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Engineer says collapse of Mecca crane, killing 107, was “an act of God”

As the birthplace of Muhammad and the site — a cave — of his first revelation of the Quran, Mecca in Saudi Arabia is regarded as the holiest city of Islam.

On Friday, Sept. 11, 2015, during a rainstorm, a huge construction crane crashed into the court of the Grand Mosque at Mecca, killing 107 Muslims and injuring another 200 of the hundreds of thousands of Muslims from around the world gathered there for their annual hajj pilgrimage.

The crane was there for a massive expansion of the mosque undertaken by Saudi Binladin Group (SBG), which is owned by the family of the now-dead Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden.

The AFP reports (via ZeeNews) reports that a day later on Sept. 12, the engineer for SBG said the collapse of the crane was “an act of God” and not due to a technical fault.

The engineer, who asked not to be identified, said the crane, like many other cranes on the project, had been there for three or four years without any problem: “It was not a technical issue at all. I can only say that what happened was beyond the power of humans. It was an act of God and, to my knowledge, there was no human fault in it at all.”

The engineer said the crane was the main one used on work to expand the tawaf, or circumambulation area around the Kaaba — a massive cubed structure at the center of the mosque that is a focal point of worship.

Kabaa in the middle of court of Grand Mosque

Kabaa in the middle of court of Grand Mosque

The engineer explained that the crane’s heavy hook, which is able to lift hundreds of tonnes, began swaying and moved the whole crane with it, toppling into the mosque. He said the crane “has been installed in a way so as not to affect the hundreds of thousands of worshippers in the area and in an extremely professional way. This is the most difficult place to work in, due to the huge numbers of people in the area.”

A witness said the accident occurred during winds that were so strong they shook his car and tossed billboards around.

lightning strikes crane in Mecca Grand Mosque

The development project is expanding the area of the Grand Mosque by 4.3 million square feet, which would accommodate up to 2.2 million people at once.

God does work in mysterious ways!


Amnesty report finds Saudi Arabia executed 175 in past year

ISIS approved!


Associated Press: Saudi Arabia has executed at least 175 people over the past 12 months, on average one person every two days, according to a report released Tuesday by Amnesty International.

The 43-page report titled “Killing In the Name of Justice: The Death Penalty in Saudi Arabia” said that between January 1985 and June 2015, at least 2,208 people were executed in the kingdom. An Associated Press tally based on official announcements shows that Saudi Arabia executed 109 people since January, compared to 83 in all of 2014.

The kingdom follows a strict interpretation of Islamic law and applies the death penalty to a number of crimes including murder, rape and drug smuggling. Though not as common, Saudi Courts allow for people to be executed for adultery, apostasy and witchcraft. People can also be executed for crimes committed when they were below 18 years of age.

“Saudi Arabia’s faulty justice system facilitates judicial executions on a mass scale,” Said Boumedouha, acting director of Amnesty’s Middle East and North Africa program, said in a statement.

In one case highlighted in the report, two sets of brothers from the same extended family were executed in August 2014 in the southern city of Najran after being convicted of receiving large quantities of hashish. Amnesty said the men claimed they were tortured during interrogation and sentenced to death largely based on confessions made after being beaten and deprived of sleep. Amnesty said it reached out to the Saudi Interior and Justice ministries, but received no reply.

Most executions are carried out by beheading, though some are also done by firing squad. In rare cases, executed bodies have been displayed in public to deter others from committing crime.

Islamic law as practiced in Saudi Arabia allows for retribution in some cases, whereby relatives of the murder victim have the right to decide if the offender should be executed or pardoned. If pardoned, compensation or “blood money” is often paid to the family. In one case reported in Saudi media in 2012, a father pardoned his son’s killer on condition he memorize the Quran before leaving prison.

Amnesty said almost half of those executed during the last 30 years were foreign nationals, many of whom lack the Arabic skills to understand court proceedings and charges. Almost a third of those executed were for drug-related offenses.

The rights group said Saudi authorities have denied its researchers access to the country. The London-based rights group said it researched cases for this report by contacting people before their execution and reaching out to relatives and lawyers, in addition to analyzing available court documents.


