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TikTok-Mad Malaysian Voters Push Islamic Politics To The Fore; Voters under 30 Made the Difference

New Age Islam News Bureau

22 November 2022

 

Hadi Awang, right, president of the burgeoning Malaysian Islamic Party, envisions to govern Malaysia based on Islamic principles by 2051. (Photo by NurPhoto via Getty Images)

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• Lawyers Move Peshawar High Court For Ban On ‘Un-Islamic’ Movie Joyland

• Iran Fans With Pre-Revolution Flag Denied Entry Into World Cup Match Against England

• Arabs Shun Israeli Media At Qatar World Cup, Dashing Hopes Of Warming

• 1,500 Unaided Madrasas Donations Under Yogi Scanner

 Southeast Asia

• As Perikatan Courts East Malaysian Allies, PAS Vows To Not Use Its Majority To Implement Oppressive Policies

• In Penang, RM75.08m allocated to Islamic development under state Budget 2023

• Race on to form coalition govt in Malaysia

• Amanah seen as traitors by Malay-Muslim voters, says analyst

• Cops warn social media users against provocative content, amid uproar over TikTok clips conjuring May 13, violence

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Pakistan

• International Islamic Art Festival In Pakistan concludes With Message Of Peace, Love

• Federal Shariat Court Takes Suo Motu Notice Of Child Marriages In Balochistan

• General Qamar Bajwa’s family became billionaires in six years

• Lahore High Court Summons Principal Secretaries On Plea Against Quran’s ‘Distorted’ Translation

• Pak: Three generals with India experience emerge as frontrunners for key military posts

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Europe

• Spain to bring back Spanish families from ISIS camps in Syria

• ‘Show of respect’: UK campaign urges medals for Afghan interpreters

• Germany aims for UN human rights resolution on Iran

• Man who died in UK immigration centre identified as Iraqi

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Arab World

• Turkish jets hit 89 PKK terrorist targets in Iraqi, Syrian border regions

• Sisi and Erdogan agree that World Cup handshake will be start of new relations

• Saudi Islamic Minister Awarded Most Influential Personality Shield For 2022

• Russia calls on Turkey to show ‘restraint’ in Syria

• Thousands in north Syria attend funerals of Turkish raids victims

• World Food Program to allocate $5.4 bln for Lebanon over 3 years: Caretaker PM

• Bahrain’s king asks crown prince to form new cabinet

• HTS terrorists creating weapons depots in refugee camps in Syria’s Idlib, Russia’s Defence Ministry says

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India

• Muslim Leaders Remind KCR Of Unfulfilled Vows Made To Muslims, Before The Formation Of Telangana

• Inter-Faith Couple Apply for Marriage in Karnataka, Hindu Groups Suspect 'Love Jihad'

• Communal Harmony: Muslims Unite To Revive 600-Year-Old Lavil Siva Temple in UP

• Divorce By Talaq: Kerala HC Orders Rs31.68 Lakh As Maintenance To Former Wife

• Pakistan High Commission issues visas to Indian pilgrims for visit to Shadani Darbar

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South Asia

• Afghanistan: Lack Of Teachers, Academic Facilities Frustrate Students In Kabul Under Taliban Regime

• Bangladesh suspends five policemen after two Islamist death row convicts whisked away from court premises

• Yesterday’s Military Men, Today’s Coal Mining Workers; Mine Collapse Kills 2 Miners

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Mideast

• Israel Crimes Won’t Deter Palestinians From Treading Path Of Resistance, Islamic Jihad Says

• Rayeesi: Supporting Terrorists Not Beneficial to US, European States

• FM Spokesman: Iran Not to Bow to IAEA Pressures

• Iran Summons UK Envoy for Fourth Time in Weeks over Embassy Safety

• Tehran Calls on Iraq Not to Turn into Platform for Attacks on Iran

• OIC condemns Israel’s closure of Ibrahimi Mosque

• IRGC Continues Anti-Terror Military Operation in Iraq's Kurdistan

• Iran to enrich Uranium to 60 pct purity at Fordow nuclear site: Report

• Israeli army kill Palestinian high school student in West Bank: Medics

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Africa

• Morocco Ex-Human Rights Minister In Jail After ‘Adultery’ Video Appeal

• Al-Shabaab Blockades Exacerbating Humanitarian Crisis In Somalia

• Political veteran returns to Sudan opposing plan for military exit

• Libya to consult with envoy to Athens after snub by Greek foreign minister

• Libyans protest Greek minister’s refusal to get off plane

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North America

• In Conservative Ohio, A Thriving Islamic Centre Builds Community And Understanding

• McCarthy Vows To Remove Ilhan Omar From Foreign Affairs Committee For Criticizing Israel

• US opposes escalation in Syria after border strikes: State Department

• US President Pardons 2 Turkeys In Thanksgiving Tradition

• Türkiye, Mexico should explore areas of cooperation to boost economic ties: Top Mexican diplomat

• Sweden, Finland should cooperate more with Türkiye to fight terrorism: NATO chief

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

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TikTok-Mad Malaysian Voters Push Islamic Politics To The Fore; Voters under 30 Made the Difference

 

Hadi Awang, right, president of the burgeoning Malaysian Islamic Party, envisions to govern Malaysia based on Islamic principles by 2051. (Photo by NurPhoto via Getty Images)

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November 21, 2022

KUALA LUMPUR -- Never before in Malaysia has a small local party exerted such influence upon a federal election, in this instance bringing about a stalemate after Saturday's national polls.

The Malaysian Islamic Party, or PAS as it is abbreviated in Malay, was not previously a key player in the country's race-based politics, although it had enjoyed some electoral success in rural Malay states in the east of the peninsular.

On Saturday, Anwar Ibrahim's Hope Pact came out on top with 82 of the 220 lower house seats being contested. But PAS also emerged high in the rankings, securing 49 seats -- a big improvement on the 18 it won in the 2018 general election.

PAS is part of National Alliance, the coalition led by a former prime minister, Muhyiddin Yassin, which secured in total 73 seats -- an improvement on the 47 that it had previously.

Voters under 30 were major supporters of PAS, which proposes implementing strict Islamic laws in a largely secular society. PAS is led by Hadi Awang, a Muslim preacher, and has positioned itself under the National Alliance umbrella of Muhyiddin, a conservative who prioritizes the Malay race and Islamic values.

Ahead of the polls, Muhyiddin played on various Muslim sensitivities. In a TikTok video, he accused rival parties of being influenced by Jewish and Christian agents out to convert Malays from the Muslim faith. Apostacy is punishable under the country's Islamic laws.

A confident Hadi declared a "comfortable win" and thanked "young voters" even before the end of the official vote count on Sunday. He reiterated the long-term PAS vision to govern Malaysia based on Islamic principles by 2051.

"We will do our best to implement the promises and continue with the agenda towards Vision 2051," he said.

"It's too early to tell who young voters voted for," Tunku Mohar Mokhtar, an assistant professor at the International Islamic University of Malaysia told Nikkei Asia. "From the results, we can assume that a large chunk of the votes went to the National Alliance."

Malay youths, Tunku said, appeared open to the idea that National Alliance's rival Hope Pact was "anti-Malay and anti-Islam."

"And the social media -- this time, TikTok -- used by the National Alliance has influenced their voting preferences," he said.

One in ten Malaysians with smartphones use TikTok, the short video posting platform owned by China's ByteDance. The proportion is higher among young adults, according to Resolute, a Malaysian digital marketing company.

Behind their carefree embrace of mobile technology, young Malays are largely conservative with regard to race and religious faith. Most were brought up with strict Islamic teachings, and in recent decades some attended public and private religious schools.

"Ideological assurance remains important to Malay voters," James Chai, an analyst at Singapore research institute ISEAS told Nikkei. "The faith that supporters have for the National Alliance had less to do with the policies the coalition would implement... and more to do with the concept it represents."

Chai said the National Alliance did not campaign much on its manifesto, did not have a particularly good record in government and was poor on parliamentary attendance.

In its election manifesto, the National Alliance promised to strengthen Islamic jurisdiction through Malaysia's existing religious courts. That coupled with the effective TikTok campaign gave the National Alliance an electoral advantage, Chai said.

"It did not necessarily change their minds -- they had already made them up -- but it activated them and pushed them out to vote in droves, resulting in substantial victory margins for the National Alliance," he said.

On Monday, the National Alliance confirmed that it expects to form Malaysia's next government with Muhyiddin as its leader, breaking the political impasse created by Saturday's failure to produce an outright winner from the polls.

On the same day, Anwar's Hope Pact met with archrival UMNO to try and thrash out an alternative coalition deal.

"I am extremely pleased with the negotiations with the National Front," Anwar told reporters in a reference to the UMNO-led coalition.

But the political instability some hoped would end on Saturday may linger on in the coming years regardless of which coalition manages to form a government.

PAS's powerful emergence within the National Alliance is being seen as a turning point in Malaysia's seven decades of secular parliamentary democracy.

Muhyiddin did not distinguish himself as prime minister during the COVID-19 years of 2020 and 2021, but his election campaign has positioned him as a viable alternative to ruling UMNO and aspiring Hope Pact.

"It would mark the end of any semblance of consociational democracy that Malaysian political actors have built since independence," said Islamic University's Tunku. "It brings right-wing politics to an already divided society."’

Source: Asia Nikkei

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Lawyers Move Peshawar High Court For Ban On ‘Un-Islamic’ Movie Joyland

  

November 22, 2022

PESHAWAR: The Peshawar High Court on Monday directed the federal government, regulators, filmmaker and the country’s top religious body to respond by Nov 23 to a petition seeking ban on the movie Joyland and removal of its trailers from social media.

A bench consisting of Justice Ijaz Anwar and Justice Arshad Ali issued the directions during a hearing into a petition of lawyers Sara Ali Khan, Mir Mohsinuddin, Kamranul Salam, Zainab Iftikhar and Aneesur Rehman against the movie.

The petitioners made the federal government, law and justice ministry, Pakistan Telecommunication Authority, Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority, Federal Investigation Agency, Council of Islamic Ideology, and the movie’s director and producer the respondents.

The bench directed them all to submit their replies separately by the next hearing fixed for Nov 23.

Court seeks response of govt, regulators, filmmaker to petition

The petitioners insisted that Joyland was an un-Islamic and unconstitutional movie and was made to “insult their religion, family system, bond and domestic life.”

Read more: Is Joyland facing curbs for humanising transpersons?

They said the movie had been produced in Pakistan and its story was not only against Islam and cultural norms but also against the other religions, cultures and beliefs.

The petitioners also said Joyland didn’t fall in the category of entertainment and instead, it would negatively impact the people, especially youths, and destroy marriages and family institutions by promoting nudity, vulgarity and homosexuality, which was fatal for the entire society, and thus, inviting the extreme displeasure of the Almighty Allah.

They said they had also obtained a fatwa (religious edict) against the movie, also supported LGBT people.

The petitioners also said the trailers and contents of Joyland had been posted on thevideo-sharing website YouTube and various other social media platforms, so the movie should be banned on social media platforms, cinemas, theatres and TV channels.

They said the movie said movie not only violated the constitutional provisions, including Articles 2, 2-A, 19, 30, 31, 35, 37 and 38, but also went against the teachings of the Holy Quran and Sunnah, so it shouldn’t be allowed to be screened in the country.

The petitioners argued that the freedom of expression, which was guaranteed under Article 19 of the Constitution, was not an absolute privilege and rather, it was subject to modality, dignity and restrictions imposed by the Constitution, which didn’t allow the use of “vulgar and inappropriate” applications.

They said the respondents had the authority to regulate the establishment and operation of all broadcasting media and distribution services in the country for international, provincial, district, local or special audience.

The petitioners said they were aggrieved and had no other alternate and efficacious remedy, so they’re constrained to invoke the extraordinary jurisdiction of the high court under Article 199 of Constitution on the matter.

They added that the acts of respondents on Joyland were illegal and us-Islamic and warranted interference by the court.

The petitioners prayed the court to direct the respondents that Joyland be banned to extent of the violation of the provision of the 1973 Constitution.

They also sought orders for the respondents to restrict the screening of Joyland anywhere in the country and for the producer and director not to make movies, which “affect moral values and customs, and are against Quran, Sunnah and Constitution.”

The petitioners requested the court to direct respondents to restrict the screening of Joyland on virtual private networks.

The bench issued notices to the respondents on the next hearing on Nov 23.

Source: Dawn
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Iran Fans With Pre-Revolution Flag Denied Entry Into World Cup Match Against England

  

Protesters hold pre-Islamic revolution Iranian flags during a rally in Athens February 11, 2010. (File photo: Reuters)

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20 November ,2022

Iranian fans carrying the pre-1979 revolution flag of Iran were denied entry into the venue of their country’s first World Cup game against England in Qatar on Monday, the New York Times reported.

Fans wearing shirts with the flag or anti-regime messaging were also not allowed entry into the stadium, according to the NYT report.

The flag, known as the lion and sun flag, was the official flag of Iran until the 1979 revolution which led to the establishment of the Islamic Republic.

Iranian players chose not to sing their country’s national anthem ahead of their opening Word Cup match against England on Monday, in an apparent show of support for protesters back home.

The players were silent as the anthem was played at the Khalifa International Stadium, where Iranian fans gathered in the stands shouted as the music was played. Some were seen making thumbs-down gestures.

Iranian state television, during its live broadcast, censored the footage of the players lining up before the match as the anthem was played.

