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Sufi Muslims Now Feel the Heat of Indonesia’s Rising Intolerance

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Egypt seethes under curfew after hundreds killed

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Arab World

Iraq: Car bombs kill 26 in Baghdad

Egypt seethes under curfew after hundreds killed

ElBaradei quits as Egypt VP in protest at crackdown

Egypt unrest kills 278, including 43 police: ministry

More than 250 bodies at Cairo mosque: report

Death toll from Egypt political violence rises to 421

Brotherhood says it will bring down Egypt's "military coup" peacefully

Hourly wage scheme for housemaids in Saudi Arabia readied

Sky News cameraman, Dubai reporter killed in Egypt unrest

Jihadists push Syria rebels out of Raqa

Police arrest Palestinian wanted for host of crimes

No sit-in allowed in any square in any place in the country: Egypt's interior minister

Jordan asks for U.S. help in monitoring Syria border

 

India

PM Manmohan Singh calls for secular India, gently warns Pakistan

BSF gives sweets, saplings to Pak Rangers on Independence Day

Moderate Mirwaiz sends a memorandum to UN

'Patience has limits' President Pranab Mukherjee warns Pakistan

Kashmiris are separatists for they are being treated differently: Omar

Iran seizes Indian ship carrying oil from Iraq

Three Indian Army jawans injured in fresh Pak firing at LoC

 

South Asia

Bangladesh: the revival of fundamentalism, a threat to women and democracy

Afghan peace negotiator doubtful of new Doha talks with Taliban

Nasheed condemn Egyptian Army crackdown on demonstrators

Maldives government establishes emergency hotline for expatriate students in Egypt

 

Europe

WUC Condemns Death Sentences Amidst Further Deadly Unrest on Eve of Eid al-Fitr

EU condemns Egypt violence, urges end to state of emergency

HR group mounts legal challenge over US drones

UN team to investigate alleged chemical attacks in Syria

France urges 'immediate halt to crackdown' in Egypt

UN warns of ‘serious threat’ to CAR's stability

 

Pakistan

Nawaz Sharif willing to keep date with PM in US

Peaceful resolution of Kashmir issue a key to regional peace: Zardari

Fazl urges federal govt to place peace on top of agenda

Pervez Musharraf looking for veterans for a comeback

Open options: Taliban say ready for war and peace

Nawaz calls for de-escalation of tension on LoC

 

North America

US weighs calling off military exercise with Egypt

US Secretary of State John Kerry urges Egypt to hold elections

CAIR Says Obama Must Act Against Massacre of Pro-Democracy Protesters in Egypt

Fort Hood suspect, Nidal Hasan says he allowed release of 'martyr' report

Obama played cards on Osama raid day: Ex-aide

 

Africa

Somalia: Six Killed in Clash between Al-Shabaab and Somali Forces

Nigeria: UN, UK Denounce Borno Mosque Massacre

Nigeria military says killed Boko Haram second-in-command

Wave of Political Assassinations - Lack of Accountability Risks Escalating Violence

 

Mideast

Turkey Prime Minister urges U.N. Security Council to meet on Egypt

Israel may shun key EU programme over settlement spat

Israel to pay students to defend it online

Iran 'hostile' to Israeli-Palestinian talks

 

Southeast Asia

Sufi Muslims Now Feel the Heat of Indonesia’s Rising Intolerance

Authorities ‘building fences’ between faiths, say religious leaders

Catholic Church’s bid to strike out ‘Allah’ appeal set for Aug 22

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

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Sufi Muslims Now Feel the Heat of Indonesia’s Rising Intolerance

August 15, 2013

The plight of the Al-Mujahadah Foundation madrasa in southern Aceh illustrates the perils of rising religious intolerance for Indonesia’s religious minorities. The school, a private institution that instructed dozens of students 8 to 25 years of age in the principles of Sufism — devotion to more mystical interpretations of Islam — lost its dormitory on July 5 due to an apparent arson attack. Less than a month later, on Aug. 1, the wall surrounding the school compound was destroyed in what the school authorities believe was an act of vandalism. Police are investigating the alleged arson attack, but say the school’s wall collapsed due to faulty construction.

Suspicions that the school has been singled out for harassment and intimidation aren’t unwarranted. In February, Aceh’s Ulema Consultative Council (MPU), a government entity that advises the government on Islamic affairs, demanded the school’s closure on the basis that it was “strange” and its teachings “false and misleading.”

The South Aceh regency government complied with that demand on March 4 by ordering all students to leave the facility. It also told the school’s top administrators not to receive guests in their homes as a way to derail possible home-schooling efforts. The same day, a mob of around 70 local Sunni villagers destroyed the school’s front gate while police stood by. Now the school sits empty.

The attack on the Sufi community in southern Aceh marks a sinister new phase in the ongoing campaign of intolerance by Islamist militant groups, such as the Islamic Defenders Front (FPI). The targets of that intolerance and acts of related violence have long been Christian groups, Shiite Muslims, and the Ahmadiyah, as well as members of native animist faiths.

Islamist militant groups seek to justify violence by espousing an interpretation of Sunni Islam that labels most non-Muslims as “infidels,” and Muslims who do not adhere to Sunni orthodoxy as “blasphemers.” The Jakarta-based Setara Institute, which monitors religious freedom in Indonesia, reported earlier this year that the number of reported incidents of violence related to religious intolerance jumped from 244 cases in 2011 to 264 in 2012. Now the Islamist militants seem to have a new target: Indonesia’s Sufi population.

It’s no mystery why Indonesia’s Islamist militants have been emboldened to extend their acts of harassment, intimidation and violence against the country’s Sufis

Sumatra has become ground zero for this new wave of intolerance and related violence against Sufis due to conservative Sunni clerics who have branded Sufi congregations as “heretical sects.” Unlike in other parts of Indonesia, Sumatra’s Sunni clerics are less constrained by the relatively tolerant Nahdlatul Ulema, Indonesia largest Muslim organization, which accommodates hundreds of Islamic Tariqah (Sufi sects) under its umbrella, but which is relatively weak in Sumatra.

In September 2007, the Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI) in West Sumatra issued a fatwa, an Islamic legal ruling, against the local Al-Qiyadah Al-Islamiyah Sufi sect on the basis that they were “heretics.” Police responded to the fatwa by arresting the sect’s leaders. In May 2008, a West Sumatra court sentenced Dedi Priadi and Gerry Lufthy Yudistira, the sect’s father and son leaders, to three years’ imprisonment for “blasphemy.” Not to be outdone, in April 2011 Aceh’s governor, Irwandi Yusuf, issued a decree that banned 14 minority Islamic sects, including Sufi, Ahmadiyah and Shiite groupings.

Expect more such intolerance: in March 2012, the West Sumatra prosecutor’s office announced that the province hosted a total of “25 misleading sects” that merited official censure.

