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junio 16, 2008

Hundreds of Taliban escape in attack on Kandahar prison: a background of the story

(post sólo en inglés: es muy largo y no me da tiempo a traducirlo. Quien no entienda inglés, puede traducirlo usando Altavista Babelfish).

Jihad Watch: Hundreds of Taliban escape in attack on Kandahar prison

Canadian soldiers joined other ISAF and Afghan national security forces in a sweeping door-to-door hunt for hundreds of escaped prisoners after the Taliban staged a daring mass breakout at Kandahar City’s Sarpoza Prison late Friday.

A suicide bomber drove up to the prison’s main entrance and detonated his vehicle at about 9:30 p.m. local time. After the massive explosion, which was heard across the city and destroyed the gate and a police checkpoint, reports say up to 30 motorcycles raced forward, carrying armed men firing rocket-propelled grenades, machine-guns and AK-47s. During the ensuing 20-minute battle in the city’s west side, hundreds of prisoners were able to flee. It was still unclear how many escaped from the prison, which houses almost 1,200 inmates, including about 400 Taliban.

A Taliban spokesman said the group is claiming responsibility. […]

One official told Reuters between 750 and 800 prisoners had managed to escape, adding some prisoners were killed in a gun battle between police and Taliban fighters inside the jail.

“I think scores of others are caught up inside,” he said, adding he suspected the gate was blown up by a suicide bomber driving a truck. Several Taliban fighters entered the prison and started freeing the inmates, he said.

I have been trying to link a magnificent post by Bill Roggio in his blog The Long War Journal about the so-called Pakistan taliban and why it’s impossible to see what is happening in Afganistan without considering the influence of Pakistan IN the Afghan situation. Even Afghan Taliban are nothing more than a copy of Pakistani Taliban, who were their ideological inspiration: Pakistan releases Taliban leader, signs peace deal with outlawed Taliban group – The Long War Journal:

Within weeks after the new central and provincial governments signaled it would revive negotiations with the Taliban in the Northwest Frontier Province and the lawless tribal areas, Pakistan has freed a senior Taliban leader jailed since 2002. After signing a six-point agreement with the Tehrik Nifaz-e-Shariah Mohammadi, the government released Sufi Mohammed, the leader of the radical Taliban group.

Sufi Mohammed is one of the most dangerous Taliban leaders in the Northwest Frontier Province. As the ideological leader of the outlawed Tehrik Nifaz-e-Shariah Mohammadi (the TNSM, or the Movement for the Implementation of Mohammad’s Sharia Law), he has close links with the Pakistani and Afghan Taliban as well as senior al Qaeda leaders.

The TNSM is known as the “Pakistani Taliban” and is the group behind the ideological inspiration for the Afghan Taliban. The TNSM sent over 10,000 fighters into Afghanistan to fight US forces during the opening stages of Operation Enduring Freedom in late 2001 and 2002. Sufi was jailed by the Pakistani government after the TNSM was banned.

After Sufi’s arrest, Faqir Mohammed assumed control of the TNSM in Sufi’s absence, and the Bajaur tribal agency became al Qaeda’s command and control hub for operations in northeastern Afghanistan. Faqir rolled the TNSM under the banner of Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan, or the Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan, which is led by South Waziristan Taliban command Baitullah Mehsud. Faqir is second in commander of the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan.

They reached an agreement to “achieve” peace, or, at least, that’s what it looked like:

The Taliban have called for the release of Sufi along with Maulana Abdul Aziz, the radical leader of the Red Mosque, and “five Afghan Taliban and the three men arrested on charges of allegedly plotting Benazir Bhutto’s assassination — Aitzaz Shah, Hussnain and Rafaqat,” the Daily Times reported. The Taliban are demanding their release in exchange for Tariq Azizuddin, Pakistan’s ambassador to Afghanistan.

And now, what is happening now? A new clash in the Pakistani-Afghan border was with the Taliban (June 12th). This clash was reported to have been caused by US, with an aerial strike which could have killed several Pakistani soldiers. But it appears the story is a little bit different as can be seen in this video filmed by an aerial drone:

The US military has released footage from a unmanned aerial vehicle detailing the controversial June 10 battle against Taliban forces right on the Afghan-Pakistani border. The US military maintains it fired at Taliban forces, while the Pakistani government continues to maintain US airstrikes targeted an outpost manned by the Frontier Corps and killed Pakistani paramilitary troops.

The US military said the clash began in Kunar province, less than 200 yards from the Pakistani border near the Garparai checkpoint. The fighting, which lasted for three hours, moved across the border as US warplanes pursued the Taliban as they retreated into Pakistan’s Mohmand tribal agency.

The video details a squad of Taliban fighters occupying a fighting position on a ridgeline right across the border from Pakistan’s Mohmand tribal agency. Coalition forces, likely a Special Forces team operating to interdict Taliban fighters crossing the border, were on a “reconnaissance mission” on the border when they took fire from the Taliban position.

(…) This year, the government signed peace deals in Swat, Bajaur, Malakand, and Mohmand. Negotiations are under way in Kohat and Mardan. The Taliban are not required to halt cross-border attacks, and Taliban leaders have stated they would continue to conduct strikes in Afghanistan. Also, in the case of the North Waziristan agreement, al Qaeda fighters are allowed to remain in the region “as long as they pledge to remain peaceful.”

The loyalty of the Pakistani security forces has also come into question. A recent study by the RAND Corporation said Pakistan security forces, particularly the paramilitary Frontier Corps, and its intelligence services are aiding the Taliban in conducting attacks inside Afghanistan.

The problem here is that the “Pakistani Frontier Corps” does not really defend the Frontier as there have been countless Taliban incursions into Aghan territory from Pakistan without the Pakistani soldiers doing really anything to prevent it:

While the governments involved sort out who fired at whom, it’s worth noting that U.S. troops fighting along the border have long contended that the Frontier Corps – an almost exclusively Pashtun tribal militia overseen by Islamabad – has been viewed as often aiding or abetting Islamic insurgents. Pakistan defends the force by saying they have suffered hundreds of casualties fighting extremists.

One U.S. veteran involved in the border fight recently told me about an ambush in which a Special Forces operator was killed. U.S. troops following a blood trail leading to a wounded attacker found he was a Frontier Guard officer carrying a map that identified multiple U.S. “hide sites” used to maintain covert surveillance of cross-border incursions.

When I visited Camp Tillman near Lwara, Afghanistan three years ago for the New York Daily News, U.S. commanders complained bitterly about a number of incidents in which Frontier Corps troops looked the other way when Al Qaeda-led insurgents ambushed U.S. troops and never warned their American counterparts of interlopers they could plainly see from their rocky outposts.

Last April, a Washington Post reporter visited the same area and was told by one soldier: “The Frontier Corps might as well be Taliban …. They are active facilitators of infiltration.”

We have also to consider the importance of the drug-trafficking in the area (specially heroin). Latest there has been several reports in which Pakistani Intelligence Services’s representatives said they were interested in funding Kahsmir jihadists (Kashmir is the frontier province which is disputed between India and Pakistan). last Jihadist ambush in the zone has caused the death to five Indian soldiers.

As Thanos linked, Afghan President Karzai has menaced with sending troops to the frontier to penetrate Pakistan and capture Taliban “fighters”, including Mullah Omar, who has been based in Pakistan since fleeing from Afghanistan in 2001. The problem with this statement is that Karzai has come to terms with Talibans in the past (or at least has tried to), and that Pakistan has nukes, a powerful point to any country before considering any attack. Baitullah Mehsud, one of the main Taliban leaders has already called to use them is case of “attack of Pakistani ennemies”.

But there is more:

An international smuggling ring that sold bomb-related parts to Libya, Iran and North Korea also managed to acquire blueprints for an advanced nuclear weapon, according to a draft report by a former top U.N. arms inspector that suggests the plans could have been shared secretly with any number of countries or rogue groups.

The drawings, discovered in 2006 on computers owned by Swiss businessmen, included essential details for building a compact nuclear device that could be fitted on a type of ballistic missile used by Iran and more than a dozen developing countries, the report states.

(…) The A.Q. Khan smuggling ring was previously known to have provided Libya with design information for a nuclear bomb. But the blueprints found in 2006 are far more troubling, Albright said in his report. While Libya was given plans for an older and relatively unsophisticated weapon that was bulky and difficult to deliver, the newly discovered blueprints offered instructions for building a compact device, the report said. The lethality of such a bomb would be little enhanced, but its smaller size might allow for delivery by ballistic missile.

(…) “These would have been ideal for two of Khan’s other major customers, Iran and North Korea,” wrote Albright, now president of the Washington-based Institute for Science and International Security. “They both faced struggles in building a nuclear warhead small enough to fit atop their ballistic missiles, and these designs were for a warhead that would fit.”

(…) The Pakistani government did not rebut the findings in the report but said it had cooperated extensively with U.N. investigators.

Hmm, what about selling them to Al-Qaeda? Or the Taliban? Or Hizbullah, using Iran as an intermediary?

In the meantime, Pakistan has already protested to Afghan envoy. Pakistani Foreign Minister Mehmood Qureshi has made it absolutely clear that “his country would defend its territorial sovereignty“.

Meanwhile, former Pakistani PM, Sharif (now the leader of the smallest of the political parties in the governing coalition), is asking Musharraf to resign and to be held accountable for passed deeds. In a demonstration he asked for Musharraf to be hanged.

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Hundreds of Taliban escape in attack on Kandahar prison: a background of the story

(post sólo en inglés: es muy largo y no me da tiempo a traducirlo. Quien no entienda inglés, puede traducirlo usando Altavista Babelfish).

Jihad Watch: Hundreds of Taliban escape in attack on Kandahar prison

Canadian soldiers joined other ISAF and Afghan national security forces in a sweeping door-to-door hunt for hundreds of escaped prisoners after the Taliban staged a daring mass breakout at Kandahar City’s Sarpoza Prison late Friday.

