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  1. Should making fun of Sikhs be banned? (BBC, Nov 3, 2015)
    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-34707218

    “A Sikh man calls up a doctor.

    “Doctor my wife is pregnant. She is having pain right now,” he says.

    “Is this her first child,” asks the doctor.

    “No, this is her husband speaking,” answers the man.

    Many would find this a rather lame and harmless joke, but this is exactly what gets Harvinder Chowdhury’s goat.

    This is also one among the 60-odd gags that the feisty 54-year-old Delhi-based Sikh lawyer has submitted to the Supreme Court, while seeking a ban on jokes involving her 20-million-strong community.

    In an unprecedented plea to the top court last week, Ms Chowdhury, herself a lawyer for the past three decades, says that there are 5,000 websites which sell jokes “projecting Sikhs as unintelligent, stupid, idiot, foolish naive, inept, not well versed with English language and as symbols of stupidity and foolishness”.

    ‘Casual comic’

    These jokes, she says “violate the fundamental right to life and to live with dignity”, and so the sites carrying them should be banned.

    The puzzled judges, while agreeing to hear the rather dire plea, wondered why she sought such a ban.

    “Many people we know take these jokes sportingly. It may not be an insult but only some casual comic statement for amusement. You want all such jokes to stop but Sikhs may themselves oppose it,” said the judges.

    But sitting in her poky room in a warren of lawyer’s chambers near the Supreme Court in Delhi, Ms Chowdhury says she’s not willing to take these “insults” lying down any longer.

    “Enough is enough. We Sikhs have endured a lifetime of mockery. My children want to drop their Sikh surnames because they face a lot of ridicule. When I protest against this, people say I am a Sikh woman, so I must be mad,” says an agitated Ms Chowdhury.

    “The jokes are the bane of Sikhs. They have to go.”

    Ms Chowdhury – who says she studied law in the UK and worked as a cab driver, samosa maker and at a Kentucky Fried Chicken outlet during her time there – conflates the “racism, hatred and sexual harassment” that she has faced as a woman with the jokes targeting the Sikh community.

    She also says her family was targeted during the 1984 anti-Sikh riots in Delhi, where more than 2,000 people died.

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    Sikh jokes

    Sikh on phone: Doctor my wife is pregnant. She is having pain right now. Doctor: Is this her first child? Sardar: No this is her husband speaking.

    Sikh: How much is my mobile bill? Call centre: Sir, just dial 123 to know current bill status. Sikh: Stupid, not current bill, my mobile bill.

    Sikh to his servant: Go and water the plants. Servant: It is already raining. Sikh: So what, take an umbrella and go.

    Teacher: What are prehistoric monsters called when they sleep. Sikh: A dinosnore!

    Teacher: What language do they speak in Cuba? Sikh: Cubic.

    Boss: Where were you born? Sikh: India. Boss: Which part? Sikh: What which part? Whole body was born in India.

    Interviewer: What is your birth date? Sikh: 13 October. Interviewer: Which year? Sikh: Every year.

    (Source: Harvinder Chowdhury’s petition in the Supreme Court)

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    “I have fought with fellow lawyers in the courts for making fun of Sikhs. I have slapped people who have cracked Sikh jokes at my expense. I know of a newly married Sikh couple who were hurt because somebody presented them with a Sikh joke book at their wedding.”

    Now she’s marshalling her forces to persuade the judges that she has a watertight case for a ban: a Sikh MP has supported her ban, and a college in Punjab has joined the issue and petitioned the court. Sikhs have begun visiting her at her chamber and the main group that looks after Sikh temples in Delhi have offered her support.

    Ms Chowdhury has also shot off letters to school principals requesting them to give “counselling to children to stop enjoying and spreading [Sikh] jokes”.

    One Sikh commentator wrote that he supported the ban because “India needs to grow up and stop being the kid at the dinner table listening wide-eyed to and laughing at crassness. It needs to stop despite the fact that we all hold free speech dear”.

    This is not the first time Sikh jokes have been under pressure.

