File photo of a child bride.
by, Hidayatullah Hamdard & Hadi Ghafari | RAWA News
Unidentified gunmen shot dead a woman and a girl in Kunduz while a bride was found hanged in central Daikundi province, officials said on Tuesday.
Armed men stormed a house last night, leaving a woman and a girl dead in the Chehl Dukhtaran area on the outskirts of Kunduz City, police said.
The woman and the girl were aged 22 and 18 respectively, according to Syed Sarwar Hussaini, the police spokesman, who believed a family feud was behind the incident. He told Pajhwok Afghan News the perpetrators were yet to be arrested.
The number of women killed in the province surged to 16 with the latest fatalities. A furious husband shot dead his 35 years old wife last month.
Nadira Gia, the women affairs director, condemned the murder had demanded immediate arrest of the killers.
Separately, a 17-year-old bride was found hanged in the capital of Daikundi last night. Col. Nawroz Ali, the crime branch chief, said an investigation had been launched.
Zakia Rezayee, the women affairs director, said the motive behind the killing was yet to be ascertained. The victim had reportedly told her father that her father-in-law had threatened her with death.
The Ministry of Women Affairs says 137 women and girls were killed last year and 58 others this year across the country.
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Muslim rapist: Mohammed Fakhrul Islam, age 33. Photo Courtesy of: The London Evening Standard
by, The London Evening Standard | h/t Blazing CatFur
A man who used emotional blackmail and the threat of shame in order to carry out a campaign of sexual and emotional abuse has been jailed for 17 years.
Mohammed Fakhrul Islam, 33, of Stewart Street, east London, began his campaign of abuse after meeting the victim in Bangladesh in 2008, the Metropolitan Police said.
He was sentenced at Snaresbrook Crown Court today having been found guilty in December of three counts of rape, one count of battery and one count of voyeurism.
While nothing happened at the time of initially meeting his victim, they remained in touch, and in 2010 the victim, then aged 18, came to the UK to study, staying with a relative, police said.
Not knowing anyone in the country she gave her number to Islam believing him to be trustworthy. They became friends but after a while Islam became threatening when he saw her talking with other men.
Police said that late in 2010 they met up and Islam took the victim to a friend’s house. Once there he told her she had to have sex with him or he would contact her parents and inform them they were in a relationship and that her reputation would be ruined.
In fear the victim ran to one of Islam’s friends seeking help, but he refused and told her to return to Islam. He then grabbed the victim and dragged her into a bedroom and raped her. Unbeknown to her, he was secretly filming the attack on his mobile phone.
Following the incident he told her that if she did not do what he wanted he would tell her family they were having sex – knowing that the outcome would be that her uncle would throw her out of his home and she would be disowned by the family, police said.
A week later Islam told the victim they were now in a relationship and could have sex often. He also told her he had footage of the earlier incident and that if she refused to have sex with him he would show the footage to her family and post it online with her phone number, implying she was a prostitute.
He threatened to kill her if she went out with any other man. He raped her a second time and again recorded it.
In February 2013 the victim began to suffer from serious depression as a result of the ongoing abuse and her studies began to suffer. Her parents indicated that they were keen for her to marry and when she relayed this information to Islam he flew into a rage stating that he would not allow her to marry another man, demanding she come to his house and saying he would ruin her life if she refused to do so.
The victim went to Islam’s house in east London where he raped her before telling her: “I am so lucky; I am so happy. I am controlling your life.”
When she refused to go home with him after a shift at work he attacked her and her colleague – strangling her and assaulting the colleague with a set of keys – before fleeing the scene.
After being convinced by her colleague to report the matter the victim finally found the courage to report the mental and sexual abuse she had been subjected to at the hands of Islam.
On March 5 2013 Islam was arrested and he was subsequently charged and convicted.
Detective Constable Caroline Horden, from the Sexual Offences, Exploitation and Child Abuse Command, said: “The victim has shown great strength of character, she found the courage to come forward and speak about her terrible ordeal and because of this a very dangerous individual has been brought to justice.”
by, Staff | The Tower | h/t Blazing CatFur
Last December Israel conducted the third of four planned prisoner releases, part of a basket of confidence building measures designed to coax Palestinian diplomats into peace negotiations and keep them there. Each release has proven more controversial than the last, with the Palestinian public and Palestinian leaders staging spectacles celebrating the freed murderers as heroes.
Issa Abd Rabbo – a Palestinian terrorist who in 1984 came upon two Israeli university students who were hiking, tied them up at gunpoint, and then murdered them – was among those released last October. Palestinian Authority (PA) president Mahmoud Abbasembraced him at a ceremony celebrating the release and lifted up Rabbo’s hands in victory. The effusiveness was directly linked to deepening misgivings among Israelis regarding the releases.
