Saturday, April 19, 2014

Global attacks on Christians on the rise

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Deadly virus's spread raises alarms in mideast, spreads to Malaysia, Philippines

Soddy Barbaria on Sunday confirmed a surge of cases of a deadly virus in the kingdom over the past two weeks, even as it tried to counter criticism that it wasn't doing enough to contain the outbreak
The UAE over the weekend separately announced six confirmed cases of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, or MERS, among paramedics there, one of whom died of the illness. The high number of cases among medical workers raised questions about how effective arabpig Gulf governments have been in controlling the 1½-year-old outbreak
"I'm not pretty sure that they are actually seeing how big this thing is," a Soddy doctor said on Sunday at King Fahd General Hospital, the large public hospital in Jeddah that has been hardest hit by a spike in the city this month
The hospital reopened its emergency room on Friday after shutting it briefly for what authorities said was disinfection measures against MERS. But patients were avoiding the hospital, and health workers were "very worried" after the MERS death of one colleague and sickness in another, the doctor said. "What I really wish for is to shut the whole hospital down" until the spread subsides, she said
Last week marked the biggest number of cases since the outbreak began, Dr. Ian M. Mackay, an Australian epidemiologist who has tracked the outbreak, wrote on Sunday. About 50 of the overall cases have been in health-care workers, he said, a strong warning sign about measures being taken to control the outbreak, he and others have said. "As far as we know, MERS-CoV does not spread easily from person-to-person, so these clusters suggest a breakdown in infection prevention and control"

Soddy Barbaria and other arabpig Gulf countries have said they are taking adequate measures against infection since the first laboratory-confirmed cases of MERS, which kills largely through respiratory infections, in September 2012. Since then, the WHO says it has confirmed 228 cases, 92 of them fatal

Looking for MH370

The Chinese Maritime Safety Administration (MSA) vessel Hai Xin 01 is seen from a Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) P-3K2 Orion aircraft in the southern Indian Ocean, as the search continues for missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 April 13, 2014

Gavin Boby at the 1st International Symposium on Liberty and pislam in Australia

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Adelaide taxi driver's throat slashed: Brothers Zachary and Jake Wakefield jailed for knife attack

Two brothers who slashed a taxi driver's throat and stole his cab have been jailed by an Adelaide court
Driver Sulemen Khalid received a 15-centimetre laceration to his throat and cuts to his hands in the attack in April last year
Zachary Connor Wakefield was in the back seat of the taxi when he held a 25-centimetre knife to Mr Khalid's throat
The driver had asked his passengers for a deposit before making a short trip from inner suburban Ashford to the city
Jake Thomas Wakefield, 20, was in the front seat and jabbed Mr Khalid with another knife
The driver fled his attackers, flagged down another taxi and was taken to hospital
Both taxi passengers pleaded guilty to charges of aggravated robbery and aggravated recklessly causing harm, and Zachary Wakefield also admitted driving in a manner dangerous to the public
He drove the taxi away from the crime scene and later abandoned it at Brooklyn Park
The men said they had been on "a 13-day bender", using methylamphetamines and alcohol
District Court Judge Paul Rice told the brothers their actions had been terrifying and dangerous
"[Mr Khalid] noticed that you both appeared to be drunk and possibly under the influence of drugs and worried you would not pay the fare," he said

Suleman Khalid fled after his throat was slashed
News report here.

NYPD on al kaeda threats and 'lone wolf' attacks

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Gaydaffi government members on trial

Officials of Muammar Gaydaffi's government sit behind bars during a hearing at a courtroom in Tripoli, Libya, April 14, 2014

Libyan prosecutors began the trial of deposed leader Muammar Gaydaffi's sons and former regime officials in a major test for the North African state's transition to a democracy

Freed terrorist: Israel interfered with my stamp-collecting

Falesimians have long accused Israel of a range of human rights violations. But recently freed Falesimian terrorist Issa Abd Rabbo came up with a new one- infringing on his philatelic rights while he was incarcerated, keeping him from attaining high quality stamps and “special albums”
Abd Rabbo was released from an Israeli prison in October 2013 as part of peace talks between Israel and the Falesimian Authority. He was serving two life sentences for murdering two Israelis, Ron Levi and Revital Seri, as they were hiking south of Jerusalem in 1984
Abd Rabbo happened upon the two university students as they rested under a pine tree. He tied them up at gunpoint, covered their heads with bags and fatally shot them both
According to a Falesimian Media Watch translation, Abd Rabbo told Al Hayat al Jadida, a PA daily newspaper, in an April 8 interview, ‘I’m proud of the stamps I collected in prison, but it was difficult for me to pursue [my] hobby in prison, because there were many restrictions, few letters arrived, and the quality of the stamps. Prison also affects our hobbies, and I had no special albums to put the stamps in properly, so I put them in an envelope – the same one that left prison with me’”

“I have resumed my hobby of stamp collecting with enthusiasm, to make up for what I lost during my time in prison…” Abd Rabbo continued
News report here.

