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The Muslim vision of the future for all Barbadian women

We were happy to see the girls and women of the Alfalah Muslim School out on the weekend helping to clean up Long Beach.

Their veils, dress and close supervision are not the norm in Barbados – but will be the norm for all Barbadian women if the Muslim vision for the future of Barbados becomes reality.

Photo credit – The Nation: All hands on deck!

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Barbados citizens beat alleged child molester. Lost faith in police and Justice System?

Begging for mercy as the kicks and blows landed

A suspected pedophile – the alleged sex attacker of an 11 year old girl – was tied to a pole and beaten by a street crowd in Bridgetown on Wednesday until police arrived to arrest and rescue him.

The as yet unnamed man needed medical attention and is apparently still assisting the police with their investigations.

Ian Bourne at The Bajan Reporter posted an uncensored video of the incident that shows the suspect tied up and members of the large crowd punching and kicking him at various times even though he was not resisting or attempting to leave. The man can be heard begging for mercy. Continue reading

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Dutch politician Geert Wilders on why he is “anti-Islam”

15 Saudi school girls burned to death because they were not wearing face veils

We first heard of Geert Wilders through Ian Bourne’s Bajan Reporter online news site.

Wilders is the parliamentary leader of the Netherlands PVV Party for Freedom and is an outspoken critic of Islam. His film “Fitna” outraged some Muslims who threatened Wilders with violence because the film contains Koranic verses that instruct Muslims to commit violence, juxtaposed with images of Muslim violence. (I guess it’s okay with some Muslims that their Koran instructs them to commit violence, but not okay to point that out.)

Wilders is currently on trial in the Netherlands for offending Muslims under the Dutch hate speech laws.

The Islamic website MuslimsDebate.com invited Mr. Wilders to explain why he is anti-Islam so he wrote them a respectful response that is worth your time to read. Continue reading

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Honour Killing awareness campaign launched in Chicago, Miami… and Barbados

Barbados Free Press today announced that the website will regularly report on the Honor Killing Awareness Campaign launched in Chicago this week and coming soon to other US cities. The taxi roof-sign advertising is meant to raise awareness of the rise of honor killings in the West and to provide Muslim women with resources if they wish to exercise their rights and freedoms under law. Continue reading

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Another child rapist goes free in Barbados – Ho hum, what’s on the tely?

“If our “Justice System” cannot bring a child rapist to trial in ten years, what right does our “Justice System” even have to exist? We have a sham of a ‘justice’ system.”

… from our July 2, 2008 article Child Rape Haven Barbados – 12-Year-Old Girl Raped Ten Years Ago, No Trial For Ten Years

Where is the outrage? Where is the accountability for the incompetent prosecutors and managers of our Justice system?

If you think you’ve read about this story before, you haven’t: this is a new story about yet another child rapist released by the Barbados courts because after the accused was charged there was no trial for ten years. Continue reading

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Muslim Honour Killing In Canada: Three Daughters & “First Wife” Murdered By Father, 2nd Wife, Son

Murder Trial Update: October 22, 2011

The murder trial is in progress in Kingston, Canada where the court has been told that police wiretapped the family auto after the discovery of the four drowned women in a submerged car.

The father is alleged to have been tape recorded saying…

“May the devil shit on their graves,”

“They committed treason themselves. They betrayed humankind. They betrayed Islam. They betrayed our religion…they betrayed everything.”

“I say to myself, ‘You did well.’ Were they to come to life, I would do it again.”

“There is nothing more valuable than our honour.”

National Post: “I would do it again” Court hears horror of alleged honour killing

Canadian Press: Family saw slain girls as treacherous for having boyfriends, court hears.

