Israel’s embassies worldwide were closed.

IsraForeign Ministry shut as striking workers block entrances

Unclear what will happen at Washington embassy, base of dozens of employees who don’t work for the foreign ministry.

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The Foreign Ministry headquarters in Jerusalem were shut on Monday, as striking ministry workers blocked all entrances and prevented entry.

The workers declared a general strike on Sunday, closing all foreign ministry offices and missions around the world. The workers are protesting the employment conditions of Israeli diplomats and the Finance Ministry’s decision to cut their salaries over the renewed sanctions.

As a result of the strike, Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon cancelled a planned working visit to Rome next week.

The striking workers erected a protest tent at the entrance to the ministry early on Monday morning and blocked all access points with truckloads of garbage, assisted by members of the Histadrut’s Jerusalem district.

Ministry Director-General Nissim Ben-Shitrit was prevented from entering the compound when he arrived for work on Monday morning. He left the ministry after a short conversation with the strikers, during which he expressed support for their struggle.

Dozens of Israeli missions in the Far East and Europe remained closed on Monday morning due to the strike. Security officers of the embassies in Rome, New Delhi, Paris, Brussels and other capitals prevented representatives of the Israel Defense Forces, the defense ministry, the Mossad and the economy ministry from entering the premises.

Missions in North America and Latin America will likewise remain closed on Monday. It is unclear what will happen at the Israeli embassy in Washington, where Ambassador Ron Dermer, a political appointee of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, opposes the strike and does not regard himself as bound by the instructions of the workers’ union.

The strikers have been making significant efforts to ensure that the Washington embassy remains closed, including to the dozens of representatives of government offices other than the foreign ministry who are based there.

Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon has cancelled a planned work visit to Rome next week due to the strike. The Israeli military attaché in Rome, who arranged the visit without the assistance of the foreign ministry, was prevented from entering the embassy on Monday. The visit was intended to deal with security purchases and military cooperation with Italy.

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http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/.premium-1.581607

Military blocking Pakistan-India trade deal, says Shahbaz Sharif

Shahbaz SharifSecurity networks’ distrust of increased business dealings is counter-productive, warns Pakistani PM’s brother

By in Lahore and in Delhi, theguardian.com

The powerful brother of Pakistan‘s prime minister has warned the military establishments of both India and Pakistan not to block efforts to sweep aside trade barriers between the two distrustful neighbours.

On Indian affairs Shahbaz Sharif, the chief minister of Punjab, is widely seen as the de facto Pakistani foreign minister, conducting diplomatic missions to Delhi on behalf of his brother Nawaz Sharif, the prime minister.

But speaking to the Guardian he warned that distrustful “security agencies” in both Pakistan and India were one of the two main “blockages” holding back plans to liberalise trade, which the Sharifs believe will provide a desperately needed boost to Pakistan’s moribund economy.

“Security agencies on both sides need to really understand that in today’s world, a security-led vision is obviously driven by economic security,” he said. “Unless you have economic security then you can’t have general security.”

While the Sharif brothers, in common with most mainstream politicians in Pakistan, are impatient for a rapprochement with India, the military is far more wary.

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http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/feb/13/military-block-pakistan-india-trade-deal-sharif

Sindhis of Kolkata – Sindhi spirit endures at Sindhi New Year

Cheti chandSindhis bond over struggle and success Sindhi spirit endures

- Uprooted community celebrates new dawn, Scot discovers hometown roots at city cemetery

BY SUSHOVAN SIRCAR

If you are a Sindhi living in Calcutta, you have got to know Mohini Bhawnani.

In case you don’t, trust someone to tell you at your first Cheti Chand celebration in town how a spunky 14-year-old had fled Karachi alone aboard a ship in the blood-soaked summer of August 1947 to reach this city and go on to become the first woman engineer at Calcutta Telephones.

To the close-knit community of Sindhis, 82-year-old Bhawnani epitomises the spirit of survival that had brought the first batch of post-Partition migrants here more than six decades ago, scarred but not subdued.

This spirit was on show during an advance Sindhi New Year celebration last Sunday at the Khudiram Anushilan Kendra when the elderly and young lined up to greet and shake hands with the still sprightly Bhawnani.

“You can say she is the living embodiment of the history of Sindhis in Calcutta,” said travel company owner Anil Punjabi, who was among those who sought Bhawnani’s blessings.

Cheti Chand, which falls on the second day of Chaitra, is on Tuesday but the community decided to have a get-together on a weekend so that everyone could attend the event. The turnout in excess of 10,000 included Sindhis who came from places like Raidighi and Kalyani.

