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Female Staff Nurse - Fixed Morning - Hashmanis Group of Hospitals - Karachi

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Fixed Morning (08:00 am - 04:00 pm). JM- 75, Jacob Line, off M. Full-timeValid license from Pakistan Nursing Council is compulsory.
From Indeed - Mon, 04 Nov 2019 12:59:28 GMT - View all Karachi jobs
          

Master Trainers - Bahria Institute of Teachers Training (Pakistan Navy) - Karachi

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Applications are invited from well-experienced and qualified Male / Female candidates for the posts of Master Trainers. At least 3 years in teachers training.
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Psychologist - IRD Pakistan (Pvt.) Limited - Karachi

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The incumbent in conjunction with the Senior Psychologist and Program Coordinator will be responsible for the development, technical oversight and training of…
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Does Shakib deserve sympathy or scorn?

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As protests break out in Bangladesh following Shakib Al Hasan's corruption ban, we'll ask whether the game should have any sympathy for the star all-rounder who failed to report illegal approaches from a bookmaker. It's party time in Papua New Guinea and Namibia as both teams reach the men's Twenty20 World Cup for the first time. And meet the Pakistani women's star breaking new ground in Australia. Photo: Shakib Al Hasan (Getty Images)
          

Bangkok asylum seekers appeal to Pope Francis

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Pakistani asylum-seekers in Thailand hope Pope Francis will recognize their plight during his Nov. 20-23 visit to Thailand.

BANGKOK -- When Pope Francis celebrates Mass in a Bangkok sports stadium Nov. 21, tens of thousands of Catholics from across Thailand will congregate to celebrate with him.

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But several devout Pakistani Christians will probably stay away, despite desperately wanting to be there. By venturing outdoors to attend the Mass, they run the risk of being arrested by authorities and deported.

They hope the Pope will recognize their plight and speak out on their behalf when he visits Thailand Nov. 20-23 before spending three days in Japan.

“If I could meet Pope Francis in person, I’d ask him to please help us. Pope Francis often speaks up for refugees. Maybe he could do that for us, too,” said a man identified as James, an asylum seeker.

“I really want to meet the Holy Father and tell him about the situation in Pakistan and our situation in Bangkok,” said another Pakistani Christian. “But I know it’s impossible.”

Another Pakistani Christian believes acknowledgement of their plight by the Pope would help their cause.

“It could make a big difference for our community,” said the asylum-seeker from Islamabad. “It would be very helpful to us.”

Thailand is the temporary home of about 1,500 Pakistani Christians who fled Pakistan in fear for their lives. They were driven away by an increasingly militant form of Islam that has come to dominate the public sphere, threatening the rights and freedoms of religious minorities.

In Thailand, however, they are regarded as illegal migrants who are subject to arrest and deportation. So they remain in hiding, waiting for a chance to relocate to a welcoming third country. 

Their plight was chronicled in a recent series in The Catholic Register, which described an effort being led by the Archdiocese of Toronto, and supported by dioceses across the country, to bring 65 of these families to Canada.

“Any time we go outside, we could be arrested,” said James, from Lahore, Pakistan, who works part time, illegally, as an interpreter for a Catholic organization.

“We are suffering. It’s very difficult. I’ve been in Bangkok for nearly seven years. It might take another year and a half before I can leave (for a third country).”

But James said he will attend the Mass to see the Pope.

“I’ll be there,” he stressed. “I think every Catholic should be there.”

To avoid being incarcerated in overcrowded immigration detention centres, asylum-seekers like James are hiding in small apartments, trying to stay out of sight. Even when they venture outdoors they do so only briefly to avoid immigration police officers.

“I only go out at night, after 10 p.m. or 11 p.m., when there are fewer people on the streets,” James said. “When you live like us, you have a constant fear in your mind that makes you paranoid. You keep looking over your shoulder, thinking everyone is staring at you. It’s very damaging psychologically.”

Another Pakistani Catholic asylum-seeker who lives in Bangkok told ucanews.org: “I don’t know if I can go and see His Holiness. ... If I go there and (the authorities) stop me, that will be a big problem for me, because I don’t have any documents.”

He fled Karachi after he was accused of defaming Islam, a capital offence in the conservative Muslim nation. He arrived in Thailand on a tourist visa, which has long since expired. He lives frugally on monthly handouts and food packages from Christian charities.

If he stays home he will watch the broadcast live on a Thai television channel.

Some asylum-seekers will take their chances to attend the Mass so as to be near Pope Francis.

“If it’s possible for me, I’ll go,” said a Catholic electrician from Islamabad who has been in Bangkok since 2013. “If I could speak to him, I would ask the Holy Father, ‘Please help us get to a safe haven like you have helped Syrian Muslims.’ ”

In recent years, Pope Francis has repeatedly called on Europeans and their nations’ governments to welcome the more than one million migrants from the Middle East and Africa.


          

'I told you so… Pakistan has hidden agenda': Amarinder Singh on Bhindranwale row

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The video, released on Monday by Pakistan’s Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, received flak for showing the three separatists who were killed when Army stormed Golden Temple in June 1984 in Operation Blue Star to free it of terrorists holed up inside.
          

550th Parkash Purb: Capt launches week-long celebrations, cautions against Pak's...

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Earlier also, the CM has blamed Pakistan for helping hardliner Sikh groups to disrupt peace and harmony in Punjab.
          

Papieska Msza św. w Tajlandii bez katolickich uchodźców z Pakistanu

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Nielegalni uchodźcy katoliccy w Tajlandii i Japonii cieszą się na wizytę papieża Franciszka w obu tych krajach. Jednak tylko nielegalni migranci w Japonii będą mogli uczestniczyć w papieskiej Mszy św. "Natomiast ok. 1,5 tys. katolickich uchodźców z islamskiego Pakistanu stoi wobec zagrożenia, że w drodze na liturgię z papieżem mogą zostać aresztowani", powiedział 5 listopada w rozmowie z niemiecką agencją katolicką KNA szef jezuickiej służby uchodźcom w Bangkoku, ks. Louie Bacomo.
          

Literary critic explores place and belonging in Pakistan

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Religious nationalism is the dominant discourse in Pakistan, which was created as a nation-state for the Muslims of British India in 1947. But when a nation’s boundaries are created by a former colonizer, how does that impact people’s sense of belonging, asks University of Dayton literary critic Shazia Rahman.


          

Veliki doprinos rotarijanaca u borbi protiv dečije paralize

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Svake godine u oktobru rotarijanci širom sveta posebnu pažnju posvećuju borbi protiv dečije paralize. Ova borba traje već 35 godina, a ove godine akcija se završila sa izuzetno dobrim rezultatima, s obzirom da virusa, koji izaziva ovu bolest, ima još u Avganistanu i Pakistanu, dok je u svim ostalim zemljama sveta ta bolest ikorenjena, rekla [&hellip
          

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Baghdadi death should not mask Turkey’s illegal land grab – rights advocate

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Baghdadi death should not mask Turkey’s illegal land grab – rights advocate

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The death of Islamic State (ISIS) leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi at the weekend may dominate headlines in the coming days, but the killing should not ignore Turkey’s illegal occupation of northern Syria, celebrated by U.S. President Donald Trump, said Rebecca Barber for the Interpreter.

International law dictates that one country cannot decide it needs a so-called “safe zone” in another country and then invade and claim it as theirs by virtue of its seizure, Barber, a human rights advocate for international NGOs, said in an article published on Monday.

“Not only has this flagrant breach of international law gone largely unchallenged by world leaders; worse, it’s been formally endorsed – first by the U.S. in the deal brokered by Vice President Mike Pence in talks with Turkish President Erdoğan on 17 October, and secondly by Russia, in its deal with Turkey last Tuesday.”

Erdoğan sent thousands of troops into northern Syria in early October to combat Kurdish militants allied in the U.S. battle against ISIS. His government aims to resettle more than a million refugees from Syria in the border area in a mass security and construction project that may threaten the local indigenous Kurdish population.

“That the plan has now been formally endorsed by both the U.S. and Russia conveys a message that international law is irrelevant and that Turkey can do whatever it likes,” Barber said.

India could now argue that it needs a safe zone in Pakistan to keep extremists away from the border with Kashmir, or Russia could say that its role in eastern Ukraine is a “safe zone” or peace corridor, Barber said, citing one unidentified commentator. The amount of such entities could become endless, she said.

https://www.lowyinstitute.org/the-interpreter/worrying-precedent-turkey-s-safe-zone

          

11/7/2019: Nation: A

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63-year-old Pakistani expatriate who had a rare neuro-tumour that was causing hearing impairment and loss of balance was operated upon in a five-hour surgery by Dr Sharath Kumar Maila, specialist neurosurgeon at Medeor Hosptial Dubai, recently. Abdul...
          

11/7/2019: India: Amarinder: Kartarpur video reveals ISI agenda

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Reacting strongly to the use of pictures of Khalistani separatist leaders in the Pakistani video song on the Kartarpur Corridor, Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh yesterday said this clearly endorsed his stand that there was a hidden “ISI agenda”...
          

11/7/2019: Pakistan: Protests continue as opposition stays adamant on fresh polls

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Pakistan’s opposition rejected Prime Minister Imran Khan-led government’s proposal for a judicial commission to probe the alleged rigging in the July 2018 election. “We reject every proposal for the formation of a commission and maintain our demand...
          

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akistan’s federal cabinet has approved the firstever national Electric Vehicles (EV) policy in a bid to tackle effects of climate change and offer affordable transport. In the first phase, the government will focus on converting 30 per cent of total...
          

11/7/2019: Pakistan: Social media all praise for PM’s outreach

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Prime Minister Imran Khan has directed authorities to visit the venue of the opposition Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam Fazl’s (JUI-F) protests to check on the well-being of workers who have camped there. This follows the heavy downpour that started in Islamabad...
          

11/7/2019: Pakistan: Minorities can vote for reserved and general seats

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The government of Punjab has approved amendments to Punjab Local Government Act allowing local bodies’ elections to be held through political party or electoral panel and allowing religious minorities to vote for reserved and general seats. This was...
          

11/7/2019: Pakistan: Dengue cases soar to record high

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Arecord-breaking 44,000 people have been infected with mosquito-borne dengue in Pakistan this year, a senior health official said on Wednesday, as increased outbreaks linked to rising temperatures and erratic rainfall ravage other parts of Asia. Dr...
          

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Uncertain About India-Pakistan Warm-Up Match T20 World Cup

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Reading Time: < 1 minute The T20 Cricket World Glass will be played in Australia in October 2020. The mega occasion is quick drawing nearer and cricket devotees are expecting exciting contests. However, the organizers of the...

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Major Obstacles For New companies in Pakistan: World Bank

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Reading Time: 2 minutes Due to the current administrative environment, it isn’t simple for business people to make trade in Pakistan, One of the greatest torment focuses on doing commerce right now is taxation. This was expressed in...

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UAE Declares Gigantic Discounts in Air Traval Fares from Pakistan

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Reading Time: < 1 minute UAE Reports Enormous Rebates in Discuss Travel Passages from Pakistan Emirates has reported extraordinary passages over its worldwide course arrange to motivate and empower Pakistani travelers to investigate unused goals and return to their favorite cities. The uncommon passages are accessible for booking till 18 November 2019, for travel between 12...

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Mobile App For Flight Booking In Pakistan

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Reading Time: < 1 minute Pakistan Worldwide Aircrafts (PIA) has propelled a portable application in collaboration with Turkish IT company Hitit. The app will let clients book and affirm flights through their smartphones. It requires Android...

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Satwa Langka di Ibu Kota Baru Indonesia

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Presiden Republik Indonesia Joko Widodo [Jokowi] resmi mengumumkan Provinsi Kalimantan Timur sebagai Ibu Kota Indonesia yang baru, di Istana Negara, Jakarta, Senin [26 Agustus 2019]. Pernyataan tersebut disampaikan Presiden, setelah melalui kajian mendalam tiga tahun terakhir. Kalimantan Timur, sebagaimana dilansir dari kaltimprov.go.id, merupakan provinsi terluas kedua setelah Papua, dengan potensi sumber daya alam melimpah. Luas hutan Kalimantan Timur, berdasarkan data 2015 sekitar sekitar 8.339.151 hektar, sungguh memiliki keragaman hayati luar biasa.

Berikut delapan satwa langka kebanggaan Indonesia yang ada di Kalimantan Timur, representasi dari sedikitnya kekayaan hayati yang harus dilindungi dan dilestarikan.

Badak Sumatera
Badak sumatera merupakan satwa langka yang berdasarkan IUCN statusnya ditetapkan Kritis [Critically Endangered], atau satu langkah menuju kepunahan di alam liar. Berdasarkan data Population and Habitat Viability Analysis [PHVA] 2015, populasinya diperkirakan kurang dari 100 individu.

Satwa bercula dua ini tersebar hingga India, Bangladesh, Vietnam, Thailand, Semenanjung Malaysia, termasuk Kalimantan dan Sumatera, dan diklasifikasikan dalam tiga subjenis.

Badak sumatera diklasifikasikan dalam tiga subjenis. Dicerorhinus sumatrensis sumatrensis tersebar di Sumatera, Malaysia, dan Thailand. Dicerorhinus sumatrensis harrissoni ada di wilayah Kalimantan. Sementara Dicerorhinus sumatrensis lasiotis ditemukan di Vietnam, Myanmar bagian utara hingga Pakistan bagian timur.

Di Kalimantan Timur, jenis Dicerorhinus sumatrensis harrissoni masih ditemukan di Kabupaten Kutai Barat. Satu individu betina bernama Pahu saat ini berada di Suaka Rhino Sumatra [SRS] Hutan Kelian Lestari.

Sementara, untuk subjenis Dicerorhinus sumatrensis lasiotis, beberapa peneliti badak menyebutkan, keberadaannya sudah tidak terlihat lagi sejak puluhan tahun lalu. Diindikasikan punah.

Orangutan Kalimantan
Orangutan merupakan satu-satunya kera besar yang hidup di Asia. Diperkirakan, sekitar 20 ribu tahun lalu, orangutan tersebar di seluruh Asia Tenggara, dari ujung selatan Pulau Jawa hingga ujung utara Pegunungah Himalaya dan Tiongkok bagian selatan. Kini, 90 persen orangutan hanya ada di Indonesia yaitu di Sumatera dan Kalimantan, sementara sisanya ada di Sabah dan Sarawak, Malaysia.

Indonesia merupakan habitat tiga jenis orangutan: orangutan sumatera, orangutan kalimantan, dan orangutan tapanuli. Namun, ketiganya berstatus Kritis [Critically Endangered] berdasarkan kriteria yang ditetapkan International Union for Conservation of Nature [IUCN].

Orangutan kalimantan [Pongo pygmaeus], hampir berada di seluruh hutan daratan rendah Kalimantan [Kalimantan Timur, Kalimantan Barat, Kalimantan Tengah], kecuali Kalimantan Selatan dan Brunei Darussalam.

Orangutan kalimantan dikelompokkan tiga anak jenis yaitu Pongo pygmaeus pygmaeus [utara Sungai Kapuas hingga timur laut Sarawak]; Pongo pygmaeus wurmbii [tersebar dari selatan Sungai Kapuas hingga bagian barat Sungai Barito]; serta Pongo pygmaeus morio [dari Sabah hingga selatan Sungai Mahakam, Kalimantan Timur].

Rangkong
Rangkong merupakan burung yang masuk keluarga Bucerotidae [julang, enggang, dan kangkareng], yang ditandai ukuran tubuhnya dari 65 cm hingga 170 cm.

Di Indonesia, ada 13 jenis rangkong. Sembilan jenis tersebar di Sumatera dan Kalimantan yaitu enggang klihingan, enggang jambul, julang jambul-hitam, julang emas, kangkareng hitam, kangkareng perut-putih, rangkong badak, rangkong gading, dan rangkong papan. Khusus Kalimantan, semua jenis rangkong tersebut dapat dilihat kecuali rangkong papan.

Empat jenis lain adalah julang sumba, julang sulawesi dan kangkareng sulawesi, serta julang papua.

Beruang Madu
Beruang madu merupakan satwa liar dilindungi berdasarkan Undang-Undang No. 5 Tahun 1990 dan juga Peraturan Menteri Lingkungan Hidup dan Kehutanan Republik Indonesia Nomor P.106/MENLHK/SETJEN/KUM.1/12/2018 tentang Jenis Tumbuhan dan Satwa yang Dilindungi.

Berdasarkan CITES [Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species], beruang madu dimasukkan dalam Appendix I sejak 1979 yang berarti tidak diperbolehkan diburu. Sejak 1994, statusnya dikategorikan Rentan [Vulnerable/VU] yang menunjukkan statusnya menghadapi tiga langkah menuju kepunahan di alam liar.

Beruang madu [Helarctos malayanus] merupakan maskot Kota Balikpapan, Kalimantan Timur. Persebarannya ada di ujung timur India, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Laos, Thailand, Kamboja, Vietnam, Malaysia, serta Sumatera dan Kalimantan.

Bekantan
Satwa bernama latin Nasalis larvatus ini dikenal dengan julukan kera belanda karena hidungnya mancung. Satwa endemik Kalimantan ini hidup di ekosistem hutan mangrove. Konversi habitat, perburuan, kebakaran hutan, dan illegal logging menyebabkan nasibnya di ujung tanduk.

Bekantan merupakan satwa dilindungi Undang-undang Nomor 5 Tahun 1990 tentang Konservasi Sumber Daya Alam Hayati dan Ekosistemnya. Jenis ini masuk daftar CITES Apendix I yang artinya tidak boleh diperdagangkan. IUCN memasukkan statusnya Genting [Endangered/EN].

Owa
Owa merupakan primata tak berekor anggota suku Hylobatidae. Indonesia merupakan rumah besar 7 jenis owa dari 19 jenis yang ada di Asia. Ada Hylobates moloch [owa jawa] yang tersebar di Jawa Barat dan sebagian Jawa Tengah; Hylobates lar [serudung] yang berada di Sumatera bagian utara; Hylobates agilis [ungko] di Sumatera bagian tengah ke selatan; juga Symphalangus syndactylus [siamang] di seluruh Sumatera.

Berikutnya, Hylobates klosii [bilou] di Pulau Mentawai, Sumatera Barat; Hylobates muelleri [kelempiau] di seluruh Kalimantan; serta Hylobates albibarbis [ungko kalimantan atau kalaweit] yang berada di Kalimantan bagian barat.

Seluruh owa dilindungi Permen LHK P.106/MENLHK/SETJEN/KUM.1/2018 tentang Jenis Tumbuhan dan Satwa yang Dilindungi.

Pesut Mahakam
Pesut Mahakam [Orcaella brevirostris] merupakan lumba-lumba air tawar yang merupakan simbol Provinsi Kalimantan Timur. Habitatnya di Sungai Mahakam. Ukuran tubuh pesut dewasa hingga 2,3 meter dengan berat mencapai 130 kg. Tubuhnya abu-abu atau kelabu dengan bagian bawah lebih pucat.

Badan Konservasi Dunia International IUCN menetapkan statusnya Genting [Endangered/EN]. Penurunan habitat, polusi suara dari frekuensi tinggi kapal yang melintas, industri, sampah hingga jaring adalah ancaman kehidupan yang dihadapi pesut saat ini.

Rencana zonasi habitat pesut di Kutai Kartanegara [Kukar], Kalimantan Timur, yang diusulkan Yayasan RASI [Rare Aquatic Species of Indonesia] adalah harapan utama lestarinya Irrawady Dolphin di masa mendatang.

Penyu
Indonesia merupakan rumah bagi enam spesies penyu dari tujuh spesies yang ada di dunia. Enam jenis tersebut adalah penyu hijau [Chelonia mydas], penyu sisik [Eretmochelys imbricata], penyu lekang [Lepidochelys olivacea], penyu belimbing [Dermochelys coriacea], penyu pipih [Natator depressus], dan penyu bromo [Caretta caretta].

Di perairan Kepulauan Derawan, Kalimantan Timur, banyak ditemukan penyu hijau. Jenis ini merupakan pemakan tumbuhan yang sesekali memangsa hewan kecil.

Berdasarkan Peraturan Menteri Lingkungan Hidup dan Kehutanan Nomor Republik Indonesia Nomor P.106/MENLHK/SETJEN/KUM.1/12/2018 tentang Jenis Tumbuhan dan Satwa yang Dilindungi disebutkan bahwa penyu bromo, penyu hijau, penyu sisik, penyu lekang, dan penyu pipih merupakan jenis dilindungi.

Pelaku kejahatan bisa dijerat UU No.5 Tahun 1990 tentang Konservasi Sumber Daya Alam Hayati dan Ekosistemnya. Ancamannya, 5 tahun penjara dan denda Rp100 juta.


          

The Man Who Popularized The 'Deep State' Doesn't Like The Way It's Used

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Mike Lofgren is the very definition of a civil servant. He was a congressional staffer for 28 years, with most of that time spent crunching numbers on the Senate and House budget committees.

He's moderate and mild-mannered, saying, "I was on the Republican side my whole career. I wasn't a culture wars Republican, basically a fiscal conservative in the manner of say, [President Dwight] Eisenhower."

Lofgren was turned off by the Tea Party Republicans who came into Congress in 2011, and decided it was time to quit. Three years later, Lofgren wrote an essay called, "Anatomy of the Deep State."

The essay is not partisan. Lofgren criticizes both parties, along with the national security community, Wall Street and Silicon Valley. And he takes pains to point out that he's not a conspiracy theorist.

His basic point is that big institutions, inside and outside of government, are so entrenched it's hard to bring any real change. Political options are limited.

"This is not to say it's the worst of all worlds," Lofgren said. "You sort of get a choice between Coke and New Coke."

His idea first gained traction among progressives who felt Republicans were pursuing a scorched-earth policy to thwart President Barack Obama.

In fact, Lofgren wrote his essay for the website of liberal commentator Bill Moyers, and also appeared on the PBS program he hosted.

The state of 'deep state'

Lofgren expanded his essay into a 2016 book called: The Deep State: The Fall Of The Constitution And The Rise Of A Shadow Government. The book got some favorable reviews, but didn't set the publishing world on fire.

Then President Trump took office.

"Unelected, deep state operatives who defy the voters, to push their own secret agendas, are truly a threat to democracy itself," Trump said at a rally last year, one of the many times he's invoked the term.

For the president and his supporters, deep state is shorthand for Democratic-leaning bureaucrats who want to undermine Trump.

Breitbart began extensive coverage to "deep state" stories around the time Trump entered office, and others have followed. In a search of TV transcripts, the term "deep state" appeared only 64 times in 2016, the year Lofgren published his book.

In 2017, it shot up to nearly 2,300 mentions, and surged to nearly 5,000 hits last year, many of them on Fox News.

And it's rarely, if ever, used the way Mike Lofgren intended.

"It's like I released this species into the wild and what it did, or maybe it's a Frankenstein, and what it does is not within my control," he said.

The idea of a conspiratorial deep state goes back centuries. Some trace it to ancient Rome. In recent decades, it has been used to describe countries such as Turkey and Pakistan, where the security forces were seen as dictating orders to elected governments.

Le Carre novel

Lofgren says he first encountered the term in a spy novel A Delicate Truth by John le Carre, who describes the hidden power brokers at work in Great Britain.

Now it pops up everywhere.

"Thank God for the deep state," said John McLaughlin, the former deputy director of the CIA. He spoke ironically, drawing laughs when he made the remark at a recent panel discussion at George Mason University.

But he was making a serious point as he spoke about government officials testifying before congressional committees at the impeachment inquiry.

"Everyone here has seen this progression of diplomats, and intelligence officers and White House people trooping up to Capitol Hill right now, and saying, 'These are people who are doing their duty,'" McLaughlin said.

When we caught up with McLaughlin a few days later, he said he had received some blowback for those comments. Then he went on to say:

"I think it's a silly idea. There is no 'deep state.' What people think of as the 'deep state' is just the American civil service, social security, the people who fix the roads, health and human services, Medicare."

Mike Lofgren, now retired at age 66, used to be one of those people when he was a Republican congressional staffer. Today, he says he's turned his back on the Republican Party.

"I am an independent who will not vote Republican until they demonstrate to me that they've purged Trumpism and that they're a sane party," he said.

Rachel Treisman is an intern on NPR's National Desk.

Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit https://www.npr.org.

          

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‘Their mother may die’: Afghans await Pakistan visas in Kabul

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  Hundreds of Afghans – many needing urgent medical treatment – gathered on Monday near Pakistan’s embassy waiting to hear when the visa section might reopen after it indefinitely shut down its services. The consular office in Kabul was closed over security reasons after several staff members were harassed by unknown assailants in the Afghan […]

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Pakistan, Afghanistan Forces Clash In Border Areas; Pak Troops Suffer Heavy Casualties

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  In a military clash between Pakistan and Afghanistan at Chitral district of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, the former has suffered heavy casualties, reports Asian News International. The Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), the media wing of the Pakistan Armed Forces, confirmed the news and said that six of its soldiers sustained injuries while five citizens were also wounded in the […]

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Islamiques Maroc Pakistan Inde Yougoslavie Mali Tome 2 Pierre Dumont Odile

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Full coverage: Timeline of the India-Pakistan Davis Cup saga

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ESPN presents how the events unfolded.
          

Pakistan ask 'unreasonable' ITF to suggest neutral venue

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ESPN understands that the Pakistan Tennis Federation is not happy with the 'unfair' developments in the ongoing Davis Cup saga involving India.
          

‫نیا پاکستان، نئی زراعت، نئے مواقع — “پاک چین زرعی تعاون فورم” کا کامیاب انعقاد

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اسلام آباد، 4 نومبر، 2019 / پی آر نیوز وائر / —  “پاک چین زرعی تعاون فورم”  پاکستان کے دارالحکومت اسلام آباد میں 30 اکتوبر، 2019 کو کامیابی کے ساتھ منعقد ہوا۔Mr. Arif-ur-Rehman Alvi, President of Pakistan, Mr. Yao Jing, Ambassador of the People's Republic of China to Pakistan, Mr. Sahibzada Muhammad Mehboob Sultan, Federal Minister of the Ministry of National Food Security & Research, and Mr. Zhang Chun, Chairman of China Machinery Engineering Corporation attend the opening ceremony and addresses at the event.

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SECP launches Startup portal to encourage technology innovation

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The Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan has launched an exclusive Startup portal to encourage technology innovation in Pakistan.

SECP Commissioner for Information System and Technology Department Shauzeb Ali inaugurated the portal during the 'Startup …


          

Govt to upgrade Pakistan Refinery Limited with $1b cost

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The government is planning to upgrade Pakistan Refinery Limited with an estimated cost of one billion dollar aims at achieving self-sufficiency in the refining sector and bringing down the oil import bill.

Official sources told …


          

Cement sector reports 9.19% growth in October

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The All Pakistan Cement Manufacture Association has said in its report that growth rate of the cement industry has increased by 9.19% in October 2019.

It further said that the sale of cement was recorded …


          

Pakistan allows Indian team to see Kartarpur arrangements

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Pakistan allows Indian team to see Kartarpur arrangements

New Delhi: Pakistan on Wednesday allowed officials from the Indian High Commission in Islamabad to visit the Kartarpur corridor and assess the security requirements in view of the likely arrival of VIP pilgrims from India, including former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, for the November 9 inauguration. “Today (Wednesday) Pakistan allowed Indian High Commission officials to …

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Modi’s next target will be Indus Water Treaty: Pak Minister

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Modi’s next target will be Indus Water Treaty: Pak Minister

Islamabad: Pakistan’s Science and Technology Minister Fawad Chaudhry on Wednesday said that Indian premier Narendra Modi’s next target will be the Indus Water Treaty. Cautioning Pakistan to brace for a ‘serious loss’ that would be the result of internal conspiracies diverting the nation’s attention from Kashmir, Chaudhry said “Modi’s next target will be Indus Water Treaty. …

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Milestones await Rohit as India take on B’desh in Rajkot

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Milestones await Rohit as India take on B’desh in Rajkot

Rajkot: India stand-in captain Rohit Sharma is on the brink of becoming the first man from his country to play 100 T20I internationals when India take on Bangladesh for the second of the three-match series in Rajkot on Thursday. Rohit will join Shoaib Malik of Pakistan (111) and Indian women’s cricketer Harmanpreet Kaur (100) in becoming …

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Pakistan shows disappointment over US report on terror

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Pakistan shows disappointment over US report on terror

Islamabad: Pakistan has expressed disappointment over a US report that criticised its failure to tame militant outfits, like Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM). The US report ignored the situation on the ground, it said. A statement by Pakistan foreign Office said, “Pakistan is disappointed with assertions made in the US Department of State’s Country Report on …

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Sharif leaves hospital after daughter Maryam’s release

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Sharif leaves hospital after daughter Maryam’s release

Islamabad: Hours after Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader Maryam Nawaz was released on bail on Wednesday, her father and former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was discharged from the Services Institute of Medical Sciences (SIMS) in Lahore. Sharif was actually discharged on Tuesday but he refused to be shifted to his house in Raiwind because Maryam …

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‘Log Kya Kahen Ge’ coming soon on ARY Digital

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Looks like 2019 is also the year of flamboyant dramas on ARY Digital just like the last year and years before that. ARY Digital has transcended the boundaries of the entertainment scene of Pakistan by bringing one after another impeccable drama serial to keep the audiences hooked and binge-watch each drama. Dramas that air on […]

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Panasonic launches world's smallest 6,000 Lumens Laser Portable Projector Range - Daily Pakistan Global

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Panasonic launches world's smallest 6,000 Lumens Laser Portable Projector Range  Daily Pakistan Global

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Comment on Terror in Thailand: Muslims slaughter 15 people in endless bloody jihad by taxpayer22

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Afghanistan was a Buddhist area before the Arab Muslim invasion... Taliban Muslims - recently destroyed 2,000 year old Buddhists statues.. the goal is to erase history. The conquest of Afghanistan in the year 1000 was followed by the annihilation of the Hindu population (Pakistan, too); the region is still called the Hindu Kush, i.e. “Hindu slaughter.” 2- Note what happened to the Coptic Christians in Egypt since 641 AD = part of the Levant
          

#MERS #Coronavirus #Seropositivity in #Camel #Handlers and Their #Families, #Pakistan (Emerg Infect Dis., abstract)

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[Source: US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Emerging Infectious Diseases Journal, full page: (LINK). Abstract, edited.] Volume 25, Number 12—December 2019 / Dispatch Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus Seropositivity in Camel Handlers and Their Families, Pakistan Jian Zheng1, Sohail Hassan1  , Abdulaziz N. Alagaili, Abeer N. Alshukairi, Nabil M.S. Amor, Nadia Mukhtar, Iqra Maleeha … Continue reading #MERS #Coronavirus #Seropositivity in #Camel #Handlers and Their #Families, #Pakistan (Emerg Infect Dis., abstract)
          

6 November 2019 Current Affair Pakistan for Competitive Exams – Daily Current Affairs 2019 Online

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Download PDF file of today’s important Pakistan Current Affairs 6 November 2019. These are top latest breaking news about pakistan which will be helpful for  aspirants in test preparation of current affairs, pakistan affairs mcqs for GK, NTS, PPSC, CSS, FPSC, KPPSC, SPSC, BPSC, OTS, PTS and All other Govt Jobs & exams. One Liner …

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Muhammed Cihad Ebrari’nin İlk Kitabı : İnsan Barışla Yaşar

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Önsözünü Cihad Ebrari’nin annesi Hüda Kaya tarafından kaleme alınan eser,9 Kasım 2019 da İstanbul TÜYAP Kitap fuarında   NotaBene Yayınları standında okurla buluşacak. 9 yıllık araştırma-düşünce yazılarından oluşan kitap;'İlericilik ve gericilik çatışmalarından, doğrusal ve merkezci krizlerden, döngüsel bir perspektifle çıkışın önerildiği kitapta, kırk ayrı başlık altında, insan-toplum, inanç, Ortadoğu, doğa-ekoloji ve barış üzerine sorgulamalar yürütülüyor'. 

Muhammed Cihad Ebrari’nin İlk Kitabı : İnsan Barışla Yaşar

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İnsan Barışla Yaşar kitabını yurt dışından temin etmek için tıklayın

 

Hıdırellez’den ay tutulmalarına, din ve bilim tartışmalarından Konca Kuriş’e, kent-doğa çelişkileri ve ekolojiden cezaevi notlarına, Ortadoğu, Filistin ve Rojava’dan Hasankeyf ve Kazdağları’na geniş bir yelpazede hem tarihsel hem güncel sosyal ve siyasal konuların tartışmaya açıldığı İnsan Barışla Yaşar, Kasım ayı itibariyle raflardaki yerini aldı.

İlericilik ve gericilik çatışmalarından, doğrusal ve merkezci krizlerden, döngüsel bir perspektifle çıkışın önerildiği kitapta, kırk ayrı başlık altında, insan-toplum, inanç, Ortadoğu, doğa-ekoloji ve barış üzerine sorgulamalar yürütülüyor. 

 

İlk imza günü 9 Kasım Cumartesi günü TÜYAP’ta

Muhammed Cihad Ebrari 9 Kasım’da, TÜYAP İstanbul kitap fuarı NotaBene Yayınları standında okurla buluşacak.

Kitabın önsözünü kaleme alan Hüda Kaya da, kitabın ilk imza gününde oğlu Cihad Ebrari ile beraber imza standında olacak.

 

Muhammed Cihad Ebrari hakkında

1985 yılında İstanbul’un Üsküdar ilçesinde doğdu. 28 Şubat sürecinde on üç yaşında iken Terörle Mücadele ekipleri tarafından gözaltına alındı ve Devlet Güvenlik Mahkemelerinde yargılandı. Annesi Hüda Kaya ve üç ablasının da tutuklanıp idamla yargılanmasının ardından on beş yaşında Türkiye’den ayrılmak zorunda kaldı. Pakistan’da ve Ürdün’de Siyasal Bilgiler, Dinler tarihi ve Arapça üzerine eğitim aldı. Dünyanın pek çok savaş, kriz ve afet bölgesinde insani yardım ve insan hakları alanlarında çalışmalar yürüttü. Filistin, Suriye ve Lübnan başta olmak üzere uzun yıllar Ortadoğu’nun muhtelif yerlerinde yaşadı ve barış aktivisti olarak bağımsız araştırmacı gazetecilik yaptı. Türkiye’ye döndükten sonra benzer çalışmalara devam etmenin yanı sıra, doğa ve ekoloji alanlarında da hem yazılarıyla hem mevcut inisiyatiflerde görev alarak aktif olmaya başladı. 2011 yılında ‘ölüm değil çözüm!’ dediği için gözaltına alınarak tutuklandı. Metris Cezaevi ve Tekirdağ F-Tipi Cezaevi’nde yattı. 2013 yılında SAMER (Siyasal Sosyal Araştırmalar Merkezi) Ortadoğu masası sorumlusu olarak çalışmaya başladı. 2016 yılında İstanbul’da Annesi Hüda Kaya ile beraberken bir kadın etkinliğinde yine gözaltına alındı ve gördüğü işkence sonucu omurilik kırılması ve kafa travması tespitiyle gözaltında hastaneye yatırıldı. Bu davadan da 15 ay hapis cezasına çarptırıldı. ‘Askerlikten soğutma suçu’ sebebiyle de ayrıca mahkum edilen yazarın itiraz başvuru dosyası hala Anayasa Mahkemesi’nde bekletilmektedir. Lahey, Amsterdam ve Hamburg’ta sunumlar gerçekleştirdi. Ortadoğu, inançlar, barış, doğa-ekoloji üzerine sosyal-siyasal araştırma ve faaliyetlerine devam etmektedir.


          

Pakistan's latest HIV outbreak was crisis waiting to happen

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Patients in Pakistan like to receive injections. They believe that without an injection the treatment, even for minor ailments, is incomplete.

Doctors in Pakistan like to give injections to satisfy patients. Providers can also make extra money by adding an injection to the prescription, even when the ailment can be treated with pills or other medicine.

In poorer areas of the country, some providers reuse syringes in order to cut corners and save money.

That is why the unfolding scandal in Ratodero, a city in Pakistan's southeast Sindh province, where almost 1,000 people have been diagnosed with HIV thought to be caused by unsafe needles -- as horrifying as it is -- shouldn't come as a great shock.

Media coverage has focused on that city and the particular providers involved, but the reusing of needles, often for unneeded injections, has contributed to a growing crisis on a national scale.

Pakistan has seen multiple outbreaks of hepatitis B, and has one of the highest burdens of hepatitis C infection in the world, largely due to the continued use of unsafe injections.

 

Multiple factors

 

Hepatitis can lead to numerous complications, but it is not usually deadly, unlike HIV which in poorer communities can often develop into AIDS and prove fatal.

Pakistan's HIV rate has been steadily rising since 2000, in part because many prevention programs focused on syringe and needle exchanges, disease and condom awareness never got off the ground, or even when they did, were unable to attract sufficient support to make much of an impact.

Treatment for HIV is provided for free in Pakistan, but it can only be effective when those infected with the virus are aware of their status.

The steady spread of the virus through reusing needles, combined with a lack of prevention programs and awareness has resulted in the infection level reaching a dangerously high level among at risk populations.

Among intravenous drug users, the prevalence of HIV has been documented at 38%, while the rate among transgender sex workers, another at risk population, is above 10%.

 

Tackling crisis

 

In Pakistan, a large proportion of primary health care is carried out by private providers.

There has been a mushrooming of the private sector in recent years because of myriad problems within the public health system, most prominent of which was the closure of the majority of government health centers around 2 p.m. each day. This meant working people had no choice but to visit private providers in the late afternoon or evenings.

Unfortunately, unsafe injection practices are common at private clinics and dispensaries. In areas where literacy rates are low, many times the patient may not even know if the provider is trained or licensed to practice medicine. There is hardly any concept of infection control, and the reuse of syringes and needles at blood-stained preparation counters is a common sight.

This has led to numerous outbreaks of both hepatitis B and C, and in more recent years, the spread of HIV among previously low-risk communities.

Larkana, another city in Sindh province, has seen three HIV outbreaks in the past 15 years. The first, in 2004, was among intravenous drug users. The second was linked to a dialysis center in 2016, while a third one earlier this year was due to the reuse of syringes and intravenous drips.

Other cities have experienced similar issues. The only thing that is unique about the Ratodero outbreak is the media frenzy surrounding it. Much of this has focused on a single provider, but the issue is a systemic one that will not be solved by banning one doctor.

To prevent future outbreaks, there needs to be a major overhaul of Pakistan's health care delivery system. Regulatory authorities must crack down on quack practices of all types, and ensure providers are trained and licensed. Government-run primary health centers must remain open for longer to provide services to patients and communities when they need it.

There is also a need to increase awareness among patients and communities about the risk of reusing syringes, as well as for men visiting barbers to ensure that new blades are used for shaving purposes.

AIDS control programs must also work out a strategy to identify as many people living with HIV as possible, and give them access to the proper medicine, as well as improving prevention programs among at risk populations such as sex workers and drug users.

There is no easy fix for this crisis, but something must be done. Without a multi-pronged approach, enacted in the near future, Pakistan will continue to experience disease outbreaks, and many more people will be put at risk.

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95% of tested baby foods in US contain toxic metals, report says

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Toxic heavy metals damaging to your baby's brain development are likely in the baby food you are feeding your infant, according to a new investigation published Thursday.

Tests of 168 baby foods from major manufacturers in the US found 95% contained lead, 73% contained arsenic, 75% contained cadmium and 32% contained mercury. One fourth of the foods contained all four heavy metals.

One in five baby foods tested had over 10 times the 1-ppb limit of lead endorsed by public health advocates, although experts agree that no level of lead is safe.

The results mimicked a previous study by the Food and Drug Administration that found one or more of the same metals in 33 of 39 types of baby food tested.

Foods with the highest risk for neurotoxic harm were rice-based products, sweet potatoes and fruit juices, the analysis found.

"Even in the trace amounts found in food, these contaminants can alter the developing brain and erode a child's IQ. The impacts add up with each meal or snack a baby eats," the report said.

The tests were commissioned by Healthy Babies Bright Futures, which calls itself an alliance of scientists, nonprofit organizations and donors trying to reduce exposures to neurotoxic chemicals during the first months of life.

Rice-based foods

Infant rice cereal, rice dishes and rice-based snacks topped the list of most toxic foods for babies.

"These popular baby foods are not only high in inorganic arsenic, the most toxic form of arsenic, but also are nearly always contaminated with all four toxic metals," the report said.

Prior research has shown that even low levels of arsenic exposure can impact a baby's neurodevelopment. A 2004 study looked at children in Bangladesh who were exposed to arsenic in drinking water, and it found that they scored significantly lower on intellectual tests. A meta-analysis of studies on the topic found that a 50% increase in arsenic levels in urine would be associated with a 0.4-point decrease in the IQ of children between the ages of 5 and 15.

Arsenic is a natural element found in soil, water and air, with the inorganic form being the most toxic. ("Inorganic" is a chemical term and has nothing to do with the method of farming.)

Because rice is grown in water, it is especially good at absorbing inorganic arsenic and, according to the Food and Drug Administration, has the highest concentration of any food.

And in this case, brown and wild rice are the worst offenders, because the milling process used to create white rice removes the outer layers, where much of the arsenic concentrates.

And you can't rely on organic either. A 2012 study found that brown rice syrup, a frequent sweetener in organic foods, was also a source of significant levels of arsenic. One "organic" milk formula marketed to toddlers had levels of inorganic arsenic that were six times the levels currently considered safe by the US Environmental Protection Agency.

In the Healthy Babies analysis, four of seven rice cereals contained the most toxic form of arsenic in levels higher than the FDA's proposed action level of 100 parts per billion (ppb).

Action needed

Urgent action is needed by major baby food companies and the FDA, the report said. While the FDA has been investigating how to reduce exposure and some levels of arsenic in rice and juice are lower than a decade ago, exposure is still too high.

"When FDA acts, companies respond. We need the FDA to use their authority more effectively, and much more quickly, to reduce toxic heavy metals in baby foods," said study author Jane Houlihan, research director for Healthy Babies Better Futures, in a statement.

What can parents do

The analysis looked at which baby foods are highest risk, and offered safer alternatives.

Puff rice snacks and cereals

Rice cereal is the top source of arsenic in a baby's diet because it is often used as a first food; rice puffs and other rice flour snacks also contain high levels. Healthy Babies suggested cereals low in arsenic, such as oatmeal and multigrain cereals, and rice-free packaged snacks.

Pediatrician Tanya Altmann, author of "What to Feed Your Baby" echoes the advice of the American Academy of Pediatrics, which advises parents to offer a wide variety of first foods including grains such as oats, barley, wheat and quinoa.

"Best first foods for infants are avocado, pureed veggies, peanut-butter oatmeal and salmon," Altmann told CNN in a prior interview. "They all provide important nutrients that babies need, help develop their taste buds to prefer healthy food and may decrease food allergies."

She believes meats are a better source of iron and zinc for babies than rice cereal, "so I haven't been recommending rice cereal as a first food for several years."

If you do choose to cook rice for your toddler, Healthy Babies recommends cooking rice in extra water and pouring it off before eating. That will cut arsenic levels by 60%, they say, based on FDA studies.

"For the lowest levels, buy basmati rice grown in California, India, and Pakistan. White rice has less arsenic than brown rice," the report said.

Teething foods

Teething biscuits can contain arsenic, lead and cadmium, the report said. Instead, soothe your baby's pain with frozen bananas, a peeled and chilled cucumber or a clean, wet washcloth -- but be sure to watch for choking.

Drinks

Juice is often the go-to drink for parents, but it's not a good option, says the American Academy of Pediatrics. Juices are high in sugar, lack fiber, and can contribute to tooth decay and later obesity. Apple, pear, grape and other fruit juices can also contain some lead and arsenic, so frequent use is a top source of these heavy metals.

Instead, experts say water and milk are best choices, depending on the age of the child. Babies under six months only need breast milk and formula. The drinks of choice for a child's second year of life should be water and whole milk. Between age 2 and 5 parents should move to skim or low-fat milk and keep pushing water to hydrate their children.

At all ages, juice should be kept to a minimum. One tip: add water to make the juice last longer and always be sure the drink is 100% juice.

Fruits and veggies

While sweet potatoes and carrots are great sources of vitamin A and other key nutrients, the report found they are also high in lead and cadmium. Go ahead and feed your child these veggies, but be sure to add many other colorful fruits and vegetables to add variety.

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डेविस कप कप्तानी को लेकर भूपति ने कहा- अभी भी कप्तान हूं

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नयी दिल्ली। महेश भूपति ने बुधवार को कहा कि वह अभी भी भारत की डेविस कप टीम के कप्तान हैं और पाकिस्तान के खिलाफ तटस्थ स्थान पर होने वाले डेविस कप मुकाबले के लिये उपलब्ध हैं। अखिल भारतीय टेनिस संघ (एआईटीए) ने भूपति की जगह रोहित राजपाल को गैर खिलाड़ी कप्तान चुना है। इससे पहले अंतरराष्ट्रीय टेनिस महासंघ ने डेविस कप मुकाबला इस्लामाबाद की जगह तटस्थ स्थान पर कराने का फैसला किया। 

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भूपति और रोहन बोपन्ना समेत छह खिलाड़ियों ने सुरक्षा कारणों का हवाला देकर पाकिस्तान दौरे से नाम वापिस ले लिया था। भूपति ने कहा कि एआईटीए ने उन्हें बताया कि पाकिस्तान जाने में असमर्थता जताने के कारण उन्हें गैर खिलाड़ी कप्तान पद से हटाकर राजपाल को नियुक्त किया गया है।

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भूपति ने कहा कि मुझे मिस्टर चटर्जी का सोमवार को फोन आया जिन्होंने कहा कि रोहित को मेरी जगह कप्तान बनाया जा रहा है क्योंकि मैं पाकिस्तान नहीं जाना चाहता हालांकि मुझे पाकिस्तान से कोई दिक्कत नहीं, लेकिन नहीं जाना चाहता। उन्होंने लिखा कि सोमवार के बाद से या आईटीएफ के फैसले के बाद से एआईटीए ने मुझसे संपर्क नहीं किया। लिहाजा मैं उपलब्ध हूं क्योंकि मेरा मानना है कि मैं अभी भी कप्तान हूं। बतौर गैर खिलाड़ी कप्तान भूपति का कार्यकाल दिसंबर 2018 में खत्म हो गया था और उन्हें इस साल फरवरी में कोलकाता में इटली के खिलाफ मैच तक कार्यकाल में विस्तार दिया गया था।


          

भारत-पाक मैच से पहले मचा बवाल, कप्तान बदलने पर रोहन बोपन्ना का AITA पर फूटा गुस्सा

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नयी दिल्ली। रोहन बोपन्ना ने पाकिस्तान के खिलाफ डेविस कप मुकाबले के लिये महेश भूपति को गैर खिलाड़ी कप्तान पद से हटाने से पहले खिलाड़ियों की राय नहीं लेने पर नाराजगी जताई जबकि एआईटीए ने कहा कि नीतिगत फैसलों पर टिप्पणी करना खिलाड़ियों के लिये सही नहीं है। पाकिस्तान के खिलाफ 29.30 नवंबर को होने वाला डेविस कप मुकाबला अब इस्लामाबाद की जगह तटस्थ स्थान पर खेला जायेगा। 

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बोपन्ना और पांच अन्य खिलाड़ियों ने सुरक्षा कारणों से नाम वापिस ले लिया था। कप्तान भूपति ने भी यही वजह बताकर नाम वापिस लिया था जिसके बाद रोहित राजपाल को नया कप्तान बनाया गया। बोपन्ना ने ट्वीट किया कि मैं हैरान हूं कि आईटीएफ का अंतिम फैसला आने से पहले ही एआईटीए ने कप्तान बदलने का फैसला ले लिया। उन्होंने कहा कि मैं और भी हैरान हूं कि किसी खिलाड़ी से इस बारे में राय नहीं ली गई और ना ही बताया गया कि कप्तान बदला जा रहा है।

इसे भी पढ़ें: नोवाक जोकोविच ने पांचवीं बार जीता पेरिस मास्टर्स का खिताब

बोपन्ना के बयान का जवाब देते हुए एआईटीए महासचिव हिरण्यमय चटर्जी ने कहा कि खिलाड़ियों का काम खेलना है , नीतिगत फैसलों में दखल देना नहीं। उन्होंने कहा कि वे अपनी सहूलियत के मुताबिक बर्ताव कर रहे हैं। उन्हें अपने अधिकार क्षेत्र से बाहर के मसलों पर सवाल करने का अधिकार नहीं है। उनका काम खेलना है। वह (बोपन्ना) ऐसे सवाल पूछने वाला कौन होता है। एआईटीए प्रशासन इन मसलों पर फैसला लेगा। उसे दखल देने की जरूरत नहीं है।


          

Cyclone Bulbul forms in the Bay

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In what is likely to be one of the most active post monsoon cyclone seasons the first cyclone in Bay of Bengal during Northeast Monsoon season has formed near Andaman Islands. Cyclone Bulbul, a name given by Pakistan, currently lies around 350 kms to the W/NW of Mayabhunder in the North Andaman Islands. Currently lying […]
          

Kashmir: Lobbies at play

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There is a gathering chorus of voices at home and abroad demanding expeditious return to normalcy of civil life in the state. It is hoped the Centre and the state administration together are succeeding in effectively neutralising the militants and pro- Pak elements in J&K who had had a free run of the place earlier and who basically provided the raison detre for the Indian move.

