Spanish Pundit (II)

febrero 21, 2008

Assaults on freedom of expression

I’m going to write today about some assaults which have taken place in the Spanish-speaking blogosphere over the past weeks.

The first happened to Spanish blogger Así está Murcia. I will translate what happened to him.

The other day when I was going to write a blog post, I found that the blog was practically empty, and at first I thought it was an Internet error, but afterwards I realized I had been attacked by people who did not like what I write and the perspective from what I write. So in that moment I thought I was going to leave everything, I even began to write a farewell post, but the rage that caused the fact they have destroyed my own work, made me re-think that decision. So I began searching for the old blog posts, it was much easier to find the new ones (they were all in Unidad y Libertad, so in the end, the only thing I lost was a poll, a statistic counter and some things I had in the lateral column, specially photos.As you can see the enemies of freedom have begun their campaign, so make a copy of your entries because I really believe I am not the first nor the last they attack to.

Now they are leaving comments such as this by the “fuckingfascists” (truly “good” name, ejem…): “What about your poll and your statistics???… ooohhh, yeah, we erased them, hahaha, fuck you, fascist, and you have come back in very little time but it maybeis not going to last a lot FASCIST, so just take care about what you say… ANTIFASCIST OI“.

(Well, the message was very bad written, the ortography was a total mess. Oh and far-left extremers here now they call themselves “antifascists”. In reality they are as fascists are all the others, but they fight -physically- the “fascist” or far-right extremers…).

Sincerelly it makes me vomit someone is proud of having attacked a blog. On the other hand, it’s a shame the education level this writer has: the comment is full of ortography errors. And lastly, I’m not feeling even menaced by this person as Spain today is a free country.

We don’t know for how many time… :(Something similar (though even graver) happened to Venezuelan blogger Alexis Marrero. Buensancho, Luis and Martha reported about the total loss of his blog after an attack by an unknown person, though they are surely Chavista thugs, as the author is a fiery anti-Chávez blogger. The message they left him was: “Long live Chávez, the best President, Alexis you’re dead“.As Frantic says:

De todos modos nunca faltará quien utilice la violencia para expresar
sus ideas
, inclusive a través del “terrorismo electrónico”, no
olvidemos que nuestro Gobierno apoya abiertamente los métodos violentos
para la lucha política.

Anyway, there will always be people who will use violence to express their ideas, even using the “electronical terrorism”, don’t forget that our Government supports openly the violent methods in the political fight.

That’s why we must support bloggers all around the world facing violence or harrasment. Because the freedom of the blogosphere will always be endangered.

He has begun a new blog (link in Spanish), where he thanks all the bloggers who supported him in the days after the attack. (NOTA: Si entiendes español, haz el favor de visitarle a menudo… es necesario que las personas que luchan contra dictadores -contra los que sueñan con serlo) vean que tienen todo nuestro apoyo-).

By the way, did you know that Internet is the third way to obtain news information in Spain and that it would be the media which people would yearn for using more, if it would disappear? Even before the TV and newspapers… And that’s what it’s being feared by our pals, the leftists, specially after Zapatero said he needed “tension”.

Then we have the internet sabotage after five cables were cut in the Middle East. A UN official’s remarks has opened the debate:

We do not want to preempt the results of ongoing investigations, but we do not rule out that a deliberate act of sabotage caused the damage to the undersea cables over two weeks ago,” the UN agency’s head of development, Sami al-Murshed, told AFP.

And:

The Christian Science Monitor has it’s usual thoughtful analysis HERE, noting that cutting cables has been a historical approach to enemy. They point out that the internet is run by international companies, but that after this latest outage (and after the six week Asian shutdown of the cable following an earthquake last year) that internet security experts are wondering if governments should become involved in the maintenance of such cables.

Underseas cables that span thousands of miles are essentially impossible to secure.
Communications for companies and countries are necessary in today’s world.

So we don’t know what really happened in the end. Anyone could have done a sabotage or it could just have happened by accident.

