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In absence of magic wand, humanity needs to think on crises like Syria

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As resilient as Russia and France sound the reality is undeniable that they are killing civilians in their revengeful attacks on Syria. “An eye for an eye only ends up making the whole world blind,” said Mahatma Gandhi which aptly explains where these revengeful attacks are leading us.

Moscow’s warplanes carried out an astounding 394 raids in the last three days, killing more than 731 ‘rebels’ across Syria.

French warplanes carried out more than 160 raids earlier on Monday, with 23 people arrested and dozens of weapons seized. A round of airstrikes on the Islamic State’s (IS) Syrian stronghold of Raqqa was carried out on Tuesday as well. Authorities reported seven strikes and, at least, three major explosions in the city.

Earlier, French President François Hollande called the Paris attacks an “act of war” and vowed to be “merciless” against those responsible, made it clear that he would no longer be deterred by the border between Iraq and Syria.

However, what is not being reported is the number of civilians dead, wounded, abandoned, orphaned and/or deprived of all those basic amenities, which will allow them to merely survive due to these vengeful assaults.

These countries definitely do need to set these terror outfits straight, but their strategies need to be focussed. These indiscriminate air strikes claiming to be hitting the ‘rebels’ do claim the lives of civilians and damage their residences rendering them with nothing to cling to.

The blame doesn’t squarely lie on Russia and France or any European nation aiding these powers in attacking ISIS (and Syria), but the US is to be blamed equally.

Obama, at the last UN General Assembly meeting, remarked while countering Russian attacks on Iraq and adjoining the Syrian nation, “In accordance with this logic, we should support tyrants like Bashar al-Assad, who drop barrel bombs to massacre innocent children, because the alternative is surely worse.”

This is a logical statement considering that the air bombing by Russia is not creating any less destruction (of life and emotions) as compared to local militants of the state.

Although, the irony of Obama’s statement is that the US is not a guiltless spectator in the Syrian situation either.

The US has continuously supplied weapons to rebel opposition groups in Syria, which have landed in the hands al-Nusra, a terror outfit. On the other hand weapons for the Iraqi army have reached the ISIS.

According to a BBC report, “Isis has made use of the weapons it seized from the Iraqi army in its successful takeover of large swathes of the country, including an estimated 1,500 Humvees, some armed with TOW missiles, howitzers, and precision-guided weaponry.

It’s also interesting that the US just happens to be the largest arms supplier nation in the world.

Pope Francis, in his recent visit to the US, addressed the Congress saying, one of the prime reasons of weapons being sold in the world is for industrial gain, to attain more money “…money that is drenched in blood, often innocent blood”.

This tossing of blames will continue to stay with us until we die or a mystical fairy descends on Earth to wave her magical wand and cure the world of its maniac fascination with violence making the world a better place.

What we all are failing to see is the extraordinary destruction these reckless assails and counter attacks are causing to the innocent citizens in these regions. Syria is already under severe devastation by ISIS and is now even under the violence gambit of these powerful nations.

For a local citizen in Syria or Iraq, I wonder, what is the difference between ISIS, Al Qaeda and Russia, France or the US?

For them, they are all the same; they all have (and yet continue to) devastated their lives every single day.

Human rights are for all humans and not just of the French, Russian or Americans. These rights apply to Syrians, Iraqis, Afghans and Sudanese as well. However, a bad excuse is given that, at times, the segregation of rebels and civilians is impossible and collateral damages happen.

So it’s fair by all means that you turn into a larger, organised terror group against the innocent civilians of a country that has become the core hate target of the world.

The development of a nation should not be measured by its arms supply but by its ability to accept, include and nurture the ravages that the humanity has gone through.

The ease of torturing others has become so rampant in this global age that massacres seem to be just another resentful attack. But in the bargain we are overlooking its repercussions on the innocent just because someone has better set of words to justify it.

