Russia is just another liberal shithole: Student jailed 2 and a half years for posting memes on Social Media

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So you thought Putin was the savior and hero of the white race and all of that? You thought wrong! A student in Russia has been jailed 2 and a half years for basically NOTHING. The man is innocent yet the Russian justice system under “fuhrer” Putin has arrested him for posting memes on Russian social media giant

America isn’t that nationalist either, and nor is Europe but at least in America no one has ever been arrested for posting a meme. You hear that? NEVER EVER? Yes in some EU states such as Germany which is a communist shithole led by master Stasi leader Merkel, they do arrest people for just about anything, including sneezing in front of a holy angelic brown man.

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The sentencing of a Russian student to 30 months in a penal colony, purportedly for reposting four pictures as part of his dissertation research, has caused outrage. But the case is not as straightforward as it first seems.

“Keeping up an appearance of fighting extremism,” shouted the headline in popular tabloid Moskovsky Komsomolets, which was contacted by the family of 23-year-old Aleksandr Kruze earlier this month, following his sentencing in December for inciting hatred, and using social media to encourage acts of terrorism.

The prosecution centered on a handful of images uploaded to the leading Russian social media network VKontakte. One of the images shows Russian and Ukrainian soldiers underneath a crossed-out Star of David with the slogan “Let’s end this fratricidal war, and turn it into a war of liberation.” Another showed a struck out hammer and sickle with the warning “Instead of leaves, Communists will hang from trees.” The two others had excerpts from a nationalist speech against illegal migration and predicting a “bloody” uprising against the government.

The convicted student explained that the memes were – and continue to be – widely available on social networks, and said that he reposted them to elicit a response from VK users, whose opinions would be cited in Kruze’s fifth-year university dissertation, titled “Counteracting contemporary terrorism.” Kruze, a resident of Stary Oskol, in southern Russia, also said that he was prepared to take his appeal to the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg, which has often ruled in favor of Russian citizens and against the country’s domestic judiciary.

As you can see here, the Jew is untouchable, even in countries that fought in favor of them and to protect them.

You cannot criticize these people anywhere in the world or you may land in jail and when you dare to point out who is in control of our world and media you are called names.

So is it a conspiracy to point out that these people live in another realm and that they are immune? Only in America people can criticize them due to the US Constitution granting this right but these same people are at it trying to destroy the constitution in America as well, already working at deconstructing it.

Too bad we couldn’t find those God damn memes anywhere for which Aleksandr was arrested because we would have included them in the article so that the world could see for what this man was jailed for. In fact if we had the memes it would have been awesome if we could flood their, the court which sentenced Aleksandr and Putin with those same memes, over and over again. They can’t do anything to citizens of other countries. So you could have done this in protest of this injustice and to support Aleksandr and his right to free speech. What a damn joke of country Russia is.


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Report Finds UN Employs 3,300 Pedophiles, Responsible for 60,000 Rapes in Last 10 Years


An outright frightening dossier released by a former senior United Nations official reveals that United Nations employees have carried out over 60,000 rapes in just the last decade. What’s more, the dosser estimates that the organization currently employs at least 3,300 pedophiles.

In just ten years, under the guise of rendering aid, the United Nations has literally been raping and pillaging countries across the world. The problem has gotten so out of hand that it prompted the former UN insider, Andrew Macleod, to blow the whistle and hand over the evidence to Britain’s Department for International Development (DFID) Secretary Priti Patel.

According to the exclusive report by the Sun, the dossier reveals that on top of the 3,300 pedophiles working for the organization, thousands more “predatory” sex abusers specifically target aid charity jobs to get close to vulnerable women and children.

According to Macleod, anyone who’s attempted to blow the whistle on the horrifyingly rampant abuse is silence and fired.

Sharing his dossier with The Sun, Prof MacLeod last night warned that the spiralling abuse scandal was on the same scale as the Catholic Church’s.

While the report reveals that there are 3,300 current employees who are active pedophiles on the UN’s payroll, Macleod estimates the real number to be far higher.

“There are tens of thousands of aid workers around the world with paedophile tendencies, but if you wear a UNICEF T-shirt nobody will ask what you’re up to.

“You have the impunity to do whatever you want.

“It is endemic across the aid industry across the world”.

“The system is at fault, and should have stopped this years ago.”

