by, Daud Olatunji, Aeokuta | Vanguard
Nigeria: Ogun State Police Command, yesterday, arrested five suspected ritualists, including two women, with human head and other parts in Joju area of Ota in Ado Odo-Ota local government.
This came barely one month after a herbalist was caught with 18 human skulls in the same local government.
The Ogun State Police Public Relations Officer, Muyiwa Adejobi, in a statement, said the suspects were arrested during a joint operation by men of the state Police Command and the Special Anti- Robbery Squad from Lagos Command.
The suspects were reportedly caught following a tip-off.
“The Divisional Police Officer in charge Otta Division, CSP Gabreal Idibie, led a team of operatives to assist the SARS Lagos, who got first hand information, to Joju area where the five suspects were arrested and exhibits recovered for further investigation and adequate prosecution,” Adejobi said.
“The suspects arrested are Kubura Salami, Tantolorun Abimbola, Kafaya Popoola, Wahid Ibrahim and Adamu Rafiu.”
by, Bill Muehlenberg | Tulisan Murtad
When it comes to understanding the true nature of Islam, just like the true nature of communism decades earlier, there are basically two groups of people out there: those who know what a genuine menace and threat it is, and those who are utterly clueless, and think we can somehow just accommodate and appease our sworn enemies.
The communists never covered up their aims of wishing to destroy America and the West, and Islam too has not been coy about publically stating its ultimate aims: taking over the West, stamping out freedom and democracy, and instituting a universal Caliphate with sharia law becoming the law of the planet.
There have been plenty of gullible and ignorant Westerners who actually applauded the spread of communism, as there are many people today foolishly endorsing and promoting the spread of the political ideology known as Islam. Lenin called such folks “useful idiots” and we still have plenty of them around today it seems.
Throughout so much of the Western world creeping sharia and stealth jihad have been occurring at a rapid rate, but most Westerners have been sleeping right through it. In one country after another ignorance, appeasement and apathy have allowed the Islamists to cement their positions in the West.
The UK is an obvious case in point. While Christianity seems to be all but dead there, Islam is on the move big time. Simply look at how houses of worship reveal these truths. In 1960 there was one mosque in all of London. Today there are many hundreds of them and incredibly many of these are former churches! Yet most folks there have snoozed through all this.
Of course there have been plenty of voices sending out warnings – often falling on deaf ears however. For example Melanie Phillips wrote an important book back in 2006 called: Londonistan: How Britain is Creating a Terror State Within. I wrote a review of this incisive volume back then.
But she has basically been a voice crying out in the wilderness. Most English leaders have been woefully ignorant and appallingly clueless about the real nature of Islam. That is why I was quite startled to learn that not one but two major English leaders recently have come out slightly aware of Islamic matters for a change.
It may well be too late, but these two leaders may finally be waking up at least to some extent, and can see that not everything is sweetness and light in their nation, and elsewhere. Both men had in the past been almost sycophantic over Islam, seemingly believing it could do no wrong.
Consider a minor awakening from Prime Minister Cameron. Audrey Russo offers this commentary: “It appears that the UK’s great advocate for Islam has had a change of heart. The constant display of barbaric acts and Islamic cries of hate for the West, was never enough to open the eyes of the UK PM David Cameron. The question must be asked: What magical smelling salts was the PM given … because these suckers appear to have grown a spine!
“Cameron’s rabid defense for Islam in the past, almost required shots. He condemned the EDL (a grassroots movement of citizens desiring to retain the freedoms and culture of their homeland) with egregious barbs … but fell all over himself to protect this vile lot of Mohammedans. Now we are to believe he agrees with those who oppose Islamists?
“So, let me get this straight … Mr. Cameron has awoken out of his deep Islamic slumber. Well, then I’d like to know what it finally took for this man to awaken. The tragic event of his soldier Lee Rigby’s beheading, didn’t move him. The kidnapping and rape of British teenage girls by grooming gangs wasn’t enough. And the rallying cry of the British people in the streets, desperately trying to bring attention to the daily Islamic hate crimes committed against fellow citizens, moved him not. But now, suddenly he’s startled into reality?”
