Im Osten nichts Neues

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Post by Witness » Fri Nov 09, 2018 2:22 am

India gets US waiver for development of strategic Chabahar Port in Iran

The move by the Donald Trump administration is considered as an endorsement by Washington of India's major role in the development of the port on the Gulf of Oman, which is of immense strategic importance for the reconstruction of war-torn Afghanistan.

In a relief for India, the United States has exempted New Delhi from the imposition of certain sanctions for the development of the strategically-located Chabahar Port in Iran as well as the construction of the railway line connecting it with Afghanistan.

“After extensive consideration, the Secretary (of State) has provided for an exception from imposition of certain sanctions under the Iran Freedom and Counter-Proliferation Act of 2012, with respect to the development of Chabahar Port, construction of an associated railway and for shipment of non-sanctionable goods through the port for Afghanistan’s use, as well as the country’s continued imports of Iranian petroleum products,” a US State Department spokesperson was quoted as saying by PTI.
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India was among the eight countries that were granted temporary waiver for purchase of Iranian oil. US Secretary of State Michael R Pompeo had said these countries have shown significant reduction in oil purchase from Iran.

When asked on the fate of Chabahar Port after the US reimposed all its sanctions on Iran, the spokesperson said, “This exception relates to reconstruction assistance and economic development for Afghanistan. These activities are vital for the ongoing support of Afghanistan’s growth and humanitarian relief.”

In May 2016, India, Iran and Afghanistan inked a pact which entailed establishment of Transit and Transport Corridor among the three countries using Chabahar Port as one of the regional hubs for sea transportation in Iran, besides multi-modal transport of goods and passengers across the three nations.
https://indianexpress.com/article/world ... n-5437066/

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Post by Grammatron » Fri Nov 09, 2018 9:09 am

Neat. Feels like a fuck you to China with great benefit to our interests.

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Post by Witness » Sat Nov 10, 2018 12:30 am

Puzzling Turkish article:
New legislation expands ban on sperm and egg donations in Turkey

A controversial legislation that was passed by a parliamentary committee on Nov. 7 includes a provision that expands a ban on sperm and egg donations.

According to the respective regulation in legislation, a doctor who refers people to donation centers to seek fertility treatment in foreign countries may risk facing up to five years in jail.

Doctors who encourage people to visit such centers abroad will face criminal charges.

This rule will also apply to those who donate, preserve, ship and trade sperms and eggs and those that trade sperms and eggs and encourage such activities.
http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/new-le ... key-138719

The article says nothing about the reasons, apparently self-evident. From a 2010 article:
Turkey bans trips abroad for artificial insemination

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Ms Ilkkaracan believes the move reflects the conservative outlook of the governing Justice and Development Party, which has strongly promoted family values.

She cites the party's failed attempt to criminalise adultery in 2004, and Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's public call for women to have at least three children as examples.

But Mr Sencan at the Department of Health said it was essential for children to know who their fathers and grandfathers are; using sperm donors, he said, contravened that requirement.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/8568733.stm

So it's all about Rassenreinheit? :mrgreen:

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Post by Abdul Alhazred » Sat Nov 10, 2018 12:43 am

Less about "race" and more about avoiding bastardy.

I'm guessing this also plays into the Islamic prohibition on adoption is some way.
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Saudi Arabia bars nearly 3 million Palestinians from Hajj and Umrah

Riyadh is denying visas to Palestinians in Jordan, Lebanon, East Jerusalem and Israel who wish to perform pilgrimages

Saudi Arabia is barring more than one and a half million Palestinian citizens of Israel from travelling on temporary Jordanian passports to perform the Islamic pilgrimages of Hajj and Umrah in the holy city of Mecca, Middle East Eye can reveal.

The measure is part of Saudi Arabia's new policy to stop issuing visas for Hajj and Umrah to Palestinians in Jordan, Lebanon, East Jerusalem, and, most recently, to Palestinians living in Israel, who hold temporary travel documents issued by Jordan or Lebanon - a policy that became effective on 12 September.

