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  • A Texas minister set himself on fire and died to ‘inspire’ justice

    06/28/2015 3:20:51 PM PDT · by Salman · 42 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | July 16, 2014 | Lindsey Bever
    One Monday in June, 79-year-old Charles Moore, a retired United Methodist minister, drove to Grand Saline, Tex., his childhood home town some 70 miles east of Dallas. He pulled into a strip mall parking lot, knelt down on a small piece of foam and doused himself with gasoline. Then, witnesses said, he set himself on fire. ... The Tyler Morning Telegraph obtained a copy of the suicide note from Grand Saline police. In it, Moore lamented past racism in Grand Saline and beyond. He called on the community to repent and said he was “giving my body to be burned,...
  • Agriculture poses immense threat to environment, German study says

    04/12/2015 12:37:01 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 22 replies
    EurActiv ^ | 04/10/2015 – 08:12 | Nicole Sagener
    Conventional agriculture is causing enormous environmental damage in Germany, warns a study by the country’s Federal Environment Agency, saying a transition to organic farming and stricter regulation is urgently needed. EurActiv Germany reports. Spanning over 50% of the country, agriculture takes up by far the biggest amount of land in the country, and is one of its most important economic sectors. But intensive farming still harms the environment to an alarming extent, according to a study conducted by the Federal Environment Agency (UBA). The use of pesticides and fertilizers, as well as intensive animal husbandry, have a negative impact on...
  • Man sets himself on fire outside Israeli embassy (Berlin, Germany)

    07/22/2014 4:41:22 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 37 replies ^ | 22 Jul 2014 14:39 GMT+02:00
    A man set himself on fire outside the Israeli embassy in Berlin on Monday night. Police said it was too soon to say whether it was part of a political protest. Amid tensions in Berlin over pro-Gaza protests and a rise in anti-Semitism, the 46-year-old doused himself in a flammable liquid and then set himself alight with a cigarette lighter at 11.45pm on Monday. Police said the man, who is of Arab descent, only suffered minor injuries outside the Israeli embassy in south-west Berlin. …
  • Monk sets himself on fire in northwest China

    03/16/2014 10:47:50 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar 16, 2014 5:30 AM EDT
    A monk set himself on fire Sunday in an ethnic Tibetan area of northwest China, the country’s official news agency reported. […] Qinghai neighbors Tibet. More than 100 people have self-immolated in Tibetan areas since 2009 to protest Chinese restrictions on Buddhism and denigration of the Tibetans’ spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, who lives in India. …
  • Is The Establishment GOP Preparing For War With The Tea Party?

    10/23/2013 8:12:14 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 45 replies
    Noodle Pundit ^ | October 23, 2013 | Matt Vespa
    Hot Air’s Allahpundit and Erika Johnsen have both documented a growing movement to boot Tea Party members of Congress over the next two election cycles. It seems that the business community is behind this conspiracy; horrified over the fact that a rather significant proportion of Republicans in Washington were willing to roll the dice on default. In the aftermath of the government shutdown, which was highly enjoyable, the Republican establishment is striking back – and one of their targets in the Senate is Mike Lee. [In Utah,] prominent Republicans and local business executives are openly discussing the possibility of mounting...
  • Report: Member of Iran minority sets self on fire

    07/28/2013 6:05:36 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 28, 2013 3:25 AM EDT
    An Iranian semi-official news agency is reporting that a member of a small religious minority set himself on fire next to the country’s parliament building. ISNA’s late Saturday report says the man, a member of the Ahl Al-Haq, suddenly poured a bottle of fuel on his body and lit it. It said he was taken to hospital. …
  • China tightens controls to deter self-immolations

    12/27/2012 1:57:23 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 27, 2012 3:54 AM EST
    Chinese authorities are tightening controls in an ethnic Tibetan region where at least 10 people have set themselves on fire last month to protest Chinese rule. … China has blamed the Dalai Lama for the spate of self-immolations. …
  • Israeli in new self-immolation protest

    07/22/2012 9:46:14 PM PDT · by BlackVeil · 2 replies
    BBC News ^ | 22 July 2012
    A disabled Israeli war veteran is said to be in a serious condition after setting himself on fire at a bus stop near Tel Aviv. The man was in dispute with officials in charge of rehabilitating veterans, according to a veterans' group. Sunday's case came hours before the funeral of Moshe Silman, who died a week after setting himself on a fire at a protest against inequality. More than 1,000 people took part in vigils for Mr Silman on Saturday. ...
  • Protester's Self-Immolation Sparks New Social Justice Rallies

