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…