Im Osten nichts Neues

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Post by Abdul Alhazred » Fri Dec 21, 2018 10:23 am

Infidel philosophy, or Muslim scholasticists?

Yes they had them, though you'd never guess from today's Muslims.

Or (better yet) both?
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Post by Witness » Sat Dec 22, 2018 3:07 am

Taliban greets Pentagon's withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan with cries of victory

"The 17-year long struggle and sacrifices of thousands of our people finally yielded fruit," said a senior commander in Helmand.

[snip]

A Taliban leader in eastern Kunar province, Maulvi Sher Mohammad, said news of withdrawals should serve as a lesson to Americans.

“The U.S. people and particularly its rulers should think about what they achieved by invading Afghanistan and by causing so many losses to the citizens of Afghanistan and wasting their own resources on this long war,” he said.

The Pentagon declined to comment on the Taliban's claims.

So far, the U.S.'s military campaign, along with billions in aid, have not succeeded in driving out the Taliban and other militants or making the country safe.
https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/tali ... ry-n950811

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Post by Witness » Sun Dec 23, 2018 2:56 am

Executions in Saudi Arabia Have Doubled Under Crown Prince, Watchdog Says

Number of executions between June 2017 and March 2018 was 133, compared to 67 in preceding eight months before Crown Prince Mohammed was installed, reports Reprieve; nearly half of those executed in 2018 were foreign nationals
https://www.haaretz.com/middle-east-new ... -1.6765965 (rest behind paywall)

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Post by Giz » Sun Dec 23, 2018 5:37 am

Witness wrote:
Sun Dec 23, 2018 2:56 am
Executions in Saudi Arabia Have Doubled Under Crown Prince, Watchdog Says

Number of executions between June 2017 and March 2018 was 133, compared to 67 in preceding eight months before Crown Prince Mohammed was installed, reports Reprieve; nearly half of those executed in 2018 were foreign nationals
https://www.haaretz.com/middle-east-new ... -1.6765965 (rest behind paywall)
Just in Saudi, or is it counting turkey as well?

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Post by Abdul Alhazred » Sun Dec 23, 2018 11:30 am

It makes sense that the new guy would have to make a clean sweep.
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Post by Anaxagoras » Tue Dec 25, 2018 12:01 am


A parliamentary motion banning child marriage in Iran has been rejected by Majles (parliament), an MP reported.

A member of women's faction in the Islamic Republic's parliament, Tayyebeh Seyavoshi says, "The Legal and Judicial Commission of Majles has rejected a parliamentary motion that proposed a ban on allowing under thirteen-year-old girls to marry."

Following the rejection, Ms. Seyavoshi says, "We are waiting for the Commission's official report, and then, decide on our next step."

According to a member of the Legal and Judicial commission, Yahya Kamalpour, the motion was rejected after Grand Ayatollahs and sources of emulation" vehemently opposed it.

Without referring to a time frame, Ms. Seyavoshi announced that more than 300 girls under nine, and between 30,000 to 40,000 girls under 13-14 years old marry in Iran.

Earlier on December 4, a prominent member of the Islamic Republic's Cultural and Social Council for Women had defended child marriage, arguing it protects girls from a life of prostitution and illegal abortions.

Fereshteh Rouhafza had told the state-run Iran Labor News Agency (ILNA) on December 4, that in light of the rapidly growing number of increasingly young girls undergoing illegal abortions and joining the sex trade, “opposition to child marriage is wrong.”

Rouhafza, who is in charge of planning and policy for the council, declined to provide evidence of her claims about Iran’s young women, saying the statistics are available, but it would be irresponsible to make them public.

"Publishing the statistics will encourage other underage girls to follow suit. I believe revealing such statistics is harmful to society,” Rouhafza said.

