Archive for April 12th, 2010

Dead Yemeni Child Bride Tied Up, Raped, Says Mom

Monday, April 12th, 2010

More atrocities at the hands of Muslims.

SHUEBA, Yemen (AP) — A 13-year-old Yemeni child bride who bled to death shortly after marriage was tied down and forced to have sex by her husband, according to interviews with the child’s mother, police and medical reports.

The girl’s mother, Nijma Ahmed, 50, told the Associated Press that before her daughter lost consciousness, she said that her husband had tied her up and forced himself on her. “She looked like she was butchered,” she said about her daughter’s injuries.

Elham Assi, 13, bled to death hours after she spoke to her mother and just days after she was married to a 23-year-old man. She died on April 2 in the deeply poor Yemeni village of Shueba, some 200 kilometers northwest of the capital. Her husband, Abed al-Hikmi, is in police custody.

The practice of marrying young girls is widespread in Yemen where a quarter of all females marry before the age of 15, according to a 2009 report by the country’s Ministry of Social Affairs. Traditional families prefer young brides because they are seen as more obedient and are expected to have more children.

Legislation to ban child brides has been stalled by opposition from religious leaders. There has been no government comment over the case.

The girl — one of eight siblings — was pushed into marriage after an agreement between her brother and her future-husband to marry each other’s sisters to avoid having to pay expensive bride-prices — a common arrangement in Yemen, the poorest country in the Middle East.

According to police notes from the interrogation of the husband, he was upset because he could not consummate their relationship and felt under pressure to prove his manhood.

Assi’s mother said she also tried to persuade her daughter to have sex with her husband so as not to shame the family.

Al-Hikmi took his young bride to a nearby medical clinic, asking a doctor there to administer her tranquilizers so she would not resist his advances. The clinic said it refused.

Al-Hikmi then obtained performance enhancing pills, according to the police interrogation, and that night completed the act while she screamed.

The next day, he returned to the same medical clinic carrying Assi because she could not walk.

“I told him not to go near her for at least ten days,” said Dr. Fathiya Haidar. She said Assi’s vaginal canal was ripped.

A forensic report obtained by the AP showed that Assi’s injuries were much more extensive, including extensive tearing around the vagina and rectum, suggesting that there might have been additional intercourse after the clinic visit.

Her mother said she visited Assi later that day, where she found her daughter fading in and out of consciousness.

“She whispered in my ear that he had tied her up and had sex with her violently,” she said. “I said to her husband, what have you done, you criminal?”

She said al-Hikmi told her that the young bride was just possessed by spirits and said he would take her to a folk healer to cast them out. Hours later, Assi was dead.

“She asked me to stay beside her,” her mother said.

The practice of marrying young girls is widespread in Yemen and has drawn the attention of international rights groups seeking to pressure the government to outlaw child marriages.

“Early marriage places girls at increased risk of dropping out of school, being exposed to violence, abuse and exploitation, and even losing their lives from pregnancy, childbirth and other complications,” said UNICEF’s regional director Sigrid Kaag, in a statement Wednesday condemning the death.

A February 2009 law set the minimum age for marriage at 17, but it was repealed and sent back to parliament’s constitutional committee for review after some lawmakers called it un-Islamic. The committee is expected to make a final decision on the legislation this month.

The issue of Yemen’s child brides received widespread attention three years ago when an 8-year-old girl boldly went by herself to a courtroom and demanded a judge dissolve her marriage to a man in his 30s. She eventually won a divorce.

In September, a 12-year-old Yemeni child-bride died after struggling for three days in labor to give birth, a local human rights organization said.

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Obama’s Goal? Socialism at All Costs

Monday, April 12th, 2010

I believe this is true.

Dr. Jerome Corsi is author of the 2008 New York Times bestseller The Obama Nation: Leftist Politics and the Cult of Personality (Threshold Editions, August 2008), which was recently released in paperback. He says since taking office, Obama has taken the American government in an ideologically left direction, as he warned about in the book.