The Sindhi New Year rituals invoke Ishtadev Uderolal, the presiding deity who is worshipped as Jhulelal and believed to have risen from the sea astride a giant fish. But Sunday’s was more than just a community coming together to celebrate a festival. To those who had risen from the horrors of Partition, the assembly of 10,000-odd Sindhis symbolised a triumph.

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Thousands in Paris and Rome protest austerity measures

A demonstration in Rome turns violent when protesters throw rocks and firecrackers at police

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Anti austerity demonstration in Paris, France.

Anti-austerity protests took over parts of Paris and Rome on Saturday, with one demonstration in Rome spurring violence when protesters threw rocks, eggs and firecrackers at police, with at least one person injured.

Tens of thousands of people took part in protests in central Paris and Rome, organized by hard-left parties opposed to government economic reform plans and austerity measures.

Police in Rome armed with batons charged members of a large splinter group — many wearing masks and helmets — and also used tear gas to push back the crowd, with protesters fighting back with rocks and firecrackers. One man lost a hand when a firecracker exploded before he could throw it.

Read more » AlJazeera
http://america.aljazeera.com/articles/2014/4/12/rome-paris-anti-austerityprotests.html

Britain’s looming energy crisis

UKOver the last weeks and months, concerns about energy have become more and more widespread in Britain. Firstly the simmering controversy over “fracking” has become more prominent, with a series of demonstrations pushing this issue into the public eye. Then the pledge of Ed Miliband that the next Labour government will freeze energy prices was met with howls of protest from the coalition parties and threats by the energy companies that “the lights will go out”. In addition, the announcement that Britain will build the first new nuclear power station for decades has been overshadowed by the attempt to close the Grangemouth oil refinery. The question has to be asked: is Britain facing a serious energy crisis?

Read more » http://www.marxist.com/britains-looming-energy-crisis.htm

Great gesture by our neighbours. May peace prevail forever – Matters of the heart: Indian doctors to set up cardiac camp in Sukkur

Sukkur, Sindh

Sukkur, Sindh

SUKKUR: A one-day heart camp is being organised in Sukkur on Saturday, when cardiac consultants and surgeons from India will be providing free-of-charge check-up and advice to patients.

While the city has hosted many free medical camps, this is the first time that one is being organised in Sukkur for a free heart check-up.

The camp is being jointly organised by the Sukkur Hindu Panchayat and Shadhani Darbar Hayat Pitari. Sukkur Hindu Panchayat president Mukhi Eshwar Makheja told The Express Tribune that this camp is being organised keeping in mind the rise in heart disease cases, especially among children.

Makheja added that famous cardiac consultants and surgeons from the Fortis Escorts Heart Institute in New Delhi, India, will be performing the check-ups.

Read more » The Express Tribune
http://tribune.com.pk/story/694091/matters-of-the-heart-indian-doctors-to-set-up-cardiac-camp-in-sukkur/

Goodbye, Oil: US Navy Cracks New Renewable Energy Technology To Turn Seawater Into Fuel, Allowing Ships To Stay At Sea Longer

Britain: New party Left Unity is on the move

By Tom Walker

April 2, 2014 — Left Unity — Left Unity’s national conference on Saturday, March 29, saw delegates come together in Manchester’s Museum of Science and Industry to make decisions about the policy of this new party.

The party’s founding conference in November set Left Unity’s broad direction as a new party of the left and set up its constitution. This conference looked in more detail at policy areas including economics, health, housing and anti-racism, based on months of work put in by those who volunteered for the party’s policy commissions as well as many submissions from branches. (You can see the motions booklet here.)

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http://links.org.au/node/3791

Sweden introduces a SIX-HOUR working day

Staff in one government department in Sweden are to work six-hour days on full pay to see if it makes them happier.

Staff in one government department in Sweden are to work six-hour days on full pay to see if it makes them happier.

Sweden introduces a SIX-HOUR working day in bid to reduce sick leave, boost efficiency and make staff happier

Government staff in Swedish city of Gothenburg to take part in trial; One department will work six hour days, while another will work seven; Two will be compared to see if shorter days improve efficiency

By Chris Pleasance

Hundreds of Swedish workers are trialling a six-hour working day in the hopes that it will cut sick leave and save the country money. In an experiment, workers in one government department in Gothenburg are to be put on to six-hour days on full pay
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Ruble Challenges US Dollar Hegemony.

