الأربعاء، مارس 07، 2012

New wave of attacks against LGBT community in Iraq

It's not just gays or lesbians. Even teenagers who are considered 'emo' have been targeted in Sadr City by the Mahdi Army, some smashed in the head with concrete blocks. They call them jrawa (lit. puppies), and they have actively been hunting them down since 2008/2009. There was a fatwa on Sistani's website back in 2006 to kill homosexuals, though it was later removed after western media coverage.
The International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission has today received reports from Iraq of a wave of targeted killings of individuals who are perceived to be gay or lesbian. According to Iraqi human rights activists, in early February 2012, an unidentified group posted death threats against "the adulterous individuals" in the predominantly Shiite neighborhoods of Baghdad and Basra. The threats gave the individuals, whose names and ages were listed, four days to stop their behavior or else face the wrath of God, and were to be carried out by the Mujahedin. According to sources inside Iraq, as the result of this new surge of anti-gay violence close to 40 people have been kidnapped, brutally tortured and murdered. The Iraqi authorities have neither responded to this targeted violence nor have they publicly denounced it. It is widely believed that these atrocities are being committed by a group of the Shiite militia.
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JG يقول...

Fr. Pete$ abused my hamster!

Petes يقول...

Ahh, JG$, me oul' segosha. Ye must be proud of yer Mahdi army "nationalist" pals.

Petes يقول...

[Marcus, from previous]: "Like Gawahr in KSA, how reliable are figures for estimated reserves and the production lifespan?"

The Saudis don't release official numbers. I haven't looked in a while, but I know that the rig count is increasing which implies less productive wells. Also, they use a water drive to flood one end of the Ghawar field, and the "water cut" -- the percentage of sea water that comes up with the oil -- was 30%. So Ghawar is "mature" to say the least. It passed it's 60th birthday recently. The worrying thing is that it produces more than half of all Saudi output. When Ghawar goes, the oil economy is in big trouble.

JG يقول...

Unlikely. I'm anti-nationalism for a start.


Since we're talking about pals I should mention I also don't support an institution whose members raped children and then tried to cover it up.

JG يقول...

Heart-braking report, Zeyad.

Pete's part of an institution that hates gay people.

Lynnette In Minnesota يقول...

Discrimination is always difficult to deal with and the Mahdi Army is not alone in dishing it out. It is just that, for the most part, they are far more extreme in their behavior towards those they discriminate against. Here there are good people who speak out against it when they see it. That is what needs to happen in Iraq, by both the leaders and each citizen.

Even subtle discrimination can be very damaging. There have been any number of suicides here that were caused by it.

Petes يقول...

The tired old rhetoric is always good for polishing off and trotting out anew, eh, JG$? Haters gonna keep on hatin', as someone else here said recently.

:-)

   Lee C.  ―  U.S.A.    يقول...

      "[T]he Mahdi Army is not alone in dishing it out. It
      is just that, for the most part, they are far more
      extreme in their behavior towards those they
      discriminate against.
"

Or, maybe not.  I get the impression that gays get this sort of treatment pretty much all across the Arab world.  Iraq being not unique in this regard.

JG يقول...

[Pete$] Haters gonna keep on hatin'

Agreed.


"Intrinsically disordered"

Sickening.

   Lee C.  ―  U.S.A.    يقول...

Been listening to Shawn Hannity.  He's going on about some video tape he's supposedly seen (from the archives of the late Andrew Breitbart) which implicates Obama in theory about space aliens, and white Americans selling black Americans to the space aliens.  Somehow it involves Jews too, but Hannity was less than clear how the Jews fit into the deal.  Supposedly they're gonna break the story here in the next day or two.

I kid you not.

Bridget يقول...

Fortunately for gay people, there are none in Iran:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/09/06/gay-men-hanged_n_951162.htmlhttp://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/09/06/gay-men-hanged_n_951162.html

Bridget يقول...

"In his speech at Columbia University today, Iran President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was asked about the treatment of gays in Iran. Ahmadinejad responded, “In Iran, we dont have homosexuals like in your country. We don’t have that in our country. In Iran, we do not have this phenomenon. I don’t know who’s told you we have it.”


http://thinkprogress.org/politics/2007/09/24/16472/ahmadinejad-denies-existence-of-gays-in-iran/

Petes يقول...

[JG$]: "Intrinsically disordered" Sickening.

That's not even a sentence, let alone a meaningful or true one. Any other tired old rhetoric to trot out?

Bridget يقول...

