Posted: July 18th, 2013 | Author: Michael Courtenay | Filed under: CRIME!, Hard Pill to Swallow, Honour Killing | Tags: Crime, Crime Against Women, Honour Killing, Islamic Muslim extremists, Malala Yousafzai, Muslim, Pakistan | Comments Off on Taliban Writes to Malala Yousafzai
We all remember the shock late last year when young Pakistani girl, Malala Yousafzai, was shot – in broad daylight – by a Taliban assassin. The teenager recovered, resettled in the UK and then heroically addressed the United Nations on her 16th birthday – this month – vowing not to be silenced by terrorists.
Nine months after a gunman shot her on a bus in Pakistan’s Swat Valley for demanding education for girls, Malala Yousafzai received multiple standing ovations at the United Nations Youth Assembly in New York. She addressed nearly 1,000 students from around the world and her speech was immediately hailed for its power.
Bravely, Ms Yousafzai showed the attack on her had done nothing to dim her passion for girls’ education. She has not returned to Pakistan, due to persistent Taliban threats against her.
In what can only be described as a surprising turnaround, a Taliban commander has written to Ms Yousafzai, saying he regretted her shooting last year by militants and has urged her to come home :: Read the full article »»»»
Posted: October 11th, 2012 | Author: Diana Detaux | Filed under: CRIME!, Hard Pill to Swallow, Honour Killing, News | Tags: Crime, Honour Killing, Islamic Muslim extremists, Malala Yousafzai, Muslim, Pakistan | Comments Off on 14 Year Old Blogger Shot By Taliban in Attempted Honour Killing
A 14-year-old Pakistani girl who campaigned for children’s rights is fighting for her life after being shot in the head on her school bus by a cowardly Taliban gunman. Malala Yousafzai had campaigned for girls’ education and was nominated for an international peace prize. Malala Yousafzai won international recognition for highlighting Taliban atrocities in Swat with a blog for the BBC three years ago, when Islamist militants burned girls’ schools and terrorized the valley.
Malala Yousafzai was shot in broad daylight in Mingora, the main town of the Swat valley, raising serious questions about security more than three years after the army claimed to have crushed a Taliban insurgency there. Malala was flown to the north-western city of Peshawar where a team of senior doctors said she was in a critical condition. Two other girls were injured in the attack.
Taliban spokesman Ehsanullah Ehsan told AFP the Islamist group carried out the attack after repeatedly warning Malala to stop speaking out against them :: Read the full article »»»»
Posted: January 29th, 2012 | Author: Marcus Dangerfield | Filed under: Socially Engineered | Tags: ASIO, ASIO director-general David Irvine, australia, Muslim, Spies, Spy | Comments Off on ‘ASIO’ The Australian Spy Agency Seeks to Recruit Muslim Spies
The Muslim community has welcomed comments from the head of Australia’s spy agency – ASIO – that it needs to recruit more Muslims. ASIO director-general David Irvine made the comments during a rare public address at the Sydney Institute.
“ASIO needs to recruit more people from within our newly arrived migrant communities,” Irvine said. “Connected to this is the need for ASIO to develop even better outreach into our different ethnic communities, particularly Australian Muslim communities, my constant message to our valued Islamic community is very simple: ‘ASIO is not against Islam, it is against terrorism; against terrorism that kills both Muslims and non-Muslims alike” Irvine said “To achieve our common goal of a safe and harmonious community, we need to work with you’.”
Muslim community leader, Ahmed Kilani from Muslimvillage.com welcomes Mr Irvine’s comments, but has called for ASIO to be more open in its relations with the Muslim community. He says the relationship between Muslims and the intelligence agency has been uncertain since the September 11 attacks. “Although it’s 10 years later, we welcome the comments but I also think there’ll be a lot of suspicion in the Muslim community just in the way that ASIO has been engaging with them in a very covert way, in a very unofficial way, would lead to a lot of suspicion and mistrust for what’s happened in the past,” he said.
“The first that we hear of this is through the news media; no-one in the Muslim community’s heard of this approach.” Kilani said “Although I welcome what he’s saying, really we need to see a real change in the approach for it to have any credibility.”