Alan Zimmerman is the president of Congregation Beth Israel in Charlottesville, Va. On Aug. 14, he wrote a letter to the members of his synagogue describing events of the prior weekend involving neo-Nazis, the KKK and other hate groups.
On the previous Saturday, 40 congregants were in the temple while three men dressed in fatigues and armed with semi-automatic rifles stood across the street. The worshipers felt compelled to leave their synagogue through its back door.
Later, Zimmerman learned that Nazi websites had posted a call for his temple to be burned. Beth Israel subsequently canceled a Havdalah service at a member's home that had been announced on a public Facebook page. Zimmerman said in his letter, "This is 2017 in the United States of America."
President Donald Trump claims that the protesters described above were "good people" concerned about the removal of a statue of Robert E. Lee. Trump is lying.
Hawaii is now toying with the idea of introducing universal basic income as robots continue to take people’s jobs.
The government giving its citizens an allotted monthly or yearly amount of money could soon happen in Hawaii as many experts feel this will be the only way to way to cope with the mass future job loss coming to the world caused by automation. CBS news reported that Hawaii state lawmakers have voted to explore the idea of a universal basic income in light of research suggesting that a majority of waiter, cook and building cleaning jobs — vital to Hawaii's tourism-dependent economy — will eventually be replaced by machines. The crucial question of who would pay for the program has yet to be determined. But support for the idea has taken root. "Our economy is changing far more rapidly than anybody's expected," said state Rep. Chris Lee, who introduced legislation to consider a guaranteed universal income. Lee said he felt it's important "to be sure that everybody will benefit from the technological revolution that we're seeing to make sure no one's left behind."
An annual festival that sees a dog being dressed up in human clothing, carried on a sedan chair and worshipped as a god, has been celebrated by villagers in an area of China.
Conducted every year by the Miao people of Jiaobang village in the Guizhou province, The Dog Carrying Day festival has seen the creatures worshipped for centuries.
Legend has it that the first settlers in the area were saved from dying of thirst by a dog which led them to a water source in the area, an act the settlers believed to be a sign of divinity, according to the South China Morning Post.
The annual celebration is marked with a parade for the dog which is dressed in a tailor-made shirt and a hat. It is then placed on a wooden sedan chair and carried over a rice paddy, while people sing and beat drums.
A shaman leads the parade and people have mud thrown at them as part of a symbolic gesture to the god for peace, health and prosperity.
People will gather in the streets alongside the parade to show gratitude to the animal and pray for a good harvest in the coming year, according to the People’s Daily newspaper.
Some have criticised the parade however, with people last year claiming online that the parade mistreats the dog by tying a chain around the animal’s neck.
Others have compared it to the Yulin Dog Meat Festival, where thousands of dogs are slaughtered at the event which was founded by traders in 2010 hoping to boost sales.
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It's reported a highly academic Christian teenager has been killed in his classroom in Pakistan.
Sharoon Masih from the Vehari District in the Punjab is said to have suffered years of institutional peer bullying and discrimination because of his faith.
Coming from a poor background, his parents saved up to pay for his education at MC Model Boys Government High School Burewala and District Vehari.
The only Christian in his class, Sharoon was regularly called derogatory names and threatened.
He died in the classroom after reportedly being attacked by a mob.
The school's head teacher has since been dismissed, and the prime suspect has been arrested.
Speaking to the British Paskistani Christian Association (BPCA), his mother Razia Bibi, said: "My son was a kind-hearted, hard-working and affable boy. He has always been loved by teachers and pupils alike and shared great sorrow that he was being targeted by students at his new school because of his faith.
"Sharoon and I cried every night as he described the daily torture he was subjected to. He only told me about the abuse and violence he was facing. He did not want to upset his father because he had such a caring heart for others."
"This killing of a young Christian teenager at school, serves only to remind us that hatred towards non-Muslims is bred into the majority population at a young age, through cultural norms and a biased national curriculum.
"This young family will have to cope with the immense emotional pain of a totally avoidable incident. It is a poor indictment of MC Model Boys Government High School that a Christian could be targeted in this fashion.
