'Germany's Baby-Boom Dream Has Been Shattered'
"Today's modern family politicians frown upon any discussion of freedom of choice. As they see it, a woman is not emancipated if she defers her career goals to have children

"The push for these family policies comes from business interests and the pressure exerted by equality advocates

parental leave needs to be equally divided between fathers and mothers, and fathers shouldn't be able to transfer their parental-leave months to mothers. Day-care workers need to receive better training and earn more money so that parents will worry less about putting their children into day care. And the arrangements that lead many married women to stay at home for tax
advantages need to be replaced by ones that tax individuals rather than couples."

It is naïve to believe that Germany can tackle its demographic problem with financial instruments alone. There are a lot more factors that go into deciding to have a child than just governmental subsidies. Potential parents need to be confident that they will be able to take care of the child. And they will need to assess whether they have enough time for a baby and whether they can reconcile having a child with the plans they currently have for their lives and careers."



Barbers Allege Racism, Illegal Searches in ACLU Lawsuit
Thursday, 09 April 2009
By Chris Levister -

The American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California filed a federal lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Riverside Wednesday charging that the city of Moreno Valley and its police force, acting in conjunction with the California Board of Barbering and Cosmetology, conducted a series of racially-targeted, warrantless raids on barbershops owned and patronized by African-Americans under the guise of licensing and code-enforcement inspections.

“On April 2, 2008, five Moreno Valley police officers, carrying guns and wearing body armor, swarmed the Hair Shack, where Kevon Gordon has been in business for more than 20 years, with two city code officers and three inspectors from the Board of Barbering and Cosmetology,” ACLU attorney Peter Bibring said at a news conference Wednesday.

They didn’t go into Super Cuts. They didn’t go into barbershops at the nearby Moreno Valley mall. They went to small obviously African-American businesses with primarily African-American employees and clientele,” said Bibring.


Many MUW students disagree with claims choices evoke racism
APRIL 9, 2009


“I don’t think there’s anything racist about it,” she said. It was 150 years ago, I still stick with my original point. I like Reneau because without her we wouldn’t have this university.”

Detrick Williams, a freshman from Clarksdale who wants to be a history teacher, also prefers Reneau. He also didn’t change his mind after learning about Reneau’s past as a slave owner.

“We can’t blame everyone who owned slaves,” he said. “I still think she is a great part of this school and it should be named after her. We live in a different generation now. Blacks and whites are more open with each other. The friend I depend on most is white. The barrier is down with the young generation, even if it might still be there with the older one.”


Man gets life sentence in rape case
By Susan McFarland (Contact)
Originally published 12:00 a.m., April 10, 2009
Updated 12:26 a.m., April 10, 2009

Jose Colin was found guilty of sexual assault and prohibited sexual conduct.

CORPUS CHRISTI — A Corpus Christi man guilty of raping his daughter was sentenced to life in prison Thursday by state District Judge Jose Longoria.

Apr 9, 2009 9:44 pm US/Pacific
Yee Upset Over Racist Remarks By Betty Brown


Apr 9, 2009 9:44 pm US/Pacific
Yee Upset Over Racist Remarks By Betty Brown


A lawmaker says voters of Asian decent should adopt "new" names that are "easier for Americans to deal with.

"It's an important aspect in my life; it defines a lot of who I am and what I'm about and my culture,"



Ethnic registration is illegal: privacy watchdog

Friday 10 April 2009

Local councils which are registering the ethnic origins of young trouble makers and other at-risk youngsters have been ordered to stop it immediately by the privacy watchdog CBP.

In 2006, 21 local authority areas with a high concentration of immigrants from the Caribbean Antilles islands were given permission to register the ethnic origin of young troublemakers. But that permit expired last December and no new permit has been applied for, the CBP says.

Therefore 'there is no legal foundation for processing ethnic details,' the CBP said in a statement on its website. 'This means that the use of these particular personal details... is illegal and should be stopped immediately.'

At the end of last year, the government dropped plans to set up national data bank with information on young Antillean and Aruban trouble-makers. The government's highest advisory body, the council of state, said earlier that the register could be set up because it was in the public interest.

According to the Volkskrant, Rotterdam has been recording the ethnic origin of troublemakers since 2002.

Supporters of registration say it would allow campaigns and support to be targeted at specific groups.

Opponents say it is stigmatising to regard third-generation immigrants as not being Dutch.


Restaurant Owner Charged After Illegal Immigrant Dies

Posted: 4:23 PM Apr 7, 2009
Last Updated: 4:57 PM Apr 7, 2009

A Topeka restaurant owner has been convicted on charges he illegally harbored Indian nationals who worked at his restaurant, including one who died after complaining he was being forced to work.

Thirty-three year-old Amarpreet Singh owns the Globe Restaurant.

According to evidence presented at trial, Singh told police that the man who died did *not work at the restaurant and said the man was a homeless alcoholic.

