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False rape: the Scottsboro Boys become the model for UVA and campus crimes against men

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In this April 7, 1933 file photo, Ruby Bates sits in the witness stand in a courtroom in Decatur, Ala. Saying that Dr. Harry Emerson Fosdick had urged her to tell the truth, Bates denied that the nine black teenagers, known as the Scottsboro Boys, had assaulted her and her companion Victoria Price.

 

Remember the Scottsbroro Boys? They were the nine Afro-American men tried and jailed for the rape of two white women in 1930s Alabama. The men – all of them – were innocent.

The State made the people fit the cime.

Today, so-called lad culture is being used to portray men on the street and on university campuses as rapists-in-waiting. We live in more equal age: whites and black men are all as guilty.

Professor Dan Carter first published his book on the Scottsboro Boys trials as long ago as 1969. He wrote:

“One day in the spring of 1931 a group of hobos, black and white, were travelling on a train in north Alabama. A fight broke out and the train had to be stopped near the town of Scottsboro. Nine young black men – the youngest was 13 – were arrested.

“But then the Deputy Sheriff realised two of the white hobos were in fact women. The young women worried they might be accused of prostitution, so they accused the black boys of having raped them.

“I think anyone today who studied the evidence would conclude no rapes occurred. In any case, what happened after March 1931 took on an astonishing life of its own. What happened on the train was just a part of the story.”

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Posted: 10th, December 2014 | In: Key Posts, News | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Shrien Dewani is innocent: but worse than that he’s ‘gay’

dewani Shrien Dewani is innocent: but worse than that hes gay

 

When lawyers for Shrien Dewani slapepd his bisexuality on the table in a South African court they quashed the entertainment and the case against their client. Not gay, Shrien could still fancy his murdered wife Anni Dewani.  We would not have his sexuality exposed by cros-examination and with get to know the ‘secret’ that allegedly drove him to fund a murder.

Writing in the Times Sathnam Sanghera looks at the sex:

As for coming out as gay when you’re Asian: I cannot even fathom the stress that might be involved. Indian society, even in Britain, is still struggling to get used to the notion of people marrying spouses of their own choosing, let alone same-sex partners. Indeed, not only is homophobia a fact of life in many Asian communities, but I have heard it claimed that homosexuality doesn’t even exist in Indian culture.

It doesn’t surprise me that Shrien Dewani kept his bisexuality hidden from his family — until he was facing a murder charge. By outing himself on the first day of his trial in South Africa, he pre-empted the prosecution’s case that he murdered because he felt trapped in his marriage…

Of the ten or so gay British Asians I know, all of them successful professionals, only one is fully “out”. Most have only come out to select trusted relatives or remain firmly in the closet. One of my oldest friends recently came out to his relatively liberal mother at the age of 39. She responded: “So what? It does not mean you cannot marry someone anyway, hunna?” He’ll be at a gay club on a Saturday night and on Sunday afternoon will be sitting in the living room at his parents’ home being introduced to yet another prospective bride over tea.

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Posted: 10th, December 2014 | In: News | Comment (1) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


The Ugly Girls Club is out of your league, lads

ugly girls club The Ugly Girls Club is out of your league, lads

 

Have you see the Ugly Girls’ Club? Members convene at the Royal Holloway’s feminist society.

Natasha Barrett, president of the society and a second-year English Literature student, said:

“It started very small, as a joke between society members that was a bit tongue-in cheek.” With hundreds of selfies posted on Twitter in under two weeks and 4,000 Facebook fans, the campaign is blossoming into more than they could ever have imagined.

“We’ve had a lot of support from Exeter University and their feminist society there. They showed a massive amount of enthusiasm for it and we realised we should get in touch with more feminist societies. It’s becoming the case that there aren’t very many university feminist societies left that we haven’t heard from. We’ve had support from America, Canada and Australia as well. It’s really cool – even people from Oklahoma!”

