T&P wishes all friends, readers and newcomers a very Happy 2010!!
Love, Peace and Freedom!
(And for believers, God Bless Us All!)
It would be great if honor killings were ended in Jordan, but news like this prove that is somewhat far away:
A Jordanian court sentenced a 61-year-old man to 10 years in prison on Wednesday after convicting him of killing his teenage daughter last year to “defend his honour,” a judicial official said.”In 2008, the 17-year-old girl was kidnapped and raped by a group of men, who are currently on trial,” the official told AFP.
“But the father suspected that his daughter was involved in a sexual relationship with one of the men. He shot her dead before handing himself in to police, claiming he wanted to defend his honour.”
The court initially jailed the father for 15 years, “but decided to reduce the sentence after the man’s family urged leniency,” he said, adding the murder took place in Ein Basha, outside Amman.
Iran’s state news agency IRNA said that two leaders of “sedition” in the country have fled to a northern Iranian province. The top opposition leaders are Mir Hossein Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi had fled the capital.
“Two of those who played a major role in igniting tension in Iran following the (June presidential) vote, fled Tehran and went to a northern province because they were scared of people, who demanded their punishment,” IRNA said.
Supporters of the two men dismissed the report. Hossein Karoubi, the son of moderate defeated presidential candidate Mehdi Karoubi, said his father and opposition leader Mirhossein Mousavi were still in Tehran.
…Earlier, television footage showed crowds in areas including Tehran’s Enghelab Square, chanting slogans and waving pro-regime placards.
“O free-willed leader, we are ready, we are ready,” they shouted in reference to supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. (Only the Supremre Leader is “free-willed”, the rest are slaves?)
The rallies were called in response to a series of opposition protests against President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s disputed June re-election. Mousavi and Karroubi were the main challengers in that poll.
What a democracy, hein? People flood the streets to support a Government who has just killed 15 people while protesting the same Government.
I’m sure this is not going to open any news bulletin tomorrow:
A Christian student at the University of Mosul was kidnapped on December 28; Islamic militants claimed responsibility. The abduction was the latest in a series of attacks on the city’s minority Christians, including murders, bombings, and other kidnappings. Christian leaders believe that Islamic zealots have begun a campaign of “ethnic and religious cleansing,” hoping to drive Christians out of the region through intimidation.
It borders on collective delusion not to face the intrinsically religious and theological taproots of this ideology, and to plan accordingly. The survival of our civilization may hinge, in the end, on whether those in “authority” are able to do so.
Hitchens makes the point with characteristic clarity in Slate:
What nobody in authority thinks us grown-up enough to be told is this: We had better get used to being the civilians who are under a relentless and planned assault from the pledged supporters of a wicked theocratic ideology. These people will kill themselves to attack hotels, weddings, buses, subways, cinemas, and trains. They consider Jews, Christians, Hindus, women, homosexuals, and dissident Muslims (to give only the main instances) to be divinely mandated slaughter victims. Our civil aviation is only the most psychologically frightening symbol of a plethora of potential targets. The future murderers will generally not be from refugee camps or slums (though they are being indoctrinated every day in our prisons); they will frequently be from educated backgrounds, and they will often not be from overseas at all. They are already in our suburbs and even in our military. We can expect to take casualties. The battle will go on for the rest of our lives. Those who plan our destruction know what they want, and they are prepared to kill and die for it. Those who don’t get the point prefer to whine about “endless war,” accidentally speaking the truth about something of which the attempted Christmas bombing over Michigan was only a foretaste. While we fumble with bureaucracy and euphemism, they are flying high.
I personally don’t agree with Hitchens on his general view of religions. But I do agree in what he points here.
Firstly it was Boko Haram sect. Now, it’s Yan Kala-Kato:
Atiku Yusif Kafur, Bauchi State Police Commissioner, told a press conference that 35 members of an Islamic sect known as Yan Kala-Kato – including its leader Malam Badamasi – were killed on Monday by a joint army and police squad at Zango, about three kilometres from the state capital.”We have made arrest of twenty people, eleven adults and nine youth and fourteen were injured. We carted away weapons from the group leader’s house, including cutlasses and knives,” he stated.
Fighting broke out at Zango on the outskirts of the city of Bauchi in the afternoon hours of Dec. 28 just after a sermon delivered by the sect’s leader created sharp divisions within the group.
Badamasi, who had been sick for some time, was under pressure to step down; he is reported to have delivered a provocative sermon to his followers that triggered a violent fight within the group, resulting in the death of three members.
According to SOS Childer’s Village :
Red Cross humanitarian workers estimate that most of the victims—two thirds–were children under 15 years old.
Most of these children were students of Islam and Arabic who had come from outside the city. Local officials have it that any children killed would have been either struck by vehicles or trampled by crowds fleeing the chaos.