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Humanity’s days are numbered, Artificial Intelligence (AI) will cause mass extinction, warns Stephen Hawking

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Scientist Stephen Hawking giving his views on the danger of Artificial Intelligence (AI)
Scientist Stephen Hawking giving his views on the danger of Artificial Intelligence (AI)

London, Nov 3: Earth is becoming too small and humanity is bound to self-destruct, with Artificial Intelligence (AI) replacing us as the dominant being on the planet, according to scientist Stephen Hawking.

Professor Hawking says that our time on Earth is numbered after we passed the point of “no return”.

The theoretical physicist says that developments in AI have been so great that the machines will one day be more dominant than human beings, express.co.uk reported.

He told Wired Magazine: “I fear that Artificial Intelligence (AI) may replace humans altogether. If people design computer viruses, someone will design AI that improves and replicates itself.

“This will be a new form of life that outperforms humans.”

Hawking, 75, said that humans need to leave Earth if we are to continue as a species.

He said a new space programme should be humanity’s top priority “with a view to eventually colonising suitable planets for human habitation”.

This will allow us to leave Earth and colonise another planet to ensure our survival, otherwise there will be “serious consequences”.

Professor Hawking added: “I believe we have reached the point of no return. Our earth is becoming too small for us, global population is increasing at an alarming rate and we are in danger of self-destructing.”

Last year, at the opening of Cambridge University’s artificial intelligence centre, Professor Hawking said that AI could either be the best or worst invention humanity has ever made.

“This will be a new form of life that outperforms humans.”

“The potential benefits of creating intelligence are huge. We cannot predict what we might achieve, when our own minds are amplified by Artificial Intelligence (AI).

“Perhaps with the tools of this new technological revolution, we will be able to undo some of the damage done to the natural world by the last one – industrialisation.

“And surely we will aim to finally eradicate disease and poverty. Every aspect of our lives will be transformed, In short, success in creating AI, could be the biggest event in the history of our civilisation.

“But it could also be the last, unless we learn how to avoid the risks. Alongside the benefits, AI will also bring dangers, like powerful autonomous weapons, or new ways for the few to oppress the many.” (IANS)

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Khalsa Aid: This Sikh Relief Organisation is Restoring Faith in Humanity Since 1999

‘Khalsa Aid’ has also been assisting Yazidi women, escaped from the clutches of terrorist organization ISIS recently, by providing monthly food rations to 250 women

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‘Khalsa Aid’, an international humanitarian aid organization being run by Sikhs, Source: Khalsaaid.org

New Delhi, August 10, 2017: Prevailing scenario across the globe suggests that the cruelty has almost wiped out the humanity and the disheartening greed of human beings has made everyone egocentric. Increasing crime rate, conflicts, corruption, and negligence, are all symbol of this transition.

Despite the widespread selfishness, a Sikh relief organization is fighting hard to preserve the soul of humanity and keeping the hope alive. ‘Khalsa Aid’ is an international humanitarian aid organization run by people of Sikh community and it is setting a perfect example of peace and compassion among people.

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This organization works for providing humanitarian aid to the people affected by disasters or are in conflict areas. Started in 1999 in the United Kingdom with UK Charities Commission, ‘Khalsa Aid’ has volunteers all over America and Asia. They have provided relief aid to most part of the Middle East where the conflicts are much serious. They have led their activities in countries like Lebanon, Haiti, Bosnia, Nepal, and Serbia.

In Lebanon and Serbia, the ‘Khalsa Aid’ has been providing food, medical and educational assistance to the refugees there. It also had supplied food aid to famine and drought struck areas of northern Kenya.

Back in 2015, the organization also rushed to Nepal after severe earthquakes hit the country and arranged food and temporary shelters for the affected citizens. It also helped in conducting missions in rubble clearance and building temporary shelters for 250 families there.

Meanwhile, at the time of Kashmir floods (2014) in India, ‘Khalsa Aid’ had actively taken part in relief measures in flood-devastated parts.

 Similar was its role during Uttarakhand floods and the Muzaffarnagar riots of 2013.

Khalsa Aid helping women in need

‘Khalsa Aid’ has also been assisting Yazidi women, escaped from the clutches of terrorist organization ISIS recently, by providing monthly food rations to 250 women.

