Noam Chomsky on the Middle East


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Chomsky: Saudi Arabia is the “Center of Radical Islamic Extremism” Now Spreading Among Sunni Muslims

17 May 2016

As Saudi Arabia continues to fund fighting in Syria and Yemen, Noam Chomsky says it is “the center of radical Islamic extremism.” Chomsky adds that the U.S. ally is “a source of not only funding for extremist radical Islam and the jihadi outgrowths of it, but also, doctrinally, mosques, clerics and so on, schools, you know, madrassas, where you study just Qur’an, is spreading all over the huge Sunni areas from Saudi influence.”

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Noam Chomsky on Syria Conflict: Cut Off the Flow of Arms & Stop Bombing to Stem the Atrocities

17 May 2016

Today, the U.S. and Russia co-chair a meeting of the 17-nation International Syria Support Group aimed at easing the five-year conflict with a death toll that has reached close to half a million people. Just last month, President Obama announced the deployment of 250 more Special Operations troops to Syria in a move that nearly doubles the official U.S. presence in the country.

Syria is only one of a number of ongoing deadly conflicts in the Middle East. Last year, a record 60 million people around the world were forced to flee their homes, becoming refugees. For more on these conflicts and the rise of ISIS, we continue our conversation with internationally renowned political dissident, linguist and author, Noam Chomsky.

The U.S. invasion of Iraq was a major reason in the development, a primary reason in the incitement of sectarian conflicts, which have now exploded into these monstrosities,” says Chomsky. He has written over 100 books, most recently, “Who Rules the World?” Chomsky is institute professor emeritus at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he’s taught for more than 50 years.

British ex-abbot, suspected of child abuse, arrested


This 14 May 2016 video is called Accused UK priest held in Kosovo.

From the BBC today:

UK priest wanted over sex abuse claims held in Kosovo

1 hour ago

A British former Catholic priest wanted over child sex abuse allegations has been arrested in Kosovo, local police sources say.

Lawrence Soper was being hunted over sex offences allegedly committed at St Benedict’s School in Ealing where he taught in the 1970s and 80s.

He was arrested in 2010 and bailed, but failed to return to a London police station in March 2011.

A European Arrest Warrant was issued for him in 2012.

After teaching at St Benedict’s, Mr Soper became abbot of Ealing Abbey, which had founded the school and supplied monks to teach there. …

In June 2010, a man then in his 40s made an allegation of sexual assault at St Benedict’s School in Ealing, west London, that was also attended by actor Andy Serkis and comedian Julian Clary.

From the Daily Telegraph in Britain today:

In March 2011, F[athe]r Soper was believed to have been living in a monastery in Rome and was due to return to London to answer bail.

However, he failed to show up, sparking an international search.

Homophobic American preacher arrested for child pornography


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Anti-Gay Pastor Arrested For Child Porn

13 May 2016

An anti-gay pastor in Arkansas is in a lot of trouble. He has been arrested on 70 counts of child porn. Cenk Uygur, Ana Kasparian, Katie Halper, and Jimmy Dore, hosts of The Young Turks, break it down. Tell us what you think in the comment section below.

“Meet Dave Reynolds. He’s the recently fired pastor of the Cornerstone Bible Fellowship in Sherwood, Arkansas currently facing 70 counts of distributing, possessing or viewing child pornography.

He’s also vehemently antigay.

The 40-year-old pastor, who has preached that marriage is between a man and a woman and that all homosexual activity is a sin, was arrested this week after police received a tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children that a social media account in Sherwood was storing pages and pages (and pages and pages) of images of kiddy porn.

The account allegedly belonged to Reynolds.

In March, Reynolds informed elders at Cornerstone Bible Fellowship that he was under investigation for child porn possession. When they asked if he had engaged in viewing the material, Reynolds told them he had “not knowingly done so.”

Read more here.

United States pro-peace priest Daniel Berrigan, RIP


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RIP Father Daniel Berrigan: Remembering the Life and Legacy of the Antiwar Priest & Poet

2 May 2016

We spend the hour remembering the life and legacy of the legendary antiwar priest, Father Daniel Berrigan. He died on Saturday, just short of his 95th birthday. Berrigan was a poet, pacifist, educator, social activist, playwright and lifelong resister to what he called “American military imperialism.”

Along with his late brother Phil, Dan Berrigan played an instrumental role in inspiring the antiwar and antidraft movement during the late 1960s, as well as the movement against nuclear weapons.

He was the first Catholic priest to land on the FBI’s most wanted list. In early 1968, Father Daniel Berrigan made international headlines when he traveled to North Vietnam with historian Howard Zinn to bring home three U.S. prisoners of war. Later that year, Father Dan Berrigan, his brother Phil and seven others took 378 draft files from the draft board in Catonsville, Maryland. Then, in the parking lot of the draft board office, the activists set the draft records on fire using homemade napalm to protest the Vietnam War.