Twenty suspected fundamentalist sect members were arrested, including 11 young people. It is not uncommon for impressionable young people (young men especially), to be recruited by extremist organizations.
More abuse on children. Any word from UNICEF?
Church founder Rev. Majed El Shafie said the family of seven have been hiding from extremists in Pakistan for about three years.Baby Neeha, at the age of 21/2, was raped by the son of her father’s employer and left to die by the roadside, he said. No one was arrested for the crime.
“These horrific events took place because her father, who was Christian, refused to give in to pressure from his Muslim employer to convert to Islam,” El Shafie said.
The family went underground in Pakistan to hide from Muslim extremists who were seeking revenge for their non-conversion, he said.
….Canada’s Immigration Minister, Jason Kenney, issued a special “ministerial permit” to get the family out of Pakistan, because there were “significant difficulties” involved in getting them out of that lovely, tolerant place.
Where’s UNICEF when you need it? As ever, no one is arrested for crimes like these ones in Pakistan. Absolutely disguting…
The Religion of Peace is getting death threats:
A recent e-mail to a website launched after the 9/11 terror attacks to document the instances of Islamic violence said simply: “We will kill you. Like this … “
The message included a photograph of a man who had been beheaded, his body resting chest down on grass and his lifeless head placed in the middle of his own back. Another photograph showed a bloody knife.
The web operator doesn’t think these are important,but thinks it’s better to remain anonymous… I agree. :roll:
FT: What about areas beyond AQ’s core command, such as Yemen and Somalia?
Brennan: Clearly there are a number of places that have organisations that have formally pledged their allegiance to AQ senior leadership: AQ in the Arabian peninsula, which has taken root in Yemen, which is a serious concern; AQ in East Africa which is not just Somalia, but neighbouring countries; AQ in the Islamic Maghreb, which is in Mali, Mauritania and other places. These are clear franchises, they have links to the AQ core, some of these individuals served alongside senior AQ leaders in Afghanistan, Pakistan in 2001, 2002.
There are other areas where we are concerned about AQ’s efforts to exploit local grievances, whether we are talking about southern Thailand, Indonesia or the Philippines. [Notes success in Indonesia.] What we have to be careful about is not just focusing too heavily on one area or another couple of areas while AQ then curries favour and attracts adherents and recruits in other parts of the world … We are trying to get to the leadership without a doubt, in terms of [Osama] Bin Laden, [al-Qaeda number two Ayman al-Zawahiri and others. But that does not mean we are not very much focused on and energised in the other areas where AQ is really trying to take advantage.
A 28-year-old Christian man’s funeral took a surprising twist at the Helsinki Malmi cemetery when the deceased’s Muslim relatives arrived at the grave and took the lead in the funeral. – Upon reaching the gravesite all of a sudden Muslim men jumped out from the thicket and replaced the Finnish pallbearers and the Imam began to lead the service, “the pastor, Jukka Simoila said.
WOW, respect, tolerance… you name it,,, :roll:
IN OCTOBER, A MAN from the Jordan Valley reportedly confessed to using a sword to stab to death his 22-year-old daughter and her unborn child. He said he felt he needed to preserve his honor after the girl became pregnant out of wedlock.
This horrific act wasn’t the only one of its type to have occurred in the Kingdom this year. As JO went to press, 17 other so-called honor killings had been brought to light in the media in 2009.
They included a 30-year-old mother of six who was stabbed to death with a switchblade by her brothers, after she went missing from her husband’s house for 10 hours. And then there was the 16-year-old victim of incestuous rape who was shot nine times in an Amman suburb by her uncle.
Between 15 and 20 women are known to be murdered each year in Jordan in the name of honor, according to the AFP news agency, and some groups and individuals who try to track the crimes say there may be more killings that are missed, or made to look like accidents, suicides or disappearances. Despite numerous high-profile attempts to eradicate the practice, things don’t seem to be improving.
Guess what? Some activists thing honor killings are caused by poverty. The same that Abdumull… was a “poor” terrorist?
It’s important that Kind Abdullah speaks against domestic violence but it’s not sufficient. Specially because this hting about “honor” is mostly religious and cultural. It’s not only domestic violence: it’s sanctioned by every cleric who considers that is just to punish a woman for just being too Westernised, for marrying with someone her family doesn’t want (being desobedient thus) or having sexual relations out of wedlock. So, unless he speaks against those clerics and calls for legisiation supporting women in those cases, he is really doing nothing.
Oh, and he also critisized Stalin and Russian pagans, although he had received death threats only “as a result of his work among Russian Muslims“:
A Russian Orthodox priest known for his outspoken criticism of Islam and attempts to convert Muslims to Christianity has been assassinated in his Moscow church.A masked gunman shot Father Daniil Sysoyev in the head and chest after asking for him by name, police said. The choirmaster, Vladimir Strelbinsky, was seriously wounded in the attack at St Thomas Church in southern Moscow.
