America- led NATO in Afghanistan: Crimes against humanity call for accountability

By Mahboob A. Khawaja, PhD “We Are Going to Lose the War in Afghanistan and it will Help Bankrupt us. One of our major strategic blunders in Afghanistan was not to have recognized that both Great Britain and the Soviet Union attempted to pacify Afghanistan using the same military methods as ours and failed disastrously. We seem to have learned nothing from Afghanistan’s modern history — to the extent that we even know what it is. Between 1849 and 1947…..” (Chalmers Johnson. Dismantling the Empire – America’s Last Best Hope:…

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Kavaratti Police raided my Kochi flat: Ayesha Sulthana

Kochi: Lakshadweep film personality Ayesha Sulthana, who has been in the news ever since her controversial remark on a local TV channel, said that a five member police team from Kavaratti raided her flat here on Thursday. Speaking to the media outside her flat, Sulthana said this was a raid and they also checked the laptop and mobile of her younger brother who is a Class 12 student. “I was not served a notice about this and they came just like that. I know these are all tactics being used…

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No Muslim in Modi cabinet revamp, Naqvi remains lone face

NEW DELHI: The Narendra Modi cabinet reshuffle on Wednesday did not see any Muslim being inducted, despite a few aspirants in the fray, and Minority Affairs Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi remains the community’s lone representative in the Union Cabinet. BJP’s Rajya Sabha member Zafar Islam was one of the aspirants but could not find a place while after the resignation of M.J. Akbar, there was speculation that one person from the community could be inducted. Congress spokesperson Meem Afzal said: “There should be no expectation from the BJP as the…

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After reporting on harassment of converted Muslim woman, Newslaundry journalist booked by UP Police

New Delhi: The Sadar Bazar police in Uttar Pradesh’s Shahjahanpur have registered an FIR against Newslaundry journalist Nidhi Suresh after she reported on a woman named Ayesha Alvi who had petitioned the Delhi High Court on being “harassed” by the media after she converted to Islam. The FIR was registered on the basis of a complaint filed by New18 journalist Deep Sriviastav. Srivastav is the person who has been accused by Alvi of harassing her for her conversion and extorting 20,000 rupees from her, as per Suresh’s report. In her…

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Indian auditors questioning NGOs about their Muslim beneficiaries; attempt to marginalise Muslims ?

By Ubair Ul Hameed New Delhi: Hundreds of Indian NGOs are undergoing unprecedented government audits, raising worries that Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government, which is widely known for its hostility to the non-profit sector, may exploit the audit findings to take action or retaliate against individual groups. Government auditors have been visiting NGO offices since January, staying for 10-14 days each time to look through financial data. According to conversations with non-profit executives and accountants, the visiting auditors also asked probing questions regarding Muslim workers and benefactors, as well as…

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