Officials in four Latin American and Caribbean nations have warned women to avoid pregnancy amid concerns over an illness causing severe birth defects.
That was a BBC headline pertaining to this new threat to they ever precious newborn.It is said to have arrived they UK and has prompted Brazil to warn pregnant women to sit out this year’s Olympics over fears about its deleterious effects.But what is Zika virus and why is 2016 suddenly becoming the year of this deadly virus?According to wikipedia Zika virus ( ZIKV) is a member of the Flaviviridae virus family and the Flavivirus genus, transmitted by Aedes mosquitoes. In humans, it causes a mild illness known as Zika fever , Zika, or Zika disease, which since the 1950s has been known to occur within a narrow equatorial belt from Africa to Asia. In 2014, the virus spread eastward across the Pacific Ocean to French Polynesia , then to Easter Island and in 2015 to Central America the Caribbean, and South America as the ongoing Zika virus in the Americas (2015 – present) and is now considered pandemic.The illness is like a mild form of dengue fever, is treated by rest,and cannot be prevented by drugs or vaccines.Zika virus is transmitted by daytime-active mosquitoes and has been isolated from a number of species in the genus Aedes , such as A. aegypti , and arboreal mosquitoes such as A. africanus, A. apicoargenteus , A. furcifer , A. hensilli, A. luteocephalus , and A. vitattus. Studies show that the extrinsic incubation period in mosquitoes is about 10 days.The vertebrate hosts of the virus are primarily monkeys and humans.Common symptoms of infection with the virus include mild headaches, maculopapular rash, fever, malaise, pink eye , and joint pains. The first well-documented case of Zika virus was described in 1964, began with a mild headache, and progressed to a maculopapular rash, fever, and back pain. Within two days, the rash started fading, and within three days, the fever resolved and only the rash remained.
Data suggest that newborns of mothers who had Zika virus infection during the first trimester of pregnancy are at an increased risk for microcephaly.Since December 2015, it has been suspected (but not proven) that a transplacental infection of the fetus may lead to microcephaly and brain damage.So thats were we are today.They BBC further reports that Brazil said the number of babies born with suspected microcephaly – or abnormally small heads – had reached nearly 4,000 since October.
Meanwhile, US health authorities have warned pregnant women to avoid travelling to more than 20 countries in the Americas and beyond, where Zika cases have been registered.Its a challenge for women because it sounds absurd to tell women to delay parturition over a virus that few people even know about.
In Colombia, more than 13,500 cases have been reported.
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued initial travel warnings to pregnant women last week, adding eight more places to the list on Friday. The warnings now extend to:
Central and South America: Bolivia, Ecuador, Guyana, Brazil, Colombia, El Salvador, French Guiana, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Suriname, Venezuela
Caribbean: Barbados, Saint Martin, Haiti, Martinique, Puerto Rico, Guadeloupe
Oceania : Samoa
Africa: Cape Verde
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Officials in four Latin American and Caribbean nations have warned women to avoid pregnancy amid concerns over an illness causing severe birth defects.
North Korea confirms it has launched a ‘successful’ HYDROGEN BOMB test causing a 5.1 magnitude earthquake – as crowds cheer
North Korea this morning conducted a ‘successful’ hydrogen bomb test, Pyongyang has confirmed. The thermonuclear weapon triggered a massive 5.1 magnitude earthquake when it exploded at 10am local time on Wednesday at the Punggye-ri test site (right) in the north east of the country (center). It comes just weeks after leader Kim Jong-Un (inset) suggested his country had developed such a weapon, which is lighter yet even more powerful than other nuclear bombs. Crowds in N Korea cheered as news of the bomb’s detonation was announced (left). The successful detonation marks a major step in North Korea’s nuclear development and is bound to cause considerable anxiety to neighboring countries.
As a White House candidate, he took the bombast to new levels, taking on not just other politicians, but the media and anyone else who dared criticize him.
Here’s a look at 35 of Trump’s memorable feuds in 2015.
1. Jeb Bush
No one has suffered more from fighting Trump that Bush, the former Florida governor who, before Trump’s entry, was generally considered the GOP front-runner.
Trump memorably cast Bush as “low energy” and mocked his lagging poll numbers, saying he was inching farther from the center of the debate stages.
Bush and his allies have coalesced recently around slamming Trump as the “chaos candidate” in advertisements after the latest debate earlier this month.
