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An Arm and a Leg

Among the more ghastly themes we return to here (and the competition is stiff) is the harvesting of Tanzanian albinos for body parts.

It’s been a while, but…

An albino toddler missing since Sunday has been found dead in northern Tanzania with all his limbs hacked off.

Yohana Bahati, aged one, was snatched from the house of his mother, who was cut with a machete.

His body was found a few miles away. Two people have been arrested in connection with the killing.

At least 74 albino children have been killed this century in Tanzania, where some witchdoctors use albino body parts to make their charms.

Why can’t we have just the good Africa, with rhinos and smiling children, and not the bad Africa, with animal poaching and mutilated albino toddlers? I’ve often wondered.

Last month the Tanzanian government placed a ban on all witchdoctors in the country. The ban is part of a nationwide operation to clamp down on attacks on people living with albinism.

The UN has condemned the attack and warned that 2015 could be a “dangerous year” for albinos. It fears that the forthcoming general and presidential elections will cause some candidates to turn to influential witchdoctors for help.

Come on, people—this is the 21st century! Do you think David Axelrod used body parts to get Obama elected (even though that would explain a lot)? Obama ate dog (tough), but that doesn’t mean anything.

Another albino toddle remains missing after being kidnapped in December.

Tanzanian police have offered a reward for information leading to the recovery of Pendo Emmanuelle Nundi, aged four. Police have arrested 15 over her disappearance, including her father.

Yech.

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Ils ne Sont Pas Charlie Hedbo

A couple of outlier reactions.

Boko Haram:

The leader of Nigeria’s brutal Islamist sect Boko Haram praised the perpetrators of last week’s Paris terror attacks in a video posted online Wednesday. The video, verified by jihadi monitoring group Flashpoint Intelligence, featured an animated eight-minute speech from Abubakar Shekau, the little-known figure believed to be the group’s commander. He said the group was pleased by the attacks.

Specifically:

‘We are indeed happy with what happened in France,’ the group’s leader Abubakar Shekau said in a video posted online.

‘We are happy over what befell the people of France… as their blood was shed inside their country as they (try to) safeguard their blood,’ he said.

What about China?

China’s state news agency, Xinhua, ran a commentary by its Paris bureau chief in which he said: “Unfettered and unprincipled satire, humiliation and free speech are not acceptable.”

A commentary posted on the Xinhua website also warns that we now live in “a reality that demands basic respect and prudence be exercised in mass communication so as to reduce inter-culture and inter-religion misunderstanding and distrust, which can easily be exploited by terrorists.”

That’s awfully measured for the Chinese. This is more typical:

Chinese police shot and killed six would-be bombers Monday in the latest violence to strike the restive far northwestern region of Xinjiang, a local government spokesman and official website said.

Critics and human rights advocates say Uighurs have chafed under the repressive rule of the Han Chinese-dominated government and complain of economic disenfranchisement with the inflow of Han Chinese to their homeland.

Authorities have responded to militants’ attacks by launching a one-year crackdown on violence in Xinjiang, where security was already tight following riots in the regional capital in Urumqi in 2009 that left nearly 200 people dead.

That’s the China I know.

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From the Mouths of Nigerian Archbishops

Didn’t I just say this?

The Catholic Archbishop of Jos, in central Nigeria, has accused the West of ignoring the threat of the militant Islamist group, Boko Haram.

Ignatius Kaigama said the world had to show more determination to halt the group’s advance in Nigeria.

He said the international community had to show the same spirit and resolve it had done after the attacks in France.

His warning came after 23 people were killed by three female suicide bombers, one reported to be 10 years old.

The weekend attacks come after reports that hundreds of people were killed last week during the capture by Boko Haram of the town of Baga in Borno state.

“We need that spirit to be spread around,” he said. “Not just when it [an attack] happens in Europe, but when it happens in Nigeria, in Niger, in Cameroon.

I believe I coined the phrase “black lives matter” in response to the world’s collective yawn at the slaughter of perhaps 2,000 people by Boko Harem’s marauding Muslim militants. Each French life (17 of them at final count) equaled 117 Nigerian lives.