Ravinder Singh, founder of ‘Khalsa Aid’ was awarded ‘The Sikh of the Year 2014’ for doing humanitarian works all over the world. His first mission was in Albania border where Khalsa Aid provided assistance to the victims of civil war and genocide.

Though there are only a few people working for the welfare of humanity, yet there is a hope and these people are the flag bearer for the same.

– by Sumit Balodi of NewsGram. Twitter @sumit_balodi

 

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1971 war crimes: Bangladesh tribunal sentences three to death for 1971 war crimes

A three-member bench of the special court headed by Justice Anwarul Haque delivered the 289-page verdict in the presence of the two convicted in custody

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1971 Bangladesh Pakistan War. Image source: defence.pk
  • A three-member bench of the special court headed by Justice Anwarul Haque delivered the 289-page verdict in the presence of the two convicted in custody
  • The three-member tribunal bench had tried the eight accused on June 19 and kept the verdict pending
  • The accused were said to have committed murder, abduction, torture, confinement and arson between April 22 and December 11, 1971

Bangladesh’s International Crimes Tribunal (ICT) on Monday, July 18, held eight Al-Badr men guilty of crimes against humanity during the 1971 Liberation War and sentenced three of them to death.

Five others were sentenced to life in prison.

Ashraf Hossain, Sharif Ahammed and Abdul Bari were awarded death term while SM Yousuf Ali, Shamsul Haque, Abdul Mannan, Harun and Abul Hashem were sentenced to imprisonment for life.

Among the eight convicts, only Ali and Haque are in custody. The others are missing and presumed to be on the run. They were tried and convicted in absentia.

A three-member bench of the special court headed by Justice Anwarul Haque delivered the 289-page verdict in the presence of the two convicted in custody, the Daily Star reported.

The prosecution levelled five charges of murder, abduction, torture, arson and loot, and three of these charges have been proven beyond doubt, the court said in its verdict.

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They were said to have committed murder, abduction, torture, confinement and arson between April 22 and December 11, 1971.

The special tribunal directed the Inspector General of Police and the Home Secretary to arrest the fugitives immediately and seek help from Interpol if necessary.

Prosecution lawyer Tureen Afroz said her team was satisfied with the 100 percent conviction, whereas defence lawyer Gazi M H Tamim said they would appeal against the sentences.

The three-member tribunal bench had tried the eight accused on June 19 and kept the verdict pending.

Ashraf is believed to have fled to India while the rest are on the run in Bangladesh, according to the tribunal’s investigation agency.

According to the agency, Jamalpur and Sherpur were the birthplaces of Al-Badr in Bangladesh.

Ashraf Hossain, along with executed war criminal Muhammad Kamaruzzamann and Kamran—all leaders of Jamaat-e-Islami’s then student wing Islami Chhatra Sangha—organised Al-Badr in greater Mymensingh.

1971 War, Bangladesh and Pakistan. Image source: herald.dawn.com
1971 War, Bangladesh and Pakistan. Image source: herald.dawn.com

Sharif, Mannan, Bari, Harun and Hashem were also involved in Islami Chhatra Sangha and turned into Al-Badr members, the probe agency said.

Sharif was the Director of Islami Bank Bangladesh Ltd between 1987 and 2003 and Executive and Managing Director of Bangladesh Publications Ltd,  which owned the Daily Sangram, between 1999 and 2013.

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Shamsul contested the provincial assembly elections in the 1970s as a Jamaat candidate from Jamalpur but was defeated. Yusuf, also with Jamaat’s ticket, tried for membership in the National Assembly and he too was defeated.

However, Yousuf became a National Assembly member through a “so-called” by-election in 1971, the agency said, adding that the duo, Shamsul and Yusuf patronised Al-Badr in Jamalpur.

On October 26, 2015, the tribunal framed five charges and the prosecution presented 25 witnesses, including the investigation officer of the case, along with some documentary evidence. The defence declined to bring forward any witness, the Daily Star added.

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