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Another victory in the American quest for the world as a Coke commercial

Posted by Charles II on August 1, 2009

Ben Quinn, The Guardian:

Six Christians were burned alive in Pakistan yesterday when hundreds of Muslims attacked and looted their homes, sparked by rumours that pages from the Qur’an had been desecrated.

The dead, including four women and a child, were killed when Christian homes were torched by hundreds of supporters of a banned Muslim organisation in the Punjabi village of Gojra, in eastern Pakistan.

Tensions have been running high between the two communities over allegations that Christians had defiled pages from the Muslim holy book, despite authorities insisting that the rumours were unfounded.

It would be really nice if the adherents of religions that claim to be peaceful could all act that way for a day or so.

Added 8/2: From Tariq Saeed, Dawn,

Federal Minister for Minorities Shahbaz Bhatti said 40 Christian homes had been torched on Saturday by the banned Sipah-i-Sahaba group, which is accused of attacking security forces and of staging bombings at public places in recent years. He said there was no truth to allegations that the Holy Quran had been defiled and accused the police of ignoring his appeal to provide protection to Christians under threat.

From Center for Defense Information:

The Sipah-I-Sahaba Pakistan (SSP) – Army of the Friends of the Prophet – is a Sunni sectarian group responsible for carrying out terrorist activities against Shias in Pakistan. It has also operated as a political party, and its leaders have won elections to Pakistan’s National Assembly. … Initially called the Anjuman Sipah-I-Sahaba, the group was formed as a response to rising Shia militancy and sectarian violence in Pakistani Punjab….The SSP believes that Shias possess too much power and influence in Pakistan, and want the country to be declared a Sunni state. It aims to restore the Khilafat (Caliphate) system, while protecting Sunnis and their Shariat (Islamic laws). SSP members declare that Shias are non-Muslims and must be violently converted or suppressed …

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Honduras Coup, Act III, Day 10/Updated

Posted by Charles II on August 1, 2009

I won’t be able to do a proper job until later, if at all.

RAJ has a fascinating analysis of the legal situation that led up to the removal of Zelaya.

Earlier press reports stated that Roger Abraham Vallejo, the teacher shot through the head, expired on the day of the shooting. According to Telesur, he lingered until today. A citizen report translated by Adrienne Pine says the military burst into the hospital where he lay dying and intimidated the family.

TR-Honduras says that 30 people were detained in Santa Rosa Copan. Hermano Juancito reports that demonstrators were trying to negotiate with police to open up one lane of traffic when the police launched tear gas.

At Habla Honduras, there’s a report of 7/30 from Dr. Juan Almendarez, of the National University, who has treated many of the people assaulted by the police.

Radio America is reporting in this article” that Zelaya is “threatening” Micheletti with generalized violence if he is not returned to the presidency. Of course, there already is generalized violence, but it’s all golpista-on-citizen violence. What Zelaya is saying is that if there is no chance of democratic government, we could see some citizen-on-golpista violence. From the same source, the Honduran police supposedly has designated negotiators to deal with the protestors. They are also threatening them with 2-4 years in jail and fines of $1600-3200 for illegal assembly. Added: The AFP says that there is drilling led by men who may be veterans of the Honduran army, but that Zelaya’s “militia” is unarmed. This looks to me like a non-story that someone is trying to turn into a story. Added: Ah, looks like Al Giordano had the same response.

Eva Golinger has a piece in Telesur about the nearly half billion dollars the US is spending to influence Latin America through “smart power.” Very simply, we have no business doing this in countries with elected, democratic governments. If they were doing it in the US, we would feel deep resentment and call it “foreign propaganda.” Ironically, there is a deep need for this kind of thing in countries where governance has collapsed or where government has become authoritarian, and they are many. Having news broadcasts from the outside world can be a lamp shining in the darkness. Having support for civil society is appreciated. What we need is not so much “smart power” as “just power,” as in “the exercise of power to do justice.”
Update2: Lindsay Shade (Common Dreams) says,

On Thursday, the office of Sen. Richard Lugar sent a letter to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton demanding clarification on the State Department’s intentions with regard to Honduras. The same letter also noted that providing such a detailed clarification would “improve the prospects of confirming” several of Obama’s diplomatic nominations for Latin America.

Lugar’s letter comes on the heels of outright threats from fellow Republican Sen. Jim DeMint to delay a Senate vote on a key State Department post for Latin America because of U.S. support for ‘leftist’ Zelaya, signaling that Lugar and other Republicans are aligning on this strategy to block U.S. pressure to reinstate Zelaya and restore Honduran democracy.

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Ha Ha Ha!

Posted by Phoenix Woman on August 1, 2009

Climate-change denialist Anthony Watts has a schtick about how the 1,221 NOAA weather stations around the US don’t prove global warming because they’re somehow inaccurate. That schtick was blown out of the water by this video — which Watts is doing his best to suppress.

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