Iranian blogger, Soheil Arabi. Photo courtesy of: HRANA
by, International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran | David Wood @ Answering Muslims
IRAN: A blogger found guilty of insulting the Prophet Mohammad in his postings on Facebook has been sentenced to death. An informed source told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran that the blogger, Soheil Arabi, will be able to appeal the decision until September 20, 2014.
Agents from the Revolutionary Guards Corps’ (IRGC) Sarallah Base arrested Soheil Arabi, 30, and his wife in November 2013. Arabi’s wife was released a few hours later, but he was kept in solitary confinement for two months inside IRGC’s Ward 2-A at Evin Prison, before he was transferred to Evin’s General Ward 350. Branch 76 of the Tehran Criminal Court, under Judge Khorasani, found Arabi guilty of “sabb al-nabi” (insulting the Prophet), on August 30, 2014.
“The way he was arrested was illegal. It is not clear how the agents were able to enter their home at that time in the morning. All the doors were locked and family members were asleep. Agents entered his home and bedroom. He and his wife were arrested and some of their photographs and personal belongings were taken after their home was searched,” said the source.
“Soheil had eight Facebook pages under different names, and he was charged with insulting the Imams and the Prophet because of the contents of those pages. He has accepted his charges, but throughout the trial, he stated that he wrote the material without thinking and in poor psychological condition,” the source told the Campaign.
The source noted that the Tehran Penal Court issued its ruling without regard for Article 264 of the Islamic Penal Code. “Article 262 of the Islamic Penal Code states that if a person insults the Prophet of Islam, his punishment is death. But in Article 264, it explicitly says that if a suspect merely claims in court that he said the insulting words in anger, in quoting someone, or by mistake, his death sentence will be converted to 74 lashes. I would like to emphasize that if only the suspect claims this, he will not be eligible for death, and there is no need to even prove his claim,” added the source.
“Unfortunately, despite this Article and the explanations provided, the judges issued the death sentence. They didn’t even take any notice of Soheil’s statements in court in which he repeated several times that he wrote the posts under poor [psychological] conditions, and that he is remorseful. Three of the judges ruled for the death sentence, and two ruled for imprisonment,” said the source.
According to the source, Soheil Arabi has another judicial case. On September 4, 2014, Branch 15 of Tehran Revolutionary Court under Judge Salavati sentenced Arabi to the maximum punishment of three years in prison on charges of “insulting the Supreme Leader” and “propaganda against the state,” through his writings on Facebook.
F R E E S O H E I L A R A B I N O W !
*This story has been updated to note that all the sites included in a list of “official Islamic State accounts” have now been suspended by VKontakte
by, Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai | Mashable
The Islamic State may soon be running out of social networks.
When Twitter ramped up its crackdown on several accounts in the wake of the brutal beheading of James Foley, the militants were forced to move on to different social networks like Diaspora and VKontakte (or VK), the Russian equivalent of Facebook, looking for more permissive digital pastures.
But VKontakte, which boasts of 260 million users, has also started to crack down on accounts related to the Islamic State (also known as ISIS or ISIL).
“We are shutting down all communities and personal accounts that promote ISIS and have been found by our moderators or reported by users,” George Lobushkin, VKontakte’s spokesperson, told Mashable.
Experts who track Jihadists online confirmed that the crackdown has indeed started. “They have just suspended two of their top accounts,” Laith Alkhouri, a researcher with Flashpoint Partners, told Mashable.
J.M. Berger, who writes the influential Intelwire report also confirmed that two popular pages, named “al Hayat” and “Ajnad” — ISIS used both accounts for propaganda and recruiting — had been suspended.
Until Thursday, however, experts were critical of VKontakte’s leniency with ISIS accounts.
“VKontakte is their safe haven for now,” said Pieter Van Ostaeyen, a researcher who’s been tracking ISIS fighters and supporters on the Internet for months. “The main fact for these guys to move there is because they don’t get kicked off all the time.”
In the last three months, as ISIS fighters have carved a bloody path through Syria and Iraq, the group has shown an unprecedented ability among Jihadist groups to use social media to spread propaganda and recruit new fighters. But as large social networks like Facebook and Twitter crack down on their accounts, they have been forced to move to smaller networks with a more limited reach, but also more freedom to operate.
Even after the suspension of “al Hayat” and “Ajnad,” Alkhouri told Mashable that VKontakte is “not doing enough.”
On Thursday morning, Van Ostayen also pointed to a list of VKontakte profiles circulated on Twitter in the last week, titled “The Official Accounts of the Islamic State.”
Of the 16 links on the list, nine were still active at the time this article was written. And four of the ones that are now suspended were still active on Thursday, according to an analysis conducted by Mashable with the help of Dlshad Othman, a Syrian hacker and technologist who now lives in D.C. (After this story was published, VKontakte blocked all the links in the list.)
Vkontakte’s seemd to ramp up its crackdown on the same day a Russian news site Apparat published an investigation into Islamic State activities on VKontakte, revealing that the militants were widely recruiting and fundraising on the site, which Apparat defines as “free” and “comfortable” for the militants.
But VKontakte’s spokesperson Lobushkin rejected the idea that they’ve been too slow in their crackdown. He said the first account of the 62 was blocked on Aug. 7, but he also said that in the last two days, they shut down “about 20.”
For Alkhouri, compared to other social media companies, 62 “is a very small number” that dwarfs compared to others. Even after this fresh round of suspensions, “[VKontakte]‘s standards remain lackluster,” he said.
This story has been updated to note that all the sites included in a list of “official Islamic State accounts” have now been suspended by VKontakte.
by, Jakarta Globe | h/t Trop
An Indonesian atheist was lawfully jailed for two-and-a-half years after being accused of blaspheming Islam, the Supreme Court decided in a ruling posted on its website on Tuesday.
The court said it upheld the sentence for former civil servant Alexander Aan, who was found guilty of disseminating cartoons portraying the Prophet Muhammad and saying on Facebook that “God does not exist.”
“The defendant was proven to have spread information which blasphemes the Prophet Muhammad in eleven cartoons,” the court said in its ruling.
Alexander, who worked as a civil servant at a local government office in West Sumatra, was beaten by a mob prior to being taken to jail, after posting the status and cartoons.
