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Commission charts end to execution and torture in human rights plans – EURACTIV

Posted: March 26, 2020 at 6:00 am

The European Commission is calling on member states to work together on the world stage to put an end to capital punishment and torture.

The details are included in the executives communication on the EU Action Plan on Human Rights and Democracy for 2020-2024, for which the Commission is seeking the backing of EU governments.

The Commission would like to work towards the worldwide abolition of the death penalty, and in countries where the death penalty still exists, insist on the respect of minimum standards and work towards a moratorium on executions as a first step towards abolition.

In terms of global instances of torture, the EU should strive to eradicate torture globally through prevention, prohibition, accountability and redress for victims, the document states.

Chinas capital punishment record

Currently, more than 60% of the global population reside in countries where capital punishment is legal, including China, the US, and India.

Despite access to official figures being tightly guarded by the Chinese authorities, Beijing is believed to administer more executions than any other nation on earth, according to Amnesty International.

During the EU-China summit last year, the bloc raised concerns with their Chinese counterparts about the detainment of Uighur Muslims in Xinjiang province, and an EU delegation reiterated these concerns during the 42nd United Nations Human Rights Council last September.

However, should member states decide to adopt the Commissions approach on its Human Rights Action Plan, any political pressure imposed directly on China is unlikely to come anytime soon, after the EU-China summit, due to take place at the end of March in Beijing, was postponed. The meeting would have been the first coming together of Chinese Premier Li Keqiang and European Commission and European Council presidents, Ursula von der Leyen and Charles Michel, since they took up their new posts.

A second EU-China summit is still slated to take place in Leipzig in September, under the Presidency of the German Council, with Chinas President Xi Jinping meeting all 27 EU leaders.

Human Rights Action Plan

Elsewhere in the EUs action plan, the role of technology and its proximity to human rights abuses was highlighted, with the Commission stating that certain applications can support abusive, unlawful restrictions on movement and speech.

Social media platforms are used to channel targeted disinformation and hate speech that often violate privacy and undermine democracy and human rights, the communication continued.

In this context, recently the European Court of Auditors launched a probe into the blocs attempts to stifle fake news that can cause public harm.

The investigation will focus on the robustness of the 2018 Action plan on disinformation, in addition to whether the EUs code of practice against disinformation has brought tangible improvements to the state of fake news across the bloc.

The code is a self-regulatory voluntary framework signed by platforms including Facebook, Google and Twitter, which obliges them to take measures to control the surge of disinformation online.

Having been put in place ahead of the 2019 European elections, the code received criticism from certain EU Commissioners, with the former Security Commissioner Julian King describingthe initial compliance reports produced by the platforms as patchy, opaque and self-selecting.

In the digital arena, the human rights action plan also brings into question the use of certain Artificial Intelligence applications, saying that they can carry a risk of increased monitoring, control and repression.

In some countries, mass surveillance of citizens is a reality. Data and algorithms can be used to discriminate, knowingly or unknowingly, against individuals and groups, reinforcing societal prejudices.

However, concerns have also been raised about the EUs funding of questionable AI applications on the bloc, as part of the EUs long-term research and development funding mechanism, Horizon 2020.

These include projects such as the iBorderCTRL technology which detects lying through the reading of micro-expressions, and the SEWA initiative a technology will the capacity to read nuances in human facial, vocal and verbal behaviour.

(Edited by Benjamin Fox)

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For the far left, the coronavirus crisis is the perfect time to abolish capitalism and the nuclear family – Hot Air

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There has been quite a bit of talk in the past couple of days about when we might get back to normal. The president is hoping that might happen as soon as Easter while others are saying it could be 3-4 months. But some people arent interested in going back to normal. On the contrary, they see the crisis as an inflection point that presents and opportunity for some significant changes to the country.

On the left there are a lot of people who see the crisis as an opportunity to push forward some of the socialist agenda theyve had all along. In some cases, they dont mean European-style social democracy, they want to see an end to capitalism. Heres an example published by NBC yesterday. The author of this is named Paris Marx:

Once COVID-19 abates and people can start leaving their homes, many industries may indeed have collapsed or will be surviving on government support the airline industry being the first. If China and Italy are any indication,carbon emissions and air pollution will have declined. We can choose whether we ramp things back up in a way that continues to threaten our futures and our health by fueling the climate crisis, or we can make the necessary investments and change the regulatory framework to move away from fossil fuels while ensuring that our workers have a future.

When Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., and Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass., proposed their Green New Deal in February 2019, the most likely implementation of which wouldcost $16.3 trillionover 10 years, it was written off as a green dream by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., andridiculed by Republicanswho charged it was too expensive and un-American. Yet its policies would provide a job guarantee for being laid off, support for retraining for many workers, and a mass investment program to not only boost the economy, but move it away from fossil fuels.

Is the author suggesting we should not have an aviation industry? I seem to remember that was a big issue when AOC initially released the Green New Deal and a summary that suggested a focus on high speed rail at a scale where air travel stops becoming necessary. Even Sen. Mazie Hirono mocked the idea of replacing air travel with trains saying, That would be pretty hard for Hawaii.

AOCs accidentally leaked agenda, which she backtracked away from at the time, sounds moderate compared to what this author is suggesting. At least AOC wanted to phase out air travel by replacing it with something else. Paris Marx is suggesting that if the industry collapses we just let it burn, even if theres no alternative.

