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Sunday, August 30, 2015

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Yousef Muhammad Ali Trial Date Set For 14 September

Maryam Namazie @ Nothing Is Sacred returns to the religious persecution of Yousef Muhammad.

I had written about the trial of Yousef Muhammad Ali in Iraqi Kurdistan for criticising Islam earlier. His hearing date (originally set for 15 June) was delayed to 14 September 2015 to give the judge time to receive further documentation on his case. Please keep the pressure on. Below is a letter from Yousef about his situation.

My name is Yousef Muhammad Ali. I was born in Iraq in 1987. At a very young age, I started to go to a local mosque to study the Islamic faith with my neighbor who was an imam. I was also attending main stream school.
After a while, I decided to drop off from the school to concentrate on my religion studies ‘Sharia Law’ in the mosque. I did study Sharia Law until 2009. During my study, I realized that respect for human being is not existed in the Islamic law not only for people from other societies but also for people of its society. I discovered that Sharia Law is not based on logic and science. Therefore, I refused to accept Islam any further!
Based on my own experiences, I decided to perform a research in an academic and philosophical way. As a result, I decided to give up my aggressive faith and became an apostate. Apostasy in Islam is punishable by death. I started to find out more about my father’s beliefs.
My father was not a worshipper or follower of any religion. People used to ask him about the reason of not being an Islam while I was a follower of the religion. He replied “I am not responsible of his religious view! He can choose whichever religion he desires.” My parents never argued with me regarding my religious views.
In the Islamic countries, you have no right to choose your belief. You become a part of that country and its religion. There is no way out from that reality .In 2009, I renounce my faith completely. I went back to high school at Darbandikhan, my home city.
One day, I had to perform a presentation in the school. I spoke about the Big Bang Theory! I realized then that most of my classmates has joined the same Islamic group that I was with previously. They turned against me.
The argument became very serious, and it resulted in a fatwa against me. A fatwa means that if someone, according to the religious interpretation, committed a sin or, in my case, apostasy, that person must be given the death penalty! That’s the punishment for it.

I used Facebook to criticize Islam and talk about my own belief to people at my own risk. Some people hated me and thought that I was an infidel. In Islam, the infidel must be killed. On 2nd of December 2014, someone called Halo Salh phoned me and threatened to kill me if I continued with my belief and criticism. He was a member of the security for the Islamic terrorist organization. Immediately, I called the police and told them my situation. They advised me to stay at home until they come. I waited until 4 am for the police to come and save my life but no one came.
The following day, I went to the local police station to report what happened and complaint about him. There, I was attacked by members of the same group, but the police got them away from me. The day after, Halo Salh and I attended the hearing regarding my grievance.
My case was sent to the public tribunal in Darbandikhan. To my surprise, instead of dealing with my case and saving my life, the judge decided to arrest me for 7 days and release Halo Salh because the judge was on the side of the Islamic party. I was put in a single cell. That night they put me in custody and traded me roughly because I criticized Islam.
After that period of time, I transferred to Sulaymaniyah’s jail. On the 15th December 2014, they renewed my jail sentence again until the 22nd December 2014. The Human Rights activists and journalists in Kurdistan and abroad campaigned against the judge’s decision. As a result, they released me on bail on the 17th December 2014 until my hearing date on 13th July 2015 to decide on my case.
I hereby urge you to support my case and put pressure on the Kurdish Government and the Ministry of Justice in Kurdistan to release me without any penalty and to save my life.

You can send your support letters or condemnation letters to the following email addresses:

• Kurdistan Parliament Email & Contact number:
• Ministry of Justice Email & Contact number:
• Kurdistan Regional Government Email:
*Please also send copies of your letters to maryamnamazie@gmail.com so they can be forwarded to Yousef.
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Stop & Search Scandal

The Greater Ardoyne Residents Collective hits out at British police harassment of a nationalist in North Belfast.