More than two months of protests in Iran, sparked by the death of 22-year-old Kurdish Iranian woman Mahsa Amini in the custody of the morality police have turned into one of the boldest challenges to Iran's clerical leaders since the 1979 revolution.

Source: Al Arabiya

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Arabs Shun Israeli Media At Qatar World Cup, Dashing Hopes Of Warming

 

Soccer Football - 2022 World Cup Preview - Doha, Qatar - November 10, 2022 A Qatar 2022 logo is seen in front of the skyline of the West Bay in Doha REUTERS/John Sibley

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21 November ,2022

Arab soccer fans at the first World Cup in the Middle East are shunning Israeli journalists in Qatar trying to interview them, illustrating challenges facing wider “warm peace” ambitions two years after some Gulf states forged ties with Israel.

Israeli officials have voiced hope that the US-brokered Abraham Accords reached with the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain in 2020, and later Sudan and Morocco, would spur further normalization, including with Arab heavyweight Saudi Arabia.

Some Israeli reporters flew to Qatar ahead of the event on connecting flights, while one was on the first direct flight from Tel Aviv into Doha on Sunday under a FIFA-brokered agreement between the two countries that have no formal ties.

Interview attempts with Arab fans, however, fell flat with reporters from public broadcaster Kan and top-rated Channel 12 TV telling Reuters interviewees had walked away. A Channel 13 reporter said in an on-air report that fans had declined, shouted “Palestine” and draped Tunisian flags on their shoulders.

Footage circulating online showed two Saudi fans, a Qatari shopper and three Lebanese fans walking away from Israeli reporters.

Saudi national Khaled al-Omri, who works in the oil industry and was in Qatar to support his home team, told Reuters he hoped the Tel Aviv-Doha flight route would not become permanent.

“We hope that after the World Cup they’ll close down this air route. Sure, most countries in the Arab world are heading towards normalization – but that’s because most of them don’t have rulers who listen to their people,” he said.

Both Qatar and Saudi Arabia have linked any normalization to Palestinian statehood in Israeli-occupied territory.

But Riyadh has made some overtures this year by opening its airspace to all airlines, including Israeli carriers.

Qatar has said the FIFA-brokered flights, which would allow both Israeli and Palestinian fans to fly to Doha, should not be politicized. The US State Department lauded the deal as holding “great promise to bolster people-to-people ties and economic relations”.

While Israel did not qualify for the World Cup, it had hoped the presence of an estimated 10,000 to 20,000 Israelis at the event would warm ties.

Aseel Sharayah, a 27-year-old Jordanian at the tournament, said he would have also refused to talk to Israeli journalists, though Amman signed a peace deal with Israel in 1994.

“If I did see any of them, there’d be absolutely no time of interaction,” said Sharayah, who works for the European-Jordanian Committee in Amman. “Their policies are closing the door on any opportunity for more ties between the countries.”

Source: Al Arabiya
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1,500 Unaided Madrasas Donations Under Yogi Scanner

 

UP government to investigate income source of unrecognized Madrassas alongside border districts

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Piyush Srivastava   |   Lucknow  

22.11.22

The  Yogi Adityanath government plans to “verify” the funding sources of over 1,500 unaided madrasas that have declared their sole source of earning is the zakat — donations that Muslims make for charitable causes as a religious obligation.

The decision follows a survey of the state’s 2,000 aided and 15,000 unaided madrasas between August and October to verify their land records, sources of earning, classroom infrastructure and teacher salaries, among others.  

Over 1,500 madrasas in eastern Uttar Pradesh had during the survey cited the zakat as their only source of funds, state minority welfare minister Dharampal Singh said on Monday.

“There are about 500 such madrasas in Siddharthnagar, 400 in Balrampur, 400 in Shravasti, 200 in Lakimpur Kheri and 60 in Maharajganj,” Singh said.

“A meeting of the minority welfare department with the chief minister in the chair will formulate a modus operandi to verify whether these madrasas are really run with genuine donations.

“They themselves have said they receive the donations from individuals and institutions in places as far as Calcutta, Chennai, Mumbai, Delhi and Hyderabad. We need an extensive interdisciplinary team to probe the matter since some of them have claimed they receive zakat from Nepal and Dubai.”

Explaining the zakat, Khalid Rashid Firangimahli, a Sunni cleric of  Lucknow, said: “Those who have assembled wealth worth 52.5 tola (about  612 grams) of silver must start giving zakat. They are supposed to give 2.5 per cent of their annual income as zakat. Personal residences or vehicles are not included while calculating this wealth.”

Adityanath and some BJP leaders had in the past alleged that madrasas were producing terrorists.

Danish Azad Ansari, junior minority welfare minister, said some madrasas in the state were unregistered and unaffiliated to any recognised school education board or university.

“The chief minister will decide what action is to be taken against them,” Ansari said.

Source: Telegraph India

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Southeast Asia

 

As Perikatan courts East Malaysian allies, PAS vows to not use its majority to implement oppressive policies

By Rex Tan

21 Nov 2022

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 21 — PAS has today vowed not to implement any policies that would oppress the public should it be part of the federal government, as its Perikatan Nasional (PN) aims to get the support of the East Malaysian bloc in Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) and Gabungan Rakyat Sabah (GRS).

In a statement, the Islamist party’s secretary-general Datuk Seri Takiyuddin Hassan said PAS believes in the Islamic principle of “there is no compulsion in religion” and will not force non-Muslims to convert.

“We reject any claims that PAS will use its position as the party with the most federal seats to implement policies that would oppress any groups, especially in Sarawak and Sabah where its people are living in harmony by their own traditions and religions,” he said.

It claimed to have respected the diversity and plurality of Malaysians of different ethnicities, traditions and religions, and their rights and freedoms to practice their own way of life that is protected by the Federal Constitution.

“We have proven this by showing openness to other races and religions in the state government led by PAS in Kelantan over the past 30 years,” he added.

PAS currently has the most number of seats in the Parliament among all political parties with 49 seats, with 27 of those contested under the banner of Perikatan Nasional (PN) rather than its own logo.

PN is currently planning to form the federal government with GPS and GRS.

However, Progressive Democratic Party (PDP) president Datuk Seri Tiong King Sing has reportedly said that GPS would wait before deciding on a partner to form the federal government.

This comes following public backlash from Sarawak voters against GPS, following the many incidents in the past where PAS had tried to impose its version of Islam in public policies.

In March this year, PAS senator and information chief Khairil Nizam Khirudin said it is seeking a constitutional amendment to make it a prerequisite for the prime minister to be a Muslim — leading to a chorus of criticisms from Sarawak parties.

During 15th general election campaigning, PAS president Tan Sri Abdul Hadi Awang was found to use a dog-whistle remark calling for violence against certain ethnic groups, with an anti-DAP social media post invoking God’s power in punishing certain ethnic groups by eliminating them.

Source: Malay Mail

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In Penang, RM75.08m allocated to Islamic development under state Budget 2023

By Opalyn Mok

21 Nov 2022

GEORGE TOWN, Nov 21 — Penang will be allocating RM75.08 million to Islamic development in its state Budget 2023 which includes building and upgrading of mosques, surau, religious schools, and management of Islamic religious affairs department.

Penang Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow, in tabling the state Budget today, said Penang was picked to host the National Majlis Tilawah Al-Quran 2023 and the state has allocated RM3.52 million (out of the RM75.08 million) for the event.

Other than the mosques that are currently under construction, also in the plans was the construction of seven mosques between 2022 and 2025.

The mosques, to cost RM18 million in total, are Masjid Papan in Seberang Jaya, Masjid Sungai Lokan and Masjid Sungai Dua Utama in Butterworth, Masjid Bandar Raya Seberang Perai in Bandar Cassia, Masjid Lama Sungai Bakap and Masjid Lama Sungai Kechil in Nibong Tebal and Masjid Bandar Putra Bertam in Bertam.

Chow also announced the approval of an increase in allowance to be paid to village community management councils (MPKK) committee members from July 1 this year onwards.

He said a total 375 MPKK were set up in the state this year at a cost of RM9.15 million and taking into account the increase in allowance paid to the committee members, the state has allocated RM12.98 million for the MPKK in 2023.

“The state has also set up Penangn2030 centres in 15 state constituencies and another nine to be set up soon,”he said.

He said the centres are based on a shared space concept and can be optimised to hold community and social activities.

“These centres will be fully equipped with digital learning materials such as computers, broadband services and others,” he said.

On homestays in Penang, Chow said the state is now finalising the guidelines on the operations of private homestays in stratified properties and bylaws for homestays in landed properties in Penang.

“The purpose of the guidelines and by-laws are to prepare a policy to empower the local authorities to license and control the operations of private homestays in Penang,” he said.

He said both the guidelines and by-laws are expected to be enforced in the whole state by 2023.

Penang will also be continuing with its i-Sejahtera welfare programmes, consisting of annual cash aids given to senior citizens, the disabled, single mothers and stay-home mothers, with an allocation of RM53 million for 2023.

“Realising the importance of having a disaster management depot to provide fast and effective disaster relief, the state has approved a total RM1.5 million for the early works and setting up of a disaster humanitarian logistic centre in 2023,” he said.

He said the whole project will cost RM6.5 million and is expected to complete within three years.

On the state’s Penang Transport Master Plan, Chow said a total RM17.23 million was approved to implement projects under the plan in 2023.

“The state is confident of obtaining approval for the environmental impact assessment (EIA) report for the Penang South Reclamation and will prepare sufficient allocation to implement some of the projects identified including compensation to the affected parties,” he said.

He said package two of the undersea tunnel and three paired roads project involving the carriageway from Ayer Itam to Tun Dr Lim Chong Eu Expressway started work in July this year.

“The work progress of Package two as of the end of September is at 20 per cent as planned,” he said.

He said the construction of Package Two is not in full swing yet as the contractor is yet to obtain approval from the federal government as the alignment involved federal lands despite the alignment being part of the Penang Outer Ring Road alignment.

Source: Malay Mail

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Race on to form coalition govt in Malaysia

November 21, 2022

Rival Malaysian political blocs on Monday tried to woo smaller parties to form a coalition government after the weekend's general election that saw major gains by a conservative Islamist party.

One of Southeast Asia's biggest economies saw three governments change in as many years before this stalemate, and the next one faces major challenges including soaring inflation.

No party has emerged with a clear majority. Veteran opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim and former premier Muhyiddin Yassin both claim they have the numbers to control parliament.

To break the impasse, parties have been told to submit their preferred prime minister and coalition partners to the king's palace by 2 pm (0600 GMT) on Monday.

The bloc led by the United Malays National Organisation (UMNO) -- which once dominated Malaysian politics -- trailed far behind the rest in Saturday's election.

It was their worst election performance since Malaysia won independence in 1957.

While details of possible alliances are murky, Muhyiddin's group includes the conservative Pan-Malaysian Islamic Party (PAS), which promotes a strict interpretation of Islamic law.

Big gains for Islamists

The latest election saw PAS become the largest party in Muhyiddin's bloc, sparking worries among analysts about its influence on national policy.

The party forced the cancellation of an annual craft beer festival in the capital Kuala Lumpur in 2017.

And in 2018, two women convicted of having lesbian sex were caned in front of more than 100 spectators in a PAS-ruled state.

"If they (PAS) hold most of the cabinet and senior positions, this will inspire anxiety," Bridget Welsh of the University of Nottingham Malaysia told AFP.

She said women's rights could be "potentially impacted" too.

This would not be the first time in a governing coalition for PAS, but this time they have far greater numbers than before.

Asrul Hadi Abdullah Sani, deputy managing director at BowerGroupAsia, noted that PAS previously avoided pushing its agenda strongly.

"However, PAS may be tempted to stamp its identity in the new administration... especially after its overwhelming performance," he said.

Critics have warned of Islamist conservatism creeping into Malaysian society and politics for years, saying hardliners are eroding the traditionally moderate brand of Islam in the country.

The majority of Malaysia's 33 million people are Malay and Muslim, but the country is also home to substantial ethnic Chinese and Indian minorities.

Source: UCA News

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Amanah seen as traitors by Malay-Muslim voters, says analyst

Reshna Reem Ganesan

November 22, 2022

PETALING JAYA: Amanah’s poor performance in the general election was because the party has little traction with Malay-Muslim voters, says an analyst.

Azmi Hassan of Akademi Nusantara said PAS members and supporters viewed Amanah as traitorous, whose members split from PAS in 2015 to set up the party as a member of Pakatan Harapan.

“Malay-Muslim voters want a party they see as protecting their interests, race and religion hence their obvious choice is PAS. Not Umno or Amanah,” he told FMT.

Amanah’s affiliation with DAP led Malay-Muslim voters to fear that their interests would be sidelined in favour of other racial communities.

PH comprises PKR, DAP, Amanah and Sabah-based Upko.

Azmi said although Amanah was unable to draw the Malay-Muslim votes, disbanding or absorbing the party into PKR would not help the coalition.

“Amanah is a rival to PAS and totally different from PKR in attracting Malay votes. It should remain as is,” he said.

Oh Ei Sun of the Singapore Institute of International Affairs said Amanah enjoyed a degree of Malay-Muslim support in the urban and suburban seats but could hardly make a dent in the Malay heartlands which continue to prefer the more conservative and “hardcore” religious ethos of PAS.

“Disbanding Amanah would imply a surrender in the battle for Malay-Muslim voters but absorption into PKR and DAP would also not help as it would not make the Amanah remnants or the two parties more palatable to the same voter cohort,” he said.

To him, leaving Amanah as is was the best solution and he saw the party eventually becoming irrelevant as the “religious radicalisation” trend swamped it.

