Communist authoritarianism: Oppressed Muslims in China

Communist authoritarianism: Oppressed Muslims in China

Dr. Abdul Ruff Colachal

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Authoritarianism knows no barriers and limit  to push through its anti-humanity agendas, terrorizing and killing those who oppose or do not support the regime.

Though it has come too far from the communist path, china cannot tolerate any signs of diversions, or freedom  of worship and speech that do not promote communist ideology. .

Unfortunately, Islam has been the target of every body else and Muslims are being butchered by the enemies of Islam world over. Capitalists and imperialists, colonialists, and those who pretend to be real “friends” of Islam and Muslims also hate Islam, insult and injure Muslims. Many Muslims hired by the foes of Islam also spread falsehood about Islam and  are willing to  help destroy all mosques to appease  anti-Islamic tyrants.

For Israel, Europe, and America Islam is an predictable and  serious threat because Islam survived their joint  operations for centuries.  US-Israeli joint  hoax on Sept 11 2002 in New York have made the Muslims vulnerable to enemy attacks globally.

For China, Islam is a major threat to its existence.

On June 04, Chinese security personnel swamped Beijing’s Tiananmen Square on the 25th anniversary of the Beijing massacre. Foreign journalists were ushered away from the square and passers-by were searched and had their papers checked. In recent weeks, the authorities have detained dozens of activists to ensure their silence on the anniversary.

On June 04, 1989, hundreds of thousands gathered in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square to call for political reform. Protesters remained in the square for weeks while a power struggle raged within the ruling Communist Party. Hardliners prevailed and gave the order to remove the protesters by force; hundreds were massacred in nearby streets. The protests were the biggest rally against Communist rule since the People’s Republic was founded in 1949. Hundreds of thousands called for democratic reforms in a peaceful demonstration largely focused on a gathering in Tiananmen Square. After six weeks of protests, the authorities responded on 4 June 1989 with a massacre of hundreds in the streets of Beijing.

The 1989 protesters wanted political reform, but the crackdown was ordered after hardliners won a power struggle within the ruling Communist Party. The authorities classify the 1989 protests as counter-revolutionary riots and hold no memorial. In Hong Kong thousands are expected to take part in a Tiananmen remembrance rally. Activist groups in Taiwan are also marking the anniversary by erecting a huge image of Tiananmen Square during the crackdown.

From 1978, China opened up its economy to the world, but Communists maintained total control over politics, allowing corruption and oligarchs maintaining a strong hold decision making. USA which talks too much about human rights violations in oil rich Islamic world and elsewhere, and  launched aggressive wars for regime changes in Mideast,  does not really care to make Beijing behave well with its own people.

In the weeks before this year’s anniversary, the Chinese authorities have detained lawyers, journalists and activists.  Internet search terms related to the 1989 massacre and the protests have been blocked, and access on Google has reportedly been restricted. Rights group Amnesty International said in a statement that 66 people had been detained, questioned, or have gone missing.

When China behaves so ruthlessly with majority Hans China community, one can image how does China, its military and police, deal with Muslims in the country, especially  in Muslim dominated Xinjiang region.

China maintains strict religious policies across the country, and Islam is not exempt. For example, children under the age of 18 are forbidden from practicing religion. According to Greg Fay, Project Manager at the Uyghur Human Rights Project (UHRP), these laws are more lax in other regions, but are enforced with an iron fist against the Uyghur in Xinjiang.

Though Islam in China has enjoyed a robust revival in recent years, the Uyghur are facing growing oppression. More people are being arrested for online religious activities, such as watching religious classes online or searching for religious texts, in Xinjiang than ever before. “The policy in Xinjiang has become more and more rigid.

Uyghurs complain of religious, cultural and economic persecution by China’s Han-dominated government in Beijing and, much as Tibetans do, struggle to preserve their culture. Ostensibly to prevent the spread of Islamic extremism, China restricts the ability of Uyghurs to travel.

Standing taller than China’s native Han population, the Uyghur minority  remains an oppressed community- oppressed by the Chinese regime and majority Chinese Hans. the Uyghur do not look ethnically Chinese. Their thick eyebrows, dark facial hair, and generally darker and slightly more olive toned complexion immediately mark them as physically different from their neighbors. The fact that they speak their own Turkic-based language, Uyghur, which is written in an Arabic script, does not help their image of being “the other” in China’s nationalist narrative.

Moderate Sunni Muslims who practice a form of Islam heavily influenced by Sufi brotherhoods, Buddhism, and East Asian ideologies, the presence of Uyghurs in the Xinjiang region can be traced back to the eighth century. Like many peoples of Central Asia, their experience was shaped by war and conquest. Now, more than half a century after Xinjiang officially became a part of greater China, the Uyghur, who account for slightly fewer than 50 percent of Xinjiang’s overall population, are still treated like strangers. They remain oppressed.

The government’s efforts to crack down on Islamic violence began in 1998 with the “strike hard” campaign. Although this campaign was national in scale, in Xinjiang, it was solely focused on the Uyghur population. These security measures still result in hundreds of Uyghur arrests annually.

Later, in the post 9/11 era, Beijing took advantage of the global culture of fear surrounding Muslims, and branded the East Turkestan Islamic Movement (ETIM), a Uyghur terrorist group that some experts doubt even exists, as a terrorist organization. In August 2002, during a period of increased U.S.-Chinese cooperation, the U.S. State Department added the virtually unknown ETIM group to its list of terrorist groups. It was removed soon thereafter, presumably because of a lack of evidence.

Most Uyghurs in Xinjiang aren’t looking for independence. Even the expat Uyghur community isn’t.” Rather, what they seek is equality and opportunity. Thus, even the stated mission of what is currently referred to by the Chinese government as ETIM comes into question  There’s no compelling evidence that they represent a movement that presents substantial military threats to China.

There is no question that Islamic radicalism exists in Xinjiang, but its dimensions and impact remain unclear. China created a correlation between Uyghur violence and religion because the Uyghur are religious. But perhaps that’s not the motivation at all. Take three of the major alleged Uyghur separatist attacks that have happened in the last few years: the Urumqi riots in 2009, the Tiananmen Square attack in October 2013, and the Kunming knife attacks in early March this year. The first two were economic protests turned violent, in which the initial protests didn’t necessarily have radical Islamic elements but were expressions of mainline frustration with the government.

Xinjiang holds many untapped natural resources such as gas and cotton. In 2000, the Chinese began an aggressive campaign to develop and modernize its west, focused on Xinjiang, both as a way to expand the nation’s wealth and as a way to acquire more resources. As part of this project, the government has poured millions into Xinjiang.

While Xinjiang has become significantly more prosperous and modern in the last decade, the development programs have only widened the divide between Han Chinese and the Uyghur. The jobs created from this new economic boom have been filled by Han Chinese immigrants from the east looking for opportunity. These immigrants have reaped much of the benefit from the development, fostering Uyghur resentment against the state.

With this context in mind, the Urumqi riots of 2009 cannot, by any means, be attributed to Islam. The Urumqi Uyghur gathered to protest authorities’ inadequate response to a reported attack on Uyghur factory workers carried out by Han Chinese workers. The protest quickly became a call for equal economic opportunity. No manifestation of Islamic extremism and the riots were the cry of an oppressed, destitute people.

Xi’s platform of creating a unified China with equal economic opportunity could solve the violence in Xinjiang. If he manages to foster inclusion in Xinjiang to help the Uyghur transcend their current economic reality, he might well be on his way to ushering in a new era of Chinese leadership.

It is time,  China, in keeping with global  popular aspirations for speech  rights, ended human rights violations to  have a n iron hold on the masses of modern world.  After all, Beijing is on its way to capitalism through mixed economic strategy.

Since the USA provides leadership in fighting Islam and killing Muslims, China  also pursues anti-Islam policy  in its own way, persecuting its own Muslims disregarding the  principle of justice. . .

Enough of terrorization of international politics and harming the genuine interests of Muslims! Islamic sentiments of Muslims need to be respected by all means.

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Positives of the Sochi summit!

 

Positives of the Sochi summit!

-Dr. Abdul Ruff Colachal

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Is Russia trying to replace UN with Sochi talks after the USA tried for years to make UN an integral part of CIA? Not exactly and on the contrarily!

Russia seeks genuine results of Syria talks to end the long war there began as part of Arab Spring.

The claims that the Sochi talks were some kind of a rouge operation to knock the UN talks out of the box were a complete hoax, mainly because Russia was coordinating Sochi with the UN, publicly stating they were no attempt so replace the UN. But the problem with UN is its all efforts to keep the talks going nowhere by constantly demanding pre-conditions.

In fact the UN talks had been bogged down by the Saudi High Negotiation Committee’s (HNC). When the Un is helpless, Sochi was designed to get around that roadblock. Sochi meant against the small group of deal killers like the HNC, that the majority would not be held hostage to their demands.

The opposition’s strategy can clearly be seen as an attempt to stall the political talks to give the US coalition time to crank up some new chaos in Syria to have them die of crib death. But it seems that the Turkish military entry as a part of US invasion of Syria (and larger West Asia perspective) invasion is one finger of that ploy.

Of course, Russia cannot solve all problems in West Asia since USA has planned very meticulously to destabilize the region minus Israel. Thus the whole purpose of Sochi was not to solve all the problems, but get the process jump started and quite visibly so towards finding an end first and then move on to the UN. The concluding twelve point statement was a home run in that regard, and the cherry on top was to move the next step in the process back to Geneva where some of the key issues could be solved.

All this can in no way be claimed as excluding the UN from the process, and the 1600 participants established a large and diverse representation of those wanting to move forward.

Moscow also believes Syrian puzzle cannot be fully resolved without freeing Afghanistan from the clutches of foreign forces and nations that invaded, devastated and destabilized that South Asian nation on the pretext of Sept-11 hoax, engineered essentially by anti-Islamic forces led by USA and Israel. .

The critical focus now for a successful resolution to the Syrian crisis is to maintain momentum with the political process. The US Coalition obviously knows this so it is doing all it can to disrupt it. Americans might  believe that all those Muslim nations that  have been destabilized by USA-NATO-Israel, including Pakistan and Afghanistan,  belong to USA and no other country has any say in them.

