Visions of a Freeman - Wednesday, May 07 of 2014

Media empire framing.

@DeltaGoodrem @emhewitt I do not understand what is it the British want with the Boko Haram thing and Me: … But...
220 schoolgirls haven't been 'abducted' by Boko Haram, they have been enslaved
Boko Haram is a vile manifestation, yet the liberal press stays silent, fearful of 'demonising the other'

Terrorists from a religious cult so reactionary you don't have to stretch the language too far to describe it as fascistic attack a school. The assault on a civilian target, filled with non-combatant children, has a grotesque logic behind it. They call themselves "Boko Haram", which translates as "western education is forbidden". The sect regards learning as oppression. They will stop all teaching that conflicts with a holy book from the 7th century and accounts of doubtful provenance on the life and sayings of their prophet written hundreds of years after he died.

A desire for sexual supremacy accompanies their loathing of knowledge. They take 220 schoolgirls as slaves and force them to convert to their version of Islam. They either rape them or sell them on for £10 or so to new masters. The girls are the victims of slavery, child abuse and forced marriage. Their captors are by extension slavers and rapists.

As you can see, English does not lack plain words to describe the foulness of the crimes in Nigeria, and no doubt they would be used in the highly improbable event of western soldiers seizing and selling women.

Yet read parts of the press and you enter a world of euphemism. They have not been enslaved but "abducted" or "kidnapped", as if they will be released unharmed when the parties have negotiated a mutually acceptable ransom. Writers are typing with one eye over their shoulder: watching their backs to make sure that no one can accuse them of "demonising the other".

Turn from today's papers to the theoretical pages of leftwing journals and you find that the grounds for understanding Boko Haram more and condemning it less were prepared last year.

Without fully endorsing Boko Haram, of course, socialists explained that it finds "resonance in the hearts of many poor and dispossessed" people, who are revolted by "the corruption and flamboyant lifestyle of the elites". Islamism is recast as a rational reaction to local corruption and the global oppression of "neoliberalism", one of those conveniently vague labels that can mean just about anything.

Once, rightwing newspapers or ultra-Catholic or orthodox Jewish writers would have been the least concerned about the subjugation of women and the most willing to find excuses for religious persecution. But with the reliability of a speaking clock, it is leftwing writers of the 21st century who seek to minimise violent reaction if – and only if – the reactionaries are anti-western. (They speak out against the lesser crimes of the US religious right, without a thought for their own double standards.)

"The mechanical denunciation of the west," wrote the French political theorist Pascal Bruckner in 2010, "forbids the western bloc, which is eternally guilty, to judge or combat other systems, other states, other religions. Our past crimes command us to keep our mouths closed." He might have been writing today, so persistent is the belief that the west is the root cause of the only oppression worth mentioning.

But the appearance that nothing has changed is deceptive. It was always absurd, and in its own way racist, to blame the problems of the world on "the west". Leftists came to resemble American neoconservatives. The US right, or an element of it, thought American military power could solve any ill. The left, or an element of it, talked as if the west was responsible for all ills. Both were self-obsessed. Both believed that the west remained the motor of history while the rest of humanity were bit players.

The most grievous offence was the failure of solidarity. You cannot ally with what liberal and leftwing forces there are in any country from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe if your are blaming their oppression on colonialism, neoliberalism or any other "ism" that is buzzing around in your head. You will end up excusing your comrades' enemies instead.

If occidentalism was absurd in the past, it's preposterous now. Boko Haram is not reacting to western intervention in Nigeria, for there is none. The only way you can pretend the west is to blame is by agreeing that knowledge is "western knowledge", rather than the property of the entire human race, and that the education of girls is "western cultural imperialism" – a road that leads you to nihilism as soon as you step down it.

Meanwhile, we are moving faster than anyone expected to a new age in which China will be the world's largest economy. For the first time since the 18th century, the dominant power will not allow internal opposition or the Chinese equivalent of the campaigns on behalf of the victims of its foreign policy that we saw in Britain, France and the US in the last 200 years. We have not begun to understand the turn for the worse the cause of global human rights is taking as empires shift.

