[Libya Observer] The Libyan Mufti, Sheikh al-Sadiq al-Ghariani ...Libyan Moslem Brüderhood Grand Mufti since 2012. Issued a fatwa forbidding Libyan women from marrying foreign men. Issued a fatwa against a UN Commission on the Status of Women's report because it urged governments to protect women and girls against violence. Aligned with the GNC govt... , has expressed sorrow over the recent killings in Murzuq in southern Libya, especially after the Arclight airstrike ...KABOOM!... s of Khalifa Haftar ...Self-proclaimed Field Marshal, served in the Libyan army under Muammar Qadaffy, and took part in the coup that brought Qadaffy to power in 1969. He became a prisoner of war in Chad in 1987. While held prisoner, he and his fellow officers formed a group hoping to overthrow Qadaffy, so it's kind of hard to describe him as a Qadaffy holdover. He was released around 1990 in a deal with the United States government and spent nearly two decades in the United States, gaining US citizenship. In 1993, while living in the United States, he was convicted in absentia of crimes against the Jamahiriya and sentenced to death. Haftar held a senior position in the anti-Qadaffy forces in the 2011 Libyan Civil War. In 2014 he was commander of the Libyan Army when the General National Congress (GNC) refused to give up power in accordance with its term of office. Haftar launched a campaign against the GNC and its Islamic fundamentalist allies. His campaign allowed elections to take place to replace the GNC, but then developed into a civil war. Guess you can't win them all... 's forces.
The Mufti called on Arab and Tubu communities in the town to reconcile and warned them against fighting driven by ethnic, tribal or retaliatory motives.
"The feuds are often fueled by foreign parties that use local individuals like war criminal Haftar as a tool in order to destabilize the country's security." al-Gharyani said in his weekly program on Tanasuh TV on Wednesday.
He also called on the Presidential Council and the Interior Ministry to have real presence and intelligence in the southern region so they can know what is really happening in there.
The Mufti indicated that the southerners are in need for protection and security as well as services as they are now counting on the Presidential Council's government not on Haftar in order to see change happen in their district.
Libya's southern region, especially Murzuq, are witnessing deteriorating security and humanitarian conditions due to frequent festivities among local communities after the security vacuum left by the forces of Khalifa Haftar, knowing that they entered it in February then left heading to Tripoli ...a confusing city, one end of which is located in Lebanon and the other end of which is the capital of Libya. Its chief distinction is being mentioned in the Marine Hymn... Haftar's warplanes hit a gathering in Murzuq three days ago killing over 43 and injuring over 60 others.
[AlAhram] At least 40,000 migrants colonists who have reached the U.S. border with Mexico are on waiting lists for an initial attempt to seek asylum or are waiting for a court hearing in the U.S. after being sent back.
The figure - based on reporting by The News Agency that Dare Not be Named and Mexican government figures - represents a dramatic increase from the start of the year.
English-speaking Cameroon ...a long, narrow country that fills the space between Nigeria and Chad on the northeast, CAR to the southeast. Prior to incursions by Boko Haram nothing ever happened there... ians fleeing atrocities of their French-speaking government helped push Tijuana's asylum wait list to 10,000 on Sunday, up from 4,800 just three months earlier.
Turning Mexico into a waiting room for U.S. asylum seekers may be the Trump administration's most forceful response yet to a surge of migrants colonists seeking humanitarian protection, many of them Central American families.
[Jpost] Germany’s former ambassador to the Islamic Republic of Iran, Bernd Erbel, will not oversee the European Union’s mechanism to conduct trade with Tehran because he appeared on a radio show with a virulently antisemitic radio host who allegedly denied the Holocaust.
The US ambassador to Germany, Richard Grenell, tweeted that "Bild reports that the German official tapped to run Instex, the outfit designed to bypass US sanctions on Iran, has been forced to resign because of antisemitic comments and poor judgment.”
INSTEX is an abbreviation for the Instrument in Support of Trade Exchanges payment system between the EU and Iran designed to circumvent US sanctions. Erbel pulled out of the position for "personal reasons."
Erbel appeared twice on an Internet radio show with Ken Jebsen in which he praised the terrorist entity Hezbollah and defended Iran's missile program as legal.
[DAWN] QUETTA: Lawyers and participants of a condolence reference, held in memory of deaders of the August 8 Quetta attack, have demanded the government implement the Justice Qazi Faez Isa commission report on the civil hospital carnage that three years ago deprived Balochistan ...the Pak province bordering Kandahar and Uruzgun provinces in Afghanistan and Sistan Baluchistan in Iran. Its native Baloch propulation is being displaced by Pashtuns and Punjabis and they aren't happy about it... of 60 senior lawyers.
