Even as the incidence of fresh cases of Nipah virus came down, a woman under treatment at the Kozhikode Medical College hospital passed away on Saturday, taking the death toll in Kerala to 13, officials said.
Out of control
This savage killing of a young 20 year old woman happens when a racist thug posing as a president calls immigrants animals. She was only seeking a better life. The Border Agent shot her in the head & boasted about it. F’ing monster. OMG! Charge him with murder already! The Customs and Border Protection cancelled their news conference & has now changed their story of what happened. THE AGENT LIED about what happened. No one attacked the agent with a
two-by-four. There was NO LUMBER THERE! ALWAYS LYING about being attacked to cover up their crimes. Justice for Claudia Patricia Gomez Gonzalez. Charge the agent with murder and lock him up!
(CNN) United States Customs and Border Protection on Friday released a slightly different account of a border agent’s fatal shooting of an undocumented migrant near Laredo, Texas, raising new questions about what actually happened.
After initially reporting the agent was attacked by migrants armed with “blunt objects,” the federal agency on Friday said only that the group “rushed” the officer after ignoring orders to get on the ground.
But its latest version of events makes no mention of blunt objects described in an agency statement issued after Wednesday’s shooting in the border town of Rio Bravo.
Additionally, the Border Patrol at first reported that a round from the officer’s gun “fatally wounded one of the assailants” but the latest statement refers to the gunshot victim as a “member of the group.”
Customs and Border Protection on Friday canceled a new conference on the shooting and instead released its updated statement.
An agency spokesman declined to comment further, saying the shooting was being investigated by the FBI and the Texas Rangers. An FBI spokesman also said the agency had no comment due to the ongoing investigation.
The woman who was killed was identified as Claudia Patricia Gomez Gonzalez, 20, of San Juan Ostuncalco in Guatemala, Webb County Medical Examiner Corrine Stern said Friday. The cause of death was not released.
The victim’s family held a news conference in Guatemala and asked for justice. “It’s not fair that they treat them like animals, just because they come from countries less developed,” Gomez’s aunt said.
The family said the young woman had just turned 20, had graduated after studying accounting, and had headed to the United States when she could not find a job in Guatemala.
According to the family, the victim had a phone number with her of a family in the US, and the Border Patrol called that number to report that Gomez was dead. The family that received the call in the US then called her family in Guatemala to let them know.
Marta Martinez, who lives near the scene of the shooting, told CNN that she ran out of her home after hearing a gunshot. She said she didn’t hear yelling or orders to stop or a commotion before the shot rang out.
Martinez later saw an officer turn over the body of a young woman, in her early 20s, who was face-down in the ground. she said.
Dominga Vicente, the aunt of Claudia Gomez…..
The young woman’s face was covered with dirt on one side and blood on the other, according to Martinez, who recorded the aftermath of the shooting on her cell phone and posted videos on Facebook Live.
Martinez said she later saw a Border Patrol statement claiming the migrants tried to the hit the agent with “a two-by-four,” referring to a piece of lumber.
“There are no two-by-fours there,” she said. “It’s only grass and some branches.”
In the video, a uniformed man is seen giving someone on the ground chest compressions but Martinez said the woman appeared to be dead.
In a vacant lot near her home, Martinez said an agent captured two men who ran from the scene after the shooting. Martinez said she heard the officer tell the men: “This is what happens. You see?”
The Border Patrol said agents arrested three undocumented immigrants.
In her video, Martinez can be heard yelling in Spanish at the officer who led the men to his vehicle: “Why do you mistreat them? Why did you shot the girl? You killed her. He killed the girl. She’s there. She’s dead. I saw you with the gun, bro.”
Martinez said she was afraid because Border Patrol agents have been stopping outside her home since her posts appeared on Facebook.
“I recorded,” she said. “I went viral everywhere. I don’t know but I’m scared they could do something to us.”
As long as he believes he is protecting himself – he cares not what damage he cause others! The president’s allies say he has every right to manage the executive branch and every reason to be outraged at possible misconduct aimed at his campaign. Critics say he is wreaking untold damage on institutions that form the bulwark of a democratic society.
Fascists hide inside of all religions and subvert the universal message of love for one another. People who believe otherwise just give comfort to the fascists.
