Tombs in Timbuktu’s Djingareyber mosque ‘destroyed’
Islamist fighters in Timbuktu have destroyed 2 tombs at the northern Malian city’s famous Djingareyber mosque, residents have said.
Timbuktu is a World Heritage site, with centuries-old shrines to Islamic saints, revered by Sufi Muslims.
The al-Qaida-linked Ansar Dine group that seized the city in April says they are idolatrous and wants them removed.
Photo: The centuries-old Djingareyber mosque is made mainly of mud and wood. (via BBC)
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This day in history:
In the hours following the assassination of Rwandan President Juvenal Habyarimana, mass killings of Tutsis and moderate Hutus begin within the country led by members of the Rwandan military and extremist Hutu militias, marking the first day of the Rwandan Genocide.
Over the next 100 days an estimated 800,000 people would be killed.
April 7, 1994 - 18 years ago today.
Forcing women to get transvaginal ultrasounds: Virginia Gov. Bob McDonaldwanted to force every woman seeking an abortion to go through the extremely uncomfortable and medically unnecessary procedure of a transvaginal ultrasound — sticking a medical wand far into a woman’s vagina to get a clearer ultrasound image.
Ordering women to cremate and bury their miscarried fetus: A huge abortion omnibus bill in Michigan could force women who miscarry to cremate the miscarried fetuses. This comes at no small expense to the woman: cremation of a fetus costs hundreds of dollars, and interment can be additional thousands. The bill has been passed by the Michigan House, and is awaiting a vote by the Michigan Senate.
Requiring doctors to lie to female patients: In Kansas, Republicans tried to force doctors to tell women that they faced risk of cancer from having an abortion. That is patently untrue, and making doctors say that it was true would be, in effect, requiring them to lie to their patients.
Making a dying woman consult two doctors before she can get a life-saving abortion: The New Hampshire legislature just overrode a veto by the Governor, forcing through a law that bans “partial birth” abortions. The law only reinforces federal law, but has the additional requirement that any woman who is exempt from the abortion ban because her life is at risk must visit not one but two doctors before she can get the procedure to save her life. For many rural women, especially those facing life-threatening conditions, this is near impossible.
Mandating people pay extra to give medical device companies a tax break: Rep. Erik Paulsen (R-MN) worked so hard to protect medical device companies from having to pay, that he has instead passed their costs onto the consumer — regular Americans — by increasing the cost of health coverage.
I just threw up in my mouth a little.
A Bosnian Muslim boy searches new open graves for the coffin of his relative, which was prepared for a mass burial at the Memorial Center in Potocari, near Srebrenica July 10, 2012. The bodies of 520 recently identified victims of the Srebrenica massacre will be buried on July 11, the anniversary of the massacre when Bosnian Serb forces commanded by Ratko Mladic slaughtered 8,000 Muslim men and boys and buried them in mass graves, in Europe’s worst genocide since World War Two. (Reuters)
Just another day under the Obama administration.
US drone attack in southwestern Somalia kills 35
June 17, 2012
Local witnesses said the Saturday attacks near Gedo’s Garbaherey town targeted two al-Shabab bases.
Officials say nine al-Shabab seniors were killed, while dozens of innocent people were also wounded in the airstrikes.
The US military uses remote-controlled drones in Somalia for reconnaissance operations and targeted killings.
Washington has been carrying out assassination attacks using the unmanned aircraft in other countries including Afghanistan, Libya, Pakistan, and Yemen.
The United States claims the CIA-run strikes are aimed at militants. But witness reports and figures offered by local authorities indicate the attacks have led to massive civilian deaths in these countries.
The UN has condemned the US assassination drone strikes, saying they pose a challenge to international law.
OKAY, that’s about enough now.
crookedindifference replied to your post: toasterhaus replied to your photo: Just in case we…I COMPLETELY agree about the whole invading and annexing Vancouver (and Whistler)
Oh all right well thanks but no thanks? We’re all good as is, but we appreciate the offer and we’ll keep you in mind for future invasion needs.
Above is the actual map of Vancouver’s actual defenses against invasion last time it was an issue. Where I live is just at the edge of one of the former military camps. I’m thinking we’d need a different strategy for invasion from the south, though.
there are old bunkers and artillery cabinets at ubc, it’s cool
154 active duty troops have committed suicide in the first 155 days of the new year—a rate alarmingly close to one per day. The number dead from suicides eclipses the U.S. forces killed in Afghanistan by about 50 percent.
We have a real emergency on our hands. We are providing medical care and treating and distributing 90,000 liters of water a day at a temporary gathering point. But the ponds here will be empty at the end of this week—after that the situation becomes critical.
68th D-Day anniversary
Photo: US World War II veteran Clarence ‘Mac’ Evans, 87, from West Virginia, who landed in Normandy on June 6, 1944, walks among the graves at the Colleville American military cemetery in western France on June 6, 2012, before the start of a ceremony commemorating the 68th anniversary of D-Day. Evans was searching for the tombs of 17 of his fellows who died that day. (Photo: Remy de la Mauviniere / AP, via msnbc.com)