Archive for June 2008
The African Union summit got under way in this Egyptian Red Sea resort a day after Mugabe was sworn in as president for a sixth term following the widely discredited runoff Friday in which he was the only candidate. Opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai withdrew after his supporters became targets of brutal state-sponsored violence.
The campaign was brutal enough, as to arrive in Britain where it involved “surveillance, threats against family members in Zimbabwe, menacing late-night phone calls and bogus messages saying that fundraising activities are cancelled or disrupted“.
A new report by the British charity ActionAid indicates that unborn baby girls are being disproportionately aborted in some areas of India, while significant numbers who live until birth are being deliberately neglected and left to die. In one area in the state of Punjab, there are only 300 girls for every 1,000 boys among high cast families, the report claims.
ActionAid joined Canada’s International Development Research Center (IDRC) to produce the Disappearing Daughters report, the BBC says. After interviewing more than 6,000 households in sites across five states in northwestern India, researchers found that the proportion of girls to boys was noticeably below the natural rate of 950 girls to every 1,000 boys.
In three of the five study sites, the ratio of girls to boys was under 800 per 1,000.
It’s curious the lack of coverage this girls’ murder have in Western press. But it is more important that what can be considered at first:
Societies that practice sex selection in favor of males (sometimes called son preference or female deselection) are quite common, especially in China, Korea, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia, India, Pakistan, New Guinea, and many other developing countries in Asia and North Africa ; sex selection in favor of females appears to be rare or non-existent, although some legends of Amazons say that they practiced male infanticide. In 2005, 90 million women were estimated to be missing in seven Asian countries alone due, apparently, to prenatal sex selective abortion. 
Tags Technorati: Disappearing Daughters’ report, selective abortion, Punjab, India, ActionAid, International Development Research Center, China, Korea, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia, Pakistan, New Guinea, protect the children
The peaceful fourth century monastery of Deir Abu-Fana (St Epiphanius) was the target of an atrocious attack by a group of some 70 Arabs’, as tribal communities that live in the desert are called, armed with automatic weapons, on Saturday 31 May. At 5:00pm the attack started at the farmlands surrounding the monastery buildings. The plants and fields were destroyed, and the monks and workers assaulted. The gas-fired irrigation pumps were broken and the gas used to torch the monastery buildings and cells. The attack converged on the central compound; three cells were burnt and the mushroom produce building destroyed, as well as a tractor owned by the monastery. The tractor is a major means of transport for the monks among the sand dunes.
The attackers set the Church of the Pope Kyrillos on fire, destroyed the altar, tore and torched the bibles and icons, and ruined the wire fence recently built to protect the monastery.
Father Bakhoum, 35, was shot in the shoulder and leg, Father Fini was injured in the arm, and the two cadets Brother Sawiris, 30, and Brother Michael, 25, were injured in their arms and legs. One of the attackers, Khalil Ibrahim Mohamed, 39, was killed.
When they finally left, the attackers abducted three monks, Fathers Youa’nnis, Maximous, and Andrawes, as well as Ibrahim Taqqi who is the brother of one of the monks and was incidentally visiting the monastery at the time. (Read it all).
I fear that our mut`ah advocate may have hit upon a policy more dangerous to American civilization than WMDs or even the intellectual appeal of Islam purely as a religion: the siren song of sex. Men are notoriously weak in this regard, and if mut`ah is allowed to exist, even sub rosa, how long will it be before irreligious, or even lapsed Christian, American males begin to see the sexual advantages of Shi`i Islam? Some would certainly argue that mut`ah is a more realistic marriage institution for the male of the species than that rather more demanding serial monogamy which Christianity has mandated. And even in these days of rising ethanol demand, a handful of corn is not that hard to come by.
This raises what many consider to be the two major assaults on the Judeo-Christian West today: from without, the push for sharia law; from within, the push to redefine the institution of marriage. Both are major areas of concern, and both must be firmly resisted.
