Tunisia deploys army, makes 300 arrests as violent unrest continues

Thursday, 11 January 2018

Tunisian protesters burned down a regional national security headquarters near the Algerian border, prompting authorities to send in troops after police retreated, witnesses said, as unrest over prices and taxes continued nationwide. Over 300 protesters were arrested overnight and the army was deployed in several cities to help quell violent protests in Tunisia seven years after the overthrow of Zine El-Abidine Ben Ali in the first of the Arab Spring revolts. In Thala, near the Algerian border, ...

UN: Iraq must do more for ISIS sex abuse victims

Tuesday, 22 August 2017

Iraq must do more to ensure that thousands of women and girls who survived sexual violence by ISIS militants receive care, protection and justice, the UN said Tuesday. In a fresh report, the UN Assistance Mission to Iraq (UNAMI) and the UN rights office also warned that the children born as a result of the sexual violence risked facing a lifetime of discrimination and abuse. READ ALSO: How a British man tricked a Moroccan woman into joining ISIS “The physical, mental and emotional ...

Attempting to understand the phenomenon of violence

Friday, 28 July 2017

There are several discussions about climate threats and the scarcity of food and dozens of prophecies about the dry land and the decrease of water. However the worst threat is violence with all its forms, the terrorist, the criminal and the political. A society’s luxury is first measured by its security and then all other standards follow. Although the world has witnessed major violence in East Asia, mass massacres in Africa, civil wars in the Middle East and massacres in Europe – of ...

Fahad Suleiman Shoqiran

Takfir is extremism’s demonic fruit

Monday, 17 July 2017

Al-Ghazali once said: “Only ignorant men rush to accusing others of apostasy.” I’ve memorized this quote ever since I read it and I recall it every time someone makes rushed judgments accusing others of apostasy. When I listen to how they ended up with this dangerous conclusion, I realize that Ghazali’s statement was accurate and true. If we delve into inherited jurisprudential legacies, we’d notice that takfir, i.e. accusations of apostasy, were common during times ...

Mohammed Al Shaikh

Jilted Indian lover rapes, kills ex-girlfriend

Sunday, 14 May 2017

A jilted man who kidnapped and raped his ex-girlfriend before smashing her head with bricks and running her over with a car has been arrested, Indian police said Sunday.Police in the northern state of Haryana said the 23-year-old victim was abducted by the man and his friend who then allegedly raped and mutilated her, in the latest case of sexual violence in the country.They then dumped her in an isolated industrial area where a local resident discovered her four days later, on Friday, when they ...

It’s uniform vs uniform as schoolgirls fight India’s military in Kashmir

Friday, 12 May 2017

It’s now uniform versus uniform in Indian-administered Kashmir as students in school or college uniform fight pitched battles with soldiers in fatigues. The starkest manifestation of the downturn is Kashmiri girls in headscarves and uniforms pelting stones at security forces in Srinagar alongside rebellious male students for the first time in a region which former American President, Bill Clinton, famously called one of the most dangerous places in the whole world. School and college-going ...

Mexico is the world’s bloodiest country after Syria

Wednesday, 10 May 2017

Mexico’s ruthless drug cartels left the country with the world’s highest murder rate last year, second only to Syria, a report released on Tuesday by the London-based IISS said. There were 23,000 homicides in Mexico during 2016, compared to 60,000 in Syria which has since 2011 been wracked by civil war, according to a report by the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS). “It is very rare for criminal violence to reach a level akin to armed conflict.” ...

Six people killed, more than 100 injured during Kashmir protests

Sunday, 9 April 2017

Six people were killed and more than 100 injured on Sunday when police clashed with protesters during a by-election in Srinagar in India's disputed Kashmir region, officials said. Separatist factions in Kashmir had called for a boycott of the vote, resulting in heightened security and low voter turnout as the polling began. In Budgam district, police initially used tear gas against protesters who were throwing stones, but then opened fire, killing six people, the senior ...

What next after acts of violence in Qatif?

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

The bullets which aimed at the former member of the municipal council in Qatif, Engineer Nabih al-Barahim, were not stray bullets. They were intended to terrorize and were aimed at a specific victim who was targeted because of his social and political views. The person holding the weapon sees the “other” as an aggressor against his lifestyle and belief system and hence tries to assert his views through violence and coercion. Acts of violence by outlawed groups in Qatif, and its ...

Hassan Al Mustafa

The war on others’ tastes

Thursday, 16 March 2017

This time it is a young man with a groomed beard wearing keffiyeh and agal. Yet he is performing an act similar to that of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi’s followers against historic artefacts, theatres and temples that are deeply significant for the history of humanity.This young man broke the microphone and delivered a fiery statement full of reprimand in an attempt to raise awareness. The scene suggests that the phenomenon of controlling societies’ tastes has not become extinct but has ...

Turki Aldakhil

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