Saudis advertise for EIGHT new executioners – and beginners are welcome

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Daily Mail: As family days out go, it must rank among the most macabre. It is Sunday breakfast time in a city in the Gulf, a busy square has been cleared and men, women and children sip cool drinks in the morning sun as they wait for the main event. There is never much advance notice but those in the know gather just before 9am, the time for public beheadings.

A police van arrives and a prisoner in white robes is dragged from it by eight officers. The executioner is waiting. He is carrying a four-foot curved silver sword. The condemned man is forced to kneel facing Mecca, and the executioner tests his blade by running it lightly across the prisoner’s exposed neck, making him flinch. There is a drain in the ground to collect the blood.

As the crowd falls silent, the executioner raises his sword, then powers it down on to the kneeling man’s neck, slicing through skin, muscle and bone. The head rolls away; the body topples to the ground.

The victim, a Pakistani man convicted of drug offences, is fortunate the cut was clean. Yet the horror continues. The man’s head is put in a bag and attached to his body with rope. Then the corpse, head dangling, is hoisted on a crane and left to fester in the square for up to three days.

This execution took place not under the regime of Islamic State but in Riyadh, the capital of Saudi Arabia — a key ally of Britain and America and the only place in the world where such public justice is meted out for crimes ranging from murder to, in the case of several fortune tellers last year, ‘performing magic’. Such is its appetite for beheadings, the country has been advertising for eight new executioners to meet demand.

So far this year 89 people have been beheaded in public, surpassing the estimated tally of 87 in the whole of 2014. About half of last year’s victims were Saudi; the others were from Pakistan, Yemen, Syria, Jordan, India, Indonesia, Burma, Chad, Eritrea, the Philippines and Sudan. Locals are encouraged to take their children to the place of execution in ‘Chop Chop Square’, as this area of Riyadh is nicknamed, so they grow up knowing the dire consequences of breaking the law.

There are currently fears that a Saudi blogger named Raif Badawi, whose plight has caused international outrage, may yet be condemned to a public death. He was arrested in June 2012 and charged with ‘cyber crime’ and disobeying his father, who had asked him to stop working on a news website critical of Saudi laws.

Mr. Badawi was sentenced to 1,000 lashes and a decade in prison for insulting Islam, but may be retried for the crime of renouncing the religion. This carries a death sentence and would result in his beheading.

In truth, Saudi executioners are rarely short of work, thanks to the country’s strict adherence to a hardline strand of Islam called Wahhabism, whose followers adhere to puritanical beliefs that prescribe death for apostates, not to mention gays, adulterers and drug users. Punishment is decided by judges who work without any penal code, guided only by Allah.

Traditionally, the role of executioner has been passed down through families from father to son, and it is rare for so many jobs to be created at the same time.

The new recruits will be classed as ‘religious functionaries’. Each will be given his traditional scimitar, which costs £2,600, by the government and trained by beheading live sheep provided by the civil service. The recruitment advert, on Saudi Arabia’s civil service website, stresses that no qualifications are necessary but successful applicants must perform ‘execution orders according to Islamic Sharia rules’.

They will also be ‘responsible for implementing the Penalty of Theft by severing the hand’ — that is, public amputation for thieves who have committed up to three offences (four and they are beheaded). Right hand amputation applies in cases of theft, whereas cross amputation — right hand and left foot — is prescribed for highway robbery.

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Other duties may include stoning to death adulterers and surgically paralysing offenders under the strict eye-for-an-eye legal policy. Stoning victims are typically buried up to their waist or neck, unable to fend off the stones hurled at their head by a crowd of bystanders until they slowly die. Penal amputations are carried out by the same executioners hired for beheadings, but using a knife.

Although eye-gouging is a sentence often handed down in Saudi Arabia, there are no instances recorded in the West of it being carried out in the past ten years.

The upsurge in beheadings this year follows a rise in crime. Total crime rates rose more than 100 per cent between 2012 and 2013, the last year for which figures are available.

The number of sex crimes reported remains relatively low — not least because under Islamic law the rape victim is punished for ‘adultery’, with documented cases of traumatised women being lashed and jailed after being sexually assaulted. At the same time, drug use and street robberies are becoming more widespread in a state once regarded as virtually crime-free.

