[KhaamaPress] Pakistain’s Foreign Minister Shah Mahmoud Qureshi arrived in Kabul along with ISI chief Faiz Hameed on Friday, October 21. Mahmoud Qureshi is said to be meeting with senior Taliban ...the Pashtun equivalent of men... officials talking over bilateral issues, crossing-points management, aid to Afghanistan, and the issue of Afghan soil not being used by terror groups.
This is the third foreign minister visiting Kabul after the Taliban takeover.
Afghanistan’s acting foreign minister Amir Khan Motaqi welcomed them in Kabul International Airport.
“This visit is set to (find out) how to help the Taliban ...mindless ferocity in a turban... and step-by-step to show the world that we don’t have any other choice but to work with the Taliban and recognize the Taliban. The Pak government is trying a lot so that the Taliban can have a good stance," said Jawid Sangdal, an international relations expert.
The Torkham gate was also reopened for travelers on Thursday.
Prior to this visit, some Pak officials arrived in Afghanistan, including the former head of the Pakistain Inter-Services Intelligence ...the Pak military intelligence agency that controls the military -- heads of ISI typically get promoted into the Chief of Army Staff position. It serves as a general command center for favored turban groups such as Lashkar-e-Taiba and Jaish-e-Mohammad, tries to influence the politix of neighboring countries, and carries out a (usually) low-level war against India in Kashmir... , Faiz Hameed, in August.
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] The Taliban ...mindless ferocity in a turban... struck several journalists to prevent media coverage of a women's rights protest in Kabul on Thursday.
A group of about 20 women marched from near the ministry of education to the ministry of finance in the Afghan capital.
Wearing colourful headscarves they rolled their eyes, jumped up and down, and hollered poorly rhymed slogans real loud including: "Don't politicise education", as traffic drove by shortly before 10 am.
The women held placards saying: "We don't have the rights to study and work", and" "Joblessness, poverty, hunger", as they walked with their arms in the air.
The Taliban authorities allowed the women to walk freely for around an hour and a half, AFP journalists saw.
However, a clean conscience makes a soft pillow... one foreign journalist was struck with the butt of a rifle by one Taliban fighter, who swore and kicked the photographer in the back as another punched him. At least two more journalists were hit as they scattered, pursued by Taliban fighters swinging fists and launching kicks.
Zahra Mohammadi, one of the protest organisers, told AFP the women were marching despite the risks they face.
"The situation is that the Taliban don't respect anything: not journalists -- foreign and local -- or women," she said.
"The schools must reopen to girls. But the Taliban took this right from us."
High school girls have been blocked from returning to classes for more than a month, while many women have been banned from returning to work since the Taliban seized power in mid-August.
"My message to all girls and women is this: 'Don't be afraid of the Taliban, even if your family doesn't allow you to leave your home. Don't be afraid. Go out, make sacrifices, fight for your rights'," Mohammadi said.
"We have to make this sacrifice so that the next generation will be in peace."
Children walked alongside the protest in downtown Kabul, although it was unclear if they were part of the organised group.
Some Taliban fighters policing the march wore full camouflaged combat gear, including body armour, helmets and knee pads, while others were wearing traditional Afghan clothing.
Their weapons included US-made M16 assault rifles and AK-47s.
Unthinkable under the hardline Islamist group's last rule in the 1990s, Afghans have staged street protests across the country since the Taliban returned to power, sometimes with several hundred people and many with women at forefront.
But a ban on unauthorised demonstrations has meant protests against Afghanistan's new masters have dwindled.
Herat Teachers Demand Their Salaries
[ToloNews] Hundreds of teachers in the western province of Herat ...a venerable old Persian-speaking city in western Afghanistan, populated mostly by Tadjiks, which is why it's not as blood-soaked as areas controlled by Pashtuns... gathered and called on the Islamic Emirate to pay their salaries, as they have not been paid for over four months. The teachers demanded the Islamic Emirate facilitate their payments, saying that they have been grappling with severe economic challenges.
Based on initial findings, at least 18,000 teachers--including 10,000 women--have not received their salaries for the past four months.
"All teachers and civilian employees have not been paid for the past four months," said Mohammad Sabir Mashal, head of the teacher’s association.
The head of the provincial education, Shuhabuddin Saqib, said that one month's salary would be paid to the teachers in the coming days.
"The Islamic Emirate pledged to pay the salary for (Assad-month) and the rest of the salaies would also be paid after that," he said.
The officials said that dozens of teachers have recently left the country because of various challenges.
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[CNN] Afghanistan's new Taliban ...the Pashtun equivalent of men... rulers won backing from 10 regional powers at talks in Moscow on Wednesday for the idea of a United Nations ...boodling on the grand scale... donor conference to help the country stave off economic collapse and a humanitarian catastrophe.
