|Mutiny on the high seas saved trafficked Rohingya|
|[Dhaka Tribune] The boat carrying more than 400 Rohingyas, which landed in Bangladesh in the early hours of April 16, had experienced a dramatic mutiny 30 hours earlier.|
In that mutiny, four of the 11 Rakhine traffickers were killed, five were rescued by another boat, and two traffickers, including the captain, were kept hostage to steer the trawler back to Bangladesh.
In exclusive testimony, a survivor of the ill-fated journey explained how the failure to land in Malaysia, despite three attempts, led a group of 17 Rohingya men to confront and overcome the traffickers.
|-Land of the Free|
|Pocahantas Promises To Fight For Kashmir|
|Senator Elizabeth Warren, a Democratic presidential aspirant for the 2020 Elections, has condemned 'anti-Muslim violence'' in India and committed herself to "fighting for the rights and freedom of the people of Kashmir". The Senator from Massachusetts hasn't been performing very well in the Democratic Primaries thus far and going into Super Tuesday, the momentum is decisively against her.|
The comments against India were made in a new plan Elizabeth Warren released on Tuesday for Muslim Communities in the USA. The abrogation of Article 370 and Kashmir figure into the political equations of the USA because Radical Islamists in the country consider Kashmir to be a matter that concerns the Ummah. After Vermont Senator and Warren's rival in the Democratic Primaries, Bernie Sanders, made a pro-Jihad stance regarding Kashmir at an event organized by the ISNA which has links to terrorism, it appears Warren has decided to tread a similar trajectory.
Elizabeth Warren said in her plan, "Elizabeth knows we must stand up for those who can't stand up for themselves. That includes speaking out against China's cruel, bigoted treatment of its Uighur minority and to hold China accountable for its abuses; fighting for reconciliation and accountability for the atrocities committed against the Rohingya in Burma; condemning anti-Muslim violence in India and fighting for the rights and freedom of the people of Kashmir; and holding allies like Saudi Arabia to account for abuses of human rights." As anyone aware of the nature of Kashmiri separatism knows fully well, it is Jihad that is being waged against India and any support for it is equivalent to supporting Radical Islamic Terrorism.
|Losing party in Guinea-Bissau vote appeals result|
|Bengal Churches Too Invoke 'Nativity Story' to Protest the CAA.|
The sermons, calling for an end to the "politics of hate", have come just before all churches get together for a procession from St Paul's Cathedral on Thursday to protest against CAA. The community has invited people of all faiths to join the procession. "We hope people of all faiths will walk against CAA in Thurs-day's march," Archdiocese of Kolkata vicar-general Father Dominic Gomes said.
The focus of the midnight mass at St Paul's Cathedral, the main church of the Kolkata Diocese of the Church of North India, was the "current divisive atmosphere". Parish priests of several churches under the diocese mentioned CAA and NRC and spoke of "maintaining calm and being united" in their morning masses on Wednesday.
"The perpetrators of coercion should develop the fear of God in them and should know where they are going instead of creating this fear psychosis in people. I have asked the congregation not to fear NRC or CAA and help the poor and needy as much as possible by driving the fear ‐ of whether they have relevant documents or not ‐ out of their mind," St John's Church and Union Chapel priest Father Pradip Nanda said.
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"In fact (Jesus) was born in a makeshift manger while his 'parents'; were struggling to get themselves registered according to the newly introduced and unquestioned Citizenship Amendment Act of Augustus Caesar,"
|RAB arrests leader of Hashu-Kashu Bahini organized crime gang|
|[Dhaka Tribune] There are 12 cases against him in different s|
The arrested Abul Kashem alias Hashu, is a ringleader of "Hashu-Kashu Bahini" an organised crime gang.
He said a team of RAB 4 conducted a raid in the Sher-e-Bangla Nagar area based on an intelligence information
He extorted money from traders, industrialists, contractors, and even job seekers. He is also involved in drug business, said the RAB official.
|Fact-checking Aung San Suu Kyi's claims over genocide allegations|
|[Dhaka Tribune] Aung San Suu Kyi has advanced the arguments at The Hague, in response to allegations including genocide were much the same as the Burmese leader has been making for years now.|
She might have been saving her best defence for the highest stage of all. most had been discredited long before she delivered her 20-minute address at the international court of justice on Wednesday morning.
There had undoubtedly been violence in the country’s restive northern Rakhine state, Aung San Suu Kyi told the judges. Armed groups had attacked the Burmese army, which had responded with force, sending more than 700,000 Rohingya fleeing to Bangladesh.
Nonetheless she challenged the idea that the military’s actions were carried out with genocidal intent ‐ "to destroy the Rohingya as a group, in whole or in part."
She cited Myanmar’s efforts to investigate the alleged crimes. Soldiers had been , and an extensive special inquiry was under way, she said. In addition, Myanmar has been negotiating with Bangladesh’s government for the "voluntary, safe and dignified" return of the hundreds of thousands of Rohingya, who fled to Cox’s Bazar starting in August 2017.
"How can there be an ongoing genocide or genocidal intent when these concrete steps are being taken?" Suu Kyi asked.
Yet far from absolving the country, each of these steps has been sharply criticized as delaying justice, at best, and denying it at worst.
Seven Burmese military personnel were indeed sentenced to 10 years in prison with hard labour after being found guilty of murdering 10 men. they were released after serving less than a year behind bars. (In contrast, two journalists who exposed the killings were for more than 500 days.)
