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  • 'U.S. military shot down MH370 because they thought it had been hackedused in terror attack'

    12/22/2014 10:40:25 AM PST · by COUNTrecount · 47 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | Decemner 22, 2014 | Sam Webb for MailOnline
    'U.S. military shot down MH370 because they thought it had been hacked and was about to be used in terror attack', claims former airline boss Marc Dugain says U.S. Navy in Indian Ocean attacked the plane He claims that islanders saw the plane fly close to a U.S. base Also alleges that a spy told him to back away from his probe into MH370 A former airline boss and writer claims the U.S. downed Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 because the military feared it had been taken over by hackers and was about to be used in a 9/11-style attack. Marc...
  • Celebrities Among Victims of Tsunami

    12/28/2004 2:41:47 PM PST · by TheDon · 24 replies · 5,828+ views
    AP ^ | Dec 28, 2004 | Rob Kennedy
    By ROB KENNEDY, Associated Press Writer BANGKOK, Thailand - A German statesman, a Czech supermodel and a Swedish Olympic ski champion were among the vacationers whose search for peace and sun in tropical southern Asia was shattered by the tsunamis that spared neither rich nor poor. AP Photo   Petra Nemcova — who appeared on the cover of 2003 Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue — was carried away with her boyfriend, the fashion photographer Simon Atlee, after a huge wave plowed into southern Thailand on Sunday. Nemcova's New York spokesman, Rob Shuter, said the model and her boyfriend had been vacationing...
  • Puny Airstrikes Fail To Degrade And Destroy Islamic State

    11/03/2014 10:29:14 AM PST · by raptor22 · 30 replies
    Investor's Business ^ | November 3, 2014 | IBD EDITORIALS
    U.S. officials report that more than 1,000 foreign fighters are streaming into Syria each month as a United Nations report says that the terrorist influx has reached an "unprecedented scale." According to the new U.N. report, a lot more terrorist boots are on the ground these days as an "unbelievably small" — to use Secretary of State John Kerry's phrase — air campaign, which has taken months to do what should have been done in a day, has failed to achieve the administration's proclaimed goal: to "degrade and destroy" the Islamic State. More than 15,000 foreign fighters from as many...
  • Radical Islamic gangs implicated in Maldives journalist’s disappearance

    09/26/2014 6:16:36 PM PDT · by markomalley · 2 replies
    UCANews ^ | 9/23/2014 | Zaheena Rasheed
    A private investigation commissioned by the Maldives Democracy Network has implicated gangs -- possibly motivated by religious extremism -- in the disappearance of Minivan News journalist Ahmed Rilwan 45 days ago. Discounting theories of voluntary disappearance and suicide, the investigation -- conducted by Glasgow-based Athena Intelligence and Security – concluded that Rilwan was likely abducted. The report confirmed evidence of possible “hostile surveillance” at the terminal conducted by two known affiliates of the Malé-based Kuda Henveiru gang. One of the suspects is identified as Ahmed Shiran Saeed. Rilwan was previously an openly conservative Islamist and a well-regarded member of a...
  • Al-Qaeda releases video of US suicide bomber in Syria

    07/26/2014 12:24:29 PM PDT · by LeoWindhorse · 25 replies
    AFP ^ | July 26, 2014 | AFP
    The parents of "the Florida boy" own a grocery store, with his father from Jordan and mother a convert to Islam, US newspapers reported.
  • Israel to be investigated for possible 'war crimes' over Gaza raids

    07/23/2014 2:47:44 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    The London Express ^ | July 23, 2014 | Cyril Dixon
    Navi Pillay said Tel Aviv's two-week onslaught on Gaza - which has cost more than 650 Palestinians lives - would be thoroughly investigated. Ms Pillay, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, said the attacks have destroyed houses and hospitals and killed civilians. "These are just a few examples where there seems to be a strong possibility that international humanitarian law has been violated, in a manner that could amount to war crimes. "Every one of these incidents must be properly and independently investigated." According to Gaza officials, 475 houses have been destroyed and 2,644 damaged, while 46 schools, 56 mosques...
  • U.N. launches probe into alleged Israeli crimes in Gaza

