Egypt Fighting against Journalism; Sentences three Al Jazeera journalists to jail

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     I’m so sad that I still have to talk about the three Al Jazeera journalists that have been held in Egypt for over a year. They were falsely accused of collaborating with terrorists, arrested, shabbily tried and sentenced prison.
The three Al Jazeera journalists, Peter Greste, Mohamed Fahmy and Baher Mohamed were unjustly arrested, falsely accused by the Egyptian Government of aiding the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood, unfairly tried and sentenced to 7 years, one of them was given a 10 year sentence. Peter Gretse was deported to his home country, Australia before the re-trial, after getting a ‘presidential pardon’ but his colleagues have been left in Egypt’s jails.
  I have written severally about the plight of these journalists, highlighting the fact that Egypt is intolerant to any form of journalism they consider ‘unfavourable’. I even joined the #FreeAJStaff #JournalismIsNotACrime campaigns.
Now, I am back to writing about these journalists again because after the retrial which is also considered to he shabby, the journalists have been sentenced to three years in prison with one of them having an extra six months for having been found with a dead bullet.
These judgement has been widely condemned by Al Jazeera and many human rights activists due to the fact that the verdict is seen as ‘politically motivated’ since there was no concrete evidence.
This is obviously an attack on freedom of speech and on journalism and I condemn it strongly.
I also want to highlight the fact that these three Al Jazeera journalists’ work for a very big and respected News Network. What of the hundreds others who do not work for such networks? Many other journalists who have been illegally arrested and subjected to such inhumane treatments?
From what I know, their cases have not even been fixed for trial. They are just there languishing in Egyptian Jails. So it is important for us to note that this is not just about the three Al Jazeera journalists.
    

Ridiculous India: Where women can be raped for offences of another family member

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   I find this story made public by Amnesty International very disheartening and horrific! For one, it is a violation of the most basic human rights but also, it is crude, brutish and unfair. Unfair is a little light; I think ‘evil’ explains it better!
      Two sisters have been sentenced to be raped as punishment after their
brother ran off with a married woman. An unelected all-male village council (these so-called unelected male councils are popular in India and continue to make these kinds of horrible judgements) in India also ordered that 23-year-old Meenakshi Kumari and her 15-year-old sister are paraded naked with blackened faces.
The horrific order was revealed by Amnesty International which said the sisters and their family have fled their village in the Baghpat district, just outside of Delhi.
According to news site Zee Media, the sisters’ brother Ravi fell in love with a girl from the Jat caste, a higher social caste than Ravi and his family, who are Dalit, once known as the ‘untouchables’, who are at the bottom of India’s caste system. (Really!!, so in this modern day and era, in the 21st century, we still have things like caste system and people deemed ‘untouchables’. The painful thing about this is that people vow to maintain this as ‘tradition’ that even civilization cannot take away from them’)
The Jat woman’s family married her off to someone else in February but she later escaped and eloped with Ravi in March.
As punishment, on July 31 a village council decided Ravi’s sisters should be raped to avenge his actions.
Since the family fled their village their home has been ransacked.
     This story is just sad and it further underlies  the fact that not only these girls undergoes this kind of ordeal. It is almost a normal thing in many villages in India. The Indian Government should make sure they so something to stop these incessant human right abuses on their soil.

Boko Haram following in ISIS footsteps

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The Boko Haram-ISIS alliance is now a reality. I have once written about how Boko Haram and ISIS are similar and when rumors of the allegiance came up, I also wrote about it and now I’m writing about the reality of the allegiance. It gives me so much sadness to write about this because as I do, I think about all the innocent people these monsters have murdered in the name of Allah.
    Boko Haram, imitating their master, ISIS have carried out and released a video showing them beheading a member of the Nigerian military.
The sad video (which you can see screenshots from below) video shows the gruesome beheading of a captured military officer.

