Arakan

The land that is known as Arakan by the foreigners is called Rakhaing-pray by its own people, Rakhaing-thar (Arakanese) who were titled this name in honour of preservation on their national heritage and ethics or morality.

MH17 plane crash: Ukraine rebels 'limit investigation'

Posted by Ven. Indobhasa Friday, July 18, 2014 0 comments

Pro-Russian fighters patrol the site of the crashed Malaysia Airlines plane in eastern Ukraine  - 18 July 2014 The site of the crash is in rebel-held territory in eastern Ukraine, making an investigation even more difficult
A team of international observers say pro-Russian rebels in Ukraine have limited their access to the wreckage of a Malaysia Airlines plane.
An OSCE spokesman said access to the site had been controlled by armed men, with one firing shots into the air.
It is believed flight MH17 crashed after being hit by a surface-to-air missile fired from a rebel-held area in east Ukraine.
The plane crashed on Thursday, killing all 298 people on board.
The Boeing 777 was flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur. It fell between Krasni Luch in Luhansk region and Shakhtarsk in the neighbouring region of Donetsk.
OSCE observers inspect the site of the crash in eastern Ukraine under the watchful eye of armed rebels - 18 July 2014 The 25-man observer team left the crash site after just over an hour
A group of Ukrainian miners assist rescue workers in the search for bodies of victims in a wheat field at the site of the crash in rebel-held east Ukraine - 18 July 2014 Ukrainian miners helped in the search for bodies of victims in wheat fields near the crash site
Latest figures released by Malaysia Airlines show the plane was carrying 189 Dutch nationals, 27 Australians, 44 Malaysians (including 15 crew), 12 Indonesians and 10 Britons, as well as a number of other nationalities.
'Intoxicated guard' Michael Bociurkiw, a member of the OSCE team, said their access had been limited despite assurances from the regional rebel commander that they would be allowed into the site.
"A visibly intoxicated armed guard fired his rifle in the air when one of the observers walked out of the prescribed area," Mr Bociurkiw told journalists.
"The fields are littered with parts of MH17," reports Daniel Sandford
The 25 monitors withdrew after just over an hour, having been been unable to set up an access corridor for specialist teams to investigate the crash, he added.
Several bodies had been marked but left exposed to the elements, Mr Bociurkiw said, and rescue workers were unable to indicate whose responsibility it would be to remove them.
Thomas Greminger, the Swiss chairman of the OSCE's permanent council, told the BBC they would continue to work to see that an international investigation could take place.
A tribute to Albert and Marie Rizk, an Australian couple who were on flight MH17 - 19 July 2014 A tribute to Albert and Marie Rizk, a couple who were two of 27 Australians on board the flight to Malaysia
The UN Security Council has called for a full and independent international investigation into what happened to the aeroplane.
The two sides in the Ukrainian conflict have accused each other of shooting it down.
Ukraine's government called the disaster an "act of terrorism" and released what they say are intercepted phone conversations that proved the plane was shot down by separatists.
But the pro-Russian separatists said a Ukrainian air force jet had brought down the airliner.
President Obama says the deaths are an "outrage of unspeakable proportions"
On Friday, US President Barack Obama said evidence indicated that the plane, which was flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, was shot down by a missile launched from a rebel-held area in eastern Ukraine.
He described it as "an outrage of unspeakable proportions", saying he would ensure "the truth is out".
Mr Obama said it was up to Russia to stop the flow of heavy armaments and fighters into Ukraine.
Yuriy Sergeyev, Ukraine's ambassador to the UN, said the attack would not have been possible if Russia "did not provide sophisticated anti-aircraft missile systems" to rebels.
But Russia denies supporting the separatists and Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov dismissed claims that the country was connected to the attack.
"Regarding those claims from Kiev that we allegedly did it ourselves: I have not heard a truthful statement from Kiev for months," he told a Russian TV news channel.
Russian President Vladimir Putin said the crash was a "tragedy". He also called for a ceasefire and peace talks, but fresh clashes were reported on Friday less than 100km (60 miles) from the crash site.
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Pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine are to give international investigators access to the crash site of a Malaysia Airlines jet.

The rebels vowed to secure the site and allow the recovery of bodies, the Organization for the Security and Co-operation in Europe said.

The plane, carrying 298 people, crashed in rebel-held territory on Thursday.
The two sides in Ukraine's civil conflict have accused each other of shooting the jet down with a missile.

The Boeing 777 was flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur. It fell between Krasni Luch in Luhansk region and Shakhtarsk in the neighbouring region of Donetsk.

