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​Man jumps White House fence, causes brief evacuation

A man jumped over the fence and started running towards the White House, apparently minutes after Barack Obama and his daughters had departed for the weekend, Secret Service spokesman Edwin Donovan said. The incident sparked a brief evacuation of the White House. Donovan added that the reason the man was allowed to run so far was that he wasn’t carrying a weapon. The man, identified as Omar J. Gonzalez, 42, of Copperas Cove, Texas, was arrested inside the North Portico doors of the presidential residence. Gonzales was charged with unlawful entry into the White House. It is still unclear why he decided to jump over the fence.

​Russian jets take to the skies at Vostok 2014 drills

The Russian Air Force has joined the Vostok 2014 military exercise that began in Russia on Friday. Mi-8, Mi-24 and Ka-52 helicopters, Su-24 bombers, S-25 attack aircraft, MiG-31 and Su-27 jet fighters, and new-generation S-34, Su-30SM and Su-35S multirole aircraft systems will be participating in the exercises. Overall“about 100,000 servicemen, up to 1,500 tanks, 120 aircraft, 5,000 pieces of weaponry, military and special hardware, and 70 ships will take part in the exercises,” Russia’s Defense Ministry said. The drills will run until September 25.

​Third Russian humanitarian aid convoy arrives in Donetsk

The third convoy of Russian humanitarian aid for eastern Ukraine has arrived in the war-torn city of Donetsk, reported Itar Tass. The convoy of around 200 vehicles is carrying some 2,000 tons of cereals, canned food, generators, medicine, warm clothes, and bottled water. Russia said it offered the Ukrainian border guards to check the vehicles on the border on several occasions, but they declined without citing any particular reason. On September 13 and on August 22 Russia delivered humanitarian aid to the city of Lugansk in eastern Ukraine. On both occasions Kiev refused to clear the cargoes and accused Russia of invading Ukraine.

​Turkish hostages taken by ISIS militants freed

Forty-nine Turkish citizens who had been held hostages by Islamic State (formerly ISIS) militants have been released, said Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu. They were freed on Saturday and are already in Turkey, the official said offering no details on the circumstances of the release. “Today at 5 a.m. we brought our citizens who were detained in Iraq to our country. From my heart, I thank the families who maintained their dignity,” Davutoglu said on his Twitter account. The group, including diplomats, was captured in the Turkish Consulate in Iraq’s second largest city of Mosul on June 11, when the Islamist militants were advancing on the Iraqi cities in the north of the country.

Op against ISIS ‘illegal’ unless UNSC approves – Churkin

Any international anti-terrorist operation against the Islamic State (IS) needs consent from the governments whose countries are targeted, or the UN Security Council’s approval, Russia’s UN envoy Vitaly Churkin said at the Security Council meeting on Friday.“All other options will be regarded as illegal and undermining international and regional stability,” Churkin said. Dictating ready-made solutions will not work in Iraq or Syria, the Russian diplomat added. The framework of the political process needs “to be agreed by the Iraqis themselves, because they are responsible for the future of their country,” he said. “We are extremely concerned over the voiced intentions to strike ISIS positions in Syria without any discussions with the national government in Damascus.” The statement comes as the US – which has been launching airstrikes to hit ISIS targets in Iraq – looks to expand its military operation to Syria, without Syrian President Bashar Assad’s consent.

Russia’s Foreign Minister accepts new US ambassador

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has accepted the new American Ambassador to Russia John Tefft. The two discussed “pressing issues on international and bilateral agenda of relations between Russia and the United States in the context of Tefft’s prospects on his new post”, according to the statement by the Russian Foreign Ministry.

Germany, France set to begin joint airlift to Ebola-hit countries

Germany and France are to start joint airlifts to Ebola-affected countries. The operation is set to begin within 48 hours, according to the German defense ministry. German armed forces have agreed to send up to 100 soldiers to a joint base in Dakar. Two German military planes will drop over 100 tons of supplies to countries such as Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, according to the spokesman.

Iran and P5+1 back to nuclear talks

Iran and the group of six world powers have come back to negotiating Tehran’s nuclear program, with two months left to reach an agreement. It’s the first meeting since July between Iran and the so-called P5+1: the UK, China, Russia, France, the US, plus Germany. The deadline for reaching a solution was put off to November 24. No major breakthroughs are expected at the negotiations, AFP reported. One US official told the agency, “It’s tough, very tough”, referring to the progress of the talks.

