Monday, February 23, 2015

France: 80% of attacks on Muslims target women, report

by Lucy Draper
Source: Newsweek

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Anti-Muslim Attacks
By: Lucy Draper
Source: Newsweek
80% of the anti-Muslim acts which occur in France are carried out against women a new report published last week by Nils Muižnieks, the Council of Europe commissioner for human rights, has revealed.
The commissioner, who produced the report after visiting France in September last year, warned of increasing attacks directed at homosexuals, Jews and Muslims and said that there should be more efforts to integrate and care for immigrants and asylum seekers.
Muižnieks recommends a national plan to promote and protect human rights as well as ratifying Protocol No. 12 to the European Convention on Human Rights on the general prohibition of discrimination in order to “further strengthen the legal framework.”
Attacks on Muslims have been on the rise in France since the Charlie Hebdo attacks in January. Earlier this month the French Council of the Muslim Faith (CFCM) published data that showed that between the Charlie Hebdo attacks on 7th January and the end of that month there were 147 ‘acts’ carried out against Muslims.
In the week following the attacks the CFCM reported that 26 separate mosques had been attacked across the country. In some cases the buildings were firebombed and in other grenades were thrown.
Fiyaz Mughal, the director of UK-based interfaith thinktank Faith Matters says that the term ‘acts’ covers a huge range of hostile actions. He says they have received complaints from Muslim women which include: “Spitting, general abuse, pulling and tearing at the niqab and the hijab, plus dog faeces being thrown at women, as well as bottles from passing cars and people shouting things like ‘Muslim whore’ ‘Muslim bitch’ or ‘Muzzie’.”
On why he believes Muslim women might face more abuse than their male counterparts, Mughal says: “All our data… shows that visible women are the ones that are targeted at a street level. This means that women who wear the hijab are the ones that are sometimes targeted for abuse and those who wear the niqab suffer more anti-Muslim hate incidents and more aggressive assaults.”
He also believes that there is a gender imbalance in terms of anti-Muslim hate at a street level, saying that victim data shows that perpetrators are usually male and aged between 15-35, while their victims are mostly women and aged between 15-45.
Sahar Aziz, a professor who teaches about Middle East law at the Texas A&M University School of Law wrote an article for American news site CNN in which she condemned the lack of response to these increased attacks from French feminists who had celebrated the 2011 ban on full face veils. “As Muslim women face threats to their safety in the anti-Muslim backlash, one cannot help but notice the deafening silence of French feminists,” Aziz writes.
Muižnieks’s report addresses a wide-range of problems in France including racism and discrimination against a variety of people including Roma, migrants and those with disabilities.
Although the commissioner commended France for combating the issues he raised in their courts and institutions, he went on to suggest that the country “include the fight against discrimination in a national plan to promote and protect human rights”.
“It is essential to put an end to such acts, including on the internet, and to punish those responsible,” he wrote

