Friday, October 10, 2014
Students at the Complutense University of Madrid kicked out several radical Ukrainians who stormed into a lecture, trying to provoke a fight. Posters reading, 'Ukraine besieged by fascism will not happen,' appeared in campus halls after the incident. The university faculty of political sciences and sociology is currently hosting an exhibition titled, "Humanitarian crisis in southeastern Ukraine and its consequences for Europe," which features photographs from Odessa, and the Donetsk and Lugansk regions. The display is part of a series of lectures and roundtables on the situation in Ukraine. While students were gathering for one of the discussions, on the subject of the May 2 Odessa massacre, that left nearly 50 anti-government activists dead, several radicals carrying Ukrainian flags and banners of some of the country's nationalist parties stormed into the hall, not letting professors begin the lecture. According to Spanish newspaper La Republica, the protest was carried out by a group of supporters of the neo-Nazi Svoboda (Freedom) party. Chanting the name of Stepan Bandera, leader of Ukrainian nationalist movement during World War 2, the protesters threatened and assaulted several students who had gathered to remember the victims of the events in Odessa. "At first professors asked them to leave the room, but they wouldn't do so, saying they would not let the lecture begin. Students were outraged by that and started shouting 'Fascists, get out of here!' Almost half the faculty got involved," one of the exhibition's organizers, Sergey Markhel, told RIA Novosti news agency. After the fight’s instigators were kicked off of the campus, students put up posters against fascism in Ukraine. Leaving the university premises, still waving Ukrainian flags, the offenders were seen by a van with the registration of the Diplomatic Corps of the Ukrainian Embassy in Madrid, La Republica reported. The event was attended by a representative of the Ukrainian Embassy, the embassy confirmed to RIA Novosti. The Ukrainian Ambassador to Spain has later met with the university rector, expressing his "deep concern" and asking him to cancel Ukraine-related conferences, which he claimed were being "used by Russian propaganda agents to give false information," El Pais reported. The conference on the Ukrainian crisis is scheduled to run at the Complutense University until October 23.
President Obama Congratulates Malala Yousafzai and Kailash Satyarthi on Winning the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize
Every child has the right to an education.That is the simple but powerful message that Malala Yousafzai, a 17-year-old girl from Pakistan, is bringing to millions across the world. It is the message that the Pakistani Taliban tried to stop her from sharing. It is a message that no bullet can silence.
Today, for her unwavering courage to champion education for all children anywhere, Malala won the Nobel Peace Prize. She shares that honor with Kailash Satyarthi, a human rights activist who is working tirelessly to bring an end to child slavery in India and across the globe.
Reflecting on his meeting with Malala last year, the President released the following statement to congratulate her and Kailash on their remarkable accomplishments in the pursuit of peace:
On behalf of Michelle, myself and all Americans, I want to congratulate Malala Yousafzai and Kailash Satyarthi on winning the Nobel Peace Prize. Today’s announcement is a victory for all who strive to uphold the dignity of every human being. In recognizing Malala and Kailash, the Nobel Committee reminds us of the urgency of their work to protect the rights and freedoms of all our young people and to ensure they have the chance to fulfill their God-given potential, regardless of their background, or gender, or station in life. At just 17 years old, Malala Yousafzai has inspired people around the world with her passion and determination to make sure girls everywhere can get an education. When the Taliban tried to silence her, Malala answered their brutality with strength and resolve. Michelle and I were proud to welcome this remarkable young woman to the Oval Office last year. We were awe-struck by her courage and filled with hope knowing this is only the beginning of her extraordinary efforts to make the world a better place. Kailash Satyarthi has dedicated his life to ending child labor and wiping the stain of slavery from our world. The true measure of Kailash’s efforts is not a single prize he has been awarded, but the tens of thousands of people who today live with freedom and dignity thanks to his efforts. Through his advocacy, Kailash reminds us of our shared responsibility to end the exploitation of others, especially the most vulnerable among us. Malala and Kailash have faced down threats and intimidation, risking their own lives to save others and build a better world for future generations. They come from different countries, religious backgrounds, and generations -- a Muslim and a Hindu, a Pakistani and an Indian -- but they share an unyielding commitment to justice and an unshakeable belief in the basic dignity of every girl and boy. Even as we celebrate their achievements, we must recommit ourselves to the world that they seek -- one in which our daughters have the right and opportunity to get an education; and in which all children are treated equally. Today, we honor Malala and Kailash’s achievements, and reaffirm that the United States will always stand with those who defend our universal human rights.
