Donald Trump campaign and violence in the USA

This video from the USA says about itself:

20 June 2016


From The Philadelphia Inquirer in the USA:

Cities Hosting Trump Campaign Rallies Saw Uptick In Assaults, Study Finds

March 16, 2018

Rita Giordano

PHILADELPHIA—Could political rhetoric be hazardous to public health? Quite possibly, according to a new University of Pennsylvania analysis of the last presidential campaign.

During the 2016 campaign, cities that hosted rallies experienced 2.3 more assaults than average on the days that Donald Trump held campaign events there, according to the study, published Friday in the journal Epidemiology.

The researchers noted that news reports cited violent incidents at some Trump campaign rallies, along with language that could be described as colorful. Some of the rally comments attributed to Trump in the study include anti-protester utterances like “I’ll beat the crap out of you“, “I’d like to punch him in the face“, and “Maybe he should have been roughed up.”

By comparison, Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton’s rallies were not found to be linked to any increase in assaults. In the months preceding the Nov. 8 presidential election, media accounts of Clinton’s campaign on numerous occasions included the word boring, an adjective that was not known to be applied to her opponent.

While the increased number of altercations in the cities on the days of Trump rallies was not proved to be a direct result of his comments, the researchers believe that the difference in language between the candidates may have had an effect on public behavior.

“The language of our leaders matters”, said lead study author Christopher Morrison, a postdoctoral fellow in Penn’s Center for Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics. “We have an association between a candidate who was openly promoting violence at events and increases of violence on days of the events. It’s a very clear indication that the language our leaders use can affect the mood of the nation and affect people’s behavior.”

Epidemiologists explore the causes of health problems, including threats to public safety, injury, and disease. The Penn researchers said they believe their study — an effort to understand some of the causes and motivations of violent behavior — to be the first of its kind: “We know of no other empirical studies that investigated violence at a population level associated with previous U.S. presidential rallies”, the article states. The study did not require outside funding.

The researchers focused on cities with more than 200,000 people where criminal incident data were available online. Through online searches, they identified data for 31 Trump rallies in 22 cities and 38 Clinton rallies in 21 cities. They counted the incidents for those days, as well as other days for the cities. Since weather can be a factor in crime rates, the researchers considered temperature and precipitation in preparing the study.

In the case of Trump rallies, the additional assaults may have occurred at or around campaign events or elsewhere in the cities, but the authors said they were likely the result of “emotional states” transmitted through news reports or social media.

No additional assaults were associated with the days and locations of Clinton campaign events. That included some rallies in Philadelphia.

The effect of political speech on a populace is worthy of additional study, the authors said.

“Given the ongoing reports of violence at political gatherings in the U.S. (e.g. March 4, 2017, in Berkeley, Calif., where pro- and anti-Trump protesters clashed)”, they wrote, “whether and how political rhetoric that normalizes or promotes violence affects violence at the population level appears to be an important area for further research.”

See, eg, violence against Somali Americans after a Trump rally. And look at what happened to a Somali Dutch woman after xenophobic politician Geert Wilders campaigned in Emmen.


Catholic clerical child porn in Idaho, USA

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Retired Boise priest appears in court on child-sex-related charges

5 February 2018

Father W. Thomas Faucher is accused of possessing and distributing child pornography.

By Martin Cizmar in the USA:

Idaho priest busted with massive trove of kiddie porn, allegedly had ‘desires to rape and kill children

17 Mar 2018 at 17:44 ET

A retired Idaho priest is facing more felony charges as prosecutors say he had 2,000 images and videos, including images that depicted the rape and torture of kids.

Prosecutors say they have since discovered chat logs in which Rev. W. Thomas Faucher talked about his “desires to rape and kill children.”

“There are countless, countless, countless graphic chat conversations on his computer where he is very specific about how his sexual interests are evolving”, a prosecutor told the court while filing new charges. “He discusses in great detail the desires he has to sexually abuse and even kill children.”

Faucher, 72, of Boise, was arraigned in February on charges including sexual exploitation of a child, distributing sexually exploitative material involving children and possession of marijuana, LSD and ecstasy.