Beheadings are not televised but executioners have given interviews to TV shows. One came straight from a beheading, informing his audience that ‘if the heart is compassionate, the hand fails’. Executioner Saad al-Beshi also discussed his skills with a scimitar, stressing that it is vital to take one strong, confident swing. It is believed that cleanly beheaded prisoners suffer almost immediate unconsciousness and death. But unfortunately for Saudi’s convicted prisoners, not all Saad al-Beshi’s colleagues are as skillful.

This year, horrific footage taken by someone in the crowd was leaked showing the bungled execution of a woman accused of murdering her step-daughter. She is heard shrieking ‘I did not kill! I did not kill!’ as police officers force her to kneel in front of the executioner. He tells her to ‘praise God’ but fails to sever her head with the first blow and has to hack twice more before the grisly deed is done.

The international outcry that ensued prompted the Saudi authorities not to amend their methods but only to hunt down the man who leaked the mobile phone footage.

Saudi Arabia has been touchy about public executions since the release in 1980 of a British TV drama-documentary, Death Of A Princess, which told the true story of how a young Saudi princess and her lover were executed for adultery. It caused a diplomatic spat, with London’s ambassador to Riyadh ordered to leave the country and British Airways Concorde flights banned from Saudi airspace.

More recently, the country was quick to dismiss global appeals, including a letter from Prince Charles, to spare the life of a 17-year-old Sri Lankan maid accused of choking a baby to death.

With a population of just 28 million, Saudi Arabia is beaten only by China, North Korea and Iran for the number of people it puts to death. But while Iran and China normally use firing squads, Saudi Arabia has rejected calls to end beheadings.

For all its wealth and air-conditioned shopping malls, it is a deeply conservative country where alcohol, nightclubs and even cinemas are banned, and strict moral codes are imposed on the people by an army of secret agents working for the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice. This hated force of up to 5,000 officers patrol the streets ensuring that women are covered from head to toe, there is strict separation between the sexes at all times, and no one is holding secret parties.

Often uneducated but from religious families, these ‘moral police’ are often the dreaded first point of contact for those who end up being put to death. They have powers arbitrarily to detain offenders — such as men and women walking together who are not married or blood relatives — and to shut down businesses caught opening during Muslim prayer times or selling haram — forbidden — items such as Western music.

The executioners advertisement, which anyone can download, even promises successful applicants an attractive benefits package including a housing allowance and six months’ sick leave on full pay. And one lethally sharp sword.


It’s Colder Because It’s Warmer, Camel Urine, and HPVs

The article below by journalist, Jim O’Neill, may make some folks a bit squeamish, so if that’s the case, pass this one by.  Nevertheless, it is loaded with information and truth, some of which is quite frightening.  Jim has given his permission to repost his article.

KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERABorn June 4, 1951 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Served in the U.S. Navy from 1970-1974 in both UDT-21 (Underwater Demolition Team) and SEAL Team Two. Worked as a commercial diver in the waters off of Scotland, India, and the United States. While attending the University of South Florida as a journalism student in 1998 was presented with the “Carol Burnett/University of Hawaii AEJMC Research in Journalism Ethics Award,” 1st place undergraduate division. (The annual contest was set up by Carol Burnett with money she won from successfully suing a national newspaper for libel). Awarded US Army, US Navy, South African, and Russian jump wings. Graduate of NOLS (National Outdoor Leadership School, 1970). Member of Mensa, China Post #1, and lifetime member of the UDT/SEAL Association.

Jim can be reached at: lausdeo.jim@gmail.com

In my last article (“The USA in Libya: Battle of Derne”) I should have perhaps made mention of the fact that among the “colorful characters” who took part in that battle was Oliver Hazard Perry, who commanded the “USS Nautilus.” Perry would later go on to gain fame during the “War of 1812,” and his statement “We have met the enemy and they are ours” became something of a cultural catchphrase. Cartoonist Walt Kelly famously turned Perry’s comment on its head in 1971 with “We have met the enemy and he is us.”

