The case of a tortured Afghan child bride whose treatment shocked the world has led to three members of her husband's family being jailed for 10 years, an official said Saturday.
Sahar Gul, 15, who was burned and beaten and had her fingernails pulled out was found in the basement of her husband's house last December in northeastern Baghlan province, where she had been locked in a toilet for six months.
'The court sentenced her father-in-law, mother-in-law and sister-in-law each to 10 years in prison on Tuesday,' Afghanistan's supreme court spokesman Abdul Wakil Omari told AFP.
A rights group, Women for Afghan Women which helped Gul in the court case, said it was not satisfied with the sentence.
'We are not happy with the sentence, we are going to help her appeal,' programme manager Huma Safi told AFP. 'How can someone get only 10 years in prison for torturing a girl to almost death.'
Because it's a backwards, Muslim country...
They are actually being punished after a proper trial. The entire community must be in shock that it actually went to trial in the first place, so swallow hard and accept this first step, Mr. or Ms Safi.
Gul, whose case attracted widespread attention in Afghanistan and abroad, attended the court session in Kabul.
'When she first entered the court and saw her in-laws, she was afraid and shaking, but later she calmed down and asked for death penalty for her in-laws,' Safi said.
Gul's husband and her brother in-law, also allegedly involved in torturing her, are still at large.
DHAKA: US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said she was "betting on Bangladesh" on Saturday as she began a visit to the impoverished South Asian country, gripped by growing tensions over the disappearance of an opposition leader.
While US officials hope to highlight Washington's growing security and economic partnership with Bangladesh during Clinton's 24-hour visit, human rights are also sharply in focus as the government faces its worst period of political tension in years.
"That's why it's very important to us to continue to urge the hard decisions that are necessary for the rule of law, for transparency," Clinton said. "We don't want to see any faltering or flagging. We want to see democracy flourish in Bangladesh."
She didn't say a bad word about the RAB, however...
Clinton is first senior US official to visit Bangladesh since 2004, and US officials depict the trip as part of a broad US "pivot" to greater engagement across the Asia-Pacific region.
Clinton stressed her personal connections to Bangladesh, which she visited in 1995 and which her husband, former President Bill Clinton, visited in 2000 on a landmark first trip by a US president.
I went to a meeting in Italy once. Does that give me a personal connection to the Italian government?
It depends. Did you wander off with any of their pens?
And she called on both Khaleda's Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) and Hasina's ruling Awami League to ratchet down tensions that have surged as each party have accused the other of abducting former BNP lawmaker Ilyas Ali.
"Everybody (should) take seriously any disappearance, any violence against activists, any oppression against civil society, any intimidation of the press. That is just what is required in the 21st century if democracy is sustainable," she said.
She still didn't call out the RAB...
Pressure group Human Rights Watch said Ali's case was part of an alarming rise in the abduction of political activists and opposition members, and it called on Hasina's government to mount a credible investigation.
The opposition said it would hold off on protests so as not to disrupt Clinton's visit. A group of about 100 students from progressive student organizations protested against Clinton's visit at Dhaka University on Saturday.
Analysts fear that more unrest could threaten Bangladesh's ambition to become a middle-income country by 2021, a drive which could benefit from more US help for its economy, additional investment and quota-free access for goods to US markets.
Yup, the US has to produce for Bangladesh to become a 'middle class country'. No word of what they'll do for us in turn (other than export cheap men's shirts), nor what they'll do for themselves to get ahead...
In January, the United States said it would provide close to $1 billion in aid for Bangladesh over the next five years and Washington wants Dhaka to sign a Trade and Investment Cooperation Forum Agreement and a strategic partnership.
Partnership, fine. $1 billion? We're borrowing like mad right now. Let the Deshis find their own damned billion.
Bangladesh Foreign Minister Dipu Moni said Dhaka was stressing hopes for broader economic cooperation, including duty and quota free access to US markets and extension of its generalized system of preferences facilities.
Do we get duty free access to Deshi markets?
On Sunday, Clinton is due to meet Nobel laureate Muhammad Yunus, the economics professor who set up microlending pioneer Grameen Bank decades ago and gained world fame as a banker to the poor.
Clinton has been a staunch defender of Yunus, who was forced to step down in 2011 because he was beyond the legally mandated retirement age in what his supporters described as a political vendetta by the government against a potential future challenger to Hasina. Clinton pledged her full backing for Grameen -- now regarded somewhat warily by the Bangladesh government -- and called for an expeditious and transparent process to select Yunus' successor.
"I look forward to Grameen bank carrying on its good work for a long time to come," Clinton said.
No outsider has ever done a true audit of the Grameen Bank. There is suspicion that the bank has gotten grants from foreign govt and NGOs and used that to disguise problems with the overhead structure of the bank.
