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‘Inflated balloons’: Shashi Tharoor on Kerala LoP’s ‘factionalism’ remark | Latest India News Wed, 23 Nov 2022 13:06:10 +0000

Congress Leader and Lok Sabha MP Shashi Tharoor on Wednesday dismissed accusations by VD Satheesan that his trip to North Kerala was part of factionalism.

Satheesan, who is Kerala’s opposition leader, said on Tuesday that any form of bigotry or parallel activities would not be allowed in the party and warned that such moves would be treated “seriously”.

His remarks come as a significant portion of the state’s Congress party was unhappy with Tharoor’s ongoing tour.

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Tharoor, who is in Kannur as part of his four-day Malabar tour, said he was distressed to hear about the accusation. How talking to students, meeting religious leaders, writers and attending scheduled programs much sooner will become bigotry, he asked.

“I didn’t join any of the famous party groups. I don’t intend to float one either. My group will be a United Congress Party. I am against factionalism,” he said.

Tharoor questioned how attending events and meeting prominent Kerala figures, as well as MP MK Raghavan, could be construed as bigoted and said he was “a bit irritated” by the issues being created in the media.

Satheesan said Congress has enough space for everyone, but it will not tolerate any attempt to rekindle factionalism, the party has its own mechanisms and systems, he said.

Tharoor speaking to reporters in Kannu said, “I hope you (the media) didn’t come here with balloons and air. I am sad and a little irritated to hear such statements. MPs from both parties meet openly with many people and talk to them. I’m ready to give the media that needle to pop the balloon,” Tharoor said ridiculing Satheesan’s statement. Leaders like him were “inflated balloons” and could be flattened with a pinprick, he said.

Tharoor said he had no difference with anyone in Congress and in his 14-year political career he has not spoken or acted against anyone. “I don’t know why some leaders worry like that. I don’t know if some people worry when we openly meet people from diverse backgrounds,” he said.

Kozhikode MP MK Raghavan, who organized Tharoor’s visit, said he sent letters to the Congress speaker and others about the “indifferent attitude”.

“We respect everyone, including the one holding the needle to prick the ball,” he said criticizing Satheesan’s remarks.

The cult of the star business leader is dangerous Mon, 21 Nov 2022 14:26:24 +0000

The writer is assistant lecturer at William & Mary and author of the forthcoming book “The Confidence Map”

With All Attention on Sam Bankman-Fried and the Crypto Collapse of the dayit’s as if the crowd misses the big picture.

If we step back and look at major organizational collapses over the past five years, they are different from other collapses. When the and real estate bubbles burst, we witnessed the failure of institutions, which then led to a crisis of confidence in their leaders.

Enron’s demise devastated Ken Lay and Jeffrey Skilling, while WorldCom’s failure upset Bernie Ebbers. In 2008, bank failures led to the ousting of bank CEOs. We witnessed a “Lehman moment” rather than a “Final Fuld”.

But in this cycle we see the downfall of oversized dream sellers – a collection of Harold Hills straight out of the 1960s film The Music Man – whose personal meltdowns take institutions down with them. (Think Adam Neumann, Markus Braun, Trevor Milton, Lex Greensill, Bill Hwang, Do Kwon and now Bankman-Fried.)

In all cases, attention turned first to the outlandish promises and audacious overstepping of a single individual, then to the perilous financial consequences for their organizations. It was the flaws of a bold name atop the marquee that brought the whole show to a close.

In an age awash with business strategies and “move fast and break things” social media influencers, I guess our fascination with the C-suite’s disruptive storytellers shouldn’t be so surprising. Today’s technology and free access to capital has allowed individuals to become huge stars like never before.

With this oversized overnight success, however, came a series of shortcomings that are only now being revealed.

First, these people tend to rule without the usual checks and balances. Ownership or highly concentrated ownership, presumed genius or outright aggressiveness, they are masters of the art.

Second, blind loyalty was anything but a requirement—on the part of employees, capital providers, and customers. Hindsight was non-existent and skeptics were ridiculed for their disbelief.

Third, these people were surrounded by loyal and adoring fans. Rock musicians have never had it so good.

On the surface, it all seemed unstoppable. Founders and CEOs seemed to wield power like autocrats or cult leaders.