As for the cost of the Green New Deal, that has been a matter of some debate. Initial estimates ranged between $52 and $94 trillion over 10 years. Sanders would later release his own GND plan (under the same name) and claim it would cost $16.3 trillion. However, its important to note that his GND plan was just one of several plans. If you include the cost of his Medicare for All plan, youre right back around $50 trillion over ten years. Thats far beyond even the cost of the current stimulus bill duplicated every year for the next ten years.

Sanders plan also didnt envision a global pandemic which would potentially create a worldwide recession (or worse). Its one thing to promise a government job to out of work people when the economy is running along wish sub-4 percent unemployment. Its quite another to make the math work when unemployment hits 15 percent or higher. The cost of the latter program would be far higher and the ability to cover those costs after taking into account all of the revenue the government will lose because people are out of work will be far less.

Anyway, this isnt even the most extreme proposal being floated during the crisis. Yesterday a site called Open Society published a piece suggesting now is a good time to think about doing away with capitalism and the nuclear family:

Nuclear households, it seems, are where we are all intuitively expected to retreat in order to prevent widespread ill-health. Staying home is what is somehow self-evidently supposed to keep us well. But there are several problems with this, as anyone inclined to think about it critically (even for a moment) might figure out problems one might summarize as the mystification of the couple-form; the romanticisation of kinship; and the sanitization of the fundamentally unsafe space that is private property

In short, the pandemic is no time to forget about family abolition. In the words of feminist theorist and mother Madeline Lane-McKinley; Households are capitalisms pressure cookers. This crisis will see a surge in housework cleaning, cooking, caretaking, but also child abuse, molestation, intimate partner rape, psychological torture, and more. Far from a time to acquiesce to family values ideology, then, the pandemic is an acutely important time to provision, evacuate and generally empower survivors of and refugees from the nuclear household.

And thirdly, even when the private nuclear household poses no direct physical or mental threat to ones person no spouse-battering, no child rape, and no queer-bashing the private family qua mode of social reproduction still, frankly,sucks. It genders, nationalizes and races us. It norms us for productive work. It makes us believe we are individuals. It minimizes costs for capital while maximizing human beings life-making labor (across billions of tiny boxes, each kitted out absurdly with its own kitchen, micro-crche and laundry). It blackmails us into mistaking the only sources of love and care wehavefor the extent ofwhat is possible.

That last link is to an article at a site called Pinko. Heres a sample:

In place of the coercive system of atomized family units, the abolition of the family would generalize what we now call care. Care of mutual love and support; care of the labor of raising children and caring for the ill; care of erotic connection and pleasure; care of aiding each other in fulfilling the vast possibilities of our humanity, expressed in countless ways, including forms of self-expression we now call gender. Care in our capitalist society is a commodified, subjugating, and alienated act, but in it we can see the kernel of a non-alienating interdependence.

Communists like to promise the revolution that sounds like it will be an orgy/art exploration, but the reality is always something closer to Venezuela, i.e. a man-made disaster where millions of nuclear families flee their homes to protect their children.

Even the fringiest of communist ideologues now see a path to what they want in things Sanders and AOC have already introduced in Congress. Were not quite there for the family abolishment people. The full language to propose that as a serious idea hasnt been imported into the mainstream yet, but you can bet they are working on it. AOC has already suggested it makes sense that people no longer want to have children. Little by little theyll make this part of the conversation. The coronavirus is just another crisis the far left doesnt want to go to waste.

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Week of March 25 | Free Will Astrology – Style Weekly

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ARIES (March 21-April 19)Your oracle comes from Aries poet Octavio Paz: The path the ancestors cleared is overgrown, unused. The other path, smooth and broad, is crowded with travelers. It goes nowhere. Theres a third path: mine. Before me, no one. Behind me, no one. Alone, I find my way. APRIL FOOL! Although the passage by Octavio Paz is mostly accurate for your destiny during the rest of 2020, its off-kilter in one way: Its too ponderously serious and melodramatic. You should find a way to carry out its advice with meditative grace and effervescent calm.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20)A century ago, fiery writer Maxim Gorky and hard-ass Taurus politician Vladimir Lenin were listening to a Beethoven sonata together. I cant listen to music too often, Lenin told his companion. It affects your nerves, makes you want to say stupid, nice things. This is crucial advice for you to heed in the coming weeks, Taurus. You need to be as smart and tough as possible, so dont you dare listen to music. APRIL FOOL! Lenin was half-mistaken, and I half-lied. The fact is, music makes you smarter and nicer, and those will be key assets for you to cultivate in the coming weeks. So yes, do listen to a lot of music.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20)By the time he was 55 years old, Gemini author Thomas Hardy had written 18 novels and many poems. His stuff was good enough to win him two separate nominations for a Nobel Prize in Literature. But during the last 32+ years of his life, he never wrote another novel. According to one theory, it was because he was discouraged by the negative reviews he got for his last novel. I suspect you may be at a similar juncture in your life, Gemini. Maybe its time to give up on a beloved activity that hasnt garnered the level of success youd hoped for. APRIL FOOL! The truth is, it is most definitely NOT time to lose hope and faith. Dont be like Hardy. Rededicate yourself to your passionate quests.

