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“My definition of freedom takes account of every right mentioned in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, adopted by the United Nations on December 10, 1948. I also include in this definition the freedom from sectarian blind faith. The rights and freedoms mentioned in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights are the physical aspect of freedom and the freedom from sectarian blind faith is its psychological and academic aspect. The goal of physical as well as psychological and academic freedom can be reached right the way through the mysticism, that is to say the mystical experience of Ultimate Reality or the God Almighty..” – Amrit Pal Singh ‘Amrit’

Bring Back Our Girls

(Amrit Pal Singh ‘Amrit’)

Today is April 14, 2016. Exactly two years ago, on April 14, 2014, a terrorist group Boko Haram abducted 276 school girls, mostly aged between 16 and 18, from a secondary school in Chibok in northeastern Nigeria. About 50 of the girls escaped, but others were remained in captivity.

Most of the 276 girls taken from Chibok on April 14, 2014 were Christian. They are believed to have been forced to convert to Islam by their terrorist captors.

To demand the return of the girls, politicians, celebrities and the public globally united under the hashtag #BringBackOurGirls . The United States of America’s first lady Michelle Obama and Prime Minister of the UK David Cameron were among those, who joined the campaign.

Two years later, the girls are still missing.

Now, a video recording has emerged. CNN has obtained this video in which at least 15 of the kidnapped “Chibok Girls” are shown.

This video clip has proved that some of the kidnapped girls are still alive and in captivity of terrorists.

Kidnapping of 276 school girls from a school in Chibok was not the only incident in Nigeria, where students were kidnapped by Boko Haram. There are reports that about 2,000 girls and boys have been kidnapped by Boko Haram since the beginning of 2014. They could have been used as cooks, sex slaves, fighters and even suicide bombers.

International efforts should be made to rescue all these kidnapped girls and boys. The United Nations should do something concrete in this direction. Watching silently what is happening in Nigeria gives wrong message to terrorists everywhere. It is happening in Nigeria now. It can happen anywhere in the world, if international community does not care about it.

The List of Sympathisers of KKK Could Be Bogus

(Amrit Pal Singh ‘Amrit’)

The hackers’ collective Anonymous has shared details of hundreds of alleged sympathisers of the Ku Klux Klan (KKK) on the internet. The list of alleged sympathisers appears to detail social media profiles of people who had joined or ‘liked’ KKK-related groups on Facebook and Google+.

People usually ‘Like’ FaceBook Pages of groups, politicians, or other individuals to get updates from those pages. It does necessarily not mean that they agree with views expressed on those Pages. Same is with FaceBook Groups. If someone is a member of a facebook group, it does not mean that he/she supports views of Admins of those groups.

By clicking the ‘Like’ button of KKK related Page, one does not become ‘member’ or ‘sympathizer’ of KKK.

For example, I have ‘Liked’ FaceBook Pages of politicians of different countries. I follow a few politicians on Twitter.com as well. It does not mean that I am member of their political parties or I am their supporter or sympathizer. 

So, it appears that a big part of the list of sympathisers of the Ku Klux Klan provided by the ‘Anonymous’ is bogus.

Related news: Anonymous posts Ku Klux Klan alleged sympathisers list.

We support Israel-India friendship

(Amrit Pal Singh ‘Amrit’)

Indian President Pranab Mukherjee has been forced to cut short his program on the last day of his Palestine visit amid protests by a group of Palestinian students. They were protesting against India’s growing engagement with Israel.

As luck would have it, the President had inaugurated India-Palestine Centre of Excellence in ICT in the Al Quds University just before being hit by this protest. The President told the gathering of India’s long-standing commitment to the cause of Palestine He emphasized that one of the purposes of his visit was to suggest a framework for the future encompassing closer political interaction, deeper economic engagement and academic collaboration and wider cultural contacts and people to people exchanges.

Do Israelis protest like this against India’s engagement with Palestine?

It is the reality that India needs Israel for various reasons. Palestine is of no use for India. Yet Indian leadership extends the hand of friendship to Palestine. Palestinians should appreciate this gesture by Indian leadership.

We have no doubt that blind opposition to Israel and Israelis is a new form of anti-Semitism. Anti-Semitism is a hate crime. We express disapproval of any form of anti-Semitism. We support Israel-India friendship. This friendship should never be sacrificed just to give pleasure to a few anti-Semites.

