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February 2023

Israeli Squatter Terrorists Fire Guns, Set dozens of Fires in Palestinian Town, Killing One and Wounding 100
Juan Cole
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Israeli squatters on land owned by Palestinian families went berserk on Sunday, after two squatters were shot by a Palestinian guerrilla in 
Huwwara, a small town of several thousand residents in the Nablus district. The shooter appears to have been from Nablus and was a member of the “Lion’s Den” resistance movement. The squatters set fire to at least 20 homes in the Palestinian hamlet, sometimes with the family still inside, and burned 30 automobiles and many trees. They threw rocks at people and shot at them and at houses. One Palestinian, Samah Hamdallah Aktash, 37, died from a gunshot wound to the belly, another is in critical condition from being hit in the head by a large rock, and nearly 100 other people were wounded. Read More

The Global South Refuses Pressure to Side With the West on Russia
By Vijay Prashad
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At the G20 meeting in Bengaluru, India, the United States arrived with a simple brief. U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen said at the February 2023 summit that the G20 countries must condemn Russia for its invasion of Ukraine and they must adhere to U.S. sanctions against Russia. However, it became clear that India, the chair of the G20, was not willing to conform to the U.S. agenda. Indian officials said that the G20 is not a political meeting, but a meeting to discuss economic issues. They contested the use of the word “war” to describe the invasion, preferring to describe it as a “crisis” and a “challenge.” France and Germany have rejected this draft if it does not condemn Russia.
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Ukraine conflict, after a year
by Farooque Chowdhury
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A year has passed since Russia began its Special Military Operation in Ukraine. The imperialism’s proxy war in Ukraine is older, since 2014. This older part is either forgotten or goes unuttered by a section of analysts.
Guns are busy in the Ukraine battle fields, however. Civilian life is devastated in the European country.  Millions of Ukraine civilians in their land and spread out in countries in Europe are going through unfathomable suffering – cannon-fodder of an imperialist war! Disinformation dominates propaganda space as battles rage Ukraine towns and villages. Read More

Names of many Muslim voters in a Bengaluru constituency removed
by Syed Ali Mujtaba
: Bengaluru: Names of 9,159 Muslim voters in the Shivajinagar constituency in Bengaluru have been removed from the voters’ list. This removal is done based on a complaint filed by a private agency named Chilume which has links to the BJP. The complaint was filed on November 16, 2022, and the action was taken by the Election commission in January 2023.
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Malcolm X: Unity, Solidarity, and Liberation
By Jasmine Rehman, MPAC Fellow
: As a minister of the Nation of Islam, Malcolm X, also known as El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz, preached for black nationalism. He believed that Black people should come together to work towards their own liberation. He advocated for the unity of all people of African descent, regardless of their religion or nationality. He advocated fiercely for justice and equality for Black people in America, arguing that the system was rigged against them and called for the dismantling of institutional racism. Read More

American Muslims Recall, Pray for Jimmy Carter as US Political Rarity:  “An Honest Voice for Justice and Peace”
USCMO: The U.S. Council of Muslim Organizations (USCMO) and American Muslims recall the political courage and sincerity of the 39th U.S. President James Earl Carter, Jr. and pray for him as he enters end-of-life hospice care at home. We remember him not only for the sincerity with which he, unlike virtually all other past modern American presidents, remained constructively and importantly engaged in both political affairs and social projects for 42 years after leaving office in 1981, but also for his immense honesty and willingness to use and risk his high standing to give voice to the egregiously oppressed, the vulnerable, and the persecuted at home and abroad – especially, and in the face of great unpopularity, to Muslims. Read More

Call for Muslim genocide to make India Hindu Rashtra
Media reports: Hindu sadhu (saint) Bajrang Muni has called for Muslim genocide. In a video circulating on social media Bajrang said that Hindu Rashtra will not be a reality without massacre of Muslims. “India used to be a Hindu nation. However, Hindus should follow the same method adopted by Muslims when they ruled India to make Hindu Rashtra a reality. Hindu Rashtra will not be possible until Muslims are massacred. Bajrang says in the video that there will be no Hindu Rashtra unless we wake up the Hindus and call them,” Bajrang Muni said. Meanwhile, Hindutva leader, Praveen Togadia, has said that Indian Constitution needs to be revised keeping in mind the interests of only Hindus and Muslims ought to be excluded from all decision-making bodies. Read More

Two Muslim men killed by ‘cow vigilantes’ in India
Anadolu Agency
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Police in the northern Indian state of Rajasthan have detained six people for their alleged involvement in cow vigilantism and the death of two Muslim youths, a police official said on Friday.
According to the family members of the deceased, the two were abducted from Bharatpur in Rajasthan by the members of the right-wing Bajrang Dal. Their skeletal remains were found inside a charred vehicle in Bhiwani city in the northern Haryana state on Thursday. Read More