    07/23/2014 2:35:58 PM PDT · by illiac · 13 replies
    MSN News ^ | 7/23/14 | By Stephanie Nebehay and Tom Miles of Reuters
    GENEVA, July 23 (Reuters) - The United Nations on Wednesday launched an international inquiry into human rights violations and crimes that may have been committed by Israel during its military offensive in the Gaza Strip. The U.N. Human Rights Council condemned the Israeli assault which it said had involved "disproportionate and indiscriminate attacks", including aerial bombing of civilian areas, collective punishment, and the killing of more than 650 Palestinians. At the end of an emergency session, the 47-member forum adopted a resolution presented by Palestinians by a vote of 29 states in favor, 1 against (the United States) with 17...
  • The US Arrested an Alleged Russian Hacker — And Russia Is Pissed

    07/08/2014 10:08:18 PM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 4 replies
    Vice News ^ | July 8, 2014 | 3:39 pm | Jordan Larson
    In the latest disagreement between Russia and the US, a 30-year-old Russian national has been arrested for allegedly hacking US retailers, gaining access to credit card information, and selling it. Roman Valerevich Seleznev was arrested while vacationing with his family in the Maldives; he was subsequently transported to Guam. In a statement on its website, the Russian Foreign Ministry denounced the arrest, referring to it as a “kidnapping” and “the latest unfriendly move from Washington."
  • BREAKING: #MH370 Mystery Deepens – Pentagon Bans ALL LEAVE TRAVEL TO DIEGO GARCIA

    04/09/2014 5:21:28 PM PDT · by Nachum · 132 replies
    The Gatewary Pundit ^ | 4/9/14 | Jim Hoft
    This is weird. This was posted April 4 on the Diego Garcia Passenger Facebook Page. Via RedFlagNews:Malaysian news reported MH370 Captain Zaharie Shah’s homemade flight simulator had five runways programmed into the system.The runways included:** Three airports in India and Sri Lanka** One airport in Maldives** One US military base in Diego GarciaThe Malaysian pilot on missing flight MH370 was reportedly a political fanatic who attended the trial of the country’s opposition leader hours before the flight.The Daily Mail reported:
  • Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370- the manifest

    03/08/2014 6:07:37 PM PST · by Kevin in California · 48 replies
    03-08-2014 | Me
    I saw the passenger manifest and cannot make sense of the two children from the USA that were onboard. From the names that were listed, I didn't see anything there that indicated their parents were passengers. Of course, maybe some kin/friends were accompanying them. Just my conspiracy theory so take it for what it's worth.
  • CNN "SHOCKER": MH370 Intact, All Alive, Plane Was Followed By Military Jets (Video)

    04/08/2014 10:10:22 PM PDT · by My Favorite Headache · 106 replies
    Conservative Infidel ^ | April 9th, 2014
    Posted on Wednesday, April 9th, 2014 at 12:19 am. by: Santo Lippo KUALA LUMPUR (INTELLIHUB) — In a strange twist of events Sara Bajc, the girlfriend of missing flight 370 passenger Phillip Wood, told CNN how the Malaysian military and even the U.S. are likely involved in a massive cover-up surrounding the aircrafts disappearance on the morning of Mar. 8. Astonishingly Bajc told CNN, “The jet [flight 370] had actually been accompanied by fighter planes, there is some witness to that.”. “I think we need to have a better view into where that plane went and who has got it...
  • Purported Communication from Flight 370

    04/01/2014 5:02:45 PM PDT · by Mean Daddy · 18 replies
    Secrets of the Fed ^ | April1, 2014 | Shepard Ambellas
    INDIAN OCEAN (INTELLIHUB) — According to freelance journalist Jim Stone, one of the American passengers, Phillip Wood, a technical storage executive at IBM, who was aboard the now missing Malaysian Airlines flight, keystered his iPhone 5 in his anus after the Boeing 777 carrying 239 people was hijacked by military personnel while on route to China. Amazingly, Stone claims that metadata within the photo yields evidence confirming “100 percent” that Phillip Wood sent the photo, along with a brief voice activated text, from GPS coordinates which put Wood only a few miles away from the U.S. controlled Diego Garcia military...
  • MH370 skirted Indonesia to avoid radar: report