Egypt man to plead guilty over 1998 bombings of US embassies in Kenya, Tanzania

An Egyptian man, Adel Abdul Bary, said on Friday he would plead guilty in New York to charges connected with the 1998 bombings of US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania, Reuters reported. Bary, 54, said in court he would plead guilty to making a threat to use an explosive device and conspiracy to murder Americans. The plea comes two months before he was set to face trial in a federal court alongside two co-defendants, Libyan Anas al-Liby and Saudi Khalid al-Fawwaz. The bombings killed 224 people. Bary and Fawwaz helped disseminate statements of responsibility for the group, according to an earlier criminal indictment.

Russia proposes appointing special UN chief envoy for MH17 crash probe

Russia proposes that UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon looks at the possibility of appointing a UN special envoy for the MH17 crash probe. Russian Permanent Representative at the UN, Vitaly Churkin, also said on Friday at a UN Security Council meeting that a special mission should be sent to the crash site in eastern Ukraine in collaboration with the OSCE, ITAR-TASS reported. Churkin also urged Western states to publish information they have on the crash of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17.

France’s Sarkozy announces return to politics

France’s former president, Nicolas Sarkozy, announced his return to politics on Friday, saying he would seek the leadership of the opposition UMP party. The move would position him for a 2017 presidential bid, Reuters said. “I am a candidate for the presidency of my political family,” he said on his Facebook page. He promised to reform it “from top to bottom so as to create, within three months, the basis of a new and broad movement.”

224 victims of MH17 crash identified – reports

Experts have identified 224 victims of the MH17 flight crash in Ukraine, RIA Novosti said, citing a Ukrainian agency UNN report. “Malaysian Transport Minister Liow Tiong Lai said Thursday that the Dutch forensic experts had identified the remains of 224 victims of the plane crash,” according to the report. Specialists are working on identifying another 74 victims, the minister said, adding that five Malaysians were among the recently identified victims. Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur crashed on July 17 in eastern Ukraine, killing all 298 people on board.

PM Davutoglu says Turkey opens border to thousands of Syrian Kurds

Turkey on Friday opened up its border to thousands of Syrian Kurds fleeing clashes with Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS) insurgents in neighboring Syria, AFP reported. “We will take in our brothers fleeing to Anatolia from Syria or any other place without any ethnic or sectarian discrimination,” Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu told reporters in Azerbaijan. Some 4,000 people have already crossed the border, he said, promising that the refugees’ needs will be met. Television footage showed mostly women and children crossing to the Turkish side of the border in the southeastern village of Dikmetas.

Georgia prosecutors confiscate ex-President Saakashvili’s property – reports

The Chief Prosecutor’s Office of Georgia has reportedly confiscated property belonging to former President Mikhail Saakashvili, his wife and some relatives. The property includes land plots, a house and cars. In August, prosecutors launched a procedure to put Saakashvili, who lives abroad, on the international wanted list. He is accused of abuse of office and embezzlement of state funds to the tune of $5 million in the period from 2009 to 2012, ITAR-TASS reported.

Islamic State militants create police force in northwest Iraq

Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS) militants have created a police force in Iraq’s northwest Nineveh province to“implement the orders of the religious judiciary,” Reuters said. Photos on a militant Islamist website showed armed men in black clothing in freshly painted police cars, while one photo showed militiamen on a river boat. The text said the force would be different from police forces in other states and would “maintain order and arrest culprits and the corrupt.”

French jets launch first airstrikes in Iraq

France said on Friday its jets had launched strikes inside Iraq for the first time since Paris promised to join military action against Islamic State insurgents, Reuters reported. “This morning at 9:40am (07:40 GMT) our Rafale jets launched a first strike against a logistics depot of the terrorists,” President Francois Hollande’s office said. The target in northeast Iraq was totally destroyed, according to the statement. It added that there would be further operations in the coming days.

Schools, govt offices shut down in Philippine capital due to flooding

Heavy rains caused widespread flooding on Friday in the Philippine capital and nearby provinces, AP reported. Schools and government offices were shut down, and thousands were evacuated early on Friday from severely inundated communities. At Manila airport, the rains and radar problems caused delays and the cancellation of at least 28 domestic flights to and from northern and central Philippines affected by Tropical Storm Fung-Wong.

