December 2007 archive

Victory for Free Speech

Three Cheers for the Egyptian justice system. Judge Mourad lost his case today, and the court ruled in favor of freedom of speech on the internet, with emphasis that websites should never get blocked by the government. This is a very important legal precedent, and a boon to free speech advocates everywhere. Kudos to Gamal Eid and the Hesham Mubarak legal team, and special thanks to Judge Mourad: if it wasn't for your stupidity, this wouldn't have taken place at all.

Today is a good day! 

Update: The Press release in english is here! 

Benazeer Bhutto assassinated by Al Qaeda

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Former Pakistani PM and Opposition Leader Benazeer Bhutto just got assassinated 40 minutes ago. She was shot by a gunman who proceeded to blow himself up after shooting her, killing 20 others as well.

A party security adviser said Bhutto was shot in neck and chest as she got into her vehicle to leave the rally in Rawalpindi near the capital Islamabad. A gunman then blew himself up.

"At 6:16 p.m. she expired," said Wasif Ali Khan, a member of Bhutto's party who was at Rawalpindi General Hospital where she was taken after the attack.

The only question now is, who is behind this? The method of assassination is one used by Islamic militants, and they did try to assassinate her before, within hours of her return, resulting in the deadliest suicide bombing in Pakistan's history. Now, Bhutto had 2 people who, politically speaking, would benefit from her death: Musharraf and Nawaz Sherif. Bhutto did rub Nawaz the wrong way, especially with her insistence on not boycotting the elections-like he plans to- which weakens the position of his opposition party on the illegitimacy's of the pakistani elections. Nawaz also reportedly has strong ties with the islamist parties in Pakistan, so he also has the following that could do such a thing. However, the Bhutto supporters seem to have placed the blame on Musharraf instead:

Her supporters at the hospital began chanting "Dog, Musharraf, dog," referring to Pakistan's president Pervez Musharraf.

Some smashed the glass door at the main entrance of the emergency unit, others burst into tears. One man with a flag of Bhutto's Pakistan People's Party tied around his head was beating his chest.

That being said, the woman did have many other enemies than just Nawaz and Musharraf, both of which have more to lose if suspected of being behind her murder. She was on the hit list of both Al Qaeda and Al Taliban, not to mention other islamist terrorist groups. This could've been caused by anybody. I guess the next few days will tell. Or maybe hours. No one issued a statement of responsibility yet. It's very unlikely that it was an independent agent though, the woman is hated by many and considered the symbol of opportunism and corruption, but a gun and a suicide bomber belt? Not easy to come by  if you are acting solo. I mean, sure, it's Pakistan, but come on. A group was behind this. The only question left is who.

Update: Here are some Pictures from the Attack:

 

 

 

Update: Al Qaeda took responsbility for the assassination:

A spokesperson for the al-Qaeda terrorist network has claimed responsibility for the death on Thursday of former Pakistani prime minister Benazir Bhutto.

“We terminated the most precious American asset which vowed to defeat [the] mujahadeen,” Al-Qaeda’s commander and main spokesperson Mustafa Abu Al-Yazid told Adnkronos International (AKI) in a phone call from an unknown location, speaking in faltering English. Al-Yazid is the main al-Qaeda commander in Afghanistan.

It is believed that the decision to kill Bhutto, who is the leader of the opposition Pakistan People's Party (PPP), was made by al-Qaeda No. 2, the Egyptian doctor, Ayman al-Zawahiri in October.

Hell..

Paris Hilton might have to work

 
 Booooo hooooo

Big Daddy Hilton has pledged over 97% of the Family fortune to Charity, so now the Hiltons will be kicked to the curb, no thanks to Paris' shananigans. Now, Paris and Nicky might have to start getting real jobs and like, ehh, work for a living. But what would she do exactly? It's not like she ever went to college or anything. I vote for Paris Hilton: Life Coach. Follow Paris' teachings and Life's Philosophy and have her introduce hotness in your life. That or she can continue her career as a pornstar. What do you think? What should be Paris Hilton's real Life Job?