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In the 10mins video, the sect members are seen engaging the military in a gun battle and then the video shows them standing proudly next to the corpses of the military officers killed and the video ends with the gruesome beheading of a captured military officer.
The man who spoke in the video is Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the so called ‘Caliph of the Islamic Caliphate and leader of Muslims worldwide’.
He said:
“We announce to you to the good news of the expansion of the caliphate to West Africa. Our caliph has accepted the pledge of loyalty of our brothers of Boko Haram so we congratulate Muslims and our jihadi brothers in West Africa.’
     This gives us a lot of cause to worry but that’s not all. Another scary report alleges that ISIS has started sending fighters to North Eastern Nigeria, the operational base of Boko Haram. This allegation was made by a security expert. See his tweet below:

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ISIS send fighters to join Boko Haram in Nigeria?

      I’m disturbed by these reports and I know that there might be more reports of ISIS fighters arriving Nigeria. This might of course cause the US and international community to step in, as they would not want West Africa to be a safe haven or breeding ground for ISIS.

SHOULD THE NIGERIAN GOVERNMENT DIALOGUE WITH BOKO HARAM?

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          Since Boko Haram started posing real security threats back in 2009, there have always been the argument of whether to dialogue or not to dialogue with the sect and in the eventuality of a dialogue whether the Government should consider granting Amnesty to the terrorists.
The Government of Former President, Goodluck Jonathan repeatedly called for dialogues with Boko Haram even though eventually no result was seen, no dialogue took place.
During the build up to the Presidential election, President Buhari was quoted to have said that his govt will  dialogue with Boko Haram. Now that he is President, the Presidency is reporting that the Government is open to talks with Boko Haram.
The big question therefore is:
SHOULD THE NIGERIAN GOVERNMENT DIALOGUE WITH BOKO HARAM?
       Some residents of Borno on Monday cautioned the Federal Government against rushing into dialogue with the Boko Haram insurgents as a way of ending their violent campaign. Those who spoke with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Maiduguri on Monday advised government to concentrate on military action against the insurgents.
Shieikh Musa Usman, a Maiduguri based Islamic scholar, advised government to equip the military with the necessary weapons to face the insurgents rather than considering dialogue option.
“We heard in the media that government was considering a dialogue option with the insurgents following the recent spate of attacks in the North east. Why should the government dialogue with individuals who are only interested in killing and maiming people? Is government saying that it cannot continue with the current anti insurgency war or what? Why must we be talking about dialogue when our neighbours are already dislodging the insurgents from their countries?” Usman said.
  I support Usman. I dont see why the government would want to dialogue with terrorists! People who have committed their lives to killing people and unleashing terror.
   Malam Goni Yahuza, another scholar said that negotiating with the insurgents was a sign of weakness.
“I do not support the idea of dialogue with Boko Haram because there is nothing to dialogue about. In the first place, I do not think that the group has something to talk about apart from violence. I believe that the Nigerian military has all its takes to crush the insurgents, what they need is proper motivation for the task.
Government must strive hard to ensure that it puts an end to the insurgency in a short while”, Yahuza said.

   So, my dear readers I would love to hear your opinion. Do you think it is a wise option for the Nigerian Government to be considering dialogue with the Boko Haram terrorists.

HORRIFIC ISIS EXECUTION OF TWO MEDIA ACTIVISTS

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ISIS over the weekend  continued with their now frequent series of executions. The terrorist group released a horrific video showing the execution of two media activists in Raqqa, for allegedly being ‘informants’, speaking against them and handing out anti-Shariah leaflets. In the video, the two men identified as Bashar Abdul Atheem and Faisal Hasan Al Habib, who were local residents in Raqqa, were first interrogated before they were tied to a tree and shot dead. ISIS says it’s a warning to other activists working
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      It hurts me so much when activists loose their lives in the line of their work. They are all just trying to do the right thing and ensure the world is a better place. I pray their souls Rest in Peace despite the cruel nature of their death.
I also pray and hope that the Islamic State will meet their waterloo very soon.