India seems headed for war by China
By Abdus Sattar Ghazali
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India seems headed for war by China, says
Pravin Sawhney, Indian defense analyst and author of  'The Last War: How AI Will Shape India’s Final Showdown With China.'  In an analysis on Indo-China relations, Sawhney Saturday explained that there is a possibility of war with China very soon. Sawhney argues that it is a matter of time before Chinese President Xi Jinping  decides to launch a war against India. “Xi has capabilities in place in Himalayas, make no mistake about it, for a quick, short and decisive war in China’s favor. I have explained it in my last book – The Last War - which came out six months back.”  Read More

India alarmed at George Soro’s harsh comments on Modi government
By Abdus Sattar Ghazali: Soon after billionaire investor George Soros said that Indian business tycoon Gautam Adani's recent troubles in the stock market would spur 'democratic revival in India' and Prime Minister Narendra Modi will 'have to answer questions', the Indian Finance Minister Smriti Irani launched a scathing attack on George Soro by saying that Soro is a designated 'economic war criminal' who has declared his ill-intention towards India. "The man who broke the Bank of England, and is designated by the nation an economic war criminal, has now pronounced his desire to break Indian democracy," Smriti Irani said.
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Citizen resistance in the age of Hindutva
by T Navin
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India has witnessed growth and acceleration of Hindutva agenda from 2014 onwards. The growth of BJP, penetration of communal propaganda through social media, decline of independent media, decline of institutions, and emergence of autocrat leader who gets identified as liberator of majority has contributed to this trend. However, the acceleration of Hindutva agenda has also been equally accompanied by different forms of citizen resistance. This resistance has challenged the core tenets of Hindutva. Some of these are described below:  Read More

The untold story of Jammu massacre
by Sankara Narayanan
: Today, Jammu is a Hindu-majority area. But in 1947, it had a Muslim majority. The communal riots of 1947 fell most heavily on Jammu’s Muslims; lakhs fled into what became Pakistan-occupied Kashmir. That turned Jammu’s Muslim majority into a Hindu majority. In sheer scale, this far exceeded the ethnic cleansing of Pandits five decades later. What was the death toll in the killing fields of Jammu? There are no official figures, so one has to go by the reports in the British press of that period. Horace Alexander’s article on Jan 16, 1948 in The Spectator put the number killed at 200,000. Read More

How Spin and Lies Fuel a Bloody War of Attrition in Ukraine
By Medea Benjamin: In a recent column,  military analyst William Astore wrote, “[Congressman] George Santos is a symptom of a much larger disease: a lack of honor, a lack of shame, in America. Honor, truth, integrity, simply don’t seem to matter, or matter much, in America today… But how do you have a democracy where there is no truth?”… We would clearly condemn Russia for invading Ukraine. But then what? Surely we would also demand that U.S. political and military leaders tell us the truth about this horrific war and our country’s role in it, and demand that the media transmit the truth to the public. An “alert and knowledgeable citizenry” would surely then demand that our government stop fueling this war and instead support immediate peace negotiations.
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20th Anniversary Of Huge Demonstrations Against Impending Iraq War
By Dr Gideon Polya: On the weekend encompassing Friday 14 February to Sunday 16 February 2003 in Australia, coordinated mass protests against the impending Iraq War occurred around the world in over 600 cities. This global mass protest was described as the largest protest event in human history. According to the BBC 6-10 million people protested in a total of about 60 countries. In Italy the Rome protest involved about 3 million people, and in Spain the protest in Madrid involved 1.5 million people…. All war crimes should be properly investigated and all those responsible must  held to account. However the politicians who sent US Coalition soldiers to Iraq should be arraigned for grossly violating the Fourth Geneva Convention in their complicity in millions of Iraqi deaths from imposed deprivation. Indeed these politicians should be arraigned for horrendous mass murder before any soldiers are indicted for unlawful killings of individual Iraqis. However while the politician war criminals remain free, Australian and world hero Julian Assange has been abusively imprisoned for a decade  for truth telling about US Coalition war crimes in Iraq and Afghanistan. Expose the war crimes! Indict the war criminals! Free Julian Assange!
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IMF demands 20% cut in Pakistan’s defense budget
By Abdus Sattar Ghazali
: The International Monetary Fund’s 9th Review for nuclear Pakistan remained inconclusive as the government kept hoping for the announcement from the IMF for the release of a much-needed $1.1 billion tranche from a $7-billion bailout package. The IMF delegation left Pakistan on February 9, after ten-days of inconclusive talks. With the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and Pakistan facing a deadlock over key issues, the international creditor has told Pakistan to cut down its defense expenses to resume a stalled loan programs.
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Earthquake leaves millions homeless and without water & electricity in Turkish, Syrian harsh winter
BY JUAN COLE: Ann Arbor (Informed Comment) – The Jordanian newspaper al-Ghad reports that on top of the now nearly 30,000 known deaths in Turkey and Syria, millions people are estimated to have been made homeless. Not only are they without shelter, they now lack water and electricity, and often even food and the World Health Organization (WHO) is afraid that a large number may die from exposure. Read More