Disciplining children: 5 common mistakes

by Grandma Jeddah
Source: muslimvillage

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By: Grandma Jeddah
Source: MuslimVillage
We can all probably spurt out a list of mistakes our parents made with us when we were young. For some reason, faults are often more memorable and vivid than the numerous sacrifices our parents made for us.
Even though as parents we will make mistakes now and then when raising our children, it’s helpful to know which mistakes we should try to avoid when trying to raise them up to be good Muslims. Here are 5 discipline mistakes to avoid when directing your child toward proper behavior.
  1. Getting enraged when disciplining.
One of the biggest mistakes parents make when disciplining their children is getting enraged when correcting them. Expressing your rage when disciplining your child is problematic for several reasons. First, it directs your child’s attention away from his mistake and causes him to focus on your wrath, instead. The object of discipline is to guide your child toward proper behavior for both the short term as well as long term. If your child is more worried about how you will react in your anger rather than what he did that was wrong, he is unlikely to benefit from you counsel or choice of discipline. Rather, he will become irritated himself and resentful. This doesn’t mean the child won’t comply in the short term. To the contrary, many children respond to an angry parent. What it does mean is that the lesson you are trying to teach may not sink in.  It might even get lost completely depending on the extent of the anger shown. When disciplining, you want your child to behave not only immediately, but even when you’re not around, as well. Responding to your child’s misbehavior with shouting and aggression does not help him learn to self-manage his behavior. It merely teaches him how to respond to you when you’re angry.
The second problem with expressing anger when correcting your child is that it provides the opportunity to be excessive when punishing. This can lead to abusing your child. Often times when a parent is angry, she vents the anger onto her child. She does this by using hurtful words or by correcting with excessive and harsh smacking. To effectively discipline your child, try your best to avoid correcting them when angry.
According to hadith, The Prophet (Sallallaahu Alaihi WaSalaam) has said: Whoso suppresses his rage, while he has the power to show himself, Allah will call on him on the day of resurrection before all creation, and reward him exceedingly. (Tirmidhi)
  1. Comparing Children
One of the least effective ways of achieving compliance from your child is by comparing him to his brother or sister. “Muhammad always does his homework, why don’t you ever do yours, Jamal?”
The problem with comparing your children is that rather than causing the child to want to comply, it makes him resentful of the other child and you. Sibling rivalry is common between children. There are many factors which contribute to such quarrelsome behavior. Comparing children to one another can accelerate disagreements between siblings, which only contributes to additional discipline problems in the household.
Instead of comparing children, a better method would be to reward and complement the child when he performs as desired. This is more likely to cause the child to repeat the desirable behavior.
  1. Do as I say not as I do.
Demanding of your children what you do not do yourself is bound to result in failure. Parents are their children’s first role models. Even older children, who model after their peers, continue to look up to their parents for exemplar behavior. “If Mom isn’t making Fajr regularly, why does she expect me to make salat on time?” your child might ponder.  Being a parent is an enormous responsibility. An important part of parenting is being the type of person that you encourage your child to become.
Of course no parent is flawless. And this is OK. In fact, periods of failure can be a learning experience for your child. Let your child see you take responsibility for your errors—apologize to others in your family when you know you’ve treated them improperly. This will give your child an example of the proper way to correct his mistakes with family and friends.
  1. Not respecting your child
As Muslims, we have an engrained understanding that children should obey their parents. Allah tells us in Quran about being kind to our parents. The Prophet Muhammad  (Sallallaahu Alaihi WaSalaam) has instructed us to be especially kind to our mother. A child who is not respectful to his parents is certainly behaving in a way that is contrary to our religion.
But not only should children be obedient and kind to their parents, . . parents should also be kind to their children. The Prophet (Sallallaahu Alaihi WaSalaam) has said: ”He is not of us who does not have mercy on young children, nor honor the elderly.” (Tirmidhi)
When interacting with our children and even when correcting them, we should remember to be gentle and kind with them. People are more inclined to pleasing those they have a positive relationship with. Speaking in a calm, respectful tone to your child does not convey a sign of weakness. To the contrary, it let’s them know that you are indeed in control—not only of the situation but also your emotions.
  1. Expecting perfection
Often, when we catch our child misbehaving, we wonder why he’s acting in such an unpleasant way. We must remember that none of us is perfect. We aren’t, and neither are our children. It can be helpful to remember that we want Allah Ta’ala to be merciful and patient with us when we make mistakes. We should try to enact these same virtues when managing our children. When we accept the fact that our children will err and disappoint us at times, this helps us accept them as fallible humans and not view them as simply bad children. We are here to guide our children to be God fearing Muslims, but they have their own mind, desires, and temperament–it’s not easy to avoid sneaking into the cookie jar for one more of Mom’s delicious chocolate chip cookies.
Patience should be our motto when disciplining our children. This will help us accept those disappointing times when our children don’t live up to our expectations. It will also help us become a more superior parent to help us avoid the 5 common discipline mistakes parents make.

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MERS virus toll rises to 385 in Saudi Arabia

Some 57 people have contracted MERS in the kingdom since the start of February.
Some 57 people have contracted MERS in the kingdom since the start of February.
Saudi Arabia’s Health Ministry says two more people have died after contracting Middle East Respiratory Syndrome or MERS, pushing the total number of deaths from the virus in the kingdom to 385.
The ministry’s statement on Saturday said that 902 cases of MERS have been discovered in Saudi Arabia since the virus was first identified in 2012, though 490 people who contracted it have recovered.
Some 57 people have contracted MERS in the kingdom since the start of February.
The virus has affected people in other parts of the world, but has mostly remained centered in Saudi Arabia. MERS belongs to a family of viruses known as coronaviruses that include both the common cold and SARS, or severe acute respiratory syndrome.

War on extremism: Saudi Arabia joins White House talks

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Published — Sunday 22 February 2015
Last update 23 February 2015 4:48 am

The Kingdom is at the forefront of global efforts to eradicate terrorism, senior Saudi officials told a recent meeting at the White House on countering extremism.
Deputy Foreign Minister Prince Abdul Aziz bin Abdullah led the Kingdom’s delegation at the talks.
Addressing US and international officials, he said that Saudi Arabia is determined to fight extremism in all its forms.
He highlighted Saudi Arabia’s keenness and commitment to supporting global efforts against extremism and terrorism, and fight whatever party standing behind it in the name of religion, said Prince Abdul Aziz bin Abdullah. The Kingdom has always deplored extremism, which distorts the image of Islam.
The prince stressed that Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman upholds the Kingdom's longstanding campaign against extremism and terrorism.
The US summit has gained special significance as it comes within a series of international and regional meetings that analyze the phenomena of extremism from all aspects, its roots and causes.
Participants hope to come out with a unified vision on ways of countering extremist violence on political, military, security, intelligence, economic and social levels.
“We must seriously move to fight such thoughts and their funding channels,” the prince said.
According to Prince Abdul Aziz, Saudi Arabia has taken several measures to fight and enacted a number of regulations to counter extremist thoughts.
He pointed out that the first international summit to fight terrorism was held in Riyadh in 2005, where the Kingdom called for the setting up of a UN center to fight extremism.
In September 2011, Saudi Arabia signed an agreement to set up the center under the auspices of the UN and supported it with $110 million.
The Kingdom also supported the establishment of The King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz International Center for Inter-religious and Intercultural Dialogue in Vienna.