According to the report in the Sun:

Professor MacLeod worked as an aid boss for the UN all over the world, including high profile jobs in the Balkans, Rwanda and Pakistan – where he was chief of operations of the UN’s Emergency Coordination Centre.

He is campaigning for far tougher checks on aid workers in the field as well as the abusers among them to be brought to justice, and wants the UK to lead the fight.

The professor’s grim 60,000 figure is based on UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres’s admission last year that UN peacekeepers and civilian staff abused 311 victims in just one 12 month period over 2016.

The UN also admits that the likely true number of cases reported against its staff is double that, as figures outside of war zones are not centrally collated.

Prof MacLeod also estimates that only one in 10 of all rapes and assaults by UN staff are reported, as even in the UK the reporting rate is just 14 per cent.

Based on evidence from Prof MacLeod, ex-Cabinet minister Priti Patel – who resigned in November last year – this week accused senior officials at DFID of being part of the cover up.

“Child rape crimes are being inadvertently funded in part by United Kingdom tax-payer,” explained Macleod.

“I know there were a lot of discussions at senior levels of the United Nations about ‘something must be done’ but nothing effective came of it, and if you look at the record of whistleblowers, they were fired,” he said.

“We are looking at a problem on the scale of the Catholic Church — if not bigger.”

As the Free Thought Project has been reporting for years, none of these predators are ever held liable, and as this report shows, only the ones who expose it are fired.

In a blow to victims of human trafficking worldwide, a massive child sex ring was exposed in Haiti — involving international ‘peacekeepers’ with the United Nations as well as other high-level officials from around the world — and no one went to jail.

For years, UN peacekeepers, their high-level commanders, and other ‘personnel’ from around the globe came to Haiti for sex with boys and girls as young as 12.

In Haiti alone, more than 300 children have come forward in the last decade with these claims and only a tiny fraction of those accused have ever faced any form of accountability. And this is the organization that governments of the world rely on to keep peace…no wonder we are in a perpetual state of war.

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More melted fuel found at Fukushima 7 years later: Underwater robot captures images that prove at least some of the fuel breached the core

Image: More melted fuel found at Fukushima 7 years later: Underwater robot captures images that prove at least some of the fuel breached the core

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It has been seven years since the worst industrial disaster in all of human history happened in Fukushima, yet its devastating effects are still being felt to this day. As a matter of fact, experts have just discovered that more melted fuel can be found at the site, and that it may take a long time to even come up with a solution to clean it up and prevent future generations from being harmed.

This is according to new reports that talk about a recent attempt of the Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) to conduct new research on one of the plant’s vessels. Although a proper cleanup effort seems impossible at the moment, the researchers hope that their findings offer crucial information that can help in its execution.

According to TEPCO, it has successfully managed to capture images of the fuel that can be found inside the primary containment vessel of the plant’s Unit 2. The captured images clearly show that some portion of the fuel has managed to breach the core of the vessel, and has ended up falling to the floor.

It’s a bit fortunate that the primary containment vessel is still stable after all this time, said the researchers, who also noted that there haven’t been any changes in the radiation levels at the site boundaries of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.

In at least one previous effort, TEPCO has managed to find melted fuel inside a separate Unit 3 — back in July 2017. Back then, the company said that the robot they used was able to find “large amounts of lava-like debris” that reportedly contained fuel from the core that managed to flow out into the primary containment vessel. Now, their latest findings in Unit 2 gives them even more information than before.

According to Naohiro Masuda, the Chief Decommissioning Officer at TEPCO, their new research deals in potentially useful methods for future cleanup operations. “This next effort at Unit 2 illustrates our commitment to developing technologies that will enable decommissioning at Fukushima Daiichi and also become useful elsewhere,” he said. “Even with the new approach this will be a challenging mission, but we will persevere because obtaining this information is important to developing the ability to eventually remove the fuel debris.”

The team of researchers in charge of the latest effort used a new and improved version of the marine robot used in last year’s mission to gather images and information. Dubbed “little sunfish,” the robot was about the size of a single loaf of bread. It comes with built-in lights, cameras, and a dosimeter to record levels of radiation. It can move by using tail propellers.

For the improved version, the researchers included a lengthened and strengthened guide pipe, which aids in positioning the camera and making sure that it can extend further into the pedestal area. They also included smaller lights and electronic measurement equipment, added a skirt to reduce the potential for snagging objects, and integrated anti-fogging technology to the camera to capture clearer images.