CANCER (June 21-July 22)Cancerian theologian John Wesley (17031791) was a Christian who embodied the liberal values that Christ actually taught. He advocated for the abolition of slavery, prison reform, the ordination of women priests, and a vegetarian diet. He gave away a lot of his money and administered many charities. To accomplish his lifes work, he traveled 250,000 miles on horseback and preached 40,000 sermons. Lets make him your role model for the coming weeks. Be inspired by his life as you vividly express your care and compassion. APRIL FOOL! I lied a little bit. Although most of what I just recommended is a good idea, the part about traveling long distances, either on horseback or by other means, is not.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22)The neurotic but talented French novelist Marcel Proust observed, Everything vital in the world comes from neurotics. They alone have founded religions and composed our masterpieces. With that in mind, and in accordance with current astrological omens, I urge you to cultivate your own neurotic qualities in their extreme forms of expression during the coming weeks. Youre due for some major creative breakthroughs. APRIL FOOL! I was kidding. The fact is, you can generate creative breakthroughs in the coming weeks by being poised and composednot extra neurotic.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)Virgo author Leon Edel wrote a five-volume biography of renowned author Henry James. In the course of his research, he read 15,000 letters that were written by James. He came to have a profound familiarity with the great man. In accordance with current astrological omens, I recommend that you choose a worthy character about whom you will become equally knowledgeable. APRIL FOOL! I half-lied. Its true that now is an excellent time to deepen your understanding of people you care about. But dont get as obsessed as Edel!

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)About 2,000 years ago, a Roman woman named Sulpicia wrote six short love poemsa total of 40 linesthat are still being analyzed and discussed by literary scholars today. I bring her to your attention because I think that in the next four weeks you, too, could generate a small burst of beauty that will still be appreciated 2,000 years from now. APRIL FOOL! I lied about the small part. The burst of beauty you create in the immediate future could actually be quite large, as well as enduring.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)French poet Louis Aragon (18971982) was an influential novelist and a pioneer of surrealistic poetry. Much of his writing had a lyrical quality, and many of his poems were set to music. He also had a belligerent streak. Before the publication of one of his books, he announced that he would thrash any writer who dared to review it in print. Success! There were no critical reviews at all. I recommend his approach to you in the coming weeks. Make it impossible for anyone to criticize you. APRIL FOOL! I lied. I would never suggest that you use violence to accomplish your aims. And besides that, the coming weeks will be a favorable time for you to solicit feedback of all varieties, even the critical kind.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)I hesitate to be so blunt, but its my duty to report the facts. According to my reading of the astrological omens, you should have as many orgasms as possible in the next 15 days. You need to tap into the transformative psychological power thats available through monumental eruptions of pleasure and releases of tension. (P.S. Spiritual orgasms will be just as effective as physical orgasms.) APRIL FOOL! What I just said is true, but I left out an important component of your assignment: Be loving and responsible as you pursue your joyous climaxes, never manipulative or exploitative or insensitive.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)Ancient Greek orator Demosthenes was renowned for his skill at delivering powerful, charismatic speeches. While he was still learning his craft, he resorted to extreme measures to improve. For example, there was a time when he shaved just half of his head. It made him ashamed to go out in public, forcing him to spend all his time indoors practicing his speeches. Would you consider a similar strategy right now? APRIL FOOL! I was just messing with you. Its true that the coming weeks will be a good time to minimize your socializing and devote yourself to hard work in behalf of a beloved dream. But shaving half your head isnt the best way to accomplish that.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)The coming weeks will be a favorable time for you to tell as many lies as possible if doing so helps you get what you want. I hereby authorize you to engage in massive deceptions, misrepresentations, and manipulative messages as you seek to impose your will on every flow of events. APRIL FOOL! I lied. In fact, everything I just said was the exact opposite of your actual horoscope, which is as follows: You have a sacred duty to tell more of the truth than you have ever been able to tell before. As you dig deeper to discover more and more of whats essential for you to understand and express, dedicate your efforts to the goal of gliding along with the most beautiful and interesting flow you can find.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20)Fifteen minutes before the Big Bang occurred, where was the matter that now constitutes your body and my body? And if, as seems to be true, the Big Bang was the beginning of time, what time was it fifteen minutes earlier? Questions like these are crucial for you to ponder in the next two weeks. APRIL FOOL! I lied. The questions I articulated should in fact be very low priority for you. In the immediate future, youll be wise to be as concrete and specific and pragmatic as you can possibly be. Focus on up-close personal questions that you can actually solve, not abstract, unsolvable riddles.

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Free Will AstrologyWeek Of March 26 | Advice & Fun | Bend – The Source Weekly

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ARIES (March 21-April 19): Your oracle comes from Aries poet Octavio Paz: "The path the ancestors cleared is overgrown, unused. The other path, smooth and broad, is crowded with travelers. It goes nowhere. There's a third path: mine. Before me, no one. Behind me, no one. Alone, I find my way." APRIL FOOL! Although the passage by Octavio Paz is mostly accurate for your destiny during the rest of 2020, it's off-kilter in one way: It's too ponderously serious and melodramatic. You should find a way to carry out its advice with meditative grace and effervescent calm.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20): A century ago, fiery writer Maxim Gorky and hard-ass Taurus politician Vladimir Lenin were listening to a Beethoven sonata together. "I can't listen to music too often," Lenin told his companion. "It affects your nerves, makes you want to say stupid, nice things." This is crucial advice for you to heed in the coming weeks, Taurus. You need to be as smart and tough as possible, so don't you dare listen to music. APRIL FOOL! Lenin was half-mistaken, and I half-lied. The fact is, music makes you smarter and nicer, and those will be key assets for you to cultivate in the coming weeks. So yes, do listen to a lot of music.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20): By the time he was 55 years old, Gemini author Thomas Hardy had written 18 novels and many poems. His stuff was good enough to win him two separate nominations for a Nobel Prize in Literature. But during the last 32+ years of his life, he never wrote another novel. According to one theory, it was because he was discouraged by the negative reviews he got for his last novel. I suspect you may be at a similar juncture in your life, Gemini. Maybe it's time to give up on a beloved activity that hasn't garnered the level of success you'd hoped for. APRIL FOOL! The truth is, it is most definitely NOT time to lose hope and faith. Don't be like Hardy. Rededicate yourself to your passionate quests.

