Sunday, June 29, 2014

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Friday, June 27, 2014

Breaking News: Ramadan to begin in UAE, Saudi Arabia from Sunday



UAE and Saudi authorities confirm holy month will begin on Sunday, June 29

JUST IN: Ramadan moon was not sighted in the UAE and Saudi Arabia on Friday evening so the holy month will begin in the UAE and Saudi Arabia from Sunday.
The Saudi Supreme Court has confirmed that the holy month of Ramadan moon was not sighted today (Friday) so tomorrow (Saturday) is the last day of Shaabaan and Ramadan will begin on Sunday, June 29.
The UAE moon sighting committee has also confirmed that the holy month will begin on Sunday, June 29.

Earlier Story:

Meetings of Ramadan moon sighting committees of the UAE and Saudi Arabia are underway in the two countries.
The meetings began after Maghrib prayer in the two Gulf countries.
An official announcement is expected after 9pm UAE time (5pm GMT).
Muslims have been asked to report sighting of the moon to the authorities concerned.
Most of the Arab, European, American and Canadian Muslims start the holy month with Saudi Arabia.
A number of reports have predicted that the holy month of Ramadan will begin from Sunday, June 29.
Meanwhile, there have been unconfirmed reports from Indonesia, Malaysia, Oman and Egypt that the holy month of Ramadan will begin from Sunday, June 29.
Sharjah Planetarium also said on June 19 that the start of the Holy month of Ramadan will fall on Sunday, June 29, 2014.
The crescent of the month of Ramadan 1435 AH born Friday, June 27th, 2014 at 12 o'clock and 8 minutes (local time) to the UAE and the sun sets on this day at 7 and 12 minutes and Wester Moon before sunset three minutes and at sunset the Age of Moon 7 hours and 4 minutes and its location under the western horizon and therefore impossible degree vision, Sharjah Planetarium had said.
A global Ramadan fasting map released by the Abu Dhabi-based International Astronomy Centre showed the average fasting hours during Ramadan, which starts towards the end of June, are as long as 15 hours in the UAE, Qatar, Bahrain and Kuwait.

http://www.emirates247.com/breaking-news-ramadan-to-begin-in-uae-saudi-arabia-from-sunday-2014-06-27-1.554555

Phone kill: Faulty charger electrocutes woman in Australia


Published time: June 27, 2014 07:29
Sheryl Aldeguer, 28 (Image from facebook.com)
Sheryl Aldeguer, 28 (Image from facebook.com)
A Filipino mother-of-two was killed while talking on a phone that was plugged into a faulty charger. The incident has been called a “wake-up call” by authorities who warned against the use of knock-offs as they pose a serious risk of electrocution.
Sheryl Aldeguer, 28, who had come to North Gosford, Australia to work as a nurse, was found dead in her apartment on April 23. Authorities have now established that she was electrocuted while speaking on a mobile phone which she had been charging. They believe charger was a faulty knock-off which released a sudden, high-voltage, electrical burst.

“The voltage seems to travel up through the faulty charger into her phone and she was wearing earplugs and also operating a laptop which was also plugged into a power point,” said Fair Trading representative from New South Wales Lynelle Collins to the Sydney Morning Herald.

The electricity then went down through the earplugs into the laptop and into the power point.

“Two-hundred-and-forty volts [then] traveled up into the phone, which obviously the phone isn’t designed to handle,” added Collins.

Aldeguer’s body was found by her friends a day after the incident. She had sustained burns to her chest and ears and it is thought that she died instantly.

Screenshot from Fairfax Media video
Screenshot from Fairfax Media video
Friends of Alderguer believe that the victim procured the charger from a mobile accessories outlet in Sydney. Australian authorities have raided the organization and seized all of the non-standard chargers that were on sale. They have also issued a warning to Australian consumers to steer clear of the faulty products because of the serious risk of fire and electrocution.

Fair Trading Commissioner Rod Stowe has urged all consumers to discard any non-standardized chargers and bend the prongs as a precautionary measure, so they cannot be used again.

“It's a wake-up call to people who buy cheap electronic products without realizing potential hazards,”
said Stowe. “If the deal's too good to be true, it usually is and it can prove fatal.”

He also advised people to avoid using mobile phones while they are charging because of the increased risk of electric shocks.

“It's not a good idea to actually use it while it's charging,” Stowe said. “We're probably all guilty from time to time [but] our experts advise that it's not a thing we should be doing.”

The crucial difference between standardized chargers and their cheaper knock-offs is the lack of insulation. Genuine products usually contain a number of layers of protection, while faulty ones will usually only have the bare minimum.

Last year a Chinese airhostess died of electrocution while talking on her iPhone while it was plugged in. A subsequent investigation into the incident revealed the charger she was using may have been a cheap knock-off that caused a sudden surge of electricity to overload the phone’s battery.

