UN call to prevent Iraq massacre

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Iraq conflict: UN warns of possible Amerli ‘massacre’

The UN has called for action to prevent what it says may be a possible massacre in the northern Iraqi town of Amerli.

Special representative Nickolay Mladenov says he is “seriously alarmed” by reports regarding the conditions in which the town’s residents live.

The town, under siege by Islamic State for two months, has no electricity or drinking water, and is running out of food and medical supplies. The majority of its residents are Turkmen Shia, seen as apostates by IS.

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Islamic State militants pose ‘biggest threat’ to US

Isis-led Sunni rebels have seized large swathes of north-western Iraq

Isis-led Sunni rebels have seized large swathes of north-western Iraq

Islamic State militants are the most dangerous threat America has faced in years, top US officials have warned. Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel said US strikes had weakened IS in Iraq, but the group could be expected to regroup. America’s top general Martin Dempsey said IS fighters could not be defeated without attacking its base in Syria.

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Gaza: Hamas must end summary executions as ‘informers’ face firing squad

Hamas must halt its campaign of summary executions of suspected collaborators, Amnesty International today said after at least 18 more Palestinians were put to death by firing squad for allegedly providing information to Israel.

It brings the number of alleged informants executed in the past two days to 21, including several people arrested yesterday in relation to the killing of three senior Hamas commanders by Israeli forces.

“This flurry of executions by Hamas is made even more shocking by the fact that the victims were sentenced to death after trials which, if they happened at all, were summary and grossly unfair,” said Anne FitzGerald, Amnesty International’s Director of Research and Crisis Response.

“Hamas must immediately and totally cease its use of the death penalty.”

At least 11 people, including two women, were executed by firing squad today in al-Katiba prison yard in the west of Gaza City.

Seven others were executed after Friday prayers outside the main mosque in Gaza City.

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Saudi Arabia: Surge in Executions

image19 Beheaded in 17 Days; 8 for Nonviolent Offenses

(Beirut) – Saudi Arabia has executed at least 19 people since August 4, 2014. Local news reports indicate that eight of those executed were convicted of nonviolent offenses, seven for drug smuggling and one for sorcery.

Family members of another man, Hajras bin Saleh al-Qurey, told Human Rights Watch on August 17 that they fear his execution is imminent. The Public Court of Najran, in southern Saudi Arabia, sentenced al-Qurey to death by beheading on January 16, 2013 for allegedly smuggling drugs and attacking a police officer during his arrest.

“Any execution is appalling, but executions for crimes such as drug smuggling or sorcery that result in no loss of life are particularly egregious,” said Sarah Leah Whitson, Middle East and North Africa director. “There is simply no excuse for Saudi Arabia’s continued use of the death penalty, especially for these types of crimes.”

According to the Saudi Press Agency (SPA), the Saudi government news agency, on August 18, authorities executed four Saudi men in Najran province. A court had previously convicted the men – identified as Hadi al-Mutlaq, Awadh al-Mutlaq, Mufreh al-Yami, and Ali al-Yami – of attempting to smuggle hashish into the country.

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Inhumane and illegal deportation of asylum seekers from Sri Lanka should be stopped

UNSri Lanka: UN experts alarmed at deportations of Pakistani asylum seekers without assessment

GENEVA (14 August 2014) – Two United Nations human rights experts today expressed their grave concern at the situation of Pakistani asylum seekers in Sri Lanka who are being detained and forcefully deported to Pakistan without an adequate assessment of their asylum claims.

“States must guarantee that every single asylum claim is individually assessed with due process and in line with international law,” stressed the UN Special Rapporteurs on minority issues, Rita Izsák, and on freedom of religion and belief, Heiner Bielefeldt.

At least 108 Pakistani citizens have been deported since the beginning of August, according to the UN Refugees Agency (UNHCR).

“Most asylum seekers from Pakistan belong to religious minorities, including Ahmadiyya Muslim, Christian and Shia, groups that are often subjected to persecution, discrimination and violence in Pakistan,” Ms. Izsák said. “Many of them are being deported despite being registered with UNHCR and having their first instance interviews still pending.”

Violent attacks against religious minorities have increased significantly in recent years, according to Pakistani sources. Last year, 687 persons belonging to religious minorities were reportedly killed in over 200 separate attacks.

