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June, 2018


British Citizens of Indian, Ghanaian, Pakistani Descent Targeted By Hostile Policies

Windrush scandal is just the ‘tip of the iceberg’ as other Commonwealth citizens are also being targeted by hostile policies (THE INDEPENDENT): British citizens of Indian, Ghanaian and Pakistani descent have been hit by the government’s “hostile environment” immigration policy – forcing the Home Office’s Windrush scandal taskforce to step in, The Independent can reveal. In dozens of cases of alleged discrimination, people born in Commonwealth nations who have lived in the UK for decades have been left stranded abroad or threatened with deportation. Charities said growing numbers from outside the Caribbean had approached them inRead More

GE Mulls Joining $200B Saudi Solar Initiative, Build Gas Turbines in Kingdom

JUN 18, 2018 (BE2C2 Report): General Electric, the giant American engineering conglomerate, is considering to join the $200-billion solar energy initiative announced by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on his two-week visit to the US in March. The Public Investment Fund and the SoftBank Vision Fund are partnering on an ambitious Saudi plan to make the Kingdom the center of the world’s solar energy industry with 200GW plant by 2030. The country gets plenty of sun, has vast areas of empty desert, and has the financial power to pull itRead More

Pakistan’s Top Military Official Visits Nepal

JUN 18, 2018: Pakistan’s Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee Zubair Mahmood Hayat arrived here for a five-day visit on Monday. Hayat will meet Nepali President Bidya Devi Bhandari, Defense Minister Ishwar Pokharel and top authorities during his stay in Nepal, the army headquarters said in a statement. Hayat will be holding bilateral talks with Chief of the Army Staff of Nepali Army Rajendra Chhetri, according to the statement. The top Pakistani military official will be visiting other destinations in Nepal during the visit. Earlier in March, thenRead More

Did Einstein Have Racist, Xenophobic Views? His Travel Diaries Suggest So

JUN 18, 2018: Two decades before Einstein said “Racism is a disease of white people,” he and his wife traveled to the Far East (via Colombo now Sri Lanka), Palestine and Spain between October 1922 and March 1923. During the 5-month long vacation the Nobel-winning scientist came across inhabitants of Indo-Pak subcontinent in Colombo and mentioned their existence in his diaries by referring to their “primitive lives”. Those hitherto unpublished diary entries showing the genius’ human side have been made public recently and have sparked a debate on Einstein’s viewsRead More

Separating Families At The Border Was Always Part Of The Trump Plan

Trump advisor Stephen Miller was the primary advocate for dividing immigrant families at the border JUN 17, 2018: A new report confirms that President Trump and his advisors had been considering the extreme measures of separating migrant children from their parents at the border for as long as they’ve been in power. According to the New York Times, White House senior policy advisor Stephen Miller was “instrumental” in convincing the president to enact the brutal policy, which applies a zero tolerance approach to prosecuting undocumented immigrants caught entering the U.S.Read More

Why Outages Still Occur After 5 Yrs, Billions On New Plants & $900M on Transmission Lines

JUN 17, 2018 (BE2C2 Report – updated): Nearly $900 million (Rs94 billion) has been spent over the past five years to complete transmission line projects in an attempt to improve the poor transmission and distribution network that could not bear all electricity load including additional load created by power generation projects completed in all four provinces on fast-track basis. Most of these power plants were constructed out of the $34 billion to $36 billion loans built into the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor package as “early harvest projects”, to reduce impact ofRead More

Mass Shooting Incident At Arts Festival In New Jersey; 1 Dead, 4 In Critical Condition

JUN 17, 2018: At least 20 people were injured on Sunday (Father’s Day) in a mass shooting at an all-night arts festival in Trenton, the state capital of New Jersey, that also left one suspect dead, a local prosecutor said. “Multiple individuals opened fire” inside the festival venue shortly before 3:00 am, Mercer County chief prosecutor Angelo Onofri told reporters. A 33-year-old man, one of the suspects, was killed, and another was taken into custody, he said. About 1,000 people were in attendance at the fair when the violence began,Read More

With Highest Livestock To Human Ratio in Asia, Nepal Turns Waste Into Wealth

“One man’s trash is another man’s treasure”. Climate Investment Funds (CIF) and World Bank are supporting Nepal’s efforts to break down barriers to private sector participation in low-carbon development. JUN 17, 2018 (BE2C2 Report): With one of the highest ratios of livestock to humans in Asia, Nepal has virtually limitless potential for biogas development. The landlocked nation between China on the north and India on its south and dubbed the “yam between two boulders” has an agriculture-based economy and 5.8 heads of livestock and poultry per household. These figures translateRead More

Palestinians Use Kites to Protest Gaza Blockade, Burn Israeli Lands

JUN 17, 2018: Palestinians are using kites to protest the blockade of Gaza and causing huge damage to Israeli lands without getting closer to the restive border. Israeli troops have so far killed 121 Palestinians since demonstrations at the Gaza border started on March 30. Israeli politicians have called on Israeli soldiers to shoot kite flyers. The Israeli army has responded with drones that can slash kite strings in mid-air. The Palestinian kites are cheap to make but are causing millions in damage to Israel. Videos on social media showRead More

ISIS Car Bomb Kills 26 As Taliban, Afghan Forces Hug, Take Selfies; Ceasefire Holds

Islamic State claims responsibility for the suicide bombing Afghanistan announces extension of govt ceasefire with Taliban JUN 16, 2018: At least 26 people were killed by a car bomb blast Saturday at a gathering of Taliban and Afghan armed forces in Nangarhar province celebrating an unprecedented ceasefire announced by both sides during Eid. Dozens of unarmed Taliban militants had earlier entered Kabul, the Afghan capital, and other cities to celebrate Eid. Afghan security forces and civilians hugged and took selfies with each other across the country, in an outpouring ofRead More

