Friday, August 31, 2012

Retrial for Refugee Who Killed Wife Becoming 'Too Australian'

AN Afghan refugee who killed his wife after complaining she had become ''too Australia'' has been granted a retrial.
Soltan Ahmad Aziz
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Soltan Ahmad Azizi was jailed for a minimum of 17 ½ years in 2010 after he strangled Marzieh Rahimi with her veil at the couple’s Hampton Park home in 2007.

The mother-of five was killed in front of the couple's three-month-old toddler and baby, 22 months.

Azizi allegedly admitted killing his wife and even called the police afterwards, telling them, `You can handcuff me now.''

But in calling for an appeal, lawyers for Azizi argued jurors in the original trial were subject to inadmissible or prejudicial evidence.

They claimed alleged statements by Ms Rahimi about previous physical, psychological and emotional abouse by Azizi were not relevant and should have been excluded.

The trial heard Ms Rahimi had complained that her husband had been violent since the first night of their marriage and she wanted a divorce.

Moroccan Psychiatrists See Post Ramadan Mental Illness Surge...

Since the end of the sacred month of Ramadan, Moroccan psychiatrists are seeing appear in their office some of their patients who suddenly stopped their medical treatment during the sacred month in order to better devote themselves to the fast. "Each year, after the month of Ramadan, we see the same phenomenon. There is a resurgence of mental illnesses, not because of nostalgia experienced at the end of Ramadan but because patients haven't followed their treatment to the letter or reduce the dose of their medication without a medical opinion," explains Driss Moussaoui, psychiatrist for around forty years and director of the psychiatric centre at the University of Ibn Rochd. "When I ask them if they stopped their treatment during Ramadan, they are not going to try and lie. They tell me in all honesty that they stopped it", he says.

In this post-Ramadan period, the psychiatrists witness a resurgence of illnesses such as schizophrenia, depression, bipolar disorders such as manic-depression or even epilepsy. "However, we tell our patients not to interrupt their treatment during Ramadan because of the risks incurred for their state of health. They are informed. We make the suggestions but they make the decisions!" adds Driss Moussaoui.

Allah's Slave Beheads two Children

(Reuters) - An adolescent boy and a young girl have been beheaded in two separate incidents inAfghanistan, local officials and police said on Friday, in the latest brazen attacks that have raised fresh questions about a splintering Taliban.
A 12-year-old boy was kidnapped and killed in southern Kandahar province on Wednesday, his severed head placed near his body to send a warning to police, said provincial governor spokesman Jawid Faisal.
The brother of the boy, neither of whom were named by officials, was a member of the Afghan Local Police (ALP), a U.S.-trained militia charged with making Afghans in Taliban strongholds, like Kandahar, feel more secure, Faisal said.
"It's a Taliban warning to the ALP and to others who support the government," Faisal said of the killing, which happened in Kandahar's Panjwai district.
Taliban spokesman Qari Yousuf denied the group was involved.

Popular Muslim Singer Shot Six Times After Divorcing Husband...

Pakistani singer Ghazala Javed shot dead

Husband of Pakistani singer is arrested over her murder

Police in Pakistan's north-western city of Peshawar say they have arrested the husband of a glamorous young singer who was killed in June.Ghazala Javed, 24, was shot six times by gunmen on a motorcycle as she left a beauty salon. Her father also died in the attack.

Ms Javed had defied Taliban threats and travelled to Dubai to continue her recording career.
Aslam Khan, the investigating officer in the case told local media that Jahangir Khan was arrested at his home.
"He is not ready to confess to the crime but we are interrogating him. There is no disclosure for the time being," he said.
Last year, Ms Javed, whose records were popular in the north-west, Pashto-speaking areas of Pakistan, made headlines in the conservative country for divorcing her husband of six months.

UN Chief Embarrasses Iran...

Iran diplomatic coup backfires as Ban Ki-Moon attacks Holocaust denial

Iran's leaders were forced to squirm in silence on Thursday as Ban Ki-Moon, the UN secretary-general, used an international summit in Tehran to upbraid them for their nuclear activities and attitudes towards Israel.

Female Breakdancer Converts to Islam... Then Detonates...

