The American police said that the Las Vegas shooting was not an act of terrorism because he acted alone. The killer was a Christian. Would the police have said the same thing if he was Muslim? I don't think so, says Aakar Patel. A few days ago a man in the American city of Las Vegas killed 58 strangers who were at a concert. He shot his machine guns into the crowd for almost 10 minutes, and wounded over 500 people. The American police said that this was not an act of terrorism because he acted alone. The killer was a Christian. Would the police have said the same thing if he was Muslim? I don't think so. Not much is known about the man or his motives and so this conclusion that this was not terrorism needs to be examined, along with the wider issue of how we understand terrorism. My dictionary defines terrorism as ‘the unlawful use of violence and intimidation, especially against civilians, in the pursuit of political aims.’ If we look at this definition, many … [Read more...] about Why most don’t see communal riots as terrorism
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Cadarius Johnson, seen here at 16 years old when he was booked into Claiborne Parish Detention Center in July 2013. (Photo by Brett Duke, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune) Cadarius Johnson shuffled into a Shreveport hospital dressed in a prison uniform, his legs in shackles and wrists chained to his thin waist. Two armed guards escorted the 17-year-old with a developmental disability to see a psychologist, ready to intervene in another outburst. In childish, uneven handwriting, Cadarius wrote his name onto a legal form, releasing his right to medical privacy. Whatever unpredictable thing he might say next could be turned over to a judge. It had been three months since an early morning in July 2013 when Cadarius, then 16, was left alone at his mobile home despite a court order telling his mother to stay with him. For reasons that remain unclear, he called 911 and hung up four times before sunrise. Within the hour, Cadarius was in custody, and a sheriff’s deputy was accusing … [Read more...] about A Louisiana teen with disabilities needed help. Why was he accused of trying to kill a cop?
Kabataan Rep. Sarah Elago. INQUIRER file photo MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte’s story of allegedly touching a maid in her private part in her sleep was a “disgusting tirade against women and the nation,” opposition lawmakers criticized Sunday, In a speech in Kidapawan City, Cotabato on Saturday, Duterte shared to the public how he confessed to a priest for touching a maid twice in her private part while she was asleep. Duterte said the priest of the Catholic school he was in at the time allegedly touched him too. READ: Another joke? Duterte shares story of ‘touching’ a maid in his youth Kabataan Rep. Sarah Elago said Duterte’s admission of committing sexual harassment when he was a minor was a “new low in his grossly disgusting tirades against women and the nation.” This, she said, was a new addition in the President’s countless verbal attacks on the people, ranging from the derogatory use of “bakla” and damning treatment against women, to … [Read more...] about Opposition solons blast Duterte’s confession about touching maid
Vietnam begins COVID-19 vaccination on March 8 Vietnam launches its COVID-19 inoculation drive on March 8 morning, administering the AstraZeneca vaccine to medical workers in Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City and northern Hai Duong province – the country’s biggest pandemic hotspot at present. The vaccination is conducted at the Central Hospital for Tropical Diseases in Hanoi, the HCM City Hospital for Tropical Diseases and two medical centres in Hai Duong. As many as 100 staff members of the Central Hospital for Tropical Diseases are expected to receive the shots in the morning of March 8. The hospital is allocated 450 doses among the first batch of 117,600 doses of AstraZeneca vaccine the country has received. In Hai Duong, 50 medical workers at Hai Duong city’s medical centre, and 30 others at Kim Thanh district’s medical centre will be the first in the province to be injected. The Ministry of Health has allocated the vaccine to 13 localities, along with the Ministry of National … [Read more...] about VIETNAM NEWS HEADLINES MARCH 8
The Lucknow bench of the Allahabad high court on Saturday dismissed a petition against the Uttar Pradesh government's ban on Vishwa Hindu Parisha's proposed Yatra from Ayodhya. A division bench comprising Justice Laxmi Kant Mahapatra and Justice Devendra Kumar Upadhaya dismissed the public interest litigation filed by a local lawyer Mahesh Gupta. The PIL was filed on Friday, seeking a direction to the state government to allow the devotees to undertake the 84 kosi parikrama in Ayodhya from on Sunday. "Since the petitioner has not pleaded any customary right to this parikrama regarding past several years it is dismissed," the court said. On behalf of the state government, Additional Advocate General Bulbul Godiyal said, "Such type of parikrama was never organised in the past 50 years and as per Hindu belief it is performed in ‘Chaitra’ month of the Hindu calendar which has already passed away as it was in between April 25 to May 20". The court observed, "There is nothing … [Read more...] about HC dismisses petition against UP govt’s ban on VHP yatra