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Forget Mecca, let’s bomb Nigeria

Let’s set aside Tom Tancredo’s ludicrous idea to bomb Mecca and Medina. Instead, let’s turn our attention to Nigeria and wipe it off the map.

Eighteen men have been arrested in northern Nigeria for alleged sodomy, which carries the death sentence under Bauchi state’s Islamic sharia law, the official NAN news agency reported Thursday.

Is it wrong of me to advocate bombing a country into nothingness? Is it worse than the world turning a blind eye to persecution and murder simply because Nigeria has a load of oil under the ground?

Shame On Us All | QueerSighted
18 face death sentence for homosexual activities in Nigeria
| IC Publications

Written by Jeff

Thursday, August 9, 2007 at 7:35 pm

Joseph Kony must be punished.

Joseph Kony is the leader of a Ugandan rebel group called the Lord’s Resistance Army. He is responsible for multiple acts of torture, mutilation, rape, and murder. He is under indictment by the International Criminal Court. Ugandan President Museveni has promised amnesty to Kony if peace talks are successful.

Kony must not get amnesty. He must be arrested, convicted, and punished for his crimes.

Take this one for example:

The rebels tried to force me to pick up a log and hit [the other prisoners’] heads but I refused so one came for me with a knife and cut off my left ear.

They returned to me at some point and re-tied me before chopping off my lips. They then cut off my right ear and my nose.

My wounds had begun to rot. The smell was so bad. But still they refused me any treatment.

Then on the seventh day, because I never expected to live, I insulted their commander in the hope that in revenge he would kill me.

He just ordered his soldiers to cut off my hands. They did.

That evening I remember seeing my fellow female abductees crying. One of them had been killed and another had had her breast cut off.

BBC NEWS | Africa | LRA victim: ‘I cannot forget and forgive’

Kony must not be granted amnesty. He must be made to pay for his crimes.

BBC NEWS | Africa | ‘Amnesty’ for Uganda rebel chief

Written by Jeff

Tuesday, July 4, 2006 at 2:05 pm

Posted in Human Rights

"Do Not Forget Iranian LGBTs."

UK Gay News – Do Not Leave Us Alone, Pleads Gay Iranian

When my transsexual friend committed suicide under the pressure of her society and her family, and I saw her withered body and cold contracted hands on her breast I became the spokesperson.

When my friend, Nima, a young gay man took his life due to police brutality and under the pressure of his family by eating arsenic, and I saw his lifeless body that slept like a beautiful angel I heavily cried and I became the spokesperson.

When I saw my friends in the hallways of the central court of Shiraz, and heard their cries of pain from the lashes that had tortured them I cried too.

But this also made me stronger in my desire to speak out.

Written by Jeff

Wednesday, June 14, 2006 at 10:26 pm

Posted in Human Rights

"kill kill kill, die fuckers, praise the lord" and other things

Written by Jeff

Wednesday, May 31, 2006 at 3:22 pm

On being gay and Arab in America

The double closet (Metro Times Detroit)

An article in the (Detroit) Metro Times about being gay and Arab in America in this time of discrimination of both groups.

Written by Jeff

Sunday, May 7, 2006 at 3:22 pm

‘Progress’ in Iraq

In an update to the ongoing attacks upon gays in Iraq:

Sickening. The witch hunt for gay Iraqis has led to the murder of a 14-year-old boy, apparently shot on his doorstep for being gay. And it’s likely one of many cowardly crimes we haven’t heard about.

Things aren’t getting better in Iraq and the Iraqi military and police has been infiltrated by many of the same terrorists that the US forces have been fighting against the insurgency began.

And, as I stated before here, the US government doesn’t care:

“Mr Hili, whose Abu Nawas group has close links with clandestine gay activists inside Iraq, said US coalition forces are unwilling to try and tackle the rising tide of homophobic attacks. ‘They just don’t want to upset the Iraqi government by bringing up the taboo of homosexuality even though homophobic murders have intensified,’ he said.”

towleroad: Iraqi Boy Murdered by the “Police” for Being Gay

Also: Andrew Sullivan | The Daily Dish: Sistani’s Pogrom

Related:

U.S. doesn’t care about gays in Iraq

Clean house in Iraq and Afghanistan

Written by Jeff

Friday, May 5, 2006 at 12:25 pm

Keith Boykin: Robert Mugabe must go

Get Rid Of This Man | keithboykin.com

[Mugabe] controls the one political party that is fully allowed to operate in the country, and he controls the government. But when his opponents speak out against him, he authorizes his thugs in the government to destroy their homes and businesses. That’s not democracy, that’s dictatorship.

Written by Jeff

Tuesday, May 2, 2006 at 12:31 am