These are all the Blogs posted on Sunday, 18, 2009.
Sunday, 18 October 2009
Goldstone saddened by UNHRC adoption of Goldstone Report
What is the equivalent term for 'dozy bint' for men? From Israel Insider:
Israel's foreign ministry predictably savaged Friday's adoption of the Goldstone Report on the Gaza conflict by the United Nations Human Right Council, but sharp criticism also came from an unexpected source: Judge Richard Goldstone himself.
Even before the vote, Goldstone criticized the wording of the UNHRC draft resolution, saying it was wrong to target only Israel while failing to condemn Hamas. "This draft resolution saddens me as it includes only allegations against Israel," AFP quoted Goldstone as telling Swiss newspaper Le Temps on Thursday.
"There is not a single phrase condemning Hamas as we have done in the report. I hope that the council can modify the text," Goldstone said. The text was not modified, the Jewish Judge could only sit back and fret over the way in which even his meager attempts at balance were ignored and over-ruled by Arab and Islamic states and other third-world non-democratic states.
Although the Goldstone report also accuses Hamas of war crimes, the five-page resolution adopted in Geneva mentions only Israeli violations of international law. The ministry's statement stressed that Israel would continue "to implement its right to self-defense, and will work to ensure the safety of its residents."
Zionism is racism, self-defense is a war crime. The UN is irredeemable at this point.
Something apparently got muddled in the cultural translation of Christianity to Nigeria. From AP:
EKET, Nigeria – The nine-year-old boy lay on a bloodstained hospital sheet crawling with ants, staring blindly at the wall.
His family pastor had accused him of being a witch, and his father then tried to force acid down his throat as an exorcism. It spilled as he struggled, burning away his face and eyes. The emaciated boy barely had strength left to whisper the name of the church that had denounced him — Mount Zion Lighthouse.
A month later, he died.
Nwanaokwo Edet was one of an increasing number of children in Africa accused of witchcraft by pastors and then tortured or killed, often by family members. Pastors were involved in half of 200 cases of "witch children" reviewed by the AP, and 13 churches were named in the case files.
Some of the churches involved are renegade local branches of international franchises. Their parishioners take literally the Biblical exhortation, "Thou shalt not suffer a witch to live."
"It is an outrage what they are allowing to take place in the name of Christianity," said Gary Foxcroft, head of nonprofit Stepping Stones Nigeria.
For their part, the families are often extremely poor, and sometimes even relieved to have one less mouth to feed. Poverty, conflict and poor education lay the foundation for accusations, which are then triggered by the death of a relative, the loss of a job or the denunciation of a pastor on the make, said Martin Dawes, a spokesman for the United Nations Children's Fund.
"When communities come under pressure, they look for scapegoats," he said. "It plays into traditional beliefs that someone is responsible for a negative change ... and children are defenseless."
The idea of witchcraft is hardly new, but it has taken on new life recently partly because of a rapid growth in evangelical Christianity. Campaigners against the practice say around 15,000 children have been accused in two of Nigeria's 36 states over the past decade and around 1,000 have been murdered. In the past month alone, three Nigerian children accused of witchcraft were killed and another three were set on fire.
I don't have any hard figures, but I seriously doubt that abuse of "witches" in Nigeria has increased under the influence of evangelical Christianity. I believe the opposite is true, that Christianity has acted as a force for tolerance and compassion in Nigeria, and as a foil to traditional African beliefs. And now if they would just take the time to actually read the Bible, there would be an even bigger reduction in the number of children killed in the name of fighting "witchcraft."
Nigeria is one of the heartlands of abuse, but hardly the only one: the United Nations Children's Fund says tens of thousands of children have been targeted throughout Africa.
Church signs sprout around every twist of the road snaking through the jungle between Uyo, the capital of the southern Akwa Ibom state where Nwanaokwo lay, and Eket, home to many more rejected "witch children." Churches outnumber schools, clinics and banks put together. Many promise to solve parishioner's material worries as well as spiritual ones — eight out of ten Nigerians struggle by on less than $2 a day.
It's hard for churches to carve out a congregation with so much competition. So some pastors establish their credentials by accusing children of witchcraft.
Oh, for crying out loud. There are plenty of poverty-stricken areas in the world, and plenty of areas that have an abundance of churches. Neither factor leads to "competition" to see who can pour acid down the throats of more little children. What a completely faulty analysis.
Sam Itauma of the Children's Rights and Rehabilitation Network said it is the most vulnerable children — the orphaned, sick, disabled or poor — who are most often denounced. In Nwanaokwo's case, his poor father and dead mother made him an easy target.
