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January 30, 2008

Afghan MPs support blasphemy death sentence for journalist

A 23-year-old journalist in Northern Afghanistan was sentenced to death in municipal court last week for downloading and distributing allegedly blasphemous material.

Today, members of Afghanistan's upper house of parliament issued a statement affirming the legality of the sentence:

Now the Afghan Senate has issued a statement on the case - it was not voted on but was signed by its leader, Sibghatullah Mojaddedi, an ally of President Hamid Karzai.

It said the upper house approved the death sentence conferred on Mr Kambaksh by a city court in Mazar-e-Sharif. [BBC]

The statement also criticized the various governments and organizations that have denounced the sentence. The Senators resent the input of the international community for attempting to pressure Afghan judges as they crack down on blasphemy. 

The journalist was charged and sentenced to death for downloading and distributing information about the status of women in Islamic societies. He never got a lawyer.

At least he still has two rounds of appeals left. According to AP, president Karzai will have the final say over the execution.

So, this is the wonderful democratic government we're propping up in Afghanistan?

Ironically, Karzai appointed Mojaddedi to lead the Afghan National Commission for Peace in Afghanistan in 2005.

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Bullshit. The Taliban is still in force everywhere, except Kabul. Opium is the major crop. Bin Laden goes back and forth between Afghanistan and Pakistan. Women are second class citizens, and worse. Female genital mutilation and honor killings are common. Bush hasn't made a dent with his so-called policy. It's all PR, and you fall for it, and promulgate it.

>Female genital mutilation and honor killings are common.

Ya gotta be more careful about slinging around the rumors, mud.

Honor killings, yes.

Female genital mutilation, no.

(btw, other than the factual reports, I'm not particularly endorsing any outlooks or opinions in the two links.)

Honor killings and female genital mutilation are widespread through vast areas of the Muslim world. Can you name a country that is both Arab or Pashtun or from the neighbrhoods and Muslim that does not have these two things ( and a lot more? ).

Didn't think so.

Say what you will about the Bush policy--there are a lot of legitimate complaints to be made. But he didn't go into Afghanistan to change the structures of a Muslim society. He went there to remove a threat to the United States.

If you want to wage a jihad to civilize the Muslims, then make your case. But that makes you more "extremist" than the ole debbil Bush. You fascist!

>Honor killings and female genital mutilation are widespread through vast areas of the Muslim world.

I hesitated to post that correction because I feared it would get your wind-machine going. People who read the link will find out that female genital mutilation is mostly an African custom. You should be ashamed of yourself for making such bullshit statements in a public forum.

>Can you name a country that is both Arab or Pashtun or from the neighbrhoods and Muslim that does not have these two things ( and a lot more? ).

What a convoluted bunch of crap. Just state the countries covered by this definition and go from there.

>Say what you will about the Bush policy--there are a lot of legitimate complaints to be made. But he didn't go into Afghanistan to change the structures of a Muslim society. He went there to remove a threat to the United States.

>If you want to wage a jihad to civilize the Muslims, then make your case. But that makes you more "extremist" than the ole debbil Bush. You fascist!

Also, you kinda babble, man. It's not good.

--Female genital mutilation is mostly an African custom--
Yes, centered very substantially in the Muslim parts of Africa.

--Can you name a country that is both Arab or Pashtun or from the neighbrhoods and Muslim that does not have these two things ( and a lot more?)--
Honor killings, female genital mutilation, prohibition against conversion away from Islam, restrictions on minority religions. Look it up. Get your head out of...the sand.

OK, whats in the news? Well, this surely is not so bad, right? This must be a misprint right?

This must be anti Muslim slander!! And I want to bring a lawsuit against whoever produced this lie

Everyone who says any thing bad about this religion must be supressed, immediatement!!

I just saw this blog and would like to make some comments if it is not too late. First of all as an Afghan I want to say that the Northern Alliance are as bad as the Taliban. In the early 90s when the came to Kabul they started fighting each other. More than 60,000 innocent people were killed in Kabul. They gang raped women rocketed the city and literally killed innocent for fun. The current Voice President Karim Khalili is one of one of those people whose hands are stained with the blood of thousands of innocent people. His mean were fighting against Ahmad Sha Masoud's men at the time. Another savage warlord is Rashid Dustom. When you have people like these (with a bunch of fundamentalists) in the government how could you expect democracy. This journalist has not harmed anyone. He has not done anything wrong and yet he is sentenced to death. How come nobody does anything about those who are responsible for the death of thousands of innocent people?

I just saw this blog and would like to make some comments if it is not too late. First of all as an Afghan I want to say that the Northern Alliance are as bad as the Taliban. In the early 90s when the came to Kabul they started fighting each other. More than 60,000 innocent people were killed in Kabul. They gang raped women rocketed the city and literally killed innocent people for fun. The current Voice President Karim Khalili is one of one of those people whose hands are stained with the blood of thousands of innocent people. His men were fighting against Ahmad Sha Masoud's men at the time. Another savage warlord is Rashid Dustom. When you have people like these (with a bunch of fundamentalists) in the government how could you expect democracy. This journalist has not harmed anyone. He has not done anything wrong and yet he is sentenced to death. How come nobody does anything about those who are responsible for the death of thousands of innocent people?

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