From Infidels are Cool, Egyptian writer facing fatwa, death threats for criticizing Hadith:

Egyptian writer Bisnat Rashad has become the target of a fatwa and death threats after publishing her book “Sex in the Life of the Prophet Mohammed”. Rashad wants to debunk the myth of Mohammed’s extraordinary sexual powers, which she considers offensive to the Prophet and a bad example for Muslims.

ohoh… this woman is crazy: she has dared to critisize Mohammed’ extraordinary sexual powers. So now she is facing death threats…

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Todos los links de arriba están en español, excepto el de Infidels Are Cool. Éste trata de que la escritora egipcia Bisnat Rashat, musulmana devota, se ha convertido en el objetivo de una fatwa y de amenazas de muerte después de publicar su libro “Sexo en la vida del Profeta Mahoma”. Rashad quiere destruir el mito de los poderes sexuales extraordinarios de Mahoma, que considera ofensivos para el Profeta y una mal ejemplo para los musulmanes.

Y es que sólo se la ocurre a ella cuestionar el poder sexual de un hombre y sobre todo del Profeta… Como la pillen, se va a enterar… :(

[+] Se me olvidaba hablar sobre lo de los cables. El Cerrajero ya blogueó sobre varios cables cortados en el Golfo Pérsico (exactamente cinco) que dieron aún más problemas a los internautas. Pues bien, la ONU ha comenzado una investigación y dice que “No quieren dar por adelantado los resultados pero que no descartan un acto de sabotaje causase el daño a los cables“. La rumorología se disparó en su día diciendo incluso que fueron los EEUU quienes cortaron u ordenaron cortar los cables para invadir Irán. En mi caso, yo no descarto ni afirmo nada. Habrá que esperar al término de la investigación, para ver qué consideran probado…, aunque desde luego no tengo nada de confianza en la ONU.

Posts relacionados:

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  2. El blog del SIOE, cerrado a instancias de una fundación holandesa por racista.
  3. Estudiante afgano condenado a muerte: firma petición para salvarle.
  4. Venezuelan blogger killed by the police.
  5. Foehammer deja su sitio.
  6. Evo Morales espía a la oposición y a los periodistas críticos.
  7. Spanish blogger menaced by ETA’s supporters.
  8. Periodista de Bielorrusia: tres años de cárcel por las caricaturas de Mahoma.
  9. Appeasement europeo frente a China: Citroen pide perdón por un anuncio.
  10. Terrorismo islámico (III): continuación del caso Stephen Coughlin, el experto del Pentágono despedido por “islamófobo.
  11. A new attack on freedom of expression: the new Law against Homophobia.
  12. Los laicistas también están en contra de la libertad de expresión.
  13. Más censura en la blogosfera y fuera de ella.
  14. Nuevo ataque a la libertad de expresión por las caricaturas de Mahoma.
  15. Lionheart: ahora llegan los problemas entre los anti-jihad.
  16. La página de Foehammer suspendida por su proveedor.
  17. Inspectores municipales chinos asesinan a palos a bloguero por filmar una protesta.
  18. Phylis Chesler entrevista a Lionheart.
  19. Censorship in the blogosphere (II).
  20. Actualización sobre Lionheart (II).
  21. Actualización sobre Lionheart.
  22. ¡¡¡ALERTA!!! BLOGGER INGLÉS ANTIJIHADISTA VA A SER ARRESTADO POR INCITAR AL ODIO RACIAL.
  23. Presión en la blogosfera (I).
  24. Breve nota sobre la censura.

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agosto 20, 2007

España, blog day, Irán, Rusia, circuncisión femenina, Ahmadinejad, Líbano, Turquía y James Blunt

Como no tengo tiempo de escribir yo, aquí os dejo algunos posts y noticias interesantes:

Las declaraciones de ambos personajes los últimos días, demuestran hasta que punto el envilecimiento, la cobardía y la ambición han sustituido a la ética, el bien común y el servir a España.

Pauta y Pensamiento: Sanz y Uriarte (Muy buen blog).

Por tercer año consecutivo se celebrará el 31 de agosto a nivel mundial el Día del Blog o BlogDay, como es conocido en Inglés. Ese día para conmemorarlo sus organizadores piden a todos los blogeros del mundo encontrar 5 nuevos blogs que consideras interesantes, informar o advertir a los autores seleccionados tu recomendación para el BlogDay, escribir una descripción corta de cada blog y enlazarlos, publicar una entrada el 31 de agosto mencionando los 5 blogs que recomiendas, entre otras instrucciones que encontraras en la pagina oficial de esta conmemoración a la cual accederás pulsando en la imagen superior.

Mi espacio y mi tiempo: Blog Day: 31 de Agosto.

