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Post by Anaxagoras » Sat Jul 28, 2018 3:34 pm

Egypt court sentences 75 to death in 2013 sit-in case
CAIRO – Egypt's state-run media says a court has sentenced 75 people to death, including top figures of the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood group, for their involvement in a 2013 sit-in.

Saturday's decision in Cairo Criminal Court will now be referred to the Grand Mufti — the country's top theological authority — for his non-binding opinion on the sentences. He usually approves the court's decision.

Sentencing for more than 660 others was set for Sept. 8, according to state-run Al-Ahram news website.

The case involves 739 defendants, including the Muslim Brotherhood's Supreme Guide Mohammed Badie and photojournalist Mahmoud Abu Zeid. Charges range from murder to damaging public property.

The 2013 sit-in supported former Islamist President Mohammed Morsi who was militarily ousted following mass protests against his divisive one-year rule. Morsi hailed from the Brotherhood. The sit-in was violently dispersed.
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Post by Witness » Sun Jul 29, 2018 3:55 am

Trump seeks to revive 'Arab NATO' to confront Iran

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Trump administration is quietly pushing ahead with a bid to create a new security and political alliance with six Gulf Arab states, Egypt and Jordan, in part to counter Iran’s expansion in the region, according to U.S. and Arab officials.

The White House wants to see deeper cooperation between the countries on missile defense, military training, counter-terrorism and other issues such as strengthening regional economic and diplomatic ties, four sources said.

The plan to forge what officials in the White House and Middle East have called an “Arab NATO” of Sunni Muslim allies will likely raise tensions between the United States and Shi’ite Iran, two countries increasingly at odds since President Donald Trump took office.
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa- ... SKBN1KH2IK

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Post by Abdul Alhazred » Sun Jul 29, 2018 6:34 am

"Arab NATO" including Israel? :BigGrin3:
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Post by Witness » Mon Jul 30, 2018 4:19 am

Abdul Alhazred wrote:
Sun Jul 29, 2018 6:34 am
"Arab NATO" including Israel? :BigGrin3:
You're really a meanie!



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Malaysian Government starts crowdfunding to help reduce the country's staggering debt

Malaysia has set up a fund for members of the public to donate cash to help the new Government repay its hefty national debt, the finance ministry says, providing a bank account number for deposits.

Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad has made it a priority to cut Malaysia's debts and liabilities — estimated at 1 trillion ringgit ($AU332.5 billion) or 80 per cent of GDP — after taking into account Government guarantees and other payments.

The Government has blamed economic mismanagement and corruption under former scandal-tainted leader Najib Razak and the long-ruling coalition that was ousted by a surprise defeat in a May 9 national election.
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-05-30/m ... bt/9817906

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Post by Witness » Fri Aug 03, 2018 4:55 am

Turkey demands removal of sanctions over pastor Andrew Brunson

The White House said the North Carolina native is "a victim of unfair and unjust attention" and should be released.

LONDON — Turkey demanded Thursday that the U.S. immediately reverse a decision to impose sanctions over the treatment of detained American pastor Andrew Brunson.

Former Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu said the Trump administration’s decision was “incompatible with the most simple diplomatic courtesy and mutual respect" and risked regional instability.

Relations between the countries have plummeted after Brunson, 50, was arrested in 2016 on charges of "committing crimes on behalf of terror groups without being a member" and espionage.

He was recently released from prison and put under house arrest but still faces a sentence of up to 35 years if he is convicted at his ongoing trial.

The evangelical pastor, who is originally from Black Mountain, North Carolina, has lived in western Turkey for 23 years and led the Izmir Resurrection Church.
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The Treasury Department sanctions target Turkey's Justice Minister Abdulhamit Gul and Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu, whose departments were blamed by Sanders for Brunson’s arrest. Americans will be prohibited from doing business with them.
https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/turk ... on-n896836

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Post by Witness » Sun Aug 05, 2018 3:10 am

Saudi Arabian Woman Sentenced to 2 Years in Prison for Hugging Male Singer on Stage

An anonymous woman in Saudi Arabia receives a two-year sentence in prison for hugging a male singer on stage during a concert.

