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July 21, 2017

News Today: US Urges All Nationals In North Korea To "Depart Immediately", Bans Tourists From Visiting - Hot News

Dennis Rodman will be disappointed to learn that the US is set to ban all citizens from traveling to North Korea, according to two agencies that operate tours there. Koryo Tours and Young Pioneer Tours said the ban would be announced on 27 July to come into effect 30 days later, the BBC reported. "After the 30-day grace period any US national that travels to North Korea will have their passport invalidated by their government." The ban comes one month after US student Otto Warmbier died following his imprisonment by the Kim regime.
China-based Young Pioneer Tours, which had taken Warmbier to North Korea, and Koryo Tours said the ban will come into force on July 27 - the anniversary of the end of the Korean War - with a 30-day grace period. Koryo Tours added that the Swedish embassy in Pyongyang, which handles consular affairs for the United States in the North, informed it of the ban, but did not say how long it would last. The U.S. embassy in the South Korean capital, Seoul, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Rowan Beard said that the 30-day grace period would "give leeway for any [Americans] currently in the country as tourists or on humanitarian work". Simon Cockerill, of Koryo Tours, said: "It remains to be seen what the exact text is, but the indication is it's just a straight up ban on Americans going." Mr Cockerill told the BBC the agency would still conduct tours and take Americans until the ban came into effect.
Additionally, Rowan Beard of Young Pioneer Tours, told the BBC the embassy was urging all US nationals to depart immediately. He said the embassy was trying to check on the number of US tourists left in the country.
For now there has been no official confirmation from the US: the state department continues to have an alert dated 9 May strongly warning US citizens not to travel to North Korea. READ MORE


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Breaking News: Capital punishment an effective way to combat drug dealers: Indonesia's police chief - News Paper

National Police chief Gen. Tito Karnavian
National Police chief Gen. Tito Karnavian
National Police chief Gen. Tito Karnavian said on Thursday that the example of the Philippines illustrated that capital punishment was an effective way to combat drug dealers.

He said capital punishment delivered a deterrent effect, despite controversies surrounding its implementation.

"From practice in the field, we see that when we shoot at drug dealers they go away," Tito said, referring to the drug war initiated by Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte.

Civil societies that focus on human rights have long lambasted the Indonesian government for persistently implementing the death penalty. 

These groups often highlight the country’s judicial system, which is still marred by rampant corruption.

Tito earlier expressed appreciation for the work of his subordinates who succeeded in foiling a plan by four Taiwanese citizens to smuggle one ton of crystal methamphetamine into Greater Jakarta last week.


Tito said he had told police officers “not to hesitate shooting drug dealers who resist arrest.”

Source: The Jakarta Post, July 21, 2017

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Breaking News: Russian Parliament Bans Use of Proxy Internet Services, VPNs - News Today

Russia's parliament passed a bill to outlaw the use of virtual private networks, or VPNs, and other Internet proxy services, citing concerns about the spread of extremist materials. The State Duma on Friday unanimously passed a bill that would oblige Internet providers to block websites that offer VPN services. Many Russians use VPNs to access blocked content by routing connections through servers outside the country. The lawmakers behind the bill argued that the move could help to enforce Russia's ban on disseminating extremist content online. The bill has to be approved at the upper chamber of parliament and signed by the president before it comes into effect. Russian authorities have been cracking down on Internet freedoms in recent years. Among other things they want Internet companies to store privacy data on Russian servers.

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Breaking News: Malaysia: Bangladeshi human rights activist briefly detained, deported - News Paper

Adilur Rahman Khan
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KUALA LUMPUR: Bangladeshi human rights activist Adilur Rahman Khan was deported on Thursday night.

In a statement, the Immigration Department confirmed that Adilur had been sent back to Bangladesh via flight MH112 at 8.05pm.

Adilur, the secretary of human rights group Odhikar, was detained at about 4am on Thursday upon arriving at the KL International Airport.

