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Youths Thrashed, Forced To Chant Jai Shri Ram in Assam
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over the Rising Mob Lynching Incidents This Muslim Officer from Madhya Pradesh
Wants to Change His Name to Hide his Identity
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over the Rising Mob Lynching Incidents This Muslim Officer from Madhya Pradesh
Wants to Change His Name to hide his Identity
over the rising mob lynching incidents in the country, a Muslim bureaucrat in
the Kamal Nath government in Madhya Pradesh wants to change his name.
a series of tweets on Saturday, senior officer Niyaz Khan expressed his fear
for the safety of the Muslim community in the country.
up about how he has been looking for a new name of himself so he can hide his
Muslim identity, Khan said it is a must if he wants to save himself "from
the sword of hate".
new name will save me from the violent crowd," he said.
mentioned how he can easily get away from hate and violence as his appearance
don't make him look like a typical Muslim - who don an Islamic cap, wear a
kurta and have a beard - by telling the crowd a fake name.
said, however, that is not the case with his brother. "If my brother is
wearing traditional clothes and has beard he is in most dangerous
situation," Khan said.
new name will save me from the violent crowd. If I have no topi, no kurta and
no beard I can get away easily by telling my fake name to the crowd. However,
if my brother is wearing traditional clothes and has beard he is in most
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bureaucrat added that it is better for Muslims to resort to changing their
names since no institution is capable of protecting them.
no institution is capable to save us, it is better to switch the name," he
he advised Bollywood actors of his community to find new names for themselves
to protect their films. He cited the reason saying that even the films with top
actors have started to flop and they should understand why that is happening.
actors of my community should also start finding a new name to protect their
movies. Now even the top stars movies have started to flop. They should
understand the meaning," Khan wrote on Twitter.
actors of my community should also start finding a new name to protect their
movies. Now even the top stars movies have started to flop. They should understand the meaning
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officer also made headlines in January when he took to social media saying how
he has always felt like an untouchable in his service due to the discriminatory
behaviour. "Khan surname hounded me like a ghost," he said earlier.
is Nusrat’s Rath Yatra visit viewed as secular but Mamata’s iftar party as
Jahan, the first-time Muslim MP from the Trinamool Congress, created waves on
June 25 when she took her oath in the Lok Sabha wearing sindoor and a
mangalsutra, both traditional signs of a married woman in Hinduism. When Jahan
was criticised by a Muslim cleric for having disrespected Islam, many came to
her defence, citing her recent inter-faith marriage as a “bright example of
was back in the news on Thursday as International Society for Krishna
Consciousness decided to invite her as a special guest for its Rath Yatra in
Kolkata. The reason for the invitation, said the Times of India, was because
the Hindu religious group was “impressed by Nusrat Jahan’s secular stand” when
she took her oath as MP.
Jahan rises above faith, embraces ‘Sabka Saath’ [inclusiveness] by practicing
Hindu rituals, chants Vande Mataram. Nusrat Jahan puts India first, not faith,”
read one tweet from the TV news channel Times Now when reporting on the Rath
presence at the event of Trinamool Congress leader and West Bengal Chief
Minister Mamata Banerjee also elicited media attention. An editorial comment in
the Indian Express declared that Banerjee’s decision to attend the Hindu
religious event alongside Jahan would “boost her secular image” after
accusations from the Bharatiya Janata Party that Banerjee was guilty of
“minority appeasement” – acting in a manner that privileged minorities.
paradox was apparent. Jahan, a Muslim, had indeed upheld India’s vision of
secularism by participating in the festival celebrated by people professing a
faith that she had not been born into. But when Mamata Banerjee did the same
thing, attending iftar dinners to mark the end of the day’s fast during the
Muslim holy month of Ramzan, her critics accused her of “minority appeasement”.
chief minister’s picture, with her head covered as part of a Muslim stereotype,
went viral on Bengali social media and played a significant part in pushing a
narrative of appeasement during the recent general elections.
criticism even led to an acerbic comment from the chief minister after the
results: “Since I appease Muslims, I shall attend it [iftar] a 100 times”.
does this contradiction mean for India today, where a member of a minority
community participating in the majority group’s culture is praised but a Hindu
politician is criticised for attending events organised by Muslims or
back at another rath yatra might help explain how this incongruous situation
came about. In 1990, LK Advani, who was BJP president at the time, embarked on
a two-month journey to demand that the Babri Masjid in Ayodhya be demolished
and a temple built in its place. The BJP and its supporters claimed that the
mosque stood on the spot on which the god Ram had been born.
politics had an electric effect, setting in motion events that would lead three
decades later to Narendra Modi becoming one of the most powerful prime
ministers India has ever seen.
BJP veteran’s impact was much deeper than simply making prime ministers. Advani
changed India’s political culture, root and branch. He popularised a neologism
that came to powerfully define Indian politics: “pseudo-secularism”. According
to Advani, India’s secular politicians at the time indulged in “minority
appeasement” and neglected the Hindu majority. This formulation had little to
do with reality, given high poverty levels among Indian Muslims, their poor
access to education and low representation in government jobs. But,
nevertheless, this definition of “pseudo-secularism” played a vital role in
shaping the BJP’s ideology and, given the party’s subsequent popularity,
its other consequences, this formulation of pseudo-secularism discouraged
displays of Muslim symbols in India’s political space. Famously, during his
time as Gujarat chief minister, Modi refused to put on a Muslim skull cap. “My
job is to respect all communities, respect the values of all communities but I
have to accept my own values,” Modi explained. “I live with my values.”
argument seems reasonable – until one realises that Modi has often been
pictured wearing headgear from places as far away from his native Gujarat as
Nagaland. The problem, it seems, related only to things identified as Muslim.
secularism is, of course, very different from the Western idea of separating
church and state. It is better understood as a consocialist model of power
sharing, which is reflected as multi-culturalism in the public sphere.
a country with significant levels of illiteracy, political ideas are often
communicated using actions rather than words. This would include politicians
wearing regional attire or participating in public rituals to signal their
concern for a particular social group. This tradition of conveying political
ideas using forms of dress in fact, goes right back to Mohandas Gandhi, who,
despite being a lawyer educated in England, consciously adopted the loincloth
of Indian peasants.
understood this feature of Indian secularism – and sought to dismantle it. The
claim that its opponents were guilty of pseudo-secularism was not an attempt to
separate church and state or banish religion from the public sphere. In fact,
deploying religion in the public sphere was critical to the BJP’s Hindu
nationalism. Instead, the party’s project was to get rid of every religion
other than Hinduism from the public sphere.
Hindu public sphere
a consequence, even as the BJP has shrunk away from being publicly associated
with symbols associated with Islam in the five years Modi has been in power in
Delhi, there have been large, public celebrations of Hinduism.
rival parties patronising religions other than Hinduism have been attacked.This
is, of course, why the Trinamool’s endorsement of Ramzan is held up as an
example of minority appeasement.
logic is visible in a number of other instances. In Haryana, Hindutva groups
have attacked Muslims for praying in public spaces when, of course, Hindu
rituals being performed in the same spaces pass without comment. There is,
therefore, a largely successful attempt to make sure that the public sphere is
exclusively Hindu and to cement religious majoritarianism as the new normal.
this endeavor, maybe most bizarre of all is the use of the word “secular” to
rationalise a situtation that is quite the opposite – religious
majoritarianism. In 1946, in his masterful essay “Politics and the English
Language”, British writer George Orwell argued that “political speech and
writing are largely the defence of the indefensible”.
way it did that was through the use of what Orwell called “meaningless words”.
“The word Fascism has now no meaning except in so far as it signifies
‘something not desirable’,” wrote Orwell.
Orwell was writing for 1940s England, his diagnosis holds remarkably well for
India in 2019. Since majoritarianism cannot be celebrated or multi-culturalism
condemned, words like “secularism” and “appeasement” are cast in a new light in
an attempt to obliterate their meaning.
a result, a minority taking part in a majority’s rituals is now cast secularism
while, simultaneously, a powerful majority taking part in a minority’s culture
is sneered at as appeasement.
youths thrashed, forced to chant Jai Shri Ram in Assam
two weeks after a youth was arrested for forcing some Muslim youths to chant
'Jai Shri Ram', four miscreants in Assam's Barpeta district thrashed three Muslim
youths and forced them to chant 'Jai Shri Ram'.
to the police, the incident took place at the Jyoti Gaon area located near the
Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed Medical College in the wee hours of Friday when four
bike-borne miscreants came to a medical store and thrashed one of its
employees, Rakibul Haque.
miscreants also caught hold of Kurban Khan and Buran Ali, who worked at a
nearby tea stall and verbally abused and thrashed them for no reason. Later,
they also forced the trio to chant 'Jai Shri Ram'," said Jakir Hussain,
President of the West Barpeta Traders' Association.
have received an FIR in this regard and have started an investigation. The
culprits will be brought to the book soon," the police said, adding that
they have also seized the motorcycles of the miscreants.
Council supports Aceh’s plan to legalize polygamy
Aceh Ulema Council (MPU) chairman Teungku Abdurrani Adian has expressed support
for a plan by the Aceh administration to legalize polygamy.
is legal in Islam, but it has not been regulated in the local bylaws. We
[ulema] will support if it will be implemented," Adian told Antara in on
legalization of polygamy, he said, would be the best solution for suppressing
nikah siri (marriages blessed by an ulema but not registered by local administrations),
which were commonly initiated by men in the sharia-governed province.
added that as the marriages were not acknowledged by the state, women tended to
be put at a disadvantage, specifically in terms of the distribution of
inheritances and child recognition.
also argued that if polygamy was not legalized then the number of illegal
headmen would grow in Aceh.
law does not prohibit polygamy, but civil servants, as well as police and
military personnel, are barred from having more than one wife.
support the proposed regulation, even more so if polygamy is legalized by state
laws; it would even be better," said Adian. (ars)
Delhi [India], July 6 (ANI): Political Parties in the two parts of Pakistan
occupied Kashmir (PoK) -- Gilgit- Baltistan (GB) and the misnamed
"Azad" Kashmir ('AJK') -- are facing the question of their survival
for different or similar reasons.
similar reason is that their dependence on their patrons in Pakistan, which in
their view, obviates the need to labour in their constituencies. Also,
Pakistan's patronage emboldens them to indulge in corruption without fear.
Thus, the people helplessly vote for them without reposing respect and
confidence in them.
GB, there is confusion about how the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC)
will affect its people and what will be the region's constitutional status. In
PoK, the Pakistani Army seems to have shifted its patronage from political
parties to India-focussed militants. Thus the Muslim Conference and the
Pakistan People's Party in PoK have been abandoned. The local people's support
for present political parties has waned in both parts of occupied Kashmir.
Occupied Kashmir: Politics, Parties and Personalities," produced by the
Institute of Defence Studies and Analysis (IDSA), New Delhi, is perhaps the
first thorough work on this subject in India. It has been authored by three
scholars of IDSA. They are Surinder Kumar Sharma, Yaqoob ul Hassan and Ashok
Behuria, all staunch Pakistan watchers.
book makes a separate study of political parties, their growth and the
challenges facing them, providing a critical analysis of the politics of GB and
PoK and acquaint the readers with different personalities playing important
role in their regions. There is one common point between the two parts of PoK;
they both have two political entities, out of which one supported by Pakistan
is called a mainstream political party. They have the wherewithal to fight and
win elections. The other political entity is made up of weak nationalist parties
who are too poor to fight elections or win them.
irony is that the former wins the elections without much interest in the
problem of their constituencies while the latter cannot fight or win elections
despite their knowledge of and their concern for the region. In October 2005,
when an earthquake struck PoK and killed thousands of people, its politicians
fled to Pakistan only to return when things became normal. They did not feel
the need to apologise to their voters for deserting them in the hour of need.
Till recent years, GB had no tradition of political activity.
Frontier Crimes Regulations (FCR) a political activity was a crime. In 1974,
the then Prime Minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto abolished this law. But it took 20
more years for the people of GB to take part in electoral activities when
former Pakistan Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto allowed party-based elections in
1994 reform led to the mushroom growth of Pakistan-based political parties
supported by their mother parties in Pakistan. These parties included the
Pakistan People's Party(PPP), Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), Pakistan
Tehrik-i-Insaf (PTI), Jamaat-i-Islami and branches of all political parties and
Islamic groups. In the past 25 years, the PPP and PML-N have alternatively
ruled GB whenever their mother parties were in power in Pakistan. This means
the elections in GB have never reflected the wishes and aspirations of the
from their mother parties or the establishment in Pakistan has made mainstream
political parties so callous and shameless that they never felt the need to
apologise for well-known cases of corruption even at the time of elections.
the July 2016 Assembly elections in PoK, the 'AJK' Election Commission
registered 44 political parties. This large number of parties included
Pakistani political parties who made a steady incursion into PoK local politics
and decimated local traditional parties. These 44 parties did not include
nationalist parties who reject the Pakistan-imposed ideology of Kashmir's
accession to Pakistan.
most notable among these 44 political parties is the Muslim Conference which
was established by Sheikh Abdullah in 1932. In 1939, Sheikh Abdullah
secularised it by renaming it the "National Conference."
the pro-Pakistan elements split and retained its original name - the Muslim
Conference. The Pakistan government rewarded it by making its leader Sardar
Ibrahim the first President of Kashmir territory which it occupied after its
invasion and named it "Azad" Kashmir. As a protege of Pakistan, this
party has ruled PoK with loyalty to Pakistan's objectives in Kashmir but no
commitment to the people of PoK. It won or lost elections not because of
voters' choice but because of mechanisations in Islamabad.