China troops start withdrawing from India border as Xi Jinping ends visit

Chinese troops have begun pulling back from the disputed border with India, AFP quoted sources as saying on Friday. The withdrawal came as President Xi Jinping wrapped up a rare summit in New Delhi, which was overshadowed by the stand-off at the remote frontier. As Xi arrived in India on Wednesday, reports said 1,000 Chinese soldiers had allegedly entered a disputed area in the mountainous northern Ladakh region, sparking a tense face-off with Indian troops.

Russia won’t seek ‘invitation’ to coalition fighting Islamist terrorists – official

Russia does not intend to seek an “invitation” to the US-led coalition fighting terrorists of the Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL), according to Ilya Rogachyov, director of the Department of New Challenges and Threats Issues at the Russian Foreign Ministry. However, he said that Moscow supports states fighting this group. Russia also endorses a draft resolution on combating foreign terrorist fighters proposed by Washington at the UN Security Council, Reuters reported. The resolution demands that countries “prevent and suppress” the recruitment and travel of foreign fighters to join extremist militant groups like the IS.

S. Korea navy fires warning shots after North patrol boat incursion

The South Korean navy fired warning shots Friday to end a brief incursion by a North Korean patrol boat across the sensitive maritime border, AFP reported. The patrol boat came around 900 meters inside the South’s side of the disputed Yellow Sea border shortly after midday (03:00 GMT), Seoul’s Defense Ministry said. “One of our naval vessels gave a verbal warning by loudspeaker and then fired six warning rounds,” a spokesman said. The North Korean ship returned across the border minutes later. It was the first such boundary violation in four months, according to Seoul.

Canada quietly cancels sanctions against two Russian banks

Canada has canceled sanctions against two small Russian banks, Expobank and RosEnergoBank, the country’s Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird confirmed on Thursday. The sanctions were dropped quietly on Tuesday, at the same time that Canada rolled out new sanctions against Russia. After being asked why the sanctions were withdrawn at the House of Commons, Baird explained that the government received new information that influenced its decision. “They [the banks] are deemed to be sufficiently divorced from events in Ukraine and Russian aggression against Ukraine,” he said, without elaborating why they were put on the sanctions list in the first place. The sanctions against the two banks were imposed earlier this year.

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US keen to sustain and strengthen its military relationship with India


Sep 20,

The US Army Chief General Raymond T Odierno has said that America is keen to sustain and strengthen its military relationship with India. Ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Barack Obama’s Summit at the White House later this month, US Army Chief said, India and the United States have a lot in common.

They are the two large democracies and it is important to build trust between the two militaries. On India-US Joint military exercise ‘Yudh Abhyas 2014′ coinciding with Chinese President Xi Jinping’s India visit, he said it was planned much in advance and had nothing to do with the timing of Mr Xi’s trip. General Odierno told a Defence Writers’ Group Friday that China was also invited to participate in this joint India-US military exercise in Uttarakhand which began on Wednesday. Prime Minister Narendera Modi will meet US President Barack Obama at the White House in Washington on 29th and 30th of this month.

Sixth Meeting of SAARC Ministers of Interior / Home at Kathmandu


Union Home Minister, Shri Rajnath Singh left New Delhi today to attend the Sixth Meeting of South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) Ministers of Interior / Home being held in Kathmandu, Nepal.

While leaving, the Home Minister said that SAARC is an important forum where the members seek to promote the welfare of the people in South Asia & strengthen collective self-reliance. The Home Minister added that he is looking forward to his Nepal visit & SAARC meeting where important issues pertaining to regional security and prosperity will be discussed. The new government at the Centre is committed to revive SAARC as a major regional forum to promote active collaboration in the region, Shri Rajnath Singh added.

Shri Rajnath Singh also said that the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi had demonstrated his out-of-the-box thinking by inviting leaders of all SAARC nations to the swearing in ceremony. It shows the level of importance the Government in New Delhi attaches to its immediate neighbours and SAARC nations, the Home Minister mentioned.

President Xi Jinping, name pronounced eleven Jingping costed the anchor


President Xi Jinping, who is on a three-day visit bi-lateral visit to India, has signed 12 key bilateral documents promising India investments worth $30 billion.

President Xi Jinping, name was pronounced eleven Jingping costed the anchor, is not the first time that news anchors have got his name wrong.India and China will continue to make efforts to maintain peace and tranquility in the border areas pending a final resolution of the boundary question. The two countries reiterated their commitment to an early settlement of the issue.

A joint statement issued at the end of three-day visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping said, the two countries expressed their conviction that it will advance basic interest of the two sides.The two sides noted that improved bilateral military ties are conducive to build mutual trust and confidence.