Our original story published July 24, 2009…

"Sister" Turns Out To Be Wife Number Two

19 Year Old Daughter Was “Rebellious Young Woman”

Father was “disgraced” by behaviour of his three daughters, so…

Worldwide, Muslim honour killings of women and girls are so common that if North American or European papers were to cover every reported case there would be little room left on the front page for any other stories. But when a Canadian father, his second wife and a son plot weeks in advance to murder the family’s three teenage daughters and wife number one – well, that makes the news. Continue reading

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Is Your Daughter Safe At Work?

"So tell me. Do you like your job?"

"So tell me. Do you like your job?"

I read an article at the San Francisco Chronicle and it reminded me of a young girl who was me.

Fathers should read the article: Is Your Daughter safe at Work?

Shona

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Useless “Gender Policy” vs. Equal Rights Supported By Laws – Barbados Government Minister Byer Suckoo Needs A Lesson In The Difference

The Barbados government is committed to ensuring that a National Policy on Gender is developed, says Minister of Youth, Family and Sports, Esther Byer Suckoo.

She made the comments last Friday during a courtesy call by outgoing Director of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), Harold Robinson, and incoming Deputy Director for the Caribbean Region, Hernando Agudelo.

Byer Suckoo explained that once the gender policy was formulated, it would be laid in Parliament and debated. “There are still questions in people’s minds about gender, and we need to open up discussion at a national level and give them the opportunity to express themselves,” she stated…

… from the Caribbean Net News article Barbados to have a gender policy

The Legacy Of Esther Byer Suckoo: All Talk – No Action

blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah - Byer-Suckoo is All Talk, Zero Action

blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah - Byer-Suckoo is All Talk, Zero Action

When Esther Byer-Suckoo was elected in January 2008, we were pleased and excited because we thought that she would bring a much-needed women’s perspective, professionalism and a sense of urgency to Barbados government. We thought that she would be effective and a leader in fighting for the social changes and legal protections that Bajan women need to achieve equal rights under law.

How wrong we were.

Byer-Suckoo doesn’t seem to realise that talking and talking and talking accomplishes nothing. She continues to make the same mistakes that resulted in her being sacked from the position of Minister of the Environment in November, 2008. She doesn’t understand that well-written and effective laws are necessary to lead societal change.

In truth, Byer-Suckoo operates under the same fallacy as most of her DLP comrades: she believes that words are actions.

No Employment Equality Law For Women In Barbados

Let’s start with a gender-equality premise so basic, so simple, that most free and democratic societies have already embraced the concept: no person should be excluded from being employed on the basis of their gender. No woman should be told, “You can’t apply for that job because we only hire men for this position.”

Esther, you can tell young Bajan women that they can be successful in Bajan society and business – you can tell them anything you want – but as long as the government considers that women’s rights aren’t worth protecting in law, our daughters, wives and sisters will continue to be second-class citizens.

Barbados Women Need Not Apply: "Preferably male", "2-Man Crew", "Boys for General Work"

Barbados Nation Newspaper Help Wanted Adverts - Women Need Not Apply: "Preferably male", "2-Man Crew", "Boys for General Work"

Most free and democratic societies put laws in place that prohibit excluding women from consideration when hiring or promoting employees. Newspapers and job-banks in the UK, Canada and USA wouldn’t dare print “only men need apply” or any of the other code phrases because gender-based discrimination is prohibited.

That prohibition doesn’t apply in Barbados though – where the Nation newspaper leads the way in keeping women down. Whether it is protecting a senior male journalist charged with the rape of a young female staffer, or simply printing a job advertisement that excludes women, you can count on The Nation!

Suffragettes demanded "DEEDS NOT WORDS" in 1908

Suffragettes demanded "DEEDS NOT WORDS" in 1908. The Barbados DLP Government is 100 years behind the times.

Deeds, Not Words!

Minister Byer-Suckoo would achieve far more if she would stop talking and introduce just one law that would prohibit employers from discriminating against women, and prohibit media from printing help wanted advertisements that exclude women.

Article by Shona with Cliverton.