CANCER (June 21-July 22): Cancerian theologian John Wesley (17031791) was a Christian who embodied the liberal values that Christ actually taught. He advocated for the abolition of slavery, prison reform, the ordination of women priests, and a vegetarian diet. He gave away a lot of his money and administered many charities. To accomplish his life's work, he traveled 250,000 miles on horseback and preached 40,000 sermons. Let's make him your role model for the coming weeks. Be inspired by his life as you vividly express your care and compassion. APRIL FOOL! I lied a little bit. Although most of what I just recommended is a good idea, the part about traveling long distances, either on horseback or by other means, is not.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): The neurotic but talented French novelist Marcel Proust observed, "Everything vital in the world comes from neurotics. They alone have founded religions and composed our masterpieces." With that in mind, and in accordance with current astrological omens, I urge you to cultivate your own neurotic qualities in their extreme forms of expression during the coming weeks. You're due for some major creative breakthroughs. APRIL FOOL! I was kidding. The fact is, you can generate creative breakthroughs in the coming weeks by being poised and composednot extra neurotic.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Virgo author Leon Edel wrote a five-volume biography of renowned author Henry James. In the course of his research, he read 15,000 letters that were written by James. He came to have a profound familiarity with the great man. In accordance with current astrological omens, I recommend that you choose a worthy character about whom you will become equally knowledgeable. APRIL FOOL! I half-lied. It's true that now is an excellent time to deepen your understanding of people you care about. But don't get as obsessed as Edel!

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): About 2,000 years ago, a Roman woman named Sulpicia wrote six short love poemsa total of 40 linesthat are still being analyzed and discussed by literary scholars today. I bring her to your attention because I think that in the next four weeks you, too, could generate a small burst of beauty that will still be appreciated 2,000 years from now. APRIL FOOL! I lied about the "small" part. The burst of beauty you create in the immediate future could actually be quite large, as well as enduring.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): French poet Louis Aragon (18971982) was an influential novelist and a pioneer of surrealistic poetry. Much of his writing had a lyrical quality, and many of his poems were set to music. He also had a belligerent streak. Before the publication of one of his books, he announced that he would thrash any writer who dared to review it in print. Success! There were no critical reviews at all. I recommend his approach to you in the coming weeks. Make it impossible for anyone to criticize you. APRIL FOOL! I lied. I would never suggest that you use violence to accomplish your aims. And besides that, the coming weeks will be a favorable time for you to solicit feedback of all varieties, even the critical kind.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): I hesitate to be so blunt, but it's my duty to report the facts. According to my reading of the astrological omens, you should have as many orgasms as possible in the next 15 days. You need to tap into the transformative psychological power that's available through monumental eruptions of pleasure and releases of tension. (P.S. Spiritual orgasms will be just as effective as physical orgasms.) APRIL FOOL! What I just said is true, but I left out an important component of your assignment: Be loving and responsible as you pursue your joyous climaxes, never manipulative or exploitative or insensitive.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Ancient Greek orator Demosthenes was renowned for his skill at delivering powerful, charismatic speeches. While he was still learning his craft, he resorted to extreme measures to improve. For example, there was a time when he shaved just half of his head. It made him ashamed to go out in public, forcing him to spend all his time indoors practicing his speeches. Would you consider a similar strategy right now? APRIL FOOL! I was just messing with you. It's true that the coming weeks will be a good time to minimize your socializing and devote yourself to hard work in behalf of a beloved dream. But shaving half your head isn't the best way to accomplish that.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): The coming weeks will be a favorable time for you to tell as many lies as possible if doing so helps you get what you want. I hereby authorize you to engage in massive deceptions, misrepresentations, and manipulative messages as you seek to impose your will on every flow of events. APRIL FOOL! I lied. In fact, everything I just said was the exact opposite of your actual horoscope, which is as follows: You have a sacred duty to tell more of the truth than you have ever been able to tell before. As you dig deeper to discover more and more of what's essential for you to understand and express, dedicate your efforts to the goal of gliding along with the most beautiful and interesting flow you can find.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): Fifteen minutes before the Big Bang occurred, where was the matter that now constitutes your body and my body? And if, as seems to be true, the Big Bang was the beginning of time, what time was it fifteen minutes earlier? Questions like these are crucial for you to ponder in the next two weeks. APRIL FOOL! I lied. The questions I articulated should in fact be very low priority for you. In the immediate future, you'll be wise to be as concrete and specific and pragmatic as you can possibly be. Focus on up-close personal questions that you can actually solve, not abstract, unsolvable riddles.

