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Post by Witness » Tue Sep 18, 2018 1:16 am

Turkish Deputy calls for official investigation in 1955 pogrom against Greeks and Armenians

The Democratic People’s Party (HDP) deputy in Armenia and Democratic People’s Party (HDP) Deputy President, submitted a formal request to the Turkish Parliament to investigate the pogrom and pillage against Armenians and Greeks in Constantinople in 1955.

Turkish-Armenian MP Garo Paylan called for an official investigation into the 1955 pogrom against the Greeks and Armenians which led many rapes and the pillaging of Christian-owned properties on September 6 and 7.

In his formal request, Paylan recalled that, according to official documents, 73 churches, two monasteries and 5,538 houses were destroyed, while 60 Greek women were raped at the events that took place in Constantinople.

He also pointed out that all this was a product of the Turkish “special forces”, and that they carried out their mission with “brilliance”.

“I call on parliament to start an investigation into the pogrom and pillage of 1955, find and punish the culprits and pay compensation to the victims,” said Garo Paylan.
http://en.protothema.gr/turkish-deputy- ... -armenian/

Good luck with that, Garo. :|

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Post by Witness » Sat Sep 22, 2018 4:08 am

Longish article, I excerpt the core:
The Underground Caliphate

ISIS Has Not Vanished. It Is Fighting a Guerrilla War Against the Iraqi State.

Iraq’s security forces are unprepared for the fight they now face. Though weaker than during the days of the caliphate, ISIS is re-emerging as a formidable insurgent force that thrives on the perennial weakness of the Iraqi state, which alienates its people with poor services and abuse at the hands of security forces. Those forces, meanwhile, lack the training, local knowledge, and trust from communities to prevail over the militants whose recent, brutal rule has so terrified civilians that they don’t dare to resist.
https://theintercept.com/2018/09/16/isi ... aqi-state/

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Post by Witness » Sun Sep 23, 2018 1:47 am

Iran military parade attacked by gunmen in Ahvaz

Gunmen have opened fire on an Iranian military parade in the south-western city of Ahvaz, killing at least 25 people, including civilians, and injuring 60, state media say.

The attackers shot from a park near the parade and were wearing military uniforms, reports say.

An anti-government Arab group, Ahvaz National Resistance, and Islamic State (IS) have both claimed the attack.

President Hassan Rouhani has vowed a "harsh response".

"The response of the Islamic Republic of Iran to the smallest threat will be harsh, but those who sponsor the terrorists must be held accountable," he said in a statement.

Foreign Minister Javad Zarif blamed "terrorists paid by a foreign regime", adding that "Iran holds regional terror sponsors and their US masters accountable".

Iran has previously accused its regional rival, Saudi Arabia, of supporting separatist activity amongst Iran's Arab minority.

Meanwhile, an Iranian military spokesman claimed the attackers were not from IS but "were trained and organised by two Gulf countries", and had ties to the US and Israel.
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-45611411

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Post by Witness » Wed Sep 26, 2018 2:10 am

China's Catholic Church pledges loyalty to Party after Vatican deal

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - China’s Catholic Church reaffirmed its loyalty to the country’s ruling Communist Party on Sunday, while welcoming a landmark deal struck with the Vatican on appointing new bishops.

The Vatican on Saturday signed an agreement giving it a long-desired and decisive say in the appointment of bishops in China, though critics labeled it a sellout to the government.

China’s around 12 million Catholics have been split between an underground Church swearing loyalty to the Vatican and the state-supervised Catholic Patriotic Association.

The Catholic Church in China said it would “persevere to walk a path suited to a socialist society, under the leadership of the Chinese Communist Party.”

It “deeply loved the motherland” and “sincerely endorsed” the agreement, hoping relations between China and the Vatican would improve further, it added in comments on its website.

The Vatican has said the accord, a breakthrough after years of negotiations, was “not political but pastoral”, and hoped it would lead to “the full communion of all Chinese Catholics.”
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-pope ... reddit.com

A number of biblical quotes come to mind… :mrgreen:

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Post by Witness » Sun Sep 30, 2018 3:53 am

Unique underwater sculpture in the Maldives destroyed after deemed un-Islamic

A unique underwater sculpture exhibit at a Maldives resort was destroyed on order of the country's president after it was deemed to violate Islamic beliefs.

President Abdulla Yameen said the country’s religious leaders had complained that the sculpture represented idols, which are banned by Islam. Strict Islam bans any manmade depiction of the human form.