While they managed to obtain useful images and new information about the status of the reactor cores and containment vessels, it’s a bit disappointing to know that TEPCO barely knows where to begin with the cleanup after nearly a decade of it being a problem. Takahiro Kimoto, a TEPCO spokesman, said that a lot of work still needs to be done to determine the next course of action. “It’s still just the beginning of the (decades-long) decommissioning,” he said, adding, “There is still a long way to go, including developing the necessary.”

Maybe they should have thought of all of that earlier — before deciding to go ahead with plans to create a nuclear power facility that could potentially be the source of problems for humans for thousands of years to come.

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New York Times CEO: Print journalism has maybe another 10 years

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The newspaper printing presses may have another decade of life in them, New York Times CEO Mark Thompson told CNBC on Monday.

“I believe at least 10 years is what we can see in the U.S. for our print products,” Thompson said on “Power Lunch.” He said he’d like to have the print edition “survive and thrive as long as it can,” but admitted it might face an expiration date.

“We’ll decide that simply on the economics,” he said. “There may come a point when the economics of [the print paper] no longer make sense for us.”

“The key thing for us is that we’re pivoting,” Thompson said. “Our plan is to go on serving our loyal print subscribers as long as we can. But meanwhile to build up the digital business, so that we have a successful growing company and a successful news operation long after print is gone.”

READ MORE: New York Times CEO defends coverage of Kim Jong Un’s sister as ‘good reporting’

Digital subscriptions, in fact, may be what’s keeping the New York Times afloat for a new generation of readers. While Thompson said the number of print subscribers is relatively constant, “with a little bit of a decline every time,” the company said last week that it added 157,000 digital subscribers in the fourth quarter of 2017. The majority were new subscribers, but that number also included cooking and crossword subscriptions.

Revenue from digital subscriptions increased more than 51 percent in the quarter compared with a year earlier. Overall subscription revenue increased 19.2 percent.

Meanwhile, the company’s fourth-quarter earnings and revenue beat analysts expectations, “even though the print side of the business is still somewhat challenged,” Thompson said. Total revenue rose 10 percent from a year earlier to $484.1 million. New York Times’ shares have risen more than 20 percent this year.

Even with the recent market volatility the stock is up 8 percent from last week.

Under Thompson’s leadership, the New York Times has become the first news organization in the world to pass the 1 million digital-only subscription mark.

“Without question we make more money on a print subscriber,” Thompson said. “But the point about digital is that we believe we can grow many, many more of them. We’ve already got more digital than print subscribers. Digital is growing very rapidly. Ultimately, there will be many times the number of digital subscribers compared to print.”


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Why Veganism In The U.S. Has Grown By 600% In The Past 3 Years

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Being vegan, or if you prefer to not have the label but following a plant-based diet – is no longer taboo or a laughing matter.

The results are in and more and more people across the globe are choosing an animal free diet. In the U.S. alone, veganism has risen by 600% since 2014. Why this has happened can be attributed to a number of different reasons. 

An increased awareness towards the atrocities that are taking place on factory farms.
Compassion towards animals.
A drive for increased personal health and wellness.
A growing concern towards the environmental destruction caused by meat eating.
A shift in consciousness within ourselves that leads to greater connection to the body, earth and animals.

One thing is for sure, as we shift and our awareness continues to grow, people are taking responsibility and making big changes in their lives.

According to the video below:

Veganism in the U.S. has increased by 600% in the past three years alone. Six percent of Americans identified as vegans in 2017, compared to only one percent in 2014. Non-dairy milk sales have also increased by 61% since 2012, which is causing traditional cow milk sales to decrease. According to data released by GrubHub, people chose vegan food 195% more in the first half of 2017 than the year before.

The trend is spreading globally too, people identifying as ‘vegans’ increased 350% in the UK, compared to a decade ago. Vegetarianism rose by 400% in the last 10 years in Portugal. In HongKong, 22% of people are practicing a plant-based diet. In China, even the government is getting on the plant-based train, by encouraging people to cut their meat consumption in half. Researchers think China’s plant-based market will grow more than 17% by 2020. Based on these numbers, it’s clear that more and more people are shifting toward plant-based diets”

I wrote another article a few months ago about how adopting a plant-based diet was set to become the next mega trend in 2018 – you can read more about that here. But, it seems as though this is not simply a “trend” as these numbers are only growing as more and more people are starting to see for themselves just how simple, cost-effective, and delicious a plant-based diet can be.

