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Month: August 2018

Qatar is the RICHEST country but is it FAIR? – KJ VIDS

*Since we made this video, Qatar has now lifted the exit restriction permit system for migrant workers*

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/09/qatar-lifts-exit-permit-system-migrants-workers-180905092910224.html

Qatar is the RICHEST country but is it FAIR?

Qatar is the richest country in the world with a per capita income of approximately $125,000. But much like other countries, a wealth gap has inevitably led to a potentially irreversible Qatar poverty rate, so long as this disproportionate distribution of wealth continues to occur.

Qatar serves as another reminder that the production of wealth does not automatically equate to a fairer society where everyone can benefit from the country’s wealth. This is important to observe since as long as emerging economies such as Pakistan and Turkey focus on the creation of wealth, rather than the distribution of wealth, they will inevitably face the same problems.

America and Turkey, FRIENDS or FOES? – KJ Vids

The close U.S.-Turkish relationship dates back to the early days of the Cold War. That’s when Turkey sent its troops to fight alongside U.S. soldiers in the Korean War. In return, Turkey become an important NATO member and a bulwark against Soviet expansionism in the eastern Mediterranean. As of 2018, Turkey’s armed forces are the fourth most powerful in the Alliance. And the Incirlik air base in Southern Turkey serves as a critical hub for U.S. fighter jets in their Middle East missions, particularly over Iraq and Syria.

But despite the current cooperation between the U.S. and Turkey, the strategic alliance and trust between the countries began to falter with the end of the Cold War. I’m Kasim, this is KJ Vids and in this video, we will look at the US-Turkish Relationship.

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WORLD RECORD Holder for 111 CONSECUTIVE THAI BOXING rounds – KJ Vids

Mubzz Bajwa is a British Pakistani Muay Thai Fighter. He holds the Guinness world record for 111 consecutive Thai boxing rounds.

Having sized down from once a 100KG, he now has done 4 hours of bag work whilst fasting. He was inducted into the martial arts hall of fame.

He has featured in the MAI magazine and writes for MAUK

He now has a stunt man and acting role in an upcoming movie.

He now raises funds for charities by doing incredible challenges

His latest challenge is a 2-day trek over the Brecon beacons, a sky dive and an underwater seabed walk from Rhossili Bay to Worms Head Island.

He is completing the trek along with a 10-year-old Tyler Ford who is a multiple times world champion

Tyler is also the son of Great, great grandson of Petty Officer Edgar Evans who was a famous Welsh naval officer

The funds they raise will go towards cancer pumps for the Birmingham Children’s Hospital.

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TURKEY and QATAR, Brothers or FRIENDS in NEED? – KJ Vids

TURKEY and QATAR, Brothers or FRIENDS in NEED? – KJ Vids

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TURKISH-QATAR Relations | FRIENDS in Need | KJ Vids

A week since the Turkish Lira crisis hit the headlines and whilst Erdogan and Trump play out a diplomatic tussle, the Turkish lira improved from record lows after Qatar’s Sheikh – Thamim bin Hamad Al Thani – said Qatar was standing by it “brothers in Turkey,” as he announced a $15bn investment into the country’s financial markets and banks.

But why has Qatar entered the scene and helped to temporarily, temper the crises. I’m Kasim, this is KJ Vids and in this video, we will look at the Qatar-Turkish alliance and the motive that Qatar has in allying with Turkey.

Qatar and Turkey are bound by strategic relations at the political, economic and military levels.

Understanding ERDOĞAN’S POLITICS | KJ Vids

In June 2018, Turkey’s President Erdogan claimed victory in presidential and parliamentary elections, securing five more years in office. Despite concerns about the economy and a plunging Lira, Erdogan won 53% of the vote with over 90% of ballot boxes opened.

His victory triggered a change to a powerful presidential system that places unprecedented powers in his hands. These powers include complete control of the cabinet and the power to appoint senior judges and officials, including unelected vice-presidents.

To the outside world, the election was the latest step in Erdogan’s systematic consolidation of power and his bid to transform the once-staunchly secular republic in his more religiously minded image.

But while many commentators in the West resent Erdogan for his Islamist leanings, the real ideology that underpins his rule is not religion, but secular nationalism.

In this video we will look into the politics of Erdogan.

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IMRAN KHAN and the MILITARY of PAKISTAN | KJ VIDS

Imran Khan and the Military of Pakistan

Imran Khan has given hope to millions of Pakistani people around the world with promises of a new Pakistan. He has promised to end corruption and improve education, health and the environment. The charismatic former cricket captain began his political campaign 20 years ago to end the endemic corruption in Pakistan. With Nawaz Sharif and some members of his family jailed on corruption charges and the Bhutto family hardly anywhere to be seen, the victory of Imran Khan has broken the traditional clan loyalty and family politics – well for the time-being at least.

But many analysts have argued that his political fortunes only arose as he warmed towards the military which is widely said to be in control of the main levers of power in Pakistan and has dominated foreign and security policies for decades. I’m Kasim, this is KJ Vids and in this video, we will examine the role of the military in Pakistan’s politics.

The Pakistani military has always played an important role in Pakistani politics. For nearly 70 years, the army has defined the country’s national security priorities, sometimes from the seat of government itself, and many commanders have been placed in prominent economic and political positions.

The army has actually been in charge for a combined 33 years of Pakistan’s 68-year history. In this video we examine the role of Pakistan’s Military on Imran Khan’s victory.

