Glauco Villas Boas was a famous Brazillian illustrator, cartoonist, and religious leader. He was particularly known for his political cartoons and as the leader of the Santo Daime Religion. The religion Boas led was based largely on a spiritual brew known as Ayahuasca. On March 12, 2010, Glauco Villas Boas and his son, Raoni, were murdered by one of his religious followers.
The assassin was Carlos Eduardo Sundfeld Nunes, also known as Cadu. His father and lawyer both claimed that Cadu had gone “psycho” after joining Boas rituals. Cadu’s mother was known to be schizophrenic. It just so happens that psychedelic drugs, like Ayahuasca, which contains DMT, are known to bring forth onset mental illnesses like schizophrenia and paranoia.
Boas wife, Beatriz, is quoted in the article saying, “I warned everyone that Cadu was crazy and this could happen again. It wasn’t the tea that caused Glauco’s murder. It was the man.”
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By Desiree Salas
This just in: a woman was killed by authorities near the Capitol Building after ramming a White House security fence and racing around town at 80mph as she was being pursued by police officers. She was unarmed.
This very bizarre incident jolted Capitol Hill as Government offices were immediately locked-down as a security precaution.
The whole incident began around 2:15 Thursday afternoon, when she suddenly accelerated to the driveway going towards the White House itself. According to CNN, a source from the U.S. Secret Service revealed that when 34-year-old Miriam Carey drove her black Infiniti sedan to a barrier on 15th and E street, Secret Service officers went up to her as they didn’t recognize her vehicle. Their guns were reportedly drawn.
Instead of explaining herself to the officers, she “slammed into reverse, slammed into a cruiser, did a 180 (degree turn), took off," said Frank Schwing, a local eyewitness. As she did this, some shots were fired in her direction by policemen. Her vehicle struck a Secret Service officer as she sped away from the area and into DC’s streets, going towards Capitol until she was met with more gunshots in Garfield Circle.
Her Infiniti later got cornered in the area behind the U.S. Supreme Court. However, she still kept trying to escape despite the fact that police officers drew their weapons at her. They then fired some shots, which ultimately killed her.
Upon checking her vehicle, they found that she had brought no weapon and that her 1-year-old child was strapped in the back seat of her car. The little girl was taken to a local hospital. She was checked out soon after as she did not sustain any injuries. She has been put in protective custody.
Kim Dine, Capitol Police Chief, said that the incident appeared to be “isolated” and not connected with any terrorist activity. However, Metropolitan Police Department Chief Cathy Lanier said that this episode “does not appear to be in any way an accident.”
It was later learned that Carey was from Stamford, Connecticut and worked as a dental hygienist “with a delightful bedside manner,” according to her employer’s website. Her former boss said that she wasn’t insubordinate during her employment. He also said that she sustained a pretty bad head injury after she fell down a flight of stairs 2 years ago. Despite this, she didn’t exhibit erratic behavior or signs of mental illness while employed at his dental practice.
A search warrant is currently being prepared by a task force in order to investigate the woman’s residence in Connecticut.
The Capitol Hill lockdown, which was enforced after the incident, only lasted 30 minutes.
Sessions in the House and Senate were cut short as security forces advised legislators to take cover and stay away from windows. They were still in the heat of resolving the ongoing government shutdown.
Blake Farenthold, Texas Republican Representative, said that the timing of the shooting incident “was really kind of scary.” “Capitol Hill police are at a lower personnel level because of the shutdown,” he added.
Currently, Capitol police officers are working without pay due to the shutdown.
By Desiree Salas
Ross Langdon was an Aussie architect based in London. He had at least one big reason to be excited in the coming days as his partner, malaria specialist and Harvard-educated Elif Yafuz, was pregnant and would be giving birth to their first child within the next two weeks.
But after last Saturday’s events at the Westgate Mall in Nairobi, Kenya, that optimism got wiped out – including Mr. Langdon, Ms. Yafuz, and their unborn bundle of joy. They were all found lying lifeless in a pool of their own blood, arms around each other in the shopping mall. Apparently, they were among the victims who got sprayed by bullets fired by Islamic terrorists. The couple was just the first batch of victims of the bloody siege that lasted more than three days.
Day 1 – September 21, 2013
The gunmen greeted shoppers in and outside the 80-store shopping complex with a hail of bullets and a couple of grenade blasts. They breezed through the place violently from one store to another as people ran for cover – underneath cars, in women’s bathrooms, at stairwells, and under counters. The attackers proceeded to shoot randomly and occasionally spared some as their hostages. They also released those who they confirmed were Muslim.
Hours later, Al-Shabaab – a militant group affiliated with al-Quaeda – announced that they were responsible for the massacre.
At the end of the day, the death toll was recorded at 39. Aside from Mr. Langdon and Ms. Yafuz, the dead included the nephew of the President of Kenya.
Day 2 – September 22, 2013
The killing continued. This time, security forces initiated an assault in a bid to control the situation. This resulted in the rescue of majority of the hostages, as well as control of most areas of the shopping center. The military also had soldiers create a perimeter around Westgate Mall.
