Category Archives: Fascism

PressTV – Press TV reporter in Turkey killed in suspicious car accident

Shim was killed on Sunday as she was on a working mission in Turkey to cover the ongoing war in the strategic Syrian town of Kobani.

She was going back to her hotel from a report scene in the city of Suruç in Turkey’s Urfa Province when their car collided with a heavy vehicle. The identity and whereabouts of the truck driver remain unknown.

Shim, an American citizen of Lebanese origin, covered reports for Press TV in Lebanon, Iraq, and Ukraine.

On Friday, she told Press TV that the Turkish intelligence agency had accused her of spying probably due to some of the stories she has covered about Turkey’s stance on the ISIL terrorists in Kobani and its surroundings, adding that she feared being arrested.

Shim said she was among the few journalists obtaining stories of militants infiltrating into Syria through the Turkish border, adding that she had received images from militants crossing the Turkish border into Syria in World Food Organization and other NGOs’ trucks.

Shim flatly rejected accusations against her, saying she was “surprised” at this accusation “because I have nothing to hide and I have never done anything aside my job.”

via PressTV – Press TV reporter in Turkey killed in suspicious car accident.

Japan PM sends offerings to war shrine | News , World | THE DAILY STAR

The Yasukuni Shrine honors war criminals, including wartime leader Hideki Tojo, among the 2.5 million war dead. Many Asian victims of Japan’s wartime atrocities, especially China and the Koreas, see the shrine as a symbol of militarism.

Abe last visited Yasukuni in December, triggering anger from China and South Korea.

On Friday, Abe sent a set of Shinto-style “masakaki” ornaments on the occasion marking the shrine’s Oct. 17-20 autumn festival, one of three major events when Japan’s conservatives typically pray there.

Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said Abe made the gesture as a private citizen based on his personal belief.

A group of 110 lawmakers and 80 aides prayed at the shrine for the war dead. None of the Cabinet members has showed up so far Friday, though Internal Affairs and Communications Minister Sanae Takaichi told reporters Thursday that she would go. Yauhisa Shiozaki, minister of health, labor and welfare, offered religious ornaments similar to Abe’s.

via Japan PM sends offerings to war shrine | News , World | THE DAILY STAR.

Anita Sarkeesian, Video Game Critic, Cancels Speech After Threats of Massacre – NYTimes.com

Anita Sarkeesian, a feminist cultural critic who has become a target of harassment by gamers, canceled a public speech scheduled for Wednesday after the college holding the event received threats of violence.

Ms. Sarkeesian was set to speak at Utah State University in Logan. Even after school administrators received the threats against Ms. Sarkeesian and those who attended her speech, she planned to give her talk. Ms. Sarkeesian, who hosts an online video series that has challenged how women are portrayed in videogames, has been a frequent target of threats because of her work.

But Ms. Sarkeesian reconsidered and canceled the talk over security measures at the event, according to a tweet by Ms. Sarkeesian and a spokesman for the school.

via Anita Sarkeesian, Video Game Critic, Cancels Speech After Threats of Massacre – NYTimes.com.

Kurdish paper distributor gunned down in southeastern Turkey – Reporters Without Borders

{Wannabe Caliph Erdogan has a newspaper delivery guy assassinated? How brave!} Reporters Without Borders condemns media worker Kadri Bagdu’s murder today while distributing the Kurdish dailies Azadiya Welat and Özgür Gündem in Seyhan, in the southeastern province of Adana. His targeted killing harks back to the darkest hours of Turkey’s recent history.

Bagdu, 46, was distributing the newspapers free of charge on the street in the Sakir Pasa district of Seyhan when he was shot five times by two individuals on a motorcycle who then sped away. One of the shots hit him in the head. He succumbed to his injuries several hours later.

via Kurdish paper distributor gunned down in southeastern Turkey – Reporters Without Borders.

Hundreds of Israelis enter Aqsa under armed guard | Maan News Agency

Hundreds of Israelis toured the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound on Tuesday under armed guard for the Jewish holiday of Sukkot, as clashes erupted due to restrictions on Palestinian worshipers.

Palestinian men under 50 and all women were prevented from entering the compound for morning prayers and Israeli forces fired stun grenades at worshipers who tried to enter.

