Ceasefire Announcement in Kashmir For Ramadan a Cosmetic Measure: Hurriyet Leaders

May 17, 2018 (DESPARDES) — In Indian-held Kashmir, senior resistance leaders, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, Muhammad Ashraf Sehrai and Muhammad Yasin Malik have termed the rare ceasefire announced by India during the holy month of Ramadan in Kashmir a cosmetic measure. Addressing a seminar in Srinagar on Thursday, they said that cosmetic things would not work […]

Thousands of Rohingya Refugees Moved to Safer Ground As Monsoon Arrives in Bangladesh

*** Rohingya refugees brace for monsoon deluge in Bangladesh camps that sprawl near the border with Myanmar. *** There has been a desperate effort to make ready for the coming cyclone and monsoon season. But the almost 900,000 refugees in these camps remain very vulnerable. *** “We recognize the dangers that everyone in the camps […]

Turkey Expels Israeli Ambassador Over Gaza Deaths

May 15, 2018 (DESPARDES/PKONWEB) — Israel’s ambassador to Turkey was summoned on Tuesday to the Foreign Ministry in Ankara and was asked to leave the country after Israeli gunfire claimed lives of 60 Palestinians protesting along the Gaza border on Monday over US embassy move to Jerusalem. The Gaza Strip, or simply Gaza is a […]

In a First, a ‘Made in China’ Aircraft Carrier Heads Out For Sea Trials

*** Beijing has embarked on an extensive project to build a modern, “blue water” navy which could operate around the world, and modernize its two million-strong military, the world’s largest. *** A third home-made aircraft carrier was in the works, but the defense ministry has yet to confirm this; *** The New York Times reports […]

Like a Boss: Indians Mount Chairs Outside T-90 Tank During ‘Nukes’ Drill

May 11, 2018 (DESPARDES/PKONWEB) — The Indian Army’s Month long Exercise Vijay Prahar involving Sapta Shakti Command concluded on 9 May 2018. Over 25000 soldiers with massive array of modern equipment including tanks, attack helicopters, drones and fighter aircraft participated in the exercise addressing full spectrum of operations. Indian media reported that the strike formations […]

Video: Boss Slaps Lineup of ‘Bad’ Employees

May 11, 2018 (BE2C2) — This real estate firm in China might have one of the worst methods of motivating employees. Several workers were filmed lining up and getting slapped by their manager after allegedly failing to do their jobs properly. The employees allegedly volunteered for the punishment which also included crawling around on all […]

Bloody Kashmir Remains in Uproar After 30 Years of Turmoil

May 11, 2018 (DESPARDES Report) — New Delhi has asked its security forces deployed in Indian-held Kashmir to focus on arrest of militants, rather than elimination (search-and-kill operations) — the death toll has mounted from a low of 117 fatalities in 2012 to 358 in 2017, and 132 so far this year. A senior government […]

Malaysia’s Mahathir Mohamad Invited to Form Next Govt.; To Become World’s Oldest Leader

The 92-year-old had a shock victory over his one time protege, Najib Razak. He’s 21 years older than President Donald Trump, a year older than Queen Elizabeth II and twice the age of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. May 10, 2018 (DESPARDES/PKONWEB) — Veteran Malaysian politician Mahathir Mohamad is set to become the world’s oldest […]

‘China Most Likely To Fill the Shoes Of The U.S.’ In Iran Nuclear Deal

May 10, 2018 (DESPARDES/PKONWEB) — After pulling the United States out of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, U.S. President Donald Trump said Wednesday his administration plans to put strong sanctions on Iran “very soon.” “We have terminated a terrible, terrible deal that should have never, ever been made,” he said. “And we will be putting […]

Islamic Scholar Tariq Ramadan Loses Bid For Release Ahead of Rape Trial

May 9, 2018 (DESPARDES) — The Islamic scholar Tariq Ramadan, who is being held in France over rape allegations by three women, has lost his bid for early release ahead of trial, his lawyer told AFP. Judges had already refused bail for the 55-year-old Ramadan, who is being treated behind bars for multiple sclerosis, as […]

