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Title: Up To 100 Emo, LGBT, "Vampire", & "Satanic" Youth Massacred In Iraq
Post by: Merticus on March 09, 2012, 09:07:55 am
http://gaymiddleeast.com/news/news%20367.htm
http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2012/03/09/reports-of-emo-youth-and-lgbt-people-being-massacred-in-iraq/

Up To A 100 Gay And Emo Youth Massacred In Iraq
Some reports indicate it supported by police and state officials
By Dan Littauer, Executive Editor of GayMiddleEast.com, March 9, 2012


(http://www.veritasvosliberabit.com/SCIA/SCIA-Unsorted/EmoInIraq.jpg)

Since 6 February (http://gaymiddleeast.com/news/news%20366.htm) there have been continuous reports of militia targeting youths which focus on attacks, kidnapping, torture and murder of ‘emo’ youth and individuals perceived as gay, lesbian or trans.

It appears that attacks have been taking place in Baghdad as well as in several in southern provinces.

Emo, short for emotional or emocore is a US originated hardcore punk-rock music that appeared in the 80s attracting mostly teenagers. According to a report by a local LGBTQ activist the first murder occurred on 6 February in Sadr City district in Baghdad, the last was reported on 7 March of two female victims in their 20s from Shaab district of Baghdad.  (http://www.irakna.com/index.php/2012-03-07-15-55-07/2012-03-07-15-56-44/461-2012-03-06-01-40-40.html)

Moral panic has been stirred up by militias about emo youth for the last year, alleging they are adulterers, Satanists, vampires and sexually depraved.

An Iraqi source has testified to Gay Middle East (GME) that militias had warned emo youth and LGBT people that they would kill them a month ago. Posters containing the threats were put in cafés and on street corners in Baghdad.

In Baghdad local media reported massacres of emo youth and LGBT people occurring in the districts of Sadr, Chaala, Albaladiat, Baghdad Al-Jadedah, Karadah and Kadhymia. The number of victims claimed ranges from 56 to 100.

An Iraqi LGBTQ activist reported to GME an eyewitness account about a method used to murder victims by hitting their heads and body parts with concrete blocks repeatedly until death.

Another method, reported by Iraqi media, involves pushing off the tops of high buildings.

In addition five survivors were murdered inside hospitals according to a confidential witness, cited in the activist’s report

According to the same LGBTQ activist, at least 45 victims had been killed (mostly gay men in Baghdad only) according to family members and medical staff in some hospitals.

Local Iraqi media announced the total number of victims who were killed until the 7 March reached around 90 people.

Al-Sharqiya TV reports 90 mostly young men and women were murdered:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4P4OQ4hLcYw

The report from the local LGBTQ activist indicates that Jaish Al-Mahdi (Mahdi Army) and Asa'ib Ahl al-Haq (League of the Righteous) are at least partially responsible for the murders.

An anonymous official in Sadr city’s municipal council affirmed that some people are recruited by extremist armed militias who carry lists stored in their phones with the names of emo youths and LGBTQ people to be murdered.

It has also emerged that some officials are actually behind the killings.

Colonel Mushtaq Taleb Muhammadawi, director of the community police of the Iraqi Interior Ministry, stated on 6 February that they had observed the so-called Satanists and emos. He added that the police have an official approval to eliminate emo people because of their ‘notorious effects’ on the community.

The colonel declared to Iraq News Network that: ‘Research and reports on the emo phenomenon has been conducted and shared with the Ministry of Interior which officially approves the measures to eliminate them.

‘The Ministries of Education and Interior are taking this issue seriously and we have an action plan to “eradicate them”. I will be leading the project myself and we have the necessary permits to access all schools in the capital,’ added the colonel, thus possibly indicating at the very least Iraqi state complicity with the massacres.

Speaking with Gay Middle East, 'O', a university student from Baghdad, explained that emo youth are wrongly perceived as gays who worship satan and are also labeled "vampire groups" falsely believed to suck blood from each other’s wrists in their satanic gatherings.

O stated: ‘There is no religion that would dictate the killing of those who look different. Even if we credit the ridiculous assumption that emos might be worshiping Satan, the Quran says “you have your religion and I have mine”. There are so many myths around them. They are being killed for being perceived as too feminine and gay.’

Bissam an independent Iraqi LGBT activist and blogger (http://rainbowiraq.wordpress.com), currently in exile said ‘we need to stop all these crimes against humanity. If the confession of the police colonel is true, then the state and its leadership are at least complicit in these massacres.

‘These Shiites fundamentalists interpret all differences as haram and satanic. Exterminating people associated guarantees a place in heaven. The murders are religiously justified even though they have no legal base in the country’s liberal constitution,’ adds Bissam.

‘These young people were told they had four days to change their behavior into the path the righteous. But which one? On what basis do they identify right from wrong? Even if they cut their hair short, they would still look different.’ He asked rhetorically.

Safia Sohail (http://www.akhbaar.org/home/2012/03/126312.html), an independent deputy in the Iraqi Council of Representatives called ‘the Ministry of Interior and the two parliamentary committees for security and defense of human rights to move quickly to uncover the circumstances of the killing of the emo young people.’

The deputy asserted that ‘nobody has the right to hold others accountable or set himself a substitute for the law’.

Alakhbar.org, an Iraqi news website referred to the state of panic going viral among students and young people and the fear of being kidnapped, tortured and killed in cold blood because of the way they dress or comb their hair.

Lead picture from Alakhbar



http://www.irakna.com/index.php/2012-03-07-15-55-07/2012-03-07-15-56-44/461-2012-03-06-01-40-40.html

الشـرطـة ومسـؤولون محليـون يتخبطون فـي تحديـد "الإيـمــو"
   المجموعة: أهم الأخبار
    06 آذار 2012


[PHOTO] ، انه يوم الاثنين، واعتاد منذ سنوات أن يكون اليوم عطلته، كما يتفق معظم الحلاقين على هذا اليوم كإجازة أسبوعية...اضطر الحلاق أن يستيقظ مبكرا بعد إصرار البعض من زبائنه الشباب والمراهقين

على أن يحلقوا اليوم،لم يطل بمراوغاته كثيرا مقابل إصرارهم،وبعد نصف ساعة كان أول زبون شاباً ذا شعر طويل لامع يجلس على الكرسي .تفاجأ الحلاق بطلب الزبون " أريد أن أقص شعري (خفيف) "،الشاب كان يرفض دوما ان يقلل من طول شعره ،ويناكف بعض أصدقائه الشباب ممن سقط شعرهم مؤخرا ، بان لديه شعرا كثيفا يمكن ان يعيره لأي أصلع .
الشباب في تلك المنطقة المزدحمة بالسكان طلبوا في ذلك اليوم طريقة الحلاقة نفسها "الشعر الخفيف " واستغراب الحلاق الطلب المكرر لم يدم طويلا ، بعد انتشار خبرملاحقة الشرطة وبعض المجاميع لذوي الشعر الطويل ، "يشبعونهم ضربا ،ويحلقون مرغمين "نمرة صفر " في الشارع" ، الا ان الأمر قد تطور بشكل دراماتيكي لاحقا، بقتل البعض من الشباب بـ"البلوكة ".

لماذا يقتلون ؟
شهود عيان ذكروا لـ"المدى " يوم أمس بان قوائم بأسماء بعض الشباب ممن يتهمون بانتمائهم لظاهرة "الايمو " علقت على جدران المنازل في مدينة الصدر والشعلة والكاظمية ،وهم مهددون بالقتل واحدا تلو الآخر. الشهود أكدوا بان هذه القوائم تحدد مجموعة شباب يطيلون شعرهم وبعضهم يطلق على نفسه "ايمو "، مشددين على ان حوادث قتل جرت في تلك المناطق بواسطة حجر "البلوك ". بينما ذكر آخرون ان الشرطة تلاحق الشباب ذوي الشعر الطويل في الشوارع ويقومون بحلق شعرهم "صفر " في الشارع ،فضلا عن ضربهم ، كما حدث لشاب في الشورجة وسوق شلال بمنطقة الشعب.
شهود العيان ممن تحدثوا لـ"المدى " عن ازدياد حالات القتل وجهوا أصابع الاتهام إلى بعض الجماعات المسلحة في تلك المناطق ، من جانبه اكد قيادي في التيار الصدري ان جيش الامام المهدي قد جمد بالكامل قبل 3 سنوات ، ولم يبق غير لواء اليوم الموعود المقاوم للاحتلال الذي جمد ايضا قبل شهرين من مغادرة الامريكان البلاد،والبقية حولوا الى ما اسماهم بـ"الممهدون " لتلقي الدروس الفقهية والدينية لمدة خمس سنوات، مشددا ان غير الملتحقين بتلك الدروس سيكونون خارجين على اتباع "الصدر". النائب امير الكناني أوضح في اتصال مع "المدى " ان الرجال الذين يتشبهون بالنساء (كما يفسر الكناني الايمو) هم "ملعونون " وفق قول للرسول محمد (ص) حول تلك الفئة. رافضا التبرير لجواز قتلهم تحت اي ظرف من الظروف، ولكن يمكن ان يتم فرض "التعزير" –على حد قوله - وهي مجموعة من العقوبات تفرض في حالة كون الدولة تعتمد الحكم الاسلامي ،وهي عقوبات"الجلد والحبس " ، مستبعدا تلك الاجراءات في العراق لاننا وحسب قوله "نعيش في دولة قانون يحكمها دستور وقانون العقوبات هو النافذ ". من جانب آخر رمى النائب عن الاحرار المسؤولية في تلك الاحداث على بعض الجماعات المتطرفة التي تحاول دوما إثارة المشاكل ، كما حدث في الاعتداءات على مكاتب السيد الصرخي وبعض المرجعيات الدينية .
وتعرضت مكاتب (شرعية) وحسينية ومسجد تعود للمرجع الديني محمود الحسني الصرخي في محافظات ذي قار والقادسية والبصرة، إلى عمليات إحراق.وفي غضون تلك الأحداث تعرضت منازل العديد من ممثلي المرجع الديني علي السيستاني في بعض محافظات الجنوب والفرات الأوسط لعمليات استهداف بعبوات ناسفة وقنابل يدوية.
تطورات لاحقة ....
بالمقابل أكد مصدر مسؤول في المجلس البلدي لمدينة الصدر "رفض ذكر اسمه" بان الشباب في "الصدر " يحملون في "الموبايلات " قوائم بأسماء بعض الشباب الذين ستتم تصفيتهم في الوقت القادم بسبب انتمائهم لـ"الايمو " ، معتقدا انه مجرد تهديد من قبل جهات تبدو لدى عضو المجلس البلدي مجهولة وغير معروفه تريد ان تنتقم من بعض الشباب المنتمين لهذه الظاهرة.
المصدر شدد في حديثه مع "المدى " على انهم وجدوا قبل يومين شابتين مقتولتين في منطقة جميلة ، موضحا " ذهبت بنفسي إلى موقع الحادث ووجدت جثتين لفتاتين في العشرين من العمر ، مرتديتين سروال (ستريج ) ضيق و(قماصل ) جلدية سوداء ضيقة وقصيرة .
يبدو ان البعض من المسؤولين المحليين والأمنيين لايعرفون عماذا يبحثون بالتحديد وما معنى " الايمو " ؟ يضيف المصدر " اقتربت من الجثتين فوجدتهما إناثا وكنت اعتقد بأنهم ذكور متشبهون بالنساء " ، ويلفت بأنه منذ ايام يتجول في مدينة الصدر مع بعض المسؤولين الأمنيين باحثا عن ظواهر غريبة " شباب بثياب نساء" لكنه لم يرصد اي حالة ، مؤكدا في حالة وجودهم سوف يتصلون بالشرطة المجتمعية لاتخاذ اللازم.
وكشف مدير الشرطة المجتمعية التابعة لوزارة الداخلية مؤخرا ،من ان ظاهرة "الايمو" او ما سُميوا بـ" عبدة الشيطان" متابعة من قبلهم، ولديهم موافقات رسمية بالقضاء عليها بأقرب وقت ممكن ، لكون تأثيراتها على المجتمع بدأت تأخذ منحى آخر، وباتت تهدد بالخطر . وأضاف العقيد مشتاق طالب المحمداوي في تصريحات صحفية سابقة ان" ظاهرة الايمو اكتشفت من قبل عناصر مديريتنا في بغداد وتمت دراستها واعدت تقارير وبحوثا عنها ورفعت لوزارة الداخلية لاستحصال موافقات لمتابعة هذه الحالة وكيفية القضاء عليها."وتابع ان وزارة الداخلية"أخذت هذا الأمر بجانب من الأهمية والأولية وتم استحصال موافقة التربية تحديدا لاعداد خطة متكاملة بإشرافي شخصيا والسماح بدخولنا لكافة المدارس في العاصمة."
لقاء الساعة ...!
من جانبه شكا مصدر في المجلس البلدي لمدينة الكاظمية في لقاء جمعهم مع مسؤول رفيع في وزارة الداخلية يوم امس في اجتماع خاص لمناقشة ظاهرة "الايمو " وجود محلات في المدينة لبيع ملابس غريبة واكسسوارات تتعلق بـ"الايمو " دون ان يرصدوا شبابا يرتدون تلك الملابس.
المصدر من الكاظمية الذي فضل عدم ذكر اسمه لحساسية الموضوع أكد لـ"المدى " وجود مفارز من الشرطة منتشرة في المدينة بحثا عن هؤلاء الشباب ، مشددا بانهم لم يشاهدوا اي شخص يلبس تلك الثياب او الاكسسوارات،منوها الى ان الكثير من الشباب بدؤوا بقص شعرهم خوفا من انتقام بعض الجهات التي بدأت مؤخرا بالانتقام من "شباب الايمو ".
وكشف مسؤول محلي في المدينة نفسها قبل ايام ، عن ورود معلومات امنية مؤكدة وجود أشخاص "مصاصي دماء" في المدينة تابعين لـ "الإيمو"، فيما لفتت وزارة الداخلية الى ان ظاهرة "الايمو" يقتصر وجودها على الملابس.
وقال رئيس اللجنة الامنية في المجلس المحلي لمنطقة الكاظمية علي الشمري في حديث صحفي سابق ان "مفارز الامن الوطني والشرطة المجتمعية في المنطقة ابلغتنا عن تحركات مريبة لأشخاص يقلدون ظاهرة الايمو"، مبينا ان "تلك المعلومات تؤكد أن هؤلاء يقومون بامتصاص الدماء من معاصم بعضهم البعض".
وأكد الشمري أن ظاهرة الايمو هي "ظاهرة اجنبية على المدينة المقدسة"، ووصفها بأنها "غير اخلاقية"، لافتا إلى ان "أتباعها ينتهون بانتحار جماعي بحسب ما اطلعنا من معلومات بشأنها في امريكا الجنوبية".
وبين الشمري أن "الجهات المختصة وجدت رسوما لجماجم في بعض المدارس وكتابات باللغة الانكليزية لا تعرف طبيعتها"، لافتا إلى ان المجلس المحلي في الكاظمية "يخشى من امكانية تحول هؤلاء الى عبدة للشيطان خصوصا وان مواقع الانترنيت تبين ان اتباع هذه الظاهرة في الخارج هم من عبدة الشيطان".
وروى الشمري ان الجهات الامنية ابلغته بقيام احد الاشخاص من الايمو بالوقوف "وحيدا" في المساء من الساعة السابعة وحتى الثانية عشر ليلا في الشارع الرئيسي لمنطقة العدل ، وأكد ان "المعلومات تشير أيضا الى عدم اختلاطه بأي شخص وأنه يختفي طوال النهار عن الانظار".وابدى الشمري استعداده وباقي المسؤولين المحليين لـ"التحاور مع مقلدي الايمو لمعرفة طلباتهم وطموحاتهم"، وعلق بالقول "اذا وجدنا أن افكارهم طبيعية تحافظ على النظام العام فلن نستطيع منعهم"، مشيرا الى "انتشار هذه الظاهرة في مناطق أخرى من بغداد كالكرادة وزيونة". و"الايمو" كلمة جاءت من مصطلح "emotional" بما معناه حساس أو عاطفي ذو مشاعر متهيجة أو حساسة وهذه الجماعة تتبع نظام لبس معين وموسيقى معينة وتسريحة شعر معينة وأخذت الظاهرة في الانتشار بين الشباب المراهقين الذين أعمارهم ما بين 12-17 لكن الايمو مرحلة في حياة بعض المراهقين ولكنها قد تستمر بعد 17 أيضا والايمو ليست ديانة وليس للايمو ديانة محددة.
الإيمو والقمة العربية !
الجهات الأمنية في بغداد تؤكد عدم وجود حوادث قتل او تهديد لـ"شباب الايمو ".عبد الكريم ذرب عضو لجنة الامن في مجلس محافظة بغداد نفى في اتصال مع "المدى " قيام الشرطة بقص شعر الشباب او الاعتداء عليهم بالضرب ، مشددا على ان الظاهرة هي اجتماعية ويمكن علاجها عن طريق المدرسة ومنظمات المجتمع المدني ،وليس عن طريق الشرطة ،داعيا عبر "المدى " كل شخص تعرض للضرب او لاي اساءه التوجه الى مجلس محافظة بغداد لتقديم الشكوى.
ويرى الذرب بان العراق مقبل على محفل عربي كبير هو القمة العربية ،وهناك من يسعى الى اشاعة الفوضى ويخرب صورة البلد باي شكل من الاشكال . الى ذلك تحدث العقيد مشتاق المحمداوي في حديث لبعض وسائل الاعلام في وقت سابق بان الشرطة المجتمعية تقوم بعلاج الظاهرة بكل هدوء وجدية بدون تأثيرات على المجتمع والمواطنين ، ورغم ضبطنا حالات غريبة نعاني منها بسبب صعوبتها ، وبخاصة الاختلاط معهم اي مع الايمو ، لان جماعات الايمو لا يتحدثون الا مع ايمو اخر ولا يتحدثون مع شخص طبيعي اخر وهنا تكمن الصعوبة ، ودعا الى المزيد من التعاون من قبل الوزارات الاخرى.
وابدى الكثير من الشباب الذين يهتمون بـ"الموضة " تخوفهم من استهدافهم في وقت لاحق، بعدما يتهمون بانهم مصاصو دماء او عبدة شيطان او اي تسمية اخرى.وترى عضو لجنة حقوق الانسان في مجلس النواب اشواق الجاف ضرورة التعاطي مع هذا الموضوع بشكل حضاري ومدني وعدم اللجوء الى العنف والقتل .
الجاف وفي اتصال مع "المدى " شددت على ضرورة ان تتم محاورة تلك الفئة ان وجدت اصلا ، وان تنشغل الجهات الحكومية بتوفير العمل للشباب حتى لا ينصرفوا لسلوكيات غريبة تخرج عن تقاليد واعراف المجتمع. رافضة ان يتم التعامل معهم بالقوة وكأنهم ارهابيون.
ويتفق القيادي في دولة القانون عبدالهادي الحساني مع ما ذهبت اليه الجاف ، موضحا " نحن في العراق نحتاج الى وقفة كبيرة للتأكيد على ضرورة احترام الانسان وصون كرامته". الحساني وفي اتصال مع "المدى " اكد بان الدول الاوربية قد تعرضت للكثير من تلك الموجات التي يقودها شباب وباسماء مختلفة ، لكنهم وعلى حد تعبيره يعتمدون على مبدأ " ان كنت لا تخالف القانون فأنت حر ".
من جانب اخر يشكك بعض الناشطين المدنيين في قدرة الحكومة او الجهات الامنية على صد تلك الظواهر بسبب وجود الاتصالات الحديثة ومواقع التواصل الاجتماعي.الناشطة هناء ادورد تقول " نحن في زمن العولمة ، لايمكن ان نحصن انفسنا من التأثر بعادات وتقاليد الشعوب الاخرى ". وترفض ادورد في حديثها مع "المدى " معالجة تلك الظواهر بطريقة عنيفة ، مشددة على ان ذلك السلوك الذي يتسم بالعنف ضد المواطن العراقي ينتهك الدستور الذي اكد على صون كرامة وحرية العراقي.
وكانت مصر قد شهدت في فترة حكم انور السادات ظهور ما اسمتهم حينها بـ"عبدة الشياطين " ، وعالجت الامر كما الكثير من دول العالم الثالث بالطريقة الامنية ذاتها . ويرفض الناشط في مجال حقوق الانسان محمد السلامي استخدام المزاج في حل ظاهرة "الايمو " ،داعيا الى اعتماد القانون كفيصل في حل المشكلة، مشددا على ان المادة 38 من الدستور تؤكد على حرية الاعتقاد والرأي .
السلامي وهو سكرتير الجمعية الوطنية للدفاع عن حقوق الانسان يؤكد ان تلك الظواهر هي حركات احتجاج على ظروف اقتصادية واجتماعية يرفضها الشباب، لاسيما ان الشاب العراقي يشعر بالاهمال من قبل الحكومة، وعدم الايفاء بمتطلباته سواء في الدراسة او ما بعد التخرج.ويرى من الضروري ان يتم علاج تلك الظواهر عن طريق البحوث النفسية والاجتماعية وحل المشكلات الاقتصادية.


Title: Re: Up To 100 Emo, LGBT, "Vampire", & "Satanic" Youth Massacred In Iraq
Post by: Merticus on March 09, 2012, 09:08:35 am
TRANSLATION:

http://www.irakna.com/index.php/2012-03-07-15-55-07/2012-03-07-15-56-44/461-2012-03-06-01-40-40.html
http://www.almadapaper.net/news.php?action=view&id=61297

Police and local officials scrambling to determine the "EMO"
06 March 2012


[PHOTO] Crowded with a group of young people at a hairdressers in the area east of Rusafa in popularity, it's Monday, and he used years ago to be on vacation, as most hairdressers agree on this day ... had to leave with a weekly barber to wake up early after the insistence of some of his customers youth and adolescents

To shave today, did not take long Bmrogath much for their determination, and after half an hour was the first customer a young man a long hair shiny sitting on the chair. Surprised barber request the customer "I want to have my hair cut (light)," the young man had been refusing to always reduce the length of his hair , and some of his friends Anacf young people who have recently dropped their hair, that it has a thick hair can pays for any bald.

Young people in that region densely populated asked on that day the way shaving themselves "hair light" and the surprise of the barber demand for refined did not last long, after the spread of Khbermlahakh police and some groups for people with long hair, "Ichbonhm beaten, and shave forced" tiger zero "in the street," but that it has evolved dramatically later, killing some of the young people to ", block."

Why kill?

Witnesses stated that the "long" day yesterday that lists the names of some young people who are accused of belonging to the phenomenon of "emo" hung on the walls of the houses in Sadr City and Shula and Kadhimiya, and they threatened to kill them one by one. Witnesses confirmed that these lists define a group of young prolonging their hair, some of whom called themselves the "Emo", stressing that the killings took place in those areas by stone "blocks." While others stated that the police chasing young people with long hair in the streets and they shaved their hair, "zero" in the street, as well as beaten, as happened to a young man in the Shorja market and the waterfall area of ​​the people.

Witnesses who spoke of "reaching" for the increasing cases of murder and pointed the finger to some armed groups in those areas, from his part, leader of the Sadrist movement that the Army of Imam al-Mahdi has been frozen the entire 3 years ago, leaving non-Promised Day Brigade resistant to the occupation that also suspended two months before the Americans leave the country, and the rest turned to what he called the "Almmahdon" to receive the lessons of religious doctrine and for five years, stressing that those not attending lessons will be going out to follow the "chest". Deputy Emir of Kanani explained in connection with the "long" that men who imitate women (as interpreted Kanani emo) are "cursed," according to the words of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) about that category. Rejecting the justification for the permissibility of killing under any circumstances, but can not impose "discretionary" - he said - a range of sanctions imposed in the event that the State adopt Islamic rule, and sanctions, "the skin and confinement", ruling out those actions in Iraq because we as saying "We live in a state of law governed by the Constitution and the Penal Code is in force." On the other hand threw the Liberal MP for the responsibility of those events on some extremist groups, always trying to stir up trouble, as happened in the attacks on the offices of Mr. Sarkhi and some religious leaders.

And were offices (legitimacy) and the Shiite shrine and a mosque belonging to the reference of religious Mahmoud al-Hassani Sarkhi in the provinces of Dhi Qar, Qadisiya and Basra, to flaring. In the meantime these events were the homes of many representatives of the religious authority Ali al-Sistani in some provinces of the south and the Middle Euphrates operations targeting improvised explosive devices and grenades.

Subsequent developments ....

Conversely An official source in the municipal council for Sadr City, "anonymity" that the young people in the "chest" carry in "mobiles" lists the names of some young people who will be liquidated at the time the next because of their affiliation to "emo", believing he was just threatened by views seem the municipal council member is unknown and famous want to retaliate against some of the young people belonging to this phenomenon.

The source stressed in his interview with "long" that they found two days ago, two young women Mguetolten in a beautiful area, explaining, "I went myself to the scene and found the bodies of two girls in the twenty years of age, Mrtdetyn Pants (Strig) narrow and (Qmasal) black leather narrow and short.

It seems that some of the local officials and security officials do not know exactly what they are looking Amama the meaning of "emo"? The source adds, "approached the bodies Fujdthma female and I think they are male Michbhon Women," and draws that since the days of wandering around in Sadr City, with some security officials in search of strange phenomena "youth, clothed women," but no provision of any state, saying if they will call the police community to take necessary action.

The Director of Community Police of the Ministry of Interior recently, that the phenomenon of "emo" or Smioa as "Satanists" follow-up by them, and they have official approval to eliminate them as soon as possible, the fact that their effects on the community began to take another course, and is now threatening danger. The Colonel Mushtaq student Muhammadawi in previous press statements that "the phenomenon of emo discovered by members of the Directorate in Baghdad and has been studied and prepared reports and research them and raised to the Ministry of the Interior to obtain the approvals to follow up this case and how to eliminate them." He said the Interior Ministry "I took this next important and obtain the approval of the preliminary education was specifically to prepare an integrated plan Bahrafa we enter personally and allow for all the schools in the capital. "

Meeting time ...!

For his part, complained about the source of the municipal council of the city of Kadhimiya in a meeting assembled with a senior official at the Interior Ministry yesterday at a special meeting to discuss the phenomenon of "emo" the presence of shops in the city for the sale of clothing strange and accessories related to "emo" without monitor young people wearing those clothes.

Source of Kadhimiya, who preferred to remain anonymous because of the sensitivity confirmed the "long" the presence of detachments of police deployed in the city in search of these young people, stressing that they had never seen anyone wear those clothes or accessories, adding that many young people began to cut their hair for fear of revenge in some quarters that have recently begun to retaliate against "emo youth."

Revealed a local official in the same city a few days ago, for the receipt of information confirming the presence of security people, "vampires" in the city belonging to "EMO", while the Ministry of Interior noted that the phenomenon of "emo" confined to the clothing.

The head of the security committee of the local council for the Kadhimiya Ali Al-Shammari in an interview earlier that "detachments of national security and community policing in the area told us about suspicious movements of people imitate the phenomenon of emo," noting that "This information confirms that those who absorb blood from the wrists to each other" .

Shammari stressed that the phenomenon of emo is "a phenomenon foreign to the Holy City," and described it as "immoral", pointing out that "the collective suicide of followers end up according to what we have read the information on them in South America."

And between-Shammari that the "competent authorities, if any charge skulls in some schools and the writings of the English language does not know its nature," pointing out that the local council in Kadhimiya "fear of the possibility of turning them into worshipers of Satan, especially as the Internet web sites shows that a phenomenon abroad are of slave the devil. "

And Roy-Shammari said the security authorities told him the fact that a person of emo being "alone" in the evening from seven o'clock until twelve at night in the main street of the area of ​​justice, and stressed that "the information also refers to the lack of mixing with any person and that it disappears during the day away." He expressed his Shammari readiness and other local officials for "dialogue with Mqlde emo to know their demands and aspirations," commented by saying, "If we found that their thoughts naturally maintains public order, we can not stop them," pointing to "the spread of this phenomenon in other parts of Baghdad Kalkradh and Zayouna." And "emo" word came from the term "emotional" in the sense sensitive or emotionally with the feelings of irritated or sensitive and the group tracking system to wear a certain music and certain hairstyle certain and took the phenomenon is spreading among young adolescents aged between 12-17, but emo stage in the the lives of some teenagers, but may also continue after 17 and emo is not a religion, not religion specific emo.

EMO and the Arab summit!

Security authorities in Baghdad confirms the absence of incidents of killing or the threat of the "young emo." Abdul Karim sprue member of the security committee in the province of Baghdad, denied contact with the "long" that the police cut the hair of young people or beating them, stressing that the phenomenon is a social and can be treated through school and civil society organizations, and not by the police, calling through the "long" every person who has been beaten, or any Abuse Go to the Baghdad Provincial Council to make a complaint.

Believes that the worldwide abolition of Iraq on the verge of a forum is a large Arab Arab summit, and there are those who seek to create chaos and destroy the image of the country in any way. To that occurring Colonel Mushtaq Muhammadawi in an interview with some of the media earlier that the community police are treating the phenomenon calmly and seriously, without effects on society and citizens, and though we catch cases of strange that we have, because of the difficulty, especially mixing with them, ie, with the EMO, because the groups emo do not speak But with another emo does not speak with another natural person and here lies the difficulty, and called for more cooperation from other ministries.

He expressed a lot of young people who care about the "fashion" fear of being targeted at a later time, after he accused of being vampires or worshipers of Satan, or any other label. In the opinion of a member of the Commission on Human Rights in the House of Representatives Ashwaq dry necessity of dealing with this issue in a civilized and a civilian and not to resort to violence and murder.

Dry in touch with the "long" stressed the need for dialogue to take place in that category, if any, and that government agencies are busy providing jobs for young people so as not going to leave out the strange behavior of the traditions and customs of society. Refusing to be forced to deal with them as if they were terrorists.

And consistent leadership in the state law, Abdul-Hadi al-Hassani with a dry I went to him, saying that "we are in Iraq we need to pause for a large emphasis on the need to respect and preserve human dignity." Hassani and in contact with the "long" stressed that European countries have been exposed to many of these bands led by the youth and the names are different, but as he put it and rely on the principle that "you do not break the law you are free."

On the other hand questioned by some activists, civilians in the ability of the government or security agencies to fend off these phenomena due to the presence of modern communications and social networking sites. Activist Hanaa Edward says "We are in the era of globalization, can not be Nhsn ourselves from being influenced by the customs and traditions of other peoples." And refuses to Edward in her speech with "long" to address these phenomena in a violent way, stressing that this behavior which is characterized by violence against Iraqi citizens violates the constitution, which emphasized the dignity and the freedom of Iraq.

Egypt has witnessed in the reign of Anwar Sadat, the emergence of what time to what it called "worshipers of demons," and dealt with it as a lot of third world countries the way the security itself. And rejects an activist in the field of human rights, Mohammed Salami use of mood in the solution the phenomenon of "emo", calling for adoption of the law Kfaisal to solve the problem, stressing that Article 38 of the Constitution emphasizes the freedom of belief and opinion.

Salami, a secretary of the National Association for the Defense of Human Rights affirms that these phenomena are the movements of protest against the economic and social conditions rejected by young people, especially the young Iraqi was neglect by the government, and non-fulfillment of its requirements, both in the study or after graduation. Believes it is necessary to be treated these phenomena through the psychological and social research and solve economic problems.


Title: Re: Up To 100 Emo, LGBT, "Vampire", & "Satanic" Youth Massacred In Iraq
Post by: Merticus on March 09, 2012, 09:09:29 am
Official Reveals The Presence Of "Vampires" In the Holy City Of Baghdad - March 2, 2012

http://alsumarianews.com/ar/iraq-society-news/-5-37458.html


مسؤول يكشف عن تحركات لـ"مصاصي دماء" ف
مدينة مقدسة ببغداد
 السومرية نيوز/ بغداد


كشف مسؤول محلي في مدينة الكاظمية شمال غرب بغداد، الجمعة، عن ورود معلومات امنية مؤكدة تؤكد وجود اشخاص "مصاصي الدماء" في المدينة تابعين لطائفة "الإيمو"، فيما لفتت وزارة الداخلية الى ان ظاهرة "الايمو" يقتصر وجودها على الملابس.

وقال رئيس اللجنة الامنية في المجلس المحلي لمنطقة الكاظمية علي الشمري في حديث لـ"السومرية نيوز" ان "مفارز الامن الوطني والشرطة المجتمعية في المنطقة ابلغتنا عن تحركات مريبة لاشخاص يقلدون ظاهرة الايمو"، مبينا ان "تلك المعلومات تؤكد أن هؤلاء يقومون بامتصاص الدماء من معاصم بعضهم البعض".

وأكد الشمري أن ظاهرة الايمو هي "ظاهرة اجنبية على المدينة المقدسة"، ووصفها بأنها "غير اخلاقية"، لافتا إلى ان "أتباعها ينتهون بانتحار جماعي بحسب ما اطلعنا من معلومات بشانها في امريكا الجنوبية".

وبين الشمري أن "الجهات المختصة وجدت رسوما لجماجم في بعض المدارس وكتابات باللغة الانكليزية لا تعرف طبيعتها"، لافتا إلى ان المجلس المحلي في الكاظمية "يخشى من امكانية تحول هؤلاء الى عبدة للشيطان خصوصا وان مواقع الانترنيت تبين ان اتباع هذه الظاهرة في الخارج هم من عبدة الشيطان".

 وروى الشمري ان الجهات الامنية ابلغته بقيام احد الاشخاص من الايمو بالوقوف "وحيدا" في المساء من الساعة السابعة وحتى الثانية عشر ليلا في الشارع الرئيسي لمنطقة العدل غرب بغداد، وأكد ان "المعلومات تشير أيضا الى عدم اختلاطه بأي شخص وأنه يختفي طوال النهار عن الانظار".

وابدى الشمري استعداده وباقي المسؤوليين المحليين لـ"التحاور مع مقلدي الايمو لمعرفة طلباتهم وطموحاتهم"، وعلق بالقول "اذا وجدنا أن افكارهم طبيعية تحافظ على النظام العام فلن نستطيع منعهم"، مشيرا الى "انتشار هذه الظاهرة في مناطق أخرى من بغداد كالكرادة وزيونة".

ويعد تصريح الشمري بشان وجود مصاصي للدماء في منطقة الكاظمية هو الاول من نوعه في العراق منذ تاسيس الدولة العراقية مطلع القرن العشرين اذ لم يعلن في كافة العقود الماضية خلال حقبة النظام الملكي من 1921 الى 1958 و حقبة الانظمة الجمهورية التي خلفته من عام 1958 الى 2003 عن وجود مصاصي دماء وحتى بعد التغيير السياسي في العام 2003.

من جانبها، تؤكد وزارة الداخلية العراقية ان سلبيات ظاهرة الايمو غير موجودة في العراق "لاقتصارها على الملابس والاكسوارات".

ويقول مدير اعلام الشرطة المجتمعية مشتاق طالب في حديث لـ"السومرية نيوز" إن "هذه الظاهرة فيها بعض السلبيات الموجودة مثل الشذوذ الجنسي ومحاولة ايذاء وجرح الجسم بالادوات الجارحة مثل الشفرات"، إلا انه يؤكد ان "هذه الآثار السلبية للظاهرة غير موجودة في العراق".

ويضيف طالب أن "ظاهرة الايمو في العراق تقتصر على الملابس والاكسوارات، من دون اي شي اخر".

وتعني الايمو Emo باللغة الانكليزية الحساس او العاطفي او المتهيج ويتبع مقلدو هذه الظاهرة نمطا معينا في الحياة يتمثل بالاستماع لموسيقى معينة تنتمي لموسيقى الروك وتسريحة شعر معينة وملابس سوداء، وسراويل ضيقة جدا أو فضفاضة جدا، وأغطية المعصم.

ويشاهد اتباع هذه الظاهرة في العاصمة بغداد خاصة في احياء الكرادة وشارع فلسطين وغيرها من الاحياء الغنية في العاصمة، كما شهدت العاصمة خلال الاشهر القليلة الماضية ظهورا وانتشارا ايضا لمحال بيع الملابس والاكسوارات الخاصة بهذه الظاهرة.



TRANSLATION:

Official Reveals The Presence Of "Vampires" In the Holy City Of Baghdad
Sumerian News - Baghdad
March 2, 2012


Revealed a local official in the city of Kadhimiya, northwest of Baghdad, Friday, for the receipt of information security firm confirm the presence of people, "vampires" in the city belonging to the sect, "IMO", while she noted the Ministry of the Interior that the phenomenon of "emo" confined to the clothing.

The head of the security committee of the local council for the Kadhimiya Ali Al-Shammari said in an interview for "Alsumaria News" that "detachments of national security and community policing in the area told us about suspicious movements of people imitate the phenomenon of emo," noting that "This information confirms that those who absorb blood from the wrists each other. "

Shammari stressed that the phenomenon of emo is "a phenomenon foreign to the Holy City," and described it as "immoral", pointing out that "the collective suicide of followers end up according to what we have read the information about it in South America."

And between-Shammari that the "competent authorities, if any charge skulls in some schools and the writings of the English language does not know its nature," pointing out that the local council in Kadhimiya "fear of the possibility of turning them into worshipers of Satan, especially as the Internet web sites shows that a phenomenon abroad are of slave the devil. "

And Roy-Shammari said the security authorities told him the fact that a person of emo being "alone" in the evening from seven o'clock until twelve at night in the main street of the area of ​​Justice, west of Baghdad, and stressed that "the information also refers to the lack of mixing with any person and that it disappears during the day away" .

He expressed his Shammari readiness and other local officials for "dialogue with Mqlde emo to know their demands and aspirations," commented by saying, "If we found that their thoughts naturally maintains public order, we can not stop them," pointing to "the spread of this phenomenon in other parts of Baghdad Kalkradh and Zayouna."

The statement Shammari on the existence of vampires for blood in the Kadhimiya is the first of its kind in Iraq since the founding of the Iraqi state early twentieth century as it did not announce in all the past decades, during the era of the monarchy from 1921 to 1958 and the era of the regulations of the Republic its successor from 1958 to 2003 for the existence of vampires and even after the political change in 2003.

For its part, The Ministry of Interior that the negative aspects of the phenomenon of emo does not exist in Iraq "to be limited to clothing and Alaaksoarat."

He says media director of community policing Mushtaq asked in an interview for "Alsumaria News" that "the phenomenon where some of the negatives are such as homosexuality and try to hurt and injured body tools of prey such as blades," but he asserts that "these negative effects of the phenomenon does not exist in Iraq."

The student adds that "the phenomenon of emo in Iraq is limited to clothing and Alaaksoarat, without anything else."

Emo emo means in English or sensitive emotional or irritable and follows Mqldo this phenomenon in a particular style of life is to listen to the music belong to a particular rock, a certain hairstyle and black clothes, and pants too tight or too loose, and covers the wrist.

And watched a phenomenon in the capital Baghdad, especially in neighborhoods Karrada and Palestine Street and other neighborhoods in the capital-rich, has also seen the capital during the past few months, visible and prevalent also stores that sell clothing and Alaaksoarat about this phenomenon.



http://www.equalityiniraq.com/press-release/150-campaign-of-iraqi-gay-killings-by-smashing-skulls-with-concrete-blocks

Campaign of Iraqi gay killings by smashing skulls with concrete blocks
Friday, 02 March 2012 18:34


New barbaric attacks started against the Iraqi lgbt in many cities like Baghdad and Basra while using inhumane methods such as hitting the head and body parts of gay victims with building concrete blocks repeatedly till death or by pushing them over high building roof which took place in Basra city. The actions of killings, torture, and dismembering against those who were described as “adulterous” by Islamic Shia militias, besides hanging lists on the walls of several sections in Al-Sadr city and in Al- Habibea region, had all terrorized the society at large and especially the Iraqi lgbt community, knowing that those attacks are directed against anyone suspected with gay practices or appearance.

The first killings took place on the sixth of February 2012 and continued or rather escalated till the current days. One of the hanged lists in Al-Sadr city included the names and addresses of 33 person, while other lists included other tens of names in other areas. News confirmed that 42 gay men were tortured and killed so far, mostly by concrete blocks, while some by dismembering.

The Islamic militias in Iraq believe that the religious family should consist of a male husband and a female wife, and is the cornerstone of building a pious Islamic society. Such an institution is handed to the males to rule and control. Under such an institution, they deny the right-to-life, or rather they command a death sentence against all who do not fit under the religious description of a family.

Based on those rules, the campaigns of honor killings happen against women and lgbt under the same token. Just as women face honour killing as a result of extra marital affairs, the lesbians and the gays face the same destiny because of their sexual practices which do not relate to marriage.

We call on all freedom-lovers of the world, the women’s and human rights organization and governments in the advanced world to put pressure on the Iraqi government to provide protection to the lgbt in Iraq, and establish legislation for defending their right to life, and criminalizing all aggressions against them. We demand also a full enquiry into the groups and criminal behind the killing campaign and that they get full punishment from the legal and correctional system.

Iraqi LGBT\ Madi Al Iraq \Ruby Al Hurriya
Organization of Women’s Freedom In Iraq\ Yanar Mohammed; March 1, 2012


Title: Re: Up To 100 Emo, LGBT, "Vampire", & "Satanic" Youth Massacred In Iraq
Post by: Merticus on March 09, 2012, 11:12:19 am
The Emo Killings In Iraq: The Police And Their Smoking Gun - March 9, 2012
http://paper-bird.net/2012/03/09/the-emo-killings-in-iraq-the-police-and-their-smoking-gun/



http://www.moi.gov.iq/ArticleShow.aspx?ID=1810

Official Press Release - Iraqi Ministry Of Interior
Interior Waging A Campaign To Eliminate The (EMO)
February 13, 2012


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The Director of Community Police of the Ministry of the Interior: to the phenomenon of "EMO" or Satanists, follow-up by them, and they have official approval to eliminate them as soon as possible, because the dimensions of the community began to take another course, and is now threatening danger.

It is noteworthy that the phenomenon of "EMO" derived from the word "emotional" in English, is experiencing is widespread among adolescents, not at the level of Iraq, but the majority of communities, and rely on appearance and movements as a means to express their feelings and embodiment Aradathm in behavior and outlook on life.

Said Colonel Mushtaq student Muhammadawi: EMO phenomenon discovered by members of the Directorate in the capital Baghdad, has been studied and prepared reports and research them and raised to the Ministry of the Interior to obtain the approvals to follow up this case and how to eliminate them.

He added that the Ministry of the Interior took the side of this importance and priority was obtaining the approval of the Ministry of Education specifically for the preparation of an integrated plan Bahrafa personally, and let we enter all of the schools in the capital.

He continued, was marking some cases the spread of the phenomenon and specifically in the schools of Baghdad, but we face great difficulty represented by the lack of a feminist cadre in the district so that we can follow up some of the details, especially as the phenomenon spread more among girls ages 14 to 18 years.

Indicating the following: they wear strange clothes and tight and the graphics like skulls, and use the tools of school in the form of skulls, and put the earrings in their noses and their tongues and other manifestations of the exotic.



الداخلية تشن حملة للقضاء على (الإيمو)
الكاتب: {0} shaker
13/02/2012

كشف مدير الشرطة المجتمعية التابعة لوزارة الداخلية: أن ظاهرة  "الإيمو" او عبدة الشيطان، متابعة من قبلهم، ولديهم موافقات رسمية بالقضاء  عليها بأقرب وقت ممكن، لكون أبعادها على المجتمع بدأت تأخذ منحى آخر، وباتت  تهدد بالخطر.

يشار إلى أن ظاهرة "الإيمو" المشتقة من كلمة "emotional"  الإنكليزية، بدأت تشهد انتشارا كبيرا بين أوساط المراهقين، ليس على صعيد العراق بل غالبية المجتمعات، ويعتمدون على المظهر والحركات كوسيلة للتعبير عن مشاعرهم وتجسيد إراداتهم في السلوك والنظرة إلى الحياة.

وقال العقيد مشتاق طالب المحمداوي: ظاهرة الإيمو اكتشفت من قبل عناصر مديريتنا في العاصمة بغداد وتمت دراستها وأعدت تقارير وبحوث عنها ورفعت لوزارة الداخلية لاستحصال موافقات لمتابعة هذه الحالة وكيفية القضاء عليها .

وأضاف: إن وزارة الداخلية أخذت هذا الأمر بجانب من الأهمية والأولوية وتم استحصال موافقة وزارة التربية تحديدا لإعداد خطة متكاملة بإشرافي شخصيا، والسماح بدخولنا للمدارس كافة في العاصمة .

وتابع: تم تأشير بعض حالات انتشار الظاهرة وتحديدا في مدارس بغداد، لكن تواجهنا صعوبة بالغة متمثلة بعدم توفر كادر نسوي في المديرية كي نتمكن من متابعة بعض التفاصيل، خاصة أن الظاهرة منتشرة بشكل أكبر بين الفتيات من أعمار 14ـ 18 عاما.

مبينا: أنهم يلبسون ملابس غريبة وضيقة وعليها رسومات مثل جماجم، ويستخدمون أدوات مدرسية على شكل جماجم، ويضعون أقراطا في أنوفهم وألسنتهم وغيرها من المظاهر الغريبة .



(http://www.veritasvosliberabit.com/SCIA/SCIA-Unsorted/SCIA-IraqiMinistryOfInterior-PressReleaseOnEmos-02.13.12.jpg)


Title: Re: Up To 100 Emo, LGBT, "Vampire", & "Satanic" Youth Massacred In Iraq
Post by: Merticus on March 09, 2012, 01:23:36 pm
http://paper-bird.net/2012/03/08/iraq-and-the-emo-killings/

Iraq and the Emo killings
Posted on 8 March 2012


A few further notes on the Emo killings. Al Mada reports that lists specifically of youth who are believed to be Emo have been posted on walls in Sadr City as well as the Shula and Kādhimayn neighborhoods — all heavily Shi’ite districts — with threats to kill them. An anonomous official in the Sadr City municipal court told the newspaper that killers have the names of the names of young people who are Emo stored on their cellphones, to help “liquidate” them. Oh, Sadr City. How we love you.

