Indonesia: Christians flogged in public for playing banned children’s game / Indonesia: Orang Kristen dicambuk di depan umum karena bermain permainan anak terlarang

Indonesia: Christians flogged in public for playing banned children’s game

The pair were among five people – including a couple whipped or showing affection in public – who were lashed with a rattan stick

People watch as Tjia Nyuk Hwa is publicly flogged outside a mosque in Banda Aceh
 People watch as Tjia Nyuk Hwa is publicly flogged outside a mosque in Banda Aceh Photograph: Chaideer Mahyuddin/AFP/Getty Images

Two Indonesian Christians were publicly flogged in conservative Aceh province Tuesday for playing a children’s entertainment game seen as violating Islamic law.

Hundreds of onlookers ridiculed and took pictures of the pair were who were among five people – including a couple whipped two dozen times each for showing affection in public – who were lashed with a rattan stick.

On Tuesday, Dahlan Silitonga, 61, and Tjia Nyuk Hwa, 45, were flogged six and seven times respectively after being arrested for playing a long-standing game at a children’s entertainment complex that lets users exchange coins for prizes or vouchers, including cash.

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Muslims burn piles of Pampers nappies and call for a ban because cartoon cat’s whiskers printed on them ‘look like the Arabic spelling of Mohammed’


  • Protesters in India are calling for a boycott of Pampers nappies
  • They have taken offense with a cartoon cat appearing on the product 
  • Lines of its face resemble the word Prophet Mohammed in Arabic 
  • Groups have staged ‘Pampers burnings’, setting fire to nappies in the streets

Anger: Part of the face of the cat on the nappy allegedly resemble the Prophet's name when written in Arabic and  protesters in India are now calling for a boycott of Pampers

Offending: Part of the face of the cat on the nappy, left,  allegedly resemble the Prophet Muhammed’s name when written in Arabic, right

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Net immigration RISES to 244,000 a year and is still more than DOUBLE the PM’s target but numbers from the EU drop below 100,000 for first time since 2013

  • The latest official figures on showing annual net migration have been released
  • The net inflow to the UK was 244,000 in 12 months to September, the ONS said
  • Theresa May has made curbing free movement a red line in Brexit negotiations

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Britain: The Hijab as the Entry Point for Islam

  • Islamists seem to be influencing the British school system with ease: there is simply no solid opposition to them. The government even stays silent about the harassment and intimidation.
  • Islamists in Britain seem to be intent on establishing regressive requirements, such as the hijab for young girls, wife beating, making homosexuality illegal, death for apostates, halala rituals in divorce, and exploitation of women and children through Sharia courts as part and parcel of British culture.
  • That St. Stephen’s School allowed itself to be blackmailed in this way bodes ill for both Britain and its education system.

St. Stephen’s School, in East London. (Image source: Google Street View)

St. Stephen’s School in East London recently imposed a ban on hijabs (Islamic headscarves), but reversed its decision after administrators received hundreds of threats from enraged Muslims.Among the targeted officials from the primary school was the head of governors, Arif Qawi, who had supported the ban on the grounds that the girls wearing hijabs were less likely to integrate socially with their peers. As a result of the outcry, Qawi submitted his resignation, saying that members of the staff were afraid to come to the school.

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UK: Mothers react to Britain’s top primary school hijab ban

Mothers of pupils attending Britain’s ‘top’ primary school in Newham, East London, reacted on Monday to the school’s decision to ban the hijab for girls under the age of eight.

UK: Mothers react to Britain’s top primary school hijab ban

Ofsted: Hijab ban ‘not Islamophobic’ – BBC Newsnight

Should Muslim schoolgirls under the age of eight wear the hijab or religious headscarfs? Ofsted – which inspects schools in England – has supported the headteacher of a predominantly Muslim state primary in London who wanted a ban. In a speech at a Church of England conference, Ofsted’s chief inspector Amanda Spielman said that schools had to pursue “muscular liberalism,” in response to “those who want to actively pervert the purpose of education”. Kirsty Wark discusses these issues with Amanda Spielman and with Sajid Gulzar, CEO and executive head of the Prince Albert Community Trust and Gita Sahgal, founder of the Centre for Secular Space.

Emmanuel Macron unveils plans to crack down on immigration

Activists say proposals to speed up requests threaten rights of asylum seekers in France

Emmanuel Macron at the Élysée Palace in Paris
 Emmanuel Macron at the Élysée Palace in Paris. The bill is proving one of the most divisive of his presidency. Photograph: François Mori/AP
Tough proposals to crack down on immigration and asylum in France have been unveiled by Emmanuel Macron’s government amid complaints from human rights groups and street protests by some public agents in charge of asylum procedures.

The legislation is aimed at speeding up the process for asylum requests and for expelling migrants who aren unable to claim asylum. It would also double to 90 days the time a person without papers can be kept in a holding centre.

The bill, which criminalises illegal border crossing, has sparked anger from charities who called it oppressive.

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‘I want to empower Afghan women’: the female prosecutor on a lonely mission / زه غواړم د افغان میرمنو پیاوړتیا وموموم: ښځینه څارنواال په یوازینۍ ماموریت کې

Zainab Fayez, the sole woman in Kandahar’s attorney-general’s office, wants others to join her in the justice sector to combat taboo and instil confidence

Zainab Fayez, female prosecutor in Kandahar, Afghanistan with permission from
 Zainab Fayez, female prosecutor in Kandahar, Afghanistan with permission from Photograph:

Zainab Fayez, the only woman serving as a prosecutor in Afghanistan’s southern province of Kandahar, has resolved 50 cases of abuse against women, and helped detain 21 men accused of violence against women, including police officials, over the past year. But she still longs to see other women join her in the legal profession.

“My aim is to see the next generation of Afghan women empowered,” said the 28-year-old, who has worked in Kandahar’s attorney-general’s office for the past two years. “In Kandahar, it is very hard for a woman to work alone in an office, which is predominantly occupied by male staff members and where women as workers are taboo.

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Hungary – Migration ‘dangerous’ for EU’s Christian culture: Orban / Magyarország – Migráció “veszélyes” az EU keresztény kultúrájához: Orbán

Hungarian PM Viktor Orban lashes out at Europe’s migration policies during visit to Bulgaria

He sees himself as a saviour of Europe’s Christian nations. Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban has used a visit to Bulgaria to once again lash out at the EU’s migration policies.

His words come in the run-up to his country’s April elections.

“We think migration is dangerous to public security, to our welfare and to the European Christian culture,” said Orban.

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