The Indonesian state requires every citizen to believe in Allah and Muhammad.
The Muaro district court in June 2012 sentenced him to two-and-a-half years in jail and a Rp 100 million ($8,500) fine for inciting religious hatred. The sentence was upheld by the West Sumatera High Court in August 2012.
The case sparked international outrage and Alexander was labeled a prisoner of conscience by Amnesty International. He was released from jail in January this year.
by, J. Schuyler Montague | sharia unveiled
An organization by the name of “Muslim Advocates” is working diligently with high ranking executives from Facebook, Twitter, Google/YouTube and many other social media giants to silence any criticism of Islam. Hiding their true agenda behind a cloak of ‘..freedom and justice..’ they are pushing hard to have “all” Facebook pages, websites and videos with any negative connotation towards Islam removed immediately.
This organization which touts itself as a voice of reason and moderation is nothing more than a facilitator of silence through subjugation. They are the “IslamoNazi Gestapo” in disguise. Muslim Advocates initiated a campaign entitled: “Click Here to End Hate” which essentially is a ‘How to Guide’ to shut-down any speech that they disagree with.
Here is a screenshot from their website which clearly reveals their underlying motivations:
They actually give a couple “alleged” examples of ‘..hate speech..’ they found online. I would not be at all surprised if Muslims wrote these themselves under alias accounts:
And speaking of ‘..freedom of speech..’ they actually have the audacity to quote in their campaign program:
‘..Given today’s widespread use of the internet, all Americans should remain actively engaged and vigilant to prevent “our” freedom of speech from being abused..’
Here is a screenshot of that section:
This is their idea of ‘..freedom of speech..’ Robbing us of our freedoms, while defending their own. As if ‘freedom’ is a zero-sum commodity in which they must steal our’s in order to acquire their’s.
But we all know..it’s not about hate, because there is no hate on our end.
Islam possesses a monopoly on hate.
With us, it’s all about “truth.”
And they can’t handle the truth, so they seek to hide it.
‘..I possess but two weapons, in my right hand a pen and in my left, a sword.
If you ever take my pen away..you leave me with only one weapon to choose..’
- j. schuyler montague
If you would like to read their campaign program in it’s entirety, please link here:
The actual home of the Ahmadi Muslim family. Photo courtesy of: The Express Tribune
One baby, one toddler and one woman burned alive, 9 others injured by Muslims over a picture on Facebook
by, Asad Kharal and Rana Tanveer | The Express Tribune | h/t Trop
GUJRANWALA, Pakistan: Three members of the same family including one woman and two minors were killed and nine other people were injured when an angry mob set a house on fire in Arafat Colony, Gujranwala.
According to details, the clash started when an Ahmadi, Saqib s/o Ahmad Din, allegedly shared a blasphemous picture with Ejaz on Facebook.
Ejaz along with Zakariya s/o Imam Jama Masjid Sadiqia Qari Muhammad Hakim and others gathered outside Saqib’s house to protest.
However, Ahmadis belonging to the community had gathered at a Dr Sohail’s house at the time. The angry mob attempted to raid the doctor’s house in search of Saqib when, according to Ejaz, people inside the house opened fire on them, injuring Zakariya.
After that the angry mob set one house on fire, due to which Bashira Bibi, 30, and two minors including eight-month-old Hira, and five-year-old Kainat, died of suffocation, while nine others, including a woman and two minors were injured.
The injured were transferred District Hospital Gujranwala where they were given medical treatment. They were identified as Ruqia, Razia, Humaira, Noor Tabassum, Samar, Atta, Atiya and an infant. However, they were later shifted to Rabwah hospital because of security reasons.
SHO Peoples Colony Station Malik Asghar has confirmed three casualties. Six houses and a shop were damaged in the incident.
A cases was registered against 420 people, including 20 nominated, under sections 302, 436, 148 and 149 of Pakistan Penal Code and Section 7 of Anti-Terrorism Act on the complaint of Bhutta, father of the deceased minors, at the Peoples Colony Station.
Majority of the male members of the Ahmadi community have still not returned to their homes out of fear of another attack.
Family members have taken the bodies of the deceased into their custody and are heading towards Rabwah for burial.
Also, a seven-month pregnant woman, identified as Mubashira, had a miscarriage because of the incident.
Police have been deployed in the locality and no arrest has been made till the filing of this report.
עד שהנערים חוזרים – בכל שעה במחבל יורים
by, Lazar Berman | The Times of Israel
A Facebook page calling for the execution of a Palestinian convict every hour until three Jewish teens kidnapped Thursday night are returned had garnered more than 15,700 likes as of early Monday morning.
The page, whose cover photo featured the Hebrew slogan “Hotfim? Hotfim!” uses the word for kidnapping — referring to the three boys — which in slang also means to receive a harsh punishment, a reference to the Palestinian prisoners.
The cover photograph shows a picture of the three teens in blue, next to photographs of Palestinians convicted of murdering Israelis in a crosshairs. “Until the teens return — every hour we will shoot a terrorist,” the page reads.
The page was created on Friday, when news surfaced of the kidnapping of Eyal Yifrach, 19, Naftali Frenkel, 16, and Gil-ad Shaar, 16, who were hitchhiking in the West Bank.
Among the updates on the page are profiles and photographs of specific convicts in Israeli jails, with calls for their execution. One post called for Israel to learn from the biblical King David, who is described in Samuel I 30 as tracking down and slaughtering the Amalekites who sacked an Israelite town and imprisoned its women and children.
Though most of the commenters were strongly supportive of the site’s message, there were some who posted comments in Arabic mocking Israel and the captives. “#3 Shalit,” one read. “To Hell,” wrote another under a picture of the three teens.
Security forces further intensified on Sunday night the ongoing search for Yifrach, Shaar and Frenkel.
The army has placed the southern section of the West Bank under curfew and flooded the region with troops.
Thus far, over 100 Hamas and Islamic Jihad officials and activists have been apprehended, including one of Hamas’s founders, Hassan Yousef, and several former government officials.
On Sunday night, IDF troops converged on a house in Hebron and arrested two men wanted in connection with the kidnapping.
