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August 20, 2017

Barcelona Attack Events

 Barcelona attack suspects

At least 14 people were killed and 130 injured on Thursday when a driver deliberately slammed a van into crowds on Barcelona's most popular street in what police confirmed was a terror attack.

Citizens of 24 countries were among those killed and injured in Barcelona including one Belgian national confirmed to have died.

A seven-year-old British boy is among those missing following the Las Ramblas rampage, which Prime Minister Threresa May said left a "small number" of Britons injured. 

The attack, the latest in a wave of vehicle rammings across Europe in recent years, caused panic on the streets of Spain's largest city and drew condemnation from world leaders.

"It was clearly a terror attack, intended to kill as many people as possible," Josep Lluis Trapero, senior police official, said.

Hours later, police said they had shot dead "four suspected terrorists" and left another injured in Cambrils, a city south of Barcelona.

The regional government of Catalonia, where both Barcelona and Cambrils are located, also confirmed the incident in the early hours of Friday, which police had earlier qualified as a "possible terrorist attack." 

The Van

A white Fiat van, reportedly rented, rammed into pedestrians outside a kosher restaurant on a busy street in Barcelona shortly after 5pm on Thursday.

The vehicle van veered onto the promenade and barreled down the busy walkway in central Barcelona for 500 metres, swerving back and forth as it mowed pedestrians down and turned a picturesque tourist destination into a bloody killing zone. 

Victims were left sprawled in the street, spattered with blood or writhing in pain from broken limbs. Others fled in panic through Las Ramblas, screaming or carrying young children in their arms.

Lawyer and University of Glasgow rector Aamer Anwar was walking La Ramblas when he heard screaming.

He said a shopkeeper told him five or six people were badly injured and described the scene as "chaos".

Mr Anwar said: "I was walking down Las Ramblas for something to eat. Part of it was in the shade so I decided to keep walking down and literally within 10 seconds there was a crashing noise. 

Armed Police Arrive

"I turned around and people were screaming - I could see a woman screaming with her kids - people started running and jumping into shops. I ran for about 50 or 100 metres and stopped to see what was happening. "

British tourist Keith Welling, who arrived in Barcelona on Wednesday with his wife and 9-year-old daughter, said they saw the van drive past them down the avenue and took refuge in a restaurant when panic broke out and the crowd started running.

"People were shouting and we heard a bang and someone cried that it was a gunshot ... Me and my family ran into the restaurant along with around 40 other people.

"At first people were going crazy in there, lots of people crying, including a little girl around three years old."

What happened in Cambrils?

Residents of the Spanish seaside resort of Cambrils fled in terror in the early hours of Friday after five terrorists wearing suicide vests launched the second ramming attack in the country in a matter of hours. 

At least six people were hurt when the attackers drove into pedestrians before being shot dead by security forces, just hours after a similar attack in nearby Barcelona.

Of the six civilians caught up in the Cambrils attack, two were said to be in a serious condition.

One later died according to an official Twitter account.

The Audi A3 car rammed into people on the seaside promenade of the tourist city 74 miles south of Barcelona, where a van had earlier sped into a street packed full of tourists, killing 13 people and injuring around 100 others.

Police said the suspects in Cambrils carried bomb belts, which were detonated by a police bomb squad.

Media reports said a car crashed into a police vehicle and nearby civilians and police shot the attackers, one brandishing a knife. Police did not immediately say how the attack was being carried out.

A police officer and five civilians were injured and two were in serious condition. 

The explosive belts worn by attackers killed by police in Cambrils were fake, the Spanish region's head Carles Puigdemont told local radio station RAC1. He said bomb experts had confirmed the explosive belts were duds.

The suspects

Four people have so far been arrested over the attack, including Driss Oukabir, the elder brother of van driver suspect Moussa Oukabir.

The driver of the van that mowed into the packed street was still on the run, Spanish police said on Thursday night.

There was a third arrest made on Friday morning - but it was unclear whether this was the driver.

Josep Lluis Trapero of the regional police of Catalonia said two other people suspected of being involved in the terror attack had been arrested - a Spaniard and a Moroccan.

One of the suspects arrested over the attack is a man born in the Spanish territory of Melilla in northern Morocco, he said.

The other, Driss Oukabir, is Moroccan. 

Spanish reports initially said that Driss Oukabir was being questioned on suspicion of involvement in the attack.

