Trump campaign causing anti-Somali American violence


This video from the USA says about itself:

20 June 2016

RESPONDING TO Donald Trump ATTACKING SOMALIANS IN MINNESOTA

Translated from Wouter Zwart, Dutch NOS TV correspondent, in Minneapolis in Minnesota in the USA today:

[Somali American social worker Yusuf]: “[United States Republican presidential candidate Donald] Trump scapegoats us. He shouts that all Somalis have links with terrorism. It is sad and makes sure that we as a community are hated.” …

“Children are bullied at school. Recently a girl in a wheelchair was thrown to the ground as ‘ISIS go home!’ was shouted. That’s really because of Donald Trump. He creates with his statements about immigrants an atmosphere of violence: people with hatred in their hearts see this as a justification to do such things. I’m afraid of the day when an unstable person will cause terrible havoc in a mosque. There will be there on Fridays sometimes a thousand people praying.” …

“Precisely because of his hateful sayings Trump makes things worse. Therefore he has actually become a recruiter for ISIS.”

DONALD TRUMP TAKES A HARD LINE ON IMMIGRATION “The Republican presidential nominee firmly shot down speculation on Wednesday that he may be open to legal status for undocumented immigrants, vowing that ‘no one will be immune or exempt from enforcement.'” And Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto insists he told the GOP nominee that he would not pay for a border wall. [Elise Foley, HuffPost]

African elephant migrates to Somalia


This 2013 video is about Somali silver elephant coins.

Translated from NOS TV in the Netherlands today:

An elephant has traveled hundreds of kilometers in East Africa, and for the first time in twenty years, has crossed the border with Somalia. The male, Morgan, in December, had been equipped with a GPS transmitter in the Kenyan [Tana river] delta and recalled according to experts an old migration route which had not been used for a long time.

Because of the war, no elephants have been seen in Somalia for twenty years been seen, say biologists to the French news agency AFP. “He had a clear idea of ​​where he was going,” said Iain Douglas Hamilton of Save the Elephants. His organization has equipped hundreds of African elephants with GPS transmitters.

Morgan, who is in his thirties, began his walk at the Tana river in Kenya. Most of the distance he did at night. According to Douglas Hamilton the animal crossed an extremely dangerous area, where poachers are very active.

Last year, 20,000 elephants were slain by poachers in Africa. … Along the Kenyan coast, where Morgan began, in the early 1970’s there were still about 20,000 elephants; now at most 300. Kenya in recent years have been successful in the fight against poachers. Last year 93 elephants were killed, in 2014 that was 164.

Combating poaching seems to have worked for Morgan, who probably was looking for a female. He managed to make more than 200 kilometers. He did not stay long in Somalia. Three kilometers inland, he decided to return.

WASHINGTON admitted late on Wednesday that US special forces raided a southern Somali town on Tuesday night: here.

Somali woman athlete, drowned off Libya


This video is called Samia Yusuf Omar @ 2008 Beijing Olympics.

By Michal Boncza in Britain:

Dream graphically denied

Tuesday 8th March 2016

An Olympic Dream: The Story of Samia Yusuf Omar
by Reinhard Kleist
(SelfMadeHero, £14.99)

IN APRIL 2012 news broke that Somali Olympian Samia Yusuf Omar, who had made history four years earlier at the Beijing games, had drowned while attempting to cross the Mediterranean from Libya to Europe.

In Beijing she came last in the first round heat in the 200 metres but won a rousing standing ovation. Attired in casual leggings and a baggy T-shirt, her slight body and long stride became a symbol of extraordinary determination and courage in the face of overwhelming odds.

But, most importantly, they were also a dismal reflection on the haves and have-nots of international athletics and, by implication, its entire governance.

Back in Somalia, with scant official support and facing harassment and intimidation by al-Shabaab fundamentalist thugs, she took the futile advice of looking to train in Ethiopia and later Djibouti. That set her on a migratory path to Libya with the hope of making it to Europe in time to train for the London Olympics.

Travelling overland with similarly desperate souls, all victims of ruthless, money-grubbing and abusive people-traffickers, she was thrust with them into unseaworthy vessels at gun-point. They were pushed out to sea to fend for themselves.

Reinhard Kleist, author of the memorable graphic biography Castro reviewed glowingly in the Morning Star, is — as this book shows — at the peak of his creative endeavour. This visual narrative that immortalises Omar is rendered with breathtaking vigour and passion. The draughtsmanship is masterly, with every brush stroke eloquently descriptive and invoking admiration, pity and often revulsion.

Kleist knows better than most how pictures are worth thousands of words and the story of the runner has the urgency of her dash to make it in time for the dream of a second Olympics.

But his words are equally weighted and to the point when evoking human aspiration and solidarity or even the vilest inhumanity.

At a time when the French authorities have decided to investigate the shenanigans within the Olympics movement and thousands will be forced into rickety boats off Libyan and Turkish coasts, Kleist holds an uncompromising and unsentimental mirror to the West’s ugly face.

Compulsory reading for every secondary-school pupil, anywhere.

The story of Samia Omar, the Olympic runner who drowned in the Med. As the Somali team prepares for Rio, the memory of this 21-year-old – who died trying to find safety and coaching in Europe – looms large: here.

Western powers prepare military operations in Libya: here.

Somali, Brunei Pentagon allies ban Christmas


This video about Los Angeles in the USA says about itself:

Breaking Up With The Beverly Hills Hotel

12 February 2013

Dear Beverly Hills Hotel:

It’s over. And we are never, ever getting back together. Like ever.
That is, until your owners change their homophobic ways.
The Beverly Hills Hotel is owned by the nation of Brunei, where it is illegal to be gay.
Take a stand against homophobia — don’t eat, meet or sleep at the Beverly Hills Hotel!

