U.S. After dining with a group of friend's at a Manhattan Persian restaurant on Feburary 16, Monna Sabouri went to send her friend money via Venmo. When Sabouri, 28, tried to send the payment, titled “Persian shinanaganz,” the app temporarily blocked her transaction. She received a message asking for an explanation of the payment, which was under review. As a U.S.-based money transfer service, Venmo is required to comply with sanctions levied by the Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control. Sabouri, who is Iranian-American, told Newsweek she had known that writing “Iran” on the app would prevent payments from immediately processing, but that having “Persian” flagged was upsetting. “Your identity needs to be flagged,” Sabouri told Newsweek. “It creates a dent in your heart.” On Thursday, Sabouri, along with Ayisha Irfan and Jon Mansoori, launched a petition on Islamic social and racial … [Read more...] about Venmo Flags Payments for ‘Persian’ Restaurants But Will Let Users Pay ‘Nazis’
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By Washington Post | PUBLISHED: March 24, 2019 at 7:30 am | UPDATED: March 24, 2019 at 7:38 am By Drew Harwell and Craig Timberg, (c) 2019, The Washington Post As most of the world condemned last week’s mass shooting in New Zealand, a contrary story line emerged on 8chan, the online message board where the alleged shooter had announced the attack and urged others to continue the slaughter. “who should i kill?” one anonymous poster wrote. “I have never been this happy,” wrote another. “I am ready. I want to fight.” To experts in online extremism, the performance echoed another brand of terrorism – that carried out by Islamic militants who have long used the Web to mobilize followers and incite violence. Their tone, tactics and propaganda were eerily similar. The biggest difference was their ambitions: a white-supremacist uprising, instead of a Muslim caliphate. As Facebook, YouTube and other tech companies raced to contain the sounds … [Read more...] about 8chan looks like a terrorist recruiting site after the New Zealand shooting. Should the government treat it like one?
Associated Press Friday, Oct. 4, 2019 | 12:05 a.m. Nearly 1,700 priests and other clergy members that the Roman Catholic Church considers credibly accused of child sexual abuse are living under the radar with little to no oversight from religious authorities or law enforcement, decades after the first wave of the church abuse scandal roiled U.S. dioceses, an Associated Press investigation has found. These priests, deacons, monks and lay people now teach middle-school math. They counsel survivors of sexual assault. They work as nurses and volunteer at nonprofits aimed at helping at-risk kids. They live next to playgrounds and day care centers. They foster and care for children. And in their time since leaving the church, dozens have committed crimes, including sexual assault and possessing child pornography, the AP’s analysis found. A recent push by Roman Catholic dioceses across the U.S. to publish the names of those it considers to be credibly accused has opened a window into … [Read more...] about Hundreds of accused priests living under radar with no oversight
Find the latest news about wildfires across Arizona, including road closures, evacuation orders, fire weather alerts and what to watch for day by day. Authorities say a wildfire burning mostly on state land in southeastern Arizona charred about 3.2 square miles in 12 hours.The fire was reported about 10 p.m. Tuesday some 15 miles southeast of Sunizona and southwest of the Chiricahua National Monument in Cochise County.Authorities say the flames have been fanned by gusty winds. The cause of the fire isn't immediately clear.Authorities say there was zero percent containment as of late Wednesday afternoon.More than 150 firefighters are at the scene including nearly a dozen aircraft plus water tenders and engines.The Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management is managing the wildfire with assistance from the Coronado National Forest. Associated Press contributed to this article. Phoenix fire officials said there have been no evacuation orders issued in the Daisy … [Read more...] about Arizona wildfires: New fire prompts evacuations near Seligman
WASHINGTON — Hollywood has destroyed Washington — or New York or Los Angeles — lots of times with nuclear bombs detonated by terrorists. It turns out to be harder in real life. Thinking about the unthinkable, a U.S. government study analyzed the likely effects from terrorists setting off a 10-kiloton nuclear device a few blocks north of the White House. It predicted terrible devastation for roughly one-half mile in every direction, with buildings reduced to rubble the way that World War II bombing raids destroyed parts of Berlin. But outside that blast zone, the study concluded, even such a nuclear explosion would be pretty survivable. “It’s not the end of the world,” said Randy Larsen, a retired Air Force colonel and founding director of the Institute for Homeland Security. “It’s not a Cold War scenario.” The little-noticed, 120-page study by the Federal Emergency Management Agency was hardly a summer blockbuster. The … [Read more...] about Nuclear blast in Washington, D.C. wouldn’t destroy the city, government report says