The Amazon Christmas advert 2016
Subjects in the Indonesian Schools Fail To Touch On Tolerance, Unity
With Messages of Love in Virginia, USA
2016 Christmas Advert Featuring Muslim Cleric and Vicar Praised As Inspiring
Blackout as Millions of Muslims March against IS In Iraq
Subjects in Schools Fail To Touch On Tolerance, Unity
Charge Reveals Real Fault Lines in Indonesia Democracy
demonstrations over proposed Shariah courts amendments in Malaysia
Defenders Front to Go Ahead With Anti-Ahok Protest despite Police Ban
on MUI to 'Take Responsibility' for Muslims' Anger over Ahok
urges non-Muslims, Borneo parties to reject Hadi’s bill
troubled over arrest of Malaysian activist under security law
'Vandalised' With Messages of Love in Virginia, USA
Calls to US Muslims Raise Surveillance Fears
citizen convicted for ‘buying’ missiles for Tehran
New Yorkers Respond with Fear, Hope, and Apathy to Trump’s Election
Sound Alarm on Anti-EU Propaganda from Russia and Islamist Terrorist Groups
Dutton says Labour has 'misrepresented' his remarks about Lebanese Muslims
post-truth politics in Russia and America
quits Africa-Arab summit in Equatorial Guinea
president blasts West's 'failure in democracy'
Terrorists Including Commanders Killed in Clashes with Syrian Army in Aleppo
Shoura members condemn targeting of Makkah; reject JASTA
Commander: Popular Uprising against Terrorists Starts in Eastern Aleppo
forces cut off Islamic State-held Mosul from Syria
could launch gas attacks beyond Syria - OPCW
begins for suspects held in King Abdullah assassination bid
al-Awsat editor-in-chief resigns over fabricated report
journos with Asharq al-Awsat face arrest over false Karbala report
president says Cairo backs Syrian forces
Army Inches Closer to Jeish Al-Islam's Main Stronghold in Damascus
Army Starts Operations to Retake Jeish Al-Fatah's Key Base in Lattakia
Gov't Forces Launch Fresh Offensive in Northern Quneitra
ISIL Fails to Prevail Over Gov't Positions in Palmyra Airbase
officials condemn Houthi attack targeting Makkah
to Book Zakir Naik for ‘Inciting Enmity’
Rajasthan Village Donate Abandoned Graveyard Land for Temple
to woo Indians opposed to Modi's extremist policies: Sartaj Aziz
'Har Ki Pauri' Recede By ISIS 'Operatives'
Chief’s succession across border may thaw ice, with a little will from Pakistan
avenge beheading, Army pounds Pakistan posts in 5 sectors
be deployed permanently in Haryana’s Muslim-dominated Mewat region
terrorists active in Jammu and Kashmir: Govt informs Rajya Sabha
Continues Attacks in Western Pakistan
Incentives Boost Pakistan's Islamic Banks
of command must not affect peace efforts, says army chief
Condemns Use of Water as ‘Instrument of War’
suspect held, explosives seized
Mulls Peace Talks Resumption, Condemn Ghani for Seeking UN Sanctions
Intelligence Warned US Twice Before Deadly Bagram Attack
militants abduct 2 female teachers in Ghor province
Afghan soldiers rescued a year after kidnapped by Taliban
fund for repatriation of Afghan refugees
Rohingyas flee to BD as violence spreads in Myanmar
debates pulling out of ASEAN soccer cup over Myanmar's Rohingya crackdown
graft case against Khaleda will continue
Confirms US Drones over Libyan Border Monitor Islamic State
Extremists Surrender in Libya’s Sirte
thousands displaced in C. Africa clashes: UN
attack: Suicide bomber kills 1 at northeast Nigerian bus station
Haram Terrorists' Days Are Numbered, Army Says
Al Shabaab Says Briefly Captured Town in Kenya
police personnel killed in Nigeria within 3 months
EU Lawmakers' Vote on Turkish Membership 'Has No Value'
to Quiet Muslim Call to Prayer Revived
kills 12 civilians in Yemen
warns of retaliation if US breaches nuclear deal
army thwarts attack by militias near Taiz
Hezbollah chief’s guard seen in Aleppo
claims Syrian airstrike killed 3 soldiers
explosion kills 2, injures 16 in southern Turkey
of Gazans have access to potable water: World Bank
court ruling keeps novelist, linguist in prison
by New Age Islam News Bureau
in the Indonesian Schools Fail To Touch On Tolerance, Unity
of Islamic subjects are failing to imbue their students with the values of
tolerance and unity, as most of the material delivered in classes merely
focuses on rituals and theology, a study has concluded.
study, released by the Analytical and Capacity Development Partnership (ACDP)
Indonesia, a think tank within the Culture and Education and the Religious
Affairs ministries funded by the EU, the Asia Development Bank (ADB) and the
Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade discovered that democracy,
pluralism and human rights, are not being taught in Islamic subjects in
the curriculum in Islamic subjects never includes how to respect other
religions, hence teachers only remind their students about sin [according to
Islamic values]," ACDP consultant Muljani Nurhadi said at the Religious
Affairs Ministry on Wednesday.
General for Islamic education at the Religious Affairs Ministry Kamaruddin Amin
said that if the issue was not addressed properly, it could lead to extremism
of the functions of Islamic teaching in schools is the maintenance and
preservation of moderate Islam," Kamaruddin said.
study questioned 229 respondents comprising students, teachers and headmasters
in 24 schools in four cities namely Jakarta; Medan, North Sumatra; Surakarta,
Central Java; and Manado, North Sulawesi.(fac/dmr)
when a place of worship is vandalized, police are called, statements are made,
and a community becomes a little more fearful of their surroundings. In
Chantilly, Virginia, however, the graffiti that greeted members of the Mubarak
Mosque this week prompted a very different sort of response.
Tariq Amjed arrived at the mosque on Monday morning, he found the walkway
leading into the building covered in colorful messages of support and love.
believe it was someone in our neighboring community,” Amjed, who serves as
president of the Central Virginia Chapter of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community,
told The Huffington Post. “We have been here for about four or five years now
and we have a beautiful community of people around us. This proves it once
more, and we hope they come visit our mosque.”
of the heartening graffiti were shared by the Central Virginia chapter of the
Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association, and then by community member Qasim Rashid,
whose pictures of the messages racked up thousands of retweets and likes on
Adding to the poignancy of the gesture is the
fact that the Mubarak Mosque was the victim of the other kind of vandalism,
just four years ago, as it was undergoing construction. Then, unknown
perpetrators caused nearly $60,000 worth of damage by smashing almost every
first floor window of the building.
Iqbal, who was among the group to first discover the messages on Monday
morning, told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, “it wouldn’t surprise us
at all if it was a group from any of the other religious communities in the
the heightened anxiety felt by many in the Muslim communityover Donald Trump’s
impending presidency, Iqbal saw the uplifting vandalism as a sign of hope.
are just with our friend and neighbors, they will be just with us,” he told the
ABC. “At the end of the day these are the bonds that will unite us against any
forces seeking to destroy.”
mosque has reportedly extended an invitation to the as-of-yet unidentified
artists behind the “graffiti” to return so the community can extend their
thanks in person.
2016 Christmas advert featuring Muslim cleric and vicar praised as inspiring
people at Amazon may have snatched the title of best Christmas advert with
their latest ad - featuring a real Muslim cleric and vicar. It debuted on TV
last week and viewers have praised the wonderful message of tolerance and
inter-faith friendship at this time of year.
Twitter Milhouse said: 'Amazon Christmas advert hands down won it this year,
proper love it.' And another tweeted: 'The Amazon Christmas advert is the best
idc [I don't care] what anyone says.'
there is no mention of Christmas and not a bauble in sight.
Lewis unveil 2016 Christmas advert - watch it here
advert shows the two men enjoying a cup of tea and a chat together at the
they both get up - they moan about their aching knees. This leads to both men
ordering the same present for the other - knee pads. The advert later shows the
vicar and Imam wearing their presente while bending down to pray at their
respective places of worship.
of hiring actors, Amazon worked with The Muslim Council of Great Britain and
the Christian Muslim Forum and used a real priest and Imam - London vicar Rev
Gary Bradley and Zubeir Hassam head of a Muslim school in Leicestershire.
Zubier Mohammad said: “I have seen that through this little ad, millions of
people are seeing the positive side of Islam.
moment with things going on around the world we are portrayed in the wrong way.
I wanted to show that communities do work together. We have no issues. We can
work in harmony.”
have been wowed by the advert and took to Twitter to talk about its inspiring
message, and it has been shared on social media accounts all over the world.
advertising director Simon Morris said "We wanted it to do well and be
respectful of the religions that feature in it."
blackout as millions of Muslims march against IS in Iraq
the mainstream media’s constant sensationalised reporting on terror and Muslims
in the Western world, the utter lack of coverage of Arbaeen’s march on Sunday
and Monday revealed the double standard that exists in reporting on peaceful
marked the final day of the mourning for Imam Hussein who was martyred in a
battle with the massive army of Yazid after refusing allegiance to the tyrant
caliph. Yazid the caliph of Umayyad dynasty was promoting the same type of
Islam as IS and Wahhabist preach today.
of marchers participated in the annual Arbaeen Procession in Karbala. The
marchers are said to come from over 60 countries, and most of them have marched
all the way to Karbala from other Iraqi cities like Najaf and Baghdad in a show
of devotion. Each year, Sunni Muslims and followers of other religious groups
such as Christians join the journey to mourn the martyrdom of Imam Hussein.
or mourning, is a Shia Muslim tradition to mark the anniversary of
seventh-century social justice leader Imam Husain. Arbaeen is commemorated 40
days after Ashura, the martyrdom anniversary of Imam Hussein (AS) and his
companions in 680 AD. However, in light of IS terror attacks globally, several
people took the controversial step of turning their march political in order to
denounce terror in all forms.
thousands of Muslims have been killed and displaced by IS’s declared caliphate,
an exponentially larger number than those killed in attacks in the West.
has found additional significance in recent years as it has become a rallying
cry for the campaign against IS terrorists who have frequently targeted the
troops have been deployed to ensure security for the pilgrims. The northern and
western parts of Iraq have been plagued by gruesome violence ever since IS
terrorists began a campaign of terror in the country in June 2014.
terrorist campaign, however, has not dissuaded pilgrims from around the world
from making the journey. It is noteworthy to mention the mainstream media
blackout of the millions people marched gathering in war torn Iraq, battling
the IS, as a clear sign of biased reporting.
charge reveals real fault lines in Indonesia democracy
controversial decision to continue criminal proceedings for blasphemy against
Jakarta Governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama reveals deep fault lines in Indonesian
society. The crisis, which has engulfed his
campaign, is complex but reflects two problems at the heart of Indonesian
first is the rise of religious intolerance among Indonesia’s 80 per cent-plus
Muslim majority. The second is the manipulation of that intolerance by the
small group of elite politicians who dominate Indonesian politics.
reformers began warning of rising religious intolerance towards unorthodox
Muslims and Christians while ex-president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono was in
internationally as a sincere democrat and — as Australian diplomats usually put
it — “basically decent”, Yudhoyono played a key role in pushing the army back
into the barracks after Suharto’s fall in 1998. His weak spot, however, was
conservative Islamists, known as “hardliners”. He seemed unable, or unwilling,
to do anything to oppose their rise.
decade of Yudhoyono’s presidency (2004-2014) there were far more convictions
for blasphemy than under the 32 years of Suharto’s rule. Most of these were at
the behest of MUI, Indonesia’s conservative Council of Ulama (Islamic religious
leaders), a non-government body acting as an umbrella group for Muslim
itself from the regime puppet it was under Suharto, this secretive organisation
quickly became a champion of conservative Muslim values. Yudhoyono backed it,
saying it should have a “central role” in defining religious orthodoxy and help
form state policy on religion, with the “tools of state” “doing their duty” to
implement its fatwas. Many are now confused about its status and think of it as
a state agency.
pattern has emerged of MUI branches issuing fatwas against minority religious
groups. Often this is followed by protests against the group, often violent,
usually provoked by hardliner vigilante groups such as the Islamic Defenders
Front. The police stand back at first, before arresting members of the target
group days later. They are then tried for blasphemy on the basis of the fatwa,
and are usually jailed.
