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          Comment on Aussie Agriculture Minister on Climate Change: “I don’t give a rat’s if it’s man-made or not … you shouldn’t feel afraid to turn on a heater or light at night.” by Crispin in Waterloo      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Tom Thank you for remembering the hundreds of millions who have no electricity at all, and have to pay cash to a kiosk to get their phones charged once a week to receive text messages from family employed in the cities. The Minister is talking common sense - a rare commodity as we know. Curiously, in several countries in Central "Cold" Asia, electricity is taken as a right, and virtually the entire population has it (over 95%), even if they do not use it for heating. My point is that soon there will be a greater % of Australians without reliable electricity than people living in rural Kyrgyzstan or Kazakhstan. You know your economy is in trouble when your social metrics are outperformed by the 'Stans (apologies to the 'Stans for using you as an example - there are others). And how much does electricity cost the poor in Kyrgyzstan? It was recently increased to $0.02 per KWH from $0.015. Suck on that, Sydney.
          The U.N. should not remain passive in the face of human wrongs in Kashmir: Dr. Fai      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Dr. Ghulam Nabi Fai Kashmir is one of the most idyllic setting in the world. A picturesque valley located between Pakistan, India, Afghanistan, China and with a small strip of 27 miles with Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan. Kashmir is a natural paradise. The history of the freedom of Kashmir dates back 1931 when the people of Kashmir, both Hindus and Muslims initiated a freedom movement against the then Maharaja (Ruler) to have their own indigenous rule in Kashmir. The resentment of the people led to the ‘Quit Kashmir’ campaign against the Maharaja in 1946. Faced with the insurgency of his people, the Maharaja fled the capitol, Srinagar, on October 25, 1947 and arranged that India send its army to help him crush the rebellion. India, coveting the territory, set the condition that Maharaja must sign an ‘Instrument of Accession’ to India. At the same time, India had to attach another condition that accession was made subject to ‘reference to the people.’ On India’s showing, therefore, the accession has a provisional character. Then India brought the dispute to the United Nations where the Security Council discussed the question exhaustively from January to April 1948. It was agreed upon by the Governments of India and Pakistan and approved by the international community that the dispute over the status of Jammu & Kashmir can be settled only in accordance with the will of the people which can be ascertained through the democratic method of a free and impartial plebiscite By adopting a number of resolutions from 1948 to 1962 reaffirming the principle of free choice for the people of Kashmir, the Security Council – and, therefore the United Nations – has assumed a moral responsibility to ensure that conditions in Kashmir will permit the exercise of that choice. To disown that responsibility would expose the world organization to the charge of making hollow promises and, indeed, deceiving a population which is larger than that of many Members of the United Nations individually. The people of Kashmir never lost hope either in the United Nations as the custodian of human rights, or in their demand to exercise the right of self-determination. The scale of the popular backing of the uprising in Kashmir can be judged from the established fact, that on many occasions during the month of July-August 2018, virtually the entire population of Srinagar and major towns in the Valley came out on the streets in an unparalleled demonstrations to protest the attempt by the Government of India to scrap the Article 35 A of the Indian constitution which gives the special rights and privileges to the state subject of Jammu and Kashmir. Article 35 A also bars foreigners to buy the land or to acquire immovable property, etc. in the State. The Joint Resistance Leadership and other legal, religious and business fraternities believe that the abrogation of this constitutional provision is a conspiracy to change the demographic composition of the state. However, the Supreme Court of India adjourned the hearting of Article 35-A till August 27, 2018. In response to the peaceful and massive demonstrations, much inhumanity, continuous violations of basic rights, frequent massacres, constant fear, hunger and misery – these are the gifts of Indian occupation to the people of Kashmir. For the populous South Asian subcontinent, the Kashmir situation entails recurrent possibility of disaster and nuclear war. There is a way to bring these atrocities to an end. The way is that the Secretary General of the United Nations uses its moral and legal authority to reinvoke peaceful dialogue between the Governments of India & Pakistan along with the legitimate representatives of the people of Kashmir for the final settlement of the dispute. The Charter of the United Nations empowers the Secretary General of the United Nations to bring any matter which may threaten the maintenance of internal peace and security to the attention of the Security Council. In consistence with the universally accepted principle that no situation should be allowed to escalate to a point of no return and that the United Nations should not remain passive in the face of human wrongs being committed on a vast scale, the people of Kashmir expect the Secretary General will not hesitate to exercise his discretion and put the Kashmir issue on the active international agenda. Should the Secretary General feel that the factual data at his disposal does not justify the use of his power under Article 99 of the UN Charter, we respectfully propose that the Secretary General urgently dispatch a special representative of high international standing to India and Pakistan who should visit both parts of Kashmir and report back to the Security Council the facts of the situation. In fact, ‘United Nations High Commissioner on Human Rights’ has also recommended to send a fact-finding mission to Kashmir to assess the situation there. If India feels that it has nothing to hide, it should welcome such action. We feel confident that the Secretary General of the United Nations will not encourage any party to an international dispute which has been taken cognizance of by the United Nations to circumvent and rebuff the world organization. It should be one thing for the United Nations to remain inactive if an alternative and credible peace process were in motion. It is another when not even the beginning of an effort towards arriving at a settlement bilaterally between the parties or through mediation by friendly governments is visible. To put it plainly, the present situation is that the United Nations is allowing its resolutions to be dishonored and the people of Kashmir to be condemned to systematic destruction. The people of Kashmir deserve better. Dr. Fai is the Secretary General of World Kashmir Awareness Forum and can be reached at : 1-202-607-6435 or gnfai2003@yahoo.com

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(Telecompaper) The Kyrgyzstan State Property Management Fund has annulled a tender on a valuation of the mobile operator Megacom, reports Tazabek...
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White Fascists of Antifa attack black and Hispanic police who were protecting a black woman who was just eating her breakfast

Charlie Kirk and Candace Owens are outspoken leaders of the pro-Trump super PAC Turning Point USA. But on Monday morning, they were hungry diners who showed up at Philadelphia’s Green Eggs Cafe in Midtown before it opened and managed to nab a window seat.

The pair barely had time to peruse the menu before people – apparently demonstrators – started jeering at them from other tables, Malik Joe, the Green Eggs Cafe’s manager, told The Washington Post.

Outside their window, they could see a large group of protesters approaching the restaurant, flanked by police.

The protesters “were screaming at one guy sitting in the window and I looked and he was laughing...the protesters were screaming ‘white supremacist’ and something about immigrants.”

Mr Joe said the protesters also flung food and objects.

At some point, Ms Owens pulled out her phone. She tweeted the scene from inside and outside the restaurant, including the moment when one demonstrator dumped a cup of something onto Mr Kirk’s head.

“Charlie Kirk and I just got ATTACKED and protested by ANTIFA for eating breakfast,” Ms Owens wrote a short time later. “They are currently following us through Philly. ALL BLACK AND HISPANIC police force protecting us as they scream.”

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Bozell: Socials Banning InfoWars 'Not Just a Slippery Slope, It's a Dangerous Cliff'

Media Research Center (MRC) President Brent Bozell issued the following statement Monday in response to Facebook, Apple and Spotify removing "The Alex Jones Show" and other InfoWars content. In April, MRC released an extensive report detailing censorship by social media companies.

MRC President Brent Bozell:

“I don’t support Alex Jones and what InfoWars produces. He’s not a conservative. However, banning him and his outlet is wrong. It’s not just a slippery slope, it’s a dangerous cliff that these social media companies are jumping off to satisfy CNN and other liberal outlets.

“This is part of a disturbing trend. In recent months top conservative congressmen have been shadowbanned on Twitter. Pro-life and pro-gun posts and videos are often removed on several platforms. Liberal journalists even objected to one conservative outlet attending a meeting with Facebook. Several conservative organizations like Live Action, the NRA and even the Christian satire site Babylon Bee have complained they had posts removed or censored.

“Social media sites are supposedly neutral platforms, but they are increasingly becoming opportunities for the left and major media to censor any content that they don’t like. The lack of transparency is also problematic and, as of this release, Facebook, Apple and Spotify have provided no detailed explanation for the ban.

“Conservatives are increasingly concerned that InfoWars is not the end point for those who want to ban speech. It’s just the beginning. We are rapidly approaching a point where censorship of opposing voices is the norm. That’s dangerous.”

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How We’ve Robbed a Generation of Hobbies, Joy, and Creativity

Dennis Prager   

If you ask most young people today if they have any hobbies, you will receive one of four answers:

1. “No.”

2. “What do you mean?”