It’s no mystery why Indonesia’s Islamist militants have been emboldened to extend their acts of harassment, intimidation and violence against the country’s Sufis. Human Rights Watch issued a report in February documenting an alarming rise in religious intolerance and related acts of violence. The government of President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has proven unwilling to confront the perpetrators, enforce existing law and judicial decisions, and defend the rights to religious freedom embodied in Indonesia’s constitution and international law.

Indonesian government officials and security forces have often facilitated harassment and intimidation of religious minorities by militant Islamist groups or stood by while militants violently attacked religious minority communities. Such actions are in part made possible by discriminatory laws and regulations, including a blasphemy law that officially recognizes only six religions, and house of worship decrees that give local majority populations significant leverage over religious minority communities.

Indonesian government institutions have also played a role in the violation of the rights and freedoms of the country’s religious minorities. Those institutions, which include the Ministry of Religious Affairs, the Coordinating Board for Monitoring Mystical Beliefs in Society (Bakor Pakem) under the Attorney General’s Office, and the semi-official MUI, have eroded religious freedom by issuing decrees and fatwas against members of religious minorities and using their position of authority to press for the prosecution of “blasphemers.”

Human Rights Watch warned in February that a failure by Yudhoyono to act decisively against religious intolerance would foster a form of “toxic osmosis” that would only encourage Islamist militants to target new victims. Instead, Yudhoyono’s spokesman dismissed such concerns as “naive” and insisted that incidents of intolerance and violence by militant Islamist thugs against Indonesia’s religious minorities were merely expressions of “friction between groups.”

When I taught at the Ar Raniry Islamic Institute in Banda Aceh in the 1990s, I got to know some members of the religious minorities now under attack there. They deserve an end to the hate campaigns.

In May 2013, Yudhoyono promised that his government “would not tolerate any act of senseless violence committed by any group in the name of the religion.” Indonesia’s religious minorities, including the Sufis of Sumatra, need him to deliver on that promise.

Andreas Harsono is an Indonesia researcher at Human Rights Watch.

http://www.thejakartaglobe.com/opinion/sufi-muslims-now-feel-the-heat-of-indonesias-rising-intolerance/

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Arab World

 

 

Iraq: Car bombs kill 26 in Baghdad

AP | Aug 15, 2013

BAGHDAD: A wave of car bombs in the Iraqi capital on Wednesday killed 26 people and wounded dozens, the latest attacks in a months-long surge in violence.

Attacks have been on the rise in Iraq since a deadly security crackdown in April on a Sunni protest camp. More than 3,000 people have been killed in violence during the past few months, raising fears Iraq could see a new round of widespread sectarian bloodshed similar to that which brought the country to the edge of civil war in 2006 and 2007.

In the deadliest of the blasts across Baghdad, police said one bomb struck near a bus station in the northern Shiite neighborhood of Khazimiyah, killing six people and wounding 18 there.

Another car bomb exploded near a gathering of daily laborers in the Allawi area near the fortified Green Zone where government offices are located, killing five people and wounding 13. In eastern Baghdad, five people were killed and 15 others were wounded when a car bomb went off near a traffic police office.

Also, a car bomb hit a row of shops in the Bab al-Muadham area, killing 4 people and wounding 12. In western Baghdad, a sticky bomb attached to a cart selling gas cylinders, killed three people and wounded 8 others.

A car bomb hit near car repairing shops in the city's northeastern suburb of Husseiniyah, killing three people and wounding 15, police said.

Mohammed Sabri, a retired government employee, was on his way to the market in Husseiniyah when he heard a thunderous explosion.

"I got closer and saw burning cars, two charred bodies and several people on the ground,'' he said. "Security officials keep telling us that their forces are able to protect us, but this has not happened yet."

Medical officials in a nearby hospital confirmed the casualty figures. All officials spoke on condition of anonymity as they were not authorized to talk to journalists.

Iraqi security forces have imposed tight security measures in and around the capital since two brazen jailbreaks in July, but so far these measures have failed to stop the attacks.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/middle-east/Iraq-Car-bombs-kill-26-in-Baghdad/articleshow/21842794.cms

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Egypt seethes under curfew after hundreds killed

15 August 2013

Security forces struggled to clamp a lid on Egypt on Thursday after hundreds of people were killed when authorities forcibly broke up camps of supporters protesting the ouster of Islamist President Mohammed Mursi, in the worst nationwide bloodshed in decades.

Islamists clashed with police and troops who used bulldozers, teargas and live fire on Wednesday to clear out two Cairo sit-ins that had become a hub of Muslim Brotherhood resistance to the military after it deposed Mursi on July 3.

The clashes spread quickly, and a health ministry official said about 300 people were killed and more than 2,000 injured infighting in Cairo, Alexandria and numerous towns and cities around the mostly Muslim nation of 84 million.

The crackdown defied Western appeals for restraint and a peaceful, negotiated settlement to Egypt’s political stand-off, prompting international statements of dismay and condemnation.

The Muslim Brotherhood said the true death toll was far higher, with a spokesman saying 2,000 people had been killed in a “massacre.” It was impossible to verify the figures independently given the extent of the violence.

The military-installed government declared a month-long state of emergency and imposed a dusk-to-dawn curfew on Cairo and 10 other provinces, restoring to the army powers of arrest and indefinite detention it held for decades until the fall of autocrat Hosni Mubarak in a 2011 popular uprising.

The army insists it does not seek power and acted in response to mass demonstrations calling for Mursi’s removal.

Vice President Mohamed ElBaradei, a Nobel Peace Prize winner who lent liberal political support to the ousting of Egypt’s first freely elected president, resigned in dismay at the use force instead of a negotiated end to the six-week stand-off.

“It has become difficult for me to continue bearing responsibility for decisions that I do not agree with and whose consequences I fear. I cannot bear the responsibility for one drop of blood,” ElBaradei said.

Other liberals and technocrats in the interim government did not follow suit.

Interim Prime Minister Hazem el-Beblawi spoke in a televised address of a “difficult day for Egypt” but saidthe government had no choice but to order the crackdown to prevent anarchy spreading.

“We found that matters had reached a point that noself-respecting state could accept,” he said.

Churches targeted

Islamists staged revenge attacks on Christian targets in several areas, torching churches, homes and business after Coptic Pope Tawadros gave his blessing to the military takeover that ousted Mursi, security sources and state media said.

Churches were attacked in the Nile Valley towns of Minya, Sohag and Assiut, where Christians escaped across the roof into a neighboring building after a mob surrounded and hurled bricks at their place of worship, state news agency MENA said.

The United States, the European Union, the United Nations and fellow Muslim power Turkey condemned the violence and called for the lifting of the state of emergency and an inclusive political solution to Egypt’s crisis.

An EU envoy involved in mediation efforts that collapsed last week said the authorities had spurned a plan for staged confidence-building measures that could have led to a political solution.

