The Qatar women’s basketball team has withdrawn from the Asian Games in South Korea after being denied permission to wear the hijab during games. (I guess South Korea doesn’t give a hoot about what the International Basketball Federation did (See link below)
BBC The players were asked to remove the Islamic head scarf before taking on Mongolia but refused and forfeited. World basketball regulations list headgear and hair accessories among the items that are prohibited on court. With no sign that the rule would be relaxed before their next match against Nepal, the team decided to pull out.
Other sports at the Asian Games allow athletes to wear the hijab; all four members of the Iranian lightweight women’s quadruple sculls team wore it as they rowed to a bronze medal on Wednesday.
Basketball remains one of the exceptions although the sport’s world governing body, Fiba, said earlier this month that it had held discussions on the issue and was introducing a two-year testing phase on what players can wear.The Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) issued a statement on Wednesday, saying: “The right of the athletes must be the highest priority.”
After forfeiting the Mongolian match, Qatari player Amal Mohamed A Mohamed said they had been assured before they travelled to the Games in Incheon that they would be able to wear the hijab. “We were told that we would be able to participate in matches by wearing a hijab,” she said. (Oh, well, they lied, you know, like muslims do all the time)
“We will not attend any games in this Asian Games unless the officials change their decision.”
Apparently, Arab media have banned the photo’s publication because because the words ‘There is no God but Allah’ are printed on the ISIS banner.
LiveleakAliaa Magda Elmahdy , a well known Egyptian social activist and blogger posted a photo to Facebook Saturday of herself and another unidentified women defecating and menstruating on an Islamic State flag while in the nude, in what appears to be a protest against the Islamist terror group’s recent advances in northern Iraq and Syria. Elmahdy did not specify why she posted the photo, though past controversies suggest that she was opposing the Islamic State terror group’s brutally restrictive and misogynistic ideology.
In the image, the 23-year-old feminist is seen facing the camera, while the other woman, dressed in a black hijab, has her back towards the viewer. Two presumably plastic machine guns are in the background, and the veiled woman is holding up her middle finger. The letters IS are inscribed on Elmahdy’s stomach and on the second woman’s bottom.
Amnesty International said the victims, some just babies, were snatched from villages and are being forced into marriage or sold as sex slaves. Girls raped by ISIS are jumping to their deaths from Mt. Sinjar.
UK Mirror Up to 3,000 women and girls have been kidnapped by Islamic State thugs on the rampage in Iraq over the past two weeks, it is feared. They face the terrifying prospect of being forced into marriage or sold as sex slaves, reports the Sunday People.
Amnesty International said the victims, some just babies, were snatched from villages overrun by the heavily-armed jihadists. Hundreds of male villagers who refuse to convert to Islam have been mercilessly shot dead.
Meanwhile US jets continued to pound Islamic State positions and British planes airlifted relief supplies to refugees yesterday.
The militants have executed 700 members of the Al-Sheeitat tribe in eastern Syria, a monitoring group claimed last night. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said many were beheaded.
It also emerged that 400 men from Iraq’s Yazidi community were slaughtered in cold blood in just 48 hours after the village of Kojo was taken. Senior Kurdish officials said 82 men died on Friday and 312.
Militants took men away in groups of a few dozen and shot them with assault rifles on the edge of the village, according to a wounded man who escaped by feigning death. They then strolled around finishing off any who appeared to be alive with their pistols, the 42-year-old said.
He added: “They thought we were all dead. When they went we ran away. “We hid in a valley until sundown, and then we fled to the mountains.”
A hundred women and girls from Kojo were taken away. Their fate is uncertain, like thousands of women snatched since Islamic State, formerly known as ISIS, launched its cruel onslaught on August 3. Amnesty spokeswoman Donatella Rovera said yesterday: “The victims are of all ages. “It seems they took away entire families, all those who did not manage to flee.”
Two women, Leila Khalaf and Wadhan Khalaf, were among those kidnapped from Mujamma Jazira village. A male relative, Dakhil Atto Solo, said the abductions happened after residents tried to resist the attack by Islamic State (IS). He recalled: “We tried to defend our villages but they had much bigger weapons. All we had were our Kalashnikov rifles.