We must not ignore the spread of leftists who preach that Islam is inimical to liberal values
“When will Muslims step up and reform Islam?” asked the self-identified “progressive and intersectional” college student, following a presentation of my book, American Islamophobia: Understanding the Roots and Rise of Fear, at New York University.
The student wore a Black Lives Matter T-shirt and a colorful assortment of pins and patches on his camouflage backpack calling for “equality now” and claiming that “The future is female”. The young man, by way of verbal admission and the myriad of political statements he proudly wore, was a political progressive. And indeed, a representative of a swelling population of leftists who embrace progressive principles yet see Islam as inimical to liberal values and in conflict with American identity.
The chlorine washing of food, the controversial “cleaning” technique used by many US poultry producers who want access to the British market post-Brexit, does not remove contaminants, a new study has found. The investigation, by a team of microbiologists from Southampton University and published in the US journal mBio, found that bacilli such as listeria and salmonella remain completely active after chlorine washing. The process merely makes it impossible to culture them in the lab, giving the false impression that the chlorine washing has been effective. Apart from a few voluntary codes, the American poultry industry is unregulated compared with that in the EU, allowing for flocks to be kept in far greater densities and leading to a much higher incidence of infection. While chicken farmers in the EU manage contamination through higher welfare standards, smaller flock densities and inoculation, chlorine washing is routinely used in the US right at the end of the process, after slaughter, to clean carcasses. This latest study indicates it simply doesn’t work.
Torshin — a close political ally of Vladimir Putin — had multiple contacts with conservative activists in the United States during the election, seeking to set up a summit between the Russian president and then candidate Trump. Although the summit never transpired, Torshin did meet briefly with the president’s son at a private dinner in Louisville during the May 2016 annual convention of the NRA. A member of the NRA since 2012, Torshin has been a regular attendee of the group’s conventions in recent years and hosted senior members of the group in Moscow.
جاء رمضان وبدد الإهتمام بالأمور المهمة. الإنشغال ما بين الطعام والمسلسلات. الطوش اليومية بسبب غضب صائم او غير صائم.
اختفى الاحتلال عن المشهد ، الا من فضه للمنازعات اليومية بالقدس بين الفلسطينيين. ويقنص براحته على الحدود الفاصلة عن غزة ونعد الشهداء ونفرزهم لمصلحة هذا الفصيل أو ذاك.
كل شيء مهم تجمد الا النزاع والاقتتال ، بين الفصائل من جهة ، وبين فئات الشعب المقتتلة من أجل قطايف أو مصف للسيارة او عدم غض البصر عن مفطرات الصيام ولمز واساءة لفظية للإناث.
ما يحدث أكبر ولا يوجد من نلوم في ما يحدث غيرنا . فبن سلمان حتى اختفى من المشهد، وترامب أرجأ إعلان صفقته لما بعد رمضان ، ونحن منشغلون بما سنأكل وما سنشاهد وأين سنسهر.
وأقصى ما نراه من بعض المسؤولين ،بينما ينتظرون خبر انتهاء عمر الرئيس اذا ما توعكت صحته أكثر ، ببعض التنديد والاستياء . فالدول بدأت تهرول بنقل سفاراتهم الى القدس ، واسرائيل شرعت بالاعلان عن بناء توسيعي بالمستوطنات لمئات او الاف الوحدات السكنية في أنحاء الضفة الغربية .
تم موت أسير بشبهات مؤكدة بتعريضه للتنكيل والضرب ولا من حتى وقفة أحتجاجية ومطالبة حقيقية بتحقيق.
وبمناسبة التحقيق، نعم تحركت الدبلوماسية الفلسطينية نحو محكمة الجنايات لتقديم ملف الاستيطان ، وكأن اسرائيل ردت بتمرير قرار انشاء المزيد من الوحدات الاستيطانية لترد على الخطوة الفلسطينية التي استغرقت عقدين.
مر افتتاح السفارة بالقدس ولم ترق السلطة الى استدعاء ممثل او قنصل او سفير . لم تفكر اصلا بتوقيف مشاريع هذه الدول او التهديد بوقف التعاون.
أهم ما يحصل في لساحة الفلسطينية هو مرض الرئيس ومحاولة الوصول الى خليفة قادم ضمن المنتظرين الكثر لفرصة الرئاسة الابدية القادمة. حتى اننا صرنا نسمع بالتوريث!!!
