Bright Future news (BFnews) - Latest news :: Full Edition Wed, 11 Dec 2019 01:57:16 GMT News Studio (News publishing and Editorial teamwork system) Bright Future news 100 70 en Copyright 2005-2010 BFnews, all rights reserved. Wed, 11 Dec 2019 01:57:16 GMT 60 Over 200 people killed in Yemen fighting, air raids in past week Bfnews: Yemeni officials said that over 180 militants were among those killed. On Monday, local officials said at least six militants were killed in a Yemeni airstrike in the southern Shabwa province. However, the militants say only three of their members were killed in the attack, which, they say, was carried out by a US assassination drone. On Sunday, at least three children were killed on their way to school when a roadside bomb targeted a Yemeni security patrol. After months of anti-regime protests and under growing international pressure, Yemen’s former dictator Ali Abdullah Saleh formally stepped down in February, under a deal proposed by the [Persian] Gulf Cooperation Council. The Arab-brokered deal gave immunity to Saleh and his affiliates in return for the dictator’s transfer of power to his own deputy Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi. It also kept the powerful military under the control of the outgoing ruler’s relatives and granted half of the cabinet posts to his aides. Hadi, a UK-trained field marshal, was later appointed to the post of the president in a single-candidate presidential election backed by the United States and Saudi Arabia. Yemenis have been holding regular demonstrations across the country, urging the new government to bring Saleh and his men to justice. End/m ]]> World News Tue, 17 Apr 2012 07:09:34 GMT Israeli airport police deport 18 pro-Palestinian activists Bfnews: The 18 activists were among 78 people who had been detained at Ben Gurion Airport. The remaining 60 activists were detained due to their refusal to return. The 78 activists included 51 French nationals, 11 British nationals, six Italians, five Canadians, two Spanish people and three others from Switzerland, Portugal and the United States. An Israeli police spokesperson at Ben Gurion Airport said the activists had been detained by Sunday midnight local time. On April 14, Israel deployed hundreds of police force at the airport to obstruct the pro-Palestinian activists arriving there. Major European airlines, under heavy pressure from the Israeli regime, cancelled about 300 tickets for the passengers heading for Palestine on Sunday. The move sparked angry demonstrations by activists at airports in several European capitals. Organizers of the “flytilla” to Palestine, the “Welcome to Palestine 2012” campaign, had previously scheduled a gathering of activists at Ben Gurion Airport on Sunday. The campaigners had plans to travel to the West Bank city of Bethlehem and other Palestinian cities in the territory. This is not the first flytilla that planned a trip to the occupied Palestinian territories. In July 2011, Israeli authorities made intense efforts to interrupt the first flytilla and arrested a number of activists. About 120 people were also denied entry and deported. In addition, several European countries prohibited activists from boarding their flights as the Tel Aviv regime had already blacklisted them. End/m ]]> World News Tue, 17 Apr 2012 06:42:35 GMT Four hunger striking prisoners now in hospital Bfnews: The hunger strikers are protesting Israel’s policy of holding Palestinians without charge, sometimes for years at a time, under a policy known as ‘administrative detention’. These strikers are following the example of Khader Adnan, who held a hunger strike for 67 days before striking a deal with Israeli authorities for his release, and Hana Shalabi, who was deported to the Gaza Strip on April 1st after a 43-day hunger strike. According to Addameer, the known hunger strikers are Tair Halala of the Hebron area and Balal Diab of the village of Rai near Jenin, who have both been on hunger strike for 48 days. Hassan Safdi of Nablus, who has held his hunger strike for 41 days; Omer Abu Shlal, with 40 days of hunger striking; Ahmed Sakar, who has been on hunger strike for 28 days. Two unnamed prisoners have also been on strike for 24 days, and no information has been released about the ۸th hunger striker. Around 1600 Palestinian prisoners have pledged to join the hunger strike on Tuesday, which would mark the largest open-ended prisoner hunger strike in history. International analysts have compared the Palestinian prison strike, which began in December with Khader Adnan, with the Irish political prisoners’ hunger strikes of the late 1970s, in which Bobby Sands and others died of self-imposed starvation to protest the British occupation of northern Ireland. The Palestinian hunger strikers have called for an end to the Israeli policy of ‘administrative detention’. Administrative detention is a procedure that allows the Israeli military to hold detainees indefinitely on “secret information” without charging them or allowing them to stand trial. In the occupied Palestinian West Bank, the Israeli army is authorized to issue administrative detention orders against Palestinian civilians on the basis of Military Order 1651 (Art. 285). This order empowers military commanders to detain an individual for up to six-month renewable periods if they have “reasonable grounds to presume that the security of the area or public security require the detention.” On or just before the expiry date, the detention order is frequently renewed. End/m ]]> World News Tue, 17 Apr 2012 06:42:11 GMT Human Rights Crisis Continues in Bahrain Bfnews: As the country prepares to host the Grand Prix, Amnesty warned "no-one should be under any illusions that the country's human rights crisis is over". The rights group said in a report released on Tuesday that Bahrain had failed to achieve justice for protesters with the piecemeal and superficial reforms implemented following the November 2011 report of the state-appointed Bahrain Independent Commission of Inquiry (BICI). The BICI, set up by King Hamad bin Issa Al Khalifa submitted a hardhitting report of its investigation into human rights violations committed in connection with the anti-government protests last year. It found that security forces had used excessive force to suppress protests and tortured detainees to extract confessions. Amnesty's investigation found that Bahrain's overall response to those findings has been near zilch. "The authorities are trying to portray the country as being on the road to reform, but we continue to receive reports of torture and use of unnecessary and excessive force against protests. Their reforms have only scratched the surface," said Hassiba Hadj Sahraoui, Amnesty's Middle East and North Africa deputy director. "The government's huge financial investment in international experts to help them reform will go to waste unless it shows real political will to take difficult decisions - in particular, holding to account senior members of the security forces accused of violations, releasing prisoners of conscience and addressing the underlying discrimination against the Shiite majority population." Anti-government protesters have been holding peaceful demonstrations across Bahrain since mid-February 2011, calling for an end to the Al Khalifa dynasty's over-40-year rule. Violence against the defenseless people escalated after a Saudi-led conglomerate of police, security and military forces from the Persian Gulf Cooperation Council (PGCC) member states - Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates, Oman and Qatar - were dispatched to the tiny Persian Gulf kingdom on March 13, 2011, to help Manama crack down on peaceful protestors. So far, tens of people have been killed, hundreds have gone missing and thousands of others have been injured. End/m ]]> World News Tue, 17 Apr 2012 06:31:12 GMT Russia Warns West to Avoid Further Sanctions against Iran Bfnews: Moscow's stance was declared during a meeting between Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and visiting Israeli National Security Council director Yaakov Amidror, where the Russian top diplomat warned against further sanctions against Tehran. Lavrov slammed as "counterproductive and dangerous any attempt to use reports of Iran's nuclear technology progress to artificially whip up tensions around Iran and create an excuse for further build-up of sanction pressure". Britain, China, France, Germany, Russia and the United States took part in the landmark talks with Iran in Istanbul at the weekend that were praised by both sides as an encouraging revival of a process that had stalled for 15 months. So far, the UN Security Council has imposed four sets of sanctions on Tehran over its nuclear activities, while Europe and the United States have also imposed their own raft of unilateral economic sanctions. The West and Israel, the sole if undeclared nuclear power in the Middle East, claim that Iran is trying to build atomic weapons under the guise of a civilian nuclear program, but they have never presented any corroborative document or evidence to prove their allegations. Tehran denies the charge vehemently. End/m ]]> World News Tue, 17 Apr 2012 06:30:54 GMT America's McCain Once again Stressed on Arming Syrian Terrorists Bfnews: According to AP, McCain who has recently returned from a trip to Turkey where he met with members of the anti-government group of Free Syrian Army claimed "Over there (in Syria), they’re waiting for American leadership. We have announced that we are now providing them with non-lethal equipment -- that doesn’t do very well against tanks and artillery.” He added "We need to get a sanctuary for the Free Syrian Army, we need to get them supplies, we need to get them weapons. And there are many ways to get weapons to them. We showed that in Libya, we showed that in Afghanistan.” This is not the first time the American senator has called for providing Syrian rebels with weapons. On February 23, McCain said the US "should consider every option ranging from sanctuaries to seeing that weapons are brought to the hands of those who are resisting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad." On April 13, US President Barack Obama approved providing Syrian rebels with non-lethal aid, including communications equipment and medicines. McCain's remarks come while a ceasefire, which is part of a six-point plan proposed