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one of Supreme Court hearing the politically-sensitive case of Ram
Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid land dispute in Ayodhya concluded with petitioner
Nirmohi Akhara telling the apex court bench that no Muslim was allowed inside
the temple since 1934 and sought the control and management of the entire 2.77
acre disputed land.
Nirmohi Akhara, one of the parties to the case, presented its case before the
Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi-led Constitutional bench and said that the
structure has been in its exclusive possession.
apex court, observing that the mediation efforts in the decades-old dispute had
failed, took up the case for day-to-day hearings starting Tuesday. Before the
arguments began, the bench, comprising Justice SA Bobde, Justice DY
Chandrachud, Justice Ashok Bhushan and Justice SA Nazeer, rejected the plea for
recording the Ayodhya case proceedings as was sought by former RSS ideologue KN
Akhara opens arguments
for one of the petitioners in the case the Nirmohi Akhara presented their
arguments first on Tuesday. "We have been fighting for this for so long
because it is an issue of emotions for us," the petitioner said.
advocate Sushil Kumar Jain, appearing for the Nirmohi Akhara, said that the
"Ram Janmasthan" belonged to, had been the possession of, and was
managed by the organisation. The lawyer also said that its suit in the case was
basically for possession and management rights of the disputed region.
am a registered body. My suit is basically for belongings, possession and
management rights," he said.
Muslims were allowed to enter the structure since 1934'
courtyard has always been in possession of Nirmohi Akhara, therefore suit of
Nirmohi Akhara is limited to inner courtyard," Jain was quoted by The
Leaflet as saying. He added that the saffron organisation, one of the 14
akharas recognised by the Akhil Bharatiya Akhara Parishad, had been occupying
the inner courtyard for "hundreds of years".
a claim over the disputed 2.77 acres of land, Jain argued, "The place known
as Ram Janmasthan was also in possession of Nirmohi Akhara." While the
five-judge Constitution bench asked questions to understand the "structure
and locations" of the disputed site, the Nirmohi Akhara argued that its
temples had been "demolished by some miscreants with no caste, or creed,
or religion" on 6 December 1992.
Akhara, claiming that the Jhansi ki Rani was also "protected" by them
after the battle of Jhansi when she "took refuge" at the temple in
Ayodhya, claimed during its arguments that no Muslims were allowed to enter the
structure since 1934 and it has been in exclusive possession of Nirmohi Akhara.
also cited judgments to back his claim that "a place cannot be considered
a mosque if no prayers or namaz are offered there." Citing another
evidence, the counsel said that absence of provision for 'wuzu', by which
Muslims wash hands and feet before namaz, at disputed site was interpreted by
the Allahabad high court to arrive at the conclusion that prayers were not
being offered there for long and thus it had ceased to be a mosque.
in response, the Supreme Court cited the Allahabad's high court's order saying
that before 1934, Muslims were offering regular prayers at the site.
tells Rajeev Dhavan to maintain dignity of court
ongoing hearing also witnessed a heated exchange of words between the bench and
senior advocate Rajeev Dhavan, who is appearing for a Muslim party. While the
bench was asking the counsel for the Nirmohi Akhara to confine his arguments to
the civil dispute and skip reading some written statements, Dhavan interfered
and said perhaps there should not be any curtailment of arguments.
CJI said the hearing of the arguments would not be curtailed in any manner and
there should be no doubt in anybody's mind about it. In response, Dhavan
clarified that he meant the same.
this, the CJI said, "Dr Dhavan, keep the dignity of the court."
Dhavan said he had only replied to some questions.
bench told him, "Please keep in mind that you are an officer of the court
and all we are saying is that we are not going to curtail anybody's
because of possession'
Chandrachud, who has been hailed for being the only dissenting voice on crucial
cases like the Aadhaar, questioned Jain over whether the basis of the claim of
the Nirmohi Akhara to the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid land was possession or
ownership, to which the counsel said, "Ownership because of
Supreme Court, in reply said, "In any case, you have been given one-third
of the disputed area in a preliminary decree by the Allahabad High Court."
daily hearings were prescribed by the Constitutional bench on 2 August after
taking note of the failed mediation by a three-member panel led by former
Supreme Court judge FMI Kalifulla. The mediation panel, also comprising
spiritual guru Sri Sri Ravishankar and senior advocate and renowned mediator
Sriram Panchu, had said in its report that the Hindu and the Muslim parties had
not been able to find a solution to the vexatious dispute.
appeals have been filed in the apex court against the 2010 Allahabad High Court
judgment, delivered in four civil suits, that the 2.77-acre land in Ayodhya be
partitioned equally among the three parties — the Sunni Waqf Board, the Nirmohi
Akhara and Ram Lalla.
proof of the temple's existence, says CJI
Gogoi, reading from the Allahabad High Court judgment just before the bench
took a break for lunch, quoted the statement and said, "There is no
evidence to show that there existed any temple and that there were idols in
it". In response, Jain said, "My lords, the structure was demolished
Gogoi countered the claim by demanding evidence from the advocate, citing the
Allahabad judge's statement about there being "no evidence". As the
bench reconvened at 2 pm, Jain assured the judges that he will show "only
the findings". Continuing the arguments in the case, Jain emphasised on
the "importance of worshipping the deity" at the "Ram janmabhoomi
reading relevant portions from the Allahabad High Court's judgment in 2010,
Jain said that the Nirmohi Akhara's suit in the dispute was filed in 1959,
"four years after the attachment orders were issued in relation to
properties in their possession."
counsel for the Nirmohi Akhara, answering the Supreme Court's questions on
limitation, also said that the Sunni Waqf Board's suit was filed in 1961. The
hearing concluded for day 1 to resume tomorrow (Wednesday).
has conceived a plan to send Hizbul Mujahideen jihadists disguised as members
of Ansar Ghazwat-ul-Hind, the Kashmir affiliate of global terror outfit
al-Qaida. Intelligence agencies have intercepted a 17-minute conversation
between a top Hizb operative near Lipa Valley across the LoC and a resident in
Gurez in north Kashmir, showing how Pakistan will circumvent the requirements
imposed by watchdog Financial Action Task Force.
boasts of role in Zakir Musa killing
the chat, Hizb operative Imtiyaz Alam boasts of playing a role in the
elimination of Zakir Musa, who founded Ansar Ghazwat-ul-Hind after quitting
Hizbul Mujahideen. Musa had succeeded Hizb commander Burhan Wani when he was
killed in 2016.
an enquiry by the Gurez resident, Alam replies, “Idhar koi manta hai Ansar ko?
Nahi. Isliye hum Ansar ke saath jayenge. (Is Ansar known here? No. That’s why
we will go with Ansar)”
the next answer, Alam further explains that the jihadists will have the option
to purchase arms either locally or bring them from Pakistan. “Wohi to tension
hai na, samaan jab wahan se lana padta, sajish karni padti hai (That’s the
trouble. When you got to bring arms from across, you got to conspire).”
civilian replies saying, “Mein aapko guidance de doonga, aap koshish karo udhar
se aane ki, yeh mein kar sakta hoon.”
of the Ansar members have been killed by the Indian security forces before and
after Musa’s elimination on May 24, a day after BJP stormed to power at the
in the terror ranks still believe that Musa was set up by one of their own to
give a safe passage to other Hizb jihadists.
of the top counterinsurgency officers told TOI that all terrorists switch from
one group to another or even change the names of their groups as and when they
require. “These measures are taken when they get desperate,” he said.
Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan on Tuesday compared the BJP and RSS's
ideology with that of white supremacists and his Indian counterpart Narendra
Modi's government with Adolf Hitler's Nazi regime.
at the joint session of Parliament, Khan said that the BJP's and the RSS's
enmity against Muslims living in the country comes from their idea of being
superior to them, which is similar to the ideology of white supremacists and
Hitler's Nazi Party.
racist ideology is similar to that of a white supremacist... I compare their
recent actions -- especially considering what they did during the recent
general elections -- with that of what Hitler's Nazi Party did," said Khan
in his speech shared on ARY News' YouTube channel.
added that the Indian government's decision to scrap Article 370, that
conferred special status to Jammu and Kashmir, is in line with this
"racist ideology" that puts Hindus above all other religions and
seeks to establish a state that represses all other religious groups.
happened yesterday has only confirmed my suspicion [about India's unwillingness
to talk]. This is not a decision they [the BJP] have taken out of the blue. It
was part of their election manifesto all along. It is, in fact, ingrained in
their ideology that puts Hindus above all other religions and seeks to
establish a state that represses all other religious groups."
RSS had the enmity against the Muslims because they resented that Muslims
reigned over India for 500-600 years. When the British were leaving India, they
were thinking that now is the time to suppress Muslims in India, to treat them
as second-class citizens."
must give tribute to Jinnah for he was the first person to see through this.
Jinnah was the ambassador to Hindu-Muslim India. Why was it that a man like
Jinnah decided that Pakistan should be made?" he asked.
Pakistan Prime Minister said he will take up the Kashmir issue on every
international forum to bring it to the notice of global leadership.
want global leadership to take note.. I assure you, my government will raise
this issue on every international forum. The Western world does not know what
is happening in Kashmir. It is our job to tell the world about their
suffering," Khan said.
Prime Minister Imran Khan on Tuesday expressed apprehension that Pulwama-like
attacks can follow the revocation of the special status for Jammu and Kashmir,
which could trigger a conventional war between Pakistan and India.
will be a war that no one will win and the implications will be global,"
he warned while addressing a rare joint sitting of Parliament that was convened
to discuss the Kashmir situation, a day after the Indian government revoked
Article 370 which gave special status to Jammu and Kashmir.
maintains that Jammu and Kashmir is its integral part and it includes
Minister Khan explained how the war-like scenario could erupt in the middle of
the current tensions between the two nuclear-armed neighbours. He said Kashmiris
would protest and India would launch a crackdown on them.
said with this approach, "attacks like Pulwama are bound to happen again.
I can already predict this will happen. They will attempt to place the blame on
us again. They may strike us again, and we will strike back."
will happen then?... who will win that war? No one will win it and it will have
grievous consequences for the entire world. This is not nuclear
blackmail," Khan told the lawmakers.
urged the international community to take notice of the situation in Kashmir.
they did in Kashmir is in accordance with their ideology…They have a racist
ideology," Khan alleged. "Theirs is the ideology which killed Mahatma
Gandhi. If the world does not act and does not uphold its own laws then we will
not be responsible."
said that his government would approach the world leaders and apprise them of
situation in Kashmir.
will fight it at every forum including the UN Security Council," he said,
adding that Pakistan also plans to take the matter to the International Court
said that he tried to improve ties and all neighbours, including India, but New
Delhi refused to respond to his overtures.
I first reached out to India, they expressed concerns that there were militant
outfits operating from Pakistan. I told (Narendra) Modi that after the grave
and painful tragedy of the Army Public School massacre, all our political
parties had resolved to never let the territory of Pakistan be used for
I got the feeling that the Indian side was not serious about talks. When we
went to Bishkek (for the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation summit), my
suspicions regarding their unwillingness to speak was strengthened," Khan
said that India "took our overtures for peace as weakness, so we stopped
extending offers to hold talks".
to criticism by Opposition leader Shehbaz Sharif, who said that the government
should give tough response to India, Khan asked, "What opposition leader
wants? Should I order an attack on India?"
earlier said that Khan should use his leadership to lead the case of Kashmir at
this critical juncture.
have two options: either we hide or we take decisive action. Hiding is not an
option, we must take decisive action," he said.
Bhutto Zardari of Pakistan Peoples Party also urged for strong action to
counter the Indian move.
the joint sitting was marred due to differences between treasury and opposition
over language of resolution against India.
the start of the meeting, Minister for Parliamentary Affairs Azam Khan Swati
presented the resolution, condemning "violation" of the Line of
Control (LoC) by India, but it did not mention the revocation of Article 370.
lawmakers staged protest at the omission and threatened to boycott which
prompted National Assembly Speaker Asad Qaisar to adjourn the session with the
promise to reconvene shortly after amending the resolution.
session was convened after four hours when Prime Minister Khan agreed give a
India’s move to abolish the decades-long autonomy of Kashmir has drawn strong
reaction from its neighbors, with China accusing New Delhi of undermining its
territorial sovereignty and Pakistan’s army vowing to go to “any extent” to stand
by the people of the disputed territory.
strongly-worded statement was most critical of the impact of India’s actions on
the mainly Buddhist region of Ladakh — an area of strategic importance nestled
between Tibet and Pakistan.
two years after India and China’s decades-long dispute flared up over a remote
area of the Himalayas, and six months after the most serious military
escalation between India and Pakistan in decades, Indian Prime Minister
Narendra Modi’s surprise move on Kashmir has inflamed tensions yet again.
has always opposed India’s inclusion of Chinese territory in the western
section of the China-India border, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswomen Hua
Chunying said in a statement Tuesday.
recent unilateral revision of domestic laws by the Indian side continues to
undermine China’s territorial sovereignty, which is unacceptable and will not
have any effect,” Hua said.
SAYS IT’S INTERNAL MATTER:
Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesman Raveesh Kumar said on Tuesday that the
creation of a new union territory of Ladakh was an internal matter. “So far as
the India-China Boundary Question is concerned, the two sides have agreed to a
fair, reasonable and mutually acceptable settlement,” Kumar said in a
statement. “India does not comment on the internal affairs of other countries
and similarly expects other countries to do likewise.”
Indian government said Ladakh’s new designation as a “union territory” was “an
internal matter concerning the territory of India”.
does not comment on the internal affairs of other countries and similarly
expects other countries to do likewise,” Indian foreign ministry spokesperson
Raveesh Kumar said.
added that both sides had committed to maintaining “peace and tranquility in
the border areas”.
KINABALU: The Sabah legislative assembly today passed a bill outlawing deviant
interpretations of Islam in the state to ensure the teachings of the religion
and Native Affairs Minister Aidi Mokhtar tabled the bill, which sought to amend
Section 52 of the Syariah Criminal Offences Enactment 1995 to provide
definitions of “religion of Islam” and “Ahli Sunnah Waljama’ah”.
to the bill, the amendment is to strengthen Section 52 to make whipping one of
the penalties for the teaching of any doctrine or the performance of any
ceremony or act relating to Islam that is contrary to Islamic law or any fatwa
enforced in Sabah.
new section, 52A, deals with the prohibition to propagate religious doctrine
other than that of Islam recognised by Sabah. Those found guilty are liable to
a RM3,000 fine and/or two years’ imprisonment.
pointed out the state did not want any deviant teachings or interpretations
that could disrupt the unity of the people.
told the house that based on recent developments, some Muslims had quarrelled
on issues pertaining to the teachings and branches of the religion that
subsequently threatened the unity of the faithful.
said Islam is a religion that unites the people and shuns any division or
fights, adding that any thinking, action or practice that causes division among
the people must be avoided.
existence of deviant teachings, particularly those that are extreme, does not
only bring a negative impact on the safety of Muslims but also other residents
regardless of race and religion,” he said.
said three of the 11 outlawed teachings in the country originated from Sabah or
that the founder had come from the state – Pertubuhan Rahmatan Lil ‘Alamin
(Perahmat), Tariqah Hasaniah and Islam Jama’ah.
three of the banned teachings – Millah Abraham @ Ibrahim, Fahaman and Hizbut
Tahrir, and Syiah – had extremism roots that could resort to launching wars on
leaders and governments who do not believe in their teachings.
Arif (PPBM-Membakut) welcomed the amendment, saying it was important to
preserve peace and harmony.
who was the minister in charge of religious affairs in the previous
administration, said that a fatwa had banned 25 deviant teachings discovered in
scholars of terrorism see worrying similarities between the rise of the Islamic
State and that of white nationalist terrorism, seen most recently in the
carnage in El Paso, Tex.
parallels are stunning,” said Will McCants, a prominent expert in the field.
they are growing more notable with each new attack.
say that the similarities are far from a coincidence. White nationalist
terrorism is following a progression eerily similar to that of jihadism under
the leadership of the Islamic State, in ways that do much to explain why the
attacks have suddenly grown so frequent and deadly.
both, there is the apocalyptic ideology that predicts — and promises to hasten
— a civilizational conflict that will consume the world. There is theatrical,
indiscriminate violence that will supposedly bring about this final battle, but
often does little more than grant the killer a brief flash of empowerment and
win attention for the cause.
are self-starter recruits who, gathering in social media’s dark corners, drive
their own radicalization. And for these recruits, the official ideology may
serve simply as an outlet for existing tendencies toward hatred and violence.
between white nationalists and the Islamic State remain vast. While Islamic
State leaders leveraged their followers’ zeal into a short-lived government,
the new white nationalism has no formal leadership at all.
think a lot of people working on online extremism saw this coming,” said J.M.
Berger, author of the book “Extremism,” and a fellow with VOX-Pol, a group that
studies online extremism, referring to the similarities between white
nationalism and the Islamic State.
retrospect, it is not hard to see why.
world-shaking infamy of the Islamic State has made it a natural model even —
perhaps especially — for extremists who see Muslims as enemies.
set of global changes, particularly the rise of social media, has made it easy
for any decentralized terrorist cause to drift toward ever-grander, and
evermore nonsensical, violence.
it didn’t matter whether those extremists were jihadists or white
nationalists,” Mr. Berger said.
nationalism in all forms has been on the rise for some years. Its violent
fringe was all but certain to rise as well.
feedback loop of radicalization and violence, once triggered, can take on a
terrible momentum all its own, with each attack boosting the online
radicalization and doomsday ideology that, in turn, drive more attacks.
lessons are concerning. It is nearly impossible to eradicate a movement
animated by ideas and decentralized social networks. Nor is it easy to prevent
attacks when the perpetrators’ ideology makes nearly any target as good as the
next, and requires little more training or guidance than opening a web forum.
global changes that played a role in allowing the rise of the Islamic State are
only accelerating, Mr. Berger warned — changes like the proliferation of social
you open up a vast new arena for communication, it’s a vector for contagion,”
New Kind of Terrorism
nihilism that increasingly defines global terrorism first emerged in the
sectarian caldron of American-occupied Iraq.
washed-up criminal from Jordan, Abu Musab Al-Zarqawi, exploited the chaos
brought by the American-led invasion to slaughter occupiers and Iraqi Muslims alike,
circulating videos of his deeds.
Qaeda, for all its religious claims, had, like most terrorist groups, killed
civilians in pursuit of worldly goals like an American withdrawal from the
Mr. Zarqawi seemed driven by sadism, a thirst for fame and an apocalyptic
ideology that he is thought to have only vaguely grasped.
Qaeda objected, fearing he would alienate the Muslim world and distract from
jihadism’s more concrete goals.
Zarqawi instead proved so popular among jihadist recruits that Al Qaeda let him
fight under its name. After his death, his group re-emerged as the Islamic
group’s unlikely rise hinted at a new approach to terrorism — and sheds light
on why white nationalist terrorism is converging on similar beliefs and
terrorists are not born wishing to kill. They have to be groomed. Where past
terrorist groups had appealed to the political aspirations and hatreds of its
recruits, Mr. Zarqawi’s found ways to activate a desire for bloodshed itself.