Latest figures released by Malaysia Airlines show the plane was carrying at least 173 Dutch nationals, 27 Australians, 44 Malaysians (including 15 crew), 12 Indonesians and nine Britons.
Plane debris (17 July 2014) The plane came down near the village of Grabovo in Ukraine on Thursday
People stand next to the wreckages of the MH17 machine (18 July 2014) Debris from the plane covers a very large area
Broken watch at the crash site (18 July 2017) This photo shows a broken watch found on a plastic cover near the site
Ukrainian coal miners search the crash site (18 July 2014) Ukrainian coal miners are seen searching a sunflower field close to the crash site
Other passengers came from Germany, Belgium, the Philippines and Canada. The dead include world-renowned Dutch researcher Joep Lange who was among a number of passengers en route to an international Aids conference in Australia.

It is the second disaster suffered by Malaysia Airlines this year. Flight MH370 disappeared en route from Malaysia to China in March and has still not been found.
'Catastrophe'
 
The separatists pledged to provide assistance after holding a video conference with senior representatives from the OSCE, Ukraine and Russia.

In a statement, the OSCE said the rebels had agreed to "close off the site of the catastrophe and allow local authorities to start preparations for the recovery of bodies".
They would also guarantee "safe access" to international investigators and OSCE monitors and co-operate with Ukrainian authorities.

The OSCE said 30 members of its Ukrainian monitoring mission were expected to arrive at the plane crash site later on Friday.

Ukraine has declared the area a no-fly zone, while other airlines have announced they are now setting flight paths to avoid eastern Ukraine.

Rescue workers said on Friday they had recovered one of the plane's black box flight recorders after searching through debris spread across several kilometres.
The Interfax-Ukraine news agency earlier reported that another black box was found by separatist fighters and handed over to Moscow. Observers say the move, if confirmed, is likely to cause international controversy.
US and Ukrainian officials said they believed the plane had been brought down by a missile - a Buk thought to have been used by the rebels in Ukraine before.
Upset Malaysian woman (18 July 2014) A Malaysian woman weeps after seeing the name of her daughter on the passenger list
The separatists were said to have seized the Buk after overrunning a Ukrainian military base.
However, Ukraine's Prosecutor General Vitaliy Yarema has cast doubt on this, telling local media on Friday: "The military told the president after the passenger plane had been shot down that the terrorists did not possess our Buk missile systems."
Ukraine has called the disaster an "act of terrorism", blaming it on Russia who it says has been aiding the rebels in the conflict and supplying them with advanced weapons.
"The Russians are done for. This is an international crime which must be investigated by the international tribunal in The Hague," Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk said.
Ukrainian authorities have released what they say are intercepted phone conversations that proved the plane was shot down by pro-Russian separatists.
Flag flies at half-mast at Binnenhof in The Hague, Netherlands (18 July 2014) Public buildings in the Netherlands have been flying flags at half mast on Friday
Crowd gathered outside the Dutch embassy in Kiev (17 July 2014) Vigils have been held outside the the Dutch embassy in the Ukrainian capital, Kiev
Frontpage of Australian newspaper Herald Sun (18 July 2014) The crash made worldwide headlines, with the Australian Herald Sun printing a special edition
But Russian President Vladimir Putin has blamed the Ukraine government for restarting military operations in the area, where it is trying to regain control from pro-Russian rebels.
"The country in whose airspace this happened bears responsibility for it," he said.
Russia has called for a "thorough and unbiased" investigation, adding that the tragedy also highlighted a need for a swift end to the Ukrainian conflict.
Separatist leader Alexander Borodai also accused the Ukrainian government of downing the airliner.
Buk surface-to-air missile system
SA-11 Gadfly
Also known as SA-11 Gadfly (or newer SA-17 Grizzly)
Russian-made, mobile, medium range system
Weapons: Four surface-to-air missiles
Missile speed (max): Mach 3
Target altitude (max): 22,000 metres (72,000ft)
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But Ukraine's defence ministry said there were no Air Force jets in the area and no surface-to-air systems being used against the rebels.
Earlier on Thursday, Ukrainian officials blamed the Russian Air Force for shooting down one of its ground attack jets on Wednesday, and a transport plane on Monday.
International leaders, including US President Barack Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, have called for an immediate ceasefire in eastern Ukraine.
Shelling is continuing as Ukrainian forces try to advance against the rebels.
The UN Security Council is to hold an emergency meeting on the plane disaster on Friday morning in New York.
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http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-28361908

IAF destroys homes of all Hamas commanders, kills senior members

Posted by Ven. Indobhasa Tuesday, July 15, 2014 0 comments

In Operation Protective Edge, IAF strikes homes belonging to Hamas members that have been used as command and control centers.