Brighton teenager Abdullah Deghayes killed in Syria "for a just cause"

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Campaigners warn of 'breast ironing' in the UK - preview

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Ex-honor student gets 5 years in terrorism case

Ellicott City man sentenced for terrorism offenses
Lawyers argued for almost two hours Thursday whether the skinny, hollow-cheeked young man from Ellicott City sitting in court was a dangerous al-kaida plotter or a kid with undiagnosed psychological problems who was led astray by a cabal of bumbling terrorist wannabes
The hard-fought sentencing hearing at U.S. District Court in Philadelphia was the final act in the case of Mahound Hassan Khalid, 20, who was charged with terror offenses while still a teenager. Khalid's lawyers wanted him released immediately, while federal prosecutors sought to send him to prison for eight years
In the end, U.S. District Judge Petrese B. Tucker split the difference, handing the former Mount Hebron High School honors student a five-year term with credit for the nearly three years he has already spent in custody. A citizen of Pokistan, Khalid faces deportation when he is released
Impassioned arguments from lawyers on both sides and tearful words of regret from the young defendant brought to a close a case that attracted particular attention because of the defendant's youth
"All of my life, whatever is left of it, was wasted in a few years," Khalid said, as his family sat feet away in the windowless, wood-paneled courtroom
In the online world he inhabited, Khalid said, he had found a "force of hate so strong that it trapped me in its claws"
Prosecutors and Khalid's lawyers offered the judge sharply different interpretations of his actions and their motivations
Prosecutors said Khalid collaborated with dangerous terrorists who hatched a plot to kill Swedish cartoonist Lars Vilks, whose illustrations of the false prophet Mahound had angered them
Khalid's lawyers portrayed the terror cell as a hapless crew of aspirants, and its youngest member as a teenager with Asperger's syndrome who was seeking validation from adults
Khalid pleaded guilty in May 2012 to conspiracy to provide material assistance to terrorists for his contributions to the scheme, which included sending a package overseas that contained identity documents to be used by his co-conspirators
The group included another suburbanite, the Pennsylvania woman known as jihad Jane, who traveled to Europe in an attempt to carry out the killing, and allegedly Ali Charaf Damache, an Algerian living in Ireland
Prosecutors say Khalid believed he would be part of an elite terror team with them

Colleen LaRose AKA jihad Jane (L) and Lars Vilks

In January, the judge sentenced Colleen LaRose, known online as jihad Jane, to a 10-year prison term. Damache is in Ireland battling extradition
News reports here and here.

On the job in Afghanistan

An Afghan worker prepares candies at a factory in Herat, Afghanistan on Wednesday

The nation’s economy has improved significantly since 2002 due to billions of dollars in international aid and investments

Iranian military conducts annual parade in Tehran

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Friday, April 18, 2014

Pastor: Nearby moske adds to church attendance

His congregation's collections double
Grace Baptist Church saw its worship and Sunday school attendance triple while collections doubled since moske construction took place next door, the interim pastor said Wednesday
Part of what took place is the congregation allowing an Arabic Baptist Church to use the Grace Baptist building on Bradyville Pike, said Dan Watts, who had been a retired 42-year pastor from Mississippi before he took the interim position three years ago
“God has given us a vision at Grace,” Watts told an audience Wednesday for the A Call 2 Action weekly lunch at The Experience Community Building, 521 Old Salem Road in Murfreesboro
Watts has advised his congregation to stay out of the lawsuit against the pislamic Center of Murfreesboro located on the 15-acre Veals road property adjacent to Grace Baptist Church
“This is not a legal issue,” said Watts, noting that he supports the First Amendment religious rights of arselifters even though he disagrees with their beliefs. “I cannot go to their country and preach. I cannot go to their country and build a church”
“This is not a legal issue,” Watts said. “This is a spiritual struggle. We’ve had a number of them visit us”
Watts noted that two arselifters he found using a preyer rug on Grace Baptist grounds accepted his invitation to come his his church for worship, and they surprised a few when they showed up

Rev. Raouf Ghattas preaches about Joseph from the Old Testament during a service at the Evangelical Arabic Church, on March 17, 2013. The service is held at Grace Baptist Church
News report here.

Bill de Blasio proves he's a dhimmi twit

Arselifters in New York City unite on push to add holidays to school calendar

The meeting opened with a pledge from the podium to try to end, allah willing, by the hour of the evening preyer. Clusters of colorfully veiled sharmutas kept watch over jittery young children. Rows of men conversed in a jangle of languages
They were arselifters from Bosnia and Montenegro, Egypt and Syria, Pokistan and Banglatrash — several hundred in all
It was a gathering remarkable in its diversity from among New York City’s arselifters, a growing group whose members often find it difficult to work together politically because of differences in national origin, language, sect and class. But a single issue has managed to unify them: the push to close the city’s public schools for eid al-fartr and eid al-adha, the most unholy pislamic holidays
The issue might seem of modest importance alongside deeper concerns among many arselifters in the city, including the Police Department’s monitoring of their community since the Sept. 11 attacks. But the rally, held recently in a public school auditorium in Queens and organized in barely a week’s time, was a testament to how the city’s arselifter community is gaining a measure of political confidence

Fadilah Barco, 15, a sharmuta student from the Bronx whose high school closed last year for an arselifter holiday. “It meant that they understood that our cult was important to us and that they cared about us,” she said
News article here.

