Muslims Reject Ban Against Stoning Women

From a shocked Reuters:

Town to immigrants: you can’t kill women

OTTAWA (Reuters) – Immigrants wishing to live in the small Canadian town of Herouxville, Quebec, must not stone women to death in public, burn them alive or throw acid on them, according to an extraordinary set of rules released by the local council.

The declaration, published on the town’s Web site, has deepened tensions in the predominantly French-speaking province over how tolerant Quebecers should be toward the customs and traditions of immigrants.

"We wish to inform these new arrivals that the way of life which they abandoned when they left their countries of origin cannot be recreated here," said the declaration, which makes clear women are allowed to drive, vote, dance, write checks, dress how they want, work and own property.



Joe Biden On Hillary, Edwards And Obama

From the New York Observer:

Biden Unbound: Lays Into Clinton, Obama, Edwards

Loquacious Senator, Democratic Candidate on Hillary: ‘Four of 10 Is the Max You Can Get?’ Edwards ‘Doesn’t Know What He’s Talking About’

By Jason Horowitz

Senator Joseph Biden doesn’t think highly of the Iraq policies of some of the other Democrats who are running for President.

To hear him tell it, Hillary Clinton’s position is calibrated, confusing and “a very bad idea.” John Edwards doesn’t know what he’s talking about and is pushing a recipe for Armageddon in the Middle East. Barack Obama is offering charming but insubstantial fluff. And all of them are playing politics.

“Let me put it this way,” Mr. Biden said. “You didn’t hear any one of them get in this debate at all until they announced for President.”




Iran To Celebrate Khomeini And Nuclear Program

From France’s AFP:

A worker moves a piece of equipment inside the turbine building of the Bushehr nuclear power plant, June 2005. Iran kicks off 10 days of celebrations on 1 February marking the anniversary of the 1979 Islamic revolution, with officials promising the unveiling of a major advance in its controversial nuclear drive.

Iran celebrates revolution vowing nuclear advance

by Pierre Celerier

Iran kicks off 10 days of celebrations on Thursday marking the anniversary of the 1979 Islamic revolution, with officials promising the unveiling of a major advance in its controversial nuclear drive.

The festivities known as the "Decade of Fajr" (Dawn) culminate on February 11, the date 28 years ago when the US-backed Shah’s regime fell to revolutionaries led by the late supreme leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini.



NYT Posts Video Of Dying US Soldier

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From the Houston Chronicle:

[NY Times caption:] After Staff Sgt. Hector Leija was shot in the kitchen of a Baghdad apartment last Wednesday, Pfc. Aaron Barnum retrieved the sergeant’s helmet. Robert Nickelsberg/Getty Images for The New York Times

Images of dying Texas soldier ignite debate

Jan. 31, 2007, 12:23AM


WASHINGTON — A photograph and videotape of a Texas soldier dying in Iraq published by the New York Times have triggered anger from his relatives and Army colleagues and revived a long-standing debate about which images of war are proper to show.

The journalists involved, Times reporter Damien Cave and Getty Images photographer Robert Nickelsberg, working for the Times, had their status as so-called embedded journalists suspended Tuesday by the Army corps in Baghdad, military officials said, because they violated a signed agreement not to publish photos or video of any wounded soldiers without official consent.



Bloody Muslim Ashura Festival – Child Abuse

This is an article from the UK’s New Statesman from a year and a half ago, but it is fitting we should post it during this year’s Ashura festivities:

A Pakistani Shiite Muslim looks for an appropriate set of knives he will use on Ashura Day, in Rawalpindi, Pakistan on Friday, Feb. 18, 2005.

Scars on the backs of the young

Shiv Malik

06 June 2005

Muslim children as young as six are still being allowed to beat themselves with knives on the end of chains. It is illegal, yet the police are not keen to prosecute. Would other religions get away with it?

It was supposed to be a routine doctor’s appointment. Mrs Abbas wanted someone at a hospital in north London to take a look at the rash under her son’s arms.



