“In Iran, women accused of capital crimes must be gang raped by guards before the sentence is carried out as it is somehow offensive to Sharia for virgins to be executed.”
Firstly, which shari’ah? There are many. Secondly, in none of the madhhabs I am aware of is there any ruling like this, nor is it in the Qur’an.
The only source I can find for this claim is a discussion on Wikipedia at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Talk%3ACapital_punishment_in_Iran#Forcible_marriage_and_rape_of_virgin_women_on_death_row which is not conclusive. That’s not to say that it hasn’t happened, or to absolve Iran ‘s harsh justice system, but it’s not a proven allegation.
With good reason. See https://www.craigmurray.org.uk/?s=guardian for plenty of reasons why you should never trust The Guardian on any issues of importance.
I recommend Media Lens as a check on the media, especially the British variety. They research well and always quote their sources. See thier latest article, for example, which deals with climate change and its reporting in the British media, followed by a scathing criticism of Biden’s proposed policy to counter climate change:
“Of the two presidential ‘choices’ delivered by a corrupt, corporate-financed US electoral system of ‘democracy’, Biden was the lesser evil compared to Trump, the latter described by Noam Chomsky as ‘the worst criminal in human history’ for the threat he represented to climate stability:
But be under no illusion that Biden, representing and backed by powerful corporate and financial elites, and with a sordid record of supporting US crimes around the world, represents any kind of significant departure from business-as-usual for US power.
Exactly what Ted has been saying all along.
Translation “Ted Rall has said something I agree with”.
Your new president – to the right of Trump on foreign policy:
So explain him introducing his granddaughter as his son Beau. Shades of Reagan’s “Princess David” moment there.
Being Irish, I sometimes misread patriot as “Pat riot”. ;-)
Hiding in his own basement? Ted could easily have pointed out that he went to Afghanistan as an unembedded correspondent. That takes cojones. What have you done, other than write snarky comments on a blog post?
I love the “I’m walking away” posts. Bet you don’t.
I always noticed that the people who moaned most about their job at coffee break were the ones who stayed the longest.
The folly of “anyone but Trump” cruelly exposed.