“They executed 300 men and took the women to their prisons. Only God can save them now.” The family had managed to save their children, Mr Solo said. But he went on: “The women were in a house surrounded by IS. We had to escape. “Now the children cry for their mothers all the time. ‘Mama, mama,’ they wail. But there is no Mama.”
The father of one kidnapped girl revealed she had told him she was about to be sold as a sex slave for just 10 US dollars. Khandhar Kaliph’s daughter fell into the hands of IS fighters when they captured the mountain town Sinjar.
Speaking after she rang home using a phone being passed around the hostages, he said: “She said she is going to be sold as a slave this afternoon. “What can a father say to that? How can I help? We all feel so useless. “The world needs to know that our women are being enslaved, young and old alike.”
A message on a Twitter account apparently belonging to British IS militant Abu Muthana, a former Cardiff schoolboy, appeared to gloat about capturing women and girls and taking them to Syria. It read: “I confirm we have hundreds of Yazidi slave women in Syria. How about that for news!”
Senior United Nations officials condemned “barbaric acts” by IS in a statement. It said: “We are gravely concerned by reports of acts of violence, including sexual violence, against women and teenage girls and boys belonging to Iraqi minorities.
“Atrocious accounts of abduction of Yazidi, Christian, Turkomen and Shabak women, girls and boys, and reports of savage rapes, are reaching us in an alarming manner.” Terror of the wave of violence and killing has driven 1.2 million Iraqis from their homes. Whole communities of Yazidis and Christians have fled, along with Shia Iraqis, who the Sunni IS militants do not regard as true Muslims.
At least 11 Islamic State fighters were killed in air strikes near north Iraq’s Mosul dam as American fighters and drones provided cover for Iraqi and Kurdish troops. The dam, was captured by jidhadists on August 7.
Britain airlifted 8,000 kitchen sets to Iraq to allow 40,000 refugees formerly trapped on Mount Sinjar to cook for themselves instead of queuing at makeshift canteens. Two Airbus jets touched down in the Kurdish capital Erbil with a load including cutlery, pots and pans, plates and cups.
But it came amid anger that countries on a Government watchlist for human rights abuses are being prioritised for increased arms sales. Sales of guns, ammunition, vehicles, explosives and tear gas to oppressive dictatorships are revealed in documents seen by the Sunday People.
The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills has sought to increase licences to Middle Eastern states such as Libya, Bahrain and Iraq. The Government also sought to beef-up arms sales to Saudi Arabia and Pakistan. All five are listed by the Foreign Office as of human rights concern.
Data collected by the Campaign Against Arms Trade (CAAT) also reveals the Government has agreed arms export licences with a further 12 countries on the human rights watch list.
Andrew Smith of CAAT said: “Selling arms to these countries is at odds with the Government’s claims that it promotes human rights abroad. When weapons get sold into a warzone you can’t control them.”
Since 2008 the Government has agreed £5.5billion in arms licences to Saudi Arabia, more than £43million to Iraq, £76million with Libya, £134million with Pakistan and £30million with Bahrain. It is possible British-built weapons are nowin the hands of Islamic Stateafter after the fanatics pillaged bases abandoned by the fleeing Iraqi army.
And now they are working as sex slaves, providing sexual favors to multiple Islamic savages at a time.
Abducted: Vanessa Marzullo, 21 (left) and Greta Ramelli, 20, (right) were working on humanitarian projects in Syria
UK Daily Mail Greta Ramelli, 20, and Vanessa Marzullo, 21, were working on humanitarian projects in the embattled city of Aleppo the Italian foreign ministry said, admitting that contact with the women is ‘impossible’.
Today Salvatore Marzullo, the father of Vanessa, spoke of his ‘sickening’ fear for his daughter’s safety, as Italy’s deputy foreign minister said the country is working ‘belly to the ground’ to find them.