2. Bill and Hillary Clinton
Trump had long been friendly with the Clintons, who were guests at his wedding. But he turned on Hillary after launching his presidential bid. Trump said the former secretary of State “caused so many deaths” during her tenure and called her recent mid-debate bathroom break “disgusting” while accusing her of playing
the “women’s card.”
Trump also said Hillary should be held accountable for Bill Clinton’s extramarital affairs. Clinton and her campaign has routinely called out Trump’s “penchant for sexism .”
If Trump and Hillary Clinton win their parties’ presidential nominations, this feud will go on for most of 2016.
3. John McCain
Trump shocked many in July when he mocked McCain’s military service. The Arizona senator was tortured and beaten over six years of imprisonment during the Vietnam War. Trump said “I like people that weren’t captured” and set off a firestorm of condemnation. McCain, who endorsed Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) for president, has frequently criticized Trump’s comments on immigration and Muslims .
Trump’s feuds aren’t just with people. They can be with entire countries.
The business mogul announced his White House campaign in June with incendiary remarks describing immigrants from Mexico as rapists and other criminals. He has repeatedly accused Mexico of importing drugs and crime into the U.S., and has said as president he would build a wall on the U.S. southern border and make Mexico pay for it.
Mexico’s government in August said that it wouldn’t help pay for such a wall and
denounced Trump’s immigration plan as racist. Trump called for a boycott of Mexican products after the July escape of drug lord Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán. A Trump-shaped piñata later popped up in Mexico.
5. Megyn Kelly
Irritated by Kelly’s tough questions at the first GOP presidential debate, Trump said Kelly had “blood coming out of her eyes, blood coming out of her wherever.” The
comments angered many of Kelly’s colleagues and led to charges of sexism against Trump.
After a brief détente, Trump again threw barbs at Kelly, including this month when he accused her of being “very bad at math” after she misstated his polling lead. The network attributed the mistake to a script error.
All eyes will be on the two when Kelly returns as a moderator for the Jan. 28 GOP debate hosted by Fox.
6. Fox News
Trump’s Fox fight this year wasn’t just with Kelly, but with the news network itself. Chairman Roger Ailes at times joined in pushing back against Trump’s “unprovoked,” “unacceptable” and “disturbing” attacks on Kelly, including his retweets of followers calling her a “bimbo” in August that drew the ire of other Fox personalities.
Trump placed a moratorium on Fox interviews the following month, claiming unfair treatment, before appearing on the network a week later.
7. Univision and Jorge Ramos
Trump has sparred with Univision and its lead anchor, Jorge Ramos, since the outset of his campaign. The Spanish-language network pulled out of broadcasting Trump’s Miss Universe pageants after his controversial claims about Mexican immigrants. Trump claimed Univision caved to pressure from the Mexican government and banned Univision employees from the Trump National Doral hotel in Miami.
Trump also had Ramos, a well-respected journalist, removed from an August press conference when he rose to ask Trump a question. Ramos called Trump’s comments about immigrants “extreme,” and Trump banned Univision reporters from covering a Miami event, a tactic that he has used with other media organizations.
8. Rick Perry
The former Texas governor compared Trump to a cancer within conservatism, saying he offers “a toxic mix of demagoguery and nonsense.” During the intense back-and-forth in July, Trump suggested that Perry be forced to take an IQ test before the first GOP debate the following month. Trump got the last laugh. Perry dropped out of the race before the second debate in September, and Trump has repeatedly used him as an example of what happens to those who tangle with him.
9. Ronda Rousey
Trump took a shot at Rousey, a backer of Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, after the UFC fighter’s stunning loss last month, saying he was “glad” to see her lose and describing her a “not a nice person.” Trump went on the attack after Rousey said she wouldn’t vote for him . Conor McGregor, another UFC fighter, later ripped into Trump, saying , “Donald can shut his big, fat mouth.”
10. The New Hampshire Union-Leader
Trump has battled New Hampshire’s biggest newspaper since Dec. 27, when the Union-Leader ran a front-page op-ed calling Trump “a crude blowhard with no clear political philosophy and no deeper understanding of the important and serious role of president of the United States.” Trump responded by calling the paper’s publisher “a real low-life” desperate to sell the “dying,” “loser” paper.
11. Charles Krauthammer
Trump and the conservative columnist have exchanged barbs on several occasions, starting shortly before Trump launched his campaign and labeled Krauthammer a “dummy” and an “overrated clown” for suggesting Trump “deserved” the results of a poll at the time showing him as the most disliked candidate. Krauthammer also questioned why Trump was so easy to anger after the first debate.
