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Gun violence, as American as apple pie

unnamedAs President Obama has argued, states with gun control laws tend to have lower gun-related death rates.

Ralph E. Stone Global News Centre

(SAN FRANCISCO) Another mass killing in the U.S. This time in San Bernardino — 14 dead, 21 wounded.  We say ho-hum as gun violence has now become an expected event in our every day lives.  Consider that since 2006, there have been more than 200 mass killings in the U.S.  Americans have seemingly come to accept gun violence as long as it doesn’t directly effect them or their love ones personally.

Will Oregon mass killings be a tipping point?
Probably Not

police_lights350Two years after the tragedy at the Sandy Hook Elementary School, a study in Preventive Medicine found large majorities of Americans continue to support a range of gun violence prevention policies.

Ralph E. Stone Global News Centre

(SAN FRANCISCO)  On October 1, 2015, ten people were killed and another seven injured after Christopher Harper-Mercer, a 26-year-old gunman, opened fire in a classroom at Umpqua Community College in southern Oregon.  Harper-Mercer then took his own life.  President Obama vowed to continue pushing new gun policies that he said would prevent further mass shootings.  Will this mass killings be a tipping point resulting in passage of reasonable federal gun control legislation?  Probably not.

Garland cartoonists, Mohammed and common sense

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Freedom of speech in this country is a wonderful gift that thousands of Americans have died to preserve. Having this right should also include respect for the faith of others. The event in Garland wasn’t respectful. This respect needs to permeate our country throughout all public events, demonstrations and religious gatherings.

Dr. Glenn Mollette Global News Centre

(NEWBURGH, Indiana)  The Mohammed cartoon event recently held in Garland, Texas was a demonstration of free speech. People gathered to showcase their cartoons of Islam’s Mohammed. Cartoons of Mohammed are commonly known to incite people of the Islam religion. I don’t know of any Christians who like cartoons of Jesus if they depict Jesus in an irreverent way. I do not embrace anything about Islam. I do embrace their United States freedom to peacefully practice their religion. I am abhorred by militant Islam religion.

NPC appointed commission commences investigations on fraud

tamil-elam-logoA 7-member commission appointed by the Northern Provincial Council (NPC) to investigate the wide scale fraud reported within the last five years, said it has commenced the investigations on Monday. The investigations will target various ministries and departments coming under the purview of the NPC, local government and the public service in the province, according to Deputy Speaker M. Antony Jeganathan, who is the chair of the Commission. There have been widespread allegations of fraud involving the previous SL military governor to the North, who was spearheading the structural genocide through the provincial administration. Some of these fraudulent activities have also involved TNA members including a prominent member in the NPC, the critics in the civil sector in Jaffna said urging the Chief Minister to ensure impartial investigations.

Global News Centre

(TamilNet)  The investigations should review the so-called development projects that have been carried out involving large sums of funds. The North East Local Services Improvement Project (NELSIP) alone involves more than 86 million US dollars.

Apart from this large-scale deployment of funds, there have been various complaints of EPDP run administration of the Municipal Council and other public institutions in the Northern Province.

PAKISTAN: Three injured in shooting at Catholic St. Franciscan High School

lahore-school--shootingBehar Colony is the second largest Christian residential area in Lahore and Lahore is the second largest city of Pakistan. 

Global News Centre

(LAHORE)  Friday, armed men opened fire on a missionary institution, St. Franciscan High School, in Behar colony Lahore . One student and two security guards were injured and have were hospitalized. Students and faculty panicked in the school as gunmen fired.

The unidentified gunmen began firing and as the guards on duty outside the school intercepted, they were caught in the firing and injured . The students of the school were directed to leave the school premises.   The investigation is underway. The Churches and Christian institutions already have been warned about security threat from hardliners.

Behar Colony is the second largest Christian residential area in Lahore and Lahore is the second largest city of Pakistan.

On Wednesday, Nouman Masih, a 14 year old young Christian boy, lost the battle of life in Mayo Hospital. He was set on fire by an unknown men after inquiring about his Christian faith.

On 1st April, brother of human rights defender Mr. Sardar Mushtaq Gill, head of LEAD (Legal Evangelical Development) miraculously survived after being attacked and shot by a Muslim man in his lower back .The perpetrators have not yet been arrested and the police refused to provide security.  Mr.Gill’s life was threatened due to his legitimate and non-violent human rights work which he has performed constantly in recent years.  His life has been at risk, as well as his family’s.  Yet he says he is wholeheartedly determined to stand in the support of victims of violence and to raise his voice against the violation of human rights in Pakistan.

The Christian School of Pakistan became the target of uncalled for violence again.  On 24 March,  two masked motorcyclists opened fire on policemen guarding St. Peter’s Catholic Church and High School in the Girja Chowk area of Township, Lahore.  Gunshots left two people  injured.

These shooting incidents come after the two churches were attacked by the suicide bombers in Youhanabad, the largest Christian locality in Pakistan.

In the church attacks, young Akash Bashir, who was on duty as a voluntary security guard outside the church, lost his life while attempting to stop a suicide bomber from entering the Church.  21people were killed in that attack.

