Man Faces Deportation After Failing to Pay Fare on Minneapolis Light Rail – The New York Times _ Thug alert!

The encounter, which took place in Minneapolis on May 14, was captured on a video that was posted to Facebook on May 19. In it, an officer approaches the man, identified in a police report as Ariel Vences-Lopez, 23, and requests his name and state identification.“Are you here illegally?” the officer asks.A bystander who appears to be the person filming the interaction asks whether he or other transit police officers are authorized to act as immigration authorities.The officer shrugs, and replies, “No, not necessarily.”According to the Metro Transit Police Department’s incident report, an officer identified as Andy Lamers also used a Taser on Mr. Vences-Lopez, an action not captured in the 35-second video, after he refused orders to sit.The report identified Mr. Lamers as the “primary” officer involved in the episode. In a telephone interview on Saturday, a department spokesman would not say whether Mr. Lamers was the officer who questioned Mr. Vences-Lopez on the video. A statement on Saturday from the transit police chief, John Harrington, also did not identify the officer.

Trump lashes out at Germany, promises ‘change’ in relations – The Local – Americans will die because of the puppet for Putin!

President Donald Trump took to Twitter on Tuesday to complain about a US trade deficit with Germany, and his belief that Germany needs to pay more for the NATO military alliance.

Source: Trump lashes out at Germany, promises ‘change’ in relations – The Local

Olivia Newton-John puts tour on hold after breast cancer diagnosis | Music | The Guardian

The singer recovered from breast cancer 25 years ago and has devoted herself to helping others with the disease ever since.Last week, she cancelled planned meet-and-greet events for the upcoming concerts because of “severe back pain”.A statement posted on Facebook said: “Olivia Newton-John is reluctantly postponing her June US and Canadian concert tour dates.“The back pain that initially caused her to postpone the first half of her concert tour has turned out to be breast cancer that has metastasised to the sacrum.“In addition to natural wellness therapies, Olivia will complete a short course of photon radiation therapy and is confident she will be back later in the year, better than ever, to celebrate her shows.”Newton-John said: “I decided on my direction of therapies after consultation with my doctors and natural therapists and the medical team at my Olivia Newton-John Cancer Wellness and Research Centre in Melbourne.”

Source: Olivia Newton-John puts tour on hold after breast cancer diagnosis | Music | The Guardian

Senator calls for investigation into Chinese company that’s helping Kushner family attract investors: Shanghaiist

Republican senator Chuck Grassley of Iowa has demanded that an investigation be carried out into the Chinese company Qiaowai, which has been working on behalf of Kushner Companies to entice wealthy Chinese to invest in the well-connected real estate company’s latest project with promises of US visas.In January, Jared Kushner, Ivanka Trump’s husband, sold his shares of Kushner Co. to take on a new — and controversial — position as senior White House advisor to his father-in-law, though that has done little to prevent the family company from getting wrapped up in charges of government corruption and profiteering.

Source: Senator calls for investigation into Chinese company that’s helping Kushner family attract investors: Shanghaiist

Broken and Brave, Still We Ride the Waves. | Rebelle Society

I feel you, Pain. You are hard. You are brutal. You make my knees buckle and my lungs heave. You slice me open and make me bleed. You are heavy. And cold. And dark. You offer not even a sliver of light. But, know this, Pain: I will survive you because I am filled up with light. The light of love given and received. Love is the golden thread that holds me together and warms me from the inside. It makes me solid. It makes me durable.It makes me believe in God and Goodness and Hope and Healing. You will not destroy me, Pain. You will devastate me. You will leave me ravaged and starving, but you will not destroy me. I will ache and break and simmer and rage and seethe and weep and grieve and then, in time,I will let you go.Because even you, Pain, are not meant to be forever.It all comes and it all goes. All of it.Life exists in waves. It undulates.

Source: Broken and Brave, Still We Ride the Waves. | Rebelle Society

Ramadan in Virtue: Fast and Furious

So sorry you had to fall out with your father or anyone else to stand for your beliefs. My hope is that upon “reflection,” he and others will love you for just being you and not who they might wish you be for them.

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As every year, Ramadan comes with all the festivities that surrounds us in and out. It comes with all them memories of childhood and family unions. Lights, and long nights and above all, you see Jerusalem dressing in a festive mode.
As every year as well, and maybe as with every such occasion, it is important to take a pause and think, Contemplate, and reflect.
Ramadan is supposed to be the month of contemplation.
However, as every year, and as the situation in every similar occasion, we lose track of the meaning behind things and follow rigid rituals that end up in showing the worse in us.
I am someone who stopped fasting since years, partly in my way of protesting rules, and partly because I just cannot drink water. However, mostly because my relationship with the creator has taken a different shape, and above all, I learned that we…

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Hindu locality: Haridwar girl says attacked with acid because of her faith | Dehradun News – Times of India

A 20-year-old postgraduate student of a city college sustained severe burn injuries after two motorcycle-borne men threw acid at her at Lal Pul near Jawalapur in Haridwar on Monday morning. The girl, who belongs to the Muslim community, alleged that she was attacked because the men wanted her family to leave the locality they were staying in — a predominantly Hindu area of about 200 houses in which the girl’s family are the only Muslims.The girl, who is currently admitted in a government hospital, told TOI that one of her attackers, who has been identified as Sudhir Singh Tomar, a 45-year-old retired Army jawan, had also entered her house on May 25 at about 11pm when her parents were not at home. She alleged that he had threatened her with a pistol and sexually assaulted her, saying that her family should leave the colony as they were Muslims. She repeated the allegations in front of the local cops and the next day she, along with her mother, filed a police complaint.

Source: Hindu locality: Haridwar girl says attacked with acid because of her faith | Dehradun News – Times of India

Texas Republican Called ICE on SB 4 Protesters, Threatened to Shoot Colleague

Rinaldi later said on Facebook that he called immigration agents “on several illegal immigrants who held signs in the gallery which said ‘I am illegal and here to stay.’” Rinaldi accused Nevárez of repeatedly threatening him on the House floor during the scuffle.“I made it clear that if he attempted to, in his words, ‘get me,’ I would shoot him in self defense,” Rinaldi said. “I would shoot him in self defense. I am currently under DPS protection.”Nevárez responded on Twitter: “He’s a liar and hateful man. Got no use for him. God bless him.”

Source: Texas Republican Called ICE on SB 4 Protesters, Threatened to Shoot Colleague