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Sharia Law: The Real War on Women

Iraqi women face court-ordered virginity tests

Al Arabiya NewsIraqi women face court-ordered virginity tests that often show they were virgins until marriage but shame them nonetheless, doctors at an institute that carries out the tests and a lawyer told AFP.
Remaining a virgin until marriage can be an issue of life or death for women in the Middle East, where those who are seen as having dishonored the family by having premarital sex are sometimes killed by male relatives.
An average of several virginity tests are performed per day at the Medical Legal Institute (MLI) in Baghdad, in a small windowless room with blue-tiled walls and a black table with leg stirrups at one end.  Other equipment includes a white scope on a wheeled stand and a bright white light, also on wheels, near the end of the table.
Most of the cases we received after the first day of marriage,” said Dr. Munjid al-Rezali, the director of the MLI.   “The husband claim that she is not a virgin, and then the family brings her here, through the courts, this all come through the courts, and we examine her,” Rezali said, speaking in English.
“It’s not uncommon, we are seeing a lot,” he added.  The tests include examination of the woman’s hymen, but the man involved may also come under scrutiny.   The man may be tested for impotency, Rezali said, noting that in some cases, a man with erectile dysfunction may pretend the woman was not a virgin to hide his shame.
The results of the tests go directly to the courts, and are not given by the MLI to the parties involved, Rezali said.
“They think that during the marriage, (the) first day of marriage, there should be blood… they think if there is no blood, there is no virginity,” said Dr. Sami Dawood, a forensic doctor at the MLI who has been involved in the tests.
This belief, he said, indicates that sex education and knowledge is “very poor.”
If a man thinks his new wife is not a virgin, he may take the issue to court, leading to the MLI performing a virginity test, said Dawood.
Asked about the results of the tests, Dawood said that “most of them (are) with the woman, not against the woman, but it is by itself… shaming.”  However, he said that while women were killed in the past if blood was not found on the sheets after their wedding night, people now seek recourse through the courts and the virginity tests procedure.
The test, which takes between 15 and 30 minutes, is carried out by three doctors, at least one of them a woman, and the results are certified by two others, said Dawood, adding that the tests are done only when ordered by a court.
“The judge is required to send the woman for the medical test when she is accused by her husband of not being a virgin, and that is only done in this case,” lawyer Ali Awad Kurdi said.
“If it is proved that the woman was not virgin and sought to get married without telling the man, there is no law that protects her,” Kurdi said.  The woman’s family is then required to recompense the man for gifts, money and other expenditures related to the relationship.
Various Iraqi judicial officials either declined to speak about the issue, or could not be reached by AFP.  “Non-governmental organizations do not have any means of protecting women from this accusation of this crime, because it is a very sensitive matter,” said Intisar al-Mayali, an activist from the Iraqi Women’s Association, a local rights group.
Marianne Mollmann, senior policy adviser for rights group Amnesty International, called virginity tests both wrong and ineffective.
“The issue of virginity testing, and forced virginity testing and sort of legal virginity tests in court proceedings or in other ways, violate a whole host of human rights and are just not justifiable,” she said.  “Even if it were legitimate to look at whether women were virgins for whatever reason, which it’s not, you can’t use a virginity test for that, because the hymen might break for any reason,” Mollmann said.  The test “doesn’t do what it’s set out to do.”
Liesl Gerntholtz, the director of the Women’s Rights Division at Human Rights Watch, said: “The Iraqi government should urgently put measures in place to ensure that women and girls are not forced to undergo physical examinations that are degrading, painful and frightening. The use of these tests in court should be banned.”
DCG

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Looks Like a Film with Attitude! Opens June 1st

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"Religion of Peace" kills teens because of their haircuts

WARNING – GRAPHIC PHOTO BELOW

Dozens of Iraqi teenagers stoned to death for ‘emo’ haircuts: activists

Al Arabiya News:  Iraqi activists sounded the bell over the killing of dozens of teenagers by religious police for having “emo” haircuts
Activists told the Cairo-based al-Akhbar daily that at least 90 Iraqi teenagers with “emo” appearances have been stoned to death by the Moral Police in the country in the past month. The violent crackdown against “emo” Iraqi teenagers came after the Iraqi interior ministry declared them as “devil worshippers.”
“The ‘Emo phenomenon’ or devil worshiping is being probed by the Moral Police who have the approval to eliminate it as soon as possible since it’s detrimentally affecting the society and becoming a danger,” according to a statement by the interior ministry.
“They wear strange, tight clothes that have pictures on them such as skulls and use stationery that are shaped as skulls. They also wear rings on their noses and tongues, and do other strange activities,” the statement added.

The statement said that Iraq’s Moral Police was granted approval by the Ministry of Education to enter Baghdad schools and pinpoint students with Western appearances.