The Brotherhood publicly rejected any plan that did not involve Mursi’s restoration to office. An Egyptian military source said the army did not believe the Islamists would eventually agree to a deal and felt they were only stringing the diplomats along to gain time.

In Cairo, police and soldiers aided by self-styled “popular committees” of civilian vigilantes armed with clubs and machetes enforced the curfew, searching cars and checking identity cards of people passing through makeshift checkpoints made of tires and concrete blocks.

Despite the lockdown, hundreds of Mursi supporters tried to gather at al-Iman mosque in the Cairo neighborhood of Nasr Cityin an attempt to start a new sit-in to replace the main campd ispersed at nearby Rabaa al-Adawiya Square, MENA reported.

They chanted “down, down, military rule” and “police are thugs,” a Reuters witness said.

The protesters converted part of the mosque into a field hospital to tend to the wounded from the other sit-in, it said.

“They killed us, those coup makers and their thugs. Help us people, help us!” shouted Magda Ali, a woman marcher who was forced to leave the Rabaa camp.

Egyptian state television broadcast aerial footage of the burning remains of sprawling tent cities, as well as images of handmade guns it said were found at the sites. It also showed some video of alleged armed protesters shooting at police.

Reuters witnesses saw no protesters armed with more than bricks, stones and sticks as black-clad central security police in riot gear poured out of vans firing teargas and snipers fired from rooftops.

‘Deplorable’

Interior Minister Mohamed Ibrahim told a news conference 43 members of the police force were killed in the clashes.

He vowed to restore Mubarak-era security after announcing, in a statement last month that chilled human rights campaigners, the return of notorious political police departments that had been scrapped after the 2011 revolution.

Wednesday’s death toll took the number of people killed in political violence since Mursi’s fall to about 600, mostly Islamist supporters of the ousted president.

Violence rippled out from Cairo, with Mursi supporters and security forces clashing in the cities of Alexandria, Minya, Assiut, Fayoum and Suez and in Buhayra and Beni Suef provinces.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry called the bloodshed in Egypt “deplorable” - a word U.S. diplomats rarely use – and urged all sides to seek a political solution.

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2013/08/15/Egypt-seethes-under-curfew-after-hundreds-killed.html

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ElBaradei quits as Egypt VP in protest at crackdown

August 15, 2013

Egypt's interim vice president, Mohamed ElBaradei, resigned on Wednesday after the security forces violently broke up protest camps set up by supporters of the deposed president, Mohamed Morsi.

In a resignation letter to interim President Adly Mansour, ElBaradei said that "the beneficiaries of what happened today are those who call for violence, terrorism and the most extreme groups".

"As you know, I saw that there were peaceful ways to end this clash in society, there were proposed and acceptable solutions for beginnings that would take us to national consensus," he wrote.

"It has become difficult for me to continue bearing responsibility for decisions that I do not agree with and whose consequences I fear. I cannot bear the responsibility for one drop of blood."

http://www.hindustantimes.com/world-news/africa/ElBaradei-quits-as-Egypt-VP-in-protest-at-crackdown/Article1-1108156.aspx

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Egypt unrest kills 278, including 43 police: ministry

August 15, 2013

CAIRO: Security forces stormed the Cairo protest camps of ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi's supporters in a long-anticipated assault Wednesday that officials said led to almost 280 deaths across Egypt.

In response to the violence, the army-backed interim government imposed a month-long nationwide state of emergency and curfews in Cairo and 13 other provinces.

Authorities said 278 people were killed, including 43 policemen, with many of the deaths in Cairo but with the violence spreading from the capital and claiming lives across the country.

The state of emergency went into effect at 4:00 pm (1400 GMT), with what will be a daily 11-hour curfew beginning at 7:00 pm.

Full report at:

http://dawn.com/news/1036014/egypt-unrest-kills-278-including-43-police-ministry

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More than 250 bodies at Cairo mosque: report

August 15, 2013

CAIRO: The bodies of more than 250 people killed in Egypt's political violence are being held at a mosque in northeast Cairo, Al Jazeera's Egypt news channel reported on Thursday, showing footage of rows of corpses in white shrouds.

The Health Ministry's death toll stands at 421, based on bodies that had been transported to hospitals and morgues.

The violence erupted on Wednesday when security forces broke up the Cairo protest camps of supporters of deposed president Mohamed Morsi.

http://www.dailystar.com.lb/News/Middle-East/2013/Aug-15/227454-death-toll-in-egypt-violence-rises-to-327.ashx#ixzz2c2Ix3azy

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Death toll from Egypt political violence rises to 421

August 15, 2013

CAIRO: The death toll from political violence in Egypt has climbed to 421, the health ministry said on Thursday.

The nationwide violence erupted on Wednesday after security forces broke up Cairo protest camps set up by supporters of deposed President Mohamed Mursi.

http://www.dailystar.com.lb/News/Middle-East/2013/Aug-15/227454-death-toll-in-egypt-violence-rises-to-327.ashx#ixzz2c1tnzRFN

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Brotherhood says it will bring down Egypt's "military coup" peacefully

August 15, 2013

By Tom Perry, Michael Georgy

CAIRO: Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood said on Thursday it would bring down the "military coup" but stressed it remained committed to a peaceful struggle, despite the heavy loss of life when government forces broke up its protest camps.

The crackdown on Wednesday defied Western appeals for restraint and a peaceful, negotiated settlement to Egypt's political crisis following the military's removal of Islamist President Mohamed Morsi last month, prompting international statements of dismay and condemnation.

Full report at:

http://www.dailystar.com.lb/News/Middle-East/2013/Aug-15/227448-brotherhood-says-it-will-bring-down-egypts-military-coup-peacefully.ashx#ixzz2c1uBbfoG

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Hourly wage scheme for housemaids in Saudi Arabia readied

August 15, 2013

A new housemaid service called “Raha” will be launched that allows families to hire house-help on an hourly wage, according to Saad Baddah, chairman of the National Commission for Recruitment.

The service, which will be supervised by the Committee, is expected to alleviate problems faced by families hiring maids.

The new service will eliminate disorganized recruitment of housemaids, he said.

There would not a long waiting period to hire domestic workers, and it would also help minimize the role of foreign markets imposing unfair conditions to recruit domestic workers.

The service will also eliminate the practice of domestic workers’ running away. It also eliminates middlemen who hire maids.

Full report at:

http://www.arabnews.com/news/461295

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Sky News cameraman, Dubai reporter killed in Egypt unrest

August 15, 2013

A cameraman for Britain’s Sky News and a Dubai-based reporter have been killed in Egypt, amid today's bloody crackdown on supporters of former president Mohammad Mursi.

Other journalists have faced beatings and detention by security services during the clashes, according to New York-based media rights group Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ).