She says it may be too early to tell if this is a real change, or just more political grandstanding. But hopefully he is beginning to become aware of a few inconvenient truths here. Another English leader who finally seems to have seen a bit of light is Prince Charles.
As one news report said, “Christianity is beginning ‘to disappear’ in its own birthplace after 2,000 years because of a wave of ‘organised persecution’ across the Middle East, the Prince of Wales has warned. In an impassioned intervention, he said that the world is in danger of losing something ‘irreplaceably precious’ with communities tracing their history back to the time of Jesus now under threat from fundamentalist Islamist militants.
“Speaking openly of his own Christian faith, he said he had become ‘deeply troubled’ by the plight of those he described as his ‘brothers and sisters in Christ’. And the Prince, a long-standing advocate of dialogue between religions, voiced personal dismay at seeing his work over the last 20 years to ‘build bridges and dispel ignorance’ being deliberately destroyed by those attempting to exploit the Arab Spring for their own ends. He devoted a Christmas reception for religious leaders at Clarence House to draw attention to the threat Christians have come under in recent months across Egypt, Syria, Iraq and other parts of the region.”
Nice of him to finally wake up to some reality here, although anyone without Islamist eyeglasses on knew full well the horrific condition of Christians in the Middle East and Muslim-majority countries. They have been suffering terribly for so very long, yet most Western leaders have chosen to ignore all this.
Indeed, Islamic persecution of Christians has been a hallmark of Islam’s 14-century history, but it has been especially ferocious in more recent times. So I am glad the Prince of Wales has finally caught on here. Whether his ongoing attempts at interfaith dialogue will now be hampered remains to be seen, but at least he is finally a bit aware.
Hopefully many other Western leaders will wake up to the real nature of Islam, their tremendous persecution of Christians, and their openly-stated goal of taking over the West. Until we wake up to these basic home truths, the future of the West remains very dim indeed.
Prince Charles: Christians ‘deliberately targeted’ in Middle East
The brothers of a Skaf gang rapist have been jailed for a brutal attack on a Sydney cleaner, with a magistrate condemning increasing violence in the community.
by, Nine News MSN – Australia | h/t Father Jon
Brothers Mahmoud Sanoussi, 28, Ahmed Sanoussi, 31, and another man, Armed Breaery, 31, were charged after a cleaner at a smash repairs store in Revesby, in Sydney’s southwest, was bashed in September last year.
They pleaded guilty to assault occasioning actual bodily harm in company and the two brothers, who are siblings to convicted Skaf gang rapist Mohammed Sanoussi, also pleaded guilty to intimidating police.
In dramatic scenes at Bankstown Local Court on Wednesday, Magistrate Roger Clisdell handed down 18-month jail sentences to each of the men and called the unprovoked attacks “cowardly and despicable”.
Ahmed Sanoussi and Armed Breaery will be eligible for parole in nine months while Mahmoud Sanoussi could be out in eight months after already spending time in jail for the offences.
“Violence in our community is prevalent,” Mr Clisdell told the court.
“It couldn’t be a worse time for people to come before the courts in this environment.”
Partners and family members of the men began sobbing as they were taken away by court officers.
Lawyers have appealed the punishments and sought bail for Ahmed Sanoussi and Armed Breaery. Bail was denied.
The court was told the victim was hosing down a building when one of the men shouted “Hey f***wit you got a s*** job” to which he replied “Someone has to do it”.
It was soon after this that they set upon the victim who they called a “smartass f***wit”.
Their brother Mohammed Sanoussi had his parole revoked the day after the attack by his brothers in September.
Mohammed Sanoussi was meant to reside with his brothers after spending 13 years in jail for a series of gang rapes.
