Unlike some 30 years ago, women in Yemen
today cover most of themselves from head
Photograph by Eva Sohlman
I get two or three requests a day from my readers who email me news items and ask me to write something about them in my blog. I'm sure some of you have read certain of my articles and wondered why they were written at all.
Well, most likely a reader sent me a request; yes, I do requests. I try to accommodate as many as I can but items on Muslim atrocities no longer interest me. I am flattered at being asked but the problem is that one can only post so much of the same thing about honor killings (1), Muslim rape victims put in jail instead of the rapists (2), female genital mutilation every 10 seconds in Africa (3), innocent children purposely being blown up (4).
It's getting stale. Everybody gets it: Muslims are ignorant, barbaric, primitive, vile, misogynistic, anti-modern goat-fukkers, OK we get it - we know.
If you're a Liberal, you'll make every excuse to turn a blind eye for the sake of some misguided concept of tolerance and multiculturalism; you'll even deny there is a clash of civilizations or even that there is a threat to the western world. No amount of evidence will convince you. If you're not a leftwing nutjob you don't need a brick shithouse to fall on your head, so who am I publishing this stuff for?
But every once in a while Muslims just outdo themselves and I can't resist; reader Perry emailed me this :
17 Nov 2007,
Saudi court ups punishment for gang-rape victim
A court in Saudi Arabia increased the punishment for a gang-rape victim after her lawyer won an appeal of the sentence for the rapists, the lawyer told CNN.
The 19-year-old victim was sentenced last year to 90 lashes for meeting with an unrelated male, a former friend from whom she was retrieving photographs. The seven rapists, who abducted the pair and raped both, received sentences ranging from 10 months to five years in prison.
The victim's attorney, Abdulrahman al-Lahim, contested the rapists' sentence, contending there is a fatwa, or edict under Islamic law, that considers such crimes Hiraba (sinful violent crime) and the punishment should be death.
"After a year, the preliminary court changed the punishment and made it two to nine years for the defendants," al-Lahim said of the new decision handed down Wednesday. "However, we were shocked that they also changed the victim's sentence to be six months in prison and 200 lashes."
The judges more than doubled the punishment for the victim because of "her attempt to aggravate and influence the judiciary through the media," according to a source quoted by Arab News, an English-language Middle Eastern daily newspaper.
I'm sure if she were riding a goat at the time they would have raped the goat as well. Hey, as some comedians like to say, I don't make this stuff up. In past centuries when you wanted to go after a group or race you had to invent malicious lies about them, Jews eat Christian babies, etc. We don't have to fabricate anything about Muslims, the truth is egregious condemnation enough.
It is interesting to note that the Kingdom Tower, a landmark of Riyadh, Saudi Arabia curiously looks like the scraper tool used for removing the labia and other genital material from poor young women.
A quarter of all women killed in Jordan for having an illicit relationship die merely because they were suspected of involvement in such a relationship, while only 15 per cent are killed after adultery is proven, a study by UN Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) has revealed.
Whether victims turn out to have been virgins or not seems to make little difference to the sentences handed down to the perpetrators; the killers often get 6-12 months, in keeping with legal precedents.
The Women's International Perspective, 15 Nov 2007, Yemen's Women Behind Bars for Love or Rape
For a Yemeni woman the most common route to a jail cell is love or prostitution. Another is to be raped. “The most common reason why a Yemeni woman is in prison is relationships with men,” says Najiba Naji, director of the state prison in Yemen’s capital Sana'a.
Of the 50-odd women incarcerated, a few have been convicted of violence or for illegally trading in alcohol. Dozens, however, are locked inside for committing a cultural crime in a conservative Islamic society. Sharia law, which rules in Yemen, condemns all extra-marital sex. Some say they are guilty merely of having unchaperoned contact with men, and have been turned in by their own parents to preserve family honor. “It is very sad. It is society that makes these women into criminals,” says prison director Najiba Naji.
modernghana.com, 14 Nov 2007, The Horror of Female Genital Mutilation
Female genital mutilation is still widely practiced in Africa, It is (commonly described as female circumcision) performed across all ages---on infants, young girls, teenagers, and women. Most girls undergo the ritual live in Africa. Every 10 seconds a girl becomes a victim to FGM.They suffer for the rest of their lives from physical and psychological pain, many of them die.
This cruel operation causes severe health (both physical and mental) consequences. The immediate effects of the procedure may include severe hemorrhage, inflammation, tetanus, bladder atony or sepsis - consequences, which frequently result in death. HIV/AIDS may also be passed on by unsterile instruments. In addition to the mental trauma caused by the procedure and the loss of sexual sensation, the victims often suffer for a long time from pain when urinating and during menstruation. Sitting and walking may become a torture, due to the rubbing of clothing on the scars or bruises. The problems may also include cysts, abscesses, infections of the bladder and incontinence. Infertility is among the possible long term consequences. Intercourse is often considered to be highly painful. Giving birth to a child may cause increased bleeding and rupture of tissue. The birth may take longer than usual, caesareans are frequent.
A roadside bomb killed three Iraqi children and injured seven as they gathered around American troops handing out toys on Sunday, police and government officials told CNN.
Three U.S.soldiers were also killed in the explosion in Baquba, north of Baghdad, a police official said.