American-led invasion of Iraq had seemed, for many Middle Easterners, to turn
the world upside down. Mr. Zarqawi and later the Islamic State, instead of
promising to turn it right side up, offered an explanation: The world was
rushing toward an end-of-days battle between Muslims and infidels.
that world, Mr. McCants wrote in 2015, “the apocalyptic recruiting pitch makes
gave the group justification for attacks that otherwise made little strategic
sense, like killing dozens of fellow Muslims out shopping, which it said would
help usher in the apocalypse foretold in ancient prophecy.
the attacks were easier to carry out, almost anyone could execute their own and
feel like a true soldier in the glorious cause.
retained its core political agenda. But the things that made the Islamic
State’s form of terrorism so infectious also made it less strategically
an ideology that said anyone could kill for the movement and that killing was
its own reward, much of the violence took on a momentum of its own.
some scholars say, is what appears to be happening now with the extreme wings
of the white nationalist movement rising globally.
a Global Race War
ideological tracts, recruiting pitches and radicalization tales of the Islamic
State during its rise echo, almost word-for-word, those of the white
nationalist terrorists of today.
the latter, the world is said to be careening toward a global race war between
whites and nonwhites.
Camp of the Saints,” a bizarre 1973 French novel that has since become an
unofficial book of prophecy for many white nationalists, describes a concerted
effort by nonwhite foreigners to overwhelm and subjugate Europeans, who fight
back in a genocidal race war.
manifestoes left by the terrorist attackers at Christchurch, New Zealand, and
El Paso, Tex., have warned of this coming war too. They also say their attacks
were intended to provoke more racial violence, hastening the fight’s arrival.
requires little more than a community with like-minded beliefs, said Maura
Conway, a terrorism scholar at Dublin City University. While white backlash to
social and demographic change is nothing new, social media has allowed whites
receptive to the most extreme version to find one another.
Berger, in his research, found that these deadly messages, which have had mixed
success in traditional propaganda channels in all but the most dire historical
moments, can spread like wildfire on social media.
termed the message one of “temporal acceleration” — the promise that an
adherent could speed up time toward some inevitable endpoint by committing
violence. And the “apocalyptic narratives,” he found, exploit social media’s
tendency to amplify whatever content is most extreme.
with the Islamic State’s calls for mass murder, this worldview has resonated
among young men, mostly loners, who might have previously expressed little
ideological fervor or experienced much hardship. It offered them a way to
belong and a cause to participate in.
much like the Islamic State had found, social media gave white extremists a
venue on which to post videos of their exploits, where they would go viral,
setting off the cycle again.
2015, Mr. Berger wrote that the Islamic State had been “the first group to
employ these amplifying tactics on social media.” But, he added, “it will not
be the last.”
Interpreter is a column by Max Fisher and Amanda Taub exploring the ideas and
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NATIONS (AP) — The Islamic State extremist group has been left with as much as
$300 million following the loss of its so-called "caliphate" in Iraq
and Syria, "with none of the financial demands of controlling territory
and population," Secretary-General António Guterres said in a report
report to the Security Council on the threat posed by IS warns that the lull in
attacks directed by the militant group "may be temporary."
week, U.N. experts said in another report to the council that IS leaders are
aiming to consolidate and create conditions for an "eventual resurgence in
its Iraqi and Syrian heartlands." It said the current lull in attacks
"may not last long, possibly not even until the end of 2019."
said in the new report that while the loss of territory ended the Islamic State
group's ability to generate revenue from oil fields and local people, IS is
believed to be capable of directing funds to support "terrorist acts"
within Iraq and Syria and abroad. It said informal money transfer businesses
known as "hawaladars" are the most common method.
said looted antiquities from Iraq may be another source of revenue for IS, also
known as ISIL, and returnees from the conflict said there was a special unit
responsible for selling such objects.
of antiquities traded and the current location of any stored antiquities are
assessed to be known only to ISIL leaders," he said.
the secretary-general said the Islamic State group is also encouraging
increased financial self-sufficiency throughout its network of supporters and
affiliates elsewhere in the Mideast, Africa and Asia.
said the evolution of a covert IS network in Iraq at the provincial level since
2017 is being mirrored in Syria, with attacks increasing in
personnel, including some senior figures, "are also reported to have taken
refuge in governorates where hostilities are ongoing," the U.N. report
insurgency activity in Iraq, including the burning of crops, "is designed
to prevent normalization and reconstruction, in the hope that the local
population will ultimately blame the Iraqi authorities," Guterres said.
"A similar approach is anticipated in the Syrian Arab Republic."
report also highlights the continuing concerns posed by returning IS fighters
and their families.
cited estimates by several unnamed countries that an average of 25% of foreign
fighters were killed and 15% are unaccounted for.
against an approximate initial figure of 40,000 who joined the 'caliphate,'
these percentages would suggest that between 24,000 and 30,000 foreign
terrorist fighters are alive," the report said.
human rights chief Michelle Bachelet said in late June that more than 55,000
suspected IS fighters and their families have been detained in Iraq and Syria.
Most are in the custody of the Iraqi government and the U.S.-backed Syrian
Democratic Forces, and the alleged fighters come from over 50 countries. More
than 11,000 relatives of the fighters are being held at the Al Hol camp in
northeastern Syria alone, she said.
secretary-general warned that "the threats posed in the short-term by
adult detainees and in the medium to long-term by minors who are often
traumatized and may become increasingly radicalized have the potential to grow
more serious, with consequences for social integration and the potential risk
of violence, including possible terrorist attacks in the future."
said the U.N. system is ready to assist countries in reintegrating and
rehabilitating men, women and children who are stranded, especially in conflict
historic al-Saqatiyah Market in Aleppo is to be reopened after being carefully
restored as shown in footage filmed on Tuesday.
market or Souq, is part of the ancient Bazaar in the Ancient City of Aleppo, a
UNESCO world heritage site which was damaged during the eight-year Syrian
conflict. Many of the old markets are still in ruins.
renovation work was undertaken by the Aleppo City Council and according to
Husam Halabim, an official from the Old City Directorate, the project used
traditional construction methods with painstaking attention to the design of
the original building.
venture was partially funded by the Aga Khan foundation at a cost of $400,000
(€357,168) and took eight months.
renovating the market hope that the restoration work will attract shopkeepers
to return and eventually bring back life to what was once a hub of activity.
The official reopening is set to take place later this month.
DELHI: US special envoy to Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad on Tuesday met External
Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and apprised him about progress in the Afghan
visit here comes amid signals that the US-brokered peace deal with Taliban is
likely to be finalised soon to end the nearly two-decade-long war in
discussions with US Special Representative @US4AfghanPeace Zalmay Khalilzad.
Provided a comprehensive update on the situation in Afghanistan. Shared views
on how we could work together effectively," Jaishankar tweeted.
discussions with US Special Representative @US4AfghanPeace Zalmay Khalilzad.
Provided a comprehensive update on the situation in Afghanistan. Shared views
on how we could work together effectively.
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Monday, Khalilzad said "excellent progress" has been made in the
peace talks and the potential deal with the Taliban would allow for
conditions-based withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan.
on excellent progress in Kabul last week, I've spent the last few days in Doha,
focused on the remaining issues in completing a potential deal with the Taliban
that would allow for a conditions-based troop withdrawal. We have made
excellent progress," he tweeted on Monday.
has been a key stakeholder in the peace and reconciliation process in
a significant move, India had sent two former diplomats in "non
official" capacity to a conference on Afghan peace process in Moscow in
November last year which was attended by a high-level Taliban delegation.
conference organised by Russia was attended by representatives of Afghanistan
as well as from several other countries including the US, Pakistan and China.
has been maintaining a policy of not engaging with the Taliban and pressing for
an Afghan-owned and Afghan-led peace initiative to bring peace and stability in
the war-ravaged country.
first remarks on the government’s decision to take away J&K’s special status
and bifurcate the state into the Union Territories of J&K and Ladakh,
National Conference chief Farooq Abdullah Tuesday said the government’s move to
split the state feels as if “your body is being carved”.
down while speaking to NDTV at his home in Srinagar, Abdullah said “maine kabhi
yeh Hindustan nahin dekha” (I have never seen this India) and urged the country
to stand by Kashmir. “We have been with you through thick and thin. I hope you
stand with us through thick and thin, and pray for the return of democracy and
secularism in the country.”
said he has been under detention at his home and “I feel sad that the Home
Minister of India can lie like this”. He was referring to Union Home Minister
Amit Shah’s remark in Lok Sabha that Abdullah was neither under detention nor
arrest and was at his home of his own will.
the bifurcation of the state, Abdullah asked if the government will “divide our
do you think… one would feel when your body is being carved? The body that
stood together in all odds, fought every evil unitedly. Today, how do you think
people feel, who have stood by this nation, as to how we have been betrayed.
How will be made from a state into a Union Territory… and dividing the
they going to divide people’s hearts also? I would think they are going to
remove Hindus one side, Muslims one side, Buddhists one side. Is that what they
want? Is this what India is? I thought my India was for all, everyone who
believes in a secular nation, who believes in unity.”
maine Hindustan nahin dekha. Maine kabhi yeh Hindustan nahin dekha. Yeh
Hindustan hum sabka Hindustan hai, Hindu ho, Muslim ho, Sikh ho, Isaai ho, yeh
sabka Hindustan tha (I have never seen this India. This India is of all,
Hindus, Muslims, Sikhs, Christians),” he said.
70 years we fought the battle with the nation and today we are supposed to be
the culprits. It was the guarantee given by the solid Government of India.
Article 370, 35A guaranteeing the special status of the state was granted by
Government of India… Our politics will be to continue to fight, we will fight
for democracy, we will fight for unity because unity gives us strength and that
call upon all people who stand for a secular India, democratic India, India of
its principles. It is not a small thing that we have been given that status, it
was not given by some ordinary people. It was given to us by the Government of
India… by leaders like Nehru,” he said.
if he will approach the court, Abdullah said: “I think we will all, Inshallah
sit together again and take it to the logical end that. We are not going to
give in. Death is wish of the God. So, why worry about it? What worries me is
that what must be the ordinary man going through… Locked up, he may not even
have medicines in his house, he may not even have food in his house. What is
the use of the government saying we have rations for three months, we have
milk… sugar for three months, atta (flour) for three months when a man cannot
get to it, cannot have money to buy it. Is that worth it?”
may die, because of my health, but I want to leave a message for the people of
my state and the people of India. We have been with you through thick and thin.
I hope you will be with us through thick and thin and pray for the return of
democracy in the country… the return of secularism in the country,” he said.
services in Kashmir continued to be blocked on Tuesday — with mobile internet
suspended, and cellular network, landline and broadband connectivity down —
leaving politicians unable to reach their party and family members and
newsrooms unable to receive reports from journalists in the Valley.
was no Kashmir dateline in Delhi newspapers on Tuesday morning, and Kashmiri
news websites such as Greater Kashmir and Rising Kashmir had not updated their
reports from the region since Monday morning. Kashmir Observer and Kashmir
Reader did not have an e-paper edition on Tuesday morning.
of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad said in Parliament: “Since last
night and up till now… I have been trying to collect information. After many
hours, I could establish contact with some districts. Out of 22 districts, 20
districts are under curfew or curfew-like situation… In some places even
television is disrupted… internet, mobile services and landline telephones are
not working in 10 districts in Kashmir. In the Valley, cars, bus, tempos and
trucks are not plying…
Jammu, six of 10 districts are under curfew while there is curfew-like
situation in three districts. There also, telephone services are shut… In
Udhampur and Katwa, where my Hindu brothers are in a majority, I could with
much difficulty talk to one person, a former minister who told me that his wife
is stranded in Jammu, he was in Udhampur and children are stranded in school
and nobody could be contacted over phones.”
MP Nazir Ahmed Laway said: “This is the first time I haven’t been able to reach
my son and daughter. I have been calling for three days.”
MPs’ offices — such as those of NC’s Farooq Abdullah and Congress’ Ghulam Nabi
Azad — said they were not able to contact any family or party members in the
region. In Parliament on Tuesday, Home Minister Amit Shah called the
numbers for 30 government offices, five universities and two hospitals in
Kashmir were not reachable from Delhi on Tuesday afternoon. Websites of the
J&K fire and emergency services were not working.
BSNL spokesperson S K Sinha told The Indian Express that all BSNL services,
except internet services, were working in Kashmir. When it was pointed out that
no call to government establishments in the Valley went through on Tuesday, he
said: “It is another matter if it is not working because of rain or something.
Officially, BSNL landlines are not closed in Kashmir.”
executive from a private communication service provider operating in Kashmir
told The Indian Express that they had received a government order on Monday
morning to shut down mobile and voice data, landline and broadband, and cable
TV in Kashmir.
executive said that usually the government only clamps down on mobile data
services, and could not recall any other instance when voice data, landline and
broadband and cable TV were shut down in Kashmir.
another unusual move, satellite phones were distributed to civil administration
officials. On Sunday, a directory with satellite numbers of administrative
officials — deputy commissioners and senior police officers — appeared on
earlier communication shutdowns in Kashmir, BSNL landlines commonly starting
with the number 2 were usually found to be spared. On Tuesday, The Indian
Express called many of these numbers — starting with 2 and located in Srinagar,
belonging to the Governor’s office and residence, Central University of
Kashmir, Government Medical College, Srinagar District Police, Department of
Information and Public Relations, Home Department, General Administration
Department, Civil Secretariat Exchange, Power Development Department,
Department of Food — and found that they were not active.
last month, mobile internet services were shut on the death anniversary of
Hizbul Mujahideen militant Burhan Wani. In 2016, after Wani’s killing, internet
in Kashmir was shut for 133 days — the longest internet shutdown in India since
2012, according to Software Freedom Law Center (SFLC) India.
shutdowns are common in Kashmir,” said SFLC legal director Prasanth Sugathan.
“In most instances, mobile internet is shut down or the speed is slowed down
while wired broadband (including WiFi) is left functional. This is the first
instance where we are aware of disruption of cable, landline and voice
Ansari, the man Sushma Swaraj helped bring back from a Pakistan jail, says the
former external affairs minister’s death was a ‘big loss’ for him
have deep respect for her and she’ll always stay alive in my heart. She was
like a mother to me. After my return from Pakistan, she guided me to look
ahead. It’s a big loss for me,” ANI quoted Ansari as saying. He spent three
years in a Pakistan jail.
had entered Pakistan on November 12, 2012, to meet a woman whom he had
befriended on social media. The 33-year-old was arrested in November 2012 and
handed a three-year sentence in 2015 for possessing a fake Pakistani identity
had been lodged in Peshawar’s central jail after being sentenced by the
military court. His jail term ended on December 15 and he was repatriated after
the Peshawar high court gave the Pakistani government a month’s deadline to
complete the process.
was worried and unsure if I would ever be able to return home from Pakistan,
but eventually when I saw there were a lot of people supporting me, I started
praying. My family, the Indian government and Sushma Swaraj helped me a lot,”
Ansari had said on his return.
government’s move in J&K may have jolted Pakistan, but work continues
unabated, without any sign of tension, at the Kartarpur corridor, a joint
collaboration between both the countries.
on the construction sites continued as usual on Tuesday, on both sides of the
international border at the Dera Baba Nanak town in Gurdaspur district, where
the corridor is being built to provide Indian devotees easy access to gurdwara
Darbar Sahib in Kartarpur, the final resting place of Guru Nanak. This historic
gurdwara is situated only 3 kms from the border in Pakistan, which Indian
devotees take ‘darshan’ of with binoculars. The developments J&K have not
affected the footfall of devotees who come to view the historic shrine.
both countries having announced the opening of the corridor for the occasion of
550th parkash gurpurb (birth anniversary) of Guru Nanak, construction work on
the passenger terminal and the highway is in full swing in India and in
is in full swing and we will not allow the project, which has long been a
desire of the Sikh community, to be affected by any tension between India and
Pakistan,” said minister of cooperation and jails Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa,
who is also an MLA from Dera Baba Nanak.
DELHI: New Delhi-based journalist Haziq Qadri is desperate to contact his
family in the Kashmir Valley.
writer has not been in touch with his family in Srinagar since Sunday evening
when the Indian government downed the valley’s communication networks,
including all phone lines.
is worried for their safety and said: “There is no way to know how my family is
feeling or what state of mind they are in.”
Valley and the adjoining areas have been completely cut off from the rest of
India by New Delhi in an attempt to contain any violent reaction to its
scrapping of Article 370 of the Indian constitution that guarantees special
autonomous status to the state of Jammu and Kashmir.
Kashmiris in India say they are living in fear following the controversial
decision and one university professor described the Indian government as being
“at war with the people of Kashmir right now.”
told Arab News that due to the way the situation was unfolding he was worried
about his own security in Delhi.
night I called many of my Kashmiri friends at home because they were not
feeling secure. They were not sure what might happen to them with the kind of
jubilations some Indians are expressing with the abrogation of Article 370.
of my friends studying in different colleges in India told me that they have
been bullied by some Indian students. They are so nervous they don’t want to
talk to anyone.
have been living in Delhi for the last five years and have lived in other parts
of the country, but I have never felt as lonely and depressed as I feel now,”
Prime Minister Imran Khan said his country was considering an approach to the
UN Security Council. “We will fight it at every forum. We’re thinking how we
can take it to International Court (of Justice) ... to the United Nations
Security Council,” Khan told Pakistan’s Parliament.
Ghulam Mohamad Shah, of New Delhi-based Jamia Millia Islamia University (JMI),
told Arab News: “I have never felt as helpless and angry as I have been since
yesterday (Sunday). Never before has Kashmir faced this unprecedented situation
in a normal time when you are not able to establish contact with family in the
is an emergency-like situation. I have heard that the Kashmir administration
has created six temporary jails on the pattern of Srinagar’s central jail to
deal with the situation. Security forces are planning to arrest anyone who
comes out to protest.
has happened in Kashmir is a constitutional coup by the central government. No
due process was followed in revoking the special status that Kashmir enjoyed
under the Indian constitution,” said Shah.
professor, who comes from the city of Srinagar, said that by revoking Article
370 the Indian government had rendered mainstream political parties in the
valley irrelevant and pushed even normal politicians “into the camps of
added: “I feel very angry and agitated with the way the autonomous status of
Kashmir has been taken away from us. It’s the saddest day of my life. A
psychological barrier has been created between India and Kashmir with the
political decision of (Prime Minister) Narendra Modi’s regime.”
Kashmiri students at JMI approached by Arab News were too afraid to speak.
a very different kind of situation for us. We have been advised not to venture
out and to lie low. We are not able to contact our families so we cannot
express our anxiety to them also,” said one student from Anantnag district.
S.A.R. Geelani of Delhi University said: “The Indian government is at war with
the people of Kashmir right now. The whole valley has been turned into an open
prison. I have been getting reports that army tanks are marching in south
has been unable to speak to his wife and children in the valley for almost two
days. “The whole episode reflects the very sad state of democracy in India. My
Kashmiri fellows are very agitated. This will further alienate the masses in
Kashmir. I think in time to come there could be lots of disturbance. The
government has pushed the Kashmiris very hard this time thereby making the
situation very volatile.” He noted that the celebrations of some Indians over
the move was “disturbing.”
the southern Indian city of Hyderabad, university students took to the streets
on Monday evening in a small protest demanding the roll back of the
government’s decision on Kashmir’s special status.
want to know what is happening in my state, but I am not able to speak to any
member of my family in Kashmir. It’s unprecedented,” said Attaullah Niazi, a
research scholar at the University of Hyderabad.
from the Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir, Niazi added that “by revoking
the special status the Indian government wants to change the demography of the
NATIONS: Pakistan’s Ambassador to the United Nations, Dr Maleeha Lodhi spent a
busy day on Tuesday briefing the Security Council president, diplomats and UN
officials on the grave situation in Indian-occupied Kashmir following India’s
move to abolish Article 370 of its constitution.
Pakistani envoy went through a tightly laid-out schedule to apprise as many of
her counterparts as possible of the breach by India of UN Security Council
resolutions on Kashmir, with the revocation of the territory’s special status
that has spawned a regional crisis.
met President of the UN Security Council Joanna Wronecka where she emphasised
that the Indian action was “an egregious assault on the dignity of the
called on the Security Council to demand that India halt and reverse its
unlawful and destabilising actions; ensure full compliance with UN Security
Council resolutions; and refrain from any steps that interfere with the
settlement of the decades-old Kashmir dispute.
tragedy of Kashmir has thus come full circle,” the Pakistani envoy told UNSC
President, sources said.