עד שהנערים חוזרים – בכל שעה במחבל יורים
Pictured above is the atheist Facebook page entitled: ‘Colorless’ after the Muslims abducted the atheists and hacked their page
‘..First, they came for the Jews..but, I remained silent..because I wasn’t a Jew. Then, they came for the Christians and again I said nothing..for I wasn’t a Christian either..’
by, Zaheena Rasheed | Minivan News | Halal Pork Shop
Vigilante mobs have abducted and interrogated several young men in Malé City in a push to identify online activists advocating secularism or professing atheism, Minivan News has learned.
Eyewitnesses told Minivan News the young men were taken to isolated locations in Malé City in separate incidents in recent days.
A vigilante mob interrogated them on the identities of administrators of Facebook groups advocating secularism and atheism in the Maldives.
Minivan News understands the abductions are also related to the hijacking of a Facebook group called ‘Colorless’ on Sunday.
The group has 4,865 members and was set up with in the wake of February 2012’s transfer of power with the aim of bringing a “divided nation to a common ground as a platform to advocate peace, love and harmonic co-existence.”
The group’s administrators were expelled on Sunday and new administrators have changed the group’s banner to a black flag with the Shahadha or the Islamic creed declaring the oneness of Allah and the acceptance of Mohamed as Allah’s prophet.
Meanwhile, the opposition Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) issued a statement condemning the abductions and said the hostages were threatened with death. The party has called on the government to take immediate action.
The Maldives Police Service said it is looking into whether these incidents have been reported. The President’s Office was not responding at the time of press.
The vigilante mob – estimated at 40 men – accused the young men of homosexuality and atheism, eyewitnesses said. The mob consisted of religious extremists and prominent Malé City gang members, sources said.
Eyewitnesses said the young men were interrogated on their religious beliefs and asked to recite the Shahadha as a test of their belief in Islam. They were also tested on prayer verses and passages from the Quran.
The young men were threatened and forced to hand over the passwords to their Facebook accounts.
They were also asked to identify the administrators behind the ‘Secular Democratic Maldives Movement’ and ‘Maldivian Atheists’ on Facebook.
The ‘Secular Democratic Maldives Movement’ page was founded in December 2012 to advocate for a secular democracy in the Maldives. It has 2,463 followers.
The ‘Dhivehi Atheists/ Maldivian Atheists’ page has 575 followers and advocates for the rights of atheists in the Maldives. It was set up in June 2013.
All abductees were eventually released, sources said.
The MDP believes religious extremists were behind the abductions.
“The Maldivian Democratic Party has received information that some religious extremists have kidnapped young people claiming they had committed irreligious acts. The extremists blindfolded the young people, took them to remote locations against their will, threatened them with sharp weapons, threatened them with death, issued sentences in a vigilante trial and are now implementing these sentences,” the party’s statement said.
The kidnappers then told the hostages they would be killed if any news of the abduction were shared, the MDP said.
The party said it believed “these dangerous acts of terrorism” are against the Maldives constitution, laws and Islamic Sharia and committed by individuals for a certain gain.
Jennifer Latheef, a human rights activist and former administrator of ‘Colorless’, said the four administrators of the group had received several warnings from Facebook users over recent months to remove offensive comments posted by members allegedly mocking Islam.
However, the administrators opted to allow free speech and appealed to all members to be responsible and refrain from attacking and insulting the other’s religious beliefs.
Pictures identifying the group’s administrators were then posted and circulated online by a separate Facebook group called ‘Shariah4Maldives’.
The group alleged ‘Colorless’ administrators had allowed “the mocking of the Prophet Sallalaahu Alaihi Wassalam and outright lies about Islam on their group, and when we warned them about this issue, they refused to remove such posts mocking Islam.”
On Sunday, infiltrators expelled and removed Jennifer and the group’s original administrators without warning.
Jennifer, who currently lives abroad, said death threats have been issued against the group’s administrators.
“I am scared for Maldives. I am scared for the people who are there,” she said.
Analysts have raised concerns over the growing threat of extremism in the Maldives. A recent report by the US State Department expressed concern over radicalization of youth groups and said funds are being raised in the Maldives to support terrorism abroad.
Maldivians are alleged to have died in suicide attacks in Syria, and online jihadist groups last week insulted and taunted the Maldives Police Services after they said they were investigating the deaths.
Maldivian media have also said they feel threatened by religious extremists and gangs.
by, Joe Newby | The Examiner | Thank you to Christopher Collins
On Wednesday, Dave Gaubatz, a former Air Force investigator and author of “Muslim Mafia,” told Examiner.com that he “infiltrated” a Muslim conference held in Detroit earlier this month. While at the conference, he reportedly spoke to a representative of a group known as Muslim Advocates, who said the organization is working “closely” with social media sites like Facebook and Twitter to close down accounts of users critical of Islam.
“They are asking these groups to close the accounts of anyone who is critical of Islam,” he said. “This is considered serious hate speech and should not be allowed on the Internet.”
According to Gaubatz, the representative also said that “anyone critical of Islam and sharia law are haters.” Ditto for those who oppose either the construction or expansion of a mosque in the United States.
“We are experts with deep experience in the courtroom and powerful connections in Congress and the White House,” Gaubatz recalled being told by the Muslim Advocates representative.
“This should be of no surprise to anyone,” Gaubatz said.
Gaubatz also said the conference, which was attended by representatives and leaders from several groups, should have been named the “U.S. Constitution and the 1st Amendment are for MB terrorists and not for American Patriots.” For four days, he said, he stayed at the same hotel as leaders from over a dozen groups that support the Muslim Brotherhood.
He reportedly met and spoke with executives from the Islamic Society of North America and the North American Islamic Trust.
“I was informed that NAIT owned several hundred million dollars of property in America, and has the funding from 400 plus Islamic Centers in America,” he added.
But Gaubatz’ report of collusion between these groups and social media sites like Facebook and Twitter present a clear danger to the fundamental right of free speech and Americans’ ability to freely express themselves online. As we have reported multiple times, Muslim activists have called for global blasphemy bans and an end to free speech in the United States, despite the clear language of the First Amendment.
Last Wednesday, we reported that one page critical of Islam — “Islam Exposed” — was yanked by Facebook after administrators received death threats. Facebook later restored the page, saying it was yanked in error.
On Wednesday, a post at the page advising visitors to avoid hateful speech was removed by Facebook for allegedly violating the site’s community standards. Facebook did not explain why the post was pulled and one administrator received a 30-day ban.