Russia, China, Pakistain, India, Iran ...a theocratic Shiite state divided among the Medes, the Persians, and the (Arab) Elamites. Formerly a fairly civilized nation ruled by a Shah, it became a victim of Islamic revolution in 1979. The nation is today noted for spontaneously taking over other countries' embassies, maintaining whorehouses run by clergymen, involvement in international drug trafficking, and financing sock puppet militias to extend the regime's influence. The word Iran is a cognate form of Aryan. The abbreviation IRGC is the same idea as Stürmabteilung (or SA). The term Supreme Guide is a the modern version form of either Duce or Führer or maybe both. They hate JewsZionists Jews. Their economy is based on the production of oil and vitriol... and five formerly Soviet Central Asian states joined the Taliban in calling for the UN to convene such a conference as soon as possible to help rebuild the country.
They said it should take place "with the understanding, of course, that the main burden...should be borne by the forces whose military contingents have been present in this country over the past 20 years."
That was a pointed reference to the United States and its allies, who invaded Afghanistan after the September 11, 2001 attacks and whose abrupt withdrawal paved the way for the Islamist Taliban to seize back control of the country in August.
Washington chose not to attend the talks, citing technical reasons, but has said it may join future rounds.
Russia has led the calls for international aid, conscious that any spillover of conflict from Afghanistan could threaten regional stability.
"Nobody is interested in the complete paralysis of an entire state, which borders, among other things, the CIS (Commonwealth of Independent States)," said Kremlin front man Dmitry Peskov.
The Taliban's resurgence has stirred international fears of a return to their hardline form of Islamist rule in the 1990s, when they hosted the late Osama bin Laden ...... who is no longer with us, and won't be again...... 's al Qaeda movement and carried out egregious human rights ...which are often intentionally defined so widely as to be meaningless... violations, including public stonings and the marginalization of women at work and in schools.
The member states in their joint statement promised to respect the sovereignty, independence, and territorial integrity of Afghanistan.
The Moscow Format hosted by Russia was attended by Pakistan, Iran, India, China, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Afghanistan concluded on Wednesday, October 20.
The statement reads that in order for the Taliban to gain recognition, the must for a truly inclusive government the one which also a prerequisite for national reconciliation.
The joint statement though praises the Taliban’s pledges over Afghanistan’s soil not to be used against any country, asked the de-facto authorities in Kabul to pursue a moderate and wise internal and foreign policy, be friendly to Afghanistan’s neighbor states.
“It is important that the Taliban seek friendly relations with neighbor states to achieve the shared goals of durable peace, security, safety, and long-term prosperity and respect the rights of ethnic groups, women, and children.” Reads the joint statement.
The member states of the Moscow Format expressed concern over the humanitarian situation in Afghanistan and promised to convene a broad-based donor conference as soon as possible.
Deputy Minister of information and culture and spokesperson of the Taliban Zabiullah Mujahid on his Twitter posts said that the Afghan delegation made different pledges with the countries’ delegations.
“Both sides promised to gather a bilateral gathering on electricity, Water, and bilateral trades ties in near future.” Said Mujahid in a twitter post.
“The Indian side in their meeting with Abdul Salaam Hanafi promised to provide Afghan people with humanitarian aids.” Reads a twitter post of Mujahid.
The Taliban are seem to be focusing on economic relations with regional countries as the country is feared to plunge into a humanitarian crisis if economic woes are not addressed.
#1 sounds like blackmail to me
Posted by: Chris 2021-10-22 01:02
...Dad always said that 'blackmail' was such a harsh word, he preferred 'extortion'.
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Mayor Carmine De Pasto : If you want this year's homecoming parade in my town, you have to pay for it.
Dean Vernon Wormer : Carmine, I don't think it's right that you should extort money from the college.
Mayor Carmine De Pasto : Look, these parades you throw are very expensive. You using my police, my sanitation people, and my Oldsmobiles free of charge. So, if you mention extortion again, I'll have your legs broken.
#Tunisia's president says he will launch a “national dialogue” on changing electoral law and the political system, but gives no detail on how he would allay international concerns about his seizure of near total power.https://t.co/IgitTsARyV
[IsraelTimes] UK authorities say Ali Harbi Ali began planning to kill two other politicians two years ago, ended up targeting Amess because he supported Arclight airstrike ...KABOOM!... s in Syria.
Prosecutors said Thursday that a 25-year-old man accused of stabbing British politician David Amess to death was an Islamic State ...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that they were al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're really very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear western pols talk they're not really Moslems.... supporter who plotted for two years to kill a politician.
Ali Harbi Ali, a man from London with Somali heritage, had "religious and ideological motivations" when he attacked Amess last week in the town of Leigh-on-Sea, prosecutors said. They alleged that Ali targeted Amess, a member of the Conservative party, because the politician had voted for airstrikes on Syria, though he initially planned attacks on other MPs.