Does It Have To Be All-Or-Nothing?

While choosing to eat a plant-based diet is a great decision for many reasons, people often feel as though this is an all-or-nothing approach to diet, but really it doesn’t have to be this way. The options aren’t, planet-based or nothing. There are many things you can do that will have an impact on your health, the environment, and animal welfare. While it’s best to go straight plant-based, for many reasons, start small might be the right choice for some people.

Adopting a Reducetarian type of diet can be a huge step in the right direction and a great way to ease into a more plant-based way of living. By drastically cutting back your intake of animals and animal products you are still making a huge impact. Doing so allows you to get a feel for all of the delicious foods that can be made animal free and you can afford to choose more ethical choices for when you do decide to consume meat or animal products.

By keeping an open mind and considering that consuming less is still better than not trying at all, we can all do our part to take responsibility for our actions and take an active role in creating the type of world that we want to live in. By doing this, no doubt it will affect the lives of those around you and they too might become curious about what it means to simply eat less meat, or consume more plants.

Eating a more ethical and responsible diet doesn’t have to be about the label, we don’t need to identify with a label, another article I wrote talked about how some aggressive vegans are turning people off from even considering a change in lifestyle, in that case, is doing more harm than good. Let’s all have compassion towards one another and where everyone is at in terms of their dietary preferences, chances are many of these “hardcore vegans” were once bacon loving big mac eaters as well. By simply raising awareness instead of preaching, judging, and getting defensive, people will be more inclined to at least consider this as an option.

Either way, these numbers are growing and it’s incredible to see! The first step towards change is by raising awareness and this is one aspect of our world that is definitely changing. Woo hoo! This is a reason to celebrate.

Related CE Article: 9 Things That Happen When You Stop Eating Meat

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Fifty Years Of Occupation

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On website, Mehdi Hasan had the courage to write what should have been written 50 years ago. Hasan writes, “Fifty years ago, between June 5 and June 10, 1967, Israel invaded and occupied East Jerusalem, the West Bank, the Gaza Strip, and the Golan Heights. The Six-Day War, as it would later be dubbed, saw the Jewish David inflict a humiliating defeat on the Arab Goliath, personified perhaps by Gamal Abdel Nasser’s Egypt.

“‘The existence of the Israeli state hung by a thread,’ the country’s prime minister, Levi Eshkol, claimed two days after the war was over, ‘but the hopes of the Arab leaders to annihilate Israel were dashed.’ Genocide, went the argument, had been prevented; another Holocaust of the Jews averted.

“There is, however, a problem with this argument: It is complete fiction, a self-serving fantasy constructed after the event to justify a war of aggression and conquest. Don’t take my word for it: ‘The thesis according to which the danger of genocide hung over us in June 1967, and according to which Israel was fighting for her very physical survival, was nothing but a bluff which was born and bred after the war,’ declared Gen. Matituahu Peled, chief of logistical command during the war and one of 12 members of Israel’s General Staff, in March 1972.

“A year earlier, Mordechai Bentov, a member of the wartime government and one of 37 people to sign Israel’s Declaration of Independence, had made a similar admission. ‘This whole story about the threat of extermination was totally contrived, and then elaborated upon, a posteriori, to justify the annexation of new Arab territories,’ he said in April 1971.

“Even Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin, former terrorist and darling of the Israeli far right, conceded in a speech in August 1982 that ‘in June 1967 we had a choice. The Egyptian army concentrations in the Sinai approaches did not prove that Nasser was really about to attack us. We must be honest with ourselves. We decided to attack him.'”

And let’s not forget: Israel not only decided to attack Nasser, but it also decided to attack the USS Liberty (with unmarked aircraft), killing 34 American Sailors and Marines—trying to make it look like Egypt attacked our ship, in the hopes that America would jump into the war on Israel’s side. I am personally convinced that President Lyndon Johnson and Defense Secretary Robert McNamara conspired with Israel to carry out this attack—even going so far as ordering U.S. jets that were responding to the Liberty’s distress calls to turn around and leave the ship to sink. Only an act of God kept that ship afloat. No one was supposed to survive to tell what really happened. But there were survivors. The survivors were ordered to keep silent about the attack, but, thankfully, several brave crew members have spent their lives trying to tell the American people the truth about Israel’s attack on the USS Liberty.

