Thursday, July 21, 2016

If Trump wins, a coup isn't impossible here in the U.S.

From The LA Times:  http://www.latimes.com/opinion/op-ed/la-oe-kirchick-trump-coup-20160719-snap-story.html
 
James Kirchick July 19, 2016

Americans viewing the recent failed coup attempt in Turkey as some exotic foreign news story -- the latest, violent yet hardly unusual political development to occur in a region constantly beset by turmoil -- should pause to consider that the prospect of similar instability would not be unfathomable in this country if Donald Trump were to win the presidency.

Trump is the most brazenly authoritarian figure to secure the nomination of a major American political party. He expresses his support for all manner of strongmen, and his campaign manager, Paul Manafort, has actually worked for one: former Ukrainian president and Vladimir Putin ally Viktor Yanukovich. At the Republican National Convention here Monday, Manafort put some of the tricks he learned overseas as a dictator whisperer to good use, employing underhanded tactics to avoid a roll call vote on the convention’s rules package and quietly removing language from the party platform expressing support for Ukraine’s democratic aspirations.

Throughout the campaign, Trump has repeatedly bragged about ordering soldiers to commit war crimes, and has dismissed the possibility that he would face any resistance. “They won’t refuse,” he told Fox News’ Bret Baierearlier this year. “They’re not gonna refuse me. Believe me.”  When Baier insisted that such orders are “illegal,” Trump replied, “I’m a leader. I’ve always been a leader. I’ve never had any problem leading people. If I say do it, they’re going to do it.”

Oh really? Blimpish swagger might fly within the patriarchal confines of a family business, a criminal operation (the distinction is sometimes blurred) or a dictatorship. It does not, however, work in a liberal democracy, legally grounded by a written constitution, each branch restrained by separation of powers.

Try to imagine, then, a situation in which Trump commanded our military to do something stupid, illegal or irrational. Something so dangerous that it put the lives of Americans and the security of the country at stake. (Trump’s former rival for the Republican presidential nomination, Marco Rubio, said the United States could not trust “the nuclear codes” to an “erratic individual.”) Faced with opposition from his military brass, Trump would perhaps reconsider and back down. But what if he didn’t?

In that case, our military men and women, who swear to uphold the Constitution and a civilian chain of command, would be forced to choose between obeying the law and serving the wishes of someone who has explicitly expressed his utter lack of respect for it.

They might well choose the former.

“I would be incredibly concerned if a President Trump governed in a way that was consistent with the language that candidate Trump expressed during the campaign,” retired Air Force Gen. Michael Hayden, who served as head of the CIA and the National Security Agency under President George W. Bush, said in response to Trump’s autocratic ruminations. Asked by TV host Bill Maher what would happen if Trump told American soldiers to kill the families of terrorists, as he has promised to do, Hayden replied, “If he were to order that once in government, the American armed forces would refuse to act.”

“You are required not to follow an unlawful order,” Hayden added. “That would be in violation of all the international laws of armed conflict.”

Continue reading at:  http://www.latimes.com/opinion/op-ed/la-oe-kirchick-trump-coup-20160719-snap-story.html

A Short Note to Bernie Supporters Who Equate Hillary Clinton With Donald Trump

From Robert Reich:  http://robertreich.org/post/147656776905

Robert Reich
Tuesday, July 19, 2016

 
May I have a word with those of you Bernie supporters who consider Donald Trump to be no worse than Hillary Clinton? 

You’re dead wrong.

As I said when I endorsed Bernie for president, I view Hillary as enormously qualified to be president of the political system we now have. She is smart, capable, and experienced. I endorsed Bernie because I thought he would help create the political system we need. But Bernie will not be the Democratic nominee. 

This does not mean the end of the movement Bernie advanced. That movement was never about Bernie; it was about reclaiming our democracy and our economy. And that movement will live on, and it will grow. It needs your continuing activism and your tenacity.

You are, of course, entitled to support anyone you wish to. But if you don’t get behind Hillary you increase the odds that Donald Trump will be president. 

That would be a disaster for America and the world. Trump is a menace. He is not just unsuited to being the president of the United States – a bigoted narcissist who incites and excuses violence – but his presidency would threaten everything this nation stands for: tolerance, inclusion, freedom of the press, equal justice, and equal opportunity. 

