Thursday, June 23, 2016

Shooting at Cinema in Viernheim Germany, Possible ISIS Attack

A masked assailant was shot and killed by German police after opening fire at a movie theater in Viernheim, Germany. Reports are diverging, with some saying zero casualties while other have 25-50 injuries.

CNN is covering the event, which is unfolding.

"This (police) operation is now finished," the shopping center said on its Facebook page. "At this moment in time we have no information on injured persons. The driveway is still blocked. We will keep you updated on new developments. "

Sunday, June 19, 2016

NYT Profile: Omar Mateen "Enjoyed Male Privilege"

The New York Times published a detailed overview of Orlando shooter Omar Mateen's life, chronicling his early years and any potential indication that he would become a mass murderer. Many parts appear to be show a relatively normal child, while others paint a bizarre portrait of a troubled young person.

The article states that his father had come to the United States as a refugee during the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. Seddique Mateen now hosts a show in California stating that he is the true president of Afghanistan and has even opened a non-profit calling itself the provisional government of that country.

Because the father was a skilled financial investor, the article changes tone. The family lived a relatively well-off lifestyle with the three daughters becoming professionals. For young Mateen, another factor was at play:

"His wife, Shahla, stayed mostly in the background, while he set a tone of cultural conservatism, especially when it came to his three other children, all accomplished women. The son, though, enjoyed male privilege."

The rest of the article speaks of other potential warning signs, including celebrating the September 11th attacks, discipline issues, and possible steroid use. But smack in the middle of it is the thought of the shooter being motivated by the scourge of male privilege.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Possible ISIS Attack in Amarillo Leaves Shooter Dead

A shooter was killed by police after taking hostages in Amarillo TX, as reported by FoxNews.

Police identified the gunman late Tuesday as 54-year-old Mohammad Moghaddam.
Moghaddam, who was an employee at that Walmart, took two other workers hostage, local media reported. One of the hostages was the store manager, relatives told the Amarillo Globe-News.

Saturday, June 04, 2016

How did Muhammad Ali Die?

BBC is reporting that the champ died of respiratory illness complicated by his Parkinson's disease. From his official twitter account:

Details of Muhammad Ali's Death at 74

From his younger days:

Reported at the BBC:
He was suffering from a respiratory illness, a condition that was complicated by Parkinson's disease.
The funeral will take place in Ali's hometown of Louisville, Kentucky, his family said in a statement.

Thursday, June 02, 2016

Three Arrested in ISIS Plot in Germany

Three refugees have been arrested in Germany, allegedly planning a suicide attack in Germany. The Washington Post covered the story.

With a winning quote:

Gregor Golland, a Christian Democratic Union member of the North-Rhine Westphalia state parliament, called local leaders “naive” for insisting that “no terrorists were coming to Germany via the Balkan route” — a reference to the main land corridor used by irregular migrants last year.

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Video of Protesters Storming Sanders Rally

Turkish President: Muslims Should Reject Birth Control

Turkey's President Recep Erdogan stated in a speech that all Muslims should reject birth control and family planning. The stunning remarks were reported on by the BBC.
In a speech broadcast live on TV, he said "no Muslim family" should consider birth control or family planning.
"We will multiply our descendants," said Mr Erdogan, who became president in August 2014 after serving as prime minister for 12 years.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

EgyptAir MS804 Disappears after Lifting off from Paris

A developing story out of Paris. The flight has disappeared off of radar. More information from the CBC.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

One Dead in ISIS Munich Attack

One civilian is dead after a knife-wielding man launched a stabbing attack on a Munich train. The attacker was screaming "Allahu Akbar" during the rampage. The UK Mirror reports that four others were injured.

The attack happened during rush hour.