"which implicates Obama in theory about space aliens, and white Americans selling black Americans to the space aliens.  Somehow it involves Jews too, but Hannity was less than clear how the Jews fit into the deal"

That would be the short story entitled "Space Traders" authored by Harvard law professor and friend of Obama, Derrick Bell. In it, white Americans sell black Americans to space aliens in order to pay off the national debt.

Obama has fixed us white folk though. He has run up the national debt to levels that we'll have to sell our first born to the space aliens if we hope to pay it off.

   Lee C.  ―  U.S.A.    يقول...

      "That would be the short story entitled ‘Space
      Traders’…
"

I figured that out after a bit.  (Google is my friend.)  Apparently Hannity thinks it somehow helps prove that Obama is a closeted America-hating racist.  Has something to do with pretending that Breitbart's supposedly ‘newly discovered videos’ weren't making the rounds last election, which they were.  (I recall seeing them last time.) 

   Lee C.  ―  U.S.A.    يقول...

      "Obama has fixed us white folk though. He has
      run up the national debt to levels that we'll have to
      sell our first born…
"

Appears those tax cuts didn't result in vast increases in government revenue after all.

Bridget يقول...

"Appears those tax cuts didn't result in vast increases in government revenue after all."


Are you referring to the Bush tax cuts, the vast majority of which Obama proposed to make permanent?

And of course, there is always that little spending thingy.

   Lee C.  ―  U.S.A.    يقول...

      "Are you referring to the Bush tax cuts…?"

The extension of those, yeah.  Along with the further tax cuts, in excess of a half trillion dollars, that were part of the ‘stimulus’.

Marcus يقول...

Pete: "So Ghawar is "mature" to say the least. It passed it's 60th birthday recently. The worrying thing is that it produces more than half of all Saudi output. When Ghawar goes, the oil economy is in big trouble."

That's one of the things that ought to worry us. If (when) KSA is proved to be peaking and its output is deminishing then the cat's out of the bag. (which it will be sooner or later)

What I'm worried about, when I have the time to think about these matters, is that the vast majority of people are completely ignorant about the inevatability of Peak Oil. And, worse, they are completely ignorant about the severe reprecussions it will have on world wide societies ones it hits. And precisely for that reason we will be ill prepared, whether Peak is upon us now or if we can push it a few decades into the future with new technology and new finds (and I maintain that Iraq and Iran are basically the only viable such "new" finds we can count on, not new per se but under developed and showing potential for upgrades).

What is it, like for every calorie of food grown in the OECD countries it takes 14-17 calories of fossil fuels to produce the food and get it the to market. Subtract the fossil fuels or make them substantially more expensive and then where's our already thin-margin global food supply?

It's already showing. One drougth or flood in any of the main breadbaskets of the world we can deal with. But more than one, then people starve (in other places). Factor Peak Oil into that andd envision a year with drought in Central Europe and floods in Australia and we might see deaths outnumbering WW2.

Lynnette In Minnesota يقول...

Lee,

I get the impression that gays get this sort of treatment pretty much all across the Arab world. Iraq being not unique in this regard.

Sad to say, I think you're right. It's not enough to march and declare that you want your freedom, you have to give it as well. Until they figure that out no one in that region will be free.

Btw, I read the Romney article you left about how he'd handle Iran. Why do I suspect there was something more to Reagan's handling of the hostage crisis than Romney implies? I wouldn't think that is a can of worms he would really want to re-open.

Lynnette In Minnesota يقول...
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Lynnette In Minnesota يقول...

Weeellll it seems the witching hour is upon us with regard to Greece. Will the bondholders go for the deal or slink away?

   Lee C.  ―  U.S.A.    يقول...

      "Why do I suspect there was something more to
      Reagan's handling of the hostage crisis than Romney
      implies?
"

I would suppose that's because Romney got that all wrong. 
The Iranians had milked that for all it was worth.  They'd grabbed the hostages to force Carter to turn over the Shaw, who'd been admitted to the U.S. for medical treatment.  But the medical treatment hadn't helped and the Shaw had died, and they weren't interested in recovering the body.  With that resolved, Carter had then negotiated the deal for the return of the hostages, but the Iranians were still pissed at Carter so they held on to the hostages until a few minutes after Reagan was sworn in, just so Carter would have to live with that.

   Lee C.  ―  U.S.A.    يقول...

Post Script:

For those not following that exchange between Lynnette and myself, Mitt Romney on ‘How to deal with Iran’.

   Lee C.  ―  U.S.A.    يقول...

Dow closed up for the day.  Seems the stock market thinks today's contribution to the postponement of a Greek default will hold it off for a little while longer.