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R8 million lost to armed cash in transit heist gang targeting G4S van

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R8 Million Lost To Armed Cash In Transit Heist Gang Targeting G4S Van

Image by: Intelligence Bureau SA via Facebook

R8 Million Lost To Armed Cash In Transit Heist Gang Targeting G4S Van

Image by: Intelligence Bureau SA via Facebook

R8 Million Lost To Armed Cash In Transit Heist Gang Targeting G4S Van

Image by: Intelligence Bureau SA via Facebook

R8 Million Lost To Armed Cash In Transit Heist Gang Targeting G4S Van

Image by: Intelligence Bureau SA via Facebook

R8 Million Lost To Armed Cash In Transit Heist Gang Targeting G4S Van

Image by: Intelligence Bureau SA via Facebook

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A gang of armed robbers driving a white X5, white Toyota s/c and a white golf opened fire on a G4S security van, injuring two guards.

The perpetrators got away with R8 million in Marble Hall, according to a post by Intelligence Bureau SA on Facebook.

Some of the comments:

Anele Full Shikin Ngcobo Ask one of the guards where his friends are

Andiswa Bakajuju Mdazuka Both securities were wounded in the process or was that staged too?

Anele Full Shikin Ngcobo In numerous previous cases they have been found to be part of the syndicate and that shot to the leg is just for show…its actually surprising that they still using that card. That truck is riddled with bullets and they only get shot in the legs.. I smell a rat

Imtiaz Dasoo I heard on news they tried to blow up the safe but couldn’t open it

Mosebetsi Mofokeng There is no inside job, that van was sprayed with bullets. The safe bombed. The guys took cash, its Christmas present for them, an early one.

Tumie Mokgolo 8 million rands sounds like a movie.

R8 Million Lost To Armed Cash In Transit Heist Gang Targeting G4S Van

References

  1. ^ previous (www.timeslive.co.za)
  2. ^ next (www.timeslive.co.za)

How anger at campus racism boiled over

How Anger At Campus Racism Boiled OverIowa State University students stand up to racism on their campus (Max Goldberg)

MONTHS OF accumulated racist incidents and administrators’ inaction came to a head in November at the University of Missouri (MU or Mizzou) after one student’s hunger strike, a campus encampment and a strike by football players forced the president and chancellor to resign[1]. But the protests, like the racism that sparked them, weren’t limited to Mizzou. Thousands of students on dozens of campuses around the country protested, both in solidarity with the Missouri students and to make demands of their own to address campus racism. Within days of the Mizzou protests reaching a tipping point last month and driving out two despised administrators, students around the country had responded with speak-outs, protests, walkouts and occupations.

At Claremont McKenna College in California, demonstrations and a hunger strike forced the dean of students to resign. At Ithaca College in upstate New York, students walked out of classes in a call for the college president to resign over his mishandling of racism on campus. In Madison, Wisconsin, some 1,500 people marched from the University of Wisconsin to the state Capitol building, linking campus racism to police brutality in the city. But while the protests erupted suddenly and spread quickly, the depth of anger over racism on campus was no more a surprise to most Black students as last year’s police murder of Black teenager Mike Brown was the first instance of police brutality.

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OPPOSITION TO racism at Mizzou was brewing long before football players announced they would refuse to play until the president resigned–including protests in response to Brown’s murder in Ferguson, just two hours away from the campus and part of the St. Louis metropolitan area that is home to many Black students. With their actions, Black students at Mizzou exposed to the world the everyday racism they faced–the student body president being called the n-word as he walked through campus and racist graffiti written off by administrators as “littering.”

Similar stories came from other campuses, where students organized speak-outs to describe the everyday harassment often dismissed by administrators–and the institutional racism built into the fabric of colleges and universities.

At Yale University, protests erupted after a faculty member received a university e-mail urging students not to wear racist “culturally unaware and insensitive” Halloween costumes, and responded with an e-mail to students in her residency hall that said, “Is there no room anymore for a child or young person to be a little bit obnoxious…a little bit inappropriate or provocative or, yes, offensive?”