Rohafza’s comments reflect the position of the conservative clerical establishment toward child marriage. Insisting that Prophet Muhammad is the perfect example for all Muslims, they note that he married a six-year-old bride, Aisha, with whom he consummated the marriage when she was only nine years old.
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Post by Witness » Tue Dec 25, 2018 2:03 am

↑ Rats, you beat me to it! :x


Retreating ISIS army smuggled a fortune in cash and gold out of Iraq and Syria

IRBIL, Iraq — More than a year after the collapse of its self-declared caliphate, the Islamic State is sitting on a mountain of stolen cash and gold that its leaders stashed away to finance terrorist operations and ensure the organization’s survival years into the future, intelligence officials and terrorism experts say.

As the Islamist militants retreated from former strongholds in Iraq and Syria, they carried vast sums in Western and Iraqi currency and gold coins — a trove estimated by independent experts to total about $400 million — nearly all of it looted from banks or acquired through criminal enterprises.

While some of this treasure was buried or hidden away, the group’s leaders have laundered tens of millions of dollars by investing in legitimate businesses throughout the Middle East over the past year, the officials said. The money is partly intended, analysts say, to fund a future resurgence of the Islamic State, a prospect that some experts fear could be hastened by the rapid U.S. troop withdrawal from Syria announced by the Trump administration this week.

New insights into the group’s financial holdings have emerged from raids in recent weeks on businesses in Baghdad and Irbil, in Iraq’s semiautonomous Kurdish province. Investigators traced the flow of millions of dollars in Islamic State revenue through banking networks with links to Turkey and the United Arab Emirates as well as Iraq and Syria.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/na ... 65824e2aa5

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Post by Witness » Tue Dec 25, 2018 10:01 pm

Too much Islamic studies, not enough English in schools, says Mahathir

KUALA LUMPUR • Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad said Malaysia's national school curriculum will be overhauled, as heavy emphasis is being given to Islamic subjects instead of getting students to master subjects such as the English language that could land them good jobs later.

"They are all learning about the religion of Islam and not learning anything else," he said late last Friday.

The MalayMail.com news site quoted him as saying: "As a result, those who pass in schools are not very conversant with subjects that are useful for them to get jobs, but they are very good ulama (Muslim clerics)... And when you have too many ulama, they always differ from each other, and they mislead their followers and they quarrel with each other."

His plan could prove controversial in a country that has seen a sharp rise in the number of conservative Malay Muslims, with the previous government running a popular Islamic TV channel featuring conservative clerics.

And with Tun Dr Mahathir's Pakatan Harapan (PH) government winning only about 30 per cent of Malay votes at the May general election, his plan could be a hard sell to Malaysia's majority ethnic group.
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-as ... s-mahathir

Good luck with the Middle Ages fans... :|

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Post by Witness » Thu Dec 27, 2018 2:17 am

Saudi Prince Talal Dies After Hunger Strike it is Claimed

A Saudi prince, known internationally for his open criticism of the ruling family including Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, has died after being critically weakened by a hunger strike.

Prince Talal bin Abdul Aziz, a half brother of King Salman, died at the age of 87 on Saturday but various media outlets said the location of his death was yet to be known.

Talal had reportedly been hospitalized in the capital Riyadh due to ill health. He stopped eating in November last year after bin Salman ordered the capture of three of his sons, including billionaire Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal, during a crackdown on well-to-do royals and businessman.

Prince al-Waleed was the richest among the dozens of those arrested by bin Salman, who is also known as MbS. He was released in January after being pressured to pay a reported sum of $6 billion in ransom.

Before starting the hunger strike, Prince Talal had “told friends it was right to protest ‘civilly’ to draw attention to the tyranny that MbS was establishing under the cover of an anti-corruption purge.”

