Iran: Robber has his hand chopped after “allegedly committing 4 robberies”

An Iranian man convicted of theft had his hand chopped off in front of other prisoners in the Yazd province central prison, Iran’s semi-official Mehr news agency reported Sunday.

The sentence was carried out against 32-year-old “M“, whose full name was not revealed, after allegedly committing four robberies.

It is not clear whether this man is the same man dubbed the “chocolate thief” by some media outlets after he was sentenced to lose his hand for robbing a sweets shop. The punishment of hand amputation, while uncommon, is not unheard of, and has already been carried out at least once this year.

The sentence is usually given to repeat offenders. M’s sentence was upheld by the state supreme court after the judiciary’s amnesty committee rejected his appeal. News reports said the punishment was carried out in accordance with Iran’s strict interpretation of Islamic law.

via IRAN: Man convicted of theft loses hand | Babylon & Beyond | Los Angeles Times.

Russia: Moscow Officials Decide Not To Build Mosque In Park

This is an update on this story:

Moscow’s Southeastern District has decided not to build a new mosque in a park after numerous complaints by local residents concerned about the potential increase in traffic and loss of green space, RFE/RL’s Russian Service reports.

We have looked through the petitions sent by residents and came to the conclusion that there’s a possibility to relocate the [location of the planned] mosque,” Maria Yermakova, spokeswoman for Moscow’s Southeastern District, told RFE/RL. “There’s still no information about how and when — a final decision about the construction of the mosque will be made following public hearings.”

Yermakova said the decision on a new location for the mosque has been returned to the Moscow city administration for review, which includes the mayor’s office.

via Moscow Officials Decide Not To Build Mosque In Park – Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty © 2010.

Report: US didn’t support Canada for UNSC

A former official with the U.S. delegation to the U.N. revealed recently a major reason why Canada lost its bid last week to gain a seat on the Security Council. Richard Grenell, a former press officer, said the American delegation deliberately sat on its hands during the run up to the vote that ended in a defeat for a staunch ally of Israel and America’s closest neighbour.

“U.S. State Department insiders say that U.S. Ambassador Susan Rice not only didn’t campaign for Canada’s election but instructed American diplomats to not get involved in the weeks leading up to the heated contest,” Grenell reported on a Foxnews website.

If true, this would be just another manifestation of the Obama administration’s anti-Israel bias. The Canadian Conservative government of Prime Minister Stephen Harper is known as Israel’s staunchest ally in the West and, as a strong, unabashed ally of the Jewish state, the Harper government has steadfastly refused to “water down” its foreign policy just to please the U.N.’s anti-Israeli petty dictators and tyrants and to win the seat. To prove its commitment to its principled stance, on the day before last week’s vote Canada announced it was strengthening its trading relationship with Israel.

via Abandoning our Closest Allies | FrontPage Magazine.

Then US will protest about other countries abandoning them…

Kuwait: “I understand European governments that ban the use of niqab”, Sheikh wife says

”I understand European governments that ban the use of the niqab [the veil that covers the whole of the face] or that want to introduce rules forbidding its use. The integral veil is unacceptable and is not even a religious precept”. These are the comments of the Kuwaiti female Sheikh Hussah Sabah Salem al-Sabah, who is currently in Milan for the launch of the ”Al Fann, the art of Islamic civilisation” exhibition, which is being held at Palazzo Reale until January 30.

”If a woman wants to cover her head with a hijab, she is free to do so. But the niqab is unacceptable. There is not a passage of the Koran in which it is written that a woman must cover her face,” the Sheikh told ANSAmed. It is, she says, ”religious fanaticism that has nothing to do with Islam”.

In response to a question on the sad story of Sakineh, the Iranian woman accused of killing her husband and sentenced to death by stoning, Sheikh al Sabah said that ”before being able to resolve a problem as big as stoning, we must remedy the issue of the veil”.

The wife of the Kuwaiti Prime Minister maintains that it is possible to ban the niqab by law. Indeed, it is the right thing to do. ”It is a question of national security. We must know who is behind the veil”. There then follows an equally important issue: communication between human beings. With a symbolic gesture, taking a sheet of paper and placing it in front of her face, Sheikh Hussah asks ”how can we communicate if in front of me there is a wall that separates us?”.

via ISLAM: KUWAIT SHEIKH, INTEGRAL VEIL IS UNACCEPTABLE – Lombardia – ANSAMED.info.

