Religious Capital – Hellven http://hellven.org/ Fri, 07 Jan 2022 18:28:55 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.8 https://hellven.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/cropped-icon-2-32x32.png Religious Capital – Hellven http://hellven.org/ 32 32 Ron Perelman’s debts fall due https://hellven.org/ron-perelmans-debts-fall-due/ Fri, 07 Jan 2022 18:05:23 +0000 https://hellven.org/ron-perelmans-debts-fall-due/ In 2012, Mr Perelman sued his art dealer, Larry Gagosian, claiming he was repeatedly prompted to spend more on works than they were worth. In 2013, Harland Clarke, another Perelman company, sued Michael Milken over a deal. Mr Perelman said it was not personal, but still. Mr Milken was – as the former head of […]]]>

In 2012, Mr Perelman sued his art dealer, Larry Gagosian, claiming he was repeatedly prompted to spend more on works than they were worth. In 2013, Harland Clarke, another Perelman company, sued Michael Milken over a deal. Mr Perelman said it was not personal, but still. Mr Milken was – as the former head of high yields at Drexel, Burnham, Lambert – largely responsible for turning Mr Perelman into a billionaire.

Both lawsuits were dismissed.

Lesser Known: Mr. Perelman is an easy crier.

It happened at the MacAndrews & Forbes offices during a recent interview as he spoke about the end of his marriage to Ms Duff. In 1996, less than two years after giving birth to their daughter, Caleigh, Mr Perelman broke up with her in the back seat of a chauffeured car, while attending the Democratic National Convention.

That’s not the part that made her cry.

After returning home, Mr. Perelman called his ex-wife, Ms. Cohen. He was staying at his Creek property. She was at their former dive on Lily Pond Lane, which is 9.5 acres in size.

Mr. Perelman and Ms. Cohen were not very well placed at the time. In addition to the way the marriage ended, he had clearly expressed his antipathy for the man she had rebounded with. Which in retrospect, admitted Perelman was not necessarily fair, even though the man happened to be former New York Senator Al D’Amato, for whom personal and professional scandals have hung on, such as the The Los Angeles Times once said, “like a sweaty undershirt.

“She said ‘come on’ and we talked pretty much all night,” said Mr Perelman, lips quivering, eyes full of water. “And she never said a word about how I gave her a hard time. We just stood together and I said how much of a jerk I was. Everything was as before.

Although not entirely. They weren’t in love.

But she helped him through his epic three-year divorce from Ms Duff and stood by his side seven years later when his fourth marriage, to actress Ellen Barkin, came to an end. (Not good either: “The last time I saw Ellen she threw a drink in my face,” he said.)

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Iran says it intends to prosecute 127 people for killing Soleimani https://hellven.org/iran-says-it-intends-to-prosecute-127-people-for-killing-soleimani/ Wed, 05 Jan 2022 14:11:54 +0000 https://hellven.org/iran-says-it-intends-to-prosecute-127-people-for-killing-soleimani/ Pro-Iran militias reportedly fire rockets at US base in eastern Syria Pro-Iran militia fighters fired shells at a US base in the Al-Omar oil field in eastern Syria, causing damage but no casualties, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. ‘man. This development comes a day after the US-led coalition fighting the Islamic State […]]]>

Pro-Iran militias reportedly fire rockets at US base in eastern Syria

Pro-Iran militia fighters fired shells at a US base in the Al-Omar oil field in eastern Syria, causing damage but no casualties, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. ‘man.

This development comes a day after the US-led coalition fighting the Islamic State in Syria said it had foiled a rocket attack on a US base called “Green Village” in the eastern region of Deir Ezzor.

Today’s attack, also in Deir Ezzor, saw at least three shells land in Al-Omar, according to the Observatory, which relies on a network of sources inside Syria but was accused of inaccurate reports several times in the past.

One fell on a helicopter landing strip, while the other two struck an open area, according to the Observatory.

The War Observer attributes the attack to pro-Iranian militias active in the Deir Ezzor region, bordering Iraq.

He says coalition forces retaliated by hitting the source of the artillery fire outside the eastern town of Al-Mayadeen, which is a hub for Tehran and its Syrian proxies.

There are no immediate reports of casualties.

The attacks targeting US facilities came as Tehran and its allies across the Middle East held moving commemorations marking the second anniversary on Monday of the assassination of Iranian commander Gen. Qassem Soleimani and his Iraqi lieutenant in a strike drones at Baghdad airport.

Yesterday, US-led coalition forces shot down two armed drones targeting an air base in western Iraq, according to a coalition official.

On Monday, the coalition shot down two armed drones targeting its compound at Baghdad airport.