A suicide bomber drove up to the prison’s main entrance and detonated his vehicle at about 9:30 p.m. local time. After the massive explosion, which was heard across the city and destroyed the gate and a police checkpoint, reports say up to 30 motorcycles raced forward, carrying armed men firing rocket-propelled grenades, machine-guns and AK-47s. During the ensuing 20-minute battle in the city’s west side, hundreds of prisoners were able to flee. It was still unclear how many escaped from the prison, which houses almost 1,200 inmates, including about 400 Taliban.

A Taliban spokesman said the group is claiming responsibility. […]

One official told Reuters between 750 and 800 prisoners had managed to escape, adding some prisoners were killed in a gun battle between police and Taliban fighters inside the jail.

“I think scores of others are caught up inside,” he said, adding he suspected the gate was blown up by a suicide bomber driving a truck. Several Taliban fighters entered the prison and started freeing the inmates, he said.

I have been trying to link a magnificent post by Bill Roggio in his blog The Long War Journal about the so-called Pakistan taliban and why it’s impossible to see what is happening in Afganistan without considering the influence of Pakistan IN the Afghan situation. Even Afghan Taliban are nothing more than a copy of Pakistani Taliban, who were their ideological inspiration: Pakistan releases Taliban leader, signs peace deal with outlawed Taliban group – The Long War Journal:

Within weeks after the new central and provincial governments signaled it would revive negotiations with the Taliban in the Northwest Frontier Province and the lawless tribal areas, Pakistan has freed a senior Taliban leader jailed since 2002. After signing a six-point agreement with the Tehrik Nifaz-e-Shariah Mohammadi, the government released Sufi Mohammed, the leader of the radical Taliban group.

Sufi Mohammed is one of the most dangerous Taliban leaders in the Northwest Frontier Province. As the ideological leader of the outlawed Tehrik Nifaz-e-Shariah Mohammadi (the TNSM, or the Movement for the Implementation of Mohammad’s Sharia Law), he has close links with the Pakistani and Afghan Taliban as well as senior al Qaeda leaders.

The TNSM is known as the “Pakistani Taliban” and is the group behind the ideological inspiration for the Afghan Taliban. The TNSM sent over 10,000 fighters into Afghanistan to fight US forces during the opening stages of Operation Enduring Freedom in late 2001 and 2002. Sufi was jailed by the Pakistani government after the TNSM was banned.

After Sufi’s arrest, Faqir Mohammed assumed control of the TNSM in Sufi’s absence, and the Bajaur tribal agency became al Qaeda’s command and control hub for operations in northeastern Afghanistan. Faqir rolled the TNSM under the banner of Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan, or the Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan, which is led by South Waziristan Taliban command Baitullah Mehsud. Faqir is second in commander of the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan.

They reached an agreement to “achieve” peace, or, at least, that’s what it looked like:

The Taliban have called for the release of Sufi along with Maulana Abdul Aziz, the radical leader of the Red Mosque, and “five Afghan Taliban and the three men arrested on charges of allegedly plotting Benazir Bhutto’s assassination — Aitzaz Shah, Hussnain and Rafaqat,” the Daily Times reported. The Taliban are demanding their release in exchange for Tariq Azizuddin, Pakistan’s ambassador to Afghanistan.

And now, what is happening now? A new clash in the Pakistani-Afghan border was with the Taliban (June 12th). This clash was reported to have been caused by US, with an aerial strike which could have killed several Pakistani soldiers. But it appears the story is a little bit different as can be seen in this video filmed by an aerial drone:

The US military has released footage from a unmanned aerial vehicle detailing the controversial June 10 battle against Taliban forces right on the Afghan-Pakistani border. The US military maintains it fired at Taliban forces, while the Pakistani government continues to maintain US airstrikes targeted an outpost manned by the Frontier Corps and killed Pakistani paramilitary troops.

The US military said the clash began in Kunar province, less than 200 yards from the Pakistani border near the Garparai checkpoint. The fighting, which lasted for three hours, moved across the border as US warplanes pursued the Taliban as they retreated into Pakistan’s Mohmand tribal agency.

The video details a squad of Taliban fighters occupying a fighting position on a ridgeline right across the border from Pakistan’s Mohmand tribal agency. Coalition forces, likely a Special Forces team operating to interdict Taliban fighters crossing the border, were on a “reconnaissance mission” on the border when they took fire from the Taliban position.

(…) This year, the government signed peace deals in Swat, Bajaur, Malakand, and Mohmand. Negotiations are under way in Kohat and Mardan. The Taliban are not required to halt cross-border attacks, and Taliban leaders have stated they would continue to conduct strikes in Afghanistan. Also, in the case of the North Waziristan agreement, al Qaeda fighters are allowed to remain in the region “as long as they pledge to remain peaceful.”

The loyalty of the Pakistani security forces has also come into question. A recent study by the RAND Corporation said Pakistan security forces, particularly the paramilitary Frontier Corps, and its intelligence services are aiding the Taliban in conducting attacks inside Afghanistan.

The problem here is that the “Pakistani Frontier Corps” does not really defend the Frontier as there have been countless Taliban incursions into Aghan territory from Pakistan without the Pakistani soldiers doing really anything to prevent it:

While the governments involved sort out who fired at whom, it’s worth noting that U.S. troops fighting along the border have long contended that the Frontier Corps – an almost exclusively Pashtun tribal militia overseen by Islamabad – has been viewed as often aiding or abetting Islamic insurgents. Pakistan defends the force by saying they have suffered hundreds of casualties fighting extremists.

One U.S. veteran involved in the border fight recently told me about an ambush in which a Special Forces operator was killed. U.S. troops following a blood trail leading to a wounded attacker found he was a Frontier Guard officer carrying a map that identified multiple U.S. “hide sites” used to maintain covert surveillance of cross-border incursions.

When I visited Camp Tillman near Lwara, Afghanistan three years ago for the New York Daily News, U.S. commanders complained bitterly about a number of incidents in which Frontier Corps troops looked the other way when Al Qaeda-led insurgents ambushed U.S. troops and never warned their American counterparts of interlopers they could plainly see from their rocky outposts.

Last April, a Washington Post reporter visited the same area and was told by one soldier: “The Frontier Corps might as well be Taliban …. They are active facilitators of infiltration.”

We have also to consider the importance of the drug-trafficking in the area (specially heroin). Latest there has been several reports in which Pakistani Intelligence Services’s representatives said they were interested in funding Kahsmir jihadists (Kashmir is the frontier province which is disputed between India and Pakistan). last Jihadist ambush in the zone has killed five Indian soldiers.

As Thanos linked, Afghan President Karzai has menaced with sending troops to the frontier to penetrate Pakistan and capture Taliban “fighters”, including Mullah Omar, who has been based in Pakistan since fleeing from Afghanistan in 2001. The problem with this statement is that Karzai has come to terms with Talibans in the past (or at least has tried to), and that Pakistan has nukes, a powerful point to any country before considering any attack. Baitullah Mehsud, one of the main Taliban leaders has already called to use them is case of “attack of Pakistani ennemies”.

But there is more:

An international smuggling ring that sold bomb-related parts to Libya, Iran and North Korea also managed to acquire blueprints for an advanced nuclear weapon, according to a draft report by a former top U.N. arms inspector that suggests the plans could have been shared secretly with any number of countries or rogue groups.

The drawings, discovered in 2006 on computers owned by Swiss businessmen, included essential details for building a compact nuclear device that could be fitted on a type of ballistic missile used by Iran and more than a dozen developing countries, the report states.

(…) The A.Q. Khan smuggling ring was previously known to have provided Libya with design information for a nuclear bomb. But the blueprints found in 2006 are far more troubling, Albright said in his report. While Libya was given plans for an older and relatively unsophisticated weapon that was bulky and difficult to deliver, the newly discovered blueprints offered instructions for building a compact device, the report said. The lethality of such a bomb would be little enhanced, but its smaller size might allow for delivery by ballistic missile.

(…) “These would have been ideal for two of Khan’s other major customers, Iran and North Korea,” wrote Albright, now president of the Washington-based Institute for Science and International Security. “They both faced struggles in building a nuclear warhead small enough to fit atop their ballistic missiles, and these designs were for a warhead that would fit.”

(…) The Pakistani government did not rebut the findings in the report but said it had cooperated extensively with U.N. investigators.

Hmm, what about selling them to Al-Qaeda? Or the Taliban? Or Kashmir Talibans? Or Hizbullah, using Iran as an intermediary?

In the meantime, Pakistan has already protested to Afghan envoy. Pakistani Foreign Minister Mehmood Qureshi has made it absolutely clear that “his country would defend its territorial sovereignty“.

To complicate even more the situation, former Pakistani PM, Sharif (now the leader of the smallest party in the governing coalition), is asking Musharraf to resign and to be held accountable for passed deeds. In a demonstration he asked for Musharraf to be hanged.

marzo 9, 2008

El Reportaje del "Hall de la Vergüenza" de la persecución cristiana en el mundo

Recibo por correo lo siguiente:


(March 7, 2008) The Washington-DC based human rights group, International Christian Concern (ICC) www.persecution.org has just released our annual Hall of Shame report on our website. The Hall of Shame is our list of the world’s 10 worst persecutors of Christians based on news reports from the previous year. We publish this annual report to bring attention to the plight of persecuted Christians around the globe.
While ICC believes in religious freedom for all religions, our mission is especially to help Christians. There are more than 200 million Christians worldwide who live in countries where there is overt social or governmental anti-Christian hostility. This hostility is expressed in various forms, from harassment, job discrimination, and imprisonment, to rape, torture, and assassination.

Even though Christians are one of the largest religious groups persecuted for their faith, their plight is almost entirely ignored by the mainstream media. It is troubling that a human rights issue of this magnitude is so often ignored.