The dilemma for the government in Kashmir is that unless the externally aided trouble makers were rendered ineffective, they would continue to keep the Kashmiris under a cloak of fear by carrying out stray acts of violence and prevent normalisation of business, educational and health-related activities.

It is not yet clear if the state administration and police -- the collector and the station house officers in particular -- had started reaching out to the people on the ground to build their morale as free citizens and get them to respond to the calibrated steps of the government to lift prohibitory orders. If local militants could still appear in mohallas and lanes to warn the people to do just their 'minimal' chores and not cooperate in the wider process of normalisation then it is evident that a lot more had to be done.

The army has to focus on eliminating the mujahideen, foreign or local, but the state administration must fulfil its primary responsibility of helping the citizens to feel normal about running their lives. Illicit guns and explosives had to be neutralised through sustained flow of Intelligence from below -- the state Intelligence machinery had to produce more. If Pak agents had to be rounded up even in hundreds and moved out of the state, if necessary, this would be an acceptable part of the process of restoring normalcy.

It is the detention of political leaders of the Valley, however, that has led the Human Rights advocates to set off the false narrative of 'suppression of the people'. The government could consider progressively setting them free of any restraint on the condition that they would not indulge in 'political activity' -- as mandated by the Supreme Court itself. Senior officers of the state should make this position clear to the leaders of the Valley parties and should let the country know about the reasonableness of the government stand.

The handling of the Kashmir situation has a macro perspective and a more important micro dimension -- the former has worked out extremely well but the latter is the ongoing challenge facing the state administration. The district headquarter should become the fulcrum of development and people's security. 

Every member of the state set-up must be made to understand that 'security for all' required a 'contribution from all' by way of those in the government acting as the eyes and ears of the democratic state against the doings of anti-national elements. The current state of affairs in J&K arose because the corrupt leaders of Valley parties remained silent over the launch of Kashmir Jehad by Pak ISI, colluded with separatists to stay in power and ignored the agents of Pakistan who organised civic disturbances to destabilise the state.

These leaders never asserted that Kashmir was not a 'Muslim' issue -- a claim made by Pakistan -- since the integral state was home to Hindus, Buddhists and Christians in large numbers. They deliberately brought in Pakistan as a factor in the democratic internal governance of the state simply because this helped to divert attention from their misrule and corruption. Now, under the LG regime, development should be taken to the people and deeper enquiries should be made into the disproportionate assets acquired by the local political leaders, in appropriate cases. Normalcy will return to J&K when its administration will come into full play and the state would be seen as being governed from Srinagar, not Delhi.

As mentioned earlier, India's security and foreign policies have held well in the context of Kashmir -- the Oct 22 proceedings of the US House Committee on Foreign Affairs proving it as much. American acting assistant secretary for South and Central Asian affairs, Alice Wells, told the committee that the US supported the Indian government's stated objectives for scrapping the special status of J&K -- thus affirming that the development was an internal matter of India -- and went on record to make it clear that while a dialogue between India and Pakistan was the most effective way of reducing bilateral tensions this was contingent on Islamabad taking 'sustained and irreversible steps' against terrorists on its soil. 

This coordinates with India's policy stand that 'terror and talks could not go together' and turns Pakistan's plea that terrorists were 'non state actors' on its head by questioning that country's failure to chase the militant outfits out of their safe havens, if indeed they did not enjoy any state patronage.

The US concerns for an early return of the Kashmiris to normal day-to-day life represent the objective of India too -- the world community has to be kept updated on the efforts being made by the state and central governments to facilitate that process. Visibility of improvement can be demonstrated in many ways. The decision of the Centre to allow a group of 23 members of European Parliament coming to Delhi to make a trip to J&K counts for this -- the visiting dignitaries expressed full support for India's fight against terror. Militants, meanwhile, made some stray attacks on non-Kashmiri labour working in the state -- not surprising, considering that the latter are soft targets.

India has finally succeeded in getting the world to acknowledge that Pakistan's incessant attempts to use cross-border terrorism in Kashmir to keep the pot boiling there was what had forced the hands of the Modi regime to abrogate Art 370 and take charge of the security and development of J&K as a state of India. Time has come for India to specify the dangerous character of Pak-sponsored terror that relied for motivation not on ideology or an ethnic assertion but on commitment to 'faith' and to impress upon the entire democratic world that the revanchist call of Jehad, which had the potential of producing suicide bombers as an instrument of war, could make the world an unsafe place for a long time to come.

This is the threat of a new kind of terror arising out of the Muslim world and it is necessary to have it countered by way of a declaration of OIC that resort to Jehad was not a legitimate way of solving political disputes in today's world. Unlike a country like the US, India, that houses the second largest Muslim population in the world, is particularly vulnerable to this danger since Pakistan has made Kashmir Jehad a declared war cry against India and is now determined to infiltrate Islamic militants through Bangladesh, Nepal and Sri Lanka routes. 

Internal security in India has to watch out against the influences of radicalisation and extend the outreach to concerned families to ward these off. Indian diplomacy must talk of the faith-based terror that the world was being exposed to and mobilise international opinion against it. A grave threat to our national security need not be couched in ambiguous terms for reasons of the need for diplomacy to be 'politically correct' always. India can use the dialogue of think-tanks to firm up the opinion of democratic countries against the enlarging threat of what is clearly an Islam-based terror.

(The writer is a former Director Intelligence Bureau)


          

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Obama and Trump Fighting Terrorism

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Piers Morgan is not the only commentator who compared the different reactions to the assassination of Osama bin Laden with the suicide of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. Yet, his comments were succinct, and to the point.

When bin Laden died the world rejoiced. All Americans rejoiced. When Baghdadi died Democrats and their media enablers fell over themselves to denounce Donald Trump. America’s divisions have rarely been as stark.

You might say that Trump is the more divisive figure, but Republicans afforded President Obama a degree of respect that Obama’s supporters have never offered to President Trump.

Morgan begins:

I was in New York on the night President Barack Obama announced Navy SEALs had killed Osama bin Laden.

Obama was intensely disliked by Republicans at the time, but partisan rivalry was set aside for a moment of true, unified joy at the death of the world’s most wanted terrorist.

People of all political leanings took to the streets to chant ‘USA! USA!’ as they celebrated the wicked Al Qaeda leader’s grisly demise in a Pakistan shoot-out.

It didn’t matter how you voted, what mattered was that the man who masterminded 9/11 had finally been made to pay for his despicable crimes.

It was a great day for America, and for the world.

As though we need the reminder— though we probably do— Morgan offers a list of the horrors committed by Baghdadi.

For five years, after declaring Islamic State as a worldwide caliphate, Baghdadi presided over one of the most brutal, evil periods of unconscionable terrorist activity in modern history.

His followers burned victims alive in cages or slowly drowned them. They threw gay people off rooftops, and beheaded others on videos they then broadcast online.

They executed 13 teenage boys in Iraq with machine guns because they were watching a football match on TV.

They shot, suicide-bombed and massacred any rival Shia Muslims they could find in a relentless frenzied attempt to ethnically cleanse them off the face of the planet.

They murdered anyone who tried to leave their caliphate, or those they deemed ‘ineffective in battle’.

They kidnapped thousands of women, especially Kurds or Yazidis, and either sold them as sex slaves or forced them to marry ISIS fighters and be their sex slaves. Many were tortured, or killed themselves to escape the torment.

They trafficked human organs they ripped from living captives and hostages, including children.

They used brainwashed kids as young as six to be front line shields.

It was not limited to the Middle East:

As Baghdadi’s terrible tentacles spread ever further around the world, fueled by constant ISIS propaganda on the internet, the scale and ferocity of attacks against civilians worsened.

In January 2015, ISIS terrorists armed with assault rifles stormed the Paris offices of the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, killing 12 people.

A few months later, ISIS carried out coordinated attacks in the same city at a football stadium, cafes and the Bataclan concert hall – killing 130 people and wounding 350.

In 2016, ISIS claimed responsibility when a man in a large truck drove through a crowd in Nice, France on Bastille Day, murdering 84 and injuring 330.

A year later, an ISIS-inspired suicide bomber attacked an Ariana Grande pop concert in Manchester, England, killing 22 predominantly young girls and wounding another 59.

All of this was conducted on Baghdadi’s watch.

He was the boss, the driving force, the brains behind the barbarism.

So yesterday was a truly great day for America and the world.

As it happened, much of it was conducted on Barack Obama's watch. About that people have very little to say.

And yet, the American left seems incapable of anything but the most partisan warfare:

Last night was a time for America to put aside its insanely vicious partisan feuding and just celebrate the demise of the worst person on Planet Earth.

That’s not, as some of his enemies would have you believe, Donald Trump.

It was Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

His death is a massive boost for American in its war on terror.

It cuts the head off ISIS at the precise moment its entire existence is teetering on the brink of collapse.

It’s no exaggeration to say this might hasten the end of ISIS altogether, though we can certainly expect some form of reprisal attacks in the wake of Baghdadi’s death as the few remaining ISIS fighters desperately try to rally support.

So regardless of your view of Trump, and I’ve been as critical of him in recent weeks as anyone, this was a moment to praise him for taking the bold, courageous decision to order a dangerous mission that successfully took out the leader of ISIS.

And then there were the fans at the World Series game in Washington. These fans stood up to boo the president of the United States. Most likely they were government employees and lobbyists, people who live off the government. One assumes that they were Democrats and fervid Obama supporters.

As noted here yesterday Morgan calls them out for their manifestly unpatriotic gesture:

Yes, I know Trump’s encourages his own supporters to do this to Hillary Clinton at all his base rallies.

But just because he’s wrong to do that, which he is, it doesn’t make it right to do it to him on such an important day.

In fact, it makes it unpatriotic and shameful.

When bin Laden was killed, the images of Americans coming together in joy went round the world and were a powerful symbol of unity.

Today, the only images people will see are of Americans booing their president for helping to kill the leader of ISIS.

Yes, it was a bad look for Trump.

But it’s a far worse look for America.

Trump has also been denounced for not showing sufficient respect to the dead terrorist. Compare his remarks with the Obama presidency’s dealing with Osama bin Laden’s remains. That administration gave to bin Laden the full dignity of an Islamic burial:

Traditional procedures for Islamic burial was followed... The deceased's body was washed (ablution) then placed in a white sheet. The body was placed in a weighted bag. A military officer read prepared religious remarks, which were translated into Arabic by a native speaker. After the words were complete, the body was placed on a prepared flat board, tipped up, whereupon the deceased's body slid into the sea.

Whereas Trump declared that al-Baghdadi had died whimpering and cowering like a dog, Obama showed respect toward the world’s leading terrorist. For those who believe that Islamist terrorism is an aberration, not a true part of the religion of peace, the Obama administration was saying otherwise. Don't you think that the gesture of respect showed the world that terrorists deserve our respect?

As was his wont Obama was also showing a cowardly and submissive reverence for Islam, even for Islamist terrorists. Apparently, Obama was terrified that if he said or did anything to offend Muslim sensibilities he would be inciting terrorism. Islamists considered him weak and cowardly… and invitation to act with impunity. On his watch ISIS metastasized, largely unimpeded. 

          

Production boost for two glass manufacturers thanks to standby power solutions from Cummins

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Standby power systems from Cummins are providing extra protection at two glass-manufacturing facilities in Lahore, Pakistan that are growing their businesses, allowing production lines to always be on, and operations to continue seamlessly, even in the event of a power outage. In both cases, Cummins offered a quality, reliable product at a price that the […]

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State Senator Andrew Brenner visits 121ARW [Image 1 of 4]

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Wing Commander Col. David Johnson and State Senator Andrew Brenner pose for a photo at the 121st Air Refueling Wing on October 30th, 2019 in Columbus, Ohio. Brenner visited the 121ARW and hosted representatives from an International Legislative Fellowship Program that included delegates from Nepal, India, and Pakistan. (U. S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Christi A. Richter).
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State Senator Andrew Brenner visits 121ARW [Image 3 of 4]

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State Senator Andrew Brenner visited 121st Air Refueling Wing on October 30th, 2019 in Columbus, Ohio. Brenner hosted representatives from an International Legislative Fellowship Program that included delegates from Nepal, India, and Pakistan. (U. S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Christi A. Richter).
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Distance from muslim town to Faizpur Interchange, Pakistan

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Distance from muslim town to Faizpur Interchange, Pakistan

Distance of 15 Km travelled in 1 day(s)

Day's Itinerary: muslim town » Faizpur Interchange
Day's Distance: 15
Day's Time: 37

          

Ghair Siyasi Baten

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Hamara Pakistan. Khana Anwari
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Rabi Peerzada leak: Komal Aziz uses British boxer Amir Khan’s photo with stripper to highlight gender bias

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Pakistan TV and film actors and members of women rights groups have voiced support for Rabi Peerzada who recently had her private videos and pictures leaked online,

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UN policewoman recognized for ‘speaking up and speaking out’ on behalf of the vulnerable

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INTERNATIONAL, 5 November 2019, Peace and Security - At the core of peacekeeping lies the notion of shared responsibility, the UN peacekeeping chief said on Tuesday, presenting this year’s award for Female Police Officer of the Year, to a woman who “has made a career of speaking up and speaking out on behalf of all vulnerable populations”.

Police Major Seynabou Diouf has worked “tirelessly with her colleagues inside and outside the Mission to empower women, improve conduct, enhance protection, strengthen performance, and thereby build sustainable peace”, Jean-Pierre Lacroix, Peace Operations chief, told the heads of UN police and police experts from 14 peacekeeping operations, gathered at the award ceremony at UN Headquarters in New York.

Major Diouf is one of over 1,400 female police officers serving under the UN flag, carrying out a complex range of tasks – from capacity-building and reform, to community-oriented policing, investigations, protection of civilians, and prevention of sexual and gender-based violence.

“That is impressive enough”, asserted Mr. Lacroix, “but they also provide the added value of gender perspectives and mainstreaming at all levels and at all phases of engagement with host-State institutions and communities”.

He cited examples in South Sudan where female officers are helping women and youth attain better living conditions within and outside camps for the internally displaced; the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) where they are helping to build capacity and accountability in internal security forces; and Mali by promoting confidence-building between citizens and the reconstituted internal defence and security forces.

“Our female officers are also operating in areas affected by the Ebola virus disease, ensuring the required level of security for relief and humanitarian operations”, he maintained.

And female officers are a key element in the sensitization and delivery of training on sexual exploitation and abuse (SEA) throughout all UN Missions.

“As part of female police officers’ networks, such as the one Major Diouf leads in MONUSCO [UN Stabilization Mission in the DRC], they help prevent, counter and investigate SEA-related offences, advancing the Organization’s zero-tolerance policy”, elaborated the peacekeeping chief. He congratulated Major Diouf “for her outstanding service” to the UN Nations and Congolese people and stated that “all UN police officers in the field and at the UN Headquarters are inspired” by her example to uphold the core values of the Organization.

Previous Awardees
  • 2018: Chief Supt. Phyllis Osei, Ghana, UNSOM
  • 2017: Assistant Inspector Annah Chota, Zimbabwe, UNISFA
  • 2016: Supt. Yvette Boni Zombre, Burkina Faso, MINUSCA
  • 2015: Chief Supt. Raluca Domuta, Romania, MINUSTAH
  • 2014: Inspector Shakti Devi, India, UNAMA
  • 2013: Commissioner Codou Camara, Senegal, MINUSTAH
  • 2012: Constable Rezi Danismend, Turkey, UNMIL
  • 2011: Deputy Supt. Shahzadi Gulfam, Pakistan, UNMIT

Mr. Lacroix also thanked her family for supporting her and making sacrifices during her long deployments. “The more women we have in peacekeeping, the more effective we all will be”, he concluded.

Going the extra mile

Top UN Police Adviser, Luis Carrilho, spoke about Major Diouf’s experience, noting that in her native Senegal she became the first female police officer to be honoured as a Gardien de la Paix, which was previously reserved for male officers.

“Since early in her career, she has shown her determination to make the extra effort, go the extra mile, to achieve her goals”, he spelled out, flagging that as the team leader of an SEA task force in Goma and president of the UNPOL Women’s Network, “she has demonstrated her commitment to giving women a voice and putting an end to SEA”.

“Her efforts have helped the mission to achieve zero SEA cases in 2018, compared to 140 cases between 2016 and 2017”, he attested, calling her “an incredible force for good in our ongoing efforts to root out SEA and ensure UN personnel at all levels perform to the highest standards”.

Motivated to do more

When Major Diouf learned that she had been selected to receive the award, she said she was proud, but also “humble to be recognized for something that has become almost second nature” to her and her life’s work.

“When I was young, I wanted to be a medical doctor but there was an urgent need to help support my family”, she told those assembled. “Being a police officer in the early years of female recruitment provided recognition and a decent salary, but it also allowed me to contribute to society in ways I had never thought possible”.

With this new accolade, Major Diouf says she now feels “motivated to do more” and will continue “to promote women's rights, speak out against sexual and gender-based violence, and fight marginalization and discriminatory customary and religious practices targeted at women and girls”.

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Police Commissioner Luis Carrilho looks on as UN Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, Jean-Pierre Lacroix, shakes the hand of Major Seynabou Diouf, UN Female Police Officer of the Year. (5 November 2019)

          

[Guerre di Rete - newsletter] Whatsapp contro NSO; Facebook e le pubblicità

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Guerre di Rete - una newsletter di notizie cyber
a cura di Carola Frediani
N.50 - 3 novembre 2019

Di cosa si parla:

- Whatsapp contro NSO
- Facebook e gli ads
- I social e i documenti d’identità
- indagini forensi e Cellebrite
- e poi disinformazione, meme war e altro

WHATSAPP CONTRO NSO
Facebook e Whatsapp dichiarano guerra agli spyware
A maggio Whatsapp aveva annunciato di aver individuato e bloccato un attacco che sfruttava una vulnerabilità della sua funzione di video-chiamata (ne avevo scritto qua in newsletter). Un utente riceveva una video-chiamata, ma l’attaccante in realtà trasmetteva di nascosto un codice malevolo per infettare il telefono del ricevente. Non era necessario che la persona rispondesse alla chiamata.
Bene, ora, in questi giorni, dopo mesi di indagine, Whatsapp è uscita allo scoperto con una azione legale contro la società israeliana NSO, produttrice di trojan e spyware che vende a governi e intelligence, incolpandola degli attacchi subiti dai propri utenti. A dirlo è la stessa Whatsapp in un articolo sul Washington Post (testata non casuale, vi ricordo che ci sono sospetti - respinti da NSO, che finora ha sempre negato coinvolgimenti - che degli spyware siano stati usati contro l’entourage del suo editorialista Jamal Khashoggi, brutalmente ucciso dai sauditi, secondo la stessa intelligence Usa).
Come hanno ricondotto gli attacchi a NSO?
Gli attaccanti avrebbero usato server e servizi di hosting già associati a NSO, nonché account Whatsapp.
Chi erano i target?
Secondo l’azione legale promossa da Whatsapp, NSO avrebbe costruito una piattaforma di hacking che sfruttava una vulnerabilità dei server Whatsapp per aiutare i clienti a violare i cellulari di almeno 1400 utenti, tra aprile e maggio 2019.
Whatsapp avrebbe individuato almeno 100 attivisti dei diritti umani, giornalisti e membri della società civile in tutto il mondo, dagli Usa agli EAU, dal Bahrein al Messico, dal Pakistan all’India.
Un nome ad almeno una vittima
Uno di questi è stato intervistato dalla BBC. Si chiama Faustin Rukundo, vive a Leeds (UK) ma proviene dal Rwanda del cui regime è un oppositore, e ad aprile aveva ricevuto delle strane chiamate su Whatsapp da un numero svedese. Aveva provato a richiamare ma nessuno aveva mai risposto. Solo di recente ha scoperto di essere uno dei 1400, dopo aver ricevuto una chiamata dai ricercatori del Citizen Lab, che hanno contribuito alle indagini.
I target governativi
Ma ce ne sono altre di vittime, che potrebbero dare un risvolto geopolitico alla faccenda. Secondo Reuters, infatti, una porzione “significativa” di vittime erano funzionari governativi e militari di alto profilo, sparsi per 20 paesi, molti di nazioni alleate agli Usa. Uno scenario che apre la possibilità che alcuni clienti di NSO abbiano usato i suoi servizi non per fare indagini interne, ma per operazioni di spionaggio. Il professore di studi strategici e cyberwar Thomas Rid nota che mentre il ministro di Giustizia Usa chiede backdoor per Facebook/Whatsapp, militari e funzionari di governi amici venivano attaccati proprio con una backdoor (involontaria ovviamente). Come dire: qui il problema è rafforzare la sicurezza, non aumentare i buchi nella gruviera.
Da notare che Whatsapp avrebbe prima verificato la lista dei target con il database di possibili richieste da parte di Stati relative ad indagini, come terrorismo o pedofilia, ma non avrebbe trovato sovrapposizioni.
Cosa vuole ottenere la causa mossa da Whatsapp?
L’azienda controllata da Facebook ritene che quegli attacchi siano stati un abuso della sua rete; vuole una ingiunzione per fermare NSO dall’accedere alla sua piattaforma; ritiene che anche se NSO ha fornito i servizi a dei clienti, sia comunque responsabile in quanto architetto del software (BBC)
Che possibilità ha di vincerla?
La strada è in salita, secondo una analisi di Wired. In pratica Whatsapp sta accusando NSO di violazione del Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (e di altre leggi statali), ma il caso è un tentativo ardito di usare quella legge per “punire non solo gli hacker che hanno violato i computer di una azienda, ma anche quelli che sfruttano i suoi software per violare i computer dei suoi utenti”. Nel mentre però, c’è almeno un campo d’azione su cui Whatsapp sembra voler giocare. Infatti secondo alcuni voci non confermate, i dipendenti di NSO si sarebbero trovati chiusi tutti i loro account Facebook, Whatsapp, Instagram (ht Alex Stamos)
Il ruolo di NSO
La causa di Whatsapp - che allega vari materiali e manuali interni di NSO - getta però nuova luce sul funzionamento del software della società israeliana e i suoi rapporti con i clienti. E mostra un ruolo più attivo di quello che si pensasse nell’assistenza degli stessi. Ad esempio, scrive Vice, nel confezionare messaggi di phishing per specifici target.

FACEBOOK
Pubblicità politiche, che fare?

Abbiamo visto che Facebook ha deciso di non fare fact checking sulle pubblicità dei politici, una decisione che ha raccolto varie critiche. Ora si aggiunge una lettera interna di 250 dipendenti, secondo la quale permettere ai politici di mentire nelle pubblicità è una minaccia alla stessa azienda (NYT).
Cosa dice la lettera?
“La libertà di espressione (free speech) e la propaganda (paid speech) non sono la stessa cosa. La cattiva informazione (misinformation) ci riguarda tutti”. La decisione di non fare fact checking sui politici è una minaccia a quello in cui crede Facebook (...) “perché permette di trasformare la nostra piattaforma in un’arma prendendo di mira persone che credono che i contenuti postati dai politici siano veri”.
Il suggerimento è dunque di considerare gli ads politici come gli altri, ma nel contempo usare sistemi visuali per far capire ancora di più che sono ads. Inoltre - punto importante - i dipendenti suggeriscono di limitare il targeting per gli ads politici. Attualmente è normale per un politico caricare la lista degli elettori per poi usare gli strumenti di tracking comportamentale (come i pixel) e l’engagement con le pubblicità per raffinare ancora di più gli ads. Il rischio è che le persone non possano avere la possibilità di controllare pubblicamente quanto viene detto. “Inoltre questi ads sono così microtargeted (mirati su gruppi specifici, ndr) che le conversazioni sulla nostra piattaforma sono ancora più rinchiuse dentro silo separati di altre”. Infine, esplorare la possibilità di un silenzio elettorale.
(Per inciso, proprio di microtargeting e di questo problema ho parlato sabato su Omnibus - La 7, min 47)
La proposta
La situazione è molto mutevole e dinamica. In queste ore sul piatto c’era infatti anche una proposta da parte di una delle società che fanno fact checking per Facebook di trovare un sistema bipartisan per fare fact checking anche sugli ads politici. Vedremo (CNN)
La provocazione
Mentre si svolgeva questo dibattito, un politico e attivista di San Francisco, Adriel Hampton, si registrava come candidato a governatore con lo scopo di pubblicare pubblicità false su Facebook, in una sorta di atto dimostrativo (CNN).

PROPOSTE ITALIANE
Documenti per usare i social? Anche no, dai

Per un qualche motivo che mi è incomprensibile (nella sua essenza, non nei fattori esterni scatenanti), siamo di nuovo tornati a parlare di proposte di legge per far presentare i documenti (carte d’identità ecc) agli utenti che vogliano usare un social network o un servizio online pensando in tal modo di eliminare o ridurre l’odio online. Proposte che negli anni sono state sempre bocciate da una miriade di esperti e quindi accantonate. Ora c’è stata la proposta del deputato Marattin (qui la sua intervista a Corriere), e dunque è ripartito un film già visto.
Mi limito a mettere dei link, iniziando con un momento amarcord:
2014, copertina di Wired: Fabio Chiusi e la sottoscritta scrivevamo perché chiedere i documenti fosse inutile se non dannoso. Ma il tempo passa e i temi ritornano dunque….
In questa settimana del 2019:
- Profili sui social network e carta d'identità: perché non è possibile
L'idea di "schedare" tutti i cittadini che abbiano un profilo social pone problemi tecnici, giuridici e politici insormontabili (Giovanni Ziccardi)
- Odio e disinformazione (che sono ovunque per strada, in TV, sui social) sono una seria questione culturale. Come si affrontano? (Arianna Ciccone)
- Disinformazione, propaganda, bugie, minacce, insulti, provocazioni, odio hanno diritto di cittadinanza in Rete? (Fabio Chiusi su Valigia Blu)
- La lesione dei diritti dei cittadini è da sempre un chiaro tema reazionario (ok, il suo vero titolo è un po’ più tranchant) (Il Post - Massimo Mantellini)
- Una sparata controproducente (Radio dell’avvocatura - Francesco Micozzi - audio)
- Perché questo genere di proposte sono inutili - uno Stefano Zanero già di qualche mese fa (ma sul tema direi d’annata, come il vino buono).
- Velleitario e pericoloso (dichiarazioni Garante Privacy)
Mi fermo qua, anche se ho lasciato fuori molti altri interventi, ma se mi costringete a riparlarne, la prossima volta ve li metto tutti, ok?

Riassunto e disegnino semplificato per chi non ha tempo o voglia: quel tipo di proposta per quel tipo di problema equivale ad avere le zanzare in casa e a sparar loro cannonate. Le zanzare restano, i buchi nei muri rendono la tua casa (i diritti di tutti) ancora più fragile. Meglio mettere degli zampironi e modificare l’aria che si respira.
Dunque oltre a investire massicciamente, in modo pianificato, a tutti i livelli, in cultura digitale (un tipo di formazione che sarà cruciale per la nostra sopravvivenza come nazione avanzata, detto en passant) e in educazione civica e cultura generale, si può chiedere, ad esempio:
- al governo: molte più risorse a magistratura e postale per indagare su reati
- alle piattaforme: procedure più snelle ed efficienti per ottenere i dati in caso di indagine
- alle piattaforme: canali più diretti con gli utenti che siano vittima di attacchi organizzati e sistemi per tutelare categorie più deboli o esposte
- alle piattaforme: spiegazioni chiare e trasparenza quando decidono di rimuovere contenuti in violazione delle loro policy, procedure chiare per appellare tali decisioni, revisione umana di decisioni automatizzate
-alle piattaforme: più strumenti in mano al singolo utente per gestire come preferisce il proprio feed, quello che vede, quello che vedono gli altri, come interagire con altri ecc
-alle piattaforme: trasparenza massima sulle pubblicità, specie quelle politiche, valutare se limitarle in qualche modo o fare altri controlli
- ai politici: chiedere di abbassare i toni, non aggredire utenti, non aizzare folle online e offline, tenere sotto controllo i propri spazi social ecc
- ai media: non dare rilevanza, se possibile, ai primi 4 idioti che insultano qualcuno online per ottenere esattamente quello, visibilità.
E ovviamente molto altro, ma era solo per dare un assaggio di come inquadrare diversamente la questione.

CINA E BLOCKCHAIN
Fedeli alla blockchain

Abbiamo visto che la Cina si è lanciata sulla blockchain con anche investitura dall’alto di Xi Jinping. Ora il partito comunista cinese ha chiesto ai suoi membri di attestare la loro fedeltà su blockchain. Chissà cosa ne penserebbe Satoshi Nakamoto. Ad ogni modo si potrebbe usare anche per le promesse elettorali dei nostri politici…. (si scherza)
Coindesk

USA/CINA
Avanti col ban Huawei e ZTE

La Federal Communications Commission andrà avanti con la proposta di vietare ai giganti delle telecomunicazioni americane l’uso di apparecchiature di rete delle cinesi Huawei e ZTE, perché per l’agenzia sarebbero un rischio alla sicurezza nazionale.
TechCrunch

SPOTIFY
I podcast stanno andando bene su Spotify
QZ

APT28
Olimpiadi nel mirino

Gli hacker russi noti come APT28 o Fancy Bear stanno prendendo di mira 16 organizzazioni sportive e anti-doping in vista delle Olimpiadi 2020, avvisa Microsoft
Zdnet

DEEPFAKE
Fa un deepfake porno su una ragazza, arrestato

Uno studente indiano è stato arrestato per aver usato le foto su Instagram di una teenager al fine di produrre un suo deepfake (video in cui sono riprodotte le fattezze di qualcuno per dire o fare cose che non ha mai fatto) pornografico e minacciare di distribuirlo poi online (Ndtv).
Da una breve ricognizione mi pare che i deepfake su celebrità (e non) in India siano molto diffusi. Un anno fa una giornalista indiana schierata a difesa dei diritti delle donne era stata presa di mira con deepfake pornografici.

CELLEBRITE
Il caso Boettcher e lo sblocco del suo iPhone

La società israeliana Cellebrite - che si occupa di estrarre dati da dispositivi - ha pubblicato un caso studio in cui descrive come sono stati usati i suoi servizi in una vicenda di cronaca giudiziaria italiana, quello della coppia Boettcher/Lovato, e della aggressione con l’acido all’ex fidanzato di lei. Tra i reperti sequestrati a Boettcher c'era un iPhone, protetto da un PIN di 4 cifre che il ragazzo diceva di non ricordare. Come indicato nel case study, le consulenti dei legali di parte civile avevano già rinvenuto e analizzato un backup dell'iPhone che però risultava essere stato prodotto un paio di mesi prima dell'aggressione: per poter avere un quadro completo della vicenda si decise quindi di provare ad accedere direttamente all'iPhone. Era l’inizio del 2015. I magistrati allora incaricano un noto ed esperto consulente informatico forense, Mattia Epifani, di capire come gestire la situazione e presentare loro tutte le opzioni sul tavolo per provare a ottenere anche quei dati. Alla fine viene scelto di provare con Cellbrite, riferisce il rapporto.
“L'aspetto rilevante che Cellebrite evidenzia nel suo case study - commenta a Guerre di Rete Paolo Dal Checco, altro noto ed esperto consulente informatico forense - è che Cellebrite è stata in grado di sbloccare un iPhone protetto da PIN in un momento nel quale il loro servizio era l'unico disponibile, a parte alcune soluzioni rischiose che funzionavano solamente in particolari condizioni. L'incarico relativo allo sblocco dell'iPhone di Boettcher, inoltre, è stato tra i primi conferiti ufficialmente dall'Autorità Giudiziaria italiana alla società israeliana e ha dato il via a una serie d'incarichi conferiti ancora oggi, ovviamente su dispositivi più recenti”.
Case study

CATALOGNA
Rimossa l’app per coordinare manifestanti di Tsunami Democratic

La Spagna ha richiesto la rimozione da GitHub dell'app (APK) di Tsunami Democratic, usata per organizzare proteste in Catalogna, perché lo stesso movimento viene considerato dalla polizia una organizzazione criminale che faciliterebbe atti di terrorismo (ht @Orariccardo)
TechCrunch

STRUMENTI
Il creatore di Maltego ha realizzato un nuovo tool per estrarre e organizzare info mentre si naviga.
ht The Grugq

CYBERCRIME
Storia di un giovane americano che combatte i ransomware, creando strumenti per decriptarli, quando possibile. E’ il più grande creatore di decryptor gratuiti.
ProPublica

CILE
In Cile gli hacker svelano documenti riservati dei Carabineros - La Stampa

LETTURE

GIORNALISMO
Se vuoi una redazione di successo, devi avere una redazione rappresentativa della diversità della popolazione. Reuters Institute

GIORNALISMO LOCALE

La fiducia nelle notizie locali negli Usa è più alta rispetto ai media nazionali, ma non è tutto oro quel che luccica. Inoltre coprire in modo più aggressivo temi sociali e politici potrebbe far diminuire questa fiducia, ma diversamente si rischia di abdicare alla funzione del giornalismo.
Lo studio: State of Public Trust in Local News

DISINFORMAZIONE
Un paper che studia l’astroturfing politico - la creazione di campagne coordinate di finti attivisti per fini di propaganda/manipolazione - su Twitter. Tra le altre cose, solleva un punto interessante: gran parte delle campagne di questo tipo usano umani, e cercare solo bot (account automatizzati) rischia di essere un limite.
Political Astroturfing on Twitter: How to Coordinate a Disinformation Campaign

SFRUTTAMENTO
Schiave via app

Il mercato delle lavoratrice domestiche trattate come schiave e “vendute” via app In Kuwait e Arabia Saudita. Inchiesta BBC

MEME WAR
I meme come armi nella guerra dell’informazione e disinformazione

La ricetta: origine indefinita, più nocciolo di verità, più una scalata progressiva nella catena dei media, più amplificazione e consacrazione dai media tradizionali impegnati nel debunking - Technology Review

FABBRICHE DI TROLL
Una giornalista polacca ha lavorato sotto copertura in una agenzia di PR del Paese i cui dipendenti gestiscono decine di finti account a testa e su indicazioni della direzione promuovono determinati contenuti politici
Guardian

NON SOLO CYBER
Contro l’ossessiva ricerca della felicità - Aeon

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- ci vediamo l’8 novembre a Bologna (ore 18, Libreria UBIKIrnerio, via Irnerio 17) per la prima presentazione del mio romanzo Fuori Controllo (edizioni Venipedia)
- il 9 novembre, sempre a Bologna, alla tavola rotonda di HackInBo (il programma).

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خوفناک حادثے، 12 افراد جاں بحق 19 زخمی

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مٹیاری: نیو سعیدآباد نیشنل ہائی وے پر نوابشاہ سے کراچی جانے والی کوچ اور گدھا گاڑی کی خوفناک ٹکر سے 11 افراد جاں بحق دو زخمی ہوگئے۔ مٹیاری کے علاقے نیو سعیدآباد کے قریب نیشنل ہائی وے پر گدھا گاڑی اور نوابشاہ سے کراچی جانے والی بلوچ کوچ میں خوفناک ٹکر ہونے سے گدھا گاڑی
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#PornBan. It’s like a rash, this impulse to ban porn all over the world – despite protests that are going viral. The Twitter hashtag #pornban sprung up in July 2015 as the Indian government blocked 857 porn sites, 1 and then backtracked a bit, 2 asking internet service providers (ISPs) to unblock those that don’t contain child pornography. Which makes service providers the arbiters of our constitutionally guaranteed right to freedom of expression, deciding what we may or may not see. Seriously?

The United Kingdom recently banned a number of sex acts online, 3 including female ejaculation, even while there were almost 250,000 hits on porn sites from IP addresses in the buildings housing parliament. 4 The UK government is now asking porn sites to collect proof 5 that their visitors are adults. Will this data be stored privately and not used for other purposes? A valid question in an age of mass surveillance, hacks on “cheating” sites 6 and hacker releases of private information, including sexual preferences. 7

Iceland 8 has been threatening to ban “violent” online porn since 2013. Indonesia 9 and Turkey 10 have blocked lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer (LGBTIQ) content in the name of banning porn. The Philippines 11 has outlawed cybersex and cam girls, while a religious lobby in Australia 12 is pushing for anti-piracy laws to be extended to porn. Porn possession is illegal in Botswana, 13 Egypt 14 and Uganda. 15 And even as the Israel-Palestine conflict escalated in 2012, Hamas managed to ban “full” internet porn in the Gaza Strip. 16 Whatever that means.

Porn. Panic. Ban. That’s pretty much the policy response in many parts of the world.

But what is it about porn that terrifies so many governments, derails feminist sensibilities, offends the religious right, and attracts so many users? How can we change the way we “see” porn?

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Lesbian. Threesome. Squirt. Change the words and you change the lens. From the user’s perspective, porn leads to pleasure, not panic. That’s what porn has always been about, from ancient times, when it found its first mention in the word porneia. 17 This Greek word was varyingly defined as fornication, whoredom, promiscuity and adultery, all of which have two things in common: sex and pleasure. For most users, that’s what porn is really about: sexual pleasure. (Dirty, dirty.) Arousal. (Dirty, dirty.) Orgasm. (Dirty, dirty.) Problem is that in the parental gaze called policy, sex is kinda dirty. (Dirty, dirty.)

Problem is that in this global policy gaze, the sexual pleasure-seeker aka Porn User is always a man. Even though globally a quarter of porn viewers are women. 18 Make that 35% in Brazil and the Philippines, 24% in France, 23% in India and Argentina, and come on, Japanese women, you 17% laggards. 19 A 2015 survey of Pornhub and Redtube, 20 which gets 40 million viewers each month, shows that women like watching women. (And Kim Kardashian, James Deen, pussy-licking and rough sex.) “What immediately jumps out is that ladies prefer to take their time, with their average visits to the site lasting a lavish 10 minutes and 10 seconds, compared to men who go for just 9:22,” notes the cocky analysis. “Treat yourselves, ladies!”

So one gender gap is slowly closing as porn moves indoors from the publicness of peepshows and DVD parlours to the relative privacy of one’s own home. (We should be celebrating, not lamenting this “normalisation” of porn, no?) And don’t forget how notions of privacy shape behaviour here. No Peeping Toms. No looking over one’s shoulder. No idea of what we get off on so long as porn sites don’t start matching individual viewers to their viewing habits. Which means that even though “lesbian”, “threesome” and “squirt” are the top three terms that women searched for on Pornhub and RedTube in 2015, the data is anonymised and secure. (Hopefully.) No one’s going to land up at their doorsteps to blackmail them. (Hopefully.) They’re not going to be branded with the scarlet letter P, the digital equivalent of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s analog adulteress, 21 forced to wear the letter A in the 17th century.

Yes. Porn is becoming a bit of a Scarlet Letter – a private act portrayed as a public menace. Privacy is the right to be let alone, wrote Justices Warren and Brandeis of the United States (US) Supreme Court in their iconic 1890 essay. 22 That too was in a context when new media technologies – “instantaneous photographs”, “newspaper enterprises”, “mechanical devices” – were producing panic. Technological change has, of course, always given rise to panic: even the sewing machine was once thought to create deviant desires in women, as they rhythmically moved their legs up and down to its gentle whirr. And women, of course, have always been subjected to moral panics and moralistic privacy 23 when it comes to sexuality, notes law professor Anita L. Allen. One that is associated with “heightened modesty”, self-concealment, and chastity. (Don’t show yourself. Don’t watch other women. In short, no pornification.) Porn’s genteel cousin, erotica, has also faced similar panics. Remember the ban on D. H. Lawrence’s Lady Chatterley’s Lover 24 in the 1960s?

Problem is, in the policy gaze, women are still stuck in the passenger seat when it comes to sex. It imagines the hubby coming home, all pumped up, and asking the missus to go beyond the missionary position. Just like he saw on his iPad mini. (Dirty, dirty.) You see? Man, driver. Woman, passenger. From the first utterance of porneia, men have been seen as the drivers of sex, women its passengers. Never mind that this is rooted in another P – Patriarchy – which insists that women must have no sexual desire, let alone know pleasure-enhancing postures. (Dirty, dirty). Never mind that many women still can’t refuse men sex, or get them to wear condoms. Never mind every inequality between men and women that pops up everywhere, including in the bedroom. If there was greater equality between the genders, fewer women would feign headaches when they don't want to have sex.

That’s gender inequality. That’s what we need to fix. But it’s so much easier to blame porn for patriarchy, no?

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Multi-million. Dollar. Industry. This is how anti-porn crusaders often refer to porn. It’s a magic bullet, this phrase, guaranteed to derail logic. Guaranteed to make folks see red. As if we’re not doing all sorts of things like buying biscuits and Maggi noodles and data connections from multi-million dollar enterprises.

Of course we’re all proponents of the small, the stand-alone, the artisanal. But. Can porn be damned just because it’s big business? Let’s stop eating Glucose biscuits first. And must we start loving all independent 25 or homemade porn, right from consenting cam girls to non-consensual hidden cam porn in cyber cafés? Nah. Like in other industries, porn production is “ethical”, when there are no unfair or exploitative contractual or labour practices. When performers are not being pushed to perform sex acts beyond the contract or without condoms. But that’s not enough. Porn is legit, first and foremost, if it’s based on consent. And consent cuts all the way down the line: from those who are paid to perform porn to those who freely turn their images into porn for private pleasure. That some of these images end up as non-consensual porn – often called revenge porn – is a problem that policy makers in some countries have finally begun to tackle, notably in the US where revenge porn is a crime in several states. 26

But try asking anti-porn campaigners to use consent as a yardstick. No. In the anti-porn worldview, ALL porn causes harm to ALL women: those who consume it and those who don’t. All porn objectifies and dehumanises women, never mind women who have starred as “personified” subjects! In this camp, there’s only one kind of porn – in which men treat women as instruments to satisfy their sexual desires. In which porn is the villain with a capital P, mutating “healthy” sexual desires and relationships into “unhealthy” ones. 27 It’s never about mutual pleasure or that there are as many kinds of porn as there are sexual desires. Including queer crip porn. 28 It’s rarely about porn performers who don’t see themselves as victims. Or the issues porn performers themselves raise. “My stage name is less about withholding parts of myself or maintaining privacy than it is a symbol of the idea that I am more than just my job or any other isolated slice of my identity,” says US porn performer, Stoya. 29 “Yes, there’s a paradox here in that I willingly engage in work that reduces me to a few sexual facets of myself but expect to be seen as a multifaceted person outside of that work. I participate in an illusion of easy physical access…”

If objectification is the charge that some feminists typically hurl at porn, addiction is its moralist cousin. In the digital porn discourse, access is often vilified as “addiction” with untold consequences. Portrayed as a drug. A petitioner to India's parliament argues that online porn must be banned before we turn into the equivalent of “Motherless or Fatherless America”. 30 This trend is “related to those ‘orphaned’ children, whose father or mother, though alive, are addicted to cyberpornography and don’t take any care of their children or the family,” the petitioner argues. Another #pornban petitioner in India's Supreme Court raises this bombast to untold heights. 31 “Nothing can more efficiently destroy a person, fizzle their mind, evaporate their future, eliminate their potential or destroy society like pornography,” he argues. “It is so terrible that many do not even recognize it until it is too late, and most refuse to admit it. It is worse than Hitler, worse than AIDS, cancer or any other epidemic. It is more catastrophic than nuclear holocaust, and it must be stopped.”

This #pornban petition goes on to hold online pornography accountable for increasing violence against women, an emotive charge (like “multi-million dollar industry”) that unites moralists and many feminists. Does porn cause rape? Or, as feminist Robin Morgan famously argued in the 1970s, is “porn the theory, rape the practice”? 32 No. Even those who campaign against porn warily agree there’s no evidence to back this charge. 33 In the 1990s, one research study looked at four countries where porn was freely available in the previous two decades, including “aggressive porn”. 34 In all four countries, the availability of pictorial porn – including violent porn – had gone from “extreme scarcity to relative abundance” in the study period. It noted that other studies have shown that “rapists' and nonrapists' immediate sexual reactions to presentations of pornography showed generally greater arousal to non-violent scenes.” It concluded that in none of the countries did “rape increase more than nonsexual violent crimes. This finding in itself would seem sufficient to discard the hypothesis that pornography causes rape.” 35

Disregarding such evidence, anti-porn feminists continue to insist that porn is an act of sexual violence, that porn is not “words” and “images”, that porn is not speech to be protected. 36 Not media. This positioning is, of course, part of the problem, since it exceptionalises porn, locating it in a category by itself, unlike other speech or media. But seriously, what is porn – composed of words, sounds and images, albeit of naked bodies – if not media? Innumerable studies indicate that there is no causal relationship between media representations and realities, that spectators hold diverse and different positions to what they view. 37 Do we hold on-screen rape depictions in feature films responsible for causing actual rapes? No. Do we hold on-screen depictions of murder responsible for causing actual murders? No. Then why hold on-screen porn responsible for real-life rape and sexual assault? Why blame the representation for the reality in this one case alone? What’s so unique about porn – another media representation – that it must be singled out thus? Are naked bodies inherently harmful? Or what?