12. Chuck Todd
Trump has had mixed praise and criticism for the “Meet the Press” anchor, whom he often calls “sleepy eyes.” While he called Todd “very fair” in July, Trump has also repeatedly called him dishonest.
13. Rand Paul
Trump has repeatedly suggested that the “lightweight” and “shrill” Kentucky senator doesn’t belong on the debate stage and isn’t representing his constituents. Like some other candidates, Paul has alternated between going after Trump and keeping his distance, gaining some traction in August when panning the billionaire as a “fake conservative” who Paul argued has supported liberal positions.
After Trump’s comments about Mexican immigrants, the national retailer announced it would phase out his namesake line of menswear. Macy’s called the “disparaging statements … inconsistent with [our] values,” and Trump claimed the retailer supported illegal immigration and that his “principles are far more important and therefore much more valuable.” He also called for a boycott of Macy’s stores.
The alternating love-hate relationship with CNN regularly features Trump slamming the network, which often broadcasts his rallies live. Trump earlier this month swiped at CNN moderators who handled the latest GOP debate, calling them unprofessional. He has previously gone after individual reporters by name while
suggesting the network executives were trying to influence coverage of the businessman. Trump floated not appearing in the debate unless CNN coughed up $5 million, which it refused.
16. Carly Fiorina
The only woman in the GOP presidential field garnered raucous applause in the second debate in September for responding to a remark from Trump mocking her “face” in a magazine story — he later said he was describing her “persona” — by saying that “women all over this country heard very clearly what Mr. Trump said.” Trump hit back by calling Fiorina a “robot” who dishes up “pitter-patter,” echoing a line of attack by others who argued the former Hewlett-Packard CEO has a penchant for defaulting to her stump speech.
17. Lindsey Graham
The South Carolina senator “doesn’t seem like a very bright guy,” Trump told an audience in Graham’s home state while giving out the lawmaker’s phone number during the televised speech.
That incident, which Graham played off by starring in a viral video smashing mobile devices , came after Graham called Trump a “jackass” for questioning McCain’s war record.
Graham called for Republicans to tell Trump to “go to hell” earlier this month before dropping out of the presidential race.
18. Rosie O’Donnell
Trump slammed the former host of “The View” during the August GOP debate when confronted about his past remarks describing women as pigs, dogs and slobs. “Only Rosie O’Donnell,” Trump responded, to laughs. O’Donnell tweeted later, “try explaining that 2 ur kids.” The pair have famously feuded over the years, and the comedian recently described Trump’s presidential campaign as “a nightmare.”
Trump maintains he has popularity among many minorities despite backlash from groups he has targeted. For example, he recently said he has an “excellent” relationship with the Muslim community despite his call earlier this month to temporarily ban Muslims from entering the U.S.
Trump said that while his Muslim friends may not support that proposal, they did want him to speak out against Islamic fundamentalism.
“I have many friends that are Muslims, and I will tell you, they are so happy that I did this because they know they have a problem,” Trump told CNN.
20. Time magazine
Trump ripped Time after placing third in its annual Person of the Year list, behind German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. Trump had predicted there was “no way” the magazine’s editors could bring themselves to give him the top spot. After Trump lashed out, the magazine released a blooper reel of Trump evading a bald eagle during a photo shoot.
21. Bobby Jindal
The Louisiana governor called Trump an “egomaniac” who is “weak,” “insecure” and “dangerous” during a sprawling speech at the National Press Club in September. Trump mostly shrugged off the attacks, retorting that Jindal’s poll numbers were too low for him to hit back. Jindal dropped out of the GOP presidential race in December.
22. Scott Walker
Trump questioned the Wisconsin governor’s economic record and claimed Walker wasn’t “presidential material.” Walker fired back that Americans didn’t “need another apprentice” in the White House, a reference to Trump’s long-running reality TV series. The attack didn’t help Walker, who was an early casualty in the GOP race. After he dropped out, he urged Republicans to unite behind an anti-Trump candidate.
23. José Andrés
The celebrity chef and restaurateur backed out of a restaurant deal with Trump slated for his hotel remodel of the Old Post Office Pavilion in Washington, D.C., over the summer following the real estate tycoon’s disparaging remarks about immigrants. Trump retaliated, filing a $10 million lawsuit claiming breach of contract. Andrés, a native of Spain who moved to the U.S. in 1990 and received his citizenship in 2013, filed an $8 million countersuit in October.