In the period covered by this report (December 2006 – December 31, 2007), Christians continued to experience severe persecution for their faith on an alarming scale. Several trends of note were:

1. A crackdown on house churches in China in the lead up to the Beijing Olympics,
2. A continuing campaign by radical Muslims to exterminate Christians from Iraq, and
3. An escalation of radical Hindu attacks against Christians in India, which culminated at the very end of 2007 with a series of mob attacks on Christians villages in the state of Orissa.

The countries on the list are: North Korea, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, China, Pakistan, Eritrea, Egypt, India, Laos, and Indonesia.

Jeremy Sewall, Policy Analyst for ICC, said, “It is our hope that this Hall of Shame report will help motivate persecuting countries and leaders to take concrete action to uphold religious freedom for all their citizens. In the meantime, we hope that this report will be a useful tool for policymakers and fellow advocates to put even greater pressure on those countries that continue to flagrantly violate the most fundamental human right of religious liberty.”

Please click here to view the report.

Fundamentalistas hindúes y musulmanes y las dictaduras comunistas, todos ellos persiguen a los creyentes de las distintas Iglesias en el mundo. Pero lamentablemente, la persecución de unos recibe mucha atención de los medios y de la blogosfera y la de otros no.

El último boletín del International Christian Concern incluye los siguientes ataques a cristianos:

Article One

3/3/08 Laos (Center for Public Policy Analysis) Samak Blasted Over Laos Killings: Attacks on Hmong in Thailand, Laos The visit of Thai Prime Minister Samak to Laos has been condemned by Washington-based Lao and Hmong organizations due to the increased Lao and Vietnamese military attacks on unarmed civilians. Just prior to his visit, Samak reportedly ordered his Commanders to send attack dogs after Lao-Hmong refugees to force them back into their own country. Christian Lao and Hmong have been targeted for years by the Laotian government and it appears that the religious persecution is beginning to reach new heights. Full Story.

For more general information please go to ICC’s webpage on Laos.

La visita del Primer Ministro tailandés, Samak, ha sido condenada por las organizaciones americanas con delegaciones en Laos y Hmong por los crecientes ataques por los militares a civiles desarmados. Justo antes de su visita, Samak, ha ordenado a sus comandantes que suelten a los perros contra los refugiados Lao-Hmong para que vuelvan a su país. Los cristianos Lao-Hmong han sido objetivo durante años del gobierno de Laos y parece que la persecución religiosa ha alcanzado un nuevo cénit.

Article Two

3/4/08 India (Evangelic Fellowship of India) Fresh Attack in Andra Pradesh, India On 24th February seventeen bible students were attacked in Kuraballa Kota in Chittoor district of Andhra Pradesh.Belonging to an independent church, these students were distributing Gospel literature on Sunday evening, when a group led by two Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (National Association of Self-helpers) workers, K. Raghupathi and Anand, arrived on the scene and started beating the students accusing them of conversion. poFull Story.

For more general information please go to ICC’s webpage on India.

El 24 de febrero diecisiete estudiantes de la Biblia fueron atacados en el distrito Kurabilia Kota Chittoor de Andhra Pradesh. Pertenecientes a una iglesia independiente, estos estudiantes estaban repartiendo literatura de los Evangelios el domingo por la noche, cuando un grupo dirigido por dos trabajadores de la Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (Asociación Nacional de Auto-Ayuda), Raghupathi y Anand, llegaron al lugar y comenzaron a pegar a los estudiantes, acusándolos de “conversos”.

Article Three

3/3/08 China (ChinaAid) 70 House Church Leaders Detained in Shangqui City, Henan Province- On February 18, 20 policeman raided a Bible training class of 250 believers and detained 80. 10 were released and 70 remain in detention. Three minors who were released on the 29th have also been imprisoned again to serve 15 days detention. Full Story.

For more general information please go to ICC’s webpage on China.

El 28 de febrero, 20 policías entraron a hacer una redada en una clase de enseñanza de la Biblia en la que estaban 250 creyentes y detuvieron a 80. 10 fueron dejados libres y 70 permanecen detenidos. Tres menores fueron detenidos el 29 para ser detenidos e ingresar en prisión de nuevo castigados con una pena de 15 días de detención.

Article Four

3/4/08 India (CompassDirect) Communits Rulers Target Christian Schools in Kerala- Communists and Christians can be best of pals in defending against the onslaughts of Hindu nationalism, but their differences over Christian educational institutions surge to the fore where the leftists rule – as has just happened in Kerala state. A government body in the southern state of Kerala has recommended banning of religious worship and use of religious inscriptions on the walls in private schools that receive assistance from the state. Full Story.

For more general information please go to ICC’s webpage on India.

Los comunistas y los cristianos pueden ser los mejores amigos defendiéndose de las matanzas del Nacionalismo Hindú, pero sus diferencias sobre las instituciones de enseñanza cristianas se agudizan donde los de izquierdas gobiernan – como acaba de pasar en el Estado de Kerala. Un órgano del Gobierno de Kerala ha recomendado prohibir el culto religioso y el uso de inscripciones religiosas en las paredes de escuelas privadas que reciban asistencia del Estado.

Article Five

3/5/08 India (ANS) GFA Missionary Kidnapped in Assam, India- Gospel for Asia missionary Haresh Kujur was kidnapped Saturday night as he was leading a youth service in his church in Assam, India. An anti-Christian extremist group in the area is thought to be responsible for the kidnapping. Full Story.

For more general information please go to ICC’s webpage on India.

Gospel for Asia ha informado de que el misionero Karesh Kujur ha sido secuestrado el sábado por la noche cuando estaba dirigiendo el servicio religioso de su Iglesia en Assam, India. Un grupo extremista anti-cristiano del área parece ser el responsable del secuestro.

Article Six

3/6/08 Iraq (CompassDirect) Ransom Deadline for Archbishop Today- Kidnappers have set today as the ransom deadline for the release of an Iraqi Archbishop abducted last week, a church leader said. The unidentified captors also added new conditions for the release of Archbishop Paulus Faraj Rahho, said Kirkuk Chaldean Archbishop Luis Sako.Rahho, 65, was kidnapped last Friday (February 29) at approximately 5:30 p.m. while leaving the Holy Spirit parish in Mosul, 225 miles north of Baghdad. Full Story.

For more general information please go to ICC’s webpage on Iraq.

Los secuestradores del Arzobispo cristiano-caldeo han fijado la fecha límite para el rescate, según un líder eclesial. Los secustradores no-identificados también han añadido nuevas condiciones para la liberación del Arzobispo Paulus Faraj Rahho, según el Arzobispo caldeo de Kirkuk Luis Sako. Rahho de 65 años, fue secuestrado el pasado viernes (29 de febrero) a las 5:30 aproximadamente cuando salía de la parroquia del Espíritu Santo en Mosul, a 225 millas al norte de Bagdad.

Article Seven
3/6/08 North Korea (TIME) North Korea Executes 15 Refugees- Only a week after the concert of the New York Philharmonic, North Korea again showed its true face on Wednesday by publicliy executing 15 of its citizens attempting to escape its borders. Full Story.

For more general information please go to ICC’s webpage on North Korea.

Sólo una semana después del concierto de la Filarmónica de Nueva York, Corea del Norte ha mostrado de nuevo su verdadero rostro ejecutando publicamente a 25 de sus ciudadanos por intentar escapar por sus fronteras.

Anteriores posts sobre el tema:
La comunidad Zebelina: los coptos de EL Cairo que sólo pueden reciclar basura
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Catalonia: license required to pray
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Persecución cristiana: semana del 9 de diciembre.
El libro negro de la persecución cristiana.
Persecución cristiana: semana del 26 de noviembre.
Persecución cristiana: semana del 19 de noviembre.

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marzo 8, 2008

El atentado de Hamas en la escuela rabínica

Me pide Luis que traduzca este artículo de Haaretz que ha posteado en su blog:

To the Westerner who “understands” the terrorist:

Ahórrenos las explicaciones.

Ahórrenos las justificaciones cultas y basadas en la sociología.

Ahórrenos las razones por las que “entiende las razones por las que “entiende” a los palestinos cuando matan a tiros a los judíos a sangre fría.

Ahórrenos el capítulo y el versículo sobre la lucha de los palestinos y cómo ésta está en la raíz del terrorismo islámico en todo el mundo y que si los palestinos recibieran justicia, el terrorismo islámico desaparecería del mundo.

Ahórrenoslo.

Usted puede creer, con la fe ciega del confiado y del movido por el miedo que, una vez uqe hayan acabado con los judíos, no vendrán a por tí.

Piensa otra vez.

Ahórranos el post-modernismo y el chic radical y los aspavientos.

Abre los ojos.

Cuando un hombre armado con una pistola entra en un seminario religioso judío, por su puerta principal, que lo es a esa parte de Jerusalén que ha sido judía desde 1948, y que no fue robada a nadie, presta atención.

Cuando abre fuego sobre los estudiantes religiosos que están volcados sobre los libros en la biblioteca, disparando y disparando hasta que la sangre rezuma por todas las juntas de los libros sagrados y por las páginas abiertos del Talmud y por todo el suelo, presta atención a las reacciones de las personas del mismo estilo de fe que rigen Hamas.

Ahórranos las conclusiones de que la única razón de que Hamas mata judíos y de que su motivo no declarado es animar a otros a hacerlo, es para obligar a Israel a aceptar un alto al fuego.

Ahórranos las expresiones tales como “Las políticas de Israel son responsables del baño de sangre” y “el seminario es después de todo, un bastión ideológico y símbolo de la derecha religiosa” y todas las maneras cultas, arrogantes, condescendientes y amorales de decir “se lo merecían.”

Ahórranos la comprensión de las motivaciones del asesino en serio que mata con Dios en los labios. Ahórranos la comprensión de las palabras del representante de Hamas que dice que “después de todos los asesinatos por palestinos, los de Jerusalén son “nuestra alegría”.