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In a 2009 TED talk that went viral, Cindy Gallop, a 50-something fan of hardcore porn, described how she sees online porn. 38 “I have sex with younger men…” in their 20s, she says, “and encounter directly the effect of a flood of hardcore porn.” One of these effects is the misbelief that women love men coming on their faces, a porn staple. “There’s an entire generation growing up that believes that what you see in hardcore pornography is the way that you have sex,” says Gallop. “Hardcore porn has become sex education.” But why has hardcore porn become sex education? One, because it’s easily available. Two, because there’s no other sex education. Three, because we’re so puritanical about sex, we won’t talk about it to our kids. Ergo, vacuum. Enter, online porn. As a “mature experienced self-confident older woman,” Gallop is adept at telling her 20-something lovers: “No, thank you very much. I’d rather you did not come on my face.”

As a user, how would Gallop change porn? “Reorient, reeducate, rehabilitate” is her motto. In other words, resocialise minds, reshape headspaces, rewire neutrons away from the dungheap of patriarchy. Towards a more equitable gender-friendly porn. Sounds like sex-positive feminism to me. Her site 39 busts a bunch of porn myths including balloon boobs, while understanding that porn is play, a pleasure-enhancer, like sex toys. A form of sexual expression. In another TED talk that went viral, erotic filmmaker Erika Lust talks about how it’s time for porn to change. 40 Change. Not vanish. How it’s time to fight unethical porn with ethical porn, counter-porn, porn that makes women and transpersons 41 the subjects of their sexual journeys, pleasures and destinations.

That’s right. Change porn, not ban it. Think about it. Seriously. Think how we try to change other media representations – through critique, debate, dialogue and alternative representations. Not through bans, right? If policy makers understood porn as sexual expression, why would they want to ban it?

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So what should we really think about when we think about porn? Consent. We need to respect the consent of those who enact porn – if it’s given, even to enacting “rape porn”, dare we cavil? And we need to start getting justice for those who never dreamed they’d end up as digital porn – without their consent. Any image that turns into porn without consent can cause actual harm, not the imaginary variety – harm that wrecks lives, jobs, careers, relationships, self-image and identities. Harm that causes real damage, both on and offline. Harm that is harmful enough to be called out and punished as a crime. When actual rapes turn into digital porn, spreading from phone to phone, as is the case in Pakistan and India, that’s harm. And that’s three counts of consent being violated: one, in forcing sex without consent; two, in filming forced sex without consent; three, in circulating this clip without consent. When physical rape turns into digital porn we know one thing for sure: it’s time to start talking consent. It’s time to start talking harm.

If we really want to “do something” about porn, it’s time we stopped talking about its imagined harms. It’s time we started talking about actual harms. It’s time we started talking along the fault lines of consent.

References

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2 Reuters. (2015, 5 August). India withdraws order to block pornography sites. Reuters. in.reuters.com/article/2015/08/05/india-porn-ban-idINKCN0QA0KK20150805

3 Saul, H. (2015, 13 September). UK porn legislation: What is now banned under new government laws. The Independent. www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/uk-porn-legislation-what-is-now-banned-under-new-government-laws-9898541.html

4 Withnall, A. (2015, 27 July). Porn in Parliament: Palace of Westminster computers made 250,000 attempts to 'access pornography last year. The Independent. www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/parliament-computers-made-250000-attempts-to-access-pornography-at-palace-of-westminster-10418449.html

5 Doctorow, C. (2015, 3 August). David Cameron will publish the financial details and viewing habits of all UK porn watchers. BoingBoing. boingboing.net/2015/08/03/david-cameron-will-publish-the.html

6 Elgot, J, Hern, A, & Weaver, M. (2015, 21 July). Ashley Madison adultery site hack: Will I be found out? The Guardian. www.theguardian.com/world/2015/jul/21/ashley-madison-adultery-site-hack-will-i-be-found-out-what-you-need-to-know

7 Fox-Brewster, T. (2015, 19 August). Location, Sexual Preference, Weight: Embarrassing Ashley Madison customer date published by hackers. Forbes. www.forbes.com/sites/thomasbrewster/2015/08/19/ashley-madison-breach-is-awful

8 The Economist. (2013, 23 April). Why does liberal Iceland want to ban pornography? The Economist. www.economist.com/blogs/economist-explains/2013/04/economist-explains-why-iceland-ban-pornography

9 Institut Pelangi Perempuan. (2014). Queering Internet Governance in Indonesia. erotics.apc.org/research/queering-internet-governance-indonesia

10 Tremblay, P. (2015, 27 April). 'Unnatural' porn becomes ticket to jail in Turkey. US News & World Report. www.usnews.com/news/articles/2015/04/27/unnatural-porn-becomes-ticket-to-jail-in-turkey

11 BBC News. (2012, 20 September). BBC outlaws cybersex and 'cam girls'. BBC News. www.bbc.com/news/technology-19659801

12 Turner, A. (2015, 24 June). Porn will be next on Australia's website blocking agenda. Sydney Morning Herald. www.smh.com.au/digital-life/computers/gadgets-on-the-go/porn-will-be-next-on-australias-websiteblocking-agenda-20150624-ghw60w.html

13 APA. (2015, 13 March). Botswana: Three arrested for cyber porn material. Star Africa. en.starafrica.com/news/botswana-three-arrested-for-cyber-porn-material.html

14 RT. (2015, 20 May). Egypt's top court bans porn sites, demands enforcement. RT Question More Live. www.rt.com/news/260609-egypt-ban-porn-websites

15 Strategic Initiative for Women in the Horn of Africa. (2015). Anti-pornography Act: Human rights activists and civil society organisations challenge the legality of the act in Constitutional Court, Uganda www.sihanet.org/news/anti-pornography-act-human-rights-activists-and-civil-society-organisations-challenge-legality

16 Daily Mail. (2012, 3 September). Hamas bans internet porn in Gaza Strip as Islamic hardliners crack down on Palestinian freedoms. www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2197876/Hamas-bans-internet-porn-Gaza-Strip-Islamic-hardliners-crackdown-Palestinian-freedoms.html

17 Biblehub. biblehub.com/greek/4202.htm

18 IANS. (2015, 1 August). Boys ain't having all the fun: Indian women watch more porn now. Hindustan Times. www.hindustantimes.com/sexandrelationships/boys-ain-t-having-all-the-fun-indian-women-watch-more-porn-now/article1-1375150.aspx

19 Pornhub Insights. (2015, 25 July). More of what women want. www.pornhub.com/insights/women-gender-demographics-searches

20 Ibid.

21 McCrum, R. (2014, 6 January). The 100 Best Novels: No 16 – The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne. The Guardian. www.theguardian.com/books/2014/jan/06/scarlet-letter-nathaniel-hawthorne-100-best-novels

22 Warren, S. D., & Brandeis, L. D. (1890). The Right to Privacy. Harvard Law Review, 4(5), 193-220. www.jstor.org/stable/1321160

23 Allen, A. L. (2000). Gender and Privacy in Cyberspace. Faculty Scholarship, Paper 789. scholarship.law.upenn.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1788&context=faculty_scholarship

24 Robertson, G. (2010, 22 October). The trial of Lady Chatterley's Lover. The Guardian. www.theguardian.com/books/2010/oct/22/dh-lawrence-lady-chatterley-trial

25 Morris, C. (2014, 17 January). The economics of being an independent porn star. CNBC. www.cnbc.com/2014/01/17/the-economics-of-being-an-independent-porn-star.html

26 End Revenge Porn. www.endrevengeporn.org/revenge-porn-laws

27 Massey, A. (2015, 3 April). Porn is not coming for our sex lives. Pacific Standard. www.psmag.com/books-and-culture/its-all-ok-you-can-watch-some-porn-right-after-you-read-this-article

28 Loree Erickson, Porn Star Academic. femmegimp.org

29 Stoya. (2014, 8 March). Can we learn about privacy from porn stars? New York Times. www.nytimes.com/2014/03/09/opinion/sunday/can-we-learn-about-privacy-from-porn-stars.html?hpw&_r=0

30 Prabhudesai, A. (12 June 2013). Petition to ban pornography by amending IT Act filed in Parliament. Trak.in. trak.in/random/ban-pornography-petition-1203

31 Singh, M. (2015, 10 July). Kamlesh Vaswani v. Union of India & Ors. One Law Street. onelawstreet.com/2015/07/pornography-ban-kamlesh-vaswani

32 Morgan, R. (1977). Going Too Far: The Personal Chronicle of a Feminist. New York: Random House.

33 Jensen, R., with Okrina, D. (2004). Pornography and Sexual Violence. National Online Resource Center on Violence Against Women. www.vawnet.org/sexual-violence/print-document.php?doc_id=418&find_type=web_desc_AR

34 Kutchinsky, B. (1991.) Pornography and rape: theory and practice? Evidence from crime data in four countries where pornography is easily available. International Journal of Law and Psychiatry, 14(1-2), 47-64. www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/2032762

35 Ibid.

36 MacKinnon, C, & Dworkin, R. (1994, 3 March). Pornography: An Exchange. New York Review of Books. www.nybooks.com/articles/archives/1994/mar/03/pornography-an-exchange

37 Tait, S. (2008). Pornographies of Violence? Internet Spectatorship on Body Horror. Critical Studies in Media Communication, 25(1), 91-111. www.researchgate.net/publication/232838902_Pornographies_of_Violence_Internet_Spectatorship_on_Body_Horror

38 Gallop, C. (2009, 2 December). Make love, not porn. TEDTalk. www.youtube.com/watch?v=FV8n_E_6Tpc

39 Porn world vs Real world. makelovenotporn.com/myths/facial

40 Lust, E. (2014, 1 November). It's time for porn to change. TEDx Vienna. erikalust.com/ted-talk

41 Nadika, N. (2015, 1 April). Supporting ethical queer porn. The Orinam Blog. orinam.net/supporting-ethical-queer-porn

42 BBC News. (2015, 26 February). How a rape was filmed and shared in Pakistan. BBC News. www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-31313551

43 Nelson, D. (2015, 13 April). Indian campaigner inundated by gang rape videos. The Telegraph. www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/india/11533852/Indian-campaigner-inundated-by-gang-rape-videos.html

44 Datta, B. (2015, 29 May). Porn. Panic. Ban. GenderIT. www.genderit.org/feminist-talk/porn-panic-ban

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A policy landscape of sexual orientation, gender identity and the internet

Introduction

Two groundbreaking advances in international human rights have been made in the last half decade, with recognition by intergovernmental bodies that human rights law applies equally to all persons regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity (SOGI), and that human rights law is equally applicable online as offline. However, these achievements have not been without significant advocacy efforts by civil society. While internet rights are being increasingly integrated and addressed across the international human rights system, developments on SOGI have been laboured, politicised and isolated, with no state consensus. This report considers the trends, shifts and convergences in international policy making, using a geopolitical analysis.

A brief history

Sexual orientation and gender identity

Activists have been advocating for international recognition of SOGI-related rights as far back as the Beijing World Conference on Women in 1995,1 with concerted efforts to develop state awareness and recognition of the issues since a failed resolution on human rights and sexual orientation in 2003. 2 Brazil’s introduction, and later withdrawal, of a draft text was a catalyst for a number of civil society groups and activists working on sexuality and gender issues to communicate and coordinate more consistently to develop strategies to engage the UN human rights system on these issues. 3 This collective organising led to states delivering a series of joint statements at the UN General Assembly and Human Rights Council (HRC) between 2005 and 2011; 4 increasing support for SOGI rights from a handful of countries to nearly half of the UN member states; and finally the adoption by the HRC of the first ever UN resolution on “human rights, sexual orientation and gender identity” in June 2011, 5 and the second in September 2014. 6

Internet rights

Although civil society has been involved in internet policy and governance spaces since the internet was created, the internet has only recently featured in international human rights policy development arenas. The impact of the internet on human rights was first recognised at the international level by an HRC resolution on freedom of expression in 2009. 7 Since then, the UN has adopted a number of resolutions developing international policy on this theme. In particular, the HRC adopted a resolution on “The promotion, protection and enjoyment of human rights on the Internet” 8 in June 2012 with 85 state co-sponsors, which affirmed that the same human rights apply online as offline. The following year in November 2013, the General Assembly adopted a resolution on the right to privacy in the digital age, 9 which was followed up by the HRC in March 2015 with a procedural resolution of the same title, creating a UN expert mechanism on the right to privacy. 10 Since the 2009 resolution on freedom of expression, a number of thematic UN resolutions have addressed internet rights. 11

Comparing intersectional recognition

While internet rights concerns have effectively been mainstreamed into initiatives dealing with other human rights issues, sexual orientation and gender identity remain isolated from relevant state-negotiated human rights documents. 12

Internet rights have been recognised by consensus in a number of intergovernmental policy documents, such as resolutions on freedom of opinion and expression, freedom of association and assembly, and the safety of journalists. 13 The use of the internet and other forms of technology in propagating harassment and violence against women has been acknowledged by the Commission on the Status of Women 14 – the primary UN political body tasked with women’s rights issues – and by the General Assembly in a resolution on protecting women human rights defenders. 15

Conversely, there is a huge struggle to include any language that might be associated with SOGI in any government-negotiated documents at the international level, with such language overwhelmingly negotiated out of draft texts or put to a vote. For example, even the word “gender” has become controversial because some governments insist that gender can only denote biological sex, refusing to accept the concept of gender as a social construct or to recognise identities beyond the male-female binary. 16

As a result, where SOGI language has been included in negotiated documents, it has been so virtually in isolation from intersecting fields, such as violence or discrimination against women or the protection of human rights defenders. The only UN human rights resolution to date referencing SOGI, apart from the HRC SOGI resolution itself, is the biennial General Assembly resolution on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions. While the strong opposition to recognising SOGI-related rights means the discussion is reduced to violence and discrimination (the areas that have a possibility of gaining consensus), the reference in the “killings” resolution is nonetheless hotly contested each time, with attempts to vote the language out of the resolution during the final adoption process.17

Despite the fact that a broad number of thematic and country-specific UN human rights experts regularly report a vast array of infringements of the rights of LGBTI persons,18 in social and economic rights as well as civil and political rights, the political bodies have so far failed to take the intersectional approach that has been an attribute of developments on internet rights.

Politics of sexual orientation and gender identity rights

International intergovernmental debate on SOGI is a delicate matter, and unfortunately plays out in ways that are politically divisive and strategically counterproductive. Although there is a slow but steady increase in support for these issues from states from all regions, they are still perceived as primarily Western priorities despite the fact that the first UN SOGI resolution was tabled by South Africa and Brazil, and the second by Brazil, Chile, Colombia and Uruguay.

This is partly because Western states have styled themselves as international leaders on SOGI, critiquing discriminatory laws and practices outside of their regional group, and is compounded by certain Western states using aid conditionality to apply pressure on ex-colonies to repeal colonial-era criminal provisions on same-sex relations. 19

These practices have created a “West versus the rest” dynamic which contributes to the geopolitical polarisation on gender and sexuality-related rights that is reflected at the international level, and alienates potential support from those states that are open to discussing SOGI-related rights, but are opposed to Western hegemony on the international stage.

The politicisation of SOGI plays out in intergovernmental human rights policy development spaces such as the HRC in divisive and regressive ways. Firstly we have seen a division of state positions, generally along lines of regional and political blocs. 20 Traditionally this has been Western and most Latin American states supporting SOGI issues, opposed by Russia, the Vatican, most of the African Group and members of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC). States within these groups that have dared to support SOGI issues have faced harsh censure from their peers. 21

Secondly, concepts such as cultural relativity, traditional values and protection of the family have been introduced and manipulated in these spaces, primarily by the religious right wing – the OIC, the Vatican, Russia, and conservative groups such as the UN Family Rights Caucus.22 Since 2009 the HRC has adopted various documents undermining the universality of rights, including three resolutions on “traditional values” and two on “protection of the family”. 23 In general, the support and opposition for these initiatives has been in line with positions against and for SOGI-related language respectively.

The politicisation of sexuality rights in international forums means that foreign policy is often at odds with national-level standards and developments, particularly on rights relating to gender identity. For example, some Western states, such as Belgium, France, Norway and Switzerland, present themselves as champions of LGBT rights in international debates while requiring transgender people to undergo sterilisation in order to legally change their gender, 24 a policy that the European Court of Human Rights has ruled to be a violation of the rights to privacy and family life. 25 Conversely, some states that have culturally established and documented forms of gender diversity 26 – and in the case of Pakistan leading case law recognising the rights of hijras27 – claim that such diversity is contrary to their cultural, moral or religious values when it comes to international debate. 28 This is a terrible contradiction of domestic reality and foreign policy.

State positions on SOGI in the international bodies have almost become a symbolic representation of one side versus another in the greater struggle for a new world order that replaces Western hegemony. Sadly, this positioning is to the detriment of human rights, including through the development of international legal norms and standards that exclude LGBTIQ persons.

Politics of internet rights

In comparison to the tumultuous international debates on SOGI, internet rights policy has been developing relatively smoothly, with consensus resolutions and references in the UN General Assembly, the HRC and the Commission on the Status of Women. This is not to suggest that states unanimously respect or support internet-related rights, but that opposition is more nuanced and complex than the open hostility that some governments express on SOGI.

While there does indeed appear to be international consensus on the issue of access to technology, a customary division of state positions on other issues such as freedom of expression remains unchanged in how states see their validity online or offline. During the HRC plenary panel on freedom of expression on the internet in 2012, China called on the international community to promote internet access in developing countries while also stating that freedom of expression could undermine social stability and national security.29 Cuba has both expressed concern about issues of access to information and communications technology (ICT) and lamented the United States (US) monopoly of the internet. 30

Furthermore, the geopolitical divide over internet rights is not as clear-cut as it is on SOGI issues. When Edward Snowden leaked classified information from the US National Security Agency (NSA) in 2013, the US was in the unusual position of being criticised by many of its peers in the West.31

Indeed, states from all regions have relished the opportunity to criticise the US in the wake of the Snowden revelations. Although not explicitly critical of US policy, pre-existing anti-US sentiment meant that the resolutions on the right to privacy in the digital age quickly garnered support amongst states such as North Korea, 32 Russia, Cuba and China. 33 Consequently, it could be argued that a politicisation of internet rights issues has been to the benefit of consensus-building on international human rights policy development on these issues.

SOGI versus internet rights policy

As SOGI language is a notorious key to destroying consensus in government negotiations, states have used sexual orientation references as a bargaining chip to block or undermine developments that they oppose.

For example, sexual orientation language was used by Western states to bargain against references to the “defamation of religions” in international discussions on racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance, both during the Durban Review Conference in 2009 and in follow-up meetings and negotiations. 34

This highly questionable tactic arose in discussions on internet rights in negotiations on a resolution on the right to privacy in the digital age at the UN General Assembly in 2013, when a key ally of the US proposed including a reference to sexual orientation. Some of the Five Eyes 35 countries readily supported the proposed language, while other states that were supportive of the resolution theme objected, knowing they would not be able to join consensus on a text that contained sexual orientation language. This was understood to be a strategy to break consensus on an issue that those states implicated in the revelations of deep breaches of privacy rights could not otherwise break without admitting that they did not support the key message of the resolution.

As the Five Eyes countries were openly attempting to water down the text of the privacy resolution, 36 it seemed likely that sexual orientation language was actually being introduced in order to polarise state positions on the text as a whole, and potentially lead to a vote. In effect, the US and its allies pitted sexual orientation against the right to privacy in a failed attempt to undermine international condemnation of and action on the infringement of rights that is mass surveillance.

Moving towards an intersectional approach

Although SOGI and internet rights have developed independently from one another at the international level, the slow increase in state support for SOGI-related rights in international human rights bodies, and the increasing attention being given to internet rights in a number of different thematic resolutions, means that the UN could constructively address their intersection in the near future.

The prevailing geopolitical divide is likely to continue to obstruct the inclusion of SOGI in UN resolutions. However, with internet rights being addressed in a number of negotiated thematic texts, it is not unreasonable to suggest that relevant issues could be included in a future substantive resolution on SOGI.

Furthermore, the HRC resolution on the right to privacy in the digital age mandated the appointment of a UN Special Rapporteur on the right to privacy. The Special Procedures mechanisms 37 have been key allies in raising violations of the rights of LGBTIQ persons across a broad section of thematic and country-specific mandates. A recent report of the Special Rapporteur on the right to freedom of opinion and expression to the HRC highlighted how encryption and anonymity in digital communications enable persons persecuted because of sexual orientation or gender identity to exercise the right to freedom of opinion and expression, as well as providing, for some, the only way to securely explore basic aspects of identity such as one’s gender or sexuality. 38

The new Special Procedures mandate has been tasked to look at the right to privacy, “including in connection with” (i.e. but not limited to) the challenges arising from new technologies. Many SOGI rights issues clearly fall under the mandate focus on privacy. It will remain to be seen whether the Rapporteur chooses to address human rights concerns relating to LGBTIQ persons in the execution of the mandate.

Conclusion

With a number of consensus resolutions and documents addressing internet rights, and the creation of an expert mandate on the right to privacy, it is safe to conclude that these issues are now firmly on the UN agenda, and will continue to be mainstreamed into the work of the HRC. Meanwhile, SOGI rights remain segregated with no regular or institutionalised attention to ongoing violations. It will likely remain extremely difficult to get states to consider the human rights of LGBTIQ persons on their substantial merit as long as SOGI continues to be politicised and manipulated by both supportive states and the opposition. The new expert mechanism on the right to privacy could see these two issues being addressed concurrently and with an intersectional analysis for the first time. It remains to be seen whether intergovernmental debate will mature beyond political strife to welcome such an analysis.

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1 See, for example, Ditsie, P. B. (1995). Statement delivered by Palesa Beverley Ditsie of South Africa, International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission, at the United Nations Fourth World Conference on Women, Beijing, China, 13 September. www.un.org/esa/gopher-data/conf/fwcw/conf/ngo/13123944.txt and Wilson, A. (1996). Lesbian Visibility and Sexual Rights at Beijing. Signs, 22(1). fds.duke.edu/db/attachment/409

2 In 2003 Brazil unexpectedly introduced a draft text on sexual orientation to the former UN Commission on Human Rights. The resolution faced strong opposition, which led to it being deferred by a year and later withdrawn from consideration.

3 ARC International. (2004). International Dialogue on Gender, Sexuality & Human Rights: Final report. Geneva: ARC International. arc-international.net/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/International-Dialogue-Report-Geneva-2004.doc

4 ARC International. (2011). LGBT Rights at the UN: A brief overview. Geneva: ARC International. arc-international.net/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/LGBT-Rights-at-the-UN.pdf

5 A/HRC/RES/17/19. (2011). ap.ohchr.org/documents/dpage_e.aspx?si=A/HRC/RES/17/19

6 A/HRC/RES/27/32. (2014). ap.ohchr.org/documents/dpage_e.aspx?si=A/HRC/RES/27/32

7 A/HRC/RES/12/16. (2009). ap.ohchr.org/documents/sdpage_e.aspx?b=10&se=100&t=11

8 A/HRC/RES/20/8. (2012). ap.ohchr.org/documents/dpage_e.aspx?si=A/HRC/RES/20/8

9 A/RES/68/167. (2013). www.un.org/ga/search/view_doc.asp?symbol=A/RES/68/167

10 A/HRC/RES/28/16. (2015). ap.ohchr.org/documents/dpage_e.aspx?si=A/HRC/RES/28/16

11 See, for example, A/HRC/RES/21/16, The rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association (2012). ap.ohchr.org/documents/dpage_e.aspx?si=A/HRC/RES/21/16; A/HRC/RES/23/2, The role of freedom of opinion and expression in women’s empowerment. (2013). ap.ohchr.org/documents/dpage_e.aspx?si=A/HRC/RES/23/2; A/HRC/RES/24/5, The rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association. (2013). ap.ohchr.org/documents/dpage_e.aspx?si=A/HRC/RES/24/5; A/RES/68/163, The safety of journalists and the issue of impunity. (2013). www.un.org/en/ga/search/view_doc.asp?symbol=A/RES/68/163; A/RES/68/181, Promotion of the Declaration on the Right and Responsibility of Individuals, Groups and Organs of Society to Promote and Protect Universally Recognized Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms: protecting women human rights defenders. (2013). www.un.org/en/ga/search/view_doc.asp?symbol=A/RES/68/181; and A/RES/69/166, The right to privacy in the digital age. (2014). www.un.org/en/ga/search/view_doc.asp?symbol=A/RES/69/166

12 While this paper examines how these issues have progressed in intergovernmental spaces, it is important to note that infringements on the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) persons are consistently raised by UN human rights expert mechanisms, such as the Special Procedures, treaty monitoring bodies, and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, across a broad number of thematic and country specific reports. See for example: www.icj.org/sogi-un-database

13 See footnote 10.

14 CSW agreed conclusions on the elimination and prevention of all forms of violence against women and girls. (2013). Para. 34(ww). www.un.org/womenwatch/daw/csw/csw57/CSW57_Agreed_Conclusions_%28CSW_report_excerpt%29.pdf

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A/RES/68/181. (2013). www.un.org/en/ga/search/view_doc.asp?symbol=A/RES/68/181

16 See, for example, Adolphe, J. (2012). 'Gender' Wars at the United Nations. Ave Maria Law Review, 11(1). papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2232495

17 ISHR et al. (2012, 22 November). Governments Condemn Extrajudicial Executions in Seminal UN Vote. International Service for Human Rights. www.ishr.ch/news/governments-condemn-extrajudicial-executions-seminal-un-vote; ISHR. (2012, 20 November). UN General Assembly: Rights groups welcome condemnation of killing of LGBT persons. International Service for Human Rights. www.ishr.ch/news/un-general-assembly-rights-groups-welcome-condemnation-killing-lgbt-persons

18 This report primarily uses the language of “sexual orientation” and “gender identity”, which have been acknowledged by the intergovernmental bodies, but also refers to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer persons using the relevant acronyms LGBT, LGBTI or LGBTIQ, depending on the particular context. For example, while activists and human rights defenders might use the language of Queer rights, this term has not been taken up by the UN, but the UN does recognise and use L,G,B,T and I. Other language yet to be referenced in UN negotiated documents includes “gender expression” and “bodily integrity”.

19 Abolafia Anguita, L. (2012, 9 March). Aid conditionality and respect for LGBT people rights. Sexuality Policy Watch. sxpolitics.org/we-recommend-134/7369

20 UN member states are divided into five regional groups: the African Group, Asia-Pacific Group, Eastern European Group, Latin America and the Caribbean Group, and Western European and Others Group. There are also a number of additional political blocs and affiliations of states and sub-regional blocs that form collective positions on issues, such as the Arab Group, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), Mercosur, the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM), the European Union (EU), etc.

21 For example, South Africa and Mauritius were publicly denigrated by Nigeria, the then coordinator of the African Group, for their leadership on and support for the first UN resolution on human rights, sexual orientation and gender identity in 2011.

22 www.unfamilyrightscaucus.org/un-initiatives/statements-activities

23 Resolutions on “traditional values”: A/HRC/RES/12/21 (2009); A/HRC/RES/16/3 (2011); A/HRC/RES/21/3 (2012); on “protection of the family”: A/HRC/RES/26/11 (2014); A/HRC/RES/29/22 (2015).

24 Transrespect versus Transphobia Worldwide (TvT), Legal and Social Mapping: www.transrespect-transphobia.org/en_US/mapping.htm

25 European Court of Human Rights. (2015, 10 March). Refusal to authorise transsexual to have access to gender reassignment surgery breached right to respect for private life. (Press release.) hudoc.echr.coe.int/webservices/content/pdf/003-5032376-6183620

26 See, for example, Jain, D., & Rhoten, K. (2013, 28 December). A Comparison of the Legal Rights of Gender Non-Conforming Persons in South Asia. Economic & Political Weekly. www.academia.edu/11810587/A_Comparison_of_the_Legal_Rights_of_Gender_Non-Conforming_Persons_in_South_Asia

27 Khaki v. Rawalpindi, Supreme Court of Pakistan (12 December 2009).

28 See, for example: United Nations Office at Geneva (UNOG). (2011, 17 June). Council establishes mandate on Côte d’Ivoire, adopts protocol to child rights treaty, requests study on discrimination and sexual orientation. unog.ch/unog/website/news_media_archive.nsf/%28httpNewsByYear_en%29/C125763C00590FD6C12578B2004B0A50?OpenDocument; UNOG. (2012, 7 March). Human Rights Council holds panel discussion on discrimination and violence based on sexual orientation and gender identity. unog.ch/unog/website/news_media_archive.nsf/%28httpNewsByYear_en%29/C125763C00590FD6C12579BA004DFE81?OpenDocument; UNOG. (2014, 26 September). Human Rights Council adopts resolution on sexual orientation and gender identity and concludes twenty-seventh session. unog.ch/unog/website/news_media.nsf/%28httpNewsByYear_en%29/24F74BA2FCAB79CDC1257D5F0063A227?OpenDocument; UNOG. (2015, 22 June). Human Rights Council holds general debate on the promotion and protection of all human rights. unog.ch/unog/website/news_media.nsf/%28httpNewsByYear_en%29/C85AF94F13C23F94C1257E6C0059B456?OpenDocument

29 UNOG. (2012, 29 February). Human Rights Council holds panel discussion on the promotion and protection of freedom of expression on the internet. unog.ch/unog/website/news_media_archive.nsf/%28httpNewsByYear_en%29/C125763C00590FD6C12579B300535CC6?OpenDocument

30 Ibid.

31 MacAskill, E., & Borger, J. (2013, 30 June). New NSA leaks show how US is bugging its European allies. The Guardian. www.theguardian.com/world/2013/jun/30/nsa-leaks-us-bugging-european-allies

32 United Nations. (2013, 26 November). Third Committee Approves Text Titled ‘Right to Privacy in the Digital Age’, as It Takes Action on 18 Draft Resolutions. www.un.org/press/en/2013/gashc4094.doc.htm

33 UNOG. (2015, 26 March). Human Rights Council creates mandate of Special Rapporteur on the Right to Privacy. unog.ch/unog/website/news_media.nsf/%28httpNewsByYear_en%29/4CA5769DF702C0CCC1257E14005F5F4B?OpenDocument

34 See, for example, ISHR. (2009, 4 November). Stalemate at the Ad Hoc Committee on complementary standards. International Service for Human Rights. www.ishr.ch/news/stalemate-ad-hoc-committee-complementary-standards

35https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Five_Eyes

36 MacAskill, E., & Ball, J. (2013, 21 November). UN surveillance resolution goes ahead despite attempts to dilute language. The Guardian. www.theguardian.com/world/2013/nov/21/un-surveillance-resolution-us-uk-dilute-language

37 The UN Special Procedures are independent human rights experts with mandates to report and advise on human rights from a thematic or country-specific perspective. Special procedures are either an individual (called "Special Rapporteur" or "Independent Expert") or a working group composed of five members.

38 A/HRC/29/32. (2015). Paras 1 & 12. www.ohchr.org/EN/HRBodies/HRC/RegularSessions/Session29/Documents/A.HRC.29.32_AEV.doc

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2nd T20I, Australia vs Pakistan at Canberra, Nov 5 2019

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In ICC T20I Rankings, Australia were placed 3rd position whereas Pakistan were placed top position. Australia and Pakistan have played 21 T20I, with Australia winning 7 match against Pakistan 12.

In most recent match, Australia and Pakistan were face each other at Dubai International Cricket Stadium on Oct 28 2018, Pakistan had made score 150/5 in the batting first and they defeated Australia by 33 runs.


          

Nankana Sahib in Pakistan lit up ahead of Guru Nanak Dev's 550th birth anniversary

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Nankana Sahib in Pakistan lit up ahead of Guru Nanak Dev's 550th birth anniversary
          

मोदी का अगला निशाना सिंधु जल समझौता : पाकिस्तानी मंत्री

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इस्लामाबाद, 6 नवंबर (आईएएनएस)। पाकिस्तान में इस बात को लेकर डर पाया जा रहा है कि भारतीय प्रधानमंत्री नरेंद्र मोदी भारत से पाकिस्तान को जाने वाले पानी को रोकने के लिए कदम उठाने जा रहे हैं। देश के विज्ञान एवं प्रौद्योगिकी मंत्री फवाद चौधरी ने कहा है कि मोदी का अगला निशाना सिंधु जल समझौता होगा।

चौधरी ने ट्वीट के जरिए यह बात कही। उन्होंने इमरान सरकार के खिलाफ देश में जारी राजनैतिक विरोध के संदर्भ में यह बात कही। उनकी कोशिश यह बताने की रही कि यह विरोध कश्मीर मुद्दे से ध्यान हटाने की एक साजिश है।

चौधरी ने ट्वीट में कहा, हमारी अंदरूनी सियासी साजिश जिस तरह से कश्मीर मुद्दे से हमारा ध्यान हटाए हुए है, उससे होने वाले गंभीर नुकसान के लिए देश को तैयार रहना चाहिए। मोदी का अगला निशाना सिंधु जल समझौता होगा। भारत पता नहीं कैसे पाकिस्तान के हिस्से के पानी को बर्दाश्त कर रहा है। पाकिस्तान के पास पलक झपकाने भर का भी वक्त नहीं है। तैयार रहें।

सिंधु जल समझौता भारत और पाकिस्तान के बीच जल बंटवारे के लिए विश्व बैंक की निगरानी में हुआ समझौता है।



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आतंकवाद पर अमेरिकी रिपोर्ट निराशाजनक : पाकिस्तान

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पाकिस्तान के विदेश मंत्रालय के एक बयान में अमेरिकी रिपोर्ट पर निराशा जताते हुए कहा गया है कि आतंकवाद के खिलाफ अंतर्राष्ट्रीय संघर्ष में पाकिस्तान के योगदान के कारण ही क्षेत्र से आतंकी संगठन अल कायदा का खात्मा हुआ है और इस योगदान ने दुनिया को एक सुरक्षित जगह बनाने में मदद दी है। इसके खिलाफ की जाने वाली कोई भी बात अवांछित है और द्विपक्षीय संबंधों की बेहतरी के पक्ष में नहीं है।

बयान में कहा गया है, (अमेरिकी) रिपोर्ट में जमीनी सच्चाइयों को और आतंकवाद के खिलाफ बीते दो दशकों में पाकिस्तान की बेशुमार कुर्बानियों व योगदान को नजरअंदाज किया गया है।

बयान में इस बात की भी जिक्र है कि पाकिस्तान ने अफगानिस्तान में शांति के लिए अमेरिका और तालिबान के बीच बातचीत के लिए सभी प्रयास किए।

बयान में कहा गया है कि आतंकवादी संगठनों पर लगाम लगाने के लिए पाकिस्तान ने बड़े पैमाने पर कानूनी व प्रशासनिक कदम उठाए हैं। आतंकी गिरोहों व व्यक्तियों की संपत्तियां जब्त की गई हैं और इनके लिए धन जमा करने के रास्ते बंद किए गए हैं। पाकिस्तान फाइनेंशियल एक्शन टास्क फोर्स व अपनी राष्ट्रीय कार्ययोजना के तहत ठोस कदम उठाने के लिए प्रतिबद्ध है।



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पाकिस्तान में बना डेंगू मामलों का नया रिकॉर्ड, 44 हजार मरीज आए सामने

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डिजिटल डेस्क, इस्लामाबाद। पाकिस्तान में मौजूदा साल में डेंगू के मामलों का नया रिकार्ड बना है। इस साल अभी तक डेंगू के 44 हजार मामले सामने आ चुके हैं। देश में इस बीमारी की चपेट में आज तक कभी भी इतने लोग नहीं आए थे। इस साल इस बीमारी के कारण अभी तक 66 लोगों की मौत हो चुकी है।

इससे पहले पाकिस्तान में 2011 में डेंगू ने 27 हजार लोगों को अपनी चपेट में लिया था, लेकिन उस साल इस बीमारी से आज की तुलना में अधिक लोग मरे थे। 2011 में 370 लोगों की डेंगू से मौत हुई थी। डॉन न्यूज की रिपोर्ट में बताया गया है कि मौजूदा साल में पाकिस्तान में डेंगू के कुल 44415 मरीज सामने आए हैं। बीमारी के सर्वाधिक मरीज (12433) राजधानी इस्लामाबाद में पाए गए। डेंगू के कारण सर्वाधिक 26 लोगों की मौत सिंध में हुई है।

डेंगू ने रिकार्ड तोड़ दिया, इसके बावजूद नेशनल इंस्टीट्यूट आफ हेल्थ से संबद्ध डॉ. राणा सफदर ने कहा कि दुनिया के अन्य देशों के मुकाबले पाकिस्तान डेंगू से अधिक बेहतर तरीके से निपटने में कामयाब रहा है। उन्होंने यह भी दावा किया कि अमेरिका के अटलांटा में डेंगू पर हुई एक बैठक में कई देशों ने बीमारी के खिलाफ पाकिस्तान के उपायों को सराहा और इन्हें एक दस्तावेज की शक्ल में पेश करने का आग्रह किया।

पाकिस्तान में सरकार के खिलाफ आजादी मार्च व धरने में डेंगू को भी एक मुद्दे की तौर पर उठाया जा रहा है और विपक्ष सरकार पर इससे निपटने में असफल रहने का आरोप लगा रहा है।



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Why Pakistanis Are Marching Against Imran Khan

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The economy is floundering despite a recent IMF bailout, and structural problems make it hard to envision a turnaround.
          

Pakistan: The Harbinger of Peace

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From the U2 scandal to the killing of Usman bin Laden, Pakistan as a country has been seen in negative terms in the international news which in turn has significantly affected its standing in the world of international affairs. However, recently there has been a marked positive shift in Pakistan’s overall foreign policy outlook. Gradually, the image built of despair and impertinence ever since its creation is now being refracted through a prism of hope and relevance.
          

A TRIBUTE TO MY BLOGGER FRIENDS

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A TRIBUTE TO MY BLOGGER FRIENDS.
by: Neneng R. Tarigan

Friendship is a unique relationship that knows no difference, cultural or otherwise.~

As bloggers, I think it is part of our obligation to promote our friends' blogs or their web sites in any possible way we can.
Yes, I must admit, sometimes we feel reluctant because some of them are so unmindful even to leave a little comment on our posts; we feel bad about that. However, let us forget about their negative sides for a while and think what we can value and learn from our blogger friends who really have brilliant ideas to put in their blogs, sorts of stories and info that would make our lives as the readers much happier, knowledgeable and colorful.
Let us just remember, how they have made our day full with laughter and curiosity with their intriguing writings, how they can turn our egoism down with their preaches and the wise words as well as poems that they have created or some had been quoted from famous people around the world, or the pictures and traveling experiences they shared with us in their blogs, their cooking recipes, their fashion ideas, their health tips, their amazing pictures, their gigs, their craziness, their cartoons, their love stories, their films, their talent as fortune tellers, their free money making machines, their skill as an IT experts, their gardening, their small agriculture expertise, their arts, their architecture, their free games and thousand others that could color our lives.
This post is a tribute to that kind of friends I have. There are thousands of them, but let us check some of their links and find out why these people deserve a special tribute as friends, though most of them are non professional writers, photographers, film makers, but what they had produced would make us whispers: " Yes indeed, they are really good!"
Here are some recommended links that I am sure you might share my view of their quality. Please take note that the row where I put the names of the bloggers does not represent the rank at all. You may also recommend me more links and categories to be add in this list, but that should not be the links belong to companies or organizations except your own company or organization; I am sure that will be interesting and fun as we could assume it as a little appreciation among us as real bloggers.
I highly value your concern for spending your precious time to check for the links in this list. I wish our works as bloggers would contribute to a greater advantageous to many people around the globe; and most importantly, to create a better connection and to enable us as human beings to live in peace and harmony together.
May God bless our works.
Forever your friend, Neneng Tarigan - Indonesia.

Preaches
Dr. Russ Murray (Canada)
http://woman4virtue.blogspot.com/
Judas Maccabaeus(Israel)

Novel
Sir Johnny Ray (USA), the American No 1 Winning Novelist and an award winning writer of international romantic novels.
http://www.sirjohn.us
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Novelist-J...
Pandora Poikilos (UK), a novelist. Peace from Pieces
Manoj Kumar (India), The Dot
http://www.justanotherdot.blogspot.com/
http://www.justanotherdot.wordpress.com/
Aisha (Pakistan), 3yeSH's Illusion, She and The City
http://www.3yesha.com
Daniel Fung (Malaysia)
http://cha2ming.blogspot.com/









Poems:
Jim McIntosh (New Zealand), Holes in My Soles
http://holesinmysoles.blogspot.com
Simon M Hunter (UK), Simon Hunter Poetry
Rigzin Namgyal (India), Love, Poems, Thought
http://www.networkedblogs.com/blog/rigzzz
Vishwas Anand (India), Provoking Hearts and Minds
http://vishwasanand28.wordpress.com/
Kymberly Berson, Words of Expression
http://kkswordsofexpression.synthasite.com/

Thriller and Horror:
Julian Ravage (USA), Writing, Arts, Dreams.
http://www.julianravage.com/
John Mountain (USA), Written in Blood, Writing and Promoting thriller and horror books, films and video
Scott Riddick (USA), Tales From A Motel
http://www.talesfromamotel.blogspot.com

Life:
Scott Riddick  (USA), a Typical Read
http://atypicalread.blogspot.com
Debra El Ramey (USA), Pure and Simple
Bonnie Panter Gayadeen (USA), Bongo is me at
http://bongoisme.blogspot.com
Therra Favor Weinberg (USA), Oh Lead Me
http://www.ohleadme.com/
Amit Purswani (India), Krane Metal
http://www.networkedblogs.com/blog/krane_metal
Umamaheswari Andane (India), Perpetual Mind.
http://perpetualthinkings.blogspot.com/
Savira Yogasavi (India), A Purple Journey
http://yogasavy.blogspot.com
Lisa Brandel (USA), The Widow Lady.
http://widowlady302.blogspot.com/
Deborah/Debbie (USA), Scattered Musing of A Creative Mind.
http://scatteredmusings.net/

Traveling Experience:
Dave Briggs (UK), "Daves Travel Page". Around The World Cyclist.
http://www.davestravelpages.com/
Jim McIntosh (New Zealand). Holes in My Soles.
http://holesinmysoles.blogspot.com
Sigit Hermawan (Indonesia), Rest Area
http://restarea28.blogspot.com/
Heinz Rainer (Austria), Project Life Art Travel: Life on Three Continents.
http://africasiaeuro.blogspot.com/
Michal Rupinski (Poland), Unlimited Dreamers
http://www.UnlimitedDreamers.com/blog
AJ Poliquit (Philippines), The Transcendental Tourist,
http://ajpoliquit.wordpress.com
Jorie Pacli (Philippines), The Long and Winding Road.
http://jorietravel.blogspot.com/
Norazam Che Amat, (Malaysia)
www.kenalinegaraku4u2c.blogspot.com
www.malaysiaopenhouse2u.blogspot.com
Baracea Cosmin (Romania), Most Beautiful Islands
http://mostbeautifullisland.blogspot.com/
Aznzar (Morocco), Subme, Morocco Deserts.
http://www.morocco-deserts.blogspot.com/

Photography:
Jim Brandono (USA), JP Brandono Photography
http://jpbrandano.imagekind.com/
Mike Neal (USA), Neal Studios
http://nealstudios.net/
Endy Daniel (Indonesia), Endy Photography
Hind Toufga (Morocco), Fashion Photography
http://hind-toufga.blogspot.com

Recipes:
Laura Spear (USA), Culinary Adventures.

Agriculture
Robert Puckett (USA), Missouri Permaculture.
http://www.missouripermaculture.com/

Architecture:
Cafelab Architettura (Italy)
Chrystal Baker Russel (Canada), Adorn on a Shoestring, Interior Decoration
http://www.adornonashoestring.com/

IT
Prabha Karan (India), Peppyday: News, Softwares, Blogging
Joe Morrow (USA) at
http://www.thebloggerpageshowto.blogspot.com/
Subrato Paul (India), Golden Twine,
http://www.goldenTwine.com/
Abhinav Singh (India), Hacking, Security, Computer.
http://hackingalert.blogspot.com/

Social Media:
Weddy Rhamdeny Karnalies (Indonesia/Australia), Social Outbreak/Indofast International


Human Right:
Geoge Sera (Kenya), Alliance Vision Educational Centre, A community project that supports orphans, widows and all vulnerable people in slum areas.
http://www.avec.webs.com/ http://www.alliancevision.blogspot.com/ http://www.avec.wetpaint.com/ http://www.avec.cealon.com/
Jessica Brant (USA),  Finding One's Way, Women, Domestic Abuse, Survivor Stories
http://findingonesway.com/

Education:
Damaio Carlos (Brazil), English Tips and Tour Guide.
http://www.englishtips-self-taught.blogspot.com/
Barry Smith (Australia), Keeping Kids Out of Trouble
http://www.keepkidsoutoftrouble.com/
Cristina Dubei (Romania), Human Resources and Marketing Projects.
http://krisztad.blogspot.com/

Health:
Al Sears, MD (USA), Power for Healthy Living
http://www.alsearsmd.com/contact-us/
Dr. Khan Sherief (Oman), All Internal Medicine
http://anaesthesiatoday.blogspot.com
Jeff Simms (USA), Overcoming Diabetes
http://overcomingdiabetes.blogspot.com/
Mary Hudak Collins (USA), Living with Celiac & Food Allergies
Green Yatra (India),
http://zaroorat-a-need.blogspot.com/
Egidius Heerkens (Netherlands), A Self Sufficient Journey,
Nature, Cooking, Bush-crafts.
http://www.eheerkens.com/

Journal:
Scott Ledbetter (USA), Ye Olde Journalist

Spiritual:
MaryelllenGrady (USA)
Jessica Mokrzycki (USA), Ascending The Hills
http://www.ascendingthehills.blogspot.com

Fortune Teller:
Indranil Ray (India), Astrology Useful Information
http://indranilray.blogspot.com/

Gigs:
Patricia Morrison (Canada), The Writing Womb
http://www.thewritingwomb.com/
Scott Riddick (USA), A Typical Read
http://atypicalread.blogspot.com
Pramod Lohia (Thailand), My Musing.
http://likemymusings.blogspot.com/

Cartoon:
Johnny Ancich (Canada)

Fashion:
Thuy Kathrin Otto and friends (Germany), Two For Fashion
http://www.twoforfashion.de/
Nava Krishnan (Malaysia), Life Style on Nava K.
http://www.networkedblogs.com/blog/lifestyle_on_nava_k
Hannah Santhanam (UK), Carina Bridesmaid Dresses
http://bridesmaiddresses.name/
AngHoo (Singapore), Korean Fashion Indulgence,
http://koreanfashionindulgence.weebly.com/2/post/2011/05/define-your-own-style-be-a-fashion-trendsetter.html
Mdvanii (Finland)
Soncere Nada (Italy), Milana Fashion Galery
http://milanafashiongallery.blogspot.com/
Zeeshan Rhana (Pakistan), Pakistan, India Beauty and Style

Jewelleries:
Gilliauna (Italy), Bits and Beads, Handcrafted jewelry.
http://www.bitsnbeads.com/
Sarah Jones, USA, Cute Jewelery
http://jewellery-style.blogspot.com/



Traditional Music:
Vedang Dharashive (India)
http://vedangdharashivemusic.blogspot.com/

Glass art:

Bibi Bowman (USA)
http://visualartexchange.ning.com/profile/bibibowmanrodrigue
Ashley Brake (USA)
http://theartistinyou.typepad.com/taiy/ashley-brake.html
Allison Reece (USA), Allison Reece Arts.