24. The New York Times and Serge Kovaleski
Trump came under fire for mocking the appearance of Serge Kovaleski, a New York Times reporter with a physical disability. Trump used an article Kovaleski wrote for The Washington Post shortly after 9/11 to back up his assertions that Arab-Americans were “dancing in the street” after the terrorist attacks. Kovaleski disputed the claim, which prompted Trump’s unflattering imitation.
25. Republican National Committee
Trump’s rapid rise, immense support and political invulnerability has shocked GOP leaders who have worried that an independent run by the billionaire businessman would kneecap the eventual Republican nominee. Trump has repeatedly warned he’d jump ship if the Republican National Committee treats him unfairly despite
signing a loyalty pledge this summer. He reiterated in the latest presidential debate that he is committed to the party.
26. The Washington Post
Jeff Bezos, the billionaire owner of the newspaper who also owns Amazon, recently floated sending Trump into outer space after the Republican presidential candidate accused Bezos of owning the newspaper in an effort to lower his tax burden. Trump also panned the Post, saying it was losing money. The newspaper went after the GOP front-runner in a November editorial that described him as a narcissistic bully.
27. The Huffington Post
Editors decided in July to put stories about Trump in the website’s entertainment section as opposed to among its political coverage. Trump hit back, calling the website “a glorified blog.” The website relented earlier this month, with editor Arianna Huffington penning a blog post during furor over Trump’s plan to ban Muslims from entering the United States where she stated for readers, “we are no longer entertained.”
Trump has railed against Politico on Twitter since 2012 and ramped up his attacks during his campaign. He has constantly insisted the outlet is bleeding money, lacking clout and misleading readers, though he will occasionally retweet a story citing a positive poll for his campaign.
29. The Des Moines Register
Shortly before a December Des Moines Register poll showed GOP presidential rival Ted Cruz besting Trump in Iowa, the real estate mogul trashed the newspaper in its hometown. Trump called the paper “dishonest” and “the worst,” and claimed it didn’t conduct polls properly. After the poll’s release, Trump called it “ biased” and
complained that reporters ignored a CNN poll in which Trump led Cruz.
30. The Wall Street Journal
Trump slammed the newspaper and its conservative-leaning editorial board in November for criticizing his take on the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Trump said on Fox News that the “third-rate” paper isn’t “respected too much anymore ,” and fired off a string of critical tweets.
NBC cut ties with the host of “The Apprentice” after his comments on Mexican immigrants. The network declined to carry his Miss America and Miss Universe pageants. Trump said afterward that NBC “will stand behind lying Brian Williams,” the former “NBC Nightly News” anchor, “but won’t stand behind people that tell it like it is, as unpleasant as that may be.”
32. John Kasich
The Ohio governor and his presidential campaign have linked Trump to Russian President Vladimir Putin and Nazi Germany, called him a hypocrite and questioned if he’s worthy of the presidency . Trump fired back by calling Kasich “one of the worst presidential candidates in history” and a “dummy.”
33. George Will
Trump called for the conservative political pundit to be “thrown off” Fox News last month, saying the columnist is “wrong almost all of the time” and is “boring and totally biased.” That came after Will penned a column urging readers to take another look at Chris Christie’s presidential bid in the wake of the Paris terrorist attacks and “to relegate Trump’s rampaging to the nation’s mental attic.”
34. Bill Kristol
The editor of the conservative Weekly Standard magazine predicted this week that Trump’s “mystique” would shatter if he doesn’t win the Iowa caucuses, leading to his imminent demise in the Republican primary. Trump responded by saying Kristol has “lost all self-respect” and “is too embarrassed to walk down the street.”
35. The White House
White House press secretary Josh Earnest raised some eyebrows earlier this month when, during an extended diatribe against Trump’s proposal to ban Muslims from entering the U.S., he mocked Trump’s “fake hair.” Trump fired back, saying it was
“disgusting” for the president’s top spokesman to make such a comment.
Trump has sparred for months with President Obama and the White House, with Earnest this month also taking a dig at Trump’s glowing medical report that said if elected he would become the healthiest president ever and Trump taking issue with Obama’s quip about seeing the new Star Wars movie.
Saudi Arabia beheads and shoots 47 ‘terrorists’ in one day including top Shiite cleric, triggering protests across the world
Saudi Arabia’s execution of a top Shiite cleric has sparked outrage across the Middle East. Protesters in Bahrain were met with tear gas as they clashed with security forces in the suburbs (pictured left and top right) while hundreds demonstrated in Iraq’s Shiite holy city of Karbala. Hundreds also took to the streets inIndian-controlled Kashmir (pictured bottom right) as Shiite leaders from Iran, Iraq and fiercely condemned the execution of Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr, which was announced this morning.
