Can Facebook Stop the Hate?

Health & Family

Yesterday, I asked Facebook to take down a fraudulent page. Within a few hours it was gone, just a shadowy image of a bandaged thumb where it used to be. Very effective. It’s highly likely I get better treatment from Facebook than your average Joe (because, um, they know me). When it comes to pages of questionable taste, Facebook moves a little more gingerly.

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Paul Dewar: Proud to stand in solidarity with Saeed Malekpour

National Post | Full Comment

This week, as part of “Iran Accountability Week,” the National Post is partnering with Canadian Parliamentarians to highlight the plight of individual political prisoners being persecuted by Tehran’s theocratic regime.

Saeed Malekpour is a Canadian permanent resident, a software engineer — and an Iranian prisoner.

While visiting his terminally ill father in Iran in 2008, Saeed was charged with desecrating Islam. His crime: Software he developed was used by pornographers. Imprisoned without access to a lawyer in Iran’s notorious Evin prison, and allegedly tortured when he pleaded his innocence, Saeed eventually confessed to his supposed crime. The Iranian court promptly convicted him and sentenced him to death.

The criminalization of blasphemy is unconscionable in the 21st century, and it is abhorrent to impose a death sentence for pornography. But Saeed was not even the pornographer, any more than Alexander Graham Bell was the telemarketer. There is no evidence supporting…

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Vandals spray-paint ‘Islam’ on Second World War memorial in London

National Post | News

LONDON —  Police are hunting for vandals Tuesday after two London war monuments were sprayed painted with the word “Islam” overnight Monday.

Graffiti on the RAF Bomber Command War Memorial in Green Park and the Animals in War memorial in Hyde Park was hidden from view after the vandalism, but the BBC reported that police found the spray paint at 5 a.m. Monday.

The Bomber memorial commemorates 55,573 members of the Royal Air Force who died serving their country in the Second World War; the animals monument remembers the sacrifice of military service animals in various armed conflicts.

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“We deplore any act of vandalism or graffiti that desecrates memorials put in place to honour those who fought for our country’s freedom. We will do everything we can to clean and restore the memorials as swiftly as possible,” Westminster City Council cabinet member for city management councillor Ed Arga told the BBC.

Parks…

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A Hero with Flying Colors: Meet the founder of the IAF’s International Squadron

A Hero with Flying Colors: Meet the founder of the IAF’s International Squadron.

 

A Hero with Flying Colors: Meet the founder of the IAF’s International Squadron

Robert Fulford: Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani — some ‘moderate’

National Post | Full Comment

Ever since Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani became Iran’s president, back in 1989, he’s attracted warmly appreciative reviews from all those in the West who want to believe that something good is happening in Iranian politics. He has a deceptive way of uttering, from time to time, phrases and even whole sentences that suggest he hopes for a more humane and sensible Iranian government.

He served as president for two terms, 1989 to 1997. When he announced earlier this month that he wanted to become president again, his admirers rejoiced. He was said to be the favourite candidate of John Kerry, the U.S. secretary of state, who imagined making a deal with him, a deal that Barack Obama has been praying for since he was elected in 2008.

But this week, Iran’s Guardian Council, which decides which candidates are allowed to run for president, announced that Rafsanjani didn’t make the cut…

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A strange concept of balance at BBC Radio Ulster

BBC Watch

Last week we wrote about the BBC Radio Ulster ‘Sunday Sequence’ programme of May 19th 2013 in which Mairead Maguire was given free rein to promote Assad regime propaganda and antisemitic tropes. 

At least one member of the public who wrote to presenter William Crawley following that broadcast was told by him that ‘balance’ to that particular interview would come in the form of another one with Professor Richard Landes a week later on May 26th and in his introduction to that interview, Crawley makes the same claim.

“You’ll remember last week we interviewed the Nobel Peace Prize winner Mairead Maguire regarding in particular Syria, but also wider issues in the Middle East. During that interview she spoke about the alleged role of Israel, blaming it and its supporters for contributing to a great deal of the strife in the region. We said we’d focus this week on…

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