NBA hall of famer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar gave one of the most pointed speeches of the Democratic National Convention.
Unfortunately for him, his speech wasn’t pointed enough to pop all the balloons that dropped on the convention floor after Hillary Clinton’s speech.
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar just hates balloons.
Democratic New York Delegate and Mayor of Ithaca Svante Myrick took some photos of Abdul-Jabbar looking angered by the balloons and put them on his Facebook page.
The photos caused a stir online with nearly 1,000 people “liking” them.
Poor Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.
All he wanted to do was make fun of Donald Trump and show off his very good speaking abilities.
Instead, he had to wage war with his old nemesis- latex balloons.
At least the night started out well.
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The president of the Philippines Rodrigo Duterte has become an internationally known figure in a remarkably short amount of time.
Oh course, so has Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.
While only being in office for 253 days (as of March 10, 2017) Duterte has become an alarmingly important figure in global politics due to his awful human rights record and a penchant for bucking the status quo.
Some, including Duterte himself, have even started calling him by a new name- dictator.
Duterte was recently quoted as saying, “I will be a dictator against all bad guys, evil, I will do it at the cost of my position or my life. I won’t stop. That’s a solemn commitment.”
The world should probably start listening to him.
Human Rights Watch, an American-founded international non-governmental organization that conducts research and advocacy on human rights, believes that Duterte may have committed crimes against humanity by, “inciting killings during his bloody antidrug campaign.”
Crimes against humanity aren’t something to scoff at, and it certainly isn’t something to take lightly.
Other high-profile political people who have been indicted for crimes against humanity include the now dead Muammar Gaddafi, and Bashar al-Assad, the current President of war-torn Syria.
Some people might look at what Duterte is doing for his country as an act of patriotism.
His stated goal is to rid his country of drug lords, their dealers, and anyone who is addicted to drugs.
Of course he is not creating massive amounts of new treatment facilities or encouraging other public health fixes, instead he is literally telling people to murder those who abuse drugs.
So has he already crossed the line from democratically elected leader to dictator?
The answer is obviously yes.
No one would argue against the fact that drugs and the trafficking of drugs are a global issue that has had disastrous ramifications for so many communities, but Duterte’s policy of slaughtering his own people in the name of reform cannot be tolerated by the people of the Philippines or the international community.
In the short time span of Duterte’s presidency, thousands of people have been killed by police or vigilantes, and the killings will only continue if no one is willing to speak up and demand a stop to an unjust judicial system.
The reason that many developing countries look to the west for a guiding hand in the building of their countries is for our rule of law.
A belief that all individuals are innocent until proven guilty in a court of justice.
The people of the Philippines are not being given this fundamental human right, and they are suffering in silence.
The principle of human rights is universal, and it is the basis for all democracies.
What Duterte, a democratically elected official, has done is spit in the face of democracy.
He has turned around and made the Philippines his own personal killing field, and “his people” are the targets.
The saddest part about the current situation in the Philippines is that by Philippine law, the president has immunity from prosecution while in office.
What this means to the rest of the world is that it is now our solemn duty to hold Duterte and his cronies responsible for their systematic attack against the civilian population.
The International Criminal Court and the U.N. have an obligation to launch an expedient investigation into this matter and stop these policies from continuing.
How many more people must die from extrajudicial killings before the rest of the world opens their eyes and sees Rodrigo Duterte for what he truly is: a malicious dictator?
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Sky News previously reported that gun shots were heard in central Paris. However CNN is reporting that according to a police spokesman the panic was a false alarm.
Meanwhile the AP has reported that Iraq warned the United States and other nations of a “imminent assault before the Paris attacks took place.
Stay with Rise News as we follow this developing story.
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Boston, San Bernardino, Chattanooga and Seattle.
When the Department of Homeland Security was created, part of its core mission was to notify the public “by providing timely, detailed information to the public, government agencies, first responders, airports and other transportation hubs, and the private sector” about terrorist threats. The original, color coded alerts were replaced in 2011, but in the wake of the San Bernardino attack, a new alert system has been ordered by DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson.
After 2011, not one alert was issued by DHS, in large part because the threshold for doing so was set so high, none of the plots being investigated reached the ceiling for triggering a public alert.
“We need a system that informs the public at large of what we are seeing,” DHSSecretary Jeh Johnson said during a recent national security forum. “Removing some of the mystery about the global terrorist threat, what we are doing about it and what we are asking the public to do.”
Today, DHS announced a modification to the National Terrorism Advisory System they’re calling bulletins. Bulletins will inform the public of more general threats, or trends, related to terrorist activity, versus an alert, which will trigger either an “elevated” or “imminent” notification to the public, informing of a specific threat and steps to take “to mitigate, prevent or respond to the threat.”
“This action is not in response to a specific, credible threat to the homeland, but is a prudent measure to ensure that Americans are better prepared and aware of the evolving terrorist threats,” the DHS press release read.
Immediately following the announcement of the changes to the NTAS, DHS released a bulletin, warning “we are concerned about the “self-radicalized” actor(s) who could strike with little or no notice.
Recent attacks and attempted attacks internationally and in the homeland warrant increased security, as well as increased public vigilance and awareness.”
The announcement was broadcast on the NTAS website, and Twitter, which was the first time the system has been used since it was created in 2011.
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