After a lynching of two suspects, the government started a crackdown against Christians.  This included arresting activists and a number of Christians from Youhanabad and surrounding areas.

The Christian minority, a poverty-stricken community in Pakistan, constantly is marginalized and victimised by such violence.The extremism is the main reason for violence against religious minorities.  It is time to eradicate religious extremism and discrimination from the society to achieve a peaceful atmosphere where justice can prevail and rule of law should be implemented.  The religious minorities should be given equal rights and should be treated equally before law.

Our request for you all first pray and then to stand in our support and raise your voice for religious liberty which is beibg made more worsened and against the religious extremism and terrorism.  Our work for justice will be more strengthening with your practical support.

In Solidarity,
LEAD
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Standing Up

Marine Colonel James Sabow

Marine Colonel James Sabow

“Standing Up” is a documentary film on the story of one man’s fight for justice to uncover the murder of Marine Colonel James E. Sabow, his older brother.

Robert O’Dowd Global News Centre

(SALEM) – Standing Up is posed to be an award wining documentary of a convert operation gone wrong in the 1980s and early 1990s and the murders of Marine Colonel James E. Sabow and other Marines who were a threat to blow the whistle on illegal narcotrafficking into the US on CIA proprietary aircraft.

The documentary is directed and produced by Scott Goldie, an established Hollywood script writer, director and producer.

I have not seen the trailer or talked in depth to Goldie, but several years were involved in interviewing witnesses and other players involved in the Colonel James E. Sabow story.  From my discussions with Dr. David Sabow and others, the fill should be a ‘earth shattering’ documentary for the Marine Corps, and the entire federal government.  

Thoughts on freedom of expression in the aftermath of the Charlie Hebdo Massacre

freedom-expressionI am not playing a blame the victim game.  No one should be killed or injured over cartoons no matter how offensive they are perceived to be.  And free expression does not mean that religions shouldn’t be lampooned.

Ralph E. Stone Global News Centre

(SAN FRANCISCO)   Much has been written about the killing of 12 people and the wounding of 11 others at the French satirical weekly publication Charlie Hebdo.  The discussion has for the most part been quite healthy concerning freedom of expression.  Freedom of expression is a right but it comes with a responsibility.

In the United States, the 1969 Supreme Court in Brandenberg v. Ohio struck down the conviction of a Ku Klux Klan member, and established a new standard: Speech can be suppressed only if it is intended, and likely to produce, “imminent lawless action.” Otherwise, even speech that advocates violence is protected. The Brandenberg standard prevails in the U.S. today.  Article 19 of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights, adopted in 1948, states that “Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.”

A botched execution of death sentence or torture by bullets?

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“It’s cold at six-forty in the morning on a March day in Paris, and seems colder when a man is about to be executed by firing squad.”           – Frederick Forsyth, in ‘The Day of the Jackal”

Kiflu Hussain Global News Centre

(DALLAS)  According to a Jan 14 2015 breaking news on ESATi, Ethiopian Satellite Television, which is banned from viewing in Ethiopia, the regime took out two prisoners on the wee hours from the dungeon it incarcerated them and rained bullets on them. The duo, named Colonel Demesew Anteneh and Colonel Alemu Getnet were convicted of plotting a coup d’état by the notorious Kangaroo court known for churning out harsh sentences on dissidents.  Accordingly, they were condemned to death in 2009.

Thoughts on the massacre at Charlie Hebdo

hebdoFree speech is an important part of our society and criticism of Charlie Hebdo cartoons is also speech. But no one should be killed over cartoons.

Ralph E. Stone Global News Centre

(SAN FRANCISCO)  The killing of 12 people at the French newspaper, Charlie Hebdo, is appalling.  Three suspects have reportedly been killed. The fact that 12 people are dead over cartoons by white, male cartoonists is horrible.

Free speech is an important part of our society and criticism of Charlie Hebdo cartoons is also speech. But no one should be killed over cartoons.

Nonviolent action: minimizing the risk of violent repression

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nvcopblock.org

Police and military personnel may be violent at nonviolent actions for various reasons. In my experience, the most important ones are because they are directed to use violence as a form of political repression and because they are afraid.

Robert J. Burrowes Global News Centre

(TASMANIA)   In a recent article, full of insight, Professor Bill Quigley identified ten different illegal actions police often take ‘to prevent people from
exercising their constitutional rights’ to take nonviolent action to address a grievance. He noted that these police tactics are commonly used by law enforcement agencies in big protests across the US. See ’10 Illegal Police Actions to Watch for in Ferguson’ http://www.huffingtonpost.com/bill-quigley/ten-illegal-police-action_b_6171964.html

Thoughts on the Ferguson matter

ferguson-rsThere is a saying that if a prosecutor wants it, the grand jury would indict a ham sandwich.  However, in cases involving police shootings, grand juries tend not to indict.

Ralph E. Stone Global News Centre

(SAN FRANCISCO)    Everyone now knows that on August 9 Darren Wilson, a white police officer, shot and killed Michael Brown, an African-American teenager, in Ferguson, Missouri, a suburb of St. Louis. On November 24, a St. Louis grand jury announced that it was not indicting Mr. Wilson.

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