August 14, 1973, Z.A. Bhutto became Prime Minister of Pakistan under the
just-promulgated 1973 Constitution. His first target seemed he wanted to rid
PoK of the Muslim Conference. He was full of clever tricks. He designed the
1974 Constitution (Provisional) cleverly associating PoK President Sardar Abdul
Qayyum Khan with its preparation, whose party, the Muslim Conference was going
to be its victim.
party got a very big shock to its existence in 1975 when Bhutto organized the
first Assembly elections in PoK under the1974 Constitution. Bhutto's PPP, the
new entrant in the region, forced the Muslim Conference out of its muscle
power. Its foundations were shaken. In 1985, General Zia helped his party to
return to power but its inner dissensions, mostly because of fearless
corruption, had pushed it down the hill. Sardar Qayyum died (July 11, 2015) and
his son Sardar Attique, known for his corruption, took charge of the party and
took it to its logical end in 2016 when it got only 3 seats and all its heavyweight
members were defeated.
the PPP ruled Pakistan, the AJKPPP swept the June 2011 elections in PoK,
bundling out the Muslim Conference. In 2013, the Muslim League came to power in
Pakistan. The next elections took place in 2016 when Nawaz Muslim League
consigned the Muslim Conference and the AJKPPP to three seats each. The weak
Muslim Conference is so badly riven with intrigues and rivalries that its
revival seems near impossible. The revival of AJKPPP also seems difficult
because its mother party in Pakistan has been confined to Sind and some pockets
condition of political parties is no better in GB either because here also a
political party comes to power if its mother party is in power in Pakistan.
Thus, when the PPP is ruling Pakistan, the PPPGB won the elections.
PML-GB and other Pakistan-based parties have tried to keep themselves alive by
ferociously campaigning for making GB the fifth province of Pakistan. The
Supreme Court in its verdict in January this year said that this cannot be done
without holding a UN plebiscite. Thus the undeclared status of GB is a
challenge for CPEC.
to raise uranium enrichment, announce more nuclear deal reductions
will announce on Sunday that it will raise its uranium enrichment level to 5%,
a concentration above the limit set by its 2015 nuclear deal with six major
powers, an Iranian official told Reuters.
main announcement tomorrow will be the increase of the level of enrichment to 5
percent percent from 3.67 percent that we agreed under the deal,” the official
said on Saturday on condition of anonymity.
semi-official Fars news agency reported earlier that Iran’s senior nuclear
negotiator Abbas Araqchi will announce more cuts in its commitments to the pact
Friday, a top advisor to Iran’s supreme leader had hinted Tehran could boost
its uranium enrichment to five percent for “peaceful” aims, ahead of deadline
it set for world powers to save a landmark 2015 nuclear deal.
is acting on its May 8 threat to suspend from Sunday parts of the agreement in
response to US President Donald Trump’s reimposition of crippling sanctions
after withdrawing from the deal in May last year.
accord capped Iran’s enrichment maximum at 3.67 percent, sufficient for power
generation but far below the more than 90 percent level required for a nuclear
enrichment “will increase as much as needed for our peaceful activities,” Ali
Akbar Velayati, international affairs advisor to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali
Khamenei said in an interview published on Friday on the leader’s official
Bushehr nuclear reactor we need five percent enrichment and it is a completely
peaceful goal,” he added.
is Iran’s only nuclear power station and is currently running on imported fuel
from Russia that is closely monitored by the UN’s International Atomic Energy
May 8, Iran announced it would no longer respect the limits set on the size of
its stockpiles of enriched uranium and heavy water, and threatened to abandon
further nuclear commitments, including exceeding the agreed uranium enrichment
maximum from July 7.
also threatened to resume building from that date a heavy water reactor --
capable of one day producing plutonium -- in Arak
central Iran, a project that had been mothballed under the deal.
move comes in response to what Iran deems a failure by the remaining parties to
the deal -- Britain, China, France, Germany and Russia -- to provide Tehran
with relief from the US sanctions.
US has directly and Europeans indirectly violated” the deal, said Velayati.“We
will react proportionally the more they violate it.”
army ruler vows to ‘implement’ deal with protesters
army ruler General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan vowed Saturday to protect and
implement the power-sharing deal agreed with protesters that aims to end the
country’s months-long political crisis.
as the military council, promise to protect what has been agreed upon and
ensure that it is implemented,” Burhan said in a statement broadcast live on
Alliance for Freedom and Change and the ruling military council agreed on
Friday to form a joint ruling body, which in turn is to install a transitional
civilian administration – the protesters’ main demand.
protest leaders Ahmed al-Rabie and Khalid Omar confirmed to AFP that the civil
disobedience campaign had been canceled.
is to give room for the agreement” to be implemented, Rabie said.
deal is expected to be ready for signing by the two sides early next week,
although the draft has postponed the formation of a 300-seat transitional
parliament that had been agreed upon in previous talks.
diplomatic missions and offices in Kabul and Kandahar have been put on high
alert after intelligence inputs indicated that cadre of terror groups
Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) and Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) have shifted to Kunar,
Nangarhar, Nuristan and Kandahar provinces of Afghanistan after the Indian Air
Force’s strike on the Balakot terror camp.
Air Force (IAF) Mirage jets attacked JeM’s Balakot terror camp at Manshera in
Pakistan, retaliating to the February 14 attack by a Jaish suicide-bomber on a
Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) convoy in Pulwama, Jammu & Kashmir.
to documents reviewed by Hindustan Times, both the Pakistan-based proscribed
groups have joined hands with the Afghan Taliban and Afghan insurgent group,
Haqqani Network, across the Durand Line that separates Pakistan from
Afghanistan, for training their extremist cadre in subversive activity. It is
perhaps due to this reason that the Modi government has not taken at face value
the action taken by Pakistan’s Imran Khan government on July 1-2 on 15
over-ground LeT leaders and five charity organisations linked to terror
funding. India has called for visible and verifiable action against armed
terror groups and not window-dressing.
security agencies believe that the terrorist cadre’s shift to across the Durand
Line has been done to avoid black-listing of Pakistan by the Financial Action
Task Force (FATF) in
its Paris conference later this year. The multilateral body formed to crack
down on cross-border money laundering and
terror financing has been extremely critical of Pakistan and placed it on a
people familiar with the matter in India’s counterterror agencies say that even
as Pakistan was launching its July actions, Indian diplomatic establishments,
including the embassy in Kabul, were under threat from a heavily-armed group of
JeM terrorists led by Haji Abdul Safi. There was also a threat from another
terrorist Qari Wari Gul to carry out a vehicle-borne IED attack on the Indian
Embassy in Kabul. And there was an alert against a Taliban attack on the Indian
consulate in Kandahar. The people added that these were very real threats.
North Block has also been informed that a significant number of Jaish cadre
shifted to Kot and Momandara (Nangarhar); Sanguin and Marja (Helmand); Logan,
Nawa (Ghazni), Zurmat (Paktia), Kunar, Faryab and Kunduz provinces of
Afghanistan in coordination with the Taliban. Intelligence reports also
indicate that both the Taliban and the Haqqani Network offered shelter to Jaish
emir Maulana Masood Azhar in Afghanistan in February 2019 but the latter felt
more safe under the protection of the Pakistani Army in Bhawalpur.
revelation about increased JeM footprint in Afghanistan came when two of its
terrorists, identified as Sediq Akbar and Ataullah were arrested by Afghan
National Security Force in January this year from Jalalabad while they were
en-route to Kabul. Trained at Markaz Usman-e-Ali in Bhawalpur and Balakot
terror camps, the two revealed that they had been tasked to conduct
surveillance on Indian interests in Kabul and Kandahar.
from this, LeT has established training centres for its cadre in Nangarhar,
Nuristan, Kunar, Helmand and Kandahar provinces of Afghanistan. It has moved
its cadre from Peshawar to Kabul, and also decided to train its cadre in
subversion and sabotage with the help of Taliban.
recent Pentagon report noted that the LeT, with more than 300 fighters in
Afghanistan, posed a significant threat to the US and allied forces. The group
has also been instrumental in forging peace between Taliban and so-called
Islamic State of Khyber-Paktunkhwa.
AIMIM president Asaduddin Owaisi has said the Centre should come out with a law
against lynching and wondered why such legislation was not brought out despite
a Supreme Court suggestion to frame one.
a meeting here on Friday against lynchings, Owaisi accused the Sangh Parivar of
spreading hatred and false propaganda against the Muslims, adding that it had
resulted in such incidents.
read their literature... What has Deendayal Upadhyaya (RSS ideologue) written
in the theory of integral humanism? What has he written about Muslims? You read
it," he said.
All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) leader, who spoke at length
about the lynching of Tabrez Ansari, alleged that the perpetrators of the
incident were terrorists.
24, died after he was allegedly tied to a pole and thrashed with sticks by a
mob in Jharkhand's Seraikela Kharsawan district last month on the suspicion of
theft. The newly-married youth was purportedly seen in a video being forced to
chant "Jai Shri Ram" and "Jai Hanuman".
asked whether Prime Minister Narendra Modi would call those who killed Ansari
don't you frame a law, Mr Modi? Why cannot such a law be brought out when the
Supreme Court had told you to do so?" he asked.
July last year, the Supreme Court had asked the Parliament to consider enacting
a new law to effectively deal with incidents of mob lynching, saying
"horrendous acts of mobocracy" cannot be allowed to become a new
to the budget, Owaisi said he also wanted to see India become a superpower and
a USD 5-trillion economy, but wondered whether it could be achieved if hatred
was spread against the Muslims.
Hyderabad MP said the Muslims should not get disappointed or live in fear. He
asserted that the people of the community would not raise the slogans even if
they were forced by the mobs.
AIMIM chief said he was against anyone taking law into their own hands, but
underlined the need to continue to the fight according to the law.
underlined that his party was not against the Hindus, but against Hindutva.
nationalism is different and Indian nationalism is different. Indian
nationalism includes all religions. Hindu brethren in the country are secular
and will remain so," he said.
to BJP president Amit Shah's comments last year that the AIMIM was a
"Razakar's party", Owaisi said he had nothing to do with the militia
of the erstwhile Nizams. "Those who are Razakars had gone to Pakistan.
Those who are dutiful, that is the Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslim," he said.
a rally before the Telangana assembly election, Shah had called the AIMIM a
to the BJP's plans to form the government in Telangana, Owaisi said TRS
president and Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao was also a "strong
Hindu". "If Modi goes to two temples, Chandrashekar Rao goes to
six," he said.
claimed that the BJP knew it cannot beat Rao in the name of Hinduism and the
party was not able to understand what to do with him.
video clip with the claim that it is a United Nations conference is doing
rounds on social media since the last few days. In this video, a representative
can be heard speaking about the recent mob-lynching in Jharkhand where Tabrez
Ansari was tied to a pole and forced to chant ‘Jai Shri Ram’.
Ansari ke liye awaaz UNO tak pahunchgayi. India is getting defamed because of
Gau Rakshaks in front of the whole World… Shame,” is the most common caption
used to share the video.
the video, the speaker begins his note by saying, “In the last five years
Muslims in India have seen a rise in hate crimes committed against their
community. In the last five years, there have been lynching of Muslims and
Dalits across India by fanatic Hindu mobs ostensibly for the protection of the
holy cow,” then goes on to talk about the lynching of Tabrez Ansari. “Ten days
ago, 24-year-old Tabrez Ansari was beaten for hours until he died in the hands
of the Hindu mob in the eastern state of Jharkhand for not chanting Jai Sri
Ram,” he states.
clip quote-tweeted by AIMIM President Assauddin Owaisi. Several people have
reached out to Alt News, asking about the veracity of the claim that
mob-lynchings in India was discussed at the UN.
News found that Tabrez Ansari’s case and mob-lynchings in India were indeed
raised at the 7th Meeting of the 41st Regular Session held before the UN Human
Rights Council. Paul Newmman Kumar Stanisclavas of the NGO Centre for Africa
Development and Progress raised the issue. The complete video is posted on the
official website of the United Nations Web TV. At 2:09:36 hours in the video,
the relevant portion can be heard.
Human Rights Council is a United Nations body whose mission is to promote and
protect human rights around the world and is headquartered in Geneva,
addressing the session, Newmman said that India is a signatory to the
International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the International
Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights but in the last five years,
mob-lynching against Muslim and Dalits in India have been on a rise.
entire speech on the issue is as follows:
the last five years Muslims in India have seen a rise in hate crimes committed
against their community. In the last five years, there have been lynching of
Muslims and Dalits across India by fanatic Hindu mobs ostensibly for the
protection of the holy cow. Since April 2017, at least 10 Muslims have been
lynched in public in suspected hate crimes. The attacks have contributed to a
growing sense of insecurity among Muslims and intensified religious tension.
The recent trend is to make Muslims chant Jai Sri Ram. Ten days ago,
24-year-old Tabrez Ansari was beaten for hours until he died in the hands of
the Hindu mob in the eastern state of Jharkhand for not chanting Jai Sri Ram.
Recently, a Muslim teacher has attacked in a train for being Muslim. He was
heckled to say Jai Sri Ram, when he refused he was beaten and forced to get off
the train. Member of Parliament, Pratap Sarangi, of the ruling party, in his
first speech in the Parliament, asked why people who refuse to chant Hindu
slogans should be allowed to live in India. These fanatic Hindu mobs have moved
around with apparent impunity. The Indian state has remained mute to the cries
of the minorities.”
is noteworthy that BJP MP Pratap Chandra Sarangi, in his maiden Parliament
speech, did not say that people who refuse to chant Hindu slogans should not be
allowed to live in India. His comment was on ‘Vande Mataram’ and not ‘Jai Shri
Ram’ or any other Hindu slogans.
ended his speech by urging the UNHRC to intervene and requested India to follow
the principles laid down in its Constitution.
Siti Fatimah Abdul Rahman
light of the upcoming amendments to the Employment Act, the Women’s Aid
Organisation is calling for the introduction of at least seven days of
paternity leave in the private sector, similar to the current practice in the
news brings to mind the to-do list that Islam highly recommends to parents,
especially fathers, in welcoming the newborn.
paternity leave is granted to fathers working in the private sector, it will
help Muslim fathers to play their roles according to the Sunnah (ways of
Muslims, the first seven days after a child is born is very important,
especially for the father. Other than to help out and be with his wife and
their newborn baby, there are a few things that fathers need to do.
some of these responsibilities can be postponed, it is best to do them within
seven days of the birth, following the Sunnah.
