Woman Sentenced to Death for Apostasy

We have seen people who have been wrongfully committed and executed for crimes they did not commit, and we have seen murderess that were never apprehended. Justice has failed us on numerous occasions in the past, but you would be inclined to think that the system has evolved in the past decades. Wrong. Even to this day, horrible things happen to innocent people. The case of a woman sentenced to death for apostasy is a perfect example. 

One would think that the times of religious persecution are no longer upon us and that being accused of apostasy would surely be something that belonged to the past. What is curious is that in the 21st century, citizens can still receive horrific sentences when accused of being an apostate. Apostasy itself represents the disaffiliation (or the renunciation) of a certain religion (simply put, it’s when a Christian for instance refuses his or her previous religion) and in some religious groups, such behavior is severely punished.

The punishments may range, but in some situations, death penalty for apostates is a fact. According to Islamic law, for instance, a person who commits apostasy will have his or her children and property removed and assigned guardians, they will receive a state enforced marriage annulment and the ultimate punishment for the apostate is death.

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Meriam Yahya Ibrahim and her Situation

A 27 year old woman in Sudan has been sentenced to death on May 15th for committing apostasy in Sudan- she married a Christian man and refused to convert to Islam, and in doing so, she was handed in to the authorities and trialed. According to her current sentence, she will be allowed to nurse and raise her newly born baby daughter for two years after which her sentence will be carried out. This situation has raised a lot of concern and numerous world leaders as well as human rights organizations have been speaking out. Hillary Clinton for instance described her sentence as “abhorrent”. Meriam will also be subject to 100 whip lashes for adultery now that she has given birth to her child.

Birth of Her Daugther

As Meriam was imprisoned while still pregnant with her daughter, she was denied access to a hospital when the time came for her baby to be delivered. The 27 year old was forced therefore to deliver her baby girl in prison, while still in chains (the authorities did not permit Meriam to have the chains from her legs removed even as she was giving birth to her daughter). Daniel Wani (Meriams’ husband) was not allowed to see his wife or daughter the day she was born, and could only be allowed access the next day, in company of his lawyer.

Apostasy and Controversy

Meriam was granted a 4 day grace period during her eight month of pregnancy when she was allowed to convert to Islam. The 27 year old refused to renounce the Christian religion she was raised in (she was born to a Muslim father who had left her and her mother as she was growing up so her mother, an Ethiopian Orthodox, raised her in her own faith) and married a Christian. One of her relatives accused her of committing adultery with her Christian husband so the prosecution (with the support of the judge) asked that she abandon her Christian belief and convert to Islam.

International Reactions

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The UK government has declared this situation as being barbaric and a flagrant breach of international human rights. Countries such as the US, Canada, the Netherlands and Britain have all urged Sudan to consider justice and compassion in enforcing the international human rights law.

Five Most Dangerous Drugs in the World

Our society is ever more threatened by the multitude of narcotics and other types of addictive substances that are put at the disposal of our youth. Nowadays parents fear that their children will someday become addicted to these types of substances and the threat is real. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to notice that our children dispose of more money than we did when we were their age, they move more freely around pubs, bars and discos, and they can procure almost everything they want with the right connections. We have therefore comprised a list of the most harmful and dangerous drugs out there. There are several factors that one must consider in order to rank dangerous drugs and they are:

  • The addictive potential
  • Physical harm that comes to those using
  • Impact on society

Here are our top contenders:


Five Most Dangerous Drugs in the World

This popular street drug is a morphine derivative commonly known for its street names: “H”, smack, brown, black, horse, tar, junk or skag. Heroin is actually inactive by itself, it only activates when it enters the body by converting to morphine. It produces a state of euphoria and has been described by anthropologists as the perfect “whatever drug”. Users develop a quick tolerance and need to increase doses in a quick pace so as to produce a high. They also describe a different high (as opposed to morphine) explainable either by its metabolite (6-MAM) or by the rapidity of onset. It produces grave side effects such as dependence, constipation, overdose (due to differences in purity),withdrawal symptoms, and as a consequence of needle use, addicts run the risk of contracting STDs, endocarditis, developing abscesses, poisoning , etc.


Five Most Dangerous Drugs in the World

Obtained from the leaves of the coca plant, cocaine is another stimulant, apetite suppressant and anesthetic that is also known as coke, snow, flake or blow.  What is so special about this drug is the fact that it has both a hydrophilic and lipophilic efficiency so it crosses the brain-blood barrier better than any other psychoactive drug. It can also cause BBB (blood-brain-barrier) breakdown. Because of its effects on sodium channels, cocaine can also induce sudden cardiac death to users, apart from its other side effects like depression, appetite suppression, overdose risk, and many others.


Five Most Dangerous Drugs in the World

Acting as central nervous depressants, these drugs can produce an array of effects- from mild sedation to anesthesia, hypnosis, acting as an anxiolytic and anticonvulsant. During intoxication they produce an effect similar to ethanol- a feeling of excitement and euphoria. The main risk when using them is respiratory arrest, while intoxication may have other side effects like drowsiness, nystagmus and others. Accidental overdose is also worth considering.


