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Death to transparency: Trump scraps reporting on civilian drone casualties

Death to transparency: Trump scraps reporting on civilian drone casualties

Tuesday March 19, 2019By Usaid SiddiquiObama-era law required civilian casualties of US airstrikes to be reported [Getty]Lost in the news cycle of recent weeks, one disturbing piece of
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WATCH: ‘Eat with Muslims’ dinner held at Uber NYC headquarters

WATCH: ‘Eat with Muslims’ dinner held at Uber NYC headquarters

Pix11 Tuesday March 19, 2019By Shirley Chan [embedded content]MIDTOWN, Manhattan — It’s all about breaking barriers over breaking
bread. “Eat with Muslims” held its first dinner in New York City Monday
night.
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Sweden’s first hijab-wearing MP grilled for proposing RACE–based nationwide register

Sweden’s first hijab-wearing MP grilled for proposing RACE–based nationwide register


Tuesday March 19, 2019

A view of Gamla Stan, the old town of Stockholm. ©  Reuters / Ints Kalnins

A Swedish lawmaker of Somali origin has sparked outrage after she put forward the idea of establishing an “equality data” register that would collect information on people’s race, ethnicity and sexual orientation.

People in Sweden may, in the future, have to register on a special database called “equality data” where they would need to specify their race. That’s at least according to a proposal put forward by Leila Ali Elmi, a lawmaker from the Green Party. The 30-year-old daughter of immigrants from Somalia who became the first Swedish MP to give a speech in a hijab, told local media that the initiative can tackle issues of discrimination more effectively.

The politician argued the country needs to collect data “instead of saying that racism does not exist and that Sweden is color-blind,” adding that it was statistics that helped the nation to remedy the problem of gender inequality.

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“We know that racism exists and we know that discrimination exists, but we have no figures on it.”

Ali Elmi said that she will “leave [it] for the experts” to decide on the eventual configuration of the system but added that it may also include mappings based on religion, ethnicity, disabilities and sexual orientation.

Fellow politicians, as well as people on social media, however found the idea too controversial. Centre Party gender equality spokeswoman Annika Qarlsson reminded that datasets of this kind are historically associated with some “terrible abuses” while blogger Katerina Janouch explicitly said that she feels the “the reek of the 1930s.”

Some Twitter users raised fears that the new idea would breach human rights while some wondered if people would need to leave a DNA sample so that their race is detected correctly.

The idea echoes a proposal put forward in February by Sweden’s Left Party which suggested officials should gather information on “ethnic affiliation, national origin, skin color and religion or other belief.” The initiative also named “equality data” however found little support from the national statistics agency which said it is unlikely to be compatible with the law.

Meanwhile Swedish minority issues researcher Tobias Hübinette defended the project arguing that “equality data is not about registers” and even less about “race registers.”

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Turkish President warns NZ over mosque attacks, invokes Gallipoli

Turkish President warns NZ over mosque attacks, invokes Gallipoli

The New Zealand Herald
Tuesday March 19, 2019

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’an explosive comments came as he campaigns for March 31 municipal elections for his AKP party. Picture: Ozan Kose/AFP

Turkish President President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has invoked the Anzacs’ Gallipoli campaign in World War I in responding to the mosque attacks in Christchurch, saying anyone who went to Turkey for anti-Muslim reasons would be returned “in coffins”, as their grandfathers were.

The Hurriyet news site reported that Erdogan had referred to the failed invasion of the Gallipoli peninsula by allied forces, including the Australian and New Zealand troops, in World War I and said Turkey would “write history” again if anyone stood against Turks, Muslims and all the oppressed.

In a message apparently aimed at New Zealanders and Westerners, Erdogan said: “Your grandparents came, some of them returned in coffins. If you come as well like your grandfathers, be sure that you will be gone like your grandfathers,” he said.

Erdogan, who is on the campaign trail before Turkey’s elections later this month, was speaking at Canakkale, near the Gallipoli peninsula, at an event to mark the defeat of the Allied forces.

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He said “the enemies of Muslims have shown that they continue to hate us”.

“They are testing us from 16,500km away, from New Zealand, with the messages they are giving from there. This is not an individual attack, it is organised.”

It comes after Erdogan used the footage of the gunman’s attack in one of his election campaign rallies to highlight Islamophobia in Western countries.

