HSBC Gets Small Fine For Terrorist Transactions A major U.S. bank has agreed to a settlement for transferring funds on the behalf of financiers for the militant group Hezbollah, the Treasury Department announced on Tuesday. Concluding that HSBC's actions "were not the result of willful or reckless conduct," Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control accepted a $32,400 settlement from the bank. Treasury noted, as did HSBC in a statement to HuffPost, that the violations were voluntarily reported. Everett Stern, a former HSBC compliance officer who complained to his supervisors about the Hezbollah-linked transactions, told HuffPost he was "ecstatic and depressed at the same time." "Those are my transactions, I reported them," he said, satisfied that the government was taking action. Stern said he hopes the government's enforcement actions against HSBC have not come to an end with the latest settlement. No one at HSBC was criminally charged for what U.S. Also on HuffPost:
How Did Victor White III Die in the Backseat of a Cop Car in New Iberia, Louisiana? Photos courtesy of the White family The night Victor White Sr.’s son died in the backseat of a cop car in New Iberia, Louisiana, he called the local sheriff’s station to figure out where his boy was. “I asked them if he’d been apprehended, and they told me no,” he said to me. It wasn’t until the following morning, March 3, that Victor Sr. found out his son, Victor White III, had been arrested and died while in police custody. Immediately, of course, Victor Sr. made the two-hour drive from his home in Alexandria down to New Iberia to find out what the hell was going on. “They wouldn’t even let me see the body,” Victor Sr. told me over the phone. Still completely in the dark about what had taken place, Victor drove back home in utter shock. Here’s what is known at this point: On Sunday, March 2, Victor White III walked down to a convenience store with a friend to pick up a cigar. “We believe they murdered him," he told me over the phone. “He was a respectable person.
U.S. Has World's Highest Incarceration Rate (August 2012) Since 2002, the United States has had the highest incarceration rate in the world. Although prison populations are increasing in some parts of the world, the natural rate of incarceration for countries comparable to the United States tends to stay around 100 prisoners per 100,000 population. The U.S. rate is 500 prisoners per 100,000 residents, or about 1.6 million prisoners in 2010, according to the latest available data from the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS).1 Men make up 90 percent of the prison and local jail population, and they have an imprisonment rate 14 times higher than the rate for women.2 And these men are overwhelmingly young: Incarceration rates are highest for those in their 20s and early 30s. National Rates Mask Regional Variations Although imprisonment rates in 2010 decreased in 34 states, they increased in 16 states, most notably Arkansas, Illinois, Iowa, and West Virginia. Table 1 Male and Female Imprisonment Rates by Region, 2010 References
Death of Kelly Thomas A judge declined to dismiss the charges against the officers in January 2013, finding that "a reasonable person could infer that the use of force was excessive and unreasonable." An appeals court judge also denied a request to overturn the lower court's decision. On January 13, 2014, Ramos and Cicinelli were found not guilty of all charges, while the trial for Joe Wolfe was pending. Following the verdict for the two officers, the district attorney's office announced it would not pursue the case against Officer Wolfe. Background Kelly Thomas as he appeared in a 2009 booking photo released by Fullerton PD Kelly Thomas was born April 5, 1974, to Ron Thomas, a former Orange County Sheriff's deputy, and Cathy Thomas. Thomas, who was diagnosed with schizophrenia, was a "fixture" among Fullerton's homeless population. The death of Thomas has sparked debate about systemic reforms in treatment of the mentally ill. The incident Aftermath
Grisly Video of Police Shooting Homeless Man Sparks New Mexico Protests If brand-new Albuquerque police chief Gorden Eden won’t admit overuse of deadly force in the recent shooting of James Boyd, Santa Fe residents hope the point will be driven home — literally — when they bring a hearse to town on Tuesday. Novelist Frances Madeson is organizing the funeral procession that will leave Santa Fe in the afternoon and head to neighboring Albuquerque. There, Madeson intends to join the 6 PM protest planned against the police killing of Boyd, a homeless and mentally ill man APD discovered illegally camping out in the Sandia foothills. “New Mexico is a small state and the police culture here seems to be growing more paramilitary in nature,” Madeson told VICE News, “What happens in another city does affect us if we let it go unchecked.” APD chief Eden was sworn in this February after the former chief resigned amid a growing police brutality scandal. Police said that Boyd had threatened to kill officers at the scene and he had a long criminal record.
Santa's real workshop: the town in China that makes the world's Christmas decorations | Art and design There’s red on the ceiling and red on the floor, red dripping from the window sills and red globules splattered across the walls. It looks like the artist Anish Kapoor has been let loose with his wax cannon again. But this, in fact, is what the making of Christmas looks like; this is the very heart of the real Santa’s workshop – thousands of miles from the North Pole, in the Chinese city of Yiwu. Our yuletide myth-making might like to imagine that Christmas is made by rosy-cheeked elves hammering away in a snow-bound log cabin somewhere in the Arctic Circle. Christened “China’s Christmas village”, Yiwu is home to 600 factories that collectively churn out over 60% of all the world’s Christmas decorations and accessories, from glowing fibre-optic trees to felt Santa hats. “Maybe it’s like [Chinese] New Year for foreigners,” says 19-year-old Wei, a worker who came to Yiwu from rural Guizhou province this year, speaking to Chinese news agency Sina.