Russia, Iran, and Turkey have been organizing peace talks for Syria in the Kazakh capital of Astana since January 2017. Together, the three countries have been acting as guarantor states for the peace process. They continue their sincere efforts despite the US-Israeli interferences to disrupt the peace process as they did in Mideast peace process where Israel regulates for disaster the US sponsored bogus talks with the besieged Palestinians. .

Capitalizing on the achievements of Astana, Russia on January 29-30 convened a high-profile meeting on Syria — the Syrian Congress of National Dialog — in Sochi.

One Syrian opposition faction, directly controlled by USA, boycotted the meeting, and some non-political groups opposed to Damascus later accused the UN of “rewarding” Russia “upfront” by dispatching Special Envoy de Mistura to the event before securing concessions from Russia and the Syrian government.

Obviously, USA is still eager to hijack UN to use it for promoting the Zionist interests, interestingly, above its won.

West Asia is in the process of geopolitical change and USA is likely to b lose its any importance it thinks it has had in the region. In fact, USA is not welcome in West Asia but America doesn’t want to let Russia occupy its space in the region. Russia and Iran are Syrian government allies and USA opposes them.

In fact, Saudi’s now “alliance” with Israel is only a tactic move to isolate Iran in the region which looks impossible mainly because Tehran has already gone board with its sectarian policy arming and promoting the Shiia forces. As USA and Israel continue to target Islam and promote its divisions, the sectarian attitudes cannot simply vanish from the scene all together.

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres, who also took part in Sochi dialogue, has rejected criticism of the world body’s participation at Syrian peace talks in the Russian resort city of Sochi, praising the outcome of the discussions.  Speaking at a press conference at the UN headquarters New York, Guterres said the presence of UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Misturain Sochi was based on a common understanding between the UN and the Russian Federation on the nature and outcome of the meeting and its contribution to the UN-mediated Geneva process. “The congress concluded with a statement fully in line with that common understanding,” he added.

Absentees and disagreements

The Syrian Kurds, outraged by Turkey’s Afrin operation, boycotted the meeting. Not only was the Syrian Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD) absent from Sochi, but also absent was its main rival, the Kurdish National Council — a pro-Massoud Barzani alliance recognized by Turkey.  More interestingly, Abdel Basset Sieda, the former chairman of the Syrian National Council that Turkey formed and supported, not only refused to go to Sochi but also resigned from the Turkey-backed Syrian group.

In sum, there was no real Syrian Kurdish representation in Sochi. The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), which controls a sizable swath of Syrian territory, was not in Sochi either.

There have been disagreements among the participants of the summit as well. For example, 83 delegates from the Syrian opposition unexpectedly refused to sit down for talks under the official Syrian flag. They kept 1,511 other participants waiting for several hours on Jan. 30 and finally boarded the plane and flew back to Turkey.

The opening ceremony has been untypically chaotic for a meeting organized by Russia. Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s speech was interrupted several times by members of the audience shouting slogans. Thus, the Sochi meeting was crippled from the very beginning because of Turkey’s military operation in Afrin and the alienation of the Kurds.

Nonetheless, Russia pushed forward — at the end of deliberations, a communique that the Russian media titled “Syrian Congress in Sochi brings war-torn country closer to constitutional reform” was adopted.

Russian President Vladimir Putin had a telephonic conversation with the president of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The leaders stressed the importance of implementing the reached agreements aimed at the effective promotion of the Syrian political settlement process on the basis of UN Security Council Resolution 2254. Putin and Erdogan also discussed Russia-Turkey coordination to ensure stable operation of de-escalation zones in Syria and interaction in the Astana format.

UN Security Council Resolution 2254, which envisaged a “Syrian-led and Syrian-owned political transition in order to end the conflict in Syria,” was to be realized in 18 months, but is long overdue. Indeed, the last part of the Sochi communique was a display of this helplessness. “We agreed to form a constitutional committee comprising the Government of the Syrian Arab Republic delegation along with a wide-represented opposition delegation for the drafting of a constitutional reform as a contribution to the political settlement under the UN auspices in accordance with Security Council Resolution 2254. … We appeal to the UN secretary-general to assign the Special Envoy for Syria for the assistance of the Constitutional Committee work in Geneva,” the communique said.

With a Russia that has become a formidable rival to the USA in the Syrian theater, with a Turkey outraged by Washington’s support for the adversarial Syrian Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG), and with Iran seen as a hostile element by the Donald Trump regime, Geneva is becoming increasingly irrelevant to resolving the Syrian conflict.

With the USA having proven to be a fake mediator in regional conflicts, Russia has taken the lead. The Sochi summit revealed the impotence of Russia as the main arbiter of the Syrian conflict. The Turco-Russian alliance that led the Astana process did not complement Geneva but in a way was aimed to replace it.

The most important outcome of the congress was the call for the establishment of a Constitutional Committee and the selection of a pool of 150 candidates for this committee. The Turkish delegation, which was given the mandate to represent opposition groups that didn’t attend the congress, submitted a list of 50 candidates in consultation with the opposition. The establishment process of the Constitutional Committee will be closely monitored by Turkey as the guarantor of the opposition.”

Having decided on forming a constitutional committee comprising the regime in Damascus and an undefined but widely represented opposition delegation is only going back to square one: Geneva.

 

Observation: light the other end of tunnel?  

The Sochi summit that took place at the end of January was designed to underline the successful achievements of Russia’s involvement in Syria and to consolidate the partnership among Russia, Turkey and Iran. However, the summit revealed the limitations of Russia’s Syria policy instead of Moscow’s growing influence across the Middle East.

The Sochi conference took place just days after the ninth round of UN-led Syria talks failed to achieve tangible results. That round was exceptionally held in the Austrian capital, Vienna, instead of its usual venue of Geneva. Around 1,600 delegates representing a wide range of Syrian political factions attended the Sochi talks. The event was boycotted by the High Negotiations Committee, which is based in and guided by Saudi Arabia.

Damascus welcomed the results of the event and stressed that its final statement affirmed that political progress in Syria cannot begin except under the Syrian leadership and without any foreign interference.

Turkey is an ally of the Syrian opposition led by USA and backed by Israel. The collective efforts of the three countries – Russia, Turkey and Iran – including the brokering of agreements that have significantly reduced fighting in Syria, have made an impact on the ground in the Arab country.

 

Sochi, by the last paragraphs of its communique, passes the ball to Geneva and implicitly declares the limitations of Russia in Syria. Indeed, Turkey, seeking genuine peace n the region, was quick to endorse the outcome of Sochi and link it to Geneva. In fact, Turkey has acted in a constructive manner about the Russian Federation’s Syrian National Dialogue Congress initiative from the beginning.

If Turkey’s Afrin operation drags on with high civilian casualties that can’t be concealed from the attention of the international public for long, the endorsement of Ankara could turn out to be a liability rather than an asset for those actors in the Syrian theater. Moreover, if Turkey doesn’t or can’t deliver the Syrian opposition in Idlib to its detractors, freewheeling in Afrin could be jeopardized. “We continue to monitor the developments in northern Syria, which are a matter of grave concern,” said Maria Zakharova, spokeswoman of the Russian Foreign Ministry, in an apparent change of tone that might be an indication of Russia’s position shift.

Thanks to its control over the Syrian opposition, Turkey definitely will have leverage in shaping the future steps of the resolution process. However, its military operation in Afrin and its ever-widening chasm with Washington are making Ankara more reliant on Moscow. The latest standoff in Idlib revealed this. The Idlib rift also implies how difficult it would be for Moscow to reconcile the differences among its partners in Syria.

 

While there is no visible opposition protests worldwide to US intervention in Syria- the real cause of war in Syria and West Asia- criticism is leveled against Turkish intervention in Syria to target the Kurds. That is to say USA and Israel can do any nonsense and cause serious problems, but Turkey cannot do that. US-Israeli fascist duo  arranges protests against Turkey.

In contrast, a peace process held under the auspices of the UN — that in Geneva — has achieved little and hence the importance of Sochi. That has angered some Western and Arab governments opposed to the Syrian government and some groups of Syrian opposition backed by those governments. They insist that the Geneva process be given more importance despite its failure so far to make meaningful achievements.

Saudi Arabia, like Israel and USA, thinks it owns and controls the region and does not take any interest in solving the regional problems and it does not allow any other power to try that.

Guterres appreciated Russia’s engagement with the UN regarding the Syria talks. He highlighted the key subjects of the 12-point final Sochi statement, saying that the document embraced a vision of Syria for all its citizens and underlined the need for the formation of a Constitutional Committee under UN auspices.

Putin is getting ready for March elections, and Erdogan could call for early elections this coming summer. The partnership between the two men and the seemingly converging interests of the two countries constitute a strong connection to the domestic political calculations of both strongmen.

Syria is likely to return to normalcy without or with Assad in power who got thousands killed in order for his own survival by the invading foreign forces, by the Opposition forces and by his own forces. Unlike President Saddam Hussein and Libyan leader Col Gaddafi, Sunni leaders whom USA murdered mercilessly, Assad is lucky to survive the US led attacks so mainly because the CIA does not target his life. USA has not decided to murder him thus far and so he would still survive. The USA remains merciful to him. Everything is possible. Nothing is impossible, you know!.

Pope Francis and President Erdogan condemn Trump’s Jerusalem plan, call for maintaining its neutral status!

 

Pope Francis and President Erdogan condemn Trump’s Jerusalem plan, call for maintaining its neutral status!

-Dr. Abdul Ruff Colachal

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Jerusalem belongs to Palestine – and not to dictatorial rogues like Trump or Netanyahu. American president Trump today behaves like the top Zionist.

Jerusalem in Palestine’s West Bank has got important religious sites of Islam, Christianity and Zionism (or Judaism) though Jews who now occupy parts of Palestine as their own Jewish land on the pure bluff that God has promised it to them and US military strength. Some royal rogue must have written somewhere that Palestine belongs to criminal Jews and hence American lords brought all those criminal Jews from Europe and Russia, and elsewhere to Palestine to settle them on the lands confiscated by US-Israeli military after killing and evicting Muslims from their nation-Palestine.

This being the fact, the brand new drunkard US President Trump has tried a one of his top gimmicks on Palestinians by openly supporting the Jews and helping Zionist military to attack and kill he remaining Palestinians.

BY Trump’s treacherous declaration, it has now been proven that USA never intended to be any genuine mediator between the besieged Palestinians and fascist Israel while USA always supported Zionism and its criminal regime imposed by them in West Asia.

