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April 11, 2013

Island of Maldives Have Turn Out to be Killers for Gay and Lesbians} Stay AWAY



Look Closer and you will see blood in the waTer from Gay and Lesbians 





Hilath Rasheed, the first openly gay and secular blogger in the Maldives, was about to walk through his front door one afternoon last year when he felt the box-cutter slice through his neck.
It took a moment to notice the blood pouring down his shirt. As his attackers sauntered off, Hilath staggered to the main road, clutching the loose skin over his throat with one hand. He managed to hitch a lift to hospital from a horrified motorcyclist. When a doctor in the emergency room asked him to move his hand away, a policeman and nurse fainted.
Following a miraculous recovery – doctors told him there was less than a 1 per cent chance of surviving such an attack – Hilath, 35, now lives in exile in Sri Lanka. He misses home, but a country where it is illegal to be non-Muslim and violent forms of religious fundamentalism are on the rise is no place for a homosexual secularist, he says.
"Extremism is the biggest threat my country faces," he said at a coffee shop in Colombo. "I was the first person to talk openly about homosexuality and religious freedom. People said I was brave, but often I think I was stupid."
Recent weeks have put a spotlight on Islamic fundamentalism in the Maldives after a 15-year-old girl who had been repeatedly raped by her stepfather was sentenced to 100 lashes for "fornication". A petition by the global advocacy group Avaaz has been signed by more than two million people demanding a tourist boycott until the flogging sentence is annulled.
In a rare interview at his home this week, President Mohammed Waheed told The Independent that he strongly opposes the court ruling. "This case should not have come to the courts at all. We see this girl as a victim," he said, adding that he has set up a committee to "understand what went wrong".
But that sits awkwardly with his recent decision to enter into a coalition with the religious Adhaalath party with elections to be held in September.
In a recent statement, Adhaalath backed the flogging, saying: "The purpose of penalties like these in Islamic shariah is to maintain order in society and to save it from sinful acts. We must turn a deaf ear to the international organisations which are calling to abolish these penalties."
Few of the million visitors to the Maldives each year see this side of the country. Most are whisked off to uninhabited resort islands before even setting foot on the crowded, alcohol-free capital of Malé. But the flogging case was not an isolated incident – Islamic hardliners, many trained in Pakistan and Saudi Arabia, have become a shadowy but powerful presence here. They are blamed for a raid on the national museum last year in which a priceless collection of ancient Buddhist artefacts was destroyed. They are also thought to be behind the killing in October of a member of parliament who had spoken out against extremism. The police have made little progress in either case.
Religious conservatives were also the driving force behind weeks-long protests that toppled the country's first Democratic President, Mohamed Nasheed, in February last year.
Mr Nasheed's election in 2008 had ended 30 years of dictatorship, but his liberal, Western style was used by opponents to paint him as un-Islamic – even a secret Christian. Although Mr Nasheed resigned on live television, he later claimed it was done "with a gun to my head" and that he was the victim of a coup.
The new President says the changeover was perfectly legal. But eyebrows were raised when he gave ministerial posts to the son and daughter of the former dictator Maumoon Gayoom, and chose three religious leaders from the Adhaalath party for his cabinet, even though the party holds no seats in parliament.
Dr Waheed defended his choice this week, saying: "They want to ensure Islamic values are protected. We are all working with that in mind."
Out on one of the Maldives' 200 inhabited islands, Mr Nasheed and members of his Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) were back on the campaign trail last week, hoping they can regain through the ballot box what was lost to the mob.
On most islands he receives a hero's welcome, still the man who endured torture and years behind bars to bring democracy to the country. But this day's campaigning brought him to the island of Huraa: as stunning as the rest, with its turquoise waters, palm trees and white sands, but a stronghold of conservative forces.
Women greeted Mr Nasheed with a table of whisky bottles to imply his alleged love of alcohol. As he tried to address a small crowd in the town hall, they stood outside shrieking maniacally in an attempt to drown him out. Attempts to approach them for their views almost triggered a riot.
"They are screaming because they are losing and they know it," Mr Nasheed said at his hotel later that evening. "The coup has actually been a blessing in disguise. It exposed the mullahs. When they took jobs in government, it became obvious that they were just using religion for political ends. Hardly anyone is joining their rallies now."