The slaying took place as Amess, who was 69, attended a routine meeting with his constituents. His killing shook a nation accustomed to having face-to-face contact with its leaders, heightened concerns about extremism and rattled British politicians, who say they face increasing levels of vitriol and abuse as they perform their jobs.
Ali was arrested at the scene of the killing in Leigh-on-Sea, east of London, last Friday. He was charged with murder and preparing acts of terrorism.
He appeared in court in central London wearing a grey tracksuit and thick-rimmed glasses, speaking only to confirm his name, age and address at the 13-minute hearing. He was not asked to enter a plea and was ordered detained until the next hearing.
At the hearing, prosecutor James Cable said Ali began planning to kill a politician two years ago, and initially focused on two other politicians before choosing Amess.
Nick Price of the Crown Prosecution Service said the murder "has a terrorist connection, namely that it had both religious and ideological motivations."
Matt Jukes, the Metropolitan Police Assistant Commissioner for Specialist Operations, said "no other arrests have been made and at this time we are not seeking anybody else in relation to this incident."
Jukes said detectives had analyzed computers, searched several London addresses and reviewed CCTV footage as part of the investigation.
[AlAhram] The Ottoman Turkish lira plunged to a record low against the U.S. dollar Thursday after a harsher-than-expected cut in interest rates.
The decision by the Central Bank's monetary committee to cut the rate from 18% to 16% surprised analysts. The lira dropped to 9.45 against the dollar, compounding a long run of losses.
The cut, which came as inflation stands at nearly 20%, will be seen by many as further evidence of the bank's lack of independence from the government of President His Enormity, Sultan Recep Tayyip Erdogan the First ...Turkey's version of Mohammed Morsi but they voted him back in so they deserve him. It's a sin, a shame, and a felony to insult the president of Turkey. In Anatolia did Recep Bey a stately Presidential Palace decree, that has 1100 rooms. That's 968 more than there are in the White House, 400 more than in Versailles, and 325 more than Buckingham Palace, so you know who's really most important... Contrary to traditional economic theory, the president has said steep interest rates cause inflation and has declared himself an ``enemy'' of high borrowing costs.
The lira hit a previous low last week when Erdogan fired three central bank officials responsible for monetary policy. They were said to have opposed the rate-cutting policy at the committee's September meeting.
Timothy Ash, an emerging markets expert at BlueBay Asset Management in London, described the latest cut as part of an ``insane monetary policy experiment,'' adding, ``It feels like the lira and inflation will suffer the consequences.''
Umit Ozlale, vice chairman of the center-right opposition Iyi Party, said the decision ``lacks any economic sense and will only worsen the damage that's been done. It's just another affirmation that the Central Bank is reduced to a rubber stamp for President Erdogan's political ambitions.''
In its announcement of the cut, the central bank blamed a recent rise in inflation on factors such as higher food and import prices, supply chain disruption and recovering demand.
``Nevertheless, the committee assessed that, till the end of the year, supply-side transitory factors leave limited room for the downward adjustment to the policy rate,'' it said.
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bought a pound of fancy gourmet fig delights (cube shaped) (made by Galil) today for only $5
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#Russia’s President Vladimir #Putin rejects his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip #Erdogan’s proposal to remove the veto power of #UN Security Council permanent members, saying it would turn the body into a “debate club.”https://t.co/g4nnmMvhIL
#Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip #Erdogan said Ankara is determined to recoup $1.4 billion paid to the #US for F-35 fighter jets Washington blocked it from buying, state broadcaster TRT reports.https://t.co/sN536fIqqB
Why not take the case to the SCOTUS requesting that a Special Investigator be appointed.
Then direct the SCOTUS appointed Special Investigator to look into whether Biden violated US Law and his Oath of Office by refusing to secure the US Borders for Personal/Political agenda reasons contrary to US Laws.
Thus allowing several prior known mass invasions, now totaling over 1.7 Million CRIMINALS into enter the USA unpunished. Legal Note: Once a person enters the USA Illegally they obtain the status of a criminal under: 8 U.S. Code § 1325, 8 U.S. Code § 1326 , 18 U.S. Code § 1073
All of which pose a threat to the United States of America and violate the Rights its US Citizens.
Socialist writer & antifa supporter Steven Monacelli has been served a defamation lawsuit by the Dallas Express newspaper. This is the writer's latest headache. In August, he was fired as a contributor from the @Dallas_Observer newspaper after writing a fake news piece. pic.twitter.com/uDcPv0QHKe
[Rudaw] Seven Syrian families from Deir ez-Zor were released from al-Hol camp in northeastern Syria (Rojava) on Wednesday to return to their place of origin following an agreement between the Kurdish administration and tribal chiefs. The group totalled to 27 people, including 13 children.
