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From the brutal second wave of the pandemic to the oppressive acts of the Taliban regime, Indians and fellow Hindus have suffered a lot in this tumultuous year. To add more suffering to the Hindu's, a bunch of so-called liberals, social activists, researchers, university professors, etc. have organized an international conference against the Hindu community.
" Dismantling Globa Hindutva " as the conference is named, is a virtual congregation of anti-national, anti-Hindu, anti-semitic, pro-Jihadi elements. The organizers who remain staunch on staying anonymous have stated that the conference aims at scrutinizing what Hindutva is, says and does with regard to a wide range of topics, from caste to political economy, to gender and sexuality, and more.
Furthermore, when the conference drew a barrage of flak from the global Hindu community, the organizers while remaining unbowed pressed ahead and released a statement justifying the conference.
An Indian sadhu. Photo by Animesh Bhattarai on Unsplash.
While justifying the timing of the conference the organizers stated, that the conference is being held at a time when a Hindu supremacist regime is at the helm of India, and so this conference aims to throw light on what Hindutva does when it has captured state power by closely scrutinising both its official policies, and its unofficial policies like creating impunity for Hindutva violence and setting up massive propaganda machinery.
When gheraoed by falk from the global Hindu community and various other prominent people, the organizers impetuously stated that they categorically reject the idea that critiquing Hindutva is in any way harmful to Hindu students. Furthermore, they imbecilely stated that they consider Hindutva to be the most significant threat to Hinduism's pluralist ethos, as well as to efforts to fight ills in Indian society like casteism. Alluding to the critics the organizers said that, certain groups can't distinguish between a critique of Hindutva and attacks on Hinduism says more about their confusion, affiliation, and desire to defend Hindutva using any rhetoric necessary, than it says about our conference.
US State Senator Niraj Antani, has strongly condemned hosting of the 'Dismantling Global Hindutva' conference. "This conference represents a disgusting attack on Hindus across the United States, and we must all condemn this as nothing more than racism and bigotry against Hindus. I will always stand strong against Hinduphobia," said Ohio State Senator Niraj Antani, in an official statement.
TODAY: I am condemning in the strongest possible terms the @dghconference. I will always stand strong against #Hinduphobia. I want to thank the @HinduAmerican Foundation for leading the charge against this bigotry. @hinduoncampus @hinduampac STATEMENT: pic.twitter.com/V0J7RXeKqy
— Niraj Antani (@NirajAntani) August 31, 2021
The Covid-19 pandemic has ravaged every corner of the globe since its onset in late 2019. Various governments collapsed, civilian life has been affected, moreover, uncertainty is being peddled on a global scale.
In the midst of the pandemic, Radical Islam is re-building its foundations for a stronger assault. Afghanistan has been completely taken over by the terror outfit Taliban. Taliban is continually engaged in building cordial relations with Al Qaeda which has now reconciled with its erstwhile rival ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria). ISIS, in turn, has global links, from Boko Haram in Nigeria to the Chechen Separatists in Russia.
Radical Islamists are armed to the teeth and are plotting a massive offensive against India. Photo by mostafa meraji on Unsplash.
Summing it all, one can easily state that there seems to be a massive conspiracy to attack peaceful democracies all across the globe and subsequently install a puppet pro-Islamic regime that would facilitate the spread of Radical Islam.
With Afghanistan drooped in radical Islam, Pakistan being too feeble to oppose it, leading it to inadvertently support it. The fertile breeding grounds for Radical Islam is at India's doorsteps. Radical Islamists are in India's foyer planning to mount an all-out attack on the fragile democratic fabric. It is during this nadir, that the government should lay emphasis on nation-building activities, spruce up the collective defence spending and prioritize national security. With the enemy at India's doorsteps, I reminisce the great euphoric words of the legendary Winston Churchill, " Victory at all costs, victory in spite of all terror, victory however long and hard the road may be; for, without victory, there is no survival. " I urge fellow Indians to take inspiration from Mr Churchill's words and contribute to the nation-building activities.
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When Lamiya Haji Bashar, 23, was trying to escape Islamic State (IS) captivity, she lost her sight in a landmine explosion that also scarred her face.
