— ExMuslim TV (@ExMuslimTV) May 6, 2017
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For your entertainment.
🆘‼️😂👁 Oops! Mordor moved to another level. Moscow lost its headquarters. pic.twitter.com/FyAK6zV5Rx
— Onlinemagazin (@OnlineMagazin) May 22, 2017
H/t reader kevin a.
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Over the past week a lot of digital ink has been spilled trying to preview and predict what will take place during Trump’s first official mammoth visit abroad, when over the next 8 days after an overnight flight on Air Force One, Trump will hopscotch from Saudi Arabia to Israel to the Vatican. He’ll close his trip with a pair of summits in Brussels and Sicily. The stakes are great for Trump who makes his debut on the international stage: he’s the first president since Jimmy Carter to not travel abroad during his first 100 days in office. And he’ll depart under a cloud of controversy, even as his media troubles intensified with fresh news on the Russia probe and his “Comey is a nut job” remark.
There is just one problem with all of these nuanced, carefully constructed previews of Trump’s trip: they will all end up wrong, as there is simply no possible way of knowing or predicting all the potential permutations that could emerge from unleashing one President Trump upon the world.
Sweden’s “feminist government” admits Sweden did not vote against Saudi Arabia for UN women’s rights commission.https://t.co/HwY7EJCOFH
— Paulina Neuding (@paulinaneuding) 2 mei 2017
Of the UN’s 54-nation Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), 47 voted ‘yes’ by a secret ballot last week to elect Saudi Arabia to the UN Women’s Commission. 7 countries abstained from voting, which means none of the countries voted no to appointing a country which has, according to UN watch “the world’s most misogynistic regime.” Amongst the abstainers; Sweden, which prides itself on having the world’s first “feminist government“. Press secretary Erik Wirkensjö of Sweden’s Foreign Minister Margot Wallströms defended the action by stating that:
Mohammed Alarefe boasts 17.5 million Twitter followers, which, though impressive, is unlikely to hold any sway with FIFA’s elite.
“I’ve seen video clips of athletes, soccer players running, shooting and when they win they make the symbol of the cross on their chests and my question is do FIFA’s rules not forbid this,” he tweeted.
— Reuters Top News (@Reuters) May 13, 2017
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 12, 2015
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UK Defense Secretary Michael Fallon has claimed Saudi Arabia is just defending itself by bombing famine-threatened Yemen, arguing the Gulf state is entitled to ask its allies for help.
Fallon had been asked if the Conservatives would consider suspending arms sales to the Saudis, given the serious concerns raised by international observers about the war in Yemen.
UK military personnel have been providing Saudi forces with airstrike and artillery training and Britain has sold billions of pounds’ worth of arms to the Gulf theocracy.
The religion of peace strikes again.
The sharia courts in Saudi Arabia have sentenced a young man in his twenties to death by beheading for atheism, apostasy and blasphemy. This is a country ruled by normative Islam. Ahmad Al Shamri renounced Islam and Muhammad on social media. His defense tried to enter an insanity plea, stating that he was under the influence of drugs and alcohol at the time of his supposed crime, but drug use also comes with a death penalty in that country.
Preserving the supremacy of Islam and the sharia are the highest priorities of Saudi Arabia, above the life and limb of any human being regardless of age; this norm is drilled into its citizens. Some Muslim twitter users have celebrated Ahmad Al Shamri’s death sentence, with one tweet stating: “I wish there could be live streaming when you cut his head off.”
Royal decrees under the late King Abdullah re-defined atheists as terrorists, according to a report by Human Rights Watch.
Beheadings are the most common form of execution in Saudi Arabia, although Saudi authorities also sometimes use a firing squad. Figures reported in 2016 showed that executions in Saudi Arabia hit their highest level in two decades, with at least 157 beheadings in 2015, 40% for drug related offences. Al Shamri was clearly doomed.