Aminat Kurbanova
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Aminat Kurbanova
The female suicide bomber that killed prominent Dagestani cleric Said Atsayev earlier this week had been a theater actress and member of a breakdance troupe before joining the republic's Islamist movement, national media reported Thursday.
Aminat Kurbanova, born with the ethnic Russian surname Saprykina, graduated from Dagestan State University's drama school in Makhachkala and went on to work in the city's Russian-language Gorky Theater, Kommersant reported, citing an unspecified law enforcement source.
Together with her first husband, fellow actor Marat Kurbanov, she also was a member of a local breakdance ensemble that called itself "Snatch," the report said.
A number of videos of Snatch performances are available on YouTube, but none show female participants.
A video published by the tabloid website showed a woman resembling Kurbanova performing a classical dance with a man at an unidentified location.

UK, Allah Cleric's Son Guilty of Jewelry Robbery...

Abu Hamza has delayed his deportation to US with new appeal
Imran Mostafa, 20, of Deverills Way, Slough, denied robbery and possessing a firearm with intent to commit an indictable offence.
The jury at Norwich Crown Court today convicted him of both offences after more than five hours of deliberation.
Mostafa is the son of radical preacher Abu Hamza, 54, who was jailed for seven years in 2006 for soliciting to murder and inciting racial hatred, and is currently facing extradition to the US to face terrorism charges.
The jury heard that members of the shop staff at Francis Wain jewellers in Kings Lynn, Norfolk, cowered behind counters in the morning raid on January 31 as three men, wearing hooded tops to disguise their faces, burst into the store.

'Post-Reform' Tunisia Mulls Overturning Polygamy Ban...

Adel Elmi, head of the Tunisian Moderate Association for Awareness and Reform, called this week for his country to legalize polygamy. (Al Arabiya)
The head of a Tunisian Islamist organization called this week for his country to legalize polygamy as part of a post-revolution initiative to cancel all laws that contradict Islamic principles.

Adel Elmi, head of the Tunisian Moderate Association for Awareness and Reform, formerly known as the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice, said in a Wednesday radio statement that marriage laws ought to be modified.

“Sanctioning polygamy is a popular demand now in Tunisia,” Elmi said.

The practice was permitted in Islam and should be legalized if it deemed in the best interest of society, Elmi said, proposing Tunisia’s marriage laws be referred to courts for modification, under certain conditions.

Rocket from Gaza Hits Israeli House...

A rocket fired from the Gaza Strip struck a house in southern Israel early on Friday, without causing any injuries, a police spokesperson said.
"A rocket hit a house in the town of Sderot, causing damage to the roof. There were no injuries but a resident was hospitalized in a state of shock," said the spokesperson, Luba Samri.
Another rocket struck in the Ashkelon region with no injuries or damage.
They were the latest in a string of rockets fired from Gaza in the past week. A radical Salafist group claimed responsibility for the earlier attacks.
Tensions regularly flare along the border between Israel and the Gaza Strip, with Palestinian militants firing rockets into the Jewish state and the Israeli military launching retaliatory air strikes on the Palestinian territory.

Ft. Hood Killer: 'In the Name of Almighty Allah, I am a Muslim'...

The U.S. army psychiatrist charged in a deadly shooting rampage told a judge Thursday that he grew a beard because his Muslim faith requires it, not as a show of disrespect.
Maj. Nidal Hasan spoke in court for the first time since showing up with a beard in violation of army regulations in June. The judge, Col. Gregory Gross, has threatened to have him forcibly shaved. His lawyers argue that shaving would violate his religious freedoms.
"In the name of almighty Allah, I am a Muslim," Hasan said. "I believe my religion requires me to wear a beard."
Hasan faces the death penalty if convicted in the November 2009 attack that killed 13 and wounded more than two dozen at a Texas army post.
The pretrial hearing was the first since a military appeals court stopped proceedings Aug. 15 to consider the dispute over Hasan's beard. Gross held Hasan in contempt of court and fined him $1,000 for a sixth time Thursday, again sending him to a nearby room to watch the proceedings on closed-circuit television.

Egypt's Hardliners Oppose Ban on Sex Slavery...

