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Cop’s Rape of a Schoolteacher in Broad Daylight So Horrific, He’s Facing Life*

Cop’s Rape of a Schoolteacher in Broad Daylight So Horrific, He’s Facing Life*

By Matt Agorist

A former police officer who raped a New York City schoolteacher in broad daylight drew no sympathy from New York’s highest court, which unanimously affirmed his 75-to-life sentence on Valentine’s Day.

Michael Pena, now 32, had been off-duty on the morning of Aug. 19, 2011, when he pulled his loaded and police-issued gun on a young woman. The 25-year-old was on her way to her first day of teaching in the Bronx, when Pena pulled her into the courtyard of an Inwood apartment building and raped her.

Prosecutors broke down Pena’s assault into three separate offenses in his indictment, with each carrying a 25-year sentence.

Pena appealed to the New York Court of Appeals, the state’s highest court, after a lower court upheld his sentence in 2015, rejecting the ex-cop’s claim that this punishment was unfairly multiplied.

Pena’s lawyer Ephraim Savitt has emphasized that his client’s penalty is 63 years longer than the average rape sentence. “If that disparity is not cruel and unusual, then perhaps there’s no purpose to having the Eighth Amendment on the books any more,” Savitt said in a phone interview on Tuesday.

In unanimously upholding Pena’s sentence this morning, the Court of Appeals noted that the Pena’s counsel did not invoke alleged violations of U.S. and New York Constitutions.

“Although defendant generally objected to the length of the sentence before the sentencing court, arguing that the sentence was draconian, he did not alert the court to his constitutional argument,” Judge Sheila Abdus-Salaam wrote for the six-judge court.

“Thus, the sentencing court was never given an opportunity to address any of the constitutional challenges that defendant now lodges with this court,” she added.

Chief Judge Janet DiFiore joined the ruling, as did Judges Jenny Rivera, Leslie Stein, Eugene Fahey and Michael Garcia.

Attorney Savitt bristled at this reasoning.

“The Sixth Amendment now takes precedence over weight to give to it than the Eighth Amendment,” he said in an interview.

Another sentencing disparity in Pena’s case involves that between the average U.S. sentence as opposed to other advanced nations.

Marc Mauer, the executive director of the advocacy group Sentencing Project, surprised many in congressional testimony last year by proposing an upper limit of no more than 20 years – barring “exceptional circumstances” – in the federal sentencing structure.

That Pena had been a police officer when he committed his horrific crime likely contributed to his heavy sentence, but Pavitt asserted that international politics may have played a role as well.

Just days after Pena’s attack, New York City prosecutors were forced to withdraw charges against Dominique Strauss-Kahn because of evidence discrediting the hotel maid whom the then-director of the International Monetary Fund director had allegedly raped.

Activists accused Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance at the time of blaming the victim.

Savitt suggested that this political climate created a tough posture in prosecuting his client, though this argument did not come up in Pena’s appeal.

Judge Rowan Wilson did not take part in the decision as he only joined the court in January.

Judge Abdus-Salaam is the first Muslim woman to sit on the state’s highest court.

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Mass Sexual Assault by Refugees in Germany was Fake News*

Mass Sexual Assault by Refugees in Germany was Fake News*

Reports of mass sexual assaults on women in Frankfurt on New Year’s Eve allegedly committed by dozens of drunken refugees, and which initially appeared in Germany’s Bild newspaper, were made up and are “completely baseless,” police said.

The story about mass sexual assaults by refugees in the Fressgass Street area in downtown Frankfurt was reported by Bild earlier in February. The article has since been taken down.

One of the victims, Irina A., 27, told Bild: “They [the migrants] grabbed me under the skirt, between my legs, my breasts, everywhere….More and more of these guys came. Their hands were everywhere,” the Express said, quoting the original report.

Her words were supported by Jan Mai, a local pub owner, who said that a mob of Arabs was “highly aggressive, there was shouting and hand gestures.”

“When I came in, the whole place was full with a group of around 50 Arabs. They did not speak German, drank our guests’ drinks and danced towards them. The women asked me for help because they were being attacked. The mood changed completely,” he told Bild, as cited by the Express.

It was claimed the migrants came from a refugee centre in Hesse state, where Frankfurt is located, the Local said, citing the original report.

Police started an investigation into the alleged incidents and on Tuesday released a report stating that the allegations of mass sexual assaults had been invented.

“There were no massive mob-like attacks by masses of refugees in Fressgass [Street]. The allegations were groundless,” police said.

