Muslim insurgents launch 50 attacks in Thailand’s deep south

Islamic terrorists waging a war against Thais

 

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The three local defence volunteers died after a bomb hidden in a pile of clothes exploded outside a restaurant in Pattani Town on Sunday lunchtime.

Another nine people were injured in the blast.

A coordinated campaign of terror started at 6pm local time on Saturday, when seven bombs were planted outside shops, supermarkets and a karaoke bar in Pattani Town, the capital of Pattani Province, one of the three southernmost provinces of Thailand with a Muslim majority population.

Bomb disposal experts defused five of the bombs. But further devices were detonated later that night and on Sunday, while a wave of arson attacks gutted shops in Pattani Town and targeted mobile phone towers, security cameras and local defence bases elsewhere in Pattani Province.

“Intelligence estimates suggest there were 50 coordinated attacks. We managed to prevent attacks in eight spots,” Police Major General Ekkaphob Prasitwattanachai told local media.

Shops in Pattani City were closed on Monday and streets deserted, as residents stayed indoors fearing more violence. The bombing and arson campaign is being regarded as revenge for the killing of 16 militants who attacked a marine base in Narathiwat Province last Wednesday. It was the deadliest day the insurgents have suffered in almost a decade.

Almost 5,400 people have died, and more than 9,500 have been injured, since the insurgency started in earnest in 2004.

Around 80 per cent of the 1.8 million people in the three southernmost provinces of Thailand – Pattani, Narathiwat and Yala -, that border Malaysia are ethnic Malay Muslims. Many regard the overwhelmingly Buddhist Thai state as a colonial power and want their own independent nation.

On Monday, deputy prime minister and deep south security chief Chalerm Yubamrung said he had been “forced” by Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra to agree to travel to the deep south next month. Mr Chalerm has been repeatedly criticised for his failure to visit the region during his 19 months in office.

ADMIN: colonial power? the last time I checked Thai Buddhists are natives of that area long before Islam appeared in south east Asia in the 13-15th century.  islam first appeared on Sumatra in the 13th century. by the 15th Islam reached the Malay peninsula and the rest of South East Asia. The region was Hindu and Buddhist before the arrival of Islam many others where animists.  so who is colonizing who?

native non-muslim kingdoms in the region before the arrival of Islam

Malay Hindu kingdom 7th-14th century

Srivijaya Empire 7th-13th century  Bhuddist and Hindu

Thai Buddhist Kingdom of Sokhothai 1238–1583

Kedah Sultanate was originally a Hindu Kingdom that became Muslim after a Hindu King converted to Islam

Indiana school to apologize for racist costumes

sheltered white folks living in an all-white world know nothing of racism

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NEW ALBANY, Ind. (AP) — Administrators at a southern Indiana school district planned to apologize Monday for costumes students at a predominantly white middle school wore to a basketball game, sparking allegations of racism.

Three New Albany-Floyd County Consolidated School Corp. officials told members of the NAACP’s New Albany branch that they intend to write a letter of apology to Parkview Middle School over the costumes worn by Highland Hill Middle School students.

A handful of Highland Hills students wore black masks — one with the face of a gorilla and another featuring President Barack Obama’s likeness — to a Feb. 7 eighth-grade basketball game between the schools. Highland Hills students were encouraged to dress for the home game in all black — a so-called “blackout” — to show their school spirit. Students were asked to wear other colors at earlier games.

But some parents questioned if racism was involved considering the masks that were worn during the game against Parkview — a Jeffersonville school with several black students and basketball players.

Lisa Barnett, whose son played on Parkview’s team that night, said she thought the district has downplayed the issue in media coverage of the incident by focusing on the three students. She said the district appeared not to understand the seriousness of the situation.

“There were more than three masks. It seemed like a whole cheering section right in back of our basketball team that either had on black nylon masks, they had on Obama masks and a bunch of gorillas and monkeys,” Barnett told the News and Tribune. “I couldn’t focus on the game because of these masks behind our boys.”

Bill Briscoe, New Albany-Floyd County’s assistant superintendent, said he understands why the district might have been viewed as insensitive. He said he wants to assure the community that the district does understand the gravity of the incident at the game, which Highland Hills won 34-29.