Wood crafts:
Sarah Wood (USA), Wood Arts Universe.
http://www.woodartsuniverse.com/

Films:
Aabhisek Phanda (India), Film Maker.
Entertainment:
Chad Elliot, Days in the Park
http://www.daysinthepark.com/

Stars and Films Comments:
Colleen Sullivan (USA), Star Smoothy
http://www.starsmoothy.com/

Forex:
Ikon Group (USA), 
http://www.ikonfx.com/

Making Money on Line:
Derek Jones (UK), Derek's Home and Business Blog
http://www.facebook.com/DereksHomeandBusinessBlog 
http://www.derekjones.co 
Francisco Linares (UK), How to Make Money On Line With Francisco Linares.
http://www.whatnetworkonline.com/
Delois Mc Kay (USA), Click Bank Success Blog.
Bronzilla Sheppard (USA), Gift Ideas, Make Money and Advice 
http://bronzilla-sheppard.blogspot.com/
Adam Jones (Australia), Video Marketing
http://www.youtubehigh.com/ 
Kevin Elliott (USA), The Best Way to Promote Business Through Video.
https://www.videocontrolpanel.net/
Akinori Shiratori (Japan), Javita Independent
http://www.myjavita.com/noritou

          

Turkey’s green light in Syria now flashing yellow

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The initial rise in President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s popularity that greeted Turkey’s success in securing a green light from Donald Trump to attack the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and the People’s Protection Units (YPG) in Syria quickly transformed into cautious negotiations with other actors in Syria. 

Faced with economic sanctions that Turkey, and his political position, could not endure, Erdoğan agreed to a pause in the assault on the People’s Protection Units (YPG) forces to allow them to withdraw from the 32 km safety zone along the Syrian border with Turkey.

Subsequently, Erdoğan had to accommodate his ambitions to the agenda of Russia’s President Vladimir Putin, and by extension, Syrian President Bashar Assad’s goal to re-establish his control of the entire country.   And we can expect Iran to assist Assad in that and encourage a reconciliation of the YPG/SDF with Assad’s regime.  And though promised to depart, U.S. forces remains in northeast Syria with a mandate to secure potentially lucrative oil fields.

Military operations are expensive, and though the use of irregular militias reduces the casualties Turkey might face, the financial burden is not eased much by their use.  At the same time, foreign investors are still holding back on investing in Turkey, seen by many as less financially stable following the incursion into northern Syria than before.  The Turkish people overwhelmingly support Erdoğan’s efforts against the YPG, but the political gains may be fleeting if the economy does not show signs of improvement soon.  Also, by claiming success against the YPG, Erdoğan opens himself to a call from his opponents to focus on domestic economic issues now that he’s handled the terrorist abroad.

Economic growth will be hard to come by, in part due to the threat of sanctions.  Even if the U.S. Congress does not proceed with sanctions, either because the Senate under Mitch McConnell’s leadership won’t vote on sanctions or because President Trump blocks their implementation, the potential for sanctions will make foreign investors and domestic business hesitant to undertake new projects.  Business investors like predictability, and in U.S.-Turkey relations, that is in short supply.

There are other concerns as well.  The lopsided vote in the U.S. House of Representatives on an Armenian Genocide resolution, 405-11, shows that Turkey, or at least Erdoğan, has few friends remaining in the U.S. Congress.  The apparent lack of coordination with Turkey in tracking down ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, even though he was only 5 kilometres from the Turkish border, raises doubts about the degree to which the U.S. and Turkish militaries trust each other.  Among policy makers, some suspect, without evidence, that Turkey was at least aware of Baghdadi’s location, if not actively protecting him, much like suspicions some U.S. officials had about Pakistani military intelligence personnel protecting Osama bin Laden given his location near Pakistan’s military academy.  Such suspicions, speculation without evidence or merit, are corrosive in the relations between two nations. 

In response to the Baghdadi raid, Erdoğan recently hinted that Turkey could pursue terrorists in foreign countries and assassinate them, as the Americans did.  This ignores the fact that Erdoğan alone names those opponents as terrorists while Baghdadi was labelled a terrorist by every nation in the world.  To suggest that hunting down a vile murderer is akin to sending assassination squads after political opponents living abroad may play well with his most ardent supporters, but no reasonable person sees them as comparable in any way.  Any such, action undertaken in the U.S. would be destructive to what remains of positive U.S.-Turkish relations.

Turkey’s burgeoning partnership with Russia also calls for caution.  Turkey may engage in joint patrols with Russian forces in some border areas, but the anti-Assad militia fighters it uses as ground forces have already clashed with regime forces. 

Assad’s forces would certainly like to eliminate the opposition fighters that Turkey is using, and they for their part would like to re-ignite their actions against the Syrian regime. So Turkey now finds itself depending on Russia to work with it to secure its southern border as it had previously worked with the U.S. to restrain the SDF/YPG.  For how long the various sides can be held back from avenging themselves on others remains to be seen.

The YPG/PYD has already reached an accommodation of sorts with Assad’s regime. They know that plans for a semi-autonomous Kurdish enclave within northern Syria are dead, for now.  However, they to for Assad to use them as a counterweight against the anti-regime militias now supported by Turkey.  How they will operate against Turkish forces and its allied militias, as the U.S. would not allow, remains an open question.

Overhanging all of this is President Erdoğan’s commitment to return one million or more Syrian refugees from Turkey to Syria.  But to do so, he will need the agreement or at least acquiescence of the different factions and actors in northern Syria, as well as that of the refugees themselves.  Of course, he could try to force them back into Syria, but that would only intensify the denunciations of his policies by European, Arab (excepting Qatar), and North American politicians, and further reduce willingness for their nationals to invest in Turkey.

In sum, just as the death of Baghdadi does not solve the problem of ISIS, the green light from Trump to Erdoğan (better seen as the removal of multiple stop signs) does not signal an easy path forward for Turkey in Syria.  Without the U.S. as its partner, Turkey will increasingly enjoy the gentle and warm embrace of a partnership with Putin’s Russia.  Given all the curves in the road and the competing vehicles on the road, Erdoğan must proceed with caution to avoid a crash. 


          

DG ISPR Claims Pakistan Army Has No Involvement In Country Politics!

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No matter what happens, the Pakistan Army has been devotedly engaged in protecting the homeland inside and on borders. Apparently, the world knows that the previous ruling elites only had corrupt intentions towards Pakistan, not PTI. To further clear the air, DG ISPR Asif Ghafoor claimed that the Pakistan Army has nothing to do with […]
          

Russia To Invest $8 Billion In Pakistan After Pakistan Settles A Trade Dispute

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Pakistan has decided to endorse a deal with Russia to resolve a 39-year old exporters’ claims pending since the end of the Soviet Union. Besides, the deal will allow Russia to sink money over $8 billion in Pakistan. Reportedly, the Pakistani administration has commissioned its ambassador to Russia to endorse the deal. Following the agreement, […]
          

Putin: Have NWO Agents Published “A World Map” and “Marked All the U.S. Military Bases on It” Yet?

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“At this point, the US has some kind of military presence in Afghanistan, Bahrain, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Oman, Pakistan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, U.A.E., Uzbekistan, and Yemen.”
          

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Pakistan: 47 govt college professors detained in Karachi; ‘Red Zone’ suffers massive traffic jam

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KARACHI: Forty-seven government college professors and lecturers were booked and detained by police after they staged a […]
          

La Provence veut se placer sur les routes de la Soie

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La Provence veut se placer sur les routes de la Soie

Pour la deuxième année consécutive, une délégation provençale participe à la China International Import Expo (CIIE) organisée à Shanghai du 5 au 8 novembre 2019. Conduite par Provence Promotion, cette délégation rassemble le port de Marseille-Fos, Euroméditerranée et l’aéroport Marseille-Provence afin de développer les trafics portuaires, aéroportuaires et attirer des investisseurs.

Une délégation provençale s’est envolée pour la Chine fondant de grands espoirs dans l’ouverture d’une ligne aérienne internationale entre Marseille et Shanghai, l’augmentation des flux maritimes conteneurisés et pour susciter l’intérêt d’investisseurs potentiels.

Après l’annonce l’année dernière du groupe Quechen Silicon Chemical  d’investir à Fos, la Provence se pose en territoire propice à l’accueil de filiales européennes de groupes Chinois. La délégation emmenée par l’agence de développement économique métropolitaine Provence Promotion se  rendra à Jiangsu, une des régions les plus riches de Chine où est implanté Quenchen.

Lors de ce déplacement,  un accord de partenariat sera signé entre le Groupement Maritime et Industriel de Fos et sa Région (GMIF) et le Bureau du commerce de Qingdao. Sixième port au monde, Qingdao possède un terminal à conteneurs totalement automatisé. C’est également à Qingdao qu’a été construite l’usine chinoise d’Airbus Helicopters l’an passé. Marseille se positionne  sur les routes numériques de la Soie avec l’arrivée en 2021 du  câble Chinois PEACE « Pakistan and East Africa Connecting Europe ».  La délégation provençale s’est joint à la visite officielle d’Emmanuel Macron. Pour sa deuxième visite officielle en Chine, le président français invité par son homologue chinois Xi Jinping, a  inauguré mardi le pavillon France de Business France, sur lequel la Provence occupe l’espace « Invest in Provence » aux côtés de CMA CGM, Total et Airbus, très actifs en Chine.

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Photo : Le ministre de l’économie Bruno Lemaire soutien l’implantation de l’industriel Quechen à Fos-sur-Mer. Son Pdg, Que Weidong, a été reçu en marge de la visite du président Macron à Shanghai, accompagné des représentants du port de Marseille-Fos et Provence Promotion, Stéphane Reiche et Philippe Stefanini. ©Provence Promotion

 


          

Crop burning in Jalandhar playing havoc with environment: Fawad Chaudhry

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ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Science and Technology Fawad Chaudhry said that Pakistan was ready to help India in controlling air pollution. The federal minister took to Twitter and stated that crop burning in Jalandhar was playing havoc with environment on both sides of Punjab border. “We can help Indian Punjb Govt to use a machine […]

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Smog engulfs Lahore, makes life difficult for citizens

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LAHORE: A thick, black smog engulfed the city on Wednesday night, making life difficult for citizens who complained about suffering from sore throat and watery eyes.

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కర్తార్ పూర్ కారిడార్ పై ఓ సాంగ్ తో కూడిన వీడియోను విడుదల చేసిన పాకిస్తాన్ నిర్వాకంపై విమర్శలు వెల్లువెత్తుతున్నాయి. ఇది కొత్త వివాదానికి దారి తీస్తోంది. ఈ వీడియోలో సిక్కు యాత్రికులు, పలు గురుద్వారాలు కనిపించడమే గాక.. హతులైన ముగ్గురు ఖలిస్తానీ వేర్పాటువాద నాయకులను కూడా చూపారు. జర్నైల్ సింగ్ భింద్రన్ వాలే, అమ్రిక్ సింగ్ ఖల్సా, మాజీ మేజర్ జనరల్ షాబేగ్ సింగ్.. ఈ ముగ్గురూ 1984 జూన్ నెలలో జరిగిన ‘ ఆపరేషన్ […]

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Bilawal calls upon courts to deliver justice to Benazir

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Bilawal calls upon courts to deliver justice to Benazir Pakistan People's Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari on Wednesday questioned that when would his mother and former prime minister Benazir Bhutto get justice. Addressing Multan Bar Associ
          

Zardari asks jail authorities to allow him treatment from private doctors

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Zardari asks jail authorities to allow him treatment from private doctors The Pakistan People's Party (PPP) on Wednesday asked the jail authorities to allow former president Asif Ali Zardari to choose private doctors of his choice for his various ailm
          

Conflict between nuclear-armed States must be avoided at all cost: Jehanzeb Khan

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Conflict between nuclear-armed States must be avoided at all cost: Jehanzeb Khan UNITED NATIONS: The United Nations General Assembly's main committee has adopted, by an overwhelming majority, a Pakistan-sponsored resolution under which the 193-member
          

Cuts in peacekeeping funding risk diminishing the effectiveness of U.N.'s operations

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Cuts in peacekeeping funding risk diminishing the effectiveness of U.N.'s operations UNITED NATIONS: Pakistan has warned that arbitrary cuts in peacekeeping funding risk diminishing the effectiveness of U.N.'s flagship operations and jeopardizing
          

Indian government launches new drama against Pakistan

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Indian government launches new drama against Pakistan Frustrated India take serious note of the official video released by Pakistan government on Kartarpur Corridor that carries photos of Sikh leader Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale. India on Wednesday lodged a
          

Forbes ranked Pakistan in top 15 countries of the World

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Forbes ranked Pakistan in top 15 countries of the World Forbes , a global media company that focuses on businesses, investments and entrepreneurship, has applauded Pakistan's improvement in the sector of social entrepreneurship and youth development.
          

Pakistan boxer Waseem to face Mexican Lopez in Dubai

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Pakistan boxer Waseem to face Mexican Lopez in Dubai Pakistan's top professional boxer Mohammad Waseem will be in action this month against former World Boxing Championship light flyweight champion Ganigan Lopez from Mexico in Dubai. Announced by Wase
          

Former skipper Ramiz Raja slams Pakistan's fielding in Australia

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Former skipper Ramiz Raja slams Pakistan's fielding in Australia Former Pakistan Test captain Ramiz Raja has criticised the fielding display of the Men in Green in the second Twenty20 International (T20I) against Australia in Canberra. While speaking
          

Australia to rest Pat Cummins ahead of Pakistan Tests

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Australia to rest Pat Cummins ahead of Pakistan Tests While the Australian team go to Perth for the third and final T20I against Pakistan, Pat Cummins will head home to Sydney to recharge his batteries ahead of the first Test against the same opposition.
          

Dean Jones disappointed over Islamabad coaching snub

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Dean Jones disappointed over Islamabad coaching snub ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Super League (PSL) franchise Islamabad United have decided against continuing with former Australia cricket Dean Jones as the head coach for the fifth edition of the tournament. In a
          

Eight-year-old becomes youngest British-Pakistani to win big

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Eight-year-old becomes youngest British-Pakistani to win big An eight-year-old won big at the World Martial Arts Championship, becoming the youngest British-Pakistani to bag all three — gold, silver, and bronze — medals at the age of just eigh
          

Ali Rehman Khan — the man who made us despise Ammar!

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Ali Rehman Khan — the man who made us despise Ammar! When 'Khaas' initially began, the audience thought that it captured marital relations like any other Pakistani drama serial. Though, as the story progressed, people started noticing that t
          

Haven't worked in a great movie yet: Ayesha Omar

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Haven't worked in a great movie yet: Ayesha Omar Actress and host Ayesha Omar has said that Pakistan's film industry is on the right track now and good films are being made in the country. In an interview with Voice of America, Ayesha Omar express
          

A Case of Exploding Mangoes is a comical farce

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A Case of Exploding Mangoes is a comical farce A Case of Exploding Mangoes by writer and journalist Mohammed Hanif is a comical account of the plane crash that killed president Ziaul Haq. Muhammad Hanif was born in Okara, Pakistan. He graduated from Pakis
          

SECP introduces 'trading only brokers' concept for expanding investor base

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SECP introduces 'trading only brokers' concept for expanding investor base The Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP) has been undertaking a reform agenda to revitalize the capital market and promote expansion of investor base. It i
          

Stocks extend rally into fifth day; index up 295.02 points

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Stocks extend rally into fifth day; index up 295.02 points The raging bull carried on its relentless run at the market for fifth consecutive day as Pakistan stock Exchange closed in the green zone with 295.02 points gain (0.83%) closing at 35,653.33. The
          

Pakistan gives huge importance to relations with Qatar Hafeez Sheikh

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Pakistan gives huge importance to relations with Qatar Hafeez Sheikh Adviser on Finance Hafeez Sheikh has said Pakistan attaches great importance to its relations with Qatar. Talking to the Qatari Ambassador to Pakistan Saqr Bin Mubarak Al Mansouri in Isl
          

Billboards having Imran Khan's image taken down in India

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Billboards having Imran Khan's image taken down in India The billboards having image of Prime Minister Imran Khan installed by the Sikh community in Amritsar, to thank Pakistan for opening of Kartarpur Corridor, were removed by the Bhartia Janta Party
          

Dengue cases soar to record high in country

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Dengue cases soar to record high in country A record-breaking 44,000 people have been infected with mosquito-borne dengue in Pakistan this year, a senior health official said Wednesday, as increased outbreaks linked to rising temperatures and erratic rain
          

Pakistan briefs foreign diplomats on Kartarpur Corridor initiative

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Pakistan briefs foreign diplomats on Kartarpur Corridor initiative Foreign Secretary Sohail Mahmood on Wednesday briefed the diplomatic corps regarding Pakistan's initiative of opening the Kartarpur Corridor. The heads of mission and representatives o
          

Can't have stability by jailing political opponents: Sherry

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Can't have stability by jailing political opponents: Sherry Pakistan People's Party (PPP) leader Sherry Rehman on Wednesday slammed the government, telling them the rulers that political stability in the country could not be achieved by throwing p
          

Pakistan Army Says Indian Pilgrims Will Need Passport to Visit Kartarpur, Contradicting PM Khan

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New Delhi (Sputnik): Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan had earlier this month said Indians visiting the historic Kartarpur Gurudwara would not be required to carry passports. The 4.5 kilometers trans-border corridor links two important holy sites connected to the founder of Sikhism, Guru Nanak.
          

VOA Asia for Tuesday November 5

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Apparent Chinese spying at U.S. medical institutions. A failing grade for North Korea sanctions. Tough living in a Pakistani city. The latest on U.S. impeachment. The Berlin Wall anniversary, and walking in vegan shoes.
          

VOA Asia for Monday November 4

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Protests against leadership in Pakistan and Hong Kong. North Korea sets a deadline. New Zealand speaks to its past. The power of dance to heal a nation. Senior computing training, and a surprise celebration in Washington.
          

Poor air quality closes schools in eastern Pakistan

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Dangerously poor air quality has forced Pakistan's government to close all schools in Lahore, the capital of eastern Punjab province and home to 11 million people.

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Cricket-Smith fires Australia to victory over Pakistan in Canberra

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Steve Smith struck a sparkling half-century to fire Australia to an emphatic seven-wicket victory over Pakistan in their T20 match in Canberra on Tuesday.

          

Pakistan in Australia 2019 Scoreboard

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Nov 5 (OPTA) - Scoreboard at close of play of 2nd t20i between Australia and Pakistan on Tuesday at Canberra, Australia Australia win by 7 wickets Pakistan 1st innings Babar Azam Run Out David Warner 50 Fakhar Zaman c David Warner b Pat Cummins 2 Haris Sohail c&b Kane Richardson 6 Mohammad Rizwan st Alex Carey b Ashton Agar 14 Asif Ali c Pat Cummins b Ashton Agar 4 Iftikhar Ahmed Not Out 62 Im

          

Cricket-Australia frustrated as rain ruins T20 series opener in Sydney

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Australia looked on course to chase down a small target in their first T20 International against Pakistan before the game was called off due to rain on Sunday.

          

Dabangg 3 Makers Drop Rahat Fateh Ali Khan's Voice for Naina Song: Report

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Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, who has been associated with Dabangg franchise since its inception, has been dropped from Dabangg 3 song 'Naina' due to the ongoing tension between India and Pakistan.
          

Varun Dhawan to Play War Hero Arun Khetarpal in Ekkees, Sriram Raghavan to Direct

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Ekkees is the biopic of late Second Lieutenant Arun Khetarpal who was posthumously honored with Param Vir Chakra for sacrificing his life during the India-Pakistan War of 1971.
          

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Comment on Politainment : Why Hindutva Brigade Spews Lies by Maya Valecha

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Their ultimate goal is not to establish Hindu rashtra as they know it is not possible. The only way fascists divert people's attention from economic issues during economic crisis is to divide them, create an 'other ' within and outside the country. So Pakistan and minorities appear in all their rhetoric.
          

Personlig konkurs i Norge – mangemillionær i Pakistan

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Gullhandler Saleem Ahmad (55) fra Oslo skylder Norge 4,6 millioner kroner, men erklærte i april at han ikke har penger til å betale. VG kan avsløre at 55-åringen fem måneder tidligere oppga verdier for 36 millioner kroner til pakistanske myndigheter.
          

Wednesday’s Daily Brief: Call for end to Haiti violence, Palestine refugee agency chief resigns, ICC on Libya, Mahira Khan new UNHCR ambassador

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A recap of stories this Wednesday: Statement by UN advisory group on Haiti’s crisis; Palestine refugee agency head steps down; Libya remains ensnared by violence; Cholera campaign to guard Sudan’s Khartoum; Pakistan’s Mahira Khan named UN Goodwill Ambassador.
          

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Ấn Độ: Nổ nòng pháo xe tăng T-90, một binh sĩ thiệt mạng

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Cháy tàu hỏa ở Pakistan, 70 người thiệt mạng; Ngoại trưởng Mỹ chỉ trích Trung Quốc đe dọa các nước láng giềng; Thủ tướng Nhật Bản xin lỗi dân khi bộ trưởng thứ hai từ chức trong một tuần... là những tin tức thế giới đáng chú ý ngày 31/10.
          

Why brown Americans find ethnic and national factionalism amusing sometimes

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What do they call a light-skinned Punjabi? “The brown guy.” What do they call the Pakistani Muslim? “The guy who worships cows.” What do they call the sharp-featured Khatri? “The Indian looking girl.” What do they call the black-skinned Tamil? “The brown guy.” What do they call the pale Pandit? “The brown guy.” What do …

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Islamiques Maroc Pakistan Inde Yougoslavie Mali Tome 2 Pierre Dumont Odile

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Aircraft Sales and Services Pvt Ltd Pakistan Jobs 2019 November Pilots, Engineers & CAMO Professionals ASSL Latest

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Soldier arrested for leaking border details to Pak, another freed

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Soldier arrested for leaking border details to Pak, another freed   Jaipur:  One of the two Indian soldiers who was taken into custody from the Jodhpur railway station on charges of sharing crucial information with a Pakistan-based woman ISI agent, has been arrested while the other was freed but would be used as a witness, […]

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Misbah replaces Dean Jones as Islamabad United head coach

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9:27 AM GMT Islamabad United have sacked Dean Jones, their head coach for the past four seasons, and replaced him with former captain Misbah-ul-Haq. The signing of Misbah – who is also Pakistan’s head coach and chief selector – has led to the five other PSL franchises raising objections, bringing up the issue of a potential conflict of interest given his multiple roles. Jones confirmed his sacking via a video...
          

Ben McDermott joins Derbyshire on white-ball overseas contract

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9:17 AM GMT ESPNcricinfo staff Ben McDermott, the Australian wicketkeeper/batsman, has signed a white-ball deal that will see him become Derbyshire’s overseas player in both the One-Day Cup and the T20 Blast next season. McDermott, 24, has been in Australia’s squads for their T20 series against Sri Lanka and Pakistan, and is likely to be available for the duration of both tournaments, though he could miss some games if named...
          

Pakistan seek better support for Babar Azam to counter red-hot Australia

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Infinix Smart 4 now available in Pakistan – Price and Features

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Infinix Mobility has brought another addition to its Smart-series of smartphones, Infinix Smart 4. The company has just launched the Smart 3 Plus last month. The newest addition to the brand’s smart series is super budget-friendly and delivers decent specifications. Priced at Rs. 15,500, Infinix Smart 4 comes with a large 6.6” HD+ Waterdrop notch …
          

Vivo to offer exclusive gifts on Daraz 11.11 Sale

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Vivo Pakistan has partnered with Daraz to become the co-sponsor for their upcoming Gyara Gyara sale, which will kick-off at midnight on November 11, 2019. Vivo smartphones will be available with exclusive gift offers during the biggest sale of the year. Vivo will also participate in the 11.11 Countdown Gala, which will be held on …
          

Apple to have official distribution in Pakistan with Mercantile Pacific

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Apple has appointed Mercantile Pacific, a global mobile phone distribution company, as a new distributor for Pakistan and Afghanistan regions. Mercantile Pacific will partner with Airlink Communication to distribute Apple devices in Pakistan. Based in Singapore, Mercantile Pacific is one of the leading global mobile phone distribution companies. The company has a large network of …
          

Certified Ethical Hacker - CEH V10 - Hippo Cyber Institute , Dubai

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As “a picture tells a thousand words”, our developers have all this and more for you in over 1685 graphically rich, specially designed slides to help you grasp complex security concepts in depth which will be presented to you in a 5 day hands on class by our Certified EC-Council Instructor.
The goal of this course is to help you master an ethical hacking methodology that can be used in a penetration testing or ethical hacking situation. You walk out the door with ethical hacking skills that are highly in demand, as well as the internationally recognized Certified Ethical Hacker certification! This course prepares you for EC-Council Certified Ethical Hacker exam 312-50.

The Purpose of the CEH credential is to:
  • Establish and govern minimum standards for credentialing professional information security specialists in ethical hacking measures.
  • Inform the public that credentialed individuals meet or exceed the minimum standards.
  • Reinforce ethical hacking as a unique and self-regulating profession.
What is New in CEH Version 10 Course
  • Module 01: Introduction to Ethical Hacking
  • Module 02: Footprinting and Reconnaissance
  • Module 03: Scanning Networks
  • Module 04: Enumeration
  • Module 05: Vulnerability Analysis
  • Module 06: System Hacking
  • Module 07: Malware Threats
  • Module 08: Sniffing
  • Module 09: Social Engineering
  • Module 10: Denial-of-Service
  • Module 11: Session Hijacking
  • Module 12: Evading IDS, Firewalls, and Honeypots
  • Module 13: Hacking Web Servers
  • Module 14: Hacking Web Applications
  • Module 15: SQL Injection
  • Module 16: Hacking Wireless Networks
  • Module 17: Hacking Mobile Platforms
  • Module 18: IoT Hacking
  • Module 19: Cloud Computing
  • Module 20: Cryptography
About the Exam
  • Number of Questions: 125
  • Test Duration: 4 Hours
  • Test Format: Multiple Choice
  • Test Delivery: ECC EXAM, VUE
  • Exam Prefix: 312-50 (ECC EXAM), 312-50 (VUE)

Cost: 5000 AED

Duration: 40 Hours


          

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Russland | Auf weitem Raum

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Ich bin nach Moskau eingeladen. Ein Pferd küsst mir die Hand, an jeder Ecke klingt Musik. Dieses Land will den Frieden
Auf weitem Raum

Vor dem Abflug in Berlin-Schönefeld: Mir gegenüber sitzen zwei Herren. Wenn sich das nicht ändern würde, könne man nicht mehr zusammenarbeiten, schimpft der eine. Der andere lässt mir den Vortritt in der Warteschlange und spricht mich auf Russisch an: „Die werden uns nie verstehen.“ – „Deutsche eben“, antworte ich, „wobei ich übrigens auch Deutsche bin, obgleich ich Russisch spreche.“

Ich reise zu einem Rundtischgespräch der „Russischen Universität der Völkerfreundschaft“, eigentlich der „Russländischen“, weil der aus vielen Nationalitäten bestehende Staat gemeint ist. Dass „russländisch“ bei uns ungebräuchlich ist, deutet auf verengte Sicht. „Die Russen“, so hieß es auch früher oft bezüglich der Sowjetunion, egal, ob es Ukrainer oder Kirgisen, Georgier oder Litauer waren.

In der „Russländischen Universität der Völkerfreundschaft“ (RUDN) lernen junge Leute mit 157 Nationalitäten. Professor Alexander Kowalenko, der den Lehrstuhl für russische und ausländische Literatur leitet, bringt mich mit Studenten zusammen, die gerade ihre Magisterprüfung abgelegt haben und etwas über Methoden der Literaturkritik und deutsche Gegenwart erfahren wollen.

Sie kommen aus China, Nigeria, Russland, aus Kirgistan, Pakistan und woher alles noch, haben sich mit Turgenew, Bunin, Aitmatow beschäftigt, mit Sartre und Simone de Beauvoir, haben die Poesie von Joseph Brodsky mit dem chinesischen Daodejing verglichen und das Igorlied im Kontext chinesischen Denkens betrachtet. Wenn sie in ihre Länder zurückkehren, werden sie Russisch können. Wie viele Menschen in der Welt sprechen diese Sprache? Um die 265 Millionen sollen es sein.

Bei einer Konferenz über Tschingis Aitmatow voriges Jahr in Kirgistan fand ich es normal, dass Kasachen und Usbeken, Ukrainer und Letten sich russisch unterhalten konnten, war aber erstaunt über Chinesen, Inder und einen Redner aus den Emiraten. Wie dankbar war ich da, dass ich einst in meinem Thüringer Internat 13 Stunden Russisch in der Woche hatte. Wobei wir nicht hoffen konnten, einfach mal so in die Sowjetunion zu kommen. Das geht allerdings auch heute nicht. In Reiseangelegenheiten herrscht Gegenseitigkeit. Während ich mir wünschte, es möge irgendwann mal ohne die Warterei auf ein russisches Visum gehen, musste ich mich an die entwürdigende Befragung eines russischen Professors bei der Passkontrolle in Schönefeld erinnern: Wo genau er unterrichten, wo er wohnen würde, wie viel Geld er vorzuweisen hätte? Die junge Beamtin folgte ihrer Vorschrift, doch war da nicht auch deutsche Überheblichkeit im Spiel?

Sind wir Deutschen überheblich? Georgi Gatschew (1929 – 2008), dessen Schaffen Thema des Rundtischgesprächs in der Universität der Völkerfreundschaft war, hätte höflich lächelnd auf einen deutschen Hang zur Grenzüberschreitung verwiesen, der sich indes mit der Fähigkeit paart, sich selbst auch Widerpart zu sein. In Russland aufgewachsen als Sohn eines bulgarischen Vaters (der war Musikwissenschaftler, Kommunist, starb in einem sibirischen Gefangenenlager) und einer jüdischen Mutter, wurde er zu einem der interessantesten russischen Kulturwissenschaftler. Angestellt in der Akademie der Wissenschaften, hat er viele seiner Bücher „für den Schreibtisch“ geschrieben. Ab 1988/89 kamen sie auf den russischen Buchmarkt (nichts davon ist bislang übersetzt) und bezaubern durch originelle Gedanken, mitreißenden Stil.

Wie die Pflanzen, so die Welt

Weil er sich vergeblich danach sehnte, fremde Länder zu sehen, erforschte er sie aus dem Geistigen heraus. Er zog von der jeweiligen Natur, Pflanzen und Tieren, der Sprache, der Architektur, literarischen und musikalischen Werken Rückschlüsse auf „nationale Weltbilder“.

Da ist sein Buch „Tschingis Aitmatow und die Weltliteratur“, erschienen 1982 in Kirgistan, damals schon aufschlussreich für mich gewesen, weil darin ein Zusammenhang hergestellt war zwischen unserem heutigen Bedürfnis, die Welt als Ganzes zu sehen, und den Traditionen der kirgisischen Nomaden in ihrem ursprünglichen Kollektivismus und ihrer Naturverbundenheit. Diese Hervorhebung des Nationalen habe ich damals als geradezu subversiv empfunden. Wenn den Kirgisen ein nationales Weltbild zugesprochen wird, wie ist es dann mit den Deutschen? Wie viele Fragen hätte ich heute an ihn. Doch so durchgeistigt, wie er lebte, traf ihn der Tod: In ein Buch vertieft, wurde er im März 2008 von einem Vorortzug erfasst.

„Suche das Fremde“, steht in seinem Buch „Mentalitäten der Völker der Welt“, das mir seine Tochter, Anastasija Gatschewa, überreicht. Ich treffe sie im Museum „Ostrouchow-Haus“ in einer Seitenstraße des Neuen Arbat. (Unglaublich, wie viele Museen es hier gibt!)

Was ist das Fremde in Moskau, wenn man lange nicht dort gewesen ist? Die machtvolle Größe und Weite – ein Gefühl, das über die Stadt hinausreicht. Da kommt mir Psalm 31,9 der Lutherbibel in den Sinn: „Du stellst meine Füße auf weiten Raum.“ Deutschland ist winzig, verglichen mit Russland – doch gebärdet es sich mitunter, als sei es der Nabel der Welt.

Mit dem Bus fahre ich vom Wohnheim zur Metrostation „Jugo-Sapadnaja“ und steige in „Ochotny Rjad“ aus. Auf dem „Platz der Revolution“ steht ein nostalgisches Karussell; dahinter ist ein Markt aufgebaut: „Moskauer Fischlein“ mit Ständen verschiedener Fischverarbeitungsbetriebe. Es duftet nach Geräuchertem und Gegrilltem. Ich laufe zum Bolschoi-Theater und von dort durch die „Petrowka“, jene Straße, die mir noch aus früheren Zeiten in Erinnerung ist – allerdings nicht mit dermaßen vielen Geschäften und Restaurants. Noch ein Abstecher zur Fußgängerzone „Kusnezki Most“, dort küsst mir ein „Pferd“ die Hand. Dem Mann in diesem Kostüm muss schrecklich warm sein. „Wofür machen Sie Reklame?“, frage ich. „Einfach für gute Laune!“ Es ist ein sonniger Tag, die Leute, die mir entgegenkommen, wirken beschwingt. Die Schokoladenseite, denke ich. Das Gegengewicht zu dieser großen Weite – „der weiblich gedachten Rodina“ – war immer „ein ordnend männliches“, steht in Gatschews Buch, das ich in meiner Tasche herumtrage. Im Klartext heißt das: Dieses Riesenland hat immer eine starke Staatsmacht gebraucht.

Als ich am nächsten Tag Mila treffe, der ich mit ihrem Mann, Professor Chairow, schon bei mehreren Konferenzen in Kirgistan begegnete, unterhalten wir uns über Gatschew, den sie kannte, mehr hatte sie allerdings mit seiner klugen Frau, der Literaturwissenschaftlerin Swetlana Semjonowa, zu tun. (Über die Liebe der beiden gibt es einen berühmten Film.) In der Schriftstellersiedlung Peredelkino lagen ihre Datschen nebeneinander. Mila hat noch vor Augen, wie er Schnee schippte und voller Begeisterung auf Skiern im Wald verschwand, obwohl er eigentlich in der Akademie sein sollte.

Ich weiß, dass Mila Tatarin ist, ich frage sie nach ihrer Religion. „Natürlich bin ich Muslimin“, sagt sie und lacht, während wir auf dem Weg zum orthodoxen „Neujungfrauenkloster“ sind. Am Eingang zur Kirche legen wir uns Tücher über die Köpfe, Weihrauch liegt in der Luft. Wir reden über Islam und Christentum, Kinder und Enkel. Ihre Tochter hat sich einen komplizierten Beinbruch zugezogen, als sie, mit ihrem Smartphone beschäftigt, in ein Schlagloch trat. (Überall sind hier vielspurige Straßen entstanden, manche Bürgersteige aber sind zerklüftet wie zu Sowjetzeiten.)

Mila erzählt von den Wirren der 1990er Jahre unter Jelzin, die jetzt unter Putin mühsam überwunden werden. Als die Sowjetunion zerbrach, habe es eine regelrechte Not gegeben – auch seelisch: Wofür sie gelebt und Opfer gebracht hatten, sei für viele Menschen mit einem Mal dahin gewesen. Manche hätten es nicht ausgehalten und sich umgebracht.

Wurde die neue Freiheit auch begrüßt? „Freiheit ohne Absicherung der kleinen Leute? Das heißt doch bloß: Nimm dir, was du kannst. Damals entstand die Oligarchie. Vieles ist zu reparieren, was zu Jelzins Zeiten kaputtgegangen ist. Die Leute aber sagen: Hauptsache, es gibt keinen Krieg.“

Leuchtender Kreml

Mila muss nach Hause zu ihrer Tochter, und ich will noch etwas durch die Stadt spazieren. In der Fußgängerzone auf dem Alten Arbat klingt fast an jeder Ecke Musik. Die Straßen sind voller Licht und Leben – sieht so ein „Regime“ aus?

Nach Erfahrungen mit islamistischen Terroranschlägen wird innere Sicherheit hier großgeschrieben, auch wenn man es nicht sofort sieht. Und die äußere Sicherheit sowieso. Mila hat recht: Russland will Frieden. Dieser Staat wird keine Angriffskriege führen, sich aber so effizient zu verteidigen wissen, dass man nur hoffen kann, keiner käme je auf die Idee, mit dem Feuer zu spielen. Vom Alten Arbat laufe ich zur Leninbibliothek und will am letzten Abend in Moskau noch einmal den festlich beleuchteten Kreml sehen. Sag, was du willst, es ist ein Machtmonument. Auf den Türmen leuchten wie eh und je die rubinroten Sterne.

Ich denke an verhärtete Fronten, an die Szene vor meinem Abflug nach Moskau, den schimpfenden Deutschen und den Stoßseufzer des Russen. „Die werden uns nie verstehen.“ Und noch ein Satz bleibt mir im Gedächtnis: „Ne pereshivaijte, vsjo budet charascho.“ Das habe ich in diesen Tagen gerade von Frauen immer wieder gehört, wenn ich in meiner deutschen Zielstrebigkeit (Gatschew vergleicht sie mit einem Keil) Ungewissheit schwer ertrug.

„Machen Sie es sich nicht so schwer, alles wird gut.“

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Irmtraud Gutschke ist Essayistin, Buchautorin und Journalistin. Sie promovierte über Tschingis Aitmatow. Ihre Moskau-Reise wurde von der Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung unterstützt

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Indian Students Lag In Skills Needed For 21st Century: UNICEF - NDTV News - Latest

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With almost half of its population of 1.8 billion below the age of 24, led by India, Pakistan and Bangladesh, South Asia will have the largest youth labour force in the world until 2040.
          

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Hi

Just wondered if anyone knows but have a client who was a previous refugee but now is a UK National.  He has now been abroad (Afghanistan/Pakistan) for 5 months and just wanted to confirm my understanding of the past/present exemption rules.  As he is now a UK National his previous refugee status would not give him exemption to the past/presence test?  And that he will need to re-apply when he returns to the UK and has been back in the UK for 104 weeks?

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Shaheed Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto University of Law Jobs 7 November 2019, Director Planning & Development

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SHAHEED ZULFIQAR ALI BHUTTO UNIVERSITY OF LAW  (Established by Govt. of Sindh under Sindh Act XIII of 2013) Chaudhry Khaleeq-uz-Zaman Road, Near Lilly Bridge, Clifton, Karachi, Pakistan. URL: www.szabul.edu.pk Tel: +92-21-99206452, 99206453 Fax: +92-21-99206425    CAREER OPPORTUNITIES AT SHAHEED ZULFIQAR ALI BHUTTO UNIVERSITY OF LAW, KARACHI Apropos “Career Opportunities” advertisement in November 3, 2019 issues of …
          

Sadiq College Women University Bahawalpur Jobs 7 November 2019, Assistant, Computer Operator, Sub Engineer

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SITUATIONS VACANT ON DAILY / MONTHLY WAGES BASIS 1.    Applications are invited from Pakistani nationals for the following vacant posts on “Daily / Monthly Wage Basis”. 2.    Female candidates will be preferred. 1. Assistant / Computer Operator 2. Sub Engineer 3. Laboratory Assistant 4. Laboratory Attendant 5. Driver 6. Storekeeper 7. Electrician 8. Carpenter 9. …
          

UNFPA Jobs 28 Oct 2919, SRH Programme

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UNFPA is on the ground improving lives in more than 150 countries. UNFPA, United Nations Population Fund, an international development agency, invites qualified organizations to submit proposals for the implementation of activities under the SRH Programme across Pakistan. The purpose of the Invitation for Proposals is to identify eligible non-governmental organizations for prospective partnership with …
          

پاکستان، آسٹریلیا کل تیسرے ٹی20 میں مدمقابل ہوں گے

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پرتھ(نمائندہ سپورٹس) پاکستان اور آسٹریلیا کے درمیان تیسرا اور فیصلہ کن ٹی ٹوئنٹی جمعہ کو پرتھ میں کھیلا جائے گا۔ میزبان ٹیم کو سیریز میں برتری حاصل ہے۔ بابراعظم الیون کو سیریز برابر کرنے کے لیے لازمی فتح درکار ہے۔ پاکستان ٹیم میں تین تبدیلیاں متوقع ہیں۔پاکستان اور آسٹریلیا کے درمیان ٹی ٹوئنٹی سیریز کا ...

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نوجوت سنگھ سدھو کا کرتارپورکی افتتاحی تقریب میں شرکت کا اعلان

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اسلام آباد(پاک نیوز)ممتاز بھارتی سیاسی و سماجی رہنما نوجوت سنگھ سدھو نے کرتار پور میں دنیا کے سب سے بڑے گردوارے کی افتتاحی تقریب میں شرکت کا اعلان کردیا ہے۔تفصیلات کے مطابق نوجوت سنگھ سدھو نے سینیٹر فیصل جاوید سے ٹیلی فونک رابطہ کیا اور نو نومبر کو کرتار پور میں دنیا کے سب سے ...

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Dua hikayesi – Pakistanlı doktor hikayesi

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Dua hikayesi – Pakistanlı doktor hikayesi Sizlere ilk okuduğumda beni gerçekten etkileyen güzel bir dua hikayesi paylaşmak istedim. Gerçek hayatta yaşanmış olduğu bilinen bu hikaye sizlere de birşeyler verecektir. Ne derdi Yunus Emre’nin piri Taptuk Emre; her kıssada bir hisse vardır, yoksa boş laftır. Lafı uzatmadan kıssamıza geçelim; Dr. İşân Hüseyni hikayesi Pakistan’lı Dr. İşân […]

Dua hikayesi – Pakistanlı doktor hikayesi yazısı ilk önce Dostkelimeler Hikayeler, en güzel hikayeler, ibretlik hikaye üzerinde ortaya çıktı.


          

2nd T20I: Steve Smith powers Australia to 7-wicket conquer Pakistan to adopt 1- direct

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Steve Smith capabilities Melbourne to 7-wicket conquer Pakistan to adopt 1- lead An unbeaten 80 by Steven Smith handed hosts Melbourne an appropriate seven-wicket success above Pakistan in the 2nd match of the three-match up T20I rubberized at the Manuka Oval on Tuesday. With this particular win, Modern australia took a 1- lead within the […]

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Pak stars may not play Davis Cup tie at neutral venue

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Pakistan Navy Tests Land-Based Anti-Ship Missile (Zarb)

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Latest World News, World News, Current Affairs, Daily Current Affairs

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Picture Of The Day

Posted: 06 Nov 2019 10:24 PM PST

A B-2 Spirit Stealth Bomber, assigned to the 509th Bomb Wing, Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri, sits on the flight line, Oct 24, 2019. Consistent training and exercising validates the B-2Õs ability to respond to challenges all over the globe. (Sr. Airman Thomas Barley/Air Force)

WNU Editor: The above picture is from this photo-gallery .... Best photos of the week: Nov. 4, 2019 (Defense News).

Majority Of U.S. Voters Say President Trump Will Be Re-Elected In 2020 Despite Impeachment Process

Posted: 06 Nov 2019 10:16 PM PST

U.S. President Donald Trump sits for an exclusive interview with Reuters journalists in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, U.S. December 11, 2018. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

Daily Mail: Comfortable majority of voters say Trump WILL be re-elected in 2020 despite impeachment process – including one-third of Democrats

* A new poll found that 56 percent of registered voters believe President Trump will win again in 2020
* That includes 85 percent of Republicans, 51 percent of independents and 35 percent of Democrats, according to the Politico/Morning Consult survey
* Pollsters found that voters believed that Trump's voters were twice as likely than Hillary Clinton's to be 'very motivated' to go vote
* Another poll found that the percentage of voters who believe Trump should win re-election hasn't significantly changed since the impeachment inquiry opened

A majority of registered voters believe President Trump will win again in 2020.

A new Politico/Morning Consult poll found that 56 percent of all voters said Trump will be re-elected next year. The president obviously has an edge with Republicans, with 85 percent saying a Trump 2.0 is happening.

But a majority of independents - 51 percent - agreed. Even a third of Democrats, 35 percent, said they believed there would be four more years of President Trump.

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WNU Editor: He will be difficult to defeat. President Trump has the advantage of the incumbency and the bully-pulpit. The economy is also doing well, and his base overwhelmingly supports him. The Democrat candidates for President are also not inspiring, and I have trouble seeing them being able to attract independent voters. But the election is still far away. A lot can happen in 12 months.

Should CIA Director Gina Haspel Protect The Ukraine Whistleblower From President Trump?

Posted: 06 Nov 2019 10:10 PM PST

CIA Director Gina Haspel is sworn by U.S. Vice President Mike Pence as President Donald Trump looks on and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo holds the bible during ceremonies at the headquarters of the Central Intelligence Agency in Langley, Virginia, U.S. May 21, 2018. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque © Reuters

NBC: Intel officials want CIA Director Gina Haspel to protect Ukraine whistleblower from Trump

As Trump allies denounce the whistleblower, pressure is building on CIA Director Gina Haspel to take a stand, say current and ex intelligence officials.

WASHINGTON — As President Donald Trump and his allies continue to denounce the CIA whistleblower whose complaint led to an impeachment investigation, pressure is building on the spy agency's director, Gina Haspel, to take a stand on the matter, current and former intelligence officials tell NBC News.

"It will be incumbent on her to protect the whistleblower — and by extension, the organization — moving forward," Marc Polymeropoulos, a recently retired CIA officer who oversaw operations in Europe and Russia, said in an interview. "This is a seminal moment for her leadership, and I'm confident she will do the right thing."

So far, Haspel has been publicly silent as Trump has railed about the whistleblower, a CIA analyst, on Twitter. So has the director of national intelligence, Joseph Maguire.

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WNU Editor: There is a problem with this "CIA analyst". He was removed from the White House for lying and leaking. He is implicated in filing a complaint against President Trump and Ukraine that has led to this impeachment inquiry, even though his complaint is at odds with the transcript that was released. He is a well known Democrat activist who is closely affiliated with former Obama intelligence officials whose opposition to President Trump is well known. Bottom line. This is a person who has used his CIA position to pursue a political agenda against the President and his policies. In this context, this is someone that I am sure CIA Director Gina Haspel does not want to step in and defend.

Democrats' 'Star Impeachment Witness' Admits He Was Not On The Trump-Ukraine Call, And That His Sole Source Of Information Was From The NY Times

Posted: 06 Nov 2019 09:17 PM PST


Zero Hedge: Democrats' 'Star Witness' Admits He Wasn't On Trump-Ukraine Call, Sole Source Was NY Times

House Democrats have released the latest in the series of heavily-redacted transcripts of the secret hearings they had undertaken in recent weeks - that of Bill Taylor - the top US diplomat in Ukraine - ahead of his public testimony next week.

As The Hill notes, Taylor is viewed as a key witness who previously testified in meticulous detail about what he considered an effort by Trump and his allies to pressure Ukraine into opening investigations that would benefit Trump politically.

In leaked copies of his 15-page opening statement, Taylor voiced concerns that the Trump administration had withheld nearly $400 million in aid as leverage to get Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to open investigations into interference in the 2016 election and former Vice President Joe Biden, one of his leading 2020 political rivals.

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WNU Editor: When you listen to the main stream media they are saying that Ambassador Bill Taylor is a critical witness to President Trump's demand for a quid-pro-quo from the Ukraine government on military aid and an investigation on the Bidens .... Why William Taylor's testimony is central to the impeachment inquiry (PBS). But when you read his transcript .... READ: Testimony Of William Taylor, Acting U.S. Envoy To Ukraine (NPR), the story is very different where he admits that his source of information comes SOLELY from the New York Times?!?!?! You gotta be kidding me. His sole source of information that he is basing his testimony on is from the New York Times?!?!?! It is not surprising that the main stream media is ignoring this critical admission. Kudos to the above post from Zero Hedge and The Federalist .... Testimony Transcript Shows William Taylor Never Talked To Trump, Wasn't Even On July 25 Phone Call (The Federalist) for their summary and analysis on Bill Taylor's testimony. As for the Democrats hoping that he will be their "star witness" next week, my advice to them is that they find a better witness.