Be that as it may, this article concerns itself (albeit briefly) with a few of the many lies put out by the Obama Administration – I will wrap up the article with a couple of cautionary public health announcements.

First a glance at a few of the more outrageous liberal spins. If you thought that the global cooling trend would have the global warming alarmists scurrying for cover you would be wrong. As many of you know, we are now being told (with a straight face I might add) that the world is getting colder because it is getting warmer.

The UK’s “Daily Mail” warns us that “Global warming could be triggering increasingly cold winters in some parts of the world….” Yikes! It was bad enough when it was just getting hotter because of AGW (Anthropocentric Global Warming), but now it’s making things colder as well! Alas, it appears we are stuck between Scylla and Charybdis.

Mind you, these “scientific facts” are brought to us courtesy of the same folks who told us that ISIS has nothing to do with Islam, al Qaeda is on the run, that if you like your health care you can keep your health care, and the attacks in Benghazi were the result of a barely watchable and barely watched video.  Caveat emptor people.

Now for the public health concerns. We can thank Walid Shoebat for bringing to our attention the fact that the widespread use of camel products in Saudi Arabia is almost certainly responsible for the spread of MERS (Middle East Respiratory Syndrome). This includes the practices of shampooing with, and drinking, camel urine.

Since 2012, more than 1,000 cases of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) have been reported and almost 400 deaths. Infection has been confirmed in the US, France, the UK and other countries, usually after travel to Saudi Arabia, where the virus was first identified.

The only reason for the virus to be shrouded in mystery is political correctness.

Walid Shoebat “MERS Is Surging Again In…Saudi Arabia: The Cover-Ups Behind Muslims Drinking Camel Urine

I concur with Mr. Shoebat. In our politically correct Brave New World of relativistic multiculturalism — where ISIS savages stand on an equal footing with Doctors Without Borders — who will dare point out that someone’s cultural norm poses an unsanitary health risk?

Speaking of unsanitary health risks, there is another health risk that appears to be an inexplicable puzzle to health officials – and this health risk is occurring in the USA.

I am speaking of the marked increase in oral and rectal cancer among young American adults. “Forbes” ran an article last fall titled “For Reasons Unknown, Colon And Rectal Cancer Rates Are Rising In People Under 50.” I think I can help point researchers in a profitable direction.

What I am about to briefly discuss does not make for pleasant “table talk,” so if you feel you might be offended by topics of a sexual nature then by all means feel free to stop reading my article at this point.

As homosexuals and the homosexual lifestyle have become increasing accepted in our culture so have sexual practices first popularized and propagated in the homosexual community – i.e. oral and anal sex. So widespread are these practices in the young adult heterosexual community these days that although I would not say that they are by any means standard sexual fare, they are far from being the rarity they once were – especially oral sex (due in no small part to the example set by former President Bill “It’s Not Really Sex” Clinton).

Is there a cause-and-effect relationship between oral/anal sex, some HPV (Human PapillomaVirus) strains, and the rise in cases of oral and anal cancer? I don’t know for sure one way or the other, but I suspect that there is indeed such a correlation. In any event, it is worth looking into — political correctness be damned.

According to Dr. Richard Watson:

HPV is now widely recognized as responsible for more than 95% of cervical cancers in women.

Today, cervical cancer is a pandemic disease worldwide, and the rapidly escalating transmission of HPV augurs even starker statistics for decades to come.

HPV is recognized to be the most frequently acquired sexually transmitted viral infection worldwide.

Whatever utility condoms may have in preventing transmission of other sexually transmitted diseases, they provide no proven protection against the transmission of HPV.

Richard A. Watson, MD “Human Papillomavirus: Confronting the Epidemic

The good news is that with early detection the prognosis for successfully treating HPV-related cancers in non-smoking patients is excellent. Also, doctors report efficacious results in fighting HPV (especially the virulent strains 16 and 18) using the vaccines Gardasil or Cervarix. I am well aware of how leery, if not downright hostile, many readers are regarding the use of vaccines, and I am not promoting their use, but perhaps some of you may wish to research the topic further and come to your own conclusions.