1947, she pointed out, India occupied Jammu and Kashmir on fallacious grounds.
real Indian intention to institute these changes is to alter the demographic
structure of the Indian-occupied Jammu and Kashmir,” Ambassador Lodhi told UNSC
these actions could materially breach the plebiscite arrangements under the UN
auspices, she said, they constitute a flagrant violation of Security Council
resolutions, particularly with regard to realisation of the right to
self-determination of the Kashmiris.
Indian machinations notwithstanding, the Pakistani ambassador explained that
relevant Council resolutions provide that “the final disposition of the State of
Jammu and Kashmir will be made in accordance with the will of the people
expressed through the democratic method of a free and impartial plebiscite
conducted under the auspices of the United Nations”.
unilateral Indian action cannot revoke this legal ‘fact’ and is therefore ultra
vires and void, Ambassador Lodhi said.
she said, resolutely condemns this sly Indian attempt to perpetuate its illegal
occupation of Jammu and Kashmir, adding, “The valiant Kashmiri struggle for
self-determination cannot be crushed through a parliamentary act.”
across the spectrum, the Pakistani envoy told President Wronecka, have
unequivocally rejected the Indian move.
voices within India have also berated Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government
for mortgaging Kashmir to its narrow political interests, she pointed out.
India is fully aware of the illegality of its actions,” she said, pointing out
that the legislative ‘farce’ in the Indian Parliament was thus, preceded by
additional deployment of 38,000 soldiers to the occupied territory, forced
exodus of all outsiders, imposition of curfew, detention of the legitimate
Kashmiri leadership, and suspension of communication services.
are not actions of a state with legitimate claims over territory but are acts
of a usurper who seeks to occupy territory and subdue its people, under duress
and subjugation,” Ambassador Lodhi said.
2018, she said, Indian forces committed more than 2,350 ceasefire violations
resulting in the martyrdom of 36 civilians while countless others sustained
injuries, noting that this dangerous trend continues unabated during the
the preeminent body tasked with the maintenance of international peace and
security, the Security Council should take immediate cognisance of the
situation,” Ambassador Lodhi emphasised. “After all, at stake are not only the
imperative for regional peace but also the credibility and standing of the
Council to uphold its own legally binding resolutions.”
to sources, the UNSC president listened to the Pakistani envoy and said she was
closely following the developments in Kashmir.
Rattled by India's landmark decisions scrapping the special status of Jammu and
Kashmir and converting the state into a Union Territory, Pakistan army said on
Tuesday that it is prepared to go to any extent to "stand by
Kashmiris" in this regard.
Army firmly stands by the Kashmiris in their just struggle to the very end. We
are prepared and shall go to any extent to fulfil our obligations in this
regard," Pakistan Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa said, as cited in a
tweet by Army Spokesperson Major General Asif Ghafoor.
statement has come a day after India scrapped Article 370 of the Constitution
that gave a special status to Jammu and Kashmir and barred people from the rest
of the country from buying property there. The BJP-led Centre also converted
Jammu and Kashmir into a Union Territory with a legislature, while hiving off
Ladakh as a separate Union Territory without legislature.
Bajwa's statement has come even as Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan
recently accepted that about 30,000 to 40,000 militants and as many as 40
different militants group are operating on the country's soil.
Bajwa on Tuesday chaired a Corps Commanders' Conference in Rawalpindi on the
developments in Jammu and Kashmir. The conference "fully supported
government's rejection of Indian actions regarding Kashmir," Ghafoor wrote
in a separate tweet.
on Kashmir situation at GHQ. Forum fully supported the Government's rejection
of Indian actions regarding Kashmir. Pakistan never recognised the sham Indian
efforts to legalise its occupation of Jammu & Kashmir through article 370
or 35-A decades ago," the tweet read.
Balochistan Chief Minister Jam Kamal Khan Alyani has said the Supreme Court
decision regarding cancellation of Reko Diq agreement proved very expensive to
Balochistan, as the province will have to pay a fine of $6 billion imposed by
the International Centre for Settlement on Investment Disputes (ICSID).
have lost Reko Diq case in both international court and ICSID,” said Mr Alyani
while concluding a debate on an adjournment motion on the ICSID decision on
adjournment motion on Reko Diq was moved by opposition Balochistan National
Party-Mengal lawmaker Sanaullah Baloch.
chief minister said that in his opinion handing over the Reko Diq mining
project to a nuclear scientist, Samar Mubarakmand, by the then provincial
government was “completely a wrong decision” because he wasted Rs2 billion for
purchasing some machinery, dumpers, vehicles and employing people on high
Alyani said a nuclear scientist could not run copper and gold mine projects
with little expertise in the relevant field. The scientist also had done the
same with the Thar coal project but the then Sindh government immediately took
back the project and awarded its contract to German and Chinese companies, he
he added, the Thar coal project was producing 600-megawatt electricity.
chief minister reiterated that wrong decisions and polices of the former
Balochistan governments caused the province to pay $6bn penalty as imposed by
said many debates and resolutions were initiated over Reko Diq in past
assemblies but they yielded nothing but emotional speeches and hollow slogans.
said both the federal and provincial governments were making efforts to find a
way out to pay the huge amount of fine. He then questioned the lawmakers in the
house if the cancellation of Reko-Diq agreement was a good decision.
CM claimed that his government had nothing to do with the Reko Diq deal, but he
could assure the house that his government would not make any agreement or take
any decision that could cause loss to Balochistan and its people.
to the Engineers Grand Alliance protest, Mr Alyani said the government didn’t
expect such reaction from the educated people. One could not hold the
provincial government solely responsible for the situation where three million
people were jobless, he said.
CM said: “Instead of locking down government offices, serving engineers should
have approached the Senate’s standing committee and opposition members. But
XENs don’t have the right to stage protests along with unemployed engineers.”
BNP-M lawmaker, who had moved the adjournment motion, said international powers
had been looking toward Balochistan’s natural resources yet the regimes here
didn’t exercise prudence to secure them.
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Mahmood Khan has directed the officials
concerned to plan long-term and effective strategy to address drainage issues
and ensure smooth supply of clean drinking water and beautification of the
provincial capital on a priority basis.
a meeting on Peshawar’s drainage system, Mr Mahmood directed the capital’s commissioner
to come up with a comprehensive plan for the resolution of issues in
consultation with the Peshawar Development Authority and WSSP next month and
said the required funds would be allocated for its implementation, said a
statement issued here.
chief minister was informed that the construction of drains for resolution of
standing water in Suri Pul area would begin next month for which the PC-I had
officials said the project would be completed at an estimated cost of Rs71 million.
said the city’s drainage system had been incapacitated due to which water stood
on roads during rains inconveniencing people.
officials briefed the chief minister about the areas affected by standing
rainwater, dirt, and unavailability of clean drinking water.
said seven kilometers long drain was under construction from Gulbahar to Pakha
Ghulam at an estimated cost of Rs420 million.
chief minister directed the Peshawar commissioner to identify divergence points
for water drainage at necessary places along the seven kilometers long drain to
ensure permanent solution to the longstanding issue.
was informed that 40 tubewells had been rehabilitated in Peshawar, while the
quality of water at source conformed to the acceptable standards. However, the
quality of water at destinations changes due to worn-out pipelines.
officials said to address the issue, the WSSP Peshawar had carried out the
rehabilitation of water pipelines in 43 union councils of the capital.
said 8,000 meters pipelines had been rehabilitated, while work on the remaining
was under way.
PML-N vice president Maryam Nawaz Sharif addressed a gathering of workers in
Kotmomin, some 40 km from here, on Tuesday evening on her way to Sargodha where
she was also scheduled to address a gathering around midnight.
to people, she claimed Prime Minister Imran Khan had harmed the Kashmir cause.
said people in Pakistan had right to know “what sort of understanding/deal he
has reached during his meeting with US President Donald Trump against the
interest of the Kashmiris and Pakistan.”
claimed India would not have taken such an extreme step of changing the
demography of Kashmir had Nawaz Sharif was in power.
In a worrying development, Saudi Arabia and some other Arab countries have
rejected the century-old postgraduate degree programme of Pakistan — MS (Master
of Surgery) and MD (Doctor of Medicine) — removing it from the eligibility list
of the highest paid tier.
decision has reportedly rendered hundreds of highly qualified medics jobless. A
majority of them are in Saudi Arabia who have been told to leave or be ready
Pakistan’s MS/MD degree, the Saudi ministry of health claimed it lacked
structured training programme, a mandatory requirement to hire medics against
important positions. After the Saudi move, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates and
Bahrain also took the similar step.
of the affected doctors were hired by a team of the Saudi health ministry in
2016 when it conducted interviews in Karachi, Lahore and Islamabad after
inviting applications online.
of the affected doctors told Dawn the decision had brought embarrassment for
them since the same degree programme offered by India, Egypt, Sudan and
Bangladesh was acceptable in Saudi Arabia and other countries.
correspondent has obtained copies of service termination letters of several doctors
issued by the Saudi Commission for Health Specialties (SCFHS).
application for professional qualification has been rejected. Reason is that
your master degree from Pakistan is not acceptable according to the SCFHS
regulations,” reads a letter.
of the affected doctors and senior health officials in Pakistan blame the
College of Physicians and Surgeons Pakistan (CPSP) for damaging their career.
spokesperson for the Association of University Physicians and Surgeons
Pakistan, Dr Asad Noor Mirza, takes it as a setback for Pakistan’s major degree
qualification and disrespect to the highly qualified cream of the nation.
claimed that CPSP delegations during recent visits to Saudi Arabia and some
Gulf states had presented distorted facts about Pakistan’s university programme
to maintain monopoly of the CPSP-sponsored FCPS qualification.
Noor told Dawn Pakistan had to face a huge loss of foreign remittance in
addition to sufferings of the medics in the form of joblessness.
to this correspondent from Saudi Arabia on phone, Dr Ali Usman, an affected
medic, said, “I had done five-year postgraduate qualification from the
University of Health Sciences, Lahore, with training from Lahore General
Hospital... But all of a sudden the Saudi health ministry terminated my job
contract, landing me and my family in immense shock.”
Usman said when he contacted Director General of Collaboration Department,
Saudi Arabia, Saeedul Barki, he told him that his qualification was rejected
when the CPSP delegation told the authorities that there was no training-based
post-graduate medical degree in Pakistan, except FCPS. Mr Barki said the CPSP
president held multiple meetings with relevant officials in Saudi Arabia and
asked the authorities to consider only FCSP qualified Pakistani medics for jobs
said the CPSP had misled the SCFHS ignoring the fact that Pakistan’s university
degree qualification was a structured training programme.
of Health Sciences Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Javed Akram dispelled the impression
that the MS/MD programme was not a structured training qualification.
MS/MD programme was started in 1914 and the first MS degree was awarded to G.B.
Kapoor from Punjab University,” he said.
MS/MD degrees have been declared a five-year level-III research and clinical
qualification by the Pakistan Medical and Dental Council,” he said.
MS and MD degrees are enriched with dynamic, congruent and structured
curriculum comprising clinical and research component at par excellence of
international standards designed by the World Federation of Medical Education,”
Prof Akram said.
said the University of Health Sciences and many senior medical experts from all
over the country had recently took up the issue of termination of jobs of
Pakistani medics and also talked to the SCFHS.
to official figures, currently 4,440 postgraduates are serving at various
government and private medical institutions in Pakistan. Of them, 102 are
teaching as faculty members in senior positions.
president Prof Dr Zafarullah Chaudhry could not be contacted for comments
despite attempts. However, Dean (academics) of the CPSP, Prof Dr Ghulam Mustafa
Arain, rejected the allegations levelled by the affected doctors and said the
CPSP representatives had been promoting FCPS qualification during visits abroad
to create a good image of Pakistan in the field of medical education.
he added, “the CPSP can’t think of degrading any medical education programme of
of the Specialised Healthcare and Medical Education Department, Punjab, Momin
Agha, said they had taken up the issue with provincial Health Minister Dr
Yasmin Rashid. He said after deliberations, it had been unanimously decided to
hand over the matter to the medical education committee which was looking after
under-graduate and post-graduate degree programmes.
committee comprising senior medical teachers of high repute would examine the
issue in respect of reforms in the MS/MD qualification, if needed, to meet the
Prime Minister Imran Khan on Tuesday constituted a seven-member committee to
make recommendations for formulating a legal, political and diplomatic response
to the latest developments in Indian Occupied Kashmir (IOK).
to a notification issued by the Prime Minister’s Office, the committee shall
comprise foreign minister, attorney general of Pakistan (AGP), foreign
secretary, Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) director general (DG), Military
Operations DG, Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) DG and Special Envoy to
the PM Ahmer Bilal Sufi.
the premier has also called a meeting of the National Security Council (NSC) on
least two people were killed and a dozen were injured in an explosion at
Quetta’s Mission Road on Tuesday, said police.
to the details, the bomb went off in a market located on Mission Road where the
Hazara community runs most of the businesses.
explosion smashed the glasses of nearby shops and shopping malls. Police
reached the spot as an investigation into the incident went underway.
Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said on Tuesday that he called on the
Organisation of Islamic Cooperation to show practical and action-based
solidarity with the people of the Indian Occupied Kashmir.
response to the Indian government’s abolishment of Article 370 of the
Constitution through a presidential decree, which granted special status to
Indian-occupied Kashmir, Pakistan called for an emergency meeting of the OIC’s
an emergency meeting of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Contact
Group in Jeddah on Tuesday, the foreign minister said: “Abolishing Article 370
and 35-A by Indian parliament is a flagrant violation of international laws.”
lamented that thousands of Kashmiris had been martyred by Indian forces in the
occupied territory since 1989.
foreign minister said the deployment of more troops, closure of educational
institutions and imposition of emergency like measures by India in held
Kashmir, which is the most militarized region in the world, lay bare malevolent
intentions of India.
said he had brought the attention of the United Nations Security Council and
General Secretary OIC to the apprehensions of Pakistan regarding the measures
and steps taken by India. He added India’s steps can endanger peace in South
Qureshi urged the participants of the meeting to pay immediate attention
towards this issue.
delegations from Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Azerbaijan, Turkey, and other member
countries participated in the meeting.
Contact Group condemned India’s recent illegal and unilateral steps, aimed at
undermining the demographics and the disputed nature of the Indian occupied
Jammu and Kashmir in contravention of the relevant UN resolutions, which
seriously imperil regional peace and security.
Contact Group reaffirmed that Jammu and Kashmir is an internationally recognized
dispute, pending on the agenda of the United Nations Security Council.
Contact Group expressed their support to the efforts of the Pakistan government
for the resolution of the dispute and declared solidarity with the people of
Jammu and Kashmir.
meeting emphasized that durable peace in South Asia rests with a just and final
settlement of the Jammu and Kashmir dispute in line with the UN Security
The government on Tuesday called for unity among political parties over the
Kashmir cause, saying that Kashmiris are looking towards Pakistanis in the time
the media after the joint parliamentary session, Special Assistant to Prime
Minister on Information and Broadcasting Firdous Ashiq Awan said that the
government respect’s oppositions wishes and would make additions it wanted but
no controversy should be created on a resolution supporting the rights of the
are looking towards Pakistan in this time of dire need. We would like them to
know that they are not alone; Pakistan will continue its diplomatic support for
their cause and raise the matter on all relevant forums,” she said, adding that
Pakistan is looking to raise the matter in the United Nations (UN) and ask the
forum to look into India’s violation of their conventions.
in a statement, Firdous said that the whole nation is united on the dispute as
Kashmir is an important part of Pakistan. “[We] Will continue political, moral
and diplomatic support to the people of Kashmir,” she reiterated.
said Prime Minister Imran Khan is contacting and apprising various world
leaders on the recent developments on Kashmir dispute.
will forcefully present the case of Kashmir at every relevant international
forum,” she said.
said the Indian government’s move of revoking Article 370 is disrespect and
violation of the UN Security Council resolutions. She said the United Nations
should seek an answer from India for this act to ensure the protection of its
resolutions on the issue.
for Science and Technology Fawad Chaudhry called upon the political leadership
to “stop fighting on trivial issues” and focus on the situation at hand.
Minister Imran Khan on Tuesday warned India over its illegal annexation of
Indian-held Kashmir (IHK) and made it clear that Pakistan would raise the issue
at every forum.
the joint session of parliament, the PM called on the international community
to act against the bigoted politics of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). He
said the India’s decision to abolish the special status of Kashmir by scrapping
articles 35A and 370 of the constitution would have repercussions globally.
joint session was convened to discuss the human rights abuses and India’s
unilateral scrapping of special status of the occupied valley. Imran Khan
condemned the Indian move in strong words and said that India’s ruling party
was following in the footsteps of the Nazi party in Germany by trying to
suppress Kashmiri people’s freedom struggle through force.
(BJP) have a racist ideology. In Kashmir, they have acted according to their
ideology, against their constitution, Supreme Court verdict and United Nations
resolutions.” The prime minister further said that revoking Article 370 was
part of BJP’s election manifesto, and added that the Kashmir struggle would
intensify after India’s move. “I want to make it clear that we will fight this
at every forum,” he asserted, adding that his government would travel to the
West and apprise them of the abuses taking place in India-held Kashmir.
the Indian threats and statements by some of their leaders over aggression in
Azad Kashmir, the PM warned that India should not forget the Pakistan would
respond befittingly if India opts for aggression.
have two examples before us, that of Bahadur Shah Zafar (last Mughal emperor)
and Tipu Sultan. Our hero is Tipu Sultan and we will follow his example if
India opts for aggression,” said the premier.
prime minister feared that there would be ethnic cleansing in Kashmir. “I kept
on telling them [BJP] after Pulwama that two nuclear-armed neighbours cannot
take such risks and we should resolve our problems through dialogue.”
briefly on his meeting with US President Donald Trump, Imran said had asked the
US president to intervene in good faith. In response to Shehbaz Sharif, Imran
Khan said the meeting with Trump was not on India but rather on the situation
in Afghanistan. “We are not a hired gun but it is in our interest that there is
peace in Afghanistan. The US has accepted our point of view that there is no
military solution to Afghanistan.”
prime minister said the entire region was at a standstill due to the Kashmir
issue, which he had brought up in the meeting with Trump.
further said that the entire international community should take notice of
India’s violation of international laws. “We will not be responsible if the
world didn’t do anything,” he said.