Homework: Tell jokes to humorists. Be extra kind to kind people. Sing songs to the birds. Change the way you change. FreeWillAstrology.com

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Turkish Columnists Praise Jihad, Martyrdom, And Caliphate: ‘Jihad Is A Valid Ruling Until The Day Of Judgement… If The Muslims Are Unified, [The…

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Recent columns in the Turkish press praise jihad and martyrdom and yearn for a caliphate. Burhan Bozgeyik wrote on March 20, 2020: "Jihad is a valid ruling until the Day of Judgement. Jihad will not be abandoned... If the Muslims are unified, [the unbelievers] will all be like dogs at our door." Mustafa Kasadar wrote on February 10: "This ummah has gotten its dignity and honor from jihad and martyrdom." Muzaffer Dereli wrote on March 6: "If we get scared when war and jihad are mentioned, this shows the weakness of our faith."

Mustafa elik wrote on March 11: Democracy, which was imposed as an ideology after the abolition of the caliphate, is a dress of the Greek philosophers that was put on the Muslims... Governing without that which Allah has sent down is a cruelty composed of darkness... If Islam's state governs the world on its own, Allah will lift off of us the despicableness that is thought to be irremovable!" The government-issued sermon for February 28 said: "Our troops obey the call of our prophet to 'make jihad with your hands, your words, and your property.'"

From left to right: Burhan Bozgeyik, Mustafa Kasadar, Muzaffer Dereli, and Mustafa elik.

Following are translated excerpts from the columns and sermon.

"Jihad Is A Valid Ruling Until The Day Of Judgement Jihad Will Not Be Abandoned... If The Muslims Are Unified, [The Unbelievers] Will All Be Like Dogs At Our Door "

In a March 20, 2020 column, Burhan Bozgeyik wrote: "There cannot be Islam without a state. There must be a state, an administrator of all Muslims. This is the truth. Allah's rulings will be dominant in all areas (the sayings and actions of Muhammad are included in these rulings). All Muslims will be brothers, will be united. A Muslim will never draw a weapon on another Muslim. Jihad is a valid ruling until the Day of Judgement. Jihad will not be abandoned. If jihad is abandoned, despicableness will come on its own. The unbelievers will be expelled from every handsbreadth of Muslim land... Let's say it outright: To hell with all of the cruel unbelievers who, in the language of the Quran, are all filth. If the Muslims are unified, they will all be like dogs at our door."[1]

"Our Troops Obey The Call Of Our Prophet To 'Make Jihad With Your Hands, Your Words, And Your Property'"

The February 28 Friday sermon issued by Turkey's Ministry of Religious Affairs read in part: "Our troops are always beside the oppressed against the tyrant. They are at the front for the good of the world, and they take cover in the name of humanity. They are on expedition to run to help those whose rights are taken from them. Our troops stand tall on their feet on the side of truth and against falsehood, having faith in the [Quran 17:81] verse 'And say: "Truth has come and falsehood has collapsed. Verily, falsehood is condemned to collapse.' Our troops run from victory to victory being bound from their hearts to the [Quran 3:139] verse: 'Do not become loose, do not be saddened. If you have faith, you will be superior.' Our troops obey the call of our prophet to 'make jihad with your hands, your words, and your property' and say 'stop' to the brazen raid of the enemy."[2] Turkey's Ministry of Religious Affairs, which prepares the sermons that are given each week at the country's 84,000 mosques, issued this sermon amid fighting in Idlib between the Turkish military and Turkish-backed jihadi factions on one side and the Syrian military on the other.

"This Ummah Has Gotten Its Dignity And Honor From Jihad And Martyrdom"

In a February 10 column, Mustafa Kasadar wrote: "This ummah has gotten its dignity and honor from jihad and martyrdom. This ummah, in the period when it burned and ignited as a whole with the longing for jihad martyrdom, it was the lord of the world. It gave shape and order to the whole world. But whenever it became a nation that was disgusted by death, that forgot the desire for martyrdom, and preferred the worldly life to the hereafter, that is when it fell from the summit and became the plaything of the non-Muslim nations...

"On this occasion we are commemorating with mercy all our martyrs and congratulating all of the civil society organizations, above all the Anadolu Genlik Dernei (Anatolian Youth Assocatian, AGD) who are celebrating February as 'Martyrdom Month' and bringing jihad and martyrdom to the youth agenda once again. We commemorate with mercy and gratitude the jihad leaders 'Izz Al-Din Al-Qassam, Hassan Al-Banna, Abdullah Azzam, Ahmad Yassin, and Necmeddin Erbakan, who are the jihad teachers of our age. The path that will save the ummah from this despicableness today is clear. This path has been tried dozens of times before and every time, with this method, the ummah got up from the place to which it had fallen and reached the summit once again. That path is singular, and it is the construction of an ummah that desires jihad and martyrdom."[3]

"If We Get Scared When War And Jihad Are Mentioned, This Shows The Weakness Of Our Faith"

In a March 6 column, Muzaffer Dereli wrote: "Only hypocrites flee from war when it is necessary. To say: 'Do your worship, leave off jihad' is such a big sign of discord... After permission for war (jihad) came following the hijrah [i.e., migration], the hypocrites feared war with the enemy and they made the entreaty: 'If only this command came a little later.' Today, if we get scared when war and jihad are mentioned, this shows the weakness of our faith. Jihad is making war with [one's] life and property for Allah in the path of Allah. It is working and making effort with [one's] life, property, words, publications, and by other means to spread Allah's supreme name to the universe... When it is necessary, jihad is farz [obligatory] for believers, and the one who is prepared on this path is called a mujahid." Dereli ends his article with two poems about martyrdom and jihad.[4]

Mustafa elik wrote in a March 11 column: "The Rashidun Caliphate[5] is for Muslims a yardstick in government. In the absence of a caliphate, they repeatedly condemn the caliphate. In theology departments they are having doctoral work done to cancel the hadiths of the prophet concerning the caliphate. They are trying to make Muslims the enemy of the order that the prophet recommended. This is a danger as intense as the Day of Judgment. Those who fall into this danger will definitely fall into destruction. They do not know: The caliphate is innate nature,[6] can innate nature be forgotten? Man was created as a caliph. The caliphate entered the picture when man was created. The caliphate is part of the agenda wherever there are people. Because without the caliphate, man's innate nature cannot be satisfied. Those who dirty their minds with ideologies do not know this reality..."