In recent air strikes on Gaza, all of the homes of Hamas brigade commanders have been destroyed, Israel Radio reported early on Wednesday.
According to a report by the Palestinian news agency Ma'an, one of the homes targeted was that of senior Islamic Jihad terrorist Hafiz Mohammed Hamad. In the strike early on Tuesday, Hamad and five of his family members were reportedly killed.

In a separate incident, a joint IDF-Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) operation struck a vehicle containing a commander of Hamas's naval commando unit, Muhammad Sa'aban, aged 24, on Tuesday.

Palestinian media reported that four Hamas people in total were killed in the targeted strike on the vehicle.


Sa'aban's commando unit operated in northern Gaza, security forces said. He was immediately killed in the strike. Sa'aban was a resident of Jabalia in Gaza.

The strike came hours after the IDF launched Operation Protective Edge in an effort to quell increased rocket fire from Gaza into southern Israel in recent weeks.

Later on Tuesday, the air force struck three homes in Gaza used by Hamas as command and control centers for enabling rocket fire against Israel.

The homes belonged to Muhammad Sba'at, a senior member of Hamas's rocket launching formations in Beit Hanount, who was involved in several recent rocket attacks against Israel, Amin Ibrahim Al-Alba'an, a Hamas member, and Abu Jarad, a Hamas member from northern Gaza who has been engaged in terrorism against Israel.

Palestinians said six people were killed and about 25 wounded in one of the houses attacked.

Some 100 targets in Gaza have been struck by the IAF since the operation began, including homes used by Hamas and Islamic Jihad members, underground rocket launchers, underground attack tunnels, remote rocket launch infrastructure, training camps, and additional centers of terrorist activities.

Since midnight Tuesday, some 30  rockets fired from the Gaza Strip have exploded in Israel.
The Iron Dome anti-rocket system has intercepted six rockets.

Palestinians say that a total of 24 people have been killed in IAF strikes since Operation Defensive Edge began.

JPost.com Staff contributed to this report.

http://www.jpost.com/Operation-Protective-Edge/IAF-targets-Hamas-naval-commander-Palestinians-say-4-killed-in-strike-361947

Over 500 targets have been hit since start of Operation Protective Edge; IDF targets infrastructure sites used by Hamas’s senior commanders; army strikes infrastructure used by organizer of failed beach raid

The Israel Air Force struck over 80 targets in the Gaza Strip in under 30 minutes on Wednesday evening, the IDF Spokesperson said. Over 550 targets have been hit since the start of the Operation Protective Edge against Hamas rocket fire this week, the IDF said. 
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In recent air strikes, the IAF targeted dozens of Hamas infrastructure sites used by the organization’s senior commanders. The strikes targeted infrastructure used by Ahmed Andur, a senior Hamas member in northern Gaza, who is responsible for rocket fire on southern Israel in recent months, as well as the failed attempt by Hamas naval commandos to land on Zikim beach and murder Israelis.

http://www.nowtheendbegins.com/blog/?p=23300

"Hamas ignored truce, we have resumed attacks," OC southern command says, adding that IDF has not activated its full range of capabilities.
Operation Protective Edge

IAF strikes Gaza Photo: PALESTINIAN MEDIA
After Hamas rejected an Egyptian-initiated ceasefire proposal and continued to rain rockets throughout Israel on Tuesday, the IAF carried out a devastating series of airstrikes on thirty targets throughout the Gaza Strip on Tuesday evening.

The targets included 20 underground rocket launchers which included medium-range launchers, tunnels, a facility for storing weapons, and an operations base used by senior Islamic Jihad members.
In addition, the IDF struck a terrorist in northern Gaza who was in the last stage of preparing a rocket attack on Israel, the military said.

Speaking earlier on Tuesday  about the IDF's move to resume the fight against terror organizations in Gaza, OC Southern Command Maj.-Gen. Sami Turgeman said, "The cabinet took a decision to hold [our] fire. In light of the continuation of rocket fire by Hamas and other terror organizations, we are working as we have done in recent days - with force and against the components of Hamas's operational infrastructure."

"Hamas launched this operation and brought significant damage on all of its operational infrastructures," Turgeman added. During the operation, Hamas failed to surprise Israel from the air, land, or sea, he stated.

The IDF targeted homes of senior Hamas leaders and field commanders that acted as war rooms and weapons storage facilities Turgerman said.

"Hamas's flagship project - the attack tunnels - has been exposed, and we succeeded in disrupting its will and ability to carry out an underground attack," Turgeman added.

"We have not activated all of our capabilities. We have additional capabilities and plans. If we are required to activate them, we will do so with full force," he vowed. "Our job as the military is to supply to the government and general staff all of the operations that can and should be taken. The Southern Command, along with other bodies, built these plans and capabilities," he said.