ولكن كل ما يجري بالضفة من مأساوية في كفة ، وما يجري بغزة من استنزاف انساني في كفة أخرى.
لا أفهم كيف استطعنا ووبراعة عجيبة تحويل مسيرة العودة الى هذا. كيف صارت الضحايا ارقاما توزع على الفصائل ؟ كيف تحولت بطولات الناس المسكينة المتعطشة للقمة او حرية لمزادات يتصارع عليها الفصائل المتحاربة؟
كيف حولت حماس المسيرات لاستحقاق تجني منه منافع أعلى سقوفها فتح معابر؟
ما جرى بجنازة الامس مؤسف ومحزن ومخزي ومؤلم . أن نصل إلى مرحلة يرفض فيها امام الجامع بإقامة صلاة الجنازة لأن الشهيد ينتمي لفصيل مناهض ، فبكل أسى اقول ، لا يوجد ما هو حضيض اقعر من هذا.
ولا اعرف لماذا لا استطيع فصل وجودنا برمضان عما حدث ويحدث . ان كانت هذه اخلاق الصائم في أهم الشهور واقدسها لدى المسلمين. ان كان هذا هو الشهر الذي توصد به الشياطين ، فمن اولئك الذين يتصرفون بشيطنة أشد في هذا الشهر الفضيل؟ أين ذهبت الانسانية وكيف تغيب بأبسط ما يذكرنا دائما بأن هذه الحياة فانية ؟ كيف وصلنا الى مكان حتى الميت لا نرحمه ولا نقدم له واجبه الآخير…. وأى ميت؟ شهيد!
في ظل الانحدار الحاصل ، لا يمكن أن يبقى اولي السلطة من كافة الاطراف في هذا الاستنفاذ والاستهلاك للانسان الفلسطيني. لم يبق الا هذا الانسان بعدما ضاعت الارض وفقدنا العرض. ولقد حولتم الإنسان الى رقم محتمل لجني المزيد من الاستحقاقات لجيوبكم على حساب ما كان وطنا وما كان مواطنا .
In December 2014, the ACLU’s Border Litigation Project, which is a joint project of ACLU affiliates in San Diego, Imperial Counties, and Arizona, filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request asking for records relating to what they feared was abuse of children in the custody of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), a sub-agency of the Department of Homeland Security.
The group filed the request after immigrants rights activists and legal service providers noticed a significant increase in complaints of abuse by kids in CPB custody in 2014.
Among the complaints were stories of officials unnecessarily pointing their guns at the kids, shooting them with tasers reportedly for amusement or punishment, hitting or kicking the kids, threatening them with rape or death, and more. At the same time, the accounts of the young people, plus internal government reports, told of kids in government custody being kept in terrible conditions such as freezing rooms with no blankets.
When the FOIA request for the records was ignored, the ACLU, along with the law firm, Cooley LLP, filed a FOIA lawsuit in federal court to compel the government to release the asked for documents.
After much foot dragging, and the imposition of several court-ordered deadlines, the Department of Homeland Security finally began to slowly hand over the requested material.
In all, the ACLU and company, received more than 3000 documents dated between 2009 and 2014, which featured a terrifying number of cases “of shocking violence and abuse against unaccompanied migrant children.”
Now a new report released this week by the International Human Rights Clinic at the University of Chicago Law School—along with ACLU Border Rights, and the ACLU Border Litigation Project—has gone deeply into the those 3000 documents, plus additional information.
The results, outlined in the 50-page report are extremely disturbing.
“The students reviewing these records were shocked by the abuse and neglect these children were subjected to at the hands of U.S. officials,” said Claudia Flores, faculty director of the International Human Rights Clinic at the University of Chicago Law School. “The fact that these children were already so vulnerable—most traveling alone in hopes of escaping violence and poverty in their home countries—made the unlawful and inhumane actions reflected in the documents even more distressing,”
According to the U.S. government, tens of thousands of Central American and Mexican children travel alone to the United States every year to escape violence and poverty in their home countries.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), a sub-agency of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), detains many of these children when they arrive at U.S. ports of entry or cross the U.S. border.