He was later given parole and ordered to stay in a halfway house.
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Rabbi Baruch Frydman-Kohl, “Pretend-to-be” Jew.
by, Paul Lungen – Staff Reporter | The Canadian Jewish News | Scaramouche | h/t Blazing CatFur
They didn’t all get together, hold hands and sing Kumbaya – but they came pretty close.
Participants in Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s trip to Israel were positively gushing about the prime minister’s performance on the world stage, with several referring to his speech in the Knesset as the highlight.
Rabbis on the trip also mentioned the interaction between colleagues from various denominations of Judaism as a happy unintended consequence of the trip, which saw more than 200 community leaders, rabbis and businesspeople join the Canadian delegation as an “accompanying party.”
Referring to Harper’s address to the Knesset, Toronto lawyer Berl Nadler, a member of the board of directors of the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA) called it “a stirring piece of oratorical clarity on the issues.
“I think he was intellectually honest on the origins of anti-Zionism in a way even Jewish community leaders are not,” he said.
“There are very few world leaders who have as well thought-out a position,” he said. And considering the criticism he faced for drawing too close to Israel, Nadler said, “I think it’s a pretty gutsy thing to do. The prime minister has the courage of his convictions. They’re well thought-out political positions, based on facts, and well articulated.”
Nadler said the prime minister’s forceful address seemed to catch even members of the Knesset off guard, with his address being greeted by standing ovations.
Later, Harper visited the Western Wall. “You should have seen the cheering at the Kotel. It was heartwarming. It was like he was being welcomed as a genuine political and moral hero, a person prepared to take positions that are unpopular,” Nadler said.
Rabbi Philip Scheim, spiritual leader of Toronto’s Beth David B’nai Israel Beth Am Congregation, said, “For all of us, the highlight was the appearance at the Knesset. The sense of pride we had of the prime minister standing up in the Knesset, giving as pro-Israel a speech as can be, from the heart…
“He knew he would get flack” from some opponents, he said, referring to critics who say Canada is best served with a more even-handed approach to the Middle East.
“We were so taken by this man’s love of Israel, and without an ulterior motive,” he said. “He feels that Israel is a manifestation of justice and a rectification of the wrongs of history.
“When a prime minister stands up and positions Israel as a manifestation of light in the world, I can’t imagine anything more heartwarming,” Rabbi Scheim said.
Rabbi Jarrod Grover of Beth Tikvah Synagogue in Toronto, called the trip a “wonderful moment after wonderful moment – with a lot of waiting in between.”
Harper’s Knesset speech, his welcome by Israeli parliamentarians were “very powerful moments,” Rabbi Grover said.
“We’ve been working at this for a long time. It’s a dream come true.
“What’s the point of Israel advocacy if not this,” he continued. “We’ve been working to convince not just the Harper government, but Canadians in general, that they should be more [favourable] to Israel,” he said.
He rejected suggestions that political leaders should be more even-handed. “Why be temporizing every comment of support for Israel with ‘buts,’ ‘howevers’? That’s singling out Israel unfairly for everything wrong in the country instead of celebrating the many things they got right in a region that is collapsing. That even-handed position did us no good. We should be proud the prime minister sees that.”
For Vancouver lawyer Bernard Pinsky, Harper’s visit marked “the conjunction of two things I love – my country Canada and the country of Israel.
“I don’t see any conflict between loving and supporting them both. You can do both unconditionally. I want to be involved in making both places successful.”
Pinsky, past chair of the Jewish Federation of Greater Vancouver and past member of CIJA’s board, among other community leadership roles, said there were several memorable events during the trip. Standing at the Kotel as the prime minister approached, he was surprised to see “a group of Chassidim… shouting and excited and frenzied with joy” to see Harper.
On another occasion, on a bus to Tel Aviv University, the group could see Israelis standing on the roadside “with signs saying, ‘We love you Harper.’”
