July 2023

Indian Defense Minister says New Delhi is ready to ‘liberate’ Pakistan administered Kashmir
By Abdus Sattar Ghazali
Indian Defense Minister Rajnath Singh has said India is ready to cross the Line of Control (LoC) to maintain its honor and dignity.
The Line of Control (LoC) is currently the demarcation line between Indian and Pakistani administered Kashmir. "We can go to any extreme to maintain the honor and dignity of the country... if that includes crossing the LoC, we are ready to do that... if we are provoked and if the need arises, we will cross the LoC," Rajnath said. Responding Rajnath’s statement Pakistan Foreign Office spokesperson said, these unwarranted and totally unacceptable remarks reflect India's hostility against its neighbors, Pakistan in particular." Read More

Russia-Africa Summit Ends With Signing of Final Declaration
Telesur: Russian President Vladimir Putin and African leaders on Friday adopted the final declaration of the 2nd Russia-Africa summit held in St. Petersburg under the slogan "For peace, security and development."   The document subscribes to "increasing cooperation at the highest level and promoting constructive dialogue within the framework of existing international, regional, multilateral and bilateral Russian-African mechanisms on a wide range of strategic, political and economic issues of mutual interest."  Read More

What Will the Russia-Africa Summit Bring?
Telesur analysis: The Russia-Africa Summit closed on Friday and participants adopted a final declaration. The agreements reached are, let there be no doubt, a far-reaching revival of diplomatic relations between the Slavic nation and the Africans. Perhaps there has not been such an upgrade of diplomatic relations since the fall of the Berlin Wall as this one during the summit. Vladimir Putin, the Russian President, announced that the Russian Government has written off the $23 billion debt burden of African countries. Read More

Turkey 100 years after the Treaty of Lausanne Updated
By Abdus Sattar Ghazali
Turkey on July 24, 2023 marked the
100th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Lausanne, that ended the Ottoman Empire and established boundariesof the new Turkish state. In a statement on this occasion President RecepTayyip Erdogan said: Today is the 100th anniversary of the Lausanne Peace Treaty, which constitutes one of the turning points in our history. He also said while resolutely defending the rights we have gained with the Treaty of Lausanne, we will strengthen our country's gains with new moves." President Erdogan did not divulge on the new moves Turkey will take to strengthen its gains. However, in the past Erdogan has called for the revision of the treaty. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has told the Turkish mayors that Turkey wants to get rid of the effects of the Convention and the restoration of its rights, which were usurped by the Allies and Turkey considers also the texts of the Convention are unfair to its rights?  Read More

Hagia Sophia in Istanbul marks 3rd anniversary of its reopening as mosque after 86 years
By Abdus Sattar Ghazali
The historical Hagia Sophia in Istanbul marked the third anniversary of its reopening as a mosque on Monday.
Ali Erbas, the head of the Turkish Presidency of Religious Affairs (Diyanet), led the morning prayer at the Hagia Sophia Grand Mosque. Erbas said  a total of 21 million people have visited the historical site ever since. Turkey's iconic Hagia Sophia Grand Mosque reopened for worship on July 24, 2020 for the first time in 86 years.  "Hagia Sophia Grand Mosque is a cultural heritage of humanity as a whole. It was a mosque and was reverted back into a mosque," Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said following the prayers. Read More

Desecration of Quran by Anti-Muslim groups continue in Europe
By Anadolu Agency / NPR:
Members of the far-right group Danish Patriots, known for their anti-Islamic and ultra-nationalist stance, burned two copies of the Quran in Denmark's capital, Copenhagen Monday.
The incidents took place in front of the Iranian Embassy and later in front of the Iraqi Embassy in Copenhagen. It was the second time in just a few days protesters from an ultranationalist group called Danish Patriots burned the Quran, following similar acts by different groups in neighboring Sweden. The acts have set off public protests in Iraq, Iran, Lebanon, Pakistan and elsewhere. Read More

 Iraq expels Swedish ambassador following Quran desecration again
By Abdus Sattar Ghazali: Iraq Thursday expelled the Swedish ambassador only hours after Iraqi protesters angered by the desecration of the Quran stormed the Swedish embassy in central Baghdad, scaling the walls of the compound and setting it on fire. Salwan Momika, an Iraqi refugee in Sweden Thursday kicked and partially damaged the Quran but did not burn. Stockholm police spokesman Mats Eriksson confirmed that police had granted permission for a demonstration involving two people outside the Iraqi Embassy in Stockholm on Thursday. Read More

The Bastille Day fails to live up to its motto
By Dr. Habib Siddiqui: The Bastille Day is celebrated as the national day of France on 14 July each year. It is the anniversary of the Storming of the Bastille prison on 14 July 1789, a major event of the French Revolution.  Originally built as a medieval fortress, the Bastille eventually became a state prison where political prisoners were often kept. Some prisoners were held on the direct order of the king, from which there was no appeal. Read More

