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October 2016

Human Rights group alarmed at extra-judicial killings
of MQM workers' by para-military force in Pakistan

By Abdus Sattar Ghazali: Human right groups are alarmed at the spate of deaths of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) workers in the custody of para-military force in Karachi. The para-military force has been implicated in serious human rights abuses, including torture and other ill-treatment of criminal suspects, extrajudicial killings, and enforced disappearances, the New York-based Human Rights Watch says. In May, Director General (DG) Rangers, Major General Bilal Akber, accepted that a deceased MQM worker, Aftab Ahmed,  was tortured by Rangers in custody for 90 days. General's statement came after pictures and videos were seen doing rounds on the social media, showing the corpse of the deceased MQM worker having major torture marks across his body. Read More

Egyptian kangaroo court confirms 20-year-prison sentence on Morsi
By Abdus Sattar Ghazali:
Amid mounting anger against the US-client government of Field Marshal Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi because of tax rises, soaring food prices, inflation and cuts in state subsidies, a kangaroo court in Cairo has confirmed a 20-year prison sentence against Mohamed Morsi, the first democratically elected President who was deposed by Al-Sisi in July 2013. In April 2015, a Cairo court had sentenced Morsi to 20 years in prison for inciting violence against protesters who had staged a sit-in outside the Ittihadiya presidential palace in December 2012, when Morsi was still in power.
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Terrorists attack police training college in Pakistan: 60 cadets killed and 120 injured
By Abdus Sattar Ghazali:
At lease 60 cadets were killed and more than 120 injured as terrorists attack on Monday night (October 24)  the Police Training College in Quetta, Pakistan, in one of the deadliest extremist attacks this year. Three gunmen burst into the sprawling academy, targeting sleeping quarters home to some 700 recruits, and sent terrified young men aged between 15 and 25 fleeing. Communication intercepts showed the attack was carried out by Al-Alimi faction of the Lashkar-i-Jhangvi militant group, IG Frontier Corps (FC) Major General Sher Afgan said. The group itself has not claimed the attack. Most of the deaths were caused when two of the attackers blew themselves up. The third was shot dead by Frontier Corps (FC) troops. At least 120 people were injured, according to Dawn News.  The IG FC said "terrorists were communicating with their handlers in Afghanistan". “There were three terrorists and all of them were wearing suicide vests,” he added.
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Suu Kyi  must stop the ethnic cleansing in Arakan
By dr. Habib Siddiqui
: Myanmar’s government said that the October 9 raids were conducted by the Aqamul Mujahidin organization, which it described as being affiliated with an extremist group. On the other hand, a previously unknown group- Faith Movement - has released a press statement on October 15 in which it claimed itself as the sons of Arakan soil who were compelled by the dire situation that they faced to make their own destiny through uprising, self-determination in self-defense. “We stand as an independent body which is free from all elements of terror in any nature,” the press release stated “that seeks fundamental but legitimate rights and justice for all ARAKANESE including our innocent Rohingyas and OTHER civilians dying from the continuous military assaults.”
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Syria: Descent into hell
 Arthur Kane Scott: One of the most disturbing pictures, besides those depicting Syrians crossing the Aegean Sea to escape into Europe, was the picture of Omran, five-year old boy, dazed and sitting in an ambulance. It went viral on social media. The Syrian Civil War has created the largest refugee problem since World War II, and the Rwandan genocide of 1994 involving Hutu and Tutsi. In this act of genocide 800,000 Tutsi were slaughtered. Half the Syrian population of 23 million have found their lives disrupted. Another 400,000 to 500,000 forced to leave their homes. Of these, one-quarter killed, half of whom are civilians. One million Syrians have sought refuge in Europe. This has created a nationalistic or far-right backlash among European Union members echoed in the United States with the Republican candidate Donald Trump. It has given rise to Far Right movements calling for boarder closings and the United Kingdom to Brexit.
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Hillary's War Crime
By Paul Craig Roberts: Today, October 20, 2016, is the fifth anniversary of the murder of Muammar Gaddafi by forces organized and unleashed by US President Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Remember the killer b*tch's performance, with gleeful laughter, on CBS "News": "We came, we saw, he died." Muammar Gaddafi was the most progressive political leader in the world. Gaddafi used Libya's oil wealth for the benefit of the Libyan people. He lived in a tent, a nice tent, but not in a palace, and he did not have collections of European exotic cars or any of the other paraphernalia associated with the ruling families in Saudi Arabia and the oil emirates that are Washington's Middle Eastern allies. Read More

