Reader’s Links, April 6, 2018

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  1. Indonesia: Sukarno’s daughter accused of blasphemy (asiancorrespondent, Apr 6, 2018)
    https://asiancorrespondent.com/2018/04/sukarnos-daughter-reported-to-police-for-blasphemy-by-muslim-group/

    “THE daughter of Indonesia’s founding father Sukarno has been accused of blasphemy against Islam for delivering a nationalist poem in which she was seen to criticise conservative Muslim practices.

    Sukmawati Soekarnoputri was reported to the police by a lawyer named Denny Andrian Kusdayat, who took issue with her reciting a poem entitled “Ibu Indonesia” (Mother Indonesia) at an event during Indonesia Fashion Week. It espoused Islam Nusantara – the native, syncretist form of Islam native to Indonesia.

    “I don’t know Shariah but I know the konde (Javanese hairstyle) of Mother Indonesia is very beautiful, more beautiful than your niqab (full facial veil worn by some Muslim women),” read the poem in question, which Sukmawati first published back in 2006.

    “I don’t know Shariah but I know Mother Indonesia’s song, it’s so pleasing. More melodious than your call to prayer.”

    The content of the poem was “disrespectful to religion”, said the chairman of Nahdlatul Ulama (NU) in East Java, Mutawakkil Alallah, who also reported Sukmawati to police as reported by The Jakarta Post. The NU is one of Indonesia’s professedly moderate Muslim groups and claims to be the largest Islamic organisation in the world.

    During a press conference on Wednesday, the late president’s daughter – who herself is a practicing Muslim – teared up as she apologised to the Islamic community.

    “From the bottom of my heart, I apologise to Indonesian Muslims, especially to those who feel offended and objected to the poem ‘Mother Indonesia’,” said Sukmawati as quoted by Benar News.

    “I am a Muslim who is grateful and proud of my Islamic identity, a daughter of the founding father, Bung Karno, who was well-known as a Muhammadiyah figure and received an honour from Nahdlatul Ulama,” she added.”

  2. Details emerge after Turkish researcher kills four at university campus (hurriyetdailynews, Apr 6, 2018)
    http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/details-emerge-after-turkish-researcher-kills-four-at-university-campus-129895

    “Details are emerging after a research assistant shot and killed four staff members at Osmangazi University in the Central Anatolian province of Eski?ehir on April 5, with colleagues saying the incident was expected but no measures were taken against the attacker.

    The rector of the university, Prof. Hasan Gönen, said an investigation into the attacker’s verbal attacks on the academic and administrative staff at the university had been ongoing.

    The attacker, identified as Volkan Bayar, killed Deputy Dean Mikail Yalç?n, secretary Fatih Özmutlu and two teaching staff, Serdar Ça?lar and Yasir Arma?an, at the university’s faculty of education, and was apprehended by police while leaving the scene, Gönen said.

    Meanwhile, the dean of the education faculty, Prof. Dr. Cemil Yücel, said the suspect was mentally unstable and constantly accusing a number of staff members of being followers of the Fethullahist Terrorist Organization (FETÖ), a group widely believed to have been behind Turkey’s July 2016 coup attempt.

    “He was a frightening person,” Yücel said.

    The main target was reported to be the education faculty’s dean, who was not in his office when the gunman arrived.

    Former deputy dean of the education faculty, Prof. Dr Engin Karada?, said Bayar constantly lodged complaints claiming his colleagues were linked to FETÖ.

    “When I was the deputy dean, we tried to talk to our rector and warned them that Bayar was threatening people with murder. The Police Department and the Directorate of Intelligence also knew about his situation. We warned them,” Karada? said.

    Assistant Professor Yalç?n Bay, a former member of staff dismissed from his job upon Bayar’s complaint, accused Bayar of being linked to FETÖ.

    “He accused me of being linked to FETÖ. I was dismissed from the university. He lodged complaints about 102 academics across Turkey although he himself was himself linked to FETÖ,” Bay said.

    Bay applied to a court for false accusation by Bayar, but the prosecutor did not find Bayar guilty as he “was performing his civic duty.”

    Ay?e Aypay, a professor at the university, also described the attacker as an alleged FETÖ supporter, who made false accusations against his colleagues.

    Aypay accused the university of “protecting” Bayar and not taking any action against him for more than a year.

    Meanwhile, Eski?ehir Governor Özdemir Çakacak said three prosecutors had been assigned to investigate the case.

    Bayar’s wife has also been detained as part of the investigation.

    A funeral ceremony was held at the university’s campus, which was surrounded by relatives of the victims and students.

    People protested the rector for being irresponsive to the situation and demanded his resignation.”

  3. Man injured after series of shootings near Copenhagen (thelocal, Apr 6, 2018)
    https://www.thelocal.dk/20180406/man-injured-after-series-of-shootings-near-copenhagen

    “A 23-year-old man was on Thursday injured in the fifth shooting incident in as many days in the district of Albertslund in greater Copenhagen.

    The 23-year-old was hit by close-range shots and underwent surgery overnight. His condition was described on Friday morning as serious but stable.

    West Copenhagen Police communications officer Claus Buhr confirmed the incident, in which police responded to alerts of a shooting in Albertslund, part of Greater Copenhagen, at 11:07pm on Thursday.

    Two men wearing dark close were seen fleeing from the scene on a scooter.

    Police said they are looking for witnesses given the high number of shooting incidents in the area in recent days.

    Thursday’s shooting is believed by police to be connected to four others that occurred in the same area earlier this week. One person, a passer-by, is reported to have been injured in the previous incidents.