Foreign Minister Winston Peters is now due to travel to Indonesia and Turkey and said he would use those trip to talk to governments in those countries about the attacks.

“I met with Turkish Vice President Oktay, and Foreign Minister Cavusologlu on Sunday evening, and discussed New Zealand’s significant response and how we have condemned this terrorist attack by a foreign national.

The Turkish delegation left with a clearer understanding of the situation in Christchurch, having seen first-hand the efforts of the New Zealand Government in supporting the Muslim community.”

Peters has aleady voiced concern about the safety of New Zealanders travelling overseas.

Earlier he had rebuked Erdogan’s use of that footage and Erdogan’s comments about New Zealand, saying he had told Turkey’s Foreign Minister that it was unfair and dangerous to blame New Zealand.

“Anything of that nature that misrepresents this country, given that this was a non-New Zealand citizen, imperils the future and safety of the New Zealand people and our people abroad and is totally unfair.”

Erdogan has also started an inquiry into why the alleged terrorist, Australian man Branton Tarrant, had visited Turkey in the years prior to the attack.

He has said it was also a threat to Turkey – referring to comments about Turkey, its Muslim population and Erdogan in the terrorist’s manifesto.

Erdogan said he had spoken to New Zealand’s Governor General Dame Patsy Reddy to emphasise New Zealand should respond seriously. He had also dispatched Turkey’s Vice President and Foreign Minister to New Zealand to visit the three Turkish people who were injured in the attack, and meet Government officials.

The fiery address will heighten New Zealand authorities’ concerns about the reaction internationally to the mosque attacks.

It is something of a pilgrimage for New Zealanders and Australians to visit Gallipoli on Anzac Day every day – a date that is now just one month away. While the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has issued general advice to New Zealanders to be cautious about any adverse reaction overseas, it has not yet issued advice specific to any one country.

It is understood some New Zealand missions overseas have reported concerns about hostility toward New Zealanders in the days after the attack last Friday. New Zealand is expected to soon boost its diplomatic response, especially in countries with significant Muslim populations, to try to limit any response.

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This Year in History: British Military Occupation of Somalia: a difficult time

This Year in History: British Military Occupation of Somalia: a difficult time

by Mohamed I. TrunjiMonday, March 18, 2019
 British troops in Mogadishu after defeating Italian troops in Somalia – 1941

The year 1941, Seventy-eight years ago, was a historical one in the history of Somalia; it marks the date it came…

Canadian arrested, jailed after deadly Kenya attack now safe at home in Ontario

Canadian arrested, jailed after deadly Kenya attack now safe at home in Ontario

Monday March 18, 2019
Abdihakim Guleid, at home in Etobicoke, Ont., is settling back in with his family after being detained in connection to a deadly attack on a hotel complex Nairobi, Kenya. (Abdihakim Guleid)

A Canadian citizen arrested after a Ja…

Boeing 737 Probe Takes Highly Unusual Turn As New Claims Emerge

Boeing 737 Probe Takes Highly Unusual Turn As New Claims Emerge

GILLIAN RICHMonday March 18, 2019

A federal prosecutor is reportedly looking into the development of the Boeing (BA) 737 Max as a potential criminal case, while regulators question a safety analysis of the plane’s flight control system.The Justice De…

Saudi crown prince allegedly stripped of some authority

Saudi crown prince allegedly stripped of some authority

Stephanie Kirchgaessner in Washingtonand Nick Hopkins in LondonMonday March 18, 2019
Mohammed bin Salman and his father, King Salman attend a ceremony in Riyadh. Some Middle East writers say suggestions of a rift have been overblown. Photograph: Faisa…

After sparking divisive debate, Omar calls for 'inclusive' US foreign policy

After sparking divisive debate, Omar calls for 'inclusive' US foreign policy

By Alex Rogers, CNNMonday March 18, 2019

Rep. Ilhan Omar, a freshman Minnesota Democrat whose criticisms of Israel have opened a divisive debate with the party, called her foreign policy vision in a Washington Post op-ed “inclusive,” supporting a “pe…

Calm return to Somalia town following deadly clan clashes

Calm return to Somalia town following deadly clan clashes

At least thirty people were killed at clans militia clash between two groups in Burdere location.
Burdere is the location within Adale where the clash took the course.
Clan clashes were reported yesterday in Middle Sh…