In the article several people “reported about sexual assaults, bodily injuries, thefts and extremely aggressive behavior of masses of refugees. Media interest in these descriptions was very high. The police were not aware of these circumstances,” the statement said.

According to police, “interviews with alleged witnesses, guests and employees led to major doubts with the version of events that had been presented.

One of the alleged victims was not even in Frankfurt at the time the allegations are said to have taken place,” the report said.

The Bild editorial team quickly apologizedfor this inaccurate reporting and the accusations against those concerned.”

“This reporting does not correspond in any way to the journalistic standards of Bild,” the newspaper said in a statement.

 

Bild said that the alleged witnesses – the pub owner and his staff – talked of mass sexual assaults to other media outlets.

“We apologize for our own work. I’ll shortly announce what Bild will do about it,” online editor-in-chief Julian Reichelt tweeted.

The Bild story appeared to prompt comparisons with the Cologne attacks committed on New Year’s Eve in 2015. Back then, groups of North African men sexually assaulted hundreds of women in the city.

A German police report from November revealed the latest figures on the crimes committed on New Year’s Eve 2015 across Germany: 881 sexual offenses involving over 1,231 women. The victims were almost all young women.

Apart from Germany, similar sex attacks allegedly took place on New Year’s Eve that year in Sweden, Austria, Finland and Switzerland.

Yes, assaults took place… and they’ve been taking place on an increasing basis in cities across the West for years. These assaults are being been carried out NOT primarily by newly-arrived immigrants, but by nationals and longer-term residents of European countries (ie, by people already living in Europe’s ghettos before the waves of arrivals after NATO destroyed Libya and Syria) – a fact that has everything to do with the West’s internal economic, political and moral collapse, and little to do with ‘outsiders coming for our wimmins’.

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International “modest clothing” Firm to Launch Brand in Debenhams Birmingham*

International “modest clothing” Firm to Launch Brand in Debenhams Birmingham*

An international “modest clothing” company is set to launch its brand in a major Debenhams branch in Birmingham.

Aab will be opening its brand inside Debenhams at Bullring and will offer a range which includes hijab, kurti tops, abayas, jumpsuits and kimono wraps together with hijab pins and caps.

Established in 2007, Aab’s clothing collections include contemporary cover-up garments and accessories.

The first collections are set to launch in May 2017 across the Middle East and Asia Pacific alongside a UK pop-up store roll-out starting with Debenhams Oxford Street, London.

The brand will then be introduced at Birmingham Bullring , Westfield Shepherd’s Bush, Trafford Centre Manchester and Leicester.

Jeanette Whithear, trading director International at Debenhams told Birmingham Mail: “We are delighted to introduce the Aab range to our international and select U.K. stores.

“Adding the high quality fashion range to our product mix enables us to offer collections that are highly relevant in both international markets and to our domestic customers and is a step closer to creating a product offer that caters for broader customer needs.”

The name Aab is derives from the Persian word for water.

Nazmin Alim, founder and creative director at Aab, told Birmingham Mail:

 “We started Aab almost a decade ago as a label that redefined modest fashion and one that caters for everyday modern wardrobe staples that are thoughtfully designed with the highest quality.

“The partnership with Debenhams opens up some very exciting opportunities for us.

“Debenhams is a quintessentially British department store and among the few department store brands with a truly global reach.”

The products will be sold in Debenhams stores in Dubai, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Iran, Indonesia and Malaysia.

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European Parliament Abortion Campaign Seeks to Indoctrinate Children*

European Parliament Abortion Campaign Seeks to Indoctrinate Children*

By Marianna Orlandi

The European Parliament has launched a campaign to promote abortion among the continent’s adolescents.

At a recent interactive conference, “My Body, My Rights”, a campaign entitled “#AllofUs” sought to indoctrinate future European leaders. The Socialist and Democrats’ Progressive Alliance Group and the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats organized the event for Europe Group (ALDE), the Greens and European United Left (GUE).

The campaign’s explicit mission is to “mobilize support for the right to access modern contraception and safe & legal abortion” under the auspices of “sexual and reproductive health and reproductive rights” (SRHR). This event was described as “addressing the challenges related to young adolescents’ sexual and reproductive health.”

The conference claimed to be a “timely opportunity to discuss different strategies aimed at improving young people’s access to information, contraception and advice services, by developing youth-friendly health services, and empowering young people to participate in the decisions that affect their lives.”

