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The most corny news:

Obscurantist Wahhabi Saudi monarchy, the hotbed of all terrors, assembling Islamic allies to fight terrors and terrorists

This Saudi monarchy has no shame or respect for people’s common sense.

The main ally to US/Israel strategy to destabilizing the Middle-East is Saudi Arabia, along with Turkey of Erdogan.

Most ‘Members’ of this haphazard alliance were surprised by Saudi anti-terror coalition plan: They were Not officially asked to join. But Saudi Arabia doesn’t care: It’s just a propaganda stunt. Trying to position the Wahhabi sect as the dominant brand in Islam.

Officials in Pakistan, Malaysia, Indonesia, Lebanon… all said they had not formally agreed to join the alliance.

Saudi Arabia has said 34 mainly Muslim nations have joined a new military alliance to fight terrorism.

The list of 34 members: Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Benin, Chad, Comoros, Djibouti, Egypt, Gabon, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Malaysia, Maldives, Mali, Morocco, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Pakistan, the Palestinians, Qatar, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Sudan, Togo, Tunisia, Turkey, United Arab Emirates and Yemen.

Palestinians are fighting Israeli terrorism and apartheid policies: Is Israel considered by Saudi Arabia in the Evil side?

Yemen is fighting the Saudis and had been devastated by more than 6 months of intensive airstrike. Which Yemen is in the coalition?

Turkey refused to be added to that coalition: It has a strategy of its own

Ivory Coast is 50% Christians

Tunisia has already taken a secular path, as it had before the uprising in 2011

Lebanon constitution divides the power between the Christians and Moslems, and what Salam PM says is totally irrelevant.

A joint operations centre is to be established in the Saudi capital, Riyadh, state media reported.

Countries from Asia, Africa and the Arab world are involved in the alliance but Saudi Arabia’s main regional rival Iran is not.

Neither Iraq nor Syria, whose governments are close to Shia-ruled Iran, are in the coalition, nor is Afghanistan

It comes amid international pressure for Gulf Arab states to do more in the fight against so-called Islamic State.

Saudi Defence Minister Mohammed bin Salman said the new alliance would co-ordinate efforts against extremists in Iraq, Syria, Libya, Egypt and Afghanistan. (And Somalia, Mali, Nigeria…?)

An effective force? Frank Gardner, security correspondent, BBC News

Two things stand out immediately about this new Saudi-based Islamic Coalition.

1. The Shia-majority nations of Iran and Iraq are noticeably absent, as is their ally Syria.

It is far from clear how, in practice, the coalition would conduct counter-terrorism operations in IS-plagued Iraq and Syria without the agreement of those governments.

2. Secondly, there is the question of the exact definition of terrorism. The Saudi authorities’ interpretation of it extends far beyond the violent actions of armed insurgents. (The Syrian opposition forces assembled in Saudi Arabia are most of them categorized as terrorists by even western nations)

Recent legislation has branded peaceful opposition activists and reformers, whether online or in the street, as suspected “terrorists” and a security risk to the state.

Amnesty International said it had concerns that this new coalition could be used to further restrict human rights.

Speaking at a news conference in Riyadh, Prince Mohammed said the counter-terrorism force was borne out of “the Islamic world’s vigilance in fighting this disease [terrorism] which has damaged the Islamic world.

“Currently, every Muslim country is fighting terrorism individually… so co-ordinating efforts is very important.”

The coalition would not just focus on fighting IS, he added. Few other details have been given.

Islamic State fighters in Raqqa, Syria (file image)Image copyright AP
Image caption Islamic State would not be the only target, the coalition says

The SPA state news agency said 10 other “Islamic countries” had expressed support, including Indonesia.

Prince Mohammed said: “These countries have procedures to go through before joining the coalition, but out of keenness to achieve this coalition as soon as possible, [the alliance of] 34 countries has been announced.”

In announcing the coalition, SPA stated that Islam forbids “corruption and destruction in the world” and that terrorism represents “a serious violation of human dignity and rights, especially the right to life and the right to security”.

Saudi Arabia is part of the US-led coalition against IS and is also leading a military intervention in Yemen.

A number of countries have expressed surprise that they were included by Saudi Arabia in a new military alliance to fight terrorism.

Officials in Pakistan, Malaysia and Indonesia all said they had not formally agreed to join the alliance.

Saudi Arabia on Tuesday said 34 mainly Muslim nations would be part of the counter-terrorism grouping.

Prince Mohammed said it would focus on efforts to fight terrorism in Iraq, Syria, Libya, Egypt and Afghanistan.

“Currently, every Muslim country is fighting terrorism individually… so co-ordinating efforts is very important,” he told a news conference.

He indicated there were still “procedures” for these countries to go through before joining, “but out of keenness to achieve this coalition as soon as possible, [the alliance of] 34 countries has been announced”.

(Out of keenness? But almost all of these Islamic countries are against the Wahhabi sect)

‘Awaiting further details’

Pakistan’s Foreign Secretary Aizaz Chaudhry was quoted in the Dawn newspaper as saying he was surprised by the announcement and had asked the Pakistani ambassador in Riyadh for clarification.