    04/06/2014 8:53:21 AM PDT · by Uncle Chip · 33 replies
    NDTV ^ | April 6, 2014 | World | Press Trust of India
    Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 flew around Indonesian airspace apparently to avoid detection after vanishing from radar screens on March 8, a media report said today, suggesting the possibility of a more sinister reason behind the jet's disappearance..... After reviewing radar data provided by neighbouring countries, investigators have now found that the jetliner curved north of Indonesia before turning south toward the southern Indian Ocean, CNN quoted a Malaysian official as saying. The official also suggested the possibility of a more sinister reason behind MH370's disappearance a month ago. The plane's flight path clearly showed that someone on the plane was...
  • Malaysia denies reported sighting of MH370 in Maldives (South Maldives stand by story of sighting)

    03/19/2014 10:44:58 PM PDT · by Mount Athos · 11 replies
    Haveeru Online (Southern Maldives) ^ | Mar 19, 2014 | Farah Ahmed
    Malaysia on Wednesday dismissed reports of a possible sighting of the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 by islanders in the Maldives. The Malaysian acting transport minister Hishammuddin Hussein told reporters in Kuala Lumpur that the authorities in the Maldives have told Malaysia the reports are "not true". "I can confirm that the Malaysian Chief of the Defence Force has contacted his counterpart in the Maldives, who has confirmed that these reports are not true," Hishammuddin said. Whilst the disappearance of the Boeing 777 jet, carrying 239 passengers has left the whole world in bewilderment, several residents of Kuda Huvadhoo told...
  • MH370: A Maldives Connection?

    03/19/2014 8:34:49 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 03/19/2014 | Bryan Preston
    A strange new possibility has turned up in the case of the missing airliner. Reports are coming out of Maldives that residents there saw a large airliner fly low a few hours after MH370 disappeared. 3.52 Reports from a Maldives news organisation that islanders saw a “low flying jumbo jet”. The Haveeru news website reports witnesses saw a plane flying low at around 6.15am on March 8. It was apparently flying north to south-east. A witness told the news organisation I’ve never seen a jet flying so low over our island before. We’ve seen seaplanes, but I’m sure that...
  • Maldives Police Probe Reports of MH370 Sighting

    03/19/2014 12:31:29 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 4 replies
    Channel News Asia ^ | 19 Mar 2014 | iNDIA
    Police in the Maldives are probing reports that islanders in the tourism paradise saw a "low-flying jumbo jet" on the day the missing Malaysia Airlines plane vanished.Police in the Maldives are probing reports that islanders in the tourism paradise saw a "low-flying jumbo jet" on the day the missing Malaysia Airlines plane vanished. In a statement released late Tuesday, police said they were investigating a report on the Haveeru news website that local residents had spotted a large plane flying over the remote southern island of Kuda Huvadhoo on March 8. "The police are looking into the reports in the...
  • Missing MH370: Military Radars Didn't Pick Up Plane, Maldivian National Defence Force Says

    03/18/2014 11:47:04 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 2 replies
    Malaysia Star ^ | Wednesday March 19, 2014 | Patrick Lee
    Missing MAS flight MH370, which was reportedly sighted over Maldivian atoll Kudahuvadhoo, did not appear on the nation’s military radar. “Further to the surveillances conducted thus far, none of the military radars in the country have detected a trace of the missing plane,” a Maldivian National Defense Force (MNDF) spokesperson said in a statement on its Ministry of Foreign Affairs website. It added that airport radars in the Maldives also had not picked up any sign of the missing plane, which was supposedly seen by Maldivians above Kudahuvadhoo at 6.15am on March 8. Residents on Kudahuvadhoo had told a local...
  • MH370 flew as low as 1,500m to avoid detection, says paper

    03/16/2014 9:30:37 PM PDT · by Meet the New Boss · 103 replies
    The Malaysian Insider ^ | 17 March 2014 | The Malaysian Insider
    As the search for the missing flight MH370 enters its 10th day with few clues as to its whereabouts, the New Straits Times said today the Boeing 777-200ER dropped 5,000 feet (1,500m) to evade commercial radar detection. In an exclusive story, the government-backed paper said investigators analysing MH370’s flight data revealed that the 200-tonne, fully laden twinjet descended 1,500m or even lower to evade commercial (secondary) radar coverage after it turned back from its flight path en route to Beijing. snip Investigators poring over MH370’s flight data had said the plane had flown low and used “terrain masking” as it...
  • Maldives 'witnesses' report seeing 'low flying jet' on morning that MH370 disappeared

