Browsing: Inhumanity


Ledell Lee, 51, convicted of beating 26-year-old Debra Reese to death during a 1993 robbery, was pronounced dead at 11.56pm local time.

Arkansas has executed its first inmate in 12 years after a long legal battle that questioned the use of the lethal injection drug.

Read more: Arkansas executes first prisoner in 12 years as use of lethal injection drug allowed on death row ‘conveyor belt’


‘A woman with mental health problems was asked by DWP disability benefit assessors why she had not killed herself, she has said.

Alice Kirby, who also has physical disabilities, accused the Department for Work and Pensions of “institutional abuse” as she spoke about her experience trying to claim Personal Independence Payment (PIP).

The claim comes as new figures show private companies that run the assessments on behalf of the DWP are set to rake in more than £700m from their five-year contracts.’

Read more: DWP asked disability benefit claimant why she had not killed herself


‘Some 500 Syrian refugees have been forced to flee a makeshift housing in Turkey’s western Izmir province after being violently attacked by locals who burnt their tents.

The attack took place in Izmir’s Torbali district on Saturday after reports claiming that a local child had been beaten by the Syrians.

A mob of around 300 Turkish people, armed with knives and clubs, stormed into the makeshift housing and set fire to refugees’ tents.

Local media reports said 40 tents were destroyed in the fighting and about 30 people were injured, one of them identified as 22-year-old Mustafa critically. The wounded were all taken to hospital.

“It was impossible to stop the neighborhood. They are full of rage. We don’t want Syrians in our area. Problems have increased since they arrived,” Ali Curukcu, the local headman, was quoted as saying by the Turkish Dogan news agency.’

Read more: Turks attack Syrian refugees with knives, burn tents


‘I used to wake up at 4:30am for the morning shift at the slaughterhouse. It was fall and the chill in the air matched the emptiness of the roads that were surrounded by rural Maryland’s forests and tributaries feeding into the Chesapeake Bay. It should have been a peaceful time of day, but the thoughts would race: “Can I do this another day? What if they notice my hidden camera? What would they do if they found out I was an undercover investigator?”

On my first day of training, I watched presentations on topics regarding food safety and avoiding hazards. Animal treatment never came up during the training period, which seemed odd since my sole job was handling animals.’

Read more: Going Undercover at a Slaughterhouse—Humanity Is Capable of Atrocities It Simply Can’t Confront


‘Israel markets its water expertise as an agent of change internationally but uses water as a weapon of war against the Palestinians, according to South Africa’s minister of water and sanitation, Nomvula Mokonyane.

The minister was criticizing Israel’s policies in a speech during Israeli Apartheid Week delivered earlier this month at the Stellenbosch University in South Africa.

Mokonyane said Israel’s water story has “two faces.” One is Israel as the “world’s leading practitioner of water apartheid.” Israel has full control of all water access and water use in historic Palestine – the West Bank, Gaza Strip and present-day Israel. This “skewed distribution” leaves Palestinians in the West Bank with 73 liters per person per day, Mokonyane said, compared to 240-300 liters for Israelis.

The Palestinian share is far less than the World Health Organization’s recommendation of 100 liters per person per day for domestic use, hospitals, schools and other institutions.’

Read more: Israel is world’s leading practitioner of water apartheid

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‘My day job at the Chief-Leader, a weekly newspaper that covers New York City’s municipal workforce, requires that I be out and about reporting on what public workers like the police, EMTs and transit workers are doing to keep the world’s greatest city safe and running smoothly. As a consequence, I encounter the city’s social conditions on the street, in the subways and in the shadows where public spaces meet private property.

As the city’s equality gap persists, these encounters increasingly include dozens of homeless and clearly indigent people. Several times a day in the subway I am asked for money. On the street and in the underground passageways I have had to avert my eyes from a mother sitting on the floor with a drowsy toddler in her lap, begging for food or money. At the evening rush hour, half-naked men, clearly intoxicated, who appear mentally ill, shuffle through the crowds at Penn Station. Others just lay on the floor, presumably asleep, as my fellow commuters and I just step over their bodies like they were road kill.’

Read more: New Yorkers Continue to Ignore Homelessness at Their Own Peril


‘A Japanese fleet has returned to port with the carcasses of 333 minke whales which were harpooned in the Antarctic Ocean, despite an international ban on commercial whale hunting and appeals from animal rights groups.

The 8,145-ton Nisshin Maru – the only whaling factory ship in the world – and two catcher vessels arrived at the whaling community port of Shimonoseki, southwest Japan, on Friday. The ships were the last of a five-vessel fleet.

The country’s Fisheries Agency confirmed the fleet had carried out its four-month mission to conduct “research for the purpose of studying the ecological system in the Antarctic Ocean,” reaching its stated goal of killing 333 whales.’

Read more: Japan kills 333 whales for ‘research purposes’ despite international criticism


‘A disabled woman who faces deportation to Nigeria by British immigration authorities has claimed she was treated “like a goat” and dragged around Heathrow Airport on a chain.

Lovelyn Edobor, a victim of trafficking and who has reduced mobility as she suffers from advanced osteoarthritis in both knees and chronic generalized arthritis, was on the brink of being removed on Saturday following several months in detention at Yarl’s Wood Immigration Removal Center in Bedfordshire.

The 49-year-old said that although she was handed a wheelchair in detention, officials snatched it off her on the journey to the airport.’

Read more: Disabled Nigerian asylum seeker ‘dragged around on a chain,’ treated ‘like a goat’


‘A woman in her 20s was burnt alive by a group of villagers in northern India for protesting the cutting of trees on her family’s farm to widen a road, according to local reports.

The woman, identified in local media as ‘Lalita’, had objected to the trees being cleared in the village of Hariyadhana, in the Rajasthan district. She was reportedly doused with petrol and set on fire Saturday by a group of people and died from her injuries in hospital on Sunday.’

Read more: Young Indian woman ‘burned alive’ for protesting cutting of trees


‘A Labour-run council has been accused of effectively criminalising the poor and vulnerable, as campaigners claim the local authority is considering using Public Space Protection Orders against homeless people.

Rochdale Borough Council has allegedly proposed ten separate offences, including a ban on people “placing themselves in a position to beg or solicit money” and introducing on-the-spot fines for swearing in public.

The council is also said to want to place a curfew on under-18s between 11pm and 6am – a measure usually reserved for a national emergency – and criminalise the unauthorised distribution of printed materials, which campaigners say could violate residents’ freedom of expression and cause significant harm to local businesses.’

Read more: Labour council accused of ‘criminalising homelessness’