But as we have reported, Facebook routinely turns a blind eye to threats from users with Muslim-sounding names. Last August, for example, Facebook told a conservative female they could not confirm direct threats she received violated their community standards. One threat reported to Facebook was quite specific: “We will kill you.”
Ironically, Facebook has said it supports free speech and reviews all complaints equally.
We contacted both Facebook and Muslim Advocates to verify Gaubatz’ claim and received no reply as of this writing.
Update: A few hours after this article was published, Facebook falsely flagged the link as “unsafe” in what appears to be a bid to keep it from being circulated. We have reached out to Facebook, but have not received a response.
Update #2: Muslim Advocates spokesperson Fatima Khan responded with an email claiming we misquoted their representative, even though we did not. The statement relayed to us was Gaubatz’s recollection, not a direct quote from MA or any of their representatives. We specifically asked Khan about the quote, and about allegations the group is working to shut down social media accounts of those critical of Islam. Khan never responded. The article was flagged by Facebook after our contact with Khan. More on the incident can be seen here.
by, Joe Newby | The Examiner
Is Facebook okay with death threats from Islamists? That’s the question administrators of “Islam Exposed” asked earlier this week. After administrators received a number of threatening messages, Facebook pulled the page, citing “harassment,” but restored the page on Tuesday, telling Examiner.com it “was removed in error.”
Administrators were extremely grateful to see the page restored, but questions regarding the threats remained. Would Facebook take action against those issuing the threats? The social media site did not say, but the group did not wait and filed complaints with the FBI.
“A single bullet will strike ur (sic) head one day [admin] from a jihadist. Insha-Allah,” one threat read. Another Facebook user with a Muslim name threatened to cut off administrators’ heads if they continued to post articles in a rant too profane to quote here. Yet another person threatened to blackmail one of the administrators.
“I am giving u (sic) warning,” said another person. “Stop this page.”
According to the group, one administrator received several threatening phone calls, with some including a Muslim prayer in Arabic. He reported it to the police, they said, but nothing was done. Just this week, they added, he received two threatening calls.
Adina Kutnicki, an investigative journalist based in Israel, said she has been harassed on Facebook by an individual she identified as Iranian Mohamed Erdem.
“Back off you satanist scum of the earth! You want war, war with me!” he told Kutnicki on Facebook. The threats she received from Erdem was so alarming, she added, that “heavy duty counter terror contacts decided to ‘check things out.’”
The face of another administrator was photo-shopped into a Nazi uniform and added to a Facebook post intended to incite harassment. Another picture depicted Kutnicki superimposed on a nuclear mushroom cloud with a warning that Israel would be destroyed and wiped off the map.
All of these incidents have been reported to Facebook, they said, but the social media giant has so far done nothing. Instead of punishing those actually making the threats, Facebook responded by retaliating against the victims. Unfortunately, this is not all that uncommon.
Last August, for example, we reported that a conservative female said she was targeted with explicit threats of death and rape from users with Muslim-sounding names, but Facebook dismissed them. According to that user, Facebook responded with a private email saying they could not confirm the threats violated their community standards. One threat reported to Facebook was quite specific: “We will kill you.”
At the time, Facebook told The Blaze it not only supports freedom of speech but enforces its standards uniformly across the board.
“We review every piece of content that is reported to us or flagged in the system and each one is held to the same exact standard – as is every person who uses our service and we will enforce our Statement of Rights and Responsibilities equally,” a Facebook spokesperson said.
But the administrators we spoke to — along with many hundreds of others who have reached out to Examiner over the last two years — dispute that. For Kutnicki and others, the issue is Facebook’s willingness to turn a blind eye to those who attack Jews and Israel while hammering anyone who even mentions Islam in a post.
by, Deccan Herald | h/t Trop
Bangladesh: A mob of nearly 3,000 attacked Hindu households and a temple in eastern Bangladesh after two youths from the community allegedly insulted Prophet Muhammad on Facebook.
Police today arrested 17 people, including the principal of Bagmara Madrasa, for the attack on the temple and over two dozen households at Homna in Comilla district, about 100 km south east of Dhaka, last week.
“We so far arrested 17 people and some of them made confessional statements regarding the attack. A manhunt is underway to arrest the rest of the culprits,” police chief of Homna Aslam Shikdar told PTI on phone.
He said suspected mastermind of the attack Nazrul Islam is still on the run. The local police chief said steps were underway to put the accused on trial on charges of attacking the Hindu households and the temple under a planned manner.
A Hindu woman cries after her home was destroyed. Photo courtesy of: Pamela Geller
A makeshift police camp was setup at the village where the incident took place on April 26 following rumours that two Hindu youths had allegedly insulted the prophet in a Facebook post.
Earlier reports said culprits mobilised attackers mostly belonging to fundamentalist Jamaat-e-Islami and several other ultra right groups who ransacked the temple and the nearby households and looted some valuables.
“The attack continued for some 20 minutes but during the time, the culprits preferred not to injure anyone…our initial investigation found it was a pre-planned attack as they used loudspeakers and distributed leaflets to mobiles the attack,” Shikdar said.
People at the neighbourhood said nearly 3,000 attackers, mostly from outside the locality, staged the attack as the village elders were set to hold a meeting to resolve the issue of the alleged defamation of the prophet.
Shikdar said police immediately rushed to the scene but reached the remote village only when the attackers had fled.
by, Shadi Paveh | Gatestone Institute
The notes from Dr. Azam’s medical journal include a crushed toe, broken fingers, missing fingernails, broken ribs, a skull fracture, severe abdominal bruising, marks of flogging on her back and feet [and] extensive damage to her genitals.
Dutch authorities expressed shock and sadness over her execution and cut off diplomatic relations with Iran for approximately 20 days.
Roya Nobakht, 47, presently being detained as a political prisoner in Iran, may face execution for insulting Islam. She has lived in Stockport, England with her husband for the last six years and holds dual British-Iranian citizenship.
Her husband, Daryoush Taghipoor, has stated that his wife was arrested while visiting a friend at Iran’s Shiraz airport last October for comments she had made on a Facebook group calling the government of Iran “too Islamic.” According to a copy of her charge sheet seen by the UK’s Independent; she was transferred to Tehran and charged with “gathering and participation with intent to commit crimes against national security and insulting Islamic sanctities”– crimes punishable by death.