This Saudi move affects 2.94 million Palestinians in total across these states, who have no access to any other form of travel document allowing them to go to Saudi Arabia, where millions of Muslims travel each year on pilgrimage to the holy cities of Mecca and Medina.

Several travel agents spoken to by MEE in Israel, East Jerusalem and Jordan said that they were informed by Jordan's Ministry of Awqaf and Islamic Affairs that the Saudi embassy in Amman told them to not apply for visas for anyone seeking to travel to Mecca on a temporary Jordanian passport.

Israeli-Saudi agreement

A Jordanian source, with an inside knowledge of his country's diplomatic affairs, told MEE that the Saudi decision is part of a bilateral agreement with Israel to put an end to the "Palestinian identity and the right of return for refugees".

"Saudi Arabia is pressuring Jordan to naturalise the Palestinian refugees in Jordan, Palestinians in East Jerusalem, and now Palestinians in Israel. The same could happen in Lebanon. Then, you will not have a Palestinian refugees problem," the source said.

"It is all part of a bilateral agreement between Israel and Saudi Arabia. But Jordan is refusing to naturalise Palestinians."
https://www.middleeasteye.net/saudi-ara ... ssport-ban

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Post by Witness » Thu Nov 15, 2018 11:03 pm

Tunisian Scouts movement bars French Jews from interfaith meeting

Organizers’ decision to ban the Jewish delegates, who are not Israeli citizens, said to follow complaints from BDS organizations

Jewish French community leaders have complained after organizers of an interfaith meeting in Tunisia for members of the Scouts movement rescinded an invitation to French Jewish delegates following pressure by promoters of boycotts against Israel.

The two delegates of the International Forum of Jewish Scouts were excluded from the meeting held last week in the resort town of Hammamet for members of the youth movement from around the world. Titled “Interfaith Dialogue Ambassadors,” the event brought together 150 participants from 24 countries.

But the French Jews who traveled there to participate in the event were asked to leave, Francis Kalifat, the president of the CRIF umbrella group of French Jewish communities, wrote in an open letter of complaint to Abdelaziz Rassaa, Tunisia’s ambassador to France.
https://www.timesofisrael.com/tunisian- ... h-meeting/

Dialogue, but not too much, please. :roll:

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Post by Witness » Tue Nov 20, 2018 10:01 pm

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Is Malta in the Orient? Sure!
The Guardian wrote:Malta car bomb kills Panama Papers journalist

Daphne Caruana Galizia died on Monday afternoon when her car, a Peugeot 108, was destroyed by a powerful explosive device which blew the vehicle into several pieces and threw the debris into a nearby field.
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Update, sorta:
Malta police identify suspected journalist murder masterminds: report

VALLETTA (Reuters) - Investigators have identified a group of at least three Maltese nationals who they believe masterminded the killing of anti-corruption journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia 13 months ago, The Sunday Times of Malta reported on Sunday.

It did not reveal their names, but quoted high-ranking officers leading the murder probe as saying that their investigation was at a “very advanced stage”.

There was no official comment from the police on the report, however, a police source said the story was not right.

“It is not as it is reported, no ... we have not found out who is behind it yet,” the source, who had been briefed at a senior level on the investigation, told Reuters.

Separately, Caruana Galizia’s sister, Corinne Vella, told Reuters the “family was not formally informed by police that the suspected masterminds had been identified”.

The sources quoted by The Sunday Times of Malta gave no indication of how much longer the investigation could take or if there had been any new arrests in the case.
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-malt ... reddit.com

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Post by Witness » Mon Dec 03, 2018 12:10 am

Egyptian actress Rania Youssef accused over revealing dress

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The complaint against her was filed by two lawyers, Amro Abdelsalam and Samir Sabri, who are known for taking celebrities to court.

Ms Youssef's appearance "did not meet societal values, traditions and morals and therefore undermined the reputation of the festival and the reputation of Egyptian women in particular", Mr Sabri told AFP.