3. “Yeah. I play video games/watch TV/watch movies.”

4. “Yeah…” and then they may actually cite a hobby.

The fourth is the least common.

Dan Scotti, lifestyle writer at the website Elite Daily, and a millennial, wrote a perceptive piece on the matter titled, “Why Don’t Millennials Have Hobbies Anymore?”

“None of my friends have hobbies,” Scotti wrote. And he was honest enough to include himself in this assessment:

With a pair of iPhone speakers and a Netflix subscription, I rarely feel as though I’m missing out on anything. … It’s as if modern technology has fooled me into thinking my life is very fulfilling. I mean, I have social media accounts to uphold, television series to chain watch, and a whole bunch of dating profiles to swipe through—so, what time do I even have for hobbies?

He concludes:

The fact that hobbies may be a thing of the past is an eerie thought. I can’t honestly say that I see hobbies such as “carpentry” making a comeback at any time in the near future. … As sad as it may seem to older generations, we genuinely have an interest in Instagram, Twitter, and other products of the digital age.

Clearly, you don’t have to be a member of the “older generations” to think this sad.

Here’s why.

There is a world of difference between being active and being passive, between creating something and watching something, between doing something and being entertained.

I’m not picking on millennials. The problem is not new. In 1984, Neil Postman wrote a book whose title said it all: “Amusing Ourselves to Death.” It’s as relevant today as it was in 1984.

The question, then, is what, if anything, can we do about this?

Parents need to cultivate hobbies or, if you will, passions in their child. The only passion most middle-class and upper-class parents cultivate in their children is getting good grades so that they can get into a prestigious college.

But that is misguided. If the most important passion you cultivate in your child is getting good grades, what will your child’s most important passion be after leaving school—in other words, for the next 70 years of his or her life?

Schools are complicit. By adding more and more homework hours over the years (which has accomplished nothing; if online communications are indicative, most students leave high school today far less well-educated and proficient in basic skills than high school graduates of decades ago), they deprive children of time to develop a hobby.

After hours of homework, parents understandably want to allow their child time to unwind. And what more convenient way to unwind than by watching a screen—whether a smartphone screen, a computer screen, or a big screen?

How can parents cultivate interests, hobbies, and passions in their child?

Most importantly, they can limit time spent in front of a screen. And the earlier in life the better. Then the child has to figure out what to do with the time he or she would have spent in front of the screen.

If I may offer a personal example, when I was in eighth grade, I refused to do almost any homework. My mother was certain—no exaggeration—I’d end up in jail.

But while my parents could not force me to do homework, they could enforce a limit on my television watching: one hour a night. So, they asked, what would I do with the rest of my after-school hours?

Solely as a result of that dilemma, the idea arose that I learn to play a musical instrument (my older brother, who did all his homework, never took up a musical instrument).

Thanks to that decision, I learned to read music, fell in love with classical music, taught myself to read orchestral scores, and for the last 25 years, have periodically conducted orchestras (including twice in the last year at the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles). All thanks to little TV and little homework in eighth grade.

Instead of doing homework or watching television, I also started reading—newspapers, serious magazines, and books—which has remained a lifelong passion.

I might add that among my peers who spent their non-leisure time studying for tests and doing homework, not many ended up loving reading. Why? Because they read solely for school and grades rather than for the love of learning.

Technology, excessive homework, and the demise of God, religion, and love of country—these have all left a generation bereft of passions beyond amusement and getting good grades.

Parents need to ask themselves if this troubles them. And if it does, decide to do something about it—by first asking themselves what they really want for their child.

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Intolerance spreads as cultural censors shut down ‘dangerous’ debate

Comment from Australia:

Social media and reporting of it in mainstream news are producing intolerance not seen since anti-communist senator Joe McCarthy and the House Un-American Activities Committee in the 1940s and 50s.

The free-thinking rebelliousness of the 60s grew out of a backlash against McCarthyist repres­sion of what was regarded as sedi­tious activities, literature, plays and movies inspired by com­munism to undermine American values.

Today it is the storm troopers of the student Left and musicians and actors who lead a daily barrage of threats against people whose free thought they can’t tolerate.

Usually these involve “look-at-me” verbal violence against US President Donald Trump for ­do­ing in office exactly what he promised to do before the 2016 presi­dential election.

Public outbursts of moral outrage by multi-millionaire stars such as Madonna or Robert De Niro show just how intolerant parts of the modern Left are.

While intimidation of Australia’s politicians falls far short of anti-Trump hysteria, there is among students, artists, journalists and political activists an increasing intolerance here, too.

In the past month activists have tried to prevent Canadian conservative Lauren Southern staging public events; a writers festival has sought to exclude Germaine Greer and Bob Carr because of their “unsafe” views; a prominent ABC host has written a column to defend the presence of the occasional conservatives on The Drum; and mainstream media personalities have tried to dismiss reporting of African crime gangs in Melbourne.

Southern, 23, a Canadian journalist, is described as alt-right by critics but sees herself as libertarian. She is accused of racism for saying what many people privately think about unauthorised mass migration, mainly by Muslims from Africa and Syria.

She was billed $68,000 by Victoria Police for security at a $750-a-head rally on July 20 in Somerton, 20km north of the Melbourne CBD. Last week police prevented Southern from walking on a public footpath past the Lakemba Mosque in Sydney’s western suburbs for fear her presence might provoke violence by Muslim worshippers.

Both incidents seem to reverse the onus of civic responsibility. Why were police not protecting Southern’s right to free assembly in Melbourne, or to walk freely about suburban Sydney? Why in Brisbane on July 29 did police warn she could be fined if any police were injured if she persisted with attempts to interview protesters outside her Brisbane Convention Centre rally?

Shutting down of other people’s opinions is counter-productive. Surely after the Brexit and Trump votes anti-racist protesters should realise worldwide concern about immigration cannot be sil­enced by intimidation. In democracies voters get their own back.

The withdrawal of invitations to Carr and Greer by the Brisbane Writers Festival is even more troubling for free thought. Southern is a provocateur, for sure, but Carr and Greer are intellectuals whose books should be discussed even by people who dislike their ideas, as I do.

Richard Flanagan, 2014 Man Booker Prize winning Tasmanian author of The Narrow Road to the Deep North, published a blistering response to the festival’s decision in Guardian Australia on July 29. “A writer, if they are doing their work properly, rubs against the grain of conventional thinking. Writers are often outcasts, heretics and marginalised. Once upon a time writers festivals celebrated them, and with them the values of intellectual freedom,” he argued.

Flanagan went on to criticise the same festival’s 2016 handling of US author Lionel Shriver after a fiery blog by former ABC personality Yassmin Abdel-Magied, who had heard only a third of Shriver’s presentation but accused her of laying the foundations “for genocide”.

“For Shriver the talk was about the damage identity politics could do to writing. For her critics it was about belittling the movement against cultural appropriation,” Flanagan wrote. Whatever your view, the debate was important, but Flanagan says “the BWF betrayed Shriver when she was at her most vulnerable”. As a fan of her writing, I agree.

“The Shriver controversy was the first time Australian writers festivals began to feel like a foreign country occupied by a strange regime, hostile to what writers stand for,” Flanagan wrote.

Carr is probably being dropped because of his sympathy with China and Greer because of comments suggesting not all rapes are equally serious and some should be considered “non-consensual … bad sex” as most “don’t involve any injury whatsoever”. Apparently the gentle “Volk” of Brisbane will not feel “safe” hearing such things.

Well here’s the rub. “Writers festivals, like … (literary) prizes have … become less … about books and more … about using their … power to enforce the new orthodoxies, to prosecute social and political agendas”, Flanagan wrote

Even the ABC is facing intolerance from the Left.

Julia Baird, part-time host of The Drum, used her column in The Sydney Morning Herald on July 28 to call out social media intimidation she was receiving for supposedly privileging panellists from the Institute of Public Affairs. Baird said the show had included only three IPA appearances this year, two by the same person.

Now the IPA, even though supported by big businesses and Australia’s richest woman, Gina Rinehart, is not the Ku Klux Klan. It was founded in 1943 by Charles Denton Kemp, father of Howard government ministers Rod and David Kemp. Although associated with free-market economic policies in recent decades, it was very much a Keynesian institution until the early 70s.

Wrote Baird: “The art of persuasion has been thoroughly trounced by polemic in public debate. Online, in comments sections, in staccato bursts of hate and attack, in the citing of feelings over facts, we see people shoving pillows over divergent views and trying to stop them being aired at all.”

