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Shut during holidays

I’m just shutting the blog because of holidays. I don’t know if I could blog when I get back. But comments will be opened to anyone who wants to comment.

If someone wants to contact me, just leave a comment here.

I hope that the 8-year-old boy about whom Crispal asked for a prayer will get better and if not, that God comforts his family in this hour of need. 

Greetings for my four favourite bloggers Kate, Chaim, Enzo y Mike. 😀 Even if I’m not blogging when I return, I would try to read you four.

I will leave you with “Within Temptation” and “Stand my Ground“.

This is the American version song. The drawings are from Vampire Hunter D. [The differences between the two of them are not very much but the drawings are good, although a little bit dark for my taste… 😀 ]

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One of 23 South Koreans held hostage in Afghanistan by the Taliban has been killed, and militants have threatened to execute 14 others, a local official and a Taliban spokesman told CNN on Wednesday.

The covered body of a South Korean hostage is transported in a police truck in Afghanistan.

There had been conflicting reports on whether eight of the remaining 22 hostages had been released, but officials in Seoul believe the remaining 22 hostages are in Taliban custody.

Police in southeastern Ghazni province confirmed that the dead man’s bullet-riddled body was found in the Qara Bagh district, where the Koreans were kidnapped July 19.

The man was identified as Bae Hyng-Kyu, 42, a pastor at the church attended by the hostages and the leader of their group, according to a South Korean Foreign Ministry spokesman.

We found a male dead body of a South Korean who has got 10 bullet holes in his body, bullet holes from head to toe,” said provincial police chief Gen. Ali Shah Ahmadzai.

Khawaja Mohammad Siddiqi, the district governor of Qara Bagh, told CNN the executed hostage had been very ill and could not be moved to a hospital.

Siddiqi said Taliban militants are holding the remaining Korean hostages — most of whom are women — in three different locations.

The 14 hostages could be executed by early Thursday if Taliban demands by aren’t met, Taliban spokesman Qari Mohammad Yousif Ahmadi said.

Taliban: One South Korean dead; more to follow if demands not met – CNN.com

According to Spanish press, one of the South Korean representatives in the negotiations said he was killed because “he was ill and unable to walk, so the Taliban shot him“. Another one said “he has died because of natural causes“. smile_sarcastic Of course, if they shoot anyone 10 times, you will be dead, that’s natural. But it is not to be shot ten times.

[Now, look at the photo above. Is it my eyes or this Afghan policeman is just laughing? Imagine what catastrophe would have happened if a US/UK/Western soldier in general would have been laughing while transporting a Muslim killed this way by Christian/Jewish/… terrorists…].

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From AP:

The 95-page survey found that surging economic growth in many developing countries has encouraged people in these countries to express satisfaction with their personal lives, family income and national conditions, said Andrew Kohut, the center’s director.

“It’s a pro-globalization set of findings,” Kohut said.

Most notably, the survey finds large and growing number of Muslims in the Middle East and elsewhere rejecting Islamic extremism. Ten mainly Muslim countries were surveyed along with the Palestinian territories, as well as five African nations with large Muslim populations.

For example, the percentage of Jordanian Muslims who have confidence in bin Laden as a world leader fell 36 percentage points to 20 percent since 2003 while the proportion who say suicide bombing is sometimes or always justified dropped 20 percent points to 23 percent. Other countries where support for bin Laden declined are Lebanon, Indonesia, Turkey, Pakistan and Kuwait.

The report said support for such bombings and terror tactics has dropped since 2002 in seven of the eight countries where data were available. In Lebanon, the proportion of Muslims who say suicide attacks are often or sometimes justified fell to 34 percent from 79 percent while just 9 percent of Pakistanis believe suicide bombings can be justified often or sometimes, down from 33 percent in 2002 and a high of 41 percent in 2004.

Palestinians the exception

But support for suicide bombings is widespread among Palestinians, the report said, with 41 percent saying such attacks are often justified while another 29 percent say they can sometimes be justified. It found that only six percent of Palestinians — the smallest in any Muslim public surveyed — say such attacks are never justified.

Amid continuing sectarian violence in Iraq, the survey found there is broad concern among Muslims that tensions between Sunni and Shiite Muslims are not limited to that country and represent a growing problem for the Muslim world more generally.

Eighty-eight percent of Lebanese and 73 percent of Kuwaitis — along with smaller majorities or pluralities of Muslims elsewhere in the Middle East — said Sunni-Shiite tensions represent a growing problem for the Muslim world, the report said.

