So the New Republic published the most thorough critique to date of Human Rights Watch’s record on Israel this week. Contrary to its typical belligerency, HRW has not responded [beyond this tepid and largely unresponsive letter to TNR from a co-chair of HRW’s Middle East advisory committee, who is not an employee of HRW, but not from HRW itself–thanks to a reader for pointing this out]. That’s unusual, but not too strange; given how often HRW spokespeople get themselves into trouble when they defend the organization’s record on Israel, they are clearly better off keeping quiet.
What is very strange is that members of the left blogosphere who have previously vigorously (and reflexively) defended HRW have all been silent. Where is Matthew Yglesias? Andrew Sullivan? Daniel Levy? Aryeh Neier? Adam Horowitz? Even Kevin Jon Heller has blogged not a word about the TNR story.
I’m not given to conspiratorial thinking, but it’s almost as if “headquarters” has sent out word to ignore the TNR piece in the hopes it will go away.
accusing him of racism, Islamophobia and colonialism for having the temerity to lead a campaign against Iran’s executions of homosexuals — a campaign that Long believed was unconstructive and based on “a Western social-constructionist trope”.
the Admins are completely nuts. If you admin a page all about making fun of Mohammed you shouldn't be shocked when people actually do. this is a conversation in my inbox:
Mimi Sulpovar April 30 at 8:12pm
Allow me to introduce myself - I am Infidel Bear of "Everybody Draw Mohammad Day - May 20th, 2010". Shhhhh don't tell anyone ;) Cheers,
Noah David Simon April 30 at 8:14pm
oh I see now. so everyone thinks you are a man because you are a Mohammad Bear
Mimi Sulpovar April 30 at 8:15pm
Yeah, it's pretty cool :)
Noah David Simon April 30 at 8:55pm
do you get to molest any little under age girls Mr Bear?
Mimi Sulpovar April 30 at 8:55pm
Of course not. What kind of a question is that?
...to answer the question:
I ask all my Mohammed Bears the same question!
so... if you thought that joke was in poor taste. Here is what is going on today.
The marriage took place at one of the Nigerian capital's most recognizable landmarks, under the golden dome of the National Mosque in front of an audience of the elite.
But the recent wedding of one of the Muslim leaders who brought Shariah law to Africa's most populous nation is under scrutiny as human rights groups say he married a 13-year-old Egyptian girl.
As authorities investigate Senator Ahmad Sani Yerima, the marriage is drawing fresh questions about the role of religion in a country of 150 million people split between Christians and Muslims.
Yerima, 49, arranged the marriage with the girl after paying her family a $100,000 dowry, according to a complaint filed by the Nigerian Human Rights Commission in April. Initially, Yerima couldn't arrange a visa for the girl to travel from Egypt to Nigeria, so he instead brought the girl through neighboring Niger, said Chidi Odinkalu, a lawyer for works for the Open Society Justice Initiative.
That leaves Yerima open to human trafficking charges, as well as possible child-sex and endangerment charges, the lawyer said.
"You don't need the Quran or the Bible to get this," Odinkalu said. "I think most people, irrespective of the cleavage between the two faiths, wouldn't marry off their 13 year old."
Yet 30 members of the girl's family attended the ceremony at the National Mosque, the human rights commission said. It's unclear who else attended the wedding. Ustaz Musa Mohammed, the chief imam of the National Mosque, could not be reached for comment.
Under child protection laws enforceable in Abuja, Nigeria's capital, a woman must be 18 before being able to consent to marriage. However, those laws aren't enacted in all of Nigeria's 36 states and activists say child brides have been married off in Muslim communities after their first period.
It also isn't the first time Yerima has apparently married a child bride. The right commission alleged that he married a 15-year-old girl, only to divorce her at 17 as she nurses his child.
"The senator is in the habit of marrying minors and has gained notoriety in enticing girls to marry him," the commission said.
Yerima himself appears unrepentant in recent interviews, though he has declined to say how old his new wife is.
"As a Muslim, as I always say, I consider God's law and that of his prophet above any other law," Yerima told the BBC's Hausa language radio service. "I will not respect any law that contradicts that and whoever wants to sanction me for that is free to do that."
Religion has played an integral part in Yerima's political career. As Nigeria came out of a string of military dictatorships and into democracy in 1999, Yerima was elected as governor of Zamfara state in northern Nigeria. There, Islam has been the dominate religion since Muslim warriors on horseback claimed the territory in the early 1800s.
When he became governor, Yerima was one of the first politicians to champion the idea of putting a Shariah court system in place, which rules based on Islamic civil law. Now, more than a dozen northern states allow Shariah law, something that Nigeria's Christian south warily accepted — if at all. Rioting and violence over the introduction of Shariah law left thousands dead.
Yerima himself blames the attention on his marriage to that, though it sealed his political fortunes.
"I consider all those complaining about this issue as detractors, because since 1999 ... many people have been waging different kind of wars against me," he said.
But those who have brought the allegations against Yerima are struggling not to make it a religious debate in a nation where killings over faith still happen. The Senate is investigating Yerima over allegedly breaking the law, while other agencies are examining whether he illegally brought the child bride into the country.
"He's breached the law. It's not about faith," said Iheoma Obibi, executive director of Alliances for Africa, a human rights group. "In the campaign with the sisters from the north, we've been very careful not to address this in the religious situation."
The whereabouts of the Egyptian girl remain unknown.
"She should be in school," Obibi said. "She shouldn't be rolling off your bed."
Prior to the 1991 war, the Americans promised Israel that in the event of a Scud attack, U.S. aircraft would concentrate on knocking out the Scuds within the first 48 hours. However, as explained by Moshe Arens, who served as Israel’s defense minister at the time:
The problem of hitting mobile launchers was far more difficult than the U.S. had envisioned. Although there was intensive aerial activity directed at hitting the Scud launchers, not a single Scud launcher was hit or immobilized during the five weeks of the Gulf War.Today, senior American officials are not promising to destroy Hizbullah Scuds; they are denying that they’re in Lebanon.
Then the Americans sent over the Patriots. The Patriot was probably the most advanced anti-aircraft missile around at the time, and was advertised as also having anti-missile capability. As it turned out, the Patriot missiles in Israel did not succeed in intercepting a single Scud missile.
After all, such a deployment would be a serious violation of UN Security Council Resolution 1701 which prohibits the “supply of weapons to any entity in Lebanon without the consent of the Government of Lebanon.” (This raises the question of whether Lebanon’s government, cowering before a resurgent Syria, agreed to the Scud deployment. If so, that makes Lebanon, its military, and infrastructure complicit and fair game in the event of another war.)
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