A former police chief from Virginia says he was held for an hour and a half at JFK Airport earlier this month, after landing in the United States on a flight from Paris. Hassan Aden, a naturalized US citizen, detailed the experience in a Facebook post, stressing that the lengthy screening process marked a departure from his frequent encounters with Customs and Border Control over the years. Five international trips within the last year alone, all prior to President Donald Trump’s inauguration, had gone off without incident, he said.”On all of my prior trips, I was greeted by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers with a warm smile and the usual, ‘Welcome home sir,'” Aden wrote. “Not this time.”Aden, 52, was en route to Alexandra, Virginia on Monday, March 13th, according to the Washington Post. He had spent the weekend abroad with his mother, celebrating her 80th birthday. Born in Italy (his mother is Italian, his father, Somali), Aden became a naturalized citizen 42 years ago, when he was 10 years old. The former Chief of Police for Greenville, North Carolina also serves as a senior policy advisor on police reform for the Vera Institute of Justice.According to Aden, a Customs officer at JFK pulled him out of a routine security check.”I was taken to a back office which looked to be a re-purposed storage facility with three desks and signs stating, ‘Remain seated at all times’ and ‘Use of telephones strictly prohibited,'” he recalled. Another officer eventually explained that the name Hassan Aden had been “used as an alias by someone on some watch list.” Another officer told Aden that he was not technically being detained—CBP has a “secondary processing” protocol if an officer “determines that additional inspection is needed”—but Aden found any technical distinction meaningless.”I certainly was not free to leave,” he wrote.After an hour and a half, Aden said a new CBP officer arrived and “aggressively asked… for status updates” until Aden was released, an hour and a half after after being pulled from the line.
“They were just standing around, chitchatting, making jokes,” said 27-year-old neighbor Aaron Dunn, referring to the police. “They were just letting it bleed out. It had two gunshots in it. The owner was patting it with Kleenex.”Stephen said that a bystander lent her a cellphone, and that she called her teenage son, Aidan, who rushed to the park from Williamsburg. He arrived with friend, and quickly rushed home to get his mother’s wallet and cellphone. On his way back, he cut across the crime scene area. Multiple witnesses said they observed several police officers approach Aidan, push him against a tree, and arrest him. “The son is running through the park eastward, is obviously distraught, and the cops just grab him and throw him against a tree,” Dunn said. “They put him in handcuffs.””He was frantically saying he had to deliver the wallet to his mom, the cops would not let him pass and restrained him,” said neighbor Michelle Bilella.
Chancellor Angela Merkel on Monday warned that Germany could ban future campaign events by Turkish politicians on its soil unless Ankara stopped “Nazi” jibes aimed at Berlin.Merkel stressed that such insults must stop – “no ifs, no buts” – and that Germany reserved the right to “take all necessary measures, including reviewing the permissions” for campaign events it had already granted.Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan at the weekend accused Merkel of using “Nazi measures” after German local and state authorities had stopped several campaign events, citing logistical reasons, that were aimed at promoting support for an April 16th referendum on expanding Erdogan’s powers.A stern-faced Merkel said Monday that such comments were “breaking every taboo, without consideration for the suffering of those who were persecuted and murdered” by the Nazis.
An annual African trade summit in California had no African attendees this year after at least 60 people were denied visas, according to event leaders.The African Global Economic and Development Summit, a three-day conference at the University of Southern California (USC), typically brings delegations from across Africa to meet with business leaders in the US in an effort to foster partnerships. But this year, every single African citizen who requested a visa was rejected, according to organizer Mary Flowers.
Since Donald Trump took office, his eldest daughter has been an increasingly visible presence in the White House, where her husband, Jared Kushner, already serves as a senior adviser. On Friday she participated in a meeting on vocational training with the president and the German chancellor, Angela Merkel. She stepped down from her position at the Trump Organization before her father’s inauguration, but still owns her own fashion label.
Do these party members really believe in what they say about women and marriage? A large-scale expose of right-wing politicians by Cobrapost and Gulail found, in horrifying conversations, right-wing Hindu men treating Hindu and Muslim women as property to be exchanged. “If she doesn’t listen to us, we hit her. We get her beaten up. We misbehave,” a Bharatiya Janata Party leader said about ‘saving’ Hindu women married to Muslim men. As TLF wrote then these men were using “marriage as a weapon of war”. The truth is that across the political spectrum the easiest way for aspirants to climb the ladder is step on a pile of women’s bodies.The thing is for small ‘parties’ or small politicians in big parties can there be an easier agenda than fixing ‘immoral’ couples or policing women.
This is from Fox News, by the way.
Intractable war and brutal violence — along with climate change, drought and dire poverty — threaten children in Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen.
Must read or at last scan material – Russia in Egypt!?!
- Pope to visit Egypt next month
- President Sisi to meet Trump in Washington in early April
- Reuters: Russia appears to deploy forces in Egypt, eyes on Libya role
- Russia denies deploying airbase in Egypt
- Mubarak returns to his home in Heliopolis
- More than 2,200 kids may have been food poisoned in south of Egypt
- Parliament to discuss Red Sea’s Tiran and Sanafir deal despite court ruling voiding the agreement
- Egypt’s Sisi pardons 203 prisoners in protest-related cases
- Citizens line up across governorates to get their share of subsidized bread
- Egypt sends condolences to Ethiopia for victims in landslide in Addis Ababa
- Second half of statue found in Cairo’s Matariya to be lifted from the ground
- Student forcibly disappeared for 81 days was questioned and accused of belonging to a banned group
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