The Modi Phenomenon – at what price?
By Dr. Habib Siddiqui: Narendra Modi has become a phenomenon – that can’t be ignored…. It’s appalling to see our world’s increasing lack of interest in the way Modi is reshaping India as a fascist state that believes in and promotes the supremacy of the majority Hindu community to the utter denial of other minority communities. And more importantly, the ongoing global silence and indifference to the plight of Kashmiris following India’s revocation of Article 370 accords after August 2019 is simply shocking!  Where is the outrage? Genocide Watch has already issued an alert on looming genocide in India. In all likelihood, we shall continue to ignore such dire warnings about Modi’s India. Read More

The Modi Question - What’s New?
By Dr. Habib Siddiqui: The recently released two-part TV documentary by BBC (The Modi Question)–based on thoroughly reported documents and interviews–is a reminder of the painful and harsh reality that marks the life of minority communities in Modi’s India. It takes the mask off the face of India as the ‘largest democracy’ wedded to secular ideals and offers a reality check to the world. The first part was released by the  BBC on 17 January 2023, and the second part on 24 January 2023. Read More

The Gujarat Genocide - Revisited
By Dr. Habib Siddiqui: Twenty years ago, the Gujarat genocide happened. The victims were the state’s Muslim minorities who were denied any protection by the state police. The Hindu organizations responsible for planning and executing the genocide are the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP), the Bajrang Dal, and the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), which along with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) collectively form the Sangh Parivar. In this article I share some background information on these parties which will help our readers to better grasp the problem discussed. Read More

Raw deal for India’s minorities
By Moin Qazi
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It is an open secret. There is no love lost between India’s religious minorities and the federal government. When Muslims, the most significant minority that makes up 14.2 per cent of the nation’s 1.4 billion people, needed a healing touch, they got a budgetary shock in the form of a significant cut to funds meant for their welfare. The presentation of this week’s national budget was greeted with disappointment and cynicism by the nation’s 170 million Muslims, accentuating the existing trust deficit between them and the ruling dispensation.
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Death toll from Turkey-Syria earthquake surpasses 25,000
Media Reports: The death toll from Monday's devastating earthquakes in Turkey and Syria is continuing to climb, surpassing 25,000 as of late Saturday, United Press International reported. Rescue crews on Saturday pulled more survivors, including entire families, from toppled buildings despite diminishing hopes as the death toll of the enormous quake that struck a border region of Turkey and Syria five days ago surpassed 25,000. Read More

Accumulated tension of hundreds of years moved Anatolia by 3m
Daily Sabah: Professor Harold Tobin, professor in the Department of Earth Sciences at Washington University and director of the Northwest Pacific Seismic Network, explained the magnitude and nature of the earthquakes in Kahramanmaraş, which affected 10 provinces. Tobin said that Anatolia was stuck between two fault lines. "In an earthquake that occurred hundreds of years later, centimetric movements turned into meters." Tobin explained the scientific facts behind the landslide. “Africa is moving north, Saudi Arabia is pushing the country east, which makes the plates move very slowly. This movement is centimetric every year, but these plates are stuck between fault lines. You know what happens when you try to push a heavy piece of furniture, first it resists, it doesn't move. This creates tension in the earth's crust but then releases all its energy in a minute or so when an earthquake occurs. A few meters of movement occurred along these fault lines. This was the accumulated tension of hundreds of years of plate tectonic movements." Read More

Turkey and Syria earthquake death toll passes 21,000
Media reports
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The combined death toll in Turkey and Syria from Monday’s devastating earthquake rose to at least 21,
000 after officials and medics in Turkey said 17,674 people had died in the country and figures published by the Syrian White Helmets group said 3,377 people had died in Syria. Read More

Death toll in Türkiye from earthquakes surpasses 12,000
Anadolu Agency
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of people who died in powerful earthquakes in southern Türkiye has surpassed 12,000, a government agency said early Thursday. 
Türkiye's Disaster and Emergency Management Authority, AFAD, said 12,391 people were killed and 62,914 others were injured in Monday’s quakes centered in Kahramanmaras province. More than 6,000 buildings collapsed due to the 7.7 and 7.6 magnitude quakes that occurred in the space of less than 10 hours. More than 13 million people have been impacted by the quakes. Read More

