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All Done! (Blessed Eid Al-Adha and Happy Thanksgiving to All)

Finally I’ve – hopefully – finished setting everything up, all posts should have valid permalinks, read more tag at the longer ones, proper categories assigned, and links out working – though it gave me a bit to remember them all. For my luck I’m not much a graphoman so it took only about 80 articles to edit (I decided to make most of the Islamic stuff private, for now) manually.
Frustrating experience. Those movings will kill me one day. I just hope it’s all right now and I can stick with WP for long time. Drupal was a great thing but for blog only it’s quite heavy CMS, taking 70+ tables in MySQL, while WP is ok with 10. And I have the blog only; so no reason to use Drupal for now, unless I want a complex website – which I don’t.
I’ve lost few recent articles and comments though when the blog got wiped out yesterday (the backup I had unfortunately didn’t have them, it was about a week old), but I hope noone will hold the lost comments against me – I certainly didn’t delete them intentionally.
So happy late Thanksgiving to anyone who celebrates; and blessed Eid Al-Adha to the ones who celebrate it as well.

Afghans chase off women law protesters

BBC News / Wednesday, 15 April 2009
Dozens of Afghan women who tried to protest against a new law they say legalises rape within marriage have been attacked in the capital, Kabul.
Police intervened after supporters of the law threw stones at the women and tried to seize their banners.
The law was signed by President Hamid Karzai but is currently being reviewed after criticism from abroad.
Its most controversial article says a woman must make herself available for sex with her husband when he desires.
The law’s defenders say it actually protects the rights of women.

‘Revisit and overturn’
Thursday’s demonstration took place outside a religious centre run by a cleric who helped draft the law which is aimed at Afghanistan’s Shia minority.
“We actually see it as a law that is limiting women’s rights… We all stand against this law, we want a reform of the law, we want a revisit of it and overturn of it,” one of the protesters, Sima Ghani, told the BBC.
Another protester said the new law was reminiscent of the worst excesses against women during the Taleban’s rule of Afghanistan which ended in 2001.
President Karzai ordered an urgent review of the law – which he says has been misinterpreted by Western journalists – earlier this month.
It has been criticised by US President Barack Obama, the UN and Nato chief Jaap de Hoop Scheffer, who said it went against the values of his troops.
Aides to President Karzai insist that the law in fact provides more protection for women.
Some women on Wednesday staged counter-demonstrations in support of the law, insisting that the legislation stops women from being harmed.
“Muslim women have rights which are stated for them in the Koran, not rights that other countries set for them. We want the rights which have been set according to Islam,” one of them told the BBC.
Among the law’s provisions are that

• wives are obliged to have sexual relations with their husbands at least once every four days
• women cannot leave home without their husband’s permission

Critics say the law limits the rights of women from the Shia minority and authorizes rape within marriage.
The law covers members of Afghanistan’s Shia minority, who make up 10% of the population. A separate family law for the Sunni majority is also being drawn up.

Media blackout on Parachinar Shia killings

Leading Pakistani scholars strongly condemn the ‘western media censor-policy’ over the Shia Muslim killings in the northwestern city of Parachinar.
Political experts and religious scholars, attending a summit in the Iranian city of Qom, emphasized on the necessity to launch a regional media campaign to raise global awareness about the issue.

The summit held in Iranian city of Qom under the banner “Holocaust of Shias in Parachinar,” came in the wake of the killings of hundreds of Shia community-members over the past six months in Parachinar and Hangu.
Pro-Taliban and al-Qaeda-linked militants, who are reportedly behind the killings, have imposed an economic blockade against the Shia-dominated population areas.
The frequent incidents have raised concerns among human rights group, while moderate Pakistani Sunni groups have described the issue as a conspiracy against the country.
Taliban leaders, who were toppled in the 2001 US-led invasion of Afghanistan, took refuge to tribal regions in Pakistan and rapidly began to extend heir influence from tribes to major towns and cities.
The pro-Taliban anti-Shia groups have launched a violent campaign against the Shia Muslims, and are stretching the campaign toward the restive southwestern Pakistan as well.
Quetta, the capital of Pakistan’s restive southwestern Balochistan province has witnessed several instances of violence directed against the Hazara Shia community in recent months.
Several Shia religious gatherings have also been targeted in central province of Punjab over the past some months.
Tehran has repeatedly cautioned Islamabad over the ‘silent massacre’ of its Shia community by the Taliban in the country. “The incidents that have occurred against Pakistan’s Shia community are a plot to create conflict between the region’s Sunni and Shia population,” said Iran’s Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani.
“We have warned Islamabad over the incidents and we will follow up on the matter,” he added.
Shia sources say they make up one-third of Pakistan’s population of nearly 160 million. Since the 1980s, thousands of people have been killed in sectarian-related incidents in Pakistan.

Ayatollah Naser Makarem-Shirazi, one of the top ranking Maraje’ Taqlid in
Hawzah al-’Ilmiyah Qom, said:
“Taleban, al-Qa’edah and extremist Wahhabis have committed a massacre in
Parachinar Pakistan that is worse than Gaza. They have beheaded 600 hundred
people, cut off hands of women and children.
Why is the Pakistan government sitting idle and watching this happen? Is
Parachinar not part of Pakistan? Pakistan government, which has a duty to
defend its people, is not helping its own people and genocide is taking
place before its eyes.
Just as we raised our voices loudly about the crimes the people of Gaza, we
should also scream and yell in support of people of Parachinar because
Foreign Ministry and Official Media have remained silent and do not speak
about these inhuman acts.
Foreign Ministry must awaken the international organizations to these
tragedies and demand from them to send teams to investigate the crimes
committed in Parachinar.
It has been 10 months that the area of Parachinar has been besieged and
permission has not been granted to deliver food and medicines.”