Photo courtesy of Al Tahreer News


The activists told the newspaper that a group of armed men dressed in civilian clothing led the teenagers to secluded areas a few days ago, stoned them to death, and then disposed their bodies in garbage dumpsters across the capital, Baghdad.
“First they throw concrete blocks at the boy’s arms, then at his legs, then the final blow is to his head, and if he is not dead by then, they start all over again,” one person who managed to escape told the daily. The exact death toll remains unclear, but Hana al-Bayaty of Brussels Tribunal, an NGO dealing with Iraqi issues, said the current figure ranges “between 90 and 100.”
Activists said that leaflets were distributed in Baghdad warning teenagers from donning the “emo” style, and in some regions, teenage homosexuals were killed by battering their heads also by concrete blocks.

Religion of peace pieces doing their best to live up to their moniker.
DCG
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The Nun and the Soldier.


A soldier ran up to a nun. Out of breath he asked, ‘Please,
may I hide under your skirt. I’ll explain later.’
The nun agreed. A moment later two Military Police ran up and asked, Sister, have you seen a soldier?’
The nun replied, ‘He went that way.’
After the MP’s ran off, the soldier crawled out from under her skirt and said, ‘I can’t thank you enough Sister You see, I don’t want to go to Iraq .’
The nun said, ‘I understand completely.’
The soldier added, ‘I hope I’m not rude, but you have a great pair of legs!’
The nun replied, ‘If you had looked a little higher, you would have seen a great pair of cujones …I don’t want to go to Iraq either !!
~Steve~                               H/T I-Man

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Corporate Fascism Rebuilt Iraq – Why They Hate Us

Remember breathlessly watching the “Shock and Awe” of the destruction of Baghdad in 2003?  After months of demonizing Saddam Hussein’s regime and his weapons of mass destruction in the media, George Bush preemptively struck a country with no known connection to Al Quaeda or the 9/11 attack. 

After spending billions on the strategic deliberate destruction of the capital city of a sovereign nation that was never a proven threat,  the next round of spending went to private corporations to rebuild 
Funds from the US-operated IRRF are largely disbursed through contracts to private firms. Several US companies have been particularly prominent in receiving Iraq reconstruction funds. Bechtel of San Francisco, USA has been awarded over $2.4 billion for infrastructure rehabilitation through USAID contracts. Flour AMEC, LLC, Greenville, South Carolina, USA has been awarded nearly $1 billion for water, sewer of solid waste management systems. Parsons Corporation of Pasadena, California has been awarded $1.3 billion for construction services. Washington Group International of Boise, Idaho, USA has received awards of $580 million for water resource reconstruction projects. Kellogg, Brown and Root (KBR), a subsidiary of Halliburton of Houston, Texas has received awards of $580 million. Another $1.2 billion has been distributed to Iraqi contractors. In 2005/2006 Symbion Power of the US were awarded $250 million of competitively bid new fixed price electrical infrastructure work throughout the country. Symbion Power is a privately owned engineering firm with an ownership structure that involves a security company Hart Security.The dollar figures provided here are as of July 2006.[12]

Source:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Investment_in_post-invasion_Iraq

LTG

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Grab the Kleenex for this one!


H/T  Ann in Phoenix
~LTG

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Salute to our four-legged veterans!


Gary and Rambo were the last two military working dogs in Iraq at Sather Air Base. This pair of four-footed veterans worked hard to keep their humans safe in Iraq and are ready to be deployed again.
God Bless our troops and their dogs that work hard to keep them safe!
DCG

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One Awesome Kid

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-Dave 

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OPEC, Iran and Iraq – No Man's Land for the MSM?

I don’t recall this being covered in the American MSM in August.  They were pre-occupied with Bambi’s Martha’s Vineyard vacation.   
From the British press, I just came across two related stories that may have to do with Obama’s recent announcement of pulling out troops from Iraq by the end of December.    What do you think?   ~LTG

Qassem Suleimani: the Iranian general ‘secretly running’ Iraq

7/28/2011   Martin Chulov reports on the elusive Iranian with so much Iraqi influence that Baghdadis believe he is controlling the country.  Whole Story Here

Iran revolutionary guards commander becomes new president of Opec

8/3/2011     Rostam Ghasemi joins Ahmadinejad cabinet as oil minister, automatically making him head of global oil organisation.   Whole Story Here

 

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Breaking now. Troops out of Iraq by end of Dec.

POLITICO Breaking News
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President Barack Obama announced Friday that the last American troops in Iraq will return home by the end of December, bringing to a close a deployment of nearly nine years and allowing the United States and Iraq to begin “a normal relationship between sovereign nations.”
“Today I can say that our troops in Iraq will definitely be home for the holidays,” Obama said in a statement in the White House press room.
For more information… https://www.politico.com
~Steve~

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