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One of the most lucid and to-the-point writers is Mark Steyn. He has a web page called Steyn-on-Line where all of his articles can be read. This is what he writes about Turkey:

For a year or more now, there’s been a steady drip of “Who lost Turkey?” stories. The modern secular Muslim state – a country that gave women the vote before Britain did and was Israel’s best friend in an otherwise hostile region – certainly, that Turkey seems to be being de-boned by the hour: it now has an Islamist government whose Prime Minister has canceled trade deals with Israel, denounced the Iraqi elections, and frosted out the US Ambassador because he was Jewish; a new edition of Mein Kampf is prominently displayed at the airport bookstore. In other words, the Zionist Entity’s best pal is starting to look like just another cookie-cutter death-to-the-Great-Satan stan-of-the-month.
But among all the lamentations only Michel Gurfinkiel’s recent analysis in commentary got to the underlying reality: Since the collapse of the Ottoman
Empire, there have been two Turkeys: the Turks of Rumelia, or European Turkey,
and the Turks of Anatolia, or Asia Minor. Kemal Ataturk was from Rumelia and so
were most of his supporters, and they imposed the modern Turkish Republic on a
somewhat relunctant Anatolia, where Ataturk’s distinction between the state and
Islam was never accepted. In its 80-year history, the population has increased from 14 million in 1923 to 70 million today, but the vast bulk of that population growth has come from Anatolia, whose population has migrated from the rural hinterland to overwhelm the once solidly Kemalist cities. Ataturk’s modern secular Turkey has simply been outbred by fiercely Islamic Turkey. That’s a lesson in demography from an all-Muslim sample: no pasty white blokes were involved. So the fact that Muslim fertility is declining in Tunisia is no consolation: all that will do, as in Turkey, is remove moderate Muslims from the equation too early in the game.

Brief and to the point…

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According to the new report from Amnesty International, China has not fulfilled its promise to protect Human Rights for the Olympics Game of 2008:

The report catalogs a wide range of persistent abuses, from extensive use of detention without trial to the persecution of civil rights activists and new methods to rein in the domestic media and censor the Internet.
The London-based group welcomed the new rules for foreign journalists and the referral of all death sentences to China’s Supreme Court since the start of the year. “Disappointingly, they have been matched by moves to expand detention without trial and house arrest of activists, and by a tightening of controls over domestic media and the Internet,” Catherine Baber, deputy Asia-Pacific director of Amnesty International, said in a statement.
China’s Foreign Ministry in a statement Monday rejected the report, saying the government was improving its legal system and promoting democracy. “We are conscientiously fulfilling our promise for the Olympics. … The progress China has achieved in human rights cannot be slandered by a report from an individual organization with political prejudice,” the statement said.

What is more AI denounces China is using the Olympics to increase its pressure on dissidents:

A report by the group welcomed some reforms, but criticised China’s detentions without trial and tightened control of the media and the internet.

Precisely the limits imposed on freedom of speech are one of the more worrying. And internet is precisely one of the places were it is more limites. MySpace is already on in Chinese internet… with some restrictions:

Attempts to post on topics that are deemed inappropriate by the Chinese Government will result in the message: “Sorry, the article you want to publish may contain inappropriate content. Please delete the unsuitable content, and then try reposting it. Thank you.” Even searching for blacklisted keywords results in the same warning.

Anyway, Chinese evident lack of progress on Human Rights has had some benefits: Chinese Censorship Chief receives French Highest Honor.

Long Xinmin, rewarded with the Légion d’Honneur at the French Embassy in Beijing, is a dignitary of the Chinese regime. He is the chief of the censorship administration, an administration that controls all newspapers, television and, of course, the Chinese Internet. It does not hesitate to send to prison those who do not respect the strict rules of the propaganda. Officially, Mr. Long has received the medal for being a francophile. But even inside the communist party, he’s considered as a hardliner, a conservative that has recently been harsher with Chinese bloggers.

Canada has been assured that China had not tortured Canadian citizen Huseyin Celil, a Canadian citzen accused by Chinese authorities of “separating China” and “organizing, leading and participating in terrorist groups, organizations“. I wonder if they would be soooo worried if this Canadian citizen was Christian, Jewish or Buddhist…

We will also see if Al Gore sells any of his videos to China, as the pollution there is growing rapidly: it will be this year the more important polluter:

Currently, 16 of the 20 most polluted cities in the world are located in China, and it is the second largest emitter of energy-related carbon dioxide after the United States. China relies on coal for 70 percent of its energy needs, and discharges a large amount of pollutants into its rivers. The increase of the economy’s energy demands is also the cause of higher greenhouse gas levels, as many Chinese companies build coal-fired plants and operate them without the government’s consent.

In the same link there says that AlGore has spoken about Chinese environment… in USA. It would be very good to try to speak about this with Chinese authorities…

Other news:

Rich Chinese fancy expensive cars. The most exclusive car brands are among those experiencing the fastest growth. Jenny Zheng, Rolls-Royce’s general manager for greater China, says the company’s China sales jumped more than 60% last year from the year before. She says China overtook Japan for the first time in 2006, though she declined to cite actual figures. Globally, the brand has sold 805 cars, each one tailor-made to the owner’s demands, she says. Well, this is logical considering that China is communist… or not?
China moves to restrict lending.
Thousands of Chinese mines and cement workers are dying each year from breathing of coal and cement dust. “The lung disease known as “black lung” or pneumoconiosis accounts for three quarters of all occupational deaths, health officials said. China’s coal mines are the most deadly in the world. An average of 17 miners are killed in mining accidents each day, the official People’s Daily newspaper reports. Independent labour groups believe the death toll is much higher“. “Of 677,000 occupational disease cases reported in China since the 1950s, more than 90% were pneumoconiosis cases, health ministry spokesperson Su Zhi said. Last year alone, the black lung disease accounted for 76% of the 11,000 new occupational disease cases reported. 621 of the pneumoconiosis cases reported last year involved workers under the age of 18“.
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Un informe de Amnistía Internacional vuelve a denunciar que China sigue sin respetar los derechos humanos, a pesar de haber prometido hacerlo para la inauguración de los Juegos Olímpicos. Entre otras cosas, el informe denuncia las detenciones sin juicio y las restricciones a la libertad de expresión, así como que parece que se está aprovchando precisamente los JJOO para incrementar la presión sobre los disidentes.
Por supuesto, China lo ha negado diciendo que “los evidentes procesos en materia de Derechos Humano van a ser dismiuidos en importancia por una organizacion con prejuicios políticos”.
Sin embargo,las restricciones en Internet continúan: ahora es MySpace la que tiene un filtro que impide postear material considerado “no apropiado“, de tal forma que si no lo quitas el post no puedes postearlo.
Eso sí, Francia ha concedido al censor mayor de … la Republica Popular China la legion de Honor, porque es “muy francófilo“. Y mientras Canadá está muy aliviada después de que las autoridades chinas hayan asegurado que no han torturado a un ciudadano canadiense, acusado de intentar separar China y de “pertenecer a organizaciones subversivas, terroristas o semejantes”. El ciudadano en cuestión es musulmán, y, considerando loable que defiendan a sus ciudadanos, habría que preguntrse si hubieran mantenido la misma postura, si Husiyen Celil hubiera pertenecido a otra religión.
Asimismo, China -al igual que EEUU, pero ya veremos quién es más criticado- consideran poco fiable un informe sobre la contaminación, al convertirse China este mismo año en el mayor contaminador del mundo. Ya de las 2o capitales más contaminadas, 16 están en China.
Y, para terminar, a los chinos ricos les molan los coches caros (la firma Rolls-Royce ha anunciado que este año han aumentado un 60% sus ventas) mientras las 3/4 partes de los mineros o trabajadores del cemento mueren anualmente de “pulmón blanco“. Sólo el año pasado, el 76% de los trabajadores con enfermedades han muerto por esta causa. 621 eran de menores de 18 años.

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Some days ago 3 Christians were killed after being tortured in the central city of Malatya:

The three victims — a German and two Turkish citizens — were found with their hands and legs bound and their throats slit at the Zirve publishing house in the central city of Malatya.
Police detained four youths, aged 19-20, and also suspect a fifth, who underwent surgery for head injuries sustained apparently in trying to escape by jumping from a window at Zirve, authorities said.
The five suspects had each had been carrying copies of a letter that read “We five are brothers. “We are going to our deaths. We may not return,” according to the state-run Anatolia news agency.

[…] In February 2006, a Turkish teenager shot a Catholic priest dead as he prayed in his church, and two other Catholic priests were attacked later that year. A November visit by Pope Benedict XVI was greeted by several nonviolent protests. Earlier this year, a suspected nationalist killed Armenian Christian editor Hrant Dink.

[…] The manner in which the victims were bound suggested the attack could have been the work of a local Islamic militant group, commentators said, and CNN-Turk television reported that police were investigating the possible involvement of Turkish Hezbollah — a Kurdish Islamic organization that aims to form a Muslim state in Turkey’s Kurdish-dominated southeast.
Turkish Hezbollah — which has been known to “hog-tie” its victims while torturing them — takes its name from the Lebanon-based Hezbollah, but has no formal links to it. Turkish authorities recently said they were witnessing an increase in the group’s activities.

The Middle East Times [h/t The Belmont Club] reported about the torture inflicted on the victims:

“He had scores of knife cuts on his thighs, his testicles, his rectum, and his back,” Ugras said. “His fingers were sliced to the bone. “It is obvious that these wounds had been inflicted to torture him,” he said.

[…] The abuse lasted for three hours as the five men detained at the crime scene interrogated the three on their missionary activities, they said.

But there is another thing to worry about h/t NoisyRoom.Net:

Even though both Turks who died on Wednesday had abandoned Islam and converted to Christianity, Ugur Yuksel was buried as a Muslim.

More in Kattolikko Pensiero.

The Turkish PM Erdogan considered this “a brutality“. But the fact that he have elected his friend Abdullah Gül to substitute him (Erdogan is retiring from active politics) has caused a terrible political storm.

Gül is what MSM call a moderate Muslim. His wife wears the veil -she could not study at University because of that- and his daughter wears a wig instead of hijab, not to show her hair attending the Unversity classes. [In the Atatürk founded state, based on modern secularism, women who wear hijabs are forbidden to attend any official/public gathering/office.

Lots of Turks began demonstrating against the naming of Gül h/t C&R. The Jawa Report has a video in this post.

The Turkish Army, guardian of the secularism, spoke to warn against any movements that would make secularism disappear from Turkey. The Government told the Army that the military chief answers to the Prime Minister

And the EU “warned Turkish Army over vote“:

EU Enlargement Commissioner Olli Rehn said the controversy was a test case for
the military to respect democracy.

So it is true that they are seeing it better an moderate Islamist Turkey than a military held secular Government. I wonder what they would say if any Catholic country would be in the same position…

At the same time,I think they are searching for a reason not to admit Turkey in EU. I mean, if Turkey would be a real stable secularist country with no kind of influence from Islamists, EU would have it really tough not to admit them. But as it is, there are great majorities both in Germany and France -here it would really depends on who wins the Presidential election, as Ségoléne has announced she would support Turkey’s admittance into the EU- that do not like Turks in the EU. If a coup happens or Islamist influence grows, it is going to be plainly difficult… to tell them EU admits them… [remember Gül was the one who said that, if Turkey wasn’t admitted, the EU would be considered as “a Christian club”?]

More about this at Town Commons who points out that ten years ago, the Army ousted Islamist premier Necmettin Erbakan’s government, in which Gul also served, with strong public backing and without tanks on the streets, something which forgets to tell the Economist when writing about Gül. He also comments about this:

I am unsure how to feel about the EU’s warning. On one hand, it is comic for being utterly meaningless. There is no military threat behind it, and it is pretty clear that the EU will not forgo a single euro in trade over it. On the other hand, it is rather ironic for being issued in protection of Islamists. If Gates of Vienna’s compelling arguments on Islamicization in Europe and its likely course are accurate, this continued EU willingness to do business with and support Islamists may be biting them sooner rather then later.