9 Muslims Arrested In Kidnap Beheading Plot

From a disappointed Associated Press:

8 arrested in alleged kidnapping, beheading plot

By Rob Harris
Jan. 31, 2007 06:00 AM

BIRMINGHAM, England – Counterterrorism police arrested eight men in an alleged kidnapping plot during pre-dawn raids Wednesday, police said. A broadcaster reported that they wanted to abduct a British Muslim soldier and behead him.

Police would not comment on Sky News reports that part of the plan was to behead the man and post the act on the Internet, but counterterrorism officials – speaking on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the investigation – said the plot was the first of its kind to be uncovered in Britain.

The potential victim was in police custody, Sky reported, saying the kidnapping was going to be an "Iraq-style" execution…

Police were searching 12 homes in the predominantly Pakistani neighborhood in the central England city.



Najaf Battle Stopped Plot To Kill Shiite Leaders

From a disappointed Washington Post:

Dia Abdul Zahra Kadim, the leader of a messianic Shiite cult called ‘Soldiers of Heaven,’ is seen on a poster found in Zarqa, outside Najaf, Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2007.

Iraqis Describe Plot To Kill Shiite Clerics

Cult Leader, Many Allies Died in Siege

By Joshua Partlow and Saad Sarhan
Tuesday, January 30, 2007; A01

BAGHDAD, Jan. 29 — A Shiite cult leader, who claimed to be a revered Muslim figure who vanished in the 10th century, was killed Sunday along with scores of fighters who were poised to attack a holy city in southern Iraq and assassinate the country’s Shiite religious leadership, Iraqi officials said Monday…

The discovery of a heavily armed Shiite-led cult, intent on attacking venerated Shiite symbols and leaders, startled Iraqi security officials who were already contending with rival religious factions battling for supremacy in the country.



Obama’s Dad – A Drunk Polygamist Bigot?

From the UK’s Daily Mail:

A drunk and a bigot – what the US Presidental hopeful HASN’T said about his father…


… Mr Obama’s book, Dreams From My Father, is flying off the shelves of US book stores, exciting and astonishing readers in equal measure. It is a bestseller, and no wonder – because the story just gets better and better.

Mr Obama is already Democratic Senator for Illinois. Now he is in the running to be the first black President in the country’s history…

Many believe Mr Obama is a serious threat to Hillary Clinton’s hopes of becoming the Democrats’ choice for their next Presidential candidate – and his lovingly written account of the debt he owes his father, also called Barack Obama, will do no harm at all to his Presidential hopes…

Yet an investigation by The Mail on Sunday has revealed that, for all Mr Obama’s reputation for straight talking and the compelling narrative of his recollections, they are largely myth.



Nasrallah Blames Chaos In Lebanon On Bush

From the DNC’s Al Jazeera:

Lebanese Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah (L) gives a speech as Shi’ite mourn the death of Imam Hussein, Prophet Mohammad’s grandson, during a ceremony marking Ashura in Beirut suburbs, January 30, 2007.

Nasrallah: Bush made Lebanon chaos

Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Hassan Nasrallah, the leader of Hezbollah, has accused George Bush of creating chaos in Lebanon, and rejected the US president’s latest criticisms of the Shia group.

Speaking at Beirut ceremonies marking the climax of the Muslim festival of Ashura, Nasrallah accused the US of ordering Israel to launch last year’s attack on Lebanon.

"The one who fomented chaos in Lebanon, who destroyed Lebanon, who killed women and children, old and young in Lebanon, is George Bush and (Secretary of State) Condoleezza Rice who ordered the Zionists to launch the war on Lebanon," Nasrallah said.



Litvinenko Photo – Target Practice For Russians

From YouTube and Fox News:

Security Training Center: Russian Spy Pic Used in Target Practice

Tuesday, January 30, 2007

MOSCOW — A private facility that trains security personnel used pictures of poisoned Russian ex-spy Alexander Litvinenko’s face for target practice during a competition for special forces, the center’s chief said on Tuesday.

In video circulating the Internet, trainees dressed in camouflage maneuver between slats in a wall, leap through an obstacle course, then tumble to a semi-sitting position with outstretched arms aiming their weapons at a black-and-white target showing Alexander Litvinenko’s face. Several black holes appear on the target near the ex-spy’s nose before the video goes black.