It is not yet clear whether Mr Nasheed will be allowed to stand in September's elections. The current government and judiciary are doing their best to throw him in prison for his attempt to arrest a senior judge during the final days of his presidency. So far, his trial has been delayed by technicalities, but there are fears that more extreme measures are about to be deployed.
"There is no question that they wanted me dead during the coup," Mr Nasheed said. "They have unfinished business with me."
Such fears have put his supporters on edge. The islands have been gripped in recent weeks by news that a pair of alleged Armenian gangsters known as the Artur brothers have been photographed in the company of government ministers. Rumours quickly spread on social media that they were assassins sent to kill Mr Nasheed.
The brothers – who use the names Artur Sargsyan and Artur Margaryan – made international headlines in 2006 after being kicked out of Kenya amid allegations they had built a drug-trafficking empire with links to the highest government offices. They were deported only after pulling guns on customs officials in a Nairobi airport.
The Maldives government says they were in town to set up an investment company, and has hastily cancelled their permits in the wake of the media attention, but the episode showed how tense the political situation has become. "Everyone is worried about [Mr Nasheed's] safety," said Eva Abdulla, an MDP politician. "Things look calm, but if he is jailed or killed, there will be huge amounts of violence on the streets."
Despite their grievances, the MDP had its fair share of controversies during its time in power. The party was accused of bribing opposition MPs, sidelining critics and failing to clean up a deeply corrupt judiciary when it had the chance. Mr Nasheed's decision to arrest the judge was condemned internationally and only fuelled the protests that led to his downfall.
"It's true that we made mistakes," Ms Abdulla said. "We underestimated how much power the old regime still had and they managed to build a lot of anger against Nasheed. But the coup has jolted people out of their apathy. People have realised that their new democratic rights are quite precarious."
Mr Nasheed hopes that his focus on development will ultimately drown out the religious rhetoric.
He is particularly fond of his decision to allow locals to open guest houses on inhabited islands, which were banned. That is starting to break the monopoly enjoyed by millionaire resort owners, and bring tourist dollars into the rural economy for the first time.
He is also touting a financial-support scheme for single mothers – a particular hit because the Maldives happens to have the highest divorce rate in the world. "All the opposition can do is wave alcohol bottles at us," one of Mr Nasheed's campaign organisers said, walking away from the screaming women on Huraa. "We have actual policies, and eventually that will get through to people."
Unwelcome guests: The 'Artur Brothers'
The "Artur brothers" have caused quite a stir since they arrived in the Maldives last year.
Having reportedly registered the company "Artur Brothers World Connections" on the islands in October, it was not long before local media began to pick up on news reports from Kenya dating back to 2006 which alleged that the pair – who go by the names of Artur Sargsyan and Artur Margaryan – were involved in a drug-trafficking ring with links to some of Kenya's highest officials.
Their activities allegedly culminated in a dramatic exit from Kenya, in which they pulled guns on customs officials. Media investigations later said the pair had been so close to senior government officials that they were granted Kenyan citizenship, and even appointed deputy police commissioners. They have also been said to hold Armenian, Czech and French passports. This month, photos of the Arturs appeared online apparently in the company of the country's Defence Minister, Mohamed Nazim, and the Tourism Minister, Ahmed Adheeb.
Their presence coincided with a comment issued by the islands' ousted leader, Mohamed Nasheed, in which he expressed fear for his life. According to reports, in 2011 the former Kenyan Prime Minister Raila Odinga accused the brothers of involvement in a failed assassination plot against leading opposition figures in 2005. The brothers are said to have told a press conference that they were merely businessmen, who had been approached by the opposition to fund a campaign for regime change in Kenya.
In a statement on his website dated 4 April this year, the President of the Maldives, Mohammed Waheed, said he had been told that the brothers were in the country in January but that they "had not broken any laws". It said the brothers "were being monitored by the police" and "the administration later decided to ask them to leave once their visa extension expired".
This week, Mr Adheeb told Minivan News that he had "advised them to leave peacefully and they agreed", adding that the pair "have now left". Police have since recommended that an investment licence issued to the brothers by the islands should be revoked.

April 10, 2013

The Face of France,The Government and Those With No Rush To Justice


A photo take of Wilfred de Bruijn’s battered and bruised face has gone viral in the country. Homophobic attacks in France have risen as the same-sex marriage bill advances.