She complained about the Twitter campaign to silence the IPA on The Drum. Just exactly what are Twitter’s twits afraid of? On subjects from migration to power prices, climate change and taxation reform, many on the uneducated Twitter Left would benefit from hearing well-argued conservative views. They might even learn why voters around the world disagree with most social media pieties.

The worst example of left-wing censoring of debate last month concerned opinion-makers from Waleed Aly to ABC journalists Jon Faine and Virginia Trioli trying to shut down discussion of Mel­bourne’s African gang violence. No amount of fudging the figures will change the fact this is a real issue and Africans are overrepresented in crime statistics, even if total numbers reflect the small African population.

Yet Aly said on Ten’s The Project on July 19: “If there really are a bunch of African gangs, frankly I am offended to not at least have been asked to join one.” His eight-minute segment was praised, of course, on social media.

Victims of gang crime who can’t afford the salubrious and safe suburbs inhabited by privileged members of the commentariat will just feel more isolated. No African migrants will be helped.

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Extremist Persecution of Christians, 2018

The Slaughter of Christians in Egypt

Three masked gunmen targeted and killed Bassem Attallah, a Christian man, 27, after identifying him as a Christian by the cross tattoo on his wrist. According to his older brother, Osama, 38, the siblings and a Muslim colleague, Muhammad, were walking home after work when three armed men, aged between 23 and 25 stopped them. "We thought they were policemen because they weren't masked... They were wearing black jackets," Osama recalled. "They approached us and asked Bassem to show them the wrist of his right hand, and when they saw the tattoo of the cross, they asked him: 'Are you Christian?' Bassem answered 'Yes, I am Christian,' and repeated that again in a loud voice."

The men then asked Muhammad his name and to show them his wrist. They saw no cross and allowed him to leave. On learning Osama's name, which is popular among Muslims, and not seeing any cross tattoos on his wrist, they also allowed him to leave. "And then they shot Bassem in the head. I could not believe what happened to my brother. He fell on the ground in front of me and I was unable to do anything.... We lost a person dear to our hearts. My brother Bassem was a very good and kind man. He had a strong relationship with God. He was always reading in the Bible, praying and going to the church. He was loved by all people," said his grieving brother. The murder took place in Al-Arish, Sinai, which in recent years has been the scene of many attacks on Christians—including the murder of two priests and the mass upheaval of Christian villages.

Separately, on New Year's Day, which the Muslim calendar does not recognize or celebrate, two Christian brothers were gunned down in public by a masked man on a motorcycle. While they died en route to a hospital, the murderer escaped. At the time of the attack, they were near Christian friend's store, which sold liquor. Coptic-owned stores that sell liquor have been targeted by those who consider alcohol haram, or forbidden by Islam. Almost one year to the day, on January 3, 2017, a Muslim man sneaked up behind a Christian shop owner in Egypt and slit his throat for selling alcohol.

Finally, more details concerning the Islamist terror attack on a Coptic church on December 29, which left nine dead, continued to emerge. One mother sacrificed herself to save her two young daughters. Nermin Sadik, 32, was walking her two daughters, aged 11 and 7, to Sunday school, when one of the gunmen ran up to her. When she realized what was happening and that he was about to open fire, she flung her daughters away and received a bullet. When the terrorist turned on the two girls, their mother, "with her last breath held them between her arms to protect them from flying bullets," says the report. Although the girls survived the ordeal, in the end their mother's body had several bullets in it. Speaking after the tragedy, Nermin's widower said his wife, who was a nurse, "was affectionate for everyone and she liked to help without charge."

The Slaughter of Christians in Nigeria

Various attacks on Christians by Muslim Fulani herdsmen continued throughout the month of January. "At least 16 people have been killed by gunmen in southern Nigeria after a New Year's Day church service," says one report. "The group had attended a midnight service before they were ambushed in the early hours of Monday."

According to another report, in one week alone, 55 people were killed and 200 homes torched, in the Lau local government area of Taraba state.

In yet another instance, 80 Christians were slaughtered by the Muslim herdsmen, many hacked to death by machetes, in Logo and Guma County. Speaking from a hospital bed, one survivor, Peter, said the attackers who went after him "were people I had interfaced with in that community. I got up and called them by their names and tried to wrestle the machete they had out of their hands, but to no avail. I was overpowered and they began to cut me."

Discussing these ongoing raids, Rev. Musa Asake, the General Secretary of the Christian Association of Nigeria, said "Under President [Muhammad] Buhari, the murderous Fulani herdsmen enjoyed unprecedented protection and favoritism to the extent that the herdsmen treat Nigeria as a conquered territory. Rather than arrest and prosecute the Fulani herdsmen, security forces usually manned by Muslims from the North offer them protection as they unleash terror with impunity on the Nigerian people."

The Rape of Christians in Pakistan

"A Christian boy of only 7 years old was brutally sodomized by a Muslim rapist," says a report. Daim Masih, a first grader, was walking home from school when he was met by Shan Muhammad, 19, a local: "Hi Daim, it's nice to see you," he began. "I have good news, some of our cows have given birth to young calves. Would you like to come with me and see them?" Because the unsuspecting child was fond of animals and knew Shan, he went with him. Walking hand in hand, Masih began to realize that they were not headed for the farm but a secluded place. When he pointed this out to Shan, the latter responded that he had "another big surprise for him." The report continues:

They walked a few meters to some trees when suddenly Shan ripped off Daim's shirt, then the rest of his clothes and threw Daim to the ground. Shan then jumped on Daim and proceeded with a sexual assault and sodomization of poor Daim. While the attack was happening the tiny 7 year old struggled to fight off Shan who was much bigger and more powerful then him. Daim was punched, slapped and kneed by Shan who was shouting obscenities during the attack and demanding Daim to stop his screaming. The violence and the unlawful penetration of Dain was so painful however, that he could not stop his screaming. Desperate for him to be quiet or thrilled by the power and subjugation of his prey, sexual predator Shan began to tighten his hands around Daim's neck and was slowly throttling him to death while having his wicked way with him.

In fact, many Christian children—boys and girls—have been strangled to death during or after being raped in Pakistan over the years. Fortunately for Daim, his grandfather and uncle heard his cries and rushed to the scenes, at which point Muhammad pulled up his pants and fled the scene. The traumatized 7-year-old was subsequently hospitalized.

In another incident, a young, married Christian woman, the mother of a two-year-old girl "was brutally gang-raped by three men and then left tied in the courtyard of a Muslim man's house until she was found by police two days later," according to a report. Sidhra, 20, had just left her mother's home, when three local men began following her. She started to run towards her home, but they caught up with her, and, according to the report, "grabbed her at which point Sidhra blacked-out. She is unable to recall the events of the next 36 hours at this time." The family eventually learned that she was seen bound to a chair in the courtyard of a local home. The report continues:

[A]ll her family ran to the house of Mohammed Ilyas and peered through the gates when the mother saw her daughter tied up unconscious to a chair with a gag in her mouth, restrained in the courtyard of the neighbor's home, she started to scream. As each sibling saw their sister they too began to scream and shout hysterically. They banged on the gates and one brother climbed over and unlocked the gate from inside and rushed towards his sister. Sidhra was fully clothed and tied at her wrists and legs the rope securing her was so tight bruises could be seen on her wrists. Despite attempts to wake her it took a few minutes to revive her and she remained dizzy—she showed signs of having been drugged.

When she awoke, Sidhra, who "was unconscious for the whole two days and believes that she was subjected to rape," identified the three local men, all nephews of Mohammed Ilyas, the owner. Although her father went to lodge a complaint at the police station, "The Police refused to acknowledge her kidnap or rape and did not initially register a First Incident Report (FIR), as they told the family they had no evidence." After much pressure from the family and other local elders, police registered a crime and arrested two of the assailants—only to release them after some time. Although the family continued to seek justice, "the family holds little hope of any prosecution, as the courts and the police are exhibiting little empathy and seem keen on exonerating the wealthy Muslims," according to the report. Later, Sidhra said:

I am totally distraught, a visit to my mother has become a day of ruin for me. I have suffered a brutal kidnap and rape by disgusting men with no shame.... The thought of what the men done to me makes me shudder, I have nightmares and feel like my whole world has collapsed. I am terrified of walking on the streets at night and am finding it hard to cope with a deep depression that has consumed me. I had a happy life and that has been taken away from me, but the cruel men who stole my joy will soon be released to threaten me and to attack other women like me. There is no justice in this country.

Jihad on Christian Freedom

Kyrgyzstan: Unknown attackers torched a church building in the Muslim-majority nation. The small Baptist community was left "fear[ing] for its safety," says the report: "The damage to the church has forced its 40 Kyrgyz and Russian members to start searching for a new place of worship, while wondering if there will be a further attack."

