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Killing Of H Farook: Another Sacrifice at the Altar of Religious Bigotry
Shamsul Islam

Atheist H Farook’s killing at Coimbatore (Tamil Nadu) is another sacrifice at the altar of religious bigotry. Indian sub-continent is becoming the most dangerous zone in the world for scientific minded persons who naturally become atheist. Farook died for a cause and killers who claim that their truth is inalienable prove to be the worst cowards. It seems killer had no arguments/facts to counter Farook’s questions. BTW, did Farook and his thought take birth and develop without God’s consent?....

 

Why Trump’s Pro-War Aide Quotes the Gita
Gurcharan Das

Most Indians are unaware that Steve Bannon, President Donald Trump’s chief strategist and member of his national security council, is not only the most powerful person in the White House today but he is also a great admirer of the Bhagavad Gita. Bannon is militarily inclined and believes in waging a holy war against Islam “to establish dharma in the world”. His long-time collaborator Julia Jones says, “He used to talk a lot about dharma — he felt very strongly about dharma… one of the strongest principles throughout the Gita.”...

Musharraf Vs Vajpayee
Khaled Ahmed

Musharraf is clearing the decks for his triumphant return to Pakistan by re-establishing his anti-India credentials. He did this on TV by praising the boss of Jamaat-ud-Dawa, Hafiz Saeed, currently kept under wraps by Pakistan because of his global reputation as a terrorist. He said Saeed was a “strategic asset” because he “never killed inside Pakistan” but reserved his terrorism for India-administered Kashmir. He was less enthusiastic about Jaish-e-Muhammad and its leader, Masood Azhar, because Azhar nearly killed him in 2003, when Musharraf called off the jihad against India after negotiating peace with the Vajpayee government....

 

The Westminster Attack Is a Tragedy, but It’s Not a Threat to Democracy
Simon Jenkins

All analysts of terrorism reiterate that it is not an ideology. Guns and bombs pose no “existential” threat to a country or society. Politicians who exploit it to engender fear are cynics with vested interests. Terrorism is a methodology of conflict. There is no real defence against madmen who kill, though it’s worth restating that London’s streets have probably never been safer places.....

In the attack on Wednesday afternoon, a man drove a car along a pavement on Westminster Bridge knocking down pedestrians, creating panic and leaving dozens injured. He then ran towards Parliament where he stabbed PC Palmer who was unarmed. Armed police then shot dead the attacker in the grounds. Mrs Frade worked at a London sixth form college just a few hundred metres from Westminster Bridge....

 

Secular Manifesto for Change
Saba Naqvi

It’s all rather pathetic. There is actually precious little that the Indian secular state has given the Muslim community except to ensure that they live for eternity in the museum of stereotypes, most notably that of the clerics who mostly talk rubbish when they showcase their views on television. The imagery of these men as “sole spokespersons” only works to counter mobilise. The community has slipped on all human development indices yet an entire mobilisation has thrived on the argument that they are appeased. It’s true; the clerics have indeed been appeased in a manner of speaking.....

Five Centuries On, Martin Luther Should Be Feted As Hero of Liberty and Free Speech
Peter Stanford

We live today in secular, sceptical, scientific times, when religion itself is regularly branded irrelevant. So Luther, if considered at all, tends to be dismissed as dour, distant and two-dimensional, better suited to the dusty pages of history books than the 21st century. So much so that he is often confused with Martin Luther King, whose continuing importance is much more readily understood....

Not Just By Jobs and Mobiles: BJP Needs To Address the Alienation, Fear and Silence of the Minority Community
Ravinder Kaur

The Akhlaq incident, the Muzaffarnagar riots, the incidents around tanning, has undermined Muslim confidence. Alienation, fear and silence are the result. It is this that the BJP needs to address — something that Atal Bihari Vajpayee was able to address and some believe that the Babri-tainted Rajnath Singh could address. Is the BJP of Modi and Shah even keen to recognise the issue of genuine inclusion, let alone address it?....