The group that has kidnapped Miss Ramelli and Miss Marzullo have not yet been formally identified, but Jordanian newspaper Assabeel was quoted as saying investigators believe they an armed Islamist group which has previously kidnapped Western activists and journalists.
Although official details of the kidnapping remain sketchy, the newspaper cites a local activist as saying the women were kidnapped on August 1 and taken to the town of El Ismo, west of Aleppo where they were transported to the home of the head of the local ‘Revolutionary Council’.
The newspaper claimed the activist told them that details of the abduction came from Italian journalist Daniele Raineri of Il Foglio, who they say was taken along with the woman but managed to escape.
Speaking to the Italian newspaper Corriere Della Sera today, Miss Marzullo’s father said he had pleaded with his daughter not to travel to Syria to distribute aid, but she had insisted on doing so. Apparently speaking in a voice cracked with emotion and anxiety, Salvatore Marzullo said: ‘What could I do? Vanessa is an adult, a golden girl, brave and responsible. I tried to reason with her, I tried to convince her in every way I could not to do what she had in mind.’
Salvatore Marzullo said his daughter Vanessa (left) had long sympathised with the plight on Syrians and had taken part in a number of protests and demonstrations in her home city of Bergamo
Mr Marzullo said his daughter had long sympathised with the plight on Syrians and had taken part in a number of protests and demonstrations in her home city of Bergamo. While studying Linguistic and Cultural Mediation at the University of Milan, her interest in activism grew – as did her desire to travel to Syria and help.
According to their Facebook pages, the two women have made several visits to Syria since 2012. On their latest trip they flew to Turkey before sneaking into Syria through Atma – a huge refugee camp on the border between the two countries – according to La Stampa. Miss Ramelli’s most recent Facebook update was on July 31 and showed a picture of a young boy holding a rifle in a heavily shelled area of Aleppo.
Which causes many Saudi Muslims to lose their minds.
Outrage in Saudi Arabia after the TV newscaster becomes the first woman to broadcast without wearing a hair- and face-covering headbag. The presenter was broadcasting from the London studio of Al Ekhbariya, a state-owned news station.
The al Qaeda-affiliated Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has ordered all girls and women between the ages of 11 and 46 in and around Iraq’s northern city of Mosul to undergo female genital mutilation, the United Nations said on Thursday.
Al-Arabiya(h/t Maria J) “It is a fatwa (or religious edict) of ISIS, we learnt this this morning,” said Jacqueline Badcock, the number two U.N. official in Iraq. The “fatwa” would potentially affect 4 million women and girls, Badcock told reporters in Geneva by videolink from Arbil.
“This is something very new for Iraq, particularly in this area, and is of grave concern and does need to be addressed,” she said, according to Reuters. “This is not the will of Iraqi people, or the women of Iraq in these vulnerable areas covered by the terrorists,” she added.
No one was immediately available for comment from Islamic State which has led an offensive through northern and western Iraq.
FGM, the partial or total removal of external female genitalia, is a tradition practiced widely in many Muslim countries and often justified as a means of suppressing a woman’s sexual desire to prevent “immoral” behavior.
Worldwide, more than 130 million girls and women have undergone FGM and more than 700 million women alive today were children when they were married. The practice of FGM previously occurred only in isolated pockets of Iraq, mainly Kurdistan, according to Badcock.
Mosul city currently has some two million people, more than half of whom are women as there are many female-headed households in the area, she said. Several more million people live in surrounding areas, she added.
“There are reports of rapes of women, of forced marriages,” Badcock added.
An estimated 130 million young girls have undergone sexual mutilation, mostly in Muslim countries, but now, apparently in Great Britain, Europe, and the USA, too.
Their mandate? To apprehend civilian women who do not follow the organization’s strict brand of Sharia law. The Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) has started imposing extensive restrictions in the [Syrian] province of Raqqa, in the northeast of the country.
al-MonitorISIS requires the “imposition of the full-face veil,” requiring “all sisters to wear the full-face veil in public, in line with Islamic morality. Women must wear Islamic dress, which consists of the full-face veil and an abaya to cover the whole body, in addition to gloves. Women are not allowed to raise their voices in the street or walk at a late hour without a male guardian.”
