Well, they had a good run… I guess. With just a month to go until Syria’s election, the rebels evacuated their last stronghold in the central Syrian city of Homs.
The Homs withdrawal marks the end of three years of resistance in the central city where the rebellion against President Bashar al-Assad first began. The rebels had held control of Homs since 2011, but over the past two years government forces gradually regained control by subjecting the city to continuous siege and bombardment. “We ate grass and leaves until there was nothing left for us to eat,” said opposition activist Abu Yassin al-Homsi, who was preparing to leave Homs. “We kept urging the international community to lift the siege but there was no response,” he added. The abandonment of the bloodstained city is seen as a major symbolic victory for Assad, who is excited to be running for a third presidential term and even more excited that the democratic process is extremely corrupt in his favour. BBC News
Rob Ford is loving rehab! “I feel great. Rehab is amazing. It reminds me of football camp. Kind of like the Washington Redskins camp I went to as a kid,” Toronto’s crack-smoking mayor told the Toronto Sun. Ford also inisisted that he, NOT his brother Doug, will be running for mayor in the October election. “Of course, I am coming back and I am going to kick butt,” he said. Pending any new crack videos, of course… Ford — who is on the city payroll during his “leave of absence” — still wouldn’t divulge the name of the rehab facility he is in or even if it’s in Canada. Hmmm… are we sure he’s just not just up north at his family’s cottage? The Toronto Sun
If you still don’t believe introducing Sharia law in Brunei is the greatest thing since sliced bread, here’s a heartwarming story for you: A 25-year-old Indonesian widow who was allegedly gang-raped by eight men after they found her having sex with a married man will face nine strokes of a cane for violating religious law. Once the affair was uncovered, a group of eight men beat up the man, gang-raped the woman, and then covered the couple in raw sewage before turning them over to Islamic police. Despite their ordeal, the head of the town’s Islamic sharia law office, Ibrahim Latif, said the man and woman still face up to nine lashes of the cane in public over the affair. “We want the couple to be caned for violating sharia law on adultery,” he said, adding that the rapists would also be brought to justice, but first the Islamic police have to concentrate on those slutty consenting adults. The Guardian
Maybe this is part of the reason #myNYPD failed so miserably? A former New York City police officer was arrested and charged with committing a hate crime after he was caught on surveillance video vandalizing buildings in a largely Orthodox Jewish Brooklyn community with anti-Semitic messages. 36-year-old Michael Setiawan was picked up before dawn on Sunday after police received a 911 call about some mysterious swastikas, courtesy of Setiawan’s Saturday night anti-Semetic graffiti spree. The former cop, who’s been off the force since 2007, faces 19 counts of criminal mischief as a hate crime and aggravated harassment as a hate crime. New York’s finest! Huffington Post
Speaking of sketchy cops, a totally sober Wisconsin woman was charged with drunk driving after a sheriff’s deputy crashed into her car. 25-year-old Tanya Weyker broke her neck in the accident and after being questioned by the police in her injured state, Deputy Joseph Quiles (who caused the accident) decided to charge her with drunk driving – even though her injuries prevented her from taking a breathalyzer. Even though subsequent blood tests showed Tanya Weyker was sober and surveillance video proved the officer was at fault, the charges remained pending for more than five months and the county sent letters threatening legal action if she didn’t pay for damage to the deputy’s squad car. Despite receiving only very minor injuries in the crash, Deputy Quiles filed for permanent disability shortly after the accident – most likely for some kind of inability to tell the truth. Raw Story