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Dutch approve move to scrap blasphemy law


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The Dutch blasphemy law was introduced in the 1930s
Dutch authorities have decided to approve a motion abandoning a law under which it is a crime to insult God.
A majority of parties in parliament said the blasphemy law was no longer relevant in the 21st Century.
The legislation, introduced in the 1930s, has not been invoked in the last half century.
However, it still remains illegal under Dutch law to be disrespectful to police officers or to insult Queen Beatrix, the country's monarch.
Freedom of speech is a much-cherished right in the liberal and traditionally tolerant Netherlands.
The BBC's Anna Holligan, in The Hague, says that there was much debate about the issue after a Dutch court ruled that the far-right anti-Islam politician Geert Wilders should be allowed to criticise Islam, even if his outspoken opinions offended many Muslims.
In 2008, a coalition government decided against repealing the blasphemy law in order to maintain support from a conservative Christian political party.

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Cannibal cop' found guilty in plot to kidnap, eat women


 'Cannibal cop': A federal jury has found New York City police Officer Gilberto Valle guilty of plotting to kidnap, cook and eat women. He faces a potential life sentence. IMAGE


Gilberto Valle faces up to life in prison when he is sentenced June 19 for his conviction of plotting to kidnap, cook and eat women. His lawyers said they would appeal.
NEW YORK — A New York City police officer was convicted Tuesday of plotting to kidnap, cook and eat women, after a trial that shed light on an underworld of people who derive pleasure from fantasizing online about cannibalism.
A federal court jury also found Gilberto Valle, 28, guilty on a lesser charge of improperly accessing a law enforcement database to gather personal information about potential

New York cop convicted in cannibalism plot

New York cop convicted in cannibalism plot
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targets, including his now-estranged wife.

Prosecutors said Valle, 28, who was dubbed the "cannibal cop" by the tabloid media, crossed the line from fantasy to reality by taking specific action in conspiring to kidnap women.
Valle's attorney, Julia Gatto, argued that her client was merely engaged in online fantasy role-playing.
When he is sentenced June 19, Valle faces up to life in prison on the charge of conspiracy to kidnap and up to one year in prison for the database breach.
His lawyers said they would appeal.
"This is a dangerous prosecution when we start opening up our minds and prosecuting what's inside our brains and not in the real world," Gatto said. "We totally believe the government did not prove their case and the jury couldn't get past the thoughts."
U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said the jury found Valle had taken a step into the real world and the criminal realm.
"Today, a unanimous jury found that Gilberto Valle's detailed and specific plans to abduct women for the purpose of committing grotesque crimes were very real, and that he was guilty as charged," Bharara said in a statement. "The Internet is a forum for the free exchange of ideas, but it does not confer immunity for plotting crimes and taking steps to carry out those crimes."
Valle and Gatto hung their heads as they sat side by side awaiting the verdict. When the jury read "guilty," their shoulders slumped in unison. Moments later, as they stood, Valle shook his head, then draped his arms around Gatto, tears welling in his eyes.
Judge Paul Gardephe commended the jury of six women and six men, who had deliberated since Thursday, for reaching a verdict in the often grisly trial. Evidence included "human meat recipes" and images of women being roasted on a spit.
"Sitting in judgment of another human being is difficult. This case in particular has not been an easy one ... (with) material that degrades the human spirit," Gardephe told the jury.
Federal prosecutor Hadassa Waxman said in her closing argument that Valle was at one point engaged in fantasy, but his intentions had grown more sinister.
Pointing to his extensive online research on kidnapping, making chloroform and cooking women, she said, "These are real searches conducted to carry out real research to kidnap real women."
Gatto, the defense lawyer, told jurors that after nearly a year of fantasizing about approximately two dozen women — in many cases discussing kidnapping with other fetishists — none of the plotters had ever met, exchanged money or committed any crimes.
Valle did not take the witness stand. His now-estranged wife, Kathleen Mangan, 27, was the first prosecution witness in the case and testified about how last fall she discovered her husband's plans to torture her when she looked on her laptop, which he had been using.
She said she read how she was to be tied up and her throat slit.
The former New York City schoolteacher testified that she contacted authorities and fled with their young daughter to live with her parents in Nevada.
The trial brought to light a macabre cyberspace community in which millions of people discuss and exchange images and video of extraordinary brutality, much of it staged.
Defense attorneys took jurors on a video tour of DarkFetishNet.com, a website at the heart of Valle's case.
In a videotaped deposition, its creator, Russian Internet entrepreneur Sergay Merenkov, likened it to Facebook. Instead of family photos and videos of pets, however, members share photos and videos demonstrating extreme cruelty including rape and asphyxiation, with the goal of sexual stimulation.
Merenkov said that he had kicked members off the website when "it seemed not to be fantasy anymore."