Bashar was 16 when IS militants rampaged through the Iraqi town of Sinjar in 2014, killing thousands of Yazidi men and forcing young women into sex slavery. The United Nations has called the onslaught a campaign of genocide against the Kurdish religious minority.
Currently living in Germany where she is undergoing rehabilitation, Bashar has become a vocal advocate for Yazidi women and girls. In 2016, Bashar won the Sakharov Prize, which the European Parliament awards to people or groups that fight for human rights.
In 2016, Bashar won the Sakharov Prize, which the European Parliament awards to people or groups that fight for human rights.voa
"Seven years have passed, and our demands haven't yet been met," Bashar told VOA. "Sinjar hasn't been rebuilt to allow people to return. People have been tired of living in tent camps. Many of our girls, women and children haven't been rescued from Daesh," she said, using an Arabic acronym for IS.
In 2016, Bashar won the Sakharov Prize, which the European Parliament awards to people or groups that fight for human rights. Although IS's so-called caliphate no longer exists, rights groups say there are nearly 2,600 Yazidi women and girls still missing. Faiza Kamal Suleiman was only 12 when IS enslaved her in 2014. She was rescued from the terror group in Syria in September 2019 with the help of U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces.
"I suffered a lot under the rule of Daesh," Suleiman, who currently lives in a displacement camp near the Iraqi city of Duhok, told VOA. "I was sold many times into sex slavery."
Suleiman said seven members of her family, including a younger sister, are still missing. There are about 200,000 Yazidis still displaced across northern Iraq, many of them living in overcrowded camps.
Mourners prepare to bury the remains of Yazidi victims in a cemetery in Sinjar, Iraqvoa
Knox Thames, who previously served as the special adviser for religious minorities at the U.S. State Department, says "seven years is too long of a time for these people who are targeted for genocide to continue to live in tent camps."
"We've got to do better, and we need the entire international community to partner with the Iraqi government to see change happen," he told VOA.
Thames, now an analyst at the United States Institute of Peace (USIP), said the United States and European governments should encourage the Iraqi and Kurdish authorities "to take those steps that are necessary to bring justice, to bring security, to let people go home and help them rebuild their lives."
Last year, the central Iraqi government reached a deal with the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) over the security of Sinjar town. But observers say the agreement has not been implemented yet.
Since the military defeat of IS, many groups have been competing to claim the Yazidi town, including Iraqi forces, Kurdish Peshmerga, Shiite militias and armed groups affiliated with the Turkey-based Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK).
Yazidi Female Survivors Law
In an attempt to alleviate the suffering of Yazidis, Iraq's parliament this year passed a law recognizing the IS campaign against Yazidis as genocide. The Yazidi Female Survivors Law requires the government to compensate Yazidi women who have survived IS atrocities. Many survivors, however, say little has been done to address their concerns.
"Every year we hear the same promises, but nothing changes for us," said Hala Safeel, a 23-year-old Yazidi woman who was rescued from IS captivity in 2017. "They say Daesh is no more. If that's the case, then where are our missing ones? The parliament passed a law about Yazidi survivors, but where is its implementation? We need action," she told VOA.
Safeel said the "Yazidi genocide continues because we still have many missing people and most of us still reside in displacement camps."(VOA/HP)
By Ken Bredemeier
The U.S. is "watching with deep concern" as Taliban insurgents take control of more and more territory in Afghanistan while American forces are quickly returning home under President Joe Biden's withdrawal orders, Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said Sunday.
"This is the time for [Afghan government troops] to step up and defend their country," Kirby told the "Fox News Sunday" show. "This is a moment of responsibility."
Over nearly two decades, the U.S. has supplied Afghanistan with billions of dollars in weaponry to defend itself, but with Biden pulling U.S. troops out of the country by August 31, control of the country is increasingly uncertain.
Taliban insurgents say they already control 85% of the country, a contested claim. But Kirby did not dispute a Fox News assessment that 13 million Afghans live under Taliban control, 10 million under Afghan government rule, and 9 million in contested regions.
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The U.S. first invaded the country in 2001 to overrun bases where al-Qaida terrorists trained to launch the September 11 hijacked airliner attacks on New York's World Trade Center and the Pentagon that killed nearly 3,000 people. Even with the U.S. troop withdrawal, Kirby said American commanders would be able to advise Afghan forces from bases in other countries. But U.S. and NATO forces have mostly left Afghanistan already. All will be gone by the end of August. Biden last week staunchly defended the U.S. troop withdrawal, even in the face of Taliban advances.