One of those survivors has become a friend of mine—a Christian man who watches my messages at Liberty Fellowship and follows this national column. His name is Ron Kukal. He recently spoke at Liberty Fellowship. More importantly, he co-authored a tell-all book about the attack on the USS Liberty. The book is entitled “Remember The LIBERTY!” And I am proud to be a distributor of this incredible book. I urge readers to order copies for themselves and for as many friends as they can. Along with the assassination of President Kennedy in 1963, the seizure of the USS Pueblo in 1968, and the 9/11/01 attacks, Israel’s attack on the USS Liberty in 1967 is one of the most egregious examples of a national cover-up that has ever taken place in this country.

Order the blockbuster book “Remember The LIBERTY!” here:

Remember The LIBERTY!

Here is the service at Liberty Fellowship in which Ron Kukal spoke:

Liberty Fellowship: Your Faith Is Spread Abroad   

And here is an interview I had with Ron on the 50th Anniversary of the Liberty attack:

My Interview With A USS Liberty Survivor

Hasan continues: “The reverberations of that attack are still being felt in the Middle East today. Few modern conflicts have had as deep and long-lasting an impact as the Six-Day War. As U.S. academic and activist Thomas Reifer has observed, it sounded the ‘death knell of pan-Arab nationalism, the rise of political Islam … a more independent Palestinian nationalism’ and ‘Israel’s emergence as a U.S. strategic asset, with the United States sending billions of dollars … in a strategic partnership unequalled in world history.’

“Above all else, the war, welcomed by the London Daily Telegraph in 1967 as ‘the triumph of the civilized,’ forced another 300,000 Palestinians from their homes and ushered in a brutal military occupation for the million-odd Palestinians left behind.

“The conflict itself may have lasted only six days, but the occupation that followed is now entering its sixth decade — the longest military occupation in the world. Apologists for Israel often deny that it is an occupation and say the Occupied Territories are merely ‘disputed,’ a disingenuous claim belied by Israel’s own Supreme Court, which ruled in 2005 that the West Bank is ‘held by the State of Israel in belligerent occupation.’

“Fifty long years of occupation; of dispossession and ethnic cleansing; of house demolitions and night curfews; of checkpoints, walls, and permits.

“Fifty years of bombings and blockades; of air raids and night raids; of ‘targeted killings’ and ‘human shields’; of tortured Palestinian kids.

“Fifty years of racial discrimination and ethnic prejudice; of a ‘separate but unequal’ two-tier justice system for Palestinians and Israelis; of military courts and ‘administrative detention.’

“Fifty years of humiliation and subjugation; of pregnant Palestinian women giving birth at checkpoints; of Palestinian cancer patients denied access to radiation therapy; of Palestinian footballers prevented from reaching their matches.

“Fifty years of pointless negotiations and failed peace plans: Allon, Rogers, Fahd, Fez, Reagan, Madrid, Oslo, Wye River, Camp David, Taba, Red Sea, Annapolis. What did they deliver for the occupied Palestinians? Aside from settlements, settlements, and more settlements? Consider: In 1992, a year before the Oslo peace process began, West Bank settlements covered 77 kilometers and housed 248,000 Israeli settlers. By 2016, those settlements covered 197 kilometers and the number of settlers living in them had more than tripled to 763,000.”

Hasan concluded: “It wasn’t just the 1967 war that was launched on a lie; so too was the occupation that began after it. It was never supposed to be temporary, nor were the Palestinians ever supposed to get their land back. If Israel had planned to withdraw from the Occupied Territories, as some of its supporters suggest, then why was the first settlement in the West Bank, Kfar Etzion, established less than four months after the Six-Day War, in defiance of ‘top-secret’ advice from the Israeli Foreign Ministry’s legal adviser that ‘civilian settlement’ in the territories would contravene ‘the explicit provisions of the Fourth Geneva Convention’? Why has it revoked the residency rights of hundreds of thousands of Palestinians from Gaza and the West Bank over the past 50 years? Why has the Jewish state spent the past five decades exploiting the charade of a ‘peace process’ to gobble up more Palestinian land and build more illegal settlements? The truth is that the Jewish state, from the very beginning, ‘used negotiations as a smokescreen to advance its colonial project,’ to borrow a line from imprisoned Palestinian militant and activist Marwan Barghouti. Fifty years on, it is time for both the Palestinian leadership and the international community to stop pretending otherwise.