On the few occasions western leftists feel they have to justify themselves, they say they must dedicate their energies to challenging what they can change. They cannot influence the Taliban or Boko Haram, but can lobby their own governments. Even if you take these explanations at face value – and I don't – they have a Tory feel to them. Until recently, it was conservatives, not leftists, who said that "charity begins at home" and quarrels in faraway countries were no concern of ours.

Peter Singer, a great radical philosopher, made the old distinction clear with a thought experiment. Imagine you are passing a shallow pond and see a child going under. You know that if you save the child you will ruin your clothes. Should you wade in? Of course you should, everyone replies: "It would be obscene to put your desire to save spending £50 on a new outfit before the life of a child."

Why then, asks Singer, do you not give money you can afford to spare to save the life a child in Africa?

The majority of conservatives say the deaths of children they know nothing of are not their business. Leftists, and again I accept I am generalising, revolt against such parochialism. Yet when it comes to violence against civilians and, most notably, the denial of women's rights, they change the conversation to anything except the deeds of the criminals in front them. The girl can drown or be enslaved and raped. They have more pressing concerns.

@DeltaGoodrem @emhewitt I do know one thing... I have no idea :I If they want to do something with it, guess they should send a message.

@DeltaGoodrem @emhewitt It's so gross the US and British had to capture black women to justify modern age imperialism. :S Pff.

@DeltaGoodrem @emhewitt If you ask Me, I don't even care. And it is the very best way, let Nigeria solve it with the UN forces.

@DeltaGoodrem @emhewitt Ah but now Boko Haram is a world wide, highly publicized terrorist group with more publicity than Mc Donalds. :S

@DeltaGoodrem @emhewitt And that is far worse than capturing 200 girls. It could swell the terrorist numbers to a very high amount of them.

@DeltaGoodrem @emhewitt Which then could sequester not 200... but 2000... Why so much publicity? To send troops of course :I

@DeltaGoodrem @emhewitt Like it always is: Spread the virus, sell the anti-virus. Bah. Counter Intelligence operations are so boring. XD

@DeltaGoodrem @emhewitt Another thing Germany ignores? How many more violations of human rights must we allow the British & USA? :I

@DeltaGoodrem @emhewitt Pff, why, even FoxNews appeared threatening a "Cosmos Woman" with a decade to feel "very sorry". Look:

@DeltaGoodrem @emhewitt … Hear the end of the recording. :I It sounds remarkably like it's directed to you two.
Woman: I think a couple of things, so even when Americans are asked to pay for the contraception for everybody, they won't take the pills that are free because it might cause weight gain.

Man: Depression.

Woman: Second I always wonder about these stories... What about the father and how the fathers are not consulted and how, or maybe he was but she doesn't feature that in her video. And the last thing I say is, I have always been amazed if a baby is wanted it is celebrated and news, you can even release the news in the newspaper, in the front page of the New York Post that there is going to be a baby but when a baby is not wanted it's ok to destroy the baby and say that it is not a life. I have never understood that.

Other woman: She does report she has an IUD inserted now so no worrying everybody, she is too irresponsible to take the pill every day so she has an IUD and you know Greg, we don't know if this is a positive story because we do not know where she is going to be in ten years, that is what she is not telling these young girls really in Cosmo and how this story really ends, if she was depressed before, let's check back in ten years, I'd love to read that editorial.

@DeltaGoodrem @emhewitt And the Guardian speaks about a decade too! Isn't that a coincidence... :I So let Me guess now. Hmm.

@DeltaGoodrem @emhewitt I am Boko Haram the anti porn education activist. :I And you are being told to cease to help Me or you will be very

@DeltaGoodrem @emhewitt Sorry. Then they go and "kidnap" (Most likely they do not even exist) to make a fuss so I let you go. :I

@DeltaGoodrem @emhewitt See the resemblance again in BBC News: … Remarkably similar to Me as well. :I Simple really.
6 May 2014 Last updated at 19:05 GMT

Will Nigeria's abducted schoolgirls ever be found?
By Farouk Chothia
BBC Africa

Nigeria's militant Islamist group Boko Haram abducted more than 200 girls from a boarding school in the northern town of Chibok on 14 April. An estimated 200 heavily armed militants arrived at night in 20 vehicles to steal supplies and kidnap the students.

Why were the girls captured?