    03/18/2014 9:57:14 AM PDT · by bryan999 · 112 replies
    Maldives 'witnesses' report seeing 'low flying jet' on morning that MH370 disappeared - follow latest updates on missing Malaysia Airlines plane
  • Maldives residents saw 'low-flying jumbo jet' on March 8: report

    03/18/2014 3:19:33 PM PDT · by ReaganÜberAlles · 66 replies
    The Straits Times ^ | 03-19-2014 | PETALING JAYA
    (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - Residents of Kuda Huvadhoo in Dhaal Atoll in the Maldives reportedly saw a "low-flying jumbo jet" flying over houses early in the morning of March 8, the same day Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 went missing. In a report by Maldivian daily Haveeru, residents described the aircraft which flew over Kuda Huvadhoo at around 6:15am as being white, with red stripes across it. This colour scheme is very similar to the livery used by Malaysia Airlines on its aircraft - including the Boeing 777 used for MH370.
  • Maldives president vetoes marital rape bill as ‘un-Islamic’

    01/20/2014 10:11:03 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 28 replies
    Washington Post ^ | January 16, 2014 | Vishal Arora | Religion News Service
    Maldivian President Abdulla Yameen has refused to ratify a bill that seeks to partially criminalize marital rape, calling it “un-Islamic.” The parliament voted 67-2 last month to limit a husband’s right to have non-consensual sex with his wife. The bill says a husband cannot force his wife to have sex if the couple have filed for divorce, dissolution or mutual separation, and if the intent is to transmit a sexual disease. […] The Maldives, an Indian Ocean archipelago of about 330,000 people, claims to have a 100 percent Muslim population. Its constitution states that “no law contrary to any tenet...
  • China, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Vietnam in line for seats on UN Human Rights Council

    11/12/2013 9:07:31 AM PST · by haffast · 20 replies
    AP ^ | November 12, 2013 | AP
    UNITED NATIONS – China, Russia, Saudi Arabia and Vietnam are among the nations running unopposed for seats on the Human Rights Council, the U.N.'s highest rights watchdog body, a prospect that has upset independent human rights groups. The General Assembly on Tuesday will elect 14 new members to the 47-seat, Geneva-based council, which can shine a spotlight of publicity and censure on rights abuses by adopting resolutions — when it chooses to do so. It also has dozens of special monitors watching problem countries and major issues ranging from executions to drone strikes. New York-based Human Rights Watch pointed out...
  • Thomas Sowell: Obama is a truly great phony

    09/09/2013 3:38:02 PM PDT · by sopwith · 25 replies
    union leader ^ | September 02. 2013 7:35PM | Thomas Sowell
    Home » Opinion » Columns September 02. 2013 7:35PM Thomas Sowell: Obama is a truly great phony Many years ago, I was a member of a committee that was recommending to whom grant money should be awarded. Since I knew one of the applicants, I asked if this meant that I should recuse myself from voting on his application. "No," the chairman said. "I know him too — and he is one of the truly great phonies of our time." The man was indeed a very talented phony. He could convince almost anybody of almost anything — provided that they...
  • Amputation for theft added to draft penal code ( Maldives : Sunni Muslims )

    04/01/2013 10:27:31 PM PDT · by george76 · 9 replies
    Minivan News ^ | March 30th, 2013
    The draft penal code bill has been amended to include punishments as prescribed in the Quran, such as amputation for theft. ... The committee’s chairperson, MP Ahmed Hamza, told Sun Online the new draft penal code will require amputating persons convicted of theft, while a person convicted of apostasy (renouncing Islam) will also face punishment.
  • Portland terrorism arrest: Emails show connection between Portland city worker and Pakistan bomber..

    03/06/2013 2:54:08 AM PST · by Cindy · 3 replies
    OREGON ^ | March 05, 2013 at 9:05 PM, updated March 05, 2013 at 9:06 PM | By Helen Jung, The Oregonian
    "Portland terrorism arrest: Emails show connection between Portland city worker and Pakistan suicide attacker, feds say" SNIPPET: "At the beginning of 2006, Reaz Qadir Khan received an email from a man he knew, goading him about Khan's past devotion to seek martyrdom for Allah, authorities said."
  • Alleged Maldives rape victim,15,to get 100 lashes for premarital sex ( Libs found their religion )

