Gunmen Kill Arts Advocate in Pakistan After Human Rights Event

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KARACHI, Pakistan — Gunmen killed the director of a popular arts center in Pakistan’s largest city on Friday, shortly after she had hosted a contentious event on human rights abuses in western Baluchistan Province. The New York Times - By SABA IMTIAZ The gunmen opened fire on the center’s director, Sabeen Mahmud, as she drove through the upscale neighborhood of Defence ... Read More »

Moderation key to fighting extremism, Hariri stresses

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BEIRUT: Former Prime Minister Saad Hariri vowed on the fourth day of his visit to the U.S. to fight extremist forces whether they came from Al-Qaeda or Hezbollah, stressing that moderation is the key to confronting religious extremism roiling the Middle East. The Daily Star – Hussein Dakroub ””” Summary – Hariri made the declaration before he met with U.S. Vice President Joe Biden at ... Read More »

Russia knows genocide well, Turkey fires back

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Hurriyet - Turkey said on April 24 that it rejected and condemnedRussian President Vladimir Putin calling the 1915 mass killings of Ottoman Armenians a “genocide.” “Taking into account the mass atrocities and exiles in Caucasus, in the Central Asia and Eastern Europecommitted by Russia for a century; collective punishment methods such as Holodomor as well as inhumane practices especially against ... Read More »

Online harassment is a form of violence

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Many of us have a traditional and corporeal perspective on violence. We perceive it as physical threat: the stranger following you home on a dark night; an unprovoked assault in a bar or on an empty train; or the alcohol fuelled brawl that breaks out in the Valley in Brisbane on a Friday night. The Conversation - Jenny Ostini and Susan Hopkins ... Read More »

U.S. War on Terror has reportedly killed 1.3 million people in a decade

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Independent U.S. journalist Nir Rosen noted that “the hundreds of thousands of dead Iraqis are not better off, […] the children who lost their fathers aren’t better off, […] the hundreds and thousands of refugees are not better off” in the wake of a war that has lingered on. Australian National Review – Fourteen years after the United States started an ... Read More »

Prosecutor lays out far-fetched charges against Gülen, US and Turkish authors

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A Turkish prosecutor‘s charges against military officers who took part in the interception of trucks transporting heavy weaponry to Syria make heavy use of far-fetched claims that involve contributors to The Washington Post and Today’s Zaman as well as a moderate US-based Turkish Muslim scholar. Today’s Zaman - Public Prosecutor İrfan Fidan, who the government is believed to have tasked with ... Read More »

Kenya’s cities ‘will run red with blood,’ warn Al Shabaab

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Kenyan police have made five arrests in connection to Thursday’s al-Shabab attack in eastern Kenya which left almost 150 people dead. Malta Today – Al Shabaab militants have threatened further attacks after Thursday’s university campus massacre, ominously announcing that the country’s cities ‘will run red with blood’. ‘No amount of precaution or safety measures will be able to guarantee your safety, thwart ... Read More »

Al Shabab gunmen kill 147 as troops move to end Kenya siege

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GARISSA, KENYA // At least 147 people, mostly students, were massacred at a Kenyan university by Somalia’s Al Shabab militant group on Thursday – the deadliest attack in the country since the US embassy bombing in 1998. The National – Masked gunmen stormed the university in the north-east town of Garissa as students slept, hurling grenades and shooting others dead before freeing ... Read More »

The Allies at Gallipoli: Defeat in 1915, Disgrace in 2015

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The Turkish government does not mourn the Allied dead any more than it cares about the victims of its genocides. Foreign Policy Journal – by David Boyajian April 25 will mark 100 years since the Allies—the UK, Australia, New Zealand, and France—made their ill-fated landing on Turkey’s Gallipoli peninsula during WWI. Having barely gotten off the beaches after months of fighting, ... Read More »

Remembering the Forgotten Genocide

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Syndicated News Barnabas Aid AINA - In 1900 Christians constituted around 32% of Ottoman Turkey’s population. Just 27 years later the figure was down to about 1.8%. In early 1915, a fatwa was issued against non-Muslims in the Ottoman Empire. Muslims were called to fight the Christian minorities with whom they had been living as neighbours, albeit not on equal or ... Read More »