Category Archives: Gun-violence

Trump Threatens to ‘Totally Destroy’ North Korea – The New York Times

Opening the General Assembly session, Secretary General António Guterres gravely warned about nuclear peril and climate change, and offered pointed reminders about “stronger international cooperation.”“Trust within and among countries is being driven down by those who demonize and divide,” he said in a speech that included English, French and Spanish.President Trump could not be seen in the hall.

New York police shooting: Footage shows officers pleading with man to drop gun – “Not following orders and not posing a direct threat does not justify murder!”

Ms Luongo added that Richards seemed to pose no immediate threat to the officers.”Moreover, these officers demonstrate zero knowledge in identifying and handling a situation involving an individual who may be struggling with mental illness,” she said.

Source: New York police shooting: Footage shows officers pleading with man to drop gun – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Anti-left ′kill list′ kept by German lawyer and policeman | Germany | DW | 06.09.2017

The German Justice Ministry has confirmed that investigators found a folder containing the names, addresses and photos of “representatives of the left-wing political spectrum” which had been kept “for criminal purposes” duringlast week’s raids against suspected far-right terrorists in the northern state of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania.In an answer to an official information request filed by the socialist Left party, the Justice Ministry said an investigation for “preparation of a serious act of violence against the state” had been opened against two men on August 15. The investigation is understood to be a corollary of the case against Bundeswehr soldier Franco A., who had allegedly been planning to carry out a terrorist attack while posing as a Syrian refugee.

Source: Anti-left ′kill list′ kept by German lawyer and policeman | Germany | DW | 06.09.2017

Defense secretary quickly contradicts Trump over North Korea diplomacy | US news | The Guardian

Donald Trump appeared to rule out contacts with the North Korean regime in the wake of its missile test over Japan on Wednesday, declaring: “Talking is not the answer.”Minutes later, however, the defense secretary, James Mattis, flatly contradicted the president’s blanket statement, telling reporters: “We’re never out of diplomatic solutions.”

Source: Defense secretary quickly contradicts Trump over North Korea diplomacy | US news | The Guardian

‘Please stop!’ Brutal killing of a student in Philippines drug war sparks nationwide anger | World news | The Guardian

Duterte has lashed out at any criticism. He warned the European Union not to “fuck with us” after the European parliament passed a resolution expressing “grave concern over credible reports” that Philippine police were engaged in extrajudicial killings, a claim officers strongly deny. Despite the criticism, Duterte has remained a popular leader and polls have shown continued domestic support for his war on drugs. But the death of Santos appears to be a turning point. Three government bodies, the department of justice, the senate, and the Commission on Human Rights, launched investigations.Santos’s last words have become viral on social media and on Monday protesters gathered at the People’s Power Monument in Manila to voice their outrage.

Source: ‘Please stop!’ Brutal killing of a student in Philippines drug war sparks nationwide anger | World news | The Guardian

Google’s sexist memo has provided the alt-right with a new martyr | Owen Jones | Opinion | The Guardian There is no “Alt-Right,” there are just fascists, racists and sexists trying to be a bit respectable with a neutral kind of re-branding – They are sick, hateful people that need to be called out for what they are and not “sanitized!”

Guardian columnist Owen Jones on how James Damore’s diatribe against women in tech is part of the male backlash that contributed to the rise of Trump

Source: Google’s sexist memo has provided the alt-right with a new martyr | Owen Jones | Opinion | The Guardian

The mask is off: Trump is seeking war with Iran | +972 Magazine

But Trump’s confidence may be misplaced on two levels. First, abusing the inspection mechanisms of the deal may prove harder than Trump has been led to believe. The inspections are the cornerstone of the deal, and Iran’s ability to cheat on the deal is essentially non-existent as long as the integrity and efficiency of the inspections remain in tact. But if Trump begins to abuse the mechanism to fabricate a conflict, he will end up undermining the inspections regime and actually enhance the ability of those in Iran who would like to pursue a covert nuclear program. Precisely because of the commitment of Europe and others to non-proliferation, they are likely to resist Trump’s efforts to tinker with the inspections.Second, by revealing his hand, Trump has displayed his duplicity for all to see. That includes the American public, whose anti-war sentiments remain strong and are a key reason they supported the nuclear deal in the first place.The American public knows the Iraq playbook quite well. Trump’s own supporters remain enraged by the disastrous war with Iraq. They know how they got played. It’s difficult to imagine why they would allow themselves to get played again by a president who has left little doubt about his intent to deceive.

Source: The mask is off: Trump is seeking war with Iran | +972 Magazine

Philippine Mayor Accused of Drug Ties by Duterte Dies in Police Raid – The New York Times “Old dictator’s tactic: declare war on something and overnight, all your opponents are accused of crimes, assassinated and have illegal items planted on them or the scene#

The raids Sunday came just days after Mr. Duterte, in his annual speech to Congress, pledged to continue his bloody crackdown on drugs, which has left thousands of people dead at the hands of police officers or vigilantes since he took office last summer.“I have resolved that no matter how long it takes, the fight against illegal drugs will continue because it is the root cause of suffering,” Mr. Duterte said, asking the United Nations, the European Union and other critics to educate people about drugs rather than condemn him. He said that those involved in drug trafficking would face “either jail or hell.”Carlos H. Conde, a Philippines-based researcher for Human Rights Watch, said after Mr. Duterte’s speech that it was a sign that the deaths would continue. “This can only mean more extrajudicial killings and the perpetuation of impunity and absence of accountability,” Mr. Conde said.