This interview, which shows Rabbo speaking with Palestinian media outlet Ma’an a few weeks ago, won’t help:
Issa Abd Rabbo: “There was supposed to be a military operation shooting at a bus transporting Israeli soldiers… I was surprised when on my way to the area, I waited, waited and waited and the bus didn’t come. I was forced to carry out an operation on my own, an improvisation, I took it upon myself. An Israeli car approached, with two in it. I said, here’s a chance and I don’t want to return empty-handed. They left the car… and walked towards the valley, and sat down under a pine tree. I went down to them. Of course I was masked and was carrying a rifle. He asked me: Are you a guard here? I told him: ‘No, I’m in my home.’ I told him: ‘You are not allowed here. This is our land and our country. You stole it and occupied our land and I’m going to act against you.’ They were surprised by what I told them. I tied them up of course and then sentenced them to death by shooting, in the name of the revolution. I shot them, one bullet each, and went [hiding] in the mountains… I went to my aunt and told her: ‘We have avenged Muhammad’s blood.’”
Host: “She is the mother of Martyr Muhammad Abd Rabbo.”
Issa Abd Rabbo: “I told her: ‘Instead of one, we got two.’ She cried out in joy.”
Video Courtesy of: Palwatch
The Israelis have long emphasized that Palestinian incitement – which ranges fromterrorist glorification to the denial of Jewish rights – fundamentally erodes the prerequisites for peace on both side of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Israeli officials linked the Palestinian glorification of terrorists to among other things the murder Seraya Ofer, who was killed outside his home in the Jordan Valley. Ofer’s killers subsequently confirmed the suspicion, using rhetoric describing the murder as “a gift”:
Two week before the attack, the murder suspects arrived at Ofer’s home in the vacation resort of Barush to surveillance the area ahead of a violent robbery they were planning, according to their testimony. “After learning that a senior army officer lived there, who might be armed, they decided to carry out a murder ‘as a gift to the Palestinian people and to Hamas prisoners for the festival of sacrifice [Eid al-Adha],’” the suspects said during questioning, according to the Shin Bet.
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by, Akbar Bajwa | The Express Tribune – Pakistan
LAHORE, Pakistan: Three men threw acid at a University of Management and Technology lecturer on Tuesday. District Superintedent Anwer Saeed Kingra of Chuhng police said Faiza Ashraf* was attacked near her home in the Pakistan Council for Scientific and Industrial Research Housing Society.
Police said that Ashraf had taken a rickshaw from the university and was entering her home when unidentified men threw a polythene bag filled with concentrated acid at her. The DSP said that the bag hit the door and only a small amount of the acid came into contact with her face.
Witnesses said that the three assailants were riding two motorcycles.
The woman was taken to the Jinnah Hospital by a Rescue 1122 team where doctors said that 20 per cent of her face had been affected. Doctors treating her said the acid had affected her eyes.
They said it was too early to say whether or not her eyesight had been affected. A Jinnah Hospital assistant medical superintendent said she would likely survive.
Police said that her father had submitted a complaint at the Sattukatla police station, but had not named a suspect. They said an FIR would be registered after they recorded her statement. Her father said she was going to be married next month. Health Minister Khawaja Salman Rafique also visited the hospital and directed doctors to take special care of the woman. He assured the victim’s family that the government would bear the cost of her treatment.
* Name has been changed to protect identity
Hassan Abu Ali, a 15-year old Syrian Jihadist, who wants to bring the battle to “Palestine.” Photo: Screenshot / VICE News. Photo Courtesy of: The Algemeiner
by, Joshua Levitt | The Algemeiner | h/t Blazing CatFur
In recent footage from a Syrian Jihadist training camp in Aleppo, Mohammed Hussein, founder of Bin Laden Front,told a camera crew from VICE News that the militants’s goal was to topple the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, then its “aim is to liberate greater Syria.”
Hassan Abu Ali, a 15-year old fighter profiled in the report, told VICE, “Once Syria is liberated, our next mission is to liberate Palestine and Golan and continue our conquests. Thanks be to Allah.”
Hussein, the group’s leader, described the Bin Laden Front, one of many Jihadist armies fighting the regime outside of Aleppo and in the Syrian countryside, as a direct outgrowth of his training under 9-11 mastermind Osama bin Laden in Afghanistan, in 2001.
The footage, uploaded to YouTube last week, also profiled a female school teacher who, clad in burka and fatigues, was leading an all-female cell in military maneuvers through burnt-out Aleppo. Like the others, she said her anger was directed at the regime: “We are most unmerciful with those who raised their weapon to their own people and we would crush with our feet not only Bashar but whoever supports him.”
Syria: Al-Qaeda’s New Home
The greater question of Jihad and its call for death as a martyr was also probed in one scene, in particular, with 15-year-old Abu Ali, trying to convince his fair-haired younger sister, still a toddler, of the value of him dying for the cause. “The revolution has opened my eyes to the true nature of the regime,” he told her.