He was given an eviction notice from the church-owned home where he lives though he has until April to leave. He is out of jail on bond and living at the home.

In February, police raided his home and found a massive trove of child pornography and drugs after an adult came forward with charges that he molested them 40 years ago. Some of the images involved infants, prosecutors said.

Vietnam My Lai massacre, 50 years ago

This 16 March 2018 video from the USA says about itself:

50 Years After My Lai Massacre in Vietnam, Revisiting the Slaughter the U.S. Military Tried to Hide

Fifty years ago, on March 16, 1968, U.S. soldiers attacked the Vietnamese village of My Lai. Even though the soldiers met no resistance, they slaughtered more than 500 Vietnamese women, children and old men over the next four hours, in what became known as the My Lai massacre. After the massacre, the U.S. military attempted to cover up what happened. But in 1969 a young reporter named Seymour Hersh would reveal a 26-year-old soldier [lieutenant] named William Calley was being investigated for killing 109 Vietnamese civilians. Today, memorials have been held in My Lai to mark the 50th anniversary of this horrific attack.

This 16 March 2018 video from the USA says about itself:

The GI Resistance Continues: Vietnam Vets Return to My Lai, Where U.S. Slaughtered 500 Civilians

As a group of Vietnam War veterans and peace activists travel back to Vietnam to mark the 50th anniversary of the My Lai massacre, Amy Goodman and Juan González speak with three members of the delegation: Vietnam veteran Paul Cox, who later co-founded the Veterans for Peace chapter in San Francisco; Susan Schnall, former Navy nurse who was court-martialed for opposing the Vietnam War; and longtime activist Ron Carver, who has organized an exhibit honoring the GI antiwar movement at the War Remnants Museum in Ho Chi Minh City.

Brazilian human rights activist Marielle Franco murdered

This video says about itself:

The Assassination of Human Rights Activist Marielle Franco Was a Huge Loss for the World

17 March 2018

Marielle Franco was at the center of the movement against police violence in Brazil. She was, for all intents and purposes, a leader of the country’s parallel to the U.S. Black Lives Matter movement.

“When the lives of black women become important, the world will be transformed.”

See also here.

Protests Held Across Brazil After Rio Councillor Shot Dead: here. And here.

Brazil: Media Trying to Whitewash and Exploit Marielle Franco’s Political Radicalism: here.

African-Brazilian lesbian leftist Marielle Franco murdered

This video says about itself:

Marielle Franco, A Brave Voice Assassinated

15 March 2018

This 15 March 2018 video is called Brazilian Rights Activist Marielle Franco Assassinated.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:

Brazilians mourn murdered politician Marielle Franco
In several Brazilian cities, people went out into the streets to commemorate the murdered politician Marielle Franco. In Rio de Janeiro alone, tens of thousands of people were marching.

The 38-year-old Marielle Franco was a councilor in Rio. She was shot along with her driver on Wednesday in the center of the city.

The car they were in was fired at nine times from another car. Franco and the driver were instantly dead. A press officer who was also in the car was injured.

Political revenge

Franco was very popular in Brazil because she stood up for, among other causes, women’s rights and minorities. When she was shot at, she just returned from a meeting where people talked about the position of black women. …

She had been a city council member for the socialist party since 2016. Last month she was appointed chairwoman of a committee on the police deployment in the favelas [shantytowns] of Rio. She also grew up in one of the favelas.


Last month the Brazilian army took over the leadership of the police in Rio de Janeiro to stop the drug violence in the state. President Temer signed a decree for this. Franco was a fierce opponent of the measure.

According to her, the army had to be deployed not only against drug gangs but also against militias in the poor parts of Rio. The militias mainly consist of former soldiers and former police officers.

They are accused of intimidating the population in the fight against drug gangs. They are said to receive help from the army and the police. Franco brought the abuses to light.

A day before she was killed, Franco still tweeted about the violence in the Brazilian slums: “How many more people should die before this war ends?”

