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:: Friday, February 21, 2003 ::

Freedom of the Press: Arab Style

Why isn't this getting more coverage in the media?

"Three Jordanians have been sentenced to jail terms over the publication of an article touching on the sex life of the Prophet Muhammad.
The three faced charges of insulting Islam and damaging the prestige of the state with the article published in the independent al-Hilal (The Crescent) weekly newspaper.
They were also found guilty of destabilising society, propagating perversity and circulating false rumours with the article published on 14 January, about Muhammad relationships with his wives, in particular his favourite wife, Aisha."

By the way, in case anyone was wondering: "The sentences, handed down by the state security court, cannot be appealed."
:: Peter 2/21/2003 03:06:00 PM [+] ::


Well, not to be blunt or anything, but, gee, I thought these people didn't believe Iraq actually has WMD?

"RIYADH, 21 February 2003 — Saudi Arabia has agreed to allow private firms to import and sell gas masks as war on Iraq appears imminent, the Riyadh Chamber of Commerce and Industry said yesterday."
:: Peter 2/21/2003 09:44:00 AM [+] ::

Iraq Nukes?

Just thinking out loud here: If Saddam does have a nuke (or even a dirty bomb) does anyone else think that once hostilities begin, he'll detonate the bomb not in Israel (which would immediately be blamed on him and result in Iraq being turned into a shiny parking lot) but in downtown Baghdad, with Saddam in hiding far away and immediately blaming US forces for nuking Baghdad?
:: Peter 2/21/2003 09:31:00 AM [+] ::
:: Wednesday, February 19, 2003 ::


:: Peter 2/19/2003 08:22:00 AM [+] ::

'A Light Beating'?

I'm speechless. Wife beating isn't 'violence'?:

"According to Dr. Mustafa Omar Al-Teer, a Libyan researcher, violence against women topped the list of acts of violence in the Arab world. Nearly 54 percent of all acts of violence were against women. Well-educated husbands were responsible for 16 percent and poorly educated men for 84 percent.
The pattern of violence is also influenced by demographic factors. City dwellers tend to be more violent with the rate of 75 percent, while people who live in suburban areas are less so. Ten percent of cases happen in upmarket areas, suggesting a higher income reduces the potential for violence.
Egyptian studies show that 93 percent of violence against wives happen because of problem of relationship between couples.
Eighty-eight percent of violence against women results from differences of opinion, 69 percent because the husband refuses to allow the wife to travel and 82 percent because he won’t even let her outside the house.
Dr. Ahmad Al-Ameri, a Shariah expert, said there is a difference between violence in general and wife beating.
Violence does not necessarily mean beatings. It includes verbal abuse and violence to property.
The root causes of violence against women have been well documented. Most people who commit violence are ignorant of Islamic teaching. Islam does not allow it save in extreme cases and then as a symbolic gesture.
Before a husband contemplates any physical action, he should ask himself why he should strike her and if it is the solution to the problem.
It is certainly against Islam to beat a good wife. An erring wife should be warned first and advised. If that does not work, then the husband could give her a light beating, the purpose of that being to embarrass rather than inflict pain."

:: Peter 2/19/2003 08:19:00 AM [+] ::
:: Tuesday, February 18, 2003 ::
ArabNews: A Day in the Life of an Executioner

In case anyone was wondering:

"“The sharpness of the sword and bodily strength are the most important things,” Rezkallah says. “Also, the executioner must have the guts to do his job — and believe in it.”"

But wait, there's more, from Ahmad Rezkallah, "Saudi Arabia’s most senior executioner."

"Rezkallah has executed more than 300 people, 70 of them women, and says that in practical terms there is no difference between executing men and women.

“People here have the impression that women are soft and weak. But at the time of the execution, most men collapse. When they hear they were forgiven, some are paralyzed. Some go crazy. However, women in general have nerves of steel,” he says.

“Ten years ago, I was supposed to execute a woman,” he remembers. “She was down on her knees and she was ready to die. At the last minute we heard that the family had forgiven her, so police walked her back to the prison car. Then we found out that the father of the victim had said he would only forgive her if his wife did. So they took her out of the prison car and back to the execution square. Then people went to the wife to ask for her forgiveness, and she agreed and forgave the woman.
“So they walked the woman back to the prison car. She calmly went with them and sat in the back of the car. She was talking normally. If that had happened to a man, he would have had a heart attack.”
“Actually, most women I executed were strong and calm,” he adds. “In tough situations, they are much stronger than men.”"

And they say 'Women's Lib' is dead.

:: Peter 2/18/2003 08:41:00 AM [+] ::

Anti-Semitism from beyond the grave...

I'll assume this was one of the last Kahil cartoons drawn before his death. How nice to see his views continue on without him.
:: Peter 2/18/2003 08:37:00 AM [+] ::

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