Governor, a Chinese Christian known as Ahok, is by far the most prominent and
powerful figure to face possible prosecution for blasphemy. The huge, violent
demonstration against him that gridlocked Jakarta on November 4 and forced
President Joko Widodo to cancel his state visit to Australia nonetheless fits
October 11, MUI condemned Ahok for comments made on the election trail. Ahok,
who has a reputation for blunt and often unguarded remarks, said voters
shouldn’t be fooled by Ulama using a verse of the Koran to claim Muslims should
not take non-Muslims as leaders.
transcribed to a website, the reference to “using” was dropped, making it seem
Ahok was suggesting Muslims could be fooled by the Koran. MUI said either
version insulted Islam: enough to constitute blasphemy under the law.
MUI’s opinion was not a fatwa but it made no difference. The violent protest
involved the usual hardliner vigilante groups, groups opposed to evictions Ahok
has ordered in his struggle to clean up Jakarta, and others put off by his
“straight-talking style” (often a euphemism for anti-Chinese sentiment).
week, police announced they would proceed with the blasphemy case against Ahok,
despite debate among Muslim scholars about whether the remark was reasonable.
prosecutors must decide on the charges Ahok faces. Given the huge pressure from
hardliners, he is likely to be tried for blasphemy. Widodo has already said as
much, declaring he wants the nation to watch. Ahok will probably also face
charges of “causing feelings of hatred in the community”, a back-up often used
to ensure conviction if blasphemy fails.
a real possibility he will be convicted, at least at first. Judges in recent
controversial cases, such as the Jakarta International School child abuse case
and the Jessica Wongso murder case, seem afraid to decide contrary to public
sentiment as shown in the media, regardless of evidence.
would suit Yudhoyono as his son, Agus, is challenging Ahok in the gubernatorial
Yudhoyono, furious with Widodo for belittling his legacy and worried about his
own Democrat Party’s fading clout, his son’s victory would be a clear signal he
is back in the game. This why the Jakarta gossip has it that Widodo’s claims
the riots were instigated by “political actors” refer to Yudhoyono.
reveals the second fault line. In a sense, the religious issues are only part
of what this crisis is about. At a deeper level, it is really about competition
for power. Ahok was deputy when Widodo was governor of Jakarta. The two have
been very close. Until the blasphemy crisis, Ahok was clear favourite to win,
with high approval ratings as governor. Now he might lose.
third ticket in the race is former education minister Anies Baswedan. He is
backed by the party of Widodo’s failed presidential rival, the former general
and one-time Suharto son-in-law, Prabowo Subianto.
words, the election for governor of Indonesia’s capital has become a
high-stakes proxy war between three of the country’s most powerful men: the
President, a former president and a former presidential candidate, Prabowo.
appears the embattled and utterly pragmatic Widodo might cut his close friend
Ahok loose to save himself. If he does, the hardliners will have won. Again.
Lindsey is Redmond Barry Distinguished Professor at Melbourne Law School and
joint editor of ‘Religion, Law and Intolerance in Indonesia’
LUMPUR: Malaysian parliamentarians are divided as controversial amendments that
would strengthen Shariah courts and pave the way for an Islamic penal code in
the state of Kelantan are expected to be tabled on Thursday (Nov 24).
practices a dual-track legal system, where certain cases involving Muslims,
such as family disputes, are dealt with by Islamic courts.
Islamist party PAS president Hadi Awang's private members' Bill would amend the
Syariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) Act to give the courts more power-
including potentially doling out punishments under Islamic law such as stoning
and amputations for criminal cases which currently fall under the secular Penal
would then pave the way for an Islamic criminal code in Kelantan for Muslims.
to implement "hudud" law has been a divisive topic in Malaysia, which
has prided itself on being a moderate Muslim-majority nation.
coalition Barisan Nasional's component parties, including the Malaysian Chinese
Association (MCA) and the Malaysian Indian Congress, have vocally opposed the
implementation of hudud law while the former opposition coalition Pakatan
Rakyat fell apart last year largely because of disagreements between
Chinese-majority DAP and PAS over its hudud push.
Minister Najib Razak's UMNO party has taken advantage of the fall out, actively
forging closer ties with PAS including by helping fast track the tabling of
these amendments in the lower house.
Defenders Front to Go Ahead With Anti-Ahok Protest Despite Police Ban
FPI, or Islamic Defenders Front, leader Habib Rizieq Shihab said his
organization will go ahead with its plan to take to the streets of Jakarta in
another massive anti-Ahok protest on Dec. 2, despite no longer getting the
support of the Indonesian Ulema Council and in defiance of an official ban from
being questioned as an expert witness in Jakarta governor Basuki
"Ahok" Tjahaja Purnama's blasphemy investigation at the police’s
criminal investigation unit for 3.5 hours on Wednesday (23/11), Rizieq claimed
the government has no right to ban the protest since the right to do so is
guaranteed by Indonesia's Constitution.
up for the Dec. 2 protest is protected by Law No. 9/1998. No one can ban
it," Rizieq said.
on MUI to 'Take Responsibility' for Muslims' Anger Over Ahok
An intellectual from the country's largest Muslim group urged the highest
Islamic clerical body in the land, the Indonesian Ulema Council or MUI, to take
responsibility for restiveness among Muslims over the blasphemy case against
Jakarta governor Basuki "Ahok" Tjahaja Purnama, an upheaval he said
was triggered by MUI's stance.
capital has recently seen two rounds of mass protest rallies against its own
governor, who was named a suspect in a blasphemy case by the police earlier
last week over his recent claim that some politicians have been quoting a
Koranic verse to turn people against him.
protests came after MUI issued a statement in October, saying the Christian and
ethnic-Chinese governor had "insulted the Koran, ulemas and Muslims"
with his comment.
Misrawi of the moderate Nahdlatul Ulama (NU) urged the council of about 70
Muslim leaders to "take responsibility" over Muslims' anger about the
case, saying "the trigger for the protest rallies was MUI's one-sided
distanced itself from the demonstrations, but not prohibited Muslims from
taking part in the protests.
LUMPUR: Non-Muslims in Barisan Nasional (BN) and Borneo-based parties should
reject the proposed amendments to the Shariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction)
Act 1965 (Act 355).
making the call, Hindraf Makkal Sakthi noted that Sarawak Chief Minister Adenan
Satem had instructed all Barisan Nasional (BN) MPs in Sarawak to oppose the
proposed bill moved by PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang.
chairman P Waythamoorthy, in a statement, reminded the people about the
assurances given by the government when it amended Article 121 (1) (A).
amendment said: “The courts referred to in Clause (1) shall have no
jurisdiction in respect of any matter within the jurisdiction of the shariah
courts.” Clause (1) refers to the civil courts.
see how non-Muslims are being bullied and forced to seek justice in the shariah
court,” he said. “The civil court has abdicated its jurisdiction to the
inferior shariah courts.”
was commenting on “a mysterious briefing” on Tuesday for Muslim MPs by Deputy
Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.
attributes the stress on Islam by the BN to the “racist agenda” beginning to
fail as more Malays were opposing Umno and associating themselves with the
former prime minister Mahathir Mohamad as a case in point, he said: “He has
called for Umno-BN to be defeated. Umno has realised it can no longer rely on a
he feels, the ruling coalition is now resorting to religion and hudud law in a
ploy to win back Muslim support.
appears that BN and PAS have compromised on the punishment cap,” said the
Hindraf chief. “Earlier, PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang wanted no punishment
“win-win formula”, he continued, it was agreed to raise the punishment ceiling
to 30 years’ jail, RM100,000 fine and 100 strokes of the rotan. “That would be
the punishment cap.”
United States on Wednesday said it was troubled by the arrest of a Malaysian
activist and critic of Prime Minister Najib Razak under a security law.
Chin Abdullah, the chair of pro-democracy group Bersih, was detained on Friday
under Malaysia's Security Offences (Special Measures) Act, or SOSMA, a law that
was introduced in 2012 to fight security and extremist threats.
arrested a day before a demonstration that Bersih had organized for Saturday,
when tens of thousands of Malaysians marched in the capital, Kuala Lumpur,
demanding that Najib step down over his alleged involvement in a financial scandal.
are troubled by the ongoing detention and solitary confinement of Maria Chin
Abdullah under national security laws," Alicia Edwards, a spokeswoman for
the US State Department, told Reuters in an emailed statement.
is also concerned about the Malaysian authorities' arrest of a number of other
organizers, activists and politicians ahead of and during the demonstration,
dozen activists and opposition leaders were arrested a day before the rally but
they have all been released except Maria. Several were also detained on the day
of the rally.
United States remains committed to the strong and growing partnership we have
with Malaysia. In the spirit of that partnership, US officials routinely and
strongly voice our concerns about the rule of law, human rights, and
fundamental freedoms with the Government of Malaysia, and we will continue to
do so," Edwards said.
who is 60 years old, is being held in solitary confinement in a cell 15 feet by
8 feet, where two light bulbs are turned on 24 hours, Bersih has said, adding
that the cell does not have a window or a bed.
calls to US Muslims raise surveillance fears
Muslims across the United States feared they were being targeted for
surveillance this week when they received automated polling calls asking them
to press one if they identified as Muslim or two if they did not.
worried President-elect Donald Trump was making good on his campaign promise to
register all Muslims in the country or private citizens were laying the
groundwork for a registry.
calls were in fact sent out as part of a survey by Emerge USA, a non-profit
organization seeking to empower Muslim-Americans.
group created an algorithm to call Muslims for a poll on their views and
experiences after the Nov. 8 national election, Sarah Cochran, director of its Virginia
chapter, said on Wednesday.
said she had to reassure some call recipients that Emerge USA was conducting
the poll, and an anti-Islam group was not using the organization's name as a
of our work is affected, where we can’t get people to participate because
they’re afraid," said Cochran.
Trump's stunning election win, Muslims living in the United States have been on
edge. One of his supporters has cited camps where Japanese-Americans were
interned during World War Two as a precedent for a registry. Trump's choice for
national security adviser, Michael Flynn, in a recent video described Islamism
as a "vicious cancer inside the body of 1.7 billion people on this planet
and it has to be excised."