Saudi Arabia Recruited Twitter Workers To Spy On Critics Of Saudi Regime

Posted: 06 Nov 2019 08:47 PM PST



CNBC: Justice Department charges two former Twitter employees with spying for Saudi Arabia

* The Department of Justice on Wednesday charged two former Twitter employees for spying on users on behalf of Saudi Arabia.
* The charges allege that Ali Alzabarah and Ahmad Abouammo used their employee credentials to access information about specific Twitter users, including their email addresses, birth dates, phone numbers and internet protocol addresses.

The Department of Justice on Wednesday charged two former Twitter employees for spying on users on behalf of Saudi Arabia.

The charges allege that Ali Alzabarah and Ahmad Abouammo used their employee credentials to access information about specific Twitter users, including their email addresses, birth dates, phone numbers and internet protocol addresses. A third individual, Ahmed Almutairi, was also charged for acting as an intermediary between the Twitter employees and the Saudi government, the Justice Department said.

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US: Saudis recruited Twitter workers to spy on users -- AP
Two former Twitter employees accused of spying for Saudi Arabia -- Euronews/Reuters
Former Twitter employees charged with spying for Saudi Arabia -- The Hill
Saudis recruited Twitter workers to spy on critics of Saudi regime, U.S. charges -- NBC
Twitter employees recruited by Saudi Arabia to spy on kingdom's critics, US prosecutors say -- The Independent
Former Twitter employees charged with spying for Saudi Arabia by digging into the accounts of kingdom critics -- The Washington Post
Three charged in US with spying on Twitter users for Saudi Arabia -- Twitter

Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- November 6, 2019

Posted: 06 Nov 2019 04:00 PM PST

Jesse Barajas searches for the remains of his brother José, who was was dragged from his ranch on 8 April 2019 and has not been seen since, last month near the town of Tecate. Photograph: Emilio Espejel/The Guardian

Tom Phillips, The Guardian: 'The disappeared': searching for 40,000 missing victims of Mexico's drug wars

José Barajas, who was snatched from his home, joins the ever-swelling ranks of thousands of desaparecidos, victims of the drug conflict that shows no sign of easing

As he set off into the wilderness under a punishing midday sun, Jesse Barajas clutched an orange-handled machete and the dream of finding his little brother, José.

"He's not alive, no. They don't leave people alive," the 62-year-old said as he slalomed through the parched scrubland of tumbleweed and cacti where they had played as kids. "Once they take someone they don't let you live."

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Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- November 6, 2019

Deadly ambush shows Mexico lost control of area -- Peter Orsi and Maria Verza, AP

The epic struggle behind Iraq's protests -- CSM Editorial

A Month of Anti-government Protests in Iraq -- Alan Taylor, The Atlantic

As US dithers over human rights, China opens its arms to Prabowo Subianto, the Indonesian defence minister with a chequered past - Amy Chew, SCMP

From Singapore to Sweden, China's overbearing campaign for influence is forcing countries to resist and recalibrate relations with Beijing -- Drew Thompson, SCMP

New Silk Road money is paving the Old Silk Roads -- Alexander Kruglov, Asia Times

Why India pulled out of the RCEP free trade deal -- Rahul Mishra, DW

Why is India's pollution much worse than China's? -- BBC

One year to go for Tanzania's President Magufuli and the reviews are mixed -- Cristina Krippahl, DW

Study: Russia's web-censoring tool sets pace for imitators -- Tami Abdollah, AP

UK election campaign: Who wants what on EU issues? -- Rob Mudge, DW

Explainer: Chile's constitutional conundrum - To change or not to change? -- Natalia A. Ramos Miranda, Reuters

Revisiting the End of the Cold War -- John Lewis Gaddis & Elmira Bayrasli, Project Syndicate

Why Are So Many Countries Witnessing Mass Protests? -- The Economist

World News Briefs -- November 6, 2019

Posted: 06 Nov 2019 03:36 PM PST

An Iranian flag flutters in front of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) headquarters in Vienna, Austria September 9, 2019. REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger/File Photo

Reuters: Iran fuels centrifuges, resumes uranium enrichment at Fordow

DUBAI (Reuters) - Iran resumed uranium enrichment at its underground Fordow nuclear facility, the country's Atomic Energy Organisation (AEOI) said on Thursday, further stepping away from its 2015 nuclear deal with major powers.

The agreement bans enrichment and nuclear material from Fordow. But with feedstock gas entering its centrifuges, the facility, built inside a mountain, will move from the permitted status of research plant to being an active nuclear site.

"After all successful preparations ... injection of uranium gas to centrifuges started on Thursday at Fordow ... all the process has been supervised by the inspectors of the U.N. nuclear watchdog," the AEOI said in a statement, Iranian media reported

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MIDDLE EAST

Turkey's Erdogan speaks with Trump, to visit Washington next week.

Houthis fire missiles at Yemen's Mokha port, military coalition says.

Iraqi security forces break up protests in Battle of the Bridges.

Civilian deaths as Idlib hospital struck by Russian air raids.

Turkey says Kurdish fighters still remain in safe zone near Syrian border.

Iran begins process of fuelling centrifuges at Fordow.

Riyadh has 'open channel' with Yemen rebels: Saudi official. Riyadh in talks with Yemen rebels, Saudi official says.

Lebanon protesters seek to shut down key state institutions.

World Bank urges Lebanon to form govt, warns of recession.

Jordan police arrest man after stabbing attack at popular tourist site.

ASIA

China urges re-elected Canadian government to free Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou.

Over a dozen killed in attack in Thailand's Yala province. 15 defense volunteers killed in Thailand attack. 15 killed in suspected rebel attacks in Thailand's south.

Tajikistan: 17 killed in border outpost attack. ISIL blamed for deadly attack on Tajik border outpost.

Two suspected suicide bombers from Egypt killed in Philippines.

Hong Kong protesters don Guy Fawkes masks to mark month since mask ban. Water cannons deployed in Tsim Sha Tsui as Hong Kong protesters wearing 'V for Vendetta' masks test new 'flash mob' tactic of assembling at short notice.

Pro-Beijing lawmaker Junius Ho stabbed in Hong Kong.

Facebook video shows PNG police kicking, hitting and stomping on group of men.

Cambodian opposition leader Sam Rainsy announces Saturday return.

South Korea promotes DMZ 'peace zone' with new video.

AFRICA

At least 37 killed in attack on Canadian miner Semafo convoy in Burkina Faso.

Water crisis builds in Egypt as dam talks falter, temperatures rise.

France says its troops killed a leading jihadist in the Sahel.

10 civilians killed in militia attack in eastern DRCongo.

Sudan rebels insist new parliament be formed only after peace deal.

UN calls for action as Somalia floods affect 200,0000 children.

US Nile talks 'not a negotiation', says Ethiopia.

Two killed in strike on Libya police station: ministry.

Libya migrant attack: UN investigators suspect foreign jet bombed centre.

Mozambique detains elite police chief over election observer's murder.

EUROPE

Mike Pompeo carries divisive US messages to Germany.

Sweden charges man with spying on Iranian exiles.

Johnson tries to shake off rocky start as UK election begins.

PM's election campaign launch marred by gaffe, resignation and doctored video.

Spain's far-right Vox surges in wake of Catalan independence protests.

Local German conservatives cause uproar with call for talks with far right.

Putin: New weapons will offer Russia reliable protection.

EU urges faster Greece vetting of migrants as arrivals soar.

Hungarian mayor resigns after yacht orgy video.

Netherlands: '4,000 schools shut' in teacher strike.

Italy to become first country to make studying climate change compulsory in schools.

AMERICAS

Exclusive: Brazil likely to vote with U.S. against Cuba at U.N. over embargo.

US Diplomat had 'clear understanding' of Ukraine quid pro quo.

McConnell says Senate would acquit Trump if trial held today.

Democrats win control of Virginia Legislature. Democrat declares upset victory in Kentucky governor race.

Heavily armed hitman of rival El Chapo cartel is arrested over Mormon massacre after a stand-off at the US border where he held two HOSTAGES as heartbreaking photos show devastated relatives visiting the scene of the massacre.

Mexico ambush: Boy, 13, walked 23km for help after gun attack.

United States sanctions 5 Venezuelan officials.

Chile: president promotes minimum wage hike to quell unrest.

Chile's Pinera resists call to resign over protests.

Chilean protest footage captures police officers on fire after molotov cocktail explosion.

Thousands of Bolivians march over disputed election.

TERRORISM/THE LONG WAR

Pakistan failed to stop terror groups from recruiting & raising funds, US report сlaims.

German man fighting for Kurds killed in Syria.

Turkey captured al-Baghdadi's wife and didn't make fuss like US – Erdogan.

ECONOMY/FINANCE/BUSINESS

Wall St. ends near flat; healthcare shares gain but trade deal delay weighs.

Europeans look to China as global partner, shun Trump's US.

Xi Jinping's Brazil trip 'may be too soon' for China to sign partial US trade war deal.

Macron in China: Xi hails $15 billion trade contracts as 'strong signal of free trade'.

Michael Jackson's iconic moonwalk socks are tipped to sell for over $1MILLION at auction... more than a decade on from his passing.

Israel Expects To Be Engaged In A Major War Very Soon

Posted: 06 Nov 2019 03:01 PM PST

Ali Hashisho / Reuters

Michael Oren, The Atlantic: The Coming Middle East Conflagration

Israel is bracing itself for war with Iranian proxies, as Tehran escalates its provocations. But what will the United States do if conflict comes?

The senior ministers of the Israeli government met twice last week to discuss the possibility of open war with Iran. They were mindful of the Iranian plan for a drone attack from Syria in August, aborted at the last minute by an Israeli air strike, as well as Iran's need to deflect attention from the mass protests against Hezbollah's rule in Lebanon. The ministers also reviewed the recent attack by Iranian drones and cruise missiles on two Saudi oil installations, reportedly concluding that a similar assault could be mounted against Israel from Iraq.

The Israel Defense Forces, meanwhile, announced the adoption of an emergency plan, code-named Momentum, to significantly expand Israel's missile defense capacity, its ability to gather intelligence on embedded enemy targets, and its soldiers' preparation for urban warfare. Israeli troops, especially in the north, have been placed on war footing. Israel is girding for the worst and acting on the assumption that fighting could break out at any time.

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WNU Editor: The Syrian conflict, unrest in Iraq, and the Yemen war is where the focus in the Middle East is right now. Another Hezbollah - Israel and/or Hamas - Israel war is not on people's radar.

Media Upset That Trump's Son Tweets Name Of Alleged Whistleblower Even Though His Name Was Revealed Last Week

Posted: 06 Nov 2019 01:00 PM PST


AFP: Impeachment: Trump's son tweets name of alleged whistleblower

Washington (AFP) - President Donald Trump's son published on Wednesday the name of the alleged anonymous whistleblower whose complaint fired the impeachment inquiry against Trump, breaking strict conventions for protecting officials who reveal wrongdoing in government.

Amid calls by the president himself to expose the whistleblower, Donald Trump Jr. tweeted the name of a CIA analyst which has circulated online for weeks, and linked to a Breitbart news article implying the person was pro-Democrat and anti-Trump.

AFP could not independently verify the whistleblower's identity and is not publishing the name.

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WNU Editor: This is actually old news. The identity of the "whistle-blower" was revealed last week .... The Identity Of The Anonymous 'Whistleblower' Who Triggered Impeachment Proceedings Against President Trump Is Suspected To Be A Well Known Democrat Activist (October 31, 2019). A picture of the "whistle-blower" is below.

Special Operations Air Force Member Goes Missing During Training Jump Over Gulf Of Mexico

Posted: 06 Nov 2019 12:40 PM PST

The airman was a part of the 24th Special Operations Wing at Hurlburt Field in in Okaloosa County, Florida. He disappeared four miles south of the field over the Gulf of Mexico

Daily Mail: Desperate search launched for airman who fell out of Special Operations military plane 1,500 feet over the Gulf of Mexico and was last seen treading water after deploying his parachute

* A search is underway for a staff sergeant in training who disappeared into the Gulf of Mexico Tuesday afternoon during a training exercise
* The unidentified Air Force airman was from the 24th Special Operations Wing at Hurlburt Field in Okaloosa County, Florida
* He exited a C-130 four engine aircraft around 1.45pm from a height of 1,500 feet
* He deployed his parachute and was last seen treading water in the Gulf, approximately four miles south of Hurlburt Field
* As the aircraft turned to retrieve the man, crewmen lost sight of him
* Several vessels, three Air Force aircraft were deployed in the search
* The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and Coast Guard are also on the scene

A desperate search is underway for a missing airman who disappeared into the Gulf of Mexico after suffering a parachute-jump mishap while exiting a Special Operations military plane.

The unidentified Air Force airman from the 24th Special Operations Wing at Hurlburt Field was exiting a C-130 four-engine aircraft over the Gulf of Mexico during a training exercise around 1.45pm Tuesday when he suddenly vanished into the water below.

'The fall happened during a parachute-jump training exercise out of Hurlburt Field,' a report from the Air Force Times said.

The Coast Guard said the airman was a staff sergeant in training and fell out of the aircraft at 1,500 feet, according to WEAR.

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More News On A Special Operations Air Force Member Going Missing During A Training Jump Over The Gulf Of Mexico

Special tactics airman missing in Gulf of Mexico; search underway -- Air Force Times
Airman who fell from plane above Gulf of Mexico still missing -- NBC
Mobile area Coast Guard continue search for airman who fell from plane into Gulf of Mexico -- Al.com
Air Force member goes missing during training jump over Gulf of Mexico -- CBS
Airman fell from C-130 military aircraft while training over the Gulf of Mexico -- Defence-Blog
Coast Guard, Air Force, local agencies searching for a airman in the water near Destin -- FOX 10

ISIS Launched A Failed Attack On A Tajikistan Border Outpost With Uzbekistan

Posted: 06 Nov 2019 11:00 AM PST


DW: Tajikistan: 17 killed in border outpost attack

Twenty masked gunmen launched a failed attack on a Tajik outpost on the border with Uzbekistan. The rare attack was quashed when border forces launched a counter operation and killed most of the raiders.

At least 17 people were killed in an overnight raid by armed men on an outpost on the border between Tajikistan and Uzbekistan, Tajik authorities said on Wednesday.

"An armed group of 20 unknown masked individuals attacked a border outpost … using firearms," said Tajikistan's national security committee, according to Russian state-run news agency TASS.

Tajikistan's border forces said the assailants were members of the "Islamic State" (IS) militant group in Afghanistan.

At least five of the gunmen were detained and later provided critical intelligence during interrogations, authorities said.

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WNU Editor: I agree with this analysis .... Reported Attack In Tajikistan Could Have Broad Implications For Central Asia (RFE).

More News On Today's ISIS Attack On A Tajikistan Border Outpost With Uzbekistan

Many dead in Tajikistan 'firefight with IS' -- BBC
Fifteen IS jihadists killed in Tajikistan border attack -- AFP
Tajikistan: 17 killed in attack on border checkpoint -- Eurasianet
ISIL blamed for deadly attack on Tajik border outpost -- Al Jazeera

World Leaders Warn Iran To Stick To Nuclear Deal

Posted: 06 Nov 2019 10:24 AM PST



ABC News Online: World leaders warn Iran to stick to nuclear deal, as it begins injecting uranium gas into centrifuges

World leaders have called on Iran to fulfil the terms of its 2015 nuclear deal, after it begins injecting uranium gas into centrifuges at its underground Fordow nuclear facility.

Iran has begun to further distance itself from a 2015 nuclear deal between Tehran and world powers that curbed its atomic work, local media reported on Wednesday (local time).

The deal bans nuclear material from Fordow and, with the injection of uranium gas into its centrifuges, the facility will move from its permitted status of research plant to become an active nuclear site.

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WNU Editor: Aside from their rhetoric that everything is still OK .... Long way before JCPOA collapses, says Rouhani's chief of staff (MEHR News Agency), the Iranians are becoming more and more nervous .... Exclusive: Iran briefly held IAEA inspector, seized travel documents - diplomats (Reuters).

          

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ಪ್ರವಾಸಿ ಪಾಕಿಸ್ತಾನ ವಿರುದ್ಧದ ಟಿ20 ಕ್ರಿಕೆಟ್‌ ಸರಣಿಯ 3ನೇ ಹಾಗೂ ಅಂತಿಮ ಪಂದ್ಯಕ್ಕೆ ಆತಿಥೇಯ ಆಸ್ಟ್ರೇಲಿಯಾ ತಂಡ ತನ್ನ ಪ್ರಮುಖ ವೇಗದ ಬೌಲರ್‌ ಪ್ಯಾಟ್‌ ಕಮಿನ್ಸ್‌ಗೆ ವಿಶ್ರಾಂತಿ ನೀಡಿದೆ. ಸರಣಿಯಲ್ಲಿ ಆಸ್ಟ್ರೇಲಿಯಾ ತಂಡ 1-0 ಅಂತರದ ಮುನ್ನಡೆಯಲ್ಲಿದೆ.
          

ಮದುವೆ ಮುಗಿದ ಬಳಿಕ ಪಾಕ್-ಆಸೀಸ್ ಪಂದ್ಯ ವೀಕ್ಷಿಸಿದ ನವಜೋಡಿಯ ಫೋಟೊ ವೈರಲ್!

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ಅಮೆರಿಕದಲ್ಲಿ ನವಜೋಡಿ ಪಾಕ್-ಆಸೀಸ್ ಎರಡನೇ ಟಿ20 ಕ್ರಿಕೆಟ್‌ ಪಂದ್ಯ ವೀಕ್ಷಣೆಯ ಫೋಟೊ ಸಾಮಾಜಿಕ ಜಾಲತಾಣದಲ್ಲಿ ವೈರಲ್ ಆಗಿದೆ. ಈ ಫೋಟೊವನ್ನು ಅಂತಾರಾಷ್ಟ್ರೀಯ ಕ್ರಿಕೆಟ್ ಸಮಿತಿ ಕೂಡ ತನ್ನ ಟ್ವಿಟರ್ ಖಾತೆಯಲ್ಲಿ ಹಂಚಿಕೊಂಡಿದೆ.
          

Pakistan Railways Latest Jobs November 2019

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Pakistan Real Estate Investment & Management Company PRIMACO Latest Jobs November 2019

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Sidhu writes 3rd letter to MEA for permission to visit Kartarpur, says will go like ordinary devotees otherwise

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With a visa, the Punjab Congress legislator can cross over to Pakistan at the Wagah border but as an elected representative of an Indian state legislature, he still needs clearance from the Centre for attending any ceremony held by the Pakistan government.
          

Indians visiting Kartarpur Sahib will need valid passport, Centre clears confusion

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The development comes as Pakistan has created confusion over the requirement of a passport for the visit ahead of the 550th birth anniversary of Baba Guru Nanak Dev.
          

'I would have tried to hurt him': Shoaib Akhtar amazed by Steve Smith's technique, reveals how he would stop him

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In the clash between Australia and Pakistan, Steve Smith on Tuesday scored an unbeaten 80 off just 51 deliveries to help his side beat the visitors in the second T20I of the ongoing three-match rubber.
          

Afrozshahnila5 posted an update: My name is shahnila,am from Hyderabad,Pakistan,born on 5th […]

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La Traversée de Paris de Frank Horvat : 51 clichés fifties à l’Espace Musées CDG

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Né en 1928 en Italie de parents médecins, juifs et originaires d’Europe Centrale, Frank Horvat vit successivement en Suisse, en Italie, au Pakistan, en Inde, en Angleterre et en France, où il s’installe à la fin des années 1950.

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Sale Rosa dell’Himalaya: benefici

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Di Cosa si Tratta? Il sale rosa dell’Himalaya è un salgemma (o halite) estratto dalla miniera di Khewra, situata nel distretto di Jhelum, all’interno della regione pakistana del Punjab (che emerge dalla pianura indo gangetica). I promontori dai quali si estrae questo minerale fatto di cloruro di sodio sono collocati a 300km dalla catena montuosa dell’Himalaya, a 298km […]

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Ver Oman U19 – Pakistán U19 hoy

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Hora del choque entre Oman U19 – Pakistán U19:07/11/2019 a las 23:00h (Hora De España) Tipo de juego: Fútbol Campeonato Asiatico Sub-19 También puede estar disponible el Oman U19 – Pakistán U19 en Facebook Live por lo que si buscasLeer el resto ...

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Two Cubans arrested on the Macedonian – Greek border near Bitola

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Two Cuban citizens were detained near Bitola yesterday, as they were attempting to cross over from Greece.

The men were aged 33 and 44. They were handed by the border guards to the Bitola police. While most migrants along the Balkan route come from the Middle East, Afghanistan and Pakistan, occasionally small groups of Caribbean citizens get apprehended.

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Pakistan settles Soviet-era trade dispute with Russia

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  ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has finally decided to sign a deal with Moscow to settle a 39-year old exporters’ claims case pending since the disintegration of the Soviet Union, paving the way for Russia to invest over $8 billion in Pakistan. The Pakistani government has authorised its ambassador to Russia to sign the deal. Under the ...

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Steve Smith Eases Australia to Win over Pakistan at Canberra

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Australia beat Pakistan by seven wickets in their second T20I, to take a one-nil lead in their best of three match series, thanks in large part to another fine inning from Steve Smith.
          

VIDEO : क्या करतारपुर कॉरिडोर के पीछे पाकिस्तान का है ‘ख़ालिस्तान एजेंडा’ ?

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Whoa!!! You mean India’s pollution is actually all Pakistan & China’s fault?

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Jeez.

I am SERIOUSLY fed up. I have just learned the possible truth behind the toxic air that is engulfing Delhi and much of northern India.

And you are NOT going to believe it!

The vile, toxic pollution that is wreaking havoc on the health of millions of us in north India may actually all be the fault of Pakistan and China.

Can. You. Believe. It?

Yesterday, I shared with you the fabulous news, from one of our esteemed national BJP leaders, that Indian cows produce golden milk.

Now just listen to the words of yet another esteemed BJP [...]

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Australia vs Pakistan – 2nd T20 Tips and Betting Preview

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Australia and Pakistan will look to draw first blood in their three match T20 series on Tuesday after the rain won the day when they...
          

BJP Leader Gets Schooled Over Blaming Pakistan, China For Smog

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Zhao Lijian, senior Chinese official at the foreign ministry, strongly responded to Indian politician over blaming Pakistan and China responsible for toxic smog in India. Taking to twitter he wrote: “What a joker! China sometimes takes the blame, but this time it took the God class blame. One may not draw such a conclusion, even […]
          

CJCSC ‘Zubair Hayat’ Pays Farewell Visit to Naval Headquarters

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Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee General Zubair Mahmood Hayat paid a farewell visit to Naval Headquarters in Islamabad on Thursday (Nov 7). A smartly turned out contingent of Pakistan Navy presented guard of honor to General Zubair Mahmood Hayat. During a meeting, Naval Chief Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi appreciated the extraordinary efforts of General […]
          

Pakistani Flags Hoisted In India Over Kartarpur Opening

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The Sikh community in India has hoisted Pakistani flags on their houses in Jalandhar for opening Kartarpur Corridor. According to the video circulating on social media , Pakistani flags can be seen waving in the air in India’s Vijay Colony as millions of Sikhs thank Pakistan for Kartarpur project. They said that this facility will […]
          

5th session of Pakistan-Qatar Joint Commission concludes in Doha

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The 5th Session of Pakistan-Qatar Joint Commission concluded in Doha yesterday. The two-day event was co-chaired by H…
          

Pakistan should be taught a lesson: Ramdev on ceasefire violations

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Against the backdrop of killing of an army jawan in firing from across the border at the Line of Control, yoga guru Ramdev on Wednesday said said Pakistan should be taught a lesson, adding that the country would stand by whatever steps Prime Minister Narendra Modi takes.


          

Nawaz Sharif may travel to London for further treatment: Report

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​Sharif was shifted to his Jati Umra Raiwind residence in Lahore on Wednesday after his two-week stay at a Pakistani hospital for treatment of multiple diseases.
          

Dental student found dead in Pakistan hostel was raped, reveals autopsy report

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Her final postmortem report, which was issued by Chandka Medical College Hospital (CMCH) Woman Medico-Legal Officer (WMLO) Dr Amrita on Wednesday, revealed that the girl was sexually abused before being murdered, the News International reported on Thursday. The probe is being supervised by the Larkana District and Sessions Judge.
          

PEVAČICA POZIRALA SA ZMIJOM I KROKODILIMA I PRETILA SMRĆU INDIJSKOM PREMIJERU, A SADA JE U PROBLEMU: Procurile njene provokativne fotografije i snimci, objavila da se povlači sa scene! (FOTO, VIDEO)

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Pakistanska pevačica, Rabi Pirzada, postala je glavna vest u svetskim medijima i na društveni mrežama nakon što su u javnost procurile njene provokativne slike i video snimci. Ona je takođe javnosti poznata i zbog svog ekstremnog stava protiv indijskog predsednika Narendre Modija.
          

Pakistan’da hava kirliliği nedeniyle okullar tatil edildi

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Pakistan’ın Pencap eyaletinde etkili olan hava kirliliği nedeniyle Lahor kentinde tüm okullar tatil edildi.Pakistan’da etkili olan hava kirliliği günlük hayatı olumsuz etkiliyor.
          

Tws I7S Bluetooth Earphones - Wireless Bluetooth Hand Free - All Mobile Supported

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Tws I7S Bluetooth Earphones - Wireless Bluetooth Hand Free - All Mobile Supported
  • i7S TWS are two ear buds which can be connected separately or together at same time with one device. The fine voice quality can both be used for telephone requirements as well as listening to your favorite music. These ear phones provide the user with high definition music quality and ar..

    Price: RS 1,299


          

Pop Socket For all Mobile Phones & Tablets

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Pop Socket For all Mobile Phones & Tablets

Show Your Love with Family & Phone!

A grip, a stand, a wrap and more...

Add a single PopSocket, or a pair of PopSockets, to the back of almost any mobile device to transform its capabilities. PopSockets "pop" whenever you need a grip, a stand, an earbud-management ..

Price: RS 99


          

Smart Wireless Bluetooth Neckband For Mobile And Pc

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Smart Wireless Bluetooth Neckband For Mobile And Pc
  • Bluetooth version:V4.0
  • Support agreement:HSP V1.2,HFP V1.6,A2DP
  • Operation distance:10 m
  • Support 2 mobile phones at the same time
  • Support APTX audio codec solution 
  • PC interface:USB2.0
  • TF card su

Price: RS 999


          

Car Steering Wheel Mobile Holder

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Car Steering Wheel Mobile Holder

With a quick button release the bracket and let go your phone,just a thumbscrew and tightening wheel.Detachable ledge for triple protection,detachable ledge at the bottom of the bracket creates a resting shelf for additional support.

Price: RS 199


          

Camera And Mobile Tripod Stand 811

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Camera And Mobile Tripod Stand 811
  • Gorilla Camera And Mobile Tripod Stand 811 - Black
  • Get crisper shots with this durable, lightweight tripod. The rubberized foot grips and wrappable legs will secure professional cameras up to 6.6lbs. as they hold their stance to any viable surface...

    Price: RS 699


          

Mobile Stand Holder

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Mobile Stand Holder
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  • Attractive
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Price: RS 170


          

Universal Flexible Mobile Stand

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Universal Flexible Mobile Stand

Perfect for bedroom, desk, desktop, tea table, kitchen, office, and other edged surfaces.360 degree adjustable.Adjustable to different angles and different heights.Watch movies/videos, listen music without holding your phone.Strong flexible goose neck holder.Free adjustable angle for the ..

Price: RS 189


          

Water Proof Mobile Pouch

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Water Proof Mobile Pouch
  • Protection from water, dust, sand, rain and snow.
  • UV Coated 
  • Puly carbonate lens allows for crystal-clear pictures.
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World: Opening statement at the 70th session of the Executive Committee of the High Commissioner’s Programme

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Source: UN High Commissioner for Refugees
Country: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Burundi, Central African Republic, Chad, Colombia, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Ecuador, Ethiopia, Iraq, Jordan, Kenya, Lebanon, Libya, Mexico, Myanmar, Niger, Nigeria, Pakistan, Rwanda, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Syrian Arab Republic, Turkey, Uganda, Ukraine, United Republic of Tanzania, Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of), World

By Filippo Grandi, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
07 October 2019

Mr. Chairman,
Deputy Secretary-General,
Distinguished Delegates,
Ladies and Gentlemen,

The modern concept of refugee protection was born in the middle of the last century, as the world emerged from two devastating global conflicts and was preparing to enter the Cold War. Millions had been uprooted from their homes, as wars cast people adrift, empires disintegrated, borders were redrawn, and minorities and political opponents were persecuted and expelled. Ensuring the safety of those displaced, and resolving displacement, were among the earliest priorities of the United Nations.

Seven decades on, forced human displacement remains a global concern. The context is different, but the complexity remains immense. Today’s refugee crises are part of a growing flow of human mobility, driven by many overlapping elements.

Resource-based conflicts that transcend borders, shaped by a mosaic of local, regional and international interests; fueled by extremism, criminal networks and urban gangs.

Loss of hope, as global advances in prosperity, education and the fight against hunger and disease fail to reach those most in need.

Conflicts premised on ethnic and religious differences, stoked by others for political and financial gain.

Collapsing eco-systems and weather-related disasters that destroy homes and livelihoods, forcing millions further into poverty.

Damaging forms of nationalism, and hate speech that – often through cyberspace – have found a new legitimacy in public discourse.

Refugees emerge from these widening fault-lines – a warning of things going wrong. This is why tackling forced displacement calls again for a bigger, broader ambition than we have managed to muster in the recent past.

This was the vision that drove the development of the Global Compact on Refugees. Addressing refugee crises cannot be done in isolation from larger global challenges, and from effective migration policies. The two compacts – on refugees, and on safe, orderly and regular migration – were designed to complement each other, and for good reason.

Look at the Sahel – a situation of enormous complexity, where insecurity, poverty and loss of traditional livelihoods are fracturing and uprooting entire communities, across the region and beyond. Protecting refugees and the internally displaced is vital. But this must be accompanied by a deeper and wider scope of action that cuts across the political, security, migration and development spheres.

Two aspects of the Global Compact on Refugees stand out.

One is its comprehensive approach. It accelerates a long-awaited shift in responses – from a traditional humanitarian angle, as the Deputy Secretary-General said, to one that preserves the humanitarian imperative, but matches it with a broader set of tools more adapted to the dynamics of today’s refugee flows.

This means peacemaking and peacebuilding, development action and private sector investment. It means sustained, strategic support to address the root causes of refugee movements and mixed population flows. The Deputy Secretary-General has just highlighted how this dovetails with the work to bring about a UN system that can best catalyze progress collectively towards the Sustainable Development Goals. Synergies between the compact and UN reforms are therefore relevant and strong.

Also, the compact makes tangible the commitment to international solidarity that underpins the refugee protection regime, but has never been fully realised. You will hear more about this from our new Assistant High Commissioner for Protection, Gillian Triggs, whom I am happy to introduce to you today.

Securing the refugee compact – a practical, concrete tool – proved that beyond the damaging, unilateral approaches that sometimes surface, a commitment to addressing refugee flows through international solidarity still prevails. At UNHCR, we are fully committed to this effort, and we count on all of you – our closest partners – to do the same. It is possible! The Global Refugee Forum, to be convened in December in this building, will be the opportunity to showcase what has been achieved, and make fresh commitments to further progress.

Mr Chairman,

The last year has underscored why the compact is needed, and how it is starting to re-shape our collective response. Let me share my thoughts on seven related challenges.

First, while much of the discussion on forced displacement has focused on arrivals in the global North, the most profound consequences by far are in host countries in the global South. Preserving asylum there, and helping host communities, requires more substantial and sustained international support. More than four million Venezuelans, for example, have left the country, the majority taking refuge in 14 nations in Latin America and the Caribbean. Most of these states have shown commendable solidarity, despite immense pressures. Colombia’s recent decision to grant citizenship at birth to the children of Venezuelans in the country is an example, and the Quito Process is helping shape a regional approach.

Sustaining this solidarity is vital, including through support to the services, infrastructure and economy of impacted countries. I welcome the engagement of the Inter-American Development Bank, and the World Bank’s decision to extend support to Colombia – and potentially also Ecuador – through its Global Concessional Financing Facility. I urge them to accelerate their contributions. The forthcoming Solidarity Conference convened by the European Union, together with UNHCR and the International Organisation for Migration, will be an opportunity to take stock and commit more.

Second, responses to 'mixed flows' of refugees and migrants continue to generate very divisive debates. Widespread political rhetoric exploits the anxieties prevailing among those excluded from the benefits of globalization, and directs those fears towards refugees and migrants – themselves among the most disenfranchised people on the planet. Pitting exclusion against exclusion is not only cynical and immoral – it rarely offers practical solutions to either. And measures taken or invoked to reduce flows – pushbacks, externalization of asylum processing, policies of deterrence – all erode refugee protection without really addressing the root causes of mixed flows, or the challenges of integration.

These situations are enormously complex – we must recognise that. I saw this last week in Mexico, where impressive examples of refugee integration are coupled with increasing migratory pressures from the region but also from Africa. A range of actions is undoubtedly needed to address these “mixed” flows. Several are included in that region under the MIRPS, a regional framework for protection and solutions which we have promoted; and we will contribute to UN efforts to support initiatives such as a regional development plan for Mexico and northern Central America, currently being discussed. In this context, saving lives and safeguarding the dignity and rights of all those on the move must remain central, together with access to international protection for those with valid claims. There and elsewhere, legal migration pathways would help prevent the abuse of asylum systems as substitutes of migration channels.

We observe these challenges not only in northern Central America and at the southern border of the United States, but also in southern Africa, and south-east Asia. In Europe, public confidence in asylum and migration management has been diminished, and must be restored through fast and fair procedures, good migration management that avoids overloading asylum systems, and investments in integration for those with a right to stay. Cooperation between governments is needed – including on the return of those who do not qualify for international protection or other stay arrangements.

I welcome the recent decisions of four EU States to establish a temporary cooperation mechanism for disembarking those rescued in the Mediterranean, and hope that this will galvanise broader EU engagement and revitalize rescue at sea arrangements. But this must also be matched by a broader ambition – investments in addressing the root causes of refugee flows, and supporting the efforts of refugee-hosting and transit countries. UNHCR continues to evacuate the most vulnerable from Libya – efforts for which Niger and now Rwanda are providing life-saving channels. Hopefully, others will join. We work closely with the International Organisation for Migration in these efforts, as elsewhere. But these operations pose enormous dilemmas, and can only be sustained as part of a comprehensive, responsibility-sharing approach that has the preservation of life, and access to international protection as central imperatives. There, as in several other operations, UNHCR colleagues and our partners are working – let us not forget that – under extremely dangerous conditions.

Third, long-standing and recurring displacement crises continue to persist, in the absence of political solutions. And other major crises are now becoming protracted too. In this context, the compact’s emphasis on inclusion, resilience and development action – pending solutions – is critical. This year marked the fortieth anniversary of the start of the Afghan refugee crisis. Regrettably, peace efforts seem once again to have stalled. I welcome Afghanistan’s decision to apply the comprehensive refugee response model in support of its initiatives to solve displacement, but solutions remain compromised by drought, insecurity and governance failures. Just 15,000 refugees returned home last year. The hospitality displayed by Pakistan and Iran, and their work on refugee inclusion and self-reliance, as well as on legal migration and stay options, are ground-breaking, but must receive more international support while the Afghan crisis continues.

In Somalia, too, while the commitment of the government to reduce forced displacement is evident and commendable, conflict and drought are still inhibiting solutions and driving new displacement. In this context, the regional application of the comprehensive response model by IGAD helps strengthen asylum, access to rights, and refugee inclusion in health, education and national economies.

Governments in the East and Horn of Africa have been in the forefront of the application of the comprehensive refugee response model. Ethiopia, Djibouti, Kenya and Uganda, among others, have made enormous strides with the support of the World Bank’s expertise and financing, bilateral development support and private sector investments. These are already transforming the lives of many refugees, as well as refugee-hosting communities across the region, and proving the validity of the model enshrined in the compact. They are giving concrete meaning to the African Union’s decision to declare 2019 the year of refugees, displaced people and returnees in Africa.

Fourth, the issue of repatriation continues to be the subject of much attention. A question we are increasingly asked is – how to advance solutions, when security in countries of origin remains fragile, and there is no end of hostilities? Can people return to their home countries in the absence of political settlements?

The answer is that returns must be driven by people, not by politics. Across UNHCR’s operations, we have an ongoing dialogue with refugees on return, and on the complex factors that influence their decisions. We work with governments to help create the conditions paving the way for returns. These must be voluntary and sustainable.

Take the example of Syria. Some 200,000 Syrian refugees have returned since 2016, and over three quarters of the almost six million refugees in neighbouring countries say they hope to return one day. We must continue to be guided by their views and decisions, and provide support to those who choose to return to avoid exposing them to further hardship.

Our policy is not to stand back and wait. We work with the Government of Syria to help address barriers to return and support confidence-building measures; hoping of course that recent political advances are consolidated; and that further humanitarian crises – especially in Idlib – can be avoided through concerted action by all parties.

In the meantime, international support to asylum countries must be sustained. Their outstanding generosity, and continuous donor support have helped Syrian refugees contend with long years in exile, even in places like Lebanon where the ratio of refugees to nationals continues to be the highest in the world. The achievements are significant: last year, 1.3 million Syrian refugee children were attending school, and 110,000 work permits were issued in Jordan and Turkey. However, acute poverty and vulnerability are weighing on people’s lives, and on host communities, and inevitably influencing their decisions.

In Myanmar, too, the Government has recognised the right of refugees in Bangladesh to return, and has started an important dialogue with the refugees, to build confidence and enable informed decisions. UNHCR and UNDP are working on social cohesion projects in northern Rakhine State to help pave the way for eventual returns. These are important steps, but need to be accompanied by more visible changes on key issues of refugee concern – freedom of movement, solutions for the internally displaced, clear information on a pathway to citizenship.

A second bilateral initiative to commence repatriation in August did not result in any refugees coming forward. But it sent important messages: the door is open, and voluntariness was respected. My hope is that this can now pave the way for a more strategic approach, in which refugee voices and choices are central. UNHCR stands ready to advise and support. There, and in other places, for example with Burundian refugees in Tanzania, and Nigerian refugees in the Lake Chad region, we are available to facilitate dialogue and solutions through tripartite approaches which include UNHCR.

Fifth, and closely linked to my previous point, we need to seize opportunities to accelerate solutions. Conflicts moving towards peace are rare, but when there is a chance, we have to pursue it. In this respect, we are closely following events in Sudan and South Sudan. The political transition in Sudan and the new Government’s commitment to a peace process have important implications for hundreds of thousands of Sudanese refugees, and for the internally displaced. The renewed momentum in the South Sudan peace process is also encouraging. Spontaneous refugee returns to South Sudan have already surpassed 200,000, and IDP returns are also under way.

Over the last two years, UNHCR and IGAD have been promoting the inclusion of refugees and internally displaced people in the South Sudan peace process. I hope that these recent developments will pave the way to a definitive end of the cycle of violence and displacement that has blighted the lives of generations of Sudanese and South Sudanese people.

Resettlement is another solution – albeit for very few. While some countries are stepping up their programmes, the overall number of places has plummeted. I am very disappointed by this. Resettlement saves lives and offers stability to refugees who are most vulnerable and at risk. I propose that we use more deliberately our new three-year strategy to intensify resettlement efforts, and expand private sector and community involvement.

The sixth major challenge relates to our engagement with the internally displaced. At the end of 2018, over 41 million people were living in displacement in their own countries. Major IDP operations, in Iraq, Syria, Yemen, the Lake Chad Basin, the Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Ukraine, remain among our most politically and operationally complex – but all are among our priorities. I wish to flag in particular that together with our partners, we are responding with more resources to the Ethiopian government’s call for support to address recent large-scale internal displacement in the country.

In sum, we are trying to better align our efforts to advance solutions for refugees and IDPs, and to design our operations more effectively, in the context of inter-agency efforts. Our new policy on internal displacement reflects our firm and revitalized commitment. This places particular emphasis on protection leadership, and aligning our interventions with those of our partners.

Mr. Chairman,

A few days ago, at the start of the 74th session of the General Assembly in New York, we heard calls to accelerate our responses to the climate emergency, before it is too late. Greta Thunberg, speaking for the next generations, and António Guterres, speaking as the world’s conscience, were adamant in asking all of us to take action – now.

These calls concern us, too, as we gather here to discuss issues of forced displacement. I have just presented six key displacement-related challenges. The seventh intersects and underpins them all.

Climate-related causes are a growing driver of new internal displacement, surpassing those related to conflict and violence by more than 50%. Climate is often also a pervasive factor in cross-border displacement.

The term “climate refugee” is not based in international law, and does not reflect the more complicated ways in which climate interacts with human mobility. But the image it conveys – of people driven from their homes as an outcome of the climate emergency – has rightly captured public attention.

I am often asked how the UN refugee organization can help respond to this challenge. I wish to take this opportunity to share a few thoughts for your consideration.

For some years, UNHCR has worked to highlight relevant legal frameworks and the protection gaps resulting from cross-border displacement in the context of climate change. We will continue to help steer international discussions and the legal and normative debate in this area, including through engagement with the Platform on Disaster Displacement, and other multilateral fora.

Forced displacement across borders can stem from the interaction between climate change and disasters with conflict and violence – or it can arise from natural or man-made disasters alone. Either situation can trigger international protection needs.

In the first case, these would normally be met through recognition as a refugee under the 1951 Convention or regional refugee frameworks. In the second, temporary protection or stay arrangements, on which UNHCR has expertise, can provide flexible and speedy responses.

Even more specifically, where disaster-related displacement occurs, a strong operational response, guided by protection considerations, is often needed. Here too, UNHCR will continue to work in inter-agency contexts to support governments – building on our strong expertise in emergency responses. The Global Compact on Refugees by the way calls for preparedness measures and evidence-based forecasting, and the inclusion of refugees in disaster risk reduction strategies.

There are other considerations. Climate factors drive people out of their homes – but large-scale refugee movements – whether or not climate-induced – have themselves in turn an environmental impact, and refugees are frequently located in climate hotspots. I am determined to make these considerations more relevant to the way we prepare for and respond to refugee crises.

At UNHCR, we have worked for years to reduce the environmental impact of refugee crises through renewable energy options, reforestation activities, and access to clean fuels and technology for cooking. We have now launched a revitalized energy strategy and are improving our tools to address these challenges. Private sector partners such as the IKEA Foundation have been invaluable in helping us develop new approaches.

And finally like other organizations, we recognise that our own operational footprint has an environmental impact, and are taking action accordingly. We are working, for example, to increase energy efficiency and renewable energy use.

Mr. Chairman,

Work to respond to these challenges is made possible by the strong confidence that UNHCR continues to receive from donor partners. We expect funds available this year to reach an estimated 4.82 billion US dollars. The United States’ contribution has continued to be the most substantial, and has been decisive in many challenging situations, and for this I am very grateful. I wish to thank the European Commission and Germany for their particularly strong support; and Sweden, the United Kingdom, Denmark, Norway and the Netherlands for providing critical, substantive unearmarked funding; and of course all other donors as well.

The gap between requirements and available resources nonetheless continues to grow in absolute terms and will reach around 3.82 billion US dollars this year. Private sector income is projected to increase by 11% over last year’s figure, to 470 million US dollars. We continue to work to diversify our funding base, in the spirit of responsibility-sharing and to ensure a stable platform for our work. Most importantly, our partnership with development organizations is becoming much stronger, and is helping us find ways to target our resources in ways that leverage those bigger programmes.

I am aware that donor generosity must be matched by constant improvements in how we manage the organization. In late 2016, I initiated a reform process to ensure an agile and effective UNHCR, with country operations equipped to pursue context-driven strategies, innovate, and respond to local and regional dynamics, as part of UN Country Teams. This was the rationale for our regionalisation and decentralization process, which is giving greater authority and flexibility to country offices, helping us get closer to refugees, and front-loading support through Regional Bureaux located in their regions.

We are entering the last phase of structural changes, which will involve adjustments to Headquarters Divisions and other entities in line with the new rebalanced authorities.

Of course, transformation is not only about structures and accountabilities, and is not a one-time exercise – it is also about transforming our organisational culture, investing in the quality of work, improving and streamlining systems and processes, and creating space for innovation.

We are working on evidence-based planning, on how we describe impact, and on increasing efficiency, in line with our Grand Bargain commitments and as an active participant, as the Deputy Secretary-General noted, in broader UN reforms. I recently endorsed a Data Transformation Strategy, and the new UNHCR/World Bank Joint Data Centre will be inaugurated this week in Copenhagen by the Secretary-General – a milestone of humanitarian/development cooperation.

We also continue to embed a strong risk management culture across the organisation, and to strengthen systems and tools for preventing and responding to misconduct. This includes sexual exploitation and abuse, and sexual harassment, for which we have implemented a broad range of measures and to which I am personally committed, also as Champion for this issue in the Inter-Agency Standing Committee. There is no place in the organization for perpetrators, and we will keep survivors and victims at the center of our response.

Mr. Chairman,

In 2011, my predecessor, the Secretary-General, convened a ministerial meeting on the 60th anniversary of the 1951 Refugee Convention, and the 50th of the 1961 Convention on the Reduction of Statelessness. It is fair to say that until then, the statelessness mandate had been a rather peripheral aspect of UNHCR’s work. Clearly, you didn’t see it that way. More than 60 states and regional entities came forward with pledges aimed at reducing statelessness, and that groundswell of political will and commitment became the catalyst for the #IBelong campaign, launched in 2014. Spurred on by the energy that had emerged, we decided to fix a time limit – ten years – to bring statelessness to an end.

Now, as we mark the halfway point, it’s time to take stock and renew the commitment that set us on the path towards that bold ambition. This is the aim of the High-Level Segment that will follow in a few moments, as part of this Executive Committee meeting.

When we talk about statelessness, we often find ourselves speaking of laws, documents and other technicalities. These are critical, and are where the hard work has to happen, but when we frame statelessness purely in legal terms, we lose sight of the all-encompassing blight it casts on people’s lives, pushing them to the margins of society, denying them basic rights and a sense of identity. This is an area in which – for relatively little investment – wide-reaching impact is within our reach.

Some of you, last year, were present at an EXCOM side event at which a young woman who had grown up stateless became the citizen of a country for the first time. It was a deeply emotional experience for everyone present – and that moment, more than any speech or list of pledges, captured what it means to finally belong, after years spent living on the margins. She and a number of formerly stateless people are present here today, and I encourage you to talk to them and understand what citizenship has meant to them. Their stories are what will inspire us as we move ahead.