The two countries agreed to a regular exercise of visits between defence ministries and military leaders so that pragmatic cooperation can be expanded.
India on Thursday signed a 5-year trade and economic cooperation agreement with China with a view to improve the trade balance and obtain USD 20 billion Chinese investment into the country.

The ‘Five year Trade and Economic Development Plan’ was signed by Commerce Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and her Chinese counterpart Gao Hucheng in presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and visiting President Xi Jinping.

The agreement lays down a medium term roadmap for promoting balanced and sustainable development of economic and trade relations between China and India, on the principle of equality and mutual benefit.

Among other things, it seeks to reduce bilateral trade imbalance and strengthen investment cooperation to realise USD 20 billion investment from China in 5 years.

Also a transparent, stable and investor friendly business environment and an enhanced cooperation between Chambers of Commerce and financial sectors of the two countries would also be covered under the pact.

The trade gap between the two countries stood at USD 35 billion in favour of China. The total bilateral trade was at USD 66.4 billion trade last year.

Sitharaman and Gao also signed the minutes of the tenth session of India-China Joint Economic Group held earlier this month in Beijing.

Both sides during the Beijing meeting held detailed discussions on various issues to promote broad and deep bilateral trade and economic cooperation and agreed to undertake measures to achieve sustainable and balanced trade.

Specific measures to enhance market access to Indian products such as agricultural and pharmaceutical, and export of services were also discussed during that meeting.
List of Documents signed during the State Visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping to India