More about demonstrations against Islamism in Turkey from Gateway Pundit. Jim has posted a lot of photos, like the one on the right.

Newsbusters also wrote about this: How will media Report Massive Turkish Protests Against Islamic-Rooted Government? h/t Custos Fidei.

More about the demonstrations in NYT, Deutsche Welle.

It’s curious that International MSM pictures these huge demonstration (1 million according to Turkish TV) as “elite” demonstrations… and that the demonstrations are considering the Islamists as inferior human beings.

Turkish political tensions hit currency ahead of court ruling.

Tulay Tugcu, president of the Constitutional Court, said she hoped for a ruling on Friday’s contested first-round vote before the second round is held on Wednesday.
If the court’s 11 judges rule in favor of the plaintiff, the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP), the election will be annulled and early elections will be called in 45 to 90 days.
The CHP based its complaint on a technicality, saying the 550-member parliament should have had a quorum of 367 to open the session for a presidential election — the number of votes required for a candidate to be elected in the first round.

Other news about Turkey:

  • Turkey warned Canada US against using term genocide regarding Armenians. Canadian Prime Minister Harper was warned through diplomatic channels last week that “repeating these claims annually will not help in normalizing Turkey-Armenia relations and will harm Turkish-Canadian bilateral relations as well.” “We hope that the Canadian PM will not repeat this year what he did last year,” a high-level Foreign Ministry official said, the Turkish Daily News reports. [To read more about Armenian genocide, go over to Fausta’s blog].
  • Turkish Islamists in Germany h/t Jihadi du Jour: Welt am Sonntag: What do you think about the influence of Islam on the western world? Notker Wolf: There are certainly some groups that have set the islamization of Europe as their goal. I think that in itself is a serious thing. In Germany the Turkish association Ditib recently demanded that the «Word on Friday» be broadcast on public television. I only wonder: How can it be that these people demand all rights in Germany for themselves, while at the same time Christians are seriously discriminated in Turkey? Why are we, Christians, not allowed a theological faculty in Turkey? Why are we not allowed to have any church property there? Meanwhile, the mayor of Munich even breaks building regulations to approve a mosque, just to win the votes of the Turks. That is unbelievable! Tolerance is good, but it doesn’t mean we should surrender.
  • Turkey’s stocks, currency tumble on election fears (also on BBC, BBC) : The ISE National 100 index dropped 5.7% to 44,208.58, with Turkcell losing 2%, Finansbank down 1.7% and Alcatel Teletas losing 5.8%. The dollar gained as much as 4%, and climbed 2.7% to 1.3640 lira in morning trading.
    The staunchly secular military, which has led three coups since 1960, is upset that the leading presidential candidate, Abdullah Gul, has an Islamist past. In a statement made Friday evening, the military said it would act to defend secularism.
    Serhan Cevik, an analyst at Morgan Stanley, called the military’s statement “harsh” and “unexpected.”
    “Even though reasons behind this blunt declaration are open to debate, there is no doubt that even ‘post-modern’ statements undermine institutional reforms to demilitarize the political landscape and thereby Turkey’s accession negotiations with the European Union,” Cevik said in a note to clients.

Others blogging about this: Desde el Exilio.

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My preferred Egyptian blogger, Sandmonkey, quits fearing for his security after he blogged about a demonstration some weeks ago. A lot of bloggers have already expressed their regrets, although I believe all of us understand why he has done it.
Others who have commented about this sad event: Blue Star Chronicles, Gateway Pundit and Seven Inches of Sense (this last one is very good ;-D).
I hope he will return to blogging as soon as possible.

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I have written about the Pakistani President Musharraf and how he is capitulating to the Talibans. But there are more related news from The New Stateman:

You must understand,” says Maulana Sami ul-Haq, “that Pakistan and Islam are synonymous.” The principal of Darul Uloom Haqqania, a seminary in Pakistan’s North-West Frontier Province (NWFP), is a tall and jovial man. He grabs my hand as he takes me round the seminary. Maulana ul-Haq laughs when I ask his views on jihad. “It is the duty of all Muslims to support those groups fighting against oppression,” he says.

The Haqqania is one of the largest madrasas in Pakistan. It produces about 3,000 graduates, most from exceptionally poor backgrounds, every year. The walls of the student dormitory are decorated with tanks and Kalashnikovs. A group of students, all with black beards, white turbans and grey dresses, surrounds me. They are curious and extremely polite. We chat under the watchful eye of two officers from Pakistan’s intelligence services. What would they do after they graduate, I ask. “Serve Islam,” they reply in unison. “We will dedicate our lives to jihad.”

Pakistan is reverberating with the call of jihad. For more than two months, the capital, Islamabad, has been held hostage by a group of burqa-clad women, armed with sticks and shouting: “Al-jihad, al-jihad.

Source: Jihad Watch: Pakistan: The Taliban takeover

And Pakistan already has the nuclear bomb…

About the Jihadi Taliban women of Pakistan:

The ninjas. The burqa brigade. The women in black. For some years now I’ve been hearing such terms thrown around with disdain by “burqa-unfriendly” sections of Pakistani society to describe the women who swathe themselves entirely in black. The terms are disparaging, but until recently they were a joke, not invested with the property of fear invoked by the ninjas’ male counterparts: the beards, the fundos, the jihadis. In the past few weeks, all that has changed.

The first sign of trouble occurred in January when the female students of Islamabad’s Jamia Hafsa madrasa occupied a children’s library to protest against the demolition of 80 mosques encroaching on public land. Rather than resorting to its usual brute-force tactics, the government sent in the minister for religious affairs to promise that those mosques already demolished would be rebuilt.

[…]

Then, in March, dozens of girls from Jamia Hafsa kidnapped three women and a baby from a house they claimed was a brothel. Next they kidnapped two policemen. Newspaper front pages were splashed with pictures of the ninjas chasing away plain-clothes policemen while wielding long sticks. They have also taken to patrolling the bazaars, threatening the owners of DVD and CD stores, which they claim spread pornography and vice. Every few days the papers now carry pictures of DVD bonfires.

The girls of Jamia Hafsa have their male counterparts at the adjoining Jamia Fareedia madrasa for men. But “Jamia Fareedia” has not entered Pakistan’s vocabulary in the way “Jamia Hafsa” has, and the part that the male students play in their campaign of “virtue” has gone compa ratively unremarked on, though they, too, were present at the kidnappings and are part of the intimidation of video store owners. In fact, the femaleness of the female students seems to be causing almost as much consternation as the decision by the brothers who run the two madrasas to impose a parallel sharia system of justice within their premises and their warnings of suicide attacks if the government doesn’t also impose sharia law.

The gendered nature of the commentary about the Jamia Hafsa students cuts across many sections of society – from the radio DJ who, tongue firmly in cheek, declared the theme of his show “girl power – in honour of the ladies of Jamia Hafsa”, to the highly respected journalist deploying the phrase “chicks with sticks”, to the head of Jamaat-ud-Dawa (the offshoot of the banned militant party Lashkar-e-Toiba) opposing the students’ actions on the grounds that it is un-Islamic for women to take a leadership position, to General Musharraf dismissing the vigilantes as “misguided women” – which seems to suggest that they wouldn’t or couldn’t behave as they were doing if not for someone else (presumably male) guiding their actions. Musharraf has also used gender as an excuse for not taking action against their flagrant violations of the law. “We respect women,” he intoned with great sincerity, put ting aside the fact that women are being harassed and kidnapped by the JH students.

Source: New Statesman – “Misguided women

Aussie News and Views has more about this girls. And a photo of them at “class”:

They have even threatened with beginning a campaign of suicide attacks. Sex equality is not that, at least for me…

Yesterday, there was another suicide attack in Pakistan, where 28 people were killed. The suicide bomber aimed at the Pakistan’s interior minister, Aftab Khan Sherpao (right, the Interior Minister appears on TV just after the attack), and his son. Neither of them were killed, but suffered only little cuts and bruises.

Also in Le Monde.

More about delicacy with pre-Islamic and non-Islamic art:

Some 35,000 petroglyphs located in Pakistan’s Indus River area will soon be flooded by a giant dam. An archeologist from Heidelberg is trying to save as much as he can before encroaching modernity destroys the remote area’s cultural history.” — from this article

Right, “The symbol of a great kingdom: The depiction of a mighty capricorn originates from the 6th century BC. Persian stone carving artists left the image behind on a cliff“.

Right, “This large rock found at Hodur West features two Buddhas next to a shrine“.

But I think the best of them is this one:

“Memento mori: “Remember You Are Mortal,” reads this inscription, which is written in Brahmi, the Sanscrit script“.

The experts consider that the destruction of these stones would be similar to the destruction of the Afghan Buddhas by the Talibans some years ago.

All photos from Der Spiegel Online and Heidelberger Akademie der Wissenschaften.

More from Jihad Watch: Pakistan bans play for ridiculing burka.

“The veil has long been part of local culture and nobody is allowed to make fun of these values,” Minister for Culture Ghazi Gulab Jamal said.

The satirical play Burqa Vaganza was staged this month by Ajoka Theatre at the Arts Council in the eastern city of Lahore, known as the country’s cultural capital.

Islamist women lawmakers raised the issue in the lower house, saying that the play was against the “Koranic injunctions on the veil.”

[…]Predictably, religious conservative Pakistanis did not find it funny, going as far as to describe the play as blasphemous, a crime in Pakistan that can carry a death sentence.

“They have committed blasphemy against the Prophet (Mohammad),” Razia Aziz, a female lawmaker from the Islamist opposition alliance, told the National Assembly.

That is, ISLAMIST WOMEN, such us the ones who attacked three women accusing them of having a brothel some days ago…

But if what you have read is not sufficient, here comes another fact: Video shows 12-year-old beheading man.

KILI FAQIRAN, Pakistan – The boy with the knife looks barely 12. In a high-pitched voice, he denounces the bound, blindfolded man before him as an American spy. Then he hacks off the captive’s head to cries of “God is great!” and hoists it in triumph by the hair.
A video circulating in Pakistan records the grisly death of Ghulam Nabi, a Pakistani militant accused of betraying a top Taliban official who was killed in a December airstrike in Afghanistan.
An Associated Press reporter confirmed Nabi’s identity by visiting his family in Kili Faqiran, their remote village in southwestern Pakistan.
The video, which was obtained by AP Television News in the border city of Peshawar on Tuesday, appears authentic and is unprecedented in jihadist propaganda because of the youth of the executioner.
Captions mention Mullah Dadullah, the Taliban’s current top commander in southern Afghanistan, although he does not appear in the video. The soundtrack features songs praising Taliban supreme leader Mullah Omar and “Sheikh Osama” — an apparent reference to Osama bin Laden, who is suspected of hiding along the Afghan-Pakistan border.
The footage shows Nabi making what is described as a confession, being blindfolded with a checkered scarf.
“He is an American spy. Those who do this kind of thing will get this kind of fate,” says his baby-faced executioner, who is not identified.
A continuous 2 1/2-minute shot then shows the victim lying on his side on a patch of rubble-strewn ground. A man holds Nabi by his beard while the boy, wearing a camouflage military jacket and oversized white sneakers, cuts into the throat. Other men and boys call out “Allahu akbar!” — “God is great!” — as blood spurts from the wound.
The film, overlain with jihadi songs, then shows the boy hacking and slashing at the man’s neck until the head is severed.

