A German court has ruled that male circumcision is "bodily harm
" and that a child's right to "physical integrity
" trumps parental or religious rights. Jews
have reacted strongly to the decision
, with some going as far to allege anti-Semitism
are generally pleased
Dalal al-Mutairi, the senior book censor for the Kuwaiti government, sits down for a chat about her job and what it entails.
"I decided I had to do something to save this person’s life. That killing someone in Dallas is not an answer for what happened on Sept. 11." Rais Bhuiyan
petitions the state of Texas to stay
the execution of a white supremacist who shot him and murdered two others in a hate-motivated crime
Newsfilter: Secret arrests, secret renditions, secret interrogations in secret jails, and now, secret rulings from US federal judges
. More fallout from the Bush administration's NSA domestic-spying program [recently discussed here
Sharia recommended to Ontario government.
A review of Mumtaz Ali's recommendation
to permit legal arbitration by Islamic law has concluded in his cause's favour, recommending that sharia be allowed for family disputes and inheritance cases. Sharia may be joining Roman Catholic and Orthodox Jewish laws as religious law arbitration options, which is good. But women's groups are worried about the inherent discriminatory nature
of sharia, which is bad.
Ever wondered about Islamic law?
This site hosts a series of essays and papers on various areas by Mohammad H. Kamali
and others on topics such as Freedom of Expression
in Islam and critiques
of contemporary attempts at huddud implementation. All nicely indepth and referenced, some good, some not so good, but all intriguing.
His name is Hussein al-Attas. He is 24 years old. Ten months ago, federal agents arrested him at the mosque where he worshipped and took him away.
He has been locked in solitary confinement ever since, his only companion a Spanish-speaking prisoner on the other side of the wall, to whom he speaks through the air-conditioning vent."
Deborah Hastings of the Associated Press tells us the story of The man who gave a ride to Zacarias Moussaoui, and his descent into indefinite federal detention
Saudi Arabia considers allowing women into legal profession.
Justice Minister cautions that "female lawyers would not be allowed to attend court...Women would instead be asked to write out their arguments, which would be presented on their behalf by men."
Osama Bin-Laden confederate due to be sentenced tomorrow.
Saudi citizen Mohammed al'Owhali, convicted for arranging the 1998 US Embassy bombings in Africa, is due to be sentenced on September 12, 2001. From indications, that would be at the US Courthouse in Foley Square
, which is about a mile from the World Trade Center. A possible reason for the timing?