And here’s another clip from Al-Sharqiya News, apparently from March 8, with interviews with a couple of Emo kids:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nWFyJUJqllw


Title: Re: Up To 100 Emo, LGBT, "Vampire", & "Satanic" Youth Massacred In Iraq
Post by: Merticus on March 09, 2012, 03:03:40 pm
http://www.akhbaar.org/home/2012/03/126312.html

نائبة تكشف عن اعتقالات لمرتدي (الجينز) وتطالب الداخلية بإيضاح كيفية مقتل شباب من الايمو
الأربعاء 07 مارس / أذار 2012 - 23:27


صورة نشرت على موقع الفايسبوك لأحد الشباب العراقيين المنتمين لللإيمو عثر عليه مسحوق الرأس في شرق بغداد
(السومرية نيوز) بغداد - دعت نائبة مستقلة في مجلس النواب العراقي، الاربعاء، وزارة الداخلية للكشف عن ملابسات مقتل عدد من مقلدي ظاهرة (الايمو)، وفيما دعت ايضا لتوضيح اسباب اعتقال الاجهزة الامنية ومنها الشرطة المجتمعية للطلبة من امام الكليات بتهمت تقليد الظاهرة، طالبت الداخلية بادخال منتسبيها في دورات مكثفة عن حقوق الانسان تضمن عدم التضييق على الشباب العراقي.

وقالت النائبة صفيه السهيل في حديث لـ"السومرية نيوز" ان "على وزارة الداخلية ولجنتي  حقوق الانسان والأمن والدفاع البرلمانية التحرك بسرعه للكشف عن ملابسات قتل الشباب الذين ينتمون لظاهرة (الايمو)"، مؤكدة انه "ليس من حق احد ان يحاسب او ينصب نفسه بديلا عن القانون للتعامل مع هذه القضية".

وكان مصادر في اجهزة الامن العراقية وشهود عيان تحدثوا عن حصول عمليات قتل ضد المنتمين لظاهرة (الايمو) في عدد من مناطق العاصمة العراقية بغداد تقوم بها جهات مجهولة عن طريق سحق رأس المنتمي للظاهرة بحجر كبير يؤدي الى مصرعه في الحال.

ودعت السهيل وزارة الداخلية لـ"التحقيق مع الجهات التي تقف خلف الاعتقالات التي طالت عددا من الطلبة مؤخرا خصوصا في الشوارع القريبة للبوابات الرئيسية لعدد من الكليات والجامعات"، مبينة ان "هناك اعتقالات تمت لشباب بسبب شكلهم من قبل عناصر الاجهزة الامنية وخصوصا عناصر الشرطة المجتمعية لأن منظر الطلبة كان غير مألوف لديهم".

ولفتت النائبة المستقلة في مجلس النواب إلى ان "بعض الاعتقالات نفذت اليوم وجاءت بسبب ارتداء الطلبة للجينز الامريكي او بسبب تصفيف أو قص شعرهم على الموضة الغربية"، لافتا الى ان هذا الامر ادى الى حالة من الرعب لدى الطلبة مع تزامن هذا الامر مع  وجود معلومات بين الطلبة عن تكليف جهات امنية لعدد من زملائهم بتقديم تقارير باسماء الطلاب الذين يرتدون الجينز او لديهم تسريحات خاصة".

واكدت السهيل ان هذه الاجراءات ان كانت صحيحة تعيد الى اذهاننا صور من تصرفات شرطة النظام السابق الذي ثقف المجتمع على كتابة التقارير من داخل المنزل الواحد"، مطالبة وزارة الداخلية بادخالم نتسبيها بدورات مكثفة عن حقوق الانسان تضمن عدم التضييق على الشباب العراقي من دون وجه حق".

تعني الايمو Emo باللغة الانكليزيةالحساس او العاطفي او المتهيج ويتبع مقلدو هذه الظاهرة نمطا معينا في الحياة يتمثل بالاستماع لموسيقى معينة تنتمي لموسيقى الروك وتسريحة شعر معينة وملابس سوداء، وسراويل ضيقة جدا أو فضفاضة جدا، وأغطية المعصم.

ويشاهد اتباع هذه الظاهرة في العاصمة بغداد خاصة في احياء الكرادة وشارع فلسطين وغيرها من الاحياء الغنية في العاصمة، كما شهدت العاصمة خلال الاشهر القليلة الماضية ظهورا وانتشارا ايضا لمحال بيع الملابس والاكسوارات الخاصة بهذه الظاهرة.

TRANSLATION:

Vice reveal arrests of apostates (jeans) and calls for clarification of how the internal killing young emo
Wednesday, March 7 / March 2012 - 23:27


[PHOTO] - Picture published on the Facebook site for a young Iraqis belonging to Laimo powder was found the head in eastern Baghdad

(Alsumaria News) BAGHDAD - called on Vice-independent in the Iraqi Council of Representatives, Wednesday, the Interior Ministry to reveal the circumstances of the killing of a number of Mqlde phenomenon (IMO), and called upon also to clarify the reasons for arrest of the security services, including community policing for the students in front of the colleges Pthmt tradition of the phenomenon, called for the introduction of domestic affiliates in intensive courses on human rights, ensure that restrictions on Iraqi youth.

The MP Safia al-Suhail said in an interview for "Alsumaria News" that "the Ministry of the Interior and of committees of human rights, security and defense parliamentary move quickly to uncover the circumstances of the killing of the young people who belong to the phenomenon of (IMO)," asserting that he "is not the right one can be held accountable or set himself an alternative the law to deal with this issue. "

The sources in the Iraqi security services and witnesses spoke of the killings against for belonging to the phenomenon of (IMO) in a number of areas of the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, carried out by unidentified bodies by crushing the head belongs to the phenomenon leads to a large stone was killed on the spot.

Called Suhail and the Ministry of Interior for "investigation with those behind the arrests of a number of students recently, especially in the streets near the gates of the main number of colleges and universities," indicating that "there are arrests were for young people because of their form by members of the security services and in particular the elements of community policing because Creative students were unfamiliar with. "

She drew the independent MP in the House of Representatives that "some of the arrests carried out today and was due to wear students Jeans U.S. or because of styling or cut their hair on the western fashion," pointing out that it led to a state of terror among students with sync it up with the existence of information between students for commissioning a security for a number of their colleagues to report the names of students who wear jeans or they have a special hairstyles. "

Confirmed Suhail said the measures that were true return to our minds images of the actions of police of the former regime, which educate the community to write reports from inside the house "one, demanding the Interior Ministry Padkhalm Nzbeha sessions of intensive human rights ensure that restrictions on Iraqi youth from unlawfully" .

EMO Emo means Alinclaizahal_husas language or emotional or irritable and follows Mqldo this phenomenon in a particular style of life is to listen to the music belongs to a certain rock and a certain hairstyle and black clothes, and pants too tight or too loose, and covers the wrist.

And watched a phenomenon in the capital Baghdad, especially in neighborhoods Karrada and Palestine Street and other neighborhoods in the capital-rich, has also seen the capital during the past few months, visible and prevalent also stores that sell clothing and Alaaksoarat about this phenomenon.



http://iamiranaware.wordpress.com/2012/03/09/iraq-governments-jihademos/

The Iraq Government’s Jihad against… Emo’s?
Posted on March 9, 2012


Another Iraqi minority Barrack Obama left swinging in the wind,lol

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,” a statement by the Interior Ministry said.

“They wear strange, tight clothes that have pictures on them such as skulls and use stationery that are shaped as skulls. They also wear rings on their noses and tongues, and do other strange activities,” the statement added.

The statement said that Iraq’s Moral Police was granted approval by the Ministry of Education to enter Baghdadschools 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.By Al Arabiya

Better call the Saudi Anti-Witchcraft and Sorcery Hotline, and quick!


Title: Re: Up To 100 Emo, LGBT, "Vampire", & "Satanic" Youth Massacred In Iraq
Post by: Merticus on March 09, 2012, 06:02:49 pm
http://www.towleroad.com/2012/03/more-on-the-reported-surge-in-anti-gay-violence-in-iraq.html

More on the Reported Surge in Anti-Gay Violence in Iraq
Posted Mar. 9,2012 at 11:39 AM EST by Andy Towle


A few days ago there was a report from the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission "of a wave of targeted killings of individuals who are perceived to be gay or lesbian." According to the group more than 40 individuals have been kidnapped, tortured, and murdered in a new surge of violence.

IraqVICE magazine spoke to Ali Hili, a gay Iraqi living in London who started the group Iraqi LGBT about the reports. They were provided with an unauthenticated document Hili says shows that the Iraqi Ministry of Interior is authorizing such killings:

Though I have no way of verifying the document's authenticity, a translator tells me that it reads:

"It has been decided to form a yellow cell to ensure the elimination of the so-called homosexuals and will start its tasks in our known areas to stir chaos starting from Al-Karrada district. To accomplish the missions with absolute secrecy please use the transmission code 115/1/4"

The Badr Organisation – whose name is at the top of the cheery memo – used to func.tion as a militia supporting a Shi'a political group called the Islamic Supreme Council of Iraq. Since the 2003 Allied invasion of the country, the official line is that its members have gone legit, and now only pick up guns on behalf of government security forces.

VICE has an interview with Hili about the situation there.

Meanwhile, activist Scott Long has been digging into the story as well, and reports that the government is also targeting "Emo" kids: "They’re kids addicted to weird music; they’re girls with earrings in strange places, or guys with their hair too long. In the midst of a moral panic galvanizing a demoralized and degraded country, these adolescents become the emblems of evil and the aliens to be extirpated."



http://www.vice.com/en_se/read/is-the-iraqi-government-killing-LGBT-people

Is the Iraqi Government Killing LGBT People?
By Jamie Lee Curtis Taete


A couple of days ago, The International Gay & Lesbian Human Rights Commission put out a report claiming that LGBT Iraqis are being targeted by death squads.

According to the report, early last month notices were posted on the houses of suspected LGBT citizens in Baghdad and Basra, warning that they had four days to reformat their sexuality, or face the wrath of God. According to sources inside Iraq, these 40 people were then abducted, tortured and eventually murdered.

I spoke to Ali Hili, a gay Iraqi living in London who started the charity Iraqi LGBT. Below is a document he sent me that he says proves the Iraqi Ministry of Interior (the wing of Iraqi government that deals with policing) is targeting and killing gay people.

(http://www.veritasvosliberabit.com/SCIA/SCIA-Unsorted/AllegedBadrDocumentOnEmo-LGBT-Iraq.jpg)

Though I have no way of verifying the document's authenticity, a translator tells me that it reads:

"It has been decided to form a yellow cell to ensure the elimination of the so-called homosexuals and will start its tasks in our known areas to stir chaos starting from Al-Karrada district. To accomplish the missions with absolute secrecy please use the transmission code 115/1/4"

The Badr Organisation – whose name is at the top of the cheery memo – used to func.tion as a militia supporting a Shi'a political group called the Islamic Supreme Council of Iraq. Since the 2003 Allied invasion of the country, the official line is that its members have gone legit, and now only pick up guns on behalf of government security forces.

However, there have been reports that the Badr militia is still active within the ranks of the police and the army, and when I spoke to Ali, he seemed pretty certain that these men employed by the Iraqi government have been systematically killing off Iraqi's LGBT community for years.

VICE: Hi Ali, presumably you've seen the news reports about the LGBT death squads in Iraq?
Ali: Well, it wasn't really news for us, as this wave of violence has been going on since 2005. The mainstream media has been failing to pick up on the issue, or trying to ignore it.

So this is something that's fairly common?
It is, yes. We have reports of about 750 deaths so far.

Jesus. How do you find out about these deaths?
This is information given to us by reliable sources in Iraq. They've been verified by us with a death certificate or images or videos.

Do you know who's committing these crimes?
Both the militias and the police; The Badr Corps [what the Badr Organisation were known as when they were still a militia], and Al Mahdi, a militia that controls much of Southern Iraq.

Is the Iraqi Government doing anything about it? What's the official legal status of LGBT people in Iraq?
Our government is doing so much to help and support the killers. Honestly, I think the main reason the killing is happening at the moment is because these people have basically been given a green light by the Ministry of Interiors to carry on with their genocide. They are doing nothing at all to bring criminals to justice or to stop this wave of unjustified violence. Yet the Ministry of Interiors says that it has nothing to do with these crimes.

Is there any kind of protection at all in Iraq for LGBT people?
The legal status of any sexual minority is a very grey area, we do not have any rights within the constitution, we do not have any sort of reference to our rights in general, period. That's the problem with the law at the moment in Iraq, our government won't come out and stand either against or for LGBT rights.

So there's no definitive stance?
No. And that's thanks to the US Government, because since the invasion they have removed every reference to LGBT punishment. But again, they didn't help to write any rights for sexual minorities into the constitution.

So, prior to the US invasion, what happened to people if they were caught being LGBT?
If two people were found in public in a sexual act, including penetration, the legal punishment was imprisonment for between three and seven years. But in all my life in Iraq, I never heard of any incident of people being punished for that. Maybe once or twice, but not really.

Is that because people weren't getting caught? Or because nobody cared?
Basically people would get away with it with little bribes to the police, or through connections to people they know. People can get away with so many things out there if they have money or influence.

What was it like being a gay male in Iraq?
To tell you the truth, prior to the invasion, it was really good. I wasn't in favour of the previous dictator, and I was so against him and his policies in general. Having said that, life in general for sexual minorities was quite relaxed. We used to have nightclubs and areas where people could come and go and do whatever they wanted. Nobody ever bothered them. There was a cruising area in central Baghdad that was protected by patrolling police cars. Which is something people can't believe when I tell them now.

When did the LGBT nightclubs close and the protection for the community disappear?
When the US and UK invaded Iraq. That ended the secular state of Iraq, and turned it into a very "dark ages", fanatical, religious period for Iraq. They brought us a Shi'ite government whose ideology is imported from Iran, they adopted their lifestyle strategy and cultural habits, and they tried to impose this on Iraq's society.

Are there groups of LGBT people that meet privately? Or is there no kind of gay society?
We meet up, we have networks of people, but it's a secretive network. Gay relationships are impossible at the moment. We advise everyone who is living or working there to keep their heads down. We advise people to modify their image and behaviour to be more in line with the rest of Iraqi society. We tell men not to wear makeup or tight clothes or have long hairstyles; to be more butch. It's sad, but it's something that could save their lives.

How did they find out who the members of your group were?
Because we used to do all of our activities openly. In some areas, we distributed over 12,000 brochures to promote ourselves. We have evidence of people who have been imprisoned and beaten just to reveal the names of and information about members of our group.

So the 40 people who have been killed that are being reported on at the minute, do you know much about this?
Well since the beginning of last month, there's been a wave of targeting individuals especially in poor, Shi'ite neighbourhoods in the southern cities. These are the areas we've found are the most dangerous. They've started to look for anyone with a reputation for being what they call "perverts", and then they investigate and interrogate and beat and torture to get as much information as possible to identify others, and then kill them.

Who is doing this? Is this militias or police?
Both. There are government corps who have been running the death squads to assassinate Sunnis and others for the last 60 years, and also the southern militia, which is the army wing of the Mahdi Army.

Jesus. Thank you very much for talking to me Ali, and good luck with everything.

Thanks to Aedemar Mcfarlane for the translation.


Title: Re: Up To 100 Emo, LGBT, "Vampire", & "Satanic" Youth Massacred In Iraq
Post by: Merticus on March 09, 2012, 09:02:34 pm
http://paper-bird.net/2012/03/09/graphic-pictures-from-iraqs-anti-emo-killing-campaign/

Graphic Pictures From Iraq’s Anti-Emo Killing Campaign
Posted on 9 March 2012


Two Iraqi friends have sent me graphic photos from Iraqi media of children (at least, they look likely to have been under 18) murdered in the campaign against Emos.

One who wrote me, a young man in Baghdad, writes:

    Now they’re using blocks or rocks or hammers in the killing of young people and all kinds of bad people are to be killed on the pretext that we are servants of Satan or Massachin [Christians] —  blood militias run free every day and kill the flower of youth, all of whom are innocent of the charges that tarnish their image. I don’t know what to say because I am afraid and scared and now I am mentally ill because of the fear, and they even control mobile devices now, and external and internal checkpoints [on the surrounding roads and city streets ] are collaborating with the militias for fear of the flight of young people from Iraq or from Baghdad. I appeal to the humanity in you…

[VISIT LINK FOR FULL ARTICLE]

(http://www.veritasvosliberabit.com/SCIA/SCIA-Unsorted/PhotosOfEmoKillingsIraq02.jpg)


Title: Re: Up To 100 Emo, LGBT, "Vampire", & "Satanic" Youth Massacred In Iraq
Post by: Merticus on March 10, 2012, 08:39:57 am
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2112960/90-students-Iraq-stoned-death-having-Emo-hair-tight-clothes.html

Stoned to death for being an emo: NINETY Iraqi students killed for having 'strange hair and tight clothes'
By Daily Mail Reporter
PUBLISHED: 05:55 EST, 10 March 2012 | UPDATED: 07:55 EST, 10 March 2012


More than 90 Iraqi students have been stoned to death for their Emo haircuts by religious extremists in Baghdad in the past month after an interior ministry statement dubbed it devil worshipping.

Iraq's Moral Police released a statement on the interior ministry's website condemning the 'emo phenomenon' among Iraqi youth, declaring its intent to 'eliminate' the trend.

'The Emo phenomenon or devil worshipping is being followed by the Moral Police who have the approval to eliminate [the phenomenon] as soon as possible since it's detrimentally affecting the society and becoming a danger,' the statement read.

They wear strange, tight clothes that have pictures on them such as skulls and use stationary that are shaped as skulls. They also wear rings on their noses and tongues, and do other strange activities,'.

Since the statement was published religious extremists have been harassing and killing teenagers with 'strange' or 'emo' appearances.

A group of armed men dressed in civilian clothing led dozens of teenagers to secluded areas a few days ago, stoned them to death, and then disposed their bodies in garbage dumpsters across the capital, according to activists, activists told the Cairo-based al-Akhbar website.

The armed men are said to belong to 'one of the most extremist religious groups' in Iraq.

'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 then, they start all over again,' one person who managed to escape told Al-Akhbar.

Iraq's moral police was granted approval by the Ministry of Education to enter Baghdad schools and pinpoint students with such appearances, according to the interior ministry's statement.

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.'

'What's most disturbing about this is that they're so young,' she said.

Al-Bayaty said the killings appear to have been carried out by extremist Shia militias in mostly poor Shia neighborhoods and said she suspected 'there's complicity of the Ministry of Interior in the killings.'

Photos of the victims were released on Facebook, causing panic and fear among Iraqi students.

A young man with long hair expressed alarm at the government-ordained harassment of teenagers with Western appearances.

'I have long hair but that doesn't mean I'm an Emo. I'm not less of a man if I have long hair. Let's not say that if I have long hair, I'm a homosexual, but I have long hair because this is my style, this is me,' he told Iraq's Al-Sharqiya television network.

Safiyyah al-Suhail, an MP, said on Thursday that 'some students have been recently arrested because they were wearing American jeans or had Western haircuts.'

The interior ministry has not disclosed the number of teenage victims, but released a follow-up statement on Thursday warning extremists 'not to step on public freedom of Iraqis.'

News of the gruesome deaths drew a stern reaction from Iraq's prominent Shia cleric, Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, who criticised the stoning of the young men as 'an act of terrorism.'

He added: "The Ministry of Interior took this situation very seriously and received an approval from the Ministry of Education to set a plan under my full supervision and to allow us to enter schools in the capital."

'There are some cases of the spread of this phenomenon specifically among schools in Baghdad, but we are facing great difficulty in the lack of women on the force who would allow us to carry the investigation more accurately since the phenomenon is more popular among girls between the ages of 14 and 18.'



http://english.alarabiya.net/articles/2012/03/10/199751.html

‘Emo’ killings in Iraq create different reactions among religious clerics
Saturday, 10 March 2012 - By Al Arabiya


Iraqi religious clerics have reacted differently over reports of the killing of dozens of “Emo” teenagers in the country.

Recently, activists rang the alarm over the killing of dozens of teenagers by religious police for donning “Emo” hair styles. “Emo” is a popular culture by some teenagers in many parts of the world and comes from the English word “emotional.” “Emos” use their appearances and type of accessories as a way to express their emotions and to embody their will and their view of life in their behavior. Their way of dressing and use of certain accessories such as piercings is not acceptable by some conservative sections of the Iraqi society, some even brand them as a cult of “devil worshipers.”

The death toll of the total number of “Emo” youth is not clear, but reports of their killings have created a big uproar in Iraq. Hana al-Bayaty of Brussels Tribunal, an NGO dealing with Iraqi issues, said the current figure ranges “between 90 and 100.”

(http://www.veritasvosliberabit.com/SCIA/SCIA-Unsorted/AllegedListOfEmoTeenagersInIraq.jpg)

Extremist groups include names of “emo” teenagers in two lists, warning them if they do not leave their “emo” ways, they will be killed. The lists were proliferated in public places in Baghdad. (Courtesy of Sumaria News TV)

Various reactions

“Emos” are “fools” and “experts much finish them,” the Iraq-based Al Sumaria News TV reported the firebrand conservative cleric Muqtada al-Sadr as saying on Saturday.

But on the other end of the spectrum, one of the most revered Shiite sheikhs in Iraq, Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, said on Thursday that targeting “Emo” youth is an act of “terrorism” and a “bad phenomenon for the peaceful co-existence project.”

Another revered Iraqi cleric said in a statement on Friday that the killing of “Emo” teenagers’ in the country was exaggerated and fabricated to serve those of certain anti-religion, government agendas.

The revered Ayatollah Mohammed al-Yakoubi was reported by Al Sumaria News as saying that it should be everyone’s religious duty to advise “Emo” youth.

The cleric said that those who exaggerated the alleged “Emo” killings have a political agenda aimed at tarnishing the image of those who are religious and have problems with the current government.

“Media outlets have published some news on the killing of 'Emo' teenagers in Baghdad and other provinces but did not confirm the authenticity or the correctness of neither the news nor the numbers mentioned.”

While the Egypt-based Al Akhbar newspaper cited statements released by the Iraqi interior ministry saying that it gave permission to religious or moral police to go after “Emo” youth, it denied on Thursday incidents of “Emo” killings taking place and accused the media of fabricating reports.

“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,” Al Akhbar cited on Friday the Iraqi Interior Ministry.
Emerging evidence

Iraqi police sources and witnesses said that there were “mysterious” operations targeting “Emo” teenagers. The teenagers were assaulted with concrete blocks to batter their heads, coinciding with reports coming from activists and the Brussels NGO. Activists have also posted pictures online web of dead teenagers with their heads bashed in.

Sumaria News reported police sources as saying that last week, around five “Emos” were killed in Baghdad. Three of those killed on Monday were in the northern capital, and two took place in the more upscale area of Karada.

In other Iraqi provinces police talked of “mysterious” suicides taking place, all of which involved “emo” teenagers.

An official from Babil’s province police department told Sumaria News that “seven suicide attempts took place in the province, from November 2011 and January 2012, two for girls and five for boys.”

Investigation shows that the seven were “emos” who listened to rock music.

“Religion is innocent from such crimes if proven true, and whoever kills a human being outside the legal frame, is guilty of committing a crime against God,” Yacoubi said, emphasizing that behavior of teenagers who are socially deviant should be treated with care.

He reiterated that those behind the news have agendas to estrange people from religion and said the whole uproar is a “made up phobia.”

He also accused the media of plotting against these teenagers by portraying them as “Mossad” agents that intend to spread vice and perversion in society.

Meanwhile, activists took a snapshot pictures of lists that include names of “emo” teenagers, warning them that if they do not leave their “emo” way, they will be murdered.

It is not the first time that oddballs in the Iraqi society were targeted, homosexuals were brutally murdered before.

One man, called Abu Sajat, told Sumaria News that a lot of homosexuals were warned before their killings, adding “there is no doubt that there are serious groups that are intending to kill the “emos”.”

(Written by Dina al-Shibeeb)


Title: Re: Up To 100 Emo, LGBT, "Vampire", & "Satanic" Youth Massacred In Iraq
Post by: Merticus on March 10, 2012, 12:56:33 pm
http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/03/10/us-iraq-emo-killings-idUSBRE8290CY20120310

Iraq Militia Stone Youths To Death For "Emo" Style
By Ahmed Rasheed & Mohammed Ameer - Reuters
BAGHDAD - Saturday March 10, 2012 12:11 PM EST


(Reuters) - At least 14 youths have been stoned to death in Baghdad in the past three weeks in what appears to be a campaign by Shi'ite militants against youths wearing Western-style "emo" clothes and haircuts, security and hospital sources say.

Militants in Shi'ite neighborhoods where the stonings have taken place circulated lists on Saturday naming more youths targeted to be killed if they do not change the way they dress.

The killings have taken place since Iraq's interior ministry drew attention to the "emo" subculture last month, labeling it "Satanism" and ordering a community police force to stamp it out.

"Emo" is a form of punk music developed in the United States. Fans are known for their distinctive dress, often including tight jeans, T-shirts with logos and distinctive long or spiky haircuts.

At least 14 bodies of youths have been brought to three hospitals in eastern Baghdad bearing signs of having been beaten to death with rocks or bricks, security and hospital sources told Reuters under condition they not be identified because they were not authorized to speak to the media.

Nine bodies were brought to hospitals in Sadr City, a vast, poor Shi'ite neighborhood, three were brought to East Baghdad's main al-Kindi hospital and two were brought to the central morgue, medical sources said.

Six other young people, including two girls, were wounded in beatings intended as warnings, the security sources said.

"Last week I signed the death certificates of three of those young people, and the reason for death I wrote in my own hand was severe skull fractures," a doctor at al-Kindi hospital told Reuters. "A very powerful blow to the head caused these fractures which totally smashed the skull of the victim."

A leaflet distributed in the Shi'ite Bayaa district of east Baghdad seen by Reuters on Saturday had 24 names of youths targeted for killing.

"We strongly warn you, to all the obscene males and females, if you will not leave this filthy work within four days the punishment of God will descend upon you at the hand of the Mujahideen," the leaflet said.

Another leaflet in Sadr City bore 20 names. "We are the Brigades of Anger. We warn you, if you do not get back to sanity and the right path, you will be killed," it said.

In a statement last month the interior ministry said it was monitoring "the 'emo' phenomenon, or Satanism" which it said was spreading through schools, particularly among teenage girls.

"They wear tight clothes that bear paintings of skulls, they use school implements with skulls and wear rings in their noses and tongues as well as other weird appearances," it said.

After reports of the stonings circulated on Iraqi media, the interior ministry said this week that no murders on its files could be blamed on the reaction to "emo".

"Many media have reported fabricated news reports about the so-called 'emo' phenomenon - stories about tens of young people killed in various ways, including stoning," the ministry said in a statement on Thursday.

"No murder case has been recorded with the interior ministry on so-called 'emo' grounds. All cases of murder recorded were for revenge, social and common criminal reasons."

CLERICS DENOUNCE KILLINGS

Iraq's leading Shi'ite clerics have condemned the stonings.

Abdul-Raheem al-Rikabi, Baghdad representative for Iraq's most influential Shi'ite cleric, Ali al-Sistani, called the killings "terrorist attacks".

"Such a phenonomenon which has spread among young people should be tackled through dialogue and peaceful means and not through physical liquidation," Rikabi told Reuters.

In a response to questions on his website on Saturday, Moqtada al-Sadr, a Shi'ite cleric whose followers dominate Sadr City, described "emo" youths as "crazy and fools", but said they should be dealt with only through the law.

"They are a plague on Muslim society, and those responsible should eliminate them through legal means," he said.

Abu Ali al-Rubaie, a leading Sadr aide in Sadr City, said the cleric's followers had nothing to do with the killings.

"In this issue and in all such problems we always use peaceful and educational methods to correct any wrongdoings. We are not connected in any way to those groups allegedly responsibility for killing those young people."

In the years after the fall of Saddam Hussein, most of Baghdad's neighborhoods were under the firm grip of Sunni and Shi'ite religious militias which enforced strict dress codes.

Today, the militias have largely disappeared, Baghdad is far more peaceful and many youths experiment with Western styles, although much of Iraqi society remains conservative.

On the streets of Baghdad, people said they had heard of the killings through the media. Many expressed disapproval of the "emo" style, but said murder was no way to respond.

"I saw them a couple weeks ago ... a bunch of girls, high-school aged, walking together, dressed in black. They had long black eye makeup and bracelets with skulls and chains on their handbags with skulls," said Abdullah, 31.

"If they are close friends who have something in common, that's all right. If other things we hear about them are true, like sucking each other's blood or worshipping the devil, that is not accepted in our society. But I think this is just a trend to imitate the West."

(Additional reporting by Kareem Raheem and Peter Graff; Writing by Peter Graff; Editing by Andrew Heavens)


Title: Re: Up To 100 Emo, LGBT, "Vampire", & "Satanic" Youth Massacred In Iraq
Post by: Merticus on March 10, 2012, 03:30:11 pm
http://gaymiddleeast.com/news/news%20369.htm

Iraqi Interior Ministry has backed massacre of up to 100 emos and LGBT people in the last month, says GME Iraq sources
By Dan Littauer, Executive Editor - 3.10.2012


The Iraqi Interior Ministry knew about the plan to massacre ‘emo’ youths and LGBT people and are complicit in up to 100 killings, new evidence suggests.

GME can exclusively reveal that Iraqi officials had a list of people who were scheduled for slaughter but did nothing to protect them.

And a new list has been posted, naming future targets from Iraq’s student population with the killings due to start tomorrow (11 March) or Monday (12 March).

As GME reported yesterday, the kidnappings, torture and murders started on 6 February and have targeted those with alternative dress codes or have differing sexualities.

Emos have been targeted in particular. Emo is short for emotional or emocore is a US originated hardcore punk-rock music that appeared in the 80s attracting mostly teenagers.

However GME sources and sources for other LGBT organizations in Iraq have made it clear that the words ‘emo’ and ‘gay’ or ‘lesbian’ are used interchangeably.

Bissam told GME: ‘It is commonly assumed that most emos are “fags”, feminine (in the case of boys) or masculine (in the case of girls), and Satan worshipers. Girls wearing short skirts, tight trousers (called ‘stretch’) are also singled out as morally corrupt and therefore legitimate targets.’

In Baghdad local media reported massacres of emo youth and LGBT people occurring in the districts of Sadr, Chaala, Albaladiat, Baghdad Al-Jadedah, Karadah and Kadhymia. The number of victims claimed ranges from 56 to 100.

The note pictured here details the names of emo youths to be executed in their respective districts (numbered) and was posted in three neighborhoods of Baghdad: Al-Sadr City, Palestine Street, and Gayarah two weeks ago.

This list was released by the AAH (Asa'ib Ahl al-Haq), a Shia militia group.

The note at the top reads: ‘In the name of Allah. We strongly warn you, every licentious man or woman: if you didn’t stop this dirty behavior in four days then the punishment of Allah will be accomplished by the hands of Almojahdeen.’

It then goes on to say that now the person has warned them, the person who wrote the note is exempt from responsibility.

The Interior Ministry apparently knew about this note but failed to protect the people named.

An officer in the interior ministry told an Iraqi source of Gay Star News that a week ago a man was reported to the police having made death threats using his mobile phone to 12 emo youths. A youth’s family entrapped him and found out he had a list of the 12 youths stored in his mobile phone.

The man was identified as a member of JAH (Jaish al-Mahdi, an Iraqi paramilitary force created by the Iraqi Shia cleric Muqtada al-Sadr), working in the militia’s headquarters in Al-Sadr city.

According to the officer, the family reported this to the police who declined to take any action against the man and telling the family that ‘the matter should be resolved between tribal elders’.

The officer in the interior ministry is also reported to have told our source that the ministry had independently compiled a list of emo youths as part of their on-going investigation into the ‘emo phenomenon’.

The Director of Community Police of the Ministry of the Interior had previously confirmed the government’s interest in this.

Speaking to the Iraqi News Network on 6 February, Colonel Mushtaq Talib Mohammadawi said: ‘The EMO phenomenon was discovered by members of the directorate in the capital, Baghdad. They have studied it, prepared reports and research, and gone to the Ministry of the Interior to obtain approval to follow up this case.’

Whether they planned to merely tackle the phenomenon, rather than to persecute individuals is not clear. But this does suggest they support moves against emos.

Now a new list has been posted on Palestine Street. It was put up three days ago and warns men and women in universities and colleges to stop behaving and dressing ‘immorally’ within four days.

If they do not comply they will be murdered. This means that we could see a new wave of murders on 11 or 12 March. The list was also mentioned in a TV transmission two days ago.

Bissam, who is blogging on the issue himself, believes the massacres may be related to the upcoming Arab League Summit, scheduled to take place in Baghdad on 29 March.

He told Gay Star News: ‘Muqtada al-Sadr wants to embarrass Prime Minister Al-Maliki exposing him and his party’s Bard organization, as unable to protect their own people in front of the Arab League.

‘Al-Maliki, in turn, wants to keep the peace and not infuriate or inflame the rivalry between JAH, AAH and Badr organization ahead of the summit, his goal is to enhance his image as a keeper of peace.

‘This is why there is a complete lack of intervention on the government’s side.

‘It is speculation that they personally gave orders for this. But they have done nothing to intervene or prevent it. As leaders, if they had given the order that this should stop, the militias would have called a halt. And it fits in the pattern of their attempts to embarrass each other.



http://rainbowiraq.wordpress.com/2012/03/09/openening/

openening
Posted: March 9, 2012


They say it started 30 days ago but my information says it was long time before that. A new wave of hate crimes against humanity in Iraq and the target is two groups, the LGBT and a group called Emo.

I was waked up on horrifying news and photos by a friend who told me about these crimes. And then I read this call from a girl who identified herself as “Angel” wrote on yahoo

http://au.answers.yahoo.com/question/answer;_ylt=AjgoZIpICBfdTHm95zSbqETT5gt.;_ylv=3 :

‘Ok so I’m Iraqi girl and I know”emo” and I was one for a while … to be honest i like the style a lot. The new generation in Iraq is different. We are open-minded. Lately emos are being killed in Baghdad by the ”bricks” or ”blocks” the ones they use for building; they hit them on their heads till death!

Then she says:

’117 kids is killed so far in just 3 days!! Some of them they don’t even look emo, I just can’t wait to leave this country for good! i just want to know what do u think about it? I know that emo kids are not wanted in many places but do u think it’s worth to reach killing them?? I think it’s horrible!!’

She is confused like everybody else what to do or where to go. These are so peaceful people are getting killed for being themselves and hurting others.

Who are the Emo? Why and how they are getting killed?

Emo is a group of young men who listen to heavy music like hard rock, metal and heavy metal. They dress and act in different way from what people used to. They like dark clothes, rest covers, sometimes tattoos and long hair. People call them vampires, devil worshipers and queers.

They have been harassed by people and judged for how they look. You will say this is normal in any community, and that’s true but going to muskrat them this is totally unacceptable. The worst thing is that this happening on the hands of the government itself. The police and the security who they supposed to protect people are killing them blissed by the prime minister whom I like to refer to as the ‘crime monster’ Noury Alamiki and his people.

The crimes started about more than 2 weeks ago but the press didn’t start to talk about it until 3 days were the amount of murders raised to more than 90 people.

Most of the young men even if they are not part of that group went to the barbers and cut their hair short because they were scared if they didn’t do will get kidnaped, tortured and then killed by the most horrible way, hitting the victims head with a big rock like these ones used for building and smash their heads to death. You can see it here in this picture of Saif the first victim of this new wave of crimes.

Alsharkia tv channel said that 90 men at least have been killed at the 7th of march and no one knows who is behind that. Lists hanged on the walls in common places. Alrusafa side of Baghdad is where the most crimes happened but Saif was from Alsader city which a Shiia area. Alkarada, Palestine street and Al-shaab had their part of the terror too. As they are mainly the Emos exist.

According to Safia Sohail, an Independent deputy in the Iraqi Council of Representatives many students have been kidnapped and more to come as the security forces putted informers among them in the schools and universities to report about who belongs to this group, which is reminding us of what the old regime used to do. That was the Nazis way too.

We need to stop these crimes and protect the minorities in Iraq.

Nobody knows what the exact number of the victims is until now as the killing is continuing till this moment and more next to come.

A new terrorist government!!! Is that what Iraq was looking for after Saddam? Killing bunch of innocents will solve all the problems and crises?

My question is what if the short cut didn’t suit the security and the government measures what people should do?


Title: Re: Up To 100 Emo, LGBT, "Vampire", & "Satanic" Youth Massacred In Iraq
Post by: Merticus on March 10, 2012, 04:35:35 pm
Was this article used by extremists as a catalyst for some of the violence we're seeing in Iraq today?  Where is Ban or the other girls mentioned in this article today?



http://articles.latimes.com/2010/dec/14/world/la-fg-iraq-goth-girl-20101214

An Iraqi girl's thinly veiled teenage rebellion
Fifteen-year-old Ban, a fan of an American goth band and 'Twilight,' accessorizes her school-mandated head scarf and gown with skull pendants, black fingernails and a matching attitude.
December 14, 2010 - By Ned Parker, Los Angeles Times


[PHOTO] Ban, who says she's the first emo in the holy city of Najaf, wears mostly…

Reporting from Baghdad — In the sacred Shiite city of Najaf, where women hide themselves behind dark robes and head scarves, 15-year-old Ban wears the wrong kind of black.

She likes dark, ripped gloves, silver butterfly shirts and white dice on a chain. She paints her nails black and brushes on matching eye shadow.

Ban is an emo, belonging to a subculture that may have gone mainstream in the rest of the world, but sure hasn't here. She pronounces it "emu." Either way, it means she's a goth with a fondness for sparkle.

"It's the duality of being simultaneously cheerful and bored with life," she says. Like a 15-year-old anywhere, she fidgets, giggles at the mention of a favorite band and brags about her defiance before blushing at the thought of such brazenness.

The Baghdad transplant proudly calls herself Najaf's first emo. At her private school, she talked her friends into following her lead of veiled rebellion: copying the sneakers that peek out from her robe, a skull sketched on one shoe and an angel on the other.

"I'm the girl from Baghdad," says Ban, who spoke on condition that her last name not be revealed. "They look up to me."

Her story fits the classic model of the new girl in town, except it has unfolded against the backdrop of a sectarian war. It illustrates the competing religious and Western influences that have roiled Iraq since U.S. forces toppled Saddam Hussein more than seven years ago, when she was still a little girl.

In Ban's mind, everything was perfect in Baghdad before the civil war. Her family had Internet access and satellite TV, and she could do what she wanted. But her Shiite Muslim family lived in the mainly Sunni neighborhood of Dora, and in early 2007, the country's violence caught up with them.

Her father was wounded when gunmen ambushed his car. Soon after, a neighbor warned her parents that they were on a list of people to be killed. The family fled to Najaf, where they knew they would be safe and Ban's father, a doctor, could find work.

Najaf was a rude awakening. Neighbors didn't say hello to Ban and her older sister, Dina, the way people did in Baghdad. The girls missed their friends.

They felt closer to death in Najaf. Whenever a relative or friend died, the body was brought to the city's vast cemetery for burial, and her parents greeted the mourners. "My mom doesn't like black because so many people died," Ban says, pushing her bangs from her eyes.

At first, her schoolmates would tease her because she wore sandals to class, not shoes like the rest of them, and because her mother, not her father, drove her to school. Students would jeer, "She's a Baghdad girl."

Her teachers forced Ban to wear a head scarf. In her second year, it got worse: The school also ordered her to wear the dark gown called an abaya.

"The ayatollahs go overboard," she says angrily. "Everything is haram [forbidden]. Nail polish. Makeup. Everything is no, no, no."

Depressed, Ban combed the Internet for songs and quickly became a fan of Evanescence, a moody goth band fronted by Amy Lee, a woman from Texas with a penchant for black leather, red lipstick and butterflies. Ban memorized Lee's lyrics: "Fear is only in our minds. But it's taking over all the time. You poor sweet innocent thing, dry your eyes and testify."

The more she read about Lee, the more she wanted to be emo. She pronounced it "emu" because she thought it was more sophisticated than "emo," which sounded common in Arabic, like the street dialect spoken by militia members.

On a trip back to Baghdad, she asked an older cousin whether being emo was OK, and he assured her it was. Then she visited an old friend, who liked to wear jeans and black leather bracelets and canvas Converse sneakers. Turns out she was into emo too.

That day, they styled Ban's hair with long bangs and scoured clothing shops for the fishnet gloves, skull pendants and spikes that both girls had studied feverishly on the Internet.

At first, her friends made fun of her skull-and-angel sneakers, but soon they bought Converses too. Even her sister Dina, who had decided she was religious and enjoyed wearing head scarves, wrote "life" on one shoe and "death" on the other. Dina decided to help Ban create her new style.

If Ban had chosen to be a goth, she would have to wear only black and act depressed. But she was emo, so she could wear some bright colors and be bored with life, but funny too.

"I can smooth my bangs and leave the rest of my hair messy," Ban says and then rolls her eyes. "Goths tend to be suicidal."

She let Dina, who had a fondness for purple hijabs, coach her on what colors to wear. She calls Dina "her fashion checkpoint."

At school, Ban recruited nine other girls to be emos, or "angels," her term for those who liked the emo style but don't always wear black.

Other girls ridicule their skull rings and spikes, but Ban says her rivals secretly copy them. She giggles and calls her enemies "Hakimus," a playful reference to the Hakims, one of Najaf's most famous religious families.

Ban and her friends turned two benches in the back of their schoolyard into their hangout. If any Hakimus tried to sit there, the "emus" would kick them out. Alone, the girls harmonized on songs by Evanescence and rappers Eminem and 50 Cent.


Title: Re: Up To 100 Emo, LGBT, "Vampire", & "Satanic" Youth Massacred In Iraq
Post by: Merticus on March 11, 2012, 01:24:28 pm
http://www.newsday.com/news/world/emo-killings-raise-alarms-in-iraq-1.3594824

'Emo' killings raise alarms in Iraq
Published: March 11, 2012 3:49 AM
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS - Lara Jakes


BAGHDAD - Young people who identify themselves as so-called Emos are being brutally killed at an alarming rate in Iraq, where militias have distributed hit lists of victims and security forces say they are unable to stop crimes against the subculture that is widely perceived in Iraq as being gay.

Officials and human rights groups estimated as many as 58 Iraqis who are either gay or believed to be gay have been killed in the last six weeks alone -- forecasting what experts fear is a return to the rampant hate crimes against homosexuals in 2009. This year, eyewitnesses and human rights groups say some of the victims have been bludgeoned to death by militiamen smashing in their skulls with heavy cement blocks.

A recent list distributed by militants in Baghdad's Shiite Sadr City neighborhood gives the names or nicknames of 33 people and their home addresses. At the top of the paper are a drawing of two handguns flanking a Quranic greeting that extolls God as merciful and compassionate.

Then follows a chilling warning.

"We warn in the strongest terms to every male and female debauchee," the Shiite militia hit list says. "If you do not stop this dirty act within four days, then the punishment of God will fall on you at the hands of Mujahideen."

All but one of the targets are men.

It's not clear why the killings have stepped up in recent months. Many Iraqis are religiously conservative and have struggled against the western influence that has infiltrated their once-closed society in the wake of the 2003 U.S.-led invasion.

Like many places in the Muslim world, homosexuality is extremely taboo in Iraq. Anyone perceived to be gay is considered a fair target, and the perpetrators of the violence often go free. The militants likely behind the violence intimidate the local police and residents so there is even less incentive to investigate the crimes.

Emo is short for "emotional" and in the West generally identifies teens or young adults who listen to alternative music, dress in black, and have radical hairstyles. Emos are not necessarily gay, but they are sometimes stereotyped as such.

To Iraqis, "Emo" is widely synonymous with "gay." John Drake, an Iraq specialist for the British-based AKE security consulting firm, said Iraqi Emos are getting their hair cut so they aren't immediately identified, and therefore targeted, in the wake of the new threats.

In the southern Baghdad neighborhood of Dora, a mostly-Sunni area, 35-year-old Hassan is afraid to leave his home. He plans on cutting his shoulder-length hair soon, but fears that his hormone-injected breast enhancements will be detected if he is stopped and patted down at one of the ubiquitous security checkpoints across the city.

"Today I went out of my house with a friend but we were severely harassed -- some people told us that we need the double blocks," said Hassan, referring to the cement blocks that attackers use to beat people. "I was scared so we returned home to hide."

Hassan's friend, a man who identified himself as 26-year-old Mustafa, called the recent hate crimes "the strongest and deadliest campaign against us."

Hassan said he is gay but does not consider himself an Emo. He and Mustafa agreed to talk on condition that only their first names be used for fear they would be attacked if identified.

One of Hassan's friends, Saif Raad Asmar Abboudi, was beaten to death with concrete blocks in mid-February in a case that terrified gay Iraqis and panicked human rights watchdogs. "I feel very sorry for him," Hassan said.

A Feb. 18 police report all but closes the case on Saif's killing. It shows an initial investigation was completed and "the reason for the incident is unknown at the moment because the criminal is unknown."

An Interior Ministry official said 58 young people have been killed across Iraq in recent weeks by unidentified gangs who accused them of being, as he described it, Emo. Sixteen were killed in Sadr City alone, security and political officials there said. Nine of the men were killed by bludgeoning, and seven were shot. No arrests have been made.

All officials spoke on condition of anonymity, as did many of the people interviewed for this article, in fear of violent reprisals.

The Quran specifically forbids homosexuality, and Islamic militias in Iraq long have targeted gays in what they term "honor killings" to preserve the religious idea that families should be led by a husband and a wife. Those who do not abide by this belief are issued death sentences by the militias, according to the Organization of Women's Freedom in Iraq, a human rights watchdog group. The same militias target women who have extramarital affairs.

"There is a strong wave of campaigns by clerics against homosexuals now," said Ali al-Hilli, chairman of Iraqi LGBT, a human rights group based in London that provides two safe houses in Iraq for gays. "The police do not provide protection for them."

He said an estimated 750 gay Iraqis have been killed because of their sexual orientation since 2006.

Iraqi lawmaker Khalid Shwani, a Kurd, said targeting Emos because of their alternative lifestyles reflects an a growing intolerance of Iraqis' civil rights.

"Those people are free to choose what they wear, or to believe in, or how they choose their clothes or the way they think," Shwani said. He called on parliament to address the issue.

"The Emo of today could be any person tomorrow who tries to follow a specific way of living," he said.

The killings have drawn so much attention that even hardline Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr weighed in Saturday, calling Emos "crazy fools" and a "lesion on the Muslim community" in a statement on his website.

However, al-Sadr did not condone the violence, telling his followers "to end the scourge of Emo within the law."