The bad news is that cases of oral and rectal cancer continue increasing year after year. It should be noted that, in any event, partaking in certain elements of the homosexual lifestyle can lead to a significant reduction in a person’s life expectancy (e.g. one report I read noted that “anal cancers are about 35 times more common in gay men than the general population”). Be advised that the last few paragraphs should not be taken as an oblique slur on homosexuality; they are meant simply as a word to the wise. An alert awareness of the above health concerns is in order.

Being politically correct and sticking our head in the sand over these matters can and will cost any number of lives. Do not expect the “it’s getting colder because it’s warmer” crowd to inform you about such things.





Saudi Arabian restaurants ban single women from entering because of their ‘mentally unstable’ behaviour

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DailyMail: Restaurants in Saudi Arabia have banned single women from entering because of their ‘mentally unstable’ behaviour such as using flirting, smoking and using mobile phones.

Several restaurants have put up signs that say ‘women are not allowed’ in another blow for women’s rights in the conservative Muslim kingdom.

There is no law banning women from travelling alone in Saudi Arabia but deeply-held religious beliefs dictate that they should be accompanied by a male family member when out in public.

According to The Week, one restaurant owner said: ‘We put up these signs because we have seen numerous incidents of flirting taking place inside the restaurant. We’ll only remove these signs when we make sure such incidents never happen again on our premises because such type of behaviour negatively impacts our business.’

Bloggers in the Middle Eastern state also described women who smoke and use mobile phones as ‘mentally unstable’. One wrote: ‘The best thing is to keep women away from restaurants unless they have a male custodian. That way the restaurant is not shut down because of the misbehaviour of an adolescent or mentally unstable woman.’

The blogger added that one woman crossed the line when she came in alone and ‘focused on her mobile’.

Another online post said some women visiting restaurants had no respect. A man called Talal said: ‘My brother has a restaurant and he says that even though there is a section for families, there are often instances of embarrassment.

‘Several women would come in and would speak loudly without any respect for public behaviour. He says that it is difficult for him to get them to lower their voices.’

Saudi Arabia has one of the worst record’s for women’s rights in the world. Women will be allowed to vote and run for office in local elections for the first time next year but are still not allowed to drive.

There are no laws on the minimum age it is legal to marry at, with father’s giving their daughters a way when they are just nine years old in some cases.

Women can ride bicycles, but only in ‘recreational areas’ if they are wearing full Islamic body coverings and are accompanied by a male guardian.

Khalid Al Fakhri, the head of Saudi Arabia’s National Society for Human Rights, said: ‘These signs are against the law and reflect the personal opinions of the restaurant owners.’


Saudi Arabia: Girl’s Lips & Eye Sewed Shut for Calling Jesus Her Savior



Reblogged from http://godgutsandoldglory.wordpress.com/2014/04/07/saudi-arabia-officials-sew-the-mouth-and-eye-shut-of-a-young-girl-who-professed-jesus-as-her-saviour/


You will never hear this on the lame street media and really Fox news will not report it for fear that the Islamist will feel offended that it was reported
Originally posted on sharia unveiled:
Young girl in Saudi Arabia that professed ‘..Jesus Christ is a Savior..’ Photo courtesy of: Erspress.com

by, J. Schuyler Montague | sharia unveiled

This young girl that was employed in Palmelkh, Saudi Arabia had the audacity to say ‘..Jesus Christ, peace be upon him, is a personal Savior..’

This angered many officials at her work and they ordered men to carry out the process of sewing her mouth shut, in order to stop her from expressing her love for Christ Jesus. Additionally, they sewed her left eye shut as an added form of punishment. The process utilized was not only inhumane but unsanitary. The plastic thread that was used contained chemicals, for the sole purpose of intentionally causing infection.

This story has been confirmed through Human Rights Organizations that called this report: ‘..not only a reflection of the deadly Saudi Arabian Human Rights System, but a clearly flagrant violation of…



At least 6,000 Jihadist Rebels in Syria, Pose A Risk To The United States And Europe

Now you ask what’s so confusing about that. well it seems these jihadist rebels are all TANGLED UP with al-Qaida. and it seems we may have provided a lot of these weapons. Now I’m no rocket scientist , but seems to me it might not have been a good idea giving these wahoo’s even a book of MATCHeS.



