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PostPosted: Tue Dec 11, 2007 4:09 pm    Post subject: Father says killed daughter in Canadian hijab case Reply with quote

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A memorial for Aqsa Parvez is set up at Applewood Heights S.S. in Mississauga, in this undated handout photo. The Canadian teenager who was said to have clashed with her father about whether she should wear a traditional Muslim head scarf died of injuries late on Monday, and her father told police he had killed her. REUTERS/Handout/ Peel District School Board.

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Canadian Muslim Teen's Dad Charged in Her Murder; Friends Say They Clashed Over Head Scarf

TORONTO — A Canadian man has been charged with murdering his own daughter, and her friends say the two clashed over her refusal to wear a Muslim head scarf. Police have not commented on a motive.

Aqsa Parvez, 16, of Mississauga, Ontario, was rushed to hospital in critical condition Monday after a man made an emergency call in which he claimed to have killed his daughter, police said. She died late Monday night.


Aqsa Parvez argued with her family over wearing the hijab, friends say. (CANWEST NEWS SERVICE)


Was she killed over a hijab?
Father charged with teen's murder; friends say she refused to wear head scarf

The Canadian Press

A slain Muslim teen whose father has been charged with murder apparently chafed at the prospect of wearing traditional religious garb, but members of the Islamic community warn against anyone using the tragedy to vilify the head scarf known as the hijab.

Aqsa Parvez, 16, of Mississauga, Ont., was rushed to hospital Monday in critical condition after a man made a 911 call in which he claimed to have killed his daughter. Parvez died late Monday night in hospital.

Friends have said Parvez clashed with her family about her reluctance to wear the hijab, a traditional garment for some Muslim women.

Police have not commented on a possible motive in the case and experts caution against jumping to conclusions about the source of any conflict in the family.

"I don't want the public to think that this is really an Islamic issue or an immigrant issue," said Mohamed Elmasry of the Canadian Islamic Congress. "It is a teenager issue."

Schoolmates who learned of Parvez's death yesterday say she loved shopping for clothes and did not want to wear the hijab. They say it became a point of contention with her family.

"She didn't want to go home ... to the point where she actually wanted to go to shelters," classmate Ashley Garbutt, 16, told the Toronto Star.

Muhammad Parvez, 57, made a brief court appearance yesterday morning and was remanded in custody pending another court appearance today. Aqsa Parvez's brother, Waqas Parvez, 26, is facing a charge of obstructing police and remains in custody pending a hearing Friday.

Neither man has entered a plea.

Teenagers have for centuries been doing battle with their parents over a multitude of different issues, so to make differing views about the hijab a central issue of conflict is a mistake, said Atiya Ahsan with the Canadian Council of Muslim Women.

"(The hijab) has taken on proportions larger than life and that's misplaced," Ahsan said.

"When you come across parents who think that wearing that piece of fabric on their head somehow makes them more spiritual or more (of a) practising Muslim, I think that's a fallacy and it causes needless conflict in the family."

What's more important, said Ahsan, is that a young woman, or any Muslim, adheres to the core values of their faith and what the hijab represents: dignity, protection and grace.

What troubles Ahsan is girls who wear the hijab but also skin-tight or revealing clothing.

"To me, that is farther away from the Islamic concept of a hijab than a girl who is not wearing a scarf but wears looser clothing."

The word hijab has come to refer to the head covering some Muslim women wear, but has its origins as a term in the Qur'an, referring more to the concept of modesty.

"If you know that your girl is good and she practises her faith, she's not hopping around in what we consider lewd behaviour, then for heaven's sakes you know, let the girl have a chance," Ahsan said.

"If the parents become too strict, that's always a recipe for trouble."

Ausma Khan is the editor-in-chief of Muslim Girl, a magazine aimed at readers aged 18 to 24 but also popular with significantly younger girls. Khan said her readers are like teenage girls everywhere, just trying to fit in while figuring out their identity.

Most Muslim families are open to letting their children explore their faith in different ways, and if a girl is wearing a hijab, chances are she wants to, Khan said.

"It's something they see as very liberating and very empowering and something that expresses their commitment to God," she said.

Khan acknowledged there are some young Muslim women who feel pressure from their family and community to dress more traditionally.

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Father says killed daughter in Canadian hijab case
Tue Dec 11, 2007 1:50pm EST

Tue Dec 11, 2007 1:50pm EST
TORONTO (Reuters) - A Canadian teenager who was said to have clashed with her father about whether she should wear a traditional Muslim head scarf died of injuries late on Monday, and her father told police he had killed her.

Aqsa Parvez, 16, was found without a pulse in her home in the Toronto suburb of Mississauga earlier on Monday. She was resuscitated by paramedics, treated at two hospitals, and later succumbed to her injuries, police said on Tuesday.