The woman, emotionally excited by the singer and the band, rushed to the stage to hug his favorite singer while wearing a niqab veil. The Iraqi singer and composer Majid Al Mohandis warmly opened her arms for the woman for a sincere hug.
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Saudi Arabian women are not allowed to mix or touch men with whome they have no close familial relationship. The woman, arrested earlier this month, received a sentence of two years in prison and $27,000 fine for the offence.

Local newspaper Al-Madina reported today that the woman, whose name has not been divulged, was arrested for public offence. The report explains that the woman acknowledges the hug while saying it was an emotional incite.
http://criticschronicle.com/saudi-arabi ... -on-stage/

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Post by Skeeve » Sun Aug 05, 2018 3:19 am

British Police Asked if Iraqi Paedophile Can Date 12-Year-Old to Be ‘Culturally Sensitive’
A British police officer called a charity to ask if it were acceptable for an Iraqi man to date a 12-year-old girl because he wanted to be “culturally sensitive” when dealing with a suspected paedophile.

An unnamed police detective called the charity Karma Nirvana, which tackles forced marriage and other forms of ‘honour-based’ abuse, after he had arrested a 26-year-old Iraqi man who said that in his culture, it was acceptable for him to be in a relationship with a child, according to the charity’s call logs seen by The Times.

According to the call log, the policeman said “the accused is stating that it is ‘completely acceptable in my culture to be with a 12-year-old’.”
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Post by Witness » Sun Aug 05, 2018 3:25 am

Didn't you already post that in another thread? :?

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Post by Witness » Mon Aug 06, 2018 1:46 am

A viral photo of lovers kissing offended many in Bangladesh. The man who took it says he was beaten and fired.

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The photo — a dreamy scene of two lovers kissing in the monsoon rain — went viral in Bangladesh almost immediately after photojournalist Jibon Ahmed posted it on his Facebook page Monday.

Many on social media reacted positively to the photo’s moment of unselfconscious joy — something rare these days on the campus where it was taken, the University of Dhaka, roiled by protests and violent incidents in recent months. Three conservative students were suspended this month for allegedly assaulting two students for holding hands.

But others in Bangladesh — a majority-Muslim country where extremism is deepening — thought the photo was indecent.

According to the Bangladesh News 18 website, one conservative blogger wrote: “Lovers are getting more audacious by the day. Earlier these things were done in secret. Now they are doing it in broad daylight. The day is not far when they will be making love in public.”

Ahmed — who said the couple did not object to the photograph, taken on a public street — said he will not tolerate being a victim of moral policing, telling the website that a “twisted sense of morality cannot dictate an artist's work.”
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The incident came at a time when journalists are facing a wide range of threats in Bangladesh, Steven Butler, the Asia program coordinator for the Committee to Protect Journalists, wrote in a blog post this year. Those include militant attacks that “decimated a once-thriving community of bloggers,” tough criminal defamation laws and a rising intolerance toward dissent by the governing Awami League party of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wor ... 5bbbab808d

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Post by Witness » Wed Aug 08, 2018 12:56 am

Saudi Arabia Orders 16,000 Students to Leave Canada Amid Escalating Clash

Saudi Arabia has canceled the scholarships of 16,000 of its students studying in Canada, also ordering them to leave the country and find academic programs elsewhere.

The move comes amid a growing diplomatic row between the kingdom and the North American country, following comments by Canada’s foreign ministry that criticized Saudi Arabia’s human rights record and called on Riyadh to release detained activists. Responding to the criticism, Saudi Arabia also cut diplomatic ties with Canada, frozen all new trade and investment and canceled flights via its national carrier to Toronto.

Now, thousands of Saudi students who were studying in Canada through scholarship, training, and fellowship programs have seen their funding canceled, Saudi Gazette reported. While the kingdom will continue to pay for these students’ academic programs, they will be forced to find new opportunities in other countries. Government sources told the Saudi newspaper this would most likely be in the U.S.
https://www.newsweek.com/saudi-arabia-o ... ?piano_t=1

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Post by Skeeve » Wed Aug 08, 2018 1:41 am

Witness wrote:
Wed Aug 08, 2018 12:56 am
Saudi Arabia Orders 16,000 Students to Leave Canada Amid Escalating Clash

Saudi Arabia has canceled the scholarships of 16,000 of its students studying in Canada, also ordering them to leave the country and find academic programs elsewhere.