Americans are bluff masters and frauds only pretending to be great democrats. Since USA is super power it can behave a rogue state threatening weak nations like Palestine by proving arsenals of terror goods and WMD.

The Vatican knows the truth about Israeli falsehood that Trump-Mrs Clinton hail as their Zionist law. Pope Francis is among the top global personalities who condemned straightaway the ultra fanatic Trump’s Jerusalem gimmick to appease the Jewish money lords in USA and Israel who m had made generous election funds to him. That is trump has decided to sell Jerusalem to Jewish criminals but Jerusalem does not belong to him personally or his financial empire. His father had not given Jerusalem to him to be sold to the Jews. Trump the fool thinks as US president he can do anything and get away with it.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is among the first to condemn the insanity of Trump and sought to recognize Jerusalem as Palestine’s capital as Israel already has Tel Aviv as its fascist capital to control USA and Europe, third world, including non-aligned India.

President Erdogan visited the Vatican on February 04 on the invitation of Pope Francis. Erdogan traveled to Vatican City to meet with the pontiff. In anticipation of the trip, thousands of police officers were deployed in Rome to secure Turkish President Erdogan’s visit with Pope Francis at the Vatican. Italian officials mobilized 3,500 police and barred protests during the visit.

Turkey is a prominent member of US led NATO and a former military ally of Israel and with it and USA it conducted joint military exercise essentially targeting Russia since USA treats the Kremlin as its prime foe. That should be destroyed. Israel and the rich Jewish lobbyists and their media representatives in English and Hebrew oppose Turkey its links with USA and thus they oppose President Erdogan’s Vatican visit to apply pressure on Israel and Zionist Trump to stop creating nonsensical madness in the name of defending the Zionist crimes against humanity.

Turkish Erdogan is on his first ever official visit to the Vatican since 1959, while Pope Francis met with the Turkish president in 2014 during an apostolic visit. President Erdogan’s is also the first Turkish leader in 59 years to visit the Vatican. After an official welcoming ceremony, Erdogan met with Vatican State Secretary Cardinal Pietro Parolin in a closed-door session.

Before his departure from Turkey, Erdogan said he and Vatican leaders would discuss Palestine, Jerusalem, Syria, Iraq, counterterrorism, refugee issues and humanitarian aid. The Turkish leader added that he and the pope agree the United States’ recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital in December was a huge mistake.

The pope was a prominent critic of President Donald Trump’s decision.“We especially welcomed the pope’s stance on the Jerusalem issue. We spoke several times over the phone during this period. His positive stance really mattered to show us what we can jointly do together with him as the Christian world’s leader,” Erdogan said.

Apart from Zionist agents, the pro-Kurdish groups had threatened massive demonstrations against Turkey’s attacks on Kurdish forces in Syria, but Rome responded with a 24-hour ban.

 

Zionism and Europe

Hatred for Islam and media Islamophobia have bought all anti-Islamic nations together and Since the Sept-!1 1hoax the trend became monstrous targeting Muslims and their nations and resources.

Unfortunately, today Americans, Israelis and Europeans think alike  when it comes to Islam as religion  and Muslims whom they consider a serious threat to their capitalist-imperialist existence.

Some European nations with anti-Islamic mindset and Islamophobia gimmicks have always opposed Turkey’s genuine efforts to become a member of EU as an European power but these ultra fanatic European nations say as an Islamic power Turkey cannot be a part of new Christian nation called EU. However, for official purposes they never talk about Turkey’s religion as the cause of resentment and instead talk only about “reforms” Turkey must undertake to complete the negotiations for EU accession.  Interestingly, they keep on adding more and more reforms to Turkey which is a known Islamist nation ruled by an Islamist party. USA and UK play their own misroles. .

The right-wing Brothers of Italy party was also critical of Erdogan’s visit, warning against immigration that it said would lead to the “Islamization of Europe.” Party leader Giorgia Meloni said the Italian people sought to send a message to Turkey by rejecting Turkey’s interest in joining the European Union. On Saturday, Erdogan criticized European leaders for blocking the attempt to join the EU.

However, one of the pillars of Germany’s position on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict “is the need to preserve the status of holy sites and to negotiate the final status of Jerusalem within the framework of the two-state solution,” Steinmeier, a former foreign minister, told Al-Ghad.

Meanwhile, president of Germany Steinmeier is on a four-day visit to Jordan and Lebanon. He is scheduled to visit the Azraq camp for Syrian refugees in northern Jordan and a nearby air base by the same name where some 300 German troops are stationed as part of the US-led international military campaign against Islamic State group extremists in Jordan.

A centre-left politician who has Steinmeier characterized Donald Trump as a “hate preacher” has been elected president of Germany. In the run-up to the US election, he said Trump had much in common with “fear mongers” in the AfD and with advocates of Britain’s exit from the EU. After Trump’s shock victory in November, he predicted that “American foreign policy will be less predictable for us in the future” and that “America will be more inclined to make unilateral decisions”. His predictions have come true so soon. Vocal Donald Trump critic says he wants Germany to be an ‘anchor of hope’ after he was voted in by parliamentary assembly

Germany, which has absorbed hundreds of thousands of Syrian war refugees, has stepped up efforts in recent years to help improve conditions for refugees in regional host countries. About 660,000 registered Syrian refugees live in Jordan, though Jordanian authorities say the actual number is double that. Germany has given 595 million euro ($740 million) in bilateral humanitarian and development aid to Jordan in 2017, up from 470 million Euros ($584 million) in 2016, embassy officials said.

During the visit to Rome, President Erdogan also planned to meet with Italian President Sergio Mattarella and Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni.

Prior to his visit, Erdogan said that “no country has the right to make unilateral steps and ignore the international law on the issue, concerning thousands of people. The president continued by saying that Jerusalem city’s status should be protected by the UN resolution as it would let Muslims, Christians and Jews live in peace. Israel and Jews would make Jerusalem another hell.

At the same time, President Erdogan’s visit to the Vatican provoked rallies in Rome that resulted in minor clashes with the police. The rally gathered some 150 people, including Italian Kurds and youth, who protested Ankara’s policies and the country’s operation in the Kurdish-dominated Afrin.

Last December, Trump announced his decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and instructed the US State Department to move “quickly” (before people wake up in USA) the US embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, causing mass criticism across the world.

Since then, President Erdogan, who has been criticising Israeli military attacks on besieged Palestinians Zionist criminal policies against Palestinians and other Arabs in the region, has been a vocal opponent of Trump’s decision.

Earlier, speaking at an emergency meeting of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation that was gathered later in the month, the Turkish President promised to confront Washington’s move legally and threatened to cut ties with Tel Aviv.

 

Jordan’s new role

Meanwhile support for Palestine keeps pouring in from different parts of world while condemnations for the US-Israeli fascist towns also keep increasing. Jordan’s King Abdullah II affirmed his support for establishing a Palestinian capital in East Jerusalem, highlighting his differences with the Trump administration on a central issue in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. King Abdullah spoke at the start of a meeting with German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier, who also expressed concern about U.S. President Donald Trump’s recognition last month of contested Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.  “I think there are very good reasons to question the theory that unilateral recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel would contribute to the consolidation of peace in the Middle East,” Steinmeier was quoted as telling the Jordanian daily Al-Ghad in an interview published Sunday.

Jordan’s king serves as custodian of a major Muslim shrine in Israeli-annexed East Jerusalem and the kingdom’s Hashemite dynasty derives much of its political legitimacy from its special role in Jerusalem. Jordan is also home to a large Palestinian population. “I think our views on Palestine and Jerusalem are well known to you,” the king told the German president Sunday. “We do believe in a two-state solution, with (East) Jerusalem as a capital for the Palestinians.”

At the same time, Jordan, like Qatar, is also a staunch US ally and also a major recipient of US economic and military aid. Abdullah has stopped short of siding with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas who said after Trump’s dramatic policy shift on Jerusalem that Washington can no longer serve as the sole mediator between Israelis and Palestinians.

While entire west Asia ignored his visit to the region, the king of Jordan received US Vice President Mike Pence last week, and has said the USA remains an “indispensable broker”. But the joker in Trump raised new concerns last week when he said at the World Economic Forum in Switzerland that he had taken Jerusalem “off the table.”

US officials have also stressed repeatedly that the Jerusalem recognition has no impact on negotiations over the borders or sovereignty of the Holy City. Trump also told Israeli PM Netanyahu at the global summit that Israel had “won” on the matter but would have to make concessions to the Palestinians in any eventual talks.

Palestine must act with prudence

Palestinians face deadly fascist forces like USA and Israel that are very harmful ones not just to Palestine or Arab world or West Asia but to entire humanity.

Palestinians do not have enough manpower, enough arms arsenals, and no WMD to support their cause. Simply firing toy missiles into wastelands of Israel would make some Palestinians and Arabs happy momentarily but cannot bring any solution to their eternal problem of occupational cries from USA and Israel.

Palestinians and Arab nations must therefore become prudent in planning. Jews are committed criminals with US terror goods can destroy entire Palestine in hours. .

Of course, there is another invisible, strong force above US-Israeli military might and that would work in due course to remove both USA and Israel from the map of world. In fact, these beastly dictatorial regimes have no right to exist in the comity of human nations. They cannot control everything.

Meanwhile, the Gaza strip is preparing for an imminent military confrontation with Israel within the next few days, London-based Arabic-language Al Hayat reported recently. The report suggests that the Palestinian Islamic organization and political party Hamas, among other Palestinian factions, assesses the chances of war with Israel “at 95 percent,” claiming it could break out within days or even hours.

Palestine or Arab would not win a war again the powerful, criminal Israel that is militarily backed by USA and NATO. In fact, that exactly is the strength of Zionism to keep attacking Palestine Gaza Strip, killing even the children each time they use force as the racist Israel wants to end Palestinian race.

Apparently Israel and USA take revenge for the supposedly European crimes against criminal Jews not in Europe or USA but in Palestine, killing innocent Muslims as the Jewish military guys enjoy drinking warm Islamic blood.

Referring to unnamed sources, who met Hamas political chief Yahya Sinwar, the report says that Palestinians believed Israel would use a training exercise planned near the enclave to launch an attack on it. Hamas, for its part, has reinforced security measures across the Strip, evacuating sites and headquarters.