Tuesday, the Council of American-Islamic Relations posted on Twitter and
Facebook asking about reports American Muslims were receiving robocalls on how
they "identify." Meanwhile, others posted to their own social media
accounts with questions about the calls.
recipient posted on Facebook "Not sure if this is a scam or this is real
but I have surely reported and urge you to report as well if you get the same
phone call. Welcome to the new world!"
- A dual citizen of Iran and the United States was found guilty on charges that
he tried to help acquire surface-to-air missiles and aircraft components for
the government of Iran in violation of US sanctions.
Olangian, 56, was convicted by a federal jury in Manhattan on all four counts
he faced, including conspiring to acquire and transfer anti-aircraft missiles,
prosecutors said. Olangian faces a mandatory minimum prison sentence of 25
years and a maximum of life. He is scheduled to be sentenced on March 13.
Ginsberg, Olangian’s lawyer, said the verdict “was very disappointing and we do
plan to appeal.”
Ortiz-Jetter, a black-Puerto Rican Muslim who lives in Brooklyn, changed her
evening commute after Donald Trump was elected. Instead of walking or taking
the bus home from Interfaith Medical Center, the hospital in Brooklyn where she
is a grant manager, she takes an Uber or a cab on late nights. If it’s early
enough, she’ll hop on the hospital shuttle.
whose Muslim name is Laila, avoided making that change during the campaign,
even as Trump’s rhetoric grew increasingly virulent toward Muslims and other
minorities. But after his election, she decided to take fresh safety
precautions, especially when her flowing hijab marked her unmistakably as
Muslim. Friends have suggested that she remove it, a concession she is
unwilling to make.
all being more vigilant,” Ortiz-Jetter, 42, said in an interview at Masjid
At-Taqwa, the mosque in Bedford-Stuyvesant she attends. A few minutes before,
an announcement from the mosque’s head of security had crackled over the
internal loudspeaker urging members to “just be alert. No more, no less.”
Ortiz-Jetter harbored hope that the election would unify Muslims and galvanize
them to become more active citizens. As Trump begins piecing together his
administration, Muslims in America are confronted with the simultaneous
challenges of protecting themselves against Trump’s proposed Muslim-targeting
policies and countering the demonizing misconceptions that many in his inner
forging solidarity and ramping up engagement face formidable barriers. In New
York City, reactions from Muslims—including a few who favored Trump over
Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton—to the president-elect, his victory, and
the vitriolic campaign that preceded it are wide-ranging. They paint a complex
and conflicting landscape of fear, despair, flippancy, resignation, and
determination. A sense of powerlessness casts the longest shadow of all.
paramount concern for the Council on American-Islamic Relations, a national
advocacy group, is protecting individuals from the many minority communities,
Muslims included, targeted by vigilantes since the election. “That’s obviously
front and center,” said Corey Saylor, director of the department to monitor and
combat Islamophobia. Several attacks on Muslims were reported immediately after
the election, and in 2015, the year Trump’s campaign started gaining steam, the
number of hate crimes on Muslims and mosques jumped about 67 percent from the
previous year, the FBI recently reported. For his chief strategist, Trump has
selected Steve Bannon, a white nationalist whom the Southern Poverty Law Center
describes as having “a long history of bigotry” against Muslims, African
Americans and other minorities.
Another priority is guarding against what
Saylor called a “return to the Salem witch trials” under a future Trump
administration. Kris Kobach, Kansas’s secretary of state, who is reportedly
advising Trump, told Reuters last week that Trump advisers discussed drawing up
a proposal to establish a registry of immigrants from Muslim countries.
of these political developments, addressing media-driven misperceptions of
Islam as extreme and its adherents as terrorists will be crucial, Saylor said.
Ordinary, law-abiding Muslims need to become more visible, even though
countering discrimination by raising one’s profile does put a person at greater
risk, he acknowledged.
candidate, Trump said he would “absolutely” create a national database of
Muslims in the United States. He later said on Twitter that the idea was a
reporter’s but maintained, “We must defeat Islamic terrorism & have
surveillance, including a watch list, to protect America.”
also proposed barring all Muslim immigrants from entering the United States.
Many experts concluded that such a ban would be all but impossible to
implement, but his proposal became more feasible once he began to call for
banning immigrants from “terror-prone regions” rather than Muslims in
particular. Yet it’s not merely the policy itself but the discriminatory ethos
underpinning that and other ideas, such as building a wall on the Mexican
border, that alarms so many. And as Trump taps advisers like Bannon and retired
Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, who in August called Islam a “cancer,” for
national-security adviser, those fears have deepened.
have a racist president…then what should we expect from individual people?”
said Badr al-Ryeshi, a 30-year-old who emigrated from Yemen about two years ago
and now lives in Bay Ridge with his wife and their three young daughters.
Speaking in Arabic, he said he hoped God would do away with their fears of
attacks—such as one the day after the election at San Jose State University,
where sophomore Esra Altun reported being grabbed by her hijab and choked—and
that Trump would repudiate his policy proposals targeting minorities.
Ortiz-Jetter, Trump’s election pulled back the curtain on the full extent of
racism in America that had long been obscured by political correctness. And for
many of those who opposed Trump, his rise to the nation’s highest office
spawned a new, fraught possibility: Not only is America not the tolerant
country they thought they lived in, but perhaps that country never really
existed at all.
I was in an Orwellian nightmare,” Ortiz-Jetter said of the day after the
election. “It’s a paradigm shift for all of us as Americans.”
the election, the US Council of Muslim Organizations, whose vision includes
“mobilizing the Muslim populations of our local communities and that of our
fellow Americans for the good of all,” called for “Americans across the nation
to come together at this time to work towards closing the divide.”
been talking for a long time about how important it is for Muslims to re-engage
in broader social justice issues,” Saylor said. “Now is not the time to hide
mission, a seemingly recurring one, is threatened by apathy or a reluctance to
speak up, even among those targeted, at a time when the stakes appear higher
than two dozen men and women I approached for this story, five refused
interviews outright. Another six declined but then chatted with me informally
and sometimes extensively, before declining another interview request (or
several). They cited various reasons for not wanting to talk on the record, but
the prevailing attitude was resignation. The election was over. Trump won. No
point in discussing or dwelling; it’s in God’s hands now.
that ‘I don’t want to talk about it,’ is probably the attitude that got Trump
elected,” said Saylor.
sound alarm on anti-EU propaganda from Russia and Islamist terrorist groups
pressure on the EU from Russia and Islamist terrorist groups is growing, MEPs
warn in a resolution voted on Wednesday. It seeks to distort the truth, incite
fear, provoke doubt and divide the EU. To counteract anti-EU campaigns, MEPs
suggest reinforcing the EU’s tiny “strategic communication” task force and
investing more in awareness raising, education, online and local media,
investigative journalism and information literacy.
given the task of describing the propaganda of both state and non-state actors.
We have seen many transformations of it. As regards the Russian Federation, the
situation is now clear. After its annexation of Crimea and aggression in the
eastern part of Ukraine, many countries are fully aware of its disinformation
and manipulation“, said rapporteur Anna Fotyga (ECR, PL). “This report, in the
course of its preparation, was also a target of hostile propaganda”, she added.
resolution stresses that the EU needs to counter disinformation campaigns and
propaganda from countries, such as Russia, and non-state actors, like Daesh,
Al-Qaeda and other violent jihadi terrorist groups.
propaganda against the EU and its member states seeks to distort the truth,
provoke doubt, divide the EU and its North American partners, paralyse the
decision-making process, discredit the EU institutions and incite fear and
uncertainty among EU citizens, says the text.
seeks to divide
warn that the Kremlin has stepped up its propaganda against EU since annexing
Crimea and waging hybrid war in the Donbass. They note that ”the Russian
government is employing a wide range of tools and instruments, such as think
tanks [...], multilingual TV stations (e.g. Russia Today), pseudo-news agencies
and multimedia services (e.g. Sputnik) [...], social media and internet trolls,
to challenge democratic values, divide Europe, gather domestic support and
create the perception of failed states in the EU’s eastern neighbourhood”.
resolution stresses that the “Kremlin is funding political parties and other
organisations within the EU” and deplores “Russian backing of anti-EU forces”
such as extreme-right parties and populist forces.
targets the EU
s the EU
and its citizens are major targets of Daesh, MEPs call on EU member states to
work more closely to protect society from its recruitment drives and enhance
resilience against radicalisation. They also suggest developing a narrative to
counter Daesh, “including through the empowerment and increased visibility of
mainstream Muslim scholars who have the credibility to delegitimise Daesh
counteract anti-EU campaigns, MEPs suggest investing in awareness raising,
education, online and local media, investigative journalism and information
literacy, which would empower citizens to analyse media content
critically. It is equally important to
adapt communication to specific regions, including access to information in
local languages, says the text.
resolution also suggests deepening EU and NATO cooperation on strategic
communication, reinforcing the EU’s 9-strong strategic communication task force
and providing more support to boost media resilience in EU neighbourhood
Dutton has claimed to be a victim of Labor’s “misrepresentation” of his
comments about Lebanese-Muslim immigration in the 1970s – while continuing to
argue that the facts are “indisputable”.
immigration minister told 2GB and then journalists at a press conference in
Canberra on Thursday that the Labor leader, Bill Shorten, had “sought to
completely misrepresent what I said” about Malcolm Fraser’s decision in the
1970s to allow Lebanese Muslim migrants to come to Australia.
categorised his own observations made first on Sky News, and then in parliament
on Monday, as calling out “the small number within the community – within the
Lebanese community – who are doing the wrong thing”.
do that, we can hold up the vast majority of people within the Lebanese
community who work as hard as you and I do, who have contributed to society,
who are captains of industry, people that have worked hard, provided their kids
with an education,” he said.
while Shorten had sought to be politically correct, he himself had relied on
facts. “The facts here are indisputable, which is why I feel comfortable where
I am. I’m on safe ground because I’ve relied on the facts. If people don’t
understand the history, then they will make the same mistakes into the future.”
controversy was ignited by Dutton’s appearance last week on a Sky News program
hosted by the News Corp blogger and broadcaster Andrew Bolt. The minister said,
without nominating particular groups, that Fraser should not have allowed
various migrants to come to Australia in the 1970s.
mistakes have been made in the past,” he said. “The reality is that Malcolm
Fraser did make mistakes in bringing some people in in the 1970s and we’re
seeing that today. We need to be honest in having that discussion.”
parliament on Monday Shorten asked Dutton to specify who he was talking about.
“Which people, from which country, does the minister believe should not have
been allowed into Australia when Mr Fraser was prime minister?” he asked.
response, Dutton replied: “I thank the leader of the opposition for his
question. The advice that I have is that, out of the last 33 people who have
been charged with terrorist-related offences in this country, 22 are from
second- and third-generation Lebanese Muslim backgrounds.”
went on to say he was “not going to allow people who are hardworking, who have
done the right thing by this country, who have contributed, who have worked
hard and who have educated their children to be defined by those people who are
doing the wrong thing and have been charged with terrorist offences or have
been involved in crime otherwise”.
said: “I am not going to shy away from the facts. I hold up those people who
have come from all walks of life – the Vietnamese who came in; people who have
come in from Asia and from war-torn Europe; people who have come in from
Lebanon and otherwise.
people who have built this country over many decades deserve to be praised –
but I am going to call out those people who are doing the wrong thing. If we
pretend otherwise, my judgment is that we only compound these problems.”
parliamentary debates this week Shorten has attacked Dutton for his
observations, arguing that singling out a particular ethnic group complicates
the task for Australia’s security agencies trying to deal with the risks
associated with radicalisation.
