SUN SUNI KHABAR FEBRUARY 23RD, 2016
OFFICER’S REINSTATEMENT TO SJPD TO BE CHALLENGED
Earlier this month, Officer Phillip White was terminated from the San Jose Police Department due to violent tweets he published regarding the Black Lives Matter movement. The most inflammatory of these tweets read: “Threaten me or my family and I will use my God given and law appointed right and duty to kill you. #CopsLivesMatter”. Despite an initial ruling to remove White from the force, an independent arbitrator to whom White appealed his case enacted his reinstatement. However, San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo has made a statement saying that he will ask the department to take a closer look at White’s reinstatement.
CHILD GETS LIFE SENTENCE IN EGYPT
Ahmed Mansour Qorany, along with 115 other people, were found guilty by a military court of sabotaging public property as well as killing three people. Qorany is 3 years old and is alleged to have committed the crime when he was 16 months old. When the military came to arrest the child in early 2014, they realized he was a toddler, and detained his father, Mansour Qorany Sharara, for four months. Despite the defense providing proof of birth to the court, a guilty verdict was released on February 16, resulting in backlash against the Egyptian justice system. TV Presenter Wael El-Ebrashy said "How could people trust justice if they see this?".
DONALD TRUMP HINTS AT ‘ROUGHING UP’ PROTESTERS
Republican frontrunner Donald Trump has long been known for his harsh rhetoric and
lack of political correctness. At a rally Monday night, the New York businessman watched as a protester was pulled, smiling, from the rally. He remarked that he would have liked to punch the man in the face. Trump has also unleashed more verbal attacks against his Republican opposition, calling Texas Senator Ted Cruz ‘sick’. Cruz’s campaign responded by saying that Trump has yet to attack the facts of Cruz’s campaign. With a big night in politics coming up on Tuesday, Trump needs to maintain the momentum he has had since New Hampshire and Cruz needs a big turnout from Nevada.
U.S.-RUSSIAN PLAN FOR SYRIA PASSES
The last few weeks have seen the United Nations struggle to come to an agreement for a ceasefire in Syria. However, on Tuesday, a substantial step towards that goal was achieved. The Syrian agreement has agreed to halt all combat operations, including those with the Free Syrian Army. This does not include terror groups such as the Islamic State and those Syria is fighting on the Nusra front. In order to determine in which areas there would be a ceasefire, Syrian officials said they would cooperate with Russia. One of the conditions of the agreement was a quick sealing of the borders in order to cut off aid to terror groups. The Syrian government further said should this agreement be violated, they reserve the right to respond with force.