Happy birthday Al Hussein, we grow more proud of you every day…

كل عام وأنت بخير ومصدر فخر لجلالة الملك ولي. كثيرة هي الصفات التي أراها فيك من سيدنا وأحدها حب العسكرية. الأمير الحسين إلى جانب سيدنا خلال تدريب بالذخيرة الحية في اختتام سلسلة من التدريبات مؤخراً

Happy birthday Al Hussein, we grow more proud of you every day… I see so much of His Majesty in you, including your shared love for the military – Taken during the conclusion of a recent round of live-fire training exercises

Every year and you are fine and a source of pride for his majesty king and Many are the qualities that I see in you from our Lord and one of her military love. Prince Hussein along with our master during live ammunition training at the conclusion of a series of rehearsals recently

Happy birthday Al Hussein, we grow more proud of you every day… I see so much of His Majesty in you, including your shared love for the military – Taken during the conclusion of a recent round of live-fire training exercises

حوار جلالة الملك مع الإعلامي فريد زكريا من شبكة سي إن إن خلال أعمال المنتدى الاقتصادي العالمي

حوار جلالة الملك عبدالله الثاني مع الإعلامي فريد زكريا من شبكة سي إن إن الأمريكية خلال أعمال المنتدى الاقتصادي العالمي في دافوس

His Majesty King Abdullah II’s conversation with CNN’s Fareed Zakaria at the World Economic Forum in Davos

This Saturday in London, I will be joining The People’s Assembly Against Austerity

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This Saturday in London, I will be joining The People’s Assembly Against Austerity, doctors, nurses, health campaigners, unions and tens of thousands of others at Our NHS at 70 march.

It is almost 70 years since the NHS was founded by a Labour government and it’s still our proudest achievement. It was the first comprehensive health service in the world built on the principle that healthcare should be available to all on the basis of need, not ability to pay .

 

What the Conservatives have done to our NHS, first under David Cameron, and then Theresa May, is appalling. Deliberate underfunding of services, and squeezing the pay of our brilliant doctors, nurses and health staff, has pushed our NHS to the brink. Every day there are shocking stories of unacceptable waiting times, ambulance delays and patients left on trolleys in corridors. And they’ve spent years selling off and contracting out our NHS bit by bit, opening the NHS up to being sued by private companies, like Virgin. Labour will end privatisation because our NHS should be about healthcare for all, not profits for a few.

 Join The March In London On 30th June 2018

 

Question comes to mind is how committed is the EU? Turkey applied for EU membership in 1987

Question comes to mind is how committed is the EU? Turkey applied for EU membership in 1987. Countries that are way backwards have become members of European Union. No leader will openly mention, some are also a heavy drain on the block.

It is difficult to assume Europe will be any more honest than it has been with Turkey.  Europe needs to overcome much resentment created over the years by lame excuses for refusing Turkish European membership.

 

 

All issues below are created by greedy Europeans.

“””We hope that under President Erdoğan’s leadership Turkey will remain a committed partner for the European Union on major issues of common interest such as migration, security, regional stability and the fight against terrorism,” a spokesman for the European Commission told a regular briefing.””” Continue reading “Question comes to mind is how committed is the EU? Turkey applied for EU membership in 1987”

The Royal Family Today in Jordan, The Duke of Cambridge undertook a number of engagements, meeting refugees, young people and the charities and organisations that support them

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Today in Jordan, The Duke of Cambridge undertook a number of engagements, meeting refugees, young people and the charities and organisations that support them.

The day started at the archaeological site at Jerash, where His Royal Highness was accompanied by Crown Prince Al-Hussein Bin Abdullah II. Jerash was also hosting a celebration for young people benefiting from the Makani programme supported by UNICEF. The Duke then travelled to visit a new base for the Quick Reaction Force (QRF), before touring the Princess Taghrid Institute – a charity that supports women to develop their livelihoods.

Read more: https://www.royal.uk/royal-visit-jordan-israel-opts

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Erdogan is a leader that has following right across the world. Only Turkish leader that has reached across the international boundaries in his popularity. Those that could not vote in Turkish elections prayed for his return to power!