Israeli forces assaulted Aqsa mosque guard Muhannad Idris, 30, and detained him, witnesses said.

Director of the Aqsa compound, Sheikh Omar al-Kiswani, said 254 Israeli visited the compound to pray.

via Hundreds of Israelis enter Aqsa under armed guard | Maan News Agency.

Turkey willing to kill its own people instead of IS!?! Protests and deaths around Turkey over handling of Kobani | News | DW.DE | 10.10.2014

More than 30 people had been killed and 360 injured at anti-government demonstrations in different parts of southeastern Turkey as of Friday. Unrest boiled over in response to the government’s perceived inaction against militants from the self-proclaimed “Islamic State,” who were inching closer to taking the border town of Kobani in Syria.

via Protests and deaths around Turkey over handling of Kobani | News | DW.DE | 10.10.2014.

“Citizen” IDF Soldiers just stand and watch!?! Settlers attack Palestinian olive farmers for 2nd time in 2 days | Maan News Agency

Dozens of Israeli settlers protected by soldiers burned and damaged olive trees on Palestinian lands in the Yasuf village near Salfit in the northern West Bank on Friday, the second suck attack in the last two days.

Settlers from the Kfar Tappuah settlement set fire to and damaged several olive trees on Friday while Israeli soldiers in the area stood by watching, eyewitnesses said.

The lands that were attacked reportedly belonged to Nafiz and Issam Ali Mansour.

Issam Abu Bakr, mayor of Salfit, warned farmers against the “settlers’ attacks” and recommended residents work in groups in the lands close to nearby Jewish-only settlements.

The attack in Yasuf follows a similar incident Thursday near Aqraba, south of Nablus, where settlers from Itamar reportedly attacked dozens of Palestinian farmers and sought to steal their olive crop.

The attacks come as the 2014 olive harvest, a major source of income for Palestinian farmers, begins across the northern West Bank, and just weeks before harvesting begins across the south.

Attacks on the fall harvest are a key way that Palestinians are forced out of their homes and their lands confiscated for settlement construction, as the loss of a year’s crop can signal destitution for many.

via Settlers attack Palestinian olive farmers for 2nd time in 2 days | Maan News Agency.

The Jesuits denounce: “600 attacks against religious minorities: stop to violence” – Fides News Agency

“The first 100 days of the new government – say the Jesuits – have seen a crescendo of hate speeches against Muslims and Christians. Their identity is mocked, their citizenship questioned, their faith ridiculed. Coercion, divisions and suspicions multiply. Attacks against religious minorities have assumed alarming proportions: more than 600 from May to September 2014, in various parts of the country”.

The Jesuits conclude: “The hatred, violence campaign and threats have left not only religious minorities speechless, but also civil society, lawyers and academics, while the government remains silent. The Christian community has been the target of mob violence in Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh”, according to an approach that -says the appeal – has changed its strategy: “A few deaths, but daily low-intensity violence that is becoming routine”.

via The Jesuits denounce: “600 attacks against religious minorities: stop to violence” – Fides News Agency.

Dozens hurt in Aqsa clashes as Israeli police ‘force Muslims out’ | Maan News Agency

JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — Clashes broke out early Wednesday at the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound between Palestinian worshipers and Israeli police officers, leaving dozens hurt, sources said.

Security guards at the mosque told Ma’an that Israeli forces stormed the compound at 7:30 a.m. ahead of expected visits by right-wing Israelis on the occasion of the Jewish holiday of Sukkot, or the Feast of the Tabernacles.

Israeli forces forcibly removed worshipers, attacking some of them with clubs, the guards said.

Some Muslim worshipers clashed with Israeli officers in the compound before managing to take refuge inside the mosque.

As worshipers threw stones, soldiers fired tear gas, stun grenades, and rubber bullets, injuring dozens of Palestinians, Al-Aqsa Mosque director Sheikh Omar al-Kiswani said.

Some of the stun grenades were fired into the Al-Aqsa Mosque itself, causing a fire to break out, and fire fighters were not immediately allowed access to the area, al-Kiswani added.

“The compound is almost empty of Muslim worshipers, while Israeli forces allowed herds of extremists to storm it and move freely,” he said.

Witnesses said that eventually Israeli forces succeeded in forcefully removing Palestinians from the compound, besides those who had taken refuge in the mosque itself.