In the local Hausa language, Boko Haram means "Western education is forbidden". So the abductions show the group's visceral hatred for Western education. Moreover, the group promotes the puritanical Islamic view that a woman's place is in the home.

The militants have attacked schools before. The school in Chibok, which was hosting final year exams for Christian and Muslim schoolgirls, was one of the only ones still open in this remote area of Borno state and had no security protection that night.

Nigerian students living in fear

Who are Nigeria's Boko Haram Islamists?

Has Boko Haram abducted girls before?

When it attacked a rural boarding school in Yobe in March, Boko Haram killed at least 29 males - but spared the lives of girls, ordering them to go home and get married. Some analysts believe that Boko Haram felt its order had been defied, and it has retaliated with the Chibok abductions in order to impose its will.

However, there is a precedent for abductions - in May 2013, Boko Haram released a video, saying it had taken women and children - including teenage girls - hostage in response to the arrest of its members' wives and children. At the time, the group said it would treat the women as slaves - something it has also said about the Chibok girls. This has fuelled speculation that it is adhering to the ancient Islamic belief that women captured in conflict are part of the "war booty".

Boko Haram timeline: From preachers to slave raiders

Have any of Boko Haram's hostages ever been freed?

US-based Boko Haram analyst Jacob Zenn says in some cases there have been "tit-for-tat trade offs", with both the militants and security forces releasing those in their custody.

In February 2013, Boko Haram also abducted a French family of seven, including four children aged between five and 12, who were visiting a nature park in neighbouring Cameroon. They were later released.

Reuters news agency reported at the time that it had seen a Nigerian government document which indicated that a ransom of more than $3m (£2m) had been paid for their freedom. The French and Cameroonian governments denied this. In January this year, French priest Fr Georges Vandenbeusch was freed by Boko Haram after nearly seven weeks in captivity. Again, France denied a ransom was paid.

Boko Haram: Is terror designation a badge of honour?

What is being done to free the schoolgirls?

The government says it is taking "discreet" action, and it does not want to do anything that could lead to the abductors killing the girls. In March 2013, another Nigerian militant group, Ansaru, killed seven foreign hostages, including a UK national, after accusing British and Nigerian forces of launching an operation to free them. The government's main problem is that its intelligence agencies have largely failed to infiltrate Boko Haram - if anything, the group has been more successful in infiltrating official agencies. So the chances of the government having much inside information on the group's activities are slim.

The US has offered to send a team of experts, including soldiers and hostage negotiators. The UK says it is also providing "planning support". Aerial reconnaissance and satellites are not as helpful as they could be because of the region's rugged and dense terrain.

Profile: Who are Nigeria's Ansaru militants?

Nigeria abductions:
'My family is crying and grieving'

Where could the girls be?

The kidnappers have probably broken up into dozens of groups, each one taking with them one or two girls. It is thought they are now scattered across the 60,000 sq km (23,166 sq miles) Sambisa Forest, their main hide-out near the Cameroonian border.

Mr Zenn says it could take more than a decade to free them. He draws parallels with Uganda, where the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) rebel group, which is fighting for a biblical state, specialises in kidnapping children, using them as soldiers, sex-slaves and servants. LRA abductors roam with the children through dense bush and across porous borders. Some manage to escape; others are released as part of peace initiatives, while many others remain in captivity all their lives.

Survivors of Uganda's LRA insurgency

Why is it so difficult to establish how many girls are missing?

Fifty-eight children have escaped, some of them by jumping off trucks in which they were being transported after some 200 gunmen captured them at the school. "We ran into the bush and waited until daybreak before we went back home," one girl told the BBC.

Associated Press news agency reported that an intermediary is in contact with the abductors. It reported that two children had died of snakebites and 11 were ill. But just how many are still in captivity is unclear. Children from neighbouring areas had been at the school to write their exams when Boko Haram carried out its offensive. School records were burnt during the attack, making it difficult to establish, officials say, how many were taken away. Officials also say more children may have escaped, with their families failing to report their return to the authorities.

Women tell of Boko Haram escape

How have Nigerians reacted?

With outrage. Nigeria is heavily split along religious and ethnic lines, but all the main groups have united to put pressure on the government to secure their release. Protests have been organised over social media using the hashtag #BringBackOurGirls. President Goodluck Jonathan's critics says the government has handled the crisis badly, and he should step down rather than run for another term in elections next year. His allies respond that the abductions took place in an opposition-controlled state, and the abductions reflect more badly on the opposition than the federal government.