Syria has also banned both niqab and burqa at Universities.

Is anyone going to call this woman racist too?

US: New Dept. of Homeland Security Advisor is an Islamist

DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano’s appointment of “de-radicalization” expert Mohamed Elibiary (pitured) to the Homeland Security Advisory Council earlier this month has thus far drawn little attention from Congress or the media, despite his record of criticizing successful terrorism prosecutions and praising Islamist ideologue Sayyid Qutb.

Elibiary recommended the writings of Qutb, who is credited with inspiring the Muslim Brotherhood and terrorist groups like al Qaida and Hamas, as offering “the potential for a strong spiritual rebirth that’s truly ecumenical allowing all faiths practiced in America to enrich us and motivate us to serve God better by serving our fellow man more.”

Elibiary also criticized the indictment and subsequent convictions of the Holy Land Foundation and five former officials for providing more than $12 million to Hamas, depicting the case as a defeat for the United States. He suggested that the convictions were part of a U.S. government policy of “denying our civil liberties and privacy at home” while pursuing anti-terror policies that have “left thousands of Americans dead, tens of thousands maimed, trillions of taxpayer dollars squandered and our homeland more vulnerable than ever.”

… Elibiary, president and CEO of the Freedom and Justice Foundation, has also come under fire for allegedly threatening a Dallas Morning News columnist and speaking at a December 2004 conference in Dallas paying tribute to the Ayatollah Khomeini.

via New Dept. of Homeland Security Advisor is an Islamist.

Are they trying to “radicalize” or to “de-radicalize” Muslims? 🙄

UK:IFE supported Rahman Luftur wins on Tower Hamlets (II)

Rahman garnered 23,283 votes, as opposed to the 11,254 ballots picked up by Abbas. Another 1,700 votes were discounted as invalid; 10,448 others went to three other candidates, including 5, 348 votes that went to the Conservative Party, which vowed to become “the largest opposition party”.

Replaced by Abbas as the Labor Party’s candidate due to allegations of extremism, Rahman activists”heckled women on their way to the polls for their “immodest dress,”no doubt scaring many away from voting“, charged British blogger David Thomas in a column written for Cherwell.

I won the vote of the membership,” insisted Rahman, who claimed he was the victim of a racist effort by the Labor party, despite a number of anti-Semitic remarks made by his own associates. “The imposition of Councilor Abbas in my place is an insult to the democratic process,” he told The Telegraph in an interview prior to the election.

This is a sad night for those of us who want to build a better future and a united Tower Hamlets,” Abbas commented after the results were announced. Still, “as the party with the largest number of councilors (lawmakers) at Tower Hamlets Town Hall“, Abbas vowed to “hold the new Mayor to account and to stand up for all the communities of Tower Hamlets, not just one.”

via Britain Elects Islamic Mayor, Marks Increasing Muslim Influence – Defense/Middle East – Israel News – Israel National News.

A very predictable result: the Labour party did nothing to stop what was evidently happening there, until it was too late. So in the end, it really didn’t make any difference. Now, the IFE, which wants to implement Sharia Law, the Caliphate and so on, will have access to even more funds from the borough.

Background:
UK: Islamist organization receives funds secretly
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UK: Charity praised by PM and Prince Charles, linked to Hamas
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IFE supported Rahman Lufter wins on Tower Hamlets
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Turkey: Judges caution about “relaxation of burqa ban”

The Supreme Court warned Turkey that the country’s political progressive relaxation of restrictions on women wearing headscarves violates the constitution’s secular principles.
The statement comes after a series of meetings on the issue between the opposition parties and the ruling AK Party, which two years ago lost a battle with the judges over the veil.
In principle, women are forbidden to cover their heads at many universities and in all government offices, but few universities follow the prohibition, and the Ministry of Education has said it will support any student who disobeys the ban.
The main opposition party, a strong supporter of the ban, now says he wants a commitment.