Islam there is a to-do list with regard to the newborn: (i) saying the azan and
iqamah to the baby; (ii) performing tahnik; (iii) shaving the baby’s head; (iv)
giving a name to the baby; and, (v) performing the aqiqah.
first thing a father needs to do is to say the azan and the iqamah to the
newborn. While the azan is the call to prayer that we hear every day from the
mosque, iqamah is the final call to prayer which is done more swiftly as it
addresses those who are already in the mosque.
this takes place at the hospital. After the baby is cleaned, the father will
carry the baby close to his chest and say the azan to the baby’s right ear and
iqamah to the left ear.
doing this it is hoped that the first thing the baby hears is the word of the
supreme call which contains Allah’s magnificence and glory and the shahadah
which represent his first step into Islam.
fathers are recommended to perform the tahnik. It refers to the act of placing
something sweet like chewed dates or honey inside the baby’s palate.
the honour of doing this is given to a pious and righteous man, in order to
seek his blessing and in the hope that the baby grows up pious and righteous.
man will chew the dates, put some of it on his fingertip, insert it in the
baby’s mouth, and gently move his finger right and left, until the whole mouth
is rubbed with the chewed dates.
is believed that this act will strengthen the muscles in the baby’s mouth and
thus enhance its suckling experience.
Islam recommends that the head of the newborn be shaved on the seventh day.
hair is then weighed and the equivalent price in silver is to be identified and
given away to the poor and needy.
the baby’s head will get rid of the weaker hair the child is born with and open
up the pores so that stronger hair can grow.
money to the poor and needy serves as a social function that reflects social
solidarity and cooperation.
giving a name to the baby. Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, once said, “You
will be called at doomsday by your names, your father’s name, so choose nice
are advised to choose the most beautiful names, following the Prophet’s
but not least, aqiqah, which involves slaughtering a goat or a sheep for the
newborn and sharing its meat with friends and family.
Prophet (peace be upon him) said, “Aqiqah must be offered for every newly born
child, to be slaughtered on his seventh day, and he is given a name, and has
aqiqah is not obligatory, it has many benefits and Muslims are encouraged to
perform it. It is a way of expressing gratitude to Allah for the blessing of
having a child. It is also believed that aqiqah brings a child close to Allah
soon after entering this world.
it is a cause for gathering family, friends and the community in welcoming the
doubt aqiqah can be done later. It is highly recommended to do it on the
seventh day as the Prophet did.
many fatherhood responsibilities need to be carried out for a newborn,
especially in the first seven days.
that sense, the seven days’ paternity leave for the private sector is eagerly
anticipated as Muslim fathers can follow the Sunnah of Prophet Muhammad in
welcoming the additional member of the family.
JAYA: A PPBM leader has called out Umno secretary-general Annuar Musa over his
claim that money in the party’s frozen accounts has nothing to do with 1MDB.
had claimed this was because the funds from former Umno president Najib Razak
had been used up by 2014.
Supreme Council member Tariq Ismail said Annuar’s logic was flawed.
if Umno received funds in 2011, 2012 and 2013 from 1MDB and used it all in
2014, it means they are not guilty?
by that logic, if a thief steals money and uses it, he is innocent?
should do some soul searching as he is part of the gravy train of Umno leaders
that were only too happy to receive the alleged 1MDB money,” he told FMT.
also criticised Annuar’s definition of kleptocracy as “personal accounts but
not for personal gain”.
using state funds for a sovereign wealth fund to create movies and pay off Umno
is not stealing but somehow an act of charity?” he asked.
that Annuar was in denial in believing that Umno was really innocent, Tariq
said that under money laundering laws, it does not matter whether the money has
been spent or not when the account is frozen.
long as an account is suspected of receiving illegal money, that account is
liable to be frozen, regardless of whether that illegal money has been spent or
otherwise at the time the account is frozen,” he said.
reportedly claimed the money in the party’s frozen accounts had nothing to do
with 1MDB as the funds from Najib were used up by 2014.
can swear on behalf of Umno, not a single sen of the money that has been frozen
in Umno’s accounts has anything to do with 1MDB,” he was reported to have said
at the Kuala Terengganu Umno delegates’ meeting yesterday.
dare to make this statement because I have already seen the documents in detail.
accusation is that (Umno) received (funds) from Najib’s accounts in 2011, 2012
and 2013. By 2014, the money received from Najib’s accounts had been completely
Nur Aqidah Azizi
in history, the district of Jelebu in Negri Sembilan is a well-known gem among
travellers from all over the world.
the colonial past of former mining town Sungai Muntoh is evident trough the
discovery of colonial artifacts, its oldest mosque in Kampung Peninjau
continues to draw huge congregations and Islamic scholars.
Kuala Dulang, located 1.5km from Kuala Klawang town, is known for intriguing
tales that makes it a popular destination for visitors.
many years, the mosque has attracted local and foreign congregations, including
those from neighbouring countries who make regular visits to the mosque to pray
and pay their nazar (vows) by fasting and distributing food to residents.
Kuala Dulang, which can accommodate 500 people, is believed to have been
founded by Datuk Nika and Mudim Khatib Raja, Islamic preachers from
Minangkabau, Indonesia, who arrived in Jelebu in the 16th century to spread the
teachings of Islam.
men later explored the area, which spawned the name Kampung Peninjau
(“peninjau” means explorer).
to locals, the mosque was originally built as a hut with its roof made from
ijuk (nipah palm leaves). Interestingly, it was originally built without a
Nika and Mudim Khatib Raja had sought shelter inside the hut before it was
turned into a mosque.
for the name of the mosque, Suffien Arif, who is the imam there, said a popular
story had it that Islamic scholars who performed their prayers at the mosque
discovered a mysterious dulang (tray) containing food at the mosque afterwards.
story, although unverified, was passed down from generation to generation. The
story goes that the scholars were hungry, but they didn’t have any food,” he
praying, they discovered a tray full of food at the mosque. However, they
couldn’t find the person responsible for this act of kindness.
today, the identity of the person who gave the food is unknown.”
said the tray was used to serve food for the congregation and it always
provided enough food for everybody.
the tray went missing 400 years ago. The story has it that a man accidentally
dropped and broke the tray,” he said.
story of the tray, which is immortalised in the name of the mosque, may be out
of sight, but nipah palm leaves are still used to cover the mosque’s pulpit as
a nod to its past.
tourism pamphlets, the mosque is also known as Masjid Warisan Kampung Dulang.
presence of the mosque’s tabuh, or beduk (barrel drum used to call to prayer),
believed to have arrived in the 16th century, also has its own story.
began when villagers were searching for ways to call to prayer, following the
construction of the mosque.
night, heavy rain had caused water from nearby Sungai Triang to overflow. The
next day, a large tree, which had fallen and been swept away by the river,
appeared in front of the mosque,” Suffien said.
tree was used to make the body of the tabuh, with a cow hide stretched over it
as the drumhead.”
said the cow hide was stolen a few times in the past due to its historical
significance, forcing the mosque’s committee members to replace it with new
had previously cut it off and sold it as souvenirs. There were also those who
turned it into amulets, a practice that is forbidden in Islam.”
to the mosque’s close location to the river, which is only a few metres away
from its steps, it is not be spared from floodwaters when the area is hit by
we are thankful that the mosque has survived at least two major floods — one
before Merdeka and the other in 1970.
the incidents, nearby villages were inundated with water from the river, but
the mosque was not affected. It is one of the God-given miracles that adds
another unique element to the mosque.”
mosque is said to have been visited by religious leaders from all over the
world, who wanted to perform their prayers there.
arrest al-Qaeda funder in Pakistan
in Pakistan say counterterrorism forces have arrested a man who funding for
al-Qaeda militants under the cover of a non-governmental organization.
Ilyas Khan of the provincial Counter-Terrorism Department said late Saturday
Ali Nawaz was using multiple bank accounts linked with the NGO, Human Concern
official said federal investigators have monitored heavy transactions in the
organization’s accounts in recent months.
said the counterterrorism forces in the northwestern city of Peshawar raided
the NGO offices on Saturday, arresting its regional director Nawaz and three
recent months, Pakistani authorities have launched a heavy campaign against
terrorism financing. The country is currently on the Financial Action Task
Force’s grey list, denoting its status as a haven for money laundering. It has
until October to avoid black listing.
Federal Minister for Railways Sheikh Rashid Ahmed on Saturday said corrupt
politicians could pose serious threat to democracy in the country.
a press conference at Pakistan Railways (PR) Headquarters, he said next 90 days including the current month were
very significant for politics in the country as the corrupt elements would be
taken to task.
minister said Shehbaz Sharif was made opposition leader in National Assembly
through a conspiracy to get escape from jail, adding, production orders of
those facing any accusations should not be issued.
a question about opposition’s motion against Senate chairman, Sheikh Rashid
said opposition wanted to change Senate chairman but it could not do so.
another query, he said no one issued his production orders when he was in jail,
while no facility including television or air-conditioner was provided to him.
All facilities were being provided to Nawaz Sharif in Jail, he added.
minister said that about 37 Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz Members of Provincial
Assembly (MPAs) from Punjab were ready to form a forward bloc. He said it was a
success of the PR to win Royal Palm Club case.
Rashid said Prime Minister Imran Khan would visit the United States (US), and
then Russia, which was a success of the Foreign Office.
a question, he said it was a perception that Punjab Chief Minister Sardar Usman
Buzdar would not deliver, but his performance had been outstanding and he was
working day and night for welfare and uplift of people.
minister said PR’s property worth billions of rupees had been occupied and he
would take up the matter in the cabinet meeting.
another question, he said sons of Nawaz Sharif, Hassan Nawaz and Hussain Nawaz,
would not return to the country, adding that former finance minister Ishaq Dar
would be brought back soon.
the Railways performance, Sheikh Rashid Ahmed said by adopting a comprehensive
policy, 24 new passenger trains had been launched during one year, and an
addition of six million passengers was made so far.
3.5-million-litre oil has also been saved during a year, he added.
further said PR had taken over the charge of Royal Palm Club, adding that PR
would also forward the cases against Shalimar Hospital and Business Express.
The local administration of Mandi Bahauddin sealed the main gate of the
Quaid-i-Azam Ground, also known as Cinema Ground, and deployed police
contingent there on Saturday in a bid to stop the PML-N from holding a rally
ground had also been allegedly filled with the rain and drainage water after
the heavy rain on Saturday and it seemed difficult that a rally could be held
there in the current situation.
the administration and police did not grant the PML-N permission to hold the
rally at the venue, citing security reasons. Maryam Nawaz was expected to
address to rally, according to the initial plan.
Mushahid Gujjar, a local party leader and the host of the scheduled rally, told
Dawn the rally would be held as per its schedule on Sunday (today) at the same
venue around 6pm despite administration’s tactics to create hindrances to stop
the peaceful political activity.
said Prime Minister Imran Khan had held two public meetings at the same venue
during the PML-N era and the then government had granted the PTI permission for
the meetings while during the election campaign of the 2018 polls, both the
PML-N and PTI held public meetings at the same place.
Gujjar alleged that the administration had brought the police from neighbouring
districts and a crackdown on the PML-N workers had been launched to arrest
the PML-N claimed more than a dozen of its workers had been arrested and the
administration had intentionally diverted the water of a drain to the venue.
after a hashtag calling for the arrest of journalists briefly became the top Twitter
trend in Pakistan, Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor, via his personal Twitter account,
cautioned against making "sweeping targeted statements or trends"
against any individual, profession or institution.
biased use of social media and vested negative trends can lead to
misunderstandings/spats," said the director general (DG) of Inter-Services
Public Relations (ISPR), army's media wing, on Sunday.
targeted statements or trends against any individual/profession/institution are
unethical. One such example is sweeping trend against journalists," he
said, ending it with the hashtag #StayResponsible. His tweet, however, did not
specify if he was addressing anyone in particular.
alarming hashtag #ArrestAntiPakjournalists was used or forwarded more than
28,000 times on Thursday. Many users accompanied it with a composite photograph
of prominent journalists and TV anchors, some of whom regularly criticise the
ruling Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) of Prime Minister Imran Khan and the
powerful military establishment.
image of Hamid Mir, one of Pakistan's most high-profile TV anchors, was
prominent among the photographs of journalists being shared.
made international headlines in 2014 after surviving multiple gunshot wounds in
an attack he blamed on Pakistan's top spy organisation.
days prior to the anti-journalists hashtag, he launched a Twitter tirade
against increasing censorship after his interview with former president Asif
Ali Zardari, now an opposition leader, was abruptly taken off the air shortly
after it began.
are not living in a free country,” he wrote.
Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists has taken notice of the malicious
campaign launched on social media.
union’s Federal Executive Council (FEC) adopted a resolution at its meeting on
Saturday, which urged the government to take action against those responsible
for the “life-threatening campaign”. It called upon the government, state
institutions and judiciary to take immediate and urgent notice of the campaign,
which has been launched on the basis of religious hatred.
the campaign, concocted and fabricated allegations have been posted online that
have termed some journalists “foreign agents”, posing a direct threat to their
lives and that of their families.