Kailash Satyarthi, named co-winner of the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday, has freed tens of thousands of Indian children forced into slavery by businessmen, land-owners and others. Born on January 11, 1954, Satyarthi has been at the forefront of the drive against child labour in India where the practice is rife. Satyarthi, who was trained as an electrical engineer, founded the Bachpan Bachao Andolan or Save the Childhood Movement in 1980. He lives modestly and keeps a low profile except for his causes. The activist, born in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh, said he was “delighted” by the Nobel award, according to the Press Trust of India, and described it as “recognition” for the fight for child rights. He began his work by staging raids on Indian manufacturing, rug-making and other plants where children and their parents often work as bonded labour. Under bonded labour, families often borrow money and have to work till the funds can be repaid. But often the money is too much to be paid back from meagre earnings and people are sold and resold. Building on his initial activism, Satyarthi organised the Global March Against Child Labor in the 1990s — dedicated to freeing the millions of children abused worldwide in a form of modern slavery. He and co-winner Malala Yousafzai from Pakistan were honoured by the Norwegian Nobel Committee “for their struggle against the suppression of children and young people and for the right of all children to education”. “To employ children is illegal and unethical,” Satyarthi said on the Global March Against Child Labour website. “If not now, then when? If not you, then who? If we are able to answer these fundamental questions, then perhaps we can wipe away the blot of human slavery,” Satyarthi said, summing up his philosophy. The activist is also founder of RugMark, a widely known international scheme that tags all carpets made in factories that are child-labour free. He described the plight of children forced into the worst kinds of abusive work in a 2010 interview with the Robert F. Kennedy Centre for Justice and Human Rights. “If they cry for their parents, they are beaten severely, sometimes hanged upside down from trees and even branded or burned with cigarettes,” he said. He also spearheads the South Asian Coalition on Child Servitude or SAACS, among other groups, and helps oversee a transition centre in Rajasthan where newly freed labourers learn fresh skills. Satyarthi has said his social conscience was awoken when he was six and noticed a boy his age on the steps outside the school with his father, cleaning shoes. Seeing many such children working instead of being educated, he felt an urge as he grew older to solve the problem — launching him on his career of activism. “I think of it all as a test. This is a moral examination that one has to pass. … to stand up against such social evils,” he said in the Kennedy Centre interview. Online Splash The Twitter following of India’s Kailash Satyarthi began jumping exponentially and his website appeared to crash as he was catapulted into the global spotlight after winning the Nobel Peace Prize Friday. Satyarthi, a low-profile child’s rights activist, was a social media minnow before winning the prestigious prize, with fewer than 200 followers on Twitter. But within 90 minutes of the announcement, he had gained more than 4,500 followers — and the list was growing at blazing speed. A Google search under his name prior to his Nobel victory yielded fewer than half a dozen pages of search results in English, indicating how little was known about the activist. But the pages were also multiplying exponentially after his win. His personal website, www.kailashsatyarthi.net, which sports the blurb “Kailash Satyarthi… the seeker of truth”, was failing to open — apparently under the strain of heavy demand. The Norwegian Nobel Committee recognised Satyarthi’s contribution in heading various forms of protests and demonstrations, all peaceful, focusing on the grave exploitation of children for financial gain. “Children must go to school and not be financially exploited,” the committee said. “In conflict-ridden areas in particular, the violation of children leads to the continuation of violence from generation to generation.” - See more at: http://arynews.tv/en/india-nobel-winner-at-forefront-of-child-slavery-fight/#sthash.L79u7kZ7.dpuf
Family of Malala Yousafzai tell the Telegraph they "cannot express their happiness" after the 17-year-old schoolgirl was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.The family of Malala Yousafzai said they "cannot express their happiness" after the 17-year-old schoolgirl was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday. Malala’s first cousin Mehmood ul Hassan, who is the administrator of Khushal Public School where Malala studied before she was shot, said: "The whole family is very happy. We cannot express the level of our happiness in words. "I just spoke to Ziauddin (Malala’s father), and her mother. I also spoke to Malala, and they are all very excited and happy about this. Malala told me that Allah has blessed her with this award and she hopes this peace prize will help her cause [of educating girls], which is what she is focused on," he said. "I am already in touch with school staff and we will organise a little ceremony here to celebrate this achievement," he told the Telegraph. He said Pakistan's Swat Valley, where Malala was shot in the head by militants in October 2012, was “jubilant” about the honour. Malala is the youngest ever Nobel winner. She was shot in the head by a Taliban gunman two years ago for insisting that girls also have the right to an education. She won the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize jointly with Kailash Satyarthi of India. Mr Satyarthi, 60, has been at the forefront of a global movement to end child slavery and exploitative child labour since 1980, when he gave up his career as an electrical engineer. Malala's classmates in the Swat Valley said the Nobel Prize would encourage other schoolgirls in the area. "The news that Malala Yousafzai has been awarded Nobel Peace Prize is extremely encouraging for the people of Swat district," Majida Bibi, her classmate told the Telegraph. Muhammad Rafiq, a Swat-based teacher, said: "Many people distributed sweets to celebrate the occasion as Malala has brought fame to the country at the international level." She has been an inspirational force for the female students of Swat, he added. One of Malala’s teachers, Shumaila Khan, said she was very proud of her former pupil. “I have never seen a brave girl like her. She challenged the Taliban at a time when all men didn’t have the courage to oppose them," she said. Her schoolmate Rukhsar Shah said: "I want to salute here on this occasion. She is the pride of the whole nation."
