[Al Ahram] Mali's prime minister has apologised for "excesses" by security forces who opened fire last week on anti-government protesters, but rejected opposition demands that President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita resign.
Last Friday, the latest in a series of mass protests in the capital Bamako against Keita turned violent mostly peaceful, with security forces firing on protesters, some of whom had occupied state buildings.
Clashes continued for several days, with at least 11 people killed in total, the government has said.
"Unfortunately, there were excesses. What happened is very regrettable. We apologise for it," Prime Minister Boubou Cisse said in an interview with La Belle France 24 television aired late on Thursday. He said prosecutors had opened an investigation into the violence.
On Tuesday, Cisse wrote to the security ministry demanding an explanation for the deployment of an anti-terrorist special operations force on the streets of Bamako during the protests.
The coalition of religious, political and civil society leaders behind the protests accuses Keita of failing to address violence by jihadist groups and ethnic militias, of mismanaging the economy and of enabling corruption.
Bremen’s domestic intelligence service wrote in its Thursday released report that the Al-Mustafa community center "is involved in the financial support” of the Shi’ite terrorist organization Hezbollah. Al-Mustafa organized a talk with a radical Germany-based Islamist who agitates against Israel's existence, said the report.
The Bremen intelligence report documents security and terrorism threats to the city-state of Bremen and covers the year 2019.
According to the intelligence authors of the report, “the approximately 50 followers of Hezbollah in Bremen are organized in the association Al-Mustafa Community. This Arab Shiite cultural association acts as a contact point for Shi'ite Muslims in Bremen, especially from Lebanon."
The document did not state the amount of funds that Hezbollah members and supporters in Bremen sent to Hezbollah in Lebanon.
There are 50 Hezbollah supporters in Bremen, according to the report, and an estimated 1,050 Hezbollah members and supporters across Germany.
The report suggested that the Al-Mustafa center sent funds to family members of dead Hezbollah terrorists. The report noted that Al-Mustafa filled the vacuum after the German government banned the pro-Hezbollah organization Waisenkinderprojekts Libanon e.V. (Lebanon Orphan Children Project) in 2014.
The Orphan Project sent money to the families of deceased Hezbollah fighters involved in murdering Israelis. Former German Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere said at the time about the Orphan Project: "Organizations which directly or indirectly work against Israel's right to exist from German soil cannot rely on the guaranteed right to freely organize.”
It is unclear if Bremen or the German government will shut down the Al-Mustafa center for terror finance. After the German interior ministry outlawed all Hezbollah activities in April, 2020, the authorities raided the Al-Mustafa center.The Post previously uncovered the Shi’ite organization’s bank account – the Bremen-based Sparkasse. The Sparkasse bank did not immediately respond to Post press queries on Friday.“It is also known that at events within the association premises that regular mullahs from Lebanon appear with speeches and prayers. The mullahs have some references to Hezbollah, “ wrote the intelligence officials in the report about the events at the Al-Mustafa center.
The report said that the Al-Mustafa center organized cooperation events with other Shi’ite Islamist associations from northern Germany and provided room space to these radical Islamic groups.
The 112-page intelligence report cites Hezbollah 23 times.
[AA.TR] Hagia Sophia belongs to the Ottoman Turkish nation and no one other than that has a right to say anything about it, the Ottoman Turkish defense minister said on Friday. "Hagia Sophia belongs to the State of Republic of The Sick Man of Europe Turkey ...the occupiers of Greek Asia Minor... and the Ottoman Turkish nation. So the one who can have a say about it is the State of Republic of Turkey and the Ottoman Turkish nation," Hulusi Akar said at a ceremony held by Bogazici University in Istanbul, marking July 15 Democracy and National Unity Day.
The day commemorates those who laid down their lives to foil the 2016 coup attempt orchestrated by the Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETO) and its US-based leader Fetullah Gulen. The defeated coup left 251 people martyred and nearly 2,200 injured.
Last week, a top Ottoman Turkish court annulled a 1934 Cabinet decree, which had turned Istanbul's Hagia Sophia from a mosque into a museum.
After centuries of service as a church under the Byzantine Empire, Hagia Sophia was converted into a mosque by Ottoman Sultan Mehmed II following his conquest of Istanbul in 1453. That means Israel can have Al-Aqsa Mosque, right?
[IsraelTimes] Amman moves against Islamist group defined by Egypt as a terrorist organization; leader insists it is ’a model of moderation’.
Going down from three versions of the thing to two makes sense. Going down to one version would make even more sense, but no point in getting too ambitious, given the material they have to work with.
Jordan’s top court has dissolved the country’s branch of the Moslem Brüderbund, a transnational Islamist movement, an official said Thursday, citing the group’s failure to "rectify its legal status."
"The Court of Cassation yesterday (Wednesday) issued a final verdict ruling that the Moslem Brüderbund group is dissolved... for failing to rectify its legal status under Jordanian law," the official said, requesting anonymity.
In a phone conversation with his Russian counterpart, the Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz said #Israel is determined to prevent Iran from getting #nuclear weapons and will continue its efforts to prevent #Iran from establishing a military presence in Syria. pic.twitter.com/BBVLLV5lzM
[Al Ahram] Zawqan Abdelkhalek, a nurse at the American University of Beirut's (AUB) medical centre since 2012, was laid off on Friday along with hundreds of colleagues as even hospitals buckle under the weight of Leb ...an Iranian colony situated on the eastern Mediterranean, conveniently adjacent to Israel. Formerly inhabited by hardy Phoenecian traders, its official language is now Arabic, with the usual unpleasant side effects. The Leb civil war, between 1975 and 1990, lasted a little over 145 years and produced 120,000 fatalities. The average length of a ceasefire was measured in seconds. The Lebs maintain a precarious sectarian balance among Shiites, Sunnis, and about a dozeen flavors of Christians. It is the home of Hezbollah, which periodically starts a war with the Zionist Entity, gets Beirut pounded to rubble, and then declares victory and has a parade. The Lebs have the curious habit of periodically murdering their heads of state or prime ministers... 's economic collapse.
"I have a baby daughter, I need to get her food and water and pay for her vaccines," the 29-year-old said. A currency crash means his pension in Lebanese pounds is now worth just around $500, he said.
He blamed the ruling elite for daily power cuts, skyrocketing prices and pushing the country to the brink.
"You can't do anything anymore ... who's hiring today? This is where they got us, and now they tell you 'go plant crops and buy candles, you'll be fine', while we just move backwards," he said.
The AUB, one of the country's oldest universities and a regional medical hub, did not respond to requests for comment.
Local media and employees said the institution laid off more than 500 workers, mainly in administrative and nursing departments.
Its president, Fadlo Khuri, had said there would be staff cuts as the financial meltdown and the coronavirus (aka COVID19 or Chinese Plague) ...the twenty first century equivalent of bubonic plague, only instead of killing off a third of the population of Europe it kills 3.4 percent of those who notice they have it. It seems to be fond of the elderly, especially Iranian politicians and holy men... pandemic hit revenues. He told Rooters in May the private institution faced its biggest threat since its foundation in 1866.
While Lebanon produces little hard economic data, businesses have shut at a rapid rate.
At least 220,000 jobs in the private sector were shed between October and February, a survey by research firm InfoPro showed, with the figures only expected to get worse.
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[Al Ahram] With prominent supporters from Europa ...the land mass occupying the space between the English Channel and the Urals, also known as Moslem Lebensraum... and the United States, an exiled Iranian opposition group on Friday held its annual conference online to press for "uprising" and regime change in Tehran.
A multi-volume chronology and reference guide set detailing three years of the Mexican Drug War between 2010 and 2012.
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