Archive | April 13, 2016

Federal Court Overturns Ruling Upholding Natural Marriage in Puerto Rico, Orders Judge off Case*

Federal Court Overturns Ruling Upholding Natural Marriage in Puerto Rico, Orders Judge off Case*

By Fr. Mark Hodges

A federal appeals court overturned a district judge’s ruling on Thursday, and declared that same-sex “marriage” in Puerto Rico is constitutional.

In 1999, Governor Pedro Rosselló signed into law a bill defining marriage as “a civil contract whereby a man and a woman mutually agree to become husband and wife.”  Attempts failed, however, in 2008 and 2009 to put the definition of marriage in Puerto Rico’s Constitution as a union between a man and a woman, and to outright ban same-sex “marriages.”

A groundswell of popular support for natural marriage culminated in between 120,000 and 200,000 people demonstrating at the San Juan’s Capitol Building in February 2013.

In March 2014, a lesbian couple from Massachusetts filed a legal complaint, seeking recognition of their “marriage,” which was solemnized in the states.

U.S. District Court Judge Juan Pérez-Giménez ruled against the lesbians and upheld Puerto Rico law in October 2014.  After the U.S. Supreme Court’s Obergefell decision that constitutionalized homosexual “marriage,” the First Circuit Court of Appeals told the judge to “further consider” his ruling “in light of Obergefell.”

The First Circuit judges wrote that they “agree with the parties…that the ban is unconstitutional.”

Nevertheless, Judge Pérez-Giménez upheld Puerto Rico’s homosexual “marriage” ban again this past March, reasoning that the Obergefell decision does not necessarily apply to an unincorporated territory.  “The constant reference made to the ‘States’ in Obergefell,” the district judge reasoned, does not include “the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.”  “The Constitution applies in full in incorporated Territories surely destined for statehood, but only in part in unincorporated Territories,” the judge explained.

The First Circuit Court of Appeals has now not only overruled Judge Pérez-Giménez, but has taken him off the case entirely, saying that he “directly contradicted our mandate.”

In their unsigned ruling, the appeals court, including Juan Torruella, Ojetta Rogeriee Thompson, and William Joseph Kayatta Jr., ordered that the case “be assigned randomly by the clerk to a different judge to enter judgment in favour of the Petitioners promptly.”


Related Topics:

How the Left has taken Down the Family, Marriage, and the Nation*

Victory for Traditional Marriage in Alabama*

Cultural Marxism and Satanism*

Why is the Legalization of Gay Marriage so Important to the Queen?*

Woman Raised by Lesbians Testifies Gay Marriage Top of the List of Bad Marriages*

Traditional Marriage in D.C. has become a March*

American College of Paediatricians Legalizing Same-Sex Marriage was a ‘A Tragic Day for America’s Children’*

Kenyan Leaders to Obama: Don’t Lecture us on Gay ‘Marriage’*

Tens of Thousands in Mexico Protest Gay ‘marriage’ Decision*

Foundations Pouring Millions Into Eradicate Religious Exemptions on Gay ‘Marriage’*

Thousands March on Washington DC, 400 Arrested*

Thousands March on Washington DC, 400 Arrested*

By Claire Bernish

Over 400 people were arrested on Monday as they participated in Democracy Spring at the Capitol Building in Washington, D.C. — but, unsurprisingly, corporate mainstream media completely missed the mark, devoting a mere 30 seconds of inaccurate coverage to the event.

Democracy Spring describes itself as a movement to “take back our democracy” by employing “mass nonviolent action,” such as a week of sit-ins, on an “historic” scale. While Monday’s mass arrest of no less than 400 people — including journalists — certainly were historic, cable news outlets’ coverage essentially ignored what was happening.

As The Intercept noted, CNN completely skipped coverage of both the sit-in and the arrests. “MSNBC mentioned the protests for approximately 12 seconds, while Fox News mentioned the arrests and discussed the protests for about 17 seconds.” Even worse, the two outlets narrowly skewed their reports, describing the massive movement’s targeted concern as “voting rights issues.”

Though the massive protest movement’s goal to conduct a “bold intervention to turn the tinder of passive public frustration into a fire that transforms the political climate in America, that sparks a popular movement that can’t be stopped” certainly includes voting rights, cable news’ misrepresentation trivializes Democracy Spring’s rather significant intentions.

CNN later attempted to rectify its error with a brief article online, and a few mainstream outlets — NPR, Al Jazeera, and CSPAN — did devote serious attention to the protests, but cable news bills itself as ostensibly specializing in U.S. political news, explained The Intercept. So where was the coverage?