The 17-year-old Pakistani advocate for girls' education who, on Friday, became the youngest winner of the Nobel Peace Prize told "The Daily Show's" Jon Stewart last year what she would do if she were confronted again by a member of the Taliban.
During a TIME photo shoot it became immediately clear to TIME's Matt McAllester that Malala Yousafzai is no ordinary teenage girl.Malala was late. She had finished school for the day and was in a car on the way to a photographer’s studio in the center of the English city of Birmingham, and the clock was ticking. The driver wasn’t answering his phone. The several people in the studio—technicians, make-up artists and photographer Mark Seliger—were hushed and increasingly anxious. Eventually the car pulled up and out stepped Ziauddin Yousafzai, his son Kushal and Kushal’s older sister, a teenage girl famous not for singing or acting or being a social media star but for campaigning to enable girls in her native country and around the world to go to school and college and get the education their brothers often enjoyed. And who had, about six months earlier, been shot in the head by a Taliban gunman as she sat in her school bus. The Taliban were threatened by this fearless, teenage girl. “I think of it often and imagine the scene clearly,” Malala had said before the assassination attempt. “Even if they come to kill me I will tell them what they are trying to do is wrong, that education is our basic right.” In truth, before I met her, I had wondered whether Malala was entirely for real, whether such a young person could really be setting her own path in this way, or whether she was somewhat doing the bidding of her father, a charismatic school principal who also campaigned for the rights of girls to go to school. Was she much more than a symbol? She is still only 17, after all. I accompanied Malala and her family into the building and up the elevator. And instantly I realized that Malala was different from other teenagers. She was about to sit for a TIME magazine cover shoot, for a photographer who has taken portraits of pretty much every famous person in the world. I expected her to be just a little bit excited. She had not sat for a portrait like this since she had been shot. But if she was excited she didn’t show it. It wasn’t that she was playing it cool; she was fine with it. But by that stage in her life she had been courted by thousands of media outlets and had received letters and visits and messages from some of the most important and celebrated people in the world. I quickly got the impression that she wisely saw all of that attention, including this photo shoot, as a tool to be used in the service of her cause and nothing else. She seemed preternaturally calm and focused. As the makeup and wardrobe assistants prepared her—I had worried that she would scorn makeup and clothes that weren’t her own; she giggled a little and was fine with it—I asked her father about her cool. “She has always been like that,” he said, matter-of-factly and with a tinge of wonder. I also realized how wrong I had been to wonder whether Ziauddin was anything but a loving father. He was as protective as any father; one of his ways of showing his love was to let his daughter be herself and follow her passion, which he happened to share. More than any teenager I’ve ever met, Malala was simply her own person. Her father demonstrably respected and loved her for it. Seliger began taking her picture, making her laugh and relax by telling her a funny story about how he had teased President Obama a little when taking his portrait, and I watched a computer screen as the images came through. She was so small that when she sat on a regular chair, an assistant had to put a green plastic crate and two planks of wood under her feet to raise her up.
