Trial set for THIS THURSDAY, keep him in your prayers please!!


WASHINGTON, Jan. 29 /Christian Newswire/ — A 14-year-old German boy has decided to undergo a sex change, making him the youngest patient in history to receive this extreme procedure. The young boy Tim, who prefers to be called “Kim,” has wanted gender reassignment surgery since he was 12 and claims to have considered himself female since age two. Concerned Women for America (CWA) is saddened that doctors and parents have fostered this young boy’s gender confusion and are allowing him to go forward with the surgery.

“This poor kid’s situation really undercuts the homosexual lobby’s deceptive equality-fluff and hyperbole,” said Matt Barber, CWA’s Policy Director for Cultural Issues. “It casts a bright light on the truly destructive, bleak and evil nature of the homosexual agenda. Has our world completely lost all sanity? That parents would allow their child to be treated like this is mind-boggling.

“Rather than addressing the emotional or chemical problems responsible for Tim’s gender confusion, his parents and doctors have bought into the homosexual lobby’s PC puffery hook, line and sinker. They’re about to rob him of his ability to father a child, and render him horribly disfigured and further confused. It’s not just a tragedy. It’s a travesty.”

Concerned Women for America is the nation’s largest public policy women’s organization

Would require all parties in Establishment Clause cases to pay their own legal fees
WASHINGTON Jan. 29 /Standard Newswire/ — U.S. Senator Sam Brownback today reintroduced the Public Expressions of Religion Act, which would prevent activist groups from using a 1970s-era civil rights law to recover attorney’s fees when they sue local cities and towns in cases related to public displays of religion and faith.

“It is not fair for taxpayers to pay the legal bills for groups like the ACLU,” said Brownback. “Currently many small towns comply with the demands of the ACLU rather than risk going to trial and paying hundreds of thousands of dollars in legal fees to the ACLU if they lose the case.”

Today, legal activist groups recover hundreds of thousands of dollars from state and local governments based on a provision of the 1976 Civil Rights Attorney Fees Awards Act, which was intended to assist underprivileged plaintiffs in obtaining legal representation in civil rights cases. If legal activist groups win a lawsuit related to the Constitution’s Establishment Clause, the 1976 law entitles them to compensation for costs incurred in litigating the case.

Brownback continued, “The legislation I introduced today would still allow plaintiffs with legitimate claims to have their day in court. However, it would prevent local cities and towns from being coerced into settling claims out of a fear of huge monetary losses.”

For example, when several groups won a case in Alabama to remove a Ten Commandments display from the Alabama Supreme Court building, taxpayers were forced to pay the groups’ attorneys nearly $550,000.

The Public Expressions of Religion Act would require parties in Establishment Clause cases to pay their own attorney’s fees.

Brownback is a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee and is the ranking member on the Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Property Rights.

Standard Newswire

I was reading over the comments, which I don’t usually have the luxury to do, and came across this comment battle in the post for
Black Converts to Islam are a Joke to the Arab Moslems post from last year, and thought you might be interested in checking it out.

Let it be known that Salib doesn’t necessarily agree with any or all of it, just putting it in front of those who are interested in reading it.

Let it also be known that converts can sometimes be tighter-clinging or more fanatical than people who were brought up with this cult. (To prove to others–and themselves–how “righteous” they are.)

Also, people who spent much of their cognizant life (maybe over 14 or something) in a non-Islamic country (like the US) sometimes feel “Ma2to3een men el shagara” (like a branch torn from the tree) and either don’t know the worse aspects of this perverse “religion”, or else sometimes they can even feel that getting closer to Islam is a way of getting closer to their cultural roots. I have even seen Egyptian Protestants raised in America (rather than Egypt) converting to Coptic Orthodoxy so as to feel closer to their heritage that wasn’t stripped away from when the white man came over to convert the little Egyptians.

I guess we always want what we don’t have, eh?