After pushing her on a swing, Abu Ali is sitting next to her on a sofa in their family’s house with his rifle by his side, and she asks him if he’s going to go play with it, and he responds that he’s going into battle with it.
“G-d willing, we’ll be victorious and then I’ll be granted martyrdom,” Abu Ali tells her, but she says, “No.”
“We’ll be victorious and we’ll be granted martyrdom,” he insists. She, again, responds, “No.”
“Why not?” he asks.
“We’ve got only one, Abu Ali, you,” she says.
“Excuse me?” the young Jihadist asks.
“You are our only Abu Ali,” she says, already, as a child, understanding the impact his choice of martyrdom will have on their family.
by, Staff | Emirates 24/7
A Saudi court sentenced a teacher to one month in prison and ordered him lashed 50 times after he was found guilty of molesting a teen school boy.
The court in the eastern Saudi town of Dammam also ordered a three-month cut from the teacher’s salary and told the school management to move him to an administrative job away from the students.
Sabq newspaper said the teacher was caught handing a note to the student telling him that he admired him and that he is willing to sacrifice himself for him.
“I can sacrifice myself for you honey,” the teacher said in his note, which also carried his telephone number.
by, David Wood and Sam Shamoun | Answering Muslims | h/t Blazing CatFur
This is the first part of a five-part series in which we share 50 reasons Muhammad is not a true prophet (ten reasons per episode). In this episode, we cover our “top ten” reasons Muhammad was not sent by God. If you don’t see your favorite criticisms against Muhammad on our “top ten” list, be sure to watch upcoming episodes of “Jesus or Muhammad?” on the Trinity Channel (Tuesdays at 8:00 PM, Eastern Standard Time).
We post this video in a spirit of open dialogue and honest discussion, hoping that Christians, Muslims, and others will seek the truth in harmony. We invite everyone to share your relevant comments and criticisms below.
Islam stands or falls with one man, Muhammad ibn Abdullah, a seventh-century caravan trader who declared himself to be a prophet around 610 AD. Since many people have claimed to be prophets down through history, and since their messages often contradict each other, we need to evaluate so-called prophets, to see if they have been sent by God. What happens when we evaluate Muhammad critically? In this video, David Wood and Sam Shamoun discuss their “Top Ten Reasons Muhammad Is Not a Prophet.”
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The park in Leeds, West Yorkshire where the girls were abducted. Photo Courtesy of: Daily Mail Online
- Mohammed Hussain, 28, and two colleagues spotted the girls in a park
- The girls were afraid to go home because they had broken their parents’ curfew
- The men took them back to the home of Shah Miah, 28, in Beeston, Leeds
- They plied them with cannabis and played pornographic films
- Hussain raped one of the girls, aged 12, while she asked him to stop
- Harris Uddin, 30, tried to take off another girl’s trousers but stopped
- Hussain and Uddin face deportation to India when they leave jail
by, Dan Bloom | Daily Mail Online – UK
A takeaway worker faces deportation after he was jailed for raping a 12-year-old girl who was out past her bedtime.
Mohammed Hussain, 28, was driving home from work with two colleagues in the early hours in Leeds, West Yorkshire, when they spotted the group of four girls in a park.
Afraid to go home because they had broken their parents’ curfew, the girls were enticed back to the home of one of the men.
There they were offered cannabis and played pornographic films before two of the girls, both 12, were taken upstairs.
Hussain raped one of the 12-year-old girls while she asked him to stop, Leeds Crown Court heard.
One of his two colleagues, 30-year-old Harris Uddin, tried to remove the trousers of the other girl but stopped when she asked him not to.
The four girls – two aged 12, one aged 11 and one aged 13 – were at the home of the third takeaway worker, 28-year-old Shah Miah.
Although he did not assault the girls himself, he was jailed for helping arrange the attack after he struck up conversation with them.
He is also now serving a four-and-a-half year sentence for sex offences against three other children.
Muslim Child Rapist: Mohammed Hussain, 28, pleaded guilty and has been jailed for six years and eight months. Photo Courtesy of: Daily Mail Online
The court heard all three men, who were arrested later the same day, groomed vulnerable youngsters for their own sexual gratification.
Hussain pleaded guilty to rape and was jailed for six years and eight months.
Uddin pleaded guilty to sexual assault and was jailed for 12 months.
Miah pleaded guilty to facilitating the commission of a sexual offence against a child and was jailed for 18 months.
The attack happened in the Leeds suburb of Beeston last March.
Hussain and Uddin, from India, were already in the country illegally because they had outstayed the length of their visa, the court heard.
Video Courtesy of: West Yorkshire Police
Det Supt Pat Twiggs, Leeds head of crime for West Yorkshire Police, said: ‘These men preyed on these vulnerable young girls in a premeditated way to sexually exploit them.
