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These are all the Blogs posted on Saturday, 19, 2014.
Saturday, 19 April 2014
Vladimir Putin’s Middle Eastern Harvest

For those hoping to ignore the Middle East during Easter and Passover, I am the Grinch who will steal the holiday. Approximately 140,000 people have died in the three years of the horrible imbroglio in Syria. Russia, despite its weakness and the moral bankruptcy of its foreign policy, has reaped a harvest of consistency and single-mindedness. It has entirely and unwaveringly supported the Bashar Al-Assad regime, used its status as a permanent United Nations Security Council member to veto any opposing resolution, and has provided superior weaponry to the Syrian government in its war against the atomized majority of its countrymen. Russia ignores European and American disapproval and does what’s necessary to maintain its Mediterranean naval base at the Syrian port of Tartus, and pretends to continue as a rival to the power of the United States Sixth Fleet in the Mediterranean.

The conduct of the United States has been much harder to follow and justify. It started with Hillary Clinton infamously referring to Assad as “a reformer.” It then morally supported the dissidents because they were clearly the majority, and because the overthrow of Assad would assure the end of the Iranian pipeline of assistance to Hezbollah and even, up to a point, of Hamas, curtailing the terrible mischief they have inflicted on Lebanon and Israel. But the United States declined to arm the Syrian rebels with the anti-aircraft capability they needed, though such weapons were entirely defensive, for three reasons: The U.S. government was afraid that these weapons would fall into the hands of Sunni extremists; was mesmerized by what it considered to be the more important relationship with Russia (a relationship that has proven to be entirely antagonistic and based on Russian leader Vladimir Putin’s correct calculation that American appeasement could be secured at no cost); and, because the American public, after 10 years, $2-trillion, and more than 50,000 casualties, was averse to any involvement in another Middle Eastern war.

The only provocation that could apparently motivate the United States to intervene was Assad using poison gas on his own citizens. When this was done, President Barack Obama announced that he would punish Assad, deployed American warships in a position to fire cruise missiles at the Syrians, and then abdicated the constitutionally assigned position of commander-in-chief to the Congress. And when the legislators appeared likely to deny any authority to attack Syria, despite Secretary of State John Kerry’s assurance that such action would be “unbelievably small” (and therefore probably not too onerous a deterrent or punishment), Obama grasped pathetically at Putin’s offered straw of supervision of Syrian surrender of the poison gas stocks to Russia.

The U.S. is checkmated — Assad continues as a Soviet and Iranian puppet and his principal opponents are jihadists and terrorist-supporting organizations, and over 2.5 million Syrians (more than 10% of the country’s population), are refugees in a pitiful condition. The United States is complicit, though only through passivity and negligence, in all that has gone wrong, but has no dog in the hunt for advantage.

Turkey, Qatar, and Saudi Arabia have all sponsored rebel factions in the Syrian civil war. Saudi Arabia is in a regional struggle for influence with Iran, which is in part a Sunni-Shiite intra-Muslim conflict, and does not forget the efforts of the fundamentalist groups in the region to overthrow the Saudi royal family in the 1980s. (The Saudi government is essentially a joint venture between the House of Saud and the Wahhabi establishment, lubricated by vast amounts of Danegeld paid to the propagation of Wahhabi fundamentalist views around the Muslim world). Turkey and Qatar have been less discriminating and the Turks have supported the Syrian Muslim Brotherhood and Qatar the local Salafist militias. Both countries are committed to Assad’s downfall but have maintained their relations with Iran. The scheming and conspiring is endless and constant, in all directions and by all sides, as can only happen in the Middle East.

Syria has earned Iran’s loyal support because it has continued through thick and thin to be a conduit to Hezbollah. The Iranians have been steady suppliers of weapons, artificially low-price oil, and extensive military training for Assad’s para-militaries and even regular forces.

