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Iran Judiciary Charges Rapper, Toomaj Salehi, With ‘Corruption on Earth’, He Could Face the Death Penalty

New Age Islam News Bureau

28 November 2022


The outrage of women in Iran, and the scores supporting the protests across the world, was triggered by the killing of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini. (Photo | AP)


• Anti-Israel Sentiments High in Qatar’s World Cup as Pro-Palestine Atmosphere Dominates

• Kids among the ‘Rebels’ Taliban Are Gunning down In Afghanistan, Claims a Journalist

• House-Hunt in Kolkata: Students Unite To Fight Anti-Muslim Bias

• Local Media Says At Least 4 People Killed Since Al-Shabaab Terrorists Stormed Rose Villa Hotel, Forces Battling To End the Siege



• 198 Organizations Call on ICC to Investigate Israeli Crimes against Palestinians

• Palestinian PM blasts Israel for seizing two-thirds of Palestine's water resources

• Shift in al-Aqsa’s status quo to blow up regional conflict: Palestinian Foreign Ministry

• Iran's football body slams Germany's Klinsmann over 'culture' remarks

• Iran’s Khamenei comes out against talks with US amid protests

• Bomb blast kills military commander in Yemen’s Shabwa

• Iran: We have proof that Western states were involved in protests


South Asia

• Islamic Emirate Calls for Release of Afghanistan’s Foreign Reserves

• Taliban condemn UN official’s ‘disrespectful’ statement about Islamic penal code

• Bangladesh charges Rohingya insurgents with murder

• UN Experts Call for Investigations on Treatment of Women in Afghanistan



• 'Miya' Museum: The Controversy around Assam's 'Muslim' Museum Dedicated To the Culture of 'Miyas' - Bengali-Speaking Muslims in the State

• Muslim Homes Makes Goods, Sharakkol (Arrows), Vaal (Swords), Gada (Clubs), and Kachha (Black Cord), For Sabarimala Pilgrims

• Police: 3 arrested for assaulting Muslim man for travelling with Hindu woman

• MCD Polls: Muslim Voters May Play Key Role In Chandni Chowk, Northeast Delhi

• Egypt president Abdel Fattah al-Sisi to be chief guest at Republic Day celebrations

• 37 Muslim Independents in Two Surat Seats: Garment Worker to Domestic Help to Auto Driver to Delivery Boy

• Clerics’ Diktat Fails To Douse Football Fever in North Kerala

• Kejriwal is Modi of 2013, he defamed Tablighi Jamaat, disappeared during riots: Owaisi



• 20 foreigners held, being interrogated over claims that al-Shabaab abducted them: Somali police

• Somali military recaptures strategic town of El Dhere, government says

• Jordan’s military thwarts attempts to smuggle drugs from Syria

• Jordan to receive $845 million in aid from US



• ISPR: Leaked Data of Army Chief’s Family Wealth ‘Lies and Malice’

• Pakistan: Imran Khan claims 3 shooters tried to kill him in Wazirabad

• Imran Wants To Destabilise Country by Quitting Assemblies: Fazl

• PDM mulls options to foil PTI plan

• PM urges Pak-Turkiye joint research, resources pooling to face challenges


Southeast Asia

• PM Anwar Ibrahim Told To Use TikTok to Counter Racial, Religious Propaganda

• Hadi Blasts 'Islamophobic' DAP Over Post-GE15 Narrative To Stop PAS

• Malaysia’s Sabah Seeking to Develop Islamic Tourism

• PAS gains prominence as Malaysian Malays reject corruption


Arab World

• Erdogan Says Detente with Syria Possible Even As He Beats Drums Of War

• Saudi Arabia’s interior minister meets with Egyptian counterpart for official talks

• Iraqi PM says fraction of stolen $2.5 bln retrieved

• Thousands protest Turkish strikes on Kurdish groups in Syria

• Saudi Arabia sponsors $1 bln AMF deal to support Yemen economic reform program

• Iraqis file lawsuit against Trump, former US officials over assassination of Gen. Soleimani, PMU deputy head

• Bahrainis hold rallies to voice solidarity with political inmates, demand their freedom

• Turkey set for ‘ground attack’ on Syria, 'anti-Daesh ops' halted by aggression: Kurdish cmdr


North America

• US Soccer Briefly Removed Emblem from Iran Flag to Show Support for Protesters

• Rockets target US base in Syria in latest strike: CENTCOM



• NATO Chief Hails Türkiye’s Role in Extension of Ukraine Grain Deal

• Turkish modern art exhibition opens in Netherlands next week

• France’s Macron and Tajik President Discuss Afghanistan over Phone

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau



Iran Judiciary Charges Rapper, Toomaj Salehi, With ‘Corruption On Earth’, He Could Face The Death Penalty


The outrage of women in Iran, and the scores supporting the protests across the world, was triggered by the killing of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini. (Photo | AP)


27 November, 2022

An Iranian rapper who expressed support for anti-regime protests is charged with “corruption on earth” and could face the death penalty, judicial authorities confirmed on Sunday.

A US-based rights group had tweeted on Saturday that Toomaj Salehi’s trial had begun “without a lawyer of his choice,” and his family said his “life is at serious risk.”

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“The trial has not yet begun but the charge against Toomaj Salehi has been drafted and sent back” to the court in Isfahan, said Assadollah Jafari, judicial chief in the central province, according to the judiciary’s Mizan Online website.

Salehi is charged with “corruption on earth,” according to the judiciary, one of the Islamic Republic’s most serious offences.

He is also accused of spreading “lies on the internet, propaganda against the state, of having formed and managed illegal groups with the aim of disrupting security in cooperation with a government hostile” to Iran, and of inciting people to violence.

Iran’s judiciary says more than 2,000 people have been charged since the start of the protests. Salehi is among a number of prominent figures detained.

The September 16 death in morality police custody of Mahsa Amini, 22, for allegedly breaching the strict dress code for women, sparked nationwide demonstrations.

Authorities call them “riots” and say they are encouraged by Iran’s Western “enemies.”

United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Volker Turk says around 14,000 people have been arrested over the protests.

Salehi had disappeared at the end of October before appearing in a video published on November 2 by Iran’s state news agency IRNA.

The video claimed to show the first images of Salehi after his arrest.

In it, the man says: “I am Toomaj Salehi. I said I made a mistake.”

Rights activists condemned the recording as a forced confession.

His detention came shortly after he told the Canadian Broadcasting Cooperation: “You are dealing with a mafia that is ready to kill the entire nation... in order to keep its power, money and weapons.”

Iran’s judiciary has already confirmed six death sentences over the protests, and rights group Amnesty International says that based on official reports at least 21 people currently on trial are charged with crimes that could see them hanged.

Source: Al Arabiya

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Anti-Israel Sentiments High in Qatar’s World Cup as Pro-Palestine Atmosphere Dominates


Supporters of Tunisia hold a flag of Palestine that reads "Free Palestine" during the World Cup group D soccer match between Tunisia and Australia at the Al Janoub Stadium in Al Wakrah, Qatar, on November 26, 2022. (Photo by AP)


27 November 2022

Anti-Israel sentiments are running high at the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022, with the occupying regime’s reporters saying an atmosphere of hatred and hostility is encouraging soccer fans to wave Palestinian flags in the Qatari stadiums amid refusal to speak to Israeli media.

Since the beginning of the international sports extravaganza, Israeli media reporters and journalists have confessed to being boycotted and yelled at by fans, locals, and officials at the World Cup in Qatar.

Raz Shechnick, Yedioth Ahronoth's reporter for the World Cup, wrote on his Twitter account about his experiences in Qatar regarding the anti-Israel atmosphere for the regime’s media.

Describing the atmosphere in a string of tweets, Shechnick said, "We didn't want to write these words, we are not the story here. but after ten days in Doha, we cannot hide what we are going through. We are feeling hated, surrounded by hostility, not welcomed."

The Israeli reporter also recounted an incident in which he and his colleague had lied about their origin, saying they were Equadorian in order to prevent them from being harassed by fans.

Dor Hoffman, an Israeli journalist, reported that a Qatari taxi driver kicked him out of his cab after he discovered he was from Israel, refusing to take his money.

Hoffman later proceeded to a restaurant on a Qataru beach, where he was escorted out of the premise of the restaurant by security, with the owner of the restaurant demanding that he delete every photo taken in his restaurant.

Moav Vardy, a foreign affairs reporter for the Israeli Kan 11 television channel, said he was yelled at by a Saudi fan, who told him that "You are not welcome here, this is Qatar, this is our country, there is only Palestine, no Israel."

In various videos and media clips, local and non-locals are seen standing behind Israeli reporters and raising Palestinian flags to protest against the occupying regime.

Apart from the boycott on Israeli media, large pro-Palestinian banners are also displayed by soccer fans in almost entire stadiums in Qatar.

At the Al-Janoub Stadium in Al-Wakrah on Saturday, Tunisian fans waved a banner bearing the Palestinian flag, including a caption that read, “Free Palestine.”

Other examples include Qatari fans and players wearing armbands and ribbons featuring the Palestinian flag during Qatar’s opening match against Ecuador on Sunday, and some Saudi fans holding Palestinian flags during their match against Argentina on Tuesday.

The anti-Israel moves came despite Qatar and FIFA's policy of not allowing political protests in matches, with FIFA president Gianni Infantino urging the 32 participating countries ahead of the tournament to “let football take center stage” over politics.

Neither the Israeli nor the Palestinian teams are competing in the international sports event.

Source: Press TV

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Kids among the ‘Rebels’ Taliban Are Gunning down In Afghanistan, Claims a Journalist


Taliban’s interior ministry spokesperson had denied reports of children being killed in the attack and claimed that the dead people were armed. ANI


November 27, 2022

New Delhi: A day after Taliban claimed they have killed nine armed rebels in Daikundi, reports of three children – not linked to any armed group – being among the victims are doing the rounds on social media.

Twitter user Abdulhaq Omeri, a journalist, claimed that he has received photographs of the victims from their families which show that among the nine killed, three were kids who had nothing to do with the armed groups, contrary to the claims by Taliban.

“Taliban claimed they have killed 9 armed rebels in Daikundi, but the new photos of the victims sent to me by families of victims show 3 kids are among the victims. None of the victims related to any armed groups. #Afghanistan @SR_Afghanistan,” he tweeted.

Taliban had on Saturday accepted responsibility for the attack on civilians in Daikundi and called it “repression of the rebels”.

Abdul Nafe Takor, the Taliban’s interior ministry spokesman, claimed that the Taliban forces attacked armed people in Sewak Shibar area of Daikundi province.

He said nine people were killed and four others suffered injuries in the operation.

The spokesperson said the group’s security forces had sent two local officials to the area to ask the armed people to put down their weapons. However, the “rebels” refused to give up.

Local sources said that the Taliban waged the operation and killed these civilians with the cooperation of the local Taliban members.

The spokesperson claimed that after the “rebels” refused to lay down their weapons, the group’s fighters started an operation in which two Taliban members were also been killed.

Takor had denied reports of children being killed in the attack and claimed that the dead people were armed.

Source: Firstpost

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House-Hunt in Kolkata: Students Unite To Fight Anti-Muslim Bias


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Nov 28, 2022

KOLKATA: For Muslims, finding a paying guest accommodation or a rental accommodation in the city has been difficult for years. With the resumption of classes at colleges and universities after the pandemic, the students and scholars as well as professionals have been facing problems in the past few months to find an accommodation as they are being refused on multiple occasions due to their Muslim identity.

Now a group of students from Jadavpur University, Presidency University and Calcutta University have come together under the banner ‘Songbigno Pakhikul’ to sensitize the campuses about this issue. “Despite being a politically active campus, no one in JU has raised this issue. So, we started our sensitisation drive from JU and will spread it to PU and CU. The phone numbers of people willing to give accommodation to Muslims are being collected and we will start a helpline soon so that we can help the juniors,” said Adwitiya Chatterjee, a computer science engineering student of JU.

An assistant professor at a popular south Kolkata college had a traumatic experience when she tried to find a rented accommodation near Dhakuria, Lake Gardens, Selimpur and Jadavpur for herself between April and June this year. “At first the owners are eager to seal the deal, knowing that I am a teacher and am also doing my research. But when they heard my Muslim name, the look changed into suspicion and often I had to hear that they fear about ‘illegal activities’. Since I am an unmarried woman, many owners asked or hinted about my sexual activities, which was humiliating,” said the assistant professor and a research scholar.

Two Presidency University students also faced a similar problem because of their Muslim names when they tried to find a paying guest accommodation near College Street, Girish Park and Maniktala. Debayudh Sanyal, a student of performing arts at PU, helped them find accommodations. He said some other students also had difficulty in finding accommodations because of their religion.

Mir Farhad of Kolkata Police Law Institute and Mehedi Hassan Molla of Jadavpur University were denied accommodation a few months ago, when offline classes resumed after the pandemic. Molla was shocked when a landlord at one of the PGs asked him not to reveal his name as others might have a problem in sharing a living space with a Muslim and he might also be harassed. Sabir Ahamed, researcher at Pratichi Trust, had a difficult time finding a flat in Kidderpore-Mominpur area, where he has been living for 25 years. He said, “A flat, which belonged to a Hindu family, was up for sale in the same locality. But they refused to sell it to a Muslim family, even though we are familiar to each other.”

