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February 19, 2013

Orange County gunman/carjacker kills three

  • 3people killed by 20-year-old Ali Syed, who embarked on a spree of violent carjackings in Orange County early this morning. Syed, who killed an unidentified young woman in his parents’ home, then stole their SUV. He would subsequently hijack three other vehicles, shoot two more people dead, and badly wound two others. He committed suicide just as police were arriving to confront him. source
20:04 // 1 year ago
October 27, 2012

Apparently sectarian bombings strike Iraq during Eid al-Adha

  • 30 people killed in Iraq today, during the four-day Islamic festival Eid al-Adha. Both Sadr City, a Shi’ite stronghold, as well as the Shi’ite neighborhood of Shula in Baghdad were struck by bombings, as well as a bus carrying Iranians on a pilgrimage. Sectarian violence has long been prevalent in Iraq — just last month, a series of bombings killed over 100 Shi’ite Muslims. source
17:14 // 1 year ago
October 20, 2012

Islamist sect Boko Haram tied to killings in Nigeria

  • 30people slain in Nigeria over the last three days, in a series of killings tied to radical Islamist sect Boko Haram. Their recent history there is thought to be very grisly — along with Nigerian security forces (Human Rights Watch suggests both sides may have committed crimes against humanity), the sect is believed to have caused 2,800 deaths since 2009. source
20:40 // 1 year ago
April 11, 2011

Hundreds protest Syrian crackdown at Damascus University

The scene in Syria: Hundreds of students have begun protesting, rallying around Damascus University in support of those shot and killed by Bashar al-Assad’s government in its violent response to pro-democracy protests. In past days, there have been many hectic reports of government forces firing on and killing both civilians, as well as military personnel. Al Jazeera reports that many present have said the government’s security forces fired upon the Syrian Army because the army wouldn’t open fire on civilians. source

14:45 // 3 years ago
April 1, 2011
Koran-burning Terry Jones linked to Afghanistan killings
Thoughts on placing blame: Eleven people, among them U.N. officials, were killed in the Afghan city of Mazar-i-Sharif today. ABC News reports the killings occurred after a crowd of people protesting Pastor Terry Jones were informed of his completed Koran burnings. To be clear, what Terry Jones did in burning the Koran was at best a crass publicity stunt and at worse bigoted antagonism, and before he did it U.S. military figures warned of possible violent outcomes. He bears a responsibility for his actions, actions which in the strictest literal sense seem to have caused horrific destruction. It should be said, though, that burning a book in almost any definition of civil society can’t be grounds for murder, no matter your affinity for the words printed inside. Keeping this in perspective is important in an honest, nuanced debate on these issues. source
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Thoughts on placing blame: Eleven people, among them U.N. officials, were killed in the Afghan city of Mazar-i-Sharif today. ABC News reports the killings occurred after a crowd of people protesting Pastor Terry Jones were informed of his completed Koran burnings. To be clear, what Terry Jones did in burning the Koran was at best a crass publicity stunt and at worse bigoted antagonism, and before he did it U.S. military figures warned of possible violent outcomes. He bears a responsibility for his actions, actions which in the strictest literal sense seem to have caused horrific destruction. It should be said, though, that burning a book in almost any definition of civil society can’t be grounds for murder, no matter your affinity for the words printed inside. Keeping this in perspective is important in an honest, nuanced debate on these issues. source

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18:26 // 3 years ago
March 29, 2011

Gaddafi rachets up violence; explosions in Tripoli

explosions heard in libyan capitol: For the first time since the Libyan rebellion began against Muammar Gaddafi, a series of explosions were heard in Tripoli during daylight hours. Reporting indicates there were three loud blasts, over the course of about twenty minutes. This comes amidst generally dire news for the Libyan rebellion, to say nothing of the citizenry; a witness tells CNN that a large scale butchery has gone on in Misrata, with Gaddafi’s forces killing civilians and driving them from their homes in a bid to claim control. source

13:50 // 3 years ago