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Month: June 2017

Bangladesh and Nigeria among countries that may face EU Visa restrictions

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  1. The European Union states decided on Friday to restrict visas for foreign countries that refuse to take back their nationals who have no right of asylum in Europe.
  2. The EU is cracking down on immigration following a spike in arrivals across the Mediterranean since 2014.
  3. Italy is now the main gateway to the bloc and most of those reaching European shores after boarding smugglers’ boats in Africa are considered illegal labor migrants.
  4. Some countries, including Bangladesh and Nigeria, are often reluctant to readmit their citizens and the EU has recently doubled down on efforts to expedite such returns.
  5. During a two-day meeting in Brussels, the bloc’s 28 leaders agreed to use “all possible levers, including… reassessing visa policy toward third countries”

Dozens killed in two separate attacks in Pakistan

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

  1. At least 37 people have been killed and more than 100 injured in two separate attacks in Pakistan, according to local officials.
  2. Early on Friday, a suicide car bomber killed 12 people in Quetta in the volatile south-west. In the afternoon, twin blasts hit a market in Parachinar, the largest city in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas, killing at least 25 and injuring more than 100, medical officials said.
  3. The explosion in Quetta seemingly targeted the office of the inspector general of police. Four officers were among those killed in the blast, which occurred after a car carrying explosives was pulled over at a checkpoint.
  4. Despite continued bloodshed, there has been a marked decrease in violence in Pakistan in recent years. Deaths declined by almost two-thirds between 2014 and 2016.
  5. Last year, 1,803 people were killed in terrorist attacks in Pakistan, about 600 of them civilians, according to the South Asia Terrorism Portal.

 

The US-led coalition killed nearly 500 civilians in one month in what the United Nations has called a “staggering loss of life”

Read original article by Josie Ensor on the Telegraph or read just the stats below;

  1. The US-led coalition killed nearly 500 civilians in one month in its pursuit of Islamic State militants in Syria, in what the United Nations has called a “staggering loss of life”.
  2. Some 470 civilians, including 137 children, died in air strikes on the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil)-held cities of Raqqa and Deir Ezzor in eastern Syria between May 23 and June 23.
  3. The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights SOHR) monitor said the period saw the highest civilian death toll in coalition raids for a single month since they began on September 23, 2014.  The figure was more than double the previous 30-day toll.
  4. Rami Abdel Rahman, SOHR’s director, said that the new deaths brought the overall civilian toll from the coalition’s campaign in Syria to 1,953, including 456 children and 333 women.
  5. In March, more than 200 mostly women and children were reported to have been killed while they seeking refuge in a school building in the village of Mansoura.

 

Does Qatar own more of London than the Queen?

Does Qatar Really Own More of London than the Queen?

It is rumored that Qatar owns more of London than the Queen! How much does Qatar really own in the UK? In this video we look at Qatar’s investments in the UK as well their deep political relationship.

The Gulf emirate already has about 35 billion pounds of investments in the U.K., ranging from the Harrods department store to The Savoy hotel and the Shard skyscraper.

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The First Intercontinental Flight in History

The idea of humans having the ability to fly is an enchanting one. For thousands of years, people from all corners of the world have attempted to defy gravity and soar like birds. Abbas ibn Firnas, a Spanish Muslim inventor of the 9th century managed to achieve un-powered glider flight in Cordoba in the 800s by building a set of wings covered in bird’s feathers. While his attempt was successful, his inability to slow down led to a disastrous crash landing that probably discouraged further attempts by enterprising inventors like him.

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Muslim Woman told to ‘get the f*** out’ of office after refusing to change headscarf colour

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  1. A Muslim woman is suing her former employers after allegedly being ordered to remove her black headscarf because the garment had “terrorist affiliations”.
  2. The estate agent, who did not want to be named, had been working for Harvey Dean in Bury for almost a year when she says managers took issue with her hijab.
  3. A complaint filed at the Manchester Employment Tribunal says the woman was told that moving from a back office into public view meant “that it would be in the best interest of the business for her to change the colour of her hijab, due to the supposed terrorist affiliation with the colour black”.
  4. A colleague allegedly claimed that the predominantly white and non-Muslim community around the company’s office would “feel intimidated and scared if they saw the claimant”.
  5. The woman, who had been wearing a black headscarf that left her face uncovered since starting at Harvey Dean, said she was not prepared to change her attire for the reasons given. She says she refused again in a phone call and a meeting held the following day with the male manager, who had allegedly brought coloured hijabs into the office for her to change into. Hours later, the claimant says she was reprimanded for sending a text message to her father.
  6. “He then went on a tirade accusing the claimant of not working,” read tribunal documents seen by The Independent. “The claimant informed him that she was on her lunch break but he told her that he did not care [and] then proceeded to tell her to: ‘Get the f*** out of here.’”

 

List of 13 demands by Saudi Arabia and others on Qatar

Read original article on Al Jazeera or read just the list of demands below;

1) Scale down diplomatic ties with Iran and close the Iranian diplomatic missions in Qatar, expel members of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard and cut off military and intelligence cooperation with Iran. Trade and commerce with Iran must comply with US and international sanctions in a manner that does not jeopardise the security of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC).

