A federal jury in Washington, D.C., returned guilty verdicts against four Blackwater operatives charged with killing more than a dozen Iraqi civilians and wounding scores of others in Baghdad in 2007.
The jury found one guard, Nicholas Slatten, guilty of first-degree murder, while three other guards were found guilty of voluntary manslaughter: Paul Slough, Evan Liberty, and Dustin Heard. The jury is still deliberating on additional charges against the operatives, who faced a combined 33 counts, according to the Associated Press. A fifth Blackwater guard, Jeremy Ridgeway, had already pleaded guilty to lesser charges and cooperated with prosecutors in the case against his former colleagues. The trial lasted ten weeks and the jury has been in deliberations for 28 days.
The incident for which the men were tried was the single largest known massacre of Iraqi civilians at the hands of private U.S. security contractors. Known as “Baghdad’s bloody Sunday,” operatives from Blackwater gunned down 17 Iraqi civilians at a crowded intersection at Nisour Square on September 16, 2007. The company, founded by secretive right-wing Christian supremacist Erik Prince, pictured above, had deep ties to the Bush Administration and served as a sort of neoconservative Praetorian Guard for a borderless war launched in the immediate aftermath of 9/11.
If having to deal with the effects of Chemo Therapy wasn’t bad enough, now women who have gone bald due to Cancer treatment are facing Islamaphobic Blow back for wearing the Head Scarf. The latest victim of this horrible trend is Julie Gale (picture above) who says that when she decided to accompany her daughter to the Melbourne Magistrates Court, she was surprised when the Security Guard at the door demanded her to remove her headscarf. She says:
“He pointed to my head and said: ‘Take if off’.
I said to him: ‘What, you want me to take this off? I’ve got a bald head underneath’
“He said: ‘Yes, take it off. You could be hiding something’.
I ripped it off my head and said: ‘Are you happy?’
Ms. Gale goes one to describe how she had just come out of Chemo Therapy and was feeling vulnerable.
“I felt so affronted by it, it was so insensitive and humiliating,”
In an email seen by the Herald Sun, G4S general manager Ron Bennett — no longer at the company — expressed regret over Ms Gale’s treatment and pledged a review of procedures to avoid a similar scenario “that may cause undue embarrassment”.
Last Thursday Rabbi Shalom Lewis of Congregation Etz Chaim in the Atlanta suburb of Marietta, Georgia gave what can only be understood as a call to genocide in his Rosh Hashanah sermon to welcome in the Jewish new year. The sermon, republished in full below, calls for a war on Islam and Muslims worldwide. Lewis says a “holy crusade” against Islam is needed to”exterminate it utterly and absolutely.”
Rabbi Lewis’s bio on the Etz Chaim website says his “religious services are a stimulating, uplifting blend of the past and the present. Whether on the bima or in his office, he generates a caring warmth.” Yet, this is not his first foray into racist and inciteful rhetoric. Three years ago Rabbi Lewis gave a very similar sermon on Rosh Hashanah, again attacking Muslims and comparing them to Nazis. In fact he fashions this speech as a sequel to the earlier one:
The enemy has eyes and ears. Fingers and toes. Speaks with lips. Runs with legs. Eats. Drinks. Has the face of a human being – but, has a much different heart and a much different soul. Three years ago on this bima, on this very same day, standing at this podium, I cried out, “Ehr Kumpt – they are coming.” 3 years later on this bima, on this very same day, standing at this podium, I cry out not “Ehr Kumpt – they are coming,” I cry out, “Ehr daw – they are here.” The fury of ultimate evil is upon us and we must act – not to contain it. Not to degrade it. Not to manage it. Not to tolerate it, but to exterminate it utterly and absolutely.
The president of the National Coalition of Syrian Revolution and Opposition Forces Hadi al-Bahra just recently was a guest on the very popular News Satire program “The Daily Show.” In his interview, Hadi explained to the viewers how the organization we know as ISIS was actually created by the Syrian Government. Over the past few years there have been a number of unexplainable incidents where the Syrian Government has either completely ignored ISIS, or even supported them indirectly in their ongoing battle with other Syrian Rebel Factions.
As the world sits and watches in horror the murderous rampage of ISIS, Hadi explains that the methods employed by the Terrorist Organization are actually part of a broader strategy of the Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad. In creating such a vicious organization what the Syrian President hopes is that the International Community will believe that he is the lesser of the Two evils when it comes to ruling the country.
Fox News is increasingly fixating on the gruesome workplace beheading last week in Moore, Oklahoma by a recent Muslim convert, suspect Alton Nolen. Perhaps sensing a way to once again fan its patented flames ofIslamophobia while simultaneously blaming President Obama for being indifferent to the threat of terrorism, Fox is treating the murder as a national story with sweeping political implications.