Jaz Says:
January 22nd, 2007 at 12:01 pm e
I am a white male myself who converted 2 islam and all my arab friends tell me not 2 practice it poorly like the blacks do…damn i wasnt even expectin that comment but it happened and in ways it is true. Most blacks do not practice it right and still act like animals in public and still wear their stupid fitted hats and listen to music that would never be allowed in a islamic society. Most of them convert because they think “Jesus was a white man who had slaves” well since i had converted 2 islam i found out that muhammed had black slaves and said that they were best used as slaves and were automatically satanic. Strange how most of the arabs I know look down upon blacks and i just happened 2 agree with them. For the ones with jobs and do good and play a decent role in society without acting like animals, i dont mind but for ones who sit on their ass all day and glorify tony montana (scarface) need 2 get the fuck out. For the ones who posted above saying theres no prejudice among arab muslims and black muslims is completely lying to themselves, yea maybe some dont feel that way and i never mentioned that ALL arab muslims feel that wa towards blacks but ive met quite a few dedicated arab muslims(young & old) who would be quick to tell you black is bad. Just read about the Darfur crisis going on rite now as we speak, janjawid is an arab militia backed by Osama Bin Laden to enslave the blacks and kill the useless. And what does Osama Bin Laden do? He follows the Quran. so figure it out. stop bein in denial and just face the fact that racism is just not black/white like you thought. To white people readin this post, realize muslims r not the enemy, just radical islam, there is a difference.. I advise 2 stop any hate towards innocent arabs, indians and anyone else who just wants a better life here plz, they r not the ones trashing up this country, realize who is really doin it and creatin music that may be a threat to our kids and family who glorify it. This is not directed 2 all blacks but 2 a good percentage who just complain about this n that, if u dont like it then jus leave. stop tearin this country apart..

Egyptian American Says:
January 25th, 2007 at 3:56 pm e
To Jaz or whatever your name is. You sound like the biggest idiot that I’ve ever heard of in my life. I’m arab! Many arabs who are muslim like myself have utmost respect for muslims of african american decent. My father has traveled all across the world including many muslim countries and he told me the best muslims he ever seen in his entire life was muslims of african american decent! Who represents Islam in the US??? African American Muslims! End of Story! I’m proud to be Muslim! I’m arab, but I’m Muslim first. I don’t know what kind of Muslim you are bringing White racism into islam and saying that muslim arabs taught you that African Americans practice false Islam. I don’t believe you! And if any ignorant Muslim Arab told you this, he or she is shaitan! Just like when my fellow Arab Sunni/Shia fight amongst each other! Or kill innocent people. They’re Shaitan! You’re also shaitan! You are preaching to Non Muslims to turn them against Muslims of African American decent. Don’t say that you’re Muslim. You’re are the biggest Kufr!!!! I don’t know what your intentions are with Islam, but you’re not a Muslim! And you want to speak of Osama, he’s not Muslim!!! He’s the biggest Kufr!!!! African American Muslims make me proud to be Muslim!!!
Al Hamdullah!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Revolt Builds Against Bush’s Iraq Policy
by Jim Lobe

In the first step toward what some believe could eventually
lead to a constitutional crisis, a key Congressional
committee approved a nonbinding resolution here Wednesday
formally dissenting from President George W. Bush’s plan
to send some 21,000 more troops to Iraq.

The 12-9 vote in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee,
which came less than 14 hours after Bush appealed in his
State of the Union address for Congress to give his plan
“a chance to work,” sets the stage for a broader debate
next week when a majority of the full Senate is also
expected to voice its disapproval of the president’s
course, albeit possibly in a somewhat milder form.

Wednesday’s resolution, which drew the backing of all the
Democrats on the Committee, as well as its one Republican
cosponsor, Sen. Chuck Hagel, declared that deepening US
military involvement in Iraq at this time is “not in the
national interest of the United States.”

“It’s an attempt to save the president from making a
significant mistake with regard to our policy in Iraq,”
said the committee’s new chairman and the principal author
of the resolution, Sen. Joseph Biden, who also insisted
that, despite its timing, it was “not an attempt to
embarrass the president (or) to demonstrate (his)

But, less than 24 hours after Bush’s appearance before both
houses of Congress and a glittering array of other top US
officials and the foreign diplomatic corps under the
Capitol dome, most analysts agreed that he probably made
very few, if any, converts and that the Congress, including
a growing number of Republicans, is likely to move over
the coming weeks to try to force a change in US policy.

