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Christian girl with Down’s Syndrome arrested in Pakistan for desecrating Koran: reports

In Uncategorized on August 20, 2012 at 19:07

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — A young Christian girl with Down’s Syndrome has been arrested in Pakistan for desecrating Koran, according to reports

The girl, believed to be as young as 11, was arrested for violating the country’s strict blasphemy laws after a mob surrounded her house and accused her of burning pages of the Koran.

The arrest of the girl and outrage among the local community demonstrates the deep emotion that suspected blasphemy cases can evoke in this conservative Muslim country, where rising extremism often means religious minorities live in fear of persecution.

In Pakistan, anyone found guilty of insulting Islam’s Prophet Muhammad, or holy book, the Koran, can be sentenced to death, although they’re rarely if ever executed.

A Pakistani police officer, Zabi Ullah, said Monday that the girl was arrested Thursday after hundreds of neighbours, angry over reports she had allegedly burned religious papers, gathered outside her house in a poor outlying district of the capital, Islamabad.

He said the police took the girl to the police station, and that she’s been held for 14 days while authorities investigate.

“About 500-600 people had gathered outside her house in Islamabad, and they were very emotional, angry and they might have harmed her if we had not quickly reacted,” he said.

“Some Muslims from the area claim the girl had burned pages of the Koran, and we are investigating, and we have not reached any conclusion,” he said.

Mukhtar Khan, neighbor of an arrested Christian girl, shows the locked house of a girl and vowed will never allow them to live in this neighborhood, in a suburb of Islamabad, Pakistan on Monday, Aug. 20, 2012.

Another police official, Qasim Niazi, said when the girl was brought to the police station she had a shopping bag that contained various religious and Arabic-language papers that had been partly burned but no Koran.

Another police officer said the matter would likely be dropped once the investigation is completed and the atmosphere is defused, saying there was “nothing much to the case.” He did not want to be identified due to the sensitivity of the case.

There were varying reports on the girl’s age and whether she was mentally handicapped. Ullah said she was 16 while other officials have said she was either 12 or 11. Niazi said that when the girl was brought to the police station she was scared and unable to speak normally, but he did not know whether she was mentally handicapped.

Christians often live in fear that they will be accused of blasphemy, and many critics say the legislation is sometimes used to settle scores.

Angry mobs have been known to sometimes take the law into their own hands and beat or kill people who are accused of violating the blasphemy laws. In July, thousands of people dragged a Pakistani man accused of desecrating the Koran from a police station in the central Pakistani city of Bahawalpur, beat him to death and then set his body on fire.

Attempts to revoke or alter the blasphemy laws have been met with violent opposition, however.

Last year, two prominent Pakistani political figures who spoke out against the laws were killed, in attacks that raised concerns about the rise of religious extremism in Pakistan.

Liberal politician Salman Taseer was shot and killed by one of his own guards in January 2011, and in March 2011, militants gunned down Shahbaz Bhatti, the only Christian minister in Pakistan’s Cabinet.

A spokesperson for Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari, Farhatullah Babar, said the president has taken “serious note” of reports of the girl’s arrest and has asked the Interior Ministry to look into the case.

Destroying World’s heritage again…

In Uncategorized on July 4, 2012 at 15:30

Max Fisher – Max Fisher is an associate editor at The Atlantic, where he edits the International channel.

These 600-Year Old World Heritage Sites Might Be Rubble by August

The West African city of Timbuktu used to be one of Africa’s richest and most important, a nexus of trade across the Sahara and a center of religious and scientific learning as far back as the 1400s. The relics of that history still stand in the form of such world heritage sites as the University of Sankore. More recently, this city in the sprawling West African country of Mali has been a tourism draw. But, on April 2, it came under new ownership: rebels from an ethnic minority known as Tuareg, who’d sought independence for years. Five days later they got it, declaring northern Mali as the independent country of Azawad. Then, on June 1, breakaway rebels with the extremist Islamist group Ansar Dine (translation: “Defenders of Faith”) took control of Timbuktu.