Her father, 57-year-old Muhammad Parvez, has been charged with murder and was remanded back into custody after his first court appearance early on Tuesday.

"There was a 911 call placed by a man who indicated that he had just killed his daughter," Jodi Dawson, a constable with Peel Regional Police, told Reuters. "Everything else is evidentiary in nature and the investigation is in its preliminary stages at this point."

The victim's brother, Waqas Parvez, 26, was arrested and charged with obstructing police.

The story was on the front pages of Canadian newspapers on Tuesday. The newspapers quoted friends and schoolmates of the victim as saying she argued with her father over wearing a hijab, the traditional head scarf worn by Muslim females.

Photos of the teen retrieved from a social networking Web site show her in Western dress with her long dark hair loose.

"She was always scared of her dad, she was always scared of her brother," the Toronto Star quoted a classmate as saying.

Others were quoted as saying the girl wore traditional Muslim dress when leaving the house in the morning, but would change into other clothes in school washrooms.

Dawson said investigators will likely speak to the victim's schoolmates. The father will return for a bail hearing on Wednesday.

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 11, 2007 4:39 pm    Post subject: Twin car bombs kill 67 in Algiers By Lamine Chikhi Reply with quote

Al-Qaida claims bloody Algiers bombings ... United Nations offices in Algiers wrote:

A United Nations flag is seen at the site of a blast at U.N. offices in the Hydra district of Algiers December 11, 2007. At least forty-seven people were killed when two car bombs exploded in upscale districts of Algiers on Tuesday, a security source said, in the bloodiest attack since the 1990s on the capital of the OPEC member state.

A bomb expert inspects the site of a blast at U.N. offices in the Hydra district of Algiers December 11, 2007. At least forty-seven people were killed when two car bombs exploded in upscale districts of Algiers on Tuesday, a security source said, in the bloodiest attack since the 1990s on the capital of the OPEC member state.

Algerian bomb experts inspect the site of a blast near U.N. offices in the Hydra district of Algiers December 11,2007. At least forty-seven people were killed when two car bombs exploded in upscale districts of Algiers on Tuesday, a security source said, in the bloodiest attack since the 1990s on the capital of the OPEC member state.
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A damaged building and a wrecked care are seen in this image made from television following a car bomb explosion near Algeria's Constitutional Council, Algiers, Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2007. United Nations offices in Algiers were heavily damaged by a powerful car bomb on Tuesday, and some U.N. staff were casualties, a spokesman said. A spokesman for the U.N. Development Program, whose offices were in one of the damaged buildings, said they had been unable to establish contact with any of their staff in the hours after the 9:30 a.m. (0830 GMT) explosion. Ron Redmond, chief spokesman for the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees, said he was unable to say whether there were any U.N. deaths in the main U.N. building or in the UNHCR building across the street.
(AP Photo/ENTV via AP Television News)

Al-Qaida claims bloody Algiers bombings
By HASSANE MEFTAHI and JOHN LEICESTER, Associated Press Writers


Two truck bombs set off in quick succession sheared off the fronts of U.N. offices and a government building in Algeria's capital Tuesday, killing at least 26 people and wounding nearly 200 in an attack claimed by an affiliate of al-Qaida.

Al-Qaida in Islamic North Africa, in a posting on a militant Web site, called the U.N. offices "the headquarters of the international infidels' den." A U.N. official said at least 11 of its employees died.

The bombs exploded 10 minutes apart around 9:30 a.m., devastating the U.N. refugee agency and other U.N. offices along a street in the upscale Hydra neighborhood, as well as Algeria's Constitutional Council, which rules on the constitutionality of laws and oversees elections.

The blasts, which came on the month's 11th day, a number rich in symbolism both for Algerians and for al-Qaida, drew swift international condemnation.

"It was horror," said Mohammed Faci, 23, whose arm was broken by the blast as he rode a bus.

The targeting of U.N. offices was a new development in the 15-year war between Algeria's secular government and Islamic insurgents, who previously focused their hate on symbols of the military-backed administration and civilians.

Al-Qaida's self-styled North African branch's Web posting said two suicide bombers attacked the buildings with trucks carrying 1,760 pounds of explosives each. Images were provided of the two "martyrs," identified as Ibrahim Abu Uthman and Abdul Rahman Abu Abdul Nasser Al-Aassemi.

"This is another successful conquest ... carried out by the Knights of the Faith with their blood in defense of the wounded nation of Islam," said the statement, which claimed that more than 110 "Crusaders and apostates" were killed.