Iraq's government has been wary about the Emo allure among its youth for months.

An August 2011 letter from the Education Ministry urges schools to crack down on what it considered abhorrent behavior, including allowing camera phones in school "because students would use it for dirty movies," says the letter, a copy of which was obtained by The Associated Press.

Similarly, it prohibited students from leaving their classes during school hours "for any reason, because they might gather in the nearby cafes or coffee shops to practice dirty activities."

The letter attributed the social atrocities to "Emo, which is an infiltrated phenomenon in our society began to appear in some of our schools."

Iraqi police squads who are specifically assigned to protect social minorities say they are almost powerless to stop the threats against gays and Emos. One officer assigned to the so-called social abuse squads said police are meeting with clerics to ask for help in urging the public against killing what he described as "the Emo or the vampires or Satan worshippers."

The police official said he had no statistics to show how prevalent the violence is.

"It is true that there have been killings in Sadr City targeting these young men," he said. "It is not right to end their lives in this manner."



http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/12/world/middleeast/killings-strike-fear-in-iraqi-gay-and-emo-youth.html?_r=2

Threats and Killings Striking Fear Among Young Iraqis, Including Gays
By JACK HEALY - New York Times
Published: March 11, 2012


BAGHDAD — A recent spate of killings and intimidation aimed at gay Iraqis and teenagers who dress in brash Western fashions is sending waves of fear through Iraq’s secular circles while casting doubt on the government’s will to protect some of its most vulnerable citizens.

Many details of what Iraqi newspapers have called the “emo killings” are murky, but the uproar comes at an awkward moment for Iraq. The country has been preparing to showcase itself to the world as host of a high-profile meeting of Arab leaders in late March, the first major diplomatic event here since American forces withdrew in December.

But the news that young men in tight T-shirts and skinny jeans are being beaten to death with cement blocks and dumped in the streets has threatened to overshadow the new palm trees and fresh paint. The violence offers a reminder that the government has been unable to stop threats and attacks against small religious sects, ethnic groups and social pariahs like gay men.

An Interior Ministry security officer said that in the past two weeks, officials had found the bodies of six young men whose skulls had been crushed. Reuters reported the toll to be 14 or more, citing hospital and security officials, while rights groups say that more than 40 young men have been killed, but have provided no evidence for this figure.

Human rights advocates say the threats and violence are aimed at gay men and at teenagers who style themselves in a uniquely Iraqi collage of hipster, punk, emo and goth fashions. The look, shorthanded here as “emo,” has flourished on Baghdad’s streets as an emblem of greater social freedom as society has begun to bloom after years of warfare. But it has drawn scorn and outrage from some religious conservatives, and is often conflated with being gay.

Verifying the reports of the killings has proved nearly impossible. In most cases, no family members or friends have come forward, and Iraqi officials deny that there is any campaign targeting gay men or emo teenagers. They call the stories a media fabrication designed to drum up hysteria and embarrass Iraq.

But it was the Iraqi government that first labeled emo youths a public menace.

On Feb. 13, the Interior Ministry released a statement that condemned the “phenomenon of emo” as Satanic. The rebellious teenage fashions of dark clothes, skull-print T-shirts and nose rings, the statement said, are emblems of the devil.

The ministry said its Social Police would be sent to investigate “the emo” and added that its forces had also received the authority to go into all of Baghdad’s schools to find them.

“They have official approval to eliminate them as soon as possible, because the dimensions of the community began to take another course, and is now threatening danger,” the statement said.

Emo is short for “emotional hardcore” and its aesthetic sprang from the American punk music scene in the 1980s and has been remixed in Baghdad over the last few years.

Ibrahim al-Abadi, an Interior Ministry spokesman, said the statement had been misinterpreted. He said emo youths were free to dress as they pleased, and said the government would protect them.

But over the past month, threatening letters began appearing in Shiite neighborhoods across Baghdad, residents said.

One of the fliers, scanned and posted online, addresses dozens of gay men by name and nickname. It warns people identified as Japanese Haider, Allawi the Bra, Mohammed the Flower and others: Reform your behavior, stop being gay, or face deadly consequences.

“Your fate will be death if you don’t quit doing this,” one leaflet warns. “Punishment will be tougher and tougher, you gays. Don’t be like the people of Lot.”

Another flier circulating around the Zayouna neighborhood appears addressed to emo youths. It tells them to cut their hair, not to wear the clothing of devil worshipers, and not to listen to metal, emo or rap music. And if they refuse, “God’s punishment will be come down upon you,” the letter says.

The authenticity of the fliers could not be verified.

It is unclear who is behind the intimidation or violence. Advocates have blamed Shiite militias such as the Mahdi Army of the radical cleric Moktada al-Sadr for past anti-gay killings and assaults. On Saturday, Mr. Sadr denied any responsibility for the recent threats or violence, but called the emo teens unnatural and said they should be dealt with through legal means, according to Al Sumaria, an Iraqi news channel.

For at least six years, gays have been bullied and harassed by security forces and beaten and killed by reactionary Islamist militias in Shiite areas of Baghdad.

Ali Hili, a gay Iraqi activist who lives in London, said as many as 750 gay Iraqis have been killed in the past six years, and thousands have emigrated or are living deep in the closet.

“It’s a clear war on sexual minorities on Iraq,” he said. “They are refusing to admit it.”

Fear has rippled across socially liberal niches of Baghdad, from the basement-level clothing shops where teenage boys buy skull pendants and skater gear, to upscale hair salons and theaters. Advocates say some emo youths and gay men have left for northern Iraq, while others  have shorn off hairdos or muted outfits that were once badges of identity.

Four gay friends in Baghdad, sitting together for an interview, said the daily barrage of harassment and threats has taken on an especially menacing edge in the last few weeks. Neighbors have told them, “Your turn will come soon.” Young men have driven by and shouted “Block! Block! Block!” referring to the current weapon of choice for attacks.

Mustafa, 25, said he was fired last week from a clothing shop because his boss thought his clothing too effete. Hussein, 26, said he left home two weeks ago after his brothers threatened to kill him. Hasan, 32, wears a burgundy ski cap to hide his long hair.

“What do you see about me that is so wrong?” asked Mustafa, who said he was too afraid to allow his full name to be published. “I’m a normal guy. I wish I could die rather than live like this.” With little to go on but denials from the government, gay Iraqis and secular teenagers have been trying to understand what is happening. They have circulated copies of the threatening letters, and passed along pictures that seem to give face to at least one killing that matches the pattern.

In one photo, a handsome young man in a white jacket, dark aviator sunglasses and coifed black hair stands as if he were a fashion model. In another, the vacant, bloody face of a man with similar features stares up at the sky. His body lies in the bed of a police truck.

Friends have identified him as Saif Raad Asmar Abboudi, a 20-year-old from one of the poorest areas of the vast Shiite neighborhood of Sadr City. An Iraqi police report obtained by Mr. Hili’s advocacy group, Iraqi LGBT, says he was beaten to death with a brick on Feb. 17.

The police have not identified a suspect, the report concludes.

One of Mr. Abboudi’s friends, Noor, also 20, described him as a gentle and quiet young man who “was not even very emo.” Being emo in Iraq, she said, was simply about style and self-expression. She said she and her family had fled north after Mr. Abboudi’s death. She did not know when she would feel safe enough to return.

“Is this what we get,” she asked, “because we dress in black?”

Duraid Adnan, Zaid Thaker and Omar al-Jawoshy contributed reporting.
A version of this article appeared in print on March 12, 2012, on page A4 of the New York edition with the headline: Threats and Killings Striking Fear Among Young Iraqis, Including Gays.




http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/iraq/9137051/Iraq-religious-militias-target-emo-youths.html

Iraq religious militias target 'emo' youths
Religious militias in Iraq have singled out a new target, killing scores of young men dressed in "emo" fashions, according to human rights groups.
By Richard Spencer, Baghdad
5:30PM GMT 11 Mar 2012


The groups say militant Shia have been encouraged in the wave of attacks by the interior ministry, following a long-standing campaign of gay-bashing. A statement on its website claimed emos were "devil-worshippers".

Gangs of youths have devised a particularly brutal method of killing those they regard as "emos", in the West a term for youths who wear black and adopt a moody appearance but used in Iraq to describe anyone with "floppy hair" and dressed fashionably.

The method, known popularly as the "double block", involves abducting the youths and smashing their heads between two lumps of concrete. Activists say up to 90 people, all but two of them men, have been killed in this method or by shooting or beating this year accused of being either homosexual or "emo".

Shia militias like the "Mahdi Army" loyal to a radical Shia cleric, Moqtada al-Sadr, fought the Americans until being defeated in 2008. They have now joined the political process, but still enforce a rigid view of society in poor Shia areas where they are dominant, like the giant Sadr City neighbourhood in Baghdad.

Their attacks on homosexuals began in 2009. The fact that the Mahdi Army's political wing, the Sadrists, is now part of a coalition government has served to encourage them "It is a great shame that this attack on personal freedoms is taking place," said Saad al-Mutallibi, a politician close to the prime minister, Nuri al-Maliki, who estimated the number of deaths on "moral" grounds as in the 50s.

A statement on the interior ministry website read: "The 'Emo phenomenon' or devil worshipping is being followed 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.

"They wear strange, tight clothes that have pictures on them such as skulls and use stationary that are shaped as skulls. They also wear rings on their noses and tongues, and do other strange activities."

One man who was attacked but managed to escape told an Arabic-language newspaper: "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 then, they start all over again."

Another man, defending his right to wear long hair, said: "My hair is long but it doesn't mean that I'm emo. My clothes are my personal style – this is my freedom, this is me."

Gruesome pictures have appeared on Facebook and other social networking sites, apparently as a warning. One group, calling itself the "Brigade of Anger" last week issued a hit list of 33 young people it said would be next.

Mr al-Sadr issued a statement calling emos a "lesion" on society but called for them to be dealt with "within the law".


Title: Re: Up To 100 Emo, LGBT, "Vampire", & "Satanic" Youth Massacred In Iraq
Post by: Merticus on March 12, 2012, 12:40:42 pm
http://rainbowiraq.wordpress.com/2012/03/11/new-emo-and-lgbt-massacres-wave/#comments

New Emo And LGBT Massacres Wave
Posted: March 11, 2012


A new killing wave against Emo and gays will be lunched this week, M who is a community committee member says:

‘They posted a threateningpaper gives young men and women in schools, universities and colleges four days to stop this behavior or they will be killed by the brick. The interior ministry knows all about that for a long time

M continues:

‘An officer in the interior ministry told me in person that they collected information about Emo and they have a full list of the member’s names, they know everything and they are blessing what is happening

‘It’s bigger than it looks’ M says.

 How big is it? We can imagine that if we knew that the government itself entangled and they are observing the operation by themselves. Let’s listen to Ammar AL-hakim, one of the power Shiia leaders talking about Emo in the cultural week in a video on youtube at 26th of February 2012. The title says, the media center for the high Islamic board Presidency. I will quote all his speech:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ucbati6s8Cg

Ammar al-Hakim

“There are a strange Social phenomena started to appear in our Iraqi community. Phenomena are so far from our Norms,Traditions and the religious and ethics Constants that our community believes in. and these phenomena are spreading among youths and adolescent of both sexes, like the Emo phenomenon and other ones. The community security today is facing a shock when these phenomena and behaves spreads among our dear youths. It’s represent a misunderstanding for technology, freedom and opening etc.   we are with evolution, modernity, opening and freedom but these terms have limits, boundaries and frame it should Uniform according to them, like other countries which exporting these phenomena to us, in these countries these terms have their own frames, boundaries and conditions. How it comes that they are in Iraq without limits or conditions?

From my ethical and social responsibility position, I forward my call to the Iraqi decent families and to the media channels and to the civil community organizations that concerned in following these social cases. I speak to them and ask them to be careful of these kinds of phenomena and putting the right treatments and studying the reasons behind these phenomena, not by violence but by thinking and culture and right process because they have Devastating influence on our community constrictor."


No comment.   He was talking about how Emo affects the Iraqi “pure” community in a very bad way, as if he agrees about all what is going on and he believes all accusations against them are true. He left all the crises that Iraq is suffering from, corruption, the terrible education system, as if he was speaking innocently. He didn’t say killing them is wrong and haram because if he said so his followers will stop the massacres, but no, he wants it to continue until the decent Iraqi families treat their “sick” children and cure them from Emo and homosexuality – the diseased phenomena he really is referring to. He mentioned the word phenomena about 8 times and how bad is it in 2 minutes… In all his speech he was concentrating on how this phenomenal is bad and has a devastating influence on the community.  All this in order to justify what is happening to the victims as if it is their fault they are getting killed. It was like he is saying, if they didn’t behave like that we won’t need to kill them.

A guy has been captured a week ago in Alsader city. He threatened 12 men and a barber. The family of one of the victims tracked the calls and caught him. Appeared he is working for Alsader office. Of course the police and the interior ministry who are following these phenomena didn’t interfere and they left it to the families to solve it.

Emo, gay, sunna etc. are not protected. Any one is not shiia is not protected. Anyone who doesn’t belong to a shiia party is not protected. If you are not one them then you are against them and if you are different then you are their enemy. New dictator culture has been forced on the Iraqi community.

As the sun rise, the world is waiting for a new massacre against the phenomenal.



http://missionfreeiran.org/2012/03/11/stop-killing-emos-in-iraq/

TAKE ACTION: Stoning, Killing and Persecution of “Emo” Teens in Iraq Must Stop!
Posted by missionfreeiran ⋅ March 11, 2012


In February of 2012, Iraq’s interior ministry drew attention to the “emo” subculture, labeling it “Satanism” and ordering a community police force to stamp it out. “Emo” is a form of punk music developed in the United States. Fans are known for their distinctive dress, often including tight jeans, T-shirts with logos and distinctive long or spiky haircuts.

As a result, a number of teen-agers, mostly males, have been targeted, attacked, and killed by the vicious act of stoning to death using cinderblocks, bricks, and stones: ‘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 then, they start all over again,’ one person who managed to escape told Al-Akhbar. The number of teens killed due to the order to “stamp out” the emo sub-culture ranges from 14 to over 90 as of early March 2012.

We must not remain silent while our young brothers and sisters in Iraq are murdered in the most brutal way, simply for wanting to be free to express themselves through their dress, music, thought or speech. There is an implication by the Iraqi regime that “emo” culture is a marker for homosexuality and this is particularly reprehensible; homosexuality is not a crime, and people should be free to love whomever they choose.

HOW TO HELP:
We ask everyone to urgently send emails to the government of Iraq, with copies to the UN and to international Foreign Ministries, demanding the resignation and prosecution of the Interior Minister for calling for these killings; a timeframe for implementing the prosecution of all involved in these killings from the Interior Minister down to the community police; and a formal statement from the Iraqi government acknowledging the universal human rights of Iraqi people.

SAMPLE LETTER

EMAIL ADDRESSES:
To: umr@cabinet.iq
Cc: inquiries@un.org, npillay@ohchr.org, urgent-action@ohchr.org, jerzy.buzek@europarl.europa.eu, michael.spindelegger@bmeia.gv.at, kab.bz@diplobel.fed.be, info@mvp.gov.ba, iprd@mfa.government.bg, imprensa@itamaraty.gov.br, imprensa@planalto.gov.br, pm@pm.gc.ca, ministar@mvpei.hr, minforeign1@mfa.gov.cy, podatelna@mzv.cz, udenrigsministeren@um.dk, vminfo@vm.ee, umi@formin.fi, bernard.kouchner@diplomatie.gouv.fr, inform@mfa.gov.ge, guido.westerwelle@auswaertiges-amt.de, gpapandreou@parliament.gr, titkarsag.konz@kum.hu, external@utn.stjr.is, dcpf@mea.gov.in, minister@dfa.ie, gabinetto@cert.esteri.it, segreteria.frattini@esteri.it, mfa.cha@mfa.gov.lv, tonio.borg@gov.mt, secdep@mfa.md, post@mfa.no, DNZPC.Sekretariat@msz.gov.pl, pm@pm.gov.pt, msp@mfa.rs, ministry@mid.ru, miguel.moratinos@maec.es, beatriz.lorenzo@maec.es, registrator@foreign.ministry.se, info@eda.admin.ch, info@mfa.gov.tr, haguew@parliament.uk, stewartkb@state.gov

To the Iraqi Government Cabinet:

I am outraged and appalled by the barbaric killings and stoning to death of teen-agers who are categorized as being part of the “emo” subculture, or who simply “look different” from other young people. This is a heinous, systematically implemented crime and I condemn it in the strongest terms.

I make the following demands in order to bring an end to these barbarities, which are an attack on all humanity, and bring the perpetrators to justice.

1- The Interior Minister must resign and face prosecution for directly provoking the militias to attack and kill (by stoning to death) teen-agers dressed in “emo”- or “western”-style clothing.

2- The Iraqi Government should announce a deadline by which all perpetrators from the militia terrorists to the police responsible for persecuting and killing these young people are indicted; and

3- The Government of Iraq must publicly acknowledge that universal human rights apply to Iraqi people, including the right to listen to whatever music they want, wear whatever color they want, and have consensual adult sexual relations with whomever they choose.

I urge your immediate response to these crimes against the Iraqi youth.

Sincerely,
[Your Name & Country of Residence]

*****

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Please sign the petition at Change.org to stop these barbaric killings and bring the perpetrators to justice.

http://www.change.org/petitions/government-of-iraq-prosecute-the-iraqi-interior-minister-for-stoning-deaths-of-emo-teens

In February of 2012, Iraq's interior ministry drew attention to the "emo" subculture last month, labeling it "Satanism" and ordering a community police force to stamp it out (1). “Emo” is a form of punk music developed in the United States. Fans are known for their distinctive dress, often including tight jeans, T-shirts with logos and distinctive long or spiky haircuts.

As a result, a number of teen-agers, mostly males, have been targeted, attacked, and killed by the vicious act of stoning to death using cinderblocks, bricks, and stones: '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 then, they start all over again,' one person who managed to escape told Al-Akhbar. The number of teens killed due to the order to "stamp out" the emo sub-culture ranges from 14 to over 90 as of early March 2012.

We must not remain silent while our young brothers and sisters in Iraq are murdered in the most brutal way, simply for wanting to be free to express themselves through their dress, music, thought or speech. There is an implication by the Iraqi regime that "emo" culture is a marker for homosexuality and this is particularly reprehensible; homosexuality is not a crime, and people should be free to love whomever they choose.

We demand:

1- The Interior Minister must resign and face prosecution for directly provoking the militias to attack and kill (by stoning to death) teen-agers dressed in "emo"- or "western"-style clothing.

2- The Iraqi Government should announce a deadline by which all perpetrators from the militia terrorists to the police responsible for stoning the teens to death are indicted; and

3- The Government of Iraq must publicly acknowledge that universal human rights apply to Iraqi people, including the right to listen to whatever music they want, wear whatever color they want, and have consensual adult sexual relations with whomever they choose.

---
(1) Source for Ministry of Interior statement: (MS-NBC: http://worldnews.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/03/10/10634539-iraqi-teens-stoned-to-death-for-wearing-emo-clothes

(2) Other sources for this story:
- Al Arabiya: ‘Emo’ killings in Iraq create different reactions among religious clerics. http://english.alarabiya.net/articles/2012/03/10/199751.html
- BBC: Iraqi 'emo' youths reportedly killed by conservative militias
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-17333275
- Reuters: Iraq militia stone youth for “emo” style http://www.thestar.com/news/world/article/1144288--iraq-militia-stone-youth-for-emo-style

*****

Human Rights, Not One More Execution, Solidarity with LGBT, Students
TAKE ACTION: Stoning, Killing and Persecution of “Emo” Teens in Iraq Must Stop!
Posted by missionfreeiran ⋅ March 11, 2012 ⋅ Leave a Comment

In February of 2012, Iraq’s interior ministry drew attention to the “emo” subculture, labeling it “Satanism” and ordering a community police force to stamp it out. “Emo” is a form of punk music developed in the United States. Fans are known for their distinctive dress, often including tight jeans, T-shirts with logos and distinctive long or spiky haircuts.

As a result, a number of teen-agers, mostly males, have been targeted, attacked, and killed by the vicious act of stoning to death using cinderblocks, bricks, and stones: ‘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 then, they start all over again,’ one person who managed to escape told Al-Akhbar. The number of teens killed due to the order to “stamp out” the emo sub-culture ranges from 14 to over 90 as of early March 2012.

We must not remain silent while our young brothers and sisters in Iraq are murdered in the most brutal way, simply for wanting to be free to express themselves through their dress, music, thought or speech. There is an implication by the Iraqi regime that “emo” culture is a marker for homosexuality and this is particularly reprehensible; homosexuality is not a crime, and people should be free to love whomever they choose.

HOW TO HELP:
We ask everyone to urgently send emails to the government of Iraq, with copies to the UN and to international Foreign Ministries, demanding the resignation and prosecution of the Interior Minister for calling for these killings; a timeframe for implementing the prosecution of all involved in these killings from the Interior Minister down to the community police; and a formal statement from the Iraqi government acknowledging the universal human rights of Iraqi people.

SAMPLE LETTER

EMAIL ADDRESSES:
To: umr@cabinet.iq
Cc: inquiries@un.org, npillay@ohchr.org, urgent-action@ohchr.org, jerzy.buzek@europarl.europa.eu, michael.spindelegger@bmeia.gv.at, kab.bz@diplobel.fed.be, info@mvp.gov.ba, iprd@mfa.government.bg, imprensa@itamaraty.gov.br, imprensa@planalto.gov.br, pm@pm.gc.ca, ministar@mvpei.hr, minforeign1@mfa.gov.cy, podatelna@mzv.cz, udenrigsministeren@um.dk, vminfo@vm.ee, umi@formin.fi, bernard.kouchner@diplomatie.gouv.fr, inform@mfa.gov.ge, guido.westerwelle@auswaertiges-amt.de, gpapandreou@parliament.gr, titkarsag.konz@kum.hu, external@utn.stjr.is, dcpf@mea.gov.in, minister@dfa.ie, gabinetto@cert.esteri.it, segreteria.frattini@esteri.it, mfa.cha@mfa.gov.lv, tonio.borg@gov.mt, secdep@mfa.md, post@mfa.no, DNZPC.Sekretariat@msz.gov.pl, pm@pm.gov.pt, msp@mfa.rs, ministry@mid.ru, miguel.moratinos@maec.es, beatriz.lorenzo@maec.es, registrator@foreign.ministry.se, info@eda.admin.ch, info@mfa.gov.tr, haguew@parliament.uk, stewartkb@state.gov

To the Iraqi Government Cabinet:

I am outraged and appalled by the barbaric killings and stoning to death of teen-agers who are categorized as being part of the “emo” subculture, or who simply “look different” from other young people. This is a heinous, systematically implemented crime and I condemn it in the strongest terms.

I make the following demands in order to bring an end to these barbarities, which are an attack on all humanity, and bring the perpetrators to justice.

1- The Interior Minister must resign and face prosecution for directly provoking the militias to attack and kill (by stoning to death) teen-agers dressed in “emo”- or “western”-style clothing.

2- The Iraqi Government should announce a deadline by which all perpetrators from the militia terrorists to the police responsible for persecuting and killing these young people are indicted; and

3- The Government of Iraq must publicly acknowledge that universal human rights apply to Iraqi people, including the right to listen to whatever music they want, wear whatever color they want, and have consensual adult sexual relations with whomever they choose.

I urge your immediate response to these crimes against the Iraqi youth.

Sincerely,
[Your Name & Country of Residence]



Next: SIGN THE PETITION:
Please sign the petition at Change.org to stop these barbaric killings and bring the perpetrators to justice.



The Freedom Organization for Iraqi Students and Youth have issued the below statement regarding these killings in Arabic:

الديري
بيان
العصابات الاجرامية تقتل الشباب المتحرر بأساليب وحشية وبدما بارد ؟
تنتهج العصابات الاجرامية المنتشرة في العراق اساليب جديدة بقتل الشباب المتحرر , الشباب الذين يلبسون المودرن فيتم قتلهم من قبل تلك المليشيات والعصابات الاجرامية والوحشية بدما بارد وبطرق جديدة تبعث الاستياء لقد انتشرت هذه الايام في بغداد ظاهرة قتل الشباب من قبل تلك العصابات وبطرق اكثر اجراما ووحشية وهي قتلهم بواسطة حجر ( البلوك ) بحجة ان هؤلاء الشباب يطيلون شعر الرأس و يرتدون ملابس الايمو ان العصابات الاجرامية ليس لديها حلول غير القتل والبطش والاعتداء على حرية وكرامة الانسان , ان الجرائم التي ترتكب بحق الشباب هي جرائم بشعة وتتستر بغطاء الدين وتعتدي على حرية البشر في العراق وبمباركة بعض الاجندات التي تشجع تلك العصابات والمليشيات وتمولها لتحول حياة ومعيشة ملايين المواطنيين في العراق الى جحيم وبؤسا يضاف الى بؤسها المتمثل بالجوع والفقر والاستبداد التي تعاني منه ملايين الجماهير في العراق , ان ظاهرة قتل ( الايمو ) بتلك الوحشية انما يدل على هشاشة الوضع الامني وعدم تمكن الحكومة من حماية المواطنيين من قبضة المليشيات والعصابات الاجرامية المنتشرة في الشوارع و التي لايوجد يوما يمر دون ان يمر بسلام على امن وسلامة المواطنيين , ليس في جعية هذه المليشيات غير القتل والدمار والتجاوز على الحريات الشخصية والفردية للبشر ولغتها هي الدم والقتل والتصفيات , لقد باتت حرية الانسان في العراق في خطرا تام وان على المنظمات التحررية ومنظمات حقوق الانسان ان يقفوا وبكل قوة بوجه تلك العصابات وفضحها على كل الاصعدة بعد عجز الحكومة من حماية ارواح وسلامة المواطنيين , ان الجهة التي تقف وراء تلك العصابات وتمولها والتي لم تعلن عن نفسها ولم تتجرأ وتعلن عن نفسها حتى الان هي لاتقل اجراما ووحشية عن باقي الجهات والتنظيمات الارهابية و التي تقتل يوميا العمال والنساء والاطفال وتفجر المدارس والجامعات ومساطر العمال والاسواق , لقد بات واضحا وجليا ان مستقبل الشباب والشابات في العراق في خطر كبير , لقد قتلت تلك العصابات حتى الان العشرات من اولئك الشباب المتحرر وان بعض الاسماء المعلقة على جدران وازقة المدن تنتظر الموت ولااحد يحرك ساكنا من الجهات الامنية في الحكومة او تتحرى عن تلك العصابات ومن يقف ورائها ويمولها ويتستر عليها الا اذا كانت متواطئة معهم بتلك الجرائم البشعة والتشجيع عليها والا كيف تتجرأ تلك الحثالات وتقتل الشباب بتلك الطرق الوحشية دون ان تستند على جهة واجندة تدفعها على ممارسة تلك الممارسات اللاانسانية والوحشية , ان حرية المواطن في العراق قد انتهكت , واليوم فأن على الجميع ان يقفوا وقفة واحدة والتصدي لهذه الاعتداءات والوقوف بوجه تلك العصابات والحثالات ممن نصبو انفسهم حكاما يحكمون بطريقتهم طريقة السيف والرصاص وتصفية الاخرين وقتلهم وترويع الشباب والشابات وان لامكان لهم بين قوس الحرية وان الحرية ستنتصر عليهم لامحالة ولترجع تلك الزمر المجرمة الى مخابئها كالجرذان مذعورة من قبضة وشعار الحرية التي يجب ان تتربع دائما على رقاب كل الحثالات وكارهي حرية البشر

ان منظمة الحرية لطلبة وشباب العراق تستنكر وتدين تلك الممارسات الوحشية للزمر والعصابات الاجرامية بحق الشباب المتحرر وتقف الى جانب كل الشباب المتعطش للحرية وهي ماضية معهم نحو طريق الحرية من اجل مجتمع مزدهر وحر يرفل بالحرية والاخاء وان طريق العصابات الماجورة ومن يقف ورائهم سيقطع لامحالة امام مد جسور الحرية والمساواة وستنتصر الحرية , ستنتصر الحرية

الخزي والعار للقتلة والعصابات الاجرامية
عاشت الحرية
عاشت الحرية ومساواة البشر

منظمة الحرية لطلبة وشباب العراق
10 / 3 / 2012

TRANSLATION:

Dairi - Statement

Criminal gangs kill young liberal methods and Bdma brutal and cold?

Pursue criminal gangs deployed in Iraq, new methods of killing young liberal, young people who wear Modern are killed by the militias and criminal gangs and brutality Bdma a cool, new ways send discontent has spread these days in Baghdad, the phenomenon of killing young people by those bands and in ways more criminal and brutal a killing by Stone (block) under the pretext that these young people prolonging the hair and dressed in emo that criminal gangs do not have solutions is murder, oppression and attacks on freedom and human dignity, that the crimes committed against young people are heinous crimes and the coveted cover of religion, infringe the freedom of human beings in Iraq and with the blessing of some agendas that encourage those gangs, militias and funded by the transformation of the lives and livelihoods of millions of citizens in Iraq to hell and misery added to misery goal of hunger, poverty and tyranny suffering of millions of the masses in Iraq, that the phenomenon of killing (IMO) of such brutality but also demonstrates the fragility of the security situation and the inability of the government to protect citizens from the grip of militias and criminal gangs are in the streets, which does not have a day pass without going through safely on the security and safety of citizens, not in the Djaip these militias is the killing and destruction and the encroachment on personal freedoms and individual human beings, language is blood, murder and the playoffs, has become the freedom of man in Iraq in danger completely and that the organizations libertarian and human rights organizations to stand with all the strength generally those gangs and expose all levels after the government's inability to protect the lives and safety of citizens, that the party that stands behind those gangs and financed, which did not declare itself did not dare declare itself until now is less criminality and brutality for the rest of the actors and terrorist organizations, which kills the day workers, women and children broke out of schools and universities and rulers of workers and markets, has become abundantly clear that the future of young men and women in Iraq at high risk, have been killed by those gangs so far, dozens of those young liberal and some of the names attached to the walls and alleys of cities waiting for death No one lifted a finger of the security authorities in the government or investigate those gangs and those who stand behind them and funded and covers them only if they are complicit with these heinous crimes and to encourage them, otherwise how dare those Greaves and kill the young of such brutal methods without is based on the one hand, and agenda driven by the exercise of such practices inhumane and brutal, that the freedom of the citizen in Iraq have been violated, and today everyone must stand one-stop and respond to these attacks and stand up against these gangs and Greaves who aspire themselves rulers rule in their own way the way the sword and lead and the liquidation of the other and kill and terrorize the young and women and between them the possibility of arc of freedom and that freedom will prevail and they inevitably return to criminal factions that hideouts like rats from the grip of panic and the slogan of freedom, which must always sits on the necks of all the haters Greaves and freedom of human beings

That the Organization of freedom for Iraqi Students and Youth deplores and condemns the barbaric practices of the factions and criminal gangs against young liberal and stand by all the young people thirsty for freedom as it moves them toward the road to freedom for a prosperous society, free orbiting freedom and brotherhood, and by gangs paid and those who stand behind them will go inevitably to build bridges freedom, equality and freedom will triumph, triumph of freedom

Shame and disgrace for the killers and criminal gangs
Long live freedom
Long live freedom and equality of human beings

Freedom Organisation for Iraqi Students and Youth
03/10/2012


Title: Re: Up To 100 Emo, LGBT, "Vampire", & "Satanic" Youth Massacred In Iraq
Post by: Merticus on March 12, 2012, 01:01:41 pm
EMO - The New Face Of Satanists

November 10, 2010
Originally Uploaded by 207Mak


[See Below] - http://www[dot]youtube.com/watch?v=FLcj4hHlDHU

أقوى تقرير عن الإيمو للشيخ سامي السبيعي والذي عرض في برنامجه عطنا الزبدة على قناة بداية .
عنوان الحلقة (الإيمو .. الوجه الجديد لعبدة الشيطان)

TRANSLATION:

Report on the EMO the most powerful of Sheikh Sami Subaie which was displayed in his Atna butter on the beginning of the channel.
The episode title (EMO .. the new face of Satanists)

November 17, 2011:
Re-Uploaded By najmTV


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yShaGUsQCTk

الايمو
ناس لا يدرون مايفعلون فاضين عندهم شذوذ جنسي
وضعف في الايمان
وانحرفوا عن طريق الهدى الى طريق الضلال
......................................................................
لعنة الله عليهم
عبدة الشيطان
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التغررب الفكري يهدد اسلامنا

TRANSLATION:

Emo
People do not know [Maevalon Fadan] are homosexual
And weak in the faith
And deviated from the path guidance to the path of delusion
.................................................. ....................
God's curse on them
Satanists
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[Alngrrb] intellectual threatens our Islam



February 26, 2012

ظاهره الايمو (Face Of Emo)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6nDFQN0FMLc



http://news.monstersandcritics.com/middleeast/news/article_1656804.php/Emo-subculture-on-the-rise-among-Baghdad-teens

Emo subculture on the rise among Baghdad teens
By Kadhim al-Attabi Aug 14, 2011, 2:06 GMT


BAGHDAD, Iraq (DPA) — Fadiya, a 19-year-old university student, has suddenly changed her style of clothing and accessories to darker colors. The transformation began a month ago when she discovered the so-called emo subculture.

The phenomenon of emo – short for emotional – began as a style of music characterized by expressive lyrics in the mid-1980s. The trend is characterized by wearing skinny black jeans, radical hair-dos, and sometimes heavy make up.

Emo people prefer to express their emotions through unusual means that some people find disturbing. Yet, for Fadiya, it is more of a style.

''For a month now, I have been immersed in the emo world, after I have seen it spread among my colleagues, who were wearing very distinctive costumes, bags, and accessories,'' she said. ''I do not care about the dark beliefs people usually link to emo. I like fashion and changed all my clothes to follow the emo style,'' she said. ''Now I have huge amounts of accessories to go with every outfit, which is why I feel different and my family and friends are very impressed,'' added Fadiya.

Fadiya is not the only one who likes to just pick what she likes from the emo concept. A Facebook group called ''Emo boys and girls in Iraq'' says that ''most people (have) common perception of emo as someone who is very emotional. Some people just consider emo to be a sense of style.

''Our group is about music, fashion, life issues, whatever you want ... as long as you don't insult anybody.''

Several Arab countries have seen the phenomenon at one point, including the region's most conservative state, Saudi Arabia. Last year, the kingdom's religious police arrested 10 emo women for allegedly causing a disturbance in a coffee shop.

Two years ago, emo fashion-followers in Cairo were condemned in the local media as ''disciples of Satan'' or as homosexuals. The campaign fired up conservative Egyptians, who disapprove of exotic styles and looks.

Yet, in Baghdad it is different. The scene of teenagers with oddly combed hair, tight, dark clothes do not seem to be causing much of an upset. Shops selling emo clothes and accessories, which are usually ornate with skulls, have spread across the upmarket areas of Mansour, Karrada, and others in the capital. Even street sellers began selling similar necklaces, bracelets, hats and handbags.

A sharp decline in armed attacks and blasts by militias has, left young Iraqis more free to walk around wearing what they please.

Extremist groups, who filled the country following the 2003 US-led invasion leading to sectarian strife in the country for years, have always shunned Western fashions.

Now, shops in the capital can go ahead with their businesses with only a slim chance they will face trouble from religious groups or gunmen. However, it differs from one province to another, where religious establishments might have more power over their followers.

Amjad Hadi, a 21-year-old shop-owner, says that there is a significant demand for emo fashion in Baghdad. ''We are keen to keep up with everything new for this style because young people are now buying anything that is unusual, and now we have customers who contact us constantly to follow up on all that is new,'' he said.



http://oblogdeeoblogda.wordpress.com/2012/03/12/iraqi-gay-and-emo-murders-san-francisco-castro-to-hold-vigils-protesting/

US Embassy Comments on Gay and Emo Killings in Iraq
Cc: Wilcock, John D (Baghdad) (Baghdad)
Sent: Sun, Mar 11, 2012 11:14 pm
Subject: US EMBASSY BAGHDAD – RE: Info needed: Gay, goth, emo killings reported from Iraq


    Executive Committee Members
    Gays Without Borders
    San Francisco, CA,
    Dear Executive Committee Members:

    Thank you for your letter. This embassy shares your concern about the recent attacks in Iraq against individuals identified as gay or part of the “emo” culture.  When NGOs here in Iraq first brought this issue to our attention, we immediately expressed our concern to the Government of Iraq, urged immediate measures to combat this violence, and undertook to try to ascertain the details of these attacks.

    Along with the Embassy, the U.S. Department of State strongly condemns the recent violence and killings in Iraq by groups who appear to be targeting individuals based on their sexual orientation, gender identity, or personal expression.  These acts of intolerance should have no place in any society.

    We have been encouraged by the degree of prominent public condemnation of these attacks.  A representative for Grand Ayatollah Ali Al-Sistani condemned the violence and called the killings “terrorist attacks.”   The Chairperson of the Human Rights Committee within Iraq’s Parliament condemned these actions as well.   These statements indicate that an increasing number of Iraqi officials are ready to take these crimes seriously.  Through our advocacy and diplomatic efforts, we will continue to urge the Iraqi government to condemn attacks on the LGBT community and to devote all possible attention to preventing such crimes.

    The State Department will continue to advance a comprehensive human rights agenda that includes the elimination of violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

    I appreciate your concern for the Iraqis who have suffered and who are at risk of suffering from this violence.  I assure you and the members of your organization that the Embassy is fully engaged at the highest levels to end these attacks, bring the perpetrators to justice, and ensure a secure and free future for all Iraqis.

    Sincerely,

    Michael McClellan | مايكل مكليلان
    Spokesman/Deputy Public Affairs Officer | المتحدث الرسمي بإسم السفارة
    Embassy of the United States of America | سفارة الولايات المتحدة الامريكية
    Baghdad, Iraq | بغداد، العراق
    E-mail: mcclellanmw[at]state[dot]gov


Title: Re: Up To 100 Emo, LGBT, "Vampire", & "Satanic" Youth Massacred In Iraq
Post by: Merticus on March 12, 2012, 04:40:34 pm
http://rainbowiraq.wordpress.com/2012/03/12/hitting-all-the-birds-with-one-brick/

Hitting All The Birds With One Brick
Posted: March 12, 2012


A new victim of Emo youth was found dead with his had smashed with a brick in the Almansour district of Baghdad yesterday. Everybody is scared and no one wants to talk about it. They made this boy, like others, open their mouths as if they are biting the road walking side and then hit them with this brick until they die. Every time I think there are no more horrible ways to kill people, they invent a new disgusting one. It reminds me of old days when the Baath people ruled Iraq, every time someone wanted to get rid of someone else they accused the person of communism, soon he vanishes without a trace.The Iraqi government is doing nothing, not even a statement to comfort people as if it wants the situation to get worse. But why the government will want that to happen?

There are many aspects of what is happening in Iraq:

    Religious, the shiia believe in violence and it is holy for them. It is part of the culture, just see how they hit themselves with big knives and chains to purify themselves. That comes from feeling of guilt, that they didn’t share the of fight of their king Husain about 1400 years ago when he has been killed.
    They believe that killing the enemy is a right thing to do. No talking or understanding, no, only killing will solve the problem. Because for them anyone who doesn’t believe in their case or act like them is an enemy.
    In their opinion and that is dictated by their leaders, the enemy’s women and properties are right to be taken. They are in a war with everyone who is not one of them.
    The main thing is to revenge on the Sunna, because they don’t believe in King Ali and his son Husain and killing them is the holiest thing.
    They fight each other over the power now. Who is the most powerful and who is going to be the leader.

A few days ago Muqtada Al Sadr was deliberately calling to support the “shiia people” in Bahrain. There were many protests in different areas and cities, Baghdad, Kirkuk and Kufa the holly city. And they were shouting “people of Bahrain we are one not two”. Observers think that Sadr ordered this less out of sympathy for democracy and more out of a wish to embarrass his opponent Almaliki before the Arab league that will take place on the 29 of this month. So what is that anything to do with the Emo and gay youth massacre?

I think they want to portray themselves to people as the protectors of ethics and traditions, as their leader Ammar Alhakim said in his lecture that I talked about yesterday in my blog.

A member in the Almahdi Army told me that he was beating gays in Iraq, and when asked him why? He said they look so feminine and he ask them why you act like this? Why you get Fucked? And when I asked so what? He said they even takes hormones. He himself admitted having sex with men many times before.

At the same time forcing themselves on the Iraqi community to do what they want. It’s just like either you do what we want or you get killed, it’s our country and our rules. Fighting each other to prove who is stronger than whom. The weakest link in the Arab communities is people who look different or gay, which means they look feminine. When I told a friend of mine to be careful, he told me ‘don’t worry about me they are killing only “Tantas”, we are safe.’  “Tanta” means fag, So their families will feel a shamed to follow their death or ask for revenge.  In return they are saving the structure of the pure Iraqi community. These people knows only blood in whole their life and history and will never get enough of it.

While the Iraqi authorities are doing nothing, not even a statement, there are people from all over the world are fighting to stop this unethical and brutal murders. Thanks a lot to everybody, Dan, Joseph and Tris and of course for all of those people who signed on the website. Here are some of the comments on http://allout.org/en/actions/stopthekillings:  [See Link]



http://www.aljazeera.net/news/pages/7974fd5b-b274-4cb5-b7c1-2990839cfaca

رجم شباب عراقيين لتبنيهم الإيمو   11/03/2012
تعرض 14 شابا على الأقل للرجم حتى الموت في بغداد خلال الأسابيع الثلاثة الماضية في حملة يشنها مسلحون شيعة ضد شبان يرتدون ملابس ضيقة ويختارون تسريحات شعر غربية كتلك التي تميز المنتمين للظاهرة التي تعرف باسم إيمو.

ووزع عناصر في الأحياء الشيعية التي شهدت الرجم قوائم أمس السبت بأسماء المزيد من الشبان الذين يستهدفونهم بالقتل إن هم لم يغيروا طريقة ملبسهم.

وتضمن منشور جرى توزيعه في حي البياع غربي بغداد أمس أسماء 24 شابا مستهدفا بالقتل، وجاء في المنشور "نحذركم وبشدة إلى كل فاجر وفاجرة إذا لم تنتهوا من هذا العمل القذر وخلال أربعة أيام فسوف ينزل عليكم عقاب الله وبيد المجاهدين".

وحمل منشور آخر في حي مدينة الصدر عشرين اسما وقال "نحن كتائب الغضب نحذركم إذا لم تعلنوا التوبة وتعودوا إلى طريق الصواب فسوف يكون مصيركم القتل".

وقعت عمليات القتل منذ سلطت وزارة الداخلية العراقية الأضواء على ثقافة الإيمو الشهر الماضي ووصفتها بأنها "عبادة للشيطان" وطلبت من المجتمع وقوات الشرطة القضاء عليها.

والإيمو أحد أنواع موسيقى البانك التي تطورت في الولايات المتحدة ويتميز محبوها بملابسهم التي تشمل عادة سراويل الجينز الضيقة والقمصان القطنية التي تحمل شعارات معينة وتسريحات الشعر الطويلة.

وقالت مصادر أمنية وبمستشفيات طلبت عدم نشر أسمائها إنه تم نقل جثث 14 شابا على الأقل في شرقي بغداد تحمل آثارا تشير إلى أنهم رجموا حتى الموت بالحجارة أو الطوب.

وذكرت مصادر طبية أنه تم نقل تسع جثث إلى مستشفيات في حي مدينة الصدر وثلاث إلى مستشفى الكندي بشرقي بغداد واثنتين إلى المشرحة المركزية. مشيرة إلى أن سبب الوفاة حدوث كسور شديدة في الجمجمة، يعود إلى ضربات وجهت إلى الجمجمة وأدت إلى تحطيم رؤوس الضحايا.

ومن جهتها، قالت وزارة الداخلية العراقية إنها تتابع ظاهرة الإيمو التي قالت إنها تنتشر في المدارس خاصة بين الفتيات المراهقات، مضيفة أن أصحابها يرتدون ملابس ضيقة تحمل رسومات لجماجم ويحملون أدوات مدرسية عليها أشكال جماجم ويضعون حلقات في أنوفهم وألسنتهم وكذلك مظاهر أخرى تثير الغرابة". لكن الوزارة قالت إنه لم يرد في ملفاتها جرائم قتل يمكن اعتبارها رد فعل على ظاهرة الإيمو.

وأدان رجال دين شيعة بارزون حوادث الرجم، ووصفها عبد الرحيم الركابي -ممثل المرجع الشيعي الأعلى علي السيستاني- بالهجمات الإرهابية.

وقال إن هذه الظاهرة التي تنتشر بين الشباب يجب أن تعالج عن طريق الحوار والتهدئة بطرق سلمية وليس عن طريق التصفية الجسدية.

TRANSLATION:

The stoning of young Iraqis to adoption of EMO
Al Jazeera - March 11, 2012


Was at least 14 young men stoned to death in Baghdad during the past three weeks in a campaign by Shiite militants against young men wearing tight clothes and choose Western hairstyles such as those belonging that characterize the phenomenon known as Emo.

And distributed elements in the Shiite neighborhoods that saw stoning lists of names on Saturday, more young men who target them with death if they did not change their method of dress.

And ensure the publication was distributed in the neighborhood of Baya, west of Baghdad yesterday the names of 24 youths targeted with death, and came in the publication "warn you strongly to all licentious and immoral if not Tanthoa of this dirty work and during the four days it will come down upon you God's punishment and, however, the mujahideen."

He held another publication in the neighborhood of Sadr City, twentieth name and said "We are angry Brigades warn you if you do not proclaim to repent and come back to the path of righteousness will be your fate murder."

Occurred since the killings brought to the Iraqi Interior Ministry the spotlight on the culture of EMO last month and described it as "devil worship" and asked the community and police forces eliminated.

EMO and A types of punk music that evolved in the United States and is characterized Mahbuha clothes, which usually includes jeans and tight T-shirts bearing the logos of certain long hairstyles.

Security sources said the hospital on condition of anonymity that he was transferred the bodies of 14 young men, at least in the east of Baghdad, bearing traces indicating that they are stoned to death with stones or bricks.

Medical sources said that nine bodies were transported to hospitals in Sadr City, and three to Kindi hospital in eastern Baghdad, and two to the central morgue. Pointing out that the cause of death in severe fractures of the skull, due to the strikes and sent to the skull and shattered the heads of the victims.