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Life in chains: the plight of Somalia's mentally ill



Living in a tin shack by the roadside, Abdullahi is isolated, barely washed and poorly fed. For the last 17 years he has been chained up by his own family in Hargeisa, Somaliland.


by Jamal Osman
Thursday, October 10, 2013
Somalia film credits: Director/producer - Teresa Smith: Picture editor - Agnieszka Ligget: Camerman - Ahmed Farah: Field producer - Yassin Jama
He spends most of his days watching the world moving before him - placing his chest on a cemented floor, his elbows supporting his hands under his chin.
In all those years he's been there, Abdullahi watched children who were born during his chained-life become adults. The whole neighbourhood is built up. The sun rises and sets over him. His best companions are family-owned goats, who are free to move around.

'Evil spirits'

In Somalia, thousands of people who are mentally ill like Abdullahi face a similar fate. According to the UN, one in three Somalis suffers from some form of mental illness.
We can't trust him. For me the biggest worry is that he could go missing or be killed by the children.Yusuf Jama
Decades of war, poverty and unemployment are some of the reasons. There aren't enough doctors and nurses to treat such patients. Aid organisations are all over the country but there is very little interest in this sector.
Abdullahi's childhood was just like any other Somali boy growing up. He attended school and started working as a builder in his teens. He was dreaming of becoming a businessman until his life was put on hold at the age of 26.
"He used to love school," Abdullahi's mother, Nimo Yusuf, told me. "He loved and respected his parents. He'd call us 'Mummy and Daddy'. He still does, even now. He never swore or cursed."
Nimo remembers vividly the day he fell ill. She said: "One morning he left for work and came home in the evening saying he felt unwell. Then I recalled that people used to say that evil spirits could do this. And I thought they have done it to him. Since that day he's never been the same."

Traditional healers

Nimo is the family's breadwinner. She leaves in the morning to sell fruit and vegetables at the local market and comes back in the evening with some food for the family.
This very poor family tried to treat him – not through medical doctors but through traditional healers, known as Cilaaj. It is the most popular treatment for the mentally ill in Somalia.
Abdullahi was once taken to Sheikh Boon's Cilaaj in Hargeisa. This centre is moderate compared to others that use electrocution, beatings and other forms of practices as part of the treatment. Some patients die. It's a thriving industry, yet unregulated.
Abdullahi, if we unchain you, what do you think about that? Are you going to come with us?Maryan Hassan
The sheikh claims that many of his clients are from the diaspora community. Some travel to see him but also he regularly holds sessions through Skype.
A former maths teacher, he prescribes verses from the Quran for patients. They go into a room nearby where a group of men read the Quran loudly through cardboard tubes. Patients sniff foul smelling herbs to force the evil spirit or Jinn out of the patient's body.
"When we realise Jinn is inside the body of the patient we read the Quran until it runs away from the body of the patient," said, Sheikh Boon.

'Mad man'

But it didn't work on Abdullahi. He is still in his tin hut in all weathers. There is no protection whether it's hot, rainy or windy. His father Yusuf Jama, who is 83 years old, looks after him for most of the time.
"He's chained up all the time," Mr Jama told me. "We alternate the leg that will be chained: first, this leg and then the other. Also we have to tighten the screw because he can break the lock.
"We can't trust him. For me the biggest worry is that he could go missing or be killed by the children." 
Children from the neighbourhood shout "the mad man" as they pass by Abdullahi. Sometimes they throw rocks at him. His father is, at least, protecting him from these children. Abdullahi's brothers are around occasionally.
He asked his younger brother Abdulkarim if he could borrow his mobile phone so he could listen to music and the song Bulshayahay ma nabadbaa came on.
It is about a man who is returning to his country after being in exile. It brought tears to Abdullahi's eyes especially these lines (translated into English):
We have been apart for a while
I have longed for you like dry scalp craves for oil
Greetings O, people, greetings!
It was as if he was craving to be given the chance to come back into society.
We told Maryan Hassan, who is one of 20 psychiatric nurses in the whole country, about Abdullahi's desperate situation. She works at Macruuf Relief Organisation, a private mental health clinic.

'Free man'

Maryan agreed to assess Abdullahi and if possible offer him a free place for three months. We took her to Abdullahi's little hut. After greeting the family and asking about Abdullahi, she told him the good news.
"Abdullahi, if we unchain you, what do you think about that? Are you going to come with us?" she asked.
"Yes, I'm going to come with you," replied, Abdullahi.
Cutting the rusty chain took a long time but his brothers eventually managed to release him.
On arrival, he was quickly washed, given clean clothes, his nails cut and his head shaved. With kindness and a proper medical examination, Abdullahi looked different. He was given medication to treat psychosis.
As we were leaving, Maryan told Abdullahi: "Now you are a free man. When you wake up in the morning you have to brush your teeth, go to the toilet, you'll watch TV and take your medicine. Things have changed for you."
Abdullahi was lucky, but there are hundreds of thousands of mentally ill Somalis who are in desperate need of help. Abdullahi will be in the clinic for at least three months. We hope to see him well.