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Posted: 9th, December 2014 | In: News | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Rape Fantasises and Rolling Stone: sticking to the narrative in place of facts and truth

saborollingstone 443x600 Rape Fantasises and Rolling Stone: sticking to the narrative in place of facts and truth

 

Sabrina Rubin Erdely’s story on gang rape at the University of Virginia was all about the narrative. She looked for a tale that would fit her agenda. Even when JAckie asked for it to be pulled, Rolling Stone and the writer oushed it through. Not need for facts, proof nor a right to reply from the men accasued of rape.

Glen Reynolds:

The story was quickly picked up nationally. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., cited it as a reason to pass federal legislation on campus sexual assault. People who questioned the story were accused of sexism. And University of Virginia President Teresa Sullivan suspended the entire Greek system — not just the fraternity in question — in response. The U.Va. campus was rocked by protest, the fraternity house was vandalized, people were arrested, and U.Va. faculty members even staged their own protest.

The above image is by artist Sabo, who wants us to look again at Lena Dunham, UVA and Bill Clinton in fake Rolling Stone Covers:

In an email, Sabo told The Hollywood Reporter: “Remember (Dunham) accused a Republican of raping her in college, and that story is falling apart. Then you have the politics of Hollywood with her, Cosby, the Rolling Stone article that is being detracted. Last but not least, our beloved Bubba Clinton’s blast from the past and the double standard of why Rolling Stone didn’t run with his rape allegations but they ran with the UVA false story.”

Natasha Vargas-Cooper nailes it:

Here’s something that’s also sort of “unfair:” not talking to seven unconvicted, alleged criminals about their involvement in a purported horrendous crime! It is not rude, shaming, or belittling to seek quotes from alleged rapists. Actually, it is what a responsible journalist does, even when it makes said journalist’s source uneasy. And if making a source uneasy makes a journalist uneasy, it’s time for the journalist in question to find another profession.

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Posted: 9th, December 2014 | In: News | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Trees get email in Melbourne

Can you hear the trees talking? No. Maybe you should try writing to them. It turns out that trees love to email:

SOME might think they are barking mad, but sappy Melburnians have started emailing trees.

And sometimes they reply.

In what is believed to be a world first, Melbourne City Council says all of its 70,000 trees can be contacted and wants more people to join the “correspondence program” set up to connect people with the green environment.

So far, emails seen by the Herald Sun include conversations about moving overseas, Melbourne’s weather and even the Brownlow.

One emailer told a tree: “I am stuck inside and am so jealous of you soaking up the sun. You seem to be having a ball out there.”

The Chinese elm replied: “Sorry that you are stuck inside. I am really enjoying stretching my stomata and giving my chloroplasts a good workout. I spent the weekend well hydrated and preparing for the summer ahead.”

No word from the Christmas trees yet…

 

Posted: 9th, December 2014 | In: Global Warming, News | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Daily Mail advertises for Portuguese builders

The Daily Mail has news:

Screen shot 2014 12 09 at 09.56.27 Daily Mail advertises for Portuguese builders

If you didn’t know better, you’d be excused for thinking the Mail was illustrating why immigration works.

As for builders, well…

Posted: 9th, December 2014 | In: News | Comment (1) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Peta says drinking dairy is like being gangbanged by a bull

peta  Peta says drinking dairy is like being gangbanged by a bull

 

What do People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) have against women?

Peta thought it an idea to slap up a billbaord poster of a woman with a dairy bukake facial by Notts County Football Club.
bad for you billboard peta Peta says drinking dairy is like being gangbanged by a bull

 

The slogan told locals “some bodily fluids are bad for you – Don’t Swallow. Ditch Dairy”. Peta calls the add “cheeky”.

PETA Director Mimi Bekhechi said:

“The billboard was a cheeky way to alert passers-by to the dangers of drinking cows’ milk.”

But milking the bull can be far more hazardous…

bad for you billboard close up Peta says drinking dairy is like being gangbanged by a bull

 

 

Posted: 9th, December 2014 | In: News | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Madeleine McCann: Robert Murat, looking for ‘inconsistencies’ and Amaral

Madeleine McCann: A look at the missing child in the news.