“We think Congress is going to pass this or a similar
resolution and then move to a vigorous debate over how to
use its powers under the constitution to impose its will,”
said Jim Cason, an analyst at the Friends Committee on
National Legislation (FCNL), an antiwar lobby group.

“What’s driving this in part is that the growing perception
that Bush is clinging stubbornly to a failed policy,
convinced that he’s right and completely unwilling to
consider major alternatives such as the (bipartisan) Iraq
Study Group (ISG) report (that called for a gradual
withdrawal of US combat troops over the next 15 months).
People are getting really angry and worried about that.”

Indeed, mainstream US media coverage of Bush’s State of the
Union address, while careful to balance the critics with
the president’s supporters, underlined the degree to which
support for Iraq policy – already near record-lows –
appears to have plunged even further over the past few
weeks and that opposition to what is called Bush’s “surge”
of troops into Iraq has risen sharply.

This was highlighted Monday when the ranking Republican on
the Senate Armed Services Committee, John Warner, presented
his own bipartisan resolution that, while somewhat softer
in tone than the one approved by the Foreign Relations
Committee, stated flatly that the Senate “disagrees with
the ‘plan’ to augment our forces (in Iraq) by 21,500.”


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“The American G.I. (soldier) was not trained, not sent over
there – certainly not by resolution of this institution –
to be placed in the middle of a fight between the Sunni
and the Shia and the wanton and incomprehensible killing
that’s going on at this time,” Warner, whose ties to the
military brass are perhaps the strongest of any sitting
senator, told reporters in announcing his proposal.

“Mr. President, go back and look at all the options,”
declared Warner in what to most Capitol Hill veterans was
seen as a highly unusual departure from his normal courtly
and aristocratic mien. His candor was evidence of a growing
exasperation that has been coursing through Republican
ranks since the party lost control of Congress in last
November’s elections and particularly over the last two
weeks since he announced his plans to add to the 132,000
US troops already in Iraq.

Indeed, in recent days, public opinion surveys have shown
that confidence in Bush’s handling of Iraq is at record
lows and that his overall approval ratings have reached
their nadir – in some cases within just a few percentage
points of the level former President Richard Nixon reached
just before his resignation. The most recent polls have
also shown that a growing majority has greater confidence
in Congress’ judgment about what to do in Iraq than the
roughly 30 percent who believe the administration can do
a better job.

Biden, Hagel and the other cosponsors of the resolution
approved by the Foreign Relations Committee Wednesday have
made clear that they hope to sit down with Warner and his
cosponsors over the coming week to determine whether they
can come up with a common bill that would command the
broadest possible bipartisan support.

Warner’s resolution, which is more deferential toward
Bush’s war-making powers as “commander-in-chief” than
Biden’s, is also more specific in defining rules of
engagement for US forces in Iraq in ways that would
reduce their role in policing or intervening in sectarian
violence. It also prescribes more specific benchmarks for
the Iraqi government to meet in order to maintain high
levels of US military and economic aid and calls for
Washington to become more engaged in regional efforts to
contain and reduce the ongoing violence in Iraq.

The resolution is indeed based on many of the
recommendations submitted last month by the ISG, whose
co-chairs, former Secretary of State James Baker and
former Democratic Rep. Lee Hamilton, and other members
have been quietly lobbying Congress since Bush quickly
rejected key parts of their report – notably reducing
the US combat role in Iraq and engaging Syria and Iran
in regional stabilization efforts.

Biden and Hagel have also expressed strong disappointment
at Bush’s failure to embrace the ISG’s recommendations,
so a compromise between the two factions – which together
would command the support of all but one Democrat and at
least a dozen of the Senate’s Republicans – is likely.

As both resolutions are not binding on Bush, who has
already indicated that he will proceed with his “surge”
regardless of what Congress does, however, the big question
here is: what happens after their approval?

Led by Sen. Russell Feingold, a fast-growing minority of
Democrats has said they will back legislation cutting off
all funds for the war if Bush does not heed Congressional
opinion, while others, including several presidential
candidates, such as Biden, Sen. Hillary Clinton and Sen.
Barack Obama, say Congress should impose limits on the
number of troops who can be deployed to Iraq or strict
conditions on how and when and for what purposes money
appropriated by Congress can be spent in the war, which
is currently costing the US Treasury roughly eight billion
dollars a month.