But on Thursday night the mayor of Ripoll, the town where he lived, 70 miles north of Barcelona, said that a man identifying himself as Driss Oukabir went to his local police station and reported that his documentation had been stolen.

Jordi Munell, the mayor, said that the man had insisted that he had been in Ripoll at the time of the attack and went to the local police station as soon as he saw his images broadcast in the media.

Police suspect that Driss Oukabir’s younger brother, named by Spanish media as 18-year-old Moussa, could have been involved.

In a further twist, Trapero said police suspected a deadly explosion late on Wednesday at a house in Alcanar 124 miles south of Barcelona was linked to the van attack.

Trapero said the explosion left at least one person dead, and police suspected those in the house were "preparing an explosive device."

"It seems there was an accumulation of gas that generated the explosion," he said, without giving further details.

The Spanish suspect was arrested in Alcanar, while Oukabir was held in Ripoll in northern Catalonia.

Isil claim responsibility

"Soldiers" of Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant carried out the deadly van attack, the jihadist organisation's propaganda outlet Amaq said.

"The executors of the Barcelona attack were soldiers of the Islamic State," Amaq said on its Telegram messenger account, without naming those it claimed were behind the attack.

Amaq said they had launched the attack in response to calls to target states taking part in the United States-led coalition battling the jihadist group in Iraq and Syria.

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said the attack was "jihadist terrorism" which required a global response.

"Today the fight against terrorism is the principal priority for free and open societies like ours. It is a global threat and the response has to be global," Rajoy told a news conference in Barcelona.

Isil, which once controlled a self-declared "caliphate" across large parts of Iraq and Syria, has suffered major losses in recent months. Coalition-backed Iraqi forces recaptured its Iraqi stronghold Mosul in July.

World leaders condemn perpetrators and offer support to Spain

Prime Minister Theresa May said she is "sickened by the senseless loss of life in Barcelona".

"My thoughts are with the victims of today's terrible attack in Barcelona and the emergency services responding to this ongoing incident," she said. "The UK stands with Spain against terror.

British dual national child missing after Spain terror attacks, says May

Julian is Missing!"Julian is 7 years old and was out with Jom when they were separated, due to the recent terrorist activity. Please share, especially if you have family or friends in Barcelona. Thank you."
Julian Cadman
"Following the attacks in Manchester and London, Spain stood alongside the British people. Tonight, Britain stands with Spain against the evil of terrorism."

U.S. President Donald Trump wrote on Twitter: "The United States condemns the terror attack in Barcelona, Spain, and will do whatever is necessary to help. Be tough & strong, we love you!"

He later added: "Study what General Pershing of the United States did to terrorists when caught. There was no more Radical Islamic Terror for 35 years!"

In Germany, the office of German Chancellor Angela Merkel said they were thinking of the victims of the "revolting attack" with "profound sadness", while French President Emmanuel Macron voiced "France's solidarity" with Spanish citizens following what he called "a tragic attack".

Russian President Vladimir Putin called for the world to unite in an "uncompromising battle against the forces of terror".

"We decisively condemn this cruel and cynical crime against civilians," Putin wrote in a telegram of condolences to Spanish King Felipe VI. 

The missing, dead and injured (pics omitted)

The family of a seven-year-old boy has posted on Facebook begging for his safe return after he was separated from his injured mother.

Julian Cadman, from Australia, was out in Barcelona on holiday with his mother, when the terrorist's van struck where they were walking, separating them. 
Jom Cadman, the mother of Julian, was found in hospital and is in a serious but stable condition.

His cousin, George Cadman, wrote on Facebook: "My cousin, Julian Alessandro Cadman is missing. Please like and share. We have found Jom (his Mum, my cousin-in-law) and she is in a serious but stable condition in hospital. 

Victims of the van rampage that left 14 people dead and around 100 others injured were of at least 24 different nationalities, Spain's civil protection agency said.

A three-year-old child is among those confirmed dead, Spanish media reported, while authorities said a Belgian woman also died.

Spanish media also reported that three Germans were among those killed.

In Australia, Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop confirmed that four Australians had been hurt in the attack, while one person was missing.

A spokesman had earlier said that among the victims in the popular seaside city were nationals from France, Germany, Spain, the Netherlands, Argentina, Venezuela, Belgium, Australia, Hungary, Peru, Romania, Ireland, Greece, Cuba, Macedonia, China, Italy and Algeria - without detailing whether he was referring to those who died or were injured.