The project, called the Coralarium, was created by British artist Jason DeCaires Taylor to bring attention to rising sea levels.
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The Maldives archipelago, a chain of 26 coral atolls and more than 1,000 small islands in the Indian Ocean southwest of India, is under threat of being submerged as ocean levels rise. The country, which has many luxury hotels popular with honeymooners from the West, is the lowest in the world, with its average ground level just over four feet above sea level.

The sculpture project, in addition to being a work of art, was also part of the island nation’s first coral regeneration project. It consisted of human-looking statues that were submerged underwater inside a large stainless steel structure that acted as gallery for visiting snorklers and scuba divers.
https://abcnews.go.com/International/un ... d=58146425 (more pics & video)

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Fancy some Turkish space opera?


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Post by Witness » Wed Oct 03, 2018 4:08 am

France freezes Iran assets after attempted terror attack

The French government imposed sanctions on two Iranian individuals and Iran’s interior security intelligence service for what it said was an attempted attack against a meeting of an Iranian opposition group near Paris.

In a joint statement issued Tuesday by the foreign, interior and finance ministries, France said, “an act of such gravity planned on our territory can’t be left without response.” It named the individuals as Assadollah Asadi and Saeid Hashemi Moghadam. The office was identified as the Direction of Internal Security at Iran’s Intelligence Ministry. The French are accusing the Iranian intelligence ministry of ordering the attempted attack, Agence France-Presse reported, citing diplomatic sources.

On Monday, AFP reported that Germany extradited to Belgium an Iranian diplomat suspected of being part of a plot to bomb a June 30 gathering by about 25,000 of the Mujahedeen-e-Khalq, or People’s Mujahedeen of Iran, at Villepinte near Paris. That same day, two Belgians of Iranian descent were arrested near Brussels with explosives that inspectors believe were being brought to the rally, and an Iranian diplomat posted to Vienna was arrested in Germany on suspicion of directing the operation.
https://www.thestar.com/news/world/2018 ... ttack.html

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Post by Witness » Fri Oct 05, 2018 2:49 am

Jamal Khashoggi: Mystery over missing Saudi journalist deepens

Saudi Arabia's consulate in Istanbul insists a prominent journalist critical of the Saudi government had already left its building before he vanished.

The consulate said it was "following up reports of the disappearance" of Jamal Khashoggi, who went there to complete paperwork on Tuesday.

Khashoggi's fiancée accompanied him to the building, but she had to wait outside. She did not see him leave.

Turkish authorities have also said they believe Khashoggi is still there.
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The 59-year-old journalist had been living in self-imposed exile in the US since last year, when he left the Gulf kingdom after criticising the policies of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
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The head of the Turkish-Arab Media Association told the New York Times that Turkish police officers providing security for the consulate had checked their security cameras and did not see the journalist leave on foot. But Turan Kislakci added that diplomatic cars had been seen moving in and out.
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-45744764

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Post by Anaxagoras » Mon Oct 08, 2018 3:36 pm

A fool thinks himself to be wise, but a wise man knows himself to be a fool.
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Post by Giz » Mon Oct 08, 2018 3:53 pm

Now that is rape culture

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Post by Witness » Tue Oct 09, 2018 11:38 pm

Meng Hongwei: China accuses Interpol chief of bribery

The detained Chinese head of Interpol, Meng Hongwei, is being investigated for alleged bribe-taking, Chinese authorities have announced.

Mr Meng was first reported missing in late September after travelling from Interpol HQ in France to China.

His wife has revealed that he sent her a text message with a knife emoji on the day he went missing.

Mr Meng is the latest high-profile target to be ensnared in China's sweeping anti-corruption campaign.

He is also a vice-minister for public security in the country.

In its announcement of the investigation, China's Public Security Ministry said the probe was "correct, wise and shows the determination of [President Xi]'s administration to continue its anti-corruption drive".
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-45777681

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Post by WildCat » Tue Oct 09, 2018 11:39 pm

Giz wrote:
Mon Oct 08, 2018 3:53 pm
Now that is rape culture
Racist!
Do you have questions about God?

you sniveling little right-wing nutter - jj

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Post by Witness » Sun Oct 14, 2018 2:22 am

Signs of future stability:
Population growth in Iraq raises concerns

British Ambassador Jonathan Wilks warned at a press conference last month that, at its current rate of growth, Iraq's population would increase by a million people per year. Iraq's Central Statistical Organization announced soon after, on Oct. 1, that the country’s population had reached about 38 million in 2018, and that Baghdad’s population had reached more than 8 million.