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Sunday, February 22, 2015

HIV concerns all, a shared responsibility

HIV concerns all, a shared responsibility

KUALA LUMPUR, 22 February 2015 – In light of the recent debate around HIV and homosexuality which has been making the rounds in a number of online news portals this past week, Malaysian AIDS Council (MAC) wishes to clarify that HIV is an epidemic that concerns all. While certain key populations namely people who inject drugs, men who have sex with men, transgender people and sex workers continue to be disproportionately affected by and at risk for HIV, the fact remains that the epidemic, globally and in the Asia Pacific region, is predominantly heterosexual in nature.

In 2013, heterosexual HIV transmission accounted for half of the 3,393 new infections in Malaysia, far ahead of other modes of transmission such as homo/bisexual contacts and unsafe drug injections, both at 22% respectively.

We must recognise that it is not a person’s sexual orientation, gender identity or the fact that he/she is a drug user or sex worker that puts one at risk of acquiring or transmitting HIV, but the failure to adhere to appropriate measures to prevent HIV for lack of knowledge and access to prevention tools in addition to a myriad of other factors. In Malaysia, restrictive socio-cultural and legal environment and pervasive stigma and discrimination prevent individuals most at-risk from coming forward to access HIV prevention and treatment services.

Stigma and discrimination breed fear and misconceptions, push key populations further to the margins of society and discourage them from accessing lifesaving HIV testing and treatment services, thus creating an endless vicious cycle of fear and undiagnosed (and untreated) HIV.

To end HIV, attitudes, languages and practices that stigmatise key populations and high-risk behaviours must change.

The escalating sexual HIV transmission calls for urgent involvement of individuals, communities, healthcare providers, religious leaders, policy makers and organisations across all relevant sectors to realise their roles in contributing positively to the ongoing discourse on HIV and sexual health, challenging stigma and improving linkages to HIV healthcare services.

HIV in Malaysia was first recorded in 1986. As of December 2013, a total of 101,672 cases have been notified, while 20,235 people have lost their lives to AIDS related illnesses.

Refer to the attached fact sheet, or click here, for more up-to-date information on the current state of the HIV epidemic in Malaysia.


Malaysian AIDS Council
The Malaysian AIDS Council (MAC) was established in 1992 to serve as an umbrella organisation to support and coordinate the efforts of non-governmental organisations (NGOs) working on HIV & AIDS issues in Malaysia. MAC works in close partnership with government agencies, the private sector and international organisations, to ensure a committed and effective NGO-led response to the HIV epidemic.  In addition to providing nationwide coverage of HIV prevention, treatment, care and support services, MAC and its Partner Organisations serve as the common voice for communities most affected by HIV & AIDS in the country. Learn more at

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Sunday, February 15, 2015

India's 'macaroon queen'

Pooja Dhingra tells her story of how she founded a macaroon empire in Mumbai
When Pooja Dhingra tasted her first macaroon she immediately knew what she wanted to do with her life.
It was back in 2008, and the young Indian woman was in Paris studying to be a pastry chef.
When her college friends realised that she had never tasted a macaroon - a small, colourful circular cake made from ground almonds and filled with cream or icing - they whisked her to one of the best macaroon shops in the French capital.
After just one bite, Ms Dhingra decided there and then that when she returned to Mumbai she would open her own macaroon store, the first of its kind in India.
"This might sound dramatic, but I realised that yes, this is what I want to do, I want to go back to India and take macaroons with me. This was my mission," she says.

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When I started making macaroons, first at my home kitchen, it was a complete disaster”
Pooja Dhingra
Fast forward seven years, and Ms Dhingra, now 28, is the owner of three busy macaroon shops in Mumbai. Another three stores will open in the city this year, and she has plans to expand her business, Le 15 Patisserie, across the country.
Yet as a young businesswoman in India, she says it hasn't always been plain sailing.
Initial problems Ms Dhingra should have been a lawyer. But while studying law at university in Mumbai, she decided that she wanted to quit to do something more creative.
Pooja Dhingra in front of one of her three shops  
Pooja Dhingra now employs 40 people across one central kitchen and three shops
Remembering helping her mother in the kitchen during her childhood, she decided to work with food instead of legal cases.