“The legendary Israeli general and Defense Minister Moshe Dayan, who was one of the architects of Israel’s victory in 1967 and was adamant that the country should hold onto the territories it had seized, best summed up the cynical attitude of Israeli governments of both right and left over the past five decades. ‘The only peace negotiations,’ pronounced Dayan, when asked about the possibility of a peace deal with the Palestinians in November 1970, ‘are those where we settle the land and we build, and we settle, and from time to time we go to war.'”

See Mehdi Hasan’s report here:

A 50-Year Occupation: Israel’s Six-Day War Started With A Lie

Of course, Israel would have never gotten by with these lies and murders—much less the 50 years of horrific occupation that have followed—except that America’s Christians have been hoodwinked into believing that the Rothschild Zionist State of Israel created in 1948 is a fulfillment of Biblical prophecy; that the Zionists in Israel are “God’s chosen people”; and that the land of Palestine (extending to the boundaries of Old Testament Israel under kings David and Solomon) has been given to Rothschild’s Israel by God. Therefore, they believe anything Israel does—no matter how evil and murderous it is (including murdering 34 American servicemen)—is sanctioned by God, and Christians must support it.

The erroneous misapplication of prophetic scriptures to the modern Zionist State of Israel has created a political and military monster that is devouring the entire planet. Israel’s military invasion of Egypt (including the attack against the USS Liberty) should have awakened the Christian world to the diabolical plans and purposes of Zionism, but instead it enveloped the eyes of the Christian world with the darkest of blindfolds.  

Millions of Christians became Zionists in 1967.

I cannot count the number of times I’ve heard well-meaning Christians say, “The modern State of Israel must be a fulfillment of Bible prophecy. After all, look at what happened in 1967.”

Well, look at what happened in China in 1949. I guess the communist revolution in that country must have been the fulfillment of some kind of Bible prophecy, because look how “God” gave communists the victory in China. And make no mistake about it: China’s communists are no more atheist than Israel’s Zionists.

Thanks to beguiled Christians in America, along with the sheer power and force of the U.S. military, C.I. Scofield’s dispensationalism has been the single most influential factor in turning the old American republic into a new American empire—an empire devoted to fighting endless wars for Zionist Israel abroad, while also allowing Zionism to destroy America’s Christian culture at home.

The vast majority of America’s televangelists and radio broadcasters are Christian Zionists. Many, if not most, of the largest churches in America are led by Christian Zionists. A large percentage of America’s Christian colleges, universities, and seminaries are led by Christian Zionists. And these Christian Zionists continue to regurgitate the lie that Israel was invaded during the Six-Day War, when actually Israel was the invader. And they also continue to ignore Israel’s brutal fifty-year occupation of Palestine.

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Russian ex-governor gets 13 years in major anti-corruption trial

Apart from the sentence, to be served in a maximum-security prison, the court ordered the ex-governor to pay a fine of 500 million rubles ($8.6 million) and banned him from assuming any official posts for five years after the sentence is served.

The announcement of the sentence took the judge several days. Other suspects in the case – the former adviser to the governor, the ex-deputy chairman of the regional government, and the former Sakhalin minister of agriculture and trade – were also convicted of corruption crimes and received lengthy prison sentences and multi-million-ruble fines.

Prosecutors said they were satisfied with the sentence, while the defense team claimed the conviction was a foregone conclusion. They intend to appeal the verdict.

Khoroshavin and other former officials of the Sakhalin regional administration were arrested in March 2015 and taken to Moscow for investigation. Searches in their homes and apartments yielded around $17 million in cash (in various currencies), expensive jewelry, and a collection of watches worth over $10 million. In addition, investigators said they confiscated around $2 billion in assets that belonged to the ex-governor.

Soon after the arrest, Khoroshavin was sacked due to lack of trust. At the trial, the ex-governor was charged with receiving a $5.6-million bribe for his role in the inclusion of a local energy corporation in a federal investment program. Further investigation uncovered additional episodes of bribery that brought the sum to 522 million rubles. Other suspects faced charges of bribery and money laundering.