Considering that the abduction, enslavement, rape, and trafficking of Coptic Christian girls, especially minors, in Egypt is at an all time high—according to U.S. lawyers, 550 such cases have been documented in the last five years—Egypt’s Constituent Assembly to the Constitution met yesterday to consider the inclusion of a new article, #33, in the section dealing with Rights and Freedoms, that would expressly criminalize “forced labor, slavery, the trafficking of women and children, human organs, and the sex trade.”
Yunis Makhiyun deems human trafficking laws pointless, since "such things do not exist" in Egypt.
Yet some members on the assembly are grumbling. According toMasrawy, Muhammad Saad Gawish, a member of the Constituent Assembly, wondered: “How can an article [#33] mention human trafficking when this is not happening in Egypt?” Likewise, Yunis Makhiyun, another Constituent Assembly member complained that “this article will give [Egypt's] citizens the impression that things like slavery, trafficking in females and children, are happening in Egyptian society, when such things do not exist.”
Rather tellingly, both of these men are also members of Egypt’s Salafi Nour Party, which closely patterns itself after the example of the Islamic prophet Muhammad and his companions—who owned and sold infidel slaves, and advocated deceiving the enemy. Moreover, it is those called “Salafis” who are most associated with the abduction, enslavement, and selling of Christian women and children in Egypt.

Tennessee Muslim Sues State for $300,000 over Taking Off Cap

Tennessee: Muslim sues security company for making him remove his kufi before entering Juvenile Justice Center, demands $300,000 damages

Whenever Islamic law and practice conflict with American law and practice, it is the latter that must give way, on pain of charges of "Islamophobia." Never mind that caps can conceal more than the top of one's head, and that the rule applied to everyone, no matter what kind of head covering he or she was wearing. Just cough up the $300,000 and shut up, dhimmi.
"Franklin man says rights violated, sues over Muslim cap," from the Associated Press, August 30 (thanks to Twostellas):
A Muslim man who once ran for Franklin alderman is suing a security company, claiming his religious rights were violated when its guards demanded he remove his cap before entering Nashville’s Juvenile Justice Center.
Rashid al-Qadir claims security guards violated his First Amendment right to the free exercise of his religion by telling him he could not wear the small, brimless cap called a kufi. Al-Qadir says he offered to remove the kufi for inspection but then wanted to put it back on. The guards refused and demanded he leave the building. Al-Qadir says he left voluntarily because he was afraid of being arrested or hurt.
In a motion filed Tuesday, attorneys for G4S Secure Solutions (USA) Inc. do not dispute al-Qadir’s account of the April 11, 2011, events. Instead, they argue the suit should be dismissed because al-Qadir cannot prove his claim that the guards were acting on behalf of the government. Greg Grisham, an attorney for the company formerly known as Wackenhut, said he could not comment further on the suit.
Al-Qadir initially asked the federal court for an emergency order that would allow him to enter the Juvenile Justice Center, where he was fighting a child custody dispute. Two weeks later, the juvenile courthouse adopted a policy allowing religious headwear to be worn in the building once it had been inspected.
In June of this year, al-Qadir amended his original complaint. He is seeking $300,000 in damages: $50,000 for embarrassment, humiliation and emotional distress and $250,000 in punitive damages “to punish and deter Defendant for its deliberate and reckless misconduct.”
'I'm an American'
“I’m an American. I was born in America, and I’m going to be treated like an American,” al-Qadir said in an interview. “I have a right to practice my religion freely as long as I’m not hurting anyone, and a kufi is not going to hurt anybody.”
Al-Qadir, who is from Franklin, said he has worn a kufi and a long robe as signs of his religious faith since he converted to Islam 30 years ago.
“It’s very important to me because it allows me to exercise what I believe, to be able to practice my religion freely,” he said.
Eric Rassbach, an attorney with the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, said whether someone has a right to don religious clothing in places like courts could depend on the particular state they reside in and the building they enter. The U.S. Supreme Court held in 1990 that a neutral law that applied to everyone did not violate a plaintiff’s religious liberty. However, since that ruling, Congress and many state legislatures, including the Tennessee General Assembly, have adopted laws that give stronger protections to religious freedoms....

