South Africa Violence: Police Arrest More Than 30 Amid Anti-Foreigner Violence

South Africa Violence: Police Arrest More Than 30 Amid Anti-Foreigner Violence

South Africa Violence: Police Arrest More Than 30 Amid Anti-Foreigner Violence

South Africa Violence

Police have arrested more than 30 people amid xenophobic violence rocking Johannesburg, the country’s commercial hub.

Police made the arrests after small groups attacked shops around Johannesburg. Rubber bullets were used to disperse looters in Alexandria, which is north of Johannesburg.

Six people were killed in anti-foreigner attacks in the port city of Durban, with the violence quickly spreading to others parts of the country.

The violence has forced thousands of foreigners to flee their homes and seek shelter in makeshift camps. Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi will evacuate their citizens in the coming days.

Many South Africans are accusing the migrants of taking jobs away from them. The country’s unemployment rate is 24%.

Since the South Africa violence started, 50 people have been arrested in the Johannesburg area and 112 in Durban.

Obama Endorses Rescinding Cuba’s State Sponsors of Terrorism Designation

Obama Endorses Rescinding Cuba's State Sponsors of Terrorism Designation

Obama Endorses Rescinding Cuba’s State Sponsors of Terrorism Designation (Photo Credit: Donkey Hotey/Flickr)

Obama endorses removing Cuba from terrorist watchlist

President Obama has endorsed removing Cuba from the U.S. terrorist watchlist of nations that sponsor terrorism.

White House officials said Tuesday that Mr. Obama had approved a recommendation by Secretary of State John Kerry to take Cuba off the terrorism list after the review of Cuba’s record and assurances from Havana that it would not support terrorism in the future.

“We will continue to have differences with the Cuban government, but our concerns over a wide range of Cuba’s policies and actions fall outside the criteria that is relevant to whether to rescind Cuba’s designation as a State Sponsor of Terrorism,” Josh Earnest, the White House press secretary, said in a statement.

Mr. Earnest said the president would continue to “support our interests and values through engagement with the Cuban government and people.”

The State Department determined that Cuba had not engaged in terrorist activity in the past six months — a criterion for designating a country as a state sponsor of terrorism — and therefore no longer belonged on the list. Source: NY Times

Secretary of State John Kerry: “Circumstances have changed since 1982, when Cuba was originally designated as a State Sponsor of Terrorism because of its efforts to promote armed revolution by forces in Latin America. … Our determination, pursuant to the facts, including corroborative assurances received from the Government of Cuba and the statutory standard, is that the time has come to rescind Cuba’s designation as a State Sponsor of Terrorism.”

House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi: “Taking Cuba off the state sponsors of terror list removes an outdated designation that no longer serves the security interests of the United States, nor the democratic aspirations of the Cuban people.”

Tulsa Reserve Deputy Robert Bates Charged with Manslaughter in Eric Harris Murder

Tulsa Reserve Deputy Robert Bates Charged with Manslaughter

Tulsa Reserve Deputy Robert Bates Charged with Manslaughter

Deputy Robert Bates charged with manslaughter

Tulsa reserve deputy Robert Bates charged with manslaughter in the shooting death of Eric Courtney Harris.

Bates, 73, claimed he “inadvertently” fired his gun instead of his stun gun. He was also heard on tape saying “I am sorry.”

Robert Bates was charged with second-degree manslaughter in the fatal shooting.

Hillary Clinton Announces 2016 Presidential Campaign

Hillary Clinton Announces 2016 Presidential Campaign

Hillary Clinton Announces 2016 Presidential Campaign

It’s official….Hillary Clinton announces her 2016 presidential campaign

Hillary Clinton has officially entered the 2016 presidential campaign. She has broad appeal to the black, Hispanic, woman, and LGBT demographics, saying “We are ready for boldness.”

Hillary Clinton’s announcement video is very populist, saying she will fight for the middle class. The video featured all demographics including a gay couple, an expectant black couple, Hispanics, women, kids, interracial couple and men. She said she wants to “earn your vote.” The video was well done!

Hillary Clinton’s first tweet about presidential campaign:

Hillary Clinton 2016 presidential campaign announcement:

Here’s the second most important tweet about Hillary Clinton’s campaign that everyone ignored:

Tweets from supporters:

Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright tweeted: “Hillary Clinton is smart, caring and determined. She is going to be an outstanding president.” – @madeleine

Facebook executive @sherylsandberg is among the first to like Hillary Clinton’s Facebook page.

The right wing freak-out has begun:

White SC Cop Michael Thomas Slager Fatally Shot Unarmed Black Male Walter Scott

White SC Cop Michael Thomas Slager Shot Unarmed Black Male Walter Scott in Back

White SC Cop Michael Thomas Slager Shot Unarmed Black Male Walter Scott in Back (Photo Credit: Video Screengrab)

Michael Thomas Slager murder charge

Michael Thomas Slager, a white North Charleston police officer, was arrested and charged with murder in the shooting death of unarmed black male, Walter Scott, in North Charleston on Saturday. The magistrate denied bond for Slager, though he can attempt to have the bail reduced through a circuit judge at a later date.

The officer stopped Scott, 50, over a broken tail light. Walter Scott got out of the car and ran because he had a warrant for his arrest for child support payments. He was shot EIGHT times in the back.

Michael Thomas Slager

Officer Michael Thomas Slager Charged for Fatally Shooting Walter Scott (Photo Credit: Charleston County Sheriff’s Office)

MY TWO CENTS:  After the shooting, Michael Thomas Slager picked up the taser from the street and dropped it next to Scott’s body as though he was trying to cover his tracks and show that he felt in fear of his life. This seems to have been a blatant cover-up. He tried to plant the taser but it backfired. Had it not been for the video, the narrative would have been quite different. Walter Scott would have been painted as a violent black man and the killing was justified.