Sky News cameraman Mick Deane, 61, was covering today's violence when he was killed. Deane had worked for Sky for 15 years, based in Washington and then Jerusalem, the broadcaster said.

Full report at:

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/media/2013/08/14/Sky-News-cameraman-killed-during-Egypt-unrest.html

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Jihadists push Syria rebels out of Raqa

August 15, 2013

A jihadist group has expelled rebel Free Syrian Army fighters from their positions in the northern city of Raqa, a watchdog reported on Wednesday.

"Fighters from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) have taken control of the positions of the Ahfad al-Rasul brigade in Raqa," the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

For more than a week, clashes have pitted jihadists against the Ahfad al-Rasul brigade, a part of the mainstream Free Syrian Army, which has the backing of many Western and Arab countries.

Full report at:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/2/8/79069/World/Region/Jihadists-push-Syria-rebels-out-of-Raqa-.aspx

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Police arrest Palestinian wanted for host of crimes

August 15, 2013

BEIRUT: The Internal Security Forces Wednesday apprehended a Palestinian accused of dozens of crimes, including drug trafficking, assassinations and murders in the Ain al-Hilweh refugee camp, according to the Central News Agency.

Khaled Mashaour was arrested near the Kuwaiti Embassy in Beirut, according to the agency.

It said Fatah security official Col. Mahmoud Issa had helped Mashaour escape Ain al-Hilweh to evade Palestinian factions and Lebanese security forces pursuing him.

Among the accusations against Mashaour are the killing of Palestinian official Imad Saadi and an assassination attempt against Palestinian security official Maj. Gen. Sobhi Abu Arab.

http://www.dailystar.com.lb/News/Lebanon-News/2013/Aug-15/227439-police-arrest-palestinian-wanted-for-host-of-crimes.ashx#ixzz2c1ueTqfE

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Jordan asks for U.S. help in monitoring Syria border

15 August 2013

Jordan has asked the United States to provide manned U.S. surveillance aircraft to help keep an eye on its border with Syria, Reuters reported General Martin Dempsey, chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, as saying during his visit to the kingdom on Wednesday.

“Here in Jordan, in particular, they’re interested in what we can do to help them see and secure their very long border with Syria,” Dempsey said, adding that Jordan also sought American advice on how to better integrate different sources of intelligence to bolster the country’s national security.

Full report at:

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2013/08/15/dempsey.html

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No sit-in allowed in any square in any place in the country: Egypt's interior minister

August 15, 2013

Egypt's interior minister pledged on Aug. 14 to restore the kind of security seen in the days of ousted President Hosni Mubarak, a sign of renewed confidence permeating a police force whose reputation for brutality fuelled the 2011 uprising.

Interior Minister Mohamed Ibrahim was speaking to journalists after the police used force to break up two sit-in camps set up by supporters of deposed President Mohamed Morsi, triggering violence in which scores of people were killed. Ibrahim said that he will not allow any more protest camps. He also said that 43 members of Egypt's police force were killed during the crackdown.

Full report at:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/we-will-not-allow-any-other-sit-in-in-any-square-in-any-place-in-the-country-egypts-interior-minister.aspx?pageID=238&nID=52573&NewsCatID=352

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India

 

Manmohan Singh calls for secular India, gently warns Pakistan in Independence Day Address

IANS | Aug 15, 2013

NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Thursday called for political stability and strong secular values as he made his last Independence Day speech ahead of the much-awaited 2014 Lok Sabha elections.

Addressing the nation from the Red Fort on the country's 67th Independence Day, he also made it clear that relations with Pakistan can only improve when it checks anti-India activities on its soil.

Speaking in Hindi as usual, the Prime Minister presented the big picture, placing emphasis on what the Congress-led UPA government had achieved in the last nine years — and what more could be done on the economic front before the next Lok Sabha election due next year.

In comments laced with political overtones, Manmohan Singh, 81, declared that there was no place "for narrow and sectarian ideologies in a modern, progressive and secular country.

"Such ideologies divide our society and weaken our democracy. We should prevent them from growing," he said in a crisp 35-minute speech, standing behind a bullet-proof enclosure at the Red Fort.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Independence-Day-speech-PM-Manmohan-Singh-calls-for-secular-India-gently-warns-Pakistan/articleshow/21841097.cms

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BSF gives sweets, saplings to Pak Rangers on Independence Day

August 15, 2013

ATTARI: On the occasion of the 67th Independence Day, Border Security Force (BSF) officials gave sweets, fruits and saplings to their Pakistan Rangers counterparts at the Attari land border on Thursday.

BSF, deputy inspector general, Amritsar sector, MF Farooqui exchanged greetings and gifted boxes of sweets, fruit basket and couple of saplings of ornamental plants to Wing Commander of Pakistan's Ranger Adnan Sheikh from Zero Line.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/BSF-gives-sweets-saplings-to-Pak-Rangers-on-Independence-Day/articleshow/21840810.cms

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Moderate Mirwaiz Sends a Memorandum to UN

M Saleem Pandit, TNN | Aug 15, 2013

SRINAGAR: The chairman of the moderate faction of All Parties Hurriyat Conference, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, on Wednesday wrote a memorandum to the United Nations secretary general, Ban-ki-Moon, demanding the government of India withdraw armed forces from civilian areas and release all political detenues, activists, and students under arrest.

Further, the memorandum demands New Delhi repeal all "repressive and draconian laws"; set up credible and time-bound processes of accountability to identify and punish those who have violated human rights; and, restore the right to peaceful assembly, association and demonstrations of Kashmiris.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Mirwaiz-sends-a-memorandum-to-UN/articleshow/21836592.cms

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'Patience has limits' President Pranab Mukherjee warns Pakistan

August 15, 2013

With election talk in the air, President Pranab Mukherjee on Wednesday asked people to vote in a stable government to ensure economic development even as he warned Pakistan that India's "patience has limits" and it will take all "necessary steps" to protect its security.

In his second Independence Day address after becoming head of state in July 2012, Mukherjee said corruption was draining the nation's resources. He took a dig at politicians who he said had turned legislatures into "combat arenas".

Full report at:

http://www.hindustantimes.com/India-news/independenceday2013/Patience-has-limits-Prez-warns-Pakistan/Article1-1108128.aspx

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Kashmiris are separatists for they are being treated differently: Omar

AHMED ALI FAYYAZ

August 15, 2013

Visibly angry and upset over the way different political parties have dealt with the riot-hit Kishtwar, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah said on Thursday that the Kashmiris were being forced to feel themselves separate from the Indian mainstream.

In an unusually harsh Independence Day ceremonial address at Bakhshi Stadium, Mr Abdullah expressed his dismay over the treatment meted out to his State by the Indian mainstream political parties. While as the parties like BJP are spearheading an agitation with various accusations, insinuations and demands, political outfits like Mayawati’s Bahujan Samaj Party [BSP] have demanded dismissal of the Omar Abdullah-led coalition government over the communal riots in Kishtwar town.