“We decided to utilise the office space of Association SNAP, an NGO, to which I am attached, for giving space to at least two to three people for a limited time till they arrange for an accommodation,” he said. Sohel Reja, researcher, preparing for NET examination, was denied entry for an hour to a friend’s PG because he was told that his presence will affect the sanctity of the house where there are holy Gods. A senior IT professional believes that all landowners do not discriminate. “I have some good experiences of staying with families because they gradually came to know our culture,” he said.

Source: Times Of India

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Local Media Says At Least 4 People Killed Since Al-Shabaab Terrorists Stormed Rose Villa Hotel, Forces Battling To End the Siege




Mohammed Dhaysane   |



Somali security forces are still battling al-Shabaab terrorists at a besieged hotel in the capital Mogadishu, some 15 hours after the attack began, officials said on Monday.

According to local media reports, at least four people have been killed at the Villa Rose hotel, which was stormed by attackers on Sunday night.

Somali authorities are yet to confirm the casualty count.

“The attack started with explosions, followed by gunfire inside the hotel. We are trying to end the siege,” a security official in Mogadishu told Anadolu Agency, requesting anonymity as he was not authorized to speak to the media.

Samra Mohamed, who lives near the hotel, told Anadolu Agency that she was “still hearing heavy gunfire and sometimes heavy explosions.”

Lawmakers and government officials frequent the Villa Rose, which is a short walk from the presidential palace in central Mogadishu in one of the city’s most protected areas.

Some officials were present when the attack started and managed to escape unharmed.

A police statement said security forces rescued scores of people, including civilians and officials.

Adam Aw Hirsi, Somalia’s state minister for environment, said on Twitter that he was safe after a “terrorist explosion targeted at (sic) my residence.”

Somalia has been plagued by insecurity for years, with al-Shabaab, which is affiliated with the al-Qaeda terrorist organization, being one of the main threats.

Since at least 2007, al-Shabaab has waged a deadly campaign against the Somali government and international forces, claiming thousands of lives.

The UN has also warned of growing instability in the country, with its periodic reports on Somalia this year detailing attacks by al-Shabaab and pro-Daesh/ISIS groups.

There were at least 1,518 civilian casualties – 651 killed and 867 injured – in terrorist attacks in Somalia in 2018, followed by 1,459 – 591 killed and 868 injured – in 2019, according to UN estimates.

Source: Anadolu Agency

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198 organizations call on ICC to investigate Israeli crimes against Palestinians

28 November 2022

198 Palestinian and international organizations have called on the International Criminal Court to investigate Israeli crimes and for public condemnation, amid an increase in Israeli regime's killings and continuous aggression against Palestinians.

Addressing the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, Karim Khan, and the President of the Assembly of States Parties to the International Criminal Court, Silvia Fernandez de Gourmandi, the organizations submitted a memorandum calling for public condemnation of Israel's classification of Palestinian civil society organizations as "terrorism", and calling on the Israeli regime to reverse its decision.

The organizations demanded that the crimes committed by Israel during its unjustified military attack on the Gaza Strip in August 2022 be included in the ongoing investigation into the situation in Palestine.

Moreover, they stressed the need to speed up the investigations, which should include crimes against humanity such as apartheid and persecution pursuant to Article 9 of the Rome Statute, as well as to issue proactive statements to prevent Israeli practices that may contribute to the continuation of war crimes.

The organizations called for taking appropriate measures to prevent and deter apartheid practices.

Earlier in February, the head of a human rights group said that Palestinians, whether they live in Gaza, East al-Quds and the rest of the West Bank, or the rest of the occupied Palestinian lands, are treated as an inferior racial group and systematically deprived of their rights.

“We found that Israel’s cruel policies of segregation, dispossession and exclusion across all territories under its control clearly amount to apartheid. The international community has an obligation to act,” said Agnès Callamard.

It is unknown whether the ICC will take action and whether an investigation into Israeli regime crimes will be effective. In 2019, in reaction to ICC’s decision to launch an investigation into Israeli war crimes, head of the Religious Zionism party Bezalel Smotrich called for the dismantling of the PA and said the ICC was a “political, anti-Semitic institution”.

Israel has killed more than 200 Palestinians, including more than 50 children in the occupied territories of East al-Quds, the West Bank and the besieged Gaza Strip this year.

Warning of dangers facing al-Aqsa

The Palestinian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates urged the UN to adopt measures to protect the population of the occupied territories from the increase of Israeli attacks.

In a statement it issued, the ministry called to pressure Israeli apartheid authorities in order to stop the violence of the Israeli army forces and the settlers, saying “these violations amount to war crimes and are within the framework of the official escalation of Israeli aggression against our people and their rights.”

Touching on the arrival of a new Israeli far-right government headed by Benjamin Netanyahu, the statement warned of the hawkishness of such a government, as Netanyahu proved to be extremely aggressive towards Palestinians in his previous terms.

The ministry also said that Netanyahu’s allies are fascists, with a markedly anti-Arab and racist discourse, especially the Religious Zionism party.

Palestine has been witnessing a sharp increase in coordinated and armed settler attacks, under Israeli army protection. More than 400 Palestinian properties were damaged in more than 500 attacks this year until October 10.

Source: Press TV

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Palestinian PM blasts Israel for seizing two-thirds of Palestine's water resources

28 November 2022

Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh has lambasted the Israeli regime for seizing two-thirds of the Palestinian groundwater resources across the occupied West Bank, and diverting them into cities and illegal settlements for Jewish extremists.

Shtayyeh made the remarks at a media briefing ahead of the Fourth Arab Water Conference organized by Palestine under the motto “Arab Water Security for Life, Development.”

The two-day conference will officially open in the Egyptian capital city of Cairo on Wednesday.

“Israel steals 600 million cubic meters of Palestine's 800 million cubic meters and diverts it into its cities and settlements,” Shtayyeh said.

The Palestinian prime minister noted that an average Israeli settler consumes 430 liters of water per day, while a Palestinian only consumes 72 liters, much less than the global average of 120 liters.

After 1967, “Israel began digging water wells in the West Bank deeper than the Palestinian ones, which led to its control of most of the groundwater and the drying of the springs,” Shtayyeh said

He added that such Israeli measures have affected the transformation of the agricultural pattern in Palestinian territories.

According to Palestinian officials, the Israeli regime directly controls 85 percent of water resources in the West Bank, and also has a hold over how the rest is distributed.

The Palestinian Authority, meanwhile, is seeking Israeli licenses to dig additional wells in the West Bank to address the pressing need for more water.

Israeli authorities refuse to grant the necessary licenses to the Palestinian water authorities to operate freely in the strategically sensitive Area C of the occupied West Bank, whether drilling additional wells or installing booster pumps.

As Palestinians suffer through chronic water shortages, illegal Israeli settlers nearby enjoy unlimited quantities not only for drinking but for irrigating crops and wash their vehicles.

Black-and-white water tanks are ubiquitous on the roofs of Palestinian homes across West Bank cities and towns, to be filled when their water taps literally run dry for weeks.

Source: Press TV

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Shift in al-Aqsa’s status quo to blow up regional conflict: Palestinian Foreign Ministry

27 November 2022

Palestine’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates has warned that any Israeli attempt to change the status quo of al-Aqsa Mosque will have damaging consequences for the occupying regime.

“Making any changes to the status quo at al-Aqsa Mosque is a direct threat that will blow up the conflict across the entire region,” the ministry said in a  Sunday statement.

The ministry urged Arab and Islamic countries to act and coordinate on political, diplomatic and legal fronts to provide the necessary international protection for occupied al-Quds and its sanctities.

The ministry also warned of the increasing threats to the al-Aqsa Mosque under the upcoming Benjamin Netanyahu-Ben Gvir coalition government, including allowing more mass incursions into the holy site by extremist Israeli settlers.

The ministry's statement came after earlier on Sunday, scores of Israeli settlers guarded by the regime's forces broke into the al-Aqsa Mosque compound.

According to the Jordan-run Islamic Waqf Department, scores of Israeli settlers entered the compound through the Moroccan Gate in groups and performed rituals and Talmudic prayers there.

The Palestinian resistance movement Hamas has already warned the Tel Aviv regime against crossing “red lines” at the al-Aqsa Mosque compound in the occupied Old City of al-Quds.

In recent weeks, scores of Israeli settlers escorted by regime troops have broken into the al-Aqsa Mosque compound. The settlers frequently enter the compound in groups and perform rituals and Talmudic prayers there under the protection of Israeli forces.

Under the current status quo, only Muslims are allowed to worship within the compound while non-Muslims may visit the site, but are not allowed to pray there.

In May 2021, frequent acts of violence against Palestinian worshipers at al-Aqsa Mosque led to an 11-day war between Palestinian resistance groups in the besieged Gaza Strip and Israel, during which the regime killed at least 260 Palestinians, including 66 children.

Source: Press TV

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Iran's football body slams Germany's Klinsmann over 'culture' remarks

Syed Zafar Mehdi



Iran has hit out at former German footballer and coach Jurgen Klinsmann, demanding his resignation from the FIFA Technical Study Group for his comments after Iran's 2-0 win against Wales on Friday.

In a statement issued on Sunday, Iran's football federation accused Klinsmann of making judgments about Iranian "culture" while referring to his "dramatic dives" as a player and "shameful" episode in the 1982 World Cup.

After the thrilling finish in the Iran-Wales match on Friday, Klinsmann appeared on BBC and made controversial remarks about Iran that immediately sparked a furor.

“Yes, that’s their culture,” he said, in response to presenter Gabby Logan's comments on Iran's “gamesmanship”. “Their way of doing it, and that is why Carlos Queiroz fits really well [with] the Iranian national team."

His comment that Iranian players "worked the referee" suggested that it was in Iran's culture to engage in unsportsmanlike conduct and obstruct on-field referees.

He also derided Iran's Portuguese manager Carlos Queiroz, saying he struggled with South America and Egypt before going back to Iran for a second stint.

Iran's football federation said it was inviting the former German and Inter Milan striker to visit Team Melli's training camp in Doha, ahead of the team's match against the US on Tuesday, pledging that he "will not be judged for the most shameful part of World Cup history - the Disgrace of Gijon '82" as well as for his famous "dramatic dives".

"At this visit, it will be suggested to Mr. Klinsmann to review the 99 minutes of the Iran-Wales, even if the match was broadcasted worldwide already, and recognized as one of the most fair and beautiful matches of the World Cup history."

Klinsmann's comments have drawn anger and outrage in Iran, with football fans taking to social media to call him out.

The statement by Iran's football federation followed a series of tweets by Queiroz, in which he demanded Klinsmann's resignation and apology while inviting him to the team's training camp in Doha.

"Even not knowing me personally, you question my character with a typical prejudiced judgment of superiority," he wrote in the tweets.

"No matter how much I can respect what you did inside the pitch, those remarks about Iran culture, Iran national team, and my players are a disgrace to football."

Iranian players have been under tremendous pressure at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar amid sweeping protests and unrest back home.

The team lost the first match against England last Monday as players refused to sing the national anthem. On Friday, it won the second match against Wales 2-0.

Klinsmann responds to Queiroz’s comments

The former German footballer said his comments about the Iran national team were “taken out of context.”

"There was stuff really taken out of context. I will try to give him a call and calm things down," he told BBC.

Klinsmann went on to say that he never criticized Carlos or the Iranian national team bench.

"Some even thought I was criticizing the referee because he didn't do anything about the way they were behaving on the bench."

In his playing career, Klinsmann made appearances for several European powerhouses, including Inter Milan, Tottenham Hotspur, and Bayern Munich.

Source: Anadolu Agency

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Iran’s Khamenei comes out against talks with US amid protests

26 November ,2022

Engaging in negotiations with the US will not solve Tehran’s issues with Washington, Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei said on Saturday.

Khamenei criticized voices calling for talks with the US to help ease the pressure on Tehran amid the ongoing protests.

“Some people claim to have political understanding, but their analyzes in newspapers and online really make one sad. They say that in order to end these riots, you must solve your issues with America,” said Khamenei.

“Negotiations will not solve our problem with America,” he said, adding that the US seeks “ransom” from Iran.

“Anyone who is Iranian and has zeal is not willing to pay these ransoms … America wants the Iranian nation to cross all of its red lines.”

Indirect talks between the US and Iran aimed at reviving the 2015 nuclear deal, which Washington withdrew from in 2018, have yet to succeed since negotiations began in Vienna in April 2021.

Protesters ‘either oblivious, ignorant or mercenaries’

Khamenei described anti-regime protesters as a small group of people who are “either oblivious, ignorant, or mercenaries.”

Protests have swept across Iran since September 16 when 22-year-old Iranian Kurdish woman Mahsa Amini died three days after collapsing in police custody. She had been detained by Tehran’s morality police for allegedly not complying with the regime’s strict hijab rules.

Demonstrators have been calling for regime change in the protests which have become one of the boldest challenges to the regime since its establishment in 1979.

Source: Al Arabiya

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Bomb blast kills military commander in Yemen’s Shabwa

Aziz al-Ahmadi


SANAA, Yemen

Yemen’s separatist Southern Transitional Council (STC) said Saturday a senior commander was killed in a bomb explosion in the southern Shabwa province.

In a statement, the STC-affiliated Shabwa Defense Forces said Major Salem Al-Jabwani lost his life in the explosion in As-Said district, west of Shabwah.

