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Reputed scholar and historian compares today’s Kashmir with Syria

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Inside Syria

Chandigarh: Pointing to Kashmir and its fabled sufi culture that has not been visible for thirty years now, historian Rajiv Lochan draws an analogy with the present situation in Syria by underscoring that Syria was a secular country before the outside terrorists stepped in to create havoc in that country.

To draw home his point, Rajiv cites extensively from the interview of Flemish Father Daniël Maes (78), who has witnessed the civil war and lives in the sixth-century-old Mar Yakub monastery in the city of Qara, 90 kilometers north of the capital Damascus. The interview was published under the title ‘The Media Coverage on Syria is the Biggest Media Lie of our Time’ by Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity.

Excerpts from Father Daniël’s interview:

“The idea that a popular uprising took place against President Assad is completely false. I’ve been in Qara since 2010 and I have seen with my own eyes how agitators from outside Syria organized protests against the government and recruited young people. That was filmed and aired by Al Jazeera to give the impression that a rebellion was taking place. Murders were committed by foreign terrorists, against the Sunni and Christian communities, in an effort to sow religious and ethnic discord among the Syrian people. While in my experience, the Syrian people were actually very united.

Before the war, this was a harmonious country: a secular state in which different religious communities lived side by side peacefully. There was hardly any poverty, education was free, and health care was good. It was only not possible to freely express your political views. But most people did not care about that.”

“When thousands of terrorists settled in Qara, we became afraid for our lives. They came from the Gulf States, Saudi Arabia, Europe, Turkey, Libya, there were many Chechens. They formed a foreign occupation force, all allied to al-Qaeda and other terrorists. Armed to the teeth by the West and their allies with the intention to act against us, they literally said: “This country belongs to us now.” Often, they were drugged, they fought each other, in the evening they fired randomly. We had to hide in the crypts of the monastery for a long time. When the Syrian army chased them away, everybody was happy: the Syrian citizens because they hate the foreign rebels, and we because peace had returned.”

Russia-Turkey to normalize bilateral relations; Turkish goods will have access to Russian market

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President of Russia Vladimir Puti with President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan
President of Russia Vladimir Puti with President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan

Istanbul: President of Russia Vladimir Putin on Monday reiterated Russia’s resolve to continue making the necessary efforts to completely normalise bilateral ties with Turkey and announced that the Russian Government has decided to give an entire group of Turkish goods access to the Russian market.

Putin was addressing the press after Putin meeting with President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan following a special session of the 23rd World Energy Congress.

Regarding the Turkish goods that Russia will open its markets, Putin said, these are agricultural products: stone fruit and citrus fruit.

Putin at the World Energy Congress in Istanbul
Putin at the World Energy Congress in Istanbul

This is a mutually beneficial decision, the Russian President said stating further that the Russian agricultural sector does not produce these kinds of fruit, and we expect a price decrease after the Turkish goods enter the market. For our Turkish partners this is, naturally, entry to the Russian market. Let me remind you that sales of these Turkish goods on the Russian market were at $500 million in 2015. Therefore, this is an important decision.

Putin underscored that both Russia and Turkey have agreed to continue working on the complete normalization of bilateral relations, and the intergovernmental commission will get started on this soon. He went on to confirm Russia’s interest in this adding both countries also spoke about cooperation in energy and further work on the Akkuyu Nuclear Power Plant project.

Putin pointed out that this is not simply about the construction of a power plant. This is about the creation of an entire new high-tech energy sector in Turkey with technology transfer and personnel training. Over 200 young future Turkish experts are currently studying in Russia.

Another large project – the Turkish Stream gas pipeline – is also going to take off with the just signing of an inter-governmental agreement and the decision to expand our cooperation on gas discounts.

Putin also announced that both countries are moving towards the implementation of the Turkish President’s plans to establish a large energy hub in the country.

Forces loyal to government crush a coup attempt in Turkey

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People take to the streets to oppose the rebellionAnkara: Troops committed to the government in Turkey, a major US ally in the Middle-East,  have crushed a coup attempt by  plotters in the armed forces who used tanks and helicopters to seize power last night.

The failed coup left in its wake death and destruction of property here and in Istanbul where tanks bulldozed vehicles and helicopters strafed the Intelligence headquarters.

A huge response to the Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan’s call to the people to take to the streets to oppose the uprising that went viral through smartphones delivered positive results.

A Turkish minister said some military commanders were still being held hostage by the rebel troops. The government in the meanwhile declared that the situation is under control.  The official version is that 161 people have been killed and 2,839 rounded up, including those who were at the helm of the rebellion.

World Today: Democratic space, free speech and crisis zone

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SomaliaThe 2016 Somali electoral process in Somalia continues to get delayed despite the Federal Government of Somalia, Somali Parliament, and regional leaders repeatedly voicing their commitment to hold an electoral process on schedule, in accordance with the Somali constitution and resolutions of the United Nations Security Council.

The legitimacy of the Somali federal institutions depends on a transparent political transition prior to the expiration of the current government’s mandate. It is for the federal parliament in Somalia to act swiftly to enact and implement the electoral model endorsed by the  National Leaders’ Forum.

In  statement the US has said it stands  ready to assist the Somali people and government in conducting electoral process to ensure stable democratic governance.

Democratic Republic of the Congo

Democratic Republic of the CongoThe United States is reviewing the possibility of imposing sanctions in response to growing pattern of intimidation, harassment, and detention of members of the opposition and civil society leaders across the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

Under the prevailing situation, US Department of State  deputy Spokesperson Mark C. Toner said in a statement  that constructive dialogue is not possible when the Government is harassing, arresting, and jailing those individuals who are expected to be engaged in dialogue by the government..

The United States has called for an end to violence, and for all sides to participate in a credible dialogue. The D.R.C. government has an affirmative obligation to protect all its citizens’ human rights to take part in the conduct of public affairs, and exercise their rights to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly.


TurkeyTurkish Parliament on Saturday adopted a constitutional amendment, which would lift the parliamentary immunity of more than 100 members of Parliament.

Under the prospective law, speech by elected representatives, if it is inconvenient, will not be protected.

Before the latest amendment, which will strike at the freedom of speech across Turkey, becomes a law, it has to be referred to Turkey’s President.