A United Nations working group says police killings of black people in US are reminiscent of lynchings

Police killings of black people in the United States are reminiscent of lynchings and the government must do far more to protect them, a United Nations working group said. The hard-hitting criticism – drawing a comparison between modern police behaviour and mob killings of blacks in the 19th and 20th centuries – comes at a …

Nazi emblems found with Houston shooter killed by police

A disgruntled lawyer wearing military-style apparel with old Nazi emblems had two weapons and more than 2,500 rounds of live ammunition when he randomly shot at drivers in a Houston neighborhood before he was shot and killed by police, authorities said. Nine people were injured during Monday morning’s shootings on the street in front of …

Eritrean man was lynched by Israelis in uniform

On 18 October, 29-year-old Eritrean refugee Haftom Zarhum was severely beaten and shot to death by a vengeful mob of Israeli soldiers, prison officers and police in and out of uniform, security camera footage recently obtained by the Tel Aviv newspaper Haaretz has revealed. The mob mistook Zarhum, unarmed and injured, for the gunman who …

Universities produce racism, says UK’s first black studies professor

Institutional racism in Britain’s universities is harming the performance of minority ethnic students, the UK’s first professor of black studies has said. Kehinde Andrews, an associate professor at Birmingham City University (BCU), told a conference last week marking Black History Month that universities are “no less institutionally racist than the police”, and criticised the curriculum …

Israeli defence minister said next war with Hamas will be the last because ‘we will completely destroy them’

Israel’s Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman has said in an interview that any future hostilities between the Jewish state and Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip will be the last, “because we will completely destroy them”. Mr Lieberman made the comments in a rare “hearts and minds” interview with Jerusalem-based Palestinian newspaper al-Quds, published on Monday, …

Israeli politician calls Palestinian residents ‘animals’ after Jerusalem attack

The deputy mayor of Jerusalem, Meir Turgeman, who is chairman of the planning and building board, said Monday he would “punish” the residents of East Jerusalem because of a drive-by shooting attack that left two people dead. “We have reached the moment of truth,” he said in an interview on Radio Jerusalem. “Let’s put all …

Israeli forces storm orphanage for 5th time, arrest students accused of throwing stones

Israeli forces yesterday arrested a Palestinian teenager following a raid on a school for orphans in the Old City of Jerusalem. Seventeen-year-old Maaz Khalil was arrested after the school was raided for the fifth time in ten days. He had been interrogated after being accused of throwing stones at occupation forces. The school’s administrative board …

Police in NY shoot dead 66-year-old black woman ‘acting irrationally’

A police officer shot and killed a 66-year-old woman in New York after she allegedly attacked him with a baseball bat. The officer who fired his weapon, identified as sergeant Hugh Barry, responded to a call about an “emotionally disturbed” woman acting “irrationally” at her apartment in the Castle Hill neighbourhood in the Bronx. Mr …

New homeless center in luxury Paris district hit by apparent arson attack

A center for homeless people due to open in one of the richest districts of Paris in late October has been hit by an apparent arson attack, authorities said. The center faced strong objections from locals who feared that it would host asylum seekers. The incident took place near the Bois de Boulogne forest in …

Nazi jargon revival after decades rings warning bells in Germany

g-banished German words and phrases linked to the country’s Nazi past have been revived by far-right politicians railing against the refugee influx, sparking comparisons to the 1930s. The re-emergence of formerly taboo words has prompted some historians to draw parallels with the rhetoric used in the final, turbulent years of the Weimar Republic, the fledgling …

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