    In 2007, police registered a case against leading businessman Anil Ambani for circulating jokes “insulting” the Sikh community, when a Sikh leader in Uttar Pradesh blamed his mobile-telephone company for the text-messaged jokes. The company which circulated the jokes apologised. The same year a bookseller was arrested in Mumbai for selling Sikh joke books and “hurting religious sentiments”.

    Many believe Sikh jokes, like all jokes playing on stereotypes and comedy about one’s race, are harmless fun. There are jokes about the Italians, the Polish and the English, and in India, there are plenty of gags which play around stereotypes such as Bengalis, for example. (One Bengali is a poet, Two Bengalis are a film society, Three Bengalis are a political party, Four Bengalis are two political parties.)

    Nobody quite knows when Sikh jokes became a part of pan-Indian humour, but Sikh joke books – many written by Sikhs themselves, and a few by India’s best-known Sikh writer Khushwant Singh – have been available for a long time.

    With the advent of the internet and smart phones, Sikh jokes have become a veritable industry, with joke factories around India writing and selling them on phones. Most feature two fictional characters, Santa and Banta – and their funny, and sometimes, tasteless, gabfest.

    India’s Sikh community – despite being targeted in one of the worst riots in post-Independence India which left it with deep psychological scars – is among its most successful minorities.

    Hardworking and entrepreneurial, they dominate the armed forces and make successful businesspeople, sportspeople and farmers. They travel widely and work and thrive all over the world.

    Jawaharlal Handoo, who has written extensively on Indian folklore, suspects that the success story of Sikhs may have bred anxiety among non-Sikhs. “I suspect this may have threatened the Hindu ego and created an anxiety which in turn seems to have taken the form of various stereotypes and the resultant joke cycle.”

    Sociologist Shiv Visvanathan echoes a similar sentiment, but believes most of the stereotypes involving the Sikhs brim with naivete and are “friendly, even playful”. The jokes have spread, he believes, because the community is migratory, mobile and ready to work in diverse professions.

    “Stereotypes cannot be equated with identity. But the problem these days is that identity has become a fetish. People have become touchier. So there are more demands for bans,” says Mr Visvanathan.

    Tell that to Ms Chowdhury and she flies into a bout of mild rage.

    “These jokes are racist. Everybody seems to be having fun at the expense of our community.

    This is unacceptable, this has to go.”

    That’s clearly not a joke.””

  2. Syrian child refugees ‘being exploited in Jordan’ (BBC, Nov 4, 2015)
    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-34714021

    “Syrian refugees as young as three years old are being exploited illegally as child labour by farmers and companies in Jordan, campaigners based in the Jordanian capital Amman have told the BBC.

    Tamkeen, a child development charity based in Amman, claims that its investigators discovered children as young as three working alongside their parents and siblings on farms near the Dead Sea.

    It claims exploitation of child labour is rife throughout Jordan, and estimates that approximately 46% of Syrian refugee boys and 14% of girls aged 14 or over are working more than 44 hours a week. The legal age in Jordan is 16.

    I spoke to one 14-year-old boy, Yassan, who works as a cleaner in a prominent business in the northern Jordanian city of Irbid for at least 12 hours a day, seven days a week.

    He earns just half a Jordanian dinar an hour, the equivalent of about 50p, or less than one US dollar. This is less than half the minimum wage.

    Yassan said, “I work for 12 hours a day, every day. And it’s very hard work. You don’t get a day off unless you ask for one and then they don’t pay you….”

  3. Egypt’s President Sisi defends sweeping security laws (BBC, Nov 4, 2015)
    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-34712217

    “President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi has defended Egypt’s sweeping security laws, insisting he is still taking the country on a path to democracy.

    Ahead of a visit to the UK, Mr Sisi told the BBC that Egypt was threatened by extremist groups and feared the collapses suffered by its neighbours.

    He underlined that Egypt’s situation was different to that of Europe.

    The retired field marshal led the army’s overthrow of President Mohammed Morsi in 2013 following mass protests.

    Since then, hundreds of people have been killed and more than 40,000 are believed to have been jailed in a crackdown on dissent.

