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Discuss Latest World News / Israel approves controversial bill
« on: July 19, 2018, 02:58:51 PM »
Hey guys I read this article today were Israel, which runs kangaroo courts (and sadly gets away with it too with the help of the constant VETOs by the US in the UN) while killing civilians in Gaza and the WB decided to downgrade Arabic's recognised status (i.e. it's no longer considered an official language in the country) despite the fact that the majority people actually used to speak Arabic prior to the declaration of Israel and not Hebrew and a significant amount of the population still speak Arabic up until today.


Source for the article: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-44881554

Here's another more detailed article that talks about it: https://electronicintifada.net/blogs/tamara-nassar/israel-passes-law-entrenching-apartheid

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Discuss Latest World News / Possible war between Turkey and the US?
« on: January 22, 2018, 09:55:42 PM »
Some days ago Turkey decided to launch an operation in Syria known as the "Olive Branch", the point of it is to capture Afrin and right now they seem to be advancing there. The US said that if they got attacked they would retaliate (which was directed at Turkey, I remember reading the article somewhere), do you think there will be a war between Turkey and the US? The relations between the two countries seem to have strained a lot nowadays:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Turkish_military_intervention_in_Afrin


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Discuss Latest World News / Jerusalem
« on: December 16, 2017, 06:10:20 AM »
hi what do you think about Trump moving the US embassy to Jerusalem and recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel?  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_recognition_of_Jerusalem_as_Israeli_capital

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Discuss Latest World News / Syria chemical attack
« on: April 06, 2017, 05:36:59 PM »
I read this article today and was very sad to read.. What happened in Khan Sheikhun recently was completely barbaric and outrageous and that certain countries are still allowed to own chemical weapons when they should have been banned everywhere completely after WW2 shows how little countries care about preventing these kind of attacks and the fact that they are being used on civilians shows how cowardly some people (i.e. the criminals behind the attack) can be.. Who do you believe was behind the recent chemical attack? In the article there's a video of were Trump is giving a speech of where he pretends to care about the victims in Syria even though he has banned Syrian refugees from entering the US completely while he improves ties with the regime that's known for its war crimes and Russia

"The Syrian foreign minister has set out conditions for any UN investigation into the deaths of dozens of people from a chemical agent on Tuesday.

Walid Muallem told the BBC it would have to be non-political, involve "many countries" and "start from Damascus" before his government could accept.

He denied Syria had dropped chemical weapons from the air, despite facing widespread scepticism.

The UN children's fund has confirmed that at least 27 children were killed.

Russia, one of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's few allies, was challenged by the US and UK at the UN Security Council on Wednesday when it sought to argue the mass poisoning had been caused by the rebels' own chemical weapons.

Washington has hinted it might change its policy towards Syria in response to the deaths.

What do we know about the deaths?

Warplanes attacked Khan Sheikhoun, about 50km (30 miles) south of the city of Idlib, early on Tuesday, when many people were asleep, witnesses and activists say.


Two US military officials told NBC News that Syrian fixed-wing aircraft had been seen on US radar dropping bombs on a hospital in an area of Idlib "where al-Nusra Front operates".

Al-Nusra, which formerly had ties to al-Qaeda, changed its name to Jabhat Fateh al-Sham before merging with other groups this year to become Hayat Tahrir al-Sham.

The opposition-run health directorate in Idlib province says at least 84 people, including 27 children and 19 women, were killed. Another 546 people were injured, many of whom remain in a serious condition.

Evidence has mounted that the victims were killed with a nerve agent such as Sarin.

Medical charity Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) said its staff had treated eight patients brought to a hospital on the Turkish border whose symptoms were consistent with such exposure.

Turkish Foreign Minister Bekir Bozdag said on Thursday that autopsies had confirmed that chemical weapons were used.


What is the Assad government's position?

Foreign Minister Muallem told BBC Arabic that the Syrian government would, together with Russia, consider accepting an investigation mandated by the UN Security Council, if its conditions were met.

Speaking separately at a news conference, he accused jihadist groups not party to a ceasefire brokered by Russia and Turkey of storing "chemical weapons in urban and residential areas".

The Russian military confirmed on Wednesday that the Syrian air force had launched air strikes in the Khan Sheikhoun area but said they had hit a rebel depot full of chemical munitions.

How plausible is the Russian version of events?