Ahórranos la visión de los rezos de agradecimiento a Dios por la gran victoria, rezos que comenzaron en las mezquitas de Gaza justo después del asesinato de los judíos. Ahórranos la visión de los caramelos entregados a los niños pequeños por motoristas de la Franja de Gaja, caramelos para celebrar que jóvenes judíos están muertos en el suelo, en sus mesas, asesinados por el gran crimen de ser judíos en ese lugar de estudio y adoración.

Ahórranos la moralidad de todos esos que condenan a Baruch Goldstein por entrar en un lugar sagrado con un rifle de asalto y asesinar palestinos pero que pueden entender que un palestino haga justo lo mismo.

Abre los ojos.

La pasada semana, cuando las fuerzas israelíes entraron en Gaza, y alrededor de 120 palestinos murieron, muchos de ellos eran hombres armados, pero con niños que constituían un sexto del totoal, uno de ellos llorando a su padre con mucha elocuencia: “En otras partes del mundo, cuando pasa esto, hay un gran escándalo. Cuando esto pasa aquí, el mundo queda en silencio. A nadie le importa”.

Es cierto. El desprecio y el desinterés por ver a palestinos morir ha crecido. La razón no es que estemos acostumbrados. La razón no es tampoco, sefún Hamas les dice a sus seguidores en Gaza, que los judíos controlan los medios mundiales y las finanzas, y por tanto, los gobiernos occidentales también.

La razón es el terrorismo.

El miedo al credo islámico ha crecido en el mundo. Pero también ha crecido el miedo a que sólo la lucha armada pueda resolver el conflicto israelo-palestino, y que la única solución propia sea el fin de Israel.

Incluso la izquierda israelí, que durante décadas fue el campeón de los Palestinos con coraje y determinación, está harta, en parte de los palestinos. La razón es el terrorismo. La razón es el asesinato. La razón es que los jefes de Gaza son personas que ven un valor intrínseco en matar judíos simplemente para ampliar el número de judíos muertos en el mundo.

Los gobernantes de Gaza no pueden aceptar el concepto de compartir Tierra Santa con los judíos.

Lo mejor que pueden hacer los líderes de Gaza, es traer esperanza a su propio pueblo y al nuestro también.

Creen que el estado judío es temporal y que los judíos pronto lo abandonarán al gobierno islámico.

Después de todo este tiempo, podríamos pensar que conocen un poco mejor a los judíos.

La razón de todo este largo artículo es el último atentado de Hamas.

Two terrorists infiltrated a rabbinical seminary at the entrance of Jerusalem and opened fire after nightfall Thursday, police said. At least six people have been reported killed, the ZAKA emergency response service said.

Al final fueron ocho los asesinados. Elder of Ziyon añade que hubo 40 heridos. Michelle Malkin nos da más detalles: dispararon entre 500 y 600 disparos.

Mientras los palestinos danzaban de alegría en las calles (atención al hombre en la primera foto: disparando su pistola y con el niño pequeño en brazos…):


y daban caramelos a los niños:


Las imágenes han sido tan fuertes que, incluso un blogger musulmán ha protestado enérgicamente (y otro) contra la importación de este tipo de Islam a América (h/t LGF):

STAMP THIS specious variety of “Islam” which celebrates the slaughter of children. We have no need for it here in the United States and they can stop trying to feed it to us.
What do CAIR and MAS have to say about this butchery? Are they going to offer their usual convoluted justification for this depravity?
I can not understand how this can happen, and they try to say that THIS IS ISLAM?? They say that this filth our religion???

Otros links:

Dust my Broom – ISRAEL: ATTACK, HAMAS CLAIMS RESPONSIBILITY

The Palestinian Islamic fundamentalist movement Hamas claimed responsibility today for yesterday’s attack against a rabbinic school in Jerusalem, in which eight students were killed. “The Hamas movement takes the full responsibility for the operation in Jerusalem. Details will be given subsequently,” a Hamas representative, who wished to remain anonymous, said.

La Razón Digital – Hamas «ficha» por unas horas al asesino

Los territorios permanecerán cerrados durante todo el fin de semana. Así lo decidió ayer el Ministerio de Defensa de Israel siguiendo la recomendación del gabinete de seguridad interior que, por la mañana, se reunió para analizar los pormenores del atentado del pasado jueves. Jerusalén amaneció ayer blindada por la policía israelí que, desde primera hora del día, reforzó la seguridad en toda la ciudad, y especialmente en los barrios árabes del este, para evitar disturbios. Ayer viernes, y por tanto día de rezo para los musulmanes, el Gobierno restringió el acceso a la Explanada de las Mezquitas, lo que, en otras ocasiones, fue el detonante de violentas protestas.
Tensa calma salpicada todavía de informaciones confusas. La más equívoca, la de quién ordenó el ataque. Hamas se adjudicó ayer la autoría del atentado pero, poco después, a través de Radio al Aksa, el órgano de propaganda oficial del movimiento islamista, matizaba que el grupo apoyaba el ataque pero que el joven terrorista que lo llevó a cabo no tenía nada que ver con la organización.
Declaraciones que llevaron a la familia del asesino de los 8 estudiantes de la yeshiva de Jerusalén, a quitar las banderas verdes con las que engalanaron la vivienda durante el luto.

Hamas recognised being the authors of the terrorist attack, but soon afterwards, Radio Al Aksa, the official propaganda radio of the Islamist movement, reported that the group supported the attack but that the young terrorist who carried it out, didn’t have anything to do with the organization.

Video: CAIR admits Hamas is not a terrorist organization.

febrero 18, 2008

La importancia geopolítica de Kosovo (+)

BBC NEWS | Europe | Split EU meets to debate Kosovo

EU foreign ministers are meeting in Brussels to seek a joint position on Kosovo’s independence declaration.While the major European powers are widely expected to recognise Kosovo’s independence from Serbia, several other countries have strong reservations.

Cyprus, Greece, Romania and Spain have expressed anxiety about the signal that recognition might send to separatists.

Kosovo’s majority ethnic Albanians celebrated with fireworks late into the night after parliament’s declaration.

Slovenia’s Foreign Minister Dimitrij Rupel, chairing the EU meeting, said “I understand many of the member states will recognise” Kosovo.

His British and French colleagues insisted Kosovo was a unique case and called for EU unity on the issue, the BBC’s Oana Lungescu reports.

La realidad es que no sabemos qué va a pasar a partir de ahora. En primer lugar porque Rusia apoya a Serbia y rechaza la independencia de la zona, lo que puede desencadenar otro enfrentamiento con Rusia (por si ya no había suficientes). En segundo lugar, EEUU, por un interés geoestratégico de desgaste del aliado de Rusia, apoya a Kosovo, exactamente igual que, por el mismo interés geoestratégico de control de Oriente Medio, apoya la entrada de Turquía en la UE. Ambos intereses, sin embargo, pueden ser totalmente penosos para Europa, como cuenta Aquiles:

este proceso de independencia paulatina logrado por Kosovo puede ser empleado (y aquí acierta Putin) por otros movimientos secesionistas existentes en otras partes del planeta para legitimar su causa, como puede ser aquí el caso vasco, en Francia el caso de los corsos, o el de los osetios en Georgia. No digo que sean situaciones equiparables, sino que puede ser empleado como argumentario por los movimientos secesionistas de otras partes de Europa y Asia ya que además esta “independencia” ha contado además con el apoyo de gran parte de los países occidentales.

This process of paulatine independence achieved by Kosovo can be used (and Putin is right here) by other secesionists movements in other parts of the world to legitimate their cause, as here can be the Basque case, in France the Corse, or in Georgia the Osetian people (I add, the Welsh/Scottish in GB, for example…). I’m not saying that the situations are similar, just that this case can be used as a basis by the secesionists movements in other parts of Europe and Asia because this “independence” has been supported by most of the Western countries.

Además, la situación energética en Europa es lo suficientemente penosa como para que no se den cuenta que Rusia puede retirar todo su apoyo gasístico a Europa: actualmente lo está redireccionando al Este, principalmente China. Y además esto sucede mientras EEUU quiere que los países de Europa del Este entren en la OTAN, enfadando de nuevo a Putin:

Rusia ha comenzado a redireccionar el tráfico energético hacia el este (China, Japón y el este asiático), y Gazprom está dispuesta a financiar un gasoducto que enviaría gas desde Irán a Paquistán y La India. Este acuerdo Ruso-Iraní haría muy difícil la intervención de EEUU en caso de conflicto entre Irán e Israel.

Así, con la tripleta Rusia-China-Irán, y con la mitad de Europa sometida a los rusos mendigando su gas, EEUU estaría muy cerca de ver cumplida la profecía que el geopolítico inglés Sir Halford John Mackinder pronuncio en 1904: la Teoría del HeartLand.

What’s the problem? That Russia is angry, not only because of Kosovo’s independence, but also because of the Eastern European countries are going to be the soil to the US missile defense system, Poland having already agreed to it. So Putin is already redirecting gas reserves to China ( hmm 😉 ), Irán (hmmmmm 😉 ) and in general the Eastern Asian countries (India, Japan…), forming the new axis: Russia-China-Iran. An axis that is nothing but the worse thing that can happen: an autocrat, a communist and an “mystical” islamo-fascist, all of them united.

¿La política europea debe estar sometida a los que tengan gas o petróleo? No, pero lo está. Mientras que no se aproveche el potencial energético nuclear, Europa seguirá siendo dependiente de cualquier dictador que se precie. ¿En este caso tiene Putin razón? Sí, creo lo mismo que Aquiles, pero no por la cuestión energética, si no por el peligro que supone, no sólo para el resto de países, si no sobre todo para los serbios que vivan en Kosovo “independiente”.