While precedents for these kinds of congressional actions
were established in the 1970s and 1980s, the Bush White
House – and particularly Vice President Dick Cheney’s
office – is likely to resist any such constraints on the
grounds that they believe that the president’s power to
wage war as commander-in-chief is virtually unlimited. In
their view, the only way that Congress can legally limit
that power is for it to cut off all funding.


Latest On Kareem

January 25, 2007

His trial was postponed again, this time until 1 February. Bail was denied. Bummer.

By Sara Ghorab (01/24/07)

Egyptians have a strong aversion to being compared to animals. Perhaps it’s the centuries of Islamic thought that have made them cringe at the insults “homar,” “hayawan” and “kalb” (donkey, animal, and dog, respectively), but what can you expect from a religion that calls Christians and Jews “apes and pigs”? (And monkeys, for that matter.)

Nonetheless (or perhaps “Having said that,”), I must take the next logical step and proclaim that the Egyptian Government is not only all of these, but that it would have to improve a great deal in order to become worthy of those titles.

That’s right. I just heard what’s been happening to Abdelkareem Nabil Soliman, otherwise known as “The Egyptian Blogger,” and I have to say that I’m about three centimeters from “going postal.”

It’s not enough that the criminals “running” the country allow egregious double standards in order to protect the sick way they do things—oh, you don’t know what I’m talking about?

Well, imagine that you’re a Christian and you kill a Muslim. You get the death penalty.

But if a Muslim kills a Christian, he may not even get a month in jail.

If a Muslim speaks out against Christians, or beats them up, or helps kidnap their girls, he is praised as a true Egyptian or a religious hero.

But if you’re a Christian speaking against Islam, the penalty is stiff.

(Since Islam is “the better religion” and all. Yeah. So better, in fact, that it either allows or does not forbid the mistreatment you’re going to read about here today. And if it doesn’t allow it, then maybe everyone in the government, police, etc. should be charged with not following Islam, kind of like certain people in Egyptian jails were recently asked “Do you fast during Ramadan? Do you pray?” and other such *gems.)

And if you’re a Muslim speaking against Islam, the “religion of peace,” then the penalty is as hard as the floor you get to sleep on, or the lead pipe you might soon feel against the your skull or the backs of your legs.

But you might not know what I’m talking about yet. Don’t worry, you will.

For those of you unfamiliar with Kareem and his case, let me give you a quick rundown:

In late 2005, there were several riots in the neighborhood of Maharram Bey (also spelled “Moharram Bek” and the like) in Alexandria, Egypt.

Four were killed, a nun was stabbed, and thousands of Muslims overtook the streets like rabid cattle, destroying Copt-owned property and businesses, looting and stealing what they could find. (Copts are indigenous Egyptian Christians, by the way).

This was somewhat unprecedented, since anti-Coptic movements, whether targeting property or “illegally-built churches” (don’t ask.. well, ok—you have to get the signature of the governor or president if you want to fix, modify, or build a church, even though Muslims don’t need such high-level approval to do the same for their mosques) or human life had heretofore been restricted (for the most part) to villages in the Saiid, Upper Egypt.

That’s not to say that violence never happened in the more cosmopolitan cities of Cairo (the nation’s capital) or Alexandria (the Mediterranean-lying heaven that Kareem was born and raised in), only that it’s such things as tourism, more exposure to the West, and more people per square inch that likely keep these towns at a less “fighting with the flies on the wall” state of affairs.

Sure, Egypt has never been an easy place for Christians to live, what with the persecution and restrictions and double standards—but all in all, Coptic-Muslim relations aren’t quite as bad as in the villages.

These Maharram Bey riots, however, sparked a string of seemingly Islam-driven events against Christians, including knife attacks in several Alexandria churches.
(I bring Islam into this only because perpetrators were heard yelling “Allahu Akbar” (God is great) as they lunged for their quarry or drove the steel into their victims.)

