NEW YORK (AP) -- An heiress pleaded guilty on Friday in a sensational case accusing a cult-like upstate New York group of creating a secret harem of sex slaves for the group's self-anointed spiritual leader.
Clare Bronfman admitted in her plea in federal court in Brooklyn that she harbored someone who was living in the U.S. illegally for unpaid "labor and services" and that she committed credit card fraud on behalf of Keith Raniere, the lead of a group called NXIVM.
Bronfman - the 40-year-old daughter of the late billionaire philanthropist and former Seagram chairman Edgar Bronfman Sr. - told the judge that she had wanted to help people through NXIVM but ended up dishonoring her family.
"Your honor, I was afforded a great gift by my grandfather and father," Bronfman said. "With the gift, comes immense privilege and more importantly, tremendous responsibility. It does not come with an ability to break the law."
[Daily Mail, where America gets its news] One thousand children in Brooklyn's measles epicenter have received the MMR vaccine in the week since a state of emergency was declared, the Mayor announced today.
Last week, Mayor Bill de Blasio ordered the mandatory vaccination of everyone - children and adults - in four Brooklyn ZIP codes affected by the outbreak of 329 measles cases and counting.
He said 3,300 children in Williamsburg - the epicenter of the outbreak - had not received their shots.
On Friday morning, de Blasio told Brian Lehrer on WNYC that now almost a third of them have complied.
Others have refused, however - driving health officials to shutter five schools and summon three parents to court, where they could face a $1,000 fine or jail time.
Kansas has its communities which get treated by the Wichita News as Weird White People, who they roll out whenever some disease breaks out in Wichita, quietly ignoring that Wichita is an official sanctuary city.
A locust outbreak is spreading to #Iran, threatening crops & food security in at least 6 provinces. Thousands of hectares of farmlands have already been destroyed. Regime officials say the Interior Ministry & Crisis Management Org. are not providing any budget for this disaster. pic.twitter.com/tEHw306mim
[Breitbart] Oscar-winning director Clint Eastwood is circling The Ballad of Richard Jewell as his next project, the tragic story about an early victim of our fake news media.
Jewell was a 34-year-old security guard at the 1996 Summer Olympic Games in Atlanta, Georgia, and at first he was rightfully hailed as a hero after he discovered a backpack filled with explosives and risked his own life to evacuate the area. After the bomb went off, dozens were injured and one person was killed. There is no question, though, that many, many more would have died had Jewell not sounded the alarm.
Unfortunately for Jewell, the acclaim didn’t last long. He was overweight, white, and a southerner ‐ the perfect target for our left-wing media... And so, three days later the media reported the F.B.I. was looking at him as a possible suspect. There was zero evidence against Jewell. The entire story was based on a criminal profile of the bomber.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution launched the hate campaign by comparing Jewell to the serial killer behind a horrible series of child murders in Atlanta.
Posted by: M. Murcek ||
04/20/2019 5:53 Comments ||
Another reason the libel laws needed a major overhaul and the leaking FBI leadership purged. Make news as financially accountable as they have wanted businesses and corporations for faulty products and indifference to anything but the bottom line.
Posted by: Frank G ||
04/20/2019 7:28 Comments ||
If a doctor has a bad outcome (whether thru negligence or misfortune) for one patient, the malpractice lawyers are all over it. If the media lies (in a clearly intentional and conspiratorial way) to millions of people? Crickets...
Posted by: M. Murcek ||
04/20/2019 8:10 Comments ||
[DAWN] A schoolgirl was burned to death in Bangladesh on the orders of her head teacher after she reported him for sexually harassing her, police said on Friday.
The death of the 19-year-old, Nusrat Jahan Rafi, last week sparked protests across the country, with the prime minister promising to prosecute all those involved.
Rafi was lured to the rooftop of the religious seminary she attended where her attackers asked her to withdraw the sexual harassment complaint she had filed with police.
When she refused, she was doused in kerosene and set on fire.
Police said on Friday that one of the 17 people placed in durance vile You have the right to remain silent... in connection with her death had accused the school's principal of ordering the attack.
The teacher "told them to put pressure on Rafi to withdraw the case or kill her if she refused", senior police superintendent Mohammad Iqbal, who is leading the investigation, told AFP.
Rafi had gone to police in late March to report the sexual harassment, and a leaked video shows the local cop shoppe chief registering her complaint but dismissing it as "not a big deal".
Iqbal said at least five of those under arrest, including three of Rafi's classmates, had tied her up with a scarf before setting her on fire.