BBC: “Madeleine McCann: British police to observe questioning in Portugal”

British police investigating Madeleine McCann’s disappearance in 2007 have arrived in Portugal to observe the questioning of 11 people. It is the biggest number called in for questioning since the Met’s Operation Grange began in 2011.

Who are the 11?

Among those being interviewed – although not as suspects – are Robert Murat and his wife.

He’s innocent. All 11 are innocent. The febrile reporting that would have portrayed all as “suspects” is now surely passed.

BBC correspondent Christian Fraser said they would be looking for “inconsistencies” with any answers given seven years ago.

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Posted: 9th, December 2014 | In: Madeleine McCann, News | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


The UVA rape story is being used to beat and abuse white men

Judith Levine on the culture of using racism and bigotry to attack anyone who seeks evidence of a rape:

Just before Thanksgiving, Richard Bradley sensed something was wrong with the story inR olling Stone of a gang rape at a University of Virginia fraternity. On his blog, Bradley, editor-in-chief of Worth magazine, suggested some possible consequential omissions in Sabrina Rubin Erdely’s reporting. Why, for instance, was there no response—or even a “no comment”—from any of the alleged offenders?…

Bradley’s questions unsettled Reason staff editor Robby Soave, who had until then taken Erdely’s narrative at face value. Soave followed up. His headline was hyperbolic: “Is the UVA Rape Story a Gigantic Hoax?” But the piece was a straightforward skeptical inquiry, which, after all, is Reason’s raison d’être.

This did not go over well in certain feminist circles.  It didn’t help that the two skeptics were men.

On Jezebel, Anna Merlan expressed her opinion with characteristic Jezebelian eloquence:“‘Is the UVA Rape Story a Gigantic Hoax?’ Asks Idiot” And typically, readers chimed in with gender-baiting:

“But never mind Erdely’s months of work. Two guys who have no idea what they’re talking about don’t believe it. Case closed.”

Newsflash: Most libertarians are misogynist/racist white men.”

“What an asshole.”

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Posted: 8th, December 2014 | In: News | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Shrien Dewani fights to clear his name

 

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Ami Denborg, left, and her brother Anish Hindocha, right, react after the court case that acquitted their sister’s former husband Shrien Dwani from murdering her at the high court in Cape Town, South Africa, Monday, Dec. 8, 2014. 

 

Shrien Dewani is free. He did not have a part in the killing of his wife, Anni Dewani.

In a South African court, Dewani’s lawyer said Pieter Engelbrecht, the policeman responsible, was “miles away from being an objective witness”.

The Times reports:

The lead policeman in the case, Captain Paul Hendrickse, left the court in tears.

Shrien Dewani must now fight to clear his name and reputation.

Such are the facts…

Posted: 8th, December 2014 | In: News | Comments (2) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Westminster paedophiles: Exaro News and the spectre of Joseph McCarthy

Westminster paedophiles: Anorak’s look at the allegations that politicians abused children in the 1970s and 1980s.

Exaro News has been tweeting:

Do not fall for smears against Exaro re CSA [child sexual abuse] survivors. We cannot discuss the arrangements that we make to ensure their safety and security.

BTW the smears are coming from paedophiles as well as spooks. But some are one and the same. But they all know that the tide has turned.

For the first time we are blocking some paedophiles and paedo-apologists who have engaged in extreme trolling to upset abuse survivors.

… Not worth naming them. We do not want to give them publicity.

 

Screen shot 2014 12 08 at 17.20.36 Westminster paedophiles: Exaro News and the spectre of Joseph McCarthy

 

Wow. The dead are being buried in their own filth without charge, trial or conviction, and now the living are being attcked. But who are they?