Federal Minister for Railways Sheikh Rashid has hinted at more arrests from the
opposition, including former premier Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, in the coming days.
also claims that former finance minister Ishaq Dar would be brought back to
Pakistan from the UK in the next seven days.
is crying these days is about to be arrested. Ishaq Dar too will be brought
back soon to Pakistan from the UK. He will be here before my next press
conference next week,” he told journalists at a press conference on Saturday.
minister also faced reporters’ anger over the misbehaviour of Pakistan Railways
(PR) chief executive officer (CEO) with a senior journalist last week over the
reporting of a derailment at the Lahore railway station. As soon as the
minister started the press conference, the journalists urged him to summon the
CEO for tendering an apology.
the minister tried to pacify the journalists by apologising on behalf of the
CEO, they did not agree and boycotted the press conference. However, they
returned after sometime and condemned the minister for not behaving with them
his presser, the minister said a forward bloc of 37 PML-N MPAs was almost
formed in the Punjab Assembly. However, the bloc in the National Assembly only
had a handful of members so far. “In the PA, the bloc still needs seven more
members to be effective,” he added.
criticised PML-N Vice President Maryam Nawaz for creating troubles for her
family. “Maryam Nawaz Sharif is the person who put the PML-N government into
great troubles. If she wants to do a public meeting, she can, as it doesn’t
matter for the government,” he added.
about the ongoing development in the railways, he said several chunks of benami
property worth billions belonging to the PR had been detected. On the
instructions of the prime minister, the Mianwali Express would be launched on
July 19 between Lahore and Mianwali.
further said the PR had taken over administrative and functional control of the
Royal Palm Golf and Country Club on Saturday. “There will be no problems for
the club members, as they can carry out their routine activities there. We have
also issued a direction against allowing entry of any person, including
non-member PR officers, to the club.”
killed in Nasirabad encounter
Counter Terrorism Department (CTD) on Saturday claimed to have killed a
terrorist during an exchange of fire with its officials on Friday night, and
added that two other terrorists managed to escape from the scene in Notal area
of Nasirabad district of Balochistan. According to details, CTD conducted an
operation in Notal on a tip that terrorists were present in the area, during
which the militants hiding in a compound opened fire. The CTD personnel
returned the fire as a result one terrorist was killed while two others managed
to escape. A CTD spokesperson informed media that the killed terrorist was
identified as Shukar Ullah who acted as facilitator in two suicide attacks on
District Bolan. The CTD personnel also recovered a suicide jacket, explosive
material and arms from terrorists’ hideout.
judge 'blackmailed' into issuing verdict against Nawaz Sharif: Maryam
Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz leader Maryam Nawaz has released a video clip
purportedly showing an accountability court judge allegedly confessing that he
was "blackmailed and forced" to convict former premier Nawaz Sharif
in a corruption case.
a press conference in Lahore on Saturday alongside the top leadership of the
PML-N, Maryam, the daughter of 69-year-old Sharif, said that her father's
entire judicial process was severely compromised.
has been serving a seven-year prison term at the Kot Lakhpat Jail in Lahore
since December 24, 2018 when the accountability court convicted him in the
Al-Azizia Steel Mills case - one of the three corruption cases filed in the
wake of the apex court's July 28, 2017 order in Panama Papers case.
and his family have denied any wrongdoing and allege that the corruption cases
against them were politically motivated.
claimed Accountability Court Islamabad Judge Arshad Malik, who sentenced Sharif
to a seven-year imprisonment in the Al-Azizia corruption case, confessed in his
conversation with PML-N supporter Nasir Butt that he was "blackmailed and
forced (by hidden forces)" to give verdict against the former premier.
video purportedly shows the judge speaking to Butt and claiming that he was
coerced to hand down the prison sentence against Sharif despite there being no
proof of corruption against him.
Imran Khan government termed the leaked video "doctored" and demanded
its forensic audit, saying that "it is an attack on the judiciary."
said this was a "divine help" as her father failed to get justice in
cases against him.
said Judge Malik had categorically declared that there was no evidence of money
laundering, commission or any other wrong financial transaction against Sharif
but he had "orders to send him jail for which I am repenting."
judge was "blackmailed" into handing down the sentence against Sharif
after some people threatened that they would release a private video of his,
she alleged. She said the judge did not write the sentence but "was made
to write" the prison sentence for Sharif.
claimed the judge was under immense pressure to send the former prime minister
to jail, and that he had contemplated committing suicide several times since.
Arab Coalition has denied claims made by the Houthis that the militia targeted
aircraft belonging to the coalition within Saudi territories.
spokesperson of the Arab Coalition, Col. Turki al-Maliki, said on Saturday that
forces were able to intercept the drones launched by the Houthis before they
reached their targets inside Saudi Arabia.
attempts of the Houthi militia to continue targeting civilians and public
facilities will be constantly confronted and neutralized in accordance with
international humanitarian law and its customary rules,” al-Maliki said in a
ambassador to Iran says the Arab country dearly needs Tehran’s economic and
technical support as it seeks to rebuild territories ravaged by Daesh
terrorists while insisting that US pressure would fail to break the intimate
bonds between the two neighbors.
damage was inflicted on Iraq during the time of Daesh and we need Iran’s
contribution to reverse the damage,” said Sa’ad Jawad Qandil while addressing a
trade conference in Tehran on Saturday.
said US economic sanctions on Iran would be no deterrent to Iraq and its
efforts to consolidate trade and business ties with its Iran, insisting the two
neighboring countries were “determined to weather the crisis”.
said Iraq’s refusal to adhere to US sanctions on Iran was meant to compensate
Iran’s support for Iraq which persisted until two years ago when the Arab
country purged Daesh militants from its territories.
Iran was beside Iraq at the time of Daesh insurgency, now Iraq will stand by
its friendly and neighboring country during sanctions,” said the Iraqi
his speech, Qandil expressed hope that the value of trade between Iraq and Iran
could increase from the current level of $12 billion and reach a target of $20
billion a year.
said that Iraqi embassy in Tehran was ready to issue free-of-charge visas,
which has been in place for Iranian pilgrims since last year, for businessman,
saying the process would be carried out
in the shortest time possible.
International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)—the UN nuclear watchdog tasked with
vigorously monitoring Iran’s nuclear program under the 2015 accord—confirmed
this week that Iran exceeded the limit on its supply of low-enriched uranium
(LEU). Unfortunately, with a few notable exceptions, reporting from many in the
media on this development wasn’t great. Reporters and commentators portrayed
Iran, not Donald Trump, as the primary provocateur, with many going so far as
to claim, without any evidence whatsoever, that Iran is now racing to build a
goal of the Iran nuclear deal (the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action or JCPOA)
was to stretch the timeline to one year in terms of how long it would take Iran
to enrich enough uranium for one bomb. To achieve that outcome, the United
States, the UK, France, Germany, China, Russia, and Iran agreed that Tehran
could continue enriching uranium for civilian energy purposes but also to cap
the amount of LEU it could have on hand at any one time to about 660 pounds.
Before the agreement, and ostensibly under the untenable George W. Bush-era
policy of “zero enrichment,” Iran had amassed around 10,000 pounds of LEU,
which if further refined, could be transformed into fuel for nuclear weapons.
After the JCPOA’s implementation, Iran shipped out 98 percent of its LEU
stockpile and verifiably maintained, until this week, the 660-pound cap, even
after Trump last year unilaterally reimposed sanctions that were lifted as part
of the deal.
the reason Iran surpassed the cap? Back in May, as part of its unprovoked
“maximum pressure” campaign against Iran, the Trump administration revoked
sanctions waivers allowing Iran to ship out any excess LEU it produces beyond
the 660-pound cap. That left Iran with a choice: bow to Trump’s gratuitous
demands even though Iran was adhering to the deal or carry on enriching uranium
as allowed under the JCPOA.
chose the latter course, in a move that experts say is actually “a calculated
effort to get European leaders to reinforce the nuclear deal and halt the drift
toward war.” Experts also say that breaching the cap, for now, “does not pose a
near-term proliferation risk.” But that’s very far from how some in the U.S. mainstream
media portrayed it.
after the news broke, CNN Chief National Security Correspondent Jim Sciutto
tweeted that Iran surpassing the 660-pound LEU stockpile limit “appears to be
the first violation of the terms of the JCPOA following the US withdrawal from
the deal last year.” This is completely false. Donald Trump first violated the
terms of the JCPOA in November 2018 when he reimposed all economic sanctions on
Iran without cause. Trump set this JCPOA-violation crisis in motion, not Iran.
another example, editors at The New York Times headlined an opinion piece
responding to the news: “Iran Is Rushing to Build a Nuclear Weapon—and Trump
Can’t Stop It.”
is no evidence that Iran is rushing to build a nuclear weapon. In fact, U.S.
intelligence has concluded that Iran halted its nuclear weapons program some
time between 2002 and 2004.
text of the Times piece argued, somewhat controversially, that given everything
that Iran has endured from the United States, Iran probably should build a nuclear
weapon to deter further American right-wing aggression. But the piece never
presented any evidence that Iran, based on the latest news of breaching the LEU
cap, is dashing toward a bomb. And its author, an American professor of
political science at the University of Chicago, isn’t involved in the Iranian
leadership’s decision-making processes. He is stating what he believes Iran
should do, not what Iran is actually doing or plans to do.
but perhaps less surprisingly, the Wall Street Journal editorial board referred
to the news as a “nuclear breakout,” a term that is used to describe an actual
move toward building nuclear weapons, which of course Iran is not doing.
the most egregious reporting on Iran surpassing the LEU cap came in a piecefrom
the seemingly left-leaning news outlet Vox. The original version of the story
falsely claimed that Iran “vows to increase enrichment to weapons-grade level
by July 7.” Although Iran has gotten close, it has actually never enriched
uranium to weapons-grade levels, and its leaders have made no such vow. Vox
corrected that assertion, but the entire piece, entitled “Why Iran just
violated part of the 2015 nuclear deal,” never once mentioned the actual reason
Iran violated the deal, namely that Trump reimposed sanctions and thereby
prevented Iran from shipping out its stockpiled LEU.
are just a few examples of how the media has undeserved the American public on
the recent Trump-induced crisis with Iran. And it’s reminiscent of how the
mainstream U.S. media handled the Bush administration’s march to war in Iraq.
At that time, the media often relayed false or misleading administration claims
at face value with little to no scrutiny and did the White House’s bidding by
framing the issue on its own aggressive terms, which in turn helped produce
public opinion supportive of military action. This same dynamic appears to be
at play today.
spokesman for Yemeni Armed Forces says army troopers and allied fighters from
Popular Committees have launched a string of airstrikes against hangars in
Saudi Arabia's Jizan airport near the border with Yemen, using a squadron of
domestically-manufactured Qasef-2K (Striker-2K) combat drones.
during a press conference in the capital Sana’a on Saturday, Brigadier General
Yahya Saree (pictured below) said the unmanned aerial vehicles struck the
designated targets with precision, noting that the operation led to the
disruption of air traffic at the airport.
reiterated that the Yemeni drone strikes are in line with the right of
self-defense, and a legitimate response to the continued Saudi-led military
aggression against Yemen and the blockade of the conflict-plagued Arab country.
of Saudi mercs slain in Yemeni army attacks
scores of Saudi-sponsored militiamen loyal to Yemen's former president Abd
Rabbuh Mansur Hadi lost their lives when Yemeni army soldiers and Popular
Committees fighters launched separate offensives against their positions across
unnamed Yemeni military source told the media bureau of the Houthi Ansarullah
movement that Yemeni troops and their allies launched a drone strike against a
gathering of Saudi mercenaries in Qaniyeh area of the country’s central
province of al-Bayda on Saturday, leaving many of them dead or injured.
soldiers and fighters from Popular Committees also dealt a heavy blow to
Saudi-backed militia forces in the al-Wazi'iyah district of the southern
province of Ta’izz, when they struck their fortifications with a number of
domestically-manufactured ballistic missiles.
in the northern Yemeni province of al-Jawf, Saudi mercenaries suffered a major
setback when Yemeni soldiers and their allies targeted their military camps in
Sabrin area of the Khabb wa ash Sha'af district.
on Saturday, a civilian lost his life and seven others, mostly women and
children, sustained injuries when Saudi-paid militiamen targeted residential
neighborhoods in the western coastal city of Hudaydah.
civilian was killed after Saudi-sponsored forces launched a barrage of mortar
shells at Sawiq area in the al-Tuhayta district of Hudaydah province.
Arabia and a number of its regional allies launched a devastating campaign
against Yemen in March 2015, with the goal of bringing the government of Hadi
back to power and crushing the Ansarullah movement.
US-based Armed Conflict Location and Event Data Project (ACLED), a nonprofit
conflict-research organization, estimates that the Saudi-led war has claimed
the lives of over 60,000 Yemenis since January 2016.
energy minister says a second Turkish ship will begin drilling for oil and gas
off Cyprus within a week, a move that could stoke tensions with neighboring
Cyprus and Greece.
and the internationally recognized Greek Cypriot government have overlapping
claims of jurisdiction for offshore oil and gas research in the eastern
Mediterranean, a region thought to be rich in natural gas.
state news agency Anadolu quoted Fatih Donmez as saying on Saturday that
"the second drilling ship, Yavuz, is currently at the port of Mersin doing
final tests and taking on supplies."
willing, within a week Yavuz will begin drilling in the Eastern Mediterranean,
in Carpasia (peninsula), in the area where we have got a license from the
Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus,” said Donmez.
first drilling vessel, Fatih, has already started searching for gas and oil off
Cyprus. Cyprus has issued arrest warrants for the ship’s crew members, accusing
the vessel of breaching the republic's sovereign territory.
month, Greece and Cyprus called on the European Union to take punitive measures
against Turkey after Ankara announced it would expand exploration for
potentially lucrative gas resources in the region.
which does not have diplomatic ties with the Greek Cyprus, has vowed to prevent
what it sees as a unilateral move by Greek Cypriots to claim offshore
resources. It says some areas of Cyprus’s offshore maritime zone fall under
what Ankara calls the territory of the Turkish Cyprus.
island has been divided into Turkish Cypriot-controlled northern and Greek
Cypriot-controlled southern territories since a brief war in 1974, which saw
Turkey intervene militarily in response to a military coup on the island, which
was backed by the Athens government to annex Cyprus to Greece.
high-ranking official from the Palestinian Hamas resistance movement says his
group will continue its activities against US President Donald Trump’s
controversial proposal for “peace” between the Israeli regime and Palestinians,
dubbed “the deal of the century.”
al-Hayya said he believed Palestinians were capable of confronting and
thwarting all attempts to liquidate their national cause, emphasizing that
Hamas would join forces with all Palestinian parties to frustrate conspiracies
targeting their cause.
went on to say that the US-sponsored Bahrain economic workshop, held late last
month, had failed just before it was convened because the Palestinians had
decided to boycott the event.
senior Hamas official then stressed the importance of Palestinian unity in the
face of such conspiracies, lauding official and popular efforts by Arab and
Muslim countries against the Bahrain conference.
Ismail Haniyeh, the head of the Hamas political bureau, expressed his
movement’s profound gratitude to Lebanese Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri for
his rejection of Trump’s much-touted proposal as well as the Bahrain
so-called Peace to Prosperity workshop opened in Bahrain on June 25 and ran
through June 26.