by UN-Arab League envoy Kofi Annan, went into effect as of April 12.End/m ]]> World News Tue, 17 Apr 2012 06:30:32 GMT Scientific Development, One of the Very Best Means of Promoting Islam Bfnews: Grand Ayatollah Nasser Makarem Shirazi, Iranian senior jurisprudent and professor at Qom Seminary in a meeting with members of the Council for Promotion of Higher Education and Al Mustafa University referred to Iran's scientific advances demanding for propagating the advances in different countries. He demanded for promotion of Iran's scientific advances in a way that anti religious propagandas are foiled. He referred to Islamic Revolution of Iran and the advances made in the post revolution Iran and expressed regret that the developments in cultural aspect have not been satisfactory. Ayatollah Makarem counted seminary and university as two centers which play an important role in solving the cultural problem of the country. "Enemies, due to the high expense of military attacks, have focused on cultural invasion and ruining the minds of the youths." Said the cleric and called for formation of three groups to work on lesson plans, materials and also professors. He quoted Islamic motto that science is an ever target of search for a Muslim and it has to be learnt no matter where it is. "Sciences have to be learnt by Muslims before it is adjusted with Islamic values, then a monotheistic observation of science will be plausible." Ayatollah Makarem said. Iranian top cleric referred to Islamic prayer that any moment should be a moment of development and said, "Once seminaries and universities carry out their mission, Islamic Revolution would make a great jump." Top religious figure also quoted a Hadith by Imam Ali (AS), first Shia Imam saying the positive outcomes for three good deeds never end, firstly, giving charity, then raising good children and finally learning and leaving science for the descendants.End/m ]]> Culture Tue, 17 Apr 2012 06:21:53 GMT ::photo::Press meeting of the first mahdism book conference End/n ]]> Research Tue, 17 Apr 2012 05:26:43 GMT Muslims being discriminated in UK Bfnews: Labour party’s candidate for mayor of London declared that he would like to see Muslim residents of the capital be represented in a “better balance.” Livingstone, who is competing to take back his former post from Conservative mayor Boris Johnson, said that Britain’s “right-wing politicians pander to bigotry.” He insisted that in 1906 Daily Mail’s front pages mostly covered the headlines about “Jews bring crime and disaster to Britain.” However the headlines then were about the blacks, Irish and later the lesbians and gays. He accused the right-wing politicians of aiming to show that there has always been an enemy in the society. "I remember the deputy leader of the Tory group at the GLC, when we launched our lesbian and gay policies, said to me 'Every time I make a homophobic speech in Ruislip-Northwood I get an extra 1,000 votes'. It is the Muslims' turn now. Don't be divided,” he said. "No Muslims ever came to me and said 'I want homosexuality banned'. Muslims came to this city to flee oppressive culture. They came here so their children could have democracy, that they could achieve their best." Meanwhile, while visiting Finsbury Park Mosque last month, Livingstone promised to turn the capital into a “beacon” for the words of the Prophet Mohammad (peace be upon him.) he considered Prophet’s last sermon as “an agenda for all humanity.” He insisted that he wanted to spend the next four years ensuring that “every non-Muslim in London knows and understands [its] words and message.” End/m ]]> World News Mon, 16 Apr 2012 08:17:56 GMT Israel Plans to Destroy or Divide Al-Aqsa Mosque Bfnews: The revelations were made by head of the Gaza branch of Al-Quds International Institution and member of the Palestinian Legislative Council, Dr. Ahmed Abu Halbiyya. Halbiyya touched on escalation of raids on the Al-Aqsa Mosque during the latest weeks and months by settlers, soldiers and foreign tourists and said through these raids the occupation is working to prepare the region to implement the most important plan which is the division of Al-Aqsa Mosque or tear it down completely, when the time comes and build the alleged temple on its ruins. With the beginning of this year, the incursions of hundreds of Jewish settlers and foreign tourists to al-Aqsa mosque and conducting religious celebrations and rites increased clearly with the support of the Zionist police and with the participation of rabbis and political leaders. Halabbiya stressed the need to start immediately bringing lawsuits in international courts against the Israeli Judaization of the occupied al-Quds ('Jerusalem'). He explained in a press release to "Quds Press" Agency that bringing such lawsuits at the international level "is enforceable, if adopted seriously by the official Palestinian level, and Arab and Muslim officials." He noted the importance of highlighting the occupation's violations in the Holy Land through the official and popular media, and the need to offer moral and material required support to help and strengthen the resilience of the people there. End/n ]]> World News Mon, 16 Apr 2012 08:09:17 GMT