An official told church members that the attack was "organized by those who don't like your church and Christianity in the midst of a Muslim country." "We don't believe that the police will find and punish those who burned our church," a congregation member said. The report adds that, "Instead of pursuing the arsonists, local Christians said police have asked questions about who funded the church building, how many Kyrgyz are members, and why, as ethnic Muslims, they do not go to the local mosque."

Kenya: Muslim students beat and stabbed their Christian counterparts for refusing to convert to Islam at Nairobi's Jamhuri High School. Hostilities began when Muslim students complained of discrimination. This prompted school officials to designate separate bathrooms and sections in the library for Christians and Muslims. It was not long, however, before the Muslim students began defaming Christianity and pressuring Christians to recite the shahada, the Islamic proclamation of faith, and to uphold Muslim rituals. "Some Muslim students forcefully tried to induct Christian students into their Islam faith, and those who refused were knifed, while others were physically beaten," a local source said. "The knives and machetes used are alleged to have come from outside the school." At least 35 students — including some Muslims, as the Christians did defend themselves — were injured in the melee. Some Christian students received hospital treatment for stab wounds and other injuries; the principal was also injured. The school was subsequently closed indefinitely.

Uganda: A Christian widow was poisoned by her Muslim neighbors on Christmas Day. Earlier that morning, the mother of five was pleasantly surprised when two female Muslim neighbors visited her with food gifts. After they left, she began preparing lunch for her family and used some of the recently brought ingredients. Before serving her family, she tasted the meal and within minutes, was vomiting. "When she started screaming and was continuously vomiting, I called in a taxi and rushed her to Kabuna dispensary, where it was found that she had been poisoned," a family member said. She was treated and discharged from the hospital the next day. An analysis of the food items gifted her were revealed to contain poison. A local meeting was convened and the Muslim neighbor, on being question, confessed to poisoning the food. "Accused of intending to kill Madina and her family members," the reports notes, "Hajira asked for forgiveness, saying that since Madina's family left Islam two years ago, the loudness of their weekly worship at their house with some other church members had been disturbing her and other Muslim neighbors." Despite the attempted murder of the apostates, "village leaders made no legal decisions.

Police have not been called, apparently in order to keep tensions with the Muslim community from escalating, but the in-law [of Madina] said Muslim neighbors have started taunting Madina's children by calling them infidels."

In a separate account, according to one report, Munabi Abdullah, a 37-year-old Muslim man who embraced Christianity, was met with ostracism. On the evening of his conversion, and "with an irrepressible joy in his heart, he shared his experience with his wife, Aisha Namukoli. She became furious." In the convert's own words, "My wife shouted at me in front of the children, saying, 'Kafir, Kafir [infidel]! You are a big shame to the family.' She then pushed me out of the house." Later when he returned, he found several people including his father and mosque members at his house. When he tried to greet them, they silently and angrily stared at him; then his father stood up and said, "You are no longer my son, be cursed forever." "He hit me with a walking stick that was in his hand and hurt my left hand," Abdullah explains. "I managed to escape through a banana farm, and after a short while I was at the pastor's house" where he sought refuge. Local Muslim leaders have since prevented him from having any access to his wife and seven children, aged between 3 and 17.

Nigeria: To coerce, it appears, a Christian woman, 40, and her daughter 21, to convert to Islam, local Muslims falsely accused the two of kidnapping another family member, a child. Problems had begun soon after the husband/father of the family converted to Islam in order to obtain a government job. Amina Isa, his wife, explained: "They told him that he cannot be appointed as a ward head because he's a Christian, and that if he converts to Islam, he'll be appointed the ward head. I advised him against changing his religious faith for worldly position, but after much pressure from Muslims in our area, he succumbed to the demand and became a Muslim.... I reminded him that he should remember that all my family members are Muslims, but that I am the only Christian in that family, and that I married him because he was a Christian like me, so I cannot now convert to Islam simply because the Muslims have appointed him a ward head." Her five children also refused to convert and insisted on remaining Christian. She continues:

Because of their refusal to convert too, we have been threatened, beaten, and subjected to all forms of indignities by my husband and his Muslim collaborators. They've [her children] constantly been threatened, beaten, and harassed. In fact, at one time, [the oldest daughter] had to take her younger siblings and go into hiding, but both have been traced and captured by the officials and are currently being held against their will in a location undisclosed to me.... Right now, my daughters are in the custody of these Muslim officials and are being forced into Islam, while at the same time, we are being tried on false charges. All this is to force us to recant. We can never stop being Christians, and we are confident that the God we serve can never abandon us in our trying moments.

After the father forcibly enrolled his youngest daughter in an Islamic school, and her mother and older sister removed her and re-enrolled her in a Christian school, "Their father, in anger, came to me demanding for both girls. When I told him that the children have decided to remain as Christians, he and other Muslim officials in our village went to file charges against me on abducting my own children at the Magistrate Court in Tudun Wada town, a trial I'm still facing for refusing to change my religious faith. They summoned me and demanded I withdraw my daughter from the Christian school, bring her back to the village, and hand her over to them. Since I was helpless, I did as instructed by them and brought my daughter back to them."

Separately "Pastor Simput Eagles Dafup has been arrested and whisked away to an unknown destination ... for allegedly converting a Muslim girl to a Christian, in Plateau State," a report disclosed. Speaking of this incident, another pastor, Kallamu Musa Ali Dikwa, and executive director of Voice of Northern Christian Movement, said: "Nigeria security has declared war against Christians in this country." He also accused the Nigerian government of treating Christians and Muslims differently: "Muslims have abducted 100 Christian girls under the age of 18 and forcefully converted them to Islam and we have reported to several security agencies but no arrest was made or return of Christian girls to their parents.... The abduction of Christian girls has continued unabated. Such scenarios are serious cases of injustice against Christians in the country, and the perpetrators have often gone Scott free."

European Union/Switzerland: While uncritically taking in and conferring refugee status on countless Muslim migrants, European authorities continued singling out those most in need of sanctuary for deportation. In one instance, a Christian legal group filed an expert brief with the European Court of Human Rights in support of a Muslim man from Afghanistan who converted to Christianity and who risked being deported from Switzerland. The group, known as ADF International, said the man, if forced back to Afghanistan, would as an apostate from Islam face immense persecution, possibly including death: "Afghanistan is not a safe place for a Christian convert," it said. "The Court should ask Switzerland to stop turning a blind eye to the situation of religious minorities in Afghanistan.... This means much more than demanding a convert practice his faith in secret. Sending a refugee back to a country where they face persecution because of their faith is incompatible with the Convention."

The Christian legal group ADF International filed an expert brief with the European Court of Human Rights in support of a Muslim man from Afghanistan who converted to Christianity and who risked being deported from Switzerland. Afghanistan is not a safe place for a Christian convert," it said. "The Court should ask Switzerland to stop turning a blind eye to the situation of religious minorities in Afghanistan..." (Image source: Adrian Grycuk/Wikimedia Commons)

Raymond Ibrahim, author of the new book, Sword and Scimitar, Fourteen Centuries of War between Islam and the West, is a Senior Fellow at the Gatestone Institute and a Judith Rosen Friedman Fellow at the Middle East Forum

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While not all, or even most, Muslims are involved, persecution of Christians by Muslim extremists is growing. The report posits that such Muslim persecution is not random but rather systematic, and takes place irrespective of language, ethnicity, or location.

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Political correctness is most pervasive in universities and colleges but I rarely report the  incidents concerned here as I have a separate blog for educational matters.

American "liberals" often deny being Leftists and say that they are very different from the Communist rulers of  other countries.  The only real difference, however, is how much power they have.  In America, their power is limited by democracy.  To see what they WOULD be like with more power, look at where they ARE already  very powerful: in America's educational system -- particularly in the universities and colleges.  They show there the same respect for free-speech and political diversity that Stalin did:  None.  So look to the colleges to see  what the whole country would be like if "liberals" had their way.  It would be a dictatorship.

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A new investigation reveals another side of Chinese infrastructure projects in Central Asia: elite corruption.

Construction of a tunnel on the alternative route North-South. Source: Gov.kgOn 26 June 2018, the Fergana website published my investigation unveiling corruption schemes behind Kyrgyzstan’s biggest infrastructure project, an alternative 433km road linking the capital Bishkek in the North with the country’s main city in the South, Osh. The project has been funded with a 850 million USD loan from the Export-Import (Exim) Bank of China under the One Belt One Road Initiative, with the China Road and Bridge Corporation (CRBC) as the main implementing partner.