Social media acted as the de facto news agency, as Twitter exploded the hashtag #DemocracySpring — tweeted well over 136,ooo times — and posts to the organization’s Facebook group and event page circulated widely. Alternative and independent media, as usual, also provided coverage from and of the protest and subsequent arrests.

But there are several reasons for the cable news’ attempt to shovel Democracy Spring’s newsworthiness into the dustbin. Perhaps most telling remains the oft-quoted statistic that 90 percent of media in the United States — including the aforementioned cable outlets — are owned by a mere six corporations. Considering corporate influence via its infusion of cash in politics, Democracy Spring’s stated intention of wresting back control of the political process from “big money” makes it a prime adversary of the very news outlets which should be covering such a politically-vital event. This is why virtually every activist and independent media journalist you will ever encounter call those big ‘news’ outlets the ‘corporate media,’ with their so-called professional journalists beholden to report what those outlets’ owners dictate as newsworthy — and to ignore what isn’t.

Indeed, challenging the status quo and removing the corruptive influence of the incestuous relationship between politicians, media conglomerates, and their corporate overlords comprise the bulk of what Democracy Spring stands for.

So though it’s not shocking that cable news failed miserably in its journalistic duties, it must also be noted 277 million Americans continue to rely on corporate media for their news and information. While that has been changing, with both social media and reputable independent media taking a direct stand against the corporate-political narrative, the arrests of over 400 concerned advocates of democracy in the nation’s capitol probably went completely unnoticed by tens, if not hundreds, of millions.

Democracy Spring continues this week with sit-ins and protests. According to the organization’s website, over 3,500 people have signed on to risk likely arrest in order to have their grievances addressed — whether corporate media feels that’s newsworthy or not.

To wit, before the arrests began, livestreamers captured the crowd chanting, “Where is CNN?”


Over 700 Arrests


As Democracy Spring protests enter their fourth day, over 600 people have been arrested in the US capital while pushing for reform of America’s voting laws, racial justice, elderly issues and labor laws.

While the protests are broadly focused on removing corporate money from politics, each day has its own specialized emphasis as demonstrators stage a mass sit-in at the US Capitol. Thursday’s protesters are bringing attention to labor issues, following Wednesday’s racial justice platform and Tuesday’s attention on the elderly.

On Monday, police made a record number of arrests. On Wednesday, the movement also earned the endorsement of the Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC).

“We are proud to stand with our allies calling for a democracy that is open and accountable, and a government that puts the needs of hard working people ahead of big corporations,” said CPC co-chairs Reps. Raul Grijalva and Keith Ellison, according to Common Dreams.

“The issues raised by these progressive groups are the defining issues of our time.”

Yet despite the scale of the Democracy Spring movement, it has received very little coverage in the mainstream media.

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Petition of 100,000+ for Snap U.K. Elections*

29 Former German Soldiers have Joined ISIS*

29 Former German Soldiers have Joined ISIS*

By Chris Tomson

A new report published by the German secret service (Military Counterintelligence Service, MAD) states that 29 former German soldiers have either directly defected to ISIS or joined Islamic State ranks after ending military service in the German Army. Furthermore, some 65 active German soldiers are currently under investigation for sympathies with terrorist groups such as Jabhat al-Nusra and ISIS. In total, the German police estimates that between 720 and 760 residents have left the country to join jihadist militias in Syria and Iraq over the past 5 years. In a similar case, a former Dutch soldier named Israfil Yilmaz joined jihadist ranks in Syria and was very public about his decision, even calling for fellow Islamist Europe to join the caliphate. A picture of him can be viewed below:

Since 2007, only 17 German soldiers have been fired due to suspected sympathies with terrorist organizations despite some 320 military cases on the matter. Social Democratic Party (SPD) MP Hans-Peter Bartels, who is responsible for oversight of the army, said on Tuesday that

“Islamism isn’t the main problem of the Bundeswehr (German Army), however, he did mention that

“it represents a real danger that we have to take seriously.”

Alarmed by the revelations, the German Defense Ministry now wants MAD to take greater steps to ensure that jihadists are not infiltrating the German Army, including background checks and investigating links to militant groups deemed terrorist by NATO.

“Just like other fighting forces, the Bundeswehr can be attractive for Islamists who want to acquire weapons training,” Bartels said.

“But to my knowledge there is so far no systematic push by Islamist organizations to infiltrate the army.”

This report comes as ISIS has conducted bloody terrorist attacks in both Paris and Bruxelles recently.


