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Parents Seeking Justice For Son In Greece
by Associate Editor: Christina Maldonado
The brutal death of Bakari Henderson was captured on a hazy security tape that is at a Greek island bar, which also showed a couple of young men taking photos with a woman. Abruptly, one of the young men slaps the taller man; the taller man did not respond instantly, but he soon threw a punch to the man who slapped him. A fight is generally between two people, but others started joining the two while each began throwing their punches, and the commotion moves out from the frame of the camera.
There are two other security cameras that show Henderson walking backwards from the men down the street, keeping his eyes on them. He attempts to kick one of them, but he ends up being tackled to the ground, kicked, and punched by approximately ten other people. Henderson died on the street of a Greek resort, in the town of Laganas on the Island of Zakynthos in 2017 in the month of July. Henderson received 33 blows and kicks to his head and his body, according to a 55 page indictment. The blows and kicks happen in a long period of 11 seconds.
The parents, Jill and Phil Henderson cannot fathom why their son, a 22-year-old from Austin, Texas, was ramshackled to his death by a mob in a foreign country. They hopefully seek the answers that they’re looking for in the underway murder trial in Greece. The witnesses called in for court will be one of the resources the court and family can count on to reveal what really happened in the silent security tapes.
One of the Henderson’s representative lawyers said, “The parents of the victim are looking for justice.. But they are also looking for answers as to how they lost their child in just 11 seconds in the most brutal manner.”
Nine of the ten people were charged with the involvement of the murder; six of them are charged with first-degree murder while others were charged with smaller crimes. Graduating from the University of Arizona a few months ago with a business degree, Henderson was planning a clothing line, so he was working on a photoshoot with his friends in Greece.
The trial began September 21st of this year and the Hendersons are represented by three lawyers, which is led by a lawyer from Athens, Andreas Patsis.
Disagreement Of Public Opinion In Morocco:Op-Ed
by Associate Editor: Christina Maldonado '19
*The article may consist of sensitive material that viewers may find disturbing.
*The teenage girl's identity is not stated.
In Beni Mellal, Morocco, 12 men are accused of abducting, raping, and torturing a 17-year-old girl, which brought a disagreement in the public opinion in Morocco at their first court appearance Thursday.
The girl says she was kidnapped in Oulad ayad--a town in central Morocco-- in mid-June and was held for two months. Her kidnappers were a group of men who continuously raped her and forced her to consume drugs and alcohol. The girl woke up to discover her right arm and hand, her legs, and the back of her neck littered with crude tattoos, which included a swastika, a naked woman, and the name of one of the men. She said she had no memory of anyone injecting ink under her skin because she was such in a chemical haze.
In a telephone interview with The New York Times, Youssef Chehbi--the girl's lawyer-- said, “She was sequestered, taped, tortured and tattooed by a gang of 14 to 15 guys, who also traded her body for cigarettes, drugs, and money.”
Making the case public, the girl went against her family's will and went to the police with her story. The defendants and the girl are from the same area and many of their families know each other, so her actions became a fierce contested national topic.
Rights activists are in favor of the girl's case. They created a petition to raise money while others question the girl's character and credibility. Those people who question her say that she willingly went with the men, she already had tattoos before the alleged abduction, she tattooed herself, or that she burned her own skin with cigarettes.
The defendants ranged from the age of 18 to 28. The New York Times reviewed the police document-- one that is not yet public-- and most of the men admitted having sex with the girl, but stated it was consensual. The act the defendants claimed is still a crime under Moroccan law because the girl is under the age of 18.
Mr. Chehbi said that the girl was heading to her aunt's house in mid-June while two young men on a motorcycle approached her; one of the men drew a knife, while the other told her to come with them, and the men took turns raping her(before more men arrived and joined) at a large, dense olive grove.
The girl was returned alive to her family August 17th, under the conditions that the family does not go to the police. The girl went to the police to days later anyways.