According to the documents published on Fergana, former Minister of Transport and Communications Kalykbek Sultanov and the current Minister Zhamshitbek Kalilov – the latter allegedly one of former Prime Minister Sapar Isakov’s protégés – were responsible for the project. The documents indicate these officials colluded with the contractor CRBC to embezzle funds from the Chinese government’s infrastructure investments. Price tags were inflated by several orders of magnitude, from paying 1.1 USD per kilogramme of cement (cost on the local market: 0.07 USD) to paying 2,000 USD per month to provide office space to an engineer on the construction site.

In an interview with Azattyk, the Kyrgyz branch of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, member of parliament and leader of the opposition Ata Meken party Almambet Shykmamatov stated that, given past cases of corruption in infrastructure projects, he does not believe “in the fairytale that not a cent was stolen” from the road construction contracts. In the same interview, officials from the Ministry of Transport and Communications threatened to press charges against me for the Fergana investigation.

Under former President Almazbek Atambayev’s six-year tenure, overpricing project costs appears to have been a widely implemented practice. Apart from road works, the same allegedly happened during the modernisation of the Bishkek Heat and Power Plant (HPP), which was also financed with a 386 million USD loan from China’s Exim Bank. As Fergana.ru reports, the Kyrgyz authorities and Chinese contractor TBEA (which was recommended by official Beijing for the modernisation work) signed accounting papers for $600 pliers, $14,000 video cameras and $1,500 fire extinguishers. A parliamentary committee concluded that approximately 100 million USD was embezzled in the operation. As a result, former Prime Ministers Jantoro Satybalidiev and Sapar Isakov have been arrested on corruption charges along with a number of other officials.

The BRI as China’s financial diplomacy

These projects have all been implemented through the One Belt One Road Initiative (OBOR), also known as the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), the Chinese government’s paramount development strategy for connectivity and cooperation in Eurasia. The closure of the US military base at Kyrgyzstan’s Manas airport in summer 2014, through which most of the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) to Afghanistan passed, as well as the drawdown of USAID and other western donor activities in the country, has left a void which the Chinese government has been quick to fill with their own brand of public diplomacy, especially in the form of infrastructure development projects.

In Central Asia, the BRI was launched during Chinese leader Xi Jinping’s visit to Astana, Kazakhstan’s capital, and Southeast Asia in September and October 2013. Here, Xi Jinping proposed his vision of jointly building a “One Belt” land route through Eurasia and a 21st-Century maritime “One Road” from the South China Sea to the Mediterranean. The Economist has described the revolutionary potential of the initiative, which is viewed as “a challenge to the United States and its traditional way of thinking about world trade. In that view, there are two main trading blocs, the trans-Atlantic one and the trans-Pacific one, with Europe in the first, Asia in the second and America the focal point of each. Two proposed regional trade deals, the Trans-Pacific Partnership and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, embody this approach. But OBOR treats Asia and Europe as a single space, and China, not the United States, is its focal point.”

The Advancing the Development of OBOR Leading Group was formed in late 2014, with its leadership lineup revealed on February 1, 2015. This steering committee reports directly to the State Council of the People’s Republic of China and is composed of several political heavyweights, including the Council’s vice-premier Zhang Gaoli, evidence of the importance of the program to the government.

As argued in a June 2018 report funded by the US Department of State in partnership with the Asia Society Policy Institute and the Center for Strategic and International Studies, “(t)he effectiveness of China’s public diplomacy efforts ultimately rests on whether Beijing can influence public opinion and the behavior of political elites to the extent that it can secure economic gains, security concessions, and political wins from its counterparts (i.e., achieving a good neighbor dividend).” Moreover, the report continues, “while China’s financial support filled ‘a void left by the West’ …, critics raise the possibility that Beijing’s ready supply of capital may lead its recipients to debt insolvency as they enter into repayment.”

Sri Lanka is a case in point. Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa collected Chinese loans worth billions of dollars. As the country cannot repay them, it has been forced to sell the strategic Hambantota Port to a Chinese company for 1.1 billion USD to ease the debt burden. A similar situation can be observed in Uganda, where interest payments on current debt will eat up a staggering 17.5% of domestic revenues in 2018-19. This includes approximately three billion USD in Chinese loans, with 2.3 billion more being currently negotiated. In Central Asia, Tajikistan repaid a debt it had incurred with China for the modernisation of the Dushanbe-2 thermal power plant, the largest in the country, by handing over the Upper Kumarg gold mine to Chinese contractor TBEA, the same company that appears to have been complicit in inflating prices during works at Bishkek Heat and Power Plant.  

Does a good neighbour interfere?

As the Chinese state prepares to pour trillions of USD into infrastructure projects in Asia, Europe and Africa, a policy paper by the Washington-based Center for Global Development warns of the possible insolvency of borrower countries if current lending practices continue. Kyrgyzstan is listed along with seven other countries of “particular concern”. Obviously, the paper argues, the fear is that in the long term “(d)omestic spending on infrastructure and social services may be sacrificed in order to service the debt, with the problem compounded when governments borrow additional funds just to meet debt servicing needs.”

The key difference between Western donors and China is the latter’s principle of non-interference, which stands in stark contrast with the former’s conditionalities such as commitment to democracy, respect for human rights and the rule of law. For example, commenting on the Bishkek HPP corruption scandal, Chinese Ambassador to Kyrgyzstan Xiao Qinghua stated that “TBEA has accomplished its work within the project. And the investigation is an internal affair of Kyrgyzstan, and we do not interfere.”

Clearly, this makes collaborating with China extremely attractive for Kyrgyzstan’s elites, regardless of the knock-on effects of taking on unsustainable amounts of debt. However, as Chinese companies working in Kyrgyzstan are often state-owned or government-linked, for the average Kyrgyz they represent China, risking a backlash for Beijing’s public diplomacy efforts. Moreover, with the Atambayev’s presidency coming under increasing scrutiny, Beijing’s image could also be tarnished by association. In May 2018, parliament member Kanybek Imanaliev, also from the opposition Ata Meken party, called on parliament to investigate former PM Isakov’s collusion in a number of projects financed through Exim Bank, including contacts with CRBC.

Beijing’s adherence to non-interference in cases involving Chinese loans may be interpreted as support for corruption, lack of transparency and, ultimately, high debt servicing and possible state insolvency. It is high time for the Chinese authorities to actively investigate allegations of misuse of loans and to better regulate investments, lest scandals associated with Chinese funds and companies end up neutralising the ultimate objective of China’s public diplomacy.

 

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The Kyrgyz soldier stepped quietly out of the dark green bushes and swung his Kalashnikov rifle in the direction of our car. Another emerged and did the same. Their checkpoint was a skinny log dragged across a broken asphalt road heading toward an ethnic Uzbek village and the disputed waters of the Kasan-sai, a reservoir that irrigates the agricultural heartland of the ancient Fergana Valley. With a sleepy shake of his head, the special forces sergeant waved his rifle and made us turn our beat-up Mitsubishi around. “There won’t be any fighting here,” the sergeant said.

At least not today. The quiet of the hot September afternoon was unbroken as we turned around and slowly ground off through the heat. Driving back the way we came through the parched foothills on the edge of the western Tian Shan range, a spur of the Himalayas, we did not pass any other cars.

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But it has not always been this quiet. Throughout the spring and summer in 2016, tensions flared after ethnic Uzbek villagers and police blocked access to the reservoir and its water, which lies inside Kyrgyzstan. Uzbekistan drove armored personnel carriers into Kyrgyzstan, and both sides have captured and detained…
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A new investigation reveals another side of Chinese infrastructure projects in Central Asia: elite corruption.

Construction of a tunnel on the alternative route North-South. Source: Gov.kgOn 26 June 2018, the Fergana website published my investigation unveiling corruption schemes behind Kyrgyzstan’s biggest infrastructure project, an alternative 433km road linking the capital Bishkek in the North with the country’s main city in the South, Osh. The project has been funded with a 850 million USD loan from the Export-Import (Exim) Bank of China under the One Belt One Road Initiative, with the China Road and Bridge Corporation (CRBC) as the main implementing partner.

According to the documents published on Fergana, former Minister of Transport and Communications Kalykbek Sultanov and the current Minister Zhamshitbek Kalilov – the latter allegedly one of former Prime Minister Sapar Isakov’s protégés – were responsible for the project. The documents indicate these officials colluded with the contractor CRBC to embezzle funds from the Chinese government’s infrastructure investments. Price tags were inflated by several orders of magnitude, from paying 1.1 USD per kilogramme of cement (cost on the local market: 0.07 USD) to paying 2,000 USD per month to provide office space to an engineer on the construction site.