Palestinian leadership boycotted the meeting, leading critics to question the
credibility of the event.
staged rallies across the occupied West Bank in protest against the conference
and participation of Arab delegations.
gathered in Ramallah, Bethlehem, Jenin, al-Khalil, Tulkarm, Salfit, Qalqilyah
and Ariha, while a general strike was staged in the besieged and impoverished
has fired its central bank governor and replaced him with the bank's deputy
governor amid high inflation and an economic slump.
to a presidential decree published on the official gazette on Saturday, Murat
Cetinkaya, who had been serving as Turkey’s central bank governor since April
2016, was removed from his post and replaced by his deputy Murat Uysal.
central bank said in a statement that it would continue to operate
independently and that its new governor would focus on maintaining price
stability as the country faces volatility in the lira currency.
sacking came amid latest speculations that Cetinkaya could be replaced due to
disagreements with the government of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on cutting
has repeatedly called for lower interest rates to stimulate growth in the
Turkish government sources told Reuters that differences between the government
and the central bank governor have deepened recently over the conduct of
president and the finance minister demanded his resignation, but Cetinkaya
reminded of the bank’s independence and declined to resign,” said one of the
the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) raised concerns about the
central bank's credibility following the sacking.
who removed the central bank governor overnight have lost the right to demand
confidence in the country's economy. The central bank is a captive being kept
in the palace," said CHP spokesman Faik Oztrak.
debt-soaked economy is currently in recession after a currency crisis last year
chopped 30 percent from the lira and sent inflation and unemployment soaring.
Turkish president has suggested the West is behind the country’s financial
August 2018, he accused the US of waging economic “war” on Turkey, saying that
dollars, euros and gold were now “the bullets, cannonballs and missiles of the
economic war being waged against our country.”
Turkey’s president has met with the head of Libya’s “recognized” government,
following heightened tensions between Turkey and forces loyal to a rival Libyan
a statement from his office late Friday, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan
reiterated his support for Prime Minister Fayez Sarraj’s forces.
is split between two warring governments. Sarraj leads the weakened Tripoli
government in the west, supported by an array of militias.
Libyan National Army of Khalifa Haftar rules much of the rest of the country.
His ongoing offensive to seize the capital has threatened to plunge Libya into
another bout of violence on the scale of the conflict that ousted Muammar
Qaddafi in 2011.
called on Haftar’s forces to cease their attacks.
military commander’s forces has said that Turkish vessels and interests would
be considered targets, after accusing Turkey of helping militias allied with
the Tripoli government. Six Turkish nationals were freed this week after Turkey
LNA also said it deployed more troops to join the Tripoli fighting.
Friday, its media center posted footage it says shows “military battalions”
that would be sent to the front for the first time. The footage showed dozens
of armored vehicles moving in the desert under air cover.
reinforcements came less than two weeks after Haftar’s forces were driven out
of the strategic town of Gharyan, in a surprise attack by militiamen aligned
with the Tripoli government.
UN health agency said the death toll from the fighting around the capital had
reached nearly 1000, including 53 who were killed in the airstrike on the
Tajoura detention center for migrants.
World Health Organization said the fighting has wounded over 5,000 others since
Haftar launched his offensive on April 4.
aligned with the government in Tripoli received Turkish-made armored vehicles
in May. The LNA said it destroyed Turkish-made drones during the fighting.
a telephone call Saturday, Erdogan spoke with Russian President Vladimir Putin
about the Libyan crisis, among other topics. Haftar is backed by Russia, along
with his Arab allies of the UAE and Egypt.
Omar al-Bashir’s final hours reveal how his close ties with Qatar were a big
part of why the ousted president was becoming increasingly isolated in the
Middle East in the lead up to his downfall.
night before ousted President Omar al-Bashir was removed from power, Sudan’s
intelligence chief Salah Abdallah Gosh had reassured the former leader that the
protests outside the Defense Ministry would be crushed, according to a Reuters
when Sudan’s then-leader awoke early on April 11, his palace guards where gone
and replaced with army officers who were waiting to take him to the Kobar
prison in Khartoum where he remains.
was an order from the presidency that night to deal with the protests once and
for all using the security apparatus. Members of the Supreme Security Committee
in Sudan all unanimously rejected this. We decided it was time to stop the
bloodshed and side with the people,” Jalal al-din al-Sheikh, the deputy head of
the National Intelligence and Security Service, told Al Arabiya.
Kobar prison, al-Bashir is awaiting trial for the killings of demonstrators
during the anti-regime protests that led to his removal from power.
lead-up to al-Bashir’s fall
a documentary titled “Al-Bashir: The final hours”, Al Arabiya spoke to several
sources including members of al-Bashir’s immediate family, his office staff,
and his closest security advisers. Those sources said that weeks before
al-Bashir’s downfall, Gosh had been contacting political prisoners and Sudanese
opposition groups to gain their support to remove al-Bashir.
days after Al Arabiya aired the documentary, a Reuters report confirmed the
account of al-Bashir’s final days in power. The Reuters report spoke to several
sources, including an unnamed former government minister and a member of the
coup. They described al-Bashir as a skilled manipulator who was able to control
rival extremist and military factions within Sudan, but also said that he was
becoming increasingly isolated regionally and internationally.
reluctance to eliminate extremist influence in Sudan and join Saudi Arabia, the
UAE, Bahrain and Egypt in severing ties with Qatar because of its support for
terrorism compelled opposition leaders to devise a plan to remove him from
opposition leader told Reuters that in early January, Gosh began visiting
political prisoners to ask them to support plans for a new political order in
continued to meet with senior Sudanese officials – including the defense
minister and the army’s chief of staff – to plan when to remove al-Bashir from
power and prevent Qatar and its allies from exerting its power in Sudan.
the army was planning to interfere, I said I would’ve been the first to welcome
them,” al-Tayeb Mustafa, al-Bashir’s uncle, told Al Arabiya. “We knew that we
wanted a peaceful transition rather than jumping into an abyss,” he added.
had long considered Iran and Qatar close allies. However, in 2014 he began to
respond to the UAE’s moves to counter extremist groups in the region, including
the Muslim Brotherhood. In 2014, Sudanese authorities ordered the closure of
Iranian cultural centre in the capital Khartoum.
2014 until the Qatar boycott in the summer of 2017, Al-Bashir sought closer
ties with the UAE and Saudi Arabia.
February 2017, al-Bashir met with Abu Dhabi Crown Prince and Deputy Supreme
Commander of UAE Armed Forces Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan to discuss
plans to counter extremism in the region. According to Reuters, between March
2017 and March 2018, the UAE donated $7.6 billion in aid to Sudan’s central
bank through the Abu Dhabi Fund for Development and private investments.
According to a Reuters report, al-Bashir had promised the Abu Dhabi Crown
Prince that he would reject the influence of extremists.
al-Bashir refused to join Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain, and Egypt in severing
ties with Qatar in June 2017 for threatening stability and security in the
region, undermining their sovereignty, and embracing various terrorist and
the influence of extremist allies, al-Bashir maintained his relationship with
Qatar, and in March 2018 the two countries announced plans to jointly develop
the Red Sea port of Suakin off Sudan’s coast.
same month, the Eritrean government released a statement accusing Qatar of
funding extremist groups in Sudan.
of the radical Islamic Cleric, Mohammed Jumma, opened an office, under extreme
secrecy, in a secluded area to organize political and military activities as
well as to train their members. Funding of their activities is provided by the
Embassy of Qatar in Khartoum. Training and other logistical functions are
managed by the Sudanese Security and Intelligence Service,” the statement read.
what was his first trip abroad since the anti-government demonstrations broke
out, al-Bashir arrived in Qatar in January 2019 to discuss “bilateral
relations,” SUNA, Sudan’s state news agency, reported.
Sudanese leader then met with senior officials in Qatar, including its ruler
Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, the official news agencies in both
al-Bashir’s removal from power, Sudanese authorities cut ties with Qatar in a
long-awaited move by opposition leaders.
a Qatari delegation headed by Foreign Minister Mohammed bin Abdulrahman
al-Thani traveled to Sudan in April 2019, Sudanese authorities refused to
receive it, a source confirmed to Al Arabiya.
Qatari delegation then left the Sudanese capital and returned to Doha.
Sudanese source told Al Arabiya and Al Hadath that the Qatari delegation was
refused because diplomatic protocols were not followed.
April 21, the UAE and Saudi Arabia announced they would deliver $3 billion
worth of aid to Sudan.
two Gulf countries shared their support for the continuation of dialogue in
Sudan as different parties sought to reach an agreement.
Sudan’s military junta and civilian protest leaders concluded a power-sharing
deal, the UAE’s Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash
congratulated Khartoum on July 5 and said it would stand with the new
government in “good times and bad times.”
Arabia also confirmed its support for the power-sharing deal on July 5,
according to the Saudi Press Agency, and expressed hope that the deal would
start a new phase of security and stability in Sudan.
July 4, the Associated Press reported that the Sudanese Professionals’
Association, which spearheaded the protests, said on its Facebook page: “Today,
our revolution has won and our victory shines.”
Coast Guard recovered on Saturday the bodies of 14 African migrants who drowned
when their boat carrying more than 80 people sank after setting off for Europe
from neighboring Libya, the Tunisian Red Crescent said.
fishermen rescued four people but one later died in hospital, the UN refugee
agency UNHCR said on Thursday. The others on the overcrowded boat were feared
least 65 migrants heading for Europe from Libya drowned last May when their
boat capsized off Tunisia.
west coast is a main departure point for African migrants hoping to reach
Europe, though numbers have dropped due to an Italian-led effort to disrupt
smuggling networks and support the Libyan Coast Guard.
the fighting in Libya has made the situation more difficult for
people-smugglers, international aid officials have warned it could also prompt
more Libyans to flee their country.
who are picked up by the Libyan Coast Guard are routinely brought back to Libya
and detained. The United Nations has pleaded with Libya’s government to free
the detainees, some of whom have been locked up for years.
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has called for an end to “unlawful attacks” by
militiamen loyal to the renegade commander of the self-styled Libyan National
Army (LNA), Khalifa Haftar.
president renewed his support for the internationally-recognized government and
urged an end to unlawful attacks by Haftar’s forces,” Turkey’s presidency
quoted Erdogan as saying during a meeting with Libyan Prime Minister Fayez
al-Sarraj in Istanbul on Friday.
has been divided between two rival governments, the House of Representatives,
based in the eastern city of Tobruk, and Serraj's internationally-recognized
unity Government of National Accord (GNA) based in Tripoli.
who is presumably loyal to the government in the east, launched a deadly
campaign on April 4 to invade and conquer Tripoli, resulting in repeated fierce
clashes, particularly on the southern edges of the capital, leaving nearly
1,000 people killed so far.
month, Haftar, whose forces hold much of eastern and southern Libya, ordered
his army to arrest all Turkish nationals and close all restaurants and shops
with Turkish names after he lost a major town to forces backing the GNA.
July 1, a day after Haftar’s forces destroyed a Turkish drone parked at
Tripoli’s only working airport, the LNA released six Turkish sailors after it
briefly detained them. Their release came after Ankara vowed that the LNA would
become a “legitimate target” unless the men were released immediately.
price of hostile attitudes or attacks will be heavy. They will be responded to
with the most efficient and hard manner,” said Turkish Minister of Defense
Hulusi Akar on June 30.
interest in Libya goes back to the Ottoman era as the North African country was
part of the vast empire until 1912.
on Friday, the United Nations Security Council called for a ceasefire in Libya,
condemning the late Tuesday attack on the Tajoura detention camp east of the
a statement, the council “stressed the need for all parties to urgently
de-escalate the situation and to commit to a ceasefire.”
has been the scene of increasing violence since 2011, when former dictator
Muammar Gaddafi was toppled from power after an uprising and a NATO military
BENGHAZI: Eastern Libyan authorities and US security firm Guidry Group plan to
finalize an agreement to develop a major port in the east of the troubled oil
producer, both sides said.
have been going on for about a year to build a port in Susah, which would mark
a rare sign of investment in Libya. Most of the country has been in chaos since
the toppling of Muammar Qaddafi in 2011.
Guidry Group and the State of Libya through the Sea Port Authority officially
signed the concession agreement on May 13 for the development of a
multi-purpose, deep sea port in Susah, Libya,” the Guidry Group said in a
statement to Reuters.
steps for the project will involve establishing all the technical, financial,
operational and commercial requirements,” the firm said.
Elhasi, head of the eastern port authority, said no final deal had been signed
yet but 90 percent of work was done.
are in the final stage of the agreement. ...and are reviewing the agreement’s
details,” he said.
side gave details. In February, both had put the investment volume of the
project at $1.5 billion.
final signature would be a coup for the parallel government in charge of
eastern Libya which has not gained international recognition. The UN-backed
government sits in Tripoli in western Libya.
Susah port is supposed to be the main entry port for goods into Libya as a sea
depth of up to 40 meters would enable containers to load goods on smaller
vessels headed for other cities.
hope the port will create jobs in a country where most look to a bloated public
sector or join armed groups.
the negotiations started, tensions between the two governments have escalated
as eastern Libyan forces led by Khalifa Haftar allied to the parallel
government started a military campaign to seize Tripoli.
port is meant to serve the whole of Libya.
Guidry Group said it was “very close” to signing a funding agreement for the
fear a port may damage ancient historical sites.
head of Sudan’s transitional military council pledged to restore Sudan’s former
glory by reconciling all political formations and other groups in the country.
Gen. Abdel Fattah Burhan made his remarks in a meeting with Ugandan counterpart
Yoweri Museveni in the Mbale district, east of Kampala, Uganda’s capital, on
wish that this visit will have a very positive reflection on the way forward
for Sudan internally, regionally and externally,” he said.
a statement issued Friday night, Museveni said: “I had a good briefing from his
excellency. I am very happy now the military council has agreed with the
groups. I encourage the Sudanese to agree because this type of agitation is
the meeting, Museveni said his country had previously faced a similar situation
like Sudan which affected its development.
the time we were trying to get out, we had lost a lot of time for development.
The earlier we agree to move in a democratic way, the better,” he said.
visit came a day after Sudan’s ruling military generals and a coalition of
protest and opposition groups reached an agreement to share power during a
transition period until elections.
believe the agreement will end the political deadlock and protests which rocked
the country for nearly two months after the overthrow of long-time leader Omar
militant group Al-Shabaab has executed 14 people across Somalia in the past
three days over accusations ranging from practising black magic to spying for
executions, detailed in a report on Al-Shabaab’s propaganda site Somali memo,
happened in the southern Shabelle and Jubba regions.