A number of weeks ago the Greater Ardoyne Residents Collective asked our legal representatives to make a Freedom of Information request on our behalf. This was in relation to ongoing PSNI harassment and intimidation of local residents.
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The Provisional IRA: "They Haven't Gone Away You Know."

Mick Hall outlines why he thinks it would be foolish to expect the Provisional IRA to have gone off the scene. Mick Hall is a Marxist blogger @ Organized Rage.

Gerard Davison

After the Provisional IRA allegedly sanctioned the killing of Kevin McGuigan there has been a great deal of hand wringing and hysterical comment coming from journalists and politicians on both sides of the Irish sea. McGuigan was killed in retaliation for his role in the murder of former IRA commander Gerard 'Jock' Davison in the Markets area of Belfast last May. Davison was a powerful, although well liked figure within his home areas who had a colourful but contentious career both before and after the IRA cessation of violence.

Davison and McGuigan were at one time both involved in Direct Action Against Drugs,(DAAD) a convenience name which the Provos once used to remove what they regarded as anti social elements from within nationalist communities. It's members supposedly liaised with the IRA's Civil Administration Teams.

Saturday, August 29, 2015

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The Evening Jim Templeton Died

It was the summer of 1975, unlike this season a warm one as far as I remember, perhaps a harbinger of the long hot summer that was to fall upon us the following year. In Magilligan at the time, I was looking forward to November, rain or not, as Guns ‘N Roses would later musically immortalise the month. It would bring my release, just over two months away.

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Drogheda Gardai Actively involved in Political Policing?

Direct Democracy Ireland hits out at what it sees as political policing in Drogheda, Co Louth.

A number of Gardai at Drogheda Garda Station are being accused of Political Policing after a large group of people received summonses for alleged Public order offences.
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Either IRA Has Got New Weapons Or It Was Not Truthful On Decommissioning

Ed Moloney with an unedited second article penned for the Irish Times on the status of the Provisional IRA. Ed Moloney blogs @ The Broken Elbow.
  • The Irish Times headline on this piece was:
IRA has sharpened claws in absence of monitoring commission


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Radio Free Eireann Broadcasting 29 August 2015

Sandy Boyer with what is on the menu from Radio Free Eireann this weekend.

Today Saturday August 29 Radio Free Eireann will be dedicated to Séamus Ó Dubhda who passed away this week. Séamus, a life long Irish republican and champion of the Irish language, was a founder of Republican Sinn Fein and a leader of the National Irish Freedom Committee. John McDonagh and Mike Costello of the National Irish Freedom Committee will pay tribute to Séamus.

Friday, August 28, 2015

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Meaning Of Internment Rally In Belfast

Martin Galvin in a letter to the Irish News replies to John Gray from August 14 “What cause was failed demonstration supposed to serve?”

While commending John Gray for protesting against Internment in 1972, I cannot share his view of those who marched against ongoing British injustice on Internment Day 2015.
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Provisional IRA May Have Left Stage, But Not Theatre

Ed Moloney with a piece written for the Irish Times on the status of the Provisional IRA. Ed Moloney blogs @ The Broken Elbow.

The year 2005 marked the end of the armed campaign but not the Provisional IRA
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All Along The Watchtower

Pauline Mellon sheds more light on a recent meeting in Derry about tackling the North's past which the Department of Justice tried to spike. Pauline Mellon blogs @ The Diary Of A Derry Mother.

"No reason to get excited, "
The thief – he kindly spoke,
"There are many here among us
Who feel that life is but a joke
But you and I we've been through that
And this is not our fate
So let us not talk falsely now
The hour's getting late."

Thursday, August 27, 2015

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Running Longer Than The Mousetrap

What are we to make of the Ulster Unionist Party decision to pull out of the North's Power Splitting Executive? Apart from a pseudo valiant stand on a make believe point of principle, nothing really. 
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Monumental Con Job

Marty Flynn on yesterday's meeting in Derry that the Department of Juastice tried to spike. Marty Flynn is  Belfast republican.

Just home from Derry where we attended a no show meeting with the Department of Justice.