Richard Barthlomew notes:

Over the past few months, Exaro News has made a name for itself with a series of inter-related stories about an alleged paedophile ring involving senior politicians that supposedly operated with the collusion of the security services in the 1970s and 1980s. But in the above, the website has shifted – in an extraordinary casual and off-hand way – from investigating historic claims to making inflammatory accusations about people operating on Twitter today.

Exaro‘s most sensational claim appeared last month: that a survivor, named as “Nick”, had witnessed a then-serving Conservative Party MP “strangle a boy to death during a sexual assault” at an “abuse party”. Nick also claims  that a second boy was murdered by two unknown men in front of “a former Conservative cabinet minister” at a different event, and that a third boy had been “deliberately [run] over and killed” by a member of the gang. The timeline, for some reason, is slightly confused: the first murder took place “around 1980″, and the second one “between a year and 18 months” later; but the third – which Nick “took to be a warning” – is curiously dated to “the summer of 1979″.

Since November’s publication, I’ve seen several people on Twitter express scepticism about the story or raise misgivings about how Exaro and Nick are interacting with the police. I also note that one critic (involved with the contrarian “Spiked” group) is on record as having described Stuart Hall’s crimes as being “low-level”, and I can see how this might provoke a hostile “paedo-apologist” accusation. Further, there is one (anonymous) Twitter user who is approaching the issue in a way that is unpleasant and goading. But where’s the evidence of paedophiles “smearing” Exaro News on Twitter (or elsewhere)? And where’s the evidence of the remarkable claim that they are also “spooks”?

The published allegations about a “Conservative cabinet minister” are vague, but specific enough to allow anyone so inclined to make a short list of suspects. Similarly, these Tweets are vague enough to avoid proper scrutiny, but just specific enough to cast a shadow over anyone with reasonable and good-faith reservations about aspects of Exaro‘s approach.

That’s the effect. But as someone who supports “new media” and “citizen journalist” investigations into matters of public interest, I really hope it wasn’t the intention.

(Amended)

UPDATE: By way of a footnote, I would also like to note a couple of other recentExaro Tweets that have caught my eye and set off alarm-bells: (1) an RT of a Tweet by another person responding to news that the site has been short-listed for a journalism award:

I should think the only people that won’t vote for you are paedophiles & the ‘cover uppers’!

Perhaps this was meant as a joke rather than as a serious proposition, but even if so it remains very ill-advised for Exaro to appear to endorse the sentiment.

And (2), an attack on Chris French for writing in the Guardian about false claims of Satanic Ritual Abuse:

…He is, in total ignorance, casting doubt on Nick-type victims. SRA is a red herring icw Midland

TheGuardianitself came under fire for publishing the piece after asking to speak to “Nick”.

I should perhaps make clear that this doesn’t mean that I think Exaro News should be dismissed out of hand – the case of Cyril Smith shows that a politician was able to get away with paedophilic abuse (although not, so far as we know, murder) in plain sight, and that the security services may have protected him (as others have suggested, perhaps in order to blackmail him).

Exaro also has testimony from ex-law enforcement officers that they were aware of “a significant paedophile group in Parliament” who were allegedly “untouchable”; these two (unnamed) officers apparently also claim to have been “aware that boys were being killed”, although no details are given as to what is meant by “aware” (saw bodies? heard rumours?). Obviously, that needs looking into.

One thing we’ve learnt over the past 12 years, following the first media revelations about historic sex abuse within the Roman Catholic Church in 2002, is that institutions have again and again facilitated the abuse of children, in some cases because of child protection failures and in others due to collusion. There is naturally widespread goodwill towards those who are investigating the issue, and anger against the thought of all those who escaped justice because they enjoyed positions of authority and trust.

But the spectre of Joseph McCarthy should remind us that it not good for any campaigning group or individual to be above criticism.

