Saturday, February 18, 2006

More on Nigeria rioting and unrest

Associated Press : Cartoon Protesters kill, injure, and burn

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria - Nigerian Muslims protesting caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad attacked Christians and burned churches on Saturday, killing at least 15 people in the deadliest confrontation yet in the whirlwind of Muslim anger over the drawings.

CNN - 16 die in cartoon protest

"Maiduguri [Nigeria] bore the brunt of Saturday's violence. Fifteen people were killed, 11 churches were burned and 115 people were arrested there, a national police spokesman said......
In Katsina [Nigeria], one person was killed, two police officers were injured and 25 were arrested, a police spokesman said."

Associated Press - 9 Foreign Oil Workers Seized (Kidnapped?)

"WARRI, Nigeria - Militants launched a wave of attacks across Nigeria's troubled delta region Saturday, blowing up oil installations and seizing nine foreigners, including three Americans. The violence cut the West African nation's crude oil exports by 20 percent."

Needless to say, this is a very disturbing chain of events.

Nigeria "Cartoon protestors" kill 15 lives, burn 11 churches

CBC News reports on a deadly protest in Nigeria earlier today: "Nigerian Muslims killed 15 people and burned at least 11 churches on Saturday in the country's first violent protests over caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad, police say. "

The violence level seems to be worsening. I'll post more on this breaking story.

Poland bars Iranian "Holocaust research" at Nazi death camps

Polish media have reported that Iran wishes to send "researchers" to Poland to examine the scale of the Nazi crimes during the war. These "researchers" would visit Auschwitz-Birkenau and other Nazi death camps in Poland, purportedly to determine the whereabouts of millions of European Jews.

"Under no circumstances we should allow something like that to take place in Poland," according to Polish Foreign Minister Staffan Meller. "It goes beyond all imaginable norms to question, even discuss or negotiate the issue."

IranMania further quotes unnamed management officials of the Auschwitz-Birkenau museum as stating: "People who deny that people died in the gas chambers, who profane the memory of the victims of the Holocaust, will not be admitted to Auschwitz-Birkenau."

Why hasn't the U.S. MSM mentioned this story???? Even Al-Jazeera has mentioned the controversy including this item:

"Last week Iran's ambassador to Lisbon, who in the past served as a diplomat in Poland, said in an interview on Portuguese radio that according to his calculations based on a visit to the camp, now a museum, it would have taken the Nazis 15 years to burn the corpses of 6 million people."

Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has publicly alleged that the massacre of six million Jews in Nazi death camps was a "myth."

Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Kinsella's lawsuit against Ottawa Watch blog

Liberal Party lobbyist and self-styled bigwig Warren Kinsella is suing the Ottawa Watch blog alleging libel. In doing so, Mr. Kinsella - who runs his own blog catering to devotees of his peculiar brand of politics - is irresponsibly abusing the judicial process.

By virtue of his high visibility in Canadian politics and media - including having served in some Government capacities - Mr. Kinsella is a public figure. As a public figure who has been actively involved in recent political discussions, it is expected that he will attract various kinds of criticism and scrutiny. However, Mr. Kinsella believes he should be exempt from any public criticism and scrutiny because .... he doesn't like it.

Perhaps Mr. Kinsella needs to grow up. Based on results, Mr. Kinsella has chosen the cheap shot "low road" of declaring war on Mr. Bourrie and Ottawa Watch through the courts.

Ed Morissey at Captain's Quarters has a good discussion of Mr. Kinsella's bullying lawsuit.