Israel Launches Campaign for Deported Arab Jews...

(ANSAMed) - JERUSALEM, - The Israeli foreign ministry on Wednesday launched a campaign called I Am A Refugee, urging Israelis of Arab origin to tell their stories of deportation, Yediot Ahronot newspaper reported. The campaign is the brainchild of Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon, who was born in Algeria and became a refugee in Israel. It urges citizens to upload their stories, in English, Hebrew, or Arab, on a Facebook page. The idea is to identify and compensate the refugees, as well as to put the issue on the international agenda. ''Approximately 856,000 Jews of Arab origin were expelled, or left their homes penniless, arriving in Israel as refugees,'' Ayalon explained on a Youtube video. ''Unfortunately their expulsion was never recognized by the international community, nor by any of Israel's governments.'' The campaign, which will last two years, includes a video titled The Truth About Refugees, which premiered in Geneva, at the UN High Commission for Refugees 60th anniversary. (ANSAMed).

Hindus Abducted, Forcibly Converted in Pakistan...


"Hindus have no security in the Islamic Republic of Pakistan," says Mohan Lal, a Sanghar resident whose family members have been abducted for ransom twice in the last few years. "We live as second class citizens in our own country. Our daughters are abducted."

According to statistics provided by the Hindu Council of Pakistan, 93 percent of the country's Hindus live in Sindh, where recent incidents of harassment, abduction and forced conversion have forced many of them to leave. "We used to move to Karachi because it was safer," Mohan Lal says. "But now, the poor have gone to India and the rich have moved to Europe, Canada or the US."

Jews Advised Not to Dress as Jews in Berlin...

After an attack on a rabbi in Berlin, Gideon Joffe, the head of the Berlin Jewish community, said he would “not recommend that any Jew go around in parts of Berlin with a kipah.”
On Tuesday, Rabbi Daniel Alter of Berlin was violently attacked while picking up his daughter from a piano lesson. He currently is recovering from surgery for a broken cheekbone. The attackers, reportedly Arab youths, asked Alter – who was wearing a kipah – if he was Jewish before hitting him in the face. They then allegedly verbally threatened Alter’s 6-year-old daughter.
Many Jewish religious leaders in the country advise their congregants against openly wearing Jewish garb in public; men routinely wear baseball caps or other hats over their yarmulkes when in public. Concern about openly wearing the skullcaps grew following an anti-Semitic attack on the Chabad Jewish kindergarten in Berlin in 2007.

War Criminal Given a Seat on UN Human Rights Council...

U.N. Human Rights Council to Add Genocidal Warlord

Funded primarily with U.S. tax dollars, the famously corrupt United Nations has hit a new low, awarding a genocidal warlord indicted by an international court for crimes against humanity a seat on its laughable human rights council.

Strict Muslim Man 'Consults' Female Colleague on Sex...

Warning: Khalil Jamil blamed his behaviour on his restrictive background
Warning: Khalil Jamil blamed his behaviour on his restrictive background
A pharmacist who made crude remarks to three of his female colleagues has escaped with a warning after a panel heard he came from a 'restrictive Muslim background' and was unaware of the offence his conduct had caused.
Khalil Jamil asked one of the women about her favourite love-making position and quizzed another about the mating habits of her horses - but a professional panel ruled his behaviour was not sexually motviated.
The General Pharmaceutical Council panel found Jamil acted inappropriately by making the comments and standing too close to his assistants.
However, they accepted that his background in a strict Muslim community meant he was unfamiliar to working in such an open environment with women and his basic social skills meant he lacked understanding of appropriate conduct.
As the remarks were not sexually motivated the panel cleared Jamil of misconduct and gave him an official warning.
It also took into consideration the fact that Jamil had remedied his actions by attending a 'dignity at work' course.
Panel chairman Patrick Malmo QC said: ‘He felt the source of this behaviour in 2009, was that he comes from a very restrictive background, with little social life, and none at all outside of his own community.
‘He lacked social skills, and had little knowledge of how one should be when working with colleagues.
‘He was unable to distinguish between friendliness and over familiarity.’
Mr Malmo added: ‘We do not think there is a serious risk of this kind of conduct being repeated.
‘Although we do not find the registrant impaired, we have the ability to issue a warning, and given the circumstances of this case, we believe it is necessary to do so.’
In a statement read to the hearing one of Jamil’s colleagues, referred to as CH, said she was working with Jamil at the Cooperative Pharmacy in Fauldhouse, West Lothian, in July 2009, when he asked: ‘Do you have a boyfriend? Do you want a boyfriend?’
She said: ‘Whenever it went quiet he came back to me and stood close again. He asked me if I was into sports, I said “No”.
‘He said he was into boxing and said feel my stomach. He grabbed my wrist and tried to get me to touch his stomach.'