In an interview, Mr. Taghipoor told the Manchester Evening News that “his wife is not well at all…she has lost three stones [42 lbs]… and is scared that the government will kill her.” He also said that a confession had been extracted from his wife “under duress.” As is well documented, torture is systematically used by Iranian authorities to obtain confessions from political dissidents and even from some common prisoners.
Roya Nobakht and husband Daryoush Taghipoor. Photo courtesy of: Information Nigeria
Ms. Nobakht’s fears are not unfounded. Iran’s persecution of expatriates is nothing new. The first known case was that of Ms. Zahra Kazemi, a Canadian-Iranian photojournalist who died under torture in 2003 while in custody. Ms. Zahara Bahrami, a Dutch-Iranian, was hanged in 2011. Three Canadian-Iranians; Saeed Malekpour, Hossein Derakhshan and Hamid Ghassemi-Shall, along with American Amir Hekmati, were all arbitrarily arrested while visiting relatives in Iran on vague anti-government charges. With the exception of Mr. Ghassemi-Shall, who was recently released, each one presently languishes inside Iran as political prisoners under dire conditions.
Ms Zahra Kazemi, a Canadian-Iranian photojournalist who had left Iran in 1974, returned in 2003 to cover a story about Iran. She was soon arrested and detained in Evin prison on charges of espionage. As Iran does not recognize dual citizenships, Ms. Kazemi was not allowed representation by Canadian authorities. She later died in custody. The Iranian officials claimed she had died as a result of a stroke but refused to return her body to Canada. In 2005, however, Dr. Shahram Azam, a doctor with the Iranian security forces who had examined Ms. Kazemi’s half-dead body, fled Iran. He testified that the victim’s body showed extensive signs of torture administered over a few days. The notes from his medical journal include a crushed toe, broken fingers, missing finger nails, broken ribs, a skull fracture, severe abdominal bruising, marks of flogging on her back and feet, extensive damage to the genitals and peculiar deep scratches on her neck. She was 52 years old and the first victim of the Islamic regime’s war of terror on Iranians holding dual citizenship. Her body has never been returned to her son in Canada. After her murder, especially under the leadership of Prime Minister Stephen Harper, diplomatic relations between Iran and Canada deteriorated significantly.
Ms Zahra Bahrami, 45, who held dual Dutch-Iranian citizenship, had travelled to Iran to visit her ailing daughter. She was arrested in 2009 for participating in anti-regime protests and taken to the dreaded Evin prison. According to eyewitnesses, Ms Bahrami was tortured so severely she could not sit or stand easily and was denied medical care for serious lung complications. On Jan 29, 2011, she was suddenly hanged at 5:00 a.m. without anyone’s knowledge. She was then hastily buried by the authorities in the absence of her children. Dutch authorities expressed shock and sadness over her execution and cut off diplomatic relations with Iran for approximately 20 days.
Mr. Amir Hekmati 31, an American born in Arizona to Iranian parents and who was visiting Iran for the first time, was arrested in 2011 and charged with “spying for the CIA.” He was tortured until he finally gave a televised confession. As a result he was sentenced to death but thanks to heavy international pressure, in 2014 his sentence was finally changed to 10 years in prison. Three Canadians — Mr. Saeed Malekpour, 39; Mr. Hamid Ghassemi-Shall, 45; and Mr. Hossein Derakhshan, 38 — were arrested while visiting relatives in Iran in 2008, on various charges. Malekpour was charged with designing software that was used in an “un-Islamic” way by third parties, whereas Ghassemi-Shall was accused of the customary espionage. Both were tortured while kept in solitary confinement for over a year and sentenced to death. Malekpour wrote from prison that his jaw had been broken while his interrogators were trying to extract his teeth with pliers, and that he had only confessed to crimes dictated to him by his interrogators under torture and threats to his family. Malekpour’s death sentence was eventually commuted to life in prison, while Mr. Ghassemi-Shall, was released in September 2013 — both due to successful campaigns by various international human rights organizations.
Derakhshan — nicknamed the “blogfather” — is best known for introducing blogging to Iran in 2001. He was sentenced for the contents of his blogs to 19.5 years in prison — the heaviest sentence ever handed down to a blogger.
The Islamic Republic of Iran does not recognize dual citizenships and considers all those who were born in Iran or to Iranian parents as Iranian citizens subject to its deadly Islamic penal code. One hundred and thirty-one offenses are punishable by death including theft, adultery, homosexuality, political dissidence, drug possession and blasphemy. It would be fair to conclude that travelling to Iran with any citizenship carries a risk. One enters a lawless and unaccountable country that lacks any degree of human rights, and where torture and hangings are an integral part of its government’s rule and survival.
by, BBC News | h/t Trop
A gang of men from Peterborough sexually exploited vulnerable teenage girls after targeting them on Facebook, a court has been told.
Five men are on trial for trafficking and raping eight girls, aged between 13 and 16, between 2008 and 2013.
Prosecutor Patricia Lynch told Cambridge Crown Court the girls were singled out “because of their vulnerability”.
She said they were given alcohol and used as “sex objects”.
Opening the case against the defendants, Ms Lynch said the men liaised with the girls via Facebook, Blackberry Messenger and text messages.
After being “chatted up”, the victims would be collected from near their homes in towns and villages around Peterborough, Rutland and Lincolnshire before being driven to secluded spots in Peterborough, Ms Lynch said.
She said many of the girls had “extremely troubled backgrounds”.
“Their very young age, their vulnerability, the grooming process and the use of alcohol negates any consent that they may have given,” she told the court.
“They were effectively used as sex objects by these defendants.”
Yasir Ali, 28, of Grange Road, denies six counts of rape, two of making indecent photographs of children, one of sexual activity in the presence of a child, seven of trafficking and one of witness intimidation.
Daaim Ashraf, 19, of Almoners Lane, denies three counts of rape, one of sexual assault, one of sexual activity with a child, one of sexual activity in the presence of a child, seven of trafficking and one of witness intimidation.
Akash Yasin, 18, of Gladstone Street, denies one count of sexual assault and two of trafficking.
James Daly, 25, of Grange Road, denies one count of rape.