LNG projects in Russia are just being developed, but subsidiaries of Gazprom are already supplying liquefied natural gas to India, albeit in small quantities. Source: AP

LNG projects in Russia are just being developed, but subsidiaries of Gazprom are already supplying liquefied natural gas to India, albeit in small quantities. Source: AP

Russia’s Petro-Ruble Challenges US Dollar Hegemony. China Seeks Development of Eurasian Trade
China will re-open the old Silk Road as a new trading route linking Germany, Russia and China

By Peter Koenig, Global Research

Russia has just dropped another bombshell, announcing not only the de-coupling of its trade from the dollar, but also that its hydrocarbon trade will in the future be carried out in rubles and local currencies of its trading partners – no longer in dollars – see Voice of Russia Russia’s trade in hydrocarbons amounts to about a trillion dollars per year. Other countries, especially the BRICS and BRCIS-associates (BRICSA) may soon follow suit and join forces with Russia, abandoning the ‘petro-dollar’ as trading unit for oil and gas. This could amount to tens of trillions in loss for demand of petro-dollars per year (US GDP about 17 trillion dollars – December 2013) – leaving an important dent in the US economy would be an understatement.

Added to this is the declaration today by Russia’s Press TV – China will re-open the old Silk Road as a new trading route linking Germany, Russia and China, allowing to connect and develop new markets along the road, especially in Central Asia, where this new project will bring economic and political stability, and in Western China provinces, where “New Areas” of development will be created. The first one will be the Lanzhou New Area in China’s Northwestern Gansu Province, one of China’s poorest regions.

“During his visit to Duisburg, Chinese President Xi Jinping made a master stroke of economic diplomacy that runs directly counter to the Washington neo-conservative faction’s effort to bring a new confrontation between NATO and Russia.” (press TV, April 6, 2014)

“Using the role of Duisburg as the world’s largest inland harbor, an historic transportation hub of Europe and of Germany’s Ruhr steel industry center, he proposed that Germany and China cooperate on building a new “economic Silk Road” linking China and Europe. The implications for economic growth across Eurasia are staggering.”

Read more » Global Research
http://www.globalresearch.ca/russias-petro-ruble-challenges-us-dollar-hegemony-china-seeks-development-of-eurasian-trade/5377086

Donetsk activists proclaim region’s independence from Ukraine

In the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk, a group of activists have declared their region independent from Kiev. This comes after protesters stormed a local government building last night. Mass demonstrations against the country’s new leadership started peacefully on Sunday, but the situation quickly escalated.

Read more » http://rt.com/news/donetsk-republic-protestukraine-841/

Down with the Taliban.

This guy's finger was chopped off by Taliban in 2009 for voting yet he's voting again in 2014.

This guy’s finger was chopped off by Taliban in 2009 for voting yet he’s voting again in 2014.

Salute to the courage & the spirit of  Afghans! Don’t underestimate the power of people. Massive turn out in Presidential Elections is clear message of Afghanistan as nation they don’t want Taliban. More power to the Afghans working for a liberal, sovereign and diverse Afghanistan. Also to the People who are kind of stereotype about Afghans and Pashtuns; Afghan Election has proved (by peoples’ large participation in the voting) that Afghans/Pashtuns are anti-Taliban, and they are pro-democracy & pro peace.

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Afghan elections: As it happened

Afghan house wifeMillions of Afghans braved Taliban threats Saturday to vote for a successor to President Hamid Karzai in a landmark election held as US-led forces wind down their long intervention in the country.

Polling stations officially closed at 5:00 pm (1230 GMT), officials said, after a day without major security incidents. But voting was set to continue for some time as voters in line at polling stations would be allowed to cast their ballot, a senior official with the Independent Election Commission said.

Read more » DAWN
http://www.dawn.com/news/1097718

Maulana Fazlur Rehman opposes Sindh Assembly

fazal-al-rehmanFazl opposes SA call for IIC dissolution

Thursday, April 03, 2014 – Karachi—Jamiat Ulema-e Islam (F) Chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman while expressing his concern over the passage of a resolution in Sindh assembly for dissolution of Islamic Ideology Council said the IIC was an important chapter in the Constitution of Pakistan-1973. It was very unfortunate that the Parliamentarians with secular mindset had always impeded the functioning of the IIC and did not allow its recommendations to become law.

Read more » Obsever
http://pakobserver.net/detailnews.asp?id=238380

Sindh Assembly calls for dissolution of the Council of Islamic Ideology

Sindh Assembly

Sindh Assembly

Sindh Assembly calls for dissolution of CII

By Hafeez Tunio

KARACHI: Irrespective of their political differences, the lawmakers of Sindh have not only criticised the Council of Islamic Ideology (CII), but have also tabled a resolution calling for the dissolution of the council entirely.

The assembly showed strong reservations about the recent recommendations of the CII that, they believe, reveal a complete indifference and insensitivity towards women.

