bride Lisa Smith arrested over terrorist offences after arriving at Dublin
Airport from Turkey with daughter
Men to Marry 2 Women to Reduce Adultery – Ghanaian Female Gospel Musician
State bride: Who is Lisa Smith?
Death and Life, Lebanese Woman Shows Religious Law Fight
WAG ‘Who Married Islamist Fighter’ Charged With Funding Terror
Was a Shop Girl, and The Allegations At Mecca Are Not New Or Isolated
Supreme Court To Take Up Plea Against Polygamy, Nikah Halala Next Month
Ammini Moves SC, Says Kerala Govt Must be ordered to Protect Women Trekking to
Smith’s Detention Extended As Solicitor Says She Has ‘Strong Case’
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men to marry 2 women to reduce adultery – Ghanaian female gospel musician
this recommendation was made by a Muslim woman, it wouldn’t be news but because
no less a person than Stella Aba Seal is the one championing polygamy many
people have been left shocked.
popular gospel musician reportedly told Becky on E with Becks that if men were
given the liberty to marry more than one woman, they would not be tempted to
have extramarital affairs with other women.
a married man is responsible and I'm his first wife and he wants to marry
[another wife] and he can take care of both of us...I don't have a problem with
that,'' Stella Seal said.
you think you love the woman enough, do the needful or fix your marriage. I
speak to ladies who tell me they have four to six boyfriends just because they
don’t know who will give them security,” she added.
is a bit difficult to decipher how polygamy will help reduce adultery.
State bride: Who is Lisa Smith?
taoiseach (Irish prime minister) Bertie Ahern remembers Lisa Smith as a
"lovely lady", who loved her job.
38-year-old, who has been arrested on suspicion of terrorist offences, was a
soldier who worked on the Irish government jet.
accompanied Mr Ahern and former president Mary McAleese on flights.
from Dundalk in County Louth, Lisa Smith joined the Irish army and air corps
after leaving school in 2000.
years ago, in an interview with the Irish Independent newspaper, she described
herself as a former party girl who drank too much on occasion, smoked cannabis
and took ecstasy.
life had been turned around by converting to Islam, she said.
married, but the marriage quickly broke down. It is understood she travelled to
Syria in 2015, married a British fighter and had a baby daughter.
recently, Ms Smith was living in a Kurdish-controlled refugee camp in Syria.
an interview with the BBC recorded at the camp, she said she was not involved
in fighting and denied training girls in the use of weapons.
was deported from Turkey on Sunday morning.
is understood Irish government officials and members of the elite Irish Army
Ranger Wing had been in Turkey for some weeks preparing for her return.
Sunday, Ms Smith and her baby daughter arrived at Dublin Airport accompanied on
a Turkish Airlines flight.
were covered in a pink blanket and transferred to a waiting vehicle.
(Irish police) say her child is being cared for by relatives.
Smith arrested after arriving back in Ireland
woman in Syria 'has right' to return
Smith denies training girls to become fighters
Smith is being questioned on suspicion of terrorist offences at Kevin Street
Garda Station in Dublin.
have been interviewing her under caution about her activities, movements,
communications and contacts online and in person in Africa, Europe, the Middle
East and Ireland since she converted to Islam, RTE reported.
death and life, Lebanese woman shows religious law fight
— Nadyn Jouny's sister taped up two messages in her memory inside a closet at
the family home — one of motherly love tinged with pain, another of defiance.
first Jouny wrote to her 9-year-old son on the one day a week she was allowed
to see him under a custody ruling by a Shiite religious court. "Peace be
upon the holy nights when you fall asleep near me," she wrote. "Peace
be upon the trace of love painted on your face and features ... This is my
night, Oct. 4, would be her last with her son. Two days later, Jouny was killed
in a car accident at age 29.
second message, written by a relative, has a photo of a smiling Jouny with her
son's arms wrapped around her neck. "They think your voice has
disappeared. Nadyn, we are your voice; get some rest...we will fight for
you," it declares.
death as in life, Jouny — affectionately called Om Karam, Arabic for
"mother of Karam" — has showcased the struggles of Lebanese women who
are battling laws that give religious courts say over many aspects of their
allows its many religious sects to govern personal status issues in their
communities, resulting in 15 different sets of laws over such things as rules
for marriage, divorce and custody and visitation of children. In cases of
divorce for Shiite Muslims like Jouny, the Shiite religious courts usually
grant custody of children to the fathers at age two for sons and age seven for
daughters. Jouny waged a campaign — online and in street protests — against the
laws ever since she lost custody of her son and was given visitation rights of
only 24 hours a week.