Comment from JW:

“The 95-page survey found that surging economic growth in many developing countries has encouraged people in these countries to express satisfaction with their personal lives, family income and national conditions.” But after the Doctors Plot in Britain, and so many studies that have shown that jihad terrorists are better-educated and wealthier than their peers, I wonder how anyone can seriously maintain that “surging economic growth” will really eradicate jihadist sentiments. One wonders also how Osama bin Laden and other wealthy people (such as Zawahiri) could have been drawn to the jihad, if it is really a simple matter of economic deprivation.

So what does explain this polling data? Could be any number of things. Maybe Muslims are seeing that jihad terrorism isn’t getting them anywhere, although the results, particularly from the Palestinian Authority, suggest otherwise. Maybe they’re being convinced that jihadism doesn’t represent authentic Islam, although there are no significant initiatives afoot to convince them of this. Maybe they have just learned to tell Western pollsters what they want to hear.

Also, the poll deals with means — suicide bombings and other terrorist attacks — and not ends — the imposition of Sharia. The Turkish election shows that there is significant support for the latter, and that, after all, is what the jihadists are fighting for.

Comments from my friend Pastorius over at IBA:

The Pew Research Center does, to my mind, the most accurate polling of any polling company. Why?
Methodology, of course.
They use an automated system, which assures two important things;
1) they can poll a larger number of people,
and
2) each individual question and answer session is conducted in the exact same manner, therefore, eliminating the inddividual pollster’s bias from the process.
Therefore, if you agree with the questions Pew asks, then you would agree with the results.

Well, this is good indeed -except about Palestinians-. I would like to see the amount of people who was interviewed, though. It would be interesting.

[NOTE: I posted some days ago a poll by World Public Opinion as I saw it in a newspaper. The original, whose link they left in my other blog, is here. The data are different from the ones we see here].

See more at Now public.com.

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 I don’t have time for a long post, but I have to repost this one from Kamagir. Just another proof of brutality, unjustice and cowardice in Iran

Meisam Lotfi  was reportedly executed for being a gang-image member. He is in fact a student activist. Shahrzad News, a reputable independent website, talked to his mother, before he was executed. 

It was 1am when they woke up with a knock on their door. The 25-year-old son tried to escape from the Police, but was shot at with 17 bullets, two of which hit his leg. He was then sentenced to execution. Before we managed to find and publish his pictures he was executed. image

Meisam spent six month in the infamous Evin Prison after the July 1999 student riots. His sister was also attacked by the Police and received 40 stitches. Meisam had spent 55 days in solitary confinement after he was accused of setting tires on imagefire during the protests which followed the fundamentalists raid to the dormitory of University of Tehran.

Kamangir (Archer) – ©E’F¯Ì1 » Blog Archive » Student Activist Executed as Gang-Member

Serendip has also the photo in the left.

Also see this video Kamagir has posted about an execution in Iran (Caution: it’s a strangulation and it’s very graphic).

It’s not rare then that most Iranians, acording to a poll, oppose the regime.

There has been another crackdown on “inmodesty“.

To see more photos, go to Kamangir.

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The other day my friend Chaim pointed me to one of his posts -that I don’t find now 🙂 – which linked to this one from Pamela @ Atlas Shrugs:

Believers in Jesus said to be nailed to crosses, tied with ropes, set ablaze

Christians in Iraq, including converts from Islam and people involved in mixed-faith marriages, are being crucified by Muslim terrorists, according to a Dutch member of Parliament studying the war-torn country.

Several Iraqi Christians “are nailed to a cross and their arms are tied up with ropes. The ropes are put on fire,Joel Voordewind told BosNewsLife, an online news agency focusing on Christians and Jews in difficult circumstances.

Today the Voice of the Martyrs website has reported about Muslims confessing a Church attack in Pakistan… and the Christians forgiving them:

Muslims have confessed and apologized for attacking a church in Pakistan’s Punjab region on June 17, but have offered no compensation for injuring Christians and damaging their church building.

According to Compass Direct News, seven Christians were wounded and Christian literature was destroyed at the Salvation Army church in Chak 248, a village 20 miles north of Faisalabad.

The perpetrators admitted that a Muslim resident had planned to burn a page of the Quran—punishable with life imprisonment under Pakistani law—and blame the Christian community.

Compass reports that a notarized affidavit from Faizur Rehman, one of the 41 Muslims originally accused in the attack stated, “We are sorry and promise that this will not happen in the future.”

The lawyer representing Christians told Compass both parties had dropped court cases which accused each other of violence. “The Christian people have forgiven them. This is called impunity,” he added.