Libya: Five years after Gaddafi’s brutal murder
By Abdus Sattar Ghazali:
Five years after the Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi’s overthrow and brutal murder (on October 20, 2011) the situation is now far worse than it was five years ago, as rival militias fighting for control. Libya has been split between rival parliaments and governments, each backed by a loose array of militias and tribes. Now five years on, Libya is caught between two rival governments, with the western recognized parliament forced into exile in the eastern city of Tobruk in 2014, following a military uprising from the opponent group known as 'Libyan Dawn', who have since set up parliament in the capital, Tripoli. In a dramatic development, on September 12, 2016, forces loyal to CIA-backed General Khalifa Haftar took control of two key oil ports. His troops seized Al Sidra and Ras Lanuf terminals on Libya’s Mediterranean coast and hoped to seize a third terminal, Al Zueitina, said Brigadier General Ahmed Al Mosmary, a spokesman for General Haftar’s forces.General Haftar,  has refused to endorse a UN-backed national unity government in Tripoli and remains loyal to the rival administration based in the east of the country.
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Is BRICS a crumbling bloc?
By Abdus Sattar Ghazali: The 8th summit of
BRICS, an association of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa, ended in Goa, India on Sunday (October 16) with a lengthy communiqué dubbed as Goa Declaration.  The 7,000plus words document covers a range of measures, including establishing a new credit ratings agency, fighting tax evasion and combating terrorism. The October 15-16 BRICS summit was attended by Chinese President Xi Jinping, Russian President Vladimir Putin, Brazilian President Michel Temer, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and South African President Jacob Zuma. Russian President Vladimir Putin says that BRICS reflects the member-countries' commitment to uphold international law when some Western countries are trying to promote unilateral approaches. In an interview on the occasion of the 8th summit in Goa, India, Putin described BRICS as one of the key elements of the emerging multi-polar world. However, Liu Zhen writes in South China Morning Post, "the BRICS countries share few political, economic, social and even foreign policy interests except for shared unhappiness about the domination of global governance by the West.
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The Latest Crisis in Arakan (Mynamar) is Alarming
By Dr. Habib Siddiqui:
The situation inside the Rohingya villages in north-western Arakan (Rakhine) state of Myanmar, bordering Bangladesh, is dire. Another genocidal campaign has been launched by the government. As we have seen before with the previous military regimes, the new government of Aung San Suu Kyi has its version of justification for its heavy handed treatment of the minority Muslims. According to government reports in the state media, armed men believed to be from the long-oppressed Rohingya Muslim minority launched a coordinated assault on predawn hours of October 9, killing nine police, injuring five and making off with 48 weapons of various types and 6624 rounds of assorted ammunition, 47 bayonets, and 164 magazines.   
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Pakistan's Gwadar Port is now operational as first Chinese ship docks
By Abdus Sattar Ghazali:
First Chinese ship, named Tianfu, finally docked on Sunday (Oct 16) at Pakistan's Gwadar port that is center of $46 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor project between Beijing and Islamabad. The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) is about 3,000 kilometers long consisting of highways, railways and pipelines that will connect China’s Xinjiang province to rest of the world through Pakistan’s Gwadar port.The money China is planning to pour into Pakistan is more than twice the amount of all foreign direct investment Pakistan has received since 2008, and considerably more than the entire assistance from the United States, Pakistan's largest donor until now, since 2002, according to a BBC report.
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Islamophobia in Romania: Lawsuit filed against building of a mosque in Bucharest
By Abdus Sattar Ghazali:
Amid anti-Islam and anti-Muslim euphoria, fomented by opportunist right-wing politicians, a lawsuit has been filed in Bucharest against building a mosque in the Romanian capital.
The lawsuit seeks to reverse a June 2015 decision by the then Romanian prime minister, Victor Ponta, to approve construction of what could become the largest mosque in Eastern Europe — second only to the Blue Mosque in Istanbul — on a large tract of city-owned land in northern Bucharest. Read More