"The plan was to pass the incident off as a suicide. But it fell through after Rafi managed to come downstairs while on fire because the scarf burnt and freed her hands and feet," he said.
Rafi suffered burns to 80 per cent of her body and died in hospital on April 10.
But she recorded a video before her death, repeating her allegations against the principal. "The teacher touched me, I will fight this crime till my last breath," she said. She also identified some of her attackers.
The case has caused outrage in Bangladesh, with Prime Minister the loathesome Sheikh Hasina ...Bangla dynastic politician and current Prime Minister of Bangladesh. She has been the President of the Bangla Awami League since the Lower Paleolithic. She is the eldest of five children of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, the founding father of Bangla. Her party defeated the BNP-led Four-Party Alliance in the 2008 parliamentary elections. She has once before held the office, from 1996 to 2001, when she was defeated in a landslide. She and the head of the BNP, Khaleda Zia show such blind animosity toward each other that they are known as the Battling Begums.. vowing that "none of the culprits will be spared legal action."
Rights groups say the number of rape and sexual assault cases has increased in Bangladesh because authorities have failed to prosecute attackers.
"The horrifying murder of a brave woman who sought justice shows how badly the Bangladesh government has failed victims of sexual assault," Meenakshi Ganguly, South Asia director at Human Rights Watch, said in a statement.
"Nusrat Jahan Rafi's death highlights the need for the Bangladesh government to take survivors of sexual assault seriously and ensure that they can safely seek a legal remedy and be protected from retaliation," she added.
[ALMASDARNEWS] National Security Adviser John Bolton has signalled the US administration’s readiness to use the Monroe Doctrine in its policies towards Latin America.
The Monroe Doctrine, which was announced by US President James Monroe in 1823, aimed to oppose European colonialism in the Americas. The document declared that any action by any European power directed against independent nations in North and South America would be considered hostile by the United States.
"Today, we proudly proclaim for all to hear: the Monroe Doctrine is alive and well", Bolton told the Bay of Pigs veterans group in Miami on Wednesday, lauding the Americas as an "incredible region" which he said "must remain free from internal despotism and external domination".
He claimed that "the destinies of our nations will not be dictated by foreign powers" and that "they will be shaped by the people who call this Hemisphere home".
In early March, Bolton also focused on the issue in an interview with CNN, during which he stressed that the US was applying the Monroe Doctrine to the situation in Venezuela. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov at the time slammed Bolton’s remarks as arrogant and insulting.
The Wednesday statement was made as Bolton announced a new spate of sanctions against Venezuela, including those that have been slapped on the Venezuelan Central Bank, a number of companies and nine ships.
Posted by: Fred ||
04/20/2019 00:00 ||
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Only we get to overthrow governments.
So sad Trump was outmaneuvered by neocons. I thought we were done with this invading countries bullshit. If Venezuelans want socialism then let them. None of our business.
Posted by: Herb McCoy ||
04/20/2019 3:49 Comments ||
Posted by: Frank G ||
04/20/2019 5:46 Comments ||
The "con" part is true. The schtick is very old...
Posted by: M. Murcek ||
04/20/2019 6:00 Comments ||
I'm all for anything that sucks the financial resources of our global opponents. Don't interfere with them. Everything else can be kabuki theater.
Posted by: European Conservative ||
04/20/2019 7:41 Comments ||
Maduro wants all the help he can get from Cubans, Russians and Chinamen but then, he's not starving like the majority of his fellow countrymen are.
Posted by: Abu Uluque ||
04/20/2019 11:54 Comments ||
I’m fine with using force to end the suffering of the people of Venezuela. What I’m not ok with is the profiteering and massive ingratitude that will inevitably follow there, and the morons in elective office here spending billons on another nation building debacle with another rape of our public treasury by savvy NGOs and contractors. The sad truth is if that, then this is as certain as the sun rising and CNN lying.
[AMN] The Maltese authorities have refused to allow Russia use their airspace in order to deliver supplies to the Venezuela, the U.S. Department of State said on Friday.
“We applaud the government of #Malta for refusing to allow Russian planes to use its airspace to supply the brutal former regime in #Venezuela. We call on all countries to follow Malta’s example to stop the Kremlin’s support for the dictator Maduro,” the new spokesperson for the Department of State, Morgan Ortagus, tweeted this morning.
Russia’s flight plan to Venezuela often includes flying over the Mediterranean Sea; however, with Malta denying Moscow access to their airspace, they will have to adjust their route in the future.
The Russian government recently delivered a large amount of aid to Venezuela, which was in line with the World Health Organization’s (WHO) regulations.
The Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela is currently under heavy sanctions from the U.S. and several of their allies, while countries like Russia, China, Turkey, and Iran continue to aid the government of Nicolas Maduro.
[ALMASDARNEWS] A unit of 300 soldiers from the French Army and the Foreign Legion is expected to arrive in the Estonian town of Tapa, just 140 kilometres away from the Russian border, next week, according to La Belle France’s Embassy in Tallinn.
The troops will stay in Estonia until the end of August as a part of the FRA-EFP LYNX mission, which is aimed at boosting the alliance’s presence in the region. Gay Paree will also deploy five Leclerc tanks and 20 infantry fighting vehicles, including 13 VBCIs, which is a French version of Multi-Role Armoured Vehicles (MRAV). They will be transported to Estonia by rail.
This is not the first time that French forces have been present in Estonia, as they were also located in Tapa for ten months in 2017. In addition, in 2018, the French Air Force also patrolled Estonian airspace within the framework of NATO ...the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. A collection of multinational and multilingual and multicultural armed forces, all of differing capabilities, working toward a common goal by pulling in different directions... ’s Baltic air security mission.
This deployment is La Belle France’s contribution to NATO’s increased presence in the Baltic States and Poland. Their soldiers will replace the Belgian units serving with NATO’s British-led battle group in Tapa, according to the Estonian website ERR. The UK has 20 Challenger-2 tanks as well as 30 IFVs there. In addition, just recently, the UK also sent five Apache attack helicopters to the Amari Airbase in Estonia to join NATO’s "enhanced forward presence" along the alliance’s border with Russia.
The units are to take part in Estonia’s annual Spring Storm (Kevadtorm) drills, involving 10,000 troops, which are set to start on 29 April. As the Estonian news website reports, citing the country’s Ministry of Defence, NATO’s presence will also be increased further this year on the Baltic Sea ahead of the Baltic Protector and BALTOPS naval exercises.
Moscow has repeatedly voiced alarm over NATO’s unprecedented activities and boosting its presence in the region, citing the alleged "Russian threat". The Kremlin earlier stated that Russia poses no threat to anyone, but will not leave any potentially dangerous activities without attention.
[Bloomberg] The German economy is turning into Europe’s underperformer, with the government now predicting 2019 will see the weakest expansion in six years.
Amid slowing global momentum and concerns over Brexit and trade disputes, the economy ministry on Wednesday cut its estimate to 0.5 percent, half the pace previously forecast. It’s the latest in a series of downward revisions from a 2.1 percent projection a year ago. Growth for next year is seen at 1.5 percent.
While there’s been a small improvement in business confidence, manufacturing in Germany remains mired in a deep slump. Based on European Commission forecasts for the rest of the euro area, the government’s latest prediction would leave Germany as the region’s worst performer this year, bar Italy, which is stagnating.
[DAWN] The Misri Shah police on Thursday lodged a case against a constable for committing frauds by contracting multiple marriages to deprive women of their money and other valuables and torture of his most recent wife.
The case was registered against Constable Faisal Younis on the complaint of his 6th wife (A) over fraud and physically torturing her for not bringing money from her parents.
In her complaint, she alleged that some months after marriage in May 2018, Faisal started asking her to bring money from her parents and she did as per his wishes. He later demanded a cycle of violence, an LCD TV and an electric geyser and she acted as per his wish, she said and added that Faisal recently exerted pressure on her to force her parents to sell their house and give her a share.
The complainant said Faisal tortured her severely when she refused to meet his demand. She said she later stumbled on some documents in the house, pertaining to previous marriage certificates of Faisal. She was shocked when Faisal confirmed his previous five marriages and on further inquiry it appeared that he used to contract marriages with women to obtain money and valuables.
[ATimes] The pieces in Beijing’s massive puzzle are starting to come together..
Relentless reports that the New Silk Roads, or the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), are a perfidious neo-imperial debt trap set up by Yellow Peril 2.0 are vastly exaggerated.
With less than one week to go before the next BRI forum in Beijing, a quick overview of what’s been happening in Europe and Southwest Asia may be quite enlightening.
Immediately after a successful 21st China-EU summit in Brussels, the 8th China-16+1 meeting in Dubrovnik focused on Central and Eastern Europe nations, ending up like a 17+1 – Greece is their newest member. So now we have 12 EU member states plus five Balkan nations committed to the BRI and wider business deals with Beijing.
The joint commitments of 17+1 are a “win-win” prodigy in itself. The Europeans exhort China to implement a real “level playing field,” and everyone enthusiastically supports the EU-China Comprehensive Investment Agreement, which Brussels and Beijing had already pledged to sign before the end of 2020.