Witnesses spoke of a scene of carnage, with bodies strewn along the boulevard as others fleeing for their lives.

"When it happened I ran out and saw the damage," local shop worker Xavi Perez told AFP.

"There were bodies on the floor with people crowding round them. People were crying. There were lots of foreigners."

August 18, 2017

Gay Hate Victim in Bad Condition After being Attacked in Rochdale, Manchester

Carl Johnson 25, in a bad way in Hospital just for being at the beach

A gay man left for dead in a suspected hate crime was violently attacked as he lay "curled up in a ball" after he went to a pub in his new area to make friends, his family say.

Carl Johnson, 25, had moved to Rochdale, Greater Manchester, in recent weeks after getting a job there and on Saturday night went out and got chatting to a group of people in a bar in the city.

But when he walked home in the early hours of Sunday he was set upon by three men and a woman in a vicious and unprovoked attack where kicks and punches rained down on him.

Carl suffered a fractured skull and bleeding on the brain in the assault and his family say doctors said he was lucky he wasn't killed. 

Carl Johnson (Left) and his brother Mark - who says Carl was the victim of a hate crime
His brother Mark believes the attack was a hate crime, saying it was "obvious" his brother was gay because of his “mannerisms”.

Carl remains in a brain injury unit in hospital, where he is slipping and out of consciousness, and faces up to six months in recovery.

His family are “distraught” and hope police will be able to identify the culprits and find any witnesses to the attack in Drake Street.

Carl had moved to Rochdale from the Salem area of Oldham, and had found work in a distribution centre. On Saturday evening he rang his brother Mark and told him he wanted to go to the Rochdale Feel Good Festival, a series of free concerts there last weekend headlined by indie-rock band Razorlight.

Mark believes he went into the town centre to try and get tickets, but he went to a pub when he couldn’t get a hold of any because he was keen to meet new people.

He told The Independent: “He had just moved to Rochdale and went out to make friends because he has none. He had met some people in the pub. Then outside he was attacked down the road.”

They knocked him to the ground before punching him and kicking him as he lay defenceless. “He had to curl up into a ball,” Mark said. “Had they hit him a bit harder they would have killed him. 
Gay couple asked to 'stop hugging' at Italian beach resort
“He’s no fighter. A gust of wind would blow him over.”

Paramedics found Carl at 1.50am after the attack on Drake Street and he was rushed to Royal Oldham Hospital after suffering injuries including a broken jaw, damaged ribs and a broken thumb.

But he was transferred to a specialist brain injury unit in Salford Royal Hospital after he was found to have also suffered a fractured skull and bleeding on the brain.

Mark said: “He’s not doing great. He’s coming in and out of concussion and has had to switch to a stronger painkiller.”

He has spoken to police about the attack but could only give them a hazy account.

Mark believes Carl was targeted because he is homosexual. “He is obviously gay because of his mannerisms and the way he speaks,” he said. Carl’s mother, Lynn Johnson, 52, is coming to terms with the violent assault on Carl. “When she got the news she found it difficult. She’s distraught but she’s made of strong stuff.”

Mark has since started a Facebook campaign in a bid to help find any witnesses or any information that could help police find the culprits behind the attack.

“I’m in a desperate bid to get the people who did this into custody. I have a lot of people on Facebook from over the years. So it’s been quite successful in getting profile.
“We’re hoping on the goodwill and the humanity of people that something will come out of it.”

Police are examining CCTV footage recorded in Drake Street at the time. 

Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101, quoting incident number 272 of August 13 - or Crime stoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

August 17, 2017

Many Dead and Injured In Van Plowing Into The Crowds Terror Attack, Barcelona

A white van slammed into crowds on a tree-lined pedestrian mall Thursday in Barcelona's popular tourist district Las Ramblas, killing at least one person and injuring 32 in what Spanish police call a terror attack.

Spanish media, including Cadena SER radio station and TV3, put the death toll as high as 13. 

Spanish public broadcaster RTVE says 1 suspect has been arrested. The Spanish newspaper El  Pais reported earlier that two suspects had fled the scene, with at least one holed up in a bar.

"We can confirm this was a terror attack. The counter-terror protocol has been activated," tweeted regional police.