The activist’s name was found to be in the “Not To Land” list, the Department said.

“Another check in the MyImms system found that Adilur’s name had to be referred to an enforcement agency.

“The said enforcement agency then recommended his deportation,” it said.

The Department added that Adilur was treated well by authorities and the airline in charge of his flight.

“The said airline was fully responsible for handling his deportation and his welfare,” it said.

Adilur was scheduled to attend the National Conference on the Death Penalty organised by Anti Death Penalty Asia Network (Adpan). 

The conference is being held at the Kuala Lumpur and Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall (KLSCAH) on Friday and Saturday.

Source: The Star, July 21, 2017


Malaysian authorities detain Adilur Rahman Khan, the Secretary of a leading Bangladeshi human rights organization


The Malaysian authorities at Kuala Lumpur airport detained Adilur Rahman Khan, the Secretary of Odhikar, a leading Bangladeshi human rights organization, this morning as he arrived in the country to speak at a conference on the death penalty.

“There is no justification for detaining him whatsoever. It is an outrage that a human rights activist cannot even travel freely to speak on a key human rights issue,” said James Gomez, Amnesty International’s Director for Southeast Asia and the Pacific.

“We are concerned that this arrest and detention is the latest target in a growing trend to impose travel bans on human rights defenders entering Malaysia.”

Adilur Rahman Khan’s detention is the latest in a series of cases where peaceful activists have been barred from entering the country, including Hong Kong political activist Joshua Wong, Indonesian human rights defender Mugiyanto Sipin and Singaporean political activist Han Hui Hui.

Anti-Death Penalty Asia Network, the organizers of the conference, said that Adilur Rahman Khan was the only foreign participant not allowed into the country. Human rights campaigners from Amnesty International are among those in attendance.

Source: Amnesty International, July 20, 2017

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Breaking News: Antisemitism is Merely a Business Plan - News Paper

By Gilad Atzmon
While The Crown Persecution Service (CPS) attests that there has been no increase in anti-Semitism in Britain, in the following Sky News interview, Jewish ethnic activist Gideon Falter, insists that Jew hatred is on the rise.
We are asked to choose between two versions of the truth, that delivered by Falter who leads the Campaign Against Antisemitsm (CAA) and basically makes his living manufacturing antisemitic incidents and the judicial approach of the CPS: a public body, subject to scrutiny and committed to impartiality. This is hardly a difficult choice.
Falter and the CAA obviously fabricate anti-Semitic incidents. Falter interprets condemnation of Israel and Jewish politics as ‘hate crimes.’  It seems the CPS doesn’t buy Falter’s duplicitous  claims.   Against the odds and despite the treacherous Zionised British political elite, the CPS insists upon defending freedom of expression so that Britain may still be able to regard itself an ‘open society.’
Openly and in the name of the Jews, Falter condemns the Crown Prosecution Services. Falter conspicuously operates to wipe out the British liberal heritage of freedom of speech.  This attempt may not be very popular amongst Brits and could lead to some unfortunate circumstances for British Jews. I guess that this is exactly what Falter and the CAA are after. Since Falter makes a living out of the ‘rise of anti-Semitism,’ it shouldn’t surprise us that he himself propels such a rise.
This dynamic is at the core of the Zionist philosophy: Since Israel presents itself as a  ‘Jewish shelter,’ its existence becomes meaningful only when a shelter is desired.  As we often witness, it is Israel’s politics and policies that instigate global Jew hatred and that hatred actually affirms Israel’s existence as a safe haven for world Jewry. Falter and the CAA employ the same method. A decrease in anti-Semitic incidents or Jews being loved and cherished could have  fatal consequences for Falter and his CAA’s business plan.  They need anti-Semitism and a lot if it. When it isn’t there, they just invent it.
The only issue that concerns me here, is where does all this leave the Goyim, the gentiles, the non-Jews?
Falter and the CAA need the Jews to be hated so they can collect more and more British taxpayer money. But what is the role of the ordinary Brit? If hating the Jew means working for Falter and the CAA what is left for the non-Jews? Not a lot, I can tell you.
Gilad Atzmon’s book Being In Time: A Post Political Manifesto is available now on: Amazon.co.ukAmazon.com and gilad.co.uk.   



