Isis: Shocking images released of blindfolded couple being stoned to death for sex before marriage

Isis: Shocking images released of blindfolded couple being stoned to death for sex before marriage

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A crowd of men, women and children watched as the couple were stoned to death in the town square.

Shocking new images have emerged showing Islamic State militants stoning a blindfolded and bound man and woman to death in Iraq.

The couple were sentenced to death for having sex before marriage.

A large crowd, including children and women, gather at the scene in the town square in Mosul in Nineveh province, to watch as the couple are murdered.

The bearded IS executioner-in-chief Abu Ansar al-Ansari pronounces the order of stoning for “fornication.”

An Islamic State militant with a yellow scarf covering his face is seen using a microphone and PA system to read out the charges against the couple, as the crowd jostles for a better view.

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Stones are piled up in preparation for the killing.

A large pile of stones are gathered in the middle of the road. The ISIS militants then begin throwing them at the blindfolded couple, whose hands are bound, rendering them unable to defend themselves and helpless.

Pools of blood appear in the road, before the man and woman finally die of their injuries.

IS fighters routinely carry out such horrific executions in accordance with their radical interpretation of Sharia law.

On March 24, thousands of protesters took to the streets in Kabul to demonstrate following the murder of a 27-year-old woman who was accused of burning the Koran.

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Pools of blood could be seen in the square where the blindfolded couple were murdered.

The victim, named only as ‘Farkhunda’ and who is believed to have been mentally ill, was lynched by a crowd of men near the Shah-e Doh Shamshira shrine and mosque after she was allegedly seen burning a copy of the Koran.

She was killed by the mob with sticks and stones on 19 March, before being thrown from a roof and run over by a car outside a local mosque. A graphic video of the murder was circulated on social media.

She was buried this week with women’s rights activists carrying the coffin at a funeral attended by hundreds of people.

Study suggests more females than males die before birth

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NEW YORK — Every year, slightly more boy babies than girl babies are born worldwide. But back when sperm meets egg, the two sexes are conceived in equal numbers, a new study suggests.

That contradicts the idea found in many textbooks and scientific articles that males are in the majority at conception, researchers said.

And it implies more females than males die before birth, resulting in the excess of male births, says Steven Orzack, a study author.

“We don’t have good information on the cause of this difference,” he said.

The work, released Monday by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, also estimates the ratio of males to females at various points in pregnancy. It finds a see-sawing pattern over that time in which sex is more prone to die in the womb, as various genetic influences take their toll.

“We’re gaining fundamental new insights in the biology…

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Instagram period photo: Woman who took it says she wasn’t being ‘provocative’

Instagram period photo: Woman who took it says she wasn’t being ‘provocative’

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A woman who posted a photo showing her clothes and bed after her period on Instagram says she wasn’t doing it to be purposely provocative.

The site removed the photo twice before Rupi Kaur, from Toronto, challenged them.

In the end, Instagram agreed that she hadn’t broken their guidelines and apologised.

The picture was part of an art project in which she wanted to break what she called “taboos” around menstruation. … http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsbeat/32105388?post_id=100008386713779_1565760540380155#_=_

WATCH: Cop tries to rouse woman passed out in car on Calif. highway

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A 25-year-old San Diego-area woman is facing charges after a California Highway Patrol officer had to break into her car to wake her up while her car was stopped in the middle of a busy highway.

The video – provided to the local ABC News affiliate – shows the car parked in the middle lane of the highway, clearly passed out in the driver’s seat.

The officer tries to rouse her with his flashlight with no success. He later smashes the driver’s window when the car starts to roll.

The woman is later led away in handcuffs and a bottle of alcohol is clearly visible on the car’s floor.

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Woman shot directly in face with tear-gas canister at Montreal anti-austerity rally says she intends to sue

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The Quebec City student who received a tear gas canister directly in the face during an anti-austerity protest in front of the National Assembly Thursday said she intends to sue the police officer who shot her.

Naomi Tremblay-Trudeau, 18, sustained injuries to her chin and mouth after protesters got involved in a mass altercation with police officers who were attempting to block their way and disband the crowd.

“When I saw that there was a lot of violence, I tried to get away,” she told French news channel LCN. “I saw him take aim. He was very close to me. I find it completely shocking that he would have aimed at my face.”

The student from CEGEP Garneau said protesters were walking around the Tourny Fountain when some decided to take a stand directly in front of the police line blocking the way to the National Assembly.

The confrontation took…

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Colorado woman accused of cutting baby from woman’s womb avoids murder charge

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DENVER – A Colorado woman accused of luring an expectant mother to a basement and cutting the baby from her belly will not be charged with murder, prosecutors said Thursday night.