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05/06/2012 0:15 Comments ||
Because when you think of rule of law, safe investments, work ethic, respect for workers... you think of Bangladesh?
Chechen leader Ramzar Kadyrov has fired top official Tamerlan Mingayev over the "improper behavior" of his wife.
Mingayevs wife was caught on video engaging in a brawl with youth activists, who criticized her over the way she had parked her car outside a shopping mall in Moscow. The video was then posted on the YouTube and went viral.
Kadyrov commented his decision saying Mingayevas conduct was simply revolting. Its not how a Chechen woman, a Chechen mother speaks, he said.
China doesn't need this, but is fundamentally incapable of concluding alliances with other countries. There are Chinese, and then there are inferiors. When they start getting aggressive, and they will, the whole of Asia will unite against them, because they quite clearly see what life will be like as a Chinese tributary nation. Burma and North Korea being the cautionary examples.
Thus the Chinese communists are playing a game of bluster and bluff.
I wouldn't want to base my policies on an assumption like that.
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05/06/2012 17:07 Comments ||
"Post-US" wannabe Rising China's tradition of "soft power/diplomacy" isn't getting it the overseas PLA Base Rights it so desires, espec vee the "First Island Chain"; formal LT re-unification wid Taiwan = SSSSSSSSHHHH, China's "Pearl Harbor/Hawaii" or similar is acknowledged but stalled, as is its efforts to get the ROK + espec Japan to engage + integrate wid China's econ base as per RAPID PAN-TECH INNOVATION.
"SOMETHING HAS TO GIVE", AS THE SAYING GOES, + AS FAR AS CHINA + ITS "MANIFEST DESTINY" IS CONCERNED ITS NOT GOING TO BE HER.
More SINA/CINE news this AM Monday + Sunday from ...
* TOPIX > MANILA'S ONLY [realistic] OPTION ON SCARBOROUGH SHOAL IS TALKS WID CHINA.
* DEFENCE.PK/FORUMS > BEIJING CALLS ON MANILA TO RETURN TO "DIPLOMACY".
* SAME > [Manila Standard = Scarborough Shoal] IT BELONGS TO CHINA.
* SAME > POLL: 80% OF CHINESE PUBLIC SUPPORT USE OF FORCE IN SOUTH CHINA SEA, espec Military iff Diplomacy fails.
* SAME > CHINA TO DEPLOY FACTORY SHIP [+ other Support Vessels] IN SOUTH CHINA SEA.
Beijing talking "soft" Mutual/Bilateral Diplomacy while continuing its unilateral "Buildup" in the SCS.
VARIOUS BLOGGERS/POSTERS = Next up for China will be deployment of the PLAN's "VARYAG/
SHILENG" CV, + [PLA-defended, manned = "dual use"] OIL-ENERGY DRILL RIGS/PLATFORMS to the SCS, i.e. "FLOATING/OFFHSORE MILBASES OR MILSTAS" OR "SEA FORTS"???
* SAME > PHILIPPINES ASKS US FOR RADARS, PATROL BOATS, + AIRCRAFT | [World News] PHILIPPINES SEEKS MILITARY WARES FROM US, SAYS ITS IN US STRATEGIC INTERESTS.
PHIL Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario.
* SAME > INDIAN WARSHIPS TO SAIL THRU [China-claimed]SOUTH CHINA SEA.
Will MAMA RUSSIA = RUSS NAVY do same???
India = Indjuh doesn't want to say its snubbing the Panda, but its snubbing the Panda.
* SAME > US TRIPLES MILITARY AID TO PHILIPPINES IN 2012.
INDIAN DEFENCE FORUM > THE IMPENDING COLLAPSE OF CHINA.
However roughly or imperfectly, I don't see China collapsing - 2015-2050 internal Political + Socio-economic controversy is to be expected.
REAL THREAT TO CHINA = ditto THREAT TO THE US-WORLD = "PEAK ENERGY/RESOURCES" + GWCC, i.e. our desired future OWG-NWO = proto Space Govt-Order being caught mostly or wholly unprepared due to lack of common Govts, Perts consensus on Same + asymmetric Islamist-led Nuclear Terror.
* SAME > US [+ Euro] MISSLE DEFENSE MAY NEUTRALIZE/VOID CHINESE [strategic = nuclear]DETERRENCE SOON: DEFENCE MINISTRY.
* WORLD NEWS > THE US HAS NO IDEA IFF AL-QAEDA [+ Taliban, Haqqanis, etal.] IS DEFEATED.
* TOPIX > DNI: NEXT THREE YEARS [2-3] CRUCIAL FOR WEAK AL-QAIDA.