"We did not go to Afghanistan to nation-build," Biden said at the White House. "It's the right and the responsibility of the Afghan people alone to decide their future and how they want to run their country."
Alaska-based 1st Battalion, 24th Infantry Regiment, Charlie Company soldiers, and Afghan National Army troops build the perimeter of Checkpoint 4 along with Route Chicken as part of Operation Fairbanks, Sept. 24, in Zabul province.Wikimedia Commons
He described the troop drawdown as proceeding in a "secure and orderly way." Days ago, U.S. forces withdrew from the mammoth Bagram Airfield, the central point of U.S. military operations. Biden has committed to quickly evacuate thousands of Afghan translators and their families who worked for the United States. He said the processing of special immigrant visas had been "dramatically accelerated."
The U.S. leader stressed it was up to the Afghan government to determine its own fate.
"Nearly 20 years of experience has shown us — and the current security situation only confirms — that just one more year of fighting in Afghanistan is not a solution, but a recipe for being there indefinitely," he said. "It's up to the Afghans to decide the future of their country."
A reporter questioning the troop withdrawal drew a sharp response from Biden. Asked whether he trusted the Taliban, Biden responded: "Is that a serious question?"
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Troops keep a watchful eye on the perimeter of the U.S. Consulate in Herat, Afghanistan a day after it was attacked by the Taliban incurring heavy damage.Wikimedia Commons
"It's a silly question. Do I trust the Taliban? No. But I trust the capacity of the Afghan military, who is better trained, better equipped, and more competent in terms of conducting war," Biden said. Former President Donald Trump, defeated by Biden in last November's election, has said he would have withdrawn all troops by May 1, which Biden said was too quick.
But Biden said he was the fourth U.S. president to preside over American forces in Afghanistan and that he would not hand the responsibility to a fifth. As he first announced plans in April to end the U.S. presence in the country, he said the U.S. "cannot continue the cycle of extending or expanding our military presence in Afghanistan hoping to create the ideal conditions for our withdrawal and expecting a different result."
The foreign troop exit is the outcome of an agreement negotiated by Washington with the Taliban in February 2020 under then-President Trump. It requires the insurgents to fight terrorism on Afghan soil and negotiate a political peace deal with the Kabul government. However, the U.S.-brokered intra-Afghan peace negotiations have moved slowly since they started last September in Qatar and have met with little success. (VOA/KB)
A Global Coalition to Defeat IS (Islamic State) has said that although nearly eight million people have been freed from the terror group's control in Iraq and Syria, it still remains a threat. "IS no longer controls territory and nearly eight million people have been freed from its control in Iraq and Syria, but the threat remains," said a joint communique issued on Monday after a meeting of the Ministers of the Coalition concluded in Rome.
"The resumption in IS activities and its ability to rebuild its networks and capabilities to target security forces and civilians in areas in Iraq and Syria where the Coalition is not active requires strong vigilance and coordinated action," it said. This was the first time the Coalition members came face-to-face after two years. The Coalition acknowledged that it also needed "to address the drivers that make communities vulnerable to recruitment by IS and related violent ideological groups, as well as to provide support to liberated areas to safeguard our collective security interests".
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"The Ministers remain firmly united in our outrage at atrocities perpetrated by IS and in our determination to eliminate this global threat, and stand alongside survivors and families of victims of ISIS crimes working for accountability," the joint communique added. The meeting was co-chaired by Italian Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio and US Secretary of State Antony Blinken. While addressing the meeting, the Italian Minister said the IS "was defeated in its territorial dimension, but it hasn't been uprooted".
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This is why "Italy, with over 800 units between Iraq and Kuwait, will continue to keep its presence in support of local institutions so as to enable the country to tackle this threat autonomously," he added. On his part, Blinken said "joint efforts by, with, and through our local partners have been a critical element in achieving IS's territorial defeat in Iraq and in Syria", but "there is still more work to be done". The Ministers also reaffirmed their intent to hold the next ministerial meeting of the Global Coalition by June 2022 and to hold a Small Group Political Directors Meeting in Brussels in the fall of 2021. (IANS/JC)