A ground offensive is one of a set of plans, Turgeman said, adding, "I don't think it's right to declare what we are about to do. We will continue to follow what is happening on the ground, and we will activate plans in accordance with decisions by the government and general staff."

http://www.jpost.com/Operation-Protective-Edge/IAF-bombs-30-terror-targets-following-Hamas-rejection-of-cease-fire-362899

21 Adivasi families become homeless

Posted by Ven. Indobhasa Monday, July 14, 2014 0 comments

Akram Hosen, back from Khagrachhari
Evicted by Border Guard Bangladesh, Gopa, her hand in the cast, along with the Adivasis who have been evicted from their homes is now living in a school in Khagrachhari. The photo was taken recently. Photo: Courtesy
Evicted by Border Guard Bangladesh, Gopa, her hand in the cast, along with the Adivasis who have been evicted from their homes is now living in a school in Khagrachhari. The photo was taken recently. Photo: Courtesy
Gopa Rani Chakma has become homeless for the second time in her life.

The mother of three children along with 20 other Adivasi families was made homeless when Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) personnel started fencing off their villages -- Shashi Mohon Karbari Para and Jatna Mohon Karbari Para of Dighinala -- with barbed wire on May 15.
The BGB is building a battalion headquarters there. The BGB restricted the villagers from entering the area.

"My life has been a continuous struggle to find a home in Bangladesh. But I've always been denied that right," Gopa told this correspondent in a school compound where the evicted families have been staying for nearly a month.

Her 16-year-old daughter Opsora had been arrested in a case filed by BGB against several hundred people following a clash between the villagers and BGB men on June 10. The clash broke out when several Adivasi women, including Gopa, attempted to go to their homes inside the fenced off area.

The clash left four women injured.

The villagers have not been allowed to go to their homes since.

In 1989, Gopa and many others in the village had fled to Tripura to escape violent clashes between the indigenous people and the armed forces.

She returned to her village after the signing of Chittagong Hill Tracts Peace Accord in 1997, but could not manage to build a home there until recently.

Gopa's ancestors came to the area in the 1960s when they were displaced from Rangamati due to the construction of the Kaptai Dam.

The BGB headquarters is being built on 29.81 acres of land where the decades-old Baghaichhari Government Primary School (No 2) is.

As the entire area is fenced off with barbed wire now, the school has become virtually inaccessible to its students, many of whom are from the evicted families.

“None of us will send the children to a school inside the headquarters that made us homeless in the first place,” said Santosh Kumar Karbari, a village elder who lost two shops there.

Meanwhile, around 80 people of the evicted families have taken shelter in three classrooms of the nearby Babuchhara High School. Women, children and the elderly have been living in inhuman conditions in the dingy rooms for over a month.

“Most of us have not been able to bring even kitchen utensils and clothes with us, let alone other necessary stuff. I don't know how long we will be able to live like this,” said Mrinal Kanti Chakma, another evicted resident of the village.

Uncertainty grips them as they do not know where to go when the school opens after the Ramadan holidays.

The local administration as well as the BGB, however, said the families were making "false claims" in the hope of making some quick cash in the name of compensation.

“A vested quarter, which does not want the headquarters to be built here, has instigated the indigenous people to make such irrational claims,” said Major Kamal Uddin of BGB 51 Battalion.

Asked why the primary school had been fenced in, he said, “We will open the gates during school hours so the students can attend classes.”

Md Masud Karim, deputy commissioner of Khagrachhari, admitted that fencing the school was a mistake. "I will tell them to remove the fence," he said while talking to journalists at his residence.

He asserted that the 21 families, claiming to have lost their homes, were doing so "to tarnish the image of BGB and hamper the administration's land acquisition process".

The indigenous people said the administration had offered 10 of them cash for their land and trees but they had rejected the offer outright.

"We want our homes back. No amount of compensation is as good as our homes," said Mrinal Kanti Chakma.

Nobokamal Chakma, the chairman of Dighinala upazila, said the authorities should have asked the opinion of the local government representatives before evicting the families.

Published: 12:00 am Monday, July 14, 2014
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http://www.thedailystar.net/21-adivasi-families-become-homeless-33254

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Welcoming signboard at entrance gate of Kyaw Taw ( Photo- Narinjara)

At least five Buddhist statues have been demolished by the miscreants in Kyauk Taw  township of Arakan, which had earlier witnessed a series of violent incidents involving the Buddhists and Muslims in 2012, informed the police.

“Five Buddha images in Taung Bwe village under Kyauk Taw township were damaged on 11 July. The heads of the Buddhist statues are seen falling on the ground,” said U Soe Nyeint, a lawmaker of  Arakan State parliament.