"However by no means is such treatment an anomaly - it is an expectation that Christians will face abuse and violence during the years in the educational system."
Princess Mako of Japan don announce say she wan marry person outside di royal family, after di Emperor give am green light.
Dis announcement na di first step for wetin go be one long engagement, before marriage and e go also mean say Princess Mako go lose her royal title and di better things wey royals dem dey enjoy for Japan.
One law for Japan wey dey give people headache no allow women for di royal family keep dia title if dem marry outside di royal family. But di men for di royal family fit marry woman wey no belong, and still keep their title.
For press conference, Princess Mako say di first thing wey make am fall for Kei Komuro, na di way im dey smile wey be like sun.
''Since I be pickin, na di time I don know say I no go get royal title when I marry," na wetin she talk.
''While I don work to help di Emperor and I do di work wey person from royal family suppose do well-well, e dey sweet me to do wetin l want do with my own life.''
Dis official announcement na di work of di Japan Imperial Household, after media for Japan don carry dis engagement tori since May 2017.
Kei Komuro na 25 years old, and dis fiancé of Princess Mako, dey work for law chamber.
Di couple first meet for university five years ago.
For di press conference, Komuro talk say Princess Mako na like person wey perch for corner dey give am attention, like moon.
Princess Mako sef na 25 years for age, and she be di eldest pickin of Prince Fumihito, wey dey go by di official title Prince Akishino.
She dey study for doctorate degree for university and she dey work for museum as researcher.
Na since July dis announcement suppose comot, but after one rain disaster hit western Japan, dem postpone am.
Di wedding suppose happen next year, dis na according to NHK, wey be di national public broadcaster for Japan.
North Korea conducted its sixth nuclear test on 3 September 2017, according to Japanese and South Korean officials. The Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs also concluded that North Korea conducted a nuclear test. The United States Geological Survey reported an earthquake of 6.3-magnitude not far from North Korea's Punggye-ri nuclear test site.
North Korea claimed that it detonated a hydrogen bomb that can be loaded onto an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) with great destructive power.
Photos of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un inspecting a device resembling a thermonuclear weapon warhead were released a few hours before the test.
According to estimates of Kim Young-Woo, the chief of the South Korean parliament's defense committee, the nuclear yield was equivalent to about 100 kilotons of TNT (100 kt). "The North's latest test is estimated to have a yield of up to 100 kilotons, though it is a provisional report," Kim Young-Woo told Yonhap News Agency.
Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona disparaged President Donald Trump’s promise to erect a physical border wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, arguing “nobody ought to support” the idea.
“Obviously all of us believe in border security. It depends what he means by the wall and we still really haven’t seen what he means by the wall,” Flake said on CNN’s State of the Union. “If that’s a metaphor for border security we can support that but if he’s talking about a solitary, brick and mortar two thousand mile edifice on the border, then no, nobody ought to support that.”
Immigration has played a key role in Trump’s recent attacks on Flake. Trump has repeatedly called the Arizona conservative “weak” on border security and has expressed public support for his primary challenger Dr. Kelli Ward.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Sunday she would seek an end to Turkey's membership talks with the European Union in an apparent shift of her position during a televised debate weeks before a German election.
"The fact is clear that Turkey should not become a member of the EU," Merkel said in the debate with her Social Democrat (SPD) challenger Martin Schulz.
Erdogan urges Turks in Germany to vote against Angela Merkel
"I'll speak to my [EU] colleagues to see if we can reach a joint position on this so that we can end these accession talks," Merkel added.
The comments are likely to worsen already strained ties between the two NATO allies that have deepened since Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's crackdown on opponents in the aftermath of a failed coup attempt in July of last year.
There was no immediate reaction from Turkey which is in the midst of a national religious holiday.
How disgustingly islamophobic Mama Merkel! How could you reject such a wonderful, progressive and superior culture. Just wait a few years and all those lovely turkish people that already enrich your inferior and infidel country will teach you your place, so go ahead and invite some more I hear they are quite fond of Mr. Erdogan in your country, so well integrated aren't they?