Sounding the jihadist alarms, Fox News and the right-wing media are eager to label the ghastly crime an act of Islamic terror. Law enforcement officials, however, aren’t in the same rush, noting that the attack came immediately after Nolen was fired and stating that they’ve yet to find a link to terrorism. While that story continues to play out, it’s worth noting that an actual act of political terror remains in the news. It’s just not a priority for Fox.
On the night of September 16, 31-year-old marksman Eric Frein was allegedly laying in wait outside the Blooming Grove police barracks in northeastern Pennsylvania, preparing to assassinate state troopers. Shortly before 11 p.m., Bryon Dickson was shot and killed as he walked towards his patrol car. Moments later, as he approached the barracks to begin his overnight shift, trooper Alex Douglass was shot and seriously wounded by a bullet fired from a .308-caliber rifle.
The phrase “Biblical Israel” often passes on the lips of Republican presidential contenders, representatives of the Netanyahu government, and Israeli settlers. But where exactly is this Israel of the Bible to be found?
Not in the Bible itself. The Hebrew Bible (known to Christians as the Old Testament and to Jews as the Torah or Tanakh) contains five different “maps.” These “maps” aren’t pictures, but lists of boundaries that define the Promised Land. None of them resemble the modern-day “Biblical Israel.” One map — surprisingly found in the book of Joshua, which describes an all-out holy war — suggests a regional federation in which the tribes of Israel overlap and coexist with local inhabitants. Joshua chapter 15, verse 63 even states: “the Jebusites (local inhabitants of Jerusalem) and the People of Judah dwell together in Jerusalem until today.” This not only sounds like contemporary Jerusalem — a mixed city of Palestinians and Israelis — but also like a prophecy of how the division of Jerusalem might give way to dwelling together.
Last night the United States along with a team of Arab Nations began their bombing campaign against ISIS terrorists located inside Syria. Now that would have been all fine and good, but oddly enough the Obama Administration decided to announce that they also targeted in addition to ISIS, training camps and explosives production facilities belonging to a New unheard of group called Al-Khorsan. Which according to recent press releases from the State Department, is a Al-Qaeda splinter group, which is said to consist of 50 top Al-Qaeda leaders. Yes you heard me correctly. Top 50 Al-Qaeda leaders in Syria and we are just now hearing about it.
Christian talk show host Bryan Fischer today has suggested that the United States should adopt the immigration policy that is found in the Bible. He then went on to explain how the Bible tells Christians they should forcefully convert the non-believers or expel them as King Saul expelled those from Israel.
If we “did immigration God’s way,” Fischer said, that would mean that “those who came to our shores would be expected to adopt our religious values and traditions — that would mean Christianity and not Islam — and they would leave behind their religion and their god.”
This is yet just another example of Christian Terrorist ideals being spread in the mainstream media. Also it exposes the utter hypocrisy of many Christians who criticize Islam saying that Muslim believe, “You either convert or be killed.” Which of course is an utter lie.
Historically Christians and Jews have lived under an Islamic State with complete safety. One only needs to read up on the Ottoman Empire and the Crusades to see that Christians and Jews lived side by side with Muslims throughout Palestine and the Middle East. In fact many Crusaders who were extremist Christians like Fischer, considered those Christians who lived under Muslim Rule to be traitors and slaughtered them just as they did the Muslims.
Also let us not forget how the Ottoman Empire took in 90,000 Jews from Spain during the Spanish Inquisition. And never during those times were there any case of “Forced” conversion. These Christians on the other hand still have the ideology of the times of the Inquisition and it looks like we’re only a stones throw away before the world witnesses another one.
“I am personally convinced of the great power and deep significance of Christianity, and I won’t allow any other religion to be promoted. “
– Adolf Hitler
First let’s lay out the facts!
1. – Hitler was baptized as Roman Catholic during infancy in Austria.
2. – As Hitler approached boyhood he attended a monastery school. (On his way to school young Adolf daily observed a stone arch which was carved with the monastery’s coat of arms bearing a swastika.)
3. – Hitler was a communicant and an altar boy in the Catholic Church.
4 – As a young man he was confirmed as a “soldier of Christ.” His most ardent goal at the time was to become a priest. Hitler writes of his love for the church and clergy: “I had excellent opportunity to intoxicate myself with the solemn splendor of the brilliant church festivals. As was only natural, the abbot seemed to me, as the village priest had once seemed to my father, the highest and most desirable ideal.” -Adolf Hitler (Mein Kampf)
5. – Hitler was NEVER excommunicated nor condemned by his church. Matter of fact the Church felt he was JUST and “avenging for God” in attacking the Jews for they deemed the Semites the killers of Jesus.