There have been important achievements in the first half of the campaign – tackling gender discrimination in nationality laws, introducing laws to avoid childhood statelessness, and developing procedures to find solutions for people who would otherwise be stateless. Certain protracted situations were finally resolved. Fifteen states acceded to one or both of the Statelessness Conventions. Kyrgyzstan became the first State to formally announce that all known cases of statelessness on its territory had been resolved – an achievement that should inspire others. I look forward to honouring a Kyrgyz champion of this campaign, Azizbek Ashurov, at the Nansen Award ceremony this evening.

I also wish to acknowledge the work of UNICEF, UNFPA, the World Bank, and civil society and academic networks – and especially the Geneva-based ‘Friends’ of the campaign, who have been persistent in their advocacy and support. The regional preparatory meetings have been characterized by energy and commitment. I am pleased to share that we have received 171 pledges ahead of today’s event, which has also galvanised other initiatives that may become concrete pledges later.

At a time when we are asking a lot of you, this is particularly commendable. At UNHCR, we will also step up our efforts even more to achieve the ambitious collective goal of ending statelessness once and for all.

Mr Chairman,

The first Global Refugee Forum will be convened in this building in just over two months. It comes at the end of a turbulent decade, in which people and communities have been uprooted across all regions. Nobody foresaw, ten years ago, the convergence of trends and events that would lead to a doubling in the number of people forcibly displaced, and the prominence that refugee and migrant flows would assume in domestic and international politics. Addressing and resolving forced displacement has rightly emerged as an urgent priority intertwined with other 21st-century global challenges, including climate change.

The big question now is – what are we going to make of the next decade? Will it be one that sees us in retreat – turning our backs on the hard-learned lessons of the twentieth century – or one in which we will have the courage of joining forces in spite of our different perspectives and interests, embracing the challenges and opportunities of international cooperation to address the plight of exile? These are the fundamental questions that the Forum will have to tackle. I hope – of course – that it will respond by clearly showing the second way. I encourage all of you to ensure high-level representation from States, share positive experiences, and make significant and impactful commitments that will greatly improve the future of refugees and host communities.

I believe that in the Global Compact for Refugees, we have grounds for optimism. The momentum is there. We have a powerful tool that was born of a narrative of possibility. The Forum will be the occasion, I hope, to show that we do not shy away from the enormous responsibility placed on all of us – one that stems not only from the refugees and host communities looking to us for action, but also from the opportunity that we have to inspire new generations, and demonstrate, in so many practical, concrete ways, why international cooperation matters, and how it can be made to work.

Thank you.


          

World: Education Above All Foundation, World Bank Partner to Ensure Education for Two Million Out of School Children Around the World

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Source: World Bank, Education Above All
Country: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Cameroon, Chad, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Ecuador, Ethiopia, Haiti, India, Iran (Islamic Republic of), Iraq, Kenya, Lao People's Democratic Republic (the), Lebanon, Liberia, Libya, Malawi, Malaysia, Mali, Mexico, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Niger, Nigeria, Pakistan, Paraguay, Philippines, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Sudan, Syrian Arab Republic, Thailand, Uganda, United Republic of Tanzania, World, Zambia

WASHINGTON DC, September 20, 2019 - This week, Education Above All Foundation (EAA) and the World Bank announced a ground-breaking partnership to enrol two million out of school children from more than 40 countries by 2025. During a meeting with World Bank President David Malpass, Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, Founder and Chairperson of Education Above All Foundation, stressed the importance of this framework agreement.

The agreement commits up to $250 million in funding for developing countries striving to enable access to quality primary education for all of their still out-of-school children. Unlike traditional philanthropic efforts of organizations like EAA who usually fund local non-profits directly, this innovative funding model aims to take lessons learned in the field to scale, through direct support to participating countries with implementation, evaluation, and reporting - enabling accountability and systemic change at the national level.

Out of school children (OOSC) are among the hardest to reach in each country due to the many and often compounding barriers to education including extreme poverty, distance to school, and conflict. This new agreement calls on governments to utilise funds to prioritise out of school children by ensuring their access to quality primary education through results-based financing. The agreement highlights the importance of multi-stakeholder partnerships in supporting developing nations, in providing education for all, and meeting the UN Sustainable Development Goals, particularly SDG 4 (ensuring inclusive and quality education for all and promoting lifelong learning).

"The World Bank is committed to addressing the global learning crisis. The partnership with Education Above All is critically important in this effort. There are still too many out of school children around the globe. Together we will bring these children into school and help them learn and fulfil their potential. Learning for all is a foundation for building strong human capital for every country," said Jaime Saavedra, Global Director for Education at the World Bank.

"Our partnership with Qatar and Education Above All will play an especially important role in the Middle East and North Africa," said Ferid Belhaj, World Bank Vice President for the Middle East and North Africa. "As access to quality education is critical for the region to unlock the huge potential of its large youth population, whose energy and creativity could become a new source of dynamic and inclusive growth."

Through this new funding structure, EAA and The World Bank will support financing opportunities for resource mobilization, education advocacy, and poverty reduction in developing countries across three continents. Proposed targeted countries include Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Cameroon, Chad, Democratic Republic of Congo, Djibouti, Ecuador, Ethiopia, Haiti, India, Iran, Iraq, Kenya, Laos, Lebanon, Liberia, Libya, Malawi, Malaysia, Mali, Mexico, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Paraguay, Philippines, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Sudan, Sri Lanka, Syria, Tanzania, Thailand, Uganda, and Zambia.

About Education Above All (EAA) Foundation

The Education Above All (EAA) Foundation is a global education foundation established in 2012 by Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser. The Foundation envisions bringing hope and real opportunity to the lives of impoverished and marginalized children, youth and women, especially in the developing world and in difficult circumstances such as conflict situations and natural disasters. It believes that education is the single most effective means of reducing poverty, generating economic growth and creating peaceful and just societies, as well as a fundamental right for all children and an essential condition to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). For more information, visit educationaboveall.orghttp://educationaboveall.org/.

About World Bank Group Work on Education

The World Bank Group is the largest financier of education in the developing world. We work on education programs in more than 80 countries and are committed to helping countries reach Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 4, which calls for access to quality education and lifelong learning opportunities for all by 2030. In 2018, we provided about $4.5 billion for education programs, technical assistance, and other projects designed to improve learning and provide everyone with the opportunity to get the education they need to succeed. Our current portfolio of education projects totals $17 billion, highlighting the importance of education for the achievement of our twin goals, ending extreme poverty and boosting shared prosperity.

For more information, please visit: worldbank.org/educationhttp://.worldbank.org/education educationaboveall.orghttp://www.educationaboveall.org


          

World: Global Humanitarian Overview 2019 [EN/AR/ES/FR/ZH]

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Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
Country: Afghanistan, Argentina, Aruba (The Netherlands), Bangladesh, Brazil, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Curaçao (The Netherlands), Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, Ethiopia, Guyana, Haiti, Indonesia, Iraq, Jordan, Kenya, Lebanon, Libya, Madagascar, Mali, Mexico, Myanmar, Niger, Nigeria, occupied Palestinian territory, Pakistan, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Rwanda, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Syrian Arab Republic, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, Uganda, Ukraine, United Republic of Tanzania, Uruguay, Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of), World, Yemen

Global trends and challenges

More than 1 per cent of people across the planet right now are caught up in major humanitarian crises. The international humanitarian system is more effective than ever at meeting their needs – but global trends including poverty, population growth and climate change are leaving more people than ever vulnerable to the devastating impacts of conflicts and disasters.

Humanitarian needs are increasing despite global economic and development gains. In the past decade, the world has made profound development progress. Between 2008 and 2015, the number of people living in extreme poverty fell from 1.2 billion to 736 million. The world is also richer than ever before: global GDP rose from $63.4 trillion in 2008 to $80.7 trillion in 2017.
But in recent years, more than 120 million people each year have needed urgent humanitarian assistance and protection. There are more crises, affecting more people, and lasting longer today than a decade ago. Most humanitarian crises are not the product of any single factor or event, but of the interaction between natural hazards, armed conflict and human vulnerability.

People’s vulnerability to crises is not just about where they live, but also about how they live.
Poverty, inequality, population growth, urbanization and climate change can erode people’s resilience and make them more susceptible to shocks. Although development gains are being made, progress has been uneven. The rate of extreme poverty remains high in low-income countries and in countries affected by conflict. Crises have disproportionate consequences for the poor: people exposed to natural hazards in the poorest nations are at least seven times more likely to die from them than those in the richest nations.

Fragile and conflict-affected areas are growing faster and urbanizing more rapidly than the rest of the world

In the past five years, the world’s population has grown by 400 million people, from 7.2 billion in 2014 to 7.6 billion in 2017. Although global population growth has slowed compared with previous decades, the rate has been uneven. Today, an estimated 2 billion people live in fragile and conflict affected areas of the word, where they are extremely vulnerable to the impact of conflicts and disasters. This number is projected to increase, as the population in these areas is growing twice as fast as the rest of the world, with an annual growth rate of 2.4 per cent, compared with 1.2 per cent globally. And the urban population in fragile areas grows by 3.4 per cent each year, compared with the world average of 2 per cent. These trends can compound resource scarcity and increase vulnerability to disasters. Urban population density can also amplify the impact of disasters and conflicts. In 2017, when explosive weapons were used in populated areas, 92 per cent of casualties were civilians, compared with 20 per cent in other areas. The populations of countries affected by fragility, conflict and violence are also younger than the global average. Whereas the proportion of the world’s population under 14 years of age has been steadily declining to about 25 per cent today, the average for countries in fragile situations is 40 per cent. As a result, one in every four children in the world is living in a country affected by conflict or disaster, facing threats of violence, hunger and disease. In 2017, more than 75 million children experienced disruptions to their education because of humanitarian crises, threatening not only their present well-being, but their future prospects as well.

More people are being displaced by conflicts

By the end of 2017, war, violence and persecution had uprooted 68.5 million men, women and children around the world – the highest number on record, and nearly 10 million more people than in 2014. Just over 40 million people were internally displaced by violence within their own countries, and 25.4 million refugees and 3.1 million asylum seekers were forced to flee their countries to escape conflict and persecution. The levels of new displacements far outstrip returns or other solutions. In 2017, 5 million people returned to their areas or countries of origin, but 16.2 million people were newly displaced – an average of one person displaced every two seconds, and the highest level of new displacement on record.

The rise in forced displacement is not the result of an increase in conflicts. In fact, after peaking in 2014, the number of political conflicts worldwide decreased by about 10 per cent, from 424 in 2014 to 385 in 2017, although there are still more conflicts compared with a decade ago (328 in 2007). However, during the same period, the proportion of violent and highly violent conflicts, which are more likely to cause human suffering, destruction and displacement, increased from 53 per cent to 58 per cent of all conflicts worldwide.5 The total economic impact of conflict and violence has also increased, from $14.3 trillion in 2014 to $14.8 trillion in 2017.6 The major share of both the human and economic cost of conflicts is borne by developing countries, which host 85 per cent of refugees.


          

World: Humanitarian Funding Update October 2018 - United Nations Coordinated Appeals [EN/AR]

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Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
Country: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ecuador, Ethiopia, Haiti, Indonesia, Iraq, Libya, Mali, Mauritania, Myanmar, Niger, Nigeria, occupied Palestinian territory, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, Rwanda, Senegal, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Syrian Arab Republic, Ukraine, Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of), World, Yemen

United Nations-coordinated Appeals

FUNDING REQUIRED $25.20B

FUNDING RECEIVED $11.97B

UNMET REQUIREMENTS $13.23B

COVERAGE 47.5%

PEOPLE IN NEED 135.3 M

PEOPLE TO RECEIVE AID 97.9 M

COUNTRIES AFFECTED 41

Global Humanitarian Funding

FUNDING RECEIVED $17.98B

UN-COORDINATED APPEALS $11.97B

OTHER FUNDING $6.01B

Global Appeal Status

  • At the end of October 2018, 21 Humanitarian Response Plans (HRP) and the Syria Regional Response Plan (3RP) require US$25.20 billion to assist 97.9 million people in urgent need of humanitarian support. The plans are funded at $11.97 billion; this amounts to 47.5 per cent of financial requirements for 2018. Requirements are lower than in September 2018 due to revision of the Ethiopia Humanitarian and Disaster Resilience Plan (HDRP). For the remainder of 2018, humanitarian organizations require another $13.23 billion to meet the needs outlined in these plans.

  • Global requirements are $1.10 billion higher than at this time last year. Overall coverage and the dollar amount were only marginally higher in late October than at the same time in 2017.

  • On 8 October the Government of Ethiopia and humanitarian partners issued a Mid-Year Review of the HDRP. The revised plan reflects changes in the humanitarian context, and requires $1.49 billion for 2018, as opposed to the March 2018 requirement of $1.6 billion to reach some 7.88 million people in need of food or cash relief assistance and 8.49 million people with non-food assistance in the course of the year. Despite the general good performance of this year’s belg (spring) rains, the number of people targeted for relief food and cash support remains largely unchanged due to the significant spike in internal displacement since April 2018.

Security Council Briefings and High Level Missions

  • At a briefing to the Security Council on 23 October, Under-Secretary-General/Emergency Relief Coordinator (USG/ERC) Mark Lowcock called on all stakeholders to do everything possible to avert catastrophe in Yemen. In a follow up note on the humanitarian situation in Yemen of 30 October, the USG/ERC thanked the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, United States, Kuwait, the United Kingdom and all donors for the record amount raised for the humanitarian appeal in 2018 which had meant nearly 8 million people had received assistance across the country; more than 7 million people had received food and more than 420,000 children been treated for malnutrition; clean water, sanitation and basic hygiene support is now available to 7.4 million people and about 8 million men, women, girls and boys had benefited from health services.

  • At a Security Council briefing on the humanitarian situation in Syria on 29 October, the USG/ERC urged the Security Council and key Member States to ensure that the ceasefire holds in Syria's northwestern province of Idlib to prevent a military onslaught and overwhelming humanitarian suffering. He thanked donors for the $1.7 billion contributed so far towards the HRP for Syria, but pointed out that this HRP is currently funded at less than 50 per cent.

  • In her statement to the Security Council on 30 October, Assistant Under-Secretary-General/Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator (ASG/DERC)
    Ursulla Mueller spoke of the steady decline in humanitarian funding for the Ukraine over the years and mentioned that the HRP for 2018 is funded at only 32 per cent. This is simply not enough to cover food, health care, water, sanitation and other life-saving assistance. ASG/DERC Mueller appealed to donors to increase their support for consolidating gains in anticipation of the fast-approaching winter.

  • During a joint mission to Chad and Nigeria (5-7 October) with UNDP Administrator Achim Steiner, as part of a series of country visits the two will make to advance humanitarian-development collaboration, the USG/ERC called on donors to fulfil pledges and announcements of over $2 million made in Berlin last month at the High Level Conference on the Lake Chad Region (3-4 September). He noted the importance of maintaining humanitarian response in the region as needs were still very high.

  • Following her visit to the Republic of the Philippines from 9 to 11 October, ASG/DERC Mueller announced that OCHA would continue advocating for sustained funding to address humanitarian needs of people displaced by the Marawi conflict while ensuring that support for the transition to longerterm and sustainable recovery is forthcoming.

Upcoming Event

  • The Global Humanitarian Overview 2019 and World Humanitarian Data and Trends will be launched in the course of joint event to take place in the Palais des Nations, Geneva, from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on 4 December 2018.

Pooled Funds

  • Between January and the end of October 2018, country-based pooled funds (CBPFs) have received a total of $708 million in contributions from 32 donors (including contributions through the UN Foundation). During the same period, a total of $616 million from the 18 operational funds was allocated towards 1,071 projects with 575 implementing partners. Nearly 40 per cent ($246 million) of the funds were allocated to international NGOs and some 26 per cent (approximately $160 million) to national NGOs. UN agencies received 32 per cent ($202 million) of the allocated funds and Red Cross/Red Crescent organizations received over 1 per cent (some $8 million) of all allocated funds. The largest allocations per sector went to health; food security; water, sanitation and hygiene; nutrition; emergency shelter and NFIs.

  • Between 1 January and 31 October 2018, the Emergency Relief Coordinator approved $477 million in grants from the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) to support life-saving activities in 45 countries. This includes $297.7 million from the Rapid Response Window and $179.7 million from the Underfunded Emergencies (UFE) Window. A total of $31.6 million in Rapid Response grants was approved in October in response to cholera outbreaks in Zimbabwe, Niger and Nigeria; flooding in Laos; and the population influx from Venezuela to Brazil, Ecuador and Peru; as well as to support Government relief efforts following the earthquake and tsunami in Central Sulawesi, Indonesia. The UFE 2018 second round was completed this month, with $30.6 million approved in September and the remaining $49.4 million of the round’s $80 million released in October to assist people caught up in nine chronic emergencies in Angola, Bangladesh, Burundi, Central African Republic, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Libya,
    Republic of Congo, Rwanda and Sudan.

Country Updates

  • Funding for humanitarian activities in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt) is at an all-time low. Nearly all agencies requesting financial support through the HRP have received less funding in 2018 than in previous years. This leaves humanitarian partners ill-placed to meet emerging needs or respond to the deterioration of the humanitarian situation in Gaza, where the rise in casualties during the recent demonstrations has stretched Gaza’s overburdened health system.
    Humanitarian agencies appealed in August for $43.8 million to respond to the Gaza crisis, particularly trauma management and emergency health care, in 2018. On 22 September, the Humanitarian Coordinator for the oPt launched an $8.3 million allocation from the oPt Humanitarian Fund to implement critical HRP projects, mainly in Gaza. Stocks of medical supplies are in extremely short supply and depleted to almost half of requirements. Since late October, the Gaza power plant has been providing up to eleven hours of electricity a day. However, around 250 health,
    WASH and essential solid waste facilities continue to rely on UN-procured emergency fuel for running back-up generators. This year’s intensive operations have depleted funds and stocks and the $1 million allocated by the oPt Humanitarian Fund for fuel supplies will only last until the end of November. Further and urgent financial support is therefore required.

  • Conditions in Yemen continued to deteriorate in October, pushing the country to the brink of famine. On 23 October, the USG/ERC warned the Security Council that without urgent action, up to 14 million people – half the population – could face pre-famine conditions in the coming months.
    Assessments are currently under way, with initial results expected in mid-November. The economic crisis is raising the risk of famine. The Yemeni rial has depreciated by nearly 50 per cent over the last year. Commodity prices have soared, as Yemen imports 90 per cent of staple food and nearly all fuel and medicine.

Urgent steps are required to avert immediate catastrophe. First, a cessation of hostilities is needed; this is especially critical in populated areas.
Second, imports of food, fuel and other essentials must be able to enter Yemen without impediment. Roads must remain open so these goods can reach communities across the country. Third, the Yemeni economy must be supported, including by injecting foreign exchange, expediting credit for imports and paying salaries and pensions. Fourth, international funding must increase now to allow humanitarians to meet growing needs for assistance. Finally, all parties must engage with the UN Special Envoy to end the conflict. Yemen remains the largest humanitarian operation in the world, with more than 200 partners working through the Yemen HRP.


          

World: Humanitarian Funding Update September 2018 - United Nations Coordinated Appeals [EN/AR]

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Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
Country: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ecuador, Ethiopia, Haiti, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Libya, Mali, Mauritania, Myanmar, Niger, Nigeria, occupied Palestinian territory, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, Rwanda, Senegal, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Syrian Arab Republic, Ukraine, Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of), World, Yemen

FUNDING REQUIRED $25.32B

FUNDING RECEIVED $10.63B

UNMET REQUIREMENTS COVERAGE $14.69B

COVERAGE 42%

PEOPLE IN NEED 133.8M

PEOPLE TO RECEIVE AID 97.4M

COUNTRIES AFFECTED 41

Spotlight on the recent disaster in Central Sulawesi, Indonesia

On Friday 28 September, a 7.4 magnitude earthquake and tsunami struck Central Sulawesi, Indonesia. On 5 October, the Government and country team/regional office issued the Central Sulawesi Earthquake Response Plan to support the six priority areas identified by the Government. Some existing programmes in Sulawesi will be augmented and others entailing WASH, health, camp management and logistics activities will be developed.

The response plan will focus on immediate response over a three-month period. On 2 October and Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, and Emergency Relief Coordinator Mark Lowcock (USG/ERC) announced an allocation of US$15 million from the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) to bolster relief assistance for people affected by this emergency

Global appeal status

At the end of September 2018, 21 Humanitarian Response Plans (HRP) and the Syria Regional Response Plan (3RP) require $25.32 billion to assist 97.4 million people in urgent need of humanitarian support. The plans are funded at $10.63 billion; this amounts to 42 per cent of financial requirements for 2018. For the remainder of 2018, humanitarian organizations require another $14.69 billion to meet the needs outlined in these plans.

Global requirements are $1.13 billion higher than at this time last year. Overall coverage and the dollar amount were only marginally higher in late September 2018 than at the same time in 2017.

High-level events The USG/ERC made a strong appeal for HRP funding for South Sudan and Yemen at two high-level events at UN headquarters last month. At an event on 25 September on the crisis in South Sudan during the General Assembly, the USG/ERC asked that donors sustain their generous and large response to the crisis to enable life-saving activities and to encourage a multi-year approach to crisis response with stronger focus on stabilization, resilience and recovery from the conflict. In his statement to the Security Council on Yemen on 21 September, he announced that we may now be approaching a tipping point beyond which it will be impossible to prevent massive loss of life as a result of widespread famine across the country.

Three days later, the Humanitarian Coordinator for Yemen reiterated the call for more funding and more humanitarian partners on the ground to respond to the unprecedented emergency in Yemen.
The UNHCR Commissioner and USG/ERC ended a mission to Afghanistan last month with a call for donors to urgently increase and sustain support for humanitarian response in the country, and to take measures to find durable solutions for millions of people caught up in Afghanistan’s displacement crisis.
On 3-4 September, in a follow-up event to the 2017 Oslo Humanitarian Conference on Nigeria and the Lake Chad Region, Germany, Nigeria, Norway and the UN co-hosted the High-Level Conference on the Lake Chad Region in Berlin. On this occasion, UN Member States, international organizations and civil society actors discussed humanitarian assistance, stabilization and development cooperation in the region. Humanitarian and development announcements made at the conference totalled $2.17 billion and it is estimated that $1.02 billion was for humanitarian assistance in 2018 for Cameroon, Chad, Niger and Nigeria. Of that amount, approximately $875 million (86%), has been made available to recipient organizations.

International financial institutions pledged an additional $467 million in concessional loans.

Concerning pledging conferences this year, according to data reported to FTS by donors and recipient organizations as of 18 September, 95 per cent of pledges have been fulfilled for Yemen, 91 per cent of pledges have been fulfilled for Somalia, and 82 per cent of pledges have been fulfilled for DRC. In each of these countries, many donors have contributed above and beyond their original announcements.
For Syria and the Region, the EU recently published a tracking report on announcements made in Brussels in April which can be accessed here:

www.consilium.europa.eu/media/36437/syria-report-six.pdf Donors are urged to quickly fulfil outstanding pledges made at the conferences and to consider providing additional funding before the end of the year.

Pooled funds

Between 1 January and 30 September 2018, the Emergency Relief Coordinator approved $395 million in grants from the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF), including $265 million from the Rapid Response Window and $130 million from the Underfunded Emergencies Window, for life-saving activities in 38 countries. A total of $40 million was released in September to assist people affected by underfunded emergencies in Angola, Bangladesh, Burundi, Central African Republic and Rwanda; as well as people affected by flooding in India and Myanmar, and Venezuelan refugees and migrants arriving in Ecuador and Peru.

Country-based pooled funds (CBPFs) have received a total of US$667 million from 31 donors between January and September 2018. During this period, the 18 operational funds have allocated $478 million to 921 projects, implemented by 525 partners. Over 60 per cent of all CBPF allocations were disbursed to NGOs, including 21 per cent ($100.6 million) directly to national NGOs. Another 36 per cent was allocated to UN agencies and a smaller portion to Red Cross/Red Crescent organizations, which have received 1.2 per cent of funding ($5.8 million) for direct project implementation. The first allocation for 2018 of the Yemen Humanitarian Fund (YHF) for $90 million is ongoing and focuses on covering gaps in first-line responses in cluster strategies and providing life-saving support to people in newly accessible and hard-to-reach areas. In Ethiopia, the Humanitarian Coordinator launched a $30 million reserve allocation targeting immediate and life-saving activities in the nutrition, health, WASH, agriculture/livestock, emergency shelter/NFI, education and protection sectors. Finally, reserve allocations were also ongoing in Afghanistan and Myanmar during September.

In Myanmar, an integrated CBPF and CERF allocation strategy ($1 million CBPF reserve and $2.95 million CERF) prioritized projects aligned with the Myanmar Humanitarian Fund (MHF) operating principles and the CERF Life Saving Criteria, aiming at achieving the main objective of addressing critical unmet needs of flood‐affected people across the country, particularly the most vulnerable people.

Country updates

The humanitarian situation in Afghanistan has deteriorated considerably over the past year, primarily due to the drought, but also as a result of worsening violence. Overall, the number of people in need of humanitarian assistance and protection services in Afghanistan has increased dramatically since the beginning of 2018, from 3.3 million people to 5.5 million people. Over half of the needs are generated by conflict and population movement. In the meantime, chronic vulnerabilities such as poverty, food insecurity, and unemployment are also increasing. Afghanistan is experiencing its most severe drought since 2011, with some 20 provinces affected by significantly reduced rainfall from winter snow. Some 2.2 million chronically food insecure people are on the verge of acute food insecurity, with four provinces – Badakhshan, Badghis, Faryab and Herat – likely to pitch into a state of emergency unless they receive comprehensive and sustained humanitarian assistance. Drought-related displacement is growing in volume and geographical scope – now constituting 40 percent (119,000) of the overall number of people displaced in Afghanistan in 2018. It is likely that the Afghan population – some 15 million of whom are dependent on the agriculture sector across these 20 provinces for livelihoods – will take years to recover. Overall, more than 12 million Afghans have been displaced internally or abroad during the last four decades of conflict, natural hazards, disasters and the resulting socio-economic upheaval.

Since 25 August 2017, extreme violence in Rakhine State, Myanmar, has driven over 727,000 Rohingya refugees across the border into Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh. Statelessness imposed over generations has rendered this population seriously vulnerable, even before the severe traumas of this most recent crisis. The vast majority of these refugees now live in congested sites that are ill-equipped to handle the monsoon rains and cyclone seasons – with alarmingly limited options for evacuation. Low levels of funding are seriously hampering the capacity of humanitarian to respond effectively to the scale and scope of the humanitarian needs in the refugee camps, particularly to ensure safe shelter, appropriate educational options, nutritional support, and most critically, the quality of health services available for an extremely vulnerable population. For example, with the health sector only 23 per cent funded, programming for non-communicable diseases, malaria, TB, and HIV/AIDS remains insufficient, and partners are struggling to scale up service provision which is critical for emergencies including obstetric emergencies.

The alarming financial shortfall for humanitarian programmes in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea has had detrimental consequences on the lives of the most vulnerable. More than 40 per cent (10.3 million) of the population remains undernourished. One in five children under-five is stunted with likely irreversible physical and cognitive repercussions. More than 9 million people lack access to essential health services. Pregnant women, young children and people living with diseases, in particular, struggle to access the care they need. Those living in rural areas are most at risk. Recent floods in North and South Hwanghae provinces have affected 280,000 people, killed 76 and displaced over 10,500 people, and chronic underfunding is making it difficult for UN agencies and their partners to respond to needs caused by the natural disasters that frequently hit the country. The 2018 Needs and Priorities plan seeks $111 million to assist 6 million out of 10.3 million people in need of humanitarian assistance.

The prospect of protracted displacement in Iraq is real, warranting a whole-of-system approach to respond to needs and work toward durable solutions. Some 1.9 million Iraqis remain displaced, with insecurity, lack of livelihood opportunities, destroyed housing, and explosive remnants of war contamination among the key barriers to returning. Considerable protection concerns exist, especially for women and children with perceived ties to ISIL. Critical funding gaps are hampering the response, particularly in food security, health, shelter and non-food item sectors, and the WASH sector. Urgent funding priorities include water supply interventions in the south, especially in Basra, which is experiencing water shortages and a gastrointestinal disease outbreak. Child health and nutrition services for up to 180,000 pregnant and lactating mothers, 300,000 children under the age of five and 5,000 newborn babies lack adequate funding.

The level of humanitarian need in Myanmar remains high and is driven by multiple factors including armed conflict, protracted displacement, inter-communal violence, statelessness, segregation, discrimination, food insecurity and vulnerability to natural disasters. More than 720,000 people – mostly stateless Rohingya Muslims – were forced to flee the country in August last year and there remains little tangible progress on addressing the root causes of violence and discrimination against this population. More than 128,000 Muslims confined in camps, some since violence erupted in 2012, have little to no access to essential services. In Kachin and Shan, persistent cycles of displacement due to conflict continue to raise serious protection concerns, with annual flooding exacerbating existing vulnerabilities. In both areas of the country, access remains a critical challenge.

Recent violence in Tripoli has highlighted the fragile situation in Libya. Thousands of people have been displaced, including families staying in schools converted into makeshift IDP shelters. The violence led to a breakdown in basic services, with frequent electricity cuts and compromised access to water. The situation is compounded by liquidity challenges which deepen needs among the most vulnerable. Humanitarian partners are responding to pre-existing and new needs, but the response is undermined by underfunding. With only 24 per cent of financial requirements covered, the ability of partners to provide assistance in life-saving sectors such as water, sanitation and hygiene and protection, as well as education, is limited. Additional funds are required to support a nation-wide measles vaccination campaign, targeting 3 million children against the backdrop of an ongoing outbreak.

South Sudan continues to experience extensive humanitarian needs, including dire levels of food insecurity and malnutrition. In September, 6.1 million people (59% of the population) faced crisis, emergency, or catastrophe levels (IPC Phase 3-5) of food insecurity. This includes 47,000 people in catastrophic conditions (IPC Phase 5). Urgent funding is needed in the coming months to procure and preposition food and other life-saving supplies during the approaching dry season, when these activities are most cost-effective. Food insecurity is expected to decline slightly following the October-December harvest, and rise again in January-March, when 5.2 million people are expected to be in IPC Phases 3-5, including 36,000 in IPC Phase 5. Resources are also needed to scale up preparedness and capacity to respond to Ebola Virus Disease. Though no cases have been reported in South Sudan, there is a risk of cross-border spread.

An agreement on 17 September to establish a demilitarized zone in Idlib, Syria, provided a reprieve for close to three million people placed at risk by a major military escalation in the area, of whom more than two million were already in need of humanitarian assistance. Civilian deaths and injuries due to airstrikes and shelling, as well as displacement and attacks impacting health facilities, were reported in the Idlib area in the weeks prior to the announcement of the agreement. Response and readiness efforts continued in Idlib and other parts of the north-west, drawing to a large extent on cross-border assistance channels from Turkey. Despite significant access challenges, humanitarian assistance continued to be provided across the country, including in areas that had recently come under Government control such as eastern Ghouta, northern rural Homs and much of the south-west. Cross-border assistance to the south-west under the framework of Security Council resolution 2393 remained suspended, but assistance was delivered from Damascus, primarily through the Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC). Deployment of an inter-agency convoy from Damascus to Rukban on the Syria-Jordan border became increasingly urgent, with reports of a deterioration of the humanitarian situation in a camp estimated to be hosting up to 45,000 people. The situation in eastern Deir-Ez-Zor, in the east of the country, also deteriorated, with clashes linked to counter-ISIL operations displacing thousands in rural areas with limited humanitarian access and reports of restrictions on the onward movement of displaced people.

Steep economic decline accelerated in Yemen in September, with the Yemeni riyal losing about 30 per cent of its value against the US dollar during the month. Because Yemen imports the vast majority of its food and other basic commodities, this has translated into sharp rises in prices of food, fuel and other essentials – placing these goods increasingly out of reach for millions of Yemenis at a time when famine remains a real threat. In parallel, conflict in Hudaydah has intensified, with about 550,000 people displaced by the violence since 1 June. Aid operations have dramatically expanded, reaching 8 million people with direct assistance across the country every month. Partners have provided rapid response kits to nearly all families recently displaced from Hudaydah, as well as additional assistance based on assessed needs. Generous funding has been key: the 2018 HRP has received US$1.96 billion, or 67 per cent of requirements. Despite these achievements, recent developments threaten to overwhelm the operation’s capacity to respond. Urgent steps are needed to stabilize the economy, keep all ports and main roads open, uphold international humanitarian law, and move towards a political solution. Partners are also seeking full funding for the $3 billion HRP in order to deliver all activities in the plan.


          

World: Forced Migration Review Issue 58: Economies: Rights and access to work

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Source: Forced Migration Review, University of Oxford
Country: Afghanistan, Chad, Colombia, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Denmark, Ecuador, Eritrea, Germany, Indonesia, Iraq, Jordan, Kenya, Lebanon, Myanmar, Pakistan, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Syrian Arab Republic, Turkey, Uganda, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, World, Zambia

From the editors

When people are forced by conflict or other circumstances to leave their homes, they usually also leave behind their means of economic activity and subsistence. In their new location, they may not be able, or permitted, to work to support themselves. This has wide-ranging implications not only for people’s immediate earning capacity and well-being but also for community relations, economic development and the capacity of future generations to lead fulfilling lives. In our main feature on Economies, authors explore the complex interactions of the constraints and opportunities involved, drawing on case-studies from around the world and highlighting the roles of new actors, new technologies and new – or renewed – approaches.

We are also pleased to include two ‘mini-features’ in this FMR, one on Refugeeled social protection and one on Humans and animals in refugee camps. (See the back cover if you are interested in collaborating with FMR on a mini-feature – or a full feature.)

We would like to thank Karen Jacobsen (Tufts University) and Khalid Koser (Global Community Engagement and Resilience Fund) for their assistance as advisors to the Economies feature theme. We are also grateful to the following donors for their support of this issue: ESRC-AHRC (Economic and Social Research Council and Arts and Humanities Research Council) Global Challenges Research Fund, the Global Program on Forced Displacement of the World Bank Group, Mercy Corps, UNHCR Division of Resilience and Solutions (Livelihoods Unit) and the Wellcome Trust.

See www.fmreview.org/economies to access the magazine, its accompanying ‘digest’ and all individual articles. A podcast of each article is also available. FMR 58 will be available in English, Arabic, Spanish and French. For printed copies, please email us at fmr@qeh.ox.ac.uk.

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Marion Couldrey and Jenny Peebles
Editors, Forced Migration Review


          

World: UNHCR Mapping of Social Safety Nets for Refugees: Opportunities and Challenges

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Source: UN High Commissioner for Refugees
Country: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Colombia, Ecuador, Iran (Islamic Republic of), Kenya, Malaysia, Mozambique, Niger, Nigeria, Pakistan, Rwanda, Sudan, Turkey, Uganda, United Republic of Tanzania, Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of), World, Yemen

Purpose

The aim of the mapping of social safety nets (SSN) was to explore the potential for alignment between humanitarian cash assistance and SSN in forced displacement situations. It considered various aspects of SSN, including programme design, targeting and the legal and regulatory framework. The mapping categorised 18 countries based on the opportunities and challenges with including refugees in the national social safety nets.

Rationale

While recognising an increasing trend in inclusion in national systems, refugees in particular rarely enjoy the same rights as citizens. Only in every second UNHCR operation, refugees can choose their place of residence; in less than 50% they access national health care systems; in two third they access the national education systems; and in less than 40% they are allowed to work according to law and policy and in practice. In approximately 10% of UNHCR operations, refugees are included in the national or local development plans. Initiatives related to shock-responsive social protection rarely address conflict and include displaced people.

UNHCR is placing more emphasis on the additional value of cash beyond the monetisation of humanitarian assistance through promoting financial inclusion, social protection and socio-economic development. Implemented as part of the basic needs approach, multi-purpose cash grants, which represent 60% of UNHCR’s cash and link multi-sectoral cash assistance with the provision of essential services and protection, present important opportunities for leveraging social safety nets to include forcibly displaced people.

Key findings

Opportunities

• Growing opportunities for inclusion of displaced people in national social protection systems.

• The mapping found that inclusion can happen in 4 countries; may be possible in 10 countries; and will be challenging in the near future in 4 countries.

• In 6 countries, UNHCR’s cash assistance was to some extent aligned with the government’s in terms of targeting, transfer mechanisms, transfer value and monitoring.

• The interest in funding SSN in forced displacement contexts is growing among external stakeholders, notably as a potential exit strategy from humanitarian assistance and a more efficient means of managing protracted displacement.

• The Global Compact on Refugees and the World Bank IDA 18 Refugee and Host Community SubWindow provide opportunities for enhancing SSN for refugees.

• Refugees are increasingly accessing national services in certain contexts.

Challenges

• The majority of national social safety nets are not accessible to non-nationals. When refugees are granted partial access to SSN, full access is often limited due to restrictive legal frameworks.

• Governments rarely have capacity, tools and processes in place that can adapt to the impacts of mass displacement shocks.

• Complex targeting, across multiple safety nets, coordinated by numerous ministries make data analysis, accountability and coordination challenging.

• Funding of humanitarian and government safety nets often differ in terms of duration, political requirements, objectives and conditions, making alignment challenging.

• Refugees do not always have access to national services.


          

World: FPMA Bulletin #3, 10 April 2018

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Source: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
Country: Afghanistan, Argentina, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Belarus, Benin, Brazil, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Chad, Chile, China, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Georgia, Ghana, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, India, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mexico, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, Russian Federation, Rwanda, Senegal, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Eswatini, Tajikistan, Thailand, Togo, Uganda, Ukraine, United Republic of Tanzania, Viet Nam, World, Zambia

KEY MESSAGES

↗ International prices of wheat and maize rose in March for the third consecutive month and averaged more than 10 percent above their levels in December 2017. Prices were mainly supported by concerns over the impact of prolonged dryness in key-growing areas of the United States of America and Argentina, coupled with strong demand. International rice prices remained relatively stable.

↗ In South America, severe dry weather and strong demand underpinned the domestic prices of grains in key exporting country, Argentina, while the price of yellow maize spiked also in Brazil in March.

↗ In East Africa, in the Sudan, the strong upward surge in prices of coarse grains faltered in March but they remained at record or near-record highs, reflecting the removal of the wheat subsidies and the strong depreciation of the local currency.

↗ In Southern Africa, in Madagascar, prices of locally-produced and imported rice declined in February from the record highs reached in January with the harvesting of the minor season paddy crop and following an appreciation of the Malagasy Ariary.


          

World: FPMA Bulletin #2, 9 March 2018

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Source: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
Country: Afghanistan, Argentina, Armenia, Bangladesh, Belarus, Bolivia (Plurinational State of), Brazil, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Chad, Chile, China, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Georgia, Ghana, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, India, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mexico, Mozambique, Myanmar, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, Russian Federation, Rwanda, Senegal, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Eswatini, Thailand, Togo, Uganda, Ukraine, United Republic of Tanzania, Uzbekistan, Viet Nam, World, Zambia, Zimbabwe

KEY MESSAGES

↗ International prices of wheat and maize increased further in February, mainly supported by weather-related concerns and currency movements. Export price quotations of rice also continued to strengthen, although the increases were capped by subsiding global demand for Indica supplies.

↗ In East Africa, in the Sudan, prices of the main staples: sorghum, millet and wheat, continued to increase in February and reached record highs, underpinned by the removal of the wheat subsidies and the strong depreciation of the Sudanese Pound.

↗ In Southern Africa, in Madagascar, prices of rice hit record highs at the start of the year, as a result of tight supplies following a sharp drop in the 2017 output to a substantially below-average level and a weaker currency.

↗ In West Africa, prices of coarse grains continued to generally increase in February and reached levels above those a year earlier despite the good harvests gathered in late 2017, due to a strong demand for stock replenishment, coupled with localized production shortfalls and insecurity in some areas.


          

World: FPMA Bulletin #1, 16 February 2018

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Source: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
Country: Afghanistan, Argentina, Armenia, Bangladesh, Belarus, Bolivia (Plurinational State of), Brazil, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Chad, Chile, China, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Georgia, Ghana, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, India, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Malawi, Mali, Mexico, Mozambique, Myanmar, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, Russian Federation, Rwanda, Senegal, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Eswatini, Thailand, Togo, Uganda, Ukraine, United Republic of Tanzania, Uzbekistan, Viet Nam, World, Zambia, Zimbabwe

Key messages

  • International prices of wheat and maize were generally firmer in January, supported by weather-related concerns and a weaker US dollar. Export price quotations of rice also strengthened mainly buoyed by renewed Asian demand.

  • In East Africa, in the Sudan, prices of the main staples: sorghum, millet and wheat, rose sharply for the third consecutive month in January and reached record highs, underpinned by the removal of wheat subsidies and the strong depreciation of the Sudanese Pound.

  • In West Africa, prices of coarse grains were at relatively high levels in January, despite the good harvests gathered in late 2017, due to strong demand for stock replenishment and insecurity in some areas.


          

World: FPMA Bulletin #11, 11 December 2017

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Source: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
Country: Afghanistan, Argentina, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Belarus, Bolivia (Plurinational State of), Brazil, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Chad, Chile, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guatemala, Honduras, India, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mexico, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Pakistan, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Russian Federation, Rwanda, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Eswatini, Tajikistan, Thailand, Togo, Uganda, Ukraine, United Republic of Tanzania, Viet Nam, World, Zambia, Zimbabwe

Key messages

↗ International prices of wheat and maize remained relatively stable in November, reflecting good supply conditions, while export quotations of rice strengthened amid increased buying interest and currency movements.

↗ In East Africa, prices of cereals in November continued to decline in most countries with the ongoing 2017 harvests and were at levels around or below those a year earlier with a few exceptions. By contrast, in the Sudan, prices surged and reached record highs in some markets, mainly underpinned by the sharp depreciation of the Sudanese Pound in the parallel market.

↗ In Central America, after the sharp increases recorded in the previous month, prices of white maize eased in November as market flows returned to normal, after disruption caused by severe rains in the previous month. Good domestic availabilities kept prices at levels below those a year earlier.


          

World: Education in Emergencies - ECHO Factsheet

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Source: European Commission's Directorate-General for European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations
Country: Afghanistan, Algeria, Armenia, Bangladesh, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Colombia, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Georgia, Greece, Guatemala, Guinea, Haiti, Honduras, India, Iran (Islamic Republic of), Iraq, Jordan, Kenya, Lebanon, Libya, Madagascar, Mali, Mauritania, Mexico, Myanmar, Niger, Nigeria, occupied Palestinian territory, Pakistan, Paraguay, Philippines, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Syrian Arab Republic, Turkey, Uganda, Ukraine, United Republic of Tanzania, Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of), World, Yemen

Key messages

Education is lifesaving. Education is crucial for both the protection and healthy development of girls and boys affected by crises. It can rebuild their lives; restore their sense of normality and safety, and provide them with important life skills. It helps children to be self-sufficient, to be heard, and to have more influence on issues that affect them. It is also one of the best tools to invest in their long-term future, and in the peace, stability and economic growth of their countries.

Education in emergencies actions can help prevent, reduce, mitigate and respond to emergency-related academic, financial, social, institutional, physical and infrastructural barriers to children's education, while ensuring the provision of safe, inclusive and quality education.

In 2017, the EU dedicates 6% of its annual humanitarian aid budget to education in emergencies, one of the most underfunded sectors of humanitarian aid. In 2018, this amount will increase to 8%.

4.7 million girls and boys in 52 countries have benefited from EUfunded education in emergencies actions between 2012 and 2017.


          

World: FPMA Bulletin #10, 10 November 2017

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Source: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
Country: Afghanistan, Argentina, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Belarus, Bolivia (Plurinational State of), Brazil, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Chad, Chile, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guatemala, Honduras, India, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mexico, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Pakistan, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Russian Federation, Rwanda, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Eswatini, Tajikistan, Thailand, Togo, Uganda, Ukraine, United Republic of Tanzania, Viet Nam, World, Zambia, Zimbabwe

Key messages

  • The benchmark US wheat price declined in October mostly because of higher supply prospects while maize quotations firmed due to rain-induced harvest delays. International rice prices strengthened in October, mainly reflecting seasonally tight Japonica and fragrant supplies.

  • In East and West Africa, cereal prices declined in October with the 2017 ongoing or recently-started harvests. However, concerns over crop outputs and civil insecurity kept prices at high levels in some countries, particularly in Ethiopia, Nigeria and South Sudan.

  • In Central America, heavy rains in October led to unseasonal increases in maize and bean prices. They remained, however, at levels well below those a year earlier as a result of adequate domestic supplies, following the overall good outputs in 2016 and the 2017 first season harvests.


          

World: FPMA Bulletin #9, 10 October 2017

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Source: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
Country: Afghanistan, Argentina, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Belarus, Bolivia (Plurinational State of), Brazil, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Chad, Chile, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, India, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mexico, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Pakistan, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Russian Federation, Rwanda, Senegal, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Eswatini, Tajikistan, Thailand, Togo, Uganda, Ukraine, United Republic of Tanzania, Uzbekistan, Viet Nam, World, Zambia, Zimbabwe

Key messages

  • International prices of wheat increased in September mostly because of weather-related concerns, while maize quotations fell further on crop harvest pressure. International rice prices remained generally firm, supported by seasonally tight availabilities of fragrant rice and strong demand for higher quality Indica supplies.

  • In East Africa, prices of cereals remained at levels above those of a year earlier in most countries, particularly in Ethiopia reflecting seasonal tightness amid concerns over the impact of the Fall Armyworm infestation on the main harvest and in South Sudan mainly due to the ongoing conflict.

  • In Asia, prices of rice in Bangladesh increased again in September and reached record highs, with seasonal patterns exacerbated by the reduced 2017 main season output and concerns over the impact of the July-August floods on the second season crop, to be harvested from November.


          

11/7/2019: Front Page: Bhindranwale poster in Pak video irks India

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New Delhi: While describing the Kartarpur corridor, which will be inaugurated on Saturday, as a possible corridor of peace between India and Pakistan, the government cautioned on Wednesday that the same also served a “strategic purpose” for efforts by...
          

11/7/2019: | Politics Policy: Revealed: ISI plot to foil 370 step

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Srinagar/New Delhi: Desperate to disrupt New Delhi’s development initiatives in the Valley, Pakistan-based terror outfits now plan more killings of “nonresidents and non-locals”, particularly in south Kashmir. Top intelligence sources in Srinagar...
          

11/7/2019: | Politics Policy: Nepal biggest hub of IM now: US state dept

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Washington: A United States state department report has said that Indian Mujahideen (IM), which has ties with Pakistan-based terrorist groups Lashkar e-Taiba, Jaish-e-Muhammed and Harakat ul-Jihad Islami, is using Nepal as a hub to carry out terrorist...
          

11/7/2019: | Politics Policy: Pak occupying Gilgit Baltistan illegally: Activist

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Washington: Senge H Sering, a political activist from Gilgit Baltistan, alleged that Pakistan is violating UN Security Council resolution and it continues to illegally occupy the region. On October 22, 1947, tribal militias backed by Pakistan Army...
          

11/7/2019: Times Global: Pak starts probe into ‘suicide’ of 2 Hindu women

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Islamabad: Police in Pakistan have started investigation into the alleged joint suicide of two young Hindu women in Thar district, one of the country’s poorest and most-neglected districts, in the southern Sind province. BBC reported on Wednesday that...
          

11/7/2019: Times Sport: There is neither respect nor decorum, Bhupathi slams AITA

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Pune: The All India Tennis Association (AITA) finds itself in the firing line over its handling of the captaincy issue for the Davis Cup tie against Pakistan. On Wednesday, multiple Grand Slam champion Mahesh Bhupathi hit out at the AITA for replacing...
          

