Sheik Mohammed comments on ISIS


Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum is the current ruler of Dubai and he has penned an opinion piece on ISIS.

That alone makes me want to read it. A Middle East leader of a vibrant modern nation commenting on ISIS…its worth a read in full.

The global financial crisis taught the world how profoundly interdependent our economies have become. In today’s crisis of extremism, we must recognize that we are just as interdependent for our security, as is clear in the current struggle to defeat ISIS.

If we are to prevent ISIS from teaching us this lesson the hard way, we must acknowledge that we cannot extinguish the fires of fanaticism by force alone. The world must unite behind a holistic drive to discredit the ideology that gives extremists their power, and to restore hope and dignity to those whom they would recruit.

ISIS certainly can – and will – be defeated militarily by the international coalition that is now assembling and which the UAE is actively supporting. But military containment is only a partial solution. Lasting peace requires three other ingredients: winning the battle of ideas; upgrading weak governance; and supporting grassroots human development.

Such a solution must begin with concerted international political will. Not a single politician in North America, Europe, Africa, or Asia can afford to ignore events in the Middle East. A globalized threat requires a globalized response. Everyone will feel the heat, because such flames know no borders; indeed, ISIS has recruited members of at least 80 nationalities.

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Photo Of The Day

Cristina de Middel is a documentary photographer and artist based in Spain. Her book The Afronauts was awarded the Infinity Award for a Publication in 2013.

Cristina de Middel is a documentary photographer and artist based in Spain. Her book The Afronauts was awarded the Infinity Award for a Publication in 2013.

Cristina de Middel’s Nigerian Journey

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Ebola… coming to a metropolis near you


The graphic above shows the number of passengers that flow between Nigeria/Ebola Central and various countries.  You may note that the UK is facing the largest risk.   Read more »


Photo Of The Day

Jenabu, 13, waits for her teacher to arrive at school in a village in Guinea Bissau in May 2011. Her photo was used without permission and out of context in the #BringBackOurGirls campaign. Photo Credit: Ami Vitale/AlexiaFoundation

Jenabu, 13, waits for her teacher to arrive at school in a village in Guinea Bissau in May 2011. Her photo was used without permission and out of context in the #BringBackOurGirls campaign. Photo Credit: Ami Vitale/AlexiaFoundation

Safeguarding Truth in Photojournalism

Ami Vitale’s Survival Guide

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Photo Of The Day

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The Hyena Handlers of Nigeria


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Beating the gayness out of you in Nigeria

Nigeria has strict laws against homosexuals, so strict that the penalty for gay sex is death by stoning.

But if you are lucky you will get a lenient ‘judge’ who will simply arrange a whipping to beat the gayness out of you.

The young man cried out as he was being whipped on the courtroom bench. The bailiff’s leather whip struck him 20 times, and when it was over, the man’s side and back were covered with bruises.

Still, the large crowd outside was disappointed, the judge recalled: The penalty for gay sex under local Islamic law is death by stoning.

“He is supposed to be killed,” the judge, Nuhu Idris Mohammed, said, praising his own leniency on judgment day last month at the Shariah court here. The bailiff demonstrated the technique he used: whip at shoulder level, then forcefully down.

The mood is unforgiving in this north Nigeria metropolis, where nine others accused of being gay by the Islamic police are behind the central prison’s high walls. Stones and bottles rained down on them outside the court two weeks ago, residents and officials said; some in the mob even wanted to set the courtroom ablaze, witnesses said.

Since Nigeria’s president, Goodluck Jonathan, signed a harsh law criminalizing homosexuality throughout the country last month, arrests of gay people have multiplied, advocates have been forced to go underground, some people fearful of the law have sought asylum overseas and news media demands for a crackdown have flourished.  Read more »

The 6th most visited newspaper in Nigeria…

Hotel Selling Cooked Human Meat Found In Onitsha *Police Arrests 11 With Fresh Human Heads

Yes, at Whaleoil, we’re not scared of bringing you the hard news.  But I’ll spare you the picture.

On Thursday Onitsha police arrested 11 people after they discovered 2 fresh human heads in a hotel (name withheld) very close to the popular Ose-Okwodu market in Anambra state.2 AK47 rifles & other weapons were also discovered in the hotel.

The arrest followed tip-offs from area residents on Thursday morning.

The hotel owner, 6 women and 4 men were arrested.

After police got access to the hotel, they made a startling discovery of two human heads wrapped in a cellophane bag, two AK47 rifles, two army caps, 40 rounds of live ammunition and so many cell phones.

I love how the name is withheld, but “very close to the popular Ose-Okwodu market” is close enough, I’m sure.   But dude… “so many cell phones!”.  Forget about a couple of aK47s.  It’s the cell phones that rattle that reporter.  A victim per cell phone, perhaps? Read more »

Prostitutes offer free sex if national team wins

xlargeJust because it’s free, doesn’t mean I want it.  But that doesn’t stop The Association of Nigerian Prostitutes from offering a great deal to those who are soccer fans as well as clients:

The Association of Nigerian Prostitutes (ANP) has congratulated the Super Eagles of Nigeria for moving on to the quarter finals stage of the Orange African Cup of Nations, South Africa 2013, urging them to go for gold.   Read more »


Made stupid to catch stupid

ᔥ NZ Herald

Nigerian scammers make their letters ridiculous to weed out smart people, and trap the stupid people:

Nigerian scam letters include carefully designed flaws, complete with misspellings and pidgin English, in order to weed out the intelligent and leave only the most vulnerable targets, new research says.

Offers of millions of dollars from a Nigerian prince are intentionally unbelievable in a scam technique perfected to target the vulnerable, gullible and elderly, according to the study.

A research paper by Microsoft’s Machine Learning Department, entitled ‘Why do Nigerian scammers say they are from Nigeria?’, has found the formula is a cost effective way at “reducing the false positives”.

“Far-fetched tales of West African riches strike as comical… (but) our analysis suggests that is an advantage to the attacker, not a disadvantage,” wrote principal researcher Cormac Hurley.

“Since his attack has a low density of victims, the Nigerian scammer has an overriding need to reduce the false positives.

“By sending an email that repels all but the most gullible, the scammer gets the most promising marks to self-select, and tilts the true to false positive ration in his favour.”

Human Rights tribunal sent discrimination case

[Imported from Whale Oil Beef Hooked on Blogger]

A probation officer who sparked a row when she refused to sit behind men at a Maori ceremony has gone to the Human Rights Review Tribunal to get some satisfaction.

Ms Bullock was given an oral warning for refusing to sit behind men at a poroporoaki, or farewell, for a group of male offenders at a graduation ceremony last December.

Quite rightly she complained it was sexist.

Ludicrously, the Corrections Department disciplined her for her insensitivity to Maori protocol and for embarrassing the department. I mean really, for fucks sake this is taking things a little too far.

After Ms Bullock persistently (and IMHO justifiably) spoke to journalists about the incident, she was suspended on full pay.

So lets get this straight;

Maori Protocol is disrespectful to Women, but that ok because they are only women.
Maori Protocol is getting elected with half as many votes as anyone else, but thats ok becasue we have had Maori seats for ever.
Maori Protocol is calling anyone who speaks out about their own rights “Racist” as though Maori are the only people with rights in this country.

Perhaps it should be this way;
Maori Protocol is sexist
Maori Protocol is discrimination
Maori Protocol is racist

One law for all.