The prince had long campaigned for constitutional reforms, including the division of the kingdom into executive, legislative, and judicial powers.
https://www.albawaba.com/news/saudi-pri ... ed-1229762

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Post by gnome » Fri Dec 28, 2018 2:16 pm

Wow...
"If fighting is sure to result in victory, then you must fight! Sun Tzu said that, and I'd say he knows a little bit more about fighting than you do, pal, because he invented it, and then he perfected it so that no living man could best him in the ring of honor. Then, he used his fight money to buy two of every animal on earth, and then he herded them onto a boat, and then he beat the crap out of every single one. And from that day forward any time a bunch of animals are together in one place it's called a zoo! (Beat) Unless it's a farm!"
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Article on "Christmas in Iran": https://en.radiofarda.com/a/christmas-c ... 79896.html

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Post by Witness » Sun Dec 30, 2018 1:23 am

Philippines becoming a rich world dumping ground

Discovery of over 5,000 tons of South Korean hazardous waste on the Philippine island of Mindanao marks a rising trend of illegal foreign dumping on the island nation

Over 5,000 tons of hazardous waste from South Korea was recently discovered in the Philippines, marking the latest case of foreign dumping to stir outrage among Filipino officials and environmental groups as the island nation struggles to handle its own gargantuan garbage problem.

The toxic discovery, made on President Rodrigo Duterte’s home island of Mindanao, represents the third time in recent years that the Philippines has been revealed as a dumping ground for hazardous foreign trash. South Korea, one of Manila’s strongest allies and top investors, has been the culprit on two occasions.

The South Korean hazardous garbage was consigned to Verde Soko Philippines Industrial Corp, a company nominally engaged in plastic recycling. The firm declared the shipment, made in July, as “plastic synthetic wastes”, but customs officials found other kinds of waste, including hospital refuse and adult diapers.
http://www.atimes.com/article/philippin ... ng-ground/

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Post by Witness » Tue Jan 01, 2019 2:45 am

Assembly panel rejects citizenship for non-Muslims – Panel nods to social, civil rights for Bedoons

KUWAIT: The National Assembly’s interior and defense committee yesterday rejected a draft law to allow authorities to grant Kuwaiti citizenship to non-Muslims which is prohibited under the law, head of the committee said. MP Askar Al-Enezi said the rejection was based on a constitutional provision which states that “Islam is the official religion of the state.”

Kuwait’s nationality law issued for the first time in 1959 allowed the naturalization of non-Muslims but this provision was amended by the National Assembly in 1981 thus prohibiting granting citizenship to non-Muslims.

The legal and legislative committee less than a month ago approved the draft law, saying it did not violate the constitution. But Islamist and conservative lawmakers strongly opposed the move and vowed to reject when it comes for voting in the assembly.
http://news.kuwaittimes.net/website/ass ... r-bedoons/

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Post by Witness » Thu Jan 03, 2019 3:16 am

Almost 200 die in three days on Thailand's roads as holiday carnage returns

Fatalities have occurred in the first three days of the country’s ‘Seven Dangerous Days’

The annual spike in dangerous, often alcohol-fuelled driving, saw 182 deaths reported between Thursday and Saturday last week, up from last year’s count of 167.

A total of 1,633 crashes were reported over the three days on Thailand’s roads, which this month were named as the deadliest in south-east Asia by the World Health Organisation (WHO). Although the death toll was up, the new total collision figure was down 4.9% year on year, from 1,690.

WHO reported that Thailand’s road collision-related death rate was 32.7 people out of every 100,000. Vietnam was second in south-east Asia with a figure of 26.7. Singapore was reported to be the safest country in the region for road collision deaths, with a figure of 2.8. The figure for the UK is 2.9.
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/ ... ge-returns

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Post by Anaxagoras » Sun Jan 06, 2019 12:35 pm

Saudi women to get divorce confirmation by text message
A new regulation in Saudi Arabia is set to stop Saudi women from being divorced without their knowledge.
Starting from Sunday, courts will be required to notify women by text on rulings confirming their divorces.
Local female lawyers suggest the measure will end what are known as secret divorces - cases where men end a marriage without telling their wives.
The directive would ensure women are fully aware of their marital status and can protect rights such as alimony.
In other Saudi News:

