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April 20, 2014

CNN: Right Wingers in US More Dangerous than Jihadists


                                                                           


On Sunday, a man shot and killed a 14-year-old boy and his grandfather at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City and then drove to a nearby Jewish retirement community where he shot and killed a third person. Police arrested a suspect, Frazier Glenn Cross, who shouted “Heil Hitler" after he was taken into custody.

Cross, who also goes by Frazier Glenn Miller, is a well-known right wing extremist who founded the Carolina Knights of the Ku Klux Klan and the White Patriot Party, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center.

Now let's do the thought experiment in which instead of shouting "Heil Hitler" after he was arrested, the suspect had shouted "Allahu Akbar." Only two days before the first anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings, this simple switch of words would surely have greatly increased the extent and type of coverage the incident received.
 
Yet the death toll in the shootings in Kansas is similar to that of last year's Boston Marathon bombings, where three people were killed and the suspects later killed a police officer as they tried to evade capture. (Many more, of course, were also wounded in the Boston attacks; 16 men, women and children lost limbs.)

In fact, since 9/11 extremists affiliated with a variety of far-right wing ideologies, including white supremacists, anti-abortion extremists and anti-government militants, have killed more people in the United States than have extremists motivated by al Qaeda's ideology. According to a count by the New America Foundation, right wing extremists have killed 34 people in the United States for political reasons since 9/11. (The total includes the latest shootings in Kansas, which are being classified as a hate crime).

"Since 9/11 extremists affiliated with a variety of far-right wing ideologies...have killed more people in the United States than have extremists motivated by al Qaeda's ideology."
By contrast, terrorists motivated by al Qaeda’s ideology have killed 21 people in the United States since 9/11.

(Although a variety of left wing militants and environmental extremists have carried out violent attacks for political reasons against property and individuals since 9/11, none have been linked to a lethal attack, according to research by the New America Foundation.)
Moreover, since 9/11 none of the more than 200 individuals indicted or convicted in the United States of some act of jihadist terrorism have acquired or used chemical or biological weapons or their precursor materials, while 13 individuals motivated by right wing extremist ideology, one individual motivated by left-wing extremist ideology, and two with idiosyncratic beliefs, used or acquired such weapons or their precursors.

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A similar attack to the one that Frazier Glenn Cross is accused of in Kansas occurred in August 2012 when Wade Michael Page killed six people in a shooting at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin. Page was a member of a white supremacist band and associated with the Hammerskins, a white supremacist group. Page committed suicide during the attack.

Page is not, of course, the only right wing extremist to have used lethal violence to achieve political ends. In 2009, for instance, Shawna Forde, Albert Gaxiola, and Jason Bush raided a house in Arizona, killing Raul Flores and his daughter Brisenia. The three attackers sought to use the burglary to finance their anti-immigration vigilante group, Minutemen American Defense. Forde and Bush were convicted and sentenced to death. Gaxiola was sentenced to life in prison.

Also in 2009, Scott Roeder murdered Dr. George Tiller, who ran an abortion clinic in Wichita, Kansas. In 2010 Roeder was convicted of first-degree murder. According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, Roeder not only had ties to the extreme anti-abortion movement, but he also had been pulled over while driving with a fake license plate bearing the markings of the Sovereign Citizens, a movement of individuals who deny that the government has authority over them.

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Of course, the deadliest terrorist attack on American soil prior to 9/11 was the Oklahoma City bombing, which was masterminded by Timothy McVeigh, a man with deep ties to far-right militant circles. McVeigh killed 168 people when he bombed the Alfred P. Murrah federal building on April 19, 1995.

Despite this history of deadly violence by individuals motivated by political ideologies other than al Qaeda, it is jihadist violence that continues to dominate the news and the attention of policy makers.
Some of this is quite understandable. After all, on 9/11 al Qaeda's 19 terrorists killed almost 3,000 people in the space of a morning. Since then al Qaeda's branch in Yemen tried to bring down with a bomb secreted on a passenger an American commercial jet flying over Detroit on Christmas Day 2009 and al Qaeda's branch in Pakistan tried to launch bombings on the New York subway system a few months earlier. Luckily those plots didn’t succeed, but certainly if they had the death toll would have been on a large scale.

Yet the disparity in media coverage between even failed jihadist terrorist attacks and this latest incident in Kansas is emblematic of a flawed division in the public’s mind between killing that is purportedly committed in the name of Allah and killing that is committed for other political ends, such as neo-Nazi beliefs about the need to kill Jews.

