Speech The UN Doesn’t Want You To Hear

From United Nations Watch, via YouTube:

Human Rights Nightmare

Speech before UN Human Rights Council 4th Session
23 March 2007

Delivered by Hillel Neuer, Executive Director of UN Watch

Mr. President,

Six decades ago, in the aftermath of the Nazi horrors, Eleanor Roosevelt, Réné Cassin and other eminent figures gathered here, on the banks of Lake Geneva, to reaffirm the principle of human dignity. They created the Commission on Human Rights. Today, we ask: What has become of their noble dream?

In this session we see the answer. Faced with compelling reports from around the world of torture, persecution, and violence against women, what has the Council pronounced, and what has it decided?

Nothing. Its response has been silence. Its response has been indifference.



Islam Q&A – Why’s Islam So Successful?

Our latest installment of enlightenment from the all-seeing worthies at Islam Question and Answer:


Why does Islam continue to be successful in the developed world?

Question No 3143


Why has Islam continued to be so successful in the modern world?


Praise be to Allaah.

Islam continues to be successful in the developed world, and elsewhere, because its call is in accordance with the fitrah or natural inclinations of mankind, and it advocates the best of human values, such as tolerance, love, mercy, truthfulness and sincerity.

Islam educates people and lifts them up to righteous conduct, good manners and virtue. Its call is distinguished from others by its realism, balance and moderation. Islam pays due attention to both the soul and the body. It neither suppresses physical desires nor allows extravagance in this regard; it makes a distinction between the natural inclination to enjoy the pleasures of this world and forbidden desires that come under the heading of depravity and perversion.



Aussie Terrorist To Serve Only 9 Months

From a joyous Reuters:

Guantanamo’s Hicks to serve nine months

March 31, 2007

GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba (Reuters) — Australian al Qaeda foot soldier David Hicks was sentenced to seven years in prison on Friday but will only serve nine months, a U.S. military tribunal said.

Hicks, who became the first war crimes convict among the hundreds of foreign captives held for years at the Guantanamo prison camp, had pleaded guilty to providing material support to terrorism in an agreement with U.S. military prosecutors.

The deal allowed all but nine months of the sentence to be be suspended, meaning he could be free by New Year’s. Hicks will serve his sentence in Australia. The United States will send him home by May 29 after holding him for more than five years at the Guantanamo base in Cuba.



Congress: Google Is “Airbrushing” Katrina

From an outraged Associated Press:

House panel: Why did Google ‘airbrush history?’

March 31, 2007

NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana (AP) — Google’s replacement of post-Hurricane Katrina satellite imagery on its map portal with images of the region before the storm does a “great injustice” to the storm’s victims, a congressional subcommittee said.

The House Committee on Science and Technology’s subcommittee on investigations and oversight on Friday asked Google Inc. Chairman and CEO Eric Schmidt to explain why his company is using the outdated imagery.

The subcommittee cited an Associated Press report on the images.

“Google’s use of old imagery appears to be doing the victims of Hurricane Katrina a great injustice by airbrushing history,” subcommittee chairman Brad Miller, D-North Carolina, wrote in a letter to Schmidt.



Palestinians Uses Sewer Pipes For Rockets

From a three week old article in the Jerusalem Post:

Israeli security services have prevented tons of metal pipes from being transferred to terror groups in Gaza.

Israeli metal used for Kassam rockets


Mar. 4, 2007

It took seven years, but the Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) has finally put a stop to one of the more ironic aspects on Israel’s war on terror: Kassam rockets made of Israeli metal.

A Palestinian from the Gaza Strip who worked as a metal merchant at the Karni crossing between Israel and the Strip was arrested by the Shin Bet last month for allegedly selling pipes he bought in Israel to terrorist groups that used them to manufacture Kassams, it was released for publication on Sunday.