Father Daniil, 35, died of his wounds in hospital late last night. A Russian newspaper reported that he had recently told its journalists of 14 death threats by telephone and e-mail, which he had received as a result of his work among Muslim migrants from former Soviet republics.
…. However, Father Daniil also had enemies among Russian nationalist groups and admirers of Joseph Stalin, whom he criticised on his blog for ignoring the murders of innocent people. The priest also made enemies among radical Russian pagans for his efforts to persuade people to leave religious cults.
The story of Usman Ghani, a 14-year-old schoolboy and would-be suicide bomber who managed to flee the Taliban reflects the tragic tales of hundreds of young Pakistanis brainwashed by militants to carry out terror attacks in the country.
The Sunday Times said in a report that Ghani was forcibly removed from his family and trained as a suicide bomber.
Living in Khar, headquarters of Bajaur Agency, Ghani was an easy target for the Taliban who controlled the area with their arms and fundamentalist beliefs.
…Tactics: Ghani was subjected to months of indoctrination, was imprisoned with two other teenage boys and forced to listen to militant sermons every night. “They told us that a suicide attack is the direct path to paradise, where beautiful women and all the happiness of life are waiting for you,” he said. “They said we were lucky to have been chosen by God for this noble purpose.”
Where’s the nobility in killing someone treacherously? And has something to say UNICEF about this?
One of them is Ali Moussavi, Iranian opposition’s leader’s nephew. Of course, this is only some kind of Zionist plot, because Ahmadinejad causes furore on Iranian streets… What a bastard!
More in PoliGazette.
Tonight, Mohamed Ibrahim is out after posting $100 bond. Earlier in the day, he was arrested after police say he walked into several Memphis businesses and threatened to blow them up.
Court records show Ibrahim was also telling people he was Muslim, and wanted to start a jihad, or holy war, in Memphis.
Police say when they arrested him, he had a butcher knife hidden in one of his jacket sleeves.
And yet another one:
Killing in the name of honour still remains an effective tool to get rid of girls who dare to marry without the consent of their families.At least one incident of honour killing is reported in the city every week, which is a cause for alarm.
On December 24, a man killed his 25-year-old sister for eloping with and marrying a man of her choice.
The victim, Neelam, resident of Kashmir Park, married Iqbal two months ago.
Neelam’s brother Iqbal and mother Shehnaz traced her house where Iqbal shot her and fled from the scene. She later succumbed to her injuries at the hospital.
According to police, the accused were against the marriage and on the day of the incident they wanted to take her to their house to kill her. When she refused to go with them, they killed her at her house. So far no arrest has been made.
No arrest made, no punishment for no one, not even for the killer AND… so, it goes on and on and on…
The criticism comes as the company continues to advocate for the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to impose net neutrality rules that would target internet service providers (ISPs) while opposing so-called “search neutrality” that would impact both the company and its revenues in a manner that observers of the debate say could be particularly adverse to Google.
Last week, in a post on the official Google blog, the company’s senior vice president for product management, Jonathan Rosenberg, wrote that while Google’s “goal is to keep the Internet open,” it opposes the concept of “openness” where it would apply to its own search and ad products.
Ironically, the rationale behind Google’s opposition to “open internet” policy of this sort sounds remarkably similar to the rationale expressed by ISPs—which Google and other “open internet” advocates have targeted as the enemy in the current fight regarding FCC rules—for opposing net neutrality. According to Rosenberg, opening up Google’s code “would actually hurt users” and result in “reduced quality” for those who rely on the service in question.
The reason they give not to “open” their search and ad is this one:
While we are committed to opening the code for our developer tools, not all Google products are open source. Our goal is to keep the Internet open, which promotes choice and competition and keeps users and developers from getting locked in. In many cases, most notably our search and ads products, opening up the code would not contribute to these goals and would actually hurt users. The search and advertising markets are already highly competitive with very low switching costs, so users and advertisers already have plenty of choice and are not locked in. Not to mention the fact that opening up these systems would allow people to “game” our algorithms to manipulate search and ads quality rankings, reducing our quality for everyone.
Well, that can be said by the rest of firms taking part in the web in their own markect sector. So, don’t be a bunch of hypocrites and don’t say you are for “Web openness”. Just say you are for it except when it can threaten your business… :roll:
This is an update on this story:
In a statement issued on jihadist forums, Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula boasts the success of the “Nigerian brother” in breaking through security barriers and of its own explosives technology, SITE reported, blaming a technical fault for the low-power detonation. The group has mounted attacks within Yemen and Saudi Arabia and in 2004, captured and beheaded a 49-year-old American engineer working in Riyadh, Paul M. Johnson Jr.Government terror experts said the Qaeda claim was apparently legitimate.
“The statement is certainly credible,” one government official said, “and it reflects this group’s growing desire to strike beyond the Arabian peninsula.”
Obama has finally spoken about the failed plot: Continue reading