So she convinced her parents to let her go to Switzerland to study hospitality and management.
After three years at a Swiss catering college, Ms Dhingra did one year at the well-known Le Cordon Bleu school in Paris.
Returning to Mumbai upon graduation, she set to work in her parents' kitchen on developing her own macaroon recipe.
Yet with the weather in Mumbai being substantially hotter and more humid than Paris, she struggled for half a year, as the heat and humidity makes it difficult to make the delicate cakes.
Pooja Dhingra with her parents  
Ms Dhingra's parents supported her career change from law to food

"When I started making macaroons, first at my home kitchen, it was a complete disaster," she says.
"It took me around six months of research and 60 failed recipes to finally get something right."
Pooja Dhingra and college friends from Le Condon Bleu in front of the Eiffel Tower  
Pooja Dhingra spent one year studying in Paris

When she finally had a recipe she was proud of, her businessman father agreed to invest the initial funds she required to set up the business.
Yet being both young and female meant she faced additional challenges.
"The biggest problem was to get people to take you seriously," she says. "For example, if I had to sign a lease for a place, or buy machinery, I would have to ask my father to make these calls for me."
Ms Dhingra also found it difficult to deal with Indian red tape.
"My education in Switzerland, and working in hotels there, gave me a good idea of what working in hospitality would be like, but dealing with the bureaucracy is extremely difficult when starting a business in India."

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Sunday, February 8, 2015

Castro compares NATO to Nazi SS, slams US, Israel for ‘creating ISIS’

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Published time: September 02, 2014 03:05
Cuba's former President Fidel Castro (Reuters / Cubadebate / Handout via Reuters)
Cuba's former President Fidel Castro (Reuters / Cubadebate / Handout via Reuters)
Cuba’s former president Fidel Castro compared NATO’s recent statements to that of Nazi SS and accused US and its allies of igniting conflicts abroad. Castro slammed John McCain for backing Israel and accused both of being involved in the creation of ISIS.
‘Stop NATO!’ Anti-militarist protest gains momentum in Wales ahead of summit
Apparently referring to the pressure the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) has been trying to exert on Moscow in connection with the Ukrainian crisis, which coincides with calls for theramping up of military budgets of NATO member countries, Cuba’s iconic leader accused Western politicians of hypocrisy and aggression.
“Many people are astonished when they hear the statements made by some European spokesmen for NATO when they speak with the style and face of the Nazi SS,” Castro wrote in a column published in Cuban state media.
“Adolf Hitler’s greed-based empire went down in history with no more glory than the encouragement provided to NATO’s aggressive and bourgeois governments, which makes them the laughing stock of Europe and the world.”
Castro, 88, also attacked US Senator John McCain over his policies in the Middle East, describing him as “Israel’s most unconditional ally.”

Demonstrators take part in an anti-war protest march in Newport, Wales, August 30, 2014. (Reuters / Rebecca Naden)
Demonstrators take part in an anti-war protest march in Newport, Wales, August 30, 2014. (Reuters / Rebecca Naden)
He accused McCain of supporting Israel’s Mossad intelligence agency as well as participating “together with that service in the creation of the Islamic State, which today controls a considerable and vital portion of Iraq and reportedly one-third of Syria as well.”
Castro attacked the West for its “cynicism” and said that it became “a symbol of imperialist policy.”
Our men in Havana: US used young Latinos to foment revolutionary moods in Cuba
“The world has seen no respite in recent years, particularly since the European Economic Community, under the strict and unconditional leadership of the United States, decided the time had come to settle scores with what was left of two great nations (Russia and China) that... had carried out the heroic deed of putting an end to the imperialist colonial order imposed on the world by Europe and the United States,” Castro said.
Instead of promoting conflicts, the governments should “introduce more food, build hospitals and schools for the billions of human beings who desperately need them,” the Cuban leader believes.
Castro stressed that Cuba will continue to resist the US, despite the costs to the Cuban economy due to the US embargo, saying that “there is no worse price than capitulating before an enemy who attacks you without any right to do so.”

A demonstrator wearing a Guy Fawkes mask takes part in an anti-war protest march in Newport, Wales, August 30, 2014 (Reuters / Rebecca Naden)
A demonstrator wearing a Guy Fawkes mask takes part in an anti-war protest march in Newport, Wales, August 30, 2014 (Reuters / Rebecca Naden)
‘Cuban people are very well-informed about US attempts to undermine their government’
“When the USSR disintegrated and disappeared from the socialist landscape, we continued resisting and together, the state and the revolutionary people, we’re continuing our independent march,” said Castro.
Castro praised the Soviet Union for “gathering its resources and sharing its technology with a large number of weak and less developed nations, the inevitable victims of colonial exploitation” at the time the union existed.
The leader transferred his presidential powers to his younger brother Raul due to health concerns in 2006, after almost five decades in power.
Since then Castro has written numerous articles and books related to foreign policy.
READ MORE: Fidel Castro labels N. Korean crisis ‘absurd,’ urges restraint

