Belgian clerical sexual abuse of toddlers


This video is called Secret Church Letters Document Catholic Clergy Sex Abuse Case – Phil Saviano vs. Fr. David Holley.

Translated from NOS TV in the Netherlands:

Church abuse victims are very young

Added: Friday, September 10, 2010, 13:35
Updated: Friday, September 10, 2010, 16:30

Many victims of abuse within the Roman Catholic Church in Belgium were not older than four years. In some cases, they were even toddlers aged two. This is the conclusion of the research team led by child psychiatrist Adriaenssens who investigated the abuse on behalf of the church.

Adriaenssens collected about three hundred cases of child abuse. According to him, there was hardly any diocese or [Roman Catholic] boarding school in Belgium where no abuse occurred. Especially in the nineteen sixties it happened very often.

The research team could not finish their work, because the Belgian police ten weeks ago in a raid took all the files, for fear that the church wanted to create a cover-up. This week the judge ruled that the raid was unlawful.

Suicide

According to Adriaenssens, victims could hardly count on help. “They knew that the perpetrators were powerful and that they themselves would not be believed,” he says.

A girl who reported abuse to a bishop, was told: “Just ignore him, then it will stop.”

At least thirteen abuse victims later committed suicide. Six others attempted suicide.

Less abuse happened in the nineteen eighties because there were fewer priests then and they had to do less with education.

Half of all suspects are already deceased. In many other cases the abuse is barred.

Pope faces protests and apathy on visit to Britain: here.

Senior Catholic rules out ordaining women as priests ahead of pope’s UK visit: here.

NATO kills Afghan anti-’Reverend’ Jones protester


This video is called Afghanistan Sept. 2009 A German War Crime.

From Reuters:

One shot dead in Koran protest in A[f]ghan north

10 Sep 2010 09:26:40 GMT

KUNDUZ, Afghanistan, Sept 10 – One man was shot dead when protesters, angry over plans by a U.S. pastor to burn copies of the Koran, attacked a NATO base in Afghanistan‘s north on Friday, a provincial government spokesman said.

A crowd, estimated at 10,000 by a spokesman for the Badakhshan province governor, had earlier poured into the streets after special Eid prayers. Some later hurled stones at a NATO base run by Germans and a protester was shot when troops inside opened fire, spokesman Amin Sohail said.

A spokesman for the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force in Kabul said ISAF was aware of protests in Faizabad, the capital of Badakhshan, and were investigating.

(Reporting by Ahmad Elham and Sayed Salahuddin; Editing by Paul Tait and Nick Macfie)

In corporate media, you hear a lot about free speech for the “Reverend” Terry Jones and other anti-Muslim bigots. You hear a lot less about free speech for Afghan and other Muslims. I am not aware of NATO killing any anti-Muslim bigot anywhere. It seems that Afghan lives are a lot cheaper to NATO.

Quran burning plan fuels protests: Thousands stage demonstrations across Afghanistan, as US pastor announces Quran: here.

Thousands of Afghan citizens have rallied across Afghanistan to demand the withdrawal of all occupation troops and condemn an US church’s plan to burn the Koran: here. And here.

Why Peaceniks Should Care About the Afghanistan Study Group Report: here.

The corporate-controlled US media has maintained a virtual blackout on Pentagon documents released Wednesday that reveal grisly atrocities by American soldiers in Afghanistan, including murdering civilians and cutting off their fingers as trophies: here.

Afghanistan election problems will take years to fix, says watchdog: here.

Occupying powers should split up Afghanistan along ethnic lines and leave the south to the Taliban, a former US national security adviser has declared: here.

The Afghan government rejected on Monday Nato assertions that an air strike on a convoy in Takhar province killed a “top insurgent,” saying that the victims included a candidate in next weekend’s parliament elections and his civilian aides: here.

It was 1am and 64-year old Mohammed Akram was playing chess with a family friend when 30 soldiers came crashing through the door of his Kabul apartment: here.

The US Department of Defense is seeking to buy and destroy all 10,000 copies of a book written by a former Defense Intelligence Agency officer about his experiences in Afghanistan: here.

A 9/11 New Yorker reflects: The only people who can desecrate Ground Zero–& America–are the Islamophobes: here.

The far Right in the USA: here. And here. And here.

Tea Party: These are People Who Were Wearing Sheets Over their Heads 25 Years Ago: here.

Over at the Huffington Post, a new survey from the Democratic-affiliated firm Public Policy Polling is featured, which found that more Republicans support constructing a strip club than a mosque near Ground Zero: here.

Blog post from Mehdi Hasan: “Crazy Republicans prefer strip clubs to mosques”: here.

Film about pianist Glenn Gould


This video is called GENIUS WITHIN: The Inner Life of Glenn Gould (Trailer).

Genius Within: The Inner Life of Glenn Gould by Canadian documentarians Michéle Hozer and Peter Raymont is a compilation of previously unseen footage of Gould, as well as hundreds of photographs and excerpts of private home and studio recordings: here.

Quran burning plan on, off, on?


This video from the USA is called BURN A QURAN (A Terry Jones/Fred Phelps MOCK Ad by DC Douglas).

From British daily The Guardian:

The Florida pastor who threatened to burn copies of the Qur’an suspended the plan last night in the face of condemnation by Barack Obama, the Pentagon, the state department and international outrage.

Although he had initially announced that the bookburning was cancelled, he later said the plan was only “suspended” because he was “lied to” over a deal to call off the event in exchange for a promise to move a planned Islamic centre away from New York’s Ground Zero.

Terry Jones, who heads the Dove World Outreach Centre church in Gainesville, Florida, claimed he was not bowing to the pressure from the White House and abroad but had taken the decision because of the agreement. However, it emerged last night that Robert Gates, the US defence secretary, had phoned Jones and asked him not carry out his threat.

Jones also claimed he was planning to fly to New York to discuss the proposed cultural centre’s new location with the New York imam Feisal Abdul Rauf.

But the imam, in a statement issued last night, said he had not spoken to Jones.

“I am glad that Pastor Jones has decided not to burn any Qur’ans. However, I have not spoken to Pastor Jones,” he said. “I am surprised by their announcement. We are not going to toy with our religion or any other. Nor are we going to barter.”

There was a collective sigh of relief worldwide as Jones announced at a press conference that he was dropping his plan to set fire to 20 copies of the Qur’an. The burning had been planned to coincide with the ninth anniversary tomorrow of the 9/11 attacks on New York and Washington.

Interpol, the Pentagon and others warned that such an act would provoke violent acts around the world by outraged Muslims. There were protests in Pakistan, Afghanistan and other Muslim countries yesterday at the proposed burning.

As tensions mounted, claims emerged from Germany that Jones was dismissed from a church he founded there after accusations that he mistreated his followers.

“Understanding Islam”: a very welcome new initiative from the Coexist Foundation: here.