Part of the reason for this disconnect might be that when a Department of Homeland Security report warning of violent right wing extremism was leaked in 2009, it generated a substantial political controversy.

In a 2011 interview with the Southern Poverty Law Center, Daryl Johnson, the leader of the team that produced the report, argued that following the controversy, DHS's examination of such threats suffered, stating "Since our report was leaked, DHS has not released a single report of its own on this topic. Not anything dealing with non-Islamic domestic extremism—whether it’s anti-abortion extremists, white supremacists, 'sovereign citizens,' eco-terrorists, the whole gamut."

The threat from al Qaeda and its associated forces has changed significantly since 9/11. Today, almost 13 years after 9/11, al Qaeda has not successfully conducted another attack inside the United States. And since 2011, no individual charged with plotting to conduct an al Qaeda-inspired terrorist attack inside the United States has acted with more than one accomplice. This demonstrates the difficulties today of forming a jihadist group sufficiently large enough to conduct a complex attack anything on the scale of 9/11, and is a tribute to the success of law enforcement agencies in detecting and deterring jihadist terrorist activity.

Today in the United States, al Qaeda-type terrorism is the province of individuals with no real connection to foreign terrorists, aside from reading their propaganda online. Given this, it becomes harder to explain, in terms of American national security, why violence by homegrown right wing extremists receives substantially less attention than does violence by homegrown jihadist militants.

Peter Bergen is CNN's national security analyst, a director at the New America Foundation and the author of "Manhunt: The Ten-Year Search for bin Laden -- From 9/11 to Abbottabad." David Sterman is a research assistant at the New America Foundation.

Tyler Hite contributed research support for this article.

December 19, 2013

Afghan Man Cuts Wife Nose She Refused to Give Him Money for Drugs

Aisha, who appeared on the cover of "Time" magazine in 2010, was not the last Afghan woman to be so disfigured.





A heroin addict was in need of a fix but had no money. So he ordered his wife to sell her jewelry and, when she refused, he hacked off her nose and lips. 

Thirty-year-old Sitara, who barely survived the brutal attack, says she suffered her horrific injuries at the hands of her husband, Azim.

It was hours before neighbors discovered Sitara in her home in the Anjil district of western Afghanistan's Herat Province. There they found her unconscious, covered with blood, and her nose and lips lying next to her on the floor.

Sitara was rushed to the hospital, where doctors were able to stabilize her condition. The incident created huge waves in the local and national media, prompting the Interior Ministry to launch a manhunt for Azim, who fled after the December 13 incident.

But while the authorities continue to search for Azim, hope for Sitara has grown.

On December 17, she was sent to Turkey to receive reconstructive surgery she could not get in Afghanistan. Dozens of Afghan women's rights activists accompanied her to Kabul's airport to show their support.

Violence Against Women Still Common

Sitara's story is all too common in Afghanistan, where violence against women is widespread.

Despite women making significant inroads since the end of Taliban rule, domestic abuse remains routine, forced marriages are the norm, and women are discouraged from going to school or working outside the home. Suicide rates among women are among the highest in the world.

Sitara's story is all too common in Afghanistan, where violence against women is widespread.
Sitara's story is all too common in Afghanistan, where violence against women is widespread.


Sitara's four young children witnessed the mutilation firsthand. It was their screams and sobbing that attracted the attention of their neighbors.

Fereshta, Sitara's 14-year-old daughter, says her father had a long history of drug abuse and would often beat her siblings and mother when money ran out. "Every time my mother refused to give money to my father, he would beat her," she told local media on December 15.

Sima Samar, the head of Afghanistan's Independent Human Rights Commission, described the incident as barbaric. "This act is against human dignity. The perpetrator must be arrested and charged," she told a press conference in Kabul on December 16. "It can't be an excuse that he has run away -- police must take this seriously."

Police have arrested two people in connection with the incident. But their identities have not been revealed. Sitara's children have been placed under the care of relatives while she receives treatment abroad.

Sitara's treatment is being funded by the Counternarcotics Ministry and through money raised by several Afghan NGOs. Herat Governor Sayed Fazlullah Wahidi has agreed to support her family until she returns home.

Only Getting Worse

People in Herat have staged several protests in the last few days to demand justice. Demonstrators have accused the government of failing to prosecute perpetrators of violence against women and criticized religious figures over their silence after the attack.

