AP: Captors are subjected to torture and sexual assault in prisons run by the Emirates in Yemen

Sunday, June 24, 2018

The United Arab Emirates run several secret prisons in southern Yemen where hundreds of men are being tortured and subjected to sexual assault, according to AP.

Saturday they will be beaten up, Sunday they will be tortured and Monday is the break. The order will repeat the next three days, while Friday is the day of isolation.

This way, everyday life stands out for hundreds of Yemeni men who are held captive without law and sentenced by prisoners driven by United Arab Emirates south of Yemen.

The news agency published this week of drawings smuggled out of Beir Ahmed Prison in the port city of Aden, which documents various forms of abuse.

Sexual violence is usually used to force “confessions,” the cartoonist and six other prisoners tell the US news agency. None of them will appear with names because they fear reprisals.

The pictures show, among other things, a man hanging naked in chains while being exposed to electric shock. On another drawing, a man on the floor is surrounded by snuggling dogs while more people kick him. There are also drawings of anal rapes.

The secret prisons and the extensive use of torture were revealed by AP in June last year. Since then, the news agency has discovered that at least five prisons have been established in southern Yemen where security forces use sexual torture to break down prisons.

Many of the prisoners are suspected of belonging to al Qaeda or IS, but none of them are brought to trial.

According to eyewitnesses, the serious sexual assaults are being carried out by Yemeni prisoners on direct orders from officers from the Emirates. The sources say that some of the assaults are being filmed, that the prisoners are subjected to electrical shock to the genital organs, that stone is attached to the testicles, and that rapes are carried out with trawls and metal rods.

The only reaction from the Emirates comes from the country’s permanent UN delegation in Geneva, claiming that the country has never operated secret prisons in southern Yemen.

However, it is inconsistent with what Jemen’s Minister of Internal Affairs says. He claims that he has no authority over the prisons and that he must have permission from the Emirates to enter Aden.

Four of the five prisons where, according to Aps sources, sexual assault is in Aden. One of them is also on a military base which serves as the headquarters of the Emirates military forces in Yemen.

In this prison, US officers must have been observed with Colombian mercenaries. Even though Americans in uniform have not participated directly in the torture, they must either have heard the cries or seen the brands, according to Aps sources.

“The Americans use the Emirates to do the dirty job,” said an official at Riyan Prison in Mukalla.

Now my new router has stopped working

Sunday, June 24th

I bought the router on May 29th and it has worked so far. Then it stopped working night to sunday. I do not get an IP address and remote management can not contact.

In the past, I’ve lost a lot of hardware. Now I have trouble again, starting to get tired of bad luck. It’s as though God punishes me because I have not been in the church for half a year.

The router is in the living room at Eivind, my landlord. He is of course gone now and does not come home until tonight. So now I’m sharing WiFi from my phone. The data subscription is charged and I have 2GB per. month. It’s from the 22nd so fortunately I have enough for today, but much data is running on WordPress administration.

So I can not post that much today.

If Islam were a Violent Religion Then All Muslims Would Be Violent

The Truth:

This argument presumes that it is valid to make assumptions about an ideology based on the behavior of adherents. However, if this were the case, then we would have to conclude that Islam is different and dangerous. True, most Muslims are not terrorists, but most terrorists are Muslim. If Islam is a religion of peace, why is it the only one that consistently produces religiously-motivated terrorist attacks each and every day of the year?

Rather than answer a question with a question, let’s just say that the reason most Muslims don’t kill is that, regardless of what Islam may or may not teach, it’s wrong to kill over religion. Most people know deep down that if God wanted people dead for not believing in Him, then He’s perfectly capable of doing the job Himself.

Here’s a similar question with identical logic to the “If the Quran taught violence then all Muslims would be violent” argument:

“If the Quran taught that a thief’s hand should be cut off, then all Muslims would cut off hands.”

We can all agree that very few Muslims cut off hands and that a majority (perhaps) believe it is wrong to do so. If the logic were sound, then this would be proof that the Quran does not say to cut off hands.

But the Quran does say this… quite clearly, in fact:

Cut off the hand of the thief, male or female, as a recompense for that which they committed, a punishment by way of example from Allah. Quran 5:38

This is also the example set by Muhammad according to the Hadith (Bukhari 81:792). Yet, the vast majority of Muslims do not do this.

What this means is that proof of what Islam teaches or what the Quran says is not necessarily found in what the majority of Muslims choose to do or not do.

As individuals, Muslims make their own choices about which parts of their religion they practice and which parts they would rather dismiss via the guise of “context”.

Adherents may think or say whatever they want to about Islam, it doesn’t change what Islam says about itself. As a documented ideology, Islam exists independently of anyone’s opinion. As such, it may be studied objectively, apart from how anyone practices or chooses to interpret it.