On the other hand, Azmil Tayeb of Universiti Sains Malaysia said Amanah should be absorbed into PKR because its machinery and grassroots setup left a lot to be desired especially when compared to the latter.

“Amanah is unable to compete with PAS for the same Malay voters and its affiliation with DAP is also a (contributing) factor in being unable to garner the Malay votes,” he said.

Some former Amanah bigwigs were defeated at the Nov 19 polls.

Mujahid Yusof Rawa lost in Parit Buntar to Misbahul Munir Masduki of PAS by 5,395 votes; Mahfuz Omar in Pokok Sena to Ahmad Saad @ Yahaya by 31,751 votes; Hatta Ramli in Lumut to Nordin Ahmad Ismail of Bersatu by 363 votes; and Khalid Samad, who lost to Johari Ghani (BN) in Titiwangsa by 4,632 votes.

Source: Free Malaysia Today

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Cops warn social media users against provocative content, amid uproar over TikTok clips conjuring May 13, violence

By Rex Tan

21 Nov 2022

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 21 — The police have today warned Malaysian social media users against uploading content that would threaten public safety and order, after the online public brought up clips by youths on TikTok bringing up the May 13, 1969 racial riots and violence after the 15th general election.

In a statement, Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Acryl Sani Abdullah Sani told social media users to stop misusing the platforms to spread content that are considered provocative in nature because it will cause public disturbances.

“During the 15th general election (GE15) and before the forming of the next federal government, we have warned against social media users that uploaded content that touch on racial and religious issues.

“Stern actions will be taken against users that attempt to threaten public safety and order under the Communication and Multimedia Acts and Penal Code,” said Acryl Sani.

Social media users have pointed to TikTok posts warning about a possible repeat of the deadly May 13, 1969 race riots were found on TikTok with hundred thousand of views, most of them directed against supporters of Pakatan Harapan.

Many of the videos also falsely alleged of political dominance by DAP if PH forms the federal government, carried anti-Chinese messages, and openly threatened violence.

Some also questioned the religiosity of Malay-Muslims who voted for DAP, insinuating that no Muslim would ever vote for the party.

Among the hashtags used for the posts were affiliated to Perikatan Nasional, which is also attempting to form the federal government.

During 15th general election (GE15) campaigning, Centre for Independent Journalism (CIJ)’s Social Media Monitoring Initiative to monitor hate speech said it found that race-based narratives especially espousing “Ketuanan Melayu” or Malay supremacy have ramped up ahead of the election.

Source: Malay Mail

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Pakistan

 

International Islamic Art Festival In Pakistan concludes With Message Of Peace, Love

November 21, 2022

LAHORE:

The four-day International Islamic Art Festival organised by Lahore Arts Council Alhamra and Pakistan Arts Council Karachi has ended with all the blessings and auspiciousness at Alhamra Arts Centre, the Mall.

Delegates and intellectuals, scholars, and artists from Pakistan and other Muslim countries, including Turkey, Iran, Yemen and Saudi Arabia, participated in the four-day International Islamic Art Festival.

Even on the last day of the event, seminars, exhibitions, calligraphy competitions, and other activities continued in which the participation of people in large numbers sealed the success of the Festival. While a large audience of all ages was present in the workshop on calligraphy manuscripts, Yemeni research scholar and master calligrapher Dr Zaki Ali Al Hashmi provided the training.

In addition to the workshop and exhibition, various book fairs and stalls set up in Alhamra also became the centre of public attention. Provincial Finance Minister Punjab Sardar Mohsin Leghari was the chief guest of the closing ceremony.

Source: Tribune Pakistan

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Federal Shariat Court Takes Suo Motu Notice Of Child Marriages In Balochistan

Malik Asad

November 22, 2022

ISLAMABAD: The Federal Shariat Court (FSC) while taking suo motu notice of the forced marriage of a six-year-old girl in Balochistan on Monday sought a report from the provincial government.

An FSC bench comprising Chief Justice Dr Syed Mohammad Anwer and Justice Khadim Hussain M. Shaikh took up an application regarding the forced child marriage.

When the law officer of Balochistan submitted a report regarding the incident, he was asked about the steps being taken by the provincial legislature to prevent child marriage and as well as the forced marriage.

He submitted a partial report of the Khuzdar police and social welfare department of Balochistan and expressed his ignorance of the current status of the draft law concerning the child marriages.

Seeks detailed report on legislation passed to prevent such cases

The court directed the law officer to submit a detailed report regarding such legislation and the draft for such legislation on or before next date of hearing.

Further hearing on the matter was later adjourned till Nov 28.

In another petition, the FSC dismissed the petition against House Building Finance Corporation Act.

The petition challenged Sections 28, 29 and 30 of the House Building Finance Corporation Act 1952 for being repugnant to the injunctions of Islam.

Assistant Attorney General told the court that the Act of 1952 had already been repealed vide the House Building Finance Corporation (Repeal) Act, 2018.

The court ruled that since the impugned law has already been repealed, therefore, the petition in hand became infructuous and is accordingly dismissed.

However, it noted with dismay that the law under discussion i.e. the Act of 2018 was virtually a one-liner law, yet it suffered from a serious mistake of legislative drafting, which practically defeated the very cause of its promulgation.

The state could not afford even a slightest error in drafting of laws, as it may cause serious legal complications, the court observed.

Source: Dawn

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General Qamar Bajwa’s family became billionaires in six years

Nov 22, 2022

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s outgoing army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa’s extended family became billionaires after he took command of the military in 2016, accumulating assets and businesses of more than Rs 12.7 billion within and outside the country over the past six years, said a report published on investigative website FactsFocus.

The report prompted finance minister Ishaq Dar to take notice Monday of the “illegal and unwarranted” leak of tax records of Gen Bajwa’s family members. He directed Tariq Mehmood Pasha, PM Shehbaz Sharif’s special assistant on revenue, to personally lead an immediate investigation into the violation of tax laws, breach of Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) data, affix responsibility and submit a report within 24 hours.

Citing annual tax returns and wealth statements of Gen Bajwa’s family from 2013 to 2021, the report claimed that his wife Ayesha Amjad wasn’t filing any tax returns when he became a lieutenant general, while Sabir “Mithu” Hameed, his closest friend and father-in-law of his eldest son, was an average businessman. “Everything changed for both families as they moved ahead and became one family.”

Within six years, according to the report, both families became billionaires, started an international business, purchased multiple foreign properties, started transferring capital abroad, became owners of commercial plazas, commercial plots, huge farmhouses in Islamabad and Karachi, an immense real estate portfolio in Lahore, and so on.

“The current market value of the “known” assets and businesses within Pakistan and outside accumulated by the Bajwa family during the last six years is more than Rs 12.7 billion,” the report said.

The tax records said his wife’s wealth went from zero in 2016 to Rs 2.2 billion (declared and known) in six years. It stated that the amount didn’t include residential plots, commercial plots and houses given by the army to her husband as chief of the army staff.

It alleged that the total worth of declared assets of Gen Bajwa’s daughter-in-law, Mahnoor Sabir, was zero in the last week of October 2018. It jumped to more than Rs 1,271 million just one week before her marriage on November 02, 2018.

Though Mahnoor Sabir declared these properties to the tax authorities in 2018, the filing retrospectively stated that these properties were acquired in the tax years 2014, 2015, and 2016. The declarations were made to show that every single property was purchased before Gen Bajwa became the army chief in November 2016.

These annual returns, along with the declarations for the tax year 2017, were made on September 14, 2018, and October 23, 2018. Later, declarations for the year 2018 were also submitted on December 17, 2018.

Mahnoor also became “the manager” of an oil company, Taxx Petroleum Pakistan, in November 2019. Taxx Petroleum, currently registered as an overseas company in Pakistan with its head office in Dubai, was first registered in Pakistan on November 14, 2018, and later registered in the UAE on January 16, 2019.

Incorporation documents of the company taken from Pakistan show Sabir “Mithu” Hameed, father of Mahnoor, and his brother Nasir Hameed as directors. However, Taxx Petroleum, which started its operations across Pakistan within days following its incorporation, is being run by Mahnoor from its declared head office in Dubai. Mahnoor’s LinkedIn profile lists her as a senior manager at Taxx Petroleum.

Assets of Mahnoor’s other three sisters, including a minor, and mother also grew from zero in 2016 to “billions” in the following years.

Furthermore, the tax returns of Sabir Hameed—father-in-law of Gen Bajwa’s son, Saad Siddique Bajwa—were less than a million in 2013. But “in the coming years, he became a billionaire”, the website said.

According to the publication, it was unable to obtain data about assets in the name of Gen Bajwa’s two sons. FactsFocus claimed that after the publication of the story, the traffic on its site was “disrupted”, while also claiming that the website had been “banned”.

The website had also published comprehensive stories on the “misappropriation of funds” by a number of politicians and other powerful sectors in Pakistan, including PTI chairman Imran Khan and former dictator General Pervez Musharraf.

Source: Times Of India

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Lahore High Court Summons Principal Secretaries On Plea Against Quran’s ‘Distorted’ Translation

November 21, 2022

LAHORE: The Lahore High Court (LHC) on Monday summoned principal secretaries of prime minister and chief minister Punjab in personal capacity on December 7, on a petition filed against distortions in translation of Holy Quran and its printing without permission from the Quran Board.

The court also summoned officers of relevant departments on the next date of hearing, and directed that the officers must be of grade 20 or above.

The single bench comprising Justice Shujaat Ali Khan passed the orders while hearing a petition, filed by one Hassan Muawiyah,

The petitioners’ counsel argued before the court that in a 2019 judgement, the LHC had ordered the authorities concerned to ensure that the copies of the Holy Quran were duly approved by the Quran Board before printing and uploading it on the internet.

He submitted that the court had further directed the Quran Board and others to have a vigilant eye on printing of any religious material, in particular the Holy Quran, and ensure verification of its original text and authentic meaning.

He submitted that distorted translation of the Holy Quran was being published. He submitted that the relevant authorities were not taking action against the printing press.

He pleaded with the court to direct implementation of the court orders in letter and spirit.

Source: Pakistan Today

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Pak: Three generals with India experience emerge as frontrunners for key military posts

Nov 21, 2022

By Rezaul H Laskar

New Delhi: With the Pakistan government on Monday saying the process for selecting the army chief and chairman of the joint chiefs of staff committee will be completed this week, three generals who have emerged as front-runners in the race for the posts are either considered old India hands or have played a crucial role in handling bilateral issues.

Defence minister Khawaja Asif said the process of appointing the next army chief and chairman of the joint chiefs of staff committee started on Monday and the appointments will soon be completed in line with constitutional requirements. The five or six senior-most generals will be considered for the posts and the army chief’s appointment will be completed by November 25, he told the media. The new chief will replace Gen Qamar Bajwa, who was given a three-year extension and is currently making farewell calls at various formations.

The appointments have been the source of intense speculation in Pakistan’s political circles for weeks, especially after the souring of relations between the military and former premier Imran Khan, who only recently backed down from calls that the next army chief should be appointed by the government formed after the next general election in 2023.

Khan, who was ousted in a no-confidence vote in April, has been at loggerheads with the military, which was irked by his interference in key appointments, people familiar with the matter said.

Among the three generals seen as front-runners in the race for the top two posts, Lt Gen Sahir Shamshad Mirza and Lt Gen Azhar Abbas are both considered old India hands. The third general, Lt Gen Asim Munir, was head of the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) when tensions between India and Pakistan rose following the Pulwama suicide bombing in February 2019. The people cited above said Munir was among the military decision-makers involved in shaping Pakistan’s response and security policies at that time.

Of the three generals, Munir is considered the dark horse as he is set to retire on November 27, just two days before Bajwa completes his extended tenure. He was removed as ISI chief after a brief stint of less than a year because his no-nonsense attitude and by-the-books approach reportedly did not go down well with then-prime minister Khan. A section of the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) Party favours his elevation to the post of army chief as it believes Munir can stand up to Khan, the people said.

Abbas is considered the general with the most experience in dealing with India because of his current stint as chief of general staff, which has him playing a key role in overseeing all operational matters, and his previous tenure as head of the Rawalpindi-based X Corps during 2019-21. This formation oversees operations in parts of Kashmir and Abbas was responsible on the Pakistani side for implementing the ceasefire on the Line of Control (LoC) when it was reaffirmed in February 2021.

Source: Hindustan Times

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Europe

 

Spain to bring back Spanish families from ISIS camps in Syria

21 November ,2022

Spain has decided to bring back several Spanish wives, widows, and children of ISIS fighters from detention camps in northeastern Syria, a government source said on Monday, confirming a report in El Pais newspaper.

Thousands of foreigners including women and children had gone to Syria to live in ISIS’ so-called caliphate until 2019, when US-backed Kurdish forces took the last pocket of Syrian territory from the extremists.

Fleeing women and children were housed in overcrowded detention camps run by Kurdish authorities and international charities, who had pushed for repatriations due to rising violence and dire conditions in the camps.

The source said Spain planned to repatriate before the end of the year at least three women who had asked to return to their homeland and 13 children.

The women could face prosecution in Spain, while the children’s situation will be studied on a case-by-case basis depending on their age, the source said.

Source: Al Arabiya

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‘Show of respect’: UK campaign urges medals for Afghan interpreters

November 21, 2022

LONDON: British Army veterans have launched a campaign to gain medals for local Afghan interpreters who served with UK forces during the country’s almost two-decade war, The Times reported.