Mohammed Aslam, 24, of Grange Road, denies one count of rape and one of sexual activity in the presence of a child.
The trial, which is expected to last up to eight weeks, continues.
by, The Jakarta Post
Indonesia: Alexander Aan, who was sentenced to two-and-a-half years in prison on June 15, 2012 under the Blasphemy Law for publicly declaring himself an atheist on Facebook, was released from prison on Jan. 27.
Aan, a 30-year-old former civil servant, posted statements and pictures on the social networking site stating that he was a member of the Minang atheist Facebook group, which some considered insulting to Islam and Prophet Muhammad.
On Jan. 20, 2012, Aan was charged under Article 28(2) of the Electronic Information and Transaction Law for disseminating information aimed at inciting religious hostility and Criminal Code articles 156a(a) and 156a(b) for blasphemy and for encouraging others to embrace atheism.
Besides being sentenced to prison, Aan was also fined Rp 100 million rupiah (US$8,190).
Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW), an NGO focusing on religious freedom, said in a press statement that it had visited Aan in prison twice while investigating violations of freedom of religion or belief and threats to religious harmony in Indonesia. The CSW had advocated for Aan’s release.
Benedict Rogers of the CSW said Aan’s release was a huge relief and he urged the government to seriously consider reviewing the Blasphemy Law and other pieces of legislation that violated freedom of thought, conscience, religion or belief.
“We hope that Indonesia will protect, promote and expand the principles of religious pluralism set out in Pancasila so that they apply equally to all Indonesians, and ensure that no one is unjustly imprisoned for their beliefs in the future.”
Here is Alexander’s Story Following the Initial Arrest 2 Years Ago:
Only One “Religion” Persecutes Atheists..
The Others Help Set Them Free.
Don’t Judge ALL Religions the Same.
Albina Kurmanbekova, 15-years-old. Threatened with kidnap and rape. Photo courtesy of: Philly Daily News
by, Stu Bykofsky | Philly Daily News
If Albina Kurmanbekova returns home, she has many prospects for marriage.
Not marriage as we understand it, however. More than a dozen Muslim men have threatened her with “bridenapping,” forcible marriage that is indistinguishable from kidnapping, rape and slavery.
Welcome to Kyrgyzstan, where “bridenapping,” a gross violation of human rights, is the national sport played by men and endured by women.
That’s not what Albina wants, that’s what she fears – and that’s why she has filed for asylum in the U.S. She’s living with the family of her aunt Mira Kasymkulova on a quiet Holmesburg street. Kasymkulova has been in the U.S. for 15 years and translated for Albina, whose English is weak.
Bridenapping occurs in scattered parts of the world, usually in patriarchal societies. Even where it is against the law, as it is in Kyrgyzstan, enforcement is nonexistent, said Kurmanbekova, something I verified. Where bridenapping exists, it is usually a tribal “tradition.”
I asked the aunt if a bridenapped young woman wouldn’t get help from her father.
She laughed. No, because most likely the father was a bridenapper himself. In Kyrgyzstan, a stunning 50 to 75 percent of marriages follow bridenapping. Suicide has been reported among some of those bridenapped.
In Albina’s case, there is an overlay that makes it more terrifying: She is a Christian.
Albina arrived in the United States in June on a work-and-travel visa, and when that became known, 13 Muslim men, posting on Russian Facebook, threatened to bridenap her if she ever returned, one of them vowing to snatch her right at the airport.
Albina decided never to return, even if that meant not seeing her parents and three younger sisters again. In America, she had seen a way of life in which women are not chattel.
She also saw another freedom here: freedom of worship.
Kyrgyzstan is a largely rural nation in central Asia with a population of 5 million, about 80 percent Muslim. Although Albina was born Muslim, after she visited a Christian church with her grandmother, something took hold of her heart.
She saw something in Christianity she had not seen in Islam and was the first in her family to convert, in 2003.
“I saw how Christian families were different; I had friends who were Christian and they were different,” said Albina, who turns 21 on Thursday. “In Muslim, the man does not put his family first. He makes the decisions on his own; a woman isn’t as important as a man.”
As her family migrated toward Christianity, a local mullah visited her father and lectured him against it. “The mullah said he had to go to the mosque,” Albina said. “My father told him he believed in Jesus.”
Soon after, her father was struck by a car and left for dead. An accident?
The family moved to another part of Bishkek, the capital, and later moved to a rural area where there are no nearby neighbors and no one knows they are Christian. The area is so remote that there is no Internet access, so Albina can reach her family only by telephone.
She may never see them again, because returning would be too dangerous. The threats against her are real.
She sought an extension of her visa and applied for asylum in the United States, where she wants to complete her university education. She finished three years in Kyrgyzstan.
Albina’s plea for asylum was heard by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, which will decide her fate in about a week.
I can’t believe that USCIS would send her back to the disgusting hell of a “tradition” that awaits her.
by, Daniel Greenfield | Front Page Magazine | h/t Blazing CatFur
Who says that the Muslim world isn’t modern? Sure they could hold old-fashioned auctions for African slaves. But instead they’re leveraging the power of social media for their slave auctions.
Peace be upon you …
I have a [male] slave I bought from an African country and arranged for his visa and stay till I got him to Saudi [Arabia]
1 – Black skin. Tall 172 cm. Weight 60 kilos.
2 – Castrated (excellent for working with a family) you can check him with a doctor for yourself if you have experience in the matter.
3 – [His] health is quite undamaged and has no imperfections.
4 – Age 26 years.
5 – Religion muslim and [he is] obedient and will not disobey you except in what displeases God. Please, the matter is very serious and is not a joke.
No it’s not a joke. Saudi Arabia had an estimated 300,000 slaves in 1960. Slavery was then officially abolished, but unofficially continues to exist.
Saudis who travel outside their country sometimes bring their slaves with them, leading to run-ins with the law. One of the ugliest such incidents was the murder of a slave by a Saudi prince in London.
The court had heard that the murder of Abdulaziz was the final act in a “deeply abusive” master-servant relationship in which the prince carried out frequent attacks on his aide “for his own personal gratification”.
Jurors were told that by the early hours of 15 February, Abdulaziz was so worn down and injured – having suffered a “cauliflower” ear and swollen eye from previous assaults – that he let Saud kill him without a fight.