“No minimum age for marriage, recommendations against DNA testing for rape cases and no requirement of the wife’s consent for a second marriage are recommendations by the council’s head that are regressive and anti-women,” states the resolution, which was moved by Mahtab Akbar Rashdi, an MPA

Read more » The Express Tribune
http://tribune.com.pk/story/689518/sindh-assembly-calls-for-dissolution-of-cii/

7 jihadists blown up while making roadside bombs in a mosque

indoctrinated“7 militants blown up while making roadside bombs in a mosque in Ghazni,” Khaama Press, March 30, 2014 (thanks to Jack)
At least seven militants were killed while making improvised explosive devices (IEDs) in eastern Ghazni province of Afghanistan.
The interior ministry following a statement said the incident took place inside a mosque in Deh Yak district on Saturday. The statement by interior ministry further added that the explosion left seven militants dead and there were no other casualties.

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http://pamelageller.com/2014/04/7-jihadists-blown-making-roadside-bombs-mosque.html

A shameful act of waging war against the innocent students of University of Sindh

 

Pakistani Security forces indiscriminately firing  on peaceful gathering by the students of university of Sindh.

Pakistani Security forces indiscriminately firing on peaceful gathering of “Sindh Day” by the students of university of Sindh.

By Zulfiqar Shah

A shameful act of waging war against the innocent students a couple days ago in Sindh University because the students were holding a peaceful gathering on ‘Sindh Day’. Pakistan has an army that is trained only to kill its own citizen. It is a modern reflection of what they did in Dhakka, Bangladesh in 1971. – - – - According to Ab Takk Tv News, security forces have arrested 15 students and 3 female students of University of Sindh in a crime to attend a peaceful gathering of “Yom-e-Sindh/ Sindh Day”.

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CANADA – Nurses’ strike creates confusion for Halifax-area patients

By CBC

Patients scheduled for surgery in the Capital District Health Authority are scrambling to learn if their procedures will go ahead after thousands of nurses started an illegal strike Tuesday morning.

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http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/nurses-strike-creates-confusion-for-halifax-area-patients-1.2593847

PAKISTAN – As a state and society, are we a basket case?

Comment by Shahab Usto

In Karachi–Jinnah’s Mausoleum has been shut for security reasons. Among a host of no-go areas, this new addition is the most tragic and shameful of all.

In Lahore–A poor christian has been sentenced to death on a cooked-up blasphemy charge. If the judiciary itself plays to the gallery, instead of following law and constitution, then from where would the ‘minority’ citizens seek justice and protection.

In Hyderabad–A Kali Mata temple has been set ablaze by the ‘soldiers of Islam‘. And then we expect the world to condemn Chief Minister Narendra Modi for enacting a pogrom against the Muslims in Indian Gujarat?

In Thar–for all the tall claims, the children continue to die of dearth and disease. Yet our ‘august’ rulers continue to harp on claiming that they are not dying of famine but malnourishment, and hence they are absolved of all their duties to protect the citizens!

In Waziristan–Our official interlocutors are grovelling before a bunch of terrorists and mass killers to extend the ‘cease-fire’ with the nuclear-armed state, possessing the sixth largest armed forces in the world and a land of 200 million people!

With the prevalence of such levels of apathy, injustice, absurdity and incorrigibility, is there any doubt that we as a state and society have completely turned into a hopeless basket case??

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Pak army stopped Nawaz Sharif govt from trade deal: India

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NEW DELHI: UPA-2 will perhaps best be remembered for a series of financial scams and the so-called policy paralysis but as it prepares to sign off, it is now hobbled by its Pakistan policy.

Stung by what India sees as Pakistan’s refusal to allow any concession to the outgoing government for normalizing trade relations, senior government sources here told TOI Islamabad’s policy over the issue was being dictated by Pakistan’s military establishment. They said the upcoming elections are now certain to mark the termination of the idea that trade can lead to peaceful relations between the two countries.

“The several recent flip-flops made by the Nawaz Sharif government on the issue has greatly reduced the its credibility with Indian negotiators who have concluded that in addition to political and security policy, the Pakistan government does not even have the ability to go against the Pakistan military dictates on issues related to economic reforms,” said a top government official, in a reaction to Sharif’s comment on Monday that MFN status to India has been delayed because of the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections.

Read more » THE TIMES OF INDIA
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Pak-army-stopped-Nawaz-Sharif-govt-from-trade-deal-India/articleshow/32699101.cms

 

PAKISTAN: Three Sindhi nationalists were killed on Independence Day in a fake police encounter – many young people remain missing after arrest

Urgent Appeal Case: AHRC-UAC-112-2013 – The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information that on the 66 celebration of the Independence Day of Pakistan, three more Sindh nationalists were gunned downed in a fake encounter in Karachi and many young Sindhi activists were arrested from different districts of Sindh province and their whereabouts are unknown.