“Every sister that continues to violate Sharia after a three-day warning will be punished along with her guardian,” the statement asserted, stressing that if these rules are not applied, “we risk losing control of the liberated areas.”
SyriaDeeplyShortly after the Sunni militant group the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) retook control of Raqqa earlier this year, it created the al-Khansaa’ Brigade, an all-female unit operating in the city. Its purpose is to apprehend civilian women in Raqqa who do not follow the organization’s strict brand of Sharia law, including a mandate that all women be fully covered in public and that they be accompanied by a male chaperone.
“We have established the brigade to raise awareness of our religion among women, and to punish women who do not abide by the law,” says Abu Ahmad, an ISIS official in Raqqa. “There are only women in this brigade, and we have given them their own facilities to prevent the mixture of men and women.”
He says the organization, which has been pushing further into eastern Syria after taking control of the Iraqi city of Mosul and key points on the Iraq-Syria border last month, needs a female brigade to “raise awareness among women, and arrest and punish women who do not follow the religion correctly. Jihad is not a man-only duty. Women must do their part as well.”
The women who join the brigade are either women of Raqqa who wanted to take part in ISIS’s activities there, or, often, the wives of mujahedeen who have come to fight from other parts of Syria or the region.
Though women are assuming new, more powerful roles across Syria – the U.N. now estimates that one in four displaced families in Syria has a female head – residents here say that any “girl power” wrought by the brigade is mitigated by the harsher restrictions they have been tasked with imposing on Raqqa’s women.
“ISIS created it to terrorize women,” says Abu al-Hamza, a local media activist. He says the brigade raided the city’s Hamida Taher Girls School and arrested 10 students, two teachers and a secretary on the grounds that some of them were wearing veils that were too thin. Others were accused of wearing hair clips under the veil, pinning them in a way that showed too much of their faces.
Al-Hamza says that the women subsequently spent six hours in an ISIS detention center, where they were whipped. “After arresting those women and girls,” continues al-Hamza, “they took them to ISIS prisons and locked them in for six hours and punished some of them with 30 whips each.”
Zainab is a local teen who was arrested by female members of ISIS four months ago. “I was walking down the street when a car suddenly stopped and a group of armed women got out,” she says. “They insulted me and yelled at me. They took me to one of their centers and kept me locked in a room. Nobody talked to me or told me the reason for my detention. One of the women in the brigade came over, pointing her firearm at me. She then tested my knowledge of prayer, fasting and hijab.”
The fighter told Zainab she had been arrested because she had been walking alone, without an escort, and because her hijab was not worn properly. “You should be punished for taking your religion lightly,” she told Zainab, before threatening harsher punishment should she be arrested again. Two hours later, she was released. But for Zainab – and other women here – the message was clear.
Jihadists in the northern Syrian province of Raqa have accused a woman of adultery and stoned her to death, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Friday. It was the first “execution” of its kind by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) group in Syria, which has proclaimed the establishment of an Islamic “caliphate” straddling Syria and Iraq.
al-Arabiya “The Islamic state carried out its first sentence of death by stoning against a woman in Tabaqa, accusing her of adultery,” said the Britain-based Observatory, referring to a town in Raqa province, most of which is under ISIS control.
An activist in the province confirmed the report, and said the stoning took place in a public square in the Tabaqa market area on Thursday evening. “This is the first time that this has happened here,” added Abu Ibrahim.
A second activist in Raqa, Hadi Salameh, said the woman was reportedly in her thirties, but that few details were known about her except that she was killed after sentencing by an ISIS religious court. “The situation is unbearable. Stoning is the worst punishment history has known. A quick death is more merciful,” Salameh told AFP via the Internet, using a pseudonym for security reasons.
“The woman’s family did not know the sentence was going to be carried out at this time,” said Salameh. He said residents are “terrified” of ISIS, but fear the consequences of reacting to its harsh methods.