Los Guardias Revolucionarios de Irán han dicho que no se inclinarán ante la presión y amenazaron con “asestar un puñetazo” a los USA, en su primera respuesta al plan de Washigton de listarlos como una organización terrorista, según informaron los periódicos este sábado.

CNN: Iranian guards vow to punch US.

El presidente ruso, Vladímir Putin, anunció hoy su decisión de reanudar de “forma permanente” los vuelos de aviones estratégicos rusos a zonas patrulladas por Estados Unidos y la OTAN, suspendidos desde 1992. “He decidido reanudar los vuelos de la aviación estratégica rusa de forma permanente”, aseguró Putin a las agencias rusas en un polígono militar cerca de Chelyabinsk (Urales).

Libertad Digital: La Aviación rusa retoma los vuelos estratégicos en zonas patrullads por la OTAN. También podeis ver estos dos posts de Cromwell.

La policía egipcia ha detenido a una mujer que realizó una circuncisión casi-fatal a una chica, una práctica generalmente condenada que las autoridades están tratando de eliminar, según señaló la prensa el viernes.

La víctima, Naglaa Khamis, entró en coma y sufrió una hemorragia severa después de serle cortado parte de sus genitales, pero le salvó que fue llevada al hospital por sus padres.

La policía detuvo a la mujer que realizó la mutilación en Minya, sur del Cairo.

El ministro de Salud dijo, la pasada semana, que se presentará una ley en el Parlamento para incrementar los castigos contra la circunsición femenina este otoño, después de que dos chicas han muerto por estas operaciones en los meses recientes.

Jihad Watch: Egyptian girl in coma after being “circumcised”. Tener en cuenta que Egipto legalizó la ablación del clítoris hace 10 años. Para ver en qué consiste, ver este post.

Es curioso, normalmente a los chicos a quienes se les hace la operación, se les hace en un hospital y con todas las medidas de seguridad. A las chicas se les hace de cualquier manera. Sólo hay que ver el post anterior.

Para continuar con el Califato Global, ahora habla Ahmadinejad:

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said here Tuesday that rule of Islam on mankind is the only way for salvation of human beings.

El otro día estábamos viendo Anastasia (de dibujos animados) con mis primos pequeños y me di cuenta del parecido de este hombre con el dibujo de Rasputín. Si no miradlo vosotros mismos:

Atractivo, ¿eh? :mrgreen: Y clavadito a Ahmadinejihad… :twisted:

Sobre el Líbano leed estos dos posts: Una ocupación silenciosa y ONU: no toquen a Hizbollah. El último es especialmente sangrante porque señala que “El Consejo de Seguridad de la ONU rechazará el pedido de expandir el madnato de la UNIFIL en el sur del Líbano contra Hezbollah“. Para no hacer nada y estar gastando dinero -y pudiendo morir más personas, porque los militares son personas, le disguste a quien le disguste-, mejor sería que se acabara de una vez la misión y punto.

En cuanto a Turquía, hoy se celebra la votación para presidente del país, a la que se presenta el Islamista Abdulá Gül, quien se espera que sea nombrado presidente en la tercera vuelta este mes. Mientras wordpress.com ha hecho un comunicado sobre la prohibición de acceso decretada por Turquía a todos los blogs que se alojan en este servicio.

Y, por último, el nuevo single de James Blunt: 1973. Si ya sé, no parece un hombre de pelo en pecho -aunque lo sea, fue militar ahí donde lo veis-, pero la canción es buena.

abril 29, 2007

Egyptian Sandmonkey quits blogging

My preferred Egyptian blogger, Sandmonkey, quits fearing for his security after he blogged about a demonstration some weeks ago. A lot of bloggers have already expressed their regrets, although I believe all of us understand why he has done it.
Others who have commented about this sad event: Blue Star Chronicles, Gateway Pundit and Seven Inches of Sense (this last one is very good ;-D).
I hope he will return to blogging as soon as possible.

abril 17, 2007

Egypt charges nuclear engineer with spying

Filed under: Egipto,Israel — Nora @ 10:41 pm

I blogged some days ago about the Muslim countries’ pursue of nuclear power. Today Deustche-Welle publishes this:

Source: Egypt charges nuclear engineer with spying

Egyptian authorities have charged a nuclear engineer at the country’s Atomic Energy Agency with spying for Israel. An Irishman and a Japanese national are also facing charges. A prosecutor told a news conference in Cairo that 35-year-old Mohamed Sayed Saber Ali had stolen important documents with the aim of handing them over to Israel’s Mossad intelligence service.