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http://www.humanrights.asia/news/urgent-appeals/AHRC-UAC-112-2013/?searchterm=afzal+panhwar

Other voices: An ominous sign

DR Hameed Soomro writes: a tragedy took place near Naushahro Feroze claiming the lives of Maqsood Qureshi, brother of late nationalist leader Bashir Qureshi and Salman Wadho. … After [being] shot the bodies were dumped in their car and set on fire. … Earlier Jeay Sindh Qaumi Mahaz chief Bashir Qureshi also died in mysterious circumstances. …Maqsood belonged to a nationalist group which … [does not] … pose a threat to the state. … The group did not announce any armed struggle. Still Maqsood was killed. There are speculations that … this might be a message to the group to remain within its limits. … This incident [sends] the message that Balochistan-like conditions are being created in Sindh. … It is the responsibility of the government … to solve this mystery. … — (March 23) ~ Selected and translated by Sohail Sangi.

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Analysis of gruesome murders of Secular Sindhi Nationalist Leaders and biggest-ever peaceful rally of Freedom March by the people of Sindh

Must watch analysis of gruesome murders of liberal and secular Sindhi Nationalist leaders of Maqsood Qureshi and Saleman Wadhu and the biggest-ever, 5 million peaceful rally of Freedom march by the people of Sindh. The language of the video clip is in Sindhi language. Discussion by Naseer Memon and Moeson Baber.

Courtesy: Sindhi Tv channel Aawaz Tv

Sindh marches for freedom

By Kirshna Y.

About five million Sindhis marched in Karachi and demanded United Nations and the world community for their intervention for the freedom of Sindh.

Numbers matter. Opinions matter more. If combined together, they determine a vast arena of matters. This is what one can say about the South Asia’s populist and the peaceful most freedom movement ongoing in Sindh. No doubt, the movement has been giving the sparkly glitz since last a few years.

On March 23, 2014, millions of Sindhi people from across the Sindh province held a ‘Freedom March for Sindh’ on the call of Jeay Sindh Qomi Mahaz (JSQM) in Karachi, the capital city of Sindh. They demanded “Independence of Sindh” by appealing the world community especially the United Nations, USA, UK, Russia, France and China for their ‘support and intervention” for the freedom of Sindh to attain its sovereign and independent country. It is worth mentioning here that JSQM is one of secular most political parties in Pakistan.

The march was held on the Republic Day of Pakistan on March 23, 2014. It was also held on the same day in 2012 and was attended by at least two million people. The popular most Sindhi nationalist leader of the last two decades, Bashir Qureshi who was Chairman of Jeay Sindh Qomi Mahaz (JSQM) was poisoned to death by Pakistan?s military establishment and died within a couple of week in April 2012 after holding the freedom march.

After his death, his son Sanan Qureshi, who is in his twenties, was elected as Chairperson of JSQM. Bashir Qureshi’s younger brother Maqsood Qureshi was already a member of GMist Council, the higher most forum of the organization.

 

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Afghanistan Backs Russia’s Crimean Invasion, Fails Irony 101

By Adam Weinstein

Afghan President Hamid Karzai threw U.S. observers for a loop over the weekend, announcing that his country would join Syria and Venezuela in supporting Russia’s Crimea invasion annexation:

Citing “the free will of the Crimean people,” the office of President Hamid Karzai said, “we respect the decision the people of Crimea took through a recent referendum that considers Crimea as part of the Russian Federation.”…

Aimal Faizi, the spokesman for Mr. Karzai, said that the Russian annexation of Crimea was a “legitimate move” and that the palace statement represented Afghanistan’s official recognition of the new borders.

“Afghanistan always respects the free will of the nations on deciding their future,” he wrote in an email. He did not elaborate.

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Half of America in Poverty

Overwhelming Evidence that Half of America is In or Near Poverty

And it’s much worse for black families.

The Charles Koch Foundation recently released a  commercial that ranked a near-poverty-level $34,000 family among the Top 1% of poor people in the world. Bud Konheim, CEO and co-founder of fashion company Nicole Miller,  concurred: “The guy that’s making, oh my God, he’s making $35,000 a year, why don’t we try that out in India or some countries we can’t even name. China, anyplace, the guy is wealthy.”

Comments like these are condescending and self-righteous. They display an ignorance of the needs of lower-income and middle-income families in America. The costs of food and housing and education and health care and transportation and child care and taxes have been well-defined by organizations such as the  Economic Policy Institute, which calculated that a U.S. family of three would require an average of about $48,000 a year to meet basic needs; and by the  Working Poor Families Project, which estimates the income required for basic needs for a family of four at about $45,000. The  median household income is $51,000.

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http://www.alternet.org/economy/overwhelming-evidence-half-america-or-near-poverty

‘Sindh Through Centuries’ International Conference, Karachi.

