Graffiti on Mohamed Mahmoud Street, Cairo, Egypt, depicting a woman fighting against sexual harassment. (c) Amnesty International
Ahmed Ezz, a mechanical engineer, talks about his voluntary work with Operation Anti-Sexual Harrassment/Assault (OpAntiSH), an activist organization based in Cairo, Egypt, known for intervening in sexual assaults by mobs in Tahrir Square.
When people find out that a woman has been sexually harassed and assaulted, their first reaction is “what was she wearing?”. They always lay the blame on the women themselves. I’ve witnessed this so many times.
It is not safe at all in Cairo for women and girls. Their freedom of movement is constantly constrained. Some avoid using the metro, and spend more money on taking taxis or multiple buses, simply to minimize the risk of harassment and assault. If women and girls complain about sexual harassment, people around them just try to calm them down, belittle their concerns or accuse them of unjustly pointing the fingers at harassers.
From the Washington Post:
Virginia state Sen. R. Creigh Deeds (D-Bath) was seriously injured early Tuesday in an assault at his house in Bath County, west of Charlottesville. A second person inside the home was found dead, according to Virginia State Police.
The Richmond Times-Dispatch reported that Deeds was stabbed and critically injured and that the dead person is his son, Gus, who suffered a gunshot wound. The Washington Post could not confirm that Deeds’s son was the deceased victim.
Creigh Deeds was a gubernatorial Democratic candidate in 2009.
And an update:
BREAKING NEWS update, 12:14 p.m.: Virginia State Police said Sen. R. Creigh Deeds was stabbed multiple times and seriously injured at his home early Tuesday morning. His son, 24-year-old Gus Deeds, was fatally shot. Police are not searching for any suspects. This story will update shortly.
Let’s hope that “not searching for any suspects” is a typo.
Little boy star hires thugs. I hope the courts really spank him hard. And his guards should be investigated arrested (if true of course) for assault and brandishing a weapon.
It was about 4AM when Bieber and his protectors allegedly snatched Jeffrey Binion’s camera. A recording of the incident was made available to Gossip site TMZ, in which you can hear Bieber order his guards to “grab that camera!”
Binion can be heard pleading for the Biebs and his guardian angels to not destroy his camera, and the pop star complies. Though, he refuses to give Binion his “SIM card” back (wait, what? SIM card?!).
Binion has filed a lawsuit against Justin Bieber and his bodyguard, Hugo Hesny, claiming he was attacked (and even had a gun pulled on him), and that Bieber had masterminded the assault.
“Justin Bieber is now an adult, and he should act like one. He needs to learn that he cannot use bodyguards as weapons to harm innocent people. Bieber’s violent behavior toward photographers must end, and he should take responsibility for his actions,” said Binion’s lawyer, Russell S. Adler.
A convicted felon and alleged neo-Nazi sympathizer, who was arrested for illegally stockpiling an arsenal of assault weapons, was tracking Jewish and African American community leaders in the Detroit area, FBI agents warned.
Richard Schmidt, 47, was legally forbidden from owning firearms, ammunition or body armor after his spending 13 years in prison for manslaughter. But that is exactly what an FBI Joint terrorism Task Force found when it searched his home in Toledo, Ohio and his sporting goods store in nearby Bowling Green.
“These weapons were found in a shopping mall,” Steven M. Dettelbach, the U.S. Attorney in Cleveland, told the Daily News. “You have 40,000 rounds of ammunition, 18 firearms, body armor - obviously that is troubling because it begs the question ‘what does he want to do with it?’”
FBI agents also found Waffen-SS (Nazi military force) paraphernalia, a video of a National Socialist Movement meeting from 2005, a list of national Jewish-owned businesses and a notebook filled with names and addresses of community leaders in the Detroit area, reported Michael Isikoff of NBC News.
The parents of a 15-year-old California girl who took her own life after she was sexually abused and an explicit photo of the assault circulated among her classmates want the three boys who have been arrested in the case prosecuted as adults, a lawyer for the family says.
Authorities arrested the three 16-year-olds on suspicion of sexual battery against Audrie Pott, a Saratoga High School sophomore who hanged herself in September. The arrests this week shocked many in this prosperous Silicon Valley suburb of 30,000 as new details of the case emerged.
“We’re talking about, other than murdering someone, the highest degree of a crime you could possibly do, which is to violate them in the worst of ways…and then to effectively rub her face in it afterwards,” Robert Allard, the attorney representing the teenager’s mother, father and step-mother, said Friday.
The 20-year-old student accused in a stabbing rampage at a Texas college campus told investigators he had fantasies of killing people and had planned the attack, sheriff’s officials said late Tuesday.
Dylan Quick, 20, was charged with three counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon after the stabbings, said Donna Hawkins, an official with the Harris County Prosecutor’s Office.