"Even churches who didn't use to 'find' child witches are being forced into it by the competition," said Itauma. "They are seen as spiritually powerful because they can detect witchcraft and the parents may even pay them money for an exorcism."
That's what Margaret Eyekang did when her 8-year-old daughter Abigail was accused by a "prophet" from the Apostolic Church, because the girl liked to sleep outside on hot nights — interpreted as meaning she might be flying off to join a coven. A series of exorcisms cost Eyekang eight months' wages, or US$270. The payments bankrupted her.
Neighbors also attacked her daughter.
"They beat her with sticks and asked me why I was bringing them a witch child," she said. A relative offered Eyekang floor space but Abigail was not welcome and had to sleep in the streets.
There's a scar above Jane's shy smile: her mother tried to saw off the top of her skull after a pastor denounced her and repeated exorcisms costing a total of $60 didn't cure her of witchcraft. Mary, 15, is just beginning to think about boys and how they will look at the scar tissue on her face caused when her mother doused her in caustic soda. Twelve-year-old Rachel dreamed of being a banker but instead was chained up by her pastor, starved and beaten with sticks repeatedly; her uncle paid him $60 for the exorcism.
Israel's cousin tried to bury him alive, Nwaekwa's father drove a nail through her head, and sweet-tempered Jerry — all knees, elbows and toothy grin — was beaten by his pastor, starved, made to eat cement and then set on fire by his father as his pastor's wife cheered it on.
Is this ringing a bell of familiarity with any Christians out there? No, I didn't think so.
Not only do I not want mainstream Muslims to immigrate to our countries, bringing their sharia with them, I do not want Christians who feel the need to saw the top of childrens' skulls off to immigrate to our countries. We simply have no need for that sort of "cultural diversity."
First some Liveleak video footage of interviews with some the Muslims demonstrating against Geert Wilders' visit to Parliament last week. The clip has made its way onto Youtube which is easier to embed.
Note the threats of beheading, violence and death. Where is Weyman Bennent and his trusty cohorts of the UAF whe you need them to counter balance and protest such hatred?
In contrast there were some members of UAF, Searchlite and friends in Swansea yesterday in fine voice with their shouts of 'Nazi Scum off our streets' directed at 50 or so members of the Welsh Defence League assembling to express their opposition to extremist Islam, as they phrase it.
Not quite as many UAF and associates as there were in Manchester last week but I expect the opportunity to storm a power station in Nottinghamshire and/or put a policeman in hospital had a greater charm.
Compare and contrast, as my old GCE History essays required.
It has become clear to the central committee that those of you who have outsourced your thinking functions to the Party (which is all of you if you know what's good for you) may not have been properly conditioned prepared to recognize racism in all its ugly disguises. This Communique is designed to help those who need to improve these skills.
Being against ObamaCare is racist. This includes any of the 63 or so bills currently being considered by the Party.
Worrying about the deficit is racist, unless you blame it on Bush (41 or 43) or Reagan, whose fault(s) it really is.
Failure to acknowledge the reality of global warming climate change is racist.
Laughing at Chicago not receiving the 2016 Olympic Games which are rightfully hers theirs is racist. So is hinting, suggesting, implying, imagining or thinking that this failure is Obama's fault.
Attending the 2016 games in Rio is NOT racist as long as attendance is accompanied by constant grumbling and muttering about how the games were stolen from Chicago.
Not laughing at Janeane Gawdawfulo is racist. Unless she is being serious at the time, then it becomes racist to laugh. Not knowing the difference is racist.
Not buying a new car from GM or Chrysler is NOT racist, unless you bought one from Ford, Toyota, Hyundai, Nissan, etc, etc, instead.
Listening to Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Glen Beck, et al, is also NOT racist unless the listening is performed WITHOUT screaming and yelling of denounciations at the TV, radio or other electronic device which is broadcasting the program. NO exception is made for driving a car, handling nitroglycerin, performing brain surgery, etc. FAILURE to denouce is racist.
Wanting a tax cut is racist, as is remembering that Obama promised you one last year.
Praising any former President except Jimmy Carter or Bill Clinton is racist.
Worrying about terrorist attacks freedom-fighter outbursts of enthusiasm of an explosive nature on American soil is racist. Remembering 9/11 is NOT racist as long as you acknowledge it was Amerikka's fault.
Speculating about Iran creating a nuclear weapon is racist. Unless Obama announces they have one, in which case remembering a time when Iran didn't have one is racist.
Discussing what any general or military expert says about the Afghanistan conflict unpleasantness is racist, unless it is made clear they are idiots for disagreeing with Obama. If they disagree with Obama, that is. But they probably will. And that's racist.
Saying or thinking the 2009 Stimulus Plan is a failure is racist. Mentioning the current unemployment rate is NOT racist as long as one also mentions that it would be higher without the Stimulus.