While Iraq has not conducted any comprehensive census since 1997, these figures, combined with the rising unemployment rate, indicate an imbalance between the growing population and the availability of services.

Najeh al-Obeidi, an economics researcher at the University of Baghdad, is worried that the state will not be able to respond to population growth or provide decent living conditions for Iraqis. “This raises concerns about the future," he said. "Baghdad alone has a population equal to that of the entire country five decades ago.”

Obeidi added that the population of Baghdad has grown five-fold since five decades ago, leading to increased demand for food, water, electricity and housing. This "means more burdens on the environment and nature,” he said. “There is a serious demographic explosion and major population growth, which serve as fertile ground for escalated conflicts, violence and fragmentation of the Iraqi society at the political, social, religious and tribal levels.”

Obeidi believes that Iraq's population growth can be attributed to “a social culture that encourages marriage at a very young age, and the lack of interest in women’s education and integration in the labor market, especially in the rural areas. This is not to mention that the cities have also been dominated by provincial culture rather than urbanization.”
Rest of the depressing article: https://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/origin ... ealth.html

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Post by Witness » Thu Oct 18, 2018 3:23 am

Tensions rise at Indian temple over entry of menstrual-age women

NILAKKAL, India (Reuters) - Tensions rose at an Indian hill temple on Tuesday before an expected face-off between women of menstrual age who can enter for the first time in centuries and conservative Hindu groups who want to stop them.

The Sabarimala hill temple in the southern state of Kerala has been the site of widespread protests since late September, when the Supreme Court ruled that a ban on women between the ages of 10 to 50 entering the temple infringed on rights to equality of worship.

Final talks between the state and temple priests broke down after the secular government said it would defend the rights of women to enter the site. Their first chance since the ban was lifted will come at 5 p.m. local time (1130 GMT) on Wednesday.

Hindu groups say the prohibition is required to appease the temple’s chief deity Ayyappan, depicted as a yoga-practicing god considered eternally celibate by followers.
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One of the groups, Shiv Sena, a former ally of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party, said its members will commit suicide if women in the age group enter the temple.

“Seven members of our organization are ready to sacrifice their lives if the women come forward to defy the customs and traditions of the temple,” said Peringamala Aji, a Shiv Sena leader.
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-indi ... SKCN1MQ22H

Suicide seems an excellent idea. :twisted:

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Post by Witness » Tue Oct 23, 2018 12:57 am

Egypt arrests economist Abdel Khalik Farouk over 'critical book'

Author's wife says policemen who arrived at their home said arrest was in connection with book seized by authorities.

Egyptian police have arrested economist Abdel Khalik Farouk after the publication of his book in which he is critically analysing the country's economic and social crises, the author's wife and a lawyer said.

Farouk's detention on Sunday came days after local media reported that copies of his book - titled, Is Egypt really a poor country? - were seized by authorities from a publisher.
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"He was officially arrested and will be presented to the state security prosecutor tomorrow because of this book," the AFP news agency cited Gamal Eid, a lawyer, as saying.

According to Eid, who heads the Arabic Network for Human Rights Information, the prosecutor would specify the main charges against Farouk on Monday.
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The authorities say they aim to fight against terrorism and the "spreading of false information".
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/10/ ... 22358.html

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Post by Witness » Sat Oct 27, 2018 1:21 am

China systematically hijacks internet traffic: researchers

Exploited omission in US-China cyber detente agreement.

Researchers have mapped out a series of internet traffic hijacks and redirections that they say are part of large espionage and intellectual property theft effort by China.

The researchers, Chris Demchak of the United States Naval War College and Yuval Shavitt of the Tel Aviv University in Israel, say in their paper that state-owned China Telecom hijacked and diverted internet traffic going to or passing through the US and Canada to China on a regular basis.

Tel Aviv University researchers built a route tracing system that monitors BGP announcements and which picks up on patterns suggesting accidental or deliberate hijacks and discovered multiple attacks by China Telecom over the past few years.

In 2016, China Telecom diverted traffic between Canada and Korean government networks to its PoP in Toronto. From there, traffic was forwarded to the China Telecom PoP on the US West Coast and sent to China, and finally delivered to Korea.

Normally, the traffic would take a shorter route, going between Canada, the US and directly to Korea. The traffic hijack lasted for six months, suggesting it was a deliberate attack, Demchak and Shavitt said.

Demchak and Shavitt detailed other traffic hijacks, including one that saw traffic from US locations to a large Anglo-American bank's Milan headquarters being terminated in China, and never delivered to Italy, in 2016.