“What happened was wrong, it was offensive and we know it was hurtful to people,” Briscoe said. “We hope that the three kids and their parents learned from this. This is a teaching situation.”

After Monday’s meeting, NAACP branch President Nicole Yates said she thought most members of the NAACP group felt school administrators were taking the appropriate steps.

“I do believe most people were satisfied with what they heard,” Yates said.

But she also said she’s troubled by the incident because some of the mask images have long been recognized as racial insults to blacks.

“It is no secret that it has been in the past that African Americans are referred to as gorillas or anything, monkeys and what have you,” Yates said. “And so it was offensive and it was offensive to a lot of people, a lot of parents.”

Highland Hills principal Steve Griffin told the Courier-Journal of Louisville, Ky., that he followed up by meeting with three students and by contacting their parents. He also called a Parkview assistant principal and a district superintendent to apologize for the incident.

When he spoke to the students, he said, they seemed shocked to learn their masks had offended others.

“The take I got was more ignorance,” Griffin said Monday.

He said the school is working to “heighten our cultural awareness” and part of that will include arranging for Highland’s four counselors to conduct diversity awareness sessions with students in each grade, five through eight.

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English professor brings discrimination suit

 

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Macalester College is being sued by English Professor Wang Ping for discrimination in the promotion process. According to court documents, Wang is filing under the Minnesota Human Rights Act, claiming that she was unlawfully discriminated against by the college on the basis of gender, race and national origin.

President Brian Rosenberg confirmed that the college was involved in a legal case with Wang.

“To be clear, she is suing us,” Rosenberg said. Rosenberg declined to comment further on the case.

In the lawsuit against the college, Wang—who is currently on sabbatical and not teaching any courses this semester—is requesting compensation for all earnings, wages, and other benefits she contends that she would have received if it weren’t for the alleged discriminatory practices of the college. Wang also requests damages for mental anguish and emotional distress she has suffered, and a declaratory judgement that the College’s practices related to her promotion process are unlawful.

Wang was hired by Macalester in 1999 and began working as a tenure track assistant professor in 2001, teaching Creative Writing in the English Department. In 2003, Wang’s request to seek early promotion to the position of associate professor was denied by the college. In 2005 Wang was ultimately promoted to associate professor with full tenure, and sought promotion to full professor in 2009. She was denied her promotion to full professor, and was told in a letter that her application “did not provide sufficient evidence that you have met the standards for promotion at this time.” Court documents note that a white, male colleague in the same department also applied for promotion around both times Wang applied, and was granted the promotions on both occasions, despite the fact he had fewer published works and less service to the community. There were also documented procedural violations in the promotion process.

Wang says she was confident that she was qualified for promotion, and received similar support from colleagues in the English Department and other faculty members.

“Everyone told me my [promotion] was a slam-dunk, that I’ve done more than enough,” Wang said. “And I was denied. I was just really shocked.”

Wang filed an appeal to the Faculty Personnel Committee’s decision to deny her the promotion based on what Wang found to be various violations of the college’s promotion policies and procedures. The faculty appeals committee submitted its findings to President Rosenberg, stating that the FPC, which is made up of faculty members, the President, and Provost Kathleen Murray, had “violated Professor Wang’s academic freedom” by denying her promotion. Rosenberg ultimately ruled that there had been no violations.

After her failed appeal, Wang decided to file a charge of discrimination with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the U.S. government agency that enforces federal employment discrimination laws.

Since filing the discrimination charge with the EEOC, Wang was ultimately granted promotion in the spring of 2012.

Wang was born in China and received her B.A. in English literature at Beijing University. She moved to the United States in 1986 and went on to obtain a Masters in English Literature at Long Island University and her doctorate in Comparative Literature at New York University. A widely published poet, Wang has written extensively on the Chinese-American immigrant experience, sexuality in Chinese culture, migrant workers, environmental issues and industrialization. Wang is the recipient of various awards and fellowships, including a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship in poetry and the Asian American Studies Book Award.

According to court documents in the public record dated Dec. 21, 2012, Faegre Baker Daniels law firm in Minneapolis, which is serving as Macalester’s legal representation in the case, will take a videotaped deposition of Wang on Friday, Feb. 15 at 9:00 a.m. According to court documents, the oral examination will take place before a court reporter, a notary public, and a qualified videographer.