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Las autoridades egipcias han acusado a un ingeniero nuclear que trabajaba en la Agencia de la Energía Atómica de espiar para Israel. Un irlandés y un japonés también han sido acusados. Un fiscal dijo en una conferencia de prensa en el Cairo que Mohammed Sayed Saber, de 35 años de edad, ha robado importantes documentos para entregárselos al servicio de inteligencia de Israel, el Mossad.

marzo 22, 2007

More bad news for bloggers

Atlas Shrugs reports that two Egyptian bloggers have been kidnapped by policemen. She quotes Egyptian blogger Sandmonkey who esteems that there is going to be a crack down on bloggers. That said the same day in which Kareem has been definitely condemned makes me shiver. The Court has also let some Islamist lawyers to ask him for compensations on the grounds of “damages to Islam“.

On the other hand, Kareem has been honoured in London with a prize, which rewards people for fighting for freedom of expression h/t Sandmonkey. At the same Awards -five were given-, Chinese oppositor Cheng Guangcheng (photo below), called “the barefoot lawyer”, was also honoured after been sentenced for four years in 2006 for denouncing the late abortions (as late as in the 8th months) and other practices used to ensure the one-child policy. Another proof that China is not changing at all…

Chen Guangcheng


But not only in Islamic countries there are problems with critics on Islamic matters. An Australian journalist, named Gavin King, has written an article in which he names a blogger, gives details about his life and tries to picture him as an hysteric anti-Muslim guy. After promising him he was going to keep his name secret. Sheik Yer’mami has been commenting at Jihad Watch for some time and also writes in his own blog.

Australian reporter Gavin King. I am not going to give my opinion…, because even if he is not in favour of Sheik’s opinion, why pointing him as an objective? And after promising him he was not going to out him.

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La sentencia de 4 años de cárcel a Kareem ha sido confirmada el mismo día en que 2 bloggers han sido secuestrados por la policía. También hoy le han dado un premio en Londres a Kareem por su labor en favor de la libertad de expresión.

Pero los bloggers no sólo están (estamos…) amenazados en los países islámicos. En Australia un periodista (el de la foto de arriba) ha dicho el nombre, el trabajo y otros datos personales de un blogger después de prometerle que no iba a sacarle del anonimato. Sheik Yermami, comentarista habitual de Jihad Watch y blogger, teme por su vida, porque la entrevista tenía por finalidad hablar sobre la campaña que él y otros habían iniciado para frenar la construcción de una mezquita.


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marzo 5, 2007

Kareem update

Well, looks like I got it confused and thought that Kareem could not appeal his four-year in jail sentence. Actually, he can and his lawyers have appealed it, knowing that the punishment only can be reduced. The appeal has been set for March 12.

Thanks to Pub Philosopher.

There is a video that shows that he was kick after exiting tribunal. After the trial the prosecutor lawyer, Mohamed Dawoud (above), called for wajing jihad against the “likes of Kareem” (FreeKareem.org).

Kareem leaving Tribunal

For more about blogo-activism in Egypt, read this post from Freedom for Egyptians.

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Los abogados de Kareem, el blogger egipcio sentenciado a 4 años por criticar al Islam y a Mubarak, presentaron ayer el recurso contra la sentencia, sabiendo que en caso de que gane, sólo verá disminuida su sentencia y en ningún caso se producirían una excarcelación inmediata.

FFE escribe sobre un artículo en el Daily Mail sobre la blogo-actividad egipcia, que se ha convertido en un ejemplo para la región. El artículo se refiere entre otros a Sandmonkey o a Big Pharaoh (ahora retirado temporalmente).


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marzo 1, 2007

Some links

Good news from Darfur as the International Criminal Court has begun naming the ones who had been committing attrocities in Darfur (Counterterrorism Blog).

Luis Moreno-Ocampo singled out Ahmad Muhammad Harun, now a state minister for humanitarian affairs who was state minister of the interior, along with Ali Muhammad Ali Abd-al-Rahman (also known as Ali Kushayb), a leader of the Darfur militia known as the Janjaweed, in a total of 51 crimes against humanity and war crimes. The filing marked the first accusations against named individuals as a prelude to a trial.

Anyway, Sudan has already said they are not giving this people to the Court.