Sign the petition here.

Homosexuality is illegal in Brunei and can be punished with up to death by stoning.

As this blog reported, the absolute monarch of Brunei has banned Christmas.

The princely dynasty of Brunei are traditionally allies of the British empire. The present Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah was educated at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst in the United Kingdom. Like his father, he has been knighted by Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom, of which Brunei was a protectorate until 1984. He holds an honorary commission in the Royal Air Force of the United Kingdom as an Air Marshal. He is also an Honorary Admiral of the Royal Navy of the United Kingdom, a title given to him by Queen Elizabeth II when he took the salute at the passing out parade of the 2001 summer term at Britannia Royal Naval College, Dartmouth, the Royal Navy’s officer-training school in the United Kingdom. He has an English residence at Binfield Manor in Berkshire. In 1962, a rebellion against absolute monarchy in Brunei was put down by British troops from Singapore.

The full title of His Majesty is Kebawah Duli Yang Maha Mulia Paduka Seri Baginda Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Sa’adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan dan Yang di-Pertuan Negara Brunei Darussalam.

The princely family has been accused of sexual abuse.

Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah is one of the richest men in the world. The spoils of the country’s oil riches are shared between His Majesty and the Shell oil corporation.

The United Kingdom maintains a military base in Seria, the centre of the oil industry in Brunei, with 1,500 soldiers.

To make a long story short: the absolute monarch is Brunei is a staunch ally of the British empire … err … Commonwealth, of NATO, and of the Western ‘free world’.

Apparently, it is very possible to be both a close buddy of the Western ‘free world’, and to ban Christmas.

There is another example of that. Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:

In Somalia it is prohibited from this year on to celebrate Christmas in public places. … “In our country Muslims should not celebrate Christmas“, said a government spokesman.

The security forces in Somalia are instructed to drive away large groups celebrating Christmas. For foreigners it is allowed to dwell on the Christian holidays, provided they do so in private.

There are few Christians living in the African country, which established sharia law in 2009. Somalia is after Brunei the second country to enact a ban on Christmas. In Brunei Muslims who celebrate Christmas face many years of imprisonment.

The Somali government consists of warlords, relying on military help from the United States Pentagon, British armed forces and other NATO countries, ever since the days of George W Bush.

This 2013 video says about itself:

Somalia jails alleged rape victim

In Somalia a woman who said that she had been gang-raped by soldiers has been jailed for a year by a Somali court, along with the journalist who reported her allegation.

Non-Christians at Christmas: ‘I love it as much as I love Diwali’. From Jews dining in Chinese restaurants to atheists indulging in Belgian beer, non-Christian readers tell us what they do at Christmas: here.

Somali cattle herder drone attack victims sue Dutch government


This video from the USA says about itself:

Drone strikes in Pakistan, Yemen & Somalia include targeting rescuers and funerals

US Drone Strike statistics based on research by a team of journalists of the Bureau of Investigative Journalism:
(As of October 10, 2012).

Translated from NOS TV in the Netherlands:

Somali drone attack victims want money from Dutch government

Today, 11:21

Two Somali nomads who in January 2014 were hit during a US drone attack are sueing in the Netherlands. For that attack, the US had access to information provided by the Netherlands, say their lawyers Göran Sluiter and Liesbeth Zegveld.

… One of them lost two of his daughters and a leg as well in the attack. The other person was injured. In addition, most of their livestock was killed.

The Ministry of Defence in The Hague rejects any responsibility in this case. In the Volkskrant daily says the ministry says it does not know on the basis of what information the US military went into action. “This is absolutely incredible,” says Sluiter. “The Netherlands knows very well for what the information is provided.”

Complicity

That Dutch intelligence services share information with the US was revealed earlier in information of whistleblower Edward Snowden. Sluiter hopes that the Netherlands therefore will recognize that they are accomplices and will pay compensation. That chance is small, making court intervention necessary.

Sluiter and Zegveld chose a case in the Netherlands because the government in the USA in cases likes this hides behind state security claims. A case in the US because of that has no chance.

Pregnant refugee woman attacked by xenophobes


This video from the USA says about itself:

Anti-Refugee Camerawoman To Sue The Man She Tripped

21 October 2015

The Hungarian camerawoman

working for a TV station owned by neo-nazi party Jobbik

who made international headlines for tripping a Syrian refugee carrying his young son

and for kicking refugee children

is now suing that refugee…and Facebook. She is claiming that the incident has ruined her reputation and she wants to clear her good name. John Iadarola (Think Tank), Hannah Cranston (Think Tank), Hasan Piker (Pop Trigger), and Karamo Brown hosts of The Young Turks discuss.

“A Hungarian camerawoman who was fired after shocking video emerged of her intentionally tripping refugees says she plans to sue Facebook and one of the refugees she kicked.

The footage of Petra Laszlo enraged the international community when it surfaced in early September.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain today:

Teens probed for attack on woman

GERMANY: Three teenagers are being investigated for hate crimes after allegedly attacking an eight-months-pregnant Somalian refugee, police said yesterday.

The woman was on her way back to a refugee shelter in the town of Bad Belzig on Wednesday afternoon when she was attacked by two boys and a girl aged 14 and 15, police said.

They grabbed the sack of potatoes she was carrying on her head, threw her to the ground and assaulted her.