The Big Think

October 24, 2013

The Other Side of the World Is Not So Far Away

Filed under: Uncategorized — jasony @ 9:37 pm

Iran gives Christians 80 lashes for communion wine as UN blasts human rights record:

“Four Iranian Christians were reportedly sentenced to 80 lashes for drinking wine for communion, a shocking punishment meted out even as a new United Nations report blasted the Islamic republic for its systematic persecution of non-Muslims.

The four men were sentenced Oct. 6 after being arrested in a house church last December and charged with consuming alcohol in violation of the theocracy’s strict laws, according to Christian Solidarity Worldwide. They were among several Christians punished for their faith in a nation where converting from Islam to Christianity can bring the death penalty. According to a new October UN report by Ahmed Shaheed, UN special rapporteur on human rights in Iran, such persecution is common, despite new President Hasan Rouhani’s pledge to be a moderate.”


The Return of Ida Know

Filed under: Politics — jasony @ 12:50 pm

The Dog Ate My Homework | The Fiscal Times

Ho hum, no accountability here.

Related: Megan Mcardle: “I admire the way that fearless liberals have come out to criticize the rollout of the exchanges — much more quickly and completely than supporters of the Iraq War managed, I’m afraid. (Though of course, in fairness, the malfunctioning exchanges are right here where everyone can see them, not thousands of miles away.) But as with Iraq, I fear that the bitterness of the debate in the run-up is making the administration and many of its supporters discount too deeply the valid criticism coming from the opposition.”

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