Israeli media outlet Haaretz has also published the report, however, stated that it “exaggerated” the imminent threat of a war, describing it as part of Hamas’s attempt to “ratchet up international discussion” over the humanitarian plight in Gaza and non-implementation of the reconciliation agreement between Hamas and the Palestinian Authority. “It is widely believed that Israel will not initiate war with Hamas without real escalation in the south, such as a surge in rocket fire at southern communities,” Haaretz wrote. The report has not been confirmed by officials in the PA.

 

Why USA-Israeli fascist twins reject international law?

The relations between Israel and Palestine, regulated by USA, have deteriorated since Americans elected a business rogue as US President and worsened when Donald Trump deliberately announced his “historic” decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel on December 6 ( the date coincide with the destruction of Babri Mosque in India by the state sponsored criminal Hindus), instructing the US State Department to move the US Embassy, currently located in Tel Aviv, to Jerusalem. The move provoked worldwide criticism, with Palestinians taking to the streets to protests the decision and Arab states seeking recognition of East Jerusalem as Palestinian.

A week after Trump’s controversial step, Hamas announced a third “intifada,” with Palestinians launching rocket attacks on Israeli territory. Israeli Air Forces, for their part, retaliated with airstrikes on Gaza.

Both USA and Israel have proven themselves to be fakes and frauds as far as their repeated declarations for the ‘two state’ solution are concerned and they have only been fooling the world around.

The USA-Israel fascist twins have controlled the conflicts in West Asia. The majority of ethnic Arabs hopes to see a two-state solution and a return of Palestinian land located behind the ”1967 Lines”, re-establishing the pre-Six Day War borders, when Israel captured the Gaza Strip from Egypt, the West Bank and East Jerusalem from Jordan, as well as the Golan Heights from Syria.

Since then, Israeli regime proliferated the illegal settlements for criminal Jews as illegal  Jewish settlers have continued to establish new communities in the West Bank, something Palestinians and UN consider an act of aggression according to international law but both USA and Israel despise  international law and impose their own laws on the world. .

When there is hue and cry over new illegal settlements in West Bank, Israel approves new proliferations plans with US approval

Though entire Jerusalem belongs to Palestine exclusively, Turkey wants at least East Jerusalem to be the capital of Palestine state to be established soon. PLO also campaigns for the east Jerusalem formula for an amicable settlement of Mideast conflict and secure peace in the region.

The USA which speaks for Israel has to give up its tricky and rigid line of thinking targeting Islam and Muslims.

Freedom movements across the globe would suffer if the Palestinians continue to suffer under Zionist brutality with Pentagon back up and once Palestine state become a full member of UN, which is any time soon, world be much better as poor and weak nations would get confidence to improve their diplomatic, economic and technological lot.

Threat to national security: Emergency clamped in Maldives!

 

Threat to national security: Emergency clamped in Maldives!

– Dr. Abdul Ruff Colachal

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The president of the Maldives Abdulla Yameen’s has declared a state of emergency, citing a threat to citizens’ safety and national security, following widespread international condemnation and concerns about its impact on the country’s crucial tourism industry, the government said. Maldives has declared State of Emergency for 30 days as per Article 253 of the Constitution citing threat to national security. The government said a curfew would not be imposed.

The state of emergency was limited to 30 days and Abdulla Yameen’s decree, which came into effect at midday local time (0700 GMT), suspends all basic rights and gives the security forces sweeping powers to arrest suspects before a major anti-government rally planned later this week. Seven articles of the constitution have been suspended, including those guaranteeing citizens of the Indian Ocean island nation the rights of assembly, free expression, freedom from arbitrary detention and freedom of movement.

Under the emergency regulations, police were allowed to enter and search homes without a warrant, and the rights to assemble peacefully and travel between the many islands of the archipelago nation were suspended. Soldiers in riot gear surrounded the parliament building in the capital Male on Sunday soon after the opposition petitioned parliament to remove the South Asian island’s attorney-general and its chief prosecutor.

The Maldives has suffered acute political instability for several years, but a new cycle of chaos and unrest appears to be intensifying.  “President Yameen has declared state of emergency to ensure the safety and security of every citizen,” his spokesman Muaz Ali tweeted. In a statement to the nation, Yameen, who took power in a contested election in 2013, said there were groups planning to use weapons and explosives.  “My beloved citizens, I assure you, that in enforcing this decree, the rights and freedoms stated in the constitution will only be restricted within the limits of … the constitution, and only to the extent strictly required by the situation,” Yameen said.

The Maldives plunged into political turmoil last week after the country’s top court threw out a “terrorism” conviction against its former president Mohamed Nasheed, and ordered the release of other jailed opposition politicians. The ruling dealt a blow to Yameen with critics accusing him of corruption, misrule, and rights abuses. He denies the allegations. The government does not believe that the Supreme Court ruling to release the political prisoners can be enforced

The government declared the state emergency after refusing on Monday to implement a ruling that has led to a wave of protests in the capital, Malé, with angry clashes between police and demonstrators. The president, Abdulla Yameen, has responded by dispatching soldiers to surround the parliament building, preventing MPs from meeting. He also called a noisy rally of his supporters.

The main opposition Maldivian Democratic Party said declaring the state of emergency in the first place was political, designed to stop a rally planned for last Friday demanding the release of the party’s leader, former President Mohamed Nasheed. “It appears that Yameen is willing to make up threats about the nation’s security in order to settle political scores,” the party said in a statement, referring to the president. “Yameen’s increasingly erratic, paranoid and dangerous behavior is damaging the country and proves he is unfit to be president. He has failed and should step down.”

The Supreme Court ordered Yameen on Thursday to free nine dissidents, ruling that their trials were politically motivated and flawed. The court also called on the president to reinstate opposition MPs. But the government refused to implement it and declared the emergency.

The Maldives Supreme Court has hit back at President Abdulla Yameen’s refusal to free his jailed opponents amid an escalating crisis that saw security forces seal off the country’s parliament and arrest two opposition lawmakers on Sunday.   Judges of the top court said there should be “no legal barrier” to releasing the nine people, including the island nation’s exiled former president Mohamed Nasheed, whose terrorism and corruption convictions it overturned last week.

Their statement came after Attorney-General Mohamed Anil raised concerns about freeing people convicted of “terrorism, bomb attacks, corruption, embezzlement and fraud”.

The top court’s ruling last week has plunged the Maldives into political turmoil and dealt a major blow to Yameen, who critics accuse of corruption, misrule and rights abuses.

He denies the allegations.

The sudden about face by the Supreme Court, which sided with Yameen in the past, and the widespread international support for its verdict puts unprecedented pressure on the president to free his opponents ahead of a presidential election later this year.

The government accused the Supreme Court of trying to oust the president, a claim judges did not respond to in their statement late on Sunday.

Earlier in the day, the attorney general, in a televised appearance flanked by the chiefs of the army and the police, said the government has received news of an imminent order by the Supreme Court to impeach Yameen. “I have informed all law enforcement agencies they must not obey such an illegal order,” Anil said.  Ahmed Shiyam, the army chief, said the security forces would follow the attorney-general’s advice and “will not wait and watch as the Maldives descends into crisis”.

The opposition called Anil’s order to the security forces “unconstitutional, highly illegal, and dangerous” and petitioned parliament to oust Anil, as well as the country’s chief prosecutor. Shortly afterwards, soldiers surrounded the parliament building and sealed it off.

The island nation emerged a decade ago from a long spell of 30 years of authoritarian rule under President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom. His successor Mohamed Nasheed, elected in 2008, presided over a brief flourishing of multiparty democracy before being controversially ousted five years later.

Since then Yameen has stifled dissent and imprisoned members of the opposition. Rights groups have accused Yameen of using new laws and criminal cases to silence critics and to neutralise his opponents.  On Monday the government made clear it had no intention of respecting the supreme court’s decision. The legal affairs minister, Azima Shakoor, said the ruling was not enforceable, adding that there were numerous challenges to freeing prisoners.

Yameen’s main rival, Nasheed, described events taking place in the country as “tantamount to a coup”. He tweeted that Yameen should resign and said the security services “must uphold the constitution and serve the Maldivian people”.

Nasheed is in Sri Lanka. He has been living in the UK since 2016 after being given asylum when he travelled there on medical leave from prison.

In addition to ordering the release of the political prisoners, the Supreme Court also reinstated 12 MPs who switched allegiance to the opposition. When they return, Yameen’s Progressive Party of Maldives will lose its majority in the 85-member parliament, which could result in the legislative body functioning as a rival power to the president. On Friday Nasheed said he would mount a fresh challenge for the presidency this year. Nasheed was sentenced to 13 years in prison after he was convicted under Maldives’ anti-terror laws. The trial that was widely condemned by international rights groups

Dunya Maumoon, the foreign minister, described the measures as “precautionary action by the government in light of several security threats that have emerged in the last week”. “As a government we have a responsibility to our citizens to ensure they can go about their daily lives in peace and security. We are determined to root out a small minority who seem intent on causing damage to people and property,” she said. On Wednesday the streets of Malé, the capital, were quiet, but soldiers had cordoned off water and power plants. Residents said raids were continuing.

The main opposition Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP), whose leader Mohamed Nasheed is in jail following his conviction earlier this year under anti-terror laws, has organised the protest. Nasheed left power in 2012 amid protests, forced out by what his supporters claim was a coup. Nasheed called on the international community to consider introducing sanctions against the current government. He also appealed to tourists travelling to the Maldives to reconsider their views on the popular holiday destination. “It is good and necessary to have a relaxing holiday but important [they] understand what is happening here too,” he said.

The incarceration of Nasheed, who was convicted on charges of using the military to arrest a senior judge when in office, has been severely criticised by the UN and international rights groups.

The British high commissioner to Sri Lanka and the Maldives, James Dauris, said he was “most concerned by restrictions on fundamental rights and freedoms in the Maldives from today”. Thoriq Hamid, from the NGO Transparency Maldives, said his organisation was “extremely … concerned that the situation has escalated to this point”. The Australian government last week told its citizens to exercise a “high degree of caution” while travelling to Malé, “due to the possibility of civil unrest and the threat of terrorist attacks”.

The move comes at a time of heightened tensions following an explosion on Yameen’s speedboat on 28 September that wounded his wife and two others. Yameen was unharmed in the blast, and the FBI has said there is no evidence it was caused by a bomb. But the authorities say it was an attempt on his life. Yameen arrested the vice-president, Ahmed Adeeb, on 24 October after accusing him of “high treason” and linking him to the boat blast.