In an interview with Azattyk, the Kyrgyz branch of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, member of parliament and leader of the opposition Ata Meken party Almambet Shykmamatov stated that, given past cases of corruption in infrastructure projects, he does not believe “in the fairytale that not a cent was stolen” from the road construction contracts. In the same interview, officials from the Ministry of Transport and Communications threatened to press charges against me for the Fergana investigation.

Under former President Almazbek Atambayev’s six-year tenure, overpricing project costs appears to have been a widely implemented practice. Apart from road works, the same allegedly happened during the modernisation of the Bishkek Heat and Power Plant (HPP), which was also financed with a 386 million USD loan from China’s Exim Bank. As Fergana.ru reports, the Kyrgyz authorities and Chinese contractor TBEA (which was recommended by official Beijing for the modernisation work) signed accounting papers for $600 pliers, $14,000 video cameras and $1,500 fire extinguishers. A parliamentary committee concluded that approximately 100 million USD was embezzled in the operation. As a result, former Prime Ministers Jantoro Satybalidiev and Sapar Isakov have been arrested on corruption charges along with a number of other officials.

The BRI as China’s financial diplomacy

These projects have all been implemented through the One Belt One Road Initiative (OBOR), also known as the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), the Chinese government’s paramount development strategy for connectivity and cooperation in Eurasia. The closure of the US military base at Kyrgyzstan’s Manas airport in summer 2014, through which most of the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) to Afghanistan passed, as well as the drawdown of USAID and other western donor activities in the country, has left a void which the Chinese government has been quick to fill with their own brand of public diplomacy, especially in the form of infrastructure development projects.

In Central Asia, the BRI was launched during Chinese leader Xi Jinping’s visit to Astana, Kazakhstan’s capital, and Southeast Asia in September and October 2013. Here, Xi Jinping proposed his vision of jointly building a “One Belt” land route through Eurasia and a 21st-Century maritime “One Road” from the South China Sea to the Mediterranean. The Economist has described the revolutionary potential of the initiative, which is viewed as “a challenge to the United States and its traditional way of thinking about world trade. In that view, there are two main trading blocs, the trans-Atlantic one and the trans-Pacific one, with Europe in the first, Asia in the second and America the focal point of each. Two proposed regional trade deals, the Trans-Pacific Partnership and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, embody this approach. But OBOR treats Asia and Europe as a single space, and China, not the United States, is its focal point.”

The Advancing the Development of OBOR Leading Group was formed in late 2014, with its leadership lineup revealed on February 1, 2015. This steering committee reports directly to the State Council of the People’s Republic of China and is composed of several political heavyweights, including the Council’s vice-premier Zhang Gaoli, evidence of the importance of the program to the government.

As argued in a June 2018 report funded by the US Department of State in partnership with the Asia Society Policy Institute and the Center for Strategic and International Studies, “(t)he effectiveness of China’s public diplomacy efforts ultimately rests on whether Beijing can influence public opinion and the behavior of political elites to the extent that it can secure economic gains, security concessions, and political wins from its counterparts (i.e., achieving a good neighbor dividend).” Moreover, the report continues, “while China’s financial support filled ‘a void left by the West’ …, critics raise the possibility that Beijing’s ready supply of capital may lead its recipients to debt insolvency as they enter into repayment.”

Sri Lanka is a case in point. Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa collected Chinese loans worth billions of dollars. As the country cannot repay them, it has been forced to sell the strategic Hambantota Port to a Chinese company for 1.1 billion USD to ease the debt burden. A similar situation can be observed in Uganda, where interest payments on current debt will eat up a staggering 17.5% of domestic revenues in 2018-19. This includes approximately three billion USD in Chinese loans, with 2.3 billion more being currently negotiated. In Central Asia, Tajikistan repaid a debt it had incurred with China for the modernisation of the Dushanbe-2 thermal power plant, the largest in the country, by handing over the Upper Kumarg gold mine to Chinese contractor TBEA, the same company that appears to have been complicit in inflating prices during works at Bishkek Heat and Power Plant.  

Does a good neighbour interfere?

As the Chinese state prepares to pour trillions of USD into infrastructure projects in Asia, Europe and Africa, a policy paper by the Washington-based Center for Global Development warns of the possible insolvency of borrower countries if current lending practices continue. Kyrgyzstan is listed along with seven other countries of “particular concern”. Obviously, the paper argues, the fear is that in the long term “(d)omestic spending on infrastructure and social services may be sacrificed in order to service the debt, with the problem compounded when governments borrow additional funds just to meet debt servicing needs.”

The key difference between Western donors and China is the latter’s principle of non-interference, which stands in stark contrast with the former’s conditionalities such as commitment to democracy, respect for human rights and the rule of law. For example, commenting on the Bishkek HPP corruption scandal, Chinese Ambassador to Kyrgyzstan Xiao Qinghua stated that “TBEA has accomplished its work within the project. And the investigation is an internal affair of Kyrgyzstan, and we do not interfere.”

Clearly, this makes collaborating with China extremely attractive for Kyrgyzstan’s elites, regardless of the knock-on effects of taking on unsustainable amounts of debt. However, as Chinese companies working in Kyrgyzstan are often state-owned or government-linked, for the average Kyrgyz they represent China, risking a backlash for Beijing’s public diplomacy efforts. Moreover, with the Atambayev’s presidency coming under increasing scrutiny, Beijing’s image could also be tarnished by association. In May 2018, parliament member Kanybek Imanaliev, also from the opposition Ata Meken party, called on parliament to investigate former PM Isakov’s collusion in a number of projects financed through Exim Bank, including contacts with CRBC.

Beijing’s adherence to non-interference in cases involving Chinese loans may be interpreted as support for corruption, lack of transparency and, ultimately, high debt servicing and possible state insolvency. It is high time for the Chinese authorities to actively investigate allegations of misuse of loans and to better regulate investments, lest scandals associated with Chinese funds and companies end up neutralising the ultimate objective of China’s public diplomacy.

 

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Жаркынбек Касымбеков. Фото с сайта For.kg
Бывший главный врач Бишкекской станции скорой помощи Жаркынбек Касымбеков, в отношении которого в 2015 году возбудили дело об обмане Кыргызского общества слепых и глухих, ныне возглавил клинику при Международном медицинском университете. Об этом на своей странице в Facebook написал общественный активист Адиль Турдукулов.

Активист предположил, что если Касымбеков значится главой университетской клиники – значит, его уголовное преследование приостановлено. Турдукулов направил запросы для прояснения ситуации в Генпрокуратуру и Совет безопасности.

Сам Касымбеков в беседе с журналистами KaktusMedia подтвердил, что возглавляет клинику Международного медицинского университета. Он добавил, что его уголовное преследование не приостановлено. По его словам, сейчас дело рассматривается в суде.

Стоит отметить, что ректором самого Международного медицинского университета является певица Роза Аманова. На то, что не имеющая медицинского образования Аманова значится главой ряда медицинских учреждений, пользователи соцсетей обратили внимание двумя днями ранее. Они начали шутить, что выпускники медицинского университета будут лечить больных песнями. Серьезные аналитики, в свою очередь, восприняли эту новость как свидетельство того, что в Кыргызстане назначение на высокие посты производится благодаря связям и родовой принадлежности.

Касымбеков, возглавляя станцию скорой помощи, заключил с Кыргызским обществом слепых и глухих тендер на пошив спецодежды. Он должен был заплатить обществу 1,2 миллиона сомов ($17,6 тыс.). Но денег исполнители контракта так и не дождались. В 2015 году было возбуждено уголовное дело. Увольняли Касымбекова со скандалом. Формально причиной увольнения стало то, что он необоснованно взял больничный и улетел на отдых в Дубай. Сам же Касымбеков заявил, что причиной его неприятностей стали конфликтные отношения с заместителем министра здравоохранения Амангельды Мурзалиевой. Не соглашаясь с увольнением, главврач еще несколько дней приходил в свой бывший кабинет и запирался там. Затем он пытался восстановиться в должности через суд, но потерпел неудачу.


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Киргизия – единственная страна бывшей советской Азии, где вопросы религии контролируются государством довольно слабо. Здесь хаотично возводятся новые мечети, число которых уже превышает количество школ, на улицах все больше женщин, закрывающих лицо, и все больше магазинов, закрывающих торговлю сигаретами и алкоголем именно из-за религиозных соображений. Религия заполняет вакуум из-за отсутствия в стране национальной идеи, говорят эксперты. И предупреждают, что отсутствие контроля за этой сферой со стороны государства чревато опасностями.