Catherine Olguin, a spokeswoman for the Boulder County District Attorney’s Office, said prosecutors won’t bring the charge in the baby’s death. But she declined to say why or what charges Dynel Lane, 34, will face.

Investigators say Lane lured Michelle Wilkins, 26, to her Longmont home March 18 with an ad on Craigslist offering baby clothes. Inside, police say, Lane attacked Wilkins and extracted her unborn baby girl.

READ MORE: Colorado suspect accused of stabbing pregnant woman, removing unborn baby

Lane’s husband found the infant in a bathtub and rushed the child to the hospital, where she was pronounced dead. Wilkins survived the attack and was discharged from the hospital on Wednesday.

District Attorney Stan Garnett is expected to…

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Judicial pretrial today in Jian Ghomeshi sexual assault case

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TORONTO – Crown and defence lawyers in the Jian Ghomeshi sexual assault case are back in a Toronto courtroom today for a judicial pre-trial.

The former CBC radio host did not show up at a court proceeding held last month.

Ghomeshi’s lawyer Marie Henein appeared in his place and said in court she is still waiting for outstanding material to come forward.

Timeline: Jian Ghomeshi charged in sex assault scandal

Ghomeshi currently faces seven sexual assault charges stemming from allegations that span from 2002 to 2008.

In a court appearance in January, it was revealed that three new complainants have come forward resulting in three additional charges.

He originally faced five criminal charges, including four counts of sexual assault and one charge of choking, in relation to alleged assault incidents involving three other women.

READ MORE: Former CBC host Jian Ghomeshi faces three new sex assault charges

Ghomeshi had…

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From Medicine to Passports, Mediators Help Ukraine’s Roma Get What They Need

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From Medicine to Passports, Mediators Help Ukraine’s Roma Get What They Need

March 13, 2015   by Zola Kondur   International Renaissance Foundation   http://www.opensocietyfoundations.org/voices/medicine-passports-mediators-help-ukraine-s-roma-get-what-they-need?utm_source=facebook.com&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=osffbpg&utm_source=europe_A&utm_medium=email&utm_content=d7ihPLkcMeZOtzhMYFQrimivXtUm9lQxEaFOVEbvWgU&utm_campaign=europe_A_032415

From Medicine to Passports, Mediators Help Ukraine’s Roma Get What They Need

During the height of the Maidan protests, as thousands took to the streets to reject injustice as a way of life, a marauding gang made its way into a Roma settlement in Korosten, Ukraine. They entered homes by force, threatening the occupants with brandished weapons, taking everything they owned—money, jewelry—before giving the residents a choice: leave the city or be killed.

Their goal was to destabilize Ukraine at a pivotal moment, and no one made for an easier target than the Roma, a marginalized demographic numbering, officially, 48,000. In reality, there are close to 400,000 Roma in Ukraine, an ethnic minority whose already difficult existence has been made that much harder by the ongoing upheaval.

In the conflict regions, Roma are facing widespread hunger. Bread and water are scarce. At a time of year when temperatures are well below freezing, their winter clothes are inadequate. Many are sick or disabled, and unable to access medical treatment because doctors and nurses have fled the region. Even where medicine is available, for many Roma it’s prohibitively expensive.

Making things worse is the daily discrimination faced by Roma throughout Ukraine. In Izmail, a city in the southern part of the country, Roma have reported being refused service in cafeterias and restaurants. Other Roma families have said that when they ask their neighbors for water, the door is slammed in their faces. The routine discrimination Roma endure has become life-threatening as the conflict has intensified.

Unemployment has climbed as the situation in Ukraine has deteriorated and small businesses have closed. Even social benefits have been disrupted as government budgets have been cut. In response, the International Roma Women Charitable Fund Chiricli provides health and social mediators who can help Roma citizens navigate the often byzantine process of accessing support. These mediators meet with families and liaise between them and the various social institutions, and assist in filling out forms and acquiring the necessary documentation.

Helping Roma secure official documentation has been crucial for those displaced. From the beginning of 2013 to June 2014, our mediators helped register about 7,200 people, allowing them to access social benefits and pensions. We assisted 1,900 people in obtaining passports, and helped get birth certificates for 2,878.

Chiricli also helps supply Roma women with birth control, breast cancer screenings, and other medical information. And it invites doctors to Roma communities to perform checkups and vaccinate children. Fifty-five Chiricli mediators have sent 6,407 Roma to see doctors. We helped get 1,118 Roma children vaccinated, registered 200 medical cards, and conducted focus groups on everything from patients’ rights to reproductive health.

Mediation is a two-way street, which is why Chiricli has been working with Ukraine’s minister of social policy to develop a governmental standard based on the experiences of the Roma mediators. Earlier this year, we secured a commitment from the ministry that the proposal submitted by our experts, along with other proposals, will be used to create a single state standard on providing mediation services.