Schulen in pakistanischer Stadt Lahore wegen Smogs geschlossen

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ISLAMABAD - In der pakistanischen Millionenstadt Lahore sind alle Schulen wegen Smog geschlossen worden. So soll verhindert werden, dass Kinder einem gefährlichen Gesundheitsrisiko ausgesetzt werden.
          

Emirates Airline announces attractive fares for travellers

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News Desk KARACHI/DUBAI: Emirates has announced special fares across its global route network to inspire and encourage Pakistani travellers to explore new destinations and revisit their favourite cities. The special fares are available for bookingtill 18 November 2019, for travel between 12November 2019 and 30 September 2020. Passengers can enjoy competitive fares to destinations across …

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Olympic Hockey: India and Pakistan kept apart in the draw for FIH

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Olympic Hockey: India and Pakistan kept apart in the draw for FIH Olympic 2020 Qualifiers https://blog.olympictickets2020.com/olympic-hockey-india-and-pakistan-kept-apart-in-the-draw-for-fih-olympic-2020-qualifiers/ Olympic followers from all over the world are invited to book Olympic 2020 tickets from our online platforms for Olympic Tickets. Olympic Hockey fans can book Olympic Hockey Tickets from our ticketing marketplace exclusively on discounted prices. https://www.olympictickets2020.com/olympic-games-tickets/olympic-hockey-tickets/ #OlympicTickets #Olympic2020Tickets #OlympicHockeyTickets #OlympicPackages #OlympicHospitality
          

Hum News Live: Watch Live Streaming of Hum News Online

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Hum News Live (https://www.mjunoon.tv/hum-news-live) is Pakistan's latest addition to the news channel forum providing latest updates, top stories,...
          

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Fairy meadows Hunza valley is known as the best place in Northern areas and people love to visit these beautiful valleys. These are the best places to visit and you can enjoy the beauty of the natural culture of Pakistan.
          

Muslims mob destroys a Catholic church in Punjab (AsiaNews) - Catholic Culture

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Punjab (map) is Pakistan’s most populous province, and nearly 97% of its people are Muslims. “The police witnessed the demolition and did not intervene,” according to the report.
          

Sikhs await opening of corridor to sacred shrine in Pakistan

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Sikhs await opening of corridor to sacred shrine in Pakistan

KARTARPUR: A corridor that will allow Sikhs to cross from India into Pakistan to visit one of the religion’s holiest sites is set to open Saturday, with thousands expected to make a pilgrimage interrupted by decades of conflict.  Indian prime minister Narendra Modi will see off the first group of pilgrims, and they will be …

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100th T20I game for India a moment of pride: Rohit

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100th T20I game for India a moment of pride: Rohit

Rajkot: Stand-in India skipper Rohit Sharma will achieve a rare feat on Thursday when he takes the field in the second T20I of the three-match series against Bangladesh here on Thursday. Rohit will become the only Indian player and second globally to feature in 100 T20I games. Pakistan’s Shoaib Malik (111 T20Is) is the only player …

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Schools closed due to pollution in Lahore

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Schools closed due to pollution in Lahore

Lahore: Pakistan’s Lahore city closed schools on Thursday after an alarming rise in air pollution that made it the world’s most polluted city for a few hours, covered by a dark toxic cloud. “Due to sudden increase in smog, all schools in Lahore will remain closed,” Usman Buzdar, the head of the government of Punjab province, …

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Dr. Fatima Mir of Aga Khan University tells NPR's Scott Simon why there's been a spike in pediatric HIV infections in Pakistan.
          

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Source claims government plans secret vaccinations after 12 children fall prey to disease

Officials in Pakistan have been accused of covering up an outbreak of the most dangerous strain of polio and planning a covert vaccination programme to contain the disease.

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Twitter Erupts as Autopsy Report Confirms Rape of Aspiring Pakistani Hindu Doctor

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New Delhi (Sputnik): China and Pakistan have signed a slew of projects under the multi-billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), including the Gwadar Master Plan. Pakistan has sought $9 billion from China to finance the Main Railway Line (ML-1) and other infrastructure projects in the project’s Phase 2.
          

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Pakistan seek better support for Babar Azam to counter red-hot Australia

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The hosts will not be able to overtake Pakistan to be the No. 1 T20I team even with a win in Perth, but the series is still on the line
          

Full Masters Scholarships offered by Commonwealth (Deadline: 18 December 2019)

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Full Masters Scholarships offered by Commonwealth (Deadline: 18 December 2019)

Commonwealth Shared Scholarships are for candidates from least developed and lower middle income Commonwealth countries, for full-time Master’s study on selected courses, jointly supported by UK universities.

Funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID), Commonwealth Shared Scholarships enable talented and motivated individuals to gain the knowledge and skills required for sustainable development, and are aimed at those who could not otherwise afford to study in the UK.

These scholarships are offered under six themes:

  1. Science and technology for development
  2. Strengthening health systems and capacity
  3. Promoting global prosperity
  4. Strengthening global peace, security and governance
  5. Strengthening resilience and response to crises
  6. Access, inclusion and opportunity

For more information on other scholarships offered by the CSC, visit the CSC Apply page.

Eligibility
Terms and conditions
Selection Process
How to apply
Enquiries

Eligibility

To apply for these scholarships, you must:

  • Be a citizen of or have been granted refugee status by an eligible Commonwealth country, or be a British Protected Person
  • Be permanently resident in an eligible Commonwealth country
  • Be available to start your academic studies in the UK by the start of the UK academic year in September/October 2020
  • By September 2020, hold a first degree of at least upper second class (2:1) standard, or a second class degree and a relevant postgraduate qualification (usually a Master’s degree). The CSC typically does not fund a second UK Master’s degree. If you are applying for a second UK Master’s degree, you will need to provide justification as to why you wish to undertake this study.
  • Not have studied or worked for one (academic) year or more in a high income country
  • Be unable to afford to study in the UK without this scholarship

The CSC aims to identify talented individuals who have the potential to make change. We are committed to a policy of equal opportunity and non-discrimination, and encourage applications from a diverse range of candidates. For further information on the support available to candidates with a disability, see the CSC disability support statement.

The CSC is committed to administering and managing its scholarships and fellowships in a fair and transparent manner. For further information, see the CSC anti-fraud policy and the DFID guidance on reporting fraud.

Eligible Commonwealth countries

Bangladesh
Cameroon
Eswatini
The Gambia
Ghana
India
Kenya
Kiribati
Lesotho
Malawi
Mozambique
Nigeria
Pakistan
Papua New Guinea
Rwanda
Samoa
Sierra Leone
Solomon Islands
Sri Lanka
Tanzania
Tuvalu
Uganda
Vanuatu
Zambia

Terms and conditions

For full terms and conditions – including further details of the scholarship themes, value of the scholarship, and general conditions – see the Commonwealth Shared Scholarships terms and conditions 2020.

Selection process

Each participating UK University will conduct its own recruitment process to select a specified number of candidates to be awarded Commonwealth Shared Scholarships. Universities must put forward their selected candidates to the CSC in March 2020. The CSC will then confirm that these candidates meet the eligibility criteria for this scheme. Universities will inform candidates of their results by July 2020.

Applications will be considered according to the following selection criteria:

  • Academic merit of the candidate
  • Potential impact of the work on the development of the candidate’s home country

For further details, see the Commonwealth Shared Scholarships 2020 selection criteria.

How to apply

You can apply to study one of the taught Master’s courses offered in the Commonwealth Shared Scholarship scheme. These scholarships do not cover undergraduate courses, PhD study, or any pre-sessional English language teaching, and are usually tenable for one year only. View a full list of eligible courses.

You must also secure admission to your course in addition to applying for a Shared Scholarship. You must check with your chosen university for their specific advice on when to apply, admission requirements, and rules for applying. View a full list of university contact details.

You must make your application using the CSC’s online application system, in addition to any other application that you are required to complete by your chosen university. The CSC will not accept any applications that are not submitted via the online application system.

You can apply for more than one course and/or to more than one university, but you may only accept one offer of a Shared Scholarship.

The CSC particularly welcomes applicants from the following countries:

Eswatini
Kiribati
Lesotho
Malawi
Mozambique
Papua New Guinea
Rwanda
Samoa
Solomon Islands
Tanzania
The Gambia
Tuvalu
Vanuatu

All applications must be submitted by 16.00 (GMT) on 18 December 2019 at the latest.

You are advised to complete and submit your application as soon as possible, as the online application system will be very busy in the days leading up to the application deadline.

Your application must include the following supporting documentation by 16:00 (GMT) on 18 December 2019 in order for your application to be eligible for consideration:

  • Proof of citizenship or refugee status – uploaded to the online application system
  • Full transcripts detailing all your higher education qualifications including to-date transcripts for any qualifications you are currently studying (with certified translations if not in English) – uploaded to the online application system

The CSC’s online application system is now open.

Enquiries

If you have any queries about applying for a Commonwealth Shared Scholarship, you can Contact us. We will not use your email address for any purpose other than responding to your enquiry.

For more information on other scholarships offered by the CSC, visit the CSC Apply page.

 

CLICK HERE TO APPLY

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STUDY IN UK : Full Funded Scholarships from Commonwealth for candidates from least developed and lower middle income, Deadline : 18 December 2019

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STUDY IN UK : Full Funded Scholarships from Commonwealth for candidates from least developed and lower middle income, Deadline : 18 December 2019

Shared Scholarships

Commonwealth Shared Scholarships are for candidates from least developed and lower middle income Commonwealth countries, for full-time Master’s study on selected courses, jointly supported by UK universities.

Funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID), Commonwealth Shared Scholarships enable talented and motivated individuals to gain the knowledge and skills required for sustainable development, and are aimed at those who could not otherwise afford to study in the UK.

These scholarships are offered under six themes:

  1. Science and technology for development
  2. Strengthening health systems and capacity
  3. Promoting global prosperity
  4. Strengthening global peace, security and governance
  5. Strengthening resilience and response to crises
  6. Access, inclusion and opportunity

For more information on other scholarships offered by the CSC, visit the CSC Apply page.

Eligibility
Terms and conditions
Selection Process
How to apply
Enquiries

Eligibility

To apply for these scholarships, you must:

  • Be a citizen of or have been granted refugee status by an eligible Commonwealth country, or be a British Protected Person
  • Be permanently resident in an eligible Commonwealth country
  • Be available to start your academic studies in the UK by the start of the UK academic year in September/October 2020
  • By September 2020, hold a first degree of at least upper second class (2:1) standard, or a second class degree and a relevant postgraduate qualification (usually a Master’s degree). The CSC typically does not fund a second UK Master’s degree. If you are applying for a second UK Master’s degree, you will need to provide justification as to why you wish to undertake this study.
  • Not have studied or worked for one (academic) year or more in a high income country
  • Be unable to afford to study in the UK without this scholarship

The CSC aims to identify talented individuals who have the potential to make change. We are committed to a policy of equal opportunity and non-discrimination, and encourage applications from a diverse range of candidates. For further information on the support available to candidates with a disability, see the CSC disability support statement.

The CSC is committed to administering and managing its scholarships and fellowships in a fair and transparent manner. For further information, see the CSC anti-fraud policy and the DFID guidance on reporting fraud.

Eligible Commonwealth countries

Bangladesh
Cameroon
Eswatini
The Gambia
Ghana
India
Kenya
Kiribati
Lesotho
Malawi
Mozambique
Nigeria
Pakistan
Papua New Guinea
Rwanda
Samoa
Sierra Leone
Solomon Islands
Sri Lanka
Tanzania
Tuvalu
Uganda
Vanuatu
Zambia

Terms and conditions

For full terms and conditions – including further details of the scholarship themes, value of the scholarship, and general conditions – see the Commonwealth Shared Scholarships terms and conditions 2020.

 

 

Selection process

Each participating UK University will conduct its own recruitment process to select a specified number of candidates to be awarded Commonwealth Shared Scholarships. Universities must put forward their selected candidates to the CSC in March 2020. The CSC will then confirm that these candidates meet the eligibility criteria for this scheme. Universities will inform candidates of their results by July 2020.

Applications will be considered according to the following selection criteria:

  • Academic merit of the candidate
  • Potential impact of the work on the development of the candidate’s home country

For further details, see the Commonwealth Shared Scholarships 2020 selection criteria.

How to apply

You can apply to study one of the taught Master’s courses offered in the Commonwealth Shared Scholarship scheme. These scholarships do not cover undergraduate courses, PhD study, or any pre-sessional English language teaching, and are usually tenable for one year only. View a full list of eligible courses.

You must also secure admission to your course in addition to applying for a Shared Scholarship. You must check with your chosen university for their specific advice on when to apply, admission requirements, and rules for applying. View a full list of university contact details.

You must make your application using the CSC’s online application system, in addition to any other application that you are required to complete by your chosen university. The CSC will not accept any applications that are not submitted via the online application system.

You can apply for more than one course and/or to more than one university, but you may only accept one offer of a Shared Scholarship.

The CSC particularly welcomes applicants from the following countries:

Eswatini
Kiribati
Lesotho
Malawi
Mozambique
Papua New Guinea
Rwanda
Samoa
Solomon Islands
Tanzania
The Gambia
Tuvalu
Vanuatu

All applications must be submitted by 16.00 (GMT) on 18 December 2019 at the latest.

You are advised to complete and submit your application as soon as possible, as the online application system will be very busy in the days leading up to the application deadline.

Your application must include the following supporting documentation by 16:00 (GMT) on 18 December 2019 in order for your application to be eligible for consideration:

  • Proof of citizenship or refugee status – uploaded to the online application system
  • Full transcripts detailing all your higher education qualifications including to-date transcripts for any qualifications you are currently studying (with certified translations if not in English) – uploaded to the online application system

The CSC’s online application system is now open.

Enquiries

If you have any queries about applying for a Commonwealth Shared Scholarship, you can Contact us. We will not use your email address for any purpose other than responding to your enquiry.

CLICK HERE TO APPLY

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Italie. Revue de presse.

L’élaboration de la loi de finances fait toujours les gros titres des médias transalpins. La presse revient notamment sur la polémique autour de la mise en place d’une « taxe plastique » souhaitée par le leader du M5S, L. Di Maio, qui insiste sur la nécessité d’un « tournant écologique», mais qui est  fortement critiquée par Viva Italia (Renzi) et les industriels du secteur : « Entente difficile sur le budget, le défi au Parlement » (Corriere della Sera), « ‘’Taxe sur le plastique’’ : Gualtieri ouvre aux modifications » - ‘’Viva Italia exulte, Zingaretti : stop aux ruses’’ (La Repubblica), « Budget, il manque encore 2 Mdls » - ‘’Le budget arrive au Sénat, bagarre sur le plastique’’ (Il Messaggero), « Fonds aux communes, le Sud pénalisé » (Il Mattino), « Gouvernement de plastique » (Il Giornale), « Tous les mensonges sur le plastique » - ‘’Les entreprises italiennes déplorent des mesures déjà adoptées en Europe’’ (Fatto Quotidiano). 

ARTICLE, Corriere della Sera, M. Galluzzo : « Loi de finances, duel sur les taxes. Gualtieri disponible, coup de frein de Di Maio » : « La loi de finances arrive au Sénat avec deux semaines de retard mais les problèmes semblent encore nombreux. On prévoit des centaines d’amendements, même de part de la majorité gouvernementale et Italia Viva est mobilisé contre la nouvelle taxe sur les véhicules d’entreprises. Le ministre Gualtieri affirme qu’il est surprenant que la majorité fasse de la propagande contre sa propre loi de finances. Il est intervenu aussi sur la « plastic tax », en confirmant qu’il est ouvert à des modifications. Moins disponible, Luigi Di Maio défend avec acharnement cette mesure. »

COMMENTAIRE, La Repubblica de dimancheS. Folli: « Quel est le jeu de Renzi?» : « Dans le fonds, Renzi n’a pas tort quand il indique les contradictions d’une politique économique sans courage, ayant tendance à taxer les classes moyennes déjà ciblées par le fisc. Ce n’est pas un hasard si Italia Viva vise à devenir le point de repère de cet électorat. Toutefois, il ne suffit pas de se vanter de ne pas avoir fait augmenter la TVA. Comme l’a dit Calenda, n’importe quel gouvernement aurait eu intérêt à cela. Il ne suffit pas, non plus, de s’attaquer à l’impôt sur le plastique ou aux voitures d’entreprises. Un parti « no tax » comme se déclare Renzi, devrait avancer des propositions plus téméraires pour trouver des ressources alternatives. Renzi, qui ne peut pas se permettre d’élections anticipées car son parti est à peine né. Il rejette l’idée d’un affrontement frontal contre Conte. Mais l’attentisme risque de favoriser Salvini ».

ARTICLE, Corriere della Sera, P. Di Caro « Berlusconi lance l’Altra Italia » : « Berlusconi sait bien que s’il veut éviter la fin de Forza Italia il doit donner des réponses. Interviewé par Bruno Vespa, il dit vouloir réfléchir ‘’à la création de deux ou trois noyaux de Altra Italia dans chaque région, en tirant le meilleur des listes civiques qui s’inspirent de nos valeurs. Une structure jeune qui puisse se fédérer avec Forza Italia. C’est de là que pourra arriver mon successeur‘’. Selon le Cavaliere, il est indispensable aujourd’hui de récupérer au moins deux des ‘’sept millions d’italiens qui se définissent libéraux, conservateurs et modérées mais qui ne votent pas ‘’.»

COMMENTAIRE, La Repubblica, I. Diamanti : « Le pays dépaysé a perdu le Centre » : « L’Italie est en train de perdre le Centre, sur le plan politique et géopolitique. Sur le plan politique, cela a déjà eu lieu depuis quelque temps, avec la Première République, quand le centre coïncidait avec le gouvernement dirigé par la Démocratie Chrétienne, avec tous ses alliés modérés. La DC était un « Centre » très vaste et articulé qui s’étendait à la droite et à la gauche. Toutefois, après le déclin de Berlusconi et de Forza Italia, le Centre s’est réduit à 10 %, tandis que Centre-Droit et Centre-Gauche aujourd’hui attirent encore 15-19 % des électeurs. La zone extérieure de cette définition politique reste stable et large : 30 % des électeurs se considèrent « au-delà » de l’alternative Droite-Gauche. Mais le Centre est en train de se réduire surtout sur le plan géopolitique, en effet il a presque disparu. Le lien des partis politiques avec le pays montre que le territoire enveloppe la société, la participation, l’histoire et l’identité de Droite, de Gauche et du Centre. C’est la Troisième Italie, caractérisée par des traits économiques et sociaux communs et par des cultures politiques alternatives, où la Gauche reste concentrée dans le Centre de l’Italie et la DC reste au Nord-Est : des zones de « petites entreprises » et de « grands partis », précisément la DC et le PCI (Parti Communiste). Mais aujourd’hui, le Centre de l’Italie a perdu sa couleur, ses racines et les régions qui étaient rouges sont en train de changer de couleur. L’Italie a perdu son Centre également dans l’espace politique-territorial, le Centre a perdu sa couleur. Il était Rouge, hier il est devenu Jaune et aujourd’hui il est Vert. Demain, on ne le sait pas. Mais les dernières élections en Ombrie laissent présager que sa couleur et son identité historique et politique changeront encore. Les prochaines élections en Emilie Romagne seront fondamentales pour le vérifier ».

ARTICLE, Il Messaggero, « Migrants, d’autres débarquements mais les chiffres sont inférieurs à ceux de l’année passée » : « Les débarquements ont repris. Hier il y en a eu deux à Tarente et à Pozzallo, avec un total de 239 migrants. En 2019 il y a eu 10 000 arrivées, soit 56% en moins par rapport à 2018 mais la tendance est en hausse : en septembre et en octobre le nombre d’étrangers venus par mer a été plus important par rapport à l’année passée. Les 88 migrants du navire Alan Kurdi ont été conduits dans un ‘’hotspot’’. 21 resteront en Italie, les autres seront transférés, d’après le ministère de l’Intérieur, dans les pays qui ont donné leur disponibilité : la France, l’Allemagne, le Portugal et l’Irlande. Parmi les migrants débarqués, les Tunisiens sont les plus nombreux (2 555), suivis des Pakistanais (1 094) des Ivoiriens (973) et des Nigérians (944). La Lombardie est la région qui en héberge le plus grand nombre dans les centres d’accueil (13 512) devant l’Emilie-Romagne (9 593), le Piémont (8 858) et le Latium (8 774) ».

(Traduction : ambassade de France à Rome)


          

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La sanglante partition des Indes en 1947

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Carte des Indes au lendemain de l'indépendance  (Union indienne en rouge et Pakistan en vert), Kümmerly & Frey, 1948 - source : Gallica-BnF

Le 15 août 1947, la fin de la domination britannique sur les Indes marque la naissance de deux États indépendants : l'Inde et le Pakistan. Une séparation qui s'accompagnera de terribles violences religieuses entre hindous et musulmans. La presse française parle alors de « véritable Saint-Barthélémy ».

En juillet 1947, le Parlement du Royaume-Uni effectue un vote qui va changer le destin de tout le sous-continent indien et des 410 millions habitants du Raj britannique.

L'Indian Independance Act met un terme à la présence coloniale britannique aux Indes et laisse place à deux États distincts. D'un côté, l'Union indienne (Inde actuelle) du Mahatma Gandhi et de Jawaharal Nehru, à la population majoritairement hindoue. De l'autre, le dominion du Pakistan de Muhammad Ali Jinnah, majoritairement musulman et lui-même divisé en deux régions : le Pakistan occidental (Pakistan actuel) et le Pakistan oriental (Bangladesh actuel).

Une décision qui met un terme à de difficiles tractations : Gandhi, Nehru et le gouvernement britannique étaient ainsi favorables à la création d'un seul État unifié. Mais la Ligue musulmane de Jinnah, estimant que la mise en minorité des musulmans au sein d'un État à majorité hindoue n'était pas acceptable, avait alors exigé la création d'un État pakistanais.

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La séparation doit avoir lieu officiellement dans la nuit du 14 au 15 août 1947. « Les drapeaux rayés “L'Inde libre” flotteront demain pour le jour de l'indépendance », titre le journal communiste et anticolonialiste Ce Soir dans son édition du 15 août.

« Demain 15 août, l'indépendance des Indes sera proclamée. Partout se lèveront les étendards verts du Pakistan et les drapeaux rayés de l'Hindoustan.

Partout retentira le cri de ralliement des Indiens en lutte pour leur liberté : JAI HIND ! »

Une partition qui prend place dans un contexte d'intenses violences entre hindous et musulmans. Des violences qui touchent également la population sikh, très présente au Pendjab, une région qui s'apprête à être divisée entre Inde et Pakistan.

Ce Soir raconte ainsi les troubles qui ont lieu à Lahore, dans l'actuel Pendjab pakistanais :

« À la veille du jour où [...] sera consacrée […] la séparation de l’immense pays en Hindoustan et Pakistan (ce dernier État étant musulman), des troubles sanglants se sont produits, notamment dans la région de Lahore, c’est-à-dire dans la la province du Pendjab, dont le partage entre les deux nouveaux États n’est pas entièrement réglé […].

Cinq temples sikhs, ainsi que des dépôts de bols, ont été incendiés, et un épais nuage de fumée flotte sur la ville. Des magasins hindous et sikhs ont été pillés. 95 % des 500 000 Hindous et Sikhs de Lahore ont fui la ville. Il est pratiquement impossible de maîtriser les incendies.

La troupe a été amenée à tirer. »

Les violences sont d'autant plus intenses que les Britanniques ont accéléré le retrait de leurs troupes et laissent les habitants régler les litiges entre eux. La question du Cachemire, autre région frontalière, sera elle aussi cruciale.

Le lendemain de l'indépendance, France-Soir retranscrit toute la solennité du moment :

« Lentement, une horloge égrena les douze coups de minuit. Un projecteur s’alluma soudain.

Son rayon stria soudain la nuit d’un doigt lumineux et fixa sur le sommet de la citadelle de Lucknow, en plein cœur des Indes, éclairant le drapeau anglais qui depuis quatre-vingt-dix ans n’avait jamais été amené, flottant là-haut nuit et jour en commémoration de la grande victoire que les troupes anglaises avaient remporté en 1857 sur les Cipayes révoltés. Une sonnerie de trompes, brève, se fit entendre.

Lentement, le drapeau descendit pour la première et la dernière fois. Au même instant, à des centaines de kilomètres de là, à la Nouvelle-Delhi, le Pandit Nehru, premier ministre du nouveau Dominion de l’Inde, annonçait à 2 000 membres de l’Assemblée constituante :

“L'heure de notre indépendance vient de sonner.” »

Au même moment, un gigantesque exode a lieu. Les hindous du Pakistan fuient en direction de l'Inde, tandis que les musulmans d'Inde fuient vers le Pakistan. C'est l'un des plus grands déplacements de population de l'histoire : on estime qu'entre 1947 et 1950, environ 12,5 millions de personnes rejoignent l'un des deux nouveaux pays.

Partout, des heurts éclatent : des centaines de milliers de personnes – certaines sources les estiment à un million – y trouvent la mort. Le 11 septembre, le journal catholique La Croix compare les massacres à « une véritable Saint-Barthélémy ». « Des scènes d’horreur que le pandit Nehru qualifie de “honte pour son peuple” », titre le quotidien.

« Dans les deux cités de Delhi, disent les dépêches, les cadavres jonchent les rues et un nombre considérable de maisons sont brûlées. La troisième journée de pillages et de massacres, celle de mardi, a été la plus meurtrière.

Une véritable Saint-Barthélemy a mis aux prises Hindous et sikhs d'une part et musulmans de l’autre [...]. »

Alors que la liste des victimes ne cessent de s'allonger, Ce Soir annonce que Gandhi s'est lancé dans une grève de la faim pour protester contre la scission du pays, à laquelle il était à l'origine fermement opposé.

« Vingt-neuf personnes ont été tuées et trois cents blessées à la suite de bagarres entre Hindous et Musulmans, qui se sont produites lundi à Calcutta et au cours desquelles la police a fait usage de ses armes.

Le mahatma Gandhi a commencé un jeûne qu’il poursuivra “jusqu’à ce que la raison revienne à Calcutta”.

Dans la soirée d’hier, une foule de jeunes gens a attaqué sa maison. Les carreaux ont été brisés et des briques ont été jetées sur Gandhi qui a failli être atteint à la tête. »

Cinq mois plus tard, le 30 janvier 1948, Gandhi, qui avait travaillé inlassablement à la cessation des violences, sera assassiné par un extrémiste hindou.

En France, la douloureuse naissance des deux États interroge aussi le rapport des puissances coloniales européennes vis-à-vis de leurs colonies. « Mosaïque de peuples, l'Inde trouvera-t-elle l'unité ? » s'interroge par exemple le 24 août le journal catholique auvergnat Le Semeur, dans un article qui est surtout pour le journal l'occasion de pointer les supposées différences entre les colonialismes britanniques et français.

« Les méthodes coloniales des Anglais sont très différentes des nôtres, comme diffèrent les caractères des deux peuples. Le Français qui s’établit dans un pays nouveau et en assume la charge n’a pas de cesse que tout ce qui, à ses yeux, va mal, ne soit réformé […].

L’Anglais, lui, quand il s’installe dans un pays de vieille civilisation tel que les Indes, observe avec curiosité les mœurs si différentes des siennes, mais se garde bien de chercher à les reformer [...].

Il est bien probable, par exemple, que si les Français avaient eu la charge de gouverner les Indes, ils auraient tenté de mettre fin au régime des castes et, en particulier, d’assurer l'égalité à une trentaine de millions “d’intouchables” ; notre esprit d'égalité et de justice n’aurait pu s'accommoder de mœurs si contraires à notre idéal. »

Le rédacteur l'ignore encore, mais la partition de l'Inde sera le signal de départ des grands processus de décolonisation qui marqueront les décennies suivantes.

Le Bangladesh, ex-Pakistan oriental, est devenu indépendant en 1971. Les relations entre l'Inde et Pakistan, qui ont depuis la partition dégénéré à plusieurs reprises en conflit armé, restent aujourd'hui encore marquées par une grande tension. Notamment au Cachemire, territoire qui fait toujours l'objet d'un litige entre les deux nations.

Pour en savoir plus :

Christophe Jaffrelot, L’Inde contemporaine, de 1950 à nos jours, Fayard, 200

Urvashi Butalia, Les Voix de la partition : Inde-Pakistan, Actes Sud, 2002

Éric Paul Meyer, Une histoire de l'Inde : Les Indiens face à leur passé, Albin Michel, 2007

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David Singer: Rabin’s Policies Can Help Break Gantz-Netanyahu Deadlock
The prospect of a third election in Israel within twelve months looms large – should Blue and White leader Benny Gantz be unable to form a Government of National Unity within the next two weeks.

To break the current deadlock Gantz needs at least nine members to defect from the voting bloc of 55 seats led by Prime Minister Netanyahu.

Gantz’s cause could be considerably advanced were he to publicly endorse the policies pursued by the late Prime Minister – Yitzchak Rabin – who was assassinated on 4 November 1995.

Rabin made his intentions very clear in his last speech to the Knesset on 5 October 1995 when presenting the 300 page “Israeli - Palestinian Interim Agreement on the West Bank and the Gaza Strip” (Oslo Accords) for approval:

“Members of Knesset,

“We are striving for a permanent solution to the unending bloody conflict between us and the Palestinians and the Arab states." In the framework of the permanent solution, we aspire to reach, first and foremost, the State of Israel as a Jewish state, at least 80% of whose citizens will be, and are, Jews.

"At the same time, we also promise that the non-Jewish citizens of Israel – Muslim, Christian, Druze and others – will enjoy full personal, religious and civil rights, like those of any Israeli citizen. Judaism and racism are diametrically opposed.

"We view the permanent solution in the framework of State of Israel which will include most of the area of the Land of Israel as it was under the rule of the British Mandate, and alongside it a Palestinian entity which will be a home to most of the Palestinian residents living in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank.

"We would like this to be an entity which is less than a state, and which will independently run the lives of the Palestinians under its authority. The borders of the State of Israel, during the permanent solution, will be beyond the lines which existed before the Six Day War. We will not return to the 4 June 1967 lines.

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Rabin – then Defence Minister – had stated on May 27, 1985:

“The Palestinians should have a sovereign State which includes most of the Palestinians. It should be Jordan with a considerable part of the West Bank and Gaza. East of the Jordan River there is enough room to settle the Palestinian refugees. One tiny State between Israel and Jordan will solve nothing. It will be a time bomb.”

Supporting Rabin’s policies would stand Gantz in good stead as he seeks to form a Government of National Unity and – failing that – in any upcoming election that would hopefully end Israel’s current precarious political situation.


PMW: Dead ISIS leader Al-Baghdadi was a US “pawn” and Israel and ISIS are “twins” - according to the PA
While most of western society saw the death of ISIS leader and arch-terrorist Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi as a positive development in the war on terrorism, the Palestinian Authority chose to outrageously claim that Al-Baghdadi was a US "pawn" and ISIS a US creation - a terror organization only paralleled by Israel.

Muwaffaq Matar, a Fatah Revolutionary Council member and regular columnist for the official PA daily, presented a venomous PA manifest against the US:
"They [the US] killed their pawn, who they planted in the open borderless territories of Iraq and Syria after they created an organization-state of barbarity, terror, and racism, for which they chose the name 'the Islamic State.'" [Official PA daily Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Oct. 29, 2019]

But dealing with ISIS is not enough as it only amounts to "cutting off the tail of the monster," Matar stated, arguing that the monster's head - Israel - is yet to be fought:
"[The elimination of Al-Baghdadi] was tantamount to a strong blow that has cut off the tail of the monster of terror. However, this monster has a head, and in it is a brain that is capable of growing a different tail and wings... The occupation, settlement, terror, racism, crimes against humanity, and rebellion against UN laws and conventions have a state. They named it 'Israel' and established it on the land of Palestine, which is the Palestinian people's historical and natural right."

Comparing Israel to ISIS, Matar stated that in practice ISIS and Israel are identical:
"This [ISIS] is an organization that, in regard to its crimes, there is nothing similar to it in the modern history of the region except for a defective, colonialist, settling, occupying, and racist state for which they chose the name 'the State of Israel.' The heads of large states in the world have said that the elimination of Al-Baghdadi is not the end of ISIS' terror - and this is correct! - but not one of them referred to their responsibility and their state's responsibility to drain the greatest, deepest, and most dangerous swamp of terror for the region and the world: the defective and racist State of Israel. We know... that the Muslim Brotherhood organization... is essentially a twin of the Zionist movement."
MEMRI: Chicago Islamic Scholar Omar Baloch: Israel Arms And Trains ISIS, Uses It To Destabilize The Region, Advance Its Plans For 'Greater Israel,' Alienate Muslims From Concepts Of Jihad, Islamic State
Chicago Islamic Scholar Omar Baloch said in a video he uploaded to his YouTube channel on September 11, 2019 that Islamic State (ISIS) is now fighting the Taliban in Afghanistan because "you will always find ISIS in places that are running a Zionist agenda [for] Greater Israel." He said that Israel created ISIS in order to weaken Muslims by alienating them from ideas like an Islamic state, Jihad, and Muslim unity, without which he said Islam would not be the same. Showing pictures of ISIS fighters, Baloch said that the weaponry, uniforms, and training that ISIS has are evidence that it is trained and armed by Israel, and he predicted that Israel will use ISIS to destabilize Pakistan and Kashmir. He added that Israel is "working on Kashmir" by means of India's actions in the region and that Israel intends to do to the Kashmiris what it did do to the Palestinians.

According to the Facebook page of the Furqaan Institute of Quranic Education (FIQE), Sheikh Omar Baloch was born in Chicago and is the scholar in residence at the Al-Furqaan Foundation, of which FIQE is a division. The Facebook page also says that Baloch studied at Georgetown University, at Al-Azhar University in Egypt, at Jamia Thul Ahlul Hadith in Pakistan. For more about Sheikh Omar Baloch, see MEMRI TV Clip No. 7053 Illinois-Based Sheikh Omar Baloch: Islamic Relief Organizations Should Promote the Caliphate as the Long-Term Solution to Humanitarian Problems.

"You Will Always Find ISIS In Places That Are Running A Zionist Agenda, The Agenda For Greater Israel"

Sheikh Omar Baloch: "All of a sudden, guess what? ISIS is in Afghanistan and ISIS is killing Taliban.
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"You will always find ISIS in places that are running a Zionist agenda, the agenda for Greater Israel."



NGO Monitor: Key Takeaways from the Supreme Court’s Omar Shakir (HRW) Decision
Like the lower court, the Supreme Court paints a clear picture of Shakir’s BDS activism, from when he founded a pro-BDS student group in 2006 through his present employment at HRW. During this time, he has been a consistent and ardent supporter of BDS (see NGO Monitor’s extensive material submitted in its filings and which was cited in the courts’ decisions). In the words of Justice Yael Wilner (in a short addendum to the main decision), “The statements [made by Omar Shakir and presented] above are definitely calls to boycott entities that operate in Israel and Judea and Samaria, only because of their connection to Israel or an area under its control — each one (statement) individually, all the more so when taken together. It seems to me that there cannot be a substantive argument about this.”

Pro-BDS activists often use the rhetoric of “human rights” and “international law” to justify their discriminatory campaigns, but such rhetoric does not legitimize the boycotts. The Entry into Israel Law, Amendment 28 (2017) applies specifically to boycott calls that are based on a company’s connections to Israel or an area under its control, not to circumstances when the company in question has undertaken problematic activities.

Even though the judges recognize there can be gray areas, Shakir’s activity unquestionably falls within the criteria of the law. Shakir rejects in total the presence of Israeli entities in the West Bank, and his calls for BDS are in opposition to their identity as Israelis, not because of any specific human rights violation.

Contrary to claims from Shakir’s lawyers and Amnesty International (which joined the case in an amicus capacity), denying Shakir’s work visa will not adversely affect human rights NGOs that want to send representatives to Israel to criticize Israel’s policies. This is because Shakir’s involvement in BDS is so egregious.

The Court firmly rejected a key argument from Shakir’s lawyers. They tried to argue that Shakir’s personal BDS activity ended upon his employment at HRW, at which point all his expressions should be attributed to HRW as an organization. Since HRW is not on the Israeli government’s list of “BDS organizations,” Shakir’s activity as an HRW employee should be granted “immunity” from the Entry into Israel Law. In sharp contradiction, the Court determined that he is responsible for his public statements, especially those on his private Twitter account.
Shakir’s BDS is insufficient to trigger a listing of HRW as a “BDS organization” because HRW is a large international NGO with myriad activities having nothing to do with Israel. This is not a reflection on Shakir’s status as a BDS activist or HRW’s anti-Israel advocacy.
Honest Reporting: No Room For BDS Within Human Rights
Omar Shakir is Human Right's Watch (HRW) representative for Israel and Palestine. HRW is notorious for appointing anti-Israel staff and after a long investigation, Israel's Supreme Court have denied Shakir's visa extension. They have asked him to leave the country due to his clear involvement with Boycott movement against Israel.

Israel's law of denying entry to those that are involved with the hateful BDS movement is controversial, but the one thing that everyone is certain of: there is no room for BDS within human rights.




UK Paper Fails to Challenge the Lies of HRW’s Omar Shakir
The Guardian is adept at amplifying, and failing to critically scrutinize, the unsubstantiated claims and accusations of anti-Israel NGOs, and its recent article about the Israeli Supreme Court decision on Human Right Watch (HRW)’s regional director Omar Shakir — a longtime BDS activist — follows this pattern.

First, as we predicted in a tweet before the article by Oliver Holmes (“Israel can deport Human Rights Watch official, court rules,” Nov. 5) was published, the piece uncritically cites Shakir’s unhinged response to the court’s decision:
Shakir wrote on Twitter that if he was kicked out, Israel would join the ranks of Iran, North Korea, and Egypt in blocking access to Human Rights Watch staff. “We won’t stop. And we won’t be the last,” he said.

The truth is that democracies all over the world reserve the right to deny entry to those seen as intent on harming the state. Moreover, there are in excess of 350 NGOs (such as HRW) operating freely in Israel, even those who continually delegitimize the country, support BDS, and even reject Israel’s right to exist as a Jewish state.

The denial of a work visa to one employee of one of these NGOs — after careful consideration by the country’s internationally respected Supreme Court — wouldn’t even minimally change the democratic nature of Israel. The human rights organization Freedom House continually ranks Israel as the only truly free and democratic country in the region, and the suggestion that this status will change due merely to the Supreme Court’s decision on Shakir’s work visa is risible.

In a subsequent paragraph in the article, Holmes makes the following claim about the broader effort by Israel to fight BDS — a movement, let’s remember, whose leaders oppose the continued existence of a Jewish state:
BBC News report uncritically amplifies political NGO’s talking points
On the afternoon of November 5th the BBC News website published a report on its ‘Middle East’ page which was presented to audiences with a ‘halo effect’ reference to a “rights activist”.

The report itself (tagged, inter alia, ‘human rights’) is headlined “Israel court rejects Human Rights Watch activist’s deportation appeal” and the caption under the photograph at the top of the article reads:
“Omar Shakir said he had not called for a boycott of Israel during his time at Human Rights Watch”

Obviously the BBC did not fact-check that claim from the person it had already flagged up as a “rights activist” (i.e. good) before amplifying it.

Had it done so, it would know that analysis of Tweets sent from Shakir’s personal Twitter account between June 2018 and February 2019 by NGO Monitor shows that 16% of those Tweets focused on BDS campaigns against Booking.com and TripAdvisor and additional Tweets supported a UN “blacklist” of businesses operating in Judea & Samaria.

45% of the BBC article’s word count is devoted to uncritical amplification of talking points from Omar Shakir (including a link to a Tweet) and his employer ‘Human Rights Watch’, including the following claim:
Updated Reuters Falsely Reports That Israel Has Criminalized BDS
In an article yesterday about the ruling by Israel's High Court to uphold the government's decision not to renew the visa of Human Rights Watch's Omar Shakir on account of his ongoing anti-Israel BDS (boycott, divest, sanctions) activity, Reuters incorrectly reports that Israel has "criminalized" BDS.
In "Israel's top court upholds deportation of Human Rights Watch official," Jeffrey Heller erroneously reports:
Israel says [Shakir] supports the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement which it has criminalized.

It has lobbied Western powers to follow suit, and Shakir’s case was a test for its anti-boycott legislation.


Israel's anti-BDS legislation treats calls for BDS as a civil, not criminal offense. Specifically, the 2011 "Law for Prevention of Damage to the State of Israel Through Boycott," as amended by the Supreme Court, allows businesses that have suffered economic harm as a result of such boycotts to sue for civil damages. There is no criminal component.

UPDATE, 8 am EST, Nov. 6: Reuters Corrects
In response to communication from CAMERA, Reuters commendably corrected the article to make clear that promotion of BDS in Israel is a civil matter, not criminal.
INSS: Russia in the Middle East: A Higher Gear or Media Buzz?
Recent weeks have featured Russia's expanded diplomatic activity in the Middle East following its longstanding involvement in the Syrian civil war. With the reduced U.S. military presence in northern Syria, the image of Russia as the leading power in the region was strengthened.

To what extent does this image of Russia reflect reality? Russia's intensive diplomatic activity in the region reflects Moscow's desire to fill the breach left by the U.S, but it does not represent a change in the balance of power between the global powers in the region. The U.S., should it choose to do so, still has the ability to challenge Moscow and upset Russia's achievements in almost every part of the region.

Russian analyst Fyodor Lukyanov, echoing the official position, stressed that Russia does not view the situation in Syria as a zero sum game with the U.S.

The political process to resolve the conflict in Syria, which was resumed on Oct. 30 in Geneva, is not under Moscow's control. The Russian attempt (2017-2019) to promote a resolution in cooperation with Turkey and Iran through the Astana Process did not succeed, and Moscow is now forced to return to the Geneva track, which is under UN control, and over which the West has veto power.

The U.S. still holds very strong cards in Syria - territorial (most of the Kurdish zone and the al-Tanf region); political (veto rights over the Geneva process); military deterrence; and economic (sanctions and preventing aid for rebuilding Syria). Beyond Syria, Russia at this stage has limited influence on regional states. U.S. allies in the Middle East are not rushing to the Russian side.
Russia captures advanced Israeli missile interceptor in Syria - report
An advanced Israeli surface-to-air missile that was fired from the David's Sling (formerly known as the Magic Wand) missile system was given to Russia by Syria, when it was found intact after the rocket did not explode on contact, according to Russian media sources.

The rocket was reportedly fired on July 23, 2018, and Syrian forces that were dispatched to the scene found the missile intact after it sustained minor damage from impact. The missile was then taken to a Syrian-Russian base where it was transferred to Moscow for further research.

David’s Sling was developed by Rafael Advanced Defense Systems and American defense contractor Raytheon. The system is designed to intercept enemy planes, drones, medium- to long-range rockets and cruise missiles and the newest generation of tactical ballistic missiles at low altitude.

The system forms the middle layer of air defense systems between the Iron Dome and the Arrow 2 and Arrow 3 missile defense systems.

Russian media reports quoted Chinese news agency Sina saying that the missile was taken by Russia for “reverse engineering.”
Israeli Deputy FM: We have sent humanitarian aid to Kurds
Israel will help the Kurds in any way it can, Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely said in the Knesset on Wednesday.

The deputy foreign minister added that she cannot go into detail about how Israel aids the Kurds, because doing so can hurt their cause.

“Israel has received many requests for aid in diplomatic and humanitarian matters. We are aiding them in various channels,” Hotovely said, in response to a motion to the Knesset’s agenda on the situation of the Kurds in Syria.

In addition, the Foreign Ministry has helped non-governmental organizations send humanitarian aid to the Kurds.

Hotovely recounted that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu “condemned the Turkish invasion of northern Syria and warned against ethnic cleansing of the Kurds,” and that Israel conveyed “our truth about the Kurds in a continuing dialogue with the US.”

Israel’s support for the Kurds is based on “historic ties… [and] shared and varied interests,” she added. “There are many Kurdish Jews in Israel who maintained ties with their place of origin. Kurds are a moderate and pro-Western factor in the Middle East.”
Israel says UNRWA chief’s stepping aside shows ‘deep’ change needed
Israel called on the United Nations agency for Palestinian refugees to release in full its findings of alleged mismanagement at the organization, following an announcement that its leader was taking an indefinite leave of absence.

The agency, known as UNRWA, said Wednesday the findings of a probe into alleged abuses of power among top management “relate specifically to the commissioner general” Pierre Krahenbuhl.

The Foreign Ministry said reports on alleged mismanagement at UNRWA lend credence to its criticism of the agency and called for a full release of the probe’s findings.

“The reports reinforce Israel’s claims that a deep and fundamental change is needed in the agency’s operating model,” it said in a statement.

The ministry charged that under Krahenbuhl, UNWRA has become more politicized, “the deficit has ballooned” and the agency’s model was increasingly unsustainable.

“The suspension of Krahenbuhl is a first step in a long process needed to eliminate corruption, increase transparency and prevent politicization in the agency,” it said.

It also called on donor states to consider a new operating model for UNRWA and said recent events showed the agency’s mandate should not be automatically renewed three years from now.




Two Jordanians Detained by Israel Return Home After Handover Deal
Two Jordanians, whose detention without charge by Israel led Jordan to recall its ambassador, returned home on Wednesday in a handover deal that defused a diplomatic crisis, officials said.

Hiba Labadi, 24, was arrested in August after crossing into the West Bank to attend a family wedding. She subsequently went on a hunger strike and was hospitalized after her health deteriorated.

Separately, Abdul Rahman Miri, 29, was arrested in September after he also entered the West Bank to visit relatives.

Jordanian Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi said on Monday the two would return to Jordan “before the end of the week” without saying how their release had been secured.

Safadi however said King Abdullah had ordered the government to do everything necessary to bring them back “whatever that may cost.”

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office said the handover was agreed after talks between Israeli and Jordanian security chiefs. It said Jordan’s ambassador would return to his post “in the coming days.”
The Coming Collapse of Lebanon Is a Crisis for Israel
It is imperative that the United States and Israel’s other allies ensure that Lebanon does not become another Afghanistan — a terror group masquerading as a state. This is a real danger now, and Israel is gravely imperiled by it. America — and all well-meaning peoples — must continue to isolate Hezbollah and its slave government in Lebanon until sanity and civilization return to “the Paris of the Middle East.”

The government and infrastructure of Lebanon are dominated by the Shiite terrorist group Hezbollah, which has already dispatched gangs of thugs to drive masses of demonstrators from the streets of major cities like Beirut and Tyre. The government of Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri has resigned due to enormous street protests over his utter mismanagement and corruption.

Israel should be worried, because Hezbollah, with its economic and political power threatened, could lash out at its neighbor to the south as a unifying distraction for its outraged citizenry. A repeat of Hezbollah’s terror-missile war of 2006 would be a far more lethal version of that earlier conflict, which aimed to eradicate the “Zionist entity” on Lebanon’s southern frontier.

Since Hezbollah is a wholly owned subsidiary of Iran and Iran’s terrorist Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, Iran can be expected to play a key role in Lebanese affairs at this critical juncture. And where Iran gets involved, Israel becomes the ultimate target.
Israeli and Palestinian firefighters practice saving lives together
Israeli and Palestinian firefighters took part in a joint fire-fighting exercise in Rishon Lezion on Tuesday, according to the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT).