    Most of them have been supporters of the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood, but secular and liberal activists have also been prosecuted for breaking a 2013 anti-protest law that gives the interior ministry the power to ban any gathering of more than 10 people…”

  4. Migrant crisis: Disturbances at UK military base in Cyprus (BBC, Nov 3, 2015)
    http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-34715877

    “Footage has emerged showing a series of disturbances by migrants who want to leave a UK military base in Cyprus.

    It shows tents on fire, people trying to climb fences and one person shouting “We are people, not animals”.

    The group landed at RAF Akrotiri last month and have been at a temporary camp elsewhere while their asylum applications are processed by Cyprus.

    The Ministry of Defence says the 100 migrants – mostly Syrians – are being given three meals a day and shelter…”

  5. Iran blasts brave actress who refused to wear a veil and labels her an ‘offender’ (express, Nov 4, 2015)
    http://www.express.co.uk/news/world/616805/Woman-refuses-to-wear-hijab-headscarf-Iran

    “Sadaf Taherian was forced to flee the United Arab Emirates last week after receiving a barrage of criticism for publishing the pictures on social media.

    Iran has now joined the campaign against the actress, incredibly questioning her mental balance and calling her an “offender”.

    Ms Taherian’s feed had featured selfies with her hair covered by a head scarf – as required by Iranian law – before she unveiled in protest.

    The Iranian Government denounced the actress as “immoral” and revoked her work licence.

    Ms Taherian has received insults and abuse on social media for posting the images, but said she has no regrets…”

  6. Al-Qaeda leader threatens new wave of terror attacks against BRITAIN in chilling broadcast (express, Nov 4, 2015)
    http://www.express.co.uk/news/world/616843/Al-Qaeda-Ayman-al-Zawahiri-terror-attacks-ISIS-Islamic-State

    “Terror chief Ayman al-Zawahiri claimed the twisted group’s main target is the United States due to its continued support for Israel.

    But it is feared Britain could be targeted, with al-Zawahiri mentioning the 7/7 terror attacks which killed 52 commuters in London a decade ago.

    He also praised Palestinians who are carrying out terrifying stabbing attacks across Israel….”

  7. Islamic extremists ‘break into church and spray Allah on walls before destroying crucifix’ (express, Nov 4, 2015)
    http://www.express.co.uk/news/world/616830/Virgin-Mary-Andalucia-Malaga-Agustin-Carrasco

    “A GANG of Muslim vandals allegedly broke into a church before spray-painting “Allah” on the walls and destroying holy objects.

    The extremists smashed wooden statues of the Virgin Mary and Jesus on the cross during the shocking attack earlier this week, according to reports.

    They stormed the Church of our Lady of Carmen in the Spanish town of Rincon de la Victoria, Andalucia on Monday morning.

    Spain’s Civil Guard has now launched a probe into the vandalism….”

  8. Calais migrant camp is only going to get bigger (express, Nov 4, 2015)
    http://www.express.co.uk/comment/expresscomment/616812/Calais-migrant-camp-Jungle-Pension-crisis-global-warming

    “A FRENCH court has said that the facilities in the “New Jungle” migrant camp in Calais must be upgraded.

    It was never supposed to be a permanent camp.

    Now though it boasts mosques, shops, a community centre and even a nightclub. Further improvements to the site are only going to make it harder to get rid of the squatters and encourage more migrants from North Africa and the Middle East to join them.

    The people of Calais must long to see the back of these antisocial neighbours.

    They have cost a fortune in police and security, not to mention the effect on businesses that rely on the port and the Eurotunnel.

    And still they roam the streets in gangs, brazenly breaking the law and making life a misery….”

  9. Kerry urges Tajikistan not to go overboard in its crackdown on Islam

    DUSHANBE, Tajikistan — Secretary of State John F. Kerry on Tuesday urged the president of Tajikistan not to go overboard in its crackdown on political Islam and expressions of faith.

    In remarks after he met with Foreign Minister Sirodjidin Aslov and President Emomali Rahmon, Kerry acknowledged concerns that religious extremists could infiltrate over Tajikistan’s long border with Afghanistan.

    “We talked about the difficulties and challenges of counterterrorism and fighting against violent extremism effectively, but also in a way that balances human rights and religious freedom,” he said.