“Such violence is fueled by existing blasphemy legislation particularly targeting minorities and lack of protective measures for them in Pakistan,” Mr. Bielefeldt said.

“The personal security and safety of Ahmadiyya Muslims, Christians and Shias who are being returned to Pakistan from Sri Lanka is a matter of serious concern, due to the large number of cases of violent attacks and threats against members of those religious communities by militant extremists in Pakistan,” he highlighted.

The UN human rights experts called on the Government of Sri Lanka to comply with the principle of non-refoulement (no-forced-returns) when there is a credible potential threat against an individual and to stop the deportations immediately in order to allow the completion of the entire asylum claim process.

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Pakistan – ‘If TV cameras are removed from red zone, there will be no revolution’


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By Maleeha Hamid Siddiqui

KARACHI: There has been a shift from one dominant institution to multiple institutions in Pakistan which has transformed into an urban country where provision of goods is now a privatised process. These thoughts were articulated on Wednesday by political economist Dr Akbar Zaidi invited by the Karachi University faculty of arts to deliver a lecture on “The Changing Nature of Pakistani State”.

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Hrithik Roshan to star in ‘Mohenjo Daro’

Moen jo Daro

Ancient Indus civilisation

By Mohammad Kamran Jawaid

Disney India and Ashutosh Gowariker Productions Pvt. Ltd (AGPPL) are to collaborate on Mohenjo Daro.

Directed by Gowariker, the film will star Hrithik Roshan and new comer Pooja Hegde in an epic adventure love story set at the time of the Indus Valley Civilization.

Mohenjo Daro, meaning Mound of the Dead in Sindhi, is a lost civilization that was abandoned in 19th century BCE. The city’s ruins lie in the Larkana district of Sindh, and are a designated Unesco World Heritage Site since 1980.

Given the settings, the movie is likely to be a sweeping historical extravaganza, along the lines of Jodhaa Akbar and Lagaan, the former also an association between UTV Motion Pictures (aka Disney India), while the latter an Oscar nominee for Best Foreign Film; both movies were critical and box-office hits.

According to a press release, Disney India Producer Sunita Gowariker said, “There has always been a natural creative synergy between UTV and AGPPL in our previous movies. This time through our collaboration with Disney we’ll have an even greater focus on entertaining families”.

“After Jodhaa Akbar, we are thrilled to work with Ashutosh and Hrithik again, and we are excited about bringing another wonderful Indian story to the big screen,” said Amrita Pandey, VP and Head of Marketing & Distribution, Disney Studios, India.

Mohenjo Daro is set to go into production in South Africa from October 2014.

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Female Kurdish Fighters Are A Big Problem For ISIS Extremists


A consortium of Iraqi and Kurdish forces, backed by American airstrikes, captured the Mosul Dam back from ISIS on Monday, delivering the biggest blow to the radical Sunni group yet. From the AP:

The U.S. military said U.S. forces conducted nine strikes on Saturday and another 16 on Sunday in efforts to help the Iraqis retake the dam.

As we noted earlier, a pitched campaign delivered control of part of the dam to Kurdish forces earlier this weekend before the entirety of what has been called “the most dangerous dam in the world” was seized on Monday. As Daniel Pipes told CNN after the structure was initially seized by the marauding group just two weeks ago:

If you control the Mosul dam, you can threaten just about everybody — a very substantial part of Iraq — with flooding, with lack of electricity, with lack of water.

Last week, we mentioned the growing role of the PKK, the Kurdish Workers’ Party, in the fighting. Despite being designated a terrorist group by the United States for waging a decades-long battle against Turkey, the group has become a formidable opponent in the battle against ISIS. Helping to lead the way have been female guerrillas who enlisted in the battle to fighting alongside the Kurdish Peshmerga.

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Ex-military men back call for dissolution of assemblies

armyBy Amin Ahmed

ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Ex-Servicemen Association, headed by Retired Vice Admiral Ahmed Tasnim, jumped into the fray on Tuesday by supporting the call for dissolution of assemblies, formation of a caretaker government

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Pakistan – Sources in Sharif’s government said that with civilian-military relations in such bad shape, Sharif suspected that the street protests to unseat him were being manipulated from behind the scenes by the army.

PM Pakistan and PML-N Chief Nawaz Sharif.

PM Nawaz Sharif.

