September 17, 2006
August 11, 2006
A 25-year-old European tourist was stabbed to death Thursday near Jerusalem’s Old City by an Arab assailant in an apparent terror attack, police said.
The tourist was walking with a small group of tourists on Sultan Suleiman Street in the heart of east Jerusalem near the Flower Gate when the young Arab attacker approached them from behind and stabbed one of them in the back, Jerusalem police spokesman Shmuel Ben-Ruby said.
The assailant then hurled the knife of the ground and fled the scene.
The tourist, who was critically wounded in the nighttime attack, died shortly afterwards of his injuries.
Police said that the motive for the attack was apparently terror-related.
The nationality of the victim was not immediately released.
August 2, 2006
May 17, 2006
|By ALICIA COLON
May 16, 2006
It's that time of year when New Yorkers start making their summer vacation plans. Renting a place in the Hamptons? Nah, been there, done that. How about a Parisian jaunt? Noooo. Too many riots. Well, how about visiting a country that's ancient, historic, beautiful and exotic – Iraq? Sure, there's a little war going on there, but when you look at the violent death statistics in the world, it's safer than a number of other popular travel destinations. Believe it or not.
I happened to catch Rep. Steve King, a Republican of Iowa, on C-span last week and he rattled off some startling figures that demonstrate how off-base journalists are when it comes to reporting on the war in Iraq. According to Mr. King, the violent death rate in Iraq is 25.71 per 100,000. That may sound high, but not when you compare it to places like Colombia (61.7), South Africa (49.6), Jamaica (32.4), and Venezuela (31.6). How about the violent death rates in American cities? New Orleans before Hurricane Katrina was 53.1. FBI statistics for 2004-05 have Washington at 45.9, Baltimore at 37.7, and Atlanta at 34.9.
May 6, 2006
In Danish Public Service Channals TV as well as Radio at least two democratically elected political parties are virtually non-existent namely: The British National Party (BNP) and Front National in France. Typically in the news DR program 1 yesterday it was concluded that the conservatives had won the election. Not a single word on BNP. Why? Do they think that it goes away if they pretend it does not exist.
There is a word for it: Escapism.
From correspondents in London
May 05, 2006
THE far-right British National Party (BNP), running on a hardline anti-immigration platform, won 11 seats from the ruling Labour Party in a key east London seat in local elections today.
The BNP targeted working-class areas with voters who are dissatisfied with the main political parties.
Opponents dismissed the party as a neo-fascist minority group peddling racism and preying on voters' prejudices.
But Richard Barnbrook, a winning BNP candidate in the London suburb of Barking and Dagenham, denied being racist and said the party's success at the polls was due to the Labour party's failings on local issues.
"This race concern is nonsense, it doesn't exist," Mr Barnbrook said to Sky News television. "It's law and order, education and proper housing."
Some Barking and Dagenham voters said they had turned to the BNP because mainstream parties had ignored their concerns over issues such as immigration and housing.
The BNP says its policies are not racist but are an attempt to return to "traditional British values". Its manifesto pledges to "stop further attempts to enforce multi-culturalism on an increasingly sceptical and unwilling populace."
Pensions Minister Margaret Hodge, who represents Barking in parliament, said voters had reacted to rapid changes in the area, once a mainly white Labour stronghold which has become more mixed through immigration.
Statistics showed that ethnic minorities made up 14.8 per cent of the suburb's population in 2001, one of the lowest proportions in London but more than double the percentage 10 years earlier.
"We have to challenge the values of the neo-Nazi party – which is what the BNP is – and we have to listen very carefully to the concerns that my constituents are expressing," Mr Hodge said to Sky News.
The BNP is the biggest far-right party in Britain but has no seats in Parliament. Britain's first-past-the-post voting system makes it hard for fringe parties to win parliamentary seats.
BNP leader Nick Griffin, faces a re-trial on two race hate charges after an inconclusive trial in northern England in February.
The charges are that he used abusive or offensive words intended or likely to stir up racial hatred during a speech to supporters. He was cleared of two similar charges.