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We Should All Mourn Mashal Khan

April 17th, 2017 · 18 Comments

You don’t know who Mashal Khan is?  I’m not surprised, but we should all now know … and mourn him.

Mashal was murdered Thursday by a mob of several dozen barbarians who marched on the university where he was a student. They tracked him to his dorm room, where Khan, a journalism student, was stripped, beaten, shot, and thrown out the second floor window. There he was beaten even more, stabbed and shot. And his lifeless body was then abused even more.

Incredibly, much of it was videotaped.

The police didn’t stop it; seven university employees and a local town councillor have since been accused of taking part in the disgraceful and disgusting brutality; and yet, the story has drawn  VERY LITTLE or NO attention from the BIG “world” news organizations: CBC National; CTV National; BBC World; CNN; or, Al Jazeera.


Perhaps because Khan was slaughtered by a rampaging mob of militant Islamic radicals.  In Pakistan.  No story there?

His “crime” ?    Khan, born a Muslim himself,  was accused of … wait for it …”blasphemy” :  he described himself as a “Humanist” on his Facebook page; his dorm room had pictures of Karl Marx and “Che” Guevera on the walls; he had criticised university officials; and,  he was accused of expressing ideas contrary to Islamic Sharia beliefs.

For that, he was targeted for murder in a very loud and organized frenzy … that included a march to the university, a tumultuous entry into the student residences area, the tracking down of Mashal … and his terrorization and death.


So where are the BIG continuing or in-depth stories … or even much of a mention …. by  CBC National; CTV National; BBC World; CNN; or, Al Jazeera?

Just imagine, though, had it been a mob of Americans doing the same thing to a student in the US.  Or in Canada, Britain, Europe.

And a Muslim student to boot!

HUGE story then?  You betcha!   Day after day! Newscast after newscast! The story would have SUBSTANTIALLY reported; the pundits would have gone after it for days; the politicians would have been expressing their outrage before any and every camera they could spot.

In fact,  I have no doubt the United Nations General Assembly and the UN Human Rights Council would even have interrupted the drafting of their next resolution condemning Israel, just to denounce the US and/or the West for failing to protect a Muslim journalism student’s right to express himself and live in a peace in any of those countries.  But in this case … silence.

It is particularly poignant for me … and for all us … as we, in BC and on this blog, at this time carry on a vigorous but hopefully civilized debate on our own society, our own beliefs, our own future.

When a mob of radicals, in any nation,  rampage and kill a journalism student in his dorm room … for just expressing his own ideas … it IS a big deal.

Fortunately several Asian, mid-East and even Australian media drew attention to this travesty.  And so did the Huffington Post. Several suspects have now been rounded up.

And, by the way, according to investigating officials, “no evidence has been found of Mashal being involved in blasphemy in the initial investigation.”

Let us mourn … for Mashal … and for the shameful major “World” media’s failure to FULLY cover the  story … or in many cases, even mention it.

Because it was a Muslim mob doing the killing?

Harv Oberfeld

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Clark/Liberals FAIL Biggest Poll Question

April 12th, 2017 · 70 Comments

I know. I know. The terrible record of accuracy … or should I say inaccuracy … in polling results in the last BC elections  doesn’t give them much credibility to boast about as we head to the polls once more.

But I couldn’t help but take notice … and great interest … to ONE particular question in a survey commissioned and revealed this week by Global TV and Ipsos Reid.

And I’d bet ALL three BC major political parties took notice too!

First, there was the usual …. Who would you likely support?

The NDP took the lead, with 34% support; followed by the Liberals at 30%; and, the Greens at 9%.  No big surprise at this point in the campaign … just like last time.

Then, respondents were also asked Who they think will win?

Again, not so surprising,  38% said the Liberals will win a majority; 22% predicted an NDP majority.

BUT 22% also predicted “some other outcome”  … opening up the possibility (or wishful thinking) for a minority government …  and THAT would raise all kinds of possibilities for BC’s political future.

However, although THAT is intriguing … there was another Question that yielded an even more noteworthy response.

“Is it time for another provincial party to take over and run the province?”

A MAJORITY of those polled …  56% …. said it’s “time for another provincial party to take over”.


MORE THAN HALF believe the Liberals should go!!

Only 28% said Premier Christy Clark’s government has done a good job and deserves re-election. (Another 16% had no opinion.)

That is a real FAIL for Clark and the Liberals …  not a vote of confidence after 15 years in power for the Liberals and six years with Clark as Premier.

In fact,  just four weeks before we vote, of those who expressed their opinion, only 14% rated Clark as the most trustworthy among party leaders; NDP Leader John Horgan didn’t do much better, at 17%;  and the Greens’ Andrew Weaver trailed at 14% … while a whopping 57% couldn’t choose any of them.

There will be more polls; there will be more promises; there will be more exposure; there will be a Leaders’ Debate on News 1130 radio  on Thursday April 20th from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m.; and, there will a televised Leaders’ Debate on Wednesday April 26, beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Can hardly wait!

Harv Oberfeld

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