And at Yad Vashem, the group waited for quite awhile as the prime minister took a private tour of the Holocaust museum.
“We waited a long time, because he spent a lot of time at Yad Vashem,” Pinsky said. “To me, that was meaningful… He really feels that’s important. I really feel he got it. He’s a deep, intellectual guy who thinks things through.”
Rabbi Grover spoke of the benefit of spending time with his Jewish colleagues, as well as a few Christian ministers. “We spoke on the religious direction of the country and the challenges we face,” he said.
“This was really not just about Harper and the trip to Israel. It was a bonding experience for people who accompanied him. The Jewish community should feel good that we have so many friends in the government and across the country,” he added.
The one regret Rabbi Grover expressed was that “the visits were exclusive and secluded.” Even the highway was cleared to ensure Harper’s safety, he said.
“The prime minister saw the major sites, but he didn’t really get to see Israel.” Even taking him out for a coffee on Ben Yehuda, a pedestrian street in Jerusalem, would have exposed him “to the people, the culture, the real vibrancy of the country,” he said.
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Though some 200 individuals were part of the “accompanying party” that joined the official delegation, questions have been raised as to who made the list and who didn’t.
Rabbi Baruch Frydman-Kohl of Beth Tzedec Congregation, one of Toronto’s largest synagogues, was not among those invited on the trip.
He’s not sure why. There has been some discussion in the community about the list. “Jews talk about all kinds of things. People talk, who is on, who was not on.”
According to Rabbi Frydman-Kohl, Pinsky and Nadler, the Prime Minister’s Office made the final list after soliciting suggestions from major Jewish organizations. MPs submitted their own lists.
Rabbi Grover said that’s how he was included, noting he has developed a personal relationship with his shul’s local MP, Chungsen Leung.
How the list was chosen is less significant than the trip itself, Rabbi Frydman-Kohl stated.
“What’s really important is what the prime minister did there and what it represents, both to him personally and as head of government, and to us, as a statement on Canadian policy in the Middle East. So we have to keep our eyes on the big picture.
“I’m thrilled. I think this has been a home run for the prime minister and, more importantly, a home run for Canada,” he added.
Tenant Rasel Siddiquee, left, was arrested after his landlord, Mahuddin Mahmud, right, was found dead in the basement of his building in Brooklyn. Photo Courtesy of: NBC 4 NY
by, Gus Rosendale | NBC 4 NY | h/t Midnight Watcher’s Blogspot
A 27-year-old man has been charged with murder after the landlord of his Brooklyn building was found nearly decapitated in the basement Tuesday, police say.
Rasel Siddiquee was arrested early Wednesday in connection with the death of Mahuddin Mahmud, a 57-year-old businessman and father of three who was found with his head nearly cut off and his face burned in the basement of a building he owned, according to the NYPD.
Police found Mahmud’s body after getting a 911 call about an assault at the building on McDonald Avenue in Kensington. Siddiquee lived in the basement, police say.
Family and friends say Mahmud, a Bangladeshi immigrant, came to the U.S. decades ago and worked hard to build a computer software training business.
A childhood friend told NBC 4 New York that Mahmud believed so much in the American dream that his wedding portrait hangs next to an American flag.
Mahmud had a wife and three children, ages 20, 9 and 4.
Siddiquee is also charged with criminal possession of a weapon. It’s not immediately known whether he has an attorney.
Residents, mostly Hindus, of Malopara village in Obhoynagar, Jessore return yesterday. Jamaat-Shibir men drove them away for casting votes in the national election. Photo Courtesy of: Dhaka Tribune
Jamaat-Shibir men hack five Hindus for voting and scare away the entire community
by, Emran Hossain | Dhaka Tribune
DHAKA, Bangladesh: Kalidasi Sarker jumped into the Bhairab River in the afternoon of the polling day with her 15-day-old baby. The 30-year-old mother must hold the baby above water while swimming across the 50m wide river, which too, she knew, she must.