The Las Ramblas district is lined with stalls and shops in the center of Barcelona. People walk down a wide, pedestrian path in the center of the street but cars can travel on either side. Witnesses tell Spanish state broadcaster RTVE that the van mounted the central pedestrian part of the boulevard and barreled into the crowd.

Albert Tort, 47, a nurse who lives in the area, tells the Spanish newspaper El  Pais the scene of the carnage was a "real disaster."

"I have counted at least 6 dead, I have tried to revive a young man but it has been impossible, " Tort said. 
Mossos d'Esquadra Police officers and emergency service workers move an injured person after a van crashes into pedestrians in Las Ramblas, downtown Barcelona, Spain, on Aug. 17, 2017. 

According to initial reports a van crashed into a crowd in Barcelona's famous Placa Catalunya square at Las Ramblas area injuring several. Local media report the van driver ran away, metro and train stations were closed. The number of people injured and the reasons behind the incident are not yet known.   Van crashes into pedestrians in Barcelona terror attack

The Mossos d'Esquadra, the police force of the Catalan autonomous region, said on Twitter that "the counter-terror mechanism has been activated."

In Washington, the White House says President Trump has been alerted to the unfolding situation. This year there have been several high-profile terror attacks involving vehicles across Europe. In Spain, there hasn't been a major terrorist attack since the 2004 Madrid train bombings by Al Qaeda inspired terrorists, according to El  Pais. 

The El Pais newspaper said the Clinical and Provincial Hospital of Barcelona is treating three injured by the incident. Police cordoned off the street and shut down businesses. A policemen and a medical staff member stand past police cars and an ambulance in a cordoned off area after a van plowed into the crowd, injuring several people on the Rambla in Barcelona on August 17, 2017. 

The government of Catalonia's Carles Puigdemont tweeted, "Maximum prudence and all the attention to the victims in the events of this afternoon in Barcelona."