There was much more to Black students’ protest at Yale than anger at the e-mail, however. Not long afterward, a woman reported that she and her friends had been barred from a fraternity party because it was for “white girls only,” she was told. Meanwhile, one Yale residential college still bears the name of John C. Calhoun, a supporter of slavery and white supremacist who graduated from the university in 1804. During their weeks of protest, Yale students organized their own discussions about what it would take to make Yale a more diverse campus–such as devoting more of the school’s $25 billion endowment to financial aid, employing and retaining professors of color, and hiring New Haven residents for living-wage jobs on campus. University of San Diego Professor Victor Fleischer, who spoke at one of the Yale protesters’ events, pointed out in the New York Times[2]: “Last year, Yale paid about $480 million to private equity fund managers as compensation–about $137 million in annual management fees, and another $343 million in performance fees, also known as carried interest–to manage about $8 billion, one-third of Yale’s endowment.” Of the $1 billion the endowment contributed to the university’s operating budget, only $170 million was earmarked for tuition assistance, fellowships and prizes.

Students are shining a light on the warped priorities of their universities, where acceptance of racism goes hand in hand with putting profit over that other thing colleges are supposed to do: educate. It’s no coincidence that Tim Wolfe, the University of Missouri system president who was protested for downplaying racism was also all about the bottom line–freezing faculty salaries and attempting to block a graduate employees’ organizing drive.

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THE STUDENTS activated around this upsurge of protest are demanding more than apologies from their administrations–and refusing to take no for an answer. On November 14, two days after several hundred Brown University students turned out for protests in solidarity with Mizzou, a Dartmouth student visiting the campus as part of the Latinx Ivy League Conference was assaulted by a campus security officer. Geovanni Cuevas was slammed against a wall, thrown to the ground, threatened with pepper spray him and told that “the badge never loses.”

Brown President Christina Paxson apologized for the incident, but students continued to raise their voices. In response, administrators at Brown unveiled a 19-page plan to devote $100 million in resources over the next 10 years to “creating a just and inclusive campus community.” The plan calls for doubling the number of faculty from historically underrepresented groups by 2024-25–the addition some 60 positions–while doubling the number of underrepresented graduate students and working to attract Black, Latinx, Native American and first-generation undergraduates.

At the same time, though, the right has tried to organize a backlash, claiming–with the help of the media–that the protesters’ demands were unserious or were infringing on “free speech” rights. In reality, these claims aren’t just about undermining the protests, but diverting attention from racism entirely. Just a day after Tim Wise resigned at Mizzou, Black students received death threats via phone and social media. “I’m going to stand my ground tomorrow and shoot every black person I see,” read a Yik Yak post. Similar threats were made against students at the historically Black college Howard University. At the University of Illinois, an “Illini White Student Union” Facebook page was started on November 18[3], hours after a campus Black Lives Matter protest–in order to “to organize against the terrorism we have been facing from Black Lives Matter activists on campus,” the page claimed. Followers were encouraged to identify “anti-whites” and expose Black Lives Matter’s “hatred for white people and police officers.”

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THE QUESTION of racism goes deeper than the ideas and actions of individual racists. Its roots lie in institutional discrimination. Despite all the rhetoric about living in a “post-racial” society[4], racial discrimination and inequality are alive and well on college campuses.

The situation at Mizzou is typical. Just 8.2 percent of undergraduates at MU are Black, even though Blacks make up to 15 percent of the state’s college-age residents. According to an analysis of four-year universities by the FiveThirtyEight website[5], this pattern was clear again and again at comparable four-year colleges. The statistics about students leaving with a degree are even more revealing–while admissions rates are narrowing between Black and white students, graduation rates are not. According to data provided to FiveThirtyEight[6], Black students are less likely than students of other races or ethnicities to stay enrolled in the university after one year, and less likely to graduate. In 2013, about 40 percent of whites between the ages of 25 and 29 had a bachelor’s degree or more, compared to about 20 percent of Blacks. Studies also show that while there’s an income gap behind differing graduation rates, the racial gap is larger. According to Education Department data, 47 percent of students who receive Pell grants, a federal student aid program for low-income students, graduate within six years, a higher graduation rate than that of both Blacks and Latinos.

