‘Bangladesh deploys armed forces to force out Rohingya’

Bangladesh is reportedly using heavy-handed tactics in an attempt to force Rohingya Muslim refugees — who have taken shelter in the country after fleeing state violence in neighboring Myanmar — back across the border. The Guardian reported on Wednesday that Bangladeshi paramilitary troops, police, and army have been deployed in southeast Bangladesh’s Cox’s Bazar district, where the Rohingya are cramped in refugee camps, to make final preparations to start sending back the first group of the minority Muslim refugees to Myanmar on Thursday. The British daily said it had seen…

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France ignores Trump’s comments

French President Emmanuel Macron’s office says it has no comment about a series of disparaging remarks by US President Donald Trump against the French president and nation. Trump unleashed what seemed like a personal grudge against President Macron over his recent call to establish a “real, European army” to provide “protection from China, Russia, and even from the United States of America.” The US president said it was America that came to the rescue of France during World War II. “How did that work out for France? They were starting to learn German…

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Social media rumours in India: counting the dead

Across India mob attacks are on the rise, fuelled by false rumours on WhatsApp and social media. According to the BBC’s analysis of incidents between February 2014 and July 2018, at least 31 people have been killed and dozens more injured. These are the incidents the BBC was able to verify, many more have been reported. Many of the false rumours warn people that there are child abductors in their towns, driving locals to target innocent men who are not known to the community. A total of 25 men, 4…

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Two Loyal Enforcers : Behind a Saudi Prince’s Rise

BEIRUT, Lebanon — When Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman of Saudi Arabia convened an outdoor banquet this spring for his fellow Arab rulers, seated among the kings, princes and presidents were two friends with few qualifications other than their closeness to the young prince himself: a poet who has become known for orchestrating ferocious social media campaigns, and a former security guard who runs the Saudi sports commission. The two men had each played pivotal roles in many of the brazen power plays that have marked Prince Mohammed’s sprint to dominance of…

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Allama Mashriqi on Democracy and the Poor

Allama Mashriqi, a world-famous mathematician and Islamic scholar, was a humanist, reformer, and a revolutionary. Instead of following a more academic path, he chose to enter politics in British Indiato empowerand liberate the suffering masses. Mashriqi influenced millions of his followers and supporters and his admirers could be found around the world – from Asia to Europe to Africa and America. Mashriqi was not supportive of the prevailing form of democracy, as he felt that it represented the interests of the wealthy few, instead of the majority. Despite tremendous advancements…

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