The Maldives National Defence Force (MNDF) said it had found a remote-controlled bomb near the president’s official residence and safely defused it. Officials on Wednesday said several discoveries of arms and explosives had been made, though the whereabouts of other weapons and ammunition missing from state armouries remained unknown.

Further searches were under way on Wednesday evening, with local media reporting that at least one suspected explosive device had been found. “The purpose of today’s announcement is to send a clear message. Those who seek to cause harm and unrest through violence – whether their aims are political, religious or otherwise – have no place in our country. We are a young, vibrant democracy and will do all we can to uphold those values,” said Maumoon.

The MDP rally was aimed at pressuring Yameen to release Nasheed, the first democratically elected leader of the country and an internationally recognised climate change campaigner. Eva Abdulla, an MDP member of parliament, said the rally would proceed as planned. “We saw this coming. Everything has been leading up to this. This is the last straw – the only straw – left for Yameen. He has totally lost grip on governance. He doesn’t have the public with him and any control is based on fear and intimidation,” she said.

There are growing fears of Islamic extremism in the Maldives, fuelled in part by the political instability since the departure from power of autocratic ruler Maumoon Abdul Gayoom in 2008.The government has put him under house arrest. the government has warned media outlets their licences will be suspended “if broadcasts threaten national security”.

The justification for the state of emergency on the basis of a security threat could be dangerous, Abdulla, the MDP parliamentarian, said. “My worry is we are a hotbed for jihadi recruitment at the moment so to use this to get at political opponents is irresponsible in the extreme. They could be turning a blind eye to the real problem and endangering us all as a result.”

Legal Affairs Minister Azima Shakoor made the emergency announcement on Monday on state television, and a statement attributed to President Abdulla Yameen was posted on the ministry of foreign affairs website. “The government of Maldives wishes to also assure all Maldivians and the international community that the safety of all Maldivians and foreigners living in and visiting the Maldives will be ensured,” the statement said.

Junayd Mohamed, a journalist with the Maldives Independent, told Al Jazeera he also heard reports that riot police and military officials were inside the court. He said they set up barricades to block off the area, but protesters were rallying outside.  “Hundreds of people [are] gathered outside who are calling on the security forces to arrest President Yameen and protect the Supreme Court,” Mohamed said.

Opposition members of parliament urged foreign intervention after the government ignored the Supreme Court ruling. The opposition now has a majority in the 85-member house as the court ruling also reinstated 12 members of parliament who were stripped of their seats last year. But two of the 12 were arrested at the airport on Sunday, shortly after they returned to the Maldives after spending months in exile.

In a resolution signed in the capital Male on Sunday, opposition MPs called on the international community “to impress upon the government of Maldives the need to respect the rule of law, and implement last Thursday’s Supreme Court ruling that ordered the release of political leaders and the reinstatement of 12 opposition MPs”.  They also called for “all necessary measures … to hold government officials accountable for violations of national and international law”.  Tensions “could escalate to civil unrest and incite violence across the country”, they warned.

The United Nations, European Union, and several foreign governments – including India, the USA and UK – have urged Yameen to comply with the Supreme Court’s order.   The government has accused the court of trying to oust the president, a claim judges have not responded to. The United States urged government restraint on Monday. “The Maldivian government and military must respect the rule of law, freedom of expression, and democratic institutions. The world is watching,” the White House National Security Council said in a Twitter post.

Rights group Amnesty International denounced the government’s “appalling track-record of suppressing freedom of expression and any form of opposition”. “This emergency cannot become a licence for further repression,” Omar Waraich, the group’s deputy South Asia director, said on Twitter.

The opposition now has a majority in the 85-member house as the Supreme Court ruling also reinstated 12 members of parliament who were stripped of their seats last year. But two of the 12 were arrested at the airport on Sunday, shortly after they returned to the Maldives after spending months in exile. Abdulla Sinan and Ilham Ahmed were detained on charges of bribery, a police spokesman told Al Jazeera.

Ibrahim Mohamed Solih, an opposition parliamentarian, condemned their arrest in a statement.  “We call on the police to release the MPs immediately, and to stop following unlawful orders, to stop obstructing the lawful mandate of parliamentarians,” Solih said.  “In a desperate attempt to cling onto power, President Yameen has illegally overrun the state. His attorney-general has illegally assumed the powers of the apex court, while the military has overrun the legislature,” he added.

On Sunday night, hundreds of flag-waving opposition supporters took to the streets of the capital Male calling on the government to abide by the court ruling.

Meanwhile, the official who heads the parliament’s secretariat resigned after the speaker, a Yameen ally, cancelled the opening of the parliament, scheduled for Tuesday, over unspecified “security concerns”.  “I have stepped down,” Ahmed Mohamed told Al Jazeera on Sunday, without offering further details. The heads of the Maldives’ main high-security prison and the elections commission have also quit in recent days.

Nasheed, speaking to a private television channel from neighbouring Sri Lanka on Sunday, called for protests and urged rank-and-file members of the security forces to arrest the attorney-general as well as the chiefs of the army and police.

Observation

Maldives is a tourist’s paradise. It is not clear how much of an impact the state of emergency has had on the tourism industry in the Maldives. It is not clear how much of an impact the state of emergency has had on the tourism industry in the Maldives, which is best known for its luxury tourist resorts.

The US State Department on Tuesday also welcomed the lifting of the state of emergency. Washington had been critical of its imposition, and has called for an end to politically motivated prosecutions and detentions.

The Maldives has had a difficult transition to democracy since holding its first multiparty election in 2008. The state of emergency has been declared in Maldives amid a deepening political crisis sparked by a Supreme Court ruling that called for the release of imprisoned opposition politicians.

President Yameen has been in office since 2013. He had been set to run for re-election this year almost unopposed, with all of his opponents either jailed or exiled. Lawmakers voted Vice President Ahmed Adeeb out of office using the regulations. Authorities suspect that Adeeb was behind the alleged attempts on Gayoom’s life, and he has been arrested and detained. Gayoom was not hurt in the September 28 blast aboard his boat, but his wife, an aide and a bodyguard was injured.

Known for its luxury tourist resorts, Maldives has suffered from weak government institutions and a divided political system dominated. Yameen is the half-brother of Gayoom. The former president is now a vocal critic of Yameen. Over the weekend, Gayoom tweeted: “A band of thugs armed with knives drove by my residence several times after midnight last night shouting abuse at the top of their voice.” He added: “I wonder who would have sent these unruly thugs?”

Police has started investigations into Supreme Court judges and officials since the ruling, and have said that they now plan to question Gayoom in a separate case. On Monday, the health minister, Hussain Rasheed Ahmed, quit in protest against the government’s attitude towards its highest court.

The continuing political instability in the Maldives is likely to damage its vital tourist trade, a key employer and earner of foreign exchange. Every year more than a million tourists visit the Maldives, an almost exclusively Sunni Muslim nation composed of 1,192 small coral islands, with a population of 340,000.

White sandy beaches, turquoise waters, shallow lagoons and secluded islets draw holidaymakers from all over the developed world as well as celebrities seeking privacy. Officials said there was no threat to resort security and the Maldives remained a safe destination for international visitors.

The Maldives’ economy has faltered in recent years and the country suffers from overcrowding, high unemployment rates and substance abuse. The declaration of a state of emergency comes amid a bitter power struggle between the president and Adeeb, with factions within the police and army supporting different political players. The dispute has weakened the government at a time of growing popular anger over the continuing detention of Nasheed and economic problems.

Badminton: India Open 2018: Chinese Shi Yuqi and American Beiwen Zhang win titles!

 

Badminton: India Open 2018: Chinese Shi Yuqi and American Beiwen Zhang win titles!

-Dr. Abdul Ruff Colachal

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China and America have showcased their mettle in world badminton by winning the Indian Open singles titles for 2018. American Beiwen Zhang, almost entirely self made, living on her own earnings and without any support from governments of USA which she represents and Singapore where she belongs defeated the defending Indian favorite PV Sindhu in the India Open BWF World Tour Super 500 at the Siri Fort Sports Complex, New Delhi on February 04.

 

In the men’s singles category, Chinese third seed Shi Yuqi beat Chinese Taipei’s second seed Chou Tien Chen 21-18, 21-14 in 47 minutes. All England Championships finalist and fourth seed Shi Yuqi of China walked away with the men’s crown after beating world no 7 and third seeded Taiwanese Chou Tien Chen 21-18 21-14 in a 47-minute duel. “Last year I didn’t win any tournament, so glad to win this and hope this become first of many to come,” world no 8 Shi Yuqi said through an interpreter.

 

For 21-year-old Yuqi, it was his first title since French Open victory in October 2016. Having gone without a title in 2017, Yuqi was anxious for 2018. “I really wanted it,” Yuqi, the 2017 All-England runner-up, told reporters after the match. Looking ahead to the season, he hoped to build on from here. “When you win once, you eye the second title. So, I will be doing that,” the Chinese said.

 

The defending female champion Indian shuttler PV Sindhu fell to fifth seeded Beiwen Zhang from the USA in the women’s singles final of the $350,000 India Open BWF World Tour Super 500 here on Sunday. The top seed lost 18-21, 21-11, 20-22 in an hour and nine minutes to give Beiwen her “career’s best moment” here. With the win, Beiwen levelled 2-2 in the head-to-head records against the Olympic 2016 silver medallist Sindhu. Beiwen bagged the winner’s cheque of $26,250, while Sindhu got $13,300.

 

In the women’s singles final, Beiwen was quick off the blocks. In the first game, she took a 3-0 early lead but Sindhu gained three consecutive points to pull level. Beiwen looked sharper, especially on her defence, as she opened up a 8-5 lead before the Indian took a 9-8 lead. Sindhu went to the mid-game interval with a 11-9 lead. However, Beiwen fought back after the break and later the two were involved in a see-saw battle till the 16-point mark from where Beiwen broke away. She fired a winner on the left and then Sindhu netted one before putting one out to concede three points on the trot.

 

Beiwen allowed Sindhu to be back into the contest as she wrongly judged one stroke to be long. The American then could only push it on to the net. But another winner was followed by Sindhu’ putting one wide to give Beiwen the 21-18 win.