Must European policy be dependent from the countries which have gas or oil? No, but it is. Only if European Governments understand than we must use the energetic nuclear potential, we would be freed from any dictator/autocrat who has gas or oil. Is Putin right? Yes, I agree with Aquiles, but not because of the energetic question, but because of the danger this poses not only to other countries, but to the Serbs who are still living in this “independent” Kosovo.

¿Qué pasa? Que después EEUU ve a China, a Rusia y a la OPEP como un peligro económico:

The United States should be worried that Russia, China and OPEC oil-producing countries could use their growing financial clout to advance political goals, the top U.S. spy chief told Congress on Tuesday.

Sin darse cuenta de que él mismo está cavando su propia sepultura: al no apoyar a Rusia en nada (podía haberle apoyado en la cuestión de Kosovo y haber enfriado las relaciones…), está haciendo que Rusia caiga en brazos de China. Algo que desde luego no nos debe extrañar tampoco mucho, considerando la creciente influencia de China en Siberia… por las reservas de gas y petróleo que a China le vendrían muy bien. Curiosamente, China está haciendo lo mismo que los albano-kosovares con Kosovo: mandando inmigrantes que incluso han cambiado el nombre a Vladivostok que ahora se llama por su nombre chino. Seguramente eso es algo que a Putin le preocupa mucho: de ahí su total y frontal negativa no vaya a ser que a él le pase lo mismo y China no es Serbia…

Y a su vez esto tiene relación con el apoyo de EEUU a la postura de China sobre Taiwan. Como escribe Madrid Pundit, EEUU puede ahogar a China con la USS Navy estacionada en Taiwan porque es a través de ese paso por donde recibe los petroleros. Pero precisamente por eso, China está apoyando a prácticamente todos y cada uno de los dictadores que tengan petróleo y a ser posible estén en las inmediaciones: por eso apoyó a la Junta Birmana durante la Revolución Azafrán, ha construido un gigantesco mega-oleoducto desde Turkmenistán y por eso ha parado cualquier control sobre el programa nuclear de Irán. Más lejos tenemos su apoyo a Sudán, ayudando a Nigeria a poner en órbita un satélite, los acuerdos con Chávez, el viaje del primer Ministro Chino a África… Con un especial appeal: no exige un cambio respecto de los Derechos Humanos a los países con los que mantiene relaciones. Lo que es maravilloso para personas como Mugabe, el dictador de Zimbabwe, por ejemplo.

Maravillas del mundo globalizado: la independencia de Kosovo puede aumentar la influencia china en el mundo…


They do not understand they are just digging their own grave: not supporting Russia never (they could have supported Russia in Kosovo’s affair, doing what they had to do, and calm down the relations a bit) they are causing Russia to fall on China’s embrace. Something that is not even strange, considering the growin influence of China in Siberia… because of the reserves of gas and oil that are the real target of Chinese Communists. Curiously, China is doing there the same thing Alban-Kosovars have done in Kosovo: massive immigration which has caused a change even in the name of Vladivostok, which is now known by its Chinese name. Surely this worries Putin a lot and it’s another reason not to support Kosovo’s independence, as China is not Serbia…


And this is also related with US support to China about Taiwan. As Madrid Pundit writes, US can stop any oilship which passes through the Strait of Taiwan as the have their US Navy stationed in Taiwan. But that has precisely made China support all and each one of the dictadors throughout the Globe if they have oil or gas (or other materials) specially if they are near: that is why they supported the Burmes Junta’s repression of the Saffron Revolution , has built a huge mega-oil pipe from Turkmenistan and has halted any control on the Iranian nuclear program. Farther we have Chinese support in Sudanese genocide in Darfur, helping Nigeria to launch a satellite not considering the excess of Sharia Law in the country, the agreements with Chávez, the trip to Africa and South America (including Bolivia)… With a special political-appeal: China is not asking for respect for Human Rights or democracy to the countries it is having relations with. Something entirely convenient for dictators such as Zimbabwean Mugabe.

These are the consequences of a globalised world: Kosovo’s independence can actually make the Chinese influence to grow in the world because of Russian opposition to the project and Western support to it…

(+) La embajada de EEUU ha sido atacada en Belgrado. h/t Jawa Report. Los causantes son los serbios que se oponen a la

independencia y por tanto, a la posición de EEUU en el contencioso sobre Kosovo. Mientras John Bolton considera que la independencia de Kosovo producirá un incremento de la violencia islámica en Europa:
Taiwan y Australia han apoyado la independencia.
  1. elle inciterait nombre d’Etats dans le Monde à défier le droit international et le statu quo des frontières reconnues, faisant imploser pléthore d’Etat fragiles et multiculturels, pas uniquement en Afrique ou en Asie ou en Amérique latine, mais jusqu’à nos démocraties pacifique. (incitará a varios Estados en el mundo a desafiar el derecho internacional y el status quo de las fronteras reconocidas, haciendo explotar una plétora de Estados frágiles y multiculturales, no sólo en África o en Asia o en América Latina, sino también hasta en nuestras pacíficas democracias).
  2. Elle pourrait provoquer le retour des guerres ethniques dans les Balkans et rompre le fragile équilibre instauré depuis la guerre du Kosovo (puede provocar el retorno de las guerras étnicas en los Balcanes y romper el equilibrio frágil instaurada desde la guerra de Kosovo).
China está “muy preocupada” por la declaración de independencia de Kosovo. A China le preocupa que Taiwan haga lo mismo…Otra razón más que le une a Rusia…
Even leaving aside the question of international legitimacy, however, there is another still more fundamental reason for insisting that Kosovo did not become independent yesterday and will not be independent for the foreseeable future – if indeed ever. In its resolution, the Kosovo parliament declared that Kosovo is an “independent and sovereign state.” But in the very next sentence it states that this declaration is occurring “in full accordance” with the famous “Ahtisaari Plan” for Kosovo’s final status: so-named for UN Special Envoy Martti Ahtisaari. Now, even a cursory glance at the Ahtisaari Plan – which can be consulted in full here – makes obvious that it does not in fact foresee independence for Kosovo, but rather what has been euphemistically described as “supervised independence.”
Kosovo is, needless to say, to be independent from Serbia – which de facto it has been, in any case, since the close of the NATO bombing campaign in June 1999 – and it is to have its “own” constitution and its “own” political institutions. But these political institutions as a whole are to be subjected to the higher authority of an “International Civilian Representative” invested with dictatorial powers. The International Civilian Representative or “ICR” is empowered, for instance, to annul any laws or decisions adopted by the local Kosovo authorities and to “sanction” or outright dismiss public officials. Lest there be any doubt about where the ultimate authority in Kosovo resides, the International Civilian Representative is to serve simultaneously as the “Special Representative” of the European Union.
Resumiendo: que según John Rosenthal, como la misma declaración de “independencia” frente a Serbia, al referirse al Plan Ahtissari, lo que prevee es una “independencia supervisada”, porque todas las instituciones del país están sometidas a una autoridad superior de un “Representante Civil Internacional” (RCI) con poderes dictatoriales. Este RCI sirve además como “Representante Especial” de la Unión Europea.
No sé si reírme o llorar: así que la Unión Europea al final gobierna Kosovo con poderes dictatoriales. El artículo continúa diciendo que el objetivo último del movimiento independentista es incorporarse a Albania…
Y Rusia ha advertido a Kosovo:
”We’ll strongly warn against any attempts at repressive measures should Serbs in Kosovo decide not to comply with this unilateral proclamation of independence,” Russia’s U.N. ambassador, Vitaly Churkin, said ahead of an emergency session of the U.N. Security Council, called by Moscow.

Advertimos contra cualquier intento de tomar medidas represivas si los serbios de Kosovo no cumplen con la proclamación unilateral de la independencia.

La cuenta atrás para otros movimientos semejantes ya ha comenzado: los separatistas vascos y catalanes ya han alabado el ejemplo de Kosovo. Pero la política exterior pésima del Gobierno socialista hace que España, en su posición contraria a la independencia, no tenga mucha influencia. Es curioso: ni Francia ni Gran Bretaña están muy preocupados por el apoyo que han dado a Kosovo. Y tanto uno como otro tienen problemas semejantes: Francia con los corsos (ya veremos con los vascos) y Gran Bretaña con los escoceses y galeses.


Albanians are seen passing a banner which reads, ‘Kosovo Is Free’, in the Albanian capital of Tirana, Sunday, Feb. 17, 2008. People throughout Albania were celebrating Kosovo’s independence Sunday, as the national flag fluttered from state buildings and private homes alike. (AP Photo/Hektor Pustina)

Un comentarista en HotAir dice lo siguiente:

Kosovo’s going to have to work awfully hard to keep Serbian minorities from seceding themselves.

Kosovo va a tenerlo realmente difícil para impedir que las minorías serbias se secesionen a su vez. Esto va a ser la leche…

Pues algo así puede pasar con el País Vasco y Álava

enero 30, 2008

Castigo perruno

Filed under: Humour,India — Nora @ 4:00 am

Hombre se casa con su perro. Pero no, no es que esté interesado en la zoofilia:

The marriage took place on the advice of the man’s astrologer who said it was the only way to atone for his actions of more than 20 years ago.

He was reported to have suffered a series of physical ailments after stoning the dogs to death and hanging their bodies from a tree.

“After that my legs and hands got paralysed and I lost hearing in one ear,” said Mr Selvakumar after the ceremony with his new “bride”, whose name is Selvi.

Hace 20 años lapidó a dos perros y después apareció la parálisis de sus piernas y brazos y se quedó sordo de un oído. Así que su astrólogo le dijo que debía casarse con su perro para aliviar el castigo por la lapidación.

Así que cuidado, Ahmadinejad, a lo mejor después de lapidar a tantas mujeres, te obligan a casarte con una. Que sí, que ya sabemos que te gusta más Putin, pero ese no es mujer ni quiere ser tu marido… 😆

En fin, por razones más raras se han casado otros… aunque nadie ha pensado en el animal…

Lo mejor es que la noticia dice:

It is understood that the groom is still free to find a human wife should he be inclined.