Wilfred de Bruijn, a Dutch citizen who lives and works as a librarian in Paris, France, gestures during an interview with The Associated Press at his apartment in Paris, Wednesday, April 10, 2013. De Bruijn was beaten unconscious near his home early Sunday morning in central Paris, sustaining 5 fractures in his head and face, abrasions and a lost tooth. After posting a photo of his wounds on Facebook, the image went viral and de Bruijn has become a national cause celebre of the pro-gay campaign. (AP Photo/Remy de la Mauviniere)
 A photo of Wilfred de Bruijn, a Dutch citizen who lives and works as a librarian in Paris, 
France, went viral, putting a face on the struggle of gays in France, who are being targeted
 for their sexuality as a bill that would legalize same-sex marriage advances.
A gay man beaten up in Paris this month is using a photo of his injuries to fuel a growing protest for equality, as a divisive reform bill to allow same-sex marriage in France drives a spate of homophobic attacks.
A photo taken of Wilfred de Bruijn's battered and bruised face shortly after he was kicked unconscious by unknown assailants has gone viral on the Internet this month.

"Sorry to show you this. It's the face of Homophobia," de Bruijn wrote above the image
 posted on his Facebook page on Sunday. It has been shared nearly 8,000 times since then.
De Bruijn, a Dutchman resident in Paris for a decade, told France Inter radio on Wednesday 
that he had "no doubt" that an assault on him and his boyfriend, who was punched in the face
 as they walked arm-in-arm, was a homophobic attack.
  Gay rights issues have divided France in recent months as President Francois Hollande
 has pushed through a bill to legalize gay marriage despite angry street protests.
The law, backed by two in three people in surveys, is set to pass without major hitches in 
a parliament where Hollande's Socialists have a majority.

Yet a passionate debate, particularly on whether same-sex couples should have parenting 
rights, has triggered a surge in verbal and physical attacks on the gay community, according to records kept by the campaign group SOS Homophobie.
The group has recorded more than 60 reports of homophobic attacks, two to three times 
higher than normal, in the past week as the bill makes its final passage through the Senate.

This photo has spread online, and is one of about 60 attacks on gays in France reported in the last week.
 This photo has spread online, and is one of about 60 attacks on gays in France reported 
in the last week.
"It feels like the most violent time in our history," said Michael Bouvard, vice-president of SOS Homophobie.
HALL VANDALISED

On Sunday night, a hall used during the day for a festival of lesbian, gay and transgender associations in the gay-friendly Marais district of central Paris was vandalized and plastered 
with posters for the vocal anti-gay marriage lobby.
The "Protest for Everyone" movement, led by the comedian Frigide Barjot, has united tens of thousands of Roman Catholics, evangelical Christians and Muslims.

De Bruijn said the heated nature of the debate was encouraging violence.
"It wasn't Frigide Barjot who hit my boyfriend, but you can't ignore the narrow-minded 
speeches being made," he said.
France, traditionally Catholic and socially conservative, is opening up slowly to acceptance 
of gays and lesbians, with a trickle of public figures now openly homosexual.
The law giving same-sex couples the right to marry and adopt children is now being debated i
n the Senate after being adopted by the lower house in February after 110 hours of debate.
SOS Homophobie is already waging a legal fight against a far-right student union that it says
 posted images online aimed at inciting homophobic violence.
It was due to be among several dozen lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender groups staging a demonstration against homophobia in front of Paris' town hall later on Wednesday.
In cyberspace, de Bruijn has stepped up his own protest, posting a stylized black-and-white 
poster version of his photo with details of Wednesday's rally and the slogan: "Fight back".

February 4, 2013

OuTGng Def Sec Panetta Answers the Q< Can We Have caught Bin Laden Without Torture?