 

In the second game, playing in front of the home crowd, Sindhu charged into contention by winning the second game quite easily. She was much more dominant, bringing her smashes into play. She raced to a 8-2 lead before Beiwen made it 4-8. Sindhu, however, led 11-4 at the mid-game break.  After the break, Beiwen collected one point after another to narrow down the deficit to three at 10-13 before Sindhu grabbed seven consecutive points to take the match to the third game.

 

After ending the second game without much fight, Beiwen, however, got her way in the third game, reducing the time and lift Sindhu was getting in the previous game. Beiwen held a 9-4 lead but Sindhu rose to the challenge, not allowing her opponent to have her way. Sindhu trailed 9-11 at the mid-game interval but after the change of ends the Indian quickly pulled level at the 11-point mark. After Beiwen got one more point, Sindhu’s drop shot was netted by the American, who then conceded the 12-13 lead after failing to defend a smash on the right.

 

Leading 15-14, Sindhu was unable pick drop shots twice before hitting a defensive shot wide to give Beiwen a 17-15 advantage. Sindhu hit back with two bodyline smashes to equalize at 19-19 and a drop shot which Beiwen failed to reach. The American then failed to respond to a smash to trail 19-20. Sindhu then shot one to the net to make it 20-all. Beiwen then fired a smash before Sindhu hit one wide to lose the game 20-22.

 

Beiwen said: “Sindhu was under pressure of expectations in front of the Indian crowd, while I had nothing to lose. That helped me. “Normally I don’t hit so many smashes but I managed to do it today,” Beiwen said, revealing the errors of Sindhu.

 

Zhang travels without her newly hired coach Ding Chong to tournaments, who recently left the Singapore Badminton Association, because she can’t afford it. But that hasn’t really affected her mentally. “I finally have a coach. He is in Singapore but he keeps on giving me advice via messages,” Zhang laughs.

The duo has played each other on four occasions at BWF events, with Sindhu winning three of those matches. They also played once in this season’s PBL, where Sindhu was on top again. But Zhang wants to forget about her matches at the PBL as she had a bad run of games with Mumbai Rockets. “Well, PBL wasn’t good for me. I was recovering from a foot injury and couldn’t get the results,” says Zhang, who feels that one of the reasons why she starts slow is because she still experiences discomfort while lunging.

Currently ranked World No 11, Zhang’s finest performance came at the 2016 French Open, where she reached the final. But having entered the summit clash in New Delhi, Zhang now hopes to go all the way. “I want to win one Superseries this year,” she says. “I don’t think a lot or put pressure on myself before I go on court. Before this tournament I thought I was fit, but I found out I wasn’t. When I played Indonesia Open (in January) I prepared a lot but got crushed in the first round. Now I am not very consistent. Sometimes I play bad and sometimes I play well,” she adds.

However, all the matches between the duo have gone into the deciding game and Sindhu expects a neck-and-neck encounter on Sunday. “It’s going to be a tough match. I expect to be playing a lot of rallies,” predicts Sindhu. “I played against Zhang recently during the Premier Badminton League and I can say that it won’t be an easy match. She has fought brilliantly to reach the final. To enter the final of India Open is not easy,” she adds.

Defending champion P V Sindhu suffered a narrow defeat in a pulsating final against American Beiwen Zhang to finish runner-up at the India Open Super 300 badminton tournament. Playing her second tournament of the new season, Sindhu came agonizingly close to clinching the title before losing 18-21 21-11 20-22 to Zhang in the women’s singles final. Sindhu played long matches against Zhang, all of them going to the decider, and it was no different as the duo battled till the last point. Prior to today’s loss, Sindhu had won twice and lost once at the Indonesia Super Series Premier last year against the American.

 

Earlier, at the semi-final level, the fans were made to wait well past 10 pm for Sindhu’s semi-final clash against Thailand’s Ratchanok Intanon as India was delaying the play ofr its candidate for too long possibly to make it difficult for the Thailand girl. Defending champion Sindhu aced the Intanon test with an impressive 21-13, 21-15 win to enter her second-straight India Open final.

Looking at the rampant form Sindhu is in at the moment, it is her title to lose. That being said, the 22-year-old shouldn’t underestimate a defensively strong Zhang, who could spring yet another surprise by upsetting the crowd-favourite with a lot of rallies.

Known for her deceptive flat-smashes and delicate crosscourt play, Intanon hardly applied pressure on an aggressive-looking Sindhu with her weaponry. In fact, the Thai shuttler had no answers to a constant barrage from the other side of the court. For example, when Intanon didn’t allow Sindhu to hit with power, the Indian ace created an opening and attacked from the net. There was also a tinge of maturity in her shot selection, something the Indian has been guilty of in recent tournaments. Sindhu went on and on. She didn’t even let her opponent a whiff of a chance to unsettle her in both the games.

Sindhi prefers a lot of aggression right from the beginning. “Attacking game is my power. That’s a style of play that suits me. I’ve been an attacking player since the beginning,” says Sindhu. After clearing the Intanon hurdle effortlessly, Sindhu set up finale against lone ranger Beiwen Zhang of the USA – a surprise finalist.

Bereft of proper facilities and coaching, the 27-year-old shuttler has had a tough route to the top after complications at the Singapore Badminton Association that led to a move to the USA a few years ago. En route to the summit clash, Zhang, who currently trains in Singapore, stunned Saina Nehwal 21-10, 21-13 in straight games before edging past Cheung Ngan Yi, who knocked  the Olympics champion Carolina Marin out, in a three-game thriller in the quarter-finals.

Prior to today’s loss, Sindhu had won twice and lost once at the Indonesia Super Series Premier last year against the American.

All England Championships finalist and fourth seed Shi Yuqi of China walked away with the men’s crown after beating world no 7 and third seeded Taiwanese Chou Tien Chen 21-18 21-14 in a 47-minute duel.  “Last year I didn’t win any tournament, so glad to win this and hope this become first of many to come,” world no 8 Shi Yuqi said through an interpreter. “I had played him before, so I analyzed those matches and it helped me win today. There were lot of long rallies in this tournament and I will take a lot of positives from here. It will boost my confidence.”

Chou, who settled for runner-up here for the second successive time, said: “I tried to push him but it is difficult top play against him. He smashed well. He is young and was stronger today. He was more focused than me.”

Coming to second grade non-single tournaments, Indonesian men’s doubles top-seeds Marcus Fernaldi Gideon and Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo lived up to their reputation as they got past Danish fourth seeds Kim Astrup and Anders Skaarup Rasmussen 21-14, 21-16 in 38 minutes. Third seeded Indonesian pair of Greysia Polii and Apriyani Rahayu, who are ranked world no 7, defeated second seeded Thailand combo of Jongkolphan Kititharakul and Rawinda Prajongjai 21-18 21-15 in a 58-minute match to clinch the women’s doubles title. Fifth seeded Danish combo of Mathias Christiansen and Christinna Pedersen prevailed 21-14 21-15 over Indonesian pair of Praveen Jordan and Melati Daeva Oktavianti in a 37-minute match to claim the mixed doubles crown, their first title together.

 

Observation

Hopefully, the champion of Indian Open 2018 Ms. Beiwen Zhang is now given her due place, office and payment both in USA and Singapore in honor of her unique achievement, defeating many big names in world badminton. It is indeed fortunate that highly skilled and motivated player of shuttle Beiwen Zhang has been paid any honorarium for her participation in intentional events by her own country Singapore or USA where she lives for years and she has been managing her life and sport by her own earning. In many countries huge sums are spent on players and coaches for their training.

For Beiwen Zhang, the India Open 2018 title is just the beginning.

Palestine tackles new problems from US-Israeli fascist twins!

Palestine tackles new problems from US-Israeli fascist twins!

– Dr. Abdul Ruff Colachal

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One truth has come to light recently about the real sources of troubles for Palestine and Arab-Iranian world.

Obviously, more than Israel that brutally occupies Palestine lands, among other Arab lands, it is the USA which has been the real problem for Palestinians, the Arab nations and Iran. USA uses Israel to create problems for Arab world and Iran. Now even Turkey is under threat from Israel-USA duo.

Relations between the PA and the US government have rapidly deteriorated since Trump’s blind announcement recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel last December. US threats to cut funds to the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees have further exacerbated tensions between the Trump administration and the PA. “We are hoping that Russia and the EU will step in to fill the void,” the PA official said. “We believe that these countries should and can play a larger role in any peace process in the wake of the Trump administration’s hostile policies toward the Palestinians and bias in favor of Israel.”

PLO/PA President Mahmoud Abbas is scheduled to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin in the Black Sea summer beach resort of Sochi on February 12. After declaring that the US was no longer qualified to act as an “honest broker” in any peace process with Israel, the Palestinian Authority is trying to persuade Russia to play a role in efforts to solve the conflict.

When they meet, President Abbas will likely tell President Putin that the Palestinians do not believe the Trump government is capable of playing any “constructive” or “positive” role in efforts to achieve peace with Israel, or securing a a soverign Palestine  to exist side by side as part of two state solution, said a PA official in Ramallah. The PA president has also been seeking greater European involvement in the peace process.

Israel and USA remain the chief foe of Arab nations and Iran. But in recent times a funny development has taken place. Saudi Arabia and Israel share a common mindset and work against their new foe Iran, and a common friend, the Trump administration in Washington.

Zionist double speak has indeed complicated the peace process in the region as USA has used the new alliance between real foes as the signal to accept Israel as their new leader and Trump quickly declared Jerusalem as Israeli capital.  Israel has fuelled the humanity and betrayed Arab world and Palestine.

Despite mounting evidence of informal cooperation, any open rapprochement—a goal of the Trump White House—between these two American allies remains elusive. That is largely because both have too little to gain, and too much to lose, from any such a breakthrough.

 

Loud trumpets of Trump

Roguish announcement by erratic US president Trump about the new status of Jerusalem as being the central part of fascist Israel as its new capital, has upset the move by the US secretary of state for a resuming peace talk between the besieged Palestinians hose lands anti-Islamic USA-Israeli twins continue to occupy and arrogant Israel, negated the chances for a new peace talks on the Palestine state establishment.

Apparently Trump has derailed the peace movement and killed the US mediatory effort once for all. None now trusts US president for what he does or does not.

Since taking office, Trump has distanced himself somewhat from the two-state solution favored by his predecessors for the past two decades saying he would support Palestinian independence only if Israel agrees. His secret plan was to hand over Jerusalem to Jews.