‘The circumstances of the offences included grooming behaviour leading to the appalling sexual abuse of victims that were clearly underage.’
Nazia, 16, was wedded to a 40-year-old man who brutally cut off her ears and nose, shaved her head and burnt her feet with boiling water. The Ministry of Justice — with parliamentary approval — revised the criminal code, adding a provision that bans family member testimony in criminal cases. This, the report argues, “makes it extremely difficult to prosecute domestic violence and child and forced marriage.” Photo Courtesy of: RAWA News
by, Jamieson Lesko | RAWA News
KABUL – Women’s rights in Afghanistan have regressed in the past year, increasing worry about what the future holds, according to a Human Rights Watch report released Thursday.
As the country faces a large-scale troop withdrawal by the end of 2014, the organization expressed concern that, “with international interest in Afghanistan rapidly waning, opponents of women’s rights seized the opportunity to begin rolling back the progress made since the end of Taliban rule.”
The comprehensive global report outlines actions it says Afghan President Hamid Karzai’s government has taken to specifically undermine rights for women and girls.
Among those actions was a parliamentary attempt to appeal the groundbreaking law on the “Elimination of Violence Against Women,” which was passed by presidential decree in 2009.
Although the law remains valid, its enforcement is weak, the report states. A brief debate on the law “heralded, and perhaps triggered, subsequent attacks and setbacks within the government during the year,” said the Human Rights Watch report.
Another setback was the reduction of parliamentary seats reserved for women from 25 percent to 20 percent, triggering concern that female representation may even wane further in years to come.
Also, the Ministry of Justice — with parliamentary approval — revised the criminal code, adding a provision that bans family member testimony in criminal cases. This, the report argues, “makes it extremely difficult to prosecute domestic violence and child and forced marriage.”
During 2013 there was also an uptick in violence against high-profile women in positions of authority. Targeted assassinations included the shooting of a member of parliament, Roh Gul, as she was traveling through Ghazni province with her family in August. She survived the attack but her 8-year-old daughter and driver were killed.
Meanwhile, world-renowned author Sushmita Banerjee was also found murdered in September. Her dramatic memoirs about marrying an Afghan man and escaping the Taliban were turned into a Bollywood movie, “Escape From the Taliban,” before she moved back to Afghanistan.
And the highest ranking police officer in Helmand Province, Lt. Nigar, who was known by just one name, was killed just months after her predecessor’s assassination.
Beyond attacks on women’s rights, the report outlines other general examples of “declining respect for human rights” across the country.
“Impunity for abuses was the norm for government security forces and other armed groups,” it states, which raises concerns about the “fairness of the upcoming presidential election.”
Bangladesh police have charged seven students of an elite university and a cleric over the murder of an allegedly atheist blogger who was critical of Islam and Islamic groups.
by, AFP | NineMSN – Australia
The students are accused of hacking to death Ahmed Rajib Haider, 35, near his home in Dhaka in February last year, days after he helped launch a campaign against Islamist leaders accused of war crimes.
Police also charged an imam from a Dhaka mosque with instigating the murder by allegedly preaching that it was legal to kill atheist bloggers who campaigned against Islam.
“They killed him for his blasphemous writings against Islam and the Prophet Mohammed,” Dhaka police deputy commissioner Masudur Rahman told AFP.
“The students used to go to the Mohammadpur mosque to listen to the sermons of the imam. They were inspired by his sermons to carry out the attack on the blogger,” he said.
The body of Haider, better known by his Bengali online identity Thaba Baba, was found with hatchet wounds to the head in what police said was an apparent attempt to behead him.
Six out of the seven men — all of whom are students of the prestigious and private North South University — and the imam have been arrested and are being held in jail, Rahman said.
Haider’s killing was the second attack in Dhaka against bloggers critical of Islam, after the stabbing of a self-styled “militant atheist” by three unidentified men in January last year.
After Haider’s death, Bangladesh’s Islamic parties started to protest against other campaigning bloggers, calling a series of nationwide strikes to demand their execution, accusing them of blasphemy.
The secular government of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina reacted by arresting four bloggers including the “militant atheist” who was allegedly attacked by the same group of students accused of the murder.
The government also blocked about a dozen websites and blogs to stem the furor over blasphemy, as well as stepping up security for the bloggers.
A tribunal has handed down a series of verdicts against top Islamists and others for crimes committed during the war of independence from Pakistan in 1971.
Editorial Footnote: sharia unveiled covered this story extensively as the events unfolded. You can find several of our previous articles HERE.
by, Blazing CatFur | Journeyman Pictures
“They said they’d chop our heads off if we stayed. They said we were supporting the regime and they burnt one of my cousins.” Mohammed Jelloud, a local Arab man, says of the oppression of rebel groups with ties to Al Qaeda. But now the Kurds have taken this region, which is split between Christians, Muslims and Kurds.