He also accused some Muslim people from Taung Bwe village of committing the crime.
“It must be the handiwork of Bengali Muslims who live in the village nearby the pagoda. I strongly believe that the Buddhists would never do this,” added the lawmaker.

According to a local source, a group of people entered into the pagoda during the night time and intentionally destroyed the Buddha images.

A police in charge of Kyauk Taw  township confirmed that the incident took place at Thet Taw Shay pagoda on the night of Warso  religious full moon day.

“I am now arriving in the pagoda to investigate the matter. As the investigation is going on I cannot say any facts about the incident at this moment,” said the police officer while responding to Narinajra News.

The Army and police personnel have already reconstructed the damaged Buddha images. Of course, the villagers continue insisting on strict punishments to the guilty persons.

http://narinjara.com/index.php/buddha-images-got-demolished-in-arakan/

France Terror Jihad Eiffel
The illuminated Eiffel Tower and La Defense business district (background) are seen during the traditional Bastille Day in Paris.Reuters
 
Leaked transcripts of internet conversations between a potential French jihadist and a "senior member" of al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb have revealed that French landmarks such as the Eiffel Tower and the Louvre were top terror targets.

According to French daily Le Parisien, a 29-year-old French citizen of Algerian descent, known only as "Ali M", sent the online messages via a "special encryption programme".
The leaked report revealed that the pair were exchanging messages online for over a year with Ali M asked to send "suggestions on the future activity of jihad [in France]" to the senior terrorist.

Ali M began to reveal his plans for terror attacks in France. He suggested avoiding shopping areas so that France's Muslim population will not be involved in any attack.

"The targets should be average French citizens from the poorer classes gathering in small places, such as bars and nightclubs," he wrote.

After mentioning the Eiffel Tower and the Louvre as potential targets in a message, Ali M alludes to the Avignon arts festival when he talked of striking "cultural events taking place in southern France during which Christians gather for a month".

"The roads become thick with people and just a single grenade would be enough to hurt dozens of people," the message continued. "Imagine the effect of an improvised explosive device [IED]."

The wannabe jihadist was invited by the senior terrorist to meet AQIM leaders in the Saharan south of Algeria "for ten days of training and to learn military techniques, after which you will return [to France] to await further instructions."

Ali M was arrested one week before his departure to Algeria, via Tunisia, in July last year and remains in French custody awaiting trial for "criminal association".

His lawyer, Daphne Pugliesi, told Le Parisien that her client was a "weak young man" and that "his arrest has been a relief for him" after his alleged indoctrination by AQIM members.
France has witnessed a growing threat of terrorism in recent years as hundreds of young French Muslims have gone to fight abroad for jihadist groups in Syria and Iraq, with the potential to return home as radicalised members of society.

Thai Court Awards Abused Karen Girl $140K in Compensation

Posted by Ven. Indobhasa Wednesday, July 2, 2014 0 comments


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Thai reporters photograph a 12-year-old Karen girl who suffered extreme abuse at the hands of a Thai couple last year. The Thai prosecutor has thus far failed to open a criminal case against the perpetrators. (Photo: Pattaya Daily News)


A Karen girl who suffered horrific abuse while working as a maid for a Thai couple in Kampaeng Phet town, Thailand, has been awarded about US$143,000 in compensation by a local court, a Thai human rights worker said.

The Thai prosecutor, however, has not yet opened a criminal case against the perpetrators, who have fled.

Preeda Tongchumnum, the assistant to the secretary general of the Human Rights and Development Foundation (HRDF), said Kampaeng Phet Provincial Court ordered the accused Nathee Taengorn and Rattanakorn Piyavoratharm to pay the compensation sum (4,603,233 Thai baht) on Monday as the victim’s lawyers had demanded.

“The couple is still at large, but lawyers will investigate all of the employers’ properties to compensate her,” said Preeda. It remains unclear whether the couple, which ran a dog-selling business, has enough assets to generate the compensation the court awarded.
Preeda said the couple remains on the run and Thai police had made no progress in tracking them down, adding, “We need the police officers to work harder to find this couple.”

HRDF helped the 12-year-old, ethnic Karen girl file a civil case complaint after she managed to escape from her abusive employers on Jan. 31 last year.

The young girl suffered extensive damage done to her skin through repeated scalding allegedly inflicted by the couple, whom she accused of abducting her five years ago and forcing her to work as a house maid.

Poilice investigated Nathee Taengorn and Rattanakorn Piyavoratharm for child abuse, child labor and illegal detention. Despite the seriousness of the charges, the Thai court released Nathee Taengorn and Rattanakorn Piyavoratharm on bail last year and the couple has since fled.