The challenge with cults, however, is that they foster environments of conformity, not trust. Only the leader has certainty and control. Everyone else is helpless. Moreover, any certainty that exists results from obedience to this individual.

Provided the rewards of compliance and loyalty are high – and the penalty for non-compliance is particularly harsh – such an environment can be easily maintained.

However, problems quickly arise when these factors are reversed. Extreme power is either absolute or non-existent. The environments of helplessness and certainty are inherently binary. There is no middle ground. And in this context, a collapse of trust is coming quickly.

The failures we have seen have been treated by investors as isolated cases of aberrant leadership. After the collapse of several cryptocurrency firms and the fall of Kwon and Terraform Labs earlier this year, Bankman-Fried has been equated with both JPMorgan and Warren Buffett. But the question is what happens when larger-than-life heroes come under the microscope. What if all we’ve seen so far was just the disappearance of the “subprime” characters from this saga?

And let’s be honest. It’s not like we’re running out of additional names. This is where the problem lies. Not only is the list of sellers particularly long this cycle, but it is also far-reaching. As we have already seen with crypto, the risk of contagion is far higher than popular industry adjectives such as “decentralized” would suggest.

What we are witnessing now with the failure of FTX is not a crypto crisis; it is a crisis of sectarian celebrity. The collapse of trust in emperors can bring down large empires in a flash. With so much tied to a small handful of star individuals in tech and finance, we could easily see the same SBF-FTX happening elsewhere.

Unlike in the past, what matters most today is not the strength of the balance sheet or the reputation of institutions, but the confidence that the crowd has in a few high profile figures. As these numbers disappear, so will the markets.

Like it or not, this time it’s personal.

AC/DC: Brian Johnson addresses “conspiracy theory” about Back in Black Mon, 21 Nov 2022 00:31:00 +0000

AC/DC frontman Brian Johnson has put a long-running rumor about the Australian rock band’s best-known album, Back in Black, to rest.

Johnson, 75, from north east England, became frontman of the band in April 1980, just two months after original lead singer Bon Scott died.

In his memoir The Lives of Brian, the musician discusses a “conspiracy” theory that he did not write the lyrics to Back in Black songs, and instead used “scribbles” left by “one of the [Scott’s] notebooks before his death.

AC/DC singer Brian Johnson (pictured in Kansas City, Missouri on February 28, 2016) has settled a long-running rumor about the rock band’s best-known album, Back in Black

Johnson and guitarist brothers Angus and Malcolm Young composed the album for seven weeks in the Bahamas in 1980.

While Angus previously said the band didn’t use any of Scott’s writing because they didn’t want to appear to be profiting from his death, rumors have swirled around for decades that some of his lyrics were recorded.

Johnson shut down this false theory in his book, insisting he wrote the lyrics.

“I know there’s an individual who was a conspiracy theorist who kept saying, well, Bon wrote those lyrics,” he wrote in his memoir.

Johnson, 75, from north east England, became frontman of the band in April 1980, just two months after original lead singer Bon Scott died (pictured in 1976)

Johnson, 75, from north east England, became frontman of the band in April 1980, just two months after original lead singer Bon Scott died (pictured in 1976)

In his memoir The Lives of Brian, the musician discusses a

In his memoir The Lives of Brian, the musician discusses a “conspiracy” theory that he did not write the lyrics to Back in Black songs, and instead used “scribbles” left by “one of the [Scott’s] notebooks before his death. (Photo: AC/DC in Inglewood, California, in 1985)

‘What band would let someone else claim someone else’s lyrics? I mean, that’s just absolute nonsense.

“And that’s why I put it in the book, to say once and for all, those lyrics came from the tip of my hand with a pen in it.”

He continues, “There are people out there, they just don’t believe what’s true. And I felt really bad after I put it down, but it had pissed me off so much for so long.

“I always love listening to Bon’s fantastic lyrics, his double meanings, his funny little jokes… I couldn’t do that.”

'What band would let someone else claim someone else's lyrics?  I mean it's just utter nonsense,' said Johnson (pictured in London in November 1980)

‘What band would let someone else claim someone else’s lyrics? I mean it’s just utter nonsense,’ said Johnson (pictured in London in November 1980)

Johnson promotes an autobiography of his early years called The Lives of Brian.