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Breaking News: Pakistan: HC halts execution of petitioner who claims hanging "un-Islamic, painful and against human values" - News Paper

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PESHAWAR: A Peshawar High Court bench on Thursday suspended execution of death sentence awarded to a prisoner till July 26 and issued notice to the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa advocate general in the prisoner’s writ petition seeking directives from the court to the government to introduce a less painful mode of execution instead of hanging to death.

The bench comprising Justice Waqar Ahmad Seth and Justice Abdul Shakoor ordered that till next date of hearing, July 26, the death sentence awarded to the prisoner, Jan Bahadur, shall not be implemented.

The bench ordered that the advocate general should appear and argue on the points raised by the petitioner, Jan Bahadur.

The petitioner, imprisoned at Haripur Central Prison, has requested the high court to declare the mode of hanging to death as un-Islamic and unconstitutional as it was painful and against human values.

The petitioner states that section 368 of Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC) provides: “When any person is sentenced to death, the sentence shall direct that he be hanged by the neck till he is dead.”

He has requested the court to issue directives for ending the execution of death row prisoners through hanging as it is cruel, painful, un-Islamic and inhuman.

He added that the court may issue directive that such mode of execution should be adopted which is not painful.

The petitioner was arrested in connection with a murder case registered at Takhtbhai police station, Mardan, on Oct 22, 1993. He was sentenced to death by an additional district and sessions judge on Apr 7, 2000, at Takhtbhai.

The said judgment was upheld by the high court on Mar 12, 2002, and subsequently, the Supreme Court of Pakistan had also upheld the verdict. His review petition and clemency petition were also rejected.

The respondents in the petition are: provincial home secretary, superintendent of Haripur Central Prison, provincial law secretary, secretary to Council of Islamic Ideology, and district and sessions judge, Mardan.

The petitioner’s counsel, Mohammad Khursheed Khan, stated that there are nine modes of carrying out death penalties, which includes: death by hanging; through firing squad; shooting in the head; through lethal injection; beheading; stoning to death; gas chamber; through electric chair; and pushing from height.

He stated that in past in all the states of USA the mode of execution was through hanging. Subsequently, he states, the use of electric chair was devised, which was considered less painful. However, he added that in 1921 the State of Nevada introduced gas chamber for carrying out death penalty.

He contended that in over 30 states in the USA, the mode of execution was now through lethal injection, which is considered more humane and less painful. He stated that through that mode three injections were administered to a death row prisoner- the first injection turns a prisoner unconscious; the second makes his body paralysed and the third one stops his heart function.

He claims that in 28 countries prisoners are executed through firing squad, whereas in 22 countries prisoners are killed by shooting in the head.

He stated that the colonial rulers had introduced death by hanging through the CrPC in 1898 and after creation of Pakistan the same mode was adopted.

Source: Dawn, July 21, 2017

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Breaking News: J-Street demonizing Israel, whitewashing Muslim history and justifying violence over Temple Mount - News Paper

Israel has done absolutely nothing wrong in regards to Israeli or Palestinian Muslims in this past week.

Muslims attacked Israeli police from their supposedly holy site using weapons that were hidden in the mosque itself. Muslims decided to riot instead of worshipping at that same site.

All of the moves Israel made (temporary closing of Temple Mount, setting up metal detectors, barring young Muslim men from Jerusalem) were defensive and in reaction to offensive actions or threats from Palestinians.

So J-Street decided to write a backgrounder for its fans so they can know how to spin the story as much as possible against Israel and for Muslims. To be "even-handed." Because Allah-forbid "pro-Israel" J-Street ever finds anything nice to say about Israel or anything bad to say about her enemies.