of the system say it reflects the country's plurality of faiths. Critics say it
discriminates against women of all faiths and means women are treated
differently based on their sect. For example, divorced Sunni mothers can keep
sons and daughters until age 12.
have really borne the brunt of the sectarian system of governance and we see
that in the personal status laws," said Lama Fakih, Human Rights Watch
Beirut office director. "These are egregious abuses that are resulting in
violence against women, that are resulting in outcomes where children are not
being taken care of by the parent that is most suited to take care of the
child, where families are really not well served."
solutions and demands have been put forward: reform or oversight of the
religious courts, an option of a civil system for those who don't want to use
religious courts, or a unified civil personal status law for all.
convulsing Lebanon for more than a month have given a new platform for those
demanding change. The protests erupted over proposed new taxes and escalated
into calls for the removal of Lebanon's entire political elite and its
sectarian power-sharing system.
Rouhana of the feminist organization KAFA said the myriad of personal status
laws is intertwined with sectarian politics.
this renaissance that we've witnessed and seen on the streets lately through
the leadership of women ... is not reflected in the laws," she told a
small group who had gathered to discuss a KAFA-proposed draft for a civil
personal status law.
died just before the current protests. But her face or name have at times
appeared on protesters' signs and banners. "The beautiful revolutionary
... Your soul is present here with us," read one. At a memorial marking 40
days since her death, candles spelling out her name in Arabic lit up a main
Beirut protest square. "We cannot delay issues of women's rights ... Death
does not wait," read a pin on her sister Nada's chest.
Fahs, a 49-year-old who has turned out for the current round of protests, first
met Jouny at a protest years ago. She remembers a young woman, her hair down,
wearing — Fahs thought disapprovingly — too much red lipstick. Jouny was chanting,
"Corruption, corruption, it's underneath the turbans," a
controversial slogan she became known for, referring to allegations against
some religious judges.
who covers her hair with a scarf, said she was so amazed she broke into tears.
"What a way to shatter taboos. I couldn't believe it," she said.
"Even our men cannot talk like that."
would look at her and think here's this young girl who feels like she can
change the world and she is not afraid — not of a sect or of clerics ... What
am I lacking?" Fahs said.
Fadia Hamzeh said she often hears criticism from her Shiite community that she
is scandalizing them. She founded a Facebook page called "Revolution of a
Shiite woman" to educate women about their rights in the Shiite courts,
share their stories and let them know that "if you don't rebel, you won't
get your rights."
opened the door. Most families are suffering from tragedies. I didn't create
this," she said. "We must offer an example for other sects because
just like we have injustices in religious courts, other sects do too."
was inspired by the ordeal of her sister, who made news in 2016 when she was
arrested and held for a few days over her refusal to turn over her son to his
father. Jouny, she said, was one of the people who helped her sister's case
become public and led chants in a march to the police station where she was
are we headed when our mothers die feeling oppressed and when we are depriving
our children of their mothers when they're still alive?" she said.
Moussa al-Sammoury, a judge who sits on one of the Shiite courts, said,
"Religious matters are not subject to street pressure. The issue has to do
with God's satisfaction; God wants this or doesn't want this," adding,
"The judge is not acting on a whim or on what he wants."
he said, he and his fellow judges have room to consider the children's best
interest on a case-by-case basis. "If he's a bad father and is not to be
trusted, we don't award him custody," he said.
Taleb, a Shiite cleric, said the solution is to reform the rules of religious
courts, noting that there is more than one opinion on the custody issue in
Shiite jurisprudence. He supports raising the maternal custody age to at least
seven while allowing judges to leave the kids with the mother longer when it's
in their best interest.
in its essence is mercy, not plastic texts," he said. "People who are
religiously devout, and I am one of them, demand change." He said failing
to provide solutions within the religious context could drive people to look
elsewhere. "Today in Lebanon, there are complaints about religious courts
of all sects, Muslim and Christian."
