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These are all the Blogs posted on Monday, 21, 2012.
Monday, 21 May 2012
In Memoriam: Robin Gibb

So farewell, then, Robin
Gibb, brother of the late
Maurice Gibb
Stayin' alive. That was your
Catch phrase. But not your
Strong point

© E. J. Gibb Thribb Throbb, aged 17¾

Posted on 05/21/2012 4:06 AM by Mary Jackson
Monday, 21 May 2012
Sister ‘saw parents kill teenager Shafilea Ahmed for bringing dishonour on family’

From The Yorkshire Post, The Guardian and The Telegraph

The sister of a Bradford-born schoolgirl who went missing nine years ago saw their parents kill her, a court heard today. Iftikhar and Farzana murdered their 17-year-old daughter because they believed she was bringing shame on the family by having regular contact with westernised boys against their wishes, the court heard.

Today, as her parents Iftikhar and Farzana Ahmed went on trial for murder, prosecutor Andrew Edis QC told Chester Crown Court they had killed her because she refused to obey them. Her parents controlled her so she didn't have freedom of movement, the court heard. She ran away from home in 2002 and early 2003, but always returned. In the year before she died, the prosecution said, her parents "embarked on a campaign of domestic violence and abuse directed at her and designed to force her to conform so that she behaved in a way that was expected".

Opening the case against the Ahmeds, Mr Edis told the jury of seven men and five women: “The defendants, having spent the best part of 12 months trying to really crush her, realised they were never going to be able to succeed and finally killed her because her conduct dishonoured the family, bringing shame on them.”

The court heard that Shafilea was "recaptured or abducted" by her father outside her school in February 2003 after she had run away from home. Shafilea, he said, was taken to Pakistan later in February 2003 and was "appalled" by the prospect of an arranged marriage to a man in rural Pakistan. She swallowed bleach at her grandparents' house in Pakistan as an act of self-harm or out of desperation. When she returned to the UK, she was taken to hospital as an emergency case and needed regular treatment on a stricture of her oesophagus.

Shafilia’s badly-decomposed body was found nearly five months later beside a river in the Lake District. Mr Edis said police carried out a lengthy investigation but failed to solve the mystery of her death.

However, in August 2010, Shafilia’s younger sister, Rukish, claimed she had been a witness to the killing. It was, said Mr Edis, the final piece in the puzzle. “Until that moment they had no direct evidence of murder,”
Rukish, who has since changed her name to Alesha, originally made the allegation to friends shortly after her sister’s disappearance. But she then retracted the claim and would not repeat it for another seven years.

She did so after being arrested for her part in a robbery at her parents’ home. Miss Ahmed, now 23, had been prosecuted over the crime and pleaded guilty.

Mr Edis told the jury: “You will have to decide whether you can really believe what she said or not. If she is telling the truth, she has lived for the last nine years under the most extraordinary circumstances. If she is telling the truth this whole family, since September 2003, has been living in extraordinary circumstances. What an extraordinary thing to say of your parents, if it is true, that you were there and watching them murder your sister.”

The prosecution alleges that her parents also withdrew money from her bank account that she'd saved from a part-time job.

The Ahmeds deny murder and the trial continues.

Alesha would have been aged 12 at the time. Was this robbery to retrieve money she felt belonged to her and which she feared the parents were witholding to make her also conform?
Posted on 05/21/2012 9:34 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
Monday, 21 May 2012
Brighton police release images of men wanted in connection with March for England violence

One month after the event police release CCTV photographs of persons wanted in connection with the attacks on the March for England St George's Day parade in Brighton last month. From the Argus

Pictures have been released of five people wanted by police investigating violence which flared during the March for England through Brighton last month.

A 10-year-old girl and two police officers were injured after bottles were hurled at the fifth annual nationalist gathering.

Sussex Police said there was a "considerable level of violence" directed at the 140 marchers and attempts were made to block them at several points along the route.

Mounted police were drafted in to maintain calm but Superintendent Steve Whitton said it was clear some people were intent on not protesting peacefully.

Apologists for the UAF, Antifa, the unions and the rest were denying that a child was hit. Had a child been hit by a flying bottle, they insisted it would have been reported in the Argus and mentioned by the police. That it was not in the immediate aftermath of the violence meant that. for them, it never happened.
I hope that now it is in the Argus, with photographs of people wanted for questioning, that they are prepared to believe the statements of people who were there under the barrage of bottles filled with urine, glass bottles pulled out of green and friendly 'community' re-cycling bins, dog and horse excrement picked up in plastic bags then thrown. 