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Former hate group members unite against hate in January https://hellven.org/former-hate-group-members-unite-against-hate-in-january/ Mon, 03 Jan 2022 16:00:00 +0000 https://hellven.org/former-hate-group-members-unite-against-hate-in-january/ MCFARLAND, Wisconsin, January 3, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – Officials from the National Department and the State of Justice as well as a former Ku Klux Klan leader, a former white nationalist, a former neo-Nazi and a former Al Qaeda recruiter, join United Against Hate for a special anniversary event on January 6e, attempted coup in […]]]>

MCFARLAND, Wisconsin, January 3, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – Officials from the National Department and the State of Justice as well as a former Ku Klux Klan leader, a former white nationalist, a former neo-Nazi and a former Al Qaeda recruiter, join United Against Hate for a special anniversary event on January 6e, attempted coup in 2021 in the national capital.

Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul will host the event in person and online and is free to the public.

“We are organizing this event on January 6e for a reason: we can all work together to ensure that January 6the, 2021 will never happen again, ”said Masood Akhtar, president and founder of the We Are Many-United Against Hate movement. Masood continued, “Learning from those who were once plagued by racial and cultural hatred can teach all of us how to end this hatred. . ”

The opening speech features Thomas Brzozowski, domestic terrorism lawyer at the US Department of Justice. Guest speakers include Daryl Johnson, expert on domestic terrorism, and Professor Brian Levin, expert on hate crimes.

The second panel features four former members of the hate group:

  • Derek Barsaleau – a former white nationalist who changed his life after another black soldier in the US Army saved his life.
  • Ryan Lo’Ree – a former neo-Nazi who now works to prevent teens from joining extremist groups and gangs.
  • TM Garret – a former neo-Nazi and KKK leader of German descent working with the Jewish and black community speaking on college campuses and working to help extremists leave hate groups.
  • Jesse Morton – a former Al Qaeda recruiter working with the NYPD officer who arrested and jailed him in 2011 to prevent the spread of extremism.

A panel of students from various high schools is also planned where students will share their own experiences and work to influence their schools and communities.

When: January 6e, 2022 at 8:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. CST

Where: McFarland High School Performing Arts Center and ONLINE

Register today and learn more about We Are Many – United Against Hate

About United Against Hate, Inc.

United Against Hate, Inc. is a non-partisan, nonprofit organization of ordinary people – urban and rural, spiritual and secular – seeking equal protection for all, united against hatred, bigotry and racism. The organization does outreach and interventions in communities to promote understanding, healing, reconciliation and redemption. Instead of simply condemning the latest eruptions of hate-inspired violence, we are digging into the root causes of division, fear and hatred. And we advocate policies that create greater economic security, promote religious tolerance, celebrate differences, and honor America’s heritage of openness to foreigners.

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11 executions in 2021 mark a low in three decades https://hellven.org/11-executions-in-2021-mark-a-low-in-three-decades/ Sat, 01 Jan 2022 21:03:01 +0000 https://hellven.org/11-executions-in-2021-mark-a-low-in-three-decades/ Ernest Johnson was executed in October for killing three workers in a 1994 Missouri convenience store robbery – MODOC photo CHICAGO (AP) – States and the federal government have carried out 11 executions this year, the fewest since 1988, as support for the death penalty continued to decline. That’s according to an annual report on […]]]>
Ernest Johnson was executed in October for killing three workers in a 1994 Missouri convenience store robbery – MODOC photo

CHICAGO (AP) – States and the federal government have carried out 11 executions this year, the fewest since 1988, as support for the death penalty continued to decline.

That’s according to an annual report on the death penalty that also sharply criticized the Supreme Court and its role in green light executions. Three of the death sentences were carried out in January in an unprecedented series of federal executions that ended days before President Donald Trump left. Annual executions have steadily declined since peaking at 98 in 1999.

The pandemic-related disruption is part of the explanation for the low number of executions this year – although 2021 marked the seventh year in a row with fewer than 30 executions and fewer than 50 new death sentences, according to the report.

The federal death penalty was suspended in June by Attorney General Merrick Garland, well below the permanent abolitionist activists hoped for when Joe Biden became the first sitting U.S. president to openly oppose the death penalty. State executions continue despite growing numbers of Americans opposed to the death penalty.

The Death Penalty Information Center report said that far from being “worst of worst”, 10 of 11 prisoners executed this year had “significant impairments,” including an IQ in the range of the intellectually disabled.

Many cases have been marred by poor legal representation at trial and courts engaging in “shocking conduct” to thwart judicial review of credible constitutional claims, according to the report.

“As the use of the death penalty continues to erode, its flaws become even more evident,” the Washington, DC-based center said.

The report also noted Trump’s three conservative Supreme Court appointments and said judges have shown “deep hostility to stays of execution,” denying or lifting every stay of execution requested – to the except a few for religious reasons that inmates should have more full access. to spiritual advisers.