A Trump presidency would make it far more difficult ever to achieve the progressive goals you and I share.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Black Zionist Slams Pro-Palestinian Group — Cites Arab Slave Trade

From Forward:  http://forward.com/news/344932/watch-black-zionist-slams-pro-palestinian-group-cites-arab-slave-trade/
 


A prominent African-American Zionist used social media to ‏blast a campus group for drawing parallels between racial violence in this country and the occupation of Palestinian lands by the Israeli military.

“I’m just like, wait a minute SJP. Let’s be real,” ChloĆ© Simone Valdary said in the brief video, posted on both her Facebook and Twitter feeds on July 12. “The majority of people in your organization are Arabs. Let’s be real. Today Arabs still engaged in the African slave trade. I’m just putting it out there.”

“You want to exploit my people’s history?” Valdary said. “You want to exploit Jewish people’s history and twist and turn it to use towards your political gains?”

“Don’t act like you have solidarity with my people,” Valdery said, adding: “You need to stay in your lane.”

In recent years pro-Israel groups like the American Israel Public Affairs Committee have intensified outreach to non-Jewish and African American communities, in an effort to built a wider base of support. Valdery has collaborated with both AIPAC and the Zionist Organization of America. In 2014, Tablet Magazine heralded Valdary as an “African American firebrand” who “wants to ignite a Zionist renaissance.”

The Arab slave trade across the Sahara is among the oldest slave trades in history. Forms of slavery continue today in countries like Mauritania and Sudan; in Sudan, for example, following the 1983 civil war large numbers of ethnic Dinka, Nuer and Nuba were captured, enslaved or exploited in other ways by Afro-Arabs from the north.

Valdary also mentioned Hamas and an Ethiopian Israeli who has been held hostage by the Palestinian political group for two years.

“Legitimately, there are Ethiopian Israelis in Gaza today that are still held by Hamas. Where you at, fam? You going to talk about that? That doesn’t really fit into your narrative?” Valdary said.

Complete article at:  http://forward.com/news/344932/watch-black-zionist-slams-pro-palestinian-group-cites-arab-slave-trade/

Monday, July 18, 2016

Pakistani model strangled by brother in 'honor killing' after offending Islamic conservatives, police say

From The Los Angeles Times:  http://www.latimes.com/world/la-fg-pakistan-model-20160716-snap-story.html
 
By Associated Press
July 16, 2016

 
Pakistani fashion model Qandeel Baloch, who recently stirred controversy by posting pictures of herself with a Muslim cleric on social media, was strangled by her brother, police said Saturday. 
Her parents told police one of her six brothers strangled her as she slept in the family's home in Multan, police spokeswoman Nabila Ghazanfar told the Associated Press. She said police are searching for the suspect. 

Baloch, whose real name was Fauzia Azeem, was little-known until recently, when she offended many conservatives by posting pictures of herself with Mufti Qavi, a prominent cleric. She said they enjoyed soft drinks and cigarettes during the daylight hours in the holy month of Ramadan, when practicing Muslims fast from dawn to dusk.

The pictures and allegations caused a scandal in conservative Pakistan, and the government removed Qavi from the official moon-sighting committee that determines when Ramadan starts and ends in accordance with the Islamic lunar calendar. 

Baloch had said Qavi told her he wanted to see her face before the committee met to determine the Eid al-Fitr holiday marking the end of Ramadan, which was observed earlier this month. 

Qavi denied the allegations, saying he met with her only to discuss the teachings of Islam.
Earlier this month, Baloch sought protection from the government, saying she was receiving anonymous death threats. 

Hundreds of Pakistani women are killed by family members each year in so-called honor killings, which are seen as punishment for violating conservative norms. 

Complete article at:  http://www.latimes.com/world/la-fg-pakistan-model-20160716-snap-story.html

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

A Tough Choice for Feminist Black Lives Matter Activists

 Being a feminist means putting women first. It doesn't mean excusing rape.

From Yes Magazine:  http://www.yesmagazine.org/people-power/when-police-kill-a-black-man-with-a-rape-conviction-should-women-still-protest-20160627

Protesting a police killing and marching in support of a man convicted of rape can pose a real dilemma when one in five women nationwide has suffered a sexual assault.

Jun 27, 2016

The circumstance was all too familiar: public outrage concentrated on yet another Black victim killed by a bullet from a police officer’s gun.