Over the course of the last week, a new crisis has broken out over questions of control, access and security at the Holy Esplanade of Jerusalem’s Old City, known to Jews as the Temple Mount (formerly the site of the ancient Jewish Temple) and to Muslims as the Haram-al Sharif (site of the Al-Aqsa Mosque and Dome of the Rock). For years, controversies involving the holy site, which is jointly controlled by Israel and Jordan and administered by the Islamic Religious Trust known as the Waqf, have generated major tension between Israeli and Palestinian leadership and between devout Muslims and Jews. Now, in the wake up of a shooting attack last week that killed two Israeli policemen at the site, those tensions are dangerously close to boiling over.
Look at this "even-handed" garbage. The Muslims are rioting and Israel is trying to save human lives, but to J-Street "tensions are dangerously close to boiling over."

On Friday, July 14, two Israeli Border Policemen were shot and killed (and another wounded) inside the Holy Esplanade complex by three Palestinian citizens of Israel, who were then themselves shot and killed by police. 
To J-Street, there are no such things as Israeli Arabs. They are "Palestinian citizens of Israel." If they are Palestinian, of course, it begs the question of why they don't move to the territories. The implication is that all of Israel is still Palestine.
The most significant measure taken so far seems to be the decision to install metal detectors at the entrances to the site. While Israeli officials apparently viewed the move simply as a prudent security measure, many Palestinian leaders and clerics have denounced it as an attempt to transform the “status quo” at the site and as a continuation of what they see as a pattern of Israel tightening its control over the site and increasing restrictions on Muslim access.
J-Street's "objectivity" is again shown to be a sham. Israel only "apparently" thinks metal detectors to stop Arabs from bringing more weapons to the Temple Mount is "prudent," but Palestinians are quite justified in denouncing the move.

One side's actions make perfect sense to save lives. The other side's actions are literally a call to violence, using normal security measures as a pretext. "Pro-Peace" J-Street doesn't take sides (in this case.)
Dating back to Ottoman rule in the 19th century, visitors of all religions were permitted to visit the site, while the Muslim holy places were administered by Muslim authorities, an arrangement that has broadly informed the status quo since then. 
This is knowingly deceptive. Jews were known to have prayed on the Temple Mount up until the Ottoman period, when they were banned altogether and were limited to worshiping at the Western wall. After the Crimean War, Great Britain insisted on non-Muslim access to the Mount, but Jews had to get specific permission from the governor and apparently had to pay high fees for the right to ascend. So in theory they were "permitted" but in fact they were effectively barred.

J-Street doesn't say a word about how Jews were banned from the Old City altogether and synagogues razed under Jordanian rule.

J-Street is deliberately whitewashing the history of Muslim bigotry.

Since Israel captured the Old City, East Jerusalem and the West Bank from Jordan during 1967’s Six-Day War, it has maintained de facto overall control over the site, but allows the Jordanian Waqf to administer it for Muslim worshippers, a role that was formally recognized in Israel’s 1995 peace treaty with Jordan.
False. The peace treaty says "Israel respects the present special role of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan in Muslim Holy shrines in Jerusalem. When negotiations on the permanent status will take place, Israel will give high priority to the Jordanian historic role in these shrines." That is not at all saying that the Waqf has the legal right to administer the site; it is Israel's decision to allow it and Israel's right to take it away.

A key pillar of the generally accepted “status quo” was that the site would be fully open to both Muslims and non-Muslims for visits, but that only Muslims would be allowed to worship there. In recent years, however, Israeli Temple Mount activists who wish to secure greater Jewish access and rights to worship at the site have increasingly agitated for changes -- greatly angering and unsettling the Waqf and other Palestinian and Muslim leaders. Israel has allowed increasingly large groups of these Jewish activists to visit the site -- and to protect them, they have at times imposed major restrictions on which Muslims are allowed at the site. That includes sometimes barring all Muslims from the site, or barring all Muslim men under the age of 30 or even under the age of 50.
This  "status quo" is only since 2000. Jewish prayer on our holiest site is a human right that is protected by international law.  J-Street, instead of pushing for these basic human rights, is blaming Jews for wanting to exercise them - the exact opposite of its position towards Muslim worship. Muslim anger towards Jews is, to J-Street, a more important factor in determining what is right than the Jewish rights to worship.