From czar-like prime minister to deputy commissioner-type character

By Reuters

ISLAMABAD: Besieged Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has been assured by military that there will be no coup, but in return he must “share space with the army”, according to a government source who was privy to recent talks between the two sides.

Last week, as tens of thousands of protesters advanced on the federal capital to demand his resignation, Sharif dispatched two emissaries to consult with the army chief.

He wanted to know if the military was quietly engineering the twin protest movements by cricket star-turned-politician Imran Khan and activist cleric Tahirul Qadri, or if, perhaps, it was preparing to stage a coup.

According to a government insider with a first-hand account of the meeting, Sharif’s envoys returned with good news and bad: there will be no coup but if he wants his government to survive, from now on it will have to share space with the army.

The army’s media wing declined to comment.

Thousands of protesters marched to parliament on Tuesday, using a crane and bolt cutters to force their way past barricades of shipping containers, as riot police and paramilitaries watched on after being told not to intervene.

Military spokesman General Asim Bajwa tweeted a reminder to protesters to respect government institutions and called for a “meaningful dialogue” to resolve the crisis.

Even if, as seems likely, the Khan and Qadri protests eventually fizzle out due to a lack of overt support from the military, the prime minister will emerge weakened from political crisis.

Sharif may have to be subservient to the generals on issues he wanted to handle himself — from the fight against Taliban to relations with India and Pakistan’s role in neighbouring, post-Nato Afghanistan.

“The biggest loser will be Nawaz, cut down to size both by puny political rivals and the powerful army,” said a government minister who asked not to be named.

“From this moment on, he’ll always be looking over his shoulder.”

A year ago, few would have predicted that Sharif would be in such trouble: back then, he had just swept to power for a third time in a milestone poll that marked the first transition from one elected government to another.

But in the months that followed, Sharif — who had crossed swords with the army in the past — moved to enhance the clout of the civilian government in a country that has been ruled by the military for more than half of its history.

He irked the generals by putting former military head Pervez Musharraf, who had ended Sharif’s last stint as prime minister in a 1999 coup, on trial for treason.

Sharif is also said to have opposed a military offensive to crush Taliban insurgents and sought reconciliation with India.

Sources in Sharif’s government said that with civilian-military relations in such bad shape, Sharif suspected that the street protests to unseat him were being manipulated from behind the scenes by the army.

He also feared that if the agitations turned violent, the army would exploit the situation to seize power for itself.

Read more » DAWN


Islamist militants ‘kill reporter James Foley on video’

vice newsThe Islamic State militant group has released a video online purporting to show the beheading of a US journalist. The victim was identified by the militants as James Foley, a freelancer who was seized in Syria in late 2012. The militants said it was in revenge for recent US air strikes against the Islamic State group in Iraq. The video has not been independently verified, but the White House said if it was genuine, the US would be “appalled by the brutal murder”.

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‘India calls off sec-level talks with Pakistan’

indNEW DELHI – India on Monday called off foreign secretary-level bilateral talks with Pakistan which was slated to be held on August 25, Times of India newspaper reported on Monday.

The paper reported that the Indian government decided this after a meeting between Pakistan’s High Commissioner to India Abdul Basit and senior Hurriyat Conference leader Shabbir Ahmad Shah in New Delhi. Earlier on Monday, the high commissioner met Kashmiri leader ahead of the proposed secretary-level talks between Pakistan and India.

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Schabas: “Netanyahu is the Greatest Threat for the Survival of Israel”

IsraAnother statement of the Chairman of the UN Committee on the conduct of the IDF in Gaza continues to doubt the sincerity of future conclusions: William Schabas said that Netanyahu was biggest risk to the survival of Israel. This statement is in addition to a previous statement where Schabas said that he would like to see Netanyahu in the Hague.

By Jerusalemonline Staff

At the same time that Schabas, Chairman of the UN Inquiry Committee on IDF conduct in Gaza, is denying that he is anti-Israel, more and more statements against Netanyahu are being published.  A newly uncovered video shows Schabas calling Netanyahu the greatest threat to the survival of Israel.

In the video published by UN Watch on its YouTube channel, Schabas refers to threats that endanger the survival of the State of Israel, and says above all, the Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu. “Honestly, if I had to think of a person who is considered the greatest threat to the survival of Israel, I would probably choose to Netanyahu,” said Schabas as mocking laughter erupted from the other members of the panel.