Look Who Is Going To Syria Along With Pelosi

From Lebanon’s Ya Libnan:

U.S. Speaker Nancy Pelosi flying in to Lebanon

Friday, 30 March, 2007 @ 3:17 PM

Beirut – U.S. Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi is expected to visit Beirut next week as part of a tour to the Middle East that includes Syria, Israel, Jordan and Saudi Arabia…

The congressional delegation that accompanies the Speaker includes:

Congressman, Democrat Keith Ellison from Minnesota- US ‘s first Muslim congressman.
Congressman, Democrat Nick Rahall from West Virginia, is of Lebanese descent
Congressman, Democrat Tom Lantos from California who is Jewish is chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee
Congressman, Democrat Henry Waxman from California who is also Jewish
Congressman, Republican David Hobson from Ohio

Congressman Rahall was active last summer in trying to end the war between Hezbollah & Israel.



UN Resolution Bans Muslim Defamation

From those defenders of the faith at the Kuwaiti News Agency:

Human Rights Council concerned over stigmatising Muslim, Arab minorities


GENEVA, March 30 (KUNA) — The Human Rights Council adopted a resolution Friday that expressed concern at laws or administrative measures specifically designed to “control” and “monitor” Muslim and Arab minorities, thereby stigmatizing them further and legitimating the discrimination they experienced.

The resolution was passed with 24 votees for, 14 against, and 9 abstentions.

The council also expressed deep concern over attempts to identify Islam with terrorism, violence and human rights violations.

Presented by Pakistan on behalf of the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC), the resolution on combating defamation of religions that was adopted noted with deep concern the intensification of the campaign of defamation of religions and ethnic and religious profiling of Muslim minorities in the aftermath of 9/11.



Shocker: Terrorist Claims Gitmo ‘Torture’

From an outraged Associated Press:

Suspect at Guantanamo Claims Torture

Mar 30


WASHINGTON (AP) — A suspected Saudi terrorist told a military hearing that he was tortured into confessing that he was involved in the bombing of the USS Cole, according to a Pentagon transcript released Friday.

Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri, a Saudi national of Yemeni descent, said he made up stories that tied him to the 2000 Cole attack, which killed 17 U.S. sailors and nearly succeeded in sinking the $1 billion destroyer in Aden harbor, Yemen.

“From the time I was arrested five years ago, they have been torturing me. It happened during interviews. One time they tortured me one way, and another time they tortured me in a different way,” al-Nashiri said, according to the transcript.



Firm Hired Illegals To Build Border Fence

From the Washington Times:

Fence firm hired illegals

By Jerry Seper
March 30, 2007

The head of a California company hired by the U.S. government to help build a fence along the Southwest border to curb the flow of illegal aliens into the United States has been sentenced on charges of hiring illegals for the job.

Mel Kay Jr., 64, founder, chairman and president of the Golden State Fence Co., pleaded guilty in December in federal court in San Diego to felony charges of hiring the illegals and was sentenced Wednesday to six months home confinement, three months probation and 1,040 hours of community service.

Michael McLaughlin, 42, manager of the company’s Oceanside, Calif., office, who also pleaded guilty in December to charges of hiring illegals, was sentenced to six months home confinement.



Bangladesh Hangs 6 Islamic Revolution Leaders

From the not very politically correct Bangkok Post:

Leader of the banned Jamayetul Mujahideen Bangladesh, Shaikh Abdur Rahman.

Bangladesh hangs six terrorists

Dhaka (dpa) – Six Islamic militants were executed in Bangladesh amid tight security early Friday for their role in a suicide bomb attack which killed two civilians judges over a year ago, prison officials said.

The executed militants included the chief of the outlawed Jamiatul Mujahideen group Shaekh Abdur Rahman and his deputy Siddikul Islam, alias Bangla Bhai.

Inspector General of Prisons Zakir Hasan confirmed the executions were carried out by hanging in four prisons in different towns overnight as thousands of police men and commando forces were put on a state of high alert.

The four others who sent to the gallows before daybreak were Shaekh Rahman’s younger brother Ataur Rahman Sunny, who operated the ‘military’ wing of the group, and three religious extremists – Abdul Awal, Khaled Shafiullah and Iftekharul Mamun.



