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Month: July 2017

The Rise of Ibn Saud

Following the Arab revolt, Sherif Hussein proclaimed himself King of all the Arab countries, but the British government was prepared to recognise only his control of the Hijaz.

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Confrontation over the future of Arabia ensued between Hussein and another British protégé. Abdul Aziz Ibn Saud, a rising power in central Arabia whose forces had captured the Nejd region with its capital at Riyadh.

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How the Muslims Killed Dracula

There were many excellent sources used for the production of this video. We have listed all references and relevant reading material below;

  1. Dracula: Essays on the Life and Times of Vlad Ţepeş and Vlad III Dracula: The Life and Times of the Historical Dracula by Kurt W. Treptow
  2. https://www.livescience.com/48536-vlad-the-impaler-dark-secrets.html
  3. Velvet Totalitarianism: Post-Stalinist Romania

  4. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vlad_the_Impaler
  5. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Q1mZsVQFGM
  6. https://www.islam21c.com/islamic-thought/dracula-hollywoods-new-desperate-attack-on-islam/
  7. http://www.newstatesman.com/culture/2014/10/what-historical-inaccuracies-dracula-untold-tell-us-about-rise-islamophobia
  8. Dracula, Prince of many Faces: His Life and His Times and The History of Dracula and vampires by McNally, Raymond T and Floresc, Radu R
  9. https://newrepublic.com/article/119991/dracula-untold-islamophobic
  10. Sultan Muḥammad al-Fātiḥ, Dr ʿAli Muḥammad al-Salābi
  11. Mehmed the Conqueror and his Time by Babinger, Franzz
  12. The Vampire Book: The Encyclopaedia of the Undead by J. Gordon Melton

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Japanese island where women are banned gets Unesco world heritage listing

Read the full article by Justin Mccurry or read the key points below;

  1. A sacred island in south-west Japan that bans women and where male visitors must strip naked before going ashore has been declared a Unesco world heritage site.
  2. Okinoshima was once the site of rituals to pray for maritime safety and a centre for relations with China and Korea that stretch back as far as the fourth century.
  3. The 700-square-metre island, along with three nearby reefs and four other related sites were given world heritage status at the UN body’s annual summit in Krakow, Poland, at the weekend, bringing the number of Japanese cultural and natural sites on the list to 21.
  4. a group of Shinto shrines, are permitted to travel to worship at the island’s 17th century shrine, Okitsu. In addition, up to 200 men are allowed to visit only once a year
  5. Before they go ashore, they must observe centuries-old rituals, including removing their clothes and undergoing misogi – bathing naked in the sea to rid themselves of impurities. They are prohibited from taking home mementoes, including small objects such twigs, pebbles and blades of grass, according to the island’s website.
  6. The reason for the ban on women has never been publicly stated, but one theory – which extends to other aspects of Japanese culture – cites the Shinto belief that menstrual blood is impure.
  7. Around 80,000 items regarded as national treasures have been unearthed on the island, including mirrors from Wei dynasty China, gold rings from the Korean peninsula and fragments of a glass bowl from Persia.
  8. the chief priest at Munakata Taisha, said the ban on tourism – and women – would stay in place, despite a flood of inquiries from travel agencies.

 

Pakistan court recommence’s Nawaz Sharif’s ‘corruption’ hearings

Read the full article by or read the key points below;

  1. Prime minister Nawaz Sharif and his family are being accused of illegally profiting from his position as PM during the 1990s.

  2. Pakistan’s Supreme Court has resumed deliberations in a corruption case that could unseat Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, after investigators tasked with probing the allegations submitted their findings to judges on Monday.
  3. The Joint Investigative Team (JIT) spent 60 days gathering evidence and questioning witnesses regarding the prime minister’s family’s assets.
  4. Sharif himself appeared before the inquiry on June 15, while his family where questioned.
  5. The 2016 leak of 11.5 million documents from Panama law firm Mossack Fonseca – dubbed the Panama Papers – showed that three of Sharif’s children were listed as beneficiaries for three offshore companies registered in the British Virgin Islands.
  6. The documents showed these companies were involved in a 2007 loan of $13.8m, made using high-value Sharif-owned properties in the United Kingdom as collateral, and a separate 2007 transaction amounting to $11.2m.
  7. Sharif denies any wrongdoing, saying the sources all of his family’s assets can be legally accounted for.
  8. Sharif contends that the former Qatari prime minister’s father was a business partner, and that the apartments in London were bought using funds transferred from Qatar.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zRDiA6i6NNQ