Kareem, then a 21-year-old law student at Al Azhar, witnessed the riots first-hand, and went on to write an article about it. writer Ahmed Salib ( says that the article in question was published on October 23, 2005, and methodically went about “condemning the riot, and, indeed, the entire Islamic religion; [Kareem] was subsequently arrested on 26 October 2005 for the inflammatory not-quite-rhetoric, entitled ‘The naked truth about Islam as I saw it in Maharram Beh.’ It first appeared on his blog (in Arabic), but you can read my translation here:
“The Muslims have taken the mask off to show their true hateful face, and they have shown the world that they are at the top of their brutality, inhumanity, and thievery.
They have clearly shown their worst features and have shown that in dealing with others they are not governed by any moral codes.
From what I have seen yesterday of the events at Maharram Beh, which were quite shameful, and have shown me more facts that they have tried to cover over the centuries, they have indicated that Islam is a religion of peace and forgiveness, but their true face has been uncovered to show barbarism and thievery and fanaticism and not acknowledging others, and attempting to remove them from existence.”
(Source: )
He was released soon after, and all was silent.

For a while.

Then, in early 2006, he was expelled from Al Azhar, the most prestigious Islamic University in the world. Several attempts were made on his safety and his life, but he managed to escape every time.

Kareem emailed a friend on October 29th, 2006, saying that he was to be detained in the next few days, and held for questioning. Then he was taken in.

Kareem has been “detained” since early November, awaiting the trial that will determine his release date. At that time, the charges against him included:
· Spreading data and malicious rumors that disrupt public security
· Defaming the President of Egypt
· Incitement to overthrow the regime upon hatred and contempt
· Incitement to hate “Islam” and breach of the public peace standards
· Highlighting inappropriate aspects that harm the reputation of Egypt and spreading them to the public
(Source: )
Unfortunately for the current Egyptian government, it’s their practices that are inappropriate, not to mention in violation of Articles 18 and 19 of the **Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
And the notion that Kareem harmed the reputation of Egypt is absurd—The government itself is the one guilty of harming the reputation of Egypt!
Do they really think they can abuse their citizens and then ask these victims to hide the crimes that they, Egypt, have carried about against them? It’s a good thing the government is not the one on trial, because they have a real shot at an insanity plea.
But back to Kareem.
The Arabic Network for Human Rights Information had this to say about the bogus charges:

“It is noteworthy that the claim no. 6677/2006 filed against Kareem in Mohram Bek Prosecution, Alexandria included arbitrary accusations which are considered to be in violation of the right to freedom of expression; a violation targeting Egyptian writers, intellectuals, and political activists for almost 50 years.”

(Source: )

Despite the unpopularity of Kareem’s actual thoughts, there are apparently many in the Middle East who nonetheless feel that he should have the right to think them (and write about them), because the following organizations are just some of the ones who got involved with supporting Kareem’s release. Check out who was involved in November:

From Egypt:
1. The Arabic Network for Human Rights Information
2. The Egyptian Association for Community Participation Enhancement
3. The Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights
4. Association for Human Rights Legal Aid
5. Habi Center for Environmental Rights
6. Al-Nadeem Center for Psychological Rehabilitation and Treatment of Victims of Violence
7. Hisham Mubarak Law Center
8. Land Center for Human Rights
9. Shomuu Association for Human Rights and People with Disabilities
10. Egyptian Center for Human Rights
11. Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies
12. The Civil Observatory of Human Rights
13. Al-Ganob Center for Human Rights

From Bahrain:
14. Bahrain Youth Society for Human Rights

(Source: )

And the number of Kareem supporters (“freedom of speech supporters,” if you think about it) champing at the bit, desperate for information on the impending case has been growing by leaps and bounds.

Well, the trial began last week, on January 18th, although the lawyers have asked for time to review the case, causing the court to re-adjourn on January 25th. Until then, however, the following letter was sent to the Egyptian Minister of Justice:

“Mr. Mamdouh Marei
Egyptian Minister of Justice

Paris, 22 January 2007

Dear Minister,

Reporters Without Borders and the Arabic Network for Human Rights Information, organizations that defend freedom of expression, would like to ask you to intercede on behalf of blogger Abdel Kareem Nabil Suleiman (better known by the name of Kareem Amer), whose trial is due to start on 25 January in Alexandria. Held since 6 November, he faces up to nine years in prison for posting articles critical of Islam on his blog (

