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Month: May 2017

American Portland Terrorist Jeremy Christian Appears in Court

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Unease about white supremacist activity in Portland deepened after the fatal stabbings of two men who tried to shield young women from an anti-Muslim tirade, and some people worry that the famously tolerant community could see a resurgence of the hostilities that once earned it the nickname “Skinhead City.”

The attack aboard a light-rail train happened Friday, the first day of Ramadan, the holiest time of the year for Muslims. Authorities say Jeremy Joseph Christian started verbally abusing two young women, including one wearing a hijab. When three other men on the train intervened, police say, Christian attacked them, killing two and wounding one.

Christian, 35, was scheduled to appear in court Tuesday to face two counts of aggravated murder and other charges. The deaths stunned the city, but also underscored nervousness about recent events, including a series of apparent hate crimes in the region and contentious public rallies that have drawn national attention.

The Pacific Northwest has a long and violent history of white supremacist and other racist activities, despite its more recent reputation for being one of the nation’s most socially liberal regions. “The idea that Portland is so liberal supersedes this dark, hidden secret about racism,” said Karen Gibson, a professor of urban studies at Portland State University.

Many of the early settlers to Oregon were from Southern states and brought with them negative attitudes about blacks, Gibson said. Only about 6 percent of the Portland population is black, while more than 70 percent is non-Hispanic white, statistics show

Abandoned baby in Malaysia is given the name ‘Ramadhan’

Read original article on the Star or read some of the key points below;

  1. “KUANTAN: A newborn baby boy, who was found abandoned in a garbage bin, has been named Muhammad Ramadhan after the holy month.”
  2. “State Women and Family Development, Communications and Multimedia Committee chairman Datuk Shahaniza Shamsuddin said it could be the blessing of God during the holy month of Ramadan that the baby was still alive.”
  3. “Muhammad Ramadhan is healthy and only had a small injury on his head,” she said after visiting the baby at Hospital Sultan Haji Ahmad Shah in Temerloh yesterday.”
  4. “The 2.4kg baby was found wrapped in newspapers with his umbilical cord still attached in a garbage bin at a housing estate on Sunday morning. It is learnt that the baby would be placed under the care of the Welfare Department.”

Tarique Ghaffur – ex-police chief – says Terrorist suspects should be locked up in internment camps

Read original article on the RT or read a quick summary below;

  1. “According to Tarique Ghaffur, who occupied a high-ranking position in Scotland Yard, mass incarceration is a necessary measure for national security, as there are far too many suspects for the police and intelligence services to monitor.”
  2. “He called for at least 3,000 people to be sent to internment camps, which have been historically used to lock up suspects without trial or evidence of wrongdoing.”
  3. “It emerged over the weekend that Britain’s domestic security agency, MI5, has monitored 23,000 people suspected of involvement in Islamist extremism in recent years, of which 3,000 are still “subjects of interest.”
  4. “Internment was introduced in Northern Ireland during the Troubles. Up to 2,000 people were detained for over four years without trial, leading to hunger strikes and public backlash.”
  5. Ghaffur said the idea of interning terrorist suspects should not be shunned because of “political correctness.” “Let us have a proper national debate about this, and not be afraid to speak openly for fear of offending any communities, or for the sake of political correctness,” he said.”

Photo of the Maze Prison in Northern Ireland, built on the site of the Long Kesh internment camp

Protest against increasing power cuts in Pakistan during Ramadan

Read original article on Reuters or read some of the key points below;

  1. Protesters in the southern port city of Karachi set tires ablaze on Tuesday after power cuts disrupted a traditional pre-dawn meal during the holy month of Ramadan. Technical breakdowns in the past week have boosted the frequency and length of blackouts, sparking anger during the blistering late summer months.
  2. A transmission line had tripped due to high humidity, K-Electric said on social network Twitter, adding that the load shedding would persist for two to three weeks more. Some protesters then tried to attack and set fire to the office of the main power provider, K-Electric.
  3. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif came to power four years ago promising to end scheduled blackouts – known as “load shedding” – that have plagued daily life for years, hobbling the economy and deterring foreign investment.
  4. Sharif called an emergency meeting of a cabinet energy panel on Tuesday to discuss the power outages. In a statement, the prime minister’s office said the meeting focused on “urgent measures” to reduce power cuts during Ramadan, which coincides this year with summer temperatures forecast in some regions at around 40 degrees Celsius (104°F).
  5. On Monday, two demonstrators were killed in another protest against electricity shortages in the northwestern province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, reportedly when police fired to disperse crowds.