This claim referred to the recent reinstatement of the Mexico City Policy by U.S. President Donald Trump, which subtracted millions of dollars from the international pro-abortion industry. It also referred to the multiplication and increased support for pro-life movements and pro-life leaders throughout Europe. The conference agenda stated, “Not only in the U.S., where an ultra-conservative vice president wants to turn back time. Also in Europe we are witnessing a severe conservative backlash in the SRHR area for example in Hungary, Poland, the U.K. and other countries.”

The reference to “youth empowerment” suggested going beyond the already-controversial right of adolescents to access abortion freely and confidentially.

Quoting WHO and its ongoing regional consultation on the development of the European action plan for SRHR 2017-2021, the draft program of the conference mentioned the “importance of investing in a comprehensive and appropriate sexuality education for children available to all age groups.” It reported “the need of including children and adolescents as well as their parents, through an inclusive European policy strategy that embraces the importance of sexual and reproductive health and rights.”

Along with representatives of abortion groups, a few members of the European Parliament took an active part in the conference. These members included Terry Reinkte, a German member of the Green Party, Malin Björk, a Swedish member of the European United Left, and Maria Arena, a Belgian member of the Socialist and Democrats’ Progressive Alliance Group (S&D).

While their presence proves the persistent commitment of the European left to the promotion of abortion as a human right, including among the youth, it is worth noting that each of them sits on the European Committee on Women’s Rights and Gender Equality (FEMM).

At FEMM’s request, the Directorate-General for Internal Policy of the European Parliament recently published a study on “Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights”.

Last week, a young French politician, Marion Maréchal-Le Pen, provided pushback saying that abortion cannot be considered a form of “empowerment.” Speaking at the French Parliament, Maréchal-Le Pen condemned a new bill that seeks to limit the French people’s freedom of expression by banning anti-abortion websites. On a personal note, she said that she is happy to be born “an accident.”

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Why Male Immune Cells are from Mars and Female Cells are from Venus*

Why Male Immune Cells are from Mars and Female Cells are from Venus*

Human chromosomes during metaphase. Credit: Steffen Dietzel/Wikipedia

Human chromosomes during metaphase. Credit: Steffen Dietzel/Wikipedia

 

Michigan State University researchers are the first to uncover reasons why a specific type of immune cell acts very differently in females compared to males while under stress, resulting in women being more susceptible to certain diseases.

The novel finding could be considered a good example of the pop culture metaphor that men and women are from two distinct planets and respond very differently under stressful situations.

Led by Adam Moeser, an endowed chair and associate professor in the College of Veterinary Medicine, the federally funded study found that females were more vulnerable to certain stress-related and allergic diseases than males because of distinct differences found in mast cells, a type of white blood cell that’s part of the immune system.

“Over 8,000 differentially expressed genes were found in female mast cells compared to male mast cells,” Moeser said.

“While male and female mast cells have the same sets of genes on their chromosomes, with the exception of the XY sex chromosomes, the way the genes act vary immensely between the sexes.”

The study is co-authored by Emily Mackey, a doctoral student in veterinary medicine, and is published in the journal Biology of Sex Differences.

Mast cells are an important immune cell because they play a key role in stress-related health issues that are typically more common in women such as allergic disorders, autoimmune diseases, migraines and irritable bowel syndrome, or IBS.

IBS, for example, is a disorder in the intestine that creates significant abdominal pain and affects almost a quarter of the U.S. population. Women are up to four times more likely to have it than men.

A further in-depth analysis of the genes within the RNA genome — a primary building block in all forms of life — revealed an increase in activity that’s linked to the production and storage of inflammatory substances. These substances can create a more aggressive response in the body and result in disease.

“This could explain why women, or men, are more or less vulnerable to certain types of diseases,” Moeser said.

With this new understanding of how different genes act, Moeser said scientists could eventually start developing new sex-specific treatments that target these immune cells and stop the onset of disease.

He added though that an important next step in his research is figuring out when in the development stage these immune cells start to act differently.

“Pinpointing when this variance happens will let us know if it occurs during adulthood or in individuals at an early age,” Moeser said.

“Many mast cell diseases exhibit a sex bias in children and if we can identify the timing and the mechanism of what’s influencing the change, we’ll have an even better understanding of how these immune cells cause disease and know when to intervene with potentially new therapies.”

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Uruguay Confiscates 500 Policemen’s Guns over Gender Violence*

Uruguay Confiscates 500 Policemen’s Guns over Gender Violence*

There have been almost 22,000 formal complaints of domestic violence recorded by the interior ministry between January and September 2016.