The report also noted how some death penalty states rushed for alternative methods of execution after drug companies restricted access to once widely used drugs for lethal injections. He pointed to Arizona’s proposal this year to use the same gaseous hydrogen cyanide deployed by the Nazis to kill Jews.

Support for the death penalty, meanwhile, has risen from a high of 80% in 1994 to 54% this year, according to a 2021 Gallup poll cited in the report. Since the mid-1990s, the opposition has grown from less than 20% to around 45% today.

States also continue to repeal death penalty laws. Virginia, once a prolific executioner, did so in March, bringing the number of states that have abolished the death penalty to 23. Three, including California, have moratoriums on executions.

Executions have increasingly been concentrated in a few southern states. Texas executed three inmates and Oklahoma two in 2021. Alabama, Mississippi and Missouri each executed one. The Trump administration executed three. The last, Dustin Higgs, was executed five days before Joe Biden’s inauguration. Federal executions brought the year’s total to 11.

Trump’s Justice Department executed 10 federal prisoners in 2020, ending a 17-year hiatus as COVID raged in prisons. States have suspended their death penalty programs at the height of the pandemic.

Other highlights of the report include:

– Seven states handed down 18 new death sentences in 2021 – tying a record. Alabama and Oklahoma have imposed four each. California and Texas have imposed three. Florida imposed two and Nebraska and Tennessee one each.

– Six of the 11 detainees executed in 2021 were black. Black and Hispanic defendants accounted for more than 60% of death sentences handed down this year.

– Some 2,500 prisoners remain on state death row. About 50 of them are left on federal death row in a prison in Terre Haute, Indiana, after Trump’s executions reduced their numbers by nearly a quarter.

The June Justice Department order suspended federal executions while examining Trump-era practices. The Biden administration has also withdrawn notices of intent to seek the death penalty in several cases. But the administration continued to push for white supremacist Dylann Roof, convicted in 2015 of murdering nine members of a black congregation in South Carolina, and Boston marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.

Despite the campaign pledge to end executions for good, Biden has not addressed the issue publicly as president. The report notes that it has not supported legislation to remove the death penalty from US laws. Activists fear that federal executions could recommence if Trump runs for president again and wins a second term, or if another capital punishment advocate becomes president.

The report highlighted several individual executions.

He described the execution of John Grant by Oklahoma on October 28 as “sloppy.” The 60-year-old man, convicted of the 1998 murder of a prison cafeteria worker, had several convulsions and vomiting after his fatal injection. Oklahoma Corrections said the execution was “uncomplicated.”

The report also indicated the execution in Texas on May 19 of Quintin Jones, 41, convicted of the murder of his great-aunt in 1999. It took place without media witnesses, the first time since Texas took over. capital punishment in 1982 that no journalist was present. Officials blamed the inability to bring in journalists waiting nearby to poor communication.

Two death row inmates were cleared in 2021, both in Mississippi. One of them, Eddie Lee Howard Jr., who is black, was released after spending 26 years on death row after debunking bite testimony and DNA evidence clearing him of the rape and of the 1992 murder of an 84-year-old white woman.

These exemptions bring the total number exonerated out of more than 9,600 death sentences since the early 1970s to 186, according to the report.

This figure, he added, “revealed that the US death penalty system is even more woefully unreliable than previously believed.”

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Maharashtra Announces New Borders After Massive Spike In New Covid Cases, 450 Omicron Infections | Bombay News https://hellven.org/maharashtra-announces-new-borders-after-massive-spike-in-new-covid-cases-450-omicron-infections-bombay-news/ Fri, 31 Dec 2021 02:03:49 +0000 https://hellven.org/maharashtra-announces-new-borders-after-massive-spike-in-new-covid-cases-450-omicron-infections-bombay-news/ The government of Maharashtra has imposed more Covid-19 restrictions as the state reported a massive increase in daily cases of coronavirus disease (Covid-19) to 5,368 and its number of infections at Omicron rose to 450. Mumbai has seen a 46% increase in Covid-19 cases after 3,671 new infections were detected in the state capital on […]]]>

The government of Maharashtra has imposed more Covid-19 restrictions as the state reported a massive increase in daily cases of coronavirus disease (Covid-19) to 5,368 and its number of infections at Omicron rose to 450.

Mumbai has seen a 46% increase in Covid-19 cases after 3,671 new infections were detected in the state capital on Thursday. Mumbai has also reported 190 cases of the Omicron variant of the coronavirus, the highest one-day peak to date, bringing the number of such patients in the city to 327.

In a revised ordinance Thursday evening, the Maharashtra government announced new restrictions on attendance at weddings, social, political, religious and funeral events.