“Whose life matters? Che’s life matters!” Hundreds of voices roared in unison along Seattle’s Fifth Avenue that February day.

Marchers thundered through downtown Seattle, protesting the killing, just days before, of 47-year-old Che Taylor. Two Seattle police officers had fatally shot Taylor after claiming he stood beside a car and reached for what they thought was a holstered gun

However, some voices were absent from the chorus decrying Taylor’s killing. Some used their voices to denounce Taylor instead.  

The reason: Taylor had been convicted of rape in 1992.

For some female organizers, that alone was enough to not only boycott the Taylor march but also to mount their own mini-protest against him, holding signs denouncing rapists outside a separate community meeting focused on his death.

Na’Quel Walker, a Seattle-based organizer, summarized in a public Facebook post what many who withheld their support for Taylor were thinking. She didn’t justify his death, nor did she justify his criminal history, but she did defend his family. “His family DOES deserve justice,” the post read.

F--- the cop that murdered him.
F--- the police in general.
AND, ALSO, f--- rapists.”


Walker’s words highlighted dueling strands of thought within Seattle’s Black Lives Matter movement between those who believe Black solidarity should trump someone’s past sexual transgressions and those who believe those transgressions can never be overshadowed for the sake of that solidarity.
The divide has played out nationally, as some women in the movement have been faced with the difficult task of choosing either Blackness or womanhood when they're asked to support justice for a Black male killed by police who was once accused or convicted of sexual assault.

Many are left to ask, what’s a woman to do?

What’s an organizer to do? Womanhood or Blackness?

Continue reading at:  http://www.yesmagazine.org/people-power/when-police-kill-a-black-man-with-a-rape-conviction-should-women-still-protest-20160627

Monday, July 4, 2016

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

FBI investigators say they have found no evidence that Orlando shooter had gay lovers

From The Los Angeles Times:  http://www.latimes.com/nation/la-na-orlando-gay-fbi-20160623-snap-story.html
 
By Molly Hennesey-Fiske
June 23, 2016

 
Since the shooting at an Orlando nightclub last week that left 49 people dead, reports have emerged that gunman Omar Mateen frequented the gay club, used gay dating apps and had gay lovers.
But the FBI has found no evidence so far to support claims by those who say Mateen had gay lovers or communicated on gay dating apps, several law enforcement officials said.

Mateen, 29, told police negotiators he had carried out the shooting that began at 2 a.m. June 12 and ended, after a three-hour standoff, when he was killed by police.

He claimed the shooting was carried out in allegiance to the militant group Islamic State, as a message to halt U.S. bombing in Iraq and Syria.

Several Pulse regulars have come forward in the days since the shooting, claiming to have seen Mateen at the club or to have been contacted by him on the gay dating apps Grindr, Jack’d and Adam4Adam.

On Tuesday, Univision aired a report in which “Miguel,” a man wearing a disguise to conceal his identity, alleged he had sex with Mateen after meeting him on the gay dating app, Grindr. He said Mateen had sex with other men too, including a threesome with a Puerto Rican who allegedly told Mateen, after having had unprotected sex with him, that he was HIV positive.

But investigators do not consider the man’s account credible, according to one senior law enforcement official with access to the investigation.

In seeking to verify the reports, federal agents have culled Mateen's electronic devices, including a laptop computer and cellphone, as well as electronic communications of those who made the claims, law enforcement officials said.

So far, they have found no photographs, no text messages, no smartphone apps, no gay pornography and no cell-tower location data to suggest that Mateen — who was twice married to women and had a young son — conducted a secret gay life, the officials said.

The FBI is continuing to explore Mateen’s past, but investigators now believe the men who made the claims are not credible, or confused Mateen with someone else.

Continue reading at:  http://www.latimes.com/nation/la-na-orlando-gay-fbi-20160623-snap-story.html

Anti-Semitism Is Back. Will You Stand By Or Stand up?

From The Huffington Post:   

“Suddenly, mainstream culture is finding cover for the age-old hatred of Jews.”

Gabriel Groisman06/23/2016
 
Erin Schrode, a promising 25-year-old Jewish woman, announces her candidacy for U.S. Congress. In response, she is bombarded by hundreds of anti-Semitic messages: “Fire up the oven.” “Kike.” “Get out of my country, kike. Get to Israel where you belong. That or the oven. Take your pick.” This did not happen in the 1930s. It happened last month in California.