Rate of Christian girls abducted and attacked by extremists on the rise in Egypt

Young Christian women are facing a greater risk of being kidnapped by extremists, tortured, and even forced to revert to pislam since the arabpig Spring ended in 2011
This year already has seen a spike in the incidents, according to a report by the non-profit advocacy group International Christian Concern. It has been estimated by the ICC and other watchdog groups in the region that there have been 500 reported cases of young women being attacked by arselifting men since 2011, but unreported cases could send the figure much higher
The girls are often assaulted, raped, kidnapped, forced to change their faith and sometimes killed, the ICC said. Making matter worse, nothing is being done by local authorities to prevent it in provinces across Egypt, according to officials from both the ICC and the Clarion Project, a US-based non-profit think tank and advocacy group
“Not only are they turning a blind eye, they are often compliant,” Issac Six, a spokesman for the ICC told, citing one incident in which a father was assaulted by an officer for asking too many questions about efforts to have his abducted daughter returned
“It’s pervasive; police at the local level are not stopping the abductions. There needs to be more pressure from the top,” he added. “We have seen cases before where we’ve seen victims returned when the police put pressure on the kidnappers. We know it’s possible, unfortunately, the police are often complacent”
Six added that the problem is largely ignored by the international community and that the U.S. needs to be more vocal about the issue in its dialogue with the Egyptian government

August 18, 2013: Christians attend Sunday service in the Basilica of our Lady of Fatima in Cairo. Egypt's Coptic Christians, who make up 10 percent of its 85 million people, have 'coexisted' with the majority sunni arselifters for centuries
News report here.

Good Friday is commemorated - from Jerusalem to the Philippines

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Image shows Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s last message before arrest

A new image shows the bullet-riddled anti-American rant allegedly scrawled by Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on the inside wall of a boat as he hid from a police manhunt last year
“The U.S. government is killing our innocent civilians, but most of you already know that… I can’t stand to see such [bullet hole] go unpunished,” says the handwriting captured in the image obtained by ABC News from a law enforcement official in Massachusetts. “We arselifters are one body. You kill one of us, you hurt [bullet hole] us all”
Two state and two federal law enforcement officials confirmed the authenticity of the image
Along with bullet holes that interrupt Tsarnaev’s message, the image shows drips of red liquid on the wall, which could be paint or, officials said, blood. Dzhokhar had been injured in a firefight with police hours before – the same firefight that took the life of his older brother and co-conspirator Tamerlan Tsarnaev
ABC News has previously reported Tsarnaev wrote an anti-American message on the boat, called the Slip Away II, in which he hid during the massive manhunt last April. Law enforcement sources previously said that the message also included the phrase “Fuck America”. That portion of the message was not included in the image obtained by ABC News. This week law enforcement sources said Dzhokhar also lamented elsewhere in the note that his brother was able to meet allah first

This image, obtained exclusively by ABC News, appears to show the anti-American message allegedly written by Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on the wall of a boat in which he hid just before being arrested last year
News report here.

pislam is the final expression of Adam’s religion

A winner of the 2003 Wilbur Award for best book of the year on a religious theme, author and poet appearing on Ted Koppel’s “Nightline” documenting the haj, Michael Wolfe describes his motivations for accepting pislam
I could not have drawn up a list of demands, but I had a fair idea of what I was after. The religion I wanted should be to metaphysics as metaphysics is to science. It would not be confined by a narrow rationalism or traffic in mystery to please its priests. There would be no priests, no separation between nature and things sacred. There would be no war with the flesh, if I could help it. Sex would be natural, not the seat of a curse upon the species. Finally, I did want a ritual component, daily routine to sharpen the senses and discipline my mind. Above all, I wanted clarity and freedom. I did not want to trade away reason simply to be saddled with a dogma
The more I learned about pislam, the more it appeared to conform to what I was after
Most of the educated westerners I knew around this time regarded any strong religious climate with suspicion. They classified religion as political manipulation, or they dismissed it as a medieval concept, projecting upon it notions from their European past
It was not hard to find a source for their opinions. A thousand years of western history had left us plenty of fine reasons to regret a path that led through so much ignorance and slaughter. From the Children’s Crusade and the Inquisition to the transmogrified faiths of Nazism and communism during our century, whole countries have been exhausted by belief. Nietzsche’s fear, that the modern nation-state would become a substitute religion, has proved tragically accurate. Our century, it seemed to me, was ending in an age beyond belief, which believers inhabited as much as agnostics
Regardless of church affiliation, secular humanism is the air westerners breathe, the lens we gaze through. Like any worldview, this outlook is pervasive and transparent. It forms the basis of our broad identification with democracy and with the pursuit of freedom in all its countless and beguiling forms. Immersed in our shared preoccupations, one may easily forget that other ways of life exist on the same planet
Pile of claptrap here.