Read also | 14 cities in 8 states under government Omicron watch

“In the event of a wedding or any other social, political or religious event, the maximum number of participants will be limited to 50 people. The maximum number of participants is limited to 20 during the funeral,” the order indicates.

“In any other part of the state which are tourist sites which attract a large crowd of people such as beaches, open areas, etc., the competent authority may, if necessary, impose article 144 of the code of Criminal Procedure of 1973 “, he added. .

Read also | Maharashtra Records 5,000 Covid Cases In One Day

Meanwhile, Mumbai Police have already imposed Section 144 in the city from December 30 to January 7.

In accordance with the new Covid-19 restrictions, the ban has been placed on New Year’s celebrations, parties in any closed or open space, including restaurants, hotels, bars, pubs, resorts and clubs on December 30 to January 7.

“The decree will come into effect, in areas under the control of the Greater Mumbai Police Commissioner from December 30, 2021 at 12:00 a.m. and will remain in effect until midnight on January 7, 2022, unless it is withdrawn earlier, “he added. the order reads.

Read also | The world braces for a wave of viruses on New Year’s Eve

“Anyone violating this order will be punished under section 188 of the Indian Penal Code of 1860, in addition to the penal provisions under the Epidemic Diseases Act of 1897 and the National Disaster Management Act of 2005 and other legal provisions, if applicable, ”said Chaitanya S, deputy police commissioner.

Data shows that nearly 45% of the 450 cases of Omicron detected in Maharashtra are from people with no history of international travel. Of the 450 Omicron cases detected as of Thursday, 206 had no travel history.

The numbers raise concerns among health experts that the Omicron variant is in a phase of higher transmission. They also said that the highly mutated Omicron variant is now quickly replacing the Delta variant in Mumbai.

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“Hindu swamis” insulted Hinduism with their hate speech: Karan Singh headed the foundation https://hellven.org/hindu-swamis-insulted-hinduism-with-their-hate-speech-karan-singh-headed-the-foundation/ Wed, 29 Dec 2021 13:04:14 +0000 https://hellven.org/hindu-swamis-insulted-hinduism-with-their-hate-speech-karan-singh-headed-the-foundation/ Trustees of the Temple of Understanding India Foundation, headed by Congress veteran Karan Singh, on Wednesday called the alleged hate speech against minorities by “some Hindu swamis” “shocking” and said India could not. not allow hostile and confrontational statements from any religion, much less from Hinduism which represents the vast majority in the country. They […]]]>

Trustees of the Temple of Understanding India Foundation, headed by Congress veteran Karan Singh, on Wednesday called the alleged hate speech against minorities by “some Hindu swamis” “shocking” and said India could not. not allow hostile and confrontational statements from any religion, much less from Hinduism which represents the vast majority in the country.

They expressed their deep “shock and horror” at the “declarations” of some Hindu religious leaders to Dharma Sansad recently organized in Haridwar in Uttarakhand and in Raipur, the capital of Chhattisgarh, and declared to have “insulted” Hinduism himself by making ““ such statements. ”These events underscore the importance of“ reviving ”the interfaith movement which strives to bring together people of different faiths in harmonious and creative dialogue, they stressed. ‘The Trustees of the Temple of Understanding India Foundation, chaired by Karan Singh, have expressed their deep shock and horror at the recent statements by some Hindu swamis in Hardwar and elsewhere. The open call for genocide of minorities is absolutely shocking they said in a statement.

Trustees of the Foundation stressed that the perpetrators will “surely” be punished under the law of the land because their statements are not only against the current legislation but against “the Constitution itself”, they stressed. “By making such statements, they have distorted the great Vedantic principles of common welfare and brotherhood found in the Upanishads which form the true basis of Hinduism, thus insulting Hinduism itself,” they said. .

“In a multi-religious, multilingual and multicultural country like India, we simply cannot afford hostile and confrontational statements from any religion, let alone Hinduism which represents the vast majority in the country, ”they added.

The foundation defends interfaith values ​​within the secular framework of the United Nations in favor of peace, justice, human rights and environmental sustainability.

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Welcoming Afghan schoolchildren: How educators in Milwaukee are helping refugees transition to new lives https://hellven.org/welcoming-afghan-schoolchildren-how-educators-in-milwaukee-are-helping-refugees-transition-to-new-lives/ Mon, 27 Dec 2021 18:01:14 +0000 https://hellven.org/welcoming-afghan-schoolchildren-how-educators-in-milwaukee-are-helping-refugees-transition-to-new-lives/ register here for the daily 74’s newsletter. Donate here to support independent journalism of the 74. James Sayavong knows what it’s like to be a refugee in America. His father was a military officer in Laos when the Communists invaded his country after the United States withdrew from Vietnam and its environs. Her mother buried […]]]>


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James Sayavong knows what it’s like to be a refugee in America. His father was a military officer in Laos when the Communists invaded his country after the United States withdrew from Vietnam and its environs. Her mother buried documents in the yard for fear the Communist government would attack their families. They escaped government authorities and James and his siblings were able to continue attending school in Laos for several years. The family eventually decided to flee, first to a refugee camp in Thailand and then to the Philippines. By the time they arrived in Milwaukee, James Sayavong was 21 without a high school diploma and an uncertain future.