In their first month of rule, Ansar Dine has shut down the tourism industry (“We are against tourism. They foster debauchery,” a representative said), sent locals fleeing, and, over the past four days, destroyed half of the shrines that mark Timbuktu’s ancient and remarkable history. The United Nations condemned the destruction and the International Criminal Court suggested it could be a war crime, but Ansar Dine insisted they won’t slow down, later pulling a beautiful Gothic door off the Sidi Yahya mosque that became one of the world’s great centers of learning during the 1400s. They follow an extreme form of Islam (though a relatively modern one; it emerged in late-1700s Saudi Arabia) that sees Timbuktu’s shrines and mosque-universities as sacrilegious; a form of idol-worship. Their campaign is still going — it’s been compared to the Taliban’s early-2001 destruction of ancient Buddha statues — and some observers worry that many of Timbuktu’s historical treasures, which have survived countless invasions and empires, won’t live out the month. more: http://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2012/07/under-attack-timbuktus-beautiful-historic-sites/259360/

Toulouse shootings: Merah’s path to murder By Richard Galpin BBC News, Toulouse

In Uncategorized on March 23, 2012 at 06:53

“Mohammed Merah, once a petty criminal who liked going to nightclubs and showing off in cars, has left an indelible stain.

From crime to Islam

And the path which led ultimately to the killing spree in which he took the lives of young children, a rabbi and soldiers, has today been revealed in some detail by government officials.

Their information is based on what they call the “confession” made by Merah as police officers negotiated with him during the siege of the apartment building.

He told them his path to radical Islam began in Toulouse five years ago while serving a prison sentence for robbery.

“He said while inside [prison] he became a keen reader of the Koran,” Paris prosecutor Francois Molins revealed, “and spoke about his al-Qaeda training in Waziristan [Pakistan]”.

Merah travelled to Pakistan and Afghanistan on his own, according to the prosecutor, making it harder to keep him under observation.

On return to France he did not show up on any known militant Islamist network.

The large cache of weapons he obtained for the attack was apparently bought with the proceeds of another robbery.

‘Die as a mujahideen’

His violent brand of ideology is revealed in the gruesome video he recorded of the three attacks which began on 11 March.

As he shoots one of three soldiers who were murdered, he apparently says: “You kill my brothers, I kill you.”

The “brothers” is presumably a reference to the Taliban in Afghanistan, where French troops make up part of the Nato forces in the country.

Like many militants inspired by the radical ideology of al-Qaeda and other groups, Merah seems to have believed he would be rewarded if he was killed.

He’s quoted by police negotiators as saying he wanted “to die as a mujahideen with a weapon in his hands and he would therefore go to paradise. Whereas if it was policemen who were killed, for them it would be too bad.”

Merah ended up being shot through the head by a police sniper as he tried to escape from the apartment by jumping out of a window.

He did die with a weapon in his hand – a Colt 45.”

The immorality of Afghanistan’s ‘moral crimes’

In Uncategorized on January 21, 2012 at 07:56

“Please help us.”

Those were the first words that my client, Gulnaz, said when I met her inside the Kabul prison that was home to hundreds of women, many of whom, like her, were locked away for so-called moral crimes — adultery or running away from home. The frail 20-year-old clung to her baby, who was conceived through rape and born on the prison floor, where mother and child had lived for nearly two years.

Tearfully, Gulnaz recounted the story of the assault that took place in 2009. The attacker, nearly twice her age, pinned her down, tied her up and then savagely raped her. She described going to the police with her disabled, widowed mother to report the rape. There she was instantly imprisoned for reporting the crime. With no male head of household present, the two women were not taken seriously.

After years of advocacy by human rights groups and other activists, and a decade of war by the United States and its allies — a war in which the need to uphold the rights of women has often been invoked — Afghan women remain trapped in a legal system that often punishes them for being the victims of brutal crimes.