    Kerry struck a similar note Monday during a speech in Kazakhstan, where he said that repressive measures against political opponents in the name of fighting terrorism only breed more extremism.

    His visits come at a time when increased activity by Islamic militants along Tajikistan’s long border with Afghanistan has raised concerns of a domino effect, spreading extremism in Central Asia. Taliban fighters have gained ground in the Afghan province of Kunduz, which borders Tajikistan. Russia fears that militants, battle hardened from fighting in Syria, could slip into the region. Moscow is so alarmed that it has threatened to take control over Tajikistan’s borders.

    The Tajik government has responded to the threat by banning the country’s only real opposition party, the Islamic Renaissance Party of Tajikistan, which a local court called a terrorist organization. The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights rebuked the government last month after dozens of party members were arrested and charged with involvement in armed violence.

    The human rights situation in Tajikistan has been deteriorating for the past two years, according to Human Rights Watch.

    Although the population is 98 percent Muslim, several peaceful Muslim groups have been banned and their offices forced to close. Under the pretext of combatting Islam, men with long beards are forced to shave. Children are not allowed to participate in religious education unless it is state-sanctioned. Women also cannot go to mosques.

    It is considering amending its criminal code so that practitioners of witchcraft and sorcery would be imprisoned up to seven years instead of simply fined.

    Tajikistan’s long border with Afghanistan has raised concerns in Moscow of a domino effect spreading extremism.

    http://www.stripes.com/news/middle-east/kerry-urges-tajikistan-not-to-go-overboard-in-its-crackdown-on-islam-1.376730

  10. CANADA – Muslims engage Okanagan audiences curious about the religion

    KELOWNA, B.C. – Misconceptions about the Muslim religion have prompted a series of speaking engagements in the Okanagan, including one that drew more than 100 Monday night to UBC Okanagan.

    “We’ll be discussing the primary beliefs of Muslims, who they are, how diverse the religion is, where they come from, and things like that,” says Navaid Aziz from the Islamic Information Society of Calgary.

    “Things that we commonly hear are Muslims are very barbaric. They can’t be contributing members of society. That you can’t be Muslim and Canadian at the same time. That Muslims want to take over Canada or the world, and make everyone their slaves, and things of that nature,” says Aziz. “Obviously I don’t believe this to be true at all.”

    “Because at the end of the day, we still bleed the same blood, and we want the same food and we want the same drink, and everyone wants to live a comfortable and peaceful life. And that’s what we want to achieve.”

    Aziz spoke at George Elliott Secondary in Lake Country Tuesday morning.

    video on the page :

    http://globalnews.ca/news/2317401/muslims-engage-okanagan-audiences-curious-about-the-religion/

  11. Bahrain says foils plans for attack by Iran-linked terrorist group

    Bahrain’s interior ministry said on Wednesday it had arrested 47 members of a “terrorist group” which it said had links to “terrorist elements in Iran”.

    The statement on Bahrain’s state news agency said the interior ministry had foiled plans by the group to “commit terrorist acts in coming days”.

    http://ca.reuters.com/article/topNews/idCAKCN0ST2GJ20151104

  12. US fines Deutsche Bank $258m for working with Iran (BBC, Nov 4, 2015)
    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-34726690

    “German company Deutsche Bank has been fined $285m (£185m) by US regulators for working with US-sanctioned countries Syria and Iran.

    The bank will pay penalties to the New York State Department of Financial Services and the Federal Reserve.

    Employees who worked on the illegal transactions must not work with the bank again, the Federal Reserve said.

    The bank also violated various New York state laws and is paying the two agencies separately.

    “The firm did not have sufficient policies and procedures to ensure that activities conducted at its offices outside of the United States complied with US sanctions laws,” an official from the Federal Reserve said.

    The Federal Reserve is requiring Deutsche Bank to create an “enhanced” programme to “ensure global compliance” with US sanctions, characterising its transactions with Syria and Iran “unsafe and unsound”.

    The bank said in a statement that the conduct had stopped several years ago, adding: “Since then we have terminated all business with parties from the countries involved.”