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Man 'Honor Kills' Mother and Four Sisters...

A woman and her four daughters were killed in a Chicha Watni village on Wednesday night allegedly by one of her sons.
The suspect, Khalid Allah Ditta, 26, has been arrested by Ghaziabad police who say that he has confessed to killing the women. The police said the suspect, a resident of Chak29-11 LK, was arrested by a police team from a neighbouring village on Thursday evening. They said a murder case against him was lodged on the complaint filed by his father, Allah Ditta.
Talking to The Express Tribune, Station House Officer Muhammad Wajid admitted that it was likely that the complainant would withdraw the complaint and refuse to press murder charges against his son. He said the police would be helpless in such a situation and would have to release the suspect without prosecution.
The SHO said the complaint could not be registered by the police on their own (to prevent a withdrawal at a later stage) because a relative’s application was available for the purpose. “We may proceed against the complainant (Allah Dita) on spreading false information charge if he revokes the complaint,” he said.

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Uganda tops East Africa in corruption - report

Uganda tops East Africa in corruption - report
(L-R) Kenyas Executive Director for Transpareny International, Samuel Kimeu and Ugandas Peter Wandera at the luanch. Photo by Abou Kisige
By Francis Kagolo     
Uganda tops in corruption among the five countries under the East African community (EAC), a report by Transparency International has revealed.

The Eat African Bribery Index 2012 launched Thursday afternoon in Kampala ranks Tanzania and Kenya in second and third positions respectively.

Burundi was ranked fourth as Rwanda continues to record the best record in fighting corruption. 


 - World’s 3000 meters Steeplechase Champion Ezekiel Kemboi has come under much criticism over his suggestion that 64 Stadium in Eldoret be renamed Raila Odinga stadium.

In a meeting held in Eldoret town on Wednesday, the leaders expressed fury over Kemboi, who is a police officer attached to the elite Presidential Escort.

Led by Cheranganyi MP Joshua Kuttuny, the leaders accused Kemboi of contravening the civil service regulations by engaging in politics.

Kuttuny said Kemboi’s suggestion is farfetched and unworkable because the stadium’s name has a historical connotation.

“If he wants to honour the PM for doing something, then let him not drag everyone into it. He can name his son or his farm after the PM if he wishes, but not the historical 64 stadium,” Kuttuny stated.

Supporting UHURU is SUICIDE better RAILA - WAMALWA warned by LUHYA elders

 - Deputy Prime Minister Uhuru Kenyatta suffered another major political blow on Wednesday, after Luhya elders warned Justice and Constitutional Affairs Minister Eugene Wamalwa of supporting Uhuru’s bid for presidency in the upcoming general election.

Through Council member Luca Watta, the elders warned Wamalwa that dropping his bid for to be Uhuru's running mate would be a suicidal move.

The elders said Wamalwa who is also the Saboti MP, will be killing his political career if he makes that move.

“We call upon Wamalwa to be like a giraffe that has a long neck and be cautious not to destroy his career he has built for years," Watta said.

The elders said they still believed that Wamalwa was better placed working with Prime Minister Raila Odinga, as opposed to being Uhuru's running mate.

They said if Wamalwa had stuck with Raila he would have inherited his huge voting block, once the Prime Minister exits from politics in 2017.