Sceptisism is healthy…

Posted: 8th, December 2014 | In: News | Comment (1) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Rolling Stone’s UVA debacle has traces of Satanic Panic

Margaret Talbot has a view on the Rolling Stone’s UVA rape story. She agrees with us: it’s the Satanic Panic all over again:

More than a decade ago, I wrote about the McMartin preschool case, and other satanic ritual child abuse accusations that turned out to be false. Back then, the slogan many supporters of the accusations brandished was, “Believe the Children.” It was an antidote to skepticism about real claims of child abuse, just as today, “Believe the Victims” is a reaction to a long history of callous oversight of rape accusations. “Believe the Victims” makes sense as a starting presumption, but a presumption of belief should never preclude questions. It’s not wrong or disrespectful for reporters to ask for corroboration, or for editors to insist on it. Truth-seeking won’t undermine efforts to prevent campus sexual assault and protect its victims; it should make them stronger and more effective.

Sceptism is healthy…

Posted: 8th, December 2014 | In: News | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Eleanor de Freitas and Alexander Economou is a tale of victims and causes

Alexander Economou, 35, was accused or raping Eleanor de Freitas, 23. He was innocent. But the police and State would not let the matter drop.

Hugh Muir wrote of “her attacker”. That was later changed to her “alleged attcker”.

He adds:

This summer we learned that the number of successful rape prosecutions had dropped after five successive years of increases. In 2007-08, 58% of cases brought to trial were successfully convicted. By 2011-12, that figure had risen to 63%. Since then, it has declined to 60. The number of cases referred to the CPS by the police also fell in 2012-13 despite the number of rapes being reported rising by 30%.

But Mr Economou is innocent. Using this case to make a wider point misses that point. It is based on the idea that rape is ‘fate worse than death’. It is heinius crime. But so is going to prison for a crime you did not commit.

The police are central to the febrile climate, where sex crimes are the worst crimes. Having ignored rape victims and mishandled cases, the police are scrambling for clarity of vision. This mean they miss the full picture. Healthy sceptisism sees you labelled as a rape apologist.

Sex has been recast as a risky affair.

Zerlina Maxwell tells the Washting Post: “We should believe, as a matter of default, what an accuser says.” No. Just as we should not belive as matter of fact what the defendant says. We need only to study the facts.

 

The Daily Express.

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Posted: 8th, December 2014 | In: News | Comment (1) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


You’ll never guess how Rose West has become ‘creepy’

2859681 Youll never guess how Rose West has become creepyFor those of you who quite fancied Rose West, the housewife sentenced to life imprisonment for the murder of 10 young women and girls, comes disappointing news. Her victims’ dismembered bodies were buried the the home she and her husband Fred West shared at 25 Cromwell Street, Gloucester, the so-called House of Horrors.

This disppointing news is that Rose West “has lost weight, stopped wearing glasses and grown a moustache and prisoners say she gives everyone the creeps”.

Where as before everyone used to pass the woman and comment on her grace, poise and girlish complexion. Rose by name…

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Posted: 8th, December 2014 | In: News | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


The New Republic becomes clickbait

We might not agree with  The New Republic, but we liked the fact it existed.

It’s dead now.

Franklin Foer, Leon Wieseltier, Paul Berman, Timothy Snyder and Michael Walzer resigned.

And the future looks poor:

New Republic owner Chris Hughes and newly installed CEO Guy Vidra announced Thursday they were repositioning the 100-year-old magazine to become a “vertically integrated digital media company.” They hired Gabriel Snyder, who previously ran Gawker and The Wire, and was most recently at Bloomberg Media, to be its new editor-in-chief.

There has been tension at the magazine since Vidra’s arrival over differing visions for the publication. Staffers saw management as overly focused on Web traffic at the expense of its legacy of narrative journalism and criticism.

The New Republic now seems unlikely to continue that legacy in any recognizable sense, since the majority of its longtime writers and editors have left, taking the magazine’s institutional memory with them.

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Posted: 7th, December 2014 | In: News | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Madeleine McCann: Roderick MacDonald, No Suspects And DCI Nicola Wall

Madeleine McCann: a look at reporting on the missing child in the news:

Get Hampshire reports: “Convicted Aldershot paedophile questioned over Madeleine McCann disappearance”

Roderick MacDonald, 77, was questioned by police in his prison cell as British officers try to uncover vital clues about who snatched Madeleine, aged three at the time of her disappearance, in 2007. MacDonald, said to have been in the Algarve when she vanished, was questioned about his alleged connection to a child sex gang operating in Portugal and linked to her disappearance.