Hamish de Bretton-Gordon, a former commanding officer of the British Armed Forces Joint Chemical Biological Radiological Nuclear Regiment, told the BBC it was "pretty fanciful".
"Axiomatically, if you blow up Sarin, you destroy it," he said.

"It's very clear it's a Sarin attack. The view that it's an al-Qaeda or rebel stockpile of Sarin that's been blown up in an explosion, I think is completely unsustainable and completely untrue."
Hasan Haj Ali, commander of the Free Idlib Army rebel group, told Reuters news agency: "Everyone saw the plane while it was bombing with gas."

Will America intervene?

Mr Trump said on Wednesday: "My attitude towards Syria and Assad has changed very much... You're now talking about a whole different level."
However, he gave no details.

On Thursday Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said so-called Islamic State (IS) had to be defeated before Mr Assad left power.

"The process by which Assad would leave is something that I think requires an international community effort both to first defeat Isis [an old acronym for IS] within Syria, to stabilise the Syrian country, to avoid further civil war and then to work collectively with our partners around the world for a political process that would lead to Assad leaving," he said.

Asked if he and President Trump would organise an international coalition to "remove Assad", he replied, "Those steps are under way."

The statements came only days after the US ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, said the US no longer prioritised the removal of President Assad - a shift in US policy from the Obama era.

Mr Trump has been promising a new strategy for Syria and Iraq and there have been some increases in troop numbers but this latest development will increase the pressure for more decisive action, the BBC's Gary O'Donoghue reports from Washington.

Has Assad used chemical weapons before?

The Syrian government was accused by Western powers of firing rockets filled with Sarin at Ghouta, Damascus, killing hundreds of people in August 2013.

President Assad denied the charge, blaming rebel fighters, but he did subsequently agree to destroy Syria's chemical arsenal.

Despite that, the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons has continued to document the use of toxic chemicals in attacks in Syria.

What are the chances of peace?

More than 250,000 people have been killed in Syria's civil war and, after more than six years, no political solution to the fighting is in sight.

A nationwide cessation of hostilities brokered by Russia and Turkey at the end of last year does not apply to Hayat Tahrir al-Sham and IS, or US-backed Kurdish fighters.

The UN humanitarian adviser on Syria, Jan Egeland, has called for a 77-hour ceasefire in order to deliver aid to besieged areas.

"A war where children suffocate to death because of toxic chemicals is a very, very dirty war," he said."

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-39517960


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My Pakistani friend sent me this yesterday, and I saw it on my Twitter feed and was very interesting to read and a very good policeman and a hero:

"A Hong Kong policeman of Pakistani descent has become an overnight hero after he talked a man out of committing suicide.

Ifzal Zaffar, 20, spoke fluent Urdu to the suicidal man, who was also Pakistani. The man had climbed up a crane at a construction site and police were called to the scene.

Zaffar climbed up the 65ft crane and exchanged words with the man, after which he agreed to come down and was taken to a hospital.

Zaffar, who is also fluent in Cantonese said to Apple Daily, ?I used the techniques we learned at the academy ? I think he felt safer knowing that I could talk to him in his own language.?

The 20-year-old joined the police force just under a year ago, and is the only Pakistani origin officer in the district.

Zaffar?s commanding officer praised the way the 20-year-old handled the situation.

The Muslim Council of Hong Kong also lauded Zaffar?s integrity saying, ?Bravo to this young man and thank you to the HK police force for bringing him in. Hope more such stories can be seen to show HK is indeed a multi-cultural city.?

The 20-year-old?s good looks have also been noted by media outlets, with him being branded ?pretty boy cop? and ?Hong Kong?s most handsome police officer?.

On an interview video shared by the Hong Kong Police on Facebook, people praised the young man?s actions.

?He is very handsome yet having a golden heart,? gushed Facebook user Nuna Priya.

?Mr Ifzal Zaffar, many citizen support you, pls keep on serving the society. Thanks!!!? wrote Baba Bebe Wong.

?Excellent Cantonese?good character?friendly personality?high spirit?he?s an [asset] to the Hong Kong police force,? Richard Chin wrote.

His interview can be seen below: (video)"

https://tribune.com.pk/story/1355509/pakistani-origin-hero-policeman-becomes-viral-sensation/

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Saw this on my Twitter feed today and found it pretty interesting to read:

"How does Donald Trump's controversial executive order on immigration affect the video games industry?

Gaming is a global business, after all. Publishers and developers operate in just about every region of the world, and most support teams represent a vast assortment of nationalities.