Is it legal? How could it work? Legal experts say Trump would need to use ‘most reviled’ decision in Supreme Court history – then figure out how to ID Muslims
It is widely regarded as one of the most shameful episodes in America’s history.But the internment of Japanese citizens during WWII would beDonald Trump’s best hope of passing his ban on Muslims entering the US.Constitutional experts said that internment was the closest precedent that Trump could turn to were he to try and implement his policy – even though it would be ‘constitutionally dead on arrival’.The leadingRepublican presidential candidatewould have to turn to a law which caused bitter resentment, saw 127,500 affected, and alienated an entire generation of Japanese Americans.But even then the ban stood no chance as it violated multiple parts of the constitution covering religious and racial discrimination.Four legal experts told Daily Mail Online that Trump’s proposal would be ‘constitutionally dead on arrival’.One legal expert, Cornell professor Michael Dorf,told MSNBCthat Trump’s plan was ‘odious’.Concerns also emerged over the basic practicality of the scheme – as passports almost universally do not show their holder’s religion.
t would mean questioning every entrant at the borders about their religion at the risk of chaos at airports. How they could have their religion verified is unclear.The travel industry is already concerned about comments made by the president about the visa waiver scheme, which allows easy access to the US for people from 40 countries, including European Union countries like Germany, France and the UK which between them have at least 10 million Muslim inhabitants.Trump said that he was inspired to ban Muslims by former President Franklin D Roosevelt, who began the forced internment of 120,000 Japanese Americans in 1942 after the bombing of Pearl Harbor.A small number of German and Italian Americans were also interred or relocated but it was Americans with Japanese roots who were by far the majority of those affected.Examining what happened then gives us a clue as to how Trump might try to argue his case now.Roosevelt’s justification was that it was a ‘military necessity’ as the government could not tell who was loyal to America.The internees, half of whom were children, were forced to quit their homes and jobs and move to camps in remote areas of America where they lived in squalid, communal cabins and did hard labor for $5 a day.Some died because they were unable to cope in the 100 degree Fahrenheit desert conditions and freezing nights.
The Commission on Wartime Relocation and Internment of Civilians later ruled that the policy was ‘motivated largely by racial prejudice, wartime hysteria, and a failure of political leadership’.In 1944 it was challenged by Fred Korematsu, an American-born citizen of Japanese descent, who was convicted for refusing to leave his home and took his case to the Supreme Court.In ruling that the policy was constitutional, Justice Hugo Black said that ‘all legal restrictions which curtail the civil rights of a single racial group are immediately suspect’ and should be subjected to ‘the most rigid scrutiny’.However not all such restrictions were unconstitutional and that ‘pressing public necessity may sometimes justify the existence of such restrictions; racial antagonism never can’.Trump’s argument that America is ‘at war’ with ISIS essentially makes the same point, that Muslims should not be afforded the same constitutional protections they normally enjoy because they are the enemy.However nowadays it would stand no chance of passing, said Richard E. Levy, the J.B. Smith DistinguishedProfessor of Constitutional Law at the University of Kansas.He said that in order for a bill that targets a specific religion to become law then the government must make a ‘compelling governmental case’ for it.
