Tunisia: Black singer will tackle racism in his autobiography

Tunisian singer Salah Misbah said he suffers from discrimination in his country because of his dark skin color and announced his plans to tackle the issue of racism in his upcoming autobiography.

Scripts written for Tunisian cinema and T.V. hardly have place for dark-skinned characters and actors, Salah Misbah told a Tunisian radio station.

…Misbah said he intended to tackle the issue of racial discrimination in his autobiography which he will call “No brother, no friend… not as Arabs, not as Muslims.”

Misbah, who was once sentenced to jail for assaulting an officer in the Tunisian army, said he is constantly harassed for his skin color and extremely improper racial slurs are hurled at him, the most common of which is calling him “a dirty slave.

Racial discrimination does not stop at street harassment, but also extends to the entertainment industry in Tunisia.”

Misbah recounted a story when he held a part at his house to celebrate the release of his second album and one of the journalists recommended that he changes his skin color like Michael Jackson.

He said that this is how I can guarantee having fans in the Arab world.”

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Iraq: Temporary Marriages (Muta’a) Flourishing

Abuse Of Temporary Marriages Flourishes In Iraq : NPR:

“The practice of temporary marriage has long been common in Shiite Muslim communities, especially in Iran. The idea is that rather than having an affair, a man who wants to be sexually involved with a woman should marry her — for a few months, or even, hours — so the relationship will be legitimate.

In Iraq, the practice was banned under Saddam Hussein but then flourished after the American invasion. Now, though, some men are using the system to take advantage of poor women, and many of Iraq’s Shiites say the very religious institutions that sanction such marriages are to blame.

One mother of three, who is so ashamed about what happened to her she doesn’t want to give her name, says her husband abandoned her when she found out he preferred men. She had no way to support the family.

A religious figure in her neighborhood promised to help. He brought her to his home, locked the door and had sex with her. He offered her $15.

For the man at least, it was a brief moment of muta’a, the Arabic word for pleasure — and the Arabic word for temporary marriage.

The woman says the man who had sex with her worked with leading Shiite religious clerics in the Iraqi city of Najaf. It’s one of the most revered places in Shiite Islam.”

They can call it the way they want: giving money after having sex has a name and it certainly is not marriage…

Background:
Spreading Islam… by sex.
Mut’ah in Iran: married for a minute.

UK: Saudi prince jailed for live for murdering servant

Saudi prince jailed for life for murdering servant | UK news | guardian.co.uk:

“A Saudi prince who strangled and beat his servant to death at the culmination of a campaign of ‘sadistic’ abuse was jailed for life today and told that ‘no one in this country is above the law‘.

Saud Abdulaziz bin Nasser al Saud, a grandson of the billionaire king of Saudi Arabia, was ordered to serve a minimum of 20 years for murdering Bandar Abdulaziz in a ‘brutal’ assault at their five-star hotel earlier this year.

…Sentencing him today, Mr Justice Bean said: “It is very unusual for a prince to be in the dock on a murder charge. No one in this country is above the law.

It would be wrong for me to sentence you either more severely or more leniently because of your membership of the Saudi royal family.”

The judge said that while he could not be sure whether Saud had intended to kill Abdulaziz, “I think the most likely explanation is that you could not care less whether you killed him or not“.”

Background:
Saudi prince guilty of murdering servant in London hotel.

UK: Abu Hamza rejects move to deprive him of UK passport because that would be a breach of his Human Rights

Express.co.uk – Home of the Daily and Sunday Express | UK News :: Abu Hamza’s £2m fight to keep British passport

HATE preacher Abu Hamza yesterday launched a new bid to keep his British passport in a legal battle that has so far cost £1.4million.

Hamza is fighting attempts to strip him of his citizenship arguing it is a breach of his human rights.

The hook-handed cleric says that he has been disowned by his native Egypt and that taking away his British passport would leave him “stateless”.

Hamza, 52, is in high-security Belmarsh prison, south London, where he is fighting an attempt by the Home Office to extradite him to the US where he is wanted on terror charges.

The cleric’s legal battle has run for more than six years. Legal experts predict the final bill will top £2million. The latest court hearing got underway yesterday at the Special Immigration Appeals Commission in central London. It is expected to last three days at a cost of £120,000.

Hamza’s publicly funded legal team includes the eminent barrister, Ed Fitzgerald, QC, whose previous clients included child killers Myra Hindley and Jon Venables. The Home Office has its own barrister, junior and lawyers.

He can always go to live with the Talibans: I’m sure they agree on most things.

Anyway, it’s appalling how this shameless haters speak of Human Rights, while at the same time, don’t respect other people’s Human Rights.

Photo: Ian Waldie / Reuters / Corbis.

Iran welcomes Chavez as partner against Western "bullies"

Iran welcomes Chavez as partner against Western “bullies” [ WORLD BULLETIN- TURKEY NEWS, WORLD NEWS ]:

“Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad received his close Latin American ally Hugo Chavez on Tuesday and welcomed the Venezuelan president’s support against the Islamic Republic’s western ‘bullies’.

The leaders of the two major oil exporters inspected a guard of honour before heading into talks which Iranian media said were aimed at boosting cooperation in the oil, gas, and petrochemical sectors.

The progressive and fraternal stance of Venezuela in condemning sanctions against Iran imposed by the bullying powers is indicative of the deep and firm ties between the two countries,’ Ahmadinejad was quoted as saying by the student news agency ISNA.”

Related:
Obama: Nuclear Venezuela is OK by him.
Ahmadinejad: “Promise of God is that the enemies of our nations will go one day”.

Photo: AFP.

Pakistan: parents of Christian rape, murder victim will not press charges

Catholic Culture : Latest Headlines : Pakistan: parents of Christian rape, murder victim will not press charges:

“To the consternation of some Christian organizations, the Christian parents of a rape and murder victim have accepted one million Pakistani rupees ($11,636) in return for abandoning charges against the perpetrators of the crime.

Lubna Masih, 12, was going to a store to buy milk in the northern Pakistani city of Rawalpindi when five Muslim young men forced her into a car and raped and murdered her. Terrified by the prospect of reprisals, her family initially decided not to press charges. Later, as the parents began to consider charges, “several members of Parliament” stepped in to obtain the money for the impoverished family in return for the abandonment of charges, according to the Fides news agency, which did not report on the money’s source.

If the parents do not even have the strength to defend the memory of their daughter, nobody can do anything,” commented one Christian organization.”

Background:
Pakistan: Violence against Christian girls, “part of daily life”: “Episodes of violence and abuse of Christian girls are part of daily life,” a Fides source said. “Those that make the news are just the tip of the iceberg.”

US: Jordanian man gets 24 years for attempting to blow Dallas skyscraper

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A 20-year-old Jordanian man was sentenced Tuesday to 24 years in prison for attempting to bomb a skyscraper in Dallas, Texas in September 2009, the Justice Department said.

Hosam Maher Husein Smadi originally pleaded not guilty to a charge of attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction after his arrest last year, which followed an undercover sting operation.

But the Justice Department said in May that Smadi had changed his plea to guilty after agreeing to a plea deal.

The court’s sentence of Mr. Smadi sends a clear message that there is a serious price to be paid by those who may be willing to carry out acts of violence in this country to further terrorist cause,” Assistant Attorney General David Kris said.

Federal agents arrested Smadi in Dallas in late September after he dialed a cell phone number in an attempt to trigger a truck bomb he had parked underneath the office building.