Saudi woman 'trapped at Bangkok airport trying to flee family'
A young Saudi woman says she is stranded at Bangkok's main airport after fleeing her family and having her passport seized by a Saudi official.
Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun says she was on a trip to Kuwait with her family when she fled on a flight two days ago.
She was trying to head to Australia via a connecting flight in Bangkok.
She told the BBC that she had renounced Islam, and feared she would be forcibly returned to Saudi Arabia and killed by her family.
The BBC's Jonathan Head in Bangkok says Ms Mohammed al-Qunun is frightened and confused. She says she has an Australian visa but her passport was seized by a Saudi diplomat when he met her coming off the flight.
Thai police Maj Gen Surachate Hakparn told the BBC that Ms Mohammed al-Qunun was escaping a marriage. Because she did not have a visa to enter Thailand, he said police had denied her entry and were in the process of repatriating her through the same airline she had taken, Kuwait Airlines.
Gen Surachate said he was unaware of any passport seizure.
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Post by Witness » Tue Jan 08, 2019 2:38 am

India outcry after scientists claim ancient Hindus invented stem cell research

The organisers of a major Indian science conference said they were concerned by speakers citing religious texts and ideas at the event

The distinguished gathering of Indian researchers and scientists, which was held over the weekend, hosts Nobel laureates, but in recent years has seen Hindu faith-based theories edging onto the agenda.

At this year’s congress, the head of a southern Indian university cited an ancient Hindu text as proof that stem cell research was discovered on the subcontinent thousands of years ago.

“We had 100 Kauravas from one mother because of stem cell and test tube technology,” said G. Nageshwar Rao, vice chancellor at Andhra University, referring to a story from the Hindu epic Mahabharata.

Rao, who was addressing school children and scientists at the event, also said a demon king from another centuries-old Hindu epic had two dozen aircraft and a network of landing strips in modern-day Sri Lanka.

“Hindu Lord Vishnu used guided missiles known as ‘Vishnu Chakra’ and chased moving targets,” added the professor of inorganic chemistry.
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/ ... s-einstein

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Post by Giz » Tue Jan 08, 2019 6:05 am

“Frank Magnitz, chairman of Germany’s AfD party, was badly beaten by three alleged assailants on Monday.
He is believed to have been jumped after leaving a New Year's reception in Frankfurt's Goethe Square.
Describing the attack as a 'politically-motivated attempted assassination', the AfD said Magnitz was knocked unconscious and suffered a number of blows to the head.“

https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/politics/ ... n-13826732


It seems... he did nazi them coming.

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Post by Doctor X » Tue Jan 08, 2019 7:22 am

He should get stop . . . o . . . something . . . um . . . I am stallin'

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Post by Witness » Tue Jan 08, 2019 7:44 pm

↑ We have a "Germany" thread.


India accused of being 'surveillance state' after allowing 10 central agencies to snoop on any computer

India has authorised 10 federal government agencies to intercept and monitor information from any computer, a move opposition parties said on Friday risked creating a "surveillance state".

The interior ministry said the agencies could "intercept, monitor and decrypt any information generated, transmitted, received or stored in any computer" under an Information Technology Act.

"For the nation's security, these agencies have been made accountable so that no one else can do these activities," Ravi Shankar Prasad, minister for law and justice and information technology, told reporters on Friday.

The agencies given the powers include the Research and Analysis Wing, the main foreign-intelligence gathering body, the Intelligence Bureau, which focuses on internal operations, the National Investigation Agency, responsible for anti-militant activity, the financial crime fighting Enforcement Directorate, the Narcotics Control Bureau and tax investigators.

They would need approval from the senior-most civil servant in the interior ministry to carry out such surveillance.

But opposition parties led by the Congress party, which governed before Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) came to power in 2014, said the government had introduced the powers "by stealth", without a debate in parliament.
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/ ... ncies/amp/

China envy? :mrgreen:

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Post by Giz » Tue Jan 08, 2019 7:51 pm

Witness wrote:
Tue Jan 08, 2019 7:44 pm
↑ We have a "Germany" thread.
Who says german posts need to stay in their thread? Maybe they need a little more room?
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