The statement said a number of his body guards were killed and injured, without giving an exact figure.

According to the statement, another explosive device was defused by STC forces in the province.

There was no claim of responsibility for the blast.

Oil-rich Shabwa province is controlled by STC fighters and allied government forces.

Source: Anadolu Agency

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Iran: We have proof that Western states were involved in protests

November 28, 2022

DUBAI: Iran has proof that Western nations were involved in protests that have swept the country, the foreign ministry said on Monday.

The protests, sparked by the death of 22-year-old Kurdish Iranian woman Mahsa Amini after her arrest for “inappropriate attire,” pose one of the strongest challenges to the country’s clerical establishment since the 1979 Islamic Revolution.

Source: Arab News

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South Asia


Islamic Emirate Calls for Release of Afghanistan’s Foreign Reserves

November 28, 2022

The acting Minister of Information and Culture, Khairullah Khairkhwah, called for release of Afghan assets, saying that the funds belong to the people of Afghanistan and there is no justification for them being frozen.

Speaking at a gathering held by the members of the Afghan private sector, Khairkhwah said the freezing of Afghan assets is an injustice.

“I do not want it so much for the government as I do for the private sector. Freezing government assets is an oppressive act but freezing the assets of the private sector has no justification,” he said.

Speaking at the same gathering, the head of the Afghanistan Chamber of Industry and Mines, Sherbaz Kaminzada, said that the Afghan traders are facing severe challenges due to the freezing of the Afghan assets.

“When the Afghan assets were frozen it had a negative impact on our international credibility. We used to be able to transfer money with low cost but no we cannot,” he said.

“The money was transferred by the previous government abroad and is now frozen in New York. Around $2 to $2.5 billion of it has a direct influence on the private sector,” said Khanjan Alokozai, a member of the Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Investment.

Source: Tolo News

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Taliban condemn UN official’s ‘disrespectful’ statement about Islamic penal code

November 26, 2022

KABUL: The Spokesperson of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan Zabihullah Mujahid took to Twitter on Saturday to condemn a statement by a UN official as “disrespectful” to Islam.

A day ealier, the spokesperson of the United Nations High Commission for Human Rights and representatives of Western Countries had called the punishment of flogging an “inhumane and cruel act”.

Mujahid said that this remark on the implementation of the penal code of Islam was “disrespect to the Holy Religion of Islam and against the international standards”.

Further, he stated that countries and organisations should not allow individuals to make “irresponsible and provocative statements” on their behalf regarding the “blessed religion of Islam”.

This response came following the UN Rights Office Spokesperson Ravina Shamdasani’s statement on Friday against corporal punishment in Afghanistan.

Shamdasani said that the UN Human Rights Office was appalled by the mass floggings in public by the de facto authorities, calling an end to this “abhorrent form of punishment”.

The statement termed corporal punishment to be cruel and inhuman, adding that it is prohibited under the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, both of which Afghanistan is party to.

Shamdasani noted that since the Taliban rule began in Afghanistan on August 15, 2021, the UN Human Rights Office has documented numerous cases of such punishment given in public, often for alleged violations of religious codes.

Source: Pakistan Today

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Bangladesh charges Rohingya insurgents with murder

November 28, 2022

Bangladesh's main military intelligence agency has charged the leader of a Rohingya insurgent group and more than 60 others over the murder of an intelligence officer this month, police said Sunday.

Ataullah Abu Ammar Jununi is the founder of the Arakan Rohingya Solidarity Army (ARSA), which is fighting for an independent homeland in Myanmar's Rakhine state for the much-persecuted Rohingya Muslim community.

Almost a million of the stateless Rohingya minority live in squalid conditions in overcrowded refugee camps in Bangladesh's southeast after fleeing violence and discrimination in neighboring Myanmar.

A team of elite Bangladeshi police conducted an anti-drug raid at one of the camps on November 14.

Police said Rizwan Rushdie, a senior officer the of Directorate General of Forces Intelligence, was shot and then hacked to death by alleged ARSA members. A Rohingya woman was also killed in the raid.

"Ataullah was there during the attack," police inspector Mohammad Shahjahan told AFP. "He is the chief accused in the murder."

A total of 31 others, including ARSA members, were also charged with murder, he said, along with at least 30 unidentified attackers.

It is the first time that Ataullah has been charged with any offense by Bangladeshi authorities, but he has been implicated in other killings.

ARSA has been accused of assassinating political opponents, running narcotics and instilling a climate of fear in the camps.

A series of ARSA attacks against Myanmar security posts in 2017 prompted a brutal crackdown by the military that forced hundreds of thousands of Rohingya to flee to Bangladesh.

Ataullah was also accused of masterminding the murder of Mohib Ullah, a top Rohingya civilian leader, in September 2021.

ARSA has repeatedly denied the allegations on its Twitter account, saying it has only been working "for reinstating the legitimate rights of Rohingya".

AFP was unable to contact the group for comment about the charges against Ataullah.

Source: UCA News

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UN Experts Call for Investigations on Treatment of Women in Afghanistan

By Saqalain Eqbal

November 27, 2022

Following reports of women being lashed, the Special Rapporteurs of the UN have demanded an investigation into the suppression of women’s rights in Afghanistan as a form of gender persecution.

Experts stated that in Afghanistan, recent months have seen a rise in the fundamental rights abuses of women, which are already “severe and unacceptable,” according to a news release from the UN on November 25.

The Special Rapporteurs warned that such gender bias and persecution is a crime against humanity that is punishable under international law.

The UN expert’s remarks correspond with the recent public flogging of 14 people, 3 of whom were women, in an Afghan football stadium in front of a large crowd.

According to Logar officials, fourteen people—three women and eleven men—who were accused of robbery and “moral crimes”—were publicly flogged in the eastern Afghan province of Logar. They received 39 lashes each.

The UN Special Rapporteurs said that women’s rights activists have been increasingly singled out, assaulted, and detained in recent months, using activist Zarifa Yaquobi as an illustration who is still detained in an unknown location.

The experts urged the international community to take action to investigate and prosecute those responsible for gender-based violence in “appropriate international and extra-territorial jurisdictions” while also working to restore women’s rights in Afghanistan.

Source: Khaama Press

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'Miya' Museum: The Controversy around Assam's 'Muslim' Museum Dedicated To the Culture of 'Miyas' - Bengali-Speaking Muslims in the State


Mohiton Bibi has been waiting for days for her son to return from jail.

Mohar Ali was arrested a month ago after he opened a small museum in his house in a hamlet in Goalpara district in the north-eastern Indian state of Assam. The museum, he said, was dedicated to the culture of 'Miyas' - Bengali-speaking Muslims in the state.

Mr Ali, who is the leader of a local political party, spent around 7,000 rupees ($86; £71) to set up the place, which mainly displayed some agricultural tools and garments.

But two days later, local authorities shut the museum down. They also sealed Mr Ali's home, alleging that he had wrongly used the house - which was allotted to him under a government scheme - for commercial purposes.

The police also arrested Mr Ali and two others who had helped set up the museum.

They have said that the case against them was not connected to the museum and was instead due to their alleged links to two terror groups. The three men, who have been charged under a draconian anti-terrorism law that makes it almost impossible to get bail, have denied the accusation.

The arrests have shocked Assam's Bengali-speaking Muslim community, who say they are bewildered.

"What exactly is his crime?" Mr Ali's mother asks, her eyes welling up.

Critics say the arrests are the latest in a long line of attempts to marginalise the community in Assam, a complex and multi-ethnic state where linguistic identity and citizenship are the biggest political fault lines.

The state - residents include Bengali and Assamese-speaking Hindus, a medley of tribespeople and Muslims - has seen an anti-immigration movement against "outsiders" from neighbouring Bangladesh for decades. Bengali-speaking Muslims, in particular, have often been accused of being undocumented immigrants.

Since coming to power in 2016, the governing Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has rallied its vote base of Hindus and tribal communities by announcing policies that critics say are discriminatory towards Muslims. Several politicians, including current chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, have also targeted them in speeches.

After returning to power in 2021, the BJP government forcibly evicted thousands of people in a controversial drive against illegal encroachments - most of those affected were Bengali-speaking Muslims. Earlier this year, the government also approved the classification of five Muslim groups as "indigenous Assamese" communities, raising fears of further marginalisation of others.

"Muslims of Bengali origin have become a soft target of politics," says Dr Hafiz Ahmed, a scholar who works with the community.

"The idea is to show to the majority [population] that Miya people are not a part of the Assamese society - they are enemies."

Senior BJP leader Vijay Kumar Gupta, however, denied this and said that "others" were trying to "create a dispute" between communities.

"A museum is meant to preserve the cultural heritage of a community, but nothing like that is happening here," he said.

Across South Asia, the word Miya is used as an honorific for Muslim men.

But in Assam, the word is considered pejorative and used to describe thousands of Muslim peasants who migrated from parts of eastern Bengal that are now in Bangladesh. Assam shares a nearly 900km (560-mile) long porous border with the neighbouring country.

A vast majority of these migrants settled in the chars - the shifting islands along the lowlands of the Brahmaputra River - where people from other communities also stay.

Residents of chars are mostly poor farmers and daily wage workers whose lives and livelihoods are dependent on the river's shifting moods.

They also face discrimination, and are often portrayed as "infiltrators" who are taking over the jobs, land and culture of the Assamese-speaking population and tribespeople.

But over the years, many in the Bengali Muslim community have embraced their history, and tried to reclaim the term Miya as a distinct marker of their identity.

The Miya museum in Goalpara, set up in a small room, housed a few traditional agricultural tools, fishing gear made of bamboo, and a gamusa - the traditional hand-woven garment of Assam - all of which, Mr Ali said, was part of the "culture of Miya people".

But many BJP leaders accused him of trying to create divisions in society and said that the artefacts represented Assamese identity and not that of the Bengali-speaking Muslim community.

"Is there any community by the name of Miya?" chief minister Sarma said last month, hours before the museum was sealed.

The idea of such a museum at a prominent cultural centre was first mooted in 2020 by former Congress leader Sherman Ali Ahmed - who has often vociferously advocated for the community - but it faced vehement opposition from Mr Sarma's government.

Before that, in 2019, some poets ran into trouble for writing fiery, resistance poetry - which they called "Miya poetry" - in the community's dialect instead of in standardised written Assamese. Ten of them were charged with "promoting enmity between groups" on religious grounds.

Sherman Ali Ahmed told the BBC that he did not think it was right for Mr Ali open the museum in a government-granted house, but that his punishment was excessive.

"He didn't commit any major crime, but the government took strict action against him and others to scare the community," he says.

Dr Ahmad, the scholar, alleged that the government was trying to exploit the state's demographic complexity and play on the anxieties of Assamese people - who have long feared they will lose their identity to immigrants - by polarising the environment.

Meanwhile, people in Mr Ali's village are still rattled by the arrests. Most of them refused to talk about the museum, fearing more trouble.

Others said the controversy had nothing to do with their lives. "We don't need a museum, we need jobs, roads and electricity," said Shaheed Ali, a resident.

Dr Ahmad says that even though his personal stand was that the museum was ineffectual, the community had a right to preserve their culture.

Source: BBC

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Muslim Homes Makes Goods, Sharakkol (Arrows), Vaal (Swords), Gada (Clubs), And Kachha (Black Cord), For Sabarimala Pilgrims

November 27, 2022

Just days before the pilgrimage season at Sabarimala kicks off every year, there is a bustle in the narrow, concrete lanes in the Mattannoorkkara Lakshamveedu Colony at Erumely. Chicken feathers coloured in red, sets of cords dyed in sharp black, and uniquely carved wooden pieces are strewn all along these pathways or kept in bundles in front of houses.

Ever since the emergence of Erumely as a key base station for Sabarimala pilgrims from other States, the colony has become the sole hub of paraphernalia-making for the pilgrimage season. More than 90% of the Sharakkol (arrows), Vaal (swords), Gada (clubs), and Kachha (black cord) that are sold through the seasonal shops here come from the colony, an overwhelmingly Muslim area.

Koya Thengummoottil, a 78-year-old resident of the colony, is regarded as the senior-most craftsman in this business. “I have been making Sabarimala-related paraphernalia for nearly five decades. The last two years were particularly depressing. However, the business this year has been extraordinary so far. It looks like we will soon run out of stock,” he said.

The business had had grown sharply over the last two decades. “The number of devotees visiting Erumely, especially from the neighbouring States, has recorded a considerable surge during this period,” he added.

Price difference

The articles made at the houses here are sold to the shops that function only during the two-month long Mandalam-Makaravilakku season. While these materials are procured at nominal rates (₹1.50 per Sharakkol and ₹4 for clubs, for instance), they are sold at a price several times higher to the pilgrims, said Biju, a vendor in Erumely.

V.R. Sashi, a plantation worker who turns into paraphernalia-manufacturing during the pilgrimage season every year, said about 10 lakh Sharakkols, over four lakh wooden arrows, and an equal number of swords are manufactured in the colony during the season. Each of the 32 families engaged in the business here earn an average of ₹50,000 while the actual business in the open market is worth several crores of rupees.

Source: The Hindu

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Police: 3 arrested for assaulting Muslim man for travelling with Hindu woman

Nov 28, 2022

Three days after a 20-year-old man was allegedly assaulted while travelling in a bus with a woman in Mangaluru, three people have been arrested in connection with the case, said police on Sunday.