According to Munir Mohammad, an official overseeing the process of releasing camp residents, 62 more families were expected to return to Deir ez-Zor on Wednesday, but due to tensions between security forces in the camp and the families, the process stopped. It is not clear what caused the tension. This is the 19th time that residents of Syrian and Iraqi nationality have been allowed to leave the camp.
The camp was opened in 2016 to house the families of Islamic State ...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that they were al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're really very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear western pols talk they're not really Moslems.... Lions of Islam that were fleeing the fighting and seeking refuge in areas under Kurdish administration. As of Wednesday, there are 58,965 people still living in the camp, the majority of whom are Syrians and Iraqis.
[Rudaw] Islamic State ...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that they were al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're really very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear western pols talk they're not really Moslems.... (ISIS) forces of Evil remain a threat. The group was declared territorially defeated in Syria in 2019, but elements remain active, mainly in the north and east. ISIS in July 2019 grabbed credit for a car kaboom in Damascus.
In the latest edition of its weekly propaganda newspaperal-Naba released Thursday, ISIS claimed it had conducted one attack across Syria last week, killing and injuring three people.
How are the mighty fallen.
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10/22/2021 00:00 ||
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[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] The Leader of Lebanese Forces A Christian political party founded by Bashir Gemayel, who was then bumped off when he was elected president of Leb... party Samir Geagea ...Geagea was imprisoned by the Syrians and their puppets for 11 years in a dungeon in the third basement level of the Lebanese Ministry of Defense. He was released after the Cedar Revolution in 2005... said on Thursday the military court should listen to Hezbollah’s chief His Eminence Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah ...The satrap of the Medes and the Persians in Leb... ’s statement about last week’s violence in Beirut before they question him.A judicial official said earlier that Geagea has been summoned for questioning about last week’s events after a protest organised by Hezbollah and its ally Amal to demand the judge investigating the Beirut blast, Tarek Bitar, be removed, turned violent mostly peaceful.
Fadi Akiki, a representative of the military court, had "instructed the army intelligence to summon Geagea and take his statement based on information provided by arrested LF members," a judicial official said according to AFP.
Geagea said in a TV interview that if the military court would ask him, he would happily give a statement on the condition that they "listen to Nasrallah" before him.
"For one small reason, the Lebanese Forces party, since the end of the civil war, has committed no violations," Geagea added, pointing that his party is registered with ministry of interior, unlike Hezbollah.
Tensions over the investigation into the Beirut blast that rocked the country in August 2020 ignited street violence in the capital last week, leading to the death of seven Shias. It was the worst street violence in over a decade.
The Iran-backed Hezbollah militia held the Christian Lebanese Forces, led by Geagea, responsible. The Lebanese Forces denied the accusation and pointed the finger of blame at Hezbollah for sending its supporters into the Christian neighborhood of Ain al-Remmaneh.
Nasrallah accused the Lebanese Forces on Monay of seeking to ignite a "civil war", demanded there be an investigation into the events of last Thursday and threatened to take action if the judiciary did not.
The powerful Shia militia’s leader also revealed for the first time that the group had 100,000 armed and trained fighters.
"Nasrallah’s speech was a poisonous gift, full of fallacies and rumors that are not based on any truth. I consider the events of Ain al-Remmaneh an ominous event that cost us many maimed and victims in the suburb," Geagea said.
"I don’t know who fired the first bullet, but I know that the first four injured fell in Ain al-Remmaneh and that is settled," Geagea added.
He said Hezbollah was the real greatest threat to Leb ...In 2020 Hezbollahblew up a considerable portion of Beirut and many of its inhabitants when its ammonium nitrate facility exploded. They blamed it on... somebody else. It wasn't them though. Trust them on that. And it ain't never coming to trial... and added that his party had no fighters. "We have 30,000 or 35,000 partisans who are quite visible and present inside and outside Lebanon."
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] The leader of the Christian Lebanese Forces A Christian political party founded by Bashir Gemayel, who was then bumped off when he was elected president of Leb... party denied on Thursday his group has any fighters, rebutting claims by Shia Hezbollah that he has assembled a militia as the fallout of deadly violence in Beirut last week continues to roil Leb ...an Iranian colony situated on the eastern Mediterranean, conveniently adjacent to Israel. ... .The standoff is fueling concerns over Lebanon's stability as the country grapples with a devastating two-year-long economic meltdown.
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10/22/2021 00:00 ||
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A multi-volume chronology and reference guide set detailing three years of the Mexican Drug War between 2010 and 2012.
Rantburg.com and borderlandbeat.com correspondent and author Chris Covert presents his first non-fiction work detailing
the drug and gang related violence in Mexico.
Chris gives us Mexican press dispatches of drug and gang war violence
over three years, presented in a multi volume set intended to chronicle the death, violence and mayhem which has
dominated Mexico for six years.