Iba a hacer un comentario maligno, pero me lo ahorro, porque el pobre hombre tiene una situación bastante penosa ya de por sí.

Gracias a Kate por el link.

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enero 13, 2008

Oleada de explosiones en Birmania

Filed under: Burma,China,Communism,dictadura,India,Jihad,terrorism,violence — Nora @ 6:12 pm

Ya van por la tercera:

Bomb attacks hit Burmese cities

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A woman has been injured in a bomb blast in Burma’s commercial capital, Rangoon, officials say – the third bombing incident in three days.

The latest explosion occurred at a public toilet in a Rangoon railway station, witnesses said.

On Friday, a woman was killed by a blast in a railway station toilet in Nay Pyi Taw, the new capital.

And another man died, and four people were injured, when a bomb exploded in Pyu, north of Rangoon.

The government has blamed both incidents on the Karen National Union (KNU), a group fighting for greater autonomy for the ethnic Karen people.

The state-run newspaper, the New Light of Myanmar, said in both cases it was the bomber who was killed in the process of handling the bomb.

There was no claim of responsibility from the KNU or any other group.

Otras noticias desde Birmania:

  1. Burma’s ruling junta warned the public to be vigilant and report suspicious activities following a bombing that killed one woman in the capital, state-run media said Saturday. La Junta que gobierna Birmania ha avisado al público para que esté vigilante e informe de actividades sospechosa después de que una bomba asesinase a una mujer, según los medios gubernamentales.
  2. Bomb kills ethnic rebel, injures four others in Burma.
  3. Youth arrested for singing a political song.
  4. Gambari to visit India, China in January. I’m sure he is going to do nothing as in past holidays. Well, he is going to do everything except pressuring those two countries to change their policy towards Burma. More about Ghambari trips in The Irrawaddy Online Magazine: Mission Impossible. At the same time UN has protested the behaviour of the military Junta about distribution of meals: Poor access and tight government control in military-ruled Burma have hampered efforts to provide food assistance in the impoverished Southeast Asian nation, the UN’s World Food Program said Thursday. One of the main challenges for the group is the military government’s control of the transportation system, said Chris Kaye, WFP’s country director in Rangoon. The group, like other international humanitarian organizations here, is required to get formal clearance from authorities to deliver food where it is needed, he said. Although the hindrances haven’t been removed, there has recently been an easing of clearance procedures in northwestern Burma helping to speed up the movement of food, Kaye said, adding that the WFP hoped to get a similar agreement covering the rest of the country.
  5. Detained Suu Kyi meets Myanmar Junta’s minister. As several times in the past. With no result… again.
  6. Ten imprisoned, three held for interrogation. Ya escribí sobre detenciones de monjes con anterioridad. Y la caza del monje continúa, por supuesto SIN que se considere siquiera su publicidad por medios orientales. Total, unos pocos birmanos…
  7. Myanmar arrests two over human tracfficking, state media says. Iban a mandar a cuatro mujeres a China. Los desastres de la política de un solo hijo (preferentemente varón, que el machismo es algo generalizado y ni siquiera tiene siempre una base religiosa) han hecho que haya una severa diferencia entre el número de mujeres y de hombres, así que hay que buscarlas fuera. Eso se une al hecho de que está resucitando en China una práctica muy antigua: la del concubinato. Por supuesto, sólo los ricos acceden a esta actividad…. dejando a un importante porcentaje de la población masculina sin poder casarse.
  8. Exiled Kachin leaders accuse regime of taking over their culture.
  9. Burma faces more of the same in 2008. The regime’s attempt to restore “normalcy” may be working as many dissidents have been locked up and Buddhist monks have deserted Burma’s temples and monasteries.
  10. Hkun Htun Oo

    SNLD spokesman Sai Lek told The Irrawaddy on Tuesday that prison authorities had rejected or ignored requests by the families of SNLD chairman Hkun Htun Oo and SNLD member Sai Hla Aung for medical attention from outside.

    Hkun Htun Oo suffers from prostate problems, diabetes, heart disease and high blood pressure. Sai Hla Aung has a hyperthyroid condition, diabetes and heart disease.

  11. Who were the losers of 2007 crackdown? Looks like that everyone involved: the monks, the Burmese people and the military Junta.
  12. Jihad in Burma: A navy patrol vessel arrested 72 Rohingya, a Muslim ethnic minority in Burma, suspected of working with southern insurgents, in a boat found drifting off Kura Buri district on Wednesday. Vice-Adm Supoj Prueksa, commander of the Third Fleet, said the HTMS Phuket was returning from a mission to rescue 65 tourists stranded by high seas on islands in Surin Marine National Park when it came across the 10-metre wooden boat.

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enero 4, 2008

Asesinatos por honor en Texas (+) y Chicago (+)

Más maravillas de las culturas paternalistas: Uno fue cometido por un musulmán y otro por un hindú. Resultado: 5 cadáveres. 2 chicas muertas en el primero de ellos y un matrimonio y su hijo de 3 en el segundo.

Comenzando por el primero: h/t Scarlett Crusader e Ironic Surrealism: Parece que estas dos chicas han sido asesinadas por su padre a tiros:
[saids.jpg]Este es el padre:

yasser-abdel-said.jpg Yaser Abdel Said

Police seek father in teen daughters’ slayings

Yaser Abdel Said, the 50-year-old Lewisville father, remained at large, police said. He is accused of fatally shooting his 17- and 18-year-old daughters, police said.

Investigators did not describe the domestic issues or say who was involved.

Police said they suspect that Said may have shot his daughters — Sarah Yaser Said, 17, and Amina Yaser Said, 18 — and left them for dead in his taxi.

A 911 cellphone call, believed to have been made by one of the teens about 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, alerted police to the shootings, but the caller couldn’t say where she was. Officers were dispatched to O’Connor Road and Riverside Drive but couldn’t find anyone.

An hour later, a witness reported seeing a suspicious vehicle in the 200 block of Las Colinas Boulevard in the parking lot of the Omni Mandalay Hotel at Las Colinas.

“Someone walked by the vehicle and saw them inside,” said David Tull, an Irving police spokesman.

El padre, un taxista de la ciudad de Lewisville, parece ser que disparó a sus dos hijas de 17 y 18 años de edad y las abandonó en su coche. Una llamada al 911 fue realizada a las 7:30 de la mañana alertó a la policía de los disparos pero quién llamó no pudo decir quién era. Los policías que llegaron al lugar no pudieron localizar a las víctimas.
Una hora después, un testigo informó haber visto un vehículo sospechoso en un bloque de las Colinas Boulevard en un aparcamitno del Hotel Omni Mandalay de las Colinas. “Alguien pasó por allí y las vio dentro“, dijo David Tull, el portavoz de la policía de Irving.
El padre está huido y están pidiendo a la gente que lo vea, que llame a la policía con el aviso de que puede estar armado.

Más información:

Sisters, Amina, 18, and Sarah, 17, were each shot to death. Friends of the girls say their father was Egyptian and critical of popular American lifestyles. “I’m definitely 100% sure that it was her dad that killed her,” said Kathleen Wong, a friend of the dead teenagers. Wong says the girl’s father was verbally abusive and that Sarah, especially, lived in fear. “She’s always told me that she was always so scared of her dad,” says Wong. “Even at school if a teacher joked around like, ‘I’m gonna tell your parents about this’, she would like totally flip out and start crying like, ‘please don’t tell’.” (Emphasis added)

Las amigas de las chicas han dicho que su padre era egipcio y muy crítico de los modos de vida populares americanos (ejem… y ¿por qué no volvía a Egipto?). “Estoy totalmente segura de que fue el padre quién las mató“, dice Kathleen Wong, una amiga de las adolescentes muertas. Wong dice que el padre de la chica utilizaba un lenguaje vejatorio y que Sarah, especialmente, vivía atemorizada. “Siempre me decía que ella estaba siempre atemorizada de su padre. Incluso en el colegio si un profesor bromeaba cerca, “Se lo voy a contar a tus padres“, enseguida empezaba a llorar diciendo “por favor no lo digas“.

Un comentario en el blog, de alguien que dice ser uno de sus profesores, señala:

I had the pleasure of educating one of the sisters in my class, along with her classmates. She had told me one time that her father expected her and her sister to marry a Muslim who resided in Egypt. She had the idea that right after graduation, he would take her there immediately to find a husband. Being only a 10th grader at the time, I didn’t really think she was too serious because she always had such a happy demeanor along with a warm smile. Both her and her sister were two very intelligent girls who really could have had a bright future. I hope they nail the bastard.

Tuve el placer de educar a una de las chicas en mi clase, con otras de sus compañeras. Me dijo que su padre esperaba que ella y su hermana se casaran con un musulmán que residiera en Egipto. Pensaba que después de su graduación la iba a llevar allí inmediatamente para encontrar un marido.

Debbie Schlussel tiene más sobre el periodismo informativo:

Looks like the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reporter who wrote about Yaser Abdel Said and his honor-killing of his two daughters is upset that we pointed out that Islam isn’t mentioned in the story. Reader Jim of Menorah Blog wrote him and got this response:

From: “Ramirez, Domingo” ramirez@star-telegram.com

Date: Wed, 2 Jan 2008 11:56:13 -0600

To: Jim

Conversation: Of course do not mention he is a Muslim

Subject: RE: Of course do not mention he is a Muslim

It’s not like I just graduated from college. But we were going to do a sidebar about it even though we had not confirmed it yet. That’s the way we roll.

Testy, testy. They were “going to”?! Uh-huh. Sure, they were. Then, why didn’t they in the original story. We know the way they “roll.” They whitewash Islam at every possible opportunity. It isn’t exactly rocket science to confirm that a guy named Yaser Abdel Said is Muslim.