Finding old graphs about unemployment rate predictions from early 2009 is racist, unless you turn them upside down:
Wondering if all of the stuff the Party and it's paid hacks honorable surrogates say is racist is really racist IS RACIST! The wondering, that is.
Failure to self-loathe is racist.
Not supporting the Mainstream Media is racist. Wondering if newspapers and broadcast TV news is obsolete is racist. Including FOX News in "broadcast TV news" is racist.
Failure to take it seriously when a TV commentator or newspaper columnist wonders if something is racist is racist.
Attending a "Tea Party" is racist, unless it happens to really involve tea and is held in someone's home. And nothing is said about Obama. Unless it's in the nature of "How great he is!" Otherwise, it's racist.
Mentioning ACORN is racist. Unless it's to solicit funds for their legal defense fund lawsuits against various and sundry racists.
Black peopleAfrican-Americans People of Color are the truest arbiters of racism. If a Person of Color says something is racist, then it is racist.
Thomas Sowell, Walter Williams, Clarence Thomas, et al, are NOT people of color. But they are racists.
Talking of Presidential Approval Polls is racist. Unless we get back to over 60%, then not talking of Presidential Approval Polls is racist.
Any statement concerning the size of the First Lady's butt is racist, unless accompanied by the phrase "I wish I could look that good" or the like. Even if you're not a womyn.
Watching something else when Obama is on TV is racist.
The word "disproportionate" is used of Israel as often and as absurdly as the word "plight" is used of the "Palestinians". Israel alone should, in its defence, use only the same force as its mortal enemy. Perhaps Israel should be as incompetent as the "Palestinians" - for it is only incompetence that prevents them from carrying out the genocide commanded by Islam - and perhaps it should use its own civilians as human shields, just as the "Palestinians" do.
Since when have wars been proportionate, even if a country is not fighting for its life?
Take less than ten minutes to watch this short film, taken from a longer documentary that was on television recently, about the bombing of Coventry in November 1940. The film is very moving, and shows and explains the transformation of the people's spirit from defeat to defiance:
"We're not going to let the buggers get away with it," says a citizen. They didn't. 568 people were killed in the raid on Coventry in 1941. In 1945, in the allied bombing of Dresden, civilian casualties were between 24,000 and 40,000.
Was the British reaction, and that of our American allies, disproportionate?
Sunnis In Iran Kill High-Ranking Revolutionary Guards
Iran bombing kills 5 Revolutionary Guard leaders
By ALI AKBAR DAREINI and BRIAN MURPHY, Associated Press Writers Ali Akbar Dareini And Brian Murphy, Associated Press Writers 1 hr 51 mins ago
TEHRAN, Iran – A suicide bomber killed five senior commanders of the powerful Revolutionary Guard and at least 37 others Sunday near the Pakistani border in the heartland of a potentially escalating Sunni insurgency.
The attack — which also left dozens wounded — was the most high-profile strike against security forces in an outlaw region of armed tribal groups, drug smugglers and Sunni rebels known as Jundallah, or Soldiers of God.
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad promised sharp retaliation. But a sweeping offensive by authorities is unlikely.
Iranian officials have been reluctant to open full-scale military operations in the southeastern border zone, fearing it could become a hotspot for sectarian violence with the potential to draw in al-Qaida and Sunni militants from nearby Pakistan and Afghanistan.
The region's top prosecutor, Mohammad Marzieh, was quoted by the semi-official ISNA news agency as saying Jundallah claimed responsibility for the blast in the Pishin district near the Pakistani border.
There was no immediate statement directly from the group, which has carried out sporadic kidnappings and attacks in recent years — including targeting the Revolutionary Guard — to press their claims of persecution in the Shiite government and officials.
In May, Jundallah said it sent a suicide bomber into a Shiite mosque in the southeastern city of Zahedan, killing 25 worshippers.
The latest attack, however, would mark the group's highest-level target. It also raised questions about how the attacker breached security around such a top delegation from the Revolutionary Guard — the country's strongest military force, which is directly linked to the ruling clerics under Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.
The official Islamic Republic News Agency said the victims included the deputy commander of the Guard's ground forces, Gen. Noor Ali Shooshtari, as well as a chief provincial Guard commander, Rajab Ali Mohammadzadeh. The others killed were Guard members or tribal leaders, it said.
The agency quoted the provincial forensics director, Abbas Amian, as saying 42 bodies had been handed over to his department.
More than two dozen others were wounded, state radio reported.
The commanders were entering a sports complex to meet tribal leaders to discuss Sunni-Shiite cooperation when the attacker detonated a belt fitted with explosives, IRNA said.
