Archive for March, 2008

Human Rights in Saudi Arabia

They plan to behead a Canadian-Palestinian citizen after a 90 minute trial.

And his brother is also in trouble.

MONTREAL – A Saudi court hearing the appeal of a Canadian man sentenced to a public beheading threw his lawyer out of the courtroom Monday and continued the session behind closed doors.

Family spokesman Mahmoud Al-Ken said the lawyer for Mohamed Kohail was ejected from the court in Jidda after the judges read the 27-page appeal form.

“The judge kicked the advocate out, they obtained a copy of his permit and they’re threatening him, to revoke his licence,” Al-Ken said, noting the judges are the same ones who sentenced Kohail.

Kohail, 23, was convicted on March 3 of murder after a man died from internal injuries following a schoolyard brawl.

His family has argued their son did not get a fair trial. The entire case consisted of 10 court hearings totalling about 90 minutes. The family has said none of its witnesses were heard.

Mohamed Kohail’s brother Sultan, 17, is scheduled to be sentenced on Saturday. He is currently free on bail.

Both brothers are of Palestinian origin but have been Canadian citizens since 2005. They lived in Montreal before returning to Saudi Arabia in 2006.

Putting on my rose-colored multi-cultural, moral-relativistic sunglasses, I guess this is ok. For someone else. When I remove the glasses, I discover that I don’t want this in a neighborhood near me. I think it is barbaric. Period.

- Aggie

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Feminism in Saudi Arabia

Don’t want women using Facebook? Just kill one and see if the others get the message.

A young Saudi Arabian woman was murdered by her father for chatting on the social network site Facebook, it has emerged.

The unnamed woman from Riyadh was beaten and shot after she was discovered in the middle of an online conversation with a man, the al-Arabiya website reported.

The case was reported on a Saudi Arabian news site as an example of the “strife” the social networking site is causing in the Islamic nation.

Saudi preacher Ali al-Maliki has emerged as the leading critic of Facebook, claiming the network is corrupting the youth of the nation.

“Facebook is a door to lust and young women and men are spending more on their mobile phones and the Internet than they are spending on food,” he said.

Beautiful. Don’t blame the murderer, don’t even blame the weird culture that created him… blame the victim and blame Facebook. I like it.

- Aggie

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I Wish They All Could Be Kuwaiti Dromedaries

Her face isn’t much, but she’s got legs up to here and a pair of humps that could feed Mauritania until Arbor Day 2009. [via Jungle Trader]

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More than 10,000 camels from across the Gulf will be competing for millions of dollars in prize money at a beauty pageant for the “ship of the desert” in Abu Dhabi next week.

The contest is part of a camel festival being staged from Wednesday in the capital of the United Arab Emirates which aims to celebrate and preserve the region’s cultural heritage.

Camels from Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar and Saudi Arabia will strut their stuff before a panel of expert judges who will decide which owners should be awarded prize money totalling around 9.5 million dollars. One hundred cars are also up for grabs.

Let’s just hope that the winner can handle the fame and fortune. So many beauty queens have had to go into rehab lately.

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Proof That the Young and Stupid are Young and Stupid

And other interesting observations:

China has replaced North Korea as one of the top three US enemies, according to a poll of Americans.

Iran topped the list, with 25 percent naming it when asked which country is the greatest US enemy, according to the Gallup Poll. Iraq was named by 22 percent and China 14 percent.

Republicans are more than twice as likely as Democrats to name Iran as top US enemy, while Democrats are likelier to name Iraq. Older people and those who say they closely follow world news are less likely to name Iraq than the younger and less informed.

Let the record show that I did not write that (though I did highlight it). But you knew this stuff already, didn’t you? You may have to speak louder to old people, but you really have to speak slower to young people.

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Apartheid State Update XI

What was it you were saying about Israel being an apartheid state?

Whether out of apathy or racism, neither Israel nor the world Jewish community was eager at first to assist the Jews languishing in Ethiopia or even recognize them as members of the Jewish people. In his eloquent book Black Jews, Jews, and Other Heroes, Howard Lenhoff, longtime leader of the American Association of Ethiopian Jews (AAEJ), tells the story of how and why this changed. This important book on a unique chapter in Jewish communal history is testimony to the ability of the few to significantly alter the opinion, allocation of resources and decisions of the mighty.

I’m in no position to deny the apathy or the racism—but when was the last time another country said “I gotta get me some Africans”, however difficult the persuasion?

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Londonistan Calling

While Aunt Agatha and I chronicle the descent of Britain into darkness, others are noticing too.

Phyllis Chesler:

Thanks to my dear friend Carol Gould, the funniest smart lady in Britainistan for alerting me to this incident. A Muslim bus driver forced all his passengers to exit his London bus so that he could pray.

Also in Britain: “South Asian” (Muslim girls mainly from Pakistan—3,000 of them to be precise) have disappeared from their schools in the UK. Their families have kidnapped them into arranged marriages in the Fatherland. Feminist Muslim groups who have been pleading their case have just now been de-funded.

Sending out an SOS…

On the other hand, Big Ben would make a hell of a minaret for the traditional muezzin.

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Nobody Says Nothing About Nowhere

This Ain’t Hell reports on this piece in the Washington Post by former Carter admin official, Zbigndjjas Brzexvjkdjfbgf:

[I]f the American people had been asked more than five years ago whether Bush’s obsession with the removal of Saddam Hussein was worth 4,000 American lives, almost 30,000 wounded Americans and several trillion dollars — not to mention the less precisely measurable damage to the United States’ world-wide credibility, legitimacy and moral standing — the answer almost certainly would have been an unequivocal “no.”

