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The Arabian Peninsula Women’s Information Bureau (which is said to be an al-Qaida affiliate) announced in September that it had published the first issue of an Internet magazine, Al-Khansaa, designed to help women sort out their simultaneous obligations to their family and to the holy jihad. Among the inspirational guidelines: “The blood of our husbands and the body parts of our children are the sacrifice by means of which we draw closer to Allah,” and “(The wife and mother) is the soldier who bears (her husband’s) pack and weapon on his back in preparation for the military offensive.” The first issue admonished the wife-mother to be in “top condition,” to “not overindulge in eating and drinking,” and to have a vast knowledge of jihad.
Even though wild monkeys rampage through towns in India, destroying property, eating villagers’ food and physically attacking people, they are considered holy to Hindus and are pretty much left alone. However, according to a September dispatch in London’s The Independent, as attacks have grown in number and severity recently, police have been finding dozens of monkey carcasses with slashed throats. Police believe that the bodies were the result of contract killings, ordered in the belief that paying someone else to harm monkeys was not quite the sacrilege of doing it directly.
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