ISIS first emerged in the Syrian conflict in late spring last year. Some Syrian rebels initially welcomed the jihadists, seeing them as potential allies in their war to topple President Bashar al-Assad’s regime. But the group’s systematic abuses and quest for domination swiftly turned the mainstream opposition against it, and rebels have been battling ISIS fighters since January.
President Sisi makes good on his promise to severely punish the perpetrators of sexual assaults on women, something of a first for Egypt.
Egypt’s newly sworn-in president el-Sisi apologized in person to a woman who was sexually assaulted by a mob during weekend celebrations marking his inauguration, a gesture that he backed up by ensuring the attackers received the harshest sentences
IB Times(h/t Susan K) An Egyptian court sentenced seven men to life in prison on Wednesday for the sexual assaults of several women during public rallies in Cairo’s Tahrir Square. The charges were levied in a nationally televised broadcast. The men were convicted in connection with a series of sexual assaults, one of which occurred during public celebrations for the inauguration of Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi, the Associated Press reports.
A video of the sexual assault was posted to YouTube. In the footage, an injured, fully naked woman was dragged through Tahrir Square after suffering an attack. Egypt asked YouTube to remove the video, Reuters reported.
Women chanted slogans as they gather to protest against sexual harassment in front of the opera house in Cairo June 14, 2014, after a woman was sexually assaulted by a mob during the June 8 celebrations marking the new president Abdel Fattah al-Sisi’s inauguration in Tahrir square
Three individuals received several life sentences for participating in more than one sexual assault, while two others were sentenced to 20 years in prison.
The court sentences represent the harshest penalties enacted by Egyptian authorities since outgoing interim President Adly Mansour decreed that subsequent sexual assaults would be punished by a minimum of six months in prison.
Egypt has dealt with rampant sexual violence for years, particularly in the wake of the overthrow of the Mubarak regime in 2011. A survey conducted by the United Nations in 2013 found that 99.3 percent of Egyptian women reported being sexually harassed, while a further 91 percent of women felt unsafe on the street.
A former Playboy bunny has converted to Islam in a move she describes as a “rebirth.” Felixia Yeap, who was Malaysia’s first ever Playboy bunny, has cast off her fluffy rabbit ears and embraced Islam in a ceremony last Thursday.
UK Mirror Ms Yeap made the announcement in a statement she posted to her 850,000 followers on Facebook. She said: “I hope everyone will pray that I will be steadfast and committed in my new journey. Only Allah can repay all those who prayed for my new life.” The statement gained more than 750,000 likes after it was posted, with Ms Yeap explaining she chose Thursday as it was also her 28th birthday.
Ms Yeap is also a famous model in her home country (not for long).
“Today is a historic date for me. It’s like a rebirth. Incidentally, this year, my birthday falls on the 5th of Ramadan. “I’m more excited to know that this date falls on a Thursday, the Prophet Muhammad’s favorite day.”
On June 12, only two day after capturing Mosul and other territories in Iraq, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria issued a decree ordering the people to send their unmarried women to “jihad by sex.” In the proclamation ISIS threatens to impose Sharia law on all who fail to comply.
AINA(h/t Jack) Here’s a translation of the decree. AINA cannot confirm the authenticity of this document.
After liberation of the State of Nineveh, and the welcome shown by the people of the state to their brotherly mujahideen, and after the great conquest, and the defeat of the Safavid [Persian] troops in the State of Nineveh, and its liberation, and Allah willing, it will become the headquarters for the mujahideen. Therefore we request that the people of this state offer their unmarried women so that they can fulfill their duty of jihad by sex to their brotherly mujahideen. Failure to comply with this mandate will result in enforcing the laws of Sharia upon them.
Allah we have notified, Allah bear witness. Sha’ban 13, 1435
Angry Egyptian woman says rape should not be categorized as ‘harassment,’ punishable by 3-7 years, or less, in jail. Rapists should be strung up by their feet in Tahrir Square and executed in public, allowing victims the right to cut off a piece of the rapist’s flesh.