THE GOD HATERS: New Book By Former Indiana Legislator

Don Boys, Ph.D. 
 (Eastern Daylight Time) by John Leland 1789

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Christian Apologist Publishes his 14th Book!
Don Boys, Ph.D. recently published The God-Haters: Angry Atheists, Shallow Scholars, Silly Scientists, Pagan Preachers, and Embattled Evolutionists Declare War on Christians! Boys re-read books by the famous atheists of the past then read the writings of the crop of New Atheists who have declared war upon Christians, Christ, and the Church–mainly Dawkins, Hitchens, Dennett, Harris and Company known as the Four Horsemen of New Atheism.
The author declares that the atheists’ books are filled with mistakes, mishmash, and misinformation. He said, “Every time I finished one of their bestselling books, I said, I can’t believe a scholar would write hundreds of pages filled with numerous errors and put his name on the cover.” Boys declares “This is a good example of what happens when an author writes on a subject outside his field of training and experience. They are so sure there is no God, they lose all control and emotion takes control.”

Refugees Burned Australian Center over Mosque Request...

Detention centre's change of plans on Ramadan sparked riot

'Refugee' to Norway Called for Killing Norwegians...

OSLO, Norway — An Iraqi-born Islamist cleric has been given a one-year prison sentence for making death threats against Norwegian politicians, influencing witnesses and inciting terror.
The Oslo District Court convicted Najmaddin Faraj Ahmad, also known as Mullah Krekar, on Wednesday of posting online threats during an earlier trial, including encouraging the killings or kidnappings of Norwegians.
This sentence comes in addition to a five-year term he got in March for making death threats against Norwegian officials for a 2005 decision to deport him. He was also convicted of threatening three Kurdish immigrants he said had insulted Islam.

'Blasphemous' Child with Downs to Remain in Prison...

A young Christian girl accused of blasphemy in Pakistan faces spending more time in a high-security prison in Pakistan after her bail hearing was adjourned on Thursday.
Rimsha Misah has been held for almost two weeks after being accused of burning a Koran.
Blasphemy is a serious offence in Pakistan, punishable with death.
Her family have been taken into protective custody and Christians have fled their homes in fear of violent reprisals.
Rimsha’s family say she was born with Down’s syndrome and is aged 11.
However, at a bail hearing on Thursday, a lawyer acting for the man accusing Rimsha of blasphemy rejected a medical report saying that she was 14, with a lower mental age, and should be treated as a minor. He has asked for a new medical report.

Sydney Truck Driver Killer Laughs at Sentence...

The man convicted of killing Canberra truck driver Bob Knight has laughed after being sentenced to at least five years and nine months in jail.
Mr Knight was shot dead while he was in his truck waiting at traffic lights at Milperra in Sydney's south-west in 2009.
He was hit by a stray bullet from a gunfight between rival family groups in a restaurant carpark.
Mahmoud Mariam was found guilty of Mr Knight's manslaughter after firing off several shots from his pistol during the fight.
In the NSW Supreme Court today, Mariam was sentenced to a minimum of five years and nine months jail but will be eligible for release in April 2016.
In sentencing, Justice Megan Latham said the 28-year-old wore his contempt for the law like a badge of honour.
"The offender was a mature adult who consciously and arrogantly engaged in a mindless display of violence in the presence of much younger men," she said.
"The offender himself has at no stage expressed the slightest remorse for the death of Mr Knight."
Mariam laughed as he was escorted out of the court room.
Another man involved in the fight has been sentenced to two years in jail.
Two teenagers convicted of affray for their part in the fight have avoided jail.

200,000 Christians Flee Islamists in Mali...

Mali: 200,000 Christians flee country as Islamic supremacists impose Sharia

Don't they know Sharia is benign and completely compatible with Western values? "Islamic terror driving Christians out of Mali," from CWN, August 29 (thanks to Twostellas):
The Vatican newspaper has called attention to the flight of Christians escaping Islamic persecution in Mali.
As many as 200,000 Christians from Mali have found their way to refugee camps in Algeria and Mauritania, L’Osservatore Romano reports. Christian families are seeking a safe haven as Islamic terrorists, with links to Al Qaida, become increasingly active in the northern regions of Mali.

Bangladesh Islamists: Establish Theocracy with Violence...

