As much as it has been said before, one must appreciate the irony of the Israeli situation. Leaving their old homes to escape the “oppression faced by evil Europeans” only to annex a bit of land and to oppress the residents living there.
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This week 200,000 festival-goers are gathering in Mutoto, Uganda, where they will enjoy the music, dancing, party atmosphere and the traditional ritual circumcision without anaesthetic of at least 1,000 teenage boys. Males from participating tribes are told that if they do not volunteer they will be captured and circumcised by force. One MP said the chilling words: “If you know any Mugisu who is dodging the circumcision, show him to us and you will get sh500,000 [£115] as a reward.” The Ugandan Tourist Board is marketing this as a major tourist attraction, with the blessing of President Museveni. This comes just two weeks after a mob in neighbouring Kenya reportedly abducted at least 12 men from different tribes and forcibly circumcised them in the street. Dozens more were said to be camping outside the police station for protection. No one has been yet arrested for the assaults.
Evidence from a dashboard camera on a police cruiser ended a nightmare for a New Jersey man facing false charges of eluding police, resisting arrest and assault. Prosecutors dismissed all the criminal charges against Marcus Jeter, 30, of Bloomfield, N.J. and instead indicted two Bloomfield police officers for falsifying reports and one of them for assault after the recording surfaced showing police officers beating Jeter during a traffic stop, according to WABC of New York. A third has pleaded guilty to tampering.
Jeter’s defense attorney requested all recorded evidence, but the police failed to hand over a second tape until additional evidence surfaced of a second police car at the scene. The tape showed Jeter complying with police, even as one punched him in the head repeatedly.