“I have been asked by many in the Baltimore area since day one to get involved in the justice for Freddie Gray movement. Though I have discussed it on my daily radio and TV shows and been in touch with our NAN Baltimore chapter, I resisted personal involvement until we saw what the promised May 1 investigation report would bring.
I am saddened and disappointed that there now may not be a report released on May 1. It is concerning to me that a deadline that the police themselves had set and announced they have now conveniently changed. Therefore, I will come to Baltimore this week at the invitation or Rev. Westley West, who has led vigils daily there, along with local clergy, and morning radio show host Larry Young who has headed our Baltimore chapter of NAN for the last decade.
It is my intention to come and have a meeting with grassroots activists and faith leaders to schedule a two-day march in May from Baltimore to Washington. The march will bring the case of Freddie Gray, Eric Garner, Walter Scott, Eric Harris to the new Attorney General, Loretta Lynch. Ms. Lynch, in her new role that we all supported, must look and intervene in these cases. Justice delayed is justice denied.”
Reverend Al Sharpton, President, National Action Network
President Obama is rumored to be in talks to move to New York and teach as a professor at Columbia Law School once his time in the White House is over.
The president has strong links to Columbia University — he was a transfer student from California’s Occidental College in 1981 as a 20-year-old junior, and graduated from Columbia in 1983.
Obama also taught courses in constitutional law at the University of Chicago from 1992 until his election to the US Senate in 2004. He was a senior lecturer from 1996 to 2004, during which time he taught three courses per year.
Hey Bill, there’s a reason it’s called a “Bronx cheer.”
Mayor de Blasio whined to a crowd of hayseeds in the Midwest about how New Yorkers are too mean to him at baseball games — and said he was jealous how well his Milwaukee counterpart is greeted by fans.
“I had the pleasure of taking in a Brewers game with Mayor Tom Barrett last night,” de Blasio told a group at a speech Saturday in Milwaukee. “I was struck by how many people kept coming up to the mayor to thank him for his service.”
“I go to quite a few baseball games in my city of New York, and I gotta admit — the reception isn’t always that cordial,” he added. “People recognize me, all right. But oftentimes our exchanges are limited to a few choice words . . . or even a particular finger!”
Fans at the Subway Series Sunday night said that New York fans aren’t going to pretend to be nice — and if de Blasio wants to get treated better he better earn it.
“He’s the worst,” said Diane McGrath, 48, a city worker, who has rooted for the Yankees for 30 years.
“What kind of reaction does he expect to get? He disrespects this city, disrespects the cops in this city, gets booed at their funerals, and seriously expects to get treated nice when he comes to the baseball games?” she said. “Get out of here. New Yorkers don’t forget.”
Hillary Clinton rounded up her first campaign swing with an op-ed in a top Iowa newspaper in which she emphasized her campaign’s commitments to regular Americans and echoed the progressive platform she’s been touting on the campaign trail.
Americans have come back from tough economic times. But the deck is still stacked in favor of those at the top,” she wrote in The Des Moines Register.
“Americans are working harder and getting more productive, but they aren’t seeing the reward in their paychecks. So it’s time to reshuffle the deck and deal a better hand to the middle class.”
Clinton’s op-ed summarized the main message of her campaign by mentioning stories from a handful of Iowans she met with by name. That strategy seeks to take the emphasis off her political celebrity in favor of more personalized discussions with voters.
“When I came to Iowa, I wanted to do something a little different. No big speeches or rallies. Just talking directly with everyday Iowans,” she wrote.
National Directorate of Security (NDS) – Afghanistan’s intelligence agency – has arrested a would-be suicide bomber who says he was gang-raped by Taliban commanders before sending him out for a suicide attack.
A statement issued Sunday by NDS states that the victim of the gang-rape planned to carry out a suicide attack on the police headquarters of Bagrami District of Kabul but he was arrested before he could reach to his target.
According to NDS statement rape cases are not unusual within the ranks of Taliban and Haqani network.
Bilal, the rape victim-turned suicide bomber has told NDS that he was gang-raped by Taliban commanders Muzamil, Hijrat alias Abuzar, Tahir and Hanzila in Bati Kot District of eastern Nangarhar province and then sent for a suicide attack.
Bilal narrates his rape story in a video released by NDS.
He says he was raped by a Taliban commander which was followed by another rape.
“Abuzar raped me. He closed my mouth, opened my trouser and raped me”, Abduzar said.
Bilal said after this he went home but when returned he faced the same again. This time it was not by a Taliban commander but another fellow suicide bomber.
Islamic State (Isis) has banned Nike clothing and footwear in Syria and Iraq as part of a widespread crackdown on “sexual” words and terms.
The Islamist group has published a list of banned words, which include “bitch”, “whore” and “hussy” as well as religious terms such as “vicar” and “cross”.
IS distributed leaflets in Raqqa warning: “Beware guys, from serious foreign words,” and listed Nike alongside a list of 20 other banned words, which included musician Madonna.
It is not clear whether the group objects to the veteran singer’s name – which is religious – or her musical output but given IS’s feelings about music generally, it is likely to be both.