US-backed Saudi Arabia's war crimes in Yemen
By Abdus Sattar Ghazali
: The killing of 140 people by a Saudi airstrike, on October 8, in Yemen has renewed focus on the Saudi atrocities and war crimes in Yemen. More than 6,000 people have been killed since the conflict began in March 2015 – half of them civilians and more than 1,100 of them children, according to the UN. Tellingly, while the mainstream media is busy in focusing on the US presidential elections and the Syrian crisis, the reports about killing of Yemenis by indiscriminate Saudi air strikes are virtually ignored. Read More

India’s refusal to accept the disputed nature of Kashmir
By Dr. Ghulam Nabi Fai
: “Kashmir is an integral part of India, constitutionally, legally and morally something that is non-negotiable.” Ram Jethmalani, Outlook Magazine, October 8, 2016. “Let me state unequivocally that Jammu and Kashmir is an integral part of India and will always remain so.’ Sushma Swaraj September 26, 2016. The fallacy advocated by the most celebrated Indian jurist and the Indian foreign minister deserves some clarification.
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Russia and Turkey sign strategic Turkish Stream gas pipeline deal
By Abdus Sattar Ghazali:
Turkey and  Russia Monday (Oct 10, 2016) signed the Turkish Stream gas pipeline agreement.  The signing of the strategic deal came after a meeting between Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and Russian President Vladimir Putin who was in Istanbul to attend the 23rd World Energy Congress which gathered 10,000 participants, including four presidents, 250 energy ministers, academia, policy¬makers and CEOs of top energy companies.
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The GOP Must Dump Trump
By Habib Siddiqui
Can a video tape deal a death blow to Donald Trump’s presidential campaign?
Could the unthinkable really happen? The Republican presidential candidate is in a deep shit – excuse my English here – after the release of a 2005 video tape this Friday in which he bragged about groping and trying to have sex with women. He came out in the soap opera as a skilled predator who used his ‘celebrity’ status to do whatever he wanted with women – married or unmarried – while he was already married to his 3rd wife. In this video, he revealed himself as a filthy, vulgar, sexually obsessed and aggressive SOB with no moral compass. Of course, such a revelation should not have surprised anyone, except perhaps the Republican die-hards who wants to remain in their cocoon state of mind. Read More