The provincial department for women's affairs recently disclosed that 180 cases of violence against women have been registered this year -- an increase of more than 30 percent over last year.

A new United Nations report released this month showed the number of cases increasing across the country. The UN reported an almost 30 percent increase in cases of violence against women compared to last year.

Afghanistan enacted a landmark Elimination of Violence Against Women law in August 2009. The law criminalizes child marriage, selling and buying women to settle disputes, assault, and other acts of violence and abuse against women.

But the UN report says prosecutions of such cases have increased by only 2 percent compared to last year. The report concludes that the implementation of the law has been "slow and uneven."

More Aishas To Come?

Those numbers will do little to calm fears that the gains achieved by women over the past decade could be lost once international forces depart at the end of 2014. Their presence, along with millions of dollars in foreign aid and assistance, were seen as supporting the reestablishment of women's rights.

Sitara's story is reminiscent of another case that exposed the abused faced by Afghan women to the world.

Aisha, an Afghan teenager, came to symbolize the problem after a photo of her nose-less face appeared on the cover of "Time" magazine in the United States in 2010.

Aisha's abusive husband had beaten her and then hacked off her nose after she attempted to run away from home. Aisha underwent reconstructive surgery in the United States, where she currently resides.

By Frud Bezhan

http://www.rferl.org

December 20, 2012

Syrian Man Wears Politics in His Sleeves } Shot Wife Who Supported Assad

Body of Wife Lays Lifeless outside the hospital 



A Syrian merchant in his 40s shot dead his Russian wife in the embattled northern city of Aleppo because she supported President Bashar al-Assad’s regime, the killer's cousin told AFP on 
Wednesday.

Clothes shop owner Mohammed on Tuesday evening used a pistol to shoot his wife dead after an argument in their home in the rebel-held district of Maysar in southwestern Aleppo, said Ahmed, a 30-year-old government employee.

“The argument broke out when he criticized Assad, while she defended him,” said Ahmed. “The fight escalated and he shot her.”

Mohammed then went outside and told onlookers that his wife, whom he had met in Russia during a business trip and married four years ago, “would not stop her provocation by expressing support for Bashar, and that he could not take her attitude any longer,” said Ahmed.

There is no police presence in Maysar. The rebels did not arrest the man.
On July 20, the mainstream rebel Free Syrian Army launched an assault on half of Aleppo, traditionally Syria’s commercial hub. Battle lines divide much of the city today into pro- and anti-regime districts.
english.alarabiya.net

December 2, 2012

Sir Patrick Stewart on Domestic Violence in His Household

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As a child, Sir Patrick Stewart learned to love the songs of Irish tenors. If his father, Alf, came home singing "The Mountains of Mourne" or his favourite, "I'll take you home again, Kathleen", then his mother, Gladys, was safe. The actor, now 72, and his older brother, Trevor, lived in terror of military tunes. "We would lie awake in what was really no more than a partitioned-off corner of my parents' bedroom, waiting for him to come back. Nobody went to sleep. We would listen as he came into the yard. If he was singing army songs, that was bad news. Then he would find fault with something and then the conflict would escalate.

