Weasley Mathews: adopted girl’s father charged with murder

The Indian American father of three-year-old Sherin Mathews, Mr Wesley Mathews is accused of her murder at Texas. The girl had gone missing in October after the parents had put her outside their apartment as a punishment. She disappeared hours later. He was apparently also charged with abandoning a child and damaging the evidence three months after Sherin’s body was found in a drain next to their home in Richardson, Texas. 


The Dallas police inform that Mathews has changed his version of stories constantly, and has not been able to take a stance. On Friday, he will be indicated with capital murder if found guilty and be sentenced to death or life imprisonment.  


The adopted girl’s mother, Sini Mathews, has also faced abandonment charges in the month of November. A night before the child died on October 7th, 2017, she was left alone at her home, while her parents and their 4-year-old biological daughter went out for dinner.  

Holt International, the foster home from where Sherin Mathews was adopted is suspended by the Indian government for not assessing the couple. 

Sources – BBC, Hindustan Times


Three persons missing in lethal mudslides in California

In recent developments in the deadly California mudslides, three people were reported as missing. Searchers looked through the rubble and debris in Montecito. 20 people have been reported to be killed by the onslaught of these mudslides.
Among these people were John Cantin, 17 and Faviola Benitez, 28. A child of two years of age, Lydia Sutthithepa was also missing. The young girl’s  father Pinit Sutthithepa was killed on Saturday. The sheriff narrowed down the people from a list of about 100 missing people.
This is the worst number of deaths that a mudslide has caused in California in the past 13 years. The fallen trees, power lines and debris made it harder for searchers to dig through. Montecito, the affected area is a rich neighbourhood 137 kilometres away from Los Angeles.
Post intimation, the White House released a conciliatory statement on behalf of President Trump and the First Lady.
The destruction affected close to 78 square kilometres and razed 65 homes to the ground while damaging 450 others. The residents from this side, the southeastern corner have been evacuated as a precautionary measure.
Sources – Reuters, CNN

When a Donkey is your President: story of a ‘Shithole’ mouth

Any sane American at this particular moment would not object to President Donald Trump being called a donkey. Some might even say it’s an insult of the donkeys to equate them with the silliest and the most moronic leader on the face of earth. And I fear I might not disagree.

On January 11, Trump was discussing a potential legislation regarding the “dreamers”, immigrant children protected under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). While discussing the issue with members of Congress in the Roosevelt Room in White House, Trump learned of Haitians being one of the beneficiaries of the proposed plan. Surprising the Congresspersons, he asked if Haitians could be left out of the plan. “Why do we need people from Haiti here?”

Subsequently, when the dialogue moved towards African nations, Trump asked, “why are we having all these people from shit hole countries?” – the Washington Post quoted him as saying. He further added that the United States should admit more people from places like Norway. Trump had just met Norwegian Prime Minister, Erna Solberg a day before these comments; around 83% of the population in Norway is racially white. Never mind that Norwegians rejected Trump’s ‘generous’ offer outright, flooding Twitter with “thanks, but no thanks” messages.

Democrat Senator Dick Durbin, who was at the meeting in White House, during a press conference said that, “In the course of his comments, (Trump) said things which were hate-filled, vile, and racist. You have seen the comments from the press. I have not read one of them that is inaccurate,” said Durbin, who has been serving as US Senator from Illinois since 1997. In response to Trump’s denial (through Twitter of course), Durbin thrashed them as lies, and said, “It is not true. He said those things, and he said them repeatedly.”

The vulgarity and insolence in Trump’s comments did not distress Norway as much as it did the people of Haiti, El Salvador, and African nations, who Trump equated as shithole countries without thinking for ‘hole’ amount of time. The African Union Mission in Washington D.C. expressed its “shock, dismay and outrage”, and demanded Trump’s apology. The African group of Ambassadors to the United Nations issued a statement “condemned the outrageous statements” made by Trump, and demanded a retraction and an apology.

This is not the first time that Trump has been so racially vocal. His special love for Mexicans and Muslims came out during his Presidential campaign during the better part of 2016, and continued even after he assumed office. It is amazing how exhausting the list is of Trump’s racial comments, never mind his comments on women and their physique. His comments range from calling the Haitians who “all have AIDS”, to asserting Nigerian immigrants “would never go back to their huts”, from blaming both the sides for violence in Charlottesville, to calling a District Judge from the Southern District of California ‘unfair’ in hearing out Trump University case simply because he was Mexican. These are just the shit ones that Trump spat out from his hole after becoming the President.

The US President is the perfect example of an extremist pushing the agenda of white supremacy, inadvertently nurturing the racist elements like the ones in Charlottesville, Virginia. He comes from the world of white dunderheads who built their empires on the blood and bones of black immigrants. He is the modern-day image of those vampire lords and ladies who in the days gone by sucked the blood out of African nations, and rendered them ensanguined, fractured, down in the drains.

Not only is Trump a bad President, but a worse human being. It is impossible to imagine how America, a country that seemed to be looking ahead of its brutal racial history, chose a person who is the sickest, most demented, and most unfit to be the ‘champion of this free world’. The full list of his racial, sexist, and vulgar comments would make for an inexhaustible Wikipedia page, and unfortunately for the world, that page would never go dead at least for the next three years

Bangladesh and Myanmar agree on repatriation process of Rohingya Muslims

Dhaka, January 16: Bangladesh and Myanmar have agreed to complete the repatriation of thousands of Rohingya Muslims back to Myanmar within the next two years. Myanmar has agreed to accept 1500 Rohingya each week for the next two years.