Instead, they closed the doors of the mosque and locked them with chains, trapping worshipers inside, the witnesses said.

Israeli police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld tweeted about the incident, saying “masked Arabs” threw “stones/blocks/iron bars” at Israeli forces near the Moroccan gate.

Three police officers were lightly injured, Rosenfeld said.

Since Tuesday morning, Israeli forces have restricted access to the Al-Aqsa Mosque, only allowing Palestinian worshipers aged 60 and up to enter. Elderly men and women have had to leave their identity cards with the police officers at the entrances of the compound.

Photos provided by the Israeli police show officers at the Al-Aqsa compound on Oct. 8, 2014

New entrance for non-Muslims

Israeli army radio announced earlier this week that the ministry of tourism was working on a plan to allow Jews to enter the Al-Aqsa compound through the Cotton Merchants Gate, in addition to the Moroccan Gate which is already used as an entrance for non-Muslims.

The announcement was greeted with harsh backlash from Palestinians.

The Palestinian legal counselor of Jerusalem affairs, Ahmad Ruwaidi, said that the Islamic endowment department in charge of the mosque compound has received no notice of any such plan.

Ruwaidi said the announcement was “unacceptable,” calling Palestinian religious sites a “red line” and saying the move would harm the peace process.

Taleb Abu Arar, a Palestinian member of the Israeli Knesset, also said in a statement that opening an additional gate for Jews to enter the Al-Aqsa compound was the equivalent of opening a “gate to war.”

PLO Executive Committee Member Hanan Ashrawi also weighed in, saying: “Israel is creating a new reality at the expense of Palestinians, their religious rights, sites, and historical identity.”

“They are violating the sanctity of religious sites without consequences, which completely terminates possibilities for peace and will ultimately drag the whole region into disastrous clashes,” Ashrawi said in a statement.

The Al-Aqsa Mosque is sensitive for Palestinians due to its status as the third holiest site in Islam and its location in the heart of the Old City of Israeli-occupied East Jerusalem.

Israel claims all of Jerusalem as its “eternal, undivided capital,” but the international community sees East Jerusalem as Palestinian territory and the capital of a future Palestinian state.

The Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, referred to by Jews as the Temple Mount, is also the holiest site in Judaism.

But mainstream Jewish leaders forbid Jews from entering, for fear they would profane the inner sanctum of the Second Temple they believe was once located at the site.

Right-wing Jews, however, often visit the compound under armed guard by Israeli forces, leading to regular clashes with Palestinian worshipers.

via Dozens hurt in Aqsa clashes as Israeli police ‘force Muslims out’ | Maan News Agency.

Human Rights in India? No more? The marriage between a Christian and a Hindu annulled due to extremist group protest – Fides News Agency

Bhopal (Agenzia Fides) – Police in Madhya Pradesh have annulled the marriage between a young Christian and a Hindu woman, after protests by extremist groups. As Fides learns, the Christian Joseph Pawar, 20 years old, and the 19-year-old Hindu girl Ayushi Wani, got married in Bhopal, a Hindu temple, on September 28 and then fled to Gujarat. They were traced by the police of Gujarat, after the girl’s parents had filed a complaint and after several radical Hindu groups had threatened to launch a general protest.

According to one version, the girl is in love with Joseph and the two got married freely, refusing to go back to their parents. According to the Hindu activists, Joseph lured the girl and forced her to get married. They were found by the police where Joseph was escorted to ensure his safety. Police met with the families of the two separately. The local superintendent declared the nullity of the marriage, saying that Joseph is not a Hindu and in order to marry Ayushi he should have converted to Hinduism, following a procedure prescribed by the Freedom of Religion Act, the text of the law in force in the state of Madhya Pradesh. According to the law, a person who intends to convert or marry must notify it to the District Magistrate with a month in advance. The decision to annul the act, the police said, was nevertheless taken immediately to avert the danger of a mass uprising.

In a report published in recent days, more than 90 religious leaders and representatives of civil society organizations in India have asked the Indian Premier Narendra Modi to protect the rights of minorities and to take measures to stop extremist groups that create tension in the Indian society. (PA) (Agenzia Fides 06/10/2014)

via The marriage between a Christian and a Hindu annulled due to extremist group protest – Fides News Agency.