The condolence reference and a seminar was organised by Shaheed Baz Muhammad Kakar Foundation at Balochistan Boy Scouts auditorium on Wednesday to pay tribute to the martyred lawyers.
Senior lawyers of the country, including Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) President Amanullah Kanrani, SCBA ex-presidents Hamid Khan and Ali Ahmed Kurd, Pakistain Bar Council vice chairman Amjad Shah, provincial presidents Asghar Khan Achakzai, Muhammad Kakar and Dr Lal Muhammad Kakar spoke on the occasion.
The speakers expressed their serious concern over non-implementation of the Qazi Faez Isa commission report on the Quetta bombing and all promises made by the provincial government to the families of the slain lawyers.
SCBA President Amanullah Kanrani said that August 8 civil hospital carnage was against the illusory sovereignty of the country and lawyers community. He warned that if conflicts continued, the situation would further worsen. He said that the carnage had deprived Balochistan of 60 senior lawyers, creating a gap that could not be filled up for a long time.
Balochistan Bar President Muhammad Asghar Achakzai, who lost his younger brother in the Quetta bombing, said that most of the victims of the tragedy were head of their families and after their deaths the families were facing great difficulties.
He said that if the government had implemented the national action plan, the situation would have been different. "The setback of the attack on lawyers will haunt us for a very long time," Mr Achakzai said and questioned why the government had challenged the judicial commission report of the incident.
[DAWN] Resident Representative of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in Pakistain Teresa Daban Sanchez has said the failure to get out of the grey list by the Financial Action Task Force could have implications for capital inflows to Pakistain and also jeopardise financing assurances under the programme.
Addressing a seminar on ’IMF Extended Fund Facility Arrangement for Pakistain’ at the University of Beautiful Downtown Peshawar ...capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa administrative and economic hub for the Federally Administered Tribal Areas of Pakistan. Peshawar is situated near the eastern end of the Khyber Pass, convenient to the Pak-Afghan border. Peshawar has evolved into one of Pakistan's most ethnically and linguistically diverse cities, which means lots of gunfire. on Wednesday, Ms Sanchez said the risks of the FATF grey list and non-compliance of fiscal measures by the government loomed large over the programme.
The university’s Economics Department organised the event, which was attended by Vice- Chancellor Dr Mohammad Asif Khan, chairman of the Department of Economics Professor Zilakat Khan Malik, faculty members, and students.
Ms Sanchez said opposition to governance and institutional building by vested interests, fiscal slippages, and absence of majority by the ruling PTI in the Senate could put the programme at risk.
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Financial Action Task Force formed by member countries (1989) to police money laundering, terror financing, proceeds from trafficking, international shell companies, etc. Has 37 member nations now with several observer organizations aiding and receiving reports. When aid in billions flows into hellholes, somebody has to track the state-sponsored money laundering and diversion of funds.
They signal the do-gooders, IMF or World bank when it's okay to give a country a loan or aid, and also when it'll probably be used to fellatio a terrorist with $$. At least we hope.
[DAWN] Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Wormtongue Qureshi ...a Pak political shape-changer. He is undistinguished except for his habit of periodically needing to have his lips reattached... on Thursday announced that Pakistain would take the matter of India revoking the special status for Indian Kashmiree to the United Nations ...a lucrative dumping ground for the relatives of dictators and party hacks... Security Council.
Addressing a presser in Islamabad, he said the decision had been taken in light of several pre-existing UN resolutions on the Kashmire dispute.
Pakistan to approach UNSC regarding Kashmir
India's claim that altering Kashmir status is its 'internal matter' rejected
Pakistan has not closed its airspace
Pakistan's commitment to complete Kartarpur Corridor stands
Suspension of trade with India will not affect Pakistan's trade with Afghanistan
Samjhota Express service to be discontinued
The minister said Pakistan rejected New Delhi's impression that scrapping Article 370 of the Indian constitution was its "internal matter", saying the claim was wrong from a historical, legal and moral perspective.
He also questioned India's claim that the change in the constitutional status was aimed at taking steps for the welfare of Kashmiris, wondering what had stopped New Delhi from taking such measures since Article 370 was inserted into the Indian constitution seven decades ago.
Noting that as many as 900,000 troops had been deployed in occupied Kashmir, he asked the Indian government whether turning the region into a virtual "jail" was one of its welfare steps.
Challenging India's claim that the Kashmir move was its internal matter, Qureshi said former Indian prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru had declared "countless times" making at least 14 solemn promises and commitments that "the future of Kashmir is going to be decided finally by the goodwill and pleasure of her people."
"The goodwill and pleasure of this (Indian) parliament is of no importance in this matter," the minister quoted Nehru as further saying.