Armed forces policy means that the interpreters — many of whom were among the 11,600 Afghans who relocated to Britain following the Taliban takeover — are ineligible for medals or awards.

The campaign is led by Maj. James Bolter, a Royal Logistic Corps reservist who served in Afghanistan in 2011-12, recruiting and overseeing interpreters.

Bolter is urging the government to award a medal to Nazir Ayeen, who worked for seven years as an interpreter and once translated for King Charles during a troop inspection.

Ayeen said: “We worked for the UK government in the hope we could stabilize our country but also to be protected. I translated for King Charles and my only wish from him is to look after not only my own family but others in the same situation.”

He added: “Giving us a medal would be a show of respect and open doors for other organizations such as the Royal British Legion and Help for Heroes to aid us.”

Bolter said: “It would be a very worthy recognition of what they went through, what they put their families through and what they did for their country.

“It would be heartening to see our former locally employed civilians being able to stand at their local Remembrance parades in 2023, alongside their British former colleagues, wearing their own hard-earned medals.”

Almost 5,000 interpreters once employed by Britain’s armed forces remain in limbo in Afghanistan, with the ARAP resettlement scheme struggling to process a backlog of requests.

Sara de Jong, co-founder of the Sulha Alliance, which represents interpreters, said that the government should expedite the ARAP process and bring more former interpreters to safety in Britain.

Awarding those already in the UK with medals would be a welcome boost to the community, she added.

“Symbolic recognition is very important for our community. We know from our comparative research that other countries, such as New Zealand and France, already award medals, and we have advocated for many years for the UK to follow their example,” de Jong said.

A Ministry of Defense spokesman said: “While decisions on medals are rightly independent, we are indebted to the contribution of those who served British forces in Afghanistan with professionalism and bravery.

“To date over 11,800 eligible Afghans, and their dependents, who worked with the UK armed forces under the ARAP scheme have been relocated to the UK. All applications are assessed on a case-by-case basis against all categories of eligibility, and have varying degrees of complexity which can affect how quickly they are processed.

Source: Arab News

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Germany aims for UN human rights resolution on Iran

Oliver Towfigh Nia 

21.11.2022

BERLIN

Germany is pressing for a human rights resolution on Iran to be adopted during a special session at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva later this week, a Foreign Ministry spokesperson announced on Monday.

“The federal (German) government has repeatedly expressed its concern about the massive violence being used by the Iranian security forces against the protesters and against the Iranian civilian population,” Christofer Burger told media representatives in Berlin.

“At this point, I can only reiterate our demand on the Iranian regime that violence against people who freely express their opinions and exercise their right to assembly must stop immediately. Of course, it is particularly shocking when children become victims of this completely disproportionate violence,” he added.

Burger stressed the Iranian government’s “legal obligation to protect its people” in the wake of the security crackdown following mass protests in the aftermath of the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini on Sept. 16. She had been detained by morality police for allegedly flouting Iran's strict dress code imposed on women.

“From our point of view, this is also a legal obligation for Iran to protect its population, which is why we, together with many other states, have requested a special session of the United Nations People's Council in Geneva this week,” Burger said.

“We want to pass a resolution there that condemns the procedure and decides on counter-measures. In particular, we believe that an independent investigative mission should be commissioned there to document human rights violations,” he added.

On Nov. 11, Germany and Iceland submitted a request on behalf of dozens of countries to hold a special meeting at the UN Human Rights Council on the ongoing protests.

Source: Anadolu Agency

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Man who died in UK immigration centre identified as Iraqi

November 21, 2022

LONDON: A man who died in the UK’s Manston immigration facility a week after crossing the English Channel has been identified as Iraqi, The Times reported on Monday.

The man, in his 30s, arrived in Britain on Nov. 12 but suffered organ failure following the journey by boat.

The death, the first in the high-profile immigration center, has been referred to the Independent Office for Police Conduct.

Source: Arab News

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Arab World

 

Turkish jets hit 89 PKK terrorist targets in Iraqi, Syrian border regions

Diyar Guldogan 

20.11.2022

Türkiye hit almost 90 YPG/PKK terror targets during air raids in northern regions of Iraq and Syria, near the Turkish border, the National Defense Ministry said on Sunday.

"With Operation Claw-Sword, 89 terror targets – 81 targets in the first stage and eight others this morning – including shelters, bunkers, caves, tunnels, ammunition depots, and so-called headquarters and training camps belonging to terrorists, who threaten our country, nation and border security, were destroyed," said a ministry statement.

The statement came after Türkiye early Sunday launched Operation Claw-Sword, a cross-border aerial campaign against the terrorist group YPG/PKK in northern Iraq and Syria. The ministry said the operation was carried out in line with the right of self-defense under Article 51 of the UN Charter. The terrorist YPG/PKK and PKK have illegal hideouts across the border where they plan attacks on Turkish soil.

Nearly 70 aircraft, including armed drones, took part in the operation. The warplanes took off from six different bases across Türkiye and carried out simultaneous operations against the terror targets.

Türkiye carried out a "successful operation" in the Qandil, Asos, and Hakurk regions of northern Iraq and the Arab Spring, Tal Rifat, Jazira, and Derik regions of northern Syria, it added.

While Ayn al-Arab in northern Syria was hit for the first time in an air operation, the Turkish Armed Forces simultaneously struck targets in Asos, 140 kilometers (87 miles) from the border, and Qandil, 90 km (56 mi) from the border, in northern Iraq.

Among the terrorists neutralized in the air operation were so-called leaders of the terrorist group," the ministry also said. The operation came after last Sunday's terror attack on Istanbul's crowded Istiklal Avenue that killed at least six people and left 81 injured.

It was carried out to eliminate terrorist attacks against Turkish people and security forces from northern areas of Iraq and Syria, and to ensure Türkiye's border security, the ministry said.

"After the operation, in which mostly domestic and national ammunition was used, all of our aircraft returned safely to their bases," it added.

Türkiye will continue to hold terrorists accountable: Defense minister

Türkiye will determinedly continue the fight against terrorism for the security of the country and nation until the last terrorist is neutralized, the ministry stressed.

Earlier, Turkish National Defense Minister Hulusi Akar said Türkiye will continue to hold accountable those who threaten its security.

"Our aim is to ensure the security of our 85 million citizens and our borders, and to respond to any treacherous attack on our country," Akar said.

He stressed that only terrorists and hideouts belonging to the terrorists were targeted, saying: "The claw of our Turkish Armed Forces was once again on the terrorists."

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan ordered the start of the air operation upon his return from Indonesia, where he attended a G-20 summit.

The ministry also marked World Children's Day, saying: "Even though there are those who do not want to see it, the terrorist organization PKK/YPG continues to brutally murder babies and children in this region."

The ministry shared footage on Twitter showing Turkish soldiers writing the names of Istiklal Avenue victims – 9-year-old Ecrin and 15-year-old Yagmur – on bombs used to hit terrorist targets during the operation.

"They separated Ecrin and Yagmur, the sweetest in the world, from us. We will continue to hold the child killers accountable!" the ministry said.

Source: Anadolu Agency

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Sisi and Erdogan agree that World Cup handshake will be start of new relations

21 November ,2022

Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and his Turkish counterpart Tayyip Erdogan shook hands in Qatar and described it as a new start in bilateral relations, the Egyptian presidency said in a statement on Monday, after years of tension.

The two leaders were in Qatar for the start of the World Cup soccer tournament.

Ankara’s ties with Cairo have been strained since Sisi, then Egypt’s army chief, led the 2013 ouster of Mohamed Mursi of the Muslim Brotherhood, who was strongly supported by Erdogan.

The two countries started consultations between senior foreign ministry officials last year amid a push by Turkey to ease tensions with Egypt, the UAE, Israel, and Saudi Arabia.

Source: Al Arabiya

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Saudi Islamic minister awarded most influential personality shield for 2022

November 21, 2022

SAO PAULO — In a plenary session, the Standing Commission of the Islamic Call Center for Latin America and the Caribbean Sea Countries has unanimously awarded Saudi Arabia's Minister of Islamic Affairs, Call and Endowment Dr. Abdullatif Al Al-Shiekh the most influential personality shield 2022.

The minister was awarded for his efforts in confronting hatred, spreading tolerance and consolidating moderate values of Islam and in recognition of his prominent role in staying steadfast against fanatics and extremists through a rich career spanning more than 35 years.

Source: Saudi Gazette

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Russia calls on Turkey to show ‘restraint’ in Syria

22 November ,2022

Russia on Tuesday said it hoped Turkey would exercise “restraint” and refrain from “any excessive use of force” in Syria, where Ankara has carried out air strikes and is threatening to launch a ground offensive against Kurdish fighters.

“We hope to convince our Turkish colleagues to refrain from resorting to excessive use of force on Syrian territory” to “avoid the escalation of tensions,” Alexander Lavrentyev, Russian President Vladimir Putin’s special envoy on Syria, told reporters in Astana.

Turkey on Sunday launched a series of air raids targeting bases of outlawed Kurdish militants across northern Syria and Iraq.

At least 37 people were killed in the strikes, according to a report by Britain-based monitoring group the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

“Russia has for months ... done everything possible to prevent any large-scale ground operation,” Lavrentyev said in the Kazakh capital, which is hosting a tripartite meeting between Russia, Turkey and Iran on Syria.

The three countries are major players in the war in Syria, which has claimed nearly half a million lives since 2011.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has been threatening to launch a new military operation in northern Syria since May.

“We will make those who disturb us on our territory pay,” he said on Monday, adding that consultations were ongoing “to decide the level of force that should be used by our ground forces.”

The Turkish air offensive, codenamed Operation Claw-Sword, came a week after a blast in central Istanbul killed six people and wounded 81, an attack Turkey has blamed on the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK).

Source: Al Arabiya

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Thousands in north Syria attend funerals of Turkish raids victims

21 November ,2022

Thousands attended Monday the funerals of 11 people killed in Turkish strikes in northeastern Syria targeting Kurdish militants, an AFP correspondent said.

“The martyrs are not dead,” the mourners chanted, and “Long live Rojava” – the name Kurds in Syria give to their region.

Turkey hit dozens of targets in northern Syria as well as northern Iraq overnight into Sunday, a week after a deadly attack in Istanbul which Ankara has blamed on the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK).

Kurdish groups and authorities have denied responsibility for the November 13 attack that killed six people.

The Turkish offensive against the bases of outlawed Kurdish militants, codenamed Operation Claw-Sword, killed at least 35 people, according to the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

The overnight raids targeted border areas in Syria controlled by the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), including Kobane in the north and Al-Malikiyah in the far northeast.

Thousands gathered Monday to bury Al-Malikiyah’s 11 victims, including a journalist working for a Kurdish news agency, with the bodies draped in the red-white-and-green Kurdish flag, the AFP correspondent said.

The strikes on the small city also destroyed a nearby power plant, according to the Observatory, which relies on a wide network of sources in Syria.

“We urge the world, all those who care about human rights and the great powers” to press Turkey to stop its strikes that “target us with planes and drones,” a mourner named Shaaban, 58, told AFP during the funerals.

The SDF said one of its fighters had been killed, as well as 11 civilians and 15 Syrian regime soldiers, while the Observatory said the 35 deaths included 18 Kurdish or allied forces and 16 regime soldiers.

On Monday, in an apparent retaliation against Ankara, rockets fired from Syria hit Turkey’s border town of Karkamis, killing three people including a child, according to the Turkish interior minister.

Turkey has launched waves of attacks on Syria since 2016 targeting Kurdish militias as well as ISIS, and Ankara and forces backed by it have seized territory along the Syrian border.

Source: Al Arabiya

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World Food Program to allocate $5.4 bln for Lebanon over 3 years: Caretaker PM

21 November ,2022

The World Food Program has agreed to allocate $5.4 billion for aid to Lebanon over the next three years, Lebanese caretaker Prime Minister Najib Mikati said on Monday, following a meeting with the agency’s country director.

Mikati said the aid would be split, with half going to Lebanese and the other half to Syrian refugees, more than 1 million of whom live in Lebanon.

Source: Al Arabiya

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Bahrain’s king asks crown prince to form new cabinet

21 November ,2022

Bahrain’s King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa reappointed Crown Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa as prime minister and asked him to form a new cabinet on Monday, state news agency (BNA) reported.

Prince Salman had submitted the resignation of the old cabinet earlier, which the king accepted.
Source: Al Arabiya

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HTS terrorists creating weapons depots in refugee camps in Syria’s Idlib, Russia’s Defence Ministry says

21 November 2022

The Russian Defense Ministry has warned that members of the Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) terrorist outfit are stockpiling various types of weapons at two refugee camps in Syria’s northwestern province of Idlib, amid reports that the extremists are also planning to stage false-flag attacks against civilians in coordination with the so-called civil defense group White Helmets.

“The Russian Center for Reconciliation of Opposing Sides in Syria has received reports about deterioration of the humanitarian situation in Harim and Salkim refugee camps in Idlib province,” the deputy head of the center, Major General Oleg Yegorov, said.

He added, “According to the available information, Hayat Tahrir al-Sham militants have created weapons depots at both camps.”

Yegorov noted that the terrorists do not allow representatives from international organizations to access the refugee camps in order to conceal their activities.

“The militants’ actions pose a direct threat to the lives of refugees and are another example of how terrorists use civilians as a human shield,” he stressed.

Last week, the Russian Center for Reconciliation of Opposing Sides in Syria said Hayat Tahrir al-Sham terrorists, in cooperation with White Helmets representatives, intended to carry out acts of provocation in the Idlib de-escalation zone.

