A recent article on a high-profile political website shows how even the most primitive anti-Semitic slurs and conspiracy theories have found their way into all levels of Iranian discourse.
On April 18, the prominent Iranian website Alef published an article whose title roughly translates to “Who Are Human History’s Most Bloodthirsty People?” The long, detailed essay, complete with footnotes, pictures, and video clips, accuses Jews of killing non-Jews to use their blood for ritual purposes.
Alef is owned and supervised by Ahmad Tavakkoli, a member of Iran’s parliament who formerly served as minister of labor and social affairs and president of the parliamentary research center. A prominent conservative figure who received his PhD in economics from Nottingham University in Britain, Tavakkoli is also cousin to the Larijani bothers — Mohammad Javad Larijani, head of the human rights council in the judiciary, Sadeq Larijani, chief of the judiciary, and Ali Larijani, speaker of the parliament. Soon after the article appeared in Alef, other hardliner websites such as Mashregh News (mashreghnews.ir) republished it.
An alleged rape victim who took her own life is giving evidence from beyond the grave over allegations she was kidnapped and attacked by a man she thought was a taxi driver.
Masood Mansouri, 33, from Saltney, Flintshire, is accused of kidnapping, sexual assaulting and raping the 20-year-old after allegedly pretending to be a taxi driver when the woman was trying to hail a cab.
Today, the jury was shown a video-taped interview which the woman gave to police two days after the alleged incident. Five days later, the woman took a fatal overdose, the court heard.
5. Short excerpt from a Pamela Geller speech in an American university. Houston, we have a problem. Brooklyn and Dearborn as well I suspect.
6. This article about abuse of a woman by a muslim in Arizona needs to get its terms straight. This was not an ‘arranged marriage’. This was a forced marriage which makes it not a marriage at all by any rational definition that a Western person would understand. We would see it more like buying a cow.
Mohamed S. Abdullahi, 30, faces sexual assault, assault and kidnapping charges. He is being held without bond.
Police noted in the court documents that the victim is Abdullahi’s wife via Muslim custom. Police did not release her age, but Sgt. Trent Crump said she is a young adult.
Police said the victim’s parents married her to Abdullahi in November without her knowledge. She learned of the marriage in December and fled the state but returned two weeks later to finish high school.
The victim’s family members reportedly took her to Abdullahi’s residence against her will on Monday. Police said Abdullahi punched, bit and strangled her before sexually assaulting her.
“I just heard someone screaming and crying and there were these guys carrying a woman and like dragging her onto the sidewalk,” said neighbor Trina Childs.
7. More on the muslim in France who shot himself after killing a woman on the way to blow up some churches.
According to reports from Afghanistan’s Khaama Press and Pakistan’s Mashaal Radio, the Taliban and Islamic State (ISIS) have declared jihad on each other, furthering an already acrimonious relationship between the two groups.
Nabi Jan Mullahkhil, police chief of Afghanistan’s southern Helmand province, an opium-producing region along the Pakistan border, revealed in an interview that he received documents showing that both groups made the declaration.
This news comes after a brutal terrorist attack on Saturday in Jalalabad, Afghanistan, which killed at least 35 people and wounded over 100 others. The Taliban castigated the incident, with the group’s spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid stating, “It was an evil act. We strongly condemn it.”
Thank you M., Yucki, Wrath of Khan, Don C. GoV., and all. More to come.