With the United States having done a U-turn retreat, Russia and Iran appear strong enough to keep Assad in office and with authority over more of Syria than anyone else. In general, Assad benefits from greater assistance and a severely divided opposition. The attempts to unite the various Syrian opposition groups have failed, and it is all terribly confused because of murky or obscure differences and terminological subtleties, as in the withdrawal, three months ago, of the Syrian National Council from the Syrian National Coalition. Many of the more moderate forces (great caution should be used in applying that word anywhere in the Middle East), are now awaiting events, fatigued by ineffective internecine combat. It is hard to figure out who is in the Free Syrian Army, Supreme Military Council, and the Syrian Revolutionaries’ Front and where each ends and the other begins. The Islamic Front, with around 50,000 part-time fighters, seems one of the stronger and more coherent entities and seeks an Islamic state with shariah law. Al-Qaeda’s local affiliate, Jabhat al-Nusra, is a more disciplined but smaller organization, and has been more careful than most about collateral damage.

In regional terms, the reduction of Syria to chaos and the quick defeat of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, where it had been the 900-pound gorilla in the room for 60 years, makes life easier for Israel, a lightening of the horizon mitigated only by the American and international feebleness in response to the Iranian nuclear program. But the takeaway message on Syria is that in all of the circumstances, awful though the Assads were and disreputable and unacceptably motivated though their Iranian and Russian sponsors are, it is not clear that an objectively preferable alternative with a practical chance of success really exists.

This seems to be the message of much of the Arab world. There has been little democratic or civic tradition, mainly only despotic regimes relying on military and police force to prevent disintegration promoted by subsets of radical Islam. While it makes a complete mockery of most of George W. Bush’s crusade for democracy and of most of the joyous ululations in the early phases of the Arab Spring, the incapacitation of the Arab powers has reduced the level of exported political mischief in the world, and, one would hope that civil conflict on this scale will eventually cause more sophisticated standards of civic governance to become a widespread ambition.

Iran is obviously close to a nuclear capability and if it so arms itself, Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Egypt will do the same, and it will probably then be only a matter of time before at least a small nuclear weapon gets into the hands of terrorists and is detonated, when the perpetrators have a reasonable comfort level that they can maintain anonymity. Attacks by another country on Israel are unlikely, as the retaliation would be overwhelming and Israel’s anti-missile defences are so sophisticated, the extent of first-strike damage could not be assumed. What is needed is a general agreement between major countries to keep nuclear weapons out of completely irresponsible hands, as the existing Non-Proliferation Agreement is a Swiss cheese of hypocrisy; and for identification of failed states and intervention in them by international organizations to prevent them turning into breeding grounds for terrorism as Afghanistan, Yemen, Somalia and Sudan did.

Given Russia’s domestic terror problems, amply publicized at the recent winter Olympics, it should be possible to deal with the Kremlin on this issue, but it hasn’t been so far. Largely lost sight of are the facts that there has been some progress in the Muslim world. Iraq, Tunisia, and Libya may be better off than they were before their upheavals. Morocco, Jordan, Turkey, the Emirates, and even in an odd way, Saudi Arabia, some of the other Gulf states, and the eastern Muslims, especially Indonesia and Malaysia, have shown some aptitude for self-governance and economic growth. But for better or worse, almost none of the Muslim world seems susceptible to useful outside intervention, and none of the traditional great or even regional powers seem to have any aptitude to intervene effectively.

It does not come naturally to the West to put on the airs of good government given how most countries have been mismanaged recently, but waiting for the Muslim world even to achieve our unsatisfactory levels of responsible public policy could be a very protracted and frustrating process.

First published in the National Post.

Posted on 04/19/2014 4:52 AM by Conrad Black
Saturday, 19 April 2014
State schools isolate non-Muslims

From the Telegraph

Schools in Birmingham are illegally segregating pupils, discriminating against non-Muslim students and restricting the GCSE syllabus to “comply with conservative Islamic teaching”, an official report leaked to The Telegraph discloses.

Department for Education inspectors said that girls in a school at the centre of the so-called “Trojan Horse” plot were forced to sit at the back of the class, some Christian pupils were left to “teach themselves” and an extremist preacher was invited to speak to children.

The report, into three schools in the city, follows weeks of controversy over the alleged plot to “Islamise” secular schools in Birmingham and will lead to calls for intervention. The report focuses on Park View School and its sister schools, Golden Hillock and Nansen, the only primary of the three. Inspectors found that Park View practised forced and discriminatory sex segregation and has “restricted” GCSE subjects “to comply with conservative Islamic teaching”.

