North Korea has threatened to scrap the armistice which ended the Korean War in 1953, citing US moves to impose sanctions for its nuclear test and tensions over South Korean-US exercises.
The threat comes amid reports from the United Nations that China and the United States have reached agreement on new measures to punish the North for last month’s nuclear weapons test.
The North’s military said it could launch a “precise” strike anytime, unrestrained by the armistice. It also warned it could mount a strike with atomic weapons to counter any US nuclear threat.
In a statement on official media yesterday, the military called the joint exercise a “most blatant” provocation and slammed a “vicious” scheme by the US and its allies to push for tougher United Nations sanctions
UPDATE! March 18 2013: The North’s foreign ministry, in a statement carried by state TV on Sunday, rejected suggestions that the impoverished state was using its weapons program as a way of bullying neighbours into offering much-needed aid.
“The US is seriously mistaken if it thinks that [North Korea] had access to nukes as a bargaining chip to barter them for what it called economic reward,” the statement said :: Read the full article »»»»
Late last month we reported on an 11 year old mentally imaired girl who was taken into custody for burning the Koran, as if trying to prove western suspicions that Islam is Evil?
A well respected Pakistani Muslim Imam has been arrested, accused of planting the burnt pages of the Koran in the bag of a Christian girl being held on charges of blasphemy.
Rimsha Mashir – believed to be aged between 11 – 13 – has been in custody since she was arrested in the poor Islamabad suburb of Mehrabad more than two weeks ago. She is accused of burning papers containing verses from the Koran, in breach of Pakistan’s strict blasphemy laws, if found guilty the child faces the death penalty.
Local Muslim cleric Hafiz Khalid Chishti has been accused of planting evidence to strengthen the case against the girl. Chishti was arrested on Saturday after his assistants told a magistrate he had added pages from the Koran to the burnt pages :: Read the full article »»»»
A teenage – Christian – girl with Down Syndrome has been arrested in Islamabad on blasphemy charges in Pakistan, accused of burning pages inscribed with verses from the Quran, a conviction for blasphemy is punishable by death in Pakistan.
Local Ramna police say the girl, known as Rimsha, was arrested on Thursday after she was reported to be holding burnt pages which had Islamic text and Koranic verses on them.
A local police official said the girl, who he described as being in her early teens, was taken to a police station in the capital Islamabad, where she has been detained since. Indian press and All Pakistan Minorities Alliance is reporting that the girl is 11 years old. The police official, who requested anonymity, told AFP that angry Muslim protesters had held rallies demanding the girls punishment.
“We had to register the case fairly quickly to prevent any unpleasant situation,” the officer said, referring to the demonstrations.
Rimsha was produced before an Islamabad court on Friday and remanded in custody for 14 days, another police official said. She is expected to go before the court again by end of this month :: Read the full article »»»»
President Obama has finally made it official, announcing that he supports same-sex marriage, reversing his longstanding opposition. In an interview with ABC News’ Robin Roberts, the president described his thought process as an “evolution” that led him to this decision, based on conversations with his staff members, openly gay and lesbian service members, and his wife and daughters.
“I have to tell you that over the course of several years as I have talked to friends and family and neighbors, when I think about members of my own staff who are in incredibly committed monogamous relationships, same-sex relationships, who are raising kids together; when I think about those soldiers or airmen or marines or sailors who are out there fighting on my behalf and yet feel constrained, even now that ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ is gone, because they are not able to commit themselves in a marriage, at a certain point I’ve just concluded that for me personally it is important for me to go ahead and affirm that I think same sex couples should be able to get married,” Obama told Robin Roberts in an interview on ABC’sGood Morning America
The president stressed that this is a personal position, and that he still supports the concept of states’ deciding the issue on their own. But he said he’s confident that more Americans will grow comfortable with gays and lesbians getting married, citing his own daughters’ comfort with the concept.
OK, the dust has settled on the Queensland election, seems that Queenslander’s don’t take as much notice of Television Ads as Bob Katter had hoped . . .
Mr Katters Australian Party didn’t exactly get whitewashed, infact for a first-time-at-the-polls-party, they did admirably.
Katters Australian Party Polled a nudge over 11.5% of the state vote, half that of the outgoing ALP’s 26%
None of these dull numbers is actually what this post is about. A few weeks ago we ran Mr Katters Anti Gay Marriage TV ad (above), The youtube video went slightly ballistic, the comments however, are off the Richter! Read the full article »»»»