For the Christians, the most vulnerable group, it is a godsend. Elsewhere in the country an estimated 450,000 have been displaced. “The extremists said the Christians and the Kurds were infidels and had to be killed!” Mahjoub, an elderly Christian, explains as he reveals the devastation wrought on an Orthodox church. This fanaticism is why so many Christians oppose the revolution, fearing it is controlled by radical and foreign interests.
Now under Kurdish leadership, a fragile but tolerant haven has opened up here. Fadi, a young Christian, has thrown his lot in with the Kurdish police, because they offer a freedom that no one else can. “I have come to work with them because they are working to secure my lifestyle. I just want to have freedom.”
People stand on a street lined with damaged buildings in the besieged area of Homs January 27, 2014. Photo Courtesy of: Reuters/Yazan Homsy
by, Mark Hosenball | Reuters | h/t Blazing CatFur
(Reuters) – Light arms supplied by the United States are flowing to “moderate” Syrian rebel factions in the south of the country and U.S. funding for months of further deliveries has been approved by Congress, according U.S. and European security officials.
The weapons, most of which are moving to non-Islamist Syrian rebels via Jordan, include a variety of small arms, as well as some more powerful weapons, such as anti-tank rockets.
The deliveries do not include weapons such as shoulder-launched surface-to-air missiles, known as MANPADs, which could shoot down military or civilian aircraft, the officials said.
The weapons deliveries have been funded by the U.S. Congress, in votes behind closed doors, through the end of government fiscal year 2014, which ends on September 30, two officials said.
The apparently steady weapons flow contrasts with the situation last summer, when lethal U.S. aid to the Syrian rebels dried up for a time due to congressional reservations.
Congressional committees held up weapons deliveries for months over fears that U.S. arms would not prove decisive in the rebels’ efforts to oust President Bashar Assad and his government and could well end up in the hands of Islamist militants.
A U.S. official familiar with recent developments said national security officials and members of Congress are more confident that weapons delivered to southern Syria are going to, and remaining in, the hands of moderate rebels rather than militant jihadist factions.
Congress approved funding for weapons deliveries to the Syrian rebels in classified sections of defense appropriations legislation, two sources familiar with the matter said. It was not clear when the funding was approved, but unclassified defense funding passed Congress in late December.
Some additional budget tweaks may be necessary to ensure that all the approved funding is fully available for disbursement during the current fiscal year.
Yet, officials who support providing U.S. arms to the rebels acknowledge that this has not greatly increased U.S. expectations of victory by anti-Assad forces, whether moderate or militant.
“The Syrian war is a stalemate. The rebels lack the organization and weapons to defeat Assad; the regime lacks the loyal manpower to suppress the rebellion. Both sides’ external allies… are ready to supply enough money and arms to fuel the stalemate for the foreseeable future,” said Bruce Riedel, a former senior CIA analyst and sometime foreign policy adviser to President Barack Obama.
Both U.S. and European officials said that “moderate” rebels had recently consolidated their positions in the Syrian south, where they are pushing out elements linked to al-Qaeda. More militant factions remain dominant in the north and east.
Another recent development favorable to more moderate factions is that Kurdish groups that had been providing weapons and other aid financed by donors in the Gulf state of Qatar indiscriminately to both moderate and religious extremist rebel factions had greatly reduced their involvement in the arms traffic, one of the officials said.
A White House spokeswoman had no comment. Other U.S. agencies did not respond to requests for comment.
As for “non-lethal” aid like communications and transportation equipment, the United States hopes to resume deliveries to moderate groups in Syria soon, a U.S. official said on Monday.
The United States and Britain suspended non-lethal aid to northern Syria in December after reports that Islamist fighters seized Western-backed rebel weapons warehouses, highlighting fears that supplies could end up in hostile hands.
“We hope to be able to resume assistance to the SMC shortly, pending security and logistics considerations,” said the official, referring to the Supreme Military Council moderate rebel group. “But we have no announcements at this time,” he said, speaking on condition of anonymity.
Non-lethal aid was resumed to civilian groups in that region in late December.
(Additional reporting by Lesley Wroughton; Editing by Dan Grebler)
‘..Grabbing, Groping, Licking, Assaulting and Free to go..’
by, Kurt Bayer | The New Zealand Herald | h/t Winds of Jihad
A Middle Eastern refugee who grabbed, groped and licked female joggers on a popular running route in Christchurch has today avoided jail and been granted permanent name suppression.
The man, dubbed the ‘Port Hills Groper’, pleaded guilty last November to eight charges of indecent assault.
He approached the women on the running and biking trails and touched seven on the breasts and one on the buttocks. The youngest was aged just 16.
Most of the offences were in the second half of 2012, but one dates to 2010.