Germany withdrawing from Turkish air base

Reuters

Read the original article By Francesco Canepa and Tulay Karadeniz or read the key points below;
  1. Germany began on Sunday to pull its troops out of a Turkish air base where they have supported international operations against Islamic State following a row with Ankara over access.
  2. German tornado jets were due to keep operating out of Incirlik until the end of July as part of a mission providing reconnaissance aircraft to support U.S.-led coalition operations against Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.
  3. In the meantime the necessary material was to be moved to a new air base in Jordan, where the planes are scheduled to be deployed by October.
  4. Turkey had refused to allow German lawmakers to make what they saw as a routine visit to the base, saying that Berlin needed to improve its attitude towards Turkey first.
  5. German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Saturday that a bilateral meeting with Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan had revealed “deep differences” between the two NATO allies.

 

UK not breaking law by selling arms to Saudi Arabia

Read the original article by BBC NEWS or read some of the key points below;

  1. The UK Government is not breaking the law by continuing to sign off the sale of arms to Saudi Arabia, the High Court has ruled.
  2. The UN claims strikes on Houthi rebels caused thousands of civilian deaths.
  3. The Government said defence exports would continue to be reviewed but the Campaign Against the Arms Trade said an appeal against the ruling was planned.
  4. Equipment sold to Saudi Arabia includes Typhoon and Tornado fighter jets, as well as precision-guided bombs
  5. The sales contribute to thousands of engineering jobs in the UK, and have provided billions of pounds of revenue for the British arms trade.
  6. Rosa Curling, of law firm Leigh Day, which represented the campaign group, said: “Nothing in the open evidence, presented by the UK government to the court, suggests this risk does not exist in relation to arms to Saudi Arabia.
  7. James Lynch, Amnesty International’s head of arms control and human rights, said the ruling was “deeply disappointing”.
  8. The judges said “closed material”, which had not been made public for national security reasons, “provides valuable additional support for the conclusion that the decisions taken by the secretary of state not to suspend or cancel arms sales to Saudi Arabia were rational”.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DdCM38mnsxI

Trump backtracks on U.S.-Russia cyber unit

Reuters

Read original report by Phil Stewart or read below;

  1. U.S. President Donald Trump on Sunday backtracked on his push for a cyber security unit with Russia, tweeting that he did not think it could happen, only hours after promoting it following his talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
  2. “The fact that President Putin and I discussed a Cyber Security unit doesn’t mean I think it can happen. It can’t,” Trump said on Twitter. He then noted that an agreement with Russia for a ceasefire in Syria “can & did” happen.

 

 

Why Pakistan allow U.S Drone Strikes

It is estimated that there have been 423 drone strikes in Pakistan since 2004.

Mixed sources say that there have been anywhere from 100 Civilian deaths to 3000 including up to 207 children.

Year       Attacks Casualties

Militants              Civilians                Other    Total

2004      1             3             2             2             7

2005      3             5             6             4             15

2006      2             1             93           0             94

2007      4             51           0             12           63

2008      36           223        28           47           298

2009      54           387        70           92           549

2010      122        788        16           45           849

2011      73           420        62           35           517

2012      48           268        5             33           306

2013      26           145        4             4             153

2014      22           145        0             0             145

2015      10           57           0             0             57

2016      2             8             0             0             8

Total      403        2,498     286        274        3,058

Pakistan’s government publicly condemns these attacks. However, it also allegedly allowed the drones to operate from Shamsi Airfield in Pakistan until 21 April 2011.

According to secret diplomatic cables leaked by Wikileaks, Pakistan’s Army Chief Ashfaq Parvez Kayani not only tacitly agreed to the drone flights, but in 2008 requested that Americans increase them.

the propeller-driven drones most commonly used to kill terrorists in Pakistan, would be child’s play for a Pakistani Air Force pilot to take down

They’re easy to detect on radar, and they fly around 100 mph (MQ-1 Predator or an MQ-9 Reaper)

The RQ-170 Sentinel, for example, is much more difficult to detect on radar, and its jet engines enable it to fly at just below the speed of sound.

In the months before Osama Bin Laden’s killing, Sentinel drones flew between the seams of Pakistan’s radar systems to spy on his Abbottabad compound.

Military experts still argue over whether the Sentinel that went down in Iran in 2011 was shot or simply malfunctioned.