El autor de Menorah Blog escribió para recriminar al periodista que no había puesto que era un musulmán. La respuesta airada fue: No acabo de salir de la Universidad. Pero vamos a hacer un barra especial en la página. No lo hemos confirmado todavía. Eso es como trabajamos.

Por cierto, los novios de las chicas están atemorizados porque piensan que va a ir a por ellos…

(+) Pajamas Media:

Apparently, Amina and Sarah not only had “boyfriends,” their boyfriends were non-Muslims! They told their friends that their father was angry with them for “not acting like proper Muslim girls.”

Thus, these beautiful and now murdered sisters feared for their lives. They told people that their father was threatening them. Their own mother has now led police to the father as the probable murderer.

No me extraña que tengan miedo…

Más en JW:

According to them, women should complain to the courts about any type of violence against them. Likewise, should fathers and brothers complain to police if their daughters or sisters violate moral, Islamic or social norms?

Fathers should handle their daughters via any means that suits their mistake; thus, is it better to use violence to a certain limit or complain to the police? Shall such women then complain to the police against their fathers or brothers? It’s really amazing to hear this.

Según ellos (se refiere a los defensores de los Derechos Humanos), las mujeres deben protestar ante los tribunales cualquier tipo de violencia contra ellas. Del mismo modo, ¿deben los padres y los hermanos protestar a la policía si sus hijas o sus hermanas violan la moral o las normas sociales o islámicas? (los padres y los hermanos nunca violan las normas morales, sociales o islámicas… Y es lo mismo no llevar hijab que matar a tu hija…).
Los padres deben manejar a sus hijas por cualquier medio que tenga que ver con su falta; por tanto, ¿es mejor usar violencia hasta un cierto límite o denunciarlo a la policía? ¿Deben esas mujeres entonces protestar a la policía contra sus padres o hermanos? Es realmente sorprendente oír esto.

Lo que es sorprendente es tener que leer esto. Es curiosa la nota esa de que si las mujeres se han sido objeto de violencia en su familia, ¡¡¡cómo van a protestar contra sus padres o hermanos!!! Si consideramos que la familia es un lugar de desarrollo, de comprensión, de amor entre los que la forma, desde luego no es necesaria la violencia… Y es esa la familia que es preciso conservar y defender. Desde luego, ésta no…

(+) Leo en Elder of Ziyon que el artículo en cuestión se llama (pasmaros…) “Debe haber violencia contra las mujeres“. A este paso me vuelvo feminista… 😦

The article in question is titled There must be violence against women. Disgusting… terrible, a shame…

Gateway Pundit tiene más: al parecer ha habido otro asesinato por honor en Chicago:

Stop Honor Killings and CNN reported:

A suburban Chicago man is accused of setting an apartment fire — killing his pregnant daughter, her husband and their young child — because the son-in-law didn’t ask permission for the marriage, prosecutors said.

It took firefighters three hours to extinguish the blaze, which gutted the 36-unit Le Claire Station Apartments.

Subhash Chander, 57, of Oak Forest, Illinois, was ordered held without bond Tuesday on three counts of first-degree murder, one count of intentional homicide of an unborn child and one count of aggravated arson.

Prosecutors allege Chander used gasoline to start the fire late Saturday. The India native told police he disliked his son-in-law because he belonged to a lower caste and had married his daughter without his consent, said Cook County First Assistant State’s Attorney Robert Milan.

“His son-in-law was beneath him in his opinion,” Milan said.


On left is India native Subhash Chander (AP). On right is Monika Rani, 22, of Oak Forest, Ill.,who died in an apartment fire late Saturday, Dec. 29, 2007. Also killed in the fire were her husband Rajesh Kumar, 36, and their 3-year-old son, Vansh. (AP).

Un nativo de la India: Subhash Chander ha sido acusado de prender fuego a la casa donde estaba su hija Monika Rani, de 22 años, su marido, de 36 y el hijo de ambos de 3. La razón fue que su yerno no le pidió permiso para casarse y pertenecía a una casta inferior. ¿Y espera a que el nieto tenga tres años?

La familia del marido no tiene medios para repatriar los tres cadáveres y están pidiendo ayuda.


Monika Rani and Rajesh Kumar were expecting their second child.

Estaban esperando el segundo hijo.

Más en FOXNews y NYT:

Chander told police that the gasoline spilled during a dispute with his son-in-law. But prosecutors said the victims may have been asleep when the fire started. All the other residents of the wooden apartment complex were able to escape the blaze, which took three hours to extinguish.

Family members told local news media that they had immigrated from northern India.

Chicago-Sun Times: Motive: He didn’t like his son-in-law.

Otros asesinatos por honor en 2008: Pareja casada en secreto, asesinada. Kahna police said Muhammad Nadeem (25) from Kasur had an affair with Nasreen (22) from Dhoop Sari village in Kahna. The couple’s families did not agree to their marriage and they ran away and married in secret. Según parece, fueron los familiares de ella los que lo hicieron.

(+) Also read:

1. The West is failing Muslim women @ Red-alerts. VERY IMPORTANT. Specially this paragraph which belongs to an article about another honor killing in Canada:

The most shameful part of the Aqsa tragedy lies in the on line and off line rumors that those who consider themselves “rightly guided” have been circulating. Some suggested that she had a black boyfriend (note the racism), others that she was sexually promiscuous, and some even called her a drug pusher. In other words, her father had every moral right to kill her, is the message. The Canadian imams, many of them in their self-styled attires and operatic headgear came out with other justifications. Sheikh Alaa El-Sayyed, imam of a Toronto mosque, said, “Women who wear hijabs occupy higher positions in Islam, according to religious teachings.” Where did the imam get that because nowhere does Islam lay that out? He also said, “We cannot let culture supersede religion. If we stay away from the teachings of Islam, we will pay for it.” Translated into straight language, it means that since Aqsa stayed away from the teachings of Islam, she had to “pay for it”. Imam Iqbal Nadvi of Oakville’s Al-Falah Islamic Centre mosque said, “Parents fail and bring shame upon themselves if a child chooses to abandon holy writings and not wear the hijab. It is their duty to convince their kids that this is part of their culture.” In other words, Aqsa’s father was justified in killing her because she would not wear the hijab. He also said that Aqsa was “going in the wrong direction, going with some other boy or some other thing.” That being so, she got what was coming to her and good riddance that was.

El artículo anterior, en el que se denuncian las (supuestas) razones para asesinar a una chica por parte de su padre es de Paquistán. Y ataca a las excusas que normalmente se ponen para fundamentar los asesinatos por honor: (a) tenía un novio negro (atentos al racismo…); (b) se había separado de las enseñanzas del Islam, así que tenía que pagar por ello; (c) no llevaba el hijab.

Al fin y al cabo, todos tienen la misma motivación: la consideración de la mujer como una cosa que pertenece a su familia y por tanto, la familia hace lo que quiere con ella.

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diciembre 18, 2007

Persecución cristiana: semana del 9 de diciembre

De la India:

The news agency Fides is reporting that 150 Hindu extremists have leveled the Church of Divine Mercy to the ground before its construction could be finished.

On December 5 at about 7am a gang of about 150 extremists forced the workers to leave the premises and then began to destroy the building and the machinery for construction.

Eyewitnesses told Fides that the mob shouted anti-Christian slogans and said they would “not tolerate Christian proselytizing�. When they had finished their destruction they warned the builders that if work started again, there would be another attack.

The Catholic community has responded with shock and sadness to the unprovoked attack. The assault was not carried out because the church lacked the necessary permits. The complex was to include rooms for pastoral and charitable activities.

150 extremistas hindúes han destrozado la Iglesia de la Divina Misericordia hasta los cimientos antes de que su construcción fuera terminada. El 5 de diciembre a las 7 de la mañana, una banda de alrededor de 150 extremistas obligaron a los trabajadores a dejar las instalaciones y luego empezaron a destrozar el edificio y la maquinaria de construcción. Los testigos dijeron a Fides que la turba chilló eslóganes anti-cristianos y dijeron que “no tolerarían el proselitismo cristiano“. Cuando terminaron la destrucción, advirtieron a los constructores que si empezaran otra vez los trabajos, habría otro ataque.

La comunidad católica ha respondido con sorpresa y tristeza al ataque sin provocación previa. El asalto no se produjo porque la iglesia no tuviera los permisos necesarios. El complejo iba a incluir habitaciones para actividades pastorales y de caridad.

Tanta es la importancia de estos ataques que el cardenal Tauran ha escrito un mensaje a los hindúes: “Cristianos en Hindúes: determinados a andar por el camino del diálogo“:

“In situations of misunderstanding, people need to come together and communicate with one another, in order to clarify, in a fraternal and friendly spirit, their respective beliefs, aspirations and convictions. Only through dialogue, avoiding all forms of prejudice and stereo-typed ideas about others and by faithful witness to our religious precepts and teaching, can we truly overcome conflicts. Dialogue between followers of different religions is the necessary path today, indeed it is the only appropriate path for us as believers.”

En situaciones de no entendimiento, la gente debe reunirse y comunicarse unos con otros, para clarificar, en un espíritu fraternal y amigable, sus respectivas creencias, aspiraciones y convicciones. Sólo a través del diálogo, prohibiendo toda forma de prejuicio y de ideas estereotipadas sobre los demás y por testigos fiables de nuestros preceptos y enseñanazas religiosas, podemos superar los conflictos. El diálogo entre los seguidores de las diferentes religiones es un camino necesario hoy, realmente es el único apropiado para nosotros los creyentes“.

El problema es que, como veis, los hindúes no parecen muy inclinados al diálogo….

De todas maneras, y a pesar de que el gobierno hindú es muy responsable de la persecución sistemática a los no creyentes, especialmente a los cristianos (incluso dentro de sus casas por rezar en comunidad), al no incrementar las medidas contra la persecución sistemática de cristianos en general, la última decisión de permitir a los no-hindúes la adopción ha de ser considerada como una evolución positiva:

Under the previous law, only Hindu couples who adopted children could claim to be parents. Non-Hindus were classified as guardians. Adopted children of non-Hindus lacked rights to inherit property, and administrative difficulties burdened their parents in areas like school admissions.