An Oberlin College professor, Joy Karega, posted a photo of Jacob Rothschild, a member of a well-known Jewish banking family, which read: “We own nearly every central bank in the world. We financed both sides of every war since Napoleon. We own your news, the media, your oil and your government.” This was not published in Gleichschaltung, a Nazi newspaper. This was on her Facebook page.

Students at UC Berkley woke up one morning this past year to the words, “Zionists should be sent to the gas chamber” painted on a building.

Jewish students at NYU, Harvard, Florida Atlantic University, and other universities at some point or another in the past two years came home to “Eviction” notices posted on their doors, calling for the removal of all Jews from the campus. Of course, the notices were fake, but the impact was certainly real.

Anti-Semitic discourse on the internet has increased a mind-boggling 114 percent from 2014 to 2015, according to one report. Last month, one Jewish New York Times editor, Jonathan Weisman, was the target of a coordinated Twitter attack aimed at harassing internet users who have Jewish sounding names. Weisman was inundated with thousands of anti-Semitic tweets. One of the many tweets depicted a trail of dollar bills leading to an oven, another was a picture of a Menorah made of the number 6 million (representing the number of Jews killed in the Holocaust) — the harassment was so extreme and unrelenting that he had no choice but to close his account.

The attack on Weisman was not an isolated incident, but rather part of a larger anti-Semitic attack online. A group of tech-savvy bigots created a punctuation-based code, referred to as “(((echoes)))” to identify and brand Jews on the Internet.  This code works with Google Chrome’s “coincidence detector” and automatically places these “echoes” around more than 8,000 names. Once marked, the Jewish Internet user is flooded with malicious and hateful anti-Semitic comments.  The examples are endless.  Of course, this is only in the United States. The incidents in Europe, South America and of course the Middle East are exponentially worse.

Continue reading at:  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/anti-semitism-is-back-will-you-stand-by-or-stand-up_us_576bfc8be4b016c12caba9a9

Gun club urging LGBT people to arm themselves triples in size after Orlando

From The Guardian UK:   https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/jun/23/lgbt-gun-control-pink-pistols-orlando-shooting

The Pink Pistols, which promotes ‘legal, safe and responsible’ use of guns for self defense, helps explain the surge in interest in guns from the LGBT community

in New York Thursday 23 June 2016

Weapons sales and membership in a group calling on gays and lesbians to arm themselves in self-defense against homophobic attacks have surged since the massacre at a gay nightclub in Florida last weekend.

The group, the Pink Pistols, announced last week a tripling in acknowledged members in the five days since a gunman killed 49 people and injured 53 in an attack on Pulse in Orlando in the early hours of 12 June.

The Pink Pistols, a gun club predominantly for LGBT members and their supporters, promotes “legal, safe and responsible use of firearms for self defense of the sexual minority community” according to its website.

A senior Pink Pistols member said that if patrons had been armed at the Orlando nightclub they might have prevented the shooting or minimized loss of life.

“I think there is a possibility that it could have prevented it … or helped to make the death toll less. If we could have sent one more person home to their family alive instead of in a body bag that would have been something,” said Gwen Patton, a spokeswoman for the Pink Pistols.

Patton said that membership of the group’s Facebook page had tripled from 1,500 before the Orlando massacre to 4,500 by Thursday. But with no formal registration system or fees for joining the Pink Pistols, there were no reliable membership numbers available for the group itself, she said.

The apparent surge in interest in guns from the LGBT community comes as posters and flags have been reported at a number of locations, including streets in Los Angeles’s gay neighborhood West Hollywood and outside a controversial event in Orlando, depicting a rainbow version of the revolutionary war-era Gadsden Flag – a flag more usually associated with Tea Party conservatives than with gay rights activism.

Some of the Gadsden symbols seen deploy the anti-government slogan “Don’t tread on me” beneath the traditional image of a snake poised to strike, while others have substituted a seeming call to arms via social media, “#ShootBack”, on a rainbow-striped background, the color scheme long ago adopted by the gay equality movement.