It was also during this day that the authorities managed to get more clues on the attackers. It was reported that there were about 10-15 of them and that one of them is from the UK, and around three are from the U.S. Aside from this, they also were told by some informants from Al-Shabaab that there was a Kenyan, Canadian, Finnish, and Somalian among the terrorists.
Day 3 – September 23, 2013
By this time, 200 people have been rescued and three of the attackers have been killed.
The Kenyan authorities gave reassurance that they are on top of the situation and that the perpetrators will have minimal chances of escaping. They also gave more information about the slain – 6 are from the UK, 2 are from Canada, India, and France, respectively.
Day 4 – September 24, 2013
The Kenyan President revealed that soldiers took 5 more attackers down and apprehended 11 for suspected connections to the siege.
By this day, the interiors of the shopping mall looked more like a war zone, with three of the five floors of the building collapsed in a heap. As such, some of the bodies, both civilian and terrorist, were trapped in the rubble. The latest report pegs the death toll at 67.
One of the bits of information that came out, based on eye-witness accounts, was the involvement of a white British woman, the infamous “White Widow,” in the attack. She has since been speculated to be Samantha Lewthwaite, whose deceased husband is the suicide bomber Jermaine Lindsay.
The most recent update on the Nairobi attack is the Kenyan’s President’s declaration that the Westgate siege is officially over. President Uhuru Kenyatta also declared three days of mourning for the slain – 6 of which were members of security forces. There still is no confirmation as to whether the Kenyan authorities have accounted for all the attackers.
By Shivananda Shyamaraya Prabhu
The humanitarian crisis resulting from the flight of more than two million refugees into neighboring countries underscores the need for decisive action to end to the Syrian conflict, world opinion remains divided over the desirability of an American intervention. Assad’s repressive war in Syria against scantly armed civilian insurgents is comparable to the civil war of East Pakistan in the seventies in which the repressive Pakistani army was accused of genocide. The international community was largely silent on the brutal killings of unarmed civilians- most of them minority Hindus- and failed to help with an unprecedented influx of over ten million refugees into neighboring India which was then among the world’s poorest democracies.
Various sources described how, “1971 witnessed worst human influx from Bangladesh to neighboring India. Indian government reports that around 8-9 million migrants took shelter in 829 refugee camps. According to National Geographic (Sept. 1972), the estimated number of Bangladeshi refugees was 10.0 million. Also, a large number of people were displaced within the country, estimated number was around 20 million (The UN in Bangladesh). To escape mass killing, rape and destruction………..”
In May of 1971 The Guardian noted how, “The total picture of what has been happening in East Bengal is clear to us without any shadow of doubt. There are scores of survivors of firing-squad line-ups. Hundreds of witnesses to the machine-gunning of political leaders, professors, doctors, teachers and students. Villages have been surrounded, at any time of day or night, and the frightened villagers have fled where they could, or been slaughtered where they have been found. Or enticed out to the fields and mown down in heaps. Women have been raped, girls carried off to barracks, unarmed peasants battered or bayoneted by the thousands………………About 400 were killed at Chaudanga while on their way to India, surrounded and massacred. Why? Lest they take tales to India? ………………….”
The prolonged Syrian conflict highlights the failure of UN diplomacy and its role as a significant mediator. The UN Security council too has failed to respond effectively; as the world re-enters an era eerily reminiscent of the cold war era with Russia continuing to show support for Assad’s repressive regime.
The sheer size of the Syrian humanitarian crisis is comparable to the crisis of Bangladesh (East Pakistan) in the Seventies, and the underlying brutality of the respective regimes is undeniable. Out of more than two million Syrian refugees, a majority are children, many under the age of 11. UN agencies are now certain that the number of refugees may swell to 3.5 million by December this year. It appears that a large number of displaced people are unable to reach the borders to reach a neighboring country for safety. It appears that a third of the population is displaced and every second person in Syria is in dire need of assistance.
Intense Syrian Government bombing has obstructed roads and paths leading to the borders, with large displaced populations having to spend weeks in border towns waiting to cross the border into neighboring countries like Jordan. Over 560,000 refugees have crossed over to Jordan, taking advantage of its open-border policy. Recently, however, Jordan has become concerned about Iranian and Lebanese Jihadists infiltrating their country, hiding among Syrian refugees. Further, it costs Jordan roughly one billion US dollars a year, to take care of the unending flow of Syrian refugees, which is causing an over 16% increase in the demand for water and a 20% increase in the demand for electricity. With heavy overcrowding of schools and hospitals, the Jordanian Prime Minister has reportedly stated that northern Jordan was quickly turning into a humanitarian “disaster zone”. Lebanon has turned into such a zone already, having borne the brunt of the refugee crisis.
Since the bombings and fighting has escalated to border towns and villages, most crossing points have become unsafe and due to shortages of basic foodstuffs on the route, the border crossing has become increasingly hazardous for Syrians. Many families travel for weeks, dodging missile attacks, avoiding Syrian checkpoints, trekking through the desert without food and water. Those able to cross over are often in urgent need of medical attention. Hindu refugees from East Pakistan had crossed over to India, under similar conditions facing the threats to their lives. The world needs to come together to take action and solve what may turn out to be one of the worst human rights crises of the decade.
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