At one time, kids who tried to cross the U.S. Border by themselves or were either turned away or apprehended and detained in adult detention facilities. But, when the 1980s brought more and more unaccompanied kids into adult immigration lock-ups, alarmed advocates began pushing hard for a change. Finally in 1997 a legal settlement known Flores v. Reno created nationwide standards regarding how such children must be treated.
Nearly 20 years later, in early 2015, the Center for Human Rights & Constitutional Law, and others brought a second lawsuit to enforce the Flores settlement. In July and August of 2015, U.S. District Court Judge Dolly M. Gee tersely informing the government that it must apply the settlement to all minors, including those detained with family members.
Two years after that, in 2017, a new federal judge slammed DHS for continuing to disregard critical protections for children in detention and ordered the government to identify a juvenile coordinator who was to report directly to the court on the government’s compliance with the Flores settlement. Furthermore, if the court was not satisfied with the government’s progress after one year, the judge might appoint an independent monitor.
Among the allegations that the University of Chicago Report documented were the reports that certain individual officials:
*Punched a child’s head three times;
*Kicked a child in the ribs;
*Used a stun gun on a boy, causing him to fall to the ground, shaking, with his eyes rolling back in his head;
*Verbally abused detained children, calling them dogs and “other ugly things;”
*Denied detained children permission to stand or move freely for days and threatened children who stood up with transfer to solitary confinement in a small, freezing room;
*Denied a pregnant minor medical attention when she reported pain, which preceded a stillbirth;
*Subjected a 16-year-old girl to a search in which they “forcefully spread her legs and touched her private parts so hard that she screamed;”
*Left a 4-pound premature baby and her minor mother in an overcrowded and dirty cell full of sick people, against medical advice;
*Threw out a child’s birth certificate and threatened him with sexual abuse by an adult male detainee;
*Ran over a 17-year-old with a patrol vehicle and then punched him several times;
The report also shows evidence of CBP holding migrant children in excess of the 72-hour maximum period permitted by law, as well as officials’ deporting or attempting to deport children without due process, and using threats and coercion.
And the list goes on from there.
Migrants, generally, risk their lives in search of safety, stability, and opportunity,” write the University of Chicago report’s authors.
“During migration, they cross dangerous terrain under extreme conditions, rely on treacherous forms of transportation, and travel without consistent access to food or water. Migrants are vulnerable to exploitation, abuse, theft, human traffickers, and other criminal actors seeking to benefit from their desperation.”
As one might imagine, children are the most vulnerable immigrants, especially when they’re traveling alone.
Right now, when it comes to unaccompanied child immigrants arriving in the U.S., the four most common countries of origin are Mexico, El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras. According to the report, the so-called “Northern Triangle,” which include El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras, is considered one of the most violent regions in the world. Honduras, for example is first in the world for homicides per capita. El Salvador is fourth. Guatemala is fifth. As a consequence, write the report’s authors, kids who are immigrants from Honduras and El Salvador usually are escaping from the areas on those two countries that are most impacted by gang violence.
Those who make it through the journey generally try to enter the U.S. somewhere along the southern border. Many have family members already here waiting for them, with whom they hope to reunite. Often these kids present themselves to CBP officers or Border Patrol agents, who then take them into custody.
And some of those officers and agents allegedly mistreat these already traumatized kids in unconscionable ways.
The documents that form the basis of the report are, as the authors put it, “filled with terror and abuse in COB custody.” They were written as reported by children to clinicians in advocacy organizations in the course of post-release physical and psychological evaluations.
“At best,” states the report, “this about amounts to unprofessional, degrading mistreatment of vulnerable minors. At worst, the abuse amounts to unlawful and potentially criminal misconduct by federal immigration officials.” And the documents show that this reported abuse occurs at each stage of a child’s interaction with CBP, from apprehension to detention to deportation. And it is not limited to one state but occurs in California, Arizona, Texas, and also in the interior of the United States.
According to the report’s authors, these ACLU-aquired documents also reveal “DHS’s complete institutional failure to investigate or address suspected child abuse.” There is no evidence that DHS has “taken any action to address or rectify this pattern of abuse,” they write.
To the contrary, urgent intervention is needed to protect immigrant kids from the “mistreatment, abuse, and violence that is otherwise bound to recur.”