It is a festival day today. It is Turkey’s day. It is a day that 81 million people won and there is no loser, Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım

The Supreme Electoral Board chairman Sadi Güven has announced that Erdoğan received the majority of the votes as 97.7 percent of the votes have been counted. “The number of votes that have not been counted yet is not enough to affect the outcome,” he said.

President Erdoğan has addressed thousands of supporters in front of the ruling AKP’s headquarters. “We never bow down in front of anyone, except God,” he said. It was earlier reported that Erdoğan cancelled his victory speech, dubbed “balcony speech.” Turkish President explained the crowd in Ankara that his speech was delayed because a 7-year-old supporter was injured in an accident in Istanbul during celebrations. “You have given a lesson to those who wait for Turkey to kneel,” he added. “The winner of this election is democracy, the will of the people, each one of our 81 million citizens,” Erdoğan said, “We have also taken our lessons from these results. We will stand before our nation by fixing our shortcomings. We will keep our promises.”

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Changing Views and Equality on Genders is Far more Difficult in Some Countries. Report from The WIRE Below

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At Interview in Kolkata School, Transgender Teacher Asked ‘If Breasts Were Real

Suchitra Dey, who changed her name from Hiranmay Dey after undergoing sex-reassignment surgery last year, was asked by a principal of a well-known school if “her breasts were real” and whether she could bear children.

New Delhi: Countless incidents have proven time and again that India is a long way off from shunning gender discrimination. This hard truth is further confirmed upon listening to the story of 30-year-old Suchitra Dey, a transgender teacher in Kolkata.

Dey, who underwent a sex-reassignment surgery (SRS) in 2017, changed her name from Hiranmay Dey.

Armed with a double MA (in Geography and English) and B.Ed degrees, she interviewed for a teaching position at schools. But, according to her, as the Indian Express reported, instead of being asked about her qualifications, she was asked whether her “breasts were real” and whether she could give birth.

“When they looked at me, all they could see was a man who had transformed into a woman. Nothing else mattered because if one belongs to the third gender in this country, ridicule is a way of life,” Dey told the Indian Express.

“One of the interviewers at a well-known Kolkata school asked me to wear male outfits because all my mark sheets and certificates say that I am a man. In each of these interviews, I faced the worst kind of humiliation. The male principal of one of these schools asked me whether I can bear a child. He also asked me if my breasts are real. Would these questions be asked if I wasn’t a transgender woman?”

In her complaint to the West Bengal Human Rights Commission (WBHRC), which she submitted on June 11, she wrote: “I couldn’t handle the humiliation anymore. The things I have been asked by authorities at “reputed” schools of Kolkata shows the kind of mindset people still hold about our community. If someone like me, who is educated and experienced, has to face this then imagine the plight of those who don’t have the opportunity to go to school, or the ones who have been ostracised.”

Before going in for the surgery, Dey taught at a school in the Thakurpukur area in the city where she said everyone was “very cooperative”. Still a teacher there, she said the management did not give her any issues when she rejoined the school and began to “lead her life as a woman”.

India, though the Supreme Court recognised transgenders as a ‘third gender’ in 2014, discrimination is still rampant. Many are shunned by the family, are excluded from being a part of society and are refused basic civil liberties. Finding a house to rent can become an impossible nightmare and violence against transgenders is still widely prevalent.

Source: https://thewire.in/gender/transgender-teacher-harassed-kolkata-school

General Assembly adopts text urging greater protection for Palestinians, and deploring Israel’s ‘excessive’ use of force

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The UN General Assembly votes on and adopts resolution on the Protection of the Palestinian civilian population.

13 June 2018

In an emergency meeting on Wednesday, the United Nations General Assembly adopted an Arab-sponsored resolution calling for greater protection for Palestinians, and deploring any use of “excessive, disproportionate and indiscriminate” force by the Israeli military against Palestinian civilians, particularly in Gaza.