The Quran plainly teaches that it is not only proper to kill in the name of Allah in certain circumstances, but that it is required. Muslims who don’t believe in killing over religion either do not know of Muhammad’s example or tacitly prefer a moral law that is independent of it. Those who put Islam first or know Islam best will think and act differently, even if they are in the minority.

Few Muslims have ever read the Quran to any extent, much less pursued an honest investigation of the actual words and deeds of Muhammad (which were more in line with hedonism, deception, power and violence than moral restraint). The harsh rules that Muslim countries impose on free speech to protect Islam from examination also prevent it from being fully understood.

As Taslima Nasreen succinctly puts it, “Islam is a violent ideology. Most Muslims are not violent – because they believe Islam is not violent.”

In the West, many Muslims, devout or otherwise, simply prefer to believe that Islam is aligned with the Judeo-Christian principles of peace and tolerance, even if it requires filtering evidence to the contrary. They read into the Quran what they want to see.

But, while most Muslims are peaceful in spite of Islam, others are dangerous because of it. It is what some of us comfortably refer to as “radicalization” – an ‘affliction’ that is conspicuously endemic to Islam.

Purists who take Islam to heart are more likely to become terrorists than humanitarians. Those most prone to abandoning themselves to Muhammad’s message without a moral filter are always the more dangerous and supremacist minded. They may be called ‘extremists’ or ‘fundamentalists,’ but, at the end of the day, they are dedicated to the Quran and the path of Jihad as mandated by Muhammad.

This explains why Islam is a constant challange that becomes harder to deal with as the number of Muslims increases.

Lawlessness and poverty drive the Middle American people away

Sunday, June 24, 2018

Thousands of Middle American families flee in desperation from violent gangs and poverty, but in the United States they no longer find security.

The night approached El Salvador’s capital, San Salvador and Ernesto Pena, waiting for a bus that never arrived.

Throughout the day he had delivered rice and oil to street vendors, but he had to get home before the curfew the criminal bands had introduced to the poor district where he lives.

For years, he and his wife have been dreaming of a safer future in the north, together with the eight-year-old son.

Scary photos

The scary photos from the United States last week, of children who were forced from the parents on the border, have been given the 30-year-old to reassess the plan.

“We have always planned to leave, but have not been able to scrape enough money,” says Pena, who looks nervous about watching watchmakers fear that band members will see that he is talking to a journalist.

war zones

Throughout Central America, the lawlessness is about to take over, and desperate parents see no way other than fleeing north with the children.

Most people who fly to the United States come from Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador.

Rival gangs have made cities like San Salvador into pure war zones. The kill rate in El Salvador was higher in 2016 than in all countries with war, with the exception of Syria, according to a report from the Small Arms Survey.

The two biggest bands – MS-13 and Barrio 18 – have thousands of members fighting for territory and lucrative drugs trafficking.

Nearly 300,000

The violence in El Salvador drove nearly 300,000 people last year, reports a report from Refugee Aid. Also from neighboring countries it was massive.

In Honduras, one of Latin America’s poorest and most violent countries, there are also criminal gangs and smuggling gangs that make the ground.

Guatemala is also ravaged by criminal gangs, and the country’s indigenous peoples are as marginalized and poor as before.

Flies from a death sentence

“This is no longer about migrants who chase on the American dream, it’s about escaping a death sentence,” said Sofia Martinez of the International Crisis Group.

President Donald Trump’s fierce line can help worsen the situation in Central America, says Martinez, who lives in Guatemala.

Earlier this year, Trump took residence permit from 257,000 Hondurans and Salvadorans, although some of them had lived in the United States for decades. Are they deported, they will face the miserable job market in a home country that is little prepared to receive them.

Was formed in Los Angeles

Most of the gangs currently in Central America, originated in rough neighborhoods in Los Angeles. When tens of thousands of Middle Americans were deported in the 1990s, few jobs were waiting. Many therefore continued the criminal activity.

“Initially, they only fought between themselves and beat each other with belts. Now they have firearms and bullets, “said Carmen Siguenza, 52. She sent both children to the United States when they were teenagers, fearing that they should end up in one of the gangs in El Salvador.

She and her husband have considered following, but this border control is now, it does not expire, she says.

“It’s the young bands going after, not us older,” she says.

Cecilia Tojin (18) and 250 others were brought this week home in a chartered flight from Arizona to Guatemala City. For her, the dream of the United States was broken after a two month long trip through Mexico.

The journey cost her about 65,000 kroner, money she borrowed from the parents, who pledged the house for her to afford to pay human traffickers.

– I am not afraid. I will try again, she tells about running tears.

Kai-Wiggo has neither a passport nor a driver’s license. Now he does not know if he is allowed to move to a residential home

Sunday, June 24, 2018

The retired Kai-Wiggo Elnes (75) from Rjukan looked forward. He had been given a sheltered care home he would move in just three kilometers from the house where he now lives in the small town.