پختو نخوا کی ایک بیٹی نے دنیا بھر میں نام پیدا کیا ہے جو ہمارے لئے کسی اعزاز سے کم نہیں ، میاں افتخار حسین پشاور ( پ ر ) عوامی نیشنل پارٹی کے مرکزی صدر اسفندیار ولی خان اور مرکزی جنرل سیکرٹری میاں افتخار حسین نے ملالہ یوسف زئی کو امن کا نوبل انعام ملنے پر انتہائی خوشی کا اظہار کیا ہے اور انہیں مبارکباد پیش کی ہے ، اے این پی سیکرٹریٹ سے جاری اپنے ایک تہنیتی بیان میں پارٹی رہنماؤ ں نے کہا ملالہ یوسف زئی نے قوم کا سر فخر سے بلند کر دیا ہے ، اور امن کا نوبل انعام ملنا ملک ،خصوصاً صوبہ پختو نخوا اور پختون قوم کیلئے نیک شگون ہے ، انہوں نے کہا کہ نوبل انعام در حقیقت دہشت گردی کے خلاف اور امن سے محبت کرنے والی ایک سوچ کو ملا ہے اور یہی ہماری اصل کامیابی ہے، جبکہ پختو نخوا کی ایک بیٹی نے دنیا بھر میں نام پیدا کیا ہے جو ہمارے لئے کسی اعزاز سے کم نہیں ، انہوں نے کہا کہ ملالہ نے لڑکیوں کی تعلیم کے دشمنوں کا ڈٹ کرمقابلہ کیا ہے اور سوات میں قیام امن کی خاطر بیش بہا قربانی دی ہے اور اپنی گراں قدر خدمات کے صلے میں ان کا نام تاریخ میں سنہرے حروف سے لکھا جائے گا ، اسفندیار ولی خان نے کہا کہ ملالہ یوسف زئی کو ان خدمات کے اعتراف میں حکومت پاکستان ستارہ جرات بھی دے چکی ہے ، انہوں نے ملالہ یوسفزئی کو شاندار الفاظ میں خراج تحسین پیش کرتے ہوئے امید ظاہر کی وہ مستقبل میں بھی لڑکیوں کی تعلیم کے فروغ اور قیام امن کیلئے اپنی کوششیں جاری رکھیں گی۔
Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani teenager who survived an assassination attempt by the Taliban, has won the Nobel Peace Prize
http://www.brecorder.com/Senior politician Javed Hashmi said Thursday that PTI's concern over possible rigging in the upcoming by-election in NA-149 were reflective of PTI leaders' fear of defeat as they had realised that the contest was one-sided in his favour. Addressing a press conference here, he said neither he nor Shah Mahmood ever made allegations of rigging in 2013 general elections. He claimed that Shah Mahmood had told PTI's Parliamentary party that 2013 elections were not rigged on a massive scale. He said in Pakistan rigging allegations were a common phenomenon. He condemned Indian aggression at the LoC and said the government should take up Kashmir issue with the UN and seek its resolution as per the world body's resolutions in this regard. Hashmi said PTI public meeting on October 10 would not benefit its candidate. He said he had always opposed protest through sit-in during PTI's core committee meetings, as the same was a futile exercise.
http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah, taking serious notice of deaths due to consumption of contaminated liquor at Karachi and Hyderabad, has ordered suspension of concerned police and Excise officers. Presiding over a meeting on Thursday, the chief minister expressed displeasure over the performance of district and Excise police for their failure in preventing, marketing of homemade liquor within their areas. He ordered suspension of six SHOs – four from Karachi and two from Hyderabad – two DSPs from Karachi and two Excise directors – one each from Karachi and Hyderabad – with immediate effects for their negligence. He also constituted two separate inquiry committees each for Hyderabad and Karachi incidents. He appointed DIG Police Hyderabad Sanaullah Abbasi as head of inquiry committee for Hyderabad and DIG East Muneer Shaikh for Karachi cmmittee to probe into the matter, fix responsibility and submit findings within three days. The Chief Minister said that no one would be allowed to play with the health, lives and property of the poor people. He said that findings of inquiry committees whosoever is found responsible would be taken to task. He also advised the general public, elected representatives and opinion leaders of society to keep vigil on such illegal activities, peddling of drugs, and intimate the administration of the area or at least to the Complaint Cell at CM House so that prompt and strict action could be taken against those responsible and precious lives of the people could be saved. Meanwhile, the Sindh government decided to launch a crackdown on makers of toxic liquor across the province. Chief Secretary Sajjad Saleem Hotiana chaired a meeting of senior officials of the provincial government following a tragedy in Karachi in which dozens of people died after consuming toxic liquor during Eid holidays. The meeting decided to launch a crackdown on the makers and suppliers of toxic liquor in Karachi, Hyderabad and other cities of Sindh. The government also decided to lodge murder cases against these elements while investigations would also be held against license holders of methyl chemical suppliers. The chief secretary also suspended excise officials of areas from where deaths have been reported.