Federal Minister for Parliamentary Affairs Azam Swati presented the resolution
on Kashmir issue, which was opposed by PPP’s Raza Rabbani over non-mention of
‘Article 370 and 35-A’ in it. The resolution was later amended and presented
again in the House.
on the occasion, PML-N President and Opposition Leader in the National Assembly
Shehbaz Sharif said the session was called on an emerging issue which had a
direct link to the foundation of Pakistan. “Pakistan is of Kashmiris and
Kashmiris are of Pakistan,” he said.
after the passage of 24 hours the government had not presented its policy and
strategy to counter the assault by Modi, he lamented. “There is every chance of
genocide over there,” Shehbaz said, and added that the Modi government had not
only snatched the rights of the Kashmiris but also challenged the honour of
Pakistan and slapped the United Nations Security Council in the face.
on Imran Khan’s meeting with Trump, Shehbaz said India twice refused Trump’s
offer to mediate on the Kashmir issue. “Modi quietly prepared for what happened
in Kashmir,” he added. He said Modi was the hurdle in establishing peace in
asked why China, Saudi Arabia and UAE had not said anything on Kashmir. He said
the 220 million people of Pakistan were with the people of Kashmir. “If we take
a firm stand against Modi and make preparations to counter his move, we will be
fully supported [internationally].”
the Indian government over abrogation of Article 370, Pakistan People’s Party
(PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari said that New Delhi revoked Kashmir’s
special status illegally and unilaterally. He termed Modi an extremist and
added that blood of thousands of innocent Kashmiris were on his hands. He said
that Kashmiri people were calling for help and added that on this occasion they
could not keep silent. The PPP leader said that India violated international
laws and used cluster ammunition to target civilian population in Azad Jammu
and Kashmir (AJK) across the Line of Control.
on the occasion, Human Rights Minister Dr Shireen Mazari urged the UN to form a
commission of inquiry on India’s rights violations on both sides of Kashmir,
including the use of cluster bombs on innocent civilians across the LoC.
joint session had to be adjourned for 20 minutes after the opposition insisted
on including a clause pertaining to amendment to Article 370 in the session’s
agenda. Following the ruckus by the opposition, Senator Swati presented the
amended resolution before the House, which mentioned Article 370. Azad Jammu
and Kashmir Prime Minister Raja Farooq Haider was among the leaders present in
car bomb exploded on Wednesday outside a police station in the Afghan capital,
Kabul, wounding at least 95 people, government officials said, and the Taliban
has been no let-up in violence in Afghanistan even though the Taliban and the
United States appear close to a historic pact for US troops to withdraw in
exchange for a Taliban promise the country would not be used as a base from
which to plot attacks by extremists.
blast, in the west of the city during the morning rush hour, sent a huge cloud
of grey smoke billowing into the sky.
Taliban said a “recruitment centre” had been attacked by one of their suicide
large number of soldiers and police were killed or wounded,” the Taliban said
in a statement.
bomb went off when a vehicle was stopped at a checkpoint outside the police
station, said interior ministry spokesman Nasrat Rahimi.
health ministry spokesman said 95 wounded people had been taken to hospitals.
Most of them were civilians, including women and children, he said.
security forces conducted raids in several parts of Kabul overnight and
destroyed a major militant hideout, the main security service said.
policeman in Afghanistan's southern Kandahar province has opened fire on his
colleagues, killing seven other policemen, an Afghan official said.
attack was the latest case of so-called "insider attacks" - when an
Afghan policeman or soldier turns his weapon on Afghan forces or international
spokesperson Jamal Nasser Barekzai said the attacker fled the scene of the
shooting in Shawali Kot district, adding that an investigation was under way.
spokesperson Qari Yusouf Ahmadi said the attacker joined the Taliban.
armed group, which effectively controls about half the country, is currently
holding talks with the United States to end the country's 18-year conflict.
latest and eighth round of negotiations began on Saturday in the Qatari capital
US, which invaded Afghanistan and toppled the Taliban in 2001, wants Taliban
guarantees that it will not become a haven for "terrorists" while the
Taliban is focused on ensuring the withdrawal of all US-led foreign forces from
Taliban source told AFP news agency that efforts were under way to organise a
direct meeting between US envoy for Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad and Taliban
cofounder Mullah Baradar, who heads the movement's political wing.
negotiations, the fighting has not subsided, as the civilian casualty rates
across Afghanistan jumped back to record levels last month, according to the
(Reuters) - The Afghan Taliban on Tuesday denounced a presidential vote due
next month as a sham and threatened to attack election rallies even as the
militants and the United States reported significant progress on a deal to end
America’s longest war.
pact will be centered on a U.S. commitment to withdraw troops in exchange for a
Taliban promise the country will not be used to plot terrorist attacks, both
Taliban commitment to talk peace with the U.S.-backed government of Afghanistan
will likely be part of the agreement, but many government officials fear their
war with the Taliban will not end if U.S. troops leave.
Taliban, fighting to rid the country of foreign forces and create an Islamic
state, called for a boycott of the election scheduled for Sept. 28.
powers should focus efforts on the deal with the United States on “ending the
occupation”, they said.
election process is nothing more than a ploy,” the Taliban said in a statement.
Ashraf Ghani is widely expected to win a second term and has insisted the vote
must go ahead as scheduled.
U.S.-trained former World Bank official came to power in 2014 after winning an
election marred by fraud accusations.
Taliban said their fighters would block the vote and warned of attacks: “Stay
away from gatherings and rallies that could become potential targets,” the
office said the people had the right to choose their leader and the government
was ready to hold a transparent vote.
should show peace through their actions and not threaten people,” the office
said of the Taliban.
government is not involved in the peace talks because the Taliban refuse to
deal with them, labeling them a U.S. puppet.
running mate, who last week survived a militant suicide attack on his Kabul
office, condemned the Taliban as “sham Afghans” acting at the behest of old
are created and backed to suppress a nation, bring about a medieval system in
the name of religion to feed the greedy beast of Pakistani establishment,”
Amrullah Saleh said on Twitter.
a former intelligence chief, is a fierce critic of Pakistan, which many Afghans
accuse of backing the Taliban. Pakistan denies that.
group Amnesty international condemned the Taliban threat, saying they were
claiming to pursue peace but threatening to carry out war crimes by attacking
20,000 foreign troops, most of them American, are in Afghanistan as part of a
U.S.-led NATO mission to train, assist and advise Afghan forces. Some U.S.
forces carry out counter-terrorism operations. President Donald Trump has
announced his aim to end the war.
the U.S. peace envoy leading talks with the Taliban, and the Taliban reported
progress in their talks in Qatar, where technical teams were discussing
mechanisms on Tuesday.
militants control more territory than at any point since the United States
bombed them out of power in 2001, and there has been no let-up in the violence.
people were killed and seven were wounded in a bomb attack on a government
vehicle in Kabul on Tuesday, authorities said.
envoy Zalmay Khalilzad said on Twitter late on Monday, there had been excellent
progress and the Taliban were equally enthusiastic, saying they expected an
outcome within days.
progress,” said Suhail Shaheen, the spokesman for the Taliban political office
clash broke out between the security forces and Taliban militants in norther
Faryab province of Afghanistan.
209th Shaheen Corps in a statement said the security forces killed 5 Taliban
militants during the clash which took place in Qaisar district.
statement further added that the security forces also wounded 13 Taliban
militants during the same clash.
Taliban group has claimed responsibility for the deadly car bomb explosion in
West of Kabul city.
spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid claimed in a statement that the suicide attack
targeted a recruitment center of the security forces.
further added that the attack inflicted heavy casualties on security personnel.
the Ministry of Public Health said the rescue workers have so far shifted 95
wounded people to health facilities.
officials in Public Health Ministry further added that the explosion has also
wounded many women and children.
LUMPUR (Bernama): A hawker was sentenced to 30 months’ jail by the Sessions
Court here for posting insulting remarks on social media against Prophet
Muhammad, Islam and the death of firefighter Muhammad Adib Mohd Kassim.
M.M. Edwin Paramjothy handed down the sentence on Chow Mun Fai, 43, who changed
his plea to guilty last June 18 to eight charges pertaining to the offences.
Tuesday (Aug 6) was fixed for sentencing.
Chow was first brought to court on March 8, he had pleaded not guilty to the
handing down the sentence, judge Paramjothy said the court could not accept
Chow’s action of giving negative comments about other people’s religion.
actions of the accused were excessive and went beyond the limit of freedom of
expression, ” said the judge, adding that these actions were planned as they
were done repeatedly.
judge sentenced Chow to between seven and 30 months’ jail on each count, to be
served concurrently from the date of his arrest, which was last March 6.
the first count, Chow was charged with intending to cause public mischief by
posting offensive remarks on Muhammad Adib’s death on his Twitter account,
using the profile name "Alvin@Alvin15358333" at 8.07am on Feb 13 this
was also charged with three counts of uploading postings that insulted Prophet
Muhammad on social media, which could cause disharmony between Muslims and
offences were committed at 2.29pm and 7.06pm last March 2 and 13 respectively.
was also charged under the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998 with four
counts of using his Twitter profile to transmit offensive tweets with the
intention of causing annoyance to others.
offences were committed at the same place and time.
the postings were read at the federal police Cyber and Multimedia Crime
Investigation Division, Commercial Crime Investigation Department at Menara KPJ
here at 8.30pm on March 3 this year.
public prosecutor Muhamad Asyraf Md Kamal prosecuted, while Chow was
represented by lawyer Mohan Raj. - Bernama
Sri Lanka — Sri Lankan police on Monday arrested three members of a banned
Islamic organization linked to Easter Sunday suicide bomb attacks that killed
more than 250 people, an official said.
spokesman Ruwan Gunasekara said in a statement that the three suspects, who
belong to Jamathei Millathu Ibrahim, were arrested in eastern Ampara district.
said they are believed to have received training at two locations run by
ringleader Mohamed Zahran, who blew himself up at a tourist hotel on April 21
as part of coordinated attacks on three churches and three tourist hotels.
domestic radical Islamic groups, National Thowheed Jammath and Jamathei
Millathu Ibrahim, are accused of having pledged allegiance to the Islamic State
group and carried out the blasts.
than 500 people were wounded in the attacks.
Manila (CNN Philippines, August 5) — President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday
expressed concern over threats of a possible attack by the Islamic State of
Iraq and Syria (ISIS) in the Philippines.
like Iraq, Syria, na maraming inosenteng tao ang nadadali [where many innocent
people are affected],” Duterte said during the oathtaking of newly-appointed
officials in Malacañang.
President said he hopes the Philippines will be spared from a possible ISIS
praying - I really pray, talagang lumuluhod ako sa Diyos [I am kneeling before
God] to spare us that kind of brutality and cruelty in our country - because it
will really be bloody,” he added.
terrorists were reportedly being harbored by the Sulu faction of the local
terror group Abu Sayyaf. The faction is led by Hatib Hajan Sawadjaan, the
supposed ISIS leader in the Philippines.
was linked to the Jolo, Sulu blasts earlier in the year.
July, Duterte said he is preparing government troops to battle the global
extremist group. Earlier, the President also said ISIS would not gain a
foothold in the Philippines during his term.
president also warned that an ISIS attack would derail peace efforts in
administration sees the creation of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim
Mindanao (BARMM) as a means to address the insurgency problem in the country's
the President expressed concern over “sparks” that would “tend to maybe derail
the smooth transition for the Bangsamoro people”, referring to a possible ISIS
said he is still trying to get Moro National Liberation Front leader Nur
Misuari’s support for the BARMM. A breakaway faction, the Moro Islamic
Liberation Front, has already expressed approval for the newly-formed
Bangsamoro government. The BARMM’s interim Chief Minister is MILF Chairman
Al-Haj Murad Ebrahim.
has called on India and Pakistan to engage with each other and hold dialogue as
tensions escalate over the disputed region of Jammu and Kashmir.
is monitoring the situation in Jammu and Kashmir. Malaysia has close and
friendly relations with both India and Pakistan,” Malaysian Foreign Ministry
said in a statement on Tuesday.
comes after Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan spoke to his Malaysian
counterpart Mahathir Mohamad about India’s move to abrogate the special status
granted to Jammu and Kashmir.
encourages the two close neighbors to re-engage in dialogue and negotiations
with a view to de-escalate the on-going situation and finding an amicable
solution," the statement added.
on Monday in a shock move divided the disputed region under its control in to
two centrally-administered “Union Territories” and scrapped a law which
disallowed outsiders to buy land in India's only Muslim-majority state, raising
fears that this was an attempt to change demography of the region.
Himalayan state with a population of 12 million has since been placed under a
communication blockade by the Indian government with internet, cell phones and
landlines shut. Key Kashmiri leaders have also been placed under house arrest.
whose country also controls a part of Kashmir, on Tuesday also spoke to Turkish
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on the issue, who promised to play his role in
reducing mounting tensions in the region.
has also urged the UN to intervene and held an Organization of Islamic
Cooperation meeting in Jeddah.
and Kashmir is held by India and Pakistan in parts and claimed by both in full.
they were partitioned, the two countries have fought three wars -- in 1948,
1965 and 1971 -- two of them over Kashmir.
Kashmiri groups in Jammu and Kashmir have been fighting against Indian rule for
independence or for unification with neighboring Pakistan.
Aug 6 — The Malay language and jawi script, including khat, are inseparable
like the Malay proverb ibarat aur dengan tebing based on the history of Malaya,
said Perak Mufti Tan Sri Dr Harussani Zakaria.
said encouraging the introduction and use of jawi script and khat was something
that should be supported by everyone because the strength of a civilisation
depended on the appreciation of past history.
said history proved that the British officials and Malay rulers were using
Malay language written in jawi script.
implementation of jawi script and khat is no stranger to a country like Turkey,
which is re-introducing their language using its original script to preserve
their history and heritage.
in Korea and Japan, citizens who wish to enter university, need to pass their
language and script exams,” he said in a statement here today.
Education Minister Teo Nie Ching recently announced the use of jawi script in
textbooks in all schools including national-type Chinese and Tamil schools.
was also decided to include khat for the Year Four students by next year.
said it was also in line with the suggestion by Perak Sultan Sultan Nazrin Shah
for the jawi script to be preserved as a national heritage.
also dismissed the allegation that students would be converted to Islam when
learning khat or jawi.
struggling to bring down air pollution in the city, the Jakarta administration
is eyeing help from religious leaders to raise people’s awareness to act
together to overcome the problem. In collaboration with Bonn-based ICLEI –
Local Governments for Sustainability, a global network of towns, cities and
regions committed to building a sustainable future, the Jakarta administration
will provide modules and organize training programs about climate change viewed
from religious perspectives. The religious leaders from six official religions
in Indonesia—Islam, Protestant, Catholic, Hindu, Buddhism and Confucianism—will
be involved to create the modules of the training programs. The modules are
also expected to become guidelines in religious sermons. ICLEI-Local Government
for Sustainability Indonesia country manager Gina Karina said Jakartans needed
of Canadians against religious symbols law
new Canadian poll shows 59 percent of Canadians living outside of Quebec are
against a new law in that province that bans some public sector workers from
wearing religious symbols, it was reported Tuesday.
Quebecers, however, the majority strongly support the new law that came into
effect June 16.
majority of Canadians disprove of the Quebec government introducing a law that
prevents provincial employees from wearing religious symbols,” said Dr. Lorne
Bozinoff, head of Forum Research that conducted the poll. “But in Quebec? The
so many Quebecers backing the move, it is unlikely the law will be amended.
provincial government gets elected by Quebec voters, so given voters’
overwhelming support for the policy, it’s unlikely to be amended anytime soon,”
law bans most public service workers, including teachers, nurses and police,
from wearing religious symbols such as hijabs, turbans, crosses and kippahs
while on the job. Bill 21 only applies to new employees, not existing
employees. The idea is to separate religion from state.
the law could be changed based on court challenges.
a Quebec judge refused to suspend the religious symbols law in early July, two
groups are seeking to have that decision quashed.
National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM) and the Civil Liberties Association
moved to appeal the decision, asking for the law to be temporarily suspended
until a higher court considers a challenge to the law.
Farooq, head of the NCCM, said the judge’s decision mistakenly ruled the new
law was not adversely affecting people.
disagree that the harm to people in Quebec is hypothetical – rather, it’s
actual, inevitable and irreparable,” he said. “We believe that there is urgency
in halting this law – that people are affected Bill 21.”
Kaur, a representative of the World Sikh Organization in Quebec, is a recent
graduate teacher and she is looking for a job outside of Quebec due to the law.
are people like myself who have to choose between their faith and their
careers,” Kaur said.
Forum Research survey included 1,733 people and was conducted July 26-28.
days of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, the United States government began
writing new laws, reinterpreting old ones and crafting aggressive new policies
to defeat Al Qaeda and other Islamist terrorist groups.
the aftermath of the deadly shootings this weekend, President Trump on Monday
promised “with urgent resolve” to press a similar whatever-it-takes strategy to
investigate and prevent white-supremacist violence and hate crimes. The F.B.I.
has said that such racially motivated domestic terrorism now accounts for more
deaths and arrests in the United States than Islamist terrorism.
can and will stop this evil contagion,” Mr. Trump said. He ordered the F.B.I.
to identify the necessary tools and promised to deliver “whatever they need.”
thin on specifics, Mr. Trump’s remarks raised the prospect of empowering the
Justice Department to investigate American hate groups with the vigor that it
has brought to the fight against international terrorism.
must shine light on the dark recesses of the internet and stop mass murders
before they start,” Mr. Trump said.
such effort, however, will face serious obstacles — including the fact that
there are no federal penalties for domestic terrorism.
enforcement and intelligence agencies have much more latitude to investigate foreign
terrorist organizations than homegrown groups.
changing those laws to crack down on domestic terrorism would test the limits
of free speech: Espousing hate-filled, white-supremacist, anti-immigrant views
is protected under the Constitution. So is buying guns.
just prioritizing domestic investigations would mean rethinking two decades of
law enforcement strategy. Domestic terrorism represents only about 20 percent
of F.B.I. terrorism cases. Some field offices do not even have a stand-alone squad
dedicated to investigating it.
most important, a new focus on white-supremacist violence would test whether
Americans are as accepting of aggressive law enforcement tactics when the
targets aren’t Muslims, but white Americans.
they did the same thing that they did with the Muslims, they’d say every white
guy is a potential terrorist,” said Martin R. Stolar, a New York civil rights
lawyer who has fought for decades against government encroachments on free
speech in the name of national security. “You can’t do that with white people.
The blowback would be outrageous.”
civilians has always been illegal, of course, but the 2001 attacks prompted a
philosophical change in law enforcement. The F.B.I. and other agencies needed
to develop intelligence and disrupt attacks before they occurred.
that in mind, Congress hurriedly passed the USA Patriot Act, giving the federal
government broader powers to investigate people — American citizens or those
living abroad — suspected of having terrorist ties.
of those powers, like wiretapping for intelligence purposes, were written to
target people working with overseas groups. Federal law gives the government
sweeping power to sanction foreign terrorist groups like Al Qaeda, making it
illegal for anyone to provide them with support.
such federal domestic-terrorism law exists. Longtime hate groups like the Ku
Klux Klan are legal, and their virulent speech is generally protected by the
international nexus gave us access to a lot of tools that we just would not
have with white nationalists,” said Michael Mullaney, who served as the Justice
Department’s counterterrorism chief under presidents Bush, Obama and Trump.
before Mr. Trump’s comments Monday, racially- or religiously-motivated mass
shootings in Charleston, Pittsburgh, San Diego and elsewhere prompted calls to
give the F.B.I. new powers.
O’Connor, the president of the F.B.I. Agents Association and a veteran domestic
terrorism investigator, called for Congress to pass a bill making domestic
terrorism a federal crime with specific penalties. He said doing so would
resolve confusion among investigators and eliminate the perception that
domestic-inspired attacks are less serious than other forms of terrorism.
assigning explicit penalties to domestic terrorism, other suggestions include
giving the F.B.I. more power to investigate people before they commit crimes.
McCord, a former senior national security prosecutor, has drafted a proposal to
criminalize the stockpiling of weapons for use in a domestic attack.
Mullaney said a combination of factors — like preaching racial hatred and
stockpiling guns, for instance — could be used. But he said any such law would
have to be carefully written because it brushes so closely against the
liberties groups say the nation does not need new laws, a sentiment with which
some in law enforcement agree. They say the F.B.I. already has the authority to
investigate would-be killers before they attack. And they recoil at even the
suggestion of widening the government’s powers.
the investigative tools are already available to them,” said Joshua L. Dratel,
a lawyer who has represented numerous people accused of terrorism. “The notion
of designating terrorist groups inside the United States is something that
should worry everyone.”