Just don’t try to do it if you are NOT Muslim… or you can get burned. And not by love precisely…
Spanish Minister for Equality, Bibiana Aído, clarified her own statements on the veil, because Spanish VP, De La Vega remarked that “Spanish Government respects Islamic veil”. She mustn’t have seen this ad then:
Caption: “You can’t stop them. But you can protect yourself. Your creator has your best interests at heart.”
France 24 has posted this image, which is circulating via e-mail in Egypt to promote the use of the hijab and niqab by Egyptian women. The message is the same as that of Sheik Taj Din al-Hilali, who in 2006 outraged Australians by comparing un-veiled women to uncovered meat.
As usual, the notion of men having the responsibility to control themselves, or even being able to do so, is completely absent.
And in case she would have seen it, I don’t think she would have said anything different: Spanish Islamic Council supported Zapatero on the March 9th elections.
Related: Photo of Ahmadinejad’s wife. Really well protected.
Five youths detained after a Jewish teenager was beaten into a coma by a gang in Paris have been released without charge, AFP reported Wednesday quoting judicial officials.
(…) The Paris prosecutor Jean-Claude Marin said Tuesday the 17-year-old victim, Rudy Haddad, was beaten by a gang after street brawls between Jewish teenagers and youths of north African and sub-Saharan descent.
(…) The prosecutor has confirmed the anti-Semitic character of the aggression and said anti-Semitic insults – like “dirty Jew” – were shouted during the aggression.
As Krishna says in th above link:
Anti-Semitism is on the rise worldwide, but its especially noticeable in Europe. There is a definite connection between hatred of Israel and hatred of Jews in general. Both are inflammed by media coverage that is strongly biased against Israel.
Some speculate that India’s weak central government, which is run by an uneasy coalition between the Congress Party and the Left Front, could be contributing to the unrest. Others attribute the upheaval to rapid changes in Indian society.
Whether they are Muslims protesting the plan to build a Hindu temple on forest land (three people killed more than two dozen injured) or Nepali-speaking separatists, they are just trying to desestabilize Indian Government. Today 50 members of an elite anti-insurgency force were sank by “Maoist rebels” and also today Indian Kasmir Government has reversed its decision to hand over some forest land to build a place for Hindu pilgrims, after a week of protests by Muslim followers.
I wrote the other day about how Russian growing Muslim population could influence its foreign policy. Well, it’s also influencing its interior policy:
The agreement (value: $1.5 million) provides for grants and stipends to students of Russian Islamic institutes for research, the translation and publication of books on Islam in Russian, and for material support to Islamic institutes.
In addition, the agreement provides for international seminars on “The Role of Russia and the Islamic World in Strengthening the Alliance of Civilizations.”
Meanwhile, three people have been killed, and four hurt in clashes with Caucusus jihadists.
Baitullah’s marshaling of Pashtun tribal nationalism is a troubling development with potential to create great harm to Pakistan, and to drive a wedge between the current government and Nato. They are continuing to work through student groups, political and religious groups in the moderate urban areas of Pakistan in an effort to Talibanize the nation and replicate the Iranian Revolution. It’s bound to fail as the Sindh and Punjab will not allow rule by tribals over the long run, no matter how fractional the factions within the government become. In their latest move it appears that they are attempting to move on Peshawar, one of Pakistan’s major cities, and a favorite haunt of Osama Bin Laden.
Of course, not all news are bad: for example, Germany has voted overwhelmingly in favor of sending more troops to Afghanistan. Sarkozy has also promised to continue “shoulder to shoulder” with the US-led coalition. Canada has also announced to increase Canadian commitment through to 2011. Australian Labour has also stated they will be sending more troops to Afghanistan. New Zealand has already sent more troops.
But is there any good news coming from inside Pakistan-Afghanistan? Well, there is a Facebook group praising Baitullah Mehsud. :shock: Some days ago, Brig Mark Caleton-Smith considered the good news inside Afghanistan, who were, according him in hte brink of defeat as in the past two years an estimated 7,000 Taliban have been killed, the majority in southern and eastern Afghanistan. But it is the “very effective targeted decapitation operations” that have removed “several echelons of commanders”.