    07/16/2012 2:42:59 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 9 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 16/7/12 | Elad Benari
    About 2,000 people arrived on Sunday evening at the government complex in Tel Aviv to demonstrate against public housing conditions in Israel. During the protest, the demonstrators tried to block major traffic arteries. At the same time, there were also demonstrations in Jerusalem, Haifa and Be’er Sheva. Five protesters were arrested during the demonstration in Jerusalem after they tried to block a street. The latest protests came following Saturday night’s self-immolation of Moshe Silman, a social justice protester who set himself ablaze during a rally in Tel Aviv, blaming government officials for his troubles. Prior to lighting the match, the...
  • Chinese man sets himself on fire in Tiananmen Square(but state media in silence)

    11/17/2011 2:42:01 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 5 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 11/16/11 | Peter Foster
    Chinese man sets himself on fire in Tiananmen Square A Chinese man set himself on fire in Beijing's Tiananmen Square in what is thought to be the first act of self-immolation at the scene of the 1989 pro-democracy protests for more than a decade. By Peter Foster, Beijing 10:30AM GMT 16 Nov 2011 The incident - which happened on October 21 - appeared nowhere in China's censored state media, but was also witnessed by a Daily Telegraph reader who photographed the aftermath as Chinese police rushed to douse the flames using fire extinguishers. "The man did it right in front...
  • Tibetan Buddhist monk burns himself to death in China

    03/17/2011 1:34:12 AM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 9 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 3/16/2011
    A Tibetan Buddhist monk burned himself to death in western China on Wednesday, triggering a street protest against government controls on the restive region, a group campaigning for Tibetan self-rule said. The self-immolation appeared to be a small repeat of protests that gripped Tibetan areas of China in March 2008, when Buddhist monks and other Tibetan people loyal to the exiled Dalai Lama, their traditional religious leader, confronted police and troops. The 21-year-old, named Phuntsog, was a monk in Aba, a mainly ethnic Tibetan part of Sichuan province that erupted in defiance against Chinese control three years ago. The monk...
  • The American Self Immolation, Truly a Sight to See

    04/23/2010 1:43:52 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 24 replies · 1,134+ views
    PRAVDA ^ | 10/19/2009 | Stanislav Mishin
    As my readers know, I am a fan of economics and of history, as well as politics, a combination that forms some very interesting cycles to research, discuss and argue on. None is so interesting than the death of great nations, for here there is always the self destruction that comes before the final breakups and invasions. As they say: Rome did not fall to the barbarians, all they did was kick in the rotting gates. It can be safely said, that the last time a great nation destroyed itself through its own hubris and economic folly was the early...
  • Taliban Commander Shot Dead in Pakistan

    06/23/2009 5:16:08 AM PDT · by Pistolshot · 6 replies · 349+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Tuesday, June 23, 2009 | AP
    ISLAMABAD — A Taliban faction leader who criticized the militant group's Pakistani head over attacks that killed civilians was fatally shot Tuesday, reportedly by one of his own guards. The attack on Qari Zainuddin appeared to be a sign that divisions within the Taliban have broken into the open as they come under military assault. The army is clearing out militants from the Swat Valley and has been pounding strongholds of Pakistani Taliban leader Baitullah Mehsud in the South Waziristan tribal region bordering Afghanistan in apparent preparation for a major offensive. Zainuddin was gunned down in nearby town of Dera...
  • Afghanistan: Self-immolation on the rise among women

    09/11/2008 7:55:53 AM PDT · by forkinsocket · 7 replies · 84+ views
    AKI ^ | 10 Sept. 2008 | Staff
    Sarah, 20, set herself ablaze in a desperate bid to end her life after four years of marriage to a drug addict in Sheendand District in western Afghanistan. Her family extinguished the fire and took her to the hospital. "I was sad when I opened my eyes in the hospital," the severely burnt woman told IRIN. Sarah's husband is a jobless drug addict who often beat her for alleged "insubordination". "I wanted to die and never come back to this life," she told IRIN from her bed in the Herat city hospital. Doctors said up to 40 percent of her...
  • India fears a macabre turn to protests as China ‘foils terror plot'(self-immolation by Tibetans)

    04/10/2008 10:23:08 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 13 replies · 108+ views
    Times of London ^ | 04/11/08 | Rhys Blakely and Jane Macartney
    April 11, 2008 India fears a macabre turn to protests as China ‘foils terror plot’ Indian police say that they are ready for the possibility that Tibetans will set themselves on fire in front of world’s media Rhys Blakely and Jane Macartney Thousands of anti-Chinese demonstrators took to the streets of Delhi yesterday, foreshadowing the reception the Olympic torch is likely to receive when it reaches India next week. Demonstrators carried placards accusing China of cultural genocide in Tibet, and 154 shrouded effigies, which they said represented compatriots killed in a crackdown in Lhasa, the Tibetan capital. Chinese authorities claim...
  • Man sets self on fire outside Ahmadinejad's office in Iran capital