By Zulfiqar Halepoto

More than 50 historians, researchers, writers, intellectuals and scholars from different parts of the world are gathered and presenting their papers at a three-day seminar ‘Sindh through the centuries’ by the Sindh Madressatul University-Karachi, Sindh.

This is the second International seminar on the subject, as the first international conference was held in March 1975 under the patronage of the then Prime Minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto. The inaugural session was chaired by leader of the opposition in the National Assembly Syed Khurshid Ahmed Shah, while Senator Aitzaz Ahsan, author of The Indus Saga, was the chief guest. Sindh Chief Minister will be chief guest at the concluding session of the conference on March 26.

Besides scholars from across Pakistan, the guest speakers from other parts of the world include Dr Jonathan Mark Kenoyer from the University of Wisconsin, US; Dr Atsushi Noguchi from Meiji University, Tokyo, Japan; Dr Jetho Lalwani from India; Dr Rafique Mughal from Boston University, US; Dr Osada Toshiki of RIHN, Japan; Dr Michael Jansen from German University of Technology, Germany; JaeSeung Park from Hanyang University, Korea; Dr Andre Wink from the University of Wisconsin, US; Dr Matthew A. Cook from North Carolina Central University, US; Dr Rita P. Wright from New York University, US; Indian writer and publisher Saaz Aggarwal; Dr Thomas Dhnhardt from Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, Italy; Dr Michel Boivin, Centre for South Asian Studies, Paris, France; Jrgen Schaflechner from Germany; Korean poet and writer Esther Park; Dr Supriya Banik Pal from India; Dr Murlidhar K. Jetley from the University of Delhi, India; Dr Vinod Asudani from Shri Ramdeobaba College of Engineering and Management, Nagpur, India; Indian poet Kailash Shaadaab; Dr Kamla Goklani from Ajmer, India; Dr Hari Lohano from the University of the West of England, the UK; SumanSonkar from the University of Delhi, India; noted Sindhi scholar from India Hiro Thakur.from Pakistan Dr Hamida Khuhro, Dr Mohammad Ali Shaikh, Dr Nilofer Shaikh, Dr Fahmida Hussain.and others are present there.

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Strength in numbers: JSQM’s ‘Freedom March’ turns into party’s biggest-ever rally

KARACHI: Supporters and activists of the Jeay Sindh Qaumi Mahaz (JSQM) converged at MA Jinnah Road in Karachi for the Freedom March on Sunday. The party managed to attract a respectable crowd, despite the recent killings of two of its leaders and the threats of possible attacks at the rally.

“Is it a sin to love your motherland? Have we ever adopted the path of violence?” questioned the party’s chairperson Sunan Qureshi while addressing the rally. He alleged that his uncle, Maqsood, and another party leader, Wadho, were killed by ‘hidden hands’.

Speaking about the province’s natural resources and its share in the country’s revenue, Sunan said that despite contributing 82 per cent of the country’s natural gas, 69 per cent of its petrol and 80 per cent of the total budget, children were dying in Tharparkar due to starvation. He said that 6.1 million children in Sindh were out of schools. “About 28 per cent people of the total population of Sindh have hepatitis and because of contaminated water and food shortage, the average life expectancy in Sindh is just 43 years,” he claimed.

Sunan also alleged that Sindh’s water is being stolen, saying that the continuous arrival of outsiders in Sindh had created an alarming situation.

“We consider Urdu-speaking people as permanent residents of Sindh. We accept you as our brothers,” he announced, amid of slogans of Jeay Sindh. “But don’t take Sindh as a policy. Sindh is our motherland and we won’t accept its division at any cost.” The youngest leader of any Sindhi nationalist party, Sunan addressed the huge crowd in front of Rimpa Plaza. Leaders of different nationalist parties attended the march, including Riaz Chandio, Khaliq Junejo, Zain Shah, Ameer Bhanbhro and Dodo Mehri.

Sunan said that religious harmony existed in Sindh before the partition of the sub-continent and that religious hatred was now being instigated deliberately.

The funerals of the party’s leaders, Maqsood and Wadho, who were killed on Friday, were also performed after Sunan’s address. Their bodies were later taken to Ratodero, where both will be buried today (Monday).

The area from Tibet Centre to Numaish Chowrangi was cordoned off and all roads were blocked with containers. Participants from different parts of the city joined the main rally which started from Qureshi’s residence in Gulshan-e-Hadeed.

“Both our leaders were shot dead and their bodies were set ablaze,” said party vice-chairperson Dr Niaz Kalani. “We will register an FIR after the burial rites,” he confirmed to The Express Tribune.

Sagar Hanif Burdi, one of the party’s leaders, confirmed that Waseem Akhtar and Ashfaque Mangi of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement had also joined them for the rally.

“The Sindh government has not contacted us yet,” he revealed, saying that only statements have been issued.