Saud tried to cover up the true nature of his relationship with his servant, claiming they were “friends and equals”, but a porter at the Marylebone hotel where they had stayed said Abdulaziz was treated “like a slave”.
If progressives really cared about racism and sexism, they would take a hard look at the Muslim world. But of course, they don’t.
Facebook is allowing videos showing people being decapitated to be posted and shared on its site once again.
by, Leo Kelion | BBC News
The social network had introduced a temporary ban in May following complaints that the clips could cause long-term psychological damage.
The US firm confirmed it now believed its users should be free to watch and condemn such videos. It added it was, however, considering adding warnings.
One suicide prevention charity condemned the move.
“It only takes seconds of exposure to such graphic material to leave a permanent trace – particularly in a young person’s mind,” said Dr Arthur Cassidy, a former psychologist who runs a branch of the Yellow Ribbon Program in Northern Ireland.
“The more graphic and colourful the material is, the more psychologically destructive it becomes.”
Two of the firm’s official safety advisers have also criticised the decision.
Facebook allows anyone aged 13 and above to be a member.
Its terms and conditions now state that it will remove photos or videos that “glorify violence” in addition to other banned material, including a woman’s “fully exposed breast”.
The BBC was alerted to Facebook’s change in policy by a reader who said the firm was refusing to remove a page showing a clip of a masked man killing a woman, which is believed to have been filmed in Mexico.
It was posted last week under the title, Challenge: Anybody can watch this video?
Some Facebook users complained about a video showing a decapitation being allowed to remain on the site
“Remove this video too many young innocent minds out there shouldn’t see this!!!” wrote one user in the comments section below.
“This is absolutely horrible, distasteful and needs to be removed… there are too many young minds that can see this. I’m 23 and I’m very disturbed after seeing a couple of seconds of it,” wrote another.
The social network later confirmed it was allowing such material to be posted again.
“Facebook has long been a place where people turn to share their experiences, particularly when they’re connected to controversial events on the ground, such as human rights abuses, acts of terrorism and other violent events,” said a spokeswoman.
“People are sharing this video on Facebook to condemn it. If the video were being celebrated, or the actions in it encouraged, our approach would be different.
“However, since some people object to graphic video of this nature, we are working to give people additional control over the content they see. This may include warning them in advance that the image they are about to see contains graphic content.”
The firm also disabled the adverts for third-party products that had been appearing alongside the video.
Facebook originally pulled decapitation videos after the Family Online Safety Institute – a member of its Safety Advisory Board – complained that they “crossed a line”.
The charity’s leader Stephen Balkam told the BBC he was surprised by the latest development.
“I would have expected a heads-up on this,” he said.
“I went to have a look at the video and there’s no warning label nor is there any condemnatory context. It’s just sort of up there and the first image you are presented with is a woman’s head being held by a guy.
“I’m very unhappy that these have gone back up and that they have gone up without any warning. First thing tomorrow morning I intend to raise this with Facebook.”
Another of the board members, London-based Childnet International, said it also had concerns.
“Such content should be taken down,” said its chief executive Will Gardner.
“There is a need to raise issues happening around the world, there is that argument, but some content is horrific.
“We would want to see steps to try and protect people from coming across such content. I’ll tell Facebook what our view is, absolutely.”
Decapitation videos are available elsewhere on the net but critics have raised concern that Facebook’s news feeds and other sharing functions mean it is particularly adept at spreading such material.
Some psychologists have raised concerns that watching graphic violence can harm the viewer
“I have seen some of these videos – they are profoundly shocking,” said John Carr, who sits on the executive board of the UK government’s Council on Child Internet Safety.
“Facebook has taken leave of its senses. Those videos will fuel countless nightmares among the young and the sensitive.”
Google’s rival Google+ social network has a more restrictive policy: “Do not distribute depictions of graphic or gratuitous violence.”
The idea of Facebook issuing a similar blanket ban had, however, concerned some freedom-of-speech campaigners who had suggested it was the responsibility of parents – not the company – to protect children on the internet.
However, the French digital rights group La Quadrature du Net said it was still concerned that Facebook was reserving the right to take down the videos if it took issue with the way they were presented.
“It shows how much Facebook is in power to decide whatever will or will not be expressed through its network,” said the organisation’s co-founder Jeremie Zimmermann.
“It plays a profoundly anti-democratic role when it makes any such choice, whatever the limits are and whatever the good reasons it uses to make the decision. Only a judicial authority should be able to restrict fundamental freedoms according to the rule of law.”
Mike Holt has received death threats via his Facebook account. Photo by: Darryn Smith
by, Patrick Williams | The Sunshine Coast Daily
Australia: One Nation candidate Mike Holt wants a man who made death threats against him over Facebook charged with hate speech.
Mr Holt, who is running for the seat of Fairfax, received several threats from a man who identified himself as Muslim on his public page, Mike Holt One National Fairfax Candidate.
The threats, made on Thursday and Friday, made mentions of rape and beheading those who insulted Islam.
One comment read: “I swear this bloke won’t last. Someone will get you out there. You can’t hide for ever Mike. Come meet me in Bankstown. Just tell me you talk but can you face a Muslim? You’re a weak dog with no guts. Keep talking behind your screen, someone will grab you sooner or later.”
Other comments were unfit for print.
Mr Holt said he had reported the matter to the Queensland Counter Terrorism Unit. An investigation has been opened and he will file a formal complaint at Maroochydore Police Station today.
“You have to take it seriously,” he said.
“I’m not afraid but I’m taking reasonable precautions.”
He said some people were well known for going crazy and doing stupid things.
“This guy’s challenged me and says someone’s going to kill me,” he said.
“At very least it’s hate speech… it could be a lot worse.”
Mr Holt (pictured) said they were the first death threats he had received.
“These threats won’t distract me. They only strengthen my resolve to get into parliament and get this country back on track.”
Mr Holt made headlines early in his federal election campaigning when he was linked to a food contamination scare involving stickers warning that Halal food funds terrorism. The stickers were available for purchase from Restore Australia, whose CEO was listed as Mr Holt.