And never has Israel barred "all Muslims from the site" except for the two cases where it banned all people from the site. J-Street is accusing Israel of anti-Muslim bigotry.

J-Street here is also implicitly blaming Israel for allowing Jews to visit the site - even though it (falsely)  claims that the Ottomans did exactly that. But when Muslims purportedly allow Jews to visit, it is tolerance; when Israel allows it, it is incitement.

J-Street tried to write this in a way that it would appear to be fair and balanced. But applying "balance" to a situation that is so one-sided as to who is right and wrong is not balance, it is bias. And when you look a little closer at their words, the anti-Israel bias and whitewashing of Muslim antisemitism is even clearer.






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Breaking News: Report: India Needs New Ways to Fight Scourge of Child Marriage - News Today

India must campaign on social media, rewrite text books and engage its young men if it is to tackle child marriage in a country where nearly half of females wed before the legal age, according to a report released on Friday. Despite a law banning girls from marrying before they turn 18, the practice is deeply rooted in tradition and widely accepted in society. Yet it is rarely reported as a crime and officials are often reluctant to prosecute offenders. As a result, India ranks among countries with the highest rates of child marriage in the world, accounting for a third of the global total of more than 700 million women, according to UNICEF, the United Nations children's agency. "Despite the policy attention given to child marriage, implementation has remained ineffective in curbing the root causes, and failed to produce a substantial impact on its eradication," charity ActionAid India said in its report. "Legal efforts have failed to break the stranglehold of tradition and culture that continues to support child marriage." While boys also marry in childhood, girls are disproportionately affected. Early marriage makes it more likely that girls will drop out of school, and campaigners say it also increases the risks of exploitation, sexual violence, domestic abuse and death in childbirth. While poverty and low levels of female literacy are often blamed for child marriage, the practice is prevalent even in wealthy households. A report released last month showed nearly one in four girls in rural areas and one in five in urban areas married early, challenging a long-held assumption that child marriage is largely a rural phenomenon. This is why the government must be more innovative in getting the message out, using social media and school text books, and starting from a young age, ActionAid said. Boys and men must also be actively engaged, and religious and cultural institutions brought on board, too. Government school teachers should be given legal authority to rescue children at risk of child marriage, it said. Some recent efforts have helped, including a cash incentive, where the state transfers a lump sum to the girl's bank account if she remains in school and unwed at age 18. Community efforts have also succeeded: suppliers of wedding tents in Rajasthan state have stopped dozens of child marriages by alerting officials.

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Breaking News: Explosion Kills 2 at Food Shop in China - News Today

A massive explosion hit a food shop in eastern China during the breakfast rush Friday, killing two people and injuring 55, 12 of them seriously, officials said. Video from a security camera located down the street from the shop in the eastern resort city of Hangzhou showed the blast flinging dust and debris across a major road traversed by cars, buses, bicycles and scooters. The official Xinhua News Agency said glass was blown out of the windows of vehicles and buildings within a wide radius of the shop. Flames leaped from the building, and state broadcaster CCTV later showed charred shop fronts facing the street in the residential area. Most such small establishments use bottled gas to fuel their cookers.