2) Immediately shut down the Turkish military base that is currently being built, and halt military cooperation with Turkey inside Qatari territories.

3) Sever all ties to all the “terrorist, sectarian and ideological organisations,” specifically the Muslim Brotherhood, ISIL, al-Qaeda, Fateh Al-Sham (formerly known as Nusra Front) and Lebanon’s Hezbollah. Qatar needs to formally declare those entities as terrorist groups based on the list of groups that was announced by Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, UAE and Egypt, and concur with all future updates of this list.

4) Stop all means of funding for individuals, groups or organisations that have been designated as terrorists by Saudi Arabia, UAE, Egypt, Bahrain, US and other countries.

5) Hand over “terrorist figures,” fugitives and wanted individuals from Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Egypt and Bahrain to their countries of origin. Freeze their assets, and provide any desired information about their residency, movements and finances.

6) Shut down Al Jazeera Network and its affiliate stations.

7) End interference in sovereign countries’ internal affairs. Stop granting citizenship to wanted nationals from Saudi Arabia, UAE, Egypt and Bahrain. Revoke Qatari citizenship for existing nationals where such citizenship violates those countries’ laws.

8) Qatar has to pay reparations and compensation for loss of life and other financial losses caused by Qatar’s policies in recent years. The sum will be determined in coordination with Qatar.

9) Qatar must align itself with the other Gulf and Arab countries militarily, politically, socially and economically, as well as on economic matters, in line with an agreement reached with Saudi Arabia in 2014.

10) Submit all personal details of all the opposition members that Qatar supported and detail all support that Qatar has provided them in the past. Stop all contacts with the political opposition in Saudi Arabia, UAE, Egypt and Bahrain. Hand over all files detailing Qatar’s prior contacts with and support for those opposition groups.

11) Shut down all news outlets that it funds, directly and indirectly, including Arabi21, Rassd, Al Araby Al Jadeed, Mekameleen and Middle East Eye, etc.

12) Agree to all the demands within 10 days of it being submitted to Qatar, or the list becomes invalid.

13) Consent to monthly audits for the first year after agreeing to the demands, then once per quarter during the second year. For the following 10 years, Qatar would be monitored annually for compliance.

Tragic – 800 Years Old – The Great Mosque of al-Nuri in Mosul has been destroyed

Read original article on Al-Jazeera or read a quick summary below;

  1. The landmark Grand al-Nuri Mosque of Mosul and its leaning minaret have been blown up, with the Iraqi army blaming ISIL for its destruction and the armed group accusing a US-led coalition air raid.
  2. “Our forces were advancing toward their targets deep in the Old City and when they got to within 50 metres of the Nuri mosque, Daesh committed another historical crime by blowing up the Nuri mosque,” Staff Lieutenant General Abdulamir Yarallah, the overall commander of the Mosul offensive, said in a statement late Wednesday.
  3. In a statement on its Amaq website, ISIL blamed US aircraft for destroying the mosque.The US military denied the allegation. “We did not strike in that area,” coalition spokesman US Air Force Colonel John Dorrian told Reuters news agency by phone.
  4. Iraqis lovingly call the minaret Al-Hadba, or “the hunchback”. The mosque is named after Nuruddin al-Zanki, a noble who fought the early crusaders from a fiefdom that covered territory in modern-day Turkey, Syria and Iraq. The mosque was built in 1172-73, shortly before his death, and housed an Islamic school.
  5. Al Jazeera’s Bernard Smith, reporting from Erbil, said Iraqis were expressing their anger and outrage over the bombing on social media.”This is one of Iraq’s most important, historical symbols. Enormous anger here,” Smith said.

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Shocking – Man sets fire to memorial for Muslim teen Nabra Hassanen who was recently brutally murdered

Original Article on New York Daily News

  1. A South Carolina man has been arrested for setting fire to a memorial for slain Virginia teen Nabra Hassanen.

    Washington D.C. residents gathered at the capital’s Dupont Circle on Tuesday night to grieve  the 17-year-old, who was walking back to her mosque in Fairfax County when she was attacked and possibly sexually assaulted by a road rage driver.

  2. D.C. police confirmed to the Daily News that officers were called Wednesday morning after fire was set to the memorial at a fountain.

    A spokeswoman said that Jonathan Solomon, a 24-year-old from South Carolina, had been arrested just after 10 a.m., and added that “at this time, the incident does not appear to be motivated by bias.”

  3. Sgt. Anna Rose, who said in a statement that the fountain did not suffer any permanent damage, did not have information on why Solomon was in D.C. or around the memorial to the Virginia teen.

    Nabra was walking back to the mosque for late night prayers with her friends when she was attacked early Sunday morning, and the fact that she was wearing traditional Muslim clothing made her family suspect that her death was a hate crime.

  4. However, Fairfax County Police said Monday that Darwin Torres, a 22-year-old El Salvador native suspected of being in the U.S. illegally, appeared to be motivated by road rage rather than hatred towards Nabra’s faith.

    Torres allegedly argued with one of the boys with Nabra and chased the teens with a baseball bat before catching and assaulting his victim.

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