Весьма либеральное законодательство Киргизии в религиозной сфере давно вызывает беспокойство у гражданского общества. Очевидно, что догматы веры уже привели значительным, по сравнению с другими странами региона, изменениям в стране. Помимо строительства новых мечетей и увеличения количества женщин, публично исполняющих религиозные предписания, появляются и более экзотические признаки исламского «наступления». Так, в Бишкеке появился мусульманский пансион для девушек, из которых готовят «покладистых жен», а в некоторых магазинах, особенно на юге Киргизии, перестали продавать алкоголь и сигареты.

Все это особенно хорошо видно, если ты вернулся в страну после некоторого отсутствия. По улицам ходит множество мужчин в мусульманских костюмах камис, на рынках появились многочисленные контейнеры с мусульманской одеждой. В одном только в Бишкеке возвели около пяти новых больших мечетей.

Примечательно, что в июле 2017 года Исламский университет получил от Министерства образования и науки лицензию на ведение образовательной деятельности в сфере теологии. А в июне 2018 года в теологическом колледже при Киргизском государственном университете имени Арабаева состоялся первый выпуск теологов с дипломами государственного образца.

Куда и откуда идут деньги

– Мы наблюдаем такие же тенденции, какие видите вы, и особенно ярко они прослеживаются на юге страны. Одежда, мечети – это внешние признаки. Важно пообщаться с людьми и понять, держат ли они пост, ходят ли в мечети, читают ли намаз, и вы увидите, что вектор развития общественного сознания движется именно в эту сторону, – говорит руководитель Центра изучения общественного мнения и прогнозирования «Эл-Пикир» Эльвира Илибезова.

Она подчеркивает, что в целом религия – это неплохо, однако важно не упустить момент радикализации.

– К сожалению, у нас в этом плане ничего не прорабатывается ни на государственном уровне, ни на уровне муфтията, – замечает эксперт. – Я знаю, что были попытки обозначить критерии радикализации, определить, что такое радикальный ислам, и почему два человека, которые исповедуют эту религию, такие разные: один уже радикал, а другой нет?

И действительно, государство в Кыргызстане практически не занимаются исследованиями, касающимися религии. Гораздо активнее в этом смысле иностранцы. Три крупнейшие аналитические компании страны подтвердили «Фергане», что они проводят довольно много исследований в области религиозных вопросов. Однако исследования эти проводятся только по заказу иностранных компаний, при этом все они являются закрытыми.

Проблема, по мнению Илибезовой, состоит также в том, что в государственных структурах, которые курируют конфессиональные вопросы, нет чиновников, умеющих анализировать ситуацию и прогнозировать, как могут развиваться события дальше.

Отвечая на вопрос, можно ли ожидать исламизации страны, эксперт отметила, что Киргизия идет именно в этом направлении, «причем складывается впечатление, что процесс этот совершенно не регулируемый – ни государством, ни муфтиятом». По словам Илибезовой, сейчас самое важное – отслеживать, откуда и какие финансовые потоки приходят в религиозную сферу в Киргизии.

– Проанализировав эти потоки, можно увидеть, что они идут на организацию различных течений ислама (это видно по мечетям разного архитектурного строения), что может вызывать столкновения их сторонников. Истории других стран показывают, что конфликты на этой почве – явление не новое. Муфтият должен определиться с направлением ислама и выстроить развитие религии так, чтобы в стране не происходили конфликты на этой почве. Государство в этом вопросе должно идти рука об руку с муфтиятом. Да, у нас религия отделена от власти, но когда есть нехорошие симптомы, и вопрос касается безопасности страны, стороны должны сотрудничать, – считает Эльвира Илибезова.

О том, на чьи деньги строятся мечети, иногда сообщают госорганы. В июне автору этих строк пришло сообщение из киргизского парламента, в котором говорилось, что «торага Жогорку Кенеша Дастанбек Джумабеков посетил новую мечеть в Бишкеке, которая станет самой большой на территории Кыргызстана. На ее строительство турецкая сторона выделила 25 миллионов долларов».

На месте нынешней Центральной мечети в Бишкеке также планируется возвести новое здание вместимостью 7 тысяч человек. Строить мечеть будет компания из Саудовской Аравии.

Стоимость строительства самой крупной мечети в Оше, которая была открыта в июне 2012 года, составляла 1 миллион 200 тысяч долларов. Половина суммы была перечислена донорами из Объединенных Арабских Эмиратов, оставшаяся часть – Всемирной Ассамблеей молодежи.

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Прихожане мечети в Киргизии. Фото с сайта Azattyk.org

Определенная нетерпимость к другим религиям в стране уже ощущается, хотя это отмечалось и десять лет назад. Так, осенью 2016 года в Ала-Букинском районе Джалал-Абадской области местные жители и имамы сначала запрещали хоронить свою односельчанку, а потом, когда тело все же было захоронено, потребовали его эксгумации. Они объяснили это тем, что кладбище – мусульманское, а женщина при жизни придерживалась христианско-баптистского вероучения. В итоге покойную трижды предавали земле, а имамы требовали выкопать ее даже тогда, когда она была захоронена на христианском кладбище.

Мечеть вместо школы

В 2017/2018 учебном году в республике действовало 2.262 дневных общеобразовательных учреждения, что на 26 школ больше по сравнению с предыдущим 2016/2017 учебным годом, и на 61 школу больше, чем в 2012 году. Вузов же в Кыргызстане — 56. При этом в стране 3.257 религиозных организаций, из которых исламских – 2.856, в том числе 2.647 мечетей и 107 медресе.

Однако, стоит в разговоре с чиновниками заметить, что, возможно, это не совсем правильно, когда в стране больше мечетей, чем школ, те называют это сравнение некорректным и советуют сравнивать количество школ и медресе. По логике - подход верный, а на деле?

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Количество религиозных организаций и объектов в Киргизии на первое полугодие 2018 года. Данные предоставлены Государственным агентством по религии Киргизии

Комментируя указанное сравнение, Эльвира Илибезова напомнила, что Киргизия – это светское государство и кроме свободы вероисповедания у него есть такое обязательство, как доступ граждан к качественному образованию.

– То, что количество мечетей превышает количество образовательных учреждений – нехорошая тенденция, – отмечает эксперт. – Например, несколько лет назад обеспеченность детскими садами в сельской местности составляла чуть больше 20%. А так называемая обеспеченность доступа к мечетям – намного лучше. Охват дошкольным образованием в 2018 году достиг лишь 24%, 187 тысяч детей посещают 1390 детских сада, из которых 1248 – государственные и муниципальные, и лишь 14 – частные, сообщил Минобраз КР 3 августа.

В продолжение темы Илибезова рассказала, что исследования, касающиеся функционирования мечетей, «Эл-Пикир» проводит с 2000 года. И уже тогда молдо просили разрешить обучать детей чтению и математике в мечетях, аргументируя это тем, что в школах обучение платное, и не все могут себе его позволить. Священнослужители утверждали, что раз к ним все равно ходят дети, особенно из бедных семей, они готовы обучать их азам образования.

– Затем этот вопрос поднимался перед Минобразом, которое было категорически против этой идеи, – говорит Илибезова. – Лет через 5–7 работники мечетей стали говорить, что им надо отдать и другие школьные предметы. Я считаю, что категорически нельзя допустить этого, иначе мы получим поток людей, которые пойдут в мечети и непонятно, чему их там будут учить.

Эльвира Илибезова также затронула проблему вопиющей неграмотности населения в вопросах религии. В этом смысле народное сознание, по ее мнению, «как непаханое поле, где можно сеять, все что угодно». А в результате этого в стране уже появляются села, где исповедуют запрещенные течения ислама. Этим летом неоднократно писали о проживающих в селах семьях, которые, являясь приверженцами запрещенных в стране организаций, используют религию как повод, чтобы не пускать детей в школы.

– Люди в этом не виноваты, они верят тому, что им говорит молдо, который считается «уважаемым человеком». Поэтому важно контролировать эту сферу. Но в стране сложилась такая ситуация, которая чревата рисками в будущем, – подытоживает эксперт.

Ситуация не контролируется

Киргизия остается единственной страной в регионе, где государство предпочитает не вмешиваться в вопросы религии даже минимально. В этом году, однако, власти решили заявить о своем присутствии и внести поправки в Закон «О свободе вероисповедания и религиозных организациях в КР». Проект уже вынесен на общественное обсуждение.

