Russian President Putin Blames Ukraine After Malaysian Plane Shot Down

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Russian President Putin Blames Ukraine After Malaysian Plane Shot Down in Eastern Ukraine

Russian President Vladimir Putin is blaming the Ukraine for the Malaysian plane shot down, but the separatists are largely pro-Russian. To make Putin’s claim even more idiotic is the fact that there is a recording between a separatist and a Russian major shows that there was a recognition that they shot a passenger plane down, thinking it was a military plane.

Among the dead are 154 Dutch nationals, 45 Malaysians (including 15 crew members), 27 Australians, 12 Indonesians, nine Britons, four Germans, four Belgians, three Filipinos and one Canadian. There are 41 passengers whose nationalities have not been disclosed.

Over the last couple of months, pro-Russian separatists have been downing Ukrainian military planes with increasing regularityand mounting casualties on the Ukrainian side. Just earlier Thursday, separatists had shot down another one. All of that seemed to undermine the narrative, propagated by the Kremlin, that the separatists were just a ragtag people’s militia who didn’t stand a chance against a proper, organized military. The constant downing of Ukrainian jets showed that these men were equipped with some pretty serious stuff: You can’t really shoot down a jet with a Kalashnikov.

And, in fact, Russian a state media report from late June indicates the rebels got a hold of a Buk missile system, a Russian/Soviet surface-to-air missile system. Rebels are now denying that they shot down the plane, but there are now screenshots floating around the Russian-language internet from what seems to be the Facebook page of Igor Strelkov, a rebel leader in eastern Ukraine, showing plumes of smoke and bragging about shooting down a Ukrainian military Antonov plane shortly before MH17 fell. “Don’t fly in our skies,” he reportedly wrote. If that’s true, it would seem rebels downed the jetliner, having mistaken it for a Ukrainian military jet. Source:  New Republic

Radio Free Europe reports that the social media site purportedly belonging to a separatist leader claimed the insurgents had shot down an aircraft. That came before reports surfaced that the Malaysian jet had crashed in eastern Ukraine.

In a post on VKontakte, Russia’s largest social media site, which has since been taken down, separatist leader Igor Girkin, aka Strelkov, wrote: “In the vicinity of Torez, we just downed a plane, an AN-26. It is lying somewhere in the Progress Mine. We have issued warnings not to fly in our airspace. We have video confirming. The bird fell on a waste heap. Residential areas were not hit. Civilians were not injured.”

Vladimir Putin may not have supplied this missile but he bears some culpability for the mess that is unfolding daily on the Ukrainian border. This plane crash should be a game-changer, since there were foreign nationals on-board. There are also unconfirmed reports that there were Americans on board.

4 Palestinian Boys Killed in Israeli Naval Shelling While Playing Soccer on Beach

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4 Palestinian Boys Killed in Israeli Naval Shelling While Playing Soccer on Beach (NBC Video Screengrab)

More children as collateral damage in the Israeli-Palestinian crisis. Four Palestinian boys from the same family were killed on Wednesday as they played soccer on a beach. Three other children were wounded, one critical, in the attack, which came from an Israeli naval shelling near Gaza City.

The four victims have been identified as Ahed Atef Bakr and Zakaria Ahed Bakr, both 10 years old, Mohamed Ramez Bakr, 11, and Ismael Mohamed Bakr, 9.

Moms With Guns Founder On Obama Photo: “Where’s An Assassin When You Need One”

RIGHT WING EXTREMISM:  Moms with Guns founder Kathy Perkins shared a photo on her Facebook page of President Obama during his recent trip to Texas with the caption: “Where is an assasin (sic) when you need one?” The photo has since been removed and the Moms with Guns Facebook account closed, but Liberaland was able to save a screen capture:

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Moms With Guns Founder On Obama Photo: “Where’s An Assassin When You Need One” (Credit: Liberaland)

 

Ex-NOLA Mayor Ray Nagin Gets 10-Year Prison Sentence for Public Corruption

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Ex-NOLA Mayor Ray Nagin Gets 10-Year Prison Sentence for Public Corruption (Credit: Wikipedia)

Former New Orleans mayor Ray Nagin was sentenced to 10 years in federal prison for public corruption. Under the sentencing guidelines, he was facing 20 years in prison.

Nagin, 58, the two-term mayor who was the face of the city during Hurricane Katrina, joins a list of Louisiana elected officials convicted of misdeeds. He is New Orleans’ first mayor to be convicted and sent to prison for public corruption.

Nagin is set to report to prison on Sept. 8. He could serve his term at a minimum security federal detention center in Oakdale, a city in central Louisiana.

U.S. District Judge Ginger Berrigan handed down the sentence in a packed courtroom five months after a jury convicted Nagin on 20 of 21 counts of bribery, wire fraud, tax evasion and other charges. She said the seriousness of his crimes could not be overstated, but said he was not the leader of a conspiracy and she felt it just to sentence him below the range called for in federal sentencing guidelines.

Nagin spoke briefly.

“The only thing I want to say is I want to thank you and your staff for the professionalism that you provided,” Nagin told the judge during the brief hearing. “As far as my role in this, we stand by the testimonies already presented.” Source: Times-Picayune

Another black mayor bites the dust….

