1. Canadian jihadist says ISIS foreign fighters “hung out to dry”
2. Syria: Twenty hostages freed from militant captivity
According to the Russian Ministry of Defence, twenty Syrian citizens were exchanged for the same number of militants in the village of Deir Qaq, in the Aleppo governorate on Tuesday.
3. Germany: Yellow Vest speakers express cynicism of environmental agenda: “Green is better on a traffic light than in Parliament”
4. Hundreds flee IS-held holdout in eastern Syria
Hundreds flee the last pocket of land under the control of the Islamic State group in eastern Syria as US-backed forces press the battle to expel diehard jihadists from the holdout.
5. Future Imam of first mixed-gender Paris Mosque: We will welcome unveiled women, homosexuals
French Islamic studies researcher and founder of the group "Talk to Me About Islam" Kahina Bahloul was interviewed on France 24 Arabic channel on February 8, 2019. Bahloul will be leading prayers in Paris' first mixed-gender mosque, and she said that the mosque will allow women to choose whether they wear a hijab or not because of the belief that "there is no place for coercion in Islam." She added that homosexuals will also be welcome because the sexual orientation of mosque members is a personal issue. She called for a "re-evaluation of history" and added that it is time for women in Islam to have a say about religious interpretations.
6. Tunisia rape victim jailed for homosexuality
A Tunisian man has been sentenced to six months in prison on charges of homosexual conduct, after he reported being raped and assaulted by two thieves.
The man – identified only as Anas – reported his assault to a police station in the coastal city of Sfax on 2 January, but following initial questioning the 22 year-old was accused of homosexuality, a crime punishable by up to three years in prison.
He was subsequently subjected to an enforced anal examination, an unscientific and invasive procedure prohibited by international law. Although the results came back negative, Anas was still remanded in custody until his trial.
Both of the men accused of attacking Anas yesterday received sentences of six months for homosexuality, with a further two months for physical assault and theft. However, after falsely alleging that Anas had consented to sexual relations, the court ruled that he would also serve time in prison.
7. US Senator and rights groups call on Google and Apple to remove Saudi tracking app
US Senator Ron Wyden, a Democrat from Oregon, and a number of human rights groups have asked Google and Apple to take down an app that tracks Saudi Arabian wives, sisters and daughters.
“I am demanding that Google and Apple pull down apps that promote abusive practices against women in Saudi Arabia,” Wyden said on Twitter.
The app, called Absher, helps users navigate passports, birth certificates and vehicle registration through the kingdom’s interior ministry. But it also tracks women, particularly wives, sisters and daughters, on whether they’re leaving the country and it allows restrictions on when they can leave on certain dates.
“We call on Apple and Google to assess the risk of human rights abuses on women, which is facilitated by the app, and mitigate the harm that the app has on women,” Amnesty International told the Washington Post on Tuesday in a statement.
8. Justin Trudeau lays the blame on Jody Wilson-Raybould
PM Trudeau on Jody Wilson-Raybould's cabinet resignation:— CPAC (@CPAC_TV) February 12, 2019
"If anyone, particularly the AG, felt that we were not doing our job fully ... as a govt, it was her responsibility to come forward to me this past fall and highlight that directly to me. She did not." #cdnpoli pic.twitter.com/V9paQq4ZLw
9. AID FOR PAEDOS Rochdale paedophile gang handed £1m in legal aid to fight deportation
MEMBERS of a paedophile gang have received more than £1million in taxpayer-funded legal aid to fight deportation.
The four, from Pakistan, were among nine men jailed in 2012 for sexual offences, including rape, against underage girls in Rochdale.
Ringleader Shabir Ahmed, 65, Abdul Aziz, 42, Adil Khan, 43, and Qari Abdul Rauf, 44, claimed a move to strip them of their citizenship in order to deport them breached their human rights.
They were granted legal aid to fight their case and Ahmed — who made girls he raped call him “Daddy” — was allowed to appeal to the European Court of Human Rights from jail.
The beast, who got 22 years, tried to claim his convictions were a conspiracy by police and his jury to “scapegoat” Muslims. He lost.
10. Word for Word: Exchange between Rep. Ilhan Omar and Elliott Abrams (C-SPAN)
Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) has a heated exchange with Elliot Abrams, the U.S. special envoy to Venezuela, highlighting his role in the Iran-Contra affair. She says, "I fail to understand why members of this committee or the American people should find any testimony you give today to be truthful." The exchange came during a House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing. Full video HERE.
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