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Also the situation in Afghanistan begins to worry a lot of people -about time!- (Thanks to Epaminondas):

We know now that allowing al-Qaeda a safe haven can have terrible consequences for U.S. homeland security. And yet the Bush administration appears to be letting the threat develop again. For several months U.S. intelligence officials and independent observers have been telling journalists — most recently at the New York Times — that al-Qaeda has established several camps in the Pakistani territory of North Waziristan, along the Afghan border. Those camps are populated by Pakistani, Afghan and foreign militants; some may be Westerners who are being trained for attacks in Europe or the United States.

The camps have operated unhindered since at least September, when Pakistan’s military ruler, Pervez Musharraf, agreed to a separate peace deal with local Taliban leaders. Since then, cross-border attacks by the Taliban into Afghanistan have tripled, according to the U.S. military. Taliban and al-Qaeda leaders in Waziristan have developed a “complex cooperative relationship,” Lt. Gen. Karl W. Eikenberry, the outgoing U.S. commander in Afghanistan, testified before the House Armed Services Committee last week. Yet no action has been taken, either by the United States or by Pakistan, its nominal ally in the war on terrorism.

Spanish on-line newspaper Nuevo Digital, as brave and unprejudiced as ever, writes about the use of human shields by Taliban and insurgent forces in Afghanistan and Iran.

First in Iraq:

Boys on bikes cycle backwards and forwards on a footbridge over a small canal lined with houses and groves of date palms. Women in headscarves look anxiously in groups from windows. Men walk with shopping bags. A gunman, clutching an AK-47, bobs his head around the corner of an alleyway close to a school. Once. Twice. On the third occasion a child, a boy seven or eight years old, is thrust out in front of him. The gunman holds him firmly by the arm and steps out for instant into full view of the Bradley’s gunner to get a proper look, then yanks the boy back and disappears.

“That is really dirty,” says Specialist Chris Jankow, in the back of the Bradley, with a mixture of contempt, anger and frustration. “They know exactly what our rules of engagement are. They know we can’t fire back.” A few minutes and a few hundred metres later the performance is repeated. A woman and three small children emerge uncertainly from behind a building, little more than a shack. They stare at the approaching armour. After a few seconds they retreat from view; then the process is repeated. The third time they emerge, a fighter is crouching behind them with a rocket-propelled grenade aimed at Jankow’s Bradley. The group disappears.

Secondly in Afghanistan:

Taliban fighters used children as human shields to flee heavy fighting this week during an operation by foreign and Afghan forces to clear rebels from around a key hydro-electric dam, NATO said on Wednesday.

The Taliban have used human shields before, but never children, local residents say.

[…] “During this action … Taliban extremists resorted to the use of human shields. Specifically, using local Afghan children to cover as they escaped out of the area,” Colonel Tom Collins, a spokesman for the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), told reporters in Kabul.

So, what is going to say now the anti-war crowd??? Are they going to demonstrate against these brave warriors?

He links to some interesting news: how Human Shields are preparing themselves to go to Iran and protect sewage plants and power stations -bet they’ll be around Iranian peaceful nuclear sites?- and how Spanish Socialists blamed Israel for civilian losses when Hizbollah were using them -both children and women- to protect the armed men?

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In the West Bank there is a campaign of rapes against Jewish women, according to the police who has detained already 6 suspects (Thanks to Fausta and Pamela). The rapes are a vengeance to the “deeds of the IDF in Palestinian territories“. The women -more teenagers- were raped at bus stops or in designated hitchhiking points.

This is no importance for Putin, that now wants International Community to lift the embargo on the Palestinian Authority whatever the situation and the ideas of Hamas on Israel.

Opinion Journal wrote about the relationship between Europe and the Iranian mullahs.

In the absence of an official embargo against Tehran, private EU companies have sought commercial opportunities in Iran. But the real story here is that these businesses are subsidized by European taxpayers. Government-backed export guarantees have fueled the expansion in trade. That, in turn, has boosted Iran’s economy and–indirectly by filling government coffers with revenues–its nuclear program. The German record stands out. In its 2004 annual report on export guarantees, Berlin’s Economics Ministry dedicated a special section to Iran that captures its giddy excitement about business with Tehran.

Coalition against terrorism is asking Egypt and Saudi Arabia to stop broadcasting terror.