The move comes amid a growing diplomatic row between the kingdom and the North American country, following comments by Canada’s foreign ministry that criticized Saudi Arabia’s human rights record and called on Riyadh to release detained activists.
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https://www.newsweek.com/saudi-arabia-o ... ?piano_t=1
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That'll teach 'em!

And feminists in Canada think THEY live in a patriarchy...

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Post by Anaxagoras » Wed Aug 08, 2018 2:41 am

Witness wrote:
Wed Aug 08, 2018 12:56 am
Saudi Arabia Orders 16,000 Students to Leave Canada Amid Escalating Clash

Saudi Arabia has canceled the scholarships of 16,000 of its students studying in Canada, also ordering them to leave the country and find academic programs elsewhere.

That's kind of the definition of "capricious". Students in the middle of their eduction will now have to start over or something. At least it's between semesters I guess.
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Post by Witness » Wed Aug 08, 2018 2:51 am

↑ You mixed up the quoting. :wink:

There's also this:
Saudi Arabia puts freeze on new Canadian trade over 'interference'

Saudi expels Canadian envoy, recalls its own after Canada demanded the immediate release of human rights campaigners swept up in a new crackdown

Saudi Arabia said Monday it was expelling the Canadian ambassador and had recalled its envoy while freezing all new trade, in protest at Ottawa's vigorous calls for the release of jailed activists.

The kingdom gave the Canadian ambassador 24 hours to leave the country, in an abrupt rupture of relations over what it slammed as "interference" in its internal affairs.

The move, which underscores a newly aggressive foreign policy led by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, comes after Canada demanded the immediate release of human rights campaigners swept up in a new crackdown.

"The Canadian position is an overt and blatant interference in the internal affairs of the kingdom of Saudi Arabia," the Saudi foreign ministry tweeted.
https://www.arabianbusiness.com/politic ... terference

They're a bit touchy right now. :mrgreen:

But yes, it's also punishing their own students.

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Post by Witness » Fri Aug 10, 2018 1:55 am

Egypt's Coptic pope Tawadros II quits 'waste of time, age and life' Facebook

Tawadros II's decision comes after monks were told to close social media accounts as they are "not true to monastic life".
https://news.sky.com/story/egypts-copti ... k-11461567

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Post by Witness » Sat Aug 11, 2018 3:14 am

Head of Syria research center killed in car bombing: newspaper, rebel group

BEIRUT (Reuters) - The head of a Syrian research facility that Western countries say was part of a chemical weapons program was killed when his car was blown up, the pro-Syrian government newspaper al-Watan said on Sunday.

Aziz Asber was the director of the Syrian Scientific Research Centre in Masyaf, near the city of Hama, which Western governments say was a covert Syrian government installation.
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The attack on Asber was claimed by a Syrian rebel group affiliated to Tahrir al-Sham, a rebel group. It includes the group formerly known as the Nusra Front, which served as al Qaeda’s Syrian branch.
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The Masyaf facility has previously been hit by what the Syrian government said were Israeli strikes in July and last year in September.

In April, missile strikes by the United States, Britain and France destroyed a Syrian Scientific Research Centre facility in Damascus, in response to a suspected poison gas attack.

The Syrian government, backed by Russia, has denied using - or possessing - chemical weapons.

An Israeli government official declined to comment on reports of Asber’s death when asked by Reuters.
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-mide ... SKBN1KQ07N

Or Mossad…

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Post by Witness » Sat Aug 11, 2018 12:56 pm

Still going on:
U.S. helps Afghan forces repel Taliban siege on major city

KABUL, Afghanistan -- Taliban fighters tried to overrun a provincial capital in Afghanistan early on Friday, hiding inside homes before slipping into city streets in the night to attack security forces and killing at least 14 policemen before being pushed back, officials said. The overnight attack in the southeastern city of Ghazni, the capital of a province with the same name, also wounded at least 20 members of the security forces, said Baz Mohammad Hemat, the administrator of the Ghazni city hospital.