Over 500 policemen have had their weapons confiscated following sentences over domestic violence against their wives or children, authorities said Thursday.

On that day, people mobilized after the recent murder of Valeria Sosa, shot in the head by her policeman husband who used his issued firearm, in front of her two underage children. He was sent to prison over homicide charges stemming from a day earlier.

The interior ministry opened an urgent investigation in order to find out why the officer still had his gun despite the complaint about domestic abuses pending against him since Nov. 2015.

The country’s supreme court found on Dec. 30 that about 1,200 cases of domestic violence — out of 12,000— had been mishandled by the courts, as judges failed to conduct hearings for the accused, issuing sentences over the phone.

There have been almost 22,000 formal complaints of domestic violence recorded by the interior ministry between January and September 2016.

According to the official estimate, almost 70% of women over 15 years old have experienced gender violence at some point in their lives, and almost half of them experienced gender violence from their partner or ex-partner.

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Trump Blocked From Addressing U.K. Parliament for ‘Racism and Sexism’*

Trump Blocked From Addressing U.K. Parliament for ‘Racism and Sexism’*

By Tyler Durden

In a striking announcement by John Bercow, the speaker of the British House of Commons, Donald Trump is to be barred from giving a historic address in Westminster Hall, the British Parliament’s grandest and most prestigious hall.

Bercow announced he would not give the U.S. President permission to speak in the 11th Century Westminster Hall when he makes a state visit. John Bercow slammed Trump for “racism and sexism”, his undermining of judges and his migrant ban. Bercow’s intervention is unusual because Speakers are expected to remain above Parliament’s partisan fray.

He was cheered by lawmakers when he said that, although Britain values its relationship with the U.S., “our opposition to racism and to sexism, and our support for equality before the law and an independent judiciary, are hugely important considerations.” Trump is due to visit Britain later this year.

As The Mirror reported, Bercow added that although he does not have as much say over a speech in the glittering Royal Gallery in the House of Lords,

“I would not wish to issue an invitation”.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn tweeted:

 “Well said John Bercow. We must stand up for our country’s values. Trump’s State Visit should not go ahead.”

It comes after 163 MPs signed an internal petition demanding Trump be refused the honour due to his migrant ban and comments on torture and women.

Westminster Hall is where ex-President Barack Obama addressed both houses of Parliament in 2011 and is a venue previously used by Nelson Mandela.

Barack Obama addressing both Houses of Parliament in Westminster Hall in 2011

Barack Obama addressing both Houses of Parliament in Westminster Hall in 2011

Barack Obama addressing both Houses of Parliament in Westminster Hall in 2011

Speaker Bercow said he is one of three “keyholders” that would agree to any address in the historic hall. The other two are the Lord Speaker and Lord Great Chamberlain. He told MPs a Westminster Hall address “is not an automatic right – it is an earned honour.”

He added:

“Ordinarily we are able to work by consensus that the hall would be able to be used for an address by agreement of the the three key holders. Before the imposition of the migrant ban I would myself have been strongly opposed to an address by President Trump to Westminster Hall. After the imposition of the migrant ban by President Trump I am even more strongly opposed to an address by President Trump to Westminster Hall.”

The Speaker added:

“We value our relationship with the United States. If a state visit takes place, that is way beyond and above the pay grade of the Speaker.

“However, as far as this place is concerned I feel very strongly that our opposition to racism and to sexism and our support for equality before the law and an independent judiciary are hugely important considerations in the House of Commons.”

Bercow also outlined his opposition to Mr Trump being invited to address MPs and peers in the Royal Gallery, a room often used for state receptions.

He said: “So far as the Royal Gallery is concerned, and again I operate on advice, I do not perhaps have as strong a say in that matter. It is in a different part of the building although customarily an invitation to a visiting leader to deliver an address there would be issued in the names of the two speakers. I would not wish to issue an invitation to President Trump to speak in the Royal Gallery.”

After his announcement, veteran anti-establishment Labour MP Dennis Skinner bellowed:

“Two words – well done”.

Labour MP Stephen Doughty, who started the ‘Early Day Motion’ signed by 163 MPs, said after the Speaker’s comments: “Our Parliament stands for liberty, equality and independence from government. We choose who we honour.

As usual, we look forward to Trump’s angry tweet once he learns that he is effectively non-grata in the British Parliament.

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