The Egyptian Actors' Syndicate also criticised the "appearance of some of the guests", which it said "undermined the festival and the union".

In a social media post, the actress said she had "probably miscalculated" in choosing to wear the dress.
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-46414052

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Post by Witness » Tue Dec 04, 2018 2:04 am

Iraqi lawmakers call for end to US military presence

Iraqi lawmakers have called for the withdrawal of US troops, saying they see no justification for the presence of foreign troops about a year after the defeat of the Daesh terrorist group in Iraq.

The American presence “is, in my opinion, a violation of the Iraqi sovereignty,” Amer al-Shebli, a lawmaker, told Press TV on Friday. “After ending terrorism, the previous Parliament should have taken a serious action to force all foreign forces to leave Iraq,” the MP added.

“Sovereignty is the most valuable asset in any nation. The sacrifices of the Iraqi people in their fight against Daesh show how important their country’s sovereignty is for them. Today, no country will allow foreign military bases on its land,” said another legislator Kadhim al-Sayadi.

Some lawmakers said the presence of US forces in Iraq had to be based on a legal framework.

“The presence of any foreign forces inside Iraq can only be done through agreements with the Iraqi government, and these agreements cannot be passed without the approval of the Parliament,” said Diar Barawri, an MP with the Kurdish Democratic Party.

Another lawmaker expressed concern over the ever-increasing number of US forces in the country.
https://www.presstv.com/Detail/2018/11/ ... -lawmakers

Ungrateful bastards! :twisted:

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Post by Witness » Wed Dec 05, 2018 12:54 am

PA court sentences Palestinians to 15 years hard labor for selling land to Jews

Separately, a Palestinian who died in a car accident was barred from burial in Jerusalem over allegations he sold property to Jews, official says

A Palestinian Authority court in Qalqilya on Wednesday sentenced two Palestinians convicted of selling land to Israeli Jews to 15 years of hard labor.

“The court sentenced F.A.E. and A. Kh. M. from Kafr Thulth in the Qalqilya Governorate for the crime of leaking land to the enemy,” a memo on the PA High Judicial Council’s website said, referring to the two convicts by their initials and using the Arabic term to allude to selling land to Israeli Jews. “The court…sentenced the convicts to 15 years of hard labor.”

Qalqilya is in the northern West Bank.

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Separately, in early November, the body of Ala’a Qirsh, one of six Palestinians who died in a major road accident in the Jordan Valley, was barred from being buried in a Muslim cemetery in Jerusalem over allegations that he had sold property to Israeli Jews, an official in the Jerusalem Waqf told The Times of Israel.

“He was not permitted to be buried in Jerusalem’s cemeteries,” the official, who asked to remain unnamed, said on Wednesday. “A number of young men in Jerusalem prevented his body from being buried in the cemeteries because they suspected him of selling land to Jews.”
https://www.timesofisrael.com/pa-court- ... G-b4dBzJks

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Post by Witness » Thu Dec 06, 2018 1:53 am

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Egyptian actress Rania Youssef accused over revealing dress
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Update:
Lawyers Drop Charges Against Rania Youssef’s Dress

The charges against Egyptian actress Rania Youssef who has been accused of inciting public obscenity for wearing a dress have been dropped, as El Watan News reports.

Lawyers Wahid al-Kilani, Hamido Jameel al-Prince and Amr Abdel Salam said in a statement that they decided to forego the legal measures as Youssef apologized for her action.

“The artist Rania Youssef presented an apology to the Egyptian family and society for this incident and its affirmation that it was not intentional, that it was placed in circumstances beyond its control and that the behavior was wrong and unintentional,” the statement read.

The lawyers added that they only took legal action against Youssef as they feared that the action would be imitated and spread values that contradict the norms of Egyptian society.
https://egyptianstreets.com/2018/12/04/ ... efs-dress/

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Post by Witness » Sat Dec 08, 2018 2:58 am

Why Qatar left OPEC

Qatar chose to leave OPEC at a time when the future of the cartel is under question.