US invasion of Iraq helped create ISIS - former UN chief

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Published time: February 08, 2015 16:10
Kofi Annan, the former UN secretary general, said the US-led invasion of Iraq was a mistake and helped to create the Islamist State militant group. He also blamed regional powers for making the conflict worse.
“I was against this invasion and my fears have been founded. The break-up of the Iraqi forces poured hundreds if not thousands of disgruntled soldiers and police officers onto the streets,” Kofi Annan told the Munich Security Conference on Sunday. He added that some of these former security force members went on to join the Islamic State.
“The aim of creating democracy without the existing institutions ushered in corrupt sectarian governments,” Annan said. He added that the country has been unstable ever since and this has proved the perfect breeding ground for Sunni radical Muslims, who have become affiliated with the Islamic State.
The Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) stunned the world last summer by capturing large swaths of Iraq and Syria, including the city of Mosul in mid-June. The group has created what it calls an Islamic caliphate that straddles the Iraq-Syria border.
READ MORE: ISIS executed nearly 2,000 people in Syria, mostly civilians, in 6 months – monitor
The militant group has attracted a number of foreign jihadist fighters and has become infamous for the brutal way it kills hostages. A number of Western captives have been beheaded, with the videos of the executions being posted on line. On February 3, Moath al-Kasasbeh, a Jordanian pilot captured in December, was burnt alive, a move which was condemned by large sections of the Muslim world.
The Islamic State has advocated the rape and selling into slavery of woman they capture. IS rules state that it’s permissible to rape a slave “immediately after taking possession of her” and that it’s okay “to have intercourse with the female slave who hasn’t reached puberty if she is fit for intercourse.”
READ MORE: ISIS releases horrifying sex slave pamphlet, justifies child rape
“The Islamic State is destroying the diversity and pluralism in the Middle East,” Annan concluded.
In order to halt the spread of extremism, Annan said that governments must do more to tackle problems such as unemployment, rather than just arresting critics of the regimes.
The militant group has created a price list for slaves, which ranks the cost of a woman by age. A woman aged 40-50 would sell for just 50,000 dinars or $43, a girl aged 10-20 would be worth 150,000 dinars ($125) and a child under nine would sell for 200,000 dinars ($166).
In response to IS atrocities, the US and a loose coalition of Arab states, including Bahrain, Jordan, Qatar and Saudi Arabia, started a bombing campaign in northern Syria against Islamic State fighters. Bombing missions in Iraq started a month earlier.

أمير سعودي: مليارات الخليج لم تحل أزمات مصر.. أين ذهبت؟

بوابة الحرية و العدالة

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خالد التويجري
08/02/2015 01:16 م
واصل الأمير السعودي سعود بن سيف النصر كشف فساد الديوان الملكي للراحل الملك عبد الله، وشن هجوما حادا على خالد التويجري وقائد الانقلاب العسكري السيسي وجنرالات الجيش المصري، مطالبا بمحاكمة التويجري على جرائمه وسرقاته ونهب أموال الشعب.

وتساءل الأمير سعود -عبر صفحته على "تويتر"- بعد التسريبات التي طالب فيها السيسي الخليج بـ30 مليار إضافة لـ20 مليار سابقة تم دفعها: "بما إنه لا أحد يعرف الأساس الذي أعطي المدعو وعصابته عليه مبلغ عشرون مليار دولار لمصر، هل هو قرض أم منحة أم هبة؟ لماذا لا يسأل القائمين على التبذير وتبديد خيرات الشعب السعودي أمثال المدعو (التويجري) على جنرالات الانقلاب في مصر؟"

وقال إن المليارات التي أعطيت للسيسي من أموال الشعب السعودي، "وفيما يبدو أنهم تقاسموا الـ20 مليار دولار مع جنرالات الجيش المصري، والدليل أنه لا يوجد أزمة واحدة تم حلها بمصر.

وأكد سيف النصر أنه "رغم المليارات التي انهمرت كالمطر على هؤلاء الجنرالات فلا يزال المصريون يعانون أزمة كهرباء وغاز بل ورغيف الخبز.

وهاجم الأمير رئيس ديوان الملك الراحل عبد الله بن عبد العزيز، خالد التويجري، وقال إنه تقاسم مع جنرالات الجيش المصري مبالغ هائلة بمليارات الدولارات من قوت الشعب السعودي وأنتجوا مسرحية هزلية على الشعبين، مطالبا بضرورة إخضاع التويجري "للمساءلة على جرائمه وسرقاته ونهب أموال الشعب.
وكانت قناة "مكملين" بثت تسريبا للسيسي، يطلب فيه تحويل أموال المساعدات الخليجية إلى حساب الجيش، وليس لحساب الدولة، وطالب عدد من نشطاء الخليج حكوماتهم بسحب سفرائها من مصر بعد وصفهم بـ "أنصاف دول".