Mangaluru city police on Saturday arrested Mangaluru-based Muthu (18), Prakash (21) and Rakesh (23) for allegedly assaulting Seyad Raseem Ummar near Nanthoor circle in Mangaluru on Thursday. The police said Ummar and a woman were travelling in a bus from Karkala when the accused stopped the bus, dragged Ummar out and allegedly thrashed him.

Ummar is a third year BE (information science) student at NITTE Institute of Technology, Karkala.

In the FIR registered at the Kadri police station, complaint Ummar had alleged that “the accused entered into the and abused him verbally. The accused had also asked for my ID card, after which they thrashed me”.

“They also threatened him from telling anyone about the incident,” the FIR stated.

On Friday, ADGP (law and order) Alok Kumar had tweeted that appropriate action was being taken against the accused.

The accused have links with right-wing groups Bajrang Dal and Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP), said police. Meanwhile, VHP leader from Mangaluru, Sharan Pumpwell, said cases of ‘love jihad’ are on the rise in the region.

“The Bajrang Dal is doing good work in coastal Karnataka. As a result, many youths come to work with us. Incidents of love jihad are on the rise. These youths must have seen such an incident and taken necessary action. After they got arrested, we have provided them with the required legal help,” Pumpwell said.

“We are also organising protest in seven to eight places in Mangaluru on Monday. The government should implement the anti-conversion law in the state effectively,” he added.

Source: Hindustan Times

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MCD Polls: Muslim Voters May Play Key Role In Chandni Chowk, Northeast Delhi


As the political parties are campaigning hard to win the coming MCD polls, Muslim voters are likely to play a crucial role in deciding the outcome in many wards, especially those in Chandni Chowk, East and North-East Delhi parliamentary constituencies.

Muslims constitute around 13 per cent of the Delhi's population.

While the Congress has fielded 24 candidates from the minority community, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) have fielded seven and four such candidates, respectively.

Asserting that the Congress will sweep the minority-dominated areas, Delhi Congress vice-president and former chairman of the party's minority department, Ali Mehdi, said that the community "trusts Congress" more than any other parties.

"Be it Delhi riots or Jahangirpuri violence, the Congress has always been vocal about the issues of the minorities. We have fielded 24 candidates from the minority community and we are confident that the party will sweep the minority-dominated areas," Mehdi told PTI.

He said that candidates from minority community have been fielded from Mustafabad, Seelampur, Okhla, Babarpur, Matia Mahal, Laxmi Nagar, Krishna Nagar and Jama Masjid areas by the Delhi Congress.

Alleging that the BJP and AAP "neglected" the minorities in Delhi, Mehdi said, "While the BJP fuelled hatred amongst people, AAP chose to remain silent and even distanced itself from minority-related issues."

He further said that the Congress worked towards promoting communal harmony in the city on multiple occasions.

"We reached out to them when Delhi riots took place in 2020. We helped them during the Covid-induced lockdown. They trust us more than any other parties," he said.

The BJP has fielded four candidates from the backward Pasmanda Muslims, including three women, in the upcoming civic body polls. The contenders include a social activist, a would-be lawyer and a scrap dealer.

Delhi BJP spokesperson Yasir Gilani said that even as the party fielded less number of Muslim candidates in the civic polls, all of them have "strong influence" in their respective wards.

"We fielded very few Muslim candidates but they will ensure that the BJP get votes of the minority community and win on seats dominated by them. All four candidates have strong influence in their respective wards and they will surely win," Gilani told PTI. The BJP candidates had said that they are getting good response from people in their respective wards. The saffron party has fielded Irfan Maliq from Chandni Mahal, Samina Raja from Quraish Nagar, Saba Ghazi from Chauhan Bangar, and Shabnam Maliq from Mustfabad wards of the MCD

"The mentality of Muslims is changing with time. People are now focused on delivery of services and how can they get benefits from the government rather than sticking to the Hindu-Muslim cliche," one of the Muslim candidates said when asked how they were convincing people to vote for BJP.

The AAP has fielded seven candidates from the minority community for the upcoming civic body elections.

When asked whether the party's approach towards the issues of minorities in the last one year would sway the minority community's votes, AAP's MCD election in-charge Durgesh Pathak said every citizen in Delhi would vote for the Arvind Kejriwal-led party in the upcoming polls.

The All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) led by Hyderabad MP Asaduddin Owaisi is also a contender in the MCD polls and has fielded its candidates in several Muslim-dominated wards in the city.

Source: Telegraph India

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Egypt president Abdel Fattah al-Sisi to be chief guest at Republic Day celebrations

Nov 27, 2022

NEW DELHI: Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi will be the chief guest at the Republic Day celebrations in January 2023.

"This is the first time that the President of the Arab Republic of Egypt will be the Chief Guest at our Republic Day," the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said in a statement on Sunday. Prime Minister Narendra Modi had sent a formal invitation to al-Sisi which was handed over to the Egyptian president by external affairs minister S Jaishankar on October 16.

Both countries are celebrating the 75th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations this year. Egypt has been invited as a 'Guest Country' during India's Presidency of G-20 in 2022-23, the statement said.

"India and Egypt enjoy warm and friendly relations based on civilisational and deep-rooted people-to-people ties," the statement said.

Leaders of friendly nations have graced the Republic Day celebrations since 1950, when the then Indonesian President Sukarno was invited as the chief guest.

In 1952, 1953 and 1966, the Republic Day celebrations were held without a foreign leader as chief guest.

In 2021, the then British prime minister Boris Johnson was invited as the chief guest but his visit had to be cancelled due to the rising Covid-19 cases in Britain.

This year, India had invited leaders of the five Central Asian Republics, who were to visit Delhi for the India-Central Asia Summit, as chief guests for the Republic Day celebrations.

However, the visit was cancelled due to rising Covid-19 cases in India. The India-Central Asia Summit was held in the virtual format.

In 2018, the entire Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) leadership comprising 10 heads of state was present at the Republic Day parade.

In 2020, the then Brazil president Jair Bolsonaro was the chief guest.

Source: Times Of India

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37 Muslim Independents in two Surat seats: Garment worker to domestic help to auto driver to delivery boy

by Sourav Roy Barman

November 27, 2022

Vasim Shaikh, who earns his living as a daily-wage worker in a garment unit in Surat city, was made to sign a few documents by some people in his “friend circle” a couple of days ago.

Shaikh’s name figures among a list of 30 Muslim candidates contesting as Independents from Surat’s Limbayat constituency which will go the polls in the first phase of the Gujarat Assembly polls on December 1.

“Mai toh cutting ka kaam karta hoon idhar, dihadi hai mera. Kisine bataya toh maine bhar diya (I am engaged in cutting in a garments unit. Someone told me to fill up forms which I did. I was not aware that I was being made a candidate),” Shaikh claims.

The Limbayat Assembly seat is part of the Navsari Lok Sabha constituency represented by Gujarat BJP president CR Paatil, from where a total of 44 candidates are contesting — the highest among the state’s 89 seats in the first phase — that include altogether 34 Independents. The Muslim community makes up about 30 per cent of voters in Limbayat.

In the neighbouring Surat East Assembly constituency, which is also scheduled for voting on December 1, Minhaj Patel, a delivery boy with a private online food and grocery store, is among seven Muslim faces out of 8 Independents in the fray. “I work with Big Basket company. I felt like contesting, so I filed nomination this time,” he said. A total of 14 candidates are contesting the Surat East seat.

The Congress, which has fielded a Muslim candidate in Surat East, has charged that the ruling BJP has fielded “dubious Independent candidates” in the two seats to split minority votes. Recently, the Surat East seat had hit the headlines when Kanchan Jariwala, who was fielded by the AAP, withdrew his candidature amid a row and exchange of allegations and counter-allegations between the AAP and the BJP.

When contacted, the Congress’s Surat East candidate Aslam Firozbhai alleged, “Of the 2.15 lakh voters in the seat, 43 per cent are Muslims. Everyone knows that the BJP has fielded these so-called Independent candidates to split the Opposition votes from the minorities. If CR Paatil was so confident of winning a seat under his constituency, why did he feel the need to resort to such tactics?”

Kher Paresh Anandbhai of the Shiv Sena (Uddhav), who is also contesting from Surat East as an Independent, also made similar allegations.

A Surat BJP leader, who did not want to be named, rejected these charges, pointing out that the party had a smooth victory from these seats in the 2017 polls.

Apart from Shaikh and Patel, The Indian Express spoke to a slew of Independent candidates in the two constituencies, who have varied backgrounds — from a couple engaged in social work to a scrap dealer, to an autorickshaw driver. Here are excerpts from their responses.

Saiyad Suraiya Latif (Limbayat): I work as a domestic help. This time, I thought of contesting the polls to gain experience. Maine socha ye bhi karke dekh lete hain (I thought let me try my hand at this too).

Hamid Shaikh (Limbayat): This is the fifth time I am contesting as an Independent. I like elections. I work as a commission agent in the transport sector.

Hameed Madhavsang Rana (Limbayat): I work as a commission agent for a tour and travels agency. My wife, Sayarabanu, who is also contesting from Limbayat, and I served people in various ways during Covid. She is a homemaker. The allegations of the Congress regarding BJP setting us up to split votes is false.

Sabirabibi (Limbayat): I am a homemaker. I decided to contest as other parties do not help us in any manner. My contribution as a social worker will hold me in good stead in politics.

Shaikhlal Samir Shah (Limbayat): Currently, I am not working anywhere. I am contesting to safeguard the rights of people in my area. I feel pained by their plight. Other parties are least bothered.

Aiyub Shah (Limbayat): I run an autorickshaw on rent. This time I thought why not contest the polls? At least more people will get to know me. I am campaigning with my family members including in Hindu areas.

Mohammad Shaikh (Limbayat): I am contesting Assembly polls for the first time. I had also contested the local body polls as a BSP candidate in the past. I am contesting as parties discriminate between communities.

Irfan Pathan (Surat East): I manage the parking lots under flyovers that come under the Surat Municipal Corporation. I was with the BJP 10 years back. Later, I decided to focus on my work. This time, the youth of my area encouraged me to contest.

Shahabudin Jainudin (Surat East ): I am in the business of buying and selling cars. My mother, who is no more, had contested the civic body polls as a Congress candidate. I no longer have ties with any party.

Samir Fakruddin Shaikh (Surat East): I am involved in the scrap trade. Bas aisehi chunav mai aane ka mann hua (I just felt like entering the poll fray). I want to do social work. The youth of my locality encouraged me to contest as I had assisted people during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Source: Indian Express

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Clerics’ diktat fails to douse football fever in north Kerala

Nov 27, 2022

By Ramesh Babu

The Muslim religious heads’ diktat against “fiery fandom and idol worship” failed to douse soccer spirit in north Kerala as fans spent a sleepless night celebrating their favourite team Argentina’s 2-0 win over Mexico in the FIFA World Cup on Saturday night.

Ironically big celebrations unfolded a day after Muslim religious bodies in Kerala warned believers against getting “intoxicated and idol worship” of their players.

The Samstha Kerala Jamat-ul Khutbah, a body of clerics and religious Islamic teachers, and Sunny students’ federation issued a sermon on Friday against celebrations crossing all limits and asked believers not to indulge in “hero worship” as it was against basic tenets of Islam.

Samstha Kerala claims that the football fever is resulting in thin attendance in religious schools and Friday prayers. They claim that students in some schools also sought remissions in the early hours of their classes due to late-night matches.

“Addiction to the game and over-idolizing star players are against the monotheism (worship only Allah) of belief,” said the religious body in a statement.

Fans hit the street in large numbers in Kozhikode and Malappuram districts celebrating Argentina’s win. Celebrations were seen in north Malabar region and other parts of Kerala.

In some places, even women fans came out on the street in large numbers chanting “Vamos, Vamos Argentina”, a popular chant in the Latin American country meaning “let’s go, let’s go”.

“Messi lived up to his godly image,” said a banner in Kunnamangalam near Kozhikode. “Our god is alive,” said another poster in Feroke in the district.

“It is a total football and dream match. Messi proved again he is the messiah of football,” said state tourism minister Mohammad Riyas, who watched the match in a jam-packed stadium in Kozhikode with fans.

“Over 2,000 fans gathered at our small ground to watch the match on the big screen and they really relished it,” said N K Zubair, president of the Ninanvalappil football association president.

In several places, law-enforcement agencies had a tough time controlling the over-dozed fans.

In south Kerala’s Kollam, fans of Argentina and Brazil clashed openly in a coastal village in Sakthikulangara last Sunday forcing police to register a case.

Source: Hindustan Times

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Kejriwal is Modi of 2013, he defamed Tablighi Jamaat, disappeared during riots: Owaisi

27th November 2022

New Delhi: AIMIM president Asaduddin Owaisi on Sunday attacked Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, alleging he defamed the Muslim community in the entire country and “wants to break all records of Narendra Modi”.

Campaigning for All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) candidates in Delhi’s Seelampur ahead of the civic body polls, he alleged that Kejriwal disappeared at the time of riots in the national capital and spoke against those who protested against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act at Shaheen Bagh.

“When people were reeling under COVID-19, struggling for oxygen and hospital beds, the Delhi chief minister spewed venom and said coronavirus was spreading because of Tablighi Jammat. He defamed Tablighi Jamaat.

