Archive for November 2008
A Chinese medical researcher and businessman was executed Friday on charges of spying for Taiwan, his family said.Ran Chen, who has Austrian citizenship, said her father’s execution by gunshot was confirmed at 5 p.m. via the Austrian embassy in Beijing.
“Today, our beloved father, Wo Weihan, was executed,” a statement from Chen and her sister Di Chen said. “His life was taken from him before he or our family could say its last goodbyes.”
(…) Human rights groups and diplomats from the EU, Austria and the United States had appealed to China on Wo’s behalf, contending that he did not receive a fair trial and was given an overly harsh sentence.
(…) Wo was accused of passing data on missile guidance systems and other sensitive information to a group linked to Taiwanese intelligence agencies. Taiwan and mainland China have been divided amid civil war since 1949.
Somali pirates on Friday seized a specialist tanker after a desperate defence by unarmed security guards in what was thought to be the first attack on a ship with its own deterrent on board.
The pirates’ success will raise fresh concerns about the value of using security guards to protect ships in the dangerous sea lanes between Somalia and Yemen, where most of the 40 vessel seizures reported this year have taken place.
The three guards, all ex-Royal Marines, came under a hail of fire from half a dozen pirates using AK-47 rifles and rocket propelled grenades.
They kept the pirates at bay for more than an hour using hoses, evasive action and a sound device that deafens attackers.
But eventually the team were forced to escape by jumping off the bridge roof to be picked up by a French rescue helicopter.
Are we sooo idiot as to send UNARMED security guards to defend a ship from pirates?
It looks we are…
President Dmitry Medvedev was due to hold talks with Fidel Castro tonight to rebuild Russia’s relations with Cuba almost a decade after they ended in acrimony.The Russian leader earlier met and signed deals on nickel mining and oil exploration with Raul Castro, who succeeded his ailing older brother as Cuba’s president in February.
In a display of bonhomie, the two presidents toured Havana’s historical sights arm in arm. “It has been a magnificent visit and now he will see Fidel,” Raul shouted to TV cameras.
The one-night stop in Havana was the final leg of Medvedev’s week-long Latin America tour, a visit intended to open business opportunties for Russian companies and to show that Moscow could operate in the US backyard amid tension over Washington’s involvement in eastern Europe and the Caucasus.
“One must admit, to put it simply, we have never had a serious presence here (in Latin America). These have been just episodes,” Medvedev told reporters.
How enchanting!! “similar souls look alike“. Considering those two have a soul…
One thousand Christians were today trapped inside the Coptic Orthodox Church of the Virgin Mary in West Ain Shams,Cairo, after more than twenty thousand Muslims attacked them with stones and butane gas cylinders. The Church’s priest Father Antonious said that the situation is extremely dangerous.
The Muslim mob that attacked the church blocked both sides of the street and encircled the church building, broke its doors and demolished its entire first floor. The mob were chanting Jihad verses as well as slogans saying “we will demolish the church” and “We sacrifice our blood and souls, we sacrifice ourselves for you, Islam”, while the entrapped Christians chanted “Lord have mercy”.
The incident started on the occasion of the inauguration of the Church today, when the Muslims hastily established a Mosque in the early hours of this morning, by taking over the first floor of a newly-built building facing the Church and started praying there.
You can see videos of the attack in IBA and Nueva Europa.
Indian commandoes killed the last three gunman at a landmark hotel late Thursday and were sweeping another luxury hotel in search of hostages and trapped people after suspected Muslim militants stormed targets across Mumbai, leaving 119 people dead.
Meanwhile, eight hostages were freed from the headquarters of a Jewish outreach group, according to an official of the Maharashtra state home department, speaking on customary condition of anonymity. However, it was unclear if any others remained inside the ultra-orthodox Chabad Lubavitch offices.
Gunfire and explosions could be heard well into the night from the Taj Mahal and Oberoi hotels, two of the city’s top gathering spots for the Mumbai elite, as well as at Jewish group’s center. Throughout the day, commandoes brought hostages, trapped guests and corpses from the hotels in small groups.
The gunmen’s main targets appeared to be Americans, Britons and Jews, though most of the dead seemed to be Indians and foreign tourists caught in random gunfire.
But clearly the gunmen — some of whom strode casually through their targets in khakis and T-shirts — came ready for a siege.
“They have AK-47s and grenades. They have bags full of grenades and have come fully prepared,” said Maj. Gen. R.K. Hooda.
“The situation is still not under control and we are trying to flush out any more terrorists hiding inside the two hotels,” said Vilasrao Deshmukh, chief minister of Maharashtra state which is home to Mumbai.
(…) Prime Minister Manmohan Singh blamed militants from neighboring countries — usually meaning Pakistan — raising fears of renewed tension between the nuclear-armed rivals.
“It is evident that the group which carried out these attacks, based outside the country, had come with single-minded determination to create havoc in the commercial capital of the country,” he said in a televised address.
The attacks show the terrorists have changed their strategies:
A group calling itself the Deccan Mujahideen has claimed responsibility for the attacks but little is known of it.