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Saturday, February 7, 2015

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‘No threat to society’ – top Russian mufti appeals to Putin in defense of hijab

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Published time: February 04, 2015 09:59
Edited time: February 04, 2015 19:14
RIA Novosti / Said Tsarnaev
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Russia’s Grand Mufti has sent President Putin a letter pleading to defend the right of Muslim girls to wear the hijab in schools and universities. The cleric maintains that traditional headgear is a sign of modesty, not of religious zeal.
Ravil Gainutdin explained in his letter that it was prompted by the fact that on February 11 Russia’s Supreme Court is scheduled to discuss the ban on Muslim headgear in schools introduced earlier in the Russian republic of Mordovia. The cleric also reminded the Russian leader that February 1 is marked around the world as “International Hijab Day”.
I address you as a mufti and as a father – please protect our traditional values, protect our daughters and granddaughters – the future of our great and beautiful Eurasian state,” Gainutdin wrote in the open letter published on Wednesday on the Russian Council of Muftis’ website.

The mufti emphasized that many people outside the Muslim community had a wrong understanding of the hijab, its meaning and the rules governing its use. “Hijab simply means “veil” in Arabic and Islam doesn’t demand that everyone wears some sort of uniform, it only declares the principle of modesty and non- nudity,” he wrote. “It is neither a sign of some confession nor a challenge to society.”
Gainutdin also claimed that a similar approach to women’s dress existed in other Abrahamic religions and traditional cultures. He added that the experience of predominantly Muslim regions, such as Tatarstan and Chechnya is proof that the policy of secular authorities’ non-involvement in religious issues can only have a positive effect.
The mufti went on to blame foreign influence for the very existence of the hijab controversy. “Through the ‘headscarf issue’ certain foreign forces are imposing on us intolerance, anti-democracy and disrespect to Eurasian traditions of inter-ethnic friendship. They are politicizing a completely household, family issue. Through tearing off modest clothing they seek to tear the beautiful and complicated patterned cloth of the Russian world,” Gainutdin stated.
No official response to the letter was immediately available.
Towards the end of 2012, Vladimir Putin opposed hijabs in schools saying that though people’s religious feelings must be respected, Russia was a secular state. “We should see how our neighbors, European states deal with this issue [wearing hijabs]. And everything will become clear,” Putin said.
However, the president stressed that decisions on the matter can only be made in an acceptable form – so that no one is hurt – and after a discussion with clerics.
READ MORE: Putin against hijab in schools
In July 2014, Russia’s Supreme Court banned the use of the hijab and other Muslim headwear in schools, following a complaint from southern Russia’s Stavropol region. Several months earlier, the regional administration ordered all schoolchildren to appear in classes only in regular, secular clothes.
Local Muslims turned to the courts saying the regulation was infringing their freedom of faith as certain denominations of Islam requires that all women wear special headscarves called hijabs that cover their hair and necks.
The regional court threw the claim out as, according to the judges, school regulations concerning dress did not prevent Muslims from believing in God and were therefore not infringing anyone’s rights. The Supreme Court also took the side of the Stavropol administration and rejected the appeal.

READ MORE: Supreme Court upholds ban on Muslim headwear in schools

الملك الجديد يعيد الشيخ الشريم الرافض للإنقلاب لإمامة الحرم

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الملك الجديد يعيد الشيخ الشريم الرافض للإنقلاب لإمامة الحرم

 يبدو ان الملك السعودي الجديد سلمان بن عبد العزيز  يصر علي ان يكشف للجميع انه لن يسير علي نهج سلفه الراحل عبدالله في دعم الانقلاب العسكري في مصر و الأخبار السعيدة تتوالي علي رافضي الإنقلاب العسكري في مصر و العالم العربي و الإسلامي فقد أعاد الملك الجديد الشيخ الدكتور سعود الشريم لإمامة الحرم و خطب الجمعة و أم المصلين
يذكر ان الشيخ الشريم جهر بشكل مباشر برفضه لإنقلاب العسكر في مصر و استنكر محرقة رابعة العدوية و قتل المصريين في الشوارع علي يد أمن الانقلاب 

 و وجه إمام الحرم المكي الشيخ سعود الشريم نداء إلى الجنود المصريين بعدم تلويث أيديهم بدم إخوانهم المصريين، مبينا أنه يربأ بالجندي المصري أن يقتل أخاه وقد سلم العدو من سلاحه. 
وقال الشريم عبر حسابه بموقع تويتر   في أعقاب مقتل العشرات من المعتصمين أمام دار الحرس الجمهوري بمصر: "لم يمض على تغريدتي اﻷخيرة 15 ساعة حيث سميت أحداث مصر (الكاشفة) فكشفت استحلال دم اﻷخ لأخيه وقت صلاة الفجر وسكون الناس وهو فعل أهل الغدر والخيانة".
وأضاف الشريم: "أيها الجندي المصري اربأ بسلاحك أن تلوثه، فلا تبسط يدك لتقتل بني جلدتك في حين قد سلم منك عدوك (ومن يقتل مؤمنا متعمدا فجزاؤه جهنم خالدا فيها