5 July, three alleged Somali soldiers were hanged in Kurtun Warey town, Lower
Shabelle Region, after an Al-Shabaab court sentenced them to death.
were identified as 23-year old Amin Tifow, 36-year old Muhudin Mohamed
30-year old Abdiwahab Ahmed Hassan.
three were reportedly captured by Al-Shabaab militants following clashes with
government forces in the region.
the same day, the militants executed another man, 35-year old Ali Haaney Ahmed
Kaytoy, in Buale town of Middle Shabelle Region after accusing him of
practising black magic.
3 and 4 July, Al-Shabaab executed a total of 10 alleged spy agents in the Lower
and Middle Jubba regions.
toll from Taliban mortar attack on Faryab market rises to 53
Afghan military has confirmed that the casualties toll from mortar attack on
Faryab market has climbed to 53 people.
209th Shaheen Corps in a statement said the Taliban militants fired mortars on
Khwaja Sabz Posh market early on Friday.
statement further added that the attack killed 14 civilians and wounded 39
others including several children.
the 209th Shaheen Corps said the Taliban militants launched the attack as
dozens of people had gathered in the market to shop in Friday Bazar.
the 209th Shaheen Corps said the security forces launched an immediate
operation to shift the wounded civilians to medical facilities.
209th Shaheen Corps also added that the security forces also donated blood to
help the injured civilians.
Special Forces kill 9 ISIS Khurasan militants in Kunar province
Afghan Special Forces killed 9 militants of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria
Khurasan in Kunar province.
informed military officials said Thursday that the Special Forces killed the
militants in Watahpur district of Kunar.
the Special Forces destroyed a small weapons cache during the same operation.
ISIS sympathizers have not commented regarding the operation so far.
is among the relatively volatile provinces in East of Afghanistan.
Taliban and militants are active in some districts of the province and often
conduct terrorist related activities.
the Afghan forces routinely conduct counter-terrorism operations against the
anti-government armed groups in this province.
security forces killed a senior Taliban leader and his comrade during a raid in
north-eastern Takhar province.
209th Shaheen Corps in a statement said the security forces killed Mawlavi
Abdul Qahar, a senior Taliban leader in Dasht-e-Qala district.
statement further added that the raid was conductd late on Saturday night in
Ozon Kotal area of the district.
Afghan and U.S. forces killed 24 Taliban militants during separate raids
conducted in central Logar and Wardak provinces.
203rd Thunder Corps in a statement said the U.S. forces conducted airstrikes in
Pul-e-Alam and Baraki Barak districts of Logar in past 24 hours.
statement further added that the airstrikes killed 19 Taliban militants.
the 203rd Thunder Corps said the Afghan security forces killed 5 Taliban
militants during a joint raid in Wardak province.
Islamist fighters killed at least eight Afghan security force members and four
civilians, as well as wounding more than 50 civilians, by blowing up a car bomb
in central Ghazni province on Sunday, government officials and the Taliban
Taliban claimed responsibility for detonating the bomb near the National
Directorate of Security (NDS) compound in Ghazni city during Sunday morning’s
rush hour. “Dozens of NDS
were killed or wounded,” Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said in a
Noori, a provincial government spokesman in Ghazni, confirmed eight members of
the NDS and four civilians died in the blast, with more than 50 civilians
injured. “Many injured people were being rushed to the hospital,” he said.
wasn’t immediately clear whether the attack was carried out by a suicide
Joanna Slater and Hafeel Farisz
Sri Lanka — The New Fawz Hotel was a
bustling institution in this small Sri Lankan town, beckoning diners with its
huge red neon sign and hot plates of chicken and rice available day and night.
But after the Easter Sunday terrorist attacks, customers stopped showing up.
got worse. In May, men on motorbikes arrived wielding sticks, their faces
covered with helmets. They smashed the restaurant’s glass windows as a huge
crowd gathered, then surged into the premises and destroyed everything inside.
M. M. Mohomed Indhas, the proprietor, fled out the back, afraid for his life.
were born here, this is my hometown,” said Indhas, 52, standing outside the
wrecked shell of the restaurant. “Now we wonder whether there is a future in
is a Sri Lankan Muslim, a religious minority in this predominantly Buddhist
country. In the wake of the devastating April attacks — carried out by local
Islamist extremists — the entire community braced itself for retaliation.
those reprisals have arrived. Muslim-owned businesses are facing informal
boycotts. Anti-Muslim riots broke out in two provinces in May, damaging
hundreds of businesses, homes and mosques and leaving one person dead. Nine
Muslim ministers resigned in June, partly because they feared that if they did
not, more violence was imminent.
M. Mohomed Indhas with his son outside his restaurant, a 24-hour eatery called
the New Fawz Hotel. Anti-Muslim rioters attacked the premises on May 13.
(Joanna Slater/The Washington Post)
worry that Sri Lanka, a multiethnic and multireligious democracy whose bloody
civil war ended in 2009, is poised for a new outbreak of tensions. This time
the divisions are emerging along religious lines, rather than the long-standing
ethnic cleavage between Sinhalese and Tamils.
before the Easter attacks, Muslims, who make up about 10 percent of the
population, had faced discriminatory rhetoric and sporadic violence,
particularly with the rise of hard-line Buddhist nationalist groups after the
end of the civil war.
the current climate marks a perilous turn. Last month, one of Sri Lanka’s most
prominent Buddhist monks called for a boycott of Muslim-owned businesses and
appeared to condone violence. “Don’t go to their shops or eat their food,” said
Warakagoda Sri Gnanarathana Thero, endorsing a bigoted slur that Muslims are
trying to sterilize people. “Buddhists must protect themselves.”
country’s finance minister shot back, saying that such statements were a
perversion of the faith. “True Buddhists must unite NOW against the
Talibanization of our great philosophy of peace & love of all beings,”
wrote Mangala Samaraweera on Twitter.
the April attacks, which killed more than 260 people, conspiracy theories have
run rampant. A Muslim gynecologist was recently accused by a nationalist
newspaper, without providing any evidence, of sterilizing thousands of
Sinhalese Buddhist women against their will. The unsubstantiated allegations
dominated media coverage for weeks.
observers say that the anti-Muslim rhetoric serves a political purpose: to
polarize the electorate ahead of presidential elections later this year.
Opposition parties “want to keep this pot boiling,” said Rauff Hakeem, leader
of the Sri Lankan Muslim Congress, a political party that is part of the
current governing coalition.
was one of the nine Muslim ministers who resigned in June. (Two have since been
reinstated.) He said that the group made the decision to step down as a
response to “a presupposition of links to terrorism” that was “demonizing the
entire community.” On May 13, packs of men on motorcycles began roaming towns
in areas north of the capital, Colombo. Police did little to stop them from
targeting Muslim businesses and homes, witnesses said, whether out of fear,
complicity or a lack of manpower. A national police spokesman did not respond
to a request for comment.
Minuwangoda, part of a district of 177,000 people — just 3 percent of them
Muslim — northeast of Colombo, the rioters came prepared. After mobs attacked
the area near the New Fawz Hotel, they traveled five miles down the road to
where Ali Jisthy’s family had completed a new pasta factory, the largest of its
kind in Sri Lanka. A crowd of about 200 people pushed down the large aluminum
sliding doors leading to the facility. Once inside, they set tires on fire, Jisthy
the police nor the fire department took any action, but two hours after the
fire began, the army showed up. The blaze burned until 1 p.m. the following
day. The three-story-high imported Italian pasta machine, which had taken nine
months to build, was gutted. The cost of the damage and lost sales is about $4
million, Jisthy estimates.
rioters burned Sri Lanka’s largest pasta factory, near the town of Minuwangoda
on May 13. (Joanna Slater/The Washington Post)
because of your faith you’re being attacked,” said Jisthy, 23. “That’s
something I’ve never experienced before.”
the police station in Minuwangoda, chief inspector L.B. Aberatha said that 70
people had been arrested for the rioting and nearly all were granted bail. He
said he could not fathom why the rioters had picked the town, nor state whether
the violence had been planned. In total, 76 businesses and homes and one mosque
of towns farther north described a similar phenomenon that night: men arriving
on motorbikes bent on destruction. In Ihala Kottaramulla, a Muslim enclave,
Mohamed Sali Fausul Ameer, a 49-year-old carpenter, told his wife and four
children to turn off the lights and lock the door while he went outside.
they huddled in the back, they heard rioters attacking a neighboring house then
breaking down their own gate and trying to set their car on fire. Then the
crowd was running away. Ameer’s wife, Fatima Jiffriya, said she went outside
and found her husband on the ground, bleeding from a deep cut to his neck. He
police “didn’t even help me take him to the hospital,” she said. “Now my life
is completely ruined.”
people have been arrested for the killing, a local police officer said,
speaking on the condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak
publicly about the incident.
The latest round of talks with the Taliban - now in their second week - has
been "very productive," a member of the American negotiating team
said on Friday, while strenuously denying Washington sought a fixed deadline
for the withdrawal of its estimated 14,000 troops from Afghanistan as part of a
final peace deal.
have had fresh momentum in recent weeks after US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo
visited Afghanistan's capital, Kabul, at the end of last month. At the time, he
said Washington was hopeful of an agreement before September 1.
appointment last year of Zalmay Khalilzad as a US special peace envoy began the
accelerated effort to find a negotiated end to Afghanistan's war and America's
longest military engagement.
then Khalilzad has held scores of talks with the Afghan government in Kabul and
abroad, with the Taliban as well as with Afghanistan's neighbours — including
Pakistan which has been accused of aiding the insurgents.
US official in Qatar's capital, Doha, where the Taliban maintain a political
office and talks are being held, told The Associated Press that the US
"definitely did not offer" an 18-month withdrawal as part of a peace
anonymously because of the sensitivity of the talks, the US negotiator was
responding to a timeframe Taliban officials told the AP months earlier.
US negotiator said the deal being negotiated in Doha with the Taliban is
"comprehensive and includes specifics on all four parts including a cease
fire, timeline, participating in intra-Afghan negotiations and
Saturday, several prominent Afghan figures left Kabul for Doha ahead of
much-anticipated all-Afghan talks to begin on Sunday. The talks are
co-sponsored by Germany and Qatar, and include the Taliban.
earlier round of intra-Afghan talks, which were to be held last April, were
scuttled after the two sides could not agree on participants. The Afghan
government had submitted a list of 250 people. The Taliban likened it to a
time the Taliban say 60 people will participate.
Rahman Salim, the deputy head of the government's high peace council, said 64
would be sitting around the table.
list includes former mujahedeen who fought the Soviet in the 1980s as well as
former government officials, former ambassadors, civil society representatives
and a smattering of women.
at the table will be there as ordinary Afghans "on equal footing" and
not as government representatives, said the German sponsors.
Taliban who have consistently refused to hold direct talks with President
Ashraf Ghani's government calling it a puppet administration. They have,
however, readily agreed to talks with any Afghan, including from within the
government, but as an ordinary Afghan.
The latest round of talks with the Taliban — now in their second week and
paused for two days — has been “very productive,” a US negotiator said, and
denied Washington sought a fixed deadline for the withdrawal of its estimated
14,000 troops from Afghanistan as part of a final peace deal in the 17-year-old
talks are being paused while another summit with Afghan representatives takes
place, a Taliban spokesman said on Saturday.
Shaheen, the spokesman for the Taliban’s office in Qatar, said they were
pleased with progress in the talks.
and the day after, because of the intra-Afghan conference, no talks will take place,”
Shaheen tweeted, referring to separate talks due to start Sunday in Doha
between the Taliban and Afghan delegates.
are happy with progress and hope the rest of the work is also done. We have not
faced any obstacles yet,” he added.
picked up momentum after US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo visited
Afghanistan’s capital, Kabul, at the end of last month. He said then that
Washington was hopeful of an agreement before September 1.
appointment last year of Zalmay Khalilzad as US special peace envoy began the
accelerated effort to find a negotiated end to Afghanistan’s war and America’s
longest military engagement.
then, Khalilzad has held scores of talks with the Afghan government in Kabul
and abroad, with the Taliban as well as with Afghanistan’s neighbours including
Taliban have refused to talk directly with Kabul, considering it a US puppet.
The insurgents, however, say they will sit down with any Afghan, even a
government official, but as an ordinary citizen and not as a government
Taliban currently control nearly half of Afghanistan, and are more powerful
than at any time since the 2001 US-led invasion.
than 2,400 US service personnel have died in Afghanistan since the US-led
coalition invaded in October 2001 to oust the Taliban and hunt down al-Qaida
chief Osama bin Laden following the September 11, 2001, attacks on the United
US official in Qatar’s capital, Doha, where the Taliban maintain a political
office and where talks are being held, told The Associated Presson Friday that
the US “definitely did not offer” an 18-month withdrawal as part of a peace
deal. That’s the time frame that Taliban officials gave the AP months ago.
official spoke anonymously because of the sensitivity of the talks.
US negotiator said the deal being negotiated in Doha with the Taliban is
“comprehensive and includes specifics on all four parts including a cease-fire,
timeline, participating in intra-Afghan negotiations and counter-terrorism assurances.”
Saturday, several prominent Afghan figures left Kabul for Doha ahead of
much-anticipated all-Afghan talks to begin Sunday. The talks are co-sponsored
by Germany and Qatar, and include the Taliban.
Rahman Salim, the deputy head of the government’s high peace council, said 64
would be sitting around the table.
list includes former mujahedeen who fought the Soviet in the 1980s as well as
former government officials, former ambassadors, civil society representatives
and a small number of women.
at the table will be there as ordinary Afghans “on equal footing” and not as
government representatives, said the German sponsors.
