The long-time Berlin correspondent for Al Jazeera, Aktham Suliman, recently resigned from his post. The journalist tells DW that the Qatari government is exercising undue influence on Al Jazeera’s reporting.
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And as usual this will be ignored by the UN and most of the world. There, of course, will be outrage over Israel building houses.
The demand came in response to the government’s recent decision to approve the construction of hundreds of housing units in east Jerusalem and Ma’aleh Adumim.
Ahmed Halabiyeh, director of the Jerusalem Department in Hamas, said that armed Palestinian groups, including Hamas, should initiate a confrontation with Israel over its plans to build new apartments in Jerusalem and its suburbs.
The Palestinians, he added, should resort to various methods of resistance, first and foremost ‘martyrdom operations in the heart of Israel.’
He urged Palestinians to ‘ignite a third intifada to save the Aksa Mosque and Jerusalem.’
WEBSTER (AP) — Police have found human remains in the burned-out home of the Webster, N.Y., ex-con who killed two firefighters and believe the victim is the gunman’s sister.
Police Chief Gerald Pickering said Tuesday the remains were found in the charred house that 62-year-old William Spengler shared with his 67-year-old sister, Cheryl. A medical examiner will need to determine the identity.
Police say Willliam Spengler armed himself with a revolver, shotgun and military-style rifle before he set his house afire to lure first responders into a pre-dawn death trap on Christmas Eve.
Pickering says Spengler “was equipped to go to war.”
Spengler killed himself as seven houses burned around him. A friend said Spengler hated his sister but police say a motive hasn’t been determined.
The shooter who ambushed and killed two upstate New York firefighters Monday left a note behind indicating his intentions, police said Tuesday.
“I still have to get ready to see how much of the neighborhood I can burn down and do what I like doing best - killing people,” the 3-page typewritten note said.
The ex-con who lured firefighters to their deaths in a blaze of gunfire left a typewritten note saying he wanted to burn down the neighborhood and “do what I like doing best, killing people,” police said Tuesday.
Police Chief Gerald Pickering said Tuesday that 62-year-old William Spengler, who served 17 years in prison for the 1980 hammer slaying of his grandmother, armed himself with a revolver, a shotgun and a semiautomatic rifle before he set his house afire to lure first responders into a death trap before dawn on Christmas Eve.
Two firefighters were shot dead and two others are hospitalized. Spengler killed himself as seven houses burned around him Monday on a narrow spit of land along Lake Ontario.
One of the weapons recovered was a .233-caliber semiautomatic Bushmaster rifle with flash suppression, the same make and caliber gun used in the elementary school massacre in Newtown, Conn., Pickering said.
The chief said police believe the firefighters were hit with shots from the rifle given the distance but the investigation was incomplete.
The female police officer who killed a U.S. contractor in Kabul on Monday is an Iranian national, an Afghan government official said Tuesday.
Sediq Seddiqi, an Afghan Interior Ministry spokesman, said the Afghan police officer is an Iranian citizen who met her Afghan husband in Iran. After they eventually went to live in Afghanistan, he managed to help her illegally obtain Afghan citizenship.
The United States has long been concerned about Iranian terror-related activity against U.S. targets. But Seddiqi said he doesn’t have evidence to link the attacker to militant groups carrying out acts of terror. She was arrested and was questioned, he said.
It was the latest in a number of so-called insider attacks by Afghan soldiers and police officers, or attackers dressed like them. More than 50 people have been killed in Afghanistan in similar attacks this year, which the Afghan government calls acts of terrorism.
A massive Christmas storm moving across the southern half of the United States has claimed its first life.
The Weather Channel reports a confirmed fatality from a falling pine tree from strong winds associated with a cold front in Tomball, in Harris County, Texas, where Houston is located.
KHOU in Houston reports as of 11:30 a.m. CT Tuesday, more than 55,000 people were without power in the northern portion of the county.
Several tornadoes were reported in the Houston area Tuesday, though the National Weather Service had yet to confirm any of the reports.
The storm, which the Weather Channel has dubbed “Euclid,” is spawning potentially-severe weather across much of the south while dropping up to 10 inches of snow in the lower-Midwest.
Rain and sleet early Tuesday caused a 21-vehicle pileup in Oklahoma City. Some parts of the Ozarks in Arkansas could get up to 10 inches of snow with near whiteout conditions.
Blizzard warnings were issued just before noon Tuesday for the southwest quadrant of Oklahoma and the Wichita Falls area of Texas.
Too many of these pseudo-libertarians forget that their philosophical saint, Ayn Rand, was an atheist. Filed under humor: Merry Christmas: Mary Gives Birth to a Great Libertarian.
In the Gospels, government is exposed as evil right from Jesus’ birth. A paranoid Herod is willing to kill all of the babies in the kingdom to try to eliminate the perceived threat represented by Jesus.
Tax collectors are considered de facto sinners, on a par with prostitutes. Libertarians would consider this unfair to prostitutes, but for the times this couldn’t land better.
Jesus himself doesn’t disappoint, either. From the moment he begins his ministry, he wages a nonstop verbal war against the hypocritical, oppressive, tax-devouring Temple priests. Jews at the time were required to pay annual taxes to the priests and were also expected to come and make sacrifices at the Jerusalem Temple. Of course, they had to buy the livestock for the sacrifices from the priests and deal with the priests’ money changers in order to do that.
That’s why the libertarian from Galilee kicked them out. This would have been considered a revolutionary act.
One can’t help but equate Jerusalem at that time with Washington, DC, an entire city of tax-fed, opulent wealth.
Jesus has no patience for excessive regulation, either. When he encounters a Jewish law that does not address actual criminal activity, he encourages his followers to break it. When the meddling scribes confront Jesus with allowing his disciples to eat without washing their hands, Jesus lets loose with his customary anti-government invective, calling them hypocrites and then instructing “the people” to ignore this idiotic law and focus on not committing real crimes instead. (Mark 7:1-23)