Yegorov said at the time that the false-flag attacks were meant to incriminate Syrian government forces and Russian troops and accuse them of operations against populated areas and civilian facilities.

On October 13, HTS terrorists took over a strategic town in northwest Syria following days of clashes with several militant groups, who were controlling the area.

Local sources said the Takfiris entered the town of Afrin after its former rulers withdrew their forces.

The HTS, by far the strongest remaining militant group in Aleppo, has allied with former foes, including the Hamzah Division, Sultan Suleiman Shah Division, Ahrar al-Sham and the remnants of the Nour al-Din al-Zenki Movement, all terror outfits belonging to the so-called Syrian National Army.

Afrin has been under control of Turkey and its allied militant groups since 2018, following a Turkey-backed military operation that pushed Syrian Kurdish fighters and thousands of Kurdish residents from the area.
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India

 

Muslim Leaders Remind KCR Of Unfulfilled Vows Made To Muslims, Before The Formation Of Telangana

Nov 21, 2022

Hyderabad: All India Muslim Organisations, on Sunday, organised a round table conference in the city to urge the Telangana government to fulfil promises made to Muslims, before the formation of the state.

The conference was attended by Muslim leaders, scholars and intellectuals who discussed the present situation of minorities in state and drew CM KCR’s attention to his promises which were made to Muslims prior to polls.

Source: Times Of India

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Inter-Faith Couple Apply for Marriage in Karnataka, Hindu Groups Suspect 'Love Jihad'

NOVEMBER 22, 2022

Hindu organisations have raised objections to an interfaith couple applying for marriage at a sub-registrar’s office here, suspecting it to be a “love jihad" case.

The incident came to light after the office of registrar invited objections, if any, to the marriage as part of the normal procedure. It had given 30 days’ time to register disapproval.

According to sources, the girl is a resident of Darbe near Puttur town in Dakshina Kannada and she is currently staying in Bengaluru. The man is 44-year-old Sheik Mohammad Saleem, a resident of Nyapanahalli in Bengaluru. Both had applied for marriage at a sub-registrar’s office.

Source: News18

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Communal Harmony: Muslims Unite To Revive 600-Year-Old Lavil Siva Temple in UP

22nd November 2022

By M A Rajeev Kumar

KANNUR:  In yet another example of communal harmony in the state, the Muslim community in Chengalayi panchayat has extended support to revive a 600-year-old Lord Siva temple, which is nearly in ruins, at Therlayi Island.

The Lavil Siva Temple has been in a dilapidated state for years with those managing the temple struggling to find enough resources to even conduct daily rituals. “Not many devotees come to the temple regularly,” said V M Gireesh, executive officer of the temple. Only three of the 140 families inhabiting the island are Hindus. The rest are Muslims. “To generate revenue, devotees from outside the island need to visit the place. So, we are planning to include the temple in the tourism development package of Irikkur constituency,” said V M Mohanan, Chengalayi panchayat president.

“The six-century-old temple has to be revived. Once the place is included in the tourism project, its condition will improve,” he said.Gireesh said paucity of funds is the major issue. “We need around Rs 25-30 lakh for giving the temple a facelift,” he said.When the Muslim families heard of the revival attempt, they extended their wholehearted support.

IUML to back temple devpt, give assistance

“Weeds and bushes had taken over the road leading to the temple. With the help of the Therlayi branch Muslim League committee members and around 15 families, we cleared the road. Some of the families even parted with a portion of their land to widen the road,” said ward member and Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) Irikkur constituency secretary Moosankutty Therlayi.

“Youth League state president Sayyid Munavvar Ali Shihab Thangal had asked us to be a part of the revival attempt. He is planning to visit the island and extend the party’s support to the revival attempts of the temple authorities,” said Moosankutty.

Source: New Indian Express

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Divorce by talaq: Kerala HC orders Rs31.68 lakh as maintenance to former wife

Nov 21, 2022

KOCHI: The Kerala High Court has ordered a Muslim man who divorced his wife of over five years by pronouncing talaq to pay Rs31.68 lakhs towards maintenance.

Justice Kauser Edappagath issued the order after considering a petition (NCN 2022/KER/64305) filed by a 33-year-old woman from Malayidam Thuruth near Kizhakkambalam through advocate A Rajasimhan.

The petitioner got married to a man from Palliamkara near Kalamassery, who is presently aged 38 years, in June 2008 and a male child was born to them. She was divorced in December 2013 by pronouncing talaq.

She filed a petition before an additional sessions court, under section 3 of the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Divorce) Act, 1986 claiming Rs1 crore towards reasonable and fair provision for the future, Rs1,50,000 towards maintenance during ‘iddat’ period, for returning 70 grams of gold given as ‘mahr’, and Rs1,41,680 as the value of 56 grams of gold given by her parents but taken away by her husband.

While the petitioner claimed that the man, who was a lab technician at a government healthcare institution in Qatar, had a salary of Rs2,00,000, he contended that his salary was Rs60,000. After conducting a trial, the lower court held that the man had a salary of Rs2,00,000, relying on the woman’s testimony that she had seen his salary certificate issued for applying for family status visa while living with him in Doha. The court found that the woman and her child need at least Rs33,000 per month for their livelihood. Reckoning the said amount for a period of 8 years, the magistrate granted Rs31.68 lakhs as fair and reasonable provision and maintenance under section 3.

The order was challenged by the man before the Sessions Court, Ernakulam and it was set aside after considering a salary certificate produced by him.

After considering the petition, the high court said it is trite that the status of parties, capacity of former husband to pay maintenance, and other attendant circumstances should be kept in mind while fixing the reasonable and fair provision of maintenance. The amount must be enough to take care of the future needs of a woman in the prevailing socio-economic scenario, the court said citing two earlier decisions of the high court (Seenath Vs. Iqbal and Another, 2009 and Aboobacker CK Vs. Rahiyanath and Another, 2008).

Source: Times Of India

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Pakistan High Commission issues visas to Indian pilgrims for visit to Shadani Darbar

Nov 21, 2022

NEW DELHI: Pakistan High Commission in New Delhi issued 100 visas to Indian Hindu pilgrims to attend the 314th Birth Anniversary celebrations of Shiv Avtari Satguru Sant Shadaram Sahib, at Shadani Darbar Hayat Pitafi, Sindh.

Shiv Avtari Satguru Sant Shadaram Sahib's birth celebrations are scheduled to be held in Pakistan from November 22 to December 3.

Taking to Twitter, Pakistan High Commission said, "Today, Pakistan High Commission in New Delhi issued 100 visas to Indian Hindu pilgrims for visiting their religious sites in Pakistan."

"The Group of Indian Hindu pilgrims is visiting Pakistan to participate in the 314th Birth Anniversary celebrations of Shiv Avtari Satguru Sant Shadaram Sahib, at Shadani Darbar Hayat Pitafi, Sindh from 22 November to 03 December 2022," it added.

Shadani Darbar is an over three hundred years old temple and is a sacred place for Hindu devotees from across the globe. The Shadani Darbar was founded in 1786 by Sant Shadaram Sahib, born in Lahore in 1708, according to the statement released by Pakistan High Commission in India.

Earlier, the Pakistan High Commission issued nearly 3,000 visas to Indian Sikh pilgrims to attend the week-long birth celebrations of Guru Nanak, which took place from November 6-15.

Under the Pakistan-India Protocol on Visits to Religious Shrines of 1974, thousands of Sikh and Hindu pilgrims from India visit Pakistan to attend various religious festivals/occasions every year. Visas issued by the Pakistan High Commission are in addition to the visas granted to Hindu and Sikh pilgrims participating in these events from other countries, as per the statement.

Source: Times Of India

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South Asia

 

Afghanistan: Lack of teachers, academic facilities frustrate students in Kabul under Taliban regime

November 21, 2022

Kabul: Students in the Khaki Jabbar district of Kabul have expressed their misgivings over the lack of academic facilities and teachers, complaining that the situation has made it difficult for them to pursue education, TOLOnews reported.

The students further stated that there is a lack of proper space for them to study amid the approaching winter. Teachers said that up until now, the Ministry of Education has not paid heed to demands of addressing the students' basic needs, especially academic buildings in the area. "We ask them to build structures for us because even when it rains, we sit here," said Hasib, a student.

"The shop was cold, we came out. Here, the ground is wet. We demand that they raise buildings for us. It's cold here, we can't study, we all get sick here," Mohammad, another student, told TOLOnews.

"It is tough to depend on institutions. If this contract is terminated in future, this school will be left with no fate," said Faisal, a teacher.

Since the Taliban seized power in Kabul last year, the human rights situation has been worsened in the face of a nationwide economic, financial and humanitarian crisis on unprecedented scale.

Source: Times Of India

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Bangladesh suspends five policemen after two Islamist death row convicts whisked away from court premises

ANISUR RAHMAN

21 November, 2022

Dhaka, Nov 21 (PTI) Authorities in Bangladesh on Monday suspended five policemen, including a court inspector and ordered a manhunt to recapture the two death row Islamist militants, who were whisked away from a court premises here under dramatic circumstances a day earlier.

Two Islamist militants, who were sentenced to death for killing prominent Bangladeshi-American secular blogger Avijit Roy and his publisher, escaped dramatically from the premises of a crowded court here on Sunday with the help of unidentified bikers who sprayed some chemical substance on police and created a smoke screen before whisking away the convicts.

“Five policemen including the court inspector have been suspended for their apparent failure while investigations are underway,” Dhaka metropolitan police’s detective branch chief Mohammad Harunur Rashid told the media.

He said an investigation was underway to unearth the reason behind the incident and identities of those who whisked away these two convicts.

The Home Ministry on Sunday ordered a probe, while the police constituted a four-member panel to investigate into the incident while elite anti-crime Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) launched a separate review.

Bangladesh Police have also announced a 2 million Taka (approx USD 19,428) for tip-offs leading to the convicts’ recapture.

Police and court officials said Moinul Hasan Shamim and Abu Siddiq Sohel — who were among four operatives of the outlawed terrorist group Ansarullah Bangla Team (ABT) being escorted to transition prison room following an indictment hearing in a different case — escaped the court premises with the help of some unidentified motorcycle-borne men.

“Within moments the miscreants appeared in the scene from nowhere and sprayed some chemicals on police guards that temporarily blinded them before whisking away the convicts,” a police official said.

CCTV footage aired by TV channels showed two motor bikers wearing helmets carrying the two militants through a narrow road in front of the Dhaka Metropolitan Judges Court complex, while a plainclothesman was seen chasing them.

“The prisoners were just handcuffed, their legs were not shackled, a usual protective measure for dangerous criminals or militants,” a court official said.

Hours after the incident, home minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal told reporters that a nationwide alert has been issued to recapture them and an investigation launched to ascertain how the event took place.

Roy, an outspoken critic of religious fundamentalism, was hacked to death with machetes by ABT militants just after he left a book fair at the Dhaka University on February 26, 2015.

His wife Rafida Ahmed was also injured in the attack.

The terrorist group also hacked to death his publisher Dipan in November the same year at his office at Dhaka’s Shahbagh area.

Dhaka’s Anti-Terrorism Special Tribunal court sentenced five militants to death in the Roy murder case, while eight Islamists were sentenced to death for killing Dipan.

Bangladesh witnessed an alarming rise of militant activities in 2015 when four “atheist” bloggers were murdered with authorities attributing the attacks to homegrown terrorists while Islamic State at that time had claimed responsibility for three attacks.

A 2016 cafe attack was the worst of the militant assaults when 22 people, including 17 foreigners, were killed, sparking a global uproar while a court subsequently sentenced seven of the eight suspects to death.

Source: The Print

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Yesterday’s Military Men, Today’s Coal Mining Workers; Mine Collapse Kills 2 Miners

By Saqalain Eqbal

November 21, 2022

Two military men of the fallen Afghan government, who worked at a coal mine in the northern province of Afghanistan after the Taliban’s takeover of the country, died after the mine collapsed, local sources said.

According to the sources, the mine disastrous mine collapse took place in the Shin Dara coal mine in the Nahrin district of Baghlan province in northern Afghanistan on Saturday evening, November 19.

The dead remains of these two coal mine workers have still not been retrieved and are still buried beneath the rubble as there is a danger that the mine would slide, making it impossible and extremely challenging for them to be dragged up while resulting in additional casualties.

According to the sources, both victims were former military personnel who turned to work in the coal mine for subsistence after the government was overthrown and the Taliban administration was installed.

The Taliban Baghlan police chief’s spokesman, Sher Ahmad Burhani, confirmed the tragedy and stated that efforts are being made to recover the dead bodies.

As people with no experience were recruited for mining, the Taliban official said that irregular and non-standard mining practices were the main reason the mine collapsed.

Source: Khaama Press

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Mideast


Israel crimes won’t deter Palestinians from treading path of resistance, Islamic Jihad says

22 November 2022

A senior leader of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad resistance movement has denounced the fatal shooting of a Palestinian student during a raid by Israeli forces on the northern occupied West Bank city of Jenin, terming repeated Israeli assaults as a futile attempt to stop Palestinian resistance.

Ahmed al-Modallal said Israeli forces’ and settlers’ recurrent assaults and acts of aggression across the occupied West Bank will never discourage Palestinians from treading the path of resistance.

“Ever since the martyrdom of Izz ad-Din al-Qassam, Jenin has been the scene of Palestinians’ resistance and struggles [against Israel]. The Jenin Brigades is now brandishing the flag of resilience and has evolved from a group to a popular revolutionary movement,” Modallal said.