 

Lahore Lit Fest, a Rebuke from The Past
Khaled Ahmed

Pakistan is pretending to survive terrorism through literature festivals the ideological state is hardly able to support without cringing. Yet, these are building loyal followers in cities like terror-haunted Karachi, the madrasa-haunted Islamabad, ever-conservative Lahore, with its memories of more pluralist days under the Raj, and old Lyallpur, renamed Faisalabad after a Saudi king, which can’t account for why it doesn’t have a bookshop, despite being the country’s third-largest city....

 

In contrast to high-income countries, marriage decisions in Bangladesh take place in conditions of extreme poverty and illiteracy. So legal provisions for marriage under the age of 18 risks the possibility of increasing child marriage....

 

RSS’ Action against Errant Cadre Helps Douse Major Flare-Up in Kerala
Santosh Kumar

When it comes to Kerala, political killings are nothing new to the CPM or the RSS. North Kerala’s soil is soaked in the blood of innocent victims of this decades-old ideological vendetta. It is no exaggeration to say that in those parts, leaders from both sides encourage cadre to annihilate each other on a regular basis. But this time when such a call came from the distant land of Madhya Pradesh, not everyone thought it was appropriately timed. In fact, the call by a misguided and emotionally charged RSS man to behead Kerala Chief Minister and CPM strongman Pinarayi Vijayan came at a very inappropriate time....

 
Missing Hindus and Sikhs of Pakistan-occupied Jammu and Kashmir
Shanmukh, Aparna, Saswati Sarkar and Dikgaj

A lot has been written about the expulsion of Hindus from Bangladesh, from the Kashmir valley, Hindus and Sikhs from Pakistan, and so forth, but very little has been written about the expulsion and killing – termed missing here – of the Hindus, and Sikhs from regions of Pakistan-occupied Jammu and Kashmir....

 

Behind the deadly, Zionist-promoted, warmongering, and civil rights-abusing terror hysteria in US Alliance countries is the Awful Truth that deaths from Jihadi terrorism in these countries is negligible compared  to over 30 million Muslim deaths from violence or imposed deprivation in the 21st century US War on Muslims. In the 21st century there have been 1,615 non-terrorism Israeli deaths from homicide by Israelis, 164 Israeli deaths from terrorism in Israel....

 

Lessons for Pakistan from Trump’s America
Pervez Hoodbhoy

Perhaps someday we too will learn to respect people for what they are — humans — and fight for their rights also, not just our own. Perhaps an Ahmadi, Hindu, Christian or Parsi will be allowed to run for president of Pakistan or become the army chief. Until that time, in moral terms, we cannot really protest where Trump wants to take America.....

 

There’s a Market for Shared Experiences, as Hussain Haidry Shows
Samar Halarnkar

Last week, on the campaign trail in Uttar Pradesh, when Prime Minister Narendra Modi demanded cremation grounds (for Hindus), not just graveyards (for Muslims), electricity not just for Ramzan but Diwali, when his party president Amit Shah declared that only people of a certain community (Muslims, of course) were getting laptops, I could not help but think of Hussain Haidry....

An explosion near a shrine in southern Pakistan on Thursday killed at least 100 and wounded several dozens of people in the latest in a string of blasts this week, according to police. The blast went off near the shrine of Lal Shahbaz Qalandar in the town of Sehwan in Sindh province, Pakistan’s Samaa television and Geo TV reported. According to reports, Islamic State’s Khorasan Province group claimed responsibility for the attack.,,,,

Other Reports:

Blast At Pakistan Sufi Shrine, Islamic State Claims Responsibility

At Least 70 Killed in Suicide Blast aT Pakistan’s Sufi Shrine, Islamic State Claims Attack

President Trump, Will You Save the Jews?
Thomas L. Friedman

First you were tested by a rival — Russia — and utterly failed to appreciate the corrosive impact on our democracy of your indulgence of Russia’s hacking our election. And on Wednesday you’re going to be tested by a friend — Israel — and its prime minister, Bibi Netanyahu. Can you appreciate the corrosive impact on Israel’s democracy of what it’s now doing in the West Bank? I ask because you may be the last man standing between Israel and a complete, self-inflicted disaster for the Jewish state and the Jewish people....