For its part, said the Interior Ministry that it follows the phenomenon of EMO, which said it spread in schools, especially among teenage girls, adding that their owners dressed in tight clothing with drawings of skulls and carrying school supplies by the forms of skulls and put rings in their noses and their tongues as well as other aspects give rise to strange. "But The ministry said it was not contained in its files murder can be considered a reaction to the phenomenon of EMO.

And condemned by prominent Shiite clerics incidents of stoning, calling Abdul Rahim Rikabi - A representative of the Shiite cleric Ali al-Sistani - the terrorist attacks.

He said that this phenomenon is spreading among young people must be addressed through dialogue and peaceful means calm and not through the physical liquidation.



http://www.cnn.com/2012/03/11/world/meast/iraq-emo-killings/index.html

Iraqi murders put gay and emo youth on edge
From Mohammed Tawfeeq, CNN
updated 9:36 AM EDT, Mon March 12, 2012


Baghdad (CNN) -- A recent rash of killings of people perceived to be gay or emo in Iraq has stoked fear within those communities, which worry the government might be unwilling or unable to protect them.

At least 14 such victims were killed in Baghdad in the past three weeks, according to a senior Interior Ministry official, who was not authorized to talk to the media.

Rights activists claim the number is actually much higher, with some suggesting dozens or more than 100 have been killed since February.

The killings appear to target people perceived to be gay, or emo -- shorthand in Iraq for an in-your-face style of Western dress that favors tight clothes, long hair and the color black.

Most of the killings have taken place in Shiite neighborhoods like Sadr City, Shulaa, Ameen and Tariq, activists said.

"Ten days ago, I received a letter from militiamen threatening me that if they found me then they will not kill me like other 'perverts,' but they will cut my body into pieces," a gay activist told CNN on Sunday.

The activist, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because of safety concerns, showed CNN a copy of a letter he said was distributed in Sadr City, identifying 33 potential "gay and emo" targets.

"We strongly warn every male and female debauchee, if you do not stop this dirty act within four days, then the punishment of God will fall on you at the hands of Mujahideen," it read.

CNN could not confirm the authenticity of the letter.

The anonymous threats and murders come less than a month after the Interior Ministry released a statement on the so-called emo phenomenon, blasting it as Satanic.

It said the movement, which it described as young people wearing "strange and tight clothes with graphics such as skulls," is being monitored by authorities with the goal of eliminating it.

To that end, community or "moral police" will be allowed to enter schools in the capital, the statement read.

The campaign and violence have had an immediate chilling effect among youth communities in Baghdad.

Teenager Kamel Saad told CNN he cut his hair so as not to become a potential target.

"I'm not the only one. All my friends in the school decided to change their hair style and change their clothes, too, even though we're not emo or gay," he said.

Saad said a group of men, who identified themselves as community police, entered his classroom two weeks ago and asked students to tell them about other students' suspicious behavior.

"I thought it was about terrorism, but later, when the police explained more, we realized that they were talking about emo," he said.



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Fear as death squads hunt Iraq's gays and "emos"
Peter Graff - Reuters
10:40 a.m. CDT, March 12, 2012


BAGHDAD (Reuters) - The man holds up two pictures of his friend, which tell the story of what it now means to be gay in Iraq.

One photograph, which the man keeps on his mobile phone, is a portrait of a handsome youth with a stylish haircut. The other, a printed snapshot taken last month, shows the body of the same young man lying sprawled in the back of a white pickup truck, his head disfigured by blunt trauma.

According to a police report, Saif Asmar was found bludgeoned to death in the afternoon on February 17.

"They laid him down on the pavement and smashed his head with a cement block," said his 25-year-old friend, who works as a doctor's assistant and also as a gay activist under the pseudonym Roby Hurriya. He did not disclose his real name.

Homosexuals have lived in fear in Iraq for years, notably since religious militia claimed control of the streets in the sectarian warfare that followed the U.S.-led invasion of 2003, which toppled Saddam Hussein. But Hurriya - whose adopted surname means "Freedom" in Arabic - says a surge in killings in the past two months is by far the worst he has seen.

Since the start of this year, death squads have been targeting two separate groups - gay men, and those who dress in a distinctive, Western-influenced style called "emo", which some Iraqis mistakenly associate with homosexuality.

At least 14 young men have been bludgeoned to death in the last three weeks in east Baghdad, an area dominated by Shi'ite Muslims, according to local security and medical sources who spoke to Reuters on condition of anonymity.

Killings have been reported by other methods and in other cities as well. Since national authorities are not recording the incidents as a special category, the total is not known.

In recent days, militiamen from Shi'ite groups, mainly in the Sadr City district, have circulated lists of names of people targeted for killings. The threats refer to "obscene males and females", understood to refer to both gays and emos - an American teenage subculture of spiky hair and black clothes that has spread to Iraq.

Hurriya says he believes at least 200 men have been murdered in recent years either for being gay or appearing effeminate. He personally knows 66 of them.

During an interview at the Reuters bureau in central Baghdad, he opens a satchel and brings out a series of photographs of bludgeoned corpses of young men found on the streets of Baghdad. He has been documenting the killings and running a safe house for gay men.

"We, as the gay community are connected, like a string. We know if anything bad has happened to any of us," he said.

"A Shi'ite cleric from Sadr City who is gay called me a few days ago and told me that some gay people were killed and their bodies were dumped near Sadr City. He helped me reach the place and take some photos."

"LET THEM KILL ME. THEY KILLED MY FRIENDS"

The apparent spread of the violence in recent weeks to heterosexual youth who dress in emo style has caused panic among young Iraqis, many of whom have experimented with various forms of Western dress as war subsided and militia left the streets.

Emo, a once-obscure genre of American "emotional" punk rock, became a mainstream subculture in the West in the past decade. In Iraq, it appeals to youth - male and female - hungry for self-expression in a conservative, often violent culture.

Iraqi youths who call themselves emos typically wear long or spiky hair, tight jeans, T-shirts, silver chains and items with skull logos. In recent days they have been rushing to barbers to get their hair cut.

Shops which sprouted in recent years selling clothing and jewelry with skulls and band logos have quickly taken down their emo displays.

Iraq's government, dominated by the Shi'ite majority that was oppressed under Saddam, may not be helping. The Interior Ministry added to the atmosphere of menace last month by releasing a statement that labeled the emo culture "Satanism". It said a special police force would stamp it out.

Hafidh Jamal, 19, who works in a shoe store in the upscale Karrada neighborhood, said he used to dress in black with his hair long in the back, but he fled his home in Sadr City this week and cut his hair. Two friends were killed for dressing in the emo style, he said.

"Let them kill me. They killed my close friends," he told Reuters. "I support emo. I love this phenomenon."

"PLEASE EXCUSE US IF WE KILL YOUR BROTHER"

Baghdad's gays are searching for places to hide.

One man, who goes by the name Haifa, said he fled Iraq for Syria during the sectarian violence in 2006, but returned to Baghdad two months ago because of war now in Syria.

Though homosexual behavior is widely scorned, even illegal, in much of the Arab and Muslim world, Haifa had been able to live fairly comfortably as a gay man in Syria - as many gays had in Iraq under Saddam's largely secular rule.

But in Baghdad, where clerics who condemn homosexuality as a sin now hold sway, he quickly learned he would be hunted. A picture from a few months ago shows him with long hair and a black T-shirt. He now wears his hair short under a baseball cap and dresses conservatively in a wool coat and rugby shirt.

"When I returned with shoulder-length hair, everybody, including my family, warned me that with that hair I could be killed. I left my house in Kadhimiya and now I move from place to place, afraid of getting killed," he told Reuters.

"Some people phoned my brother and said, 'We will kill your brother if we catch him. Please excuse us if we do.'"

Haifa is now trying to get a passport so he can escape Iraq and go to neighboring Jordan where he hopes he will be safe.

Noor, a 19-year-old gay man, fled Baghdad a week ago for Basra in the south, hoping he would be safer, after he heard about the murders.

"We are young men, and everywhere in Iraq we should be free to do whatever we want, to wear what we like, cut our hair how we like," he told Reuters.

"We have not hurt anyone. Why are they doing this to us?"

(Additional reporting by Saif Tawfiq and Ahmed Rasheed in Baghdad and Mohammed Kadhim in Basra, Iraq; Editing by Alastair Macdonald)


Title: Re: Up To 100 Emo, LGBT, "Vampire", & "Satanic" Youth Massacred In Iraq
Post by: Merticus on March 13, 2012, 12:04:15 pm
CNN Broadcast
March 12, 2012 - 4:47 PM ET


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http://www.queer.de/detail.php?article_id=16098

Iraq: Deadly hunt for gays or "Emo"?
Irak: Tödliche Jagd auf Schwule oder "Emos"?
March 13, 2012


Media reports vary on a wave of persecution. Meanwhile the death toll to rise.

The first reports came in last week: The International Gay & Lesbian human Rights Commission (IGLHRC) and the Organization of Women's Freedom in Iraq reported a wave of persecution against mainly gay men in Iraq. Queer.de attacked the story on the last Wednesday under the headline "Iraq: 40 killed apparently by gays and lesbians in a month" on.

Over the weekend, and major media have taken up the topic, but is now grötenteils of "Emos" the speech that would be pursued. The term "Emo" is understood in Western culture, and also in the press reports about the persecution in Iraq Associated a youth movement, who dress a certain way and style, partly to hear a certain type of music. It is not clearly defined, features like skinny jeans or a certain hair cut can be found in other youth movements. And it has nothing to do with sexual orientation.

In a report of the Cologne "Express" on the situation in Iraq, the reference to gays and lesbians is completely missing in the " world "is at least reported, Emos are persecuted because they think homosexuals - and devil worshipers. The victims would even imputed homosexual orientation - "for in Arab countries with conservative populations homosexuality is still outlawed always socially and is punishable in some danger of death" - and the death penalty by an outburst from the roof "and is based on the traditional Islamic punishment for homosexuals. "

Persecution "verweiblichter" men

To the conclusion that here (at least mostly) gay men (and some women) are persecuted because of their perceived sexual orientation, is not the product. Taking all reports, there is the unpleasant thought that the matter before the editorial by the curiosity of a putative emo-tracking was worthy of being reported. It is this supposed phenomenon is not new, it was four years ago (in Mexico to hunt for Emos reported queer.de ). Here, too, played a role in homophobia.

But what happens now in Iraq? It obviously has less to do with the "emo" term, as we know it here. The blog " Gay Middle East , "reports from its sources in Iraq that the term" Emo "is used interchangeably as" gay ". It's about the alleged travesty of the effeminate man (and woman of vemännlichten). The blogger Bissan of Rainbow Iraq , the "Gay Middle East" has to be authentic, writes that a friend had told him he was making himself as gay males do not worry: "The only kill fagots".

Bissan also said the online magazine, it will generally assumed, emos are gay. Prosecuted were often young men who simply correspond to the Iraqi "emo" term: with longer hair and smaller, western clothing around. The men now tried to escape through a less flashy clothes and a new hair style and an escape from persecution. The wave of persecution could also include young, provocatively dressed girls, who were accused of being immoral.

Over 100 feared killings

By all accounts, the death wave began on 6 February meanwhile is expected from more than 100 murders. In part, publicly overhung leaflets names were listed by people who were given a few days to change their behavior. Victims of the death records were toppled by high-rises or beaten with concrete blocks. There are also persistent reports of torture and the removal of body parts from the actual murder. Pictures of the victims were distributed as a deterrent in social media.

Human Rights Watch said that were killed after a similar campaign leaflets in 2009, up to several hundreds of gays, of "Emo" was not mentioned at that time. An exact figure is due to the shame of the family and the indifference of the authorities determine no. The Interior Ministry in Baghdad has rejected reports about the persecution last, but had been warned several weeks ago against threats of an "emo" phenomenon, the morality police check.

The site coverage is inconsistent. Newspapers report on a day by a wave of persecution in order to deny them the next day. The Lebanon-based newspaper "al-Akhbar 'quoted activists, police officers, the morality police had gone to schools in Baghdad and had young people brought to them for Emo / gay thought: The students were taken away and murdered on a secluded place, the bodies in landfills disposed of.

Complicity of the authorities?

Whether the report is true, how much is not verifiable. However, it is believed to be behind the wave of murders fanatical militias. The influential Shiite preacher Muqtada al-Sadr called Emos recently as "idiots" who would be "done by experts." The blogger Bissan suspected al-Sadr would also represent the government before an important meeting of the Arab League as someone who is incapable of protecting its own people.

At the same time is a report of "Gay Star News", according to an influential commander of created by al-Sadr's Jaish al-Mahdi militia, the police have been reported, have had on his phone list with the names of 12 "Emo" death row should. The police and the Interior Ministry, the more death lists should have been present had remained idle.

The U.S. State Department has said in the meantime, we condemn the recent "violence and killings by groups in Iraq that target people because of their sexual orientation, gender identity or personal appearance." Allout.org has an online petition started to politicians around the world to make the thing on.

Meanwhile, new death lists have surfaced. Rainbow Iraq writes of another murder on Sunday of Al-Mansur district of Baghdad. The teenager was forced, therefore, to bite into a curb. It was then beaten with a brick head against the back of his head. "Every time I think there is no more terrible way longer to kill people, they invent a new kind of disgusting," said Bissan.


Title: Re: Up To 100 Emo, LGBT, "Vampire", & "Satanic" Youth Massacred In Iraq
Post by: Merticus on March 13, 2012, 01:29:15 pm
http://www.alsumaria.tv/news/53331
   
واشنطن تدين بشدة قتل الإيمو وتؤكد أنها فاتحت الحكومة العراقية بهذه القضية
12-03-2012 - 09:09
alsumaria    
السومرية نيوز/ بغداد


استنكرت السفارة الأميركية في بغداد وبشدة عمليات القتل التي استهدفت المنتمين لظاهرة الإيمو، مبينة أن هذه الأعمال لا تجد لها مكاناً في المجتمعات الديمقراطية، فيما أكدت أنها فاتحت الحكومة العراقية بهذه القضية وأثنت على مواقف عدد من المرجعيات الدينية والنواب التي أدانت هذه الأعمال.

وقال المتحدث الرسمي باسم السفارة مايكل مكليلان في حديث لـ"السومرية نيوز"، "ندين بشدة أعمال العنف الأخيرة وعمليات القتل في العراق التي نفذت من قبل جماعات يبدو أنها تستهدف أفراداً على أساس ميولهم أو هويتهم الجنسية أو طريقتهم في التعبير"، لافتاً إلى أن "هذه الأعمال التي تدل على التعصب لا مكان لها في المجتمعات الديمقراطية".

وأضاف مكليلان "نراقب الوضع عن كثب في العراق وفي واشنطن، وقد أعربنا للحكومة العراقية عن قلقنا بشأن هذا الموضوع".

وأثنى مكليلان على دور بعض القيادات الدينية العراقية وأعضاء في البرلمان التي "نددت بهذه الاعتداءات"، من بينهم أحد ممثلي المرجعية الدينية علي السيستاني ولجنة حقوق الإنسان البرلمانية، واصفا إجراءاتهم التي اتخذوها لمعالجة هذه المسألة بـ"المناسبة".

وكان المرجع الديني الشيخ محمد اليعقوبي حرم (في 9 آذار 2012) قتل شباب الإيمو، مؤكدا أن الواجب الديني تجاههم يكمن في النصح والإرشاد، فيما اتهم جهات لم يسمها بالوقوف وراء "هذه الضجة المبالغ بها" بالاشتراك مع جهات لها مشاكل مع النظام السياسي الجديد في العراق لتشويه صورة الملتزمين دينياً.

وأكد مكليلان أن "وزارة الخارجية ستستمر في طرح خطة شاملة لحقوق الإنسان في العراق تشمل القضاء على العنف والتمييز على أساس التوجه الجنسي والهوية الجنسية".

وكانت قيادة عمليات بغداد اتهمت، أمس الأحد (11 آذار 2012) تنظيم القاعد ورئيس هيئة علماء المسلمين حارث الضاري، الذي دعا القادة العرب إلى مقاطعة القمة العربية المقرر عقدها في بغداد نهاية آذار الحالي وعدم إضفاء الشرعية على الحكومة العراقية، بالترويج لعمليات قتل الإيمو بهدف تعطيل القمة، مؤكدة عدم تسجيل أي حالة قتل لهؤلاء الشباب، فيما دعت من يروج لتلك المعلومات إلى تقديم الأدلة.

وأكدت الحكومة (في 10 آذار 2012) عدم وجود أي ملاحقة للمنتمين لظاهرة الإيمو في البلاد، معتبرة أن هذه الظاهرة "حرية شخصية"، فيما أكدت التزام الأجهزة الأمنية بحماية الحريات.

أما زعيم التيار الصدري مقتدى الصدر، فقد اعتبر شباب الإيمو "سفاء ومجانين وآفة المجتمع"، وطالب المختصين بإنهائهم قانونياً، فيما أكد التيار عدم تورط أتباعه بقتل المنتمين لهذه الظاهرة.

وحصلت "السومرية نيوز"، في التاسع من آذار 2012، على قائمتين نشرتا في عدد من الشوارع الرئيسة لمدينة الصدر شرق بغداد، تضمان أسماء لمنتمين لظاهرة الإيمو في قطاعات المدينة، وتتوعدهم بالقتل من قبل "المجاهدين" في حال عدم تركها، كما وصفتهم بـ"الجراوي" في إشارة إلى كونهم من المثليين.

وتشير مصادر في أجهزة الأمن العراقية وشهود عيان أن العديد من عمليات القتل "الغامضة" طالت مؤخراً شباباً منتمين لظاهرة الإيمو أو من أصحاب السلوك الغريب أو اللباس أو تسريحة الشعر الغريبة، وتلفت تلك المصادر إلى أن غالبية تلك العمليات تمت بـ"سحق رؤوسهم بطابوقة"، وهي قطعة من الإسمنت.

وأكدت وزارة الداخلية، في 8 آذار 2012، عدم تسجل أي حالات قتل لمقلدي ظاهرة الإيمو خلال الفترة الماضية، موضحة أن العمليات التي أشيع عنها في وسائل الإعلام كانت لأسباب ثأرية واجتماعية وإجرامية تحدث "دائماً".

وتعني الإيمو Emo باللغة الإنجليزية الحساس أو العاطفي أو المتهيج ويتبع مقلدو هذه الظاهرة نمطاً معيناً في الحياة يتمثل بالاستماع لموسيقى معينة تنتمي لموسيقى الروك وتسريحة شعر معينة وملابس سوداء، وسراويل ضيقة جداً أو فضفاضة جداً، وأغطية المعصم.


TRANSLATION:

Washington strongly condemns the killing of IMO and confirms that it approached the Iraqi government to this issue
03/12/2012 - 09:09
alsumaria
Sumerian News / Baghdad


Denounced the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad and strongly killings that targeted belonging to the phenomenon of IMO, indicating that these acts do not find a place in democratic societies, while confirming that they had approached the Iraqi government to this issue and commended the positions of several religious leaders and MPs have condemned these acts.

The spokesman said embassy spokesman Michael McClellan in an interview for "Alsumaria News", "We strongly condemn the recent violence and killings in Iraq carried out by groups appear to be targeting individuals on the basis of their orientation or gender identity or their way of expression," pointing out that "the These actions indicate that intolerance has no place in democratic societies. "

McClellan added, "watching the situation closely in Iraq and in Washington DC, and the Iraqi government expressed our concern on this matter."

McClellan praised the role of some religious leaders and members of the Iraqi Parliament, which "condemned these attacks," including representatives of a religious authority Ali al-Sistani and the Parliamentary Commission on Human Rights, describing their actions they have taken to address this issue as "appropriate."

It was the religious authority, Sheikh Mohammed al-Yacoubi campus (on 9 March 2012) died young IMO, stressing that the religious duty towards them lies in the advice and guidance, while the accused parties did not identify being behind "the hype exaggerated" in conjunction with the points of her problems with the new political order in Iraq to tarnish the image of religiously committed.

McClellan stressed that "the Ministry of Foreign Affairs will continue to put forward a comprehensive plan for human rights in Iraq, including the elimination of violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and sexual identity."

The Baghdad Operations Command, accused, on Sunday (11 March 2012) the organization is sitting and the President of Association of Muslim Scholars Harith al-Dhari, who called on Arab leaders to boycott the Arab summit to be held in Baghdad at the end of March current, non-legitimize the Iraqi government, to promote the killings of IMO aimed at disrupting Summit, confirming the registration of any case of killing of these young people, called upon those who promote that information to provide evidence.

The Government confirmed (as at 10 March 2012) the absence of any prosecution for belonging to the phenomenon of IMO in the country, arguing that the phenomenon "personal freedom", while confirming the commitment of the security services to protect freedoms.

The cleric Moqtada al-Sadr, it was considered young IMO "Sfa and crazy and the scourge of society" and called for legal professionals Banhaúhm, as he emphasized the power of his followers to kill non-involvement of belonging to this phenomenon.

And got "Alsumaria News", the ninth of March 2012, the two lists published in a number of main streets of Sadr City in eastern Baghdad, Tdman names belong to the phenomenon of IMO in the sectors of the city, and Taatuadhm death by "mujahideen" in the absence of left, as what she called " Jerawi "in reference to being gay.

According to sources in the Iraqi security services and witnesses, many of the killings, "the mysterious" long recently young men belonging to the phenomenon of IMO or of the owners of strange behavior or dress or hairstyle exotic, and draws those sources that the majority of these operations was to "crush their heads Btaboukh" a piece of cement.

The Ministry of the Interior, on 8 March 2012, not recorded any cases of murder IMO Mqlde phenomenon during the last period, pointing out that the processes most commonly reported in the media was for reasons of revenge, social and criminal occur "always".

IMO means in English Emo sensitive, emotional or irritable and follows Mqldo this phenomenon in a particular style of life is to listen to the music belong to a particular rock, a certain hairstyle and black clothes, and pants too tight or too loose, and covers the wrist.



http://thecommonills.blogspot.com/2012/03/no-dc-didnt-condemn-anything.html

The Common Ills
March 13, 2012


No, DC Didn't Condemn Anything

Alsumaria TV runs a story with a headline that Washington (DC) has strongly condemned the targeting of Iraqi youth. I wish. DC hasn't said a damn word. You might think it was James Jeffrey, US Ambassador to Iraq, speaking out. You'd be wrong there too. He's not in Iraq. He's in DC. The person offering a condemnation was the Embassy spokesperson Michael W. McClellan who told Alsumaria -- in an interview -- that the US strongly condemns the violence and the targeting based on sexual orientation, gender identity or expression. I believe McClellan's been with the State Dept for 28 years.

Good for him. But DC hasn't condemned the actions. If DC wanted to condemn the actions, Hillary Clinton could have done so to the UN Security Council yesterday or at the UN press conference she gave, Mark Toner could have read a statement at the beginning of yesterday's press conference, etc. And of course the White House could have issued a statement via any of the many interviews Barack Obama gave yesterday -- it's more important, apparently, that he yammer on about Peyton Manning than he stick up for the targeted, Jay Carney could have delivered a statement on behalf of the White House, etc.

Any of the previous steps would have resulted in media coverage.

The administration chose not to take any of those steps. Instead, an embassy spokesperson gave an interview to a TV network most Americans have never heard of and one that broadcasts in Arabic.

That's really not condemning.

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http://www.aknews.com/en/aknews/8/295755/?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=DTN+Iraq:

Parents and children living in fear of emo killers
13/03/2012 19:13


BAGHDAD, March 13 (AKnews) - Baghdad families are living in fear after the apparent targeting of "emo" youths, as parents accompany children to school and teenagers stop wearing tight jeans and long hair.

The local and international reports of the abduction and murder of youths deemed to be emo by religious extremist groups have sparked fear and panic in popular areas  of Baghdad city.

More than 15 bodies of young people have been found in the Iskan neighborhood this month.

The total number of young people killed for being emo rises to 100 after human rights activist Hanaa Edwar alleged in the Mada newspaper that 85 emo victims had been murdered.

The Interior Ministry acknowledged that a number of young people had been killed during the last period but assured that these were criminal incidents that occur continuously and not related to the targeting of the emo sub-culture.

They also denied links between the deaths and emo-targeting extremists or parties who encroach upon civil liberties by suppressing this phenomenon or those who would promote it.

Shatha Ahmed, the director of Taha Baqer School in the Dawra area, told AKnews: "We received formal guidance from the Iraqi Ministry of Education that restricted students from keeping their hair long or wearing tight clothes like that worn by emos.

"Some young people committed themselves to do so out of fear of being targeted but we have also seen increasing fear from parents, who have started accompanying them to school every day.

"Other students have been absent during the last period."

Mustafa Hamzam, a student at Sinaat al-Mansour school, said that most of his colleagues "stopped using the Facebook and deleted their pictures for fear of being threatened by gangs, and even stopped wearing sunglasses."

He also said that they exchange messages to help each other avoid passing through certain roads because of the presence of observers and gangs.

While his friend Aysar Suhail said: "Some people wearing civilian clothes, stand near government checkpoints in a number of areas at the center of Baghdad to see the clothing of young people.

"They arrest some of them, according to what they wear and sometimes according to the look of the young man, if he was elegant or beautiful."

Suhail says this has created a state of panic among boys and girls, who have changed their hair styles, clothes and accessories.

"Even the owners of clothes shops hide imported clothes, especially of Turkish origin, that are similar to the fashion of emo," he said.

Amir Ahmed, who owes the Amira stores for accessories, is one of the traders affected. "Sales have nearly stalled because of the EMO targeting phenomenon and the inability of the security services to address these dangers," he said.

While the member of the Human Rights Commission in the Iraqi council of Representative Ashwaq al-Jaff told AKnews:

"We've addressed the Ministries of Interior and Education to inquire about the instructions issued to reduce the emo phenomenon.

"We also ask those who were threatened of killing by any party, or the family of the victims, to register a complaint to the Human Rights Commission to allow us to rely on evidences about the attacks.

"Whether it was true or fabricated, we will always stand against the use of violence."

"The emo file must be addressed according to educational and scientific methods. The Iraqi youth might have phobias or psychological illnesses because of the spread of violence in the Iraqi street today."

The emo phenomenon, derived from the word "emotional", spread among young people in Iraq over the past few years.

Local media have reported that the Iraqi Interior Ministry began a campaign to follow the situation among the schools in Baghdad and obtain regulatory approvals to eliminate it because of its impact on Iraqi society.

The Interior Ministry, in an official statement, have denied registering any case of murder.

By Afrah shawqi
RN/SS/AKnews


Title: Re: Up To 100 Emo, LGBT, "Vampire", & "Satanic" Youth Massacred In Iraq
Post by: Merticus on March 13, 2012, 02:45:51 pm
Gay In Iraq - Facebook:
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قوى الظلام تعيد للذاكرة مشاهد الاعدامات
اعدام شاب عراقي تحت ذريعة الايمو
من قبل مليشيات الاجرام المرتبطة بايران
والشاب كما هو واضح من ملبسه وهيئته لا ينتمي الى الايمو بشيء لا من قريب ولا من بعيد .اين الامم المتحده والاتحاد الاوربي من حقوق الانسان في العراق شبابنا يموت ويقتل باسم الدين .

The forces of darkness gives the memory scenes young Iraqis executed executions under the pretext of cheating by militias of criminality associated with Iran and youth as is evident from his clothing and body does not belong to the EMO something not from near or Afar. where the United Nations and the European Union human rights in Iraq and kill our young people die in the name of religion.

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March 12, 2012


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IRAQIXXXX1122 on March 12, 2012

اعدام شاب من قبل اشخاص مجهولين و السبب لبسه و الكل يدري ضاهرة الايمو و القتل الي صارت الله ينتقم منكم يا كلاب و الشرطة الخونة الي كاعدين يتفرجون بدون ما يخلصون الولد

Execution of a young unknown by the people and the reason for wearing it and everyone knows paranormal emo and murder to become of you, O God take revenge on the police dogs and traitors to Kaeidin without watching what saved the boy

اخوان لحد يصير مفتي السعودية ابراسنة وعلى ابو لابس صيفي لو شي باوعو احنة حالنة حالكم عايشين بل عراق وشايفين الضيم يا ناس يا عالم هذا الفديو حالي حال اي واحد شفتة بل صدفة عن طريق شخص ومن شفتة تعجبت الي كاعد ايصير سالت الشخص يافلان شنو هذا كال هذا واحد شانقي جماعة او عصابة عصائب الحق الي هية تابعة لجيش المهدي الي جيش المهدي فصلهم وطلعهم كامو ايسوون هل شي واني نشرتة بل نسبة الية تنشرة قناة الشرقية قناة العربية اني هذا الشي ميهمني ولا يخصني ولحد ليصير ابراسي سياسي ولحد ليألف من عندة

Brothers limit becomes the Mufti of Saudi Arabia Aprasna and Abu Labs summer if something Pauau Ahna Halna you're doing are living, but Iraq and Haeven grievances O people, O world of this video a current event of any one lip, but by accident by someone and lip surprised to Kaad Aaasir Salt person Aaflan Henw this Cal this one Hanga group or gang headbands right to the deity belonging to the Mahdi Army to the Mahdi Army fired and Talaahm Camus Aaswon you something and I published, but the proportion of the mechanism is published by Al-Sharqiya channel Arabic I this thing Mémna not affect me, and so to become Apracej political and reduce to familiar of his own

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Hassaniraqe2011 on March 12, 2012

حارث الضاري المتهم في قتل الشباب العراقيين بسبب ما تدعي عصابات الضاري بأنهم من الايمو اي بمعنى عبده الشياطين .. لكن نحن نشاهد الفديو ولم نجد اي ما يثبت بأن الشاب من هذه الجماعات (الايمو) لكن الحقيقه هذا حارث الضاري هوه وعصاباته القذريين نجده دائمآ المسؤول عن اقذر العمليات الارهابيه في العراق حارث الضاري المسؤول عن التفجيرات والمفخخين والسيارات المفخخه الان بغير طله في العراق الان يقتل الشاب العراقي لان شعره طويل يقتل الشاب العراقي لانه انيق لعنه الله عليك يا شيخ الضاري القذر انته واسيادك من ال سعود وشيوخ ال سعود القذريين اتباع اميه

Harith al-Dhari accused in the killing of young Iraqis claim gangs because they are fierce emo any sense of servant demons .. But we see the video did not find any evidence that the young of these groups (EMO), but the fact that Harith al-Dari, Huh and gangs Alqdhiraan we find always in charge of the dirtiest terrorist operations in Iraq, Harith al-Dhari responsible for the bombings and vest and car bombs are now without the Spot in Iraq now killing young his hair long because the Iraqi kills Iraqi man, because it is stylish to you, O Sheikh Dhari and dirty Expire Asiadk of Saud and the elders of the Al Saud Alqdhiraan follow the illiterate


Title: Re: Up To 100 Emo, LGBT, "Vampire", & "Satanic" Youth Massacred In Iraq
Post by: Merticus on March 14, 2012, 01:14:49 pm
http://www.hrc.org/blog/entry/iraqs-gay-community-faces-grave-danger

Iraq’s Gay Community Faces Grave Danger
March 14, 2012


This guest post comes from Kate Norland, Iraqi Refugee Assistance Project Director (IRAP) at the University of Pennsylvania Law School:

The New York Times reports that somewhere between 14 and 40 young emo and LGBT men and women have been murdered in Iraq over the course of the past several days, many bludgeoned to death by large cement blocks, an allusion to the traditional “stoning” doled out to people who are impure. Emo individuals (short for emotional hardcore) are individuals identifiable by their tight black clothes, skull printed t-shirts, piercings, and daring hairstyles that signify an ironic punk or hipster aesthetic in the United States.  However, in Iraq, emo individuals are anything but ironic and stand as emblems of social freedom and revitalization in the aftermath of warfare.  The LGBT community and emo community are conflated in Iraq because they are seen as one-in-the-same.  They have become targets for violence by those who see them as threats to the mainstream.

Religious extremists and the Iraqi government alike have condemned the emo and LGBT communities. The Ministry of the Interior issued a statement on February 13 describing emo youths as worshippers of the devil and asserting its authority to enter any school in Baghdad as part of a comprehensive plan to deal with the threat posed by this new social phenomenon. The statement granted the Ministry’s Social Police the authority to “eliminate” emo individuals as soon as possible. On March 10, in a complete about face, an Interior Ministry spokesman said emo youths were free to dress as they pleased and the government would protect them.  Information obtained by IRAP suggests that despite this about face, people are shaving their heads and not leaving their homes in an effort to conform as much as possible.

Meanwhile, the AP reports unidentified Shiite militants in the Sadr City neighborhood of Baghdad have distributed a hit list of 33 names and home addresses with the following threat: "if you do not stop this dirty act within four days, then the punishment of God will fall on you at the hands of Mujahideen." Another flier addresses gay men by nicknames like “Mohammed the Flower” and warns them: “Reform your behavior, stop being gay, or face deadly consequences,” or, “Your fate will be death if you don’t quit doing this. Punishment will be tougher and tougher, you gays.”

The video below features a disturbing look at the violent realities LGBT people face in Iraq:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dDdvxul7TrY

IRAP has since relocated the man featured in the video to the United States, where he can live openly and honestly.

*Names have been changed for safety.

The Iraqi Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP) is a non-profit organization partnering law students with attorneys to provide direct legal assistance to those who have fled (or seek to flee) Iraq because of persecution, especially persecution on account of membership in a particularly vulnerable or hunted group—such as Iraqis affiliated with U.S. or coalition forces, members of religious minorities, and LGBT Iraqis. Persecution of gay Iraqis, or Iraqis perceived to be gay, is not a new phenomenon in post-invasion Iraq, as seen in this video account of a young doctor who sought IRAP’s help when he fled his home and country after his lover made public incriminating photographs of the two of them together.



http://www.facebook.com/pages/Stop-Killing/400945643252303

Stop Killing
March 10, 2012


EMO “Stone to Death”

What are the “EMO” young guys who tend to dress like movie stars and keep their hair long, they follow the fashion, is this crime?
Let’s define the “EMO” by IRAQ’s Moral Police point of view “Satan worshippers, Vampires, homo guys”, what a sham, we have a Government who believes that vampires exists.
Wake up; what is happening now in IRAQ “EMO killing” is a disaster, a crime against humanity. Who gives them the right to kill innocent people?! People have the free well to follow whatever they want, its personal freedom, and by killing them we turned to be “Animals” following the wood law or sometimes worst “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 then, they start all over again” said a survivor who manage to escape.
Who start this? One of the stupid, blind followers of the government with benefits without thinking what the consequences will be, oops… did I said “thinking” I don’t think so they think or even care about people., “Iraq's Moral Police released a chilling statement on the interior ministry's website condemning the "emo phenomenon" among Iraqi youth, disturbingly declaring its intent to eliminate the trend”.
Let’s go back in time to 2003, when our current government members came back to IRAQ with U.S army to liberate IRAQI people and give them FREEDOM, DEMOCRACY and LIBERATION, then what all this killing about? Are they HYPOCRATES or CONFLICTING themselves?!
Enough, you have cross the line IRAQ GOVERNMENT, and people cannot tolerate any more games for your selfish sake. It’s bad feeling, but I believe in this: For every Action there is Reaction, its nature’s order and always there is a hidden force pulling us closer toward the right path and finally from God’s eye nothing hides.



https://www.facebook.com/events/409370405745225

San Francisco Vigil for Iraqi Gays, Emos and Goths
March 14, 2012


WHAT: SF Vigil for Iraqi Gays, Emos and Goths
WHEN: Wednesday, March 14, 2012
TIME: 4pm - 6pm
WHERE: Castro and 18th Streets, San Francisco, CA, USA

WHY:
In April 2009, when the world learned of the deaths by anal gluing of gay men in Iraq, our grassroots activist group Gays Without Borders held a vigil in San Francisco to express sympathy and call for an end to the brutal murders.

Now, with reports emerging from Iraq of more than 100 deaths of gays, emos and goth persons many killed after their heads were bludgeoned with cement blocks in the past four weeks, and threats of additional atrocities, Gays Without Borders is taking to the streets of the Castro to send a message to Iraq's government, clerics, militias and citizens: Stop killing gays, emos and goths.

If you're not familiar with the details of these murders, click here ( https://www.google.com/search?hl=en&gl=us&tbm=nws&q=gays+iraq&oq=gays+iraq&aq=f&aqi=d2&aql&gs_sm=3&gs_upl=12979l14892l0l15378l9l9l0l3l3l1l287l955l3.1.2l6l0 ) to read numerous mainstream and gay press accounts of the forces behind the murders of young individuals who dress and act differently than normal conservative Iraqi society.

Be sure to also check out the Rainbow Iraq blog operated by a gay Iraqi in exile using the pseudonym Bissam: http://rainbowiraq.wordpress.com/

THE VIGIL:

The demonstration has a main goal: Create photos and videos illustrating lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender support for the besieged and fearful targeted communities in Iraq. Then use those images to show the world and our friends in Iraq that LGBT activists are not silent over the murders.

At Castro and 18th Streets, the crossroads of gay America, we will display our "IRAQ: STOP KILLING GAYS!" banner, and tape enlarged photos of the victims when they were still alive, after being murdered, along with news stories to the walls of the Bank of America. Candles will be lighted in remembrance of the dead and hope for an end to the killings.

No speeches are planned, but we will have a bull horn for anyone who wishes to speak out. For two hours on Wednesday, we are asking those walking past our vigil to take a few minutes and bear witness to the unconscionable deaths taking place in Iraq.

Our action is one part of the global response to the Iraqi situation - from pressuring governments and the United Nations to take action protecting the at-risk communities to using social networking to sustain visibility. We hope other street actions take place in coming days.

PETITION:

We encourage people to sign this petition ASAP:
http://allout.org/en/actions/stopthekillings?ak_proof=1&akid=572.720692.bMGWcn&rd=1&t=3&utm_campaign=iraq&utm_content=english&utm_medium=email&utm_source=actionkit

ENDORSEMENTS:

The March 14 protest is endorsed by Clinton Fein, Tommi Avicolli Mecca, Melanie Nathan, Danny Nicoletta, Gary Virginia, Bill Wilson and Michael Petrelis. Please join us.

CONTACTS FOR MORE INFO:

Gary Virginia, Gays Without Borders/San Francisco
MrSFL96@aol.com; (415) 867-5004
Michael Petrelis, Gays Without Borders/San Francisco
mpetrelis@aol.com

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http://mpetrelis.blogspot.com/2012/03/rainbow-iraq-plea-read-at-sf-vigil-for.html

Rainbow Iraq Plea Read at SF Vigil for Slain Gays, Emos, Goths
Wednesday, March 14, 2012


The rainstorms couldn't dampen the commitment of forty to fifty activists who participated in the Gays Without Borders vigil in the heart of San Francisco's gay neighborhood today, which lasted two hours.

We tied our banner to the center of the steel bars on the large bank window at Castro and 18th Streets, taped posters showing one of the dead Iraqi emo victims and placed a memorial floral wreath on the sidewalk, and created a striking scene that caught the attention of people driving or walking past us.

Among the community folks who came by to lend solidarity with gay, emo and goth people in Iraq were African-American transgender advocate Jazzy Collins, AIDS activist Gary Virginia, photographers Rick Gerharter and Dan Nicoletta and Bill Wilson, Bay Area Reporter writer Heather Cassell, drag artiste Donna Sachet, political artist Clinton Fein, parishioners from Metropolitan Community Church, members of the Harvey Milk Democratic Club and the Log Cabin Republicans.

There was no formal program. Those of us who have read the news stories about the skull-crushing murders of young Iraqi male who are gay, emo, goth or just weird or perceived to be weak and effeminate, and have some knowledge of the crimes and the political reactions or apathy chatted with the many people who were ignorant of the situation.

At various times, Gary and Clinton would take to the bull horn, make short speeches or read the letter from the U.S. embassy in Baghdad strongly condemning the murders.

A ton of gratitude to everyone who pitched in to make the vigil happen, all who were able to be there, the people who stopped for more information. Thanks!

I was honored to read a statement from Bissam, a gay Iraqi who started the blog Rainbow Iraq in reaction to the killings. Go to his blog now and leave him and his Iraqi readers messages of solidarity and love. Please.

Bissam is a pseudonym used to protect his personal safety, and here are his words that were read aloud and heard tonight in San Francisco:

    We See You, They Don't

    A comment from Benjamin from United States says we see you on all out website said the whole truth in one short sentence. And it is real that the whole world is seeing what is going on but the Iraqi government and the authorities. While the world is protesting against the brutality of these crimes the people in charge disgrace the victims. The Iraqi prime minister didn’t speak at all.

    The Shiiat leader says it is a strange phenomenon has a devastating influence and the head chief of Baghdad police says it is a revenge and honor killings. He didn’t even have a courtesy to call them crimes.

    Sad, bad and unethical actions against innocent people all what they did are to be themselves. The heart of the humanity is bleeding for what is going on. They say they are not 100 people who get killed. Does it matter if they are 1 or 1000?

    Killing is killing and this is a forcing for a stupid culture upon people who they are so peaceful. For how long these crimes will go without any punishment or even a small investigation? From gluing the rectum of the gays to smashing the Emo and gays with bricks, what next?

    I ask you all to stand as one with us to safe the rest of humanity remained in Iraq. And to tell the Iraqi authorities that everyone has his freedom of speech and express himself as he believes.

    I thank you all from the bottom of my heart for being there for us.

    Bissam


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(Credit: Dan Nicoletta)


Title: Re: Up To 100 Emo, LGBT, "Vampire", & "Satanic" Youth Massacred In Iraq
Post by: Merticus on March 14, 2012, 02:07:56 pm
http://english.ruvr.ru/2012_03_14/68436250/

Russia Today’s film crew detained in Baghdad
March 14, 2012 15:19 Moscow Time


The film crew of the Russia Today Russian TV channel’s Arabic Service, Rusiya al-Yaum, were earlier detained in Baghdad, the TV channel’s press service said in a statement today.

The team was about to start filming an episode about ‘Emo’ teenagers, who are often subjected to violence by radical Islamists, when security officers told them to stop the filming.

Although the crew had been issued with a permit to film in downtown Baghdad, the reporter, cameramen and assistant cameraman were taken to a police station and held there for three hours before being released.

All the footage filmed by the crew was confiscated.

RIAN



http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/03/14/ali-hili-iraq-lgbt-leader-emo-killings_n_1345105.html?

Ali Hili, Iraq LGBT Leader, Condemns Gay 'Emo' Killings, Lack Of U.S. Response
Posted: 03/14/2012 1:31 pm
By Michelangelo Signorile


The leader of London-based Iraqi LGBT expressed concern and anger about the lack of U.S. response to reports of a rise in killings of gay men as well as young men perceived to be gay. And he urged Americans to contact the U.S. State Department and Secretary Hillary Clinton to demand a response.

Media organizations have labeled the new reports of murders as “emo killings” since the recent targets have been youth associated with the "emo" movement -- young men who listen to Western music, dress in black, wear tattoos and style their hair. Many are not gay, but Ali Hili, speaking on my radio program on SiriusXM, said that they are considered gay to many Islamic fundamentalists in Iraq. He said these killings are part of a larger pattern of killing and violence carried out by Islamic militias against gay men for the past six years.

“There’s a lack of knowledge in the militias," Hili said. 'To them anyone who has adopted a certain Western style, a certain appearance -- anyone that appears different, it’s a homosexual phenomenon, period.”

Hili emphasized that an agenda demanding conformity is being carried out from within the Interior Ministry of the Iraqi government, which he believes has not only ignored the killings but, as media organizations have also reported, has sent its Social Police into the streets of Baghdad to enforce religious doctrine.

“It’s the miltias with the support of the Iraqi government,” he said. “The goverment has declared war on sexual minorities. It’s worse than [Saudi Arabia]. They are trying to rally the streets of Baghdad. Yesterday and the last six or seven days -- we have videos and films of those patrols -- with a megaphone they’re saying, 'If anyone who has any information about anyone who is a pervert, an infidel, part of the homosexual network, you have to declare it or you face consequences.' Anyone who harbors anyone who is, acording o them, an illegal citizen, will face consequences.”

Hili accused the U.S. government of hypocrisy in light of Hillary Clinton’s speech in Geneva last year condemning antigay governments and threatening the possibility of the U.S. withholding foreign aid to such nations.

“They have been looking the other way,” he said of the Obama adminstration. “And it’s shame on the world community that this genocide is happening under the eyes of the world -- and the gay community in particular. No one is doing anything to help their brothers and sisters in Iraq.”

Hili urged Americans to contact the U.S. State Department and Hillary Clinton to demand action.

“There has been nothing from the State Department," he said. “We haven’t heard anything.”

[Audio]



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Fear and anxiety in Karbala following the spread of "emo" phenomenon
14/03/2012 20:55 - Kurdistan News Agency - By Ali al-Jabbouri


KARBALA, March 14 (AKnews) - A number of people from Karbala have expressed their fear over the spread of the emo phenomenon, which is currently an important issue in the country due alleged from some non-government parties to suppress the culture.

Some young people have even gone as far as to drastically alter their emo appearance.

Following the murder of many young men who belong to the emo phenomenon, many young people have now changed their behavior in Karbala, as well as their costumes and hair styles for fear of suspicion and facing the same fate that youths in Baghdad faced a few days ago.

Haidar Hussein, 21, told AKnews: "After hearing the news, my family insisted that I cut my long hair and change my clothes style... Karbala city didn't witness so far the incident of killing people belonging to emo, but the recent events in Iraq scared a lot of young people."

Muhammad Ali, a 22-year-old university student, said: "This phenomenon has raised fears among the people of Karbala and a lot of university students in Karbala changed their way of dress, behavior, and hair styles."

Citizen Um Salah, 53, meanwhile stated her fear from the spread of the emo phenomenon, saying that it is a foreign phenomenon to the Iraqi society. A society which adheres to religious and social traditions.

"Once I heard the news, I asked my three children to change their clothes to keep them away from the danger that may threaten them."

While the social scientist Taleb Hussein pointed out to the need to deal with this phenomena in the right way without violence and force else it will certainly increase.

"The government agencies and educational and cultural institutions must deal with this phenomenon and it cannot be considered as a dangerous social phenomenon."

Representative of the religious authority in Karbala, Sheikh Abdul Mahdi al-Karbalaim said previously: "The emo phenomenon is unacceptable morally and socially and the divine law requires giving advice guidance through cultural means and not through murder.