I must say I wasn’t very optimistic about her maintaining a so clear position, when she stated that “not all forms of cultural practices should be protected, if they are against Human Rights or discriminate the women”, specially as the Spanish Islamic Council asked to vote for the Socialists in the past elections. And of course, she has actually backtracked, remarking the right of women to be wrong sometimes, after the Spanish VP, De La Vega, contradicted her, stating “Spanish Government respects Islamic veil“.
Related: Death linked to Muslim veil sparks debate in Canada. It’s a pity the debate always happens after someone’s killed, not before. And it’s a pity Spanish VP does not take into account this result before making any comments.
To the dismay of Labour backbenchers, even the extremist British National Party beat their candidate in the contest to fill a parliamentary seat vacated by Boris Johnson, the new mayor of London. The Conservatives held on to the seat in Oxfordshire, defeating (in
order of finish) candidates for the Liberal Democrats, the Greens, the BNP and Labour.
even if it’s worrying, because it means that, as happened in France with PS and Front National, the Labour people are probably more and more voting for BNP. It was also significant because it was Gordon’s first anniversary as PM. Bad way to celebrate it.
Related: From the BNP to radical Islam. Even if you couldn’t say that’s possible… ;)
A net-neutrality activist group has uncovered plans for the demise of the free Internet by 2010 in Canada. By 2012, the group says, the trend will be global.
Bell Canada and TELUS, Canada’s two largest Internet service providers (ISPs), will begin charging per-site fees on most Internet sites, reports anonymous sources within TELUS.
(…) The plans would in effect be economic censorship, with only the top 100 to 200 sites making the cut in the initial subscription package. Such plans would likely favor major news outlets and suppress smaller news outlets, as the major news outlets would be free (with subscription), and alternative news outlets, like AFP, would incur a fee for every visit.
(…)“By 2012 ISPs all over the globe will reduce Internet access to a TV-like subscription model, only offering access to a small standard amount of commercial sites and require extra fees for every other site you visit. These ‘other’ sites would then lose all their exposure and eventually shut down, resulting in what could be seen as the end of the Internet,” Leysen said.
Even if these are not good news, there are people who have predicted it. In fact, it has happened already… with TV or radio broadcasting:
The introduction of broadcasting not only eroded the number of voices, it actually reversed free speech, placing government back in control of news.
This will mean just the end of the blogosphere as we know it.
WHO KNEW? The French Europe minister, Jean-Pierre Jouyet, has declared that American neo-conservatives bear much of the blame for the Irish no vote to the Lisbon Treaty. Speaking to a pro-European jamboree in Lyons on June 21st, Mr Jouyet (a former aide to Jacques Delors recruited by Nicolas Sarkozy for his knowledge of the corridors of Brussels power), offered the following thought:
“The fight for Europe is not over, Europe has powerful enemies with deep pockets, as we have seen during the Irish referendum. They come not from Europe, but from the other side of the Atlantic.”
(…) The original allegation came from an Irish member of parliament, Lucinda Creighton, in a statement attacking two businessmen, Declan Ganley and Ulick McEvaddy, who had poured considerable time and money into part of the no campaign. In Ms Creighton’s analysis, they were opposed to Lisbon because it would make Europe stronger, which was
against American strategic interests, and would threaten their contracts with the American military.
Instead of blaming anything but the real causes for Ireland to reject the treaty of Lisbon, they should focus on reality: people rejected it because it’s European Constitution no.2, copied from the 1st one… But no, no, it’s all a big conspiracy.
And most people haven’t even seen this video… which shows the real enemies of the EU: corruption and secrecy.
(+) Anti-Idiotarian Rottweiler writes about this video:
the journalists, who by the way have special permits to report about the EU Parliament (yes, apparently you need a specific permit to report in the EUrinal), are summarily thrown out by security for the “offense” of showing the EUnuch Overlords in the commission of theft.
Pakistani forces bombarded suspected militant hideouts with mortar
shells Saturday as the government launched a major offensive against
Taliban fighters threatening the main city in the country’s volatile
northwest, officials said.
