Iranian blogger found guilty of insulting Prophet Mohammad on Facebook sentenced to death
A blogger in ‘poor psychological condition’ has been sentenced to death after being found guilty of insulting the Prophet Mohammad on Facebook.
According to an ‘informed source’, speaking to the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran, Soheil Arabi, 30, had kept eight Facebook pages under different names and admitted to posting material insulting to the Prophet on these pages.
Mr Arabi, who was arrested along with his wife in November last year by agents from the Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), is said to have written the “material without thinking and in poor psychological condition”.
Branch 75 of Tehran’s Criminal Court, under Judge Khorasani, found Mr Arabi guilty of insulting the Prophet, or “sabb al-nabi”, on 30 August.
Article 262 of the Islamic Penal Code states insulting the Prophet carries a punishment of death, however, article 264 of the Penal Code says if a suspect claims to have said the insulting words in anger, in quoting someone, or by mistake, his death sentence will be converted to 74 lashes.
The anonymous source claims: “Unfortunately, despite this Article and the explanations provided, the judges issued the death sentence.
Because Friday night is Music Night – here be the evidence of crimes
I wouldn’t normally post this tune. I don’t have anything against what’s a jolly number but I generally prefer sounds which aren’t on popular music stations. Check it out though, particularly the video and the crimes which it contains before reading below –
The BBC reports that “six Iranians have been sentenced to up to one year in prison and 91 lashes”, suspended for three years, for appearing in that happy video. Truly, government is the home of psychopaths. I’m not even concerned with what the specific (non) crime is for which they were abducted and barbarously treated by a pack of parasites which calls itself “government”, but the least we can do is watch and reflect on how the pretended power over others will always be used by the very worst people.
I suspect a real, grave (non) offence in the eyes of the psychopaths is that the group revealed that Iranians are not bloodthirsty automatons baying for “Death to the Great Satan and the Little Satan”, but real people who can dance and smile.
It also reminded me that Iran is stuffed with hot Persian babes.
In which I say something nice about a politician
Alex Salmond surprised everyone this afternoon by announcing that he’ll step down as both First Minister and leader of the SNP. It makes sense, because independence was the very point point of him leading the SNP into power in Edinburgh and getting Westminster to agree to a referendum. Yesterday sank that ambition, so there you go.
The polls looked poor for the Nats when the referendum was first announced. I recall saying in here (and I think that ATW regular Peter agreed) that Salmond was a truly formidable politician who shouldn’t be underestimated. He’s pin sharp, full of energy, gregarious and always always ready with a broad grin and a witty line. There’s something of the populist rabble rouser in him, which has always been powerful and dangerous in politics. He’s also a superb orator, second only to George Galloway in British politics in my opinion (these mad Left Wing Jocks must practice lots). It was Salmond who turned the polls around, causing heart attacks in Westminster and a stampede north by politicians who suddenly discovered they love Scotland. Anyone who upsets the apple cart and panics the Westminster mob deserves some respect.
I’m surprised if only because politicians cling to office and power like their lives depend on it, so hats off to him for that.
When the true Russian revolution occurred, when the Communists, the Soviets, the KGB and all the repressive machinery of the Russian Empire fell apart, for a few months, a very few months, hope sprang to life in a hundred million minds, a hope which declared, ‘the State does not own us, we are individuals, we do not owe anything to the State!’ I do not need to explain the huge repressive machinery, the KGB, the NKVD, the very Russian Armed forces themselves, all part of the Soviet package which kept the Russian people in slavery-conditions for over fifty years; this all fell apart as the Satellite States, themselves governed as tightly as the Russians, began to flex their own muscles, the urge for freedom which was irreversible, the fall of the Berlin Wall, the collapse of East Germany and the inevitable collapse of a whole system which was built on a tissue of lies, backed with guns and tanks.
The freedom did not last long, the the KGB got itself a new name, the Russian Federation became repressive, now controlled after a short space of time by unreconstructed old-school Communists, but now with many more super-wealthy people at the very top, all supporting the nearly-dictator Putin who has so far invaded Georgia, Ossettia and now the Crimea, but at least the idea that the State is the ‘provider’, and therefore the ‘owner’ of people has disappeared.
