Death penalty for Saudi Arabian blogger?

Originally posted on Dear Kitty. Some blog:

This video says about itself:

Bring Raif Badawi home to his family

13 November 2014

10 year old Doudi writes to his dad Raif Badawi in prison in Saudi Arabia.

Raif Badawi was jailed for 10 years and sentenced to 1,000 lashes after starting an online forum for social and political debate in Saudi Arabia. Demand his immediate release – write to the King of Saudi Arabia today.

From daily The Independent in Britain:

Raif Badawi, the Saudi Arabian blogger sentenced to 1,000 lashes, may now face the death penalty

Chris Green

Sunday 01 March 2015

Raif Badawi, the Saudi Arabian blogger whose punishment of 1,000 lashes has prompted international condemnation, may now face the death penalty.

Mr Badawi’s wife, Ensaf Haidar, told The Independent in a series of messages that judges in Saudi Arabia’s criminal court want him to undergo a re-trial for apostasy. If found…

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Israeli Occupation Forces Arrested 280 Palestinians In February

Originally posted on Occupied: Headlines From Palestine:

PNN/ Bethlehem/

According to a report by Hussam Association of Palestinian Prisoners and Ex-Prisoners, Israeli occupation forces have kidnapped about 285 Palestinians, 30 of which are kids under the age of 18, only during the last month of February 2015.

The report showed that a majority of the Palestinians kidnapped, especially women and children, were detained for hours or days before their release.

Hebron ranked first regarding the number of youths kidnapped, with the number of 72 , followed by Jerusalem, 56, and Ramallah 32.

In Nablus the number hit 30, 27 in Jenin, 22 in Bethlehem, 9 in Qalqilya, 7 in Tulkarem, 6 in Jericho, 6 in Tubas and 3 in Salfit.

In Gaza, 15 people were kidnapped, 9 of them took place near the border siege of Gaza, against merchants and patients that were transferred through the Erez crossing checkpoint, in addition to 3 fishermen that were…

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The Vineyard of the Saker: Good news out of Russia – even the “non-system” opposition refuses to blame the Kremlin :) :) :) ~J

Originally posted on 2012: What's the 'real' truth?:

http://vineyardsaker.blogspot.ca/2015/02/good-news-out-of-russia-even-non-system.html

Honestly, I never thought the day would come where I would have anything good to say about the Russian “liberal” or “democratic” “non-system” opposition but apparently this day has come today. To my surprise, all the leaders of this opposition have so far made very moderate and reasonable statement and all those which I have heard have apparently dismissed the notion that the Kremlin was behind the murder. Now this might be self-evident for most of us, but for the Russian “liberal” or “democratic” “non-system” opposition this is quite a change of tone.  Many have even said that this murder was a “provocation” (which in this context means “false flag”!) to destabilize Russia and create a crisis.  Even Irina Khakamada, normally a real crackpot, has said that this was either a “provocation” or the action of a small group of extremists.

Maybe they are aware that the Russian public…

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War On Success: Here’s Why America Is Doomed — Mike Maloney

Kerry Bemoans RT’s Influence in Shaping Public Opinion

Originally posted on Fig Trees and Vineyards:

I’m kind of reminded of the old saying of PT Barnum, I believe it was, that “you can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you can’t fool all of the people all of the time.” I guess that’s one John Kerry hasn’t taken into consideration. Weapons of mass destruction in Iraq–this, of course, was probably the major whopper that US officials and mainstream media got caught in this century, but of course there have been plenty of others. At some point people begin to consider the source and catch on, which is why PT Barnum made the point he did. And I guess that’s also why Kerry is complaining.

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Calgary’s Adora Nwofor uses comedy to explore diversity

Originally posted on Global News:

CALGARY – Calgary’s Adora Nwofor says being a black, 6’1 comedian can be a challenge, but the opportunity to make people laugh and educate her audience is worth it.

“Someone coined a term for me: It’s shock-wit, which kinds of rhymes with chocolate,” she said.

Nwofor describes being singled out in school: Taller than all her teachers, she was the size of a woman when she was just a teen. But perhaps it was this experience that gave her the courage to speak up for those who were bullied.

“She was never the child to see something or see a person being put down or abused and not step in,” said Nwofor’s uncle, Robert Walters. “She was always the defender.”

The courage to step up came in handy nearly a decade ago, when Nwofor was an anthropology student and her friend signed her up for a comedy show.

“I very…

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Cuba Talks Turn Awkward Over Terror Listing

Originally posted on TIME:

Another round of talks, another round of smiles Friday, as negotiators for Cuba and the United States joined in stepping carefully around the first obvious obstacle to emerge in their joint effort to re-establish diplomatic relations.

The latest meeting was only their second, this time in Washington. Diplomats from both countries crowded around an array of tables at the State Department for what U.S. officials cautioned in advance would be a more “workmanlike” session, less dramatic than the historic inaugural session in Havana in January. That was the first since Presidents Obama and Raúl Castro surprised the world by announcing an intention to reconcile in parallel announcements Dec. 17.

At the time, Obama signaled what sounded very much like an inclination to remove Cuba from the short, brutish roll of nations the State Department lists as official sponsors of terror: The only other countries saddled with the designation are Iran…

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