"Democracy... Is A Dress Of The Greek Philosophers That Was Put On The Muslims... Governing Without That Which Allah Has Sent Down Is A Cruelty Composed Of Darkness"

"With the abolition of the caliphate, our world became darker. Never mind the people, [even] the leaves on the trees grew yellow. The poor, the destitute, the orphans, the parentless sought a master to protect and embrace them. In the absence of the caliphate, never mind enemies, brother strafed brother. Those fighting back without a caliphate and without a caliph, benefited the unbelievers more than the Muslims. The enemies of the caliphate took from us the possibility of being governed with our religion. They stole the sun from our eyes and the spring from our noses. In the absence of a caliphate, we experienced winters in the spring of our lives. It was as if we began our lives from the end...

"The abolition of the caliphate is an epic of sorrow. Democracy, which was imposed as an ideology after the abolition of the caliphate, is a dress of the Greek philosophers that was put on the Muslims. The abolition of the caliphate was a wedding of pleasure and joy for those who swallow the fire of ideologies... The ideology that, with the abolition of the caliphate, was put in front of and in place of Islam, is governance without that which Allah has sent down. Governing without that which Allah has sent down is a cruelty composed of darkness... They divided the single ummah into a thousand and one pieces. They made Muslims forget the caliphate, which is the recommendation of the prophet. If Islam's state governs the world on its own, Allah will lift off of us the despicableness that is thought to be irremovable!"[7]

[1] Milligazete.com.tr/makale/4078828/burhan-bozgeyik/mahzun-kabe-bize-ne-soyluyor, March 20, 2020.

[2] Karar.com/diyanetin-cuma-hutbesi-cihad--28-subat-2020-1546697, February 28, 2020.

[3] Milligazete.com.tr/makale/3641018/mustafa-kasadar/sehitlik-ve-sehadet-ayi-subat, February 10, 2020.

[4] Dirilispostasi.com/makale/cihat-mucahit-ve-sehadet, March 6, 2020.

[5] The Rashidun Caliphate governed much of the Middle East from 632 to 661. It was the first caliphate established after the death of Muhammad.

[6] The original word is ftrat, the Turkish word for the Islamic concept of fitra.

[7] Yeniakit.com.tr/yazarlar/mustafa-celik/hilafet-unutulmaz-ideolojilerin-atesi-yutulmaz-31580.html, March 11, 2020.

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Nothing political about Justice Ranjan Gogoi’s nomination to Rajya Sabha – WION

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The nomination offormer Chief Justice of India, Ranjan Gogoi,to Rajya Sabha after three months of his retirement has sparked controversyand concern in the public domain. Though the onslaught of Corona pandemic has deflected the public attention from this important political development and other matters of national significance, it is importanttojoin the debate: whether the nomination of Justice Ranjan Gogoi compromises the independence of Indian judiciary and has further led tothe concentration of powers in the hands of Executive- which poses a threat to Indian democracy - as hasmostly been argued by the critics of the Modi government.

Besides the issue of constitutional propriety, the nomination ofJustice Gogoi has largely been seen as a case of quid pro quo/political favouritism in exchange of his series of Judgments including Ayodhya issue, Rafale case, the delay in the matter of hearing over the abolition of Article 370, Electoral Bonds etc, which appears to favour the government of the day.

But it seems that none of these allegations has substance. It is the matter of fact that it is the same opposition which had hailed the Justice Ranjan Gogoi, Justice Chelameswar and others as hero of democracy for raising their voice against the then Chief Justice Dipak Misra. ( In January 2018, Justices Gogoi, Lokur, J Chelameswar, and Kurian Joseph, the most senior judgesin the Supreme Court, called a press conference to question the conduct of Justice Dipak Misra on the allocation of important cases)

It is another matter that with judgement related to decriminalisation of IPC 377 and Protection of Individual Privacy and other progressive judgments, much of the liberal-leftist critique of Justice Dipak Misra vanished in thin air.

Second, it is a myth that government organs work with complete independence, rather they work in harmony and cooperative framework with a larger goal of governing the country.

Third, whenever a strong personality has dominated Executive in India, the issue of compromising the independence of the judiciary has been raised in the public domain, though without much merit. Indian democracy has matured and moved forward amidst such allegations in the past.

Fourth, Indian politics is riddled with a large list of appointments of Judges including Chief Justice of the High Court and Supreme Courtto various Commissions and nominations in Rajya Sabha. In fact, the Constitution of India provides 12 nominations of people with exceptional abilities and recognitions in the various fields into Rajya Sabha with a view tobenefit the nation from their talents. I believe that Justice Ranjan Gogoi deserves such recognition and an honourable place inRajya Sabha as an independent member. It is misnomer to think that the nomination of a judge in the Parliament amounts to compromising the independence of Judiciary; rather law-making exercise is benefited from experiences of such legal luminaries. In fact, all sitting judges of Supreme Court in the United Kingdom find an automatic place in theHouse of Lords after their retirement without ever generating a controversy that such an exercise or political traditioncripples the independence of UK judicial system.