My illiterate client told me of her experience going to court with her illegitimate daughter and not understanding the legal process. She was forced to represent herself after her Afghan lawyer failed to show up, yet the judges who presided over the case refused to allow her to speak. Instead, they berated Gulnaz for lying, insisting that women cannot get pregnant by having sex just once. This assertion was the basis for the 12-year sentence that was imposed, with a wrenching caveat: Marrying her attacker would allow her to be “free.”

Unfortunately, Gulnaz’s case is not an anomaly but represents the situation that more than half of the imprisoned women in Afghanistan find themselves in — locked up for moral crimes, according to a recent studyby the United Nations.

‘Honor’ crimes

In Uncategorized on December 5, 2011 at 10:14

The Iranian and Kurdish Women’s Rights Organization obtained information from police agencies that track “honor killings” and assaults, kidnappings and threats designed to punish or coerce women, The Guardian reported.

Fionnuala Ni Mhurchu, the organization’s campaign officer, said there may be a number of reasons for the increase. Police are becoming more aware of honor crimes while young women from traditional communities are less accepting of old practices.

“They’re resisting abuses of their human rights such as forced marriage more and more,” she said. “And as a result they’re being subjected to this kind of violence. We hear from the community that this violence is on the increase.”

In India more than 5,000 brides die annually because their dowries are considered insufficient, according to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). Crimes of passion, which are treated extremely leniently in Latin America, are the same thing with a different name, some rights advocates say.

“In countries where Islam is practiced, they’re called honor killings, but dowry deaths and so-called crimes of passion have a similar dynamic in that the women are killed by male family members and the crimes are perceived as excusable or understandable,” said Widney Brown, advocacy director for Human Rights Watch.

The practice, she said, “goes across cultures and across religions.”

Complicity by other women in the family and the community strengthens the concept of women as property and the perception that violence against family members is a family and not a judicial issue.

“Females in the family—mothers, mothers-in-law, sisters, and cousins—frequently support the attacks. It’s a community mentality,” said Zaynab Nawaz, a program assistant for women’s human rights at Amnesty International.

Read more: http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2002/02/0212_020212_honorkilling.html

Hello again, Big Brother…

In Uncategorized on November 12, 2011 at 08:51

Its just as bad as during Soviet times sometime. Political correctness, spin and citizens constantly spying on citizens. Day after day there is something on the news – neighbours being filmed secretly over the fence, so called “friends” reporting private conversations and so on. Yes, real criminals should be punished, but at what price?

I am actually a person who, unfortunately, could be easily offended by any word (but also fast to forgive & forget) so I just can’t understand how any even slightly “politically incorrect” unintentional word is considered almost a crime nowadays. Somebody always will be offended by one thing or another. But its presumably OK to hate your neighbours, spy on them and report them. And to have one-sided national news coverage on many occasions – that’s not politically incorrect.

“Oh, Hello!” – just waiving to the next door camera pointing directly at our kitchen window. And this is probably one of the most low-crime places on Earth…

12 February 2009

In Uncategorized on November 1, 2011 at 06:24

Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities

Voltaire
French author, humanist, rationalist, & satirist (1694 – 1778)

A catchy headline

In kids on September 29, 2011 at 13:01

Some time last summer kids were invited to a friend. This friend had a relative (a young man) coming and they all had an excellent time. Few days after that the young man was murdered. Unfortunately things like that happen even in relatively crime-free parts of the world. A local newspaper really surprised me in describing the event (at least twice) in the following terms: “a 20-year-old man has admitted the manslaughter of a teenager.” The victim was 19 years old. Obviously the difference in age was minimal but to get a catchy headline the paper would stop at nothing.

In Uncategorized on September 20, 2011 at 05:43

porknozzlejones:

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Terrible Town – Oradour-sur-Glane, France

In the summer of 1944, a horrible atrocity took place in Oradour-sur-Glane that was so terrible the entire village has ever since been martyred. On that day, company of German Waffen-SS massacred 642 residents, including women and children. The slaughter was reportedly an attack against the French Resistance and one of the war criminals responsible admitted that there was no military objective. The war criminal then continued to tell that the men were shot in the legs to guarantee a more painful death and the women and children were shot in the head.

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