The emergency session of the 193-member Assembly, came about following weeks of violence along the border of the Gaza Strip – the Palestinian enclave blockaded by Israel – where hundreds of thousands of Palestinians participated in “the Great March of Return” protests, beginning at the end of March.

More than 120 Palestinian civilians were reportedly killed by Israeli forces while participating in the protests against Israel’s years-long blockade.

The resolution was adopted by a vote of 120 in favour, 8 against, with 45 abstentions.

A US amendment which condemned the role played in Gaza by the Hamas extremist group, which controls the enclave, was voted on first.

After several rounds of procedural voting, and delays over tallying votes, the US text secured the support of 62 countries, with 58 against; coming up short of the two-thirds majority support needed.

Assembly President Miroslav Lajčák convened the meeting, following a formal request from Algeria and Turkey, in their respective capacities as Chair of the Arab Group and Chair of the Summit of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation.

Unlike a resolution on Palestinian civilian protection that was vetoed by the US in the UN Security Council on 1 June, Wednesday’s identical resolution in the Assembly was not subject to the same rules as exist in the Council.

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Ambassador Nikki R. Haley of the United States addresses General Assembly on the “Illegal Israeli actions in Occupied East Jerusalem and the rest of the Occupied Palestinian Territory”.

Introducing the amendment before voting, the US Ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, said that “the nature of this resolution clearly demonstrates that politics is driving the day.”

“It is totally one-sided. It makes not one mention of Hamas, who routinely initiates violence in Gaza. Such one-sided resolutions at the UN do nothing to advance peace between Israel and the Palestinians,” she said.

Also prior to voting, the Permanent Observer of the State of Palestine to the UN, Riyad Mansour, said that “our decision to approach to the Assembly was prompted by the Security Council’s failure to act due to the veto cast on 1 June by a permanent member.”

“We therefore firmly reject the bad-faith attempt to insert an amendment that would radically unbalance the text and shift the Assembly’s focus away from the core objective of protecting civilians and upholding international law,” he said.

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Riyad Mansour, Permanent Observer of the State of Palestine to the UN, addresses the resumed tenth emergency special session of the General Assembly.

The text adopted “deplores the use of any excessive, disproportionate and indiscriminate force by the Israeli forces against Palestinian civilians in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, and particularly in the Gaza Strip, including the use of live ammunition against civilian protesters, including children, as well as medical personnel and journalists, and expresses its grave concern at the loss of innocent lives.”

It also “demands that Israel, the occupying Power, refrain from such actions and fully abide by its legal obligations and responsibilities” under the fourth Geneva Convention on protecting civilians in times of war.

It also requests that the Secretary-General, within 60 days, present his “proposals on ways and means for ensuring the safety, protection and well-being of the Palestinian civilian population under Israeli occupation, including “recommendations regarding an international protection mechanism.”

The text also “deplores the firing of rockets from the Gaza Strip against Israeli civilian areas,” but does not single out Hamas as being responsible for such launches.

The US amendment sought to add to the Arab-sponsored text, a paragraph, by which the Assembly would “condemn Hamas for repeatedly firing rockets into Israel and for inciting violence along the boundary fence, thereby putting civilians at risk.”

It would have also demanded that “Hamas cease all violent activity and provocative actions,” and condemned the use of resources in Gaza to construct military infrastructure, including tunnels to infiltrate Israel and equipment to launch rockets into civilian areas, saying that such funds should be used to address the critical needs of the civilian population.

Briefing journalists earlier in the day, Spokesperson for the President of the General Assembly, Brenden Varma, said that if the resolution passed, it would represent an “important expression of political will” and an “important recommendation by the General Assembly.” However, it would not be binding in the same way as a Security Council resolution.

“We cannot be disparaged as closet extremists. If we are concerned then it is a serious problem,” Arab News

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UK Conservative Party faces accusations of Islamophobia

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Updated 07 June 2018

LONDON: The UK’s ruling Conservative Party is facing fresh allegations of Islamophobia — this time from its own members.