Fred Phelps: How Westboro pastor spread 'God hates fags'


A drag performer dances in front of Westboro church members at the Supreme Court in 2013, as the court prepared to hear arguments regarding gay marriage  
A drag performer dances in front of Westboro church members at the Supreme Court in 2013, as the justices prepared to hear arguments on gay marriage
Pastor Fred Phelps, head of the Westboro Baptist Church, is dead at age 84. Despite being widely disavowed, his shock slogan, 'God hates fags', made headlines around the world. How did he come up with the infamous message?
The Westboro Baptist Church has been holding services since 1955, but didn't turn its attention to homosexuality until about 20 years ago.
Until then, Fred Phelps was known more for his civil rights work - and his nuisance lawsuits - than for his anti-gay activism.
But those who monitored Phelps say the focus on sexuality was always a part of his message.
"Phelps was obsessed with human sexuality for his entire life, going back six decades," says Mark Potok, a senior fellow at the Southern Poverty Law Center.
He notes that Phelps was profiled in Time magazine in 1952 because he had a street ministry against petting and dirty jokes.
It wasn't until 1991 that the modern movement began to form.
Phelps, shown with his wife and some of his signs, in 2007  
Phelps, shown with his wife and some of his signs, in 2007
"Locally, the church is near a park in Topeka, Kansas, called Gage park," says Fred Mann, a reporter for the Wichita Eagle, who has written about Phelps in the past.
"They believed there was homosexual activity in the park. They went with signs, anti-gay signs and then it spread from there."
At first, the "God hates fags" slogan was nowhere to be found.
"I remember them talking about the beginning days of the picketing," says filmmaker K Ryan Jones.
His film Fallen From Grace followed Phelps and the Westboro Baptist Church for a year.
He recalls that they told him: "Originally our signs did just say 'gay' or 'homosexual' or that kind of thing, and then we started using 'God Hates Fags'."
They set out to shock - and they knew that those who weren't offended by the use of the word "fag" would bristle at the idea of God hating anyone, says Jones.
Their tactics seemed to work. Though "God hates fags" is not their only sign, it is one of the best-known and the one most associated with the church.
The signs also provided a pithy explanation of the church's theology, which is explained in greater depth on their website, GodHatesFags.com.
"'God loves everyone' is straight from the mind of Satan and his ministers that serve him," it says.
"In essence 'God loves everyone' means that man can lead a sinful life, violate the commandments of God daily, not fear Him and still go to heaven."
The site provides a detailed chart of everyone in the Bible it says have been killed by God's wrath.
Falwell in Hell sign  
Westboro Baptist Church members protest outside the funeral of conservative reverend Jerry Falwell in 2007
The sharpness of their message combined with their antics at the protests created an intense reaction.
"There's a lot of people that do not like homosexuality, but they would never use that kind of language," says Mann.
"It was their behaviour on the picket line that appalled people. They didn't just show up with signs, they danced and sang. They were delighted to be at someone's funeral."
And the more the church members upset and outraged onlookers, the more validation they felt.
"When they are attacked, that to them is proof positive that they are delivering the true message of God," says Jones, as the Bible says that Christians spreading the Gospel will meet with persecution.
Phelps and his family first began to receive national attention when they picketed the funeral of Matthew Shepard, the gay college student who was beaten and left to die in a field near Laramie, Wyoming.
But they became much more notorious when they began in around 2005 to picket the funerals of soldiers who died in the Iraq war.
"That's when they went from being nationally known to globally known," says Potok, thanks in part to the bluntness of their message and the seeming mismatch between the signs and the targets of their protests.
Protestors and motorcyclists 
 As Westboro protested more soldiers' funerals, motorcyclists organised the Patriot Guard to block the signs, seen here in 2006
"It's hard for people to understand," says Jones, "because they see signs that say things like 'Thank God for Dead Soldiers' and 'Thank God for 9/11'.
"And these soldiers weren't gay. Not everyone in 9/11 was gay.
"Any tragedy you can think of, they believe that is God's wrath on America because of our tolerance of homosexuality.
"It's evidence of the message they are trying to promote."
As the family and their message grew in prominence, so did the signs themselves.
At first, says Jones, the signs were a fairly do-it-yourself affair, made of magic markers and poster board.
Now, he says, they have an industrial printer, a professional laminating machine and an entire workshop devoted to making signs.
The Phelpses also proved adept at social media, creating Vine videos that attracted attention from news sites that would normally criticise the Westboro message.
A man holds protest signs 
 The protests were not always well attended - this one in 1999 had only 15 people. But the signs attracted outsized attention.
In the end, their shock message was so well-known and their methods so loathed that they didn't even have to protest.
"At least half the time they would call up a place they were going to picket ahead of time," says Potok.
When news leaked that the Phelpses were going to be at Sandy Hook, for instance, it spurred international media attention - but the family never showed.
"They wouldn't bother," says Jones. "They already got what they wanted."
Though Phelps is dead, his church remains, with many more members to carry out his theology and carry his signs.
But the power of 'God Hates Fags' has become so strong that the signs - or even the protesters - are hardly necessary any more.