I am not sure if Imran as the chief executive will have time to appear seven days a week on television either through a personal interview, a press conference or a public meetingLet us suppose for a moment that the protestors succeed. That the twin sit-ins of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) and Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) seize ‘new’ Pakistan from the claws of the old and corrupt status quo. That they galvanise enough people where Prime Minister (PM) Nawaz Sharif has to step down, realising the only other option left for him is to go behind bars. That a ‘neutral’ commission noses out enough evidence to hold the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) responsible for massive rigging in the last election. That a commission composed of competent people with impeccable pasts introduces the long needed reforms in the electoral process. That the new elections are held under the new rules. That international organisations declare them to be largely fair and free. And that Imran Khan, wearing his long awaited sherwani, takes oath as the PM of Pakistan. It is too much to ask, is it not? But that is not the point. We are only trying to imagine one possible situation in which Imran Khan emerges as the next PM of Pakistan. In the beginning, I am sure he will take steps to implement his manifesto: there will be a buzz about tax collection, radical ideas about agricultural reforms will be tossed about and some infrastructure projects will be initiated. Some improvement in the perception of corruption will be observed and I agree that overseas Pakistanis will pour money into the economy as well. Six months to a year in the government with Sheikh Rasheed, Shah Mehmood and Jahangir Tareen as cabinet members, along with Asad Umer in the finance department, we are not talking about a fast paced restructuring of government organisations, are we? If you are anticipating a revolution from this team, then you must recall General Musharraf’s tenure from 2002 to 2007, or look at the efficiency of the PTI-led coalition in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in the last one year. More or less, this is what you will get in the Centre too. So, as the honeymoon period fades away, intra-party bickering will start. In addition, the PML-N supporters in the bureaucracy will also provide their patrons with details about corruption stories within the government. New scandals will break, some ministers could get caught red-handed and stories about a single minister overshadowing the whole cabinet will raise their heads as well. Sure, there are chances that Imran Khan will force them to resign, but the investigation and propaganda will favour the opposite side. Why? Because of the media. As of now, the majority of private channels do not support the PTI or PML-N. It may look that way but, to be honest, it is a business that cares exclusively about sensationalism. They want to excite the people and keep them entertained. And how can we get them to watch the never ending but riveting talk shows? By bashing the federal government and talking about their scandals, failures, weaknesses and troubles with the establishment. I know what is on your mind. You are thinking that Imran will defend these allegations like he always has. However, remember this is Imran Khan as an opposition leader. I am not sure if Imran as the chief executive will have time to appear seven days a week on television either through a personal interview, a press conference or a public meeting. He will have bigger fish to fry then. His party in power will be the status quo, fully invested in the system that has everything at stake. It has to be wise, sensible, responsible and generous in accepting criticism in the media. The party in the opposition, like himself at the moment, does not have to follow any of these rules. It can be as furious and irresponsible in its statements as it can be. Being the status quo then, trying to hang on to power, it will not be able to provide that obnoxious, untrue and rude rejoinder. In that environment, would Nawaz Sharif not be able to gather a few thousand people here in Islamabad to start a movement? Or do we think that Nawaz Sharif will not have enough support or charisma — even less than Maulana Tahirul Qadri — to keep the protestors out for a few months? My next question is whether we think that he would be as kind to Imran Khan as he was to Asif Ali Zardari. Remember, there was a pact between the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) and the PML-N that they would respect each other’s mandate if they came into power. What lies between Imran and Sharif? A huge gap of anger and animosity. The language that has been used by the PTI has not been responded to but, once in the opposition, all bets are off. Or do we suppose that he will not be as tough on Imran Khan as the former cricketer is on him? Or will Nawaz Sharif concede to the PTI’s mandate on moral grounds? None of these choices are true. Notwithstanding his softer opposition to the PPP-led coalition, for the trial of General Musharraf, Nawaz Sharif is ready to risk everything until today: his mandate, his chance to rule for another five years and even going to jail. This is what awaits Imran Khan too. The chairman of the PTI will become another General Musharraf for Nawaz Sharif. In the end, how hard is to destabilise the government in Pakistan? Easy. Imran reckoned it would take him a few hours or a few days, not even weeks. He miscalculated that. But we can agree, if the leader has some public appeal, which both Imran and Nawaz Sharif have, and if the leader knows how to mobilise the public that Imran has learnt after this experience and Sharif has known for a long time, then it should not take more than a few months. We all know that it only took six months to strip General Musharraf of his powers although he clung to the presidency for another year before he resigned. Is Pakistan ready for another battle, the one that has not yet started?