Prosecutors argued Singh housed the illegals in an apartment where the man was found dead.. and required them to work long hours.

Singh is scheduled to be sentenced July 13th.


Berlin: Debate about Turkish advertising

Heinz Buschkowsky (Social Democratic Party, SPD), mayor of the Berlin district of Neukölln, started a discussion about the meaning and purpose of advertising posters in Turkish with his proposal to ban them from all streets in Berlin. More and more companies, such as Ikea of Kabel Deutschland, advertise using Turkish, apparently successfully.


Police: West Seattle man target of hate crime
Seattle police are investigating a hate crime in which swastikas were drawn on eggshells shattered on a man's truck.

A Hispanic man who lives off Delridge Way Southwest told police on Monday that during the past four days, his truck had been egged three times.

While looking at an eggshell Monday, police noticed an expletive, the words "sun devil" and a swastika had been drawn with a black Sharpie or similar marker, according to police.

The victim told an officer he could think of no recent events involving him or his family that would warrant the harassment. The man has lived in the neighborhood for more than a decade, and has been in the United States for 16 years.


Easter eggs spread racist message
Pekin Daily Times
Fri Apr 10, 2009, 05:00 PM CDT

Residents throughout Pekin awoke Thursday morning to find brightly colored Easter eggs on their lawns and in their mailboxes. Expecting to find cheerful holiday material, residents opened the plastic eggs to instead find racist flyers inside

“Missing,” reads the flyer. “A future for white children.” Under a picture of a blonde, blue-eyed Caucasian girl are the words: “Description: Red, blonde, or brown hair, fair skin with an innocent, inquisitive, intelligent, trusting personality. Corrupt politicians and anti-white special interest groups have stolen her future. There will be no future for her in the Third World America that our enemies are planning for all whites. Lets take back our country and make it great,and beautiful once again. For our children’s sake!”
The message is signed: Illinois National Socialist Front. An email address is listed as www.IllinoisNSF.com and an address of: INSF P.O. Box 9714 Peoria, IL.
“There’s nothing we can really do at this point,” said Sanders. “It all still falls under their first amendment rights.”
Even though the eggs were placed on other people’s property, Sanders said, the involved statute is “extremely vague” and the group has not technically broken the law.

「行方不明者 色白で髪の毛の色は赤、ブロンド、ないし茶色、無垢で向学心にあふれ人なつこい性格。


Why London is no place for a young black man



Police: For 30 Years, Teacher Secretly Recorded Teens Having Sex
Nashville Teacher Allegedly Gave Teens Drugs, Secretly Recorded Sex
April 9, 2009


Bias Graffiti Investigated as Hate Crime in Levittown, Hicksville
By Patrick Kelton
Posted: 4/11/2009 - 2:51:24 PM

Unknown vandals spray painted racial slurs and swastikas at a park in Levittown and wrote hateful messages in marker on a car in Hicksville on the night of Friday, April 10, Nassau Police say. It is unclear if the two cases are related but they are both being treated as hate crimes, investigators say.

When volunteers opened the softball concession stand at Azalea Park in Levittown on Saturday, April 11 at 7 a.m., they found graffiti written with pink spray paint on the south side of the building, according to The Eighth Squad detectives. The graffiti included two backwards swastikas, the number “13” in block letters, the words “pink niga” and other bias statements, police say. The cost of the damage was about $200.


Racism complaints at HRM Fire deeper than first thought
April 11, 2009 - 8:57 am
By: Jason White

The complaints allege the fire service has discriminated against its black employees for years. The whistle-blowers say the fire service did little about a report it received two years ago, laying out incidents as far back as 2002.


20 illegal aliens apprehended on I-80

Coralville Police Lt. Shane Kron said a Coralville officer initiated the traffic stop at 9:10 a.m. Kron said the officer pulled over a white Ford Econoline van for going 15 mph over the 55 mph speed limit at the 241 mile marker on Interstate 80. The van stopped at the 244 mile marker near the Dubuque Street exit in Iowa City.

Kron said the officer spoke with the driver, but the driver’s answers weren't adding up, drawing suspicions from the officer. Kron said the windows of the van were blacked out so the officer could not see the back of the van. Kron said the officer called Iowa City Police to request that their narcotics dog come out to see if there were drugs in the van.

While the dog was in route, the driver of the van admitted there were 11 people in the back of the van. However, when the officer ordered all of the people out of the van, a total of 20 people, including the driver, got out. Kron said he didn’t know the exact make up of the group of people, but said it was a mix of men and women and no children.

The officer was suspicious about the immigration status of the group and called officers from the ICE Cedar Rapids office, Kron said. About 25 minutes later, the ICE officers arrived and took the group of people Kron said.

Counts said the group was transferred to temporary holding rooms at the ICE Cedar Rapids office. He said they would be transferred to a local jail to stay overnight.


April 10, 2009 10:22 p.m. PT

Black man's killing by police shakes La. town

Police said Monroe was shot after he pointed a gun at them, though no one claims Monroe fired shots. Friends and family said he was holding a bottle of sports water. They accuse police of planting a gun he owned next to his body.