    Two French banks, BNP Paribas and Credit Agricole, received higher fines from the US for working with US-sanctioned countries.

    The US fined BNP Paribas $8.9bn (£5.8bn) and fined Credit Agricole $800m (£516m).”

  13. Sinai plane crash: Bomb fears prompt Sharm flights suspension (BBC, Nov 4, 2015)
    http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-34724604

    “The Russian plane that crashed in Egypt at the weekend “may well have been brought down by an explosive device”, Downing Street has said.
    All flights between the UK and Sharm el-Sheikh have been suspended on Wednesday evening as UK experts assess security at the Egyptian airport.
    Number 10 said flights had been delayed as a “precautionary measure” after “more information has come to light”.

    Russian Airbus 321 crashed on Saturday, killing all 224 people on board.

    “We would underline that this is a precautionary step and we are working closely with the airlines on this approach,” a Number 10 spokesman said.

    Aviation experts have travelled to Egypt to make an assessment of the security arrangements at the Egyptian airport and expect to complete an investigation tonight.

    Their findings will be considered in a meeting of the government’s Cobra emergency committee, chaired by Prime Minister David Cameron, which is under way…”

    • Russian plane crash: U.S. intel suggests ISIS bomb brought down jet (CNN, Nov 4, 2015)
      http://edition.cnn.com/2015/11/04/africa/russian-plane-crash-egypt-sinai/index.html

      “Days after authorities dismissed claims that ISIS brought down a Russian passenger jet, a U.S. intelligence analysis now suggests that the terror group or its affiliates planted a bomb on the plane.

      And the office of British Prime Minister David Cameron says the plane “may well have been brought down by an explosive device.”

      Metrojet Flight 9268 crashed Saturday in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula after breaking apart in midair, killing all 224 people on board. It was en route to St. Petersburg from the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh.

      The latest U.S. intelligence suggests that the plane crash was most likely caused by a bomb on the plane planted by ISIS or an ISIS affiliate, according to a U.S. official familiar with the matter.

      “There is a definite feeling it was an explosive device planted in luggage or somewhere on the plane,” the official said, stressing that no formal conclusion had been reached by the U.S. intelligence community….”

  14. Erdogan urges Turkey’s new parliament to address constitution (BBC, Nov 4, 2015)
    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-34720067

    “President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says Turkey’s parliament should prioritise discussions on a new constitution, following his AK Party’s electoral triumph.

    Mr Erdogan said that constitutional change was one of the most important messages of Sunday’s result.

    He has long wanted to strengthen the powers of the presidency.

    But critics have warned it could strengthen what they see as his authoritarian tendencies.

    The AKP regained its parliamentary majority in the snap election on Sunday, but still fell 13 seats short of the number of MPs required to call a referendum on the constitution.

    In his first major speech since the victory, Mr Erdogan said Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu would consult opposition leaders on getting support for rewriting the constitution.
    The president warned opponents against resisting the move.

    He also vowed that Turkey’s operations against the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) would continue.

    Two soldiers and 15 PKK militants were killed in fighting in a village in Turkey’s south-eastern Hakkari province on the Iraqi border on Wednesday, according to the Turkish military.

    The clashes erupted a day after Turkey carried out air strikes in the area…”

  15. Afghan Taliban splinter group names Mullah Rasool as leader (BBC, Nov 4, 2015)
    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-34719314

    “A breakaway Afghan Taliban faction has appointed its own leader, underlining deep divisions in the group following the death of founder Mullah Omar.

    Mullah Mohammad Rasool was chosen to lead the splinter group at a meeting of fighters in western Farah province.

    The dissidents say new Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mansour hijacked the movement because of personal greed.

    He was appointed in August after the Taliban admitted that Mullah Omar had been dead for two years.

    In recent months divisions in the Taliban have burst into the open – and correspondents say the split now appears entrenched…”

  16. Germany earmarks extra funds for UN refugee efforts (DW, Nov 4, 2015)
    http://www.dw.com/en/germany-earmarks-extra-funds-for-un-refugee-efforts/a-18829047

    “The German parliament’s budgetary committee has earmarked an extra 75 million euros for refugee camps run by the UN in and near Syria. This follows UN warnings that world funding doesn’t even cover the “bare minimum.”