Trump's executive order potentially spells trouble for those who make and sell games. For the next 90 days, travelers from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, and Yemen ? all predominantly Muslim nations ? are barred from entering the United States. A similar ban on travel from Syria also now stands indefinitely.

The next major gaming event on the horizon is the annual Game Developer's Conference, which runs from Feb. 27 to March 3 ? right inside Trump's travel ban window ? in San Francisco. That's why it was no surprise to see a swift response from the trade show's organizers, via Twitter.

The International Game Developer's Association ? which meets at GDC every year ? confirmed to Polygon that only two of its 8,000 members come from one of the seven countries affected by the ban. But that's not the point, the IGDA notes.

"[The] issue isn't necessarily the affect on these specific countries but on the general spread of xenophobia in the U.S. government and how it will certainly affect the U.S.'s ability to hire talent and remain globally competitive," the organization's executive director, Kate Edwards, noted.

The Entertainment Software Association issued a statement of its own on Monday, Jan. 30. This one directly addresses the new immigration policy, raising concerns that echo those pointed out in the IGDA's response.

Here's the ESA statement in full:

The Entertainment Software Association urges the White House to exercise caution with regard to vital immigration and foreign worker programs. As a leading force in technology and exporter of entertainment, the U.S. video game industry thrives on the contributions of innovators and storytellers from around the world. While recognizing that enhancing national security and protecting our country?s citizens are critical goals, our companies rely on the skilled talent of U.S. citizens, foreign nationals, and immigrants alike. Our nation?s actions and words should support their participation in the American economy.

We've reached out to a number of publishers and hardware manufacturers individually, and you can find those words below. Xbox-maker Microsoft issued a statement over the weekend.

Bethesda Softworks responded with the following statement:

We are a global company with employees of every race, gender, ethnicity, religion, and sexual orientation. As such, we will always support diversity and acceptance over division and exclusion.

There's no public statement from EA, but a company spokesperson shared the following internal message from CEO Andrew Wilson:



A Ubisoft spokesperson had this to say:

Ubisoft?s video games are designed, developed and produced by multicultural teams of various beliefs and faiths from countries all over the world. We believe diversity in all of its forms fosters creativity and understanding. It enables us to create immersive, credible game worlds for our players, who are themselves increasingly diverse. Our finest achievements as a company, as an industry, and as a society are the product of collaboration that respects each other?s unique backgrounds, perspectives and talents. We oppose discrimination of any kind, and will continue to focus on inclusivity because we believe it is a value that brings us together and make us stronger.

Zynga reached out with both a statement from CEO Frank Gibeau as well as an internal email on the ban:



Capcom, Nintendo, and Square-Enix responded as well, pointing us to the ESA statement above. The Pok?mon Company opted against commenting on the matter.

Activision Blizzard and Sony have yet to respond to Mashable's comment requests."

http://mashable.com/2017/01/30/video-games-trump-immigration-ban/#U9WFQkp5Kqq1

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Off-Topic / The Qur'an in .sqlite format
« on: January 31, 2017, 06:41:27 AM »
Any other developer around? I'm wondering if you know where I can find the Qur'an (on all translations in English) in .sqlite format? I've tried looking and haven't been able to find one, and trying to convert one from .sql to .sqlite is giving errors

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Trump (a warmongerer) who recently decided to agree on a deal with another warmongerer (King Salman) ordered an assault on civilians in Yemen:

"While the media attention has been focused on the death of one US serviceman who was killed during a raid in Yemen, one of the most tragic casualties of the assault ordered by President Donald Trump was an eight-year-old girl.

The raid took place over the weekend, as US forces attempted a ?site exploitation? attack that attempted to gather intelligence on Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), the extremist group behind several high-profile terror attacks, including the Charlie Hebdo attack in Paris in two years ago.

Though the United States hailed the operation as a success, reports from Yemen would seem to indicate that the price paid by Yemeni civilians and non-combatants was extraordinarily high.

?Don?t cry mama, I?m fine?
According to medical sources on the ground cited by Reuters, 30 people were killed by US soldiers, at least ten of them women and children in what appeared to be a case of disproportionate force utilised by the American commando unit who were sent in to retrieve intelligence.

Amongst the casualties was eight-year-old Nawar Al-Awlaki. Nawar is the daughter of US-born preacher Anwar Al-Awlaki who was the first American citizen to be assassinated in a US drone strike in 2011, decried by civil rights groups as an extrajudicial execution that denied him his right to a fair trial.

