Posted: January 8, 2016 Filed under: Crime & Corruption, Politics, Self Defense, Terrorism | Tags: #NotJustAGun, Brussels, Citizenship of the European Union, European Council, European Union, Gun control, Gun violence, Guns, Illegal immigration, Iran, Member state of the European Union, Paris, Sudan, Syria, The Washington Examiner, United States, United States Congress, United States House of Representatives, Washington State
US Now Ranks 11th in Fatalities and 12th in Frequency.
“But we are the only advanced country on Earth that sees this kind of mass violence erupt with this kind of frequency. It doesn’t happen in other advanced countries. It’s not even close. And as I’ve said before, somehow we’ve become numb to it and we start thinking that this is normal.”
– President Obama, announcing his new executive orders on guns, January 7, 2016
This claim is simply not true. Between January 2009 and December 2015, there are 11 European countries with a higher frequency of these mass public shootings than the US, and 10 European countries with a higher rate of deaths from these attacks.
Indeed, over that same period of time, the European Union (EU) suffered 303 deaths from mass public shootings, while the US had 199. In terms of injuries from these attacks the gap was even much greater, with EU countries facing 680 versus just 197 for the US. However, given the EU’s larger population, the per million people fatality rate for the US and the EU as a whole are virtually identical (0.62 for the US and 0.60 for the EU). By contrast, the injury rate in the EU is much higher (0.61 for the US and 1.34 for the EU).
This past year was a particularly bad one for Europe, with 8 Mass Public Shootings versus only 4 for the United States. Indeed, these 8 Mass Public Shootings for Europe in 2015 count for one-third of all their attacks over the entire seven year period of time…(read more)
Even if one puts it in terms of frequency, the president’s statement is still false, with the US ranking 12th compared to European countries.
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Posted: October 20, 2015 Filed under: Crime & Corruption, Mediasphere, Politics, White House | Tags: Ban Ki-moon, Barack Obama, Cairo, Council on American–Islamic Relations, Government of South Africa, International Criminal Court, Islamism, Khartoum, Muslim, Omar al-Bashir, Sudan, Taliban, United Nations General Assembly, United States
Avi Selk reports: After finally meeting President Obama last night, Ahmed Mohamed and his family plan to leave the United States for the foreseeable future.
“We are going to move to a place where my kids can study and learn and all of them being accepted by that country.”
— Ahmed’s father, Mohamed Elhassan Mohamed
Schools from across the country have made offers to Ahmed since he was arrested at Irving’s MacArthur High last month—his homemade clock confused with a hoax bomb, transforming him into a symbol of perceived anti-Muslim bias.
The family’s full statement follows:
But apparently it was an offer from the Middle East that most intrigued the family. The Mohameds announced today that they’ve accepted a foundation’s offer to pay for the 14-year-old’s high school and college in Doha, Qatar, which Ahmed visited a few weeks ago as he began a world tour.
His sister, Eyman Mohamed, said Ahmed will study at Doha Academy, while she and his other siblings find schools in the rich capital city, which hosts a huge university complex called Education City.
“Looking at all the great offers we’ve had, it’s the best decision,” said Eyman, 18. “They even have Texas A&M at Qatar … It’s basically like America.”
She spoke as the family boarded an airplane from Washington, where Ahmed concluded his world tour at the White House this week, back to their smallish house in Irving.
[Read the full text here, at Dallas Morning News]
But they’ll only be here for a few days, Eyman said, before they jet off to a new life on the other side of the world.
Not that their story in the United States is done. Before leaving Washington, Ahmed appeared with a U.S. Congressman who, along with nearly 30 other members of congress, have asked the federal government to investigate whether anti-Muslim discrmination prompted Ahmed’s arrest. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: May 31, 2014 Filed under: Breaking News, War Room | Tags: BBC, Capital punishment, Citizenship in the United States, David Cameron, Islam, Khartoum, Sudan, Times
Meriam Yehya Ibrahim Ishag pictured on her wedding day with her husband Daniel Wani
Meriam Ibrahim has been sentenced to 100 lashes as well as death by hanging
Sudanese authorities are to free a woman who was sentenced to death for having abandoned the Islamic faith, a foreign ministry official says.
Meriam Ibrahim, who gave birth to a daughter in custody, will be freed in a few days, the official told the BBC. Abdullahi Alzareg, an under-secretary at the foreign ministry, said Sudan guaranteed religious freedom and was committed to protecting the woman. Khartoum has been facing international condemnation over the death sentence.
In an interview with The Times newspaper, British Prime Minister David Cameron described the ruling as “barbaric” and out of step with today’s world. The UK Foreign Office this week said that it would push for Ms Ibrahim to be released on humanitarian grounds.
Ms Ibrahim, 27, was brought up as an Orthodox Christian, but a Sudanese judge ruled earlier this month that she should be regarded as Muslim because that had been her father’s faith. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: May 1, 2014 Filed under: History | Tags: Gospel of Jesus' Wife, Gospel of John, Gospel of Thomas, Harvard Divinity School, Harvard Theological Review, Indiana Wesleyan University, Jesus, Karen Leigh King, Sudan
The ‘Gospel of Jesus’ Wife’ fragment is about 1 1/2 inches by 3 inches. Karen L. King/Associated Press
The media loved the 2012 tale from Harvard Divinity School.
Jerry Pattengale writes: In September 2012, Harvard Divinity School professor Karen King announced the discovery of a Coptic (ancient Egyptian) gospel text on a papyrus fragment that contained the phrase “Jesus said to them, ‘My wife . . .’ ” The world took notice. The possibility that Jesus was married would prompt a radical reconsideration of the New Testament and biblical scholarship.
“…the story began to crumble faster than an ancient papyrus exposed in the windy Sudan.”
Yet now it appears almost certain that the Jesus-was-married story line was divorced from reality. On April 24, Christian Askeland—a Coptic specialist at Indiana Wesleyan University and my colleague at the Green Scholars Initiative—revealed that the “Gospel of Jesus’ Wife,” as the fragment is known, was a match for a papyrus fragment that is clearly a forgery.
Almost from the moment Ms. King made her announcement two years ago, critics attacked the Gospel of Jesus’ Wife as a forgery. One line of criticism said that the fragment had been sloppily reworked from a 2002 online PDF of the Coptic Gospel of Thomas and even repeated a typographical error. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: October 18, 2013 Filed under: Diplomacy, History, Think Tank, War Room | Tags: 2011 Egyptian revolution, Africa, Omar al-Bashir, Princeton Lyman, South Sudan, Sudan, United Nations, United States
Despite mass protests against austerity measures in Sudan in recent weeks — leaving about 210 protesters dead and over 2000 arrested and detained – the international community, including the United States, has been far too silent,” writes Nada ElSayed:
Despite a few condemnations, the relations of most countries with Sudan have continued without interference. Graphic images of injured and dead protesters have spread widely through social media, visually portraying the story of an incipient Sudanese revolution and the government’s brutal crackdown in response. The hopes of opponents to the regime for international solidarity and support have so far been disappointed.
In fact many seem to believe the protests are over, despite the fact that hundreds have been going out on the street.
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