How linked?

It is believed he was pressed on what he knew about a spate of burglaries which occurred in the Praia da Luz resort where Madeleine’s family were staying when she went missing. British detectives think the burglaries – believed to be carried out by a lone intruder between 2004 and 2010 – could be the key to finally solving what happened to her.

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Posted: 7th, December 2014 | In: Madeleine McCann, News | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Paris Rapes: ‘Because you are Jewish’

Frenh jewry is unfer attack:

Three unknown assailants invaded the home of a Jewish couple in the Paris suburb of Créteil on Monday, raped the 19-year-old woman, and robbed the home, saying it was “because you are Jewish,” local French media reported on Tuesday.

“The Jewish community is in shock over this,” a journalist who covered the story told The Algemeiner. Noting the concern about the case, he said, “When I posted the story on my social networks – they went crazy from reshares.”

Keep a bag packed – just in case it’s time to leave…

Esther, 36, works at a nearby kosher supermarket. Unlike Meghnagi, she says the incident has affected her view of the neighbourhood. “Créteil is not what it used to be,” she says. “I don’t feel safe here, especially early in the morning when we open for business, or when it gets dark.”

She says she has asked her husband to stop wearing his kippah (or yarmulke, a traditional Jewish skullcap) out in public and no longer sends her son out to buy bread at the corner.

Plus ca change:

Unfortunately, it appears that it is ‘open season’ on Jews in France following so many recent violent attacks against Jews and Jewish institutions going all the way back to the brutal torture and murder of Ilan Halimi,” European Jewish Congress President Dr. Moshe Kantor said in a statement about the attack, referring to the 2006 torture and murder of a Jewish phone salesman.

This will not end well…

 

Posted: 6th, December 2014 | In: News | Comments (2) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


How lad culture will save you from the UVA rape story

university va  How lad culture will save you from the UVA rape story

 

The story of a gang rape at University of Virginia fraternity has been all over the web. Only, Sabrina Rubin Erdely’s story in Rolling Stone magazine lacked one thing: fact. The rape story turned out to be a non-rape story. But many had sezied on it as a sign of horrors on university campuses.

None of the allged rapists were named. But there were clues. And no right to reply was given.

According to Phi Kappa Psi lawyer Ben Warthen, the frat apparently did not host a party on the night of Sept. 28, 2012, which is when Jackie said she was lured upstairs by her date, “Drew,” and gang raped by seven men. Jackie had said she met Drew because they were lifeguards together, but no member of the fraternity was employed by the university’s Aquatic Fitness Center during that time frame. Also, the Rolling Stone story implied that the rape was some kind of an initiation ritual, but pledging takes place during the spring semester, not the fall.

And…

Up until now, Jackie had been reluctant to reveal the name of the man who took her on the date. But this week, according to the Post, she told it to some of her friends—activists who had supported her since the alleged rape. The man whose name she gave belonged to a different fraternity, not Phi Kappa Psi. A Post reporter contacted him and he said he knew Jackie’s name but had never met her in person or taken her on a date. That’s a detail to pay attention to. He could be lying, of course, but that’s a pretty bold lie, not just to say he’d never dated her or taken her to a party but he’d never met her.

Megan McArdle:

I wrote last week about the explosive rape allegations against a University of Virginia fraternity in Rolling Stone. This morning I see that Richard Bradley, a former editor at George who had the unhappy distinction of having been taken in by Stephen Glass, is raising questions about the story and the reporting by the author, Sabrina Rubin Erdely.

I read Bradley’s article and thought, “well, if there are problems with Erdely’s story, it will probably come out eventually, because there’s enough detail that can be checked.” But there’s a corollary to that: If the Rolling Stone article’s allegations are true, there’s also enough detail to put at least a couple of people in jail, and possibly the whole group, even if Jackie (the victim) is reluctant to assist the investigation.