Hmm, this is magnificent. The zenit of Christiano-phobia/hate. And have you seen it published? I haven’t… 😦

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 And the result of Turkish elections is:

Turkey’s ruling AK Party won a resounding election victory on Sunday, giving the pro-business, Islamist-rooted party a mandate for reform but risking fresh tensions with the secular elite.

The result is a moral triumph for Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan who called early parliamentary polls after losing a battle with the establishment, including army generals, who did not want his ex-Islamist ally as head of state. With nearly all votes counted, his party won 47 percent, up some 13 points on 2002, but a more united opposition means it will get around 341 out of 550 seats, slightly fewer than now.

“This is the first time in 52 years that a party in power has increased its votes for a second term,” Erdogan told thousands of jubilant supporters outside his party’s plush new headquarters in the capital Ankara where fireworks lit the sky.

“We will continue to work with determination to achieve our European Union goal,” he said of strained efforts to join the bloc and anchor his country more firmly to the West. Only two other, secularist, parties crossed the 10 percent threshold into parliament — the nationalist-minded Republican People’s Party (CHP) on 21 percent and the far-right National Movement Party (MHP) on 14 percent.

Turkey’s ruling AKP wins vote – Yahoo! News

Business Week titles its article “Islamic pragmatists triumph in Turkey“:

It wasn’t just headscarf-clad women and devout moustached men who voted for the Justice and Development Party (AKP), as cliché would have it. Polling analysts said more than half its support came from people with a secular background who wanted Turkey to keep on reforming, to remain business-friendly and to continue to open itself up to Europe — goals shared by many religious voters as well. Erdogan’s AKP has done more in this regard than any of its predecessor governments, however secular.

I posted a link some weeks ago about the real agenda of Turkish moderate Islamists and Turkish entry on the EU. But EU leaders continue not to consider this: the EU has congratulated Erdogan about his triumph:

“It is essential that the new government will relaunch the legal and economic reforms with full determination and concrete results,” Mr Rehn (EU Enlargement Commissioner) said.

“We need to see concrete progress on such fundamental freedoms as the freedom of expression, the freedom of religion.”

The president of the European Commission, Jose Manuel Barroso, also welcomed the victory, saying the vote came “at an important moment for the people of Turkey”.

The UK Foreign Secretary, David Miliband, said it was very important for Europe to “reach out” to the new government.

“A stable and secure political situation in Turkey is massively in our interest and we will certainly want to be taking forward our links with this very important country,” he added.

Austrian Foreign Minister Ursula Plassnik said everyone was interested in having a “modern, dynamic, successful Turkey as a partner”.

“We expect this government that has a good track record over the past years to continue with even more ambition,” she said.

More about Turkish situation here.

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I wrote about her brutal honor killing here. Now it looks like she was also brutally raped before being killed, while her uncle was supervising everything. Her two murderers laughed about her killing.

A Kurdish woman was brutally raped, stamped on and strangled by members of her family and their friends in an “honor killing” carried out at her London home because she had fallen in love with the wrong man.

Banaz Mahmod, 20, was subjected to the 2-1/2 hour ordeal before she was garroted with a bootlace. Her body was stuffed into a suitcase and taken about 100 miles to Birmingham where it was buried in the back garden of a house.

Her badly decomposed body was found in April 2006, three months after the killing.

Last month a jury found her father Mahmod Mahmod, 52, and his brother Ari Mahmod, 51, guilty of murder after a three-month trial. Their associate Mohamad Hama, 30, had earlier admitted killing her.

On Thursday at a pre-sentence hearing for Hama, the Old Bailey heard details about Banaz’s last moments.

Prosecutors said the three convicted men, along with two other suspects who are still at large, had carried out the killing fearing that the authorities were closing in on them.

They believed Banaz had brought shame on the family by leaving her husband, an Iraqi Kurd she had been forced to marry at 17, and falling in love with Rahmat Suleimani, an Iranian Kurd.

Her former unnamed partner had raped her as well as repeatedly beating her, the court heard.

Hama, who prosecutors said had been a ringleader in the murder, was caught by listening devices talking to a friend in prison about the murder.

In the recordings, transcripts of which were relayed to the court, Hama and his friend are hearing laughing as he described how she was killed with Banaz’s uncle “supervising“.

I was kicking and stamping on her neck to get the soul out. I saw her stark naked, only wearing pants or underwear,” Hama is recorded as saying.

Woman raped before honor killing: court | U.S. | Reuters

There are no words in Entish, Men’s Tongue or Elvish or any other language, which can describe this villany”.

Treebeard, The Two Towers, Lord of the Rings.

I have read few accounts which could be more depraved and horrible than this one.

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