The high-ranking Islamic Jihad leader emphasized that Israel is now facing frequent crises due to resistance operations and Jenin has turned into a nightmare for the regime.

“In light of the possibility of the formation of a far-right Israeli cabinet, we (resistance forces) are preparing for a fierce battle and confrontation. The resistance front is constantly developing its weapons and beefing up its military might,” Modallal noted.

He stated that resistance fighters are strong-minded to continue their struggle against the occupying Israeli regime and expand their combat capabilities.

“The resistance front has all options on the table to deal with the Israeli enemy. It will never retreat from its path to defend the Palestinian land, nation and their sanctities,” Modallal said.

The Palestinian Ministry of Health said Mahmoud al-Saadi, 18, was killed by the Israeli army on Monday in the northern occupied West Bank city of Jenin. He was shot in the stomach.

At least four other Palestinians were wounded after being shot, according to the ministry and local journalists.

The Palestinian Ministry of Education mourned Saadi in a statement. It said he was a student at the Farhat Hashad Boys Secondary School in Jenin and that he had been killed on his way to school.

Israeli forces have recently been conducting overnight raids and killings in the northern occupied West Bank, mainly in the cities of Jenin and Nablus, where new groups of Palestinian resistance fighters have been formed.

Since the start of 2022, Israeli forces have killed at least 199 Palestinians, including 47 children, in the West Bank, occupied East al-Quds and the Gaza Strip.

According to the United Nations, the number of Palestinians killed by Israel in the occupied West Bank this year is the highest it has been in 16 years.

Source: Press TV

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Rayeesi: Supporting Terrorists Not Beneficial to US, European States

2022-November-21

“The enemy, which has been wounded by the Islamic Revolution, is using a hybrid war to disrupt the country’s advances by undermining its security, economy, education, and production,” Rayeesi said while addressing a cabinet session on Sunday.

Referring to the explicit support lent to terrorists and rioters in Iran by the United States, France and some other European countries, the Iranian president warned, “Supporting terrorism definitely would not be to their benefit.”

He also tasked the foreign ministry to use diplomatic and legal channels to take necessary measures for thwarting and countering seditions designed and pursued from abroad.

“Dealing with the rioters in a firm manner and preventing further damage to people’s lives and property by terrorists and rioters is a public demand, which must be met immediately,” the president added.

Rayeesi noted that security, judicial and police authorities shoulder a major responsibility for protecting people’s security and safeguarding the country’s assets.

In recent days, several people, including civilian and security forces, were martyred and wounded in separate terror attacks in three provinces of Iran.

Earlier, a heavily-armed assailant killed 15 people and wounded 19 others in an attack on Shah Cheragh, as pilgrims were visiting the holy site.

Iranian officials have stressed Tehran's resolve to punish the perpetrators and masterminds of the bloody attacks.

The tragic incidents came as protests erupted in several cities across Iran over the death of Mahsa Amini, a 22-year-old Iranian woman who fainted at a police station in mid-September and days later was pronounced dead at a hospital. The demonstrations soon turned violent.

An official report by Iran’s Legal Medicine Organization announced that Amini’s controversial death was caused by an illness rather than alleged blows to the head or other vital body organs.

Iranian officials blame Western countries for orchestrating the riots to destabilize the country.

Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei has severely censured the deadly riots, saying they were orchestrated in advance by the United States and the Israeli regime.

“I state it clearly that these developments were planned by America, the Zionist regime and their acolytes. Their main problem is with a strong and independent Iran and the country’s progress. The Iranian nation proved to be fairly strong during recent events and will bravely come onto the scene wherever necessary in the future,” he added.

Iranian officials have blamed the United States, the European Unions, and several Western states for meddling in Iran's internal affairs over the death of Mahsa. They advised the US and its allies against "opportunism and instrumentalization of the issue of human rights" by misusing the incident.

Source: Fars News Agency

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FM Spokesman: Iran Not to Bow to IAEA Pressures

2022-November-21

Speaking on Sunday about a recent anti-Iran resolution passed by the IAEA Board of Governors, Kana’ani said the nuclear agency’s resolution was put on the agenda of the US and its three European allies “in order to mount pressure on the Islamic Republic of Iran".

“The resolution was adopted despite the fact that Iran has the most transparent peaceful nuclear program in the world compared to other [countries’] facilities that are under the agency’s oversight and has undergone the highest number of inspections and verifications,” he added.

The spokesperson noted that Iran had warned the Western states about the consequences of this “illogical and destructive” measure.

“Unfortunately, instrumental use of international organizations against independent countries has turned into a norm in the West’s foreign policy,” the diplomat stressed.

The foreign ministry official asserted that Iran will never give in to pressures, stating, “Iran will go on with its peaceful nuclear program proportionate to its own needs and in line with its rights and obligations under international treaties to which it is a member.”

Iranian officials have condemned as unconstructive and political the anti-Tehran resolution, and emphasized that the country's nuclear program will never be pushed back by these actions. They say Tehran will take reciprocal countermeasures against the UN nuclear agency's destructive move.

The draft resolution, ratified on Thursday, has criticized Iran for what it called a lack of cooperation with the nuclear agency. It was put forward by the United States, Britain, France and Germany, in continuation of their political pressures on Iran. Russia and China voted against the motion.

Tehran has asked the IAEA to avoid politicizing the issue and focus on technical aspects in line with the organization’s mandate.

Iran has turned off a number of IAEA’s cameras which were functioning outside the Safeguards Agreement since early June after the IAEA Board of Governors passed a resolution that accused the country of not cooperating with the UN body.

Iran has always had full cooperation with the IAEA and allowed it to visit the country’s nuclear sites, but calls the nuclear agency's approach unconstructive and destructive.

Back in September, AEOI Spokesman Behrouz Kamalvandi stated that Tehran has fully cooperated with the IAEA about three sites in question inside the country, adding that detection of nuclear traces at Iranian sites does not mean Tehran has undeclared nuclear material.

"Iran has been fully cooperative regarding the three alleged sites brought up by the nuclear watchdog and has sent information and answers to the nuclear agency's questions and has also held meetings to resolve the ambiguity," the AEOI spokeperson asserted.

Source: Fars News Agency

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Iran Summons UK Envoy for Fourth Time in Weeks over Embassy Safety

2022-November-21

The Foreign Ministry’s Director-General of the Protocol Department reminded the British envoy of the UK government’s obligations as per the 1961 Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations and the 1963 Vienna Convention on Consular Relations.

The Iranian official then conveyed to the UK diplomat Tehran’s vehement protest at the British police’s inefficiency and inability to prevent the attack on its embassy.

The new development came after a violent group attacked the building of Tehran’s embassy in London and insulted the sacred flag of the Islamic Republic of Iran.

The British ambassador, for his part, expressed regret over the incident, adding that he will convey Iran’s protest to London.

Shercliff also expressed hope that such incidents would not take place in the future.

In October, Tehran summoned the British diplomat to voice its vehement protest at London’s interference in the country’s internal affairs and the UK new sanctions against Iran.

Anti-Iran rioters have in recent weeks gathered in front of Tehran’s embassies and consulates in some cities around the world, with some clashes reported between them and host countries’ police.

Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Nasser Kana'ani has stated that there is an undeniable link between assaults on Tehran's embassies in Europe and the West's political support for rioters in Iran.

"Recently there were similar violent attacks on our diplomatic missions in Europe. The link between such assaults and West's political support for rioters is undeniable," the spokesperson said in October.

Source: Fars News Agency

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Tehran Calls on Iraq Not to Turn into Platform for Attacks on Iran

2022-November-21

"Tehran expects that there will be no threat to Iran's security from Iraq," Kana'ani told reporters on Monday, adding, "Iraq must not be used as the place and point of threats against Iran."

"We expect that the Iraqi government and the local officials of the Kurdish region will fulfill their international responsibilities and fulfill the obligations they gave in the framework of bilateral negotiations with the relevant authorities of Iran," the spokesperson noted.

The senior diplomat stated that "this did not happen despite the repeated promises we received from the authorities of the Iraqi government and the region".

"As a result, Iran is acting based on its legal rights to protect the security of borders," Kana'ani continued.

"Unfortunately, Iran's expectations have not been met so far," he said.

"Iran believes in respecting the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Iraq and this issue is very important to us. At the same time, the separatist and terrorist groups that are inside the territory of Iraq violated the sovereignty of Iraq with these terrorist actions before violating the security of Iran and its border guards and citizens," the official added.

The Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) has in recent weeks launched a series of aerial operations on the headquarters of Iraqi Kurdistan-based terrorist groups.

The military operation came after the illegal entry of armed teams linked with the Kurdish terrorist groups into the Iranian border cities in recent months.

The IRGC Ground Force has announced that the operations against terror bases will continue until all anti-Iran separatist and terrorist outfits holed up in the rugged mountainous area lay down their arms and surrender.

The Permanent Mission of Iran to the UN has announced that diplomacy has failed to bring an end to the presence of terrorists in Kurdistan region and the terror activities in the Arab country has left Tehran with no other option but to use military force against them.

In mid-October, the Permanent Mission of Iran to the UN sent a letter to the head of the Security Council to elaborate on Tehran’s reasons for its recent military operation against terrorist groups in Northern Iraq, explaining that terrorists have used Iraqi territory to carry out armed attacks against civilians and Iran's infrastructure.

The Iranian Armed Forces, specially the IRGC, have repeatedly warned that they will never tolerate the presence and activity of terrorist groups along the Northwestern border and will give strong and decisive responses in case of anti-security activities.

The IRGC has on countless occasions attacked and destroyed terrorist hideouts in the Kurdistan region with artillery fire, missiles and drones.

Source: Fars News Agency

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OIC condemns Israel’s closure of Ibrahimi Mosque

November 22, 2022

JEDDAH: The Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) denounced in the strongest words the closure of the Ibrahimi mosque in holy Al-Quds by Israeli forces.

In a statement, the Secretariat General of OIC condemned the Israeli act of preventing worshippers to enter to the Ibrahimi mosque and Moazin to call for prayers through microphones as usual.

Source: The News Pakistan

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IRGC Continues Anti-Terror Military Operation in Iraq's Kurdistan

2022-November-21

The IRGC Ground Force launched a fresh round of missile and drone attacks on the headquarter of Democratic Party of Iranian Kurdistan (PDKI) and the Komala Party in Iraq’s Kurdistan Region in the early hours of Monday.

According to reports, one attack saw four missiles being fired against a PDKI position in the town of Koy Sanjaq in the region's Erbil Province.

A separate attack featured kamikaze drones smashing into another site belonging to the group near the Baharka Village elsewhere in the region.

Simultaneously, kamikaze drones struck bases associated with Komala across two locations near the city of Sulaymaniyah in the region.

Earlier, the IRGC announced it is bolstering its forces in Iran’s Northwestern region to combat separatist groups and firmly confront terrorist outfits in the restive area.

“Following the movements of villains and anti-Iran separatist terrorist groups in the Northwest of the country, and the creation of villainy and insecurity in some areas, the Hamzeh Seyed Al-Shohada Base of the IRGC Ground Force, by strengthening its own forces within the scope of the mission’s geography and taking advantage of the cooperation of the valiant local people, embarks on resolutely confronting insecurity factors in the region,” the statement said.

“While emphasizing that we consider the security of the region and the honorable and valiant people of the border provinces of the Northwest as our red line, we strongly warn the armed villains and mercenary terrorists of the global arrogance that in case they press ahead with their villainy and create insecurity and disturbance for the people, the combatants of Hamzeh Seyed al-Shohada Base and other security forces will put decisive action against them on the agenda,” it added.

The statement stressed that the enemies of the Iranian nation have experienced many times that the brave forces of the IRGC, alongside the valiant people of the region, have neutralized the plots of mercenary groups of global arrogance and protected lasting security and stability.

The IRGC has in recent weeks launched a series of aerial operations on the headquarters of Iraqi Kurdistan-based terrorist groups. Military officials have warned that the IRGC will definitely hit more positions of terrorists in the next military operations.

The Permanent Mission of Iran to the UN has said diplomacy has failed to bring an end to the presence of terrorists in Kurdistan region and the terror activities in the Arab country has left Tehran with no other option but to use military force against them.

In mid-October, the Permanent Mission of Iran to the UN sent a letter to the head of the Security Council to elaborate on Tehran’s reasons for its recent military operation against terrorist groups in Northern Iraq, explaining that terrorists have used Iraqi territory to carry out armed attacks against civilians and Iran's infrastructure.

The operation came after the illegal entry of armed teams linked with the Kurdish terrorist groups into the Iranian border cities in recent months.

The IRGC Ground Force has announced that the operations against terror bases will continue until all anti-Iran separatist and terrorist outfits holed up in the rugged mountainous area lay down their arms and surrender.

The Iranian Armed Forces, specially the IRGC, have repeatedly warned that they will never tolerate the presence and activity of terrorist groups along the Northwestern border and will give strong and decisive responses in case of anti-security activities.

The IRGC has on countless occasions attacked and destroyed terrorist hideouts in the Kurdistan region with artillery fire, missiles and drones.

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Iran to enrich Uranium to 60 pct purity at Fordow nuclear site: Report

22 November ,2022

Iran has started enriching Uranium to 60 percent purity at Fordow nuclear site using IR6 centrifuges, Iran’s SNN network reported on Tuesday, in a response to a resolution passed by the UN nuclear watchdog ordering more cooperation from Tehran.