Name of Agreement/MoU
Indian Signatory
Chinese Signatory
Memorandum of Understanding between the Ministry of External Affairs of the Republic of India and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People`s Republic of China on Opening a New Route for Indian Pilgrimage (Kailash Mansarovar Yatra) to the Tibet Autonomous Region of the People`s Republic of China
External Affairs Minister
Smt Sushma Swaraj
Foreign Minister
Mr. Wang Yi
The MoU provides for conducting the annual Kailash Manasarovar Yatra through Nathula Pass in Sikkim addition to the existing Lipulekh Pass in Uttarakhand. The route through Nathula will augment the capacity and reduce the hardship and journey time enabling many more pilgrims in particular aged pilgrims to undertake the Yatra.
Memorandum of Understanding between Ministry of Railways of the Government of Republic of India and the Government of People’s Republic of China on strengthening cooperation in Railways
Chairman, Railway Board
Shri Arunendra Kumar
Administrator, National Railway Administration
Mr. Lu Dongfu
Under the MoU, both sides have agreed to enhance cooperation in the Railway sector in following areas: (i)speed-raising, (ii)studying feasibility of cooperation in High-Speed Railways, (iii)Heavy-Haul transportation training of Indian Railway personnel, (iv)Redevelopment of Railway stations, (v)setting up of a Railway University in India, etc.
Action Plan between Ministry of Railways of the Government of Republic of India and the National Railway Administration of the Government of People’s Republic of China on strengthening cooperation in Railways
Chairman, Railway Board
Shri Arunendra Kumar
Administrator, National Railway Administration
Mr. Lu Dongfu
It provides specific projects for cooperation in railway sector.
Five year Trade and Economic Development Plan between Ministry of Commerce and Industry of the Government of the Republic of India and the Ministry of Commerce of the Government of the People’s Republic of China
Minister of State (I/C) for Commerce and Industry
Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman
Minister of Commerce
Mr. Gao Hucheng
It lays down a medium term roadmap for promoting balanced and sustainable development of economic and trade relations between China and India, on the principle of equality and mutual benefit. The main objectives of the plan are : (i) reduction of bilateral trade imbalance; (ii) strengthen investment cooperation to realize US$ 20 billion investment from China in 5 years; (iii) a transparent, stable and investor friendly business environment; and (iv) enhanced cooperation between Chambers of Commerce and financial sectors.
Agreed Minutes of the Tenth Session of India-China Joint Economic Group
Minister of State (I/C) for Commerce and Industry
Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman
Minister of Commerce
Mr. Gao Hucheng
The tenth Session of the India-China Joint Group on Economic Relations, Trade, Science and Technology (JEG) was held in Beijing on 2nd September 2014. Both sides held detailed discussions on issues to promote broad and deep bilateral trade and economic cooperation between India and China and agreed to undertake measures to achieve sustainable and balanced trade. Specific measures to enhance market access to Indian products such as agricultural, pharmaceutical and export of services will be expedited.
Agreement on Audio-Visual Co-production between The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting of the Republic of India and the State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television of The People`s Republic of China
Minister of State (I/C) for Information and Broadcasting
Shri Prakash Javadekar
Minister, State General Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television
Mr. Cai Fuchao
The Agreement would enable the producers from both countries to get an opportunity to pool their creative, artistic, technical, financial and marketing resources to co-produce films. It would held Indian audio-visual products to gain greater market access.
between the Government of the Republic of India
and the Government of the People’s Republic of China
On mutual administrative assistance and co-operation in Customs matters
Chairperson,Central Board of Excise and Customs,
Smt J.M.Shanti Sundharam
Ambassador of China to India,
Mr.Le Yucheng
The Agreement will help in enhancing cooperation to fight trans-border economic crimes and custom offences through sharing of information. It would also facilitate trade through enhanced customs cooperation.
Memorandum of Understanding between Indian Space Research Organisation and China National Space Administration on Cooperation in the Peaceful use of Space
Chairman, Indian Space Research Organisation,
Dr. K. Radhakrishnan
Vice Administrator, China National Space Administration,
Ms. Zhang Jianhua
The MoU enables both sides to encourage exchange and cooperation in the exploration and use of outer space for peaceful purposes, including Research and development of scientific experiment satellites, remote sensing satellites and communications satellites.
Memorandum of Understanding between the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of India and the Ministry of Culture of the People’s Republic of China on Strengthening the Exchange and Cooperation between Cultural Institutions
Secretary, Ministry of Culture,
Shri Ravindra Singh
Ambassador of China to India,
Mr. Le Yucheng
This MOU is intended to foster long-term collaboration between various cultural institutions of the two countries. These cultural institutions include museums, archaeological organizations and performing art centers.
Memorandum of Understanding on Cooperation between National Book Trust of the Republic of India and the State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television of The People`s Republic of China
Director, National Book Trust
Dr. M. A. Sikandar
Minister, State General Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television
Mr. Cai Fuchao
Both sides have agreed that China will participate in the New Delhi World Book Fair 2016 as the Guest of Honour Country. The Agreement will help provide greater access to their nationals of publications of the other side.
Work Plan on Drug Administration and Cooperation
Between China Food and Drug Administration of the People’s Republic of China
And Ministry of Health & Family Welfare of the Republic of India
Secretary, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare Shri Lov Verma
Ambassador of China to India
Mr. Le Yucheng
Under the work plan, the two sides will carry out cooperation in fields of drug standards, traditional medicine and drug testing, etc. Both sides will exchange delegations to enhance cooperation in this area.
Agreement on establishing Sister City relationship between Mumbai and Shanghai
Mayor of Mumbai
Smt. Snehal Ambekar
Executive Vice Mayor of Shanghai, Mr. Tu Guangshao
Establishes Sister-City relations between Mumbai and Shanghai. It will enhance people-to-people exchanges fostering greater mutual understanding.
Agreement on establishing Sister City relationship between Ahmedabad and Guangzhou
(Signed in Gujarat)
Municipal Commissioner, Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation
Dr. Guruprasad Mohapatra
Mayor of Guangzhou, Mr. Chen Jianhua
Establishes Sister-City relations between Ahmedabad and Guangzhou. It will enhance people-to-people exchanges fostering greater mutual understanding.
Agreement on establishing Sister Province/State relationship between Gujarat and Guangdong
(Signed in Gujarat)
Chief Secretary, Government of Gujarat
Dr. Varesh Sinha
Executive Vice Governer of Guangdong Province, Mr. Xu Shaohua
Establishes Sister-Province/State relations between Gujarat and Guangdong. It will enhance people-to-people exchanges fostering greater mutual understanding.
Memorandum of Understanding between Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation and Beiqi Foton Motor Co.Ltd. on supporting the setting up of industrial parks in Maharashtra
hief Executive Officer, Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation
Shri Bhushan A. Gagrani
Chief Executive Officer, Beiqi Futon Motor Co.Ltd. Mr.Wang Jinyu
The MoU would lead to setting up of a 1250 acre Industrial Park near Pune, Maharashtra, providing cluster-type development and generation of employment for a large number of people.
Memorandum of Understanding between China Development Bank Corporation and iNDEXTb on supporting the setting up of industrial parks in Gujarat

(Signed in Gujarat)
Chairman, Industrial Extension Bureau, Gujarat Smt. Mamta Verma
Vice President,China Development Bank, Mr. Zhao Xiaoyu
The MoU would lead to setting up of Industrial Parks in Gujarat with the support of Chinese enterprises and provide a platform for cluster development and generate employment for a large number of people.