After the court sentenced the former Sakhalin officials, the spokesperson for Russia’s top investigative body – the Investigative Committee – revealed additional details about the property seized from Khoroshavin. “Apparently, the [former] governor had a great need in expensive watches. He had 195 in his collection for a total price of 602 million rubles ($10.4 million),” Svetlana Petrenko told reporters. She added that the most expensive piece from the collection cost $700,000 and that shortly before his arrest in 2015, Khoroshavin had ordered a watch for 36 million rubles. 

Petrenko also said that a “significant part” of Khoroshavin’s assets were not properly declared and the court impounded and later confiscated a home, four city apartments, six cars, including a Mercedes limo, two Lexuses and two Bentleys, and numerous pieces of jewelry and expensive watches.

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Illegal immigrant who was deported 44 times in 15 years on top of feds’ list

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He is the world’s most persistent illegal immigrant: One Mexican managed to get deported 44 times in 15 years – which means he also managed to sneak back across the border at least that many times.

The runner-up was ousted 40 times from 2001 to 2015. No. 3, 4 and 5 on the list were deported 35, 34 and 31 times, respectively, according to data provided to The Washington Times by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

While those are the most extreme cases, repeat-illegal immigrants were back in the news this week after police said a twice-deported man was driving drunk in Indiana on Sunday morning when he plowed into pro football player Edwin Jackson and his Uber driver, killing them both.

President Trump tweeted about the “disgraceful” death and called the killing “one of many such preventable tragedies.”

Sen. John Cornyn of Texas, one of the Republicans’ chief negotiators in the current immigration debate, said the fatal crash should be a wake-up call.

Comment: Kate Steinle should have been a wake-up call. When people are blinded by an ideology, no amount of wake-up calls are actually going to wake them up.

“People are dying as a result of criminals taking advantage of the porous nature of the border, and we need to stop it,” Mr. Cornyn said. “A lot of that has to do with improving our border security. And it’s not just about barriers. It’s about technology. It’s about personnel and creating the systems that are necessary to stop more of that.”

The list of heinous crimes attributed to repeat illegal immigrants is long.

The most notorious is the 2015 slaying of Kate Steinle by Jose Ines Garcia-Zarate, who had been deported five times before he found himself on the San Francisco waterfront with a gun in his hands.

That attack spawned Kate’s Law, a bill to toughen penalties on repeat illegal immigrants. Those who are caught returning after deportation would face two years in prison, and a third attempt would be punishable by 10 years. Repeat illegal immigrants with serious criminal convictions could face up to 25 years.

Kate’s Law cleared the House last year with support from two dozen Democrats, but the Senate has not taken action. Now, Rep. Bob Goodlatte, Virginia Republican and chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, is calling for Kate’s Law to be part of the immigration debate involving illegal immigrant Dreamers and border security.

“While no legislation can prevent every tragic situation, Congress has a duty to take every action possible to mitigate this harm and danger,” Mr. Goodlatte said in a statement to The Times.

His plan also includes the Davis-Oliver Act, which would require localities to cooperate with deportation efforts, pushing back against the growing number of sanctuaries that protect illegal immigrants.

Andrew R. Arthur, resident fellow at the Center for Immigration Studies and a former immigration judge, said prison time is critical.

“The prospect of five years of slammer time for illegal re-entry is a strong disincentive,” he said. “The vast majority of individuals who enter the U.S. illegally who aren’t smugglers are coming to the United States to work. If they are in jail, they’re not able to work to provide for either themselves or their family.”

He said prison time could also take some of the smugglers out of action because it’s easier to make cases against them for illegal re-entry.

But that requires prosecutors willing to take the cases.

Border authorities say they struggle to get some U.S. attorneys to pursue cases, and lawyers say the attempts aren’t worth the time. It often takes some indicator of gang or other criminal activity on someone’s record to tip the scales in favor of prosecution.

Chris Crane, president of the National ICE Council, which represents more than 7,500 U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement employees, said what is needed is a comprehensive enforcement strategy aimed at stopping illegal immigration that targets the reasons repeat illegal immigrants are returning – such as the availability of jobs.

“We’ve got to have E-Verify, we’ve got to have the entry-exit systems. We’ve got to have a robust interior enforcement plan, and we’ve got to quit dangling the carrot and drawing people here,” he said.

He said that comprehensive strategy should have been the Trump administration’s goal from the start, yet it’s still lacking a year into the term.

