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Suicide bombing at Nigerian church

Suicide bombing at Nigerian church

[Updated 10:23 a.m.] The eight deaths in the attack at St. Rita Catholic church include the suicide bomber, an emergency official told CNN.

The wounded had critical injuries and were taken to four hospitals in Kaduna, said Musa Ilallah, regional coordinator for the National Emergency Management Agency said.

As NEMA responded, angry Christian youth began „beating our staff and as a result broke the side glass of our ambulance that was on the scene to provide service,” said Ilallah, who spoke to CNN from the scene of the attack.

[Updated 9:10 a.m.] At least eight people were killed and 100 were injured in the attack, a spokesman for the National Emergency Management Agency said.  One man was also burned alive in a reprisal attack.

Scores of people have been killed in church bombings in the country in recent years.

The Boko Haram militant Islamist group has previously claimed responsibility for church bombings that killed dozens.

[Posted 5:58 a.m.] A suicide bomber drove an explosive filled car into a church in Kaduna, Nigeria, according to the National Emergency Management Agency.  First responders are on the scene, but the number of casualties is not known yet.

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Suspect in Saudi ambassador assassination – CNN

Suspect in Saudi ambassador assassination plot pleads guilty

Manssor Arbabsiar once denied that he participated in a plot to kill the Saudi ambassador to the United States. Now he says he did.

Arbabsiar, a 57-year-old Iranian-American man from Texas, pleaded guilty Wednesday to trying to recruit a Mexican drug cartel to bomb a Washington, D.C., restaurant while Saudi Ambassador Adel Al-Jubeir dined there.

Arbabsiar, who was arrested in September 2011 after an undercover informant’s tip to authorities, said in Manhattan federal court on Wednesday that he conspired with members of the Iranian military in the formulation of the plot. The admission comes nearly a year after he pleaded not guilty.

Federal authorities say Arbabsiar and cohorts hired someone they thought was a cartel contact to assassinate the ambassador, but the contact was an undercover government informant who kept in contact with Arbabsiar until there was enough evidence for his arrest, according to federal court documents.

Timeline: Alleged plot to kill Saudi ambassador

Arbabsiar is scheduled to be sentenced in January.

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad last year dismissed allegations that Iran was connected to the plot.

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Abandonati de parinti, adoptati de televizor Gelu Trandafir

 

Un baietel isi macelareste tortul aniversar cu un cutit, pe care il infige apoi intr-un ursulet de plus. O fetita improvizeaza un dans lasciv la bara unui vagon de metrou. La capatul acestor doua reprezentatii, si baietelul, si fetita privesc speriati, un pic jenati, in jurul lor. Adultii isi descopera socati odraslele. Difuzate dupa ora 22, avand parintii drept public-tinta, cele doua spoturi ale campaniei „nu-ti lasa copilul educat de televizor” au provocat puternice controverse.

Violenta spoturilor socheaza, dar nu este gratuita. De fapt, ea expune consecintele violentei gratuite la care sunt expusi prea adesea si la care au acces prea usor copiii nostri: stirile de la ora cinci, tirania faptului divers, cautarea cu orice pret a morbidului sau sordidului, exploatarea comerciala a lacrimilor si dramelor, a unor evenimente izolate, fara vreo relevanta sociala.  Cele doua spoturi oglindesc consecintele acestei stari de fapt de pe ecranele televizoarelor, pe care adultul o poate intelege si pune in context, dar care poate sminti copilul. Si ar trebui sa ne revolte starea de fapt, nu oglindirea consecintelor ei.

Sunt si cazuri in care chiar parintii isi expun mediatic copiii; fie ii plimba ca pe niste podoabe prin studiourile diferitelor televiziuni, fie, din contra, ii ancheteaza nemilos, cot la cot cu un reporter, in fata unui microfon si a camerelor de luat vederi.

Dar, in general, ne confruntam de fapt cu o forma de abandon. Pe langa abandonul legal, prin care un copil este incredintat de catre parinti, definitiv, autoritatilor statului, exista un abandon de facto, prin care parintii, din comoditate, din lipsa de timp sau de rabdare, isi lasa copiii in grija unui televizor sau computer. In fata blocului nu mai intalnesti, ca pe vremuri, copilul cu „cheia la gat”. Nu mai are nevoie de cheie. Nu mai iese din casa sa traga cu cornete sau sa bata mingea pe strada cu pustii din cartier, scotandu-l din minti pe administratorul de bloc. Face liniste. Sta in casa cu orele, in fata unui ecran, holbandu-se la a cincea reluare a unui episod de desene animate, jucand un „Counter” sau dialogand pe chat. Yahoo il intampina cu indemnul irezistibil „be a better chat fanatic”. Un renumit producator de jocuri pe computer il ademeneste si el cu bannerul „the end of social life”. si cu siguranta nu are de ce sa fie amendat pentru publicitate mincinoasa.

Valorile familiei, transmise de parinti si de bunici – fidelitate, curatie, cumintenie, dreptate sau cumpatare – intra in competitie cu cele promovate agresiv de mediul audiovizual. Acestea din urma au avantajul repetitiei, al ineditului si, lipsite de filtrul parintilor, se strecoara in sufletele copiilor, lasand traume ce pot mutila in timp destine.

Chiar controversa provocata de aceste spoturi arata ca ele si-au atins tinta. Confruntati cu consecintele abandonarii copiilor nostri in fata televizorului, ne putem trezi, in sfarsit, la realitate. Inaintea scolii, familia este cea care are prima si cea mai importanta responsabilitate a educarii copilului, iar parintii nu pot dezerta de la aceasta incredintandu-si copiii spre adoptie televizorului.

Gelu Trandafir este publicist si membru al Consiliului National al Audiovizualului