The exercise, held at the Rishon Lezion Firefighting and Rescue School and led by the head of the facility, trained the visiting Palestinian firefighters to handle a number of various real-life situations using a simulator. The Israeli firefighters were trained to speak Arabic throughout these life-threatening situations.

Within the scenarios practiced, the joint exercise included real-life situations such as dealing with fires inside buildings and vehicles, as well as efficient ways to rescue casualties or those in need from blocked or closed off areas.

In part of the blossoming professional relationship between the Palestinian and Israeli commissions, the commander of the Palestinian Civil Defense met with the commissioner of the Israeli Fire and Rescue Authority in the commissioner’s office to discuss firefighting innovations, future collaborations and the importance of the joint work between the two governments.

“The close cooperation between Israeli firefighters and Palestinian firefighters is of great importance in the field,” civilian officer Lt.-Col. Samir said. “Thanks to the combination of forces, we have the ability to work together to improve the skills and the proficiency of both Israeli and Palestinian firefighters alike. This collaboration has yielded fruit in the past and continues to bring positive results every time. Therefore, we will continue to work in order to strengthen and improve it, with a clear purpose – to save human lives together.”
Fatah Official Says PA Chief Abbas, Soon to Turn 85, Won’t Run for Re-Election
Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas will not run for re-election, senior Fatah official Jibril Rajoub told Palestine TV on Monday.

Rajoub’s announcement contradicted Hussein al-Sheikh, who recently said that Abbas is Fatah’s only candidate in the next presidential election.

“President Abbas is the only candidate of Fatah and honorable Palestinians,” stated Sheikh.

“Let us make him the sheikh of the tribe and the spiritual father of the democratic process,” said Rajoub. “In two months, President Abbas will celebrate his 85th birthday.”

In a speech in September at the annual UN General Assembly, Abbas said he will call for “general elections” in the West Bank, Gaza and eastern Jerusalem.

Abbas is currently in the 14th year of a four-year term.

A date for the Palestinian elections has yet to be determined.
Hamas and Islamic Jihad reject Abbas’s terms for Palestinian elections
Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) have rejected Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’s terms for holding elections for the PA's parliament and president, Ynet reported on Wednesday.

The chairman of the Palestinian Central Elections Commission (CEC), Hanna Nasir, arrived in the Gaza Strip on Sunday for talks with leaders of Hamas and other Palestinian factions on Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’s plans to hold parliamentary elections in the coastal enclave, the West Bank and East Jerusalem.

According to Ynet, Hamas and PIJ, which are not members of the Palestinian Liberation Organization, rejected the clause stating that the elections must be held in accordance with the Election Basic Law, which requires recognizing the agreements signed by the PLO to be able to run.

The organizations require a meeting between the factions to define the terms for new elections; only after a consensus is reached, a presidential order for elections would be issued.

A Palestinian parliamentary election was last held in 2006. The following year, Hamas carried out a violent takeover in the Gaza Strip and has been in power in the coastal enclave ever since.
Abbas bans child marriage, with some legal exemptions
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has issued a decision barring Palestinian teenagers from marrying before they turn 18 years old, unless they receive an exemption from a religious court and a top legal official.

The official PA news site Wafa reported earlier this week that Abbas made the decision, but did not say when.

In the West Bank, Palestinian law previously mandated that a female must be 15 years old and a male 16 years old to be eligible to marry, according to Suna Nassar, the PA Women’s Affairs Ministry’s legal adviser. Comparatively, in the Gaza Strip, it had held that a female must be 17 years old and a male 18, she said in a phone call.

The PA controls the West Bank, whereas Hamas rules Gaza. Hamas has not said publicly whether it will enforce Abbas’s decision.

A 2018 PA Central Bureau of Statistics report found that 10.8 percent of women in 2017 in the West Bank and Gaza Strip aged 20-24 had married before turning 18.

In contrast, the report determined that in 1997, 30.3% of women in the West Bank and Gaza who were then between 20 and 24 married before reaching 18.


Hamas Relying on Qatari Funds in Gaza Strip
Qatar warned Hamas, the Palestinian militant group running the Gaza Strip, that it could cease providing funds and aid to the area in 2020. This warning, as Middle East Monitor reports citing Hezbollah-linked Al Akhbar newspaper, came from Qatari envoy Mohammed El-Emadi. El-Emadi reportedly told Hamas and other Gaza factions that Doha had complications with renewing the funding.


Arab Spring 2.0
Moreover, what makes the demonstrations in Lebanon and Iraq unique and gives them historical dimension is that they cross the sectarian, religious and party lines, and demand a change in the structure of government, which currently perpetuates these divisions and prevents unity.

This is unheard of for Lebanon, where political power is divided according to the prominence of the various sectors in society, or for Iraq, where the majority of the population is Shiite. In both countries, protesters have made it clear that they would not settle for the mere resignation of the prime minister (Lebanese Prime Minister Said Hariri has already resigned), nor with reforms that would preserve the current and corrupt system of power.

Although economic hardship and the desire to eradicate corruption are the main issues driving the demonstrations in Lebanon and Iraq, Tehran is up in arms over them. Both countries are of paramount importance in the process of "exporting" the Iranian revolution, both play a key role in repelling external attacks on Iran, and both are used as the base of operations from which Iran can use proxies to attack potential enemies.

In Lebanon, this task falls to Hezbollah and in Iraq, it is the work of pro-Iranian militias. Therefore, any threat to the internal stability in Iraq and Lebanon could undermine Iran's security and military strategy.

Tehran is also concerned that the Iranian people may catch the protest "bug," as they did in 2009 and in 2017.

The prospect of the second round of the Arab Spring in Lebanon and Iraq being more successful than its predecessor is unclear. Replacing the political system in Arab countries is no simple matter, and rulers do not give up their seats easily. But the Iranians already feel threatened by this – just as much as they feel threatened by the devastating economic sanctions the US has imposed on them.

It may very well be that Tehran's decision to renew uranium enrichment sought to distract from the internal problems of the protests in Iraq and Lebanon are creating for it. The ayatollahs much prefer the Iranian people focus on the "real" enemy that on their own plights.
FIFA: Iraq 'unsafe' to host World Cup qualifying matches
FIFA says Iraq is not safe enough to host World Cup qualifying games against Iran and Bahrain.

FIFA says it asked the Iraq soccer federation "to nominate a neutral venue" for the matches on Nov. 14 and 19.

The games were to be played in Basra, the southern city which hosted Iraq's return last month to playing competitive games at home.

Iraq has rarely staged home games since the 1980s because of security concerns.

Turmoil in Iraq in recent weeks has been fueled by economic problems and dissatisfaction with Iran's political influence on its neighbor.
Iran shaves weeks off breakout time, but isn’t tearing up nuclear pact yet
The ongoing game of brinkmanship between Tehran and Washington has entered a new, potentially dangerous level, with Iran restarting uranium enrichment at its Fordo nuclear facility and also announcing it was raising the level of this enrichment, up to five percent.

These two decisions represent a distinctly shocking and provocative move by the Islamic Republic, but they also remain easily reversible, experts say, as Iran attempts to bully its way toward financial relief while keeping just shy of prompting European countries to call for a so-called snapback of broader international sanctions.

The transformation of the Fordo Fuel Enrichment Plant, which is buried deep under a mountain in Iran’s Qom district, from a uranium enrichment facility to one used for other, non-nuclear purposes was a key provision of the 2015 nuclear deal, formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

The heavily fortified Fordo was originally built and operated in secret by Iran, until it was exposed by Western intelligence services, including Israel’s, and ultimately acknowledged by Tehran in 2009 to great international criticism. The facility is widely regarded as having been built for the explicit purpose of producing highly enriched uranium for nuclear weapons far enough underground that it couldn’t be destroyed in a military strike.
US accuses Iran of ‘nuclear extortion’ as Tehran expands enrichment at key plant
The United States accused Iran on Tuesday of “nuclear extortion” and vowed no let-up in pressure after the clerical regime said it would resume uranium enrichment at the key Fordo plant.

“Iran has no credible reason to expand its uranium enrichment program, at the Fordo facility or elsewhere, other than a clear attempt at nuclear extortion that will only deepen its political and economic isolation,” a State Department spokesperson said.

“We will continue to impose maximum pressure on the regime until it abandons its destabilizing behavior, including proliferation-sensitive work.”

The comments came hours after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed to “never let Iran develop nuclear weapons.”

”Iran expands its aggression everywhere. It seeks to envelop Israel. It seeks to threaten Israel. It seeks to destroy Israel,” Netanyahu said at an event in Jerusalem.

Iran has regularly threatened to destroy Israel, and has developed ballistic missiles believed in the West to be intended to carry nuclear warheads in the future.
Macron: With new centrifuge operation, Iran is withdrawing from nuclear deal
French President Emmanuel Macron on Wednesday said Iran’s decision to resume enrichment activity at a nuclear facility meant it had withdrawn from the troubled 2015 nuclear agreement with major powers.

Iran on Wednesday said it had begun inserting uranium gas into over 1,000 centrifuges at the Fordo nuclear facility, which under the JCPOA pact had turned into a research facility with no active enrichment.

“I think that for the first time, Iran has decided in an explicit and blunt manner to leave the JCPOA (nuclear) agreement, which marks a profound shift,” Macron said at a news conference during a trip to Beijing, according to a Reuters report.

Macron called the developments a “profound change” from Tehran’s previous position and a “grave” move.

“I will have discussions in the coming days, including with the Iranians, and we must collectively draw the consequences,” Macron said.
Iran briefly held IAEA inspector, seized travel documents - diplomats
Iran briefly held an inspector working for the U.N. nuclear watchdog in the Islamic Republic and seized her travel documents, diplomats familiar with the agency’s work said on Wednesday, with some describing it as harassment.

The incident appears to be the first of its kind since Tehran’s landmark deal with major powers was struck in 2015, imposing restrictions on Iran’s nuclear activities in exchange for the lifting of international sanctions.

Hours after Reuters reported the incident, Iran confirmed that it had prevented an inspector from accessing its Natanz site - the heart of its uranium enrichment program - last week, because of a concern that she might be carrying “suspicious material”, according to the Fars news agency.

The episode comes at a time of heightened friction between Iran and the West, with Tehran breaching the deal’s restrictions step-by-step in response to Washington’s withdrawal from the deal and renewed sanctions. The International Atomic Energy Agency is also in transition, with a new chief taking over next month.

The incident is due to be reported on at a meeting of the IAEA’s 35-nation Board of Governors on Thursday convened at short notice to discuss “two safeguards matters” not specified in the agenda, which was circulated on Monday.
How Tehran Is Surviving U.S. Sanctions
A year ago, the U.S. kicked off a "maximum pressure" campaign against Iran. After withdrawing from the Iran nuclear deal in May 2018, in November it reimposed a raft of economic sanctions squeezing Iranian oil exports and curtailing the country's access to the international financial system.

Iran expected that other parties to the nuclear deal would help shore up its economy. But European governments could not force private companies to defy U.S. sanctions. Nor did other friendly governments - China, Russia, and India - pick up the slack. They face little pressure from the oil market to go out on a limb for Iran. Global demand is slowing, supply is abundant, and prices are low - so why risk U.S. sanctions to buy Iranian oil?

The International Monetary Fund and World Bank predict that Iran's economy will rebound from a recession to near zero percent growth in 2020. Iran's fluctuating currency, the rial, has stabilized. The Iranian economy stays afloat in part because it is diversified. In 2017, crude oil accounted for 43% of Iranian exports, so Iran's service, agricultural, and non-oil industrial sectors were able to cushion the blow from the collapse of oil revenues under sanctions.

Moreover, the government can draw upon its $100 billion of reserves to cover any gaps and to ensure the continued strong social spending that Iranians expect.
2 Iranians accused of spying on Jewish, Israeli targets in US plead guilty
Two Iranians who were charged with collecting information on Israeli and Jewish targets in the US and on opponents of the Iranian regime have pleaded guilty to acting on behalf of Tehran, the US Justice Department announced Tuesday.

Ahmadreza Mohammadi-Doostdar, 39, a dual US-Iranian citizen, and Majid Ghorbani, 60, an Iranian citizen and resident of California, were arrested last year.

“The Iranian government thought it could get away with conducting surveillance on individuals in the United States by sending one of its agents here to task a permanent resident with conducting and collecting that surveillance,” said Jessie K. Liu, United States Attorney for the District of Columbia.

Doostdar is scheduled to be sentenced on December 17 and Ghorbani will receive his sentence on January 15.

As part of his plea, Doostdar admitted he traveled to the United States from Iran on three occasions to meet with Ghorbani and to convey directions for Ghorbani’s activities on behalf of Iran.
BBC News mantra on ‘peaceful’ Iranian nuclear programme returns
Iran’s latest breach of the 2015 JCPOA was portrayed by the BBC as “rolling back another commitment” in the opening line of an article headlined “Iran nuclear deal: Uranium enrichment to resume at underground facility” which appeared on the BBC News website’s ‘Middle East’ page on November 5th.

As is inevitably the case in BBC reporting on that deal and Iran’s nuclear programme, audiences were told that:

“Iran has insisted that its nuclear programme is entirely peaceful.”

The BBC knows that in December 2015 (after the JCPOA had already been agreed) the International Atomic Energy Agency – IAEA – produced a report which stated that:

“…the agency “assesses that a range of activities relevant to the development of a nuclear explosive device were conducted in Iran prior to the end of 2003 as a coordinated effort, and some activities took place” up to 2009.”

The BBC also knows that in April 2018 Israel revealed documents from Iran’s nuclear archive which raised new issues. Nevertheless, it once again chose to amplify Iranian propaganda but not to inform readers of those relevant parts of the story.
PreOccupiedTerritory: Iran Defends Imperialism As Bulwark Against Imperialism (satire)
Officials in the Islamic Republic of Iran explain the country’s virtual takeover of Iraq and Lebanon, as well as its use of puppet militias and proxy forces in Syria and Yemen, among others, as a defense against Western efforts to take over Iraq, Lebanon, Syria, Yemen, and other Middle East states, regime sources reported today.

Representatives of various government ministries and the country’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei told journalists Wednesday that the territorial integrity and political independence of countries in the region are sacrosanct, and require Iran’s protection from what they characterized as a US-led effort to exert effective control over them, protection that Iran provides in the form of taking them over and exerting effective control.

“Satanic Western imperialism will not succeed,” warned Deputy Minister of Defense Mohtin Yorai. “To counter the threat of the evil machinations of the Great Satan and its minions we have already assumed de facto control of the governments of Iraq and Lebanon, and are working to establish similar arrangements elsewhere. In the same vein we offer material and financial support to Hamas, Islamic Jihad, and other groups waging a similar fight. The Zionists and their allies will fail in their campaign to subjugate and rule the region because we will do so first.”




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মনমোহন,অমরিন্দরদের সঙ্গে জাঠা করতে পাকিস্তানে যাওয়ার ভিসা পেলেন সিধু

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মহানগর ওয়েবডেস্ক:  শনিবার কর্তারপুর করিডর খুলে দিচ্ছে পাকিস্তান৷ সেখান দিয়ে ভারতীয় শিখরা তীর্থ করতে যাবেন ৷ এই তীর্থকে বলে জাঠা৷ অবশেষে শেষ মুহূর্তে বহু টালবাহানার পরে বিদেশমন্ত্রক পঞ্জাবের কংগ্রেস বিধায়ক নভজ্যোৎ সিং সিধু কে পাকিস্তানে যাওয়ার অনুমতি দিল৷ উল্লেখ্য  ভারত সরকার ও কংগ্রেসের তালিকাতে নাম ছিল না সিধুর৷ অথচ কর্তারপুর করিডর উদ্বোধন অনুষ্ঠানে পাকিস্তানের প্রধানমন্ত্রী […]

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Sikhs await opening of corridor to sacred shrine in Pakistan

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A corridor that will allow Sikhs to cross from India into Pakistan to visit one of the religion's holiest sites is set to open Saturday, with thousands expected to make a pilgrimage interrupted by decades of conflict.
          

Aatish Taseer stands to lose OCI status; MHA claims no link with TIME article criticising Modi, says writer hid father’s Pakistani origins

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Reacting to the home ministry statement, Taseer wrote on Twitter that he was not given 21 days to reply to the home ministry notice but just 24 hours.

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Venue worry delays India's Davis Cup team selection versus Pakistan

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NEW DELHI: India will wait until the venue of their deferred Davis Cup clash against rivals Pakistan is known before naming their squad for the Asia/Oceania Group I tie, newly-appointed captain Rohit Rajpal said on Thursday. The International Tennis Federation (ITF) postponed the tie between the ...
          

Siddiqsons Tin Plate Limited

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Siddiqsons Tin Plate Limited (PSX: STPL) was incorporated in Pakistan on January 1996 as public company limited under the now repealed Companies Ordinance, 1984. The principal activity of the company ...
          

‫نیا پاکستان، نئی زراعت، نئے مواقع — “پاک چین زرعی تعاون فورم” کا کامیاب انعقاد

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اسلام آباد، 4 نومبر، 2019 / پی آر نیوز وائر / —  “پاک چین زرعی تعاون فورم”  پاکستان کے دارالحکومت اسلام آباد میں 30 اکتوبر، 2019 کو کامیابی کے ساتھ منعقد ہوا۔Mr. Arif-ur-Rehman Alvi, President of Pakistan, Mr. Yao Jing, Ambassador of the People's Republic of China to Pakistan, Mr. Sahibzada Muhammad Mehboob Sultan, Federal Minister of the Ministry of National Food Security & Research, and Mr. Zhang Chun, Chairman of China Machinery Engineering Corporation attend the opening ceremony and addresses at the event.

اس فورم کو پاکستان میں عوامی جمہوریہ چین


          

Offer - Comic Movies To Come And The Comics Books You always Be Investing for! - Newmaa

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Thailand: Terrorists fighting for independence kill 15 in Muslim-majority south of coutnry

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(Yala Province)  As elsewhere in the world a minority of Muslims living in  non Muslim majority Thailand aren't happy living in peace with others and have taken to the bullet, bomb and knife in which to force the Thai government to allow them to cede from the country.


Since 2004, these Islamic religious bigots have murdered over 6500 people in the the three southernmost provinces of Thailand and parts of a fourth which border Malaysia to the south.


Last night these terrorists murdered 15 people in cold blood when they attacked a checkpoint in the southern part of Yala province , after sating their blood lust these terrorists dropped explosives and nails on the road to hinder any pursuit by the police. The irony here is, when these idiots win any region and call it their own (Kosovo/Pakistani Kashmir) the first thing they do is leave on mass for countries which aren't Islamic in which to seek a better life

          

Pakistan Heading towards a Second Bhutto Moment- Courtesy Pakistan Army:

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Paper No. 6508                        Dated      6- Nov-2019

By Dr Subhash Kapila

Pakistan Army is notorious in exterminating duly elected Pakistani Prime Ministers who politically dare to assert civilian supremacy over Pakistan Army Generals. PM Bhutto was executed in 1979 after being deposed in a military coup by General Zia. PM Nawaz Sharif was deposed in a “Judicial Coup” by Army in 2017and left to rot in Pakistani jails denied expert medical treatment.

Late Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto was President of Pakistan from 1971-1973 and Prime Minister from 1973-1977 when he was deposed in a military coup. Thereafter, on trumped up charges he was imprisoned and executed in 1979, in a retrial after being acquitted the first time.

Ailing Nawaz Sharif a three time Prime Minister of Pakistan was deposed by the Pakistan Army Generals through ISI sponsored weeks long sieges of Islamabad colluded by Imran Khan to emerge as Prime Minister. Pakistan Army considered Imran Khan would be a compliant PM not questioning Pakistan Army by “being on the same page” with them.

The final nail was getting then PM Nawaz Sharifs’ “Political Disqualification” for life by Pakistan’s judiciary forcing him to demit as PM three months short of competing his five year term. Pakistan Army Generals had assessed that in the ensuing General Elections PM Nawaz Sharif would be back as Prime Minister and he would be more emboldened to establish civilian supremacy over Pakistan Army.

This time Pakistan Army did not dare a direct military coup but with collusion of then Pakistan Supreme Court Justice got him “Disqualified” on corruption charges which had yet to be proved legally in Court, three months before he could complete his full term. In my Paper at that time I was the first to term this as a “Judicial Coup”.

Thereafter Former PM Nawaz Sharif stood lodged in jails and denied both bail as well as expert medical treatment. It is only lately when doctors raised alarms on his rapidly declining platelet counts and kidney disease that he was given limited bail for medical treatment, Pakistan Army did not want that the end of Nawaz Sharif takes place in jail as such a martyrdom would endow him with the halo of a “Shaheed of Punjab” felled by Pakistan Army.

Pakistan Army could get away from the contrived execution of late PM Bhutto because he hailed from Sindh and was a Shia.. This did not raise the hackles in Punjab’s Heartland Punjab Province. But ailing Former PM Nawaz Sharif hails from Punjab and his Party had ruled Punjab for years with wide political support. Can the Pakistan Army weather the political storm and disturbances likely to follow in the wake of what can be termed as a ‘slow death’ perpetrated by Pakistan Army and the colluding PM Imran Khan though from Lahore but a Pathan by descent.

Why were the Pakistan Army Generals afraid of former PM Bhutto forty years back and lately PM Nawaz Sharif? Why did the Pakistan Army need “Judicial Collusion” of Pakistan’s Supreme Court in the execution of Bhutto and the ‘slow death’ of Nawaz Sharif? Which factors embolden Pakistan Army Generals to attempt extermination of strong Prime Ministers? Why Pakistani mainstream political leaders cannot unite to put an end to Pakistan Army Generals stranglehold over Pakistan’s political dynamics?

Pakistan Army Generals were afraid of Bhutto and Nawaz Sharif because after long years in elected political office at the political helm of Pakistan they both felt politically empowered to attempt establishing civilian supremacy of the politically errant Pakistan Army Generals. Pakistan Army Generals considered this as an existential threat to their hold on Pakistan’s political governance and foreign affairs.

Pakistan Army Generals, even those with democratic instincts, were loath to return to military barracks and view civilian supremacy as a threat to their over-riding claims on outlandish oversized Defence Budgets and their vested corporate interests in the Fauji Foundation industrial empire. In short Pakistan Army Generals combine at any moment of time is hungry for political power having tasted it for decades.

Furthermore, since both Bhutto and Nawaz Sharif were initially ‘political creations’ of Pakistan Army Generals they considered it as an affront that the very hand hat fed them was now ungratefully ready to bite that hand.

Ironically, by the same token, Prime Ministers Bhutto and Nawaz Sharif were deposed by Pakistan Army Chiefs handpicked and selected by these two Prime Ministers bypassing Generals senior to them---General Zia ul Haq in case of Bhutto and General Qamar Bajwa in case of Nawaz Sharif. In case of PM Nawaz Sharif the Pakistan Army Chief did not resort to direct military coup but under corporate pressure of Pakistan Collegium of Corps Commanders contrived a ‘Judicial Coup” abetted by then Chief Justice of Pakistan Supreme Court.

Pakistan Army over the last seven decades having lost all wars of aggression to India and contributed to the fragmentation of the 1947 Pakistan by genocide in East Pakistan, now Bangladesh, has manged to project itself as the ‘Saviours of Pakistan & Defenders of Islamic Faith of Pakistan”. This has been achieved by Pakistan Army by a mixture of public deceit in suppressing reports like the Hamidur ur Rahman Commission condemning Pakistan Army for the breakup of Pakistan by its genocidal actions and misleading propaganda to the gullible Pakistani masses.

Pakistan Army also stands emboldened to liquidate Prime Ministers considered inconvenient to Pakistan Army or threatening its stranglehold over Pakistan’s governance mainly because it well knew that the external Powers that matter to Pakistan Army---United States earlier and China now—would not intervene to stop Pakistan Army Generals from heinous acts of exterminating their Prime Ministers. United States and China have to historically share this blame of thwarting Pakistan’s democracy.

The last question is the most significant and that is as to why Pakistan’s mainstream political leaders have failed for seven decades to discipline the Pakistan Army Generals and establish civilian supremacy over the Army Generals. Multiple reasons can be ascribed for this failure. To begin with Pakistan Army Generals followed the British colonial practice of ‘Divide & Rule’ of the Pakistani polity. This has been achieved by a mixture of political inducements, political threats, blackmail and intimidation.

The above process could have been averted if Pakistan’s Supreme Court had the spine to uphold Constitutional provisions and democratic norms. Sadly for Pakistan its Supreme Court at various stages critical for Pakistan political dynamics entered iinto collusive suppression of democracy with Pakistan Army Generals either out of fear or own volition to further personal ends.

Pakistan today seems to be heading towards a ‘Second Bhutto Moment” where Former thrice elected PM Nawaz Sharif  has virtually been on ‘death row’ and placed in a ‘slow death’ mode by denial of necessary expert medical facilities and advanced medical treatment abroad to save his life. The last minute temporary reprieve given by the Pakistan Army Generals through their selectee PM Imran Khan of temporary bail was to pre-empt Nawaz Sharif’s death in jail.

Concluding, it needs to be emphasised that Former PM Nawaz would be more dangerous dead than alive for Pakistan Army Generals as his ‘slow death’ by denial of medical treatment would make Nawaz Sharif  a “Shaheed (Martyr)of Pakistan’s Heartland-Punjab” with unpredictable consequences. Turbulence so generated will not only hit Pakistan but more tellingly on China which today holds Pakistan in a colonial grip- courtesy Pakistan Army.

 

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Vlak v Praze usmrtil člověka, cestující musí využít autobusy MHD nebo metro

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Na železniční trati mezi stanicemi Praha- Čakovice a Praha - Satalice srazil ve čtvrtek večer vlak člověka, který na místě zemřel. Sdělil to policejní mluvčí Jan Daněk. Kvůli nehodě nejezdí v tomto úseku trati do Turnova vlaky. Cestující mohou využít autobusy MHD nebo metro, vyplývá z informací na webu společnosti Ropid, která organizuje veřejnou dopravu v hlavním městě a okolí.
          

FULL VIDEO: Pakistani Singer Rabi Pirzada Nude Photos Leaked!

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New Nokia Models 7.2, 6.2 and 110 Hit Pakistani Market

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KARACHI– HMD Global, the home of Nokia phones, Thursday announced the launch of the three new Nokia phones in Pakistan. Nokia 7.2, a class-defining smartphone with a powerful 48MPtriple camera featuring ZEISS Optics. Nokia 6.2, where the breath-taking PureDisplay meets an advanced triple camera setup powered by AI experiences, all in one accessible smartphone. The […]

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Zong 4G Offers Free Careem Credits on a Recharge of Rs500 & Above

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ISLAMABAD– Zong 4G has partnered with Careem, Pakistan’s top ride hailing app, to bring yet another convenience for their users. Now Zong 4G customers can avail Free Careem Credits by simple Recharging Rs.500 & above on their Zong prepaid accounts in a day. These Careem Credits can be used for all Careem car types. The […]

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‘Gov’t Must Have Legal Framework in Place For Small Businesses to Flourish’

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LAHORE– The professional body for accountants ACCA (the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) is asking whether businesses and policymakers in Pakistan are compromising the performance of small business in a new report called ‘Building the legal framework to help business succeed’. Whether through over-familiarity or lack of awareness, there’s a risk a key ingredient in […]

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#India At 102 In Hunger Index Of 117 Nations, Below Pak, Nepal, Bangladesh

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India is behind its neighbours Nepal, Pakistan and Bangladesh in a list of 117 countries that tracks hunger and malnutrition, according to a report released by two international non-profits that work ...
          

Global Hunger Index 2019: #India at 102 out of 117 countries, falls behind Nepal, Bangladesh, #Pakistan

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Global Hunger Index 2019 Report: India ranked 102 out of 117 countries in the Global Hunger Index (GHI) 2019 that is placed at much below to its South Asian neighbours such as Nepal, Bangladesh, ...
          

Walking the Vote: IOG welcomes the Secretary of the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP)

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Universal Teller Jobs in National Bank of Pakistan November 2019 NBP Latest

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Pakistani girl Nimrita was raped and killed, autopsy confirms

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Nimrita Kumari's body was found on September 16 hanging from the ceiling fan in her hostel room in Larkana.
          

Do Indians need passports to visit Kartarpur? Pakistan issues statement

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The corridor has been established to commemorate the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak.
          

Fraudster jailed for almost five years after illegally obtaining British passports for 11 migrants

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Mohammed Asif helped 11 people get UK passports, claiming they were children of two deceased Britons of Pakistani heritage as part of a scam that charged customers up to £10,000.
          

Masovna tuča migranata u Bihaću, ima povređenih

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Portparol MUP-a USK Ale Šiljdedić rekao je za portal „Avaz“ da su se sukobili migranti iz Pakistana i Avganistana. „Tuča se dogodila oko 11 časova. Četiri državljana Avganistana zadobila su lakše telesne povrede. Ustanovljeno je da su kod trojice nanesene povrede hladnim oružjem, najverovatnije nožem, dok je četvrti pretučen“, kazao je Šiljdedić. Dodao je da […]
          

Prize Bond Rs. 25000 Draw #31 Full List Result 01-11-2019 Multan

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The Multan National savings office will hold Prize Bond Rs. 25000 draw No. 31 today (01th November 2019 Friday) online. The all 25000 prize bond draws with dates and venues are organized by the National savings of Pakistan along with State Bank of Pakistan collaboration. The Fifteen Hundred prize bond is of good worth prize bond have a good amount of Prizes. The 25000 prize bond list November 2019 will be updated here at 5:00 pm. You can download Prize Bond Rs. 25000 Draw #31 Full List Result 01-11-2019 held at Multan city Punjab Pakistan. All the first second and
          

Prize Bond Rs. 7500 Draw #80 Result 01-11-2019 Lahore

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The Lahore National savings office will hold Prize Bond Rs. 7500 draw No. 80 today (01st November 2019 Friday) online. The all 7500 prize bond draws with dates and venues are organized by the National savings of Pakistan along with State Bank of Pakistan collaboration. The Fifteen Hundred prize bond is of good worth prize bond have a good amount of Prizes. The 7500 prize bond list November 2019 will be updated here at 5:00 pm. You can download Prize Bond Rs. 7500 Draw #80 Full List Result 01-11-2019 held at Lahore city Punjab Pakistan. All the first second and
          

Prize Bond Rs. 750 Draw #80 Full List Result 15-10-2019 Rawalpindi

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The Rawalpindi National savings office will hold Prize Bond Rs. 750 draw No. 80 today (15th October 2019 Tuesday) online. The all 750 prize bond draws with dates and venues are organized by the National savings of Pakistan along with State Bank of Pakistan collaboration. The Seven Hundred Fifty Rupee prize bond is of good worth prize bond have good amount of Prizes. The 750 prize bond list October 2019 will be updated here at 5:00 pm. You can download Prize Bond Rs. 750 Draw #80 Full List Result 15-10-2019 held at Rawalpindi city Punjab Pakistan. All the first second
          

Prize Bond Rs. 15000 Draw #80 Full List Result 01-10-2019 Muzaffarabad

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The Muzaffarabad National savings office will hold Prize Bond Rs. 15000 draw No. 80 today (01th October 2019 Tuesday) online. The all 15000 prize bond draws with dates and venue are organized by National savings of Pakistan along with State Bank of Pakistan collaboration. The Fifteen Thousand prize bond is of good worth prize bond have good amount of Prizes. The 15000 prize bond list October 2019 will be updated here at 5:00 pm. You can download Prize Bond Rs. 15000 Draw #80 Full List Result 01-10-2019 held at Muzaffarabad city Punjab Pakistan. All the first second and third prize
          

PIFRA Salary Slip Registration for Govt Employee Full Procedure Online

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Try out completely Govt. Employees PIFRA Payslip E-mail Registration process Online. All the Government Departments Employees of Pakistan Male and Female include teachers, instructors, medical practitioners, gazetted officials and clerks starting all department need to get a hold of the salary slip and then the Government of Pakistan Department of Finances has is providing a chance for all employers to receive their Monthly payroll and every month salary slip using the net at PIFRA website. Right now websolution is displaying you complete process about how to register online pay slip and regular payroll by Govt website. PIFRA Abbreviation is (Project
          

Prize Bond Rs. 200 Draw #79 Full List Result 16-09-2019 Lahore

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The Lahore National savings office will hold Prize Bond Rs. 200 draw No. 79 today (16th September 2019 Monday) online. The all 200 prize bond draws with dates and venue are organized by National savings of Pakistan along with State Bank of Pakistan collaboration. The One Hundred prize bond is of good worth prize bond have good amount of Prizes. The 200 prize bond list September 2019 will be updated here at 5:00 pm. You can download Prize Bond Rs. 200 Draw #79 Full List Result 16-09-2019 held at Lahore city Punjab Pakistan. All the first second and third prize
          

Prize Bond Rs. 1500 Draw #79 Full List Result 16-08-2019 Peshawar

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The Peshawar National savings office will hold Prize Bond Rs. 1500 draw No. 79 today (16th August 2019 Friday) online. The all 1500 prize bond draws with dates and venue are organized by National savings of Pakistan along with State Bank of Pakistan collaboration. The One Hundred prize bond is of good worth prize bond have a good amount of Prizes. The 1500 prize bond list August 2019 will be updated here at 5:00 pm. You can download Prize Bond Rs. 1500 Draw #79 Full List Result 16-08-2019 held at Peshawar city Punjab Pakistan. All the first second and third
          

Prize Bond Rs. 100 Draw #27 Full List Result 16-08-2019 Hyderabad

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The Hyderabad National savings office will hold Prize Bond Rs. 100 draw No. 27 today (16th August 2019 Friday) online. The all 100 prize bond draws with dates and venue are organized by National savings of Pakistan along with State Bank of Pakistan collaboration. The One Hundred prize bond is of good worth prize bond have good amount of Prizes. The 100 prize bond list August 2019 will be updated here at 5:00 pm. You can download Prize Bond Rs. 100 Draw #27 Full List Result 16-08-2019 held at Hyderabad city Punjab Pakistan. All the first second and third prize
          

Rs. 25000 Prize Bond List August 2019 Draw #30 Full Rawalpindi Result

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The Rawalpindi National savings office will hold Prize Bond Rs. 25000 draw No. 30 today (01th August 2019 Thursday) online. The all 25000 prize bond draws with dates and venue are organized by National savings of Pakistan along with State Bank of Pakistan collaboration. The Twenty Five Thousand prize bond is of good worth prize bond have a good amount of Prizes. The 25000 prize bond list August 2019 will be updated here at 5:00 pm. You can download Prize Bond Rs. 25000 Draw #30 Full List Result 01-08-2019 held at Rawalpindi city Sindh Pakistan. All the 1st 2nd and
          

Prize Bond Rs. 7500 Draw #79 Full List Result 01-08-2019 Quetta

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The Quetta National savings office will hold Prize Bond Rs. 7500 draw No. 79 today (01th August 2019 Thursday) online. The all 7500 prize bond draws with dates and venue are organized by National savings of Pakistan along with State Bank of Pakistan collaboration. The Seventy-Five Hundred prize bond is of good worth prize bond have a good amount of Prizes. The 7500 prize bond list August 2019 will be updated here at 5:00 pm. You can download Prize Bond Rs. 7500 Draw #79 Full List Result 01-08-2019 held at Quetta city Sindh Pakistan . All the first second and
          

BWorld 370, Universal healthcare via lower medicine taxes and tariffs

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* This is my article in BusinessWorld last September 19, 2019.


Among the ironies of government health policies regardless of administration is their cry for “cheaper medicines” — and then they impose various tariff and taxes on medicines that make these products more expensive.

I checked the tariff and duties for imported pharmaceutical products at the World Trade Organization (WTO) and I was surprised to see that zero tariff in medicines is imposed by a number of our neighbors in the region while the Philippines imposes a nearly 3% tariff, aside from 12% VAT on medicines (See Table 1).


Other countries have higher medicine tariffs: Nepal has 14%, Pakistan 11%, Laos 10%.

This coming Monday, Sept. 23, there will be a UN High-Level Meeting (UN HLM) on Universal Health Coverage (UHC). Their theme is “Universal Health Coverage: Moving Together to Build a Healthier World.”

The UN and WHO send this virtue signaling to member-country governments to further raise taxes, impose more prohibitions and restrictions on “unhealthy” products to achieve a “healthier world.” So that the Philippines’ Department of Health, Department of Finance, other agencies create new legislations and regulations to implement this signaling.
  
But people around the world have been living healthier and longer, even before UHC was coined and before various taxes or tax hikes on alcohol, tobacco, sugary drinks and food were imposed (See Table 2).


Related to this, a new report was released this week, “Accelerating access to medicines: Policy recommendations for achieving the health-related Sustainable Development Goals.” It was produced and co-signed by 15 independent and non-government think tanks from 14 countries including the Geneva Network (UK), Minimal Government Thinkers (Philippines), and four others from Asia.

The report has noted that government itself is among the causes of expensive medicines and thus recommended three ways to reduce medicine costs: reduce taxes, abolish tariffs, and eradicate other trade barriers. In particular, it recommended that “Non-members should join the WTO Pharmaceutical Tariff Elimination Agreement (‘Zero for Zero’ initiative). If this is not possible, countries that still levy tariffs should unilaterally abolish them.” Yes, the Philippines should reduce its double talk by cutting its pharmaceutical tariffs of 2.8% to zero (See Table 1 again).

Regarding improving access to medicines, the report also noted that government itself creates regulations that in the process delay or limit access to medicines by the people. Thus, the report made four recommendations: Speed up patent examination, simplify the drug approval process, modernize government medicine reimbursement decision-making, and promote open trade in medicines.

Open trade in medicines means allowing more market competition via: (1) a stronger role for the WTO in enforcing existing laws vs. mandatory local content requirements; (2) instead of protectionism, developing country governments should make their economies more attractive to foreign investment by among others, investing in human capital and physical infrastructure; and, (3) public procurement of medicines should be transparent, ensure best interests of the taxpayers.

As this column has repeatedly argued, cheaper products like energy, rice, transportation, healthcare and medicines is possible if government steps back via less taxes and tariff, less mandates and prohibitions, have more competition among producers and sellers of these goods and services. Government should only ensure good quality commodities from competing players by heavily penalizing producers of fake, counterfeit, substandard, and unreliable products.
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Status uncertain for Latham Biryani

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Latham Biryani Restaurant, which had been serving Indian and Pakistani food at 638 Loudon Road in Latham for at least 18 years, appears to have closed. A Sept. 17 post on Facebook says, in its entirety, “We are closed now,” and customers’ follow-up questions seeking clarification have not been answered. The website is offline; while
          

Shaikh Shahid Petchem Corporations

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Our group was established in 1947. We are  the first polyethylene importer /trader end user in Pakistan.

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ISPOVEST SRPSKE "POBEGULJE": "Kad boli, isto boli, kad smrdimo, svi isto smrdimo, ja Anđelka nisam ništa bolja od jednog Ahmeda"

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Srbi van granica svoje zemlje su "u dijaspori", a Avganistanci, Sirijci, Pakistanci "prljavi migranti i nepoželjni azilanti". Ovakvom uvreženom mišljenju suprotstavila se tviterašica imena Anđelka Laube, koja je kroz priču Pakistanca Huseina predstavila celokupnu ljudsku nesreću koju doživljavaju oni koji beže iz svojih domova.
          

Sport24.co.za | India-Pakistan Davis Cup tie shifted to 'neutral' site

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This month's Davis Cup tie between Pakistan and India must now be played at a "neutral venue" due to security concerns.
          

Микроавтобус и моторикша столкнулись в Пакистане, погибли 13 человек

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Как минимум 13 человек погибли в результате ДТП с участием микроавтобуса и моторикши на юго-западе Пакистана. Об этом 7 ноября сообщает издание Pakistan Today. Авария произошла в городе Хала в провинции Синд. По предварительной информации, водитель микроавтобуса попытался обогнать моторикшу с...
          

The Road to Pakistan

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A book about the creation of the state of Pakistan by Mohammad Ali Jinnah. We created the portraite of Jinnah as a map that demarkates India and Pakistan for the first time in history. Illustration by Kriti Monga (Turmeric Design), Illustration Concept: Ishan Khosla.

*Published in Asian Graphics Now! Page 269 (Taschen, 2010)


          

Omaira Gill, Athens

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Who are you? My name is Omaira Gill. I’m originally from the UK and have been living in Greece since 2006. I grew up in Pakistan and moved to the UK when I was 14, so moving to Greece has been the second time in my life that I’ve moved countries. The first time round though, I spoke the language fluently and had my immediate family and maternal relatives to make the move easier. Greece was a little different. Where, when and why did you move abroad? In 2006, I moved to Athens, Greece. This came about after I first travelled to Athens in August 2004 to volunteer at the Athens 2004 Olympics. There, I met my now husband who was in charge of the sports centre where I ended up being based.
          

V spopadu migrantov v BiH več poškodovanih

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V množičnem pretepu v migrantskem centru Vučjak nedaleč od Bihaća v Bosni in Hercegovini so bili danes lažje poškodovani štirje migranti iz Afganistana, je sporočila tamkajšnja policija. Prijeli so štiri državljane Pakistana, ki jih sumijo, da so z...
          

AITA promises clean slate in selections for Pakistan tie

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The federation insisted that even members of the side that had expressed their hesitation in playing in Islamabad will now be reconsidered.
          

Pak PM’s ex-wife makes fun of Maulana’s ridiculous remark

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Pak PM’s ex-wife makes fun of Maulana’s ridiculous remark

Islamabad: Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan’s ex-wife Jemima Goldsmith made fun of a Maulana who believes that the founder of Wikileaks, a website which has exposed misdeeds in many countries, is someone named Wiki and he is her close cousin. Jemima’s reaction came on Wednesday after netizens posted a video of the Maulana on social …

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Bihar BJP chief alleges corruption, writes to Nitish Kumar

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Bihar BJP chief alleges corruption, writes to Nitish Kumar

Patna: Bihar BJP President Sanjay Jaiswal has written to Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, demanding a high level inquiry into alleged financial irregularities in various projects in the state. Jaiswal highlighted irregularities in the construction of about 14,000 rural roads, alleging collusion among engineers, contractors and politicians, in the letter. “I have a proof of irregularities …

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'Abandoned' baby boy found in park in north Pakistan prompts plea for information on social media

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A baby boy was found abandoned in a popular park in north Pakistan, prompting his rescuer to launch a plea on social media to find his parents. The baby was discovered in Ayub National Park in Rawalpindi on the morning of November 6, when a man driving by a wooded area of the park spotted the baby's bright carrier harness. The boy was taken to the authorities to be cared for. Video of the discovery was then posted online by the rescuer with an audio request for information to help find the parents of the child. The parents of the boy are still unknown, as is the cause for the child's abandonment.
          

Improve Decision Making with Leave Management Software in Pakistan

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PeopleQlik# 1 Leave Management Software in Pakistan has never been a simple undertaking. Being one of the most significant pieces of any business, leave the executives includes considerably more than essentially giving leaves or endorsing leaves of representatives. Each part of leaving the executives appears to shape a mind-boggling web of interior leave approaches and...

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Get Information Driven Strategic Recruiting with HR Software in Pakistan

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PeopleQlik# 1 HR Software in Pakistan giving wide-going benefits, organizations may see benefits that come from the particular sort of programming or modules that were picked, similar to an improvement in progression arranging and representative advancement in the wake of actualizing hearty learning the board framework. Organizations that select a widely inclusive Payroll Software in...

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Writer Aatish Taseer, critic of Modi, to lose OCI card

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His future visit to India is likely to be banned as he allegedly concealed the fact that his father was a Pakistani.
          

India’s Cotton Export Drops As Pakistan and China sign Free Trade Agreement

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India has experienced a big decrease in the exports of cotton yarn in the first half of the current fiscal year, as exports of cotton yarn from India dropped to 38.8%. As per a report, India exported 422 million kg of cotton yarn between April and September, the worth of this stood at $1.27 billion. […]

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Aus vs Pak 2nd T20 Scorecard | Aus vs Pak 2nd T20 at Canberra 2019

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Aus vs Pak 2nd T20 Live Score : Check out Aus vs Pak 2nd T20 Scorecard of Aus vs Pak 2nd T20 at Canberra 2019 of the Australia vs Pakistan T20 Series 2019 as part of Pakistan Tour of Australia 2019. Check out Pakistan Tour of Australia 2019 Schedule Match Date: Nov 05, 2019 Venue: […]
          

Pak W vs Ban W 2nd ODI Scorecard | Pak W vs Ban W 2nd ODI at Lahore 2019

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Pak W vs Ban W 2nd ODI Live Score : Check out Pak W vs Ban W 2nd ODI Scorecard of Pak W vs Ban W 2nd ODI at Lahore 2019 as part of Bangladesh Women Tour of Pakistan 2019. Check out Bangladesh Women Tour of Pakistan 2019 Schedule Match Date: Nov 04, 2019 Venue: […]
          

سفارت پاکستان درخواست ویزای مریضان عاجل را می‌پذیرد

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روزنامه اطلاعات روز - مردم سالاری را پدید می آورد

در اعلامیه‌ی این سفارت که امروز (چهارشنبه، 15 عقرب) منتشر شده، آمده است: «سفارت پاکستان مقیم کابل، در هنگام بسته شدن خدمات کنسولی، درخواست ویزای فوریت‌های پزشکی/ بیماران را انجام خواهد داد.»

نوشته سفارت پاکستان درخواست ویزای مریضان عاجل را می‌پذیرد اولین بار در روزنامه اطلاعات روز پدیدار شد.


          

Pakistan Navy tests Zarb coastal defence system

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The Pakistan Navy (PN) announced on 5 November that it conducted a test-firing of its Zarb land-based anti-ship cruise missile (ASCM) system (also known as the Zarb Weapon System) during a training exercise. “The [Zarb] missile successfully followed its pre-planned trajectory and accurately
          

Descriptions Manual Pakistan International

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Writer Aatish Taseer, critic of Modi, to lose OCI card

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His future visit to India is likely to be banned as he allegedly concealed the fact that his father was a Pakistani.
          

Kartarpur: Sidhu gets nod to visit Pak; given visa

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Sidhu had attended the ground-breaking ceremony of the Kartarpur Corridor in Pakistan last year.
          

Khalistani leaders feature in Pak Kartarpur video

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Several Indian intelligence agencies and experts have questioned Pakistan's intentions of opening the route.
          

Kartarpur move: Does Pak Army want to fuel separatism?

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India's assessment is that the Kartarpur project was being implemented with alacrity and military zeal under the supervision of the Pakistan army as it has the strategic objective to use the corridor to encourage separatism in Punjab, say government sources.
          

Kartarpur event: Sidhu writes 2nd letter to MEA

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Sidhu said he had been invited by the Pakistan government for the opening ceremony of the corridor, which will connect Darbar Sahib in Pakistan's Kartarpur with Dera Baba Nanak shrine in Gurdaspur district in Punjab.
          

'Pak fearful of India's strategic encirclement'

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Pakistan, the report said, has played an active, and by many accounts, a negative role in Afghan affairs for decades.
          

'Pak released poisonous gas to pollute air in India'

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Sharda said Pakistan was frustrated ever since Prime Minister Narendra Modi and home minister Amit Shah took charge and was resorting to all sorts of tactics against India as it could not register a single victory in any battle.


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