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Thursday, February 5, 2015

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Cops Who Framed Mentally Challenged Man For Rape and Murder Ordered To Personally Pay Him $7,000,000

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Antony Caravella had to wait 26 years for justice. The 46-year-old was wrongfully imprisoned after being framed by two Miramar police officers for the rape and murder of 58-year old Ada Cox Jankowski.
Jankowski was in fact brutally raped and stabbed over a dozen times, but the mentally challenged Caravella had nothing to do with the crimes against her. Still, back in 1983, Caravella framed by two police officers William Mantesta and George Pierson.

Caravella was released from prison back in September 2009 and was cleared of any and all involvement through DNA testing. But now, a federal appeals court has ruled Officers Mantesta and Pierson, must pay Caravella $7 million directly. That’s right, the city is not being told to foot the bill for these rogue officers: they are being told to pay Caravella themselves.
When Caravella was arrested back on December 28, 1983, Officer Mantesta and Officer George Pierson spent hours alone with him, telling the 15 year old information about the Jankowski crime scene, and then tricking him into repeating the information back in a way that they said amounted to a confession. Caravella had an IQ of 67, and was considered mentally challenged.
The jury who awarded Caravella the $7m claim against the officers, found that both had, “while acting under color of state law as a members of the City of Miramar Police Department acted with malice or reckless indifference to Caravella.”
The court decided that the now retired Officer Mantesta is liable for $4 million and the similarly retired Peirson is liable for $3 million.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015


ITV On Assignment - Somalia

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Report: Somali Minorities Vulnerable to Sexual Violence 2 5 Google +0 1

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Monday, February 2, 2015

FILE - A Somali woman, who was sentenced to a year in jail after she told a reporter she was raped by security forces, holds her baby at the court house in Mogadishu, March 3, 2013.
FILE - A Somali woman, who was sentenced to a year in jail after she told a reporter she was raped by security forces, holds her baby at the court house in Mogadishu, March 3, 2013.

NAIROBI, KENYA— A new report says Somali women and girls from minority clans are more vulnerable to sexual violence due to poverty, marginalization and discriminatory attitudes. The perpetrators include members of dominant clans, militias and security forces, and even African Union soldiers. A new report, titled "No One Cries for Them," highlights challenges faced by Somalia’s minority women at the hands of dominant clans, armed men and security forces.
Minority Rights Group Gender Program Coordinator for Somalia Christine Uyoga said minority people are marginalized politically, economically and socially - leading to abuse.
“They have been excluded for things to do with participation. If you look at political participation we do not have [the] minority community represented there," said Uyoga. "When we go to humanitarian aid, access is difficult for the minority community, and particularly women and children. If you look at education system in Somalia, we do not still have inclusion for the enrollment of the minority children to the education system in Somalia.”
The report also documents the widespread prohibition of intermarriage. For example, it is socially acceptable for a woman from a majority clan to marry across dominant clans, but it is socially unacceptable for a woman or man from a minority clan to marry someone from a majority clan.
Most of Somalia’s minorities live in the southern part of the country. In 2002, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs estimated minority clans comprised one third of the country’s 11 million people.
Uyoga said under Somalia's clan system, even the kind of work a person performs can exclude that person from the mainstream population.
“The cause is clan dynamism that is on the ground in Somalia, because the minorities are also clustered different, most of the minorities particularly in Somalia they are occupational minorities," said Uyoga. "So they look at the kind of work they do and they look at their skills and they say that now we are sidelining them because of this.”
Mariam Yassin, the director of the non-profit IIDA Women’s Development Organization, said her group seeks equal opportunities for minority communities.
She said her organization believes in "equality and justice, and this is what God has mentioned in the Quran. Yassin said it is part of Somalia's culture and constitution.
Yassin said the group is "not asking for something that is impossible, that it is possible to get justice and equality" and, she added, "peace cannot be achieved while Somalis are confronting each other and segregating others.”
Under Somalia's Federal Charter, political power is dominated by four major clans and smaller influence given to minority clans, under what is known as the 4.5 plan. That arrangement has been blamed for division in the country and frequent political bickering.
EU special envoy to Somalia Michele Cervone d'Urso said the country needs a new democratic process that can achieve equality and unity.
“In 2016 we will have a new democratic process in that case it will not be based on 4.5, it should be far more linked to actual realities of the Somali population, including of course minority groups, and we are moving toward that ... because the 4.5 is artificial to some extent, very simplistic and artificial,” said d'Urso.
Some representatives from minority groups have welcomed the political initiative trying to break from the traditional clan politics, but they say equality and justice need to be felt in every part of Somalia, socially and economically.
Source: VOA