Now one of Chiricli’s biggest priorities is to institutionalize the mediator program, and to make it a profession regulated by the state standards of services. We want it to exist not just for Roma, but for all minorities in Ukraine. The end of conflict starts with connecting people more closely with the rest of society.

Black Female Activist Falsely Accused of Lynching*

Black Female Activist Falsely Accused of Lynching*

Black Female Activist Falsely Accused of Lynching*

It seems as if vengeance is on a path of revenge against the popular uprising against America’s killer cops…

From A.N.S.W.E.R.

The Sacramento police have outrageously charged ANSWER Coalition activist Maile Hampton, a young Black woman, with felony “lynching.” After holding her initially on $100,000 bail, Maile is now out of jail but faces the threat of four years in prison on false charges following an aggressive police disruption of a peaceful Black Lives Matter march in Sacramento. But we are fighting back!

Maile Hampton, 20, in the pale pink pants, poses on the steps of Sacramento Superior Court on March 16 after appearing on charges of lynching and resisting arrest. She is surrounded by people who came to support her at the hearing. Marissa Lang

Maile Hampton, 20, in the pale pink pants, poses on the steps of Sacramento Superior Court on March 16 after appearing on charges of lynching and resisting arrest. She is surrounded by people who came to support her at the hearing. Marissa Lang

e7ec9-tyranny_-_montesquieuWhat you can do:

1) Click here to sign the petition demanding that the Sacramento County District Attorney drop all charges against Maile Hampton now. Then share it on Facebook and Twitter!

2) Contact the Sacramento County District Attorney and demand that the charges be dropped. Email daoffice@sacda.org and in your email CC both mayor@cityofsacramento.org and Sac@ANSWERcoalition.org.

3) Maile’s first court appearance was originally set for March 16 and was now postponed until April 9. Join us at the Sacramento County Courthouse to show your support!

The police and county DA falsely claim that Maile is guilty of obstructing justice and removing a person from police custody — “lynching” under California law.

Lynching is what mobs of white racists committed against thousands of Black people in the United States. They took Black people from the custody of the police with the tacit consent of the cops and state. The mobs then beat, mutilated, tortured and hanged them. This ironic plot to charge an anti-racist Black protestor with lynching screams arrogance on the part of the cops and the DA. The people see through these charges. We charge the state with lynching. We charge the state with attempting to lynch the Black Lives Matter Movement.

In fact it is the police who are guilty of obstructing justice, in this case and historically. These charges against Maile are in reality “revenge” charges against leading activists of the Black Lives Matter movement. We in the ANSWER Coalition, along with a wide network of endorsing organizations, are mobilizing to fight back against this police repression.

The story that the police and DA present is entirely different from the facts of what actually happened. In reality, on Jan. 18, a peaceful march was disrupted by police who wanted to shut it down because of its political content. The police violated the protestors’ right to free speech and arrested several people. The police were the aggressors, not the activists. The police obstructed justice, not the protestors.

2a122-sanger9scabee reports:

The term “lynching” in California law is associated with the crime of trying to free a prisoner from police custody in the midst of a “riot,” or two or more people threatening to disturb the peace.

It was drafted in 1933 and intended to protect suspects in police custody, particularly black suspects, from being apprehended by violent vigilante mobs.

More than 80 years later, protesters packed City Hall and called for Hampton’s release from custody in January. They held signs that said “FREE MAILE!!” and caught the attention of Mayor Kevin Johnson, who later spoke out about the law’s “painful” moniker.

“I was shocked to learn that in California, removing someone from police custody is defined as ‘lynching,’ ” Johnson said in a statement to The Sacramento Bee on Tuesday. “This word has a long and painful history in our nation and it needed to be immediately removed from California law.”

… According to media reports, several protesters involved in the Occupy movement had been charged with “lynching” from Oakland to Los Angeles over the past five years. Most of these cases resulted in prosecutors dropping the charges.

Wall Street has the worst gender-pay imbalance in America

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Financial service industry professions are the worst in America when it comes to paying its female employees as much as its males ones, according to new Census data.

Among all occupations, securities and commodities brokers, 30 percent of whom are women, have the widest gender-pay gap, at 54.7 percent.

This is closely followed by other financial specialists, who earn 60 cents on the male dollar. Women comprise more than half of all employees in this profession.

Personal financial advisors are barely better: women in this profession are paid 62 cents on the dollar. Thirty-one percent of women in this category are female.

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The average male earnings figure for the finance positions above is $88,645, while for females it’s $53,910.

A representative for the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association could not be reached for comment. A representative for the New York Stock Exchange declined to comment.

Most major Wall Street firms have seen gender discrimination lawsuits in the past…

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