Two weeks after Anwar?s assassination, his 16-year-old son Abdulrahman was killed in another US drone strike. Abdulrahman was a US citizen said to have been born in Denver, Colorado and was a child at the time he was killed on the authority of the Obama administration.

With Nawar?s murder, it appears that no relative of Anwar Al-Awlaki is safe, regardless of whether they are children or not, or even involved in terrorism or not.

In a Facebook post, Nawar?s uncle and former Yemeni Deputy Minister of the Environment and Water Resources, Ammar Al-Aulaqi said: ?[Nawar] was shot several times, with one bullet piercing her neck. She was bleeding for two hours because it was not possible to get her medical attention.?


?As Nawar was always a personality and a mind far older than her years, she was reassuring her mother as she was bleeding out; ?Don?t cry mama, I?m fine, I?m fine?,? Ammar?s emotional post continued.

?Then the call to the Dawn prayer came, and her soul departed from her tiny body.?


Nawar?s violent death came as a result of the Trump administration?s fight against so-called ?radical Islamic terrorism?. In his inaugural speech, Trump vowed to wipe it off the face of the Earth. Trump made no similar vow against other forms of terror, including state terrorism.

?She was hit with a bullet in her neck and suffered for two hours,? Nasser Al-Awlaki, Nawar?s grandfather, told Reuters.

?Why kill children? This is the new [US] administration ? it?s very sad, a big crime.?

In a statement, the Pentagon did not refer to any civilian casualties, although a US military official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said they could not be ruled out. Instead, the US was preoccupied with the death of one US serviceman who was killed during the operation that ended up with Nawar and many other children dead.

Hailing the operation as a success, Trump said: ?Americans are saddened this morning with news that a life of a heroic service member has been taken in our fight against the evil of radical Islamic terrorism.?

Two more US servicemen were injured when an American V-22 Osprey military aircraft was sent to evacuate another wounded commando, but came under fire and had to be ?intentionally destroyed in place,? the Pentagon said.

Social media reacts
Social media was awash with anger at the death of Nawar, blaming the US for ?assassinating children?.

Mohammad Alrubaa, an Arab journalist and television show host, tweeted: ?This is Nawar Al-Awlaki that the American marines came to Yemen to kill?#American_terrorism.?

Mousa Alomar, a Syrian journalist, tweeted ?[US] marines killed Nawar Al-Awlaki and tens of women and children in Yemen. #US_terrorism_kills_Yemenis.?

Commenting on the fact that many civilian fatalities are justified as ?collateral damage? by US military and political officials, Yemeni politician Ali Albukhaiti tweeted: ?Nawar Al-Awlaki was not killed in an airstrike, but by a bullet fired by a marine and at close range. It is terrorism beyond terrorism, but it is defended and justified by a media that markets [such attacks].?

Though raids like this one in the rural Al-Bayda province in Yemen?s south are rare, the United States habitually utilises drone strikes to target individuals in what many deem to be extrajudicial killings, especially of its own citizens. Civilians are routinely killed in such drone strikes that are largely indiscriminate, but justified as a ?legal act of war? by the US Justice Department."

https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20170130-us-soldiers-shoot-and-kill-8-year-old-girl-in-yemen/ (WARNING: CONTAINS GRAPHICAL IMAGES)

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"BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:45 P.M.) - The Russian Air Force has conducted nonstop airstrikes over the Deir Ezzor Governorate today, hitting several Islamic State targets around this desert province in eastern Syria.

Russian jets began launching airstrikes immediately over Deir Ezzor after the Islamic State terrorists seized the provincial cemetery and Jirayah village yesterday afternoon.

With the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) pinned down at the military airport, the Russian Air Force has been providing them with necessary air cover to drive back the Islamic State terrorists and recover lost points.

According to a military source in Damascus, the Russian Air Force has conducted over 85 airstrikes today, with most of the attacks taking place in the western countryside of the province.

The Russian Air Force is still conducting airstrikes at this moment, destroying a number of Islamic State vehicles, while also forestalling the terrorist group's progress near the provincial capital."

https://www.almasdarnews.com/article/russian-jets-nonstop-bombing-isis-deir-ezzor/

The situation in Deir Ez Zour as of now:






Image taken from https://twitter.com/PetoLucem/status/821057900231663617

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