The Amsterdam Rijksmuseum’s current exhibit “Ottomania” punctuates ongoing commemorations marking four hundred years of Dutch-Turkish relations. With depressing predictability, the Turkish media erupted in fury over a 1683 print on display which celebrates the defeat of the Ottoman jihad campaign against Vienna. Consistent with disparaging images commonplace in that late 17th-century era, the print depicts Mehmed IV, the Ottoman sultan (r. 1648-1687), lying forlorn in bed following the humiliating defeat of his grand vizier Merzifonlu Kara Mustafa Pasha at Vienna. [...]READ MORE »
Daily archives for April 29th, 2012
Attackers armed with bombs and guns opened fire at church services at a Nigerian university on Sunday, killing around 20 people as worshippers tried to flee, witnesses and officials said.
Explosions and gunfire rocked Bayero University in the northern city of Kano, with witnesses reporting that two church services were targeted as they were being held on campus.
One of the services was being held outdoors, while the second was inside a building, but with an overflow audience outside, witnesses said.
Officials were [...]READ MORE »
A 10-year-old boy in Dubai molested his five-year-old niece many times and his kisses were so violent that they left blood marks on her neck before he was discovered by the girl’s mother.
The incident was among nearly 68,000 police cases handled last year by the “liaison with the victim” programme created by the Dubai Police to deal with crime victims and tackle cases away from police and courts.
One of the most traumatic cases involved a 10-year-boy who molested his five-year-old niece every time [...]READ MORE »
The decapitated body of a British aid worker has been found in Pakistan three months after he was kidnapped.
Khalil Dale, a 60-year-old Muslim convert, was working for the International Committee of the Red Cross in Quetta, capital of Baluchistan, one of the most troubled of Pakistan’s regions, when he was snatched.
Local officials said his bullet-riddled body was found on a road outside the city in a bag addressed to the police chief. A note said he had been killed because [...]READ MORE »
The Iranian Society for the Prevention of Cruelty Against Animals (SPCA) says that 20 pet dogs were recently arrested in a park in Tehran.
The dogs were reportedly being walked by their owners in the Pardisan park last week when security forces took the canines away and transferred them to what appears to be a detention center.
The SPCA has posted on its website a video of the arrested dogs inside a cage. The group warns that the dogs are being kept [...]READ MORE »
Veteran CBS News anchor Bob Simon just reported on the Palestinian Christians, indicting Israel’s “occupation” as responsible for their dramatic disappearance. The 60 Minutes story caused Israel tremendous PR damage.
Yet largely ignored by Western media, a systematic campaign of Muslim persecution against the Christians is taking place in Palestinian areas. It’s a religious and ethnic cleansing campaign silenced by the global churches.
Christians have long been the frontrunners of Arab nationalism. The most prominent Palestinian intellectual was a Christian, Edward Said. [...]READ MORE »
An Emirati school girl attacked by little boys during break time last week is still bed ridden in the intensive care unit at an Abu Dhabi hospital because of brain haemorrhage and doctors fear she could be handicapped.
Doctors are trying to keep Lujain asleep so they can stop her brain bleeding while her family wants official action to be taken against the private school for allowing such an incident to happen because of negligence.
“Her condition has not improved and she [...]READ MORE »
An Afghan soldier shot dead an American mentor and his translator at a U.S. base, Afghan officials said, in the first rogue shooting blamed on the country’s new and closely vetted special forces.
The soldier opened fire at an American military base on Wednesday in Shah Wali Kot district, in volatile Kandahar province, said General Abdul Hamid, the commander of Afghan army forces in the Taliban’s southern heartland.
“The shooting took place after a verbal conflict where the Afghan special forces soldier [...]READ MORE »
A mother and her three children were shot dead in an apparent sectarian attack in a village in central Iraq, after twin bombings killed eight people, police said Friday.
“Unknown gunmen broke into a house in the village of Abu Garma and killed a 45-year-old woman and her three children,” who were between 10 and 15 years old, Lieutenant Colonel Ahmed al-Karkhi said.
The attack with silenced weapons probably occurred between 3:00 and 4:00 am (0000 and 0100 GMT) on Friday, he [...]READ MORE »
A benefit fraudster treated herself to exotic holidays and then posted pictures of the trips on Facebook – while falsely claiming handouts worth £37,000 (60,000USD).
Andrea Raftis, 24, claimed she was a single mother, living alone with children, aged three and four and fraudulently claiming thousands in income support, housing and council tax benefits from Sutton Council.
In fact she was living in Sutton with her husband Fawad Rahimi, who ran a takeaway and owned two other properties.
Raftis’ Facebook profile contains photographs [...]READ MORE »
While Pakistan’s Hindu minority community is already disturbed over the rising incidents of kidnapping of young Hindu girls and their forced conversion to Islam, the conditions for the country’s Christian minority are equally antagonising. They too are being forced by fanatic Muslims to convert to Islam, making them wonder if they still have a place in Pakistan.
“There is no compulsion in religion,” is a well-known saying that most Pakistanis who live in the land of the pure often tend to forget. While religion [...]READ MORE »
The Supermarket chain Co-Operative Group, Britain’s fifth-largest food retailer, is the first major European retailer to stop buying from companies that export produce from Israeli settlements east of the Green Line.
According to its statement, the Co-Op has not been purchasing goods from the settlements since 2009, but has been doing business with some 20 Israeli companies which sell goods produced in the settlements.
The largest Israeli agricultural export companies affected by this move are Agrexco, Arava Export Growers, Adafresh and Mehadrin.
The [...]READ MORE »
A Somali man was convicted in a U.S. court for serving as a ransom negotiator for Somali pirates and his role in the death of four Americans later killed by pirates, the U.S. Justice Department said.
Mohammad Saaili Shibin, 50, was brought to the United States in April to face federal charges over the pirating of an American yacht in February off the coast of Somalia and taking hostage two American couples aboard who were later killed.
Shibin was also accused of [...]READ MORE »
An Iranian Christian convert was free Sunday, April 29, after after he was released from Tehran’s notorious Evin prison following some 180 days of imprisonment, but concerns remained over other detained believers, Iranian Christians said.
Fariborz Arazm, who was held on charges that included “evangelism” was “conditionally released after six months imprisonment,” said Mohabat News, a Christian news agency comprised of activists and Iranian Christians.
“After his arrest, Mr. Arazm was held in Rajaei-Shahr prison of” the Iranian city of Karaj “but [...]READ MORE »
A Saudi man accepted the advice of a prominent religious scholar on Saturday and divorced his wife during a live radio program tackling marital issues.
The man phoned the program to complain to Sheikh Ghazi al-Shammari (pictured) that his wife disobeyed him by travelling without his approval from the Saudi port city of Jeddah to the capital Riyadh for a business conference.
The unnamed man said his wife “offended his manhood.”
He told Shammari that before his marriage he had accepted his wife’s [...]READ MORE »
Dove World Outreach Center pastor Terry Jones on Saturday burned copies of the Quran and an image depicting Muhammad in front of his church to protest the imprisonment in Iran of a Christian clergyman.
Moments later, Gainesville Fire Rescue issued the church a citation for violating the city’s fire ordinances.
Saturday’s act of protest took place in spite of published reports that the Pentagon had urged Jones to reconsider, expressing concern that American soldiers in Afghanistan and elsewhere could be put at [...]READ MORE »