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Health Care & Environment
11.18 Air pollution levels ‘forcing families to move out of cities’ [like from desertification, lack of drinkable water and rising oceans, there will also be pollution-caused immigration until humans fix things]
11.17 Policies of China, Russia and Canada threaten 5C climate change, study finds [Climate catastrophe is increasingly likely without worldwide organization, funding and commitment to winning THE WAR AGAINST GLOBAL WARMING.]
11.16 How pesticide bans can prevent tens of thousands of suicides a year [how many thousands more die early from eating pesticide-laced food?]
11.15 The long read: The plastic backlash: what's behind our sudden rage – and will it make a difference? [the world wants to throw-up...]
11.15 Claws out: crab fishermen sue 30 oil firms over climate change [workers are waking-up...]
11.12 This Land is Your Land: The Zinke effect: how the US interior department became a tool of industry [behaving ignorantly again...]
11.11 Trump responds to worst fires in California’s history by threatening to withhold federal aid [behaving ignorantly again...]
11.11 Interior department sued for ‘secretive process’ in at-risk species assessment [behaving ignorantly again...]
11.11 Keystone XL pipeline: judge rules government 'jumped the gun' and orders halt [behaving ignorantly again...]
News Media Matters
US Politics, Policy & 'Culture'
11.18 Trump says Pelosi deserves speakership, offers Republican votes [An affirmation of Pelosi's unsuitability]
11.18 Khanna to Pelosi: Don't Just Create Green New Deal Select Committee, Make Ocasio-Cortez Its Chair [Will Pelosi earnestly change, or end her career in disgrace?]
11.18 Chuck Schumer, Feckless Hack [Neoliberal Democrats must go!]
11.18 What the State of the VA Tells Us About Trump’s War on Welfare [Privatizing often results in outright fraud and higher costs by private prisons, privatized health insurance and health care, privatized public schools and online "colleges" like Trump University]
11.17 As Energy for Medicare for All Explodes, Steny Hoyer's Plan Includes Waiting for Trump to Help Make Obamacare Better [Another who is unfit to be Democrat leader]
11.17 'A Staggeringly Bad Idea': Outrage as Pelosi Pushes Tax Rule That Would 'Kneecap the Progressive Agenda' [Unfit to be Democrat leader]
11.16 As 'Green New Deal' Demand Grows, Democrats Have Choice: Confront and Defeat Fossil Fuel Industry or Take Credit for 'Doomed' Planet [Two choices: Save life-on-Earth or help Republicans let it die?]
11.14 The Guardian view on Yemen’s misery: the west is complicit [WAR CRIMES]
Economics, Crony Capitalism
11.16 Amazon’s HQ2 Will Get a Tax Break Designed to Help the Poor [a Republican program that directly helps participating wealthy companies—but only helps workers if and when 'trickle-down' occurs.]
11.16 Trump doesn’t want to punish Saudi Arabia over Khashoggi. His new sanctions prove it. [George W. Bush made a similar immoral decision for the same oily reasons after 9-11, protecting Saudi defense contracts while facilitating the slaughter of poorer Arab "terrorists" in the region.]
11.15 The Earth is in a death spiral. It will take radical action to save us [fossil fuel burning, un-recyclable plastic production/use and methane gas release must cease ASAP.]
International & Futurism
11.18 France demands UK climate pledge in return for Brexit trade deal [Excellent!]
11.17 Thousands gather to block London bridges in climate rebellion [We're losing WWIII because the enemy is invisible while we're like frogs slowly cooking. We aren't informed enough to be alarmed, but must get organized and motivated to fight back. We need a War Plan to ruthlessly pursue the fight of our lives!]
A Story of Honor and Cooperation
How to catch a foreign Muslim perpetrator in his own country
12 February 2009
Criminals in the Muslim world bring dishonor on their families, who in turn will help bring those criminals to justice—unless something even more criminal intervenes.Losing a child is the worst horror, the worst nightmare for any parent. It was a nightmare coming true for the parents of the 8-year-old German-Turkish girl Kerdelen living in the city of Paderborn in Westfalia/Germany. Her abused corpse was found some 100 km from her hometown on the shores of the Westfalian Möhne lake. DNA analysis identified her murderer: 29-year-old Turkish immigrant Ali K.—the next door neighbor of Kerdelens family.
As horrible as it is—this unfortunately is a common crime event occurring many times around the world every year—the events from here on took a different direction. Before he was identified, Ali K. had fled to Turkey, and arguably one might have assumed that he was gone for good in the depths of the huge Turkish territory. But the table was turned, and he was arrested in western Turkey shortly after he had been identified.
What happened? Did the international police machinery function smoothly? Did the German government send Special Forces together with an arrest warrant to Turkey? No such thing happened. Ali K. was dug up by his own father-in-law, who was moving heaven and hell to re-establish the honor of his daughter, who suddenly had found herself being married to a child murderer.
From the moment he was identified, Ali K. had a swarm of family and friends and enlisted private investigators on his heels—and at the same time no support whatsoever in his very own country. A private network of motivated kin located this criminal after he had been dropped and stripped of all support by family and friends. The ground literally had been pulled from under his feet.
Another picture comes to mind. A mass murderer hides in a Muslim country that is not even his own. Another country with another culture, a country where he committed his crimes, is so enraged that they send airplanes to bomb that country into oblivion. Thousands of innocent people, entire families, mothers, children, are killed in the process. Years upon years of military actions, occupation and investigation pass, billions are spent, a country is torn and shredded to pieces, and yet the man is not found, not arrested. How is that possible? Might it be that the very action of attacking the country where he hides had the opposite effect of what was desired? Might it be that instead of being hunted by his kin and his host countries population, the Muslim honor code of that country’s population turned against the aggressors and instead protects him?
The West failed to make it clear that Osama Bin Laden (always assuming he indeed was the mastermind behind Sept. 11) had lost his honor big time by killing thousands of ordinary people, including children, including people of all religions, including, most likely, pregnant women with unborn babies in their wombs. Unfortunately, the U.S. did the same in Iraq and Afghanistan, so from the Muslim countries’ point of view (or, indeed, from any decent human’s point of view), the U.S. lost its honor as well.
A country might be able to re-establish its honor over time, although it might take decades—a lifetime even. An individual child murderer cannot.
The lesson to be learned is that if you want to catch a criminal internationally, strip him of his honor, strip him of his moral and material support, pull the ground from under his feet—and he will be brought to justice. And that involves three major aspects: respect, cultural sensitivity and cooperation.
Dr. Thiesen is a German scientist and freelance writer. He may be reached at email@example.com
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This story was published on February 12, 2009.