Archive | January 20, 2016

Syrian Refugees Protect Woman from Sexual Harassment in Germany*

Syrian Refugees Protect Woman from Sexual Harassment in Germany*

By Justin Salhani

Police patrol in front of the main train station in Cologne, Germany, Monday, Jan. 18, 2016

On New Years Eve in Cologne, Germany, a number of women said they were sexually harassed by a group of men that may have included some asylum seekers.

Recent reports though show that Syrian refugees in Cologne helped protect an American woman from organized attacks.

Hesham Ahmad Mohammad, 32, and his compatriots formed a circle around Seattle-native Caitlin Duncan, 27, and helped lead her to safety. The men approached Duncan asking if she needed help shortly after her hat had been stolen and someone tried to kiss her face and neck.

In November 2015, around 30 governors called for a halt to accepting Syrian refugees. A number of Republican presidential candidates are echoing that call.

“We don’t know who they are, we don’t know where they come from, we can’t really trace them,” Ohio Gov. and Republican presidential candidate John Kasich (R) told Fox News in November.

Many Syrian refugees though are simply looking for a place to continue their lives. Refaai Hamo, a Syrian scientist who was recently resettled in Troy, Michigan and was a guest of President Obama during the State of the Union earlier this month, is one such example.

“I still think I have a chance to make a difference in the world. I have several inventions that I’m hoping to patent once I get to America,” Hamo told Humans of New York, citing inventions he’s drawn up plans for, including a plane that can fly 48 hours without fuel, a device that can predict earthquakes weeks in advance, and a device already in use in Istanbul that generates electricity from the movements of trains.

In fact, refugees, asylum seekers, and immigrants often prove to be some of the most influential, successful, and appreciated members of society.

“Victor Hugo, W.H. Auden and Vladimir Nabokov to Nikolas Tesla, Marie Curie and Sigmund Freud. At the top of this pantheon sits the genius’s genius: Einstein,” Eric Weiner, author of the book The Geography of Genius: A Search for the World’s Most Creative Places, From Ancient Athens to Silicon Valley, wrote in the Wall Street Journal, listing a number of refugees and immigrants that achieved their grandest accomplishments in countries that were not their own.

“Lost in today’s immigration debate is this unavoidable fact: An awful lot of brilliant minds blossomed in alien soil. That is especially true of the U.S., a nation defined by the creative zeal of the newcomer. Today, foreign-born residents account for only 13% of the U.S. population but hold nearly a third of all patents and a quarter of all Nobel Prizes awarded to Americans.”

“Not all cultural collisions end happily, of course, and not all immigrants become geniuses,” Weiner wrote.

“The adversity that spurs some to greatness sends others into despair. But as we wrestle with our own immigration and refugee policies, we would be wise to view the welcome mat not as charity but, rather, as enlightened self-interest.”


Related Topics:

A Fly-kick Saves a Woman from Being Raped*

Why Some Syrian Refugees Decline Canada’s Resettlement Offer*

Congress Just Passed Part of Donald Trump’s Immigration Plan in the Budget Bill*

West’s Racist Wars for Creating the Immigration Crises*

U.S. Judge Orders Release of ILLEGALLY Imprisoned Immigrant Children From Detention Centres*

Four out of Five Migrants are NOT from Syria*

Monsanto Supplied Chemical Weapons to Israel*

Monsanto Supplied Chemical Weapons to Israel*

Monsanto’s history in the food and pesticide business has become well documented. The Big Agricultural giant has found themselves in many a headline from the production of synthetic marijuana patents to Indian farmers committing mass suicide, to the run of the mill lawsuit over cross pollination of crops. In short, Monsanto is on every turn in the agricultural world; yet in another terrifying turn they’ve now been linked to the use of White Phosphorus on Palestinians in Gaza 2008 and 2009.

Palestinian civilians and medics run to safety during an Israeli strike over a U.N. school in Beit Lahia, northern Gaza Strip early on January 17, 2009. AFP PHOTO / MOHAMMED ABED ALTERNATIVE CROP (Photo credit should read MOHAMMED ABED/AFP/Getty Images)

This isn’t Monsanto’s first time being associated with chemical weapons. Agent Orange use in the Vietnam War brought Monsanto’s name up, and since, the company has fought hard to disassociate themselves from their past history. Now, heavily redacted U.S. Army documents have surfaced naming Monsanto as the single main supplier of White Phosphorus. Equally frightening is the plea for government to show Monsanto their support in supplying and producing this chemical because of the reduction of risk to the “war fighter in times of national emergency.”

Yes, you just read that right. According to the documents, Monsanto’s use of White Phosphorus is particularly prevalent in Gaza, providing a reported 180,000 pounds of White Phosphorus. The website Current Events Inquiry recently published documentation linking them to densely populated civilian areas that had been attacked. For the site hosting the documents, click here to read more.

According to the redacted documents, White Phosphorus is deadly enough to warrant storage in “underwater storage tanks at PBA in Pine Bluff, Arkansas.” In another article, a retired Brigadier General in the Egyptian Army and an expert in military affairs told of the horrific effects of White Phosphorus.

Safwat Al-Zayat said of its use, “In the event that an area is contaminated with white phosphorus, it is deposited in the soil or the bottom of rivers and seas, or even on fish. When the human body is exposed to white phosphorus, it burns the skin and flesh; only the bones remain,” going on to say it is a banned weapon used by Israel.

Israel’s use of the deadly substance in civilian areas is in contrivance with international human rights and constitutes a war crime. A 71-page report by Human Rights Watch non-profit outlines the consequences after providing witness accounts.

“…Human Rights Watch researchers in Gaza immediately after hostilities ended found spent shells, canister liners, and dozens of burnt felt wedges containing white phosphorus on city streets, apartment roofs, residential courtyards, and at a United Nations school. The report also presents ballistics evidence, photographs, and satellite imagery, as well as documents from the Israeli military and government.”

With the evidence presented (and more), Monsanto stands beside Israel with their crimes against humanity; yet the U.S. military are content for the production of White Phosphorus to continue.

March Against Monsanto 2016, May 21st. Where: Everywhere.


Related Topics:

Who is backing who: US Coca-Cola (Monsanto) boycott Glasgow for Supporting Gaza*

Military Expert: Israel is Using Three Internationally Banned Weapons*

Monsanto’s Legacy to the Vietnamese

Monsanto to Go on Trial for Crimes against Humanity in The Hague*