Core elements of the GCSE syllabus were missed out as “un-Islamic” and an extremist preacher with known al-Qaeda sympathies and anti-Semitic views was invited to speak with children. At Golden Hillock, there was discrimination against non-Muslims, the report found. Its handful of Christian students “have to teach themselves” in one GCSE subject after the teacher “concentrated on the students who were doing the Islamic course”.

At Nansen, Year 6 children, aged 10 and 11, received no teaching at all in the arts, humanities or music. 

The document, classified “official-sensitive”, describes the results of inspections of the schools last month by officials from the DfE. All three are supposedly non-faith schools run by the Park View Educational Trust.

Mr Alam and the school have furiously denied the claims as “fictitious”, “Islamophobic” and a “witch-hunt”.

However, the leaked report substantiates many of the claims made against the school. It accuses Park View of 20 separate breaches of the law, the schools’ funding agreement with the DfE, and the Academy Schools Handbook.

The inspectors found that, contrary to its denials, Park View did practise forced and discriminatory gender segregation, with “boys sitting towards the front of the class and girls at the back or around the sides”.

The school has always claimed that any separation of the sexes was voluntary. However, the report says: “Students told us they were required to sit in the places which they were given by teachers.” This constituted “non-compliance with the Equality Act” and potentially “less favourable treatment for girls”. There was entirely separated teaching, in separate rooms, for some subjects, the report says.

The small number of Christian or non-Muslim pupils also suffered discrimination, the report says.

At Golden Hillock, five Christian students in Year 11 “have to teach themselves” in one GCSE subject, religious education, because the teacher gave all his or her time “to the students who are doing the Islamic course”.

Sheikh Shady al-Suleiman, an extremist preacher who “is known to extol... the stoning of homosexuals, anti-Semitic views [and is] sympathetic to al-Qaeda”, was invited to address students at Park View, the inspectors found.

The core curriculum at the two secondary schools had been Islamised, with GCSE subjects “restricted to comply with conservative Islamic teaching”.

Children told the inspectors that in biology the teacher “briefly delivered the theory of evolution to comply with the syllabus”, but told students that “this is not what we believe”. In biology, the inspectors also found that “topics such as body structure and the menstrual cycle were not covered in class, though pupils needed them for the GCSE exam . . . students told us that as Muslims they were not allowed to study matters such as reproduction with the opposite sex”. At Park View, a “madrassah curriculum” was followed in personal, health and social education, the report said. . . 

Though all the schools are supposed to be secular, the inspectors said they were not sufficiently welcoming to those of other faiths or no faith, with students at Park View encouraged to “begin and end each lesson with a prayer” and loudspeakers used to “broadcast the call for prayer across the school”. 

Female staff at the schools were discriminated against, the report says. “One of the senior leaders [at Nansen] interviewed reported that she had never met a governor or been invited to a governing body meeting, although the male senior leader with similar responsibilities was invited to every meeting”.

At Golden Hillock, three members of staff told inspectors that governors were “rude to women and dismissive of their input” and that some governors “will not shake the hands of female senior leaders”.

The report makes clear that Park View’s most senior female leader, the non-Muslim executive headteacher, Lindsey Clark, had been reduced to a figurehead, marginalised to the extent that she “was unaware of the names of some of the more recent appointments to the senior leadership team” at her own school. Last week, Mrs Clark retired.

All three schools were in reality run by Mr Alam, who had an “inappropriate day-to-day role in the running of the schools” and who received undeclared four-figure payments from them as a “consultant”, the report states.

At Nansen the deputy headteacher, Razwan Faraz, “was appointed deputy only three years after [achieving] qualified teacher status”, the report says. No references from outside the schools were taken up for him. As The Telegraph revealed last month, Mr Faraz, the brother of a convicted terrorist, is the administrator of a group of teachers, governors and school consultants called Educational Activists which pursues what he calls an “Islamising agenda” in Birmingham schools. 

Posted on 04/19/2014 1:12 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
Saturday, 19 April 2014
Robert Redeker: For Many On The Left, The (Muslim) Immigrant Is The New Proletariat

Robert Redeker is the teacher in France who, after receiving death threats from Muslims, had to leave his post.

He has been trying to explain -- to himself, first of all -- why there was so little protest, why so many seem determined to ignore the teachings Islam inculcuates, and the observable behavior of Muslims in France and elsewhere in Europe.

You can read his article here.