The new book tells how he made a living fixing vinyl car roofs in the North East of England before he was called up to AC/DC.

“I don’t know what it is, I never, ever gave in,” he recently said from his Florida home.

“I’ve always been willing to try something that more pessimistic people wouldn’t. I always thought the glass was half full.

Johnson (pictured on stage with Angus Young in Los Angeles, California on September 28, 2015) promotes an autobiography of his early years called The Lives of Brian

Johnson (pictured on stage with Angus Young in Los Angeles, California on September 28, 2015) promotes an autobiography of his early years called The Lives of Brian

The new book tells the story of how Johnson (pictured in Inglewood, California, in 1985) made a living fixing vinyl car roofs in the North East of England before being called up to AC/ DC.

The new book tells the story of how Johnson (pictured in Inglewood, California, in 1985) made a living fixing vinyl car roofs in the North East of England before being called up to AC/ DC.

In The Lives of Brian, Johnson chronologically traces his ups and downs growing up near Newcastle, ending with his arrival at AC/DC and the recording of the band’s seminal Back in Black album.

“It wasn’t so much to validate my life,” he said of the book. “It was to validate the lives of all the wonderful people I’ve met who have helped shape my life – friends from school, friends from factories, friends from music.”

Johnson’s memoir, The Lives of Brian, is now available.

The Lives of Brian is now available

The Lives of Brian is now available

EL Seed: art for people Sat, 19 Nov 2022 18:55:53 +0000

Basharat Bashir

El Seed is a French-Tunisian calligrapher known for his large-scale public art projects. As a contemporary artist, his practice intersects the discipline of painting and sculpture. Most of his projects convey messages of peace and harmony between communities around the world. He uses phrases from writers, poets and philosophers as well as religious texts in his own style in any public space to address the commonalities of human existence. He has worked in many cities around the world and his work has been published in various art galleries and museums.

El Seeds’ work aims to bring about positive change in a community. Its messages of peace, harmony and tolerance are influential in leading young people towards a positive future. Unlike many public artists, el Seed before initiating work in a community spends a lot of time interacting with people, understanding their point of view and listening to their stories. He wants his work to reflect the core values ​​of the community and through his art, he amplifies their voices. He finds his works as a way to create a connection between people around the world.

El Seed has worked on various public art projects around the world. Her Perception project in Cairo, Egypt is an example of how art can be used to eliminate social discrimination and bring people together. Created in the Coptic community of Zaraeeb, el Seed through ‘Perception’ questions the level of judgment and misconception about a community that is different. The community of Zaraeeb has been collecting the city’s waste for decades and has developed the most efficient and cost-effective recycling system in the world. Yet the place is perceived as dirty, marginalized and isolated. To shine a light on this community, with his team and the help of the local community, eL Seed created an anamorphic piece that covers nearly 50 buildings only visible from a certain point on Muqattam Mountain. The artwork uses the words of Saint Athanasius of Alexandria, a 3rd-century Coptic bishop, who said, “Whoever wants to see the light of the sun must first wipe his eye.”

El Seed, while commenting on the project, had said, “The community of Zaraeeb welcomed my team and me as if we were family. It was one of the most incredible human experiences I have ever had. They are generous, honest and strong people. They were given the name of Zabaleen (the garbage collectors), but that is not what they are called. They do not live in garbage but garbage; and it is not their garbage, but the garbage of the whole city. They are the ones who clean the city of Cairo.

The work of El Seeds is based on harmony, peace, love, respect and tolerance. His 2012 project in Tunisia was based on the growing differences between religious sects and the artistic community. His work on the Jara mosque in Gabès created in the month of Ramadan was the first of its kind. With the proper approval of the Governor of Gabes and the imam of the mosque, Shaikh Slah Nacef, the 57 meter high mural was executed.

The aim of the project was to highlight the convergence of art and religion and raise awareness by infusing art directly into the urban landscape. Expounding the words “Oh mankind, we created you from male and female and created peoples and tribes for you to know each other”, eL Seed quoted a verse from the Quran which deals with the importance of mutual respect and tolerance through knowledge. as an obligation.