Sergei Lysyuk, Vityaz Center’s chief, said the video is from 2002 and shows military recruits. He said he was unaware the target depicted Litvinenko, who died of radiation poisoning after eating at a sushi restaurant.


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Muslims Kill Dozens Of Muslims At Festival

From those champions of the faith at Al Jazeera:

Gunmen fired on a minibus carrying Shia pilgrims to a Baghdad mosque for Ashura ceremonies [EPA]

Iraq bombs kill Ashura worshippers

Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Dozens of Shia worshippers marking the festival of Ashura have been killed in a double bombing and a gun attack in Iraq.

Thirteen people died, including three women and a teenage boy, and 39 were wounded when a bomb hidden in a rubbish bin exploded amid a procession of Shias in the town of Khanaqinn northeast of Baghdad, police said.

A suicide bomber also blew himself up among 150 worshippers outside a Shia mosque in the town of Balad Ruz, in Diyala province, killing 23 people and wounding 57, police said.



Specter: Congress Has Equal Say In War

From his fans at the Associated Press:


[Reuters caption:] U.S. senators Tom Harkin (D-IA) (R) and Arlen Specter (R-PA) (L) greet one another as they arrive for a news conference in support of the Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act at the Capitol in Washington January 9, 2007.

Specter: Bush Not Sole ‘Decision-Maker’

Sen. Specter Challenges Bush As Sole ‘Decision-Maker’ on Issues of War, Saying Duty Is Shared


WASHINGTON – A Senate Republican on Tuesday directly challenged President Bush’s declaration that "I am the decision-maker" on issues of war.

"I would suggest respectfully to the president that he is not the sole decider," Sen. Arlen Specter, R-Pa., said during a hearing on Congress’ war powers amid an increasingly harsh debate over Iraq war policy.



Hillary’s Lies About Iraq Caught On Tape

Hillary Clinton’s remarks made on March 6, 2003 to Code Pink two weeks before the Iraq War began contradict all of her claims made in her first campaign stop in Iowa this weekend.

From YouTube:

YouTube caption: 2 weeks before war, Code Pink meets with Hillary Clinton.

My transcription of Ms. Clinton’s remarks:

I admire your willingness to speak out on behalf of of the women and children of Iraq. There is a very easy way to prevent anyone from being put into harm’s way, and that is for Saddam Hussein to disarm. And I have absolutely no belief that he will. I have to say that this is something I have followed for more than a decade.

If he was serious about disarming, he would have been much more forthcoming coming.



Would-Be “Mahdi” Among 300 Terrorists Killed

From a mournful Reuters:

Iraqi police commandos flash the victory sign as they return from a battle against gunmen near the holy Shiite city of Najaf.

Iraqi cult leader killed in Najaf battle

Mon Jan 29, 2007 12:14 PM ET

By Khaled Farhan

NAJAF, Iraq (Reuters) – The leader of an Iraqi cult who claimed to be the Mahdi, a messiah-like figure in Islam, was killed in a battle on Sunday near Najaf with hundreds of his followers, Iraq’s national security minister said on Monday.

Women and children who joined 600-700 of his "Soldiers of Heaven" on the outskirts of the Shi’ite holy city may be among the casualties, Shirwan al-Waeli told Reuters. All those people not killed were in detention, many of them wounded.



Muslim Festival Of Ashura – Graphic Photos

Today begins Ashura, which like the festival of Eid al-Adha is another bloodthirsty Muslim holiday:


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From Canada’s CBC:

Shias in Iraq mark Ashura festival amid tight security

Iraqi forces were on alert Sunday in the city of Karbala as hundreds of thousands of Shia worshippers gathered for the annual Ashura religious festival.

It commemorates the killing of the Prophet Mohammed’s grandson, Imam Hussein, in the 7th century.

Under Saddam Hussein, a Sunni, the festival was outlawed. Now, it draws huge numbers of Shias from Iraq and other countries, but also requires heightened security.

At least 8,000 police will be on duty in Karbala, where security authorities have warned hotel owners not to accept any non-Iraqi Arabs or Iraqis without identity documents and to inform authorities about suspicious individuals, said police spokesman Abdul Rahman Mishawi.



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