Please leave your suggestions in the comment section. The girl needs our guidance!

The most ridiculous shit I've heard this year..

…has to be from this "award winning" report- from Hebrew University – on why Israeli army men do not rape Palestinian women: it's because they view palestinian women to be too subhuman to rape.

The abstract of the paper, authored by doctoral candidate Tal
Nitzan, notes that the paper shows that "the lack of organized military
rape is an alternate way of realizing [particular] political goals." 

The
next sentence delineates the particular goals that are realized in this
manner: "In the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, it can be seen that the
lack of military rape merely strengthens the ethnic boundaries and
clarifies the inter-ethnic differences – just as organized military
rape would have done."

The paper further theorizes that Arab women in Judea and Samaria are
not raped by IDF soldiers because the women are de-humanized in the
soldiers' eyes.

So it's not because they are not good people or anti-rape or ethical or anything like that. Of course not, they are Joooz. They don't rape palestinian women because they are racist. So, in order to show they are not racist, they should rape them a couple of palestinian women every couple of months. Make them girls feel desirable, you know?

Fuckin Academics!

Protect Sexworkers from Violence Day

Yes, it's a real thing, and it was 10 days ago and its the 5th it is celebrated (is that the right word?) in Toronto. The Sexworkers rights activist behind it are accusing the Police for not caring about dead prostitutes and are blaming GTA-yes, the videogame- for encouraging the subculture of robbing and calling them. Ok, their right, and while I am against the egotistical notion of naming a day after one's cause, I don't think Prostitutes should be hurt or killed, so bully for them. I just have one question from this article, and it concerns one quote:

According to Kuzyk, a semi-retired sex worker who has been championing
the rights of prostitutes for years, there is a stigma of sex workers
in society that makes it difficult, if not impossible, to change the
way violence against sex workers is handled.

Ok, how can you be a semi-retired sex worker exactly? What the hell does that mean? You are retired 5 days a week or something, but you are open for business on the weekend? Does anybody know?

Why the new Elissa album won't sell

 

No cleavage, no legs, no exposed flesh. The Pioneer of boobie videos is trying to get serious and be taken seriously? Does that mean we will have to listen to her sing now? That's crazy talk. Next thing you know, Haifa will also demand respect for her "talent". Where would that leave us?

There better be some nudity in those new videos. Better be.

Egypt to copyright Pyramids

Oh yes. Zahi Hawass, our favorite media-whore, has brain-farted again. Yay:

In a potential blow to themed resorts from Vegas to Tokyo, Egypt is
to pass a law requiring payment of royalties whenever its ancient
monuments, from the pyramids to the sphinx, are reproduced.

Zahi
Hawass, the charismatic and controversial head of Egypt's Supreme
Council of Antiquities, told AFP on Tuesday that the move was necessary
to pay for the upkeep of the country's thousands of pharaonic sites.

"The
new law will completely prohibit the duplication of historic Egyptian
monuments which the Supreme Council of Antiquities considers
100-percent copies," he said.

"If the law is passed then it will be applied in all countries of the world so that we can protect our interests," Hawass said.

So, before you start thinking they will start charging royalties from artists, or maybe even the Luxor Hotel in Vegas, well, they won't.

However, the law "does not forbid local or international artists
from profiting from drawings and other reproductions of pharaonic and
Egyptian monuments from all eras — as long as they don't make exact
copies."

"Artists have the right to be inspired by everything that surrounds them, including monuments," he said.

Asked
about the potential impact on the monumental Luxor Hotel in the US
gambling capital of Las Vegas, Hawass insisted that particular resort
was "not an exact copy of pharaonic monuments despite the fact it's in
the shape of a pyramid."

On its website, the luxury hotel
describes itself as "the only pyramid shaped building in the world,"
but Hawass said its interior was entirely different from an ancient
Egyptian setting.

So..ehh..what's the point again? We only forbid exact replicas of the Pyramids and the Sphinx in and out? Is this the case? Does this make any kind of sense? Am I wrong to think that this guy just wants to be in the media wearing his "Indiana Jones" hat?

Douchebag!

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