The key takeaway is that 17+1 from now on will work in close cooperation with Brussels in all connectivity fronts including trade and customs, easing paranoid fears that Beijing is only interested in promoting Divide and Rule inside the EU.
Apart from forcefully investing in a détente with Brussels, Beijing, of course, keeps its own priorities. They focus especially on Greece and Croatia, while the courting of Italy after the signing of the BRI memorandum will also proceed unabated.
From the Baltics to the Mediterranean – specifically from Estonia to Greece – China seems to be configuring a new booming trade Intermarium, a mirror image of the combative anti-Russia Intermarium from the Baltics to the Black Sea that obsesses NATO.
BRI is a red herring. It's the Chinese making the best of a horrible situation.
Transportation by land is 14 times more expensive than by sea. The US Navy rules the waves. BRI will never amount to anything.
But it sure is great watching our "allies" in old Europe cozy up to the commies. Some friends they are. Good luck with your new comrades, I'm sure they'll let them rip you off for $150 billion a year like Uncle Sam, I mean Uncle Sap does.
Posted by: Herb McCoy ||
04/20/2019 2:12 Comments ||
It's the Chinese making the best of a horrible situation.
"Horrible" how? If it were the US, you'd be bemoaning NeoCons and US Military-Industrial Hegemony™/Colonialism. You are transparent
Posted by: Frank G ||
04/20/2019 6:00 Comments ||
a perfidious neo-imperial debt trap set up by Yellow Peril 2.0 are vastly exaggerated.
It looks to me like we and Russia should be on the same side, at least in a global sense. We are both going to lose ground to China on our own but together we might keep a balance.
Putin wants to play Italy to China's Germany in the next war. Maybe Putin thinks Russia is Germany to China's Italy. Who knows. The point is that he is, for some reason or other, joined at the waist with Xi Jinping. I'd say the primary reason is that China doesn't care about what conquests Russia makes as long as China gets a free hand in its targeted geography, the Western Pacific and possibly Central Asia. Whereas Washington will balk at Russian territorial expansion, even if the US and Russia are allied.
[Free Beacon] Middlebury College has canceled a campus speech by conservative Polish Catholic philosopher Ryszard Legutko in response to planned protests by liberal activists.
A professor of philosophy at Jagiellonian University and a member of the European Parliament, Legutko was scheduled to speak Wednesday at the Vermont college's Alexander Hamilton Forum, delivering a lecture entitled "The Demon in Democracy: Totalitarian Temptations in Free Societies." A member of the anti-Communist Polish resistance during the Cold War, Legutko warns that western democracy is also susceptible to creep towards totalitarianism.
But in the days leading up to the speech, some Middlebury students and professors wrote an open letter demanding the university rescind its sponsorship. The liberal activists took issue with Legutko's pointed critiques of multiculturalism, feminism, and homosexuality, calling them "homophobic, racist, xenophobic, [and] misogynistic."
"Inquiry, equity, and agency cannot be fostered in the same space that accepts and even elevates homophobic, xenophobic, misogynistic discourse," they demand. "Bigotry of any kind should not be considered a form of inquiry."
Raj is on the right track. As Berkeley demonstrated, we don't need MMA figters, just patriots ready to step up and reestablish their constitutional freedoms. When our speakers were getting cancelled, we simply held our own events, authorities be damned. When the li'l commies came out to try and stop us, we physically crushed them. Such effort wouldn't even be necessary in this particular case - just stand up to the damn crybullies. Unfrotunately, it's conservatives, not the Left, that have failed to learn the lessons of Berkeley.
Posted by: Rex Mundi ||
04/20/2019 10:10 Comments ||
Can't have that guy speak. Makes the leadership of the college look bad.
Yeah, no need for MMA fighters. Just some vets. They'll wipe the floor with the soy boys.
The right has been tolerant of abusive tactics by the left for far too long. As the corrosion and erosion of decades of this has begun to endanger the foundations of our Republic is it time to begin asking a very dangerous question. If not now, when? If not here , where? If not us, who?
A multi-volume chronology and reference guide set detailing three years of the Mexican Drug War between 2010 and 2012.
Rantburg.com and borderlandbeat.com correspondent and author Chris Covert presents his first non-fiction work detailing
the drug and gang related violence in Mexico.
Chris gives us Mexican press dispatches of drug and gang war violence
over three years, presented in a multi volume set intended to chronicle the death, violence and mayhem which has
dominated Mexico for six years.