(Disclaimer: The opinions expressed above are the personal views of the author and do not reflect the views of ZMCL)

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Plans to ‘quadruple’ intensive care beds in Scotland to cope with coronavirus – Press and Journal

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The number of intensive care beds in Scotland is to be quadrupled to more than 700 to save patients infected by the coronavirus.

The dramatic escalation of intensive care planning was part of an anti-coronavirus package announced by Health Secretary Jeane Freeman including measures to protect the most vulnerable and the abolition of parking charges at major hospitals including Ninewells.

Humanitarian assistance centres are to be set up across the country to support the 2,500 people with complex medical conditions who have been told to self-isolate for 12 weeks.

Ms Freeman also said the NHS had received nearly 3,300 queries from retired medical staff seeking to return to work to help cope with the pandemic.

Given the scale of the challenge we are now planning to quadruple our ICU capacity to over 700 as quickly as we can.

Jeane Freeman, Health Secretary

Before Ms Freeman updated Holyrood on her latest plans, the Scottish Government had proposed to double intensive care units (ICU) to 360 beds.

But in another indication of the magnitude of the challenge facing the NHS, Ms Freeman announced that the plans had been revised.

We are well advanced in our work to double our ICU capacity to 360 beds. Facilities are being re-purposed, staff are being trained and beds are being freed up, Ms Freeman said.

Our response to double ICU capacity is the international standard in response to a pandemic. But given the scale of the challenge we are now planning to quadruple our ICU capacity to over 700 as quickly as we can.

The Health Secretary said a pipeline of ventilators was coming to Scotland and the government was working with suppliers to make sure they arrived as quickly as possible.

Thousands of protective face masks, aprons and gloves were being delivered to social care providers to protect staff against the virus.

Ms Freeman said health boards would rapidly scale up coronavirus testing of medical staff and laboratories would be asked to support this so that NHS staff did not self-isolate unnecessarily. Spare NHS capacity would also be used to make sure medical staff can get back as quickly as possible.

Following concern that NHS staff would be penalised by having to pay parking charges at work, Ms Freeman announced that cars could be parked at Ninewells, Edinburgh Royal Infirmary and Glasgow Royal Infirmary free for the next three months.

Ms Freeman said there had been a tremendous response to the plea for recently retired medical workers to return to work. There had been nearly 3,300 queries to the national recruitment hub.

Final year nursing and midwifery students are to be put on placement for the last six months of their degree. That will enable them to do paid work in NHS as well as complete their studies.

Nursing and midwifery students in their second year will also be able to do work in social care settings whilst continuing with their courses.

The new humanitarian assistance centres will support people with transplanted organs, have specific cancers, rare diseases, are on immunosuppression therapies or have severe respiratory conditions.

People in this category have been told to self-isolate within their own households and there will be some who do not have family support.

Ms Freeman said the conditions imposed on them were incredibly hard and the NHS would be writing to the 2,500 people most at risk to advise them how to keep safe.

The centres would involve local GPs and resilience partnerships. They will help manage conditions, make arrangements for managing medicines and carers. There will also be grocery deliveries.

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Sobyanin: Moscow will work with all pharmacies and grocery stores – The KXAN 36 News

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He stressed that they are imposed temporarily for the time of week weekend from 28 March to 5 April, the President of Russia announced for the whole country. Their goal is to make Russians stay at home and thereby slowed the spread of coronavirus infection. In this regard, the to a halt restaurants, cafes, bars, canteens and other catering establishments, except those that prepare meals to go. No longer work retail, except grocery stores, drugstores and pharmacies. Parks citywide importance also closed the entrance for visitors: exhibition center, Gorky Park, Zaryadye, Sokolniki, Kuskovo, Tsaritsino, Kolomenskoe.

Temporarily stop work and services, demanding personal presence of the person, for example, hairdressers. With the exception of the company for the provision of medical services, babysitters, social services. Will continue the work of banks, transport, communications, housing and communal offices, a funeral company. There were no restrictions on services, which are implemented by the remote or by delivery couriers.

Understanding the feelings of Muscovites, the mayor, however, asked residents of the capital to refrain these days from visiting the temples.

the Abolition of free travel, introduced to schoolchildren and pensioners, said the mayor, as volunteers with students who in these days have become volunteers.

Asked the mayor and to the residents of other regions to refrain these days from trips to the capital and not put themselves at risk of infection. These measures are unprecedented, says the mayor, they create a lot of inconvenience to daily life. But, believe me, they are absolutely necessary in order to slow the spread of coronavirus infection and reduce the number of cases, writes the mayor.