This flies in the face of affirmative action critics who argue that income alone should determine whether someone needs extra help getting to college, ignoring the negative historic impact of racism that continues today. Income and race are, of course, linked–minority students make up a disproportionate number of those who need financial help to attend school.

Research from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana[7] found that family debt hurts Black students’ chances of graduating much more than it hurts white students’ chances of graduating. “The overall debt-to-assets ratio was much higher–nearly 50 percent higher–among Black families than white families, which may explain why debt had a stronger negative impact on Black students,” explained researchers. Faculty and staff are another part of the picture, as protesters demand greater diversity. At Mizzou, just 3.2 percent of tenured and tenure-track faculty are Black, compared to the paltry national number of 5.2 percent. If Mizzou were to meet protesters’ demand of increasing Black representation among the staff and faculty to 10 percent by the 2017-18 academic year, the university would have to hire 400 African Americans.

According to a 2007 Journal of Blacks in Higher Education report among top-tier state and private universities, the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa had the highest percentage of Black faculty–with 6.8 percent.

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IN AN interview with the Guardian[8], Boston University student Jailyn Gladney described the contempt she feels from officials who refuse to see the racism at the heart of the university system and see only color-blindness:

For Black students, every day on campus is a reminder that we aren’t welcome. When “I support Dylann Roof” posters were hung up in high traffic areas near our campus chapel and student union the night after Roof sat and prayed with nine Black people for an hour in Charleston, South Carolina, before allegedly murdering them in cold blood, we knew that we weren’t welcome. Our school isn’t in the South, and nooses aren’t being hung from our trees, but the message is the same: We don’t belong in their hallowed halls or on their finely manicured lawns. The administration spits in our faces when they use the messages of Martin Luther King Jr. and Howard Thurman as little more than pull quotes and figureheads for a university that’s only 3 percent Black and shows few signs of working to increase that percentage. They’ve sent us our acceptance letters and conjured up financial aid packages that have put us in crippling amounts of debt. No amount of sensitivity training can do away with the effects of gross racial inequality on campus, where Black students are treated like a powerless minority that college administrators don’t need to listen to.

But with the wave of protests that erupted in November–and the solidarity and support won from fellow students and faculty, Black and white–anti-racists gave everyone, including the racists, an example of what it looks like to be a force that cannot be ignored.

References

  1. ^ forced the president and chancellor to resign (socialistworker.org)
  2. ^ pointed out in the New York Times (www.nytimes.com)
  3. ^ an “Illini White Student Union” Facebook page was started on November 18 (www.dailyillini.com)
  4. ^ rhetoric about living in a “post-racial” society (socialistworker.org)
  5. ^ According to an analysis of four-year universities by the FiveThirtyEight website (fivethirtyeight.com)
  6. ^ According to data provided to FiveThirtyEight (fivethirtyeight.com)
  7. ^ Research from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana (news.illinois.edu)
  8. ^ IN AN interview with the Guardian (www.theguardian.com)

Feds Delay Deal for California ISIS Supporter

Despite a tepid response from the president, the November 13 terrorist attacks in Paris may be causing some U.S. officials to take stateside ISIS recruits more seriously. On November 17, the U.S. Department of Justice was to make an offer to Islamic State supporter Nicholas Teausant, seeking to resolve his case without trial with the possibility of a guilty plea to an as-yet-undefined charge as the Sacramento Bee reported[1]. Reports of a settlement have yet to surface and Teausant, 22, remains in custody.