F.B.I. director, Christopher A. Wray, has not asked for new authorities and has
said he is not interested in investigating the political views of Americans.
the F.B.I., don’t investigate ideology, no matter how repugnant,” he said on
Capitol Hill last month. “When it turns to violence, we’re all over it.”
Dratel said the post-9/11 years showed the government will abuse any new
the 2001 attacks, for instance, the government rounded up hundreds of Muslim
men who had not been involved and subjected them to abuse and mistreatment. For
years, law enforcement officials compiled maps of Muslim communities,
eavesdropped in mosques, infiltrated Muslim student groups and used informants
in sting operations.
and many American voters largely tolerated those tactics, or at least were
patient when there was evidence of abuse. But the evidence suggests that the
Justice Department would likely receive far less leeway to use such tactics
against white Americans.
in President Obama’s tenure, for instance, a Department of Homeland Security
report warned about the rise of right-wing terrorism.
supremacist lone wolves pose the most significant domestic terrorist threat
because of their low profile and autonomy — separate from any formalized group
— which hampers warning efforts,” the report said.
PASO, Texas (Reuters) - Mexico will investigate the mass shooting in El Paso,
Texas, that killed 22 people, including eight Mexican citizens, as an act of
terrorism and may request the suspected shooter be extradited to Mexico for
trial, the country’s foreign minister said on Monday.
involvement in the criminal process against accused shooter Patrick Crusius
comes at a time of high tension between Mexico City and Washington over issues
of immigration and trade.
Mexicans were killed in Saturday’s rampage at a Walmart store in the Texas
border city, and six of the wounded Mexican nationals remained hospitalized on
Monday, Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard told reporters at the Mexican consulate
in El Paso.
said he would ask U.S. authorities to turn the bodies over to their Mexican
families as soon as possible.
said he would meet with the Mexican attorney general on Tuesday to share
results of the U.S. investigation and build a terrorism case.
consider this an act of terrorism, in this case carried out in U.S. territory,
but an act of terrorism against Mexicans,” Ebrard said at the Mexican consulate
in El Paso. “It will be the first investigative case of this importance in the
history of Mexico regarding terrorism in United States territory,” he added.
four-page statement believed to have been authored by the suspect and posted on
8chan, an online message board often used by extremists, called the El Paso
attack “a response to the Hispanic invasion of Texas.”
also said Mexico may open a case against the sale and distribution of the
weapon used in the massacre. He did not elaborate or take questions from the
media. El Paso police have said Crusius purchased his weapon legally.
21, has been charged with one Texas state count of capital murder and is being
held without bail in El Paso County Jail. The magistrate judge who ordered
Crusius to be held, Penny Hamilton, said he likely would face additional state
charges and possibly U.S. federal charges as well.
and the United States have periodically cooperated on high-profile criminal
cases, but usually for suspected Mexican drug traffickers who are tried in U.S.
President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said on Sunday that Mexico would push to
make sure that authorities would be held accountable in the case because they
allowed “excesses” such as the “indiscriminate use of arms.”
time to face some dreadful, terrible facts. The United States is now facing a
deadly challenge from a connected, radical, online-organizing community of
vicious white-nationalist terrorists. They are every bit as evil as jihadists,
and they radicalize in much the same way. And just like the ISIS terrorists our
nation and our allies have confronted in the great cities of the West, they use
the most modern of tools to advance the oldest of hatreds.
has faced waves of white-supremacist terror in the past, and there are always
at least some, few extremists lurking in the dark corners of American life.
We’ve come to expect the occasional act of white-supremacist violence, and
we’ve sometimes explained it away as the last spasm of a dying bigotry.
in 2015, however, it became apparent to those who had eyes to see that our
nation was starting to experience a new youth movement of hate. The Charleston
church massacre was followed by a strange — and for those who experienced it —
terrifying wave of bizarre online racist harassment. The word “alt-right”
entered the American lexicon.
targeted Jews, it targeted African Americans and Hispanics, and it targeted
critics of Donald Trump. It obsessed over immigrants from south of the border.
It used words like “invasion” to describe immigration, and words such as
“replacement” to describe the imagined fate of white America. It thrilled to
Trump’s rhetoric, and parts of Trump’s movement loved it right back. No less a
figure than Steve Bannon, the man who became Trump campaign CEO and later a
senior White House aide, boasted that Breitbart (then one of the most
trafficked sites in conservative media) had become the “platform of the
who sounded the alarm about the alt-right were often mocked. You just didn’t
get it. They were “trolls.” They were doing it for the “lulz.” In the meantime,
their targets hired security when they could afford it, carried guns when they
couldn’t, and got used to living on edge.
the “trolls” found their way into the real world. In 2017, a young man drove
his car into a crowd of anti-racist protesters in Charlottesville, Va., killing
a young woman named Heather Heyer. One of the “trolls” — connected to other
trolls across the globe — armed himself, slaughtered worshippers in two New Zealand
mosques, and filmed the attack. He posted a rambling manifesto to an online
message board called 8chan.
next month, a young man in California armed himself, posted his own 8chan
manifesto, and tried to slaughter worshippers in a California synagogue. And
yesterday, another young man posted another 8chan manifesto and committed a
mass murder in El Paso, Texas.
if you think that’s the sum total of white-supremacist violence, you’re sadly
mistaken. Most Americans remember the Tree of Life synagogue massacre in
Pittsburgh. Do you remember the white supremacist who killed a black man in New
York with a sword? Do you remember the attempted church massacre in Kentucky,
where a white supremacist who couldn’t gain access to the church gunned down
two black victims at a Kroger grocery story instead? Do you remember that a
member of an “alt-Reich” Facebook group stabbed a black Maryland college
student to death without provocation, or that a white man in Kansas shouted
ethnic slurs before shooting two Indian engineers in a bar, killing one?
“jihadist” for “white supremacist” or “white nationalist” and then imagine how
we’d act. Imagine how we’ve acted.
time to declare war on white-nationalist terrorism. It’s time to be as wide
awake about the dangers of online racist radicalization as we are about online
jihadist inspiration. And it’s time to reject the public language and rhetoric
that excites and inspires racist radicals. Just as we demanded from our Muslim
allies a legal and cultural response to the hate in their midst, we should
demand a legal and cultural response to the terrorists from our own land.
say that it’s time to declare war does not mean it’s time to repeal the
Constitution. Nor does it mean droning a young man in his mom’s basement in Des
Moines. It means treating online white-nationalist radicals exactly the way we
treat online jihadist sympathizers.
FBI is hardly passive. Last month, FBI director Christopher Wray told Congress
that the FBI had made “about 90” domestic terror arrests in the last nine
months, and a “majority” are motivated by “white-supremacist violence.” Aside
from making “domestic terrorism” a federal crime (federal terrorism crimes
focus on international terrorism), the federal response is mainly one of
resource allocation. It’s time to shake free greater resources from the
Department of Justice, with greater emphasis in its myriad joint terrorism task
forces on the white-nationalist threat.
we can’t forget the mass-shooting element of white-nationalist terror. We’ll
learn more about the El Paso terrorist (and the more-mysterious Dayton shooter)
in the coming days, but we know from all too many previous mass shootings that
these vile murderers not only often give warning signs but that the legal tools
to help a person in obvious psychological distress are often inadequate.
the Parkland school shooting, I advocated a form of gun control called a
“gun-violence restraining order,” also known as a “red-flag law.” Essentially,
they allow designated individuals (family members, employers, educators) to
file a request in court for an order temporarily removing firearms from a
dangerous individual. Properly drafted, they provide for due process and
require compelling, admissible evidence. The great virtue of these laws is that
they’re focused on individual misconduct, not on (ineffective) collective
punishment of the vast law-abiding majority of gun-owners.
law enforcement isn’t enough. Targeted gun control isn’t enough. Culture
matters. Since 9/11 we have asked that Muslim leaders not just condemn
terrorism but reject the extremist ideologies and extremist rhetoric that
inspire and energize jihadists.
It’s too simple to say that anti-Semitic or anti-American rhetoric causes
violence. After all, the number of people who commit acts of violence is still
a tiny proportion of those who are exposed to hateful speech. No, it’s a bit
more complex than that.
of a radicalized underground often work diligently to introduce their themes
and ideas into public discourse. They want to kill, yes, but they also want to
change the culture. When national leaders use their rhetoric or adopt their
themes, it is thrilling. It is energizing. It is inspiring to the movement. It
tells them that they just might win.
of the thrills, energy, and inspiration they’ve experienced from the highest
office in the land — and from parts of the most popular cable network in the
land — since Trump came down the escalator in 2015. His announcement speech
cast immigrants collectively as dangerous and deficient, with only “some”
exceptions. He has used the language of invasion frequently, even to the point
of invoking a military response:
Gang Members and some very bad people are mixed into the Caravan heading to our
Southern Border. Please go back, you will not be admitted into the United
States unless you go through the legal process. This is an invasion of our
Country and our Military is waiting for you!
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on Fox News have even said that migrant caravans carried with them the threat
of importing smallpox (a disease that’s been eradicated for decades) and
leprosy to the United States:
now a Fox News guest says the migrants may have "leprosy" and warns
that "they're gonna infect our people in the United States"
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migrants are responsible for spreading a “polio-like” disease is that is
paralyzing our children:
Dobbs' guest blames "the continued invasion of this country" by
immigrants for "diseases spreading across the country that are causing
polio-like paralysis of our children"
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support for Trump wasn’t random. It wasn’t arbitrary. It was directly related
to his rhetoric, and it was cultivated by his allies, and it was cultivated in
part because it was a new way to fight, to punch back against the hated Left.
can and should debate proper levels of immigration, including debating more
immigration restrictions, without using the exact language and exact claims
that energize and inspire an actual racist terrorist movement. But somehow all
too many Americans have convinced themselves that the only way to “fight” is to
use language that is deliberately designed to stoke fear and rage — that pushes
the envelope with the express purpose of enraging our opposition.
people we face an invasion often enough, and some people will act according to
the ordinary meaning of that term. The El Paso shooter called immigration an
invasion, and he responded in the way that people historically respond to
“invasions” — with armed force.
rhetoric is often rough. “Politics ain’t beanbag,” as the saying goes. But when
a nation experiences the wave of mass killings, threats, harassment, and
radicalization we see now, it’s time for American leaders to respond with
unequivocal, relentless messages not just of condemnation for racists but also
with their own words of reconciliation and national unity.
that does not mean surrendering a single rational, good-faith argument about
proper levels of immigration. We can and should view each and every immigrant
as a person created in the image of God, but that does not mean that each and
every person should be entitled to enter this country. It’s worth saying 10,000
times: Fighting for your political values does not ever require you to abandon
decency and respect. In fact, given the magnitude of the issues at stake,
decency is even more urgent. It helps keep emotions under control.
if you think the obligation of decency runs only one way, think again. While we
don’t yet know the Dayton shooter’s motives, early reporting indicates that the
Dayton shooter described himself as a leftist, hated Donald Trump, supported
Elizabeth Warren, and once wrote “kill every fascist.” He condemned
“concentration camps” at the border. Angry political hyperbole that invokes the
language of death or the Holocaust is toxic. Period.
is a pivotal moment in our modern history. Every wave of terror is dangerous,
but waves of racist terror are particularly dangerous in a nation that was once
torn to bloody shreds in large part because of its repugnant white supremacism.
– Democratic presidential candidates Bernie Sanders and Julian Castro will
attend a presidential forum at the country’s largest Muslim gathering later
presidential forum, which will include moderated one-on-one sessions with the
candidates, will take place Aug. 31 at the Islamic Society of North America’s
annual convention in Houston. Known as ISNACON, the gathering is expected to
draw about 30,000 attendees from around the country.
community is paying attention to how politicians engage with us, and is
differentiating between those who say that they stand for religious freedom,
and those who back it up with actions,” said Wa’el Alzayat, head of the Muslim
voter advocacy organization Emgage, which organized the forum with ISNA and the
Muslim Public Affairs Council. “Attending this event and speaking directly to
our community in these critical times is a perfect example of the latter.”
Sanders, I-Vt., who earlier this year hired what is likely America’s first-ever
Muslim presidential campaign manager, was the first candidate to confirm his
attendance for the event. Sanders has previously participated in an interfaith
event at Washington, D.C.’s Masjid Muhammad and visited a mosque after the New
Zealand terrorist attacks.
U.S. Housing Secretary Castro confirmed his attendance at the event soon after.
Organizers said they invited other leading Democratic candidates as well as
President Donald Trump.
organization is proud of the way American Muslims are contributing in a unique
way to the peace and prosperity of our nation and to humanity at large,” Nida
Saleem, ISNA’s executive director, said. “We are looking forward to welcome and
hear the candidates’ thoughts on how to continue to build this legacy inspired
Muslims are more politically engaged than ever before. During the 2018 midterm
elections, nearly 100 American Muslims ran for public office, mostly as
Democrats. Emgage’s own research found that during the 2018 midterm elections,
Florida, Michigan, Ohio and Virginia saw a total 25% increase in Muslim voter
turnout as compared to four years before.
some Muslim organizers say presidential candidates have been slow to recognize
that momentum. Only one candidate attended the Muslim Collective for Equitable
Democracy conference late last month in Washington, D.C., organized by the
Muslim Caucus and billed as the first national gathering of Muslim Americans in
York City Mayor Bill de Blasio spoke at the event in person, while Washington
Gov. Jay Inslee and Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren spoke to attendees via
livestream. Sanders sent a prerecorded video. Castro, like several other
candidates, declined the invitation.
U.S.-led coalition is planning to increase the overall size of its Syrian
partner forces by 10% to prevent the resurgence of Daesh in previously cleared
areas of northeastern Syria, according to the Pentagon’s inspector general
report released Tuesday.
partial withdrawal of U.S. troops has "decreased the support
available" for the Syrian partner forces "at a time when their forces
need more training and equipping" to respond to Daesh, the report said.
noted that Daesh has established "resurgent cells" in areas
controlled by Syrian partner forces.
Syrian forces carried out clearance operations in northeastern Syria to
eliminate these cells, CJTF-OIR reported that U.S.-backed Syrian forces also
have limited capacity to hold liberated areas," it said, referring to the
Combined Joint Task Force – Operation Inherent Resolve.
that the current strength of the main partner forces in the area are around
100,000, the report said CJTF-OIR's desired strength is 110,000, consisting of
30,000 Syrian Democratic Forces, 45,000 Provincial Internal Security Forces and
35,000 Internal Security Forces.
President Donald Trump announced the withdrawal of American troops from Syria
in December, claiming they had defeated Daesh, their only reason for
intervening in the country.
pushback from within his administration and from key U.S. lawmakers, Trump
later signaled a "slow and highly coordinated pullout" from the
PKK's Syrian branch YPG has managed to occupy one-third of Syria under the
guise of fighting against Daesh with the support of the U.S.
PKK -- listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the U.S. and the European
Union -- has waged a terror campaign against Turkey for more than 30 years,
resulting in the deaths of nearly 40,000 people.
U.S., which considers the PKK a terrorist organization, changed the YPG’s name
to the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in July 2017 in order to dissociate it
with the PKK.
Defense Secretary Mark Esper on Tuesday said Washington was working to address
Turkey's concerns in northern Syria, adding that he was ''hopeful'' the two
NATO allies would reach an agreement.
we're going to do is prevent unilateral incursions that would upset, again,
these mutual interests that the United States, Turkey and the SDF [Syrian
Democratic Forces] share with regard to northern Syria," Esper told
reporters traveling with him to Japan.
hopeful we'll get there," said Esper, days after Turkish President Recep
Tayyip Erdogan said a Turkish operation was imminent in the east of the
Euphrates River in northern Syria to eliminate the threat of the YPG -- the
Syrian branch of the PKK terror group.
2015, the U.S., which considers the PKK a terrorist group, helped change the
YPG’s name to the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in order to dissociate it from
comments came as a meeting resumed between Turkish and U.S. military officials
to discuss the establishment of a safe zone in northern Syria in Ankara,
according to the Turkish National Defense Ministry.
meeting started at 10.30 a.m. local time (0730GMT), the ministry said in a
expects the creation of a 20-mile (32-kilometer) safe zone in northern Syria
and has stressed that it wants the YPG/PYD terror group cleared in the region.
and Washington have yet to hammer an agreement on the matter.
Foreign Ministry said on Friday that Ankara has "limited" patience and
that if efforts to find common ground with the U.S. fail, Turkey would be
forced to create a safe zone in Syria on its own.
is "resurging" in Syria nearly five months after US President Donald
Trump declared victory over the terror group, according to a new Pentagon
losing its territorial 'caliphate,' ISIS solidified its insurgent capabilities
in Iraq and was resurging in Syria this quarter," the report said.
report, from the lead inspector general for Operation Inherent Resolve, the
official name for the US-led operation fighting ISIS, covers the period from
April 1 to June 30, 2019.
Trump has repeatedly praised his administration’s role in driving the
insurgents out from areas that were under its control.
did a great job with the caliphate. We have 100 per cent of the caliphate, and
we're rapidly pulling out of Syria,” Mr Trump told a cabinet meeting last
the new report argues otherwise, even though the insurgents suffered
significant territorial losses at the hands of the Iraqi and Syrian forces backed
by a US-led international coalition earlier this year, they are exploiting
weaknesses in local forces to make gains.
reduction of US forces has decreased the support available for Syrian partner
forces at a time when their forces need more training and equipping to respond
to the ISIS resurgence," Glenn Fine, the principal deputy inspector
general, wrote in a message accompanying the report.
forces in Syria and Iraq "remain unable to sustain long-term operations,
conduct multiple operations simultaneously, or hold territory that they have
cleared," the report said.
has been able to “regroup and sustain its operation”.
terrorist group aims to “create more turmoil in territory it has lost and to
prevent local security forces from establishing effective control and
maintaining civil order,” the report said.
to the reduction in personnel, the US and its local allies were unable to
monitor the Al Hol internal displacement camp that is home to thousands of
of the camp's inhabitants have shown support for ISIS. The majority of them
surrendered during the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces's final offensive
against ISIS earlier this year.
report is significant as it is an extraordinarily negative assessment of the counter
ISIS campaign from the Department of Defence, said Charles Lister, a senior
fellow at the Middle East Institute.
Trump administration’s decision regarding Syria and posture regarding Iran have
made things immeasurably worse,” Mr Lister said on Twitter.
Muslims should not feel forced to assimilate, says top counter terrorism
Muslims should not be forced to “assimilate”, the country’s most senior counter
terrorism officer has said, as he called for greater understanding of
Commissioner Neil Basu, who is the country’s highest ranking Asian officer,
said that in a successful, integrated society, people should be free to
practise their religion and culture openly rather than having to hide away.
also said more needed to be done to eradicate poverty, improve education and
increase social mobility if community cohesion was to be improved.
he admitted Prevent, the Government’s flagship counter terrorism strategy, had
been “badly handled” and warned it needed to be more...
blacklisted Killing Europe, a documentary about Islam and mass immigration in
Europe that had previously been hosted on the platform for over a year, just
days after Amazon Prime made the same decision.
Amazon, which said it censored the documentary due to “quality” concerns,
YouTube accused the documentary — a critical examination of immigration in
Europe — of violating its “hate speech” policy.
documentary is a mix of on-the-ground footage and interviews, including
interviews with ex-Muslims, British politicians, and victims of the notorious
Rotherham rape epidemic.
is America, not Canada and not Europe — we’re supposed to have free speech,”
said director Michael Hansen in a video message to his subscribers. “So why is
it that they’re working so hard to [pull] my movies down?”
of the documentary have since uploaded it to BitChute, a decentralized
free-speech oriented YouTube competitor.