About 100 people had to jump into the river that afternoon as they were chased by activists of Jamaat-e-Islami and its student wing Islami Chhatra Shibir, all equipped with firearms, crude bombs, machetes, iron rods and sticks.
Their only fault – they are Hindus and many of them had cast votes in the just concluded 10th national election.
Waiting on the other side of the river were Sabita Sarkar, 55, and many others from her village to help these people.
Watching the people running across the yellow mustard field before jumping into the river reminded Sabita of herself and her father running across a field – only, it was littered with dead bodies – decades ago, chased by the Pakistani occupation force during the 1971 Liberation War.
“I want justice for what has happened to us,” an enraged Sabita told the Dhaka Tribune.
The community of Hindu fishermen had to leave their village Malopara at Chapatola in Jessore’s Obhoynagar to save their lives.
Ironically, the Bangla word “obhoynagar” means a safe place for people.
These poor people had been living amid intimidation yet they had defended the small locality for almost six hours since Jamaat-Shibir men hacked five villagers around 10am for casting votes in Sunday’s national election.
But they had to give in now as their pleas for help to local Awami League leaders, the district’s deputy commissioner, upazila nirbahi officer and the officer-in-charge of the Obhoynagar police station went unheard throughout the day.
This reporter met Sabita yesterday morning as more than 700 people returned to their homes after law enforcers had finally arrived.
“We could not believe that people with whom we had just had tea suddenly became so different! They became part of the group of people who tried to kill us, looted our valuables and set the whole village on fire,” said a resident of Malopara whose identity is not being disclosed for safety concerns.
Five sons of a villager named Nur Mohammad – the youngest of them only 18 who stabbed three of his neighbours – and Farid, Humayun, Kashem and Kibria played a key role in accompanying some 500 Jamaat-Shibir men, mostly from adjacent areas, marching the village for almost an hour during the attack that left at least 20 injured.
Maya Rani Mandal managed to get on a boat to cross the river and spent the night in the nearby Deyapara village.
Maloti Barman, 50, could not think about her daughter in the hurry and escaped, leaving her daughter behind. She tiptoed back to the village around 8pm and took her daughter and two-year-old granddaughter with her. About Tk2 lakh, which she had got selling land, was gone.
The ones like Shila Sarker who could not flee had hidden under cots or shades built for growing betel leaf.
Many did not even get the chance to take warm clothes in this chilling weather.
More than 100 houses in Malopara were looted, burnt and destroyed on Sunday afternoon. Even homestead trees – coconut and banana – were burnt or chopped down and cowsheds were burnt, too. Idols in the houses were vandalised. Everything else was looted.
The villagers had been living in fear since Jamaat leader Delawar Hossain Sayedee was sentenced to death for war crimes on February 28 last year and guarded the village at night in groups of seven men.
But their fear came real on the day of the national election.
Jamaat-Shibir activists had threatened the Hindu villagers not to go to cast their votes.
Some villagers, mainly activists of the Awami League, however, refused to bow to the threats and went to cast ballots.
About 25 Jamaat-Shibir men exploded crude bombs at the polling centre for the voters from Malopara with an aim to stop voting there but failed. Then they made an attempt to attack the village, but failing there, too, the Jamaat-Shibir men resorted to their newly adopted technique of inciting their followers by lies. Around 4pm, they made phone calls to their activists and students of the local madrasa, telling them that five of their activists had been killed in a clash with Malopara villagers.
Jamaat-Shibir activists poured in from nearby villages – Baliadanga, Jagannathpur, Deyapara, Joldanga, Basundia, Dhakuria and Bangram – and attacked Malopara.
They also drove in some motorised three-wheelers, locally called Nosimon, laden with sacks of stone. When they left they loaded the Nosimons with their loot.