Source.

Background:
“Headscarf ban is against freedom of believe”, Erdogan says.
Chief of Religious Affairs Directorate asks politicians to solve headscarf’s problem by themselves.
Erdogan’s party loses key vote on headscarf.

Maalouf: “The Reconquest and the Crusades were the beginning of the confrontation between the West and the Arabs”

The previous invasions by Muslims of non-Muslim lands have nothing to do with that beginning. This guy has been awarded with the “Literature Prince of Asturias Award” and, if you don’t know, Asturias is the land where the Reconquest began. From HazteOir.org/Europa Press:

The Prince of Asturias Prize for Literature 2010, Amin Maalouf, said upon his arrival in Spain that episodes like the Reconquista and the Crusades marked the beginning of the confrontation between two worlds, the West and the Arabic one. 

In his bizarre statement, made precisely in Asturias, Lebanese writer and journalist who lives in France said he did not perceive these historic events as the root cause of the problems of Muslim countries:

A conflict between two worlds, which began with the Crusades and the Reconquista, and then in the fifteenth century begins the period of decadence of the Arab world. Both the Crusades and the Reconquista, or the expulsion of Arabs from Sicily, were moments that crystallized the conflict, but not the cause of the problem. ” (Which was?)
 

Maalouf also supported the coexistence and coexistence between cultures, because “we have no other choice, we have to live together” (like the coexistence that exists in the “Arabic” world between cultures, religions and beliefs???):

“We have different religions, languages and beliefs.” (Wow, if he hadn’t said that, who would have known?

The writer recalled that German Chancellor Angela Merkel said recently that the coexistence in Germany failed, “but I think it is the only country in which it has failed” (Lebanon is also a very multicultural society, isn’t it? Ask all the expatriates who have gone because they couldn’t stand Islamist terrorist violence. It’s marvellous to live in Paris theorizing about what others are suffering and doing it always attacking the history and culture of the country where you’re staying without being harrassed or threatened…):

“We live together and should reflect on how we can live together, if we want to preserve a harmonious coexistence.” 

Afghanistan: Taliban use children to prepare their weapons, carry ammunition and as spies

This is nothing new, I’m afraid, but it is not mentioned enough:

The Taliban are using children to prepare their weapons, carrying their ammunition in the battlefield, and also and primarily as spies, according to research by Britain’s Sky News and released Thursday.(…)

The television found on the ground in Helmand, where is deployed the bulk of the British contingent in Afghanistan, how children are studying the tactics of clearance of foreign forces and then pass the information on the methods used by the insurgent group, which turn adapted their bombs to avoid detection and cause a larger number of casualties.

Also, children are the ones who are reporting on troop movements and patrols to the Taliban to carry out attacks with maximum impact.

This was the same TV program in which a Taliban leader said UK Muslim brothers were funding them.

India: Youth attacked for befriending Muslim girl

A local court on Thursday granted bail to Yogish (29), a resident of Uppinangady who was reportedly assaulted by a vigilante mob on Monday, for fraternising with a teenage Muslim girl. 

Mr. Yogesh was charged with “outraging the modesty” of the girl under Section 354 of the Indian Penal Code. The court granted bail to four persons who were part of the mob that allegedly assaulted Mr. Yogish, and charged under Sections 146 (rioting) and 295-A (outraging/insulting a religious class). They have been identified as Mansoor, Noor Ahmed, Anees and Iliyas.

Speaking to The Hindu after his release from the government hospital where he was treated under judicial custody, Mr. Yogish said that he had been falsely charged in the case. He said that he was attacked only because he had befriended a Muslim girl.

“I have known the girl for a few weeks now. She lives in my neighbourhood and we were just friends. All we would do is wave out to each other and say ‘hello’ whenever we met,” he said.

According to him, these “innocent gestures” were construed to be something else by fundamentalists in the area.

via The Hindu : Karnataka / Mangalore News : Youth attacked for befriending girl.

Germany: Danger of terrorism on the rise, police chief says

Danger of terrorism on the rise in Germany, police chief says – Monsters and Critics:

“The danger of terrorism is ‘greater than ever,’ the head of Germany’s Federal police, the BKA, said on Wednesday.