Have you heard any protests by UN, UNICEF, the EU or any other of these busybodies? Any Government? No, because this boy is also a peaceful militant, fighting against bad Muslim Jihadi

Small Dead Animals and The Belmont Club:

This danger, more than five years later, has assumed menacing proportions. The rapid escalation of violence orchestrated by Islamist extremists across Pakistan in recent times and cumulative efforts to further radicalize the country have now led Musharraf’s military regime to revisit the idea of madrassa (seminary) reforms.

[…] Speaking on the status of education in Pakistan, Education Minister Javed Ashraf Qazi disclosed, at the Civil Service Academy in Lahore in the first week of April, that there were 5,459 madrassas in Punjab province; 2,843 in NWFP; 1,935 in Sindh; 1,193 in the Northern Areas; 769 in Balochistan; 586 in “Azad” (Pakistan-occupied) Kashmir; 135 in the Federally Administrated Tribal Areas; and 77 in the capital, Islamabad.

A majority of the extremist seminaries that preach and support militant violence follow the Deobandi sect and are associated with the Wafaq-ul-Madaris, the main confederacy of seminaries. According to the International Crisis Group (ICG), “The two factions of the Deobandi political parties, JUI-Fazlur Rehman [Jamaat-e-Ulema-Islam faction headed by Maulana Fazlur Rehman] and JUI-Samiul Haq, run over 65% of all madrassas in Pakistan.” Rehman and Haq are widely considered to be the primary backers of the Taliban.

Of course, and now they are going to be allowed by Jihadis and Islamists to make a reform of the system that is going to change precisely the main source of power of Jiadis and Islamists.

Musharraf has also announced that NATO and he himself are losing the war against the Talibans. Hmm, encouraging eh???

China-Pakistan agree to work jointly for peace and stability in the region.

The definition of Islamic democracy: Pakistani cleric, Maulana Abu Aziz:

The cleric also criticised democracy, saying it was a flawed system. “Democracy is nothing, but counting of heads. It cannot differentiate between good and bad people, as in this system the vote of a devout Muslim equals the vote of a frail Muslim,” he said.

Left: students chanting anti-American slogans while burning thousands of DVDs, videos and music CDs at the Lal Mosque in Islamabad, Pakistan.

h/t Don Singleton, who commenting the photo, says:

Of course these peace loving students paid for all of those DVDs, videos, and music. Didn’t they?

So the conclusion can be extracted from The Belmont Club:
despite promises to clean up its madrassas, Pakistan’s 13,000 Muslim seminaries, with an enrollment of 1.5 million, have opposed all efforts at reform and now threatens to add to the homegrown Islamist threat Musharraf described as “eating us from within”

An interesting video on the Madrassas’ problem:

Sent to Open Trackbacks: The Right Nation, Dumb Ox and Woman Honor thyself.

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The Pentagon has announced the capture of Adb al Hadi al Iraqi, considerd as a “top level member of A-Qaeda”,who has been transferred to Guantanamo (Cuba).

The detained, says Berlusconi’s Spanish leftist TV Telecinco, is “Iraqi, born in the north of Mosul and was commander of the armed army (¡!) of Saddam Hussein”. Normally armies are armed.

More information after the news.

El Pentágono ha anunciado la captura de Abd al Hadi al Iraqi, al que considera un “miembro de alto nivel de Al Qaeda” quien ha sido trasladado a la base militar de Guantánamo (Cuba). Allí, Estados Unidos tiene confinados a centenares de prisioneros.

El detenido es de nacionalidad iraquí, nacido en el norte de Mosul y fue comandante del ejército armado (hay ejércitos no armados???) de Saddam Hussein.

La información del departamento de Defensa de Estados Unidos acusa al detenido (también conocido como Nashwan Abdulrazaq Abdulbaqi o Abu Abdallah) de estar posiblemente involucrado en un intento de asesinato del presidente de Pakistán, Pervez Musharraf.

El comunicado del Pentágono agrega que antes del traslado a Guantánamo Al Hadi “estuvo bajo custodia de la Agencia Central de Inteligencia (CIA)”, aunque no cita ni dónde ni cuando fue capturado.

Agrega que Al Hadi “era uno de los miembros de más alto nivel y con más experiencia de Al Qaeda en el momento de su detención” y que estuvo asociado con dirigentes de grupos extremistas aliados de esa organización terrorista en Afganistán y Pakistán, incluido los talibanes.

Según Bryan Whitman, portavoz del Pentágono, se cree que Al Hadi es responsable de la planificación de ataques contra las fuerzas de Estados Unidos en Afganistán desde Pakistán.

Source: Informativos Telecinco.com – Internacional – El Pentágono anuncia la captura de un destacado miembro de Al Qaeda.

Comments:

Note the location from WHICH this animal was entering Iraq – Iran. Anyone doubt Iran doesn’t know when a notorious al Qaeda leader like this is in their country? OK, anyone who is not suffering from terminal BDS? Democrats are such fools. Every success from here on will be viewed as in the context of their full retreat plans. They better save face and move the war funding fast, before they are the political walking dead. I am sure the Europeans are grateful we found this guy!

Source: The Strata-Sphere » Blog Archive » 7/7 Mastermind Caught In Iraq.

Pardon my speculation, but as soon as I learned that the Abd al-Hadi al-Iraqi was the 7/7 London bombing mastermind, I couldn’t help but think that it was a bit singular that six former al Mujahiroun goons, including Abu Izzadeen who publicly supported the 7/7 terrorists, were arrested just days before the announcement that Abd al-Hadi was in U.S. custody.

Glen Jenvey has been insisting to me for some time that ever since the arrest of Abu Hamza (which he had a hand in) that Omar Bakri Mohammed, and his two right-hand men Abu Izzadeen and Anjem Choudary, were the face of al Qaeda in Britain. A charge that is backed up by hours of video and audio of the group supporting jihadists, including al Qaeda, and Omar Bakri Mohammed’s pre-9/11 boasting that he was the spokesperson for al Qaeda in the U.K., an affiliation he later denied.

But another fact suddenly comes to mind, something that didn’t really click until just now. The forum on which Izzadeen and other Bakri followers now congregate is called “Islam Base“. Al Qaeda literally means, “the Base“. *Rusty slaps forehead for overlooking the obvious*

And while the public Islam Base website has taken down literature written by Osama bin Laden, after we exposed them, in private forum members continue to exchange al Qaeda literature.

Source: The Jawa Report: Thinking Out Loud: Abd al-Hadi — al Muhajiroun Connection?

More about this man:

What is also noteworthy is al-Iraqi’s background in Saddam Hussein’s Army (pointed out to this site by Laurie Mylroie). During his military service over a decade ago, al-Iraqi worked his way up to the rank of Major before moving to Afghanistan to fight “jihad” against the occupying Soviet Union. This is not to assert that al-Iraqi maintained contact with Iraqi officials over the past decade (though many other Intelligence and Military officers from Saddam Hussein’s regime, who were later found to be assisting al Qaeda, reportedly did) but his knowledge of the country and contacts within Iraq certainly played a role in al-Iraqi being Osama bin Laden’s personal choice to monitor al Qaeda’s operations in Iraq. al-Iraqi’s military background likely was of great use in the terrorist training camp(s) he commanded in Afghanistan. Those camps were destroyed by U.S. forces in late 2001 around the same time that al-Iraqi’s funds were being frozen by the United Nations.

Source: Who is Abdul Hadi al-Iraqi? (Regime of Terror) h/t Gateway Pundit.

Don Surber points out that most of the best newspapers in the world -even British ones- have not even mentioned his connection with 7/7 bombings. Also in Wetworx and Captain’s Quarters Blog. More in Wake Up America, Instapundit [“Hey, wait — an “al-Qaeda leader” who’s also a “former major in Saddam Hussein’s army”? But I thought there was no connection between Saddam and Al Qaeda. Or between Al Qaeda and Iran”], Dinah Lord.

In Spain, I have found this news also in El Mundo and 20Minutes. They write about Guantánamo and CIA but nothing about the 7/7.

I have found it also in Le Monde, but it insists on Guantánamo -about whom there is a huge report at the right side of the page-, CIA and that this man was accused of trying to kill Pakistani President Musharraf.

Last but not least, he was planning more attacks against UK:

A recently leaked British intelligence report indicated Al-Hadi was planning a major attack against Britain prior to Prime minister Tony Blair steps down from office this spring. A letter captured by British intelligence from Al-Hadi stresed the need to take care to ensure that the attack was successful and on a large scale… The plan was to be relayed to an Iran-based Al-Qaeda facilitator.

Source: Senior Al Qaeda operative Abd al-Hadi al-Iraqi captured (The Fourth Rail) h/t PJM.

Related news:

Last week:

A Taliban commander was among 16 people killed in Afghanistan, while Afghan and NATO forces surrounded around 200 Taliban fighters in southern Uruzgan province, officials said Tuesday. Eleven Taliban were killed when Afghan and NATO forces attacked their hideout in the Seuri district of southern Zabul province on Monday night, General Rahmatullah Raoufi, army commander for regional south, told Deutsche Presse-Agentur dpa.

Source: The Strata-Sphere » Blog Archive » Top Taliban Commanders Killed, Arrested.

24 Talibans are killed in a joint attack by OTAN and Afghan forces. (link in Spanish). The link is “asesinato/talibanes/afganos“, that is, “murder of Afghan Talibans”. Ejem…

Also another Al-Qaeda terrorist has been detained in Iraq. The US accuses him of working for Iran. Abu Mustafa Al-Shebaini is another “peaceful insurgent”:

Over the past eight months, his group has introduced a new breed of roadside bomb more lethal than any seen before; based on a design from the Iranian-backed Lebanese militia Hizballah, the weapon employs “shaped” explosive charges that can punch through a battle tank’s armor like a fist through the wall.

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Resumen: el terrorista detenido en Iraq, proveniente de Irán, además de ser un superviviente del extinto ejército de Saddam -experiencia que empleó en la dirección de los campos de entrenamiento en Afganistán, al servicio de Al-Qaeda- es el cerebro del atentado de Londres del 7-J, pequeño detalle de su biografía que no ha sido mencionado por los grandes periódicos en lengua inglesa.

Por supuesto, lo que ninguno de ellos ha olvidado es que después de ser detenido ha sido mantenido en dependencias de la CIA.

Al parecer, según la inteligencia inglesa, estaba preparando ya otro atentado contra Inglaterra, para antes de que dejase el Gobierno Tony Blair.

Aparte, ha habido más detenciones, entre otras las del terrorista Abu Mustafa Al-Sebaini, quien ha sido el artífice de unos nuevos proyectiles basados en otros de la milicia Hizbulá -a su vez de fabricación iraní-, que se están empleando en Irak en estos momentos. Su particularidad es que pueden penetrar el blindaje de los tanques. Otro pacífico insurgente.

Pero sin duda el link peor es el de 20 Minutos. El periódico gratuito, para dar la noticia de que las fuerzas de la ONU conjuntamente con los afganos, han matado a 24 talibanes, utiliza el link “asesinato/talibanes/afganos“. Ejem… Otra perversión del lenguaje: si están en guerra, no puede ser asesinato. Y en caso de que no fuera una guerra, tampoco: porque no ha existido una infracción legal al haberse producido en un enfrentamiento entre Talibanes -terroristas- y fuerzas regulares, que además cuentan con el mandato de la ONU.

UPDATE: More on Fausta’s blog.

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As I have blogged several times in the past, communist and socialist supporters want to judge Aznar because of his support to Iraqi war. I am translating the alert Monclovitas.com (from antizp.org movement) has posted on their website.