 

Palestine Awareness Week is Bigger than Ever, But Activists Still Want to be Anonymous
Nisreen Eadeh

Many students are focusing on universal human rights, international law, and specific policies to get their messages across. Palestinians are systematically denied their rights to travel, live in their homes, access water, fair trials, and much more. What’s more, international community has stated many times that building homes on occupied land is a violation of international law. However, without an international governing body, Israel is allowed to persist its settlement building and deny Palestinians their human rights...

 

The French Election Is Now Marine Le Pen Vs a Collapsing French Establishment
Robert Tombs

France in its modern history has worn out five monarchies, five republics and 16 constitutions — and two of this year’s presidential hopefuls are demanding a 17th. Its people are still more ready than most to go into the streets. It was, and is, a country in which rhetoric and visions play a prominent part in politics....

 

Proxies, Politics and House Arrests: In Pakistan, a House Arrest Is More about Politics and Negotiation Rather Than Legality
Zoha Waseem

It is worth considering whether this recent clampdown on JuD can be connected to pressures and sanctions being exerted on Pakistan from the United States, as well as the change in military guard within our country, indicating a possible shift in policies pertaining to the likes of Hafiz Saeed, and attempts at civilising deteriorating relations with India since Pathankot. They remind us of the civil-military tussle in Pakistan not too long ago, with the former allegedly advising the latter to act on militants....

 

This 1967 Classroom Experiment Proved How Easy It Was For Americans to Become Nazis
Nina Renata Aron

In a radio interview, a former student describes the climate of fear that was quick to develop among students, “rumours on top of rumours.” Trust between students, even those who’d been friends, were quick to erode. The heavy emphasis on “unity” was undercut by the atmosphere of suspicion that Jones’s expectations had created....

 

India Is Yours If You Have Lost Most of Your Possessions
Turki Aldakhil

The Gulf region’s relation with India has multiple aspects that are related to geography, history, cultural influences and travels on both sides. Above all that, economy on both sides has governed a relationship which no other country could replicate. Our grandparents were right when they said: “India is yours if you have lost most of your possessions.” India is a country of partnership through drought and riches and the pleasant and the unpleasant. This is the ancient civilization called India....

 

The vital importance of the visit to the UAE was readily apparent in the crowd of dignitaries that were watching the event. Although I was unable to see the entire delegation - as I had found myself stuck behind a scrum of photographers and cameramen - I did manage to catch a glimpse of some of the UAE's most prominent figures, such as Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs and Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nayan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation....

 

As Its Friends Befriend India, Pakistan’s Ruling Elites Must Come To Terms With New Regional, Global Realities
Husain Haqqani

Pakistan’s ruling elite, especially its all-powerful military, tends to see other nations as close to India or as friends of Pakistan. The Pakistani narrative often ignores economics and sees international relations in binary terms, emphasising religion and ideology. Some Pakistani commentators have already started taking pot-shots at “fellow Muslims” embracing “Hindu India” at the expense of Pakistan. Ironically, UAE is not the first Gulf Arab Muslim country affirming friendship with India as chief guest at India’s Republic Day parade. Former Saudi King Abdullah was the chief guest at the 2006 parade and proudly declared India his “second home.”...

 

And if he doesn't, the enormous blowback won't merely affect him; it will keep America in the same horrific bind it's been in for a long, long time: war is money; war floats a basically bereft economy; war destroys lives; war kills hope; war keeps putting the lie to "America, the bastion of freedom for every person on Earth"...

 
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