Not that I have a solution to the Boko problem, beyond killing each and every one of them. But then, that’s my solution to so many problems!

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Je Suis Baga-ien

Excluding the terrorist dirtbags themselves, I count 15 people dead in and around Paris. Each one heartbreaking and deplorable.

But I can’t find on the Net a calculator to tell me how many African lives equal one French life. It must be something like 150, but again, no one seems to have written it down:

Niger has said it will not be involved in attempts to retake the key north-east Nigerian town of Baga from the militant Islamist group, Boko Haram.

Bodies reportedly lay strewn on the streets of the town following an assault by the Islamists on Wednesday, with hundreds feared killed.

Nigerian officials told the BBC that almost all of Baga had been set on fire in the militant attacks.

Civilians who fled from Baga this week reported that they had been unable to bury the dead. Corpses littered the town’s streets, said Musa Alhaji Bukar, a senior government official in the area.

As we reported yesterday, perhaps as many 2,000 were slaughtered by Boko Haram’s Islamist troops. It is only the latest (albeit the worst) of their many attacks in recent years.

As we reported. How widely reported elsewhere is this unimaginable atrocity? Not 150 times more than the French murders—indeed, possibly 150 times less.

Why? I thought “black lives mattered”.

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Charlie Hebdo is So Hier

Technically, so is this:

Bodies lay strewn on the streets of a key north-eastern Nigerian town following an assault by militant Islamists, officials have told the BBC.

The Boko Haram group attacked Baga town on Wednesday, after over-running a military base there on Saturday, they said.

Almost the entire town had been torched and the militants were now raiding nearby areas, they added.

Musa Alhaji Bukar, a senior government official in the area, said that fleeing residents told him that Baga, which had a population of about 10,000, was now “virtually non-existent”.

“It has been burnt down,” he told the BBC Hausa service.

Those who fled reported that they had been unable to bury the dead, and corpses littered the town’s streets, he said.

Boko Haram was now in control of Baga and 16 neighbouring towns after the military retreated, Mr Bukar said.

While he raised fears that some 2,000 had been killed in the raids, other reports put the number in the hundreds.

Mr Lawan, the senator for northern Borno, called on government troops to stop “dilly-dallying” and to fight back to protect residents.

“The indiscriminate killings went on and on and on,” he told BBC Focus on Africa.

Boko Haram’s offensive continued on Thursday, with its fighters setting up checkpoints and killing people who were hiding in the bush, the senator said.

Fleeing residents spoke of the stench of rotting corpses on the streets and surrounding bushes, he said.

The Charlie Hebdo massacre isn’t a pimple on the a** of a typical day for ISIS or Boko Haram. It would barely rate a paragraph in an AP report. Heck, this slaughter of perhaps 2,000 barely does. See how many other mentions of it you see.

Ooh, I can’t wait for the backlash against Muslims (see below)! I might go pee on an algebra textbook right now.

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Another Day, Another Atrocity

Literally.

Yesterday’s:

The Islamist militant group Boko Haram kidnapped 40 boys and young men — ages 10 to 23 — from a village in the northeastern Nigerian state of Borno, some of those fleeing said Saturday.

The terrorists arrived in the village of Malari carrying assault rifles and then preached to them about the group’s extremist ideology before forcibly taking 40 hostages and driving toward the Sambisa forest on December 31, villagers who fled to Maiduguri said.

It took days for information on this mass abduction to emerge due to poor communications stemming from the destruction of cell phone towers in previous Boko Haram attacks.This act, while horrific, is hardly unprecedented. Boko Haram has been blamed for numerous attacks, from assassinations of officials to bombings of crowded markets, in recent years as part of its quest to impose a strict version of Sharia law across Nigeria.

Mass kidnappings have been part of that campaign, most notably the taking of more than 200 schoolgirls from Chibok in April. There was talk of a ceasefire deal that would pave the way for the girls’ release, but Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau laughed it off, claiming that those abducted had converted to Islam and been married off.

Okay, technically not yesterday. We only found out about it yesterday.