Iran will also be building a new set of centrifuges at the site, the network reported. The International Atomic Energy Agency’s (IAEA) 35-nation Board of Governors on Thursday passed a resolution ordering Iran to cooperate urgently with the agency’s investigation into uranium traces found at three undeclared sites, diplomats at the closed-door vote said.

Source: Al Arabiya

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Israeli army kill Palestinian high school student in West Bank: Medics

21 November ,2022

Medics said the Israeli army shot dead a Palestinian high school student when forces carried out an arrest raid on a flashpoint town in the occupied West Bank on Monday.

A military spokesperson said troops in Jenin detained a man suspected of gun ambushes, and that they returned fire, hitting at least one person, after they said Palestinians shot at them and threw explosive devices.

Medics said a high school student was killed in the morning incident. The Palestinian education ministry said he was on his way to school at the time.

Local residents said the man arrested surrendered after troops surrounded his house and fired at it.
Source: Al Arabiya

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Africa

Morocco ex-human rights minister in jail after ‘adultery’ video appeal

22 November ,2022

A Moroccan former rights minister who became an outspoken government critic was imprisoned Monday after a court upheld his three-year sentence, his son and a judicial source said.

Mohamed Ziane, 79, had gone on trial last year after he accused the kingdom’s security services of faking a video purporting to show him in a compromising situation with a married woman in a hotel room.

The video caused a scandal, but Ziane accused the head of the police and Morocco’s domestic security forces, Abdellatif Hammouchi, of faking the footage.

The interior ministry in January last year filed a complaint accusing him of criminally “disseminating false accusations.”

Ziane’s son, lawyer Ali Reda Ziane, defended his father and told AFP “he was transferred to El Arjat prison (near Rabat). He was not even notified legally and he never appeared” before the court.

“He was convicted (by the Rabat appeals court) for all possible and imaginable charges, it’s an aberration the likes of which I've never seen,” Ali Reda Ziane said.

In a statement, the prosecutor's office confirmed that “on the instruction of the public prosecutor (officers) arrested the person concerned and detained him in accordance with the provisions of the appeal decision.”

Ziane was charged under the complaint filed by the Moroccan interior ministry on 11 counts, including “insulting public officials and the judiciary,” “defamation,” “adultery” and “sexual harassment.”

He was sentenced in February to three years in prison and fined 5,000 dirham ($464) but was released.

Mohamed Ziane was human rights minister between 1995 and 1996. The well-connected figure was also the government’s lawyer in the 1990s.

Source: Al Arabiya

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Al-Shabaab blockades exacerbating humanitarian crisis in Somalia

Mohammed Dhaysane 

18.11.2022

MOGADISHU, Somalia

An ongoing blockade by al-Shabaab insurgents in parts of Somalia is worsening the humanitarian situation in the Horn of Africa country.

Bakool in southwestern Somalia is one of the worst drought-affected regions. It has been under an al-Shabaab blockade for more than a decade, with the only means of reaching people in need of humanitarian assistance being by air or using donkey carts to transport food.

Adam Ali, a 38-year-old businessman and father of eight who is currently in the capital Mogadishu, told Anadolu Agency that the people in the region are in dire condition.

The blockade is worsening and families have been suffering under a devastating drought for the past four years, said Ali, adding that the drought is the worst he has ever seen.

“I have a lot of family there, was born and raised there, and I know the situation. The people in the region are facing a double-edged sword – the drought and the al-Shabaab blockade,” he said.

“If the government in Mogadishu and the state government continue to ignore how bad the humanitarian restrictions and blockade are, a lot of people will die of hunger or drought-related illnesses and malnutrition,” he added.

Omar Atu, mayor of Bakool’s provincial capital Hudur, told Anadolu Agency that al-Shabaab terrorists last week torched more than four donkey carts carrying much-needed food supplies to the region.

The neighboring region of Gedo has also been affected by the al-Shabaab blockade and humanitarian restrictions.

Ali Yussuf Abdullahi, spokesperson for Gedo’s regional administration, told Anadolu Agency that although the situation there is different, they have seen al-Shabaab terrorists restricting humanitarian activities.

The terrorists also killed several engineers who were digging a water well in the region, he said.

He said the terror group’s main aim is to pressure the local population into abandoning their support for the government.

“The terrorist group is hurting people by stopping humanitarian aid from reaching the areas they control and imposing a blockade on government-controlled areas,” he said.

“Two months ago, the group killed 11 people who were engineers, including foreigners, just because they were building and digging a water well,” he added.

The Hiran region, which has seen an uprising after al-Shabaab terrorists destroyed water wells and burned vehicles carrying food supplies, has also been affected, although the government said it had liberated large parts of the region from the group.

Mahas District Commissioner Mumin Mohamed Halane told Anadolu Agency that Somalis are fed up with the al-Shabaab blockade and extortion tactics.

“We have liberated our areas, and wherever they are, people are getting the humanitarian assistance they need. We will continue fighting because we are fighting to save lives,” he said.

Overall humanitarian situation

Four seasons of below-average rainfall in Somalia have constrained the supply of locally grown food in markets across the country.

Estimates suggest that the rainy season in April-June and the off-season September-October harvest were both 50% below the long-term average, according to the UN.

Soaring food prices in the international market have also worsened the situation in the country.

A convergence of reduced local food supply and skyrocketing global food prices has resulted in record-high food prices in markets in Somalia.

Millions facing starvation

Currently, there are over 6.7 million people on the brink of starvation in the country, said Ishaku Mshelia, deputy emergency coordinator for the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) office in Somalia.

He said counterinsurgency operations, sieges by non-state actors around some towns, reprisal attacks, and threats of attacks are limiting humanitarian access in hard-to-reach areas.

“Although some areas such as Ceelbuur, Jamaame, Hudur, and Dinsoor are classified as hard-to-reach, the FAO was able to reach some vulnerable households with critically needed cash transfers in some of these districts,” he said.

He added that the worst drought in the last 40 years and elevated global food prices have pushed more than 6.7 million Somalis to the brink of starvation.

Humanitarian assistance has been scaled up in the past few months, but the number of people in need continues to outpace the level of assistance, he added.

Mshelia said the presence of non-state armed groups makes aid delivery a lot more challenging.

“Add to that the war in Ukraine, which caused a skyrocketing of global food prices. We face an unprecedented challenge in meeting the needs of Somalis at this critical moment,” he added.

Source: Anadolu Agency

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Political veteran returns to Sudan opposing plan for military exit

21 November ,2022

Veteran Sudanese political and religious leader Al-Sayid Mohamed Othman al-Mirghani arrived in Khartoum from Egypt on Monday, throwing his clout against a possible agreement between pro-democracy groups and the military.

Mirghani has been based in Egypt for about a decade and his arrival follows military leaders and the former ruling Forces of Freedom and Change coalition saying they had reached understandings including the military's exit from politics.

Western, Gulf and United Nations facilitators have been trying to break a stalemate that took hold after the military seized power 13 months ago, halting a political transition following the 2019 ouster of Omar al-Bashir, who led Sudan for 30 years.

Mirghani, leader of the main faction of the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), one of Sudan's most significant blocs, and the large Khatmiya Sufi sect, was met by thousands of followers beating drums at Khartoum's main airport.

The DUP has a strong support base in rural areas of Sudan but has lately been embroiled in a struggle between al-Mirghani's two sons - Jaafer who has aligned with rebel groups opposed to the deal, and Elhassan who has supported it.

In a filmed statement released on Wednesday, the elderly Mirghani rejected a hasty agreement and foreign intervention in the political crisis, and assigned Jaafer with closing ranks in the party as his deputy.

“Hasty steps in the wrong direction and the rush to offer solutions before their time can bring about great harm,” he said, recalling past experiences of foreign-brokered agreements.

Three DUP sources said Mirghani's return aimed to end the dispute in favour of Jaafer and against the deal, a move they said threatened to fracture the party further.

The DUP, which at its founding supported maintaining unity with Egypt following Sudan's independence in 1956, has close ties to Egyptian authorities.

Source: Al Arabiya

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Libya to consult with envoy to Athens after snub by Greek foreign minister

20.11.2022

TRIPOLI

Libya on Sunday summoned home its ambassador in Athens for consultation, in response to Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias flouting diplomatic protocol last week by refusing to get off the plane during an aborted visit to the capital Tripoli.

“Foreign Minister Najla Mangoush summoned Ambassador (Hamed Bashir) Al-Mabrouk for consultation to clarify the diplomatic issue caused by Greek minister Dendias on Thursday, Nov. 17,” said a Foreign Ministry statement.

“Foreign Minister Mangoush asked Libya's Ambassador to Athens to issue a protest note to the Greek authorities to clarify the behavior of Foreign Minister Dendias," it added.

“Such unconsidered behaviors have repercussions that jeopardize Libya's confidence and stability, and indirectly invite division in the country,” the statement said.

Dendias was scheduled last Thursday to meet Mohamed Menfi, chairman of the Libyan Presidency Council in Tripoli, and then Parliament Speaker Aguila Saleh in eastern Libya.

He refused, however, to disembark from his plane in Tripoli when his Libyan counterpart, Najla Mangoush, came to the airport to greet him. Instead, Dendias flew to Benghazi, eastern Libya ahead of schedule.

Libyan Prime Minister Abdul Hamid Dbeibeh condemned Dendias’ behavior, saying Tripoli will not allow such practices against Libya.

Source: Anadolu Agency

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Libyans protest Greek minister’s refusal to get off plane

20.11.2022

TRIPOLI, Libya

Hundreds of Libyans demonstrated outside the Greek Embassy in Tripoli on Sunday to condemn Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias’ behavior during his visit to the country.

Dendias was scheduled to meet Mohamed Menfi, chairman of the Libyan Presidency Council in Tripoli on Thursday, and Parliament Speaker Aguila Saleh in eastern Libya.

He, however, refused to disembark from his plane in Tripoli when his Libyan counterpart, Najla Mangoush, came to the airport to greet him. Instead, Dendias flew to Benghazi ahead of schedule.

“Dendias is an ally of war criminals” and “Libya will not bow” were among banners waved by protesters, according to an Anadolu Agency reporter.

"We stand here to protest the inappropriate and undiplomatic behavior by Greece toward the Libyan state," Mohammad Ali, a protester, told Anadolu Agency.

“We are coming here today to stand up to anyone trying to violate the Libyan sovereignty,” he added.

Libyan Prime Minister Abdul Hamid Dbeibeh had condemned the Greek minister’s behavior, saying Tripoli will not allow such practices against Libya.

Source: Anadolu Agency

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In conservative Ohio, a thriving Islamic Centre builds community and understanding

Ellie Sennett

Nov 22, 2022

Close to an interstate motorway in suburban, deeply conservative Butler County, Ohio, a golden minaret mounts the grounds of a vibrant and thriving Islamic Centre.

The contrast of the "Ottoman, Syrian and Moorish" inspired architecture of the Islamic Centre of Greater Cincinnati (ICGC) against its backdrop of American chain restaurants, suburban cul-de-sac housing and flat Ohio landscape that make up the town of West Chester was not lost on the mosque's original founders.

"The goal of the original people who thought about building this mosque here in West Chester, Ohio, was something that looked different," Shabana Ahmed, the ICGC's tours and talks chairman and board member, told The National.

"When people are driving down the [I-75 motorway] and see this architecturally beautiful building, to ask, 'What is that, what's that building for?' They wanted something very unique here in the Midwest."

Built in 1995, the centre began as a mosque for the Cincinnati suburb's small but growing Muslim community.

The first families were made up of South Asian and Middle Eastern immigrants who came to America in the 1960s and 70s, then moved out from cities to the suburbs in the 1980s and 90s, according to vice chairwoman of the centre's board Samina Sohail.

More than 25 years later, the centre has grown into a seven-hectare campus that includes the main prayer room, a primary school and athletic facility, that serves "tens of thousands" of families.

"I remember when some of our first mosques were just basically office spaces we rented in warehouses, so we could just get together and pray and have community dinners and gatherings and things like that," Ms Sohail said.

"Not a lot of [Midwestern] mosques, especially in the 90s, were this beautiful, this elaborate. I think pretty much anybody in this community can remember the first time they stepped into this space, that feeling of just the awe and the beauty, and 'wow ... I can't believe this is my mosque'."

The architects were particularly inspired by the Umayyad Dynasty and Moorish Spain, but designed a space with nearly all Ohio-crafted pieces. That includes towering, stained glass windows from working-class Middletown, fountains and intricate tiles from designers and builders throughout the Midwestern state.

The massive, draping chandelier hovering over the main prayer space is one of the few non-Ohio items, having come from an artist in Syria.

"Every time I look at that, I think about the people of Syria. And that we have this beautiful piece here, but then the struggles that are happening in that country," Ms Ahmed solemnly added.

While the Muslim-American community is growing in the Cincinnati suburb, they are still very much a minority. The population there is largely white at more than 80 per cent, and though government census data does not have information on religious affiliation, some analysis has shown Muslims represent a mere 0.5 per cent of the population.

Butler County is also a deeply conservative area. In 2020, residents overwhelmingly voted in favour of then-president Donald Trump over Joe Biden, by a staggering 24-point difference.

In the days after the 2016 presidential election of Mr Trump, who ran a campaign laced with xenophobia and who quickly implemented an executive order known as "The Muslim Ban" that prohibited travel to the US from seven Muslim-majority countries, the centre hosted a "Know Your Neighbour" event with the wider non-Muslim community.

Almost 700 non-Muslims attended that event "in support", Ms Ahmed said.

