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A new India is emerging, and it is a country ruled by fear | Amit Chaudhuri

Modis vision for the country is one that stifles dissent and difference, says the author and academic Amit Chaudhuri Four months have passed since Narendra Modi and the BJP came back to power in India, and more seems to have happened there than in the last 40 years. The sense of suspension of civil liberties in the emergency of 1975 to 1977 and the political traumas that followed. This is because without the matter being explicitly articulated citizen has been set against citizen: not just Muslim against Hindu or, say,…

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Five more years of Narendra Modi will take India to a dark place | Kapil Komireddi

If the Indian prime minister is returned to office, his sectarian politics will make bigotry the defining ideal of the republic, says author Kapil Komireddi Indian elections are a marvel to behold. The rules stipulate that no citizen should have to travel more than 2km to vote. So the state goes to the voters. Carrying oxygen tanks, election officials scaled the Himalayas to erect a voting booth in a village in Ladakh, 4,500 metres above sea level. In western India, a polling station was set up for the lone human…

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Jordan Peterson book returns to New Zealand bookshops after Christchurch attack

Whitcoulls reportedly removed the book from sale in light of some extremely disturbing material being circulated Controversial academic Jordan Peterson has publicised the reinstatement of his self-help book 12 Rules for Life at New Zealand book chain Whitcoulls, after it was removed from sale following the Christchurch attacks. Last week, images of an email from Whitcoulls were posted on social media in which a spokeswoman for the bookseller told a customer that it had taken the decision to remove Petersons book from sale in light of some extremely disturbing material…

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The Guardian view on Gaza shootings: stop killing unarmed civilians | Editorial

Editorial: Channelling a reckless Donald Trump, Israeli ministers appear to have adopted a dangerous mindset: to destroy the national aspirations of the Palestinians by military force It is inexcusable for soldiers of a military, especially those under democratic civilian control, to shoot and kill protesters, almost all of whom were unarmed, and who pose no credible threat. Yet at the boundary between Gaza and Israel today Israeli soldiers blockading Gaza, Israel imprisoned 2 million people behind barbed wire and military towers. Israel treated the violence as a jailer might a…

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Two Palestinians shot dead and one critical in riots after Trump speech

Palestinian worshippers and Israeli troops clash as Muslims protest against Donald Trumps recognition of Jerusalem as Israels capital Two Palestinians have been shot dead in Gaza by the Israeli army, the first people killed in clashes that began after Donald Trump recognised Jerusalem as Israels capital. Palestinian protesters clashed with Israeli troops across the West Bank as worshippers throughout the Muslim world took to the streets after the weekly Friday midday prayers to vent their fury at Trumps decision. A third man was in a critical condition after being shot…

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Trump links UK crime rise to ‘spread of Islamic terror’

In latest Twitter outburst US president makes terrorism link even though annual figures cover all police-recorded offences Donald Trump has erroneously linked a rise in recorded crime in England and Wales to the spread of radical Islamic terror in his latest outburst on Twitter. Just out report: United Kingdom crime rises 13% annually amid spread of Radical Islamic terror. not good, we must keep America safe! wrote the US president. The UK Office for National Statistics (ONS), in its quarterly update on crime on Thursday, @realDonaldTrump October 20, 2017 Others…

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Qatar rejects deadline demands, saying it does not fear military action

Foreign minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani rejects demands from Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Bahrain and United Arab Emirates Qatar said on Saturday it does not fear any military retaliation for refusing to meet a Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates cut diplomatic ties with Qatar last month and shut down land, sea and air links. They issued a 13-point list of demands, including curbing diplomatic ties to Iran, severing ties with the Muslim Brotherhood and

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Al-Jazeera, insurgent TV station that divides the Arab world, faces closure

The network has raised political awareness across the Middle East. No wonder Qatars conservative enemies want it shut down On Monday a bold and controversial experiment in Middle Eastern media and politics may be abruptly brought to an end. Al-Jazeera once heralded as the beacon of free Arab media that broke the hegemony of the western networks and reversed the flow of information from east to west for the first time since the middle ages faces closing its doors for good. On 23 June, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates,…

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Saudi security foils terror plot targeting Mecca Grand Mosque and pilgrims

Suspect blows himself up as interior ministry blames evil and corrupt self-serving schemes managed from abroad Saudi Arabian security forces have foiled a terror plot targeting the Grand Mosque in the Muslim holy city of Mecca, exchanging gunfire with one of the suspects who blew himself up inside a home on Friday, the interior ministry said. The ministry described the plot as part of self-serving schemes managed from abroad. Five people, including a woman, were arrested in security operations in Mecca, the Saudi-owned Al-Arabiya news website said, citing interior ministry…

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Pakistan: man sentenced to death for blasphemy on Facebook

Taimoor Raza was found guilty of insulting the prophet Mohammed during an argument on social media with a counter-terrorism official A Pakistani man has been sentenced to death for committing blasphemy on Facebook, the first conviction on charges arising from social media. Judge Shabbir Ahmad Awan handed down the verdict in Bahawalpur, around 600km (372 miles) south of capital Islamabad, finding Taimoor Raza guilty of insulting the prophet Mohammed, prosecutor Shafiq Qureshi said. Raza had a Facebook argument about Islam with someone who turned out to be a counter-terrorism department…

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Nice Attack: Has a Bisexual Muslim Hustler Put France on the Path to Civil War?

PARIS What French investigators found on the phones of the Muslim murderer who slaughtered 84 people on the promenade along the sea in Nice, France, on Thursday night should not be surprising. But it was. The cops were looking for imams. What they found were johns. It turns out Mohamed Mondher Larouaeij Bouhlel was a hustler, as one senior member of the French security establishment told The Daily Beast. He was inclined to have sex with any gender, and, according to a report in Le Parisien, which has strong law…

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Two men face 80 lashes in Indonesia after being accused of having gay sex

Sharia lawyers in Aceh province say pair confessed to being in a gay relationship after they were filmed by vigilantes Sharia prosecutors in Indonesias Aceh province say two men on trial for gay sex should each be punished with 80 lashes, in another blow to the countrys moderate image after a top Christian official was imprisoned for blasphemy. The lead prosecutor, Gulmaini, who goes by one name, said on Wednesday the two men aged 20 and 23 had confessed to being in a gay relationship, which was supported by video…

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If you want to know about Muslim women’s rights, ask Muslim women | Susan Carland

Islams patriarchy and western feminism have said a lot. Now Muslim women who fight sexism (yes we exist) must be heard Within minutes of arriving to collect my professionally bound thesis, I found myself on the receiving end of an unsolicited and impenetrable rant about female genital mutilation. Whats your paper on? the shop owner inquired. Its on Muslim women and , I began, but before I could finish my sentence, he had launched into the subject. The fact that I hadnt even mentioned the words female genital mutilation was…

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I am the son of a terrorist. This is how I broke free of my indoctrination | Zak Ebrahim

When he was seven Zak Ebrahims father assassinated a Jewish leader in New York. Later he helped coordinate the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center from his jail cell. Here Ebrahim writes about breaking the cycle of hatred On 5 November 1990 my father, El-Sayed Nosair, assassinated the extremist Rabbi Meir Kahane in New York City. The experiences I have had as a result of my fathers actions set my life on a course that even to this day I have a hard time fully processing. Exposure to men…

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