“Removing the vile al-Zawraa broadcasts which incite violence against innocent Iraqis and those trying to build a peaceful democracy was a good first step by Egypt,” said Mark Dubowitz, the executive director of the coalition and chief operating officer of FDD. “But Egypt and Saudi Arabia, two of our supposed allies in the war on terrorism, must also pull Hezbollah’s and Hamas’s equally dangerous programming, roll back the Iranian regime’s propaganda efforts and disavow all terrorist controlled media outlets that use their satellites to recruit followers and incite violent attacks.”

About time, too.

So Israelis have overwhelmingly voted for “Push the button“, a song which is seen as an answer to lovely and peaceful Ahmadinejad.

First peacekeepers have entered Somalia. But I do not know how 30 Soldiers are going to change the bad situation that the country is living.

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If yesterday I wrote about the re-arming of Venezuela, looks like Chávez is buying MORE weapons. El Diario Exterior reports that Venezuela is going to buy 9 diesel submarines. The doubt is whether they are going to be Scorpene (French-Spanish production) or Amur (Russian). And then Venezuela will have the greatest Navy in South-America.

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US has detained some criminals (66) from a drug-related network. Mr Gonzales said the ring – allegedly run by Victor Emilio Cazares Gastellum – distributed cocaine, marijuana and other drugs throughout the United States.

El Tribunal Penal Internacional ha comenzado a determinar quiénes son los causantes de la masacre de Darfur y de la creación de los Janjaweed: entre otros, se señala como culpables, a Ahmad Muhammad Harun, ahora el Ministro de Estado para las Cuestiones Humanitarias, que era entonces el Ministro de Estado De Interior, junto con Ali Muhammad Ali Abd-al-Rahman, líder de las Janjaweed, de un total de 51 crímenes contra la Humanidad y otros crímenes de guerra. Sudán ya ha dicho que no va a entregarlos y que, al no haber firmado el tratado de constitución del Tribunal, no va a reconocer ninguna resolución que dicte al respecto.

También los periodistas -incluso el New York Times y el Washington Post- comienzan a preocuparse por la situación en Afganistán. Precisamente, después de que diversas fuentes señalen que este país se está convirtiendo en un paraíso seguro para Al-Qaeda y los Talibanes, que han desarrollado una relación compleja de cooperación según el General Eikenberry, el saliente comandante de las tropas de EEUU, en su declaración ante el Comité de Servicios Militares del Congreso. A pesar de eso, no se ha tomado ninguna acción.

The Guardian ha publicado un reportaje en el que muestra cómo usan los Talibanes y los insurgentes iraquíes a niños y mujeres para proteger a los bravos combatientes. A ver si nuestros queridos amigos de Telecinco y los del “No a la guerra, Sí a la Kultura y a la Manipulación para que me den más subvenciones y No a EEUU aunque sí a sus premios que son muy glamurosos, se manifiestan en contra de este tipo de comportamientos que también practica Hizbollah contra Israel y los Tigres Tamiles en Sri Lanka.

Se está produciendo una campaña de violaciones en la Franja Oeste. Las víctimas, en su mayoría adolescentes, fueron violadas en paradas de autobús o en puntos para realizar auto-stop señalados. ¿La razón? La venganza por lo que las Fuerzas Israelíes están haciendo en la Franja de Gaza. Muy bien: o sea, que como no puedo ganar la guerra, simplemente violo a unas cuantas mujeres…

Esto no parece importarle a Putin que quiere levantar las sanciones a la Autoridad Nacional Palestina, aunque continúe teniendo Hamas los mismos objetivos.

Mientras los europeos seguimos subsidiando al régimen iraní. Resulta que a los Gobiernos se les nota a la legua la ambición de hacer negocios con Irán, país con el que no existe un embargo por parte de Europa. Así, empresas con garantía de los Gobiernos Europeos están llevando a cabo florecientes relaciones comerciales. Alemania, por ejemplo, tiene una sección especial de su Ministerio de Economía dedicada exclusivamente a hacer negocios con Irán… que considera a Europa un escudo protector frente a EEUU.

La Coalición contra el terrorismo ha iniciado una campaña para que Egipto y Arabia Saudí dejen de promover el terrorismo a través de la radio y la TV. Ya lo han conseguido con otras cadenas, pero quieren que dejen de emitir en estos países Al-Manar, la tele de Hizbullá, y Al-Aqsa, la de Hamas. A ver si lo consiguen-

Así que los israelíes no se han cortado un pelo y han votado masivamente una canción que se titula “Da al botón” para ir a Eurovisión. La letra es la siguiente:

El mundo está lleno de terror, si alguien comete un error, nos va a explotar hacia el reino que viene.

