Showing posts from February 19, 2017

Will Approach India For Balochistan's Freedom, Says Baloch Leader

Londo n: One of the key voices demanding Balochistan's freedom has said that he would approach friends like India to seek help for their cause. Amir Ahmed Suleman Daud, officially known as His Highness the Khan of Kalat, welcomed Prime Minister Narendra Modi's intervention in favour of Balochistan during his Independence Day address from the Red Fort in 2016. "India is one of the powers of region, the biggest democracy in the world. The Prime Minister's [Modi's] was the only voice we heard in a long time coming out of the neighbourhood and appreciated the intervention. We know we have got a friend," Daud told PTI at a media briefing in London on Friday. Pakistan had criticised Modi for mentioning the people of Balochistan in his address, seen as indirect support to the Balochistan freedom struggle. "In the last few days, people of Balochistan, Gilgit, Pakistan-occupied Kashmir have thanked me, have expressed gratitude, and expressed good wish

Trump Intensifies Verbal Attack on Sweden, France and Germany

Oxon Hill : US President Donald Trump intensified his verbal attacks on Sweden, France and Germany on Friday, painting swaths of Europe as a jihadist-infested hellscape. Firing-up victory-drunk conservatives at a rally outside Washington, Trump trashed long-time allies as he sought tojustify his own controversial crackdown on immigrants. –– ADVERTISEMENT –– "Take a look at what's happening in Sweden. Take a look at what's happening in Germany. Take a look at what's happened in France. Take a look at Nice and Paris," he said. Trump trained his sights on Paris in particular, recounting the story of a friend who used to visit every year. "I have a friend, he's a very, very substantial guy. He loves the City of Lights," he said. After not seeing his friend for a few years, Trump asked him "'How is Paris doing?'" The US leader said his friend responded "Paris? I don't go there anymore. Paris is no longer

Syria: Twin attacks on Homs security bases kill dozens

AFP Syrian TV showed the aftermath of the bombings Gunmen and suicide bombers have attacked security bases in the western Syrian city of Homs, killing at least 32 people. State TV said the local head of military intelligence was among the dead. Some reports put the death toll at more than 40. The jihadist group  Tahrir al-Sham said it carried out the attacks. Homs has been under government control since December 2015 when rebels left under a ceasefire deal. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a monitoring group, said attackers targeted the headquarters of military security in the city and also a branch of state security. The attacks took place in the heavily guarded Ghouta and Mahatta districts. State TV said provincial army intelligence chief General Hassan Daabul, a close associate of President Bashar al-Assad, was among the dead. Tahrir al-Sham said five of its fighters had taken part in the assault. The group was formed when Jabhat Fateh al-Sham, known

IS in Afghanistan: How successful has the group been?

Supplied IS's Afghanistan chief Hafiz Saeed Khan was killed in a US air strike in July last year Amid a rise in attacks in Afghanistan attributed to the so-called Islamic State (IS), the BBC's Dawood Azami examines what kind of threat the militant group poses in the conflict-hit nation and the wider region. How much territory has IS captured? IS announced the establishment of its Khorasan branch - an old name for Afghanistan and surrounding areas - in January 2015. It was the first time that IS had officially spread outside the Arab world. Within a few weeks, the group appeared in at least five Afghan provinces, including Helmand, Zabul, Farah, Logar and Nangarhar, trying to establish  pockets of territory from which to expand .  It was the first major militant group to directly challenge the Afghan Taliban's dominance over the local insurgency. Its first aim was to drive Afghan Taliban fighters out of the area and it also hoped to evict Taliban ally al-Qaeda from the Afgha

Talks to declare Masood Azhar 'global terrorist' are in progress, says Chinese envoy

New Delhi: China's Ambassador to  India   Luo Zhaohui  on Friday supported India's efforts in combating terror and said that talks to declare  Jaish-e-Mohammed  chief  Masood Azhar  a "global terrorist" is currently in progress. New Delhi: China's Ambassador to  India   Luo Zhaohui  on Friday supported India's efforts in combating terror and said that talks to declare  Jaish-e-Mohammed  chief  Masood Azhar  a "global terrorist" is currently in progress. "The discussion is going on. I am so happy to see your Foreign Secretary in Beijing two days ago... discussing everything... so, just wait," Luo told reporters here. "China supports India and other countries on terrorism... The discussions are going on. It takes time," Luo said on the sidelines of a Chinese Visa Application Service Centre inauguration ceremony. India on Wednesday reiterated its stand on Azhar and asked China to declare the JeM chief and Pathank