Full report at:

http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/other-states/kashmiris-are-separatists-for-they-are-being-treated-differently-omar/article5025323.ece

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Iran seizes Indian ship carrying oil from Iraq

Sachin Parashar, TNN | Aug 15, 2013

NEW DELHI: In a development with serious international ramifications, the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) has detained an Indian ship carrying oil in the Persian Gulf. Sources said the ship, named MT Desh Shanti, was on its way to India from Iraq when it was detained by the IRGC.

The ship is owned by the Shipping Corporation of India. The development has stunned authorities here as it was transporting oil from Iraq, a country which has overtaken Iran as the second largest supplier of crude to India after Saudi Arabia.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Iran-seizes-Indian-ship-carrying-oil-from-Iraq/articleshow/21836778.cms

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Three Indian Army jawans injured in fresh Pak firing at LoC

PTI | Aug 15, 2013

JAMMU: Three Army jawans were injured on Thursday in Pakistani firing on forward posts along the LoC in Balakote area of Poonch district in J&K, an Army official said.

Earlier, in yet another ceasefire violation along the Line of Control, the eleventh in past five days, a civilian in Poonch was injured in an explosion of mortar shell fired by Pakistani troops, who targeted several Indian forward posts and civilian areas.

This resulted in heavy exchange of fire between the two sides and further escalation of tension.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Three-Indian-Army-jawans-injured-in-fresh-Pak-firing-at-LoC/articleshow/21842733.cms

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South Asia

 

Bangladesh: the revival of fundamentalism, a threat to women and democracy

Nozrul Islam

15 AUGUST 2013

Dhaka (AsiaNews) - The rekindled "sympathy" for the Jamaat-e-Islami, the Islamic party, and especially for fundamentalist groups linked to it is of increasing concern in Bangladesh. Above all Hefajat-e-Islam (Defense of Islam), which in recent months has made radical and violent statements, especially against women, minorities and secularism in the country. This is according to reports from Catholic sources - anonymous for security reasons - sent to AsiaNews.

The first alarm bells to sound were the famous "13 points" presented in one of the more violent hartal (strikes) in recent months, which took place on May 5 last and cost the lives of dozens of people. Among the requests, a constitution based on Sharia law, the death penalty for anyone who defames Allah, Muhammad or Islam; the separation between the sexes at every level of society.

Full report at:

http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Bangladesh:-the-revival-of-fundamentalism,-a-threat-to-women-and-democracy-28743.html

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Afghan peace negotiator doubtful of new Doha talks with Taliban

August 14, 2013

KABUL: The resumption of peace talks between the Taliban and Afghanistan in Qatar has become increasingly unlikely with fresh talks in Turkey or Saudi Arabia a more realistic option, a senior Afghan peace negotiator said on Wednesday.

Peace talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban in the capital of the Gulf State of Qatar, Doha, were announced in June only to be cancelled in a row over the Taliban displaying their banner and flag, a reminder of their repressive rule over Afghanistan from 1996 to 2001.

Full report at:

http://tribune.com.pk/story/590164/afghan-peace-negotiator-doubtful-of-new-doha-talks-with-taliban/

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Nasheed condemn Egyptian Army crackdown on demonstrators

By JJ Robinson | August 15th, 2013

Former President Mohamed Nasheed has issued a statement condemning the “appalling violence” of security forces in Wednesday’s crackdown on demonstrators backing the recently deposed Muslim Brotherhood.

“Dozens of protestors – reportedly including women, children and journalists – were killed on Wednesday as security forces opened fire on supporters of former President Morsi, who was ousted in a coup in July,” the statement read.

Full report at:

http://minivannews.com/politics/former-president-condemns-appalling-violence-of-crackdown-on-demonstrators-by-egyptian-security-forces-62396

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Maldives government establishes emergency hotline for expatriate students in Egypt following Cairo violence

August 15, 2013

The Government of Maldives has expressed concern over the escalation of violence and loss of life in Egypt and has established an emergency hotline for the 84 Maldivian students, and accompanying family members, who currently reside 100 metres from the latest protest site.

Egyptian protesters who were previously gathered near the Rabaa al-Adawiya mosque in east Cairo and dispersed by security forces are now gathering in Nasru City’s Masjidul Salaam mosque area, approximately 100 meters from where the Maldivian expatriates are living, State Foreign Minister Hassan Saeed explained to Minivan News today (August 14).

Full report at:

http://minivannews.com/politics/maldives-government-establishes-emergency-hotline-for-expatriate-students-in-egypt-following-cairo-violence-62360

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Europe

 

WUC Condemns Death Sentences Amidst Further Deadly Unrest on Eve of Eid al-Fitr

Press Release – For immediate release

14 August 2013

The World Uyghur Congress (WUC) strongly condemns the sentencing of two Uyghurs to death for their purported involvement in the unrest witnessed on 23 April 2013 in Serikbuya, Maralbeshi County. Marred by a lack of due process and concrete evidence, these sentencings will only serve to foment the already seething resentment at the impunity of the way in which the Chinese authorities brutally cracked down upon Uyghurs during the recent months, coupled with the yearly, relentless repression of Ramadan's observance. The WUC calls on the Chinese authorities to produce the evidence on which these Uyghurs have been sentenced, and to carry out an open and comprehensive investigation into the root causes of the recent unrest.

Xinhua reported on 12 August 2013 that Mr Musa Hesen and Rehman Hupur had been handed the death sentence by the Kashgar Prefecture's People's Court for their involvement in the 23 April Maralbeshi incident, with the former being purportedly the “co-founder of a terrorist organisation”. Three other men were handed sentences ranging from 9 years to life.

The report furthered by saying that the group had been "carrying out illegal religious activities (and) promoting religious extremism", citing a court statement. They had also "made 10 explosive devices and carried out explosive tests,” although no substantiated evidence has been disclosed in trials marred by a lack of due process and openness. The most concerning aspect of these sentences is that all the 5 defendants have reportedly confessed. Given that torture and other inhuman or degrading treatment is rife in the People's Republic of China (PRC), the WUC is concerned that their confessions were obtained under duress.

“These politically-motivated sentences serve merely as a stark reminder from the Chinese authorities that Uyghurs are not equal before the law, nor can they expect any time soon full enjoyment of their rights to freedom of religion, culture, language, expression and opinion under the new Chinese leadership,” WUC President Ms Rebiya Kadeer said upon hearing about the sentences.

Since the onset of the recent unrest in April 2013, the WUC has documented that potentially 735 people have been detained. Indeed, some of these cases could be enforced disappearances. The WUC has also documented that nearly 140 people have died or been extra-judicially killed due to the heavy handed and violent crackdown by the Chinese authorities. This is however not a new issue, as Uyghurs frequently report that the Chinese authorities are more interested in quelling decent as quickly as possible, having no regard for the safety and lives of the protesters and civilians aike.