Posted on 04/19/2014 5:33 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Saturday, 19 April 2014
Rahul Gandhi Can't Get His Side Of History Right

Rahul Gandhi, last and possibly least of the Nehruvian dynasty, is in a panic over the appeal of Narendra Modi of the BJP. In his latest offering, in Assam State, Gandhi charged that Modi wanted to divide people, just the way the British did when, claims Rahul Gandhi, they arrived and set the Muslims and the Hindus against each other. Apparently several centuries of Muslim rule, and tens of millions of Muslim victims (see the historian K. S. Lal), and of destroyed temples and temple complexes (see the volumes of Sita Ram Goel merely listing those sites), not only Hindu but Jain and Buddhist as well -- none of that matters. It was the British who allowed the Hindus of India to rediscover, without fear, their own history, their own Sanskrit texts -- Ibn Warraq has several good chapters on this role of the British in India in his "Defense of the West."

Here is Gandhi's speech, showing he doesn't know, or doesn't want to let on, that he knows the true history of India, and of the British freeing of the Hindus from the consequences of Muslim rule, to be replaced by far milder colonial rule. One expects a writer such as Okkidental Dalrymple --that is,William Dalrymple, the Barbara Cartland of Mughal India -- to get things wrong. But what's Rahul Gandhi's excuse?

Posted on 04/19/2014 9:51 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Saturday, 19 April 2014
Non-EU Doctors Can Be a Risk for Patient Safety, Research Says

From Liberty GB via email:

The recent news that doctors trained outside the EU perform remarkably worse than others on key exams and performance reviews has created fears and lack of trust in doctors.

This is the result of a study commissioned by the General Medical Council and carried out by the University College London and University of Cambridge, published in the British Medical Journal - the most rigorous study to date – , and a research by Durham University also published in the BMJ.

Non-EU-trained doctors make up a quarter of the NHS medical workforce. We’ve repeatedly – in fact, whenever there is a debate on immigration - been told how immigration has been the saviour of the NHS, which couldn’t be run without foreign doctors. And now scientific studies show that these same doctors, in a high percentage of cases, represent a risk for patients’ safety.

According to the new research, more than 80 per cent of NHS doctors trained abroad do worse than the average British doctor in exams to join the professional bodies for GPs and hospital doctors, and half of them would fail the tests passed by British doctors.

More than 88,000 foreign-trained doctors are registered to work in Britain, including 22,758 from Europe. They account for approximately two thirds of those struck off each year. The country with the largest number of doctors removed or suspended from the medical register is India, followed by Nigeria and Egypt.

“We have no idea about the medical schools they come from and inevitably they’re going to be very varied,” said Professor Chris MacManus, who led the UCL study. He also commented: “There is no real mechanism for checking that doctors coming from outside Britain have been trained to the same level as British doctors.”

The UCL’s findings have been made public now – despite the fact that the GMC working party was due to report later this year – in order to defend an allegation that the GMC was racist in marking the exams of foreign doctors.

The British Association of Physicians of Indian Origin launched a judicial review claiming the GMC failed too many foreign doctors in GP tests. But a High Court judge ruled against it this month after seeing the UCL’s report.

Prof McManus said: “We’ve been through the figures with a fine-toothed comb and there is simply nothing to show that examiners are being racist.”

It’s the same old story: fears of accusations of racism – along with problems of staffing an overstretched NHS - trump everything, including the safety of patients. Will something be done now, after the GMC-commissioned research showed more wide-ranging inadequacies than expected? The language skills have also been questioned.

Various medical authorities are now claiming that the pass mark that enables foreign-trained doctors to work in Britain should be raised “in the interests of patient safety”.

Isn’t interesting that this is what the Liberty GB party, contesting the 22 May European Elections in the South East, was already writing in early 2013 in its manifesto? One of its policies is:

“Rigorously test foreign doctors before licensing them to practice in the UK. Foreign trained doctors are statistically more liable to malpractice and incompetence.”

Posted on 04/19/2014 5:10 PM by Rebecca Bynum
Saturday, 19 April 2014
News Of The Muslim Week In Review
From that most useful site, MEMRITV,org, here.
Posted on 04/19/2014 10:49 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Saturday, 19 April 2014
A Warm Exchange Of Views

Though a clip showing part of this televised contretemps is part of MEMRI's Week In Review, it deserves to be seen in full.

Here.