"The educational and cultural institutions must do more efforts to address such a phenomenon peacefully away from murder."

RN/DM/AKnews



http://www.niqash.org/articles/?id=3009

iraq’s threatened emo kids: ‘we are peaceful, we do not worship the devil’
niqash | Shawkat al Bayati | Baghdad | 14.03.2012


Since February Iraqi extremists have been threatening, even murdering, Iraq’s “emo” teenagers. They believe them to be Satanists, vampires or homosexuals. While religious authorities say the anti-emo campaign is wrong, activists now suspect police involvement in the threats.

Ahmad is only 16 – but for the time being, he sits, virtually imprisoned, in a small room on the roof of a building on the outskirts of Baghdad. His crime? Dressing like a teenager.

Ahmad is what is being referred to in Iraq as an “emo”. In the West, the description emo has become shorthand for a certain style of dressing and music. The teenage devotees of emo tend to prefer their rock music with punk overtones and emotional lyrics and they like to dress all in black, have black hair and accessorise with slightly Gothic imagery, such as skulls or bleeding hearts.

Emo in Europe and North America was the latest evolution of music that started off as “emotional hard core” and the look and music resonated with a certain sort of melancholy outsider.

And whereas in the West, an emo teenager might expect to be harassed by those who didn’t understand their funereal obsession or their dressing up – a lot of critical bystanders thought the costumed nature of the emo look meant the wearer must be homosexual – in Iraq, emo kids are at far more risk.

Emo kids first started to appear in Iraq in 2008; most of them are aged between 12 and 18, the vast majority are male and one imagines the same elements of rebellion that attract Western teens, also attract the Iraqi youth.

This month though, there have been an increasing number of reports that emo Iraqis are being targeted by extremist militias, beaten, persecuted and even killed. While the reports of dozens of deaths remain unverified – they go from 14 deaths to over a hundred murders counted by human rights organizations and gay rights activists - there is no doubt that emo kids are being targeted in some way.

“It all started just after Valentine’s Day,” Samir Odeh, the owner of a Baghdad tattoo parlour, told NIQASH. “I noticed it because some of my former clients, who had asked me to tattoo a skull, came back to ask me to get rid of that tattoo because it could endanger their lives.”

Odeh continued: “The sectarian conflict in Iraq in the past was more merciful compared to this. During the sectarian conflicts, young people could protect themselves and they knew where to hide or where to go for safety. Nowadays, nobody knows who’s going to be targeted next and killed. There’s no escape.”

Ahmad, whose family come from the mainly Shiite Muslim district of Shula in Baghdad, went into hiding when he heard that his name had been mentioned on a list of people threatened with assassination by armed groups.

He tells how his brother came into his room and told him that his name was on this list; he told Ahmad to change out of his black clothes into normal clothing and to pack everything he needed into a bag. Then he brought Ahmad to a small room on the outskirts of Baghdad, instructing him not to leave it.

According to various news media, the extremist groups are opposed to the emo kids because they believe them to be devil worshippers, vampires, adulterers, sexually depraved or homosexuals. Other observers say it’s just that the young men dressed like this are perceived as being “too feminine”.

Ahmad has no idea where the extremists got his name or the names of his friends. And he doesn’t understand why they are being targeted. “We don’t deserve to be murdered,” he says. “We are peaceful, we believe in God and we do not worship the Devil.”

Now Ahmad is terrified that he will have his head smashed in with a rock, which is what he has heard has happened to other emos in Iraq. Ahmad, who has a skull tattoo on his left arm, has heard that the militias force young emo men to lie on the ground with their chins on the edge of the sidewalk; they then crush the victims’ heads with large rocks.

Last Friday several Arabic language websites published two lists containing up to 80 names. The lists were printed out and then hung on walls around Baghdad. The names on the lists included those of teenage emos as well as death threats against them if they don’t abandon their emo ways within four days.

Prominent human rights activist Yanar Mohammed describes these campaigns of harassment and murder as “organized crime”. For those who believe the emo kids are devil worshippers or homosexual, the teens break a number of social and religious taboos in Iraq and Mohammed believes that not much is being done to help them. In fact, she has concerns that even the local police, who she believes are unsympathetic, are involved in harassing the emos.

One of the emo kids she spoke with said that his friends had been arrested by the police in Baghdad and then handed over to the extremists. If this is true, Mohammed says, "it would be disastrous if the police were complicit with the militias in crimes committed against these emos.”

In a statement to NIQASH, senior Baghdadi policeman Mustaq Talib Mohammedawi, who is in charge of community policing, denied that the police were involved in this way.

“The security forces have no problems with emos,” he said. “They are peaceful and they’re no threat to us.” Mohammedawi also said that there had been only one adolescent death reported and that this had nothing to do with the campaign against emos.

Additionally, Mohammedawi stated, “police officers or members of the security forces have no right to arrest any citizen without a warrant. The local police would only get involved if there was homosexuality involved, drugs or any other violations against the norms of Iraqi society”.

This was despite the fact that some reports indicate earlier comments by Mohammedawi to the contrary.  And the policeman went on to say that the emos did seem “strange” and that they could be “a social danger”. In fact, Mohammedawi said, “I have received complaints from parents requesting our assistance because they can’t prevent their children from becoming emo.”

As a result, Mohammedawi said, the community police were working together with the Iraqi Ministries of Education and of Human rights to “educate young people about the danger of imported ideas and their impact on Iraqi society”.

Religious authorities also weighed in on the emo issue. “The targeted killings of young people in Baghdad is not permitted under Islam,” Ali al-Waeth, deputy to the highest religious authority for Shiite Muslims in Iraq, Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, told NIQASH. “Islam is a religion that persuades people; it does not condone murder. So what we should be doing is educating young people about dangerous ideas – instead of killing them.”

“Murdering these emos has an impact on civilian peace in this country and it gives extremist groups more power than the law,” al-Waeth stated and criticized the Iraqi authorities for not taking their responsibilities in this matter seriously enough.  “They only care about their own positions and they don’t care about the state of Iraqi society – they’re happy to leave innocent citizens unaware and uneducated,” he argued.

“It’s true that the emo style contradicts our norms and our religious values,” Kamil Ameen, spokesman for Iraq's Ministry of Human Rights, said. “The idea of emo that’s been becoming more popular among young people is all about the imitation of others, with the wearing of certain costumes and colours. But it is not yet common practice,” he explained.

“And this campaign of intimidation and murder is wrong. Instead we should be seeking specialists who can help make young people more aware of this phenomenon and its dangers. The state should deal with this phenomenon in a logical manner. If these practices are wrong, then we must help young people to abandon them instead of threatening, terrifying and murdering them.”

“The Iraqi Constitution is clear in guaranteeing personal freedoms,” Ameen added. At the same time though, Ameen felt the government should monitor the situation so that “the emergence of new groups with strange identities and thoughts could be prevented”.

As for Baghdad teenager Ahmad, he remains pale and tired and unable to sleep because of the threats against him. Despite his fear though, Ahmad also remains somewhat defiant: “It doesn’t make any sense to stay in this room,” he told NIQASH. “After all, I chose this lifestyle because it was about free will.”


Title: Re: Up To 100 Emo, LGBT, "Vampire", & "Satanic" Youth Massacred In Iraq
Post by: Merticus on March 15, 2012, 03:08:14 pm
http://www.almadapaper.net/news.php?action=view&id=62071

جريدة المدى
العدد : 2425
بتاريخ : الخميس 15-03-2012 11:20 صباحا
الداخلية تسحب بيان ملاحقة (الإيمو) من موقعها الإلكتروني

 
بغداد/ المدى
بعد ساعات قليلة من عرض (المدى) بيانا لوزارة الداخلية كانت قد نشرته عبر موقعها الالكتروني يتحدث فيه عن ملاحقة شباب (الإيمو) قامت الوزارة بسحبه دون توضيح الأسباب، وهو ما
استغربته لجنة حقوق الإنسان في مجلس النواب التي ضيفت أمس ممثلين عن الشرطة المجتمعية لمناقشة هذه الظاهرة .

وكانت الداخلية قد نشرت في منتصف شباط الماضي خبرا بعنوان "الداخلية تشن حملة للقضاء على "الإيمو" بلسان المدير العام للشرطة المجتمعية التابعة لوزارة الداخلية العقيد مشتاق طالب المحمداوي، لكنها قامت الأمس بسحبه بعد أن وضعت المدى رابط الخبر على أحد أعمدتها.
وبرغم أن البيان مؤرخ في شباط الماضي، لكن الشرطة المجتمعية أكدت للجنة حقوق الإنسان البرلمانية وحسب النائبة أشواق الجاف أمس "أنها أغلقت ملف الإيمو العام المنصرم بعد تأكدها من عدم وجود عبدة للشيطان وأن الأمر يقتصر على مقلدي هذه الظاهرة بالملبس وتسريحة الشعر ووضعت حلولا لها بالتثقيف والوسائل العلمية".
الجاف استغربت في اتصال هاتفي مع (المدى) أمس سحب الداخلية لبيانها وقالت "لا توجد حاجة لهذه الأساليب نحن نبحث اليوم عن علاج علمي لهذه الظاهرة متى ما وجدت وإن عمليات المد والجزر بين الأطراف ذات العلاقة ومحاولة البعض إيصال صورة بأن الداخلية تنفي هذه الأخبار والمدى تروج لها أمر غير صحيح لأنه لا يصب في المصلحة العامة".
وكان المحمداوي قد قال في الخبر قبل سحبه إن "ظاهرة الإيمو قد اكتشفت من قبل عناصر مديريتنا في العاصمة بغداد وتمت دراستها واعدت تقارير وبحوثا عنها ورفعت لوزارة الداخلية لاستحصال موافقات لمتابعة هذه الحالة وكيفية القضاء عليها".
وأضاف أن "وزارة الداخلية أخذت هذا الأمر بجانب من الأهمية والأولوية وتم استحصال موافقة وزارة التربية تحديداً لإعداد خطة متكاملة بإشرافي شخصياً والسماح بدخولنا لكافة المدارس في العاصمة بغداد".

TRANSLATION:

Interior to withdraw the prosecution statement (IMO) from its website
Date: Thursday, 15/03/2012 11:20 - Baghdad / term


A few hours later than the width (range) a statement of the Ministry of Interior had published on its website when talking about the prosecution of young people (IMO), the Ministry has withdrawn without explanation, which Astgrepetth the Commission on Human Rights in the House of Representatives that Devt yesterday representatives of the police community to discuss these phenomenon.

The interior has been published in mid-February, a news story entitled "Interior launched a campaign to eliminate the" IMO "tongue Director General of Police Community of the Ministry of Interior, Colonel Mushtaq student Muhammadawi, but they have yesterday withdrawn after it developed a long link to one of their columns.
Although the statement dated last February, but the community police assured the Commission on Human Rights and parliamentary by Rep. longings dry yesterday, "they closed the IMO last year after it is confirmed that there is no slave to the devil and that it is limited to Mqlde this phenomenon clothing and hairstyle and developed solutions with education and means scientific. "

Dry surprised by telephone (range) on the withdrawal of the Interior of her statement and said "there is no need for these methods we are looking today for a cure I know of this phenomenon when they exist, and that of the tides between the related parties and try some of the delivery of a picture that the Interior denies this news and the extent to promote it is not true because it is not in the public interest. "

The Muhammadawi said in the news before dragging it said that "the phenomenon of IMO has been discovered by members of the Directorate in the capital Baghdad, has been studied and prepared reports and research them and raised to the Ministry of the Interior to obtain the approvals to follow up this case and how to eliminate them."

He added that "the Ministry of Interior took the side of this importance and priority was obtaining the approval of the Ministry of Education specifically for the preparation of an integrated plan Bahrafa we enter personally and allow for all the schools in the capital Baghdad."



http://www.radiosawa.com/iraq/arabic_news.aspx?id=3557452

الدرويش: ترهيب الإيمو خلق حالة من التوتر بين طلبة الثانويات والجامعات
فتاة من شبان الإيمو-أرشيف
14/03/2012 15:02    بتوقيت:   

قالت الاختصاصية في الإرشاد التربوي نهى الدرويش إن حملات الترهيب والتخويف ضد من يرتدون ملابس من نمط معين أدت إلى حالة من التوتر في صفوف طلبة الثانويات والجامعات.

وأبدت الدرويش مخاوف من أن يكون الحديث عن شبان الإيمو هو محاولة للتغطية على ظواهر شذوذ لا يجرؤ المجتمع على فتح ملفاتها.

التفاصيل في الحوار الذي أعدته وأجرته جيان اليعقوبي:

[AUDIO]

TRANSLATION:

Darwish: EMO intimidation created a state of tension between students of high schools and universities
14/03/2012 15:02


She specialized in educational guidance forbade Dervish The campaigns of intimidation and intimidation against those wearing the clothes of a particular style led to a state of tension among the students of secondary schools and universities.

Darwish expressed fears that young people talk about the EMO is to try to cover up the anomaly phenomena of society does not dare to open the files.

Details in the dialogue which was prepared and conducted by Jian Yacoubi:



http://www.alsumaria.tv/news/53598/%D8%A7%D9%84%D8%B5%D8%AF%D8%B1-%D9%8A%D8%A4%D9%83%D8%AF-%D8%A3%D9%86-%D9%82%D8%AA%D9%84-%D8%A7%D9%84%D8%A5%D9%8A%D9%85%D9%88%D9%84%D8%A7%D9%8A%D8%B1%D8%B6%D9%8A-%D8%A7%D9%84%D9%84%D9%87%D9%88%D9%8A%D8%B3%D8%AA%D9%87%D8%AC%D9%86-%D8%A8%D8%B4%D8%AF%D8%A9-%D8%A7%D8%AA

الصدر يؤكد أن قتل الإيمو"لايرضي الله"ويستهجن بشدة اتهام أتباعه بالاعتداء عليهم
15-03-2012 - 17:48    
اخبار العراق

السومرية نيوز/ بغداد
استغرب زعيم التيار الصدري مقتدى الصدر واستهجن بشدة، الخميس، من إقحام التيار في مسألة الاعتداء على شباب "الايمو" أو قتهلم، وفيما اعتبر أن تلك التصرفات "لا ترضي الله"، أكد أن هناك من يتهم التيار من داخله وكأن المجرم "يقول خذوني".

وقال الصدر في بيان صدر، اليوم، وتلقت "السومرية نيوز"، نسخة منه في معرض استنكاره واستهجانه لمحاولة إقحام التيار الصدري في موضوع الايمو، ما نصه "ما دخل الخط الشريف.. عجباً عجباً.. حتى من هم في الداخل يتهمون التيار"، مستدركاً "يكاد المجرم أن يقول خذوني".     

وجاء تعليق زعيم التيار الصدري هذا في معرض رده على سؤال لعدد من أتباعه بشأن قيام جهات مجهولة تطلق على نفسها تسمية "سرايا الغضب"، بنشر أسماء شباب من الجنسين، يتشبهون بالغرب، فضلاً عن قيامها بتصرفات "غير مرضية" مثل قتل أولئك الشباب بـ"البلوكة" أو حلق رؤوسهم، في محاولة لتشويه "الخط الشريف" برغم العلم بأنهم مدعومون من الاحتلال "الغاشم" والسفارة الأميركية، وما إذا كان التيار الصدري على علم بهذه الجهات.

وفي حين أبدى زعيم التيار الصدري مقتدى الصدر، رفضه لقتل الشباب، دعا أتباعه إلى العمل بما يرضي الله، إذ قال وفقاً للبيان، إن "تلكم الأسباب لا ترضي الله عز وجل، فاعملوا بما يرضيه".

وكان الصدر، أعلن في (العاشر من آذار 2012 الحالي)، أن شباب الايمو "سفهاء ومجانين"، واصفا إياهم بـ"آفة المجتمع، مطالباً المختصين بإنهائهم قانونياَ.

يذكر أن التيار الصدري أكد، في (العاشر من آذار 2012) ايضاً، عدم تورط إتباعه بقتل المنتمين لظاهرة الايمو في عدد من مناطق العاصمة العراقية بغداد وغيرها من المحافظات، خلال الأيام الماضية، وفي حين استنكر استهداف مقلدي هذه الظاهرة، أكد انه لا يتحرك في مثل هذه القضايا إلا بعد توجيهات من زعيمه مقتدى الصدر.

وكانت "السومرية نيوز"، حصلت في (التاسع من آذار 2012) على قائمتين تم وضعهما في عدد من الشوارع الرئيسة لمدينة الصدر شرق بغداد، نشر فيهما أسماء المنتمين لظاهرة الإيمو في قطاعات المدينة، تتوعدهم بالقتل من قبل "المجاهدين" في حال عدم تركها، ووصفتهم بـ"الجراوي" في إشارة إلى كونهم من المثليين.

وتشير مصادر في أجهزة الأمن العراقية وشهود عيان أن العديد من عمليات القتل "الغامضة" طالت مؤخرا شباب منتمين لظاهرة الايمو أو من أصحاب السلوك الغريب أو اللباس أو تسريحة الشعر الغريبة، وتلفت تلك المصادر إلى أن أغلب عمليات القتل كانت عن طريق "سحق رؤوسهم بطابوقة (قطعة من الأسمنت).

وقد اعتبر بعض أعضاء البرلمان العراقي من المدافعين عن حقوق الإنسان، ومنهم النائب المستقلة صفية السهيل، أن عناصر قوى الأمن بدأت في المدة الأخيرة تقوم باضطهاد الشباب واعتقالهم فقط لمجرد أنهم يلبسون على الموضة أو لأن تسريحة شعرهم غير اعتيادية.

إلا أن وزارة الداخلية ردت في بيان، أصدرته في (الثامن من آذار 2012 الحالي)، وتلقت "السومرية نيوز" نسخة منه، لتؤكد إنها لم تسجل أي حالات قتل لمقلدي ظاهرة الايمو خلال المدة الماضية"، موضحة أن جميع حالات القتل التي أشيع عنها في وسائل الإعلام كانت لأسباب ثأرية واجتماعية وإجرامية تحدث دائماً.

وتعني الايمو Emo باللغة الانكليزية الحساس أو العاطفي أو المتهيج ويتبع مقلدو هذه الظاهرة نمطا معينا في الحياة يتمثل بالاستماع لموسيقى معينة تنتمي لموسيقى الروك وتسريحة شعر معينة وملابس سوداء، وسراويل ضيقة جدا أو فضفاضة جدا، وأغطية المعصم.

TRANSLATION:

Sadr says' EMO "[Aerdy] God" and accused his followers strongly condemns assault
03/15/2012 - 17:48
Iraq News
Sumerian News / Baghdad


Surprised at the cleric Moqtada al-Sadr and denounced strongly, Thursday, to involve the current in the issue of attack on the young "emo" or Guethelm, and in what was considered that these actions "do not please God", he stressed that there are those who accuse the movement from within, as if the offender, "says Take me" .

Sadr said in a statement issued today, and received "Alsumaria News", a copy of it in the course of condemnation and outrage to try to force the Sadrist movement, on the subject of emo, which read "what does the line-Sharif .. strange strange .. Even those who are at home accuse the mainstream," but he also "almost criminal to say Take me."

The comment came the leader of the Sadrist movement is in response to a question by a number of his followers on the unidentified bodies, calling itself the name "Brigades of Wrath", published the names of young men and women, imitate the West, as well as its behavior is "satisfactory," such as killing those young people to " , block "or shaving their heads, in an attempt to distort the line" Sharif "despite knowing that they are backed by the occupation," brutal "and the U.S. Embassy, ​​and if the Sadrists are aware of these bodies.

While expressed cleric Moqtada al-Sadr, his refusal to kill the youth, called on his followers to work to the satisfaction of God, as he said, according to the statement, "The reasons do not satisfy the telecom God Almighty, then do as it pleases."

Al-Sadr, said in (the tenth of March 2012 now), that the young emo "foolish and crazy", describing them as "the scourge of society, calling for legal professionals Banhaúhm.

The Sadrists said, in (the tenth of March 2012) Also, the non-involvement followed the killing belonging to the phenomenon of emo in a number of areas of the capital Baghdad and other provinces, during the last few days, while condemned the targeting of Mqlde this phenomenon, confirmed that he does not move in such cases only after the guidance of its leader, Moqtada al-Sadr.

The "Sumerian News", I got in (the ninth of March 2012) on the two lists have been put in a number of main streets of Sadr City in eastern Baghdad, he published two names belonging to the phenomenon of IMO in the sectors of the city, Taatuadhm death by "mujahideen" in the absence of left, and described them as "Jerawi" in reference to being gay.

According to sources in the Iraqi security services and witnesses, many of the killings, "the mysterious" long-recent youth belonging to the phenomenon of emo or the owners of strange behavior or dress or hairstyle exotic, and draws those sources that most of the killings were by "crush their heads Btaboukh ( a piece of cement).

Has been considered by some members of parliament from the Iraqi human rights defenders, including the independent MP Safia al-Suhail, that the elements of the security forces started in the last term the persecution and detention of young people just because they wear fashionable hairstyle or because their hair is normal.

However, the Interior Ministry responded in a statement, issued on (the eighth of March 2012 now), and received "Alsumaria News," a copy of it, to confirm that it has not recorded any cases of murder of Mqlde phenomenon emo during the last term, "pointing out that all cases of murder, which most commonly reported in the media was for reasons of revenge, social and criminal always occur.

Emo emo means in English the sensitive, emotional or irritable and follows Mqldo this phenomenon in a particular style of life is to listen to the music belong to a particular rock, a certain hairstyle and black clothes, and pants too tight or too loose, and covers the wrist.


Title: Re: Up To 100 Emo, LGBT, "Vampire", & "Satanic" Youth Massacred In Iraq
Post by: Merticus on March 16, 2012, 02:34:31 pm
http://www.hrw.org/news/2012/03/16/iraq-investigate-emo-attacks
http://www.amnesty.org/en/for-media/press-releases/iraq-investigate-emo-attacks-2012-03-16
http://www.iglhrc.org/cgi-bin/iowa/article/pressroom/pressrelease/1499.html

Iraq: Investigate ‘Emo’ Attacks
Official Impunity Enables Violent Intimidation Campaign
March 16, 2012


(Beirut) - The government of Iraq should immediately investigate and bring to justice those responsible for a targeted campaign of intimidation and violence against Iraqi youth seen as belonging to the non-conformist “emo” subculture, Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International, and the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission said today. The attacks have created an atmosphere of terror among those who see themselves as potential victims.

On March 8, 2012, the Interior Ministry, in an official statement, dismissed reports by local activists and media of a campaign against those seen as emo. The ministry said the reports were “fabricated” and “groundless,” and that it would take action against people who were trying “to highlight this issue and build it out of proportion.” An official ministry statement, on February 13, that characterized emo culture as “Satanist” cast doubt on the government’s willingness to protect vulnerable youth, the international rights groups said.

“The government has contributed to an atmosphere of fear and panic fostered by acts of violence against emos,” said Joe Stork, deputy Middle East director at Human Rights Watch. “Instead of claiming that the accounts are fabricated, Iraqi authorities need to set up a transparent and independent inquiry to address the crisis.”

The campaign’s victims appear to represent a cross-section of people seen locally as non-conformists. They include people suspected of homosexual conduct, but also people with distinctive hairstyles, clothes, or musical taste. In English, “emo” is short for “emotional,” referring to self-identified teens and young adults who listen to alternative rock music, often dress in black, close-fitting clothes, and cut their hair in unconventional ways. People perceived to be gay, lesbian, transgender, or effeminate are particularly vulnerable.

Iraqi human rights activists told the three organizations that in early February, signs and fliers appeared in the Baghdad neighborhoods of Sadr City, al-Hababiya, and Hay al-‘Amal that threatened people by name with “the wrath of god” unless they cropped their hair short, gave up wearing so-called “satanic clothing” – styles critics associate with emos, metal music, and rap – hide their tattoos, and “maintain complete manhood.” Other names appeared on similar posters in different neighborhoods.

One such sign, seen by the international rights groups, was posted on a wall in Sadr City, and read, “In the name of God the compassionate, the merciful, we warn every male and female in the strongest terms to stop their dirty deeds in four days before the wrath of God strikes them through the hands of mujahedin.” This poster listed 33 names and was decorated with images of two handguns.

Since February the three international rights groups have received information from local human rights groups, community activists, and media about numerous deaths of youth. Some local media reports have put the death toll as high as several dozen. The international rights groups have not been able to confirm that people have been killed as part of an organized campaign.

A 26-year old man from Mosul told the rights groups that unknown assailants killed two members of his heavy metal band on March 8 because of their appearance. He said, “We don’t know who is behind this now, but for a long time, people have been accusing us of being Satanists. So this is not new, but now it has become murderous.”

While it is unclear who is behind the attacks and intimidation, Iraqi media reports have fueled the campaign by characterizing what they call the “emerging emo phenomenon,” as Satanists, vampires, immoral, and un-Islamic, the groups said. Some clerics and politicians have also contributed to the demonization of emo youth. On March 10 the Shia cleric Muqtada al-Sadr called emos “crazy fools” and a “lesion on the Muslim community” in an online statement, but also maintained that they should be dealt with “within the law.”

Documents received by the international rights groups indicate that the Education Ministry in August 2011 circulated a memo that recommended schools curb the spread of emo culture, which it called “an infiltrated phenomenon in our society.”

The Interior Ministry’s February 13 statement on its website characterized emos as “Satanists” who constitute a danger to Iraqi society. The statement also indicated that the ministry was seeking approval from the Education Ministry for “an integrated plan that would let them [police] enter all the schools in the capital.” On February 29 the Interior Ministry released another statement in which it announced a campaign against emo culture in Baghdad, particularly in the Khadimiya neighborhood, where they identified one shop that sold “emo clothing and accessories.”

After widespread media coverage of the violence and intimidation against emos, the Interior Ministry toned down its language in the March 8 statement, warning “radical and extremist groups attempting to stand as protectors for morals and religious traditions from any conduct against people based on a fashion, dress or haircut.” The ministry denied that any emos had been killed and threatened “necessary legal actions against those who try to highlight this issue and build it out of proportion.”

On March 14 security forces in Baghdad detained for three hours the film crew of Russia Today’s Arabic TV channel, Rusiya al-Yaum, as they tried to film a segment related to the attacks on emos. Security forces confiscated their footage even though the channel had a permit to film in downtown Baghdad.

A report by Al-Sharqiya TV on March 7 said that men in civilian clothes brutally beat two young women in public in al-Mansour district because of their “fashionable clothing.”

People perceived to be gay, lesbian, transgender, and effeminate men told the rights groups that they feel particularly vulnerable. In 2009 Human Rights Watch, IGLHRC, and Amnesty International documented a pattern of torture and murder by Iraqi militias against men suspected of same-sex conduct or of not being "manly" enough. Iraqi authorities did nothing to stop those killings. Iraqis perceived to be gay, lesbian, or transgender live in fear because of the atrocities committed as part of the 2009 campaign. Many members of the community have gone underground.

A 22-year-old gay man in Baghdad told the international rights groups that anonymous callers made death threats on his phone on March 11. The callers described a friend of his whom they had kidnapped and brutally beaten days earlier, saying that was how they got his number. They told him that he would be next. He has since cut his hair and does not leave his house for fear of being targeted.

“When the news started spreading about emos, the threats and violence against gays increased,” he said. “They are grouping us all together, anyone who is different in any way, and we are very easy targets.”

On March 15 the Iraqi Refugee Assistance Project, a non-profit organization that provides legal assistance and safe passage to Iraqis facing severe persecution, told the international rights groups that in the past week it had conducted interviews with 23 young Iraqis, most of whom had cut their hair short and were in hiding after receiving death threats and harassment because they were perceived to belong to the emo or LGBT communities. The interviewees also reported that 10 others perceived to be in those communities had been killed since mid-February.

“The Iraqi Ministry of Interior’s inaction and denial of the ongoing campaign to punish people seen as non-conformists threatens everyone who is different, including those who defy traditional notions of gender and sexuality,” said Jessica Stern, director of programs at IGLHRC. "The government needs to ensure the safety of all Iraqis, not amplify the threats against those already being targeted."

Unlike the 2009 killings, the recent campaign has generated strong condemnation within Iraq. A statement by Ayatollah Ali Sistani, a leading Shia spiritual leader, who referred to the targeted killings of emo youth in Iraq as a threat to the nation’s peace and order, was a positive development, the groups said. According to Ayatollah Sistani's representative in Baghdad, Shaikh Abd al-Rahim al-Rikabi, "those targeted killings are terrorist acts."

On March 8 several members of the Iraqi parliament demanded a police investigation into the killings and unequivocally condemned the violence. The parliament speaker, Usama Najaifi, said in March 13 statement that the “phenomena of assassinating some young people – those who are described as Emo – by some groups in the name of reforming society, entrenches a culture of violence and terror … and [is] a violation of law and a crime.”

“At best the response of the Iraqi Interior Ministry is completely inadequate, at worst it condones the violence against emo youth,” said Hassiba Hadj Sahraoui, deputy Middle East and North Africa director at Amnesty International. “Iraqi authorities should unequivocally condemn the attacks, investigate any killings, and protect anyone in danger.”



http://news.yahoo.com/advocates-demand-protection-iraqi-emos-150904573.html?

Advocates demand protection for Iraqi Emos
Associated Press - By LARA JAKES | Associated Press - March 16, 2012


BAGHDAD (AP) — Advocates demanded a government investigation Friday into the recent "Emo" killings of young Iraqis, many of whom are suspected of being gay, in what one lawmaker called a backlash by Islamic extremists against Western culture creeping into the country.

As many as 58 so-called Emos — identified by their Western clothing and hairstyles — have been killed in Iraq over the last two months, according to local officials and security forces in Baghdad. They confirmed the deaths on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to release the information.

But most, if not all of the deaths have gone unsolved, and Iraq's police forces so far have not conducted a widespread inquiry into the killings targeting a subculture that many Iraqis believe is rooted in homosexuality.

"Our youth are feeling really horrible," independent Shiite lawmaker Safia al-Souhail said in an interview Friday. "The security forces need to acknowledge this is happening to be able to carry out an investigation."

Separately, human rights watchdogs Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International and the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission said the Emo attacks "have created an atmosphere of terror among those who see themselves as potential victims."

Al-Souhail said the campaign against Emos appears to be the work of individuals within security forces who want to curb democracy in Iraq and turn the country into an Islamic state. She did not mention any specific militias or political parties, and said she believed the campaign was not endorsed by the overall government, which is led by Shiite Muslims.

In a March 12 statement, Iraq's Interior Ministry said it had no evidence that Emos are being targeted, claiming that "security agencies did not record any case of killing of these young people." The ministry, which oversees all of Iraq's police forces, accused al-Qaida of conspiring with the media in a campaign of fear aimed at canceling the upcoming Arab League summit in Baghdad. The annual League meeting was shelved last year in part because of fears about Iraq's unstable security.

A month earlier, the Interior Ministry issued a Feb. 13 statement on "the phenomenon of Emos," which it described as Satan worshippers. The statement said police "have official approval to eliminate it as soon as possible, because the effects of it on society ...is now threatening a danger."

Emo is short for "emotional" and in the West generally identifies teens or young adults who listen to alternative music, dress in black, and have radical hairstyles. Emos are not necessarily gay, but they are sometimes stereotyped as such.

To Iraqis, "Emo" is widely synonymous with "gay." This year, eyewitnesses and human rights groups say some of the victims have been bludgeoned to death by militiamen smashing in their skulls with heavy cement blocks.

A hit-list of 33 targets, identified by their names or nicknames and their home addresses, recently was distributed by militants in Baghdad's Shiite Sadr City neighborhood. It warned: "If you do not stop this dirty act within four days, then the punishment of God will fall on you at the hands of Mujahideen."

Young people across Baghdad have rushed to cut their hair, and many reported threats in an era some describe as "after blocks" — as opposed to "before blocks," when they wore their Western styles without fear of being bludgeoned with the cement blocks.

Several clerics, including Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, Iraq's most revered Shiite, have forbidden the killings of Emos, calling it a terrorist act. But many insist that the Emo subculture remains a threat. On Friday, Shiite cleric Hadi al-Donyanawi told thousands of worshippers in Sadr City that "we denounce the killing of Emos, but as a Muslims we refuse their imitations of Western style."

So far, the government has not offered any specific protections for Emos or given any other assurances that they won't be targeted with violence. Earlier this week, students at Mustansiriya University in Baghdad protested that they were being harassed by security forces on campus because of their clothing styles or mannerisms.

"Anyone who is wearing something unusual, they think is an Emo," said al-Souhail, who has called on Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki to personally address Iraq's youth about the issue. "Our young people are fighting for their rights — they think they cannot express their opinions about what is happening."

Also Friday, the Iraqi wing of al-Qaida claimed responsibility for a well-orchestrated attack this month in a Sunni city west of Baghdad that left 25 policemen dead. The Islamic State of Iraq boasted in a statement posted on a militant website that as many as 90 of its fighters easily seized control of Haditha in the pre-dawn raid on March 5. The al-Qaida statement warned Iraqis they will never be safe.



http://arabic.cnn.com/2012/middle_east/3/16/EMO.Iraq/index.html?

منظمات تدعو العراق للتحقيق بهجمات على "الإيمو"
الجمعة، 16 آذار/مارس 2012، آخر تحديث 21:15 (GMT+0400)
شاهد تقرير CNN حول أوضاع الأيمو في العراق

دبي، الإمارات العربية المتحدة (CNN) -- دعت منظمات حقوقية، الجمعة، الحكومة العراقية إلى "التحقيق، وتطبيق العدالة،" بحق المسؤولين عن حملة استهداف وترهيب واستخدام العنف ضد شباب عراقيين ينتمون إلى ثقافة "الإيمو."

وقالت كل من منظمة "هيومن رايتس ووتش،" و"العفو الدولية،" و"اللجنة العالمية للحقوق الإنسانية للمثليين والمثليات،" إن الاعتداءات تلك أدت إلى تهيئة أجواء من الرعب في أوساط الضحايا المحتملين للحملة.

ونسب بيان للمنظمات تلك إلى جو ستورك، نائب المدير التنفيذي لقسم الشرق الأوسط في هيومن رايتس ووتش قوله "لقد أسهمت الحكومة في تهيئة أجواء الخوف والذعر التي أسفرت عنها أعمال العنف ضد الإيمو.. على السلطات العراقية أن تفتح تحقيقاً شفافاً ومستقلاً للتصدي لهذه الأزمة."

وفي إنجلترا، تعتبر كلمة "إيمو" اختصاراً لكلمة "إيموشينال،" إشارة إلى مراهقين وشبان يستمعون إلى موسيقى "ألترناتيف روك" وعادة ما يرتدون ثياباً سوداء ضيقة ويقصون شعرهم بطرق غير مألوفة.

وقد أثار مقتل عدد من الذين ينظر إليهم باعتبارهم من "مثليي" الجنس أو من  شباب "الإيمو" في العراق مخاوف من تعرض هذه الجماعات للاستهداف، وسط تلكؤ أو عدم قدرة الحكومة على توفير الحماية لهم، بحسب تقرير أعدته شبكة CNN.

وفي حين قال مسؤول بارز في وزارة الداخلية العراقية، رفض كشف هويته، إن 14 شخصاً، ينتمون إلى الفئتين، قتلوا في بغداد خلال الأسابيع الثلاثة الماضية، قدر ناشطون عدد الضحايا بالعشرات، بما قد يتجاوز مائة قتيل منذ فبراير/شباط الفائت.

وقال ناشطون إن معظم عمليات القتل وقعت في ضواح شيعية كمدينة الصدر، والشعلة، واستهدفت أشخاصا ينظر إليهم كـ"مثليي الجنس، أو "الإيمو" التي وصفتها الداخلية العراقية بالظاهرة الشيطانية.

وأوضح ناشط مثلي لـCNN قائلاً: "تلقيت منذ عشرة أيام رسالة من عناصر مسلحة تهددني، ليس بالقتل فحسب مثل 'الشاذين' الآخرين، بل بالتقطيع إرباً."

وعرض الناشط، الذي رفض كشف هويته لدواع أمنية، على الشبكة قائمة جرى توزيعها في ضاحية "مدينة الصدر" تحمل أسماء 33 شخصاً من "المثليين والإيمو" كأهداف محتملة.

وجاء في التعميم التحذيري، الذي لم يتسن للشبكة التأكد من صحته:" نحذر بشدة كل الفاسقين من الذكور والإناث، إذا لم تتوقفوا فوراً عن هذا الفعل القذر في غضون أربعة أيام، سيحل بكم عقاب الله على أيدي المجاهدين."

وزادت حوادث الاستهداف في أعقاب بيان أصدرته الداخلية العراقية الشهر الماضي قالت فيه إن الوزارة ترصد ظاهرة "الايمو" وتشن حملة للقضاء عليها، في تهديد كان له تأثير فوري بين أوساط الشباب في العاصمة بغداد.

وقال مراهق عرف نفسه باسم "كامل" للشبكة إنه قام بقص شعره لاستبعاد الشبهات عنه، مضيفاً: "لم أكن الوحيد الذي قام بذلك، فكل أصدقائي بالمدرسة قرروا تغيير تصفيف شعرهم وملابسهم، لتفادي الإلتباس وحتى لا يُعتقد بأنهم من الإيمو أو المثليين."

وشرح بأن مجموعة من الرجال، عرفوا أنفسهم بأنهم من شرطة المجتمع دخلوا فصله الدراسي قبل أسبوعين ودعوا  التلاميذ للكشف عن أندادهم من يتصرفون بغرابة، واستطرد: "للوهلة الأولى اعتقدنا أن الأمر يتعلق بالإرهاب، ولاحقاً عندما قدموا المزيد من التفاصيل، علمنا بأنهم يتحدثون عن الإيمو."

TRANSLATION:

Organizations calls for Iraq to investigate attacks on the "EMO"
Friday, March 16 / March 2012, last updated 21:15 (GMT +0400)
Watch CNN report on the situation in Iraq emo


Dubai, United Arab Emirates (CNN) - called human rights organizations, on Friday, the Iraqi government to "investigate, and the application of justice" against those responsible for a campaign targeting and intimidation and the use of violence against young Iraqis belong to a culture of "EMO."

Both the organization "Human Rights Watch," and "Amnesty International," and "World Commission on the human rights of gays and lesbians," The attacks that led to the creation of an atmosphere of terror among the potential victims of the campaign.

And percentage statement for organizations that to Joe Stork, deputy director of the Middle East at Human Rights Watch as saying: "We have contributed to the government in creating a climate of fear and panic that resulted from acts of violence against EMO .. the Iraqi authorities to open an investigation transparent and independent to deal with this crisis."

In England, the word "Emo" short for the word "Emoshinal," referring to teenagers and young men listen to the music of "Rock Alternatives" usually wore black clothes and a narrow, rehearsing their hair in unusual ways.

Has raised the number of deaths of those who are seen as the "gay" sex, young "EMO" in Iraq, fears of exposure to target these groups, the center of the reluctance or inability of the government to provide them with protection, according to a report prepared by the network CNN.

While a senior official in the Iraqi Interior Ministry, declined to be identified, said that 14 people, belonging to the categories, were killed in Baghdad during the past three weeks, as far as the number of victims, dozens of activists, including may exceed one hundred people since February last.

The activists said that most of the killings occurred in Shiite neighborhoods like Sadr City, and the torch, and targeting people who are seen as "gay, or" EMO "described by the Iraqi Interior demonic phenomenon.

The gay activist told CNN, saying: "I received ten days ago a letter from the armed elements threatening me, not only with death, such as 'gay' others, shredding it to pieces."

And presentation of the activist, who declined to be identified for security reasons, on the network list has been distributed in the suburb of "Sadr City," bearing the names of 33 people from the "gay and EMO" as potential targets.

The warning came in the circular, which has not been possible for the network to make sure it is accurate: "We strongly warn all the folk of males and females, if not immediately stop this dirty act within four days, will you God's punishment at the hands of the mujahideen."

And increased incidents of targeting in the wake of a statement issued by the Iraqi Interior last month saying that the ministry monitors the phenomenon of "emo" and waging a campaign to eliminate them, the threat was an immediate impact among young people in the capital Baghdad.

A teenager who identified himself as the "full" of the network that he has cut his hair to remove suspicions about it, he said, adding: "I was not the only one who did it, all my friends at school decided to change the styling their hair and their clothes, to avoid confusion and do not even think that they are of EMO or gay."

He explained that a group of men, who identified themselves as members of the community police entered his class two weeks ago and called for students to reveal their peers from acting strangely, and went on: "At first we thought that it was related to terrorism, and later when he provided additional details, we know that they are talking about EMO


Title: Re: Up To 100 Emo, LGBT, "Vampire", & "Satanic" Youth Massacred In Iraq
Post by: Merticus on March 16, 2012, 03:30:22 pm
http://paper-bird.net/2012/03/16/death-and-life-in-iraq-obama-death-cabs-vampires-ministries-and-murder/

Death & Life In Iraq: Obama Death Cabs, Vampires, Ministries, & Murder
By Scott Long - March 16, 2012


If you want to know what life and death are like in Iraq, here’s a story. When a colleague and I went there during the killing campaign in 2009, among those we met were three men, best friends, all calling themselves “gay” in English, though two had wives.  I’ll name them (as I did in HRW’s report of that year) Hamid, Majid, and Idris. Hamid could barely talk to us: he’d developed a severe speech impediment after his partner’s murder, three weeks before. Armed, black-masked raiders had taken the man from his parents’ home. The next day, his corpse was found thrown in the garbage, castrated, with his throat torn out.

The following night, they came for Hamid.

    They entered my house and they saw my mother, and one of them said: “Where’s your faggot son?” There were five men. Their faces were covered. Fortunately I wasn’t there but my mother called me after they left, in tears.

He went into hiding. His two friends took care of him. Their homes had been raided too, but they’d escaped; the three moved from cheap hotel to cheap hotel, till they got our phone numbers through some still-serving grapevine.

We were trying (http://nymag.com/news/features/59695/) to help the most endangered men we encountered get out of Iraq. We offered to assist the three — we almost begged — but they hesitated. They wanted to be sure they would stay together, wherever they were ultimately accepted as refugees. The two married men wanted to bring their wives.  I could promise all that with reasonable certainty; but I couldn’t promise that, if they filed refugee claims based on sexual orientation, their wives wouldn’t be told the grounds. They went back to Baghdad to consider it;  after a week or two we couldn’t reach them by phone anymore. It was one of the worst stories we heard in Iraq, made worse by the fact that we couldn’t do enough.

I’ve spent the last few days posting on 500 or so gay Iraqis’ personals ads on various websites, warning them about renewed killings, trying to get additional information. Idris was one who replied.

He told me that in 2009, about a week after Hamid finally returned to his family home, militias broke in and kidnapped him. His body appeared in the neighborhood next day, his head and penis chopped off.  And Majid? Last year in December, a group of Iraqi policemen beat him up on the street. His skull injured, he lay on the sidewalk for two hours before anyone helped him; some passersby insulted him as jeru (puppy, slang for “sodomite”). Emo was another, newer word they used. He died two days after. Idris managed to flee to a European country a month later. Now he is seeking asylum.

The terrible thing in Iraq is that violence is everywhere. It turns from side to side from time to time like a lighthouse beam, and casts its ghastly attention on a new target. The killing, though, seems a uniform impulse, almost indifferent to who is killed. It’s irrational and unintelligible as background noise.

Here are some things I’ve learned about the emo killings in Iraq:

1) The Ministry of Interior has blood on its hands. It’s the ubiquity of violence the makes the Ministry’s actions unforgivable. As I’ve noted here (http://paper-bird.net/2012/03/09/the-emo-killings-in-iraq-the-police-and-their-smoking-gun/), in mid-February the Ministry issued a statement designed to whip up hatred and fear of “the phenomenon of ‘EMO’ or Satanists.” It wielded the loaded language of “eliminating” the problem. The Ministry then followed up, on February 29, by announcing (http://www.moi.gov.iq/ArticleShow.aspx?ID=2151) a “campaign” against emos in Baghdad’s Kadhamiya neighborhood, after finding a shop that sold emo “clothing and accessories” there: “The phenomenon is contrary to the customs of Iraqi society and has destructive effects on the structure of communities.”  By that time, murders had already started. They merited no Ministry condemnation.

Instead, faced by public indignation and a demand by members of Parliament to investigate the killings, the Ministry came out with a third statement (http://moi.gov.iq/ArticleShow.aspx?ID=2369) on March 8. It warned “radical and extremist groups attempting to represent themselves as guardians of morals and religious traditions” not to engage in “any conduct against people based on fashion, dress or hairstyle.” At the same time, it baldly claimed no violence was happening. “There have been no cases of murder,” it said; “the Ministry of Interior categorically denies all these lies.” Menacing the messenger, it threatened “necessary legal action against those who try to highlight this issue and blow it out of proportion.” The bullying wasn’t a bluff: Iraq’s police have dealt with dissent (http://www.hrw.org/news/2012/03/01/iraq-intimidation-anniversary-protests) increasingly harshly. To press the point, a few days later Baghdad police arrested (http://english.ruvr.ru/2012_03_14/68436250/) a Russia Today news team trying to film a story about slaughtered emos, confiscating their footage.

The moral panic about straying youth in Iraq certainly predated the Ministry’s brusque interventions. I have seen a memo from the Ministry of Education, apparently dated August 2011 (it was shared in confidence and I can’t show it here.).  “In response to the emo phenomenon insinuating into our schools,” it urged steps including:

        Male and female students should be barred from leaving school grounds during the school day on flimsy excuses, as they have been seen congregating in nearby cafes, shops, and arcades to engage in these foul practices.
        Female students should be barred from wearing immodest clothing and should comply with the approved uniform. …
        The parents of students (in Emo cells) should be advised to cut off Internet service in their homes because it is a prime cause of this deviancy …
        Deterrent legal and administrative measures should be taken against students who engage in this deviancy inside schools.

It wasn’t until February, apparently, that the Education Ministry decided to invite the police into schools to further the work. But in the meantime, mosques and media helped fan the fears.  In November 2011, the Shi’ite leader Moqtada al-Sadr condemned emos. In Q & A form like most fatwas, his statement is worth quoting in detail:

    Q: Sheikh Ali al-Sa’ady: It is obvious now that there is a new social phenomenon in our society known as the “the emo” which means being “rebellious and sensitive.” This emo thing was first known in North America years ago, among teenagers from both sexes calling themselves “devil’s friends.” Some of their weird thoughts are sadness, grief, depression, pessimism, silence, shyness, drawing tattoos, wearing black and dark outfits and tight pants …. They also like to take certain hallucinatory drugs. …. So, Sir, as you know, while this awful occupation is still in place, these kinds of groups are now appearing in Iraq. What would you say to religious figures and parents in order to prevent such social manifestations?