“The lists of Covid cases in Delhi had a column that mentioned Tablighi Jamaat members as super-spreaders. The entire country started doubting Muslims. The hatred increased and many people were attacked. The Delhi CM is responsible for this,” the All India Majlis-E-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) chief said.

At the gathering, Owaisi alleged the Delhi chief minister said he would have removed the (anti-CAA) protesters at Shaheen Bagh in half an hour.

“A person from his party who later joined the BJP raised the ‘goli maaron…’ slogan,” he claimed at the gathering. “The Delhi chief minister got an FIR registered against Tablighi Jamaat, but not against this person. This is his true face… He is the Narendra Modi of 2013 and wants to break all his records.”

Owaisi alleged that Kejriwal “disappeared” when violence flared up in Delhi. “Houses were burnt and people were killed. The Delhi chief minister could not be seen anywhere,” he said.

The AIMIM chief alleged that no party wants to work for the betterment of Muslims, Dalits and the Adivasis.

Source: Siasat Daily

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20 foreigners held, being interrogated over claims that al-Shabaab abducted them: Somali police

Mohammed Dhaysane  



Police in Somalia on Sunday said that 20 foreigners are being interrogated after they said that they were in the al-Shabaab terror group’s captivity for years.

Sadik Adan Ali, a police spokesman, said in a statement that the foreigners, including 14 Iranians and six Pakistanis, were apprehended by police in the country’s coastal town of Hobyo.

He said some of these individuals were said to be abducted by the al-Qaeda-affiliated terrorist group Al-Shabaab in early 2014, while others were kidnapped by the group in the middle of 2019 near the coast of Harardere.

“Four of the foreigners have physical injuries,” said the police statement.

According to local media, the foreigners claimed that they are fishermen and were held captive by al-Shabaab terror groups for years before they arrived in the government-controlled area as they were released by the terrorist group.

Further investigation into the individuals is currently underway, according to the Somali police.

Authorities in the Galmudug state, who spoke to Anadolu Agency over the phone, said they “rescued” the foreigners and that they are under interrogation.

The men were apprehended while traveling in two boats between Hobyo and Haradhere on Saturday night, according to the regional authorities.

In August 2020, three Iranian fishermen were released by Somali pirates after being held for five years after a $180,000 ransom was paid, according to local media.

Source: Anadolu Agency

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Somali military recaptures strategic town of El Dhere, government says

Mohammed Dhaysane  



The Somali government on Saturday announced that the country’s military has regained control of the strategic town of El Dhere from the al-Shabaab terrorist group.

In a press conference, Abdirahman Yusuf al-Adala, the deputy information minister, said that more than 100 al-Shabaab terrorists, including 12 of their commanders, were killed in the Middle Shabelle region in a military operation supported by local militias and international security partners.

He said the operation was followed by a similar military operation in the village of Bulo-Madino in the southwestern Lower Shabelle region in which more than 60 al-Shabaab terrorists were killed.

On Friday, the army said it foiled an al-Shabaab attack on a military base in the central region of Galgadud.

Somalia has been plagued by insecurity for years, with al-Shabaab being one of the main threats.

Since at least 2007, al-Shabaab has waged a deadly campaign against the Somali government and international forces, claiming thousands of lives.

The UN has also warned of growing instability in the country, with its periodic reports on Somalia this year detailing attacks by al-Shabaab and pro-Daesh/ISIS groups.

Source: Anadolu Agency

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Jordan’s military thwarts attempts to smuggle drugs from Syria

November 28, 2022

AMMAN: Jordanian security forces have foiled two attempts to smuggle large quantities of drugs from Syria in two days, the Jordan News Agency reported.

On Sunday, border guards at the Jaber border crossing, Jordan’s main border crossing with Syria, seized 10,000 Captagon pills and 1 kg of crystal meth hidden inside a truck.

On Saturday, the Eastern Military Zone in Jordan seized 564 palm-sized sheets of hashish, 20,000 Captagon pills, a Kalashnikov rifle and ammunition.  

A source at the Jordanian Armed Forces General Command said frontline surveillance patrols, in coordination with security agencies, tracked an armed group of smugglers illegally crossing into the kingdom from Syria.

Source: Arab News

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Jordan to receive $845 million in aid from US

27 November ,2022

The US will provide Jordan with more than $845 million in annual financial support, officials in Amman said Sunday, as the country remains heavily dependent on foreign aid.

Prime Minister Bisher al-Khasawneh was present at the signing ceremony of the “agreement with the US for the allocation of annual financial support of $845.1 million”, a Jordanian government statement said.

Minister of Planning and International Cooperation Zeina Toukan and USAID official Margaret Spears signed the accord in Amman, it added.

The Hashemite kingdom is a key Western ally in the Middle East.

“Jordan is very grateful for the support, which demonstrates that the United States understands the challenges” the country faces, Khasawneh said.

Washington will provide the aid by the end of the month, Toukan said, adding that the funds would go towards “financing development projects and implementing economic reforms in different sectors”.

In September, the US committed to providing Jordan with $10.15 billion in aid between 2023 and 2029.

Only slightly larger than Portugal, Jordan has few natural resources and only one port, Aqaba, on the Red Sea.

The World Bank says the country is heavily in debt and faces around 23 percent unemployment.

Some 675,000 refugees from neighbouring war-torn Syria are registered with the United Nations in Jordan.

Source: Al Arabiya

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ISPR: Leaked data of army chief’s family wealth ‘lies and malice’

November 27, 2022

ISLAMABAD: Days after the finance minister said the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) successfully traced the identities of the people suspected of leaking the tax information of family members of Gen. Qamar Javed Bajwa, the military said an investigative report which, citing those records, estimated the combined declared wealth of the family of its outgoing chief at a staggering $56 million was “totally untrue and based on blatant lies and malice”.

Last week, an online investigative news portal, FactFocus, ran the story about the accumulation of wealth and property by family members of Gen. Bajwa during his extended six-year term in office ending Tuesday.

The report alleged that Gen. Bajwa’s immediate and extended family members had exponentially expanded their domestic as well as foreign property and businesses since he took command of the Pakistan Army in 2016.

However, instead of questioning or denying the validity of the information, the office of Ishaq Dar issued a statement saying the finance minister had taken “serious notice” of the leak, calling it a violation of the tax law and a breach of official confidential data.

Subsequently, on Tuesday, Dar said the top revenue authority had traced the identities of staff who apparently leaked the records to Ahmad Noorani, a Washington-based journalist who published the story.

In a statement responding to the report, released no less than a week later, the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) claimed the data was being exaggerated on the basis of assumptions.

A “certain group” has “cleverly, and with ill intent,” linked the assets of the father and family of the general’s daughter-in-law with him and his family, the statement said.

The media wing of the military was concerned that a “false impression” was being created that these assets were acquired by Sabir Hameed, a Lahore-based realtor and father of Gen. Bajwa’s daughter-in-law, during his time in office.

“It is totally untrue and based on blatant lies and malice,” the statement said, adding the assets of the general and his family had been declared to the FBR.

Source: Pakistan Today

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Pakistan: Imran Khan claims 3 shooters tried to kill him in Wazirabad

Nov 27, 2022

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan's ousted prime minister Imran Khan has claimed that there were three shooters involved in the failed assassination attempt on him during a protest march in the eastern city of Wazirabad earlier this month.

The chairman of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party suffered bullet injuries in the right leg when the gunmen fired at him in Punjab's Wazirabad area on November 3, where he was leading the march against the government to press for snap elections.

Addressing a massive rally of his party on Saturday night in this garrison city, which houses the headquarters of the powerful Army, Khan said the two attackers previously identified were the one who fired at him and other PTI leaders and the second shooter fired at the container's front, while the third attacker was tasked to eliminate the first gunman.

Khan, 70, claimed that this third shooter actually killed a person at the rally while trying to kill the would-be assassin.

Addressing the nation from the Shaukat Khanum Hospital in Lahore a day after the attack, Khan had said he was hit by four bullets in his right leg by two shooters.

He said he was on a container when a “burst of bullets” was directed at him.

"Then a second burst came, there were two people," he said.

Khan, in his first in-person address to the party workers after the attack, also alleged that "three criminals", who were behind the failed assassination attempt, are waiting to target him again.

He has repeatedly alleged that Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah and ISI Counter Intelligence Wing head Maj-Gen Faisal Naseer were behind the attack on him.

Khan also announced to continue his protest until new elections were announced. Elections are not due in Pakistan until the term of the current National Assembly gets over in August 2023.

"The movement of Haqeeqi Azadi will continue until genuine freedom is achieved,” he said, adding that the moment would come once new elections were held.

Khan was ousted from power in April after losing a no-confidence vote in his leadership, which he alleged was part of a US-led conspiracy targeting him because of his independent foreign policy decisions on Russia, China, and Afghanistan. The US has denied the allegations.

Source: Times Of India

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Imran wants to destabilise country by quitting assemblies: Fazl

Nisar Ahmad Khan

November 28, 2022

MANSEHRA: Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam-Fazl emir Maulana Fazlur Rehman on Sunday said that PTI chief Imran Khan wanted to create a political and economic mess in the country through resignation of his party’s lawmakers from assemblies but he would never be able to accomplish his design.

“Imran Khan could hardly assemble 10,000 people. He threatened to quit assemblies to destabilise the country on economic and political fronts, but his conspiracy would never meet a success,” he told a public gathering in Dasu, the district headquarters of Upper Kohistan.

Mr Rehman, who is also chief of Pakistan Democratic Movement, said that almost all political parties were part of the national government to put the country on the track of prosperity and development but Imran Khan wanted to bring instability to the country.

“I have been kicking off my election campaign from here and would also form the next government in the country,” he said. He claimed that Imran Khan would not reach the power arena in the country again.

JUI-F chief to kick off election campaign from Kohistan

The JUI-F emir defended Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), Pak Army and Chief of Army Staff Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa as patriotic entities and questioned as to why Imran Khan was targeting them.

He said that former prime minister Imran Khan politically victimised his rivals and put them behind bars through the use of National Accountability Bureau by labelling everyone a thief.

“This national government never believes in political victimisation and putting rivals behind bars. We would never retaliate. That’s why we amended NAB’s and all such laws which were against humanity and justice,” he said.

The JUI-F chief said that Imran Khan was saying that he victimised politicians on the directions of establishment. “This country is now out of the rule of Zionists and their agents. The Sharia-based economic system is going to be put in place shortly as the government has withdrawn its appeals against the federal Shariat Court’s usury-free economy ruling,” he added.

He said that Kohistan districts were also badly affected by recent flash floods triggered by the monsoon rains and the national government came to rescue them.

“We reached the flood-affected families across the country without discrimination of Muslim or non-Muslim. We served Sikhs, Christians

and Hindus as Islam orders its followers to serve humanity without the discrimination of sex and creed,” said Mr Rehman.

Source: Dawn

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PDM mulls options to foil PTI plan

Amjad Mahmood | Mohammad Ashfaq

November 28, 2022

LAHORE / PESHAWAR: The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) has summoned a meeting of its parliamentary party in the Punjab Assembly to discuss options available for dislodging the alliance of Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) and Pakistan Muslim League (PML-Q) ruling the province or at least barring it from dissolving the assembly.

The parliamentary party will meet at PML-N’s provincial secretariat in Model Town on Monday (today) under the chairmanship of opposition leader Hamza Shehbaz.

PTI Chairman Imran Khan had announced in Rawalpindi on Saturday that party members would tender their resignations from Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa assemblies, the two provinces where the Imran-led party is in power, to put pressure on the Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) government in Centre for early elections across the country.

The opposition parties in the 371-strong Punjab Assembly enjoy the support of 179 MPAs — 167 of PML-N, seven of PPP, four independents and one of the Rah-i-Haq Party. They need seven more votes to see a no-confidence motion succeed against PTI-PML-Q-supported Chief Minister Parvez Elahi.

The opposition cannot pin its hopes on the backing of the disgruntled legislators among the PTI and PML-Q ranks because as per the Supreme Court’s orders their votes would not be counted if polled against the party policy, while they would also stand disqualified as assembly members.

The other possibility is that the governor asks the chief minister to take a vote of confidence as in this case the disgruntled members of the ruling alliance may abstain during the no-confidence vote and may also avert their likely disqualification.

The huddle will evaluate the petition for the review of the apex court’s orders on the Punjab chief minister’s election.

In an apparent move to bar the governor from directing the chief minister to take a vote of confidence under clause 7 of Article 130 of the constitution, the PTI-PML-Q alliance is keeping the assembly in session, whose sittings are held after weeks and without any worthwhile business.

However, legal experts, like Usama Khawar, believe that the relevant constitutional provision puts no bar on the governor’s authority to ask the chief minister to seek a vote of confidence if in his (governor’s) opinion the CM has lost majority in the house.

“Nowhere in the Constitution has it been stated that the governor cannot summon a special session for taking a vote of confidence by the chief minister if the elected house of the relevant province is already in session,” he said.

In the meantime, PPP has also begun seeking signatures of its Punjab Assembly members on a no-trust motion. As a couple of MPAs, including Syed Ali Haider Gilani, are presently abroad, they are being sent the document for signatures through courier service, a senior party leader told Dawn.

Meanwhile, in a bid to pave the way for the PDM government in Punjab, PML-N leader Ishaq Dar called on PPP leader Asif Ali Zardari in Islamabad. The former president is expected to travel to Lahore soon for ‘Mission Lahore’.