Teausant served in the National Guard s 118th Maintenance Company in Stockton. He lacked extensive military training but gathered information on bomb making and jihad tactics from the English-language al-Qaida magazine Inspire. The Muslim convert talked about blowing up his daughter s day care center, which was Zionist.

In March 2014 Teausant sought to join ISIS[2] and said I would love to join Allah s army and I want to go fight in Syria. He would only return to America after President Obama was dead, Congress gone, and chaos prevailing across the nation. Teausant offered to make a video for the ISIS and leave his face wide open to the camera. He wanted to be a commander and if he landed on the FBI s 12 most wanted list that means I m doing something right.

The aspiring ISIS fighter planned to reach Syria by flying from Canada but FBI agents arrested him on March 16 in Blaine, Washington, near the border. A Seattle magistrate returned Teausant to Sacramento where he faced a maximum penalty of 15 years for supporting a foreign terrorist organization. In August of 2014, Teausant granted an interview to Sam Stanton and Denny Walsh of the Sacramento Bee[3]. I m not going to say that I m completely innocent and I have no fault in this, Teausant told the reporters.

Some of it is my fault, yes, he explained. But then again I also feel that if the informant hadn t come along I would have just been making idle boasts and I wouldn t have done anything. Teausant also told the reporters that while living in Montana he met a beautiful Muslim woman who would speak only to Muslim men. That spurred his interest in Islam, but it wasn t only romantic. He wanted to blow up the Zionist day care center but claimed he would only bomb the place when nobody was there. He denied wanting to attack Americans.

Even if they gave me the maximum 15 years I d come out of prison at 35, Teausant told the Bee reporters. That still leaves me the rest of my life to go to college and get a Ph.D., do what I want and be with my family.

During a February 2015 Summit on Countering Violent Extremism reporters raised the issue of Teausant with Obama appointee Benjamin Wagner[4], U.S. Attorney for California s Eastern District. About 150 Americans have gone or tried to go to join ISIL, Wagner said. If you don t have a lot of economic opportunity and you feel marginalized, it can create a fertile environment for recruitment. In Wagner s view, a lot of people who have been recruited didn t have a long-term, religious involvement. A lot of this seems to be a teenaged fantasy. Recruiters have an appeal to angry, disaffected young people, and that really doesn t have much to do with religion.

Asked if Californians were in danger from the Islamic State and al-Qaida, Wagner said, I would say it s not a very high threat, and the Obama appointee made his priorities clear.

What I m more concerned about is some sort of backlash crime here, he said, something gruesome will happen in Syria and someone will take revenge on the local community. Wagner quoted Obama that We are not at war with Islam. We are at war with people who have perverted Islam. And as the Obama appointee put it:

Religion doesn t cause terrorism; people cause terrorist attacks. With grisly story after grisly story, there s been a growth in Europe of xenophobic, anti-Islamic political movements, and one of the people at our community project yesterday said negative feelings toward Muslims in the U.S. are even worse than they were after 9/11.

In December 2014, the court found Teausant not competent to stand trial but changed that to competent in August 2014. On October 20, 2015 Teausant appeared in court in Sacramento but made no statement. In court papers his lawyers have portrayed him as a confused incompetent who couldn t provide material support to a pup tent. According to the October 20 Sacramento Bee report, prosecutors must seek approval from the Justice Department s national security division before making an offer to Teausant and his lawyers.

Lloyd Billingsley is the author of Hollywood Party: Stalinist Adventures in the American Movie Industry[5] and the new crime book Shotgun Weddings[6].

References

  1. ^ Sacramento Bee reported (www.sacbee.com)
  2. ^ In March 2014 Teausant sought to join ISIS (www.frontpagemag.com)
  3. ^ an interview to Sam Stanton and Denny Walsh of the Sacramento Bee (www.frontpagemag.com)
  4. ^ Obama appointee Benjamin Wagner (www.frontpagemag.com)
  5. ^ Hollywood Party: Stalinist Adventures in the American Movie Industry (www.amazon.com)
  6. ^ Shotgun Weddings (www.amazon.com)