1. Pakistan’s Human Rights Commission, the country’s independent watch-dog organization for human rights violations, in its latest annual report has said nearly 1,100 women were killed in Pakistan last year by relatives who believed they had dishonored their families while 900 more women suffered sexual violence and nearly 800 more either took or tried to take their own lives. This means that more than 3 women are killed each day.
2. Another Muslim country Bangladesh is under the grip of mafia run by extremist rowdies. Just a couple of weeks ago a young promising student Mr. Samad of Jagannath University who regularly used to write against religious extremism was hacked to death by extremist gundas. There have been, in fact, several attacks in Bangladesh in recent months. Last year, four prominent secular bloggers were killed with machetes, one inside his own home.
They all appeared on a list of 84 “atheist bloggers” drawn up by Islamic groups in 2013 and widely circulated. Two foreigners, an Italian aid worker and a Japanese man, were also shot dead late last year, in seemingly random attacks.
3. The UK Labor Party has become a center of controversy over age old issue of anti-Semitism. Former London Mayor Ken Livingstone was recently suspended from Labor party following a series of remarks about Israel. His suspension followed the suspension of Bradford West MP Naz Shah who wrote on her facebook page years ago, that Israel should be relocated in the United States. Former London mayor defended her statement. Subsequently Ms Naz Shah publicly apologized for her post on the facebook. No matter how you look at it, it only confirms hypocrisy of the west in its so called upholding of the freedom of expression and speech.
4. The head of the Central Command from Pentagon issued a statement to report the findings of an internal review of the bombing of a hospital run by ‘Doctors without Borders’ at Kundus, Afghanistan in October 2015 that killed 42 patients including members of the staff. The report confirmed that the bombing was the result of a benign human error, therefore could not be labeled as a war crime. The US has refused an independent investigation even though such an investigation is warranted because bombing a medical facility constitutes violation of international law. Following the footsteps of the U.S, you know, Saudi Arabia has also refused any independent investigation of the indiscriminate bombings on Yemen that have killed about 4000 innocent people. Law of jungle is of course stronger than international law!