It is not clear whether the law applies to Muslims, who are governed by their own community’s laws.

Bajo la anterior ley, solo las parejas hindúes que adoptasen niños podían considerarse como padres. Los no-hindúes eran clasificados como guardianes. Los niños adoptados por no-hindúes carecían de los derechos de heredar la propiedad, y las dificultades administrativas era una carga para los padres por ejemplo en las admisiones al colegio.

No está claro si la ley se aplicará a los musulmanes, a los que se les aplican las leyes de su propia comunidad.

El sistema del Millet turco se aplica por tanto en la India.

Ya escribí sobre la mejoría en Iraq aquí:

Algunas cosas esperanzadoras parecen estar pasando con los cristianos en Irak, según ha reportado AsiaNews. La seguridad ha mejorado claramente en casi todos los sectores de Bagdad mientras también ha un evidente progreso en impedir a terroristas que crucen las fronteras a Irak. El país se está conviertiendo despacio en áreas étnicamente homogéneas con el apoyo de los EEUU. Como resultado, las fuentes oficiales informan de la reapertura de iglesias que han sido cerradas. Los cristianos iraquíes, ya en su casa o en campos de refugiados, están empezando a tener una mezcla de miedo y esperanza; quieren un futuro de libertad religiosa y respeto, pero sienten que no hay todavía garantías para ellos, a pesar de tener raíces en Irak desde antes de la llegada del Islam. En el presente hay más de 80.000 iraquíes cristianos refugiados en Siria.

Relacionado con esto hay que leer este post de Michael Yon:

The ceremony was long and very Catholic, and since I was not raised Catholic, I would not have understood most of it even if it were all in English. But some of the American soldiers understood what was going on, and they said it was good.

Today, Muslims mostly filled the front pews of St. John’s. Muslims who want their Christian friends and neighbors to come home. The Christians who might see these photos likely will recognize their friends here. The Muslims in this neighborhood worry that other people will take the homes of their Christian neighbors, and that the Christians will never come back. And so they came to St. John’s today in force, and they showed their faces, and they said, “Come back to Iraq. Come home.” They wanted the cameras to catch it. They wanted to spread the word: Come home. Muslims keep telling me to get it on the news. “Tell the Christians to come home to their country Iraq.”

The Iraqi children were well-behaved, but they seemed restless during the service, and so the parents quietly ran herd.

De todas maneras, la situación dista mucho de ser todavía tranquila (link in English), inclusive simplemente si el interesado viste como occidental:

BAGHDAD: The bodies of a Christian woman and her brother were found in a garbage dump, police and church officials said Tuesday in the southern city of Basra, where women have grown increasingly fearful of religious vigilantes blamed for the deaths of at least 40 women.

Iraqi Christian woman and brother found dead in city with rise in religious vigilante killings
Gunmen in an unlicensed white SUV with darkened windows first grabbed the brother — 31-year-old … and forced him to call his sister, 41-year-old .., and ask her to leave work and meet him on Sunday, the officials said. Their bullet-riddled bodies were discovered Monday, according to the officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they feared reprisal.

Los cuerpos de una mujer cristiana y su hermano fueron encontrados en un contenedor de basura, según oficiales de policía y de la iglesia en la ciudad de Basora, donde las mujeres cada vez tienen más miedo de los vigilantes religiosos a los que se acusa de las muertes de al menos 40 mujeres.

Pistoleros en un 4×4 blanco sin matrícula con ventanas oscurecidas primero cogieron al hermano de 31 años y le obligaron a llamar a su hermana, de 41, para decirla que dejara el trabajo y se encontrara con él el sábado, según las mismas fuentes. Sus cuerpos llenos de balas fueron descubiertos el lunes, según las fuentes, que hablaron en condición de anonimato porque temen las represalias.

Pero no sólo en Irak, en la India, etc. hay este odio al cristiano: Estas son las palabras del asesino adolesente de Colorado:

“God, I can’t wait till I can kill you people. Feel no remorse, no sense of shame, I don’t care if I live or die in the shoot-out. All I want to do is kill and injure as many of you … as I can especially Christians who are to blame for most of the problems in the world.”

Dios, no puedo esperar hasta que os mate a todos, gente. No tengo ningún remordimiento, ningún sentimiento de vergüenza, no me importa si vivo o muero en el tiroteo. Todo lo que quiero es matar y herir a los que más que puedo, espercialmente a los cristiano que son los que tienen la culpa de la mayoría de los problemas del mundo“.

diciembre 4, 2007

El libro negro de la persecución anti-cristiana

Durante el siglo XX murieron más cristianos por persecución que en todos los siglos anteriores. Pero el siglo XXI ya tiene sus propias víctimas.

Los culpables h/t Le Salon Beige:

“Hoy en el mundo, los cristianos pagan un alto tributo a la intolerancia y a la discriminación. Cada vez más a menudo, se convierten en el blanco de ataques solapados y violentos. En el origen de esta verdadera persecución, los nuevos Nerones son los fanatismos hindú, budista, comunista e islamista. [Puede venir determinada] en los manuales escolares egipcios, por la discriminación legal impuesta por la sharia islámica, por la voluntad comunista de dirigir a las Iglesias locales, por la prohibición a los intocables indios de convertirse a otra religión, todos quieren imponer una mordaza a los cristianos. Se les prohíbe -sobre todo en la tierra de Arabia Saudí- practicar libremente la fe más extendida por el mundo. Y si eso no es suficiente se les asesina. En las Filipinas, en Irak, en Yemen, en la India, en China, en Sri Lanka…

There is a new book in town: titled “The Black Book of the Anti-Christian Persecution“, shows that there is really one in the world, being the the true Neros of this new persecution, the Hinduist, Bhuddist, Communist and Islamist fanatism.

Christians in North Korea suffer intense persecution, says missionary priest @ CNA News.

He explained that “those who can, flee to China” and that “the entire population suffers from hunger, poor sanitation and is subject to the oppression of a totalitarian regime which denies fundamental human rights.”

Así en cuanto a China, hace unos días se conoció la carta que ha mandado el Pastor Zhang Mingxuan, presidente de la Alianza de las Casas-Iglesias Chinas al Presidente HU Jintao:

In the open letter, after sharing how he became a House Church Christian and leader of CHCA, pastor Zhang lists series of severe persecutions including beatings, imprisonments, and tortures.

Despite CHCA’s enormous charitable contributions helping numerous orphans and homeless, CHCA had been under increasing persecution especially before and after the CCP’s 17th Congress this year. Pastor Zhang and his family had been asked by the local police to shut down his house church and his school as well as an orphanage nearby Beijing.

Pastor Zhang believe that “this persecution is a result of the corruption of officials subordinate to the central government, failure to enforce the law in a strict way, distortion of facts, and evildoing and collusion between the local despots and the officials.” So he calls upon President Hu to listen to the suffering of the innocent persecuted Christians.

En ella, el Pastor, después de contar su conversión, hace una lista de todas las persecuciones severas a las que ha sido sometido, que incluyen palizas, penas de prisión y torturas. A pesar de que se dedican a la caridad ayudando a muchos huérfanos y sin hogar, se les ha perseguido tanto antes como después del Congreso del Partido Comunista Chino de este año. En ella, le pide ayuda al Presidente Chino, diciendo que estos abusos se producen porque la ley no se aplica en sus justos términos.

No me parece que el Presidente esté dispuesto a mediar en esto, entre otras cosas, porque el Partido Comunista Chino ve cualquier religión como una amenaza para la unidad china, así que dirá que no pasa nada…

The Persecution Blog (Link in English) informa de que, de nuevo, el Tribunal Supremo indio ha vuelto a aplazar una resolución sobre los cristianos Dalit (esto es, los intocables), por lo que los interesados se han vuelto a manifestar en Nueva Delhi. Se trata de determinar si los Dalit que se han convertido al cristianismo pueden tener los mismos derechos que los que pertenecen a otras fés.

Más sobre la persecución a los cristianos en la India gracias a Scarlett Crusader:

Sajan K. George, national president of the Bangalore based Global Council of Indian Christians told AsiaNews: “GCIC has recorded 464 cases of atrocities against Christians throughout India over 20 months and Karnataka has the worst record in this period with 87 cases, followed by Madhya Pradesh with 30 cases”. In the light of this data he adds “submitted a memorandum to memorandum to the National Human Rights Council and also to the State Human Rights Commission (SHRC), seeking an independent inquiry into the incidents. After the BJP came into the coalition- and they are now in power, there has been a climate of impunity for any acts of violence that are committed against non Hindus.

Sajan K. George, el Presidente del Consejo Global de los Cristianos Indios ha declarado a Asia News: “GCIC ha podido recoger 464 casos de atrocidades contra los cristianos a través de la India en los últimos 20 meses y Karnataka tiene la peor situación, con 87 casos, seguido de Madhya Pradesh con 30 casos“. Considerando los números, dice “hemos mandado un memorandum al Consejo Nacional de los Derechos Humanos y también a la Comisión de Derechos Humanos del Estado, para que hagan una investigación independiente sobre los hechos. Pero desde que la BJP llegó al poder hay un clima de impunidad respecto de estos actos de violencia si los cometen contra no hindúes“.

También The Persecution Blog (link in English) menciona el caso de una mujer cristiana, Shadia Nagui Ibrahim, de 47 años, que ha sido encarcelada durante tres años en Egipto, porque su padre se convirtió durante un corto período de tiempo al Islam, lo que la convierte a ella en musulmana, a pesar de que en toda su documentación aparece como cristiana. En Egipto, la mujer tiene la religión que tenía su padre (hmm, estas legislaciones en que se protege los “valores paternos“…).

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