Ibrahim, who founded a campaign to raise the age of maternal custody, said she
supports the idea of a unified civil law for personal status but believes it is
a "far dream." A more attainable goal, she said, is to raise the age
to seven for boys and nine for girls.
remembered Jouny, with whom she worked for years, as "extremely
enthusiastic" and extremely "hurt."
many of her photos, Jouny flashes a wide, seemingly carefree smile that belies
the anguish her family says she kept private. "She would tell me, 'Mama,
I'm burning from the inside. My son is getting older and I know nothing about
him,'" her mother Majida said.
before she turned 19, Jouny's relations with her husband and in-laws soured
early on. There was violence. Her sisters said they saw bruises. One day after
a fight with her husband, she tried to leave only to have her husband and his
mother yank Karam away, her family said. Her activism on the custody issue was
considered her cause one for all women," her father said. Her family said
she advocated for many causes, including helping street children and refugees and
campaigning against sexual harassment and the marriage of minors.
the Beirut square where Jouny's family and friends gathered to commemorate her
death, Zainab Kawtharani, 25, lit a candle. "Your cause is safe with us.
We will continue till the end," she said she wanted to tell Jouny.
then clutched a sign: "Your voice has been and will continue to be a
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WAG ‘who married Islamist fighter’ charged with funding terror
ex-Liverpool WAG and former beauty queen who reportedly dreamed of marrying an
Islamist fighter has been accused of funding terrorism.
Noor, a former Miss Teen Great Britain finalist, is on trial for funding
terrorism after she allegedly sent $45.51 (£35.18) to an Islamist organisation
called Merciful Hands (MH), via Paypal, last year.
21-year-old, of Cinema Drive, Wavertree admitted sending the cash but denies
that she knew or suspected it would be used for terrorist purposes.
Liverpool Crown Court jury heard Noor had been introduced to MH by Victoria
Webster, 28, of Nelson in east Lancashire, who earlier this year pleaded guilty
to funding terrorism.
sent Noor, who according to MailOnline previously dated a Liverpool winger, a
message on the day the money was sent, suggesting “we must help” the family of
a foreign fighter who had fallen on hard times.
message said: “The father is a frontliner, and due to his circumstances and
debts it’s hard to keep food on the table.”
Wilson, prosecuting, told the jury that only a minute after sending the money
Noor messaged Webster, saying: “So will it go to a brother who is a fighter or
ex-fighter and has a family?”
Wilson told the jury: “The Crown suggests that message is of some importance to
added: “The Crown, in this case, say that Amaani Noor knew or had reasonable
cause to suspect that the money would or may be used to support people fighting
against the Syrian government for a political or an ideological cause.
Crown say this because of her extensive messages showing interest in and
support for extremist organisations.
fact that her husband is an Islamist Syrian fighter, her support for Sharia
law, the context with her messages including the messages she has viewed on the
Merciful Hands channel, the way the money was sent and the fact that
immediately after sending the money she sent a message asking if the money will
go to fighter or ex-fighter.”
Wilson added: “It is clear from the context that she did not think she was
giving money to support Syrian government forces.”
then told the court that ISIS propaganda videos, several showing foreign
terrorist fighters torturing, executing and beheading victims, were found on
obtained after Noor was arrested in November last year show she had considered
travelling to Syria to join her fighter husband, after having second thoughts.
of the emails read: “It’s been my dream to marry a fighter for a long time and
my dream to be a fighter myself even longer lol.”
denies one count of terrorism fundraising.
Was A Shop Girl, And The Allegations At Mecca Are Not New Or Isolated
Being both a journalist and someone with a history of working in fashion, I
have seen the best and worst of what goes on in all-female workplaces.
when I first heard rumours of allegations of bullying and discriminatory
behaviour going on at Mecca, one of Australia and New Zealand’s biggest beauty
retailers, I was saddened but I wasn't exactly shocked.
lack of surprise says more about what I know about retail than anything
spurious about Mecca itself.
all, the company has won several "great place to work" awards and I
have always found my dealings with the people there, both as a customer and in
my professional capacity, to be very positive.
yet, when its boss, Jo Horgan, says just 0.2 per cent of Mecca's retail
workforce had made a bullying complaint in the past two years, my initial
reactions are: the only acceptable figure is 0.0 per cent; the true figure may
be higher as people, especially women, are known to under-report workplace
bullying; and, again, that I am not surprised.