Continue reading at:  https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/jun/23/lgbt-gun-control-pink-pistols-orlando-shooting

'Orlando Will Be Repeated,' and 'No Place Is Safe,' Former ISIS Captive Warns Congress

From Yahoo News:  https://gma.yahoo.com/orlando-repeated-no-place-safe-former-isis-captive-152605989--abc-news-topstories.html#
 
YSA GOMEZ-GONZALEZ June 22, 2016 

“No place is safe for anyone.”

That’s the chilling assessment a former ISIS captive has given U.S. lawmakers, recounting her harrowing tale of living in the grip of an international terrorist organization.

“Orlando will be repeated if the world doesn't put an end [to] such terrorism. There is no sanctuary,” human rights activist Nadia Murad told the Senate Homeland Security Committee at the start of a hearing Tuesday.

The committee held the hearing to gain insight into what committee Chairman Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., called the “poisonous ideology” of ISIS and “how it results in the slaughter of innocents,” such as at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, where an ISIS-inspired gunman killed 49 people and wounded scores more.

“[This] terrorist attack in Orlando continues the alarming trend of attacks on soft targets here in the U.S. and abroad,” Johnson said. “ISIS’ brutality towards women, homosexuals and other groups is overt, and these communities will continue to be vulnerable until ISIS is defeated.”

Murad, part of the non-Muslim Yazidi minority in Iraq and Syria, was forced by ISIS to become a sex slave when she was 19, she said.

Complete article at:  https://gma.yahoo.com/orlando-repeated-no-place-safe-former-isis-captive-152605989--abc-news-topstories.html#

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Watch Attorney General Lynch speak on Orlando shootings

Loretta Lynch should resign effective immediately.
 
Attorney General Loretta Lynch told Florida’s LGBT community that the “most effective” weapon at America’s disposal against Islamic terrorism is “love.”

She is supposed to protect us.  Obviously she doesn't understand the requirements of the job. 

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Why won’t the Left admit the inconvenient truth about Islam? It hates everything else they love

I have never understood the Left's love of Islam and hatred of Israel.  Israel is a western democracy where women and LGBT people have rights.  Muslim country represent the absolute opposite of everything we think of as basic human rights.

From The Daily Mail UK:  http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3641118/KATIE-HOPKINS-won-t-Left-admit-inconvenient-truth-Islam-hates-love.html
 
Sometimes the build-up of pressure is just too much. You see it in nature - the force of two tectonic plates converging along a fault line. Shuddering out earthquakes, forcing up mountains, causing volcanoes to scream and spew lava down themselves.

Society is just the same. Simmering tensions boiling over into road rage, an angry exchange, knives drawn in the street.

Opposing forces shunting against each other so violently, eventually something gives. Someone gives.

And so it has been with Orlando. Islam against homosexuality.

Forty nine dead. Fifty one injured.

And the shock waves of this human earthquake spread fast. The ground whipped out from under the feet of a hundred sleeping mothers, some clutching phones, still listening to their frightened children's last, terrified messages.

How much longer can we continue to deny a fault line has been drawn? On one side Islam and Muslims defined by it. On the other the LGBT community, defined by their right to love as they please.

Over the last two days, the deference of the liberal Left to Muslims over the LGBT community has been excruciating to watch. Unable to reconcile the two causes they champion, they have an awkward inconvenience they dare not face. An ex-wife at a wedding, acknowledged with an invitation, but sat at the back, facing the air-con unit.

Continue reading at:  http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3641118/KATIE-HOPKINS-won-t-Left-admit-inconvenient-truth-Islam-hates-love.html

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Orlando shooting survivor describes attack: 'We knew what his motive was'

So I guess this fucks up the Left Wing attempt to pathologize this Terrorist as gay in order to avoid accepting that this is an ISIS inspired Islamist attack.

From The Guardian UK:  https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/jun/15/orlando-shooting-survivor-pulse-nightclub-hostage-interview
 
Pulse nightclub shooting survivor Patience Carter, 20, spoke on Tuesday about being held hostage in the bathroom with two of her friends who eventually died

Wednesday 15 June 2016

Orlando shooting survivor Patience Carter, 20, spoke about her ordeal at Florida hospital in Orlando on Tuesday.