Sources in PPP said the purpose of ‘Mission Lahore’ is the ouster of the ruling PTI-PML-Q alliance and Mr Zardari will be staying in the provincial capital for a while to execute his strategy.

According to sources, both leaders also discussed financial issues confronting Sindh.

KP parties’ moot

Mr Khan’s announcement resulted in a flurry of political activities in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa as well where all major opposition parties decided to consult their central leadership to formulate a strategy to counter a potential move by the PTI to dissolve the assembly.

The decision was taken in a meeting of the opposition parties chaired by the opposition leader in the KP Assembly, Muhammad Akram Khan Durrani, a leader of JUI-F. The meeting was attended by ANP MPA Sardar Hussain Babak, PPP MPA Nighat Orakzai, PML-N MPA Ikhtiar Wali, and others.

In a brief chat with the media persons, the opposition leader said they did not believe that the PTI chairman was “serious” about his decisions.

Meanwhile, Information Minister Marriyum Aurangzeb came down hard on the former prime minister and said the PTI chairman had become “irrelevant” in the current political scenario, reported APP. “Why should elections be held ahead of time because Imran Khan had lost power?” she asked.

Source: Dawn

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PM urges Pak-Turkiye joint research, resources pooling to face challenges

November 27, 2022

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif said that in wake of the common challenges and emerging threats facing both countries, Pakistan and Turkiye should work together through collective research and pooling of resources.

“We believe that Pakistan and Turkiye should work together and deepen their partnership through collective research and joint development and pooling of resources,” Prime Minister Shehbaz told Turkish Anadolu Agency in an exclusive interview, published on Sunday, during his two-day visit to the country from November 25-26 to jointly inaugurate the third of four MILGEM corvette ships manufactured by Turkiye for the Pakistani Navy.

He said the “exemplary,” Pak-Turkiye relations were “grounded firmly in common religious, cultural, and linguistic links and transcend political changes on either side.” Over the past seven and a half decades, the prime minister said, the two sides have always “stood by each other in the face of all changes.”

“Pakistan and Turkiye support each other on all issues of core national interests — whether it is Jammu and Kashmir or Northern Cyprus. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Turkiye, particularly its leadership, for its principled support on Jammu and Kashmir dispute,” he said.

“Confronted by common challenges and new and emerging threats, Pakistan and Turkiye have deepened their cooperation across various spheres, particularly in defense,” Shehbaz Sharif said, lauding the Turkish defense industry which has “achieved spectacular success under the leadership of President Erdogan, defying all odds and challenges in the past two decades.”

“Pakistan is Turkiye’s largest defense customer,” the prime minister underlined, adding that their collaboration on the construction of the MILGEM-class warships, not only has a “unique value” for the Pakistani Navy’s capability enhancements but also “prominently stands out as a defining moment to further cement the bonds of friendship between our two nations and our two navies.”

To a question, the prime minister said Pakistan’s economy “was facing multiple global and domestic challenges” and was “on the verge of financial collapse” when he assumed charge.

“The economic policies of the previous government were not pro-growth and led the economy to multiple challenges,” he said. However, the prime minister said his government had adopted a “mix of policies to tackle the economic downturn by accepting the fact that “we have a very short time to step back from the edge of bankruptcy and financial collapse.”

“No doubt, some of our policy options, like the withdrawal of untargeted subsidies, had added to the cost to the economy in the short term. But, most of our policies are more likely to offer benefits in the longer term,” he remarked.

“We are also aware of the fact that our current course of action is hurting the most vulnerable and marginalized in society but we are taking care of them by announcing targeted subsidies and other relief measures,” the prime minister said.

He said the revival of the IMF programme and “active engagement with bilateral and multilateral partners” had eased the pressure.

To tackle the economy, he noted that his government took measures to reduce the import bill, current account deficit, and pressure on the Pakistani rupee.

The prime minister said the massive floods that hit Pakistan early this year “caused a great deal of suffering.” The recently announced packages by the government for farmers and businessmen will help stimulate economic activities, he added.

Coming to the issue of climate change, Prime Minister Shehbaz said, while Pakistan contributed less than 1% of the global carbon footprint, it “is facing the brunt of natural calamities in the form of heat waves, glacial outbursts, droughts, torrential rains, and unprecedented monsoons.”

“There is an urgent need for the industrialized countries to meet their climate finance commitments, with a balanced focus on adaptation and mitigation,” he said, welcoming a deal to establish a “loss and damage fund” to compensate developing countries most severely impacted by climate change.

He also suggested that the international community explore the possibilities of “debt swaps for climate action, particularly adaptation.”

About his government’s efforts to respond to the flood situation, the prime minister said the country “mounted coordinated rescue and relief operations mobilizing all possible resources and capacities.”

A dedicated National Flood Response and Coordination Centre (NFRCC) has been set up to effectively coordinate rescue and relief operations, he noted.

While discussing his government’s foreign policy, he said Pakistan’s “longstanding and broad-based relationship” with the US was “committed to deepen and widen.”

“In recent months, engagement between both countries has been quite productive and substantial. Our interactions at various levels have intensified, which manifests in that the relationship is strengthening.”

Recalling a recent interaction with US President Joe Biden in New York, he said there had been “several high-level visits including congressional delegations and by members of the (US) administration.”

“These interactions have yielded positive results and further solidified our ties,” he said, thanking Washington for its $97 million of support for Pakistani flood victims.

The two countries, celebrating 75 years since the establishment of diplomatic ties, are “charting out a promising course for the decades ahead,” said Sharif.

He called the US an “important trading partner” and added that the two countries were “exploring more ways to strengthen bilateral trade and commercial ties.”

“Some of the US companies are doing quite well in Pakistan. We encourage major US companies to invest in Pakistan’s lucrative market and enhance commercial ties, particularly in our growing IT sector,” he said, encouraging more student exchanges between the two countries.

Commending the “strong Pakistani diaspora” in the US, Sharif said they were “acting as a bridge to deepen the ties between our two countries and the people.”

Pakistan is also cooperating closely with the US “to promote peace and stability in Afghanistan,” while also pursuing a foreign policy of “friendliness and goodwill towards all countries,” he said.

“Pakistan has traditionally maintained good relations with the United States and China. Historically, it was Pakistan that acted as a bridge in opening up the relationship between the United States and the People’s Republic of China,” he noted.

“While the Pakistan-China relationship is very special, Pakistan and the US have also maintained a longstanding historic bilateral relationship, which is broad-based in nature and covers all issues of mutual interest.

Shehbaz Sharif said Pakistan “strongly believes that inter-state relations should be based on mutual respect and peaceful resolution of issues by upholding of principles of UN charter and international law.”

On relations with China, he said his recent meetings with the Chinese leadership “injected new impetus in our joint efforts to ensure timely progress and implementation of major projects.”

“Important understandings were reached on advancing flagship projects such as the Main Line I and Karachi Circular Railway (ML-I/KCR) projects, as well as on the early implementation of the Framework Agreement on Industrial Cooperation.

“We also agreed to step up cooperation in green energy, science and technology, and agriculture, which are all important building blocks of CPEC’s (China-Pakistan Economic Corridor) high-quality development,” he said.

“Both Pakistan and China are mindful of the complex regional environment and the risks it poses. We will continue to exercise heightened vigilance and ensure that our detractors’ nefarious designs will fail,” Sharif added.

Coming to the Kashmir issue and relations with India, the prime minister said Pakistan’s foreign policy was “one of friendliness and goodwill towards all.”

“We want good relations with all neighbors, including India,” said the prime minister.

However, he stressed that for “complete normalization” of relations, including the revival of trade ties, India must “reverse its actions” of Aug. 5, 2019, when New Delhi revoked the limited autonomy of Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir.

He also said India must end its “state terrorism” in IIOJK and not seek “demographic changes in the occupied territory to perpetuate its illegal occupation.”

Referring to his inaugural address as prime minister, Sharif said he “reiterated our desire for maintaining ‘good ties’ with India.

Source: Pakistan Today

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Southeast Asia


PM Anwar Ibrahim Told To Use TikTok to Counter Racial, Religious Propaganda

27-11- 2022

PETALING JAYA: It has been suggested that Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim (should utilise TikTok to level Perikatan Nasional’s (PN) propaganda.

FMT reported that political analyst Azmil Tayeb from Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) said that TikTok is “a different world” from the three major social media platforms, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram as their short videos cater to the younger generation.

“TikTok videos are usually quite crude and direct, which makes them look original. That is TikTok’s appeal that PN has managed to capitalise on.

“Anwar and his Malay supporters can start by ramping up efforts to provide counter-narratives, particularly via short TikTok videos. (They should) recruit more everyday, regular Malays to do these videos so that they’ll look natural and organic,” he told FMT.

Another analyst Azizuddin Mohd Sani from Universiti Utara Malaysia (UUM) said that Anwar still has to uphold the Federal Constitution in ensuring the protection of Bumiputera rights while fighting for the other races’ rights.

Both analysts agreed that Anwar does not have to appeal to the conservative voters who mostly voted for PN through their conservative policies.

Azmil and Azizuddin added that the Tambun MP needs to concentrate on the job market, resolving livelihood matters and combating corruption which in turn will help to alleviate the discontent amongst many PN supporters.

Azizuddin also proposed that Anwar should reach out to the nation’s youths and fence-sitters convinced by PN online propaganda and listen to their troubles to gain their support.

Meanwhile Azmil and Azizuddin also agreed that Anwar does not have to sign the confidence and supply agreement (CSA) or memorandum of understanding (MoU) with PN to push off any attempts by the opposition to overthrow the current government.

Source: The Sun Daily

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Hadi blasts 'Islamophobic' DAP over post-GE15 narrative to stop PAS

November 28, 2022

PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang has launched a scathing attack on DAP, saying the Pakatan Harapan (PH) partner has been promoting an Islamophobic narrative in its efforts to prevent PAS from being in a position of power following its major gains at the polls.

Hadi, in a strongly worded statement, described DAP as a party without morals, adding that it had "shown its fangs blatantly and greedily".

"The most hostile views against Islam spread in the West by the orientalists and Western media have been imported to Malaysia by DAP, so that false information is spread against PAS," he said.

The recent election saw PAS winning 49 federal seats, its biggest gain in a general election. This was followed by DAP which won 40 seats, making it the biggest partner in PH.

Hadi's statement came four days after a political stalemate ended with the Yang di-Pertuan Agong naming Anwar Ibrahim as prime minister.

Political leaders said that the Agong had urged all parties to form a "unity government", although this was not mentioned in the palace's official statement naming Anwar as the 10th prime minister.

Hadi's ally Muhyiddin Yassin, who heads Perikatan Nasional, had rejected the palace proposal, and said he did not understand why 115 statutory declarations in support of him were ignored despite being submitted before the end of a 24-hour deadline.

Hadi in his statement today said DAP never learnt any lesson from its previous alliance with PAS in Pakatan Rakyat, where he said leaders from both parties had held dialogues to clear confusion on Islam.

He said among DAP's narratives was to paint anyone who spoke in defence of Malays and Muslims as "racists".

"This strategy is promoted with DAP as its mastermind.

"Non-Muslim rights spelt out in the Federal Constitution are considered insufficient and oppressive. It's like give them an inch, they'll take a mile.

"In fact, the constitutional right to language and culture has been considered insufficient. DAP continues to be extreme towards the culture of Muslims which it wants to subtly and systematically destroy," Hadi added.

Hadi also said DAP's use of Malay Muslims as spokesmen would fail.

Source: Malaysia Now

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Malaysia’s Sabah Seeking to Develop Islamic Tourism

November 27, 2022

It seeks to make the state a more welcoming destination for Muslim tourists.

This initiative is bolstered by a seminar on Muslim-friendly Tourism and Hospitality, which aims to provide insight into Islamic tourism to Sabah tourism stakeholders.

The seminar, held on Friday, was co-organized by the Sabah Tourism Board (STB) and the Islamic Tourism Centre (ITC), an entity under the Tourism, Arts, and Culture Ministry tasked with developing the Islamic tourism segment in Malaysia.

STB Deputy Chief Executive Officer Tay Shu Lan said the travel industry catering to Muslims has a significant amount of untapped potential for expansion and that Sabah should capitalise on the Muslim market.

Citing the Mastercard-Crescent Rating Global Muslim Travel 2022 report, she said the number of Muslim travelers had increased by 160 million in 2019.

It is expected that by 2028, Muslim travel spending will reach USD225 billion, with the young and new generation, as well as women, being identified as a growing demographic within the Muslim population and acting as driving forces that influence travel.

“Malaysia is the top destination for Muslim travelers, closely followed by Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Indonesia. These are regions that Sabah Tourism has reached out to in terms of destination promotion.

“The seminar is an informative platform because it would help our tourism industry players in Sabah to better understand the significance of the Muslim tourist market, the basic requirements and needs of Muslim tourists, and how their products or destination could become more Muslim-friendly,” she said in her welcoming remarks during the seminar.

Meanwhile, ITC Industry Development Director (Covering) / Manager Fitra Mohd Ali said that Sabah has the potential to grow as a Muslim-friendly destination and should seize the opportunity to create products that meet the required standards.

He mentioned the Kota Kinabalu State Mosque, halal food, Muslim-friendly spas, and Muslim-friendly healthcare tourism as products that would appeal to Muslim visitors.