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Outgoing Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said that the US would have captured Bin Laden without using torture, despite what the film "Zero Dark Thirty" implied.
"First of all, it's a movie," Panetta said on NBC's "Meet the Press". "Let's remember that. I lived the real story.”
“There were a lot of pieces out there that were part of that puzzle," Panetta continued.
"Yes, some of it came from some of the tactics that were used at that time, interrogation tactics that were used. But the fact is we put together most of that intelligence without having to resort to that.”
According to POLITICO, NBC's Chuck Todd asked Panetta to clarify, “And you think you could have gotten it without any?”
“I think we could have gotten Bin Laden without that,” Panetta replied.
Panetta served as the head of the CIA from 2009 until he was nominated as US defense secretary in July 2011.
As CIA director, Panetta oversaw the search for Osama bin Laden that led up to his capture and execution by the US military in May 2011.
The film "Zero Dark Thirty" has been nominated for several Academy Awards, including Best Picture.
Directed by Kathryn Bigelow, the film is a thoroughly researched, though fictional, chronicle of the search for bin Laden.
Critics claim the enhanced interrogations amount to torture but some in the CIA defended the use of sleep deprivation, hypothermia, stress positions, slapping and waterboarding that were used to find bin Laden, reports Reuters.
http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/americas/united-states/130203/panetta-us-would-have-caught-bin-laden-without-t

January 9, 2013

UK young 27 yrs Old Beaten to Pulp His Accent was Not Liked { All In The Same Country }

BandageHate no matter where it  is hate always has the same results.   

You don’t have to be gay for haters to attack you and try to kill you.  It’s not going to be a 

message like you have seen on TV from the Sopranos. There is no warning except some 

criminal thinks you are something he hates, the cause for him being a failure.


That is why we try to teach that fighting hate belongs to all. It does not belongs to the    gay,mexicans or Islam or like Paul because of his accent.
 with Laura

adamfoxie*blog International


RACE   hate victim was left for dead by savage asswholes who smashed in his skull for being   ENGLISH... in WALES.


Terrified Paul Meehan, 27, was surrounded by baying thugs on a visit with his fiancee to friends and family in 
Cardiff.

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The six brutes — who heard his BRUMMIE accent at a taxi stand-waded in with fists and boots, leaving him  in a pool of blood. 

 His head injuries were so horrific surgeons had to remove a five-inch slab of skull from above his right temple as they battled to save his brain.

Electrician Paul — who also had 50 staples inserted into his head — said yesterday: “It was unprovoked.
“They heard my accent — it was nothing more than that. It could have turned into a murder case.”
Paul was born in London, but grew up in Cardiff and used to have a WELSH twang before moving to Birmingham in his teens. He now faces further surgery to insert a metal plate in his head.
Snaps of his skull after the op that saved his life show it bandaged with a message from surgeons warning fellow medics: “NO BONE”.

 Paul, of Erdington — attacked on a night out with devastated bride-to-be Laura Landeg, 22 — said: “I’m left with a squidgy bit on the side of my head.
“Whoever did this ruined my life. I am not going to be able to go back to being my old self.”
Cops hunting the gang are checking CCTV. A police spokesman vowed: “Assaults such as this will not be tolerated.”

 
 j.beal@the-sun.co.uk
Paul’s skull is stapled up

October 19, 2012

Gay Man Jump Off Mountain to Escape His Hate Killers


LONDON — In the first trial of its kind in the nation, a gay man testified Wednesday that two men yelled slurs about his sexual orientation as they punched and kicked him during a vicious attack in Harlan County.
Kevin Pennington, 29, said Jason and Anthony Jenkins took him to a dark, isolated road in mountainous Kingdom Come State Park and assaulted him one night in April 2011.
"You're gonna die, you ... faggot! You deserve this!" Pennington said the two yelled as they hit him.
Defense attorneys did not cross-examine Pennington on Wednesday, but they described Pennington as a drug dealer and said he lied early in the case by not disclosing that a planned drug deal preceded the attack.
"Mr. Pennington does not come to this with clean hands," Andrew Stephens, who represents Jason Jenkins, told jurors.
Accused: Anthony Ray Jenkins, left, and David Jason Jenkins, right, are charged with kidnapping, assault and committing a hate crime all of which they have plead not guilty toJason and Anthony Jenkins, who are cousins, are charged with conspiring to kidnap Pennington, with kidnapping him, and with injuring him because he is gay.
The charges were the first in the nation under a section of the federal hate-crimes law that makes it illegal to attack someone based on the victim's real or perceived sexual orientation, according to U.S. Attorney Kerry B. Harvey. The Jenkins cousins could face life in prison if convicted.
One key issue in the trial, which began Wednesday, is whether the attack on Pennington was motivated by anti-gay bias.
"This case is about the two defendants ... planning and trying to kill Kevin Pennington because Kevin Pennington is gay," Assistant U.S. Attorney Hydee Hawkins told jurors.