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Breaking News: Eager for Triumph, Trump Pushes Divided Republicans on Health Care - News Today

The Republican-controlled Senate will make one more attempt to repeal Obamacare next week, hoping to make good on a major campaign pledge made by President Donald Trump. Trump and his Republican allies suffered a major setback when the latest effort to repeal and replace Obamacare failed in the Senate, riven by divisions between conservatives and moderates over what should come next. The next attempt at a vote will come Tuesday. On Thursday, the White House and GOP leaders looked for ways to win over senators. It didn't help that the Congressional Budget Office said Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s latest bill would produce 22 million additional uninsured people by 2026 and drive up premiums for many older Americans. The budget office also said it would boost typical deductibles — the money people must pay before insurers cover costs — for single people to $13,000 that year, well above the $5,000 they’d be expected to pay under Obama’s statute. With the fate of the health care overhaul in doubt, Trump supporters, opponents and analysts are all trying to figure out what happens next to Trump's ambitious domestic agenda. Trump made a fresh appeal to senators bused to the White House even as protests continued at Senate offices in the Capitol.   "For seven years you promised the American people that you would repeal Obamacare. People are hurting. Inaction is not an option," Trump implored at a luncheon meeting. 'Just let Obamacare fail' Earlier, Trump suggested it might be time to "just let Obamacare fail," adding, "We are not going to own it.  I am not going to own it.  I can tell you the Republicans are not going to own it." The Republican effort next week will be focused on winning a vote on whether to have a debate on a simple repeal resolution, which Democrats strongly oppose. "Make no mistake about it.  Passing repeal without a replacement would be a disaster," said Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, a New York Democrat. Trump's intensified effort to push for a health care overhaul bill comes at the six-month mark of his presidency, a tenure marked by low poll ratings and plenty of frustration that Trump has not been able to get more through Congress. "Particularly for a president who has made a lot of his campaign and his early term in office about winning, that is a real loss for him," said Brookings Institution scholar Molly Reynolds. Despite the latest Trump appeal and late night meetings, Senate Republicans remain divided over how to replace Obamacare.   "There is a large majority in our conference that want to demonstrate to the American people that they intend to keep the commitment they made in four straight elections to repeal Obamacare," said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Kentucky Republican. A divided caucus McConnell has yet to find a way to bridge the divisions between conservatives who want a more thorough repeal of Obamacare and moderates who fear the blowback from millions who could lose their health insurance coverage if the Republican replacement proposal became law. "If they take over health care and pass something that resembles Obamacare and doesn't work, then we will own a terrible and tragic health care system," said Kentucky Republican Senator Rand Paul on ABC's Good Morning America.  Paul is one of a handful of conservatives who oppose the Senate bill because it does not go far enough to roll back Obamacare. On the other hand, moderates point to the latest Congressional Budget Office analysis of the bill that estimates 22 million people could lose their insurance coverage over the next 10 years if it became law.  "I do not think that it is going to be constructive to repeal a law that at this point is so interwoven within our health care system," said Senator Susan Collins, a Maine Republican. House control at risk The political stakes for the president and the Republicans, should they fail on health, care could be significant, since ending Obamacare was at the heart of their campaign themes for seven years. "Ultimately I think the House [of Representatives] is certainly at risk next year for Republicans," said University of Virginia political analyst Kyle Kondik, "particularly if the president's approval rating stays at 40 percent or below, because historically speaking, presidents with poor approval have suffered significant losses in the House." If Republicans fail to resolve their differences, they may have to turn to Democrats for a compromise effort to shore up existing law.   "If this legislation were to fail, there would be some interest in bipartisan negotiations looking at some narrower changes, particularly affecting the individual health insurance market," said Matthew Fiedler, an expert on health care policy at the Brookings Institution. The time spent on the lengthy health care effort has put off action on some of Trump's other key domestic agenda items.   "It could have been used on a tax package that has been delayed up until now," Reynolds said.  "It could have been used on infrastructure and other legislative priorities. But instead they invested all this time on health care, and at this point they do not have anything to point to." Eager for a major legislative triumph and mindful of the long congressional recess scheduled for next month, Trump told senators this week "they should not leave town" unless they could agree on a health care bill.

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