Recent events in Tunisia, the cradle of the Arab Spring, have sparked a critical debate on the limits of artistic freedoms. actor in the process of cultural and political change. Especially in Tunisia’s current tumultuous political environment, “I firmly believe that art can foster fruitful debate.

Mirrors of Babel is another project based on unity in diversity. The work in an installation in Toronto that offers an inversion of the biblical story explaining why people around the world speak different languages. According to the story, a united humanity in the generations after the Great Flood, speaking one language and migrating eastward, agreed to build a city and a tower tall enough to reach the sky. God, observing their city and their tower, confuses their speech to the point that they can no longer understand each other, and scatters them in the world.

On his website, el Seed, while describing the project, wrote that “the very act of reconstructing the Tower of Babel from language (or letters) is a symbolic gesture, underscoring a key element of my practice. : that the Arabic language can unite us through its aesthetic beauty. It is also a tribute to Toronto’s pluralistic community. The city itself has one of the most diverse populations in the world and rather than being divided through their native languages, its inhabitants are united by the common language. The work, made of mirrors that reflect the images of those who see it, is a visual testimony of this unity, which inspired me to investigate the origin myth .

El Seed’s work has been featured in exhibitions and public places around the world, including on the façade of the Arab World Institute in Paris, in the favelas of Rio de Janeiro, on the DMZ between South Korea North and South Korea. , in the slums of Cape Town and in the heart of Cairo’s garbage district.

In 2021, eL Seed was selected by the World Economic Forums as one of the Young Global Leaders for his vision and influence in driving positive change in the world. In 2019, he won “The international award for public art” for his “perception” project in Cairo. In 2017, he won the Unesco Sharjah Prize for Arab culture. He was named Global Thinker in 2016 by Foreign Policy for his project “Perception”. In 2015, the international organization TED recognized him as one of the TED Fellows of the Year, for advocating peaceful expression and social progress through his work. He has also collaborated with Louis Vuitton on their famous “Foulard d’artistes”.

Indian ink wash

A style of India ink brush painting known as “ink wash painting” uses varying concentrations of black ink, similar to those used in Asian calligraphy. It first appeared in the Chinese Tang dynasty (618–907) and replaced earlier, more realistic methods. The emphasis is on virtuoso brushwork and the communication of the perceived “spirit” or “essence” of a subject rather than direct imitation. It is usually monochromatic, using only shades of black. Ink wash painting flourished from the Song dynasty in China (960-1279), as well as in Japan after it was introduced by Zen Buddhist monks in the 14th century.

One of the “four arts” that the Chinese scholar-official class had to learn was brush painting, which was a form of Chinese painting. Ink wash painting or brush painting was divided into two schools, the northern Beizonghua or Beihua school, which is lighter and larger, and the southern Nanzonghua or Nanhua school, which is freer and more expressive. , also known as “literary painting”.

According to the majority of East Asian writings on aesthetics, ink and wash paintings aim to capture the spirit of a subject rather than simply replicate their appearance. To paint a horse, the ink wash painter must be more familiar with the animal’s temperament than with its muscles and bones. It’s important to convey the life and fragrance of a flower when painting, even if the petals and colors don’t match exactly. It has been compared to later movements of Western Impressionism.

]]> Texas Satanic Cult Killer Ethan Myers Arrested for Murder of Sarah Hopson Sat, 19 Nov 2022 07:30:28 +0000

Three people suspected of being members of a Satanic cult have been arrested for the alleged gruesome murder of a woman as part of a ‘human sacrifice’.

Sarah Hopson was found brutally murdered in her mobile home in Texas, United States, last Sunday during a welfare check, according to the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office.

The 36-year-old was reportedly hit in the head with a rock, while her fingers, toes and ears were cut off and placed in a plastic bag.

She had large wounds on the right side of her head and forehead, while her lifeless body was reportedly wrapped in a rug.

Police arrested Ethan Kyle Myers, 26, on Thursday after two people – who have also been arrested in connection with the murder – asked police to check on the woman.

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The couple, Allen Price and Teresa Louviere, reportedly told officers that “Ethan Myers did something to Sarah Hopson.”

They reportedly told officers he was staying at their home and had “acted strangely” before fleeing their home covered in blood.