Hay algunos mandatarios locos, que se esconden y tratan de volvernos locos, con deseo demoníaco y tecnológico de hacer daño.

¿A quién me recuerda?

Los primeros “pacificadores” han entrado en Somalia. Claro que, con el alarmante número de 30, creo que por el momento, no van a hacer mucho…

El Diario Exterior informa de que Chávez va a comprar 9 submarinos Diésel, bien de marca Scorpene (fabricación franco-española …) o bien los rusos Amur.

Resumen: menuda mierda de mundo.


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febrero 22, 2007

Today is a sad day for bloggers

Some days ago I wrote about him, because of an alert my friend FFE sent me. Well, he has been finally sentenced to 4 years in jail for insulting Islam and President Hosni Mubarak and inciting sedition (¡!).

Abdel Kareem Nabil, a 22-year-old former student at Egypt’s Al-Azhar University, an Islamic institution, had pleaded innocent to all charges, and human rights groups had called for his release.

Nabil, who used the blogger name Kareem Amer, had sharply criticized Al-Azhar on his Web log, calling it “the university of terrorism” and accusing it of suppressing free thought. He also often criticized Mubarak’s regime on the blog.

In one post, he said Al-Azhar University “stuffs its students’ brains and turns them into human beasts … teaching them that there is not place for differences in this life.”

He was a vocal critic of conservative Muslims and in other posts described Mubarak’s regime as a “symbol of dictatorship.”

The university threw him out last year and pressed prosecutors to put him on trial.

The judge issued the verdict in a brief, five-minute session in a court in the Mediterranean city of Alexandria. He sentenced Nabil to three years in prison for insulting Islam and inciting sedition and another year for insulting Mubarak. Nabil had faced a possible maximum sentence of up to nine years in prison.

Nabil, wearing a gray T-shirt and sitting in the defendants pen, gave no reaction and his face remained still as the verdict was read. He was immediately taken from the pen and put in a prison truck and did not comment to reporters.

Egypt arrested a number of bloggers last year, most of them for connections to Egypt’s pro-democracy reform movement. Nabil was arrested in November, and while other bloggers were freed, Nabil was put on trial – a sign of the sensitivity of his writings on religion.

Hafiz Abou Saada, head of the Egyptian Human Rights Organization, described the verdict as “very tough”.

Even his family has disowned him some days before the trial:

His father, a retired mathematics teacher, has demanded applying the Sharia [Islamic law] ruling on him by giving him three days to repent, followed by having him killed if he does not announce his repentance.

The verdict can be appealed at the Alexandria Appealing Tribunal, but his lawyers are not very hopeful. This sentence was the appeal.

There have been a lot of reactions to this men’s sentence:

Big Pharaoh [by the way, he is leaving the blog and he says that he does not when he will be posting again. I am very sorry to hear that, it is a great loss for the blogosphere]:

What really upsets me is the fact that Abdel Kareem enjoys very little sympathy in the Egyptian street because of what he said about Islam and religion in general. Some are calling for his execution.

Abdel Kareem will enjoy sympathy in the Egyptian street once Islam gets reformed. Once cussing Mohamed, Allah, whatever does not send you to prison or the gallows. If Abdel Kareem was living 500 years ago in Europe and he would have wrote the same thing about Christianity, he would have been burned at stake. Luckily Christianity got reformed, Christians in Europe understood that God would not be a very happy person if they imprisoned or killed someone who wrote/said something they considered offensive to the Christian faith. This is the reason why Dan Brown and Tom Hanks are still alive today.

Sandmonkey has announced that he will be writing a report for Pajamas Media and that he will be speaking about this in BBC.

Patrick from Clarity and Resolve expresses his concerns about Kareem’s survival in prison.

Eye-on-the-world writes that:

The London-based rights group Amnesty International said in a statement: “This is yet another slap in the face of freedom of expression in Egypt.” The group considers Suleiman to be a prisoner of conscience, jailed solely for peacefully expressing his opinion, the statement added.

The Paris-based press freedom organisation Reporters Without Borders said the sentence was “a disgrace” and the United Nations should respond by disqualifying Egypt from hosting an Internet Governance Forum in 2009.