Another Taliban attack, this one on Thursday night in western Herat province, left six policemen dead in the district of Obe, according to the governor's spokesman, Gelani Farhad.

The brazen assaults by the Taliban, who have been gaining more ground in their annual spring offensive and who have shrugged off the government's latest offers of a cease-fire and negotiations, underscore the difficulties Afghan forces face in battling the relentless insurgency on their own in efforts to end the nearly 17-year war.
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/afghanista ... air-power/

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Post by Witness » Sun Aug 12, 2018 3:37 am

Somehow this escaped me:
Turkish lawyers seek arrest of US servicemembers on Incirlik Air Base

A group of pro-government lawyers in Turkey have filed charges against several U.S. officers associated with Incirlik Air Base, seeking their arrest for alleged ties to terrorist groups.

The accusations come amid increased tensions between the U.S. and Turkey, a NATO ally that has cracked down in recent years on political opposition, shut down media outlets and tightened control of the court system, according to international aid groups.

The lawyers are seeking a temporarily halt to all flights leaving the base and access to execute a search warrant, according to court papers filed last week by the Association for Social Justice and Aid. The group is a well-known, non-governmental organization made up of backers of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

The Stockholm Center for Freedom, a group of exiled journalists from Turkey, said that the warrants were likely filed in response to the U.S. levying economic sanctions on Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu and Justice Minister Abdulhamit Gul for their roles in the detention of American pastor Andrew Brunson.
https://www.stripes.com/news/turkish-la ... e-1.541627

Doesn't sound very official, but anyway, good luck with that. :mrgreen:

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Post by Skeeve » Mon Aug 13, 2018 7:56 pm

Man who raped child in swimming pool because it was 'a sexual emergency' has jail sentence increased on appeal
Defence lawyers for former Iraqi taxi driver had appealed the initial six-year sentence, saying their client did not know that the 10-year-old victim did not consent
And so they gave him a new trial...

To be filed under "Be careful what you wish for."
An Iraqi refugee who was convicted of raping a 10-year-old boy in a swimming pool in Vienna has been handed an even greater jail sentence after his legal team won the right to a retrial.

Austria’s Supreme Court overturned an initial six-year prison sentence in October, ruling that the lower court had failed to establish whether or not the refugee, identified only as Amir A, knew his victim did not consent.

The court did not dispute the “watertight” evidence that some form of sexual abuse had taken place during the incident in a toilet cubicle at the Theresienbad pool in December 2015. But in Austrian law, prosecutors must prove that an attacker is fully aware the act is non-consensual for a more severe rape conviction to hold.
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But in mitigation, judges cited Amir’s own young age at just 20... :violin: ...when the crime was committed, his previous lack of convictions and his confession of responsibility.

After the new sentence was handed down, defence lawyer Roland Kier asked for three days for his client to consider launching a fresh appeal, according to Kronen Zeitung.
Cool, maybe he'll get a firing squad next time....
Amir was initially convicted of the attack in June 2016, and outrage over the case came amid a rise in anti-immigrant sentiment in Austria.
Wow, looks like maybe one country in the EU still has some gumption left.... we'll see.

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Post by Witness » Wed Aug 15, 2018 1:21 am

From the Pakistani elections (Imran Khan has been elected):

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Election posters of one of the candidates of a Sunni Muslim religious party feature an image of the police guard who killed a former Punjab governor for his liberal stance on blasphemy.

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Post by Giz » Wed Aug 15, 2018 12:48 pm

And another one:

“Thirty men have been charged with raping and trafficking five girls in West Yorkshire.

The allegations against the defendants relate to non-recent sexual offences dating back to between 2005 and 2012. They relate to five women who say they were abused as children in the Huddersfield area between the ages of 12 and 18.”

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/201 ... -yorkshire

No mention of background (religion/ethnicity) but they do list names, from which some provisional conclusions might be drawn.