German Deportation System To Blame For Christmas Attack? U.S. Cuts Down Death Sentences


A German wanted poster shows the suspect in Berlin’s Christmas market attack.
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A new suspect in the Berlin Christmas market attack has emerged. The 24-year old man who went under multiple aliases, including Anis Amri, was a Tunisian migrant and ISIS member. Amri was actually investigated earlier in the year as part of a German terror probe; his request for asylum was rejected, but he was not deported, as Tunisia refused to accept him back in the country. Now, Amri is being hunted down throughout the entire country. There is a $105,000 reward for information that will help lead to his capture. Citizens, however, are warned not to approach him, as he is said to be both violent and armed. While Amri takes the forefront of German investigations, others are criticizing the flaws within the country’s deportation system, saying that potentially hundreds of terror suspects have entered Germany posing as migrants.

A controversial YouTube celebrity was kicked off a Delta Airlines flight. Adam Saleh is a Muslim American who is well known for his prank videos. He tweeted out yesterday that “We got kicked out of a @Delta airplane because I spoke Arabic to my mom on the phone and with my friend slim.” Delta, on the other hand, says that Saleh and his friend were removed after a cabin disturbance that resulted in more than 20 passengers expressing discomfort. They assure, however, that they’re looking into any allegations of discrimination. Some are wondering how innocent Saleh is, as many of his YouTube videos focus on social acceptance of Arab dress and language, with Saleh himself participating in activities intended to anger or scare onlookers. In one of his videos, he pulls the hijab off of a Muslim woman to see if anyone would come to her aid, and in another, he begins counting down in Arabic on a flight, to gauge passenger reactions.

Obama has officially moved alongside Canada to indefinitely block drilling in the Atlantic and Arctic Oceans. “These actions, and Canada’s parallel actions, protect a sensitive and unique ecosystem that is unlike any other region on Earth,” said a White House statement. “They reflect the scientific assessment that, even with the high safety standards that both our countries have put in place, the risks of an oil spill in this region are significant and our ability to clean up from a spill in the region’s harsh conditions is limited. By contrast, it would take decades to fully develop the production infrastructure necessary for any large-scale oil and gas leasing production in the region — at a time when we need to continue to move decisively away from fossil fuels.”

Fewer death sentences were given in the United States this year than in any other year in the past four decades. According to one study, only 30 death sentences were imposed in 2016. Five states were responsible for 20 of the executions — Georgia, Texas, Alabama, Missouri and Florida. The decrease follows a downward trend that’s been ongoing for the last 20 years. The halt of executions is somewhat blamed on the difficulty for some states to acquire lethal injection drugs. Some pharmaceutical companies are refusing to provide them all together, while the European Union has banned the export of drugs used for the purpose to the United States. Several botched executions have also placed the public eye on the use of lethal injection drugs, with many state governments questioning their legality. According to one Pew Research poll, less than half the American public now approves of the death penalty.

Following one telling Harvard study, it’s found that women may just be better doctors than men. The study found the mortality rate for patients treated by male physicians was up to 4 percent higher than those treated by female physicians. The number is consistent no matter the age, gender, income or condition of the patients checked in. Additionally, patients treated by women overall had better outcomes when being treated for pneumonia, heart failure, gastrointestinal bleeding, sepsis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and UTIs. Females are also more likely to provide preventive care, follow care guidelines, offer psychosocial counsel and practice more scientifically-based medicine. The facts come after the analysis of more than 1.5 million hospitalizations.

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