Mar 162009
 

SA Smith (of ERV fame) seems to be thoroughly enjoying herself after discovering that Richard Dawkins waived his fee for the recent talk that he gave at Oklahoma University. Check her blog at http://scienceblogs.com/erv/2009/03/dawkins_coup_de_grace_in_oklah.php

Clearly ERV is someone you don’t want to cheese-off!

Article by Kulvinder Singh Matharu – 2009

Mar 162009
 

I cannot quite believe that Andrew Wakefield lodged a complaint to the Press Complaints Commission regarding a Sunday Times article written by Brian Deer.

Reading the blog at http://holfordwatch.info/2009/03/16/andrew-wakefield-lodges-complaint-about-brian-deer-with-press-complaints-commission/, it’s clear to me that Andrew Wakefield should take full responsibility for his actions. Perhaps then he can start the recovery process to become fully rehabilitated into the scientific community, but looking at his rack record I somehow doubt that he will change. Perhaps he thinks that he will be considered a martyr by his adoring "followers". But it’s a sad story. And the media are not blameless themselves for feeding the MMR scare stories.

Article by Kulvinder Singh Matharu – 2009

Mar 162009
 

Article by Greg Lukianoff over at http://richarddawkins.net/article,3656,n,n

There’s something not quite right within Oklahoma’s legislature. Next thing you know, we’ll be seeing a return to witch-hunts, the Dark Ages, and to ignorance.

Article by Kulvinder Singh Matharu – 2009

Mar 132009
 

Read the article at http://richarddawkins.net/article,3654,n,n which is a repost of http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/student-facing-20-years-in-hell-1643069.html.

Sayed Pervez Kambaksh (originally sentenced to death for blasphemy in Afghanistan after allegedly distributing a report that was critical of the treatment of woman under Islamic law) has been told he will now spend the next 20 years in jail.  It gets even worse. The Supreme Court "trial" was done in secret with no representation from the defence. What the hell kind of people are running Afghanistan?

More references at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sayed_Pervez_Kambaksh

Sayed Pervez Kambaksh

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Sayed Pervez Kambaksh (also spelled Kambakhsh or Kaambaksh) is a 23 year old reporter for a local newspaper (Jahaan Naw) and a journalism student from Afghanistan who was sentenced to death for downloading and distributing a report criticising the treatment of women under Islamic Law. A religious court found him guilty of blasphemy. He was tried behind closed doors and without legal representation in Mazar-e-Sharif. His brother Sayed Yaqub Ibrahimi is a journalist who wrote about human rights, exposing rights abuses.[1]

The Afghan Senate passed a motion confirming the death sentence on 30 January 2008.[2] The motion was later withdrawn due to international pressure, giving Kambaksh the right to appeal the sentence.[2] The British newspaper The Independent has now launched a campaign to support Kambaksh, and an online petition has also been started by the newspaper. However, if a journalist in Afghanistan were to support Kambaksh they would also be arrested.[3]

As of September 2008, he was still imprisoned and under threat of the death penalty.[4] In October 2008, his lawyer Mohamed Afzal Shormach Nuristani demanded that Kambaksh be freed as his detention since the appeal has exceeded legal limits because of court delays.[5]

In March 2009 he was sentenced to 20 years in prison.[6]

References

  1. ^ Death sentence for Afghan reporter CNN
  2. ^ a b Sengupta, Jerome; Starkey (2008-02-02), "LaLifeline for Pervez: Afghan Senate withdraws demand for death sentence", The Independent, http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/lifeline-for-pervez-afghan-senate-withdraws-demand-for-death-sentence-777188.html, retrieved on 2008-10-13
  3. ^ Zetter, Kim (2008-02-01). "Aghan Student Sentenced to Death after Downloading Report". Wired.com. http://blog.wired.com/27bstroke6/2008/02/afghan-student.html. Retrieved on 2008-10-13.
  4. ^ Leithead, Alastair (2008-09-09). "Blasphemy case shows Afghan divide". BBC News. http://blog.wired.com/27bstroke6/2008/02/afghan-student.html. Retrieved on 2008-10-13.
  5. ^ "Lawyer demands release of reporter on death row", Gulf Times, 2008-10-10, http://www.gulf-times.com/site/topics/article.asp?cu_no=2&item_no=246871&version=1&template_id=41&parent_id=23, retrieved on 2008-10-13
  6. ^ Starkey, Jerome (March 12, 2009), "Student facing 20 years in hell", The Independent, http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/student-facing-twenty-years-in-hell-1643069.html

Article by Kulvinder Singh Matharu – 2009