"Calling the police was not an easy thing to do in the 1940s, so someone had to go to the phone box, which was at least 500 yards from our front door, and make a 999 call. Often the call was not made." When it was, the police would come, the ambulance service and doctor would come to the family home in Mirfield, West Yorkshire. "My mother would be lying on the floor, bleeding," says Stewart.
"The kinds of things said were unbelievable. A policeman once said, 'it takes two to make an argument', or, 'well, she must have done something to upset him'. Which is a way of saying he must have been justified to be violent, and we know there is no justification for being violent. None whatsoever."
Often Stewart was forced to step in to defend his mother from his father's explosive rage. "I became an expert at judging the heat of an argument," he says. "As the temperature rose I would get out of bed and on to the landing, and, if it rose further, I would go down the stairs, sitting on the stone steps so as to be as close as possible to the door if something bad happened. If the escalation continued I could try to intervene.
"Now, it is really sad when a child becomes an expert on those kind of issues. But I was and I knew exactly the moment when I would throw the door open and rush in and say 'Stop!' or literally put my body between them."
Stewart's life now is a world away from his childhood horrors. After working for years on the stage and in television roles, in 1987 he moved to Hollywood and spent seven years playing Jean-Luc Picard in the science fiction series Star Trek: The Next Generation. In 2004 he returned to Britain to focus on the stage.
I am speaking to Stewart in the swanky offices of a business donor who has bid to have lunch with the actor to raise funds for the domestic violence charity Refuge. It is the one The Independent on Sunday has chosen for this year's Christmas appeal. "The work I do with and for Refuge is for my mother, because I could not do it for her then," Stewart says. "She had nowhere to go and Refuge, had it existed, would have given her an option or choice."
In the family's cramped, one-up one-down house there were no choices and no escape. At times the neighbours had to step in. "On Monday morning, the walk to school was so difficult, because I knew everyone had heard and I was ashamed and embarrassed. Lizzie Dixon was our next-door neighbour, a physically impressive woman. There were times when things were bad and the door would burst open and Lizzie Dixon would march in and she would thrust her great forearm in my father's face and say 'Come on, Alf, try it on me!'"
Stewart has tried to understand what led his father to become so violent. He thinks he suffered shell-shock. The nosedive his dad's career took after the Second World War made everything worse. "He had come out of the army as a superstar, a regimental sergeant major [going] to unskilled work and labour when he had commanded a battalion and the day-to-day respect of his colonel."
Though he could be an ogre on Friday nights, Stewart senior had another side. His son recalls: "He was very charismatic. Later on, in the theatre, I had to keep an eye on him whenever I took him backstage, because he would take actresses into corners and they would say 'your father is such a wonderful man' and yes, he was. But coming home from the pub or the club, behind closed doors, he was an angry, disappointed, violent man."
Acting helped Stewart to escape the traumas at home. "When I was 12 an English teacher, a man who made everything in my life possible, Cecil Dormand, put me in a play. "The first time that I walked on stage in my school dining hall I felt safer than I had ever felt in my life. Looking back, the reason I was always so comfortable on stage – the reason I have never had stage fright in my life – is because the stage is where I live. That is my home, or in front of a camera. It is my refuge."
There are few signs of Stewart's past in the man sitting in front of me. There is no trace of Yorkshire in his voice: his accent is more Received Pronunciation than the Queen's. And he holds himself with a composure and confidence that belies his early traumas.
After spending most of his life looking older than he was – he went bald when he was 19 – he now looks much younger than his 72 years. Dressed in a pressed shirt and trousers, capped off with a leather jacket and a trendy skinny tie, it is the garb of someone a quarter of his age, but he somehow pulls it off.
He has just finished filming a documentary about the racing driver Sir Stirling Moss. Racing Legend will be aired on BBC2 in Christmas week.
Stewart shows boyish excitement about the project, which he presents. "I am very proud of it," he says, "if for no other reason than because I get to drive some incredible cars.
"I learnt to practise drifting at Caterham. Then I drove a 1953 Vanwall, the car that Stirling won the British Grand Prix in, which is a monster, a brute. Stirling would not drive it. I asked him to drive it and he said 'no, no, no: you are not getting me back in that'. Most excitingly I drove a 1956 Mercedes Gullwing on the Mille Miglia course with Stirling as a passenger, talking me through when he won at the Mille Miglia, which is a 1,000km race without any stops. The biggest compliment in my life I have ever been paid is that he fell asleep while I was driving."
His passion for cars is a long-standing one, though the racing part is recent. "All my life [I have loved them]. It is ironic, given that my parents never owned a car. Cars were totally remote in my life, except that on the corner of my street there was a family that had a little hairdressing business called Maison Sheila, and the husband had some other private business somewhere, so they had a bit of money. He had a 1937 SS Jaguar. He also had a daughter called Valerie who sadly died a week ago. Valerie and I used to hang out in the back seat of the SS Jaguar and I have always said that that is where my love for Jaguar cars came from, and for fine motor engineering.
"When I was living in California I got involved in motor racing and I enjoyed it. This year, at the age of 72, I actually got my racing driver's licence. The only problem with my racing driving is that I do not like speed much, and that is a handicap. I do not like going incredibly fast. I like going fast, but not to the point where I no longer feel safe. I love the technique of racing driving."
The day after the interview, Stewart was due to jet off on another project, this time in New York. He is starting rehearsals for a new film called Match about a classical ballet teacher.
But don't expect him to be abandoning the British stage altogether. "I came back to the UK after 17 years because I was dissatisfied with the work. I worked all the time, but it was not the work I wanted to do. I wanted to go back to my previous life, pre-Star Trek, which was classical British theatre, the Royal Shakespeare Company, the West End. That is what I have done for eight years and they have been the best eight years of my life.”

