Friday, January 19, 2018

USA: Trump reveals ‘Fake News Awards,’ website crashes

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CNN scooped third place. Without mentioning CNN congressional correspondent Manu Raju by name, the award refers to a false report that Trump's son, Donald Trump Jr., received advanced exclusive access to documents published by Wikileaks via email.

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By RT News | January 18, 2018

President Donald Trump has announced the “winners” of his “Fake News Awards.” While the link failed to open for many amid the high internet traffic, a web archive reveals the New York Times and CNN are among the top three.

Trump also tweeted that there are “great reporters” whom he respects. He did not name any of those journalists, though, unlike the treatment dished out to the “Fake News” awardees.

A blog titled “The Highly-Anticipated 2017 Fake News Awards” on the official Republican Party website shows the top winner of Trump’s fake news accolades to be New York Times columinist and economist Paul Krugman, who claimed on Election Day 2016 that the “economy would never recover” from Trump’s “historic, landslide victory,” according to a copy of the GOP blog archived by the nonprofit Internet Archive.

Chile: Pope alleges sex abuse victims are slanderers

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The pope's remarks drew shock from Chileans and immediate rebuke from victims and their advocates. They noted the accusers were deemed credible enough by the Vatican

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By Nicole Winfield | January 18, 2018

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Pope Francis accused victims of Chile's most notorious pedophile of slander Thursday, an astonishing end to a visit meant to help heal the wounds of a sex abuse scandal that has cost the Catholic Church its credibility in the country.

Francis said that until he sees proof that Bishop Juan Barros was complicit in covering up the sex crimes of the Rev. Fernando Karadimas, such accusations against Barros are "all calumny."

The pope's remarks drew shock from Chileans and immediate rebuke from victims and their advocates. They noted the accusers were deemed credible enough by the Vatican that it sentenced Karadima to a lifetime of "penance and prayer" for his crimes in 2011. A Chilean judge also found the victims to be credible, saying that while she had to drop criminal charges against Karadima because too much time had passed, proof of his crimes wasn't lacking. [more ...]

USA: Ahmadiyya Muslim community is peaceful and law abiding Community

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Ahmadiyya Muslim community does not believe in strikes, rallies or protests against the government. Any such issues are dealt with dialogues, discussions and such interfaith events etc.

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Source/Credit: AMJ Detroit
By News Desk | January 18, 2018

"Ahmadiyya Muslim community is peaceful and spread the peace and Abid by the law of the land".   Said Imam Shamshad A. Nasir of Masjid Mahmood in Rochester Hills.

Detroit Regional Interfaith Voice for Equity event was held on Jan 18th, 2018 at Serenity Christian Church (24120 N Chrysler Dr., Hazel Park, MI 48030). The event started at 10 AM. Apostle John Harvey, the host of the event initiated the program with prayers followed by an Introduction of all the participants.

The chairman, Pastor Aramis Hinds, Breakers Covenant welcomed all the participants and provided a high-level overview on the group DRIVE (DRIVE is an interfaith, non-partisan regional collection of congregations in the Detroit Metropolitan Area (Wayne, Oakland, Macomb Counties). We believe that faith communities have a role in shaping a healthy, just, and equitable region for all the people who live here.

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Algeria: HRW Denounces Lack of Freedom, Persecution of Ahmadiyyas

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Algerian authorities used the association law to deny registration to a charitable organization formed by members of Algeria’s tiny Ahmadiyya religious minority

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Source/Credit: The Human Rights Watch
By HRW Statement (Excerpts) | January 18, 2018

Human Rights Watch has denounced the systematic violations of freedom of speech, assembly & association despite constitutional amendments guaranteeing these rights.

Algerian authorities continued to resort in 2017 to criminal prosecutions for peaceful speech. They have also continued to ban demonstrations in Algiers, says HRW in its report 2018.

The document says Algerian authorities routinely violate the right to freedom of assembly, using the penal code, which punishes organizing or participating in an unauthorized demonstration in a public place with up to one year in prison.

Ghana: Ahmadis donated over one thousand units of blood at 86th Jasla convention

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The Ameer and Missionary-In-Charge of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Mission, Ghana – Alhaji Maulvi Mohammed Bin Salih challenged members to hold the national record of being the highest donors as has been done in Burkina Faso by the Ahmadiyya Jamaat.

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Source/Credit: Ghana Web
By News Desk | January 18, 2018

A total of one thousand, one hundred and eleven units of blood were donated by volunteers at this year’s Jasla Convention, organized by the Ahmadiyya Muslim Mission Ghana in collaboration with the National Blood Service at Gomoa Pomadze in the Central Region.

The exercise was in response to the National Blood Service’s persistent plea for blood especially during the holidays.

The annual convention of the Amadis, which is held to among other things examine many pertinent issues in society including religion and development, brought together over ten thousand Amadis from across Ghana between January 4-6, 2018.

Chile: More churches torched as Pope tours country

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“The chapels were consumed absolutely, there was no vestige left so it will be difficult to determine the origin and cause of the fire.”

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Source/Credit: The Santiago Times
ByWeb Editor | January 17, 2018

More churches burned as Pope tours Chile

SANTIAGO – Three Catholic churches were the target of arson attacks in Chile during the early hours of Tuesday, hours after Pope Francis arrived in the country, police said.

The attacks affected Catholic churches in the town of Cunco, about 700 kilometers from Santiago, in the region of La Araucanía, which were totally consumed by the flames, said Cooperativa Psblo Oackley, commander of the local fire brigade.

The chapels attacked “were in the area of ​​Lagunillas and Río Negro and the flames started simultaneously in both places,” Oacley said.

Pakistan: Escalating Limits on Association, Speech

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In 2017, the government used the Policy for Regulation of International Nongovernmental Organizations (INGOs) in Pakistan to refuse registration and impede functioning of INGOs

Photo credit: Caren Firouz/Reuters
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Source/Credit: Human Rights Watch
By HRW Web Desk | January 18, 2018

Renewed Threats to Activists, Vulnerable Minorities, International NGOs

Pakistan’s government claimed national security to clamp down on critical voices and human rights activists in 2017, Human Rights Watch said today in its World Report 2018. Militant Islamist groups with suspected political support engaged in violent attacks against vulnerable minorities.

In the 643-page World Report, its 28th edition, Human Rights Watch reviews human rights practices in more than 90 countries. In his introductory essay, Executive Director Kenneth Roth writes that political leaders willing to stand up for human rights principles showed that it is possible to limit authoritarian populist agendas. When combined with mobilized publics and effective multilateral actors, these leaders demonstrated that the rise of anti-rights governments is not inevitable.

Perspective: Building on racial harmony | Laiq Ahmed Atif

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The worth of a man is not judged by the colour of skin, wealth, rank or social status, his descent or pedigree, but by his moral goodness and the way he fulfils his duty to God and mankind.

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Source/Credit: Times of Malta
By Laiq Ahmed Atif | January 18, 2018

In the world we live in today, many predominant disorders and inherent dangers to world peace spring from the concept of national or racial superiority. This is what is termed ‘racialism’ or ‘racism’.

Racism, though loudly condemned by every nation of the world, still exists and is a widespread phenomenon.

Fifty-two years ago, in December 1965, a treaty was adopted by the United Nations called The International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racism and Discrimination as a powerful weapon in the fight against racism.

It is extremely hurtful and worrying that, after 52 years, our very modernised and civilised world has not as yet been released from the clutches of this demon. It is an extremely poisonous weed which cannot easily be rooted out.

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