finishing high school in the late 1990s, I began working for a major fashion
retailer part-time while I studied at university. In my three years there, I
worked in at least five stores in two states, so I had a pretty good overview
of the company's culture.
bullying, or whatever euphemism you want to ascribe to it, was rife.
we worked in an environment where staff were incentivised to reach sales
targets for the purpose of attaining bonuses, which resulted in highly
individualistic behaviour, including the marking of territory and the
interception of other colleagues.
mostly casuals on award wages, a big sale could mean the difference between
buying fresh food for the week, or living off $2 containers of boiled rice with
satay sauce from the shop downstairs. And of course, we had to buy and wear the
clothes to work in the store.
was the silent treatment to the new girls, or the girls who were overly
confident by the shop ringleaders. There was schadenfreude at sales gone
begging, and a pecking order when it came to who did which cleaning chore at
the start and end of the day.
saying all that, we still had fun and I loved my time working there.
still possible to be bullied and enjoy your work. The thrill of a big sale, or
an interaction with a customer who would return to say the suit I helped her
buy got her that job or second date was a balm for my sometimes rattled soul.
don't think I ever reported the incidents and just sucked it up, accepted it
was part of the privilege of working there.
many major retailers, quite probably Mecca included, subsist on a culture of
"you are lucky to be here", which often suppresses people's
willingness to speak up when things go wrong.
painting Mecca as the devil incarnate of Australian retail is wrong, and will
not fix the endemic issue of bullying across a range of industries, from
fashion to food. I was a shopgirl for more than three years and I can tell you
that nothing contained in the allegations against Mecca is surprising or new,
especially in workplaces dominated by young, majority female and often
under-trained staff when it comes to conflict management and resolution.
the fact the allegations have come to light shows that in 2019, as opposed to
1998, people are less willing to shut up and take it when it comes to
unacceptable workplace behaviour. Social media, #MeToo and a host of other
global developments mean that, thankfully, times are changing.
is not the first workplace to be tarred with allegations of bullying but hopefully,
if its pledge to do better is to be believed, it might set a course for others
to follow, before things escalate to the point where people experience lasting
Supreme Court To Take Up Plea Against Polygamy, Nikah Halala Next Month
petition challenging the practices of polygamy and nikah halala prevalent in
Muslim community will be heard by Supreme Court early next year. A bench headed
by Chief Justice of India SA Bobde agreed to list the matter immediately after
winter break when it was mentioned by petitioner Ashwini Kumar Upadhyay on
the practice of polygamy is outlawed in India, an exemption has been made for
the Muslim community under the Muslim Personal Law (Shariat) Application Act,
Act provides for application of Muslim personal law in matters relating to
marriage, succession etc among Muslim parties.
the practice of nikah halala is also permitted. As per this practice, once a
Muslim woman has been divorced, her husband is not permitted to take her back
even if he had pronounced talaq under influence of any intoxicant, unless his
wife undergoes Nikah-Halala, which involves her marriage with another man, who
subsequently divorces her so that her previous husband can re-marry her.
petitioner submitted that religious leaders, imams, maulvis, who propagate and
support and authorize practices like nikah halala and polygamy are grossly
misusing their position, influence and power to subject Muslim women. These
practices which treat women as property violating their fundamental rights
enshrined in Articles 14, 15 and 21 of the Constitution, it has been argued.
is submitted that the failure to secure the same equal rights and life of
dignity for Muslim women violates their most basic human and fundamental right
to life of dignity unmarred by gender discrimination, which in turn have a
critical impact on their social and economic rights to say the least”, the
submitted that polygamy violates Section 494 of Indian Penal Code which
prohibits bigamy and nikah halala amounts to rape under Section 375 of IPC.
the matter was mentioned today, Justice Bobde queried on the antiquity of the
practice asking whether it has been practised for over 1,000 years.
then said that it will be listed immediately after (winter) vacation. Supreme
Court closes on December 19 and reopens on January 6.