Labor leader is not Dutton’s only critic. He was attacked by Fraser’s
immigration minister, Ian Macphee, who called his observations “outrageous” and
a deliberate attempt to chase negative headlines.
journalist and author is a vocal critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin.
days she sees some frightening parallels between Russia's leader and America's
Trump, she says, is intent on using the tools of democracy to unravel
temptation is to believe that [Trump] is not as bad as all that, that he didn't
mean half of what he said, and that it's just going to be politics as usual,
maybe a little bit different," Gessen says. "In my experience writing
about Vladimir Putin, he laid out pretty much what he thought and what he
wanted in his early interviews ... Nobody wanted to listen. People wanted to
project their ideas of what he ought to be."
accident that Trump hasn't decisively stepped back from many of his main
campaign themes, she adds.
is who he is," according to Gessen. "He ran for autocrat and he
Russian-American journalist is the author of nine books, including "The
Man Without a Face: The Unlikely Rise of Vladimir Putin."
Putin, unlike Trump, is not a charismatic leader.
their key similarity is their approach to power and their understanding of
power," she notes. "They see power as a source of enrichment. They
also see power as a source of personal affirmation. They also equate power with
to what Hungarian sociologist Bálint Magyar calls a "mafia state" are
relevant for Russia and Trump's vision of the US, Gessen argues.
uses the image of the family to explain how a mafia state works, and now we see
Donald Trump come in, and it's a literal family," she says. "You
don't even have to have the metaphor of the family because Donald Trump is bringing
his literal family into running the country. It's very gangster-style."
has quit the fourth Africa-Arab World Summit in Equatorial Guinea in protest
against the presence of a delegation from the Polisario Front, a group seeking
the independence of Western Sahara.
Moroccan delegation made the decision to walk out of the summit in Malabo on
Wednesday to protest "the presence of the emblem of a puppet entity in the
meeting rooms," the Moroccan news agency MAP quoted Morocco's Foreign
Ministry as saying.
is a major investor in Africa.
has partnerships with Central Africa, West Africa and Southern Africa. We
cannot allow such a blow," said a commentator, whose name was not
mentioned in news reports.
Guinea's Africa 24 network, which is close to the government, censured
Morocco's decision to leave the summit.
has made an official request to rejoin the African Union (AU), more than four
decades after leaving the pan-African bloc in protest against the membership of
country withdrew from the AU in 1984, when the mineral-rich and sparsely
populated Saharan Arab Democratic Republic (SADR), commonly known as Western
Sahara, was accepted as a member.
President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday said the European Parliament’s resolution
on Russian media showed a “failure in Western society's perception of
in the day, the European Parliament adopted a non-legislative resolution
against what it termed “anti-EU propaganda” propagated by Russia.
they [MEPs] take such a decision, that means we are witnessing a clear failure
in Western society's understanding of democracy," Putin told reporters in
European Parliament, a total of 691 lawmakers participated in the vote; 304
voted in favor, 179 against and 208 others abstained.
addition to the liberation of several key positions and areas in the government
forces' offensives on Tuesday and Wednesday, over 100 terrorists, including
Commander of Nouralddeen al-Zinki Omar Haji, have been killed in Sheikh Saeed
battlefields," the commander said.
websites also confirmed that two commanders of Karam al-Jabal Shohada Battaion,
namely Haj Aziz Khan Toumani and Ahmad Bi San, have also been killed in clashes
with the Syrian soldiers in Aleppo.
terrorists, including a notorious commander of Ahrar al-Sham, were killed in a
tough battle in Sheikh Saeed district in Southern Aleppo on Tuesday.
Commander of Ahrar al-Sham Abu Hareth al-Halabi along with tens of militants
from this and other terrorists groups affiliated to Jeish al-Fatah coalition
were killed in Sheikh Saeed battlefield.
source disclosed that the Syrian army's advance against militants has slowed
down as hundreds of militants are now fighting against the government troops in
soldiers, the Lebanese Hezbollah and Iraqi al-Nujaba fighters have started a
fresh phase of offensives in Sheikh Saeed and already managed to advance to
Sheikh Saeed bridge.
clashes are still underway in Sheikh Saeed.
the start of the fresh phase of the operation by army men, the Syrian fighter
jets pounded Jeish al-Fatah's positions in the Southern parts of Aleppo over 25
presidents and chairmen of the GCC Shoura, representatives and national
councils and assemblies expressed profound condemnation and denunciation of the
terrorist act carried out by the Houthi militias against Makkah recently.
statement at the conclusion of their 10th session held in Manama on Wednesday,
the parliamentary leaders said that tampering the security of Saudi Arabia and
the feelings of Muslims is tampering the security and feelings of the GCC
countries and their people, the Saudi Press Agency said.
urged all countries, organizations, and commissions of the international
community to take serious and effective steps to prevent a repetition of such
terrorist acts in future on one hand and exert continuous effort to help the
Arab Coalition efforts to bring about an end to the crisis in Yemen.
residents of Eastern Aleppo have staged rallies against the terrorists while
holding up President Bashar al-Assad's pictures," Mohannad al-Haaj said on
that people in Eastern Aleppo are cooperating with the army forces against the
terrorists, he said that they have mounted President Assad's image on the
highest point of Abu Bakr al-Saddiq mosque in al-Kalasa district in a show of
support for the army.
the popular move and uprising inside the city shows that people support the
government and are trying to help 250,000 civilians, who have been captivated
by the terrorists and 7,000 of them are being used as human shields by the
militants, to escape the city," al-Haaj said.
repeated defeats and nearly two months of insistence on remaining in the city
and rejecting the army's several chances to leave Eastern Aleppo with their
weapons, terrorists are now facing the realities of war as their comrades'
massive attacks on the city to break the army's several-month-long siege have
all ended up in fiasco.
Syrian army has started special operation in Aleppo after several humanitarian
pauses declared by Damascus and Moscow to give a chance to the civilian
population as well as the militants to leave the Eastern parts of the city
through 8 corridors.
of civilians left the city in the first few days, but militants blocked their
exist paths, threatening to kill anyone who dares to approach the passages
opened by the army. The terrorists aim to use the civilian population as a human
battling the militant Islamic State (IS) group in northern Iraq cut off the
militants' last supply line from Mosul to Syria Wednesday, trapping them in the
city for a bloody last stand.
after the last major bridge over the Tigris in Mosul was bombed by the US-led
coalition against IS, elite forces fighting in the east of the city also reported
west of Mosul, Hashed al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilisation) paramilitary forces made
a push to cut the road between two towns on the route heading to Syria,
security officials said.
forces have cut off the Tal Afar-Sinjar road,” senior Hashed commander Abu
Mahdi al-Mohandis said on social media.
Kurdish security official told AFP that Hashed forces had linked up with other
anti-IS forces, including Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) fighters, in three
villages in the area.
of Tal Afar itself, which lies about 50 kilometres west of Mosul, is still
under the control of the militants.
forces launched a major offensive on October 17 to retake Mosul, which is the
country's second city and where jihadist supremo Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi
proclaimed a caliphate in 2014.
forces have already entered the city from the east. Kurdish peshmerga and other
forces are also closing in from the north and south, while only the west had
latest development will make it very long and dangerous for IS if it attempts
to move fighters and equipment between Mosul and the Syrian city of Raqa, the
last two bastions of their crumbling “state”.
US-backed Kurdish-Arab alliance launched an offensive against Raqa on November
5 but its fighters have some way to go before reaching the city.
almost two and a half years after IS took over swathes of the country, forces
backed by the US and other partners have regained much ground.
the last major prize in Iraq for the diverse and sometimes rival forces
involved in the anti-IS effort, but the jihadists have offered stiffer
resistance than elsewhere.
eastern side of the city was expected to offer less resistance than the west
bank but elite forces from the Counter-Terrorism Service (CTS) have faced a
fighters moving in an intricate network of tunnels have used snipers, booby
traps and a seemingly endless supply of suicide car bombers to stop Iraqi
authorities have not released casualty figures since the start of the offensive
but fighters have admitted being surprised by how fierce IS resistance has
Staff Lieutenant General Abdelghani al-Assadi said however that his forces had
found fresh momentum in recent days.
militants returning from Syria could carry out mustard gas attacks after
learning how to use the toxic substance in battle zones, a senior official from
the global chemical weapons watchdog warned on Wednesday.
inquiry by the United Nations and the Organization for the Prohibition of
Chemical Weapons (OPCW) concluded in October that Syrian government forces were
responsible for chlorine gas attacks and that ISIS militants had used mustard
seems that one of the dangers that we need to face and have a response for -
since ISIS has learnt how to make mustard gas - is that sadly one of the people
who learnt how to do it comes back to one of our countries and helps carry out
an attack like this," Philippe Denier, director at the verification
division of the OPCW told a defense conference in Paris.
sources in Saudi Arabia reported on Tuesday that 4 suspects affiliated to
al-Qaeda have gone on trial, accused of plotting to assassinate the late Saudi
retrial of the four defendants comes after the Supreme Court in Riyadh rejected
the previous sentences.
court accused the first person with 41 charges, including adopting a takfiri
approach violating the Sunnah and being associated to one of al-Qaeda terrorist
second has been charged with adopting a takfiri approach, offending the Saudi
government and embracing al-Qaeda’s terrorist ideology by believing that it was
right to support terrorist operations inside and outside the Kingdom. He was
also accused of participating in the planning of the assassination of King
Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz during his visit to the Qassim region.
of Saudi-owned newspaper Asharq al-Awsat has resigned, just days after it
published a fabricated article about unintended pregnancies in Iraq’s holy city
of Karbala during Arba’een mourning rituals.
Aldosary announced his resignation in a post on his Twitter account on
resignation comes after the Saudi daily quoted a purported World Health
Organization (WHO) spokesman as claiming that over 169 Iraqi women had become
pregnant out of wedlock after last year's pilgrimage.
health body, however, rejected making any such assertion. It further noted that
it was investigating the source of the false and undocumented report and would
consider punitive measures against those behind its publication.
Asharq al-Awsat article was said to be a republication of an article by
Arabic-language Aswat Hurrah (Free Voices) website.
marks 40 days since Ashura, when Imam Hussein (PBUH), the third Shia Imam and
the grandson of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), was martyred along with his 72
companions in the desert plains of Karbala 14 centuries ago.
of Muslims from across the world travel to Iraq each year, with many walking
the distance between the Iraqi holy cities of Najaf and Karbala on foot to show
was replaced by Lebanese journalist Ghassan Charbel on Wednesday.
editor-in-chief of Asharq al-Awsat Ghassan Charbel
Wednesday, Muslim protesters vented their anger outside the newspaper’s head
office in London.
court has issued arrest warrants for two correspondents with the Saudi-owned
daily, Asharq al-Awsat, for publishing a fallacious report about unintended
pregnancies in Iraq’s holy city of Karbala during Arba’een mourning rituals.
source in Iraq's judiciary said on Wednesday that the warrants were issued
against Hamza Mustafa and Maad Fayyad, two Baghdad-based Iraqi journalists with
the London-based newspaper.
development came three days after the Saudi daily quoted a purported World
Health Organization (WHO) spokesman as claiming that over 169 Iraqi women had
become pregnant out of wedlock after last year's pilgrimage.
President Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi says his administration supports Syrian
government forces fighting to cleanse Syria of foreign-sponsored terrorists.
said in a recent interview with the Portuguese broadcaster RTP that the Syrian
military was capable of restoring stability to the country.
priority is to support national armies, for example in Libya to assert control
over Libyan territories and deal with extremist elements. The same with Syria
and Iraq," the Egyptian president made the comments during the interview
aired on Tuesday.
in his interview, President Sisi said militant groups operating across Syria
must be dismantled. He also said the ongoing crisis in Syria should be resolved
through "political" means.
stance in Egypt is to respect the will of the Syrian people," the Egyptian
president said, adding that a political solution to the crisis in Syria was
"the most suitable way."
Sisi also stated that the issue of terrorist groups should be
"seriously" dealt with and that work must be done to "disarm
he would send Egyptian peacekeepers to Syria under a peace deal, Sisi said,
"It is better that the national army take responsibility" and that
his priority was to "support the national army" of Syria.
soldiers struck more victories against terrorists of Jeish al-Islam near the
strategic town of Meida'ani and came closer to the city of Douma, the main
stronghold of Jeish al-Islam in region.
up by the Syrian fighter jets, the army men stormed terrorists' defense lines
in Meida'ani and managed to advance against them.
websites also disclosed that concurrent with army advances and its capture of
over seven farms near Meida'ani, the rebels of Jeish al-Islam retreated from
several bases in the town.
army attack on terrorists in Meida'ani inflicted a heavy blow to Jeish
al-Islam, because this town is one of the most important strongholds of the
terrorists and is seen as their center of gravity in the region," a Syrian
military source said.
source further added that the army soldiers are on the threshold of cutting off
one of the main lines of terrorists' movements from the town of al-Dhamir to
Douma and will soon tighten siege on the terrorists.
the army control over Meida'ani, the government forces will arrive at
al-Nashabiyeh region which is called by the terrorists as the first defense
line of Douma,' the source underlined.
source said on Wednesday that the main goal of these operations is firstly,
cleansing the terrorists from the region which is one of the most important
bases of Jeish al-Fatah and then, paralyzing the militants and smashing their
operation rooms in the region.
the Syrian army forces retake control of Jabal al-Rae'i mountains, they will
also gain superiority over the terrorists in the nearby towns bordering Idlib.
The Syrian artillery, missile and air force units are also due to target the
terrorists' positions in the Northern towns near the border with Idlib,"
Jeish al-Fatah terrorist group and the Takfiri Chechnian and Caucasian
militants have occupied a number of towns and mountains, including Navarah,
Zaitounah, Qelez, Salsour and Kabani, in Lattakia but 93% of the province's
territories have been purged of terrorists.
pro-government forces stormed terrorists' positions North of al-Seriyeh
al-Rabe'eh region and took back at least 1.5 square kilometers of land from the
men and popular forces carried out a surprise attack on terrorists' centers in
al-Naqar al-Gharbi region to the North of al-Seriyeh al-Rabe'eh region,
inflicting a heavy death toll on the militants and capturing key lands in the
men also restored security to the road connecting the two towns of al-Amal and Hadhar.
soldiers engaged in fierce clashes with the ISIL terrorists and repelled their
attack on Palmyra's airbase, killing and wounding a number of militants.
men also managed to advance against ISIL near the village of Huweises and Tal
(hill) al-Sawaneh in Eastern Homs, killing several militants and destroying
men, backed up by the Russian and Syrian warplanes, targeted the concentration
centers of ISIL in the town of al-Sukhnah, the village of al-Tibeh, Jabal
(mount) Satih in Norhtern Homs, inflicting heavy death toll on the militants.
Syrian army also engaged in heavy fighting with a group of terrorists in
al-Bakiyeh farms West of the town of Um Sharshouh, killing the entire members
of the group.
tens of terrorists from ISIL and Fatah al-Sham Front (previously known as the
al-Nusra Front) were killed in attacks carried out by the Syrian army soldiers
and warplanes in Eastern and Northern Homs on Tuesday.
soldiers fended off ISIL's offensive from the village of Rahoum on government
positions near the village of Taloul al-Hawa in Eastern Homs, killing most of
also targeted ISIL's movements in Tal (Hill) al-Awamid toward the town of
al-Quaryatayn in Eastern Homs, killing tens of militants.
Speakers, presidents and chairmen of the GCC Shoura and representatives of
assemblies and national councils have condemned the terrorist act carried out
against Makkah by the Houthi militias.
statement on Wednesday at the conclusion of their 10th session in Manama, the
parliamentary leaders said that tampering with the security of Saudi Arabia and
the feelings of Muslims is the same as targeting the security and people of the
called on the international community to take serious and effective steps to
prevent such terror acts from recurring, and also to exert effort to help the
Arab coalition bring about an end to the Yemen crisis.
another statement, the meeting rejected the Justice Against Sponsors of
Terrorism Act (JASTA) as a flagrant violation of the principles of
international relations, particularly the principle of sovereign immunity,
enjoyed by all sovereign states.
statement said any breach of this rule would constitute a threat to world
security and peace. It called on the US Congress to reconsider its decision and
not approve the bill’s implementation.
to book Zakir Naik for ‘inciting enmity’
Maharashtra Police is set to register a first information report (FIR) against
Islamic televangelist Zakir Naik, after the state law and judiciary department
sent in its opinion that a case may be made out against him for inciting
it emerged that one of the Bangladesh bombers cited Zakir Naik’s preachings,
the chief minister asked the Mumbai Police to prepare a report on whether his
speeches incited youth. The report was submitted to the Law and Judiciary
department. They have said a case can be made out against Naik under Section
153 (A) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) for inciting hatred,” said a senior
official from the state home department.
department has found at least eight instances wherein a case under the said
section of the IPC could be registered,” the source said, adding that the FIR
is likely to be registered within a month.
in the probe being carried out by the National Investigation Agency (NIA),
alleged Islamic State (IS) recruit Ashfaque Majeed’s father has revealed that
Arshi Qureshi, guest manager with the Islamic Research Foundation (IRF), had
allegedly funded Ashfaque and his fellow recruits’ Sri Lanka trip.
Abu Anas, another alleged IS recruit from Rajasthan who the NIA believes
received a Rs-80,000 scholarship from the IRF, this is the second instance in
which the now banned NGO is suspected to have spent its funds on alleged IS
father Kader claims that while leaving for Sri Lanka in February this year,
Ashfaque told him that Qureshi was funding the tour. In all, 21 people were
attending a small course on ‘Learning Quran’. Qureshi had also paid money to
make their passports,” said an official.
to Kader, on February 23, Ashfaque left for Sri Lanka, where he stayed in
returned to India in the first week of March and stayed mostly in Kerala. On
May 24, he came to Mumbai for a week, before leaving for Afghanistan in June
along with his wife and their 18-month-old daughter.
the complaint by Kader, the Mumbai Crime branch had arrested Qureshi, Rizwan
Khan of Al-Birr Foundation and Mohammed Haneef, a maulana from Kerala. Last
month, the case was transferred to the NIA, which is probing the larger case of
21 Kerala-based youth who were allegedly radicalised and then fled the country
to join the Islamic State.
has said they plan to challenge the validity of the FIR filed by the NIA.
case under UAPA is based on cases for which an FIR had already been registered,
and therefore the new FIR is invalid,” an IRF spokes-person said.
has also written to banks asking them to freeze Naik’s bank accounts.
in Rajasthan village donate abandoned graveyard land for temple
in Rajasthan’s Sikar district have set a heart-warming example of religious
camaraderie by donating land to help build a Hindu temple.
in Kolida donated 2 bighas or 34,848 square feet of land from their abandoned
graveyard to the village’s Meels, who belong to the Jat community. The Meels have
constructed a temple of local goddess Surjal Mata at the cost of about Rs 50
lakh on the land.
Muslims had donated 1 bigha land 10 years ago and we had made a small temple.
About two years ago, we started expanding the temple and grew short of land.
The Muslims then gave another half a bigha at that time. Some six months ago,
they gave the remaining half bigha too,” Shivpal Singh Meel, a former sarpanch
of the village, said.
added that the Jats never asked their Muslim neighbours for the land and they
themselves came forward to help them.
is tremendous brotherhood between the communities here. On the inauguration of
the temple too, which took place on Friday, people and leaders from both the
communities came,” he said.
Mahariya, the former member of Parliament from Sikar who was present during the
inauguration of the temple. (HT Photo)
Ishaq, the deputy sarpanch of the village, said that the old graveyard was
lying useless since the last 50-60 years.
Pakistan has set up a high-level committee to formulate "a doable and
sustainable" policy to highlight the Kashmir issue globally and is
reaching out to Indians who are opposed to Prime Minister Narendra Modi's
"extremist policies", according to a media report on Wednesday.
was announced by advisor on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz in senate on Tuesday,
according to Dawn newspaper.
committee will consist of senior officials from the ministries of defence,
interior and information, Military Operations Directorate, Inter-Services
Intelligence (ISI) and Intelligence Bureau (IB).
about the status of the implementation of policy guidelines, Aziz said the
committee was headed by Foreign Secretary Aizaz Chaudhry and could co-opt other
members if required.
said that another committee, chaired by the information secretary, had been
formed to prepare fact sheets "to counter India's propaganda campaign and
design a media strategy to continuously highlight the Kashmiri freedom
committee also includes representatives from the ministries of defence, foreign
affairs and information technology, as well as members of the Military
Operations Directorate, ISI and IB.
said that the Ministry of Information Technology had been asked to prepare a
comprehensive strategy to highlight the Kashmir issue via social media.
that "steps were being taken to highlight Indian interference in
Pakistan's internal affairs, as well as its support for subversive activities
and human rights violations in held Kashmir", the report said.
said that steps were already being taken to reach out to segments of the Indian
public that were opposed to Modi's extremist policies.
missions abroad, including in New Delhi, are making outreach efforts to
emphasise the extremist Indian policies," he remarked.
DELHI: The suspected IS men, accused of conspiracy over a proposed "terror
strike" in Haridwar earlier this year, carried out a recce of the probable
place where they could plant the IEDs to send a global message that they are
representatives of the ISIS in India. This has come to light following the
framing of terror and conspiracy charges against the men by a special court.
and sessions judge Amar Nath of the special NIA court had recently framed
charges against five men after it was revealed that they held meetings at
Deoband and Lucknow for "spreading ISIS network in India and distributing
funds" through Hawala.
evidence of the investigating agency shows that Rs 6 lakh in cash was
distributed by these men for the terror activity and that they had recede
"Har ki Pauri" in Haridwar. Charges of criminal conspiracy and
various other sections of Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967, were
framed against Md. Azeemushan (2), Md. Osama (4), Akhlakur Rehman (1), Md.