Mr Price also allegedly told police that Ethan had been involved in ‘cult activity’.

This claim was also backed up by Ethan’s mother, who allegedly revealed to officers that her son “heard voices” and was “satanic”, and was hiding in the woods to avoid arrest.

It is unclear how Ethan Myers and Sarah Hopson knew each other.

Deputies found used towels, laundry rags, empty cleaning product containers and a pair of jeans with Ethan’s ID card in the pocket, according to the affidavit quoted by CBS19.

They also noted that the room appeared to be freshly painted and spotted a razor knife, several wrenches on a dresser, brushes and cans of paint, and a bag with paint and cleaning supplies.

While searching Ethan’s car, investigators found the following items: a shovel, several plastic bags, a gallon of gasoline, a hammer, a tire iron and a large rock in a trash bag that smelled of gasoline .

They also noted that the tip of the boulder matched Sarah’s head wounds, the document says.

When using a tool indicating the presence of blood – even after it had been wiped off – investigators found that large parts of the chamber had blood splatter.

There were also handprints on the freshly painted door and droplets on the dresser that appeared to match blood spatter.

The walls also showed “wipe marks” from someone trying to clean the walls, according to the affidavit.

According to prison records, Allen Price and Teresa Louviere were charged with tampering with and fabricating physical evidence with intent to harm a human corpse, and are both being held on $250,000 bail.

Ethan Myers has been charged with murder and evading arrest, and is being held in the Shelby County Jail on $1.25 million bond.

The Oath Keepers trial is a major test of the Justice Department’s ability to hold the January 6 rioters accountable. Here’s how it went Fri, 18 Nov 2022 15:48:00 +0000


The landmark seditious conspiracy trial of five alleged oath keepers – a closely watched test of how the Justice Department prosecutes rioters in the United States Capitol – is coming to an end, and closing arguments are expected to begin on Friday.

The trial began more than seven weeks ago and featured hundreds of messages, audio recordings and videos of the defendants’ groundbreaking rhetoric following Joe Biden’s 2020 presidential victory and their actions while they walked through the US Capitol during the riot. on January 6, 2021.

Defense lawyers argued that there was no uniform plan within the group, that the far-right militia Oath Keepers only attended the Stop the Steal rally to provide security details to the speakers, and that the incendiary recordings of the defendants were nothing more than “locker room conversation.

Stewart Rhodes, Kelly Meggs, Kenneth Harrelson, Jessica Watkins and Thomas Caldwell have all pleaded not guilty.

Here’s what you need to know about the case:

Stewart Rhodes, 57, founded the Oath Keepers in 2009 and has led the group ever since. Prosecutors said Rhodes stood outside the Capitol on Jan. 6, acting like a “general” as his supporters entered the building.

Kelly Megg53, is a leader of the Florida chapter of the Oath Keepers and, according to the government, led the infamous Oath Keepers “stack” formation inside the Capitol on January 6.

Kenneth Harrelson41, is also a Florida Oathkeeper and reportedly acted as Meggs’ right-hand man on January 6.

Jessica Watkins40, led his own militia in Ohio before joining the Oath Keepers following the 2020 election. Prosecutors say Watkins, who is transgender, allegedly entered the Capitol with Harrelson and Meggs and coordinated with Caldwell in the previous weeks.

Thomas Calwella 68-year-old man who testified he was not a member of the Oath Keepers, allegedly helped organize the armed rapid reaction force stationed outside DC on January 6. Caldwell also hosted Oath Keepers at his Virginia farm, prosecutors say, and communicated with Watkins during the riot.

Jurors will consider 10 counts against the defendants, including three counts of conspiracy, obstruction of electoral college vote certification and falsification of documents.

Seditious plot: The five defendants are accused of planning to use force to prevent the legal transfer of presidential power on January 6.

Conspiracy to obstruct and obstruct official process: The defendants all face charges alleging they conspired together to prevent Congress from certifying Electoral College votes inside the Capitol.

Conspiracy to prevent an officer from carrying out his duties: This charge also concerns the certification of the vote of the electoral college. The indictment alleges that the five defendants worked together to “prevent by force, intimidation, and threat…members of the Congress of the United States, from performing their duties”, namely, to certify the election.

