With an axe in his hand, a 17-year-old threatened several passers-by in the area of the town hall Am Waisenhaus square on Saturday evening at around 9.40 pm. The passers-by, aged between 15 and 36 years, belonged to a Fasching society. For no apparent reason, the young perpetrator approached the group with an axe and threatened them verbally and by a threatening attitude. Without further ado, he then walked away from the group. Police officers from the Pforzheim-Nord police station were called in immediately and were able to meet the young man in the immediate vicinity. As the young man was still holding the axe in a threatening manner, the officers, threatening to use their guns, ordered the 17-year-old to drop the axe. He complied with the request and was arrested without resistance. The young perpetrator was undergoing a medical examination. He tested positive for cannabis and cocaine. Since he posed no further danger, he was handed over to an educator of his youth welfare institution. The 17-year-old Iraqi now faces charges.
In Castiglione Delle Stiviere (Mantova), a 29-year-old Nigerian has threatened motorists, injured a passer-by and smashed shop windows. He was arrested for attempted murder of the passer-by and damage to property.
By Silvio Canto, Jr.
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A German court on Sunday ordered Tesla, Inc. to stop clearing forest land near the capital Berlin to build its first European car and battery factory, a victory for local environmental activists. The U.S. electric carmaker announced plans last November to build a Gigafactory in Gruenheide in the eastern state of Brandenburg, where unemployment, at 5.7% as of mid-year 2019, is about 15% higher than the 5.0% German average. The court ruling, by the higher administrative court of the states of Berlin and Brandenburg, comes after the state environmental office gave a green light to clear 92 hectares of forest for the plant. Planning permission has not yet been granted to build the Gigafactory, however, meaning U.S. entrepreneur Elon Musk’s company is preparing the ground at its own risk. So where do we go next? Who knows but I have a few questions for the German courts: First, would they prefer that Mr. Musk take the plant to another country? I’m sure that there many willing to offer him space and perhaps a tax benefit as well; and, Second, what about the jobs and indirect benefits of manufacturing electric cars? Who is going to replace those jobs or the other economic benefits? We will watch to see where this goes. I’m all for protecting trees or landscapes. However, unemployed people don’t usually enjoy nature as much as the happily employed.
The police in Bavaria want to promote understanding for Africans with intercultural training for their candidates.
For this purpose there will be a “Day of Intercultural Competence”, which will be organised in cooperation with the Africa Center of the University of Würzburg. Aspiring officials from the Bavarian riot police as well as asylum seekers and students from Africa are to take part, reported the dpa news agency.
Police operations were often unsatisfactory due to cultural misunderstandings, said the head of training and further education in the Presidium of the Bavarian Riot Police, Gerd Enkling. Intercultural and social skills will become increasingly important for aspiring police officers. The seminar will help to put candidates in the shoes of Africans.
Africans also have stereotypical ideas about corrupt and brutal police officers based on their experiences in their countries of origin, according to Enkling. It is understandable from his point of view that such immigrants should therefore fear police officers in Germany, and be suspicious of police officers.
The head of the riot police department, Thomas Bauer, also warned of prejudice on the German side. One thing, for example, was that immigrants were generally more prone to violence than Germans. But this was not the case. “Many fled from violence because they no longer wanted it,” according to Bauer.
“With the seminar we want to show the prospective police officers a differentiated and diverse picture of Africa. At the same time, it should be clear where prejudices come from and how they can be overcome,” said literary scholar Julien Bobineau from the Africa Center at the University of Würzburg.
One of his main areas of research is “colonial racism”, which is still prevalent today and shown, among other things, by “racial profiling” used by security authorities.
But at the top of countries noted by UNODC for intentional murder rate per year per 100 000 inhabitants, all are either African, South American or Central American countries with populations bearing the marks of African ancestry such as Brazil or Honduras.
The rate is typically expressed in units of deaths per 100 000 individuals per year; thus, a mortality rate of 30 (out of 100 000) in a population of 100 000 would mean 30 deaths per year in that entire population, or 0,03 percent out of the total.
And research suggests that intentional murder demographics may also be under-reported for political reasons, noted author William Vizzard in his book Shots in the Dark.
The city-state of Berlin’s commissioner to combat antisemitism, Lorenz Korgel, on Monday criticized Humboldt University for holding an event with an alleged academic antisemite who promotes the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign targeting Israel.”If anti-Israeli boycott and delegitimization campaigns are directly supported, the line regarding Israel-related antisemitism was crossed. The Berlin Senate has clearly taken a stand against campaigns of this kind,” Korgel told The Jerusalem Post.
The Post reported last week that the Berlin-based Humboldt University, which expelled Jewish academics and students during the Nazi-era, hosted an anti-Israel event with the pro-BDS academic Georg Meggle.Dr. Elvira Groezinger, vice chairwoman of the German branch of Scholars for Peace in the Middle East, told the Post on Monday that the Humboldt University “defies scientific integrity and ethics. Apparently, the old antisemitic GDR [German Democratic Republic] spirit still prevails there, which Jeffrey Herf describes so well in his latest book Undeclared Wars against Israel.’’Herf, a distinguished University of Maryland historian, outlined in his monumental book the role that the former East German communist state played in supplying weapons to Israel’s enemies and promoting an ideological war against the existence of the Jewish state. Humboldt University is located in the now-defunct capital of the GDR.Post queries to Humboldt University president Sabine Kunst and her spokesman Hans-Christoph Keller were not immediately returned. Keller defended the event last week as an expression of academic freedom. He and Kunst declined to say if antisemitism is an opinion.The German journalist and expert on contemporary antisemitism in the federal republic, Alex Feuerherdt, told the Post that he understands that Korgel’s criticism to mean that Humboldt University event crossed the line into Jew-hatred.
Sigmount Königsberg, the representative to combat antisemitism for Germany’s largest Jewish community in Berlin, tweeted last week: “And then you wonder that at Humboldt an antisemitic event takes place under the guise of ‘freedom of science.’”Korgel told the Post that the Berlin Universities are not bound by the anti-BDS resolution passed by the Berlin Senate.Humboldt University faced sharp criticism last year for opening an Islamic Institute with ties to Iran’s regime. The CEO of the US-based Anti-Defamation League, Jonathan Greenblatt, told a congressional hearing last month that Iran’s regime is the leading state-sponsor of antisemitism and Holocaust denial.Humboldt University’s Institute for Islamic Theology, where Imams are trained and educated, is overseen by an advisory board that includes the Islamic Community of Shi’ites in Germany (IGS), which is controlled by Iran’s rulers.In September, Gunnar Schupelius, a popular columnist for the Berlin paper B.Z., urged Berlin Mayor Michael Müller to end “nightmare of the Iran nightmare on the Islam Institute” at Humboldt University. The university took no action against Iranian regime influence at the university.
According to police, unknown persons are said to have thrown eggs at the church between Saturday noon and Sunday morning. At the church in Hürben, the eggs had already soaked into the plaster in several places, which is why they could not be removed completely. A garage was also thrown at. The police from Giengen have started the investigation and are taking evidence from witnesses by calling 07322/96530.