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Sunday, February 1, 2015

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Controversial C of E vicar faces inquisition after linking Israel to 9/11 attacks

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Published time: January 30, 2015 13:00
Stephen Sizer (Image from
Stephen Sizer (Image from
A Church of England vicar is under internal investigation after allegedly sharing an article on Facebook which blames Israel for the 9/11 terror attacks.
Reverend Stephen Sizer reportedly posted a link to an article titled, “9/11 – Israel did it” and wrote: “Is this anti-Semitic? If so, no doubt I’ll be asked to remove it. It raises so many questions.”
Sizer has since taken down the FB post, but the Church of England said on Thursday it would investigate the incident.
In a statement, the Church said it was a “matter of deep sorrow and shame” that Sizer promoted the article during the same week as Holocaust Memorial Day.
Jewish community leaders said the article was “unquestionably anti-Semitic” and “absurd.”
Hosted on, the article argues only the CIA and Israel’s Mossad were capable of executing the 9/11 attacks.
Of the two, Mossad had the most “compelling motive” because it wanted the United States to “destroy Israel’s enemies.”
When contacted by the Jewish News, the Surrey-based clergyman appeared to defend the post, asking them to provide evidence Israel wasn’t involved in 9/11.
According to the Jewish News, he said: “I would welcome articles you can recommend refuting the allegations.”
He added: “It is essential the public become convinced of what happened before and after 9/11. Inevitably the truth will upset many people if it is shown by further investigation that the official explanations are shown to be deficient.

Reuters/Sara K. Schwittek
Reuters/Sara K. Schwittek
This is not the first time Sizer has faced accusations of anti-Semitism.
In 2013, the Board of Deputies of British Jews complained he was publishing anti-Semitic statements on his blog.
Following mediation meetings with Jewish community leaders, Sizer maintained he did not regret what he said.
Sizer said at the time that his criticism of Israel’s policies toward Palestinians had “caused offence to those who want to justify those actions.”
He did acknowledge his use of language had caused offense, however, and that he should have chosen his words more carefully.
Anti-Semitism is racism – it is dehumanizing and treats Jews in a derogatory or negative way. I repudiate that unequivocally,” he said.
More recently, Sizer received strong criticism after attending a conference in Iran discussing “Zionist involvement” in the 9/11 attacks.
Jewish groups accused him of supporting an “anti-Semitic hate-fest” by speaking at the conference.
In a statement Thursday in response to Sizer’s Facebook post, the Church of England said: “These comments would rightly be seen as unacceptable whenever they were posted. It is a matter of deep sorrow and shame that they have been posted in this week of all weeks.”
The Diocese of Guildford, where the Rev Sizer is licensed, is taking immediate steps to investigate. The diocese is aware of the seriousness of the matter and are also in touch with the Board of Deputies of British Jews.”
Jonathan Arkush, vice-president of the Board of Deputies of British Jews, told the Jewish News: “Posting, and giving approval to, an article which in effect accuses Jews of responsibility for the 9/11 atrocity is unquestionably anti-Semitic, just as it is beyond absurd.”
  • Rt might be anti-American but still very pro Israel.
  • ptwang

    yeah, we know already.. truth = antisemitic
  • Last Autumn, my garden wall collapsed. I didn't have to keep telling people this, because It REALLY happened. If it didn't, I would keep repeating a big lie to make sure it never went challenged.
  • Dave P

    so someone comes up with a theory that could possibly make sense and that theory is totally disregarded and considered hate simply because it involves the Jews? I've not read the article but there is no doubt about it that Israel did in fact have the most to gain by that tragedy.
  • Mossad and the CIA did 9/11 but it's pointless to expect the Americans to investigate it because Mossad controls the CIA, Congress and the media. However, the US military know the truth about 9/11 and it's just a matter of time before the Yanks get together with the Russians. Israel will 'flat-ass disappear'. That's what they're saying in the US Marine Corps.
  • Are the Church of England saying that there is no distinction between Jews and Israel? So, insulting Israel is insulting Jews? What if the story is true that Israel somehow was involved....? Does it change the whole story?
    • Biset, how dare you offer a rationale thought on this subject. There is no room for rationale, independent thoughts about this subject. The U.S. government has already told us who is at fault. We all know that the U.S. government is the most honest/reputable/reliable source of news information on the planet. Shame on you for trying to interject a thought that wasn't given to you by the Mass Mainstream Media. Shame!
  • If he has facts, then let him post them. If his facts are anti-semitic then maybe people should pay more attention to the facts than ad hominem attacks on the person stating the facts.