[DAWN] PML-N Vice President Maryam Nawaz was taken into custody by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) on Thursday from Kot Lakhpat Jail, where she had been visiting her incarcerated father, former premier Nawaz Sharif ... served two non-consecutive terms as prime minister, heads the Pakistain Moslem League (Nawaz). Noted for his spectacular corruption, the 1998 Pak nuclear test, border war with India, and for being tossed by General Musharraf, then by the courts... According to an official blurb issued by NAB, Maryam and her cousin Yousuf Abbas have been arrested in connection to the Chaudhry Sugar Mills case and taken to NAB headquarters.
On the directives of the NAB chairman, a team of doctors will conduct a medical examination of both detainees.
According to the blurb, as per the law, NAB will present Maryam and Abbas to an accountability court in Lahore with an application for their remand.
Maryam had been due to appear before NAB in the CSM reference today. However, there's more than one way to stuff a chicken... she had excused herself from appearing and had gone to meet Nawaz Sharif in jail instead.
PML-N sources confirmed that Maryam was taken into custody after she was shown the arrest warrants issued for her non-appearance before the bureau.
[DAWN] Prime Minister Imran Khan ... aka The Great Khan, who who convinced himself that playing cricket qualified him to lead a nuclear-armed nation with severe personality problems... on Thursday questioned whether the global community would have the "moral courage" to stop a possible genocide from taking place in Indian-occupied Kashmire.
Taking to Twitter a day after Pakistain expelled the Indian ambassador in protest over New Delhi's move to revoke occupied Kashmire's special status, the premier said the entire world was waiting to see what treatment the Indian authorities will mete out to Kashmires once the crippling curfew imposed on them earlier this week is lifted.
"Does the BJP govt think by using greater military force against Kashmiris in IOK, it will stop the freedom movement?" the prime minister asked, before the answering the question himself: "Chances are it will gain momentum."
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Why? Is Pakistan planning to all Bangladesh on the the Kashmiris?
[DAWN] Indian-Indian Kashmire was stripped of its autonomy to free it from "terrorism and separatism", Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Thursday.
In his first comments on the constitutional bombshell carried out while Kashmire was under a military lockdown, Modi insisted that his government had made a "historic decision". He did not bring up the clampdown in the region in his speech.
The Hindu nationalist BJP government rushed through a presidential decree on Monday to ditch the Moslem-majority region's constitutionally-guaranteed status. The Indian parliament also passed a law splitting the state into two territories.
The move was opposed by some of the opposition and has been questioned by Indian journalists and international organizations.
Internet and telephone connections in Kashmire have been cut since Monday and a curfew imposed as the authorities feared trouble when the decision was announced.
[DAWN] The Legislative Assembly of Azad Jammu and Kashmire (AJK) on Thursday warned India that it could neither crush the popular freedom struggle nor raise any "constitutional" set up in Indian Kashmiree on the surmise of "military might" and advised New Delhi to find a peacefully negotiated settlement of the lingering dispute as enshrined in the United Nations ...where theory meets practice and practice loses... Security Council (UNSC) resolutions.
The assembly also assured the besieged leadership and people of Indian-Indian Kashmiree that AJK stood by them in this difficult phase of their freedom movement with full conviction.
"We will not leave you alone in any way. We will live and die along with you," vowed the house through a unanimously approved resolution, tabled by Prime Minister Raja Farooq Haider reportedly in consultation with members from both sides of the divide.
Condemning the abrogation of occupied Kashmire's constitution as well as extension of the jurisdiction of India’s constitution to the disputed territory, the AJK legislature observed that Articles 370 and 35-A of the Indian constitution were amended and repealed, respectively, to reduce the majority of Moslems there, due to which India had always been reluctant to hold a UN-sponsored plebiscite.
[Rudaw] A reported 151 Yezidi women and kiddies who were victims of Islamic State ...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that they were al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're really very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear western pols talk they're not really Moslems.... (ISIS) persecution arrived in La Belle France from Erbil on Thursday evening, in a partial fulfillment of a commitment made by French President Emmanuel Macron to provide refuge to members of the ethnoreligious community in October 2018.
La Belle France’s Foreign Ministry announced on Thursday that they would be taking in 31 Yezidi women and their families, as part of continued commitment to welcoming Yezidi survivors to La Belle France.
"Today, Thursday 8 August 2019, La Belle France is taking in 31 Yezidi women who were victims of ISIS [so-called ISIS], together with their children," read a joint statement from La Belle France’s Foreign and Interior ministries.
Nadia’s Initiative, a non-profit organization founded by Yezidi genocide survivor and Nobel peace laureate Nadia Murad in 2016 to advocate for Yezidis community and victims of sexual violence, confirmed the arrival of 151 women and kiddies in Toulouse ...lies on the banks of the River Garonne, half-way between the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea. The Toulouse metropolitan area is the fourth-largest in La Belle France... , southwestern La Belle France in a Facebook post on Thursday evening.