The group has gone a step further than simply banning the term Nike, which it claims sounds like the Arabic word “Neikh” [نكح] , which translates as “sexual intercourse”.
In leaflets distributed in Raqqa and published on 23 April by anti-IS Syrian activist group Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently, IS warns shopkeepers or market traders who sell Nike products could be fined, jailed or publicly flogged.
Matt Zeller is an Afghan war veteran. He came back to his car today outside the Safeway, and noticed this note stuck to it.
This note would be unbelievably offensive to any Afghan war veteran. But perhaps it is even more so because of what Matt Zeller does. We’ve mentioned Zeller before, because he started “No One Left Behind”. The purpose of the organization is to assist those who are in danger of being killed by the Taliban for having the nerve to help Americans by being interpreters. The U.S. promised them visas in exchange but have been slow in coming though on the promise.
Many of the men are in danger of death. Zeller is working to save them, because of our promise made to them. Few people who after leaving war would still be working to try to save people left behind, that’s the kind of man Matt Zeller is.
Here’s Zeller talking about his fight to save his best friend Janis Shinwari, an interpreter for their unit who help saved their lives.
Following the tragic earthquake which shook Nepal yesterday claiming the lives of thousands and leaving many injured in a swathe of destruction, Israel is joining the international effort to offer relief to victims of the quake, as an Israeli Defense Force delegation heads out to Nepal.
Ahead of the team heading out for their mission, Brig. Gen. Dr. Dudu Dagan of the IDF Medical Corps spoke at a briefing about the field hospital his forces plan to build at the disaster site.
The Jewish State is world-renowned for dealing with emergencies, as well as for setting up small and effective field hospitals just about anywhere and fast.
As Dagan said, the field hospital the IDF intends to set up would be a tertiary hospital, “meaning we can operate, we can have intensive care, we can hospitalize, and even escort…the injured to Israel.”
At the same time, Col. Yoram Laredo, the commander of the Israeli delegation to Nepal said that even arriving safely to assist will be a challenge as Kathmandu airport was heavily damaged in the earthquake.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke with Laredo on Sunday, telling him “you are being sent on an important mission. This is the true face of Israel – a country that offers aid over any distance at such moments. Good luck. We are counting on you.”
No one in official leadership has called ‘the traveling protester show’ quite as correctly as Baltimore City Councilman Brandon Scott. A reporter asks if there were outside agitators behind the violence as there were in Ferguson. The mayor says that they are looking into that, then refers to Councilman Scott.
From being outside there today, and actually talking to local organizers on the ground, they were telling me, saying, yes, these folks that were inciting this, maybe there were people from Baltimore participating, but the folks inciting this response, the incorrect response, were definitely from the outside. Again as the mayor said you can see some of the young guys from Baltimore saying on video, “Stop, stop, stop”, because this is not what they wanted. But we have to point out these pariah who will go from town to town, ruining people’s protests, ruining-using people’s emotions for their own benefit and their own agenda.
So Councilman Scott, here are some of those traveling protesters of whom you spoke, seeking to use Baltimore for their own agendas. Read all »
Four freed Guantanamo Bay detainees protested in front of the U.S. Embassy on Friday night, saying they were angry about being asked to leave a Uruguayan hotel that had been housing them and demanding Washington help them financially.
Adel bin Muhammad El Ouerghi said he had been asked to leave the Metro hotel, a budget inn where he and some of the other five former detainees periodically stayed.
The four Syrians, one Tunisian and one Palestinian have been housed in a four-bedroom house in Uruguay’s capital since the government took them in after their release in December. But “we are too many to stay in the house,” said El Ouerghi, who spent much of the last few months at the hotel.
As a humanitarian gesture, the men were invited to resettle in this poor South American country of 3.3 million people by President Jose Mujica, who has since left office.[…]
El Ouerghi said the men wanted to speak with the U.S. ambassador to Uruguay. He said the United States should help the men financially, an argument he and a few of the other former detainees have made repeatedly.
“Last night a Facebook notification showed up on my screen. A friend had posted a picture to my wall. What I saw disgusted me.”
That’s how Zuri Davis, 19, describes the moment she saw a Facebook post targeting her for being a black, female supporter of Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.).[…]
The post was later deleted and the individual later deactivated his Facebook page.
Davis told TheBlaze Friday that it was likely prompted by her commenting on a friend’s post about why taxes should be voluntary.
“I have a very obvious ‘Stand With Rand’ on my cover picture and my public posts indicate my preference,” she said. “He made the comment on his own timeline. It was screenshot by my friend and he sent it to me.”
The 19-year-old became “determined to set the record straight.”
‘[I] am really tired of people assuming they can make comments like that and think that they are acceptable,” she told TheBlaze. “That was not the first time I had received a comment like that. I get a lot of people that ask me how I can be black and a conservative.”
After some thought, the D.C.-area resident decided to pen a column in response. In it, she wrote that she has researched the 2016 candidates and concluded Paul is “the most liberty minded.” For that, she supports him.