maybe. Maybe the names I’ve stumbled across in those inventories and in ancestry belong to my relatives. Maybe. Their names, their stories, are lost among the rest of my father’s family, leaving only partial truths and half told stories. That loss will always matter to me.
Source: On slavery, 150 years later
“ISIS needs educated people to support them. None of them finished school. They cannot manage the cities they capture because they have no skills. When they took me to prison, at first they were very aggressive. They kept putting a gun to my head and taking it away. But after a few minutes of this, one of the men began speaking to me in a very nice way. He said: ‘You are an Islamic man. Please, be a good Muslim and help us. We want your wife to open a hospital for us. And we want you to manage it.’ I agreed to everything they asked. I told them I would help. Then the moment they let me go home, we packed our bags and left.”
Source: Humans of New York
“I was the only doctor in the area, so when ISIS captured our town, I knew that they would ask me to work for them. We should have left right away. One night five men came to our house. They were wearing masks and they refused to take off their shoes. Their Arabic was not with a Syrian accent. They claimed to be searching for weapons and went from room to room. They knew about me already, because they kept calling me ‘Doctor.’ When they finished searching the house, they arrested my husband. It was a night in January, so it was too cold for them to start their car. The engine kept turning over and over. I thought that maybe a miracle would keep them from taking him. But then I heard the engine start and they drove away. I paced in the street all night. At one point I heard a gunshot in the distance, and I thought for sure they had killed him. I thought it was all my fault. We should have left right away.”
Source: Humans of New York