Muslim Terrorists Kill 130 More Muslims In Iraq

From a relieved Reuters:

Boys look at a pool of bloodied water at the scene of Thursday’s bomb attack, in Baghdad, March 30, 2007.

Suicide bombers kill 130 in Iraq

Fri Mar 30, 2007

By Ahmed Rasheed

BAGHDAD, Iraq (Reuters) – Suicide bombers killed nearly 130 people in a crowded market in a Shi’ite district of Baghdad and a mainly Shi’ite town on Thursday, one of the bloodiest days in Iraq in months.

The upsurge in sectarian violence threatens all-out civil war and Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, a Shi’ite, called for restraint and urged Iraqis to work with security forces to prevent the violence spiraling out of control. Bombs earlier this week in northern Iraq sparked mass reprisal killings.

Two suicide bombers wearing vests packed with explosives killed 76 people in a market in the Shaab district of northern Baghdad, police and medical sources said, in what appeared to be the latest of a string of attacks on Shi’ite districts and towns blamed on al Qaeda.



Iran Broadcasts Another British Sailor’s Apology

From a delighted Associated Press and YouTube:

Iran broadcasts British sailor’s apology

By NASSER KARIMI, Associated Press Writer

One of the 15 British service members held captive in Iran appeared Friday on the government’s Arabic-language TV and said he apologized “deeply” for entering Iranian waters without permission.

Iran also released a third letter supposedly from the only woman in the group saying she has been “sacrificed” to the policies of the British and U.S. governments.

British Prime Minister Tony Blair, whose government has insisted that its navy personnel were captured in Iraqi waters, immediately denounced Iran’s treatment of the captured navy personnel and said it would only lead to further isolation for Iran. The standoff has added to tensions over Iran’s nuclear ambitions and over allegations that Iran is arming Shiite Muslim militias in Iraq.



Sailor’s Letter Says UK Should Pull Out Of Iraq

From the UK’s Sky News:

‘Time For Iraq Pull-Out’

Thursday March 29, 2007

Iran has published another letter allegedly written by Leading Seaman Faye Turney in which she supposedly calls for British forces to withdraw from Iraq.

The letter also asks the British Government why it allowed the British captives to stray into Iranian waters.

And it goes on to say the group is being treated well by the Iranians.

Analysts immediately doubted the validity of the letter, saying the wording was not likely to have been thought up by the 26-year-old sailor.

The letter coincided with the release of new footage of the 15 Royal Navy sailors and Royal Marines being seized by Iranian gunboats in the Gulf.

In the video clips, gunshots are heard and a helicopter is shown hovering above inflatable boats in choppy seas.



Iran Delays Sailor Release – For Bad Behavior

From a shocked New York Times:

Iran May Delay Captured British Sailor’s Release


LONDON, March 29 — Iran today withdrew plans to free one of the 15 British sailors and marines it had seized on March 23, the only woman detained, insisting that Britain admit fault before she is released.

Iran also leveled new accusation against Britain, alleging that the seized military personnel had intruded on Iranian waters several times before they were detained.

Britain, for its part, said it would seek United Nations backing against Iran in the dispute, despite the delayed release of Ms. Turney, a 26-year-old mother of one.

The Iranian Mehr news agency quoted a military commander, Alireza Afshar, as saying the release of Ms. Turney, had been suspended because of the “wrong behavior” of the British government.



Cindy’s “Crawford Peace House” In Trouble

Regular readers will recognize some familiar names in this piece from Waco, Texas local NBC affiliate KCEN-TV:

Anti-war group in McLennan County loses it’s corporate status

Mar 28, 2007

A nationally known anti-war group in Mclennan County has lost its corporate status with the state, and a former member is calling for an investigation.

Officials in the Texas State Comptroller’s office said the Crawford Peace House hasn’t handed in required paperwork in nearly a year.

The Crawford Peace House is no longer an organization in the eyes of the state, and why that’s happened is coming into question by former members.

Their questions began in the summer of 2005, when the nearly bankrupt Crawford Peace House gained national attention as the rallying point for Cindy Sheehan and other anti-war demonstrators near President Bush’s ranch.



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