On April 25th, Spanish newspaper La Razón reported: “A foundation linked to Spanish Communist Party and which has received a lot of public money wants to judge Aznar because of Iraqi war“. The Foundation for Marxist Investigations -that is its name- is making whatever it can, spending what is necessary, both in money and in efforts and supports,being its primary objective that, at least, Aznar is called to declare before any Tribunal. This association has received more than €1 million of public money over recent years.

What is worse is that they are doing it in total secrecy as not even their webpage has any mention to this intention. Everything is being done in secret meetings, e-mailings to associates and lots of calls to lawyers, organizations and work groups what would let them make a prosperous legal action against Aznar because of Iraqi war (a war in which Spain only sent some logistical support).

Source: Quieren juzgar a Aznar usando dinero público. | Monclovitas.com

Monclovitas.org has also designed some banners to show our support for Aznar. To select yours, go to the link above and paste it on your blog.

More here by Antonio Molares do Val.

santiago pedrazAlso today the Judge from National Court Pedraz (left) has prosecuted US sergeant Thomas Gibson, the tank responsible, and two of his superiors, captain Philip Wolford and the lieutenant general Philip De Camp, for the death of Spanish cameraman José Couso in Iraq. He accuses them of a crime against international community, which Spanish Penal Code condemns with 10 to 15 years of prison.

El juez de la Audiencia Nacional Santiago Pedraz ha procesado hoy a tres soldados de los Estados Unidos por un delito contra la comunidad internacional y otro por el asesinato del cámara de Telecino José Couso y el reportero de la agencia Reuters Taras Protsyuk, el 8 de abril de 2003 en Bagdad.

En un auto dictado hoy, el juez declara procesados en esta causa al sargento Thomas Gibson, responsable del tanque que realizó el disparo al Hotel Palestina, y a dos de sus superiores, el capitán Philip Wolford y el teniente coronel Philip De Camp, por un delito que podría ser castigado con penas de diez a quince años de cárcel y con que el Código Penal español sanciona a quienes “con ocasión de un conflicto armado realizaran u ordenaran realizar ataques inidiscriminados o excesivos o hagan objeto a la población civil de ataques, represalias, actos o amenazas de violencia cuya finalidad sea aterrorizarla”.

Source: El juez Pedraz procesa a tres soldados de EEUU por la muerte de Couso

Of course, no mentions to the fact that José Couso did not have any assurance for him or his family  (click here for more; link in Spanish). He had what here it is called a “rubbish job contract“, that is, low waging, no life insurance and virtually no job security. So his family is trying someone pays for his death. And what is better that to prosecute the three US marines? A very easy target…

At the same time, ETA terrorist De Juana Chaos goes to make some purchases, without telling it to Penitentiary Judge but with the allowance of the Directive Body of the Penitentiary Institutions. But that is subject of another post.

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 After a relevant number of MPs from opposition (50 of 57) were expelled from their seats some days ago by the Supreme Elections’ Tribunal, the Constitutional Tribunal of Ecuador considered that they were illegally expelled and that they should be reinstalled in their seats. The Magistrates based their resolution in the fact that the expelled MPs were substituted by some Correa’s supporters who had voted the expulsion. Also the expelled MPs were not allowed to enter the Congress’ building.

But Rafael Correa, the new friend of Bolivian President Evo Morales and of Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez, was angered at this new resolution. He said that the resolution from the CT was an infrigement of the law and that in the country nothing has happened.

So the Ecuador’s Congress has already passed last Tuesday the destitution of all the 9 members of the CT (6 of which voted for the resolution in which the expulsion was declared illegal), because they have exceeded the time of their mandate. The President of the CT has been subject of an agression from Correa’s Candidate.

24 opposition MPs are going to be accused of sedition against the State.

As a result some of the Opposition’s MPs have fled to Colombia. One of them, Alfonso Hart, has said that they fled from Ecuador because they were politically persecuted by the supporters of Rafael Correa. While Hart has denied they were asking for asylum in Colombia, the President of the Colombian Parliament has said that 7 of the Ecuador’s MP have already asked for it.

This happens after a referendum that has allowed Correa to change the Constitution.

And today Ecuador has announced they are going to expell the delegate of the World Bank in Ecuador and, simultaneously, is going to demand the international institution, because it has “tried to blackmail Ecuador with a credit worth of $100 million in 2005, and we are nobody’s colony“, Correa said in his weekly radio program. He added the World Bank has punished him for a law he made about the oil funds.

South America is going backwards: they are heading quickly into corrupt dictatorships, where the HR are not respected. These last news about the world bank are very interesting. When that happened Correa was Economy Minister and guess what? Correa was sacked because he did not tell the Government (his own Government) that the World Bank has denied the credit.

But Correa, after that, said that he was resigning because he had been “pressured” not to pursue negotiations with Venezuela regarding the sale of the $300 million debt bond issue to Chavez. Correa also (…) had been (and still is) asking for the ousting of Occidental Petroleum from the country. [Ex-Prime Minister] Palacio claimed that he had to sack Correa because he had failed to keep him informed of all these initiatives and developments. In the showdown that ensued, Correa almost proved to be politically stronger than Palacio and, for a few days, the Palacio government seemed on the brink of collapse. […] Former Foreign Minister of Ecuador Edgar Teran sayd at that time that the negotiation Correa was cooking was a New York stock market speculative transaction, with all the risks involved in this type of negotiations.

Marvellous, isn’t it?

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Links of interest:

El Congreso de Ecuador aprobó este martes la destitución de los nueve vocales que integran el Tribunal Constitucional (TC), en una votación que abre nuevos interrogantes sobre el funcionamiento institucional del país. La decisión se adoptó un día después de que el máximo tribunal ordenara que se reintegrara a 50 de los 57 legisladores opositores al presidente Rafael Correa que fueron despojados de sus bancas en marzo pasado por el Tribunal Supremo Electoral (TSE). Pero la resolución fue votada por varios de los parlamentarios que reemplazaron a los destituidos, a quienes por otra parte se les prohibió ingresar al edificio del Congreso, por lo que se abren dudas acerca de su legalidad. Los legisladores se presentaron en la mañana reclamando sus curules y prometiendo no obstaculizar la asamblea constituyente cuya convocatoria recibió un amplio respaldo en una consulta popular la semana pasada.

El referéndum dio un amplio respaldo popular para Correa. La iniciativa de Rafael Correa de cambiar la Constitución, ha desatado una crisis institucional en el país a muy poco de asumir la presidencia en enero pasado. El mandatario condenó el fallo de este lunes del TC al que calificó de “flagrante violación de los procedimientos legales de Ecuador“. En términos similares se manifestó el presidente del TSE, Jorge Acosta, quien dijo a BBC Mundo que, como máxima autoridad electoral, el fallo para destituir a los diputados es de carácter inapelable. “Ellos están rompiendo la ley y lo vamos a demostrar cuando tomemos las decisiones correspondientes. De modo que estos señores siguen sin su calidad de diputados, son ex diputados“, manifestó Acosta. Pero el presidente del TC, Santiago Velásquez, al anunciar el fallo aprobado por seis de los nueve magistrados argumentó que lo que no era constitucional era la destitución aplicada por el TSE a los legisladores.

Source: BBC Mundo | América Latina | Ecuador, ahora sin Tribunal Constitucional

 

Desde Colombia, Alfonso Hart, uno de los diputados le dijo al programa BBC Mundo Hoy que “tuvimos que abandonar nuestro país debido a que prácticamente nos hemos convertido en perseguidos políticos los diputados de la oposición al economista Rafael Correa“.

Hart aseguró que él y sus compañeros no estaban pidiendo asilo político. “Pero sí exigimos desde Colombia a nuestro país, al presidente Correa, que nos garantice el fiel cumplimiento de las normas procesales para podernos defender“, señaló el parlamentario. Sin embargo, el vicepresidente del parlamento latinoamericano, Roy Barrera, confirmó haber recibido la solicitud de asilo por parte de siete congresistas ecuatorianos.

Source: BBC Mundo | América Latina | Diputados ecuatorianos huyen a Colombia

Le président Rafael Correa (gauche) a correacélébré les premiers 100 jours de son gouvernement, alors que la crise institutionnelle en Equateur a connu un rebondissement spectaculaire.

Mardi 24 avril, le Congrès a destitué les neuf magistrats du Tribunal constitutionnel, sous prétexte qu’ils avaient “dépassé le temps fixé par leur mandat“. En réalité, le Congrès réagissait à la décision adoptée la veille par le Tribunal constitutionnel, qui a réintégré 50 députés de l’opposition destitués le 7 mars par le Tribunal électoral suprême. Les magistrats chargés de veiller à la conformité des décisions de l’Etat par rapport à la Constitution ont estimé qu’il ne revenait pas au Tribunal électoral de démettre des députés. Les élus sanctionnés avaient émis des réserves à propos du référendum du 15 avril sur la convocation d’une Assemblée constituante, dont l’élection a été fixée au 30 septembre.

Lundi, le président Correa s’est déclaré “stupéfait” par l’arrêt du Tribunal constitutionnel, qu’il a attribué à une manoeuvre des partis traditionnels. “Chers compatriotes, dans le pays il ne se passe rien du tout“, a assuré le chef de l’Etat. La police n’a pas autorisé les députés destitués puis réintégrés à rentrer au Congrès. Et le président du Tribunal constitutionnel a été agressé par des partisans de M. Correa.

La tension est montée d’un cran, mardi, lorsque la justice a estimé recevable une plainte pour “sédition” contre 24 députés destitués. Certains d’entre eux ont pris l’avion à destination de la Colombie, où ils se sont dits “persécutés pour des raisons politiques“. L’Equateur est “une dictature“, a affirmé le social-chrétien Alfonso Harb. Gloria Gallardo, du Parti rénovateur institutionnel d’action nationale (Prian, droite), a dénoncé les “meutes de mercenaires” qui tentent de lyncher des élus. Le président Correa a jugé la procédure judiciaire équatorienne “inopportune” et a demandé son annulation “pour tranquilliser la nation.

Source: Le Monde.fr : Equateur : le Congrès destitue les juges du Tribunal constitutionnel accusés de favoriser l’opposition

Ecuador anunció que expulsará al emisario del Banco Mundial (BM) en Quito y simultáneamente iniciará una acción internacional contra el organismo por haber tratado de “chantajearlo” con un crédito de 100 millones de dólares en 2005, dijo este sábado el presidente Rafael Correa.

Tomaremos las medidas del caso, no sólo la expulsión del representante del BM en Ecuador (Eduardo Somensatto), sino las acciones legales internacionales que sean pertinentes porque no somos colonia de nadie“, declaró Correa en su programa semanal de radio. Rafael Correa criticó las políticas crediticias del Banco Mundial por considerarlas lesivas para el país y amenazó con acciones legales si el organismo no justifica su negativa a desembolsar un empréstito en 2005.

El mandatario agregó que resolvió la salida del representante tras recibir una respuesta por escrito a un pedido de explicaciones por la suspensión de un préstamo aprobado cuando era ministro de Economía en 2005. Según Correa, el Banco Mundial se abstuvo de realizar el desembolso en represalia por las reformas que hizo a una ley de fondos petroleros.

Source: Expulsará Ecuador al emisario del Banco Mundial; acusa chantaje – La Jornada

Sent to Open Trackbacks at Perri Nelson’s Website and  The Dumb Ox.

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[Translation below] 

Los Gobiernos de España y Pakistán suscribieron ayer una declaración conjunta en la que anuncian su intención de adoptar nuevos acuerdos bilaterales para luchar contra el terrorismo. La firma de esa declaración tuvo lugar en el Palacio de la Moncloa, tras una entrevista mantenida por el jefe del Ejecutivo, José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero, con el presidente de la República Islámica de Pakistán, general Pervez Musharraf, que ayer comenzó una visita oficial a España.