Part of that work in the wider community includes taking time to give special lessons in Cincinnati's Catholic schools, which are particularly important institutions in the heavily Catholic city.

Katie Collins teaches a world religions course at St Xavier High School, an all-boys establishment closer to city centre about 30 minutes from the Islamic Centre.

Ms Sohail had been going into Ms Collins's high school classes once to twice a year for a more basic "Islam 101, ask me anything" style lecture. But one year, Ms Sohail informed Ms Collins that she would be lecturing the Catholic students while fasting for Ramadan.

From that moment, Ms Collins each year gave her students a new assignment to prepare for Ms Sohail's special lectures: fast all day, and then write an essay about what they took away from the experience.

"One of the biggest takeaways is the fact that Muslims have so much more in common with us than what we have in difference," Ms Collins said of her students' experience in the course, both in fasting for Ramadan and taking the time to pray five times a day.

"It also gives the students an opportunity to reflect ... 'should I be making time in my life to pray, what does my faith mean to me?'"

For "most" of her students, the exercise and the coursework was their first exposure to Islam, Ms Collins said. But there are students at the school who are Muslim, including Ms Sohail's own son.

The show of solidarity from Catholic teenagers added to the value of her own lesson plan, added Ms Sohail.

"All these boys with the day that I would visit from that class got up early before sunrise, had their breakfast meal, fast the whole day," she said.

"Reading [their essays] are just so remarkable ... not just how they had a little more respect for Muslims when they fast, but just how they had so much more respect for their own religion, and the tenants of their religion and the expectations of their religion."

Ms Collins believes teaching her students at St Xavier, known locally as St X, about the traditions of Islam is a part of living out their own religious values.

"Our [Catholic] faith calls us to build a sense of solidarity with people who practice different faiths, one that is rooted in a deeper understanding of our common calling," Ms Collins told The National.

For Ms Collins, those lessons accomplish far more than a good grade or a high school course credit.

"When you have the privilege that I have to work with young people, you encounter over and over, notice over and over again, an eagerness to learn about people who are different than them," she said.

"If you provide that eager student with information that is correct ... you can push back against the cultural voices that are trying to create a sense of fear."

For Ms Sohail, the Islamic Centre's own patrons are a reminder of the diversity within the Muslim-American community itself. Community members come from a range of backgrounds, including "Syria, Egypt, many countries in Africa, white-American converts and a huge Uzbek population", she said.

"I think one of the most remarkable things about our community is our diversity, we are a Muslim-American community. So we don't have just one ethnic group here," said Ms Sohail.

Despite recent surges of Islamophobic hate crimes and a legacy of post-9/11 surveillance on Muslim- Americans, Ms Sohail wants Muslims outside the US to know that she feels empowered to practise her faith in America.

Source: The National News

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McCarthy vows to remove Ilhan Omar from Foreign Affairs Committee for criticizing Israel

21 November 2022

The US House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) has reiterated his pledge to remove Democrat Ilhan Omar (Minn.) over her condemnation of Israeli war crimes if he becomes speaker of the House.

He said that Omar wouldn’t be allowed to serve on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, accusing her of “anti-Semitic” remarks.

According to Fox News, McCarthy said “We watch anti-Semitism grow, not just on our campuses, but we watched it grow in the halls of Congress.”

On his Twitter account, he said “Last year, I promised that when I became Speaker, I would remove Rep. Ilhan Omar from the House Foreign Affairs Committee based on her repeated anti-Semitic and anti-American remarks. I’m keeping that promise.”

Along with US Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib, the two have triggered a widespread debate in the US about Israel’s crimes against the Palestinians and American aid to the regime.

Tlaib and Omar, the first two Muslim women elected to Congress, are outspoken critics of Israel’s policies toward the Palestinians and vocal supporters of the Boycott, Divest and Sanction (BDS) movement. The two called “Israel” an “apartheid state” guilty of war crimes.

The 37-year-old US citizen and lawmaker is originally from Somalia and represents Minneapolis, Minnesota, a district with a large Somali population.

Omar has accused pro-Israel lawmakers of showing “allegiance to a foreign country,” and has criticized the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) for its role in shaping US policy.

In May 2021, Omar condemned US President Joe Biden for siding with Israel’s oppressive occupation of Palestine and carrying out recent atrocities against Palestinians.

Earlier in April 2019, Omar made former US President Donald Trump furious for highlighting Israeli apartheid crimes against Palestinians.

“She’s been very disrespectful to this country. She’s been very disrespectful, frankly, to Israel. She is somebody that doesn’t really understand life, real life. What it’s all about,” Trump said in defense of the Israeli regime back then.

Source: Press TV

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US opposes escalation in Syria after border strikes: State Department

22 November ,2022

The United States opposes any military action that destabilizes the situation in Syria, a State Department spokesperson said, amid an escalation in retaliatory strikes by Turkey and a Kurdish militia along the Syrian border.

Separately, Russia called on Turkey to show restraint in its use of “excessive” military force in Syria and to keep tensions from escalating, Russian news agencies cited a Russian envoy to Syria as saying on Tuesday.

The comments came after Turkey said the Syrian Kurdish YPG killed two people in mortar attacks from northern Syria on Monday, following Turkish air operations at the weekend and a deadly bomb attack in Istanbul a week earlier.

A child and a teacher were killed and six people were wounded when mortar bombs hit a border area in Turkey’s Gaziantep province. Turkey’s armed forces responded with jets again hitting targets in Syria, a senior security official said.

President Tayyip Erdogan has said operations would not be limited to an air campaign and may involve ground forces. Turkey has conducted several major military operations against the YPG and ISIS militants in northern Syria in recent years.

The US State Department spokesperson said Washington had communicated its serious concerns to Ankara about the impact of escalation on the goal of fighting ISIS.

“We have urged Turkey against such operations, just as we have urged our Syrian partners against attacks or escalation,” the spokesperson said in emailed responses to questions.

Source: Al Arabiya

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US president pardons 2 turkeys in Thanksgiving tradition

Servet Gunerigok  

21.11.2022

WASHINGTON

US President Joe Biden on Monday pardoned two turkeys ahead of the American holiday of Thanksgiving.

Biden spared the lives of two birds, named Chocolate and Chip, which were raised on a ranch in Monroe, North Carolina, at a traditional event regularly held at White House.

In his remarks, Biden hit out predictions by analysts and Republicans that the US midterm elections on Nov. 8 would see a "red wave," meaning Republican candidates would take back majority of the votes.

The Democrat president said the only "red wave this season" will be if his pet German Shepherd Commander "knocks over the cranberry sauce on our table."

Biden also called on Americans who will meet their family members to get vaccinated against coronavirus and flu.

"Two years ago, we couldn't even safely have Thanksgiving … now we can. That's progress," said Biden, thanking health personnel for their efforts to battle COVID-19.

Source: Anadolu Agency

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Türkiye, Mexico should explore areas of cooperation to boost economic ties: Top Mexican diplomat

Burak Dag and Muhammed Tarhan

21.11.2022

It makes sense for Türkiye and Mexico to explore potential areas of cooperation to boost economic ties, Mexico’s foreign minister told Anadolu Agency.

“We want to improve the relationship between our countries,” Marcelo Ebrard said in an exclusive interview.

Ebrard said the trade volume target between the two countries is $5 billion, but there is no reason for it not to be higher.

“The private sector in each country is looking for their traditional markets. So here we need to direct their attention to a new opportunity, which is our bilateral relationship,” he said.

On the impact that a free trade agreement would have on Turkish-Mexican ties, Ebrard said: “A free trade agreement between countries always has an important impact in the increase of investment, particularly in the first years. So it makes sense to explore this possibility.”

Asked which sectors the two countries will particularly focus on for cooperation in the short term, Ebrard pointed to “all the sectors linked to the car industry.”

“Both countries have very powerful manufacturing facilities related to the car industry,” he said.

“We are going to have a joint taskforce in order to make a study about new fields which can provide some new opportunities,” he added.

He also noted, however, that there are opportunities for cooperation between Türkiye and Mexico in the aeronautics, naval construction, semiconductor, and medical equipment sectors.

Ebrard stressed that the aeronautics industry is growing rapidly in Mexico, with the country being the 14th largest aerospace supplier globally.

In the next five years, it is going to be the 12th or 10th largest, he added.

He said the country will also begin producing semiconductors in the next two years.

‘Turkish enterprises powerful in tourism’

Ebrard identified tourism as “one of the most important” fields for Turkish investment in Mexico, adding that Turkish businesspeople also expressed their interest in the tourism sector during his recent meetings.

“Turkish enterprises are powerful in this regard,” he said, stressing that Mexico is witnessing a boom in tourism.

Free trade areas where factories “produce and then export to the US in the northern border of the country” are among the potential areas of cooperation between Türkiye and Mexico, according to Ebrard.

Mediation in Venezuela

Regarding talks between the Venezuelan government and opposition being hosted by Mexico, Ebrard said the parties will be back at the negotiating table for a third round “in the next weeks.”

“We don’t know exactly the date yet. But certainly, we are going to see a roundtable soon. It’s good news,” he said.

“Mexico is not going to tell them what to do,” he added, stressing that the country is there to provide the parties with a “neutral space.”

On his expectations for the negotiations, Ebrard said: “I think that they can reach important agreements in the next weeks to find out how to remove sanctions against the Venezuelan economy.”

He emphasized that people in Venezuela “are suffering a lot” because of the sanctions.

Venezuelan migrants

On Venezuelan migrants repatriated from the US to Mexico under a migration agreement, Ebrard said: “The US agreed to provide 24,000 humanitarian permits through this agreement. So regarding 24,000 families, it has been great to have this agreement.

“The idea is that you don’t need to have an irregular way to reach the Mexican-US border or US territory,” he noted.

Otherwise, migrants did not have any chance of remaining in the US because of Title 42, he explained.

Title 42 is a public health rule implemented by the Trump administration at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic that allowed authorities to expel migrants at US land borders.

However, critics say the policy has been used to prevent migrants from entering the country despite a legal obligation to provide asylum to those who qualify.

Mexico already hosts around 150,000 Venezuelans who have been granted humanitarian permits, Ebrard said.

“They have rights. They can work. They can send their kids to school. There isn’t any kind of restriction on that,” he said.

Mexico has always hosted refugees and provided them with good conditions, including Venezuelans, Guatemalans, Hondurans, and people from many countries, he added.

Türkiye, Mexico share experience on migration

Mexico and Türkiye both face a migration burden stemming from either political or economic turmoil or civil war in neighboring countries, and are sharing their experiences in this regard, said Ebrard.

“We have had very important talks between our teams, embassies, and relevant authorities to learn from each other’s lessons and experiences in past years,” he said.

“Mexico is a very open country regarding migration in real terms. It is very easy to receive refugee status. The only request is to fulfill Mexican regulations and respect the law.”

Ebrard emphasized that Türkiye has “very important experience” regarding migration.

Türkiye hosts some 3.7 million Syrian refugees, more than any country in the world. It has worked to stabilize border regions in Syria that are not under the Assad regime’s control to enable the voluntary resettlement of displaced Syrians.

Regarding the mechanism set up to resolve problems Turkish citizens face at Mexican airports, Ebrard said: “We established a consular office at the airport to avoid inconvenience for tourists and people who travel to Mexico with proper documents.”
Source: Anadolu Agency

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Sweden, Finland should cooperate more with Türkiye to fight terrorism: NATO chief

Leila Nezirevic 

22.11.2022

LONDON

Sweden and Finland need to cooperate more with Türkiye and tighten their anti-terror laws to combat terrorist groups to join NATO, the alliance's top official has said.

The two Nordic countries should bolster cooperation with Türkiye in the fight against the PKK terrorist organization and its offshoots, Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg told Swedish public broadcaster SVT late Sunday.

On why Türkiye has yet to join 28 fellow allies in ratifying Sweden and Finland's application to join NATO, Stoltenberg noted that Ankara's terrorism-related concerns were due to it having suffered more terror attacks than any other country in the alliance.

Sweden and Finland formally applied to join NATO in June, a decision spurred by Russia's war on Ukraine.

However, Türkiye voiced objections to the membership bids, criticizing the countries for tolerating and even supporting terrorist groups.

A trilateral memorandum at the NATO summit signed among the countries in June stipulates that Finland and Sweden will not provide support to the YPG/PYD, the PKK's Syrian offshoot, or to the Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETO) -- the group behind the 2016 defeated coup in Türkiye.

In its more than 35-year terror campaign against Türkiye, the PKK -- listed as a terrorist organization by Türkiye, the US, and the EU -- has been responsible for the deaths of more than 40,000 people, including women, children and infants.

Stoltenberg's remarks come after the Nov. 13 terrorist attack on Istanbul's Istiklal Avenue that killed at least six and left 81 injured, as well as multiple rocket attacks by the PKK/YPG across Türkiye's southeastern border, leaving three dead and 14 others wounded.

In response to the terrorist bombing in Istanbul, Türkiye launched an aerial campaign, Operation Claw-Sword, against the terrorist group in northern Syria and northern Iraq on Saturday, so far hitting 89 targets to eliminate the PKK/YPG hideouts.

On these efforts, the NATO chief emphasized Türkiye's right to defend itself against such terrorist organizations.

As part of its efforts to comply with the trilateral memorandum, Sweden moved towards a constitutional amendment last Wednesday to alter its anti-terror law.

The changes would give greater opportunity to restrict freedom of association for groups engaged in terrorism -- a key demand from Türkiye to approve Stockholm’s NATO membership bid.

Source: Anadolu Agency

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