Suu Kyi herself pointed to the inadequacy of the justice system in this case, noting on Wednesday: "Many of us in Myanmar were unhappy with this pardon [of the seven military personnel]."
It is also true that a special investigation has been established. Myanmar announced an international commission of enquiry (ICOE) in May 2018. Still the rule of law in the country is notoriously patchy, and the independence of the judiciary has been in question for decades.
The Myanmar government explicitly said it was establishing the ICOE in response to "false allegations" of violence against the Rohingya. At a in August 2018, the commission’s chair made clear "there will be no blaming of anybody, no finger-pointing of anybody."
|How the crackdown on Myanmar's Rohingya unfolded|
|[Al Jazeera] August 2017|
On August 25, the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA), later declared a 'terrorist' group by the government, attacks more than 30 police posts, reportedly killing 12 members of security forces.
As the clashes worsen, thousands of Rohingya begin to flee across the border into Bangladesh.
The Rohingya join some 200,000 who had fled to Bangladesh during earlier waves of violence.
Many speak of abuses by the army and members of the mostly Buddhist ethnic Rakhine.
The United Nations High Commissioner on Human Rights calls the military operation in the state a "textbook example of ethnic cleansing", citing satellite imagery and accounts of extrajudicial killings.
In her first statement on the crisis on September 19, Aung San Suu Kyi promises to hold those who have committed rights abuses to account, but refuses to blame the army.
She adds that she is open to bringing some of the Rohingya home pending a "verification process".
They go on with more dates and commentary, but do you need to read more?
|Home Front: Culture Wars|
|Welcome To The Potemkin Village Of Washington Power|
[AmericanConservative] Don't be misled: elected officials are subjugated to the national security firmament. Trump is just exposing it.
What American constitutional government most urgently needs at present is for our Madisonian institutions‐the presidency, the Congress, and the courts‐to wrest back control of national security policy from an unelected and increasingly rogue national security establishment.
That ominous challenge to constitutionalism was on full display with the recent op-ed piece in the New York Times by retired Admiral William McRaven, in which he brashly warned that unless Trump jumped aboard the Forever War bandwagon, he must be removed, and "the sooner the better." The U.S. must have a policy, McRaven said, that protects "the Kurds, the Iraqis, the Afghans, the Syrians, the Rohingyas, the South Sudanese and the millions of people under the boot of tyranny."
How did we get to the point where a former senior military officer calls for the removal of a duly elected president because he doesn’t stand shoulder-to-shoulder with the Rohingyas? McRaven’s op-ed represents something new in American politics: the assertion that an elected president is illegitimate unless he works to spread our "ideals of universal freedom and equality" through military action and alliances. McRaven also argued that it is "the American military...the intelligence and law enforcement community, the State Department and the press," all unelected institutions, that now embody the true American civic religion and protect its "ideals."
|Myanmar rallies in support of Suu Kyi in wake of genocide charges|
|[DAWN] Arakan-Rohingya Salvation Army stages vicious attacks in the name of Islam, Burma kicks Islam out. My sympathy meter appears to be stuck on zero. Moslems aren't stabbing people to death on bridges in Rangoon, are they?|
|‘Pervez Musharraf is our benefactor,’ says Fawad Chaudhry Listen|
|[The News (Pak)] Federal Minister for Science & Technology Fawad Chaudhry said former president General (retired) was the nation's benefactor.|
"Pervez Musharraf has rid us of PML-N chief in 1999 that's why, he is our benefactor," said the federal minister, addressing a ceremony in Jhelum.
Responding to a question about the PML-N chief's return to Pakistain, the minister was of the view, "Even Nawaz Sharif's family has no hope of his homecoming."
"When Pervez Musharraf was in power, a lot of people used to stand queuing up to light his cigar," he pointed out.
Chaudhry said all the political parties are unanimous on extension to Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa's tenure, hoping the relevant legislation would be completed in the next parliamentary session.
On November 19, an Islamabad special court reserved the order in high treason case against the former president to be announced on November 28. Musharraf and the federal interior ministry filed an application against the reservation of the verdict.
The Lahore High Court had declared the petition of the former president as maintainable on Tuesday while overruling the LHC registrar's objections. Musharraf in his petition said that the Special Court has reserved judgment in the case on November 19 without hearing his stance.
He also questioned formation of the Special Court, saying that the then prime minister alone granted approval for the constitution of the Special Court and the cabinet's sanction was not sought.
A three-judge IHC bench headed by Chief Justice Athar Minallah had set aside the November 19 order of the Special Court and instructed it to hear all sides before deciding the case.
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|Two Chemistry Professors Accused of Making Meth in School Lab|
|[BREITBART] two chemistry professors were accused of making methamphetamine in a school lab, sheriff’s deputies said. Terry David Bateman, 45, and Bradley Allen Rowland, 40, who both worked at Henderson State University in Arkadelphia, Arkansas, as associate professors of chemistry were arrested Friday afternoon, the Clark County Sheriff’s Department said in a statement.|
Bateman and Rowland face charges of manufacturing meth and using drug paraphernalia, and have been on administrative leave since October 11, KTRK reported.
Staff closed the university science center on October 8 after someone noticed a chemical odor, according to Tina Hall, the university’s associate vice president of marketing and communications.
The university reopened the building on October 29 after an on-call environmental service installed air filtering systems and temporarily removed windows to facilitate ventilation, Hall said.
Hall could not confirm what was found after the mysterious odor report or whether the professors made the meth inside the school.