TODAY Our Country Is In Grave Danger!

Written by Aaron Klein

JERUSALEM – At least 6,000 jihadist rebels in Syria, many affiliated with al-Qaida, now pose a major security risk to the United States and Europe, according to Obama administration officials and Mideast experts.

Most of the news coverage of the emerging threat fails to mention U.S. and Western support, including weapons transfers, to the Syrian rebels. Al-Qaida-linked groups reportedly are prominent among the rebel ranks.

On Tuesday, Michael Morell, the Central Intelligence Agency’s second-in-command, warned in an interview with the Wall Street Journal that al-Qaida groups in Syria, along with the civil war itself, pose the greatest threat to U.S. national security.

The Wall Street Journal reported Morell said there are now more foreigners flowing into Syria each month to fight with al-Qaida-affiliated groups than there were going to Iraq to fight with al-Qaida at the height of the war there.

Meanwhile, according to UPI, Matthew G. Olsen, director of the Nati… Syria “has become really the predominant jihadist battlefield in the world.”

“The concern going forward from a threat perspective is there are individuals traveling to Syria, becoming further radicalized, becoming trained and then returning as part of really a global jihadist movement to Western Europe and, potentially, to the United States,” said Olsen at a security conference in Aspen, Colo., this month.

Gilles de Kerchove, the European Union’s counterterrorism coordinator, told the same conference, “The scale of this is completely different from what we’ve experienced in the past.”

De Kerchove spoke of jihadists flocking to Syria from Europe. He described the European jihadist travelers as self-radicalized and traveling on their own initiative.

He said the militants now pose a threat to their home countries if they attempt to return home, and he warned that European governments lack the capabilities to monitor all of them.

USA Today further reported on at least 6,000 foreign jihadists from 50 nations, including fighters from Australia, France, Britain and the U.S.

“Australians now make up the largest contingent from any developed nation in the Syrian rebel forces,” the newspaper reported. “There are around 120 French fighters in Syria, about 100 Britons and a handful of Americans.”

There is a history of foreign fighters returning home to carry out terrorist attacks, such as the 1996 bombing of Khobar Towers in Saudi Arabia, in which 19 U.S. servicemen were killed.

Unmentioned by CIA official Morell or the major news media reporting on the Syrian rebel threat is that the U.S. and Western countries have supplied vast sums of weapons to the Syrian rebels and earlier to the rebels in Libya who toppled Moammar Gadhafi’s regime.

WND reported earlier this week that U.S. and other Western arms shipments to jihadist-saturated Libyan and Syrian rebel groups may have contributed to al-Qaida’s growing worldwide threat.

Al-Qaida’s resurgence may now be culminating in the terrorist group’s reported plot to target U.S. and Western interests, prompting a weeklong shutdown of U.S. embassies across the Middle East and North Africa, WND further reported.

Indeed, informed Middle Eastern security sources told WND the current al-Qaida terrorist plot against U.S. and Western targets is a direct result of U.S.-supported efforts currently under way to purge al-Qaida affiliates from the ranks of the Syrian rebels. The sources have specific knowledge of the terrorist threat.

The sources said the U.S. has been working with Saudi Arabia, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates and other Gulf states to support a U.S.-armed Free Syria Army effort to cleanse al-Qaida affiliates from among the rebel ranks, including al-Nusra and other groups.

For months, the U.S. reportedly has been providing lethal support to the Syrian rebels amid widespread fears the Western weapons could fall into the hands of al-Qaida organizations known to work alongside the Free Syria Army.

Now with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad closing in on the insurgency targeting his regime, U.S. allies in the Gulf and throughout the Middle East are deeply concerned the freshly armed al-Qaida groups could turn their efforts from Assad to destabilizing the moderate Arab regimes.

To that affect, according to the Middle Eastern security sources, the U.S. has been heavily aiding the Free Syrian Army in its efforts to disarm or eliminate the al-Qaida groups fighting as Syrian rebels.

The Middle Eastern security sources said the current al-Qaida plot is an attempt to dissuade the U.S. from further supporting the disarming efforts.

~Steve~                           H/T           http://americac2c.com/?