Sunday, March 26, 2006

Pushtun woman, Aisha Parveen fights sex slavery

Daily Times Monitor

LAHORE: The courts in Khanpur are to soon decide the case of Aisha Parveen, 20, and the decision could mean life or death for her, reports the New York Times.

“Ms Parveen ... is steeling herself for a state-administered horror. Just two months after she escaped from the brothel in which she was tortured and imprisoned for six years, the courts are poised to hand her back to the brothel owner,” writes Nicholas D Kristof.
"They're not human, of course. They're just flesh, receptacles for male bodily fluids, kind of like a public toilet with feet." Rantburg.

Harsh words indeed, but it's the harsh truth.

Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Child Bride

These stories are incredible each time we read them but yet, they are everywhere. So much pain and cruelty endured as a child, how can one begin the road to healing ?

For this young girl, who is aged by her experiences, there may be hope. With the help of people who obviously really care for her, along with a strength of spirit, that must have been a gift from God.

Her words will inspire you. The crimes that were committed against her, will enrage you.

As noted, in the following incredible article, by journalist Kevin Sites, there are many more young women, who have not been saved. Will something be done to save them too?

KABUL, Afghanistan - Eleven-year old Gulsoma lay in a heap on the ground in front of her father-in-law. He told her that if she didn't find a missing watch by the next morning he would kill her. He almost had already.
Enraged about the missing watch, Gulsoma's father-in-law had beaten her repeatedly with a stick. She was bleeding from wounds all over her body and her right arm and right foot had been broken.
She knew at that moment that if she didn't get away, he would make good on his promise to kill her.

Please, read it all.

Monday, March 20, 2006

Heroine Chic ....By Val MacQueen : From TCS Daily: Irshad Manji, Aayan Hirsi Ali and Wafa Sultan all have international recognition.

Irshad Manji: Muslim Refusenik,

"Tolerance of intolerance is a betrayal of our basic shared humanity," she writes. And "Muslim intimidation needs to be faced head on."
She also says on her site, "Civilizational progress happens when individuals transgress, even blaspheme. Galileo offended the Church. So did Darwin. The concept of universal human rights offends most religions. Without offence, there is only silence." In addition to her TV, lecture and radio appearances, Manji also writes articles condemning some of the more outré aspects of Islam.

"Civilizational progress happens when individuals transgress, even blaspheme. Galileo offended the Church. So did Darwin. The concept of universal human rights offends most religions. Without offence, there is only silence."

Aayan Hirsi Ali:
Hirsi Ali is an escapee -- from both her religion and her family. Born in Somalia, she suffered genital mutilation at the hands of her grandmother when she was five. As a young woman, she was sent to Canada by her father to marry someone she had never met. There was to be a connecting flight through Germany. With extraordinary self-possession, she ditched her itinerary at Düsseldorf's airport and caught a train to Amsterdam, where she pled for, and was granted, political asylum.

Rather than be a passenger, she was determined to earn her way. She learned to speak Dutch (she also speaks and writes fluent English), earned a Master's in Political Science in her new language and had the nerve to think she might be of service to her adopted country. Some tip her for the premiership of Holland one day. It was on the publication of her book critiquing Islamic culture, The Son Factory, that she received her first death threat.

Wafa Sultan:
She was invited to go on Al-Jazeera and debate Islam and the so-called 'clash of civilizations'. Jaw, say hello to floor. (Love this video, must have watched it six times already) This clip is so extraordinary, it has been clicked on by more than a million people worldwide so far. The man chairing the discussion made a wise decision to keep his head down, but the Algerian Islamist who was... debating is too strong a word as he hardly got a chance to get a word in -- her opponent, kept coming back in disbelief to take another hit. This debate, which was translated by MEMRI and is run on their site, has made Wafa Sultan a worldwide recognizable, and quoted, name.
Link: TCS Daily

What you will also read in this article is that all three are living under the threat of death and so are their families.

Who claims be a tolerant person, a religious person, yet needs to threaten others, like these good women of this world, for expressing free thought?
Do they not see how obviously stupid they look with this reasoning?

Big Pharaoh stated that he didn't think that Dr. Sultan or Manji can be effective as they are ignored in Islamic countries and Islamic ears, but I would say, they should also understand that there are many others who are listening to them instead of these mad mullahs.

Saturday, March 18, 2006

Ignorance or Racism?

I am stunned and dismayed at these pictures of woman displaying slogans of hate.
Are they Ignorant?

Woman who hate (page 77)

For a religion that doesn't support worship of religious idols, they sure love their dark symbols of death don't they.

The black Hyjab, or the black clouds, ( as our friends Omar and Mohammed at ITM so elegantly stated ) is like the shroud of death of the woman's spirit.

This goes against the true instinct of our human nature to promote and preserve life and this contrast shows how deeply the brainwashing is ingrained.
If you only have so called 'honor' in death, what's the point of life?
Just can't imagine as a woman, thinking it's ok for a son or daughter to be a murdering suicide bomber, and oh yes, the family gets money.
And yet they accuse us of being capitalistic and evil, ironies abound.

The contradictions of this visual image is astounding.

While some Canadian men happily put down the feminists of this country ( calling them feminazis ), they offer no support for the non-fascist feminists to have a voice. It's like a wall of indifference or anger at women anytime you try to converse with them about it. We need to break through this wall.

