A Malaysian cure for divorce, and more

What do chicken-processing factories, noodle factories, and polygamy clubs have in common? Easy -- they're all ventures undertaken by the Malaysian company Global Ikhwan Sdn Bhd. Before his death in 2010, the chairman and founder Ashaari Mohamed doubled as the leader of the radical Islamic sect Al-Arqam, banned in 1994 by the state's National Fatwa Council for what Malaysian newspaper The Star terms "deviationist" teachings. But his passing hasn't sapped the derring-do of the Global Ikhwan team. Their latest venture deals with that peskiest of pesky social ills -- women who, you know, make their own decisions:

A wife must obey and serve her husband like "a first-class prostitute" to keep him from straying and to prevent greater social ills, according to the Obedient Wives' Club.

The Malaysian branch of the club, launched here yesterday, was formed as an answer to social problems such as infidelity, prostitution, domestic violence and abandoned babies, which its members believed stemmed from a lack of belief in God and the failure of women to keep their husbands content.

The 800 Muslim women who comprise the club have faced a virulent backlash since they announced its creation on June 4. But the response issued this weekend by OWC national director Fauziah Ariffin suggests that the criticism hasn't really hit home:

I believe we have been misunderstood and misinterpreted. When we said that husbands should treat their wives like first-class prostitutes, we were not putting wives on the same level with prostitutes. We are talking about first-class elite types, not street hooker types.

Our wives provide men with top-level service. However, ordinary prostitutes can only provide good sex, but not love and affection which only a wife can provide.

Oh, I see. Wives should be like Eliot Spitzer's call girl. Charming.



Powerful documentary shows ‘horrific’ new footage from Sri Lanka’s civil war

A disturbing new film from Britain's Channel 4 is making waves in the U.K. and overseas, with video of executions and other war crimes committed during the final five months of Sri Lanka's 25 year civil war. The army ultimately defeated the rebel Tamil Tigers in May, 2009-- but not before an estimated 100,000 people were killed.

Channel 4 said some of the footage has never been seen before and took two years to put together and authenticate.

One of the most graphic parts shows three prisoners who are on their knees, bound and blindfolded, while government soldiers stand over them. One soldier is heard saying, "Is there no one with balls to kill a terrorist?"

"Of course there is, shut up," another soldier says.

Then all three prisoners are shot.

There's another clip where a soldier laughs after a bound prisoner is gunned down at close range. "It's like he saw," the soldier says, referring to the executed man. "He looked, then he looked away."

The videos were taken by government troops on their mobile phones as "grotesque war trophies," according to Channel 4.

There's also footage of a hospital in a rebel-held area that was shelled by government troops over a period of days. A witness interviewed in the film said the hospital was "targeted" and that 10-15 people were killed in the assault.  

But it's not just the government's troops that are shown committing atrocities.  The film includes video of Tamil Tigers firing at civilians trying to escape the conflict zone.

According to the BBC, the British Foreign Office called the film's content "horrific" and said it would pressure Sri Lanka to investigate. Don't hold your breath. The government's response to the film? They called the footage fake and "malicious."

Judge for yourself. The full 50-minute film can be watched here