Saudi Arabia has sentenced to death a Shi’ite Muslim cleric who was at the forefront of the country’s pro-democracy protests in 2011 in a move that will likely rekindle sectarian divide in the Middle East, sending shockwaves through the Shi’ite community.
Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr, who was detained in 2012 after backing mass pro-democracy protests in the Qatif district of eastern Saudi Arabia, is a champion for greater rights for Saudi minorities, including the country’s disenfranchised Shi’ite minority. He was shot in the leg four times upon arrest by police, causing several days of protests in the Saudi kingdom in which three unarmed protesters were killed by Saudi forces.
DALLAS — Three days after a nurse who treated a Liberian man with Ebola was found to have the virus, a second worker at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas has tested positive for the disease, state and federal health officials said Wednesday.
The hospital worker, a woman who has not been identified, was part of the medical team that cared for the Ebola victim, Thomas Eric Duncan, after he was admitted to the hospital late last month and put in isolation. The worker reported a fever on Tuesday and was immediately isolated at the hospital.
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We’re at war with the Islamic State & no one knows where halal fees go writes Bernard Gaynor.
Islam is at war with us, not the other way around. And the halal fees go straight into the jihad. (sheik yer’mami)
And every item of food certified halal has to be checked by an Islamic checker. And it doesn’t stop there. Everything else about the food must be compliant too. The feed. The transportation. Even the packaging. The list goes on.
Forms for halal certification in Australia go into great detail. For instance, processed food suppliers need to give a list of every product and ingredient used. And they also need to give details of the number of employees. Plus the company’s annual turnover figures.
What’s that got to do with the price of a kebab in Mecca?
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