The threat of militant Islamist attacks was a ‘high abstract danger for Germany,’ Joerg Ziercke told delegates at the agency’s annual convention.

He said the number of preliminary investigations into Islamist threats had risen constantly since 2001, to reach a current peak of 352. On top of this, Ziercke added that judgements had been passed in 26 high-profile court cases since 2003.

Security agents believe there are more than 1,000 militant Islamists in Germany who are prepared to resort to violence, and know of more than 220 people who have received paramilitary training since the early 1990s.”

Background:
Arrested man confesses in court to terrorism charges.
Afghanistan: 8 German killed while receiving terrorist training.
Kenya: German linked to terrorism alarms authorities.
Islamists aim to infiltrate Hamburg mosques.
Eight Islamist indicted for supporting terrorism abroad.

UK: Government to Track Every Email and Website Visit

I really don’t like this.

UK Government to Track Every Email and Website Visit:

“In December, the UK government Coalition came up with plans to monitor and track every email, and web site visit, as well as when, where, and to and from whom a text or phone call was made, for every Briton.

These plans were stalled last December by the Labour Government, but now the Home Office has decided to revive them, despite the Coalition Agreement to “end the storage of Internet and email records without good reason”.

There will be no “super database” as once thought, but many different service providers will store each Briton’s details for a certain amount of time. That way the security as well as police can track the phone calls, emails, text messages and website visits which each citizen makes, as long as they make the claim that there was a need to do so because of terrorism or crime.”

We’ll see whose data are going to be visible for the Govt: the ones of normal citizens or of criminals. Because the latter know how to avoid internet controls, but normal citizens are not worried about their trail on Internet.

India: Major Challenges include Threat From Pakistan, Extremist Groups, Poll finds

Indians See Threat From Pakistan, Extremist Groups | Pew Global Attitudes Project:

“Indians believe their country faces a number of major challenges, including crime and corruption. And nearly two years after the deadly Mumbai attacks, 81% say terrorism is a very big problem.

Moreover, a plurality of Indians characterize Lashkar-e-Taiba, the group widely blamed for the Mumbai attacks, as the greatest threat facing their country. One-third name Pakistan as the greatest threat – and overwhelmingly Indians believe there is a link between these two threats: 58% say the Pakistani government actively supports extremist groups like Lashkar-e-Taiba, while another 21% think it at least tolerates them. And if these groups were to conduct another terrorist attack against India, most would support military action against them in Pakistan.

Overall, Indians take a dim view of their neighbor and longtime rival: 81% express a negative opinion of Pakistan. Concern that the Pakistani state will be consumed by extremism is widespread: 78% are worried that extremists groups will take over Pakistan.”

China: Woman Forced to Abort at 8 Months, his husband says

Husband: China Forces Wife to Abort at 8 Months – CBS News:

“A pregnant woman in south China was detained, beaten and forced to have an abortion just a month before her due date because the baby would have violated the country’s one-child limit, her husband said Thursday.

Construction worker Luo Yanquan said his wife was taken kicking and screaming from their home by more than a dozen people on Oct. 10 and detained in a clinic for three days by family planning officials, then taken to a hospital and injected with a drug that killed her baby.

Family planning officials told the couple they weren’t allowed to have the child because they already have a 9-year-old daughter, Luo said.

For the last 30 years, China has limited most urban couples to just one child in a bid to curb population growth and conserve its limited resources. China has the world’s largest population, with more than 1.3 billion people. Couples that flout the rules face hefty fines, seizure of their property and loss of their jobs.

The case is an extreme example of the coercive measures Chinese officials sometimes use to comply with the strict family planning regulations. Though illegal, police and judicial authorities often look the other way when forced abortion cases are reported and the heavily censored state media shy away from such news.

But in recent years, victims have begun to speak out about their ordeals with the help of the Internet and text messaging. Aiding them are social campaigners and lawyers who have documented cases of forced late-term abortions. Similar abuses have been reported in Hebei and Shandong provinces and in the Guangxi region. “

I know this is not the main subject of this blog, but this is so monstrous that I have at least to mention it.