The incident once again unveils the same indifference the Jessore district administration had shown during voting when Jamaat-Shibir men went on the rampage forcing the authorities to suspend voting in 60 centres in Monirampur upazila.
Obhoynagar upazila Awami League’s General Secretary Enamul Hoque Babul said he had called the deputy commissioner, the UNO and the Obhoynagar police station’s OC for help. “They all said police or Rab or army were on their way, but they did not come until all had been ruined,” he said.
Obhoynagar UNO Sifat Mehnaz said she had not come to know about the incident until 5pm.
Police reached Malonpara around 11pm.
Around 2pm yesterday – when it was time for this reporter to leave Malopara – blow from a conch was heard. It is a tradition among Hindus to blow the shell, called shankha in Bangla, as a worship ritual. Usually, the sound of shankha is heard from all houses in the neighbourhood. This time there was only one was blowing.
Survey conducted by Riyadh-based King Abdul Aziz Centre for National Dialogue
by, Emirates 24/7
Saudi men believe women are to blame for the rising cases involving molestation of females on the grounds they are seduced by women’s excessive make up.
The findings were included in a survey conducted by the Riyadh-based King Abdul Aziz Centre for National Dialogue and involved 992 males and females.
The survey, carried by Saudi newspapers, found that 86.5 per cent of the men polled believe that women’s exaggeration in wearing make-up is the main cause of the rise in molestation cases in public places in the conservative Gulf Kingdom.
About 80 per cent of the total persons polled believe lack of deterrent penalties and the absence of specific anti-molestation laws are also to blame for the phenomenon.
The report said 91 per cent of the respondents, all aged above 19, believe another key factor is the “poor religious sentiment” while nearly 75 per cent said the problem is caused by lack of awareness campaigns and warning notices at most public places.
by, Owais Jafri | The Express Tribune – Pakistan
MULTAN, Pakistan: Qureshi Chowk police in Muzaffargarh on Sunday arrested a man three days after he cut a woman’s nose and lips over a suspicion that she had helped his niece elope. The woman who had undergone three surgeries is still in a critical condition.
Police said the man has confessed to the crime. They said they had recovered the woman’s nose and lips from his house.
Three men, accused of helping him, have also been arrested.
Police said 22-year-old Sakina*, a resident of Ghairiwala, had had an affair with Muhammad Asghar*, 23.
They said they had both eloped after their families had objected to the relationship.
Last week, police said, some of Sakina’s relatives contacted her and persuaded her to return, assuring her that they would allow her to marry Asghar.
Police said Sakina’s uncle, Muhammad Ramazan*, had suspected that Nazeeran Bibi*, a resident of the same village and a mother of six, had helped his niece elope. They said he had threatened to kill her if she met his niece again.
A few days ago, police said, she visited Ramazan’s house to explain that she had had nothing to do with his niece and to ask him to stop his men from threatening her and her family.
Instead, they said, Ramazan called his men, identified as Kareem Baksh, Muhammad Ajmal and Ghulam Sarwar in the FIR, and beat her up. He also cut her nose and lips and abandoned her on a street.
She was taken to the district headquarters hospital by a passer-by, who had found her lying on the road. She was later sent to Nishtar Hospital in Multan.
Doctors treating her at Nishtar Hospital said that she needed another surgery.
On Sunday, doctors told The Express Tribune that Nazeeran Bibi had undergone three surgeries.
They said she was not out of danger yet.
Qureshi Chowk Station House Officer Aslam Malghani told The Express Tribune that an FIR was registered on the complaint of the victim under Sections 365, 324, 334/34 (kidnap, attempted murder, causing hurt) of the Pakistan Penal Code.
He said Ramazan was arrested on Sunday in a raid at his house. He said a neighbour had seen him entering the house and informed the police.
The Station House Officer said Ramazan had confessed to the crime and told police that he had planned to flee the Tribal Area.
*ALL NAMES HAVE BEEN CHANGED TO PROTECT THE IDENTITIES