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Germany in the Poison Gas Business, with ISIS*

DynCorp Mercenaries Replace Blackwater Mercenaries in Yemen*

British Banking System the Pumping Heart of Terror Finance and Global Drug Trade*

Netanyahu, 9/11 Black Op and Bernie Sanders*

The Occult Reasoning behind the Cabal’s Battle for Syria*

U.S. Delivers 3,000 Tons of Weapons, Ammo to Terrorists in Syria*

Fallujah’s Residents Starving, Murdered, Besieged by U.S. Backed Government Forces and ISIS*

Israel Helps Refugee Pawns Migration as Weapons of War in Europe*

The “Islamophobia” Industry Feeds War Abroad, Grows Police State at Home*

The Rothschild’s Zionist World Order*

Turkey Shells Syrian Government Forces*

Turkey Shells Syrian Government Forces*

The Turkish army has shelled Syrian government forces stationed in the Latakia province near the Turkish border, the Russian centre for Syrian reconciliation said.

Syria has been mired in civil war since March 2011, with government forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar Assad fighting numerous opposition factions and extremist groups.

“Once again, Syrian territory came under shelling by the Turkish Armed Forces. Between 8:30 a.m. and 9:20 a.m. [6:30 — 7:20 GMT] on April 10, 2016, Turkish artillery shelled Syrian government positions in the Latakia province from the town of Metisli in Turkey. At 13:00, an artillery strike hit the town of Gebelli from the same positions,” the center said in a daily bulletin posted on Monday on the Russian Defense Ministry’s website.

The ceasefire in Syria worked out by Russia and the United States took effect on February 27. The cessation of hostilities does not apply to groups designated by the United Nations to be terrorist organizations, such as Daesh and the Nusra Front, outlawed in a number of countries worldwide including Russia.


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Fallujah’s Residents Starving, Murdered, Besieged by U.S. Backed Government Forces and ISIS*

Pentagon is Currently Training Terrorists in Syria*

Putin: Illuminati Plans to Use Islam To Spark World War III*

Putin Congratulates Assad on Liberating Palmyra*

The U.S. Military Back on the Battlefield in Iraq*

The Occult Reasoning behind the Cabal’s Battle for Syria*

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Syria Grand Mufti: Rebels Offered Peace In Return for Concessions to Israel*

The Rothschild’s Zionist World Order*

Petition of 100,000+ for Snap U.K. Elections*

Petition of 100,000+ for Snap U.K. Elections*

Prime Minister David Cameron doesn’t recognize the intensity of public anger over his tax affairs, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn told MPs. His remarks come as more than 100,000 signatories petitioned for a snap general election.

Cameron was on the defensive in Parliament on Monday over his past offshore investments and his government’s failure to crack down on tax avoidance.

Corbyn attacked the PM for failing to grasp the widespread rage felt across the U.K. at revelations of industrial-scale tax avoidance in the wake of six years of harsh austerity.

There is one rule for the superrich and another for the rest. I’m honestly not sure that the PM fully appreciates the anger that is out there over this injustice,” the opposition leader said.

Britons have registered their disquiet in a petition calling for a fresh general election to take place this year. On Monday it surpassed the 100,000 signature threshold required for Parliament to consider the subject for debate.

Thousands of protestors gathered outside 10 Downing Street on Saturday demanding the PM crack down on tax havens or resign.

In response to clamours for greater transparency, Cameron published details of his tax return and issued a statement to the House of Commons on the Panama Papers leak.

During the statement he defended his past investments in offshore holdings and announced a new task force to tackle tax evasion. He also defended the practice of avoiding inheritance tax whereby parents give money to their children before they die, branding it an action of “aspiration.”

Amid the controversy, Cameron attacked Labour for being “anti-aspiration” and seeking to raise taxes on British citizens.

The embattled PM has faced further scrutiny for receiving a gift of £200,000 from his mother, in addition to the £300,000 inheritance he received following the death of his father in 2010.

Mary Cameron made the tax-free payments to her son in May and July 2011. The PM is only liable to pay inheritance tax on this if his mother dies within seven years of handing over the money.

Corbyn was on the attack during Monday’s session, describing Cameron’s publication of his tax return as “a masterclass in the art of distraction.”

The PM has attacked tax dodging as immoral, but he clearly failed to give a clear account of his own involvement in offshore tax holdings until this week. Or to take essential action to clean up the system, while at the same time blocking wider efforts to do so,” he said.

The PM’s record, particularly over the past week, means the public no longer have trust in him to do with these issues.

Corbyn said British people are outraged by the Panama Papers revelations because they have been forced to endure six years of “crushing austerity, much of [which] could have been avoided if the super-rich had paid their taxes.”

Corbyn also attacked the PM’s new task force to investigate tax avoidance, which will report to the PM and the Chancellor.