    A sixth shooting has now also been reported in the area, having occurred in the early hours of Friday.

    Police have implemented a stop-and-search zone in the area until May 1st.

    The ordinance (visitationszone in Danish) allows police to stop anyone within a predetermined area and search them for weapons without having probable cause.

    A mobile police station has also been set up in the area to make it easier for residents to contact law enforcement, Buhr said.”

  4. Campaign launched for tougher gun laws in Switzerland (thelocal, Apr 6, 2018)
    https://bit.ly/2uPhUhO

    “A new platform composed of left-wing politicians, police officers and psychiatrists is pushing for Switzerland to follow the European Union in tightening controls on guns”

  5. 26,000 Roma, Sinti in emergency accommodation (2) (ansa,Apr 6, 2018)
    http://www.ansa.it/english/news/2018/04/06/26000-roma-sinti-in-emergency-accommodation-2_4bf7cfab-8a08-43e8-ad35-a230b03a1be7.html

    “Some 26,000 Roma and Sinti are in emergency accommodation including camps around Italy, out of a total of 120-180,000, the 2017 report on Roma and Sinti said Friday ahead of the International Roma and Sinti Day on Sunday.

    There are 148 ‘formal’ camps in 87 municipalities in 16 regions across the country, the report said, for a total of 16,400 residents, while 9,600 are in ‘informal’ camps.

    On average the Romany and Sinti population has a life expectancy 10 years lower than the Italian average.

    Their conditions have not improved significantly despite government expenditure of some 82 million euros since 2012 when a national strategy was presented, the report said.”

  6. Angela Merkel’s party critics to launch ‘conservative manifesto’ (DW, Apr 6, 2018)
    http://www.dw.com/en/angela-merkels-party-critics-to-launch-conservative-manifesto/a-43286580

    “A faction within Merkel’s conservatives want her to change course from centrist policies. One of the goals of the movement is to remove Merkel as the head of the Union at a party conference in the autumn.

    Disgruntled members from within German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative bloc are calling for a reversal of her centrist policies and a return to conservative “core beliefs.”

    Traditionalists from the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) and its Bavarian sister party, the Christian Social Union (CSU), will launch a “conservative manifesto” on Saturday to push for a change of course.

    The group “WerteUnion,” (Union of Values) wants the party to focus on family values, limit immigration, reintroduce compulsory military service and end dual nationality, among other things.

    “We want the Union to reflect on its core values and to translate our beliefs based on Christianity into everyday political life. This includes above all questions on the right to life, the family and human dignity. Our endeavor also applies to the preservation of God’s creation,” reads the draft manifesto.

    Among the principles to be protected is that of “father, mother and child” as

    According to the group’s website, WerteUnion seeks “to create a stronger network among conservative and economic liberal forces within the Union and contribute especially to the CDU reflecting on its core values.”

    The conservative faction calls for a more restrictive immigration policy based on skills shortages, an “end to a hasty clean energy transition” and an end to “state support of ideologically motivated gender research.”…”

  7. DOJ misses deadline to produce FBI documents related to Clinton Foundation

    Attorney Alan Dershowitz on the DOJ’s failure to meet an initial deadline to give the House Judiciary Committee documents related to the Hillary Clinton email investigation.

  8. US attorney’s role in FBI, DOJ probe is now being questioned

    Judicial Watch Director of Investigation Chris Farrell on former CIA Director John Brennan’s role in the launching of the Russia investigation.

  9. Canada
    For a question about the origin of his name a candidate [for work ] will be paid a compensation.

    The lingerie and swimwear company La Vie en rose will have to pay $ 5,000 to a man who, during a job interview, was asked “What is the origin of your name?” ”

    Salim Kerdougli, of Algerian origin, had applied for a job as a logistics coordinator for the international division of this company.

    He had obtained an initial telephone interview, and was interviewed like six other candidates. Finally, he was summoned to a second interview as one other candidate.

    It was during this final interview, lasting from 45 to 60 minutes, and at the end of it, when the exchanges concerned the international partners of La Vie en Rose that a representative of the employer asked Mr. Kerdougli about the origin of his name. La Vie en rose has a business partner in Algeria.

    Mr. Kerdougli testified before the Human Rights Tribunal that he had been “shaken and destabilized by the question”. “Mr. Kerdougli testifies that he was insulted by the question” and that his self-esteem “was also affected,” writes the Tribunal.

    The two representatives of the employer “did not note any change in the behavior of Mr. Kerdougli, which did not seem disturbed by the question,” the Tribunal writes.
    Finally, the other candidate was hired.

    La Vie en Rose admitted that the question “what is the origin of your name? had been asked.

    But the Tribunal found that this question was not required by the skills necessary for the job, that no further questions were asked about the links it might maintain with its country of origin and that this question had not been asked of the other candidate for the position.
    “The Tribunal finds that there is sufficient evidence to establish that Mr. Kerdougli suffered a discriminatory violation of his right to the safeguard of his dignity based on his ethnic or national origin, contrary to sections 4 and 10 of the Charter. ”

    Mr. Kerdougli claimed $ 50,000 in moral damages and $ 25,000 in punitive damages.
    The court ordered the company to pay him $ 5,000 in moral damages, but refused to impose punitive damages. These serve to discourage recidivism. “The Tribunal does not detect any intention of La Vie en Rose to knowingly contravene the provisions of the Charter,” court said
    http://www.lapresse.ca/actualites/justice-et-faits-divers/actualites-judiciaires/201804/06/01-5160083-question-sur-lorigine-de-son-nom-un-candidat-sera-indemnise.php

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