Destruction of public property and complicity: Meggs, Harrelson and Watkins, prosecutors say, were part of a crowd that passed through the doors of the Capitol rotunda on Jan. 6. They are not accused of breaking down the doors themselves.

Civil unrest and complicity: Jurors will consider whether Jessica Watkins interfered with law enforcement when she allegedly joined a crowd near the Senate chamber, shoved and shouted at officers guarding the chamber’s doors.

Falsification of documents or procedures and complicity: Rhodes, Meggs, Harrelson and Caldwell are each accused of allegedly deleting messages and photos from their phones or social media accounts after Jan. 6. Prosecutors also allege Rhodes instructed other oath keepers to delete posts after the riot.

Jake Tapper: Here’s how the Oath Keepers trial compares to previous sedition trials

Several current and former members of the group spoke, offering insight into how online conspiracy theories in the aftermath of the 2020 election drove some to join the Oath Keepers and take action on January 6.

Graydon Young, an oath keeper who pleaded guilty to the January 6 charges, testified he felt ‘desperate and hopeless’ after the 2020 election, and feared there was nothing to stop a ‘fraud’ from being committed against the American people. So, says Young, he joined the Oath Keepers as a way to fight back.

“I guess I was acting like a traitor against my own government,” Young, who entered the Capitol that day, told the jury. Young said the group had an implicit plan to storm the Capitol but were never directly told to enter.

Another oath keeper who pleaded guilty and is cooperating with prosecutors, Jason Dolan, described a similar descent into despair following the 2020 election.

“I wanted [lawmakers] hear and feel the same things I felt back then,” Dolan testified, watching a video of himself and Harrelson chanting “betrayal” as they walked through the Capitol that day. “I felt like I was betrayed. I wanted them to hear and feel the anger, the frustration, the rage that I felt.

Three of the defendants, Rhodes, Caldwell and Watkins, also testified during the trial, downplaying their haphazard messages and saying there were no plans to invade the city with weapons.

Rhodes told the jury why he believed the 2020 election was “unconstitutional” and said he wanted then-President Donald Trump to invoke the Insurrection Act to prevent certification of the election. Rhodes claimed that he never ordered the members into the Capitol and spent most of the day trying to herd the oath keepers into one place.

Prosecutors also revealed new private messages between the oath keepers and secretly recorded group meetings that allegedly called for violence, including a recording just days after the riot in which Rhodes said he wanted bring guns to the Capitol that day and warned to “fight American soil here.

Other defendants also complained that the riot was not more successful, prosecutors said, noting the danger lawmakers and Capitol police faced that day.

Young recounted a conversation he had with a group of oath keepers, including Kenneth Harrelson, after they left the Capitol. Harrelson said the police equipment would have been “ineffective” against firearms, Young told the jury.

“The whole general context was that if we had been better prepared or prepared, maybe we could have passed,” Young said.

Caldwell also lamented not having enough firepower, according to prosecutors, writing in a Facebook post that evening that “If we had had guns, I guarantee you we would have killed 100 politicians.” They fled and were swept into their underground tunnels like the rats they were.

Meggs also reportedly celebrated the violence in the posts. Prosecutors say that when an acquaintance told Meggs he “hoped to see Nancy’s head roll down the steps,” Meggs, who can be seen in security footage outside Pelosi’s office that day- there, replied: “We were looking forward [sic] his.”

The trial – the first of three riotous conspiracy cases due to begin this year – is a major test of the Justice Department’s theory that far-right groups plotted to disrupt America’s long tradition of peaceful transfer of power. .

The charge of seditious conspiracy is politically risky and notoriously difficult to prove. Cases are rarely brought and prosecutors haven’t secured a conviction on the charge in decades.

If prosecutors are successful in securing a seditious conspiracy conviction, it could help refute criticism that the Justice Department was not aggressive enough in prosecuting rioters and help dispel claims that the riot was n It was just an uncontrollable demonstration.

The verdict could also have ramifications for a Justice Department increasingly under political fire. When made public earlier this year, the indictment against members of the Oath Keepers sparked outrage from some supporters of the former president and leading right-wing figures who claimed the allegations were exaggerated and the accusations politically motivated.