Manipur election: Rebels cast shadow on PM Narendra Modi’s campaign visit

A five-year-old conglomerate of insurgent groups in Manipur has called for a shutdown in the state to ensure Prime Minister Narendra Modi has no listeners while campaigning for the BJP in Imphal on Saturday.  Police have tightened the security after the Coordination Committee (CorCom) issued the shutdown ‘notice’ on Thursday night.  However, what worries them more is a new “axis of evil” between home-grown groups and some outsider outfits that has cast the shadow of terror on Manipur’s Mandate 2017. The two-phase elections to the 60-member Manipur assembly are scheduled on March 4 and 8. Manipur-based rebel outfits with ethnic or ideological similarities had formed umbrella groups before the 2012 assembly elections. That year, a militant posing as a voter killed five of them at a polling booth in Chandel district bordering Myanmar. Chandel is back in focus after United National Liberation Front of Western Southeast Asia (UNLFW) ambushed and killed 18 Indian army soldiers

‘I need an answer’ on how US will stop hate crimes, says wife of Indian engineer killed in Kansas

‘I need an answer’ on how US will stop hate crimes, says wife of Indian engineer killed in Kansas The wife of Indian engineer Srinivas Kuchibhotla, who was  shot dead in an apparent hate crime by at a bar in Olathe city, has said that she had her doubts about staying in the US but was assured by her husband that “good things happen in America”. Speaking at a news conference organised by GPS-maker Garmin where Srinivas worked, Sunayana Dumala said reports of bias in the US make minorities afraid as she questioned “do we belong here”. “I need an answer,” she said. “I need an answer from the government... What are they going to do to stop this hate crime?” Dumala said she was concerned about shootings incidents in America and had doubted whether they should stay in the country, but her husband said that assured her saying that “good things happen in America.” Consul General of India in Houston Anupam Ray is supervising the current situation and providing all possible help for the grieving

Christian woman recalls two years under ISIS rule in Tel Kaif

TEL KAIF, Iraq — A Christian woman along with her ailing husband was allowed to stay in their hometown of Tel Kaif under ISIS rule for two years. Rudaw reporters spoke with her on Wednesday, when she recounted her time spent under ISIS. "I was standing here when they [ISIS] first came. 'Are you Christian?' they asked. 'Yes, I am Christian,' I replied," Badna Shaih said. "They asked me to give them the identity card of my husband. They left me when I said that he was ill and therefore couldn't walk. Tel Kaif is a predominantly Christian town which is 10 kilometers north of Mosul. There are some Sunni and Shiite Muslims living in the town, too. Most people left Tel Kaif after ISIS seized control of the town. ISIS militants had greatly damaged the town's church. "Later, local people were bringing them back to my doorsteps, telling them (ISIS) that I was Christian. They once told me that I had to either convert into Islam or

The 'new swastika' and other symbols of hate hidden in PLAIN SIGHT: How to spot the secret images that far-right extremists use to recognize each other

By James Wilkinson For 20:32 GMT 22 Feb 2017, updated 13:19 GMT 23 Feb 2017 Far-right extremists are exchanging old symbols of hatred for new ones  Some want to make their beliefs more mainstream with less stigmatized icons  But others want to show their allegiance without mainstream society knowing The US National Socialist Movement has swapped its swastika for a Norse rune And the KKK has replaced its white cross with a single 'blood drop' Other symbols have secret codes only other extremists will know  Don't assume someone is far-right; they may have a similar, innocent, symbol For decades far-right extremists have used well-worn symbols like the swastika and the white cross to signify their affiliation to racist causes. But as right-wing US hate groups have risen in prominence over the past year, their members have found themselves looking for new ways to show their allegiance without being spurned by society.  That means creating

Is Queen Of Israel’s Far RIght Seeking To Pack The Supreme Court?

Three conservative new members have been named to Israel’s Supreme Court as part of what the ultranationalist justice minister said on Thursday was her push for a bench more representative of far right-wing Israelis. The 15-member court, widely seen as a liberal bastion, has drawn criticism from the minister, Ayelet Shaked, and other politicians on the right over rulings supporting Palestinian property rights in the occupied West Bank and its occasional reversal of Israeli laws it deemed illegal. Shaked, a leader of the ultranationalist Jewish Home party, has long said she wanted more conservative judges on the court, where replacements for four justices retiring this year were announced late on Wednesday. Three of the four new appointees - including a Jewish settler in the occupied West Bank - were on Shaked’s list of preferred candidates considered by a nine-member selection committee on which she serves along with three Supreme Court justices and representatives of the Ba