 

Pakistan refuses to shoot down US Drones not because it doesn’t have the capability, but due to it’s political subservience to America.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Drone_strikes_in_Pakistan

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/05/19/why-many-people-in-pakistan-support-american-drone-strikes/

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1NAfjFonM-Tn7fziqiv33HlGt09wgLZDSCP-BQaux51w/edit#gid=1000652376

https://www.quora.com/Is-it-difficult-to-shoot-down-a-military-grade-drone

 

 

 

Churchill – A Lifelong Zionist

Britain saw the Jewish national home as creating a reliable client population in a strategically important region.

It helped keep the French, the controllers of neighbouring Syria, out of a territory bordering the Suez Canal area and close to the Arabian Peninsula.

British rule in Palestine lasted for thirty years until the military withdrawal in 1948.

It was continually confronted with the competing claims of the majority Arab population,

which feared displacement by increasing Jewish immigration, and the Jewish population, whose Zionist vision was the consolidation of a homeland as promised by the British.

Overall, however, British strategy in Palestine clearly favoured the Jewish population throughout the 1920s and 1930s in its sponsorship of immigration into Palestine.

This changed the demographic balance in Palestine from 600,000 Arabs and 80,000 Jews in 1917 to one million Arabs and 400,000 Jews by 1938.

The basic policy was set by the 1922 White Paper, drawn up by Colonial Secretary Winston Churchill, whose concern was to ensure that no Arab majority could stand in the way of Jewish immigration.

Churchill – a lifelong Zionist  – regularly spoke against the possibility of the Arabs in Palestine achieving self-determination and representative government.

He regarded Arabs as ‘a lower manifestation’ than the Jews, who, he contended, accomplished much more economically in Palestine and were ‘a higher grade race’ compared to the ‘great hordes of Islam’ who were unable to cultivate the land.

Tom Segev, author of One Palestine Complete, claims that Churchill once told his close friend and an elder of the Zionist movement, Chaim Weizmann, that he would support the Zionists “even if they did horribly stupid things”.

Reference

Mark Curtis (British Secret Affairs)

5 Weapons Used By The Ottomans

Yatagan

The yatagan or yataghan is a type of Ottoman knife used from the mid-16th to late 19th centuries

Yatagans consist of a single-edged slightly curved blade, 60-80CM Long with a bone or ivory hilt

In Ottoman period, yatagans were made in all the major cities of the Ottoman Empire, particularly Constantinople, Bursa and Filibe

One of the finest and earliest examples of the type was the weapon made for Suleiman the Magnificent, who ruled over the Ottoman Empire from 1520 to 1566.

Kilij

The Kilij, (from Turkish kılıç, literally “sword”)  as a specific type of sabre associated with the Ottoman Turks and the Mamluks of Egypt,

it was recognisable by the late 15th century. The oldest surviving examples sport a long blade curving slightly from the hilt and more strongly in the distal half.

The Central Asian Turks and their offshoots begun using curved cavalry swords beginning from the late Hsiung-Nu period.

The earliest examples of curved, single edged Turkish swords can be found associated with the late Hsiung-nu and Kok Turk empires.

Ottoman Mace

Maces are a type of weapon used by many in history, with each having their own designs, usually blunt or and relatively short

Maces where designed to be used with brute force to damage armoured opponents as bladed weapons struggled to penetrate foot soldiers armour

Ottomen maces where blunt with no/little sharp edges as they could get caught and stuck in their opponents plating.

Volley Gun

The Ottomen where one of the first people to use volley type guns

Crafted out of pure bronze, the ottoman used 9 barreled-Wheeled cannons able to thin out infantry groups

They fired stone pellets hundreds of feet towards there enemy at tremendous speeds.

Dardanelles Gun

The Dardanelles Gun was cast in bronze in 1464 by Munir Ali

with a weight of 16.8 t and a length of 5.18 m it was able to fire 24.8 inch stone/Marble boulders weighing up to 1000 Pounds up to a mile

it was used in many Widley known battles such as the Dardanelles Operation, siege of Constantinople and many more

Along with other huge cannons, the Dardanelles Gun was still present for duty more than 340 years later in 1807 and was used to fight the British.

References

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dardanelles_Gun

http://www.allempires.com/article/index.php?q=The_Xiong_Nu_Empire

https://weaponsandwarfare.com/2015/11/07/1400-1590-ottoman-weapons-i/

 

 

 

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