For starters, there are two people whom the university can surely identify right now. First is “Drew,” the boy who worked as a lifeguard at the university pool with her, invited her to the party, and handed her over to his brothers to be raped. There are about 80 brothers in this fraternity; the odds that more than one of them was an upperclassman lifeguard in 2012 seem pretty small, unless this happens to be the swim team frat.

Second is the kid who raped her with a beer bottle when he found himself unable to maintain an erection; she says she recognized him as a classmate from a small anthropology discussion group. The story strongly implies that the rape was an initiation ritual for the fraternity, and since fraternity rush takes place in the second half of freshman year at UVA, this boy was almost certainly a sophomore, or maybe an upperclassman who transferred in. At any rate, it’s very unlikely that there is more than one young man who was a new member of Phi Kappa Psi in 2012, and also a member of lower-level anthropology class. The university ought to be able to identify these two young men in a matter of a few hours.

But the university may well be able to identify everyone, because the story strongly suggests that an entire new class of Phi Kappa Psi brothers participated in a gang rape, either of Jackie or of the two other girls who she learned were also gang raped at the fraternity around the same time that she had been. As far as I can tell, Virginia has no statute of limitations on rape, which means the police should be aggressively investigating these sickening allegations. The university has a duty to its own community, and to the community at large, to do its utmost to identify as many rapists as possible, and help the police to bring them to justice.

The story was used to beat all men in the Greek system.

Ashe Schow:

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Posted: 6th, December 2014 | In: News | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Alois Brunner was Syria’s agent who trained Kurds in Turkey

Now that Alois Brunner is dead, we can learn all about him.

Syria secretly employed the world’s most wanted Nazi as an agent of terror to destabilise Turkey and rejected appeals by America and Germany to hand him over, declassified US files show. Damascus harboured Alois Brunner, the right-hand man of Adolf Eichmann, and kept him for advice on security and terror and so that it did not show weakness in the face of Israeli demands…

Secret US diplomatic and CIA documents have revealed how determined Damascus was to keep the man who directed the deportation of more than 100,000 Jews, almost all of whom died…

“Brunner is known to be protected in Syria by armed guards, presumably from the Syrian intelligence services,” William L Eagleton, the US ambassador to Damascus wrote to George Schultz, the US Secretary of state, in 1984.

“In the past, our source [in the West German embassy] added, Brunner has done work on behalf of the Syrian intelligence services in training Kurdish guerrillas who operate from Syria against Turkey.”

Brunner’s file ends with an erroneous report that he died in 1961 after opening a letter bomb. It was the year that Eichmann was put on trial after being captured by Mossad. Requests to Syria to provide Brunner as a witness were ignored, and evidence ended in August. In September, Brunner opened a letter bomb. He was not killed, and it appears that the Syrian authorities moved him from hospital to hospital to lose their CIA trackers. He disappeared until 1982 when Serge Klarsfeld,a Nazi hunter, contacted him in Damascus. The West Germans made another extradition appeal in 1984, only to be met with denials that he was in Syria.

He lived a long life:

When Efraim Zuroff, the chief Nazi hunter at the Simon Wiesenthal Center, was asked if Brunner could have lived to 98, he said: “People without a conscience live longer. No stress.”

Unless they’re caught…

Posted: 6th, December 2014 | In: News | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Kyron Horman says: let’s tie Terri Horman to a tree and beat her with sticks

PA 14116237 Kyron Horman says: lets tie Terri Horman to a tree and beat her with sticks

n this June 11, 2010 file photo, the family of missing 7-year-old Kyron Horman, from left, Tony Young, his mother Desiree Young, his stepmother Terri Horman and his father Kaine Horman stand together during a news conference, in Portland, Ore.