Meraj (3) and Mohsin Ibrahim Sayyed (5).
DELHI: The countdown has begun in Pakistan to appoint its next Army Chief, with
incumbent General Raheel Sharif set to retire on November 29 after an eventful
three years. This may open opportunity to improve frosty Indo-Pak ties.
will depend on the proposal Pakistan’s Foreign Affairs Advisor Sartaj Aziz
brings to Amritsar when he attends the December 4 Heart of Asia meet on
Aziz may not meet his Indian counterpart Sushma Swaraj due to her
indisposition, the message he brings from the new Army chief will be important.
It is not yet clear if Aziz will have a full bilateral meeting during his visit
— the first by a senior Pakistani official since their Foreign Secretary was
here earlier this year for the preparatory meeting of Heart of Asia.
with the Pakistani Army upping the ante along the Line of Control, India may
not want to back down from its current approach towards it.
have touched a new low after the Kashmir crisis, followed by the Uri terror
attacks. It’s no secret that the Army shapes Islamabad’s India policy and it is
now up to their Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to choose a chief — an expert
either in anti-terror or Kashmir.
in Pakistan’s political circles is that Lt Gen Ishfaq Nadeem Ahmed, who is
currently serving as Multan Corps Commander, is a frontrunner. An anti-terror
expert, Ahmed belongs to the 34 Azad Kashmir Regiment. Bahawalpur Corps
Commander Lt Gen Javed Iqbal Ramday, who was injured in anti-terror operations
in Swat Valley, is the other contender.
Zubair Mehmood and Inspector General (Training and Evaluation) Lt Gen Qamar
Bajwa are also in the race. All four generals are from the Pakistan Military
Academy's 62nd Long Course.
DELHI: The Indian Army inflicted "significant damage" on Pakistan
army posts and forward locations by conducting "punitive" fire
assaults+ across the LoC throughout Wednesday to exact revenge for the
beheading of one of its soldiers+ in the Macchil sector of Jammu and Kashmir.
ferocity of the fire assaults, which saw 15 to 16 Pakistan army posts being
targeted with heavy-calibre weapons in five sectors spread along the line of
control, was such that the Pakistan DGMO was forced to call his Indian
counterpart, Lt Gen Ranbir Singh, over the hotline for "unscheduled
talks" at 6.30pm.
exclusively to TOI, Northern Army Command chief Lt Gen D S Hooda said the onus
was entirely on Pakistan army+ to de-escalate tension by turning off the terror
tap. "We want calm along the LoC but it cannot be a one-way street.
Pakistan Army must check the stream of vicious terrorism flowing across the
border from its soil. If it does so, things will then automatically
improve," he said. Though Pakistan claimed seven Indian soldiers had also
died in its retaliatory firing, officials here denied "any fatal
casualty" on the Indian side.
complains of 4 civilian deaths in Indian firing
assaults, with 120mm heavy mortars and anti-tank guided missiles as well as
artillery and air defence guns in "a direct firing mode" from
different locations, targeted 15-16 posts of the Pakistan army with destructive
Pakistan DGMO complained of four civilian casualties in the Indian firing, in
which at least one Pakistan army officer and four soldiers were also killed,
but Lt Gen Singh firmly replied that Indian troops had only targeted locations
from where ceasefire violations had been initiated.
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Wednesday said that a battalion of the
Rapid Action Force (RAF) will be deployed permanently in Haryana’s
Muslim-dominated Mewat soon to ensure communal harmony.
Singh was addressing the ‘Shaheed Samman Rally’ organised by Union Minister of
State for Urban Housing, Planning and Poverty Alleviation Rao Inderjit Singh at
HUDA ground here.
is also an MP from Gurugram, had demanded permanent deployment of RAF along
with a training centre for anti-riot troopers in Mewat in view of communal
tension in the region.
the rally, Singh said that all countrymen, be it Hindus or Muslims, should
contribute in making a strong, proud and independent India.
that owing to the sacrifice of our martyrs, India got independence politically
in 1947 but social and economic freedom still remained to be attained and the
present BJP government is making all efforts to achieve that.
that economic disparity should minimise after the demonetisaion of 500 and
1,000 rupee notes. The move could pose problems for the people for sometimes,
may be for a month, but it will be helpful in bringing purity (Pavitrata) in
Delhi: There are about 200 terrorists active in Jammu and Kashmir with 105 of
them successfully entered during this year, till September, Rajya Sabha was
informed on Wednesday.
written reply, Minister of State for Home Affairs Hansraj Gangaram Ahir said
105 terrorists have infiltrated into the Indian side of the Line of Control in
Jammu and Kashmir during the year 2016 (upto September 2016).
available inputs, nearly 200 terrorists are active in the state of Jammu and
Kashmir,” he said.
said the government in tandem with the state government have adopted a
multi-pronged approach to contain cross-border infiltration which, interalia,
include strengthening of border management and multi-tiered deployment along
the international border/Line of Control, and near the ever changing
infiltration routers, construction/maintenance of border fencing.
Minister said the steps include construction of bunkers and culverts/bridges on
nullahs, improved technology, weapons and equipment for security forces,
improved intelligence and operations coordination, installation of border
floodlight on the International Border and synerzising intelligence flow to
check infiltration and proactive action against terrorists within the state.
Director and Associate Professor of Intelligence Studies at American Military
continues its attacks in western Pakistan. On November 19, the Islamic State
Khorasan (ISK), a branch of ISIL named for the region east of Iran that
includes Afghanistan and Pakistan, claimed responsibility for the shootings
that killed four members of Pakistani security in Quetta.
(LeJ) also claims that it participated in this joint operation with ISK. LeJ is
a Pakistani-based terror group loyal to ISIL.
Pakistani security attack is the third attack in western Pakistan that ISK has
conducted during the past month. On October 24, ISK attacked Balochistan Police
College, a police academy. That attack killed 60 people and wounded at least
100. Similarly, ISK bombed a Sufi shrine on November 12, killing at least 50
people and wounding more than 100.
and Balochistan Region Offer Advantages to ISIL
ISIL’s attacks in western Pakistan, one question to ask is why ISIL’s focus is
on Quetta and the Balochistan region of Pakistan. A major reason is that ISIL
found a safe haven in the area. The Afghan Taliban has maintained its
leadership in Quetta essentially unchallenged for more than a decade.
Balochistan is a sparsely populated area. Much of Pakistan’s efforts remain
focused on Kashmir, the disputed region on the border with India. Because of
these issues, Pakistan does not spend much of its resources on a security
effort in the Balochistan region.
ISIL recruits former Afghan Taliban who are willing to join any anti-U.S.
effort. The American presence is less than 150 miles to the west in Kandahar,
where the Afghan Taliban was founded.
ISK Attack a Sufi Shrine?
attacks against security forces make perfect sense given its desire for
discretion, but what about the attack on the Sufi shrine? Sufism, also known as
Tasawwuf, is a branch of Islam focused on the mystical aspects of Islam, or
incentives boost Pakistan's Islamic banks
Pakistan adopted tax rebate for sharia-compliant manufacturers
sees signs of higher demand for Islamic financing
Pakistan's Islamic banks are introducing new products and adjusting policies to
take advantage of government incentives designed to boost growth in the
banks in the country, the world's second most populous Muslim nation, held 11.4
percent of total banking assets in June, barely changed from a year ago. That
is well below levels of around 25 percent seen in Gulf Arab states.
change this, the government introduced a 2 percent tax rebate for
sharia-compliant manufacturing firms in July to encourage them to eliminate
interest-bearing debt from their balance sheets. The central bank has exempted
Islamic banks from using interest-based benchmarks for some financing products.
Ghaffar, head of investment banking at Al Baraka Bank Pakistan, a unit of
Bahrain's Al Baraka Banking Group , said he detected signs of an increase in
demand for both short- and long-term Islamic financing.
has launched sharia-compliant products to finance purchases of tractors by
customers and structured short-term sukuk for a white-label electronic
equipment manufacturer in Lahore.
customer opted for sukuk - slightly more expensive to float - over
quick-to-market commercial paper," Ghaffar said.
month, Islamic lender Meezan Bank approved a new financing structure for use in
the airline industry; it uses plane tickets as an asset to back Islamic deals
in cases where fixed assets are not available.
banks are also adjusting internal policies which limit financing to
manufacturing companies and the use of long- term maturities, said Syed
Abubakr, sharia board member of Emaan Islamic Banking, a unit of Silk Bank.
some demand for new products from conventional banks planning to convert their
operations into fully-fledged Islamic banks, including Faysal Bank and Summit
Bank , Abubakr added.
banks have large portfolios of conventional credit card and personal loan
facilities, but sharia-compliant equivalents are needed to retain customers, he
moves could help Islamic banks continue to grow at double-digit rates; the
sector's assets grew 16.8 percent year-on-year in June, a slowdown from 37.3
percent growth recorded in the year to June 2015.
government believes it can pull more people into the formal banking sector --
especially in rural areas -- by expanding the Islamic finance sector, and this
could boost economic growth.
Embarking on a round of farewell visits to military formations, Chief of the
Army Staff General Raheel Sharif met officers and soldiers of the Karachi Corps
on Monday and made it clear that change of command should not affect peace
efforts as the results achieved during the Karachi operation “cannot be allowed
of his speech to the officers and soldiers of the Corps V at the Corps
Headquarters Karachi released by the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR)
hinted that the Karachi operation, which has been under way for the past more
than three years, is not going to end any time soon as the efforts for
“sustainable peace” will continue despite the change in the top military
command expected next week.
designs of enemies of Pakistan to keep the metropolitan on the boil have been
blunted and the gains cannot be allowed to reverse,” the ISPR statement quoted
the army chief as saying while addressing the officers and soldiers.
has returned to Karachi and business activity has picked up with its huge
contribution to revival of the national economy.”
lauded the role of Karachi corps in improving security situation of the
metropolis and other parts of Sindh, said the ISPR statement.The army chief
also counted the role of provincial security apparatus and the law-enforcement
agencies in the overall success. He said that their assistance in terms of
capacity building from Pakistan army “must continue” in the future.
with the provincial government, our efforts to help build the capacity of civil
law enforcing institutions must continue for sustainable peace,” he said.
resolve came days before his expected departure after addressing concerns of
common Karachiites who had been shaky about the fate of the Rangers-led
CONDEMNS USE OF WATER AS ‘INSTRUMENT OF WAR’
YORK: Pakistan condemned the use of water as an 'instrument of coercion and
war', asserting that its access was a fundamental right that must be protected.
at the Open Debate of the Security Council on "Water, Peace and
Security", Pakistan's Ambassador to the UN Maleeha Lodhi stressed,
"Pakistan denounces any such practice, real or threatened, as we believe
it to be inconsistent with the precepts of international humanitarian
described the Indus Water Treaty of 1960, between Pakistan and India as "a
model of what can be achieved through bilateral agreements".
the UN secretary general in his address to the council also cited this treaty
as an example of positive cooperation. However, Maleeha also pointed out that
this treaty is equally a good case study of what could go wrong if such
agreements are not honoured or threatened by a party. She urged the
international community to remain vigilant towards any sign of unwillingness to
maintain cooperation and act to avert any possible conflict or coercive
measures that could undermine these agreements.
called on the UN to develop, nurture and protect normative frameworks on
waterways at multilateral and bilateral levels.
envoy said that if the United Nations wishes to maintain international peace
and security, it must strive to find ways to ensure that member states remain
willing to share water resources peacefully and cooperatively and that their
willingness to resolve such issues are not constrained.
