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Somali woman stoned to death for adultery

The Associated Press

A judge for an Islamic militant group in Somalia says a woman has been stoned to death and her boyfriend given 100 lashes for having an affair.

Sheikh Ibrahim Abdirahman, the judge for the group al-Shabab, says the woman was killed Tuesday in front of a crowd of some 200 people near the town of Wajid.

Abdirahman says the 20-year-old woman had an affair with a 29-year-old unmarried man and gave birth to a stillborn child.

The militants that control much of southern Somalia and have links to al-Qaeda have instituted a conservative reading of Islam's Sharia law.

The stoning death was at least the fourth for adultery in Somalia over the last year. It was the second time a female has been killed.

http://www.cbc.ca/world/story/2009/11/18/somalia-stoning-death-adultery-lashes.html

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The stoning's show up in the news a couple of times a year and they always freak me out. How can a public allow this and even take part?

Similarly, honour killings in families are freaky just the same. But you don't have to search very far to find cases of honour crimes right here in Canada. I found a site that was documenting many recent cases and I was really shocked by the stories.

a couple of cases from ottawa:

Ottawa man guilty of 'honour killings'

Taxi union boss jailed for threat of honour crime

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How can a public allow this and even take part?

According to Refugees International Somalia is home to "the world's greatest humanitarian disaster". It's not like it happened in the middle of a famrer's market in downtown Ottawa. It's a war torn country with very little law and order. The article said that the area is run by militants, too. Im sure if they had a choice, the public would not allow this.

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http://andrewsullivan.theatlantic.com/the_daily_dish/2009/11/back-to-the-middle-ages.html

Jamie Kirchick wants to stop sending PEPFAR money to Uganda, which has introduced legislation that would make homosexuality a crime punishable by death:

When a government actively encourages homophobia, the effect reverberates throughout society. Uganda's president, Yoweri Museveni, has accused European gays of coming to his country to "recruit" people into homosexuality. Ugandan newspapers and bloggers have seized on the proposed law to launch their own broadsides against gays, posting the names and photographs of individuals in Wild West-style "wanted" posters in print and online. A major tabloid, the Red Pepper, trumpeted an expose headlined "Top Homos in Uganda Named" as "a killer dossier, a heat-pounding and sensational masterpiece that largely exposes Uganda's shameless men and unabashed women that have deliberately exported the Western evils to our dear and sacred society."

From 2004 through 2008, Uganda received a total of $1.2 billion in PEPFAR money, and this year it is receiving $285 million more. Clearly, the United States has a great deal of leverage over the Ugandan government, and the American taxpayer should not be expected to fund a regime that targets a vulnerable minority for attack — an attack that will only render the vast amount of money that we have donated moot.

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