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Why is the world silent, while Christians are slaughtered?




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Why is the world silent, while Christians are slaughtered?

As violent persecution against Christians around the world intensifies, Ronald S. Lauder, president of the World Jewish Congress, in a recent op-ed bluntly asks, “Why is the world silent while Christians are being slaughtered in the Middle East and Africa?”

“In Europe and in the United States, we have witnessed demonstrations over the tragic deaths of Palestinians who have been used as human shields by Hamas, the terrorist organization that controls Gaza,” wrote Lauder in his piece published in The New York Times. “The United Nations has held inquiries and focuses its anger on Israel for defending itself against that same terrorist organization. But the barbarous slaughter of thousands upon thousands of Christians is met with relative indifference.”

Lauder leads the World Jewish Congress, which is an international organization that represents Jewish communities and organizations in 100 countries around the world.

In the op-ed, he notes that in the Middle East and in parts of central Africa, entire Christian communities are being lost in areas where peace had previously prevailed for centuries.

“The terrorist group Boko Haram has kidnapped and killed hundreds of Christians this year — ravaging the predominantly Christian town of Gwoza, in Borno State in northeastern Nigeria, two weeks ago,” he states. “Half a million Christian Arabs have been driven out of Syria during the three-plus years of civil war there. Christians have been persecuted and killed in countries from Lebanon to Sudan.”

If the United States, and if especially Christians within the country, are supposed to lead the world in the fight against this sort of escalating oppression, then they may have to get educated on the matter first, observed a Christian persecution leader.

Open Doors USA president David Curry told The Christian Post as he took office last year, “The biggest challenge I think we are going to face is trying to get the American church to understand the scale and the magnitude of persecution around the world their brothers and sisters are facing today.”

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“We are so far removed, even with modern technology, from the kinds of punishment and persecution that people are facing in these countries like North Korea, Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia, and so forth that I’m not sure we can get our minds around it.”

However, even leaders and organizations that should know the gravity of the situation better appear to be silent, according to Lauder.

“The United Nations has been mostly mum. World leaders seem to be consumed with other matters in this strange summer of 2014,” he writes. “There are no flotillas traveling to Syria or Iraq. And the beautiful celebrities and aging rock stars — why doesn’t the slaughter of Christians seem to activate their social antennas?”

After explaining that the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) is “not a loose coalition of jihadist groups, but a real military force that has managed to take over much of Iraq” and “uses money from banks and gold shops it has captured, along with control of oil resources and old-fashioned extortion, to finance its killing machine, making it perhaps the wealthiest Islamist terrorist group in the world,” Lauder says, “…the general indifference to ISIS, with its mass executions of Christians and its deadly preoccupation with Israel, isn’t just wrong; it’s obscene.”

He writes that during a speech before thousands of Christians in Budapest in June, he made a “solemn promise” that just as he “will not be silent in the face of the growing threat of anti-Semitism in Europe and in the Middle East, will not be indifferent to Christian suffering.”

“Historically, it has almost always been the other way around: Jews have all too often been the persecuted minority … Christians can openly practice their religion in Israel, unlike in much of the Middle East,” Lauder states.

He believes “the bond between Jews and Christians makes complete sense.”

“We share much more than most religions,” Lauder writes. “We read the same Bible, and share a moral and ethical core. Now, sadly, we share a kind of suffering: Christians are dying because of their beliefs, because they are defenseless and because the world is indifferent to their suffering.”

After explaining that he wrote the op-ed “as a Jewish leader who cares about my Christian brothers and sisters,” he concludes, “The Jewish people understand all too well what can happen when the world is silent. This campaign of death must be stopped.”