Today, Sayavong is the director of the Milwaukee Chinese Language Academy (MACL), a Milwaukee public school (MPS) located just half a mile west of Marquette University. MACL is also home to the International Newcomer Center (INC), often the first stop for refugee children arriving in Milwaukee. His school is preparing for the first wave of Afghan children who will soon arrive in town from Fort McCoy.

Thousands of Afghans who were airlifted to the United States are now accommodated at the military base in west-central Wisconsin. MPS officials say federal officials told them about 500 of them would eventually settle in Wisconsin, but the latest tally was 399. We don’t know exactly how many school-aged children. will be in this establishment group.

MPS officials believe the majority of Afghans who settle in Wisconsin will find their way to the state’s major cities for several reasons.

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First, large cities like Milwaukee, Madison and Green Bay have the infrastructure to help refugee children make social and educational transitions. City school systems have already gone through this process, most recently with children from Somalia and the Rohingya from Myanmar (Burma).

Second, refugees from the same countries tend to congregate. Along the highway between Minneapolis and Milwaukee, in every major community, there are Hmong families.

Finally, many Afghans here come from large urban centers. The capital, Kabul, has a population of over 4.5 million, so big cities might feel more like home.

MPS is preparing for the arrival of an unknown number of children.

Mike Blecha, a retired Green Bay School Board member, recalls the language challenges faced by Somali parents and students when they first entered his school district. No one in the district spoke Somali; no Somali parent spoke English. Finally, the school system found a Somali high school student who spoke French, a language widely spoken in Somalia, where France was a colonial power. This student became the translator.

Kourosh Hassani is the ESL Teacher Leader for MPS and speaks Farsi Persian. About 78% of Afghans speak Dari Farsi, so Hassani and others who came from Iran should be able to speak to Afghans in their mother tongue. In addition, many Afghans who came here have worked as translators for US military and government officials and are fluent in English. While the Somalis and Rohingya came to the United States without knowing anyone, many Afghans have contact with American soldiers they worked with, often fought, side by side.

Erin Sivek is an English and English as a Second Language (ESL) teacher at INC. For three years she taught English as a Second Language at South Division High School, initially teaching predominantly Spanish speaking students. But very quickly, his program was overwhelmed by students from other countries in Africa and Asia. MPS officials asked her to come to INC because she seemed to have the capacity to fill in the gaps with students coming from those foreign countries.

She says she wasn’t sure if she could make the transition from high school to college, but now thinks it was the right decision as she looks back on her ten years with INC.

MACL is a K-8 school, and K-3 refugee students are integrated into mainstream classes with the added support of ESL teachers, a psychologist and a social worker. The idea here is that while the refugee children received little or no formal education before coming to Milwaukee, the younger students are still only a few levels behind. They can catch up.

But for college students, the educational gap can be significant. Sayavong says they had students who didn’t know how to hold a pencil.

Sivek says there is a lot to learn even for students who can read and write in another language. The written Afghan language is similar to Arabic script, moving from right to left and using a different alphabet.

Some INC students come from countries with few computers and little Internet access. The entire MPS system is web-based, and students must learn to navigate Chromebooks to accomplish their educational tasks.

Some students come from education systems heavily dependent on memorization and rote learning. Sivek says these students sometimes struggle to make the transition to teaching that focuses on critical thinking. All of these differences do not apply to students from other countries. Students from Zambia and Malawi, for example, were educated much like students from the United States.

There are also cultural and religious gaps to be filled.

During recess, a student asked Sivek why she wasn’t wearing a hijab because “You are a Muslim”.

She replied that she is not a Muslim.

“What is your religion?”

“I am Christian.”

Other girls said, “But we hate you, no, wait, no. The girls had to rethink their attitude.

Several years ago, she remembers talking to a college student, “We don’t need to listen to you,” he told her. “The men are in charge. ”

His response was, “Let’s talk about it, if we can. “

Although Afghan children come from an ethnically segregated country, most of those who come to America have been exposed to a Western way of life, attending classes with both genders and seeing women in positions of authority. all levels of business and government. Girls and women can wear headgear, but not burqas which cover women’s bodies from head to toe.

Hassani says, “They don’t want to be under the burqa. “

Some of Sivek’s best memories are from the students who return to visit him. “Even those who had behavioral issues or didn’t think this was the place for them, we have students who come back every year, whether they’re from high school or college; they often come back together: ethnic, religious, cultural groups… this is one of the most beautiful things.

