Oliver Collenette on Save Our Nurseries
When Mansur Ali, 12 yrs old, first came to the Child Friendly Space (CFS) at the Balukhali camp, he was only drawing scenes of bloodshed and violence. Helicopters shooting at him and his friends playing soccer… or his village and home being on fire with burning bodies all around him.. Today, his drawings reflect a more hopeful story, one we would like all these children to have.
Since the #Rohingya children have arrived in Cox’s Bazar, they have been living in overcrowded …
Statement from Ken Livingstone – please share widely ↓
“After much consideration, I have decided to resign from the Labour Party.
The ongoing issues around my suspension from the Labour Party have become a distraction from the key political issue of our time – which is to replace a Tory government overseeing falling living standards and spiralling poverty, while starving our schools and the NHS of the vital resources they need.
We live in dangerous times and there are many issues I wish to speak up on and contribute my experience from running London to, from the need for real action to tackle climate change, to opposing Trump’s war-mongering, to the need to end austerity and invest in our future here in Britain.
I do not accept the allegation that I have brought the Labour Party into disrepute – nor that I am in any way guilty of anti-Semitism. I abhor antisemitism, I have fought it all my life and will continue to do so.
I also recognise that the way I made a historical argument has caused offence and upset in the Jewish community. I am truly sorry for that.
Under Labour’s new General Secretary I am sure there will be rapid action to expel anyone who genuinely has antisemitic views.
I am loyal to the Labour party and to Jeremy Corbyn. However any further disciplinary action against me may drag on for months or even years, distracting attention from Jeremy’s policies.
I am therefore, with great sadness, leaving the Labour Party.
We desperately need an end to Tory rule, and a Corbyn-led government to transform Britain and end austerity. I will continue to work to this end, and I thank all those who share this aim and who have supported me in my own political career.”
في هذا الزمن المتسارع الأحداث كماً وكيفاً قد تفوتنا دراسة بعض التفاصيل الهامة، والتي إن تمّ الإنتباه إليها قد تشكّل قيمة مضافة في فهم مجريات الأمور، كبيرها وصغيرها. في هذا الزمن يتحدث الكثيرون، وبشكل عفوي عن مفترق طرق محلّي وإقليمي، ودولي ذلك لأن الكثيرين يشعرون أنهم يفقدون خصائص العالم الذي ولدوا، وترعرعوا فيه دون أن يدركوا حقيقة العالم الذي يتشكّل، أو الصورة النهائية التي سيستقر عليها هذا العالم. في مثل هذا المفصل تكثر التفسيرات، والإجتهادات دون أن يكو…
Taj Mahal First Of Its Kind. Built by a Wife.
Halikarnas and Agra. Artemisia versus Shah Jahan. What do they have in common? One a Wife and the other a Husband
Love for the other half. Halikarnas is where the word Mausoleum was created. Word mausoleum is widely used today to describe a Tomb. As this Mausoleum was being built, the body to be buried was alive and well, only to be completed by his wife after he died, strangely his wife was also his sister. Common practice of the time sisters or brothers marrying their siblings. No matter how much we loath it at times incest did not exist as we know it today.
The Taj Mahal, made from white marble is a mausoleum on the Yumuna river. Built by Shah Jahan the Mughal emperor for his wife Mumtaz Mahal.
Wife Builds A Tomb.
Artemisia built one for her husband Mausolus. World wonders, first similarity to Taj Mahal was built in Halicarnassus known as Bodrum today.
As the history has it, the first case of aesthetics of love and reverence of a partner or the other half was a tomb construction for Mausolus a very powerful Persian Empire Governor of place today known as Bodrum, Turkey.
Not much to say about the Tomb as it today lies in ruins. But one cannot ignore the beautiful colour roses in the garden and links to beauty that this place held in distant past
Organisation of Islamic Cooperation. The Collective Voice of The Muslim World. Sabt, 5 Ramadan 1439 AH
The Council of Foreign Minnisters Meeting Preparotary to The OIC Extraordinary Islamic Summit Conference …FINAL COMMUNIQUE OF THE SEVENTH EXTRAORDINARY ISLAMIC SUMMIT CONFERENCE IN RESPONSE TO THE GRAVE DEVELOPMENTS IN THE STATE OF PALESTINE
We, the Kings and Heads of State and Government of the Member States of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), gathering at the Seventh Extraordinary Session of the Islamic Summit Conference in Istanbul, Republic of Turkey, on 3 Ramadan 1439 AH – 18 May 2018 CE upon the invitation of the President of Turkey, H.E. Mr. Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, the Chair of the Thirteenth Session of the Islamic Summit, in response to the grave developments in the State of Palestine, as a result of the ongoing Israeli brutal aggression against the Palestinian people and the illegal inauguration of the U.S. embassy in Al-Quds.