When the 64-year-old appeared before Christchurch District Court for sentencing today one of his targets read out her victim impact statement.
She said she was “frightened, humiliated and eventually angry” after the assault.
The man walked up to her smiled, touched, her breast and walked away.
“I was so shocked he did that. I felt quite frightened for a long time afterwards.”
She still walks in the area six times a week because she wouldn’t let him “spoil” her outings.
“I have a right to do that without someone putting their hands on me.”
Like the police, the woman argued the offender should be “named and shamed” because he was a “predator and not a frail old man”.
Defence counsel Moana Cole told the court she didn’t think jail was appropriate because her client’s crimes were at the low end of the scale, he was a first-time offender and not offended since.
His family had put in place a “safety plan” to prevent further offending, and to “protect [the offender] as much as the wider community”.
The offending was described by Judge Jane Farish as “highly opportunistic and brazen” but she said the seriousness of the crimes did not warrant a jail term.
“Cultural ambiguities”, highlighted in a psychologist’s report before the courts, may have led to the man’s bizarre actions, Judge Farish believed.
She sentenced him to 300 hours of community work and 12 months’ supervision.
Judge Farish also granted permanent name suppression on the grounds that his identification would have major repercussions for him and his family and place huge stresses on them.
It would lead to the whole family to being “socially isolated” and “ostracised”, the judge said.
She said the “misnomer of Port Hills Groper” had vilified him in relation to his offending.
His wife had been subjected to “inappropriate conduct” by a member of the public which forced the family to move house.
Reporting restrictions were put on his ethnicity and religion, but Judge Farish said media could say he was of “Middle Eastern extraction”.
The Probation Service and Immigration Service will work to help him reintegrate into society.
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“Hijacking The Holy Land” takes you behind the headlines and past the media bias against Israel. The Palestinians have been trying to sell “land for peace” for decades. Find out why this tactic will never work. Learn what history has to say about Israel ‘s borders and how the Six Day War was a miracle from start to finish.
See how the Security Fence is both the most humane and effective measure to prevent terrorism. Go inside the world of Palestinian media and watch incredible video clips of Palestinian politicians and clerics. You won’t believe what you see—the lies, the incitement and the hatred, all caught on tape!
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by, Ray Weaver | The Copenhagen Post | h/t Blazing CatFur
Senior members of Dansk Folkeparti espoused the opinion that there are enough Muslims in Denmark and border controls should be established to stop more from entering the country.
DF’s defence spokesperson Marie Krarup said that the time has come to completely halt Muslim immigration.
“We should limit the size of the Muslim minority in Denmark,” Krarup wrote in a blog for Berlingske newspaper.
Anders Vistisen, number two on DF’s list of candidates for the European Parliament, agreed that the number of Muslims in Denmark should be limited.
DF’s citizenship spokesperson, Christian Langballe, couldn’t see how a total ban against Muslims could be put into place.
“It is impractical to call a complete halt, but I think that Muslim immigration must be limited,” he told Berlingske.
Not official policy
The call for a complete ban to Muslim immigration does not exactly jibe with official DF policy.
Deputy party head Søren Espersen called calls by Holger Gorm Petersen, a local DF politician in Vejle to turn Muslims around at the border “silly and stupid”.
Espersen did say that he felt many Danes, especially those who live in the country away from the major cities, are uneasy with the amount of Muslims coming into Denmark.
“They look at Sweden, France, England and Germany and do not like what they see,” he said.
Espersen said that he had no problems with Islam as a religion, but was vehemently opposed to it as a political system.
DF party head Kristian Thulesen Dahl has declined to comment on his fellow party member’s statements.
Karina Lorentzen, the integration spokesperson for government coalition party Socialistisk Folkeparti, showed no such restraint and compared the opinions expressed by the DF members to Nazism.
“It is a sick mindset to identify all Muslims as a problem simply because they are Muslims,” Lorentzen said in a statement. “It is reminiscent of Hitler, who identified Jews as a problem simply because of their religion.”
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Lorentzen said she “was not surprised” by the statements.
“What is more surprising is that DF has been able to put a lid on these discriminatory attitudes that are now becoming visible,” she said.
Michel Coulombe, Director, Canadian Security Intelligence Service. Photo Courtesy of: CSIS
by, Daniel Proussalidis – Parliamentary Bureau | Toronto Sun | h/t Blazing CatFur
OTTAWA – Canada’s spy service is sounding the alarm “about the increasing number of Canadian citizens or residents who leave the country to participate in terrorist activities abroad,” its latest annual report states.
The Canadian Security and Intelligence Service (CSIS) highlighted the problem of domestic radicalization in its 2011-2013 annual report, released Monday.
“Canada’s legal obligations to promote global security need to be honoured, and that means assuming responsibility for our own,” CSIS said in its report.