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Kirshan Bhagwan ke janam din ki budhai ho

kirBy Jagdeesh

Lord Krishna is the son of soil. The Native Hero of Dravidian Origin of Sindhu Subcontinent. He lived with poor masses and led the sons of soil in a victorious war remembered in history as Maha Bharat. He restored the power of native people that is why he is worshipped all over the subcontinent. Religious out look has blurred the historical facts of our lands.

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USA: Missouri Governor Jay Nixon declared a state of emergency and imposed a curfew in Ferguson

usBy Yamiche Alcindor, USA TODAY

FERGUSON, Mo. — Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon declared a state of emergency and imposed a curfew in Ferguson, Mo., on Saturday, following nights of protests after 18-year-old Michael Brown was shot and killed by a police officer.

“If we’re going to have justice, we must first have and maintain peace,” Nixon said at a Saturday afternoon press conference. “The eyes of the world are watching.”

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ISIS Militants massacre 80 Yazidis

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Militants massacre 80 Yazidis; airstrikes target insurgents around Iraq’s largest dam

Some 80 members of Iraq’s Yazidi minority have been massacred by Islamic State militants in a village in Iraq’s north, Kurdish officials said.

“They arrived in vehicles and they started their killing this afternoon,” senior Kurdish official Hoshiyar Zebari told Reuters.“We believe it’s because of their creed: convert or be killed.”

In addition to the murders, local women were kidnapped from the village, another Kurdish official source told Reuters. A local Yazidi lawmaker confirmed the information.

According to BasNews, a Kurdish website, it was the Yazidi minority village of Kojo some 20 km south of Sinjar that came under attack by the Islamic State (former ISIS) radicals.

BasNews reports that around 80 men – the village’s whole male population – was slaughtered, while all the women were kidnapped.

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12 dissenters killed, over 100 detained in Sindh, Pakistan

Missing persons of Sindh

Missing persons of Sindh

By ZulfiqarShah , CNN

Islamabad has become political hot spot these days due to Imran Khan and Tahirul Qadri’s ‘Freedom’ and ‘Revolution’ protest marches. Taking advantage of Pakistani and international media focus on these marches, the Sindh Police, [!–!?–!} have allegedly launched the unannounced military operation in natural resources rich Sindh province against the secessionist Sindhi nationalist parties.

At least 12 Sindhi secessionists have been killed and over 100 have been either arrested or involuntarily disappeared, according to the reports from Karachi, Hyderabad, Sukkur, Larkana, Dadau, Nawabshah, Jamshoro, Badim, Mirpurkhas and Umerkot districts of the historical province. The victims are associated with the Jeay Sindhi Qomi Mahaz (JSQM), Jeay Sindh Mutahida Mahaz (JSMM), Jeay Sindh Tahreek (JST), Jeay Sindh Mahaz (JST).

According to the Sindhi newspapers, the people of Sindh observed Black Day on 14th August, the day Pakistan was created out of united India in 1947. The day in Sindh is usually organized against the creation of Pakistan and the subjugation of Sindh to the ethnic Punjabi Muslim dominated Pakistan.

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Israeli official confirms US nixed arms shipment; pols argue over who’s to blame

WSJ report of frayed relations between Washington and Jerusalem, including combative Obama-Netanyahu phone call, sparks firestorm among Israeli politicians

senior Israeli official confirmed to Israeli media that the US had suspended a shipment of Hellfire missiles to Israel amid worsening ties over fighting in Gaza

Militarization of Police in North America

polMilitarization and protests in North America – do we have a problem?

By Matthew Coutts | Daily Brew

The shooting death of unarmed Michael Brown in a Missouri suburb earlier this week and the rampant police response to demonstrations in its wake have led many to question the scope of police militarization in the United States.

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Thousands of New Yorkers Shut down Times Square to Support Ferguson

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File photo- Photo credit – Social Media + Internet

Times Square SHUT DOWN: More than one thousand march in New York as Ferguson protests spin-off across the country over police shooting of Michael Brown

The New York rally in support of Michael Brown began Thursday evening in a march up Broadway before culminated in Times Square
Head of highway patrol, put in charge of Ferguson security by Governor Jay Nixon on Thursday, the St Louis suburb resembled a ‘war zone’
In addition to vigils in Ferguson and New York, there have been protests planned across the country via Twitter
Ferguson police have said that on Friday they will name the police officer who shot Brown


The fifth night of demonstrations in support of gunned down Ferguson, Missouri teen Michael Brown saw scores of protesters marching through the streets of New York in a vigil that culminated in Times Square Thursday night.