    02/27/2013 3:07:00 PM PST · by NoLibZone · 3 replies
    Fox News ^ | Feb 27 2013 | Fox News
    A 15-year-old girl in the Maldives who was allegedly raped by her stepfather was sentenced to 100 lashes for having premarital sex with a different man. During an investigation into the alleged rape by her stepfather, the girl eventually told police that she had consensual sex with a second man, Sky News reports. Sex outside marriage is illegal in the Maldives, which operates under Islamic law. Amnesty International said the punishment was "cruel, degrading and inhumane," while the Maldivian government didn’t agree with the sentencing and is considering changing the law, the BBC reports. In addition to the rape, the...
  • Rape Victim to Be Flogged Under Islamic Law

    01/10/2013 11:21:35 AM PST · by EveningStar · 9 replies
    Breitbart - Big Peace ^ | January 9, 2013 | Brandon Darby
    Police in the Republic of the Maldives, better known simply as Maldives, have charged a stepfather for repeatedly raping his 15-year-old daughter. Unfortunately, her troubles did not stop there. In their investigation of the abuse case, authorities found what they claim is evidence the young victim had sex with another person. Under Maldives’ Islamic law, the authorities now intend to publicly flog the young rape victim.
  • 15-year-old raped by stepfather faces flogging for ‘fornication’ ( Sunni Muslims ?)

    01/07/2013 8:13:20 PM PST · by george76 · 38 replies
    AFP ^ | January 08, 2013 | Patrick Walters
    A 15-year-old girl in the Maldives whose stepfather is accused of repeatedly raping her and killing the resulting baby risks being flogged for “fornication” with another man under the nation’s strict Islamic law. In the course of inquiries into the rape case, police investigators say they unearthed evidence of the girl having had consensual sex with another man, which is an offence in the Indian Ocean holiday destination, a police source said. Women, including minors, having consensual sex outside marriage can be charged in the Maldives, where convicts can be publicly flogged. Minors receive the punishment when they reach 18,...
  • UPDATE 2-Syria to be suspended from int'l Islamic body -diplomat

    08/13/2012 6:00:08 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 11 replies
    Reuters ^ | Monday, August 13, 2012 | unattributed
    Syria will be suspended from the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation on Wednesday for its violent suppression of a 17-month uprising against President Bashar al-Assad, a diplomat said on Monday ahead of an emergency OIC summit in Mecca. "The resolution regarding the suspension of the Syrian membership in the OIC is not facing obstacles ... It will be approved," said the diplomat, speaking on the sidelines of a preliminary foreign ministers meeting in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. He said the decision was likely to be formally announced at the end of the second day of the summit, which was called by Saudi...
  • The Other Obama Columbia Summit Debacle (w/ Argentina)

    04/18/2012 6:21:27 PM PDT · by forty_years · 5 replies ^ | April 18, 2012 | netwmd Staff
    Does U.S. President Obama have a foreign policy or should we call it a "dangerous farcical policy." Is he even control of the White House? By now, most people have heard the story of how, "11 Secret Service agents" and "as many as 10 U.S. military personnel," hired prostitutes, drank alcohol, and possibly used illicit drugs -- all in "security preparation" for the president to attend the Summit of the Americas in Columbia. Besides the security debacle, Obama's diplomatic effort, "wasn't exactly smooth sailing." But there's a subtle clincher to Obama's ridiculous Columbia trip which belies his true incompetency, a...
  • Ousted Maldives President Claims Obama Approved Islamist Coup

    04/20/2012 5:43:11 PM PDT · by Nachum · 33 replies
    breitbart ^ | 4/20/12 | Breitbart News
    The Washington Post reports that Mohamed Nasheed, the former president of Maldives, claims the United States has given legitimacy to the Islamist coup which deposed him. Mohamed Nasheed won the presidency in Maldives’s first multiparty elections in 2008, after a lifetime advocating democracy and human rights and several long stints in jail. Less than three years later, he was forced to resign by an angry mob of police officers and soldiers, in what he says was a coup engineered by his autocratic predecessor. “We have to have an election,” he said in an interview while visiting the Indian capital, New...
  • Iran executed 670 in 2011, says U.N. investigator