With many of its leaders awaiting trial and its appeal on the wane, the radical Jamaat-e-Islami party has been trying to galvanize support by calling for jihad against the Bangladeshi government, authorities say.
  • Golam Azam, former chief of the Jamaat-e-Islami party, waves to the media on January 11th, 2012. He is one of nine top Jamaat leaders now being tried for their alleged crimes against humanity during the Liberation War in 1971.
    Golam Azam, former chief of the Jamaat-e-Islami party, waves to the media on January 11th, 2012. He is one of nine top Jamaat leaders now being tried for their alleged crimes against humanity during the Liberation War in 1971.
This ominous message was contained in a booklet circulated by Jamaat at the start of the month, with over 60,000 copies circulated.
"We're sifting through the booklet and trying to figure out whether it violated the law and what kind of reaction it might have on the overall law and order situation," Dhaka Metropolitan Police (Detective) Deputy Commissioner Monirul Islam told Khabar South Asia:
Extreme messages of this kind are not new. For years, Islamist radicals have called for seizing power in order to turn Bangladesh into a theocratic state, similar to Afghanistan during the days of Taliban rule. The latest declarations, analysts say, are aimed at halting ongoing judicial proceedings against Jamaat party leaders.
The International Crimes Tribunal in Bangladesh is swiftly moving to convict nine key Jamaat figures, including party chief Matiur Rahman Nizami and secretary general Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mujahid, in connection with atrocities committed during Bangladesh's 1971 Liberation War.

'Foreigners' Make Up 40% of Belgian Prison Population...

The number of non-Belgian detainees in Belgian prisons quadrupled in the period 1980-2010, going from 1,212 to 4,494, it emerges from a study carried out by Steven De Ridder and Kristel Beyens of the Vrije Universiteit van Brussel (VUB) and whose results were published in Panopticon, a journal specialised in penal law. The increase in the number of Belgian prisoners is no greater than 35%, that is 5,999 detainees in 2010 for 4,459 in 1980. 

The share of foreigners has remained stable since 1995, fluctuating just above 40% (40.6% in 2009). The largest group of non-Belgian detainees consists of North Africans and Turks and has continually increased from 1993 to 2009, going from 1,254 to 1,957.

This same group represented 43.6% of non-Belgian detainees in 2009.

600 Millionaires Live in 'Impoverished' Gaza...

If the Egyptian army succeeds in demolishing the underground smuggling tunnels that keep Hamas running, it could mark the end of the Islamists' rule over the Gaza Strip. But if Egypt's new president, Mohamed Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood tie the hands of the Egyptian army's generals and keep them from completing the mission, Hamas will become even stronger and wealthier.
The world often thinks of the Gaza Strip, home to 1.4 million Palestinians, as one of the poorest places on earth, where people live in misery and squalor.
But according to an investigative report published in the pan-Arab newspaper Asharq Al-Awsat, there are at least 600 millionaires living in the Gaza Strip. The newspaper report also refutes the claim that the Gaza Strip has been facing a humanitarian crisis because of an Israeli blockade.
Mohammed Dahlan, the former Palestinian Authority security commander of the Gaza Strip, further said last week that Hamas was the only party that was laying siege to the Gaza Strip; that it is Hamas, and not Israel or Egypt, that is strangling and punishing the people there.
The Palestinian millionaires, according to the report, have made their wealth thanks to the hundreds of underground tunnels along the border between the Gaza Strip and Egypt.

al-Qaeda: Responsible for 160 Attacks on Iraqis over Summer

Al-Qaeda's front group in Iraq has claimed responsibility for carrying out 163 attacks, the vast majority of which targeted security forces, across the country in less than a month.
In a statement posted on jihadist Internet forums on Tuesday, the Islamic State of Iraqi (ISI) said it carried out the attacks between June 21 and July 19, in the north, south and center of the country.
The statement said 148 attacks were launched against the police and army and several others against the Sahwa, an anti-Qaeda Sunni Arab tribal militia. It was not possible to independently verify the Al-Qaeda claim.
It was also not immediately clear if the list included 28 attacks during the same period claimed by ISI in a similar statement on August 13.
The group also claimed in an August 24 statement to have carried out 43 attacks in western Anbar province over the summer.