Counter signs

The Westboro protests were often met with counter-protests, many featuring signs mocking Phelps' message of hate, including:
  • God hates figs
  • God hates signs
  • God hates flags
  • God hates fags (with a picture of a cigarette)

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Central African Republic: Let Muslims Seek Safety


Authorities, Peacekeepers Should Provide Security
June 5, 2014
Government authorities in Central African Republic and international peacekeepers should allow Muslim residents to seek protection in neighboring countries. Many Muslim residents living in a few heavily guarded areas endure unsustainable, life-threatening conditions and say they want to leave.

The majority of the Muslims remaining in the western part of the country are ethnic Peuhl nomads living in small enclaves – such as in Boda, Carnot, and Yaloké – that are heavily guarded by African Union (MISCA) peacekeepers and French (Sangaris) troops. Because of persistent threats against the Peuhl, peacekeepers drastically restrict the residents’ movements.

“Conceding that many threatened Muslims in the Central African Republic need to leave the country temporarily is an option of last resort, but there are no other immediate solutions,” said Peter Bouckaert, emergencies director at Human Rights Watch. “Many Muslims in western Central African Republic have clearly and unequivocally expressed a desire to flee to neighboring countries, and they should be allowed to leave safely.”

Since September 2013, the predominantly Christian and animist anti-balaka militia has carried out widespread and systematic attacks against the Muslim minority in Central African Republic, resulting in thousands of deaths and the flight of hundreds of thousands of Muslims from their homes. The 2,000 French soldiers under Operation Sangaris and 6,000 African peacekeepers under the African Union’s MISCA mission have been unable to stop many of these attacks.

Anti-balaka fighters for six months have sought to avenge the brutal abuses by the mostly Muslim Seleka rebel coalition that overthrew the government of Francois Bozizé in March 2013. Entire districts of the capital, Bangui, have been completely cleansed of their Muslim populations. In many major towns in the west, where thousands of Muslims once lived, none remain.

In Yaloké, 490 Peuhl who fled the southwestern part of the country four months ago are being housed in three dilapidated government buildings on a hilltop in the center of town, protected by MISCA peacekeepers and local gendarmes. The anti-balaka frequently attacked the Peuhl as they fled the southwest, raiding thousands of head of their cattle. Many of the Peuhl have machete wounds from anti-balaka attacks.

The men in the group are not allowed to leave the camp, while local people routinely threaten and insult Peuhl women who venture a few meters outside to search for firewood and water. Many of the children and adults are suffering from respiratory diseases and malnutrition, and are forced to sleep in the open. During the last week of May 2014, when researchers from Human Rights Watch visited the Peuhl on several occasions, at least four children, including twin newborns, died because of the dire conditions in the camp.

Despite the Peuhl’s vulnerability, the captain commanding the local peacekeeping contingent from the Republic of Congo (Brazzaville) openly threatened them in front of Human Rights Watch researchers, vowing to shoot anyone who tried to board a nearby convoy of commercial trucks that could have transported them to Cameroon.

After Human Rights Watch researchers protested, the captain said he was “only trying to scare [the Peuhl].”  But he insisted that he would not allow them to board the trucks, saying that the country’s interim authorities firmly opposed any further departure of Muslims from the country.

Members of the Peuhl community trapped in Yaloké told Human Rights Watch that they were united in their desire to seek safety in Cameroon. They said they were being held in Yaloké against their will after local authorities had told them they would be allowed to go to Cameroon.

Human Rights Watch spoke with humanitarian, diplomatic, and government sources who said that the country’s interim authorities began to oppose the departure of Muslims after the United Nations and MISCA troops supported the April 27 evacuation of 1,300 trapped Muslims from the PK12 area of Bangui, the capital. Anti-balaka fighters attacked the convoy and killed two fleeing Muslims. The interim authorities then said that they had not approved the evacuation and insisted that there should be no more evacuations without government consent.

Human Rights Watch researchers also found dire conditions in the southwestern diamond-trading town of Boda, where an estimated 11,000 Muslims are trapped. Attacks on the Muslims continue, despite the presence of African peacekeepers and French troops. In Carnot, 800 to 900 Muslims are trapped at the local Catholic Church in deplorable conditions. Some have been there for three months. Anti-balaka forces attacked them as recently as May 24.

Although some international humanitarian organizations are operating in the capital, few are working in more rural areas, compounding the plight of the trapped Peuhl. An unknown number of Peuhl nomads are still in rural areas with their remaining cattle herds, trying to avoid the anti-balaka violence.

International law grants everyone the right “to leave any country, including his own” and to seek asylum abroad. The Central African Republic’s Muslim population also has the right to freedom of movement in the country. The restrictions the interim authorities placed on the voluntary movement of threatened Muslim communities are inconsistent with these international legal obligations, and point to the need for a more durable approach to ensuring the security of Muslim residents.

