June 12, 2008
A Riverside County jury found polygamist, Mansa Musa Muhummed, guilty on 25 counts, including torturing seven of the children, abusing 12 of them and falsely imprisoning the wives. Muhummed could spend the rest of his life in prison.
Muhummed, who was born Richard Boddie, told authorities that being Muslim gave him the right to be polygamist. In 1999, after one of his wives, Laura Cowan, slipped a 13-page letter to a postal service worker describing the abuse, he was arrested. His trial started last month after nine years of persistent legal issues, such as changing lawyers four times (which includes representing himself for more than two years).
In the course of the trial, several of his children and stepchildren took the stand, testifying that they had been beaten, starved, strung up by their feet and forced to eat vomit and feces. Muhummed testified in his own defense, sometimes tearful, denying the charges and blaming one of his wives for the alleged abuse.
Justice is served.
May 30, 2008
Huda Azra Ibrahim Nunu, a Jewish female lawmaker has been named as one of Bahrain’s ambassadors in what vould be called a first in modern Arab history.
It’s not known where she will be posted, rumors in the news suggest Nunu is slated to become her country’s ambassador to the United States. Bahrain, a small Arab island nation in the Persian Gulf, has had zero diplomatic relations with Israel while there has long been political hostility between Arabs and Jews over Israel.
A decree King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa issued on Wednesday named Nunu an ambassador.
Bahrain is predominantly Shiite Muslim but has Sunni rulers. It is pro-American and hosts the U.S. Navy’s 5th Fleet. Nunu, a legislator in Bahrain’s Shura Council, is a member of a Jewish community that numbers around several dozen out of a total population in Bahrain estimated to be around 700,000.