This is not the only case against women that caused a public outrage in Morocco in the previous years. Amina Filali, 16, killed herself in 2012 by swallowing rat poison after allegedly being forced to marry her rapist. Khadija Souidi, 16, died in 2016 after setting herself on fire--while pregnant--when the men she had accused of gang raping her threatened to release photos of the ordeal. Nassima Al Horr, 16, hung herself in 2017 after the men she said had raped her was acquitted. A video of a 24-year-old woman being sexually assaulted by several men on bus rocked Morocco that took place in August 2017. The video appeared on social media, which displayed the perpetrators molesting the woman and tearing off her clothes while laughing, while the other passengers looked on.
Women are seen less than a human being but rather as a sexual object they can take advantage of. They need protection and justice. The laws are missing portions in regarding women's safety and it needs to be addressed. Women should not fear their lives on a daily basis and they should not take their own lives when their courts did them wrong.
Yellowstone National Park's Grizzly Bear Debate
Editor-in-Chief/Associate Editor: Meche’ Williams ‘19
It was expected earlier in the week that a judge would make a ruling on whether or not they will put a hold on the first grizzly bear hunting, which has not been open in more than four decades. The season was scheduled to open on Saturday outside of Yellowstone National Park. On Thursday August 30th, Wildlife advocates, and Native American tribes will be in court to plea to District Judge-- Dana Christensen-- to reinstate the federal protections that protected approximately 700 grizzlies living in and around Yellowstone. A federal judge on Thursday blocked the hunting season two days before it was suppose to open he tried to challenge the Trump administration for the removal of the endangered species protection for animals.
U.S. District Judge,Dana Christensen put a fourteen day hold on the first public grizzly hunt in Wyoming and Idaho; Christensen said it would cause “irreparable harm” to the grizzlies in the Yellowstone area. The government’s position in this debate is supported by the NAtional rifle Association, Safari Club International,and alongside with Wyoming, saying that the hunting will not threaten the population overall but rather it will increase the tolerance for predators around the ranchers and surrounding residents. Advocate, Louisa Willcox said, “This isn’t just some sort of technical, legal argument about an animal, this is about the heart of wild nature in the northern Rockies.” As people protest the opening, no decision has yet been created.
Immigration Debate Formed By Mollie Tibbett's Death
by Associate Editor: Christina Maldonado 19'
For weeks, police have been looking for Mollie Tibbetts, a college student who went jogging near a farm country in a small Iowa town last month and never returned home.
On Tuesday, August 22, investigators were hit with a devastating break on their case, which was after a mass number of tips, interviews, prayers, and a reward fund of donations. A body was found buried beneath a farm’s cornstock outside of town. The body was believed to be the body of Ms. Tibbetts.
The President and other people of the community are turning this horrific murder into political news by saying the fault is on the country’s corrupted immigration system.
Cristhian Rivera, 24, was charged with first-degree murder of Mollie Tibbets. Rivera is originally from Mexico and is an undocumented immigrant. Rivera worked on a farm owned by a prominent Republican family. Kim Reynolds, Iowa’s Republican governor, released a statement regarding the incident, which said she was “angry that a broken immigration system allowed a predator like this to live in our community.”
President Trump and conservatives swiftly jumped to the idea that our immigration system is flawed; they claim that these problems are what Mr. Trump has long warned the people about.
To drag the idea of the country's flawed immigration system, the White House posted a video, via Twitter, of different emotional accounts of people who had family members who were killed by immigrants that entered the country illegally.
President Trump is notorious for his criticized policy, which separated families who crossed the US-Mexico border illegally. On Wednesday, Mr. Trump ironically said, “Mollie Tibbetts, an incredible young woman, is now permanently separated from her family,” in a Twitter message. The President also wrote, “A person came in from Mexico illegally and killed her. We need the wall, we need our immigration laws changed, we need our border laws changed, we need Republicans to do it because the Democrats aren’t going to do it.”
The case of Mollie Tibbett’s may have been solved, but the country has turned this young woman’s murder case into an immigration debate. The family did not mention Mr. Rivera’s immigration status, but said “Our hearts are broken. On behalf of Mollie’s entire family, we thank all of those from around the world who have sent their thoughts and prayers for our girl.”
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