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dimanche 11 mars 2012

Emo haircut? Die!

Iraqi activists sounded the bell over the killing of dozens of teenagers by religious police for having “emo” haircuts.

Activists told the Cairo-based al-Akhbar daily that at least 90 Iraqi teenagers with “emo” appearances have been stoned to death by the Moral Police in the country in the past month. The violent crackdown against “emo” Iraqi teenagers came after the Iraqi interior ministry declared them as “devil worshippers.”

“The ‘Emo phenomenon’ or devil worshiping is being probed by the Moral Police who have the approval to eliminate it as soon as possible since it’s detrimentally affecting the society and becoming a danger,” according to a statement by the interior ministry.

[…] The statement said that Iraq’s Moral Police was granted approval by the Ministry of Education to enter Baghdad schools and pinpoint students with Western appearances.

The activists told the newspaper that a group of armed men dressed in civilian clothing led the teenagers to secluded areas a few days ago, stoned them to death, and then disposed their bodies in garbage dumpsters across the capital, Baghdad.

“First they throw concrete blocks at the boy’s arms, then at his legs, then the final blow is to his head, and if he is not dead by then, they start all over again,” one person who managed to escape told the daily.

The exact death toll remains unclear, but Hana al-Bayaty of Brussels Tribunal, an NGO dealing with Iraqi issues, said the current figure ranges “between 90 and 100.”

Activists said that leaflets were distributed in Baghdad warning teenagers from donning the “emo” style, and in some regions, teenage homosexuals were killed by battering their heads also by concrete blocks.

Al Arabiya: “Dozens of Iraqi teenagers stoned to death for ‘emo’ haircuts”.

1. Le 11 mars 2012,

Quelle bande de connards.

2. Le 12 mars 2012,

@manu : c’est vrai que les emo avec leur coupe de cheveux, ce sont vraiment des BIP ! :)

3. Le 12 mars 2012,

Le Monde est beaucoup plus nuancé et ne parle que de 14 assassinats. Ce qui est inadmissible, bien sûr.

4. Le 13 mars 2012,

ça donne envie d’un enfer pour que ces salauds s’y retrouvent. Mais non, pas de pays magique où les méchants seront punis. Il faut agir dans ce monde.

Blah ? Touitter !

Cœur artificiel

Building a heart that mimics nature’s lub-dub may be as comically shortsighted as Leonardo da Vinci designing a flying machine with flapping wings. Nature is not always the best designer, at least when it comes to things that humans must build and maintain. So the newest artificial heart doesn’t imitate the cardiac muscle at all. Instead, it whirs like a little propeller, pushing blood through the body at a steady rate.

Popsci, Dan Baum: “No Pulse: How Doctors Reinvented The Human Heart”.


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