Ammini Moves SC, Says Kerala Govt Must be Ordered to Protect Women Trekking to
Delhi: Activist Bindhu Ammini, one of the two women who visited the Sabarimala
temple last year, on Monday moved the Supreme Court seeking safe passage for
all women to visit the shrine regardless of age or religion.
her petition, Ammini has said that the Supreme Court, while deciding to review
its 2018 judgment allowing women of all ages to enter the temple had not
ordered any stay, and hence, Kerala government must give protection to all
women trekking to Sabarimala.
along with another woman named Kanaka Durga, had entered the hill shrine on
January 2 this year post the Supreme Court order in September 2018 allowing
women of menstruating ages to offer prayers in the temple. The women were
escorted by the police.
the Kerala government has changed its stance on facilitating women entry
considerably since the Supreme Court on November 14 decided that a larger
seven-judge bench should decide the matter, along with issues of other faiths
such as Muslim women’s entry to mosques and cases female genital mutilation in
the Dawoodi Bohra community.
the top court not ordering a stay, the Kerala Police has said it will not give
protection to any woman unless the court asks them to.
was also attacked with chili powder on November 26 while she was on her way to
the shrine along with Pune-based activist Trupti Desai.
had slammed the Kerala government for not giving police protection and shirking
duty under the pretext that there was lack of clarity in the SC judgment, at a
press conference on Sunday.
is no lack of clarity in the recent ruling. Those who have lack of clarity
should seek clarity. Instead, the government is trying to escape from the
responsibility. All political parties are trying to make political mileage out
of the Sabarimala issue, eyeing on their respective vote banks,” she said.
Smith’s detention extended as solicitor says she has ‘strong case’
Dec 2, 2019
Defence Forces member Lisa Smith is being questioned for a further 24 hours at
a Dublin Garda station as part of the criminal investigation into suspected
terrorist offenses abroad.
woman (38) is being held at Kevin Street station following her arrest on Sunday
after her return to Ireland on a Turkish Airlines flight from Istanbul along
with her daughter (2).
period of detention was extended by a Garda superintendent on Monday morning.
Ms Smith, who is originally from Dundalk, Co Louth, can be questioned for up to
72 hours before being released or charged.
Co Louth woman’s solicitor, Darragh Mackin of Belfast-based Phoenix Law, said
that “no evidence of any kind” linking her to a terrorist offence had been put
to Ms Smith in questioning. His client had a “strong case” to make in arguing
that she was a member of Islamic State but not directly involved in terror
Dundalk woman is being asked by Special Branch counterterrorism detectives
about her movements, activities and communications in Europe, Africa and the
Middle East since she converted to Islam about a decade ago.
investigation has drawn on information about her movements from foreign
prosecution, should one arise, will likely rely on legislation that has so far
been untested in prosecuting individuals suspected of terrorist offences
are investigating whether Ms Smith engaged in terrorist recruitment or
training, offences which carry a a sentence of up to 10 years.
most likely charge, if the Director of Public Prosecutions decides to
prosecute, is membership of an unlawful organisation, which carries a maximum
sentence of seven years.
Mackin sought to distinguish between Ms Smith’s travelling to Syria in 2015 to
live in the Islamic State “caliphate” covering parts of Iraq and Syria declared
by the terror group, also known as Isis, and any role with the group itself.
is not an offence in itself to travel for innocent purposes. Lisa has
consistently denied and refuted any allegation that she was involved in
terrorist activity or terrorism generally,” he said.
are likely to rely on media interviews Ms Smith gave to RTÉ, CNN and other
media outlets as evidence of membership of the organisation.
Mackin claimed Ms Smith was being subject to “trial by media” in being accused
of terrorist offences because of media interviews she gave while being held in
a camp in the war-torn country.
solicitor argued that there was a “complex religious and political backdrop” to
the meaning of term Islamic State and in particular what is known as the
caliphate to some Muslims.
is a view that the caliphate or the Islamic State is a euphoric land to which
you are obliged to commit yourself to and that if you refuse to take the
opportunity to go to the euphoric place, that if you die before then, that you
will live a very unhappy afterlife,” he said.
message was relayed to Ms Smith, he said. He portrayed her as a victim of
radicalisation “where we see these very dangerous people deliberately taking
steps to try and lure vulnerable Muslim women to certain areas”.
stressed that he had co-operated with the investigations into her. He pointed
out that Ms Smith had publicly denounced Isis, which, he said, was “itself a
very dangerous thing to do”.
it stands, Lisa has given a clear account to the Turkish authorities, to the
FBI and is now giving a clear account to the Garda,” he said.
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