They became known as the Catonsville Nine and invigorated the antiwar movement by inspiring over 100 similar acts of protest. It also shook the foundation of the tradition-bound Catholic Church. Then, in 1980, the Berrigan brothers and six others began the Plowshares Movement when they broke into the General Electric nuclear missile facility in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, hammered nuclear warhead nose cones and poured blood onto documents and files. They were arrested and charged with over 10 different felony and misdemeanor counts, and became known as the Plowshares Eight.

This 2 May 2016 video from the USA is called “It was the Happiest Day of My Life”: Martin Sheen Recalls His Arrest Alongside Father Dan Berrigan.

This 2 May 2016 video from the USA is called Dan Berrigan in His Own Words: Antiwar Priest Speaks About 9/11 in Democracy Now! Studios in 2002.

This 2 May 2016 video from the USA is called Friends Remember Fr. Dan Berrigan: “He Said He Didn’t Believe in Heroes, He Believed In Community”.

This 2 May 2016 video from the USA is called In 2006 Interview, Fr. Dan Berrigan Recalls Confronting Defense Secretary McNamara over Vietnam War.

This 2 May 2016 video from the USA is called “The Cause is the Heart’s Beat”: See Father Berrigan Recite His Poem “Some” in 2006.

This 2 May 2016 video from the USA is called “His World Was Always Filled with Such Beauty”: Frida Berrigan on Her Uncle, Priest Daniel Berrigan.

Clerical sexual abuse in the Netherlands cover-up


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Catholic Church’s systematic abuse cover-up in the USA

16 November 2014

The Pope played a leading role in a systematic cover-up of child sex abuse by Roman Catholic priests.

Translated from NOS TV in the Netherlands:

“Deetman intimidated abuse victims to prevent investigation by parliament”

Today, 00:53

Wim Deetman has intimidated board members of an organization that stands up for victims of sexual abuse in the Catholic Church to prevent a parliamentary inquiry. This reports Argos radio.

Deetman was chairman of the commission of inquiry into abuse in the church.

The commission was set up by the Roman Catholic Church in the Netherlands. Wim Deetman is a Christian Democrat Appeal party politician.

In December the final report of the Deetman commission was published. It showed that tens of thousands of children were abused between 1945 and 1981 at Catholic seminaries and boarding schools.

Compelling way

A few months later, four members of the victims’ organization KLOKK had a conversation with Deetman. He asked the four people “with binding effect” not to ask for a parliamentary investigation.

A parliamentary inquiry was initially a mandatory requirement by the victims. Two weeks before the meeting KLOKK wrote that there was “every reason” to urge a parliamentary investigation.

Emails

However, the board members gave in to the request by Deetman. Board member Annemie Knibbe: “Deetman actually wanted to force us to do no parliamentary inquiry”. Argos also says it has emails showing that Deetman had already long before pressured KLOKK to abandon the requirement for a parliamentary investigation.

Deetman said to have threatened to stop investigating if KLOKK survivors would keep insisting on parliamentary inquiry: here.

Sexually abusive Catholic priest relocated, not fired


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Church Relocates Convicted Predator Priest To New Church

27 April 2016

A priest convicted of inappropriately touching a 19-year-old woman, has been reassigned to a new church. The priest has gone from San Diego to a new parish in Oklahoma. Ana Kasparian and Brett Erlich, hosts of The Young Turks, break it down. Tell us what you think in the comment section below.

“Fr. Jose Alexis Davila was convicted of inappropriately touching a 19-year-old woman in San Diego in 2011. Like most priests who have been caught or convicted of sex acts, Davila went to another church. The problem, however, is no one at the church was told about his crimes.

When the church of the Blessed Sacrament in Lawton, Oklahoma was introduced to Davila they were told only that “he has pastoral experience in the United States” but nothing about his criminal past or even the name of his previous church. None of the members had any idea he was convicted for groping a teenager, according to KFOR News.”

Read more here.

Dutch Buddhist clerical sexual abuse update


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Zen Buddhism Sex Abuse Scandal | Religion Strikes Again

16 November 2013

Even Zen masters can be deviants. Inside the new book that unearths a disturbing pattern of affairs at the top of one of the largest Buddhist communities in the U.S.A.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV:

Six new reports of sexual abuse by Buddhists

Today, 13:15

The hotline where sexual abuse by Buddhist teachers and monks can be reported received six reports during the last six months .

The independent hotline was set up in early November last year, in response to a number of scandals in Buddhist circles about which NOS reported. Its founder is the foundation managing the hotline about child pornography on the Internet.

Director Arda Gerkens of the foundation says they can not tell the content of the reports from Buddhist circles. This is to protect the anonymity of the plaintiffs. What they do want to say is that it partially concerns matters which have already been publicized. But there are some new ones too.

Small

Gerkens speaks of a “small number of reports.” There may be various causes for that, like ignorance of the new hotline. From the number of notifications according to her one cannot draw any conclusions at this time on the extent of sexual abuse by Buddhists in the Netherlands.

Just the followers of Thai monk Mettavihari, deceased in 2007, knew last year of dozens of abuse cases by their teacher.

See also here.