So was Lebanon’s foreign minister Jubran Bassil

The country’s foreign office said in a statement later on Wednesday that it was “awaiting further details to decide the extent of its participation in different activities of the alliance” before making a decision on whether to join.

In Indonesia, the foreign ministry said it too had not yet decided whether to join.

“The government is still observing and waiting to see the modalities of the military coalition formed by Saudi Arabia,” foreign ministry spokesman Arrmanatha Nasir told The Jakarta Post.

Malaysian Defence Minister Hishammuddin Hussein went further – expressing support for the coalition but ruling out any military involvement from Kuala Lumpur.

“The Saudi initiative does not involve any military commitment, but an understanding that we will combat militancy,” he said. (Did you understand anything in that statement?)

Announcing the alliance, Saudi Arabia said a joint operations centre would be established in the capital Riyadh and the coalition would focus on terror groups “whatever their doctrine”.

It comes amid international pressure for Gulf Arab states to do more in the fight against so-called Islamic State.

The BBC’s Frank Gardner points out that the Shia-majority nations of Iran and Iraq, as well as Syria, are noticeably absent from the alliance.

It is far from clear how it could conduct counter-terrorism operations in IS-plagued Iraq and Syria without the agreement of those governments, he adds.

“Such a nice guy”

In 1977, I saw a tiny girl with a doll face at the university. She was blonde and looked anorexic. Her face looked like what current girls, who can afford aesthetic surgery, would have their nose job done and fatter pouting lips.

I never gathered enough courage to approach her: I lacked verbal intelligence as well as any training in wooing girls. She must have noticed me ogling her: girls have all a sixth sense in these kinds of observations.

She would do her vanishing entrance at the huge library of several floor where I used to sit, and stroll quickly around with her white fluffy coat and high heels, for no apparent reason, and chatting a little with the girl accompanying her, until I notice her and then she disappear.

I noticed that she was always accompanied by a girl: Kind of Not decent to move around alone, or as a statement that she is Not a lonely girl.

I had this feeling that she was a bit a loony, though a pretty good loony with character, worth meeting, regardless of the frustration and heartaches she might make you suffer.

Maybe I got her name by hearing one of the girls calling her: I never had any conversation with her and never knew what she was studying or where she is from. Probably she is a Southern Belle and very spoiled and haughty one.

Somehow, by failing to summon enough guts, both of us, to talk and meet, we ended up fabricating an attitude of Not standing each other: Pretending Not to notice or cared to pay attention.

The next day from my graduation I suddenly met her near my student apartment complex. I was packing my car to move to Houston and she was getting ready to vacate her apartment.

I never knew she lived that close or seen her in that vicinity.

I cannot recall who started the conversation, but it was relatively brief, and cannot recall what we talked about. She then said: “What a nice guy you are. I’m sorry that I never tried to meet with you”

And she meant it. As what a waste of all that time ignoring one another.

How come she showed up this day?

It is such a sad story of frequently experiencing friends leaving for good. For example, the first time I meet again with a friend whom I didn’t see for years, it is for her to tell me that she is leaving for good and right away.

One of them was pumping gas and said: I’m leaving right now to Atlanta to get married.”

Another one I met at a coffee shop and told me: “How sorry I am. I’m leaving early tomorrow to Little Rock to join my boyfriend”…

I’m fine, Aya. I’ll be home soon

Karim A. Badra shared this link on FB Humans of New York


“Six months ago my father disappeared. He left one morning and didn’t come home.

That morning he answered the phone one time, and he said: ‘I’m fine, Aya. I’ll be home soon.’

And he never answered the phone again. You can’t imagine what this has done to my mind.

I don’t know if he is dead. I don’t know if he remarried. I know nothing.

All day and night I must imagine what has happened. I haven’t even told my younger sisters.

I tell them that Daddy went to Istanbul to work but he will be home. They wouldn’t be able to take it.

I still post old photos to his Facebook page so it seems like he exists.

But it’s been six months, and they want to know why he hasn’t called.

I promise he’s a good person, really. I love him so much.

He loved me too. He always told me that he was proud of me and I was going to be something in life.

But how could he leave me like this? How could he leave all of this on my shoulders?

I’m twenty years old. I can’t handle all of this by myself. I don’t need him to work, or make money, but I need him.

I need my Daddy. I can’t do this alone much longer. I’m getting tired.

I’m a warrior and I’m strong and I’ve fought so much but even warriors get tired.

I’ve been having crazy thoughts lately. I don’t want to do it. I’ve been through so much.

I wanted to go to school and be something in life. But I can’t do this much longer.

I’m alone here and I’m in a very bad place. I feel very scared.

I never wanted to be the traditional Arabic girl who marries her cousin and spends all day in the house.

I’ve worked so hard to escape it all. And I know it’s dangerous.

But if things don’t change for me, I think I’ll have to go back to Iraq.”

As of now, 4% of the HONY community has signed the petition supporting Aya’s appeal for American resettlement

It would only take 6% of the community to reach a million signatures.

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