Source: IQNA

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PAS gains prominence as Malaysian Malays reject corruption

Hazlin Hassan

NOV 27, 2022

KUALA LUMPUR – The fundamentalist Parti Islam SeMalaysia (PAS) emerged as one of the big winners in Malaysia’s general election, helped by a wave of Malay Muslim voters rejecting corruption and worried that their rights would be eroded under a non-Malay-dominated government.

A component of Perikatan Nasional (PN), PAS snatched 43 seats in Parliament, making it the largest single bloc of lawmakers. Previous reports said PAS won 44 or 49 seats, but that would include wins by Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu) candidates who contested in Kelantan and Terengganu under the banner of PAS.

Bersatu, which is headed by Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, who is also PN leader, won a total of 30 seats.

A 50-year-old university lecturer, who declined to be named, said she voted for PN – a coalition that is barely three years old. She told The Straits Times that she was disgusted by Umno’s graft-tainted president Zahid Hamidi and wary that the Chinese-dominated Democratic Action Party (DAP) would take away Malay rights.

“Zahid should have stepped down before the election,” she said.

Prior to the general election on Nov 19, PAS’ influence was mainly focused on the northern rural Malay heartland states of Terengganu, Kelantan, Perlis and Kedah.

At the election, PN won the majority of support of the Malay electorate in Peninsular Malaysia, at an estimated 54 per cent of votes, according to Dr Bridget Welsh, honorary research associate of the University of Nottingham Asia Research Institute Malaysia.

This was an increase from the 32 per cent support garnered by PAS in 2018, when it won 18 seats in Parliament. However, PN did not secure any meaningful share of support from non-Malays.

“In effect, PN was a coalition only supported by Malays, with the exception of an estimated 5 per cent of support from other communities, mostly (indigenous) Orang Asli,” she wrote in an article on the Malaysiakini news website.

Both Pakatan Harapan (PH), which DAP is a part of, and the Umno-led Barisan Nasional (BN) lost a portion of their Malay votes in the election.

PH’s share of the Malay votes dropped from an estimated 25 per cent in 2018 to around 11 per cent in 2022.

BN saw a significant reduction of support among Malays, accounting for its major loss in seats, said Dr Welsh. BN won an estimated 33 per cent of Malay support last week, down from 43 per cent in 2018.

BN also lost an estimated 3 percentage points among Chinese (to 5 per cent) and about 2 percentage points of Indian voters (to 16 per cent).

Singapore Institute of International Affairs senior fellow Oh Ei Sun outlined two factors that contributed to the rise of PAS.

“First is that there is indeed a sizeable number of Malays who rejected Umno, thanks to relentless portrayals by both PH and PN of Umno as being corrupt and scandalous,” he told ST.

“But this same cohort of Malays are equally uncomfortable with PH, which they perceive as liberal and multicultural. So they opted mainly for PAS and, to a lesser extent, Bersatu,” he said.

“Another factor is the sooner-than-expected culmination of a long process of Islamic radicalisation effort by PAS, which has been running many tahfiz (religious) schools around the country, promoting its brand of Islamic supremacy in line with a trend of worldwide Islamic revivalism that has emerged since at least the 1979 Islamic Revolution in Iran.”

According to an insider from PAS splinter party Amanah, religion is one of the factors that pushed Malay voters, particularly highly impressionable first-time voters aged 18 to 20, to vote for PN.

“PAS used TikTok videos to warn voters that if you don’t vote for PAS, you will go to hell,” he told ST.

A video of Mr Muhyiddin, which went viral in the final days before polling, showed him claiming that PH was an agent of Jews and Christians plotting to colonise Malaysia.

“Do not choose Barisan Nasional and never ever touch Pakatan Harapan. It is dangerous,” Mr Muhyiddin said in the video, reportedly taken during a rally in Johor on Nov 16.

This resulted in a wave of support for PAS that swept the northern and eastern states of Peninsular Malaysia, Putrajaya and even swathes of Perak, Pahang, Selangor and Kuala Lumpur.

PN also promised a clean, stable and caring government, which appealed to its voters.

Soaring inflation has left many Malaysians unhappy with the previous Umno-led government, seen as having failed to resolve the cost-of-living crisis.

Many youth also remember Mr Muhyiddin as being the face of the government during the Covid-19 crisis, and for providing cash handouts to ease the effects of lockdowns.

University of Malaya sociopolitical analyst Awang Azman Awang Pawi said Malay voters were influenced by social media, particularly the TikTok platform, which PN aggressively campaigned on.

“PN is seen as being very capable in creating a successful social media campaign compared with PH and BN,” he said.

“PAS and Bersatu also played on extreme Malay Muslim sentiments, such as by accusing Anwar of having an LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) agenda and that he would legalise same-sex marriage.”

Source: Straits Times

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Arab World


Erdogan says detente with Syria possible even as he beats drums of war

27 November 2022

At the same time as he beats the drums of war on Syria, Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says normalization of relations with the Arab country is possible.

"Just as relations between [Turkey] and Egypt take shape, ties with Syria can follow the same path in the next period," Erdogan said on Sunday.

He was referring to an ongoing normalization process between Turkey and Egypt, which saw Erdogan meet with his Egyptian counterpart Abdel Fattah el-Sisi at the World Cup in Doha last Sunday. Ankara severed its ties with Cairo in 2013 in protest at the latter's bloody crackdown on the followers of late Egyptian president Mohammed Morsi.

"There is no room for hard feelings in politics," Erdogan also alleged.

The Turkish presidency's spokesman Ibrahim Kalin said last month that Russia had offered to mediate a meeting between Erdogan and Syrian President Bashar Assad.

Erdogan said earlier in the month that Ankara would consider the proposal in due time.

Turkey cut off its relations with Syria in March 2012, a year after the Arab country found itself in the grip of rampant and hugely deadly violence waged by foreign-backed militants and terrorists, including those allegedly supported by Ankara.

Since 2016, Turkey has also conducted three major ground operations against United States-backed militants based in northern Syria.

The Turkish government accuses the militants, who are known as the People's Protection Units (YPG), of bearing ties with the Kurdistan Workers' Party terrorist group.

The PKK has been waging a separatist war against Turkey for decades. Ankara also accuses the group of being behind a terrorist attack that killed one person and injured 81 others in Istanbul earlier this month.

Last week, Turkey began launching a new round of illegal airstrikes against, what it calls, hideouts belonging to the PKK in northern Syria and Iraq.

Source: Press TV

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Saudi Arabia’s interior minister meets with Egyptian counterpart for official talks

28 November ,2022

Saudi Arabia’s interior minister Prince Abdulaziz bin Saud bin Naif bin Abdulaziz held official talks with his Egyptian counterpart General Mahmoud Tawfiq, the official Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported late Sunday.

The ministers witnessed the signing of a cooperation agreement between the governments of Saudi Arabia and Egypt in the field of combatting crime.

The talks were attended by several high-level officials from both sides.

Prince Abdulaziz hailed the security cooperation between the two ministries and discussed with Tawfiq ways to further enhance it.

Source: Al Arabiya

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Iraqi PM says fraction of stolen $2.5 bln retrieved

27 November ,2022

Iraq has recovered “part” of $2.5 billion in public funds fraudulently withdrawn from a government account, the prime minister said Sunday, calling on guilty parties to hand themselves in and return all the money.

Mohammed Shia al-Sudani said a wealthy businessman implicated in the theft from tax authorities had given back $125 million out of more than $1 billion that he “confessed” to having received.

Businessman Nour Zuhair Jassem will be subject to an assets freeze and released on condition of recovering the remaining funds within two weeks, Sudani added.

The scandal has provoked widespread ire in Iraq, an oil-rich country ravaged by endemic corruption.

According to a document from the country's tax authority, the colossal sum was allegedly expropriated between September 2021 and August this year through 247 cheques cashed by five enterprises.

The money was subsequently withdrawn from the companies' accounts, the document showed.

The owners of those accounts -- most of whom are on the run -- are subject to arrest warrants.

“The competent authorities have been able to retrieve a first tranche amounting to 182.6 billion Iraqi dinars,” equating to more than $125 million, Sudani said.

His comments came during a live address, and he was flanked by piles of banknotes stacked in packages.

Jassem was arrested late last month at Baghdad airport when he tried to leave the country on a private jet, authorities said at the time.

The prime minister said the judiciary had reached an agreement with the accused that he return all the money.

Another suspect, who was arrested in Iraq's autonomous Kurdistan region, is the subject of proceedings to transfer him to Baghdad.

“We call upon all the suspects subject to arrest warrants in this case to hand themselves in and hand back the stolen funds,” the prime minister said.

“Arresting the thieves and those who aided them is very important,” Sudani added.

“But the most important thing is the return of the funds. What does it matter if so and so is in prison if the ($2.5 billion) is not in the state's coffers?”

Tax officials and public bodies are implicated in the scandal, he said, adding that their identity “will be revealed at the end of the investigation”.

“We will spare no one,” Sudani vowed.

Source: Al Arabiya

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Thousands protest Turkish strikes on Kurdish groups in Syria

27 November ,2022

Thousands of Kurds protested on Sunday in the Syrian city of Qamishli against Turkish cross-border strikes targeting Kurdish groups in the country's northeast, an AFP photojournalist said.

One week ago Turkey began a barrage of air strikes against the semi-autonomous Kurdish zones in north and northeastern Syria, and across the border in Iraq.

It has also threatened a ground offensive in those areas of Syria.

The strikes came after a November 13 bombing in Istanbul that killed six people and wounded 81 and that Ankara blamed on the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), which it and its Western allies consider a terrorist group.

The PKK has waged an insurgency against the Turkish state since 1984. Turkey alleges that Syrian Kurdish fighters are the PKK's allies.

Kurdish groups denied any involvement in the Ankara blast.

Demonstrators in Kurdish-controlled Qamishli in Hasakeh province on Sunday brandished photos of people killed during the last strikes in the semi-autonomous region, the AFP photojournalist said.

They carried Kurdish flags alongside photos of PKK leader Abdullah Ocalan -- jailed in Turkey since 1999 -- and protesters shouted slogans against Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

They also chanted in favour of the resistance in “Rojava” -- the name Kurds in Syria give to the area they administer.

“Only the will of the Kurdish people remains,” protester Siham Sleiman, 49, told AFP. “It will not be broken and we remain ready. We will not leave our historic land.”

Another demonstrator, Salah el-Dine Hamou, 55, said: “The message that we want to convey to the world is that we are victims of eradication.

“How long will we continue to die while other countries watch?”

The Turkish raids have killed at least 58 Kurdish fighters and Syrian soldiers, as well as a Kurdish journalist, according to the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which has an extensive network of sources in Syria.

Turkey's military has conducted three offensives against Kurdish fighters and extremists since 2016 and already captured territory in northern Syria, held by Ankara-backed Syrian proxies.

Source: Al Arabiya

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Saudi Arabia sponsors $1 bln AMF deal to support Yemen economic reform program

28 November ,2022

Sponsored by Saudi Arabia, the Arab Monetary Fund signed a $1 billion agreement with the Yemeni government to support an economic, financial and monetary reform program, the official Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported on Sunday.

The Kingdom’s Finance Minister Mohammed bin Abdullah al-Jadaan said that the program aims to help support the Yemeni government’s effort to strengthen its financial status, develop the country’s banking sector and provide a boost to its private sector and economic development.

The AMF-led program, which will run until 2025, seeks to establish the foundations of economic, financial and monetary stability in Yemen and rebuild its institutions, providing a push for social development, job creation and sustainable economic growth.

The program will see the development of the financial sector’s public resources and enhance the government’s efficiency.

Saudi Arabia’s sponsorship of the agreement comes as an extension of its support for the Yemeni economy to help improve the daily life of its war-weary people. According to SPA, the Kingdom deposited $1 billion in 2021 and $2 billion in 2018 to cover the import of basic food commodities such as wheat grains, flour, rice, milk, cooking oil and sugar. These contributions improved Yemen’s standard of living and human development index and strengthened the central bank’s foreign reserves.

Source: Al Arabiya

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Iraqis file lawsuit against Trump, former US officials over assassination of Gen. Soleimani, PMU deputy head

27 November 2022

A number of Iraqi citizens have filed a lawsuit against former US president, Donald Trump, former secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, former US ambassador to Baghdad and some previous Iraqi officials over the assassination of top Iranian anti-terror commander Lieutenant General Qassem Soleimani and his Iraqi trenchmate Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis in a drone strike near Baghdad airport more than two years ago.

On Sunday, a total of 78 plaintiffs took the legal action against former US Republican president, his top diplomat, former US ambassador to Baghdad Matthew H. Tueller, former Iraqi prime minister, Mustafa al-Kadhimi, and former director of the National Operations Center Dhia al-Musawi, registering their case at the Federal Court of Appeal in the capital Baghdad.

Among the complainants is Muhammad Hassan Jaafar, a brother of Muhandis.

Lieutenant General Qassem Soleimani, commander of the Quds Force of Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC), Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, the second-in-command of Iraq’s Popular Mobilization Units (PMU), and their companions were assassinated in a US drone strike authorized by Trump near Baghdad International Airport on January 3, 2020.

Two days after the attack, Iraqi lawmakers approved a bill that required the government to end the presence of all foreign military forces led by the US in the country.

