Apr 252018
 

Controversial German rappers Kollegah and Farid Bang,

alongside BMG label head Hartwig Masuch, face accusations of illegal hate speech in the wake of the controversy, which has led the German music association to scrape its Echo music awards.

The German music association is scrapping its top music honor, the Echo Awards, following a scandal involving one of this year’s Echo winners.

At the 2018 Echos two weeks ago, gangsta rappers Kollegah and Farid Bang won best rap album. But the duo came under fire for lyrics in which they compared themselves to Holocaust survivors, saying their muscles are “more defined than Auschwitz prisoners” and lines such as “I’m doing another Holocaust, coming with a Molotov.” They have since apologized, but have been dropped by their label, BMG.

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Apr 212018
 

Video footage recorded on student Joey Smith’s cell phone  shows professor Howard Finkelstein

telling conservative student Christopher Lyle to “f*ck your life”—prompting accusations of “liberal indoctrination”. During the altercation Lyle was insisting “both men and women can be victims of sexual harassment,” NJ Advance Media reports.

 Asked if he’d taken the time to consider the impact of his argument, Lyle offered a “real-life example” to prove his point.

“F*ck your life!” Finkelstein replied

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Apr 152018
 

Big businesses have joined growing criticism in Germany over the awarding of an annual music prize to a pair of rappers accused of antisemitic lyrics, with Airbus chief executive Tom Enders adding his condemnation of the decision.

German executive Enders told the Bild am Sonntag newspaper he was shocked by what he considered widespread ambivalence about the Echo award given to rappers Kollegah and Farid Bang

on Thursday, which coincided with Holocaust Remembrance Day. The rappers deny they are antisemitic.

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Apr 132018
 

Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Sarah Zabel

has resigned amid an investigation by the state Judicial Qualifications Commission, which examines allegations of misconduct by state jurists.

Zabel leaves office months after Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Public Corruption Task Force charged her husband  Myron Rosner

with four felonies, but declined to prosecute her over a land deal that cost an investor $150,000, according to a close-out memo issued by prosecutors.

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Apr 022018
 

Israel said Monday it has reached an agreement with the United Nations to scrap its contested plans to deport African asylum seekers and will resettle many of them in Western countries instead.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office said the “unprecedented understandings” with the U.N. refugee agency would send more than 16,000 migrants to various Western countries that are willing to absorb them. It said the new deal would be implemented in three stages over five years, with many of those remaining in Israel integrated and granted official status.

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 Posted by at 5:20 pm
Mar 292018
 

The head of Labour’s disputes panel has quit after she opposed the suspension of a party member accused of posting an anti-Semitic message on social media.

Christine Shawcroft

 

said she was “wrong” in calling for the penalty to be lifted  before she had seen the “abhorrent ” Facebook post at the centre of the row.

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