Qatar's decision to end its nearly 60-year-old membership in OPEC caught many observers by surprise earlier this week.

Explaining the motivation behind the decision, Saad Sherida al-Kaabi, Qatar's minister of state for energy affairs and president and CEO of Qatar Petroleum, said that Qatar's exit from OPEC "is not political, it was purely a business decision for Qatar's future strategy towards the energy sector."

Given that the decision was taken in the context of the ongoing Saudi-led blockade on Qatar, many commentators interpreted it as a political act and a rebuke of an organisation increasingly seen as a tool of Saudi power projection.

This assessment is too simplistic and does not reflect Qatar's long-term economic strategy. What defines the country's energy sector is not its oil production, but its capacity and global presence in the natural gas sector. Qatar's exit from OPEC should be seen through the lens of its long-term economic vision and its divergence from the oil cartel's business trajectory.
Rest of the article: https://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opini ... 12634.html

Al Jazeera is Qatari.

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Post by Witness » Sun Dec 09, 2018 12:12 am

Princesses! Mysteries! Elopement! Abusive father! The Orient!
Dubai says missing princess 'safe at home' after attempted escape

The government of Dubai has broken its silence on the case of its missing princess, saying she was safely back home and accused a former French spy of her kidnap.

Sheikha Latifa, the daughter of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum, Dubai’s ruler, tried to escape the country in March after complaining she was effectively being held prisoner by her repressive father.

She fled across the border to Oman with the help of a friend, before boarding a boat to meet French national Hervé Jaubert, who had himself managed to successfully escape the Emirates in 2010.

The boat set sail for the Indian coast but was intercepted by three Indian and two Emirati warships - with Mr Jaubert claiming he and his crew were beaten by commandos before Latifa was whisked away.

Her social media accounts, where she liked to share pictures and videos of herself skydiving, were all shut down shortly after.
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/1 ... ed-escape/

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Post by sparks » Sun Dec 09, 2018 12:54 am

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What the title say: Mumbai: Gang-raped dog dies after three painful days of treatment.

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What the fuck is wrong with people? Hope the bastards dicks rot off. Fucking sub human excrement. Goddamn, but I really hate this world sometimes.
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Post by Witness » Wed Dec 12, 2018 12:51 am

Jubilant Malays rally after Malaysia refuses U.N. racial equality pledge

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - Tens of thousands of Malay Muslims rallied in Kuala Lumpur on Saturday to celebrate the Malaysian government’s refusal to ratify a UN convention against racial discrimination.

After weeks of pressure by pro-Malay groups, Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad’s multi-ethnic government decided last month that it would not ratify the convention, without giving a reason why it was going back on an earlier commitment to sign.

Groups representing Malays, who account for around 60 percent of Malaysia’s multi-ethnic population, raised fears that signing the UN pledge could have undermined Malay privileges and threatened Islam’s status as Malaysia’s official religion.
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Post by Witness » Fri Dec 14, 2018 3:28 am

Saudi Media Defends Donald Trump by Attacking Progressive Muslim-American Politicians With Racism, Conspiracy Theo

Newly-elected Representatives Ilhan Omar from Minnesota and Rashida Tlaib from Michigan as well as Abdul El-Sayed, who unsuccessfully ran for governor in Michigan, have all faced attacks and criticism from Saudi Arabia and its regional allies, Foreign Policy reported Tuesday. Although all the Democratic politicians espouse socially progressive views, regularly promoting LGBTQ and women’s issues, they have been labeled as “radical,” with Arab media and talking heads claiming they have links to Islamists.

“The Democrats’ battle against the Republican control of the U.S. Congress, led to an alliance with Political Islamist movements in order to restore their control on government, pushing Muslim candidates and women activists of immigrant minorities, onto the electoral scene,” Saudi-owned Al Arabiya wrote in an article published on Sunday. The writer went on to suggest that the newly elected congresswomen are part of the Muslim Brotherhood, which is banned as a terrorist organization by Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and other regional allies.