April 11, 2013

Island of Maldives Have Turn Out to be Killers for Gay and Lesbians} Stay AWAY

Look Closer and you will see blood in the waTer from Gay and Lesbians 

Hilath Rasheed, the first openly gay and secular blogger in the Maldives, was about to walk through his front door one afternoon last year when he felt the box-cutter slice through his neck.
It took a moment to notice the blood pouring down his shirt. As his attackers sauntered off, Hilath staggered to the main road, clutching the loose skin over his throat with one hand. He managed to hitch a lift to hospital from a horrified motorcyclist. When a doctor in the emergency room asked him to move his hand away, a policeman and nurse fainted.
Following a miraculous recovery – doctors told him there was less than a 1 per cent chance of surviving such an attack – Hilath, 35, now lives in exile in Sri Lanka. He misses home, but a country where it is illegal to be non-Muslim and violent forms of religious fundamentalism are on the rise is no place for a homosexual secularist, he says.
"Extremism is the biggest threat my country faces," he said at a coffee shop in Colombo. "I was the first person to talk openly about homosexuality and religious freedom. People said I was brave, but often I think I was stupid."
Recent weeks have put a spotlight on Islamic fundamentalism in the Maldives after a 15-year-old girl who had been repeatedly raped by her stepfather was sentenced to 100 lashes for "fornication". A petition by the global advocacy group Avaaz has been signed by more than two million people demanding a tourist boycott until the flogging sentence is annulled.
In a rare interview at his home this week, President Mohammed Waheed told The Independent that he strongly opposes the court ruling. "This case should not have come to the courts at all. We see this girl as a victim," he said, adding that he has set up a committee to "understand what went wrong".
But that sits awkwardly with his recent decision to enter into a coalition with the religious Adhaalath party with elections to be held in September.
In a recent statement, Adhaalath backed the flogging, saying: "The purpose of penalties like these in Islamic shariah is to maintain order in society and to save it from sinful acts. We must turn a deaf ear to the international organisations which are calling to abolish these penalties."
Few of the million visitors to the Maldives each year see this side of the country. Most are whisked off to uninhabited resort islands before even setting foot on the crowded, alcohol-free capital of Malé. But the flogging case was not an isolated incident – Islamic hardliners, many trained in Pakistan and Saudi Arabia, have become a shadowy but powerful presence here. They are blamed for a raid on the national museum last year in which a priceless collection of ancient Buddhist artefacts was destroyed. They are also thought to be behind the killing in October of a member of parliament who had spoken out against extremism. The police have made little progress in either case.
Religious conservatives were also the driving force behind weeks-long protests that toppled the country's first Democratic President, Mohamed Nasheed, in February last year.
Mr Nasheed's election in 2008 had ended 30 years of dictatorship, but his liberal, Western style was used by opponents to paint him as un-Islamic – even a secret Christian. Although Mr Nasheed resigned on live television, he later claimed it was done "with a gun to my head" and that he was the victim of a coup.
The new President says the changeover was perfectly legal. But eyebrows were raised when he gave ministerial posts to the son and daughter of the former dictator Maumoon Gayoom, and chose three religious leaders from the Adhaalath party for his cabinet, even though the party holds no seats in parliament.
Dr Waheed defended his choice this week, saying: "They want to ensure Islamic values are protected. We are all working with that in mind."
Out on one of the Maldives' 200 inhabited islands, Mr Nasheed and members of his Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) were back on the campaign trail last week, hoping they can regain through the ballot box what was lost to the mob.
On most islands he receives a hero's welcome, still the man who endured torture and years behind bars to bring democracy to the country. But this day's campaigning brought him to the island of Huraa: as stunning as the rest, with its turquoise waters, palm trees and white sands, but a stronghold of conservative forces.
Women greeted Mr Nasheed with a table of whisky bottles to imply his alleged love of alcohol. As he tried to address a small crowd in the town hall, they stood outside shrieking maniacally in an attempt to drown him out. Attempts to approach them for their views almost triggered a riot.
"They are screaming because they are losing and they know it," Mr Nasheed said at his hotel later that evening. "The coup has actually been a blessing in disguise. It exposed the mullahs. When they took jobs in government, it became obvious that they were just using religion for political ends. Hardly anyone is joining their rallies now."
It is not yet clear whether Mr Nasheed will be allowed to stand in September's elections. The current government and judiciary are doing their best to throw him in prison for his attempt to arrest a senior judge during the final days of his presidency. So far, his trial has been delayed by technicalities, but there are fears that more extreme measures are about to be deployed.
"There is no question that they wanted me dead during the coup," Mr Nasheed said. "They have unfinished business with me."
Such fears have put his supporters on edge. The islands have been gripped in recent weeks by news that a pair of alleged Armenian gangsters known as the Artur brothers have been photographed in the company of government ministers. Rumours quickly spread on social media that they were assassins sent to kill Mr Nasheed.
The brothers – who use the names Artur Sargsyan and Artur Margaryan – made international headlines in 2006 after being kicked out of Kenya amid allegations they had built a drug-trafficking empire with links to the highest government offices. They were deported only after pulling guns on customs officials in a Nairobi airport.
The Maldives government says they were in town to set up an investment company, and has hastily cancelled their permits in the wake of the media attention, but the episode showed how tense the political situation has become. "Everyone is worried about [Mr Nasheed's] safety," said Eva Abdulla, an MDP politician. "Things look calm, but if he is jailed or killed, there will be huge amounts of violence on the streets."
Despite their grievances, the MDP had its fair share of controversies during its time in power. The party was accused of bribing opposition MPs, sidelining critics and failing to clean up a deeply corrupt judiciary when it had the chance. Mr Nasheed's decision to arrest the judge was condemned internationally and only fuelled the protests that led to his downfall.
"It's true that we made mistakes," Ms Abdulla said. "We underestimated how much power the old regime still had and they managed to build a lot of anger against Nasheed. But the coup has jolted people out of their apathy. People have realised that their new democratic rights are quite precarious."
Mr Nasheed hopes that his focus on development will ultimately drown out the religious rhetoric.
He is particularly fond of his decision to allow locals to open guest houses on inhabited islands, which were banned. That is starting to break the monopoly enjoyed by millionaire resort owners, and bring tourist dollars into the rural economy for the first time.
He is also touting a financial-support scheme for single mothers – a particular hit because the Maldives happens to have the highest divorce rate in the world. "All the opposition can do is wave alcohol bottles at us," one of Mr Nasheed's campaign organisers said, walking away from the screaming women on Huraa. "We have actual policies, and eventually that will get through to people."
Unwelcome guests: The 'Artur Brothers'
The "Artur brothers" have caused quite a stir since they arrived in the Maldives last year.
Having reportedly registered the company "Artur Brothers World Connections" on the islands in October, it was not long before local media began to pick up on news reports from Kenya dating back to 2006 which alleged that the pair – who go by the names of Artur Sargsyan and Artur Margaryan – were involved in a drug-trafficking ring with links to some of Kenya's highest officials.
Their activities allegedly culminated in a dramatic exit from Kenya, in which they pulled guns on customs officials. Media investigations later said the pair had been so close to senior government officials that they were granted Kenyan citizenship, and even appointed deputy police commissioners. They have also been said to hold Armenian, Czech and French passports. This month, photos of the Arturs appeared online apparently in the company of the country's Defence Minister, Mohamed Nazim, and the Tourism Minister, Ahmed Adheeb.
Their presence coincided with a comment issued by the islands' ousted leader, Mohamed Nasheed, in which he expressed fear for his life. According to reports, in 2011 the former Kenyan Prime Minister Raila Odinga accused the brothers of involvement in a failed assassination plot against leading opposition figures in 2005. The brothers are said to have told a press conference that they were merely businessmen, who had been approached by the opposition to fund a campaign for regime change in Kenya.
In a statement on his website dated 4 April this year, the President of the Maldives, Mohammed Waheed, said he had been told that the brothers were in the country in January but that they "had not broken any laws". It said the brothers "were being monitored by the police" and "the administration later decided to ask them to leave once their visa extension expired".
This week, Mr Adheeb told Minivan News that he had "advised them to leave peacefully and they agreed", adding that the pair "have now left". Police have since recommended that an investment licence issued to the brothers by the islands should be revoked.

