Weekend Links

  • Pakistan’s Supreme Court filed contempt of court charges against Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani for failing to investigate corruption charges against President Asif Ali Zardari.
  • Bangaledesh has accused 16 army officers of consipring with Hizb ut-Tahrir to overthrow the government.
  • British Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has condemned Israel for allowing Jews to reside in Judea.
  • The Grand Mufti of Jerusalem has called on Muslims to kill Jews. As Marx said, history repeats itself first as tragedy and then as farce.
  • Al-Qaeda captured the city of Rada, Yemen, meeting little opposition from government forces.
  • Muslim Brotherhood official Mohammed Taifour claims that Iran has offered the terrorist organization control of the Syrian government.
  • Bedoin tribes in Sinai have accused the Egyptian military of electoral fraud and are threatening to revolt.
  • A bomb targeting Shiite pilgrims killed over 50 in Basra, Iraq.
  • Police in Thailand have disrupted a plot by Iran to bomb tourist locations in that country.
  • Iranian opposition activist Gelareh Bagherzadeh was assassinated in Houston, Texas.
  • Unknown gunmen fired on the home of an Arab resident of Tuba Zangaria, Israel hours after he gave a television interview to Channel 2 about an arson attack on a mosque there. He had said that Arabs might be responsible for the mosque arson that previous reports have blamed on Jews.
  • The Taliban has assassinated Voice of America reporter Mukarram Khan Atif. The Voice of America is the propaganda radio of the US government.
  • Al-Shabaab assassinated Abdikarim Hashi Kediye, the director of the food charity Towfiq.
  • The Democratic Party of Wisconsin has submitted a petition of over one million signatures calling for an election to depose Governor Scott Walker. The state will hold an election if it can verify that over 540,000 of the signatures are valid. For comparison, Wisconsin’s population has 4.1 million adults of voting age, suggesting that one in four citizens signed the petition.
  • An atheists’ meeting at Queen Mary College in London was cancelled after a Muslim threatened to kill everyone present if the meeting continued.
  • Turkey is pressing criminal charges against Sara Margaret, the Duchess of York, for exposing child abuse at an orphanage near Ankara. Britain has refused Turkey’s request for extradition.
  • Israel has indicted former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and former Mayor of Jerusalem Uri Lupolianski on bribery charges.
  • Iran has sentenced computer programmer Saeed Malekpour to death for having written software that was later used by a pornography website.
  • Poland has convicted musician Dorota “Dota” Rabczewska of blasphemy for insulting the authors of the Bible.
  • Threats of violence have forced Sweden to stop state postal service in the Seved area of Malmo and to pay the local mafia to do it instead.
  • Fox News censored the name of Andrew Sullivan when discussing his article in Newsweek supporting President Barack Obama.
  • Steven Sotloff rounds up several news items about the new government in Libya.
  • Caroline Heldman accuses the New Orleans police of racism and support for wife-beating.
  • Charlotte Proudman writes that women’s rights activists in Britain are increasingly receiving death threats from Muslims.
  • A woman in Phoenix, Arizona died of cancer after having to quit her treatment to pay to defend her son against false criminal charges.
  • The US has shut down MegaUpload on charges of encouraging copyright infringement.
  • Tom Scott satirically suggests that newspapers come with warning labels.
  • David Kestenbaum and Jacob Goldstein discuss the influence of the Xiaogang rebellion of 1978 on China’s transition from a communist to a fascist economy.