Today’s:

The militant group Boko Haram has seized a town and key multinational military base in north-eastern Nigeria, officials and eyewitnesses say.

A senator in Borno state said troops had abandoned the base in the town of Baga after it was attacked on Saturday.

Residents of Baga, who fled by boat to neighbouring Chad, said many people had been killed and the town set ablaze.

Has it really been eight months since the #girls were kidnapped? I just want to salute the resilience of all the American celebrities who posed for selfies with their handwritten signs. They looked so upset, yet they seem to be getting on with their lives. As indeed are the #girls, albeit far differently from what they were used to. I’m sure, as she gazes over the turquoise waters of Hawaii, Michelle Obama spares a thought or two on the fate of those 200 #girls. After all, if she and Barack had 200 more daughters, some of them might look like some of those girls.

We sent troops over there, once upon a time, but our efforts seem to have ended not with a bang but a whimper:

The Nigerian government has ended a U.S. effort to train a battalion of its troops to fight Boko Haram, an Islamist terrorist group that is responsible for abducting hundreds of schoolgirls earlier this year, according to the State Department.

“We regret premature termination of this training, as it was to be the first in a larger planned project that would have trained additional units with the goal of helping the Nigerian Army build capacity to counter Boko Haram,” State Department spokesman Rodney Ford said in an email to Military Times on Monday.

Ford did not say exactly what prompted Nigeria to end the training mission.

It’s not that I don’t feel sad at the fate of the girls. There’s a video at CNN (which I couldn’t embed) of their families still holding vigil; their pain brought more than one tear to my eye. But I hate as much as I hate anything to see genuine pain exploited for cheap publicity by shallow posers. Raiding parties have raped, pillaged, and kidnapped throughout history. However much as it horrifies us today, the earth stifles a yawn at the thought. I may not be quite so callous, but I refuse to give in in to the trend of public guilt. You want to get serious about the growing threat of Islamofascism, you’ll have no better friend. You want to work on your sad face in front of the mirror, do it on your own time.

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Out of the Mouths of Islamist Terrorists

Couldn’t have said it better myself:

A new video from Nigeria’s homegrown Boko Haram extremists shows gunmen mowing down civilians lying face down in a dorm, and a leader saying they are being killed because they are “infidels” or nonbelievers.

“We have made sure the floor of this hall is turned red with blood, and this is how it is going to be in all future attacks and arrests of infidels,” the group leader says in a message. “From now, killing, slaughtering, destructions and bombing will be our religious duty anywhere we invade.”

Move along. No Islam to see here.

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Beaucoup Harem

We’ve said repeatedly that all these non-Islamic Islamic terrorists seem to be in competition with each other.

We seem to be right:

Boko Haram militants are reported to have kidnapped 185 women and children, after slaughtering 32 people in an attack on a remote village in northeast Nigeria.

Two officials, who requested anonymity, said the group gathered the women and children together and took them away in trucks after burning most of the village with petrol bombs

‘After killing our youths, the insurgents have taken away our wives and daughters,’ said Mukhtar Buba, who fled Gumsuri to the Borno state capital Maiduguri.

The other local official said the insurgents ‘stormed the village in a convoy of vehicles (armed) with petrol bombs’ and heavy weapons.

Buba, the resident, said more than half the village had been destroyed.

‘The terrorists mercilessly attacked us and killed at will,’ he told AFP.

Amateurs. Rank Amateurs.

Iraq’s Ministry of Human Rights claims the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) murdered 150 women simply because they refused to marry or perform sexual acts with the terrorists.

“At least 150 females, including pregnant women, were executed in Fallujah by a militant named Abu Anas Al-Libi after they refused to accept jihad marriage,” said the Ministry. “Many families were also forced to migrate from the province’s northern town of Al-Wafa after hundreds of residents received death threats.”

The militants buried the victims in mass graves in the city.

And then in a Fox-Butterfield-is-that-you moment if there ever was one:

Militants claim they adhere to a very conservative interpretation of Islam, yet they run brothels and keep sex slaves.