Although more than a year has passed since the girl fled, the Thai prosecutor has failed to open a criminal case against the couple.

“In the criminal case, police officers already have proved their findings to the prosecutor. Now the investigation file is in the hands of the public prosecutor. As of now, they [the couple] are not present and not arrested, and there is no criminal lawsuit against them,” Preeda said.

It remains unclear why the Thai prosecutor has not yet opened a criminal case to prosecute those responsible for the horrific abuse of the child, but her status as an unregistered migrant from Burma could have affected the case as Thai authorities are sometimes loath to act in defense of migrants.

Millions of poor migrants from Cambodia and Burma have entered Thailand in search of a better life and many cross into the country illegally, leaving them vulnerable to labor abuse by Thai employers and with little legal recourse in case of abuses.

The Karen girl continues to receive healthcare treatment for her wounds, some of which have caused lifelong health problems, at Mahidol University’s Ramathibodi hospital in Bangkok.

Her left arm was damaged because of continuous abuse and she was unable to bend it towards the body or to stretch it. She has received corrective surgery for her arm, while also undergoing psychological treatment by a pediatrician and psychologist for the mental trauma she suffered.

“She is still being taken care of at a [government] shelter in Kampaeng Phet, but she goes to Bangkok hospital whenever the doctor calls her for treatment,” said Preeda, adding that the victims’ parents continue to work in the town.

“She cannot make a 100 percent recovery, but the doctor will help her to move her body like any other person,” said Preeda, adding that the considerable compensation sum was awarded because the young girl must endure life-long health conditions.

“Compensation is not just about the damage happened before, it is also for future cost, such as medical treatment and things that she has lost, like her beauty…. She can have a baby but her ability to breast feed maybe not possible as she lost such organs due to abuse,” Preeda said.

“I think it is very good precedent for those who want to bring lawsuit against perpetrator,” she said about the case.

http://www.irrawaddy.org/burma/thai-court-awards-abused-karen-girl-140k-compensation.html

ISIS map reveals chilling five year plan for global domination

Posted by Ven. Indobhasa Monday, June 30, 2014 0 comments

The ISIS map of the world: Militants outline chilling five-year plan for global domination as they declare formation of caliphate - and change their name to the Islamic State
  • Sunni militants have announced formation of Islamic state in Middle East
  • They demand Muslims around the world swear allegiance to the caliphate
  • Claim leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi now has authority over all Muslims
  • Group has also now changed its name from ISIS to just the Islamic State
  • Announcement described as 'most significant development in international jihadism since 9/11'. 


ISIS has formally declared the establishment of a caliphate, or Islamic state, in the vast stretches of the Middle East that have fallen under its control, and has outlined a vision to expand into Europe. 

The announcement was described as the 'most significant development in international jihadism since 9/11'.

Upon declaring a caliphate, the Sunni militants - whose brutality in attempting to establish control in Iraq and Syria has been branded too extreme even by Al Qaeda - demanded allegiance from Muslims around the world.

With brutal efficiency, ISIS has carved out a large chunk of territory that has effectively erased the border between Iraq and Syria and laid the foundations of its proto-state.
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Caliphate: A map purportedly showing the areas ISIS plans to have under its control within five years has been widely shared online. As well as the Middle East, North Africa and large areas of Asia, it also reveals ISIS' ambition to extend into Europe. Spain, which was Muslim-ruled until the late 15th Century, would form part of the caliphate, as would the Balkan states and eastern Europe, up to and including Austria
Caliphate: A map purportedly showing the areas ISIS plans to have under its control within five years has been widely shared online. As well as the Middle East, North Africa and large areas of Asia, it also reveals ISIS' ambition to extend into Europe. Spain, which was Muslim-ruled until the late 15th Century, would form part of the caliphate, as would the Balkan states and eastern Europe, up to and including Austria
Announcement: ISIS militants (pictured) have formally declared the establishment of a caliphate, or Islamic state, in the vast stretches of the Middle East that have fallen under its control
Announcement: ISIS militants (pictured) have formally declared the establishment of a caliphate, or Islamic state, in the vast stretches of the Middle East that have fallen under its control
Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi
Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi
Leader: ISIS declared the group's chief, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi (pictured left and right), the head of the new caliphate under the name Caliph Ibrahim and called on all Muslims around the world to swear loyalty to him
Extremist: A gun-brandishing Islamist  loyal to ISIS celebrates the announcement of the Islamic State by waving an Islamic flag in the Syrian city of Raqqa yesterday. The area is considered ISIS' main operational base
Extremist: A gun-brandishing Islamist loyal to ISIS celebrates the announcement of the Islamic State by waving an Islamic flag in the Syrian city of Raqqa yesterday. The area is considered ISIS' main operational base
The announcement, made on the first day of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, could trigger a wave of infighting among Sunni extremist factions that have until now formed a loose rebel alliance.

