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Thursday, July 26, 2007

Granmothers and honor killing: World News.

When I think of my Grandmother, I think of her cookie jar and those cans of ginger ale in her fridge. I think of swimming every day in her pool and those once a week dinners where my Grandfather, being a flight engineer/pilot for Pan Am, and used to visiting France used to pour my half a glass of wine, saying "the French do it and it doesn't hurt their kids" when my Grandmother scolded him.


I have a problem associating Grandmothers with killing.

LONDON (Reuters) - A 70-year-old British grandmother is facing life imprisonment after being convicted on Thursday of the "honor killing" of her son's wife who she murdered after luring her to India.

Bachan Athwal, 70, who has 16 grandchildren, is believed to be one of the oldest women ever to be convicted of murder in England. Her son was also found guilty of murder.

They will be sentenced on September 19.

The two killed Sikh Heathrow Airport worker Surjit Kaur Athwal, who disappeared in December 1998 after she decided to walk out of her arranged marriage.

Bachan Athwal, a mother-of six, was furious about her daughter-in-law's plans to leave, which she believed would bring disgrace on the family, London's Old Bailey court heard.

The pensioner was said to have told one family member that any divorce proceedings would "would happen over my dead body."

The Customs officer was lured to India by her mother-in-law, and her minibus driver husband Sukhdave Singh Athwal, 43, on the pretext of attending family weddings but was instead strangled.

The alarm was raised after the 27-year-old victim failed to return to her home in Hayes, west London. Her body, believed to be somewhere in the Punjab area in India, has never been found.

The verdict is the second involving honor killings in Britain this month. Iraqi Kurd Mahmod Mahmod was jailed for life last week for murdering his daughter after discovering she was having an affair.

Wow. 70 yrs old and a murderer.


In other world news, visit Debbie at Right Truth who has an excellent article titled "Better keep two eyes on China", where she points out that Chinese missles have been found in Iraq as well as others things.

Head over and read it...


RAMALLAH, West Bank - Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said Thursday he hopes to reach a peace deal with Israel within a year, after reportedly receiving a promise from President Bush to push hard to conclude a Mideast agreement before the end of his term in 2008.


Snooper brought you the news from Iraq earlier.

A reminder that you can find out for yourself what is happening in Iraq over at Centcom's daily news releases.

[Update] Amy Proctor from Bottom Line Up Front reminds us of the Good things happening in Iraq. The stuff that our MSM doesn't bother telling you about.

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