Law enforcement officials have continued to warn of the recent increase in domestic extremist threats from lone actors and small groups, a threat that some Republican lawmakers have sought to downplay.

Following Trump’s presidential campaign announcement on Tuesday night, the verdict could come under further scrutiny down the road. The former president – who told supporters to come to the Capitol on January 6 – said if elected he would consider a “full pardon” for the rioters.

Don’t be afraid to speak truth to power, says forum to religious leaders Fri, 18 Nov 2022 03:09:39 +0000

Religious leaders across the country have been instructed to always speak truth to power, regardless of their relationship or affinity with political leaders.

The Islamic Welfare Foundation (IWF) gave the charge in a statement jointly signed by its National Coordinator and Secretary, Dr. Hassan Kalejaiye and Dr. Abdulkarim Oloyede respectively, released after its 11 National Conference on Islam. in Nigeria.

The programme, themed “Religion and Politics in Nigeria”, was in collaboration with Ekiti State University (EKSU) and brought together a cross section of scholars, religious leaders, stakeholders and universities across the country.

According to the statement, religious leaders have a divine obligation to speak the truth to both the leaders and the ruled.

“However, dating rich and powerful men has compromised the ability of religious leaders to speak truth to power without fear or favor.

“Religious leaders are enjoined to always speak the truth to rulers and the ruled so that they can fulfill their mandate as the moral conscience of society,” he noted.

He further called on religious leaders to commit themselves to the welfare of the people and to use their platforms to urge political leaders to fulfill their election promises.

“These promises are not covenants between them and the people alone, but are also sacred covenants between them and Allah,” he added.

A Damaging Narrative for the State – OpEd – Eurasia Review Wed, 16 Nov 2022 18:13:24 +0000

Pakistan emerged as Islam in 1947. After its establishment, we do not have an administrative structure like India nor a well-equipped state apparatus. At that time we only had one stable institution which was the army. He kept the state strong when it was collapsing because the lack of key leaders in Pakistani politics had suffered unprecedented incidents. Pakistani politics has a history of unpleasant incidents, whether it was the Bhutto mujeeb brawl in 1971 or President Ghulam Ishaq Khan who sacked Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto’s cabinet in August 1990. Although the military as an institution has crossed its line at various times in history each time it has it is our political parties that invite the military into politics.

Pakistan Tehreek Insaf (PTI) emerged in the political arena in 1996. Although Pakistan has a history of long marches in 1980,89,92,93,2017. The PTI is the first party to introduce the sit-in (Dharna) culture into Pakistani politics. It all started in 2014 when the PTI launched its 120-day sit-in in Islamabad. During this sit-in, he demanded the resignation of former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and an audit of the 2013 general elections. Throughout this campaign, the media played a key role, especially social media platforms which proved to be a key tool in setting the agenda and building a strong scam narrative during the 2013 general election. praised military leaders on all platforms.

On November 29, 2019, the PTI government extended the tenure of the current Army Chief of Staff through special legislation. On October 17, 2020, speaking at an event, the Head of PTI commended the Pakistan Army and the current COAS for their efforts to pull the country out of the economic crisis and help the government address management issues and planning. In April 2022, when Pakistan’s Democratic Movements tabled a motion of no confidence in the National Assembly, they disqualified Imran Khan as the leader of the state. Since then, the PTI has launched a campaign against the current government, in particular against the state institution. The PTI has also been accused of introducing a sectarianism into Pakistani politics that only one man can deliver. Apart from this man, this country would not survive, this is where the whole agenda of the PTI revolves. He tried to spread this narrative as much as possible through media channels and social media. Social media has proven to be a lethal weapon for this PTI propaganda against state institutions and promoting their agenda that Imran Khan is the only hope for Pakistan. PTI has long carried a history of banned foreign funding.

On November 9, 2022, the Federal Investigation Authority (FIA) summoned the head of the PTI in a prohibited foreign funding case. According to authorities’ value of the transaction, more than £0.6 million was recorded in a local bank account. These banned financing cases and Imran Khan’s aggressive narrative against state institutions prove that his political campaign is detrimental to the state. On October 28, 2022, the PTI resumed its march to Islamabad to secure dates for snap elections. Throughout this march, the PTI criticized the state institution and security agencies for their role in political instability and the overthrow of Imran Khan’s government. It was followed by a heavily organized social media campaign slandering institutions and security agencies.