The men were of South Asian appearance and reportedly spoke Hindi, indicating they originated in India.
Attacks over recent years have seen a variety of different groups named, particularly the Indian Mujahideen who had apparently threatened to attack Mumbai in September, claiming that Muslims had been harassed.
The authorities have often pointed the finger at the Students’ Islamic Movement of India, believing that other groups like the Indian Mujahideen are a front for this banned organisation.
The BBC has some interesting videos, too.
Islam does not discriminate against any race or religion so non-Muslims do not have to fear if common law and syariah courts were to be merged as suggested by a former Chief Justice.
Syariah Court Judge and Syariah Judicial Department director-general Datuk Ibrahim Lembut said such fears among non-Muslims were unwarranted.
“Islam will defend everybody. The impression that merging the two court systems will override the rights of the non-Muslims is wrong,” he told reporters after attending the International Seminar on Comparative Law at Marriott Hotel here on Tuesday.“
However, we still have a long way to go before we can merge the two court systems although we have held talks on the possibility of harmonising civil and syariah laws,” he said.
He was answering this:
MCA legal bureau chairman Datuk Leong Tang Chong said such a merger would subject non-Muslims to syariah jurisdiction on all legal matters, including interfaith cases related to marriage and divorce.
“To compel a non-Muslim to syariah jurisdiction is a violation of the Federal Constitution as Article 11 assures and guarantees all persons complete freedom of religion,” he said, adding that the MCA strongly objected to the proposal.
He also said the independence of civil court judges should remain within the powers of the civil courts and not be subjected to the interpretation of syariah law.
Malaysia’s prime minister said Wednesday Muslims should still take up yoga, reversing an outright ban that has drawn widespread protests amid concerns over growing Islamic fundamentalism in the multiracial nation.
Malaysia’s National Fatwa Council, comprising Islamic scholars, told Muslims at the weekend to avoid yoga because it uses Hindu prayers that could erode Muslims’ faith.
But the decision drew a sharp rebuke from many Muslims and even Malaysia’s sultans, or hereditary rulers, who said that they should be consulted on any matters involving Islam.
Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi moved to contain the damage, telling the national news agency Bernama that Muslims could carry on doing yoga but minus the chanting.
“I wish to state that a physical regime with no elements of worship can continue, meaning, it is not banned. I believe that Muslims are not easily swayed into polytheism,” he said.
For background of this story: Yoga is Un-Islamic.
A Muslim charity and five of its former leaders were convicted Monday of funneling millions of dollars to the Palestinian militant group Hamas in the retrial of the largest terrorism financing case since the attacks of Sept. 11.
U.S. District Judge Jorge A. Solis announced the 108 guilty verdicts on the eighth day of deliberations in the retrial of the Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development, once the nation’s largest Muslim charity.
Relatives of the former leaders sobbed after the defendants were found guilty of all counts, and one crying woman screamed in the courtroom, “My dad is not a criminal!“
Good news indeed!!!
No, your dad is worst than a criminal: he is in the US without staining his hands with blood and sends money for others to do the dirty work. That’s worse (for me at least) than killing…
A two-week operation to secure the frontier city of Peshawar, which sits on a key supply route for U.S. and NATO troops in Afghanistan, killed 25 suspected militants, a Pakistani official said Monday.Security forces backed by warplanes and artillery swept through an area between the city and Pakistan’s wild tribal belt, where Taliban and al-Qaida militants have found refuge.
Zafrullah Khan, commander of paramilitary Frontier Constabulary troops in the area, said his force and police have taken control of 22 of 25 targeted villages and would clear the others within a week.
China and Russia must deepen their cooperation amid the most serious economic and political changes the world has seen since the Cold War, President Hu Jintao said on Sunday, quoted by Russian agencies.”Currently the international political and economic architecture is experiencing the most deep and serious changes since the Cold War. China and Russia should further strengthen their strategic cooperation,” Hu said at talks with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, Interfax and RIA Novosti reported.
Even if this is only a “convenience marriage“, it’s a very dangerous one: a communist dictatorship plus an autocrac state in which the Russian mob has an outstandingn strength. This is not good.
Russia’s peacekeeping mission in Georgia’s rebel region of South Ossetia denied Sunday that its forces fired on a convoy carrying the presidents of Georgia and Poland, the Interfax news agency reported.”The claims that Russian forces were involved in shooting against the convoy do not correspond to reality,” an official in the mission’s headquarters in the South Ossetian capital Tskhinvali was quoted as saying.
A Georgian presidential spokeswoman said earlier in Tbilisi that Russian forces at a checkpoint near South Ossetia had fired on the convoy in which Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili and Polish counterpart Lech Kaczynski were traveling.
So, who shot the convoy??
The Chinese Foreign Ministry on Sunday rejected a U.N. panel’s report alleging that police in China used torture, calling the accusations “untrue and slanderous” and saying some panel members were prejudiced against Beijing.