It turned out to be easier said than done, writes Rjukan Arbeiderblad.

“Before we just went up to the Population Register and said we should move. It was done in five minutes. Today it is much more difficult, says Elnes to Dagbladet.

– What do I do now?

The 75-year-old, who did not have a computer, went to the service center in the municipality where he received the telephone number of the Tax Administration. They sent him a migration form to fill in.

“When I turned the form, it says I have to attach a valid ID. Driver’s license and passport I do not have and the bank card was not approved.

On the form it is black on white that he must have an ID with a picture.

He traveled to the police house, but nobody could help him. The pass machine was sent to Notodden, an hour’s drive away. Kai Wiggo usually runs around in a small handicap car, not the fastest wayfarer.

“Then I say to myself,” What am I doing now? “I tried to call Notodden to get a pass, but it was difficult to get through. It’s queue just to get hold of them.

– It’s getting stupid

“If I had to go to Notodden, my uncle would have been there to prove that I am myself, because I do not have a photo ID. It’s getting too stupid for me. It is bureaucracy at its worst. I was so annoyed. That’s why I went to the local newspaper with the case, “he told Dagbladet.

As it seems now, it helped the retiree to go to the newspaper. The day after the matter was out, parliamentary politician Bård Hoksrud (Frp) engaged.

– And he’s just going to move here on Rjukan? No, this is too stifbenint, Hoksrud said to Rjukan Arbeiderblad, declaring that he should take the matter further.
Hope for solution

Hoksrud therefore quickly contacted the Ministry of Finance.

“It’s an important issue. There are many older people who are keen to do things right, he says to Dagbladet.

It also believes Elne himself.

“The worst thing is that it’s not just me. I have talked to people on the city and many have been in the same situation, “said the 75-year-old.

Eight days after moving to the care home, he must have submitted a migration report form.

“I am moving now and will be in place by 1 July in the care home. Now I’m just going to submit a form and hope that’s going well, he says.

– Refugee in their own country

After Hoksrud was in contact with the Ministry of Finance, they found a possible solution to the problem. He may use a bank card as a valid ID – if he removes the sensitive information.

“What must come from is picture and social security number,” says Hoksrud to Dagbladet.

The 75 year old appreciates Hoksrud’s commitment, but says he has no picture on the bank card. Elnes is fed up with the fact that technology manages almost everything in today’s society.

– Everything was easier without data. The worst thing is that the population register must be sent to you in Tønsberg. You could take care of Rjukan before. Now you have to go to Notodden. Those who work must take a full day off. I do not have a car or certificate, so depend on people to drive me. Money also costs it. Petrol and diesel are expensive.

“To say that, I’m a refugee in my own country,” he says.

Women drive a car for the first time in Saudi Arabia

Sunday, June 24, 2018


The ban on women driving a car in Saudi Arabia was lifted night to Sunday. At the same time, central women’s warriors are imprisoned.

– I am so happy! I learned to drive 18 years ago in the United States where I took the driver’s license. I can not believe the day I can drive in my own hometown has come, “said Sarah Alwassia, 35, to the Saudi Arabian newspaper.

Saudi Arabia was until Sunday the only country in the world that forbade women to drive a car. Before Sunday, a Saudi Arabian woman would have been arrested if she sat down behind the wheel. But in September last year, the king of the country issued a decree that removed the ban. The ban was officially lifted at midnight until sunday the 24th of June, at 01.00 Norwegian time.

“Finally, I can visit my family without asking my husband to drive me,” said Wala Abu Negm, 30-year-old, according to NTB, as she sat in the driver’s seat in husband’s Ford and left the streets of Riyadh.

That Saudi Arabian women can for the first time drive a car without having to be transported by a male relative or driver have been greeted with jubilee all over the world. But it also shows the day that a number of key women’s rights activists have been arrested lately.

Several of the women who have been arrested have been key in the fight for women to drive a car and are considered as icons in the Saudi Arabian women’s movement.

In May, at least ten women’s fighters arrested, according to the authorities, to “undermine the security and stability of the kingdom”.

Among the arrested are the central women’s advocates Loujain al-Hathloul (32), Iman al-Nafjan (39) and Aziza al-Yousef (60). Al-Hathloul is known as the young woman who was detained for over 70 days in 2014 after attempting to drive from the United Arab Emirates to Saudi Arabia.

According to The Washington Post, all three women are among the women’s warriors who have not yet been released. The Independent writes that there are in total 17 women’s arrested who have been arrested and eight of them have been released.

Many Saudi Arabian women have taken driver’s licenses abroad and can now travel for the first time in their home country. Most Saudi Arabian women do not have driver’s license, and according to NTB, there have been long queues for taking driving courses that have been opened for women in closed areas in the last three months.