Musharraf acudió a La Moncloa nada más llegar a Madrid y, por la noche, asistió a una cena ofrecida en su honor por Sus Majestades los Reyes, y a la que asistió también el Príncipe de Asturias. En esa cena, Don Juan Carlos subrayó, entre otras cosas, que España y Pakistán son dos países que comparten «el profundo dolor provocado por la brutal barbarie y total sinrazón del terrorismo», pero también tienen en común «el compromiso de hacer frente a dicha lacra, así como a otros desafíos globales, como la inmigración ilegal, el narcotráfico o la criminalidad organizada».

Musharraf, por su parte, recordó que su país ha tenido un papel esencial en la lucha contra el terrorismo y dijo que éste fenómeno sólo se podrá afrontar eficazmente si se entienden sus causas subyacentes. «A no ser -dijo- que pongamos fin a la ocupación extranjera y la represión de los pueblos musulmanes, el terrorismo y el extremismo continuarán incorporando partidarios entre los musulmanes enajenados en distintas partes del mundo».

Además, consideró «indispensable» que «se ponga fin a la discriminación racial y religiosa contra los musulmanes y que se prohíba que nadie calumnie a nuestra gran religión, que llama a la paz, la armonía y la hermandad».

En el comunicado conjunto suscrito en La Moncloa se afirma también que «España y Pakistán rechazaron la identificación del terrorismo con cualquier nación, cultura o religión y se comprometieron a estudiar iniciativas para el desarrollo y fortalecimiento del diálogo intercultural e interreligioso», valorando de forma «muy positiva» la Alianza de Civilizaciones promovida por España y la estrategia paquistaní «Moderación Ilustrada». Según una nota de la Secretaría de Estado de Comunicación, al abordar la cooperación antiterrorista con Pakistán, Zapatero la calificó de «excelente» y Musharraf expresó su opinión de que «la pobreza y la marginación están en el origen del terrorismo»

Source: ABC.es: nacional – nacional – Musharraf exige prohibir la calumnia al Islam para evitar el terrorismo

Translation:

The Spanish and Pakistani Governments subscribed yesterday a joint statement in which they announced their intention to adopt new bilateral aggreements to fight terrorism. It took place in the Moncloa Palace, after an interview between the Spanish President, Mr. Zapatero, and the President of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, General Pervez Musharraf, who begun yesterday an official visit to Spain.

Musharraf went first to La Moncloa just after arriving in Madrid, and at night, he attended a dinner offered in his honour by the King and Queen of Spain. The Crown Prince also attended the dinner.

In that dinner, Don Juan Carlos underlined, among other things, that Spain and Pakistan are “two countries who share the brutal barbarity of terrorism”, but which also have in common the “compromise to face it, as other global challenges as the illegal immigration, the drug traffic or the organised crime“.

Musharraf reminded that his country has had an essential role in the fight against terrorism and said that this phenomenon can only be fought efficiently if its causes are understood. “If we don’t put the foreign occupation and the repression of the Muslim people to an end, the terrorism and the extremism will continue to grow between the Muslims, alienated in different parts of the world“.

He also considered “indispensable” that “the racial and religious discrimination against Muslims is ended and that the insult to Islam is forbidden as Islam is a religion that calls for peace, harmony and brotherhood“.

In the joint statement it’s said that “Spain and Pakistan rejected any identification of terrorism with any nation, culture or religion and compromised themselves to study some ways to strenghen and development of the intercultural and inter-religious dialogue“, considering as “very positive” the Alliance of Civilizations promoted by Spain and the Pakistani strategy of “Enlighted Moderation”. According to an official statement of the State Secretary for Communication, Zapatero considered that the anti-terrorist cooperation with Pakistan is excelent and Musharraf said that “poverty and marginalization are the basis of terrorism“.

This said by Musharraf, who has allowed the destruction of a cemetery from blasphemes:

Pakistani police bulldozers have demolished the perimeter wall of a cemetery belonging to the “blasphemous” Armadiya community, despite the fact that it had been built according to laws regulating privately bought property.

More from Sugiero.

Lawyer Beating-thumbThis is the same man who expelled the Pakistani Chief Justice because he did not like what this man was investigating, decission which arouse hundreds of protests through the streets(see my post on the protest here). Metroblogging Islamabad has more about the protests, which turned out violent.

MSM are speaking about the talibanisation of Pakistan: regarding an affair which has shown that the Government wants to enforce Sharia law as it was asked by a radical Islamabad mosque. More from Jihad Watch.

talibanización de Paquistán

AABPARA MARKET, in an Islamabad neighbourhood of junior government employees, is known as the place where you can get everything at half the price of those in the city’s posh shopping squares, plus stuff you won’t find anywhere else. In its busy inner lanes are about a dozen or so shops selling DVDs, VCDs and music cassettes. Beginning February, the shops started getting unusual visitors who made it clear the very first time they were not out on a shopping trip.

“They came three or four times, some 10 or 15 of them at a time. Their faces were covered and they were holding sticks, and they said to me, `your business is against Islam. You are spreading vice. Why don’t you switch to some other business?'” remembered one shop owner, who didn’t want his name published.

The boys said they were from the mosque. The Lal Masjid runs two madrassas — the Jamia Fareedia for men and the Jamia Hafsa for women. The mosque and the madrassas are well known for their pro-Taliban sympathies and for the dissemination of militancy.

At first, none of the shopkeepers took the visits seriously. Then, one night in March, some 40 Jamia Hafsa girls, accompanied by an equal number of boys from the Lal Masjid, entered a home in the neighbourhood and dragged out the three women inside, accusing them of running a brothel. Tied up in white sheets, the women were dragged through the neighbourhood and into the Jamia Hafsa, where they were imprisoned for two days. They also took two policemen hostage, in retaliation for the arrests of two teachers suspected of involvement in the kidnap.

A few days later, on a Friday afternoon, the owner of a music shop in Aabpara heaped up his videos and DVDs and CDs on the road outside the mosque. After noon prayers at the Lal Masjid, under the eyes of the mosque administrators and madrassa students, Bilal, the shop owner, set fire to the heap. As the flames ate the movies, he told reporters that he had given up his business voluntarily. He realised it was anti-Islamic. He would start anew with something else.

Abdul Aziz Ghazi, the Lal Masjid prayer leader, announced that if the Government did not close down all brothels and shops in Islamabad selling movies and music within a month, the students would start taking action on their own. He threatened fidayeen suicide attacks if the Government tried to stop them.

(h/t The Moderate Voice).

More about Pakistan here.

El Mercado de AABPARA, un barrio de jóvenes empleados del Gobierno, es conocido porque en él se puede obtener a mitad del precio al que venden las tiendas pijas del centro. En sus calles bulliciosas se puede encontrar cualquier cosa que no se puede encontrar en ningún otro sitio, tales como DVDs, VCDs y casettes de música. Desde el principio de febrero, las tiendas empezaron a recibir visitantes inusuales que hicieron ver por primera vez que no iban a comprar.broomsticks

“Vinieron tres o cuatro veces, entre 10 y 15 cada vez. Sus caras estaban tapadas y llevaban palos y me dijeron: tu negocio es contrario al Islam. Estás expandiendo el vicio. ¿Por qué no cambias a otros negocios?“, recuerda el dueño de una tienda que no quiso que publicásemos su nombre.

Dijeron que eran de una mezquita. La Lal Masjid dirige 2 madrassas – la Jamia Fareedia para hombres y la Jamia Hafsa para mujeres. La mezquita y las madrassas son bien conocidas por sus simpatías pro-talibán y el proselitismo de sus doctrinas.

Al principio, ningún comerciante se tomó las visitas en serio. Pero una noche, en Marzo, alrededor de 40 chicas de Jamia Hafsa, acompañadas de un número igual de chicos de Lal Masjid, entraron en una casa del barrio y sacaron fuera a las tres mujeres que vivían allí, acusándolas de dirigir un burdel. Atadas con sábanas blancas las mujeres fueron conducidas por el barrio a la mezquita Jamia Hafsa, donde fueron retenidas durante 2 días. También secuestraron a dos policías, en venganza por los arrestos de los 2 profesores sospechosos de haber tenido que ver con el secuestro.

Unos días después, un viernes por la tarde, el dueño de una tienda de música puso todos sus vídeos, DVDs y CDs en la calle fuera de la mezquita. Después de los rezos de mediodía en Lal Masjid, bajo la mirada de los administradores de la mezquitay de los estudiantes de la madrassa, Bilal, el dueño de la tienda, los prendió fuego. Mientras que las películas eran devoradas por el fuego, dijo a los periodistas que había decidido dejar su negocio voluntariamente. Se había dado cuenta de que era anti-islámico. Empezaría uno nuevo con cualquier otra cosa.

Abdul Aziz Ghazi, el líder predicador de Lal Masjid, anunció que si el Gobierno no cerraba todos los burdeles y tiendas que venden en Islamabad películas y música en el plazo de 1 mes, los estudiantes pasarían a la acción. Amenazó con atentados suicidas de fedaiyines si el Gobierno trataba de detenerles. 

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Bill Roggio: The Talibanisation of the Northwest Frontier Province. It also underlines that the judicial crisis has hidden the reality of many Talibans living in Islamabad prepared for ousting Musharraf.

And consider the danger: Pakistan is already a nuclear power…

Read also The Belmont Club: The Musharraf Era.

But of course, the oppressors, marginalised, bla, bla, bla… are the Westerners. How about denouncing the oppression, marginalization… that Muslims are making to other Muslims for a change, Mr. Musharraf? Eeh, no, because the fedayines can come…

 

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 I blogged some days ago about the possible introduction of an article, 17.bis, in the new Internet law -not yet enacted- by which SGAE (the General society of the authors and editors) could shut web pages if it considers they are illegal.

David Bravo explains it this way:

si una página web aloja obras intelectuales que pudieran vulnerar derechos de autor, la entidad de gestión o asociación representativa puede dirigirse al prestador de servicios que aloja esa página […] el prestador del servicio de alojamiento queda obligado a dirigir la misma a su cliente en los próximos tres días hábiles […] el cliente estará obligado a defenderse ante entidades como SGAE de la ilegalidad que le están atribuyendo en los próximos 6 días hábiles si no quiere ver cómo le bloquean el acceso a esos contenidos que la entidad o asociación señalan como ilícitos. El simple hecho de recibir esa comunicación de la entidad de gestión, aunque sea insostenible y ridícula, obliga a que te defiendas ante ella, el silencio faculta a la entidad de gestión para que inste el bloqueo al acceso del contenido presuntamente ilícito. […]

Source: La SGAE podría tener el poder de cerrar sitios web at blog.cualquiera.net

“If a web page is reproducing intelectual works which could go against author’s rights, the SGAE or any other similar association will be able to tell the server where the blog/page is located to inform that the blog’s author is breaking the law. The client will be obliged to defend him before the SGAE of the illegality in the next 6 days if he does not want to see his blog’s content down or closed. Even if the communication is absolutely ridiculous or unmaintainable, it obliges the normal blogger/website’s author to defend himself to regain access to the presumably illicit content”.

So a few weeks ago, there was a campaign against the insertion of this article. Although several people consider that they should be cautious about the Government’s movement not to include it, no one denied some kind of relief about the article’s supression.

But the relief has not been very long:

El Ministerio de Industria ha enviado a los miembros del Consejo Asesor de Telecomunicaciones un texto (PDF 90KB) casi idéntico al artículo que se eliminó de la reforma de la Ley de Internet, enviada la semana pasada al Congreso para su tramitación.

Source: Industria propone de nuevo que las entidades de gestión puedan cerrar sitios web | elmundo.es h/t Pixel y Dixel.

The Industry Minister has sent the members of the Consulting Council of Telecommunications a text very similar to the article supressed from the reform of the Internet law, sent the past week to Congress.