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foreign ministry called new American sanctions against Venezuela “economic
terror” in a statement Tuesday.
steps have no legal basis either in terms of international or domestic
Venezuelan law,” said ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova. “Obviously, the
White House is driven by the ideology of intolerance and dictatorship, which
are put above the interests of Venezuelans.”
said that despite Washington’s pressure, people continue to support "the
legitimate president" and that sanctions harm ordinary Venezuelans.
to the famous economist Jeffrey Sachs, the American sanctions have killed more
than 40 thousand Venezuelans. The people of this country are only to blame for
supporting the leader that Washington dislikes," she said.
has been rocked by political unrest since Jan. 10 when Maduro was sworn in for
a second term. Turmoil increased Jan. 23 when Juan Guaido declared himself
China and Iran have thrown their weight behind Maduro, as has Turkey.
Cypriot Prime Minister Ersin Tatar on Tuesday hailed Turkey's stand seeking
equal rights on the resources in the Eastern Mediterranean between Turkish and
government’s determination, stance and self-sacrifice is important for us. Our
joint efforts with Turkey are to protect the rights of Turkish Cypriots,” he
said at a press conference.
said that Turkey’s stance as a guarantor country, at this point is consistent
with international law and has the support of Turkish Cypriot people.
said a message must go to the world that there are two equal communities [on
from both sides (Turkish and Greek Cypriot) have equal rights on resources in
the region,” he said.
stated that the TRNC had a positive approach to the proposal of setting a
common committee on hydrocarbons. But, he lamented that Greek Cypriot side does
not have a similar approach.
Energy and Natural Resources Minister Fatih Donmez said the issue of
hydrocarbon resources should contribute to peace, tranquility and prosperity in
the Greek Cypriot side has unilaterally continued its discourse and actions
behaving as the sole judge of the island,” Donmez said.
has consistently contested the Greek Cypriot administration’s unilateral
drilling in the Eastern Mediterranean, asserting that the Turkish Republic of
Northern Cyprus (TRNC) also has similar rights on the resources in the area.
1974, following a coup aiming at Cyprus’s annexation to Greece, Ankara had to
intervene as a guarantor power. In 1983, the Turkish Republic of Northern
Cyprus was founded.
King Abdullah will on Wednesday become the first Arab leader to visit London’s
Downing Street since Boris Johnson became the UK Prime Minister last month.
Abdullah, who trained at the British Army’s officer college, the Royal Military
Academy Sandhurst, will spend Eid Al Adha in the UK and US.
Abdullah’s meeting with Prime Minister Johnson will cover the deep-rooted,
strategic relations between Jordan and the UK, and current regional
developments,” the Jordan News Agency said.
is expected to have lunch with Mr Johnson and hold talks in the afternoon.
Majesty King Abdullah II departs on a working visit to London, where His
Majesty is slated to meet with UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson
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new UK government has put leaving the European Union on October 31 at the top
of its priorities but is also embroiled in tensions in the Arabian Gulf after
Iran seized a British-flagged oil tanker.
has now joined a US-led maritime mission to ensure freedom of navigation in the
Gulf and to escort merchant vessels through the Strait of Hormuz.
King, a long-time friend of the UK, was in London in February at a conference
dedicated to bolstering Jordan’s economic opportunities. He emphasised the
burden Jordan felt after taking in well over a million Syrian refugees but said
its young population and location meant it was ripe for economic development.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson spoke to Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan
in a telephone call on Monday thanking him for providing shelter to Syrian
leaders agreed to work together to build on the close relationship between our
two countries,” the UK’s foreign office said.
discussed the importance of bilateral co-operation on counterterrorism and ways
in which we might strengthen our bilateral trading ties.”
Johnson was part of the 2016 Leave campaign calling for Britain to end its
membership of the European Union.
campaign had stoked fears about possible migration from Turkey while Mr Johnson
previously raised the idea that Turkey – whose application to join the EU had
stalled – could eventually become an EU member and its citizens would eventually
able to migrate to the UK.
week before referendum day in June 2016, Johnson and Michael Gove wrote a joint
letter to David Cameron claiming that the government supported the idea of
Turkish membership of the EU.
public will draw the reasonable conclusion that the only way to avoid having
common borders with Turkey is to vote leave and take back control on 23 June,”
the letter stated.
prime minister can trace his ancestry back to a remote village 110 kilometres
north of Turkey’s capital Ankara.
Johnson also held a call with President Sisi of Egypt.
UK’s Foreign Office said the PM “acknowledged the significance of Egypt as a
market for British investment”.
Yacoub Oweis and Sunniva Rose
of Lebanon’s most powerful figures said on Tuesday that he has suspended an
initiative to solve the country’s political crisis, signalling the severity of
conditions threatening to undermine civil peace and efforts to extract the
country out of economic trouble.
to several Lebanese media outlets, parliament speaker Nabih Berri told visitors
in Beirut that he has halted his efforts, without revealing details.
initiative has been aimed at relieving pressure by Shiite militia-cum-political
party Hezbollah on Druze Leader Walid Jumblatt. The two massively uneven sides
are at the centre of one of the most disruptive crises since the end of
Lebanon’s 1975-1990 civil war.
Berri, a Shiite, has good ties with the Iranian-backed Hezbollah and with the
Syrian regime in Damascus. But he owes continuity in his position to Mr
Mr Jumblatt is opposed to the Syrian regime, he played a major role in stopping
Lebanese opponents of Syrian President Bashar Al Assad from unseating Mr Berri
as speaker following the withdrawal of Syrian regime troops from Lebanon in
Jumblatt is one of Lebanon’s most recognisable civil war figures and remains a
linchpin of a diverse array of politicians still opposed to the Syrian regime
and to Iran, despite the rapidly increasing power of Iranian-backed Shiite
proxies across the region.
every time we try to make a breakthrough, a blockage emerges elsewhere,” Mr
Berri was quoted as saying.
sources familiar with Mr Berri’s initiative said the 81-year-old speaker, who
also heads the Shiite Amal Movement, has sought to convince Hezbollah to pause
a violence-laced campaign by its allies to take Mr Jumblatt out of a political
landscape he has been a fixture of for decades.
the tensions would help convene the cabinet, which has not met since the end of
June because of the crisis, rattling holders of Lebanese public debt expecting
reforms to shore up the country’s finances.
with Hezbollah bending Lebanon’s state organisations to their will in the past
two years, the group has had little incentive to respond to Mr Berri, a Jumblatt
and its allies are seen as holding a slight majority in Lebanon’s 128-seat
parliament. The 30-member cabinet is more or less evenly split between pro and
anti-Hezbollah ministers. Two ministers belong to Mr Jumblatt’s Progressive Socialist
crisis erupted on June 30 after a shootout in the Chouf Mountains, the
heartland of the Druze sect, in which two bodyguards of Saleh Al Gharib, a
junior, pro-Hezbollah Druze minister were killed.
only Hezbollah allies said the incident was an attempt on Al Gharib’s life but
suggested the target was Foreign Minister Gibran Bassil, another Hezbollah ally
who had announced his intention to visit the region in a challenge to Mr
Jumblatt but backed down.
Minister Wael Bou Faour, a disciple of Mr Jumblatt, told reporters in Beirut on
Tuesday that the narrative was absurd. “You have to decide, was the ambush
against Minister Bassil or against Minister Al Gharib?”
Wael Bou Faour said Mr Bassil was “morally, politically and legally
responsible” for the shootout, which occurred near the town of Aalay.
Bassil is son-in-law of President Michel Aoun, who has had a political alliance
with Hezbollah since 2008. He became president in 2016, as a result of a
compromise involving Hezbollah, Mr Jumblatt, Mr Berri and Saad Al Hariri, the
current Sunni prime minister.
Berri, Mr Jumblatt, and to some extent Mr Hariri, grew to regret their
acceptance of Mr Aoun, especially as he installed his son-in-law as foreign
minister. Mr Bassil is seen as vying to succeed Mr Aoun when Mr Aoun’s term
ends in 2022.
Bassil has employed what his critics see as crass populism to build a support
base ahead of 2022. He used racist language to describe Syrian refugees and
played on the eviction during the civil war of Christians by Mr Jumblatt’s
forces from large areas in Mount Lebanon.
Bassil has remained politically unhinged because of support by Mr Aoun, and
Aoun has not denied Lebanese media reports that quoted him privately as saying
that the shooting incident in June was an assassination attempt against Mr
Jumblatt’s supporters questioned how Mr Aoun, from his position as president,
could predetermine a matter supposed to be left to the judiciary, tarnished by
a show trial a decade ago of another political figure opposed to the Syrian
1994, when the Syrian regime had 35,000 troops in Lebanon, a special tribunal,
called the Judicial Council, sentenced Christian leader Samir Geagea to death
for political assassinations during the civil war.
sentences were commuted to life imprisonment and Mr Geagea ended the as only
figure from the civil war to be tried for war crimes. He spent 11 years in jail
and was released when the Syrian regime forces withdrew in 2005.
Geagea came out this month strongly in support of Mr Jumblatt and Prime
Minister Saad Al Hariri had blocked Hezbollah’s allies from assigning the
shooting case to the Special Tribunal, at the cost of the cabinet not
convening, as investors grew sceptical of the country’s ability to carry out
any serious reform.
April 2018, donors in Paris pledged an $11 billion (Dh40bn) economic rescue
package for Lebanon contingent on fundamental reform across a government
shacked by sectarian and other fissures dating from the civil war, as well as
perceived attempts by the Syrian regime to reimpose its tutelage of the country
in partnership with Hezbollah.
Jumblatt renounced violence after the war and initiated a series of political
alliances that ebbed and flowed to protect the country’s Druze community,
comprising an estimated five per cent of the country’s 6.1 million population.
the Lebanese civil war, Mr Berri’s Amal Movement, then a militia, stopped
shelling the Palestinian Mar Elias camp in Beirut in response to Mr Jumblatt,
who used his ties with Mr Berri to protect the camp’s civilian population.
air blockade of Yemen 'death sentence' for thousands: Groups
humanitarian groups have censured the Saudi-led air blockade of Yemen and
closure of the airport in the war-torn country’s capital city of Sana’a,
arguing that the measure has prevented thousands of sick civilians from
traveling abroad for urgent medical treatment.
Norwegian Refugee Council and Cooperative for Assistance and Relief Everywhere
(CARE) said late on Monday that the three-year suspension of services at Sana'a
International Airport has amounted to a "death sentence" for many
appealed on Yemen's warring parties to come to an agreement to reopen the
airport for commercial flights to “alleviate humanitarian suffering caused by
in an exclusive interview with Press TV in late May, Yemeni Health Minister
Taha al-Mutawakil said the Saudi blockade had hampered efforts to help Yemeni
civilians with medical assistance.
said many Yemenis were suffering from acute malnutrition.
also added that there were more than 8000 dialysis patients, but they lacked
treatment because the Saudis were preventing the entry of dialysis equipment
further highlighted that the number of cancer cases had also increased due
relentless Saudi bombardments and its use of internationally-banned ammunition.
Yemeni health minister also slammed the international community for offering no
help and staying silent about Saudi crimes in Yemen.
Tuesday, Saudi-led military aircraft launched five airstrikes against a number
of residential areas in the Sahar district of Yemen’s northwestern province of
Sa’ada. There were no immediate reports about possible casualties and the
extent of damage caused.
army soldiers and fighters from allied Popular Committees also launched a
retaliatory attack, killing and injuring several Saudi-backed militiamen loyal
to Yemen's former president Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi as they pounded the
mercenaries’ positions east of Jabal al-Nar in Saudi Arabia’s southern border
region of Jizan.
Arabia and a number of its regional allies launched a devastating campaign
against Yemen in March 2015, with the goal of bringing the government of Hadi
back to power and crushing Ansarullah movement.
US-based Armed Conflict Location and Event Data Project (ACLED), a nonprofit
conflict-research organization, estimates that the Saudi-led war has claimed
the lives of over 60,000 Yemenis since January 2016.
war has also taken a heavy toll on the country’s infrastructure, destroying
hospitals, schools, and factories. The UN says over 24 million Yemenis are in
dire need of humanitarian aid, including 10 million suffering from extreme
levels of hunger.
has agreed to massively increase its monthly payments to Palestinian terror
group Hamas in exchange for intelligence on Israeli missile capabilities, an
Israeli television network reported Monday.
Islamic Republic is a longtime financial supporter of Hamas, the terror
organization that rules the Gaza Strip and is committed to Israel’s destruction.
a recent meeting in Tehran between nine senior Hamas officials and Iran’s
Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Tehran expressed willingness to raise
its monthly financial backing to the terror group to an unprecedented $30
million per month, Channel 12 reported, citing an unnamed Arab source.
will represent a massive increase in Iranian support for the Gaza rulers. A
report by the Ynet news site from August 2018, citing Palestinian sources, said
Iran’s payments to Hamas at the time amounted to $70 million per year (less
than $6 million per month).
meeting, which took place two weeks ago, was attended by Saleh al-Arouri, the
deputy chief of the Hamas politburo.
exchange for the funding, Tehran asked Hamas to provide intelligence about the
location of Israel’s missile stockpiles, the report said. It was not
immediately clear if the raise was strictly conditioned on the intelligence
provided by the terror group.
Hamas members said they would convey the request to the movement’s leaders in
also reportedly asked Iran to act as mediator for the terror group with Bashar
Assad’s regime in Syria, after ties were cut off during the Syrian civil war.
to the report, Israel’s UN Ambassador Danny Danon noted that “despite lacking
food or medicine, Iran/Hamas evidently have plenty of money for terror.”
Danny Danon | דני דנון
officials just left Tehran with reportedly an increase to $30 million/month in
support. Despite lacking food or medicine, Iran/Hamas evidently have plenty of
money for terror. Israel is determined to act against all branches of Iran's
AM - Aug 6, 2019
people are talking about this
his visit to Tehran, al-Arouri said that Hamas and Iran stand on “the same
path” in fighting Israel, Iran’s semi-official Fars news agency reported at the
are on the same path as the Islamic Republic — the path of battling the Zionist
entity and the arrogant ones,” he said, according to the report.
visited Iran with several other high-ranking Hamas officials, including Moussa
Abu Marzouk, Maher Salah, Husam Badran, Osama Hamdan, Ezzat al-Rishq and Ismail
chief Ismail Haniyeh told a group of Turkish journalists at the time that he
hoped the delegation’s visit would achieve “important results.”
who was elected as Hamas’s deputy chief in October 2017, has traveled to Iran
at least five times over the past two years. He has frequently heaped praised
is the only country that says that entity [Israel] is cancerous and should be
uprooted from the region,” he told the pro-Hamas Al-Quds TV in February 2018.
“It is the only country that is prepared to provide real and public support to
the Palestinian resistance and others to confront the entity.”
report last week by the Haaretz daily said that Israeli intelligence officials
believe Hamas and Iran have come to an agreement for the terror group to open a
war front against Israel from the southern coastal Strip in the event of
conflict breaking out with Iran’s allies on the Jewish state’s northern border.
report quoted a senior security official as saying the intelligence
establishment estimates Hamas and the Islamic Jihad group will try to force
Israel to move forces and air defense systems to the south at the expense of
troops fighting in the north.
report said that Israeli intelligence sources believe Iran has increased its
involvement in the Strip in order to turn Hamas into its operational arm
(AFP) - Iran unveiled three precision-guided missiles on Tuesday, with the
defence minister saying they show the country is ready to defend itself in the
face of US "viciousness and conspiracies".
new line-up of air-to-air missiles dubbed the "Yasin",
"Balaban" and a new series of the "Ghaem" were developed
jointly by the ministry and Sa Iran, also known as Iran Electronics Industries.
Minister Brigadier-General Amir Hatami hailed their launch as "another
significant achievement of power and dignity for the Islamic Republic of
shows that despite the viciousness and conspiracies of the Great Satan America
and its mercenaries, the defence ministry will not hesitate for a moment to
defend the Islamic republic and to expand security," he said, quoted by
Fars news agency.
Yasin was a smart, guided missile with folding wings that can be fired from a
range of 50 kilometres (30 miles) of its target from manned or unmanned
aircraft, Fars reported.
Balaban was guided by GPS and sensors, equipped with folding wings and could be
mounted under aircraft, while the Ghaem was a heat-seeking missile that could
hit within 50 centimetres of a target.
were unveiled amid tensions between Iran and the US and its allies in the
Strait of Hormuz -- a vital corridor linking oil producing countries in the
Middle East to markets in Asia, Europe and North America.
tensions arose after the US withdrew from a 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and
world powers last year and began stepping up a campaign of "maximum
pressure" on the Islamic republic.
has advanced plans for more than 2,300 settlement homes in the occupied West
Bank, the latest in a surge of such approvals since US President Donald Trump
took office, an NGO said on Tuesday.
defense ministry planning committee issued the approvals while meeting over the
last couple days, the Peace Now NGO said in a statement. The 2,304 housing
units are at various stages in the approval process.
approval of settlement plans is part of a disastrous government policy designed
to prevent the possibility of peace and a two-state solution, and to annex part
or all of the West Bank,” said Peace Now, which closely monitors Israeli settlement
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu pledged before April elections to annex
settlements in the West Bank, a move sought by the country’s far-right.
settlements on a large-scale in the West Bank could prove to be a death knell
for the two-state solution, long the focus of international efforts to resolve
the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
week, Israel’s security cabinet gave rare approval to 700 Palestinian homes in
the part of the West Bank under the country’s full control while also approving
6,000 homes for settlers.
of those plans were not publicly released, and some of the 6,000 settler homes
may be included in this week’s committee approvals, said Peace Now’s Hagit
would target US military bases across the region in the event of war, Iran’s
Speaker of Parliament Ali Larijani warned on Tuesday, the semi-official Tasnim
news agency reported.
and other countries in the region may encourage the US to go to war with Iran,
but they are well aware that the smallest hostile action will be met with a
strong response, said Larijani.
US military bases in the region would be in trouble … if they have any sense,
they will not go into war with Iran,” he continued.
US “knows” that it will suffer damage in either a limited or unlimited conflict
with Iran, said Larijani, adding that he does not believe there will be a
criticized the US special representative for Iran, Brian Hook, referring to him
as the official behind US sanctions against Iran and “a strange creature.”
US has been able to reduce Iran’s oil exports “to an extent,” Larijani
admitted, but it has been “unsuccessful” in reducing them to zero.
officials have advanced plans for the construction of more than 2,300
settlement homes in West Bank, as the Tel Aviv regime presses ahead with its
land expropriation policies in the occupied Palestinian territories.
Israeli non-governmental organization Peace Now, which monitors settlement
activity in the West Bank, said in a statement on Tuesday that the so-called
Higher Planning Committee, which is affiliated to the Israeli ministry of
military affairs, had issued approvals for 2,304 housing units while meeting
over the past couple of days.
approval of settlement plans is part of a disastrous … policy designed to
prevent the possibility of peace and a two-state solution, and to annex part or
all of the West Bank,” the statement read.
week, Israeli officials approved the construction of 6,000 new settler homes in
the West Bank's Area C, where the Israeli army has full control over the
management of resources, planning and construction, and strictly limits
Palestinian construction or development to less than one percent of the area.