“The gunman entered the bathroom and was shooting his machine gun, so we are all like scrambling around in the bathroom, screaming at the top of our lungs when he was in there for the first time and then, you know, people are getting hit by bullets, like blood is everywhere and then there was a moment where he stopped shooting in the bathroom and that’s when everyone looked around and that’s when I first realized that my leg was shot …

There were several other people shot and bleeding in the bathroom. That’s when Akyra [Monet Murray], who didn’t make it, realized she was shot in her arm … and I’m not sure that was when Tiara also got shot in her thigh but … we were all pretty bad, at that point this is when we knew this wasn’t a game. This was real and this was something that was really happening to us right now.
It was a shock. We went from having the time of our lives to the worst night of our lives all within a matter of minutes.

Throughout that period of hours, the gunman was in there with us. He actually made a call to 911 from in there. Everybody could hear – who was in the bathroom, who survived. We could hear him talking to 911, saying that the reason why he’s doing this is because he wants America to stop bombing his country. From that conversation, from 911, he pledged allegiance to Isis, he started speaking in, I believe … after he get off the phone with 911, he started speaking in Arabic … at first I didn’t know what the language was. And after that, he even spoke to us directly in the bathroom. He said: ‘Are there any black people in here?’ I was too afraid to answer, but there was an African American male in the stall where most of my body was, where a majority of my body was, had answered and he said, ‘Yes, there are about six or seven of us,’ and the gunman responded back to him saying, ‘You know that I don’t have a problem with black people, this is about my country. You guys suffered enough.’

He made a statement saying it wasn’t about black people. This isn’t the reason why he was doing this. But through the conversation with 911, he said that the reason why he was doing this is that he wanted America to stop bombing his country. So, the motive was very clear to us who were laying in our own blood and other people’s blood, who were injured, who were shot. We knew what his motive was and that he wasn’t going to stop killing people until he was killed, until he felt like his message got out there.

Continue reading at: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/jun/15/orlando-shooting-survivor-pulse-nightclub-hostage-interview

Inside Bangladesh’s killing fields: bloggers and outsiders targeted by fanatics

From The Guardian UK:  https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/jun/11/bangladesh-murders-bloggers-foreigners-religion

First they came for the bloggers, the atheists, the secular intellectuals. Then the three-year murder spree spread to aid workers, minority religions and Muslims who did not want their country reshaped by extremist Islam

and in Rajshahi Saturday 11 June 2016

The attack on Professor Rezaul Karim Siddiquee was so frenzied that its traces remain more than a month later, arcs of dried blood spattered up a pink wall and a pile of sand covering bloodstains that had pooled on the ground where the softly spoken lecturer was all but beheaded.

He was killed on his way to work in the city of Rajshahi by four men who knew their target and his routines well. At least one of the killers was a former student who had a reputation for barracking the professor in class about the “immorality” of the English literature he taught, police believe.

Neighbours in the narrow alley where Siddiquee was murdered overheard him greet someone moments before his death. “You’re here?” he asked his killer. His final words were spoken in surprise but not fear, because Siddiquee never imagined that he would be a target for extremists, his family says.

The murder fitted into a pattern laid down over a gruesome three-year killing spree by extremist groups in Bangladesh: a bloody but brutal attack in broad daylight with the most basic of weapons, and later a claim of responsibility from Islamic State (Isis) or al-Qaida.

But it was also a warning of the way the killers have expanded their campaign, from a focused assault on secular activists into a wider war to reshape Bangladeshi society along lines determined by Islamist extremists.

Siddiquee was an observant believer who regularly attended prayers and even paid for the renovation of the mosque in his ancestral village – his was the most anodyne of public profiles. If he was a target, surely millions of other Bangladeshis are too.

“What he was, we all are. If a person like him who loves to read, recite literature and play music at home can be killed, all of us are liable to be next,” said one of Siddiquee’s colleagues, asking not to be named for fear it could push him up a list of possible targets.

Foreigners, religious minorities from Hindus to Christians, Muslims from other sects and even Sunnis who subscribe to a more generous vision of faith than their attackers, are all now at risk.
Since 2013, 30 people have been murdered. They were from all faiths and social backgrounds, linked above all by the manner of their deaths, at the hands of men wielding machetes, knives and even swords. At least three others barely escaped assassination attempts, surviving with scars on their faces and necks that look like medieval battle injuries.

One, Ahmed Rahim Tutul (pictured on page 15), survived only because he fell between a table and chair as a militant slashed at his head with a sword in an attack that left terrible scars across his face.

Continue reading at:  https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/jun/11/bangladesh-murders-bloggers-foreigners-religion