So according to this law, SGAE, which is NOT a judicial body, just an administrative one, is able to shut down/suspend a blog/web just because they consider that it can/might infringe the author’s rights.

And this is related to the words of SGAE’s lawyer, Pedro Farré, who considered that normal people should not be allowed to surf the web if they don’t have a sort of “driving licence”, and considered that the web should not be annonymus, as people on the web “are not responsible for what they do“.

What this man wants is that, no introduce the address of a webpage, you should first enter your own data (contained in the driving licence), and only afterwards the browser will take you there. In the meantime, everything that you do -or anything that you write in the Internet, will be monitorised.

This truly POLICE STATE has only one reason: money and power -as ever-. Authors -specially musical ones- are -supposedly- losing huge quantities of money because of the unregulated sales (i.e. sales in the street, with no payment to the author, no taxes…). So after the canon -they want any of the people who buy a computer, DVDs, CDs, MP3s reproducers… to pay a canon to the authors, just in case they use those devices to store protected material-, they want any of us to be outed in the Internet, in an administrative process, in which you can be punished (i.e. fined, for example) before going to court.

The communication can be totally wrong or even something entirely lacking of any sense, but if you want to prevent a definitive erasing of your files, you will have to show yourself. Thus your annonymus condition will end.

Para hacernos una idea de la monstruosidad que propone Farré, no haría falta más que extrapolarla a la vida fuera de internet: cada libro que uno compra, cada conversación, cada sitio al que acudimos… todo debidamente auditado y permitido previa muestra de nuestro documento de identidad, con registro de los hechos de manera que se nos puedan exigir responsabilidades. Un ojo que todo lo viera en cada momento y así impidiese cualquier hecho “no permitido” por el sistema. Una idea propia de pesadillas “orwellianas” o, también, de quien no ve más allá de sus ansias recaudatorias.

Source: La Sgae y el fin del anonimato en internet | Error500

As the web Error500 wrote, “you can consider what this means if you take the situation to the normal life, out of the Internet: each book that one buys, each conversation, each place where we go… everything conveniently controlled and allowed after you show your identity card, with a registry of all the facts so they can sue us. An eye that can see it all and could prevent the realization of any fact which is not allowed by the system. An idea which can be found on the “Orwellian” nightmares or just in the mind of people who do not see farther than their own tax collection“.

Of course, the “Culture” world has asked for the article 17bis to be reintroduced as they consider that the “producers of technological equipment and devices are working on exclusively economical terms and have huge benefits in other parts of the world”. They mix the canon with the blocking of copyright material. And they continue saying that they are making a huge effort to boost culture in modern Spain and Spanish cultural values.

The producers work on economical terms -they are firms-. But that has nothing to do with it: we are considering if it’s just to oblige the normal people to pay a canon for copying a song from a CD in the MP3, for example, what it has been named as “private copy“. And no, it is not: the canon considers every citizen a criminal which should be punished before he has even committed the crime and even if he does not do it in his entire life. And the “driving licence” makes possible to punish the content which is not agreeable to SGAE’s eyes, even if it’s not copyrighted and even if afterwards the web-writer has been declared innocent. Because as a lot of people points out every PC has an IP. And that is the way to discover who are really committing crimes over the Internet (pedophiles, terrorists,…).

 

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Sudan has used disguised aircraft to fly weapons into Darfur in violation of UN resolutions, the UN alleges.

The Sudanese government has been accused of violating a UN arms embargo by flying weapons into Darfur in breach of UN Security Council resolutions.

A UN report says Sudan painted aircraft white to make them look like UN planes.

Sudan’s envoy to the UN, Abdel Mahmood Abdel Haleem, said the allegations were “a lie” and that military assets were simply being moved around the country.

The US and the UK will later begin talks with other Security Council members on a new resolution on Darfur.

Abdel Mahmood Abdel Haleem told the BBC: “According to the comprehensive peace agreement signed [after the civil war in the South] between the Sudan government and the SPLM, we have to move our military assets and aircraft and all assets from the South to other regions in the country”.

Link to UN accuses Sudan over weapons

And, as a result, Bush threatens Sudan (with more sanctions):

President Bush warned Sudan’s president on Wednesday that he has one last chance to stop violence in Darfur or else the United States will impose sanctions and consider other punitive options.

Bush said he has decided to give U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon more time to pursue diplomacy with Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir but made clear in a speech at the U.S. Holocaust Museum that his patience is limited.

President Bashir should take the last chance by responding to the secretary general’s efforts and to meet the just demands of the international community,” Bush said.

Link to End Darfur violence or face sanctions, Bush tells Sudan

More here.

But do you think that this makes Bush look innocent of the genocide? NO:

A new full-page national advertising campaign from a prominent advocacy organization points a sharp finger at the Bush administration in efforts to end the ongoing genocide in Sudan’s Darfur region.

The time for stalling has passed; the time for action has come,” the ad reads in bold print, quoting Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice in Sept. 27, 2006, remarks to the Africa Society of the National Summit on Africa. The ad from SaveDarfur.org notes that Rice’s comments were seven months ago, and says: “It takes more than talk to stop a genocide.”

The ad acknowledges that Sudan President Omar al-Bashir has broken promises, but then says Bush administration diplomacy “has not even slowed that genocide.”

The ad calls for a ban on Sudanese oil imports, the implementation of a no-fly zone, full funding for the U.S. share of peacekeeping and humanitarian aid and assistance in the prosecution of the case before the International Criminal Court in The Hague.

Link to Advocacy Group Blames Bush For Not Stopping Genocide

The question to ask is: what has been done by Europe for example? Eeh, let me guess… NOTHING. I would like this type of ads to begin blaming Europe also -and mainly-, for not trying to stop it -and except Blair and lately Merkel, no one has said nothing about Darfur- and European MSM, who are very worried about harming Iran but do not report anything about Sudan.

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Sudan ha usado aviones “disfrazados” para mover tropas y municiones hacia la frontera de Darfur. Este movimiento, que estaba prohibido por el acuerdo del alto al fuego suscrito con el apoyo de la ONU, ha sido, sin embargo, negado por el gobierno sudanés, diciendo que “sólo estamos moviendo tropas” (o sea, lo han reconocido). Según el enviado sudanés “tenemos que mover las fuerzas militares hacia otros lugares de Sudán“. Pero, ¿teneis que hacerlo en aviones sudaneses pintados como si fueran de la ONU? Me da que no…

De modo que Bush ha amenazado con imponer sanciones más duras a Sudán con el apoyo de la ONU.

Pero al final todo sigue igual: ¿quién es el culpable del genocidio sudanés? ¿El Presidente sudanés Omar al-Bashid? No. ¿los Janjaweed? No, esos son unos pacíficos monjes cuyas armas se encuentran en el camino de la cabeza, tronco o extremidades de algún campesino muy poco pacífico…

El culpable es … 1, 2, 3, responda otra vez… BUSH. La organización -izquierdista- SaveDarfur.org ha dicho que el culpable es Bush porque no ha hecho nada para detener el genocidio.

Curioso que estos, que son los mismos que luego vienen a Uropa y se deshacen con los uropeos de izquierdas ni siquiera critiquen al establishment europeo que no se ha pronunciado prácticamente nunca sobre la realidad de Darfur y, muchísimo menos ha denunciado lo que allí ha ocurrido y está ocurriendo.

 

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Well, these last days I have not blogged but this can show the level of idiocy that Public Spanish TV has.

We have known today that Iran is going to punish even further the women that do not use the veil:

Las mujeres iraníes que vistan al estilo occidental irán a la cárcel. Esta medida acrecienta la escalada de represión islamista que está viviendo el régimen de Ahmadineyad. La policía y el Ejército perseguirán a las mujeres que no utilicen el velo obligatorio en Irán.

Se trata de una “lucha contra el mal velo”, como la califica la agencia iraní de noticias, IRNA, y el objetivo es obligar a las iraníes a seguir al pie de la letra las órdenes del régimen chií del presidente ultraconservador Mahmud Ahmadineyad.

El denominado “plan para la lucha contra el mal velo” se aplicaba en el pasado pero sólo durante los meses de verano, en los que el insoportable calor obligaba a las mujeres a quitarse de forma parcial el velo o el “chador”, que cubre todo el cuerpo de la mujer desde la cabeza a los pies.

“UNA LUCHA PERMANENTE”

A partir de este año “será una lucha permanente”, ha afirmado la fuente. En la aplicación de dicho plan participan también efectivos del cuerpo de los Guardianes de la Revolución Islámica y de las milicias paramilitares de los “basiyies” que, como primera medida, “aconsejarán” a las mujeres” que no se ponen el velo tal como exigen las normas impuestas en Irán.

De no respetar dichas reglas, el segundo paso sería llevar a las “rebeldes” a la comisaría, donde permanecerán hasta que un varón de la familia -el padre o el marido- les obligue a utilizar el velo de forma correcta.

Source Periodista Digital: Irán perseguirá a las mujeres que desafíen la imposición del velo.

So the Iranian women who dress Western-style will go to jail -although they do not know yet how much they will stay there). This measure is another step in the women’s repression due to the Islamists in the Ahmadenijad’s regime. Police -the Guardians of the Islamic Revolution- and the paramilitary named “basiyies” will pursue the women that won’t use the mandatory veil in Iran.

It is a fight “against the bad veil”, as it has been named by the official agency IRNA, whose objective is to oblige the Iranians to follow strictly the orders of the Shiite regime of the ultra-conservative Ahmadenijad.

The named “plan against the bad use of the veil”, has been used for some time but only in summer days, when the unbearable heat obliges women to take off a part of the veil or the “chador”, that covers all the women’s body from head to toe.

The first measure will be to “advise” women about the way to wear the veil. if they do not respect those rules, the 2nd step will be to take the “rebels” to the police station, where they will stay till a male/man from her family (the father or the husband) obliges them to use it in a correct way.

On Sept, 3rd,2006, SPanish Socialist ex-President González had defended Iran’s right to have the bomb.

But now Ahmadenijad has been interviewed by a Public TV Station TVE’s journalist Pepa Bueno, who wore the Islamic veil to prevent this type of punishment…. And what he has stated is more than interesting:

Irán desea contar con energía nuclear para promover la “paz y la hermandad” con los pueblos del mundo y no para desarrollar armas de destrucción masiva. Su religión, indicó, les obliga a “adorar a Dios y a la dignidad de los hombres”. Enseguida, dijo que aunque su país es un importante productor de gas y petróleo en el mundo, esas dos opciones “no son limpias ni infinitas”. Metafóricamente dijo que a un país muy lluvioso no se le puede pedir que “no construya presas para almacenar agua porque tiene muchas gracias a la lluvia”.
Ahmadineyad subrayó que su régimen no tiene miedo a las sanciones que le puedan imponer la ONU y la Unión Europea. Esos países, dijo, “quieren estar por encima de leyes y tener el monopolio de la producción de combustible nuclear”. Así, dijo que “sólo queremos que nos respeten nuestros derechos”
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Iran wants the nuclear technology to promote “peace and brotherhood” with all the people of the Earth (kidnapping British soldiers is a signal of that peace and brotherhood…) and not to develop weapons of mass destruction. His religion, he said, obliges Muslims “to adore God and the dignity of men“. He also added that although his country is an important producer of gas and oil, those options are “not clean nor infinite” (now, it turns that Ahmi is an ecologist…). Metaphorically speaking, he said that if in a country “it rains a lot, it cannot be asked not to build dams to store rain water because it has a lot thanks to the rain” (what about the double use materials? can water be used to kill people massively? Yes, there are sea-catastrophes… but not produced by Human Beings…).ahmi Pepa Bueno

He also pointed that his regime is not scared by the sanctions which can be imposed by UN and European Union (I’m not surprised…). Those countries, he said “want to be above the law and to have the monopoly of the production of nuclear fuel” (hein??? He speaks about the law, the same law he has not fulfilled by not showinf the Iranian progresses towards uranium enrichment and not granting access to the AIEA inspectors??). He added, “we only want them to respect our rights”.