FIA Scrutiny Reveals 122 Dual Nationals Among Nomination Papers Filed For 2018 Elections

JUN 16, 2018: The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) has handed over to the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) a list of 122 nomination papers it has found to have been filed by candidates holding dual nationality. The list includes several prominent names, including the PPP’s former chief minister of Sindh, Murad Ali Shah, Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf leader Faisal Vawda and veteran politician Fauzia Kasuri, who is currently associated with the Pak Sarzameen Party. Out of the total dual nationals, 60 were found to be UK nationals, 26 American nationals, 24 CanadianRead More

Pakistan Army’s Surprise Win In Intl Pace Sticking Competition At Sandhurst

JUN 16, 2018: Pakistan Army team won the annual International Pace Sticking Competition at the Royal Military Academy in Sandhurst, UK held on 14 June 2018. Participating in the fierce competition were a total of 18 teams: 10 from the UK, 4 teams from Bahrain, 2 from Oman, and a team each from Pakistan and Jordan. Pakistan Army’s team from PMA Kakul won the Intl Pace Sticking Competition 2018. The team only started learning the drill exercise two months ago, “and kicked its way to a surprise win at theRead More

Karzai Blames It All On U.S., Pakistan For Afghanistan Chaos

“Putting all the blame on Pakistan is not right” – Markus Potzel, Germany’s special envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan “Daesh (an Arabic name for the ‘Islamic State’) has emerged. We have questions as to why” – Hamid Karzai Karzai believes Germany could play a role talking to the U.S. to play constructive role in Afghanistan JUN 16, 2018: Former Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai has blamed the United States and Pakistan for the chaos created in his country over the past two decades. He firmly believes that the West, including Germany,Read More

Nearly 2,000 Children Separated From Families At US-Mexico Border

JUN 15, 2018: Nearly 2,000 minors were separated from their parents or adult guardians who illegally crossed into the United States over a recent six-week period, officials said Friday in the most comprehensive 2018 figures provided on family separations. Between April 19 and May 31 of this year, the 1,995 children were separated from 1,940 adults who were being held by US border patrol in preparation for prosecution for crossing the border illegally, a Department of Homeland Security spokesman said on a call with reporters. The detention numbers appear toRead More

Bangladeshi Man Commits Suicide, Jumps to Death at Makkah Grand Mosque

JUN 15, 2018: Days after a Frenchman committed suicide by jumping off the rooftop of Makkah’s Grand Mosque, a Bangladeshi man repeated the same episode as he threw himself to death from the first floor of the holy mosque on Thursday. A Sudanese man received serious fractures and injuries after the Bangladesh national fell on him in the Kaaba circumambulation area where worshippers were praying on Wednesday, The Gulf News reported. The injured was taken to the nearby Ajyad Hospital then to Noor Hospital for treatment, according to local mediaRead More

VHP, Bajrang Dal Are Militant Religious Outfits, Hurriyat Separatist Group: CIA

JUN 15, 2018: India’s Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) and the Bajrang Dal have been classified as ‘militant religious organization’ in the CIA’s World Factbook. The two organizations have been put in the category of ‘Political pressure groups’ in the annual document of the American intelligence agency. CIA has put some other organizations under the same category but they have not been described as ‘militant religious organization’. While All Parties Hurriyat Conference in the Indian-administered Kashmir Valley has been described as ‘separatist group’, Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh or RSS has been categorizedRead More

US Restaurant Chain in Hijab Row Orders Diversity Training

JUN 15, 2018: A California restaurant chain accused of kicking out customers because they were Muslim is to offer free drinks for the end of Ramadan and undergo diversity training, campaigners said. The Urth Caffe branch in Laguna Beach was sued by seven women who alleged they were removed in April 2016 because they were wearing hijabs, according to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). “My friends and I took this stand to see change and ensure that any type of discriminatory conduct is never accepted or tolerated,” Sara Farsakh,Read More

Imran To Contest From Gulshan-i-Iqbal NA-243; ‘We Want The Next PM From Karachi’

JUN 15, 2018: The Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf’s parliamentary board on Thursday officially announced that PTI chairman Imran Khan would be contesting the election from NA-243 (Karachi East). The official announcement comes a month and a half after PTI Karachi president Engr. Firdous Naqvi told PKonweb that Khan wants to contest from the mega city on two National Assembly seats — NA-256 and NA-243, as “Imran and PTI’s thought-leaders concur that the next Prime Minister should be from Karachi”. “Most probably, Imran will contest for the National Assembly seat from District EastRead More

Taking Out of ‘Mullah Radio’ By U.S. With Drone Strike: It Took Two To Tango

IRSHAD SALIM (JUN 15, 2018): Media reports say a US drone targeted and killed the outlawed Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) leader Mullah Fazlullah in the Afghan province of Kunar straddling Pakistan’s western border. Fazlullah and his commanders were having an Iftar party at a compound when a remotely piloted US aircraft targeted them, The Express Tribune has reported citing sources. Four other TTP commanders who have been identified as Abu Bakar, Umar, Imran and Sajid were killed, it said. The report comes amid a seven-day ceasefire between the Afghan Taliban andRead More

Former FBI Director Comey Broke Protocol In Clinton Emails Probe: IG Report

JUN 14, 2018: Former FBI Director James Comey broke from usual procedures in his handling of an investigation into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s emails, but his actions weren’t politically motivated, the Justice Department’s Inspector General said in a long-awaited report Thursday. The 500-page report details ways in which Comey broke with protocol in the Clinton investigation and messages from FBI personnel opposed to President Donald Trump. According to the report, Comey used a personal Gmail account for official government business while FBI director, after leading the investigation intoRead More