Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Another dictator at death's door (hopefully)

The last twelve months have been hard on dictators.  Like 'Lil' Kim of Nork-dom, and the Brotherly Colonel of North Africa both ended up at room temperature in the past twelve months. Even though these dictators have been or are quite likely to be replaced by other dictators, it's still a satisfying moment to see these misery-causing monsters finally shuffle off this mortal coil. Which leads us to the latest two-bit Third World dictator with 'health problems', El Jefe Chavez of Venezuela.  The poor b*stard had the horrible luck to get cancer last year, and he went to Cuba of all places to get surgery. (I heard Sloan Kettering is under the control of the dreaded evil enemy Gringoes, so he couldn't go there). Anyways, the odds are not looking too good for El Jefe; he's gone back to the Socialist Paradise for more treatment:

CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez came out of cancer surgery overnight in Cuba and is recovering in a hospital, two sources said on Tuesday, but there was still no official word on the socialist leader's condition.

A prominent opposition-leaning Venezuelan journalist, Nelson Bocaranda, said Chavez was resting at Havana's Cimeq hospital after the exploratory procedure, which a medical source close to the team that had been treating him in Caracas said lasted 90 minutes.

The 57-year-old Chavez had to return to Havana last week for more surgery despite repeatedly saying he was cured after two procedures last year. That has fueled doubts about his ability to campaign for re-election in October, or to govern if he won.

Five days after the president bid an emotional farewell to throngs of cheering supporters in Caracas, there was no official comment on his health. One senior government source told a Reuters reporter to be patient.

Before he left, Chavez said he would need surgery on a probably malignant lesion in the same area of his pelvis where a large cancerous tumor was removed last June. He has also said he might need radiotherapy treatment after the latest operation, raising the prospect of another lengthy convalescence.

Let's keep dear ole' Hugo in our prayers, shall we? He can't die fast enough.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Saudi blogger who 'insulted' Islam's prophet arrested in Malaysia

Saudi blogger Hamza Kashgari, who had reportedly 'insulted' the lone prophet of Islam via his Twitter account, was arrested at Malaysia's main international airport last week. For his 'crimes', he faces likely deportation and extradition straight back to Saudi Barbaria, where he'll likely receive a show trial and execution by beheading. Who says Islam isn't merciful, compassionate and moderate? From Arab Business dot com, 10 February 2012:

Malaysian police have arrested a Saudi Arabian columnist who fled his country after making comments on Twitter deemed insulting to the Prophet Mohammad (PBUH), prompting a surge of online outrage and calls for his execution.
"It is confirmed that Malaysian police have detained the Saudi writer. This arrest was part of an Interpol operation which the Malaysian police were a part of," a police spokesman told Reuters on Friday.

Nice that Interpol is helping Muslims to protect the 'sanctity of Islam'. Who says infidels have no value to Muslims?

"It is confirmed that Malaysian police have detained the Saudi writer. This arrest was part of an Interpol operation which the Malaysian police were a part of," a police spokesman told Reuters on Friday.

He gave no further details and would not comment on whether the writer, Hamza Kashgari, would be extradited to Saudi Arabia, where some Islamic clerics have called for him to be put to death for his comments.

Malaysia is a majority Muslim country with a close affinity with many Middle Eastern nations through their shared religion. The Southeast Asian nation is also a US ally and a leading global voice for moderate Islam, meaning that any decision to extradite Kashgari certain to be controversial.

Blasphemy is a crime punishable by execution under oil-rich Saudi Arabia's strict interpretation of Islamic sharia law. It is not a capital crime in Malaysia.

The 23-year-old Kashgari reportedly posted the comments on his Twitter feed to mark the Prophet Mohammad's (PBUH) birthday on Saturday, drawing thousands of outraged comments on Twitter and other social networking sites.

And what were the comments which caused Kashgari to receive multiple death threats as well as an arrest order from the Saudi king himself? The original blasphemous remarks were deleted from his Twitter account, but are reportedly as follows:

"On your birthday, I will say that I have loved the rebel in you, that you've always been a source of inspiration to me, and that I do not like the halos of divinity around you. I shall not pray for you," he wrote in one tweet.

"On your birthday, I find you wherever I turn. I will say that I have loved aspects of you, hated others, and could not understand many more," he wrote in a second.

"On your birthday, I shall not bow to you. I shall not kiss your hand. Rather, I shall shake it as equals do, and smile at you as you smile at me. I shall speak to you as a friend, no more," he concluded in a third.

How dare he actually think and use his mind? Don't you know that Allah and his 'prophet' hate everything but absolute and total slavishness and obedience?