These two death sentences therefore mark the final setback for the Uyghurs' relationship with the governing Chinese authorities amidst some of the worst and most egregious human rights violations to have taken place since July 2009. This is notwithstanding the severe repression of Ramadan's observance, which brutally culminated in the deaths of 3 Uyghurs after police fired upon protesters on 7 August 2013, though only revealed at the weekend.

According to reports by Radio Free Asia, Uyghurs in Akyol, Aksu prefecture were prevented from celebrating the Eid al-Fitr festival, marking the end of the holy month of Ramadan, at the Peyshenbe Bazaar Mosque by local government officials, who had arrested 4 Uyghurs in connections with “illegal religious activities.” After demanding for an explanation, several hundred Uyghurs returning from prayer protested, following which police reinforcements were drafted in who proceeded to fire at random on the crowd, resulting in the deaths of 3 Uyghurs and injuring a dozen more, including a 13 year old Uyghur girl.

“The insensitive, heavy-handed approach of the Chinese security forces during a peaceful, holy observance has now caused 3 further needless deaths, which is doing anything but affording the desired alleviation of the tensions of recent months,” Ms Kadeer added.

In view of the EU's and the UN's ongoing commitment to the abolition of the death penalty, and the international community's advocacy of free, open and fair trials, the WUC calls upon all international stakeholders to pressure the PRC into divulging the evidence on which they – along with those documented in the WUC's report - have been sentenced. “Due to the severity of the current state of affairs in East Turkestan, the international community cannot sit back in silence,” Ms Kadeer concluded.

With the 24th Session of the United Nations Human Rights Council and the 2nd Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of the PRC coming up in September and October respectively, the WUC calls on the international community to ensure that these latest incidents remain firmly at the top of their international human rights agenda.

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EU condemns Egypt violence, urges end to state of emergency

August 15, 2013

European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton strongly condemned violence in Egypt that claimed scores of lives on Wednesday and urged the interim government to end a state of emergency as soon as possible.

"I strongly condemn the violence that has erupted in Cairo and throughout Egypt," Ashton said in a statement, adding that the violence left Egypt "heading into an uncertain future."

"I call on the security forces to exercise utmost restraint and on the interim government to end the state of emergency as soon as possible, to allow the resumption of normal life," she said.

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/64/79078/Egypt/Politics-/EU-condemns-Egypt-violence,-urges-end-to-state-of-.aspx

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HR group mounts legal challenge over US drones

OWEN BOWCOTT

August 15, 2013

THE export of British-manufactured parts for American drones used in clandestine CIA strikes inside Pakistan is facing a legal challenge from the campaign group Reprieve. The London-based human rights organisation is to apply for a judicial review of the way in which the UK’s Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) operates government export controls.

It is bringing the action on behalf of Malik Jalal, an elder of the Manzar Kel tribe who lives in Waziristan. His region has been attacked repeatedly by US drones, known officially as “unmanned aerial vehicles” (UAVs), targeting Taliban and Al Qaeda supporters.

Rights groups say that Pakistani villagers are the main victims of the US drone programme, which is directed by the Central Intelligence Agency.

Full report at:

http://dawn.com/news/1035933/hr-group-mounts-legal-challenge-over-us-drones

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UN team to investigate alleged chemical attacks in Syria

August 15, 2013

The UN says weapons inspectors are to depart shortly for Syria to investigate the alleged use of chemical weapons.

Under an agreement reached with Damascus, the UN team is to visit three sites over two weeks, including a northern town at the centre of allegations of chemical weapons use.

Some 26 people were killed in the attacks in Khan al-Assal in March.

The UN mission had been delayed over differences with the Syrian government over the scope of the investigation.

Full report at:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-23707713

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France urges 'immediate halt to crackdown' in Egypt

August 15, 2013

France called Wednesday for "an immediate halt to the crackdown" in Egypt and urged the United Nations and its partners to take a joint stand, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said.

"France condemns most resolutely the bloody violence in Egypt and demands an immediate halt to the crackdown," Fabius said.

The minister reached out to "UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon as well as our main partners so that an international position can be taken urgently" on the issue.

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/64/79066/Egypt/Politics-/France-urges-immediate-halt-to-crackdown-in-Egypt.aspx

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UN warns of ‘serious threat’ to CAR's stability

August 15, 2013

UNITED NATIONS: The UN Security Council warned on Wednesday that turmoil in the Central African Republic poses a “serious threat” to the country and the region, and urged new measures to restore stability.

A unanimous declaration of the 15 council members did not specify what these new options could be, but a recent report by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon recommended sanctions against officials from the Seleka coalition suspected of committing atrocities.

According to UN Special Representative Babacar Gaye, the threat of sanctions is a form of pressure to improve the human rights situation in the Central African Republic.

Full report at:

http://www.arabnews.com/news/461299

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Pakistan

 

Nawaz Sharif willing to keep date with PM in US

TNN | Aug 15, 2013

NEW DELHI: Conveying his greetings to PM Manmohan Singh for Independence Day, Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said he was looking forward to his meeting with Singh on the sidelines of UNGA next month in New York. Sharif told Singh that it is Pakistan's desire to "turn a fresh page" in bilateral relations with India.

"The people of Pakistan aspire to promote friendly, cooperative and good neighbourly relations between our two countries," he said.

"I would like to reiterate that it is in our common interest to work closely to achieve our shared goals of peace and prosperity in the region. I look forward to our meeting in New York to discuss issues of mutual interest. It is our desire to turn a fresh page in our bilateral relations," he added.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Nawaz-Sharif-willing-to-keep-date-with-PM-in-US/articleshow/21837683.cms

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Peaceful resolution of Kashmir issue a key to regional peace: Zardari

15 AUGUST 2013

ISLAMABAD: President Asif Ali Zardari on Wednesday said a peaceful and honourable resolution of Kashmir issue held key to regional peace and stability.

He said this during a meeting with UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-Moon here.

On Afghanistan, the President reiterated that it has abiding interest in stability, peace and development of the neighbouring country.

Full report at:

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2013\08\15\story_15-8-2013_pg7_2

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Fazl urges federal govt to place peace on top of agenda

 August 15, 2013

LAKKI MARWAT - Chief of Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) has called upon the federal government to keep maintaining peace and harmony on top of priorities, as the country could not be made prosperous without restoring sustainable peace.

This he said while speaking at separate gatherings held in connection with the election campaign of his brother Maulana Attaur Rehman, candidate for NA-27 at Titterkhel, Landiwah and Naurang on Wednesday.