The Jenkins cousins attacked Pennington's boyfriend in 2009, but he and Pennington got away, prosecutors said in a court document.
Jason Jenkins decided to attack Pennington last year over that "unfinished business," Hawkins told jurors Wednesday.
Stephens and Willis G. Coffey, who represents Anthony Jenkins, acknowledged that Pennington was beaten up last year, but they said the attack was not because of his sexual orientation.
Coffey said Pennington had agreed to buy a dose of Suboxone for Ashley Jenkins, who is Anthony's sister. Suboxone is used to treat drug dependency, but it also can be abused to create a high.
Horrific attack: Mr Pennington said he was invited to go on an evening drive through the mountains when David Jenkins, whom he didn't expect to see in the vehicle, demanded a sexual favour which he refusedHowever, Jason Jenkins, who was very drunk and abusing drugs, was worried that Pennington's source was a police informant, and the two argued, Coffey said.
"There was simply an argument that led to a fight because Jason was out of his head," Coffey said.
The crippling level of drug abuse in Eastern Kentucky is a subtext in the trial. Everyone involved had a drug problem except Anthony Jenkins.
Ashley Jenkins and Alexis Jenkins, Anthony Jenkins' wife, also were charged in the case.
Both pleaded guilty to aiding in the attack on Pennington, but neither have been sentenced.
Ashley Jenkins testified Wednesday that she had bought Suboxone from Pennington many times before April 2011.
Jason and Anthony Jenkins came up with a plan for her ask Pennington to go to Cumberland with her and help her get the drug, Ashley Jenkins testified.
The real goal was to lure Pennington into Anthony Jenkins' pickup truck, she said.
Jason and Anthony Jenkins wore hooded clothes to hide their faces, turned off the dome light in the truck and looked away from Pennington as he approached, she testified.
"They was going to take him up on the park and beat him to death" and dispose of his body, Ashley Jenkins said of her brother and cousin.
On the way, Alexis Jenkins mistakenly turned on the interior light, and Pennington, in the back seat of the extended-cab pickup, saw Jason and Anthony Jenkins up front.
Pennington could not get out of the back seat unless the front door was opened.
Pennington began asking to get out, but Jason Jenkins instead threatened to rape him, both Ashley Jenkins and Pennington testified.
She said Pennington begged her not to let the others hurt him, but they dragged him out of the truck and punched and kicked him repeatedly while all four of them yelled anti-gay slurs.
Defense attorneys challenged Ashley Jenkins' truthfulness, saying she has given conflicting statements, and they suggested that she crafted her story to try to get a lower sentence.
Coffey said she had earlier told at least nine people that the attack was motivated by drugs, not Pennington's sexual orientation.
Drug motive: The defense said the attack was over a drug deal and not over Pennington's sexual orientation with Anthony Kenkin's sister Ashley expecting to buy a dose of Suboxone off Pennington on the night of the attackJenkins acknowledged that she wants to try to get a lower sentence, but she said she told the truth on the witness stand.
Pennington, a slight, soft-spoken man, became emotional as he described the attack on the cold, rainy night.
He said he curled into a ball on the road as Jason and Anthony Jenkins hit and kicked him.
"I was screaming at the top of my lungs, 'Please stop!'" and he said he apologized for whatever he'd done to make them mad.
He said he saw flashes of light as his head kept hitting the pavement, and then he blacked out.
When he came to, the others were looking for a tire iron in the truck to continue beating him, Pennington said.
Fearing for his life, he ran and jumped over the side of the mountain near the road, landing several feet down, Pennington said.
He hid behind a rock until his attackers stopped looking for him, then, after they left, he limped to the ranger station and broke a window to get access to a phone to call for help, he said.
Pennington said he initially did not tell authorities of the drug buy that he had arranged before the attack because he was concerned that would detract from the real reason for the assault: his sexual orientation.
Defense attorneys are scheduled to cross-examine Pennington when the trial resumes Thursday.
 — bestep@herald-leader.com

Read more here: http://www.kentucky.com/2012/10/17/2374726/trial-begins-in-eastern-kentucky.html#storylink=cpy

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