The interim authorities should allow Muslim residents freedom of movement and respect their right to seek safety abroad, Human Rights Watch said. The interim authorities, the United Nations, MISCA peacekeepers, and French Sangaris troops should also work together to assist the trapped Muslims, including by providing security against anti-balaka attacks to those who intend to leave to seek protection in neighboring countries. The interim authorities and the international community should make a firm commitment to create the conditions as soon as possible to allow Muslims to exert their right to return to their original locations.

“Muslim communities in the Central African Republic have faced persistent threats for six months, but the authorities haven’t yet developed a suitable response to their plight,” Bouckaert said. “Keeping desperate Muslims in tightly guarded enclaves in terrible conditions is no way to deal with their situation.”

العربي: سنقود حرب استنزاف سلمية لإسقاط النظام

10/06/2014







 قال قطب العربي، أمين مساعد المجلس الأعلى للصحافة، إن تنصيب السيسي بالأمس مجرد خطوة ضمن سلسلة خطوات لشرعنة الانقلاب الذي هو عمل باطل وكل ما ترتب عليه باطل.
  وأضاف "العربي" : "يدرك قادة الانقلاب فقدانهم للشرعية الشعبية الحقيقية التي تجلت بوضوح في المقاطعة الشعبية الواسعة للانتخابات التي بلغت نسبة الحضور فيها حوالي 10% فقط، وحاولوا تعويض هذه الشعبية المفتقدة من خلال مراسم ومهرجانات احتفائية  لإظهار قائد الانقلاب بمظهر الزعيم الشعبي لكنهم فشلوا مجددًا، حيث لم يتمكن قائد الانقلاب من مخاطبة جمهوره أمام قصر الاتحادية أو حتى أمام قصر القبة أو في ميدان التحرير كما فعل الرئيس مرسي".
وتابع بالقول: "حين تحركت كل أجهزة الدولة الدبلوماسية لحشد حضور دولي قوي في مراسم التنصيب فوجئوا مرة أخرى بحضور دولي هزيل اقتصر على بضع رؤساء وملوك من الدرجة الثالثة وغاب الرؤساء الكبار عن الحفل، وأرسلت معظم الدول سفراء أو مجرد مندوبين لها لحضور حفل التنصيب ما يعكس فقدان الثقة الدولية في قائد الانقلاب رغم أن الكثير منها يدعم الانقلاب بدرجة أو بأخرى، لكنهم فوجئوا بالأداء الباهت وفقدان قائد الانقلاب للشعبية التي كان يدعيها، وبالتالي وجدنا مقاطعة دولية واسعة لحفل التنصيب سبقتها المقاطعة الشعبية للانتخابات".
واختتم العربي: "تنصيب السيسي لن يمنح الانقلاب شرعية فستظل حالة الاغتصاب للسلطة قائمة، وسيواصل الثوار حراكهم في الشارع حتى إسقاط الحكم العسكري، وسيخوضون حرب استنزاف لإنهاك هذا الحكم وإسقاطه بطريقة سلمية، ولن يقبل أنصار الشرعية مصالحة مع من قتل المصريين وشردهم واغتصب إرادتهم".



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Saudi married on a dare by friends

Gulf | Saudi Arabia


Joke turns into unexpected reality after groom asks for a teacher’s hand
  • By Habib ToumiBureau Chief
  • Published: 10:09 June 26, 2014
  • Gulf News
Manama: A married Saudi man ended up taking a new wife after he took part in a dare game with his friends.
The man was attending the engagement ceremony of his sister in the southern city of Jazan when his friends dared him to go up to a guest and ask him if he could marry his daughter.
“We dare you to tell him that you want to marry his daughter, a teacher,” the friends said, local news site Jazan Today reported.
The man who was not named appreciated the light spirit of his friends and jokingly accepted the challenge.

He walked up to the older man and told him that he wanted to marry his daughter and named her.
The older man, initially surprised, accepted the proposal and called the religious man who was at the majlis for the wedding ceremony, asking him to start the procedures for another marriage.
Shocked by the unexpected turn of the events, the younger man insisted that he was joking and that his proposal was merely a light response to the challenge set by his friends.
“I am sorry, but I was just joking. I do not even have enough money to get married or to pay for the dowry,” he reportedly said.
However, the prospective father-in-law insisted that the wedding take place and promised to help with the financial requirements.
The younger man eventually gave in and the marriage contractor took all the details needed for the official paper work, the news site added.
However, the religious man refused to hand over the contract until the new bride and groom undergo the required the medical checkup.
According to the news site, the friends who started the dare game celebrated the wedding of the bewildered groom with great fanfare.
Online reactions ranged from offering good wishes to pouring scorn on the main characters to critcising the un-Islamic practice of not consulting the bride over her future.
Islam requires the full conscious consent of the groom and bride for a marriage.