Angry Fans Burning Brazilian Flag After Germany Trounces Team in World Cup Game

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Angry Fans Burning Brazilian Flag After Germany Trounces Team in World Cup Game (Photo Credit: Twitter via VejaSP)

Photo: There were some angry fans over Brazil’s 7-1 loss to Germany in World Cup semifinals game. Some even burned the flag in Sao Paulo. - @VejaSP

This was the worst loss in Brazil’s history since 1934 and the worst for a host nation in the World Cup.

Sounds like President Dilma Rousseff is in for a rude awakening after the country spent so much money to host the games.

Here’s an interesting tweet:

Tariq Khdeir, American Cousin of Murdered Palestinian Teen, Beaten by Israeli Border Patrol

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Tariq Khdeir, American Cousin of Murdered Palestinian Teen, Beaten by Israeli Border Patrol

The U.S. State Department is “profoundly troubled” by reports that an American teen, Tariq Khdeir, was beaten by Israeli police. This comes days after Khdeir’s cousin, Mohammed Abu Khdeir, was burned alive by an Israeli extremist in retaliation for the murders of three Israeli teens.

Tariq Khdeir, a high school student from Tampa, was visiting relatives in Palestine and was participating in a protest over his cousin’s murder, when law enforcement attacked several of the demonstrators.

Haaretz reports, two people obtained video footage of Border Patrol officers “sitting on the youth while his colleague is kicking and punching him,” then “dragging what appears to be an unconscious detainee away.”

Tariq Khdeir’s family released photos showing the extent of his injuries inflicted by Israeli Border Patrol officers. The teen, who is being treated in a hospital, is scheduled to be brought before an Israeli judge tomorrow.

Report: Neymar da Silva Santos Out of World Cup with Fractured Vertebrae

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Report: Neymar da Silva Santos Jr. Out of World Cup with Broken Vertebrae (Photo Credit: YouTube)

BREAKING:  The Brazilian team doctor says Neymar da Silva Santos Júnior is out of World Cup with fractured vertebrae after being injured in match against Colombia – @AP, @AFP.

Colombian defender Juan Camilo Zuniga kneed Neymar in the back during the second half of the game. Team doctor Rodrigo Lasmar said Neymar, who was taken to a local clinic, had fractured his third vertebrae.

Brazil beat Colombia 2-1 in the hard-fought and very physical game. They will now play Germany in the semi-finals game on Tuesday.

Drudge Report Low: ‘Illegal Found Dead in Tex’ Headline was Really an 11-Year-Old Child

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Drudge Report Low: ‘Illegal Found Dead in Tex’ Headline was Really an 11-Year-Old Child

The Drudge Report, which delivers talking points to the right wing, is up to its usual tricks. The headline leading the page today is “Illegal Found Dead in Tex.” Um, one problem with that — it deliberately ignores the fact that the “illegal” was an 11-year-old child, Gilberto Francisco Ramos Juarez.

Just so you know, Gilberto Francisco Ramos Juarez, who is from Huehuetenango, Chiantla, Guatemala, was traveling with a coyote. His body was found about a mile from the southern border of Texas. He was identified after the phone number for his brother who lives in Chicago, was found inside his belt buckle. The AP reports his family last heard from him about 25 days before his body was found. Never mind the fact that child crossing the borders alone have become a humanitarian crisis.

Hundreds of undocumented immigrants die crossing the borders yearly, as Matt Drudge and his cronies are aware. They are deliberately deflecting from the fact that a child died. One who was caught up in the wave of child crossing the borders into the Rio Grande Valley region in the last weeks. Drudge didn’t focus on the AP story, but rather, chose to focus on the words “illegal” and “dead.” You see, “illegal found dead in Tex” works just fine for Drudge to gin up right wing outrage.

SCOTUS Rules in Hobby Lobby’s Favor on Obamacare Contraception Mandate

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Obamacare Smackdown: SCOTUS Rules in Hobby Lobby’s Favor on Contraception

As if we didn’t see this coming, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that closed held companies with religious owners can refuse to pay for contraception. But there’s a caveat — the government can pay for birth control itself, so the women will receive it. The Court makes clear that women can still get coverage and it isn’t opening the door to more religious claims. So, all is not lost.

The ACLU tweeted:  ‘Supreme Court rules bosses can use religion to discriminate against women in decision for Hobby Lobby.’

Meriam Ibrahim and Family Given Refuge at U.S. Embassy in Khartoum

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Meriam Ibrahim and Family Given Refuge at U.S. Embassy in Khartoum

There’s a light at the end of the tunnel. Meriam Ibrahim, the Sudanese woman sentenced to death for marrying a Christian man, Daniel Wani, is “safe and well” inside the U.S. embassy in Khartoum. This comes after she and her family were detained at the airport in Khartoum, one day after an appeals court overturned her death sentence.

The husband of a Sudanese Christian woman facing threats after her apostasy death sentence was overturned has expressed relief that the family has been given refuge at the US embassy in Khartoum.

“Really, it’s good,” Daniel Wani, the American husband of Meriam Ibrahim, told Agence France-Presse by telephone on Friday, adding that embassy staff had been “very helpful and very nice”.

He said his wife and two children, who could be heard in the background, were doing well at the heavily guarded facility.

Ibrahim, 27, went to the US embassy on Thursday after being detained at Khartoum airport as she tried to leave Sudan. Her arrest came days after her release from death row.

Wani confirmed they had sought the embassy’s protection because of death threats against his wife. Source: Guardian