April 10, 2013

The Face of France,The Government and Those With No Rush To Justice

A photo take of Wilfred de Bruijn’s battered and bruised face has gone viral in the country. Homophobic attacks in France have risen as the same-sex marriage bill advances.

Wilfred de Bruijn, a Dutch citizen who lives and works as a librarian in Paris, France, gestures during an interview with The Associated Press at his apartment in Paris, Wednesday, April 10, 2013. De Bruijn was beaten unconscious near his home early Sunday morning in central Paris, sustaining 5 fractures in his head and face, abrasions and a lost tooth. After posting a photo of his wounds on Facebook, the image went viral and de Bruijn has become a national cause celebre of the pro-gay campaign. (AP Photo/Remy de la Mauviniere)
 A photo of Wilfred de Bruijn, a Dutch citizen who lives and works as a librarian in Paris, 
France, went viral, putting a face on the struggle of gays in France, who are being targeted
 for their sexuality as a bill that would legalize same-sex marriage advances.
A gay man beaten up in Paris this month is using a photo of his injuries to fuel a growing protest for equality, as a divisive reform bill to allow same-sex marriage in France drives a spate of homophobic attacks.
A photo taken of Wilfred de Bruijn's battered and bruised face shortly after he was kicked unconscious by unknown assailants has gone viral on the Internet this month.

"Sorry to show you this. It's the face of Homophobia," de Bruijn wrote above the image
 posted on his Facebook page on Sunday. It has been shared nearly 8,000 times since then.
De Bruijn, a Dutchman resident in Paris for a decade, told France Inter radio on Wednesday 
that he had "no doubt" that an assault on him and his boyfriend, who was punched in the face
 as they walked arm-in-arm, was a homophobic attack.
  Gay rights issues have divided France in recent months as President Francois Hollande
 has pushed through a bill to legalize gay marriage despite angry street protests.
The law, backed by two in three people in surveys, is set to pass without major hitches in 
a parliament where Hollande's Socialists have a majority.

Yet a passionate debate, particularly on whether same-sex couples should have parenting 
rights, has triggered a surge in verbal and physical attacks on the gay community, according to records kept by the campaign group SOS Homophobie.
The group has recorded more than 60 reports of homophobic attacks, two to three times 
higher than normal, in the past week as the bill makes its final passage through the Senate.

This photo has spread online, and is one of about 60 attacks on gays in France reported in the last week.
 This photo has spread online, and is one of about 60 attacks on gays in France reported 
in the last week.
"It feels like the most violent time in our history," said Michael Bouvard, vice-president of SOS Homophobie.