Syria quake death toll surpasses 2,600 but many more still trapped
T
he death toll in Syria from a devastating earthquake has surpassed 2,600, according to Syrian state media and a rescue service operating in the opposition-held northwest.
Reuters quoted the White Helmets rescue team as saying that the casualty toll in opposition-held areas has risen to more than 1,280 deaths and more than 2,600 injured. "The number is expected to rise significantly due to the presence of hundreds of families under the rubble, more than 50 hours after the earthquake," the White Helmets wrote onTwitter. Read More

Death toll from deadly quakes in Türkiye surpasses 5,800
Daily Sabah/Anadolu Agency: The death toll from the deadly earthquakes in Türkiye surpassed 5,800, Vice President Fuat Oktay said Tuesday. The number of people injured in the disaster hit 34,810, Oktay said in a news conference. Over 450,000 people have been sheltering in student dormitories, he added. In an earlier news conference, Orhan Tatar, head of Directorate of Earthquake and Risk Reduction said at least 435 aftershocks happened after the two major quakes. Some 60,217 emergency officials are working in the area, including 3,200 personnel from 65 countries, Tatar said. Read More

Death toll rises to 2,921 after magnitude 7.7 quake rocks SE Türkiye
By Daily Sabah with agencies
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At least 2,921 people died Monday in Türkiye when two major earthquakes and 185 aftershocks struck the southeast of the country, officials said.
Vice President Fuat Oktay said 2,921 people were killed and 15,834 others were injured following the earthquakes, which were felt in 11 provinces, including Malatya, Şanlıurfa, Osmaniye and Diyarbakır, although the toll threatened to climb much higher because of the heavy damage. Meanwhile, more than 783 people were killed and thousands injured in the Syrian regions of Aleppo, Hama and Latakia, the state news agency (SANA) said. Read More

FIH World Cup A Misnomer
By Syed Rifaquat Ali
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Federation Internationale Hockey (FIH) has changed certain rules which suits the European countries. The very fact that FIH introduced the Astro-turf which was a disadvantage to Asian teams because the game on the synthetic surface is physically very demanding and requires high class physical fitness which is missing in the teams from the Asian continent. Stick work and dribbling is now a thing of the past. It is now hit and run hockey. Read More

With eye on China, India hikes defense budget to $72.6 billion
By Abdus Sattar Ghazali: Amid tense border with China, India proposed on Wednesday 5.94 trillion rupees ($72.6 billion) in defense spending for the 2023-24 financial year, 13% up from last year’s estimates. India is the world's third-biggest military spender, according to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI). In April 2022 SIPRI said the five largest spenders in 2021 were the United States, China, India, the United Kingdom and Russia, together accounting for 62 per cent of global expenditure. Read More

Unraveling of the Republican Party
By Arthur Kane Scott
: The inability of the 2023 Republican Caucus to elect a chair has a long history going back to Ronald Reagan who invited conservative evangelicals to become active participants in the political process undermining separation  of Church/state to maintain America’s WASP dominance. Their agenda was to keep the US white, Christian, and male centered, and to resist the impulses of science/modernity. Their basic principle was `less government better,` `that the Federal Government was the problem.`  Likewise, America needed to resist the seduction of globalism by  following a policy of isolationism (Ukraine) and should restore the rule of an elitist white social order by  controlling the Supreme Court as the arbiter of national morals.
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Palestine is My Cause: Arabs Reaffirm Support for Palestinians, Rejection of the Occupation
Dr. Ramzy Baroud
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The latest
Arab Opinion Index 2022 is yet more proof that Arab societies are diverse in every possible way, from their assessment of their economic situation and living conditions to their take on immigration, state institutions and democracy. With one single exception: Palestine. 76 percent of all respondents to the poll, which is carried out annually by the Arab Center for Research and Policy Studies in Doha, said that Palestine is a cause for all Arabs, not Palestinians alone. Three important points must be kept in mind when trying to understand this number: First, Arabs are not merely expressing sympathy or solidarity with Palestinians. They are irrevocably stating that the Palestinian struggle against the Israeli Occupation is a collective Arab struggle. Second, these views are the same across all sections of society throughout the entire geographic expanse of the Arab world, from the Gulf to the Maghreb regions. Third, equally important is that the public opinions that have been examined in the poll come from countries whose governments have either full diplomatic ties with Israel or vehemently reject normalization. Read More
 

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