A complaint filed this week in a Manhattan federal court alleges that the FBI is cornering innocent people, insisting that they act as informants for the federal government, and preventing them from leaving the country if they refuse to collaborate. Those are the tactics of the Stasi. Spy on other members of society or else.
If you refuse? Forget about the ability to travel freely or visit family abroad.
If Tanvir v. Holder is decided on the merits, rather than suppressed in the name of state secrets, we’ll find out if the FBI has turned those tactics against Muslim Americans.
That’s what four plaintiffs allege. The stories they tell are chilling.
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This is the good news we tell our people. The era of division is over.
If I pay 30,000 shillings ($345) he is going to be released. But they’ll just arrest him tomorrow. What’s the point?Kenya’s government and its majority population have long viewed Somalis with suspicion. In recent years, there’s been a trend of underpaid police using anti-terror operations as an excuse to round up and extort innocent Somalis.
JUMP START A HEART
I’m dong a sponsored bungee jump on the 25th May for children born with heart defects. Expecting you guys would come behind me and help me reach my target.
I’m incredibly honoured to be a part of this live saving project over the last year. I’ve seen countless children go under the knives of our courages medical volunteers to receive a precious heart operation worth tens of thousands of pounds transforming their lives. But more needs to be done to bring focus and much needed funding for this project.
Sending this in case I may not be able to say this again. Mom, I love you,South Korean media quoted student Shin Young-jin as saying in a text message as the ferry was sinking. Shin Young-jin was one of the 179 people who have been rescued, according to AFP news agency.
Strong currents and bad visibility have hampered rescuers in the search for 287 passengers missing more than 24 hours after their ferry capsized off the southern coast of South Korea, as furious families waited for news.
One student sent a text message to his mother as the ferry sank:
Son: “Mum, this might be my last chance to tell you I love you”
Mum: “Why’s that?
Mum: “I love you anyway”
There is clear evidence … of systematic torture and killing of detained persons by agents of the Syrian governmentSenior war crimes prosecutors say photographs and documents provide ‘clear evidence’ of systematic killing of 11,000 detainees. via the Guardian
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At least 10 people have been killed in a trolley bus explosion in the Russian city of Volgograd, according to officials, the third deadly attack in the past four days as the country prepares to host the Winter Olympics.
The Middle East has become a killing field for journalists. While the number of journalists killed for their work has declined in some places, the civil war in Syria and a renewal of sectarian attacks in Iraq have taken an agonising tollAt least 70 journalists were killed around the world in 2013, including 29 who died covering the civil war in Syria and 10 in Iraq, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists. via the guardian
Mass extrajudicial killings, the targeting of individuals on the basis of their ethnicity and arbitrary detentions have been documented in recent days. We have discovered a mass grave in Bentiu, in Unity State, and there are reportedly at least two other mass graves in Juba.
The United Nations said on Tuesday that it had found three mass grave sites in two different parts of South Sudan, while a senior official said the death toll in the country’s emerging civil war had run “into the thousands”.
We want him to leave, that’s it
South Sudan rebels take Bor town after ‘coup attempt’
In the escalating tension the UN estimates that some 20,000 people have sought refuge in their compounds in Juba.