Research References;

  1. https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/jul/27/imran-khan-won-pakistan-power-army-military-election
  2. https://www.nytimes.com/2018/07/26/world/asia/imran-khan-pakistan-election.html
  3. https://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/imran-khan-military-allies-today-foes-tomorrow-180807142326489.html
  4. https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/jul/27/imran-khan-won-pakistan-power-army-military-election
  5. https://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/imran-khan-pakistani-military-favourite-son-180723044709061.html
  6. https://worldview.stratfor.com/article/pakistans-elections-wont-dilute-militarys-influence
  7. https://www.nytimes.com/2018/05/06/world/asia/imran-khan-pakistan-military.html
  8. https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/jul/24/imran-khan-pakistan-election-candidates-military
  9. https://worldview.stratfor.com/themes/pakistan-military-country
  10. https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/07/26/imran-khan-has-shown-can-win-backing-pakistans-powerful-military/
  11. https://www.firstpost.com/world/raheel-sharifs-fate-rests-on-imran-khan-as-pakistan-sc-asks-govt-to-vet-ex-army-chiefs-appointment-to-islamic-military-alliance-4917781.html
  12. https://worldview.stratfor.com/article/pakistans-elections-wont-dilute-militarys-influence
  13. https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/jul/27/imran-khan-won-pakistan-power-army-military-election
  14. https://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/pakistan/2018-07-27/pakistans-sham-election

The Politics of the NIQAB BAN

On the 1st August 2018, Denmark banned the face veil that some Muslim women wear as part of their beliefs. A 28-year old women became the first person to be charged with wearing the full-face veil in public. She was fined 1000 Danish Krones after refusing to take it off. Last year the European Court of Human Rights upheld a similar Belgian ban, saying that communal harmony trumped an individual’s right to religious expression. Full or partial bans are also in place in France, Austria, Bulgaria and the German state of Bavaria.

In reaction to the Danish legislation, former British Foreign Secretary, Boris Johnson wrote in his column for the Daily Telegraph “If you say that it is weird and bullying to expect women to cover their faces, then I totally agree…I would go further and say that it is absolutely ridiculous that people should choose to go around looking like letter boxes.” He added that if a female student turned up at school or a university lecture looking like a bank robber, he would ask her to remove it. The inflammatory remarks have sparked debates over the choice of Boris Johnson’s words and if a similar ban should take place in the UK.

In this video we are not going to discuss if the veil should be banned or not, but we are going to demonstrate a classical political tactic that Boris has used called Dog-Whistle politics. Make no mistake, the language Boris used is not an accident. It is a calculated and tactical method designed to achieve a particular objective.

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Bangladesh STUDENT PROTESTS explained | KJ VIDS

Students of Bangladesh have brought parts of Dhaka to a standstill after two teenagers were killed by a speeding bus. The protests took a violent turn in Dhaka’s Jigatala neighbourhood with more than 100 people injured as police fired rubber bullets at demonstrators.

Despite the outcry and numerous reports by students on Social Media, the Bangladeshi police have denied they fired rubber bullets or teargas at the protestors and Awami League has denied allegations that its officials beat up students.

The students have made a charter of 9 demands for the authorities to meet before they stop protesting that call for stricter enforcement of traffic laws and an improvement in road safety.

Bangladesh’s transport sector is widely seen as corrupt, unregulated and dangerous. The transportation sector has long operated above the law, with powerful officials either owning private bus companies or relying on its workers for political support.

By bribing officials, transportation companies obtain driver’s licenses for employees, who are often first-time drivers. They also bribe the police to get out of deadly accidents or allow their decrepit buses to continue along commuter routes.

The students outcry is totally understandable considering that Bangladesh’s roads are among the worst in Asia. According to the Global Competitiveness Index of 2017-2018, Bangladesh has the second-worst roads in Asia.

The index has a scorecard of 1-7 and Bangladesh scored just 3.1 for quality of roads for a subsection under infrastructure and in terms of overall infrastructure, Bangladesh scored worse with 2.9, the second-worst among Asian countries.

The only country below Bangladesh is Nepal – which has a dismal 2.8 score and is prone to earthquakes, floods, and landslides.
According to statistics published by the Passenger Welfare Association of Bangladesh, over 7000 people were killed and over 16,000 were injured in just under 5000 road accidents in 2017.

The fatal accidents took place on several highways and national, inter-district and regional roads across the country.

From the approximately 5000 accidents 1249 were caused by public buses. The survey also found at least 87 percent of public buses to be violating rules, and 72 percent of vehicles to be unfit for use on the roads.

These figures make for grim reading, and conditions are getting worse: from 2016 to 2017 road accident deaths rose by 22.2 percent.

But how did public transportation get this bad?

A special report published by Prothom Alo in 2013 sheds light on how politics is the root cause of these issues.

The report notes that Shajahan Khan, a government minister with ties to powerful transport unions, and his family own multiple bus companies throughout the country, giving him vested interest in keeping regulations lax and profits high.

Khan is also a member of the Bangladesh Road Safety Council, in which he has disproportionate say given his position as serving minister. This direct conflict of interest keeps road safety measures from being implemented.

The government attempted to divert the protests by framing it as pre-election conspiracy concocted by the opposition party. When this failed, they attempted to pacify the protestors, offering to address the issues raised, but the promises were viewed as empty and protestors refused to leave the streets until all conditions were met. The Education Ministry issued an order to keep all schools closed on 1 August in an attempt to keep the students home. This tactic failed.

Ultimately, the fact that it took students to raise an issue that has been neglected for decades and has led to thousands of deaths, shows that we can expect little from the Bangladeshi Government. Bangladesh has seen four major mass protests in the last four years, and the frequency of protests in the country will only increase further.

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