Nigeria leader under pressure over abducted schoolgirls

school abduction sparks social media campaign

Can't the government do more?

President Jonathan imposed a state of emergency in the three insurgency-hit states, Borno, Yobe and Adamawa, in May 2013, but Boko Haram has retaliated by stepping up attacks and the insurgency has entered its bloodiest phase. More than 1,500 have died this year alone in the violence. Government troops say they are poorly resourced and do not have the firepower to rival Boko Haram.

Not only does the group operate like a guerrilla movement, but it also resembles an army with ground forces. Hundreds of its fighters have marched into villages, backed by pick-up trucks and armoured vehicles mounted with machine guns. So it has a military arsenal usually found in a national army.

Did Nigerian splits help Boko Haram?

How did it become so powerful?

It is not clear where Boko Haram gets its weapons or financing - it may have made money from its recent kidnapping of foreigners. The government suspects it is backed by certain politicians and disloyal security officers - and it has forged ties with jihadi groups such as al-Shabab in Somalia and al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb.

Although some dispute this, the increasingly sophisticated nature of its attacks - including bombings and assassinations - suggest that it has received foreign training. There are also unconfirmed reports that it recruits poor people from neighbouring states, including Chad and Niger, and pays them to fight.

Somalia's al-Shabab: Striking like mosquitoes

Niger hit by Nigeria's Boko Haram fallout

What is every day life like in the north-east?

Nigeria is Africa's largest economy and one of the world's biggest oil producers, but the mainly Muslim north-east of the country is relatively undeveloped compared to other areas. Now money that should be spent on infrastructure is being spent on a burgeoning security budget and on rebuilding homes destroyed in militant attacks.

The government says the insurgency has displaced about 250,000 people since the beginning of the year and more than three million people are facing a humanitarian crisis.

Boko Haram has carried out mass attacks on villages, killing, looting and torching buildings in both Muslim and Christian communities. It has also raided markets in small towns for food, banks for money and police stations for guns.

Boko Haram's grip on Maiduguri

Does Boko Haram have support in Nigeria?

It was popular in the northern city of Maiduguri, its birthplace, when it emerged in 2002 as a religious sect, capitalising on public anger over corruption, poverty and perceptions that the north is marginalised by the federal government. However, it lost support after it took a more militant path by assassinating moderate Muslim leaders, and bombing churches and other public places.

Now, it is said to draw its fighters mainly from the Kanuri ethnic group to which its leader Abubakar Shekau belongs. He is far more militant then his predecessor, Muhammad Yusuf, who was killed by the security forces in 2009. The US has offered a reward of up to $7m for information about Mr Shekau's location. He is presently the most wanted man in Africa.

@DeltaGoodrem @emhewitt Only in BBC News it is 200 soldiers, 20 vehicles, all have to do with 2. You 2? :I The entire thing is similar.

@DeltaGoodrem @emhewitt Parallels are impressive. Translate and see for yourself. :I It's all a show and maybe the girls do not even exist.

@DeltaGoodrem @emhewitt To no surprise the agency clubs are heavily involved. It's a counter intelligence operation, standard. XD

@DeltaGoodrem @emhewitt BBC News main page, black women in red... Says in Glowy eye: Will the abducted schoolgrils ever be found? It could

@DeltaGoodrem @emhewitt Take a decade to free 2 Yemaya girls kidnapped by Islamic activists, says the US. :I Read the internet about it.

@DeltaGoodrem @emhewitt It is so similar that it can hardly be a coincidence. But the question is... What for? I do not understand. :I

@DeltaGoodrem @emhewitt You can always leave and block Me. And I want to GO TO CHINA ANYWAY. :I So what's the point? :I Bah.

@DeltaGoodrem @emhewitt They probably forgot I said I wanted to go to China :I I can't stand the criminal agency NAZIS of US and GB.

@DeltaGoodrem @emhewitt Whatever it is a message too confusing to Me. :I I don't get what they trying to tell Me. Bah. I'll ignore it.

