Browsing: Inhumanity


‘Saudi Arabia has reportedly sentenced a young man to death for apostasy. The news has stirred up Twitter users, with some expressing sadness and sorrow, while others praised the move.

On Tuesday, a Saudi Arabian court dismissed an appeal from Ahmad Al Shamri, who had spent three years in prison over charges of “atheism and blasphemy,” the Exmuslim website reports.

Al Shamri was in his early 20s and lived the city of Hafr Al-Batin in the country’s Eastern Province, according to the website. He had reportedly renounced Islam and posted various videos reflecting his views on social media. The man was arrested in 2014, faced trial and was sentenced to death in February 2015.’

Read more: Twitter goes wild over reported death penalty for ‘atheism’ in Saudi Arabia

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‘The head of the United Nations stood in front of a room full of global leaders Tuesday and made a plaintive plea: “On average, a child under the age of 5 dies of preventable causes in Yemen every 10 minutes,” António Guterres said. “This means 50 children in Yemen will die during today’s conference, and all of those deaths could have been prevented.”

Whether his last claim is true is certainly up for debate, but what Guterres is asking for would most certainly help: $2.1 billion in funding to combat deepening hunger and disease across Yemen.’

Read more: A child in Yemen dies every 10 minutes as humanitarian aid funding falls short, U.N. says



‘The state of Arkansas has executed two prisoners on death row after the US Supreme Court rejected their last-minute appeals.
It is the first double execution on the same day in the US for 17 years.
Jack Jones and Marcel Williams were both sentenced to death for rapes and murders committed in the 1990s.
Arkansas initially planned to execute eight inmates in 11 days because its supply of a drug used in lethal injections expires in late April.
On Thursday, Ledell Lee became the first person to be executed in Arkansas since 2005.’

Read more: Arkansas executes murderers Jack Jones and Marcel Williams


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