There's no need for the Western world to accommodate, to solemnly analyze, to take seriously such people. It's a waste of time. Other comments, and a useful link back to NER, here.

Posted on 04/19/2014 10:57 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Saturday, 19 April 2014
Khaled Abu Toameh: "Palestinians" Against Everything
Khaled Abu Toameh discusses the protest against a classical Indian dance troupe, which made the mistake of performing before an audience in Tel Aviv, here.
Posted on 04/19/2014 11:51 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Saturday, 19 April 2014
A Ridiculous Waste Of Money, So Like Qatar's World Cup Preparations, Not To Be Discouraged

Edifice complex, Saudi-style, here.

Posted on 04/19/2014 12:32 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Saturday, 19 April 2014
Sursum Corda?, Or, Easter In Iraq

A million Arabic-speaking Christians from Iraq -- some may call them, not quite accurately, Arab Christians, or Christian Arabs -- have left Iraq in the past decade. Little attention has been given to this, or to the other exoduses, of Copts from Egypt (now saved by Sisi), of Greek Orthodox and Armenians and Latin Catholics from Syria now that their Alawite protectors cannot be everywhere at once, of Maronites and Greek Orthodox, in a slow drip over the past century, from Lebanon. And Christians to the manner born, or the handful of converts to Christianity from Islam, are under steady assault in Algeria, in Pakistan, in Libya, in Yemen, everywhere that Muslims decide to act according to what the Qur'an and Hadith teach them.

Handfuls of articles, in the evangelical press, and more recently, at those web-sites most mindful and single-minded about  covering the meaning and menace of Islam, do mention what is happening to Christians in the Muslim-dominated lands, especially in the Arab Middle East.. But not all of those sites are appealing in their presentation, able to sway the doubtful and the as-yet-unconvinced, and some are marred by carelessness, self-promotion, tendentiousness, false as well as true charges, and this makes it easier not to heed them. And elsewhere, in the press called mainstream, very little, not nearly enough.

Why?

Posted on 04/19/2014 2:24 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Saturday, 19 April 2014
A Cinematic Musical Interlude: Love Is Strange (from "Lipstick On Your Collar")
Watch, and listen, here.
Posted on 04/19/2014 12:36 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Saturday, 19 April 2014
Un Inédit De Samuel Beckett?

One sheet of white paper, folded into four but upon opening seen to be of A4 (European) size, found fluttering on the ground on Martin Street, in Cambridge Mass., apparently just after a large pile of books were seen being carefully taken out of the back seat of a car and brought up the front steps and into a large grey house said to belong to C. Ricks et ux. Was this perhaps  the colllection of books that Beckett himself, too stunned not to comply with the shameless request of C. Ricks to inscribe, seriatim, an entire suitcase full of books he, Ricks, had brought with him to their first meeting, had signed one by one and, in so doing, had so colossally envalued them?

It's not hard to imagine that the books in question had finally, the other day, been taken on a little outing to an auction house, possibly as far as New York, for an estimate of what they might bring. Nor is it hard to imagine that, in signing those books decades ago, Beckett might  --- by way of a special future treat for his cheeky guest -- have slipped a holographic version of the beginning of a play he never finished, or possibly of the entire play, and that the slip of paper, folded into four, had simply gone unnoticed because all attention was given by the fond owner of the collection to the inscriptions on the first free end-paper of every book, and what might have been thrust by SB deliberately deep into one of them, so as to be discovered, if at all, only much later, could have escaped his notice. Such things have happened before.

Here is what that A4 sheet, folded into fours, had written on it: 

 P Then Q [underlined]

followed by

Personne. Quelqu'un.

And that's it. That's the all of it.

If P Then Q appears to be the tentative title. But what about Personne. Quelqu'un.? Is that a list of the dramatis personae, or is it possibly the whole play, in Beckett's most minimalist manner?  And whether it is or is not the whole of the play, based on the evidence we do have, where does this work fit into Beckett's oeuvre? Is this a case of Beckett's Last Work being Beckett's Last Laugh a play never performed but nonetheless a performance for which scholars must still be kind, and eke out his performance with their mind?

