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April 21, 2010

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April 17, 2010

Somalia: Al-Shabaab Beheads Five Construction Workers…

MOGADISHU (Reuters) – The beheaded bodies of five builders have been found in Somalia’s capital Mogadishu and at least 11 people were killed in fighting in the central region, residents and moderate militia fighters said Wednesday. Mogadishu residents said they suspected al Shabaab militants executed the builders for helping to construct Somalia’s new parliament, an institution seen by the insurgents as home to stooges of the West.
No group has claimed responsibility for the killings.
“We have seen five beheaded men,” one resident who gave his name only as Ali for fear of repercussions told Reuters. “Their bodies were covered with a little soil, except for their legs.”
Al Shabaab, which controls vast tracts of southern and central Somalia, has previously executed Somalis its accuses of spying for the foreign-backed government as it fights to impose a harsh version of sharia law on the nation.

"Big Sisters" encourage girls to go to school in Benin


BEMBÉRÉKÉ, Benin, 20 April 2010 Going to school can be a long, lonely walk for a young girl in Benin. Thats if her parents even let her pursue an education. But a UNICEF-supported scheme of big sistering in 16 districts of this West African country makes the journey enjoyable and serves as a monitoring system to ensure that girls get to school each day. When I have finished washing myself, I check if my girls have finished washing. If they have, we go to school together so we will not be late to school, says Elaire Gama, 11, who attends the Bembéréké Primary School in a rural farming village in northern Benin. Big sisters are older girls who volunteer to pick up one to three younger ones every morning. They walk together to and from school, and the elder girl looks after the younger ones at play time. The other students respect us and they look up to us as if we were teachers, says Elaire. It is clear that she takes her role very seriously.

France: President Sarkozy Submits Bill Banning Burqa and Niqab in All Public Places…

PARIS (AP) – French President Nicolas Sarkozy has ordered legislation that would ban women from wearing Islamic veils that fully cover the face and body in public places, the government said Wednesday.

It is Sarkozy’s first political action toward an outright ban, though he has repeatedly said such outfits oppress women and are not welcome in France, home to a firmly secular government.

Government spokesman Luc Chatel said after a Cabinet meeting Wednesday that the president decided the government should submit a bill to parliament in May on an overall ban on such veils “in all public places.”

That ups the stakes in Sarkozy’s push against veils such as the burqa and niqab and chador. Some in his own party have bristled at a full-out ban, and France’s highest administrative body has questioned whether it would be constitutional.

The Hijab: Liberation, Defiance & Obedience to the One God

April 20, 2010 — SUMSA Lecture The Hijab: Liberation, Defiance & Obedience to the One God

The last decade has seen a blowtorch being applied to the role, duties, and rights of women in Islam. The niqab, hijab, and khimar are nothing more than pieces of cloth, but have come to represent a public debate raging across the world as to the freedom women are afforded in Islam. Often taken to be a debate on mere covering, the public discourse in fact provides a cover to deeper questions - questions of values, liberties, allegiance, and sources of law. SUMSA lifts the veil on this debate and invites you to take part as we continue our series of thought provoking Monday lectures-cum-discussions.

Saudis will not excecute a Lebanese convicted of wichcraft

Activists from a civil organization reenact an execution scene in front of the Saudi Arabia Embassy in Beirut, Lebanon, Thursday, April 1, 2010, as they protest a possible beheading of a Lebanese man accused of witchcraft in Saudi Arabia. The Arabic writing on banners read: "don't kill."

BEIRUT (AP)— A Lebanese TV psychic, who was condemned to death for witchcraft by a Saudi court while visiting the country, will not be beheaded, his lawyer said Wednesday. May al-Khansa told The Associated Press that the Saudi ambassador in Beirut informed the Lebanese justice minister that the execution of Ali Sibat would not take place. "He confirmed to me that there will be no execution," al-Khansa said about her conversation with Ibrahim Najjar, Lebanon's justice minister. She refused to go into details but said "matters are going in the right direction."

"We have faith in Saudi Arabia's judicial system," she added, noting that Sibat's actions are not considered a crime in Lebanon.

The father of five was arrested by the Saudi religious police while making a pilgrimage to the holy city of Mecca in May 2008 and sentenced to death last November on charges of practicing witchcraft.

Sibat, 49, made predictions on a satellite TV channel from his home in Beirut, where psychics, fortunetellers and astrologers operate freely. Many have regular TV and radio shows and some cafes even hire them to attract more customers. On Dec. 31, they jostle for air time to give their predictions for the new year.

According to his lawyer, he was the most popular psychic on his channel, especially among callers from the conservative Gulf.

Saudi cleric fired for advocating mixing of sexes

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — The head of Saudi Arabia's powerful religious police has fired the chief of the Mecca branch for advocating the mixing of the sexes, an official from the force said Tuesday.

Ahmed bin Qassim al-Ghamidi's suggestion in a newspaper interview this week that men and women should be left to mingle freely directly clashed with a central preoccupation of the force.

The religious police, under the control of the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice, are charged with enforcing Saudi Arabia's strict interpretation of Islam, which prohibits men and women who are not immediate relatives from mingling.

"Mixing (between the sexes) is just natural and there is no good reason to ban it," al-Ghamidi said in the interview.

He was dismissed soon after, according to an official from the force who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not permitted to talk to journalists.

Zealous officers routinely jail unrelated men and women found sitting together in coffee shops, restaurants or other public places. The policemen also patrol public places to ensure women are covered and not wearing makeup, shops close five times a day for Muslim prayers and men go to the mosque and worship.

The force's new chief, Abdul-Aziz bin Humain, has been billed as a reformer and promised a new tone after being appointed by the king last year. But his dismissal of al-Ghamidi shows there are limits to how far he is willing to go.

South Park update

Threats for South Park creators after Muhammad depicted on show, disguised in a bear suit

A radical Islamic group has targeted “South Park: creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone for violent retaliation because they depicted the prophet Mohammed in a bear suit on the show’s 200th episode that aired on Comedy Central last week.
Security Brief: Radical Islamic Web site takes on ‘South Park’

Ayaan Hirsi Ali on Islam: "There Is One Religion Claiming To Be Above Criticism."

April 21, 2010

UN-HRC shows its true priorities: Muslim organizations block discussions of FGM...

April 20, 2010 —

The speaker is trying to speak about the issue of femal genital mutilation in countries like Eygypt and The Sudan where incidence rates are over 90%. For some reason, several memember states of the Oganisation of the Islamic Conference (OIC) were very keen on interrupting this statement, causing things to drag on for over an hour...

Shakira - "Time For Africa" - Anthem of The World Cup 2010.

April 21, 2010


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