Having reviewed the alarming situation and growing tensions in the occupied territory of the State of Palestine,
Expressing our profound appreciation to H.E. President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan for calling for the convening and hosting of this extraordinary Islamic Summit on an issue of such importance for Ummah
Commending the resolutions on the cause of Palestine and al-Quds Al-Sharıf, the capital of the State of Palestine, adopted by the 45th Session of Council of Foreign Ministers on 5-6 May 2018 in Dhaka,
Welcoming resolutions adopted on Palestine and Al-Quds al-Sharif by the 29th Arab League Summit held in Dhahran and appreciate naming it as “Al-Quds Summit” by the Custodian of the two holy mosques King Salman bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud,
Emphasizing that the central mission and raison d’être of the OIC is protecting the City of Al-Quds Al-Sharif, its historic and legal status, its spiritual place, and to take all necessary measures to put an end to the violations committed by Israel and any party that supports this regime and its colonial and racist policies,
Proceeding from the historical, moral and legal responsibility placed on the Muslim Ummah and in full solidarity with Palestine and its people,
The extraordinary summit of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) drew to a close late on May 18 following strong condemnations of Israeli killings of Palestinian protesters.
A news conference was held and a final declaration was issued after a session chaired by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.
Speaking at a joint press conference with OIC Secretary General Yousef al-Othaimeen and Palestinian Prime Minister Rami al-Hamdallah, Erdoğan said they held a very meaningful summit in terms of showing solidarity with the Palestinian people as well as conveying the necessary messages to Israel.
Criticizing Washington, Erdoğan said responsibility for the consequences of “this provocative decision to sabotage the peace process entirely belongs to the U.S.”
“We won’t accept the unlawful decision of the U.S. to relocate its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem despite all warnings,” Erdoğan said. “We will never end our solidarity with the Palestinian people.”
Erdoğan also urged the international community, especially the United Nations Security Council, to fulfill their legal obligations with regards to Palestine.
Stressing that sending an international peace force to help Palestinians is “imperative”, he said: “We once again reject the U.S. decision on Jerusalem.”
He also said an aid campaign will be carried out during Ramadan across all OIC states for Palestinians.
Yousef al-Othaimeen, the OIC‘s secretary general, said in his closing speech that “We reiterated the need to provide international protection for the Palestinian people.”
Regarding the practical measures the OIC would take in this regard, he said: “We decided to assign the OIC‘s secretariat general to form an international commission of experts to investigate the Israeli crimes in the Palestinian territories.”
“We also confirmed that the U.S. move to relocate its embassy to Jerusalem has nothing to do with changing the realities on the ground.”
Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah, for his part, echoed the call for an international and transparent probe into the Israeli crimes in the Palestinian occupied territories.
“We confirm also the necessity for international protection for the Palestinian people,” he said, adding “the U.S.’ opening of its embassy in Jerusalem is a provocative act that undermines peace prospects in the region and threatens international peace and security.”
“Such a move emboldens Israel to continue its illegal actions against the Palestinian people,” Hamdallah said.
The session was also attended by Turkish Premier Binali Yıldırım and Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu as well as the heads of states of Afghanistan, Guinea, Iran, Qatar, Kuwait, Mauritania, Sudan, Jordan and the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC).
The Istanbul summit was convened by Erdoğan earlier this week to denounce the Israeli violence that killed at least 62 Palestinians during mass rallies on May 14 in the eastern part of the besieged Gaza Strip.
The prime ministers of Palestine, Kyrgyzstan and Pakistan took their place at the meeting, while Uzbekistan, Algeria and Sudan were represented at the parliamentary and senate level.
In addition, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Lebanon, Iraq, Tunisia, Oman, Libya, Bangladesh, Burkina Faso, Chad, Kazakhstan, Comoros, Maldives and Tajikistan were represented at the foreign ministerial level.
Over 340 national and international accredited press members covered the meeting.
Mass rally at Yenikapı fairgrounds
Hours before the international summit, Istanbul also hosted a mass rally under the theme “Condemning Oppression, Supporting al-Quds [Jerusalem]” at the Yenikapı fairgrounds in the European quarter of the city.
Thousands of people attended the mass rally to show support for Palestinians.
Aside from Erdoğan, Turkey‘s Parliament Speaker İsmail Kahraman, Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım, Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) Chairman Devlet Bahçeli, Grand Unity Party (BBP) Chairman Mustafa Destici, Palestinian Prime Minister Rami al-Hamdallah, Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev and Jordanian King Abdullah II were also present at the rally.
A special session of the UN Human Rights Council has ended with a resolution by Member States to investigate weeks of violence on the Israeli border with Gaza, which has claimed the lives of more than 100 people in the enclave and left thousands wounded.
The draft text called for the Council to “investigate all alleged violations and abuses of international humanitarian law and international human rights law” in the Occupied Palestinian Territory and particularly the occupied Gaza Strip, since 30 March; the date when demonstrations along the border with Israel began, dubbed the Great March of Return.
The resolution was adopted by 29 votes in favour, with two against and 14 abstentions.
They are, in essence, caged in a toxic slum from birth to death; deprived of dignity – High Commissioner Zeid
The development follows a request on Tuesday by Palestine and the Arab Group of States.