On Sunday night, a hall used during the day for a festival of lesbian, gay and transgender associations in the gay-friendly Marais district of central Paris was vandalized and plastered 
with posters for the vocal anti-gay marriage lobby.
The "Protest for Everyone" movement, led by the comedian Frigide Barjot, has united tens of thousands of Roman Catholics, evangelical Christians and Muslims.

De Bruijn said the heated nature of the debate was encouraging violence.
"It wasn't Frigide Barjot who hit my boyfriend, but you can't ignore the narrow-minded 
speeches being made," he said.
France, traditionally Catholic and socially conservative, is opening up slowly to acceptance 
of gays and lesbians, with a trickle of public figures now openly homosexual.
The law giving same-sex couples the right to marry and adopt children is now being debated i
n the Senate after being adopted by the lower house in February after 110 hours of debate.
SOS Homophobie is already waging a legal fight against a far-right student union that it says
 posted images online aimed at inciting homophobic violence.
It was due to be among several dozen lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender groups staging a demonstration against homophobia in front of Paris' town hall later on Wednesday.
In cyberspace, de Bruijn has stepped up his own protest, posting a stylized black-and-white 
poster version of his photo with details of Wednesday's rally and the slogan: "Fight back".

February 4, 2013

OuTGng Def Sec Panetta Answers the Q< Can We Have caught Bin Laden Without Torture?

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Outgoing Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said that the US would have captured Bin Laden without using torture, despite what the film "Zero Dark Thirty" implied.
"First of all, it's a movie," Panetta said on NBC's "Meet the Press". "Let's remember that. I lived the real story.”
“There were a lot of pieces out there that were part of that puzzle," Panetta continued.
"Yes, some of it came from some of the tactics that were used at that time, interrogation tactics that were used. But the fact is we put together most of that intelligence without having to resort to that.”
According to POLITICO, NBC's Chuck Todd asked Panetta to clarify, “And you think you could have gotten it without any?”
“I think we could have gotten Bin Laden without that,” Panetta replied.
Panetta served as the head of the CIA from 2009 until he was nominated as US defense secretary in July 2011.
As CIA director, Panetta oversaw the search for Osama bin Laden that led up to his capture and execution by the US military in May 2011.
The film "Zero Dark Thirty" has been nominated for several Academy Awards, including Best Picture.
Directed by Kathryn Bigelow, the film is a thoroughly researched, though fictional, chronicle of the search for bin Laden.
Critics claim the enhanced interrogations amount to torture but some in the CIA defended the use of sleep deprivation, hypothermia, stress positions, slapping and waterboarding that were used to find bin Laden, reports Reuters.

January 9, 2013

UK young 27 yrs Old Beaten to Pulp His Accent was Not Liked { All In The Same Country }

BandageHate no matter where it  is hate always has the same results.   

You don’t have to be gay for haters to attack you and try to kill you.  It’s not going to be a 

message like you have seen on TV from the Sopranos. There is no warning except some 

criminal thinks you are something he hates, the cause for him being a failure.

That is why we try to teach that fighting hate belongs to all. It does not belongs to the    gay,mexicans or Islam or like Paul because of his accent.
 with Laura

adamfoxie*blog International

RACE   hate victim was left for dead by savage asswholes who smashed in his skull for being   ENGLISH... in WALES.

Terrified Paul Meehan, 27, was surrounded by baying thugs on a visit with his fiancee to friends and family in 

The six brutes — who heard his BRUMMIE accent at a taxi stand-waded in with fists and boots, leaving him  in a pool of blood. 

 His head injuries were so horrific surgeons had to remove a five-inch slab of skull from above his right temple as they battled to save his brain.

Electrician Paul — who also had 50 staples inserted into his head — said yesterday: “It was unprovoked.
“They heard my accent — it was nothing more than that. It could have turned into a murder case.”
Paul was born in London, but grew up in Cardiff and used to have a WELSH twang before moving to Birmingham in his teens. He now faces further surgery to insert a metal plate in his head.
Snaps of his skull after the op that saved his life show it bandaged with a message from surgeons warning fellow medics: “NO BONE”.

 Paul, of Erdington — attacked on a night out with devastated bride-to-be Laura Landeg, 22 — said: “I’m left with a squidgy bit on the side of my head.
“Whoever did this ruined my life. I am not going to be able to go back to being my old self.”
Cops hunting the gang are checking CCTV. A police spokesman vowed: “Assaults such as this will not be tolerated.”
Paul’s skull is stapled up

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