40% decline in US visas for Pakistan, 28% increase for India


Read original article on the Hindustan Times or read some of the key points below;

  1.  “Pakistan has had a significant 40% drop in the number of American visas granted to its nationals under the new Donald Trump administration despite not being on the list of the US President’s travel ban countries.”
  2.  “The number of non-immigrant US visas to Indians increased by 28% in March and April this year as compared to the monthly average of the previous year, according to the newly-released monthly official data.”
  3.  “Pakistanis were issued 3,925 non-immigrant visas in April and 3,973 visas in March, 2017. Even in 2015, monthly average remained 6,179 as a total of 74,150 Pakistanis had been granted visas.”
  4.  “Even in 2015, monthly average remained 6,179 as a total of 74,150 Pakistanis had been granted visas. The data showed that Indian nationals received 87,049 visas in April and 97,925 visas in March this year. Last year, people from India received 72,082 non-immigrant visas each month on average with an annual total of 864,987 visas.”
  5.  “Pakistan is not the only Muslim-majority country experiencing decline in non-immigrant US visas. A similar analysis of 50 Muslim majority countries reveals that number of visas issued to their nationals has also declined by 20 per cent in April as compared to their monthly country average last year, the report said.”


India tightens meat industry laws amid fierce protests

Read original article on The Guardian or read some of the key points below;

  1. “India’s Hindu nationalist government has announced the tightest restrictions yet on the country’s multi-billion dollar meat industry, drawing fierce protests from some states amid warnings that millions of jobs could be lost.
  2. “Footage emerged on Monday of what appeared to be a fresh vigilante attack on cattle traders, one of a spate of assaults and at least 10 killings of Indians accused of consuming or transporting beef since 2015.”
  3. “India’s environment ministry announced new restrictions on Friday, banning livestock including cows, buffaloes and camels from being sold for slaughter at animal markets. The rules, which the government says are in the interests of animal welfare, also prohibit selling livestock for entertainment and implement minimum standards for animal housing and transportation.”
  4. “Fauzan Alavi, a spokesman for the All-India Meat and Livestock Exporters Association said, the restrictions could cost a significant percentage of the estimated 2.5m jobs tied directly to the meat industry, most of which are held either by Muslims or the country’s discriminated-against Dalit caste.”
  5. “The issue has frequently been a trigger for tension with the country’s largest minority group, Muslims, whose religion has no injunction against beef, but efforts to ban the meat also divide Hindu secularists from religious nationalists of the same faith.”




Deadly Cyclone Mora hits Bangladesh in Pictures

A deadly Cyclone Mora has hit the south-eastern coast of Bangladesh, killing at least five people. Most of them were killed by falling trees in the districts of Cox’s Bazar and Rangamati, officials told the BBC. Hundreds of houses were fully or partly damaged, the officials said. Significant damage is reported in refugee camps housing Rohingya Muslims from neighbouring Myanmar. The authorities have moved hundreds of thousands of people to shelters.

Map showing Chittagong and Cox's Bazar in Bangladesh

Source: bbc.co.uk

A rickshaw puller waits for passengers during rainy weather in the streets in Dhaka, Bangladesh, 29 May 2017.

source: bbc.co.uk

Bangladeshi villagers take refuge in a cyclone shelter following an evacuation by authorities in the coastal villages of the Cox's Bazar district on 29 May 2017.

source: bbc.co.uk

People clear debris from their house in Sittwe, Rakhine State, western Myanmar. Photo: 30 May 2017

source: bbc.co.uk

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source: indianexpress.com

Bangladesch Zyklon Mora (bdnews24.com)

A man stands beneath an umbrella beneath felled trees


Millions of China’s Uyghur Muslims yet again banned from observing Ramadan as restaurants forced to remain open

Read original article on Radio Free Asia or read a quick summary below;

  1.  “Authorities in northwest China are implementing a set of “stability maintenance” measures in Xinjiang during Ramadan, but sources say restaurants have been ordered to stay open throughout the Islamic sacred month as part of the directive, suggesting efforts to undermine the Muslim tradition of fasting.”
  2.  “A Han Chinese official with the Zawa township government in Qaraqash said that his office had been ordered by county officials to keep restaurants “open as usual … especially during the Ramadan period”  saying, “If anybody fails to comply with this order, they will be dealt with, and while I’m not sure of the specific punishment, [the restaurants] should be open no matter what.”
  3.  “The order to keep restaurants open during Ramadan does not appear to have been extended to other Muslim minorities living in China. An ethnic Hui Muslim restaurant owner in Ningxia Autonomous Region’s capital Yinchuan said he would be closing his business for Ramadan, much like he does every year.”
  4.  “Officials in Hotan city also ordered restaurants and stores selling food and drink to remain open during fasting hours, with fines imposed on owners who failed to comply.”
  5. “According to the Zawa official, teachers, public servants and employees in the service sector are “not allowed to fast” during Ramadan. Schoolchildren were also barred from religious observance, while at least one Uyghur studying at Kashgar University in Kashgar prefecture said administrators at his school “regularly check each classroom and force Uyghur students to drink water or eat something in front of them.”
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