Five Most Dangerous Drugs in the World

This is another synthetic opioid, similar to heroin that is legally used as an anti-addictive substance. It acts on the same opioid receptors that are activated by heroin and has many of the same effects. Adverse effects include constipation, sedation, heat intolerance, nausea, vomiting, hallucinations, confusion, cardiac arrhythmias, suicidal ideations, depression, insomnia and countless others.


Five Most Dangerous Drugs in the World

Generally used in veterinary medicine, ketamine has a short acting time (taking effect in 10 minutes) and acting as a hallucinatory drug. It creates dissociative states where users feel detached from their physical bodies. Side effects include arrhythmias, hyper- or hypotension, increased intracranial pressure, vomiting, airway obstruction, apnea and many others.

Do the Crime and Pay the Weird Price: The Strangest Court Sentences Ever

Judges are supposed to be wise and learned people who are experts at making smart decisions on tough matters. Will you agree with this description after reading about the strangest court sentences ever handed out?

The Idiot Sign

Strangest Court Sentences Ever

Shena Hardin is a self-proclaimed idiot. She was driving in Cleveland when she decided to go up onto the sidewalk in order to avoid stopping for a school bus. The judge told her to make a sign telling the world how stupid she is and then stand outside during rush hour for two days holding it up. I bet she will think twice about being that stupid again.

The Wal-Mart Thief?

Strangest Court Sentences Ever

An unusual court sentence in Alabama saw a couple of convicted shoplifters forced to stand outside the store they stole from with big signs explaining what they did.

The Not So Easy Listening Sentence

Strangest Court Sentences Ever?

If you like some heavy metal, R&B, rock or rap then you don’t want to be up in front of Judge Paul Sacco in Colorado. In fact, most people with some sort of musical taste will want to avoid him. This guy has a strange sentence for anyone who is convicted of annoying others with loud music: he forces them to listen to easy listening classics. This means that they need to listen to music they don’t like. Yes, this does indeed having hours of Barry Manilow’s nonsense forced on you. Less serious offenders get Dolly Parton or maybe some classical music to listen to.

The Tweet Apology?

Strangest Court Sentences Ever

I have severely insulted Jean-Francois Cope and Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet. I regret and apologize. It’s not the most interesting tweet in the world but some poor person was convicted to send it 466 times in a month. An internet critic of the 2 politicians was given this weird court sentence by a French judge.

The Court Haircut?

Strangest Court Sentences Ever

Who knew that going to McDonald’s could cause such a problem? A 13 year old called Kaytlen Lopan and a younger friend cut off the hair of a 3 year old in the play area of a restaurant in Utah. The judge took a pragmatic approach and ordered that the initial sentence of 30 days detention and 276 hours of community service would be reduced if the teenager’s mother cut the perpetrator’s hair. The victim’s mother got to say how short the cut had to be.

The Bread and Water Diet

Strangest Court Sentences Ever?

When Melissa Dawn Sweeney neglected her horse she didn’t expect it to lead to a strange court sentence of jail with bread and water for her. Her horse had to get put to sleep and the wise judge decided that the offender should suffer a similar sort of level of neglect to the horse while in jail.

Plenty of Church?

Strangest Court Sentences Ever

When 17 year old Tyler Alred was found guilty of manslaughter following a traffic accident he probably didn’t expect to end up sentenced to church. His friend who was a passenger at the time was killed in the accident but family members didn’t want to see Alred locked up in jail because of a mistake he had made. Judge Mike Norman told the accused that he has to graduate from high school and from welding school, take regular drug and alcohol tests and go to church for the next couple of decades.

A Few Truly Awful Jobs One Can Have

If we were to take all the information and the talks we hear seriously, we might conclude that nobody – like, really, nobody – is happy with their job at all. Complaining about your job and the fact that what you have to do is very boring, or stupid, or hard to do, seems to be everyone’s real job. At least judging from the effort and enthusiasm invested into this complaining. But if everyone were to look beyond their (sometimes) petty reasons to whine and get over the pretentiousness, not only would the world be a better place (because maybe then we could actually move on to having better conversations), but we might also notice the truly awful jobs out there.

Some people are either very brave, or have a very strong stomach, or are simply out of better alternatives and have to settle for jobs that most people would avoid like the plague. Honestly, there are probably few worse ways to make a living than what you’re about to see. I, for one, would prefer to gurn every day for a living rather than doing any of these really awful jobs. Therefore, let’s pay a bit more respect to the people whose jobs actually suck and stop complaining like a bunch of frustrated teenagers about ours. Nothing most of us do could possibly compare to any of these:

Bull (or elephant) masturbator

Nope, there will be no picture posted of this job. Really. But the description may be suggestive enough for any reader to be grossed out by now. You know, in zoos and also in modern farming, there’s no time anymore to allow the animals to naturally reproduce, and therefore semen must be collected from a male and used to inseminate quite a high population of females (at least in farming). Well, that semen used must be collected somehow. And guess what – there’s actually a position for that (no pun intended). The official name for the job is barnyard masturbator and it involves holding an artificial vagina really steady on the bull’s penis until the animal has had its fun and the liquid is collected. Needless to say, it is tricky and quite dangerous. Plenty of people have been injured and had to be taken to the hospital while trying to do their work at this job. Lovely, right?