12-yr-old girl gives birth to 13-yr-old boyfriend's baby

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A 12-year-old girl in Britain has given birth to her 13-year-old boyfriend's baby, making them the country's youngest parents.
According to a report in The Sun, the girl aged 12 years and three months gave birth to a seven pound baby girl last weekend.
The girl became pregnant while still at primary school soon after she got into a relationship with a boy who lives near her house in north London, the report said.
The proud parents posted a picture of them posing with their baby daughter online.
The young mother, who lives with her mother, hopes to return to school in September.
At 27, her mother is one of the UK's youngest ever grandmothers.
The grandparents on both sides are shocked but supportive and want the two to stick together and bring up the baby. 
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After reading this, you’ll never look at a banana in the same way again

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This is interesting. After reading this, you’ll never look at a banana in the same way again.
Bananas contain three natural sugars – sucrose, fructose and glucose combined with fiber. A banana gives an instant, sustained and substantial boost of energy.
Research has proven that just two bananas provide enough energy for a strenuous 90-minute workout. No wonder the banana is the number one fruit with the world’s leading athletes.
But energy isn’t the only way a banana can help us keep fit. It can also help overcome or prevent a substantial number of illnesses and conditions, making it a must to add to our daily diet.
DEPRESSION
According to a recent survey undertaken by MIND amongst people suffering from depression, many felt much better after eating a banana. This is because bananas contain tryptophan, a type of protein that the body converts into serotonin, known to make you relax, improve your mood and generally make you feel happier.
PMS:
Forget the pills – eat a banana. The vitamin B6 it contains regulates blood glucose levels, which can affect your mood.
ANEMIA
High in iron, bananas can stimulate the production of hemoglobin in the blood and so helps in cases of anemia.
BLOOD PRESSURE:
This unique tropical fruit is extremely high in potassium yet low in salt, making it perfect to beat blood pressure So much so, the US Food and Drug Administration has just allowed the banana industry to make official claims for the fruit’s ability to reduce the risk of blood pressure and stroke.
BRAIN POWER
200 students at a Twickenham school ( England ) were helped through their exams this year by eating bananas at breakfast, break, and lunch in a bid to boost their brain power. Research has shown that the potassium-packed fruit can assist learning by making pupils more alert.
CONSTIPATION
High in fiber, including bananas in the diet can help restore normal bowel action, helping to overcome the problem without resorting to laxatives.
HANGOVERS
One of the quickest ways of curing a hangover is to make a banana milkshake, sweetened with honey. The banana calms the stomach and, with the help of the honey, builds up depleted blood sugar levels, while the milk soothes and re-hydrates your system.
HEARTBURN
Bananas have a natural antacid effect in the body, so if you suffer from heartburn, try eating a banana for soothing relief.
MORNING SICKNESS
Snacking on bananas between meals helps to keep blood sugar levels up and avoid morning sickness.
MOSQUITO BITES:
Before reaching for the insect bite cream, try rubbing the affected area with the inside of a banana skin. Many people find it amazingly successful at reducing swelling and irritation.
NERVES
Bananas are high in B vitamins that help calm the nervous system..
Overweight and at work? Studies at the Institute of Psychology in Austria found pressure at work leads to gorging on comfort foodlike chocolate and chips. Looking at 5,000 hospital patients, researchers found the most obese were more likely to be in high-pressure jobs. The report concluded that, to avoid panic-induced food cravings, we need to control our blood sugar levels by snacking on high carbohydrate foods every two hours to keep levels steady.
ULCERS
The banana is used as the dietary food against intestinal disorders because of its soft texture and smoothness. It is the only raw fruit that can be eaten without distress in over-chroniclercases. It also neutralizes over-acidity and reduces irritation by coating the lining of the stomach.
TEMPERATURE CONTROL
Many other cultures see bananas as a ‘cooling’ fruit that can lower both the physical and emotional temperature of expectant mothers. In Thailand , for example, pregnant women eat bananas to ensure their baby is born with a cool temperature.
So, a banana really is a natural remedy for many ills. When you compare it to an apple, it has FOUR TIMES the protein, TWICE the carbohydrate, THREE TIMES the phosphorus, five times the vitamin A and iron, and twice the other vitamins and minerals.. It is also rich in potassium and is one of the best value foods around So maybe its time to change that well-known phrase so that we say, ‘A BANANA a day keeps the doctor away!’

There's A Theory Saudi Arabia Funds The ISIS Extremists Taking Over Iraq — Here's Why It's Wrong

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An ISIS fighter stands guard at checkpoint near the city of Baiji, north of Baghdad June 19, 2014.
On June 13, U.S. Treasury Department officials stated that Saudi Arabia sees "eye to eye" with the United States on the importance of halting activities by the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS), the former al-Qaeda affiliate currently waging jihad in Iraq and Syria. Yet questions continue to arise about Saudi financial support to the group. Addressing these questions requires a better understanding of three issues: the scope of official Saudi government support to ISIS, if any; government allowance of private donations to the group; and the relative importance of Saudi donations compared to the group's other sources of income.

Government Funding?