This video says about itself (translated from Brazilian Portuguese):

Marielle Franco’s vigil is marked by protests and tributes in Rio

Rio de Janeiro, March 15 (EFE). (Video by Reinaldo Amorim) – Thousands of people have called for justice and have cried out against the barbarism of violence on Thursday in an emotional tribute to PSOL [socialist party] council member and activist Marielle Franco, who was murdered the night before in downtown Rio de Janeiro. The bodies of Marielle and her accompanying driver, Anderson Pedro Gomes, were greeted by a crowd in the town hall, in the Cinelandia neighborhood, with shouts of “Marielle presente” and “Stop the military police” at the vigil.

People rally in Rio de Janeiro in memory of murdered councillor Mariella Franco Photo: Leo Correa/AP Photo

Racist murder of London Bengali worker in 1978

Catalyst: Altab Ali's murder sparked protests in the Bengali community. Photo: Paul Trevor

By Lynne Walsh in England:

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Preview: Forty years on, Altab Ali is not forgotten

LYNNE WALSH looks forward to an event marking the racist murder of a young Bengali worker in London

MAY 4 marks the 40th anniversary of the death of Altab Ali, an immigrant clothing worker who came to Britain as a teenager and laboured in a clothing workshop in Hanbury Street off Brick Lane in London.

The day Ali was killed in 1978 was the day of local elections. There were 50 seats in Tower Hamlets, with the National Front [neo-nazi party] fielding 43 candidates.

They had been organising in the area for a few years regularly, with a paper sale at the corner of Brick Lane and Bethnal Green Road and a bookstall selling Did Six Million Really Die?

A book by a National Front member, denying Adolf Hitler’s mass murder of Jews.

They frequently terrorised the local Bengali community.

In the last few years, Tower Hamlets council has officially recognised Altab Ali Day locally and organised a memorial event with local groups.

This year’s includes the one-off performance of a scene from a very moving play written by Julie Begum to be performed in Altab Ali Park late in the afternoon of May 4 and the same evening at the Rich Mix on Bethnal Green Road.

Begum, the writer of The Altab Ali Story, is chair of the The Swadhinata Trust, a London-based secular Bengali community group that works to promote Bengali history and heritage among young people and she has started a crowdfunding campaign to finance the production (see below).

The trust has been operating since November 2000, offering seminars, workshops, exhibitions and educational literature to young Bengalis in schools, colleges, youth clubs and community centres in Britain.

The heart-breaking story about the death of Ali oscillates between a village in Sylhet in Bangladesh and a flat in East London and it dramatises the fateful moment in 1978 when his mother is given the devastating news.

Ali regularly writes letters to his family back home with descriptions of life in a foreign land, but everything changes with the arrival of an ominous envelope from one of his friends.

The anger conveyed in the letter and the impact of this senseless murder live on for his family and the community at large.

It was the catalyst for a mass anti-racist movement in the Bengali community, the first ever seen in Britain, culminating in a demonstration of 10,000 people marching to Downing Street via Hyde Park with his coffin.

To contribute to production costs of the Altab Ali Story, please visit Details of the event at Rich Mix are at

This 2016 video from England says about itself:

The Altab Ali Story: Play

The Altab Ali Story
Written by Julie Begum
Director: Mukul Ahmed
Dramaturge: Patricia Cumper
Producer: Pauline Walker

Mother: Saida Tanni Dabir
Miah/Postman: Delwar Hossain Dilu
Grandmother: Tonni Khan
Altab Ali: Porag Hasan

This heart-breaking story about the death of Altab Ali oscillates between a village in Sylhet, Bangladesh and a flat in East London and dramatizes the historic moment in 1978 when his mother is given the devastating news. The airmail letters to his family back home with descriptions of life in a foreign land are keenly anticipated but everything changes with the arrival of an ominous envelope from one of Ali’s friends.

This senseless murder is the catalyst for a mass anti-racist movement from the Bengali community; the first ever seen in Britain, culminating in a demonstration of 7,000 people marching to Downing Street via Hyde Park with his coffin. Though airmail letters are no longer a primary means of communication, the anger conveyed ‘par avion’, and the impact of this senseless murder live on, both for his family and the community at large.