Yoohoo, AYMAN, dat means You + Mullah Omar, etc.
* LUCIANNE > LIGHTS COULD GO OUT ACROSS UK BY 2030, WARNS POWER SUPPLY REPORT.
* INDIAN DEFENCE FORUM > MUSLIM LEAGUE TURNING INTO TERROR GROUP [Network]: CPM [aka CPI(M)].
"Little Pakistan(s)", pro-Radicalist/Islamist enclaves seemingly forming inside India + widin India's Muslim community.
> Muslim League Leadership incapable of stopping Pro-Radicalist/Islamist, pro-Terror elements from infiltrating + managing their ranks.
> Muslim League Agenda in general seemingly validates or justifies the above.
IOW, WHICH CAME FIRST - THE CHICKEN, OR THE EGG???
* BHARAT RAKSHAK > US MILITARY BASE IN BANGLADESH? The idea had been tried + failed before, but now is back again.
* TOPIX > MYANMAR DRIFTS TOWARDS THE WEST, slowly + steadily leaving China's sphere.
* SAME > [Japan Times] PLAN TO FIRST SEEK RETURN OF ONLY TWO RUSSIAN-HELD ISLANDS OFF HOKKAIDO RESURFACES. Japanese Kuriles/Northern Territories = Russia's South Kuriles.
SHIKOTAN Island + HAMBOTAI Islets.
* DEFENCE.PK/FORUMS > CHINA PURCHASE [defunct Dairy Farm] SPARKS "LAND GRAB" FEARS IN NEW ZEALAND.
OOOOOPPSIES, forgot the biggest Artic of all today ...
* INDIAN DEFENCE FORUM > BELIEVE IT OR NOT!BEIJING RULERS CONSIDERING/MULLING CHANGE FROM COMMUNIST RULE.
Perhaps not unlike the post-9-11 USA, the OWG Mighty USSA = OWG Weak USRoAmerica Global SSR, + America = Amerika WHERE LIBERAL OR LAISSEZ-FAIRE WESTERN "DEMOCRACY" IS DEVOL INTO ANYTHING BUT, DITTO FOR CHINESE COMMUNISM IN FUTURE BENG DESCRIBED OR LABELED AS ANYTHING BUT COMMUNISM???
Keeping the Header/Title but changing the contents. "CHANGE" is, afer all, one of the meanings of 9-11 + "Globalism" + OWG-NWO.
[STAR WARS: PREQUELS = "THE SITH CHANGED, BUT THE JEDI DID NOT" here].
A Japanese power firm on Saturday began switching off the countrys last working reactor, a spokesman said, leaving it without nuclear power just over a year after the worlds worst atomic accident in a quarter of a century.
As technicians took the initial step to close down the No. 3 unit at Tomari in Hokkaido, the debate over whether Japan needs nuclear power has been reignited, amid increasingly shrill warnings of summer power blackouts.
Muslim issues are at a flashpoint in Australia and ordinary people's concerns about sharia law and burqas must be heard, a federal MP says.
Liberal Rowan Ramsey said about 80 per cent of submissions to a federal inquiry into multiculturalism were antagonistic to Muslims.
Australia's Liberal party is a center-right party, "liberal" in this case being traditional economic liberalism (pro free-trade).
He said, "There is a considerable level of anxiety, mistrust, expressed in that 80 per cent that are at least wary about Muslim culture. We can't just sort of whitewash it out of the findings, we have to acknowledge that and we also have to acknowledge it is a significant issue in the community."
Ramsey is a member the Australian Parliament's committee on migration, which has received more than 400 submissions to its multicultural inquiry.
The MP said there was concern about calls for limited sharia law in Australia and about issues such as burqas and the treatment of women in Islam. He said, "There is a strong body of opinion ... in the wider Australian community that we've got our laws and you can like it or lump it."
Ramsey said the committee's report must address concerns and find ways to defuse community tension.
Muhammad Sahu Khan, from the Bluestar Intercultural Centre, said that when people spoke about sharia law they thought of the worst. He said, "They think of bringing in a law here that women have to have the burqa. They think if anybody commits a theft, we will chop off their hand."
Khan said Muslims didn't want to replace Australian law with sharia, but wanted changes in cases such as dying without a will. He said, "The distribution under the Australian law would be that all children would get equal shares, whereas under sharia law there is a certain proportion which is quite different from equal."
Gee, I wonder if women get less under sharia. This sounds like a good candidate for the "like it or lump it" treatment.
No sympathy for Mr. Khan from me. Immigrants make a conscious choice to come to a new country, and thus are fairly expected to change themselves, not change the host country. One little known fact about the great immigration period in American history (roughly 1850 - 1920) is that about 5% of immigrants turned around and went back to their old countries. They decided that America wasn't for them, so they left. Australia and its citizens should remind Mr. Khan he also has that option.