Western states oppose the UN resolution against Quran burning
By Abdus Sattar Ghazali: Major western countries - France, Germany, the UK, and the US – on Wednesday voted against a resolution in the UN Human Rights Council condemning the recent burning of the Muslim holy book, the Quran.The draft resolution was presented by Pakistan on behalf of the 57-member Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC). The resolution was adopted with 28 countries voting in favor, 12 countries voting against it, and 7 countries abstaining at the 53rd regular session of the UN Human Rights Council. Those voted against included Belgium, Costa Rica, the Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Montenegro, Romania, the UK, and the US.
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Why Israel criticizes Pakistan for human rights violations?
By Abdus Sattar Ghazali
Israel’s Permanent Representative to the UN Adi Farjon Tuesday criticized the human rights situation in Pakistan.
Addressing the UN Human Rights Council Farjon said Tel Aviv is “deeply concerned about the overall rights situation in Pakistan where enforced disappearances, torture, crackdown on peaceful protests and violence against religious minorities and other marginalized groups remain prevalent.” Tellingly annual reports of Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch have detailed human rights violations in Pakistan since the ouster of Prime Minister Imran Khan in April 2022. Read More

Remembering Srebrenica genocide
By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
The 11th of July is a dark reminder of man’s inhumanity. Twenty-eight years ago, and some fifty years after the world had said “Never Again” to the horrors of the Holocaust, Europe allowed the genocide of another minority community on its soil. In Bosnia, between 1992-1995 close to 100,000 people were killed, over 2 million were forcibly displaced, and between 20,000-50,000 women were raped as part of the systematic campaign of genocide and ethnic cleansing enacted by the Serb forces. Read More

Protest rallies across Pakistan over Quran burning in Sweden
By Abdus Sattar Ghazali:
Rallies were held across Pakistan on Friday to protest the desecration of the Holy Quran in Sweden as the nation observed “Youm-i-Taqaddus-i-Quran” (Quran Sanctity Day). Former Prime Minister and leader of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Pakistan (PTI) Imran Khan had earlier called for rallies on Friday to protest the burning of the Holy Quran in Sweden. Read More

Burning of the Quran and the Counter-offensive: Why the West is Panicking
by Dr Ramzy Baroud: Desecrating, then burning the Holy Quran in Sweden has, once again, raised a political storm of condemnation, but also of justification, if not outright approval. Such acts are protected by law, top Swedish and EU officials have declared. But why are the rights of those who oppose western agendas, colonialism, imperialism, Zionism and military interventions not equally protected by law? Read More

Modi lied to the U.S. public again
By Dr. Habib Siddiqui: India’s prime minister Narendra Modi  spoke at the joint session of the US Congress on June 23. Modi became the second Indian Prime Minister after Manmohan Singh to be honored with a State Visit to the United States.  This visit and speech came after seven years of his last visit in June of 2016 when he said:  “Mr. Speaker, our nations may have been shaped by diverse histories, cultures and faiths, yet our belief in democracy for our nations and our liberty for our countrymen is common…  Today, across its individuals and institutions, and in its villages and cities, in streets and states, are anchored in equal respect for all faiths.” He lied. Modi’s actions since getting reelected belie his claims and aspirations. The US-India partnership is bad for the future of democracy and the entire Indo-Pacific region. Read More

Putin, Xi, Modi welcome Iran as 9th member of Shanghai Cooperation Organization
Iran TV: Russian President Vladimir Putin, Chinese President Xi Jinping and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi have welcomed Iran's accession into the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) as the ninth full member of the influential security and trade alliance. Iran gained full-fledged membership of the SCO on Tuesday, during the 23rd virtual summit of the SCO hosted by India, becoming the ninth member of the bloc, which also includes China, Russia, India, Pakistan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan and Tajikistan. Read More

Kashmir is facing existential threat due to criminal negligence of world powers: Dr. Imtiaz Khan Dr. Imtiaz Khan, Professor at George Washington University Medical Center, says: “Currently there is religious persecution going on in Kashmir and this incident does not come as a surprise. During my recent visit when I landed in the capital Srinagar, it had appearances of Hindu holy city. Hundreds of thousands of Hindu pilgrims are being pumped in under the pretext of visiting newly discovered religious shrines. They are being provided facilities for extended stays with the goal of finally settling them in Kashmir. Huge swaths of land are being acquired and confiscated from local Muslim population to accommodate the settlers. Fanatic Hindus from India since last 4 years have been provided domicile certificates and the process is being proceeded with high exigency. The goal is to change the demographic character of the area and transform it to a Hindu majority state. Ultimate plan is to bring in Hindu government and approach international community or UN for conducting plebiscite and with the transformation of population the outcome of this exercise will be in their favor.”
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World’s richest added $852 billion to their fortunes in first half of 2023
By  Jerry White:
The world’s richest people added $852 billion to their fortunes in the first half of 2023, according to data compiled by Bloomberg and released on Monday. Each member of the Bloomberg Billionaires Index made an average of over $14 million per day over the last six months—even as 47 percent of the world’s population barely survived on $6.25 a day. The rise in the wealth of the world’s 2,640 billionaires was the largest six-month spike since the second half of 2020. The previous jump was the result of the trillions of dollars the US and other governments around the world poured into the financial markets to protect the assets of the super-rich from the impact of the pandemic. In the three years between March 2020 and March 2023, all three of the New York Stock Exchange’s largest indexes have risen by 70 percent. They have continued to rise in the last quarter despite the growing signs of financial instability and warnings of economic recession.  
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