    03/12/2012 2:43:13 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    Reuters ^ | Mon Mar 12, 2012 3:20pm EDT | Robert Evans
    Iran executed some 670 people last year, most of them for drug crimes that do not merit capital punishment under international law and more than 20 for offenses against Islam, a United Nations investigator said on Monday. The investigator, former Maldives foreign minister Ahmed Shaheed, also reported what he said were a wide range of violations by Iran of U.N. human rights accords, from abuse of minorities to persecution of homosexuals and labor unions. Shaheed was delivering his first report to the U.N.'s 47-nation Human Rights Council on the rights situation in the country since being appointed last year. It...
  • Rising Islamism Set Stage for Maldives Coup

    02/10/2012 1:12:34 PM PST · by ColdOne · 2 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 2/10/12 | TOM WRIGHT
    The emergence of hard-line Islam is a relatively new development for the Maldives. But it is stoking concern in neighboring India that it could be used as a potential base for Islamist militants. It also raises questions about the stability of a country which sits on strategically important sea lanes used to transport a large portion of the world's crude oil. And the rise of conservative Islam could have an impact on the country's tourism industry. Around 900,000 foreigners come to the country each year and the development of spas and bars to cater for them has angered some Islamist...
  • US envoy to head to violence-hit Maldives

    02/08/2012 1:25:22 PM PST · by ColdOne · 12 replies ^ | 2/8/12 | afp
    WASHINGTON — The United States said that a senior envoy would visit violence-hit Maldives on Saturday as it called for calm following the resignation of the elected president Mohamed Nasheed. Robert Blake, the assistant secretary of state for South Asia, will visit the Indian Ocean archipelago's capital Male on Saturday, adding the stop to a previously scheduled tour of South Asia, the State Department said. "We are urging the government and the political parties to work together to resolve this situation peacefully. And we're continuing to monitor the situation," State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland told reporters. But Nuland -- who...
  • Maldives: Muslim hardliners smashes Buddhist statues in national museum

    02/08/2012 12:14:00 PM PST · by bayouranger · 11 replies ^ | 08FEB12 | People of Shambhala
    On the same day as the Maldives President resigned, after a coup by police, Islamic hardliners burst into the national museum and smashed Buddhist statues. Police spokesman Ahmed Shiyam told police that “A mob entered the museum yesterday (Tuesday). They smashed many statues. This included some statues of Buddha," reports Al Arabiya News. Former President, Mohamed Nasheed, blamed the attack on hardliner Muslims. There has been a debate for some weeks over statues in the Maldives. Several that had been gifted to the nation from Sri Lanka, Pakistan, and other nations, were denounced by extremists as "idolatry," and as unacceptable...
  • Maldives president resigns after police and army mutiny

    02/07/2012 3:32:01 PM PST · by bruinbirdman · 11 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 2/7/2012 | Dean Nelson
    The Maldives' first democratically-elected president resigned on Tuesday following a coup attempt by police officers and army troops to plunge the tropical island paradise into turmoil. President Mohamed Nasheed announced he was standing down in a televised press conference in the capital Male in which he said he was not willing to use force against protesters or call in a foreign power to prop up his government. He stood down after protesters were joined by police believed to be loyal to the country's autocratic former president Abdul Gayoom. The unrest appeared to be confined to Male and Britain's Foreign and...
  • Trouble in paradise: Maldives and Islamic extremism

    02/12/2012 9:21:03 PM PST · by County Agent Hank Kimball · 26 replies
    Agence France-Presse ^ | February 12, 2012 | Amal Jayasinghe
    At the Maldives' National Museum, smashed Buddhist statues are testament to the rise of Islamic extremism and Taliban-style intolerance in a country famous as a laid-back holiday destination. On Tuesday, as protesters backed by mutinous police toppled president Mohamed Nasheed, a handful of men stormed the Chinese-built museum and destroyed its display of priceless artefacts from the nation's pre-Islamic era. "They have effectively erased all evidence of our Buddhist past," a senior museum official told AFP at the now shuttered building in the capital Male, asking not to be named out of fear for his own safety. "We lost all...
  • Maldives: Islamists Storm National Museum, Destroy Entire Collection of 12th Century Buddhist

    02/12/2012 11:30:01 AM PST · by Nachum · 62 replies · 1+ views
    Weasel Zippers ^ | 2/12/12 | zip
    (AFP) — At the Maldives’ National Museum, smashed Buddhist statues are testament to the rise of Islamic extremism and Taliban-style intolerance in a country famous as a laid-back holiday destination. On Tuesday, as protesters backed by mutinous police toppled president Mohamed Nasheed, a handful of men stormed the Chinese-built museum and destroyed its display of priceless artifacts from the nation’s pre-Islamic era. “They have effectively erased all evidence of our Buddhist past,” a senior museum official told AFP at the now shuttered building in the capital Male, asking not to be named out of fear for his own safety. “We...
  • 'You are swine and infidels' . . . secret insults at wedding blessing in paradise