During 2017, traffic between Scandinavia and Japan, transiting the United States, was also captured by China Telecom, ditto data headed to a mail server operated by a large Thai financial company.
More: https://www.itnews.com.au/news/china-sy ... ers-514537

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Post by Witness » Sun Oct 28, 2018 1:44 am

Iranian parliament approves bill to combat financing of terrorism

The debate on the CFT kicked off on Sunday morning with 268 lawmakers present in the parliament. A total of 143 lawmakers voted in favor of the bill while 120 voted against it. Five MPs also abstained.

To become a law, however, Iran’s oversight Guardian Council should vet the bill for compliance with the Constitution.

Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif attended the parliament to defend the ratification of the CFT bill.

“We cannot give guarantees that by joining the CFT the (banking) problems will be resolved but we can give guarantees that by not joining the bill the United States will invent pretexts to create more problems for us,” Zarif said before the vote.

Zarif said without approving the bill even China and Russia as “strategic partners” of Iran will have problems to do banking transactions with Iran.

Citing an example, the foreign minister said Russia’ central bank governor has told his Iranian counterpart Abdolnasser Hemati that without FATF they cannot work with Iran.

“The Majlis faces a historic decision ... to act along the interests of the nation and take away any future excuses from the United States (to pressure Iran),” Zarif told parliament.
https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/428273 ... -terrorism

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Post by Witness » Thu Nov 01, 2018 1:41 am

Tuti Tursilawati: Anger in Indonesia after Saudi Arabia goes ahead with execution of maid who killed employer 'in self-defence'

Saudi Arabia has executed an Indonesian female migrant worker without first informing the Indonesian Government, according to Indonesia's Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Monday's execution in the city of Thaif marks the fourth time Saudi Arabia has failed to give notice before carrying out a death penalty on an Indonesian migrant worker in the past three years.
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Tuti Tursilawati was sentenced to death in 2011 for murdering her employer.

She claimed she was acting in self-defence because she was being sexually abused.

She was executed just a week after Saudi Arabia's Foreign Minister, Adel al-Jubeir, met with his Indonesian counterpart and President Joko Widodo in Jakarta to discuss migrant workers' rights.
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-10-31/ ... a/10450624

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Post by Witness » Thu Nov 01, 2018 11:30 pm

Stars seize Iranian imagination

People in the southern Iranian town of Saadat Shahr make sure not to miss Friday prayers.

How else will they get the imam's comprehensive update on which stars, nebulae and meteor showers will burn brightest in the following week's night sky?

Saadat Shahr, 625km south of Tehran, has gone stargazing-crazy, reflecting a national passion that has seen new members flocking to astronomy clubs across the Islamic Republic to devour information about what lies above.

Women in Saadat Shahr have even sold their jewellery to help science teacher Asghar Kabiri realise his dream of building an observatory.

"School janitors and teachers all paid a small share of their salaries to help build the observatory. Now it has become the pride of the town," Kabiri told Reuters by telephone.

"Astronomy is a divine science and is encouraged in Islam. So in a small, traditional community like Saadat Shahr, people contribute to our activities just as they would chip in to build a mosque," he added.

Quranic proof

The Quran often cites natural and celestial phenomena as proofs for the existence of God.

The imam in Saadat Shahr has tuned into the local obsession and uses the weekly prayers to talk about what's coming up in the skies during the days ahead.

"The townspeople even allow their daughters to stay out at night if they know they are going stargazing," Kabiri said.
https://www.aljazeera.com/archive/2005/ ... 14940.html

Even the daughters?!? :shock:

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Post by Witness » Thu Nov 08, 2018 12:00 am

Tunisia tour operator first Jewish minister in decades

Rene Trabelsi, Tunisia's first Jewish minister in decades, has for years been co-organiser of an annual pilgrimage to the oldest synagogue in Africa.

Trabelsi, who was appointed tourism minister on Monday evening, lives between France and Tunisia.

But he grew up on the island of Djerba, heartland of Tunisia's Jewish community and the site of the pilgrimage which attracts thousands of people each year.

His father, Perez, has been the leader of the Jewish community there since 1985 and is president of the island's famous Ghriba synagogue.

For two days, pilgrims pray and sing in Hebrew as they light candles and place votive eggs in a cave below the house of worship on the island just off southern Tunisia.

About 3,000 people took part in the first day of this year's festivities in May, authorities said.
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/afp/a ... cades.html

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Tunisia's new tourism minister Rene Trabelsi (R) meets the country's Grand Mufti Othman Battikh at the Ghriba Synagogue on Djerba island on May 02, 2018