Related News.

Syrian President Is A Failure

(Amrit Pal Singh ‘Amrit’)

To protect the citizens is the main duty of government of any country. If people are not safe, the government is useless.

The government in Syria failed to protect its citizens. Now they have no moral right to stay in power.

With the help of Russian armed forces, Bashar al-Assad, the President of Syria can hold the power for more months or years, but it is clear that he is just a failure. He failed to protect his people. Now, he has no right to stay in the government.

Russian armed forces fighting against the Islamic State is fine, but it is the right of Syrian citizens only to decide who would rule the country. Fighting to protect a President who failed to protect his own people is not a good sign for a democracy.

Hungary Govt Takes Hard Stand On Mass Immigration

(Amrit Pal Singh ‘Amrit’)

Hungary government is the first in the EU to take a hard and clear stand on mass immigration. Prime Minister Viktor Orban is considered one of the EU’s loudest opponents of mass immigration.

Hungary government has closed the main land route for migrants into the EU. It means the government has taken the matter into its own hands to halt Europe’s flood of refugees, ignoring what other European leaders are planning.

Prime Minister Viktor Orban said that he is acting to save Europe’s Christian values by blocking the main land route used by refugees, mainly Muslims, who travel through the Balkans and cross Hungary to reach generally Germany or Sweden.

Hard stand taken by Hungary will persuade a few other European countries to speak out. Efforts by Germany government to force European Union member states to accept mandatory quotas of refugees have already failed in disagreement. Germany has called for financial penalties against countries that refused to accommodate their share of migrants. This has been taken as a threat by central European countries.

A Czech official has accused Berlin of making empty threats. Slovakia said that such penalties would bring the end of the EU.

Germany says that Europe has a moral duty to accept refugees, while Eastern European countries argue that a more welcoming posture encourages more people to make dangerous journeys, and risks attracting an uncontrolled flood of migrants that would devastate social welfare systems and weaken national cultures.

(Related News).

The Rising Numbers of Female Suicide Bombers

In the past, we have seen that hundreds of men became suicide bombers and killed thousands of innocent people. Now, the rising numbers of female suicide bombers in Nigeria must be a cause for concern for all of us.

When we see men as well women becoming terrorists and taking lives of innocent people, we need to realise that evil ideology can so easily rob people of their ability to think rationally.

~ Amrit Pal Singh ‘Amrit’

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http://www.tribuneindia.com/news/world/nigeria-attacks-kill-16-force-chief-vows-boko-haram-crush/113858.html

Kano (Nigeria), July 31

A female suicide bomber and Boko Haram gunmen killed 16 persons in Nigeria as the commander of a new multinational force tasked with fighting the Islamists pledged today to crush the insurgency “very soon”.

Major General Iliya Abbah’s appointment in an Abuja ceremony as chief of the 8,700-strong force came as a woman bomber on a tricycle killed six persons in a busy market in Maiduguri, the largest city in Nigeria’s restive northeastern Borno state.

The jihadists also struck neighbouring Yobe state, killing at least 10 people including two women on Wednesday evening in a revenge attack against local vigilantes, a local official said.

The suicide attack was the latest in a wave of Boko Haram bombings — often by female bombers — targeting markets in Nigeria, Chad and Cameroon that have killed and wounded scores in the past month. Boko Haram has kidnapped thousands of civilians, including women and children, with many either forced or indoctrinating into joining the extremists, official say.

“The attack (on the Gamboru) market happened around 6:30 am (local time) as the grocers were arriving,” said Babakura Kolo, a vigilante in Maiduguri. — AFP

European Leaders Do Not Know How To Deal With Migrant Crisis

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban is absolutely right, when he says, “The reality is that Europe is threatened by a mass inflow of people, many tens of millions of people could come to Europe.”

“Now we talk about hundreds of thousands but next year we will talk about millions and there is no end to this.”

“All of a sudden we will see that we are in minority in our own continent.”