All this, bear in mind, after the Taliban slaughtered 132 children, what, only yesterday? The ball’s already back in their court!

PS: Sorry to be a bummer, but I do think it better that you know what’s going on. I trust you get that.

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Not Islam Watch

Islamic State: fairies. Boko Haram: pu**ies.

This is how an Islamic insurgency deals with infidels:

Somali militants have killed 36 non-Muslim quarry workers near the north Kenyan town of Mandera.

The attackers from the al-Shabab group shot the non-Muslims dead after separating them from Muslims, residents said.

There is growing concern in Kenya about security in regions bordering Somalia after a spate of attacks.

Al-Shabab killed 28 people in an attack on a bus targeting non-Muslims in the same area last week.

I’d say that concern should grow a bit more, a bit faster.

Our standard disclaimer: even though the Muslim terrorists were careful to slaughter only the non-Muslims; even though Al-Shabab (Arabic for “the youth”) is allied with Al Qaeda and other Islamist (hence not Islamic) organizations, it is not Islamic. Not. Islamic.

It is, however, barbaric:

Al-Shabaab has also been accused of being responsible for the deaths of tens of thousands of elephants every year for their ivory, and for killing rangers hired to protect them. The proceeds from the ivory trade allegedly supply Al-Shabaab with income with which to carry out their operations.

Killing non-Muslim people is reprehensible, deplorable, but we’re hardly running short of supply. Elephants, on the other hand…Shaba**holes.

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On Second Thought, Keep the Girls

At least, keep these girls:

Two female suicide bombers killed at least 44 people on Tuesday in Nigeria’s northeastern city of Maiduguri, at the heart of a militant Islamist insurgency, medical officials said.

Four witnesses told Reuters near the scene a woman had entered the roadside trading area behind the city’s main market before blowing herself up.

“While the people were trying to help the injured, the second bomb blasted,” witness Sani Adamu told Reuters. “I saw lots of bodies.”

A nurse at Maiduguri General Hospital said 42 bodies had been received from the twin blasts. In the Maiduguri University teaching hospital in a different part of town, a staff member said two of a dozen wounded brought there for treatment had so far died.

Nigerian authorities did not respond to requests for comment. There was no claim of responsibility, but suspicion is likely to fall on violent Islamist group Boko Haram, whose five-year-old campaign for an Islamic state has killed thousands.

The group has increasingly used female suicide bombers.

In June, there were four attacks by female bombers in the largely Muslim north, including one targeting a school in Kano, the region’s biggest city. A woman blew herself up at a teacher training college in Nigeria’s central Niger state on Nov. 12, killing at least one other person.

Boko Haram has stepped up assaults in the northeast of Nigeria, showing it remains the biggest security threat to Africa’s biggest economy and top oil producer.

Oh well.

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Good News on the Ebola Front!

If you’re Liberia, and even then, only sorta:

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Ebola cases are continuing to rise “frighteningly quickly” in areas of Sierra Leone, an international campaign group has said.

The Africa Governance Initiative (AGI) found that in rural parts of the country the virus is spreading nine times faster than two months ago.

In Liberia, however, the rate of new cases appears to have slowed.

Though Sierra Leone’s rural areas have been worst hit, the group says the spread of Ebola is also increasing in the capital Freetown – which is recording six times more cases per day compared to two months ago.

It’s like Whac-E-Bola! Everything we’re doing in Liberia is being undone Sierra Leone.

I say Guinea overtakes Liberia by New Year’s. Any takers?

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How to Stop ISIS

Hey, Obama ate dog (tough):

A mob stoned to death a suspected terrorist before burning his corpse and eating him in revenge for a series of attacks in Congo that have left 100 people dead.

Witnesses said the young man, who has not been identified, aroused suspicion on a bus in the north east of the country when passengers discovered he could not speak the local Swahili language and that he was carrying a machete.

Witnesses said he was then stoned to death by the crowd before his body was burned and eaten.

It’s a nasty day here today: cold, rainy, windy. But this story, and the story below of Egypt evicting Gazans from their homes, are like a warm fire. Sweet. (Or so I’ve been told.)

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