    A: Moqtada al-Sadr: Regarding what you mentioned, Sir, in your question, they are a group of lunatics and are a disease in a Muslim society, so those who are responsible should get rid of them from the outset, in accordance with the law.

(http://www.veritasvosliberabit.com/SCIA/SCIA-Unsorted/Moqtadaal-Sadr-Emos-11.04.11.jpg)

However, “in accordance with the law” is a key phrase. It helps explain why the Ministry of Interior’s irresponsible proclamations last month not only incited but legitimated violence against emos. Here were the law enforcers, urging “elimination”!

In fact, all the evidence suggests the Ministry’s interventions had a key impact. Al-Sadr’s website approvingly republished (http://www.alsadronline.net/ar/permalink/13224.html) and expanded on the Ministry of Interior’s first February statement — explaining how emos were linked to drugs, prostitution, and homosexuality. And after its second February statement, the “head of the security committee of the Kadhimiya local council, Ali Al-Shammari,” told reporters (http://alsumarianews.com/ar/iraq-society-news/-5-37458.html) that “detachments of national security and community police in the area informed us about suspicious movements of people who imitate the emo.” He added that the fiends “absorb blood from each others’ wrists.”  “Vampires in the Holy City of Baghdad!” Al-Sumariya News headlined it.

Moqtada Al-Sadr, at least, has distanced himself from the violence. In a new statement (http://www.alsadrtimes.com/new/files.php?file=_____________147459182.jpg) he reiterated that the phenomenon should be dealt with “by the relevant authorities,” not vigilantes, and “in accordance with the law.”   But the Ministry is still in denial.  You don’t talk about “elimination” in a country filled with death squads, and expect nothing to happen. The Ministry carries a heavy burden of guilt.

2) Who and how many? Nobody knows exactly who’s inflicting the violence. Moqtada al-Sadr’s Mahdi Army, and a breakaway Shi’ite militia, Asa’ib Ahl al-Haq (League of the Righteous) are often mentioned; but that seems to be simply because they loosely control areas of eastern Baghdad where several deaths have been reported. Militias in Iraq, in any case, are not tightly structured military entities. They’re loose agglomerations of angry young men; people come and go, and the pattern of belonging is as diffuse and random as the prospect of death.  Men affiliated with a militia might be killing without central control; different groups, Sunni as well as Shi’a, may copycat one another. (Contrary to what some bloggers write, Sunnis may well be involved. I’ve heard reports of attacks in the Adhamiya part of Baghdad, which is decidedly Sunni.) Most major Shi’ite militia forces have infiltrated the police, and officers sometimes wear their official hats, sometimes moonlight in the murder racket.

Police have apparently actively participated in the crackdown. One story repeated to me by two sources  had officers arresting several emo girls at an intermediate school in the Karrada district; no one could say whether they had been released.  However, there have also been instances of sheer mob violence. Al-Sharqiya TV said (http://www[dot]youtube.com/watch?v=ogURuXfc83A&feature=related) on March 7 (in a report I’ve cited here before) that a crowd brutally beat two young women in the al-Mansour neighborhood, because they wore  “fashionable clothing.” They had to be taken to a hospital.

Nor can anyone say how many have been killed. Human Rights Watch has confirmed 6 gay-identified people murdered — “confirmed” in the sense of having the deaths reported by a source with direct knowledge. By the same standard, I know of two non-gay people killed. Anonymous sources in the police gave the Associated Press numbers (http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/middle_east/police-unable-to-prevent-rising-violence-against-gays-emo-youths-in-iraq/2012/03/11/gIQAlIYb4R_story_1.html):

    An Interior Ministry official said 58 young people have been killed across Iraq in recent weeks by unidentified gangs who accused them of being, as he described it, Emo. Sixteen were killed in Sadr City alone, security and political officials there said. Nine of the men were killed by bludgeoning, and seven were shot. No arrests have been made.

Al-Sharqiya claimed 90 dead a week ago. Rumors in Iraq run as high as 100 or 200. Those figures are probably too high. But stigma certainly dissuades the families of dead children from reporting a killing as emo- or gay-related — so that no exact figure will ever be forthcoming.

What we have are images and stories.  Several Iraqis sent me a video this week that purported to be an emo kid strung up from a bridge: slowly twisting like an broken pendulum.  YouTube removed it as “shocking and disgusting.”  Another video offers a tribute to Saif Raad Asmar Abboudi, a 20 year-old beaten to death with concrete blocks in Sadr City on February 17:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bJR--b5hXb0

I spoke to a heterosexual man in his twenties, from a city outside Baghdad, who had started a heavy metal band with three friends some years ago. They found themselves ostracized in town for their long hair, black clothes, and angry sound. “People everywhere started calling us Satanists.”  Last week, he heard that two of his fellow band members had been murdered on the street. He’s in hiding, unable even to speak to his family, desperately afraid. “Why are they doing this to us?”

“I am facing killing threats from armed militant groups,” a 23-year-old gay man in Baghdad wrote me. “I don’t know where to go or live.”  Several people reported getting direct death threats.

    I have been threatened with death on my personal mobile if I don’t cut my hair and change the way I dress and start wearing loose-fitting clothes instead of tight clothes and jeans. If I don’t do as they say I will be imprisoned or killed. I am a beautiful lady boy … I cannot do as they say. So I ask you please to help me urgently, I want to live in dignity and freedom away from threats and terror.

Then there are the rumors. This warning appeared on an Iraqi emo webpage: “About the killing of emo and metal and rap. A  Chrysler 300C (Obama) yellow-colored (taxi) was seen driving away in the Zayouna district [a wealthy, mixed Sunni-Shi'ite neighborhood] near Tariq ibn Ziyad Junior High. They are killing young innocent people.  Please beware of them and publish this alarm … you might save a boy or girl’s life.” The Chrysler 300c is one of the most popular cars (http://www.newsmakertoday.com/obamas-chrysler-sedan-300c-most-popular-car-in-iraq/1057.html) in Iraq: it’s nicknamed “Obama” because Barack once drove one.

And there are the lists. The fliers spring up like fungus on the walls in mainly poor Shi’ite districts like Sadr City — though some have shown up in tony Zayouna too. They’re never signed. The same thing happened in the killings of gays in 2009: the threats are anonymous, the threatened named. “To every licentious man or woman, we are warning you: in case you don’t stop these filthy actions within four days God’s punishment will come upon your heads by the hands of those who fight for His own name. Remember that we warned you.” Here are some pictures sent me from Baghdad (the photos spread fear more widely than the posters themselves), all with more or less the same message, and slews of nicknames (Allawi the Brassiere, Mohammed the Rose):

(http://www.veritasvosliberabit.com/SCIA/SCIA-Unsorted/IraqiEmoLGBTLiquidationLists-Both.jpg)

3) What is to be done? Let’s be honest: nobody really knows. Given the degree that Iraqis see “deviance” among the young as a Western disease, spawned by military occupation and cultural invasion, I doubt that asking Western leaders (http://allout.org/en/actions/stopthekillings) to speak out against the persecution will get you anywhere. If demanding it makes you feel better, then by all means feel better. But don’t imagine your signature means the situation is on the way to being solved.

The one hopeful sign is that prominent Iraqis — religious leaders and politicians — have spoken out against the killings. Both Moqtada al-Sadr and the revered Ayatollah al-Sistani have condemned vigilantism. And Sawt al-Iraq reports (http://www.sotaliraq.com/mobile-item.php?id=105375#ixzz1pGkl2RIX) that even a government spokesman sounded considerably more liberal than the Interior Ministry’s hard-line written posture, when confronted on the issue at Tigris University:

    Ali al-Dabbagh said during a conference …  “there is no prosecution for belonging to the phenomenon of EMO in the country,” saying it was “personal freedom”; stressing the state’s duty to protect them as citizens exercising their freedom, he said, “The security agencies are obliged to protect freedoms.”

Good for him. Few dared be so outspoken back in 2009, when gay and “effeminate” men were being killed. The atmosphere then throughout Iraq was more inflamed, the militias more powerful, the state weaker; but the moral opprobrium upon the victims was also even stronger. Now the fact that children are dying gives parents, parliamentarians, and others both cause and courage to speak up.

For that reason, as I’ve said before, an exclusive emphasis on the gay side of the present killing campaign is unlikely to help anybody in Iraq much: not gay men, who will find the murderers’ attention to them only increasing as the skewed perspective filters through the media, and not emos, who will find stigma only intensified. The one thing that will curb the campaign is to strengthen and amplify the Iraqi voices who are already speaking out. Quiet support for their courage, by governments and by international civil society, is crucial.

If you want to offer help to emo or gay Iraqis, well, go online and do so; it’s what I’ve been trying to do myself, in my lone capacity. Visit them on manjam.com, or on the emo pages on Facebook, and try to communicate. I’m impressed, too, by how vampire, goth, and emo communities in the US and elsewhere have been collecting and spreading information (http://www.atlantavampirealliance.com/forum/index.php?topic=2550.0) on what has been going on: amazing solidarity work.There’s something else that can be done, though — pressure North American and European governments to offer accelerated acceptance to victims of the moral panic when they apply as refugees.

The US has a special category, called “P-2″ (Priority 2) for refugees “in particular need of resettlement.” The category offers accelerated approval to applicants, as opposed to the cumbersome procedures the US (like other governments) usually imposes.  Only a few groups qualify for it, mostly determined by highly political critieria: they include Cubans, Iranian religious minorities, and Vietnamese.

In Iraq, the US now extends P-2 status only to applicants who can prove they have worked with the US occupation forces. This is a sensible admission that we have a moral obligation to people who sacrificed for what we billed as a liberatory project — but which put their lives in desperate danger.

For people facing a sudden, swift-moving moral panic, though, accelerated refugee acceptance may be the only way to save their lives. They need to get out of the country fast, because the threat is imminent; they can’t wait on bureaucracy. By a quirk, the 2007 US law on Iraqi refugees (http://www.pen.org/viewmedia.php/prmMID/1567/prmID/1486) (one of Senator Ted Kennedy’s last generous works) gives the Secretary of State the exclusive power to designate new categories of Iraqis as eligible for P-2 (whereas with other nationalities, Congress must approve the move).

If you want to assist emo Iraqis and others who face persecution and panic because of their nonconformity, sexuality, or gender, you can urge Secretary Clinton to extend P-2 status to them — or find another solution to get them quick refugee relief.  Great Britain joined the US-led invasion; it has the same obligation to the invasion’s victims. And other European countries that pride themselves on liberal domestic policies on sexual orientation and gender should move just as fast.

One gay Iraqi wrote me, about the killing:

    thanks for that but If you want the truth your People Brought that with them … so please don’t come talk about human rights because you do not know anything about it, sorry for that but is the truth

It’s not as though there wasn’t ample violence wrought on Iraqis under Saddam Hussein. But the state held the monopoly on it; you at least knew who had the guns. The US unleashed the pent-up anger of a population trained in the ways of violence by its constant infliction. In that sense, Americans and their allies brought the killing with them. No one can undo that, and we can’t pose as saviors a second time to clean up the mess of death we made; but the onus is on the guilty governments to do what they can for the victims.

CORRECTION: Human Rights Watch got the figure of six deaths (cited above) from news bureau contacts, not from family or friends of the deceased, so it’s not precisely fair to say they’ve been “confirmed” as killings due to the campaign. Wildly different figures float around depending on whom you read or talk to. I should think it’s best not to take any of them as fully informed or valid, but to concentrate on combating the atmosphere of violent paranoia about “deviance” that the Ministry has helped create.


Title: Re: Up To 100 Emo, LGBT, "Vampire", & "Satanic" Youth Massacred In Iraq
Post by: Merticus on March 18, 2012, 10:06:13 am
http://www.aknews.com/en/aknews/3/296676/

Education ministry requires students to wear uniform in schools because of "emo" culture
18/03/2012 15:50
By Yazn al-Shummari
RN/DM/AKnews


BAGHDAD, March 18 (AKnews) - The Iraqi education ministry has called on school administrations to tell students to wear uniforms rather than clothes and accessories similar to those of emo youths.

The measure is believed to be a method of spreading caution and awareness.

Spokesman for the ministry Walid Hussein said: "Students in the schools in Baghdad and the provinces are committed to wearing uniform except the students who have exceptional circumstances such as death cases, and those who don't abide by the rules will be expelled and his parents will be informed."

Hussein added that there will be awareness campaigns as well as field visits to educate students.

The human rights committee in the Iraqi Council of Representatives announced its intention to end the emo phenomenon using non-violent, educational methods. The committee denied the existence of emo killings and this was also confirmed by the government security committee.

Media reports surfaced recently about emo youths being killed, abducted and threatened in Baghdad by militant religious groups. Such attacks have created fear among citizens about the return of violence and armed gangs.

The reports mentioned that more than 15 bodies of young people were found in the Iskan neighborhood. With this number the rate of emo victims reached 100 young people after human rights activist Hanaa Edwar said in an interview with Al-Mada newspaper that 85 emo victims were killed.

Iraq's interior ministry recognized that a number of young people in Baghdad have been killed in recent weeks, but assured that they were criminal incidents that occur continuously and were unrelated to emo culture.

Speaker of the Council of Representatives Osama al-Nujaifi meanwhile acknowledged that young men imitating Western manifestations known as emo were killed recently.

Nujaifi is the first Iraqi official to admit the occurrence of murder cases against emos. He called on the government to control the streets and considered the murders as an attempt to spread violence and terror.



http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/mar/18/iraq-massacre-emos-killing-gay

Massacre of emos in Iraq goes to core of a damaged society
This killing campaign – targeting women and men, with children the preferred victims – has a grimly familiar paranoia
By Scott Long - guardian.co.uk, Sunday 18 March 2012 10.20 EDT


Hassan – it's not his real name – had a heavy metal band with two other twentysomethings. The raucous music represented rebellion, and in Iraq there was plenty to rebel against: occupation, poverty, patriarchal families – ample impetus to anger. The band made an album, but nobody would touch it; their songs and their look, people said, were satanic. Hassan uploaded a video to YouTube, and included the band members' names. Five days ago, the other two musicians were killed on the street. Hassan is in hiding; he's almost too terrified to speak. "Why are they doing this to us?" he asked me. "Why?"

A new killing campaign is convulsing Iraq. The express targets are "emos", short for "emotional": a western-derived identity, teenagers adopting a pose of vulnerability, along with tight clothes and skewed hairdos and body piercing. Starting last year, mosques and the media both began raising the alarm about youthful immorality, calling the emos deviants and devil worshippers. In early February, somebody began killing people. The net was wide, definitions inexact. Men who seemed effeminate, girls with tattoos or peculiar jewellery, boys with long hair, could all be swept up. The killers like to smash their victims' heads with concrete blocks.

There is no way to tell how many have died: estimates range from a few dozen to more than 100. Nor is it clear who is responsible. Many of the killings happened in east Baghdad, stronghold of Shia militias such as Moqtada al-Sadr's Mahdi army and Asaib Ahl al-Haq (the League of the Righteous). Neither, though, has claimed responsibility. Iraq's brutal interior ministry issued two statements in February. The first announced official approval to "eliminate" the "satanists". The second, on 29 February, proclaimed a "campaign" to start with a crackdown on stores selling emo fashion. The loaded language suggests, at a minimum, that the ministry incited violence. It's highly possible that some police, in a force riddled with militia members, participated in the murders.

It's logical to compare this to the militia campaign against homosexual conduct in 2009, which I documented for Human Rights Watch. Hundreds of men lost their lives then. Gay-identified men have been caught up in these killings as well, and Baghdad's LGBT community is rife with fear. Yet there are differences. The current killings target women as well as men, and children are the preferred victims. It's not quite true to say, as some press reports have suggested, that "emo" is just a synonym for "gay" in Iraq. Rather, immorality, western influence, decadence and blasphemy have come together in a loosely defined, poorly aligned complex of associations: and emo fashion and "sexual perversion" are part of the mix. Nobody cares much about disentangling the concepts, least of all the killers. All that matters is that all those things are bad.

Slaughtering children is monstrous. Yet the underlying paranoia is grimly familiar. Forty years ago, the sociologist Stanley Cohen developed the concept of "moral panics": moments when social change grows so intense that it can no longer be addressed, or even described, in debate or through the political process. Instead, anxieties erupt in collective scapegoating. The public singles out "folk devils" to incarnate unwanted tendencies, and take the blame. His case study was the hysteria around mods and rockers, 60s youth subcultures. But there have been plenty of examples before and since in the developed west: panics over drug use (think kids cut loose with spending money), or child abuse in day care centres (think mothers moving into the workplace and leaving infants behind), or women in hijab (think a newly multicultural Europe and its discontents). The list goes on.

Youth deviance, though, is a leitmotif of many panics. Kids don't just symbolise social change; they are it, embodying the unmanageable future. Visions of their out-of-control escapades sum up transformations in communities and economies that are too strong to resist, too rapid to comprehend. Emo, moreover, adds an extra twist: gender. It's all about boys showing vulnerability in unmanly ways, girls flashing an unfeminine and edgy attitude.

In fact, moral panics over emos, gender and culture have multiplied in recent years. Russia debated a law banning emo dress in 2008. Mexico saw anti-emo riots the same year. Saudi Arabia arrested emo girls in 2010, accusing them of "imitating men". More broadly, several of Iraq's Gulf neighbours – Kuwait, Bahrain, and the UAE – have cracked down on women wearing "masculine" clothes, or on men dressing like women.

Iraq is a devastated society with a broken political process and a fractured public. It's been through violent traumas with little control over its collective fate. The death and disappearance of thousands of men recast gender roles; the influx of consumer goods and cultures discombobulated values. It's ripe for recurrent moral panics, scapegoating marginal groups. The anxieties are the same as have historically been seen in other societies, including the UK. But in Iraq, panic carries a gun.

There is one sign of hope. Prominent political figures, including members of Iraq's parliament, have called for an investigation of these killings. Amid mounting public attention to the crimes, Moqtada al-Sadr and Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, the most revered Shia leader, condemned them. This indignation, even if insincere, is radically different from the silence that shrouded the anti-gay massacres of 2009.

This suggests that it's not just wrong, it's counterproductive to call these murders "gay killings", as some have done. Gays are among the victims, but the fears fuelling the violence go beyond sexuality. It's important that Iraq begins to have a debate about difference. Iraqis need to discuss why the horrors of the last four decades have made otherness seem intolerable. They must ask why politics focuses not on problems and solutions, but on enemies and guilt. The questions go to the core of a damaged society. The corpses of dead children demand not just justice, but answers.


Title: Re: Up To 100 Emo, LGBT, "Vampire", & "Satanic" Youth Massacred In Iraq
Post by: Merticus on March 20, 2012, 01:40:07 pm
http://amnesty.ie/news/iraq-investigate-emo-attacks

Iraq: Investigate Emo Attacks
Statement Issued By Amnesty International - 20 March 2012


The government of Iraq should immediately investigate and bring to justice those responsible for a targeted campaign of intimidation and violence against Iraqi youth seen as belonging to the non-conformist “emo” subculture, Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, and the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission said today. The attacks have created an atmosphere of terror among those who see themselves as potential victims.

On March 8, 2012, the Interior Ministry, in an official statement, dismissed reports by local activists and media of a campaign against those seen as emo. The ministry said the reports were “fabricated” and “groundless,” and that it would take action against people who were trying “to highlight this issue and build it out of proportion.” An official ministry statement, on February 13, that characterised emo culture as “Satanist” cast doubt on the government’s willingness to protect vulnerable youth, the international rights groups said.
 
“The government has contributed to an atmosphere of fear and panic fostered by acts of violence against emos,” said Joe Stork, deputy Middle East director at Human Rights Watch. “Instead of claiming that the accounts are fabricated, Iraqi authorities need to set up a transparent and independent inquiry to address the crisis.”
 
The campaign’s victims appear to represent a cross-section of people seen locally as non-conformists. They include people suspected of homosexual conduct, but also people with distinctive hairstyles, clothes, or musical taste. In English, “emo” is short for “emotional,” referring to self-identified teens and young adults who listen to alternative rock music, often dress in black, close-fitting clothes, and cut their hair in unconventional ways. People perceived to be gay, lesbian, transgender or effeminate are particularly vulnerable.
 
Iraqi human rights activists told the three organizations that in early February, signs and fliers appeared in the Baghdad neighbourhoods of Sadr City, al-Hababiya and Hay al-‘Amal that threatened people by name with “the wrath of god” unless they cropped their hair short, gave up wearing so-called “satanic clothing” - styles critics associate with emos, metal music, and rap, hid their tattoos, and “maintained complete manhood.” Other names appeared on similar posters in different neighbourhoods.

One such sign, seen by the international rights groups, was posted on a wall in Sadr City, and read, “In the name of God the compassionate, the merciful, we warn every male and female in the strongest terms to stop their dirty deeds in four days before the wrath of God strikes them through the hands of mujahedin.” This poster listed 33 names and was decorated with images of two handguns.
 
Since February, the three international rights groups have received information from local human rights groups, community activists and media about numerous deaths of youth. Some local media reports have put the death toll as high as several dozen. The international rights groups have not been able to confirm that people have been killed as part of an organized campaign.

A 26-year old man from Mosul told the rights groups that unknown assailants killed two members of his heavy metal band on March 8 because of their appearance. He said, “We don’t know who is behind this now, but for a long time, people have been accusing us of being Satanists. So this is not new, but now it has become murderous.”
 
While it is unclear who is behind the attacks and intimidation, Iraqi media reports have fuelled the campaign by characterising what they call the “emerging emo phenomenon,” as Satanists, vampires, immoral and un-Islamic, the groups said. Some clerics and politicians have also contributed to the demonization of emo youth. On March 10, the Shia cleric Muqtada al-Sadr called emos “crazy fools” and a “lesion on the Muslim community” in an online statement, but also maintained that they should be dealt with “within the law.”
 
Documents received by the international rights groups indicate that the Education Ministry in August 2011 circulated a memo that recommended schools curb the spread of emo culture, which it called “an infiltrated phenomenon in our society.”

The Interior Ministry’s February 13 statement on its website characterized emos as “Satanists” who constitute a danger to Iraqi society. The statement also indicated that the ministry was seeking approval from the Education Ministry for “an integrated plan that would let them [police] enter all the schools in the capital.” On February 29, the Interior Ministry released another statement in which it announced a campaign against emo culture in Baghdad, particularly in the Khadimiya neighbourhood, where they identified one shop that sold “emo clothing and accessories.”
 
After widespread media coverage of the violence and intimidation against emos, the Interior Ministry toned down its language in the March 8 statement, warning “radical and extremist groups attempting to stand as protectors for morals and religious traditions from any conduct against people based on a fashion, dress or haircut.” The ministry denied that any emos had been killed and threatened “necessary legal actions against those who try to highlight this issue and build it out of proportion.”
 
On March 14, security forces in Baghdad detained for three hours the film crew of Russia Today’s Arabic TV channel, Rusiya al-Yaum, as they tried to film a segment related to the attacks on emos. Security forces confiscated their footage even though the channel had a permit to film in downtown Baghdad.
 
A report by Al-Sharqiya TV on March 7 said that men in civilian clothes brutally beat two young women in public in al-Mansour district because of their “fashionable clothing.”
 
People perceived to be gay, lesbian, transgender and effeminate men told the rights groups that they feel particularly vulnerable. In 2009, Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and IGLHRC documented a pattern of torture and murder by Iraqi militias against men suspected of same-sex conduct or of not being "manly" enough. Iraqi authorities did nothing to stop those killings. Iraqis perceived to be gay, lesbian or transgender live in fear because of the atrocities committed as part of the 2009 campaign. Many members of the community have gone underground.
 
A 22 year-old gay man in Baghdad told the international rights groups that anonymous callers made death threats on his phone on March 11. The callers described a friend of his whom they had kidnapped and brutally beaten days earlier, saying that was how they got his number. They told him that he would be next. He has since cut his hair and does not leave his house for fear of being targeted.
 
“When the news started spreading about emos, the threats and violence against gays increased,” he said. “They are grouping us all together, anyone who is different in any way, and we are very easy targets.”
 
On March 15 the Iraqi Refugee Assistance Project, a non-profit organization that provides legal assistance and safe passage to Iraqis facing severe persecution, told Human Rights Watch that in the past week it had conducted interviews with 23 young Iraqis, most of whom had cut their hair short and were in hiding after receiving death threats and harassment because they were perceived to belong to the emo or LGBT communities. The interviewees also reported that 10 others perceived to be in those communities had been killed since mid-February.
 
“The Iraqi Ministry of Interior’s inaction and denial of the ongoing campaign to punish people seen as non-conformists threatens everyone who is different, including those who defy traditional notions of gender and sexuality,” said Jessica Stern, director of programs at IGLHRC. "The government needs to ensure the safety of all Iraqis, not amplify the threats against those already being targeted."
 
Unlike the 2009 killings, the recent campaign has generated strong condemnation within Iraq. A statement by Ayatollah Ali Sistani, a leading Shia spiritual leader, who referred to the targeted killings of emo youth in Iraq as a threat to the nation’s peace and order, was a positive development, the groups said. According to Ayatollah Sistani's representative in Baghdad, Shaikh Abd al-Rahim al-Rikabi, "those targeted killings are terrorist acts."
 
On March 8, several members of the Iraqi parliament demanded a police investigation into the killings and unequivocally condemned the violence. The parliament speaker, Usama Najaifi, said in March 13 statement that the “phenomena of assassinating some young people – those who are described as Emo – by some groups in the name of reforming society, entrenches a culture of violence and terror … and a violation of law and a crime.”
 
“At best the response of the Iraqi Interior Ministry is completely inadequate, at worst it condones the violence against emo youth,” said Hassiba Hadj Sahraoui, Deputy Middle East and North Africa Director at Amnesty International. “Iraqi authorities should unequivocally condemn the attacks, investigate any killings and protect anyone in danger.”


Title: Re: Up To 100 Emo, LGBT, "Vampire", & "Satanic" Youth Massacred In Iraq
Post by: Merticus on March 22, 2012, 09:12:42 am
http://www.al-seyassah.com/AtricleView/tabid/59/smid/438/ArticleID/182055/reftab/36/Default.aspx

الصفحة الرئيسية  رياض الحسيني
   16/03/2012
إنكم تقتلون الوطن وليس الأيمو

"ايمو Emo"  كلمة مشتقة من المفردة الانكليزية (Emotional) اي العاطفي او الحساس وايضا هي اختصار لمصطلح النفسية او الشخصية الحساسة (Emotive Driven Hardcore Punk). للايمو نمط معين من الملبس وتسريحة الشعر ونوع معين من الموسيقى من قبيل الروك والميتال وصولا الى الصراخ او مايسمى (Secremo) وهي حالة من التعبير عن الالم والحزن وعدم الرضا عن الواقع بطريقة غنائية فضلا عن ارتداء اكسسوارات منقوش عليها رموزاً معينة ورسومات لها دلالات. هذا من ناحية الايمو الملتزم الواعي لما يفعل والمؤمن بما يقوم به من عمل! ترى كم لدينا من هؤلاء الملتزمين المدركين لما يفعلون في بلداننا العربية بشكل عام وفي العراق بشكل خاص?! أكاد اجزم انه ليس لدينا نسبة واحد في المئة الف. جميع العرب ممن يتشبهون بالايمو ماهم الا شباب يعيش ارهاصات الحاضر ونكباته فضلا عن الاحباط من الحاضر والتشاؤم من المستقبل,  ناهيك بحالة الزهو والتفاخر الموقت التي يصاب بها المراهق في بدايات مراهقته لتزول بعد فترة من الزمن وتصبح من ذكريات الماضي. في مثل تلك الظروف يبدو طبيعيا ان يتجه المراهق لمتنفس يجد فيه ضالته وركنه الامن فكان "الايمو"!
جدير بالذكر ان البعض يخلط خلطا عجيبا بين ظاهرة الايمو وبين الميول الانتحارية لشخص ما وهي حالة انفصامية لها علاقة باضطرابات نفسية لها اسبابها ولاعلاقة لها باية طقوس سواء اكانت ايمو او غيرها.كما وينتشر مفهوم خاطئ اخر هذه الايام وهو ان الايمو هم عبدة الشيطان وهذا محض افتراء من جهة وجهل بحقيقة الايمو من جهة اخرى. بالمناسبة أغلب المتشبهين بالايمو من الشباب العراقي المراهق هم من مرتادي الحسينيات والجوامع ومن المساهمين في الاتراح والافراح والمناسبات الدينية والاجتماعية والسياسية ايضا. وهناك جهل اخر حيث يظن البعض ان ظاهرة الايمو تختص بالذكور دون الاناث بينما هي تصح لكلا الجنسين شأنها شأن اي طريقة معاشية اخرى في المجتمع الانساني.
ظاهرة الايمو ظهرت لاول مرة في منتصف الثمانينات من القرن الماضي في الولايات المتحدة الاميركية ولكن سرعان ما تغيرت وتبدلت المفاهيم التي قامت عليها لتصبح مجرد ملبس ليس بالضرورة ان يكون من يقلد اتباعها انه منهم. "الأيمو" لم تصل الى العراق الا بعد العام 2003 وماصاحبه من التغيير والانفتاح غير المسبوق في بلد طالما حوصر وعاشت اجياله بين الحروب والحصار والفقر والعوز والفاقة. جاء هذا موازيا للحالة الانفصامية التي يعيشها الشاب العراقي بين وزارة تسمى جزافا وظلما وعدوانا وزارة التربية والتعليم فيما هي وزارة اصبحت شكلية لاتعليم فيها ولاتربية بل فساد مستشر وسرقات في وضح النهار شأنها شأن بقية دوائر دولة العراق الفيدرالي! وزارة الاولى محاسبة مسؤوليها اولا قبل محاسبة ضحاياها من شباب اضاع البوصلة بسبب سياستها.
ايضا هناك برلمان وحكومة ووزارة التجارة ولدينا وزارة التعليم العالي ووزارة الشباب والرياضة والقائمة تطول حتى نصل الى 44 وزارة قل نظيرها في اي دولة في العالم اليوم. لدينا المستثمرون واصحاب رؤوس الاموال والاحزاب والمنتفعين والقائمة تطول ايضا ممن يتحكمون بمصائر البلد والناس. كل هؤلاء مشتركون في ما يجري في بلاد الرافدين من هدم وهدر للطاقات والاموال وفي مثل هذا الوضع من المؤكد ان يبحث الشاب العاطل عما يلهيه وينسيه بعضا من الاحباط الذي يعيشه يوما بعد يوم وليس من بارقة حل ومخرج لازمة البلد وسط تشاحن وتباغض وتهافت وتناحر على المناصب واستغلال للنفوذ. فاتجه الشباب وبناة المستقبل نحو كل ماهو جديد بغض النظر عن سلبياته وماسيجره من مآس وآلام فالضغوط كبيرة والتحديات اكبر. فكانت ظاهرة الايمو!
ملابس الايمو وتصرفات الايمو في الشارع العراقي بدأت تأخذ بعدا واطارا اكثر مما هي في واقعها فارتداء الشاب العراقي مسلما كان او مسيحيا لنوع من الملابس بماركة محددة لايعني بالضرورة انه من "عبدة الشيطان" واطالة شعر رأسه لايعني قطعا انه "مخنث". مايجري في الشارع العراقي من قبل شباب في ربيع العمر يلبسون ملابس مثيرة واحيانا مستفزة للاخرين قطعا ليس الحل في قتلهم بطرق وحشية واراقة دمائهم في الازقة ورمي جثثهم في النفايات وكأن الله قد اوكل الينا القصاص قبل الجناية والمحاكمة.
في بلد تتلاطم فيه امواج الطائفية والفساد ودعوات الانفصال والتفرقة لايمكن اثقاله باراقة دماء اخرى ايا كانت العناوين واللافتات. اراقة الدم العراقي على الارصفة والطرقات يجب ان يكون الخط الاحمر وليس حماية شخص ما خط احمر! على الفعاليات السياسية والدينية ومنظمات المجتمع المدني والنقابات بكل اتجاهاتها وتفرعاتها وانتماءاتها ان تتصدى لهذا الفعل اللاانساني وألا نترك مجالا يلج من خلاله القتلة لارباك الوطن واراقة المزيد من الدماء. يجب ان يفعل القانون والمخطئ من المواطنين يجب ان تقتص منه الدولة وفقا لدستورها وقوانينها وليس مسموحا لاي احد ايا كانت صفته وعنوانه ان ينصب نفسه قاضيا ومشرعا وحاكما.
جدير بالذكر ان ظاهرة القتل العشوائي هذه قد تزامنت مع تصاعد الخلافات السياسية بين الكتل ومع تصاعد نبرة التخوين من كل الاطراف بحق بعضها بعضاً وتزامنت ايضا مع اقرار مشاريع والغاء اخرى وكل ذلك اثار حفيظة الشارع العراقي وبدأت درجة غليانه تصهر البعيد قبل القريب. بروز ظاهرة القتل بحجة المحافظة على الاخلاق والدفاع عن راية الاسلام ماهي الا لافتة مشؤومة صفراء تخفي وراءها حقيقة اشغال الناس بقصة تبعد اعينهم عن متابعة امورهم المصيرية والمعاشية وهي خطوة مكشوفة تؤكد خسة ودناءة وحقارة من يتحكم بمصائر الناس اليوم. لقد تزامن القتل العشوائي البشع هذا مع الغاء المادة (36) الخاصة بالمشاريع السكنية والدفع بالاجل في وقت تم التصويت فيه على السيارات المصفحة لاعضاء مجلس النواب وغيرها من الامتيازات على حساب الوطن والمواطن. هذا وغيره دليل دامغ على ان من يقوم بالقتل له مآرب سياسية يريد من وراءه اشغال الناس ببعضهم والهائهم عن الاهم وخلط الاوراق حابلها بنابلها وهي سياسة ليست بجديدة.
لايسعنا اليوم الا ان نطالب الحكومة العراقية ان تقوم بواجبها الاخلاقي فضلا عن واجبها الدستوري والقانوني بملاحقة الجناة ايا كانت حظوتهم فهؤلاء لايريدون للعراق استقرارا ولايريدون للعراقيين العيش بأمن وأمان. لذلك يتوجب على الحكومة العراقية -ان كانت حقيقة غير متورطة بمثل هذه الاعمال- البحث عن الجناة الحقيقين ومعاقبة من يقف وراء القتل العشوائي بحق الشباب العراقي بحجة "الايمو". بينما تخفي وراءها هذه الافعال اللاانسانية حتما وقطعا اجندات سياسية واخرى طائفية, ان استمرت فانها سترجع البلاد الى المربع الاول حيث القتل على الهوية والاسم وها قد وصلنا الى الشكل والملبس وغدا الى المأكل واللون! أيضا يتوجب على الحكومة ايجاد فرص عمل لهذا الشباب العاطل وايجاد مايشغل وقته بمشاريع تنموية تعود بالنفع على الوطن والمجتمع. لقد حان الوقت ياحكام الوطن ان تفكروا بحلول انسانية لبناة المستقبل والا تتركوهم لقمة مجانية لمجاميع القتل وتجار البشر.
ايها المسؤولون, ايها اللاهوتيون, ايها المصلحون, ادركوا ابناء الوطن واحتضنوهم قبل ان تدق عظامهم ولحومهم آلات القتل بلا رحمة. "كلكم راعٍ وكلكم مسؤول عن رعيته".
كاتب عراقي

TRANSLATION:

Home Riad al-Husseini
16/03/2012
You are killing the nation and not emo


"Emo Emo" is derived from the single-word English (Emotional) any emotional or sensitive and also is an abbreviation of the term mental or sensitive personal (Emotive Driven Hardcore Punk). The emo particular style of clothing, hairstyle and a certain type of music such as rock and metal all the way to scream, or so-called (Secremo), a condition of the expression of pain, sadness and dissatisfaction with the fact in a musical as well as wear accessories inscribed with the symbols of certain graphics and its implications. This hand emo committed to the conscious and the insured does what he is doing the work! See how much we have of those who are committed to conscious of what they do in our Arab countries in general and Iraq in particular?! I can assure you we do not have one per hundred thousand. All the Arabs who imitate Pallaimo tasks, but young lives the present and the harbingers of setbacks as well as the frustration of the present and pessimism about the future, not to mention the situation of pride and bragging timer that afflict teenager in the early teens to go away after a period of time and become a thing of the past. In such circumstances it seems natural that the teenager is heading to the outlet finds its goal and the corner where the security was "emo"!

It should be noted that some people confuse confusion strange phenomenon of emo and suicidal tendencies of a person, a condition Anfsamih related mental disorders with their causes and unrelated in any ritual, whether emo or other. Also spread another misconception these days is that the emo are Satanists This is pure fabrication one hand, and ignorant of the fact emo on the other. By the way most young people imitate Pallaimo Iraqi teenager goers are Shiite mosques and mosques, and contributors to the Alatrah and weddings and religious events, social and political as well. There is ignorance of another, where some think that the phenomenon of emo specializes in males without females while it is valid for both sexes, like any other method Maashih in human society.

Emo phenomenon first appeared in the mid-eighties of the last century in the United States, but soon changed, and changed the concepts upon which to become a mere clothing is not necessarily followed that of imitating them. "Emo" did not arrive in Iraq until after the year 2003 and Masahabh of change and openness unprecedented in a country as long as she lived and trapped generations of wars and sanctions, poverty, destitution and poverty. This was parallel to the case Alanfsamih experienced by the young Iraqi by the Ministry called randomly and unfairly Ministry of Education, as is the Ministry has become a formality for Atalim where the Aterbah but rampant corruption and theft in broad daylight, like the rest of the departments State of Iraq, Fed! Department of Accounting and the first of its officials first before accounting victims of youth wasted because of its compass.

There is also the Parliament and the Government and the Ministry of Commerce and we have the Ministry of Higher Education and Ministry of Youth and Sports and the list goes on until we get to 44 and the Ministry of a rare in any country in the world today. Our investors and owners of capital, parties and beneficiaries and the list goes on, who also control the fate of the country and people. All those involved in what is going on in Mesopotamia from the demolition and waste of energy and money in a situation like this is sure to discuss the young unemployed of what distracts him and forget it some of the frustration experienced by day after day and not a glimmer of a solution and a way out of crisis, the country amid bickering and jealousies and panting and rivalry on the positions and the exploitation of of influence. Youth and walks toward the future builders of all that is new, regardless of its disadvantages and Masegerh tragedies and great suffering pressures and challenges greater. Phenomenon was emo!

Clothes emo and actions of emo in the Iraqi street, began to take dimension and a framework more than they are in reality Wearing a young Iraqi Muslim was or Christian to the type of clothes brand specific does not necessarily mean that it is "Satanists" and prolong his hair does not mean absolutely that "androgynous." What is happening in the Iraqi street by youth in the spring of life wearing provocative clothing and sometimes provocative to others definitely not the solution to kill them in ways that brutal and shedding their blood in the alleys and throw their bodies in the waste as if God has entrusted to us by the punishment of the crime and trial.
Country in whose waters the waves of sectarianism, corruption and calls for separation and segregation can not be shedding the blood of other Athagalh whatever titles and banners. The shedding of Iraqi blood on the sidewalks and roads should be a red line and not to protect someone red line! Events on the political, religious and civil society organizations and trade unions in all directions and branches and affiliations that respond to this inhuman act and not to leave the room in which the killers goes to stagger home and shedding more blood. Should do the law and wrong must be citizens of Tguets from the State in accordance with its constitution and its laws are not allowed to any one regardless of the described and address if they can install the same judges and legislators and governor.

It should be noted that the phenomenon of indiscriminate killing of these coincided with the escalation of political differences between the blocks with the rising tone of mistrust on all sides against each other and also coincided with the approval of projects and cancel each other so irritated the Iraqi street and started boiling point smelted near term before. Emergence of the phenomenon of murder under the pretext of maintaining morality and the defense of the flag of Islam is nothing but a sign ominous yellow hide behind the fact distracting people the story of their eyes away from pursuing their affairs and living a fateful step emphasizes open meanness and vileness and the wickedness of the people control the fate of the day. The indiscriminate killing coincided with the cancellation of this ugly article (36) Private residential projects, payment on credit at a time when it was voted on armored vehicles to members of the House of Representatives and other privileges at the expense of the homeland and the citizen. This and other hard evidence that the death of his political aims and wants of the people behind it works with each other and distracting them from the most important and confusion Ahablha Bnabulha a policy is not new.

Aasana for today, but to demand that the Iraqi government are doing their job as well as moral and constitutional duty to prosecute perpetrators and legal Whatever Hzutem They do not want Iraq stable but do not want the Iraqis to live in security and safety. Therefore, for the Iraqi government - was the fact that is not involved in such work - the search for the perpetrators and punish the rightful who was behind the random killings against Iraqi youth under the pretext of "emo." While hiding behind these inhuman acts necessarily and certainly political agendas and other sectarian, that it will return the country continued to square one where the murder of identity, name, and now have reached the figure, clothing and food, tomorrow to color! Also the government should create jobs for the unemployed youth and find Maischgl his time development projects that benefit the nation and society. It is time that the rulers of the country think by the builders of the future of humanity and not leave them free to the top of the totals for murder and human traffickers.

Officials Dear, dear seminarians, Dear Reformers, they realized the sons of the nation and embraced them before they knock their bones and flesh mercilessly killing machines. "You is a shepherd and each of you responsible for his flock."



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2012-03-17 12:30:40
الايمو .. حالة شبابية تتسبب في مقتل أتباعها العراقيين

بغداد (إيبا).. / متابعة / فتحت حوادث قتل شباب عراقيين الأسبوع الماضي بسبب انتمائهم إلى جماعات الإيمو باب التساؤلات حول ماهية هذه الجماعات ومقدار المخاطر التي تتعرض لها بسبب الهالة الغامضة المحيطة بها.
 
وقالت فتاة عراقية تنتمي لإحدى جماعات الإيمو في حديث مع احدى القنوات العراقية الفضائية دون إظهار ملامح وجهها خشية التعرض لعنف : إحساسنا بالحزن والوحدة نتيجة التحكم فينا وكأننا لا يوجد لدينا حرية شخصية هو ما جعلنا نتجه لذلك، نحن لا نعانى من الشذوذ ولسنا كفرة أو بعيدين عن الله، بل فينا بنات محجبات ولا يوجد لدينا تفرقة بين دين وأخر.
 
وأوضحت الفتاة أن الظاهرة بدأت فى العراق فى أعقاب الغزو الأمريكى لها عام 2003 ثم أخذت فى الانتشار فى الوقت الحالى.
 
وتمردت الفتاة على الواقع الرتيب من خلال تحكم عائلتها فيها، واختارت أسلوبا قد يبدو شاذا لدى البعض، وذلك بعد اتجاهها لتبنى فكر الإيمو وهى كلمة إنجليزية تعني الشخص مرهف الحس.
 
هذه الظاهرة الغربية فى الأساس يتبع مقلدوها نمطا معينا في الحياة يتمثل فى الاستماع لنوع معين من موسيقى الروك، وينجذب أفرادها لهيئة معينة تتمثل في قصات شعر تغطي جزء من الوجه مع ارتداء إكسسوارات لتجميل الملاح مع الحرص على ارتداء ملابس سوداء، وسراويل ضيقة جدا أو فضفاضة جدا، وأغطية المعصم، أما في العراق، يعتبرها البعض دليلا على الميول الجنسية للشباب، ويتهمهم البعض بأنهم مثليون.
 
وأضافت الفتاة التى كانت ترتدى وشاحا سودا وتضع على رأسها غطاء على هيئة جمجمة : تنتشر إيمو فى العراق حاليا بين الشباب المراهقيين الذين تتراوح أعمارهم من فترة 14 إلى 18.
 
عبادة الشيطان
 
ونفى عضو في الإيمو ارتباط الظاهرة بعبادة الشيطان ولكنه أكد ميل أفراد الجماعة للانتحار، نتيجةَ للكآبة المزمنة التي تؤدي في النهاية إلى إضطرابات نفسية وربما الميل الى تعاطي المخدرات.
 
ومن ناحية أخرى كشف خالد شواني وهو نائب عراقي في إحدى جلسات البرلمان عن تعرض 53 من شباب الإيمو للقتل الأسبوع الماضي بينهم 13 في بغداد.
 
واعتقد النائب أن هذه الحالة أمر خطير ويعارض مباديء حرية الإنسان في الملبسوالممارسات الشخصية، طالما لا يضر بالمجتمع وقال لابد من اتخاذ موقف جريء لمعرفة أسباب مقتل 53 من هؤلاء الشباب.
 
وكانت صحيفة الديلي ميل البريطانية واسعة الانتشار قد نشرت تقريرا عن الايمو عام 2006 عقب انتشار الظاهرة في أوروبا لتحذير أولياء أمور المراهقين من احتمال انتحار أبنائهم رغم أن نسبة أقل من الايمو يلجأون لذلك، وقالت الصحيفة أن الايمو هو تطور طبيعي لموضة الثقافة القوطية التي انتشرت في أوروبا في القرون الوسطى.
 
ويرجع السبب في الخلط بين جماعات عبدة الشيطان وجماعات الايمو في تشابه الطرفين في بعض المظاهر مثل سماع نمط معين من الموسيقى الغربي (ميتال) أو (هارد روك) وهما نمطان متشابهان لغير المتابعين، وارتداء أتباع الايمو لملابس سوداء وعلامات لرموز شريرة.
 
القتل بسحق الرأس
 
وقال بعض أتباع إيمو في العراق إن قتل شباب الإيمو وعبدة الشيطان فى العراق يتم عن طريق سحق الرأس بحجر من الاسمنت، فيما قتل العديد من الشباب الذين لاينتمون للايمو عن طريق الخطأ وذلك فقط لطول شعرهم.
 
ووصف عبد الرحيم الركابي -ممثل المرجع الشيعي الأعلى علي السيستاني- طرق قتل هؤلاء الشباب بالـهجمات الإرهابية، قائلا إن هذه الظاهرة يجب أن تعالج عن طريق الحوار والتهدئة بطرق سلمية وليس عن طريق التصفية الجسدية.
 
