While the ethnic-cleansing of Iraqi Christians in Mosul and burning their 1800 years old church received by Islamists terror group known as Islamic State was widely covered in Arabic media it received very little attention in Britain and the west. Christians, who lived in Iraq for hundreds of years before Islam took over the region by invading Muslim army from Arabia in the seventh century A.D. were forced to leave Mosul ( the first major town to fall into the hands of ISIL ( Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant) two months ago when the Iraqi army fled leaving millions of pounds worth of American military gear to them.SHARE
RH Prime Minister David Cameron Statement on Gaza and Russia to the Commons:
Mr Speaker this is the first time the House has met since the tragic loss of Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17 last Thursday and it is right to make a statement about this and the ongoing crisis in Israel and Gaza.SHARE
The Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant ISIL, one of the most brutal and dangerous terrorist groups in modern times which has captured territory in Iraq and Syria has declared itself an Islamic “caliphate” and called on Islamic factions worldwide to pledge their allegiance. The move is an expansion of the group’s ambitions to wage a war and pose a direct challenge to the central leadership of Al Qaeda, which has already disowned it. In a statement from the group posted on Islamist websites and Twitter, the group has renamed itself “Islamic State” and proclaimed its leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi as “caliph”, the head of the state. But the grope is not only a threat to the region, it poses a threat to UK national security with hundreds of British Muslims fighting there and will sure come home to cause atrocities here.SHARE
Sisi who swore oath Sunday 8 June, before the constitutional court as Egypt 7th President since it became republic 61 year ago ( 18 June 1953), has collected, in votes the highest number of any elected president. BBC and British media say turn out last month election was was low. But at 47.5 percent tun-out it was 3.2 percent higher than turn out in 2012 when Mohammed Morsi was elected ( Turn out last month was 47.5%, El-Sisi winning with 23.78 million votes, 96.91%, ten million more votes than former President Mohamed Morsi – in turn out of 44.3 % he garnered 13,230,131 while his rival Ahmed Shafik total votes 12,347,830 — those facts never mentioned by the BBC) . BBC editors and correspondents, especially those fancying themselves as “Lawrence of Arabia” are too arrogant to admit that majority the Egyptian people acted outside BBC expected script. Hence they seldom mention all facts. And, as expected, focus on some negative nonsense and misprint historic events. Here are some facts for UK readers to examine for themselvesSHARE
In the latest dispute, between Russia and the EU/NATO/USA over Ukraine, which takes us back to the days of the cold war, observers, who covered Africa and the Middle East, notices that in Egypt and several other countries in the region of North Africa and the Middle East, public opinion is siding with Russia not ‘ the west’.
Here Below what Dr Tarel Heggy an Egyptian intellectual, thinker, author and opinion maker, writes about Russia arguing that without Moscow support to Egyptians and Arab peoples, America would have succeeded in implementing its plan for the Middle East to enable the power of darkness, the Muslim Brotherhood to control the region.
Dr Heggy Writes: Russia for me has always been a magical name.SHARE
Why I am writing about the rubbish on the internet and why I, a staunch supporter of free expression, fierce opponent to censorship and anti-regulations, can see the point of ( and empathise with) many of the people who back a European court action to correct (good luck to them !!) information about them and their data on the internet. What inspired me is personal experience. Only yesterday I discovered, that a young lady, close to my heart, had the WRONG information about my date of birth and my faith ( which caused some serious damage to our affectionate relationship- I hope we can repair), from some rubbish on the internet. The other reason, unfortunately, my fellow hacks and hacketts, seldom check information for accuracy. Equally in 2009 the Media Editor of the Independent newspaper, PUBLISHED a story about me when I resigned my post as Director of the Media monitoring organisation Just Journalism, and labelled me wrongly ( ethnically), he neither bothered to contact me, nor to check his own newspaper archives.. I worked for The Independent since I joined when it was founded in 1986 and until 1998 ( and continued to write for the paper until four years ago), and my personal information and files were available in his newsdesk; instead of checking facts he ’guessed’. This thought in my head also coincides with the row over google and correcting or deleting personal information. I sympathise with the people who scream for regulation, although as an old fashioned hack and a staunch libertarian, I am the last person in the world who’d agree on censorship or some regulation blocking access to information. but my personal experience and what you can do when WRONG and confusing information is out there for the world to see and you are powerless to correct them? Continue readingSHARE
Before condemning Russia for using veto in UNSC, ruling Crimean referendum illegal or blaming Mr Putin for the Ukraine crisis, let us remember our glass houses, or our record of interventionism and above all EU role in creating this crisis in the first place.
ِTwo million voters in Crimea decided by over 97 percent yes in a referendum, to rejoin Russia (going back to 1954 status quo before the peninsula was given to Ukraine by Moscow without the Crimeans being consulted ) one day after Russia vetoed an American sponsored UN Security Council resolution aiming to block the referendum. Given the ethnic balance of the peninsula population the result was no surprise. Even a ‘no’ vote wouldn’t have kept the 1954-2014 status-quo since the other choice would have been more power to Crimea and less rule from Kiev.
While our Foreign Secretary carry on condemning the result, with a growing American size mouth, and threatening nonsensical un-implementable sanctions , and our Fleet Street subs coming up with cold-war-era headlines, let us just remember some historic facts about glass houses, goose and gander and the the like metaphors. We, and our American allies hailed elections in Afghanistan and Iraq ( countries with no traditions of fair elections or fair-play , and who don’t play cricket) as great democratic steps forward, even though they were held under military occupation ( or our & American troops kicking down doors while families having dinner was not “occupation” the same way Arabs and Muslims wouldn’t consider colnialising Spain, Egypt, and formally Christian lands AS occupation, but god’s liberation from infidels?); elections held while and terrible strife going on with car bombs round the corner from almost every polling station.SHARE
BBC, evening news, and Downing Street sources express cautious optimism that Russia’s president Vladimir Putin has opened to persuasion leading to direct talk with the Ukrainian acting government… evidence runs contrary to this optimism nonsense as Moscow doesn’t recognise the new regime in Kiev especially with Moscow is convinced that EU expansionist policy to swallow former Soviet Republics was directly behind the crisis.. the easiest way is to keep Crimea under Moscow control.
The latest spin from Downing is based on a telephone conversation intitated this morning by Prime Minister David Cameron and President Putin, which ended with only two agreed points, first the need for international community to economically support Ukraine, and second the two leaders to continue dialogue, obviously over the phone. Since Mr Putin is no exception from any other leaders who wouldn’t see eye to eye with his rivals in the west on the above two points, it is amusing how this can be interpreted as reason for optimism.SHARE
President Barack Obama’s attempts to isolate Russia by freezing all military co-operation and threatening to boycott the next G8 summit in Sochi in response to its armed intervention in Crimea, appeared to be unilateral, as the United States’ European allies show no appetite for imposing sanctions on Moscow.
Britain, supposedly the most reliable partner, is the least able to respond, according to documents held by a Cabinet Office official on his way to Number 10, who accidently exposed it to cameras waiting in Downing Street for just such an opportune moment.
The documents outline Britain’s options in response to Europe’s worst crisis since the end of the Cold War. We should not attend any Nato meetings to consider military actions, nor should we rush into trade sanctions or close financial institutions to the Russians, as this would harm Britain economically. Russian oligarchs invest billions in the City, and in property in wealthy parts of central London. There is also considerable British trade with and investment in Russia.