Tuesday, November 04, 2008

This is not good for Islam - Stoning victim 'begged for mercy'

Almost beggars belief ... men killing a 13-year-old rape victim. Bring back the feudal ages, eh?

A young woman recently stoned to death in Somalia first pleaded for her life, a witness has told the BBC. "Don't kill me, don't kill me," she said, according to the man who wanted to remain anonymous. A few minutes later, more than 50 men threw stones.

Human rights group Amnesty International says the victim was a 13-year-old girl who had been raped. Initial reports had said she was a 23-year-old woman who had confessed to adultery before a Sharia court.

The witness says she was forced into a hole, buried up to her neck then pelted with stones until she died in front of more than 1,000 people.

Cameras were banned from the public stoning, but print and radio journalists who were allowed to attend estimated that the woman, Aisha Ibrahim Duhulow, was 23 years old.

However, Amnesty said it had learned she was 13, and that her father had said she was raped by three men.

"People were saying this was not good for Sharia law, this was not good for human rights, this was not good for anything"

When the family tried to report the rape, the girl was accused of adultery and detained, Amnesty said.

Read the story at BBC News.

Saturday, November 01, 2008

Great Chronicler of the Ordinary Dies

It's with sadness I note the passing of Studs Terkel, the Chicago radio host and oral historian, who more than anyone in the 20th century managed to capture the voice of the ordinary American.

Terkel was motivated by the man on the street, or farm, far more than the politicians or celebrities. I only wish there were more like him -- and more in the media who valued this sort of approach.

Obituary: Studs Terkel