Posted on 05/21/2012 4:46 PM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
Monday, 21 May 2012
German Iranian Rapper Shehin Najahi Learns You Don’t Invoke the 10th Imam Against the Islamic Republic

German Iranian Rapper Shehin Najahi

Source: Fox News

German Iranian-born rapper Shehin Najahi has more than 200,000 fans in the Islamic Republic.  He regularly uses the internet to criticize the corrupt Islamic Republic regime.  This time, he has gone too far. He’s reached out to  Ali al Hadi al-Naqi,  the 10th of the Twelver Imams murdered in 868 C.E. by poisoning on orders of the Abbasid Caliph, using scatological lyrics against the regime in Tehran. That earned him two death fatwas from Shiite clerics in the Islamic offering a bounty of more than $100,000 for Najahi’s killing.  That has sent him into hiding in Germany, while his protectors have called foul in the Federal Republic whose constitution allegedly protects free speech.  This has angered more than 100,000 ex-pat Iranians living in the Federal Republic.

Here are excerots from a Fox News report, "Iranian Rapper in hiding, but defiant after call for his death":

The Iranian-born rapper marked for death for insulting a ninth-century imam and criticizing Tehran's regime as corrupt is determined to press his message to young fans, according to the German author who hid Shahin Najafi in his home.

Najafi, whose song "Ay Naghi" brought two fatwas, or calls for his death, within days of its release on Facebook, will not be intimidated, though he knows he cannot perform live, according to Gunter Wallraff, a non-fiction writer who hid Najafi until German police found him and placed him in a safe house.

“On the contrary, he feels responsible to himself and to his many young followers, especially in Iran, not to give in,” Wallraff said in an exclusive interview with “The death threats show that this regime needs the image of an enemy because it can no longer offer any values and is therefore looking for helpless victims.”

Najafi, 32, who is a German citizen and has lived in Cologne, is a star in his homeland, where he has 200,000 fans on his Facebook page. He fled to Germany in 2005 after being sentenced to a hundred lashes and three years in jail. But his new song brought the ultimate sentence because it is considered an insult to a ninth-century Shiite imam, Ali al Hadi al-Naqi, also known as Imam Naghi. Shiites venerate al-Naqi, a direct descendant of the Prophet Muhammad. An Iranian website, Shia Online, has offered $100,000 to anyone who kills Najafi.

“We asked the foreign minister to make a statement of support for Shahin Najafi and for democratic Iranians who live here and to condemn the fatwa,” said Ulrike Becker, founder of Stop the Bomb, a European coalition that opposes Iran’s development of nuclear weapons. She referred to the fatwa as “a declaration of war against our values – our democracy.”

Najafi’s song calls on the revered Shia figure to come back and help the Iranians with problems like “hollow slogans” and “Chinese-made prayer rugs.”                            

The song, which is laced with profanity, includes the lyric: "I swear to you on bland and hollow slogans; Naghi, I swear on this shifting flocks of people; They say “Long Live” in the morning and “Death to” at night; On the heroes of fictional stories.”

        [. . .]


Najafi claims the regime wants to silence him because he deals with subjects that are taboo in puritanical Iran, such as sexuality, gays and drug addiction. He knows his career outlook is bleak.

“I can’t continue my work because a singer must appear in public," he told the paper. "I can’t do that anymore. I was advised to leave Cologne, but where should I go and how?”

Wahied Wahdat-Hagh, a senior fellow at the European Foundation for Democracy and one of Germany’s leading authorities on Iran, said fatwas can inhibit free speech far outside Iran's borders.

“This strategy is menacing the world,” said Wahdat-Hagh. “Fatwas are declaring war on the principles of free speech in the free world.”

This looks like another example of the long arm of Iranian Shiite Mahdist Blasphemy Codes threatening to silence what we consider protected speech under doctrine of the US Constitution. Shades of the late founder of the Islamic Republic Ayatollah Khomenei’s death threats against British Booker –prize winning author, Sir Salman Rushdie over his fourth novel, The Satanic Verses. We hope that German Iranian rapper Najafi  has similar protections under the German constitution, as he has now entered 24/7 federal police protection.

Posted on 05/21/2012 10:27 PM by Jerry Gordon

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