Tensions flared as some protestors attempted to shove their way through a police barricade set up in their path toward the beating heart of the city.

Police held their own and tempers soon calmed, but as night gripped New York, the already congested Times Square ground to a halt as over 1000 marchers flowed into the streets to demand an end to police brutality and militarization and justice for 18-year-old Brown.

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Prime Minister Modi asks all the neighbouring countries to come together and work jointly to erase the poverty from the region


Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday gave a clarion call to all neighbouring and SAARC countries to work “shoulder-to-shoulder” to remove poverty from the region, leaving behind the world of death and killings.

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Militants attack Pakistani airbases, seven gunmen killed

By Maaz Khan | AFP 

Gunmen armed with automatic weapons, grenades and wearing suicide vests attacked two military airbases in southwestern Pakistan early Friday, with security forces killing seven militants in the ongoing fighting, officials said.

Sarfaraz Bugti, the home minister of insurgency-hit Baluchistan province said that militants had tried to storm the Samungli airbase, used by Pakistan’s Air Force, and Khalid military airbase, both in the provincial capital Quetta, but had failed to penetrate either perimeter.

“Exchange of fire is going on near both the airbases. Seven terrorists have so far been killed,” Bugti told AFP.

“The target of the attacks were both the airbases but police and security forces thwarted the attacks,” he added. The airbases are some 12 kilometres (seven miles) apart in Quetta.

Mohammad Amlish, provincial police chief told AFP seven security personnel including four police, and three soldiers had been wounded in the gunbattle but that police had managed to stop the militants from entering the Samungli airbase through a drain.

“We have recovered three dead bodies. Two of them detonated their suicide vests after being encircled by police while one was shot dead,” Amlish told AFP.

A senior military official said rockets were fired at Samungli airbase, with two landing inside the perimeter fence. He said no damage was caused.

Quetta city’s police chief Abdul Razzaq Cheema told AFP that militants first launched an attack on Samungli airbase before targeting Khalid military airbase around an hour later. Police had defused four bombs near the outer wall of Khalid airbase, he said.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attacks but the Taliban have threatened a bloody response to a recent Pakistan military offensive against militants in the North Waziristan tribal region.

Pakistan launched the offensive in mid-June shortly after a brazen attack on Karachi airport that left dozens dead and extinguished a largely fruitless peace process with the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP)

Later that month, gunmen opened fire at a plane landing at Peshawar airport in the country’s northwest, killing a passenger and wounding two crew members.

The Pakistani Taliban and the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan claimed joint responsibility for the Karachi airport attack.

North Waziristan has become a major base for the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan, which rose up against the state in 2007, while the United States has long called for action in the area against militant groups targeting NATO forces in Afghanistan.

More than 500 militants and 27 soldiers have been killed in the assault so far, according to the military, though the death toll for insurgents cannot be independently confirmed.

Impoverished Baluchistan is wracked by an insurgency waged by ethnic Baluch tribes seeking greater autonomy from the federal government and a greater share of profits from the region’s wealth of oil and gas resources.

The region has also been hit by attacks blamed on Taliban militants.

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Russia Threatens to Drop The Dollar and Crash The U.S. Economy if Sanctions Are Imposed – Obama Signs “Sanctions” Order Anyway

PutinIs Russia bluffing, or is the world as we know it about to change for ever?

On Tuesday Reuters reported that a Kremlin aid Sergei Glazyev had announced that if the U.S. were to impose sanctions on Russia Moscow may drop the dollar as a reserve currency and refuse to pay off any loans to U.S. banks saying that Moscow could recommend that all holders of U.S. treasuries sell them if Washington freezes the U.S. accounts of Russian businesses and individuals.

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No, it’s not Baghdad, it’s in America tonight

FurgsonA Washington Post reporter was also arrested.

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Balochistan: August 11 Independence Day, Struggle against Pakistan Continues

BalochistanBefore it was annexed by Pakistan through military force, Balochistan had claimed its independence from the British on 11th August, 1947. The people of Balochistan have been fighting for their freedoms and against Pakistani oppression for nearly 65 years. This has often resulted in severe human rights violations on behalf of Pakistan, including extra-judicial killings, enforced disappearances, targeted killings and assassination against Baloch leadership and civilians.