The counter terrorism department of Punjab police yesterday claimed to have
arrested a terror suspect during a special operation in Bahawalpur district.
suspect was named by CTD officials as Muhammad Yaseen, said to be a member of
the banned outfit Lashkar-e-Jhangvi. According to a spokesman, the raided was
conducted on a tip-off.
mulls peace talks resumption, condemn Ghani for seeking UN sanctions
Taliban militants group leadership is mulling to resume peace talks with the
foreign stakeholders and the Afghan government, it has been reported.
officials in Taliban’s political office in Qatar have informed regarding the
possible resumption of peace talks.
now exploring the options for talks with foreign stakeholders, as well as with
the Afghan side,” a Taliban leader has told The Express Tribune in an interview
Taliban leader further added “It will be a national level decision. The
consultation process was strong. The Taliban military commanders, who had not
been on-board earlier, have also been taken into confidence. I would say the
consultation process was initiated at the grassroots level this time,” he said.
rejected the notion that the Taliban want a military solution to the Afghan
problem. “We want a non-military solution,” he added.
President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani’s recent move to seek UN sanctions on Taliban
chief Maulvi Haibatullah, the Taliban leader said “We think that the Kabul
administration’s efforts are aimed at creating hurdles in the way of peace. We
view such acts as anti-peace. It seems the government leaders do not show
sincerity in the political process,” he said.
Ghani urged a delegation of the United Nations Security Council to include the
Taliban leader Mawlavi Haibatullah Akhundzada’s name in Sanctions list.
request was made during a meeting in capital Kabul as the UNSC delegation had
visited the country to meet the Afghan officials.
Afghan government adopted a strict stance against the Taliban group and other
insurgent groups after they rejected direct peace talks plea and decided to
pursue violence by announcing their spring offensive in mid-April this year.
intelligence warned US twice before deadly Bagram attack
Afghan Intelligence, National Directorate of Security (NDS), warned the US
military at least twice before a deadly attack in Bagram airbase, one of the
largest US-run airfield in the country, it has been reported.
and security sources have told Reuters that the western forces were alerted
regarding a possible suicide attack by an employee working in the base.
officials further added that the Afghan intelligence had sought information
regarding the employees of the base to check for suspicious people but the
request was rejected.
4 people were killed and 17 others were wounded in the attack that took place
earlier this month.
Taliban insurgents have abducted two female teachers in central Ghor province
of Afghanistan, local officials said Thursday.
incident took place late on Tuesday evening in Shahrak district as the two
female teachers were on their way to the provincial capital to participate in a
district administrative chief Mohammad Kabir confirmed the incident and said
the two female teachers were originally hailing from the southeastern Ghanzi
further added that the militants operating under the command of Mullah Gul
Mohammad abducted the two teachers.
Taliban militants group has not commented regarding the report so far.
Taliban insurgents and loyalists of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS)
terrorist group are actively operating in a number of the remote districts f
loyalists killed over 30 civilians after abducting them in this province
earlier this month and abducted 6 more civilians few days later.
dozen soldiers of the Afghan National Army (ANA) forces abducted by the Taliban
militants were rescued in northern Faryab province.
Ministry of Defense (MoD) said the soldiers were released late on Wednesday
night in Pashtunkot district.
further added that the soldiers were kidnapped a year ago after a helicopter
belonging to the Afghan army made an emergency landing in Pashtunkot.
further details were given regarding the exact number of the soldiers rescued
and circumstances surrounding their release.
militants group has not commented regarding the report so far.
provincial officials said late in November last year that 13 soldiers were
taken away by the Taliban militants after the helicopter made emergency
is among the relatively volatile provinces in northern Afghanistan where
anti-government armed militant groups are actively operating in a number of its
districts and often carry out insurgency activities.
The United States on Wednesday increased its annual assistance for the
resettlement of refugees returning to Afghanistan to $207 million.
State Department said the funds were meant to “meet the extraordinary needs of
Afghan refugees returning to Afghanistan”.
additional $39m announced on Wednesday brings the total US contribution to the
Afghan humanitarian response to more than $207m since the beginning of fiscal
January, more than 380,000 registered Afghan refugees have returned to
Afghanistan, most of them from Pakistan.
funds announced on Wednesday include more than $19m in support for the United
Nations High Commissioner for Refugees to help address the urgent needs of
these vulnerable individuals, by providing them shelter, essential household
items and supplies for winter.
is also providing $20m to the World Food Programme’s Afghanistan Emergency
Operation targeting vulnerable returnees and refugees in eastern Afghanistan
and people displaced by conflict. This response to the WFP’s recent special
appeal for these populations represents enough to serve 548,000 people for nine
BAZAR, Bangladesh - More Rohingya Muslims from Myanmar poured into neighbouring
Bangladesh this week, with some feared drowned after a boat sank in a river
during a bid to flee escalating violence that has killed at least 86 and
displaced about 30,000 people.
Rohingya refugees have been missing since Tuesday after a group crossed the
river Naaf that separates Myanmar and Bangladesh. Those who managed to enter
Bangladesh sought shelter in refugee camps or people’s homes.
was a group of people from our village who crossed the river by boat to come
here, but suddenly the boat sank,” said Humayun Kabir, the father of three
children untraceable since the mishap.
many of those on board could swim, and were able to reach the river bank, seven
people are still missing, he added, his children among them.
Mynamar violence is the most serious since hundreds were killed in communal
clashes in the western state of Rakhine in 2012, and poses the biggest test yet
for the eight-month-old administration of Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu
have poured into the area along Myanmar’s frontier with Bangladesh in response
to coordinated attacks on three border posts on Oct. 9 that killed nine police
military and the government have rejected allegations by residents and rights
groups that soldiers have raped Rohingya women, burnt houses and killed
civilians during the military operation in Rakhine.
Islam, who arrived on Monday at an unregistered camp in Bangladesh’s southern
coastal town of Teknaf, said he did not know what happened to his eight-member
family after soldiers set fire to their home in Rakhine.
know where my wife and children are,” Islam said. “I somehow was able to cross
the border to save my life.”
30,000 people are now estimated to have been displaced and thousands more have
been affected by the recent fighting, the United Nations has said.
agencies have not given specific numbers of fleeing Rohingyas, but aid workers
told Full report at:
is considering pulling its side out of a major regional soccer tournament
co-hosted by Myanmar in protest over Myanmar's crackdown on ethnic Rohingya
Muslims, a senior Malaysian official said on Wednesday.
withdrawal by Muslim-majority Malaysia from the ASEAN Football Federation's
(AFF) Suzuki Cup, which began on Saturday, would run counter to the 10-member
Association of Southeast Asian Nations' long-standing policy of
raised this issue in Cabinet last week. Will do so again this week and stand
guided by decision," Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin said on Twitter
came in response to a call by a state Islamic cleric for Malaysia to pull out
of the tournament, which is co-hosted with the Philippines. Cabinet is expected
to meet on Friday.
was due to play Vietnam in Yangon on Wednesday.
conflict in northwestern Rakhine state has sent hundreds of Rohingya Muslims
fleeing to Bangladesh and poses a serious challenge to Nobel peace prize winner
Aung San Suu Kyi, who swept to power last year on promises of national
four-member bench of the Appellate Division headed by Chief Justice Surendra
Kumar Sinha passed the order on Thursday morning, dismissing a leave to appeal
petition filed by the former prime minister.
Court cleared the way for the trial proceedings to resume against Khaleda on
June 18, 2015.
filed the petition on December 7 last year, challenging the High Court order.
December 9, 2007, the Anti-Corruption Commission filed the graft case with
Tejgaon police station, accusing Khaleda and several others of abusing power to
award a gas exploration and extraction deal to Canadian company Niko during her
time in office as the prime minister.
confirms US drones over Libyan border monitor Islamic State
President Beji Caid Essebsi has said US surveillance drones are flying over the
Tunisian-Libyan border to ward of attacks by Islamic State, after lawmakers
called on his government to clarify US reports on such a mission.
Tunisia, any US military presence on its soil is a sensitive topic. Opponents
say it would be a breach of sovereignty. Last month US government sources said
US surveillance drones had begun flying into Libya from a Tunisian air base.
Essebsi, in a television interview broadcast late on Tuesday, said the measure
was needed to avoid cross-border attacks by militants such as an Islamic State
assault on the Tunisian town of Ben Guerdan in March.
drones being used were unarmed, Essebsi said, and in a repeat of previous
denials, added there was no US base in Tunisia.
US drones were flying missions at the border, Essebsi told local channel
Elhiwar Ettounsi, "Yes, and it was at our request."
agreement with the US was to share intelligence information," he said. He
did not say whether the drones were flying across Libyan territory.
State exploited the chaos of post-uprising Libya to establish a foothold there,
using it as a base for attacks Tunisia and Egypt. The perpetrators of several
militant attacks in Tunisia in the past two years were trained in Libya.
United States is fighting the group's Libyan arm with air strikes launched from
its ships in the Mediterranean and armed drones launched from Sicily.
use of armed drones against militants in countries such as Yemen and Pakistan
has been criticised for its toll on civilians, and some opponents question its
legality under international law.
extremists surrender in Libya’s Sirte
members of the ISIL extremist group surrendered late Tuesday to forces loyal to
Libya’s unity government following fierce clashes in the northern city of
Sirte, according to a military source.
on to suggest that they had surrendered because they had run out of ammunition.
related development, the general hospital in Libya’s northwestern city of
Misurata (located some 240 kilometers from Sirte) said in a statement that it
had received the bodies of five Libyan soldiers killed in Sirte on Tuesday in
clashes with ISIL.
sources also said that forces loyal to the unity government had recently killed
at least 30 ISIL militants in Sirte.
sources went on to estimate that only 50 ISIL militants still remain in the
thousands displaced in C.Africa clashes: UN
24 NOV 2016
have been at least 16 confirmed death and thousands displaced," Vladimir
Monteiro, spokesman for United Nations peacekeeping force MINUSCA, said in a
violence erupted on Monday between rival factions of the former
"Seleka" Muslim rebel group in the town of Bria, 400 kilometres (250
miles) northeast of Bangui.
said Tuesday that one of its bases had come under fire during the clashes
before its troops drove the attackers out with retaliatory gunfire. It
announced reinforcements were being sent to the base to protect some 5,000
civilians sheltering there. The fighting broke out between the Popular Front
for the Renaissance of the Central African Republic (FPRC) and the Union for
Peace in Central Africa (UPC).
factions are fighting for control of taxes levied on Fulani herders during the
current seasonal migration.
Lissane, a senior FPRC official, said the group and other ex-Seleka armed groups
were negotiating a deal with the government but that UPC chief Ali Darass did
not want to take part.
civilian self-defense commander says a suicide bomber has exploded outside a
bus station in Nigeria’s northeastern city of Maiduguri, killing himself and
one other person.
the sixth attack in four weeks on the city that is the birthplace of the oko
Haram Islamic extremist group. Most attacks have been foiled with the bombers
killing only themselves.
