Swedish police Roma register ‘not illegal’ – The Local {“Why not make them wear an ‘R’ badge or tattoo them with a bar code?” – FAIL!}

Police in December stressed that police needed more visibility of the Roma living in Sweden in order to protect them from abuse.    “If we in the police see that there is a vulnerable person that we suspect may fare badly, we need to ask questions of care,” Linda Staaf, Director of National Intelligence, told Sveriges Radio.   Hans Caldaras, a Swedish singer and Roma activist, said that the study was simply an excuse to compile statistics based on ethnicity (which is not usually done in Sweden) and to get Roma “out of the country”.

Source: Swedish police Roma register ‘not illegal’ – The Local

First Impressions… a proud moment | nadiaharhash

After living for nine months in Jerusalem, myself, I believe that my meetings with Nadia have definitely made the most impact on me. Touring and learning matured my knowledge but speaking freely with Nadia, an Arab woman, has broadened my horizons. As she constantly repeats, “We don’t know what will happen…what will be the end.”We can only start here.

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What it’s Like to Own Guns in a Country with Strict Gun Control | Time — Views àla JoAnn

It’s actually not that hard to own a gun. But you do have to have a genuine reason. You have to be a member of a target shooting club or a hunter and you have to prove it. For hunting, you can get written permission from a landowner who says you are hunting on his land. Or you can join a hunting club. Pistols [handguns], on the other hand, are heavily restricted. All applicants undergo a background check by the police and there is a mandatory 30 day cooling off period for all license applications… Firearms safety training courses are mandatory as well. […] What it’s Like to Own Guns in a Country with Strict Gun Control | Time was first shared on Aware & Fair

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Egyptian Aak 2016 – Week 17 April 25-May 1 — Nervana

Photo of anti-Sisi protests in Egypt – via Tahrir Institute Top Headlines Protests against President Fattah el-Sisi broken up with tear gas. Monday Egypt puts on trial 237 activists for protests against Sis. Saturday Egypt’s Nour Al-Sherbini becomes youngest ever-female squash world champion. Saturday Egypt’s police arrest two journalists wanted “for incitement.” Sunday […]

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Growing Bigger, A Strange MoBay Story, and No More “Demon” Talk! Jamaica on Sunday, May 1, 2016

wonder, goodness, and great sadness – better days ahead

Petchary's Blog

It’s been a very busy week for me, with lots of good things happening – as always. But the undercurrent of crime (murders) is very disturbing. I just heard the news of the deaths of two American missionaries. It is becoming increasingly hard for the average Jamaican to deal with all this loss. Personally, I don’t think hanging is the answer; revenge, whether carried out by the State or not, is never the answer, nor is it a deterrent. Unfortunately, I don’t have enough faith in the justice system in its current shambolic state to promote a return to hanging. Well, that’s just my view. But please think again, Minister Montague. Like Opposition Justice Spokesman Mark Golding, I fear tinkering with the death penalty legislation will have undesired consequences. There has to be a better way! The answer is, I believe, radical reform of the police force, which has…

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