The U.N. Committee against Torture said it was “deeply concerned about the continued allegations, corroborated by numerous Chinese legal sources, of the routine and widespread use of torture and ill-treatment of suspects in police custody, especially to extract confessions or information to be used in criminal proceedings,” in a 15-page report released Friday in Geneva.
Qin Gang, a spokesman of the Foreign Ministry, said some members of the committee were “prejudiced” against China, had ignored evidence presented by the Chinese government on the issue of torture and were citing unverified or fabricated information.
“They put untrue and slanderous comments into the committee’s final conclusion, which lacks justice and professional objectiveness, against which China firmly opposes,” Qin said, according to a statement on the Foreign Ministry’s Web site.
Yes, hmm, if they don’t like us, it’s because they are very bad people, because Communist China has sooo much respect for Human Rights…
United Nations General Assembly President Miguel d’Escoto Brockmann (former Sandinista foreign minister and recipient of the International Lenin Peace Prize) said on Tuesday [November 11] that the world body should ban defamation of all religions and disagreed that such a move would impinge upon freedom of speech.
“Yes, I believe that defamation of religion should be banned,” he said in response to a question at a press conference to highlight the interfaith conference at the UN headquarters. No one should try to defame Islam or any other religion, he said, adding: “We should respect all religions.”
The problem is that:
(…) there is a thinly veiled agenda at work here: “a global law to punish blasphemy — a campaign championed by the 56-member Organization of Islamic Conference that puts the rights of religions ahead of individual liberties.”
(…) last week’s UN get-together’s document goes on to emphasize the “special duties and responsibilities necessary
for the respect of the rights or reputations of others, protection of
national security or of public order, or of public health and morals.”
Again they are pushing for the global blasphemy law.
- Muslims Against Sharia Blog Writes about OIC resolution against “Defamation of Religions”.
- Report of Arrakis: Defamation of Religion Document Rejected by UN.
- Nasser Khader calls on Denmark to condemn Islamism at Durban II.
- More on the UN resolutions on the “defamation of religions”.
- Durban II: anti-Western and anti-Semitic feelings á la carte.
- UNHRC advises Britain.
- Petition against the UN resolutions about the “defamations of religions”.
Pop singer Michael Jackson has converted to Islam and changed his name to Mikaeel.
The 50-year-old star pledged his allegiance to the Koran in a ceremony at a friend’s mansion in Los Angeles, the Sun reported.
Jackson sat on the floor wearing a tiny hat after an Imam was summoned to officiate — days before the singer is due to appear at London’s High Court where he is being sued by an Arab Sheikh, the paper said.
Just go over to The Amboy Times and read it all… Lord, this man is even more foolish than I thought… Or not?
# Islamists have used the pirates to bring in arms shipments and foreign fighters, providing weapons and training in their use in return. They also help with bases from which the pirates operate
# Hardliners, known as the Shabab, now have a degree of control over several pirate groups and provide operating funds and specialist weapons in return for a share of the ransoms being paid to free the ships and crew
# As many as 2,500 young Somalis have been trained by the Shabab at points all along the Somali coast
# The Islamists are using the pirates to train their own forces in naval tactics so that they can provide protection for arms being smuggled in Somalia from Eritrea.
According to Phastidio.net, Somali pirates are in talks to buy Citigroup!! (Ehh, no, this was just a joke!!! )
On November 10, after nearly a month in prison, Esha Momeni was released on $200,000 bail in the form of the deed to her parents’ home. The California State University student was visiting Tehran to conduct academic research on the Iranian women’s rights movement. Security officers arrested her during a traffic stop, seized her video tapes, and held her in solitary confinement since October 15 in Tehran’s notorious Evin Prison.
Momeni had been held for several weeks in solitary confinement. According to the deputy general prosecutor of Tehran, Momeni is charged with “propaganda against the state” Momeni is currently back at home with her family. However, her passport and travel documents are still in custody. Additionally, if Momeni is accused of violating bail, the government can take away her family’s home. There are unconfirmed reports today that Momeni is able to leave Iran until her court hearing.
Charged with propaganda against the State… Every totalitarian State has that clause as law.
Let’s hope Momeni can get back to USA without any other kind of harm…
Meanwhile there are US Congressmen who want to talk to Iran… This is no good…
This is truly a surprise for me. This blog is very young, so the fact of being nominated is already a prize for me. Thanks for the people who nominated me.
Two Christian women were shot dead and one was injured in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul on Wednesday.Armed men shot and killed one Christian woman while she waited to catch the bus to got to work in the neighbourhood of al-Qahira in northern Mosul.The attackers then stormed her house and opened fire on the family killing the other sister and injuring their mother, said an unnamed police source quoted by Iraqi news agency Voices of Iraq.Both victims were public employees.
The Christian persecution continues in Iraq…
Ozdemir will the share the leadership of the Greens with Claudia Roth and if the party performs well in next year’s election, he could even be in the running for a cabinet post in a coalition government. Ozdemir says he wants to use his new position to improve cultural integration in Germany, where some 18 percent of the population are immigrants or children of immigrants.