    12/30/2011 10:09:11 AM PST · by South Hawthorne · 26 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 29 Oct 2010 | Anita Singh
    The couple chose an idyllic resort in the Maldives as the perfect place to renew their marriage vows and pledge everlasting love. But their happiness has turned to humiliation after the wedding video was posted on YouTube and subtitles disclosed that their "Islamic blessing", which was conducted by a hotel employee in the native Dhivehi language, was in fact a stream of insults. "You are swine. The children that you bear from this marriage will all be bastard swine. Your marriage is not a valid one," he intoned as the couple held up their hands in prayer, blissfully unaware of...
  • Maldives closes hundreds of luxury resort spas

    12/30/2011 9:27:48 AM PST · by americanophile · 60 replies
    CBS News ^ | December 30, 2011 | CBS News
    (AP) COLOMBO, Sri Lanka — Maldives has ordered hundreds of luxury resorts to close their spas after protesters demanded a halt to "anti-Islamic" activities. The Indian Ocean archipelago with 1,192 tiny coral islands is known for its exquisite resorts. A statement from the president's office said the government decided to close massage parlors and spas in the Maldives after an opposition-led religious protest last week called for their closure. Thousands at the protest called on the government to halt what they called "anti-Islamic" activities. Sunni Islam is the official religion in the Maldives and

    12/24/2011 11:47:50 AM PST · by Jedediah · 6 replies
    The Joshua Chronicles , Bible ^ | 12-24-11 | Jedediah
    You are my children of light , you are my children of light , you are my children of light , and in this season of lights , let MY Light shine through you , for MY SEASON NEVER ENDS ! Truly this is a season of lights , but we are to be lights for Christ Jesus in an open season and heaven for him ! Isaiah 60 The Gentiles Bless Zion 1 Arise, shine; For your light has come! And the glory of the LORD is risen upon you. 2 For behold, the darkness shall cover the earth,...
  • Thousands Demonstrate in Maldives Over Islamic Law

    12/23/2011 11:57:30 AM PST · by Steelfish · 17 replies
    NY Times ^ | December 23, 2011
    Thousands Demonstrate in Maldives Over Islamic Law December 23, 2011 Thousands in the Maldives protested Friday, calling on the government to halt what they called "anti-Islamic" activities, including a plan to allow direct flights to Israel. More moderate supporters of the president rallied as well as debate swells over the future of the state's religion. The Indian Ocean archipelago of 300,000 Muslims prohibits practicing any other faith. The protesters want authorities to stop the sale of alcohol in the islands, shut down brothels operating in the guise of massage parlors and demolish monuments gifted by other countries marking a South...
  • Revolutions, walk-outs and fatwas

    01/17/2011 8:41:13 AM PST · by SJackson · 7 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 01/16/2011 | BARRY RUBIN
    Recent events in Tunisia, Lebanon and Egypt spell a dangerous new trend in the region. There have been major developments in Tunisia, Lebanon and Egypt, each of which is of tremendous importance. In Tunisia, a popular uprising fueled by unemployment, economic suffering and long-term discontent has overthrown the dictator, but not necessarily the dictatorship. In 55 years of independence, the country has been governed by two dictators, the current one being Zine al-Abedin Ben Ali, who has been president for 23 years and was a key power in the regime even before that. Is this going to spread? Does it...
  • US signs anti-ICC immunity pact with Bhutan

    05/21/2003 2:58:18 PM PDT · by knighthawk · 9 replies · 230+ views
    Hindustan Times ^ | May 21 2003 | AFP
    The United States has signed a deal with Bhutan giving US citizens in the country immunity from prosecution by the International Criminal Court (ICC), the State Department said Tuesday. The deal with Bhutan brings to 34 the number of countries with which the United States has signed so-called "Article 98" agreements exempting US citizens from the court's jurisdiction, said Lynn Cassel, a department spokesman. Bhutan and Bosnia-Herzegovina both agreed to the pacts on May 16 but the deal with Thimphu was not announced until Tuesday. Washington refuses to support the ICC, arguing that it could become a forum for politically...
  • Wikileaks sordid details reveals climate science is irrelevant