"We are incredibly thankful to the French government for their continuous support of the Yezidi community," it added.
The women and kiddies were flown out of Iraq from the Kurdistan Region’s Erbil International Airport. Transportation was organized by the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and funded by La Belle France, according to the French statement.
The arrival of the Yezidi group was described by the ministry as a "follow-up" to the arrival in La Belle France of two other groups of Yezidi families: 16 families in December 2018, and 28 families in May 2019.
Kurdistan Regional Government representative to La Belle France Ali Dolamari told Rudaw on Thursday that one more group of Yezidis is due to arrive in La Belle France in 2019.
Yezidis were a particular target of ISIS violence when their bully boyz took over swathes of Iraq and Syria in 2014, including the Yezidi heartland in and around Shingal. Thousands of women are believed to have been kidnapped and subjected to years of sexual slavery.
"These women, who suffered especially badly from the terrorist organization’s atrocities, are being cared for in various French departments [regions]. Thanks to the support of several state services, La Belle France is providing them with protection, security, education and medical-social support," added the statement.
Psychological support will also be allocated to the survivors, Dolamari told Rudaw.
French President Emmanuel Macron received Nadia Murad, in late October 2018 at the Elysee Palace in Gay Paree, where she pressed for increased assistance for Yezidi survivors, including allowing Yezidi families to settle in La Belle France.
The process of taking in Yezidi survivors by the French government was described by the ministry statement as a "fulfillment" of the "commitment" Macron had made to Murad.
[ALMASDARNEWS] The Syrian government announced on Thursday that they have categorically rejected the recent U.S.-Ottoman Turkish safe zone agreement that is to be implemented in northern Syria.
According to the Syrian Foreign Ministry’s statement, the new safe zone constitutes a flagrant violation of Syria’s illusory sovereignty and territorial integrity.
An official source at the Foreign and Expatriates Ministry told SANA on Thursday that "Syria expresses categorical rejection of the agreement announced by the US and Ottoman Turkish occupations on establishing the so-called (safe zone) which constitutes a blatant aggression against the illusory sovereignty and territorial integrity of the Syrian Arab Republic and a flagrant violation of the principles of the international law and the UN Charter."
"This agreement has very clearly exposed the US-Ottoman Turkish partnership in the aggression against Syria which serves the interest of the Israeli occupation entity and the Ottoman Turkish expansionist ambitions and it unequivocally exposed the misleading and evasiveness which govern the policies of the Ottoman Turkish regime," the SANA source continued. .
"Syria calls on the Arab people to be aware of the dangers of the expansionist ambitions of the Ottoman Turkish regime which is spreading the killing and chaos in different parts of the Arab world from Syria to Libya and the Sudan and it will not stop till it will satisfy its illusions on reviving the Ottoman Sultanate," they added.
[ALMASDARNEWS] US President Donald Trump ...The tack in the backside of the Democratic Party... has promised to withdraw US troops from areas of Kurdish-controlled northern Syria where a Ottoman Turkish operation will be taking place, Ottoman Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu has announced.
"In a telephone call with our president, the US president informed us that the US would be vacating the area. We will discuss the question of coordination after the withdrawal takes place. The agreement with the US on the creation of a safe zone is a very important first step," Cavusoglu said, speaking at a press briefing on Thursday.
The foreign minister added that The Sick Man of Europe Turkey ...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire... would not allow the US to delay the implementation of a safe zone under any circumstances, and has shown Washington that it is prepared to back its words by deeds. "Either we do it together, or we will be able to do it ourselves," he said.
"Our decision is to create a safe zone so that there are no murderous Moslems there from the Syrian Kurdish self-defence forces and the Kurdistan Workers Party. But we will not allow this agreement to be turned into the [US] Roadmap for Manbij," Cavusoglu noted, referring to the Ottoman Turkish-US security agreement negotiated last year.
Earlier, the Ottoman Turkish Defence Ministry announced that Ankara and Washington had agreed to establish a coordination centre for joint operations, and to a security ’safe zone’ in northern Syria in which an area of Syrian territory between 30 and 40 km wide would be controlled by Turkey in coordination with the United States, with Syrian Kurdish forces forced to leave the area and surrender their heavy weapons.
A multi-volume chronology and reference guide set detailing three years of the Mexican Drug War between 2010 and 2012.
Rantburg.com and borderlandbeat.com correspondent and author Chris Covert presents his first non-fiction work detailing
the drug and gang related violence in Mexico.
Chris gives us Mexican press dispatches of drug and gang war violence
over three years, presented in a multi volume set intended to chronicle the death, violence and mayhem which has
dominated Mexico for six years.