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Taliban Behead Two Children for Spying

Taliban Behead for Spying

The Taliban hates spying even more than Edward Snowden! Two children, a 10 year old boy and a 16 year old boy, were beheaded by the Taliban in southern Afghanistan as punishment for spying.

The only problem? (aside from the excessive punishment…) They weren’t really spying – they were just looking for food. The boys had been foraging for food in bins near a police checkpoint in the southern Afghan province of Kandahar when Taliban militants caught them. The boys were both very poor and were thought to regularly accept police food handouts, which in Taliban-speak means they are huge traitors and possibly spies.

“The boys were on their way back … when they were stopped by Taliban insurgents who beheaded them,” the chief of Zhari district, Jamal Agha, told Reuters. “Both of them were innocent children and had nothing to do with government or foreigners.”

According to local officials, the Taliban beheaded the boys as a warning for the rest of the villagers not to cooperate with the police and the Afghan government.

Although the Taliban are well-known for their beheading, a Taliban spokesman, Qari Yousuf Ahmadi, said that this time the group was not involved. Well, I don’t know about that… there have been a lot of accusations in the past. In July last year in the same district, a 16-year-old boy accused by the Taliban of spying for the government was beheaded and skinned. The next month, a girl aged six and a boy of 12 were kidnapped and beheaded in separate incidents in Kandahar and the east of the country. And in August, Afghan officials accused the Taliban of beheading 17 civilians, allegedly as punishment for attending a party where there was mixed-gender dancing.

Kandahar’s governor certainly doesn’t believe the Taliban. The Governor of Kandahar, Dr. Toryalay Wessa called the act inhumane and un-Islamic and has pinned the blame firmly on the militants. He  has commanded all the security forces in Kandahar to find those responsible for this action “with whatever casualties it takes to sacrifice, and at whatever price”. I’m pretty sure there are people working on that already – and it isn’t going so well (see: War in Afghanistan – 12 years and counting).

Via: BBC News

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Pakistani Taliban Hire New #2… And Other News

Must Find New #2

After a US drone in North Waziristan killed former Pakistani Taliban #2, Wali-ur-Rehman, the terror organization must choose a new #2.

And they already have – out with the old #2 and in with the new #2! Pakistani Taliban militants have chosen Khan Said as their new deputy commander. The position of #2 is a tough one to fill, especially since it’s always the #2 who gets killed in drone strikes – never the #1! But Khan Said has a great resume! It includes (but is not limited to) acting as deputy to Rehman, helping plan a 2011 attack on a Pakistani naval base, and freeing nearly 400 militant inmates in a jailbreak last year. The decision to hire him was unanimous. “There was absolute consensus over Khan Said,” one Pakistani Taliban member said. But… can he properly fill out his expense reports? Via: Reuters

Ricin lettersThe ricin letters keep coming! Someone sent a ricin-laced letter addressed to New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg in an effort to stop his anti-gun efforts. The letter never reached Bloomberg but the three officers who did come in contact with the mail experienced diarrhea. Good thing it didn’t reach Bloomberg – that would have been an unfortunate sight watching him testing out New York’s new bike program with diarrhea dribbling down his bike shorts. Another ricin letter was intercepted on Thursday, this time addressed to President Obama. The text in the letter was identical to the one sent to Bloomberg and included the line: “what’s in this letter is nothing compared to what I’ve got planned for you.” Diarrhea? Fox News & Politico

Herpes MAC RihannaA Rihanna concert lasts a few hours, but herpes lasts forever. A Harlem woman claims she got herpes at a Rihanna concert in Brooklyn from lipstick endorsed by the pop-star. The woman is suing M.A.C after a sales rep applied a used tube of “RiRi Woo” to her lips at a pop-up shop during the concert. According to the NY Daily News, she wanted her lips to look hot — not inflamed. Two days after the lipstick was applied, Greenidge developed a cold sore on her lip that her doctor diagnosed as herpes. “I wasn’t able to work for two weeks. It cost me a lot of money,” Starkeema Greenidge, a waitress, told the Daily News. Greenidge claims the herpes has caused her “mental anguish and emotional distress” and the company needs to improve its sanitary practices immediately if it wants to prevent further infections. Or maybe next time don’t let a stranger smear used products on your face at a Rihanna concert… NY Daily News

Sochi CorruptionCorruption in Russia? You don’t say…. Boris Nemtsov, a former Russian deputy prime minister-turned-Kremlin critic, is claiming that Russian officials and businessmen have stolen billions of dollars during the years of preparations for the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi. In 2007 Russia announced the Games would cost about $12-billion. Six years later, that number rose to $51-billion. Where did all this money go? Let’s see: there’s the Olympic stadium, three Olympic villages, a ski jump, hockey arenas, Alpine facilities, an Olympic cross-country venue, major upgrades to the city’s roads, bridges, hotels, trains, port, airport and its underlying power grid. Oh and $30 billion to Russian officials who “supervised” everything. National Post 

El Salvador ABortion CaseEl Salvador sounds like a fun place to get knocked up! The Supreme Court of El Salvador has refused to allow a seriously ill pregnant woman to have an abortion, even though her fetus has almost no chance of survival. All abortions are prohibited in El Salvador under any circumstances – no exceptions! The woman suffers from lupus and kidney failure while the fetus is missing part, or possibly all, of its brain. Well, if she makes it through childbirth, she can always flush the fetus down the toilet… BBC News

Newborn baby ChinaThe 22-year-old mother who flushed her newborn baby down the toilet in Jinhua, China, is no longer considered a murderer by police but is considered incredibly stupid. The baby boy was found alive inside a toilet pipe and was saved by rescuers who detached the section of pipe with the infant inside and took it to the hospital. The police are labeling the case an “accident” at this time after believing the umarried mother’s story she did not intend for the child to fall into the toilet. The police said she tried to retrieve the baby with a stick, then decided to flush the toilet to clear away the blood. The baby has now been released from the hospital and taken home by his maternal grandparents. CNN

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Current Event Cat of the Day

Current Event Cat - Malala

Current Event Cat of the Day:

Pakistani schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai, who was shot in the head by the Taliban after campaigning for girls’ rights to education, is back to school – this time in the UK.

Malala says, “I think it is the happiest moment that I’m going back to school, this is what I dreamed, that all children should be able to go to school because it is their basic right.

The 15-year-old was shot in the head while on a school bus back in October. She has since been recovering at Birmingham’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital. Malala plans to stay in the UK as her father got a job at the Pakistan consulate in Birmingham. Which is probably a good thing as the Taliban has been threatening the lives of both Mr. Yousafzai and Malala since the shooting.

Via: Current Event Cats

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