Full report at:

http://www.nation.com.pk/pakistan-news-newspaper-daily-english-online/editors-picks/15-Aug-2013/fazl-urges-federal-govt-to-place-peace-on-top-of-agenda

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 Pervez Musharraf looking for veterans for a comeback

 August 15, 2013 JAWAD R AWAN

 LAHORE - In a bid to rebuild his own image and revive his party, crisis-hit General (r) Pervez Musharraf has asked his close aides to make efforts for getting the support of seasoned political figures and social leaders.

His not-so-significant All Pakistan Muslim League (APML) virtually evaporated the day he was put under house arrest in cases of Akbar Bugti’s killing, Benazir Bhutto’s assassination, Lal Masjid operation and judges’ detention.

Full report at:

http://www.nation.com.pk/pakistan-news-newspaper-daily-english-online/editors-picks/15-Aug-2013/mush-looking-for-veterans-for-a-comeback

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Open options: Taliban say ready for war and peace

August 15, 2013

ISLAMABAD: Pakistani Taliban say they are ready for dialogue with the new government but will also be ready for a full scale war if an operation was launched against them.

The outlawed Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) was responding to remarks by Interior Minister, Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, who said on Tuesday that the government is ready for peace, as well as war.

The TTP said it had offered dialogue for “peace and Islam” and it is now up to the PML-N government to come up with clear options.”If they (government) want dialogue we are ready to talk and if they want to go for war, they will find us ready for this option too,” Ehsanullah Ehsan, a senior member of the TTP’s Political Commission, said on Wednesday.

Full report at:

http://tribune.com.pk/story/590507/open-options-taliban-say-ready-for-war-and-peace/

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Nawaz calls for de-escalation of tension on LoC

August 15, 2013

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Wednesday called for de-escalation of tension on the Line of Control (LoC) and sought United Nations help for resolving the Kashmir dispute.

Pakistan “hopes that steps will be taken by India to help reduce tensions. We have to defuse tension and de-escalate the situation. Our objective is peace,” Mr Sharif said after talks with visiting UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.

Mr Sharif’s call for defusing tensions came amidst fresh attacks by Indian troops on Pakistani posts and populated areas in which one civilian was killed.

Indian troops have been regularly targeting Pakistani posts since an ambush on its patrol on Aug 6 in which five of its troops were killed.

Full report at:

http://dawn.com/news/1035931/nawaz-calls-for-de-escalation-of-tension-on-loc

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North America

 

US weighs calling off military exercise with Egypt

Reuters | Aug 15, 2013

WASHINGTON: The United States is considering calling off a major military exercise with Egypt following the killing of scores of people in an assault by Egyptian security forces on a protest camp, a US official said on Wednesday.

The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the possibility of scrapping the biennial "Bright Star" exercise was discussed at a meeting of the so-called "deputies committee," which gathers the number two officials from key US national security agencies.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/us/US-weighs-calling-off-military-exercise-with-Egypt/articleshow/21835996.cms

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US Secretary of State John Kerry urges Egypt to hold elections

AFP | Aug 15, 2013

Denouncing the crackdown on supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi, Kerry urged a "peaceful, democratic way forward."

"Today's events are deplorable and they run counter to Egyptian aspirations for peace, inclusion and genuine democracy," Kerry told reporters.

"The interim government and the military -- which together possess the preponderance of power in this confrontation -- have a unique responsibility to prevent further violence and to offer constructive options for an inclusive peaceful process across the political spectrum," Kerry said.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/us/US-Secretary-of-State-John-Kerry-urges-Egypt-to-hold-elections/articleshow/21832375.cms

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CAIR Says Obama Must Act Against Massacre of Pro-Democracy Protesters in Egypt

8/14/13

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 8/14/13) -- The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization, today called on the Obama administration to take concrete steps to end the ongoing massacre of pro-democracy protesters in Egypt and to seek the restoration of democracy.

In a statement, CAIR said:

"CAIR joins all those who value freedom in strongly condemning today's massacre of pro-democracy protesters in Egypt and calls for lifting the newly-imposed state of emergency and its inevitable denial of basic human rights. Those responsible for these horrific attacks on peaceful sit-ins must be held accountable and brought to justice.

"As we condemn the killing of peaceful protesters, we also condemn the reported attacks on Christian properties in Egypt and call for calm and national unity in the face of concerted campaigns to divide Egyptian society along religious and political lines.

"We welcome our own government's condemnation of the violent suppression of democratic rights, and we urge President Obama to move beyond condemnations to take concrete steps to help restore democracy and the rule of law in Egypt through dialogue. The first steps in creating an atmosphere conducive to dialogue would include the release of all political prisoners and respecting the right to peaceful protest.

"President Obama should follow existing law by ending the flow of American taxpayer funds to Egypt's military, which is using brute force to impose its will without regard to the results of the first free elections in that nation's history."

CAIR noted that Mohamed ElBaradei, one of the coup leaders, has resigned as vice president because of the attacks on the protesters.

CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.

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Fort Hood suspect, Nidal Hasan says he allowed release of 'martyr' report

AP | Aug 15, 2013

FORT HOOD, TEXAS: The US Army psychiatrist on trial for the 2009 shooting rampage among fellow soldiers at Fort Hood says he authorized the release of a report that shows he told mental health experts he "would still be a martyr" if executed.

Nidal Hasan told the judge Wednesday he wasn't forced to disclose the report and knew that releasing it could make it available to prosecutors. Hasan's civilian lawyer released the documents to The New York Times, which published its contents on Tuesday.

Attorneys ordered to help Hasan have said they think he is trying to get the death penalty.

Hasan is charged with 13 counts of premeditated murder. He has told jurors he was the gunman and has said little in his defence.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/us/Fort-Hood-suspect-says-he-allowed-release-of-martyr-report/articleshow/21837128.cms

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Obama played cards on Osama raid day: Ex-aide

PTI | Aug 15, 2013

NEW YORK: Barack Obama spent a large chunk of time playing cards on the day of the Navy SEALs raid on Osama bin Laden's hideout in Pakistan in which the al-Qaida chief was killed, a former aide of the US President has said.

The iconic photo of the raid on Osama bin Laden's compound is set in the Situation Room, where an array of generals and top government officials, including President Obama, watched the events in Abbottabad unfold in real time.

But in a talk with Jim Newton of the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) Luskin School of Public Affairs, Obama's former body man Reggie Love revealed that he, Obama, and two others spent a large chunk of time during the raid playing cards upstairs, The New York Magazine reported.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/us/Obama-played-cards-on-Osama-raid-day-Ex-aide/articleshow/21842686.cms

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Africa

 

Somalia: Six Killed in Clash Between Al-Shabaab and Somali Forces

14 AUGUST 2013

Six people were killed and 20 wounded when Somali government forces raided al-Shabaab bases in Garas Weyne Monday night (August 12th), UN-funded Radio Bar-Kulan reported.