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It doctors-killers: how Stalin solved the conspiracy against the party – International Law Lawyer News

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History 26/03/20 it doctors-killers: how Stalin solved the conspiracy against the party

doctors plot in 1953 the name of the notorious criminal case against the famous doctors in the Soviet Union, 6 of whom were Jews. Doctors were accused of conspiracy against high-ranking officials of the CPSU and the murder of prominent party members. The reason for the start of the investigation were the events of 1948. Doctor Lydia Timashuk put to the Secretary of the Central Committee of the CPSU(b) Zhdanov, Andrei a diagnosis of myocardial infarction. But pressure of the authorities not only had she prescribed the wrong treatment, but also rewrote the history of the disease causing comrade Zhdanov died in a few days.

the campaign for the eradication of cosmopolitanism

background of the case doctors-killers, in fact, was the final phase of the campaign for the eradication of cosmopolitanism in the USSR. Was originally conceived as a good thing, but soon acquired an ugly shape, spreading the ideas of anti-Semitism.the doctors have roots in 1946, when Stalin to consolidate their positions first removed from the leadership of the NKVD Lavrenty Beria. Instead, General Merkulov (approximate Beria) has appointed Viktor Abakumov. The Communist party became more Leningrad Zhdanov, Kuznetsov, Voznesensky. Kuznetsov was appointed head of the medical and sanitary Department Dr. Egorova who in the future will appear in the case of doctors. Exactly Egorov gave Timashuk right to treat Zhdanov, and the cardiologist wrote a denunciation to the Central Committee of the party. Stalin ordered to send a report to the archive, however, a year later, on the basis of this accusation Alone had to do the cleaning in the Kremlin hospital to keep her position.

How did the thing

January 13 1953 all the major Newspapers in the USSR published a report with the following heading the Arrest of a group of doctors-saboteurs. The report said that some time ago organs of state security had uncovered a terrorist group of doctorsshe aims through sabotage of treatment to reduce a life to active figures of Soviet Union. He further stated that these doctors have abused their position and trust of patients, diagnosed patients the wrong disease and the wrong treatment killed them.In January 1953, officially approved the arrest of doctors-saboteurs, most of whom were Jews: altogether, Ettinger, Feldman, Kogan, Greenstein. All showed the same charge the Zionist anti-Soviet plot against prominent members of the Soviet Union. Also accused as members of the Jewish bourgeois-nationalist organization Joint. And Vinogradova and Egorov, declared a long-standing agents of MI-6. Arrested them earlier, but the company has received information only in 1953.Lydia Timashuk, who told of the CPSU Central Committee about the secret scheme of doctors-saboteurs, was awarded the Order of Lenin. It was declared a national heroine, who was a symbol of Soviet patriotism, vigilance, uncompromising, courageous fight against the enemies of our homeland

Investigation of

Stalin believed that the arrested doctors are associated with the exploration of England and the United States. He gave the order in any way beat the truth out of prisoners, to understand the motives of killer doctors. Naturally, neither of which conspiracy the doctors didnt know and insisted on the innocence. Then all the prisoners were transferred to another prison for tougher interrogation methods.Head of investigation was appointed Lieutenant Colonel Ryumin. In 1951 he informed Stalin about the conspiracy of Jews in the KGB. In October 1952, a conspiracy of Jewish physicians was confirmed, doctors were arrested. In late November, the broken information seemed enough to prove the guilt of the doctor-murderers. But Stalin was not satisfied with that, he will continue to put pressure on the Ministry of state security, so the arrests continued.

the completion of the investigation

19 January 1953, a special employee of MGB Nikolay Months was appointed to conduct an independent investigateds the case of doctors-saboteurs. N. M. Knipovich was appointed by Stalin. Within a few days of work over a matter of Months I realized that the case was fabricated, evidence of falsified and invented, as the origin of chronic and age-related diseases is the result of exposure doctors criminals.a Month later, the case was declared invalid due to false and fabricated evidence. March 5, 1953 Stalin died and the anti-Semitic policy in the media ceased. Lavrenty Beria on March 13, 1953 brought the abolition of the criminal case, and on 3 April the doctors reinstated.Awarded the order of Lenin Lydia Timashuk 4 APR 1953 deprived of the rewards promised security of tenure and authority. But the promises are not kept: in 1954, she was dismissed into retirement in the Prime of her medical career, without the right to service housing and personal medical retirement.Lieutenant Colonel Ryumin for abuse of authority and bullying was fired and arrested. In 1954 he shot.

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The Orb Abolition Of The Royal Familia – musicOMH.com

Posted: March 24, 2020 at 4:59 am

(Cooking Vinyl) UK release date: 27 March 2020

Alex Paterson and his merry band are back with a new record, this time with a vaguely colonial theme. The album is ostensibly about the British royal familys involvement in the opium trade, although this is not something one would pick up on by actually listening to it.

The whole sonic approach on Abolition Of The Royal Familia is at once a lot more coherent than The Orbs previous record, the transitions between different genres and moods more methodical and well-paced.

The album opens with Daze (Missing & Messed Up Mix), which is reminiscent of DJ Koze with its laidback disco groove, before picking up the pace and heading for house territory. Hawk Kings (Oseberg Buddhas Buttonhole) is the best track in this first section: dramatic strings trilling on top of an incessant bassline, a snaking melody lurking underneath and the titular Stephen Hawking quotes bookending the song.

The second section is ambient, Pervitin (Empire Culling & The Hemlock Stone Version) dominated by orchestral swells and a French monologue while Afros, Afghans And Angels (Helgo Treasure Chest) makes its mark with Vangelis-style synth work.

As the record moves from this to reggae, then to drum n bass the dreamy vibe of The Queen Of Hearts (Princess Of Clubs Mix) is a particular highlight then back to ambient for its final two tracks, the sound design remains inventive and the journey, while long at 78 minutes, is enthralling and a lot of fun.

Slave Till U Die No Matter What U Buy (Lanse Aux Meadows Mix) brings the record to a close, and while the soundscape is blissful enough with its vapour trail chords, the spoken word sample hits harder than was perhaps intended: stay in your homes no more than two people may gather anywhere without permission.

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