The Conservative Muslim Forum, which is made up of party members, has joined the call for a full independent inquiry into anti-Muslim attitudes among its fellow Conservatives.

The forum’s chairman, Mohammed Amin, said that it was time for the party to “take a long, hard look at itself” and stop shying away from the issue.

“Every political party has bad eggs in it and different parties have different kinds of bad eggs,” Amin told Arab News. “We need to examine what it is about the Conservative Party that attracts this type of bad egg. What is it about us that makes people feel we would tolerate these sorts of attitudes?

“Every time I address a group, this is one of the issues that comes up. This has been the case for years now and it is a concern.”

On June 4, Amin wrote to Prime Minister Theresa May informing her that the forum’s executive committee had “unanimously concluded that it is essential that the party should hold such an inquiry” and offered “any assistance the inquiry may require.”

The Muslim Council of Britain (MCB) last week sent an open letter to the party chairman, Brandon Lewis, urging him to launch an independent probe into anti-Muslim attitudes within party ranks and cited several examples. Sayeeda Warsi and Mohammed Sheikh, both members of the House of Lords, voiced support for the move.

On June 1, Lord Sheikh also wrote to the prime minister urging her to open an inquiry.

The party’s response so far has been to assert that it takes seriously all claims of racism and has acted swiftly to suspend members accused of involvement in Islamophobic incidents, while Home Secretary (interor minister) Sajid Javid — who is himself of Muslim background — accused the MCB of having suspect links to extremism and dismissed it as unrepresentative of Muslims in the UK.

However, brushing off the Conservative Muslim Forum, which consists entirely of party supporters, is not so easy.

“We cannot be disparaged as closet extremists. If we are concerned then it is a serious problem,” said Amin.

However, Amin believes that without a majority in Parliament, the Conservatives are afraid to jeopardize their hold on power and are simply hoping the issue “will magically go away.”

He added: “With any party or organization faced with such a problem, the first reaction is always to say there isn’t a problem. The second is to say there might be a few bad eggs but we are dealing with them. It is much harder to focus on what it is within the organization that draws such people to it. But that is what we need to do.”

Amin, a Conservative party member for 35 years, said that the party had “a strong set of values that should naturally appeal to Muslims,” many of whom run small businesses. “Yet they are not Conservative supporters. Why not?”

It was the same with lawyers, doctors, accountants and other middle-class professionals, he said. “As Muslims they say that they cannot support the Conservatives. Part of the reason is the perception of racism.”

Amin said that the CMF had received “many complaints over the years” about Islamophobia and had reported them to party leaders but with little improvement.

Among the incidents raised by the MCB was one during the London mayoral election in 2016, when Conservative candidate Zac Goldsmith speculated that his Labour opponent, Siddiq Khan, a Muslim, posed a potential security risk. Khan won the election.

“That did enormous damage,” said Amin. Senior Muslim Conservatives had complained to David Cameron, the prime minister at the time. “But there was not a satisfactory response.”

The Conservative MP Bob Blackman was also singled out for hosting an event at which the controversial Hindu nationalist Tapan Ghosh — who has praised the ethnic cleansing of the Muslim Rohingya in Myanmar — gave an address. The CMF complained, but on Wednesday Blackman said that he had only just found the email, which he thought his staff had already answered.

“If they would still like to meet, I ask that they telephone my office to make an appointment,” he said.

However, Amin said that the CMF had sent numerous emails to Blackman over five months.

“This was private correspondence and we got nowhere. I spoke to a member of his staff to stress that this was important and I’m sure she brought it to his attention.”

The prime minister was copied into the correspondence and the CMF also had a meeting with party chairman Brandon Lewis to discuss the Blackman complaint.

“One of our executive committee members also met Mr. Blackman at an event and he (Blackman) said, ‘I owe you a response.’

“I don’t want to call anyone a liar but to say there was one email is not accurate.”

There are two Muslim Conservative members of Parliament — Nusrat Ghani and Rehman Chishti. Neither responded to requests for comment.