A woman who says she was the prostitute who triggered the US secret service scandal in Colombia said that the agents involved were "idiots" for letting it happen, and declared that if she were a spy and sensitive information was available, she could have easily obtained it.
If my Aunt Minnie had...
The woman said she spent five hours in a Cartagena, Colombia, hotel room with an agent, and while she barely got cab fare out of him, she could have gotten information that would have compromised the security of US president Barack Obama if the agent had any. "Totally," she replied when asked.
"The man slept all night," said the woman, who was identified by her lawyer as Dania Londono Suarez. "If I had wanted to, I could have gone through all his documents, his wallet, his suitcase."
She said in the 90-minute interview with Colombia's W Radio that no US investigator had been in touch with her, although reporters descended on her home a week after the incident when a taxi driver led them to it.
"They could track me anywhere in the world that I go but they haven't done so," she said, speaking in Spanish. "If the secret service agents were idiots, imagine the investigators."
That alarmed a US congressman who is monitoring the case. Representative Peter King, chairman of the House homeland security committee,
...and almost as big a fan of television cameras as Charles Schumer...
issued a statement on Friday expressing concern that investigators "have been unable to locate and interview two of the female foreign nationals involved," including Londono. "I have asked the secret service for an explanation of how they have failed to find this woman when the news media seems to have no trouble doing so."
In the interview, Londono called the secret service agents caught up in the scandal "fools for being from Obama's security and letting all this happen".
"When I said, 'I'm going to call the police so they pay me my money,' and it didn't bother them, didn't they see the magnitude of the problem?" she said.
Londono said the man never identified himself as a member of Obama's advance security detail for an inter-governmental summit, and said she saw nothing in his room that would have indicated the man's job other than a brown uniform.
Londono said the man had agreed to pay her $800, but that she never would have made a public fuss about his failure to pay had she known he was part of Obama's security detail and realised the repercussions it would have for her.
"My life is practically destroyed," she said. "My name is in the gutter."
Her photo has been splashed all over the internet since a newspaper took it off Facebook a week after the incident, when she said she fled Colombia fearing for her life.
"I was afraid they might retaliate," she said, saying she feared for herself and her family after looking up secret service on the internet and seeing that some agents were sharpshooters.
The mother of a 9-year-old boy she said she had when she was 17, Londono said she would happily sell her story now and pose nude. She said she had contracted one of Colombia's top lawyers, Abelardo De la Espriella. He confirmed her identity for the AP and said she called him for the first time earlier Friday, recommended by the radio host who interviewed Londono.
Why "boggle"? She had a nice career going as a high-class prostitute. I'm sure her family thought she was a secretary or something. Now, everyone knows who she is and what she does. Her life will be defined by this from here on out. I'm not getting the "boggle" thing at all.
Dont worry Dania the photographer is an artistic genius. We all want the layout to be tasteful. Work with the camera just have fun. Now bend over like your snooping through the briefcase .there ya go now thats some real classy stuff.
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Sunday called for early elections in four months during his speech at the Likud convention.
"It is preferable to have a short election campaign of four months that will swiftly return stability to the political ranks," Netanyahu stated, although he did not explicitly mention the September 4 date many have speculated would be the election date.
"Coalition stability has begun to crumble, opening the door to blackmail and populism," Netanyahu stated in justification of early elections. He added that a strong, powerful Likud will bring stability to the country.
Thai authorities were investigating on Sunday a blast that killed 12 people and injured at least 105 at one of the world's biggest petrochemical hubs.
Explosions started a fire at a chemical factory at the sprawling Map Ta Phut complex - Thailand's biggest industrial estate - on Saturday, forcing the evacuation of thousands of people and workers from the area in Rayong province, about 110 miles east of Bangkok.
The Bangkok Synthetics plant produces butadiene and other raw materials used in the manufacturing of synthetic rubbers and plastic resins.
The blaze has been extinguished and many evacuees have returned home, said Verapong Chaiperm, governor of the Industrial Estate Authority of Thailand, confirming the number of dead and injured. He said, "The evacuation order has been cancelled while other nearby buildings and factories around the area are under security checks."
A multi-volume chronology and reference guide set detailing three years of the Mexican Drug War between 2010 and 2012.
Rantburg.com and borderlandbeat.com correspondent and author Chris Covert presents his first non-fiction work detailing
the drug and gang related violence in Mexico.
Chris gives us Mexican press dispatches of drug and gang war violence
over three years, presented in a multi volume set intended to chronicle the death, violence and mayhem which has
dominated Mexico for six years.