Kurdish-language Hawar News reported that Ahrar al-Sharqieh terrorist group
affiliated to the Ankara-backed Free Syrian Army (FSA) has staged a raid on the
refugee camps in Northern al-Bab City in Northern Aleppo, arresting a number of
noted that the Ankara-backed terrorists have tortured the arrested civilians,
and said that they have also ask for hefty amount of money for releasing those
media activists in Northern Aleppo reported that tens of residents of al-Rayan
camp which is controlled by FSA have started rebellion and protests near the
city of Izaz in Northern Aleppo.
a relevant development in late June, the residents of a refugee camp controlled
by Ankara staged protest rallies in the city of al-Bab in Northeastern Aleppo
as the critical and unfavorable conditions of the camp were deteriorating.
of residents of Zoyouf al-Sharqieh refugee camp controlled by the Turkish Army
and its allied militants in al-Bab city in Eastern Aleppo poured to the streets
in protest to their poor situation, media activists in Northern Syria said.
sources pointed to the difficult conditions of 200 families living Zoyouf
al-Sharqieh Camp, and said that the residents of the camp are protesting
against the acute shortage of everyday needs, including water, foodstuff,
medicine and milk powder.
residents of refugee camps in areas under the control of Turkish Army and its
allied militants in Aleppo and Idlib provinces are facing very aggravating
Arabic-language al-Ma'aloumeh news website quoted a security source in al-Anbar
province as saying on Saturday that a new group of US forces, equipped with
light and medium weapons have entered Ein al-Assad base in al-Baghdadi region
of the town of Heet.
source added that the US forces are specialized in combat missions and
heliborne operations, but they decline to name their mission or the nature of
the Arabic-language al-Soumeriyeh news quoted a military source as saying that
nearly 100 US military vehicles have entered Ein al-Assad base through two
passageways, including Taribil, adding that American forces were transferred to
the airbase on planes.
security source also said last month that the US security firms had sent tens
of personnel to Ein al-Assad airbase in line with Washington's plan to redeploy
large amounts of military equipment and weapons systems from Jordan and Syria
in Iraqi province.
quoted a security source in al-Anbar as saying that the security firms'
personnel had arrived in Ein al-Assad on special planes and under tight
added that the new group came to Ein al-Assad concurrent with the transfer of
military and engineering equipment from Jordan and Syria to the airbase by
their security firms and in line with the US plans to transfer military
equipment to the Western parts of al-Anbar.
Arabic-language al-Arabi al-Jadid newspaper quoted Syrian dissident sources as
saying on Saturday that Turkey wants to put Idlib province under the command
and control of the Olive Branch and Operation Euphrates Shield forces which
already control Afrin and the nearby areas in Northern Aleppo.
added that the main problem for Turkey to attain this goal is the presence of
Tahrir al-Sham al-Hay'at (the Levant Liberation Board or the Al-Nusra Front)
terrorists, noting that the Turkish officials have told them that Tahrir
al-Sham will be dissolved by the yearend, through either war or peace to leave
the Russians with no excuse to continue their military operations in the
sources also said that the interim government affiliated to the dissidents will
gain control of the bordering corridors between Syria and Turkey and the
residents of these regions will be provided with main services with the
revenues of these passageways.
the deputy governor-general of Turkey's Hatay province will supervise the
administrative and service providing activities in Idlib province and the
Ankara-backed National Army forces will carry out military and security
missions, they said.
on an agreement with Russia, Turkey was due to pave the ground for the
withdrawal of terrorists from the demilitarized zone in Idlib which was never
said earlier this month that differences between Russia and Turkey had
increased amid the Syrian army's air and ground offensives against the
terrorist groups' positions and moves in Northern Hama and Southern Idlib.
the Arabic-language al-Watan newspaper reported in June that Turkey ordered
Tahrir al-Sham to reinforce strategic military positions in Jbal al-Zawiyeh in
Idlib province after it turned down Russia's demand for withdrawing militants
from the region. It wrote that with an aim to confront the Syrian Army in
Northern Hama, Tahrir al-Sham has sent large volumes of its military equipment
to al-Jolmeh to North of Mahradeh.
intelligence body has asked Tahrir al-Sham and other terrorist groups in
Northern Syria to reinforce its defense lines, including 50 towns and villages
up to the city of Ariha in Aleppo-Lattakia international highway as clean-up
operation by the Syrian and Russian armies in Jabal al-Zawiyeh in Idlib is
imminent," al-Watan quoted local and opposition sources in Idlib as
sources reiterated that Turkey's operations room in Shir Mughar region in Jabal
Shahshabou in Northern Hama where terrorists are constantly supported in terms
of weapons, ammunition and intelligence has warned terrorists that the Syrian
army might soon capture Jbal Shahshabou which overlooks Sahl al-Ghab in Northwestern
Hama and towns to the South of Idlib and then advance towards Jabal al-Zawiyeh.
newspaper also further quoted the sources as saying that Russia had recently
asked Turkey to make terrorists retreat from Jbal Shahshabou region in
Northwestern Hama and Kabani town in Northeastern Lattakia which are regarded
as the Southern and Western gates of Idlib, but Ankara has strongly turned down
audio files disclosed contacts between Mahmoud al-Falahi, the commander of
al-Anbar operations in the Iraqi army, with a CIA agent who is an Iraqi
CIA agent asked al-Falahi to provide him with the geographical coordinates of
the existing military bases at the borders between Iraq and Syria "to be
attacked by the US and Israeli air forces".
also told al-Falahi to meet with "the US army and intelligence service
commanders in Erbil in Iraqi Kurdistan region or at the US forces' base in
al-Habaniyeh" in Western Iraq.
the conversations, al-Falahi provided the detailed coordinates of military
bases in al-Anbar to the agent.
described the audio files as documents showing al-Falahi's "plot against
the Iraqi army, security, Hashd al-Shaabi and resistance forces ", warning
that his spying for the CIA and Israeli Mossad spy agencies has endangered
Iran's national security.
security sources disclosed in 2016 that Washington was exerting pressure on the
Baghdad government to end Hashd al-Shaabi's partnership in war against ISIL and
dissolve the militia army that has the lion share in the war on terrorism in
the country. "The US government has conveyed the message to the Iraqi
government through its diplomats that there is no need to Hashd al-Shaabi
forces and their role should come to an end," a senior Iraqi source,
speaking on condition of anonymity, told FNA at the time.
senior member of the Iraqi parliament revealed last month the US plots and
attempts to dissolve Hashd al-Shaabi with pressures on Iraq's government after
the popular forces regained control over Iraq's borders with Syria.
Arabic-language al-Ma'aloumeh news website quoted Odai Awad as saying that the
US was pressuring Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi to force him act
against Hashd al-Shaabi.
referred to the US embassy's contacts with the ISIL commanders, and said
certain regions in Iraq are showing allegiance to the ISIL again in a way that
a number of Iraqi security commanders have compared the situation to the
situation in 2014.
Iraqi police forces in Nineveh province arrested a key ISIL leader of the
terrorist group's so-called Religious Court in the town of Achhaleh in Southern
Mosul, the Arabic-language Sumeriya News quoted spokesman of Iraqi Interior
Ministry Brigadier General Sa'ad Ma'an as saying.
captured ISIL terrorist has been in charge of execution of a large number of
civilians and Iraqi security forces, it added.
the Arabic-language al-Ma'aloumeh news website quoted an Iraqi security body as
reporting that the country's security forces have captured notorious ISIL
Commander Seraj Kamel al-Azawi, nom de guerre Abu Riyaqdh al-Askari in the city
of Uldoz in Kirkuk province. Al-Azawi was a notorious ISIL commander in al-Azim
region of Diyali province.
was in charge of 2014 attack on al-Azim region and carried out abductions and
massacre of civilians in Anjaneh region.
a relevant development in late June, a prominent Iraqi security expert warned
of the US plot to transfer the ISIL terrorists to the bordering areas with
Syria in collaboration with the two countries' tribes.
Arabic-language al-Ma'aloumeh news website quoted Hossein al-Kanani as saying
that the US attempts to transfer the ISIL terrorists to the bordering areas of
Iraq and Syria and build safe shelters for them through coordination with a
number of tribal leaders in the region.
referred to the recent attempts by US Ambassador to Baghdad Matthew Tueller to
meet the Iraqi tribal leaders, and said other goals are also pursued by the measure,
including targeting the Hashd al-Shaabi (Iraqi popular forces) and Iraqi
security forces in these regions and cutting Tehran-Baghdad-Damascus-Beirut
connections by taking control over the Iraqi-Syrian borders.
a senior official in al-Qiyarah region in the Southern parts of Nineveh
province said that the ISIL terrorists have increased their operations in the
desert areas in the Western parts of the region under the nose of the US planes
and drones that fly over the same regions.
Iraqi army launched the first phase of an operation against ISIS on Sunday
morning near the country’s border with Syria, they said in a statement.
statement said that the operation is taking place in the areas between the
governorates of Saladin, Nineveh and al-Anbar.
added that the operation is led by several Iraqi paramilitary forces, including
the Iraqi Air Force and the international coalition.
least 544 civilians have been killed and over 2,000 people injured since a
Russian-led assault on the last rebel bastion in northwestern Syria began two
months ago, rights groups and rescuers said on Saturday.
jets joined the Syrian army on April 26 in the biggest offensive against parts
of rebel-held Idlib province and adjoining northern Hama provinces in the
biggest escalation in the war between Syrian President Bashar al Assad and his
enemies since last summer.
Syrian Network for Human Rights (SNHR), which monitors casualties and briefs
various UN agencies, said the 544 civilians killed in the hundreds of attacks
carried out by Russian jets and the Syrian army include 130 children. Another
2,117 people have been injured.
Russian military and its Syrian ally are deliberately targeting civilians with
a record number of medical facilities bombed,” Fadel Abdul Ghany, chairman of
SNHR, told Reuters.
and its Syrian army ally deny their jets hit indiscriminately civilian areas
with cluster munitions and incendiary weapons, which residents in opposition
areas say are meant to paralyze every-day life.
says its forces and the Syrian army are fending off terror attacks by al Qaeda
militants whom they say hit populated, government-held areas, and it accuses
rebels of wrecking a ceasefire deal agreed last year between Turkey and Russia.
month US-based Human Rights Watch said the Russian-Syrian joint military
operation had used cluster munitions and incendiary weapons in the attacks
along with large air-dropped explosive weapons with wide-area effects in
populated civilian areas, based on reports by first responders and witnesses.
and rescuers say the two-month-old campaign has left dozens of villages and
towns in ruins. According to the United Nations, at least 300,000 people have
been forced to leave their homes for the safety of areas closer to the border
villages and towns have been emptied,” said Idlib-based Civil Defence spokesman
Ahmad al Sheikho, saying it was the most destructive campaign against Idlib
province since it completely fell to the opposition in the middle of 2015.
Friday, 15 people, including children, were killed in the village of Mhambil in
western Idlib province after Syrian army helicopters dropped barrel bombs on a
civilian quarter, the civil defense group and witnesses said.
heads of 11 major global humanitarian organizations warned at the end of last
month that Idlib stood at the brink of disaster, with 3 million civilian lives
at risk, including 1 million children.
many have died already” and “even wars have laws” they declared, in the face of
multiple attacks by government forces and their allies on hospitals, schools
and markets,” the U.N.-endorsed statement said.
Thursday an aerial strike on Kafr Nabl hospital made it the 30th facility to be
bombed durng the campaign, leaving hundreds of thousands with no medical
access, according to aid groups.
regime and Russian bombardment have killed 20 civilians including seven
children in northwestern Syria, a war monitor said on Saturday, in the latest
deadly raids on the embattled opposition bastion.
warplanes and helicopters late on Friday carried out air strikes on Mahambel
village in Idlib province, killing 13 civilians including the seven children,
the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.
seven civilians were killed on Saturday, including a woman hit by regime rocket
fire on the outskirts of the town of Khan Sheikhun in the south of the
province, the Britain-based war monitor said.
members of a family were killed by a Russian air strike on the town of Morek,
in neighboring Hama province, the Observatory reported.
a region of some three million people, many of whom fled former rebel-held
areas retaken by the government, is the last major bastion of opposition to the
Russia-backed Damascus government after eight years of civil war.
region on Turkey’s doorstep is administered by Syria’s former Al-Qaeda
affiliate Hayat Tahrir al-Sham, but other militant and rebel groups are also
is supposed to be protected from a major regime assault by a September deal
between Moscow and Ankara, but Damascus and its Russian ally have ramped up
their deadly bombardment of the region since late April.
than 530 civilians have been killed since then, according to the Observatory.
United Nations says 25 health facilities in the region have been hit, the
latest including the second attack in two months on an underground hospital in
the town of Kafranbel on Thursday.
attacks happened despite the fact that the coordinates of this hospital had
previously been shared with the parties to the conflict in a deliberate,
carefully planned effort to prevent any attacks on it,” an UN official said on
am horrified by the ongoing attacks on civilian areas and civilian
infrastructure as the conflict in northwest Syria continues,” said Mark Cutts,
UN deputy regional humanitarian coordinator for the Syrian crisis.
exiled academic and political dissident says Saudi authorities have launched a
new arrest campaign against Palestinian expatriates living in the conservative
is an intensified campaign to arrest more Palestinians living in the kingdom,
with the same charges that have so far been leveled against some 60 Palestinians.
The arrest campaign will involve a number of Egyptian citizens,” Saeed bin
Nasser al-Ghamdi wrote in a post published on his official Twitter page on
added that Saudi officials have recently released 20 Palestinian and Egyptian women,
whom they had arrested during the Hajj pilgrimage last year on charges of
affiliation to the Muslim Brotherhood.
added that the women were being kept in Dhahban Central Prison near the Red Sea
port city of Jeddah. They have apparently been warned not to talk about their
of Conscience, which is an independent non-governmental organization seeking to
promote human rights in Saudi Arabia, announced in a series of posts on its
official Twitter page on June 11 that more than 150 Palestinians were
languishing in Saudi detention centers. Some 40 Palestinians were arrested in
rights group added that Saudi intelligence agents had committed rights abuses
against Palestinians during and after their arrest.
al-Khaleej Online news website reported last month that Saudi officials had
blocked money transfers between the kingdom and the Gaza Strip.
report described residents of the besieged and impoverished Gaza Strip as the
main victims of the move. Most of the bank transfers that used to be carried
out normally in the past were frozen just a few days before the start of the
Eid al-Fitr holiday, which marks the end of the holy Muslim fasting month of
transactions are taking much longer than usual – something that used to be done
in a matter of few hours.