CSIS also warns that Canadian citizens who go abroad to become involved in terrorism may “return to Canada more deeply radicalized than when they left.”
“Most troubling, if they participate in a foreign conflict or train with a terrorist group, they might return with certain operational skills that can be deployed themselves or taught to fellow Canadian extremists,” CSIS said in the report.
The report names several terrorist groups as problems, but singles out the Islamist group al-Shabaab as a special concern.
The spy service admits it needs to devote resources to preventing al-Shabaab from drawing Canadian citizens to become jihadi killers in Somalia.
“Somali-Canadians are rightly worried about the influence and reach of this group, and the national security community – including CSIS – is committed to helping families and communities keep their children from pursuing a path that can have no good outcome,” CSIS said.
CSIS also said it’s still concerned about cyber-security, attempts to steal Canadian economic secrets and foreign governments trying to manipulate members of immigrant communities to work against Canada’s interests.
CSIS Report on Domestic Terrorist Organizations:
by, The Express Tribune | Pakistan
KARACHI, Pakistan: In 1947, there were a 100 Parsi families living in Quetta. Today, there are only two.
“This figure alone tells the deplorable state of minorities in the country,” aptly concluded Justice (retd) Mehta Kailash Nath Kohli, the keynote speaker on the first day of a two-day workshop, ‘Status of Religious Minorities in Pakistan: Challenges and Response’, organised by the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) at the Avari Towers on Saturday.
The judge, who hails from Quetta, spoke how his community members — the Hindus — are being abducted and kidnapped. “Since Pakistan’s inception, not a single law has been legislated in favour of religious minorities,” he added.
Human rights defenders from Palestine, France, Indonesia and Philippines gravely listened to the woes of the minorities.
The issue of land grabbing of the houses of worships and properties by the Evacuee Trust Property Board also became a part of the discussion. Lawyer Rochi Ram claimed that one-million acre land in Badin, Umerkot and Tharparkar was left behind by the Hindus but the land was no longer under the community’s ownership. “The government takes over the land and gives it on lease. Many burial places belong to the non-Muslims but we are not allowed to bury the bodies over there.”
A speaker, M Prakash, said that there were 350 temples and gurdwaras in Sindh but only five to 10 were owned by them. Minority members pointed out how discussions over the misuse of the blasphemy law have disappeared from the forefront. “We have forwarded recommendations to the government on how can we stop the misuse of this law,” said father Emmanuel Yousaf.
Another participant, Jaipal Chhabria, lamented that there was not a single Christian parliamentarian in Sindh Assembly. “Bilawal Bhutto dreams of having a Christian prime minster but his government did not to make the required amendments to allow minorities to hold important positions.”
He frowned that the media showed Hindus as opportunists. HRCP’s vice-chairperson Amarnath Motumal discussed how personal laws and marriage rights of their community were being completely ignored. “The courts do not recognise our rights. Even seven-year-old girls are being converted.”
Pushpa Kumari broke down into tears as she narrated the incident when a body of a 17-year-old girl was taken out from a graveyard because she was buried in a Muslim graveyard.
Carrying a bunch of newspapers dated last week, she said, “There are five cases of sexual harassment of Hindu women in Sindh, including the gang rape of a teenager.”
Kumari said that recently the government released 39 bonded labourers of the Hindu community, but asked would it take their responsibility. She narrated how in 1996, she was told to quit her job at the Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission because their policy did not allow Hindus to work there.
A Sikh community member, Sardar Kalyan Singh, said that when they go to Peshawar or FATA, they have to pay Jizyah, which is sometimes Rs25,000, per person per year.
“Two days ago, a member of the Sikh community was killed because he refused to pay Jizya. When we spoke to the minister, he said that he is being forced to pay the same, so we should abide.”
A member of the Ahmadi community, Amir Mahmood, called for elimination of the anti-Ahmadi Ordinance.
Barkat Ali from the Hazara community said that he had lost his cousin in the recent attack on Hazara pilgrims. “We are left with no hope and we think the government is not serious about solving anything.”
Bigger picture: Foreign activists paint dismal picture
Foreign human rights defenders also shared the situation in their countries. Ihsan Ali Fauzi, a researcher at the Center for the Study of Religion and Demonstration in Indonesia, said that since 2006, discrimination and violence against Ahmadis, Biharis, Christians and Shias had increased.
Through his presentation, he shared that attacks on minorities have risen from 216 in 2010 to 244 in 2011. Fauzi said that the blasphemy law which came into existence in Indonesia in 2008, and the laws pertaining to seeking permission before building a house of worship led towards religious intolerance.
Present at the HRCP workshop, Palestinian Al-Haq’s general-director Shawan Jabarin, said that Pakistan’s government was not doing enough to tackle the human rights violations in the country.
“I feel that the government is not playing its part. The people here should be free from fear and enjoy freedom,” said Jabarin, who since 1987 has been fighting for the rights of his people back at home.