The Independent on Sunday Christmas Appeal is for the national domestic violence charity Refuge. To make a donation visit:www.justgiving.com/IndependentonSundayappeal2012

August 17, 2012

If UR Starting New TV Show } Don’t Butt Head Your Wife on Cam!

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In what might be news to most people, Chad Johnson and his new wife, Evelyn Lozada, were supposed to premiere their VH1 reality show this September. But then Johnson learned the hard way that allegedly using your head to hit your wife in the face inside a Smart Car will cost you all your jobs. In statement released yesterday, the network said it's putting the kibosh on the show.

"Due to the unfortunate events over the weekend and the seriousness of the allegations, VH1 is pulling the series 'Ev & Ocho' from its schedule and has no current plans of airing it."
Davie police have also released the 911 call put in by Johnson's neighbor, who took Lozada in as Chad drove around to calm down. The neighbor, an unidentified man, calmly tells the dispatcher what happened and begs law enforcement not to let the media know.

On the tape, you can hear Lozada giving the neighbor the details of the alleged assault. Among the things the neighbor says to the dispatcher:

"Let's not make a big scene until the police get here... He's a high-profile person."

"He hit her with his head... She has a nice cut on the forehead that I believe will need stitches or one of those butterfly things."

"He's a very high-profile person. We want to too keep this as quiet as possible... We don't need the news here."

Meanwhile, Hard Knocks will be addressing the issue on its next episode, which airs tonight.

Johnson apparently met his wife on Twitter. She was once engaged to ex-NBA star Antoine Walker. Lozada was also on Basketball Wives and was known to be the one to start fights with the other wives. Johnson live-tweeted their wedding. On Hard Knocks last week, Johnson spoke about courting his wife by saying, "When you have to pause Call of Duty for someone, you know they're the fucking one." They've been married about two months.

How can a marriage built on such a strong foundation come to such an abrupt end? Teams of doctors will be studying this mystery for decades to come.
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August 12, 2012

Chad Ochocinco Miami Dolphins, Head Butts His New Wife


Miami Dolphins star Chad 'Ochocinco' Johnson is arrested for 'head-butting new wife of ONE MONTH after she found a receipt for condoms'

The argument that led to Johnson's arrest broke out when his newlywed wife, VH1 reality show star Evelyn Lozada, found the condom receipt over dinner and confronted him about it
The argument that led to Johnson's arrest broke out when his newlywed wife, VH1 reality show star Evelyn 
Lozada, found the condom receipt over dinner and confronted him about it. The 34-year-old Dolphins receiver formerly known as Chad Ochocinco, was charged with simple battery, domestic violence, which is a misdemeanor. Lozada was treated for a cut to her forehead after the alleged headbutting incident.


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January 31, 2012

A Woman Denial In Trying To Cut Off Her Husbands’ Penis

Update
Woman Cuts Off Penis
In Los Angeles, a 69-year-old US woman who allegedly tried to cut off her husband’s penis with a pair of heavy-duty scissors pleaded not guilty Tuesday.
Virginia Valdez, who posted $100,000 bail and was freed from custody in December a few days after the alleged assault on her 62-year-old husband.
She was banned from any contact with her husband.
Valdez, charged with inflicting corporal injury on a spouse and assault with a deadly weapon, was ordered by a judge to appear in court again on April 10.
She was taken into custody Saturday, after officers were called to the couple’s home in response to a complaint by her husband, the Palm Springs Police Department said at the time.
“Officers made contact with the 62-year-old male victim, who reported that his wife had attempted to sever his penis with scissors, resulting in injuries to the area,” said spokeswoman Sgt. Melissa Desmarais.
“The victim received medical attention for treatment of a non-life threatening wound and has subsequently been released from the hospital,” she added, declining to name the husband.
In July, a 48-year-old California woman, Catherine Kieu Becker, was charged with allegedly drugging her estranged husband’s dinner then tying him to a bed and cutting off his male organ.
In 1993, John Wayne Bobbitt had his penis cut off by his wife Lorena, who drove away and threw away the member from a moving car. It was recovered and sewn back on, and Bobbitt subsequently found success as a porn movie actor.
By Agence FrDiance-Presse




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