[…]

One of Suleiman’s articles said that al-Azhar in Cairo, one of the most prominent seats of Sunni Muslim learning, was promoting extreme ideas. Another article, headlined “The Naked Truth of Islam as I Saw it”, accused Muslims of savagery during clashes between Muslims and Christians in Alexandria in 2005.

He has also described some of the companions of the Muslim prophet Mohammad as “terrorists”, and has likened Mubarak to dictatorial pharaohs who ruled ancient Egypt.

“I was hoping that he would get a harsher sentence because he presented to the world a bad image of Egypt. There are things that one should not talk about, like religion and politics. He should have got a 10-year sentence,” said lawyer Nizar Habib, who attended the trial as a member of the public.

More reactions at Global Voices.org, that also informs that there will be rallies protesting this in several cities:

There are also petitions online and a support site.

If you want to take part in the international campaing to support Kareem insert this logo on your blog:

and link it to the support site. Thanks.

Also read Morphemetales, MNM, Freethoughts, Pub Philosopher, The Moderate Voice, Michael van der Gälien. Iain Dale has also commented upon it.

Also read Gateway Pundit: Iranian student activist Ahmad Batebi who has been imprisoned since the Student Protests in July 1999 suffered a second stroke this week…

Batebi had several seizures on Friday night and was in a coma for a few hours. Yesterday, Batebi had a second brain stroke and was taken to the Evin Prison’s clinic, where doctors began monitoring his condition.

Batebi’s colleagues in prison contacted outside sources to announce that Batebi had a brain stroke on Friday and had spent 3 hours in a coma.

Ahmad Batebi, who was first arrested in the aftermath of the 1999 student uprising, was taken back to jail this summer and lived under deplorable prison conditions. It was reported that prison officials had confiscated and taken away all of Batebi’s personal belongings after his second stroke.

Lastly, Spanish digital newspaper Libertad Digital reports that SGAE (Sociedad General de Autores y Escritores, that is, General Society Authors and Writers) wants a “driving licence” to surf the web, as they want to end the anonimity on the Net. Pedro Farré, the SGAE’s lawyer, has based this on the lack of responsibility the actions in the web have. [HT: Caballero ZP]

Later, there have been a lot of campaigns on the Internet against SGAE’s taxes, imposed on MP3, computer memories, even printer memories, etc, supposedly because public was using this for copying music CDs and DVDs. A lot of blogs took part on those campaigns. So, are they willing to see who are their critics?

Related posts: Censorship “made in Spain” is coming?

Hace unas semanas ya escribí que a Abdelkarim le podían caer hasta 9 años, por criticar insultar al Islam y al Presidente Mubarak y contar la verdad sobre el régimen egipcio e incitar a la sedición. Le han sentenciado a 4, por acusar a la universidad en la que estudiaba de ser un centro de terrorismo que suprimía la libertad de expresión y por tratar a sus alumnos como bestias sin permitirles considerar las diferencias en la vida. También calificó de dictador a Mubarak.

Sin embargo, con todo y con eso no es esta la peor sentencia. Su propio padre ha pedido que se le aplique la Sharia y que “se le debería matar si no se arrepiente“. Cariño paternal que tienen algunos…

Algunas personas han expresado su preocupación por la vida y la integridad de este blogger en prisión.

Como veis hay una campaña internacional en su apoyo. Así que los que teneis blog, por favor, poned el logo de arriba enlazado con la dirección http://www.freekareem.org.

Los grupos de Derechos Humanos habían protestado pero, como se ve, no ha surtido efecto la amenaza.

En español podeis leer a: Disculpen las Molestias, Resolutivos, Carmelo Jordá, Luz de las Naciones. También a El Opinador Compulsivo, Juan Carlos Hidalgo, En Defensa de Occidente.

Además, el activista iraní de los Derechos Humanos Ahmad Batebi, que lleva en prisión desde los disturbios de 1999, ha sufrido hoy su segundo infarto cerebral. Los médicos han dicho que sufre por múltiples problemas tanto físicos como psíquicos, y que debe ser tratado fuera de prisión. Sin embargo, está en la clínica de la prisión.

Y en España, la SGAE quiere que para circular por la Web, nos saquemos un carnét de conducir, porque, dicen, que “el anonimato es malo porque, claro, la gente no se hace responsable de lo que escribe…“. La campaña por el canon no les ha gustado nada, pero nada, ¿eh?


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