Further Reading

How bad is Barbados at protecting women and children? Barbados doesn’t even have a law requiring the reporting of suspected child abuse. Byer-Suckoo talked about such a law almost a year ago, but as usual nothing happens. Barbados Government Minister Byer-Suckoo Cautions “Not To Get Our Hopes Up” Waiting For Child Abuse Reporting Legislation

And if a husband has HIV/Aids? Barbados Family Planning Association Head says Don’t tell the wife if hubby has HIV!

Yes sir… we look after our women and children very well here in Barbados.

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Source: Rape-Accused Roy Morris Bought Off Girl’s Family – About To Be Re-Hired By Barbados Nation Newspaper

"Best for everyone if you take the money and forget all about it." What about the next girl? That's her problem, not yours.

"Best for everyone if you take the money and forget all about it." What about the next girl? "That's her problem, not yours."

Barbados Rapists Can Buy Their Way Out Of Jail – Larger Societal Interests Forgotten

While we compose our thoughts about the Roy Morris rape charges fading into the mist, we’ll print this letter received anonymously through an anonymous remailing service in Russia. We remind folks that the letter is anonymous and may contain falsehoods. We also remind our readers that the Roy Morris rape story was broken right here at Barbados Free Press. The oldstream Barbados news media refused to cover the story for almost a month after we printed our first article, and many believe that the police would have allowed the whole issue to drop if not for Barbados Free Press.

Take it away anonymous source…

Dear Barbados Free Press

Just when you thought it was safe to work at the Nation Newspaper as a young female reporter, it seems as though they are about to bring a sexual predator back on board.

Word is that the once feared news maguffy Roy Morris might have exhausted his cooling off period and is about to return to the Nation Family.

It is understood that Executive Editor Roxanne Gibbs has presented a proposal to the board for Morris to return as duty Editor of the Weekend nation and the Sunday Sun. This would be a slap in the face for both Sanka Price (weekend editor) and Carol Martindale (Sunday Sun editor.)

However, the moronic Gibbs has been under pressure to inject some life into the major publications. If that is not enough Gibbs will also put a case for Morris to manage the internet publication.

But hold on, wasn’t this the organisation that laid off 18 workers earlier this year? Is it now hiring again? Or were those lay-offs a guise to make way for the return of the self-style Don of newspaper journalism.

One of my friend’s nieces who attends UWI Cave Hill said she came face to face with him in one of the corridors and trembled and shivered in his presence. Oh yes it seems as though our boy Roy has been contracted by University in some way or the other.

Imagine this, putting the fox in the hen house amongst those young vulnerable female teenagers at campus.

My friend told her niece to be on her guard and if he looks at her too hard please report it to so that justice could be done. By the way could Commissioner of Police Darwin Dottin say if the constabulary has returned Morris’ licence firearm.

As for the case, remember last year it was adjourned sine die (meaning without a date). It is understood that Morris paid the lass or her parents a pretty penny to done the case and and it is this back and forth negotiation which has gridlocked the case. If Ralph Thorne is wunnuh lawyer ask he. He would know more as Morris’ lawyer.

But for now they are making space in Fontabelle for the return of the DON.

No Public Court Trials Needed In Barbados: If The Accused Has Enough Money

"So tell me. Do you like your job here at The Nation newsroom?"

"So tell me young lady. Do you like your job here at The Nation newsroom?"

Question: We haven’t checked the Nation yet to see if the old Roy Morris rape stories are still online – or have they been removed? Perhaps some of our readers can do so and let us know in the comments section. This should be interesting!

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Will Rihanna Be In Danger When Performing In Malaysia?

umbrella-rihanna-bible-242When the Islamist fundamentalists decide that a woman is too sexy or too anything, violence is nearly always a possibility.

This time the target is Rihanna who is due to perform in Malaysia. She has agreed to conform to the dress and behaviour regulations, but that’s not good enough for some.

Is our girl in danger?

Ian Bourne has the story at the Bajan Reporter (link here)

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