We hope you will follow this case closely and ensure that this young blogger is released soon. The freedom with which Mr. Suleiman expresses himself may cause displeasure, but he must assume responsibility for what he writes, which poses no danger to national security. A prison sentence would therefore bring disgrace on the Egyptian judicial system and sully your country’s image. Particularly because Article 151 of Egyptian Constitution stipulates that any agreement signed and ratified by Egypt becomes part of domestic law and applied like any other legislation. Egypt is a state party to the International Covenant for Civil and Political Right, in which articles 18 and 19 clearly stipulate everyone’s right to freedom of expression, opinion, thought, conscience and religion. Subsequently, no one should ever be imprisoned for a press offence or for the views they express.

We would also like to draw your attention to the harsh conditions in which this young blogger is being held and the worrying state of his health. He has been in solitary confinement for more than two months. This has left him very weak and has affected him psychologically.

We trust you will give this matter your careful consideration.


Robert Ménard
Reporters without borders

Gamal Eid
Executive Director
Arabic Network for Human Rights Information”

It should be noted that despite the spate of Egyptian bloggers’ arrests in the past year, Kareem is the first Egyptian blogger to actually face charges and be tried in court.

In the best-case scenario, the psychopaths that are crazy enough to have taken him into custody will snap out of it and release him pronto.

If that doesn’t happen, then Kareem might be jailed for up to nine years for expressing his not-at-all-radical thoughts.

Keep in mind that he’s being treated badly now, and it’s just supposed to be a detention (meaning he hasn’t even been sentenced yet, meaning this doesn’t even count as jail time. As of now, he’s just “in custody,” illegally, for “punitive reasons,” and because they deem him a “flight risk”).

Reports have said that he’s getting one meal every two days, and his own lawyer said that the young man was severely fatigued and exhausted. Apart from starving him, there’s no telling if the hired thugs/guards have been torturing him or exposing him to sub-human conditions and/or severe sleep deprivation techniques.

Varied accounts have Kareem in solitary confinement as a punishment, as a protection from other prisoners, so that the guards can mistreat him even more than the other prisoners, or even at his own request.

And there’s no telling what could happen if he ends up in jail for months or years (since the guards and other prisoners are, undoubtedly, more into Islam than Kareem is).

And if things go less well… he could get the death penalty. For insulting Mubarak and insulting Islam.

And unfortunately, there are many Egyptians who think Kareem deserves the worst for criticizing a government that cannibalizes the very people it’s supposed to be protecting, and the religion that’s the basis for it.

Too bad these people don’t know Kareem—his kindness, his good heart, his sweet smile, his love of art and foreign film—or realize how he’s an ardent supporter of freedom, liberty, women’s rights, equality, and other values that sane people generally have. (Though I must say that Kareem is enough of a Mensch to fight for the freedom of speech and rights of people whose ideas he disagrees with, and would likely fight for the freedoms of the very people who are happy to diss and dismiss him.)

Too bad these people are so hateful that they could smile upon hearing a verdict of nine years or death, just over a wee bit of (much needed) constructive criticism directed towards a country that’s going down the tubes, and a religion whose basic premises are inequality and violence. (As evidenced by… hmm. This case?)

If that’s all it takes, then “Mubarak is the son of a washer woman, and the prophet is dodging flames with the Marquis de Sade as we speak.”

Yalla, Egyptian Government, come and get me too. But I won’t be the only one.

The streets will be lined with courageous Copts and free-thinkers and moderate Muslims and atheists and Westerners, and you will never be able to arrest us all.

But even if you did, it would be worth it!

It would be an honor to stand with a young man who had enough cajones to not only voice an opinion that may be less-than-popular in Egypt, but to fight for those who have no voice, even if he disagrees with what they’re saying.

Which is more than I can say for some people.

Sara Ghorab


* See for more on the illegal and unethical questioning tactics from the early November interrogation.

** “Article 18 and 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, adopted by the UN General Assembly on December 10, 1948, states:

Article 18: “Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion; this right includes freedom to change religion or belief, the freedom to manifest religion or belief in worship, observance, practice, and teaching either alone or in community with others and in public or private.”

Article 19: “Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.”
(Source: )