Taliban militants in northwest Pakistan publicly slit the throats of
two Afghans today after they were accused of spying for US forces
suspected of launching a missile strike in May.
The crowd shouted: “Allahu Akbar” (God is Greatest) when the Taliban held up the severed heads of the victims (…). After the killings, shooting broke down.
The Talibans called the locals to the rally using the loudspeakers of the village mosques.
The Afghan-Pakistani problem.
Was he kidnapped and then killed (more in Wikipedia: “Rahho expressed disquiet at the moves to incorporate Sharia law more fundamentally into the Iraqi constitution“) because he had stopped paying the jizya?
American military officials now say that as security began to improve around Iraq last year, Archbishop Rahho, 65, stopped paying the protection money, one sliver of the frightening larger shadow of violence and persecution that has forced hundreds of thousands of Christians from Iraq. That decision, the officials say, may be why he was kidnapped in February. Two weeks later, his body was found in a shallow grave outside Mosul, the biblical city of Nineveh.
Now just take this into account:
The native infidel “dhimmi” (which derives from both the word for “pact”, and also “guilt” — guilty of religious errors) population had to recognize Islamic ownership of their land, submit to Islamic law, and accept payment of the Koranic poll tax (jizya)-the tax paid in lieu of being slain-based on Koran 9:29. Al- Mawardi notes that:
“The enemy makes a payment in return for peace and reconciliation… Reconciliation and security last as long as the pavment is made. If the payment ceases, then the jihad resumes.”
2. Ask the church to get a signed consent form from everyone, parents and children, everyone, stating that they are not forced to attend and are there of their own free will. Later he added that this consent should be drawn up by a lawyer who is familiar with the Human Rights Laws.
4. The church needs to contact the education people and take a curriculum of the program and demonstrate that it is an educational program.
5. The church needs to contact the police to make sure they do not view the program as bordering on criminal activity—need to show them the curriculum so they know what is going on and do not arrive on the scene.
I would like to ask if those same requirements must be fulfilled by any other event or just by those held by a church. For example, what would happen if this was a political party/a gay parade or just a sport association instead of a church meeting? Would they also ask for all these requirements.
The good news are that the complaint against Mark Steyn and Maclean has been dropped. The bad news are for bloggers who are also on prosecution or could be on the following months, as they can’t afford the best lawyers or the publicity Steyn and Maclean were having inside Canada. Of course, Islamic Congress is dissapointed the Tribunal made this decision without hearing the compelling evidence of hate and the expert testimony they recently presented to the British Columbia Human Rights Commision, in the words of Faisal Joseph, the legal counsel to the Islamic Congress.
There are also bad news for people reading books about terrorism in Ottawa’s airport. Someone can even file a complaint about you.
As I wrote here and here, Kim is not someone who tells the truth… anyway, just let time pass and we will all know what he is asking for handing over the nuclear bombs: Analysis: Complex issues remain on NKorea nukes – Yahoo! News
Past experience suggests North Korea will seek more rewards before it moves further to disarm. If Pyongyang actually hands over the nuclear bombs believed to be in its arsenal — the country’s most valuable bargaining chips — the communist leadership would only do so after a long wish list of demands is granted.
The North has repeatedly shown a talent for brinksmanship, along with a mastery of playing countries against each other. And Pyongyang is just getting started.
So we arrive now at why NK is doing it now: they can be doing it because they are really desperate and want better relations with USA, trying to achieve survival through deceit, using their nuclear arsenal to ask for a better treatment; or they can be telling the truth, because it would not be convenient for them to have nukes if they are going to collapse economically.
I don’t think NK is sincere (it would be the first time), but as I said before, we will see what happens next.
Meanwhile, the HR’s abuses continue. Let us not forget that part.
In the internal Bush administration war between the State Department and Mr. Cheney’s office over North Korea, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and her top North Korea envoy, Christopher R. Hill, won a major battle against the Cheney camp when President Bush announced Thursday that he was taking the country he once described as part of the “axis of evil” off the State Department’s list of state sponsors of terrorism.
Let’s hope US has not been lied to in this…