Interior Minister Noureddine Yazid Zerhouni said the Algerian government was "certain" that al-Qaida in Islamic North Africa — formerly known as the Salafist Group for Call and Combat — "was behind the attack."

Counterterrorism officials in Algeria's former colonial ruler, France, say the group is drawing members from across North Africa.

Although it is thought to have only several hundred fighters, the al-Qaida affiliate has resisted security sweeps to organize suicide bombings and other attacks as it shifts its focus from trying to topple the government to waging holy war and fighting Western interests.

Al-Qaida has been urging attacks on French and Spanish interests in North Africa. In September, Osama bin Laden's chief deputy, Ayman al-Zawahri, called for jihad in North Africa to "cleanse (it) of the children of France and Spain."

Al-Qaida has struck on the 11th in several countries, including the Sept. 11, 2001, attack in the U.S. Al-Qaida in Islamic North Africa claimed responsibility for attacks last April 11 that hit the Algerian prime minister's office and a police station, killing 33 people.

Dec. 11 itself has meaning for Algerians. On that date in 1960, pro-independence demonstrations were held against the French colonial rulers. The Constitutional Council is located on December 11, 1960 Boulevard.

Anne Giudicelli, a former French diplomat specializing in the Middle East who runs the Paris-based consulting firm Terrorisc, said Tuesday's attack bore the "clear signature" of al-Qaida-affiliated groups — in the choice of targets and use of near simultaneous bombings.

"They attacked ... neighborhoods where there is plenty of security, which is a way to show their strength in the war with security services," she said.

Louis Caprioli, a former assistant director of France's DST counterintelligence agency who now works for the risk-management company Geos, said the attack may have been a reaction to the arrest last month of Bouderbala Fateh, a leading figure in Algeria's al-Qaida branch. The raid found three bombs, 1,760 pounds of explosives and a rocket launcher in the group's hide-out.

Algeria's militants "feel a need to fight back after many arrests, after (militants) turned themselves in or were killed," he said. "They needed to react to show their operational capacity."

After Tuesday's bombings, one damaged U.N. building stood with its insides spilling into a street littered with the soot-covered remains of parked cars crunched by the blast. The Constitutional Council lost chunks of its white facade, exposing red brick underneath, and a neck-deep crater was gouged in the road outside.

The attacks killed 26 people, an Interior Ministry statement said Tuesday evening. It said the dead included two U.N. staffers — one Danish, the other Senegalese — as well as three people from Asia whose nationalities were not given. Another 177 people were injured, of which 26 were hospitalized, the ministry said.

Other sources said the toll was higher. An official at the civil protection agency who spoke on condition of anonymity said 45 people were killed. A doctor at a hospital who said he was in contact with staff at other hospitals put the death toll at a minimum of 60.

Algerian Prime Minister Abdelaziz Belkhadem, quoted by the APS news agency, called the higher figures inflated and said the government had no reason to hide the real death toll.

"There are still a number of people unaccounted for, a number of people trapped under the rubbble, and the latest death toll that we have is 11," U.N. deputy spokeswoman Marie Okabe said.

Marie Heuze, a spokeswoman for the world body in Geneva, said that if all the missing were dead, it would be the deadliest assault on the United Nations since the 2003 attack on U.N. offices in Iraq that killed top U.N. envoy Sergio Vieira de Mello and 21 others. That attack was staged by Islamic extremists who later affiliated with al-Qaida.

World leaders roundly condemned the attack. President Bush extended condolences for those killed in "this horrible bombing," National Security Council spokesman Gordon Johndroe said.

French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner condemned the attacks as "barbarity" and said that while Algeria had made great progress in fighting terrorism, "the sordid beast is not yet dead."

Algeria has been battling Islamic insurgents since the early 1990s, when the army canceled the second round of the country's first multiparty elections, stepping in to prevent a likely victory by an Islamic fundamentalist party.

Islamist armed groups then resorted to force in trying to overthrow the government, and up to 200,000 people have been killed in the ensuing violence.

Twin car bombs kill 67 in Algiers By Lamine Chikhi
Tue Dec 11, 9:44 AM ET

Sixty-seven people were killed when two car bombs exploded in upscale districts of Algiers on Tuesday, a health ministry source said, in the bloodiest attack since an undeclared civil war in the 1990s.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility but commentators said it appeared the work of al Qaeda's north Africa wing, which claimed a similar bombing in downtown Algiers in April and other blasts east of the capital over the summer that have worried foreign investors in the OPEC member state.

The White House, concerned by Islamist militancy in north Africa, described the attackers as "enemies of humanity."

A U.N. spokesman said one employee of the U.N. refugee agency was killed and another was missing. There was no information on whether the agency was a target.