Bangladesh and Myanmar foreign ministries informed of the repatriation in a statement issued on January 16. According to the statement, Bangladesh would be setting up five transit camps on either side of the border. Myanmar, in its statement, claimed of building a transit camp with the capacity of housing 30,000 the returning migrants. The repatriation process will be starting from January 23, 2018.

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has raised concerns about forcefully extraditing hundreds of thousands of Rohingya across the border, hoping “that refugees will be able to return home when they themselves choose to.”

While talking in a press conference, UNHCR spokesperson, Andrej Mahecic informed that some major changes need to be overcome to ensure successful repatriation. “These include ensuring that refugees are informed about the situation in their areas of origin and potential return and consulted on their wishes; that their safety is ensured throughout –  on departure, in transit and on return; and that the environment in the areas of return is conducive for safe and sustainable return,” he said.

More than 740,000 Rohingya Muslims had fled to Bangladesh from Rakhine state in Myanmar amidst racial violence in 2016 and 2017. The attacks by Rohingya insurgent on the security posts of Myanmar army had resulted in a fierce military backlash. Around 6700 Rohingya including 730 children were killed in August 2017 alone.

Sources – Reuters , BBC




LeBron James accuses Donald Trump of emboldening racism

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LeBron James (right, pictured with Steph Curry) praised Martin Luther King Jr. and said that all that he fought for could not be overlooked; Americans must stand united.

Cleveland, Ohio (U.S.), January 16: LeBron James, basketball star of the Cleveland Cavaliers, on Monday accused President Donald Trump of emboldening racists in the United States while on the flipside prompting the country to disallow itself from being divided along racial lines.

“The guy in control has given people and racism … an opportunity to be out and outspoken without fear,” James, a frequent Trump critic, told reporters prior to the Cavaliers’ game against the Golden State Warriors on the U.S. holiday honouring civil rights activist Martin Luther King.

“And that’s the fearful thing for us because it’s with you and it’s around every day but he’s allowed people to come out and just feel confident about doing negative things.”

During a White House meeting with lawmakers, over discussions pertaining to U.S. immigration policy, Trump reportedly called some African nations “shithole countries”.
He denied using such derogatory language, which has drawn contempt from many African leaders and international rights organizations. He also told reporters he was “the least racist person you have ever interviewed.”

This year marks the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King’s murder. James said he was highly appreciative of the leader’s sacrifice. “He took a bullet for all of us. And for us to stand here even though we’re trying to be divided right now by somebody, today is a great day for people to realize how America was built and how we all have to stand united in order to be at one.”

Four-time winner of the National Basketball Association’s most valuable player award, James, in August, slammed Trump for saying there were “some very fine people on both sides” of protests spearheaded by white nationalists in Charlottesville, Virginia, which left one counter-protester dead.

In September, James called Trump a “bum” on Twitter after the latter withdrew a White House invitation to Warriors guard Stephen Curry, who had stated that he did not wish to meet with Trump in order to celebrate the Warriors NBA 2016-2017 Championship.


Sources: The Guardian, News18

At least 27 killed in Baghdad twin suicide attacks

A pair of suicide bombers blew themselves up in central Baghdad early Monday, killing 27 people and injuring much more in the second attack in the Iraqi capital in three days.

“Two suicide bombers blew themselves up in Tayyaran Square in central Baghdad,” said General Saad Maan, spokesman for the Joint Operations Command, which includes the army and the police.

The attackers struck during rush hour at the place which is a bustling centre of commerce and usually crowded by labourers seeking work. The second explosion came less than 10 minutes later.

There was no immediate claim for the bombings, which came just as electoral coalitions began taking shape this week ahead of expected national elections in May. Previous elections have also been marked by such terrorist activities. Monday’s violence raised concerns that despite the military victory over ISIS, this campaign season would be no different.

In December last year, the government had announced the “end of the war” against IS, expelling it from the Baghdad region and other urban areas of Iraq that it earlier controlled.

Sources – Financial Express, The Washington Post

Trump continues to give Iran sanction waiver; wants changes in agreement

US President Donald Trump has announced that he will continue with extending key sanctions to Iran under the Iran nuclear deal formed in 2015. This will keep refrain from jeopardizing the accord. However, Trump is expected to give a deadline to the European allies to make marked improvements to the deal, barring which the US will withdraw from the agreement.

Trump was on the fence about whether he would approve the sanctions or not. His disapproval to offer sanctions would have effectively ended the deal. The deal is between Iran and six powerful nations to limit Iran’s nuclear powers. However, he will possibly form a fresh set of sanctions for other Iranian companies or groups of people.
The current President, a Republican has always been vocally critical of the agreement which had been entered into by his predecessor Barack Obama. In the past, Obama had been widely appreciated for having preventing Iran from realizing its nuclear programme fully. Other members of this deal are China, Russia, France, Germany, the UK and the European Union.
Despite the International Atomic Energy Agency stating that Tehran is keeping in line with the deal, Trump is the opinion that the US has been handed a raw end. In the end, he succumbed due to facing a huge amount of pressure from Europe to comply.
Sources – Reuters, BBC