C accounts for more than 60 percent of the occupied West Bank, and would form a
significant part of a future Palestine state under the so-called two-state
than 600,000 Israelis live in over 230 settlements built since the 1967 Israeli
occupation of the Palestinian territories of the West Bank and East Jerusalem
UN Security Council has condemned Israel’s settlement activities in the
occupied territories in several resolutions.
than a month before US President Donald Trump took office, the United Nations
Security Council in December 2016 adopted Resolution 2334, calling on Israel to
“immediately and completely cease all settlement activities in the occupied
Palestinian territories, including East Jerusalem” al-Quds.
want the West Bank as part of a future independent Palestinian state with East
Jerusalem al-Quds as its capital.
last round of Israeli-Palestinian talks collapsed in 2014. Among the major
sticking points in those negotiations was Israel’s continued settlement
expansion on Palestinian territories.
backtracked on Washington’s support for a “two-state solution” in 2017, saying
he would support any solution favored by both sides.
forces have targeted gatherings of Saudi-led mercenaries in Saudi Arabia’s
southern provinces of Najran and Asir with at least five domestically-manufactured
Arabic-language al-Masirah news website, citing a spokesman for the Yemeni
army, reported that Yemeni missile defense units targeted the gatherings of the
Saudi-led mercenaries in the al-Sadis area in Najran with two Zelzal-1
(Earthquake-1) missiles on Tuesday.
report added that Yemeni forces also hit similar gatherings of Saudi-led
mercenaries in the mountainous al-Majaz area of Asir with three missiles of the
source also told al-Masirah that all missiles successfully hit their designated
targets, leaving an unspecified number of mercenaries either dead or wounded.
Sunday, Yemeni forces pounded gatherings of Saudi-led mercenaries in al-Sadis
and al-Soh areas in Najran with four Zelzal-1 missiles, and a day earlier, they
hit a newly-built military base in the southern parts of the Saqqam area in
Najran with a Badr-F ballistic missile.
on Tuesday, Yemeni snipers also shot dead at least six Saudi-led mercenaries in
al-Sadis area and five others in the vicinity of Qais mountain in Saudi
Arabia’s southwestern province of Jizan.
forces regularly target positions inside Saudi Arabia in retaliation for the
Saudi-led war on Yemen, which began in March 2015 in an attempt to reinstall a
former regime and eliminate the Houthi Ansarullah movement, which has been
defending the country along with the armed forces.
Recep Tayyip Erdogan says Turkey will “soon” act to renew its military
involvement in northern Syria to push back US-backed Kurdish militants, whom it
associates with anti-Ankara terrorists.
move the process — which we started with the Euphrates Shield and Olive Branch
operations forward to a different phase very soon,” said Erdogan.
was referring to the two military offensives Ankara launched in 2016 and 2017
against the Kurdish militants of the People’s Protection Units (YPG) operating
at its doorstep on Syrian soil. Turkey views the YPG as a terror group linked
to the homegrown Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), which has been fighting for
autonomy in southeastern Turkey for decades.
has the right to eliminate all threats against its national security,” the
Turkish head of state added.
said his country would have to pay a heavy price if it fails to take what it
describes as necessary measures in northern Syria, adding, “Drying up the
terrorist swamp in northern Syria is our top priority.”
and Washington have long been at odds over the latter’s support for the Kurdish
militants in Syria.
US — along with Turkey and the EU — has branded the PKK as a terrorist
organization, but considers the YPG to be an ally in the purported fight
against Daesh terrorists. Ankara’s calls for Washington to stop arming the
Kurdish militants have fallen on deaf ears despite the collapse of Daesh in
soothe Turkey’s concerns, Washington has proposed creation of a five-kilometer
(three-mile)-long buffer zone in northern Syria that would keep the YPG away
from Turkey’s borders.
however, is unimpressed by the extent of the area and wants the militants to
stay farther away from the Turkish soil.
expects steps from the US befitting of a NATO ally and strategic partner,”
Erdogan said, referring to the Western military alliance, to which both Ankara
and Washington are parties.
to Ankara’s plan for a new military offensive, which was first announced by
Erdogan on the weekend, the US said it believed any unilateral action by them
would be unacceptable.”
so what we are trying to do now is work out with them an arrangement to address
their concerns and I am hopeful we will get there... what we are trying to do
is prevent unilateral incursions,” US Defense Secretary Mark Esper told
reporters in Tokyo on a trip through Asia.
said the US did not have any “ambition” to abandon the Kurdish militants in
Syria, but stopped short of guaranteeing that the US would protect them in case
of a Turkish operation.
demonstrate at the Ofer checkpoint near Ramallah, through which Israeli goods
are usually transported to the West Bank, calling on Palestinians to boycott
Palestinian resistance movement of Hamas has criticized the United Nations (UN)
for not including Israel in its annual list of countries that kill and maim
children, the so-called List of Shame.
list, the Annual Report on Children and Armed Conflict, was prepared by UN
Secretary-General Antonio Guterres for the year 2018. He presented the report
to the UN Security Council on Saturday.
spokesman Hazem Qasem said the exclusion of Israel from the list came despite
the fact that the same report found that the number of Palestinian children
killed or wounded by the Israeli regime hit its highest level in 2018 since 2014.
UN report said that 59 children were killed last year, 56 of them by the
Israeli army, and that 2,756 children were wounded, most of them sustaining
injuries during the Great March of Return rallies in the besieged Gaza Strip,
which began in March 2018.
warned that the UN’s submission to pressure exerted by the US and Israel would
give Israeli forces “the green light” to commit more crimes against Palestinian
people, particularly children.
urged the UN to translate its recommendations and resolutions on Israel’s
violations against the Palestinians into “practical measures” and to take Tel
Aviv to international courts in order to curb the regime’s grave violations of
Sunday, Palestine’s Ambassador to the UN Riyad Mansour had censured Guterres
for not including Israel in the list.
UN secretary-general should include Israel in the list of shame,” Mansour had
said ahead of the special session held in the Security Council to discuss the
report also said that 203 children were being held in Israeli jails, most of
them under administrative detention, which means imprisonment without trial or
charge for up to six months, extendable an infinite number of times.
Yemeni troops killed 20 Houthi militants and injured 30 others during clashes
in Al-Dhale province in the south of the country, Saudi state news agency SPA
reported on Wednesday.
militia were trying to infiltrate a number of Yemen’s army posts north of
Al-Dhale, when the national army, supported by the Arab coalition, stopped
number of prominent Houthi leaders and figures were killed in the clashes.
Monday, the Associated Press reported that an internal UN probe revealed that
some of the aid workers have been collaborating with the militants.
SYRIA - As tensions between Turkey and Syrian Kurds increase, the United States
seeks to play a mediating role in order to keep the focus on combating the
remnants of the Islamic State (IS) terror group, a senior Syrian-Kurdish
an interview with VOA at his base in northern Syria, Mazloum Abdi, the general
commander of Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), said his group hopes that the U.S.
will play a major role in calming the current escalation in northern Syria.
believe that the U.S. is the main power that is capable of influencing Turkey's
position and stop its threats against us," he said.
U.S. is the leader of the NATO alliance, and so it has leverage over Turkey
within the NATO framework," Abdi told VOA. "At the same time, it has
strong ties with the SDF through the anti-IS alliance. So the U.S. knows both
sides very well and it is the only power that can prevent war and bring all
SDF is a Kurdish-led military alliance that has been a major partner to
Washington in the fight against IS.
weeks, Turkey has been massing its troops near its border with Syria for what
appears to be an imminent attack against U.S.-backed SDF that Ankara calls
views the SDF and its main force, the YPG, as an extension of the Turkey-based
Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), which has been fighting the Turkish military for
PKK has been designated a terror group by the U.S. and the European Union.
the U.S. makes a distinction between the PKK and YPG, providing military
support to the latter in its fight against IS militants in Syria.
U.S. also maintains a military presence in areas under the control of Kurdish
forces in Syria, which has been instrumental in the fight against IS militants.
are about 2,000 U.S. troops on the ground, U.S. defense officials say. However,
U.S. President Donald Trump has vowed to decrease that number to 400 troops.
partnership between the U.S. and local Kurdish forces has been successful in
pushing IS militants from nearly all territory they once held since 2014,
including their de facto capital, Raqqa.
this year, IS was declared defeated after it was pushed out of its last
stronghold in eastern Syria.
benefiting from tensions
leader Abdi says that because of the ongoing tensions between Turkey and Syrian
Kurdish groups, IS militants have been able to regroup and wage major attacks
against SDF fighters in eastern Syria.
will take advantage of this [Turkish] intervention," he said, using an
Arabic acronym for IS. "In fact, Daesh is benefiting now from these
continued Turkish threats by increasing its attacks on areas we have liberated
added, "If war erupts with Turkey, our forces will have no choice but to
withdraw from those areas to focus on the defense lines along the border [with
priority will be protecting ourselves from Turkey. This, of course, will create
a military and security vacuum in areas liberated from Daesh terrorists. It
would offer an opening to Daesh to reemerge in certain areas and announce its
caliphate once again," Abdi told VOA.
Sunday, Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan renewed his threats to carry out
an operation east of the Euphrates River in northern Syria, in an area
controlled by the SDF.
entered Afrin, Jarablus, al-Bab. Now we will enter the east of the Euphrates.
We shared this with Russia and the U.S. As long as harassment fire continues,
we cannot remain silent," Erdogan said during a ceremony.
2016, Turkey has taken control of several border towns in Syria, including
Afrin, Jarablus and al-Bab.
however, said that the SDF would not allow a full-fledged Turkish military
presence in northern Syria.
could only accept a Turkish presence in our area in the framework of an
international force, in a way that won't be a threat to the Kurdish
people," he said.
Trump's announcement last year of a planned and coordinated U.S. troop
withdrawal from Syria, Washington and Ankara agreed to establish a safe zone on
the Syrian side of the border.
talks have been stalled, with Turkey demanding to clear the planned safe zone
of Kurdish fighters.
a bid to avoid a confrontation between Turkey and the SDF, U.S. envoy for
Syria, James Jeffrey, has had several meetings with Turkish officials in recent
U.S. has so far been successful in preventing war. We view this positively but
there is no final agreement yet. Meetings and discussions continue and we are
part of them," Kurdish commander Abdi said.
will support all efforts made by Mr. Jeffrey and we have shown a lot of
flexibility to support such efforts," he concluded.
Qatari banks are accused of funding Muslim Brotherhood, global terrorism
use of banks to fund terrorism across the world is in the spotlight after this
week’s revelation that UK-based Qatari-owned Al Rayan Bank provides banking
services to the Muslim Brotherhood and terrorist groups in Britain, the latest
case of alleged Qatari support for terrorism.
Sunday, British daily The Times reported that Qatari-owned Al Rayan Bank has
provided banking services to organizations linked to terrorism in Britain.
report said that Al Rayan Bank has several clients who have had their accounts
in other banks closed or frozen due to a security clampdown. At least four of
its clients have had their other accounts closed in banks including HSBC,
Barclays, NatWest, and Lloyds TSB.
the Al Rayan case is only the latest in a string of accusations.
April, a book titled the “Qatar Papers - How the emirate finances Islam in
France and Europe” revealed that Doha funded dozens of mosques and Islamic
center projects in Europe, the majority through a network tied to the Muslim
book, authored by French journalists Christian Chesnot and Georges Malbrunot,
contained proof of transfers of several million dollars from Qatar to fund more
than 140 projects in Europe, with 50 in Italy alone. It says that the network
stretches across countries including Italy, France, Switzerland, and Germany.
Qatar’s network members in Switzerland included Mohamed and Nadia Karmous, who
received millions of euros between 2011 and 2013 through seven bank transfers
from Qatar Charity. It reveals that Nadia Karmous was directly recommended by
Yusuf al-Qaradawi, the Qatar-based spiritual leader of the Muslim Brotherhood.
2007, Mohamed Karamous, who served as treasurer of the European Institute for
Human Sciences – a university in central France affiliated with the Muslim
Brotherhood in Europe and funded by Qatar – was arrested by Swiss authorities
in a high-speed train while in possession of €50,000 ($56,000) in cash from
Qatar Papers also documented how Qatar paid rape-accused Swiss Islamic scholar
Tariq Ramadan. The Qatar Foundation paid Ramadan €35,000 a month as a
consultant. Bank documents obtained by the book's authors showed that Ramadan
withdrew €590,000 from Qatari bank accounts just before his arrest in France.
also faces several accusations of financing terror and suspicious financial
activity in France.
a result of the Qatar Papers, French Member of the European Parliament Gilbert
Collard said in April that he had requested for the creation of a commission of
inquiry into the financing of Islamist and Salafist propaganda by a foreign
state via the Qatar Charity organization in France.
total, the authors of the Qatar Papers documented payments of up to €72 million
to groups in seven European countries.
example of Qatar’s abuse of banking laws to fund sanctioned individuals came to
light after several media outlets raised questions regarding properties
acquired by Qatar’s Attorney General and Chairman of Rule of Law and
Anti-Corruption Center (ROLACC), Ali bin Futtais al-Marri.
May 2018, French magazine Le Point said that al-Marri has a list of expensive
properties across Europe that are difficult to explain considering his official
income. According to one report, the Qatari official bought “himself a
three-story mansion at 86 Avenue d’Iéna, just a stone’s throw from the Arc de
Triomphe, for €9.6 million in October 2013.”
Qatari Attorney General played an active role in the 2008 release of Qatari
citizen Jarallah Saleh Mohammed Kahla al-Marri from the United States
Guantanamo Bay detention camp.
to one memo from the US ambassador in Doha at the time released via Wikileaks,
the US resented Qatar’s non-compliance with the agreements reached regarding
the conditions of Jarallah’s release.
July, a French Senator called on the UN and international banking authorities
to investigate how, according to reports, a Qatari terror financier Khalifa
al-Subaiy, who was convicted on charges of funding and enabling terrorism and
placed on the UN sanctions list, was provided with “banking facilities” by
state-owned Qatar National Bank (QNB).
opinion article written for The Hill, French Senator, Nathalie Goulet, said
that “it is impossible to assess the potential harm that has been caused
without an extensive and transparent investigation,” adding that “the United
Nations needs to investigate why loopholes in its own procedures allowed this
addition to the Al Rayan revelations, Qatar has been in the British headlines
over its involvement in the trial of an ex-Barclays boss charged with fraud
UK’s Serious Fraud Office prosecutor alleged that Barclays’ ex-chief executive
John Varley and three former senior executives hid public documents detailing
£322 million ($391 million) in secret fees paid to the Qatari investors as they
fought to meet their tough demands.
Holding LLC, part of the state-owned Qatar Investment Authority sovereign
wealth fund, and Challenger, an investment vehicle of Qatar’s former Prime
Minister Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim bin Jabr al-Thani, invested around four
billion pounds in Barclays in two capital raising processes in June and October
2008, according to Reuters.
Asia and North Africa
has also been involved in murky financial dealings outside of Europe, including
in South Asia. In July 2017, the Indian Express reported on a series of
investigations carried out by Indian authorities in the northern state of
Kerala, investigating Doha’s involvement in financing terrorist organizations
such as al-Qaeda and ISIS.
governmental institutions have been involved in the transfer of large sums of
money - according to Indian intelligence - which indicated that these
organizations received more than $ 1,190,000 from Doha.
the Qatari entities revealed in the Indian Express report is the Qatar Charity
Foundation, which was blacklisted by the Arab Quartet countries of Saudi
Arabia, Bahrain, Egypt and the UAE in 2017 over its terror financing
US presently intends to pave the way for emergence of terrorist groups under
new names and appearances in Syria and Iraq by creating chaotic situation in
the region,” the Arabic-language al-Rased news website quoted Syrian lawmaker
Mohammad Jookhdar as saying.
noted that Saudi Arabia will also support this US’ measure, and said that after
the US defeat and its allied terrorists vis-à-vis Iraqi and Syrian armies,
Washington is looking for reemergence of terrorism in Iraq and Syria very early
and at any price.
a relevant development on Sunday, the Arabic-language Beirut-based al-Akhbar
newspaper reported that the Southern parts of Syria, including Dara’a province
and its surrounding areas, have become scenes of resumed terrorist attacks on
the Syrian Army’s military positions in line with coordinated efforts to make
those regions insecure and stop the Syrian government peace initiative.
daily pointed to the reorganization of Jordan’s Mouk Operations Room terrorist
groups along the border in Western Syria, and said intel has revealed that a
foreign officer who recently worked with the terrorist groups in Southern Syria
has been recalled to the operation room.
Syrian security sources also pointed to the monitoring of the ISIL’s movements
in Eastern Sweida, and said that the US Army has recently dispatched two trucks
carrying weapons from al-Tanf region to ISIL terrorists deployed near Sweida
al-Akhbar, meantime, pointed to a connection between terrorists of Southern
Syria with the foreign countries, including the US, Oman and the UAE, and said
that Israel is benefiting the most from insecurities in Southern Syria and has
helped the terrorists with the assassination of some officers of the Syrian
Army in Southern Syria.
daily also pointed to the meeting of Syrian-Russian commanders in Southern
Syria, and said that the two sides will most probably conduct military and
security operations to get rid of the remaining terrorists.
a relevant development last week, the Arabic-language al-Masdar news website
quoted a military source as saying that the Syrian Army was preparing for new
military operation inside the Dara’a province.
to the military source, the Syrian Army was preparing to cordon off the town of
Sanamayn in northern Dara’a.
source said the Syrian Army was demanding the militants to surrender themselves
before an operation would be launched to arrest them for their recent attacks
on the military checkpoints in Sanamayn.
a relevant development last month, Secretary of the Syrian Parliament Khalid
al-Aboud said attacks against the Syrian army were masterminded in Jordan and
Israel, amid increased terrorist attacks against the country's Armed Forces in
was quoted by the Arabic-language al-Mayadeen news channel as saying that the
terrorist groups which recently attacked the Syrian army forces in Dara'a
province are those which have contacts with the Military Operations Command
(MOC) room and take orders from Jordan and Israeli intelligence agency.
added that the aggressive acts of these grouplets are not limited to the Syrian
army forces as they have attacked the Russian forces and civilians and set fire
at thousands of hectares of farmlands too.
said based on intelligence, MOC has turned into a new center which intends to
use the attacks against the Syrian government and insecurities in Southern
Syria as a leverage to pressure Damascus.
security outposts and military vehicles of the Syrian army have recently come
under attack a year after the army won control over the province and granted
amnesty to those militants who laid down their weapons.
reports said earlier this month that the US forces had resumed training of
Washington-backed terrorists in al-Tanf region near the borders with Jordan
after a one-year halt.
Anadolu news agency quoted informed sources as saying that Jeish al-Maqawir
terrorists affiliated to the so-called Free Syrian Army (FSA) were again being
trained by the US forces.
added that the trainings were underway in al-Tanf base in the bordering
triangle between Syria, Jordan and Iraq and some bases in Jordan, noting that
the FSA militants undergo special trainings, including heliborne and combat
operations as well as battle in hard conditions.
sources also said that a number of US army and intelligence officers along with
a number of US-led coalition advisors supervise these trainings.
the US forces in al-Tanf region had paved the ground for recruiting more
militants for Jeish al-Maqawir terrorist group.
nature of true Islam highlighted as Hajj Grand Symposium concludes in Makkah
The 44th annual Hajj Grand Symposium concluded on Tuesday after two days of
debate and discussion on the theme of “Islam: Coexistence and Tolerance.”
event, organized by the Saudi Ministry of Hajj and Umrah and held at Hilton
Makkah Convention Hotel, featured Islamic thinkers and scholars from the
Kingdom and across the Islamic world. It included a number of sessions on
subjects such as: “Islam in serving societies,” “coexistence and tolerance in
Islam,” “humanity in the digital world,” “the doors of guidance in Islam” and
“Islam and coexistence issues.”
a speech on the second day of the symposium, Dr. Abdul Fattah Mashat, the
deputy minister of Hajj and Umrah, stressed the importance of hosting the
symposium each year. It benefits everyone, he said, thanks to the diversity of
the participants and the important benefits that can be obtained from learning
about their experiences and listening to their recommendations. He said they
will assist the country’s leaders in their efforts to continue to improve Hajj
and Umrah services.
said that the ways in which we deal with the digital world reflects our
identity. When technology is misused, it harms religion and humanity. He also
stressed the importance of maintaining a presence in the digital world that
preserves personal identity.
we talk about tolerance and coexisting, we cannot separate the true human
identity from the digital identity,” he said. “When there is a difference
between the two identities then that will create a double identity.”
expert Abdullah Al-Saba said that prior to the digital revolution, the scope
for sharing information was much more limited. As technology has advanced, our
lives have gotten easier and we can reach others and spread information more
quickly to greater numbers of people. This can serve Islam, he said, for
example by using technology to help and track pilgrims during their journeys
for Hajj and Umrah.