Many students have traumatic memories of the difficult experiences they had while fleeing their home countries and of living in refugee camps.

Sayavong recalls that Rohingya refugees were unable to come to the United States right away because of COVID. In one family, the mother was diagnosed with cancer while the family was in a refugee camp in Malaysia. She died two weeks after her family arrived in Milwaukee. The young father, who had a four-year-old and a second year old, was trying to start a new life in a foreign country without a mother. The four-year-old cried every day at school. It took a while before it could function normally.

For students who experience trauma, the reaction can be resignation, Sivek says. She remembers a student who wrote about the disappearance of his house. For a while, he stopped participating. Then he completely stopped coming to school. It took a long time to get it back on track. But he is now in college.

The emotional toll of the Afghan children now arriving in Wisconsin is still unknown. The experience of being uprooted and taken thousands of miles to an unknown land will certainly have an emotional impact.

This year INC will have a dedicated psychologist, social worker and parent coordinator who was once an INC student after fleeing his home country to Africa.

Since many Afghans coming to the United States speak English, and some may have college credits or graduate degrees, MPS is exploring the possibility of hiring Afghans as class paraprofessionals, and ultimately moving them to l English as a second language or to classroom teachers.

Many MACL middle school students attend high school at Milwaukee High School of the Arts, just half a mile away. MHSA music teachers come to MACL for instrumental music. “The students may not be able to speak English yet, but they can play music,” says Sayavong. Their participation in the instrumental program becomes their audition for the MHSA. In turn, the high school has added additional ESL teachers for their support.

But high school students who come straight to MPS without going through the INC program should have a full bridging program like they did at MACL, Sivek says. Today, many high school refugee students are in the South Division with significant ESL support, but Sivek believes that is not enough. A more elaborate transition program was on the drawing boards several years ago, but has never been implemented. She hopes that the superintendent and the board of directors will reconsider the creation of a reception center at the high school.

Sivek reflects on these experiences: “We are so lucky to have students from all these different religions, language groups and countries. … And once they get into the program, learn together, they see all of these things that they have in common.

Sivek concludes: “We are really going to have a great year. “

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Christmas celebrated with traditional zeal https://hellven.org/christmas-celebrated-with-traditional-zeal/ Sun, 26 Dec 2021 01:00:00 +0000 https://hellven.org/christmas-celebrated-with-traditional-zeal/ Islamabad: The Christian community across Pakistan, like other parts of the world, celebrated the great Christmas festival on Saturday demonstrating traditional zeal and enthusiasm. The festival was marked by the Christian community through the organization of different activities ranging from large official gatherings to cake-cutting ceremonies at the level of small communities, including lighting of […]]]>

Islamabad: The Christian community across Pakistan, like other parts of the world, celebrated the great Christmas festival on Saturday demonstrating traditional zeal and enthusiasm.

The festival was marked by the Christian community through the organization of different activities ranging from large official gatherings to cake-cutting ceremonies at the level of small communities, including lighting of houses and observing prayers in them. churches.

Special cake cutting ceremonies were held in different ministries and departments ahead of the day to share the happiness of the festival with Christian staff members and recognize their contributions.

Special services were held in churches across the country and prayers were offered for the peace, progress and prosperity of Pakistan as well as for the safety of all mankind from the life threatening pandemic.

The main attractions of the Christmas festival included traditions such as Christmas tree, Santa Claus, carols and Christmas gifts which add charm to the party.

Other Christmas Day festivities included the distribution of gifts to children, hymn singing, prayers and family reunions.

The main ritual of the Christmas party is the decoration of the Christmas tree to welcome the arrival of Santa Claus, also known as Santa Claus.

It has been observed that a number of shopping malls and hotels in the capital have placed adorned Christmas trees to attract visitors, especially children.

While the decorated Christmas tree placed in D-Chowk by the Capital Development Authority (CDA) also attracts a number of visitors.

Meanwhile, Christmas was celebrated in Rawalpindi with traditional services in churches, prayers for peace, gift exchanges, cake cutting ceremonies and family reunions were the hallmarks of this special occasion.

The churches in the city, especially the Catholic Church, Lalkurti, the Protestant Church, Mall Road, Saddar and the Catholic Church of Christian Colony, the houses and the markets were decorated with lights as the children visited the parks, playgrounds, churches and their places of worship.

The Christmas festivities began with prayers and other rituals in churches.

The Archbishop of Rawalpindi / Islamabad, Dr Joseph Arshad, in a conversation with this agency, said that the Christmas event symbolized an important truth of the spiritual life, adding that the Prophet Jesus was born at a time when ignorance, superstition, greed, hatred and hypocrisy prevailed. on the ground.