    05/09/2007 7:33:16 AM PDT · by freedom44 · 21 replies · 746+ views
    Iran Focus ^ | 5/10/07 | Iran Focus
    Tehran, Iran, May 09 – A young man set himself on fire outside Iran’s Presidential Offices, the press office of Tehran’s Medical Emergency Centre said on Tuesday. The incident occurred at 14:11 on Sunday outside the public relations headquarters of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the centre said. The man, who was not identified by name, was immediately rushed to a burns unit of a local Tehran hospital by ambulance. He has suffered 80 percent burns and is in critical condition. Suicide among youths in Iran has reached an alarming rate in recent years. Many young people with no hope of...
  • Will FR embrace socialism to make way for Rudy Giuliani as a Republican presidential candidate?

    04/21/2007 6:42:25 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 18,464 replies · 540,699+ views
    vanity | April 21, 2007 | Jim Robinson
    We've got some real challenges facing us. FR was established to fight against government corruption, overstepping, and abuse and to fight for a return to the limited constitutional government as envisioned and set forth by our founding fathers in the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution and other founding documents. One of the biggest cases of government corruption, overstepping and abuse that I know of is its disgraceful headlong slide into a socialist hell. Our founders never intended for abortion to be the law of the land. And they never intended the Supreme Court to be a legislative body. They...
  • Protester Burns in Christmas Inferno

    12/27/2006 1:32:38 AM PST · by beaversmom · 28 replies · 908+ views ^ | December 25, 2006 | Michael Medved
    Americans celebrate Christmas in many different ways but in Bakersfield, California, an apparent secular fanatic observed the holiday by dousing himself with flammable liquid and setting himself ablaze. According to press reports, he meant to show his passionate objection to Thursday night’s decision by the Kern High School Board of Trustees to change the name of the winter break to “Christmas vacation” and the spring break to “Easter Vacation.” The protester (the headline proclaimed, “Name Change Sparks Protest”) first set fire to a Christmas tree and several flags, then lit himself to express his displeasure at the Board’s decision. Fire...
  • Man Burns Marine Van After GI Son's Death

    08/25/2004 2:53:39 PM PDT · by ambrose · 97 replies · 2,929+ views
    AP ^ | 8-25-04
    Posted on Wed, Aug. 25, 2004 Man Burns Marine Van After GI Son's Death Associated Press HOLLYWOOD, Fla. - A man set fire to a Marine Corps van and suffered severe burns Wednesday after he was told his Marine son had been killed in Iraq, police said. Marines went to the house in Hollywood to tell the parents of a 20-year-old private first class that their son died Tuesday in Najaf, police said in a statement. The man, whose name was not immediately released, then walked out of the house with a torch and what appeared to be a container...
  • Even With Equality, Afghan Still Must Escape

    03/13/2004 5:07:21 PM PST · by blam · 2 replies · 116+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 3-14-2004 | Hamida Ghafour
    Even with equality, Afghan women still must escape By Hamida Ghafour in Herat (Filed: 14/03/2004) Lalbibi was lying on a rusty bed in the hallway of the Herat hospital, the flies fighting for control of the woollen blanket her mother had pulled over her face to hide the streaks of red and white burn marks. Two weeks earlier, Lalbibi had poured half a can of paraffin on her body and lit a match. "She did this to herself because of family problems," explained her mother, Khomari, as she tried to stroke Lalbibi's forehead. "I think that she did it because...
  • Teenage boy seriously injured after imitating movie (yet another 'Jackass' stunt gone wrong)

    04/18/2003 12:41:28 PM PDT · by mhking · 44 replies · 5,672+ views
    <p>ST. PAUL - A Hastings boy is recovering from third-degree burns on 65 percent of his body after setting himself on fire to imitate stunts from "Jackass: The Movie."</p> <p>"He is going to live," his mother told the St. Paul Pioneer Press. "He was on life support for about six days. He will be in the hospital a minimum of two months. He has already had three major surgeries, and I don't know how many more he'll have."</p>
  • Five Iranian Girls burn themselves as sign of political protest

    02/23/2003 9:17:26 AM PST · by freedom44 · 34 replies · 328+ views
    Iranmania ^ | 2/23/03 | Iranmania
    TEHRAN, Feb 23 (AFP) - Five Iranian girls from different villages around the southern city of Shiraz burned themselves to death last week because their families refused to let them work, the conservative daily Jomhoury-e-Eslami reported on Sunday. All the girls, aged between 14 and 23, died in hospital after setting themselves alight, the paper said, quoting a social worker as saying they were suffering from cultural and economic deprivation. Iranian women in the smaller towns and villages where age-old social and religious customs are stronger enjoy less freedom than those in the larger cities. Half the population is aged...