1. Girls as young as ten dragged away from their families by their hair and forced to endure beatings and rapes at the hands of ISIS fighters: Yazidi survivor reveals hell she suffered before escaping
A Yazidi teenager has told how Islamic State fighters stormed her town with shocking brutality, dragging girls as young as ten by their hair and carting them off like cattle to become sex slaves.
Hanan, 19, was snatched from her family, suffered regular beatings and taken to a warehouse in Mosul, Iraq, where hundreds of women were lined up and hand picked by jihadist militants.
She and six others were then taken to a house in a nearby village where they met a fellow Yazidi girl who had been incarcerated there for the last two months, she told CNN’s Arwa Damon.
The girl told them she had been beaten, handcuffed and raped and their captors warned they would soon suffer the same fate.
(Still waiting for feminist writers and organizations to weigh in on this one)
Tajikistan has banned the hajj, the Muslim pilgrimage to Mecca, for citizens younger than 35.
Many in the Central Asian nation believe the ban is an attempt to prevent young Tajiks from developing radical ideas and joining extremist groups such as ISIS.
It comes a month after President Emomali Rahmon called for a long-term development “concept” based on secularism.
[…] Tajikistan has banned headscarves for schoolgirls, barred minors from mosques, and forced thousands of students to return home from Islamic schools abroad
(This will be fascinating to watch. It appears they are channeling Ataturk and hopefully will get the same results)
(Between Russia’s renewed aggressions and cold war tactics and over-flying Canada, US and GB. etc. an Chinese militarism and islam, the global geopolitical situation begins to look like a shell game with a scorpion under every cup)
TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan’s air force said on Wednesday said jet fighter scrambles have reached a level not seen since the height of the Cold War three decades ago as Russian bombers probe its northern skies and Chinese combat aircraft intrude into its southern air space.
In the year ending March 31, Japanese fighters scrambled 944 times, 16 percent more than the same period the previous year, the country’s Self Defence Force said.
That is the second highest number of encounters ever recorded over the 12-month period since records began in 1958 and only one less than a record 944 scrambles in 1984.
4. Erdogan vows to disregard any European Parliament vote on the status of the genocide of the Armenians by Turkey.
Four students were arrested after disrupting the planned showing of “American Sniper” Friday evening in the EMU Student Center Auditorium. The film had begun but was stopped and eventually cancelled. The 10 p.m. showing was cancelled as well.
Ahmed Abbas, earning his Ph.D. in psychology, Layali Alsadah, junior majoring in psychology, Jenna Hamed, senior majoring in apparel and textiles merchandise, and Sabreen Dari, junior majoring in psychology, worked with 35 other students to shut down the 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. showings of the Academy Award-winning film.
The protesters filed onto the stage under the screen and held up two signs. One read, “Is this your idea of dialogue?” and the other one had the definition of propaganda.
(The most offensive bit here->) “Do you want me to play a movie painting your people this way?” Hamed asked the crowd.
The entire Islamic culture, from scripture to television and movies is the worst possible condemnation of the unbeliever. A movie like American Sniper with roles reversed would be the daily bread and water of the Islamic world)
6. Surge in attempted illegal crossings from the coast of north Africa saw nearly 8 500 migrants rescued between Friday and Monday, reigniting a debate in Italy over whether or not the country has a duty to house all new arrivals.
CAIRO (Reuters) – Egypt and Saudi Arabia have discussed holding a “major military maneuver” in Saudi Arabia with other Gulf states, the Egyptian presidency said, after the two countries discussed the progress of a Saudi-led campaign against Shi’ite militias in neighboring Yemen.
Egyptian naval and air forces are already participating in the campaign against Houthi militias in Yemen, and Cairo has said it would supply ground forces “if necessary”. Earlier on Tuesday, it denied reports that it had already sent troops to Yemen.
Thank you Buck, M., Richard, CB Sashenka, Dan F. Maria J., and all. More to come very shortly including the first public speech by Gavin Boby for MARIAS at 10 Downing and Geert Wilders speech from Dresden, and the Queen of Denmark speaks for the European culture, being possibly the first European Royalty to speak to the crisis of a self destructing Europe.