@DeltaGoodrem @emhewitt Yep, I give up, I do not understand. XD I'll talk about that with @MinMujer later. I need Russian & Chinese analysis

@DeltaGoodrem @emhewitt Maybe they just running forward from all the serious accusations I have done against them :I So they mirror it back.

@DeltaGoodrem @emhewitt Boko Haram paid and financed by the Mafia media for the big show to cover their asses, running forward.

@DeltaGoodrem @emhewitt 20 coincidences is too much for Me. :I Welcome to the US war on Islam: … I lie? :I Nope.
Nigeria: 329 schoolgirls abducted by jihadis raped 15 times daily, forced to convert to Islam

Robert Spencer May 4, 2014 at 12:10pm

The Qur’an allows for the owning of sex slaves:
If you fear that you will not act justly towards the orphans, marry such women as seem good to you, two, three, four; but if you fear you will not be equitable, then only one, or what your right hands own; so it is likelier you will not be partial. (Qur’an 4:3)

This verse is the basis for Islamic polygamy, allowing a man to take as many as four wives, as long as he believes he is able to “deal justly” with all of them. But justice in these circumstances is in the eye of the beholder. Ibn Kathir says this the requirement to deal justly with one”s wives is no big deal, since treating them justly isn’t the same as treating them equally: “it is not obligatory to treat them equally, rather it is recommended. So if one does so, that is good, and if not, there is no harm on him.”

The verse goes on to say that if a man cannot deal justly with multiple wives, then he should marry only one, or resort to “what your right hands own” — that is, slave girls.

The Qur’an commentator Maulana Bulandshahri explains the wisdom of this practice, and longs for the good old days:
During Jihad (religion war), many men and women become war captives. The Amirul Mu”minin [leader of the believers, or caliph -- an office now vacant] has the choice of distributing them amongst the Mujahidin [warriors of jihad], in which event they will become the property of these Mujahidin. This enslavement is the penalty for disbelief (kufr).

He goes on to explain that this is not ancient history:
None of the injunctions pertaining to slavery have been abrogated in the Shari”ah. The reason that the Muslims of today do not have slaves is because they do not engage in Jihad (religion war). Their wars are fought by the instruction of the disbelievers (kuffar) and are halted by the same felons. The Muslim [sic] have been shackled by such treaties of the disbelievers (kuffar) whereby they cannot enslave anyone in the event of a war. Muslims have been denied a great boon whereby every home could have had a slave. May Allah grant the Muslims the ability to escape the tentacles of the enemy, remain steadfast upon the Din (religion) and engage in Jihad (religion war) according to the injunctions of Shari”ah. Amen!

This is by no means an eccentric or unorthodox view in Islam. The Egyptian Sheikh Abu-Ishaq al-Huwayni declared in May 2011 that “we are in the era of jihad,” and that as they waged jihad warfare against infidels, Muslims would take slaves. He clarified what he meant in a subsequent interview:
…Jihad is only between Muslims and infidels”¦.Spoils, slaves, and prisoners are only to be taken in war between Muslims and infidels. Muslims in the past conquered, invaded, and took over countries. This is agreed to by all scholars–there is no disagreement on this from any of them, from the smallest to the largest, on the issue of taking spoils and prisoners. The prisoners and spoils are distributed among the fighters, which includes men, women, children, wealth, and so on.

When a slave market is erected, which is a market in which are sold slaves and sex-slaves, which are called in the Qur”an by the name milk al-yamin, “that which your right hands possess” [Qur"an 4:24]. This is a verse from the Qur”an which is still in force, and has not been abrogated. The milk al-yamin are the sex-slaves. You go to the market, look at the sex-slave, and buy her. She becomes like your wife, (but) she doesn’t need a (marriage) contract or a divorce like a free woman, nor does she need a wali. All scholars agree on this point–there is no disagreement from any of them. [...] When I want a sex slave, I just go to the market and choose the woman I like and purchase her.

Right around the same time, on May 25, 2011, a female Kuwaiti activist and politician, Salwa al-Mutairi, also spoke out in favor of the Islamic practice of sexual slavery of non-Muslim women, emphasizing that the practice accorded with Islamic law and the parameters of Islamic morality.
…A merchant told me that he would like to have a sex slave. He said he would not be negligent with her, and that Islam permitted this sort of thing. He was speaking the truth”¦.I brought up (this man”s) situation to the muftis in Mecca. I told them that I had a question, since they were men who specialized in what was halal, and what was good, and who loved women. I said, “What is the law of sex slaves?”