Trump on Deal or No Deal: ‘Tactically Very Unpredictable, Strategically Very Predictable’

“Sometimes by losing a battle you find a new way to win the war”; “What separates the winners from the losers is how a person reacts to each new twist of fate” – Trump Quotes May 9, 2018 (UPDATED) — Trump loves uncertainty. It works for him. It is uncertainty about how far he is […]

OIC to Assume ‘Stronger Role’ Over Rohingya Crisis, Seeks Global Pressure On Myanmar

*** “Muslim nations had to “pressure the international community…This is not religious, this is human basic rights of our brothers and sisters in the last 50 years” *** Rohingya refugees brace for monsoon deluge in Bangladesh camps that sprawl near the border with Myanmar.  There has been a desperate effort to make ready for the […]

Iran Warns It Would Quit The Nuclear Deal If U.S. Withdraws

So far, the International Atomic Energy Agency, the U.N.’s nuclear monitoring agency, has said Iran is complying, and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo agrees. May 6, 2018 (DESPARDES/PKONWEB) — Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Sunday that if the United States quits the nuclear deal between Tehran and six world powers then Washington would regret […]

Tripartite Conference in Indonesia Set to Discuss Afghan Stability

May 5, 2018 (DESPARDES/PKONWEB) — A tripartite Afghanistan-Pakistan-Indonesia conference of religious scholars scheduled on Friday in Indonesian capital Jakarta will reflect on Afghan peace and stability, report Afghanistan Times citing officials. The tripartite conference will discuss building a consensus and support for possible peace negotiations in Afghanistan. A statement issued by High Peace Council said […]

OIC Foreign Ministers Meet in Dhaka With Focus On Rohingya Muslims Issue

May 5, 2018 (DESPARDES/PKONWEB) — Foreign ministers of OIC member countries are in Bangladesh capital Dhaka and likely to discuss in a meeting sustainable repatriation of forcibly displaced Myanmar nationals to their home in Rakhine. The 57-member Organization of Islamic Cooperation is holding the 45th session of the Council of Foreign Ministers — its highest […]

Iran Says ‘Will Not Renegotiate Nuclear Deal With U.S., Has Options to Withdraw’

“Even if U.S. allies, especially the Europeans, try to revise the deal…, one of our options will be withdrawing from it.” May 4, 2018 (DESPARDES/PKONWEB) — Iran’s foreign minister said on Thursday U.S. demands to change its 2015 nuclear agreement with the 6 world powers – the US, UK, Russia, France, China, and Germany – […]

India, Israel Defense and Security Ecosystem: The ‘New Normal’

The Indian Air Force last week test fired an Israeli Derby Air-to-Air Beyond Visual Range (BVR) Missile from its domestically grown Light Combat Aircraft (LCA), Tejas; Earlier this month, the Indian government lifted restricted blacklisting on Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) and Rafael Advanced Defense Systems, citing lack of evidence of supposed corruption. IRSHAD SALIM (May […]

Does Iran Have the Atomic Bomb Already? Netanyahu Claims it Does

May 1, 2018 (DESPARDES/PKONWEB)— Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in a televised address Monday he had new “proof” of an Iranian nuclear weapons plan that could be activated at any time, as the US considers whether to pull out of the atomic accord with Tehran– Trump is expected to announce his decision in May. […]

Deadliest Day for Afghan Media in 15 Years: 10 Journalists Including BBC Reporter, Famed Photographer Among 42 Killed

“This is the deadliest day for Afghan media in the past 15 years,” the head of Tolo News TV, Lotfullah Najafizada, told the BBC. April 30, 2018 (DESPARDES/PKONWEB) — BBC reporter Ahmed Shah, famed Afghan photographer (AFP chief photographer in Kabul, Shah Marai) and 8 other journalists were killed among 42 in a series of […]

President Xi Jinping Says Internet Control Key to China Stability

April 21, 2018: China must strengthen its grip on the internet to ensure broader social and economic goals are met, state news agency Xinhua reported on Saturday citing comments from President Xi Jinping, underlining a hardening attitude towards online content. Under Xi’s rule China has increasingly tightened its grip on the internet, concerned about losing […]