But let’s get on:

Sobre la situación en Irak, el mandatario iraní destacó que el pueblo iraní está muy molesto por lo que está sucediendo porque “nosotros no tuvimos ningún papel en la creación del conflicto”. Nosotros, mantuvo, “queremos ayudar. Estamos dispuestos a enseñar los caminos”, destacó y añadió que las autoridades de Bagdad deberán atender “nuestras recomendaciones amistosas” que los llevarán a avanzar en la búsqueda de la paz. Su principal recomendación pasa porque las “tropas de ocupación” se retiren cuanto antes y dejen a los iraquíes “decidir su futuro”.

About the Iraqi situation, the Iranian leader pointed out that the Iranian people is “very annoyed” about what is happening, “because we did nothing to begin that conflict” (yes, the translation is correct…). “We”, he added, “want to help. We are ready to show the way”, and that “Baghdad authorities should “follow our friendly recommendations” that will lead them to peace (hein??? Does that sounds to you as bad as it sounds to me?). His main recommendation is that the “occupation troops” should go as soon as possible and leave the Iraqis decide about their future (with Iranian ayatollahs helping them to decide, making them friendly recommendations…).

En la entrevista, con un jardín como escenografía, estuvieron presentes EEUU e Israel, países considerados por Teherán como sus principales enemigos. Del primero, Ahamadineyad dijo: “son ellos los que no quieren tener relaciones con nosotros. Irán no tiene problemas en restablecer los contactos con EEUU a pesar de su posición dominante y de su actitud de no querer reconocer los derechos de otros pueblos”. Del segundo, advirtió que “si nos ataca, tenemos la potencia necesaria para defendernos”.
Pepa Bueno, ex conductora del programa “Gente”, le recuerda que recientemente la Unión Europea ha declarado delito la negación del Holocausto judío durante la Segunda Guerra Mundial. Del tema, Ahmadineyad dijo sorprender que Europa se tome “tan en serio” un “asunto” que calificó de meramente “histórico”.

El presidente iraní, que vuelve cuestionar el asesinato de seis millones de judíos por los nazis, observa que justo cuando actualmente se “puede hablar sobre Dios, sobre la existencia del Profeta, ¿por qué no se puede pueden plantear preguntas sobre asuntos históricos?. Si un acontecimiento histórico ha ocurrido, ¿por qué no permiten investigar sobre eso?. Cuando se investiga más, más se puede aclarar la realidad de eso. ¿Por qué es secreto?, ¿qué cosa está dentro de ese delito (para la UE) que no permiten investiga?”.
El presidente iraní añade: “si ha acorrido ese acontecimiento, ese suceso, ¿dónde ocurrió?, ¿cuál es la relación con palestina?”. En este punto de la entrevista, Ahmadineyad relaciona directamente el Holocausto con el conflicto entre israelíes y palestinos. A los primeros les acusa de estar matan a hombres, niños y madres que “no tuvieron ningún papel en la Segunda Guerra”. De los segundos, dice, “no entender qué ha hecho el pueblo palestino contra ellos (Israel)” a pesar de que el “suceso” ha tenido lugar “hace sesenta años”.

In the interview, made in a garden (how bucholic…) he also spoke about USA and Israel, countries considered by Teheran as Iranian main ennemies. About USA, Ahmadinejad said “they are the ones who do not like to have relations with us. Iran has no problem to re-establish the relations with USA, even when they have a dominant position and an attitude [aimed at] not recognising other people’s rights”.

Of course, Ahmi respects every country under the sun and he proofs that when he speaks about Israel, the other main ennemy. “If he attacks us, we have the necessary potence to defend ourselves”

Pepa_Bueno con AhmadinejadPepa Bueno (left), ex-anchorwoman of a program called “Gente” (“People”, which main subjects were famous people and crimes), reminds him that recently the European Union has declared the denying of the Jewish Holocaust during WWII, a crime. Ahmi, so respectful, says that he “is surprised that Europe is so worried” about this “subject” that he considers a “historic” matter (attention to the “adjective”: historic).

The Iranian President, that denies again the Shoah, in which 6 million Jewish people were killed by the Nazis, underlines that just now “when anyone can speak about God, about the Prophet’s existence, why can’t we ask about historic matters? If a historic event has taken place, why is not permitted to investigate about it? When it is more investigated, we can make clearer the reality. Why is is a secret? what has inside that crime that can’t be investigated?“. (Hmm, Ahmi now has scientific anxieties. What about the survivors from Holocaust? What are they? And the concentration camps?).

But the interview goes on.

“If that even has happened, this event, where did that happen? What is the relationship with Palestine?”. At this point, he relates the Holocaust with the conflict between Israelis and Palestinians. He accuses the first of killing men, children and mothers (what about women who are not mothers…) that “did not play any role in the WWII” (of course, nowadays terrorists have nothing to do with the WWII, but they are killed because they are doing that now. There are mothers who are teaching their sons and daughters how to commit suicide to kill others, and there are terrorists who hide behind “children and mothers” for the Israelis not to kill them…). About the Palestinians, he said he cannot understand “what has done the Palestinian people against them (Israel)” even when the “event” (that is the Shoah) took place “60 years ago”.

An Anti-Jewish treaty in three paragraphs.

And lastly there comes the best part of the interview:.

Mahmud Ahamadineyad afirma que en su país la mujer está presente en todos ámbitos de la sociedad cumpliendo importantes papeles. “En Irán, la mujer es lo más querido de la sociedad y son más respetadas que nadie”, destacó y aseguró que “ellas tienen más derechos que los hombres”. A Pepa Bueno la invita a “ir a la calle y tener la visión de nuestro pueblo”, seguro de que en su país hay libertad de opinión aunque siempre respetando la ley.

Mahmud Ahmadinejad states that in his country the women is present in all the areas of the society fulfilling important roles (oh, yeah. for example: has any of you seen his wife/s? He is constantly on the news, has he appeared ever with them?). “In Iran, the women are the most beloved beings in society and are more respected that anyone” adding that “women had more rights than men” (hein??? what?? the stonement of adulterers is a right??)

He also advised Pepa Bueno (hmm, advised to a woman…) to “walk along the streets and to have a vision of our people“, sure that in his country there is freedom of expression although respecting the law.

He also mentioned Spain:

Ahmadineyad también tuvo palabras para España, “un país muy grande que comparte con Irán muchas cosas, tanto en la filosofía de vida como en aspectos culturales”.

A very great country, that has a lot of things in common with Iran, both in the phylosophy of life and in cultural aspects“.

WHATTTT?????????????????????????

Related blogs: Cambiemos el mundo, El Cerrajero, Foro Liberal.

Despite all the criticism to USA, Ahmadinejad has offered to speak with Bush.

More about the obligation of wearing the veil in Iran in Gates of Vienna. It also links to photos like these ones:

Iranian veil (1)

Iranian veil (2)

Iranian veil (3)

Iranian veil (4)

[In this last one, the fined is going to be the husband because he does not forbid his wife -in the mirror- to dress Mulllah-style… She has as you can see, make-up].

You can see the rest here. They can be titled “The morality police “informing” the girls about the new orders regarding the hair“.

Pajamas Media: The Iranian Parliament is trying to cut down Ahmadinejad’s term in office.

El Diario Exterior.com: Nicaragua backs Iranian nuclear program and President Ortega (ex?- Sandinista) accuses USA of terrorism (link in Spanish).

 

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Otro periodista cubano encarcelado, cosa que supongo le parecerá estupenda a Moratinos. Pero fíjense la excusa: “peligrosidad predelictiva“. Ya ni siquiera se molestan en inventar un delito; lo encarcelan porque podría llegar a cometerlo.

Source: liberalismo.org: 1812: Minority Report

El mismo día además hemos conocido también que Martha Beatriz Roque ha sido amenazada de muerte. Otra mala noticia para la oposición en Cuba.

Pero tenemos también otra buena noticia: Rajoy ha dicho que nunca consideraría a Chávez como un aliado estratégico. Lo cual no es algo que me sorprenda. Sin embargo, a otros sí les ha sorprendido. Y es que Zapatero ha hecho que parezca que todos los españoles somos unos fans de Castro, Chávez, Evo y demás ralea. Y no es así… aunque Zapatero lo intente con ahínco…

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sanchez2gm2This is that type of news that is so worrisome and shameful for decent Spanish to know that they have happened, just after the Spanish FM Moratinos has said angrily “he has no accounts to give to the USA about Spanish policy towards Cuba“. Another journalist named Óscar Sánchez Madam (photo), has been imprisoned, he has been condemned because of being “pre-criminal dangerous. So critical was actual Spanish Government about the preemptive strikes against Al-Qaeda -a terrorist and murderous group-, but they are not going to speak heartily and hardly against this man’s unjust imprisonment.

Italian blogger Stefania writes about him:

We reported his essays many times. They were a detailled account of the Cuban reality and the injusticesn perpetrated against the Cuban people by the Castros. He was threatened several times with being arrested; he was fined and even beaten. But now he has been arrested and condemned to 4 years in prison after a summary trial without the right to hire a lawyer. By knowing his valiant attitude, he won’t be intimidated, nor will he cave in to his repressors. He will likely adopt the civil desobedience he always advocated. Oscar Sánchez Madan is a valiant outspoken anti-communist freedom fighter, member of the “Alternative Option” Independent Movement. Cuban journalist sentencRoque_havana_050518ed to 4 years in jail

Also we have known today that Martha Beatriz Roque has received death threats. (Babalu Blog has translated it to English).

Babalu has made me even happier by quoting PP leader Rajoy (who has been today on public TV answering questions to normal citizens and has been really extraordinary…) about Cuba:

The leader of the Spanish Popular Party (PP) Mariano Rajoy said he would “never” accept that Caracas labels Spanish Head of Government as “a strategic ally” of Hugo Chávez’ Venezuela, as this puts Rodríguez Zapatero at the same level as countries such as Cuba or Zimbabwe.”

Anyway, I really think that the title of the post is not right: there are a lot of Spanish people who are really ashamed of this support to Castro.

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Allegations Iran is arming Afghan rebels are aired publicly by US officials for the first time.

Source: US accuses Iran of supplying arms to Taliban

More about this in Freedom’s Zone. According to the latter Richard Boucher, US Assistant Secretary of State for Central and South Asian Affairs, in a meeting with EU officials in Brussels, said Iran was a “developing issue of concern.”

His comments come only a day after Pentagon’s top general Peter Pace said coalition forces in Afghanistan had intercepted Iranian-made mortars and explosives destined for the Taliban.
“We don’t know exactly who is doing this and why, but we know that these have been Iranian origin weapons that have shown up in the hands of the Taliban,” Boucher said. “We have been seeing a series of indicators that Iran is getting more involved in an unhealthy way in Afghanistan,” the US official warned.
Boucher insisted that the “military defeat of the Taliban was not the “key task.” The focus was on building Afghan democracy and strengthening the outreach of the government.
“This is where terrorism originally came from,” said Boucher referring to Al-Qaeda’s use of Afghan territory. He said a democratic Afghanistan would therefore play a vital role in stabilizing the region.
“There is an historic opportunity to change the dynamic in this region and create an area of stability between Asia and the Middle East,” he said.