At present, there is no credible evidence that the Saudi government is financially supporting ISIS. Riyadh views the group as a terrorist organization that poses a direct threat to the kingdom's security. The Interior Ministry formally designated ISIS as a terrorist entity in March, along with Jabhat al-Nusra, the Muslim Brotherhood, Yemen's Houthi rebels, and Saudi Hezbollah. The designation outlawed various forms of support to the group by residents of the kingdom.
To be sure, many governments in the region and beyond sometimes fund inimical parties to help achieve particular policy objectives. Riyadh has taken pleasure in recent ISIS-led Sunni advances against Iraq's Shiite government, and in jihadist gains in Syria at Bashar al-Assad's expense. Nevertheless, official financing of the group may be precluded by Riyadh's perception that the ISIS terrorist threat is immediate and serious (though it would not be surprising to learn of limited, perhaps indirect contact, logistical coordination to further Sunni positions in Syria and beyond, or leaking of funds and materiel from Saudi-supported rebels to ISIS).
An Interior Ministry statement in early May underscored Saudi perceptions of the ISIS threat at home. In it, officials accused Saudi ISIS members in Syria of encouraging fellow citizens to assassinate leading religious figures and security officials inside the kingdom and plot attacks against government installations and foreign interests. Some of the individuals involved in these domestic plots allegedly had contacts with ISIS and the Yemen-based group al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) -- the kingdom's most acute terrorist threat. At the time of the announcement, police had arrested fifty-nine Saudi citizens and three foreign nationals in the case and were still searching for forty-four additional suspects.

Private Donations

There is a misconception that the kingdom does not get in the way of private Saudi financing of terrorist groups operating in Syria, including ISIS. Yet one of Riyadh's most observable counter-terrorism financing activities is its monitoring of the country's formal financial sector in order to block suspect donations. Indeed, social media fundraising campaigns highlight the challenges of sending such funds from Saudi Arabia to Syria. To ensure that their contributions actually reach Syria, Saudi donors are encouraged to send their money to Kuwait, long considered one of the most permissive terrorism financing environments in the Persian Gulf.
Riyadh's concern about blowback -- namely, the belief that allowing citizens to support terrorist groups hostile to the al-Saud monarchy will eventually spawn attacks on Saudi soil -- helps drive the kingdom's counterterrorism approach.
In the mid-2000s, the country suffered a series of dramatic al-Qaeda attacks linked to Saudis returning home from the jihad in Afghanistan, and that experience was important in shaping the current mindset. As mentioned above, Riyadh formally outlawed private donations to ISIS and other groups when it designated them as terrorist organizations in March. That move may have been connected to increasing government concern about Saudi membership in foreign terrorist groups, and may have coincided with the investigation of the domestic ISIS-linked cell announced in May.
Today, Saudi citizens continue to represent a significant funding source for Sunni groups operating in Syria. Arab Gulf donors as a whole -- of which Saudis are believed to be the most charitable -- have funneled hundreds of millions of dollars to Syria in recent years, including to ISIS and other groups. There is support for ISIS in Saudi Arabia, and the group directly targets Saudis with fundraising campaigns, so Riyadh could do much more to limit private funding. U.S. officials have hinted that a combination of politics, logistics, and limited capabilities have impeded more effective Saudi efforts to counter terrorism financing. One particularly difficult problem is how to monitor cash transfers, a method common among Saudi donors.

Relative Importance Of Saudi Funding

Although Saudi donors and other private contributors were believed to be the most significant funding source for ISIS in the past, the importance of such donations has been marginalized by the group's independent sources of income.
This income, which is now estimated to overwhelmingly exceed private donations, is generated by activities such as smuggling (of oil, weapons, antiquities), extortion (e.g., the group levies around $8 million per month in "taxes" on local businesses), and other crimes (e.g., robberies, counterfeiting). The group's June 11 seizure of Mosul's central bank alone netted tens of millions of dollars (though U.S. officials note that the $400 million figure often cited in connection with the heist is not accurate).

US Policy Implications

Recent ISIS gains in Iraq present an opportunity for Washington to tighten counter-terrorism financing cooperation with Saudi Arabia and other Gulf states, whose concerns about ISIS terrorist threats on their soil are deepening. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew's visit last week to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates -- the closest U.S. partners on this issue in the Gulf -- is a positive step.
Another constructive move would be to gauge the potential for altering Washington's contentious dynamics with Kuwait and Qatar regarding terrorism financing. There are signs that ISIS "successes" may fuel higher levels of private Saudi and other Gulf support to a variety of Sunni extremist groups operating in Iraq and Syria, which would be important to counter.
At the same time, the current reality -- that of ISIS acquiring major independent sources of income -- demands a counter-terrorism financing approach that shifts away from focusing on private donations made by residents of Saudi Arabia and other Gulf countries. Significantly undermining ISIS's financial base would now require rolling back the group's access to local Syrian and Iraqi income sources.
PolicyWatch 2275 from The Washington Institute For Near East Policy. Lori Plotkin Boghardt is a fellow in Gulf politics at The Washington Institute.
This article originally appeared at The Washington Institute For Near East Policy. Copyright 2014. Follow The Washington Institute For Near East Policy on Twitter.