    12/04/2010 8:22:21 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 37 replies
    JoNova ^ | December 4th, 2010 | Joanne
    It’s all a grand charade — the matinee show put on by the Theater of Science was merely being used for the Grand Extravaganza called the Theater of Politics.Wikileaks, not surprisingly, turned up some not-so-diplomatic and not-so-scientific goings-on in the political race to steer power and dollars.From The Guardian The US diplomatic cables reveal how the US seeks dirt on nations opposed to its approach to tackling global warming; how financial and other aid is used by countries to gain political backing; how distrust, broken promises and creative accounting dog negotiations; and how the US mounted a secret global diplomatic...
  • So, about the foul-mouthed wedding ceremony video ...

    11/04/2010 7:14:49 AM PDT · by subcorpus · 11 replies · 1+ views
    Hello. It is all over the internet. I am sure you would have already seen the amateur video of the foul-mouthed wedding ceremony by now. The video shows celebrants of a muslim wedding ceremony reading some nasty stuff in local language in a prayer like fashion to the unsuspecting foreign couple in a tourist resort. Foreigners cannot get officially married in the Maldives, this was a celebration to renew vows. Nevertheless, it was a shameful and a derogatory act by the celebrants. It should not have happened. A lot have happened in the week following the release of the amateur...
  • The exploited Maldives 'celebrants' are the victims here, not the Swiss couple

    10/29/2010 2:56:56 PM PDT · by Enchante · 25 replies
    al-Guardian ^ | 10/29/10 | William Sutcliffe
    "The Swiss couple who recently renewed their marriage vows in a Maldives beach ceremony can scarcely have expected the shaky handheld video of the ceremony to turn them into temporary celebrities, but thanks to YouTube, and the addition of subtitles, this is exactly what has happened.... Despite the grovelling apology issued by the Maldivian authorities, the victims in this story are not the Swiss couple but the "celebrants" who have now been arrested, and the thousands of other Maldivians who will doubtless be under harsher pressure to bite their tongues and keep smiling over the cocktails."
  • Couple's 'Vow Renewal' in Maldives Was String of Insults

    10/29/2010 10:42:15 AM PDT · by TigerClaws · 22 replies · 1+ views
    (Oct. 29) -- It should have been one of the happiest days of their lives. The European couple had decided to renew their wedding vows in the tropical Maldives islands in the Indian Ocean and paid $1,300 for the ceremony to be conducted in the exotic local Dhivehi language. *** The couple -- who are thought to be either Swiss or French -- hold their hands up in prayer, and glance happily at each other throughout the 15-minute ceremony, blissfully unaware of the words' true meaning. "You fornicate and make a lot of children," the celebrant continued. "You drink and...

    10/28/2010 3:58:02 PM PDT · by managusta · 21 replies
    Daily Express ^ | October 28 2010 | Emily Fox
    A COUPLE who spent a fortune getting married in the Maldives were called 'swines' and 'infidels' by the staff member conducting their wedding ceremony. "You are a swine" and "the children that you bear from this marriage will all be bastard swines" are just some of the comments made during the 'traditional' Maldivian ceremony. Conducted at the Vilu Reef Beach and Spa Resort, the wedding ceremony - carried out in Arabic - leaves the western couple clueless while the 'celebrant' leading their vows announces: "Your marriage is not a valid one. You are not the kind of people who can...
  • Unwitting Western couple mocked as 'infidel' and 'swine' during foreign language wedding ceremony.

    10/28/2010 5:16:13 AM PDT · by Mikey_1962 · 55 replies
    UK Mail ^ | 10-27-10 | STAFF
    A luxury resort in the Maldives has sparked outrage after a video appeared on You Tube showing members of staff abusing and mocking their guests using a language they were unable to understand. Employees at the Vilu Reef Beach and Spa resort can be seen calling an English-speaking couple ‘infidel’ and ‘swine’ and calling their guests' marriage illegal in their native Dhivehi tongue throughout the 15-minute wedding ceremony. According to the Maldives news service Minivan News, the video which was uploaded to You Tube ‘as a joke’, shows an employee named Hussein Didi conducting a service as a 'celebrant' -...