The ultimate agenda of the PTI so far does not appear to be securing an early election date, but slandering security agencies and institutions to become popular among foreign actors. Imran Khan blamed the United States and security institutions for his overthrow of the government during his 2022 Azadi March. But this Imran Khan narrative is also changing over time. The malevolent agenda of Imran Khan and the PTI may make them vulnerable to the foreign agenda, as many foreign actors are very happy with this narrative of Imran Khan against state institutions. This kind of hostile situation was introduced in Pakistan after the Imran Khan container shooting incident on November 3, 2022. After that, the PTI launched an organized campaign against security institutions by calling their personnel by name.

Muhammad Ali Raza is an undergraduate student in peace and conflict studies at the National University of Modern Languages, Islamabad and has worked as a research intern in various think tanks like the Pakistan Institute of Conflict Studies and Islamabad Security and Institute of Strategic Studies Islamabad. My area of ​​interest is political tolerance and intra-state and ethnic conflict.

Formula 1 history repeats itself in wild conspiracy theory, Charles Leclerc, Lando Norris, George Russell, Max Verstappen Wed, 16 Nov 2022 06:23:00 +0000

Formula 1 fans think the history books show signs of repetition.

The 2022 season has been all about Red Bull’s Max Verstappen and his historic run to a second consecutive Championship crown.

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Verstappen erased countless records during his run throughout the 2022 season.

The 25-year-old broke the record for most wins in a single Formula 1 season, previously held by Michael Schumacher (2004) and Sebastian Vettel (2013), when he claimed his 14th Grand Prix victory. Mexico. To be fair to Schumacher and Vettel there were 18 and 19 races respectively when they set those records, there is one race left on the 22 race schedule in 2022.

His dominance saw him only miss out on the podium five times and saw him break Lewis Hamilton’s record for most points in a single season. Hamilton scored 413 in 2019, Verstappen with one run remaining currently sits at 429.

But fans have pointed to uncanny similarities to Formula 1 history that show Verstappen and Red Bull’s grid dominance won’t carry over into next season or beyond.

In a video viewed nearly 2 million times, The Lockdown Podcast has uploaded the conspiracy theory that F1 should follow in recent steps.

“Is the history of Formula 1 repeating itself? said one of the show’s hosts.

“In the past, we have seen a seven-time world champion eclipsed by a 24-year-old rider who has won back-to-back titles.

“After that we have a driver in a Ferrari with six years of experience who wins a title.

“Then a young Brit in a Mercedes wins a title. Then another young Brit in a competition car wins the title.

Here’s what happened from 2004 to 2009.

Michael Schumacher won his seventh world title in 2004 before Fernando Alonso, then 24, won back-to-back titles.

In 2007, it was Kimi Raikkonen in the Ferrari that won everything before Lewis Hamilton won in 2008 with McLaren.

The following year it was Jenson Button in the Brawn, which has now become Mercedes.

Now let’s move on to where we are now.

In 2020, Hamilton won his record seventh world title before Verstappen, then 24, won back-to-back titles.

That brings us to the present day, so if the theory rings true, that means a Ferrari driver with six years of experience will win it all in 2023 and that man is Charles Leclerc.

In 2024, it would be McLaren’s turn to reign supreme with Lando Norris as his successor. Then it returns to Mercedes with the victory of George Russell in 2025.

Will it be Leclerc’s time in 2023. (Photo by CARLOS PEREZ GALLARDO / POOL / AFP)Source: AFP

Leclerc showed promising signs of making the 2022 title fight a close battle at the start of the season, but Ferrari continually shot itself in the foot with bizarre strategic decisions.

Many pundits believe Mercedes will bounce back in 2023 after showing major signs of life in the second half of the 2022 season.

While that might seem like a stretch, thanks in large part to Verstappen’s absolute dominance, it’s not that far-fetched to see Leclerc pushing for title glory.

Where it gets a little skeptical is the following season with McLaren on top of the world. The Woking-based side have won one race in nine seasons.

Verstappen will enter the 2023 season as a raging favorite to make it three in a row, but if you believe history is repeating itself then Leclerc is your man.