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Indian democracy: a threat to its religious minorities https://hellven.org/indian-democracy-a-threat-to-its-religious-minorities/ Wed, 22 Dec 2021 00:42:39 +0000 https://hellven.org/indian-democracy-a-threat-to-its-religious-minorities/ Habib Siddiqui Indian democracy has always been in the majority since its early days as a republic. In fact, the trend has its roots in the pre-partition days of the Congressional leadership which did not allow for an inclusive democracy in which Muslims and other non-Hindu minorities could participate on an equal footing. This majority […]]]>
Habib Siddiqui

Indian democracy has always been in the majority since its early days as a republic. In fact, the trend has its roots in the pre-partition days of the Congressional leadership which did not allow for an inclusive democracy in which Muslims and other non-Hindu minorities could participate on an equal footing.

This majority attraction of Hindu rulers like Gandhi, Nehru and Patel made Jinnah and tens of millions of Muslims feel alienated. And the rest is history! Pakistan emerged, albeit eaten by moths, as a separate state.

While all the founding fathers of the Indian republic are dead now, but their ghosts are still with us like Narendra Modi and other Indocentric politicians who have the absolute right to decide how India is to be run, and who is an Indian and who is not. Thanks to the toxic fascist ideology of the Hindutva, promoted under the BJP (Bharatiya Janata Party) regime, non-Hindu minority religious groups are today worse than ever in India’s volatile history.

A presumption and anticipation of a so-called criminal act cannot be an offense, but this is not the case in India led by the BJP. Under Narendra Modi, even apolitical humorous jokes can result in incarceration in India, especially when the comedian is not a Hindu.

Munawar Faruqui, a Muslim comedian in India, has been arrested for jokes he did not make. On the evening of January 1, 2021, he launched a 14-city tour with a paid show at a cafe in the central city of Indore, India. Eklavya Gaud, the son of a ruling BJP politician, had arrived and stopped the show, complaining that the comic “insulted” Hindu religious sentiments.

Indore is a major city in Madhya Pradesh, which is ruled by Hindu nationalist BJP. Hindus constitute the vast majority of the Indian population. Faruqui ended up spending a month in prison.

In October, activists from a fascist Hindutvavadi group came to the café to demand a ban on Faru-qui broadcasts. He has now alluded to the abandonment of comedy after the cancellation of a dozen shows in Mumbai and Bangalore following protests by Hindu fascist groups.

If this is the attitude of the ruling BJP government towards humorous jokes, it is not difficult to understand the horrific state of intolerance facing hundreds of millions of religious minorities in India, from places like Kashmir in the west to Nagaland, Assam and Tripura in the east on a daily basis. They face genocidal pogroms, unfair detentions, rapes or torture because of who they are and what they believe to be at odds with those of the Hindu majority.

Every Friday, Najis Mohammad offered his afternoon prayers on public land near his barber shop in Gurugram, still popular under its old name Gurgaon – a satellite town on the outskirts of India’s capital, New Delhi. He can no longer pray Jum’aa there. A number of Hindu politicians and priests, including Kapil Mishra, who belong to the BJP, have interrupted the Jum’aa prayer for local Muslims. It should be remembered that Mishra was accused of inciting religious violence in New Delhi which killed more than 50 Muslims last year, and yet he is running free in Modi’s India.

“Permission to offer prayers at eight previously identified sites has been revoked,” Gurugram police said in a statement. He added that if objections were raised by residents in other places, “the authorization to offer prayers will also be canceled there.”

The police move followed a weeks-long campaign by Hindu groups and local residents who disrupted Friday prayers at these sites by playing religious chants over loudspeakers and throwing hate slogans. A coordinating group of Hindu groups, called the Sanyukt Hindu Sangharsh Samiti (Joint Hindu Wrestling Committee), even issued an “ultima-tum” to the authorities, saying that they themselves would stop Muslim prayers if the administration of Gurugram did not. so.

Muslim parliamentarian Asaduddin Owaisi said the Gurugram administration’s decision to ban Friday prayers on certain sites violated Article 25 of the Indian constitution which guarantees Indian citizens the freedom to profess, practice and to propagate their religion.

“How is it that practicing my religion or offering my Jum’ah namaz [Friday prayers] once a week for 15-20 minutes hurts someone? He told Al Jazeera.

Religious intolerance towards Muslims shows no sign of ebbing in Modi’s India. It has essentially become a safe recipe for seizing and retaining power in this country of 1.4 billion people.

Muslim villagers living in Naraura in Tri-pura state heard villagers screaming in panic at around 10:00 pm on October 23, 2021. As they rushed to the exit, a wooden beer and prayer rugs in the courtyard of the local mosque were on fire. Apparently, the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (World Hindu Council), which agitated against Muslims, is behind the fire in the mosque.