Khaled Al-Hajri led a session on Tuesday titled “embracing Islam” that featured
Yusuf Estes, an American Islamic preacher, Dr. Rateb Junaid, from United
Muslims of Australia, and former French footballer Nicola Anilka.
— A car packed with explosives detonated in downtown Cairo on Monday, killing
at least 20 and injuring 47, Egypt’s Interior Ministry said. It was the highest
terrorism-related death toll in the capital in more than two years.
government initially said the early-morning blast was caused by the collision
of four cars. But later in the day, the Interior Ministry said the
explosives-filled car was actually on its way to commit an attack in another
part of the capital.
technical inspection also indicated that the vehicle contained explosives that
caused the blast when the car collided with the other cars,” the ministry said
in a statement. “It is estimated that the car was being driven to a place to be
used in carrying out a terrorist operation elsewhere.”
statement added that the car was stolen a few months ago from the province of
Menufia, 55 miles north of Cairo.
group immediately claimed responsibility for the blast. But Egyptian
authorities were quick to blame Hasm, a militant group that emerged three years
ago and has claimed several attacks. Egypt accuses Hasm of being the militant
arm of the banned Muslim Brotherhood. The Islamist movement, once a political
force, has denied the allegations.
blast started a fire that triggered the partial evacuation of the National
Cancer Institute, the capital’s main cancer hospital, according to Egypt’s
before the correction by the Interior Ministry, some witnesses suspected what
had really happened.
was a sound of an extremely loud blast,” a resident who gave her name only as
Salwa told Reuters news agency. “It was no way two cars crashing. The car must
have been rigged with explosives.”
attack was another tragedy for a nation that depends heavily on tourism for
revenue and foreign currency reserves. It also underscored the lingering threat
posed by militant groups, even as the country has not experienced a large-scale
attack since November 2017. That was when Islamic State militants were widely
believed to have killed more than 350 people at a mosque in Egypt’s restive
northern Sinai region.
2015, the Islamic State affiliate in Sinai asserted responsibility for the
downing of a Russian passenger plane after it left the Red Sea resort town of
Sharm el-Sheikh. That attack, which killed all 224 people aboard, shattered
Egypt’s tourism-driven economy.
last major militant attack in Cairo was in December 2016 when Egypt’s main
Coptic Christian cathedral was bombed by the Islamic State, killing 30 and
much of the focus of Egypt’s counterterrorism efforts is in northern Sinai,
where Egyptian security forces are carrying out a military campaign against the
Islamic State and other militant groups.
militant attacks outside Sinai have become rare, tourists have been targeted.
In May, a tourist bus carrying mostly South African tourists was struck by
explosives, injuring at least 12. In December, three Vietnamese tourists and
their Egyptian guide were killed by a roadside bomb near Cairo’s famed Pyramids
by Mohammed Ebraheem
(IraqiNews.com) – Iraqi paramilitary forces announced on Monday the destruction
of four hotbeds of the Islamic State terrorist group during a military
operation in Diyala province.
of the 4th and 24th brigades of the Popular Mobilization Forces, backed by
Iraqi warplanes, destroyed four Islamic State hotbeds, containing clothes,
foodstuffs and wireless devices as part of the third phase of the “Will of
Victory” operation in al-Miqdadiyah district in Diyala,” the Arabic-language
Algahd Press website quoted the media center of the Popular Mobilization Forces
as saying in a press statement.
explosive charges were also dismantled during the military operation,” the
declared the collapse of Islamic State’s territorial influence in November 2017
with the recapture of Rawa, a city on Anbar’s western borders with Syria, which
was the group’s last bastion in Iraq.
January 2015, Iraqi forces announced liberation of Diyala province from Islamic
State extremist militants who proclaimed an “Islamic Caliphate” in Iraq and
Syria in 2014.
see Iraq as a neighbor and a friendly state. We are proud that there is a party
like Harakat Hezbollah al-Nujaba in Iraq,” Velayati said in a meeting with
Iraq’s al-Nujaba Movement spokesman Nasr ash-Shimmari on Monday.
long as Iran and Iraq stand by each other and there is the resistance movement,
no power can withstand them,” he added, according to IRNA.
also praised the Iraqi prime minister’s efforts, along with those of the
al-Nujaba Movement, to prevent U.S. and Israeli interference in Iraq’s internal
stressed that Tehran and Baghdad will stand by one another to develop much
for his part, said that no country can use Iraq to attack Iran. “We will use
all in our power to stand against such a conspiracy,” he said.
Barham Salih has also said Iraq will under no circumstances allow the U.S.
military to use its bases in the Arab country for an act of aggression against
an interview back in June, Salih stressed that American troops had been invited
to Iraq solely for helping Baghdad fight the Takfiri Daesh terrorist group.
Smart News website reported that over 300 trucks carrying US military and
logistical equipment from Iraq arrived in areas controlled by the Syrian
Democratic Forces (SDF) in Tal al-Bidar
in Eastern Syria via Simalka border crossing.
noted that the US trucks carried military equipment, logistical supplies,
prefabricated cement walls, adding that dozens of trucks were carrying
unidentified cargos as they were covered.
website said that the military equipment and supplies will be distributed among
SDF in Hasaka, Raqqa and Deir Ezzur.
a relevant development in late July, the US Army forwarded tens of trucks
containing logistical aid and military equipment to the Syrian province of
Hasaka as Turkey was preparing for massive military operation against
Washington-backed Kurdish militias in Northeastern Syria.
Smart news website reported that a new US military convoy has crossed into
Syria's Hasaka province from Iraq via Simalka crossing.
noted that the US convoy, comprising 100 trucks carrying military vehicles and
fuel as well as a number of covered trucks, has arrived at the US military base
in Tal Bidar region in Hasaka province.
sources, meantime, reported that the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) has sent
massive military equipment, including heavy weaponry to areas under their
control from Ain al-Arab (Kobani) to Ain Issa and the border city of Tal Abyaz
in Raqqa province.
a relevant development late last month, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights
(SOHR) reported that hundreds of trucks loaded with logistics and military
support had arrived in areas under control of the SDF in Hasaka province in
Northeastern Syria from the US bases in Northern Iraq.
Arabia has deposited $250 million into the central bank of Sudan to support its
financial position, the Saudi Finance Ministry said in a statement on Tuesday.
deposit is part of a package with the United Arab Emirates worth $500 million
announced in April. Both countries pledged an overall $3 billion in aid, with
the rest going toward fuel, wheat, and medicine.
deposit is not a grant to Sudan but rather a loan, a Saudi finance ministry
official told Reuters later.
is aimed at alleviating pressure on the Sudanese pound and achieving stability
in its exchange rate, the ministry said.
Lebanon: The last time Samuel Botros stepped into the Lebanese monastery of
Saint Anthony of Qozhaya was in 1978. He was 24, newly married, and the country
was in the grip of an all-out war. Like many of his generation, he left. It
took him 41 years to return.
1975-90 civil war may be over in Lebanon but conflicts in nearby countries like
Iraq and Syria have devastated entire communities where Christians once lived
alongside Muslims. That has triggered an exodus among people of both faiths,
especially among minority sects — like Botros’ Syriac Orthodox community whose
roots are in early Christianity.
monastery, which is nestled in a remote valley in the northern Lebanese
mountains and dates from the fourth century, is a meeting place for Christians
who have fled conflict.
is the war that did this to us. It is the wars that continue to leave behind
destruction and force people to leave,” said Botros, visiting the monastery as
part of a gathering of his community’s scout group — their first in the region
since the 1950s.The scout group’s roughly 150 members include people living in
Lebanon, Iraq, Syria, Egypt, Jordan, the Palestinian Territories and further
afield. Lebanon was the only country where they could all meet easily and
safely, Botros said.
Iraq, years of conflict, most recently with Daesh, erased much of the Christian
heritage in ancient cities like Mosul and Sinjar in the north. In Syria’s civil
of the oldest churches in Aleppo, Homs and other cities were damaged.
now 65, is about to retire in Sweden where he made his home years ago. He is
father and grandfather to children who know Lebanon only through photos.
would like them to visit so that when I pass, there is something to pull them
back,” he said.
Sundays and public holidays, the monastery’s small church, with the bell tower
and facade, etched into the cliffs is full of people huddled in the pews or
standing at the back of the vaulted interior.
patron is Saint Anthony, a monk who is believed to have lived in rural Egypt in
the fourth or fifth century.
place has always been a shrine ... we don’t even know when it started. Even
when there was no development ... people still came,” said Father Fadi Imad,
the priest who gives sermons.
lies within a valley known as the Valley of Saints, or Qannoubine in ancient
Syriac, part of a wider valley network called Qadisha that has a long history
as a refuge for monks.
one time, Qadisha was home to hundreds of hermitages, churches, caves and
monasteries. The monastery of Saint Anthony is the last surviving one.
was an early home for Lebanon’s Christian Maronites, the first followers of the
Roman Catholic church in the East.
Maronites and sometimes the Druze, a Muslim sect, sought the sanctuary of the
mountains away from the political and religious dynasties of the times with
whom they did not always agree, Father Imad said.
inhabitants of this mountain ... and they were not only Christians, came here
because they were persecuted and weak,” he said.
holds in its heart 1,600 years of history and it doesn’t belong to anyone,
church or faith ... it belongs to the homeland,” he said.
monastery is surrounded by forests of pine and cedar and orchards that can only
be reached via a narrow, winding road.
grounds include a cave where visitors light candles, a museum housing the
Middle East’s oldest printing press in ancient Syriac and halls for resident
nowadays include foreign and Arab tourists and local residents including
Muslims who sometimes come to ask for a blessing.
Imad said the monastery was the safest it had been in its history despite being
surrounded by countries at war or suffering its aftermath.
one is telling us that they are coming to kill us anymore ... at least in
Lebanon,” he said.
he left, Botros and his fellows stood for a final photo outside the building
with the valley behind. With their flags and scarves around their necks, they
smiled and cheered as the bells rang.
drone air strike by eastern Libyan forces on the southern Libyan town of Murzuq
has killed at least 43 people, a local official said on Monday.
attack is the second major air strike blamed on the eastern Libyan National
Army (LNA) forces loyal to Khalifa Haftar after at least 44 migrants were
killed in June when a detention centre in a suburb of the capital Tripoli was
LNA confirmed a strike late on Sunday on Murzuq, but denied it had targeted any
civilians. The LNA had also denied it had hit the detention centre but
acknowledged increased air strikes on the capital.
internationally recognised government based in Tripoli opposing Haftar said
dozens were killed and wounded in Murzuq.
by telephone, Murzuq municipal council member Mohamed Omar told Reuters:
"The air strike resulted in 43 killed and 51 wounded. This is only an
initial toll of casualties."
LNA seized Murzuq at the start of this year as part of an offensive to control
the oil-producing south. But it later moved out to concentrate forces north
where it has been trying vto take the capital Tripoli in a four-month campaign.
LNA said in a statement its strike had targeted "Chadian opposition
fighters", a phrase that usually refers to Tebu tribesmen opposing them in
LNA, allied to a parallel government based in eastern Libya, has seen its
advance on Tripoli held up by robust defences on the outskirts of the capital,
and said it would start heavy air strikes after "traditional means"
of war had been exhausted.
Sunday, the U.N. Libya mission (UNSMIL) condemned in a statement "the
repeated indiscriminate shelling" of Tripoli's only functioning airport
after several strikes in the past days.
United Nations did not name the LNA but said the attacks had "continued
unabated" since the start of the LNA offensive on Tripoli.
was no immediate U.N. comment on the Murzuq strike.
attempt to capture Tripoli has derailed U.N. attempts to broker an end to the
chaos that has prevailed in Libya since the NATO-backed overthrow of Muammar
Gaddafi in 2011.
officials on Monday confirmed that two al-Shabab militants surrendered to
government forces on Sunday in the southern Bay region.
two al-Shabab operatives identified as Mohamed Hassan Osman and Hussein
Marshale Mohamed defected from the al-Shabab extremist group and joined
government forces in Dinsor town in Bay region," said Ibrahim Mohamed
Nour, governor of Dinsor.
two-handed their weapons over to government forces, Nour added.
the former militants, the governor also urged other al-Shabab militants to
follow suit and give up fighting to help restore peace in the region.
July 10, another senior al-Shabab leader surrendered to government forces in
Lower Juba, another region in southern Somalia.
Libyan National Army said it has destroyed an IL-76 Turkish military cargo
plane that was carrying drones and missiles at an airbase in Misrata.
air force carried out several raids against the Misrata airbase, targeting
anti-air defenses as well as a Turkish aircraft transporting ammunition,
drones, and missiles," the LNA, lead by eastern commander Khalifa Haftar,
said on Tuesday in a statement on its Facebook page.
LNA struck the airbase in Misrata for the second time in two weeks.
has been mired in chaos since a NATO-backed uprising that toppled and killed
dictator Muammar Qaddafi in 2011, with a multitude of militias vying for
control of the oil-rich country.
defense ministry said Monday it had prevented 53 Ivorian and Sudanese citizens
from illegally entering the country, a move condemned by NGOs as a violation of
Sunday, two groups - 33 Ivorians and 20 Sudanese - arriving from Libya by land
were arrested by military units in the southern border area of Medenine and
sent back to Libyan territory, the defense ministry said.
units asked the groups to enter via official border crossings, the ministry
said in a statement.
on a video shared on Sunday on social media, the apparent migrants - who
include women and children - say that they have been abandoned in the desert by
the Tunisian authorities without food or water.
don’t know what to do... we need help,” one of them said, describing his group
was not able to verify the video, which was reposted by the Tunisian Forum for
Economic and Social Rights.
a joint statement, that NGO and other rights groups decried a “violation of
statement said 36 - rather than 33 - Ivorians had been intercepted, including
11 women and three babies, who were “abandoned in a tough climate.”
NGOs requested on Sunday that the Tunisian authorities allow the “migrants to
enter urgently into Tunisian territory so that they can be taken care of by
July report by the Tunisian Forum for Economic and Social Rights said that the
number of asylum-seekers arriving via land borders more than doubled in the
first half of 2019.
total of 1,008 people entered Tunisia illegally over six months, compared to
417 in the first half of 2018, it said.
were sub-Saharan Africans arriving through Libya.
aim of the majority of them is to leave (Tunisia) towards Europe by sea, while
some have left Libya fleeing the security situation,” the report said.
US, Israel, Saudi Arabia behind Nigeria’s deadly crackdown on Zakzaky's
Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) tells Press TV that the US, Israel and Saudi
Arabia have been behind the Abuja government’s bloody crackdown on supporters
of senior Muslim figure Sheikh Ibrahim Zakzaky, who has been jailed for over
Hassan Shojaeifard, representative of Sheikh Zakzaky in Iran, said in an
interview with Press TV that the IMN under the leadership of Sheikh Zakhzaky
has had “peaceful” relations with the government over the past three decades.
said “the situation was absolutely cultural and peaceful,” but after the start
of large pro-Palestinian demonstrations in the African country in 2014,
“Israel, Saudi Arabia and, on top of them, the American government tried to
stop the activities.”
described the Nigerian government forces as the “puppets” of the trio, which
has been pushing the military forces to carry out the deadly crackdown against
Sheikh Zakzaki’s supporters.
said that the Nigerian forces started the brutal assault against Sheikh Zakzaki
supporters ever since they publicly condemned Israel for its atrocities against
the Palestinian people during a demonstration marking International Quds Day.
International Quds Day is a legacy of the late founder of the Islamic Republic,
Imam Khomeini, who designated the day in solidarity with Palestinians. Since
the 1979 Islamic Revolution in Iran, the International Quds Day has been held
worldwide on the last Friday of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan.
has been in detention since December 2015 after his residence in the city of
Zaria was raided by Nigeria’s forces, during which he was beaten and lost
vision in his left eye.
the brutal crackdown, three of his sons lost their lives, his wife sustained
serious wounds, and some 350 of his followers were killed.
then, the government has been violently cracking down on the IMN and its
Islamic Human Rights Commission (IHRC), based in London, said last month that
the cleric’s health condition had further deteriorated, since he was reportedly
poisoned in prison.
cleric’s son, Mohammad, told Press TV on July 6 that his father was in dire
need of medical treatment, as “large and dangerous quantities of lead and
cadmium have been found in his blood.” He said that the authorities intended to
murder his father since they refuse to take any measures.
a Nigerian court granted the government permission to label the IMN as a “terrorist”
group, a move that many believe would give the officials the opportunity to
clamp down harder on it.
members regularly take to the streets of the Nigerian capital to call for the
release of Zakzaky.
Twin attacks in Mali have killed four people, including two Malian soldiers,
security sources said Tuesday, as the International Committee of the Red Cross
suspended activities in Timbuktu due to “growing insecurity.”
gendarme was killed in an ambush in the Segou region, east of the capital
Bamako on Tuesday, while at the scene of a robbery, a security source said.
day earlier, two army trucks were targeted by an explosive device in the Koro
area near the Burkina Faso border, in which a soldier and two civilians were
killed, a senior army officer told AFP.
one claimed responsibility for the attacks.
were made public as the ICRC temporarily suspended its work in the northern
city of Timbuktu following a carjacking at gunpoint close to the Geneva-based
ask for measures to improve security in town and in the region,” said the head
of ICRC’s Mali delegation Jean-Nicolas Marti in a tweet.
a statement, the ICRC said armed men stole one of its vehicles on Monday in the
middle of the city and that several other thefts had happened in the region
latest incident is symptomatic of the level of insecurity prevailing in the
city and region, which has reached an unacceptable threshold for the
population,” the ICRC said.
military help from France and the United Nations, Mali’s government has
struggled to quell the violence that began in the north of the country in 2012,
sparked by radical Islamist and Tuareg militias.
violence in central Mali surged after a predominantly Fulani extremist group
led by preacher Amadou Koufa emerged in 2015.
Forces loyal to Libyan strongman Khalifa Haftar said they launched air strikes
early Tuesday against an air base in third city Misrata held by government
air force carried out several raids against the Misrata air base, targeting anti-air
defenses as well as a Turkish aircraft transporting ammunition, drones and
missiles,” Haftar’s self-styled Libyan National Army said in a statement on its
television channel Libya Al-Hadath said a Turkish Ilyushin aircraft “was
destroyed as it landed at the Misrata base.”
aired footage, which could not be independently verified, of the alleged
loyal to the UN-recognized Government of National Accord (GNA) did not
immediately confirm or deny the reported attack.
forces launched an offensive in April to wrest Tripoli from the GNA.
of the government’s best equipped and most seasoned fighters come from Misrata,
which is east of the Libyan capital.
airstrikes came a day after the GNA and a local official reported the death of
at least 42 people in a raid targeting a town hall meeting in southern Libya.
more were wounded in Sunday night’s attack which the GNA said was carried out
by Haftar forces.
envoy Ghassan Salame has repeatedly denounced an escalation of violence between
the two camps and called for negotiations.
week he proposed a cease-fire for Eid Al-Adha, due to start on Aug. 10.
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