A day earlier, 60 demonstrators in Gaza were killed by Israeli forces, marking the highest one-day death toll in the territory since the 2014 hostilities. According to UN human rights chief, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, who addressed the council, 87 Palestinians have been killed during the protests, including 12 children, and more than 12,000 injured; 3,500 of them by live ammunition fire.
“Palestinians have exactly the same human rights as Israelis do. They have the same rights to live safely in their homes, in freedom, with adequate and essential services and opportunities” said the High Commissioner for Human Rights.
“And of this essential core of entitlements due to every human being, they are systematically deprived”, he continued, adding: “They are, in essence, caged in a toxic slum from birth to death; deprived of dignity; de-humanised by the Israeli authorities to such a point it appears officials do not even consider that these men and women have a right, as well as every reason, to protest.”
Mr. Zeid said that some demonstrators threw Molotov cocktails and used sling-shots to throw stones at Israeli soldiers.
But this did not justify the use of lethal force and may be a breach of international law, he added.
Israel responded to the special session at the Human Rights Council saying that convening the meeting was evidence of its politically-motivated “anti-Israeli obsession”.
Ambassador Aviva Raz Shechter, Permanent Representative of Israel to the UN, said that the militant group Hamas, which runs the Gaza Strip, and the Palestinian Authority in the occupied West Bank, had incited people to violence, by placing “as many civilians as possible – including women, children and journalists – in the line of fire”.
Under the rules of the Human Rights Council, an extraordinary session can only be called by the body’s 47 Member States; it must also have the support of at least one-third of the membership. Friday marked the 28th time that there has been a special session of the Council.
By JT – May 19,2018 – Last updated at May 19,2018
His Majesty King Abdullah joins Muslim world’s leaders at an Istanbul-hosted extraordinary summit of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation on Friday (Photo courtesy of Royal Court)
AMMAN – His Majesty King Abdullah on Friday urged the international community to uphold its responsibilities in protecting the Palestinian people and enabling them to gain their rights and end occupation, injustice, and despair.
In his speech at the extraordinary summit of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation in Istanbul, Turkey, the King said that the sole path to peace is through ending the occupation and establishing an independent Palestinian state on the 4 June 1967 borders, with East Jerusalem as its capital, based on the two-state solution.
He stressed that the region will never enjoy comprehensive peace unless the Palestinian-Israeli conflict is resolved according to international law and relevant United Nations resolutions, and the Arab Peace Initiative.
Following is the full text of the speech:
In the name of God, the Most Merciful, the Compassionate,
Prayers and peace be upon the Arab Hashemite Prophet Mohammad,
Your Majesties, Highnesses, Excellencies,
Peace, God’s mercy and blessings be upon you.
First, may the souls of our martyrs in Palestine rest in peace.
Jerusalem is our First Qibla. Jerusalem is Amman’s twin. Jerusalem is the key to peace and harmony. And the sole path to peace is through ending the occupation and establishing an independent Palestinian state on the 4 June 1967 borders, with East Jerusalem as its capital, based on the two-state solution.
Let me stress, once again, that our region will never enjoy comprehensive peace unless the Palestinian-Israeli conflict is resolved according to international law and relevant United Nations resolutions, and the Arab Peace Initiative.
Nearly five months ago, we met to counter the dangerous implications of the United States’ decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. And here we are today, witnessing the very implications we had warned against—the undermining of the foundations of peace and stability, the dominance of unilateralism, and a deepening state of despair that breeds violence.
Throughout that period, Jordan worked in coordination with brothers and friends to limit the ramifications of this decision. Our steadfast position continues to affirm that East Jerusalem is occupied territory and that it is a final status issue whose future is decided through direct negotiations, in accordance with international law and relevant United Nations resolutions.
Here, we must also emphasise the need for immediate measures by brotherly Arab and Muslim countries to support the perseverance of Palestinians and empower them economically, while countering attempts to Judaise Jerusalem and alter its Arab, Islamic, and Christian identity.
The violence, aggression, and violations perpetrated by Israel against the brotherly Palestinian people in Gaza and elsewhere in the Palestinian Territories must stop. The international community must uphold its responsibilities before history; peoples of the world and all people of conscience must uphold their responsibilities in protecting the Palestinian people and enabling them to gain their rights and end occupation, injustice, and despair.
As I have affirmed at the latest Arab Summit, the Hashemite Custodianship of Islamic and Christian holy sites in Jerusalem is a historical duty and responsibility that we are proud to carry. We will persevere in upholding this responsibility, in coordination with our brothers at the Palestinian National Authority and with your support. And we will continue to strengthen the resolve of Jerusalemites and counter any attempts to impose new facts on the ground or change the historical and legal status quo.
We genuinely seek peace, and everyone is called upon to end the prevalent anguish and frustration by advancing and achieving a peace that fulfils the legitimate rights of the brotherly Palestinian people—a peace where the holy city of Jerusalem stands as a symbol of harmony among the followers of the monotheistic faiths, not a cause for conflict.
In closing, I thank my brother and friend, His Excellency President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, for his efforts and for convening this Summit.
Peace, God’s mercy and blessings be upon you.
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