Ahmadinejad — who counts on support from the Revolutionary Guard — vowed to strike back.
"The criminals will soon get the response for their inhuman crimes," IRNA quoted him as saying.
But controlling the scrubland and arid hills along the southeastern borders is a huge challenge that has been out of Iran's reach.
Drug traffickers ferry opium and other narcotics through the cross-border badlands — a key source of income for the Taliban in Afghanistan and the ethnic Baluchi tribes that straddle the three-nation region and include members of Jundallah. Iran has pleaded for more international help to cut off the drug routes and criminal gangs.
Iran also has accused Jundallah of receiving support from al-Qaida and the Taliban, though some analysts who have studied the group dispute such a link.
"There is no evidence of outside help for Jundallah from wider militant networks," said Mustafa Alani, director of security and terrorism studies at the Gulf Research Center in Dubai. "It's a homegrown group that moves across the borders within fellow Baluchi tribes. It is very hard to control the border."
In an attempt to boost security in the region, Iran in April put the Revolutionary Guard directly in control of the Sistan-Baluchistan Province in Iran's southeastern corner.
The 120,000-strong Guard also controls Iran's missile program, guards its nuclear facilities and has its own ground, naval and air units.
The Revolutionary Guard led the blanket crackdown on dissident after Ahmadinejad's disputed re-election in June. But the attack Sunday appeared to have no link to the political showdowns.
State television accused Britain of supporting Jundallah, without providing any evidence.
The Revolutionary Guard blamed the attack on what it called the "global arrogance," a reference to the United States.
On the eve of talks about Tehran's nuclear program, Washington was quick to react.
State Department spokesman Ian Kelly said the United States condemned what he called an "act of terrorism." Reports of alleged U.S. involvement are "completely false," he said.
Iran's parliamentary speaker, Ali Larijani, told lawmakers that the bombing was aimed at further destabilizing the uneasy border region with Pakistan and Afghanistan.
"The intention of the terrorists was definitely to disrupt security in Sistan-Baluchistan Province," Larijani said.
Iranian officials summoned Pakistan's charge d'affairs in Tehran to lodge allegations that "terrorists" use bases in Pakistan to carry out attacks against Iran, IRNA reported.
In Quetta, Pakistan, police official Akbar Sanjrani said Iran had closed at least one border crossing. He said Iranian authorities did not give a reason for blocking the route, but Sanjrani speculated it was related to the bombing.
Pakistan's Foreign Office spokesman, Abdul Basit, also rejected Iranian claims that Jundallah's leader is in Pakistan.
"We are struggling to eradicate the menace of terrorism," Basit told Geo TV.
The group also has claimed responsibility for a February 2007 car bombing that killed 11 members of the Revolutionary Guard near Zahedan.
Despite Iran's claims of an al-Qaida link, Chris Zambelis, a Washington-based risk management consultant who has studied Jundallah, said in a recent article that there is no evidence al-Qaida is supporting the group. He does note, however, that the group has begun to use the kinds of suicide bombings associated with the global terror network.
"Jundallah's contacts with the Taliban are most likely based on jointly profiting from the illicit trade and smuggling as opposed to ideology," Zambelis wrote in the July issue of West Point's CTC Sentinel.
Associated Press writer Abdul Sattar in Quetta, Pakistan, contributed to this report. Murphy reported from Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
I thought Bosnia was supposed to be a shining example of a modern secular European Muslim state? From The Telegraph Bosnia is heading for a new civil war as a constitutional crisis threatens to cause the collapse of the political system, the country's leaders have warned.
The crisis centres on attempts to overhaul the constitution which was imposed on the country in 1995 in the wake of the war.
Since then Bosnia has been made up of two semi-independent entities – the Serbs' Republika Srpska and the Muslim-Croat Federation.
The two are linked with weak central institutions whose functioning is often obstructed by ethnic rivalries.
Serb groups claim attempts to streamline the complex government system are designed to undermine their position and absorb them into stronger central state.
Milorad Dodik, the Bosnian Serb prime minister, has described constitutional changes as "unnecessary and unacceptable".
Sulejman Tihic, the leader of Bosnia's largest Bosnian Muslim party, said he fears that a new war could be looming.
"If it continues to go on like this, there is no question there will be conflict. It's just a question of what kind of conflict there will be, and is it going to be in three months, six months or one year?," he said.
Bosnia-Hercegovina is still recovering from the devastating three-year war which followed the break-up of Yugoslavia in the early 1990s.
The conflict centred on whether Bosnia should stay in the Yugoslav Federation, or whether it should become independent.
The war left Bosnia's infrastructure and economy in tatters. Around two million people – about half the population – were displaced.