Janitor at an Adult Movie Cinema


Well, it’s probably in the same category as the one above, but minus the danger part. Imagine the kind of people that go to see adult movies in a theater and imagine what goes on during the movie projection. Yup, your guess is right. And now imagine the delight of the poor soul that has to clean up the floor and the seats after each movie. You’re starting to be more content with your job now, I bet.

Carcass cleaner

Probably the job of a butcher isn’t something very appealing to most people. It could be considered one of the awful jobs out there, even if a necessary one. But if you imagine butchering animals up for a living is gross, imagine what it would be like if instead of just chopping, the person would have to carefully clean up all the rotting flesh from a corpse in order to preserve the skeleton (for museum-related and scientific purposes). This is usually done by a taxidermist who either allows the flesh to rot into an advanced state of degradation so it gets easier to remove, or boils the corpse to soften it up faster, or who enlists the help of bugs and worms and vermin to do part of the job of removing that flesh.

If you’re already happy to go back to whatever work you do, also note that these were just a few examples. There are plenty of other awful jobs out there to further horrify you, but perhaps on another occasion. In the meantime, enjoy your work and stop whining.

Cinco de Mayo: A Look into a Mixed Holiday’s Background


Since it’s almost the beginning of May and in the U.S. that means Cinco de Mayo will soon be here, perhaps now is a good time to delve a bit into the background of this odd holiday. The label of odd comes here because of the ambiguous status of this relatively recent and quite fabricated holiday. Don’t misunderstand us: there’s nothing wrong with yet another reason for a pretty public celebration, or with giving a cultural minority an opportunity to express itself. Nor is there anything wrong with drinking tequila and sampling various kinds of enchiladas and generally eating guacamole on anything until you’re ready to burst. Nope, there’s definitely nothing wrong with those at all, scout’s honor.

A slight problem arises mainly when people are confronted with the question “What exactly is celebrated on the 5th of May, or during Cinco de Mayo?”, because this is where things usually become blurry and tricky.  Many wrongly believe it’s the date when Mexico celebrates its Independence Day: while that may indeed be the most important patriotic holiday in Mexico, it is actually way later in the yearly span, on September the 16th. Even more, Cinco de Mayo isn’t really that much of a big deal south of the U.S. border; the main celebrations are held on American soil. Think that’s strange? The reason for this is that, actually, Cinco de Mayo is a sort-of “fabricated” holiday for the territory of the ‘states, meant to give the Mexican-Americans an occasion to celebrate their identity with pride. There is a smaller holiday in Mexico that the larger one in U.S. is based on, El Dia de la Batalia de la Puebla  (The Day of the Battle of Puebla), commemorating a victory against French troops, but that original holiday is so small-scale that it doesn’t really matter much. It’s not even celebrated in all of Mexico, but just one state and area, where the historic event occurred.


Since it’s such less of a big deal in Mexico, Cinco de Mayo is now understandably a holiday with relevance for the Mexican-Americans first and foremost. It makes sense, actually, since they were the ones deeper into not always friendly territory, and needed to find a way of asserting their identity, preferably in a cultural and creative way. And what better way could it be than this wonderful collection of colorful parades, singing and dancing and all the spicy Mexican food and drinks you can muster? Probably none. It’s completely understandable how Cinco de Mayo rose to prominence so quickly in the U.S. The holiday existed since 1860, but it became popular sometime in the 40s, along with the rise of the Chicano movement (which emphasized a pride of one’s Latino identity).

But was the sudden popularity of Cinco de Mayo only related to the rise of the Chicano movement? Unfortunately, whenever there’s a celebration, there’s always some corporate interests involved, at least since the second half of the 20th century and to this day. Grand American companies that specialized in consumer goods like food and drink saw a major opportunity in capitalizing any holiday man can think of, and Cinco de Mayo was no exception. Especially a beer giant was involved in a bit of controversy about aggressively promoting its beverage on behalf of the Mexican holiday and community, but then again, it would be hard not to find a holiday that wasn’t capitalized upon in a similar manner.

The morale of this story, folks, if we’re permitted to suggest one, is that there’s nothing wrong with enjoying your Mexican food and drinks this upcoming May, even if they’re advertised by all-too-eager commercial interests, but a least let’s pay better attention to history. Taking part in the celebration is always nice and even a bit mandatory if we’re to be respectful to the minority celebrating it, but you know what would be even more respectful? Not confusing Cinco de Mayo any more with their Independence Day, for instance. That being said, enjoy the fiesta!