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Bhutan September 2014 Newsletter

Bhutan September 2014 Newsletter


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When the skies are generally clear and the high mountain peaks rise to a vivid blue sky, it is time for Autumn in Bhutan. The beginning of September symbolizes the start of the Autumn season, it is the best time of the year to visit the country for trekking.
While the climate is best in autumn, an umbrella is usually never far from reach, and no matter when you go, there is likely to be rain periods. Autumn is also the time of the popular Thimphu tsechu (dance festival) and heralds the arrival of the black-necked cranes to their wintering grounds in central and eastern Bhutan.
So, with the beginning of the new season let us take a look at the upcoming festival.
Wangduephodrang Tshechu (October)
The annual Wangduephodrang Tshechu was introduced by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal after the completion of the dzong. The three-day annual Tshechu is attended by people from Punakha and Thimphu and provides the people with an occasion for merrymaking and revelry. The Tshechu is known for the Raksha Mangcham or the Dance of the Ox. It concludes with the unfurling of the Guru Tshengye Thongdrol where people throng to receive blessings.
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Thimphu Tshechu (October)
One of the biggest festivals in the country is the Thimphu Tshechu. This festival is held in the capital city for three days beginning on 10th day of the 8th month of lunar calendar. This Tshechu is witnessed by thousands of people many of which travel from neighboring Dzongkhags (districts) to attend the festivities. The actual Tshechu is preceded by days and nights of prayer and rituals to invoke the gods.
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Jomolhari Mountain Festival (October)
The festival celebrates the culture of the communities living together with the natural wonders that surround them: one in particular, the elusive, yet elegant, snow leopard!This endangered cat thrives in the region; several camera trap photos and definite signs have established the region as one of the best snow leopard habitats in Bhutan.
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Rally of People’s organisations to the Vidhan Sabha against the Rajasthan Land Acquisition Bill, 2014


Medha Patkar, Amra Ram lead Rally of People’s organisations to the Vidhan Sabha against the  Rajasthan Land Acquisition Bill, 2014


18th September, 2014


Led by National leaders Medha Patkar and Amra Ram, more than 250 farmers, youth and women rallied to the Vidhan Sabha, shouting slogans, Withdraw the Rajasthan Land Acquisition Bill, 2014. On reaching the Vidhan Sabha, the police was so aggressive, that even before we reached the barricade we were stopped by the police with sticks, this was not acceptable to people that they resisted being stopped and in this process one woman’s eye was hurt.  This act of the police was condemned. The participants in the Rally were from various anti displacement struggles and those working on land rights in the States, from the districts of Jhunjhunu, Sikar, Udaipur, Rajsamand, Ajmer, Bhilwara, Alwar, Pali and Jaipur. People were outraged at the audacity of the CM proposing a law, which would criminalise protest, sending to Jail people for upto six months with a fine of upto 300,000 INR. It was also clear that the intent of the law was to hurriedly hand over fertile agriculture land to the corporates.


Addressing the participants, Ms. Medha Patkar said that the Government of Rajasthan was bringing back laws with Colonial times jursiprudence and very clearly the agenda is to change the 2013 law passed by the Parliament. In 2013 the Parliament passed the” The Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation, Resettlement Act, 2013″, a law which ensured that the voice and rights of Farmers, Agriculture labourers, urban poor and other displaced was heard and kept intact, which this law is going to reverse. J This law is not only antidemocratic but from the point of view of food security it is a fiasco as there would be no farm land left for growing food and also the first towards handing over agriculture to industry. She felt that a broad coalition of organisations should come together and prevent the infringement on their right to life and dissent. She also shared that the 2013 law came out of the work of two Standing committees of Parliament, one led by present Rajasthan Governor, Kalyan singh and the other led by present Lok Sabha Speaker, Sumitra Mahajan. But all this has been forgotten as the BJP has come with the agenda of handing over this country to the corporate. She said that if such policies and attitudes were pursued, the farmers of this country would teach the BJP a lesson.

Speaking on the occasion Ex MLA Amra Ram, President of the All India Kisan Sabha, said that this law had been rejected by his organisation and under no circumstance would farmers accept this law. He said that the CM had pulled wool over people’s eyes, the special session was called to pass this bill, the passage of the judicial appointments bill was the facade. He said that we needed to build the andolan at the tehsil and village level, which the All India Kisan Sabha has already done. He reiterated that She first changed the labour laws, in favour of corporate, now the land acquisition law is being brought in quickly hand over agriculture land to corporates. This had to be opposed tooth and nail.

Nesar Ahmad and Kailsh Meena narrated some of the key problems with the law consisted  of the blanket removal of the clauses related to social impact assessment no mention of the word rehabilitation, thus taking away the clauses of mandatory rehabilitation by Goverment and Corporates whoever be the acquirer, complete undermining of the Gram Sabha a mandatory provision in Panchayat Extension to scheduled areas act (PESA). It was also emphasised that the commercial exchange of land at DLC rates was an eyewash as the DLC rate that would be calculated from the period of registration. This was again worse than the double current market rates principle, of 2013 law.