Crucifixion Victim Placed Beneath Sign with Quran Verse...

Man Crucified By Al-Qaeda-Affiliated Ansar Al-Shari'a For Allegedly Directing U.S. Drones In Yemen – Video Posted On YouTube – Warning: Graphic Images
The following report is a complimentary offering from MEMRI's Jihad and Terrorism Threat Monitor (JTTM).
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On August 27, 2012, a member of the leading jihadi forum Shumoukh Al-Islam posted a YouTube link to a video showing a man accused of spying for the U.S. by placing chips to direct drones targeting terrorists being crucified on an electric pylon in Abyan province in south of Yemen. A sign placed above the man's head shows the group's flag and verse 5:33 of the Koran, which reads: "The recompense of those who wage war against Allah and His Messenger and do mischief in the land is only that they shall be killed or crucified or their hands and their feet be cut off from opposite sides, or be exiled from the land. That is their disgrace in this world, and a great torment is theirs in the Hereafter."

Children Deliberately Targeted in 2008 Indian Blasts...

In a horrifying disclosure that will surely give you the goose bumps, one of the accused in the Ahmedabad serial blasts case of July 2008, Mujib Shaikh, has confessed of planting a bomb near a tution class so as to kill kids and add as many figures to the casualty list. Mujib confessed before police that he had chosen Maninagar crossroads as one of the spots to plant a bomb to target children who come for their tuitions daily at a complex located there.
Shaikh, a resident of Juhapura area, is one of the main accused in the serial blasts case. He was in custody of Madhya Pradesh police, but Ahmedabad DCB won his custody after getting a transfer warrant from the court recently.
Shaikh was the one who had purchased inventory used in making the operation successful. He was also the brain behind selecting locations for planting the bombs.
Shaikh had personally visited the two spots chosen near Maninagar crossroads and had also assisted Shakeel Nishar to plant the bomb at one place and Zeeshan Ahmed at the other.

Islamists Massacre Christian Family in Syria...

Armenian family killed in Damascus

A family of Syrian Armenians was killed in the Zamalka district of Damascus, Zhamanak newspaper reported referring to the Syrian agency ShamTimes.
According to the publication, the family members were killed by militants of the 'Liua Islam' group, Armenia Today reported. According to the publication, the criminals shot an Armenian family in the street. As a result, husband and wife, their three children and sister of the head of household were killed. Local people confirmed that the victims were members of the local Armenian community. According to the newspaper, mostly Christians live in Zamalka.
Anti-government protests have continued in Syria for about 17 months.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

World's Shortest Man and Woman Meet

For the first time in history, the shortest man and woman in the world have met. The shortest man, Chandra Bahadur Dangi, 72, is from a remote area of Nepal and stands 21.5 inches tall. Eighteen-year-old Jyoti Amge hails from Nagpur, India and measures just under 25 inches tall.
It was a match made in heaven for Guinness World Records, which arranged the introduction for a photo shoot to promote the upcoming release of Guinness World Records 2013 on September 13. To provide scale, a record book (12 inches in length) was placed between Chandra and Jyoti for one of the photos.
“It was an extraordinary moment,” says Marco Frigatti, the official Guinness World Records Adjudicator, who also took part in the photo shoot. “They’re both such incredible individuals. Everyone knew this was a special moment, and the atmosphere was magical.”

A Record-Breaking BirthdayWorld's Shortest Man and Woman

Jyoti secured the World’s Shortest Woman title simply by reaching womanhood on her 18th birthday in December of last year. She has a condition called achondroplasia, a genetic disorder that affects bone growth and cartilage formation. Achondroplasia is the most common cause of dwarfism.
Jyoti won't grow any taller than her current height. Due to her size, she has her clothes specially made. She sleeps in a tiny bed and uses special plates and cutlery to eat. Jyoti is currently pursuing her dream of becoming a successful actress. She has already starred in a number of Indian films.
“Since being recognized by Guinness World Records, I have been able to visit lots of different countries,” says Jyoti. “I love travelling. I have visited Japan and parts of Europe, and now I can’t wait to visit the UK.”