Professor, Dr. Amjad Qourshah (left) in his SS Islaminazi uniform preparing for an armed assault on Coptic Christians. Photo: by, admin.
by, Christopher Collins / The Examiner
On the same day that White House deputy press secretary, Josh Earnest joked about Muslim Brotherhood attacks on Egyptian Coptic Christians, Professor, Amjad Qourshah, an Islamic studies professor at the University of Amman in Jordan, who has ties to the Muslim American Society (MAS) and the Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA), went on a tirade of anti-Christian attacks against Egypt‘s Copts on Wednesday, accusing them of burning their own churches.
John Rossomando of the Investigative Project on Terrorism (IPT) reported that Qourshah Facebook tirade also included an image of Jesus that is similar in nature, of the 2006 Danish cartoon depicting the Muslim prophet Muhammad with a bomb in his turban.
The image Qourshah used in this case, shows Jesus with an AK-47 over his shoulder with a bomb halo surrounding his head, saying “Jesus says: ‘Sell your clothes and buy arms.” The caption above the image says: “The way to hypocrisy for the Orthodox Copts.”
IPT was able to translate Qourshah’s rant before the Facebook page with his rant was taken down where he wants the Egyptian army to annihilate the Coptic Christians and rambles on taking Old Testament and New Testament scripture out of context.
Qourshah blamed the Coptic Christians for the violence although news reports from Egyptian bloggers and Christian aid workers contradict his accusations.
Qourshah said, “Where are you, oh hypocrites who claim to love freedom and peace, when you are at the head of sedition. Your channels were the first to call for war, strife and lies… Your chiefs were the first to ignite sectarian strife set fire. Personally, I do not rule out Copts burning their churches themselves to accuse the Muslims in coordination with the heads of the church and the Egyptian security services.”
“Where are you, liberals and secularists throughout the length and breadth of Arab countries on the Copts entering into politics and their chiefs encouraging them to violence and terrorism and urged their followers and the security agencies to murder and vileness?”
Rossomando said, “MAS and fellow Islamist groups, the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) and the Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA), have been silent about the violence against Egypt’s Christians by the Muslim Brotherhood. Those groups either have roots in the Muslim Brotherhood or have worked with it. The Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC) has similarly been silent.”
ITP reported that on Monday, they were able to obtain a memo from the Muslim Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party that showed a call and approval for the terrorists launch violence against Egypt’s Coptic Christian population and to burn down Christian churches.
The Professor’s verbal attacks come on the heels of a report that President Obama and his administration had to have known that by supporting Morsi and Muslim Brotherhood terrorists, they aligned themselves with those who murdered foreign tourists in Egypt in 1997.
*See update at bottom
by, Schuyler Montague
While researching our story yesterday on the recent removal of Counterjihad pages by Facebook, we uncovered some very disturbing information. In an attempt to locate the source of the Islamic onslaught against the freedom of expression, we ventured down the rabbit hole of Islamic hate. And what we discovered when we got there, tucked away in a dark corner, was a website operated by a terrorist organization called the Islamic Socialist Network.
It didn’t take very long to figure out once we located the website under the name of the “Union Star Network” that we were dealing with something much bigger than a 20-year-old muslim boy in his mom’s basement. And, if there were any doubts, they quickly faded when we saw photos of Facebook page administrators on “Wanted” posters, offering cash rewards of up to $1 Million for personal information such as residential addresses.
It appears that the Islamic Socialist Network has created a “Hit List” of Counterjihad webpages to attack. And, if this wasn’t bad enough, we discovered this hit list also extends to the administrators of these webpages, as well. The first page on the Islamic Socialist Network’s website is dedicated to eliminating the site belonging to “Ban Islam” and the second page is dedicated to eliminating the site “Your Daily Muslim (YDM.)” If you scroll down their pages you will find the “Wanted” posters that we have placed below.
This terrorist network has obviously initiated a coordinated plan of attack. These first couple pictures are on their page dedicated to the website “Ban Islam”:
This Wanted Poster clearly offers over $1 Million for information about the administrators of “Ban Islam”
Even though this gentleman’s full name appears on the terrorist’s website, we are witholding his name. As you can see, they are offering $500,000.00 for information about him.
This picture below is from their page dedicated to “Your Daily Muslim (YDM). It is a “Wanted” poster for that sites administrator:
On this Wanted poster you can see where they are attempting to acquire information for the individual’s name and residence.
The implications and intent of this terrorist organization and their website should be very clear. To offer such high amounts of money reflects their seriousness, their willingness to do harm and obvious financial backing with deep pockets.
We are taking this very seriously. We cannot and we will not allow this to continue. This is just one site that we know of. How many other sites are out there doing the same thing or worse? So, here is our plan:
TAKE ACTION NOW:
This terrorist site is definitely craving attention, so let’s give them some attention:
*First, it is necessary that you be registered and logged into wordpress.com in order to do the following. If you are not, the “black bar” mentioned below will not be visible to you.
We are asking that “you” go to both pages below marked “Page 1″ and “Page 2″ . Drag your cursor over their sites name in the top left corner of the page, on the black menu bar. You will find a drop-down menu. The last item in the menu is “Report this content.” The closest relevant category they offer is “abusive.” If enough of us do this perhaps the site will be removed.
We are currently in the process of obtaining further information about this website, their administrators and their location in order to report them to the proper authorities. Any assistance that can be offered would be greatly appreciated. Especially from individuals, organizations and agencies with experience in tracking individuals, tracing funds and determining website operators locations. Once we obtain this information we will inform you and proceed to our next step.
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A Video Response From Jeremy Silbert. The Administrator of Ban Islam
Rewards Posted by:
Prof. Adel Sharif at the University of Surrey, Network of Iraqi Scientists
Leaders of the Islamic Socialist Network (I.S.N.) Terrorist Organization:
Phone: +1 902.367.4757 - Home
Address: 529G University Road – Charlottetown, PE.
*Thank you to those unnamed individuals that contributed this information.
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We are very happy to announce that, at approximately 2000hrs/est.us the website operated by the Islamic Socialist Network International Terrorist Organization was suspended by their webhost for: “Violation of Terms of Service.”
We would like to say “Thank you so much” to each and every individual and organization that joined with us in this victory.
s/m @ sharia unveiled
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After being down for 48 hours, the Islamic Socialist Network’s Website is back up and in operation.
It appears that the two pages containing the threats to Ban Islam and Your Daily Muslim (YDM) are still down.
This is not over… but rather, it has just begun!