UN Prostitution Scandal - Institute for War and Peace Reporting - P230 The UN mission in Bosnia comes under fire for allegedly trying to cover up a prostitution scandal. The United Nations mission in Bosnia-Herzegovina may face an investigation following charges that it sought to cover up media reports implicating its officials in selling women into prostitution. UN headquarters in Sarajevo has denied the claims but acknowledged that several members of its staff have been sacked for misconduct. Mary Robinson, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, has demanded an investigation and diplomatic sources have told IWPR that she may get one. The charges were first aired by Kathy Balkovac, an American police officer and a former UN human rights investigator. Balkovac alleged that extensive trafficking of women into prostitution had been carried out by UN personnel, NATO troops and other international officials in Bosnia, along with the local police. Six officers, three of them Americans, were dismissed after this incident. Prostitution is illegal in Bosnia.
NOGALES, Mexico: Questions still unanswered about U.S. Border Patrol’s killing of 16-year-old | Courts & Crime NOGALES, Mexico — Sixteen-year-old Jose Antonio Elena got the kind of punishment that those who toss rocks at Border Patrol agents receive with startling frequency: He was shot with a .40-caliber round from an agent’s service weapon. The bullet hit Elena in the back of the head. He slumped mortally wounded to a sidewalk on the Mexican side, a few paces from the border fence. At least two agents, perched on the U.S. side about 20 feet above the street and shielded by the fence’s closely spaced iron bars, continued to fire, witnesses said. In all, 10 bullets struck Elena, spattering a wall behind him with blood. Yet Jose Antonio Elena may not have tossed any rocks at all. The Border Patrol has a video of the events that night, Oct. 10, 2012. Elena’s killing is one in a string of what critics say are unnecessary killings by Border Patrol agents along the U.S. border with Mexico. Border Patrol chief Michael J. A spokesman for the U.S. Among them was municipal K-9 officer John V.
Yoga as the Colonized Subject Within the serene, spare yoga studios across Europe and America, yoga has become so assimilated into everyday language and activity that, to the predominantly Caucasian practitioners, the idea that violence and privilege have created their practices might have never even occurred. My own teaching practice has become a pedagogical experiment in shedding light on the continuing historical imbalances that shape our lives. I have just completed teaching a week long workshop titled Yoga & Whiteness; Mapping the Self Construct or Outing the Hippie Woowoo Colonial Crap at Impulstanz Festival in Vienna. When I asked participants whether anyone in the room had ever heard of the European scramble for Africa or the Berlin Conference of 1894, only 2 of the 20 plus students raised their hands. Without understanding the History of Occupation, students lack the means to deconstruct the colonial views inevitably internalized in the process of becoming American, or in this case European. Comments comments
The 13 Most Evil U.S. Government Experiments on Humans (Page 2) As bio-weapon research intensified in the 1940's, officials also began testing its repercussions and defenses on the Army itself. In order to test the effectiveness of various bio-weapons, officials were known to have sprayed mustard gas and other skin-burning, lung-ruining chemicals, like Lewisite, on soldiers without their consent or knowledge of the experiment happening to them. They also tested the effectiveness of gas masks and protective clothing by locking soldiers in a gas chamber and exposing them to mustard gas and lewisite, evoking the gas chamber image of Nazi Germany. EFFECTS OF LEWISITE: Lewisite is a gas that can easily penetrate clothing and even rubber. Inhaling of the gas causes a burning pain in the lungs, sneezing, vomiting, and pulmonary edema. EFFECTS OF MUSTARD GAS: Symptomless until about 24 hours after exposure, Mustard Gas has mutagenic and carcinogenic properties that have killed many subjected to it.
Autopsy shows Texas cop fired fatal shot from close range into sarcastic student’s back By Travis GettysFriday, March 21, 2014 7:21 EDT A Texas college student likely died from a gunshot wound to his back after making a sarcastic remark to the campus police officer who killed him. Autopsy results show 23-year-old Cameron Redus was shot five times at close range by Cpl. KENS-TV reported that the autopsy performed the following day showed Redus, a student at the private Catholic university, was shot in the back, left eye, upper chest, left elbow, and right hip. While the locations of the five shots had been previously known, autopsy results released Thursday to the TV news station revealed new details. “We are stunned to learn that Cameron was shot in the back from very close range,” the student’s family said in a statement. The shooting gained national attention after witnesses reported that the officer never warned Redus before emptying his gun on the student after he made a derisive remark. “I heard (the student) say, ‘Oh, you’re gonna shoot me?’
The Freudian Coverup The Freudian Cover-up is a theory first popularized by social worker Florence Rush in the 1970s, which asserts that Sigmund Freud intentionally ignored evidence that his patients were victims of sexual abuse. The theory argues that in developing his theory of infant sexuality, he misinterpreted his patients' claim of sexual abuse as symptoms of repressed incestuous desire. Therefore, Freud claimed that children who reported sexual abuse by adults had either imagined or fantasized the experience. Background Early within Freud's career, he believed that little girls often experienced sexual abuse, since most of his patients were predominantly women and consistently reported childhood instances of sexual molestation. Many of Freud's patients suffered from a common Victorian diagnosis, hysteria. Since his hysterical patients repeatedly reported sexual abuse, most often naming their fathers as the abusers, Freud drew a causal connection between sexual abuse and neurosis. Notes