О планируемых изменениях в интервью «Фергане» рассказал заместитель директора Государственной комиссии по делам религий Закир Чотаев. Первым делом чиновник заверил, что «религиозная ситуация в стране находится под контролем, и страна не поздно занялась вопросом регулирования религии».

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Девушки в мусульманских одеяниях на рынке в Киргизии. Фото Екатерины Иващенко, “Фергана”

По словам Чотоева, власти в обязательном порядке проводят регистрацию религиозных организаций и проверяют деятельность медресе. Сейчас в стране зарегистрировано более 100 медресе, из них работает около 80. В 2016 году Госкомиссией было закрыто 7 медресе.

– Общее регулирование религиозного образования прописано в законе «О свободе вероисповедания и религиозных организациях». Однако там были две статьи общего характера о том, что учебное заведение должно пройти учетную регистрацию в нашей Госкомиссии и предоставить учредительный документ. В проекте закона «О внесении изменений в Закон КР «О свободе вероисповедания и религиозных организациях в КР», наши регулятивные положения религиозного образования расширяются. Будут прописаны принципы и критерии предоставления религиозного образования. Также будет разработано положение о том, как должно предоставляться религиозное образование, основой к которому станет наш законопроект, – рассказывает Чотаев.

При этом он не соглашается с утверждением, что в Киргизии, по сравнению с соседями, в религиозной сфере - разброд и шатание.

– В этом вопросе у нас либеральный подход, – уточняет чиновник. – Нам надо выстроить нормальную законодательную базу, что мы и пытаемся сделать. Но существует много различных групп, которые противостоят нам. Тем не менее, мы закон ужесточаем. Например, в действующем законе запрещается вовлечение детей в религиозные организации, но это положение не работает. Разве можно запретить приводить детей в церковь? Это ненормально. Не думая, ввели это положение. А надо, чтобы все нормы закона работали. Так как у нас родители ответственны за духовное воспитание детей, в новом законе мы прописали, что вовлечение в деятельность религиозных организаций несовершеннолетних запрещается, но добавили, что «в присутствии и с разрешения родителей несовершеннолетние могут посещать религиозные обряды и ритуалы».

Еще один запрет касается подомового обхода с целью распространения религиозных взглядов.

– В действующем законе запрещается обход с целью распространения религиозной литературы, так как к нам поступает много жалоб на Свидетелей Иеговы и товарищей, которые распространяют религию, обходя дома, – поясняет Чотаев. – Эта новая практика пришла к нам из Южной Азии, у нас дават (проповедь в исламе – прим. «Ферганы») всегда проводился в мечети. Сейчас считается, что распространять религию нужно путем обхода домов (это практика распространения Таблиги джамаат, которая пришла к нам с Юга). Поэтому в новом законе мы прописали, что запрещается обход домов с целью распространения религиозных взглядов. На нас обрушилась волна критики со стороны мусульманских и христианских организаций, которые занимаются таким обходом, поэтому мы пошли на консенсус и добавили положение, что при этом не ограничивается право представителей религиозных организаций приглашать граждан на свои собрания.

Комментируя бурное строительство мечетей, Чотаев замечает, что «до независимости в стране было не более 40 мечетей, а после получения независимости граждане, которые имели вакуум в религиозном воспитании, начали активно вовлекаться в религию»:

– Во-первых, стало модным строить мечети. Во-вторых, происходит вливание финансовых средств, которые нужно контролировать. В-третьих, наблюдается повышение интереса к нашей стране со стороны миссионеров зарубежных исламских центров. Отсюда и возникла такая тенденция. Поэтому в законе также говорится о реформировании системы религиозного образования. Нам необходимо ставить свою систему религиозного образования, а не зависеть от зарубежных центров. Сейчас в школы с 9 класса вводится курс (пока в виде пилотного проекта) истории религиозной культуры, чтобы подростки не были уязвимы для религиозной пропаганды.

Чотаев уверен, что интерес к религии повышается во всем мире, а внутренняя тенденция связана с ситуацией в стране, которая долгое время находилась вне религиозного контекста:

– Началась активная пропаганда со стороны религиозных миссионеров. Тенденция не совсем здоровая. Хотя мы говорим о том, что быть религиозным человеком не плохо, но не надо нарушать законы страны. Проблема в том, что под видом интереса к религии распространяется радикализм и экстремизм. Однако силовые структуры держат ситуацию под контролем.

Ковать религиозные кадры

Директор независимого аналитического центра «Религия, право и политика» Кадыр Маликов называет происходящее в религиозной сфере страны «естественным заполнением религией вакуума после 70 лет атеизма»:

– Аналогичная ситуация и в других странах региона, но там она жестче контролируется. Дело в том, что ни одна из властей не предоставила своим гражданам национальную идею, которую сейчас замещает религия. Кроме того, процесс убыстряется за счет современных технологий и глобализации. Государство не смогло вовремя перехватить инициативу и дать стране идеологию. Это усугубляется тем, что на фоне высокой коррупции имеет место недоверие населения, особенно молодежи, к властям. Проведите опрос на тему индекса доверия к власти, и вы получите страшную картину. Особенно это чувствуется в Киргизии после двух смен власти, которые привели не к положительным изменениям, а, наоборот, к росту коррупции. Молодежь ищет в религии идеологические ориентиры. Религия сегодня – это не только обряды (намаз, Орозо и та к далее), но и поиск ответов на проблемы, в том числе идеологические и политические, – считает эксперт.

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Магазин исламских головных уборов для женщин на рынке в Бишкеке. Фото Екатерины Иващенко, “Фергана”

Маликов уверен, что проблема заключается не в самой религиозности населения а в том, что духовенство больше сконцентрировано на ритуалах и не дает ответы на накопившееся у людей вопросы. Таким образом, «молодежь начинает искать ответы на вопросы о справедливом государстве на стороне, увлекаясь различными течениями, в том числе экстремистскими».

– Верующие сегодня политизированы. Мы с вами политизированы. И люди ищут ответы на накопившееся ответы в исламе. Там они есть, но вопрос в том, кто и как их трактует. Одно дело – направлять энергию молодежи в положительное русло и совсем другое, если религию будут трактовать эмиссары и заказчики извне, – говорит Кадыр Маликов.

Он также полагает, что в вопросах религии власть упускает инициативу:

– Мы видим, что есть законы, но они не работают. Но нельзя давить на мусульманскую общину, ее надо привлекать к решению социальных проблем. Она должна влиться в гражданское общество, чего сейчас не происходит. Сейчас у нас размежевание: «мы» (светские) и «они» (религиозные). Репрессивными мерами тут не поможешь, тем более, если в вопросах религии у чиновников нет авторитета.

Скептически относится эксперт и к законодательным нововведениям Госкомиссии. По его мнению, миссионеры как ходили по домам, так и продолжат это делать. Маликов полагает, что законодательная регуляция нужна, но только при помощи нее решить вопрос невозможно.

– Мы не знаем своих детей, на что ориентирована наша молодежь? Нет правильного разъяснения религиозных норм. Есть две крайности – радикализация и то, что мы называем лайт-исламом. Сегодня духовенство должно работать не на обрядовость, а на содержательную сторону религии, используя для этого просвещение. Но для этого нужны кадры, так называемая мусульманская интеллигенция. С 2008 года мы поднимаем вопрос подготовки кадров, но их нет. В такой ситуации мы не можем запретить получать образование за рубежом. Я сам учился в Иордании, но те, кто едет в другие страны, должны получать базовое исламское образование в своей стране – как прививку от вируса. Сегодня нам нужно создать национальную теологическую школу, отвечающую интересам нашего государства. Показателен пример Узбекистана, Татарстана. Там понимают, что если они не будут готовить религиозные кадры сами, то за них это сделают другие, потому что сегодня религиозный фактор становится частью геополитической борьбы, – заключает Маликов.

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Еще в 2011 году в Бишкеке на круглом столе «Государство и религия: перспективы, вызовы и угрозы» обсуждались проблемы взаимоотношений государства и религии, а также связанные с этим вопросы, в частности, создание неподконтрольных финансовых схем, массовое обучение в религиозных учебных заведениях за рубежом и вовлечение в террористическую деятельность. Тогда говорили и о регуляции этой сферы, и о расширении полномочий Госкомиссии по делам религий с приданием ей статуса комитета. Спустя семь лет представители Госкомиссии вновь говорят об ужесточении законов и контролировании направленных на религию денежных потоков. Говорят, но дальше слов дело пока так и не идет. И это при том, что религия занимает в жизни страны с каждым годом все большее место.

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