Corsi says the president is determined to transform the United States into a European-style social welfare state. But he believes Obama’s agenda has proven to be enormously unpopular and will cost the Democrats dearly in the upcoming midterm elections.

“Democrats could well lose control of the House of Representatives [and] control could be challenged in the Senate,” he says. “And Republican governors could be put into place where’s there’s Democrats now, holding the statehouses for the 2012 election.

“[But] I don’t think Barack Obama cares. Barack Obama’s intent is to get socialism fully in place.”

Even with a Republican-controlled Congress, Corsi believes it would be tough to undo all the damage. “I’m not sure what it will take to reverse the United States back into a market economy after we’re got this much entitlement programs,” notes the author. “The social welfare state here is beginning to look like the social welfare state in Greece — and they’re very difficult to reverse.”

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New Film Campaigns Against Israel

Monday, April 12th, 2010

“I will make you into a great nation and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.”
Genesis 12:2-3

With God on Our Side, released Thursday, rebuts pro-Israel Christians by trying to persuade them to champion the Palestinian cause. The filmmakers hope to increase U.S. pressure on Israel to accommodate Palestinian demands, facilitated by reduced U.S. evangelical support for Israel.

“The evangelical left likes to exclusively blame evangelical theology for the conflict in the Middle East, because evangelical theology tends to be supportive of Israel,” comments Mark Tooley, president of The Institute on Religion & Democracy (IRD). “But in that process, they completely ignore the much stronger role of Islamic theology in fueling the Mideast conflict.”

The IRD leader believes the film will have an impact in some circles. “Unfortunately I do think the film has the potential for wide influence, especially among evangelical young people,” he notes. “So I think that we really need to be out there and willing to confront these arguments and to point out the biases and the shortcomings of the evangelical left campaign against Israel.”

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“First It’s Not ‘Islam,’ Now It’s Not ‘Radical Islam’” by Stan Goodenough

Monday, April 12th, 2010

President George W. Bush made the first critical mistake when – in an effort to prevent a backlash against peaceful American Muslims – he moved quickly after 9-11 to stress that the enemy that had perpetrated the worst attack on the United States since Pearl Harbor was not “Islam” but “radical Islam.”

The enemy, the former president insisted – against all the available historical evidence – was not the religion. “Islam is a religion of peace.”

Bush’s effort to walk the politically acceptable walk was picked up and pushed to the limit by the other nations of the world (almost all of them Bush-hating), and especially by the Islamic ones.

But even as they applauded his reluctance to call a spade a Muslim (while despising him for it), the Islamic states – most of which actively and ardently support Islamic terrorist organizations – never imagined that the NEXT American president would let the Islamic world – which is involved in almost every conflict on the globe today – completely off the hook.

But that is what Barack Obama has decided to do – according to widely and wildly circulating press reports Wednesday.

As the Associated Press had it:

“President Barack Obama’s advisers will remove religious terms such as “Islamic extremism” from the central document outlining the US national security strategy and will use the rewritten document to emphasize that the United States does not view Muslim nations through the lens of terror…

“The change is a significant shift in the National Security Strategy, a document that previously outlined the Bush Doctrine of preventative war and currently states: “The struggle against militant Islamic radicalism is the great ideological conflict of the early years of the 21st century.”

“… rewriting the strategy document will be the latest example of Obama putting his stamp on US foreign policy, like his promises to dismantle nuclear weapons and limit the situations in which they can be used.”

Not only are Muslims not the cause/source of most terrorism. Neither, in the view of the Obama administration, are radical Muslims.

Where, then does this leave us – apart from with an even stronger suspicion than we have had up till now that Obama himself prays to Allah in his closet?

For Israel – the hundreds of millions of Muslims who surround this little country and seek its destruction – the enemy has just become nameless.

And those calling America the “great Satan” are no longer Islamic radicals. I guess they are just misguided individuals – errant members of the great global village; the international community of nations.

Their religion – whose founder was himself a terrorist and which demands from every one of its adherents a commitment to jihad – holy war; is really not the issue at all.

Is it?

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