Mysterious killing of Muslim Brotherhood leaders once again highlights
brutal repression of Egypt's military govt.
By Abdus Sattar Ghazali: Two Muslim Brotherhood leaders have been killed in suspicious circumstances by the Egyptian security forces.
A ministry statement carried by the official MENA news agency said 61-year-old Dr. Mohammed Kamal, a physician by profession, was killed along with Yasser Shahata Ali Ragab in an exchange of gunfire as police tried to arrest the two late on Monday (Oct 3, 2016) night. But a Brotherhood statement posted on its official website shortly after reports of the shootout surfaced said Dr. Kamal had been arrested by police, suggesting he was killed after being taken into custody. The mysterious killing of the two Muslim Brotherhood leaders once again highlights the brutal policies of the US-backed military government of Filed Marshall Abdel Fatah el-Sisi who came to power in July 2013 by overthrowing the elected President Mohammad Morsi.
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The myth of India's surgical strike on Pakistan-controlled Kashmir
By Abdus Sattar Ghazali:
A Japanese magazine has questioned the Indian claim of conducting surgical strikes on Pakistan-controlled Kashmir, maintaining India does not have capacity to do so. The Diplomat magazine has carried an article under the title: "Is India Capable of a Surgical Strike in Pakistan Controlled Kashmir?"  The article is written by  Shawn Snow, who raised few questions about India's capability to conduct any surgical strike on Pakistan soil. "A surgical strike operation by Indian forces begs the question of whether Indian forces have the capability to launch such a sophisticated and coordinated attack," Snow wrote in the magazine. 
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River water dispute between China, India & Pakistan
By Abdus Sattar Ghazali:
As the war of words continued between the two nuclear neighbors many Indian defense experts advised hawkish Prime Minister Naendra Modi to use the water as a weapon against Pakistan by scrapping the Indus Water Treaty (IWT). On September 26, Prime Minister Modi headed a top level meeting in New Delhi to reconsider the 1960 IWT agreement. Although no clear decision could be taken, while addressing the tiptop officials the Indian premier said: “Blood and water can’t flow at the same time.” As India mulled scrapping of Indus Water Treaty with Pakistan China blocked tributary of Brahmaputra in Tibet to build dam.
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Child parent relationship in second half of 21st century
By Oostur Raza:
While the world wonders what changes and shifts in economy and military powers are likely in the second half of the 21st century, I believe a quantum change for the human race is likely to come from a fundamental shift in the social unit known as a family.  Read More

Book Review: The prima materia of Myanmar Buddhist Culture by Shwe Lu Maung
By Dr. Habib Siddiqui: How was it possible for the Myanmar military to rule this multi-ethnic, - racial, and –religious country for so many decades? What ideology boosted its credibility to rule almost unopposed for all those years?  The answer is provided by Dr. Shwe Lu Maung (Shahnawaz Khan) in his latest book - "The prima materia of Myanmar Buddhist Culture: Laukathara of Rakhine Thu Mrat," published in the USA by Shahnawaz Khan (2016). The author, a diaspora Burmese from Arakan (Rakhine), has been living in the USA for decades. He is an acclaimed author of six books on his native country that have helped us immensely in our understanding of the complex political landscape of modern Myanmar.  This book – a translated work - is an excellent source to understand the very treasure trove from which the ex-generals reportedly drew their inspiration to ruling the country. After all, in 1990, Sr. Gen. Saw Maung, the military ruler of the country at the time (who reportedly believed himself to be the reincarnation of an 11th-century warrior-king), famously said that he would rule the country according to Laukathara.
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Bay Area Community pays rich tribute to Syed Rifat Mahmood
By Abdus Sattar Ghazali: The San Francisco Bay Area community paid rich tribute to Syed Rifat Mahmood, President of United Muslims of America, Founder of the Islamic Society of East Bay, American Institute of International Studies and Journal of America and Author. Syed Rifat Mahmood passed away  in Fremont CA on August 4, 2016 after a long illness. The United Muslim of America (UMA) sponsored a special event on August 28 at the Chandni Restaurant, Newark, CA to recognize his sincere services to the community. A host of community leaders and civil activists gathered to honor Syed Rifat Mahmood who enriched his community with his community in civic, political and religious fields. Among those who addressed the gathering included: Zara Mahmood (daughter of Syed Mahmood), Dr. Waheed Siddiqui, Reshma Inamdar, Javed Ellahie, Samina Sundas, Mertze Dahlin, Shafi Refai, Tashie Zaheer, Prof. Arthur Scott, Javed Khan, Dr. Khalid Baig, Moeena Shaiq, Iftekhar Hai, Nihal Khan, Hazem Khera (for Dr. Agha Saeed), Ahmed Kaleem Hashmi, Abdus Sattar Ghazali, Ali Cemantur and Dr.  Ostur Raza. Dr. Rajabally concluded the commemorative gathering. Read More

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