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As Canadians, we don’t want our country sitting on the sidelines, unwilling to help and marginalized by Stephen Harper’s one-sided approach. – Tom Mulcair says

Canada's Leader of the Opposition

Canada’s Leader of the Opposition

Tom Mulcair: Canadians want balanced and principled approach to Mideast conflict

Nearly a month of sustained violence in Gaza and Israel has galvanized the world’s attention. As we watch images of Palestinian civilians suffering and dying, and Israeli civilians living in fear of rockets, no one can remain unmoved by a conflict that has killed thousands and left millions more living in fear for their safety.

When four children playing soccer on a Gaza beach were killed by Israeli shells, like so many other Canadians I was touched personally and thought of my own grandchildren. No child — Israeli or Palestinian — should have to live in fear of such violence.

As Canadians, we don’t want our country sitting on the international sidelines — unwilling to help and marginalized by Stephen Harper and the Conservatives’ one-sided approach.

As NDP leader, Jack Layton argued that Canada must engage partners for peace in the region and take a balanced and principled approach. This is a vision I share. New Democrats — committed to social justice — understand that we must actively work for peace, not simply talk about it.

New Democrats have long been committed to a policy of supporting peaceful coexistence in viable, independent states with agreed-upon borders, an end to Israeli occupation of Palestinian land, and an end to violence targeting civilians.

I am proud to lead a party that constructively engages Palestinian and Israeli officials, defends human rights and promotes respect for international law. We are the only federal party to support the Palestinian Authority’s application for updated status at the United Nations.

During the current conflict in Gaza, we have criticized the indiscriminate rocket fire and breaking of ceasefires by Hamas — and have been clear that Israel, like all countries, has the right to defend itself from attacks.

Israel’s right to defend itself comes with the responsibility to protect civilian lives — and we have criticized the unacceptable number of Palestinian civilian casualties from Israeli Defense Force attacks during this conflict. The horrifying shelling of a United Nations facility sheltering refugees in Gaza was completely unacceptable and a clear violation of that responsibility.

While Conservatives and Liberals have both taken a one-sided approach, New Democrats have been speaking out in a principled and balanced way. We recognized the humanitarian crisis Gaza residents are facing and demanded Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird agree to contribute to the UNRWA emergency humanitarian appeal for Gaza. Sadly, Conservatives refused.

We pushed for the unimpeded distribution of humanitarian assistance within Gaza and the sustained reopening of border crossing points — in keeping with UN Security Council resolution 1860 (2009). This means an end to the blockade of Gaza, while recognizing Israel’s legitimate security concerns around weapons smuggling and the need for effective international action to address these concerns.

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ISIS, the Terrorist Caliphate.

Become Muslims by noon today…or we crucify all of you

Australian terrorist Khaled Sharrouf’s Twitter account was suspended after posting a shocking photo of his seven-year old son holding aloft a severed head in the city of Raqqa, Syria. The caption beneath the photo read, “That’s my boy.” This is but one example of the viciousness and barbarism inflicted by ISIS militants on those who fail to kowtow to their demands.

Another is the threat issued to an entire village: Become Muslims or we will kill you all. ISIS radicals have already enforced a primitive Islamic caliphate on a portion of Iraq. The remainder of that country as well as Syria, Lebanon, Turkey and Cypress are in their crosshairs. Their tactics are brutal and the corpses left in their wake are reminiscent of the killing fields in Cambodia.

When ISIS troops encircled the walled town of Kosha, inhabited by members of the Yazidi sect with ancient Zoroastrian ties, the ultimatum was delivered to the town mayor Falah who, in turn, made the demands known to the villagers. Falah, the official, said money was offered to ISIS, but was refused. It seems only blood and mayhem will satisfy the fanatics.

A refusal by the 2,500 villagers to deny their faith could mean that every man, woman and child will be massacred for rejecting the order to bow a knee to Islam. It was the first time the militants had threatened to destroy an entire town, but will certainly not be the last if they are not stopped.

Meanwhile, another 300 members of the Yazidi sect are surrounded on top of Mount Sinjar in northern Iraq. Whether they live or die may well be determined by how soon food and water can be delivered to them, and how soon air strikes will eliminate the threat to their lives.

