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US quoting the Geneva Convention? January 25, 2008

Posted by Some Muslim in Uncategorized.
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In the BBC report, Learning survival with the US Air Force, there’s an interesting quote from M/Sgt Stephen Philby:

We’re dealing with people that aren’t conventional, they didn’t sign the Geneva Conventions.

It’s always amusing to hear this, considering the US has signed the Geneva Convention, yet violates it without hesitation.

For instance, it’s no secret that the US has allowed torture of innocent civilians.

No more charges over Iraqi death January 25, 2008

Posted by Some Muslim in Iraq War, News Commentry.
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The BBC reports:

No further criminal charges are likely against individuals involved in the death of Iraqi prisoner Baha Mousa, the government is expected to announce.

Mr Mousa died from asphyxiation in British army custody in Basra in 2003, and suffered 93 injuries to his body.

A court martial acquitted six out of seven servicemen, while another was jailed for a year for mistreatment.

Whilst being detained by the British Army, Mr Mousa suffered 93 injuries to his body, but only one soldier was jailed for one for year for mistreatment?

Although the report is believed to conclude there were serious shortcomings in the training of British troops for dealing with Iraqi prisoners at the time, it is expected to say there was no evidence of systemic [sp] abuse.

Lawyers for the family of Mr Mousa won access at the High Court in October last year to British military files into his death.

They believe the documents will contain the evidence needed for a full public inquiry to be called.

Let’s hope there is a full public enquiry and justice is served.

New move to lift Turkey scarf ban January 24, 2008

Posted by Some Muslim in General Islam, News Commentry.
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The BBC reports:

The governing party in Turkey and a key opposition party have agreed to work together to lift a ban on the Islamic headscarf in universities.

The Islamist-rooted ruling AK Party and the nationalist MHP said it was an issue of human rights and freedoms.

I’m amazed at how Turkey – a country that proclaims itself to be Muslim – can ban the wearing of hijab in universities. I’m surprised that France went ahead and passed a law banning wearing of hijab (and other religious clothing).

What is it about the hijab that these nations find so threatening?

There was a funny story about a girl who was nearly denied boarding on a Southwest flight for dressing too provocatively. Clearly, society’s moral compass hasn’t been abandoned completely, though it’s close.

MPAC Election Guide: Activate 2008 January 18, 2008

Posted by Some Muslim in USA.
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The Muslim Public Affairs Council has put together a document examining five key issues in the election and provides Muslim-Americans with the presidential candidates’ positions in their own words.

http://www.mpac.org/docs/MPAC-2008-Election-Guide.pdf

Here’s a snippet:

Senator John McCain (R-AZ) recently told BeliefNet.com that the prospect of a Muslim in the White House makes him “uncomfortable.” Prior to that, Mayor Rudy Guiliani’s political advisor Congressman Peter King (R-NY) said “unfortunately, there are too many mosques in this country” and accused Muslim Americans of not fully cooperating with law enforcement. In addition, Republican presidential candidate Congressman Tom Tancredo (R-CO) reiterated his support for considering “taking out Muslim holy sites” if another terror attack were to take place on American soil. MPAC seeks to ensure that the rhetoric against Islam and Muslims does not alienate the Muslim American community in this election cycle.

Read it!