Muslim Hate of Brothels
Militants reportedly kill 14 in Baghdad brothel
Published May 22, 2013
BAGHDAD – Militants broke into a brothel in Baghdad Wednesday, reportedly killing 14 -- the latest attack after a weeklong uptick in violence that has resulted in nearly 300 deaths across the country.
Militants reportedly burst into the brothel in Baghdad's eastern Zayona neighborhood armed with pistols fitted with silencers, according to a police officer. Ten women and four men were killed in the attack, according to the Associated Press.
Police said the attack appeared to be based on religious reasons.
Nearly 300 people have been killed in militant attacks recently across the country, prompting Iraq's prime minister to order a shake-up of his military command.
The shake-up will include commanders of divisions and operations, said Iraqi government spokesman Ali al-Moussawi.
It indicates the depth of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's dissatisfaction with the military for failing to keep the peace in the country, which is instead hurtling downhill toward the brink of sectarian civil war. As premier, al-Maliki is the commander in chief of the armed forces.
The military shake-up follows the surge of car bombs and shootings that have shaken many Iraqi cities over the past week, killing at least 279 people and further raising tensions between Sunnis and the Shiite-led government. The escalation echoes the carnage of Iraq's worst sectarian violence in 2006 and 2007.
German brothel ad angers Muslims
A Cologne brothel touting for clients with a World Cup-themed banner has blacked out the flags of Iran and Saudi Arabia after threats from Muslims.
The giant banner on a high-rise building shows a semi-naked woman and the flags of the 32 countries in the World Cup, which kicks off in June.
The Pascha brothel's owner, Armin Lobscheid, said a group of Muslims had threatened violence over the advert.
He said they had accused the brothel of insulting Islam by using the flags.
First there were telephone threats of violence, then about 30 hooded protesters armed with knives and sticks turned up outside Pascha on Friday, the Koelner Stadt-Anzeiger newspaper reported.
"The situation was explosive," Mr Lobscheid told the paper.
"Some of the people compared our ad to the Danish Mohammed cartoons," he said, referring to cartoons which sparked violent protests in several Muslim countries in February.
The Tunisian flag - bearing the Muslim crescent symbol - remains on the ad, however.
The slogan on the ad reads: "The world is a guest of female friends" - a variant of the official World Cup slogan: "The world is a guest of friends".
Mr Lobscheid said the banner had been commissioned in a normal business deal and "we certainly didn't intend to insult anyone".
He said the significance of the flags' symbols had been overlooked.
Prostitution is legal in Germany, where the authorities are preparing for a possible boom in the sex trade during the World Cup.