Habuya Mahmud of the Civilian Joint Task Force says yesterday night’s bomber
was prevented from entering Muna Garage bus station but killed an innocent
bystander. Last Friday, two suicide bombers blew up at Muna Garage, killing two
press briefing in Maiduguri held on Wednesday, Major General Leo Irabor lauded
the Nigerian Army for the progress it has made in the fight against the Boko
troops of Operation Lafiya Dole have continued with the ongoing operations to
clear the remnants of Boko Haram terrorists,” Mr. Irabor told reporters. “Since
our last interaction, our troops have conducted many operations with immense
address to the press, Mr. Irabor summarized the past two months of the
October to 1 November 2016, the military killed 37 Boko Haram terrorists during
clearance operations in Golgore, Doksa, Ajigin, and the surrounding areas.
Seven troops sustained injuries.
Mallam Fatori, alongside the Nigeria-Niger border, troops killed 14 terrorists
in a two-hour gun battle on 4 November. Unfortunately, 7 soldiers died while 3
others were wounded.
November in Kangarwa, 13 insurgents were killed. One Nigerian troop was killed
in the battle, while 4 others were injured.
major general also announced that in total, troops have rescued 5,235 people
from Boko Haram insurgents.
armed Fighters with the Al Qaeda-linked Al shabaab have attacked Haluqa, which
is located in the outskirts of the border town of Garissa on Tuesday afternoon,
according to local resident.
Shabaab has claimed responsibility for the attack in northeast Kenya, saying
its fighters have targeted Safaricom's building in Haluqa and detained several
staff members who were taken to inside Somalia.
to According to a report by pro-al shabaab media outlets, the militants have
detonated grenade bombs at Safaricom's offices in Haluqa, and destroyed assets
before abducting its employees.
128 police personnel have lost their lives within three months in clashes with
“religious bigots, bandits and militants” in different parts of Nigeria,
according to local police chief on Wednesday.
past three months, the [police] force has lost 128 personnel in various parts
of the country due to activities of these undesirable elements in our
communities,” Inspector General of Police Ibrahim Idris said in a statement
issued in the capital Abuja city.
says EU lawmakers' vote on Turkish membership 'has no value'
President Tayyip Erdogan said on Wednesday that a vote by the European
Parliament on whether to halt EU membership talks with Ankara “has no value in
our eyes” and again accused Europe of siding with terrorist organisations.
made clear time and time again that we take care of European values more than
many EU countries, but we could not see concrete support from Western friends
... None of the promises were kept,” he told a Organisation of Islamic
Cooperation (OIC) conference in Istanbul.
bid to quiet Muslim call to prayer revived
- A controversial Israeli bill to quiet the Muslim call to prayer is to go
forward after it was amended so as not to affect the Jewish Shabbat siren, the
speaker’s office said Wednesday.
Minister Yaakov Litzman, an ultra-Orthodox Jew, had blocked the draft law in
its original form for fear it would also force the toning down of the sirens
that announce the start of the Jewish day of rest at sundown each Friday. But
he lifted his objections after it was amended to apply only between 11 pm and 7
am, limiting its scope to the first of the five daily Muslim calls to prayer
just before dawn. The bill will “probably” now be put to a preliminary vote in
parliament “next week,” a spokesman for speaker Yuli Edelstein told AFP.
then require three further parliamentary votes before it becomes law but it has
already sparked outrage around the Arab and wider Muslim world.
Israeli government watchdogs have baulked at the proposed legislation,
describing it as a threat to religious freedom and an unnecessary provocation.
Israeli lawmaker Ahmed Tibi has vowed to appeal to the High Court of Justice if
the Shabbat siren is excluded from the scope of the bill on the grounds that it
discriminates between Jewish and Muslim citizens.
An Airstrike by an Arab coalition battling Yemeni rebels killed 12 civilians in
the northwest of the country on Wednesday, rebel media and witnesses said.
others were wounded in the raid that targeted a vehicle in Hiran, in Hajja
province, reported the sabanews.net website that is controlled by Shia Huthi
insurgents. Witnesses said the victims were on their way to a market.
is part of increased violence in Yemen since a 48-hour ceasefire declared by
the Saudi-led coalition, which is fighting the Iran-backed rebels in support of
President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi, ended on Monday.
coalition has come under repeated criticism over civilian casualties during its
operations in Yemen. It admitted in October to killing 140 people in an
Airstrike on a funeral in Sanaa, blaming the deaths on “incorrect information.”
Extending US sanctions on Iran for 10 years would breach the Iranian nuclear
agreement, Iran Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei said on Wednesday, warning
that Tehran would retaliate if the sanctions are approved.
House of Representatives re-authorised last week the Iran Sanctions Act, or ISA,
for 10 years. The law was first adopted in 1996 to punish investments in Iran’s
energy industry and deter Iran’s pursuit of nuclear weapons.
measure will expire at the end of 2016 if it is not renewed. The House bill
must still be passed by the Senate and signed by President Barack Obama to
world powers concluded the nuclear agreement, also known as JCPOA, last year.
It imposed curbs on Iran’s nuclear program in return for easing sanctions that
have badly hurt its economy.
current US government has breached the nuclear deal in many occasions,”
Khamenei said, addressing a gathering of members of the Revolutionary Guards,
according to his website.
latest is extension of sanctions for 10 years, that if it happens, would surely
be against JCPOA, and the Islamic Republic would definitely react to it.”
lawmakers passed the bill one week after Republican Donald Trump was elected US
president. Republicans in Congress unanimously opposed the agreement, along
with about two dozen Democrats, and Trump has also criticized it.
army and popular resistance forces have thwarted attacks by Houthi militias and
forces loyal to ousted president Ali Abdullah Saleh in Taiz. The attacks were
thwarted in the eastern and western fronts of the city.
to reports, militias were forced to retreat and the military units have been
combing the liberated areas in recent days west of Taiz. Yemeni army and
popular resistance forces have also besieged militias in camps near the
presidential palace east of the city, reports said.
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sources in Yemen said that Houthi militias on Monday and Tuesday raided many
houses and detained and abducted several people in Sanaa, Ibb and Hudaydah.
Among those detained are an army officer, teachers, students, activists and
military personnel who oppose the orientations and practices of Houthi militias
and Saleh loyalists.
militiamen opened fire before being detained. Several people were injured in
the old city of Sanaa and in the Hays district in Hudaydah. They also looted
the homes and confiscated the property of some of the men they abducted.
media accounts since last week have circulated pictures of Lebanese Hezbollah
chief Hassan Nasrallah’s body guard, donning a military attire, in Syria.
Shiite movement Hezbollah is an Iranian proxy and has long supported Syrian
President Bashar Al-Assad’s government following the regionalization of the
Syrian conflict, which began in early 2011.
Facebook account belonging to ‘Sham Zainab’ on Nov. 16, a picture of
Nasrallah’s body guard, who is known by his alias ‘Abu Ali’, was published.
caption said: “Abu Ali, Sayed Hassan Nasrallah’s guard, in one of the battle
fields in Syria.”
another Facebook account under the name of ‘Faris Al-Quds’, a picture of ‘Abu
Ali’ was published, showing him wearing a military uniform. The caption said
that the picture belonged to Nasrallah’s body guard.
Facebook account under the name ‘Mihwar Al-Mukawa” reported on Nov. 16 that
Israel’s Channel 10 said that ‘Abu Ali’ is in Qusayr – a city in the western
Syrian governorate of Homs – where a military parade was taking place.
other Twitter accounts under the names of ‘Ali Nazal’ and ‘Abu Al-Huda
Al-Humsi’ on Nov. 18 said “Iranian websites close to Iran’s Republican Guards
said Hezbollah has sent Hassan Nasrallah’s guard to Aleppo, and he is called
Ali Abu Jawad in search for Jerusalem’s path.”
claims a Syrian airstrike killed three Turkish soldiers and wounded 10 others
overnight, raising the ante in its military invasion of the Arab country.
statement on Thursday said the attack occurred at around 3:30 am (0030 GMT) in
the course of a Turkish operation in northern Syria.
kills 2, injures 16 in southern Turkey
two people have been killed and 16 others sustained injuries after a car bomb
exploded outside a government building in the southern Turkish city of Adana.
blast, which occurred at a parking lot next to the entrance of the governor's
office on Thursday, is the latest in a wave of violence striking Turkey.
of Adana Mahmut Demirtas said the attack is believed to have been carried out
by a woman, without providing further details. Turkish labor minister said the
attack was most likely carried out by PKK militants.
force of the blast smashed shop windows in the neighborhood and parts of the
facade of the building were blown away as ambulances and fire engine teams were
dispatched to the scene.
World Bank has expressed deep concern over the worsening clean water shortage
in the Gaza Strip, stating that only 10 percent of Palestinians in the besieged
coastal enclave have access to drinking water.
water has been pumped out of the natural aquifer underneath Gaza since the late
1990s that seawater has seeped in, making it too salty to drink,” Adnan
Ghosheh, a senior water and sanitation specialist with the international
financial institution, said on Wednesday.
are some 150 operators who provide some kind of desalinated water that has been
filtered to make it acceptable for drinking and cooking. It’s more expensive
and not an improved source of water according to our definitions of water clean
enough to drink.”
underlined that the World Bank’s priority is to secure water resources and
supply, and improve wastewater management.
a wastewater treatment project in North Gaza. It started as an emergency
response project, but is currently working on a long-term solution, where the
treated water will be used for irrigation, saving potable water for drinking
and other uses,” he said.
also reiterated earlier United Nations warnings that the Gaza Strip could be
"uninhabitable" in less than five years on current trends.
start implementing the measures to secure the water supply and improve water
management, the aquifer would clean and replenish itself,” he said. “But, if by
the year 2020, those measures are not in place -- if the 55 cubic meters of
water a year from the desalination plant are not coming to replace the water
being taken out, if the waste water plants are not built -- we will basically
have an irreversible process.”
Strip has been under an Israeli siege since June 2007. The blockade has led to
a dramatic decline in the standards of living as well as substantial levels of
unemployment and poverty.
in Turkey has ruled that prominent novelist Asli Erdogan and linguist Necmiye
Alpay be kept in prison, drawing the wrath of their supporters in the wake of
earlier reports that the two would be released.
and Alpay were jailed in August for cooperating with a pro-Kurdish newspaper.
Wednesday, the court ordered the release of the two in connection with charges
of seeking to harm Turkey's national unity, Erdal Dogan, Erdogan's lawyer, said
outside Bakirkoy women's prison on the outskirts of Istanbul.
the lawyer said their arrest continues as the court had ruled that they remain
in pre-trial detention on separate charges.
also stated that the ruling was "saddening" and that Erdogan had not
been informed of the matter yet. "We will inform her when we visit her
tomorrow or the next day."
initial release order had prompted Turkish media to report that the pair would
of Erdogan reportedly rushed to Bakirkoy jail after hearing the initial news of
release but the confusing verdict let them down.
happily rushed here to see her but now I am very upset," said Ramazan, a
media said Erdogan was to stand trial in December.
the UN rapporteur on freedom of expression, David Kaye, said in a message
posted on Twitter that he was "disappointed" that the two were not
released from prison. "Turkey should release them and many others."
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