Palestinians have complained of the move, and termed it as “unprecedented.”
They argue that the process of transferring money between Saudi Arabia and the
Gaza Strip has become extraordinarily difficult.
the past two years, Saudi authorities have deported more than 100 Palestinians
from the kingdom, mostly on charges of supporting the Hamas resistance movement
financially, politically or through social networking sites.
Riyadh regime has imposed strict control over Palestinian funds in Saudi Arabia
since the end of 2017.
remittances of Palestinian expatriates are being tightly controlled, fearing
that these funds could be diverted indirectly and through other countries to
The secretary-general of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), Dr.
Yousef Al-Othaimeen, met Valentina Matviyenko, chairwoman of the Federation
Council, in Moscow on Saturday.
the meeting, they discussed strengthening bilateral relations between the OIC
and the Russian council.
praised the coexistence and harmony among different religions in the Russian
welcomed the OIC secretary-general, stressing the matching of views with the
the Diplomatic Academy of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs awarded an
honorary doctorate to Al-Othaimeen during a ceremony that took place at the
academy’s headquarters in Moscow.
his address, Prof. Evgeny Petrovich Bazhanov, the academy’s president, hailed
the role played by the OIC in bringing people closer and for its efforts to
support and promote peace.
Dozens of international experts gathered in northeastern Syria on Saturday to
discuss how to manage thousands of suspected Daesh members crammed into
Kurdish-run prisons and camps.
lawyers and US-based analysts were among those attending the three-day
conference on the challenges still facing the region after Daesh’s territorial
defeat, organizers said. Officials of the autonomous Kurdish administration in
northeastern Syria, which is hosting the conference in the town of Amuda, were
also due to take part.
March, Kurdish-led fighters overran the last pocket of the militants’
cross-border proto-state with support from a US-led coalition.
the Kurds are struggling to cope with the thousands of alleged Daesh members
they detained during the battle.
include around 1,000 suspected foreign militants held in jail, and some 13,000
family members in overcrowded camps.
no local court equipped to deal with the large number of militant suspects, the
Kurds have pressed their home countries to take them back.
Western governments have been reluctant to repatriate them or put them on trial
is global consensus that action urgently needs to be taken to deal with the
thousands of foreign Daesh fighters and affiliates, plus Daesh-linked children,
currently detained in northeast Syria,” the organizers of the three-day
there is near-total lack of consensus as to what this action will look like.”
Kurds have called for outside help to set up an international tribunal.
– 7 July 2019: In cooperation with Thailand’s embassy in Cairo, the Egyptian
Dar al-Iftaa – the Sunni institution concerning with issuing fatwas and Islamic
laws- launched a training program on disseminating the Islamic moderate
ideology for Thai Muslim scholars and Imams, said the institution in a
statement on Saturday.
7-day training will tackle the moderation of Islam under title “The
Characteristics of the Moderate Ideology,” the statement added, noting that the
program will start on Sunday.
al-Iftaa’s regular programs have been given to Thai students since 2016 for,
according to a statement published on Dar Al-Iftaa’s official website. The
statement clarified that the training program discusses some books used by
terrorist groups, who trade in the name of Islam for their personal gains.
2015, Dar al-Iftaa’s General Secretariat for Fatwa Authorities Worldwide has
provided dozens number of training programs for would-be scholars and Imams of
many countries; it provided a two-month training for 17 African Imams in 2019
17 Imams and Scholars have received a three-year training before going back to
their homes for disseminating Islamic teachings. The graduated envoys went to
Switzerland, Holland, Indonesia, Malaysia, Tajikistan, Thailand, China, and
2017, the General Secretariat also gave training to 16 Imams of Islamic and
Mosques in Britain on combating the terrorist ideology, enhancing social
integration of Muslims, and fighting the Islamophobia.
Abdel Fatah al-Sisi has called Egypt’s religious institutions to renew
religious discourse to provide the true message of peace and tolerance in
Conservative Party has suspended several members over claims of Islamophobia
following months of calls for it to act over the issue.
move came ahead of claims to be broadcast by Channel 4’s Dispatches programme
on Monday that Tory party members, including supporters of leadership candidate
Boris Johnson, have posted derogatory comments on Facebook about Muslims.
member of the Boris Johnson Supporters Group said: ‘I would ban all Muslim
(sic) from entering the whole of Great Britain.”
response to a member of Jacob Rees Mogg Appreciation Society writing: “Two mega
mosques agreed planning permission in Maidstone and Worcester how we feel about
this” another person posted: “WRONG”....
Iran agree to seek conditions to resume nuclear talks by July 15: Macron
President Emmanuel Macron said on Saturday he and Iran’s President Hassan
Rouhani had agreed to seek conditions for a resumption of dialogue on the
Iranian nuclear question by July 15.
President of the Republic has agreed with his Iranian counterpart to explore by
July 15 conditions to resume dialogue between the parties,” Macron’s office
said in a statement.
second Turkish ship will begin drilling for oil and gas in a disputed region
off Cyprus next week, an official said, ramping up exploration despite mounting
tensions with the European Union, which has deemed Ankara’s search “illegal.”
discovery of huge gas reserves in the eastern Mediterranean has fueled a race
to tap underwater resources and triggered a dispute between Turkey and EU
member Cyprus, which also plans to ramp up its exploratory activities in the
which on June 20 sent a second ship for exploratory activities off the eastern
Mediterranean, says its actions abide by international law.
willing we will be starting the first drilling within a week,” Energy Minister
Fatih Donmez was quoted as saying by the private NTV broadcaster.
ship called Yavuz will be exploring off the peninsula of Karpasia, the minister
EU last month warned against Turkey’s “illegal” drilling, raising the threat of
sanctions unless Turkish officials abandon the project.
Ankara insists that it is drilling inside its continental shelf.
first drilling vessel, Fatih, has already started searching for gas and oil in
waters considered part of Cyprus’s exclusive economic zone.
on-going illegal seizure of an Iranian oil tanker off the Spanish coast
continues to draw international condemnation.
the latest development, Russia’s foreign ministry condemned the UK’s action by
describing it as a “deliberate step” to inflame regional tensions.
to this, the Spanish daily El Pais reported that Spain was set to complain
against the seizure in waters which Madrid claims as its own. Earlier, the
Spanish Foreign Minister, Josep Borrell, had questioned Britain’s stated motive
of seizing the tanker, Grace 1, to enforce European sanctions against Syria.
to Mr. Borrell, the British action had been prompted by a request from the
is clear that Spain has been humiliated by the British action, which forced a
Spanish Guardia Civil vessel to stand by as British Royal Marines from 42
commando swooped upon the Iranian super-tanker.
British claim that the military seizure was prompted by the receipt of
information from the so-called Gibraltar government has touched off a flurry of
ridicule and indignation.
and experts have been at pains to point out that the so-called Gibraltar
government is merely a colonial construct which cannot make any decisions on
diplomacy and international affairs without London’s direction.
a diplomatic incident with Spain is just one consequence of Britain’s illegal
action in Spanish territorial waters.
if the British version of events is accepted at face value, the UK still risks
widespread international condemnation by attempting to enforce sanctions whilst
simultaneously violating a sovereign nation’s territorial integrity.
some analysts have pointed out, if the real issue at stake is the enforcement
of EU sanctions against Syria, then Spain was the country best-placed to
execute that task.
not only exercises sovereignty in that area, but equally important Madrid is an
enthusiastic member of the European Union. By contrast, the UK is set to crash
out of the EU in three months.
sent warning message to Iran after drone downing: Iranian official
United States conveyed a message to Iran warning of a limited strike against
the country after its unmanned drone was shot down in the Gulf, Iran's civil
defense agency chief Gholamreza Jalali was quoted as saying by the Fars news
agency on Sunday.
the downing of its intruding drone, the United States told us through
diplomatic intermediaries that it wanted to carry out a limited operation,”
said Jalali who is also a senior commander of Iran's Revolutionary Guards.
Iran's response was that we regard every operation as the beginning of the
day after the drone was downed in the Gulf, Iranian officials told Reuters on
June 21 that Tehran had received a message from US President Donald Trump
through Oman after the drone was downed warning that a US attack on Iran was
imminent. Iranian and US officials denied the report.
special envoy to “peace talks” with notorious Afghan Taliban terrorist group,
Zalmay Khalilzad, has described the latest round of their negotiations in the
Persian Gulf state of Qatar as the “most productive session” as both sides are
set to reconvene the talks in two days.
is still important work left to be done before we have an agreement,” Khalilzad
wrote in a Twitter message on Saturday, insisting that the latest round of
discussions were the “most productive session” to date.
Afghan-born US diplomat, who has been negotiating since last year with the
radical militant group – purportedly aimed at ending the 18-year US-led war in
Afghanistan – further added that the current “peace talks” will resume on
Tuesday after an intra-Afghan dialogue, involving a group of Afghan delegates.
two sides began a seventh round of the talks last week, aimed at forging a plan
for the withdrawal of the US-led foreign military forces in exchange for
guarantees by Taliban terrorists that international militant groups will not
use Afghanistan as a base for launching attacks on US and its allies.
to news reports, clarity on a final agreement on the timetable of foreign force
pullout has been elusive so far, but in a sign of progress the Taliban agreed
on the sidelines of the current negotiations to hold separate talks with a
group of Afghan representative not formally affiliated with the government in
reportedly intends to secure a political settlement with the Taliban, which has
intensified its bombings and terror attacks in capital Kabul and elsewhere in
the war-torn country in recent months and now controls more Afghan territory
than at any time since being ousted by US-led forces in 2001.
further claimed – without elaborating -- that substantive progress had been
made on all four parts of a peace deal: counter-terrorism assurances, troop
withdrawal, participation in intra-Afghan dialogue and negotiations, as well as
a permanent and comprehensive ceasefire.
is while 20,000 US-led foreign troops, most of them American, remain in
Afghanistan as part of a purported NATO mission to train, assist and advise
Afghan forces, though some US troops are engaged in what American military
officials describe as counter-terrorism operations.
development came after US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said during a trip to
Kabul last month that Washington was close to finishing a draft agreement with
the Taliban terrorists on “counter-terrorism assurances,” expressing hopes that
a peace deal could be reached by September 1.
US media outlets cited anonymous “Taliban officials” as saying last week that
Washington was seeking up to 18 months to complete a troop withdrawal from
Afghanistan even as US President Donald Trump told Fox News earlier in the week
that a withdrawal had already quietly begun and that troop strength had been
cut to 9,000.
AP cited a senior US official on Friday as contradicting Trump’s remarks,
insisting that force strength remains unchanged at nearly 14,000. It further
cited “an American official familiar with the talks” as disputing the 18-month
withdrawal time frame, without mentioning what Washington was proposing.
also vowed during an interview with Fox News on Monday to maintain a “very
strong intelligence” presence in Afghanistan, while repeating earlier claims
that he intends to withdraw American troops from the war-torn country.
will be leaving very strong intelligence, far more than you would normally
think,” Trump said in the interview, adding that the problem with pulling the
9,000 US troops from Afghanistan was that the country “just seems to be a lab
for terrorists... I call it the Harvard of terrorists.”
interview with Trump was broadcast just after the Taliban claimed
responsibility for multiple terrorist attacks in Afghanistan’s capital of Kabul
and other parts of the country as Washington began the new round of
negotiations with the militant group. Meanwhile, US and Taliban negotiators
further decided on Saturday to put the “peace talks” on hold for two days, to
allow for a meeting between rival Afghan groups to be held in Qatari capital of
Doha, according to reports citing officials of the two sides.
officials are reportedly demanding a ceasefire agreement and a commitment on
direct talks between the Taliban and the Afghan government before a peace deal
spokesman for the Taliban’s political office in Doha, Sohail Shaheen, was also
cited as saying the US-Taliban dialogue would resume
after the two-day intra-Afghan conference.
previously planned meeting between Afghan representatives broke down back in
April before it began amid disagreements over the size of the proposed
250-strong Afghan delegation as well as over its status as a representative
time, nearly 40 high-profile Afghan figures and activists are due to arrive in
Doha but will not have any official status — a condition made necessary by the
Taliban’s refusal to deal directly with the government in Kabul.
US has denied a three-day visa to a German-Iranian father, who wanted to attend
his son’s funeral procession in Washington.
Seyed Shahram Iranbomy, a human rights and discrimination lawyer who runs a law
firm in Frankfurt, lost his 20-year-old son, Irman, in a car accident in
Washington on June 10.
told German broadcaster DW on Friday that the US consulate in Frankfurt had
rejected his visa request and accused him of taking advantage of his son's
death “to immigrate to America.”
was denied a non-immigrant visa because he "sought to procure a visa,
other documentation, admission to the US, or immigration benefit by fraud or
willfully misrepresenting a material fact,” read the official US consulate
father also said the US consulate had told him that he "did not have roots
Iranbomy, who has lived in Germany for more than 40 years, said, “I am more
German than Iranian," adding that he was not interested in moving to the
further noted that he had appealed the US consulate’s decision, but was yet to
receive a response.
also announced plans to file a formal criminal complaint over inhumane
son still has dignity today, not only my dignity is violated, but the rights of
the person who is dead," Iranbomy said.
Mayor Peter Feldmann wrote a letter to US Consul General Patricia Lacina to
call for a review of the German-Iranian father’s visa application.
has organized a protest in Frankurt's rebuilt historic city center near the
cathedral on Sunday.
ask you, if your son was dead and the government didn't allow you to give him
to the earth, what would you do?" he asked US President Donald Trump.
United States has said it welcomes a power-sharing deal designed to end months
of political unrest in Sudan.
agreement was reached on Friday between protest leaders and the country’s
ruling generals after two days of talks.
calls for establishing a so-called sovereign council with a rotating military
and civilian president for three years.
State Department called this “an important step forward.”
expressed hope that the agreement will lead to the creation of a civilian-led
transitional government broadly acceptable to the Sudanese people.
look forward to immediate resumption of access to the internet, establishment
of the new legislature, accountability for the violent suppression of peaceful
protests, and progress toward free and fair elections,” department spokeswoman
Morgan Ortagus said in a statement.
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