This was the second such rally on March 23 by the JSQM – the first was led by Sunan’s deceased father, Bashir Khan Qureshi, in 2012. Bashir died under mysterious circumstances soon after the rally on April 7.

Courtesy: The Express Tribune, March 24th, 2014.
http://tribune.com.pk/story/686523/strength-in-numbers-jsqms-freedom-march-turns-into-partys-biggest-ever-rally/

Ukraine Crisis Could Spark Third World War, Former Communist Party Leader And President Kravchuk Warns

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KIEV — It could be seen as saber rattling, fear-mongering or an astute prediction by a man with intimate knowledge of Ukrainian-Russian history, but Leonid Kravchuk is adamant that Russian President Vladimir Putin has strayed into potentially cataclysmic territory, and that the current showdown in Crimea could escalate into a world war.

In an interview with International Business Times, Kravchuk, who led Ukraine to independence in 1991 and became its first president, claimed there are already 18,000 Russian soldiers in his country and that a full-scale Russian invasion would cause Western powers – including NATO – to engage them militarily.

Read more » INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS TIMES
http://www.ibtimes.com/ukraine-crisis-could-spark-third-world-war-former-communist-party-leader-president-kravchuk-warns

JSQM’s ‘Freedom March’ in Karachi

Meanwhile in Pakistan, the natives (Sindhis) of the largest revenue-generating province, Sindh, of Pakistan took to the arteries of Karachi to demand independence from Pakistan. They alleged that Pakistan was not acknowledging their culture and historical status of a ‘nation’, whose roots are in the Mohen-jo-Daro, the ancient Indus civilization.

A couple of days back, while on work for the ‘Freedom March’, two leaders, Maqsood Qureshi and Salman Wadho, of the organizing Sindhi nationalist party, Jeay Sindh Qaumi Mahaz (JSQM), were found charred in a burned out car in Sindh. The post martem report holds it that they were shot multiple times before the car was set on fire. JSQM alleged that the Pakistani intelligence agencies were involved in the dual murder.

The Freedom March started back in 2012 when the then-party chairman, Bashir Khan Qureshi led the Freedom March in Karachi on March 23rd. The specific day is chosen because, on this day, Pakistan celebrates the passing of the Lahore Resolution, in which official demand for a separate country was upheld; however, unlike the status defined for the federating units to be ‘autonomous’, Pakistan violating the resolution itself made the federating units as ‘provinces’ and tried to paint all nations — Sindhi, Bengali, Baloch, Punjabi — as ONE single nation which all but Punjabis resisted and, consequently, the East Pakistan turned into Bangladesh.

Mr. Qureshi died two weeks past that march ‘mysteriously’.

So, two freedom march at the cost of two central leaders — brothers to each other.

Despite being the richest province of Pakistan, recently, scores of children died in the Thar area of Sindh due to what was being labelled as ‘famine’. Joblessness is prevalent. Poverty is at its bloom in Sindh. Natives are barred from decision-making process and migration from other parts of the country and the world is threatening the natives to turn into minority in their own historical homeland.

The so-called national (Read Urdu-language) media completely blacked out the coverage of the thousands of the Sindhi marching in the country’s largest commercial city, Karachi.

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More details » BBC urdu
http://www.bbc.co.uk/urdu/pakistan/2014/03/140323_jeay_sindh_freedom_march_sa.shtml

23rd March: Sindhis Towards Freedom March

Ahmed MakhdoomBy Dr. Ahmed H. Makhdoom

Today, “Freedom, Freedom, Freedom for Sindh” is the only Echo thundering in Karachi, the capital city of Sindh, and valleys, hills, plains and the corridors of Sindh!

Everyday, simple, innocent, and peace-loving sons of Sindh are abducted by the savages and scavengers of the deep security state – mercilessly and brutally tortured, massacred and then their mutilated and mangled dead bodies burnt beyond recognition! Such is the brutality, inhumanity, wickedness and barbarism happens in this ill-gotten, ill-conceived, corrupt, rogue, and dark deep state every day.

Yesterday, they burnt, disfigured, lacerated and crushed bodies of two of Sindh’s worthy and filial sons – Martyr Maqsood Quraishi (younger brother of Martyr Bashir Quraishi, who was Martyred not very long time ago) and a young Martyr Salman Wadho’s bullet riddled charred bodies – were found in a burnt car, in which they were travelling!

Why? What was their fault? Their ONLY ‘crime’ was that they loved their Motherland, and sang songs in praise of the brightness, beauty and brilliance of their gregarious Land! They demanded justice for the people of Sindh – which is a right of every citizen to do so!

Condemnations for such barbarism and savagery and appeals for justice for the people of Sindh to the ‘civilised’ world has proven futile, useless and in vain! World had presented a “Deaf Ear” to the screams of “Help” from the tortured, tormented and terrorised citizens of Sindh and Balochistan!