Cameron unveiled new legislation to curb tax evasion in the wake of the Panama Papers scandal.

The proposal has been rubbished by tax expert Richard Murphy, who said it will be of “little consequence” because most tax avoidance takes place offshore.


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Jeremy Corbyn’s Petition Calling for an Immediate Recall of Parliament Soared Past the 100,000 Needed*

Bank Bail-outs Behind Behind U.K.’s Collapsing Public Services*

Agenda: Redistribution of Global Wealth behind Global Warming Alarmists*

British Banking System the Pumping Heart of Terror Finance and Global Drug Trade*

What I Learned From the Panama Papers

‘Up All Night’ Protests Sweep France as 100,000 Join Pro-Democracy Movement*

Egypt’s Sisi under Fire for Giving Away Red Sea Islands*

Egypt’s Sisi under Fire for Giving Away Red Sea Islands*

April 8, 2016 Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi (C-R) and Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz (C-L) applauding during a ceremony for the signing of bilateral agreements at the Presidential Palace in Cairo. (Via AFP)


Egyptians from ordinary citizens and activists to former officials and politicians line up to vent their anger at President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi’s decision to hand over two islands to Saudi Arabia.

Egypt’s cabinet announced on Saturday that it was transferring sovereignty of strategic Tiran and Sanafir islands at the mouth of the Gulf of Aqaba to Saudi Arabia after King Salman arrived in Cairo for a five-day visit.

The surprise announcement generated angry protests from Egyptians who have considered the islands to be their land for decades.

Activists said Sisi is selling Egyptian territory with a humiliating concession to a wealthy ally.

“Roll up, roll up, the island is for a billion, the pyramid for two, and a couple of statues thrown in for free,” well-known satirist Bassem Youssef wrote in a tweet as he mocked the concession.

Critics flooded social media with their biting posts, calling Sisi “Awaad,” referring to a character in an old Egyptian song who had sold his land – a shameful act in the eyes of Egyptians.

Others said the agreement violates the Egyptian constitution, arguing that Sisi has lost legitimacy by ceding the islands.

Sisi came to power after ousting Egypt’s first democratically-elected president, Mohamed Morsi, in 2013.

Former officials and politicians also condemned the decision.

Former head of Egypt’s Military Operations Authority, Abdel Munem Said, said Tiran and Sanafir belong to Egypt. He urged the parliament, which must ratify the agreement, not to endorse it.

Morsi also criticized the move in an interview with Al-Jazeera, saying he “refuses to hand over even one grain of sand of Egypt’s land.”

A protest was held in the capital Cairo on Sunday against the decision. Security forces arrested five activists during the protest.

Lawyer Khalid Ali filed a lawsuit challenging the agreement, stressing that the islands are Egyptian.

Prominent Palestinian journalist Abdul Bari Atwan said in the Rai al-Youm newspaper that Saudi Arabia follows an expansionist policy and aims to capture territory in neighbouring countries.

He attributed the agreement with Egypt to the country’s military and economic weakness.

Egypt is giving the two islands away in exchange for a USD 20-billion aid from Saudi Arabia, he said.

The decision, he said, was prompted by Cairo facing a USD 43-billion budget deficit, a sharp increase in its foreign debts, a high unemployment rate, a decline in the exchange rate of the Egyptian pound, and a security crisis in Sinai Peninsula, among other things.

Atwan said he expected the parliament to ratify the deal as the majority of its members are Sisi supporters but the agreement may be annulled if it comes under immense pressure from the people.

Tiran Island is located in the entrance of the Straits of Tiran, which separates the Red Sea from the Gulf of Aqaba. Its strategic significance lies in the fact that it is an important sea passage to the major ports of Aqaba in Jordan.

Israel briefly took over the island during the Suez Crisis in late 1956, and once more between 1967 and 1982 following the Six Day War.

Sanafir Island is located to the east of Tiran Island, and measures 33 square kilometres (13 square miles) in area.

The ownership of the two islands was transferred to Egypt in 1982, when Tel Aviv and Cairo signed the so-called Camp David peace accords.

“Here you have Salman coming to Egypt, pledging billions of dollars in aid and investment, and in exchange these islands are handed over,” Professor Samer Shehata said.

“It seems to many Egyptians that the president is selling land for Saudi riyals,” said Shehata, an associate professor of Middle East studies at the University of Oklahoma.


Related Topics:

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Egypt Votes for Israel at U.N. on ‘Peaceful Uses of Outer Space’*

U.S. Needs Israel to Extend Power in Middle East, and is Willing to Pay Big*

Israel Considers Full Annexation of Sinai*

Saudis’ Anti-Shiite Provocation has Clear Geopolitical Goals*