One of Tuesday's blasts struck near the Constitutional Court building in Ben Aknoun district and the other close to the U.N. offices and a police station in Hydra, both areas where several Western companies have their offices, a source said.

Interior Minister Noureddine Yazid Zerhouni said a suicide attacker appeared to have detonated the Hydra bomb.

In Ben Aknoun people ran through the streets crying in panic and the wail of police sirens filled the air.

A body lay on the road covered with a white blanket, two buses were burning, debris from damaged cars was strewn across pavements while police struggled to hold back onlookers.

"I want to call my family, but it is impossible. The network is jammed. I know they are very concerned as I work near by the council," a veiled woman working at a perfume shop said.

"There was a massive blast," a U.N. worker wrote in an anonymous item for a BBC website.

"Everything shattered. Everything fell. I hid under a piece of furniture so I wouldn't be hit by the debris... One of my colleagues had a big wound in her neck, she was bleeding severely."

Several of the casualties in Ben Aknoun were students riding a school bus, the official APS news agency said. The security source said the final death toll could go as high as 60.

Algeria, a major gas supplier to Europe, is recovering from more than a decade of violence that began in 1992 when the then army-backed government scrapped elections a radical Islamic party was poised to win. Up to 200,000 people have been killed in the subsequent violence.


The violence has subsided since then but a string of attacks this year including the April 11 attack that killed 33 in Algiers has raised fears the country could slip back into the turmoil of the 1990s.

Some attacks or attempted attacks have occurred on the 11th of the month in what Algerians interpret as a form of homage to the September 11 attacks on the United States.

Western nations have expressed concern at militant islamist activity through the north African region and dependents of several western firms operating in Algeria have been repatriated over the past 12 months due to security worries.

Tuesday's attacks dented security forces' hopes that they had crushed the insurgency following the killing by the army of the ringleaders of the April 11 attacks.

French president Nicolas Sarkozy, who visited Algiers only last week, called the blasts "barbaric and profoundly cowardly acts." Washington condemned the attacks and said it would continue counter-terror collaboration with Algeria.

Anis Rahmani editor of Ennahar daily and a security specialist told Reuters: "Al Qaeda wanted to send a strong message that it is still capable despite the lost of several top leaders. Now the key problem is that social conditions are still offering chances for terrorists to hire new rebels.

"This is a problem that must be tackled if we want to defeat al Qaeda."

To date the authorities have said the only way to put an end to 16 years of bloodshed is to pursue "national reconciliation," a policy which grants amnesty to the al Qaeda-linked guerrillas in return for disarmament.

But commentators say the strategy takes no account of a bleak social background of unemployment and poverty that fuels discontent and aids recruitment of suicide bombers.

A deteriorating social climate marked by joblessness and abiding poverty posed a menace to stability, diplomats say, noting that unemployment among adults under 30 is 70 percent.

(Editing by Ralph Boulton)
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Ayaan Hirsi Ali

Born November 13, 1969 (1969-11-13) (age 3Cool
Mogadishu, Somalia
Known for Submission
The Caged Virgin
Occupation politician, writer
Political party People's Party for Freedom and Democracy[1]
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Ayaan Hirsi Ali (pronunciation (help·info); Somali: Ayaan Xirsi Cali; born Ayaan Hirsi Magan 13 November 1969 in Mogadishu, Somalia)[2] is a Dutch feminist and political writer, daughter of the Somali scholar, politician, and revolutionary opposition leader Hirsi Magan Isse. She is a prominent and controversial author, film maker, and critic of Islam. Her writings, especially her screenplay Submission, and her autobiography Infidel, led to death threats from numerous Muslim organizations and individuals, which have forced her to live under guard and in relative seclusion. She has received numerous awards for her human rights work, and in 2005, was named by Time magazine as one of the 100 most influential people in the world.

When she was eight, her family left Somalia for Saudi Arabia, then Ethiopia, and eventually settled in Kenya. She sought and obtained political asylum in the Netherlands in 1992, under circumstances that later became the centre of a political controversy. She was a member of the Tweede Kamer (the Lower House of the States-General of the Netherlands) for the People's Party for Freedom and Democracy (VVD) from January 30, 2003 until May 16, 2006. A political crisis surrounding the potential stripping of her Dutch citizenship led to her resignation from the parliament, and indirectly to the fall of the second Balkenende cabinet.

She is currently a fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, a conservative think tank. As of October 2007 she has been working from a secret address in the Netherlands. Following the murder of Theo Van Gogh, the Dutch government had been financing round the clock security for her. However, it decided to stop paying for protection while she is living abroad. As a result, Hirsi Ali returned to the Netherlands until security arrangements are in place for her in the United States.[3][4]
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