Seems to be a common but counter productive thought process though. To bolster their position some men put down women. To bolster the Canadian identity, many put down USA. Muslims, to bolster their position, put down all others...

Has anyone ever stood up and accepted responsibility for the mistakes they've made or crimes done in their name?

Apologies for my lack of inclusion of our own deluded homegrown female ranters of hate "ta-da" I present another useless fool as an example. Celine Hervieux-Payett

Ms. Hervieux-Payette, how you disgrace us as Canadians and as a woman's voice, in the political arena.

Thursday, March 09, 2006

For the Record: Women’s Rights Activists Were Beaten on 2006 International Women’s Day in Iran

From the: Brooding Persian blogspot

A group of about 130 women’s rights activists who gathered in Deneshjoo Park in central Tehran to celebrate International Women’s Day were brutally beaten by the police. As soon as the program started with distributing some brochures and chanting Iran’s women’s movement song, the police informed the attendants that their gathering is illegal and they should leave the premises. Then the police started beating men and women present in Daneshjoo Park and the program was ended. Simin Behbahani, the Iranian elderly famous poet was among the people who have been beaten.

According to Atricle 27 of Islamic Republic of Iran’s Constitution, public gatherings and marches may be freely held, provided arms are not carried and that they are not detrimental to the fundamental principles of Islam.

Thanks to: Kosoof - Arash Ashoorinia's photographs

Update: Hat Tip to Chirstine who received this link via email.

The following four videos are of the assault and attack that Iranian woman received for having a Woman's Day rally. Sometimes, words escape me.
Price of the Freedom

And from Human Rights News:
Among those present at the gathering was Simin Behbahani, a renowned Iranian poet. According to an eyewitness, “Behbahani was beaten with a baton, and when people protested that she is in her 70s and she can barely see, the security officer kicked her several times and continued to hit her with his baton.”

Sunday, March 05, 2006

Wafa Sultan

Ms. Wafa Sultan powerful words reflect the sentiments of the populace, so does this one.

Photo source: Our Thanks to All Things Beautiful

Satire Reveals the Truth

Just as the 'Mohammed' cartoons reflect the sentiments of the populace, so does this one.

Friday, March 03, 2006

Tribute to the Beautiful Zahra Kazemi

Zahra Kazemi (1948 - 2003)

Born as Zahra Kazemi in Shiraz, Iran, on the first day of Autumn, 1948
Two years later her parents renamed her Ziba...

How Kazemi was Murdered
The Ottawa Citizen , Michael Petrou
"The murder of Canadian photojournalist Zahra Kazemi in Iran has been shrouded in denial and speculation -- until now. In exclusive interviews, other dissidents reveal what happened inside Tehran's notorious Evin prison last June.

TEHRAN - Heshmatollah Tabarzadi will never forget Canadian photojournalist Zahra Kazemi screaming in a nearby cell...

I am overwhelmed with sadness over the state of the Muslim world. I am looking at the photograph of an Iranian woman about to be stoned to death in Iran, buried to her waste in dirt to keep her from running away.
A few weeks ago, I read about a 14 year-old Iranian boy who died after receiving 85 lashes for the `sin' of eating in public in the month of Ramadan. Salah Uddin Choudhury has been in prison for one year in Bangladesh for the `crime' of urging his nation to recognize Israel and advocating interfaith dialogue among equals as well as warning against the growing power of Islamists in Bangladesh.

What are Muslim community activists in America doing about their homegrown brutal human rights violations? They are silent.

The picture of the stoned woman has been seen by some Muslims I know in the Middle East and also fellow Americans, Christians and Jews. The first reaction by the Muslims was "what did she do?" while the first reaction by Americans was "How could this happen?"...
"...They are silent in the face of Muslim poverty, corruption, neglect of human rights, oppression of women, honor killings and the brutal and unusual punishments such as cutting off limbs, flogging and stoning. They are not using American freedoms as an opportunity to change their countries of origin, but as an opportunity to influence and change America to be like the countries they came from. Their goal is also to keep Muslim-Americans under their control and the control of Muslim world mullahs, sheiks and dictators they should have left behind...."

What Will It Be by Deeyah

Irshad Manji, best-selling author of The Trouble with Islam Today, October 24, 2005 "Friends and Foes: I’m devoting this special edition of to Deeyah, a young Muslim singer and musician who has a maverick message for us all. Months ago, Deeyah emailed me out of the blue....

Lyrics of What Will It Be by Deeyah:
Verse 1):
Does the truth only come from the top of a holy man’s spire?
From three paces back, covered head to toe?
Are the rules just for the masses and written just for show?
Pre chorus):
Where the beat goes -- nobody knows
Where the street goes -- nobody knows
Do you stand up, lay down or follow?...

See and hear it all, beautiful photography, lyrics, video at MUSLIM REFUSNICK

Photo Sources:

Globle & Mail Frontpage
: Kazemi, - CAN

Veiled women : Iran va Jahan
Context: "Tehran - Iranian women can now demand divorces from husbands who are alcoholics or drug addicts, one of ... "

Human Cruelty: The photograph with The Iranian Woman about to be stoned to death has been everywhere aroundthe Net, unfortunately I was unable to trace the origin. Perhaps one of the readers could would know.

Deeyah / Irshad & Friends :
Irshad, Deeyah and Donya at Muslim Refusnik

Lectrice du Nord de l'Iraq by Zahra Kazami :

Silence Off : Yvon Goulet / Montage: D.C.