بينما قال النائب سليم الجبوري رئيس لجنة حقوق الإنسان في البرلمان العراق إن لجنة حقوق الانسان اجتمعت وناقشت موضوع استهداف شباب الايمو وأنه حتى الآن لم يصل موضوع استهداف الإيمو إلى أن يكون ظاهرة.
 
وزارة الداخلية العراقية من جانبها اكتفت ببيان أًصدرته في 13 فبراير يقول إن الداخلية تشن حملة للقضاء على الايمو، وأن الظاهرة يجري متابعتها من قبل الوزارة التي لديها موافقات رسمية بالقضاء عليها في اقرب وقت ممكن. (النهاية)


Title: Re: Up To 100 Emo, LGBT, "Vampire", & "Satanic" Youth Massacred In Iraq
Post by: Merticus on March 22, 2012, 09:13:33 am
TRANSLATION:

2012-03-17 12:30:40
Emo .. The case of youth cause the deaths of Iraqi followers


BAGHDAD (Iba) .. / Follow / opened the killings of young Iraqis last week because of their affiliation to groups IMO door questions about what these groups and the amount of risks because of the mysterious aura surrounding it.
 
The Iraqi girl belonging to one of the groups IMO in an interview with one of the channels Iraqi satellite without showing her face for fear of violence: our sense of sadness and unity as a result control us as if we do not have personal freedom is what we are heading for, we do not suffer from anomalies and we are not infidels or away from God, but us girls veiled We have no distinction between religion and another.
 
The girl explained that the phenomenon began in Iraq in the wake of a U.S. invasion in 2003 and has been spread at the moment.
 
And rebelled against the girl on the chore of reality through the control of her family, and chose a method may seem odd for some people, after the direction of the IMO adopted a thought, a word of English means a person slender sense.
 
This phenomenon Bank essentially follows the Mqlduha a certain pattern in life is to listen for a particular type of rock music, and attracted members of a particular body is in the styles hair covers part of the face with wear accessories to beautify the navigator taking care to wear black clothes, and pants too tight or too loose , and covers the wrist, while in Iraq, seen by some as evidence of the sexual orientation of young people, and some accuse them of being gay.
 
She said the girl, wearing a black scarf on her head and put a lid on the skull: Imo deployed in Iraq between now Alemraehgaan young people aged from 14 to 18 period.
 
The worship of Satan
 
He denied a member of the IMO link the phenomenon to worship Satan, but members of the group confirmed a tendency to commit suicide as a result of chronic depression, which eventually lead to psychological disorders and perhaps the tendency to abuse drugs.
 
On the other hand revealed Khalid Shwani, a deputy in the Iraqi Parliament for a session was 53 of the IMO for the youth was killed last week, including 13 in Baghdad.
 
I think that this case MP is dangerous and against the principles of human freedom in Almbusoualemmarsat personal, as long as no harm to society and said to be taking a bold position to know the reasons for deaths of 53 of these young people.
 
The Daily Mail British and widespread has published a report on the IMO in 2006 following the spread of the phenomenon in Europe to warn parents of the teenagers the possibility of suicide, their children, although a lower proportion of emo resort to that, the newspaper said that emo is a natural progression to Fashion Culture Gothic, which spread in Europe in the Middle Ages.
 
The reason for the confusion between groups of Satanists and groups of emo in the similarity of the two parties in some aspects, such as hearing a particular style of music West (metal) or (Hard Rock) and are the two types are similar to non-followers, and the wearing of the followers of emo for black clothes and signs for the symbols of evil.
 
Murder to crush the head
 
Some followers of Imo in Iraq that killed youth IMO and Satanists in Iraq is by crushing the head stone of cement, while killing many young people who Aantamon of emo by mistake and then only to the length of their hair.
 
Abdel Rahim described the stapes - the representative of the Shiite cleric Ali al-Sistani - Methods of killing these young terrorist attacks, saying that this phenomenon must be addressed through dialogue and peaceful means calm and not through the physical liquidation.
 
While the MP said Salim al-Chairman of the Commission on Human Rights in Iraq, said the Parliament Human Rights Committee met and discussed the issue of targeting young emo and that so far has not reached target topic IMO to be a phenomenon.
 
Iraq's Interior Ministry for its part, merely a statement issued on February 13, says that the internal mounting a campaign to eliminate emo, and that the phenomenon is being pursued by the ministry, which has official approval to eliminate them as soon as possible.



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Iraqi "emo kids" harassed and killed by Islamic extremists
22/03/2012 / IRAQ


In Iraq, sporting an emo look can get you into serious trouble. For the past few weeks, teenagers who dress in emo fashion have been targeted by Islamic extremists, who claim they are effeminate Satan-worshippers. Dozens of them have already been brutally killed.
 
Since the beginning of March, at least 90 “emos” have been killed by Islamic militants, according to Lebanese newspaper Al-Akhbar. The word “emo” is short for “emotional hardcore,” a style of rock whose fans dress in a particular style: usually, they wear their hair long, dyed black if it isn’t already, sometimes with bright neon streaks. The girls wear dark makeup, and both girls and boys wear tight-fitting clothing.
 
This look is frowned upon by most of Iraqi society, which is very conservative, and in particular by the Shiite community. Moqtada al-Sadr, a Shiite leader, has called emos “crazy and stupid.” Iraq's Interior Ministry has not only has made no declarations condemning attacks against emos, but even appears to condone them. In a statement, the ministry instead underscored Iraqis' fears of seeing "emos spread homosexuality and suicides". Officials, meanwhile, have simply asked parents to keep a close watch on how their children dress. Human Rights Watch has criticised the government's position, saying it has "contributed to an atmosphere of fear and panic fostered by acts of violence against emos".
 
Their situation has not attracted much sympathy from the west of the Arab world, either. Some newspapers, notably in Egypt and in the United Arab Emirates, have labelled emos "vampires" and "descendants of Dracula".

"They attack emos because they think they're Satanists"
Kadhem (not his real name), 18, is a senior in high school. He moderates a private Facebook page for Iraqi emos.
 
The emo style came to Iraq three years ago. But it hasn't spread all over the country. Emos mostly live in the north of Iraq, as the south is more conservative. In Baghdad, we avoid Shiite neighourhoods, where people do not approve of our style at all.
 
The attacks against us began about a month ago. People started accusing us of being Satan worshippers or Free Masons, who are heretics in their eyes. They don't like our haircuts or our tight clothing. They say we're homosexuals, which is an insult here.
 
Some of my friends were threatened by a group of men one evening as they were walking home. The men stopped them and asked them to start dressing "like men" and grow mustaches, or else they would make trouble for them. They were lucky, because other emos have been kidnapped in broad daylight and executed.


"They smash their heads in with cinder blocks"
 
There are lists of emos' names circulating in Shiite neighbourhoods. People post them on school walls, in cafés, and in Internet cafés. Those who do this are part of militias, usually Shiite militias. When they find their victims, they smash their heads in with cinder blocks. This is a form of lapidation, which makes sense since they equate us with the Devil [in Mecca, Muslim pilgrims carry out a symoblic lapidation of Satan]. They leave their bodies in the middle of the street. Sometimes, an emo will simply disappear and we never hear from them again. These militias also burn down stores that sell emo clothes or accessories.

These militias act with total impunity. The police do nothing. I think the police are scared of the militias because they are powerful, organised, and they are merciless in their violence.
 
Religious leaders have tried to calm tensions. Ali al-Sistani [an Iranian ayatollah who is very influent in Iraq] condemned these crimes and called for dialogue. The matter has been debated in parliament, too [some members of parliament criticised the Interior Ministry for failing to protect emos]. But nothing has changed yet.
 
Personally, I'm having trouble with the idea of altering the way I dress or cutting my hair to avoid becoming a target. I don't understand this hatred against us; we're not doing anything wrong. We don't share the spirit of emos in other countries, who are often solitary, depressed, and talk about suicide and self-harm. For us, being emo is just about style.


Title: Re: Up To 100 Emo, LGBT, "Vampire", & "Satanic" Youth Massacred In Iraq
Post by: Merticus on March 22, 2012, 09:21:43 am
http://www.alrafidayn.com/2009-05-26-22-21-36/34708-2012-03-19-05-26-08.html

(وصمة)الإيمـو.. والخوف العراقي المزمن من الحرية!
الاثنين, 19 مارس 2012 05:25 د. فارس كمال نظمي
طباعة

د. فارس كمال نظمي

 ألم يكن تأريخنا السياسي المعاصر في العراق في وجه من وجوهه، تأريخاً سيكوباثياً لاستئساد الأقوياء على الضحايا، والموهومين على الأحرار، والخائفين على الواثقين، والمالكين على الفاقدين؟
لكن هذا الاستئساد القطيعي على الطريدة المستسلمة، يتخذ اليوم منحى جديداً عبر طقوس الرجم المتصاعدة ضد فئة شبابية صغيرة تحمل -مثل راجميها- الهويةَ العراقية، باتت تُعرف بـ"الإيمو".
لا تتوافر أدلة وشواهد مادية موثقة عن حجم الأذى الجسدي الذي تعرض له هؤلاء الشبان، إذ يكتنف الأمرَ غموضُ معلوماتي والتباس إعلامي وتعتيم رسمي وتهويل مجتمعي. إلا أن كل ذلك لا يحجب حقيقةَ أن جوهر الأمر بات لا يتعلق بشبان الأيمو أنفسهم، بل بالفورة الاستئسادية التي طالت أطرافاً عدة في المجتمع والدولة، انبرت لتقرع طبول "الفضيلة" تحذيراً من "خطر" محدق بـ"نقاء" النسيج الاجتماعي، بل وتحريضاً على الاقتصاص من هؤلاء "المارقين" عن جادة الصواب.

أتوجه بتحليلي إلى هذه الظاهرة القطيعية "التأديبية" حصراً، تمحيصاً وتفسيراً واستشرافاً. أما الإيمو أنفسهم فلا يمثلون إلا الخلفية الفنية الشكلية للظاهرة، إذ لا يعدون كونهم عينة الدم التي أتاحت لنا تحليل الحالة الصحية للجسد كله.
أتابعُ طقوسَ الرجم البدائية هذه بمزيج من الحزن الروحي والسعادة العقلية: الحزن الروحي من جراء الهستريا الجمعية العنفية "الأخلاقوية" ضد بضعة شبان وفتيات أرادوا ممارسة الاكتئاب الوطني علنياً وسلمياً وجمالياً؛ والسعادة بل النشوة العقلية لأن هؤلاء الشبيبة أفلحوا بطريقة عفوية وجريئة في استفزاز كل التراث اللاعقلاني للحضارتين الذكوروية والإسلاموية المتلاقحتين بغنج شديد في الغابة العراقية المكتظة بتأويلات مفتوحة فلسفياً وواقعياً على مختلف احتمالات التطور أو النكوص الاجتماعي-السياسي القادم.
إن انخراط فئات مجتمعية ودوائر رسمية ووسائل إعلامية في الصولة "الشرفية" المستمرة ضد وهم "الإيمو"، إنما يعيدنا مباشرة إلى إشكالية الجدال الفكري الذي لم ينقطع يوماً حول أولوية العدالة أم الحرية؟ ألا يجدر فعلاً أن نختزل كل معضلات الوضع البشري المزمنة إلى مشكلة الحرية: سعياً لها أو خوفاً منها؟ وهل يمكن للتقدم الملموس في ميدان محاربة الحرمان وإرساء العدل الاجتماعي في أي بلد أن يتحقق فعلاً على نحو مؤسساتي راسخ نسبياً، دونما تحقيقٍ مسبق لدرجة معقولة من الوعي المجتمعي المتين بضرورة الحرية وقدسيتها؟!

ما معنى الإيمو؟
يجب التمييز أولاًَ بين ظاهرة "الإيمو" في منشئها الأول في مجتمعات غربية متقدمة في أوروبا وأمريكا خلال العقد الأخير من القرن الماضي وما بعده، وبين حالات الإيمو المتفرقة التي ما برحت تظهر في مجتمعات نامية، ومنها العراق ومصر والسعودية والأردن، بوصفها تماهياً شكلياً محدوداً بالظاهرة الأم، ضمن حدود الموضة والأزياء والعيش في العوالم الافتراضية لشبكات الاتصال الاجتماعي.
اشتقت مفردة "الإيمو" Emo في الغرب من مصطلح "العاطفي" Emotional للدلالة على ظاهرة نفسية قوامها الحساسية الوجدانية الشديدة تجاه فكرة الألم، انتشرت بين المراهقين من الجنسين في أعمار (12-17) سنة ممن يتبعون نظاماً معيناً في السلوك والتفكير والشعور والأزياء والموسيقى وتسريحة الشعر ونمط الحياة. فإلى جانب ارتداء السراويل الضيقة أو الفضفاضة، والقمصان القاتمة والإكسسوارات الغرائبية كالجماجم، يحرصون  على أن تكون عيونهم كحيلةً بلون قاتم، وشعرهم فاحماً منسدلاً يغطي عيناً واحدة أو نصف الوجه بدعوى إنهم لا يرون إلا النصف الفارغ من الكأس، أو ليخفوا مشاعرهم ودموعهم. أما موسيقاهم فتنتمي إلى الروك والميتال، وتتضمن قصائد عميقة معبّرة عن مواقف بالغة الحزن مستمدة من وقائع الحياة. إلا أن الأهم من كل ذلك هو فلسفتهم الحياتية، إذ يتسمون بشخصياتهم السوداوية التشاؤمية، وبالصمت والخجل والحزن الدائم مع الدموع، وبافتقارهم التام للشعور بالقيمة الذاتية والثقة بالنفس، ويرون أنفسهم منبوذين اجتماعياً، وهم انسحابيون جداً ولا تلتقي عيونهم أبداً بعيون الآخرين، لكنهم في الوقت ذاته يرتبطون ببعضهم بعلاقات عميقة أساسها التفهم والإلفة. ومع أنهم يجدون علاقاتهم ببقية الناس غير ضرورية وغير ودية، إلا أنهم يحترمون الآخرين مهما كانوا. وقد يدفع الأسى والاكتئاب المزمنانِ بعضهم إلى قطع أرساغهم بسبب ميولهم الانتحارية، ما يجعلهم عرضةً للانعزال والاضطرابات النفسية. وقد يندفع بعضهم إلى إدمان العقاقير أو المخدرات أو ممارسة الشذوذ الجنسي سعياً للانفصال النفسي التام عن المعايير التقليدية للمجتمع. أما ما يُقال عن أنهم مصاصو دماء أو عبدة شيطان، فلا صحة له، لأن الإيمو ليس ديانة محددة بل أسلوب حياة يمثل ثقافة فرعية Subculture فحسب، وهو عابر للطبقات وللتمايزات الاقتصادية.

الإيمو في العراق
بالعودة إلى المجتمع العراقي، فبحسب الملاحظات العيانية والمؤشرات الميدانية والإفادات الحية من الشباب أنفسهم، فإن حالات الإيمو المرصودة لا يمكن عدّها ظاهرةً مستقرة المعالم، إذ لا تعدو كونها تقليعات سلوكية سلمية ظهرت لدى شابات وشبان محدودي العدد بأعمار تراوحت بين (18-24) سنة، تضمنت اتجاهاً اكتئابياً نحو الذات، ممتزجاً بمشاعر الألم الاجتماعي واليأس من المشهد الحياتي العام، وانخفاض تقدير الذات، والاعتقاد بالعجز الذاتي وقلة الحيلة، والنزعة العدمية من جراء الأنوميا (اللامعيارية) المجتمعية المتصاعدة. وكل ذلك أتى مصحوباً بنمذجة (أي تقليد) مظهرية لما يصدّره الغرب إعلامياً وتجارياً من أزياء وحلي وتسريحات شعر، تضفي خصوصيةً أسلوبية يحتاج إليها الشاب في هذه المرحلة العمرية القلقة، بل يستقوي بها لأنها تمنحه تميزاً وفرادةً وإدهاشاً وسط عالم "خاو" لا يرى فيه معنى أو غاية تستحق التعلق أو الاحتذاء.
ولم يصل الأمر بأي من هؤلاء الشباب إلى هجران أسرهم والعيش في تجمعات سكانية خاصة بهم كما يحدث في الغرب، ولم تتوافر أي أدلة على ممارستهم المنظمة للمثلية الجنسية أو الإدمان الكحولي أو العقاقيري أو المخدراتي، أو أي ممارسات طقوسية تشذ عن الموروث الديني التوحيدي المتعارف عليه في العراق؛ بل أن العديد منهم عبّر عن مواهب أو هوايات فنية مميزة، وعن قدرة لفظية ملفتة في التعبير عن مزاجهم السوداوي وأحزانهم الفلسفية النبيلة تجاه المشهد المؤسي المحيط بهم.
فما الذي حرّك إذن هذه الغوغائية المجتمعية والدولتية معاً ضد هذه الفئة المهمشة، بل هؤلاء الأفراد المبتلين بالاكتئاب الشعبي الشامل Mass Depression وبالرغبة المستميتة بالانعزال وإغماض عيونهم عن المأساة اليومية المحدقة بهم؟ ما الذي حفز على إهانتهم وثلم كبريائهم وإلصاق هذه الوصمة بسمعتهم؟ ما الدافع وراء إرغامهم على حلق شعرهم، أو إدراج أسمائهم في قوائم سود للقتل، أو حتى التهديد بتهشيم رؤوسهم؟!
في كل عصر بشري قلقٍ ومثخن بالمآسي، كان هناك "إيمو" من نوع ما "يستوجب" استهدافه من جموع الأكثرية الفاشلة في إيجاد حلول لأزماتها الحقيقية. والمسألة في العراق لا تخرج أيضاً عن هذا الإطار، إذ لا يتعلق الأمر بشباب الإيمو حالياً أو بالمثليين جنسياً قبل نحو عامين بحد ذاتهم، بل بالاجتماع البشري (الرسمي والشعبي) الذي يريد أن يمارس استئساده تحت وطأة آليات نفسية مَرَضية، يمكن تحديدها في سياقين: أحدهما يخص الدولة والآخر يخص المجتمع، وتتفرع من كل منهما مستوياتٌ عدة.

سيكولوجيا الاستهداف الدولتي للإيمو
1- عقدة "الطلفاحية البدويانية" الناتجة عن نمط السلطة الفاشية القومانية السابقة، ما تزال فاعلةً في أعماق العقل الباطن لسلطة التأسلم السياسي الطائفي الحالية، نتيجة تماهيها الافتتاني اللاشعوري بالسلطة التي سبقتها. وفي الحالتين، تقوم هذه العقدة على وهم احتكار "الفضيلة"، عبر تلك الرغبة العصابية الدفينة بشن غزوات عنتروية لمكافحة "الرذيلة" بوسائل سادية تقع خارج إطار المؤسسة القضائية الشرعية للدولة. وكأن العراقيين محشورون في لعبة عبثية دائرية لا تنتهي، فما أن يغادروا كابوساً حتى يجدوا أنفسهم بمواجهته من جديد.
2- إن بعض عناصر الأجهزة الأمنية، مدفوعين بثقافة الاستبداد التي ما تزال متأصلة في مؤسسات الدولة، يمارسون على نحو فردي غير منظمٍ بآليةٍ رسمية مبرمجة، آليةَ "الإزاحة" (أو الإبدال) Displacement، إذ يستبدلون لا شعورياً هزائمهم المستمرة في مواجهة خصوم حقيقيين يصعب الوصول إليهم (أي التطرف السياسي-الديني الدموي، والجريمة والفساد المنظمين)، بـ"انتصارات" خاطفة على خصوم وهميين يسهل اصطيادهم في وضح النهار (أي شباب الإيمو وقبلهم المثليين جنسياً وهواة موسيقى الراب). وفي هذه الإزاحة الإبدالية يتحقق إشباعان نفسيان مهمان لدى المسؤول الأمني المعني باقتناص الإيمو: ((إذن، أنا قادر وفاعل مهنياً، وأنا قادر وفاعل أخلاقياً أيضاً)).

سيكولوجيا الاستهداف المجتمعي للإيمو
1- ما دام الناس غير قادرين على تقويض المظالم الراسخة التي تحول دون تحقيق آمالهم في الأمن والرخاء والكرامة، فلا بد من "كبش فداء" Scapegoat ضعيف يزيحون نحوه كل طاقة الاستياء والامتعاض والغضب المتراكمة في أعماقهم المثلومة بالإهانة والألم، ولو لأيام قليلة أو حتى لساعات محدودة. يريدون أن يحققوا أي "انتصار" صغير في حياة مليئة بالهزائم الكبرى المتناسلة. إنه التعصب بوصفه آلية لاشعورية لتصريف طاقة الإحباط العدوانية ضد أقلية مسالمة لا خوف ولا خطر منها. والتعصب هنا يعني توصيمَ تلك الأقلية وازدرائها واستبعادها اجتماعياً خارج إطار المقبولية والشرعانية، ولو بأدوات قاسية تصل حد القتل: ((نحن عاجزون عن استئصال البؤس والقهر من حياتنا، لكننا على الأقل ما نزال كفوئين وأخلاقيين لأننا قادرون على رصد المخالفين والفاسقين وإخراجهم من مجالنا الطاهر!)).
2- انبرت جماعات دينية متطرفة، بدعاوى لاهوتية رثة، وبغض أبصارٍ واضحٍ من جانب الأجهزة الأمنية، وبقبول مجتمعي عام، للتنكيل بشبان الإيمو، متخذين من عقدهم النفسية الحضارية وأنظمتهم الذهنية الميثولوجية المغلقة أداةً بديلة لتحقيق الضبط الاجتماعي الموكول افتراضاً ودستوراً للدولة العاقلة الغائبة عنا منذ عقود. فهؤلاء الشباب يمثلون بسلوكهم أقصى خيارات الحرية الشخصية التي لا تجرؤ الغالبية المجتمعية على ممارستها لأنها تخاف عبءَ الحرية. فالإيمو بوصفهم أقلية متحررة، يذكّرون الآخرين بعبوديتهم على نحو لا شعوري مبطّن. إنه صراع نفسي بين إرادتين: أقلية قوية في أدائها الرمزي الحداثوي، وأكثرية ضعيفة في أدائها العبودي الأساطيري الرتيب: ((ما لم نستطع فعله نحن الرهائن المكبوتون، يفعله هؤلاء المتحررون الصريحون. نتمنى أن نكون مثلهم، لكننا نخاف حريتنا، إذ كيف يمكن أن نحطم كل التابوات التي لا تستقيم حياتنا إلا بها؟ أين نذهب بأصنامنا المزمنة التي تتنفس في دواخلنا؟ ولذلك ليس أمامنا إلا رجمهم لأنهم قادرون وشجعان وليسوا عاجزين ومتخاذلين مثلنا. نغار منهم. إنهم يذكّروننا بقنوطنا وذلنا وفشلنا ولا معنى حياتنا، ولذلك يجب محوهم من ذاكرتنا الاجتماعية، يجب قتلهم!)).
استكمالاً لما تقدم، ما هي إذن الوظيفة السوسيوثقافية المركزية الناتجة من كل تلك الميكانزمات النفسية الفرعية؟ إنها "الابتلاع الاجتماعي" الذي تمارسه الجمعانية القطيعية ضد الفردانية المستسلمة، بشتى أدوات التركيع: وصماً وتشهيراً وانتقاصاً ورجماً وإفناءً. إنها الذهنية الجمعية التي لا تبتني "فضيلتها" إلا بتفسيق الآخرين، لأن فزعها الدفين من عبوديتها يجعلها تحرّم أي حرية واثقة تهز قضبان "معصوميتها" الهشة. إنه الرعب من النقيض الذي يذكّرها ببؤسها، فلا بد  من أن تبتلعه لتستعيد "مطلقيتها" الآمنة: ((أقتلُ حريتهم لأظل آمناً في عبوديتي!)).

الدلالات السياسية لوصمة الإيمو
كل المجتمعات المأزومة وغير المأزومة لا بد  من أن تفرز فئات مهمشة أو مستبعدة اجتماعياً أو سياسياً أو اقتصادياً أو ثقافياً لأسباب تتعلق بتوازنات الجذب والطرد بين الجماعات، ومنها فئات التمرد الطقوسي أو السلوكي أو المظهري كالإيمو وغيرها. والعراق تحديداً يعج بفئات مستبعدة إلى أقصى حدود الإقصاء والنبذ، كالأقليات الدينية والعرقية، والعاطلين والمحرومين والأميين والأيتام والمدمنين والمعوقين والمتسولين والأرامل والعوانس والمرضى العقليين؛ فلماذا كل هذا التهويل حيال الإيمو تحديداً، فيما يُسكَت عن بقية المآسي الاجتماعية المزمنة والمتجذرة في أعماق بنية المجتمع؟!
إن أزمة الإيمو اليوم تنبهنا من جديد إلى ضرورة إدامة الإصرار على طرح مسألة الحريات المدنية في العراق، وتحديداً مسألة علاقة الأكثرية بالأقلية على نحو تأصيلي وتجذيري لا ينقطع، إذ اتضح مرة أخرى بجلاء عجزُ الأكثرية البنيوي عن استيعاب حرية الأقلية، وفشلها في تأسيس نظرة إنسانية للآخر المختلف.


Title: Re: Up To 100 Emo, LGBT, "Vampire", & "Satanic" Youth Massacred In Iraq
Post by: Merticus on March 22, 2012, 09:24:40 am
فكل الدلائل المتواترة والمتراكمة تشير إلى أن السلطة السياسية التي نشأت بعد العام 2003م ما تزال تركيعيةً احتوائية في أدائها نحو خصومها السياسيين والفكريين، وهي بايديولوجيتها الأساطيرية تريد الترويج ضمناً وصراحةً لخرافة أحقية الأكثرية (دينياً ومذهبياً وعِرقياً وثقافياً) حيال مخطوئية الأقلية، ضمن بناء دولتي مرتبك، أقل ما يقال عنه إنه تمثال تنخره شروخ الاستبداد وتغطيه خرق الديمقراطية.
الأمر لا يتعلق بمدى صواب أو خطل المنظومة القيمية التي تطرحها خيارات احتجاجية صامتة كالإيمو، بل يتعلق الأمر بأحقيتها الطبيعية والمكفولة إنسانياً ودستورياً في التعبير الحر والسلمي عن الضرر البالغ الذي لحق بإنسانيتها المثلومة، حتى إنْ جاء هذا التعبير غرائبياً وصادماً للمألوف الاجتماعي، ومنطوياً على إخفاق نفسي بدرجة معينة.
فالاضطراب النفسي ليس وصمةً بحد ذاته، بل هو في جوهرة إدانة للثقافة المجتمعية السائدة وللنظام السياسي الحاكم اللذينِ فشلا في إنصاف الناس ومنحهم كينونةً اجتماعية ذات معنى إيجابي.

خـلاصـة أخـيرة
حالات الإيمو في العراق ليست أكثر من احتجاج مسالم، ذي نزعة اعتلالية نفسية وجودية مشروعة، لا تهدد إلا صاحبها الذي قطع بالأساس صلته التفاعلية بالمجتمع وانعزل عنه اغتراباً ويأساً. وهي صرعة شبابية إحباطوية غير عدوانية، تحتاج  إلى تعاطف واحتضان وتفهم وتضامن وجداني من المجتمع والدولة. ولا يحق قانونياً لأي جهة رسمية أو شعبية أن تتدخل على نحو اعتباطي فظ للتعامل مع مثل هذه الحالات، باستثناء مؤسسات أكاديمية متخصصة بالعلوم الاجتماعية تعمل وفق أساليب علمية إرشادية وعلاجية.
قضية الإيمو افتتحت مبحثاً جديداً في موسوعة تطور الوعي الاجتماعي بمسألة الحريات في العراق. فما عاد الأمر يتعلق بالمواجهة بين الـتأسلم والعلمنة، أو بحقوق الأقليات الدينية والعرقية فحسب، بل ابتدأ اليوم ما يمكن تسميته بقضية "حرية اختيار أسلوب الحياة"، أو "حرية التعامل مع المظهر والجسد". إنها خطوة رائدة، مهما كانت محدوديتها، نحو تبجيل الفردانية وإعلاء هيبتها. ولن ينتهي الأمر عند هذا الحد، بل سوف تتوالى تباعاً قضايا مشابهة في المستقبل، ما دامت السلطتان الأبويتان: السياسية والاجتماعية، لم تبلغا سن النضج الثقافي بعد.
فإذا كان للغوغائية المفجعة والسادية التي جرى التصدي بها لشباب الإيمو، من معنى أو عزاء، فهي أنها اجترحت وأضافت بُعداً فلسفياً عميقاً لأداء التيار المدني العقلاني الذي لم تنقطع جذوره أبداً في بلاد شهدت انبثاق كل أنواع الأيديولوجيات المتصارعة وقيم الجمال المتسامحة على مدى تسعة عقود من الدماء والآمال.
إن عملنا التنويري الشاق والدؤوب والمفعم بالأمل حيناً وباليأس أحياناً، سيزهر ويثمر في شوط قادم من مشوار هذا الزمن الاجتماعي الهادر، فقط لأننا لا نحرّف الحقائق ولا نخاف الحرية.

TRANSLATION:

(The stigma) EMO .. And chronic fear of Iraqi freedom!
Monday, March 19, 2012 5:25 d. Nazmi Kamal Fares
D. Nazmi Kamal Fares


 Did not our political history in contemporary Iraq in the face of its aspects, a history of bullying Sikobathia of the strong over the victims, and the Liberal Almuhomin, frightened and unsure of, and owners on the Who's?

But this bullying Alkotaiaa prey on surrendering, take a new turn today through the ritual of stoning the rising class youth against a small bear - such as Rajmiha - Iraqi identity, became known as "EMO".

No evidence is available and documented physical evidence of the size of the physical harm suffered by these young men, as it surrounds the ambiguity of my information and confusion and media hype blackout official and a community. But all that does not mask the fact that the essence of it is not about young men emo themselves, but Balforh Alastisadah which affected parties to several in the community and the state, Anbert for beating the drums of "virtue" warning of "danger" of imminent the "purity" of the social fabric, and even incitement to cropping of these "rogue" on the right path.

I Pthalila to this phenomenon herd "disciplinary" exclusively, and an explanation of scrutiny and anticipation. The IMO themselves do not represent only the formal technical background of the phenomenon, since they are not considered a blood sample, which allowed us to analyze the health situation of the whole body.
I follow the ritual of stoning the primitive of these with a mixture of sadness and spiritual joy Substances: sadness spiritual as a result of hysteria Assembly violent "Alokhalaqoah" against a couple of young men and girls wanted to exercise depressed the national public, peaceful and aesthetically pleasing; and happiness but ecstasy mental because these young people succeeded in a spontaneous and daring to provoke each Heritage irrational of civilizations and Islamism Alzkoroah Almtlaqahtin Bgenj very crowded in the forest Iraqi Btaoalat open philosophical and realistic prospects for the various development or regression of social - political next.

The involvement of community groups and official circles and media outlets in Alsolh "honorary" They are against the ongoing "IMO", but brings us back directly to the problem of intellectual debate that has not stopped one day on the priority of justice or freedom? Should not really be usurped all the dilemmas of the human condition to the chronic problem of freedom: In pursuit of her or fear them? Is it possible to advance the concrete in the field of fight against deprivation and the establishment of social justice in a country can actually be achieved in a relatively well-established institutional, without a prerequisite for achieving a reasonable degree of community awareness of the need for robust freedom and sanctity?!

What is EMO?

Distinction must be made first between the phenomenon of "EMO" in the origin of the first in Western societies developed in Europe and America during the last decade of the last century and beyond, and the cases of IMO sporadic has been shown in developing societies, including Iraq, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Jordan, as equates nominally limited phenomenon the mother, within the limits of fashion and live in virtual worlds for social networks.

Missed a single "IMO" Emo in the west of the term "emotional" Emotional refers to a psychological phenomenon-strong sensitivity emotional extreme to the idea of ​​pain, spread among teenagers of both sexes in age (12-17 years) who follow a certain behavior and thinking, feeling and fashion, music, hairstyle Hair and lifestyle. In addition to wearing tight pants or loose fitting, shirts dark and accessories instinctual Kaljmajm, eager to be their eyes ploy colored dark, and their hair Vahma Mnsdla covers one eye or half of the face under the pretext that they do not see only half empty cup, or to hide their feelings and tears. The Vtantma their music to rock and metal, and includes poems express the deep sorrow the positions of great derive from the facts of life. But most of all is their philosophy of life, as Atzmon Bash_khasyatem melancholy pessimistic, and silence, shame and sadness lasting with tears, and their lack of full feeling of self-worth and self-confidence, and see themselves as outcasts socially, and they Anzhabion very not meet their eyes never the eyes of others, but at the same time associated with each other relations based on deep understanding and familiarity. Yet they find their relationships to the rest of the people is unnecessary and unfriendly, but they respect others whatever they are. The pay grief, depression, some of them to cut Almzmannan Ersaghm because of their suicide, what makes them vulnerable to isolation and mental disorders. The rush to some drugs or drug addiction or the practice of homosexuality in order to complete the separation of mental from traditional norms of society. As for what they said about vampires or Satan worshipers, there is no sound, because the IMO is not a specific religion but a way of life is a subculture Subculture only, which is cross-strata and economic distinctions.

EMO in Iraq

Return to Iraqi society, According to the observations of macroscopic and indicators of field and testimonies of living of young people themselves, the incidence of IMO observed can not be counted phenomenon of stable parameters, as nothing more than Tkulaiat behavioral peaceful appeared in young women and young men with limited number of ages ranging between (18-24) years, included the trend towards self Aktiabia, combined with feelings of pain and despair of the social scene of life year, and low self-esteem, and self-belief of helplessness and powerlessness, and nihilism trend as a result of anomie (Allamaaaria) community growing. All this came together with modeling (ie, tradition) superficial as issued by the West, media and business of fashion, jewelry, hairstyles, give privacy stylistic needed by the young man at this age anxious, but their strength because it will give him distinctive and unique and surprising in a world of "empty" does not see the meaning of or attachment to a very worthy or emulation.

Did not reach it in any of these young people to forsake their families and live in communities of their own as in the West, was there any evidence on the exercise of the Organization of homosexuality or alcoholism or pharmacological or Almkhaddrati, or any practices of ritual exception for religious heritage Tawhidi is customary at the Iraq; but many of them expressed his talents or hobbies Masterpieces, and the ability for verbal expression in striking melancholic mood and sadness towards the noble philosophical Almasa scene around them.

What, then move this community and statist mob together against this marginalized group, but these individuals afflicted by depression popular Comprehensive Mass Depression and the desperate desire for isolation and turn a blind eye to the daily threats to their tragedy? What to humiliate and stimulate furrow their pride and their reputation attaching this stigma? What is the motive behind force them to shave their hair, or the inclusion of their names in the lists of blacks to be killed, or even the threat of smashed their heads?

In every age a human concern and thickener tragedies, there was a "Imo" of some sort "requires" to target the majority of the masses failed to find real solutions to the crises. The issue in Iraq is also a graduate from this framework, it is not about the young IMO currently or gay sex two years ago, per se, but to meet the human (official and popular), who wants to exercise Astisadeh under the weight of mechanisms of psychiatric illness, can be identified in two contexts: one respect to the state and the other for the community, and branch off from each other at several levels.

Psychology of targeting Aldavlata Emo

1 - node "Altalvahih Albedwianah" resulting from the pattern of fascist power Alqomanah earlier, still active in the depths of the subconscious to the authority of Altaslm sectarian political current, as a result Tmahiaa Alavttani subconscious power that preceded it. In both cases, these are the monopoly of the node "virtue", through the underlying neurotic desire to launch invasions Antroyh to combat "vice" sadistic means located outside the framework of the legitimate judicial institution of the state. As if the Iraqis trapped in a game of endless absurdity of circular, what a nightmare to leave until they find themselves confronted again.

2 - Some elements of the security services, driven by the culture of tyranny that are still rooted in the institutions of the state, exercising on an individual basis unstructured programmed formal mechanism, the mechanism of "displacement" (or replacement) Displacement, replacing it subconsciously in the face of continued defeats opponents real hard access to them (ie, political extremism - religious bloody, crime and corruption, organizers), the "victories" peek at imaginary foes, and easy to flush them out in broad daylight (ie, youth IMO and before them gay and amateur rap music). In this displacement is achieved Alabdulah Achaabaaan clinical psychologists, are important to the security official on capturing IMO: ((So, I am able and active professionally, and I am able and active also morally)).

Targeting of community psychology Emo

1 - as long as people are unable to undermine the Ombudsman established that impede their hopes for the security, prosperity and dignity, it must be a "scapegoat" Scapegoat weak removing him all the power, resentment and anger accumulated in their hearts Almtheloma humiliation and pain, even for a few days or even hours limited. Want to achieve any "victory" in the small defeats a life full of great breeding. It is intolerance as a mechanism for the disposal of unconscious energy frustration of aggression against a peaceful minority do not fear or danger of it. And intolerance here means Tusim that minority and contempt and excluded socially outside the framework of admissibility and Acharanih, even with tools cruel end up killing: ((We are unable to eradicate the misery and oppression of our lives, but at least we still incompetent and immoral because we are able to monitor offenders and transgressors and get them out of our field Tahir! )).

2 - Anbert religious groups, extremists, claims to theological heirs, and no nose clear by the security services, the acceptance of a community in general, harassed young men IMO, taking the their contract mental civilization and their systems of mind mythological closed tool alternative to achieve social control mandated assumption and the constitution of the state wise missing us for decades . These young people represent their conduct maximum personal freedom Options that do not dare to exercise the majority community because they fear the burden of freedom. Valaimo as a minority liberal, remember Babboudathm others in a manner not feeling padded. It is a conflict myself between Aradtan: a powerful minority in the performance of the symbolic Alhaddathwai, and the majority of weak performance bonded Alosatira chore: ((what we could not do our hostages Almkpoton, do these liberals Abihon. We hope to be like them, but we fear our freedom, how can can shatter Each Altaboat not upright lives, but it? Where do we go Bosnamna chronic breathes in us? therefore not before us but stoned as they are able and brave, not helpless and Mtkhazlin like us. jealous of them. They remind us Baknotna and Zlna and our failure nor the meaning of our lives, so they must purge from our memories, social, should be killed!)).

Complement the above, what then is the central function Alsosiothagafah resulting from all these Almikanzmat psychological sub? It's "Social ingestion" practiced by Aljmanih herd against surrendering individuality, various tools subjugation: the deaf and defamation and detraction and stoning and annihilation. It is the mental association, which does not Tptna "virtue" but Ptvsik others, because of deep dismay Abboudatha deprive them of any freedom of confident rock bars "Masomatha" fragile. It is the horror of the contrast by reminding them Bbasha, it must be to regain that swallowed "Mtalegatha" safe: ((kill their freedom to stay safe in Abodety!)).

Political implications of stigma for EMO

All societies in crisis is in crisis and must be excreted or marginalized groups are excluded socially, politically or economically, culturally, for reasons of attraction and expulsion balances between the groups, including the categories of ritual rebellion or behavioral or phenotypic Kalaimo and others. And Iraq in particular is packed with categories excluded to the maximum extent of exclusion and rejection, such as minorities, religious and ethnic groups, and the unemployed, the disadvantaged and illiterate people, orphans, drug addicts, the disabled and beggars, widows and unmarried women and the mentally ill; why all this hype about the IMO specifically, with silence from the rest of the tragedies of social chronic and deeply rooted in the deep structure of society?!

The crisis of IMO today alerts us again to the need to sustain the determination to raise the issue of civil liberties in Iraq, specifically the question of the relationship of the majority minority in a manner Taesela and rooting does not stop, it was clear once again clearly the inability of the majority of structural absorb the freedom of the minority, and failing to establish a humanitarian perspective of the other different.

All the evidence frequent and accumulated indicates that the political power that emerged after the year 2003 is still Tercieih containment in their performance towards its political opponents and intellectual, a Baediologitha Alosatiria you want to promote implicitly and explicitly the myth of the eligibility of the majority (religiously and ideologically, ethnically and culturally) about Mkhtoih minority, within the building states of confused, to say the least it is infested with a statue of despotism and cracks covered by a breach of democracy.

It's not about how right or paraphonia value system posed by the Options protest silent Kalaimo, but it comes to the premises under natural and guaranteed human and constitutional right to free expression and peaceful for the damage of the right Bansanatha Almtheloma, so that was the term grotesque and shocking to the familiar social, and involves the failure of myself a certain degree.

Psychological turmoil is not the stigma itself, it is a jewel in the condemnation of the prevailing culture of community and the ruling political system, which failed to give them the justice to people and being social with a positive meaning.

A final summary

EMO cases in Iraq are nothing more than a peaceful protest, with a tendency Aatlalah psychological and existential legitimate, do not threaten only the owner who cut primarily relates to the interactive community and isolated by the alienation and despair. A youth fad Ahbataiwih non-aggressive, you need to embrace and sympathy and understanding, solidarity and sentimental of society and the state. Not legally entitled to any official or popular to intervene in a way arbitrary rude to deal with such cases, except for academic institutions specializing in social sciences operates according to scientific methods and therapeutic guidance.

Issue IMO Mbgesa opened a new development in the Encyclopedia of social consciousness the issue of freedoms in Iraq. What is returned is the confrontation between Altaslm and secularization, or the rights of religious and ethnic minorities, but also began the day the issue of what might be called "free choice of lifestyle", or "freedom to deal with appearance and body." It is a pioneering step, no matter how limited, to raise the veneration of individuality and prestige. Will not end up at this point, but will trickle out similar issues in the future, as long as the authorities of Alabuatan: political, social, did not inform the cultural coming of age after.

If the mob tragic and sadistic that have been addressed by the youth of IMO, meaning or consolation, is it Ajtran added dimension philosophically deep for the performance of the current civil rational, who did not cut off its roots at all in the country has seen the emergence of all kinds of ideologies in conflict and the values ​​of beauty tolerant over nine decades of bloodshed and hopes.

Our work enlightened and tireless hard work and sometimes hopeful and sometimes despair, and yield in Sazahr half coming from the journey this time the social rumbling, just because we do not Nhrv facts and not be afraid of freedom.


Title: Re: Up To 100 Emo, LGBT, "Vampire", & "Satanic" Youth Massacred In Iraq
Post by: Merticus on March 22, 2012, 09:30:15 am
http://www.albayan.ae/one-world/arabs/2012-03-04-1.1604832

أحفاد دراكولا» يتحركون في بغداد
المصدر: بغداد ـ «البيان»
التاريخ: 04 مارس 2012

يبدو أن العجائب والغرائب لا تنتهي في «أرض الرافدين»، وفي آخر تقليعة غرائبية في العراق، ظهرت على نطاق محدود بين أوساط الشباب هناك ظاهرة غريبة عبر انتشار مجموعات ممن يعرفون بمنتسبي طائفة «الإيمو» ممن يوصفون بأحفاد دراكولا من «مصاصي الدماء»، وسط تأكيد لمسؤولين بأن هؤلاء الشباب يقومون بمص دمائه بعضهم عبر عض المعصم وينتهي الأمر إلى انتحار جماعي.

وكشف مسؤول عراقي في مدينة الكاظمية (شمال غربي بغداد) عن ورود معلومات أمنية مؤكدة، عن وجود أشخاص «مصاصي الدماء» في المدينة، تابعين لمجموعات الإيمو، فيما ذكرت وزارة الداخلية العراقية إلى أن ظاهرة «الإيمو» يقتصر وجودها على الملابس.

وقال رئيس اللجنة الأمنية في المجلس المحلي لمنطقة الكاظمية علي الشمري في تصريح صحافي إن «مفارز الأمن الوطني والشرطة المجتمعية في المنطقة أبلغتنا عن تحركات مريبة لأشخاص يقلدون ظاهرة الإيمو»، مبينا أن «تلك المعلومات تؤكد أن هؤلاء يقومون بامتصاص الدماء من معاصم بعضهم البعض»، لافتا إلى أن «أتباعها ينتهون بانتحار جماعي، بحسب ما اطلعنا من معلومات بشأنها في أميركا الجنوبية».

عبدة الشيطان

وبين الشمري أن «الجهات المختصة وجدت رسوما لجماجم في بعض المدارس وكتابات باللغة الانجليزية لا تعرف طبيعتها»، لافتا إلى أن المجلس المحلي في الكاظمية «يخشى من إمكانية تحول هؤلاء إلى عبدة للشيطان. مشيرا إلى «انتشار هذه الظاهرة في مناطق أخرى من بغداد كالكرادة وزيونة».

آثار سلبية

من جانبها، أكدت وزارة الداخلية العراقية أن سلبيات ظاهرة «الإيمو» غير موجودة في العراق «لاقتصارها على الملابس والاكسسوارات».

وقال مدير إعلام الشرطة المجتمعية مشتاق طالب إن «هذه الظاهرة فيها بعض السلبيات، مثل الشذوذ الجنسي ومحاولة إيذاء وجرح الجسم بالأدوات الجارحة مثل الشفرات»، إلا انه أشار إلى أن «هذه الآثار السلبية للظاهرة غير موجودة في العراق».

TRANSLATION:

Descendants of Dracula - Moving in Baghdad
Baghdad
Date: March 4, 2012


Seems to be Stranges And Uniques do not end in the «land of Mesopotamia», and in the last Tkulaiah exotic in Iraq, appeared on a limited scale among young people there is a strange phenomenon through the proliferation of groups who are known Bmnzbe range «IMO» who are described as descendents of Dracula from «vampires», the center of officials confirm that these young people who suck his blood across some of them biting the wrist and end up to collective suicide.

Revealed an Iraqi official in the city of Kadhimiya (north-west of Baghdad) on the receipt of information security firm, for the presence of persons «vampires» in the city, belonging to the groups of IMO, as according to the Ministry of Interior that the phenomenon of «IMO» confined to the clothing.

The head of the security committee of the local council for the Kadhimiya Ali Al-Shammari said in a statement that «the detachments of national security and community policing in the area told us about suspicious movements of people imitate the phenomenon of IMO», indicating that «this information confirms that those who absorb blood from the wrists to each other», He pointed out that «the mass suicide of followers they have finished, according to what we have read the information on them in South America».

Satanists

Shammari and that «the competent authorities and today the skulls found in some schools and the writings of English do not know the nature», pointing out that the local council in Kadhimiya «fear of the possibility of turning to these worshipers of the devil. Referring to «spread of this phenomenon in other parts of Baghdad and Kalkradh Zayouna».