The mufti said, “With the law of sex slaves, there must be a Muslim nation at war with a Christian nation, or a nation which is not of the religion, not of the religion of Islam. And there must be prisoners of war.”

“Is this forbidden by Islam?,” I asked.

“Absolutely not. Sex slaves are not forbidden by Islam. On the contrary, sex slaves are under a different law than the free woman. The free woman must be completely covered except for her face and hands. But the sex slave can be naked from the waist up. She differs a lot from the free woman. While the free woman requires a marriage contract, the sex slave does not–she only needs to be purchased by her husband, and that”s it. Therefore the sex slave is different than the free woman.”

While the savage exploitation of girls and young women is an unfortunately cross-cultural phenomenon, only in Islamic law does it carry anything approaching divine sanction. Here is yet another human rights scandal occasioned by Islamic law that the international human rights community and the mainstream media cravenly ignore.

“The schoolgirls stolen as sex slaves by Nigeria’s anti-education jihadists Boko Haram,” by Rod McPhee, Mirror, May 3, 2014:
When 100 armed men turned up at a girls’ boarding school they claimed to be Nigerian gov­ern­ment troops sent to protect the pupils from marauding terrorists.

Staff took them at their word and it was only when 329 terrified teenagers were ordered out of their beds in the dead of night and herded into Toyota Hilux jeeps that they knew something was wrong.

In fact the soldiers were themselves terrorists from the radical Muslim jihadist group Boko Haram – and they were there to carry out one of worst mass kidnappings in modern history.

Families of the schoolgirls, aged from 15 to 18, are certain their daughters are now being used as sex slaves by an extreme sect that has killed 1,500 people since the start of this year alone.

They are captives in the wild Sambisa Forest in north-east Nigeria where Boko Haram has a heavily armed camp of bunkers, tunnels, ramshackle buildings and tents.

One girl who recently escaped following an earlier kidnapping said she was prized as a terror leader’s wife because she had been a virgin. She said young female captives were raped up to 15 times a day, forced to convert to Islam and had their throats cut if they refused.

Since the school abductions on April 14, news has filtered back of mass marriages with girls forcibly shared out as brides. Boko Haram has warned that any attempt to find them will lead to their execution.

Under President Goodluck Jonathan, the Nigerian government appears to have done little except issue an entirely false claim that most of the girls had been rescued by defence forces. Now as an international outcry builds, former Prime Minister Gordon Brown is travelling to Nigeria on Tuesday in his role as the UN’s special adviser on girls’ education.

His aim is to secure the pupils’ release. But with stories of many already trafficked into neighbouring Chad and Cameroon for just 2,000 nira (£7.50) campaigners fear that without urgent action they will never be seen again.

“It is a very bad situation for those girls,” says Mma Odi, executive director of the Nigerian charity Baobab Women’s Human Rights.

“The men went to the school for no other reason than to make them their sex objects. The men will have reduced them to sex slaves, raping them over and over again. And any girl who tries to resist will be shot by them. They have no conscience.

“The conditions will be terrible and it seems like the government has just abandoned them because they are girls and they are poor. If they were the sons of the rich, the government would act.

“Their abductors are not human beings and if the girls get out they will no longer be normal. They will have to have years of counselling to recover.”

At the time of the abduction most schools in the region had closed because of attacks by a terror sect whose very name, Boko Haram, means “Western education is sinful” in the Hausa language…

That news was not made to twist, so as you can see the resemblance to Me is almost none.

Islam is not the only Religion that takes slaves, both Jews and Christians have slaves in the religious books. Slavery is a lot stronger in Judaism than in Christianity, to the frustration of Moses, frustration that is recorded in the Torah when he says the truth would destroy them all.

But there is one detail... That Islam is written in two dimensions of interpretation and when read in the original language there is no mention to slavery at all. In fact "women" in Islam sacred texts also read as Academy, which also happens at TRIBalance. A right hand Academy is a commercial academy, meaning that Islam does not contemplate slavery when it is understood in Cosmos understanding.

I documented a case of using Lidsay Lohan as a captured Jewish slave at My site.

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