Jabarin, who also holds a Masters degree in International Human Rights Law, said that Al-Haq was founded in 1979 and is the first human rights organisation in the Middle East region. His organisation dealt with policies instead of isolated cases.
Jabarin is a firm believer of self-determination, and feels that people all over the world should be entitled to their right. “Back home, our people are not enjoying self-determination. They face property destruction and killings. We are struggling but one day we will get there. This is what we learn from history.”
by, Daniel Proussalidis | QMI AGENCY | Sun News | h/t Blazing CatFur
OTTAWA – The next year could bring record levels of religious persecution around the world, say international experts – especially for Christians.
“I think in 2014, unless there’s a drastic change in the current trend, we’re going to continue to see things get worse,” said Isaac Six, advocacy officer for International Christian Concern, a Washington D.C.-based, non-denominational watchdog group that monitors the human rights of Christians.
Six says the spread of radical Islam increases religious persecution.
“We have absolutely seen a rise (in persecution), especially over the last decade, in countries where radical Islam is growing,” he said. “There is a direct connection – almost (a) proportional connection – to the persecution of religious minorities, (which) of course includes Christians. It also includes other Muslim minorities and other faiths.”
Paul Estabrooks, with Open Doors Canada, says he’s also seen the effects of Islamism.
“In 2013, things have gotten much worse in countries like Pakistan, Afghanistan, in Somalia,” said Estabrooks. “It’s a very significant challenge for Christians in those countries. We don’t see much hope for change in 2014.”
Their comments come on the heels of a major study by Pew Research that found hostility toward religion reached a six-year high around the world in 2012, noting that the “sharpest increase was in the Middle East and North Africa” as a result of the so-called Arab Spring.
Out of the Top 10 Nations of the World That Persecute Christians, 9 Are Muslim Nations:
The study released Jan. 14 also found Christians were the most widely harassed group.
That’s something Canada’s ambassador for religious freedom says he’s noticed too, especially in Syria.
“We see that there has been an increasing targeting of Christians,” said Andrew Bennett. “I think Christians throughout the Middle East are very concerned about the impact of various violent acts – either government-sponsored or sponsored by radicals – are having on their numbers, with Christians fleeing their historic countries where they’ve lived for the better part of 2,000 years.”
Despite concerns about the Middle East, many worry even more about the Communist dictatorship of North Korea.
“It’s consistently been the worst persecutor of the Christian faith for at least the last decade if not more,” said Six. “You’ve got an estimated 50,000 Christians or so in concentration camps there.”
He says there are hundreds of thousands more North Koreans who worship Jesus Christ secretly, while several others have been publicly executed for owning a Bible.
Six adds that persecution needs more media attention.
“The biggest issue is probably that in the West, perhaps because we think we live in a post-religious society, we underestimate just how important faith is to communities around the world and we don’t really prioritize religious freedom, and the protection of religious minorities as a human right,” he said.
Paul Johnson, executive director of Open Doors Canada, says those who are hostile to religious minorities are “emboldened” by media and government silence.
He says there are glimmers of hope that the world is paying more attention to the issue.
“In 2013, I have noticed in Canada a little more coverage in the media of Christian persecution than perhaps in previous years,” said Johnson.
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Blazing CatFur has an excellent article on Canada’s financial support of nations that persecute Christians here:
Study Finds Christians Are the Most Persecuted Faith in the World:
Baby Mahdi, Hezbollah’s youngest member (photo credit: screen capture: YouTube)
Mahdi, dressed in an oversized army uniform, was dedicated to the Shiite terror group from the moment he was born.
by, Staff | The Times of Israel | h/t Blazing CatFur
Little baby Mahdi, a pudgy-faced Lebanese newborn who can still barely open his eyes, was destined to become a Hezbollah warrior from the moment he first entered this world.
“It’s a boy!” a balloon in the hallway of the Rasul Aatham hospital in Beirut proudly exclaims. But, snoozing in his bed, Mahdi is dressed as a fighter: In a video posted by Hezbollah-owned news channel al-Manar earlier this week, Mahdi is seen in a tiny military-style camouflage uniform only slightly too large for an infant of his stature. A hat bearing the Shiite organization’s emblem keeps his head warm.
Video Courtesy of: Memri TV
“Nothing could be better than him becoming a soldier for the Imam Mahdi [the prophesied redeemer of Islam],” his mother, dressed in traditional black Middle Eastern garb, tells al-Manar in the video, according to a translation posted by MEMRI, an Arab news watchdog.
According to the al-Manar report, as a token of appreciation, Mahdi’s family had all hospital bills waived and was granted a golden necklace engraved with the name of the Prophet Muhammad.
“[He] reflects the continuation of the path of the Islamic resistance, one generation after another,” Mahdi’s mother says of her tiny baby in the video.