Travel West a few thousand kilometres, and you end up in the Republic of Ireland, which for many, many decades was run under a similar system to Soviet Russia, but this Government was not of material things, but of the mind and indeed the very soul of all things Irish. I do not write of the Governments imposed by Great Britain, which ended when Partition was declared and the island was split in two; nor do I write of the Government of the Republic of Ireland, which has governed since Independence was declared. I write of the ‘Invisible Government’, which, to all intents and purposes, was the real ‘Government’, I write of the Bishops, of the Parish Priest, whose very word was akin to Law; and of the enormous bureaucracy and wealth of the Catholic Church, which told people what they should read, or write, or even to think and to behave, in and out of wedlock; all according to the traditions and rites of the Roman Catholic Church. Of a ‘Government’ which routinely connived at the issue of passports and travel documents so that small children, the illegitimate sons and daughters of usually illiterate and certainly ill-educated young women who had committed the grave ‘sin’ of having sex outside of marriage, and therefore had borne the very ‘Spawn of Satan’ could be routinely packaged, and sent off to America as they had literally been sold by the convents and homes where they had been born, in false and fake adoptions to ‘good Catholic Families’ in the United States. Read the rest of this entry »
“The time has come,” the Walrus said, “To talk of many things: Of shoes–and ships–and sealing-wax–
Of cabbages–and kings–And why the sea is boiling hot—and whether pigs have wings.
Many people said many things in the long run up to the Scots Referendum. ‘First Minister’ Alec Salmond pronounced his usual inflammatory sentences, toned down just a little from his Marxist youth, when he and his ‘comrades were committed to the establishment of a ‘Socialist and Republican Scotland; just a little bit less of the bully in his tone as he knew that he had to speak not only to the Scots, but also to the hated English who have so languidly and so long held the financial reins of the Scots Exchequer. But his was not the voice who, in the end, lost the campaign for that illusory ‘Independence’, he may be a revolutionary but he is no fool. That distinction is held by one man, the former deputy leader of the SNP, Jim Sillars.
Jim Sillars claimed there is talk of a “boycott” of John Lewis, banks to be split up, and new law to force Ryder Cup sponsor Standard Life to explain to unions its reasons for moving outside Scotland.
He said: “This referendum is about power, and when we get a Yes majority, we will use that power for a day of reckoning with BP and the banks.
“The heads of these companies are rich men, in cahoots with a rich English Tory Prime Minister, to keep Scotland’s poor, poorer through lies and distortions. The power they have now to subvert our democracy will come to an end with a Yes.”
He added: “BP, in an independent Scotland, will need to learn the meaning of nationalisation, in part or in whole, as it has in other countries who have not been as soft as we have forced to be. We will be the masters of the oil fields, not BP or any other of the majors.”
Mr Sillars said that under an independent Scotland, Standard Life would be required by new employment laws to give two years warning of any redundancies – and reveal to the trade unions its financial reasons for relocation to any country outside of Scotland.
Earlier this week, a number of banks, including Lloyds Banking Group and RBS, said they would look to move their headquarters south of the border in the event of a Yes vote. “What kind of people do these companies think we are? They will find out,” he added.
“In each and every election to an independent Parliament, parties and individuals can put forward a manifesto of their choosing and the people will decide. The role of Yes is to achieve a Yes vote, so that the people of Scotland will always get the governments we vote for – and never again Westminster-imposed Tory governments.”
That is the tone which scared the living daylights out of the Tory & Labour parties, as well as the multitude of steady Scots who were considering, or even swinging, towards the ‘Yes’ campaign. So, a big ‘Thank You Jimmy’, from the United Kingdom to the fool who just could not keep his big Communist trap shut!
Well, the people have spoken and it’s a CLEAR majority in favour of rejecting Scottish Separatism.
Here is the Dear Leader leading the celebrations for the YES camp
Now then, seeing as Unionism has prevailed and the Kingdom remains United, isn’t it time that Irish Republicans in West Belfast attended to that #awkward sign on the Black Mountain?
The Scottish NO vote was comprehensive in most places – way above 60% – but it is only really Glasgow that voted YES for separatism so I favour building a border around it right now and giving them a taste of exactly what they want.
“For Saima Shaheen, a would-be barrister from Pakistan, her new life in the UK hasn’t worked out quite as she hoped. Originally admitted on a student visa, she became an illegal immigrant after it ran out and says she was forced to work like a slave by an unscrupulous lawyer who threatened to reveal her immigration status if she didn’t. Now, more than five years after her visa ran out and four months after her corrupt former boss was jailed, she has decided to claim asylum in the UK but is furious about the way she has been treated.”
So, this law breaker wants to us EU law to stay her and practise law…