The assembly of people was also addressed by three Congress MLAs who came from inside the State Assembly where the debate was happening. They stated that their party was opposing it tooth and nail inside and outside. They said that even if they were few in number the Select Committee, they would ensure that this law does nt get passed. The three MLAs riding high on the tide of victory expressed solidarity. The three were Ramesh Mehar Meena from Sapotra, Ghanshyam from Toda Bhim and Govind Dotsara from Sikar. The Aam Admi Party spokesperson, Shailendra stated that their party would continue fighting against displacement and this law. They had a clear position on it.


A delegation of five persons, led by Medha Patkar and consisting of Sawai Singh, Nesar Ahmad, Dr. Sanjay Madhav, Capt Deep Singh were told that they would be taken in to meet the CM, however, there they were made to meet the OSD, Mr. Saharan, so they walked out and told him that her not meeting the representatives of Farmers and People’s organisations, showed her real anti farmer face. The dharna outside lifted with slogans that  the struggle would not stop till this law would not be withdrawn.


We are.


Kavita Srivastava, Sawai Singh and Dr. Sanjay Madhav


On behalf of


All India Kisan Sabha National Alliance of People’s Movements, PUCL, Rajasthan, Nirman Avam General Mazdoor Union, Against Illegal Mining and Land Acquisition Sangarsh Samiti, Neem ka Thana, Bhaumiya Samiti, Dabla, Against Land Acquisition Sangharsh Samiti, Navalgarh, Rajasthan Samagrah Seva Sangh, Mazdoor Kisan Shakti Sanghatan, All India Democratic Women’s Association, N.F.I.W, Jangal Zameen Jan Aandolan, Vividha, Zameen Bachao Andolan, Alwar, All India Kisan Sabha



Kavita Shrivastava: +919351562965, Savai Singh: +919413200044, Dr. Sanjay Madhav: +919414073669



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Jitu Rai fires India to First Gold at Incheon



New Delhi, September 20: Fresh from his Silver medal at the World Championship 10 days back, Jitu stormed to Gold in Incheon, making it 6 medals in a row in 6 competitions in World Shooting Since June.

Jitu the World No 5 qualified in 7th place for the final with a score of 559. World Champion Jin Jingoh of Korea qualified in first place with 568. In the final Jitu was in the hunt from the word go and stayed in touch with the leaders despite a shaky start. But the form, which has seen him dominate World Shooting and rise to World No 5 in 50m Pistol, ensured he started to catch up with the best. He took the lead in the 19th shot and on the final shot clinched the Gold as Vietnam’s Nguyen Hoang Phuong cracked under the pressure. Jitu held his nerve and a 8.4 clinched India’s first Gold.

Jitu has already won India a quota place for the 2016 Rio Olympics and this form puts him firmly in contention for an Olympic Medal.

Elated from India’s performance at the Asian Games 2014, Mr. Raninder Singh, President, NRAI, who is currently in Spain with the team for the World Shooting Championships said, “It’s a great feeling to see Jitu Rai do it again. His consistency and hunger for more has helped him outclass the field very often. Jitu has earned the rare distinction in International shooting, for a single athlete to earn a medal for his country in every competition he has participated in this calendar year. He is truly a phenomenon and inspiration to our country and his team mates, and we hope that he earns many more laurels for us in the days to come.”

This was India’s second medal at the ongoing Asian Games after Shweta Chaudhry’s bronze in the 10M air pistol event early in the morning today. Shweta, who had won Silver in the 2006 Doha Asian Games, won a Bronze shooting a total of 176.4 in the final to clinch the bronze medal. Earlier in the day Shweta, ranked 46th in the world, took all by surprise as she finished fourth in the qualifying round with a score of 383.

Commenting on Shweta’s Bronze medal he further added, “Shweta’s Bronze in the 10 M Air Pistol category has once again proven that the Indian Shooting Squad has a strong bench and we are here to win Medals. Shweta has performed brilliantly, and kept the national Flag flying high. We hope that Shweta and Jitu form to be the stepping stone for many more Medals in the Asian Games this year and it helps the confidence levels of the Indian contingent.”

In the Men’s Trap event, 2006 World Champion Manavjit Singh Sandhu shot 72 out of 75 to stay in contention for a medal on day 2 of the competition at Incheon.

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