Both commanders were highly revered across the Middle East because of their key role in fighting the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group in the region, particularly in Iraq and Syria.

On January 8, 2020, the IRGC targeted the US-run Ain al-Asad base in Iraq’s western province of Anbar with a wave of missile attacks in retaliation for the assassination of Lt. Gen. Soleimani.

Source: Press TV

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Bahrainis hold rallies to voice solidarity with political inmates, demand their freedom

27 November 2022

Protesters have taken to the streets in Bahrain to show solidarity with prominent opposition leader, Hasan Mushaima, and other political prisoners, calling for their immediate an unconditional release as the ruling Al Khalifah regime presses ahead with its cruel clampdown in the Persian Gulf kingdom.

The protesters staged rallies in the villages of Sanabis and Dumistan to denounce Bahraini authorities’ mistreatment of jailed activists and their miserable conditions at detention centers.

The demonstrators held up pictures of Mushaima and Sheikh Abd al-Hadi al-Mukhudhar, demanding the freedom of all prisoners of conscience being kept behind bars in crowded jails.

Meanwhile, Mushaima’s family has staged a sit-in for the eighth consecutive day in front of Hamad Kanoo Health Center in the city of Riffa to demand immediate release of the 74-year-old veteran political dissident and his instant access to required medication.

Earlier this week, a Bahraini opposition movement blasted the Al Khalifah regime over its harsh measures against imprisoned human rights activists and pro-democracy campaigners in the country, warning of Mushaima's "lingering death."

“It is no secret that the Al Khalifah regime is exercising flagrant and deliberate medical neglect against distinguished opposition figure and Secretary-General of Haq Movement for Civil Liberties and Democracy Hasan Mushaima, who has been incarcerated in prison since 2011,” the February 14 Youth Coalition said.

It added that the renowned opposition leader has not received proper medication and treatment even though he suffers from chronic diseases.

“Prison officials have been intentionally delaying provision of necessary medicine to Mushaima, and adamantly refused to take him to hospital for examinations and required treatments, until his health condition deteriorated sharply," the group said in the statement.

Anti-regime demonstrations have been regularly held in Bahrain since the popular uprising began in mid-February 2011.

People demand that the Al Khalifah regime relinquish power and allow a fair system representing all Bahrainis to be established.

Source: Press TV

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Turkey set for ‘ground attack’ on Syria, 'anti-Daesh ops' halted by aggression: Kurdish cmdr

27 November 2022

The commander of the so-called Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) has said that Turkey is preparing to conduct a "ground offensive" in the Arab country, as Ankara’s aggression against northern Syria over the past week has halted the Kurdish-led militants' attacks on remnants of the Daesh terrorist group.

Mazloum Abdi made the remarks in an online news conference in Syria's northeastern province of Hasakah on Saturday.

Turkey is taking advantage of the deadly November 13 bombing in Istanbul to target the US-backed Kurdish militants and after nearly a week of Turkish airstrikes on northern Syria, Ankara is preparing for a “ground attack” to inflict severe damage on the region’s infrastructure, Abdi said.

“The Turkish state’s goal is to destroy the infrastructure of this region to pave the way for a ground attack,” Abdi said, adding, “The Turkish state is preparing itself for a ground attack. [President Recep Tayyip] Erdogan repeatedly says that they want to attack Kobane, Manbij, and Shahba. Also, they are preparing their forces on the ground - the Syrian groups affiliated to them - for an attack.”

Turkey blames Kurdish militants for the blast on Istanbul's Istiklal Avenue on November 13, which killed six people and injured more than 80.

Last week, the Turkish military carried out a series of airstrikes across the Syrian provinces of Aleppo and Hasakah, targeting several towns and villages throughout those provinces following the Istanbul attack.

The Turkish Defense Ministry said it carried out airstrikes on the outlawed Kurdish militant bases in northern Syria, which it said were used to carry out attacks on Turkey. It added that the strikes targeted bases of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) and the Syrian Kurdish YPG militants, which Turkey regards as a wing of the PKK.

No group has claimed responsibility for the Istanbul blast and both the PKK and the YPG have denied involvement in it.

During the online news conference, the SDF commander said the Turkish military’s airstrikes in northern Syria had stopped the Kurdish-led militants from carrying out operations against the remnants of Daesh in the area.

“The forces that work symbolically with the international coalition in the fight against Daesh are now targets for the Turkish state and therefore anti-Daesh military operations have stopped,” Abdi said.

Last week, the commander of the so-called Syrian Democratic Forces warned of a “major catastrophe” following the Turkish aggression, and said Ankara's bombing of the “safe” areas of northern Syria threaten the whole region.

Ankara to start 'ground offensive' soon

Turkish media reported on Sunday that the country’s military would “soon” launch a cross-border offensive in Syria’s northern region.

Turkish daily Yeni Safak cited Defense Minister Hulusi Akar as saying in a secret meeting that Turkey will “soon” start a “ground operation” in Syria’s north.

Erdogan vowed on Tuesday to launch the country's fourth illegal ground operation in Syria "soon," the most direct threat of the kind he has issued since May when he started warning of such an invasion.

Turkey has since 2016 conducted three illegal incursions into northern Syria against Kurdish militants and has deployed forces there in violation of the Arab country's sovereignty and territorial integrity.

Ankara-backed militants were deployed to northeastern Syria in October 2019 after Turkish military forces launched a long-threatened cross-border invasion in a declared attempt to push YPG fighters away from border areas.

Ankara views the YPG, which controls swathes of Syria's northern border region, as a terrorist organization tied to the homegrown Kurdistan Workers' Party, which has been seeking an autonomous Kurdish region in Turkey since 1984.

Source: Press TV

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US Soccer briefly removed emblem from Iran flag to show support for protesters

27 November ,2022

The US Soccer Federation temporarily displayed Iran's national flag on social media without the emblem of the Islamic Republic as a show of solidarity with protesters in Iran ahead of the two teams' World Cup clash on Tuesday.

A now-deleted graphic of the Group B standings posted on Saturday across US Soccer's official Twitter, Instagram and Facebook accounts displayed a plain green, white and red flag.

Iran has been gripped by protests since 22-year-old Mahsa Amini's death in September while in police custody after her arrest for flouting the country's strict Islamic dress code.

The intent of the posts was to “support for the women in Iran fighting for basic human rights”, US Soccer media officer Michael Kammarman told a news conference on Sunday. Players were not consulted on the decision to alter the flag.

The banner on US Soccer's Twitter page was also changed on Saturday to feature the flag without the emblem. It was changed back 24 hours later to the banner they had been using during the tournament.

Iran's state-affiliated Tasnim News Agency said the Iranian Football Federation will file a complaint against US Soccer to the FIFA Ethics Committee for “disrespecting the national flag” of the Islamic Republic.

Iranian leaders have accused the United States and other foreign adversaries of fomenting the protests in which Iranians from all walks of life have mounted one of the boldest challenges to the theocracy since the 1979 Islamic Revolution.

Washington has imposed sanctions on Iranian officials over the crackdown on protesters.

Source: Al Arabiya

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Rockets target US base in Syria in latest strike: CENTCOM

26 November ,2022

Two rockets targeted a US patrol base in northeastern Syria late Friday, the third such attack in nine days, US Central Command said.

Centcom did not indicate who fired the rockets but said, in a statement, that they aimed at “coalition forces at the US patrol base in Al-Shaddadi, Syria.”

The strike at about 10:30 pm (1930 GMT) caused no injuries or damage to the base or coalition property, said Centcom, which covers the Middle East region.

The US troops support Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), which are the Kurds’ de facto army in the area and led the battle that dislodged the Islamic State group (IS) from the last scraps of their Syrian territory in 2019.

Hundreds of American troops are still in Syria as part of the fight against IS remnants.

“Syrian Democratic Forces visited the rocket origin site and found a third unfired rocket,” Centcom added in its latest statement.

On November 17 rockets targeted the coalition’s Green Village base which is in Syria’s largest oil field, Al-Omar, near the Iraqi border, Centcom said at the time. There were no injuries.

A war monitor, the British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights which has a wide network of sources in Syria, said that strike came from “a base of pro-Iranian militias.”

Such groups have significant influence in the Syria-Iraq border region.

In another attack, a Turkish drone strike on Tuesday killed two SDF fighters and posed “a risk to US troops,” Centcom told AFP earlier.

That strike hit a base north of Hassakeh city, also in Syria's northeast but farther north.

On November 20 Turkey announced it had carried out a series of air and drone strikes in Iraq and Syria, a week after a bomb attack in Istanbul that killed six people and wounded 81.

Source: Al Arabiya

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NATO chief hails Türkiye’s role in extension of Ukraine grain deal

Zehra Nur Duz  


The NATO secretary general on Saturday welcomed the support of Türkiye, together with the UN, to extend the Black Sea Grain Initiative.

Speaking at the Grain from Ukraine Summit organized with the initiative of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, Jens Stoltenberg said that he saw the grain ships on the Istanbul Strait when he met with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

“They are getting food, grain, and fertilizers out of Ukrainian ports for the vulnerable people who urgently need it,” he added.

Stoltenberg also “strongly” hailed the efforts of NATO allies and the EU to get supplies moving out of Ukraine over land.

Last week, days before its scheduled expiration, the landmark grain deal signed in Istanbul in July by Türkiye, the UN, Russia, and Ukraine was extended for another 120 days, beginning Nov. 19.

On July 22, Türkiye, the UN, Russia, and Ukraine signed an agreement in Istanbul to resume grain exports from three Ukrainian Black Sea ports, which had been paused in February due to Russia’s war on Ukraine.

Stoltenberg also touched upon the “horrendous” Holodomor tragedy which killed millions of Ukrainians 90 years ago.

“Today, Russia is using hunger as a weapon of war against Ukraine.And to create division and further instability among the rest of the world, Stoltenberg said.

The Holodomor is considered one of the most painful events in the history of Ukraine.

At least 3.9 million people starved to death between 1932 and 1933 as a result of Joseph Stalin's policies and "collectivization" of agriculture, according to the Ukrainian Institute of National Memory.

The Soviet Union implemented the collectivization of its agricultural sector between 1928 and 1940 to integrate individual landholdings and labor into collectively controlled and state-controlled farms. It affected a significant part of the west and south of the Soviet Union.

Estimates conclude that 5.7 to 8.7 million people died of famine across the USSR.

Source: Anadolu Agency

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Turkish modern art exhibition opens in Netherlands next week

Fatih Turkyilmaz and Aise Humeyra Bulovali  


An exhibition of Turkish modern art is set to open its doors to the world's art enthusiasts next week in the Netherlands.

The works of Dutch painter Rembrandt will also be on display at the Aura/Contemporary Turkish Art exhibition, said artist Hulya Yazici, who heads the Independent Art Association that is organizing the event beginning on Dec. 3 in the Hague.

Speaking to Anadolu Agency, the exhibition's global communication partner, Yazici said the association had hosted numerous international artists in Türkiye during the Istanbul Triennial, which it has been organizing since 2010.

She added this would be the first time the event is taking place, noting the challenge it would be to transport "the works of so many artists abroad."

"We actually set out to do this three years ago. As we were about to leave, our path was cut off due to the pandemic. This year, we gathered to realize this exhibition," she said.

Positive messages to world

People around the world communicate the most through art, according to Yazici, who said that through the exhibition, they wanted to send messages of positivity.

"While parts of the world are unfortunately associated with war and bad events, we want to give positive messages to the world through art," explained the artist, underlining the importance of building "cultural bridges between countries."

She said they hoped to elicit "positive development" between the Netherlands and Türkiye with the exhibition and added: "As the Independent Art Association, we strive to be a cultural ambassador on the path of art."

Yazici said the group had plans for another project in Shusha, a city in the Nagorno-Karabakh region of Azerbaijan, and intended "to bring Turkish contemporary artists to other cities in Europe."

The exhibition's curator, Ahmet Ozel, said the event would host a total of 84 works by 18 artists using a variety of techniques.

Ozel pointed out that cultural and artistic contacts between Türkiye and the Netherlands started at the beginning of the 18th century, stating that this time, they wanted to connect that relationship with contemporary art.

Source: Anadolu Agency

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France’s Macron and Tajik President Discuss Afghanistan over Phone

By Saqalain Eqbal

November 27, 2022

The president of Tajikistan, Emomali Rahmon, spoke on the telephone with Emmanuel Macron, the French President about Afghanistan.

According to a news release from the office of the President of Tajikistan on Saturday, November 26, the sides discussed the political, economic, and social situation in the telephone conversation.

According to the statement, they also underlined the joint cooperation of the international community to support peace and stability in war-torn and poverty-stricken Afghanistan.

The two parties have spoken about maintaining regional security and working together to address challenges and concerns including terrorism, extremism, and narcotics.

The Tajik President Emomali Rahom previously visited Paris, the capital of France, in mid-October this year and discussed the situation in Afghanistan with his French counterpart.

Tajikistan, which shares a border with Afghanistan spanning more than 1357 kilometers, has frequently found itself in the center of the latter’s conflict and unrest as well as the spread of its terrorists’ influence into Tajikistan.

Human rights advocates have been concerned by Emomali Rahmon’s stern stances against extremist Islamists and his country’s efforts to crush Islamist groups for years.

Currently, France and Tajikistan are two nations that have publicly opposed the incumbent administration in Afghanistan.

Source: Khaama Press

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