He’s probably right about that—just as if you asked the American people if it was worth nearly half a million American lives to preserve the Union, or over 400,000 to save Europe from fascism they’d probably say the same thing.

But don’t worry. Zbigmlfadsifhuak has the secret to peace:

Terminating U.S. combat operations will take more than a military decision. It will require arrangements with Iraqi leaders for a continued, residual U.S. capacity to provide emergency assistance in the event of an external threat (e.g., from Iran); it will also mean finding ways to provide continued U.S. support for the Iraqi armed forces as they cope with the remnants of al-Qaeda in Iraq.

The decision to militarily disengage will also have to be accompanied by political and regional initiatives designed to guard against potential risks. We should fully discuss our decisions with Iraqi leaders, including those not residing in Baghdad’s Green Zone, and we should hold talks on regional stability with all of Iraq’s neighbors, including Iran.

He makes it sound so easy, doesn’t he? I guess that’s why he’s Zbigjbdiugikj Brzkfk;sghfjb and we’re not.

Let’s do it!

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Irreconcilable Differences

The Palestinians: can’t live with ‘em, can’t live with each other.

On Friday afternoon, 28 March 2008, 3 Palestinians were killed and 10 others were wounded in Kufor Thuluth village, southeast of Qalilya, while a reconciliation meeting was being held.

After meeting the demands of the Mara’ba’s clan, including receiving an amount of 40,000 JD (approximately US$ 60,000), and signing an agreement between the two clans, a member of the Shawahna clan was fired it, which led to an exchange of fire between the two clans. As a result, 3 persons were killed:

1. Kamal Qassem ‘Awadh Mara’ba, 45, hit by 6 gunshots to the chest, the back and the limbs;

2. Mohammed ‘Awadh Qassem Mara’ba, 22, hit by 4 gunshots to the chest, the side and the leg; and

3. Nour Sa’id ‘Ali Mara’ba, 13, hit by a gunshot to the head.

Additionally, another 10 persons were wounded.

Dadaism and performance art meet terrorist thuggery. It had to happen.

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Your People Has Surrendered

Palestinian TV teaches the kiddies to think big:

Following is an excerpt from a puppet show, which aired on Al-Aqsa TV on March 30, 2008.


Bush: Who are you to come here and threaten me?! You are on my own turf, you little child, you! Get out. My dear, bring your father, your grandfather, or your mother, so I can talk to them. Get somebody older and smarter than you. What, you came here on your own?

Child: You killed daddy in the Iraq war. It’s true, you killed him in the Iraq war. As for my mom – you and the criminal Zionists killed her in Lebanon. You and the criminal Zionists also killed my younger and older brothers in the Gaza holocaust. I’m an orphan, you criminal!

You are despicable. You made me an orphan! You took everything from me, Bush! I must take revenge on you, with this sword of Islam, the Prophet’s Al-Battar sword.

Bush: … I repent, just don’t kill me. Where are my guards? Where is my people? Help! Help! He wants to kill me. Help!

Child: There are no guards, and your people has surrendered, Bush.

You are impure, Bush, so you are not allowed inside the White House.

Bush: What are you saying?! Why am I not allowed into the White House?

Child: Because it has been turned into a great mosque for the nation of Islam. I will kill you just like Mu’az killed Abu Lahab. I will kill you, Bush, because that is your fate.

Child stabs Bush repeatedly

Child: Ahhh, I killed him.

I can believe Bush would say “where is my people”, but the rest of it is a little far-fetched, even for the loopy Palestinians.

I condensed the clip to its essence, but if you have the time, it’s worth a look.

For some reason, the President Bush puppet wears a floral housecoat and boxing gloves.

I wonder what his Secretary of State, who wears a short pleated skirt and waves pom-poms for the Palestinians, thinks of this show?

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Good News, Bad News

Bonne nouvelle:

The number of racist, xenophobic and anti-Semitic incidents in France dropped by nearly a quarter last year, a report by a government human rights commission said Friday.

In 2007, 707 racist, xenophobic and anti-Semitic attacks, threats and other incidents were registered, a 23.5 percent drop from the previous year.

The report noted that Middle East tensions had “almost no influence on violence and anti-Semitic threats in France in 2007″, contrary to previous years.

Magnifique! Fewer Jews are getting beat up, and when they are, Israel is less often the reason.

Mauvaise nouvelle:

But the commission reacted cautiously to the decline, saying that the figures were still higher than those registered during the 1990-2000 period.

[R]acist propaganda is on a growing rise on the internet.

Marc Knobel, researcher at CRIF, noted in the CNCDH report a “real explosion of racist, anti-Semitic, Holocaust denial and Jihadist propaganda on internet.”

In a comment to the report, CRIF, the representative body of Jewish organizations in France, mentioned an increase of violent physical agressions against minors and young people.

“Anti-Semitic acts appear to be disconnected from references to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. One notes a return to more traditional anti-Semitic formulations targeting religion, the notion of race and the link between Jews, power and money,” CRIF said.

Whether you see the glass as half full, or whether you see the glass as broken off and the jagged edge held to your throat, making an indentation in your jugular, is up to you.

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