The riot blogs. I’ve been blogging about the UK riots almost from the beginning. Lots of links to comment on the Left and Right, but given the stupidity of some of it, expect strong language from me.
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Times Square bomber ‘sentenced to life in prison’.
A five-year-old British boy, of Pakistani origin, has been kidnapped while in Pakistan:
Sahil Saeed from Oldham, Greater Manchester, was taken from the Punjab region this morning after the family was held captive and robbed by five men armed with guns and hand grenades.
Sahil had been staying with his grandmother in the city of Jhelum and was due to return home today, the British high commission in Islamabad said.
Sahil’s father, Raja Naqqash Saeed, described today how his family were beaten and kicked during a six-hour ordeal that began when men broke into the house last night.
“They took me into the separate room and they tortured me,” he told Sky News. “They said: ‘We will take your son and you will have to pay £100,000.’
“They took my son. They were fully loaded with guns and hand grenades. All Pakistan police know about this, and the British Council.”
Australian politicians have been sharpening the points on top of their heads.
The government is committed to preventing attacks against Indian students studying in Australia, which are harming relations with India and damaging the nation’s reputation, a minister said Tuesday while conceding that some assaults appeared racially motivated.
No kidding? Whoda thunk it…
At least they’re finally doing something about it:
Smith said police in four states had recently made arrests for violent crimes against Indians, including 45 arrested in Victoria.
At a Houston high school, a Pakistan-born teen allegedly hired a Somali-born teen to murder his mother. Now both are in jail awaiting trial on capital (death penalty if convicted) murder charges.
Investigators say Minhas simply didn’t want to follow her house rules.
“These were not unusual restrictions- curfew, be home at night, stay off the freeway- very simple rules any parent that’s responsible would ask their child to do,” said Harris.
A powerful metaphor for official Australia’s response to violence against Indians.
Last spring, the Victoria police set up a special official help line exclusively for Indians to call in the wake of a spat of violent assaults targeting them.
The partially burnt corpse of another murdered Indian national has been discovered on a rural Australian road, prompting the government of India to issue a travel advisory to its citizens about visiting Australia.
In the advisory, India’s government said: “The ministry of external affairs cautions Indian students who are planning to study in Australia that there have been several incidents of robbery and assault on Indians in Australia, particularly in Melbourne, which has seen an increase in violence on its streets in recent years, with the offenders suspected to be mainly young people in their teens and early 20s.”
Australia’s response: Hey, everybody’s doing it.
Australia’s acting foreign minister, Simon Crean, said he hoped “wiser heads” would prevail, insisting Australia, and in particular Melbourne, was a safe place for foreign students as the city had one of the lowest homicide rates in the world.
“[Melbourne] is not the only place that deaths happen,” he said. “They happen in India. They happen in Mumbai. They happen in Delhi.”
Here’s another Youtube video of an assault in Australia, this one in September on a Sri Lankan man waiting for a train.
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Relations between India and Australia have hit a new low after the murder of a young Indian man named Nitin Garg on his way to work in Melbourne last weekend. The murder caps a long series of violent attacks targeting Indians in Australia.
Police are reluctant to draw a racial link to the murder, even though Mr Garg was not robbed and his belongings were left scattered the park where he was murdered.
A representative of the Federation of Indian Students said there are ‘on average 5 attacks a day’ on Indians in Melbourne. The Indian Foreign Minister says it will “be forced to take action” if there are more attacks.
Attackers have been reported as being white, Asian, South Asian, Middle Eastern, aboriginal and Pacific islander. One assault was even captured on subway video. Police have speculated that Indian students often work late at night, live in low-income areas, and are perceived to be “easy” targets of violence.
Police have no witnesses and no suspects in the Garg murder.
Mosque in the West Midlands burnt to the ground:
A fire engulfed the Cradley Heath Mosque and Islamic Centre in Plant Street on Boxing Day destroying the building and the religious countless books inside.
It is the second time in five years that the building has been targeted by arsonists and police are hunting the culprits.
Did anyone ask what role religion played in this man’s murder spree? Dennis Rader bound, tortured and killed his victims while pleasuring himself sexually.
He worked closely with police forces, wore a badge, cited citizens for compliance issues with pets, etc., he was a scout master with the boy scouts and was president of his Church congregation where he attended weekly. He was actually captured on evidence found on his church’s computer.
Did anyone ask how his Christian beliefs played into his crimes?
None that I can remember. Muslims owe the same explanation with Hassan. None.