People of Sindh are being suffocated! But sadly, tragically and unfortunately  – NO ONE CARES A DAMN!

Today, on 23rd of March, through the freedom march people of Sindh have denounced the Lahore resolution of 1940 and have demanded sovereignty and Freedom for their Ancient and historical Land, Sindh – a 7,000 to 10, 000 years old Indus Civilisation! Millions of people of Sindh have marched towards the Capital City of Sindh, Karachi where they have formally declared Freedom from the slavery and servitude of this miserable, devilish dark deep security state!

Dr. Ahmed H. Makhdoom
23rd March, 2014

Courtesy: Sindhi e-lists/ e-groups + social media

“chaand meri zameen phool mera watan”

Comments of Sindhi intellectuals on social media about so-called Pakistani main stream national TV channels.

Comment by Naseer Memon

23rd March is being celebrated with zeal and fervor. So called national TV channels are airing national song “chaand meri zameen phool mera watan” and two charred bodies of brutally killed workers of a nationalist party are lying in a mortuary in Karachi. Hundreds of thousands of Sindhis are gathering in Karachi to bid them final adieu before the mausoleum of Jinnah. Two days ago they were mysteriously picked up, showered with bullets and dumped in a car that was set ablaze. Sindh is sobbing and wailing for its sons and national media is relentlessly airing “chaand meri zameen phool mera watan”.

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Muzaffar BhuttoComment by Mazhar Memon

Pakistani National media and establishment is reminding us that this watan and zameen belong to them and we are not one of them, this message has been broadcast in very clear words for more than 66 years, but its us who are not listening to it. Killing and burning of Sindhi leaders, Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto, Benazir Bhutto, Shahnawaz Bhutto, Mir Murteza Bhutto, Fazil Rahu, Nazir Abasi,, Maqsood Qureshi, Bashir Qureshi, Muzafar Bhutto, Sirai Qurban Khuhawar, Rooplo Choliani and many others, is another way of conveying same message with little more clarification, they want the land not us.

Comment by Bakhshal Thalho

The days of any government (or the state) are numbered when its legitimacy rests purely upon the capacity of its brutal spy agencies to inspire dread among civilian population. Just coming back with comrades from the funeral prayers of JSQM leaders who were mysteriously picked up, shot with bullets and dumped in a car that was set ablaze.

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Comment by Rahmatullah Turk

Since long time we the Sindhis are continuously questioning our status in this state of Pakistan….???? We were not expecting that one day we will be asking our so-called national media that please tell us our status…????? Are we the people of Sindh not the equal citizens of this state? Was JSQM a banned party? Was JSQM freedom march not very peaceful..? Is it not the right of any citizen of this country to express his/her opinion? Was killing the leaders of the party and burning them not the violation of human rights? Shame on you the so-called national media of Pakistan on your role……..!!!! Are you compelling peace loving Sindh political parties to use same tactics the MQM, and Talban are using against media…???

Courtesy: Sindhi e-list/ e-groups + Social media, March 23-24th, 2014

CNN report – Millions of Sindhis Want freedom

By ShoukatZ

SINDH – Karachi: Pakistan is under the threat of Disintegration and after Baluchistan Now Sindh is also demanding freedom from the state of Pakistan. To show this demand Politically one of the Sindhi Nationalist Party Jiye Sindh Qomi Mahaaz (JSQM) called for a freedom March in the provincial capital of Sindh Province.

The leaders in there speeches were telling the audience about the atrocities of the State and specially brought recently burnt after being Shot dead two of the leaders bodies in protest.

Sanaan Qureshi a young leader and son of the slain Nationalist leader Bashir Khan Qureshi told the audience that we are betrayed and our rights are violated by the state of Pakistan. Demanding own right to live is not a Sin but when we demand it we get killed. He said enough is enough. our survival is in freedom and the state of Pakistan has to demolish.

Niaz Kalani the vice chairman again reminded about the extra judicial killing of Nationalists leaders by state agencies and condemned it. He said our province meets the demands of Pakistan like 70% of Tax revenue, 83 % of natural Gas, Sea ports and the biggest coal mines in thar Desert but our people are dieing of Hunger.

He said this is the right time to show the world and world should see this that millions of peoples are on streets but except regional Sindhi media there is no media Coverage. He further said how long will you suppress our voice, how many people will you kill??. The leaders demanded World Community to Take notice of Extra judicial killings & human rights violation of Sindhi People

The rally was attended by almost 5 million people and the majority was youth of Sindh. After speeches they performed the funeral prayers of their slain leaders whose bodies were brought in the rally.

Courtesy: CNN
http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-1111164