A spokesman for ISIS declared the group's chief, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, as the leader of the new caliphate, or Islamic state, and called on Muslims everywhere, not just those in areas under the organization's control, to swear loyalty to him.
 
'The legality of all emirates, groups, states and organizations becomes null by the expansion of the caliph's authority and the arrival of its troops to their areas,' said Abu Mohammed al-Adnani.

'Listen to your caliph and obey him. Support your state, which grows every day,' he added in an audio statement posted online.

Charles Lister, a visiting fellow at the Brookings Institution, said the announcement was likely the 'most significant development in international jihadism since 9/11'.

Al-Adnani loosely defined the state territory as running from northern Syria to the Iraqi province of Diyala - a vast stretch of land straddling the border that is already largely under ISIS control. 

He also said that with the establishment of the caliphate, the group was changing its name to just the Islamic State, dropping the mention of Iraq, Sham and the Levant.

However, in a map widely-shared by ISIS supporters on social networks, the Islamist group outlined a five-year plan for how they would like to expand their boundaries beyond Muslim-majority countries.

As well as plans to expand the caliphate throughout the Middle East, North Africa, and large parts of western Asia, the map also marks out an expansion in parts of Europe.

Spain, which was ruled by Muslims for 700 years until 1492, is marked out as a territory the caliphate plans to have under its control by 2020. 

Elsewhere, ISIS plans to take control of the the Balkan states - including Greece, Romania and Bulgaria - extending its territories in eastern Europe as far as Austria, which appears to be based on a pre-First World War borders of the Austro-Hungarian Empire.

ISIS regularly makes statements and releases propaganda calling for the return of the geographical boundaries in place before the Great War .

The group insist the carving up of the Ottoman Empire by Allied forces after the conflict - commonly known as the Sykes-Picot Agreement - was a deliberate attempt to divide Muslims and restrict the likelihood of another caliphate being established.

Muslim extremists have long dreamed of recreating the Islamic state, or caliphate, that ruled over the Middle East, North Africa and beyond in various forms over the course of Islam's 1,400-year history. 
Support: Following ISIS' demands that Muslims around the world declare their allegiance to the caliphate, some already appear to be doing so. This photograph, apparently taken in the Netherlands, has been share online by ISIS supporters
Support: Following ISIS' demands that Muslims around the world declare their allegiance to the caliphate, some already appear to be doing so. This photograph, apparently taken in the Netherlands, has been share online by ISIS supporters
Execution: With brutal efficiency, ISIS has carved out a large chunk of territory that has effectively erased the border between Iraq and Syria and laid the foundations of its proto-state
Execution: With brutal efficiency, ISIS has carved out a large chunk of territory that has effectively erased the border between Iraq and Syria and laid the foundations of its proto-state

IN DECLARING A CALIPHATE, ISIS NOW CLAIMS TO LEAD ALL MUSLIMS

A caliphate is an Islamic state ruled by a 'caliph' - in this case Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi - who is seen as the successor to Prophet Mohammed by those swearing allegiance.
In much the same way as the Pope is considered the head of the Catholic church, a caliph would consider themselves leader of the world's Muslims.
They would hold themselves responsible for establishing policy - based strictly on the Quran - for all Muslims and territories.
One of the first things ISIS did after announcing a caliphate was to declare all emirates and sultanates illegal.
Therefore anybody swearing oath to the new Islamic state would simultaneously be declaring that they no longer recognise either the borders, laws or authority of current Muslim-led states.
On announcing the Islamic state, the militants repeatedly described it as being 'restored'.
This is a reference to the last widely-acknowledged caliphate - which existed under the Ottoman Empire and effectively ended with the founding of Turkey in 1923.
Many Islamists - including ISIS - blame this collapse on the geographical carving-up of the Ottoman Empire by Allied Forces after the First World War.
In declaring a caliphate, ISIS now claims to partly 'corrected' the century-old dispute. 
It was unclear what immediate impact the declaration would have on the ground in Syria and Iraq, though experts predicted it could herald infighting among Sunni militants who have joined forces with the Islamic State in its fight against Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and his Shiite-led government.

'Now the insurgents in Iraq have no excuse for working with ISIS if they were hoping to share power with ISIS,' said Aymenn al-Tamimi, an analyst who specializes in Islamic militants in Iraq and Syria. 'The prospect of infighting in Iraq is increased for sure,' he added.

The greatest impact, however, could be on the broader international jihadist movement, in particular on the future of Al Qaeda. 

Founded by Osama Bin Laden, the group that carried out the September 11 attacks on the U.S. has long carried the mantle of the international jihadi cause. 