It follows Donald Trump’s announcement in December declaring Jerusalem to be Israel’s capital which has created reverberations through the region and countered decades of US foreign policy and international consensus that Jerusalem’s status should be decided in negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians.

The Palestinians are also angry at the Trump team’s announcement last month that it is withholding $65 million of a planned $125 million funding installment for UNRWA, the UN agency that helps an estimated 5 million Palestinian refugees. The administration also made clear that additional US donations will be contingent on major changes by UNRWA, which has been heavily criticized by Israel.

In the mean time, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is reaching the UN Security Council later this month to respond to the Trump’s unilateral and arrogant declaration of Jerusalem as being the capital of Israel and Israel’s expansion of settlements — a rare appearance reflecting escalating tensions over peace prospects. Kuwait’s U.N. Ambassador Mansour Al-Otaibi, the council president for February, told a news conference Thursday that his government invited the Palestinian leader to address its monthly Mideast meeting on Feb. 20 and believes it will be “important” and “beneficial” for members.

President Abbas usually attends the annual gathering of world leaders at the General Assembly in September, but his decision to speak to the UN’s most powerful body at a regular monthly meeting attended by ambassadors is an indication of the deepening rift between Israel and the United States on one hand and the Palestinians and their Arab and European supporters on the other.

Kuwait is the Arab representative on the Security Council and as president it decides its program of work for the month. Ambassador Al-Otaibi said there were no objections among members — including the USA — to the proposed agenda. He also announced that the council will hold an informal meeting Feb. 22 on the Palestinians where former US president Jimmy Carter, former UN humanitarian chief Jan Egeland and former UNRWA chief Karen AbuZayd. Such meetings are held outside the councils and members are not required to attend. Carter bridged wide gaps between the rigid Egyptian and Israeli leaders, Anwar Sadat and Menachem Begin, leading to the Camp David accords in September 1978.

Carter has followed the Palestinian question for a long time, his position against Israeli settlement expansion is well-known, and some Arabs believe that he does a role to play, he can give his opinion, and that’s why “we decided to invite him.” He said it’s still unclear whether Carter will attend, or whether Abbas will stay to participate.

Arab foreign ministers met last month, and “there is an Arab movement to push forward the peace process” and “to oppose the Israeli violations, especially those pertaining to Jerusalem and the illegal Jewish settlements.”

PLO and Russia

Russia has been neutral on Mideast issue. In the past Russia  had expressed its willingness to mediate for a successful Mideast peace deal that would secure  interests not only of  Palestine but also of Israel but USA applied spanners to  stop  the Kremlin from  “entering” into the  a “traditional” US domain.  Americans consider West Asia their space to maneuver and other big nations “do not enjoy” that special privilege. So Russia always backed off from mediating between Palestine and Israel which has big contingents of former Jewish Russian citizens.

Last week Abbas met in his Ramallah office with two senior Russian officials, Nikolai Patrushev, secretary of the Security Council, and Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov, PLO Secretary-General Saeb Erekat and PA General Intelligence Chief Majed Faraj attended the meeting with the Russian emissaries. Abbas told them that the PA was interested in developing and strengthening its relations with Russia. He also expressed appreciation for Russia’s support for the Palestinians in various areas, according to the Palestinian official news agency Wafa.

Abbas emphasized the importance of Russia’s political stance, due to its “great weight in the international arena and as part of the Quartet, which should continue to play a fair and just role,” Wafa reported.

In addition to Russia, the Quartet on the Middle East, which was established in Madrid in 2002, comprises Russia, the UN, USA and EU. Amid his efforts to rally the international community against the US, Abbas will also deliver a rare address to the UN Security Council on February 20, the council’s president said. Wafa quoted the Russian officials as saying that Putin was looking forward to his meeting with the PA president. The envoys also affirmed Russia’s continued support for the Palestinians and efforts to achieve peace in the Middle East, it said.

Before heading the Ramallah, the Russian officials as per instructions from Israeli  government, met hawkish fascist  Netanyahu in Jerusalem for talks that focused on security cooperation and Iran’s efforts to entrench itself in Lebanon. Netanyahu had met with Putin in Moscow. The Russian delegation’s visit to Israel was part of “the framework of the dialogue between the Israeli and Russian national security teams following the first round of talks held in Moscow approximately three months ago,” a spokesperson for Netanyahu said.

Talks have focused on Israel’s concerns over Iranian efforts to establish a presence in Syria and “its attempt to turn Lebanon into a base for missiles against Israel,” as well as security cooperation with Moscow, the spokesperson said. Members of the Russian delegation visited the Yad Vashem Holocaust museum Thursday, and were set to visit the City of David and Western Wall Tunnels in Jerusalem, Netanyahu’s spokesperson said.

Israel and Trump have repeatedly asked the PLO chief to just obey the Israeli dictates and if Israel agrees to let the Palestinians live.  The message is Palestine cannot exist without Israeli support. Interestingly, US leaders also say Israel faces “existential threat” from Palestine. The US Israeli leaders who appear in latest suits and with fluent American English can also use the same language to express opposite and contradictory ideas.

Meanwhile, Israel has been busy meeting Russian leaders, including President Putin over Syrian crisis seeking not to end war in Syria because that would work in favor of Iran. They don’t really bother about Jerusalem.

Seeking to fish in troubled waters in Mideast, Israel has been coordinating its activities in Syria — including, reportedly, dozens of airstrikes against weapons shipments bound for the Lebanese terror group Hezbollah — with Russia, whose military has been shoring up the regime of President Bashar Assad.

Israel’s ambassador to the UN, Danny Dannon, said that Abbas’s address to the council would further damage prospects for direct peace talks with Israel. As if Israel really seeks peace or genuine talks with Palestine!

Zionist terror attack

Palestinians are highly disappointed with Trump’s ultra fanaticism and arrogance.  Meanwhile, as before, Israeli Air Force aircraft attacked on 2 February 2018 a Hamas position in the northern Gaza Strip early Friday morning in response to a rocket attack several hours earlier. “The IDF sees the Hamas terror group as the sole party responsible for what takes place in the Gaza Strip and for what emanates from it,” an Israel Defense Forces spokesperson said.   There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage in the strike.

Sirens sounded near the Gaza border, but no rocket impact site was found, and the IDF said it was possible the sirens had been a false alarm. The last several weeks have been relatively calm along the Gaza border, with no rockets fired out of the Palestinian enclave.

It wasn’t clear whether the rocket fired from the Gaza Strip toward Israel Thursday night had landed in Israeli territory, the army said earlier. No rocket sirens were triggered, indicating the projectile was not headed for a populated area in Israel. No impact site was immediately identified, and the Israeli military said it was investigating.

Seeking to fish in troubled waters in Mideast, Israel has been coordinating its activities in Syria — including, reportedly, dozens of airstrikes against weapons shipments bound for the Lebanese terror group Hezbollah — with Russia, whose military has been shoring up the regime of President Bashar Assad.

Like USA does globally, Israel also attacks weak nations to showcase its military prowess and get   military orders for terror gods from third world.

Observation

USA controls the peace talks between Palestine and Israel and Israel always create problems and cancel the meeting. The Palestinians have pre-emptively rejected any peace proposal floated by the Trump team amid concerns it would fall far below their hopes for an independent state in the West Bank, east Jerusalem which they want as their capital and Gaza, lands captured by Israel in the 1967 war. Their demand for a two-state solution is supported by the UN and almost all of its 193 member-states.

Notwithstanding all nasty efforts by USA and Israel to block Palestine from becoming a UN member, Palestine has now become a defacto UN member and soon it will assume the full membership , enjoying all rights and privileges.

Apart from providing the NATO shied, USA has also converted the UNSC a protection squad for Israeli criminal regime by misusing its veto always to defend Zionist crimes against humanity.

After tactfully and deliberately squandering all chances for peace Americans and Israelis now engage themselves in blame games. Last week, US Ambassador Nikki Haley accused Abbas of not having the “courage” of Sadat or the late King Hussein of Jordan who made peace with Israel. “If President Abbas demonstrates he can be that type of leader, we would welcome it. His recent actions demonstrate the total opposite,” she said. “To get historic results, we need courageous leaders. History has provided such leaders in the past. For the sake of the Palestinian and Israeli people, we pray it does so again.”

Why do the American leaders talk nonsense and double speaks like this?

Israel foolishly keeps talking about the so-called anti-Semitic messages so that its fascist dispensation is not criticized. Israel’s UN Ambassador Danny Danon responded to the announcement of Abbas’ appearance saying: “After disseminating anti-Semitic messages in recent speeches, Mahmoud Abbas is now seeking to put an end to any possibility of negotiations with Israel.

After fooling the world and betraying the Palestinians and Arab nations, Israel wants to justify all arrogance displayed in the unilateral declarations. It says by continuing to act against the USA and seeking unilateral action against Israel, Abbas is completely misreading today’s reality and harming the prospects for a better future for his people.

Palestine tackles new problems from US-Israeli fascist twins!

Palestine tackles new problems from US-Israeli fascist twins!

– Dr. Abdul Ruff Colachal

________

 

One truth has come to light recently about the real sources of troubles for Palestine and Arab-Iranian world.

Obviously, more than Israel that brutally occupies Palestine lands, among other Arab lands, it is the USA which has been the real problem for Palestinians, the Arab nations and Iran. USA uses Israel to create problems for Arab world and Iran. Now even Turkey is under threat from Israel-USA duo.

Relations between the PA and the US government have rapidly deteriorated since Trump’s blind announcement recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel last December. US threats to cut funds to the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees have further exacerbated tensions between the Trump administration and the PA. “We are hoping that Russia and the EU will step in to fill the void,” the PA official said. “We believe that these countries should and can play a larger role in any peace process in the wake of the Trump administration’s hostile policies toward the Palestinians and bias in favor of Israel.”

PLO/PA President Mahmoud Abbas is scheduled to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin in the Black Sea summer beach resort of Sochi on February 12. After declaring that the US was no longer qualified to act as an “honest broker” in any peace process with Israel, the Palestinian Authority is trying to persuade Russia to play a role in efforts to solve the conflict.

When they meet, President Abbas will likely tell President Putin that the Palestinians do not believe the Trump government is capable of playing any “constructive” or “positive” role in efforts to achieve peace with Israel, or securing a a soverign Palestine  to exist side by side as part of two state solution, said a PA official in Ramallah. The PA president has also been seeking greater European involvement in the peace process.