"Mr. Ben didn't have a gun," said 32-year-old neighbor Marcus Frazier, who was there that day. "I saw that other officer pick up the gun from out of a chair on the porch and put it by him.

All agree Shaun Monroe, who had an arrest record for assault and battery but no current warrants, drove up the driveway and went into the house. Two white police officers followed him. Within minutes, he ran back outside, followed by an unidentified officer who Tasered him in the front yard.

Seeing the commotion, Bernard Monroe confronted the officer. Police said that he advanced on them with a pistol and that Cox, who was still inside the house, shot at him through a screen door.

Monroe fell dead. How many shots were fired isn't clear; the coroner has refused to release an autopsy report, citing the active investigation.

HOMER, La. -- For 73 years before his killing by a white police officer, Bernard Monroe led a life in this northern Louisiana town as peaceful as they come - five kids with his wife of five decades, all raised in the same house, supported by the same job.

The black man's shooting death is attracting far more attention than he ever did, raising racial tensions between the black community and Homer's police department.

"We've had a good relationship, blacks and whites, but this thing has done a lot of damage," said Michael Wade, one of three blacks on the five-member town council. "To shoot down a family man that had never done any harm, had no police record, caused no trouble. Suddenly everyone is looking around wondering why it happened and if race was the reason."
The easygoing climate, blacks say, masked police harassment.

The black community has focused its anger on Police Chief Russell Mills, who is white. They say he's directed a policy of harassment toward them.


The other side of Rome: Homeless people in the Eternal City魚拓

Apart from the ancient monuments and great art, there is a side of Rome tourists would rather not see: the homeless. Some 7,000 people sleep on the streets of the Eternal City, 75% of them non-Italians, according to the city council. They congregate in the historic center and around railway stations.


Center That Serves Older Homeless People Is to Be Shut Down
Published: April 10, 2009

“When they go to the other drop-ins, I know they’re intimidated, and I know they’re victimized,” said Dorrell Mainer, a housing coordinator at Peter’s Place.

In many city homeless shelters and drop-in centers, an older person is an easy mark. Many of them receive checks for Social Security, veterans’ benefits or pensions — and in large, unruly shelters, some elderly people say they have seen people shaken down for their cash.


Faith Groups Increasingly Lose Gay Rights Fights

Battles are increasingly including private businesses

-- A Christian photographer was forced by the New Mexico Civil Rights Commission to pay $6,637 in attorney's costs after she refused to photograph a gay couple's commitment ceremony.

-- A psychologist in Georgia was fired after she declined for religious reasons to counsel a lesbian about her relationship.

-- Christian fertility doctors in California who refused to artificially inseminate a lesbian patient were barred by the state Supreme Court from invoking their religious beliefs in refusing treatment.
-- A Christian student group was not recognized at a University of California law school because it denies membership to anyone practicing sex outside of traditional marriage.


Freedom is for Bigots Too(Foreign Dispatches)
I am completely opposed to their constant attempts to hijack the power of the state to enforce their prejudices by interfering in others' personal lives, but freedom of association is too important a right to curtail just because there are numerous people who would use this right in a manner one might find distasteful. If that means homophobes, racists, antisemites and other riff-raff get to pick and choose who they wish to do business with, it also means that we have the same options when it comes to dealing with such people.

On the other hand, just because the law says one thing or another doesn't mean private parties will always act in keeping with the spirit of said law, as I can testify from my experiences with ostentatiously surly waiters who are polite and attentive to others of a paler complexion, cashiers who act as if one were invisible and try instead to serve others standing behind one in line, landlords who suddenly "remember" that supposedly vacant properties have actually been let, store staff who insist on following one's every move as if one were a common thief, etc. As such, I am unable to confuse the passage of legislation with its actual effectiveness, and given the cost of litigation, in practice the best way to deal with such situations is to take one's business elsewhere, while letting others know just what sort of establishment one is dealing with

人種差別や性差別、あるいは同性愛者差別などもちろん賛成しないが、こうした人々が自分の信条を実践する自由があると同時に、こうした人々への社会的圧力をかけることもできるのだから、政府や裁判所が介入すべき問題ではないとするブロガー。ブロガーはイギリス在住の黒人の方で、自身も、賃貸住宅で空き室がなぜか、黒人だとわかるとすでに他に契約済みと言われたり、(ーーーそういえば、おれもむかーし、アメリカでfor rentの看板のついているアパートに片言の英語で電話したら、the room is already taken とかいわれたが、やっぱあれも差別だったのか?---)店で万引きでもする犯罪者のように店員につけまわされたりする経験をもつ、が、実際的にも法律があるからといって、そうしたことがなくなるわけでもなく、現実の対応としては、他の場所へいって仕事をして、そうした場所はそうした差別的な場所なのだ、ということを公知した方がよい、という。