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Bangladeshi court sentences 5 people to death (aa, Mar 28, 2019)
“A Bangladeshi court on Thursday sentenced five elderly men to death over alleged crimes in the country’s liberation war in 1971.
The International Crimes Tribunal (ICT), a local court formed for cases related to the war that marked the country’s secession from Pakistan, convicted them in absentia for crimes against humanity including murder and rape.
A three-member bench hearing the case ordered the concerned authorities to arrest the fugitives.
Six people were charged in the case, but one of them died in custody.
The convicts at large are — Abdul Mazid, 66, Abdul Khalek, 67, Kabir Khan, 70, Abdus Salam, 68, and Nur Uddin, 70.
This is not the first time the ICT, a controversial tribunal, convicted elderly people.
The tribunal is accused of being used against political opponents under the pretext of punishing the war criminals.
Following the formation of the court, international human rights group, including Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch, voiced their deep concern over the “unfair trial” process.”
Islamophobes view Erdogan as the enemy (aa, Mar 28, 2019)
“Islamophobia – the dislike of or prejudice against Islam or Muslims – is a disease that runs deep in Europe, the U.S. and the Middle East.
Islam has always had its fair share of foes, including German Protestant reformer Martin Luther, French writer Voltaire, English writer G.K. Chesterton and U.S. President John Quincy Adams.
Although Islamophobia has existed since the birth of Islam 1,400 years ago in the Arabian Peninsula, the lack of mass media for over 1,300 years restricted the impact of Islamophobes to their close circles.
Today’s Islamophobes, however, are active users of the internet, which makes it easier to disseminate hate, racism and dangerous political agendas.
Nowadays, they share one trait in common: their hatred of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
They hate Erdogan’s strong criticism of Israel in particular and go to all lengths to tarnish his reputation.
Pamela Geller, a U.S.-based Islamophobe who calls herself a ”fierce Zionist”, attacks Turkey and Erdogan on Twitter and the website she manages.
“Turkey’s Erdogan threatens to murder Australian visitors to Turkey if they have anti-Muslim views,” said Geller, twisting Erdogan’s words in a bid to manipulate public opinion.
In the aftermath of the terrorist attacks in early March on two New Zealand mosques, Erdogan referred to a visit by the Australian-born perpetrator to Turkey.
He asked anyone who has similar intentions like the terrorist to not visit the country.
Geller did not hesitate to take his words out of context to serve her purpose.
“And Turkey is still in NATO. And former President Obama said Erdogan was his favorite, ‘most trusted’ foreign leader,” she added, mocking former U.S. President Barack Obama’s respect for Erdogan.
Another Islamopobe, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu — whose government has been building illegal settlements in the West Bank in violation of UN resolutions and murdering countless numbers of Palestinian civilians, including women and children — calls the Turkish president a “dictator”.
Geert Wilders, the notoriously Islamophobic Dutch politician who defends anti-immigrant far-right policies, also detests Erdogan.
In his speeches, he asks Dutch citizens and immigrants who love Erdogan “to get the hell out” of the Netherlands.
Canadian Islamophobe writer Tarek Fatah, whose specialty is attacking Islam and Muslim countries, calls Erdogan an “idiot” and his supporters “fascists”.
Zionist Islamophobe Ben Shapiro uses his platforms to attack Islam and Erdogan on a regular basis.
“Erdogan was a terror-supporting Islamist thug. His exit would be a good start. Let’s see what replaces him,” Shapiro wrote on Twitter in support of the defeated military coup attempt in Turkey in 2016 by the Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETO).”
Head of Turkish university decries Western Islamophobia (aa, Mar 28, 2019)
“Islamophobia is a concept “intentionally” practiced in the West, the head of a Turkish university said Thursday.
In an exclusive interview, Mehmet Barca, rector of the Social Sciences University of Ankara, told Anadolu Agency that the Islamophobia embodied in the recent terrorist attacks in New Zealand was instituted as a policy to prevent the emergence of rival value systems in the West.
“The New Zealand [terror] attacks should be considered within the context of fascism, not religion; it is the result of simple and wrongful thinking in which one regards himself as superior to another, who he then views as a threat,” Barca said.
At least 50 Muslims, including children, were killed in the Al Noor and Linwood mosques in the city of Christchurch in New Zealand in terror attacks on March 15.
Arguing that the main source of violence worldwide was based on a lack of education and cultural values, Barca said: “The world moved away from the reality that it is a part of the family that is humanity.”
“Those who build their worldview on particular contradictions can naturally resort to violence,” he added, referring to the inconsistencies of Western media in reporting violence perpetrated by individuals of different groups.