    Germany’s parliament was due Thursday to allocate 75 million ($81 million) from its supplementary 2015 budget to UN agencies struggling to house and feed Syrian refugees in Jordan and Turkey, as well as inside war-torn Syria.

    Chancellor Angela Merkel’s budgetary specialist Eckhardt Rehberg told the news agency Reuters that Germany saw itself as a reliable contributor to international organizations and expected other nations to do that same.

    “For the care of refugees in the refugee camps, a lot would be achieved if other nations followed suit and likewise raised their financial commitments,” said Rehberg who is a member of the Bundestag parliament’s budgetary committee….”

  17. The emotional wounds of refugee children (DW, Nov 4, 2015)
    http://www.dw.com/en/the-emotional-wounds-of-refugee-children/a-18829030

    “Refugee children experience awful situations while on the run. They do not talk about these traumatic experiences and are often left alone with their suffering. Now, in the city of Ulm, people are trying to help.

    “I was so scared on the boat. I had my little brother in my arms when we fell into the water. I held him in my arms and cried. I prayed to God that I would go to paradise. I thought I was going to die. Death was so close.” Farah is 10-years-old. She fled Syria with her family.

    “On our journey we had to stay in a Bulgarian refugee camp for five months, it was awful there.

    We were beaten by the guards,” says Namir. He is 12-years-old. His family is Christian and lived in Damascus before having to flee Syria. Some of his relatives were even forced to convert to Islam. “On the way to Germany we were running through a very dark forest. I lost a shoe there and my feet were covered in blood because of all the twigs and thorns. My father had to carry me and my sister. I was hungry and thirsty.”…”

  18. German police carry out massive raid against alleged people-smuggling ring (DW, Nov 4, 2015)
    http://www.dw.com/en/german-police-carry-out-massive-raid-against-alleged-people-smuggling-ring/a-18826187

    “German authorities say they have carried out raids, targeting a far-reaching network of people smugglers, in three states. The network is accused of organizing fake air travel documents for asylum seekers.

    The dawn raids took place Wednesday morning in multiple cities across three states: North Rhine-Westphalia, Lower Saxony and Baden-Württemburg. Investigators searched 24 sites, involving more than 570 federal police supported by local officials. Police in the northern city of Hanover and the state prosecutor’s office in nearby Hildesheim said machetes, swords and handgun ammunition were among the items discovered.

    In total, 17 suspects were picked up including the network’s alleged head, a 24-year-old man who was arrested in the western city of Essen.

    The smugglers had allegedly worked to bring people to Germany, mainly by plane, using fake identity cards and forged documents. They are believed to have charged about 10,000 euros ($11,000) per person, which had to be paid in advance. Most of the people who were offered their services were Syrian or Lebanese…”

  19. Will Syrians Born in Turkey Receive Turkish Citizenship?

    According to Turkey’s Foreigners Act, Syrians are treated as a ‘special case’, and are therefore subject to specific conditions, an interim government official explains

    The status of thousands of Syrian refugees living inside Turkey has been brought into question after the interim government’s Ministry of Justice published a translation of the Turkish citizenship law on October 28.

    According to the ministry’s legal office, the document was published with the intention of helping to spread “legal awareness” among Syrian refugees, adding it aims to publish a version of the law’s executive regulations, including other translations of all Turkish laws that relate to Syrians residing in Turkey.

    The office also confirmed that according to Turkish law individuals may only be granted citizenship through claims to Turkish “descent and place of birth”.

    Syrians: A Special Case

    According to the translated law, any child, regardless of the parents’ citizenship, born stateless inside Turkish territory will immediately become a citizen of Turkey, while any child found inside Turkey will be considered born there unless proven otherwise. As such, any Syrian children born in Turkey should automatically be granted Turkish citizenship.

    But the reality is somewhat different. Syrians are treated as a ‘special case’, and are therefore subject to specific paragraphs in the Foreigners Act, according to Abdul Ilah Ahmed, director of the ministry’s legal office.