Negative effects

For its part, the Ministry of Interior that the negative aspects of the phenomenon of «IMO» does not exist in Iraq «to be limited to clothing and accessories».

The Director of Information Community Police Mushtaq demanded that «phenomenon where some of the negatives, such as homosexuality and try to hurt and wound the body of prey with tools such as blades», but he pointed out that «the negative effects of this phenomenon does not exist in Iraq».



Iraq's Emo killings: A horror story out of control?
By Rami Ruhayem BBC News, Baghdad
March 20, 2012


For several weeks, Iraq has been gripped by a most gruesome rumour.

Iraqi teenagers who dress in tight black clothes, the rumour goes, are being picked up by extremists who then crush their skulls with blocks of cement.

The victims are referred to as "emos", a term originally used in the West to describe youths who listen to a melodic style of rock music, and dress in alternative clothing.

But in Iraq, it has come to mean any man with long hair or a slightly feminine appearance. Emos have also been described alternatively as Satanists, vampires, gays, masons, or all of the above.

Some Iraqi media have said dozens of them, perhaps more than 70, have been killed recently.

Soon enough, almost every media organisation in the country was scrambling to put together its own report about the unexpected phenomenon, and the accompanying terror.

The only problem is that little of it has been verified.

According to the authorities, none of this has happened. A spokesman for Iraq's police said that some young people do dress "strangely", and they have been "dealt with" through peaceful guidance. Alaa Jassem said the media blew the whole thing out of proportion.

He mentioned the case of a "delicate" 17-year-old man named Saif who was killed, but added that it was "just a tribal killing" that had nothing to do with his appearance.
'Targeted intimidation'

The authorities certainly have a stake in dispelling any notion that extremists are on the loose in Baghdad, killing teenagers. But others are also treating the reports with caution.

The BBC contacted a spokesman for Unicef, the United Nations' child protection agency.

Jaya Murthy, who is in Baghdad, expressed concern, calling for a government investigation, and added Unicef has not been able to confirm a single case.

Later, a joint statement by Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, and the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission said there was a "targeted campaign of intimidation and violence against Iraqi youth seen as belonging to the non-conformist emo subculture".

The intimidation is clear for all to see. In Sadr City, a conservative neighbourhood in east Baghdad, leaflets were posted on main streets with lists of names of young men.

They are called "gay" And threatened with death unless they "change their ways" and stopped behaving "like the people of Lot".

And that was only the most visible form of intimidation. The BBC made several attempts to interview young men thought to be emos, and they all pulled out at the last minute. Their fear was very real.

But whether there was a targeted campaign of violence appears less certain.

A spokesman for Amnesty International said Amnesty could not get solid confirmation or names of victims.

Said Boumedouha said the only pictures of dead bodies were those circulated on the internet of Saif and "probably" another man.
Saif's story

Saif appeared to be the one man everyone was talking about. A friend of his told the BBC he was killed "towards the end of last month, or the beginning of this month", because of his hairstyle and clothes.

His body was found early one morning close to his home in east Baghdad. He was killed by a blow to the head.

Saif's friend also said there was another man who was killed the same way. He said he did not know him, but had seen his picture on Facebook.

Despite all the uncertainty, the Iraqi media were still reporting dozens of killings.

Iraqi MP Safia Seheil says there is an extremist agenda at work: "There are political and social forces that want all of Iraqi society to conform to their own world view."

She has called on the government to acknowledge the problem and protect the vulnerable. But she also says exaggeration is part of the problem.

"The exaggeration itself is an agenda too. All the cases point only to a limited number [of victims], but the rumours jump around from one area to another. Some Iraqi media seem to have adopted the cause, and perhaps inadvertently caused panic among the youth," said Safia Seheil.

Amid all the confusion, there is a glimmer of hope.

The joint statement by the human rights groups said that, unlike a spate of attacks in 2009 against gay Iraqis, "the recent campaign has generated strong condemnation within Iraq".

It pointed to a statement by Ayatollah Ali Sistani, the most influential Iraqi cleric, which described the killings as un-Islamic acts of terrorism.

And even as the Iraqi press was circulating unconfirmed reports of dozens of deaths, many columnists were also railing against extremism and calling on the government to protect freedom of expression.



http://paper-bird.net/2012/03/21/you-are-killing-the-nation-not-emos-more-from-iraq/

“You are killing the nation, not emos”: more from Iraq
By Scott Long - March 21, 2012


1. Rumor and responsibility

What do we know about the anti-emo campaign now?

For a start: Iraq’s Ministry of the Interior, you’ll recall, sent forth a statement on February 13 calling for “eliminating” the “phenomenon” of emo youth in Iraq. This offered an official imprimatur, and arguably incitement, to vigilante violence against “deviance.”  One result of the uproar against the killings, and against the Ministry’s weird words, came about this week. The incriminating statement vanished from the police website.

You could argue this is an attempt to quiet the fears their warnings roused. Or you could say, more plausibly, they’re trying to cover their tracks. I feel mildly prescient for having imagined they’d do this; I screensaved the original proclamation. You can find it here.

Even if you take into account the impromptu comments of  government spokesman Ali al-Dabbagh, last week –that “there is no prosecution for belonging to the emo phenomenon  in the country … The security agencies are obliged to protect freedoms” — it doesn’t particularly sound as if the state is backing away from its anti-emo rhetoric. The Ministry of Interior’s February 29 statement, accusing emos of “destructive effects on the structure of communities,” is still up there on the Web. And this week the Ministry of Education stepped up its actions. Those bureaucrats, as I’ve noted, were responsible for a still-secret memo I’ve seen dating all the way back in August 2011: it urged prompt action “in response to the Emo phenomenon insinuating itself into our society”:

        Deterrent legal and administrative measures should be taken against students who engage in this deviancy inside schools.
        Cooperation and coordination are necessary between school administrations and the Interior Ministry’s social police, by reporting these cases to eliminate them and take legal measures against the perpetrators.

Last week, according to Al-Shaafaq News, the Ministry of Education followed up with a circular urging schools to impose uniforms “of gray and yellow colors” for all students, because those hues  ”please the eye” according to a Quranic verse (found in Sura al-Baqara, for the curious). This should protect kids from “exotic trends.”  Killing them also helps, as we now know.

The army also got into the act — with a message exploiting Iraq’s sectarian divide. Lieutenant General Hassan Baydhani, Chief of Staff of Baghdad Operations Command, told Al-Sumariya News that “unconfirmed intelligence information” suggested that the reports of murdered emos were not just lies but a Sunni plot. Claiming that “security forces have not recorded any cases of killings of these young people,” he accused the President of the Association of Muslim Scholars, Harith al-Dhari, “in coordination with al Qaeda,” of spreading these rumors. Their motive?  ”To confuse the security situation in Baghdad prior to the Arab summit.”

Let’s unpack this for a moment. Harith al-Dhari is one of Iraqi Sunnis’ most respected religious figures; his family has a long history of leading insurgencies against British imperialism. The post-Saddam Shi’ite governments have repeatedly accused him of collaborating with Al Qaeda in Mesopotamia (he’s denied it, claiming the group killed four dozen of his relatives).  At month’s end, Iraq is hosting an Arab League summit for the first time in two decades, a considerable source of national pride. Al-Dhari has urged the region’s leaders not to lend legitimacy to the increasingly repressive Shi’ite leadership now in power. The general’s slightly paranoid story suggests the government is exploiting the emo reports as a handy chisel to chip away at al-Dhari’s credibility before the summit starts.

Curiously, Dan Littauer and his unreliable website Gay Middle East have spread the exact mirror version of the same rumor, which they got from an (equally sectarian) anti-Shi’ite blogger outside Iraq. According to that side of the story, the killings are really happening, but it’s all the extreme Shi’ites fault: Moqtada al-Sadr, head of the Mahdi Army militia, “wants to embarrass Prime Minister Al-Maliki [by] exposing him and his party’s Bard organization, as unable to protect their own people in front of the Arab League.” (He means the Badr Organization, associated with both the government and Shi’ite religious leader Ayatollah Sistani.) So the Sadrists are murdering emos to make the government look bad in front of other Arab leaders.

Are you following all this? Lord, I hope not. It’s all speculative and slightly ridiculous. It’s highly unlikely the anti-emo campaign was meant to embarrass the government: if it were, the killers would have worked much harder to get publicity from the start. (Instead, it was pretty much quiet bloodshed until the end of February.) Any militia wanting to expose the fragile security situation could do so far more spectacularly and with greater economy of means than by slaughtering some obscure kids. For instance: they could embark on the monstrous bombings in 20 towns and cities across the countries yesterday, terror attacks that killed dozens. (Al Qaeda in Mesopotamia has apparently claimed responsibility.)   But the way these twin rumors, precise inverses of one another, appeal to credulous people inside and outside Iraq indicates both the matching fears that fester on either side of the Sunni-Shi’ite divide — and the tenuous state of truth in an uncertain country where hard facts are hard to attain.

2.  Voices of opposition to murder

In Najaf on March 12, Ayatollah Bashir Najafi (one of the highest Shi’ite leaders) joined Moqtada al-Sadr and Ayatollah Sistani in condemning the killings. In a fatwa issued by a spokesman, he said that the “proper position” toward the young is “advice and guidance, and religious institutions and the ministries of education and culture carry full responsibility in this regard…. The position toward emo is not to murder them, but to support our youth through reformation and direction.”  There is “no permission for this spilling of blood.”

The controversy over emos continued in Iraqi media all week — though driven from the headlines today, to be sure, by the bloodbath of bombings yesterday.  And the public, political indignation over the pattern of killings has been the only hopeful thing about the whole horror.

MP Khalid Shwani spoke in Parliament, claiming that 53 emos had been killed across the country, including 13 in Baghdad, and repeated demands for an investigation. A spokesperson for the Iraqi List — a party mainly representing secular Shi’ites — accused “unnamed actors of sponsoring campaigns to  to intimidate young people. She declared that “the children of Iraq are not demons or taking directions or instructions from Israel or other countries,” and demanded that “we respect and value the youth population”:

    We should look at the big dreams they hold in their heads, the  aspirations and faith and courage in their hearts, and give care and support for their future.

In the press, one commentator drew on Wikipedia to answer the question “What is the difference between emo and Satanists?” — finding that there was one, at least.  Even in addressing less sensational concerns, though, a certain sociological disdain continued to media approaches to the issue. As in most moral panics — such as 1950s fears in the US about comic books, or 1960s paranoias about mods and rockers in the UK — a consensus persists among liberal thinkers in Iraq that the kids in question are a Problem, and even if violence is not the answer, some kind of professional intervention is. Some emos were given space to speak in the media: but their words were filtered through a heavy layer of Concern.  One emo girl “denied that the emo phenomenon was linked to worshipping Satan,” but “members of the group confirmed a tendency to commit suicide as a result of chronic depression, which eventually leads to psychological disorders and perhaps to an inclination to abuse drugs.”

There are three voices I want to echo, though. Writing with both sympathy and sophistication, Nazmi Kamal Fares, an academic and researcher, tried in Al Rafidayn to place the “emo stigma” in a larger context — that of the “chronic Iraqi fear of freedom.”

    The emo crisis today alerts us again to the need for sustained determination to raise the issue of civil liberties in Iraq, specifically the question of the relationship of the majority to the minority …  Once again, there has been made clear the inability of the majority to structurally absorb the freedom of the minority, and the failure to establish a humanitarian perspective toward the difference of others.

And in the columns of Al-Seyassah in neighboring Kuwait, an Iraqi writer issued a j’accuse: “You are killing the nation, not emos.”

Finally, with all this going on around him, a seventeen-year old emo boy opened a page on Facebook.  The defiant darkness of what he wrote on it in English has its own kind of stylized courage:

    ♥ Put On Your Armour ♥
    ♥ Ragged After Fights ♥
    ♥ Hold Up Yours Sword ♥
    ♥ Your Leaving The Light ♥
    ♥ Make Your Self Ready ♥
    ♥ For The Lords Of The Dark ♥
    ♥ They’ll Watch Yor Way ♥
    ♥ So Be Cautious,Quit And Hark ♥
    ♥.♥ A Thousand Years Gone By ♥.♥
    ♥.♥ Too Late To Wonder Why ♥.♥
    ♥.♥ I’m Here Alone ♥.♥
    ♥.♥ If In My Darkest Hour ♥.♥

He headed it:
 ►►►┼ BE CAREFULL YOU ENTER MY ZONE OF DEATH ┼◄◄◄


Title: Re: Up To 100 Emo, LGBT, "Vampire", & "Satanic" Youth Massacred In Iraq
Post by: Merticus on March 22, 2012, 09:49:50 am
http://www.shafaaq.com/en/interviews/41-interviews/2464-kamil-amin-killing-an-effeminate-catamite-in-sadr-city-created-a-crisis-and-emo-youth-are-talented-and-smart-.html

Kamil Amin: Killing an effeminate catamite in Sadr City, created a crisis and Emo youth are talented and smart
Shafaq News - Thursday, 22 March 2012 09:18


We carried all our questions related to that youth phenomenon, and concern of families about their sons and daughters, because of the threats, and we went to the Ministry of Human Rights, hoping to reach the answers thoroughly. We have met the Director General of the Department of monitoring performance and protection of rights in the Iraqi Human Rights Ministry, Kamil Amin, who opened the doors to our questions.

In answering to our question about what the Ministry of Human Rights did for the phenomenon of Emo, Amin said, "unfortunately partial Media and rumor succeeded in the intimidation of citizens, and was a violation of  human rights and at the same  , this issue was exploited , by some radical groups, and gave them the green light to terrorize citizens ".



http://rainbowiraq.wordpress.com/2012/03/23/liar-liar/

Liar, liar
By Bissam - rainbowiraq on March 23, 2012


For how long will the Iraqi government and authorities keep lying? They should be hospitalized because their noses are 10m long now. Reading the statement of Kamil Amin who has a very long title, the Director General of the Department of monitoring performance and protection of rights in the Iraqi Human Rights Ministry, Is so frustrating and stressing. I was speechless with anger because he was lying and giving proof of his lies. But what can I say? We are proudly a country that has a human rights and migration and migrants ministries. People like Amin, the minister of education and the minister of interior, should be prosecuted for sharing the crimes, lying and stupidity.

Let’s read Kamil Amin’s interview on shafaq.com, but before that let’s remember that he denies that there was any killing case has been registered or there is any knowledge of victims or contact with any of the effected families. You can read the article here http://www.shafaaq.com.

Kamil replied as an answer for the question about what the Ministry of Human Rights did for the phenomenon of Emo,

“Unfortunately partial Media and rumor succeeded in the intimidation of citizens, and was a violation of human rights and at the same, this issue was exploited, by some radical groups, and gave them the green light to terrorize citizens “.

So there was intimidation, violation of human rights and terrorism by some radical groups on citizens.

And he says,

“We in the Ministry of Human Rights to have information on Emo since June 2011 and worked with the Ministry of Education and we are convinced it is not widespread and is a condition experienced by adolescents between the ages of 12-17 years and the young man at the age of 18-19 years would  leave it.”

So what was that “work” between them and the Ministry of Education? And why are they so concerned about the Emo to keep following it as a highly important case for a year? Is that so dangerous to cover on all the crisies that Iraqis are suffering? What about the people who had to leave Iraq and got no support from the human rights ministry? And what about the jobless youths who graduated and had no work and no financial support from the government which spends billions of dollars on stupid things instead of helping these people to get even a simple life?

The whole education system is corrupt and in its lowest level, they even canceled the art and sport classes and replaced them with shiiat rituals ones.

Then he says, “The Emo may get used to physical contact, or the promotion of drugs”

What kind of “physical contact” he is talking about? And is the Iraqi community clear of using drugs? He knows that this is not true, they don’t suck each other’s blood and they don’t use drugs.

This guy needs to suck some blood because there isn’t any in his veins to feel ashamed of what is he saying. Because next he proves he is saying garbage,

“there was no spread of the phenomenon of Emo in Iraq, but they are individual cases and most of them just do not go beyond fashion imitating, which is not aggressive on the contrary, we found that a lot of Emo have a talent for example, of poetry, drawing and some of them are superior and they imitate Emo only in terms of dress, accessories, and even that most of them do not know the meaning of this culture. We asked the Ministry of Education to activate the role of social and psychological investigator. “

He just said “The Emo may get used to physical contact, or the promotion of drugs” and then he says “most of them just do not go beyond fashion imitating’ ‘we found that a lot of Emo have a talent’ ‘they imitate Emo only in terms of dress, accessories, and even that most of them do not know the meaning of this culture”

Is he serious or drunk? Maybe He used some drugs before this interview so he doesn’t know what is he talking about.

Then to make this more ridiculous he says, “Emo is a phenomenon to be between the ages of 12-17 years, and if it continues with the teenager after this age, it will be a medical condition and the parents should send their children to doctors, psychologists to avoid its continuation.”

God bless your soul Freud it is good that you died before reading this otherwise it would have killed you.

In an explanation for the names that hung on the walls in some areas of the capital Baghdad, he says, “we asked the interior to follow-up these bodies and to know their sources and motives”. But why did they aske that? Let him answer you with another bombing answer, “Because the presence of such cases leads to weaken the government”

So it’s for the government’s sakes not to protect innocent people.

But that wasn’t the last joke. He says,

“The sites of anti-Iraq, the views of media and the Internet succeeded in deluding the officials by some information that is away from the facts.”

Who are these anti-Iraq? And what does that term mean anyway?

The entire world is talking about what is happening. And the pictures and videos of these horrific actions are everywhere, but he still impudently says, “There are not any cases of murder and this was confirmed by the Ministry of the Interior. Through ministry teams that exist in various areas of Baghdad, we wanted to monitor a single case to get to the people or the deceased’s family or someone who was killed for being an Emo, but we have not found any case. “

Go to google man, it’s free and full of facts or don’t you know how to use the computer? Go ask the education ministry for help. Oh no, they have so corrupted and untrustworthy system. Sorry man you are just in trouble because you have to ask one of these talented Emo to help you in your search.

People who lead Iraq now, need a medical help desperately. First, an Ophthalmologist, because they are so blind. Second, a psychiatrist because they are so mentally sick. And third, someone to deal with their noses which they are growing long from their lies.


Title: Re: Up To 100 Emo, LGBT, "Vampire", & "Satanic" Youth Massacred In Iraq
Post by: Merticus on March 22, 2012, 09:10:24 pm
'Emo' Youth Targeted In Iraq
Uploaded by AlJazeeraEnglish on March 22, 2012


Rights groups criticise government for not investigating alleged killings.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vPxrvCTXY0Q



Iraq’s Interior Ministry Labels “Emo” as “Satanism”, 90 Students Killed
Finding Justice Podcast #335
Posted by Finding Justice on March 25, 2012


As Iraq’s Interior Ministry has labeled the “Emo” look as “Satanism”.

http://ihrg.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/2-088.mp3


Title: Re: Up To 100 Emo, LGBT, "Vampire", & "Satanic" Youth Massacred In Iraq
Post by: Merticus on March 25, 2012, 02:41:11 pm
http://www.almadapaper.net/news.php?action=view&id=62592

العدد : 2435
بتاريخ : الجمعة 23-03-2012 06:45 صباحا
مصدر لـ( المدى ): المتشددون يستعدون لملاحقة فتيات "الايمو"

 بغداد/ المدى
حذرت مصادر مطلعة من أن الأيام المقبلة ستشهد استهداف للفتيات بذريعة الانتماء إلى (الايمو)، مبينة ان الجماعات المتشددة التي تنفذ هذه العمليات تنتظر انتهاء القمة العربية المزمع عقدها في بغداد من اجل معاودة نشاطاتها.

وقال مصدر امني مطلع لـ(المدى) أمس "ان الجماعات المتشددة خففت من عمليتها ضد شباب الايمو في هذه الفترة بالتزامن مع قرب انعقاد القمة العربية في بغداد نهاية الشهر الحالي"، مشددة على أنها "تنتظر الانتهاء من القمة ومن بعدها ستشن حملة جديدة"، كاشفا "أن هذه المجاميع وحسب المعلومات المتوفرة ستلاحق الفتيات المقلدات لظاهرة الايمو بعد أن شنت عددا من العمليات ضد الشباب".
ولم يستبعد المصدر "تورط بعض العناصر الأمنية بعمليات استهداف الايمو"، متوقعا "أن تبدأ حملة هذه المجاميع الجديدة في شهر أيار المقبل".
وكانت إحصائيات نشرتها عدد من منظمات المجتمع المدني تؤكد سقوط أكثر من 100 ضحية من شباب المقلدين للايمو خلال الشهر الماضي، لكن الجهات الامنية قللت من أهمية هذا الرقم نافية وجود حالات لقتلهم.
من جانبها اتهمت وزارة حقوق الإنسان، وسائل إعلام وصفتها بالمغرضة، بالترويج لاستهداف الايمو، مبينة ان الأمر استغلته الجماعات المتشددة في ترويع المواطنين.
وقال المتحدث باسم الوزارة كامل امين في تصريحات صحفية أمس"للأسف الشديد نجح الإعلام المغرض، في ترويع المواطن، وهذا انتهاك، لحقوق الانسان وبالوقت نفسه، استغل هذا الموضوع من قبل بعض المجاميع المتشددة وأعطاهم الضوء الأخضر لترويع المواطنين".
واضاف "نحن في وزارة حقوق الإنسان لدينا معلومات عن الايمو منذ حزيران 2011، وعملنا مع وزارة التربية وحصلنا على قناعة تامة بأنها غير منتشرة و هي حالة يمر بها المراهقون بين أعمار 12-17 سنة ويغادرها الشاب في عمر 18-19 سنة".
ونفى وجود حالات قتل لشباب الايمو، وقال "لا توجد اي حالة قتل وهذا ما تم تأكيده من قبل وزارة الداخلية، اليوم اذا يقتل شاب او مراهق في العراق من الايمو ستتوفر معلومات حقيقية عن مقتله، وان الحالة التي تم اللغط فيها وتداولها حدثت في مدينة الصدر لشاب تم اختطافه وكان يتهم بانه مثلي او مخنث وتم قتله هناك وتحقيق وزارة الداخلية اثبت بانها حالة جنائية". وأردف "من خلال فرق الوزارة التي تتواجد في شتى مناطق بغداد أردنا ان نرصد حالة واحدة لنصل إلى ذوي او عائلة القتيل او شخص قتل لكونه ايمو لكننا لم نعثر على أي حالة".
وتابع امين أن السبب يتمثل في "عدم التعامل المبكر من قبل وزارة الداخلية مع تلك الحالة، والذي حصل هو ان بعض الافراد سعوا الى تخويف الشباب، لكنها تصرفات فردية وصدرت تعليمات من وزارة الداخلية تمنع التعرض للايمو، وبرغم كون الظاهرة دخيلة على مجتمعنا، لكن يمكن التصرف بروية و ذلك من خلال لاتصال بالأهالي".
واضاف "الايمو قد يستغل لحصول الاتصال الجسدي او الترويج للمخدرات، ولكن علينا توخي الحذر بالتعامل مع الظاهرة من خلال توعيتهم، على ان لا يكون هناك اختراق للخصوصية او انتهاك الحريات الشخصية".

TRANSLATION:

Number: 2435
On: Friday 3/23/2012 6:45
Source for (long): militants were preparing to go after girls, "emo"
Baghdad / term


Informed sources have warned that the coming days will see the targeting of girls under the pretext of belonging to (IMO), indicating that the militant groups that carry out these processes waiting for the end of the Arab Summit to be held in Baghdad in order to resume their activities.

A security source said early (range) yesterday, "that the militant groups softened their operation against the young emo in this period in conjunction with the proximity of the Arab summit in Baghdad at the end of this month," emphasizing that it "waiting for the completion of the summit and then will launch a new campaign," revealing that "these totals, according to information available to hunt down girls Almqldat emo phenomenon after a number of operations carried out against young people."

The source did not rule out "the involvement of some elements of security operations targeting emo," expected "to start the new campaign these totals in the month of May next."

The statistics published by a number of civil society organizations confirmed killed more than 100 victims of young imitators of Emo in the past month, but the security authorities played down the significance of this figure, denying the existence of cases to kill them.

For its part, accused the Ministry of Human Rights and the media have described Bamoredh, to promote the targeting of emo, indicating that it exploited by militant groups to terrorize citizens.

A spokesman for the ministry full secretary in a press statement yesterday, "unfortunately succeeded Media disinterested, terrorizing the citizens, and this violation, human rights and the time himself, took advantage of this issue by some groups, radical and gave them the green light to terrorize the citizens."

"We in the Ministry of Human Rights to have information on emo since June 2011, and worked with the Ministry of Education and we are convinced that it is not widespread and is a condition experienced by adolescents between the ages of 12-17 years and leave the young man at the age of 18-19 years."

He denied the existence of cases of killings of young emo and said, "there are not any cases of murder and this was confirmed by the Ministry of the Interior, today if it kills young man or teenager in Iraq from the IMO will be available real information about his death, and that the situation has been confusion, circulation took place in Sadr City of a young man was kidnapped and was accused of being a homosexual or effeminate were killed there and the achievement of the Ministry of Interior has proved the case as a criminal. " And added, "through the ministry teams that exist in various areas of Baghdad, we want to monitor a single case to get to the people or the deceased's family or someone was killed for being emo, but we have not found any case."

He said Secretary that the reason is "not to deal early by the Ministry of the Interior with that case, which happened is that some individuals have sought to intimidate the young, but the actions of individual and were instructed by the Ministry of the Interior to prevent exposure to Imo, despite the fact that the phenomenon is alien to our society, but it can be to act carefully and through to contact local community. "

"The IMO may get used to physical contact, or the promotion of drugs, but we must be cautious in dealing with the phenomenon through awareness, that there is no breach of privacy or violation of personal freedoms."



http://paper-bird.net/2012/03/25/a-war-against-me-inside-and-outside-security-forces-denials-and-emos-in-iraq/

“A war against me, inside and outside”: Security forces, denials, and emos in Iraq
By Scott Long - March 25, 2012


In the Iraqi media, Sawt al-Iraq and Al-Mada both reported on Friday, March 23, that “security sources” are suggesting there will be a lull in attacks on emos until the Arab League Summit in Baghdad, scheduled for this week, ends. The sources also said, though, that girls will be targeted when the attacks resume:

    Informed sources warned that the coming days will see the targeting of girls under the pretext of belonging to emo, indicating that the militant groups that carry out these actions are waiting for the end of the Arab Summit to be held in Baghdad in order to resume their activities.

    A security source said early yesterday that  ”the militant groups reduced their operations against emo youth in this period in conjunction with the proximity of the Arab summit in Baghdad at the end of this month,” emphasizing that they are “waiting for the completion of the summit and then they will launch a new campaign.” … The source did not rule out  ”the involvement of some elements of security operations in targeting emo,” expected “to begin a new campaign in the coming month of May.”


If the delay is true, it’s presumably not because the killers want to spare Iraq embarrassment during the summit, but because security measures imposed since last week’s massive bombings have the capital on lockdown, with checkpoints and traffic jams slowing traffic to a standstill.

The papers noted, though, that in official statements “security authorities played down the significance” of civil society groups’ claims that up to 100 may be dead, “denying the existence of cases of killings.”

Al-Shaafaq spoke last week to Kamil Amin, director general for monitoring and protection in the Ministry of Human Rights. He reiterated the official denials.  ”There are no cases of murder. This was confirmed by the Ministry of the Interior”:

“Today if an emo young man or teenager in Iraq is killed, real information will be available about his death. The situation has been confused. A story circulated in Sadr City of a young man who was accused of being a homosexual or effeminate man and kidnapped and  killed there; the work of the Ministry of Interior has proved the case was criminal.”

The last reference is presumably to Saif Raad Asmar Abboudi, a 20-year-old murdered in Sadr City on February 17. It’s not quite clear what the final comment means; but it seems Amin is trying to distinguish between killings for emo “identity” and killings for suspected homosexual conduct. Of course, as many Iraqis have pointed out, the two blend into one another as linked forms of “deviance” in the popular mind. Amin admitted, on the other hand, that names — along with death threats — had been posted on walls in Baghdad neighborhoods. ”I don’t deny that thing, this talk; banners were circulating, it is easy, there are computers and printers everywhere, and you can easily write up names and existing lists. The issue came up because of ideological extremist groups.”

Asked what the Human Rights Ministry was doing about the situation, Amin temporized and called on the shrinks for aid:

    “I think the Council of Ministers offered assurances that personal freedoms are protected, and that there was no spread of the phenomenon of emo in Iraq, only individual cases most of which don’t go beyond a matter of fashion, which is not aggressive.  On the contrary, we found that a lot of emo have talent — for example, poetry or drawing. Some of them are superior people and they imitate emo only in terms of dress and  accessories …

    “Emo is a phenomenon between the ages of 12-17 years. If it continues with the teenager after this age, it is a medical condition, and the parents should send their children to doctors and psychologists to stop it.”


Meanwhile, according to Al-Mada, the chair of the parliamentary committee on displaced persons, Abdul Khaliq Zangana, accused security forces of “arresting and intimidating young people under the pretext of the emo phenomenon”:

    “Restoring security has become a pretext and an excuse for the security services to arrest young people, who are supposed  to be the future of Iraq … Some young people who had agreed to return to Iraq through the parliamentary committee have expressed sorrow that they returned to suffer from these arrests and intimidation, under the pretext of establishing security.”

This long and horrible video has been circulating inside Iraq and out; it claims to show an executed emo hanging from the railing of a bridge. I cannot vouch for what it claims to be: any number of what are, in effect, snuff videos or close to it emerge from Iraq regularly, spoor of the regularity of death there. US soldiers used to pick them up on Bluetooth (or, where their relationship to the atrocities was nearer, film them themselves) and bring or send them back home, like trophies.

Finally, what follows is a long letter I received from a gay-identified man in Baghdad. It describes both the immediate fears caused by the killing campaign, and a longer and deeper burden of anxiety. I have edited it slightly for continuity and to eliminate all identifying references.

You can’t imagine my delight when I received the message you sent me on [a gay website]. I was so happy I started crying because there are others in this world who sympathize with our suffering and the dark life we’re living here in Iraq. …  I’ve almost lost any hope for living the free and fulfilling life I aspire to and I remain confined to my home…

I live near Al-Sadr city [Baghdad’s huge Shi’ite slum] … I was born just over 30 years ago and from early in my life, I started feeling that my sexual leaning is different from that of other members of my sex. I started discovering that I’m attracted to men- yes, I started discovering that I was homosexual  (mithly al-jens) or a sexual deviant (shaz jenseyan). At this point my torment started in the conflict with my family and the society I live in on one hand, and with myself on the other. There was a conflict between me as a man and my sexual desire. I kept repressed inside me that feeling which tormented me all my life, especially at the beginning of my youth. I was supposed to be enjoying the best years of my life like others, but I was far from this. …

My problem now is that someone has photographed me having sex. That person blackmailed me and when I refused to pay him, he published the photos online. I’m in constant fear that one of my relatives or co-workers might find out about these photos, at which point they will have no mercy on me and might even kill me. I was threatened that the photos will be sent to everyone that knows me and to my family and relatives. I’m always afraid when I go down the street to buy bread, for example, or when the door bell rings. I fear that someone came to assault me. That feeling of fear dominates my life almost daily.

I’ve encountered many horrors that I was saved from almost miraculously. I was once walking on Palestine Street, when a car stopped beside me. There were three scary looking men in the car and one of them got off the car and approached me. He asked me why I had insulted his friend, because the way I was walking would attract attention in the street. The three started attacking me, so I said let’s go to the police. They were nearby. As I walked before them, they left me and went back to their car. I ran away to the side streets but they were chasing me with their car. I was running while crying and was scared to death they might catch me again. The concrete blocks  in the middle of the road saved me however, because they were not able to go through these with their car.

I was assaulted and robbed of my wallet many times when I went out at night. I can’t describe the fear I feel whenever leaving my house, which makes me stop going out most of the time. One day I was at al-Zawra’a Gardens [the biggest park in central Baghdad] with a friend of mine when a policeman noticed us and then came over to arrest us. They took us to the police center where we met a[nother] police officer. The policeman who brought us said that we were “practicing sodomy” in the park, which was not true. They interrogated me and my friend separately and said they would put us in jail. We had to pay them for our release.

I was raped many times by policemen under the threat of their guns. They also threatened to surrender me to extremist groups if I refused. For me, the previous era was a golden era, because homosexuality was tolerated. I’m scared now because I expect death or beheading at any moment. Islam considers homosexuality to be a sin and the Shi’ite authority Ayatollah Al-Sistani published on his website a call to kill homosexuals. …

We as gays do not exist in this country and we have nobody to represent us. We’re vulnerable prey for whoever wants to attack us and nobody will protect us or stand by our side. We’re excluded by most people, including our own families. One day when I was at work, my sister looked into my stuff and found a CD that had a gay porn movie on it. She knew about me, especially because she used to try to listen to my conversations on the phone with friends. She told my parents about what she found and they turned on me with hate and disgust. They  began seriously thinking about forcing me to marry a female cousin to prevent any possible scandal. They pressured me and even threatened to kick me out of the house and expose me to others if I didn’t marry her.

Worse than all this is that a few days ago I received a phone call from someone who said he knew where I live and [where I work]. He said he has a film of me having sex and threatened to send it to my workplace and to my family if I didn’t agree to what he was asking. He wanted me to give him the names of my emo friends so they can target them. Now in Baghdad young people who wear black tight clothes and have pics of skulls and let their hair grow long are called emo female “wannabes.” These people are being killed by gangs called “Asa’ib” [presumably Asaib Ahl al-Haq, the “League of the Righteous,” a Shi’ite militia whom some blame for the current attacks] and by the Iraqi police. To these gangs emos and gays are two faces of one coin. Photos of their victims were published online and a lot of dead bodies were found in different areas of Baghdad.

I refused to give any names to that caller who threatened me, and I blocked his number. However, I still receive threats through other numbers that I don’t recognize. I’m scared to death that these criminals might find out about my full name and my address through my account with the phone company I receive service from. Because if you know somebody that works at the phone company, you can very easily obtain more information about any number you have. This has happened to me once when I talked with someone on the internet and we exchanged numbers. It was only a few days before that person called and told me my full name and address. He obtained that information through my my mobile number.

The Iraqi government stands with the criminals by denying the brutal murders which take place now in Iraq and which they cover up. Gays have always been the easy victims who can’t resort to anyone to protect them — because everyone in this society excludes and ostrasizes gays. As I’m writing, my tears are pouring, because I know I might die for being gay. I wish I’d never been like this, to a degree that makes me want to die and think about suicide constantly. Sometimes I meet a close friend of mine and we hug each other and cry for how miserable our lives are. I’m a human being and we have a right to live with dignity. Why do they kill and slaughter us in the most brutal ways?!  …

Iraq today is governed by people of religion who do not tolerate any dissent and kill people with no mercy. I have friends in many places who were killed in the most brutal ways and in public for being gay. The number of people killed in the latest wave has risen to more than twenty people. Until recently I had some hope that my country’s conditions might improve and that the human will be respected in Iraq. But after what’s been happening recently I’ve lost all hope and realized that my country is heading towards the unknown…. I’m scared that I might be exposed at time at work or that my family might find out about me. I’m threatened with death because of the  murders that target emos, because society here believes that gays are emos and that they’re responsible for such lifestyles. I can’t leave home without trying to hide. It’s a war against me, inside my home and outside.


(Thanks to Samir Nisus, a young Egyptian activist, for translating this. Be sure to read his own remarkable blog, on sex, sexuality, democracy, and other cogent issues, - http://arableftist.blogspot.com/)


Title: Re: Up To 100 Emo, LGBT, "Vampire", & "Satanic" Youth Massacred In Iraq
Post by: Merticus on March 26, 2012, 11:52:50 am
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المهجرين البرلمانية: الأجهزة الامنية تعتقل وترهب الشباب في بغداد والمحافظات بحجة الايمو
المحرر: BR | HAH
الأحد 25 آذار 2012   11:57 GMT
رئيس لجنة المهجرين البرلمانية لقاء وردي

السومرية نيوز/ بغداد
اتهمت لجنة المهجرين في مجلس النواب، الأحد، أن الأجهزة الأمنية في بغداد والمحافظات باعتقال وترهيب الشباب، لافتة إلى أن تلك الاعتقالات تتم بحجة استتباب الأمن والإيمو، فيما اعتبرت استهداف الشباب استهدافا للثروة البشرية.

وقالت رئيس اللجنة لقاء وردي في بيان صدر، اليوم، وتلقت "السومرية نيوز"، نسخة منه إن "بعض الشباب الذين وافقوا على العودة إلى العراق عن طريق لجنة المهجرين البرلمانية أصبحوا نادمين كون القوات الامنية استقبلت بعمليات الاعتقال والترهيب بحجة استتباب الأمن والايمو".

وأضافت وردي أن "استتباب الأمن أصبح ذريعة وحجة للأجهزة الأمنية لاعتقال الشباب الذين نعول عليهم بأن يكونوا مستقبل العراق ووجهه الجديد"، معتبرة أن "استهداف الشباب هو استهدافا للثروة البشرية لأي مجتمع".

وأكدت وردي أن "هناك اعتقالات تمارس ضد أعداد كبيرة من الشباب في بغداد والمحافظات دون أي مبرر".

وكانت "السومرية نيوز"، حصلت في (التاسع من آذار 2012) على قائمتين تم وضعهما في عدد من الشوارع الرئيسة لمدينة الصدر شرق بغداد، نشر فيهما أسماء المنتمين لظاهرة الإيمو في قطاعات المدينة، تتوعدهم بالقتل من قبل "المجاهدين" في حال عدم تركها، ووصفتهم بـ"الجراوي" في إشارة إلى كونهم من المثليين.

وتشير مصادر في أجهزة الأمن العراقية وشهود عيان أن العديد من عمليات القتل "الغامضة" طالت مؤخرا شباب منتمين لظاهرة الايمو أو من أصحاب السلوك الغريب أو اللباس أو تسريحة الشعر الغريبة، وتلفت تلك المصادر إلى أن أغلب عمليات القتل كانت عن طريق "سحق رؤوسهم بطابوقة (قطعة من الأسمنت).

واعتبر بعض أعضاء البرلمان العراقي من المدافعين عن حقوق الإنسان، ومنهم النائب المستقلة صفية السهيل، أن عناصر قوى الأمن بدأت في المدة الأخيرة تقوم باضطهاد الشباب واعتقالهم فقط لمجرد أنهم يلبسون على الموضة أو لأن تسريحة شعرهم غير اعتيادية.

إلا أن وزارة الداخلية ردت في بيان، أصدرته في (الثامن من آذار 2012 الحالي)، وتلقت "السومرية نيوز" نسخة منه، لتؤكد إنها لم تسجل أي حالات قتل لمقلدي ظاهرة الايمو خلال المدة الماضية"، موضحة أن جميع حالات القتل التي أشيع عنها في وسائل الإعلام كانت لأسباب ثأرية واجتماعية وإجرامية تحدث دائماً.

وتعني الايمو Emo باللغة الانكليزية الحساس أو العاطفي أو المتهيج ويتبع مقلدو هذه الظاهرة نمطا معينا في الحياة يتمثل بالاستماع لموسيقى معينة تنتمي لموسيقى الروك وتسريحة شعر معينة وملابس سوداء، وسراويل ضيقة جدا أو فضفاضة جدا، وأغطية المعصم.

TRANSLATION:

Displacement Parliamentary security services to arrest and intimidate young people in Baghdad and the provinces under the pretext of emo
Editor: BR | HAH
Sunday 25 March 2012 11:57 GMT
Chairman of the Parliamentary Committee of the displaced to meet with the pink


Sumerian News / Baghdad
Accused the Commission of Displacement in the House, Sunday, that the security services in Baghdad and the provinces to arrest and intimidation of young people, pointing out that these arrests are the pretext of security and IMO, considered as targeting young people targeted for the wealth of mankind.

The Chairman of the Committee to meet with the pink in a statement issued today, and received "Alsumaria News", a copy of "some young people who have agreed to return to Iraq through the Commission for Displaced parliamentary become ruing the fact that the security forces received the arrests and intimidation under the pretext of security and emo."

The pink that "the establishment of security has become a pretext and excuse for the security services to arrest young people who are counting on them that they are the future of Iraq and face the new," arguing that "the targeting of young people is targeted to the human wealth of a society."

Pink and confirmed that "there is practiced against the arrests of large numbers of young people in Baghdad and the provinces without any justification."

The "Sumerian News", I got in (the ninth of March 2012) on the two lists have been put in a number of main streets of Sadr City in eastern Baghdad, he published two names belonging to the phenomenon of IMO in the sectors of the city, Taatuadhm death by "mujahideen" in the absence of left, and described them as "Jerawi" in reference to being gay.

According to sources in the Iraqi security services and witnesses, many of the killings, "the mysterious" long-recent youth belonging to the phenomenon of emo or the owners of strange behavior or dress or hairstyle exotic, and draws those sources that most of the killings were by "crush their heads Btaboukh ( a piece of cement).

He said some members of parliament from the Iraqi human rights defenders, including the independent MP Safia al-Suhail, that the elements of the security forces started in the last term the persecution and detention of young people just because they wear fashionable hairstyle or because their hair is normal.

However, the Interior Ministry responded in a statement, issued on (the eighth of March 2012 now), and received "Alsumaria News," a copy of it, to confirm that it has not recorded any cases of murder of Mqlde phenomenon emo during the last term, "pointing out that all cases of murder, which most commonly reported in the media was for reasons of revenge, social and criminal always occur.

Emo emo means in English the sensitive, emotional or irritable and follows Mqldo this phenomenon in a particular style of life is to listen to the music belong to a particular rock, a certain hairstyle and black clothes, and pants too tight or too loose, and covers the wrist.


Title: Re: Up To 100 Emo, LGBT, "Vampire", & "Satanic" Youth Massacred In Iraq
Post by: Merticus on April 10, 2012, 11:21:51 am
http://www.equinoxpub.com/blog/2012/04/iraqi-emos/

Iraqi Emos
By Joseph Laycock - Bulletin For The Study Of Religion
April 10, 2012


Since February, disturbing reports have come out of Iraq that Shiite militia groups have been killing “emo” youth.  Between 50 and 100 young men have been killed, typically in “stonings” in which the victim’s head is crushed under a piece of concrete.  In the United States, emo is a genre of angsty music with ties to punk.  Critic Andy Greenwald associates the success of emo in the American mainstream with the process of national healing that followed September 11th.  In a similar trend, Iraqi youth may have adopted emo music and dress to express their sadness over the state of their country and their outrage at their culture’s turn towards theocracy.

While “emo” is already a poorly defined term in America, in Iraq it has become a synonym for homosexuality.  A gay culture existed in Iraq before the 2003 invasion. After the fall of Sadam, Islamic militias took control of many parts of the country, effectively suppressing gay culture and enforcing strict dress codes.  Gay Iraqis must now take great effort to conceal their identities.  Youth wearing “emo” garb, including black or tight-fitting clothing, unusual hairstyles, piercings, nail polish, or skull jewelry are assumed to be homosexuals.  In some neighborhoods, militias have produced “death lists,” warning those listed that they have four days to change their style of dress or be targeted for murder.

Fueling this repression is a moral panic with decidedly Western elements: Iraqi emos have also been accused of vampirism and devil worship.  High school girls are believed to be particularly susceptible to Satanic vampirism, which is regarded as a corrupting Western influence.  Al Sumaria News described rumors that emo youth slit their wrists to drink each other’s blood and engage in mass suicide.  These rumors mirror claims by the anti-cult movement in the United States as well as more recent fears that Twilight and other vampire media will somehow turn American teenagers into Satanic murderers.  It seems that America has not only exported its music to Iraq, but also its paranoid fantasies that youth culture conceals a network of criminal Satanism.

Another Western element of this crisis is an attempt by government officials to frame interest in emo as a pathology.  Kamil Amin of the Iraqi Human Rights Ministry explained that if young people continue to “be emo” beyond the age of 17, their behavior constitutes a medical condition and parents should seek the aid of psychologists and other professionals.  Sociologists refer to such claims as “the medicalization of deviance.”  There is a long history in the West of categorizing homosexuality as a mental illness.  In the 1970s, anti-cult activists also employed medical arguments to explain interest in new religious movements as a form of disease.

The worst part of these crimes is that religious and government leaders appear to simultaneously condemn the killings while expressing sympathy for the killers.  Shiite leaders including Moqtada Al-Sadr have condemned the killings as terrorism, but they have also insisted that emo youth are sexual deviants who should be dealt with through legal means.  Human rights activists have claimed the government is also complicit in the killings.  The Iraqi Ministry of Interior has denied that there is a pattern of killing emo youth and claimed that the murders were unrelated.  However, on February 13, the ministry’s website described the emos as Satanists and describes efforts to “eliminate” them.  (This message has since been taken down).

While it is tempting to blame the persecution of Iraqi emos on either the alleged intolerance of Islamic culture or imported Western ideas about the dangers of youth culture, the problem appears to be part of a larger pattern of social behavior that occurs across cultures.  Social disorder and uncertainty create an environment amenable to conspiracy theories and scapegoating.  By simplifying complex problems, beliefs in evil conspiracies are, paradoxically, a source of hope as well as fear.  Along with the imagined horrors of blood sucking teenagers and emo hymns to Satan, there is a sense of certainty that everything will be right again once the names on a list are “eliminated.”  When the center falls apart, blame is cast on the periphery.  The deaths of Iraq’s emo youth serve as a stark reminder that rumors of Satanic conspiracies often end with collective violence against the most marginalized members of society.  This is as true in Sadr City as it was in Salem.


Title: Re: Up To 100 Emo, LGBT, "Vampire", & "Satanic" Youth Massacred In Iraq
Post by: Merticus on September 18, 2012, 12:53:01 pm
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-19570870

[VIDEO]

BBC Investigation Reveals Police Persecution Of Gays In Iraq
12 September 2012 Last updated at 07:32 ET


A BBC World Service investigation has revealed that law enforcement agencies in Iraq are involved in the ongoing systematic persecution of homosexuals.

Activists say hundreds of gay men, and some women, have died in targeted killings in Iraq in recent years.

These numbers are difficult to verify, but the United Nations confirmed it was extremely concerned about what it called a deadly anti-gay campaign.

The UN office in Baghdad also told the BBC that Iraq's government is in violation of international law and failure to react to these killings have made the state a perpetrator in the crime.

Natalia Antelava reports from Baghdad.