However, it is clear that European leaders have no idea how to deal with escalating migrant crisis…

~ Amrit Pal Singh ‘Amrit’
www.AmritWorld.com

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http://www.tribuneindia.com/news/world/new-refugee-proposals-after-photos-of-drowned-syrian-boy/128647.html

Brussels/ Budapest/Bicske/ Lisbon, September 4

European leaders, shocked by the horrifying image of a drowned Syrian child, rushed out new proposals to address the escalating migrant crisis despite deep divisions in the 28-member bloc. Hungary, however, hardened its stand, with its right-wing prime minister claiming the growing migrant crisis in Europe threatened to make Europeans a minority in their own continent after hundreds spent the night stranded on a train surrounded by police.

The heartbreaking images of three-year-old Aylan Kurdi lying dead in the surf after the boat taking his family to Greece sank brought home the horror of the refugee crisis — the worst of its kind since World War II.

With tensions growing in Europe over how to handle the situation, France and Germany said they had agreed that the EU should now impose binding quotas on the numbers that member states should take in, having failed to reach such a deal in June.

“We agree that… we need binding quotas within the European Union to share the burden. That is the principle of solidarity,” German Chancellor Angela Merkel told reporters during a visit in the Swiss capital.

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker will next week unveil a plan for the relocation of at least 120,000 more refugees to ease the burden on frontline EU nations Greece, Italy and Hungary, a European source said.

EU president Donald Tusk also called on member states to share the resettlement of at least 100,000 refugees — far above the current agreement for 32,000.

In Britain, the Guardian newspaper reported that Prime Minister David Cameron was preparing to respond to growing pressure to accept a bigger share of refugees, by accepting thousands directly from UN camps on the border with Syria.

“Final details of the numbers, funding and planned location are being urgently thrashed out in Whitehall,” the Guardian cited government sources as saying.

Cameron earlier promised the country would fulfil its “moral responsibilities”, after having only accepted 216 Syrian refugees over the past year. He said the numbers allowed would be kept “under review”.

EU foreign ministers are set to meet in Luxembourg on on Friday to discuss the escalating crisis, after pressure for action was heightened by the images of the drowned child.

Kurdi was seen in photos in a red T-shirt, blue shorts and shoes and lying motionless on the seashore before a rescue worker picks up his limp body.

“I was holding my wife’s hand. But my children slipped through my hands. We tried to cling to the small boat, but it was deflating. It was dark and everyone was screaming,” his grieving father Abdullah Kurdi told Turkey’s Dogan news agency of the sinking. — AFP

Hungary’s Orban warns of ‘tens of millions’ of migrants

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban said: “The reality is that Europe is threatened by a mass inflow of people, many tens of millions of people could come to Europe.”

Viktor Orban’s regular interview to a public radio came as hundreds of migrants, many of them refugees from the Syrian war, woke after a night on a packed train stranded at a railway station west of Budapest, refusing to go to a nearby camp to process asylum seekers.

“Now we talk about hundreds of thousands but next year we will talk about millions and there is no end to this,” he said.

“All of a sudden we will see that we are in minority in our own continent.”

Shouts of “No camp, freedom!” broke out; Using shaving foam, they wrote on the side of the train: “No camp. No Hungary. Freedom train.”

The migrants had wrestled with police on Thursday, some throwing themselves on the tracks insisting they be allowed to remain on the train bound for a border town near Austria.

The train had left Budapest on Thursday morning after a two-day standoff at the city’s main railway station as police barred entry to some 2,000 migrants. Hungary says they must be registered, as per European Union rules, but many refuse, fearing they will be sent back to Hungary if caught later in western and northern Europe.

Hungary has hit out at Germany, the most popular destination among the migrants, for saying it would accept asylum requests from Syria regardless of where they entered the EU.

Parliament in Budapest is expected to endorse on Friday a raft of measures to effectively seal Hungary’s southern border with Serbia to migrants, creating holding zones on the frontier where migrants will be held while their papers are processed and potentially sent back into Serbia.

“Hungary cannot ignore Schengen rules in its procedures,” said Orban, referring to Europe’s zone of passport-free travel.

“Migrants must cooperate with Hungarian authorities, with the German authorities and if Germany wants to admit Syrians, it should issue permission for them to go into Germany.” Orban said the new measures being debated by Parliament would be implemented from September 15.

“Everyone should be prepared for this: Serbia, Macedonia, the immigrants, the human traffickers.