Fresh off a commanding victory in the South Carolina primary that saw him vanquishing longtime punching bag Jeb Bush, Donald Trump turned his attention to the future during his morning news show appearances today. And he is feeling very confidant about his chances to take New York—after all, as he told CNN, he is the “most popular person that’s ever lived” there! [ more › ]
Two NYPD officers were shot during a car chase-turned-shootout in Bedford-Stuyvesant in Brooklyn early Saturday morning. But authorities said today that the injured officers, 29-year-old Andrew Yurkiw and 33-year-old William Reddin, may have actually been struck by friendly fire: “It’s quite possible both officers were struck by bullets from other officers, and possibly deflected bullets,” said Deputy Commissioner Stephen Davis, noting that the officers at the scene fired over 30 shots. [ more › ]
Pope Francis on Sunday urged Catholic politicians in places which still have the death penalty to suspend executions during his ongoing Holy Year of Mercy.
A group of 20-30 apparently drunken onlookers applauded as fire took hold in a former hotel being converted into home for asylum seekers, in a suspected arson attack in the town of Bautzen in Saxony state overnight. Some members of the group also tried to impede the work of firefighters dispatched to the scene, police said. A police spokesman said that the group showed “unabashed delight” at the blaze and made “disparaging comments” about the efforts to contain it.
“I was married for 25 years and had five children, but I allowed myself to make decisions based on emotional glitches. I had affairs. But they were affairs of the heart. I think I had a hunger to see myself as a great man in someone else’s eyes. My wife was a fine person, and she still is, but after 25 years of marriage things become settled. And when somebody else comes along and makes you feel like something special—it’s like catnip. You want more of it. You want to say: ‘Let’s get lunch sometime.’ But in the end, you are what you are no matter how somebody makes you feel. It’s just a feeling. And I wish I hadn’t chased it.”
The Israeli Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, MK Tzipi Hotovely from the Likud party has recently made statements claiming that there is no Israeli occupation because “there is no Palestinian state.”
Hotovely, speaking at the Israeli parliament (Knesset) on Friday said that occupation means occupiying a sovereign state and that “there was never a Palestinian state,” instead, “Jordan ruled over the territories against the law.”
Hotovely continues her speech by saying that Israelis have been fighting for independence through “legal defensive wars” after they “returned to the land of [their] foredathers.
Hotovely then said that the “Palestinian narrative negates the existense of Israel.”
Hotovely concludes by saying that Israel “has the obligation to refute the industry of lies” and speak the historic truth.
This rhetoric came shortly after the extremist right wing lawmaker, Anat Berko, has said that there has never been a Palestinian state because the letter “P” does not exist in Arabic language.
These claims sparked sarcasm amongst local and international activists, since the word “Palestine” is pronounced with an “F” in both Arabic and Hebrew.
Israel, which has been established on Palestinian land in 1947, has maintained a brutal military occupation on the occupied West Bank, which included illegal settlement expansion, kidnappings, home demolitions, executions and controls the movement of Palestinians within the West Bank by placing hunderds of checkpoints between the West Bank cities and villages.