“Violence doesn’t promote permanent solutions to any problem. On the contrary, it paves the way for new troubles,” he said.
Barca underlined that he had gotten the opportunity to witness British culture first-hand, having lived in the UK for roughly a decade since the early ’90s
During this time, British people were relating more closely with Islam, he added.
“However, it was a completely different story after 2001,” he said, referring to the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks in the U.S.
“Then, Islam was associated with terrorism. I underline that these [various] terror groups do not emanate from the Islamic sociology.
“Associating Islam and terrorism in the same context on the excuse of small-scale marginal groups is hostility towards Islam, and this is called Islamophobia. The is not a matter of Christianity, Buddhism or Islam; it is a matter of respecting religions or not,” he said.
Western media and hypocrisy
When asked about Western media outlets’ attitude towards terrorist attacks, Barca argued that there was hypocrisy, as their coverage of such attacks could differ depending on the identity of the attacker.
Emphasizing that most of the international news stories were produced by the same leading media outlets, he said prejudiced stories were indoctrinating people in a way that could negatively affect their future behavior.
“If you refer to a terrorist as an ‘angelic boy’, others will be motivated in line with this concept, and this means the media is functioning exactly the opposite of how it should. The Western media should radically revise itself, I believe,” he added.
Barca stressed that such attitudes by Western media outlets would inevitably damage their own credibility.
“If we are not informed in a correct manner by the official journalism, then rumors can easily spread and biased views will thrive,” he said.
He pointed out that there was an organic link between the media and power centers.
“That the policy-makers use this [terrorism] as a political tool is upsetting.”
Importance of social sciences
Barca said social sciences had a special purpose — to battle prejudices — as this discipline is specifically focused on building cultural and societal structure.
“You don’t just read in social sciences, you also change. If we are going to introduce someone to an understanding where he will view differences as a value to be preserved, then we need to stick with social sciences,” he said.
“If comparative research in the field of social sciences increases, then people will no longer view others as a threat, and that will contribute to the peace among humanity.”
Barca warned that most social science research was issued from the West, mostly the U.S., and applying a Western perspective in a local context could backfire due to different variables.
“If we become the consumers of the information produced in a single center, then we will fail to achieve a cultural and civilized communication,” he added.”
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Man nabbed for taking hostage 15 people in curia (ansa, Mar 28, 2019)
“Italian police on Wednesday afternoon arrested a 25-year-old Ghanaian man after he took hostage 15 people in the bishops’ curia at Frosinone south of Rome.
The man held his hostages for several hours demanding payment for them.
He resisted arrest and slightly injured two policemen, sources said Thursday.
The man is accused of kidnapping for ransom, resisting arrest, violence and injuring public officers.”
SKY News – In full: ‘I do not regret joining the Trump campaign’
Former Trump aide George Papadopoulos, who was jailed for lying to the FBI, says he was a “political celebrity” while in prison.
Sky’s Cordelia Lynch quizzed him about his time working in the Trump White House.
UN Security Council binding resolution makes terror financing a serious crime (Dw, Mar 28, 2019)
“The body has threatened sanctions as a means to ensure that countries crack down on the problem. Though the topic has been addressed in part before, this is the first comprehensive measure of its kind…”
Pelosi calls Barr’s letter ‘condescending’
MSNBC – Gillibrand: ‘Disrespectful’ Barr ‘Undermined’ Mueller Probe
MSNBC – Schiff Responds To GOP Calls For His Resignation After Mueller Report
MSNBC – Fmr Obama WH Counsel: There Can Be Obstruction Without An Underlying Offense
Bob Bauer, former White House Counsel to Pres. Obama, responds to Atty. General William Barr’s Mueller report summary and the issue of Trump and obstruction of justice.
Graham says it’s ‘beneath’ Pelosi to criticize Barr
Tucker: Adam Schiff is an unbalanced hack
Adam Schiff should resign: Jason Chaffetz
Quand Macron explique aux enfants ce qu’est un Gilet Jaune
“TRUMP ON FIRE! At Michigan Rally: “Democrats Have to Decide Whether They will Continue to Defraud the Public with Ridiculous Bullsh*t” (VIDEO)
by Jim Hoft – March 28, 2019
“TRUMP ON FIRE! Democrats ‘Defraud the Public with Ridiculous Bullsh*t'”
Jame Hoft – Published on March 28, 2019
“President Trump Holds MAGA Rally in Grand Rapids, MI” Breitbart News
March 28, 2019 – Streamed live 2 hours ago