    Ahmed told Enab Baladi that in such a case, children must be born to parents with no nationality (stateless) in order to acquire Turkish citizenship.

    Any child born to a legally wedded Turkish parent, father or mother, inside or outside Turkey, is considered a Turkish citizen. The same applies for a child born to a Turkish mother and a foreign father through unrecognized wedlock.

    A child born inside an unrecognized marriage between a Turkish father and a foreign mother will be granted citizenship once descent is proven, all the required paperwork is provided, and the right procedures are taken.

    Marriage to a Turkish citizen does not grant immediate citizenship. Instead, it only allows the right to apply after at least three years of marriage, under the condition the marriage will be continued. The death of the partner does not imply the loss of the citizenship.

    A number of other conditions are also necessary to grant Turkish citizenship besides the approval from authorities: for example, applicants must be of legal adult age in their country of origin, and have continuously lived in Turkey for five years or more before applying for citizenship.

    Ahmed added that applicants’ residency status prior to applying for citizenship should also be legal, and that any prior illegal residency will not be considered part of the compulsory five-year minimum.

    The applicants must also be of good general health during their time in Turkey, as well as possess “good manners” with the ability to communicate in Turkish. Applicants must also have professional qualifications or experience in order to financially support themselves and their families, and not pose a national security threat.

    In addition to the previous conditions, all applicants are asked to renounce all the other citizenships they hold. The Cabinet of Turkey is authorized to evaluate all of the above.

    Around 2 million Syrians currently live in Turkey, either inside the cities or in camps, with most carrying refugee identity cards due to the high cost of the more popular tourist residency.

    http://syrianobserver.com/EN/News/30082/Will_Syrians_Born_Turkey_Receive_Turkish_Citizenship

  20. ’BREITBART -DENMARK – What The F**k Are You Doing?’ Immigrant Threatens Journalist Live On Air During Report From Asylum Centre

    […]the 6 o’clock evening report had to be cut short after an angry migrant brandishing a coffee cup and foul language stepped into shot and started pushing the reporter.

    Although the men are speaking over each other during the confrontation, the migrant can be heard saying in broken Danish: “What are you doing here, man? Shut the fuck up”.

    While the reporter and his colleague back in the studio try to get the segment back on track, the migrant becomes more angry and pushes the reporter’s chest. At this point, it cuts back to the studio, continuing with the evening’s other news, and ignoring the very real story developing right in front of the viewer’s eyes.

    Remarkably the event has generated very little interest on social media, with just one grainy clip posted to YouTube and a handful of tweets.[…]

  21. More about Minister Shaked:
    She’s an observant Mizrachi[*] Jew, stellar military record, married with three kids.

    Like virtually all Arab-Jews, she’s farrr, farrr rrright-wing. They were the most violent militant sector of the population. Zero concessions, “there is no diplomatic solution,” fight-fight.

    By the second and third generation, however, they’ve really come into their own. I don’t know what the statistics are, but Western families two generations back are largely integrated. [The million-plus Russian-aliya throws off demographic data.]

    Bibi’s cabinet includes more Mizrachi than any previous coalition. That’s part of why his government was tarred as “extrrreme- rrright- wing”.
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    [*] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mizrahi_Jews
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    Here’s a speech she gave yesterday.

    Op-Ed: Address to the Joint Arab List members of Knesset

    Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked (Jewish Home) gave the Arab MK’s a piece of her mind in a sarcastic Knesset speech this week regarding the minimum punishment law for rock throwing. Shades of Mark Antony?

    http://www.israelnationalnews.com/Articles/Article.aspx/17817#.VjqMcUuPXbh

  22. Ayatollah Khamenei explains it all (ElderToons)
    From AP:
    The slogan “Death to America” is not aimed at the American people, but rather American policies, Iran’s supreme leader said in comments reported on his official website Tuesday.

    Khamenei says the “aim of the slogan is not death to American people. The slogan means death to U.S. policies and arrogance.” The slogan has “strong support” In Iran, he said.
    Ah, but what about that other phrase?

    http://elderofziyon.blogspot.com/2015/11/ayatollah-khamenei-explains-it-all.html#.VjraXkuPXbg

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