Israel and USA remain the chief foe of Arab nations and Iran. But in recent times a funny development has taken place. Saudi Arabia and Israel share a common mindset and work against their new foe Iran, and a common friend, the Trump administration in Washington.

Zionist double speak has indeed complicated the peace process in the region as USA has used the new alliance between real foes as the signal to accept Israel as their new leader and Trump quickly declared Jerusalem as Israeli capital.  Israel has fuelled the humanity and betrayed Arab world and Palestine.

Despite mounting evidence of informal cooperation, any open rapprochement—a goal of the Trump White House—between these two American allies remains elusive. That is largely because both have too little to gain, and too much to lose, from any such a breakthrough.

 

Loud trumpets of Trump

Roguish announcement by erratic US president Trump about the new status of Jerusalem as being the central part of fascist Israel as its new capital, has upset the move by the US secretary of state for a resuming peace talk between the besieged Palestinians hose lands anti-Islamic USA-Israeli twins continue to occupy and arrogant Israel, negated the chances for a new peace talks on the Palestine state establishment.

Apparently Trump has derailed the peace movement and killed the US mediatory effort once for all. None now trusts US president for what he does or does not.

Since taking office, Trump has distanced himself somewhat from the two-state solution favored by his predecessors for the past two decades saying he would support Palestinian independence only if Israel agrees. His secret plan was to hand over Jerusalem to Jews.

It follows Donald Trump’s announcement in December declaring Jerusalem to be Israel’s capital which has created reverberations through the region and countered decades of US foreign policy and international consensus that Jerusalem’s status should be decided in negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians.

The Palestinians are also angry at the Trump team’s announcement last month that it is withholding $65 million of a planned $125 million funding installment for UNRWA, the UN agency that helps an estimated 5 million Palestinian refugees. The administration also made clear that additional US donations will be contingent on major changes by UNRWA, which has been heavily criticized by Israel.

In the mean time, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is reaching the UN Security Council later this month to respond to the Trump’s unilateral and arrogant declaration of Jerusalem as being the capital of Israel and Israel’s expansion of settlements — a rare appearance reflecting escalating tensions over peace prospects. Kuwait’s U.N. Ambassador Mansour Al-Otaibi, the council president for February, told a news conference Thursday that his government invited the Palestinian leader to address its monthly Mideast meeting on Feb. 20 and believes it will be “important” and “beneficial” for members.

President Abbas usually attends the annual gathering of world leaders at the General Assembly in September, but his decision to speak to the UN’s most powerful body at a regular monthly meeting attended by ambassadors is an indication of the deepening rift between Israel and the United States on one hand and the Palestinians and their Arab and European supporters on the other.

Kuwait is the Arab representative on the Security Council and as president it decides its program of work for the month. Ambassador Al-Otaibi said there were no objections among members — including the USA — to the proposed agenda. He also announced that the council will hold an informal meeting Feb. 22 on the Palestinians where former US president Jimmy Carter, former UN humanitarian chief Jan Egeland and former UNRWA chief Karen AbuZayd. Such meetings are held outside the councils and members are not required to attend. Carter bridged wide gaps between the rigid Egyptian and Israeli leaders, Anwar Sadat and Menachem Begin, leading to the Camp David accords in September 1978.

Carter has followed the Palestinian question for a long time, his position against Israeli settlement expansion is well-known, and some Arabs believe that he does a role to play, he can give his opinion, and that’s why “we decided to invite him.” He said it’s still unclear whether Carter will attend, or whether Abbas will stay to participate.

Arab foreign ministers met last month, and “there is an Arab movement to push forward the peace process” and “to oppose the Israeli violations, especially those pertaining to Jerusalem and the illegal Jewish settlements.”

PLO and Russia

Russia has been neutral on Mideast issue. In the past Russia  had expressed its willingness to mediate for a successful Mideast peace deal that would secure  interests not only of  Palestine but also of Israel but USA applied spanners to  stop  the Kremlin from  “entering” into the  a “traditional” US domain.  Americans consider West Asia their space to maneuver and other big nations “do not enjoy” that special privilege. So Russia always backed off from mediating between Palestine and Israel which has big contingents of former Jewish Russian citizens.

Last week Abbas met in his Ramallah office with two senior Russian officials, Nikolai Patrushev, secretary of the Security Council, and Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov, PLO Secretary-General Saeb Erekat and PA General Intelligence Chief Majed Faraj attended the meeting with the Russian emissaries. Abbas told them that the PA was interested in developing and strengthening its relations with Russia. He also expressed appreciation for Russia’s support for the Palestinians in various areas, according to the Palestinian official news agency Wafa.

Abbas emphasized the importance of Russia’s political stance, due to its “great weight in the international arena and as part of the Quartet, which should continue to play a fair and just role,” Wafa reported.

In addition to Russia, the Quartet on the Middle East, which was established in Madrid in 2002, comprises Russia, the UN, USA and EU. Amid his efforts to rally the international community against the US, Abbas will also deliver a rare address to the UN Security Council on February 20, the council’s president said. Wafa quoted the Russian officials as saying that Putin was looking forward to his meeting with the PA president. The envoys also affirmed Russia’s continued support for the Palestinians and efforts to achieve peace in the Middle East, it said.

Before heading the Ramallah, the Russian officials as per instructions from Israeli  government, met hawkish fascist  Netanyahu in Jerusalem for talks that focused on security cooperation and Iran’s efforts to entrench itself in Lebanon. Netanyahu had met with Putin in Moscow. The Russian delegation’s visit to Israel was part of “the framework of the dialogue between the Israeli and Russian national security teams following the first round of talks held in Moscow approximately three months ago,” a spokesperson for Netanyahu said.

Talks have focused on Israel’s concerns over Iranian efforts to establish a presence in Syria and “its attempt to turn Lebanon into a base for missiles against Israel,” as well as security cooperation with Moscow, the spokesperson said. Members of the Russian delegation visited the Yad Vashem Holocaust museum Thursday, and were set to visit the City of David and Western Wall Tunnels in Jerusalem, Netanyahu’s spokesperson said.

Israel and Trump have repeatedly asked the PLO chief to just obey the Israeli dictates and if Israel agrees to let the Palestinians live.  The message is Palestine cannot exist without Israeli support. Interestingly, US leaders also say Israel faces “existential threat” from Palestine. The US Israeli leaders who appear in latest suits and with fluent American English can also use the same language to express opposite and contradictory ideas.

Meanwhile, Israel has been busy meeting Russian leaders, including President Putin over Syrian crisis seeking not to end war in Syria because that would work in favor of Iran. They don’t really bother about Jerusalem.

Seeking to fish in troubled waters in Mideast, Israel has been coordinating its activities in Syria — including, reportedly, dozens of airstrikes against weapons shipments bound for the Lebanese terror group Hezbollah — with Russia, whose military has been shoring up the regime of President Bashar Assad.

Israel’s ambassador to the UN, Danny Dannon, said that Abbas’s address to the council would further damage prospects for direct peace talks with Israel. As if Israel really seeks peace or genuine talks with Palestine!

Zionist terror attack

Palestinians are highly disappointed with Trump’s ultra fanaticism and arrogance.  Meanwhile, as before, Israeli Air Force aircraft attacked on 2 February 2018 a Hamas position in the northern Gaza Strip early Friday morning in response to a rocket attack several hours earlier. “The IDF sees the Hamas terror group as the sole party responsible for what takes place in the Gaza Strip and for what emanates from it,” an Israel Defense Forces spokesperson said.   There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage in the strike.

Sirens sounded near the Gaza border, but no rocket impact site was found, and the IDF said it was possible the sirens had been a false alarm. The last several weeks have been relatively calm along the Gaza border, with no rockets fired out of the Palestinian enclave.

It wasn’t clear whether the rocket fired from the Gaza Strip toward Israel Thursday night had landed in Israeli territory, the army said earlier. No rocket sirens were triggered, indicating the projectile was not headed for a populated area in Israel. No impact site was immediately identified, and the Israeli military said it was investigating.

Seeking to fish in troubled waters in Mideast, Israel has been coordinating its activities in Syria — including, reportedly, dozens of airstrikes against weapons shipments bound for the Lebanese terror group Hezbollah — with Russia, whose military has been shoring up the regime of President Bashar Assad.

Like USA does globally, Israel also attacks weak nations to showcase its military prowess and get   military orders for terror gods from third world.

Observation

USA controls the peace talks between Palestine and Israel and Israel always create problems and cancel the meeting. The Palestinians have pre-emptively rejected any peace proposal floated by the Trump team amid concerns it would fall far below their hopes for an independent state in the West Bank, east Jerusalem which they want as their capital and Gaza, lands captured by Israel in the 1967 war. Their demand for a two-state solution is supported by the UN and almost all of its 193 member-states.

Notwithstanding all nasty efforts by USA and Israel to block Palestine from becoming a UN member, Palestine has now become a defacto UN member and soon it will assume the full membership , enjoying all rights and privileges.

Apart from providing the NATO shied, USA has also converted the UNSC a protection squad for Israeli criminal regime by misusing its veto always to defend Zionist crimes against humanity.

After tactfully and deliberately squandering all chances for peace Americans and Israelis now engage themselves in blame games. Last week, US Ambassador Nikki Haley accused Abbas of not having the “courage” of Sadat or the late King Hussein of Jordan who made peace with Israel. “If President Abbas demonstrates he can be that type of leader, we would welcome it. His recent actions demonstrate the total opposite,” she said. “To get historic results, we need courageous leaders. History has provided such leaders in the past. For the sake of the Palestinian and Israeli people, we pray it does so again.”

Why do the American leaders talk nonsense and double speaks like this?

Israel foolishly keeps talking about the so-called anti-Semitic messages so that its fascist dispensation is not criticized. Israel’s UN Ambassador Danny Danon responded to the announcement of Abbas’ appearance saying: “After disseminating anti-Semitic messages in recent speeches, Mahmoud Abbas is now seeking to put an end to any possibility of negotiations with Israel.

After fooling the world and betraying the Palestinians and Arab nations, Israel wants to justify all arrogance displayed in the unilateral declarations. It says by continuing to act against the USA and seeking unilateral action against Israel, Abbas is completely misreading today’s reality and harming the prospects for a better future for his people.