New York Times:  “When you’re wrong, you’re wrong,” Mayor Keith Summey said about the shooting during the news conference. “And if you you make a bad decision, don’t care if you’re behind the shield or just a citizen on the street, you have to live by that decision.”

The shooting unfolded after Officer Slager stopped a Mercedes-Benz with a broken taillight, according to police reports. The driver, Walter L. Scott, 50, ran away, and Officer Slager chased him into a grassy lot that abuts a muffler shop. He fired his Taser, an electronic stun gun, but it did not stop Mr. Scott, according to police reports.

Moments after the struggle, Officer Slager reported on his radio, “Shots fired and the subject is down. He took my Taser,” according to police reports.

But the video, which was taken by a bystander and provided to The New York Times by Mr. Scott’s lawyer, presents a different account. The video begins in the vacant lot, apparently moments after Officer Slager fired his Taser. Wires, which carry the electrical current from the stun gun, appear to be extending from Mr. Scott’s body as the two men tussle and Mr. Scott turns to run.

@SenatorTimScott on North Charleston shooting: “After watching the video, the senseless shooting and taking of Walter Scott’s life was absolutely unnecessary and avoidable. My heart aches for the family and our North Charleston community. I will be watching this case closely.”
Now, here’s Gov. Nikki Haley’s statement:  “We have many good law enforcement officers in the field. What happened in this case is not acceptable in South Carolina, nor is it reflective of our values or of the way most of our law enforcement officials act, and I assure all South Carolinians that the criminal judicial process will proceed fully. This is a sad time for everyone in South Carolina, and I urge everyone to work together to help our community heal.”

Watch Officer Michael Thomas Slager fatally shoot Walter Scott:

Walter Scott shooting from The Post and Courier on Vimeo.

Government Official’s Son, Abdirahim Abdullahi, Among Gunmen in Garissa Attack

Government Official's Son, Abdirahim Abdullahi, Among Gunmen in Garissa Attack

Government Official’s Son, Abdirahim Abdullahi, Among Gunmen in Garissa Attack

Kenya Interior Ministry spokesman Mwenda Njoka said the son of a government official was one of the masked gunmen in the attack on Garissa University College.

Abdirahim Abdullahi was one of four gunmen who stormed the college and killed nearly 150 people.

Garissa is located about 120 miles from the Somali border.

Abdullahi is an ethnic Somali with Kenyan nationality. His father is a government official in northern Mandera county, Njoka said.

Njoka told Reuters, “The father had reported to security agents that his son had disappeared from home… and was helping the police try to trace his son by the time the Garissa terror attack happened.”

Mohammed Mohamud ID’d as Suspect in Garissa University Massacre

Mohammed Mohamud ID'd as Suspect in Garissa University Massacre

Mohammed Mohamud ID’d as Suspect in Garissa University Massacre

Mohammed Mohamud

Kenya’s interior ministry has released a wanted poster of Garissa University attack suspect Mohammed Mohamud, AKA Dulyadin, AKA Gamadhere.

The Kenyan government has placed a $220,000 bounty on Mohammed Mohamud’s head. He is believed to be the mastermind behind the university attack.

315 People Unaccounted for in Kenya’s Garissa University Massacre

535 People Unaccounted for in Kenya's Garissa University Massacre

535 People Unaccounted for in Kenya’s Garissa University Massacre (Photo Credit: Twitter via @DennisOkari)

Garissa University massacre

There are reports that 315 people, mainly students, are unaccounted for in a massacre at Garissa University that left at least 147 dead. Terrorist group Al-Shabaab has taken responsibility for the attack.

Al-Shabaab terrorists asked students whether they were Christian or Muslim as they went door-to-door during the massacre early Thursday morning. Anyone suspected of being a Christian was killed.

Joseph Nkaissery, Kenya’s Interior Minister, said only 280 of the 815 students at Garissa have been accounted for thus far.

The U.S. State Department issued a statement:  “While the city and county of Garissa are currently restricted for travel of US Government personnel, we urge private US citizens to avoid any travel in the Garissa area.” – @OSACState

Cellphone Video Captured Chaos on Germanwings Flight Before Crash

Cellphone Video Captured Chaos on Germanwings Flight Before Crash

Cellphone Video Captured Chaos on Germanwings Flight Before Crash

UPDATE:  POLICE INVESTIGATORS  DENY VIDEO FOUND!!!!

German tabloid newspaper Bild and French magazine Paris Match have obtained a video found among the wreckage of Germanwings Flight 4U9525. The video shows the chaos that ensued from inside the plane. It was reportedly found a cellphone that survived the crash.

Bild said it’s unclear whether a passenger or crew member filmed the events from the back of the plane. Paris Match said it was difficult to identify people from the chaotic scene.

This comes as Lufthansa said Andreas Lubitz, who “deliberately” crashed the plane into the French Alps, had informed the flight school in 2009 that he had a “serious depressive episode.

Report: One Dead After Men Dressed as Women Ram Gates at NSA HQ

One Dead After Men Dressed as Women Ram Gates at NSA Headquarters

One Dead After Men Dressed as Women Ram Gates at NSA Headquarters

NSA/Forte Meade attack


One person is dead after two men, dressed as women, driving in an SUV rammed the gates at the headquarters of the National Security Agency in Forte Meade. The alleged attacker was killed by security.

NBC is reporting that a gun and a quantity of illegal drugs were found in their Ford Escape.