Varios oficiales EEUU han declarado que Irán está armando a los talibanes. No saben cómo lo hacen, pero sí que han interceptado armas de fabricación iraní (morteros y explosivos) con destino los talibanes. Boucher, asistente de la Secretario de Estado EEUU para el Asia central y del sur, ha añadido que “Irán cada vez está implicado de peor de manera en Afganistán“, que “allí se ha ido a defender la democracia y no tanto a sólo derrotar a los talibanes” y que es una oportunidad histórica de crear un área de estabilidad en la zona.

Hmm, qué sorpresa, ¿no? Irán, la perfecta democracia islámica ayudando a los talibanes… que muy pacíficos no parecen:

Afghans face suicide attacks, beheadings and abductions by the Taleban, says an Amnesty International report.

A report by Amnesty International says that attacks on civilians are widespread and systematic, and are used by Taleban rebels to instil fear.

The report says that scores of civilians have been deliberately killed by the Taleban in the past two years.

It accuses the Taleban of “war crimes” and “crimes against humanity”.

‘War crimes’

Targets between January 2005 and March 2007 have included women’s rights activists, election candidates, clerics, government and health workers and teachers.

Taleban fighters in Zabul

The Taleban are accused of treating some civilians as the enemy

At least 183 schools were burned in arson attacks across the country between 2005-2006.

Amnesty say that most victims of Taleban violence are apparently branded as “spies” or “collaborators”.

In one “brutal” incident cited by the organisation last week, an Afghan journalist was killed by the Taleban, reportedly by having his throat slit. –and they write “brutal

Ajmal Naqshbandi, 25, had been taken hostage in March along with an Italian reporter, Daniele Mastrogiacomo, and their Afghan driver, Sayed Agha.

While Daniele Mastrogiacomo was released in a prisoner exchange, Sayed Agha was beheaded.

Amnesty say that the Taleban’s military rulebook, or Laheya, explicitly sanctions targeting and killing civilians.

Link to Taleban ‘war crimes’ on Afghans

Of course, the charitable Talibans have rejected the report h/t Clarity and Resolve.

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La ONG Amnistía Internacional ha denunciado a los talibanes por las numerosas atrocidades que están cometiendo frente a los civiles. Mujeres defensoras de sus derechos, políticos, periodistas o simplemente civiles que estaban en el lugar equivocado han sido asesinados deliberadamente por los talibanes. Previamente los consideran “espías” o “colaboradores”. Así, la semana pasada un periodista fue asesinado por espía, como dirían los antiguos, por el método de “cortarle el pescuezo“. También fueron asesinados de esta forma el intérprete y el chófer de Mastrogiacomo, el periodista italiano al que los talibanes liberaron porque lograron que el Gobierno afgano pusiera en la calle a 5 talibanes peligrosos.

Por supuesto, los pacíficos insurgentes-militantes-rebeldes lo han negado, diciendo que sólo mataban “a los y a los que los ayudaban“. Claro, el chófer de Mastroiacomo era un peligroso agente internacional que quería infiltrarse entre los talibanes… Pero ¿quién le mandaba a él ser chófer? Debería haber comenzado una fabulosa carrera como espiritual y pacífico talibán.

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cooperantes_afganistanWe also have to add that today there are two French from an NGO kidnapped by the Talibans:

The Canadian TV CBC has shown some images of the two French NGO workers, kidnapped 10 days ago in the south-East of Afghanistan, in which both of them tell the camera they are fearing for their lifes.

In the images we can also see three Afghans, the driver and two interpreters, also kidnapped, and their kidnappers, strongl armed, as the TV has stated, while at the same time adding they were not going to show the images.

The images are proof that both of them can be alive by now.

The French President, Mr. Chirac, asked on Friday (a week ago) to Afghan President, Karzai, to make “all possible efforts” to achieve the liberation of the 2 kidnapped French, apparently by the Taliban. Chirac asked for an effort to Karzai and underlined the importance of the mutual support between the authorities of both countries.

This Chirac… has he considered what the taliban have said about the Mastroiacomo’s liberation?

Dadullah, the Taliban’s top operations commander, made the claim to a Pakistani journalist shortly after the Afghan government traded the five militants for Daniele Mastrogiacomo of La Repubblica.

He said he felt so happy that he would take a rest and let his brother take the reins for a while,” said Rahimullah Yusufzai, a veteran reporter from Peshawar, who interviewed Dadullah by phone. “He said that any western journalist who does not seek permission is going to be arrested.”

The deal has triggered a heated debate across Europe. Italian opposition politicians and some newspapers accused the prime minister, Romano Prodi, of caving in to terrorists. In London, a Foreign Office spokeswoman said the swap sent “the wrong signal to prospective hostage-takers”.

Taliban plan more kidnappings after Italian deal | Special reports | Guardian Unlimited

Hmm, what a profitable industry, hein?

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La cadena de televisión canadiense CBC ha obtenido imágenes que muestran a dos cooperantes franceses secuestrados hace diez días en el suroeste de Afganistán, en el que los dos rehenes expresan temor por su vida. En las imágenes también se ve a los tres rehenes afganos el conductor y dos traductores con los ojos vendados, y los secuestradores que les custodian fuertemente armados, según ha explicado la cadena, que ha decidido no emitir las imágenes.

La mujer secuestrada suplica por su vida mientras que su colega, que se identifica como Erik, también hace un llamamiento similar. Según informa la televisión canadiense en su página web, el canal ha decidido no emitir las imágenes, consideradas una prueba de que los dos trabajadores humanitarios de la organización no gubernamental Terre d’Enfance y los tres afganos que viajaban con ellos cuando fueron secuestrados pueden continuar con vida.

El presidente francés, Jacques Chirac, pidió el viernes a su homologo afgano, Hamid Karzai, que se hagan “todos los esfuerzos” posibles para conseguir la liberación de dos cooperantes franceses secuestrados el 3 de abril pasado, aparentemente por los talibanes. El presidente francés pidió un esfuerzo a Karzai y subrayó la importancia del apoyo mutuo entre las autoridades de ambos países con el objetivo de liberar a los activistas humanitarios, según un portavoz oficial.

Source: Tizas – Los taliban exhiben a los cooperantes secuestrados

Y es que hace unos días ya lo anunció Dadullah, el jefe Talibán, que iban a continuar con los secuestros y que después del de Mastroiacomo, estaba tan feliz que se iba a tomar unas vacaciones.

Como decíamos en el colegio: estaba más feliz que una lombriz, aunque en este caso, sea un insulto para la pobre lombriz…

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Another proof of the violence against civilians is the killing of girls’ teachers:

Police in Afghanistan’s southeastern province of Khost say Taliban militants shot dead the headmaster of a girls’ school in eastern Afghanistan on April 17. Authorities say Ghulam Haider, of the Kundi girls’ school, was killed while walking to a mosque for morning prayers.

Another headmaster was killed in a similar shooting on April 15 in the province’s Gorboz district.

Afghan Education Minister Mohammad Hanif Atmar said more than 40 Afghan teachers have been killed in Taliban attacks against schools and colleges during the past year.

Source: Clarity & Resolve: Afghanistan – Jihad Against Girls’ Education

La policía de la provincia de Khost (Sur de Afganistán) han dicho que los militantes talibanes han matado a disparos al director de un colegio femenino el 17 de abril. Las autoridades han añadido que a Ghulam Haider, del colegio femenino Khundi, le asesinaron mientras iba caminado hacia la mezquita para las oraciones de la mañana.

A otro director de escuela le mataron de forma semejante el 15 de abril en Gorboz.

El Ministro de Educación afgano dijo que los talibanes han asesinado a más de 40 profesores afganos en ataques a colegios y escuelas durante el pasado año.

Si es que es lo que tienen los insurgentes talibanes. ¿Para qué van ellos a respetar algo tan occidental como los Derechos Humanos?

Así que el Comandante USA del Gobierno Central de las Fuerzas en Afganistán está pidiendo a la OTAN que se implique más y envíe más tropas. No sólo es por cuestiones militares si no sobre todo para ayudar a los civiles.

NATO needs to provide more forces to assist in ongoing security and reconstruction efforts in Afghanistan, the commander of U.S. Central Command said during his testimony at a Congressional hearing today. The top U.S. military commander in Iraq, Army Gen. Dan K. McNeill, has asked NATO headquarters for more troops, Navy Adm. William J. Fallon told House Armed Services Committee members. McNeill took command of more than 30,000 NATO and U.S. troops in early February. McNeill “is on record as asking the alliance in Brussels for additional assets“, Fallon said.

He needs them not only in terms of military forces and capabilities such as rotary-wing lift to move these forces in the field, but he also needs some help in the civilian world.

Today, there are about 26,000 U.S. troops in Afghanistan. Around 14,000 U.S. forces are under McNeill as part of the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force. The other 12,000 American forces in Afghanistan fall under U.S. command and are conducting special operations and Afghan army training missions.

Source: More NATO Help Needed in Afghanistan, Fallon Says

Are the Euroweenies going to send more troops? Are we going really to defend the Human Rights of this poor Human Beings, trapped in the same place with such bastards? Or not?

Related news: 24 Taleban fighters killed in Afghan battle. (According to yahoo, the Taliban dead had been 27).

Afghan troops have torn down part of a new anti-Taleban fence being erected by Pakistan on the border between the two countries, officials in Kabul say.

They say the move led to fighting between Afghan and Pakistani troops. But Pakistan has denied the fence claim, saying the clashes started after one of its patrols came under fire. It was the first such fighting since Pakistan announced plans earlier this year to fence and mine sections of the border to restrict Taleban fighters. The Afghan government says the plan will endanger civilian lives and separate Pashtun tribes and families.

Source: BBC NEWS | World | South Asia | Afghanistan ‘border fence’ clash

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Las tropas afganas han partido una valla anti-talibanes que había erigido Pakistán en el borde entre ambos países, según las autoridades de Kabul. Dijeron también que esta era la primera vez que esa valla había dado lugar a luchas entre ambos.

Paquistán ha negado la protesta diciendo que la lucha se produjo cuando una de sus patrullas fue atacada. El gobierno de Afganistán dice que el plan va a poner en peligro vidas civiles y a separar tribus y familias Pashtún.

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The heads of seven men believed to have been kidnapped by the al Qaeda-linked Abu Sayyaf group on a volatile southern island were delivered to a Philippine army detachment Thursday, the military said.

The men — six road project workers and a dried-fish factory worker (as you can see very dangerous tipes…) — were kidnapped at gunpoint in two separate incidents Monday near the town of Parang on Jolo island, where U.S. troops have been involved in counterterrorism training and campaigns to draw local support away from Muslim rebels (sic).

Maj. Gen. Ruben Rafael, commander of military forces on Jolo, said a group of civilians was ordered to take the heads to Parang by Abu Sayyaf commander Albader Parad, who operates in Jolo’s mountainous forests. Jolo Gov. Ben Loong and other officials confirmed the grisly delivery.

Source: Al Qaeda-linked militants behead 7 – CNN.com

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Atención al paquete postal:

Las cabezas de siete hombres que se creía habían sido secuestrados por el grupo con vínculos a Al-Qaeda Abu Sayyaf fueron enviadas ayer a un destacamento del ejército filipino, según los militares.

Los hombres, 6 trabajadores de una companías de carreteras y uno de una de secado de pescado-, fueron secuestrados a punta de pistola en dos incidentes separados el pasado lunes cerca de la ciudad de Parang en la Isla de Jolo, donde los las tropas de EEUU han estado entrenando en contraterrorismo y realizando campañas para que los locales dejen de apoyar a los rebeldes musulmanes.

El Major General Rube Rafael, comandante de las fuerzas militares en Jolo, ha dicho que el comandante de Abu Sayyaf Albader Parad, obligó a un grupo de civiles llevar las cabezas a Parang. Albader Parad opera en los bosques montañosos de Jolo.

Otros militares confirmaron la entrega…

Also in Clarity and Resolve.

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