“We’re not really doing anything differently than we’ve ever done before,” he said. “Are we making more arrests? Yeah, but we did that under the Bush administration and it didn’t slow illegal immigration down because as an agency we don’t have a vision, we don’t have a comprehensive strategy to stop illegal immigration. We just have these guys in D.C. who have us chasing meaningless arrest statistics, but they don’t have any comprehensive enforcement plan to stop it.

“With the right strategy and leadership, we can stop illegal immigration, but dynamic changes are needed within ICE, and the president has to get us the enforcement elements we’re asking for in legislation,” he said.

ICE provided the information about the five most deported illegal immigrants to The Times on the condition that it not name them specifically.

All five were Mexican, and among them they had amassed 14 criminal convictions for illegal entry, seven for illegal re-entry, three for vehicle theft and one count of “cruelty toward wife.”

The Border Patrol tracks the recidivism rate, which it considers to be anyone caught more than once in the same fiscal year. The rate was nearly 20 percent in 2011, but it dropped steadily to 10 percent last year.

Late Tuesday, the U.S. attorney in southern Indiana announced federal immigration charges against Manuel Orrego-Zavala, the man accused in the NFL player’s death. He faces up to 10 years in prison if convicted.

“The defendant in this case allegedly re-entered the country illegally for the second time before he put the public safety of Indianapolis at risk and took the lives of two innocent men early Sunday morning,” said Josh J. Minkler, the U.S. attorney.

The Justice Department said Mr. Orrego-Zavala was first deported to Guatemala in 2007, returned and was deported again in 2009. He also lied to local authorities about his identity when he was first arrested this weekend.

Immigrant rights advocates object to stiffer prison sentences for repeat illegal immigrants, saying the government is moving away from mandatory minimums in other areas.

They also said deportees who continually come back to the U.S. are usually doing so because they have families, jobs or other prospects that they don’t want to lose.

“At some level, the efforts to deter through punishment are going to be hard-pressed to deter somebody whose life is based here in the country,” one activist said.

Some Democrats laid the solution for the tragedies caused by repeat illegal immigrants at Mr. Trump‘s feet.

“Is there anything we can do about these horrible cases? We can have a president with little empathy,” said Sen. Patty Murray, Washington Democrat.

Others said the country needs better border security and stiffer penalties to stop repeat border jumpers.

Sen. Joe Manchin III, West Virginia Democrat, said he didn’t know why those measures had never implemented.

“I don’t know. I’m very much in support of it this time,” he said as he headed off to a meeting of the bipartisan Common Sense Caucus, which is searching for common ground on an immigration bill that can pass.

Mr. Manchin said he thought his colleagues had gone beyond talk about studies of border security.

“We’ve agreed that there is going to be border security. We’ve agreed on a number: $25 billion,” he said. “That number didn’t come from the White House. It comes from Homeland Security and the professionals on the front line. Yes. We need to repair walls. We need to build walls, but we need an awful lot of other things too.”

Asked whether his Democratic colleagues were on board with those border security measures, Mr. Manchin said he couldn’t speak for them. “I’m a different kind of Democrat,” he said.

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Re: Kuwaiti blogger sentenced to 5 years in prison for ‘insulting UAE’

Kuwait’s criminal court yesterday sentenced the writer and activist, Abdullah Al-Saleh to five years in prison over charges of slandering the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

According to Kuwait’s Al-Qabas the defendant has filed an asylum request to the United Kingdom, declaring his wish not to return to Kuwait.

Al-Saleh is also sentenced in other cases to total of 31 years in prison. Last month, the same criminal court in Kuwait sentenced him to five years in prison over “defaming Saudi Arabia.”

Al-Saleh’s trial came following his recent posts and videos on Twitter, in which he criticised Saudi Arabia for boycotting of Qatar since June.

The Kuwaiti activist recently said on Twitter: “I was sentenced by state security to five years in prison for insulting Saudi Arabia over boycotting Qatar.” “I do not regret what happened and the videos that I recorded. This is my right,” he stressed.

Read: Twitter user sentenced to 10 years in Kuwait for insulting Gulf States

On 5 June 2017, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Egypt severed relations with Qatar, accusing Doha of financing extremist and terrorist groups and aligning with Iran. Qatar has denied the allegations.

Al-Saleh, known in Kuwait as “the Bronze”, is a professor in economic development and is one of the most famous controversial activists on social media.

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