Germany has translated the first 20 articles of the country's constitution, which outline basic rights like freedom of speech, into Arabic for refugees to help them integrate.
Germany is struggling to cope with an expected influx of some 800,000 people this year, both economic migrants and asylum seekers fleeing war in the Middle East and Africa.
Aside from the cost and practicalities of looking after so many people -- almost one percent of Germany's population -- many voters are worried about how they will integrate into society.
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"No one is forced, when he comes to Germany, to change his religion, to alter his private life. But what is important for our culture is that the principles of our democratic society apply to everyone," Gabriel added.
Refugees had to accept principles such as the division of church and state, equal rights for men and women, the right to be homosexual and freedom of expression, he said. He also pointed out that anti-Semitism is not tolerated in Germany.
This tenth anniversary of the Mohammed cartoons is a glum day for free speech. But that's no reason for some "social media" billionaire not to make it worse. During her visit to New York for the grand UN dictators' ball, Angela Merkel was overheard rebuking Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg for permitting people to post "anti-immigrant" sentiments on social media:
On the sidelines of a United Nations luncheon on Saturday, Merkel was caught on a hot mic pressing Zuckerberg about social media posts about the wave of Syrian refugees entering Germany, the publication reported.
The Facebook CEO was overheard responding that "we need to do some work" on curtailing anti-immigrant posts about the refugee crisis. "Are you working on this?" Merkel asked in English, to which Zuckerberg replied in the affirmative before the transmission was disrupted.
The very small cartel that run "social media" worldwide are increasingly hostile to free speech outside of a limited and largely trivial number of subjects. Ours will be the first civilization to slide off the cliff while watching cat videos.
Just a meat eating, mouth-breathing, knuckle-dragging, Harley riding deplorable troglodyte peoplekind, back from a better place...
“Have no respect whatsoever for authority; forget who said it and instead look what he starts with, where he ends up, and ask yourself, is it reasonable?” —Richard Feynman
“Charm and nothing but charm at last grows a little tiresome...It's a relief then to deal with a man who isn't quite so delightful but a little more sincere.” — W. Somerset Maugham
I very rarely use this word - but I don't think there is a more appropriate term for this situation.
What. A. BITCH!!!!
Petra Laszlo, the Hungarian camerawoman who drew international ire after footage emerged of her kicking and tripping refugees, may have apologized for her actions, but that isn't stopping her from filing suit.
In an interview with Russian news outlet Izvestia, Laszlo announced her plans to sue one of the individuals she was filmed kicking, and Facebook. She alleges the social media network failed to remove negative and threatening messages directed towards her, instead banning groups set up to support her actions, according to Mashable and an online translation of the original story.
The man she plans to sue is Osama Abdul Mohsen, a 52-year-old Syrian refugee who fell to the ground on top of his child after Laszlo tripped him.
Confidential research files on human rights abuses in El Salvador were stolen from a human rights organization in Washington state, just weeks after that same organization sued the CIA for refusing to release documents related to those very same abuses.
The Seattle Weekly reports that “A computer and hard drive belonging to Professor Angelina Godoy containing copies of the files, testimonies, and personal information of Salvadoran survivors was stolen from her office under highly suspicious circumstances.”
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Whoever it was broke in to the University of Washington's Center for Human Rights a few weeks after the center sued the CIA for withholding documents about massacres that took place during the twelve-year civil war in El Salvador.
The CIA and other elements of the U.S. government played a prominent role in that war. Many thousands of citizens were tortured, raped, or killed.
American nuns, priests, nurses, doctors, and aid workers in El Salvador were also the victims of war atrocities.
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The break-in and document theft at the Center for Human Rights happened around the same time as a campus visit to the University of Washington by current CIA Director John Brennan. He wasn't running the CIA in the 1980s, would presumably not be personally implicated in any of the atrocities of that era.
The Stranger, which broke the break-in story, went right ahead and asked the CIA point blank if they were responsible for the break-in and theft. After all, it wouldn't be the first time a human rights group were the victim of this sort of thing, nor would it be the first time the CIA had done this sort of thing.
The CIA's response: Nope.
CIA spokesperson Dean Boyd told Stranger, "Your suggestion that CIA had anything to do with this alleged activity is offensive, insulting, and patently false."
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Professor Godoy told the Seattle Times the center has backups of the stolen data.
“What worries us most is not what we have lost but what someone else may have gained,” the center wrote in a news release about the thefts. “The files include sensitive details of personal testimonies and pending investigations.”
“This could, of course, be an act of common crime. But we are concerned because it is also possible this was an act of retaliation for our work,” the statement continues. “The timing of the incident invites doubt as to potential motives.”