The government forces raided the bases to push the militants out of Bakol region, said regional Governor Mohamed Abdi Tall.

http://allafrica.com/stories/201308150047.html

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Nigeria: UN, UK Denounce Borno Mosque Massacre

BY HENRY UMORU AND UDUMA KALU, 14 AUGUST 2013

The United Nations and the United Kingdom have condemned the killing of 44 people in Borno State as they prayed in their mosque by the Boko Haram Islamic sect last Sunday even as the Federal Government dismissed the threat posed by the sect while conceding that the sect has destroyed Nigeria's reputation.

Gunmen wearing Nigerian army camouflage fatigues struck under cover of darkness as residents were saying their dawn prayers at around 5:30 a.m. last Sunday, just as another 12 civilians died in a simultaneous attack on Ngom village just outside Maiduguri, .

While the British Cabinet Minister, Mark Simmonds, yesterday condemned the attack as "contemptible and cowardly", UN Secretary General, Ban ki Moon asked for dialogue to resolve the violence.

Full report at:

http://allafrica.com/stories/201308140292.html?aa_source=acrdn-f0

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Nigeria military says killed Boko Haram second-in-command

August 15, 2013

Nigeria's military on Wednesday said it had killed the second-in-command of Islamist group Boko Haram while repelling an insurgent attack earlier this month.

"During the Boko Haram terrorists' attack... on 4 August, 2013 (troops) killed Momodu Bama (alias) Abu Saad," a statement said, identifying him as the "second-in-command" to insurgent chief Abubakar Shekau.

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/2/9/79034/World/International/Nigeria-military-says-killed-Boko-Haram-secondinco.aspx

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Wave of Political Assassinations - Lack of Accountability Risks Escalating Violence

14 AUGUST 2013

At least 51 people have died in a broadening wave of apparent political assassinations in the cities of Benghazi and Derna in volatile eastern Libya.

Authorities have not prosecuted anyone for these crimes, and have no suspects in custody, as far as Human Rights Watch has been able to determine.

The July 26, 2013, killing of Abdulasalam Elmessmary, was the first of a political activist since Muammar Gaddafi was ousted. The assassination appeared to signal a new turn in the violence with potentially serious implications for Libya's stability. The other victims include two judges and at least 44 serving members of the security forces, most of whom had held positions in Gaddafi's government. At least six were high-ranking officers under Gaddafi.

Full report at:

http://allafrica.com/stories/201308080262.html?viewall=1

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Mideast

 

Turkey Prime Minister urges U.N. Security Council to meet on Egypt

August 15, 2013

ANKARA: Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Thursday called on the United Nations Security Council to meet urgently to discuss the situation in Egypt where nearly 300 people were reported killed as police smashed two protest camps of supporters of the deposed Islamist president.

Erdogan also said Egypt's leaders should stand trial "in a fair and transparent way" for the police action he said amounted to a "massacre."

The Turkish leader also lashed out at Western nations and others for not speaking out against President Mohammed Morsi's ouster on July 3, saying they had "the blood of innocent children on their hands."

Erdogan's Islamic-rooted government, which had forged an alliance with Morsi, is an outspoken critic of the military intervention in Egypt.

http://www.dailystar.com.lb/News/Middle-East/2013/Aug-15/227455-turkey-urges-un-security-council-to-meet-on-egypt.ashx#ixzz2c26lSd8L

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Israel may shun key EU programme over settlement spat

August 15, 2013

JERUSALEM: Israel warned on Wednesday that it might shun a key EU research programme unless a compromise is found over the bloc's guidelines which bar funding to Jewish settlement entities.

Its position was spelt out at a meeting with the European Union on the Jewish state's participation in Horizon 2020, the bloc's six-year funding plan for research and innovation, the foreign ministry said.

Published last month, the guidelines make a clear distinction between Israel and the territories it occupied in the 1967 Six-Day War, effectively curbing all EU grants, prizes and funding for Israeli entities in the West Bank, east Jerusalem or the Golan Heights.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/middle-east/Israel-may-shun-key-EU-programme-over-settlement-spat/articleshow/21828794.cms

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Israel to pay students to defend it online

August 15, 2013

Israel is looking to hire university students to post pro-Israel messages on social media networks - without needing to identify themselves as government-linked, officials said Wednesday.

The Israeli prime minister's office said in a statement Wednesday that students on Israeli university campuses would receive full or partial scholarships to combat anti-Semitism and calls to boycott Israel online. It said students' messages would parallel statements by government officials.

Full report at:

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/variety/2013/08/14/Israel-to-pay-students-to-defend-it-online.html

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Iran 'hostile' to Israeli-Palestinian talks

AFP | Aug 14, 2013

TEHRAN: Iran said it was "hostile" to Israeli-Palestinian peace talks brokered by the United States, hours before negotiations in Jerusalem were due to kick off on Wednesday.

"Iran is hostile to these negotiations and several Palestinian groups are hostile to them," foreign ministry spokesman Abbas Araqchi told the mediapersons.

"The current context is not suitable for negotiations," said the spokesman, whose country is a backer of the Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas ruling Gaza that slammed the talks as a "national crime".

"In fact, the Zionist regime is continuing to build new (settlement) housing, which is condemned by the Europeans and the United States, but the Zionist regime does as it wants," said Araqchi.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/middle-east/Iran-hostile-to-Israeli-Palestinian-talks/articleshow/21827998.cms

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Southeast Asia

 

Authorities ‘building fences’ between faiths, say religious leaders

August 15, 2013

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 15 — Repressive laws that saw a Johor resort operator arrested for letting Buddhists use a Muslim prayer room are creating further barriers between the religions in multicultural Malaysia, non-Muslim leaders said today

Rev Dr Hermen Shastri, the general secretary of the Council of Churches of Malaysia (CCM), said that during an international interfaith conference between Muslims and Christians he attended in Indonesia last May, Christian participants were taken to the Istiqlal Mosque in Jakarta, where they could observe Muslim prayers and also engage in their own prayers in another room in Southeast Asia’s largest mosque.

Full report at:

http://www.themalaymailonline.com/malaysia/article/authorities-building-fences-between-faiths-say-religious-leaders#sthash.m0foQW0p.dpuf

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Catholic Church’s bid to strike out ‘Allah’ appeal set for Aug 22

August 15, 2013

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 15 — The tussle over the word “Allah” will return to the courts on August 22, when the Court of Appeal will hear the Catholic Church’s bid to dismiss Putrajaya’s appeal against the 2009 High Court ruling upholding the Christians’ right to use the Arabic word.

The hearing will be the first time the matter has returned to the legal arena since it was left to languish for nearly four years after the government contested the landmark decision that had shocked Muslims in Malaysia.

Full report at:

http://www.themalaymailonline.com/malaysia/article/catholic-churchs-bid-to-strike-out-allah-appeal-set-for-aug-22#sthash.nneqMevK.dpuf

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