“According to the statement the suspect voluntarily gave investigators, he has had fantasies of stabbing people to death since he was in elementary school,” a statement from the Harris County Sheriff’s Office said. “He also indicated that he has been planning this incident for some time.”
Quick used “a razor-type knife” to stab victims at the Lone Star College’s CyFair campus Tuesday, the sheriff office’s statement said.
The power of hate crimes to terrorize is relatively simple: They are criminal acts that send a message far beyond the initial victim.
And yet it is that aspect of the laws that people often question. A running dialogue has long asked the need for such statutes, with some arguing that an assault is an assault, a murder is a murder and the normal penalties should suffice upon conviction.
But that misses the rationale behind hate crimes — when a person’s race, religion, disability, ethnic origin or sexual orientation is a motivator for an attack. The crime can be like a warning to an entire category of people.
“It doesn’t just affect the victim,” said Heith Janke, supervisory special agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation. “It affects an entire community. Everyone lives in fear not knowing if they might be the next one attacked.”
Working out of an nondescript brick rowhouse in suburban Virginia, a little-known organization named Donors Trust, staffed by five employees, has steered hundreds of millions of dollars to the most influential think tanks, foundations, and advocacy groups in the conservative movement. Over the past decade, it has funded the right’s assault on labor unions, climate scientists, public schools, economic regulations, and the very premise of activist government. Yet unlike its nearest counterpart on the progressive side, the Tides Foundation, a bogeyman of Glenn Beck and Bill O’Reilly, Donors Trust has mostly avoided any real scrutiny. It is the dark-money ATM of the right.
Founded in 1999, Donors Trust (and an affiliated group, Donors Capital Fund) has raised north of $500 million and doled out $400 million to more than 1,000 conservative and libertarian groups, according to Whitney Ball, the group’s CEO. Donors Trust allows wealthy contributors who want to donate millions to the most important causes on the right to do so anonymously, essentially scrubbing the identity of those underwriting conservative and libertarian organizations. Wisconsin’s 2011 assault on collective bargaining rights? Donors Trust helped fund that. ALEC, the conservative bill mill? Donors Trust supports it. The climate deniers at the Heartland Institute? They get Donors Trust money, too.
n yet another attempt to appease irrational critics, the White House released a photo of the president shooting a gun to prove he is not an enemy of the Second Amendment and that he has in fact shot a gun before (as if that’s required to not want criminals or the mentally ill to have access to semi-automatic weapons.)
And surprise, surprise skeptics are not satisfied, saying the picture is fake and his affinity for shooting phony, even though there’s evidence of President Obama talking about practicing shooting a rifle with members of the Secret Service way back in 2010.
“One picture does not erase a lifetime of supporting every gun ban and every gun-control scheme imaginable,” said Andrew Arulanandam, spokesman for the National Rifle Association.
Well Arulanadam should tell Michael Bloomberg about all of Obama’s gun-control support because it seems each time there’s been a mass shooting the outspoken mayor of New York tears into the president.
“The president has spent the last three years trying to avoid the issue, or if he’s facing it, I don’t know of anybody who has seen him face it,” Bloomberg said on CBS’s “Face the Nation” days after the Aurora shooting.
Bloomberg was right of course.
As a candidate in 2008, Obama talked about reinstating the federal ban on assault weapons, but he hadn’t aggressively addressed guns from a policy perspective until December’s Newtown tragedy. In fact, in a blatant display of hypocrisy, while the NRA demonized Obama for something he didn’t do, they endorsed Mitt Romney, who actually did sign a law banning assault weapons while governor of Massachusetts.
But those are all just facts.
And when you’re dealing with crazy people, it doesn’t really matter how many facts you present, because — well — they’re crazy and they’re just going to believe what they’re going to believe.
Because kids with assault rifles makes such good sense…
Kids make the perfect target audience for the NRA
Responding to Americans’ declining interest in shooting sports, gun manufacturers are developing programs to market their products to younger children. The National Shooting Sports Foundation trade association and the industry-funded National Rifle Association spend millions of dollars annually to recruit kids as gun enthusiasts. And those efforts increasingly focus on pushing semi-automatic assault weapons, including the very model used by the shooter in the Newtown, Connecticut tragedy.
The New York Times reports:
The pages of Junior Shooters, an industry-supported magazine that seeks to get children involved in the recreational use of firearms, once featured a smiling 15-year-old girl clutching a semiautomatic rifle. At the end of an accompanying article that extolled target shooting with a Bushmaster AR-15 — an advertisement elsewhere in the magazine directed readers to a coupon for buying one — the author encouraged youngsters to share the article with a parent.
“Who knows?” it said. “Maybe you’ll find a Bushmaster AR-15 under your tree some frosty Christmas morning!”