 

Kyron Horman – Anorak’s look at the story of the misssing Oregon child in the news. And the news is that police do not know what happened to Kyron Horman. They do not yet know if a crime befell him. The entire investigation is based on one thing: getting Kyron’s step-mother, Terri Mouton Horman, to tell them she did it. Only, she says she didn’t. And the local police’s ham-fisted attempts to entrap her and work with the media to force a confession have failed miserably.

If this case ever comes before a judge, you wonder how it has not already been prejudiced.

The hunt for Kyron Horman has battered freedom, not boosted it. The media-led public criminalisation of someone who hasn’t been convicted of a crime should give you goosebumps.

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Posted: 5th, December 2014 | In: Key Posts, News | Comments (17) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Tabloid Tropes: the Daily Star holds the front page for Big Brother

The Daily Star (prop. Richard Desmond) often leads with news of Big Brother, the show on Channel 5 (prop. R. Desmond).

Do the ownber’s business interests impace on the Star’s editorial policy? Of course not. It’s just that Big Brother (peop. R. Desmond) is such huge news is must be on the front page. These headlines appeared on the paper of record in 2014. We haven’t included the small front-page snippets, just the big splashes:

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Posted: 4th, December 2014 | In: Key Posts, News, TV & Radio | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Tabloid Tropes: The Daily Express cured Diabetes in 2014

The Daily Express spent a large part of 2014 talking about Diabetes. Well, when it wasn’t holding the front page for Dementia news and Madeleine McCann:

 

 

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Posted: 4th, December 2014 | In: News | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Tabloid Tropes: The Daily Express cured Alzheimer’s in 2014

The Daily Express spent a large part of 2014 talking about Dementia. The story never went anywhere, but then… do its readers know?

 

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Posted: 4th, December 2014 | In: Key Posts, News | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Galliano and Balotelli merely echo the free speaking anti-semites at the polite dinner table

John Galliano has appeared at the British Fashion Awards. Galliano has been away since he told Jews: “People like you ought to be dead. Your mothers, your forefathers would all be f***ing gassed. I love Hitler!”

Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli published a picture declaring the cartoon character Super Mario “jumps like a black man and grabs coins like a Jew”.

Wigan Athletic owner Dave Whelan says Jews “chase money more than anybody else” and a bit “like the English” (even the English Jews?).

Zionism is a term spat out to attack Jews.

Giles Coren comments:

It is the low quality of modern antisemitism. Perhaps it has to do with a 21st-century dumbing down caused by commercial television and the internet, but where are our Wagners? Our Nietzsches? Our GK Chestertons? While Balotelli merely “likes” someone else’s ancient stereotype, TS Eliot had the gumption to write beautiful modernist epics condemning civilisation’s corruption by the Jews. To have been so eloquently hated by such brilliant men was flattery indeed for the humble Hebrews of the 19th and 20th centuries.

So it is a sad day for Jews when gormless celebrities muttering about coins represent the summit of European antisemitic achievement. My grandparents fled here from a land where Jew-haters had the commitment and discipline to progress from pub rallies and badly spelt pamphlets in comical gothic script to mass international murder in less than 15 years. These piffling, inarticulate outbursts are an insult to their memory.

Anti-semitism is now a respectable position to hold.

The New Statesman asks the question:

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The Economist told its readers the Star of David is a barrier to American peace with Iran. (This cartoon was removed and apologised for.)

 

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We spotted LibDem operatives Madeleine Kirk and Jenny Tonge, and the lovely Labour MP Tam Dalyell who spoke of the Government being in thrall of a cabal of Jewish advisers“. 

Coren is right. Jews have seen worse. They used to keep a suitcase packed – just in case.

But be in no doubt that anti-Semitism is thriving.

Sainsbury’s, The Tricycle Theatre and The Edinburgh Fringe have all censored Jews. Europe and the enlightened’s ban on circumcision is a ban on being Jewish, enshrining anti-Semitism in law.

These are dangerous times to be a Jew…

 

Posted: 3rd, December 2014 | In: News | Comment (1) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0