Let’s not forget that the VHP is affiliated with Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, the ideological source of India’s Hindu supremacist groups who seek to convert India into an ethnic Hindu-only state. (Most of the top leaders of the ruling BJP in India, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, started their political careers as RSS workers.)

Tripura, an eastern state dominated by Bengali-speaking Hindus on the border with Bangladesh, is currently ruled by Modi’s BJP. Muslims who live there, like those in Assam, are traumatized and now live in fear.

“There are 16 mosques that have been targeted in Tripura,” said Mufti Abdul Momin, a Muslim cleric.

The United States Commission on International Religious Freedom – an independent, bipartisan federal government commission that makes recommendations on religious freedom and foreign policy to the United States President, the United States Senate, and the State Department – said in October that ‘she was alarmed by the reports of violence. against Muslims in Tripura and urged the Indian government to prevent attacks.

USCIRF is particularly alarmed by reports from Tripura of mobs desecrating mosques and torching Muslim properties. The Indian government must bring to justice those responsible for inciting and engaging in religious violence and must prevent further attacks, ”USCIRF said in a tweet.

Earlier this year, India’s interior ministry told India’s parliament that 348 people had died in police custody and 5,221 in police custody over the past three years. These numbers indicate the anemic health of the modified Indian democracy, which is increasingly becoming a joke.

In early November 2021, the death of a young Muslim, Mohammad Altaf, 22, in custody in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh, and the subsequent clarification by the police sparked outrage in India. Altaf has been falsely accused of kidnapping a Hindu girl.

A photograph showing Altaf hanging from a water pipe in the toilet has gone viral on social media. Altaf was approximately 5 feet 6 inches (167 cm) tall and the water pipe was less than three feet (91.4 cm) from the ground. How could a 5.6ft tall young man hang himself from a much shorter pipe? Al-taf’s family requested an investigation from the Central Bureau of Investigation into his death.

Such deaths in custody (23 people died in police custody and 1,295 in custody over the same three-year period) have become quite common in Uttar Pradesh, which is governed by the BJP.

Its chief minister is Yogi Adityanath, a Hindu priest, who has had criminal charges against him for directing violence against Muslims.

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FCTA instructs residents on simple preventative strategies to fight 4th wave of COVID-19 https://hellven.org/fcta-instructs-residents-on-simple-preventative-strategies-to-fight-4th-wave-of-covid-19/ Mon, 20 Dec 2021 15:30:45 +0000 https://hellven.org/fcta-instructs-residents-on-simple-preventative-strategies-to-fight-4th-wave-of-covid-19/ The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) has called on residents of Abuja, the capital of Nigeria, to place more emphasis on simple preventive strategies such as reducing physical contact, maintaining social distances , the wearing of masks and the washing of hands, to avoid the escalation of the pandemic. Dr Abubakar Tafida, secretary of the […]]]>

The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) has called on residents of Abuja, the capital of Nigeria, to place more emphasis on simple preventive strategies such as reducing physical contact, maintaining social distances , the wearing of masks and the washing of hands, to avoid the escalation of the pandemic.

Dr Abubakar Tafida, secretary of the CTF Secretariat for Health and Human Services (HHSS) made this point yesterday by briefing reporters on the 4th wave of the COVID-19 pandemic in the CTF.

According to Tafida, “We now have 1,246 active cases. We noted 13 additional cases in the past 24 hours. In terms of people or cases on admission, we have a total of 105; 92 of them are in the Dome, 13 at Abuja University Hospital, Gwagwalada, this signifies the severity of the conditions, so preparedness is essential to effectively manage the pandemic.

“So you can see that in the space of three weeks, we have almost a thousand and more, so if we continue to neglect these preventive measures, the situation could become very alarming and difficult to manage.

“At our last meeting, we looked at the current situation, the growing number of cases, what we have done, and we have developed strategies, which are consistent with the scientific and other data that we have.

“As we ride this wave, the emphasis is still on that we have to take precautions ourselves. Its very important. The public must continue to be made aware of these simple and precise preventive measures.

“And we implore all stakeholders; security, traditional leaders, religious, personalities, to ensure that they support this effort, imploring and advising people to continue to observe these measures. He advised.

He continues, “As we all know, the COVID-19 pandemic has created a lot of global upheaval, as there has been a lot of turmoil, destruction, death and socio-economic hardship.

“The Federal Capital Territory has always been in the crosshairs, it is probably only Lagos State that would be ahead of us. But in terms of preparation and leadership and other support, I don’t think there is a state that has overtaken the FCT administration.

“We are making plans and preparations for the expected new cases, and we have enough beds for what we have planned.
We have made adequate arrangements for medical supplies and consumables. He stated.

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