The proposal must also survive a process called ‘strict scrutiny’ under which the courts examine whether or not there is any way to make it more specific.Professor Levy said that in the case of Trump’s proposal, a ‘screening process will be a less restrictive alternative’.Levy said that in general, invoking internment, which in 2011 the Supreme Court conceded was a mistake, would not get you far with any court.He said: ‘Most people regret it and say it was the wrong precedent – it’s been pretty much disavowed.’I think there are arguments that it can be a public necessity… but given the current attitude within the legal community with the WWII precedent I find it hard to believe it will hold much water with the Supreme Court’.Laurence H. Tribe, the Carl M. Loeb University Professor and Professor of Constitutional Law at Harvard University, said that the attempt to use the ‘shameful and now universally reviled’ internment of Japanese-Americans showed ‘just how desperate Trump’s supporters are to find some precedent for his wild idea’.He said: ‘The court of history has long since condemned both that decision and Justice Black’s pretense that the removal of Japanese Americans from their homes on the West Coast was truly a ‘pressing public necessity’ rather than an egregious example of the ‘racial antagonism’ that Black purported to condemn.Should America close its borders to all Muslims?Yes – I agree with Donald TrumpNo – this is not what the United States is’The US government, through the Solicitor General, has since formally apologized for its role in getting the Supreme Court to uphold the racist curfew and expulsion orders.’Steve Vladeck, a Professor of Law at American University Washington College of Law, said that referring to internment was ‘one of the most pernicious elements of Mr Trump’s proposal’.He said: ‘First, those camps were based specifically on the fact that we were at war with the country that the internees were either citizens or descendants of.’Here, by contrast, we’re not at ‘war’ with Islam. Second, the Supreme Court’s decision was premised on the government’s representation that it couldn’t screen Japanese Americans on an individual basis, a representation that we now know to have been willfully misleading.’And third, even with these caveats, Korematsu has become one of the most reviled decisions in the Supreme Court’s history.’To apply it to a religious group with which we are not ‘at war’ when the federal government has both the authority and the wherewithal to screen terrorism suspects on an individualized basis is to turn the Constitution on its head.’In 2011 Solicitor General Neal Katyal said that his predecessors under the Roosevelt administration had lied to the Supreme Court and hidden evidence from it on internment.That year the Department of Justice filed an official notice admitting these errors, effectively undermining the Korematsu ruling.Professor Vladeck said that, aside from the issues with interment, there were four different provisions underthe Constitution that prohibited the federal government from suppressing or supporting any religion, including the First Amendment’s Establishment Clause.Trump would be unable to argue that the Constitution did not apply to non American citizens because, according to Professor Levy, precedent has shown that they do enjoy its protection.Another possible avenue for Trump to use to make his case might be the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882, which barred all Chinese immigrants from the US for a decade.But that was overturned in 1965 when Congress passed a new immigration law.On a practical level Trump’s proposal would struggle too.A person’s religion is not listed on their passport from virtually every country in the world, meaning that immigration officers would have to ask with no way of knowing if they were lying.Among the tiny number of exceptions are Pakistan, where Tashfeen Malik originated. Some countries also issue identity cards which contain religion – ironically, mostly in the Muslim world.But it would hardly help detect Muslims from among other countries. India, home to 172 million Muslims atthe last census; Indonesia, whose 250 million people are almost all Muslim; or any of the countries of the European Union, including France and Belgium, which have visa waiver travel schemes and were the home nations for the Paris terror gang.And finally immigration officers may object to asking such an intrusive question and even longer lines could form at airports as they try to work out each person’s religion.
‘The shooter targeted my husband because he was a Jew’: San Bernardino victim’s wife says her partner had ‘argued with Syed Farook on Facebook’ days before the attack
The wife of one of the San Bernardino victims believes shooter Syed Farook targeted her husband because he was a Jew.Jennifer Thalasinos said her husband Nicholas had discussed religion and Israel with his co-worker Farook,as well as whether Islam is a peaceful religion.It has previously been reported that Mr Thalasinos, a Messianic Jew who wore tzitzits and the Star of David, harbored strong views against radical Islam and was a staunch supporter of the right to bear arms.
Because of my husband being a Messianic Jew and because of the discussions, I think the shooter was intending on getting my husband,’ Mrs Thalasinos toldFox News.’I also think some of the other people that were killed were also intended targets because of their religious views and because of discussions they had with the shooter as well.’There had been previous reports that Mr Thalasinos, a 52-year-old environmental health specialist from New Jersey, had got into an argument with Farook just two weeks before the attack.Mrs Thalasinos said her husband and Farook had a heated discussion ‘a couple of weeks prior’ to the attack.She confirmed the pair had argued about radical Islam and Israel.Mrs Thalasinos added: ‘There was somebody that was arguing with my husband on Facebook and now I’mnot sure if it was somebody that was in contact with the shooter, or whether it could have been him under an assumed name.’There had been some arguments going back and forth.’
However, she did reveal her husband had received a death threat the day before the shooting.Mrs Thalasinos said she believes the Facebook user may have been Farook or an associate.’He got a death threat the day before this happened,’ she said. ‘That’s why I think that either the person that wrote this either knew the shooter and knew what he was going to do or he was the shooter himself.’Mr and Mrs Thalasinos, from Colton, California, had been married for nine years. The two met online and Mr Thalasinos moved out to California from New Jersey to live with her.In response to recent criticism of her husband’s beliefs, which has described him as a ‘anti-government, anti-Islam, pro-NRA, rabidly anti-planned parenthood kinda guy’, Mrs Thalasinos explained: ‘My husband was one of the gentlest people you would have ever met.