Author: ainullah

Malaysia bans Israeli athletes, loses the tournament

PM Mahathir Mohamed’s decision to ban Israeli athletes citing abuses against Palestinians has led to the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) has stripping Malaysia of the right to host the 2019 World Para Swimming Championships scheduled for 29 July to 4 August in Kuching, Sarawak. The decision followed a statement by Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad that Israelis are not welcome in Malaysia. “We feel that they are doing a lot of wrong things, but getting away with them because nobody dares to say anything against them,” he said during his visit to London. Mahathir has defended his statement saying it was his...

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Diversity of support at ‘Invasion Day’ rallies

‘Invasion Day’ rallies were held in all major cities of Australia on Saturday 26 January, the date marked for the celebration of Australia Day every year. Tens of thousands of people attended the protest rallies in Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra, Brisbane and Perth. The number of people attending the rallies across the country was reported to be the largest yet for the alternative Australia Day protests. Australian National Day is celebrated on 26 January of each year due to the fact that the First Fleet of the British ships arrived at Sydney Cove on 26 January 1788. For an increasing...

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Saudi billionaire Amoudi released

Mohammed al-Amoudi, Saudi-Ethiopian billionaire was freed on Saturday 26 January by the Saudi government more than a year after he was detained under the controversial anti-corruption campaign. Amoudi who was born in Ethiopia to a Yemeni father and an Ethiopian mother, owns a broad portfolio of businesses in construction, energy, agriculture, mining, hotels, healthcare and manufacturing. Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed made representations for Amoudi’s with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) during a trip to Riyadh last May. Amoudi was detained at Riyadh’s Ritz-Carlton hotel in November 2017 along with dozens of princes, officials and businessmen after MBS launched his so-called “anti-corruption purge”. According to...

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American-Iranian journalist detained in US

Marzieh Hashemi,  journalist and anchor working for Iran’s English-language Press TV was arrested on Sunday 13 January by FBI and imprisoned for 10 days without charge with claims of mistreatment. After strong reaction in Iran and representations by the government officials through UN as well as worldwide rallies in 24 cities, she was released on 23 January 2019. The reason given later for her arrest was that she was held as a material witness for a federal investigation and following the testimony before a federal grand jury in Washington, she was released. Marzieh, 59 was born Melanie Franklin in New Orleans and...

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Senator Faruqi: Daily Mail article misrepresented her view on Halal

In a statement sent to AMUST, Senator Mehreen Faruqui has condemned a Daily Mail article by Stephen Johnson published on Wednesday 9 January as fake news implying that she opposed the halal slaughter of animals. She said that the article was false and completely misrepresented her views on the halal issue denying that she has called for the banning of halal meat. “I support the stunning of animals before slaughter and the majority of slaughterhouses in Australia, including Halal, already comply with this,” Senator Faruqi said. The article also implied that she abstained from consuming halal meat. Senator Faruqi clarified that the...

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