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Archive for July 24th, 2007

 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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