This calls for a Call For Papers. Papers to be delivered at a conference on the subject, to be held, possibly, either at Jesus College, Cambridge or at Magdalen College, Oxford. The exact date should not be fixed before fellowships have been awarded to, and thoroughly enjoyed by, at least a Baker's dozen of Beckett scholars to study that page, from every conceivable angle -- from early to late Beckett, from Whoroscope and SB's chapter in Our Examination Round His Factifictation For Incamination Of Work In Progress, to middle-period Molloy, Krapp's Last Tape, Watt, Waiting For Godot, and the recently-published Correspondence, especially SB's letters and notes to Avigdor Arikha. And then the Influences on P Then Q have to be tracked down, from those that early repelled (as Joyce's too-much-of-a-muchness),and those that attracted (as Samuel Johnson's Vanity of Human Wishes). And finally perhaps someone might wish to consider the possibility that Beckett was letting loose a depth charge that, hidden at first from view, was meant to go off only when come across much later  --  a statement, perhaps,expressing just a little resentment, about The Professor And The Writer, about The Hunter And His Prey.

There's so much to ponder, so much to write, so much to tease out from that handful of words on that single A4 sheet, a pocket Lacon with its deep-pocketed unplumbed depths.

Not a minute to lose for that small army of scholars, waiting in the wings. Else What Are The Humanities For?

For best results, the fellowships awarded ought to be at least as generous as those that have supported the work of Stephen Greenblatt, and ideally used to pay for a year of uninterrupted perambulatory thought, through the long lacustrine allees, at Bellagio, on the placid shores of the Lago di Como. But if Bellagio is booked, something in the Aspen Institute line will do.

Posted on 04/19/2014 2:50 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Saturday, 19 April 2014
A Boy From Brighton, Fighting In The Path Of Allah

You can read, and also read between the lines, here.

His uncle was held at Guantanamo, until released back into the wilds of Tripoli.

His father says that he died as a martyr, wanting to help people. He died fi sabil Allah, in the Path of God -- that is, fighting to defeat those deemed the enemies of Islam, the Infidels. ,

Posted on 04/19/2014 7:07 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Saturday, 19 April 2014
Zev Liron And Itzhak Biran, For Example
Posted on 04/19/2014 7:24 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Saturday, 19 April 2014
A breath of fresh air

A nice antidote from yesterday. Easter Saturday in an English bluebell wood.

Posted on 04/19/2014 8:18 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
Saturday, 19 April 2014
A Patriot's Day Quiz: Only Connect

Why, when putting Worcestershire Sauce into the lobster bisque you are making, might you be put in mind of Akbar, the third, and greatest, Mughal ruler in India?

I am, uncontrollably, and once you learn the answer, you will, too.

Posted on 04/19/2014 9:41 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Saturday, 19 April 2014
Five men from Bradford and Sheffield in court on child sex charges

Yet another. I have not forgotten the case of the Peterborough men on trial at the Crown Court in Cambridge, but no newspaper is reporting it since the beginning of the month. According to the Court Lists that trial is still going on and I believe the girls have given their evidence. I have not heard that there is a reporting restriction so it may just be self censorship - lets think of  'community cohesion'. Yeah right. 

From the BBC and the Bradford Telegraph and Argus

Five men have appeared in court charged with child trafficking and sex offences in relation to a 13-year-old girl. All five were remanded in custody ahead of their next appearance at the Crown Court Sheffield on 28 April.

Shakeal Rehmen, 26, of Haworth Road, Bradford, has been charged with rape and trafficking the girl, who cannot be identified. Mohammed Shapal, 21, also of Haworth Road, and Yaseen Amini, 36, of Broadway, Bradford, have been charged with sexual activity with a child and trafficking.

Usman Ali, 20, of St Mary’s Road, Manningham, has been charged with sexual activity with a child.  Shakeal Rehmen, 26, of Rooley Lane, Bradford, is charged with rape and trafficking.

Mohammed Shapal, 21, of Haworth Road, Bradford, Usman Ali, 20, of St Mary's Road, Bradford, and Yaseen Amini, 36, of Lopham Street, Sheffield are all accused of sexual activity with a child.

No pleas have been entered yet to any of the charges.

The charges relate to the week-long disappearance of the girl from her home in Sheffield last summer which prompted a major operation by South Yorkshire Police assisted by the West Yorkshire force. The teenager was later found in Bradford city centre and returned to her family.

Posted on 04/19/2014 10:35 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax

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