An Iraqi government leader reported that some 500 men, women and children had been slaughtered by the extremists, some buried alive, and more than 300 women were reportedly captured and taken away as slaves. Whether these are villagers from Kosha or another town is not known, but it just proves that these blood-thirsty terrorists will stop at nothing in order to achieve their goal of total domination—one region at a time.

Dr. Michael Evans is a #1 New York Times bestselling author. His book, Persia: The Final Jihad, is available at http://www.TimeWorthyBooks.com.

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Islamic State militants take hundreds of Yazidi women hostage in northern Iraq; authorities fear they will be raped, treated as slaves

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Hundreds Of Women Captured By ISIS Fighters

Hundreds of women from the Yazidi religious minority have been taken captive by Islamist militants, Iraq’s government has said.

Kamil Amin, a spokesman for the country’s human rights ministry, said the women were kidnapped by Islamic State (IS) fighters.

He added that some of the women are being held in schools in Iraq’s second city Mosul, and that the ministry learned of the kidnappings from the victims’ families.

“We think that the terrorists by now consider them slaves and they have vicious plans for them,” Mr Amin said.

“We think that these women are going to be used in demeaning ways by those terrorists to satisfy their animalistic urges in a way that contradicts all the human and Islamic values.”

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Contribution of Sindh in the Freedom Movement of India


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This is the translation from the Hindi Book “Swatantra Sangram Aur Sindh Ka Yogdan” written by Prem Tanwani. Translation by: Deepk Ramchandani.

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Islamic State militants threaten Turkey with violence if Euphrates water supply not restored

Islamic State militants have directly threatened Turkey with violence as they swore to “liberate” Istanbul in order to reopen a dam on the Euphrates River. Water flow to parts of Syria and Iraq is at a record low. The apparent closure is especially unfavorable to the terrorist group, as its new ‘capital’ Raqqa, in northern Syria, is in that zone.

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The new neutral – A new ethos is needed to replace old biases, discrimination and non-neutrality in diplomacy

Zufiqar Shah

Zufiqar Shah

By Zulfiqar Shah

When individual or collective conflicts push politics into a blind alley, neutrality becomes key to mediation and resolution. Mediation, in all its forms—cultural, individual, collective or judicial—requires neutrality. If seen through the lens of diplomatic history among nations and the cultural history of people, neutrality embodied with justice has not only been successful in bringing about peace but also sustaining it. Hence, the diversified nature of conflicts, inter- as well as intra-state, ethnic and group require the exhibition of extreme neutrality for a judicious and sustainable resolution of the antagonism that is destined to lead all of us towards collective destruction.

No sides to take

Inter- and intra-state, ethnic and national conflicts have frequently occurred in the post-modern world. The post-World War League of Nations, which culminated into the UN, was an outcome of many international/European treaties among nations, which were neither judicious nor brokered by neutral mediators. Hence, it provided a reason for World War II. The two World Wars were waged between colonisers and aspirants holding colonial ambitions, seeking maximum control over colonies and  their wealth and natural resources. Thus, the birth of the UN became inevitable since a neutral body was the niche of the modern era of statehood. Meanwhile, the powerful among the countries also formed parallel alliances at regional and international levels to further their interests.

No doubt, the UN has gradually transcended into a comparatively neutral forum since the world needed to go a step forward to formulate an international legal framework, not only for the member states but also for the citizens of member states. However, it is the our duty to introduce further reforms, agree upon new legal and policy frameworks, reform the structure and the authority to exhibit maximum neutrality and impartiality.

Nations, governments and international institutions always have to deal with a complex patchwork of relations and behaviours when they have to switch between neutrality and securing their interests. Since national interest has mostly superseded justice and neutrality in interest-based competitions, diplomacy and internal-external engagements, neutrality today has become an absurdity. This was evident in the recent political crises in Syria and Ukraine. It has also been observed in the Israel-Palestine conflict, the Kurdistan Movement, the Tibetan issue and the freedom movement in Sindh and Balochistan in Pakistan.

In fact, the absence of justice-based neutrality, both in nation-states and international and regional forums like the UN, Saarc and the Organisation of Islamic Countries, despite coming up with remedies have also been deepening the old wounds of the people. This has resulted in the rise of gross human rights violations, ethnic cleansing and war crimes that victimise millions of innocent citizens and dissenters.

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