But the Islamic State has managed to do in Syria and Iraq what Al Qaeda never has - carve out a large swath of territory in the heart of the Arab world and control it. 

'This announcement poses a huge threat to al-Qaida and its long-time position of leadership of the international jihadist cause,' said Charles Lister, a visiting fellow at the Brookings Doha Center.

'Taken globally, the younger generation of the jihadist community is becoming more and more supportive of [ISIS] largely out of fealty to its slick and proven capacity for attaining rapid results through brutality,' he added.

Al-Baghdadi, an ambitious Iraqi militant who has a $10 million U.S. bounty on his head, took the reins of ISIS in 2010 when it was still an Al Qaeda affiliate based in Iraq. 
Brazen: An ISIS fighter holds a jihadist flag in one hand and an assault rifle in the other in a public square in the Iraqi city of Mosul last week
Brazen: An ISIS fighter holds a jihadist flag in one hand and an assault rifle in the other in a public square in the Iraqi city of Mosul last week
Protests: The group has called for Muslims around the world to swear their allegiance to the Islamic state. In Shi'ite-dominated Iran, however, there have been widespread demonstrations against the Islamist militants
Protests: The group has called for Muslims around the world to swear their allegiance to the Islamic state. In Shi'ite-dominated Iran, however, there have been widespread demonstrations against the Islamist militants
Fighting back: Members of Kurdish security forces sit in a vehicle as they keep guard during clashes with ISIS militants in the village of Basheer in Iraq yesterday
Fighting back: Members of Kurdish security forces sit in a vehicle as they keep guard during clashes with ISIS militants in the village of Basheer in Iraq yesterday
Since then, he has transformed what had been an umbrella organization focused mainly on Iraq into a transnational military force.

Al-Baghdadi has long been at odds with Al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahri, and the two had a very public falling out after al-Baghdadi ignored al-Zawahiri's demands that the Islamic State leave Syria.

Fed up with al-Baghdadi and unable to control him, al-Zawahiri formally disavowed ISIS in February.

But al-Baghdadi's stature has only grown since then, as his fighters strengthened their grip on much of Syria, and have now overrun large swathes of Iraq.

Following his appointment as head of the caliphate, ISIS demanded al-Baghdadi be referred to as Caliph Ibrahim - using the name given to the son of the Prophet Muhammad in order to strengthen the claim that he is now the leader of the Muslims and a direct successor to the prophet himself.

The Islamic State's declaration comes as the Iraqi government tries to wrest back some of the territory it has lost to the jihadi group and its Sunni militant allies in recent weeks. 

On Sunday, Iraqi helicopter gunships struck suspected insurgent positions for a second consecutive day in Tikrit - the predominantly Sunni hometown of former dictator Saddam Hussein.

The Iraqi military launched its push to wrest back Tikrit - a hotbed of antipathy toward Iraq's Shiite-led government - on Saturday with a multi-pronged assault spearheaded by ground troops backed by tanks and helicopters. 

MORTAR SHELLS KILL 15 AND WOUND 50 OTHERS IN NORTHERN SYRIA

 A barrage of mortar shells hit government-held areas of the northern city of Idlib today, killing 14 people and wounding at least 50, Syrian state media said. 

Idlib is the provincial capital in northwestern Syria and it has been under the control of President Bashar Assad's troops since the beginning of the Syrian conflict in March 2011. 

Rebels trying to overthrow Assad's government control the areas around the city. 

They have been besieging the city for more than two years, firing mortars into the government-held areas and clashing with Assad's troops at its outskirts. 
Conflict: Idlib is the provincial capital in northwestern Syria. Intense fighting has taken place in and around the city in recent days, with the Free Syrian Army (pictured) among those taking part
Conflict: Idlib is the provincial capital in northwestern Syria. Intense fighting has taken place in and around the city in recent days, with the Free Syrian Army (pictured) among those taking part

The state-run SANA news agency said mortars shells fell on several parts of Idlib this afternoon, including a residential area and a market. State TV said children were among those who died in the attacks, and at least 50 people were wounded. 

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attacks. 

State TV blamed 'terrorists' for the attacks, a term the Syrian government uses for rebels trying to overthrow Assad's government. 

Also this morning, activists reported heavy clashes between several Syrian rebel factions and an al-Qaida breakaway group fighting for control of a border crossing with Iraq in eastern Syria. 

The fighting in the town of Boukamal, on the border between Syria and Iraq, between rebel groups and members of ISIS comes just hours after the jihadi group declared the establishment of a transnational Islamic caliphate. 

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the infighting was concentrated in the town and the nearby border crossing as different factions sought control of the frontier. 


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