El-Sayed, who is the son of Egyptian immigrants, told Foreign Policy that he noticed Middle Eastern media began amplifying similar claims about him as he ran against fellow Democratic candidate Gretchen Whitmer (who later won in November) during the Michigan primary. He was classified as a “radical,” which he attributed to Arab leaders fear of what he and those like him represent. Authoritarian regimes in the region, such as those in Saudi Arabia and Egypt, have often argued that their people are not ready for democracy.
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Even blatant racism has been used to attack Omar, who came to the U.S. as a refugee from Somalia when she was a teenager.

“These miserable beings coming from the underdeveloped worlds are more hateful to their race and to you than any enemy,” Ahmad al-Farraj, a Saudi writer and researcher who works for a UAE-based advisory firm, wrote in a November tweet, sharing a screenshot of a post from Omar criticizing Saudi Arabia and its war in Yemen. His tens of thousands of followers jumped on board with their own racist remarks, including one referring to Omar as a “slave” and suggesting she was “miserable filth.”
For the Trump part, rest of the article: https://www.newsweek.com/saudi-donald-t ... an-1255420, but meh.

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Post by Witness » Sat Dec 15, 2018 12:43 am

Nazi sword gifted by Himmler to Jerusalem mufti auctioned online

German auction house Hermann Historica is selling a present given by SS commander Heinrich Himmler to the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem Husseini during his visit to Nazi Germany in 1943; personal inscription 'My honor is loyalty' is engraved on the sword.
https://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,734 ... 04,00.html

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Post by Witness » Mon Dec 17, 2018 2:17 am

South Korea Shuts the Gates

Just a few hundred Yemeni refugees have created a national political crisis in South Korea.

Now, hundreds of thousands of Koreans are back in the streets, and though they haven’t swelled to quite the same size as the anti-Park demonstrations, they are once again too large to ignore. These protests, which began in June, are against the presence of about 500 Yemeni refugees on the island of Jeju (the nation’s southernmost territory and a tourism hot spot billed as “Korea’s Hawaii”). On an island with 660,000 residents, and in a nation of over 50 million, it’s a negligible amount of people—especially considering that South Korea has the 11th-largest economy in the world. But 500 is considered far too many in a country that accepts fewer refugees than almost any comparable nation. (Only about 4 percent of applicants are accepted.)
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The Yemenis began trickling in from nearby majority-Muslim country Malaysia (also featuring visa-free access, leading many Yemenis to seek refuge there initially) in December 2017, which is when budget carrier AirAsia began direct flights from Kuala Lumpur to Jeju. Previously, the resort island waived visa requirements for many foreign travelers to promote tourism (which has resulted in legions of Chinese travelers drawn by its famous beaches; this is yet another sore spot for locals). The government has since slammed that window shut, removing Yemen from the list of accepted countries for visa-free entry in June. The move elicited international criticism and appeared to be a concession to the protesters.
https://slate.com/news-and-politics/201 ... sland.html

If interested read the whole article, quite nuanced.

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Post by Witness » Fri Dec 21, 2018 2:45 am

Saudi students to study philosophy, lifting ban

A team of Saudi and British academics has begun preparations to include philosophy in the Saudi secondary school syllabus.

The team also began a training programme for more than 200 teachers to begin teaching philosophy after the subject was banned for decades, Al-Araby Al-Jadeed reported on Friday.

The plan was announced by Saudi Education Minister Ahmad Al-Issa during an international conference held in the Kingdom last week.
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Saudi Arabia previously did not include philosophy on the curriculum, a decision based on several fatwas (rulings) issued by senior muftis, including the late religious scholar Sheikh Abdel-Aziz Bin Baz who was highly respected by all Saudis, including the royal family.
https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20181 ... fting-ban/

Philosophy, so dangerous! :o